Category: Indie Authors
Housekeeping: Successful Authors, Post Times and Cheap Reads 1 comment

Electronic Book Publishing Companies
People love a success story. We cheer when someone does well; wish that all who are working toward noble goals achieve their dreams; and long for the same for ourselves and family.
Electronic books have given the opportunity for success to many authors who might not otherwise catch the eye of traditional publishers. An exciting success story has been the rise of Amanda Hocking, a 26-year-old indie author who has earned over $1 million.
She caught the eye of the traditional publisher and has signed a four-book deal with a traditional publisher. Many of you purchased Hocking’s books and helped her to success and recognition.
One of our readers recently sent a note about another indie author who became well-known through the e-book experience. Here are excerpts from her note:

One of the first books I starting reading and fell in love with was from an indie. I am one of those people who can look past some spelling, format, grammar issues to focus on a good story and loved the idea of getting cheaper prices and finding gems in the rough so to speak. This book I started reading was book one of a planned five-book series. Book one and book two were out with a third book out soon. . . I talked several people into buying it and using Kindle for PC if they didn’t have a Kindle just to get people to try [the author] out.

This author became quite famous and approached publishers to negotiate the sale of the remaining books in the series. To make a long story short, our reader still doesn’t have book three on her Kindle because the author sold her book to Sterling Publishing, a wholly-owned publishing company of Barnes and Noble. At this time B&N is not producing a Kindle version. Our reader has the option of buying the book in hardcover or buying the book for a nook (which she doesn’t own) or a nook application. The original two books in the series have been pulled from the Kindle Store, too.
Are we happy to see this author succeed? At best, we have mixed emotions. I am happy that the consumers have chosen the authors who will rise to the top. Our reader feels betrayed in that some of the very people who helped this woman succeed now must buy her books in a different format or through a different company to continue reading the series. We are probably all saddened that the e-book publishing companies are not making books available to all e-readers.

Amazon has several publishing companies – AmazonEncore, Amazon Crossing, and the recently announced Montlake for romance titles. I checked a few random titles from these publishing companies and the books were not available for the Nook.

Yes, we love a success story. We also want to have access to the books we want in the format we prefer. Print books, no matter who published them, were available to all to consume without expense beyond the book. Times are changing . . . . and these are the growing pains of emerging technologies and content. Hold on for the ride!
Speaking of Times Changing
Did you notice that we have re-arranged the posting schedule? One more post was added to our daily schedule for a total of at least eight posts every day of great cheap reads. You just aren’t going to find anything like us anywhere else on the web. Our post times are all Central US time (Chicago) with the first one at 6:00am and new post every two hours through 8:00pm. We’ll post free books that meet our standards as we learn about them.
A Note for the Weekend
The United States will celebrate Memorial Day this weekend – the unofficial start of summer. Our nation has been battered by natural disasters, seemingly one after another. We are praying for the many people across our nation who have lost family, friends, homes, possessions, health and security. May your strength and hope be restored.
Books by the Millionaire Author
Amanda Hocking still has many of her books available for 99 cents for the first book in the series and $2.99 for the next books in the series. Below are some of her most popular books, all great, cheap reads. The Trylle Trilogy is a young adult paranormal romance with mild language and mild sexual situations recommended for ages thirteen and up.

Switched (Trylle Trilogy, Book 1): (99 cents) When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.
Torn (Trylle Trilogy, Book 2): ($2.99) Wendy thought she finally understood who she was and what she wanted, but everything changes when the rival Vittra come after her. She’s caught between two worlds, torn between love and duty, and she must decide what life she is going to lead.
Ascend (Trylle Trilogy, #3) : ($2.99) With a war looming on the horizon, Wendy’s fate seems sealed. But everything she sacrificed might be in vain if she can’t save the ones she loves. Her whole life has been leading up to this, and it’s all coming to an end.

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Hellogon by UK author John Booth 0 comments

NOTE: For those who frequent our site on Sundays for Christian fiction and non-fiction books, Hellogon is a corresponding post to our May feature on our UK DailyCheapReads site. John Booth is our featured independent author today. His book below is a suspense thriller and is not considered Christian fiction.
Peter Craig is about to come of age. He has has already been trained in the toughest and most elite of schools to strategize, to fight, to kill.
Outside his front door, in a dark back alleyway, a Goth girl is lurking, appearing and disappearing through an otherwise solid, grimy wall. She will lead him into another world where he is the ruler of a tribe he doesn’t even believe exists, of a people widely considered among the most abominable of all humanoid species.
There he not only risks becoming as cruel and heartless as all others of his type; he risks destroying the entire world.
He has discovered the gateway into hell – will he discover the way out? Buy this book today for only $1.99.
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Few Are Chosen – Young Adult Fantasy 0 comments

The Pan of Hamgee isn’t paranoid. There must be some people in K’Barth who aren’t out to get him it’s just that, right now, he’s not sure where they are. His family are dead, his existence is treason and he does the only thing he can to survive – getaway driving.

As if being on the run isn’t bad enough, when he finds a magic thimble and decides to keep it, he unwittingly sets himself on a collision course with Lord Vernon, K’Barth’s despot ruler.

Unwillingly The Pan is forced to make choices and stand up for his beliefs, beliefs he never knew he had until they were challenged. But when he is faced with a stark moral dilemma will his new found integrity stick? Can he stop running?

Read this young adult fantasy today when you download it to your Kindle for only $3.00.

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Final Passage – Mystery and murder during the regatta 0 comments

What is the dark secret that Martin Lancaster’s family seem determined to stop him uncovering? When Martin was eighteen, his father was tragically lost at sea during a transatlantic yacht race. Twenty-five years later, Martin discovers hidden logbooks in his mother’s attic, and vows to find out the truth. His quest takes him racing him across the Atlantic in the Columbus Cup, the world’s largest-ever regatta, an event that becomes a personal voyage of discovery and disaster.

On the Caribbean island of St Lucia, with his enemies closing in, Martin must make one desperate final sea passage to discover the shocking truth about his family – and himself.

Buy this wonderful mystery set against the backdrop of the world’s largest-ever regatta for only 99 cents today.

Click here to purchase Final Passage

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The Poison of a Smile – Season 1, Episodes 1 & 2 1 comment

She will take her pleasure in your destruction ….

When Gabriel Holland and David Leigh are lured to the haunted town of Carliton in search of their beloved Helena, they find only mystery and malice. And Christian Salazar, connoisseur of torments, master of Alatiel, the creature that Helena has become, awaits their company ….

Steven describes Alatiel as “everything her admirers desire, and everything her victims dread.” Buy this novella for only 99 cents today.

Click here to purchase The Poison of a Smile – Season 1, Episodes 1 & 2

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The Dead Beat – Contemporary fiction on the dark side 0 comments

It’s 1997, and the comet of the century is due some time about now, on its 3000 year roundtrip. For want of anything better to do, Adam and his meth addict friends end up in San Francisco, wondering where their place in the addict hierarchy might be, why no one has written a good book in over a decade, and just what the comet might mean, when nothing on earth means anything.

And in a zip of light and a snort of meth the comet is gone, taking with it this last snapshot of earth for 3000 years, leaving Adam to wonder if it meant anything at all, or whether it was maybe just a bit cool that the sky looked different. Just for once. For the last time in his life.

This gritty, cutting edge novel is selling today for $2.99.

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Mostly Human – horror and more for 99 cents 0 comments

The English Lake District is a haven of tranquility, a place for hill walkers, mountain climbers and those in search of solitude. But when the rains arrive it becomes a desolate landscape where malevolence rises up from the depths and death is not far behind. It has struck before and this time it has to be stopped.

From the imaginations of four authors working as one comes a menace that is Mostly Human.

This Extended Version has bonus short stories from each of the four authors. You get all of this for only 99 cents!

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Six Keys – a para-normal mystery 0 comments

“I never meant for her to die. Elicia came to see me a few days ago and before I could catch my breath, I had something more on my mind than reading palms for cash. Jordan is convinced that she was murdered, but who or what could have done it? I have to find out, before they find me next.”

When Elicia Ford’s strange suicide is called into question by her former lawyer, he enlists Sibilant’s help in tracking down a killer -whoever or whatever that may be.

You can purchase Six Keys, a paranormal mystery, for $1.99 today.
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Savings by the Bundle: Three Mick Callahan novels for $4.99 1 comment

Three full Mick Callahan novels, one low price. You will get three great crime novels for only $4.99.

New Mystery Reader said of award-winning author Harry Shannon’s series character Mick Callahan, “Mick is a notable and brilliant new addition to the mystery genre. He is all we love to see in a fallen hero; vulnerable, insightful, and just simply a likable guy.” Media psychologist Callahan is a failed Navy Seal, a recovering alcoholic and a loyal friend. He’s also a man with a hot temper and a talent for getting himself into trouble.

This brand new Kindle edition THE MICK CALLAHAN NOVELS contains each of the first three hardcover books in the order they were released. Sit back, relax and prepare to be swept away by the Mick Callahan thrillers Memorial Day, Eye of the Burning Man and One of the Wicked.
Mick Callahan is a man with a mission – to get his life back on track. The once prosperous L.A. media “shrink” with the muscular arms and killer grin lost it all. Booze, drugs and his own misguided ego left him bankrupt and disillusioned. Now sober and humbled by the necessity of accepting a low paying radio show “fill-in” job, he finds himself facing the Memorial Day weekend in the small desert town of Dry Wells, Nevada. A young, very troubled female caller turns out to be the daughter of Lowell Palmer, the richest and most powerful rancher in the county. When she ends up dead at the Memorial Day picnic, Mick is pulled into a small-town “who-dunnit,” where everyone is a suspect.
In Eye of the Burning Man, when child pornographers kidnap Mick’s maid’s young nephew, and a crack whore asks Mick for protection, he is happy to leave the studio to mix it up with the lowlifes—-but what if he’s being set up for a lethal case of revenge?
And in One of the Wicked, Mick is doing a pal a favor. Bud Stone owes money to a gangster named Big Paul Pesci. He’s worried about his ex-girlfriend and asks Mick to keep her safe. But when Stone rips off a drug dealer to pay Pesci, the situation explodes. The girl disappears and Mick finds himself caught between the police and the Russian Mob.

Click here to purchase The Mick Callahan Novels – Three novels in one e-file for $4.99.

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Black Diamond Death – Death on the slopes – 99 cents 0 comments

A SKIER CRASHES: On the slopes of Park City, Utah’s newest ski resort a woman is found dead. At first glance, it has all the makings of an accident. The victim, Charlotte Halliwell, collided with a tree as she schussed her way to the bottom of the hill. But what if her death wasn’t an accident at all––what if she was murdered?

A SISTER IS ON A MISSION: In Black Diamond Death, Audrey Halliwell faces a problem: finding someone who believes her story. Enter Private Investigator Sloane Monroe.
When Audrey marches into Sloane’s office with claims her sister’s death was no accident Sloane is skeptical at first, but agrees to take the case. With little to go on, she questions the people in Charlotte’s life and discovers Parker Stanton, a jilted ex-fiancé with plenty to hide, and as the son of a prominent businessman, he will go to any lengths to protect his secrets.
A SECOND BODY IS FOUND: Just as Sloane feels she’s close to solving the case she stumbles on another dead body and is forced to re-examine the clues from the beginning, but she must tread lightly. With the killer aware that Sloane will stop at nothing to find him, her life is in danger and her every move is being tracked. Will Sloane uncover the truth before he strikes again?
Buy this exciting, fast-paced mystery for only 99 cents today.

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