All posts filed under: the “indie” authors’ corner

Introducing the first of my brand new blog features: an “indies corner”

My blog’s brand new feature, The “Indies” Corner, has been long coming, I know, but it’s finally here. And I know, I can almost hear your bewilderment out aloud as you wonder: And what exactly is this “indies” thing all about…? What’s an “indie” when’s at home…? And an “indies” corner? Well, my “Indies” Corner is where I’ll be talking about, and recommending, titles written and published by self-publishing authors, i.e., authors that choose to develop and commercialise their books outside the traditional publishing sector. Thus “indie” titles and “indie” authors”. Simple? Of course. And much better than meerkat insurance, I can promise you that much. There have been, I think, enough arguments pro and against both such publishing practice and the authors themselves, traditional publishers being seen as “the gatekeepers” of the industry and therefore its guarantors of quality standards, and indie authors as writers who somehow do not meet the required standard, and therefore fail to secure that most coveted of all things, a publishing contract. Before I started working with ‘indie’ authors, I had often wondered myself if that …

Review: Serenity Avenged ~ Craig A Hart

Blurb: A ruthless crime boss…a mansion with a chilling secret…a young man faced with the biggest decision of his life. When his daughter goes into premature labor, Shelby Alexander leaves his northern hideaway for downstate. No sooner does he drive into town, than things go sour. His ex-wife, Helen, faces deadly consequences after hard times force her to take desperate measures, setting off a dangerous chain of events. Racing against time to save those he loves the most and avoid unspeakable tragedy, Shelby faces down an evil crime lord, trained killers, and one of the closest brushes with death yet. The third book in the popular Shelby Alexander Thriller Series, Serenity Avenged takes readers on a breath-taking ride through a hail of bullets, close calls, and betrayal. Shelby Alexander wins the day… again, though only just about! Because this time it was quite a hard won battle, which endangered everything Alexander holds dear! Here’s a brief synopsis and review: In Serenity Avenged, we see the main character, Shelby Alexander, confront and eventually defeat a powerful and ruthless …

Review: The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton ~ Katherine Hayton

My copy of this book was kindly sent to me by the author, Katherine Hayton, in return for an honest review. The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton is the second book I read by indie author Katherine Hayton. The first one was Skeletal, which is described as a ‘supernatural thriller’, and relates the story of the murder of a teenage girl who is bullied at school and slowly descends into madness. I think I gave Katherine 3 stars for Skeletal, inasmuch as I’d love to have seen the protagonist’s mental illness differently explored. The title however stayed in my mind, as did Katherine’s name as an author of consistent promise. So much so that, when Katherine asked for readers for her new novel, I did not hesitate. I knew it would be a crime thriller, and I knew Katherine would not disappoint my expectations. And she didn’t. Hayton’s new book, The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton, tells exactly the story of its title. There is a teenage girl, Magdalene Lynton, who lives in a religious …

Raven9 ~ George Donnelly

This short-story pinged into my mail box a few months back, an ad offer to stimulate my interest in a dystopian, libertarian short fiction collection soon to be released. I had read bits of George Donnelly’s fiction here and there, but when this came I thought he had finally hit the right track. This was sooo much better than anything else! There’s possibly one word too many, but that’s about the only fault I’ll find with this bit of fiction… Hope you enjoy this too — be sure to let me know as you finish reading it. ◊ Raven Number 9. My streets, my city, my prey. Mine. I alone defend it now. For the ancestors! *** “It was all black!” Rona pushed herself against the wall behind a dusty, bannerless stairwell and sobbed. “Relax.” Dane tapped his ear. “Wolf to Roundhouse. Come in.” He paused but no answer came back. The deep guttural throom of the floating vehicle zoomed toward them. Rona threw herself into Dane. “You said it would be in and out. …