Subject: Best indie books for this week

We are delighted to recommend the following books from the independent publishing sector.
LibraryBub Books January 18
The Bridge of the Golden Wood:
a parable on how to earn a living
by Karl Beckstrand

A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. This illustrated Asian folk tale teaches the value of work. It includes career and business ideas plus online resources.

Young children will be captivated by the story; older ones will want to apply the things they learn. Many a budding entrepreneur might begin their journey with this book.

Suitable for ages 4+

A very educational resource and a good story as well — Readers' Favorite

Honors: Readers' Favorite five stars; seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Children's

ISBN: 978-1536889864

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Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker
by Marla Martenson

In Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker, Marla takes her readers on a hilarious romp through her days as an L.A. matchmaker and her daily struggles to keep her self-esteem from imploding in a town where looks are everything and money talks. From juggling the demands of an insensitive boss... to the ups and downs of her own marriage to a Latin husband who doesn't think that she is ‘domestic’ enough, Marla writes with charm and self-effacement about the universal struggles that all women face in their lives.

Readers will laugh, cringe and cry as they journey with her through outrageous stories about the indignities of dating in Los Angeles, dealing with overblown egos, vicariously hobnobbing with celebrities, and navigating the wannabe-land of Beverly Hills. In a city where perfection is almost a prerequisite, even Marla can't help but run for the Botox every once in a while.

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-0692266809

Love — The Beat Goes On
by Lynda Filler

When your cardiologist tells you "Get your affairs in order, your heart condition is incurable," what do you do?

Lynda knows how it feels to be told you're not healing or your condition is incurable. At no point will she undermine the advice given by physicians. She is not a medical doctor. She explains the simple concepts, beliefs, balance and faith that she believes led to her healing. Most of all, she shows how she used these simple principles to design and lead the fully healed life she now enjoys..

Lynda shares her personal story in the typical fast-paced, edgy, in-your-face style she's known for. She's hard-hitting, but compassionate.She writes about romantic experiences that may shock you, but makes no apologies for her unconventional lifestyle.

People who want less pain, worry and stress about disease, and about life in general, will want to read this powerful story.

Filler’s account will be invaluable for anyone confronted by physical conditions or illness, and her story is truly inspirational. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Rave Reviews Book Club Book of the Month; Readers' Favorite five stars; seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Religion & Spirituality


Hate is My Neighbor
by Tom Alibrandi with Bill Wassmuth

This is the story of how one city resisted takeover by white supremacists. Hate is My Neighbor chronicles the series of events including high-profile robberies, death threats, extreme harassment, assault and ultimately murder in and around Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in connection with attempts to establish a white ultranationalist homeland. This true story proves hauntingly timely in light of the recent emergence of the so-called alt-right on the political scene.

The residents of north Idaho, long accustomed to taking a live-and-let-live approach to various fringe groups in the surrounding rural area, saw an unwelcome escalation in activities by the self-styled Aryan Nation. Initial acts of anti-Semitic vandalism escalated to physical violence; eventually murder.
This is a gripping account of a community coming together to combat that ugliness with a consistent strategy of love and tolerance.

Author Tom Alibrandi tells a tale that reads like the best crime fiction, but in actuality recounts real events in Idaho and Eastern Washington in excruciating detail.

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Politics & Social Sciences

ISBN: 978-1976274664

Finding Grace: the path to acceptance
(Book One of the Grace Girls series)
by Kerrie Woodhouse

This is an illustrated book for adults. It explores the meaning of grace and its power to help us find acceptance of what we do not have in our lives in order to begin to find the joy in what we do have. The author includes the creative process, grace quotes and reflections that have been of great comfort while coping with bereavement.

This book is dedicated to a friend who was bravely battling breast cancer at around the time the author started drawing whimsical little girls in her sketchbook.
Kerrie Woodhouse explains, “At such times, we take comfort wherever we can find it and somehow these big-eyed girls offered me just that. They gave me the chance to escape the world, even for a short time. They seemed to understand, could be whatever I needed: a joyful celebration of life, an expression of sorrow, a calm, reflective companion.
What mattered is that they were always there, trusting me to find the strength to support my friend through a difficult time and helping me find the grace to let her go.”

Through the process of creating a quick daily drawing, she began to contemplate the meaning of grace. This book is the result of all that contemplation.

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-1483594392

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
The Original Instructions
by Manitonquat (Medicine Story)

A Native American (Wampanoag) elder has recorded 12 essential wisdom teachings passed to him by traditional elders when he was young.  The elders told him these instructions were not exclusive to First Nation people but were for and needed by all human beings but had been lost in the conquests of civilization.

The instructions include a respect for nature, opposition to injustice, and general virtues, such as humility, generosity and hospitality.

A rapturous operating manual for the soul — Kirkus

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Self-Help

Behind the Door
by A. Gavazzoni

When Lara dies at the hands of a Manhattan lawyer during a sex game, his defense attorney, Carl, hires Simone, a psychiatrist, professor and author of books on sexual behavior to help him buttress his argument that Lara’s death was accidental. 

To help his defense, Carl’s client has written a detailed account of his steamy, year-long relationship with Lara. Carl gives the text to Simone for analysis. 

While evaluating the presumed killer’s writing, Simone continues to receive psychiatric patients with sexual disorders and unusual fantasies, and to research strange sexual behavior for her next book. Meanwhile, Simone’s clinical partner, friend and research colleague, Edward, is working with the police to capture a serial killer who is torturing and killing women. From hot and unusual sex and interesting psychiatric patients to the swing houses of New York and Paris, this fast-paced page-turner is a blend of mystery, suspense, humor, romance and erotica.

The story was fast-paced, intense, and very well written. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Golden Book Award; Category Winner, Erotica, Book Excellence Awards; Honorable Mention, Readers’ Favorite Awards; Honorable Mention, Paris Book Festival; seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Mystery & Thriller

Harnessing Heaven
by Clifford Michaels

This book demonstrates how people can tap into the power of the soul as part of a dynamic process of self-discovery.

It reveals the seven principles for clarifying life’s purpose. It explains spirituality and a higher plane of guidance, grace and wisdom. Presenting a crash course in understanding the dynamic reality we live in, it shows how to determine the purpose and passion of our lives.

The author introduces divine teachings we need to know in order to evolve. He also shows how we can raise our energy vibration for health and listen to Heaven.

Written in clear and beautiful prose, this book is the tool you’ll need to take control of your life, and find and embrace your purpose. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Gold Medal Winner, Readers' Favorite; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Religion & Spirituality

Monitors of Mayhem
(Book One of the Monitors series)

by Darleen Johnson

When Yellowstone blows up in a mega-volcano, life changes worldwide. Curious to watch how the dominant species reacts, extraterrestrial sociologists arrive and must establish themselves so they may observe this rare cataclysm.

Told from the point of view of both a Monitor and a human in a town in central California, humanity's struggle is reported as it happens. With unexpected resilience and mutual respect, the cooperative efforts made by everyone involved create an unexpected saga during interesting times.

Honors:  seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Science Fiction

ISBN: 978-1947995796
How to Succeed in Business
by Marcelle della Faille

The success of a business necessarily involves expanding, having customers and growing sales. Is this based on coincidence or luck? In How to Succeed in Business, Marcelle della Faille allows people to express their full potential and to find within themselves the answers to this and other questions.

Enriched with concrete cases and teaching exercises, the training provided in these pages is entertaining and clear. She reveals the path of spiritual entrepreneurship by which to live a dream life and explains that it is possible to attract money while doing something we love to do.

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Business & Finance

ISBN:  978-1540522191

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

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Alinka Rutkowska
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