Saturday, July 20, 2013

What's On My Kindle?: Indie Authors

Welcome to the sixth installment of What's On My Kindle?

What exactly is What's On My Kindle?  This is my own little thing that I am going to be getting out every Sunday.  Within this post I'll list a few of the books that are currently on my TBR list on my Kindle.  Some are freebies (or were when I bought them), and others I paid for with gift cards, or had a few spare bucks to spend on a book.

All of them, I fully intend on getting to, at some point (and taking a massive chisel to my to-read list and hopefully hack it down to under 1000, again).

I love, love, love, and did I mention LOVE finding Indie authors, self published, or gone through a smaller publishing company.  I've met one of these authors (and knew her before she was published!).  Others are just names on Facebook or Goodreads, but I adore them all, and will be getting to their books within the next couple of weeks (because I've promised reviews!).

First up is T.R. Stoddard who I knew back when I first started at McDonald's and she was in high school.  Now, she is a published author.

The books that I have for her are:
1. Don't Ask, Don't Tell - Don't Ask, Don't Tell is an anti-gay policy sweeping the Bible Belt portion of the nation. Freshman journalism student Rachael Ainsley goes undercover as a high school senior named Cassie Rae for a tell-all expos, hoping to drastically alter the Gay Rights Movement. She instantly befriends the gayest boy in school. Imagine his surprise when he finds out who she really is. Can she stick to her deadline, or will she be discovered before she has a chance to change the lives of the students attending Mooreville High?

2. Finding Sanity - Waking up in solitary confinement is never fun for anyone, and Randall is no exception. He is subjected to relive crucial moments from his past until he finds himself out on his own, free. Deciphering what is real vs. fantasy is half the fun. He finds new love, but as always an old flame complicates things. His reality and fantasy worlds collide putting him in a very compromising position. Can he make it out with his relationships intact?

3. Delightfully Departed - Ten wasted years, a woman with blood on her hands, and the consequences of actions converge in this short story of undeserved love and opportunities missed.

4. Dark Hearts (her newest publication) - In the Dark Hearts chat room, a predator lurks amid damaged souls looking for someone to relate with. Fifteen year old Kara is certain that she's found Mr. Right and vows to meet him after one month of online chatting. Can you really know someone connected only by an internet connection? Or is love universal?

After losing the love of his life to suicide, a man becomes a twisted vigilante against suicidal young girls. A fixed game of chance delivers his justice. Can true love break his cycle of death, or will a twist of fate let his crimes catch up with him?

Up next, there is Griffin Hayes, who writes creepily wonderful horror, mystery, thriller and suspense novels.  I first met Griffin through Goodreads when I'd signed up to read one of his stories in exchange for an honest review, when I'd started blogging near religiously.  His stories are fantastic and if you love a good book that gets in your head - Griffin Hayes definitely has something for you.

His books on my Kindle are:

1. Primal Shift (A Post-Apocalyptic Serial Thriller) - A mysterious geomagnetic event sweeps the globe, leaving a powerful amnesia in its wake.

The human race is robbed of the most basic skills learned in childhood: reading, writing and the ability to speak. Civilization crumbles, plunging the world into an age of unparalleled barbarism.

2. Fatherland - Paranormal investigator Harry Thomson has never seen a ghost or a ghoul or anything he hasn't been able to explain away in down-to-earth prosaic terms.

But all that is about to change when he and his partner agree to meet with a boy who might just be the reincarnation of history's most infamous mass murderer. Young Donald looks like a sweet, innocent little boy. But sometimes looks can be deceiving and before the night is through, two will die and the fate of the world will hang in the balance.

3. Malice - Welcome to Millingham, MA, pop. 5000... 4997... 4993...

The sheriff has convinced himself and others that the recent rash of deaths in the town are just suicides. Lysander Shore knows different. He knows the townsfolk are being hunted. He knows they face an evil as old as the town itself. He knows it's something that can't be killed, can't be reasoned with.

And he knows that the evil knows about him, too. It's waited centuries for Lysander to come home. Now it wants to make him pay.

4. Hive - Nearly two hundred years after the planet was ravaged by millions of undead Zees, the human race is still struggling to rebuild. The Zees may be long gone, but so too are centuries of scientific advancement.

A group calling themselves The Keepers of Knowledge have set out to retrieve and protect what little technology survived the fall. When four of their Prospectors go missing, the Keepers turn to a no-nonsense mercenary named Azina and her eclectic crew of hardened veterans to find them.

The search leads the group to a crumbling underground city. But what looks like just another ruin from a bygone era isn’t nearly as deserted as it appears. Soon, a simple rescue mission becomes a slippery descent into hell as Azina and her men unwittingly awaken a savage, bloodthirsty world. Who will stand and fight, and who will be lucky enough to stay dead?

5. Hive II - After her capture by the Hive Leader, Azina discovers that he isn't just another mindless Zee. He's got plans for her. Big ones. The kind Azina wants nothing to do with. But escaping the Hive Leader and dealing with her own infection aren't Azina's only problems.

Back in Sotercity, Prior Skuld has thrown Bron, Ret and Oleg behind bars and plans on executing them the following day. Skuld wants to cover his tracks. Turns out those discs Oleg salvaged from the decaying complex contained a frighteningly powerful piece of old world technology. One capable of ending the human race once and for all and it may have just fallen into the wrong hands.


Who are some of your favorite Indie Authors? Have you met them in person? Gotten any nifty 'swag' from them?

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