Subject: Best indie books for this week

Below are this week's recommendations of outstanding indie & small-press books.
LibraryBub Books August 3
Crossroads and the Himalayan Crystals
by C. Toni Graham

In the quiet town of Middlefield, an ordinary day takes a turn for the strange and wondrous when four teenagers are whisked away to the otherworld — a land in a different dimension. As they try to rationalize what they have stumbled onto — magic, fairies and flying horses — they begin to see that this world is not a fairy tale, but one filled with danger. 

They must now abide by an evil druid’s bidding or risk endangering the lives of their loved ones and the magical beings they have befriended.

Graham starts her YA debut with a bang; the opening scene depicting Brigara's banishment is exhilarating. — Kirkus

Honors: Readers' Favorite International Book Award for Excellence in Writing, Young Adult Action Category; Los Angeles Book Festival Honorable Mention Award for Young Adult Fiction; seen on ABC, NBC and Fox

Category: Science Fiction and Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1452558271

A Negro and an Ofay (Book One in the Tales of Elliot Caprice series)
by Danny Gardner

In 1952, after a year on the run, disgraced Chicago police officer Elliot Caprice wakes up in a jailhouse in St. Louis. His friends from his hometown secure his release and he returns to find the family farm in foreclosure and the man who raised him dying in a flophouse. 

Desperate for money, he accepts a straight job as a process server and eventually crosses paths with a powerful family from Chicago’s North Shore. A captain of industry is dead, the key to his estate disappeared with the chauffeur, and soon Elliot is in up to his neck. The mixed-race son of Illinois farm country must return to the Windy City with the Chicago Police on his heels and the Syndicate at his throat.

Gardner’s hard-bitten crime drama is candid, unflinching, and full of gallows humor. — Foreword Reviews

Honors: seen on ABC, NBC and Fox

Category: Mystery, Thriller and Suspense


Secrets of the Home Wood
by Julie Whitley

For Jonathon, the Home Wood that borders his grandfather’s farm has always been a source of mystery and dread. Strange half-heard rumours passed among aunts, uncles and cousins never quite add up.

More than twenty years ago, his father — when he was Jonathon’s age — was swallowed up by the Home Wood for more than a day and came back badly injured. That was when his grandfather forbade any family member from venturing back there. And so when, from his bedroom window one morning, Jonathon sees his father once again cross into the Home Wood, he knows something is very wrong. 

Deceiving his grandfather, Jonathon sets out after his father and makes his way, for the first time in his life, into the woods. What he finds there is beyond even his wildest imagination.

Honors: Literary Classics Book Award Silver Seal of Approval winner 2017; Book Excellence Award for Fantasy 2016; Wishing Shelf Book Award Finalist 2015; seen on ABC, NBC and Fox

Category: Science Fiction and Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1460255285

The Troublemakers
by Jenny Terrell

Benedict, Edgar, and Jerome are the last remaining Sisters of Infinite Grace, serving the tiny Irish fishing village of Donadon. Their bishop is evicting them from their convent overlooking the sea, to install a group of monks in their place. Monks! The women are horrified. And besides, the convent and prime seaside land belong to them.

The bishop offers them a pittance for the property, but a land developer offers them more. Despite their vow of poverty, the sisters decide the higher offer must be God's will.

Finally, the sisters prevail over the bishop. The disobedient nuns find themselves wealthy, but with no home and no mission to follow. Thus begins their odyssey, in this entertaining tale with beguiling characters and a plot with a heavenly vision, a goat, a pope, a road trip, and surprises.

Terrell enriches the story with local flavor, including Irish dialect (This devil of a holy man will not feckin' have the best of Patrick Flynn), and culture, which will please readers interested in the region. — Kirkus

Honors: seen on ABC, NBC and Fox

Category: Humor


The Great Testosterone Myth 
by Aniruddha Railkar

Low Testosterone is a medical condition. Not everyone who has this condition needs treatment. This book will present information about the condition in a simple easy to understand language and will empower people to make an informed decision

Honors: seen on ABC, NBC and Fox

Category: Biological Sciences

ISBN: 978-1534709409

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
Lamentation (Book One in the Jay Porter series)
by Joe Clifford

In a frigid New Hampshire winter, Jay Porter is trying to eke out a living and maintain some semblance of a relationship with his former girlfriend and their two-year-old son. When he receives an urgent call that Chris, his drug-addicted brother, is being questioned by the sheriff about his missing junkie business partner, Jay feels obliged to come to his rescue. 

After Jay negotiates his brother’s release from the county jail, Chris disappears into the night. As Jay begins to search for him, he is plunged into a cauldron of ugly lies and long-kept secrets that could tear apart his small hometown and threaten the lives of Jay and all those he holds dear. Powerful forces come into play that will stop at nothing until Chris is dead and the information he harbors is destroyed.

A taut thriller rendered in vivid prose, this book contains only a few surprises but builds a relentless, compelling momentum. Recommended for noir lovers and readers of novels set in New England. — Library Journal
Honors: 2015 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel; Amazon bestseller; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense 

ISBN: 978-1608091850

Webs of Fate (Book Three of the Webs series)
by Darlene Quinn

A gripping story of greed, conquest, love, and forgiveness. In the high-fashion world of the mid-80s, Danielle Norman, a vulnerable young buyer, struggles to save her plummeting career. Unable to confide in her mentor, Ashleigh McDowell, Danielle falls victim to a painful betrayal. Just how high a price will she pay?

Each step that Ashleigh takes to uncover the truth unwittingly draws her closer to a deadly trap. With her personal and professional life unraveling, Ashleigh finds herself in a race against time and the emotions that haunt her. Ultimately, she will find what fate has in store. 

Honors: 2011 Readers' Favorite Silver Award Winner; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Contemporary Fiction

ISBN: 978-1608323890

The Journey of Not Knowing: how 21st Century leaders can chart a course where there is none
by Julie Benezet

The Journey of Not Knowing offers a fast paced, entertaining read that gets to the heart of a critical state in today’s business climate and society overall: the constantly changing, ambiguous 21st century and the uncharted waters ahead. This book will inspire leaders of organizations of any size to come to grips with the scariness of the unknown while it advances a new approach to leadership that leverages the discomfort of the new as a source of inspiration rather than a deterrent to building a better future.

Through the vehicle of a story about an eight-member leadership team of a fictional company, The Journey of Not Knowing follows the defended behaviors of its very recognizable characters through their efforts to avoid and then solve the mystery of why a client fired them. The reward of the discovery is a critical piece of new business and substantial personal growth. The book begins with the description of an experience as an executive from the author’s Amazon days and ends with a primer on the Journey of Not Knowing leadership model.

The Journey of Not Knowing leadership program has been attended by executives from around the world over the last six years. 

Honors: 2016 IBPA Gold Medal (cover); 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Silver Medal (business & economics); seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-0997813906
The Rebecca Pendragon Trilogy: Magic is All Around Us 
by Gary Green

Rebecca was a normal 12-year-old girl living the suburban life with her single Mom, when her Mom died and her world changed forever — in ways she could never have imagined. First, she had to move halfway across the country to live with her Grandma on her farm in Minnesota. Then, she learned that magic and magical creatures are real. Not only that, but one of them — the god Pan — was responsible for her mother's death and wanted her dead as well. So starts a fast-paced adventure where magic is real and magical creatures hold the key, not only to Rebecca's survival, but to the survival of the whole human race. 

Follow Rebecca as she meets dragons, elves, gnomes, fairies and sorcerers — even the Loch Ness Monster. The Rebecca Pendragon Trilogy is a rollicking adventure that will keep you guessing from beginning to end. This is a box-set of the first three books of the Redemption series: Rebecca's Initiation, Rebecca's Destiny, and Rebecca's Coronation.

Honors: Award-winning author; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Science Fiction and Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1520707303
Lamellia: the Kingdom of Mushrooms
by Gloria D. Gonsalves

Can a lost baby girl find a new home in a world of enchanted, talking mushrooms?

King Polipoli is kind to all who enter his magical kingdom. When he learns that a human baby girl needs his help, he sends out all his mushroom troops to rescue her.

But the journey won't be easy. After all, how can the little fungi carry a baby? Or feed her? Mushrooms of all shapes, sizes, and species must use teamwork and creativity to bring the girl safely to the king's castle.

Lamellia: The Kingdom of Mushrooms is a delightful educational picture book for children. During the fun-filled adventure, your children will discover the importance of kindness, tolerance, and acceptance.

If your child likes seeing beautiful illustrations, learning about nature, and using their imagination, then they'll love this charming fantasy tale.

Journey to Lamellia today to have a fun time with fungi!

Honors: seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Children's

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

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Alinka Rutkowska
CEO, LibraryBub