Spread Some Indie Love Blog Hop

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When I volunteered to take part in this blog hop, I thought it would be fun to share with others Indie authors that I have enjoyed reading.  Being an Indy author myself, I know what it’s like to publish and market a book basically on your own.  With each book I have released I have gained more support.  My friends have been such a help in so many ways, from proofreading to critiquing, taking part in focus groups to vote on what ends up being the cover, sounding boards to bounce ideas off and suggestions on how I can make a good idea better.

Then there are my fellow Indy authors.  These people, such as me want their own books to sale.  However they take the time to help a fellow author out.  Today I would like to focus on these wonderful people who have all written some great books.  Each and every one of these books I have personally bought (although many have given me a promotional copy).

T.M. Smith is the author of Opposites, which spun off a novella The Library.  Perhaps the coolest part about her books is they are set very far in the future.  Earth is not anything like the planet we currently inhabit and when you read into this world, I believe you will think it is a good thing.  T.M. has put listed of the world and characters in the front of her book, something I know the first time I went to read it I was concerned about needing them.  Not once while reading did I look at these.  However, at the end of the book, I found them fascinating to look at, seeing just how everything tied together.  As odd as it might sound, my favorite thing about her book is it focuses on love.   Whether it be straight or gay, in her books love is love, with equal attention to detail given to the scenes. 

http://www.amazon.com/Caleo-Leech-james-crawford-ebook/dp/B004YQVF96/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392344437&sr=1-1&keywords=james+crawfordjames crawford (yes, he likes his name to be in lowercase letters, no matter how many times MSWord tries to correct it for me) who has written The Leech series.  Caleo is the first book in this series.  I have never been a fan of sci-fi/fantasy books, so I thought I was going to struggle getting through Caleo.  As I started reading, I was drawn in by Caleo and his swimmer cousin Jack, I was compelled to spend time with them.  As the world quickly turned upside down I kept on reading to see what happened next.  By the time I finished the first book, I was as eager as the others I had seen posting the same question, “When is the next book coming out?”  Jack released a couple of months ago, with an image of the main character being as hot as I’d imagined him.  This book I bought right when it came out, although james sent me a promotional copy.  What sucked about Jack was now I am  even more impatiently waiting for more (without giving away the ending). 

Christopher Waltz has written one of my favorite Indy books of all time, Ivy League.  As shallow as it might sound, it was the cover that caught my attention and prompted me to buy this book.  I opened it up one evening and was immediately sucked into the brilliant story that unfolded.  The characters were believable and it really shows how with the best intentions just how bad things can go when it comes to doing something illegal.  I think we have all been in a position before where we’ve been tempted to break the law in order to get ahead, especially if there is not a chance of getting caught.  After reading his book, I picked up his novella Come As you Are, which I enjoyed just as much.  Now I am eagerly awaiting him to write another book!

In closing, I wanted to thank each of you for being an Indie reader.  I know from my own experience and talking with fellow Indie authors, each and every one of you that we gain reading our books are truly appreciated.  That being said, we like to hear what you think about our work, especially in a review.  I have talked to so many people who do not think they are good at writing a review.  I am one of them, I think every time I write a review, “Whoever reads this is going to think that guy is a horrible author.”  Yet, every author I’ve had contact with has always stated something positive and shared their gratitude for my review.  I implore you, especially if you like a book, please write a review!

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