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Initial post: 1 Dec 2012 10:38:48 GMT
Louise Wise says:
Please no self-promo.

Stella started the discussion: Self published books: pain or gain? And although I agree with her on SOME points that SOME indie writers are deluded and don't seem to care about the craft, I am on a mission to PROVE to her that there are excellent indie books out there.

In the comment sections below please list indie books that you've READ and enjoyed. Just name, product link and why it was good. No other discussion. Go to Stella's thread for that.


Posted on 1 Dec 2012 10:43:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Dec 2012 10:50:24 GMT
Louise Wise says:
I'll start. Got loads, but I'll start with this one first:

Fast Movin' Train (Sensual Romance Series) by Pam Howes
I liked it because of its chatty style. It's set in the UK and not a 'fluffy' romance but with gritty elements of life as well.

Posted on 1 Dec 2012 12:25:42 GMT
I never said there aren't, just that I haven't found one. :-)

But this is a good thread and I'll be watching it.

Posted on 1 Dec 2012 12:36:15 GMT
SammyG says:
I have only left reviews for this saga of books in other forums, so you may well have seen it recommended elsewhere, but I have never felt as passionate for a storyline as I do for the Afterlife (Afterlife Saga) by Stephanie Hudson.
She is self published and I have started following her on Facebook, she is dyslexic, so there are some spelling mistakes but not as many as you'd expect. There are two books released so far, out of a proposed seven. It is highly descriptive and a slow burn for the first 50% of the first book, addictive is a word that springs to mind, that and I can't get the characters off my mind.
Without ruining the plot, it is a supernatural romance, laced with horror. I guess it fits into the fantasy genre. To give you a comparison, Twilight/True Blood, although I think it beats both of these series hands down.
The Two Kings (Afterlife Saga) is the second book, if you do read them, I would love to know what you think, I need to talk to someone about it!

Posted on 1 Dec 2012 12:53:46 GMT
B J Burton says:
Like Louise, I've read lots of good indie books, but I'll also start with just one:

Tollesbury Time Forever: FRUGALITY: Book 1 by Stuart Ayris

One of the most original books I've ever read: fascinating, thought-provoking and refreshingly different in style.

Posted on 1 Dec 2012 15:05:00 GMT
Margaret P says:
The two 'Mummy Misfit' diaries by Amanda Egan - link to first: Diary of a Mummy Misfit because I can relate to the school parent competitiveness. Have since read her new novel (not a diary) and am currently reading 'Stilettos & Stubble'. Good editing, stories.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2012 18:32:37 GMT
Louise Wise says:
I know, just teasing. :)

Posted on 1 Dec 2012 20:19:26 GMT
'Hall of Mirrors: Volume One' by Mike Bennett. A short story collection that is in turn scary, weird and hilarious. My favourite story in this volume is 'The Grave' - totally excruciating, but in the best possible way. There are three other books in the series but this volume one is free if you want a taster. Strongly recommended if you want a meaty read!
Hall of Mirrors: Volume One

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2012 20:32:43 GMT
Tease away. ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2012 21:07:17 GMT
Louise Wise says:
And that was free! Thanks Doris.

Stella-- wish there was a 'like' button here.

Posted on 1 Dec 2012 21:36:11 GMT
That would make those who use those yes/no buttons a lot shake in their socks, and probably bring a very quick end to their addiction.

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 10:38:55 GMT
Tarin Day says:
Just read Margaret Tanner's Savage Possession and was very impressed. It's not my usual read, but it had guts and didn't pull any punches. It has certainly convinced me to start reading more self published books now I have my kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 19:13:28 GMT
Marion Stein says:
"Doris Lessing"????

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 19:49:05 GMT
I really liked Death of an Old Git (The Falconer Files - File 1) - my review of it is on the book's page.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 20:39:19 GMT
B J Burton says:
Yes, ISBW, that name certainly caught the eye!
I find it very difficult to believe that Doris Lessing has joined us on this thread. If it really is DML then stand by for a lot of awestruck forelock-tugging - certainly on my part.

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 22:27:02 GMT
Booktigger says:
Ooh, I've read quite a lot this year. Three that spring to mind are Andrew Kaufman, have read two of his, Lexi Revelion, Faith Mortimer and Rosen Trevithick. Yes I know that's 4. I'll come back wit titles when I'm on a computer and can do links.
I'm actually trying to read books I downloaded when I first got my kindle this month, so might find some new authors

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 16:15:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Dec 2012 16:16:21 GMT
K. Cornell says:
My partner reviewed this suspense novel based on the recommendations of some others, and was very pleased with it:
It's cyber-crime and internet fraud stuff, so pretty timely.

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 17:00:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Dec 2012 17:10:23 GMT
Frank Mundo says:
I liked Black as Snow by Nick Nolan.

ETA: Looks like he got picked up by Amazon's publishing group. Not technically an indie any more.

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 18:09:03 GMT
Louise Wise says:
I like Sari Caste. A haunting story set in India that will stay with you.

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 20:56:03 GMT
Dan Holloway says:
Some wonderful pieces of literary fiction
Glimpses of a Floating World by Larry Harrison - a lyrical but brutal account of a lost London
Loisaida -- A New York Story by Marion Stein - a wonderfully interwoven literary thriller
Strangers and Pilgrims by Vivienne Tuffnell - a thought-provoking metaphysical literary novel
Quintessence. by Andrew Meek - a simply dazzling philosophical novel with layers inside layers inside layers

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 22:08:02 GMT
monica says:
The Agitator. Absorbing, well-written, and I've been thinking lately about re-reading it.

Gripe: Why say 'indie' for 'self-published'? I know that's been the usage on these forums for a long time, probably because originally it was a way to avoid saying 'vanity-published', but this usage always stops me dead in my tracks: Possibly most people don't know this, but there are still very small publishers who've not been swallowed up by huge conglomerate publishing firms. Most of them are getting by on a shoestring budget and some of them publish outstandingly good books that might otherwise forever have remained in draft form. Traditionally they've been referred to as 'independent publishers', and to me 'indie', even after all this time reading posts here, refers to books from them. There's no shame in being self-published, no more than there's something so shameful about advertising (in appropriate places) that one must call it 'promo', honest to God there isn't.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2012 22:44:06 GMT
Indie can mean either being an author published with a small, independent publisher as you said, or being self-published, being an independent author. No shame indeed.

You do know Publish America's reputation, don't you? I'm sure you do. The author of The Agitator is published with them. And you seem to have found a rare gem. ;-)

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 23:29:26 GMT
monica says:
Of course I don't know their reputation--why would I? All I know is that it was a decent book.

You do know what Lewis Carroll said about word definitions, don't you?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2012 23:43:02 GMT
Anita says:
I don't - ?

Posted on 4 Dec 2012 05:44:44 GMT
S Riaz says:
The Whitechapel Murder Mystery
Trial #1322 (a medical/psychological thriller)

Both excellent reads, indie or otherwise.
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