Confident Reads: Indie Recommended Reads

Hello everyone! Confident Reads is a feature I have here each week and is a way to open communication between readers and Indie authors.  This  is to help readers feel confident in the books they spend their money on, and for authors to feel confident in the book they publish.

I have to apologize, I’ve had such a busy several weeks that I haven’t posted a Confident Reads feature in a few weeks.  Because of all the stuff I’ve taken on my plate recently I have decided that this feature may not be weekly.  I will post it as I’m able on Wednesdays.

We all like to be able to pick up those less expensive Indie books to read on our kindle, nooks or whatever ereader we may use, but how do we know which ones are the good ones?  The market is saturated with books as everyone and their dog has suddenly realized they can be published.  Perhaps you’ve read an Indie or two that you were disappointed in because the editing was poorly done or the story lacked in focus.  We all rely on recommendations to have an idea of which ones we should try and to narrow down our choices.  Some of you may be bloggers who have heard of many of these books through the blogosphere, but some of you are not regulars on the book blogging scene and you especially should find this helpful.  I’ve found as I chat with regular people at the dentist, doctors, grocery store, etc, that many own ereader devices but don’t know which books may be ones they’d enjoy.  I hope this list helps you a bit.

I have not read all of these books and had some help from some other Indie readers to come up with this list.  I will continuously add to it and will link to my reviews as they go up.  (Or I will try my hardest, at least.)  I also have several authors on the list that I just listed the author instead of the books individually.  I’ll gradually try to add them in independently in their proper categories.  If there is a series I list them as a series instead of each book, but I list the first book so everyone knows where to start.

Young Adult Paranormal, Urban Fantasy and Fantasy-

Cornerstone and Keystone by Misty Provencher (Goodreads) {My 5 star REVIEW of Cornerstone, My 5 star REVIEW of Keystone}

Timber Wolves Series by Tammy Blackwell. First book, Destiny Binds. (Goodreads)

Celestra Series by Addison Moore, First book, Ethereal. (Goodreads)

J.A. Redmerski’s YA Paranormal Trilogy Darkwoods, First book, The Mayfair Moon. (Goodreads)

The Protector Series by M.R. Merrick. First book, Exiled. (Goodreads) {My 5 star REVIEW of Exiled}
{My REVIEW of Shift}

MacKinnon Curse series by J.A. Templeton (for mature readers and higher on the horror scale of things), First book, The Deepest Cut. (Goodreads)

The Paranormals Series by JL Bryan (for mature readers as it has very mature content and fits the horror category quite well), first book, Jenny Pox. (Goodreads)

Spirit Guide series by E.J. Stevens, First book, She Smells the Dead. (Goodreads)

Samantha Young has a couple (few?) young adult paranormal series.  Check her list of books out on goodreads, she tends to get good reviews on all her books. (Goodreads)

Fathom by Merrie Destefano (Goodreads)

The Warlock’s Curse by M.K. Hobson (Goodreads) This also fits the New Adult category and Adult category. {My 5 star REVIEW}

Provex City by Michael Pierce (Goodreads) {My 4 star REVIEW}

Clockwise Series by Elle Strauss, first book, Clockwise (Goodreads) {My 4 star REVIEW of Clockwise}

Spellbound Series by Nikki Jefford, first book, Entangled (Goodreads) {My 4 star REVIEW of Entangled, My 4 star REVIEW of Duplicity #2 in the series}

Rainbird by Rabia Gale (Goodreads) {Review to come}

Middle Grade-

The Serpent’s Ring by H.B. Bolton (Goodreads) {My 4 star REVIEW}

The Adventurers Troll Creek by MacKenzie Reide (Goodreads) {My 5 star REVIEW}

Young Adult Contemporary-

What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn (Goodreads) {My 4 star REVIEW}

What a Boy Needs by Nyrae Dawn (Goodreads)

Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn (Goodreads)

Jolene Perry has several that are fabulous reads. (Goodreads)

Torched by Andrea Lynn Colt (Goodreads){My 5 star REVIEW}

Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye by Shari A. Brady (Goodreads) {My 4 star REVIEW}

Swell by Julie Rieman Duck (Goodreads) {My 5 star REVIEW}

A Place in This Life by Julie Rieman Duck (Goodreads) {My 4 star REVIEW}

What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor (Goodreads) {My 4 star REVIEW}

The Paradise Diaries:
Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole (Goodreads) {My 4 star REVIEW}
& Mia’s Heart by Courtney Cole (Goodreads) {My 3.5 star REVIEW}

New Adult Contemporary-

Liz Reinhardt has a ton of Contemporary books and rather than listing them all I’m linking to the list on goodreads.  They all seem to have good ratings and people love them.  (Goodreads)

Tamara Webber has a few contemps out.  I believe some are YA rather then NA, but I’m not really sure.  Instead of listing them I’m just linking you to goodreads.  Also, I know that Easy was picked up by a big publisher. (Goodreads)

M. Leighton has put out some amazing books.  Some are NA, some are adult and some are YA.  You can find the list of her books on (Goodreads).

The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorenson (Goodreads)

Flat Out Love by Jessica Park (Goodreads)

Hale Maree by Misty Provencher (Goodreads) {REVIEW}
Adult Urban Fantasy, paranormal and horror-

Stacy Justice Mystery series by Barbra Annino. First book, Opal Fire. (Goodreads)

Moonshadows series by Maria E. Schneider. First book, Under Witch Moon. (Goodreads)

Rhiannon Frater has loads of fans for all her books.  Her books sound pretty much on the horror end of things.  Here’s a link to her on goodreads so you can find the complete list of her series. (Goodreads)

Glimmers by Barbara Brooke (Goodreads) This is one that would fit in many categories. {My 4 star REVIEW}

Blood Fugue and Witch’s Nocturne by E.J. Wesley (Goodreads) {Review to come}

Adult Romance, or Adult Contemporary-

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young (Goodreads)

Pursuing the Times by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (Goodreads) {Review to come}

Dark Waltz by A.M. Hargrove (Goodreads) ~ This fits under paranormal, dystopia, sci-fi and more.  But it’s definitely a romance!

Adult Historical Fiction-

Redemption on the River by Loren DeShon (Goodreads) {My 5 star REVIEW}

Please let me know if you have your own recommendations that aren’t yet on the list.  Remember, Indie/Self Published titles only! 

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  1. Thank you sooooo much for this list! It’s awesome! I’m very happy to see Tammy Blackwell up there, first thing I checked 😉 since she is so awesome. And now I’m going to have to read all the rest 😀 When my TBR pile gets a little shorter… >.>

    -Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings

  2. So many on this list I have read and couldn’t agree more with! A great bunch of authors that you pretty much can pick up any of their books and be guaranteed a great read.

  3. On Dublin Street! That one just blew me away, I sincerely hope Samantha writes more adult books. I still need to try her YA series, they are high on my list now given my love for On Dublin Street:) Thanks so much for this list Candace, I’ll definitely be checking some of these out!

  4. Wow that took a long time to compile. There are several authors on here I have read and a few I have their books and want to try and two whose books I read and didn’t care for. Thanks for all the recommendations!

  5. Fab list! I find self-published hit and miss at times but there’s definitely some really good stuff out there so brilliant to get an idea of some books to check out.

    A few of my favourite self-published books:

    Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer – One of the best YA sci-fi books for years. Stunning.

    The Boo Hag by David Morgan – Interesting paranormal with a villain who’s taken from South Carolina’s Gullah culture. Really great to see a lesser-known creature rather than the more usual vampires/werewolves/fairies/mermaids.

    Harper Madigan: Junior High Private Eye by Chelsea Campbell – YA ‘film noir’ thriller set in a school with a kid as the maverick detective, a teacher as his reluctant sidekick, and the PTA as the mob. Fantastic.

    Thanks again for sharing your list!

  6. Angela, Thank you! More recs are always welcome!

    Heidi, I’m a bit curious which ones you didn’t care for. Since I haven’t read ALL of these myself. I’m always up for more recommendations to add too!

    Jim Dean, I’m with you- it can be hit and miss. All the recommendations are definitely welcome, I’ll have to check these out. Especially the Harper Madigan books. They sound familiar so I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of them. Who knows, maybe I already own one of them!

  7. Ohh! I’ve read quite a few of the YA contemporary and new adult books so I can definitely agree with you that they are some of the better ones out there.

  8. That is a great list! I have read so many of those.

    I agree w/Angel, the One Night w/Sole Regret series is awesome.

    Allso, the Brightest Kind of Darkness series is a great Paranormal YA series. Book one Brightest Kind of Darkness is currently free on amazon.

    Another great series is the Just Breathe series by Kendall Grey. Book one, Inhale is currently free, I think.

  9. Melissa, I do hope you read Cornerstone soon!

    Andrea, Thank you! I just ran over and ‘bought’ the free ones. I’ll add all these to the list. I really appreciate your recommendations!

  10. Great list!

    A couple of my top indie picks are:

    – Destiny’s Fire by Trisha Wolfe. This actually made my Top 10 of 2011.

    – Pretty much all of Karly Kirkpatrick’s books, especially Bloody Little Secrets.

    – Amanda Hocking’s indie books, like Hollowland and the My Blood Approves series.

    There are some really good ones out there.

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