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Lauryn April (laurynapril) | 19 comments For the New Year, I'm challenging readers to set a reading goal for Indie Books. I plan to read at least 10 Indie Books this year and I need some suggestions!

I'm hoping there are some readers out there looking to participate and make a pledge.

And, I'm hoping there are some Indie Authors who would be interested in adding their book to our list of books to review.

Read more here:


message 2: by Shanmugam (last edited Jan 05, 2018 12:38PM) (new)

Shanmugam P. | 2 comments Lauryn.. I went through your blog. I see that you are mainly looking for fiction. But since you studied psychology and philosophy, you may be interested to read my non-fiction book which is based on both. :)

It is titled 'The Truth About Spiritual Enlightenment: Bridging Science, Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta'. You may not find some of the ideas that are in this book in other books of the same genre, because this book is based in some concepts used in ACT and other therapies as well as some philosophical ideas from Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta.

Here is the link to the book in Goodreads:

And here is the Amazon link:

Thank you,
Shanmugam P

message 3: by Angel (last edited Jan 05, 2018 04:19PM) (new)

Angel | 70 comments I always read, review and support indie authors/self-published. Weeping Well (rereleased July 2017) is my latest fiction novel written as a standalone and is an international mystery/ thriller/suspense/supernatural/multicultural romance set in 1989-2007. Feel free to add it to your indie book review list I have completed three goodreads reading challenges already and I'm on my fourth and I always exceed my reading goals.

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Grace Anthony (AnthonyBooks) | 13 comments Lauryn wrote: "For the New Year, I'm challenging readers to set a reading goal for Indie Books. I plan to read at least 10 Indie Books this year and I need some suggestions!

I'm hoping there are some readers out..."

I just started a book review blog ( that's dedicated to reviewing indie books.
If you would consider reviewing my book, Spark of Fire, I'd really appreciate it. I can send you a free ebook copy, if you want.

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Lynne Stringer | 39 comments It's a shame it's only for books released this year or last year. I had one that was released in late 2016 but I don't have any newer at the moment. :-(

message 6: by Allan (last edited Jan 08, 2018 07:12AM) (new)

Allan Mcneill | 4 comments I released two books in 2017. Diary of a Broken Mind, and Inflatable.
All of my Kindle editions are set at £1.99, however, with Kindle Unlimited you can read for free. I would really appreciate some honest feedback and reviews.
My 2016 release was Tales by the Campfire... a trilogy of tales.
Allan J.D McNeill

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Erme Lander | 6 comments Hi,

I released my book The Lion of Ackbarr in December of last year. If you're into fantasy with a touch of shapeshifting, then it might be for you. Same as the above post, it is in Kindle Unlimited.

Cheers and happy reading.


message 8: by Chele (last edited Jan 08, 2018 11:23AM) (new)

Chele Smith Hi,
I released two books in 2017. One is a romantic suspense, Behind Frenemy Lines, Behind Frenemy Lines a fun romp through an old Hollywood scandal involving a famous president in the 60s, White House threats, two lustful agents, sex and mistrust.
The other is The Pearly Gates Phone Company, a spiritual anecdotal collection of mini-miracles in my life and those of my friends, inspired when my dad called me from Heaven a month after he died.
The Pearly Gates Phone Company

Chele Pedersen Smith

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Luke J. Wilson (mrlewk) | 20 comments If you're interested in the early church fathers and what they said, then you may be interested in a book I've recently released. It's structured as a daily reading plan to make it easier to digest the often lengthy and heavy topics and texts 🙂 I submitted mine to you as well, it was released beginning of December 2017

Available on Amazon:

Here's the blurb:
Take a journey through the first 400 years of Church History in only 40 days!

Over the course of this reading plan you will read extracts and commentary on ten different early Church texts from a selection of some of the most influential Church Fathers:

Didache, Diognetus, Polycarp, Ignatius, Justin Martyr, Cyprian, Athanasius, Cyril of Jerusalem, Ambrose of Milan, and Leo the Great.

These people who came before us, those great men of faith, many of whom suffered persecution and martyrdom to preserve the Church and Christ's mission, bridge the gap between the Bible and the present day. They fill the void we sometimes wonder about when we get to the end of reading Acts or the Epistles and think, “what happened next?” or “what happened to the Ephesian church after Paul left?” — well now you can read for yourself and see how God continued to grow His Church!

message 10: by Samantha (new)

Samantha (lifeafterphantom) | 3 comments Oh, you don't read erotica. My novel is out then.

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Maya Tyler | 13 comments I think your resolution to read indie is awesome! I checked out your blog and noticed you're into paranormal. My paranormal romance A Vampire's Tale came out in 2017. Maybe you'd consider adding it to your list?

A Vampire's Tale focuses on my heroine Marisa Clements, a struggling writer. Unknown to her, an ancient and powerful vampire, Corgan Halton, has been influencing her life path. Corgan wants to tell his story, before ending his existence, and chooses Marisa to author his tale. But it’s complicated. Corgan can see the future. He knows Marisa will be instrumental in his plan, but his request will place her in grave danger. Marisa is unaware of the risks, she only sees Corgan’s story as a great opportunity. Will the story of a lifetime cost her life?

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message 14: by Black (new)

Black Barbie (authorblackbarbie) | 4 comments Betrayal can truly become the epitome of any friendship and it can also become the failure of someone's trust if one person allows another person with an opportunity to step in and try to divide them.

Money and greed will always become the part of any conclusion or it can be the reason for a person to defuse a battle and reconcile their friendship, along with a few of the other sustainable differences.

After being alone in prison for more than ten years, Cherry had grown to understand herself, along with an opportunity to redefine herself and understand the true definition of friendship. Desperate to have another chance at freedom, Cherry had thought about switching over and working with the feds.

No matter what we go through in life, some of us will never truly understand, or ever come to learn the definition of living. Mali was arrogant, conceited and all of the above. Mali was only into himself, and he was his main and only focus and concern. Without a care in the world Mali was living life, and he was living his life Scott free and without the woman that he had once considered as his wife.

Once we can regain our focus on ourselves, we can then come to learn that life comes with an abundance of opportunities. Living your dream will always seem as if it's extremely far, however, Shay had shown her entire community that dreaming is believing if you push yourself hard enough into whatever it is that you had chosen to do. Not only did Shay now have the money, but she also had the power and the respect that had come along with her new opportunity.

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Julie Tuttle (juliemicheletuttle) Hello everyone, I just joined Goodreads and published my first cookbook a few weeks ago.

Nosh with Chef Julie: 50 Personal Recipes for the Everyday with 10 Ingredients or Less! It's free on kindle through 1/15/18.

I plan on supporting other indie authors as much as I can and write reviews for them also.

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Antonella Sacco | 14 comments Good morning

this is a short ebook (also Kindle Unlimited)

Two stories deal with two murderers and are told from their point of view.

The other story (“Escape”) is about a man who gets on a woman's car and, at gunpoint, orders her to start the car and go: so for the woman begins an unusual journey on the streets of the city, a trip that will take her far away from her everyday life ...

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A.S. Aaron (d-journalist) | 2 comments Greetings to all!

I just started releasing my new series “D-Storm Journals” on Amazon. There’s 4 books out so far.

The 1st 2 books are “i.T.i.”, and deal with a young female spy for the U.N., policing a world at ‘peace’. (There’s a worldwide lack of war since every country now has nuclear weapons, & no one wants to start a nuke war...) During this period of ‘peace’, suddenly unknown terrors begin destroying nuclear weapons in different countries. Who is responsible & why is what our spy is charged to find out.

The next portion of the series is “XrOads”, which are graphic novels. 2 volumes have been released so far: “Paz” & “Fear”. The 1st deals with th exploits of a war arbitrator as he tracks down a dictator across different planets. The 2nd Volume “Fear” deals with a girl who is on the run from a group of alien mercenaries. She has the ability to switch places with her shadow, but there’s more to why the mercs are after her.

All the books are $7 in paperback, $6 on Kindle, so if you know anyone that likes action take a look! Thanks for the support & the reviews!

message 18: by Lisamarie (new)

Lisamarie Chorowiec (beautewolf) | 11 comments Hi I just released my first book, so this is all new to me. I would love to get some opinions.

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M.P. Ward | 19 comments For a limited time I'm offering ***FREE COPIES*** of the fantastic YA Book, Sam and The Sea Witch, Just click on the link

Sam and the Sea Witch is a dark, mysterious, and psychologically gripping tale about a boy who lives in a Cornish seaside town. It contains a background of myth and legend, within the Cornish setting, which makes Sam's story highly atmospheric. Fourteen year old Sam Camponara is used to getting into trouble; in fact he enjoys the buzz. So when his best friend, Johnny, tells him an old tale about The Sea Witch, Sam sees an opportunity for adventure. But sailing the stolen boat off the Cornish coast in the middle of the night goes terribly wrong and the sea witch turns out to be horribly real. Keeping Johnny as hostage, the sea witch tells Sam he has until the next new moon to find and deliver her missing pendant, lost fifty years earlier. But will he be able to find the pendant in time, will anyone believe Sam's wild story, and does he even believe it himself?

message 20: by PRAMOD (last edited Jan 27, 2018 09:12AM) (new)

PRAMOD SAI | 4 comments Greetings to all.
My new kindle edition is on stores, short one though.
'An affair' is a heart warming story of two young girls.
Please read,rate and review it. Hope you like it. I appreciate your valuable comments.
Thanks .

message 21: by Lauryn (new)

Lauryn April (laurynapril) | 19 comments The list is posted. I've added all the books from this forum that fit the requirements (independently published in 2017 or 2018). If I missed you, or if you'd still like to add a book to the list please use the form on my blog as I do not plan to be able to check this thread again for submissions.

If you're on the list please share it on your social media sites!

Thank you to everyone participating in the #IndieBookGoal2018

message 22: by M.E. (new)

M.E. (me_bowling) | 28 comments Hi everyone,

"Songs of Atlantis - a Time Vandal story", the follow-up to First Epiphany of the Time Vandal, is on sale now on Amazon (ebook and paperback).

I would love to get it reviewed. BTW I will be having a free e-book promotion tomorrow, March 10.


M. E. Bowling

message 23: by C.M (new)

C.M | 3 comments You will fall in love with Violet and Aden in their journey to fight for life as they try to start new in a crumbling world. They will learn the meaning of love in all of its forms, the true value of every life and the risks they a willing to take to protect them.

message 24: by Dora (new)

Dora Ilieva | 22 comments Hello,
I have a series of three novels - all historical thrillers. Two of them are currently on sale at
This is my GR author page:

And here are the links to Amazon:

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Ed Protzel (ed_protzel) | 62 comments Lauryn - all "historical novels "are not alike and the novels in my Civil War-era DarkHorse Trilogy are doozies! More suspense/mystery/thriller than history lesson, the themes come alive through actions and interactions between the characters, with plenty of conflicts and plot twists. They are published by indie publisher TouchPoint Press.

The first book, The Lies That Bind, takes place in antebellum Mississippi and sets up the story behind the unorthodox friendship between a Southern abolitionist and a group of escaped slaves. The newest release, Book 2, Honor Among Outcasts, takes the group to Civil War Missouri where they form a colored regiments to fight for the Union. And the final book, Something in Madness, being released next year, brings the characters back to Mississippi during a restrictive Reconstruction.

Told with irony, humor and some tears, the tension builds throughout each book and the trilogy itself as you become attached to these characters and their hopes and dreams.

Please consider a review of Honor Among Outcasts. Find info on my website ( or my Goodreads page:


message 26: by Sam (new)

Sam | 34 comments About to release sequel novel to Atlantic Hijack. url: @

Atlantic Hijack

message 27: by Anthony (last edited Apr 05, 2018 12:09AM) (new)

Anthony Leyva (anthonyleyva) | 3 comments About a month ago, I published my first book, Four Years, a collection of poems that follows a narrative of a four year period of my life between July 2013 to December 2017, and chronicles my descent into depression and addiction, and subsequent search for healing and happiness. It explores themes of happiness and its pursuit, anxiety and depression, self-medication and addiction, sex as a coping mechanism, failed relationships, self-blame and self-hate, betrayal, struggles with self-esteem, self-worth, and self-image. In the grand scheme it serves as the first part of a story that I believe is universal, but often goes untold due to fear of being judged, embarrassment, or stigma associated with telling it. Of everyone who has purchased and read it have given me nothing but praise and rave reviews, but I would like the opinion of a broader audience and would encourage anyone who is a fan of poetry, and storytelling in general, and also anyone who might have struggled with any of these things themselves to give it a read. Disclaimer, however: the subject matter of this book is at times quite dark and very explicit and, so, if you are sensitive to that kind of material, this book may not be for you. Feedback is greatly appreciated, as is the support. Thank you. Link is below.

Paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon:

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Tanya Fioravanti (tanyafioravanti) | 2 comments Ciao ho appena aggiunto a Goodreads il mio secondo romanzo,dimmi cosa ne pensi è in vendita su
Kindle e Amazon Revelations by Tanya Fioravanti

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Aditi Agarwal | 26 comments Coming Soon on Amazon!

Book Title: Emerging Technology Trends
covering FAQs on Blockchain, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Augmented Reality, Smart Homes, and more.

message 30: by Christine (new)

Christine Axsmith | 3 comments $uccess Without College - Roadmap to Software Developer

You don’t have to go to college to be an American success story.

College is a product that is advertised like soda or toothpaste. College is not the only way to get the American Dream of financial security and respect. You are being sold an idea that is not true, and it will cost a lot of money for many years.

In Roadmap to Software Developer, a part of the $uccess Without College book series by Christine Axsmith, see how to be a success without going to college by taking advantage of free training and a career that will not be replaced by computers or robots.

is available on Amazon here:

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L.B. Sisk (goodreadscomlbsisk) | 3 comments Hello!

Thanks for letting me post that my new book, Ixion, has been released on Amazon:

I’m launching at $0.99, but it will go up to $2.99 on Friday.

Book description below:

Countless Titans, Demons and Monsters have been thrown into Tartarus—their vile natures condemning them to the dark depths. They are cut off from the Elysian Fields, and will never know the endless joy and serenity that the just and goodhearted souls have been rewarded for their endeavors in life.

Sure, there are the unjust and depraved souls here too in the Underworld. They endure their punishments on the border between Tartarus and the Realm of Paradise. Even these souls, however, are far enough away from either. The laughter, music and whimsy of Happiness—or, by contrast, the wallowing, terrifying wails and anguish of Damnation—are only heard if the conditions are right. But such souls will seldom hear any noises other than what they themselves make. They are in their own hell, their own self-induced tortures ... their selfish natures granting them some relief in the afterlife.

But some souls are not granted such mercy. What they have done in life is too terrible, too unforgivable. Too abominable. They are the ones to be feared, to be loathed, and to be held as pariahs for future generations to judge and scorn. While some of these souls are still hidden away—their forms and punishments too unpleasant for those to enjoy a proper Paradise—they are still forced to hear both the torture of the cursed and the laughter of the blissful.

Then again, some souls are meant to be seen. Some are used as constant reminders of what they had done to anger the Gods ... For in the Sky of the Underworld and for all to see, one such soul has been on a flaming wheel for eons. Snakes not only bind him to it but also lash out at him with venom-soaked jaws. He is meant to be in constant torment; however, even as the fire burns at his dead skin, even as the snakes inject him with burning poison, one desire has kept him defiant...

He wants to set the world on fire. Kill EVERYTHING in it!

Then ... despite the Underworld having been sealed away from the rest of the world for millennia ... he gets free.

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Shelena Tate (fostered3418) | 1 comments Shelena Michelle Tate

Fostered (Fostered, Entangled, Developed #1) by Shelena Michelle Tate

Hello everyone, my name is Shelena Michelle Tate and I'm the newly published author of Fostered which is part of a 3 Part Memoir Series.

(Parts 2/3 currently in development).

Fostered is the recollective transitions within my 17 year journey, through the Columbia, SC Foster Care System. It's meant to inspire and encourage anyone who's ever felt defeated, unloved, or rejected.

Part 1 of Fostered is now available on Amazon.Com

Amazon Prime Paperback Edition: Fostered (Fostered Entangled Developed) (Volume 1)

Amazon Kindle E-Book Edition: Fostered (Fostered Entangled Developed) (Volume 1)

I'd love to hear your feedback and further connect, especially to hear your personal testimonies. God, Bless.

message 33: by Rita (new)

Rita Chapman | 166 comments Hi everyone. I've published four books, two of which are part of the Anna Davies Mystery Series.

Missing in Egypt
Book 1 in the Anna Davies Mystery Series

Missing in Egypt will intrigue you with its twists and turns, romance and adventure as well as its insights into Australian and Egyptian cultures. Australian Anna Davies travels to Egypt with her lover to help him search for his brother, who disappeared whilst on holiday. The Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel and the Temple of Karnak are amongst the settings for their search. Will they be able to track him down and find him alive - or is Ramy already dead? What tragedies await Anna and Kareem as they come closer to retracing his footsteps? This fast-paced action plot will keep you guessing until the end.


Missing at Sea
Book 2 in the Anna Davies Mystery Series

Three years on from Egypt, Anna Davies embarks on her first cruise with best friend Sandra. A few days into the holiday they are woken by three blasts from the ship’s foghorn, indicating that someone has fallen overboard. A woman is lost at sea; the ship turns around to search for her, but she has disappeared into the night.

Was it suicide? Did she lose her balance and fall - or was there foul play involved? Did her husband push her? Would anyone be able to prove whether this was murder or an unfortunate accident?

What a perfect place to stage a murder!

Large Print:

Book 3 in this series, Missing in London, will be out soon.

Missing in Egypt (Anna Davies Mystery Series #1) by Rita Lee Chapman Missing at Sea (Anna Davies Mystery Series #2) by Rita Lee Chapman

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Paul (modquokka) | 7 comments Nightjar by Paul Jameson

The indie eBook Nightjar is released this week on Kindle.

Literary Fantasy/Magickal Realism in genre it considers a feudal future in which two boys escape the strict boundaries of a cruel world, and embark on an adventure along an old Roman Road. There they meet with Nightjar, a strange being who introduces them to the wonders of Man, Magick, Nature, and the promise of adventure and treasure in the town of Sandye.

Nightjar, though, is not all he seems.

Of the trees and driven by a quest for love eternal, he has his own reasons for befriending the boys. As a fractious Search Party of strangely drawn characters hurry to rescue them, the boys are unwittingly drawn in by an ancient danger that is and was and always will be.

The world is older and more dangerous than we think.


I had great fun painting this world, and it's one I am sure to revisit in future novels.

message 35: by John (last edited May 05, 2018 06:57AM) (new)

John Akhilomen | 4 comments Water: Ethereal Poems

Available for Free on Kindle. Please post a constructive review to let me know what you think about my poetry collections. Giving away free paperbacks to anyone interested as well. Thanks.

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Kayleigh Nicol | 4 comments This is a great idea! If anyone is interested in a new Fantasy book with an LGBT Romance, then my debut novel Sorcerous Rivalry is for you! It was recently published only a month ago - I hope you enjoy it!

It's free on Kindle Unlimited and you can find an ebook or paperback version on Amazon for a small cost. Good luck to everyone competing in this challenge!

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Nicole O'Connor (nicoleoconnor) | 2 comments FREE download today. If you love animals and adventure then these veterinary stories could be yours today.

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Marie-Thérèse Browne (olgasdaughter) | 4 comments FREE to download 18 - 20 May. 'Olga - A Daughter's Tale' A true story written after genealogical research into my mother's past and her family in Jamaica. It is the story of a young, naïve, unmarried, Catholic, Jamaican woman who is studying nursing in London when WW2 is declared and is unable to return to her home in Jamaica. Olga suffers a brutal and harrowing sexual assault which dramatically changes her life with the arrival of an unexpected child. Olga fights to raise her child alone in a judgmental and prejudiced post-WW2 England.

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Rajiv Bakshi (authorrajivbakshi) | 13 comments My book on short stories : Journey from Guwahati to Machhiwara . It is in 19 countries , 172 library India , 13 in USA . Please add me in the list

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