It all started with a tweet. A.G Letterman had tweeted that he had created the Indie April hashtag to support indie authors and discover new books & stories. I thought that was a great idea, and so I myself tweeted about it.
I couldn’t imagine that I would receive such a huge response. My tweet went viral: 219 comments, 112 retweets and 423 likes. There are so many self-published authors out there, waiting for their books to be picked out by a reader.
Here is a selection of fantasy and contemporary stories that I found interesting, and that you might find interesting too.
The Witch of the Meadows by Laurel Wanrow
For months, seventeen-year-old Fern has been sneaking out on her mother—really sneaking out—through a magical portal to an island halfway around the world. There, the grandmother Fern never knew existed needs her help rejuvenating their ancestral land. She has always been good at growing things, but that’s not magic. And magic is what the island needs.
With its energy running out, the land is breaking apart, and the caretakers demand a real witch to take over the Meadows, not a teenager with a green thumb. Elbow-deep in dirt, Fern confronts a splintered community, unsure who to trust, but grateful for the support of a Scottish boy who looks at her with green eyes shining with magic—and something more powerful.
Caring for this land is Fern’s birthright, one she longs to claim. But to take her place in this magical world, Fern must first figure out how to use her unique gift.
Moribund by T.S. Petersen
Ending up in front of me is no one’s idea of a good day – besides mine. I’m Evanee Shepard, Acrasin General Hospital’s Forensic Pathologist and suspected psychic. My life was finally heading in the right direction until the night I went to my co-worker’s house party, and met him again. Erick Tenebris, local mystery man who left Murder Point Bay 12 years ago, only to return at my weakest hour. Now my life is in disarray, and my feelings for him aren’t far behind that. Finding out I’m part of a supernatural community is not what I wanted for my life; neither is autopsying the three victims whose souls are fractured and partially drained by something I’ve never encountered before. My life is in disarray and I’ll be lucky enough to make it out of this mess with my sanity intact, let alone my life.
Avalon Dreams by Alexa Whitewolf
Vivienne du Lac has everything she could wish for – a normal, peaceful life, a good job, cushy nest egg, and a semi-social nightlife. The only problem? She’s clueless to being the reincarnation of the Lady of the Lake, mythical sorceress from King Arthur’s time, and Merlin’s apprentice.
Sebastien Dubois is the guy you wouldn’t take home to mom and dad. He’s the one you jump off on a motorcycle with, to ride into the sunset. The sexual chemistry between them is sizzling from the start – but there’s more to the tall, dark and handsome stranger. When a magical past tumbles into her orderly reality, he is Vivienne’s only hope at survival.
Final Lesson by Shakyra Dunn
Leilana Erovina’s got a bid for power as she takes the final test to become one of her realm’s Warlords. As such, she sets out to travel the lands of Adrylis and log magical totems from respectful folk with only one hitch—no ancestral help. The quest is a pilgrimage to learn the basics of human nature. Some would call concepts like gentleness and passion fables of the heart.
In another perspective, war brews in the kingdom of Linmus, throwing Adrylis into chaos. Prince Remiel Vesarus finds himself in exile, vengeance on his mind for those who tore his life asunder. His attendant Solus Brenner at his side, they plan on restoring their kingdom against all odds.
Fate has drawn these two parties together. Conjoined at the hip, the traveler, prince and right-hand will learn the old saying of magic: “It always comes with a price.”
Being an indie author is hard and often lonely. I see a lot of us sharing our books tirelessly and effortlessly. It can be daunting if you don’t know where to start. And, among all those book releases, an indie author is often let on the side if he/she doesn’t have a community.
Please share the indie love and support your authors!
Which one got your attention? Tell me in the comment section below or tweet me @vdvestelle