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Indie Insiders Picks: August 2014


Picks from Smashwords

Shane Parkinson’s Promises to Keep Series

Shayne Parkinson's Promises to Keep Series

Smashwords says: In 19th Century New Zealand, there are few choices for a farm girl like Amy.  Her life seems mapped out for her by the time she’s 12, and she dreams of the world beyond her narrow boundaries.  Two newcomers from outside the valley change her life forever.  What high cost will Amy learn from making a wrong choice?

And the stage is set for “Sentence of Marriage,” the first book in New Zealander Shayne Parkinson’s generational saga “Promises To Keep.”  With taut, powerful writing, Parkinson’s meticulously researched novels have won her enthusiastic fans from around the globe.

Find Shayne Parkinson’s “Promised To Keep” series at Smashwords, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, Scribd and Oyster


Picks from Amazon

The Atlantis Series by A.G. Riddle

Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 4.37.21 PMAmazon says: A.G. Riddle spent ten years starting and running Internet companies before retiring to focus on his true passion: writing fiction. Readers responded positively to his trio of thrillers, beginning with The Atlantis Gene, which quickly became a bestseller, followed by The Atlantis Plague and most recently The Atlantis World. The author grew up in a small town in North Carolina and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where he founded his first company with one of his childhood friends.

Find A.G Riddle’s thrillers on Amazon

Anything by Rebecca Cantrell

Rebecca Cantrell books

Amazon says: Rebecca Cantrell is a New York Times bestselling thriller author. Her novels include the Order of Sanguines series (co-written with James Rollins), starting with The Blood Gospel; the award-winning Hannah Vogel mystery series, starting with A Trace of Smoke; and the award-winning Joe Tesla thrillers, starting with The World Beneath. The author’s The World Beneath is the first self-published novel to compete against traditionally-published titles and win the International Thriller Writers Best Ebook Original award.

Find Rebecca Cantrell on Amazon


Picks from Wattpad

City of Illusions by Kara Cross

City of Illusions by Kara CrossSeventeen-year-old Arabella Winters never meant to be sucked into the world of the Illusionists: card-wielding magicians that can make one’s worst nightmare come true. Literally. But after an encounter with Fabian that left Arabella wanting to know more about his world, she unwittingly lets herself become drawn into his life.

The City of Illusions–a place where the streets are paved in gold and gems glitter from every corner, is Fabian’s world. A place where the dancing never ceases, of riches and illusions that send Arabella’s head spinning, ever-present danger is constant.

And on top of the glorious illusions is Fabian himself; unable to disentangle her true feelings from what he wants her to feel, Arabella is lost in a game of deadly seduction and an age-old war between humans and illusionists.

But she cannot forget her mission. Written in a diary handed down by her father is a list of people she has sworn to kill–and after his recent murder, Arabella is determined to complete it.

Even if she has to use Fabian to do it.

Read City of Illusions on Wattpad


Iron & Wine by Candace Osmond

Iron and Wine by Candace OsmondWattpad says: Iron & Wine is an Urban Fantasy set in a world full of hidden magical places and secret societies cloaked by modern day. In the first instalment of the Iron World Series, young artist Avery Quinn reluctantly leaves behind her quiet and comfortable home in the country and moves to the city with her best friend Julie Ryan. With the expectation that college will be the most exciting part of her life, Avery hopes that her little world remains quiet and simple. But after a troublesome blue sprite looking for help appears in her bedroom one night, her boss turns out to be a three hundred year old vampire, and her best friend accidentally reveals herself as an orphaned pixie, school quickly becomes the least of her worries.

Every aspect of Avery’s life explodes with mythical beings and legendary creatures who all play a very important role in her existence. Some are friends, some are guardians, while others quickly become life threatening and deadly enemies. Avery must learn to juggle living in both her world and theirs, but in this magical tale of strange love, strong bonds and scary beings; what once was nothing more than mere fairy tales told to her by her Aunt Tess are now a scary reality and Avery has somehow landed deep in the middle with little or no way out except death or worse…the loss of her humanity.

Read Iron & Wine on Wattpad


Picks by Blurb

Blurb picks

Donut Shop of the Dead by Timothy E. Bacon & Paul J. Green

Blurb Says: There are worse things than day-old donuts. You know, like a zombie apocalypse. Donut Shop of the Dead follows George and Vince, two slackers who may be the world’s—or at least the donut shop’s—last hope. With makeshift weapons, psychotic survivalists, and a legion of brain-eating undead, Donut Shop of the Dead is a little bit horror and a little bit humor—and a whole lot of sprinkles and blood.

Get Donut Shop of the Dead at Blurb

School for Evil by Danny Gregory

Serbin Reek was born looking evil — but he was anything but. After he is wrongly expelled from his high school, Serbin’s step parents send him to their alma mater, Schoo for Evil, a secret institution deep in the woods of Wyoming. With prose reminiscent of Lemony Snicket and charmingly macabre illustrations that recall the work of Charles Adams, and, School for Evil is a creepy delight.

Get School for Evil at Blurb

Dendrophilia and Other Taboos: True Stories by Dani Burlison

From the pen of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency contributor Dani Burlison, comes a collection of humorous and heartbreaking essays that tackle everything from cannibalism to amorous dreams about rapper Eminem. Burlison’s essays have irony and verve to spare, as she delves into the mysteries of modern life.

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Picks from Kobo

The Madgeberg Trilogy by Kat Kruger


Seventeen-year-old Connor Lewis is chased by a memory. On his first day of kindergarten he bit a boy hard enough to scar the kid for life. Since then he’s been a social outcast at a New York private school. Through an unexpected turn of good fortune, he lands a scholarship to study in Paris, where everything starts to look up.

It doesn’t last.

His host family inadvertently introduce him to the underworld of werewolves where there are two types: the born and the bitten. Those born to it take the form of elegant wolves, while the latter are cursed to transform into the half-man, half-beast creatures of horror movies. The bitten rarely survive. Unfortunately, Connor is on the wanted list of a four hundred-year-old bitten human who’s searching for both a cure and a means of wiping out werewolves for good.

Get the Madgeberg Trilogy on Kobo

Altaica by Tracy M. Joyce

Altaica by Tracy M JoyceKobo Says: Isaura – little is known about her race, but much is whispered. Born to refugees, she grows up enduring racism and superstition within a community that fears her. She has few friends, and those she treasures. Trapped, she longs for escape to a different life.

Escape is only the beginning of her troubles. Having fled an invading army with her friends, Isaura is faced with heinous choices in order to survive. Secrets from her past emerge to torment her and threaten to destroy all she holds dear. Her struggles forge a bond with an ancient power – a power which may transform or consume her. Old hatreds and superstitions are renewed and at her most vulnerable she learns the true nature of those around her.

Her only hope lies in a foreign land – a land rich in tradition; ruled by three powerful clans. A land with a history marked by warfare; where magic as we know it does not exist. Instead what is here, in abundance, is a more primal power. Survival carries a high price.

Welcome to Altaica.

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