It’s the most wonderful time of year when people are in the giving spirit, and if you’re not and you’re the “other” kind of people…just go. Anyway! Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure of buying and reading some Outstanding books by Indie/Trad Authors. I’ve compiled a list of my favorites below and I encourage you to snag yourself some copies. They’ll make great stocking stuffers and maybe even a few gag gifts too!
* ‘Summer Secrets’ by Vania Rheault.
This series consists of 6 books, each containing a story that connects with all the others. Broken into two books, these novellas are both quick and easy to read. Following the Summer Vacation of six couples, each with their own heartbreaking issue to work through, the reader will find themselves relating to at least one, if not more, of the couples. I appreciated how Vania took each story and sprinkled a little bit of their pasts throughout all six novellas. While I believe each can be read as a stand-alone, how the writer creates the stories, it causes you to want to read the others, and in order.
Click here, on the link, for stories 1-3.
Click here, on the link for stories 4-6.
*Mediterrania* by Budgie Bigelow
I’ll admit, I read this book because Budgie is a friend in my writing community and I aim to live life with an open mind. When he told me this story involved Mermaids/Mermen and a Kingdom below the seas, I thought I would struggle to get through the story. I wouldn’t be recommending this short read if I didn’t think it was worth a gander. Budgie has captured the essence of an undersea kingdom and story-line that takes you beyond the Disney fairytales. I would say the story is a bit PG-13 rated, but it grasped my attention and I needed to know more. If you buy this and read it for yourself, join me in begging Budgie to do a part 2. I. NEED. TO. KNOW. MORE.
Click here, on the link for the E-Story
* Caroline’s Lighthouse* by Brandi Collins
I’ve thought a lot about what to say about Caroline’s Lighthouse. I love history, mystery, and charming large homes; so this story was right up my alley. I enjoyed reading about the growth of first love between the MC and her Beau, while at the same time reading of a tragic love of a distant family member. The suspense around every turn easily drew me in and made me want to read more. I was sad when it was over, but comforted because it ended well.
Click here, on the link for Caroline’s Lighthouse
* Dancing At Midnight: The Life of June Parker* by Rebecca Yelland
‘Dancing at Midnight’ really hit close to home for me, and for personal reasons made the story much more enjoyable to read than it would have if I had no connection to the characters.
‘Dancing at Midnight’ intertwines two stories of a mother and daughter who struggled to connect with a normal mother/daughter relationship. Growing up, I faced the same issues with my own mother, which is why this story had me sucked in from the beginning.
After the recent death of her mother, Carolyn goes home to take care of the last few business and estate issues of her mother’s, and in doing so stumbles upon a story that would answer so many questions from her own childhood and the missed connection she had longed for with her mother.
* The Last Time She Saw Him & Duplicity* by Jane Haseldine
I discovered Jane on Twitter when I asked for new book recommendations. From the first book, I was hooked and needed more. Both of these books are about a crime newspaper reporter who fights not just for her stories in the paper, but also to find the person who took her younger brother thirty years before. These books were so well written and you’ll wanna snag your copies before the March 2018 release of book 3. I was given the chance to read an early edition of book 3, and it only gets better with each book!
Wanna know more about each book? Check out The Last Time She Saw Him
and Duplicity <—here
and when you finish those, prepare for Book 3 Worth Killing For due out March 2018.
That’s all I have for now. A variety of excellent reads that I would gladly purchase again! Happy Shopping!
I wanna hear from you! Enter the Giveaway to win an EARLY EDITION COPY of my debut novel (will be mailed before the release date)…HERE, giveaway runs until 12/26. Simply comment on the blog post and tell me which book interests you! No purchase required, though hope you’ll consider!