Subject: Best indie books for this week

Here is this week's selection of recommended books from small and independent publishers.
LibraryBub Books October 12
In the Shadow of Lies (an Oliver Wright mystery)
by M. A. Adler

Richmond, California. World War II. Homicide detective Oliver Wright comes home from the war in the Pacific injured and afraid his career is over. But when an Italian prisoner of war is murdered the night the Port Chicago Mutiny verdicts are announced, and black soldiers are suspected of the crime, the Army asks Oliver to find out the truth.

He joins forces with an Italian POW captain and with a black MP embittered by a segregated military. During their investigation, these unlikely allies expose layers of deceit and violence that stretch back to World War I. 

In the Shadow of Lies reveals the darkness and turmoil of the Bay Area during World War II, while celebrating the spirit of the everyday people who made up the home front. Its intriguing characters will resonate with the reader long after its deftly intertwined mysteries are solved..

This book is a marvelous mix of history and police procedural, with characters who are well defined and vibrant, and an original and suspenseful story-line that does not disappoint. — Readers' Favorite

Honors: Independent Publisher Book Awards 2015 (IPPY): Gold Medal Winner - Best West Pacific Regional Fiction; Foreword Review’s Book of the Year 2014 — IndieFab Awards Finalist: Mystery; Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards — First Place, Mystery/ Thriller/Suspense/Horror; First Place Award West-Pacific Regional; Jack Eadon Award for the Best Book in Contemporary Drama; Hollywood Book Festival: Honorable Mention; seen on NBC and Fox 

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1938314827

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The Chosen Few
by Michael John Sheehan

A forbidden tower. Curious students. Disturbing discoveries. Every boarding school has its secrets… Senior Jack Hayes has a history of breaking the rules at St. Paul’s Catholic high school seminary, putting him squarely in the crosshairs of Father Lawrence 'Spider' Webb, the tyrannical Dean of Students. While exploring the school’s bell tower, Jack and his best friend stumble upon troubling evidence of possible heinous crimes. Unsure what to do, the two boys encounter a mysterious, reclusive old priest late one night who provides cryptic clues that help them uncover long-kept secrets about St. Paul’s and Father Webb.

Even more shocking, their search for the truth leads to devastating consequences that threaten the school’s very existence. Get your copy now to experience this religious mystery/emotional coming-of-age tale of young men studying for the priesthood at a Catholic seminary in the 1970s, and their quest to graduate, compete for a soccer championship, and unravel a life-changing mystery.

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 978-0998500409

Children of the Future
by Jane Suen

Where are the missing children?

A small yellow school bus pulls up in front of the little red brick schoolhouse. Telly, the bus driver, discovers all of the children are missing — all except one very frightened boy, Billy, who has hidden in a cabinet. Where is everyone? Telly and Billy are determined to find the answers.

The little town of Rocky Flats is stirred into a frenzy. Nothing like this has ever happened before! Where have the children gone? Why? As the clock ticks and the little town rallies together in the search, will they find the children before it's too late?

The story is refreshingly original and the detailed narration will take readers right there where it is happening. — Readers' Favorite

Honors: named by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2017; 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist: Novella; 2017 Readers’ Favorite Honorable Mention: Children-Social Issues; 2017 Silver Falchion Award Finalist: Best Fiction Tween/YA Mystery/Thriller); seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 978-0997929706

Tovi the Penguin Goes on a Treasure Hunt in Paris
by Janina Rossiter

Tovi and his friends are visiting the beautiful city of Paris.
All of a sudden Tovi falls deeply in love with someone on a poster. He wants to meet her!

But he doesn't know where to find her. Luckily his friends help him by leading him on a treasure hunt.

What an adventure! Will Tovi find his treasure? Let’s find out.

Well-written and descriptive — Readers' Favorite

Honors: Readers' Favorite five stars; series seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Children's


Adventures in Dietland: how to win at the game of dieting from a former fat guy
by Ralph Peterson

50 rules everyone needs to know to win at the game of dieting:
Pee in the woods… Burn your fat clothes… Stop supporting the troops… Quit the gym… Get new friends… and for the love of God, stay off the grass. If you’ve tried every diet that you could get your hands on with little or no success, then this book is for you.

Ralph Peterson has tried them all: Atkins, Herbalife, Nutrisystem, South Beach, the Paleo Diet, Jenny Craig, Body for Life, the Grapefruit Diet, the Blood Type Diet, the 4-Hour Body and Weight Watchers, just to name a few. Through it all Ralph has seen his weight yo-yo from 350lbs to 280lbs and back again. Adventures in Dietland is a synopsis of the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to diet plans and includes 50 rules for successful dieting. These rules have helped Ralph lose more than 150lbs, and will help you lose weight, regardless of the diet plan you are following.

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Self-Help

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
Zephyr the West Wind (Book One of the Chaos Chronicles)
by .R. J. Tolson

A powerful and evil animal inhabitant of the world attacks the island village of Dentro. This demon, strong enough to destroy a mountain with just a howl, is later revealed to be the Chaos dragon. An outsider destroys the Chaos dragon and submerges its powers into three ancient weapons: a spear, a shield, and a sword. It is soon discovered by the villagers that one of their own women has borne the child of this outsider, thus breaking a sacred law by doing so.

The child, introduced as Zephyr, is 17 years old as the story begins. He never knew why the villagers hated and detested him so. Having no friends and family after his mother dies when he is only 6 years old, Zephyr survived in the village as an outcast with aid only from the chief. Will Zephyr do as he always sought and become an honorable, young man? Will he do the right thing despite his negative standing in his village? How will his travels and explorations impact his character, including the unforeseen betrayal of a dear friend?

View trailer here.

I recommend Zephyr the West Wind to both young adults and adults since it is a great journey of self-discovery in an exciting world.  — Readers' Favorite

Honors: 2015 Readers' Favorite; 2013 Beverly Hills Book Award; 2013 National Indie Excellence Award; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-0615686431

Poison Patty
by Kary Buchanan

Sisters Bee and Bel operate a tour company — To Be Tours — designed for the literate and adventurous traveler. Their current tour "Castles, Chianti, and Classics" includes a Tuscan cooking class, book discussions, and highlights of Italy for their quixotic group. The sisters' impeccably planned trip is repeatedly derailed by one nasty participant. Patty manages to alienate, infuriate, and embarrass each of the guests in turn, and threatens to make the word ‘American’ a new and potent profanity.

Patty seems determined to ruin not only the tour but the lives of other tour members. After a series of frightening incidents, Patty is found dead. With everyone secretly relieved she is silenced, Bel and Bee discretely unravel the mysteries concealed by their companions, each of whom has an excellent motive for murder. Often hilarious, always informative, Poison Patty has a surprise ending that will leave readers wanting more in this delightful new series.

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Thriller & Suspense

ISBN: 978-1540500601

Summer on Earth
by Peter Thompson

The night that 11-year-old Grady Johnson looked out his window and wished on a shooting star, his life changed forever. Grady, his ma and his younger sister Luanne are having a hard summer. Dad has died, and the family isn’t the same. Ma is trying her best, but Grady knows they don’t have enough money to get by.

The shooting star he saw was a spacecraft plunging to earth, and landing at the back of their farm. Extraterrestrial engineer Ralwil Turth has one objective: to fix his power drive and go back home. But things don’t go as planned. Stuck in human form, he starts to learn about what it means to be human, and the exotic charms of this planet. When he uses his advanced technology to create a money tree, he is sure this will solve all the family's problems.

But with a suspicious banker and a bumbling detective nosing around, their problems get worse. With the family’s fate, and Ralwil’s life, on the line, Grady has to find the courage to help his family and save his friend. Summer on Earth blends humor, adventure and poignancy to create an unforgettable story about finding home.

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Science Fiction

ISBN: 978-1943978304
Snowman Paul at the Winter Olympics (Book Two of the Snowman Paul series)
by Yossi Lapid

What would you do if you caught your snowman cheating at the Winter Olympics? Read this exciting winter time adventure to see Dan’s surprising response!

Written in rhyme, the Snowman Paul series is suitable for beginner readers and bedtime stories. Whimsical and humorous, the stories touch upon serious themes such as friendship, peer pressure, family relationships and values.

Vivid and expressive illustrations complement the narrative and bring the stories alive. Children will fall in love with Snowman Paul! He is energetic and playful, he has big dreams and he is not afraid to be different. The Snowman Paul series will be a wonderful addition to your winter stories collection.

Lapid’s debut picture book puts a wintry spin on an eternal, favorite childhood dream: Olympic glory — Kirkus 

Honors: Mom's Choice Gold Medal; Moonbeam Silver Award; Indie BRAG Medallion; KDP All Star; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Children's

ISBN: 978-0997389920
How to Get Your Joy Back!: a women's guide to midlife career transformation
by Maria Luchsinger

Are you ready for a change? Reinvent your life and rediscover your joy! Find out how your strengths and passion intersect with your best career options.

Gain control of your time and spend it the way you want.
Make a plan for financial freedom and develop multiple streams of income.

Whether you want to shift gears in your current job, explore a new career, or launch your own business, this guide will show you how to feel energized and motivated to fulfill your life's purpose every day!

Maria Luchsinger is a teacher, speaker, and founder of the Women's Career Transformation Network. As a career reinvention strategist, she uses more than 30 years of experience in the fields of education and business to coach women so they can transform their careers and find joy in balanced lives.

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-0989763059

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