There are some amazing people in this forum. I'm not surprised when I see familiar books getting recommended to me on Amazon.
I know I can get really critical sometimes, and it hasn't been great for my reading habits. About a year ago, I started reading in a different way--actively looking for what worked rather than looking for the flaws. I also downloaded some opening samples of both indies and trad-pubs of similar popularity and then, without looking at the price, tried to see if I could tell a difference. I couldn't.
My 15yo reads mostly Indies (ever since I gave her a Kindle 2+ years ago)...
She reads like a crazy person - so the price of Indie books works to our advantage.
If I buy a book for over $9.99 she actually gives me a hard time now
She loves to tell others about the cool books that she's found on Amazon!
Ever since I came here, I've switched to only reading Indies. I find so many good books on people's signatures that I don't have time to read anything else. LOL
Steve Vernon (Sudden Death Overtime was a fun read)
SM Reine and Kathleen Valentine...completely separate genres..both excellent writers
Dara England...loved her gothic style murder mystery..another great writer
Christopher David Petersen, Jude Hardin, Andrew Biss, so many more....so much fun!!
Trying to set aside a good block of time for Monique's wonderful time series...so many wonderful self-pubbers...so little time. I know I'm forgetting a ton of people.
Great idea for a thread! I'm also reading mainly indie authors now and loving it. They're fresher reads and not so cookie cutter in style. I feel like a lot of trad pubbed books are like singers who've had too many singing lessons - their voice gets smoothed away. Here are some of the indie's I enjoyed:
I recently read Laura Rae Amos's "Exactly Where They'd Fall" and declared it the best book I would probably read in all of 2013, even though it was only February. Exceptional!
I am currently reading Richard Coady's "The Maya Papyrus" -- a doozy-long novel but easily the best Egyptian historical novel I've ever read, and I've read 'em all and written a couple which are highly regarded by fans of the subgenre, so I feel like my opinion counts extra when I say it's the best out there. I don't think Ric hangs out on Kboards but I might have to lure him over here. Since his book blew my mind by the end of the first chapter, I've been in contact with him trying to help him promote it, because it deserves wider recognition.
Lisa Scott - Flirts series
Mike Hicks - both the In Her Name Series and the Harvest series
Jeff Hepple - American historical fiction series
Lexi Revellian - Remix and Replica
L.J. Sellers - Det. Jackson series
Deb Geary - Novel Nibbles
And of course, the Wool omnibus.
I know there's more, but that's all I can think of right now. Many more on my tbr that I hope some day to get to.
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