Subject: Best indie books for this week

Here is this week's selection of recommended books from small and independent publishers.
LibraryBub Books December 28
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: Gold Medal Winner, Best Regional Fiction, West-Pacific, 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards; Finalist, Mystery (Adult Fiction), 2014 Foreword Indies; Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, Winner, Regional Fiction, West-Pacific and Winner, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror, 2014-15 Reader Views Literary Awards; Honorable Mention, Genre-based Fiction, 2014 Hollywood Book Festival

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1938314827

The Solicitor (a Noah Parks mystery)
by Sean Keefer

When you make your living fighting for justice, the last place you expect to wake up is behind bars.

Attorney Noah Parks has spent his life keeping people out of jail. When he’s charged with the murder of a candidate for Charleston County Solicitor he finds himself on the wrong side of the law for a crime he says he didn’t commit.

No longer fighting for others and now relying on the help of the few people he does trust, Noah must fight to clear his name and find the real killer before it’s too late.

His search will lead him through a maze of deceptions, lies, family turmoil and treachery that spans generations.

The Solicitor is set in historic Charleston and the surrounding South Carolina Lowcountry where under the surface things are not always as genteel as they appear.

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Mystery & Thriller

Abbey's Search for Sanctuary
by Eris Field

Turkish-American nurse Abbey shelters her younger sister after she divorces her Muslim husband when he agrees to his mother’s demand that their infant daughter, Jenny, be circumcised. After her sister is murdered by her ex-husband in an honor killing, Abbey knows she must find a way to keep Jenny safe.

Once a Peshmerga fighter and medic with the Kurdish forces in Iraq and shunned by his grandfather and family for refusing to demand retribution when his arranged marriage failed, Rami Rashid now works in a psychiatric clinic in Buffalo, NY and volunteers to help refugees. Rami has shut himself off from all emotional attachments. That is until he meets Abbey.

Warning Abbey that honor killings are often family affairs and that she and Jenny are in danger, Rami offers a way out: marriage and refuge in his UN-protected homeland, Kurdistan.

Abbey has vowed to do anything to protect Jenny but can she face going back to the world of her childhood: a world where men made all the decisions and women lived in the world of headscarves and submission. Would she be trapped again or could she find love and happiness with Rami?

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Literature & Fiction

Advising Chiang's Army
by Stephen L. Wilson

Phil Saunders was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1942. After receiving further training at Fort Benning and serving as a training officer at Camp Wheeler, he was assigned as a combat liaison officer with Chiang Kai-shek's nationalist army in China. He arrived in the China-Burma-India theater in the fall of 1943 and soon discovered the Chinese soldiers were underfed, underpaid, unprepared for combat, and reluctant to engage the Japanese.

Advising Chiang's Army details Phil's two years spent in China and describes how the troops he worked with gradually became an effective fighting force, shifted from defensive to offensive combat, and ultimately defeated the enemy. The book also recounts his post-war career in state politics and with the National Labor Relations Board.

The highs and lows of this book were perfectly balanced and I appreciated that Wilson did not try to sugar coat anything at all. This is a fantastic book; it is amazing. — Readers' Favorite

Honors: Merit, Military/Military History, 2016 CIPA EVVY Awards; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1635051087
A Time to Grow Up: a daughter's grief memoir
by Larada Horner-Miller

When Larada Horner-Miller’s father died in 1996, her mother told her, “Everyone grieves in their own way.”

Horner-Miller took these words to heart when her mother passed away in 2013. She discovered that writing poetry was the best way of working through her fresh grief. Eventually she penned dozens of intimate, heartfelt poems about her parents’ lives and legacies and her deep sorrow and gradual recovery. Now she has gathered those verses into her first collection, A Time to Grow Up.

Horner-Miller discusses the emotional challenges of caring for her parents at the end of their lives. Her words will strike a chord with any worried caretaker or child watching over ailing but fiercely independent loved ones.

As Horner-Miller explores the nuances of bereavement through her poetry, she provides inspiration and comfort for readers coping with the same burdens. While many of her poems explore the depths of her anguish, others exude humor and warmth — a reminder that there is still always light in the world.

In addition to her poems, Horner-Miller includes biographical sketches about her mother and her father, as well as appendices that provide coping tips, suggested activities, and resources for others dealing with intense bereavement.

Honors: Nominated for 2017 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for Biography (Other) and Ebook Nonfiction; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Self-Help

ISBN:  978-0996614429

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
Stranded: a white-knuckle adventure above and below the sea
by Beverley Scherberger

After a tragic scuba diving accident claims the life of one member of their group and strands the others far out at sea, Lissy and her friends find themselves in a struggle for survival on an inhospitable deserted island in the middle of nowhere.

This page-turning, edge-of-your-seat adventure touches on some of humanity’s oldest innate fears. From drowning and sharks to snakes and spiders, Lissy and her friends endure shock after startling shock. Every spine will experience a chill in this suspenseful tale of survival of the fittest.

In the midst of terrifying life-or-death tension, Lissy’s budding romance with another member of the group leads to unwarranted conflict that threatens to make their lives even more difficult. As they face daily menace from the island’s nonhuman denizens — a mysteriously vicious and carnivorous species of primate — will Lissy’s own panic make their worst nightmares come true?

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

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1535034142

Available at Amazon here »
The Band 4: the air we breathe
by Marguerite Nardone Gruen

This is the story of Chase Martin who is a quarter of the biggest band on the planet. He is in turmoil because he wants to leave the band. Marguerite Angeli is on a holiday in London having just escaped turmoil in her own life — finally free from feeling hostage to her strict Italian parents.

She meets Chase by accident in a coffee shop in London.
This is their story about his life being on the road all the time while trying to keep his life at home as normal as he can.

It also has a supernatural twist to it. The couple can feel each other’s emotions — no matter how far away he is touring — and this creates an unbreakable bond between them.

A whimsical, if unbelievable, romantic fantasy about a celebrity couple — Kirkus

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1460283547

Luna Rising
by Selene Castrovilla

Life begins at 38 for Long Island mom and writer Luna Lampanelli, when she kicks her secretly gay husband to the curb. She's got her freedom, but what she wants is love. Luna knows she doesn't need a man to exist, but try telling that to her heart. Against the advice of Sunny, her snarky best friend, and Jiminy, the cautioning voice in Luna's head who just won't shut up, Luna sets course to find a mate. Luna enters several short-lived, surreal relationships through speed dating and online flirting.

Spiraling downhill into progressively worse situations, Luna joins Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous. But before Luna can proceed to recovery, she meets the elusive but oh so appealing Trip. He's emotionally unavailable, but how can Luna let him go when she enjoys his dry wit so much, and his body even more?

Humorously haunting and packed with unspeakable truths, Luna Rising follows a woman's funny and heart-breaking struggle to relate with unrelatable men and an unrelatable world, and to figure out something even more unrelatable: herself.

Honors: Winner, Chick Lit, 2017 Book Excellence Awards; seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Literature & Fiction


Seasoned with Gratitude: 250 recipes and blessings celebrating the greater nourishment of real food
by Kathryn Lafond

This is an innovative cookbook infusing mouth-watering recipes with reverence for the sacred gift of life. In recipes from breakfast through desserts, discover morsels of scientific research and folk wisdom, as well as blessings and practices to share and nurture awareness of our place in the circle of life. Recipes include succulent one-pot dishes, 30-minute meals or those that take all-day. Also featured are robust meat or vegetable stocks, healthy fats, and savory ways to include abundant vegetables.

Seasoned with Gratitude is a cookbook for all dietary persuasions — vegetarian and carnivore, paleo and gluten-free. It encourages the use of fresh, sustainably-raised ingredients. Author Kathryn Lafond reminds us that preparing and eating food is how we heal, comfort, and connect with others and suggests by including the secret ingredient of gratitude, we just might gain even greater nourishment.

Honors: Bronze Medal, Cookbooks (General), 2017 Living Now Book Awards; seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Health & Fitness

ISBN: 978-0997217506

Sunflower Circle
by Scott Wright

Have you ever held a seed in your hand and felt the beauty inside waiting to grow and blossom?

With curiosity and wonder, Sunflower Circle takes you inside the surprising world of sunflowers as their stalks reach for the sky. Allow your imagination to awaken as towering spiky balls unfold into big, beautiful flowers.

Discover the mystery of these flowers as they move toward the sun with grace, and step deeper with the circle’s ecosystem to meet the many visitors that call the circle home.

Inspired by the author’s own experiences and garden, this story is for anyone at any age ready to discover the many gifts a sunflower circle can teach you about nature and about your own life!

Sunflower Circle is a children's book, Grade K-3rd, and contains beautiful photography that highlights the process and progress in planting sunflowers. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Children's; Science

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

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