Friday, December 14, 2012

Indie Authors Rock Tour!

In today’s technologically advanced world there are some occupations that are blooming, some that are withering and others still that have literally died. Becoming an author is one occupation that has seen a baby boom. There are currently more independently published authors than ever before. What does that mean? Well~ another way to put it is that there has been a surge of self-published writers. 

Sometimes self-published or indie authors are not given the same respect as other authors. This really is a shame as there are some amazing self-published authors out there. Their stories entice their audience into the amazing world that they have created. The readers begin to care to for their characters just as they care for mainstream authors’ characters. 

Below is a list of characters by Indie Authors that I absolutely adore.

1. Evy and Chase- She is a spunky 17 year old girl with more guts than I will ever have. He is a hot guy determined to keep her save, even from him. 

The One (The Portal Trilogy) by Heather Self 

Stranded on Earth two thousand years they’ve waited for the arrival of the One: some to save her, others to kill her. With her birth, the ancient prophecy could at last be fulfilled and the doorway between the worlds would open. Those who know the prophecy believe this event occurred almost eighteen years ago, and now, they’ll stop at nothing to find her.

Seventeen-year-old Eveline has lived her entire life on the move and she hates it. She knows her parents believe she’s the One, and they’ve done whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of those who want her dead. But Eveline isn’t fully convinced that her parents’ beliefs match her own. What she does believe is that Leadville, Colorado may be the chance she’s been waiting for. The chance to be somewhere safe. The chance for her to make friends and have fun. The chance to finally date a guy. The chance to be a normal girl, at least as normal as possible for someone not human. 

2. Ree and Paden- She is a 17 year old girl fated to fight in a war that she did not want to be in. He is a life-long friend of her dead brother that only wants to protect her. 

Mortal Obligation (Dark Betrayal Trilogy) by Nichole Chase

Ree will face the darkest form of betrayal before the year is out. Seventeen year old Ree McKenna has three goals: get through high school, convince her crush she is more than his best friend’s little sister, and save money for college. Fate, though, has other plans for her. After the untimely death of her older brother, Ree is haunted by dreadful nightmares and terrifying visions. To make matters worse, Ree has started to suspect that something dangerous is stalking her from the shadows. A night full of frightening surprises leaves Ree with unsettling news. Gifted by the gods with unusual powers, she must devote herself to a battle that could very well lead to not only her death, but the demise of everyone she knows and loves. After all, Ree is the only mortal standing between the Earth and utter darkness. Set in Savannah, Ga, Mortal Obligation is the first book of The Dark Betrayal Trilogy. 

3. Faustine and Ryker- She is a hybrid human/demon princess who’s daddy has disappeared. She must find him or become queen in his absence. He is a supernatural who’s background and powers are secretive and shady. The only thing for sure is that he is always there when she needs him. 

Faustine (Bonfire Chronicles) by Imogen Rose

Who is Faustine? When Faustine Spencer was five years old, she discovered a secret that changed her life forever. At twelve, her parents sent her to Bonfire Academy in Switzerland to ensure that she received the training needed to control her increasing powers.

Three years later, Faustine returns to Manhattan. All she wants is to be a typical teenager, at least, one that’s part of the in-crowd at her Upper East Side High School. When drop-dead gorgeous Ryker, her long-time crush from the Academy, finally notices her, she couldn’t be happier.

However, her desire for a normal life is shattered when her father, a prominent sovereign, disappears after naming her as his successor. Her siblings begin to disappear, and Faustine finds herself in the midst of a power struggle. With her life in danger, Faustine must learn to follow one of Bonfire Academy’s most important rules: Trust no one. 

4. Chase and Rayna- he is an exile demon hunter with daddy issues. She is a hunter/demon hybrid that he unknowingly will come to trust. Together they will fight, trust and hopefully live throughout the night. 

Exiled (The Protector) by M.R. Merrick

Chase Williams is a demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was supposed to be. On his fifteenth birthday, Chase stepped up to the altar to claim his elemental power, but it never came. Elemental magic is passed down to a hunter through the bloodline, but on Chase's birthday, the bloodline stopped. 

Exiled without the Circle's protection, Chase has spent two years trying to survive a world riddled with half-demons and magic. When he has a run in with a frightened and seemingly innocent demon, he learns the Circle's agenda has changed: the Circle plans to unlock a portal and unleash pure-blood demons into the world. Vowing to stop them, and knowing he can't do it alone, Chase forms a reluctant alliance with Rayna — a sexy witch with an attitude and a secret. 

In their attempt to stop them, Chase and Rayna find themselves in the middle of the Circle's plan, leaving one of them to decide what their friendship is worth, and the other's life depending on it. 

5. Adria and Isaac- She is a human who inadvertently becomes entangled with the supernatural. He is a werewolf that tries to protect her. 

The Mayfield Moon (The Darkwoods Trilogy) by JA Redmerski 

After a nightmarish encounter with a werewolf, seventeen-year-old Adria Dawson loses her sister, but gains the love of a mysterious young man and his legendary family.

Strange and tragic things begin to happen in the small town of Hallowell, Maine: residents come down with an unexplainable ‘illness’ and some disappear. In the midst of everything, Isaac Mayfair is adamant about keeping Adria safe, even from her sister whom he has warned her to stay away from.

As unspeakable secrets unfold all around Adria, impossible choices become hers to bear. Ultimately, no matter what path she takes, her life and the lives of those she loves will be in peril. As she learns about the werewolf world she also learns why her place in it will change the destinies of many. 

Have you read any great Indie Authors lately? Any recommendations?

Ready for the next stop on the tour?

December 15th- Jennifer Martinez
December 16th- Brandi
December 17th- Kristina Snyder
December 18th- Jolene Perry
December 19th- Stephanie Constante
December 20th- Jessica Gibson

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