Great works of literature are being produced by wonderful independent authors who are breaking the mold in the literary world of fiction.
Too many literary sources completely omit or overlook Indie Books when compiling their lists of the 100 books you should read before you die. They showcase the legends, the classics.
Yet, we are fortunate to have a lot of outstanding books by outstanding indie authors in today’s literary marketplace. We are continuing our series featuring great indie books you should definitely read in your lifetime, knowing that the list will always change with the passing years and with the release of new books.
Here, in no particular order, are the five books we are featuring today.
thrilled and honored that DEADLY SECRETS is listed among the “Five of the 100
Indie Books you should Read before you Die”.
you so much, Linda and Caleb Pirtle for your continuous interest in my books.
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed The Good Teacher (The Women of Willow Wood Book 1), I couldn’t wait to read On Borrowed Time. I had to find out what new obstacles Daniella Reyes has to face. The stakes are higher now, and Daniella or I should say Rachel Torres—the name she has to use on her new mission—has to face a powerful evil cult. But Daniella is not the innocent victim anymore. She is a gifted guardian under the protection of powerful goddesses.
I’m a fan of Lorraine Carey, and I enjoy her beautiful descriptions, intriguing and well-developed characters, and suspenseful plots where adventure mingles with fantasy.
Good morning, my friends. I'm almost finished with the first draft of my new romantic suspense story Rekindled Passion. Would you like to read the blurb? Here it is: Christina Sergiani was devastated when the love of her life walked out on her, without saying goodbye. Four and a half years later, Alexandros Zafiriou returns to Ithaca—the awe-inspiring, mythical island of Odysseus—claiming Christina back. Her heart is yearning for him, but her mind tells her otherwise. He lied to her once…why should she trust him now? Alexandros came back to Ithaca to lick his wounds and try to put back together the shattered pieces of his life. But he is not alone now; he has a four-year-old little girl who calls him Daddy. How can Alexandros explain to Christina the real reason he left? And if he did, would she believe and forgive him? It sounds intriguing, doesn't it? It's a heartwarming-heartbreaking story of love, betrayal, and greed that I can't wait to share with you. The cover of Rekindled Passion will be ready in a few days. I'm so excited about it; it's turning out great! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, my friends, and don't forget to download my latest release Blooming Love for free!
Happy Sunday! I have a fantastic limited time offer for you.
I'm so excited about my latest release, The Aegean Islands
Collection Vol. 2. It is a collection of three passionate and intriguing
mystery romances taking place on enchanting Greek Islands of the Aegean Sea.
This second volume includes: The Heiress of Santorini taking place on
Santorini, Harbor in the Storm taking place on Skiathos, and Deadly Paradise
taking place on Naxos.
The Aegean Islands Collection Vol. 1 was released in August
with an amazing response from my readers. This first volume included mystery
romances Deadly Secrets taking place on Mykonos, Lethal Web of Passion taking
place on Skopelos, and Whispers in the Wind taking place on Alonnisos.
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Helena shivered and clenched
her fists. What’s wrong with me? She’d never experienced anything like this before. And now,
she had thosefeelings
growing stronger every day. She felt as if she was losing control of her
emotions… And all that over him—the person
who’d stolen her family’s fortune.
Anxiously, she got out of bed
and walked out on the balcony. Taking
a deep breath, she let her eyes wander over the vastbody of the sea. The dark color of the waters
reflected the emotionstormenting her
soul. Closing her eyes, she enjoyed the soft caress of the night breeze
on her face and body, and the coolness of the
tiles on her bare feet. She hugged herself whileenticing thoughts whirled around in her mind…images of him holdingher in his arms, gluing her to his rock hard body,
caressing her back and arms…
Bewildered, she snapped out
of it. Trying to shift her thoughts awayfrom him, she thought about Alex. He seemed nice
and so much easierto get along with
than Dimitris. But even when she was alone with Alex, her intimate
thoughts kept on going back to Dimitris. Why was he so upset with her? She knew that Greeks had a strong sense of honor,but Dimitris wasn’t her father or her
husband. He had no reason to get so upset over finding her alone with
Alex. There was nothing going on, but even if
it was, it was none of his business. Or was it? A soft voice kept on whispering
in the back of her head. What was going on?
Why did she have this feeling she’d done something wrong? What was this
overwhelming feeling that in some wayshe
belonged to him?
with this nonsense, Helena thought. She was sick and
tired of being carried away by her emotions and the strange premonitions she would have from time to time.
Her mother used to tell her
she’d inherited this gift
from her grandmother, Eleana, who passed
away only a few months after Erin married Angelos. In the short time her
mother-in-law spent with them, Erin grew
fond of the wise, old lady who helped herovercome her anxiety and fears and blend in with
the people on theisland. She seemed
to know so much about so many things…about lifeitself, and Erin enjoyed every minute of their endless conversations
whenever Angelos was away on business.
According to Erin, Eleana had premonitions about
certain people and upcoming events. She
seemed to have known about Erin meetingher son and getting married to him, years before it actually happened.
And Erin had seen proof of it… Those events
were all written down in the oldlady’s
diary. And there were a lot more things written down in that diary… Things
her mother never wanted to talk about. But she would warn Helena from time to time to be careful. After they’d gone toEngland,
she would keep on urging her never to go back to the island.
Helena shivered, thinking of
her mother’s face—weak and pale—staring at her with eyes wide open from anxiety,
and squeezing her armdesperately,
asking her to promise to stay away from Mykonos. Sheremembered her fainting voice saying: “I made the grave mistake to ignore thewarnings once…and paid for it dearly. I would never make that mistake again…”
Even though it was
summertime, all of a sudden, Helena was freezing. She hastily went back inside,
closing the French doors behind her.
Absentminded, she turned and
glanced at the glass panel of the doors.Oh, my God! Bewildered, she saw her mother’s figure, standing
behind her in a long, sparkling white
The hairs on the back of Helena’s
neck stood up. Mom! She turned
abruptly and looked behind her… Nobody was there. I need to grab hold of myself, Helena contemplated, feeling her mouth going dry. My vivid imagination is playing games with me, again. If I go on like this, I’ll end up
She sat on her bed and closed
her eyes, taking a deep breath. Please…she pleaded, not knowing if she was inwardly talking to
her mother or anyone else in particular. I need some help…
Her eyes flew open as she
sensed a cold breeze sweeping right through her.
Mystified, she looked at the French doors. They were closed. Turning her head,
she took a glimpse of a transparent, female figure dressed in white,
standing—or rather floating—in front of the painting on the wall.
Helena blinked, and the
vision disappeared into thin air. She tooka sharp intake of breath. What was that? She could swear she saw someone. Was that Mom? No, she thought and stared
at the painting. Astonished, she realized
the figure she’d seen resembled the angel in the painting. Now I know there’s something wrong with me,
she thought, worryingly.
Feeling all shaken inside,
she stood up and hesitantly approached the painting. Standing in
front of it, she examined it closely and froze… “How come I didn’t see that before?” she whispered,and bewildered stared at the angel in the painting.
It was a portrait of her
grandmother, Eleana. Helena was left speechless…
Stepping back, she sat down on the bed and looked
at the picture as if seeing it for the first
time. It was unbelievable… Years beforeshe was even born, her grandmother had painted Helena at the age ofeight, with the sadness in her eyes from
losing her father, and herself—as an angel—watching over Helena from
“Grandma…” she whispered and
sensed a soft breeze like a caresson her cheek. She didn’t care if it was real or
not. It felt real, and it madeHelena feel wonderful. The blissspreading
inside her was an unbelievable
A quest for truth… Helena was
only eight when her father disappeared, and her life was shattered. Thirteen
years later, she returns to her birthplace—the Greek island of Mykonos—on a
quest to learn the truth about her father. Eerie warnings from her late mother
and prophecies hidden in her grandmother’s diary compel Helena to delve into
her family’s mysterious past. But well-buried secrets and a hidden mastermind
plotting revenge create a deadly combination that could destroy Helena’s life.
A powerful and seductive man… Upon
discovering that the seductive Captain Dimitris Nikolaou has taken everything
once belonging to her father, Helena is devastated; but in spite of his
treachery, she is drawn to him like no other. As danger and passion collide,
Helena realizes that nothing is what it seems.
Keeping a promise can be fatal… Despite her
desire for the irresistible captain, Helena is wary of his insistence to keep
the promise he’d made to her father—the promise to marry her. Dimitris wants
this feisty enchantress, and he’s used to getting what he wants. Making Helena
his wife isn’t about the promise anymore—he wants her…and he’s willing to put
his heart and his life at risk to keep her in his arms forever.
"Makes for ten holiday
celebrations like none other."
Sunny skies. Check.
Palm Trees. Check.
Love and Romance. Double Check.
Scrumptious food and
a few cocktails. Triple Check.
Murder. At least one.
written with heart felt holiday spirit that will make you laugh, bring tears to
your eyes, warmth to your soul, intrigue to your psyche, with just enough
romance to make you wish for more.
us!" The ten authors of Indie Publishing Coalition.
Judith Lucci: Biloxi Beach Murders
Tag Line - The Gulf Coast Can be Deadly
Kat, who finishes her graduate degree in Art
History in December, travels from Washington, DC where she is interning at the
Smithsonian Museum to Biloxi for some Thanksgiving holiday fun with her
friends. Everyone is there including - her former main squeeze Liam. A great
time turns sour when one of her old friends from the University of New Orleans
is found beaten and bruised, floating in a fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico.
Lilian Robert: Waves
Lindsey is a stunning young woman full of life,
smart, efficient and ambitious, she surrounds herself with quality friends and
has gained the respect of coworkers, superiors, and friends.
Her heartbreaking separation from a five-year relationship left a void that
someday would need to be filled. But at this point, romance seemed like unsafe
And just about the time she thought she had achieved an impenetrable,
relationship-proof fortress, Paul, a virtual friend on Facebook, sweeps he
thoughts away and sets her nights on fire. If he is anything like what she had
built in her mind, he would be a force to be reckoned. Lindsey is just about to
PJ Fiala: Copper
Moon – Colby
Aubree Norman has run Norman House Inn since she
was twenty years old. Boyfriends have come and gone, not understanding her need
to keep her grandparents home viable and running. Settling in to grow old in
the beautiful Victorian and make her bed & breakfast the place to be, she
When fire jumper, Colby Landon comes to town he brings excitement with him.
First, the hotel burns down other fires soon follow. As the flame burns hot
between Aubree and Colby, will their love have a chance to grow or will the
arsonist's torch turn their newfound flame into smoldering embers?
Cherime MacFarlane: Wild
The Larkin family plans to celebrate Christmas a
little early due to a commitment made by the oldest son. But things are brewing
in the background that may make it Wild in Willow. Irene Maddox is accompanying
her friend Libby to the celebration. Can the family survive the blow up? Only
time will tell.
Nicole Sorrell: The Art of Getting Away
Carlos is head over heels for his sassy girl
Andie, and he wants their first Christmas together to be extra special. A
romantic escape to the lake cabin where they met will be perfect. But Andie's
ex-boyfriend interrupts his plans, begging her to give him a second chance.
Carlos suspects the former gang member isn't telling Andie the truth, and
decides he's going to do whatever it takes to keep her. And if that means
Angel Sefer: Deadly Paradise
When Angelos Dimitriou a devastatingly handsome
prominent attorney from Athens finds Natasha Ioannou unconscious on the steep
rocks of a remote beach on Naxos, he is caught in a web of conspiracy,
extortion, and greed. But the feisty and brave young woman with the emerald
eyes captivates his soul, and Angelos throws caution to the wind in order to
protect her. Caught in the eye of the storm, Natasha finds it hard to trust
anyone. Will she ever open up to Angelos? And will he be able to save the
blonde beauty from the threat hovering over her?
Sybil Shae: One More Day: Surviving the Waves
After the hurricane Chloe's life was in
shambles, much like the buildings and the land around her, everything was
destroyed. Her home, her family and her love all torn apart by a single wave.
There was nothing left for her at Luna Beach. She moved away and spent years
struggling to put her life back together. Just when she is starting to feel a
small sense of normalcy, a Christmas Card arrives in the mail. What it says
sets her emotions and her sanity into a whirlwind.
P.J. MacLayne: Love on the Dunes
Sunny skies, sandy beaches, palm trees and
swimsuits. It wasn't like any Christmas Carena Galloway had ever known. She
missed her family and worried about her relationship with her boyfriend, Aiden
Wade. A picnic on the beach with friends was just the thing to distract her
from her problems. Meeting a celebrity was a bonus.
But she never counted on attracting a stalker.
Stephany Tullis: Baby Boomer Bash
TAG LINE: Baby Boomers ONLY! No family allowed.
school friends Sherry Mattison and Maddy Meriweather refuse to allow their
adult children to ruin their love of Christmas and the family based traditions
that are so near and dear to their hearts. Unlike Ebenezer Scrooge and the
Grinch, they don't decide to cancel this year's Christmas, nor do their hearts
harden. Instead of presenting their annual plea for an extended family
Christmas like those of the good old days, the baby boomers greet their
families on Thanksgiving Day with a new attitude and a feisty festive spirit
that includes a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner: pot luck!
daughters are shocked but pleased when Christmas plans are not discussed as the
family watches the Thanksgiving Day parade. Everyone is relieved that football
half time focuses on another round of desserts and no mention of drawing names
for the family Christmas gift exchange.
and Maddy kick off their plans for their Baby Boomer Christmas celebration with
a Black Friday shopping spree. And then the thirty-day count-down begins!
boomers' plans implode when someone blows the whistle on their European beach
Valerie J. Clarizio: Jess & Sam’s Story
After twenty years, Jess returns home to care
for her ailing mother. Close proximity to the man she once loved who'd dumped
her on the very day she expected a marriage proposal reawakens her broken heart
and strengthens her vow to never put faith in a man.
By his own choice, Sam's the most elusive bachelor in town, his walls of
defense firmly in place. But when the feisty little brunette he dated in high
school and college moves back, Sam needs to step up his game, stiffening those
walls to concrete. True love? A forever union? What kind of idiot believes in
No matter which way Sam and Jess turn in their little home town, they run into
each other. And stumbling under the mistletoe isn't what either one needs.
About the Authors
Lucci writes what she knows.....Hospitals, Patients, Physicians and Health
Care. She adds suspense and intrigue along with well developed plots, vivid
descriptions and memorable characters, and produces medical thrillers that few
readers can put down.
Dr. Lucci is the author of the Alexandra Destephano Series, a series of medical
thrillers that offer fans an escape into the busy world of a fictitious
world-class hospital in New Orleans.
Roberts is a corporate engineer. College, and the corporate world kept Lilian's
writing on the back burner for a few years. It wasn't until later on in life
that she decided to sit in front of the computer and finally put her thoughts
on paper. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an avid reader and loves novels
that feature characters draped in passion, mystery, and adventure. She is
especially fascinated with the concept of immortality.
Lilian is the author of the Immortal Rapture series, eight paranormal,
captivating, romance novels. A young British girl Arielle Lloyd with special
gifts and an immortal man Sebastian Gaulle find their way to each other and
want nothing more than to pledge their undying love to the world. For five
centuries Sebastian has sought the one soul who can fulfill his dreams of
everlasting love. Then he meets Arielle, whose heart calls out to him like no
Writing has been a desire my whole life. Once I found the courage to write, life
changed for me in the most profound way. Bringing stories to readers that I'd
enjoy reading and creating characters that are flawed, but lovable is such a
When not writing, I'm with my family doing
something fun. My husband, Gene, and I
are bikers and enjoy riding to new locations, meeting new people and generally
enjoying this fabulous country we live in.
I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather,
father, brother, two sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless
to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family
Award-Winning, Best-Selling Author Cherime MacFarlane. A prolific multi-genre
author, she has a broad range of interests that reflect her been there-done
that life. Romance, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, all sorts of
characters and plots evolve from a vivid imagination.
I came to Alaska kicking and screaming in 1975, and I never want to leave. I
cut firewood on shares for money to get through the winter. I swore I would not
live above the Alaska Range because it was too cold there and wound up in the
Copper River Basin where it got just a cold as Fairbanks.
My second husband, a Scot from Glasgow, was the love of my life. When I write
Scots dialect, I experienced hearing it from my in-laws. Each time my husband
got on the phone to Scotland after five seconds, I could hardly understand a
word. I was my second husband's chief mechanic's helper and roadie.
I live in a cabin which is slowly being surrounded by the city and wish I were
further out. My two cats and Husky-Collie mix dog are happy in our little slice
of heaven called Alaska. In the silence of winter dreams of people and places
provide a rich pool of ideas to explore.
My first love was reading. From the age of ten I read
everything I could get my hands on. I was seventeen the first time I closed a
book and thought, I want to do that. Write a story that good. It took a
few years, but I finally published my first novel, joining the ranks of
contemporary fiction authors. I included everything I love in a book. It's
a romance story, has suspense and surprise, and with book two, became a women's
I'm still a voracious reader, currently residing in a rural area of the
mid-west. After living in various parts of the U.S. and traveling abroad, I
recently moved into the very same home where I grew up. I enjoy country living:
ours is a small community, and everyone knows everybody. The culture of the
city also draws me in: the shopping, dining, and the opera and ballet.
love traveling, especially to other countries, and I speak Spanish. I earned a
Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Literature, and a Bachelor of Science in Fashion
Merchandising. Home decorating is one of my favorite things. Of course I love
to read, and I'm a published poet. I like baking pies and drinking ale.
Oh, and I like playing cornhole, and I spend way more time than I should
playing computer games.
My sidekick is a tiny Yorkshire terrier named Georgie Doodlebug. I call her
GiGi. She's my fur baby.
award-winning, bestselling author Angel Sefer was born in Athens, Greece and
has studied and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds a degree in
Economics and divides her time between the corporate world and her true
passion: writing mystery, thriller, and suspense romances where passion flares
and danger lurks around every corner.
Angel lives in Athens, Greece, with the two loves of her life—her son and her
husband—and is a member of several writers groups.
Real Love, The Kind Of Love That Lasts Forever….Sybil
Sitting in a chair, at a desk with headphones on, typing away...That’s where
you’ll find Sybil Shae most days. She loses track of time and reality as she
dives into her romance world, becoming one with her characters and growing with
them as they appear through words on the tablet screen in concert with the
imagery of a fool’s paradise we all visit in our dreams.
Sybil Shae writes romance, both spicy romance reads and clean reads. She feels
it, breathes it, and has built her world around it. Love is at the center of
all things. Welcome to Sybil’s world.
Sybil Shae DOES NOT write Erotica by any means, even the Spicy parts aren't as
spicy as most others on the market. She writes with Love as the central plot
rather than adult content.
geek by day and a writer by night, P.J. MacLayne grew up in the rolling hills
of Pennsylvania and sets much of her writing in that landscape. She currently
lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.
In my world, there is no life without writing,
traveling, family, music and my love of politics. My loves and interests are
central to my writing. With this backdrop, regardless of the date or time of
your visit, you will find family.
My world (my back-story) is guided by my
faith and the inspiration I receive from God. Without exaggeration, family and
relationships are the core of every book I write.
I love to travel and like me, my
characters are always off and running and in so doing require me to research
(and often visit) so many fascinating places.
I also love music—all kinds and I’m never
surprised by what track finds its way to my personal playlists and a
character’s ring tone, door chime, or car radio station.
People frown sometimes and don’t
understand my love of politics, but I have a political administration
background and thrived on and in my past government career. For me, it’s the
people, the process and what democracy offers. As with life, my fictional towns
and cities include mayors, governors, school board members, etc.
If you haven’t guessed, I love my world
that allows me to not only live the life I love but to also share it with
Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two
extremely spoiled cats. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin
in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
She's lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male
Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the
men in her life has turned her into an outdoors enthusiast, of which her
favorite activity is hiking in national parks. While out on the trails, she has
plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique storylines for
her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel.