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 13
The Surprise Circus
by Carol Soloway and Aria Soloway

This book is about a 6-year-old girl who wants to see the circus. When the circus doesn’t come to her town, she calls the ringmaster and asks him for help.

The ringmaster sends her a package every week. Each package contains an amazing circus character, and one is more mischievous than the other. The fire eater burns the curtains, the strongman lifts all the furniture, the magician makes her baby sister disappear...

She sends the circus people to a tent in the backyard and then decides to become the ringmaster of her own circus. As she prepares to be the ringmaster, she learns about confidence and motivation, and proves when children recognize their greatness and talents and are willing to work hard, they can achieve anything.

Honors: Certified Great Read, Reading with Your Kids; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1641842693

7Jewels in the Crown
(Book Three of the Queen series)

by Najmunnisa Abdul Kader

The extraordinary women featured in this book are living testimony to the fact that the most painful moments in life can be the ones that transform people into the most powerful moments of their lives.

In this third book of the series, people can connect with a diverse platter of queens whose stories are heartwarming, yet whose congruent messages of hope, healing, courage, perseverance, self-confidence, tenacity and willpower run deep. As these queens share the jewels of inner strength and determination through their authentic stories, they provide the stimulus to learn how to transform pain into power.

The intention of the book is that readers will be motivated to discover individual jewels in the crown so they can create a chain of positive transformation too. It does not matter how broken people are, but it matters how they pick up the jewels to place on their crowns and move forward.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-1691823918

Course Design Formula:
how to teach anything to anyone online

by Rebecca Frost Cuevas

This book introduces and explains the Course Design Formula®, a research-based instructional design process that promotes excellence in online course development. Integrating best practices from cognitive psychology, instructional design, learning theory, information processing theory and more, the formula helps people create high-quality learning journeys for your online course participants.

The author, an award-winning teacher and online-learning expert, developed this formula in order to help creative thinkers, thought leaders and entrepreneurs design engaging and effective online courses that deliver real transformation.

The formula helps people to build a course better, faster and more effectively than others who are not using a research-based instructional design process. The guidance in this book will make the online course creation process fast, fun, effective and simple to apply to a specific content and target audience.

Packed with actionable and practical advice... it's particularly relevant for today's virtual world. — Goodreads

Honors: Finalist, Education, Indie Book Award; Finalist, Education, National Indie Excellence Awards; (Education); Finalist, Education/Academic, International Book Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Education

ISBN: 978-1732782310

From the Garden into Eternity:
your choice

by Pearl Nsiah-Kumi

This book describes man’s journey from creation, through life and into eternity (after death). It is short and simple with supporting Bible verses.

The author talks about God’s love, and explains man’s sin and how that sin created a separation between God and man. The book concludes with the good news that through faith in Jesus Christ, the God-man relationship is restored in this life, and continues into Heaven.

This book, fully supported by Bible verses, helps people determine where they are in the journey of life and where God wants them to be. The author clearly sets out the steps to follow — repentance and belief.

The tone is instructive... a very short, quick and easy read. — Goodreads

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Religion and Spirituality

ISBN: 978-1947445253

Growing Up, Poetry
by Jennelle L. White

This is a collection of poems that capture the spirit of youth. Seeing the world through youthful eyes brings back the emotions that people of all ages experience at the arrival of spring or whenever a new aspect of life starts.

The joys of childhood are experienced through whimsical poems similar to Mother Goose nursery rhymes. They spark the imagination of young minds with scenes such as the bird bath in the garden and flying a kite on a breezy day.

The verse is about nature in its many forms and how it brings each of us a sense of happiness and peace in the different seasons, in the cycles of the moon and planets in the starry skies and in the wonderful variety of creatures of different shapes and sizes, especially those that are easily encountered by young children.

White shares themes that will take the reader back in time and will stimulate the imagination of children. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Finalist, Poetry, Book Excellence Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-0997861235

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

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