Monday, July 2, 2012

Book Chat: INDIEpendence!


This INDIEpendence day, the Indelibles would like to celebrate indie authors (self-published and small-press) as a whole by holding up examples of outstanding indie works. The 25 Indelible authors all believe that amazing works of fiction can be found in indie novels. By highlighting and bringing greater awareness to quality indie books, people find great books to read, indie authors get support, and we continue to change hearts and minds about the gems that can be found among self-published and small-press novels.

So I've decided to help out by sharing books I think are fantastic that are self-published or small-press published. Click here for the list of people participating in INDIEpendence.

The first one is Cas Peace's King's Envoy. I received a printed ARC copy from Rhemalda Publishing, a fantastic small publisher, after requesting one. I had assumed I didn't get the request since I was expecting a e-copy, but I was thrilled with the printed ARC. I started reading the book and finished it that same weekend. It was amazing. I mean, I want to write fanfiction and live in this world amazing. Cas Peace had created an intricate and fascinating fantasy world filled with characters I loved. I can't wait for book two to come out on August 1st.

Taran Elijah’s quest for knowledge uncovers a plot that threatens the world…

In Albia, the fourth realm, the precious Artesan gift is dying. Although born to the craft, Taran is struggling to achieve his potential. Against his friends’ advice, he embarks on a foolhardy plan to acquire the teaching he craves. Alone, he crosses into Andaryon, the fifth realm, but instead of finding a mentor, he stumbles upon a treacherous plot. 

In the wake of Taran’s actions, Albia suffers a series of vicious raids. Major Sullyan of the High King’s forces is sent to oppose them. But a dark and treacherous force is moving through the realms and both Taran and Sullyan will feel its power. 

Their craft, the lives of their friends, the very existence of their realm are under threat unless they expose and oppose the evil.

Click here to read my review.
Add this book to your Goodreads list here.
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Rhemalda's Shop.

The second book I want to feature is the Creepy Hollow series of novelettes by Rachel Morgan. She decided to self-publish them in a series, kinda like TV episodes. I am completely hooked and need my next one. Rachel has taken the time to produce a stunning product from beautiful cover art to a fantastic interior design besides writing a great story with interesting characters.

1. Receive assignment.
2. Save a life.
3. Sleep.
4. Repeat.

Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until one of her assignments—a human boy who shouldn’t even be able to see her—follows her into the fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the fae realm. Easy, right? But Nate and Vi are about to land themselves in even bigger trouble—and it’ll take all Vi’s training to get them out alive.
Click here to read my review.
Add this book to your Goodreads list here.

Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale has officially been suspended for bringing a human into the fae realm. No assignments, no training, and goodbye to that position at the top of the class. While this sucks, it at least allows her time to secretly keep visiting Nate, the human boy who caused her suspension in the first place. It’s not the wisest move to continue breaking Guild Law, but no one’s going to find out. And Nate is worth the risk, isn’t he?

To prevent herself from going into assignment withdrawal, Vi throws herself into investigating Nate’s real mother, Angelica, a woman who seems to be mysteriously connected to the world of the fae. Nate’s never given her much thought, but that was before an insane faerie abducted him in order to blackmail Angelica out of hiding. Now Nate wants answers, and Vi’s got the perfect ability to help him.
Click here to read my review.
Add this book to your Goodreads list here.

Violet and Nate may have escaped the labyrinth, but only one of them came out unscathed. Nate is now the bearer of a mysterious eye-shaped tattoo, a mark he has no memory of receiving. While Vi is intent on discovering the meaning of the tattoo, Nate seems less interested. His experience in the labyrinth has caused recurring nightmares, and he’d prefer to pretend none of it ever happened. But Vi has never been one to let a mystery go unsolved, and she’ll do whatever she can to discover who’s behind the tattoo—even if it means leaving Nate out of her plan. 

Click here to read my review.
Add this book to your Goodreads list here.
To purchase the series on Amazon.

What self-published or small press published books have you enjoyed?

Don't forget to check out the other participants!


M.J. Fifield said...

This is a great blogfest. Yay for indie writers!

I saw Rachel Morgan's books on another site too.

Anonymous said...

I've read one Rhemalda title and I have two or three of their other books. King's Envoy looks like a great read.

I have Rachel's first novelette. It looks like an amazing series.

Nicole said...

King's Envoy looks fascinating and right up my alley! It's so fun to discover new writers. :)

Christine Rains said...

Great picks! This is a very cool blogfest.

M Pax said...

Yay for the blogfest. It's a great one.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Nice to see Rachel Morgan getting so much love on the blogfest! Thanks for the rec and for joining in!

Jessie Harrell said...

I hadnt heard of Rachel Morgan's series before but it sounds great. Thanks for the rec!

Alleged Author said...

I definitely agree indie authors are wonderful! You chose some excellent books (and I've even read a couple). :)

Talli Roland said...

What a great blogfest. I meant to get in on it, but I totally forgot! Eek! said...

It's great of you to highlight indie authors, Cherie. Thanks for all the info and many wonderful books out there!


Unknown said...

I recently finished reading Rachel's books and quite enjoyed them. :) This is such a cool blog hop event. Happy 4th!

Anonymous said...

I'm loving the Guardian series.

Unknown said...

Thank you so, so, so much for highlighting my books! And I'm so sorry it took me five days to realize this post was here! I've just got back home from visiting family in Cape Town and am trying to avoid the post-holiday slump - this blog post really helped ;-)