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 April 2
(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, CBS and NBC

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-0578612195

Ashes Like Bread:
a biblical novel of Lamech and his two wives

by Jean Hoefling

The prophetess Zyla is used to the elders of Adam’s clan scorning her strange glimpses into the future and bitter that she doesn’t receive the honor she believes she deserves. When her forecast of a devastating flood gets her exiled, she and her sister Adah flee the holy mountain of their childhood to live in the wilderness among descendants of the murderer Cain.

Fueled by her craving for recognition as a seer, Zyla will do anything to advance her status, even if it means stealing her sister's prominent husband or aligning with unknown spiritual powers.

When the flood she prophesied slams into Cain’s desolate outpost, she must decide what is worth risking love and death for. Will she be strong enough to seek hope on the other side of the waters, or will the devastation sweep her and her prophecies away forever?

Lyrical, evocative, and filled with religious symbolism… This is a tale that both entertains and inspires... — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Bronze Medal, Christian Fantasy, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1732614604

Money Matters
by Brian Finney

A painful, coming-of-age novel, an exciting, amateur-sleuth tale and an intriguing narrative involving social issues (immigration and wealth disparity), this book has mystery at its core.

This debut novel is firmly embedded in Los Angeles culture during the 2010 midterm election. Jenny, 27, is the inexperienced protagonist. Faced with the tragic disappearance of a friend, she is forced to take on financial tycoons, corrupt politicians and the treacherous Baja drug cartel in her search to uncover the truth.

Her investigation takes her into the twilight world of undocumented immigrants, requiring her to seek the help of the handsome director of a rights organization to whom she is strongly attracted. But will the deadly enmity of the rich and powerful thwart her search and end her budding romance?

The writing is strong, a delight in itself... a book for readers looking for something engaging, well paced and emotionally rich... — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Finalist, New Fiction, American Fiction Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 978-0999800317 
Be Something Wonderful
by Tom Kearin

In his powerful, concise and fun style, the author introduces an inspirational, spiritual journey shaped by the message, mission and magic of Be Something Wonderful.

This book points toward a life-changing, spiritual shift leading up to a momentous aha moment and an inevitable jump into a true personal path and divine calling. It gives a glimpse of the fascinating world of quantum physics and its connection with the divine, creative energy of the universe.

The author teaches about the Dare To Be It™ code, the empowering key to innate and genuine greatness. The code is presented in a simple, easy-to-digest format. He suggests thought-provoking, practical exercises to tap into personal God-given abilities.

The author keeps his narration neat and simple, making it easy to follow what he is trying to explain... The exercises are good to help readers reflect and contemplate on life… — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Self-Help

ISBN 978-1650481395

Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business
by Laura Pennington Briggs

This book presents an easy-to-understand, introductory and nontechnical approach to the world of freelance writing. It teaches how to leverage the fast-changing pace of technology to grow a business that gives writers freedom and flexibility.

Included in the scope of this manual are how to pitch, how to create a marketing plan and how to manage digital clients as a writer of blog, salescopy, whitepapers, website content, press releases or articles. There are also key guidelines for efficiency, such as mastering time management so that deadlines are always met and clients retained.

Breaking into freelance writing has become much easier for word-savvy entrepreneurs. But even in the golden age of content creation, writers still need to know what it takes to launch services and pitch them consistently so they can grow and scale the freelance sideline into a fulfilling career.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1599186450

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

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

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