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message 1: by Everly (new)

Everly Anders | 87 comments I think this would be a great thread to use in order to let authors from this group know that you have bought their book. As an author myself, i am always interested to know who is buy my books and where they found it. I think this is a good way to let authors know.

Simply put the name and author of the indie book you bought, so they can stop by and see it. Feel free to let them know what you thought of it, if you have finished.
Elle Lapraim


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Suki Michelle (sukimichelle) | 83 comments The Apocalypse Gene  by Suki Michelle Good idea, Elle. I'd love to know if any GR friends bought my co-written Urban Fantasy, The Apocalypse Gene. We just gave ten copies away for our giveaway event, so that was very cool.

I bought Invisible by Jeanne Bannon. I'll be posting a review on my blog tomorrow as part of the Invisible Blog Tour.

Great post!


message 3: by Maranda (new)

Maranda Russell I've bought quite a few indie books, but not sure if any of the authors are here on Goodreads. I buy most of my indie books from Smashwords. Cool idea though.


message 4: by Judy (new)

Judy Olson | 15 comments I just finished In The Blood by GR author Steve Robinson. It is a mystery thriller whose main character is a genealogist searching for a client's family history. His travels take him to England, and his search lands him in some serious trouble, as there are those who do not want him to uncover some tangled family secrets.


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Pete Morin | 38 comments Oh my gawd, the indie books I've read. This is a great idea.

I try to alternate indie and traditional. Here are some of my favorites. They're all worth paying for!

The Company of Fellows
Virtual Strangers
Appalachian Justice
The Legend of Jimmy Gollihue
The Sickle's Compass
Peril
Austin Nights


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Pete wrote: "Oh my gawd, the indie books I've read. This is a great idea.

I try to alternate indie and traditional. Here are some of my favorites. They're all worth paying for!

[book:The Company of Fellows|10..."


I've read Company of Fellows by Dan Holloway too. Excellent book.


message 7: by Pete (new)

Pete Morin | 38 comments How kind of you, Rebecca.
They've made the link thing pretty easy here, huh?


message 8: by Kris (new)

Kris (marketing_gurl) | 24 comments Well, I'll list as many as I THINK are indie. If I list a book that was actually published by a company...I apologize in advance. ;-)
Enchantment by Charlotte Abel
Enchantment by Charlotte Abel

Beg for Mercy (Cambion #1) by Shannon Dermott
Beg for Mercy by Shannon Dermott

The Calling by Ashley Lynn Willis
The Calling by Ashley Lynn Willis

I Wish... (The Witches of Desire #1) by Wren Emerson
I wish... by Wren Emerson

Destiny Divided (Shadows of Destiny, #1) by Leia Shaw
Destiny Divided by Leia Shaw

Destiny United (Shadows of Destiny, #2) by Leia Shaw
Destiny United by Leia Shaw

The Cranberry Hush A Novel by Ben Monopoli
The Cranberry Hush by Ben Monopoli

The Painting of Porcupine City A Novel by Ben Monopoli
The Painting of Porcupine City by Ben Monopoli

The Mating (Law of the Lycans, #1) by Nicky Charles
The Mating (and The Keeping and The Finding) by Nicky Charles

and many more...


message 9: by Douglas (new)

Douglas Dorow (douglasdorow) | 2 comments I wrote one, The Ninth District - a thriller, and since I got my kindle and connected with so many writers on twitter I pretty much only read indies now.

The Independent Author Network is home to many indies of different genres if you're looking for some.


message 10: by M. (last edited Nov 04, 2011 12:39PM) (new)

M. Myers (mruth) | 30 comments Chris Culver's THE ABBEY Chris Culver is excellent. So is KILLER by Stephen Carpenter. Killer LIVE FREE OR DIE by Jessie Crockett is a fine, funny cozy. Live Free or Die
I'll pass on mentioning some I didn't enjoy.


message 11: by Everly (new)

Everly Anders | 87 comments Rebecca wrote: "I've just had this explained to me about traditional and indie publishing, and I quote:

"Micro to small publishers really coined the indie term. But self-pubbed authors commandeered the term becau..."

Hi Rebecca,
As a sel-pub, I just have to say a huge thank you from all of us! You don;t know how much your support menas to self-published authors. We jump up and down every time we see one of our books has been sold, to see you have bought and enjoyed so many, really makes me smile. You might want to think about having a blog to tell others about all the great indie books you have been reading!

Elle Lapraim


message 12: by Everly (new)

Everly Anders | 87 comments Rebecca wrote: "Ha Ha, I do have a blog where I have all my reviews, plus my reviews are all here on Goodreads, PLUS they are all at Amazon too! And I'm a self pub author myself, so I'm self serving! But thank you..."

Thats so great! Thank You for sharing.


message 13: by [deleted user] (last edited Nov 08, 2011 08:31AM) (new)

I've read these indie books recently (all very good), and I've written a few myself.

My reads:

Beyond the Western Sun (The Whisper Legacy, #1) by Kristina Circelli

Before (Heven and Hell, #0.5) by Cambria Hebert

Discontents by James Wallace Birch

I'm now reading this:

Cardsharp A Vincent Ward Adventure by Paul Westmoreland

And I'm getting ready to read this:

Masquerade (Heven and Hell, #1) by Cambria Hebert

I really love Indie books! I've found some wonderful, wonderful reads that are so thoughtful and unique.

Please check out my books if you get a chance! I'd love to know what you think. :)

The Foxfire Chronicles Shadows of Past Memories by Alexandra Lanc

Clara Claus by Alexandra Lanc


message 14: by Jackie (new)

Jackie Lane (jaxlane) | 16 comments Alexandra, I am actually going to be starting your book, Clara Claus in the next day or two.


message 15: by [deleted user] (new)

Jackie wrote: "Alexandra, I am actually going to be starting your book, Clara Claus in the next day or two."

Thank you! I really hope you enjoy it. :)


message 16: by Jackie (new)

Jackie Lane (jaxlane) | 16 comments Alexandra wrote: "Jackie wrote: "Alexandra, I am actually going to be starting your book, Clara Claus in the next day or two."

Thank you! I really hope you enjoy it. :)"


I love Holiday reads and am really looking forward to it.


message 17: by LilaBird (new)

LilaBird | 8 comments Yes, I enjoy trying out indie/self-pub authors. :) But I've had good experiences and I've had bad ones. Here are some of my examples.

M. Clifford is an AMAZING indie author. HIGHLY recommended. I've read two of his books (The Muse of Edouard Manet and Felinian) and he's got two more that I haven't read yet, but plan to.

J.C. Phelps is not that great. Her characters seem good, but she doesn't develop the relationships between her characters enough and she tells rather than shows CONSTANTLY. Kind of annoying. I read all her books anyway though.


message 18: by A.G. (last edited Nov 20, 2011 03:08PM) (new)

A.G. Claymore | 3 comments After I published Prometheus BoundI realized that I hadn't read any indies myself. In the last few months, I've read five indie eBooks and am on number six.
I've found a few authors that I will continue to read and I'm currently reading 'Hal' by Derek Haines. It's a great story and I found it through the author's blog.
It's strange that I enjoyed his blog for three months before picking up his book. Human nature is funny that way...Hal


message 19: by [deleted user] (new)

Indie books can be published by a publisher too, just not a traditional one. I am planning to read books by goodreads authors, but have not had the time yet. There are some really interesting titles on our site. I have read quite a few by indie authors before I joined goodreads and read about our goodread authors' books.


message 20: by [deleted user] (new)

Mona wrote: "Indie books can be published by a publisher too, just not a traditional one. I am planning to read books by goodreads authors, but have not had the time yet. There are some really interesting title..."

There are some really great authors here! I write, and have met some great authors myself. Definitely look up some of the books here. :)


message 21: by Anthony (new)

Anthony Bellaleigh (anthonybellaleigh) | 7 comments I just read Happy Snak which was very entertaining Sci-Fi (IMHO) and a great example of the kind of whacky creativity that can only find an outlet via the independent channel. Check out the blurb (even if just for fun)...

Happy Snak by Nicole Kimberling

And I've had some truly dreadful experiences too... but will keep supporting 'the cause'... !! :)


message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

The brilliant thing about kindle is the generous samples and the fact that you can request a refund if the book is terrible.


message 23: by [deleted user] (last edited Nov 22, 2011 08:06AM) (new)

Rebecca wrote: "Truthfully, yes, I've read a couple (really: just 2 that I can think of) bad ones. The vast majority have been truly entertaining, or thought-provoking, or just plain absorbing. And yeah, the sampl..."

Depending on who the author published through, you can only put a certain amount of the book in the sample. So, if you can only do 20%, and that's in the middle of the chapter, there's really no way around it. But, I agree, I hate being cut off in the middle of the chapter!

I haven't found a bad Indie book yet. Every one I have read has been unique and interesting, and I've really enjoyed all of them. I'm sure there is a bad one out there, but I also think what may be bad to me may not be bad to someone else.

I'm currently reading an upcoming book, and it is great! Check out this series from a fellow author friend of mine:

Before (The prequel)
Masquerade (The upcoming novel)


message 24: by K J (new)

K J Bennett (kjbennett) | 5 comments Hi,

I'm halfway through reading my first indie-book and am enjoying it. I wouldn't have been too interested but I have just published my own (Pike's Quest, check it out!) and if I'm prepared to bare my soul this way I think I should support others who follow this route.

It stands to reason that now e-books allow people to publish for free, without editorial input from professional publishing houses, the quality with vary. the one I am currently reading is well written but suffers some formatting issues. I've also read through my own on Kindle recently and found a few minor formatting issues that I've rectified.

Having said that, I've read some real dross from well-known authors who are published by big publishing houses, and found spelling, formatting and grammatical errors in them as well.

I'm hoping that my stuff is of an acceptable standard ...


message 25: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn Holdsworth (marilynholdsworth) | 69 comments For some reason only my paperback is listed here. How do I get my Hardback and ebook editions listed?


message 26: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Lowe (michellelowe7gmailcom) | 27 comments Marilyn wrote: "For some reason only my paperback is listed here. How do I get my Hardback and ebook editions listed?"
I may be wrong, but does both your digital and paperback have the same sells link? When I published my book on paperback, I had to join links in order for them to sell on the same page on Amazon. Let me know, and I'll see if I can be of any help. :)


message 27: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn Holdsworth (marilynholdsworth) | 69 comments Regardless of which edition you select on Amazon, it shows the price for all three...http://www.amazon.com/Pegasus-Marilyn...

All have same cover. Goodreads indicates two other versions, but does not show covers. Also Goodreads only acknowledges the paperback to be on its site.


message 28: by Ken (new)

Ken Consaul | 180 comments I've recently finished CASINO SHUFFLE, This is an entertaining look behind the scenes at a casino and the tribulations of dealing with high roller guests. The main character is pretty interesting.

Also Dead Wood, a murder mystery set in Grosse Point. Moved along well and the main character, an ex-cop turned P.I. is pretty standard. What set it apart was the character isn't the hard-boiled gumshoe that goes home to the wife and kids every night. His big sister is the town sheriff and their interactions and sibling rivalry adds interest.

Finally, Gray Justice, a nicely paced thriller. Liked the story but occasionally the author got into the computer stuff too deeply. It distracted a bit from the pace but only in places and for half a page or so. For the fan of the 'lone wolf gets even' its got enough twists to not be the standard fare.


message 29: by [deleted user] (new)

The Company of Fellows by Dan Holloway

It's excellent.


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