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 19
Your VIP Biography:
how to write your autobiography to land a Hollywood deal

by Alinka Rutkowska and Kenneth Atchity

There’s a big market that’s hungry for a wide variety of personal stories, yet for all the memoirs that grab Hollywood’s attention, many, many more fail to make a mark. Why do some stories get passed over while others are snatched up by Hollywood producers? This book explains why.

USA Today bestselling author Alinka Rutkowska and Hollywood producer Kenneth Atchity together share what a memoir is and what it’s not; what a character is and how to craft a character readers and viewers identify with; how to craft a conflict that will keep your reader glued to the pages and how to up the stakes to keep the reader on the edge of her seat; and what a structure scene and theme are and how they make up a story worthy of Hollywood.
 
This book is essentially a guide to turning a personal story into a bestseller and then that bestseller into a movie deal!

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Recognition for Author: Bronze Medal, Business/Finance, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, 2016

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1943386697 

First Deceit
(Book One of the Fatal Deceit trilogy)

by Henry Farley

Jack and Elsa knew one thing… Miami was magical and full of wealthy businessmen just begging to be conned out of their money. Jack uses Elsa’s confidence as an erotic dancer to lure men into embarrassing situations that they will pay generously to escape from. Could this trick continue to bring in riches for this unscrupulous pair?

When Jack and Elsa target Irish-American tycoon Simon Walsh, Jack believes the payday could well be their last, and he may be right. The scam goes dangerously wrong, and Jack attempts a new form of deceit to extract an even more enormous amount of money from Walsh. His scheme involves his dangerous contacts in the criminal underworld.

Surely, being a seasoned con would pave the way for Jack and Elsa to live the rest of their days comfortably well-off. Or has Jack gone too far? This is an engaging thriller because everyone loves deciding who's the villain and who’s the victim in a tale of divided loyalties and twisted characters.

Henry Farley paints his vast canvas superbly, creating credible characters and moods in a manner that pleads for cinematic adaptation. — Goodreads

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 978-1943386666

Encounters with Demons
(Book One of the Brotherhood of the Beloved series)

by P.A. Minyard

Father-to-be Gabriel Walker has just been murdered by a bank robber. He’s given the choice between passing into the Father’s kingdom or remaining behind to help others in need as a Beloved — a demon hunter.

Although his assigned guardian fumbles at explaining the rules of his complex new existence, Gabe learns a few cool tricks. He must hunt demons to survive and can travel through space and time to do so. After Gabe proves to be an able demon-slayer, he attracts the attention of Nick, who has good reason to convince Gabe to return home to his wife. As he navigates death with his newfound talents, Gabe doesn’t realize his biggest challenge lies ahead in trusting the other Beloved. It turns out that the newest demon hunter isn’t the only Beloved with incredible powers.

Gabe’s story as a modern-day Beloved is juxtaposed against the story of Michel, the very first Beloved. While not all Beloved are related, those who come from Michel’s line seem to cause Nick the most trouble; and Gabriel is one of Michel’s descendants.

P.A. Minyard has the gift to tell a fine story while infusing her tale with significant values that leave an indelible impression. — Goodreads

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Recognition for Author: Honorable Mention, Christian Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, 2014

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1943386581
Demons at War
(Book Two of the Brotherhood of the Beloved series)

by P.A. Minyard

Daniel Parker, a young Civil War major, is killed during a fight at Antietam. Not all that unusual, except that it’s not an enemy soldier who does the deed but a vengeful demon who disguises himself as an officer to enact his sworn revenge against the Beloved. Meet Benedict.

Daniel is given the choice between passing into the Father’s kingdom or joining the Brotherhood of the Beloved. When Daniel accepts the bizarre offer, he returns to his family as a Beloved, thinking his experience was the result of an injury-induced hallucination. His family, unaware of his death, eagerly welcome him back home, particularly his younger, gentler brother, Jonathan.

When Bernard — Daniel's assigned guardian— arrives, though, Daniel learns that his new existence is no fever dream. He really is dead. This is the second novel in a sci-fi saga of good versus evil.

The unique blend of historical fiction, paranormal, romance and fantasy elements make this a tale that is sure to please a wide fan base. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Honorable Mention, Christian Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1943386604 

Demon Vengeance
(Book Three of the Brotherhood of the Beloved series)

by P.A. Minyard

A small town is experiencing a devastating spree of murder-suicides that the police can neither explain nor connect. Detectives Hobbs and Marsh are beginning to see a common thread, yet they cannot come up with a rational explanation for the evil that is plaguing their community.

Jamie, an innocent, young victim of this wave of killings, is selected by the Father as one of the Beloved. He is tasked with the fight against evil, feeding on demons and becoming stronger in the process. What the police cannot fathom about the murder-suicides is made patently clear to him by Bernard, his guardian angel — demonic forces are instigating the atrocities for the wicked fun of it. Even more alarming is the fact that the perpetrators are in competition with the Devil himself. 

Aware that he has little chance of surviving a battle that he must somehow win, Jamie learns to place more importance on saving lives than on preserving his own. Can he find a way for good to triumph? This is the third novel in a sci-fi saga of good versus evil. This novel is filled with existential playfulness, clever plot twists and a dramatic touch that is both comic and poignant. 

Minyard’s prose is so comfortably warm and easy-flowing that the fantasy she has created nudges into our psyche with the first few pages. — Goodreads

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Recognition for Author: Honorable Mention, Christian Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, 2014

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1943386710 

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
You Are the Rock Star
by Alexander Woodrow

This book is a self-empowerment guide that gives people the tools to live out their dreams, discover their purpose, and feel damn good in the process. It enables people to transform into the new, rock-star images of themselves; to embrace the power within that they’ve always had — the power to take charge of life.

The book enables people to identify what their life dream is, how to go about getting it and how to navigate through the unwanted feelings of stress, anxiety and self-doubt to become the most epic and legendary version of themselves

The author — a founding member of rock band Our Last Night — believes we are all here to be of service and to give others the tools to rock at life. His intention is to share what he’s found to be most helpful, not just in discovering a dream, but growing it while navigating through all the challenges life throws at us.

Honors: seen on ABC, NBC and CBS

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-1732022010

The Phantom
by Frank Settineri

This is a realistic fantasy about Tarchon, his girlfriend Julia, hockey and a paint so black that it absorbs all the light that strikes it. Julia’s dad discovered the paint, Tarchon’s dad used it in his paintings, and his mom used it in her biological research to cure cancer. Life was serene for Tarchon and Julia until the scientists in Hanford, Washington introduced the paint into their gravitational wave detector called LIGO. Then pandemonium broke out.

The FBI and military, Homeland Security and the American and Italian governments became enraptured with it, and established covert operations resulting in stealing, cheating, lying, betraying, kidnapping and the killing of innocent people for the sake of making the world a ‘better’ place. Even though Julia and Tarchon were only teenagers, they witnessed the outrageous behavior that money, power and greed can generate, and they learned that the very same people who perpetuate those deeds do not know at all how egregious their actions are.

This story, steeped in science, romance and suspense, takes the reader on a convoluted journey to a climactic ending.

Honors: seen on ABC, NBC and NBC

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1644622766 

The Pause to Relax, Ladies... for Robust Heart Health:
a guidebook for smart heart choices for health

by Linda Penkala

This is a guidebook for women to begin to pay attention to heart disease, the No. 1 killer. The author raises awareness of stress levels, and lifestyle choices while offering valuable tools, tips and timely wisdom.

Weaving her former career as a jockey with her lessons in heart health learned after her A Fib, the author shares from her heart the shifts that can help reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease. There is no reason why more women should die of cardiovascular disease than men, and the author is determined to contribute to rectifying the situation.

She asks why we are running our lives like a six-furlong sprint race instead of as a distance race with an awareness of the appropriate pace of life? It’s time for women to slow down and pay attention to their health.

Honors: seen on ABC, NBC and CBS

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-1977213327 

Shepreneur:
business lessons for the determined female entrepreneur

(I Can. I Will. Watch Me!)

by Kristin Cripps

This book tells the story of the author — a former bartender and massage therapist — became a real-estate mogul and millionaire before her 30th birthday.

The author explains that what people think and do every day defines them and their future. It’s important to identify ambitions and aspirations precisely, and then to pursue them with determination. She cautions against letting fear dictate; the female entrepreneur shouldn’t hold back but must break through.

The author outlines six types of self-investment that are essential. With this approach, anyone can build an empire, as long as she has a clear vision of the life he wants to live and the drive to find and seize every opportunity to make it a reality.

Honors: seen on ABC, NBC and CBS

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1943386796

Supreme Leadership Mentors:
top entrepreneurs’ greatest business strategies

by Alinka Rutkowska

This book brings together the mentorship secrets of more than 70 CEOs who are celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2020 — that’s nearly 2,000 years of wisdom!

This book reveals the one type of mentor common to most leaders we interviewed. It describes what can be learned from mentors and how following their advice will save time, money and headaches.

The author explains that learning from mentors is common to all successful business leaders. Mentors can be found in surprising places; wherever they are encountered they can make key contributions to business strategies.

Honors: seen on ABC, NBC and CBS

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1943386765

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

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Alinka Rutkowska
CEO, LibraryBub