Subject: Best indie books for this week

We are delighted to recommend the following books from the independent publishing sector.
LibraryBub Books March 8
Liberating Inner Eve: a reflective journey for women
by Bozena Zawisz

This book examines a wide variety of subconscious themes/images/expectations that women internalize around what it means to be a woman, in particular, a woman of Christian faith.

Liberating Inner Eve assists women on their journey of developing greater self-love and personal strength while growing in their faith.

Zawisz’s work is for any woman seeking a book designed exclusively to uplift, empower, and encourage self-reflection. — Literary Titan

Honors: 2017 Winner, 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading, The Authors Show; seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Religion & Spirituality

ISBN: 978-1512791457
The Chainmakers
by Helen Spring

Set against the blistering heat and grinding poverty of the 19th century chainshops of the Black Country in England, this compelling love story charts the struggle of young Anna Gibson to forge a new life from the remnants of betrayal by her lover and a tragic marriage of convenience.

A simple offer of work as a model proves to be the catalyst for complete change, taking Anna from the sunny beaches and liberal attitudes of an artist's colony in Brittany, to the struggle to survive and make good in the immigrant community of downtown New York.

Anna learns her lessons well, and still finds herself making chains, but now chains of restaurants, leading to wealth if not happiness. Then comes Prohibition, and Anna's decisions involve her in a gangland feud which threatens her family and friends in a frightening web of intrigue and violence.

How do we recover from the agony of a lover's betrayal? What is true love anyway? Can we befriend lawbreakers without getting hurt?

These questions are at the core of this unusual and compelling book. Written with humor, color and passion, Helen Spring weaves an absorbing tale of obsession and complex emotions, and their far-reaching consequences.

The author’s characters sing, the settings are masterfully drawn and the plot is intriguing. — Judith Arnopp, writer of historical fiction

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Romance

ISBN: 978-0595447657
Death on Canvas
(Book One of the Jessie O'Bourne Art Mystery series)
by Mary Ann Cherry

Murder mystery, Death on Canvas, finds painter Jessie O’Bourne working with Norwegian deputy Arvid Abrahmsen on a desperate search for a killer and two missing Thomas Moran masterpieces worth millions. The paintings connect the cold case murder of Jessie's great aunt Kate with the present-day murder of a Native American grad student Jessie discovers in the O'Bourne family hayfield — a girl who whispers before she dies that her attacker was a cop.

The colorful writing in this award-winning novel offers the reader a glimpse into the mind of an artist and a view of the picturesque setting of rural Montana. Lovers of the mystery genre will enjoy the twists and turns in this who-done-it and laugh at the humorous interludes afforded by Arvid Abrahmsen and Jack Dempsey, Jessie’s disreputable orange tomcat (appropriately named for a 1920s professional boxer).

With Jessie’s biological clock ticking away, the romance reader will also find themselves evaluating Acting Sheriff Russell Bonham and hunky FBI art-theft agent, Grant Kennedy, as suitable mates for their favorite artist.

A fascinating story that combines both historical intrigue and a modern-day mystery, it’s sure to be a treat for mystery lovers as well as those readers with a passion for art. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Third place, Mystery/Suspense, Great Beginnings Contest (Romance Writers of America — Utah Chapter); finalist, Mystery-Sleuth, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards; seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 978-1523829118
The Boat Man 
(Book One of the Reed & Billie series)
by Dustin Stevens

Detective Reed Mattox, just three months after the death of his partner, has turned invisibility into an art form. Switching to the K-9, taking over the graveyard shift, moving to a farmhouse miles outside of Columbus, his every move has become predicated on putting as much distance between himself and the outside world as possible.

That distance is shattered, though, when bodies begin turning up in the Bottoms, the poverty-stricken section of town he is assigned to patrol. Grisly, horrific scenes start to pop up in the middle of the night and the overburdened precinct has no choice but to put Reed on it.

Now operating far outside of his comfort zone, with a Belgian Malinois for a partner that attracts attention wherever they go, Reed is forced to unravel the murders. This takes him clear across the city and back years in time to an event that some very influential people will do anything to keep buried.

Honors: Overall third place, Next Generation Indie Book Awards; winner, E-book Fiction, Next Generation Indie Book Awards; seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 978-1515956754

Brave and Funny Memories of WWII by a P-38 Fighter Pilot
by Lyndon Shubert

How did a young fighter pilot feel in his head and his heart as he was about to fly the enemy skies of the Second World War? Always afraid he was about to die, he climbed into the cockpit anyway... and lived to tell the tale.

How did it feel to be a new guy in the sky... attacked by four Messerschmitts?

How did it feel to say a 'last goodbye' to his bride believing he would never see her again, as he left to fight in the Second World War?

This evocative memoir helps you imagine what it was like.

With Brave and Funny Memories of WWII by a P-38 Fighter Pilot, Lyndon Shubert paints a sharp and poignant picture of aerial warfare over Germany. His writing style is easy to read, with great narrative and often humorous dialogue, making me want to turn the page. — Readers' Favorite

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-0983576105

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
Jack of Hearts (Book Seven of the Detective Jack Stratton mystery-thriller series)
by Christopher Greyson

Jack Stratton is heading south for some fun in the sun. Already nervous about introducing his girlfriend, Alice, to his parents, the last thing Jack needed was for the dog-sitter to cancel, forcing him to bring Lady, their 120 lb. King Shepherd, on the plane with them. The dog holds Jack responsible and wants payback. On top of everything, Jack is still waiting for Alice’s answer to his marriage proposal. When his mother and the members of her neighborhood book club ask him to catch the Orange Blossom Cove Bandit, a small-time thief who’s stealing garden gnomes and peace of mind from their quiet retirement community, how can Jack refuse?

The peculiar mystery proves to be more than it appears. Things take a deadly turn as Jack finds it's up to him to stop a crazed killer, save his parents, and win the hand of the girl he loves — but if he survives, will it be Jack who ends up with a broken heart?
Jack of Hearts is part of a series which has more than 5,000 five-star reviews and more than a million readers and counting.

A mystery with a sharp protagonist whose appeal is matched by that of the characters surrounding him — Kirkus

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 978-1683990734

Unrest: a coming-of-age story beneath the Alborz Mountains
by Sandra Ann Heath

This novel tells the story of 17-year-old Annie Patterson, plucked from her comfortable existence in the American Midwest to travel with her mom and siblings to join her lieutenant colonel father in Tehran, Iran. It’s the late 1970s and unbeknownst to the Patterson family, Iran is on the verge of phenomenal and unprecedented change. Initially, culture shock envelopes Annie as much as the black robes that cloak the people milling in the airport, or the pollution that hovers below the snowcapped peaks of the Alborz Mountains.

Cultural differences are soon embraced as the two Patterson sisters meet two Iranian teenaged boys at the side of a dusty soccer field. But as the saying goes: all is not fair in love and war, and the two sisters find themselves attracted to the same man. Soon, however, unrequited love becomes the least of Annie’s worries as the rumblings of dissent and unrest become too loud to ignore. Ultimately, the country unravels, the Shah's regime ends, and the Patterson family and their Iranian friends must figure out what to do next (Inshallah, God Willing), as all the while persecute, purge, pious becomes the order of the day.

Suspense and romance join cultural upheaval in Tehran to help capture a unique moment in world history. — Kirkus

Honors: Honorable Mention, Young Adult Fiction, Los Angeles Book Festival; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-0996551717
How to Crush Social Media in Only 2 Minutes a Day: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Kred, Goodreads, LinkedIn
by Ndeye Labadens

This is a fun and powerful method to promote your business, book or item. This book offers step-by-step instructions for building a social media presence with platforms and/or a blog. It provides access to multiple resources to help increase online presence and sales.

The author provides helpful guidance on the best keywords to use. She also advises about the most beneficial time to use Twitter and how to change listings on Goodreads, as well as supplying answers to many other common questions about social media. 

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Business

Explain the Cloud like I'm 10
by Todd Hoff

What is the cloud? How does the cloud work? What does it mean when something is 'in the cloud'? And why is it called 'the cloud' anyway?

The author promises that this book will help readers to understand the cloud. He uses many pictures and lots of examples to demonstrate the different aspects of the cloud. He reveals the inner workings of AWS, Netflix, Facebook Messenger, Amazon Kindle, Apple iCloud, Google Maps, Nest and cloud DVRs.

The book is a very helpful guide either for a complete beginner or someone who knows a little and wants to learn more.

A great explanation of the cloud in a conversational tone for the nontechnical crowd — Goodreads

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Computers & Technology

ISBN: 978-0979707117

On Suspiria and Beyond: a conversation with cinematographer Luciano Tovoli
edited by Piercesare Stagni and Valentina Valente

This is a book-interview with cinematographer Luciano Tovoli, who has collaborated with directors such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Dario Argento, Vittorio De Seta, Maurice Pialat, Barbet Schroeder, Ettore Scola, Andrei Tarkovsky, Julie Taymor, Francis Veber and Valerio Zurlini. Tovoli is also the founder of IMAGO, the European Federation of Cinematographers.

The volume retraces all the stages of making the Dario Argento film Suspiria, from test shots to printing. It describes in detail the making of various sequences. It outlines relations with the director, and explores the cultural premises of this immortal work and the historical context of the struggle for innovation in the cinematography of the 1970s. Above all, it reveals Luciano Tovoli’s passion and tireless search for an expressive use of color in films, providing us with a first-hand experience of an incredible adventure in aesthetics.

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Art & Photography

ISBN: 978-1909088214

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