Four years ago when I published my first book, I didn’t know what to call myself. Anytime I told someone about my book, it was with the caveat that I’d self published as if there was something inferior about it. But the more I looked into traditional publishing, the more I was convinced it wasn’t for me.
Flash forward four years and I decided to finally put out another book. This time, I found a community of Indie Authors. Like me, a lot of them have full time jobs and families. They get up earlier and stay up inhumanly late to write, edit and promote their labors of love.
Suddenly I no longer felt like “just a self published author.” I was an Indie Author and I found myself loving this community that I wanted to help promote and support. This the idea for the Indie Author Giveaway was born.
Nine amazing authors and fourteen books in a wide variety of categories.
To enter, head over to Instagram and find this post and follow the instructions.
Bex Jalise (Instagram: @bexjalise)
Community Youth Center Director, Rachel Langford, wants nothing more than to live an uncomplicated life far from her ex-husband Simon and his world of privilege and betrayal. But three years after the divorce, her ex father-in-law threatens her livelihood and that of the Youth
Center that has been her second home since childhood, forcing Rachel to do the unthinkable and turn to Simon for help. And help from Simon always comes with a hefty price tag and with nothing but complications. Faced with memories she’d rather forget and people who would rather forget her, Rachel is thrown back into the life she ran from. With Isabelle–Simon’s perfect new wife–trying to be her friend, and Finn Barton–the city’s most eligible bachelor–vying for her attention, will Rachel be able to keep her end of the bargain to save her precious Youth Center before old enemies and old wounds force her to run like last time?
The Practicality of Dreaming
Straight-laced accountant by day. Anonymous entertainment blogger by night. Pia Carboni has
grown comfortable with her double life. That is, until a nameless commenter on her latest article becomes a regular fixture in her inbox. What started as innocent banter, soon causes Pia to question how satisfied she really is separating responsibility and passion.
When her digital confidant reveals himself as her moody client, Ben Myles–whose favorite hobby seems to be finding new ways to insult her–Pia’s two worlds collide.
Once their online personas are out in the open, can Pia and Ben unplug their digital relationship and bring it into the real world? Or are some connections better left wired?
Marie Kammerer-Franke (Instagram: @acnbooks)
A Charming Nightmare
What would you do if one morning you woke up and found that you were a relic; a 40,000 year old artifact. All that remained of the movers, shakers, and candlestick makers? What would be your reaction to being informed that you are quite literally older than dirt? (And yes you will have to explain what dirt actually is) Would you cry? Would you feel ill? Or would you do as I did? Get furious and start a big ol’ hissy fit sized war.
It really wasn’t that long ago that I was kidnapped from Earth. When you think about it, it was only minutes ago that Catch stole me from our present. And if we’re breaking down time, it was seconds after stepping into this future that I, Aylin Morgan, started a war.
Four years later and Sister Elara is suddenly a General in war spanning galaxies.
I fear for us; I fear for her. But I can’t speak, Elara’s war has cost us all the water on Elpis. Without Catch to save the day I’m afraid my mouth will be too dry to scold our future children into peace.
Andrea Nourse (Instagram @andreanourse)
Life is But a Dream
Poised. Graceful. Organized. Yes, Rebecca Jane has it all – Kyle, her handsome, loving fiancé, her dream career and her five-year plan. She is successful and driven and up for a promotion as long as her evil co-monster, Hannah, stays out of her way as they tackle an interesting, new client together.
Rebecca is on the verge of greatness – at least in her own mind.
As it usually does, her past finally catches up with her. Now, at thirty, Rebecca is questioning who she is and the choices she made along the way. Is she really ready to settle down and be Mrs. Kyle Turner?
Rebecca is forced to reevaluate everything she thought she ever wanted and to finally face the fact that she never really let go of the past.
Happily Ever Never
Janna Hargrove’s life wasn’t a fairy tale, not even close. She’d never imagined her life would have its happily ever after moment. Until she met Ryan. The moment their eyes met, everything changed. She knew he was the one – he was the happily ever after she deserved.Five years into their two-year plan, Ryan finally popped the question. The moment was everything Janna had dreamed of. She had the man, the ring, the wedding date, the house, the career and the plan for 2.5 kids living in suburbia bliss. Everything was just as she’d always dreamed, designer dress and all.
Everything she’d ever wanted was within reach.
Until it wasn’t.
Elle Linder (Instagram: @ellelinder_booksellelinder_books)
The One That Matters
A star is all the light she needs…
Two years after Marie’s divorce from her abusive husband, she is struggling with battered self-esteem. Falling in love isn’t high on her priority list as she deals with a deteriorating relationship with her son, Jackson, and her controlling ex.
On a reluctant girls’ night out, her dance partner turns out to be Parker Nichols, the sexy, charismatic star of her son’s favorite TV show. Parker is intrigued with her, but Marie isn’t interested.
Everything changes when Jackson finds Parker’s business card in his mom’s purse and contacts him. Marie’s once-angry son begins to soften, sparking hope for her and possibilities for love in unexpected places.
But what will it take for Marie to trust again?
Kristen Granata (Instagram: @Kristen_granata)
Merritt Adams was used to taking care of herself. With her mother’s selfish abandonment, and her father’s shocking suicide, she is convinced that nobody will ever stick around for long. However, after she is mysteriously rescued from a fiery crash, Merritt needs to learn how to accept help, and love – even when it comes from an unexpected source. Trying to create a new life for herself will be difficult, and so will resisting the charms of someone she swore she would never show interest in.
In addition to the buzz surrounding Merritt’s tragic headlines, everyone is talking about the charismatic Chase Brooks’ return home after spending two years in California aspiring to become a rock star. What people don’t know is the real reason why he had to leave his dreams behind. Saddened by his return, Chase is even more saddened to see how broken and alone his childhood classmate, Merritt, is.
Two sad souls could be good for each other, couldn’t they? Merritt isn’t so sure… and after she finds out who pulled her from the mangled car that night, her life will be changed forever.
Please note that this ends in a cliffhanger. The sequel, Avoidance, is currently available on Amazon, though – so you don’t have to wait to find out what happens next!
After the shocking return of her mother, Merritt Adams is faced with emotions that she had buried deep inside of herself for almost a decade. While the love of her life is busy fulfilling his dreams, Merritt is left to her own devices. Searching for solace in all the wrong places, her avoidant behaviors spiral out of control. If she doesn’t learn how to take responsibility for her actions, she could end up on rock bottom – alone.
T.J. Cutler is an MMA fighter who knows all too well what happens when one tries to run away from his problems. He may be the only person who can get through to Merritt, having lived through his own nightmarish childhood. T.J. can teach Merritt how to fight against her demons, but she needs to prove that she is committed to following his rules.
Life is full of choices, and Merritt needs to start making the right ones. It could mean the difference between life and death.
Lindsey Richardson (Instagram: @Lindseysablowski)
Clara and Claire
On the night of her 20th birthday Clara Nasso witnesses an illegal act of magic.
The following morning, two lives are changed forever.
When Claire Kanelos, daughter of the head counselor, disappears from the island of Ninomay, Clara is kidnapped and taken there by a Council member. Her unmistakable resemblance to the missing woman, and the disturbing facts that come to light, convince Clara to stay and play the role of Claire –at first, for one night only, and then indefinitely.
Though Clara grew up hearing stories about the rich and powerful mages that filled Ninomay, all she finds there are liars and mysteries. And Ezra, the only person who can see through her disguise. He promises to help her return home, but how can Clara leave when secrets are unraveled every day and a killer might walk freely?
When she might be the key to Claire’s survival?
Kiersten Hall (Instagram: @khallbooks)
Meet fourteen individuals who have decided to clean at least one skeleton out of their closet by confiding in a complete stranger whom they meet at a local coffee shop. Unassuming and safe with no judgments passed, learn about these secrets first hand, as if you were a fly on the wall listening in during their confession. Everyone has a secret. What’s yours?’
I Do Fifteen Years of Wedding Misadventures
“This book is a MUST READ for anyone who is planning on getting married or has already taken the trip down the aisle!” 15 years of memories from 1,400+ weddings as a professional videographer. There are plenty of entertaining stories to share with the readers! Chapter titles include: * Where’s Grandma? * Can I Get Your Autograph? * Who Brought the Gun? * Calisthenics in Formal Wear “This book is a page-turner! Once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down until you’re done!
Vanessa Rasanen (Instagram: @vanessarasanenauthor)
He’s fighting for his country. She’s praying for his safety. When tragedy strikes, can their marriage and faith survive?
Charlie and Meg Winters are no strangers to the military life and the challenges it brings. But when an IED rips through his convoy killing his friends, the loss proves almost too much to bear.
Meg finds her trust in Christ wavering, and secrets she’s been keeping for years drive a wedge between her and her husband.
What if everything Meg believes is a lie?
What if Charlie finds out what she’s done?
Can Meg and Charlie save their marriage or will the horrors of war and the ghosts of their past tear them apart and forever shipwreck her faith?
R.S. Williams (Instagram: @Lilnovelist)
Tilly Gregson never knew a world outside hers existed. If four years of the starving-university-student diet didn’t kill her, this dissertation just might. All that is on Tilly’s mind is finishing her work, getting her degree, and spending time with her friends before the end of the school year.
Then along comes Harvey, and he shows her a world beyond her imagination full of magic and time-travel and pirates.
As if that wasn’t enough, Jenny who is a member of a secret order, waltzes into Tilly’s life to add one final nail to her dissertation’s coffin. Nothing prepared either of them for the hardships they are about to endure. The girls have to work together to survive, but as it turns out Harvey is more dangerous than he first let on.
Will they be able to stop Harvey before he destroys Jenny’s order? On their adventure, Tilly and Jenny find friends in the most unlikely of places–and betrayal just around the corner.
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The Indie Author Giveaway… 9 Authors… 14 Books… 1 Winner!
Titles include: A Charming Nightmare, Sisters Lament, Collision, Avoidance, Soldier On, Unlikely Events, Clara and Claire, Corner Confessions – A Novel (Book 1 of 3), “I Do” Fifteen Years of Wedding Misadventures, The One That Matters, The Collective, Happily Ever Never, and Life is But a Dream
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