I am loving this IndieRoar challenge hosted on Twitter! It helps me to see the larger picture of what the Indie revolution is and how it looks. This is not a new thing. There have been authors that published their books and sold it out of the boot of their cars!
Nancy Cato, an Australian author, created a cooperative of authors who formed to publish their verse (poetry). The group was called the Lyre-Bird Writers. Now, how Indie is that?
Today, we do Indie a bit differently. We’re techno-geeks and publish singularly, individually and many times…silently. That’s what #IndieRoar is all about — taking the quiet out of Indie publishing.
Here are some of my top picks for great current Indiependent authors who are doing very well on Amazon charts. And, some others who may not have gotten to the charts but have the writing chops to do it!
- T. S. Joyce – Bear Valley Shifters series (The Witness and the Bear, Book 1)
This is a hot series! The covers tantalize you with hard rock male abs and a backdrop of outdoorsy woods. Don’t run screaming…yet. The plot line will redeem the covers that may make you think there is gratuitous sex only between the pages. YES, there are at minimum, 3 really hot explicit sex scenes in each book but these add to the story line and actually makes sense. Why? The story revolves around humans who turn into real life grizzly bears. Ahem…no biting necessary. Bear shifters are entirely 100% a genetic issue. (Precisely — different!)
- C. J. Archer – The Medium Series and The 1st Freak House Trilogy (The Wrong Girl, Book 1)
What can I say about this author and these two series that are linked by a character (or, two or three!)? I will give you the scenario of The Medium series. There’s a young woman who is on the marginal side of society due to her unusual complexion — she’s a mulatto. On top of that, she is purported to have an unusual talent — being able to see ghosts! With this combo of traits and the eccentricity of the tonne (their strict code of conduct and ethics in social ladder climbing!) we have a capricious adventure to save the son of an Earl from sure death in a manner you will never believe but it is so believable throughout The Medium series! A true page-turner!
- C. K. Dawn – Cloak of Shadows
This series is set in the ever so not-too-distant future. The main character, Lourdes Reese, is the mega babe, badass chick that will kick some true a** if trouble rears its demonized head. We learn that the Knights of King Arthur’s table have descendants in our time that patrol Earth to keep it free from demons from another dimension that cause mind drifts and outright hallucinations while draining the human’s life essence. Lourdes is one of the best hunters on earth and she battles every day to keep humans ignorant. But, why is Lourdes seeing signs that things may not be as well as they seem? And, why is she the only hunter who is seeing these signs?
- Lori Brighton – The Mind Readers series (The Mind Readers, Book 1)
Wow! Where do I begin with this series? What if you could read everyone else’s thoughts? What if you could manipulate time and matter? What would you do with all of that? This book series begins to answer your questions! And oh, the battles because, of course — there’s a good side — and a bad side!
- Quanie Miller – The New Mrs. Collins
This is one of my favorite stories! It is a paranormal thriller set in New Orleans. How many stories have you read — well-written with round full characters! — which delves into characters who have ‘blood in their eye’? And, still live to tell about it!? This story does go into a bit of supernatural and touches on roots and the religion surrounding it and it all comes together beautifully! Well told, not too scary, just the right amount of humor and tons of suspense and good old fashioned human drama (when Black women fight over a man…watch out!).
I’ll even give you a bonus one! Faith Simone’s debut novel is a wonderful Christian love story with a different angle than you would expect – When the Real Thing Comes Along. It is an enjoyable read with an emotional angst religious factor, and depth, that I did not expect from a debut author.
Who am I? I’m an Indie author as well. I have three books that I’ve authored (one non-fiction) and one I co-authored with my son, a children’s modern day fairy tale. You can check out my Amazon page here.