Friday, May 6, 2011

Awesome Indie/Self Published Reads

I am a big lover of Indie and self published authors. There are so many fantastic ones out there that don't get the recognition they deserve. Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting a little "spotlight" of some of my favorite Indie and self published books so that everyone can check them out and I can help spread the word about them. Here are this weeks picks!

Sleight: Book One of the AVRA-K by Jennifer Sommersby
My review: Sleight
By the book: (Amazon) / (Barnes & Noble) only $2.99!!!

Her mom is dead.
Ghosts follow her around.
Her best friend is an elephant.
And she’s about to meet the biggest game changer of all: a boy. With a secret.

When circus-dwelling Gemma Flannery learns she will be attending public school for the first time in her seventeen years, little does she know that fitting in with her 12th-grade classmates will be the least of her concerns. A pro at hiding her knack for seeing the dead (“shades”), Gemma is grieving the recent suicide of her mentally ill mother, a process eased by the introduction of her first real love interest, the charming and painfully handsome Henry Dmitri, who is harboring his own collection of dangerous secrets. Together, they will be presented with a frightening challenge: to assume their roles as heirs to a 3000-year-old magical text, the AVRAKEDAVRA, a book the über-rich, sleight-of-being master Lucian Dmitri would do anything to get his hands on. As each terrifying layer in her new reality melts away, Gemma unearths truths that her quiet, nomadic life with the Cinzio Traveling Players is not at all what she’d always cherished. Gemma and Henry must rely on each other to stop Lucian’s diabolical plotting that will bring the world to its tired, scab-riddled knees, and are sent on the flight of their young lives, to save themselves, their families, and the world from the darkest kind of destruction. 


Meant to Be by Tiffany King
My review: Meant to Be
Buy the book: (Amazon) / (Barnes & Noble) only $0.99!! 

Krista Miller feels like she has lived her entire life in a glass box with her every emotion on display. She can’t help feeling like a defect as her sensitivities have made her socially inept and without any real friends; the one exception being the boy that visits her each night in her dreams.

Krista’s emotions are put to the test when a move to California triggers a devastating change to her fantasy world. The nightly comfort that the boy provides has now become a recurring nightmare as he is taken from her by an unseen force.

Struggling to appear normal, Krista enrolls in a new school and finds it to be nothing like she thought. Her new life is sent spiraling out of control from a strange connection with a boy, Mark, who claims to know all her secrets.

As Krista begins to explore the emotions that Mark evokes in her, secrets from their past about their shared connection threatens to separate them just when they have found each other.


Inevitable by Kate Bennett 
My Review: Inevitable
Buy the book: (Amazon)  $14.95

You can’t escape the inevitable…. “It was like he could read me like an open book. His dedication was almost alarming, but I was undeniably drawn to him. It wasn’t just that he was the most beautiful boy I’d ever seen. Or that his voice could cause my body to melt into a warm puddle of goo. He really got me.”
Carina Lombardi, a vibrant New York University student, can’t shake the feeling that she has known the irresistible—and at times enigmatically intense—Jared Taylor forever. After all, she’s had her eye on him for years. Or has it been months? In a compelling story where time is relative, read how Carina and Jared fall in love, forming a nearly unbreakable bond that will inevitably be challenged over and over again. Will their love prevail or will fate step in the way?
Kate Bennett has enjoyed immersing herself in fictional worlds for as long as she can remember and is ecstatic to bring you her first novel, Inevitable. She has traveled to sixteen states, five countries and three continents. Kate lives in Pennsylvania and is currently working on her next book. 

These are some of my favorite reads so far this year and definitely worth checking out! Have you read any crazy good Indie/self published books lately? I would love to hear about them so that I can check them out too!


  1. I have Sleight and Kate Bennett was kind enough to let me have to signed copies of Inevitable, I'm hosting a giveaway for one on my blog right now!

  2. All 3 of these sound like great picks! It so great to see you women sticking together and supporting each other. If I had that kind of back up, I'd be getting Cheers KAFE CASTRO Style all day long!! In the meantime, I will pick up copies of these stories and CHEERS you all KAFE CASTRO STYLE!!! Many blessings for continued success!

  3. These sound great! :) I think I got Inevitable in my list! :)

  4. I think it's great that your fitting in self pubbed books. I agree that some are awesome and do not get the attention they deserve. I wish I could read faster so I could fit in ALL the books I want to read!

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