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 October 22
4 steps to personal empowerment

by Adele Spraggon

For many people, patterns of behaviour continuously get in the way and stop them from getting the things they want most in their lives. Forget commitment, willpower, positive thinking, mindset techniques or better goal-setting. These approaches are a thing of the past. 

Using the mind to fix our problems is simply not the answer. Current brain research proves that people are not in control of their choices. Instead, people’s decisions are the result of decision-making patterns that were created early in life and that continue to control their lives. To take different actions, they need to change their patterns. That means no blame in their past, no shame in their future and nothing to fix in their present. There are only patterns, and patterns can be changed. 

This book provides the necessary knowledge and step-by-step instructions to change people’s behaviours, actions or beliefs permanently in less than six weeks. 
Honors: Winner, Canada Book Award; Winner, Personal Growth & Development, Book Excellence Awards; seen on CBS
Category: Self-Help 

ISBN: 978-0991936922

Beloved Mother
by Laura Hunter

This braided narrative explores the lives of three women surviving in the harsh environment of an Appalachian mining town from the 1920s to the 1960s. 

Two religions contrast with each other — the Cherokee spirits of the native people and the Old Testament God of the white settlers — as each woman struggles to find her place. Love and hate, marriage and adultery, childbirth and abortion — all have their parts to play. 

This novel accurately portrays the evilness in humanity; how the wicked corrupt the innocent to create a vicious cycle of abuse, until one person with a heart of understanding and forgiveness has the courage to end it.

As visceral as certain scenes become, the writing maintains a tight balance between imparting discomfort for the sake of building up the book’s mythical tones and presenting discomfort as a bold fact... Beloved Mother is an unforgettable look at Appalachia’s women.
— Foreword Reviews

Honors: 1st Place, Fiction, Next Generation Indie Book Awards; Finalist, Best New Fiction, American Fiction Awards; Winner, Literary Titan Book Award; seen on CBS

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1934610985

Book Title Generator:
a proven system in naming your book

by Scott Lorenz

People don’t buy a book unless first attracted by the title and cover. If the title doesn’t grab them, it’s game over. That’s why the author created a strategy for naming books that’ll get the attention of potential buyers. This book is designed to help authors and publishers spark the idea to lead them to the perfect book title. It’s the surefire way to find a winning title.

Using the latest methods of getting a book ranked on search engines and on Amazon, the author lays out a plan to help authors get the right title for their books. He asks them to consider all options in the quest for the perfect book title. He explores the use of numbers, alliteration, idioms and keyword research.

Many famous books we all know today started out with dreadful titles. Learn why when a title was changed, their book sales took off! As a book publicist, the author has helped title hundreds of books and promoted hundreds more. In this book, he shares his nearly three decades of book marketing experience.

Written with characteristic no-nonsense clarity, Lorenz boils down all the key points any 21st-century author needs to consider in coming up with a book title. — Goodreads

Honors: seen on CBS

Category: Writing Skills

ISBN: 979-8646120022 

Rama the Loneliest Llama
by Barbara Lavi

Rama used to be the world’s happiest llama. Since the schools shut down and parents are working from home, everything has changed.

Rama has become the loneliest llama. Adults turn off the scary news, friends can’t come over, and parents are stressed out. When Rama has a nightmare, Mama and Dad explain what’s happening. Then they come up with ways they can help Rama and the community cope with the crisis.

The author, a child psychologist, was inspired to write the book when she noticed a llama in her neighborhood was on its own in a field and that it appeared lonely, coming to the fence for her company. This timely book is cleverly illustrated by artist Matt Bogdanow with a combination of realist photographs and imaginative drawings that evokes a live-action animated movie.

Honors: seen on CBS

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 979-8672418346 

Delilah and Others Like Her
by Trish Titus

This book contains memoirs from pet owners whose animals have died. They share what it was like adapting to having a pet join their family.

When tragedy strikes a pet down, the pain is unbearable, or when a trip to the vet is necessary and the outcome is not what was expected, the denial and grieving process has started. Heartbreaking decisions are made.

The stories that fill these pages tell how they came to be with their forever families. Their human companions learned patience, kindness, respect and love, along with an ability to take life less seriously.

Honors: seen on CBS

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN 978-1732335219 

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 will help 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. As an interactive feature, the book has spaces for readers to make notes and answer questions while reading the various sections.

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 CBS

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1944335953

It Feels Good to Feel Good:
learn to eliminate toxins, reduce inflammation and feel great again

by Cheryl Meyer

Many people have uncomfortable or painful health conditions that have an impact on the quality of everyday life. Many of those conditions are caused by inflammation.

For adults, inflammation can lead to autoimmune diseases, cancer, strokes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, diabetes or obesity In children, inflammation is a factor in asthma, diabetes, eczema, obesity and neuropsychiatric disorders.

This book identifies sources of toxins that cause inflammation and what to replace them with. There is no magic pill. By eliminating toxins, however, people can improve their health. Likewise, for anyone who wants to stay healthy for the future, this book contains the blueprint to clean up and thrive.

Meyer has pulled together a solid resource for anyone who feels underinformed on what autoimmune disease is and how it’s possible to live better by making a few simple changes. — Self-Publishing Review

Honors: Gold Medal, Mom’s Choice Awards; Winner, Health – General, Beverly Hills Book Awards; Winner, Mind-Body-Spirit, Living Now Book Awards; Winner, Health/Medicine, New Apple E-Book Awards; Bronze Medal, Health, Diet & Fitness, CIPA EVVY Awards; seen on CBS

Category: Health & Fitness

ISBN: 978-0578569598 

Rap-Notes: Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, Volume 1
by Mr. Z

For any English teacher whose students suffer from Shakesfear, this book is an amazing resource. The author, a former teacher in the Bronx, has tested it out. Having done so, he sees it as an effective way to introduce students to the Bard.

He rapped and rhymed five of Shakespeare’s most popular plays — Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet.

Although this book can be used on its own, the author has also created audio files of the rap-notes performed by rappers. He has made them available on iTunes.

Honors: seen on CBS

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1479712342

Instant Daddy
(Book One of the Noah’s Crossing series)

by Carol Voss

Jessie Chandler is used to heartbreak, but she’s also used to blessings. Before her sister died, she gave Jessie, the gift of a lifetime, her baby son Jake, and Jessie is joyfully dedicating her life to raising him.

It isn’t until she meets Dr. Peter Sheridan, her sister’s colleague, that she begins to fear heartbreak might win out. He had never wanted to be a father. Finding a cure for neurological disease demanded his full focus and he had no room in his life for anything else. But when he sees Jake’s little face — the spitting image of his own — he realizes he can’t turn his back on his responsibility even when he has no idea how to be the daddy his son needs.

Wanting the best for little Jake, Jessue agrees to help Peter learn to take care of his son, even though losing the toddler she loves will destroy her. In the shadow of her sacrifice, can Jessie and Peter discover another of God’s blessings. Can she see that through sharing comes the greatest love?

Honors: seen on CBS 

Category: Romance

ISBN: 978-1549794186 

Have You Seen a Self-driving Car?
by Anna Prakash-Ashton and Elaina Ashton

Soon driverless cars will be as common. In this book, engineer Anna Prakash-Ashton and Elaina Ashton embark upon an exciting journey to explain how self-driving cars work, their benefits, challenges and what they mean for society.

The authors have provided a perfect way for children to prepare for the world of tomorrow. At the same time, the book plants in them a curiosity for technology that may one day grow into a fully-fledged passion.

The book is fully illustrated and is filled to the brim with fun, futuristic and educational information that children will love reading through.

Honors: seen on ABC, Fox and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN 978-0578664514 

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

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Alinka Rutkowska
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