Subject: Best indie books for this week

Here is this week's selection of recommended books from small and independent publishers.
LibraryBub Books November 9
by Tricia Barr

Bound by fear, by fire, by destiny.

When Phoenyx Blake meets Sebastian for the first time, it's in a dungeon where they and two others have been imprisoned. Together these four strangers discover that each one of their souls are attached to an element of nature — earth, water, fire and air. Their abductors belong to an ancient society that plans to sacrifice them for their powers during the upcoming solar storm. What’s more, Phoenyx and Sebastian find that their souls have a special history that spans centuries. Destined to love, fated to die, doomed to repeat.

The four prisoners must learn to master their powers to escape. But Phoenyx is hiding from a painful secret. If she can’t find the strength to face it, she and her new friends will lose not only their lives but their souls… forever.

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-0998977713

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Powerful Prayers in the War Room
by Daniel B. Lancaster

“I wanted to pray…but I didn’t know how.”

Christians often struggle to find the words to speak in the presence of God. Praying to God may feel foreign or like a ritual. Adding to that frustration, some people worry that God isn’t listening. Even if he hears, will he reply, they wonder. This book will show you that God not only listens but also answers. He is waiting to provide an outpouring of blessings, if only you will ask him. God wants you to be a prayer warrior and will help you.

Author Dr Dan Lancaster was struck by the power of the prayers answered during his time as an international missionary in Southeast Asia. These answered prayers brought glory to God and helped advance God’s Kingdom on Earth. Those are the types of prayers we need in the world, and this book will guide you in that direction.

Prayer was never intended to be complicated. The author brings 40 years of his personal experience to the pages of this book, but most importantly, he looks to the Bible to unearth what Jesus prayed about and how. With beautiful simplicity, this book presents tangible methods to reshape your prayer life, beginning today.

Honors: Amazon Best Seller; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Religion & Spirituality

ISBN: 978-1523334773

Prideyou can't heal if you are hiding from yourself
by Ronald Holt and William Huggett

Do you wonder about your gender or sexual feelings? Or are you worried what other people might think of you? Dr Ron Holt has interacted with thousands of youth to help them understand the importance of self-worth and self-acceptance in their lives. In this book, you’ll be given information that has helped many people sort out the importance of living true to themselves for better health and internal happiness.

Through storytelling, Dr Holt will help you understand that your feelings and sense of identity are not things you choose. He explains when it makes sense to tell anyone about your feelings, while also advising you what to do if others disapprove or don’t like you because of who you are. He outlines how to deal with the problems that might come with prejudice, discrimination, and bullying. This book provides practical advice and recommendations on how to live a life of self-acceptance and love whether or not you are LGBTQ.

If you are struggling with self-acceptance or self-love, this book is for you. It brings together the information you’ll need to create a happy and more fulfilling life.

Ronald Holt is writing from a place of compassion and understanding, and the reader can feel it.  — Readers' Favorite

Honors: Amazon Best Seller; Winner, LGBTQ Non-Fiction, 2017 International Book Awards; Honorable Mention, Young Adult: Social Issues, 2017 Readers' Favorite Book Awards; 
seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Social Science

ISBN: 978-0998582917

Breezy and Dodo: a life Story
bJohn (‘Breezy’) F. Bartkowski

“Hi, I’m Breezy, and this is my wife, Dodo.” With hand extended, that was how I usually introduced us to new acquaintances. They would react with a smile, a look of disbelief, and a series of questions – “How and when did you get those names?” – “How did you two meet and marry?” – etc.

Our response was quite simple. I was given my nickname by a nun in elementary school, at about the same time that Dodo was given hers by her brother Ted. We grew up during the Great Depression and World War Two. We began dating while I was attending the University of Scranton, and a few years later, in October 1950, at the age of 21, we were married in the same church in which we had been baptized.

Now, in my golden years, my daughters have persuaded me to tell them, and their children, the full story of Breezy and Dodo, including the histories of our families, their immigration from Poland to Pennsylvania, my paternal grandmother’s 21 children, and maternal grandmother’s 13 children. Here’s our story of growing up and living in a small coal-mining town during the 1930s and 40s, getting married and working to achieve the American Dream.

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Biography & Memoir


Edelweiss: chronicle of a Del Mar beach house, 1885 to now
by Juliana Maxey-Allison

In the mid-1880s, Jacob Taylor sized up the scrappy brush-covered site known then as Weed, and gambled that trains would bring people to this spot on the San Diego County coast of California. He envisioned an extravagant tourist destination, then built it, and awaited the new arrivals. The house at 227 Tenth Street was part of Taylor’s dream made manifest.

The author encountered the sagging, slouching, peeling ‘old Victorian beach cottage’ almost a century later and set about rehabilitating it. After several years away in New York City and then a return to Del Mar in 2004, she began to investigate the history of the house and the people who had lived in it.

This book brings Del Mar’s first century alive and introduces some intriguing mysteries. How did Edelweiss acquire its name and its Swiss chalet details? Why were so many of the house’s owners women? Was the cottage really the 1920s hideaway of the famous Hollywood couple Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks?

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: History

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
The Suitable Inheritor
by Pushpendra Mehta 

This novel spans Chicago and Peru with an Indian connection. It is a fascinating story of profound love, success, and self-discovery spurred by sacrifice and support. Michael Elliott is stirred from deep sleep by an early-morning dream — a beautiful woman leads him to the Pacific Ocean and whispers that the ocean will help him discover his true destiny. When Michael is then invited to Peru, he wonders if this is the path to that destiny.

The journey of a lifetime, the energy of the majestic Pacific Ocean, a priceless philosophy for success and happiness, the sacrifice of a soulmate from Chicago, and the support of a special mate from India all combine to make Michael the preeminent relationship coach for young people. Once he reaches that pinnacle, he is confronted with the most difficult choice he has ever made: whether in the pursuit of excellence sacrificial love matters more than supportive love; or whether without support, no sacrifice counts. Can Michael resolve this life-changing dilemma, discover his true destiny, and finally become the ‘suitable inheritor’?

The Suitable Inheritor... is an extraordinary tale of pure love, inspiration, enlightenment, and destiny. It is a truly compelling read with a beautiful story and invaluable lessons.  — Readers' Favorite

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1523925131

Answering the Call: with the 91st Infantry Division in the Italian Campaign during World War II
by Stephen L Wilson

The person at the center of this biography is Allen Wilson, an army officer from South Dakota. The book chronicles his college years in ROTC, his stateside assignments before ‘shipping out’ to Algeria, his experiences in combat as a platoon leader and forward observer in Italy, and his post-war duties as a member of the American occupation forces in Austria. His wife Barbara's life as a young mother on the "home front" is also recounted. Photographs, maps and cartoons accompany the narrative.

Based primarily on letters Allen wrote between 1943 and 1945, military records and histories, and interviews with Barbara and Allen, this book provides an in-depth, personal account of the challenges and triumphs that occurred when a young soldier ‘answered the call’.

Remarkable in its descriptions of the training exercises Allen and his fellow soldiers participated in before leaving the United States, as well as in sharing the efforts and struggles his wife endured as she raised their infant daughter on her own while he was overseas... highly recommended. — Readers Favorite

Honors: Finalist, War & Military (Adult Nonfiction), Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: History

The Girl Who Could Read Hearts
by Sherry Maysonave

In this epic, inspirational drama, a red-haired 6-year-old girl struggles against her intuitive superpowers while surrounded by skeptical, sometimes cruel, family members and their secrets. She discovers that God will help her sidestep disaster when she listens and honors her gifts, tantalizing and spiritual.

Born gifted with a rare seventh sense — the ability to read human hearts coupled with keen intuition — protagonist Kate Kindrick struggles to understand her capabilities. She is often bewildered by her unique perceptions combined with seeing symbols and panoplies of color in people’s hearts. Kate’s parents fear that their young daughter suffers from delusional psychosis. Yet it’s her naiveté of the intuitive signs that augurs trouble.

Brimming with inspiration and daring, The Girl Who Could Read Hearts delves into intuition, angels, death, and the afterlife. This thought-provoking, award-winning novel also deftly explores issues relevant to many of today’s societal woes: deteriorating family relationships, prejudice, abuse, eating disorders, and limiting belief systems.

Readers will also enjoy the well-crafted characters and how the author explores their psychological health. Sherry Maysonave makes readers care about her characters and invites them to embrace their weirdness, their God-given talents without shame.
Readers' Favorite

Honors: Texas Association of Authors Award; Pinnacle Book Achievement Award; Beverly Hills Book Awards; London Book Festival; Finalist, Eric Hoffer Book Award; Great Midwest Book Festival; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Fiction

ISBN: 978-1504351119

The Amazing Snowman Duel (Book Five of the Snowman Paul series)
by Yossi Lapid

There is a new snowman in town and he's picking a fight...

Will Dan and Snowman Paul allow a bully to win?

"Watch out!" said Bill. "Nick's here to fight.
He'll face-off with your Paul, tonight!"
Word was out
About the bout.
They came by ground,
By sea,
By air,
For Snowman Duels are quite rare.

Get yourself and your little ones a front-row seat to witness a historic event unlikely to repeat itself very soon. The story line will encourage your children to push past their fears of bullies and find creative solutions to such challenges. The Amazing Snowman Duel is a perfect bedtime story. With catchy rhymes and simple vocabulary, the book is also ideal for beginner readers.

Fantastic pictures, enchanting snowman characters, and fluid rhymes will be a draw for winter-loving readers. — Kirkus

Honors: 2017 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner; Mom's Choice Gold Award; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Children's

ISBN: 978-0997389982
The ABC Animal Picnic
by Janina Rossiter

The animals are excited, they’re going on a picnic! James Jellyfish juggles jam jars and Betty Bee butters bread...

These are just two of the amazing animals in The ABC Animal Picnic by author and illustrator Janina Rossiter. Turn the pages of this delightful ABC to find out what happens on the animals’ picnic!

The original hand-drawn illustrations in black ink marker on a background of watercolor alcohol ink art are exquisite and will entice young readers to turn the pages as they discover the fascinating world captured by the illustrator’s imagination.

It is a great book with some colorful and excellent illustrations that are eye-catching. — Readers' Favorite

Honors: Mom's Choice Gold Award; #1 New Release; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Children's

ISBN: 978-1547002870

We trust that your readers will enjoy our hand-picked selection.

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Alinka Rutkowska
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