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 23
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 


The Financially Independent Millennial:
how I became a millionaire in my thirties

by Rick Orford

This book shares how one regular millennial became a millionaire by the age of 35! The author currently operates the Surplus Academy, an online community that helps people to achieve financial independence., and this book is an extension of that program.

The author describes the steps necessary to becoming financially free. He explains how being broke can teach you how to be wealthy. He shows how to examine your cash flow and improve it. There is detailed guidance on budgeting, cutting expenses, and building a surplus account.

The author also gives well-informed advice about business projects that can form part of the journey to financial independence, including buying and selling real estate, investing in stocks, and operating successful side hustles.

Rick Orford has written a book filled with actionable steps... The writing is simple and the voice is bold. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and CBS

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1943386482


How to Live to 100:
secrets from the world's happiest centenarians

by Elizabeth Lopez

This book shares the secrets of how regular people embrace a long, healthy and happy life. It reveals the insights (known only by Costa Rica's famous Blue Zone centenarians) to living a long life full of purpose.

The book consists of ten individual case studies from the Nicoya peninsula on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.

The author explains the role peace and well-being play in day-to-day life and why connecting to others is life's best medicine. She investigates the ways in which culture can extend life expectancy. She has also collated simple recipes that have been part of the centenarians’ happy and healthy way of life.

Honors: seen on ABC and NBC

Category: Health, Family & Lifestyle

ISBN: 978-1943386550


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

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


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


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

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

Designed to Win:
what every business needs to know to go truly global
(DHL’s 50 Year)

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

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

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