Best Indie Books/Authors
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1 Once Upon Another Time
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 83 ratings
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2 A Job From Hell (Ancient Le...
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 5,655 ratings
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3 Psycho Save Us
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 113 ratings
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4 Secrets of the Realm
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 169 ratings
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5 Starshine (Aurora Rising, #1)
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 246 ratings
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6 Alien Species Intervention ...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 357 ratings
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7 Angelfall (Penryn & the End...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 62,547 ratings
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8 Remembrance (Transcend Time...
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 2,729 ratings
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9 After Forever Ends
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 1,004 ratings
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10 Farsighted (Farsighted, #1)
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 777 ratings
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11 Sheer Purgatory
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 36 ratings
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12 Portrait of Our Marriage
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 171 ratings
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13 Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 36,885 ratings
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14 The Light of Asteria: Kailm...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 532 ratings
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15 The Zombie Room
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 7,310 ratings
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16 Vampire Origins - Project I...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 128 ratings
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17 Enigma Black (Enigma Black,...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 138 ratings
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18 Vendetta Nation (Enigma Bla...
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4.69 of 5 stars 4.69 avg rating — 55 ratings
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19 The William S Club
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 132 ratings
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20 Beautiful Disaster (Beautif...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 268,206 ratings
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21 Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty...
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 914,198 ratings
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22 Vampire Princess Rising (Th...
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4.62 of 5 stars 4.62 avg rating — 125 ratings
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23 Crashing Back Down (Crashin...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 302 ratings
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24 The Elephant Tree
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 6,213 ratings
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25 Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like...
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 109 ratings
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26 Bridger (Bridger, #1)
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 787 ratings
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27 Everyone Burns (Time, Blood...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 278 ratings
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28 Why She Left Us
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4.62 of 5 stars 4.62 avg rating — 77 ratings
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29 Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 37,062 ratings
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30 Destined (Destined, #1)
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 2,008 ratings
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31 Hollowland (The Hollows, #1)
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 13,533 ratings
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32 May Day (American Sulla, #1)
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4.97 of 5 stars 4.97 avg rating — 62 ratings
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33 In Leah's Wake
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3.17 of 5 stars 3.17 avg rating — 2,100 ratings
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34 Existence (Existence Trilog...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 38,342 ratings
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35 Significance (Significance,...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 25,808 ratings
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36 The Iron-Jawed Boy (Guardia...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 254 ratings
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37 Yours Truly, Taddy (The Und...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 305 ratings
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38 Lightmasters: Number 13
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 115 ratings
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39 Perfect Plans
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 223 ratings
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40 The Silver Sphere
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 176 ratings
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41 The Skinwalker's Apprentice
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 56 ratings
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42 The Gift of Joy - Adult Ver...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 57 ratings
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43 Open Minds (Mindjack Trilog...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 4,607 ratings
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44 Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty ...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 428,918 ratings
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45 Bound By Blood: Volume 1 (B...
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4.63 of 5 stars 4.63 avg rating — 201 ratings
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46 Our Little Secret
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 6 ratings
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47 Fourteen Days Later (Helen ...
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 355 ratings
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48 Caged in Darkness (Caged, #1)
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 574 ratings
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49 Feathers
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 16 ratings
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50 Set the Night on Fire
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 119 ratings
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51 The Portal Between (The Por...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 34 ratings
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52 My Blood Approves (My Blood...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 20,699 ratings
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53 Final Justice  (A Lorne Sim...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 165 ratings
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54 The Map and The Stone
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 10 ratings
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55 Erich's Plea (The Witchcraf...
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 50 ratings
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56 Doomed (Ancient Legends, #2)
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 1,471 ratings
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57 Anathema (Cloud Prophet Tri...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 1,932 ratings
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58 Chasing Dragons (originally...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 27 ratings
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59 The Angels Are Here (Parado...
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 283 ratings
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60 Impeding Justice  (A Lorne ...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 304 ratings
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61 Pyramid of the Moon (Sun an...
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 30 ratings
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62 Sand
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 86 ratings
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63 The Endlands (Volume 1)
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 91 ratings
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64 The Next Thing I Knew (Heav...
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 127 ratings
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65 Wicked Sinners (Sinners, #2)
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 103 ratings
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66 The Superiors (The Superior...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 99 ratings
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67 Sweet Seduction
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 14 ratings
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68 The Assassins' Village
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 86 ratings
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69 The Last Prophet
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 96 ratings
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70 Pray for Reign
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 36 ratings
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71 The Girlfriend Experience
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 42 ratings
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72 Stories and Scripts: an Ant...
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4.74 of 5 stars 4.74 avg rating — 34 ratings
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73 Love, Lex (The Undergrad Ye...
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3.31 of 5 stars 3.31 avg rating — 780 ratings
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74 Evolution of Insanity
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 61 ratings
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74 Insanity Never Sleeps
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 44 ratings
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76 Sex in the Title: A Comedy ...
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 538 ratings
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77 Smokeless Fire (Fire Spirit...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 5,314 ratings
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78 Untraceable (Nature of Grac...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 1,620 ratings
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79 Exiled (Immortal Essence, #1)
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 1,372 ratings
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80 The Culling
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4.93 of 5 stars 4.93 avg rating — 56 ratings
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81 The Eternal Chain
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4.8 of 5 stars 4.80 avg rating — 40 ratings
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82 A Very Hairy Adventure (Kay...
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3.27 of 5 stars 3.27 avg rating — 11 ratings
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83 Ursula's Quest (The Witchcr...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 20 ratings
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83 The Ruby Brooch
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 604 ratings
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85 A Dance of Cloaks (Shadowda...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 5,390 ratings
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86 All My Life (First Things, #1)
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 1,179 ratings
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87 Shadows of the Realm
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 163 ratings
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88 Scent of a White Rose (The ...
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 258 ratings
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89 Verland: The Transformation
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 105 ratings
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90 Bound By Blood: Volume 2 (B...
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4.8 of 5 stars 4.80 avg rating — 121 ratings
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91 The Secret of Spruce Knoll ...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 153 ratings
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92 Hush Money (Talent Chronicl...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 2,707 ratings
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93 Nate Rocks the World (Nate ...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 121 ratings
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93 Tangled Tides (The Sea Mons...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 1,533 ratings
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95 Burn Out (Rachel Scott, #2)
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 271 ratings
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95 Echo (Species Intervention ...
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 277 ratings
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97 Birth Of The Monster (The D...
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4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 152 ratings
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98 Visions (The Secret Watcher...
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4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 85 ratings
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99 Armageddon Cometh (Species ...
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4.56 of 5 stars 4.56 avg rating — 191 ratings
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100 Whispers (The Secret Watche...
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 ~☆ Alice♪♫ What does Indie mean? I googled it but still not sure about this.


message 19: 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 18: 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 16: 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

:)


 ~☆ Alice♪♫ 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 14: by Coral (new)

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


message 13: 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 12: 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 10: 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 9: 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 8: 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 7: 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 6: by Riley (new)

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


message 5: 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 4: 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 3: 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 2: 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 1: 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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