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 September 17
an amazing story of a little black cat

by Leyla Atke

The author was inspired to write this book by an amazing and strange experience she had in the summer of 2006. She formed a profound bond with a young stray cat called Charm. All was going well but the cat’s natural curiosity took over, so he eagerly explored the neighborhood. One day, the author noticed that Charm was missing and she began looking for him. The cat was nowhere to be found.

This is a tender and loving story of a small cat that is found, lost and found again under the most mysterious conditions.

This book provides an opportunity to think about the miracle of life and to consider life after death. This very personal account of the author’s experience is accompanied by her poignant illustrations.

Atke shows her gift of being first and foremost a storyteller. Her words and art are simple yet imbued with love and expression. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Honorable Mention, Non-Fiction – Animals, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards; Finalist, Children’s Non-Fiction, International Book Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1939484338

Drink CBD Stop Pain
by Gregory Arana

This book explains the role of CBD in pain relief, in helping people to get to sleep faster, in reducing anxiety, and many other areas of day-to-day health and fitness.

The author outlines the hidden secrets of hemp — a plant used in human healing for some 10,000 years. He explores the many benefits of CBD oil as natural medicine. Surprising benefits include better breathing for asthma/COPD patients and natural weight loss for women.

The book provides personal stories of how CBD is changing their lives every day. They want to share CBD with others, and the author uses their stories to encourage readers to use CBD to improve their everyday health.

Honors: seen on CBS and NBC

Category: Health & Fitness

ISBN: 978-1657383173

(Book Two of the Dudley & Friends series)

by Lori Brown

It’s the first day of school, and Dudley, a farm dog, is ready to have some fun! Ms. Annabelle, the alpaca, is teaching in the barn and other young animals on the farm.

The class is learning about nouns. The animals have lots of ideas after learning the new grammar rules. Who knew a barn was such a great place for school?

This book is part of a series about Dudley. Along with the other young animals growing up on the farm, he learns about some of the very same subjects that children are taught in school.

Adorable illustrations... The rhyming narration will help with the development of emergent literacy skills. — Goodreads

Honors: seen on CBS and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1949711288

The Financially Independent Millennial:
how I became a millionaire in my thirties

by Rick Orford

This book shares how one regular millennial became a millionaire by the age of 35! The author currently operates the Surplus Academy, an online community that helps people to achieve financial independence., and this book is an extension of that program.

The author describes the steps necessary to becoming financially free. He explains how being broke can teach you how to be wealthy. He shows how to examine your cash flow and improve it. There is detailed guidance on budgeting, cutting expenses, and building a surplus account.

The author also gives well-informed advice about business projects that can form part of the journey to financial independence, including buying and selling real estate, investing in stocks, and operating successful side hustles.

Rick Orford has written a book filled with actionable steps... The writing is simple and the voice is bold. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Finalist, Non-Fiction – Occupational, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1943386482

The First Day of School
by Ann Marie Hannon

When Lila’s mother cannot take her to her first day of school, she tries to be brave, but she has worries, and they make her feel sad.

What will happen when Lila steps off the iconic yellow bus and into school for the first time? Will she be able to overcome the tears?

Find out how Lila turns her sadness into a feeling of excitement so that she gets to have a great time.

A cute and reassuring tale for the little ones in gentle rhyme... one that other children can learn from — Authorsden

Honors: seen on CBS and NBC

Recognition for Author: Silver Award, Children’s Picture Books, Mom’s Choice Awards, 2019

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1952244711

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
The Undertaker:
a memoir of the first woman funeral director in the core of Brooklyn

by Laura Del Gaudio

This is a lively story of learning the family business from under the kitchen table as a child and becoming one of the first woman funeral directors in Brooklyn.

Licensed at the age of 21, she was the third generation in the family business located at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. This memoir describes how the author learned empathy in the face of unspeakable traumas while internalizing the impact of trauma herself.

The Undertaker is a narrative of suffering. It is a story about family, community, healing, triumph and what it means to be loyal. It has a feminist perspective; it explains what it means to be a woman in a world in which the future is female.

Honors: Finalist, Inspirational Fiction, Next Generation Indie Book Awards; seen on CBS and NBC

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1950584116 

A Life Singular
(Book One of the series A Life Singular)

by Lorraine Pestell

Jeff Diamond had built a life of influence, adulation and wealth by making the right choices for the right reasons. He lived by the law of reciprocity, a lesson learned on the streets as a teenager with nothing but an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Plagued by the scars of a violent childhood, he created his vision and fought for it. And once he no longer needed to fight for himself, he fought for others.

Yet when Jeff’s dream girl Lynn was taken from him and their children by the ignorant act of a jealous misfit from his own home town, the millionaire realized just how far he had come. Why had he succeeded when so many like him fail? It wasn’t complicated. The secret lay in the endless pursuit of love and wisdom, life’s two magic ingredients.

With Lynn gone, Jeff resolved to use his remaining days to account for their life in a way that would inspire young people to make his type of choice rather than that of the misfit. Once their story was written, he would be free to go after her to begin the whole incredible journey over again.

An emotionally charged, eloquently written struggle of one man’s journey through the steps of loss and grief — Goodreads

Honors: Shelf Unbound Notable Book; seen on CBS and NBC

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-0648733515 

Predator Plants:
20 questions kids ask about carnivorous plants

by Yvonne Krishnan

Creepy, frightening, beautiful or just plain extraordinary? This is an introductory book on carnivorous plants that will appeal to children in Grades 2-5.

With color pictures on almost every page, this book uncovers the facts about these unique plants which have adapted to survive in poor soil.

This is an informative science book and is full of information that is presented in a way that is very easy to understand. There is also a glossary and a set of puzzles that will help reinforce learning in a fun and interesting way.

Honors: seen on CBS and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1546387411

Steel Force
(Book One of the Jack Steel Thriller series)

by Geoffrey Saign

Jack Steel hunts the world’s deadliest terrorists for a living, but when he’s asked to kill civilians on a black op, he does the unthinkable, and goes rogue. Now everyone is out for his blood.

From the steamy jungles of Latin America to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and the sun-drenched shores of Hawaii, Steel fights for his life as he unravels a deadly conspiracy to assassinate a man who can change the world.

He finds it easy to fall for Christie, a beautiful counterterrorism analyst who offers help. But everyone is hiding something. Steel will have to become a force no one expected; a hero no one wanted. And his honor may cost him everything.

Jack Steel is in the upper echelon of fictional spies... A superior spy thriller — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Finalist, Action & Adventure, Independent Author Network Awards; seen on CBS and NBC

Recognition for Author: Silver Medal, Thriller – Terrorist, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, 2020

Category: Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 978-1070553894

Irma Brings Love
by Maureen A. Peters

From a love-at-first-sight encounter to a life-and-death dash during a Category 5 hurricane, this book captures the experience of two hurricanes, Irma and Maria, in a way that allows readers to live through the most severe devastation that the British Virgin Islands has suffered in modern times.

The journey to the end of the book, however, leaves readers with a feeling of toughness and a spirit of triumph over fear, injuries and uncertainty. The author describes a new normal life without the usual everyday conveniences.

The author asks readers to cry a little, learn a few lessons, and try a new recipe.

Honors: seen on CBS and NBC

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1644162866 

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

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