We are preparing for our month-long event beginning Wednesday, September 1. Each day in September, the spotlight will shine on an independent author and their books, as well as provide links to their websites, blogs, and Amazon author pages. This daily post, above and beyond our normal 5-a-day posts, will appear each day at 8:00am Central (Chicago) time.

I must give a huge shout out to Maria Schneider, independent author extraordinaire. Way back when the kindlecheapreads dailycheapreads website was just a newborn, Maria sent a comment introducing herself and telling us about her books available through Kindle. In the following weeks, we received comments from other independent authors.  Those e-mails prompted the idea of a month-long indie spotlight.

Not knowing where to start, I turned to Maria, asking if she knew other indies who might work with us to feature their books during the event. Maria immediately responded, set about to help us, and has been invaluable in her support. Maria has gone from the faceless author who sent a note on the very first day to a friend.

Which brings me to the purpose of this post, what I learned about indie authors. Simply put: the authors that I have worked with through this event have been down-to-earth men and women, happy to participate, eager to provide what I requested, encouraging, and just plain friendly.

Chatter on the discussion boards and the news has made us aware of big-name authors and their dislike and disdain for electronic readers. The agency model that the majority of large publishing houses has adopted to price e-books has maddened many customers and saddened those who just don’t have the budget to pay the prices.

Indie authors are the antidote. They are fresh voices, not confined by someone’s idea of what the public wants to read. Their works are reasonably priced making them available to anyone who has a computer (Kindle for PC). These folks  might live in your neighborhood; work at a business you frequent; or be the parent of one of your child’s classmates. Indies are writing books, making those books available through new avenues, and loving life.

Let’s support their efforts and buy an indie book or two to read in September. Maria will be one of our featured authors in September, but you might want to check out Catch an Honest Thief by Maria. Priced at $2.99, it’s a fun read for the coming Labor Day holiday weekend in the United States.

An Indiana Jones-style caper across the desert of New Mexico; high-tech gadgets, a mystery and a romance. Alexia is trying to protect the crystals that power the city of Haven. Going undercover and stealing the crystals seemed like a great idea–until a real thief showed up.

Bait and switch is suddenly cat and mouse–but who is the real thief? And why is the new security chief spending so much time looking into her background? Confessing her secret plans to protect the crystals might help the security chief narrow in on the real culprit, but it would cost Alexia her job, her freedom, and her status. Of course, if she keeps standing in the way of the real thief, it will cost her a whole lot more.
Click here to purchase Catch an Honest Thief