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 June 4
Cobalt Chronicles
by Kathryn Den Houter

This is a story about a delightful child called Esynama. At a tender age, she faces the harsh realities of survival in the Congo.

Destined for a life of servitude and hard labor, with her mother’s blessing, she challenges this foregone conclusion. Her father drags her into forced labor to the cobalt mines of Katanga province.
Motivated by her mother’s value of education, she pursues the dream of broadening her world through learning. At every turn, she’s met with the crushing blows of reality. She survives the lechery of a predator, the jealousy of a scorned wife and a brutal attack that brings her to the brink of death.

Does she have the fortitude and the strength of character to rise above these hurdles? There are no guarantees, and to be successful, she has to make agonizing choices.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Recognition for Author: Honorable Mention, Historical Fiction, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, 2019

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1950659449 

Paper Maps, No Apps:
an unplugged travel adventure

by Johnny Welsh

Not being able to use a smartphone for two weeks — a disaster or a life-changing experience? A young couple decided to take on that challenge during a 16-day vacation.

What happened next was shocking… Their travel adventure quickly turned into a self-deprecating comedy. It caused people both to laugh out loud and reconsider their smartphone habits. New friends of theirs began adopting their example and lives were lighting up.

In this book, the author reveals the benefits from a reduction in the use of technology. The journey of smartphone abstinence is a journey of discovery of a cast of unique characters met while traveling; a voyage of rediscovery of fond memories of trips taken as a child; a revisiting of a sense of adventure that brings fresh excitement and peaceful contentment.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Travel

ISBN: 978-0996307895


Garage Band Theory:
tools the pros use to play by ear

by Duke Sharp

This book covers everything needed for understanding, playing and making music. It combines the freedom of playing by ear and the strength of traditional music theory.

The author presents practical, useful theory for living-room pickers and working musicians who want to be able to think coherently about music in order to ask questions and understand answers about the music they want to play.

It’s about understanding the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington, the Grateful Dead and Vampire Weekend.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Music

ISBN: 978-0976642008 


The Lost Boys of Lampson
(Book Two of the Vancouver Island Mysteries series)

by P.N. Holland

When Billy Maclean spots an eerie figure in a window of his school, he thinks he’s going crazy. It quickly becomes apparent that his Grade 7 year is going to be like no other.

Even before the first week is out, he and his best friend Ricky are terrified by weird occurrences. They’re attacked by a murder of crows, hit by a hurricane force wind only they feel and are subjected to a poltergeist attack at the opening school assembly. If things aren’t confusing enough, Billy keeps encountering a girl called Amy. Dressed in old-fashioned clothes, she appears and disappears inexplicably and becomes a target for the school bully. Billy’s world is rocked, and he’s speechless when he discovers that the reason for Amy’s vanishing act is that she’s using magic to travel through time.

Derek and Tommy are missing from her time. Convinced that something evil has happened to them, Amy’s come to enlist Billy and Ricky to help to find the missing boys and defeat whatever has captured them. To persuade her new friends, she takes them to the past.

Holland’s writing is descriptive and inspired, making this fast-paced and thrilling book come alive. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1771279185 


A Going Home Surprise
by Ann Marie Hannon

This book is about a little girl who finds a lost stray kitten. That event has amazing results.

In this story, a mother shows other mothers how it took time, patience, love and understanding to allow her pre-teen daughter to own a pet.

The story is accompanied by charming illustrations.

A delightful way to teach young readers the importance of caring for a pet responsibly — Readers’ Favorite

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

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1480877658


In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
Blessed Within: equality prophecy
by Betty C. Dudney

Mankind’s inequality became more than belief in might makes right. In hiding the feminine half of God’s nature by translating Scripture into patriarchal language by the use of just male terms like father, he, his and him, the female half of God’s image was left out. Man and women were both created in the image of God.

The present-day takeover of food supply and seeds with the patenting of seed DNA by GMOs that make natural food seeds sterile is just one element of a program by less than a handful of males attempting control by war, violence and destruction.

Here is a prophecy in our times of what people claim to be equality; a prophecy for a better non-violent way than the present inequality.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Religion & Spirituality

ISBN: 978-1689926348


Where Are We?
(Book Three of the Fargone series)

by Dr. Qooz

This historical fantasy field trip goes back in time to a paradise of 151 million years without moving 10 feet from the present position of the grade-school class.

The trip transport is on Believe-A-Bill, the bus which runs on imagination as its fuel. Although the return trip takes only moments, the class is encouraged to identify objects that were created by children that grew up to do projects that are recognized worldwide.

The author encourages young readers to open their minds to amazing possibilities which an avid imagination can generate. In addition to the animated characters, vivid colors, humor, surprise and fun, there is a lesson to learn of how important active imagination plays in all the years to come for the child.

Honors: Gold Award, Literary Titan; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1793061072 


Never Too Late:
from wannabe to wife at 62

by B. Lynn Goodwin

How does a 62-year-old woman who’s never been married find happiness with a two-time widower seeking his third wife on.... Craigslist? Does she throw caution to the wind and relinquish her freedom, or should she take a crash course in compromises?

The author tells all and more in this honest memoir — how she was attracted to his clear expectations, his honesty and his incredible openness. She’d never met anyone like him.

Would she recognize love if it knocked on her heart? And could she as an educated woman be happy moving into a blue-collar world?

A candid, revealing portrait of an unconventional love story — Kirkus

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1633936089


Goodbye, Tchaikovsky
by Michael Thal

David Rothman, a young violin virtuoso, is an overnight success. He performs Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto in New York’s Symphony Hall with rave reviews attracting the attention of the Queen of England. His future is laid out for him like a well-lit freeway.

On his 12th birthday, David suffers a sudden and irreparable hearing loss, plunging him into a silent world. This necessitates him to adapt to a new culture and language in order to survive.

The novel shows how an adolescent boy copes with deafness. How will he communicate with his friends? What can he do about school? Where does his future lie?

A primer on empathy… Michael’s choice of hero is perfect. — YA Books Central

Honors: 2nd Place, Young Adult, Royal Dragonfly Book Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Recognition for Author: 2nd Place, Middle Grade Fiction, Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, 2016

Category: Young Adult

ISBN: 978-0880924696 


Hungry Hearts
by Julie Hoag

When an amateur chef attempts to use food as the language of his love, Landra, who struggles with anorexia, finds his approach off-putting. In fact, she finds Brian rather annoying.

Undeterred, Brian snags Landra in a friendship that eventually grows into something else as she finally trusts him enough to sample some of his homemade gourmet treats. But things have not evolved to the level Brian would like, and soon he realizes that Landra’s issue isn’t only with the food he makes. She’s into the football team’s hottest player. Brian isn’t, however, about to get one-upped by a jock. He decides to ask Landra out at the same time that Landra manages to snag a date with the football star.

As if dating isn’t hard enough, Landra must battle her anorexic impulses and self-esteem issues if she is to find the boy of her heart. When the voices of self-doubt and shame drown everything else out, she’ll need to give herself permission to be happy. And will Brian find a way to Landra’s heart, even if it isn’t through her stomach?

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Young Adult

ISBN: 978-1951710989 


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