Subject: Best indie books for this week

Here is this week's selection of recommended books from small and independent publishers.
LibraryBub Books December 21
Stranded: a white-knuckle adventure above and below the sea
by Beverley Scherberger

After a tragic scuba diving accident claims the life of one member of their group and strands the others far out at sea, Lissy and her friends find themselves in a struggle for survival on an inhospitable deserted island in the middle of nowhere.

This page-turning, edge-of-your-seat adventure touches on some of humanity’s oldest innate fears. From drowning and sharks to snakes and spiders, Lissy and her friends endure shock after startling shock. Every spine will experience a chill in this suspenseful tale of survival of the fittest.

In the midst of terrifying life-or-death tension, Lissy’s budding romance with another member of the group leads to unwarranted conflict that threatens to make their lives even more difficult. As they face daily menace from the island’s nonhuman denizens — a mysteriously vicious and carnivorous species of primate — will Lissy’s own panic make their worst nightmares come true?

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

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1535034142

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The Band 4: the air we breathe
by Marguerite Nardone Gruen

This is the story of Chase Martin who is a quarter of the biggest band on the planet. He is in turmoil because he wants to leave the band. Marguerite Angeli is on a holiday in London having just escaped turmoil in her own life — finally free from feeling hostage to her strict Italian parents.

She meets Chase by accident in a coffee shop in London.
This is their story about his life being on the road all the time while trying to keep his life at home as normal as he can.

It also has a supernatural twist to it. The couple can feel each other’s emotions — no matter how far away he is touring — and this creates an unbreakable bond between them.

A whimsical, if unbelievable, romantic fantasy about a celebrity couple — Kirkus

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1460283547

Luna Rising
by Selene Castrovilla

Life begins at 38 for Long Island mom and writer Luna Lampanelli, when she kicks her secretly gay husband to the curb. She's got her freedom, but what she wants is love. Luna knows she doesn't need a man to exist, but try telling that to her heart. Against the advice of Sunny, her snarky best friend, and Jiminy, the cautioning voice in Luna's head who just won't shut up, Luna sets course to find a mate. Luna enters several short-lived, surreal relationships through speed dating and online flirting.

Spiraling downhill into progressively worse situations, Luna joins Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous. But before Luna can proceed to recovery, she meets the elusive but oh so appealing Trip. He's emotionally unavailable, but how can Luna let him go when she enjoys his dry wit so much, and his body even more?

Humorously haunting and packed with unspeakable truths, Luna Rising follows a woman's funny and heart-breaking struggle to relate with unrelatable men and an unrelatable world, and to figure out something even more unrelatable: herself.

Honors: Winner, Chick Lit, 2017 Book Excellence Awards; seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Literature & Fiction


Seasoned with Gratitude: 250 recipes and blessings celebrating the greater nourishment of real food
by Kathryn Lafond

This is an innovative cookbook infusing mouth-watering recipes with reverence for the sacred gift of life. In recipes from breakfast through desserts, discover morsels of scientific research and folk wisdom, as well as blessings and practices to share and nurture awareness of our place in the circle of life. Recipes include succulent one-pot dishes, 30-minute meals or those that take all-day. Also featured are robust meat or vegetable stocks, healthy fats, and savory ways to include abundant vegetables.

Seasoned with Gratitude is a cookbook for all dietary persuasions — vegetarian and carnivore, paleo and gluten-free. It encourages the use of fresh, sustainably-raised ingredients. Author Kathryn Lafond reminds us that preparing and eating food is how we heal, comfort, and connect with others and suggests by including the secret ingredient of gratitude, we just might gain even greater nourishment.

Honors: Bronze Medal, Cookbooks (General), 2017 Living Now Book Awards; seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Health & Fitness

ISBN: 978-0997217506

Sunflower Circle
by Scott Wright

Have you ever held a seed in your hand and felt the beauty inside waiting to grow and blossom?

With curiosity and wonder, Sunflower Circle takes you inside the surprising world of sunflowers as their stalks reach for the sky. Allow your imagination to awaken as towering spiky balls unfold into big, beautiful flowers.

Discover the mystery of these flowers as they move toward the sun with grace, and step deeper with the circle’s ecosystem to meet the many visitors that call the circle home.

Inspired by the author’s own experiences and garden, this story is for anyone at any age ready to discover the many gifts a sunflower circle can teach you about nature and about your own life!

Sunflower Circle is a children's book, Grade K-3rd, and contains beautiful photography that highlights the process and progress in planting sunflowers. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Children's; Science

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
Red Lands Outlaw: the Ballad of Henry Starr
by Phil Truman

In the last years of the tough and woolly land called Indian Territory, and the first of the new state of Oklahoma, the outlaw Henry Starr rides roughshod through its midst. A native son of ‘the Nations’, he’s more Scotch-Irish than Cherokee, but scorned by both. He never really wanted to journey west of the law, yet fate seems to insist.

Falsely accused of horse thieving at 16, sentenced to hang for murder at 19 by Judge Isaac Parker, he escapes the gallows on a technicality. Given that opportunity, the charming, handsome, mild-mannered Henry Starr spends the rest of his life becoming the most prolific bank robber the West has ever known.

Honors:  seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Literature & Fiction

The Billionaire's Obsession: 
The Complete Collection: Mine For Tonight, Mine For Now, Mine Forever, Mine Completely
by J. S. Scott

Down on her luck, nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely and overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she's never met.

Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to her problems, or will he end up being a major complication and a danger to her emotional sanity? Reclusive billionaire Simon would rather be behind a computer creating computer games than rubbing elbows with the elite and he knows exactly what he wants… until he meets Kara. Something about Kara touches Simon in ways he's never experienced and definitely doesn't like. 

For over a year, Simon watches over Kara, but stubbornly refuses to admit his desire to possess her, not even to himself. But when she ends up in a situation that could very well be her destruction, Simon steps up to help her, not realizing that in saving Kara, he might very well be salvaging his own soul.

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Romance

How I Beat Macular Degeneration in the Early Stages and How You Can, Too!
by Alan N. McClain

This is a new total health program for adults. It builds energy and facilitates career success. It improves vision and includes many proven health tips, such as restricting unhealthy foods and limiting sun exposure that can harm eyes. It enables those over 50 to avoid a condition currently affecting one in three people over the age of 65. The condition causes blurred vision that prevents reading, driving, and recognizing faces.

Simple and affordable, the program has helped.many people to experience crystal-clear vision as never before, with energy levels like people of many years younger! In this book, you can read how to boost your daily energy levels and radiate happiness to those around you. Those who follow the program can enjoy higher vitality, with energy to pursue interests and a happier way of life, inspiring those around them to achieve the same. 

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Self-Help

The Color Game
by Margherita Crystal Lotus

Live your dreams, ignite your passion and heal your life to be who you are!

In the dreams of Ida you can find yourself, and see the events that have shaped your life and how to heal inner wounds and traumas. Ida is in a coma after an accident that turned her mind to explore her inner world of energies.

Thoughts and feelings are energy forms circulating in our bodies. The many levels are coordinated by powerful energy organs called chakras.

Imagine that you travel between them as planets that have different colors.

Seen altogether, they appear like a rainbow through your body. In this story you are supported with help from the beings on each planet. The Color Game originated as an idea to blend healing with a fantasy sci-fi story, like Alice in Wonderland mixed with Star Trek.

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-1946697448
Christmas Cats (Book Two of the Inca Cat series)
by R. F. Kristi

Here’s another adventure story narrated by Inca. She’s an extraordinary Siberian cat. It’s Christmas time and Inca’s ready to enjoy the holiday season with her Siamese sister Cara and brother Fromage, a cheese-loving tabby, not to forget their adopted hamster Charlotte. Life turns interesting when Boss, the neighborhood tough dog, comes around asking for help to find his master.
Inca has another mystery to solve with the help of neighbors Monk, a Blue Russian cat, and Polo, a Pekinese dog. Join this new detective team in their investigations.

Full of intrigue and deception — Booklife

Honors: Finalist, Wishing Shelf Book Awards; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Children's

ISBN:  978-1539888482

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

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