Subject: Best indie books for this week

We are delighted to recommend the following books from the independent publishing sector.
Best Indie Books October 25
Battlefield Earth
by L. Ron Hubbard

In the year A.D. 3000, Earth is a barren wasteland, plundered of its natural resources by alien conquerors known as Psychlos. Fewer than 35,000 humans survive in a handful of communities scattered across the face of a post-apocalyptic Earth.

From the ashes of humanity, a young hero, Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, rises. Setting off on an initial quest to discover a hidden evil, Jonnie unlocks the mystery of humanity’s demise and unearths a crucial weakness in their oppressors.

Spreading the seeds of revolt, Jonnie and a small band of survivors pit their quest for freedom in an all-out rebellion that erupts across the continents of Earth and the cosmic sprawl of the Psychlo empire. The fate of the galaxy lies on the battlefield that is Earth.

Pulp writing all the way — but with reasonably tight plotting, furious action and a mild comic strain (particularly where the various aliens are concerned) — Kirkus

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy


Faking Lucky
by Q. D. Purdu

Desdemona Lorents, a pianist in the Austin live-music scene, is channel-surfing when she stumbles upon the program Marriage Exposure. The trashy television show gets people to spill all the secrets of their sex lives, and Desdemona’s ex-boyfriend just happens to be a guest. To her shock and horror, Desdemona’s ex announces on national television that he dumped her because she never got the big O. “She faked,” he says. “Every single time.”

Her life is wrecked! If her friends, family and colleagues haven’t seen the interview yet, they will. How do you survive a scandal like this? How did he know she faked? And why is it that in the bedroom, Desdemona never, ever gets lucky?

The lovable, creative and quirky heroine tackles these challenges. As Desdemona tries to run damage control on her reputation, she begins to explore her sexuality. Along the way, she will get a second chance at genuine love.

Purdu gives a voice to the many women… who rarely see themselves in romance novels. Desdemona’s internal monologues are funny and relatable, especially during sex. — Kirkus

Honors: Winner, Romance, Writers’ League of Texas Awards; seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Romance

ISBN: 978-0692780978

Family Pledge:
raising life-long learners and good citizens

(Book Two of the Common Sense Parenting series)

by James L Casale

This book represents a unique approach to inspiring, encouraging, engaging and informing parents of their sacred responsibilities as their child’s first teachers and role models. It consists of 40 individual essays designed to be read in any order of interest. Each essay was carefully selected to guide parents on their parenting journey, which is never easy or predictable.

Among the essays included are: “Homework: Is it Useless, Mindless, and Boring or Does it Have Value”, “Is it the Gorilla’s Fault the Kid Fell into the Zoo Enclosure?” and “How to Say No and Mean It”. Among the other topics are intergenerational learning from the Holocaust; handguns in schools; and limiting the use of electronic devices.

The essays will help parents with their day-to-day struggles to be the best parents they can.

A helpful reference book that gives guidance in today's liberal world... His advice to parents to "avoid what is easy; do what is difficult" is a constant reminder that what is popular is not necessarily a good thing for our children. — OnlineBookClub

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Health, Family & Lifestyle

ISBN: 978-0692924570

Counting Down Elvis: his 100 finest songs
by Mark Duffett

In a career stretching just over 20 years, Elvis Presley changed the face of popular music by drawing together genres, from country and blues to contemporary folk, and placing a unique stamp on them all. He had a special approach, one that was both powerful and versatile.

The memory of America’s most iconic rock’n’roller remains strong. Over the course of the last six decades, more than a billion of his records have been sold.

Despite an avalanche of books on Elvis’s personal life, there are, surprisingly, few about his musical contribution. In this book, Dr Mark Duffett urges readers to listen once again to the legend from Memphis. His well-researched, entertaining, insightful book puts aside misleading stereotypes and rumor-filled debates about Elvis’s biography to focus instead on creative achievements. He explores a range of material, from earliest numbers to posthumous hits, combing through gold records and unpolished gems to distill Presley’s finest recordings.

In this energetic and insightful look at the songs of Elvis Presley… Duffett is interested in the big picture of an artist who drew “on a full gamut of instrumentation, engulfing a variety of different genres” and “could see into the emotional core of each piece of music”. — Publishers Weekly

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Arts & Photography

ISBN: 978-1442248045

Yoga for Surfing:
tips, techniques, and living the flow state

by Dashama Konah

Everyone can learn to access the flow state to experience greater health, happiness, success and fulfillment through the practices offered in this book.

The 10 experts featured in this book each offer their best tips and techniques through the practices of yoga, meditation and surfing. This book is available for all readers whether they are starting as a beginner or at advanced levels.

With helpful advice on surfing techniques, performance focus and relaxation, as well as inspiring short stories about surfers who have healed themselves via yoga, this is the ultimate guide to mind and body wellness in and out of the water.

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Sport & Leisure

ISBN: 978-1493032372

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
Getting COMFY:
your morning guide to daily happiness

by Jordan Gross

This book provides the morning routine necessary to overcome stress and anxiety from the moment of waking up. With a focus on happiness, energy and productivity, the recommendations are able to be applied immediately.

The COMFY plan is made up of these five components: Calm, Openness, Movement, Funny, You. This guide is for soothing the mind and energizing the body. The focus is on getting refreshed and ready to go for the rest of the day. The approach is creative, memorable, and most of all, fun!

Written in a conversational tone, Gross’s positive, upbeat attitude is contagious, especially his belief that everything is a matter of perspective. — The Writer’s Scrap Bin

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-1985236325

Career Reinvented:
how to build an independent life by starting your own business

by K. Gregg Elliott

This fast-paced book, which is packed with actionable advice, explains three mega-trends disrupting the way we work: the decline of corporate jobs, the rise of artificial intelligence and the online sharing economy. It tells why so many freelancers feel happier and more secure compared to those with traditional jobs.

There has never been a better time to start your own business! This book explains why. It provides a self-inventory that should be taken before starting a new business. It details principles for success, based on lessons learned from 10 solopreneurs and business owners. It advises on the appropriate method for launching the business in order to increase the chances of long-term success.

The author’s guidance is accompanied by inspirational true stories from real people who were in a bad place then changed everything by going independent.

Detailed, thorough, and written from experience — Goodreads

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC  and Fox

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1513637402

Dark Opius
(Book Eleven of the Cursed Angels Watchtowers series)
by Dariel Raye and Muffy Wilson

Gabriel’s mission from God was simple. At least that’s what he thought, until Helen Warner, his charge, loses her husband in the cataclysmic disaster perpetuated by Asmodeus, the ruthless demon of lust. Unable to stand by and watch while Helen plummets, losing her faith and her will to live, Gabriel defies the rules that have governed his entire existence and plunges to Earth with no regard for the consequences.

Intervening without God’s permission sets him on a dangerous course rife with deadly distractions and pitfalls. Now his immortal soul hangs in the balance. His life becomes even more complicated when he befriends Narsaé, a beautiful, powerful, yet untrained force in her own right.

Pitted against Asmodeus and his army of demons, unexpected human emotions — jealousy, doubt, even love — threaten his most basic beliefs. Gabriel must protect those he has come to love and unite the warring factions against their common enemy, Asmodeus, while controlling the foreign, often debilitating emotions that torment him.

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Recognition for Author: Winner, Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy, Joyce Henderson Book Awards, 2017

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1724821195

(Book Two of the Lessons from Fiori series)

by Peggy M. McAloon and Anneka Rogers

What if miniature guardian angels partnered with human guides to protect Earth's children? Elle's desperate to find her kidnapped brother. She teams up with the winged warriors from the dimension of Fiori to save him, but J.J. isn't the only one in danger.

What will Elle sacrifice to bring her brother home? Can she fulfill the ancient prophecy and restore the magic of the Bronze Pendant?

This story reveals a new world order through the journey of a young girl who exhibits both compassion and jaw-dropping courage in her quest to fulfill an ancient prophecy. At its center is the ultimate struggle between good and evil.

An absolutely engrossing and enchanting read, with believable characters from a different dimension to our own — Readers' Favorite

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC  and Fox

Recognition for Author: Finalist, Young Adult Fantasy, Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, 2018

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-0962779213

Mrs. Fitzroy
(Book One of the Captain Savva Mystery series)

by Rachael Wright

Brash, streetwise Captain Alexandros Savva, of the Hellenic Police, is called to investigate the crumpled mess of a car, and the body inside it, being battered by the sea.

With the brakes compromised, John Fitzroy had no chance of surviving the steep roads along the coast. Many investigations struggle to come up with suspects; Savva, however, has no lack of them.

As secrets are revealed, Savva is drawn to John’s widow, Davonna, questioning her every word. He hovers around the periphery of her life, discovering that behind the doors of her pink mansion and its manicured walled garden, a sinister secret rots. It all begs the question: who killed John Fitzroy?

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC and Fox

Category: Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 978-1980391715

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