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 16
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 

Married Men Coming Out:
the ultimate guide to becoming the man you were born to be

by David Christel

Coming out is one of the most harrowing, challenging and growthful experiences a married man can have. This book is for anyone who realizes he’s made an error denying his true identity as a gay man.

The purpose of this book is not to argue for or against homosexuality. It is, though, a guidebook for those who, having lived a heterosexual lifestyle, realize that they’ve made a mistake in denying and suppressing their true identity — that of being attracted to members of their own sex — and who now realize that being married and even having children, they can no longer live a double life.

This book enables a man to come to terms with the issues surrounding his coming out. It helps to alleviate some of his fears and gives him the strength and courage to become not only a role model for others but a pioneer and an educator.

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-0578400570


The Turing Revolt:
the war against infinity

by Rob Bartlett

Milo Sapphire is an itinerant starship captain who’s blackmailed by three sentient ships because his personal AI exceeds the Turing Scale.

In exchange for their silence, they want him to lead their latest attempt at emancipation from the imperial contracts that all sentient ships are shackled with by the Mercantile Empire at the moment of their creation.

Soon he has the top troubleshooter of the Lotus Eaters Society, the empire’s intelligence service on his trail, trying to prevent his imminent success.

Bartlett displays considerable storytelling skill, with multilayered worldbuilding, a cocky narrative voice, a fast-paced plot, rip-roaring combat, lots of sex and the fun of seeing a convoluted plan come together. — Kirkus

Honors: Winner, Drunken Druid Book of the Year; Gold Award, Literary Titan Book Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978- 978-1086828696 


Alaskan People:
Stories of Yesteryear and Today

by Edward May

The author dreamed of going to Alaska since his childhood years in Ohio during the 1960s and 1970s. It took nearly half of his life and travels halfway around the world to realize those early dreams.

Alaska officially became the 49th state in 1959. Before that it was a territory, a wild place, the Last Frontier, and the men and women who lived there prior to statehood are the main characters of this book. Their unique stories and adventures are a window into a world of everyday experiences seldom told until now.

These stories are transcribed from interviews with 27 men and women from all walks of life, native and non-native, that were published in Alaska’s largest newspaper, the Anchorage Daily News.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-0692858776 


Waiting for Luigi
by Sandra E. Duclos

Sometimes the past is best left buried… or is it? Angela Carcieri Limoges recently retired from her successful law practice. Riddled with fear, she attempts to heal her deepest emotional wounds by revisiting the childhood that still haunts her.

As she confronts the long-buried and painful memories of the abuse and neglect she suffered as a foster child, overwhelming emotions flood her. Will Angela find the peace and healing she is looking for, or will she be retraumatized and end up broken again?

Based on a harrowing true story, Waiting for Luigi uniquely combines fiction with self-help matter. In appendices, the author — a clinical psychologist — shares insights into recovery from childhood trauma. She includes her successful seven-step process that she uses to break free from past trauma and live with joy and peace.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1640857551


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 

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

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

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