Best Indie Books/Authors
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101 Hush Money (Talent Chronicl...
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102 Nate Rocks the World (Nate ...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 121 ratings
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102 Tangled Tides (The Sea Mons...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 1,551 ratings
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104 Burn Out (Rachel Scott, #2)
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 279 ratings
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105 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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106 Visions (The Secret Watcher...
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4.6 of 5 stars 4.60 avg rating — 84 ratings
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107 Whispers (The Secret Watche...
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4.62 of 5 stars 4.62 avg rating — 45 ratings
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108 Clockwise (Clockwise, #1)
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 2,166 ratings
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109 Oddily (Oddily, #1)
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3.34 of 5 stars 3.34 avg rating — 556 ratings
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110 Blue Coyote Motel
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 498 ratings
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111 The Steward (Weald Fae Jour...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 327 ratings
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112 When Destiny Knocks (Destin...
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 143 ratings
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113 Demon Possession (Shadow Qu...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 1,900 ratings
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114 The Scene (Dylan Hart Odyss...
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 145 ratings
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115 Witchy, Witchy (Spellbound ...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 1,062 ratings
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116 Undressed (The Manhattanite...
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 1,756 ratings
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117 Unscrupulous (The Manhattan...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 1,204 ratings
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118 A Demon Made Me Do It (Demo...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 1,438 ratings
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119 Fire with Fire (Demonblood,...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 474 ratings
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120 Sylvianna (Ossolyn, #1)
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 19 ratings
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121 Silver Moon (Silver Moon, #1)
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 1,872 ratings
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122 Wired
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 48 ratings
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123 Blood Slave
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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 458 ratings
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124 In Search of Lucy
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3.19 of 5 stars 3.19 avg rating — 729 ratings
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125 The Crossing
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 24 ratings
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126 The Secret Diary of Alice i...
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3.11 of 5 stars 3.11 avg rating — 259 ratings
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127 Rook (Allie's War, #1)
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 143 ratings
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128 Presence (Presence, #1)
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 103 ratings
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128 Edna in the Desert
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 37 ratings
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130 Phoenix Angel (Shardwell, #1)
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 102 ratings
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131 Choices 86,400 a Day
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 19 ratings
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131 Mid Ocean
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 150 ratings
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133 The Chinaberry Tree
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 26 ratings
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134 Guardian of Time (Shardwell...
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4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 40 ratings
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135 Forever Sunshine
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 70 ratings
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136 While the Savage Sleeps
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 912 ratings
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136 My Boyfriend Merlin (My Mer...
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 1,472 ratings
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136 Awakening (The Watchers, #1)
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 4,426 ratings
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139 Cemetery Street
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 54 ratings
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140 Discontents: A Protest Novel
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 21 ratings
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141 A Greater Monster
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 82 ratings
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141 The Society of Sinners
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 102 ratings
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141 Glimpse (The Dwellers, #1)
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 36 ratings
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144 The Empire
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 60 ratings
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144 The Wayward Gifted: Broken ...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 74 ratings
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146 Camille (Camille, #1)
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 2,171 ratings
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146 When Copper Suns Fall (Lost...
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 262 ratings
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148 Wicked (Celestra, #4)
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 5,141 ratings
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148 Forever, Christian
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4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 50 ratings
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150 Airborne (Airborne Saga, #1)
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 1,059 ratings
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151 Dead And Beyond (Ancient Le...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 918 ratings
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152 Jim Fosse's Expense Claim
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 64 ratings
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153 Heavy Duty People (Brethren...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 113 ratings
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154 Star-Crossed Rascals: Adven...
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4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 33 ratings
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155 Henrietta the Dragon Slayer...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 76 ratings
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156 Invisible Dawn (Altered Rea...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 17 ratings
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156 We Interrupt This Date
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 175 ratings
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158 Guardian
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3.13 of 5 stars 3.13 avg rating — 63 ratings
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159 Clutch (I Am Just Junco, #1)
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 504 ratings
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159 L'Immortalite: Madame Lalau...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 83 ratings
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161 The Lodge & the Tribe
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 22 ratings
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162 The Suicide Princess
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 917 ratings
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163 A Secure Heart
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 74 ratings
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164 Eldest (The Inheritance Cyc...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 203,618 ratings
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164 To Read or Not to Read
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 245 ratings
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164 Moondance in Red (Moondance...
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4.71 of 5 stars 4.71 avg rating — 24 ratings
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167 Fledge (I Am Just Junco, #2)
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 260 ratings
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168 Danger Undercover (Safe Hav...
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4.71 of 5 stars 4.71 avg rating — 56 ratings
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169 For the Love of a Vampire (...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 5,645 ratings
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170 Fistful of Reefer (Lost DMB...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 82 ratings
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171 The Moon Dwellers (The Dwel...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 1,803 ratings
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172 The Color Of Water In July
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 667 ratings
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173 Blue Sky Days
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 252 ratings
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174 Small As A Mustard Seed
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 70 ratings
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175 My Perfect Wedding (Helen G...
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 182 ratings
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175 Bury Farm
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 8 ratings
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177 Eternal Eden (Eden Trilogy,...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 10,174 ratings
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178 Shaman, Healer, Heretic (Ol...
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 311 ratings
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179 Wasteland (The Kin Trilogy,...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 32 ratings
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179 The Nightlife: Las Vegas (T...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 306 ratings
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181 Lovers and Beloveds
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 190 ratings
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182 Tree of Life (Tree of Life,...
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 49 ratings
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183 The Crecian Experience
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 13 ratings
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184 TimeSplash (Timesplash, #1)
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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 239 ratings
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185 The Moon Coin (Moon Realm, #1)
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 170 ratings
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185 Tab Bennett and the Inbetwe...
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 381 ratings
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185 Looking Through Blind Eyes ...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 63 ratings
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185 Escaping the Arroyo
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 384 ratings
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185 Spirit Houses
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4.76 of 5 stars 4.76 avg rating — 17 ratings
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185 The Prophecy of Arcadia (Ar...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 98 ratings
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191 Dakiti (Ziva Payvan, #1)
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4.8 of 5 stars 4.80 avg rating — 10 ratings
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192 Elemental (Auri, #1)
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 289 ratings
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192 A Perfect Husband (Sami Sax...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 148 ratings
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194 Pandora's Succession
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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 152 ratings
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194 The Universal Mirror (Artif...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 104 ratings
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194 Here (Here Trilogy, #1)
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 741 ratings
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197 The Gifts, A Jacody Ives My...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 78 ratings
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197 The Trees and the Night (Th...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 60 ratings
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197 The Keeper: Rebirth (The Ke...
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4.62 of 5 stars 4.62 avg rating — 55 ratings
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197 The Keeper: Revenge (The Ke...
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message 1: by ~☆ Alice (new)

~☆ 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. :)


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 ~☆ Alice (new)

~☆ 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!


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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