Best Indie Books/Authors
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1 Once Upon Another Time
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 88 ratings
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2 Alien Species Intervention ...
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 411 ratings
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3 A Job From Hell (Ancient Le...
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 5,947 ratings
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4 Secrets of the Realm
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 196 ratings
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5 Psycho Save Us
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 121 ratings
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6 Starshine (Aurora Rising, #1)
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 336 ratings
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7 Angelfall (Penryn & the End...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 67,961 ratings
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8 Remembrance (Transcend Time...
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 2,833 ratings
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9 After Forever Ends
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 1,055 ratings
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10 Farsighted (Farsighted, #1)
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 775 ratings
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11 Sheer Purgatory
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 40 ratings
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12 Vampire Princess Rising (Th...
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4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 131 ratings
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13 Portrait of Our Marriage
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 165 ratings
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14 The Zombie Room
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 8,434 ratings
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15 Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 61,049 ratings
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16 Vampire Origins - Project I...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 132 ratings
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17 The Light of Asteria: Kailm...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 542 ratings
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18 Beautiful Disaster (Beautif...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 291,011 ratings
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19 Enigma Black (Enigma Black,...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 138 ratings
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20 Vendetta Nation (Enigma Bla...
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4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 57 ratings
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21 The William S Club
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 135 ratings
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22 Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 971,525 ratings
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23 The Elephant Tree
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 7,172 ratings
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24 Crashing Back Down (Crashin...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 328 ratings
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25 Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 115 ratings
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26 Bridger (Bridger, #1)
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 809 ratings
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27 Everyone Burns (Time, Blood...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 303 ratings
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28 Why She Left Us
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4.62 of 5 stars 4.62 avg rating — 81 ratings
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29 Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 39,806 ratings
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30 In Leah's Wake
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3.18 of 5 stars 3.18 avg rating — 2,180 ratings
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31 Destined (Destined, #1)
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 2,054 ratings
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32 Hollowland (The Hollows, #1)
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 14,034 ratings
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33 May Day (American Sulla, #1)
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4.88 of 5 stars 4.88 avg rating — 67 ratings
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34 The Silver Sphere
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 157 ratings
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35 Existence (Existence Trilog...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 40,184 ratings
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36 Open Minds (Mindjack Trilog...
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 5,025 ratings
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37 Significance (Significance,...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 27,325 ratings
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38 The Iron-Jawed Boy (Guardia...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 276 ratings
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39 Yours Truly, Taddy (The Und...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 326 ratings
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40 Lightmasters: Number 13
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 113 ratings
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41 Perfect Plans
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 275 ratings
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42 The Skinwalker's Apprentice
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 63 ratings
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43 Love, Lex (The Undergrad Ye...
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3.26 of 5 stars 3.26 avg rating — 878 ratings
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44 The Gift of Joy - Adult Ver...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 59 ratings
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45 Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty ...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 449,811 ratings
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46 Bound By Blood: Volume 1 (B...
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4.63 of 5 stars 4.63 avg rating — 206 ratings
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47 Our Little Secret
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 6 ratings
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48 Fourteen Days Later (Helen ...
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 369 ratings
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49 Caged in Darkness (Caged, #1)
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 583 ratings
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50 Feathers
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 17 ratings
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51 Set the Night on Fire
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 123 ratings
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52 The Portal Between (The Por...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 34 ratings
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53 My Blood Approves (My Blood...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 21,398 ratings
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54 Echo (Species Intervention ...
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 294 ratings
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55 Armageddon Cometh (Species ...
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4.56 of 5 stars 4.56 avg rating — 208 ratings
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56 Final Justice  (A Lorne Sim...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 181 ratings
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57 The Map and The Stone
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 11 ratings
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58 Erich's Plea (The Witchcraf...
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 55 ratings
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59 Doomed (Ancient Legends, #2)
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 1,527 ratings
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60 Anathema (Cloud Prophet Tri...
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 2,021 ratings
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61 The Assassins' Village
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 94 ratings
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62 Chasing Dragons (originally...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 29 ratings
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63 The Angels Are Here (Parado...
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 287 ratings
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64 Impeding Justice  (A Lorne ...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 333 ratings
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65 Baby (Species Intervention ...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 566 ratings
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66 Pyramid of the Moon (Sun an...
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 34 ratings
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67 Sand
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 92 ratings
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68 The Endlands (Volume 1)
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 94 ratings
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69 The Next Thing I Knew (Heav...
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 130 ratings
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69 Insanity Never Sleeps
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4.94 of 5 stars 4.94 avg rating — 50 ratings
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71 Wicked Sinners (Sinners, #2)
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 103 ratings
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71 Sex in the Title: A Comedy ...
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 581 ratings
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73 The Superiors (The Superior...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 101 ratings
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74 Sweet Seduction
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 14 ratings
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75 The One (Species Interventi...
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4.72 of 5 stars 4.72 avg rating — 178 ratings
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76 The Culling
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4.86 of 5 stars 4.86 avg rating — 59 ratings
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77 Evil Among Us (Species Inte...
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4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 202 ratings
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78 The Last Prophet
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 92 ratings
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79 Pray for Reign
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 41 ratings
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79 Hive (Species Intervention ...
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4.64 of 5 stars 4.64 avg rating — 249 ratings
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79 Blood on the Snow
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4.91 of 5 stars 4.91 avg rating — 55 ratings
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82 Liberty or Death
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4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 110 ratings
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83 The Girlfriend Experience
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 44 ratings
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84 Stories and Scripts: an Ant...
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4.71 of 5 stars 4.71 avg rating — 41 ratings
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85 Evolution of Insanity
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 63 ratings
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86 Witchy, Witchy (Spellbound ...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,130 ratings
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87 The Secret of Spruce Knoll ...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 154 ratings
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88 Smokeless Fire (Fire Spirit...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 5,524 ratings
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89 Untraceable (Nature of Grac...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,721 ratings
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90 Exiled (Immortal Essence, #1)
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 1,398 ratings
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91 The Eternal Chain
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4.73 of 5 stars 4.73 avg rating — 45 ratings
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92 A Very Hairy Adventure (Kay...
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3.27 of 5 stars 3.27 avg rating — 11 ratings
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93 Ursula's Quest (The Witchcr...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 20 ratings
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93 The Ruby Brooch
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 696 ratings
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95 A Dance of Cloaks (Shadowda...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 5,940 ratings
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96 All My Life (First Things, #1)
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 1,217 ratings
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96 Edna in the Desert
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 48 ratings
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98 Shadows of the Realm
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 177 ratings
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99 Scent of a White Rose (The ...
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 267 ratings
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100 Bound By Blood: Volume 2 (B...
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

What does Indie mean? I googled it but still not sure about this.


message 2: by Coral (new)

Coral As far as I know - Indie music/art/film/books - meant people that were handling things pretty much on their own without the backing from a major studio or publisher.

Indie press also means small press or small publishing houses. Not the big traditional ones.

Now, because of the Internet and availability of eBooks and the ability of individuals to publish their books electronically, to me it means independent authors who are publishing their own work.

Anyone who knows more, please feel free to chime in. :)


message 3: by Coral (new)

Coral hehe I'm a life-long reader so I think it's a great time to be reader too. :)


Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper I don't know that these are the "best ever" books or anything like that.

They all have the same editing issues. You know, the stray word in the wront tense or spelling and/or missing words here and there.

Having said that, I enjoyed reading every one of them. It takes a certain kind of magic to make a story come alive. These writers have the magic, and it's in their books. They deserve some love. (I loved the books.)

It just makes me wonder how much help a publishing company could have been to them with their polishing machine and army of editors if they had just accepted their work instead of trying to force them into writing to meet a formula?


message 5: by Coral (new)

Coral Hugh (A.K.A. Hermit the Curmudgeon) wrote: "I don't know that these are the "best ever" books or anything like that.

They all have the same editing issues. You know, the stray word in the wront tense or spelling and/or missing words her..."


This list got totally out of hand. I originally meant it as a list that I personally read/reviewed and thought was great... and then it got hi-jacked. lol I don't know how to fix it except start a new list? But I don't know if you can even make a closed list.

I have an Indies-good read shelf which does have only the books I've read and anyone is welcome to check it out or ASK ME!

I'd love to give you suggestions of Indie authors that I found to be really good. Good editing, good cover is a must, but story trumps all. I'm very eclectic so will probably find something you like...

Also I blog about all the Indies I read at alchemyofscrawl.wordpress.com

:)


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Coral wrote: "Hugh (A.K.A. Hermit the Curmudgeon) wrote: "I don't know that these are the "best ever" books or anything like that.

They all have the same editing issues. You know, the stray word in the wront ..."


Ask Suzanne to help you. She is a librarian who can correct and clean up lists. She does it all the time.I hope I didn't spell her name wrong. Susanne maybe


message 7: by Coral (new)

Coral lol it would go from 386 to 93. How do I contact a librarian?


message 8: by Coral (new)

Coral Nope, I looked at the rules and all lists are public. My shelf has my private Indies-good read so please friend me and check that out or ask me if you are unsure.

I'm not saying everyone else on the list is bad, I'm only one reader and have just listed the books that I've read and thought were good.

:)


message 9: by Coral (new)

Coral Alice wrote: "Coral wrote: "lol it would go from 386 to 93. How do I contact a librarian?"

Susanne is on most Listopias. You can also go on the group for librarians and ask for help. I have voted on hundreds ..."


No problem Alice. Thanks for your help!


Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper I appologize for intruding. If I could take mine back, I would.


message 11: by Coral (new)

Coral Hugh (A.K.A. Hermit the Curmudgeon) wrote: "I appologize for intruding. If I could take mine back, I would."

For intruding? I don't understand. You're welcome to comment.


message 12: by Coral (new)

Coral Oh shoot, now I feel bad. No one else is going to delete anything so you shouldn't. I have a private list so this is no problem.

I just had no idea this list would catch on. Sorry!


message 13: by Linda (new)

Linda Rae ~☆ Alice☆~ wrote: "What does Indie mean? I googled it but still not sure about this." Indie writers--we write and publish our own books without use of a traditional publisher.


message 14: by Charles (last edited Feb 10, 2013 03:25PM) (new)

Charles O'Donnell Linda wrote: "~☆ Alice☆~ wrote: "What does Indie mean? I googled it but still not sure about this." Indie writers--we write and publish our own books without use of a traditional publisher."

An independently (read: self) published author. With Kindle, iBooks, Nook and more, it's easier than ever to self publish. Which means tens of thousands of self-published books hit the eBook sites every month. Including mine!


message 15: by Riley (new)

Riley Banks How is 50 Shades an Indie book? It was a commercial success!


message 16: by BookChic (new)

BookChic Club Riley wrote: "How is 50 Shades an Indie book? It was a commercial success!"

Because it was self-published. Doesn't matter how well it sold or whatever. Since E.L. James self-published (or went through a small publisher) it, it's an indie book.


message 17: by Linnea (new)

Linnea E.L. James (shudders can't believe I said that name) is not an indie book. It was bought up by Random House. Kinda ya know a big ass publisher. So no, should not be on this list.


message 18: by BookChic (new)

BookChic Club It was originally self-published though and then once it was a success, bought up by Random House and distributed widely as paperbacks.


message 19: by Linnea (new)

Linnea BookChic wrote: "It was originally self-published though and then once it was a success, bought up by Random House and distributed widely as paperbacks."

Nope was never self pub'd. It was published by the writers coffee shop. And all the poor schmucks that read it as fanfiction bought it and 6 months later Random House bought it up.


message 20: by BookChic (new)

BookChic Club Still though, the Writers Coffee Shop is not a major publisher and therefore an indie one and the book belongs on this list. The reason Random House bought it is because it was such a huge seller despite being a title from a little-known independent publisher. It doesn't matter if the book was later bought by a major publisher and mass-produced. What matters is the initial publication- was it self- or indie-published? If yes, it belongs here.


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