Subject: Best indie books for this week

We are delighted to recommend the following books from the independent publishing sector.
LibraryBub Books January 25
Love Like A Dog
by Anne Calcagno

This debut novel is a page-turning drama about familial devotion. Set in contemporary Chicago, it is the harrowing story of Dirk, a young motherless man desperate for his self-centered father's approval. A rescued pit bull alters their lives irrevocably, embroiling them in the terrible misuses to which the breed is prey. 

As Dirk's father grows increasingly entangled in criminal activity, Dirk must quickly come to terms with a series of legal and moral crises and determine for himself what it truly means to be a man.

Honors: Best First Novel, Indie Book Awards; Bronze Medal, Great Lakes Regional Fiction, Independent Publisher Book Awards; Honorable Mention, General Fiction, San Francisco Book Festival; seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Literature & Fiction

Hit the Road Jack (Book One of the Jack Ryder series)
by Willow Rose

Ben is supposed to be in school. It's Monday morning but his parents are still asleep after a night of heavy drinking. Ben waits patiently, even though he knows he is missing out on today's field trip to the zoo. But when his black Labrador suddenly runs upstairs and comes down with a finger in his mouth, Ben knows he's not making it to school today at all.

Detective Jack Ryder is chaperoning his kids' field trip when he gets the call from the head of the Cocoa Beach Police Department. A body has been found and they need his help. Soon, Jack finds himself up against a killer, a predator who ruthlessly chases women and kills them so they can never leave him. The case soon causes serious consequences for him and his family once the truth is revealed.

With her new hero, Jack Ryder, as a loving father and committed detective, a new location in tropical Florida, and a story that moves at an incredible pace, Hit the Road Jack is Willow Rose at the top of her game.

The charming protagonist surrounded by a winsome family should surely enhance future mysteries. — Kirkus 

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Mystery & Thriller

The Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction
by Linda Gray

When Linda Gray, iconic star of Dallas, was 20 years old, a magazine editor coldly rejected her as a model, writing that perhaps one day “you might shape into something.” Since then, Linda has been evolving and growing, and has shaped into a role model for women of every age in her grace, beauty, generosity and wisdom.

She’s been through more pain and tragedy than her longtime fans realize, suffering paralyzing polio as a child, growing up with an alcoholic mother and landing in an emotionally abusive marriage at 22. She lived by her husband’s rules for 16 years before she openly rebelled against him to take an acting class. At 38, Linda got her big break in Dallas. With fame came a bitter, public divorce. Linda got through it all — including the challenges of sexism in Hollywood and the pressures of being a single working mom — with a relentlessly positive attitude.

To celebrate her 75th birthday, Linda is opening up about her life for the first time. Inside this book, she tells deeply personal stories with wit, humor and candor, and reveals how she’s learned to love every day as the blessing it is. She also shares practical tips about maintaining a healthy lifestyle — how to strengthen and detoxify your body, liberate your mind and uplift your soul. Her message to “give, love, and shine, baby, shine” will fill anyone with inspiration to live life to the fullest, and never stop pursuing honesty and joy.

Gray writes about her ups and downs, but she also tells you what she took away from each experience and offers advice on how you can apply her wisdom in your life. — Dallas Decoder

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Biography & Memoirs

The Link Boy (Book Two of the Free World series)
by Michael J. Martineck

Economics affects everyone every day, just like physics or chemistry, the difference being this force is entirely human-made. Perhaps even more than the natural sciences, this dismal science should be experimented on, toyed with . . . the source of speculation. Economics is the basis for the way we live; fiction is a gate to other ways. The Link Boy connects those two ideas.

The Link Boy is the second novel set in the Free World, a post-government future, where there are no laws. Just bottom lines. An assassin, a priest and a schoolteacher walk into a secret nuclear power plant — to Edwin McCallum, detective by trade and artist by desire, there’s something wrong with this picture. He’s going to figure out what it is if it kills him.

Honors: Gold Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards; Finalist, Eric Hoffer Book Award; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1770531505

Telling Your Story: a guide to writing your memoir stories
by Marva K. Blackmore

In this book, Marva K. Blackmore presents techniques learned from her many years as a professional storyteller to show how to craft stories in order to write a successful memoir — stories that family, friends and others will want to read. Utilizing the time-honored methods and techniques of storytellers from around the world, Marva shows how to create memoir stories.

She demonstrates how to unleash life stories and capture them on paper for all to enjoy. Her approach will help people leave a written legacy of life stories — moments of laughter, periods of sadness, as well as times of joy and astonishment. Marva's proven procedures will help aspiring memoir writers to succeed.

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Writing Skills

ISBN: 978-1540544674
In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
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

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

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Alinka Rutkowska
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