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 18
No Pit So Deep, Part I
(Book One of the Cody Musket series)

by James Nathaniel Miller II

Thrilling, tragic, funny and inspirational, this is a story of honor, courageous love and finding faith.

Cody Musket, a Medal of Honor winner and celebrity athlete, carries dark secrets that are destroying him. Brandi Barnes, a gutsy Pittsburgh writer whose editorials have exposed a child-trafficking ring, is also in trouble. Her adversaries want her dead. The worst of circumstances brings the two together when Brandi is brutally attacked. Cody rescues her, the incident goes viral, and soon the Houston Astros third baseman and the valiant reporter are both targets.

Can Cody protect Brandi while battling the demons of his own military past? The nightmares, the Taliban, the captive children, the questions. What are the generals and politicians hiding? Brandi will risk everything, but can she uncover the truth in time to save him? The world understands guns and bombs, but underestimates the healing virtue of courageous love.

Masterfully written with characters and situations that are well developed — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Bronze Medal, Contemporary Christian Romance, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards; Finalist, Romance, Authors Talk About It Book Awards; Finalist, Top Shelf Book Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 978-0692857304


No Pit So Deep, Part II
(Book Two of the Cody Musket series)

by James Nathaniel Miller II

Cody Musket has become a baseball icon, but plays a more dangerous game. The former US Marine spearheads a secret war on child traffickers. His goal is to seek and destroy with no one suspecting, rescuing hundreds of vulnerable children in the process.

Soon, though, Cody’s secret is out, and traffickers retaliate by abducting 6-year-old Knoxi. Cody and Brandi lead a team of avengers to rescue her in South America.

Being a resourceful girl, however, Knoxi has the traffickers right where she wants them, and becomes a symbol of hope, resulting in the liberation of an entire nation.

An intense and gripping story… The fast-paced storyline was interspersed perfectly with moments of conflict and endearing scenes between the characters. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Recognition for Author: Bronze Medal, Contemporary Christian Romance, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, 2017

Category: Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 978-0692857311


Knoxi’s World
(Book Three of the Cody Musket series)

by James Nathaniel Miller II

Which is more terrifying — watching children suffer or doing something about it? A midnight escape in a crippled aircraft carrying a rescued child; jagged peaks below, dodging bullets, losing altitude; and she asks herself, “Is this what it means to do God’s work?”

Knoxi Musket has come of age. She has found love and has earned a scholarship to play basketball for Texas University, but her life must be put on hold. International power brokers are enslaving thousands of children with impunity. Someone must bring them down. The 3-year-old boy she is protecting holds the key.

Cody’s adoptive daughter Knoxi in vintage Musket tradition risks all to save the children. This romantic thriller has more twists than a Texas tornado along with love that will break your heart in a good way.

The story begins on a suspenseful but exciting note, and before long, it feels like one is watching a thrilling movie through the pages of a book. — ILoveUniqueBooks

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Recognition for Author: Bronze Medal, Contemporary Christian Romance, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, 2017

Category: Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 978-1982019518


Land Without Shame
(Book Four of the Cody Musket series)

by James Nathaniel Miller II

Cody Musket Jr. has assumed leadership of his family’s ongoing battle against child traffickers, but at only 22 years old, he is torn between his desire for vengeance and his higher calling. His SEAL survival training has revealed his strengths, and has taught him his limitations, and yet he struggles with his identity. Is he an avenger or an evangelist?

Diamond Casper is an Oscar-winning film star whose career has blossomed after appearing nude in a blockbuster film. But her beauty has not brought her peace or love. No one likes her. She doesn’t even love herself. Cody and Diamond, strangers and unlikely allies, are cast together after their commuter flight has been hijacked. It crashes on the shore of an uncharted Caribbean island, which they soon discover is a gold mine sitting under a volcano. The mine uses homeless, underaged laborers.

Marooned on an island with traffickers and terrorists, when the volcano begins to erupt, Cody and Diamond must team up to free the children and escape the island. A thriller and a moving love story, this is a tale of honor and redemption.

Very well written... gripping and densely packed... — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Recognition for Author: Bronze Medal, Contemporary Christian Romance, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, 2017

Category: Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 978-1729762936 


Selo
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:
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


Selo
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


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