4 Ridiculously Amazing Indie Books You Might Have Missed This Year

4 Ridiculously Amazing Indie Books You Might Have Missed This Year

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Don’t miss out on these 4 indie books and indie authors that you might have skipped this year. Sci-fi, historical art fiction, and contemporary romance suggestions included.

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

  1. 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.

Indie book cover of a A Long Goodbye by Anthony Le Moignan

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 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 a 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 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.

Find the full review of this novel about Alzheimer’s on TUL.

Find your copy:   Amazon      Barnes and Noble      Book Depository


  1. 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 stellar sci-fi read, but equality here, folks.  Equality and progression.

Cough, Cough

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.

Indie book cover Between Two Minds by DC Wright-Hammer

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.

I’d love a movie version too. P.S. My dad stole my copy–it’s that good. F

Read more about this new sci fi series.

Find your copy here:  Amazon      Barnes and Noble      Book Depository

3. 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 1930s and ‘40s.

Book cover of Artist, Soldier, Lover, Muse by indie author, Arthur Hittner

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 as a clear picture of economic struggle during the Depression. Overcoming racism and war are barriers that Henry will either defeat or fall victim to.

Read more books for art lovers here.

Find your copy here:   Amazon          Barnes and Noble          Book Depository


  1. The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks by William F. Aicher

Speculative Sci-Fi At Its 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.

Indie book cover of The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks

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.

Get the full review of this philosophical science fiction read.

Find your copy here:  Amazon       Barnes and Noble       Book Depository

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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  1. October 9, 2018 / 10:23 am

    Thank you so much for including my book on your list. I am humbled to be mentioned, especially among the other amazing books here.

    • Christine
      October 10, 2018 / 11:41 am

      Thank you for sending me a copy to read and review. Also, thank you for the endless support. I honestly found some of these other great titles because you promoted my review–and indie authors sought me out for months. I am honored to be a small part of the indie author community and look forward to doing more reviews and indie author projects/promotion. Your book and David Sparks truly deserve all of the accolades, and I cannot wait to read more of your titles (when I am not slammed…).

  2. October 9, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    This is an awesome list! Thank you for the suggestions and supporting indie authors.

    • Christine
      October 10, 2018 / 11:36 am

      Thank you! I sincerely champion these titles, and these authors are just the best this year. I am so glad that they reached out to me for reviews. I’m also honored to be able to share my thoughts. I don’t typically seek out a lot of indie books, which I should; when they come to me, I want the world to love them just as much.

  3. October 10, 2018 / 8:26 am

    So not entirely my genre. But have to say you’ve sold me on a few, particularly Artist, Soldier, Lover Muse. Not that I have ANY time to read more books… We should really exchange some top book recs at some point!

    • Christine
      October 10, 2018 / 11:29 am


      You know, indie wasn’t always my thing either or even scifi. BUT, these authors have definitely turned me over to the dark side. I actually think I am going to start a few indie author related projects to bring more awareness to these great types of books and authors.

      Artist, Soldier, Lover, Muse really won me over–I was worried it would be a drag, but I demolished the title in two days. Hittner writes so well–his book should seriously be getting way more attention than it is.

      We definitely have to talk books sometime. You should join our Pinterest Community: Book Reviewers and Book Bloggers–it’s for everyone, really. They are sharing recs as I write this! And we are discussing Dr. Who…

      • October 11, 2018 / 5:46 pm

        Do it!! That sounds awesome! Eventually my goal is to have an entire travel book section on the blog!

        Ooh! Yes please! I’ll see if I can find it on Pinterest 🙂

        • Christine
          October 15, 2018 / 5:04 pm

          I have to clean up my site, travel section, etc. It’s always a debate if I should publish two posts a week on time or miss a few to edit my site.

          I know you found it ; ) Thanks for joining!

  4. October 10, 2018 / 11:04 am

    Artist, Solider, Lover, Muse sounds right up my street! As a history major specializing in US History, this is exactly the kind of book I’d love to read, especially since it’s got a bit of baseball in it!!

    • Christine
      October 10, 2018 / 11:24 am

      I honestly loved Artist, Soldier, Lover, Muse. I had never heard of the author before, and he reached out via email. Hittner is a well known writer elsewhere, but he doesn’t have a huge social media presence. I honestly couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed this art history novel, but he really nailed it. If you read it, let me know what you think! Depression era, baseball, racism, war, love–it has everything.

      P.S. I was a history major (double with English) with a concentration in South Asian studies.

  5. October 11, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    Between Two Minds sounds very intriguing to me! Reading your description kind of gives me The Host vibes which I liked so I’m adding this one to my TBR!

    • Christine
      October 15, 2018 / 4:55 pm

      D C Wright-Hammer is a pretty great person and author. If you read Between Two Minds let me know what you think. The second in the series just published over the weekend. I cannot wait to read it!

  6. October 16, 2018 / 2:58 am

    Showcasing indie books is so important in this day and age – so many people blog about well-known authors and new books but I generally prefer indie over hyped-up authors – I’m usually left a little deflated with these ones whereas I go into indie books with an open mind and no pre-conceptions. Sometimes you find absolute corkers and it looks like you have here! Will keep an eye out for all 🙂

    • Christine
      October 20, 2018 / 3:58 pm

      I am actually debating starting more of an indie niche for TUL. I don’t want to limit myself too much, but I’ve had so many great titles this year, I am wondering if I can do more. I think my Book Review Policy actually discourages indies right now (I’m terrible, but I wrote the policy when I had read back to back GOSH AWFUL titles), but I really need to switch that up. I have to get a better feel for what my audience is responding to.

      • October 21, 2018 / 3:43 am

        I know what you mean, I’ve read some terrible ones this year through ARCs and decided to cut down on how many I request/accept and start reading the books that have been on my TBR for so long. But then you can come across some amazing ARCs so it’s a hard decision! Yeah I think you have a good indie audience for sure, that’s how people discover new authors and personally that’s the kind of blogs I prefer reading as I like to support indies and self-publishers.

        • Christine
          October 21, 2018 / 3:25 pm

          It is a hard line! I think once I clean up parts and sections of my blog, I am going to reevaluate my audience and book selections. Maybe I can still sneak in the occasional Harlequin Teen while focusing on indies. Maybe I can do solitary indie reviews but everything book lists. Hmmm….

          I definitely learned that I cannot finish a terrible book and had to update my review policy to reflect as such.

  7. October 17, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    Gahhhhh I feel like I SO RARELY get to pick up an indie book now, and I miss them! A Long Goodbye sounds perfect for me, so tell Le Moignan that the book he gifted you was a good investment, his international reach extends all the way to Sydney now 😉

    • Christine
      October 20, 2018 / 4:47 pm

      OH YAY!!!! I cannot picture you liking Nicholas Sparks, which is my big read alike for this one. I’m a little terrified what you will think, but maybe I am stereotyping you LOL. Let me know!! So glad you grabbed a copy.

      • October 20, 2018 / 7:48 pm

        Hahahahaha well I haven’t actually picked up a Nicholas Sparks novel since I had a go at reading The Notebook sometime just after high-school. My tastes tend to be pretty random, even I can’t pick a winner for myself half the time. But I love British stories, I love examining marriages, and I want to read more fictional narratives about Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, so I think it’s in with a shot 😉 And thank you for connecting us on Twitter!!! Made my day!!!

        • Christine
          October 21, 2018 / 3:10 pm

          The Notebook flew around my honors English class. It was all we could read—kind of embarrassing really. But, I did love the title.

          I definitely think you will enjoy A Long Goodbye for a fictional narrative on Alzheimer’s, a subject that is extremely close to the author’s heart and that he had direct experience with in his family.

          So glad you loved the Twitter connection. The authors above are the ones I talk to the most. I would never turn down a request to review from any of them. As a book blogger these days, I cannot believe how many authors I get to talk to and work with. Totally fangirling most days!

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