Saturday, November 6, 2010

5 Indie and Small Press Books Worth Reading

Holly is a successful, eccentric artist who has given up on love. A best-selling novelist hires Holly, asking her to "Paint my hero, my leading man..."

After Holly paints all day and all night, a face has come to life on her canvas. Imagine Holly's surprise when she meets the man she painted - IN REAL LIFE - just days later.

David is a divorced single father, a wolf biologist. On a deep winter night, their paths converge and passion ignites. David surprises both Holly and himself when he asks her to go away with him and his son, for the holidays...

But Holly is held prisoner by devastating heartbreak and a horrifying secret. Can she trust David with what is locked in the farthest recesses of her heart?

As the trio travels southwest for the holidays, the connection and intensity grows between Holly and David. In an end the reader will not see coming, Holly's mystery is solved at last - and a new path beckons them all.

A story about second chances. About healing the heart. This Winter Solstice, magic happens.

This is not your typical paranormal read, that's for sure, but it truly is magical. This heartwarming tale is a perfect read to put you in the mood for the upcoming winter season.

You can learn more about this book and author Jo Lynne Valerie's other phenomenal reads by visiting her fun ParaGoddess Blog

What you don't know can come back to bite you...

What happens when things which exist in legend become your entire universe? Alexandra Drakis never thought she'd have anything but a normal life until the night she is found by a vampire and realizes she is anything but normal. She is plunged into a dangerous world where nothing is entirely what it seems and learns the lines between good and evil is blurry at best. Close your eyes and hide under the covers, but the monsters never go away and no one can hide forever.

A compelling story about good and evil and the shades of grey in between. No sparkling happy vamps in this book.

There's romance, sensuality, sexual tension and violence... lots of violence in this rich story that takes us all over the world and into history through the eyes of the vampires. An engrossing read worth checking out.

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What would you give up... avenge the murder of your only daughter?

Justine Kroft knows what she would give up. Everything. About to die during a failed attempt to kill one of the men responsible for her daughter’s death, Justine is saved by Simone Gireaux, a 350 year old vampire. Justine envies her rescuer’s strength and speed and convinces Simone to make her a vampire, as well. At first Simone is reluctant, but she knows what it means to lose a loved one to brutal murderers.

With the help of Justine’s only true friend, Teresa Diaz (a mortal whose daughter is missing) and Detective Harry Frazer (who has loved Justine for years), Justine and Simone join forces to find and kill the mortal men involved in her daughter’s death. But the real killer is Stephan Sinakov, the self-anointed Master of the Sinakov Vampire Family. In their final confrontation with Sinakov, Justine must make a choice between her daughter and the mortal man whose love for her has put his life on the block.

This is a fast paced read full of vengeance. Vampires are the center of the story when a mother is willing to give up everything including her life to receive revenge against the men who raped and killed her daughter.

Being a mother I can understand this woman's pain but also because I am a mother the whole subject matter made me squirm. I can't stand reading about things happening to people's kids because I feel it so strongly it turns my stomach and leaves me cold for days.

I am sure others would be moved by this type of story in en entirley differnt manner.

To learn more about this book or read an excerpt click here.

In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life–that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he?

As Laney’s sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure–including a love she didn’t know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver’s love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn’t so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver’s most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn…

Fans of Twilight will love this young adult read. It's a book you won't want to put down until your done. Great characters and a good story make this one a worthwhile read.

Click here to read an excerpt.

Preternatural Private Investigator and Paranormal Huntress Kassandra Lyall is used to working alone. Whenever there’s a murder or a mystery to solve that involves the preternatural—she’s the witch they call. When she’s called in to help the local cops work on a mysterious murder case, she finds herself needing all the help she can get.

A bloodthirsty werewolf is loose in the city and on a killing spree.

As if her plate weren’t full enough, a strange she-wolf seeks Kassandra’s aid, asking her to help find her missing brother. Kassandra soon learns that the strange she-wolf serves two masters, and one of those masters has taken quite an interest in her.

In a world where vampires have charmed their way into modern society, where werewolves walk the streets with their beasts disguised by human skin, Kassandra Lyall has a secret of her own to protect.

She’s one of them.

The First Book in the Kassandra Lyall Preternatural Investigator Series.
Author: Winter Pennington
Pages: 240
Pub Date: June 2010
ISBN 10: 1-60282-177-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-60282-177-4
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This is a classic urban fantasy type of tale with a paranormal romance twist- the romance is lesbian. This is one of the first lesbian paranormal romance/urban fantasy books that I've read and I have to admit that I really enjoyed it.

Being that many urban fantasy books focus on female power in a male dominant world it was nice to see an alpha female in a positive light considering that most UF and PNR books always make the alpha female into an evil bitch. It's like no one but the heroine can be a positive female in those books. The female vampires, werewolves and witches (anyone other than the main character) are often cast negatively. So I love the postive spin on girl power this book has going for it.

In this book you'll find werewolves, magic, and refences to the goddess religion combined with mystery, police procedure, and a great bit of f/f romance.


Leilani @Leilani Loves Books said...

OMG they all sound so good!

The first one sounds the best though!

Roxanne Rhoads said...

They are great books worth checking out.

I know a lot of people don't read small press books either because they just never hear about them or because they don't think they are worth it- but these are.

You never know when you're going to find an amazing gem of a book. It can be anywhere.

SusanKMann said...

These sound great. I'm adding them all to my tbr list. x