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 26
Disruptive Leadership:
8 counterintuitive secrets for running a successful business

by Christopher Catranis

In this book, the author reveals eight successful approaches to running a business that might seem counterintuitive. He shows how to improve performance by embracing failure.

The author explains how he learned from the mistakes and failures of several of his enterprises. He details how to build, sell, and rebuild businesses. An essential part of this learning process is an understanding of the need to leave behind egotistical approaches to leadership and an appreciation of the importance of guiding others with humility and thoughtfulness.

This book contains dramatic case studies from the author’s business life in the Middle East and West Africa. Not only is it a stimulating book on leadership, it’s also a thrilling memoir.

The value of this book is the frank and warmly humorous manner in which Christopher delivers his principles of enlightenment, success and change... This is a fresh approach to leadership and one that deserves wide attention. — Goodreads

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS & NBC

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1943386468

Next Level Cybersecurity: Detect the Signals, Stop the Hack
by Sai Huda

In this game-changing book, the author — recognized globally as a risk and cybersecurity expert — asks can anything be done to stop the hack. The answer is reassuring. Intensive reviews of the world’s largest hacks uncovered the secret is to detect attackers’ signals early. This book reveals what those signals are and shows how to detect them.

This book explains in detail the Top 15 signals of cyber attackers’ behavior and activity. It shows how how these signals can detect the attackers. In reveal case studies, he outlines how these signals were missed and could have detected the attackers in some of the world’s largest hacks.

The author provides a seven-step guide to implementing the signals.With this method, attackers will be detected early, the hack will be stopped, and damage will be prevented.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS, Boston Business Journal, Market Watch, NBC, Yahoo Finance

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1943386413


Next Level Selling:
the definitive guide to closing high dollar deals

by Tom Fedro

This book, written by an award-winning sales leader and CEO, is a master work that reveals the steps of the Million Dollar Framework. It explains the eight critical steps of the framework — identifying the ideal customer profile, engaging the prospect, asking quality questions to establish the pain, establishing the authority, ensuring the money is there, creating a compelling proposal, then implementation, followed by growth and renewal.

The author introduces “a smart gal named PAM” as a mnemonic for pain, authority and money — the criteria for establishing whether there is a sales deal to be made. He shows how the PAM sales process has identified, closed and delivered high-value deals with the largest, most respected brands on the planet, including American Airlines, ASUS, Cisco, Comcast, Dell, GoPro, HP, Logitech, Microsoft and Toshiba.

Next Level Selling shows how to identify, qualify and close valuable opportunities while developing long-term relationships with target audiences.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1943386529 
Designed to Win:
what every business needs to know to go truly global
(DHL’s 50 Years)

by Po Chung

This book, written by Po Chung, the co-founder of DHL, reveals the industry secrets they used to build a worldwide network that now operates in more than 200 countries and territories.

She explains how caring about things bigger than ourselves drives effective leadership. She shows how a unique marriage between Eastern and Western values inspired an intercultural leadership model. She reveals why it’s important to address leadership needs rather than management need. She tells how to design, develop, and lead a global service network.

In this book, the author describes the reasons why superior leaders practice noble visions, competence, character and care. She delights to convey the message that happy people led by happy leaders run like a well-oiled machine.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1943386505


Why They Buy:
a bulletproof method to closing any sale

by David Fuess

Companies spend thousands of hours and millions of dollars annually teaching their people how to sell instead of investing in answering the only question that ever matters to the bottom line — why they buy.

Whether selling goods or services, this informative play-by-play guide explains how to close any sale.

In this book, the author describes how to become highly attuned to the people that are being sold to; how to present ideas to target customers in a way that they are inspired to sell themselves; and how this art of the sale creates customers for life.

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1943386321

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

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