Subject: Best indie books for this week

Here is this week's selection of recommended books from small and independent publishers.
LibraryBub Books August 31
The Intersect
by Brad Grabler

Set against Arizona’s political and cultural vortex at the start of 2010, The Intersect explores the issues of the day by weaving together the lives of disparate characters striving to survive in a world where the strongest link, and most lasting connection, is made among strangers. When Dave and Charlie relocate from the Bay Area to Phoenix, tensions ratchet up in their relationship as Charlie insists on buying a house on the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore while Dave contemplates leaving his job. 

Daisy, a spry septuagenarian, shows up at their front door after a long convalescence, unaware that her greedy Michigan relatives, Jack and Enid, have already sold her home. Charlie assumes the older woman is Dave’s distant aunt and happily ushers her into a guest room. Meanwhile, across town, Anna, a gifted psychic, who channels the dead, is concerned about her neighborhood. She hires a handyman to install motion-detectors, unaware that Ernie has entered the United States illegally from Mexico as a child. When Henry, a homeless gay teen, attempts to rob Anna, Ernie intervenes and a melee ensues. The police mistakenly arrest Ernie, leading to his deportation. And so begins The Intersect as relationships unravel, secrets are revealed, love blossoms, and injustice leads to a thrilling climax.

The writing features many dramatic moments and it is punctuated by humorous episodes that will keep the reader entertained. This is a story that rings with originality; it is well-crafted, and exhilarating. — Readers' Favorite

Honors: Winner 2017 Indie Excellence Book Award in LGBTQ Fiction; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Social Issues

ISBN: 978-0997604207

The Fairies of Turtle Creek
by Jill K. Sayre

Magical realism for readers aged 9 and up. Fantasy and history mixes together, when skeptical 13-year-old Claire has deep concerns about her brother who is away fighting in the Iraq war. Then her quirky and estranged Grandma Faye comes to live with her distressed family and starts talking about fairies as though they are real. Although Claire is cynical, her grandmother's stories of also being a 13-year-old girl in Dallas, Texas in the 1920s opens Claire's heart to love — and to a belief in other things you can only see with your heart.

This novel is delightful, flawlessly executed and beautifully presented. The chapter breaks with their detailed embellishments and poetry are a joy to look at, even before the quality of the story is experienced. — Foreword Reviews

Honors: Readers' Favorite Book Silver Award; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Fantasy & Magic

ISBN: 978-0988506664

Quantum Lace
by Bella St. John

This story of time travel, while a work of fiction, is largely based on real science, real people and real events. Where fact leaves off and fiction begins is for you to decide. Do a search on just about anything in this book and make up your own mind what is ‘real’. For instance, Morgan Robertson really did publish a book on the sinking of the ‘unsinkable ship’ that hit an iceberg 14 years before the Titanic; the edition of The Time Machine published by Holt really did misspell the author’s name as “H.S. Wells” and his address listed on the letter sent to Bridgit was Wells’ actual address at the time; the quotes from Tesla’s presentation are taken verbatim from those he uttered in 1892…

In this first book of the Quantum Lace series, Lady Bridgit Darnell’s life in 1895 in England is interrupted by what she initially thought was merely a strange dream – a dream in which she meets present-day Markus in South Carolina who tells her that quantum physics has shown time travel is possible. Awaking back in what she recognizes as her own time and place, Bridgit is convinced the vision must have been a fantasy of her own making until an event occurs that proves the dream was in fact real, and the ripple effect of this alters Bridgit’s life forever…

The story line is mesmerizing, and Ms. St John has done a magnificent job of melding fact with fiction.  — Readers' Favorite

Honors: New York Book Festival - Honorable Mention; Literary Classics - Silver Medal; Literary Classics - Seal of Approval; Amazon Best Seller; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1542437592
Falling for the Stars: a stunt gal's tattle tales
by Lisa Loving Dalton

Fans of movies and TV love reading this Amazon #1 Best Seller. In Falling for the Stars, Lisa Dalton tattles about her humorous and harrowing true tales as a stunt woman in movies, culled from over 100 films and TV shows, including Crocodile Dundee, FX, Ghostbusters, Highlander, The Last Dragon, Legal Eagles, Married to the Mob, Money Pit, Splash and Saturday Night Live.

Humor and candor abound as, despite her bountiful breasts, Dalton doubles stars like Cher, Madonna, Grace Jones and Meryl Streep. She rubs elbows with Robert Redford, Katharine Hepburn, Sean Connery, Dick Van Dyke, Sid Caesar, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Williams and more.

Discover the dangerous deeds by women in film. See photos of the ever-changing face of a true chameleon.

Addiction, misogyny, and big egos collide with the surprising kindness of superstars in Falling for the Stars. Discover the magic and the tragic as Dalton confesses the price she paid, the blood she shed, the struggle with her ego and the senseless deaths of her friends. Ultimately, she meets her comeuppance, suffering a debilitating injury. Along the rocky path she chose, Lisa shows us we too can face our fears, overcome our losses and live life passionately.

Honors: Amazon Best Seller; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Humor & Entertainment

My Outrageous Spiritual Adventure  (Spiritual Invitations)
by Kevin Michael

This book is for anyone who is serious about their spiritual path and committed to their spiritual growth. It clearly demonstrates that we are not alone and that all we have to do is know how to ask for effective help. 

Now is the time for each of us to take the next step on our personal journey of healing and remembering who we are.

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Religion & Spirituality

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
Choosing Happier: how to be happy despite your circumstances, history or genes
by Jem Friar

Choosing Happier simplifies the art and science of happiness, showing you how to be happy despite your circumstances, history or genes!

It busts the modern myths of happiness that tell you that money, possessions, fame or power will bring you lasting joy. Instead, this easy-to-read book provides a clear understanding and simple-to-follow practices that will enable you to experience increased authentic and sustainable happiness and contentment.

Being happier is not the only end goal of this book. It has been shown that happier people are more creative, successful, productive, healthy, resilient and they have better relationships too — what’s not to like about these additional outcomes? In the bigger picture, happier people are more content, kind and generous. The more authentically happy people there are, the better off we all are.

Whether you would just like to enjoy life more or you have struggled with excessive negative thinking or even if you would like to make this world a better place, then you will find this book to be an incredibly inspiring and useful treasure trove of practical wisdom and tools.

Honors: Amazon Best Seller; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Psychology

ISBN: 978-0995681125

Answers to the Top 20 Interview Questions: conquering the job interview process
by Katie Weiser

Your resume got you in the door or someone referred you to the perfect job. That is great! But all of a sudden, that sinking feeling begins to set in because the interview date is fast approaching. You wonder what questions are going to be asked, how you can best represent yourself, how you can prepare, how you can reduce your anxiety, how you can follow up. So just how should you get ready for a job interview? Katie Weiser's Answers to the Top 20 Interview Questions will help you to:
  • understand the interview process (interview formats, methods, questions, research);
  • know what you offer (strengths, brand, key attributes); 
  • capture your success stories using the STAR method; 
  • know in advance what the Top 20 questions are so you aren't struggling for answers; 
  • gain insight into why certain questions are asked;
  • read examples of actual client answers that got them the job;
  • create your own answers on a free downloadable fill-in-the blank answer template for each question;
  • reduce stress and become more confident in your interview.
The time you devote to reading this book and crafting your own answers will provide you with a winning approach to make you a top candidate.

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1544166506

Lessons from a Difficult Person: how to deal with people like us
by Sarah H. Elliston

The funny thing is that Sarah Elliston never realized she was a ‘difficult person’ — someone who harangued people until she got her way, threw temper tantrums, talked over her bosses and pointed out what she thought were their misconceptions. In her family, where she felt bullied, the only way she knew how to get someone's attention and approval was to voice her opinion — and loudly! Without standing her ground, how could she do what she thought was best for herself and everyone else around her? She wasn't intentionally mean-spirited. She was just trying to do what she thought was RIGHT! Until a kind, but firm, boss woke her up! With great compassion, and strength, her boss pointed out that her actions had consequences. That in being ‘difficult’, she was not only disrupting the office camaraderie and production, but impeding her own professional advancement.

This was the beginning of her transformation; Sarah started on the journey away from the difficult person, and towards the woman teaching others how to deal with difficult people. She has published this vital manual to enable others to awaken the challenging personality, and change both the relationship and the environment.

Honors: Amazon Best Seller; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Psychology

ISBN: 978-1627474061

Never Leave the Locker Room of the Super Bowl
by Ben R. Hanback

Ben Hanback is a storyteller. He loves telling stories and loves remembering great times with friends, clients, and family. He considers himself blessed to have experienced some amazing events and been exposed to some incredible people. He decided to share these life-changing experiences and began to write regularly about the lessons he’s learned. This book is a compilation of that writing.

He found that the only way to grow is to learn from the past and regularly take inventory of your experiences. His hope is that you can glean some insight from his stories and that they help to make a difference in your life and in your business.

Here’s one of his favorite memories:

“In 1996 my friends and I managed to work our way into the Dallas Cowboys locker room after their victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. There we were high-fiving Deion Sanders, watching Lesley Visser interview Troy Aikman, and at one point, holding the Vince Lombardi trophy. After about 45 minutes we decided to leave, thinking there might be another, better place to be. A party somewhere, maybe? But after some time, we wound up standing behind Sun Devil Stadium thinking: 'What did we just do? Did we actually just walk out of the Super Bowl locker room? AGH!”

Ben’s mindset is simple: always enjoy the present moment, don't chase a better time, and never leave the locker room of the Super Bowl. Never.

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: Amazon Best Seller; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1944878436
My Heart I Give to Children
by Vasily Sukhomlinsky

Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons,
It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”
With these words from Walt Whitman's “Song of the Open Road”, Vasily Sukhomlinsky closes his inspiring account of how he educated 31 children in a Ukrainian village in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Sukhomlinsky was the principal of a combined primary and secondary school in rural Ukraine for 22 years. His remarkable work attracted thousands of visitors, some of whom traveled great distances to see his school. His inspirational books have been read by millions around the world. One principal visiting his school wrote:
“I have spent only one day in this remarkable school… but I have learned as much as I did in four years at teachers’ college.

This fresh translation of an educational classic explores issues such as our relationship with nature, how to help children develop empathy for others, how schools can develop strong relationships with families, how children’s brains function and develop, and how to foster an intrinsic love of learning. Recommended for educators, parents, and anyone interested in the upbringing of children.

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Education

ISBN: 978-0980588576
We trust that your readers will enjoy our hand-picked selection.

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Alinka Rutkowska
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