Subject: LibraryBub's best indie books for this week

We are delighted to recommend the following books from the independent publishing sector.
Best Independent Books February 27
Inside a Hollow Tree
by Kevin P. White

This is an inspirational story of unbelievable courage and maturity in a 14-year-old boy. Dalton Hobby is no ordinary boy. Made a ward of the state after his mother dies and his father suddenly leaves town without him, he never smiles, never laughs, and almost never speaks.

Bounced from one foster home to another, his caseworker has no idea what to do with Dalton. Finally, she gets an idea. She opts to send him to an all-boys boarding school, so he can at the very least have stability throughout the school year. On a rainy afternoon, he arrives at Capling Hall School for Boys carrying a small, beat-up, yellow suitcase and a large garbage bag, which he immediately hides inside the hollow of a dead tree.

One by one, the dark and wonderful secrets that the garbage bag holds are exposed, revealing just how tortured and yet extraordinary Dalton Hobby is.

A sad, yet intoxicating story… brings you into the mind of someone so different from anything you have ever known. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Honorable Mention, Fiction – General, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-0986788109

Surviving in the New Retail Marketplace
by Douglas D. Kelly

This book is written for owners and managers of small businesses to inform them about how to market, advertise, and sell their product or service in their marketplace. Retail businesses are experiencing the biggest shift in their business paradigm in more than 60 years. Online shopping presently accounts for about 70 percent of all retail sales. Prospects and customers have more choices than before. The retail marketplace is now consumer oriented. 

A new kind of consumer has emerged with a very different way of making buying decisions. Perceptions of companies and their products held by consumers are the only things that matter. Increased sales are only achieved if businesses understand their prospects’ and customers’ perceptions of both the product and the company. Marketers must realize that these new consumers want to feel engaged with the business on an emotional level. They are not interested in one-off transactions with conventional retailers. Astute marketers create relationships with their customers because human nature tells us that people desire relationships, not just transactions.

Many things may change, but people will always seek relationships and do business with people and companies they like. This book is about why they like certain businesses and not others. It’s about people as consumers.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1982231019

The 60 Minute Startup
by Ramesh Dontha

This is a thorough distillation of the key techniques used by entrepreneurs across the globe to get their ideas to market. Using interviews, examples and analysis, the author shows the exact approach to use.

In this book, the author describes how to determine what makes a good concept and what’s the best fit for each entrepreneur. He reveals the validation tool to test a vision for market acceptance. He provides unique insights into how to use personal strengths to reveal hidden profits.

The author concentrates on efficient use of time in starting a business. He outlines ways to avoid hours of fruitless research and to bypass expensive online courses. It’s all about awareness of an individual’s entrepreneurial mindset as a resource, and the author supplies practical examples, step-by-step plans and actionable content to bring ideas to fruition.

Intelligently written, easy to read and packed with valuable information — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1733465137 

Green Toenail Soup and Bat Fuzz
by Sharon CassanoLochman

A furious storm has passed through the town of Madwacky, leaving behind a trail of thick fog. The townspeople run for help at the Wizard Academy, but the ancient wizard is sick in bed.

No one is willing to try to help, except Tito, the youngest wizard trainee.With his wild and wacky chants, Tito tries to remember the magic words to bring back the rolling hills and meadow to the town of Madwacky. “Toggly, taggly, tuzz. Green toenail soup, bat fuzz. Peevy, preamy, pie. Alligator shoe pudding, fuzzy fly…”

CassanoLochman’s story is engaging and fun, and Lucy Belle’s evocative and imaginative artwork makes this tale of an enterprising and brave young wizard come to life. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1734288100 

Just Do Your Dream!:
a 7-step guide to help you do what you always wanted

by Montrie Rucker Adams with Angela Ali

For those over 40 (and some not quite there yet), this book seeks to give the necessary jolt to believe that it’s not too late to realize lifelong dreams. The author tells how she pursued the journey of realizing her dream of competing in a bodybuilding contest at an age older than most contestants. Most importantly, she provides stories of 40 other people who decided that they were going to go for their dreams... and did.

This book describes the three Fs that usually prevent many people from doing most things. The three Fs are fear, family and finances. On the other hand, there are four Fs that can propel people forward. They are faith, focus, fortitude and forgiveness.

Noting that this is not about bucket lists (which look at the end of life), the author explains that it’s designed to encourage and inspire readers to take positive action for the rest of their lives.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-0976192794 

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
Light of the North Star
— Part One: The Descent

by Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya

This multicultural, mixed-media poem is a mythological epic. It tells the tale of two empires from ancient Greece and India following the Trojan War and the flood that submerged the city of Dwaraka. This unsung tale reveals the trials and tribulations of royal families on the cusp of what Hesiod would later describe as the Age of Iron and what Vyasa would depict as the Age of Discord or Darkness.

Part One of Light of the North Star comprises eight books of a total of 24. It introduces a multitude of characters, including kings Solon and Sarvagya, queens Argeia and Radhasati, princes Diokles and Dharmajyoti and princesses Selene, Esha and Iśāni, along with the wise counselors Echephron and Alanam, the general Meletus, the fierce warriors Elasus and Vayodhas and the mysterious Dark Riders.

The work is an adventure story that straddles the Eastern and Western canons. It is a tale about the cycle of life, its trials and tribulations, faith and reason, friendship and betrayal. Moreover, it’s about love, loss and the pursuit of happiness.

Richly detailed and evocative… Bhattacharya is a talented and elegant writer who is breaking new ground… — Kirkus

Honors: Bronze Medal, Fiction – Mythology, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1732243200

Breaking Thru the Fibro Fog:
scientific proof fibromyalgia is rea
by Kevin P. White

Fibromyalgia is a common condition that is often associated with debilitating, chronic, widespread pain, as well as severe fatigue, poor sleep, mental fogginess and several other symptoms. It can come on at any age, even during childhood.

Fibromyalgia affects up to one in ten women and one in 60 men over the course of their lifetime. An estimated 6 million Americans and 600,000 Canadians suffer from this disease and perhaps 100 million worldwide.
Approximately one in four family doctors and one in eight pain specialists believe that patients with fibromyalgia are faking their symptoms, and that the condition doesn't even exist.

Critics have called fibromyalgia “the disease with no clothes”, “the syndrome of feeling out of sorts” and “a fabrication of the North American court system”. This is the first and only book of its kind. It examines all the arguments against fibromyalgia, and reviews the published scientific evidence.

Informative about every aspect of the disease… This book is very user-friendly for the doctor, patient and even insurance companies and lawyers dealing with patients... — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Honorable Mention, Health – Fitness, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Recognition for Author: Bronze Medal, Health – Medical, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, 2014

Category: Health & Fitness

ISBN: 978-0986788109

The Mind of a Deviant Woman
by Paula Paul

In the early 20th century in Virginia, Carrie Buck, a young woman, is raped and becomes pregnant by a family member. Her trauma is only beginning.

Carrie is deemed to be deviant for having a child out of wedlock. For that reason, she is considered suitable for sterilization. Louisa Van Patten, a New York socialite, is an advocate of the eugenics movement, which promotes this punishment.

When Carrie and Louisa meet, along with journalist Ben Newman, during a national debate about the merits of forced sterilization, their lives are changed forever.

A well-written piece of historical fiction… The book’s character development is outstanding… Her depiction is a study in contrast. — Reader Views

Honors: Merit Award, Historical Fiction, CIPA EVVY Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Recognition for Author: Gold Medal, Fantasy – General, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, 2012

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-0620749015

The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage
by Carol Lynn Yellin and Janann Sherman

American women won the right to vote in 1920 after a nonviolent 72-year struggle. The authors bring to life the struggle of suffragists to win women the right to vote. It began with the Revolutionary War and culminated with the final vote needed for ratification in 1920 in the Tennessee legislature.

The Perfect 36 gives voice to those who were for and against the right of women to vote. The book contains original research and writings of those who were involved in this important movement along with pictures and cartoons to give a vivid sense of what it was like to win enfranchisement.

As the national centennial draws closer, The Perfect 36 is an important resource for anyone interested in how women and the men who supported the cause earned the right for women to participate fully in American democracy.

Exceptionally well written, organized and presented… profusely illustrated... — Midwest Book Review

Honors: Winner, National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: History

ISBN: 978-0974245652 
Dare To Be Brave:
the magic of thinking big

(Book Two of the Braving the World series)

by Eevi Jones

Sally is a brave girl. She’s quite little, but she dreams big. She thinks of all the possibilities that are available to her, and she dares to be brave enough to try each of them.

This story shows how Sally faces the fear of the unknown and the fear of failure. How will she overcome her worries about what might happen so that she can see the wonder of what does happen when she has sufficient courage to find out?

This book is a celebration of the feats of growing into strong, resilient children that are not afraid to try, persevere, show strength, and make mistakes. Young children and their parents will revel in the encouraging rhymes and beautiful illustrations.

Honors: Gold Medal, Children’s Picture Books: Values & Life Lessons, Mom’s Choice Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Recognition for Author: Gold Medal, Children’s Picture Books: Values & Life Lessons, Mom’s Choice Awards, 2020

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1732373327

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