Subject: Best indie books for this week

Here is this week's selection of recommended books from small and independent publishers.
LibraryBub Books September 7
by Gary Bullock

Laura Elizabeth Austin grows up in a small farming town in Kansas. Already a genius at age 8, she and equally bright Elijah Lucas Grant are very different from other kids, but Laura and Elijah have each other.

Fascinated with science, they seriously discuss the big cosmological questions – the nature of time, black holes, the origin and the destiny of the universe, so the two little prodigies become soul-mates.

At the age of 12, on a bicycle ride together, they have their first kiss while debating the nature of time. (Laura claims it doesn’t exist. She may be right.)

They are also troubled by strange visions. Laura sees people who aren’t there. She thinks they are ghosts, but comes to realize that they exist in another universe. She discovers that she can actually step into an alternate universe.

Elijah sees flashes of events that haven’t happened – yet. But he learns to develop this into an unerring sense of the future. As the Red Queen says, “It’s a poor memory that only works backwards.”

They soon learn the future isn’t what it used to be. Neither is the past. But in the eternal present, they have each other, for now.

Bullock's intriguing story combines elements of science-fiction, romance, and suspense. [...] A focused, fast-paced journey between alternate universes. — Kirkus 

Honors: seen on NBC and CBS

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1458203953

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, CBS and Fox

Category: Biography

ISBN: 978-0997663310

How to Help Someone with Cancer
by Shannon Benish

A loved one was recently diagnosed with cancer and you aren't sure the best way to help. Surely there’s something you can do besides bringing a frozen dinner? 

This book will be your guide to practical ways you can help a cancer patient as they are progressing through treatment. You may feel you don’t have the time, energy or resources to be of much help, but these 70 recommendations will provide affordable and manageable suggestions to help form your action plan.

11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist; Amazon Best Seller; seen on NBC and CBS

Category: Health & Fitness

ISBN: 978-0998422800

Halloween with Snowman Paul
by Yossi Lapid

If you are looking for the perfect book to capture the spirit and atmosphere of Halloween with your little ones, you found it! 

In this beautifully illustrated sixth volume of Lapid and Pasek's award-winning picture book series, Dan and Snowman Paul have a Halloween tree-house party, wearing costumes, telling stories, singing songs and getting themselves deliciously spooked. Aliens, witches, dragons and ghosts abound and dire warning signs are everywhere. But will they stop eager visitors from advancing? 

Offering a fine-tuned blend of mild suspense and reassuring humor, this holiday-themed picture book will transport your children into a dreamworld where they can safely experience Halloween their own way. The story line encourages children to push past their fears on this spookily entertaining day. The book is perfect for a traditional Halloween night bedtime story to be enjoyed by the entire family. With catchy rhymes and simple vocabulary, the book is also ideal for beginner readers. 

Want to experience fabulous and spooky fun? Join Dan and Snowman Paul in this imaginative and whimsical Halloween adventure.

Honors: Award-winning book series; Readers' Favorite five stars; seen on NBC and CBS

Category: Children's

ISBN: 978-0997389913

Author Gator: Don't Judge a Book by its Cover
by Josh Benya

Author Gator teaches kids not to judge others by their appearance. By using his creativity and his friend Bandit Raccoon's help, Author figures a way to be seen for the individual and storyteller he is within. Then a friendly librarian offers him an opportunity that could change his life forever. Will Author take it?

On Author Gator’s first adventure, you can discover that even though some people may look different or have disabilities, it doesn’t mean we should bully them or shut them out from our lives. They may have an incredible gift to share with the world. As Author says, “You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.”

Honors: Amazon Best Seller; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Children's

ISBN: 978-0692868577
In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
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

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

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Alinka Rutkowska
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