Best Indie Books/Authors
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101 A Demon Made Me Do It (Demo...
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102 Fire with Fire (Demonblood,...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 496 ratings
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103 Hush Money (Talent Chronicl...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 2,778 ratings
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104 Nate Rocks the World (Nate ...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 127 ratings
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104 Tangled Tides (The Sea Mons...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 1,594 ratings
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106 Burn Out (Rachel Scott, #2)
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 298 ratings
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107 Birth Of The Monster (The D...
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4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 155 ratings
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108 Visions (The Secret Watcher...
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4.54 of 5 stars 4.54 avg rating — 87 ratings
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109 Whispers (The Secret Watche...
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4.46 of 5 stars 4.46 avg rating — 48 ratings
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110 Clockwise (Clockwise, #1)
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 2,275 ratings
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111 Oddily (Oddily, #1)
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3.34 of 5 stars 3.34 avg rating — 560 ratings
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112 Blue Coyote Motel
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 506 ratings
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113 The Steward (Weald Fae Jour...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 341 ratings
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114 When Destiny Knocks (Destin...
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 146 ratings
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115 Demon Possession (Shadow Qu...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 1,983 ratings
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116 The Scene (Dylan Hart Odyss...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 154 ratings
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117 Awakening (The Watchers, #1)
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 4,576 ratings
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118 Undressed (The Manhattanite...
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 1,720 ratings
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119 Unscrupulous (The Manhattan...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 1,231 ratings
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120 Sylvianna (Ossolyn, #1)
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 20 ratings
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121 Camille (Camille, #1)
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 2,217 ratings
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122 Wicked (Celestra, #4)
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 5,300 ratings
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123 Silver Moon (Silver Moon, #1)
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 1,938 ratings
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124 Wired
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 49 ratings
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125 Blood Slave
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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 466 ratings
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126 In Search of Lucy
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3.2 of 5 stars 3.20 avg rating — 738 ratings
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127 The Crossing
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 24 ratings
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128 The Secret Diary of Alice i...
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3.09 of 5 stars 3.09 avg rating — 261 ratings
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129 Rook (Allie's War, #1)
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 156 ratings
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130 Presence (Presence, #1)
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 108 ratings
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131 Phoenix Angel (Shardwell, #1)
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 102 ratings
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132 Choices 86,400 a Day
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 20 ratings
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132 Mid Ocean
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 150 ratings
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134 The Chinaberry Tree
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 26 ratings
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135 Guardian of Time (Shardwell...
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4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 40 ratings
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136 Forever Sunshine
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 70 ratings
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137 While the Savage Sleeps
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 964 ratings
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137 My Boyfriend Merlin (My Mer...
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 1,519 ratings
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139 Cemetery Street
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 52 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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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 83 ratings
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141 The Society of Sinners
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 104 ratings
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141 Glimpse (The Dwellers, #1)
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 37 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 When Copper Suns Fall (Lost...
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 263 ratings
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147 Forever, Christian
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4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 50 ratings
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148 Airborne (Airborne Saga, #1)
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 1,072 ratings
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149 Dead And Beyond (Ancient Le...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 944 ratings
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150 Jim Fosse's Expense Claim
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 70 ratings
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151 Heavy Duty People (Brethren...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 117 ratings
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152 Star-Crossed Rascals: Adven...
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153 Henrietta the Dragon Slayer...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 76 ratings
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154 Invisible Dawn (Altered Rea...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 17 ratings
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154 We Interrupt This Date
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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 179 ratings
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156 Guardian
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3.12 of 5 stars 3.12 avg rating — 65 ratings
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157 Clutch (I Am Just Junco, #1)
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 524 ratings
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157 L'Immortalite: Madame Lalau...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 89 ratings
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159 The Lodge & the Tribe
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 22 ratings
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159 Possession Of My Soul (The ...
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4.52 of 5 stars 4.52 avg rating — 33 ratings
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161 The Suicide Princess
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 937 ratings
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162 A Secure Heart
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 74 ratings
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163 Eldest (The Inheritance Cyc...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 208,091 ratings
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163 To Read or Not to Read
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 249 ratings
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163 Moondance in Red (Moondance...
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166 Fledge (I Am Just Junco, #2)
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 277 ratings
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167 Danger Undercover (Safe Hav...
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4.68 of 5 stars 4.68 avg rating — 57 ratings
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168 For the Love of a Vampire (...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 5,764 ratings
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169 Fistful of Reefer (Lost DMB...
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 83 ratings
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170 The Moon Dwellers (The Dwel...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 1,952 ratings
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171 The Color Of Water In July
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 692 ratings
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172 Blue Sky Days
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 251 ratings
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173 Small As A Mustard Seed
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 70 ratings
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174 My Perfect Wedding (Helen G...
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 190 ratings
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174 Bury Farm
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 9 ratings
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176 Eternal Eden (Eden Trilogy,...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 10,397 ratings
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177 Shaman, Healer, Heretic (Ol...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 381 ratings
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178 Wasteland (The Kin Trilogy,...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 33 ratings
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178 The Nightlife: Las Vegas (T...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 321 ratings
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180 Lovers and Beloveds
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 198 ratings
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181 Tree of Life (Tree of Life,...
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182 The Crecian Experience
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183 TimeSplash (Timesplash, #1)
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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 255 ratings
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184 The Moon Coin (Moon Realm, #1)
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 177 ratings
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184 Tab Bennett and the Inbetwe...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 391 ratings
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184 Looking Through Blind Eyes ...
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184 Escaping the Arroyo
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 419 ratings
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184 Spirit Houses
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4.79 of 5 stars 4.79 avg rating — 19 ratings
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184 The Prophecy of Arcadia (Ar...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 99 ratings
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190 Gabriel's Inferno (Gabriel'...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 97,345 ratings
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190 Dakiti (Ziva Payvan, #1)
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192 Elemental (Auri, #1)
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 296 ratings
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192 A Perfect Husband (Sami Sax...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 150 ratings
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194 Pandora's Succession
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194 The Universal Mirror (Artif...
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194 Here (Here Trilogy, #1)
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197 The Gifts, A Jacody Ives My...
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197 The Trees and the Night (Th...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 62 ratings
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197 The Keeper: Rebirth (The Ke...
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197 The Keeper: Revenge (The Ke...
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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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