One of my favorite aspects of book blogging is shedding light on new and more invisible authors. While professional reviewing databases like NetGalley offer advanced reading copies for bestselling authors like Jodi Picoult, many of the indie authors are left in the dark. Although I am admittedly sometimes hesitant to review a self-published or indie title—I have had some real doozies—indie books have been by far some of my all-time favorite reads. From a romance bringing awareness about Alzheimer’s disease to philosophical science fiction thrillers and books for art history buffs, these are my four favorite indie books of 2018:
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4 Indie Books and Authors You Might Have Missed This Year
A Long Goodbye by Anthony Le Moignan
Imagine receiving a solicited book in the mail covered in custom stamps with a personalized note. Across the pond in the UK, Anthony and his publicist sent A Long Goodbye with dreams of receiving more international exposure. With all of that pressure, I silently chanted: Please do not suck. Boy, was I in for a great surprise.
My British Nicholas Sparks
I joke that Le Moignan is my British Nicholas Sparks for his heart wrenching love story that you crave and need, even if the ending makes you sob. Grab your Kleenex and squeeze your loved ones as Le Moignan takes you on a journey of faulty marriages, unconditional love, and one devastating disease: Alzheimer’s. Is it wrong that I pronounce his name like a juicy steak? I blame his equally delicious book…
An Alzheimer’s Disease Romance But So Much More
The novel begins with Emma, who is in charge of Orchard Home Care, and a career of caring which she lives for. Her marriage is falling apart over fertility issues, and she is in desperate need of saving. Emma’s life changes when 41-years-old Simon asks for residency in her care center. Simon is rich, successful, and newly alone with the diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s. Of course, he’s cute too. Le Moignan examines Simon and Emma’s indescribable bond as they struggle through issues involving the debilitating disease, professionalism, and marriage vows. Did I mention that a not-so-ex-husband is welcomed into the picture?
Who is A Long Goodbye For?
A contemporary romance, A Long Goodbye is perfect for Jojo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks’ fans. Reminiscent of Tuesdays With Morrie, I am so glad that this UK title has made its way into the US. You can read the full review here.
Between Two Minds: Awakening by D C Wright-Hammer
Better Than Avatar
Can I just begin by saying that this author hyphenates his last name with his wife’s?! CAN WE GET A ‘HELL YES’ in the house!!!! Tom, are you reading this?! Please, my feminist followers: buy his book for this reason alone. I mean, yes, it’s a steller sci-fi read, but equality here, folks. Equality and progression.
Imagine that you are born paralyzed and will never be able to walk. What if new technology could change all of that? Would you risk your life and your soul to have your mind migrated into a functioning and obviously attractive body? This is exactly the scenario that Ryan Carter finds himself in, and he dreams about nothing more than being able to walk and have an easier and more independent future.
Unfortunately, technology has its bugs and getting trapped between two minds is a confusing and deadly bind that Ryan must overcome. Wright-Hammer throws in a second protagonist, Charlie, whose body Ryan now occupies. Chaos breaks loose as Charlie and Ryan fight for control.
Who Will Appreciate This Sci-Fi, Pray For A Movie Must?
D C Wright-Hammer explores the philosophical and moral implications of body, soul, and mind swapping. Could this technology one day be a part of our future? Between Two Minds: Awakening is the quintessential adventure story for modern science fiction lovers who are intrigued by futuristic worlds and social engineering. Picture Walter White meets high tech scientists. With Book Two on its way, I definitely cannot wait to see where this series goes. I’d love a movie version too. P.S. My dad stole my copy–it’s that good. Find the full book review here.
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Artist, Soldier, Lover, Muse by Arthur D. Hittner
The Art Forger Meets Gatsby
If you loved The Art Forger: A Novel as much as I did, you will instantly fall for Hittner’s fictional art history title, Artist, Soldier, Lover, Muse. Based loosely on artist Harold J. Rabinovitz (1915-1944) as well as prominent baseball players, muralists, painters, and major historical events, readers time travel to the 1930’s and ‘40’s.
Imagine Starting Out As A Painter During The Depression
Henry Kapler attends Yale with secret passions and ideas. Instead of following the family’s medical legacy, he becomes a talented young artist and pacifist. Henry paints with a life force that becomes his superpower. Controversy and edge along with sharp objects follow his paintings from studio to gallery, which only helps Henry gain notoriety in the increasingly competitive and brutal art world. There are lovers and their brawls as well a clear picture of economic struggle during the Depression. Overcoming racism and war are barriers that Henry will either defeat or fall victim to. You can find the full review here.
The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks by William F. Aicher
Speculative Sci-Fi At It’s Finest: When The World Decides to Kill You
Imagine waking up to a killer serpent rubbing against your legs and a man from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre aimed and ready to redesign your body. This scenario greets David as he enters a strange land that seemingly wants all humans dead. David does not get far as he dreams or possibly lives in a secondary ‘normal’ world with a family. These alternating plots with parallel mishaps confuse David about which world is real and who he is.
Calvin, a Preservationist, grabs David knowing that he is key to some future plot to save the world. Traitorous to Plasticity, a recreated glass bubble city full of depressed but healthier businessmen, Calvin has formed a group called the Cause. The Cause wants to end Plasticity, their cruel experiments, and their disregard for a more soulful human life. With Mother Nature fighting back, David must figure out who he is and how to stay alive—the future depends on him.
Who Will Want To Reexamine The Way We Live?
If you are looking for science fiction that makes you think about current societal problems with a plot that leaves you guessing and continuously thinking, David’s mind will hardwire you right into The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks. The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks is reminiscent of M.T Anderson’s, Feed, and Scott Westerfeld’s, Uglies Series. You can find the full review here.
Support Indie Books and Your Favorite Indie Authors
There is something for every type of reader within these four brilliant authors’ works. Many of these titles are slightly cheaper to obtain and digital copies are a steal at a mere few dollars–if not free. Have access to thrilling stories while supporting smaller indie authors. It’s a win-win!
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