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 August 6
Selling through Your Heart
by Shirlene Reeves

This comprehensive step-by-step guide designed exclusively for business people, salespersons and entrepreneurs is focused on boosting sales and generating a more substantial income. It addresses issues such as market competition, meeting sales quotas and overcoming the anxiety and fear of building a viable business.

The wisdom and teachings in this book helps to strengthen business knowledge. The author provides tips on tapping into universal support, and adds valuable insights on how to implement and achieve the success of a million-dollar blueprint.

The author explains how to develop an abundant mindset, how to communicate effectively, how to build a sturdy foundation for any business, how to market products and services and how to sell them by following the three steps of her sales waltz.

Honors: Winner, Career, Next Generation Indie Book Awards; Winner, Sales & Marketing, Independent Press Award; Winner, Sales & Marketing, New York City Big Book Award; Finalist, Business: Sales, International Book Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1944335953

The World Encyclopedia of Serial Killers,
Volume One (A-D)

by Susan Hall

This is the most comprehensive set of its kind. The four-volume encyclopedia has more than 1,600 entries of serial killers from around the world.

The first volume, covering the letters A-D. It includes some infamous villains with surnames A-D, such as Ted Bundy, Dean Corll and Donald Harvey, as well as notorious cases starting with A-D, such as the A.B.C. Killer and the Bodies in the Barrels Murders. There are approximately 500 others in this volume.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Politics & Social Sciences

ISBN: 978-1952225048 

Captain Mama’s Surprise / La Sorpresa de Capitán Mamá
(Book Two of the Captain Mama series)

by Graciela Tiscareño-Sato

A Latino boy Marco, whose mother is an air-force officer and aviator, visits the KC-135 aerial refueling tanker on a field trip with his second-grade class. The children and their teachers meet the aircrew (three women and one man) and the crew chief (a Latino sergeant).

They tour the unusual airplane to understand its unique parts and mission, and to learn what each crew member does as they work together on board the gas station in the sky.

Educational back matter in the book includes a “Where is the airplane’s skeleton?” feature and basic aircraft terms and structure plus glossaries in Spanish and English of aviation terms in the text.

The cast is made of diverse characters, which is refreshing. Also appreciated was the focus on female characters... breaking away from the more standardized gender roles that women have usually had in children’s books. — Military Writers Society of America

Honors: Gold Medal, Children and Young Adult Picture Book, Military Writers Society of America Book Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Recognition for Author: Second Place, Educational Children’s Picture Book – Spanish or Bilingual, International Latino Book Awards, 2014

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-0997309003 

Warrior Spirit Rising:
a Native American spiritual journey

by Dianna Good Sky

Growing up, the author knew two things to be true — her father was a drunk, and being an Indian was complicated. When she joined the navy, those two ideas were cemented when her fellow sailors, after finding out that she was an American Indian, would ask her if she drank a lot or if she still lived in a teepee. They were asking questions because that’s what they knew, and she couldn’t blame them. She could only answer “No” to both. These questions posed by her curious new friends made the author wish that she knew more about her background and about her identity.

Her father tried to teach us the language and the culture; what it meant to be Ojibwe. But no one wants to learn from a drunken Indian, least of all, the author. Then, in the winter of 1980, her father Gene nearly died. When he awoke, everything changed. This is his story. Warrior Spirit Rising is the inspiring true account of Gene’s life as told through the eyes of his oldest daughter Dianna. He was raised in the Minnesota Northwoods on the tribal lands of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. Surviving years of cultural genocide, racism and the Vietnam War left him broken — battling severe post-traumatic stress and alcoholism.

In this stunning tale of Native American perseverance, the author unravels the history of her father, her family and her people, and examines the near-death experience that would change their lives forever. With both wit and honesty, she explores the devastating loss of heritage that has impacted generations of Native Americans and how the powerful choice to forgive can leave a legacy.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 979-8652722777

Soul Drinker
(Book One of the Luther Chronicles series)

by Matthew Yard

When Devin and his best friend packed up all of their belongings, bid farewell to Wisconsin, and headed out west to live a dream they both shared, he found more than he bargained for. They wanted to become rock stars, and everything was going as planned until Devin was thrown into a vortical battle of the supernatural world.

Devin witnesses a ritualistic sacrifice by an evil deity that once portrayed itself as king to a powerful Viking tribe. Haunted by the shifting red eyes of that creature, Devin lives in hiding within the structured walls of the state’s biggest college, hoping that somehow the evil god will forget about him and move on. Tormented by nightmares and visions that attack him even while he is awake, he can no longer separate reality from his dream world. Trapped in a life of absolute solitude in a world without bounds he is tormented by the physical world around him which can melt away in a flash while Hell’s open gate beckons.

Victoria is the only one who can bring him out from living in shadows and nightmares into a world where light and love can once again be found. Devin and Victoria are bound together as they face the evil god, who is determined to destroy them both. Can they find what they need to conquer that power? Fluctuating between utter darkness and radiant light, this supernatural thriller combines the psychological torment of classic horror with the hope, passion and protective love of romantic fiction.

The many characters who enact this thriller are well created and maintain a fast-paced story that is absorbing on every page. — Goodreads

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1943386833

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

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