I like those kind of people. They make me happy and inspire me to follow in their footsteps.
That's why I'm such a fan of indie authors and their self-published novels. I spend time each month to hunt down self-published books to read and review. These books are often unique in a way that many traditionally published books are not: You can see the heart of the author, the messages and character quirks and experimental writing styles that sometimes get lost in the refining process of traditional publishing.
Every time I read an indie book, I have the urge to buy a ton of copies, chuck them at random people, and yell: "READ IT!!!" Unfortunately, my wallet will not allow this activity...nor, I'm afraid, would the random people.
So I'm having to dial it back a little bit and share links to good indie books here, thus rescuing my bank account and any innocent bystanders.
This list is in absolutely no order, so a book being listed first, last, or three from the middle spot has no significance. Now, go forth and discover new, amazing reads!
Champion in the Darkness by Tyrean Martinson
Tyrean is a very sweet lady, so you'll want to stop by and say hello to her on her blog or one of her social medias.
Where the Woods Grow Wild by Nate Philbrick
Nate Philbrick has a hilarious blog and a social media presence to match. If you don't already follow him, do so:
Recovery Series by S. Alex Martin
View Embassy on Amazon | View Resonance on Amazon | My Constant Collectible Review of Embassy | My Constant Collectible Review of Resonance
If you like cool information about space science (I know that's not the correct term, but I feel that it's a good description), you'll want to follow him here:
Out of Darkness by E.B. Dawson
E.B. Dawson is awesome. I like her and you will too. Here, go say hello:
Urban Legend: Orphan by J.P. Dailing
Dailing has a cool website where you can stay up to date on news for his Urban Legend series. I always get super excited when I see a subscription email roll through my inbox:
Two Lives, Three Choices by K.L. + Pierce
Pierce is a really nice person with a cool outlook on writing. She's also a college student in addition to being an indie author, which is an incredible feat. Go give her a high five:
Ashes by Grace Crandall
Crandall has a really cool blog where she posts short stories, so if you want more of her work (you will), go follow her:
Empire Under Siege by Jason K. Lewis
Jason K. Lewis has a plethora of other books out there (many of which I've read and enjoyed), so go explore his website and social media to find more:
Fractured by Rae Elliott
Rae Elliott has a really pretty (and helpful) blog full of writing tips, so you should probably be following her:
And that's all I have for you today. A few answers to questions you're probably asking:
What is this Constant Collectible you keep linking to? That's a geek website I write for. I do book reviews every other Monday and occasionally review comics randomly throughout the week. So if you want more geekiness than what you get here, then head on over there and watch the nerd news and reviews roll in. Also, if you are an author with a book that needs reviewing, please get in touch!
Why does it say Part 1 in the title? Because this is a series that I plan on continuing until the internet dies, self-publishing dies, or I die. Whichever happens first. I'm continually reading and reviewing self-published stories, so I'll compile a list every few months or so to share with you all. Keep an eye out.
Didn't you forget a really important self-published book? Why yes. Yes, I did. Thank you so much for pointing that out and thus allowing me to very naturally and not-at-all-annoyingly mention that I myself have self-published a short story. It's called Skies of Dripping Gold and is a YA Christian dystopian. You might like it.
If you do choose to read any of the above books, please take a few moments to drop a quick review when you've finished. It doesn't have to be a long one, but it will really help the authors out. They are all hard-working, talented, and overall very cool, so they deserve a helping hand.
Do you have any self-published books you would like to share with us? Yes, it is absolutely allowed to be your own. Don't be shy. Leave as many titles as you'd like! I'm always looking for my next read and I know a lot of people who are looking at this post are, too.
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