Indie-Mas is my annual recap of all the great independently-published books I read in the previous year. I like to take this time to share the love–both by helping promote great indie books and giving them away! So without further ado…
On the twelfth day of Indie-Mas, my author gave to me:
A feisty woman who can raise the dead
My favorite kind of love triangle
A New Orleans-based Fantasy with a Snarky Fairy
An Elemental Epic Fantasy
A Steampunk Dystopian
A Male-POV of my favorite trilogy
A Twin with Problems
An epic fantasy that left me breathless
Liz Lemon, Vampire Slayer
A Worldwide Urban Fantasy
A Ghost-Hunting Story that Surprised Me
My Giant-Ass TBR
I did pretty decently this year with reading and whatnot (probably because I got to set my schedule #freelancingFTW). For next year, I want to continue branching out of my comfort zone, reading more books that I normally wouldn’t pick up (like historical fantasy and *gasp* maybe even a book without magic?). I also want to keep reading more diverse indie books, because I feel like this years’ was a bit monochromatic.
For the last day of #IndieMas, as last year, I’m going to highlight the books I have on my kindle that I haven’t gotten around to. Scroll down to the bottom to enter ALL the giveaways, including the big bertha for a $10 Amazon gift card!
The Bureau & Left Hand Path: Mentor
I feel like I should read these because I sell them at conventions (HAH!). Michelle and TS Barnett (not their real names, btw) are wonderful humans, but these two books have been catching my eye from the moment I first saw them.
Nathan (Left Hand Path) is a Dorian Gray-type character who steals the youth from others to keep himself young. When a witch cop catches up with him, they end up going on a buddy-cop-type adventure to save the world from an even eviler evil.
The Bureau is about a young werewolf girl whose family is kidnapped by the Bureau of Werewolf Management. But Clover isn’t going to take that lying down, so she kidnaps the son of the bureau director and makes him take her inside so she can rescue her family.
Both TS and Michelle have other books that I’ll need to read eventually. But these two are the ones on my list.
The Beast of Callaire
Welcome to Callaire, a town of shifters, magic, and secrets.
Yasmin is the daughter of a goddess and a mythical creature. As a Legendary, she has telepathic power and the ability to change forms every full moon. In her opinion, that’s more curse than gift.
When a voice cries out to Yasmin in her head, and she’s drawn into dreams that aren’t her own, she’s led to Fray – a girl who once saved Yasmin from hunters. In Fray’s dreams she has power no human should ever have. Legendary power.
When Fray’s magic catches the attention of a violent and invincible creature, both Yasmin’s mythical world and Fray’s human one will be changed forever.
This one is a YA LBGTQ (and I think #ownvoices too). From the first ten pages, I’m hooked and can’t get wait to get back into it.
Let’s be 100% real here: THIS IS A PURE COVER BUY. Not only that, but my bby has ONE review on Amazon. I feel like that’s a tragedy.
Here’s the synopsis:
As war begins to ravage the fair continent of Lotheria, spymaster Theresa is trailing the usurper King as he crosses the globe.
Her travels take her to Gannameade; the hot, dangerous continent of spice and blood. In the capital city of Syran, foreigners are murdered in the streets and corruption infects the upper ranks. As a deadly sickness works its way toward the capital, Theresa is desperate to find out why the King has travelled to such a perilous nation.
But her thoughts are far from Lotheria when she saves the life of the young Queen and the heir to the throne, Prince Fayyaad. When Theresa is taken to the palace as a reward, she can’t possibly know what is to follow.
Amidst a crescendo of death and violence, she comes to realise one thing.
Love can bloom in even the most poisonous of places.
Beauty met the Beast and there was . . . Bloody murder?
It’s the Annual Ambassadorial Ball in Glause, and Lady Isabella Farrah, the daughter of New Civet’s Ambassador, is feeling pleasantly scintillated.
In the library is Lord Pecus, a charming gentleman whose double mask hides a beastly face, and who has decided that Isabella is the very person to break the Pecus curse.
In the ball-room is young Lord Topher, who is rapidly falling in love with an older woman.
And in the card-room, lying in a pool of his own blood, is the body of one of Isabella’s oldest friends: Raoul, Civet’s Head Guardsman. The papers sewn into his sash seem to suggest espionage gone wrong, but Isabella is not so certain.
Lord Pecus, as Commander of the Watch, is of the opinion that Isabella should keep out of the investigation and out of danger. Isabella is of the opinion that it is her murder to investigate, and that what a certain Beast-Lord doesn’t know won’t hurt him. . . .
Will Isabella find the murderer before Lord Pecus does, or will she end her investigation as a bloody spatter on the parlour floor?