Subject: Best indie books for this week

Here is this week's selection of recommended books from small and independent publishers.
LibraryBub Books January 4
The Accidental Anarchistfrom the diaries of Jacob Marateck

by Bryna Kranzler

This book is set in Russia in the early 20th century. By the time he was 25 years old, Jacob Marateck had been sentenced to death three times — and lived to tell about it. A hot-headed and impulsive young man, he stood up for his friends and for what he believed in, often defending the honor of the Jewish people, even in the anti-Semitic Russian army and against the Polish police. His strong moral foundation (that was frequently his undoing) allowed him live life on his own terms and gave him the courage and strength to survive poverty, starvation and the horrors of war.

Marateck's story, which is based on the diaries he kept during the Russo-Japanese War, in which he was a soldier, is told in his own voice, which is remarkable for its humor and optimism despite the circumstances. The Accidental Anarchist is the story and experiences of an ordinary man who lived during extraordinary times.

Honors: Winner, General Non‐Fiction, Sharp Writ Book Awards; Readers’ Favorite Award for Historical/Cultural Non-Fiction; National Indie Excellence Award for Historical Biography; Winner, Historical Biography, International Book Awards; Winner, Historical Biography, USA Best Book Awards; seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-0984556304

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Rule #1 Don’t Be #2

by Daniel Milstein

Bestselling author, motivational speaker and business CEO Daniel Milstein shares what has inspired him and how he inspires others in his fourth book.

A man known for motivating others and overcoming his own challenges to create the Gold Star Family of Companies, Milstein lays out 25 rules for success. Rule #1 Don’t Be #2 is a motivational kick-in-the-pants that can propel someone from mediocrity to the top.

Honors: Winner, Business Non-Fiction, 2017 Independent Author Network Books of the Year Awards; Winner, Business, Hollywood Book Festival; Winner, Business, The Beach Book Festival; Runner-Up, Business, New York Book Festival; seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Business & Money

ISBN: 978-1947165038

The Ultimate Guide to Healing Your Past (Volume Two)
by Frank Healy

People have large treasure chests of lessons embedded in their memories. The key to learning more about themselves, about life and about success is to learn from everything that has happened. Learning from events that happened long ago can enrich our lives and make us wise and successful.

This book goes through a variety of techniques to help people learn from all of their memories. As a licensed professional counselor and life coach, Frank Healy has used these techniques to help countless clients.

Those who read Heal Your Memories, Change Your Life will know how it is possible to heal the feelings from past memories, and how to access more happy memories. In this second volume, readers will learn how to extract valuable lessons from those memories. This will help people to advance in life as they have more knowledge. When they have learned to learn from their memories, they can apply the knowledge immediately to learn from anything that happens in the present.

Everyone considers themselves intelligent and believes they know how to navigate the journey of life they are on. They want their relationships to work, to fare well in their jobs and like them, and to know how to handle situations. This book will help people mine the treasures of their memories by teaching them to learn from everything.

Honors: Amazon #1 in Cognitive Neuroscience; seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Self-Help


Awakening (Book One of the Ydron Saga series)
by Raymond Bolton

How does a world equipped with bows, arrows and catapults, where steam power is just beginning to replace horses and sailing ships, avert a conquest from beyond the stars?

Prince Regilius has been engineered to combat the Dalthin, a predatory alien species that enslaves worlds telepathically, and to do so he must unite his people.

But when his mother murders his father, the land descends into chaos and his task may prove impossible. Faced with slaying the one who gave him life in order to protect his world, he seeks a better way. Set in a vast and varied land where telepaths and those with unusual mental abilities tip the course of events, Awakening goes to the heart of family, friendship and betrayal.

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-0991347100

Kindred Journeys
by Marjorie Tapley-Olson

Kindred journeys: two journeys woven together across time and across half a continent. One begins in the fifties, when a woman finds herself with babies born unexpectedly early as she travels west. With no money and no way to care adequately for them, she heads home with the help of kind truckers, chance encounters and the ability to fabricate a story on the spot. But as she has to fend off an attacker and elude the suspicion of kidnapping, she leaves them, one by one, with people who run into misfortune themselves. As soon as she can save money, she intends to go back for them, but a series of misfortunes and twists of fate delay her until it's too late.

Another journey begins decades later, when a cop and a nurse meet in a class, and suspect they share more than an interest in writing. As evidence builds that they're related, each makes unsettling discoveries about their own past. They start a search for a mother they never knew, finding more chapters than they could have imagined in the story of their life.

Kindred Journeys is a rare kind of fiction with a narrative voice that will stay in the reader's head for long, a story that combines family, love, and adventure to take readers on a very memorable ride.  Readers' Favorite

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Literature & Fiction

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
In the Shadow of Lies (an Oliver Wright mystery)
by M. A. Adler

Richmond, California. World War II. 

Homicide detective Oliver Wright comes home from the war in the Pacific injured and afraid his career is over. But when an Italian prisoner of war is murdered the night the Port Chicago Mutiny verdicts are announced, and black soldiers are suspected of the crime, the Army asks Oliver to find out the truth.

He joins forces with an Italian POW captain and with a black MP embittered by a segregated military. During their investigation, these unlikely allies expose layers of deceit and violence that stretch back to World War I.

In the Shadow of Lies reveals the darkness and turmoil of the Bay Area during World War II, while celebrating the spirit of the everyday people who made up the home front. Its intriguing characters will resonate with the reader long after its deftly intertwined mysteries are solved..

This book is a marvelous mix of history and police procedural, with characters who are well defined and vibrant, and an original and suspenseful story-line that does not disappoint. — Readers' Favorite

Honors: Gold Medal Winner, Best Regional Fiction, West-Pacific, 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards; Finalist, Mystery (Adult Fiction), 2014 Foreword Indies; Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, Winner, Regional Fiction, West-Pacific and Winner, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror, 2014-15 Reader Views Literary Awards; Honorable Mention, Genre-based Fiction, 2014 Hollywood Book Festival

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1938314827

The Solicitor (a Noah Parks mystery)
by Sean Keefer

When you make your living fighting for justice, the last place you expect to wake up is behind bars.

Attorney Noah Parks has spent his life keeping people out of jail. When he’s charged with the murder of a candidate for Charleston County Solicitor he finds himself on the wrong side of the law for a crime he says he didn’t commit.

No longer fighting for others and now relying on the help of the few people he does trust, Noah must fight to clear his name and find the real killer before it’s too late.

His search will lead him through a maze of deceptions, lies, family turmoil and treachery that spans generations.

The Solicitor is set in historic Charleston and the surrounding South Carolina Lowcountry where under the surface things are not always as genteel as they appear.

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Mystery & Thriller

Abbey's Search for Sanctuary
by Eris Field

Turkish-American nurse Abbey shelters her younger sister after she divorces her Muslim husband when he agrees to his mother’s demand that their infant daughter, Jenny, be circumcised. After her sister is murdered by her ex-husband in an honor killing, Abbey knows she must find a way to keep Jenny safe.

Once a Peshmerga fighter and medic with the Kurdish forces in Iraq and shunned by his grandfather and family for refusing to demand retribution when his arranged marriage failed, Rami Rashid now works in a psychiatric clinic in Buffalo, NY and volunteers to help refugees. Rami has shut himself off from all emotional attachments. That is until he meets Abbey.

Warning Abbey that honor killings are often family affairs and that she and Jenny are in danger, Rami offers a way out: marriage and refuge in his UN-protected homeland, Kurdistan.

Abbey has vowed to do anything to protect Jenny but can she face going back to the world of her childhood: a world where men made all the decisions and women lived in the world of headscarves and submission. Would she be trapped again or could she find love and happiness with Rami?

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Literature & Fiction

Advising Chiang's Army
by Stephen L. Wilson

Phil Saunders was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1942. After receiving further training at Fort Benning and serving as a training officer at Camp Wheeler, he was assigned as a combat liaison officer with Chiang Kai-shek's nationalist army in China. He arrived in the China-Burma-India theater in the fall of 1943 and soon discovered the Chinese soldiers were underfed, underpaid, unprepared for combat, and reluctant to engage the Japanese.

Advising Chiang's Army details Phil's two years spent in China and describes how the troops he worked with gradually became an effective fighting force, shifted from defensive to offensive combat, and ultimately defeated the enemy. The book also recounts his post-war career in state politics and with the National Labor Relations Board.

The highs and lows of this book were perfectly balanced and I appreciated that Wilson did not try to sugar coat anything at all. This is a fantastic book; it is amazing. — Readers' Favorite

Honors: Merit, Military/Military History, 2016 CIPA EVVY Awards; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1635051087
A Time to Grow Up: a daughter's grief memoir
by Larada Horner-Miller

When Larada Horner-Miller’s father died in 1996, her mother told her, “Everyone grieves in their own way.”

Horner-Miller took these words to heart when her mother passed away in 2013. She discovered that writing poetry was the best way of working through her fresh grief. Eventually she penned dozens of intimate, heartfelt poems about her parents’ lives and legacies and her deep sorrow and gradual recovery. Now she has gathered those verses into her first collection, A Time to Grow Up.

Horner-Miller discusses the emotional challenges of caring for her parents at the end of their lives. Her words will strike a chord with any worried caretaker or child watching over ailing but fiercely independent loved ones.

As Horner-Miller explores the nuances of bereavement through her poetry, she provides inspiration and comfort for readers coping with the same burdens. While many of her poems explore the depths of her anguish, others exude humor and warmth — a reminder that there is still always light in the world.

In addition to her poems, Horner-Miller includes biographical sketches about her mother and her father, as well as appendices that provide coping tips, suggested activities, and resources for others dealing with intense bereavement.

Honors: Nominated for 2017 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for Biography (Other) and Ebook Nonfiction; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Self-Help

ISBN:  978-0996614429

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