Best Indie Books/Authors
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101 Rook (Allie's War, #1)
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 82 ratings
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102 Presence (Presence, #1)
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 79 ratings
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102 The Prophecy of Arcadia (Ar...
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4.57 of 5 stars 4.57 avg rating — 23 ratings
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104 Phoenix Angel (Shardwell, #1)
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 92 ratings
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105 Choices 86,400 a Day
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 18 ratings
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105 Mid Ocean
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 146 ratings
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107 The Chinaberry Tree
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 24 ratings
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108 Guardian of Time (Shardwell...
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4.78 of 5 stars 4.78 avg rating — 60 ratings
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109 Forever Sunshine
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 59 ratings
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110 While the Savage Sleeps
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 710 ratings
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111 Cemetery Street
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 56 ratings
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112 Discontents: A Protest Novel
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 23 ratings
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113 The Society of Sinners
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 97 ratings
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113 Glimpse (The Dwellers, #1)
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 32 ratings
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115 The Empire
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 59 ratings
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115 The Wayward Gifted: Broken ...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 70 ratings
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117 Camille (Camille, #1)
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 1,959 ratings
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117 When Copper Suns Fall (Lost...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 245 ratings
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119 The Assassins' Village
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 71 ratings
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120 Wicked (Celestra, #4)
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 4,446 ratings
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120 Forever, Christian
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4.74 of 5 stars 4.74 avg rating — 46 ratings
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122 For the Love of a Vampire (...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 5,123 ratings
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123 The Moon Dwellers (The Dwel...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,260 ratings
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124 Dead And Beyond (Ancient Le...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 797 ratings
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125 Star-Crossed Rascals: Adven...
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4.66 of 5 stars 4.66 avg rating — 32 ratings
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126 Henrietta the Dragon Slayer...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 64 ratings
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127 The Crossing
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 24 ratings
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128 Invisible Dawn (Altered Rea...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 17 ratings
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128 We Interrupt This Date
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 161 ratings
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130 Guardian
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3.08 of 5 stars 3.08 avg rating — 59 ratings
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131 L'Immortalite: Madame Lalau...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 53 ratings
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132 The Lodge & the Tribe
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 22 ratings
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133 The Suicide Princess
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 426 ratings
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134 A Secure Heart
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4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 65 ratings
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135 Eldest (The Inheritance Cyc...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 171,280 ratings
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135 To Read or Not to Read
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 184 ratings
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137 Tab Bennett and the Inbetwe...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 309 ratings
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138 Danger Undercover (Safe Hav...
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4.78 of 5 stars 4.78 avg rating — 51 ratings
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139 Jim Fosse's Expense Claim
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4.56 of 5 stars 4.56 avg rating — 52 ratings
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140 A Greater Monster
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 66 ratings
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141 Fistful of Reefer (Lost DMB...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 73 ratings
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141 Heavy Duty People (Brethren...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 98 ratings
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143 Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy,...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 55,124 ratings
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144 The Color Of Water In July
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 461 ratings
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145 Resistance (Saga of the Set...
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 34 ratings
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146 The Nightlife: Las Vegas (T...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 253 ratings
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147 Rising (Saga of the Setti, #1)
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 112 ratings
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147 Blue Sky Days
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 227 ratings
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149 My Perfect Wedding (Helen G...
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 149 ratings
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149 Bury Farm
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 9 ratings
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151 Eternal Eden (Eden Trilogy,...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 9,126 ratings
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152 Shaman, Healer, Heretic (Ol...
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 185 ratings
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153 Wasteland (The Kin Trilogy,...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 32 ratings
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154 Lovers and Beloveds
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 154 ratings
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155 Tree of Life (Tree of Life,...
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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 39 ratings
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156 The Crecian Experience
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 13 ratings
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157 TimeSplash (Timesplash, #1)
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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 189 ratings
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158 The Moon Coin (Moon Realm, #1)
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 144 ratings
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158 Looking Through Blind Eyes ...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 56 ratings
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158 Escaping the Arroyo
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 173 ratings
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158 Sex and Crime: Oliver's Str...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 22 ratings
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162 Elemental (Auri, #1)
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 275 ratings
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162 A Perfect Husband (Sami Sax...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 113 ratings
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162 Clutch (I Am Just Junco, #1)
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 384 ratings
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165 Pandora's Succession
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 388 ratings
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165 Between the Land and the Se...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 540 ratings
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165 The Universal Mirror (Artif...
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 89 ratings
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165 Here (Here Trilogy, #1)
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 621 ratings
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169 The Gifts, A Jacody Ives My...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 52 ratings
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169 The Trees and the Night (Th...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 47 ratings
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169 The Keeper: Rebirth (The Ke...
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4.76 of 5 stars 4.76 avg rating — 37 ratings
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169 Revenge (The Keeper Series,...
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 59 ratings
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173 Verita (Verita, #1)
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 391 ratings
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173 Reflection of Secrets (Vale...
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 30 ratings
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173 The Pool and the Pedestal (...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 58 ratings
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176 Nearly Departed in Deadwood...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 2,227 ratings
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176 Fledge (I Am Just Junco, #2)
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 192 ratings
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176 The Liquidator
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 26 ratings
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176 Blood Song (Raven's Shadow,...
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4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 11,503 ratings
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180 Shattered Visions Haunted M...
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 24 ratings
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181 Purpose (Soul Savers, #2)
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 2,939 ratings
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182 Sophie & Carter
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 9,206 ratings
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182 Flight (I Am Just Junco, #3)
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 159 ratings
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182 The Merchant and the Menace...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 81 ratings
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185 Seeing Karma (Valentine/Pet...
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4.81 of 5 stars 4.81 avg rating — 27 ratings
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186 The Rice Bag Hammock
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4.68 of 5 stars 4.68 avg rating — 34 ratings
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187 Hannah's Voice
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 90 ratings
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188 Revealing Visions (Valentin...
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3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 27 ratings
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189 Endless Magic (Star-Crossed...
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 3,161 ratings
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190 On the Island (On the Islan...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 44,293 ratings
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191 Angels and Arrows
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4.61 of 5 stars 4.61 avg rating — 18 ratings
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192 Ancestors & Angels
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4.68 of 5 stars 4.68 avg rating — 19 ratings
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193 Running Wide Open (Full Thr...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 120 ratings
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193 Blue Coyote Motel
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 254 ratings
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195 Ordained (The Immortal Arch...
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 292 ratings
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195 The Observer
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3.08 of 5 stars 3.08 avg rating — 25 ratings
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195 Promise (Soul Savers, #1)
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 4,745 ratings
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198 Under the Stars
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 104 ratings
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199 Seducing the Myth
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 38 ratings
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199 Scorched Skies (Fire Spirit...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 2,946 ratings
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1,229 books · 1,352 voters · list created April 29th, 2011 by Coral (votes) .
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 ~☆ Alice☆~ 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. :)


message 4: by I. Curmudgeon (new)

I. Curmudgeon ("As the Curmudgeon Grumbles") 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

:)


 ~☆ 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 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!


message 10: by I. Curmudgeon (new)

I. Curmudgeon ("As the Curmudgeon Grumbles") 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 Lea (new)

Lea 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 Lea (new)

Lea 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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