The Indie Author & Reader Community
My favorite thing about working in the indie publication business has to be the community that rallies behind each and every author, both published and aspiring, as well as any and all supporting staff members, including editors, personal assistants, etc.
As a personal assistant turned published writer, I have been on both sides of the coin, and the support from everyone has been unreal. Readers post links to our books in every group and book blog that they can find. They buy every book as it comes out, even when times are tough, and sometimes even after they've already received an ARC for free from the author. Then they go and leave honest reviews anywhere that they can to help their favorite authors be able to sell more books.
While we're at it, it's not just readers! Other indie authors are out here promoting other authors and trying to lift them up while they're down! I've never seen competition within the indie author community. When I was co-writing my first book, a lot of other authors offered me such kind advice and words of encouragement. I even had one of my favorite authors, Lola Wright, send me a glass pen set in the mail to celebrate my first publication. Just the fact that someone went out of their way to send such a thoughtful gift to encourage my writing bought tears to my eyes.
Then, a few months ago I hit a really rough patch in regards to my mental health, and every day since then, my inbox has had at least one message from someone in the book community, just checking in on me and seeing if there's anything that they can do to help. I've received carefully curated care packages in the mail, as well as fun cards and letters that have brightened some of the darker days.
My appreciation for this community knows no bounds. I can't thank you all enough for everything that you do, but I am so grateful to be a part of it!
In an effort to help pay it forward to other indie authors just a tad, I'm going to include some of my favorite books I've read lately:
A New Paige by Zara Teleg
Stained Souls MC Book 2
Would you risk losing the ones you love if it meant finally finding out the truth?
After being kidnapped and nearly killed by a sadistic drug lord, I discovered a startling secret, and I can't let it go. I was forced to move to small-town Sugar Maple. Kai, the hot-as-hell biker who rescued me, is now my new landlord and makes me feel safe. No matter how attracted I am to him, I won't let his womanizing ways distract me. No one, including my friends and family, can stop me from seeking the truth. The rabbit hole seems endless, and the dangers are real. I may not like what I find in Pandora's box, but I refuse to let anyone control my life again.
My life in the MC has been one big party, just the way I like it. I have been burned once ---never again. Saving Paige woke a part of me I thought was long dead. One look into those violet eyes and I knew I could never let anyone hurt her again. Now the tempting little spitfire is up to something and I am going to find out what before she gets herself into trouble. Being her resident babysitter was not what I had in mind, but the closer we become the harder the attraction is to ignore. She's off-limits and all I can think about. The Stained Souls will have my head if I go there, but she may be worth the risk. Will she be my downfall or my salvation?
A New Paige is a stand-alone. It is Book 2 of the Stained Souls MC series and is enhanced by reading Book 1, Consumed by Rage.
A New Paige is not your typical MC romance. It is a slow-burn written for those who want all the brotherhood, love, loyalty, angst, suspense, and sexy alpha males challenged by strong, sassy women that make a story you won't forget! It is not insta-love or erotica.
Trident's Queen by Darlene Tallman
Poseidon's Warriors MC Book 2
Brock “Trident” Storm is an emergency room trauma nurse, using the skills he honed during his time as a Navy SEAL, he takes care of those in the community that Poseidon’s Warriors MC claims as its own. He’s content to love ‘em and leave ‘em. That is, until he treats a woman one night, who touches a part of him, one he thought was long dead. Each time she comes in, he finds himself drawn even more toward her until that last visit that landed her in ICU. Then, he just wants to get her safe and shot of her husband.
Gianna Jeffries had it all at one time – the socialite wedding, the jewels, the money, the cars. That all changed when she developed an autoimmune disease that prevented her from giving her husband an heir. Broken and battered, she finds herself under the care of an intense, slightly intimidating nurse who calls to the pieces of her that remain.
With the gangs ramping up their vandalism, the PWMC is hard-pressed to keep their community safe. Will Trident be able to handle the pressures that come with being the enforcer of an MC, running one of the club’s businesses, as well as working at the hospital, while still pursuing Gianna? Will Gianna realize that there’s more to life than being a showpiece on a pedestal and rid herself of the abuse she’s endured?
**Suitable for ages 18+ due to adult content and language
Jacked and Jaded by Shay Michaelson
Sons of Redemption MC Book 1
Jackson met Calliope when she moved into the house across the street from his parents. He'd thought she was the prettiest thing he'd ever seen, until he found out she was sixteen years old—cue the sound of screeching tires. He immediately put her in the friends only column and that's where he continued to keep her for four more years.
One night she catches him home alone. He'd been drinking or he'd never had let things go as far as they did. In a weak moment, he takes her to bed, only to wake up the next morning telling her it never should have happened and it was a mistake, despite the fact she was now twenty years old. Immediately, he sees he's broken her heart, but he couldn't help it. There was eight years between then and he just couldn't get over that fact.
Thanks to his unkind words and actions, Calliope gives up and moves to Boulder. At first, he thought it was for the best. It would be good for her to date guys closer to her own age. Then he gets a phone call saying she's been in an accident and is in the hospital. He rushes to her side and quickly sees how his hang-ups have affected her.
Realizing he could have lost her forever, he decides he doesn't want to live his life without her any longer. He's going to claim her as his, even if he has to fight Calliope herself. He only hopes that the one thing he's been keeping from her doesn't push her away forever.
Vex by Lola Wright
The Devil's Angels MC Book 4
I’ve lived my life free and easy. No attachments, no entanglements. I easily move on after an evening with a woman. For a night, they get all I have to give. After that, it’s time to go. They’re warned ahead of time, so tears and ploys have no effect on me. I love my MC family, the Devil’s Angels, and my bikes. Not much else. Certainly, none of the various women I’ve known.
Then I meet someone who changes all my rules, thoughts and beliefs. But as luck would have it, she’s the unattainable one. She seems immune to my charm and that tweaks my ego. After being warned away from her, I try to push her to the back of my mind. She doesn’t stay there for long though. Now I’m determined to have my night with her, consequences be damned.
Trying to raise my sister, working any job I can while fighting to keep a roof over our heads, I don’t live the life of a normal woman my age. I don’t have time for dating, sex or men. Especially a member of an MC. My father’s an MC President and I want nothing to do with that lifestyle. Not even for the gorgeous biker whose nearly golden eyes follow my every move. Common sense tells me he’s in it for a night, and that’s not my style. Best to keep my head on straight and ignore what my body’s craving.
Actions have consequences and fate has a way of messing up the best laid plans.
This is Book 4 in the Devil’s Angels MC Series. More books in this series are to follow.
Adult Content Warning: This book is intended for readers 18 years of age and older. It contains adult language, violence, explicit sex and may contain triggers for some people.
Revived by Christine Michelle
Valhalla Rising Book 1
Okay, so you might be thinking that I'm biased in recommending this book to you, but objectively speaking, great read!
Gabriel “Gabe North” Northman
I left the woman I thought was the love of my life behind for my career. I had every intention of going back for her only to return to see her with someone else, raising a family. I vowed I’d never let another person into my heart after that.
Not until I discovered part of that family, she had been raising was mine. Eighteen years later, a successful music career behind me, more music still ahead and I found out I had a son. Then I almost lost him, and the angel who swooped in to save the day made me rethink my vow never to let another person in again. Maybe finding my son had softened my heart. Maybe nearly losing him taught me life was short. Either way, I knew one thing. I was going to make my angel sing for only me.
Swore off men, because they all suck.
Struck stupid by a celebrity who liked to flirt.
Guarding my heart against the impending doom I can see coming
Some of that was a lie. I forgot to guard my heart. I never was very good at self-preservation.