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 11
The First Day of School
by Ann Marie Hannon

When Lila’s mother cannot take her to her first day of school, she tries to be brave, but she has worries, and they make her feel sad.

What will happen when Lila steps off the iconic yellow bus and into school for the first time? Will she be able to overcome the tears?

Find out how Lila turns her sadness into a feeling of excitement so that she gets to have a great time.

A cute and reassuring tale for the little ones in gentle rhyme... one that other children can learn from — Authorsden

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Recognition for Author: Silver Award, Children’s Picture Books, Mom’s Choice Awards, 2019

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1952244711

The Secret to RIGHTsizing:
a guide to redesigning your life

by SharonAnn Hamilton

This book is for women facing life after divorce, being widowed, fired or retired. An entire life must change. Many speak of downsizing, and end up with a new experience that feels less than. RIGHTsizing is an unconventional approach that educates readers about how to recreate and redesign a life they love. This book has more than just one secret.

The step-by-step process the reader learns is creative and logical at the same time. The book is filled with unusual ideas to prompt decisions as well as inspiring stories from the author’s life of service in the financial advisory arena. The idea of making a plan is taught throughout the book.

Full of unique ideas, this book covers RIGHTsizing strategies aimed at redesigning environment, body, time, friendships and spiritual practice. Readers get a peek into the life of the author who wrote her first life plan aged 14. She dreamed of traveling, and at the age of 19, found a way to be invited to an East African country and stayed four years. Entertaining, timely and practical, the book teaches tools of change that will serve for a lifetime.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 979-8616778871

Destination D.C.:
a modern-day Jonah?

by Ann Rich Duncan

Has America received a reprieve through the obedience of a modern-day Jonah? This book reveals how Don Duncan rose from his deathbed to do just that.

In 2015, at the age of 65, he walked from Vermont to Washington, D.C. A survivor of sexual abuse, diabetes and two life-threatening cancers, he wants people to realize that God transformed his life from purposeless to powerful. He believes that God wants to do the same for everyone!

This book is a testimony of faith, hope, redemption and forgiveness. Miracles? Yes. Shovels of snakes? Yes. Near misses, a demonic face on a car, sightings of angels and bright auras all combine to make Don’s story both mystical and meaningful.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1545668696

The Showdown at San Benito
by Roy Calvin Moore

Who are the good guys? In the times of post-Civil War reconstruction comes a Western page-turner of epic proportions.

A tormented Texas Ranger, a murdering priest and a teenaged mother collide in the lawless land of southern Texas. Gambling, gunfights and the wealthiest whorehouse in the state all play starring roles in this legend of struggle and ambition.

This twisted tale of morality brings to light how bad folks can reform and good folks can turn bad.
Will fame and fortune claim the ultimate price?

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-0996307871

by Doug Setter

Les Kingsley is a put-down, bullied and beat-up teenager. He spends his days scared of work, school and even of home.

Fate puts Les under the wing of a wanted gangster, who teaches him how to fight and win in an uncaring world. The bullies, though, want to keep him in his place to the point of hurting him badly and dangerous men and the police want the gangster.

With all sides closing in, loyalties are tested and revenge takes unexpected turns.

Honors: Winner, Teen Fiction, Global Ebook Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Young Adult

ISBN: 978-1105082795

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

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