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 May 14
On the Buckle
(Book One of the Dream Horse Mysteries series)

by Candace Carrabus

Few will hire Viola Parker, a competitive rider, since Wastrel, a famous jumper, crashed to his death with her aboard. Not only that, her attitude just landed her out of work again. She can barely afford her whipped-cream-in-a-can addiction.

She must now keep a job for one year and receive a glowing letter of recommendation to get a surprise trust fund set up by her absentee parents. The trust fund could represent freedom and independence, or might be worth nothing.

When Wastrel begins haunting her dreams and dead bodies start piling up, the question isn’t whether she can earn a reference from her hunky boss, but whether she’ll live long enough to get it.

A fast-paced and enjoyable suspense tale… — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 978-0989605717

Something’s Eating the Garden
by Pam Fries

This children’s picture book is about a grandfather’s journey through his garden in the company of his grandchild. Together they seek to discover who is eating the garden!

The guesses as to who the culprits are are wonderfully creative and are accompanied by imaginative pictures. Could it be a bunny or an elephant or even a crocodile?

The solution to the mystery is totally unexpected and makes adults and children alike laugh.

A lovely conversational story done in rhyme between a grandfather and his granddaughter with vivid pictures... — Goodreads

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1732980310

Puffy and the Formidable Foe
by Marie G. Lepkowski, Ann M. Hannon and Margaret B. Hannon

This book is a different kind of interactive story. Suitable for bedtime and naptime reading, it’s about a small, gray kitten named Puffy.

Puffy strays away from home, and learns an important lesson. This lesson is one that young children will love to learn, and will find easy to take to heart. Puffy’s adventures are told through rhyme and lead to the happy ending everyone loves, especially children.

Parents will find that this delightful book offers children an awareness of why there are dangers in roaming alone all by themselves and meeting a stranger. It is an important and low-key way to teach children how to stay safe.

The story is short, sweet and moves quickly; the underlined rhyming words will help parents/teachers teach kids about rhyme. — Writer’s Digest

Honors: Mom’s Choice Award; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1450048002

From Tree to Twelve
(Book One of the Nick and Millie series)

by Dr. Qooz

This book introduces a little boy called Nick and a monkey called Millie. The two friendly characters help to teach counting to children who have recently started school.

Counting exercises are integrated in the simple story with strong images that are immediately understood and remembered. Items that a small child can easily identify are paired with images of the count and number.

The strength of this educational picture-book series lies in the word-association technique of showing the number, saying the word of the number and then showing a picture of the example of the number.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1090219473 

Coral Reef Curiosities:
intrigue, deception and wonder on the reef and beyond

by Chuck Weikert

Bound to be of interest to divers, snorkelers and armchair travelers of all ages, this fascinating book is richly illustrated with stunning underwater photography. Beyond that, the author also ties in the history of how reefs and their creatures were discovered, explored, and described. Meet artists,authors, philosophers and scientists who helped expand the world’s knowledge of coral reefs.

The book is populated with the likes of octopuses, parrotfish, sharks, sea slugs, sea stars, sponges, squids, stingrays and turtles. Readers will discover a range of interesting scenarios of the ocean, including how moray eels and groupers team up for hunting expeditions, how the reef’s version of a carwash sometimes backfires on its clients, how the sedentary sea squirt is more like us than we might want to imagine and why the octopus despises the rat.

As coral reefs face environmental change, increasing the number of people who are aware of their importance and beauty can help to establish a broadscale foundation for protecting them.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Natural History

ISBN: 978-1732526532 

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
Bridging the Gap:
a spiritual journey to Heaven and back

by Calvin Cassady

One spring day in 1971, the author, when a teenager, was a victim in an unexplained automobile accident on a curvy Ozark mountain roadway. The impact caused the car that he was a passenger in to burst into flames, plunging him into a clouded existence that included a walk through the valley of the shadow of death. 

He was on the threshold of eternal life. Eternity surrounded him and filled him with an absolute certainty of Heaven.

Standing before God and all his creation, the author became troubled with the vision of his judgment and the life that he brought with him. Consumed with feelings of emptiness, he needed fulfillment. Bridging the Gap is the story of that miraculous event and the life of fulfillment that followed. Experience that fulfillment through the author’s spouse, his children, his students, his friends and through the lives of total strangers as they became players in the great spiritual adventures of his life. Observe as the Holy Spirit guides him through natural disasters and serious health issues, and feel the love as he takes into the mission field.

This book celebrates the ordinary, and illustrates the extraordinary results that occur during a lifetime lived for Christ.

His writing is plain… but his narrative clearly conveys honesty and sincerity. He has a wish to help and guide others who may need a reminder... that life on Earth is precious and serves a higher purpose. —- Hollywood Book Reviews

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Religion & Spirituality

ISBN: 978-1462404957

Your VIP Biography:
how to write your autobiography to land a Hollywood deal
by Al
inka 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

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

Supreme Leadership: gain 850 years of wisdom from successful business leaders
by Alinka Rutkowska

Supreme Leadership brings together the wisdom of 34 CEOs who are celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2018.

Warning: reading this book and following the advice within can cause a significant improvement of your bottom line.

Discover the six ingredients to becoming a supreme leader, even if you are just starting out.

Start reading now and discover:

• the single most powerful piece of the entrepreneurial puzzle that determines if you’ll make it in business or not
• the truth behind a mission statement (It’s one thing to have it displayed on the wall but it’s another thing to buy into. Find out how to get your team members to live by it.)
• which way of performing will put you in the selected few who make it to their 25th anniversary versus those who fail (Indifference could cost you everything.)
• the fastest way to outthink, outwork and outmaneuver your competition
• the secret to thriving in business, even during a recession
• why success in business comes down to the same principles as success in marriage.

Plus, you will get the complete list of books that have influenced the successful leaders featured in Supreme Leadership.

Start reading now to make sure you get to celebrate your 25th anniversary in style, just like the 35 leaders featured in this book.

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1943386215

Supreme Leadership Habits: 70+ entrepreneurs' secrets to growing a profitable business
by Alinka Rutkowska

Do you want to improve your habits and your bottom line?
Supreme Leadership Habits brings together the winning practices of more than 70 CEOs who are celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2019 – that's almost 2,000 years of wisdom!!

Warning: reading this book and following the advice within can cause a significant improvement in your habits, and as a result, in your bottom line!

Start reading now to:
• discover how the most effective habits will ensure that your business lasts;
• find out which mistakes are commonly made, even by supreme leaders;
• discover new ways to reboot your daily habits;
• learn about the surprising everyday morning routines of supreme leaders;
• understand how giving versus taking affects your bottom line;
• find out how successful CEOs start as childhood entrepreneurs;
• learn which good habits leaders share, and how to build on them to your advantage;
• discover philosophies common to successful business leaders;
• find out the one habit common to every supreme leader we interviewed;
• learn how to turn your bad habits into your best qualities;
• discover the six surprisingly common habits practiced by supreme leaders;
and gain even more than that!

Supreme Leadership Habits answers the following question:

Which actions do top CEOs and business leaders routinely practice that got them to where they are today?

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1943386345

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

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Warm regards,

Alinka Rutkowska
CEO, LibraryBub