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 July 9
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


Toward Happier Choices
by Michael Oborn

We all face adversity amidst physical, mental and emotional challenges, and this book is about becoming self-reliant in terms of creating a powerful future. It can also become a battle plan for addressing life’s challenges and the key to unlocking undiscovered leadership potential.

Through the author’s own stories of adversity, this book provides an overview of practical leadership principles. By exploring what effective leaders actually do and how they do it, the principles of personal effectiveness can be seen. There are also clear insights into how visionary leadership can develop and inspire people to achieve more than they thought they could.

Leadership can be an illusion of control, but changing our perspective on everyday experiences can provide inspirational learning opportunities for personal growth and development.

The author’s voice shines throughout the narrative... it is his expert use of retrospection that makes this book truly engaging. — OnlineBookClub

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1793809193 

What Do I Do?:
a step by step guide for friends and family
to support anyone who has lost a child

by Kimberly Calabrese

People feel helpless and are unsure about how to help and what to say after a friend or family member has suffered the loss of a child. This book gives a powerful insight and offers specific instructions needed to become the support system the parents and siblings will require in the first year. That support can powerfully impact the healing process.

The author wrote this book because when she needed it to share with her family after her daughter died, it didn’t exist. Her daughter Paris died when she was just six months old. During that painful time in her life, she didn’t have much support because her friends and family didn’t know what to do. So she chose to pretend it didn’t happen, moved to another state, and buried Paris’s death deep inside her heart for more than ten years.

She later discovered the harsh reality that the loss of a child can never be forgotten. She has since dedicated herself to healing others who have suffered loss. The purpose of this book is to enable people to help grieving parents beyond sending flowers and dropping off a casserole.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Health, Family & Lifestyle

ISBN: 978-1948604444


Do No Harm
(Book One of the Medical Students series)

by James B. Cohoon

When Matthew Preston was 8, his father was shot and killed in rarefied Pacific Palisades by Ted Nash, a home burglar who happened to be the Prestons’ neighbor. Nash was sentenced to life in San Quentin,

Matthew’s lifelong obsession is to get into the prison, gain access to Nash, and exact the ultimate personal revenge. He devises a plan to become a prison doctor to gain access to Nash.

While in medical school, Matthew falls for brilliant classmate Torrey Jamison from poverty-stricken East Palo Alto. She’s battling her own demons, having been raped by a school counselor while in high school. Matthew is focused on vigilantism, but he loves Torrey, who is morally opposed to killing for any reason, or so she thinks.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 978-1952816024


Becoming Hero
by Jen Finelli

Skye’s a comic-book superhero with a gun in his hand and a gripe against his author. Every girl Skye’s ever dated is either dead or trying to take over the world, and in the series finale, Skye’s best friend kills him. Or so he thinks. The weapon that was meant to disintegrate Skye lands him in his author’s universe with a shot at revenge.

Skye, meet Jace. Jacen Howard’s a brilliant #blerd math whiz and comics aficionado, but at his West Baltimore high school that’s a bad thing, and if the bullying isn’t bad enough, Jace’s cop-father regularly pisses off the neighbors. Jace doesn’t see himself as a hero; he’s just trying to survive.

Jace might be just the hero Skye needs. But Skye won’t open up when Jace tries to ease him out of PTSD, and the author’s still torturing his friends. As Skye’s mood swings and his nightmares escalate, Jace realizes that if he doesn’t uncover his roommate’s real identity soon, Skye will hurt someone — and Skye’s still deciding if murder will save his world, or damn his soul.

Honors: Semifinalist, ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition; on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Young Adult

ISBN: 978-0999002223

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


Toward Happier Choices
by Michael Oborn

We all face adversity amidst physical, mental and emotional challenges, and this book is about becoming self-reliant in terms of creating a powerful future. It can also become a battle plan for addressing life’s challenges and the key to unlocking undiscovered leadership potential.

Through the author’s own stories of adversity, this book provides an overview of practical leadership principles. By exploring what effective leaders actually do and how they do it, the principles of personal effectiveness can be seen. There are also clear insights into how visionary leadership can develop and inspire people to achieve more than they thought they could.

Leadership can be an illusion of control, but changing our perspective on everyday experiences can provide inspirational learning opportunities for personal growth and development.

The author’s voice shines throughout the narrative... it is his expert use of retrospection that makes this book truly engaging. — OnlineBookClub

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1793809193 

A New Course:
a mother’s journey navigating Down syndrome and autism

by Theresa Unnerstall

Shortly after the author gave birth to her second son, Nick, he was diagnosed with Down syndrome. Early infant and child intervention helped Nick reach developmental milestones in his own time. But there was more to come when Nick hit third grade. A wave of fire-alarm activations along with other serious and dangerous behaviors signaled that this was something more than just Down syndrome.

Here, at last, is a book that takes a deep dive into the complexities that families face raising a child with a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. A hybrid of memoir and manual, it contains valuable lessons following each chapter and in the appendix. It’s a key resource for those who want to understand a parent’s perspective. It provides essential information on early intervention; individual education plans and transition meetings; speech, physical and occupational therapies; behavior support and applied behavior analysis; toilet training and puberty issues; wandering and elopement; meltdowns; and also on augmentative and alternative communication.

The author provides guidance and hope steeped in more than 25 years of experience. She is a parent turned educational speaker, writer, advocate and consultant. In this book, she tells how her determination to find resources, support and expertise helped her son to reach his full potential.

A refreshing story told with sometimes painful honesty… engaging, funny, entertaining [and] informative… — Goodreads

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1948604505 


Outsmart Your Brain:
the insider’s guide to life-long memory

by Denise M. Kalos, Ginger Schechter and Allison McKeany

Memory is not something that should diminish with age. No one is ever too young to start developing healthy habits that can have a long-term impact on cognition.

People of all ages will benefit from the easy-to-follow and practical advice in this book. The experts at AffirmativHealth have been working with people living with memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as those at risk of developing those conditions, for several years. They have treated hundreds of patients with remarkable success.

The team at AffirmativHealth began their journey as part of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. They have reviewed literature from all over the world and the best research has been consolidated to develop this easy-to-follow guide to life-long brain health.Memory loss is not something that just happens as we age; memory is impacted by years of lifestyle habits. AffirmativHealth is a personalized and precision medicine practice. This book explains how diet and nutrition, exercise, stress management, sleep, socializing, brain stimulation and behavioral changes and habits can have a positive impact on memory.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Health & Fitness

ISBN: 978-1734572421 


Rearranging Change: 
how you market to an ever-changing world
by Steve McChesney

This book is like having a business marketing coach available 24/7. It explains the different communication styles that people relate and react to, and teaches how to apply them in business.

The book includes innovative marketing strategies to target any audience. There are copywriting techniques that will definitely get results. There is essential advice for any business involving sales, marketing or copywriting of any kind. In relation to copywriting, the author teaches how to be concise and easily understood; how to convert readers into paying customers; and how to overcome writer’s block.

With regard to marketing, readers are taught to communicate effectively and given a full understanding of features and benefits. The author describes what really motivates people.

Rearranging Change is a book that will reshape the way people think about marketing and advertising. It is written with the reader in mind. The information is relevant, easily understood and exciting to apply.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Business

ISBN: 979-8632295680

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