Subject: Best indie books for this week

Here is this week's selection of recommended books from small and independent publishers.
LibraryBub Books November 16
I Can See You (Book One of the Emma Willis series)
by Joss Landry

"Emma stuck her face to the window to watch the rain. Lightning in the background drew a fiery specter in the sky while her eyes traced the water droplets running down the pane like tears."

Emma Willis is ten years old and has a secret. She not only inherited her grandmother's power of sight, she can accomplish much more. Like most children without siblings growing up amongst adults, she is precocious yet at times lonely.

When a murderer is loose in Newark, a maniac with a thirst for killing little girls, she begins to understand why her Granny Dottie called her sight a curse. She will need all her powers to catch a killer and help the people in her life: Detective Hank Apple, her teacher Christina Tyler, and her little family of three. Only … the madman knows who she is!

A gripping, disturbing tale about the importance of love, acceptance and letting kids be kids  — Kirkus 

Honors: Medal Winner, Fantasy, and Best New Fiction, 2015 New Apple Book Awards; Gold Medal, Readers’ Favorite, 2017; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-0996044196

Without Consent
by Bev Irwin

She found the first victim… now she might be the next.

In Southwestern Ontario, a crafty, vicious psychopath is at work excising the kidneys of the women he abducts. Dr Claire Valincourt, recently jilted, finds his first victim and assists with the autopsy. But little does she know the killer has his sights on her, too.

Relationship-jaded Detective Gerry Rosko desperately searches for a serial killer who is on a quest of his own — the hunt for a perfect kidney for the terminally-ill mother he tends. Will Rosko track him down before Claire becomes his next victim?

Bev Irwin's superb research and descriptive skills will have you hooked; every kidney, cup of coffee, and ER crisis is limned in living detail. — Readers Favorite

Honors: Category Winner (Medical), CLUE Awards; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Designs on Ivy's Locket
by Connie Chappell

Historian-for-hire Wrenn Grayson takes on a difficult client in Kerry St. John. Kerry seeks justice for his great-grandfather’s lifelong heartache. Wrenn meets the renowned jeweler through words recorded in his tattered journal. The year is 1946. He writes from the tiny crossroads of Wyatt, Ohio, about the theft of a treasured locket and the identity of three possible suspects.

The cold case heats up when Lori Hammond arrives. The stolen locket was discovered among her mother’s possessions after her death. Lori refuses to return it to the St. John family, so Wrenn sets out to follow the locket’s path through history. Next, Lori is attacked and Kerry accused. If Kerry’s not guilty, then who is? That question sends cold whispers from the past down Wrenn’s spine.

In Designs on Ivy’s Locket, Connie Chappell focuses on the theme of parents and children, separated by death, by theft, and by design.

Author Connie Chappell has done a great job with Designs on Ivy’s Locket, making it everything a mystery/sleuth story should be and more.
Readers' Favorite

Honors: Best Literary Fiction, 2016 Maxy Awards; Readers' Favorite Book Award for Women's Contemporary Fiction; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Literature & Fiction

Introverts: Leverage Your Strengths for an Effective Job Search
by Gabriela Casineanu

Written by an introvert with 10+ years experience in coaching and employment counseling, this practical book provides tips and strategies to help introverts shift the perception from feeling a victim to creating a job-search strategy mix that meets the employer midway. The book also encourages readers to become project managers of their own job-search project, showing how to make the project more effective by using their strengths and staying true to their introverted nature.

While the book Quiet — by Susan Cain — presents the introvert's personality traits, this book takes things a step further by showing introverts how to apply those traits in job hunting to tap into the hidden job market and increase their chances to stand out. It also contains real examples of successful introverted job-seekers, many practical resume and interview tips, 21 job search strategies fitting the introvert's personality, and shows how to be proactive in using LinkedIn for job hunting to accelerate the process. The self-reflective exercises included in this comprehensive book help readers understand the weakest aspects of their specific job search, and how to strengthen them to find the desired position and build a meaningful career.

Introverts is bound to be a helpful book for all job seekers. It contains tried and tested techniques plus some new ones along with specific emphasis on introverts and their point of view. — Readers' Favorite

Honors: Amazon Best Seller; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-0995967700
Laodicea: why the world is not yet ready for the Second Coming
by B. Lising

Find out and realize the one and only end-time instruction in fulfillment of what was foretold.

How do we make ourselves ready for the Last Days? The best way to prepare is to do actions that are in agreement with what will happen in the Last Days. Our focus should be on events that concern the church.

This book is for God’s chosen people, whose names appear in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb that was slain. Their names have been written there from the creation of the world before the beginning of time.

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Religion & Spirituality

ISBN:  978-1482854671

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
by Tricia Barr

Bound by fear, by fire, by destiny.

When Phoenyx Blake meets Sebastian for the first time, it's in a dungeon where they and two others have been imprisoned. Together these four strangers discover that each one of their souls are attached to an element of nature — earth, water, fire and air. Their abductors belong to an ancient society that plans to sacrifice them for their powers during the upcoming solar storm. What’s more, Phoenyx and Sebastian find that their souls have a special history that spans centuries. Destined to love, fated to die, doomed to repeat.

The four prisoners must learn to master their powers to escape. But Phoenyx is hiding from a painful secret. If she can’t find the strength to face it, she and her new friends will lose not only their lives but their souls… forever.

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-0998977713

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Powerful Prayers in the War Room
by Daniel B. Lancaster

“I wanted to pray…but I didn’t know how.”

Christians often struggle to find the words to speak in the presence of God. Praying to God may feel foreign or like a ritual. Adding to that frustration, some people worry that God isn’t listening. Even if he hears, will he reply, they wonder. This book will show you that God not only listens but also answers. He is waiting to provide an outpouring of blessings, if only you will ask him. God wants you to be a prayer warrior and will help you.

Author Dr Dan Lancaster was struck by the power of the prayers answered during his time as an international missionary in Southeast Asia. These answered prayers brought glory to God and helped advance God’s Kingdom on Earth. Those are the types of prayers we need in the world, and this book will guide you in that direction.

Prayer was never intended to be complicated. The author brings 40 years of his personal experience to the pages of this book, but most importantly, he looks to the Bible to unearth what Jesus prayed about and how. With beautiful simplicity, this book presents tangible methods to reshape your prayer life, beginning today.

Honors: Amazon Best Seller; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Religion & Spirituality

ISBN: 978-1523334773

Prideyou can't heal if you are hiding from yourself
by Ronald Holt and William Huggett

Do you wonder about your gender or sexual feelings? Or are you worried what other people might think of you? Dr Ron Holt has interacted with thousands of youth to help them understand the importance of self-worth and self-acceptance in their lives. In this book, you’ll be given information that has helped many people sort out the importance of living true to themselves for better health and internal happiness.

Through storytelling, Dr Holt will help you understand that your feelings and sense of identity are not things you choose. He explains when it makes sense to tell anyone about your feelings, while also advising you what to do if others disapprove or don’t like you because of who you are. He outlines how to deal with the problems that might come with prejudice, discrimination, and bullying. This book provides practical advice and recommendations on how to live a life of self-acceptance and love whether or not you are LGBTQ.

If you are struggling with self-acceptance or self-love, this book is for you. It brings together the information you’ll need to create a happy and more fulfilling life.

Ronald Holt is writing from a place of compassion and understanding, and the reader can feel it.  — Readers' Favorite

Honors: Amazon Best Seller; Winner, LGBTQ Non-Fiction, 2017 International Book Awards; Honorable Mention, Young Adult: Social Issues, 2017 Readers' Favorite Book Awards; 
seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Social Science

ISBN: 978-0998582917

Breezy and Dodo: a life Story
bJohn (‘Breezy’) F. Bartkowski

“Hi, I’m Breezy, and this is my wife, Dodo.” With hand extended, that was how I usually introduced us to new acquaintances. They would react with a smile, a look of disbelief, and a series of questions – “How and when did you get those names?” – “How did you two meet and marry?” – etc.

Our response was quite simple. I was given my nickname by a nun in elementary school, at about the same time that Dodo was given hers by her brother Ted. We grew up during the Great Depression and World War Two. We began dating while I was attending the University of Scranton, and a few years later, in October 1950, at the age of 21, we were married in the same church in which we had been baptized.

Now, in my golden years, my daughters have persuaded me to tell them, and their children, the full story of Breezy and Dodo, including the histories of our families, their immigration from Poland to Pennsylvania, my paternal grandmother’s 21 children, and maternal grandmother’s 13 children. Here’s our story of growing up and living in a small coal-mining town during the 1930s and 40s, getting married and working to achieve the American Dream.

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Biography & Memoir


Edelweiss: chronicle of a Del Mar beach house, 1885 to now
by Juliana Maxey-Allison

In the mid-1880s, Jacob Taylor sized up the scrappy brush-covered site known then as Weed, and gambled that trains would bring people to this spot on the San Diego County coast of California. He envisioned an extravagant tourist destination, then built it, and awaited the new arrivals. The house at 227 Tenth Street was part of Taylor’s dream made manifest.

The author encountered the sagging, slouching, peeling ‘old Victorian beach cottage’ almost a century later and set about rehabilitating it. After several years away in New York City and then a return to Del Mar in 2004, she began to investigate the history of the house and the people who had lived in it.

This book brings Del Mar’s first century alive and introduces some intriguing mysteries. How did Edelweiss acquire its name and its Swiss chalet details? Why were so many of the house’s owners women? Was the cottage really the 1920s hideaway of the famous Hollywood couple Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks?

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: History

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