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 30
Invest and Grow Rich:
achieve financial independence with $500 a month

by Sanjay Jaybhay

This book is a fact-based boot camp in personal finance. It offers easy-to-follow concepts that will appeal to those seeking approachable solutions to managing budgets and assets.

All concepts are explained with the example of investment in rental property but the same thinking can be used for any kind of investments or businesses. It’s money mastery for the middle class.

Invest and Grow Rich explains what actions self-made breadwinners routinely practice. 11 key money concepts followed by millionaires are revealed. There is also essential guidance about the common mistakes everyone makes around good and bad debt. Other topics covered include understanding necessities, liabilities and assets, four-dimensional investment and supersize downsizing.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1943386659 

Oh Deer!
by Brandi Smeltzer

It’s common to find a wild baby animal without its mother. Many well-meaning citizens want to help, but they are not sure what to do. This is exactly what happens to Brooklyn when she spots a white-tailed fawn in trouble. As a thunderstorm looms in the distance, Brooklyn must decide whether to intervene or allow nature to run its course.

Research shows that stories are an effective method for remembering factual information. Through the power of storytelling, this book provides essential information that empowers children to make educated decisions about their interactions with wild animals.

Rich vocabulary, expressive illustrations and a crisp storyline make Oh Deer! an entertaining narrative that children will never forget.

A lovely story that captivates and entertains — Goodreads

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1734573817 


Lamellia: The Wizard in the Forest
(Book Three of the Lamellia series)

by Gloria D. Gonsalves

Can a song save a kingdom? When King Polipoli discovers his wife caused the sickness of his child and the weakness of other members of the royal family of Lamellia, he imprisons her.

But is Queen Nobilia really guilty? What is the mystery of her sad song? Does a strange wizard in the green forest have the answers? Or will they harm the kingdom further?

This story is beautifully illustrated with eye-catching pictures by Silja Schüler.

A magical story about the importance of being kind and brave and understanding the consequences of our actions… Gonsalves skillfully threads an educational element into her fantasy setting. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Recognition for Author: Gold Award, Literary Titan Book Awards, 2019

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-17283935996689 


Author Gator:
Don't Judge a Book by its Cover

by Josh Benya

This book teaches children not to judge others by their appearance. By using his creativity and his friend Bandit Raccoon’s help, Author figures a way to be seen for the individual and storyteller he is within.

A friendly librarian offers Author an opportunity that could change his life forever. Will Author accept the offer and see where it takes him?

On Author Gator’s first adventure, you can discover that even though some people may look different or have disabilities, it doesn’t mean we should bully them or shut them out from our lives. They may have an incredible gift to share with the world. As Author says, “You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.”

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-0692868577 

The Garden State Parkway Murders
by Christian Barth

This is the first and only historical account of the unsolved murders of college friends Susan Davis and Elizabeth Perry, who were stabbed to death in the woods alongside the Garden State Parkway near Ocean City, New Jersey on Memorial Day, 1969.

The discovery of the victims’ bodies three days after their slaying touched off one of the largest manhunts in New Jersey since the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. Over the next ten years, county, state and federal investigators questioned thousands of people, tracking leads as far as San Francisco in search of the killer. Among the suspects were infamous serial killers Ted Bundy and Gerald Eugene Stano, who were living within an hour’s drive from the murders at the time they occurred, resided next to one another for a time on Florida’s death row, and indirectly confessed to the murders before being executed.

The Garden State Parkway Murders tracks the author’s decade-long obsession with seeking justice. Presented with all the information surrounding these brutal murders, including a discussion of recent technological advancements in genetic evidence and serial-killer profiling, the reader is asked to consider why this cold case hasn’t yet been solved.


Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Politics & Social Sciences

ISBN: 978-1948239769


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

Ripple Effect:
because of the war

by Jenny Ferns

In London between the World Wars, there was a period of indulgence and liberation for spirited women. Veronica longed to get married and have children, but her life and that of her sister Rachel did not follow the traditional pattern.

Everything changed when Richard, a handsome Royal Air Force officer married Veronica just before the Second World War broke out in 1939.

The bombing of London destroyed many lives. Thousands of children were evacuated to the countryside. Veronica adopted her sister’s illegitimate daughter Susie; her mother presumed to have been killed by a bomb. Susie grew up unaware of her heritage.

The war and its aftermath are thoughtfully handled... The postwar scenes of Richard’s alcoholism and subsequent treatment are particularly well done and reflect Ferns’ real-life background as a retired psychologist. — Kirkus

Honors: Winner, Unpublished Blended Genre, Royal Palm Literary Awards; seen on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1532398261


Liberating Inner Eve:
a reflective journey for women

by Bozena Zawisz

This book examines a wide variety of subconscious themes/images/expectations that women internalize around what it means to be a woman, in particular, a woman of Christian faith.

Liberating Inner Eve assists women on their journey of developing greater self-love and personal strength while growing in their faith. It addresses the most commonly encountered social and historic challenges that constrain women’s experience of personal power, against the background of an empowering exploration of the Genesis account of Adam and Eve.

This book offers a fresh perspective on themes that are relevant to women’s everyday lives and Christian identity, such as how they experience their self-worth, relationships or life’s purpose.

Zawisz’s work is for any woman seeking a book designed exclusively to uplift, empower, and encourage self-reflection. — Literary Titan

Honors: Gold Medal, Biblical Counselling, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards; seen on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC

Recognition for Author: Winner, 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading, The Authors Show, 2017; Bronze Medal, Poetry – Inspirational, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, 2018

Category: Religion & Spirituality

ISBN: 978-1725270787 

From Hell to Glory:
one mother’s fight to free her and her son’s life
from the mafia’s lifestyle

by Rosanne Cutrone

This is the story of a mother’s struggle to change her life and her way of thinking to make sure her son did not grow up in the same violent lifestyle she had known.

She suffered from the moment of her premature birth until the age of 49, when saving grace found her. Through death, destruction and despair, she pushed forward to make sure her son would not live a life constantly exposed to danger. She wanted him to grow up without the cruel hardships she endured in the mob lifestyle. As any good mother would do, she put her own health and safety at risk for her son. Her son would never experience the things she went through as a child. The decisions she made would guarantee his world would be different from the one she had grown up in.

She did not know that through these struggles, she was being helped from above. One day, when she was planning to check out of this world, God checked into hers; the God that had always been with her became real to her and changed her life completely. He had a plan for her life all along that she knew nothing about.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1942587439 


The Art of Good Enough:
the working mom’s guilt-free guide to thriving
while being perfectly imperfect

by Ivy Ge

The secret to living is to focus on strengths rather than weaknesses. The author explains how to filter out distractions and self-sabotaging beliefs and create a life to love.

Written with humor, open-heartedness, rigorous research and unconventional wisdom, this book reveals the tools needed for simplifying life, optimizing time management, dealing with difficult emotions, and finding solutions to dilemmas.

The author shows how to uncover hidden personal strengths, and describes how to use them to improve daily living. There is also guidance for relationships and parenting.

Unlike any other guide I have ever read... The author clearly has experience of being a working mother herself as her insights were so profound... There are many golden nuggets of information throughout. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-1640859517


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