As promised, I’m back again with another Indie Author Appreciation segment–my little blog series where I pay my respects to my fellow indie and small-press authors. If you want to read my previous segments, just click on Part Four–which also contains links to Parts One through Three. Not only will it illuminate the purpose behind this blog series, but it will also introduce you to some incredible authors/reads that you might have otherwise missed.
So let’s get started, shall we?
First up is a 3-in-1 ebook I read June 2018 by W.R. Gingell:
Unlike with many of the others I’ve shared, I’m not personally acquainted with the author, so I can’t say much about them as a person or about their other works. What I can say, though, is that I found this trilogy (and the two short stories at the end) incredibly well-written, engaging, and imaginative.
Here’s the synopsis: In TWELVE DAYS OF FAERY, King Markon of Montalier is at the end of his tether. His son, Prince Parrin, is afflicted by a nasty curse that brutally attacks any woman with whom he so much as flirts. Markon, accompanied by a mysterious enchantress, must enter Faery to break the curse. He’s collecting clues, but she seems to be collecting shards of an ancient, broken sword…
Rafiq has FIRE IN THE BLOOD. When the crafty Prince Akish attempts to rescue Princess Kayami Koto from a dragon-guarded and enchanted keep, it seems only sensible to bring his own dragon. Bound to Akish by an old, spiteful piece of magic held in a single shard of an ancient sword, Rafiq has no choice but to help. There to assist is serving maid Kako– mistress of many secrets, and perhaps the only person who can free Rafiq from his bondage.
Llassar is feeling THE FIRST CHILL OF AUTUMN. Fae began to filter slowly into the land shortly after the birth of the crown princess, Dion ferch Alawn, and now there isn’t a town in Llassar that isn’t under their control. To unite her country and save her world, Dion ferch Alawn must gather all the shards of the Broken Sword that will seal away Faery once and for all.
If you like stories about Fae, epic fantasies, shifter tales, and have a thirst for something that puts a fresh twist on all three, I encourage you to check this series out.
The next author I’d like to feature is Alys Arden and her Casquette Girls series!
I haven’t read Book Three yet (Cities of Dead), but I have read the first two books, and I can attest to them being quality reads. The prose flows beautifully, the characters were complex and easy to become invested in, and the attention to detail regarding New Orleans was absolutely captivating.
Here is the synopsis of The Casquette Girls to give you some idea of what to expect from this series:
Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.
After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.
As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless… you’re immortal.
If you have a taste for the paranormal and for the breathtaking culture melting pot that is New Orleans, I encourage you to give this series a read.
Next up is a recently debuted author (Dec 2018) who took a subversive approach to the superhero trope–Jeffary Joseph!
Synopsis: Adin Anderson lives in a small town where the stagnant flow of time is considered peace and quiet, but that isn’t good enough for him. And he may not be a huge believer in fate, but something bigger has to be out there for him. The day he receives a letter of acceptance into one of the most prestigious colleges just may be it. Although before he can focus on his new direction in life, events that defy logic threaten to knock him off course.
I actually have a hard time knowing what to classify this story as, because by and large, I haven’t come across anything quite like it. Superheroes factor into it, but at the same time, calling the characters superheroes doesn’t entirely fit from what we as a society have come to expect from those kinds of stories. It definitely fits into the scifi mold for reasons I won’t spoil here, but beyond that, it’s a hard one to label.
Whatever Sixty-Seven Salamanders can be classified as, the one thing it’s not is boring. The story is largely character-driven, focusing on Adin’s relationships with friends, family, and later on, his teammates. Adin is interesting and complex, and following his interactions with others was one of the story’s strong points. Alongside that, the build-up to the climax and the action-packed training and fight scenes kept me thoroughly engaged, as did the strong writing.
So if you’re looking for something different and you have a taste for scifi, superheroes, and undercover missions featuring a cast of diverse characters with their own voices, motivations, and personalities, this book might be your cure-all.
That’s all for Part Five! Rest assured, the Indie Author Appreciation series will continue in the future once I’ve read a few more indie books. In the meantime, if you liked the sound of any of the authors/books featured here or in the earlier installments, please do check them out–and if you read and like them, consider reviewing the author’s works. Reviews go a long way toward giving authors the visibility they need, and aiding readers in finding their next favourite read.
Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you’ll join me again in the near future.
Take care, and tat-ta for now!