As a Self-published author I’m always looking to help promote others who are self-published or indie authors. So to start out 2013 right, I want to suggest a few of my favorite indie books for you to spend your Christmas money on and help out some indie authors in return. I have four very different books below, all in different genre’s so there’s something for everyone, and they’re all well written and great reads.
Laekan Zea Kemp’s “The Things They Didn’t Bury” – Pick this up if you like contemporary with a kick. This historical piece will lead you through a deep emotional mystery that will look at how war and love change people.
Read My Review: 5 StarsThe war took everything. Except the truth. When Liliana and her family move back to Argentina after seeking refuge in the States during La Guerra Sucia, a lifetime's worth of wondering comes to a head, reigniting the search for what really happened to her mother, one of the thousands of los desaparecidos—the disappeared.
With the help of a young Flamenco player who saw the atrocities committed by the military firsthand, Liliana not only makes the devastating discovery of what really happened to her mother but by forcing open the country's old wounds as well as her own she also learns a disturbing truth about her origins that will reconstruct the lives of the people she loves most.
Seamlessly alternating between the voices of mother and daughter—one trying to survive the rising chaos of The Dirty War and the other sifting through its aftermath, The Things They Didn’t Bury is a novel about forbidden love and family secrets,
Gripping, heartbreaking and lyrical this is not a story about war or about the secrets still buried beneath its wreckage but it is a story about the things they didn't bury, intangible and infinite—love, truth, and family.
Lucinda Elliot’s “That Scoundrel Emile Dubois” – Pick this up if you like “old school vampires”, historical romances, and time travel. This is a traditional vampire novel with a twist.
Read MyReview: 5 StarsWhen young Sophie de Courcy, bored but patient companion to the Countess of Ruthin, agrees to marry her long-time hero, dashing French rogue Émile Dubois, she is catapulted into a dangerous world of Man Vampires and Time Warps. With the help of Agnes, her no nonsense, tarot-reading Welsh maid, she must come to terms with his scandalous past, help him defeat the evil Vampire neighbours and help Émile escape from the machinations of time which threaten to destroy their new found love. All this in just one book!
'Scoundrel' is an entertaining, over-the-top Gothic adventure, alive with colourful character comedy as it flits between Revolutionary France and misty Wales.
Samantha Young’s “Smokeless Fire” – Pick this up if you like Paranormal Romances and love triangles but are sick of wizards, vampires and werewolves. Jinn will be your new favorite mythical creature after this book.
Read MyReview: 4.5 Stars
FEAR THE HEAT...
When eighteen year old Ari Johnson is transported from her bedroom into the chilling realm of Mount Qaf - home to the terrifying and mercurial Jinn - she learns a truth that rocks her very world. Suddenly her anxiety over college and her broken friendship with Charlie seem like small change compared to the war she now finds herself stuck in the middle of. Her unease isn’t lessened any by the hot guardian, Jai, who won’t stop following her around everywhere - a Jinn whose loyalty Ari hates to question but must. She has no idea who she can trust.
When the truth burns through her life in its determination to turn it to ashes, Ari will have to battle with ancient deadly creatures, epic family drama and heart-wrenching romantic entanglements.
Kristie Cook’s “Promise” – Pick this up if you liked Twilight but wished it had been steamier. This book had that irrevocable, undeniable, I’d die for you kind of love but with college age characters and steamy sex, and still managed to work in Christian values.
Read MyReview: 4.5 StarsAlexis Ames decides to learn who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their secrets closely. After meeting Tristan Knight and discovering that he's not normal either, the secrets begin to unravel. Their union brings promise to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy. Because they are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.