Subject: Best indie books for this week

Below are this week's recommendations of outstanding indie & small-press books.
LibraryBub Books August 17
by Sandra Ann Heath

Unrest tells the story of seventeen-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: Readers' Favorite International Book Award for Excellence in Writing, Young Adult Action Category; Los Angeles Book Festival Honorable Mention for Young Adult Fiction; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Historical Fiction

ISBN: 978-0996551717

Faith, Power, Joy: spiritual guidance from 5 generations of remarkable women
by Sheryl A. Stradling

Faith, Power, Joy is a multi-generational saga starring a family of extraordinary women. They triumphed over loss, financial hardship and chronic illness by applying spiritual principles. In 1890, Lottie won her husband-to-be in a daring bet and later struggled to overcome his untimely death. Her daughter, Minnie, challenged social norms to become a well-known educator in the 1930s, while her daughter overcame chronic illness with unending courage. Minnie’s granddaughter chose a non-traditional career to support her family while her daughter pursued an advanced degree and bolstered her faith through Bible study and prayer. But there is more. 

Who left colorful marbles in the corners of buildings just for fun? Who hid her journals in the unfinished portion of her closet? And which woman took her university to court to have her degree issued in her stage name? These remarkable women reveal both their bold personalities and their timely secrets for developing faith, empowering themselves for success and sharing their joy through practical spirituality.

An inspiring, heartfelt, and insightful family saga that is packed with lessons on personal and spiritual growth  — Foreword Reviews

Honors: Amazon #1 Best Seller; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Psychology & Spirituality


A Whole New You: To Your Good Health
by Laura Koenig Rivkin

A Whole New You is a wake-up call to those who want to, but can't seem to find the time to take better care of themselves. The author explains how you can find the time by making yourself a priority! Learn how to take care of you, from the inside out. You will find great tips on how to do this. Some features of the book include: · How to Lose Weight Naturally · Dining-Out Options · 

Healthy Snack List · Sample Menu Guides · Simple Recipes · How to Reduce Stress · Easy-to-Do Exercises at Home or in the Office (includes pictures) 

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Health, Diet & Fitness

ISBN: 978-0996229104

Why They Stay: sex scandals, deals, and hidden agendas of nine political wives
by Anne Michaud

This work of literary nonfiction explores the reasoning and motivation of wives who stay with their politician-husbands after they cheat. Why They Stay offers deeply intuitive, exactingly researched profiles of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Valerie Hobson, Marion Stein, Hillary Clinton, Silda Spitzer, Wendy Vitter, Gila Katsav and Huma Abedin. Looking back on the path chosen by these political wives, we have the evidence to see a pattern as old as the dynastic maneuverings of England's medieval queens.

 The women married to the 'royalty' of our times, politicians, make similar cold calculations in order to hold onto their 'thrones' and their family's history-making potential.

It's about time that a book such as Why They Stay should appear to comment on the wives of politicians and why they remain in place despite reports of infidelity and bad behaviors. Not only does this apply to the highest political offices past and present, but its message and analysis will reach many a marriage where friends may wonder about the reasons why a wife stays in the home after misconduct is uncovered. It's a gripping production especially recommended for any interested in women's issues and political scandals and their aftermath.D. Donovan for Midwest Book Review

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Biographies & Memoirs


The Library (Volume 1)
by Simon Hartwell

Every small town in America has a house that is, well, creepy, spooky, scary even and Alex Powell inherited such a house in the small town of Danville, Virginia.

Moving from England and attending a new school is just the beginning for12-year-old Alex.
He quickly makes friends who tell him all about the origins of the Black House and the legend of the lost Confederate Treasury buried in a graveyard under his house.

Alex invites them to look around his new home and together they discover the Library, a room that sits in the middle of the house and reaches from the bottom, all the way to the top, crammed full of books. When Alex’s Mum goes missing, they realise the house is haunted by the ghosts of people trapped within the Library books and their adventure begins.

The Library — don't forget to return your book, it will cost you more than a fine!

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1544976020

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
Serenity (Book One in the Shelby Alexander Thriller series)
by Craig A. Hart

A bullet slams into a wall just past Shelby’s head. A drug dealer offers him $10,000 for information regarding his dead sister. The local sheriff has Shelby in his sights. It’s just another day in the small town of Serenity.

Readers of David Archer, John Sandford, Dustin Stevens, and Robert B. Parker will love this new series of suspense thrillers. 

Set in Serenity, Michigan, the Shelby Alexander Thriller series stars an aging ex-boxer and retired fixer whose activities flirt with the wrong side of the law. Shelby moved to Serenity, his boyhood hometown, looking for a slower pace of life. But trouble follows men like Shelby, and he finds himself embroiled in an underworld of drugs and violence that may prove to be his undoing.

The first book in the new series, Serenity is an action-packed read with a lovingly rendered cast, witty dialogue, and a main character who doesn't know when to quit.

Honors: Amazon bestseller; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense 

ISBN: 978-1539311881

Tested: the Dream is free but the Hu$tle comes at a cost
by Alpesh H. Patel

From refugee to international entrepreneur — the true story of the elusive highs and countless lows of an entrepreneur
Alpesh H. Patel’s story is the journey of an unconventional standalone entrepreneur. Far from being a slick get-rich-quick tale, Tested follows the gritty reality of this maverick businessman as he travels the world looking for opportunities, making mistakes and – sometimes – getting it very right.

Starting out in a wealthy Gujarati family running the successful chain of Odeon Cinemas in 1960s Uganda, Alpesh is forced to leave everything behind, fleeing Idi Amin’s persecution to start again as a refugee in the U.K. Negotiating his way through his teenage years in Britain, he embarks on an incredible business journey that takes him from the streets of London to the souks of Tangier, from the concrete jungle of Hong Kong to the bling of Dubai and then back to mother Africa.

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Biographies and Memoirs

ISBN: 978-0995596900

by Jerry Johnson

Using updates of the ‘plagues’ in the book of Exodus (poisons, explosives, etc.), a Ph.D. student in biochemistry attempts to take down the U.S. Government. Upset after his father, a U.S. Army colonel, is killed in Iraq, the newly motivated bioterrorist wants to force President George Bush to bring home the remaining U.S. troops. "Let my people go" is the killer's mantra. 

Can Mark Peterson, the FBI agent in charge of the investigation, catch the terrorist before Peterson's boss forces Peterson out of the task force assigned to catch the killer? And what happens when the terrorist decides to go after Peterson, the FBI agent hot on the killer's trail?

The reasoning of the terrorist came across as quite sane when you followed his story, and when you followed the other side, you could see the madness behind it all. — Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite

Honors: Readers' Favorite five stars; Amazon Best Seller; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

ISBN: 978-1520152479
Cryptic Spaces: Foresight
by Deen Ferrell

Willoughby sees patterns that others cannot. Applying his brilliance in mathematics, he uncovers puzzles hidden in plain view. A carved symbol over a local barbershop, for example, leads him to one Antonio Chavez, and eventually, to a secretive organization where nothing is as it seems. Antonio, he learns, is far more than a barber, and introduces him to his oddly eccentric team. 

The famous and beautiful Sydney Senoya exhibits a musical talent that can reach beyond the living. James Arthur, proves to have strange healing powers. Even feisty T.K., their crew liaison on the company yacht, is more than she seems. Determined to uncover the truth behind the supposed seer, Nostradamus, the new team finds itself lost across the corridors of time, fighting for their lives. Does Willoughby alone, have the skill to save them?

Cryptic Spaces has all the key components of a great novel — well-developed and consistent characters, richly descriptive settings, whimsical dialogues, a smooth pacing and an utterly gripping plot. Si Ning Yeoh for Readers' Favorite

Honors: The Book Pick 2013 winner; First place in SciFi/Time Travel in the  Dante Rossetti Young Adult Fiction Awards; Honorable mention in the Readers' Favorite Book Awards, Young Adult, SciFi category; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Historical Fiction

Dancing with Elephants: mindfulness training for those living with dementia, chronic illness or an aging brain
by Jarem Sawatsky

Want to enjoy the life you are living, even as you face major life challenges?

Is your mind succumbing to age? Is your body failing you? Can you ever find joy, peace, or fulfillment in these challenging conditions? The answer is a resounding YES.

In Dancing with Elephants you’ll discover:
• Simple practices to bring healing to your heart and life to your new outlook
• Humorous (and occasionally heart-wrenching) stories of Sawatsky’s own journey
• A new perspective to transform your pain and renew your spirit
• Practical tools to face your seemingly inescapable fears, and much, much more!

If you like touching stories, mindful wisdom, and a touch of irreverent humor, then you’ll love Sawatsky’s life-changing book.

This book is designed to teach the reader how to live their life to the fullest, regardless of their mental/memory problems. — Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

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

Category: Self-help

ISBN: 978-0995324206
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