I live for the day when indie and traditionally published books sit side by side on bookshelves, with readers choosing stories based purely on their appeal rather than their origins. Until then, it’s no secret that gaining exposure as a self-published author is hard and I, as one myself, am always happy to help support others. In light of this, here is a brief roundup of some of the indie books I have read over the last few months or so as well as links to the authors’ blogs or websites where you can find more info and links to buy, etc.
– The Soul – A book about good and evil; angels and demons; light and dark. The writing style is so immersive and the interaction between the lead characters is one of the most interesting dynamics I’ve read in a long time. It’s the first in a series and I for one will be queuing up to get part 2.
– Sins of the Father – A Royal Marine turned body guard finds himself in the glamorous entertainment world when he is assigned to protect a renowned actress. The contrast between the two worlds is handled excellently, as is the growing tension between the leads and the splashes of action, humour and mystery throughout.
– The Conduit – An intriguing story that sees characters drawn together by a strange connection even they fail to understand. The interaction and relationships are where the strength of this tale lies.
– Stolen Bloodline – A seemingly normal young woman is whisked away to a world of darkness inhabited by imposing vampires. She soon discovers her connection to this place is far stronger than she could ever have imagined.
– The Queen’s Jester – When the Queen is captivated by the court Jester, she must wrestle with her own feelings if she hopes to retain order in her kingdom as well as her stagnant marriage, but this Jester hides secrets that threaten them all.
– Only the Innocent – When a woman’s husband is murdered, she must reveal dark secrets long since buried if she hopes to protect the innocent. A fascinating book that interestingly, I stumbled upon on Amazon and bought without even realising it was self-published. It turns out Abbott became a UK bestseller and a US publisher has since picked her up for distribution over there; testament to the potential of indie authors.
– From Me, With Love – A short collection of poetry dedicated to the writer’s late step-father. There are some very interesting ideas explored in these approachable, relatable poems.
– Born Broken: The Mistakes that Medicine Made – A collection of connected short stories that highlight the indignity and suffering involved in prejudice. A very poignant, affecting read.
I hope to make this something of a series on my blog, where I will post updates every now and then regarding the indie books and authors I have come across. If you have any recommendations, by all means fire them my way.