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 March 5
(Book One of the Call of the Lorica series)

by Anne C. Miles

Sara Moore is having crazy dreams; gryphon and dragon crazy. The scary part is that she wakes up with scratches and splinters.

Is she losing it because of stress? Her twin sister is in a coma. One more unfinished sculpture will fully tank her grades. Goodbye bachelor’s degree, hello failure. It's enough to make anyone sleepwalk.

Choosing to defy the Conclave, Trystan risks capture and mind control to find a magical lute through a shadow network. Dane meets a sinister stranger and barely escapes with his life. Together, guided by a fae only known as Sara, they will end an ancient curse, or die trying.

Miles offers a dense emotional tapestry for fantasy fans who may be looking for more than swords and sorcery. — Kirkus

Honors: Winner, Fantasy, Indies Today Book Awards; seen on ABC and NBC

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-0578612195

by Kevin P. White

Something wasn’t right. By the time Luke was 3 years old, we had no doubts that he was different. He never smiled, never spoke, never even babbled. He was 4 when they told us that he was autistic, and the news nearly destroyed us…

One day, Luke said the one word that would change all of our lives forever... puck. This is the amazing story of a severely autistic boy who, through the ceaseless perseverance of his parents and a small number of dedicated coaches, ultimately comes out of his previously impenetrable shell.

The change in him changes everyone around him as he transforms from a child who doesn’t even speak until he is 6 to a teenager whose inspirational achievements on the ice culminate in 19,000 hockey fans giving him a prolonged standing ovation in the nation’s capital. And it all starts with him saying one little word.

[A] beautiful, heart-warming and heart-wrenching story… [written] with feeling, understanding and a lot of love.. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Bronze Medal, Fiction – General, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards; B.R.A.G. Medallion, Young Adult; seen on ABC and NBC

Recognition for Author: Honorable Mention, Fiction – General, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1493573622

Hell to Reality:
one prisoner’s journey

by Jack Grylewicz

In 1939 in the Polish city of Torun, the journey was filled with peril. Early in the morning of one particular cloudless morning, Peter Mayer was conscripted at gunpoint by the Gestapo to be an informer. He had no choice but to leave his family in the middle of the night, and become one of many hundreds of displaced people.

In 1940, he was forced to join the Russian army. In 1941, the German army invaded Russia and Lithuanian provinces. He was captured and transferred to the infamous Stalag 18 camp. There he encountered his cousin Klaus. In 1943, Klaus and Peter escaped from Stalag 18 and fled to Olsztyn and later back to Torun. In 1945, the Russian invaders liberated Torun.

After the war, Peter had his mind set on true freedom. The Baltic Sea was the only way to freedom; this idea never left his mind. The events of this novel are loosely based on the harrowing accounts of war, persecution and an identity that never left Peter.

Honors: seen on ABC and NBC

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-0578218724

Ride the Universe
by Mark Rues

In 1962 on the Missouri-Kansas border, 11-year-old Teddy’s older sister Jean dies in a family outing. Teddy dreams of otherworldly moonlight lighting a dark path to reunite him with his sister. He needs allies to find his way.

He has a vision of a legendary ancient Chinese man, Fu Hsi, who encourages him to believe there is more to death than death. Teddy’s best friend, Tem, shows him ancient Egyptian crystals that flash strange lights of blues, greens and reds. Fu Hsi teaches the boys through dreams the way of the ancients; how life transforms under the powers of the crystals. The boys believe the crystals may hold powers to the mysteries of life.

Together, they have to decide if they should test Fu Hsi’s wisdom and travel the path of darkness and light. But whatever they decide, that moonlight beckons Teddy to find Jean.

The story and the way it proceeds is reminiscent of the way Sophie’s World introduced young Sophie to the basic concepts and history of philosophy while pulling readers along for the fascinating journey. — Chanticleer

Honors: seen on ABC and NBC

Category: Young Adult

ISBN: 978-1733500005

The Self-Discovery Book
(Book One of the Inner Self-Improvement series)

by Michael Cavallaro

This book offers the chance to embark on a breathtaking and unique journey toward self-discovery. Psychologist, international speaker, workshop leader, artist and self-improvement guru Michael Cavallaro provides the tools to look within, master human experience, awaken to a new sense of self, and discover a new way of being.

This book is a guide to taking the first steps toward inner self-improvement, self-discovery, a new way of being and expanded personal growth. It leads to an understanding of who we are, how the world works, how life works and what it means to have a human experience.

The author explains how to change, grow, and experience life in a totally new way. This book is based on the first level of the 12-month course in human mastery that the author has been delivering as an audio course.

Honors: seen on ABC and NBC

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-1943386734

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

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