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Indie Advent Day 24: Legends and Lattes By Travis Baldree

GET COZY WITH VIV HERE Yes, yes, I know. Travis Baldree hit the Cozy Fantasy gold mine and gleaned a major publishing contract for Legends and Lattes this summer. However, when I read this book on a train to Arizona in early June, it was still an independently published book, so I’m counting it. Besides,…

Indie Advent Day 23: Orconomics by J. Zachary Pike

GET BOOK 1 OF THE DARK PROFIT SAGA HERE The next couple of days, I’m Orc-ing it up with two of my absolute favorites. Orconomics: A Satire is one of the funniest and most enjoyable books I have ever read. As an old RPG’er I loved the little inside jokes sprinkled in this book. Gorm…

Indie Advent Day 22: The Herald of Autumn by J.M. Guillen

READ THIS MAD, BEAUTIFUL NOVELLA HERE J.M. Guillen is a madman who writes books in multiple speculative fiction genres called The Irrational Worlds series, all of which tie together battling the same eldritch forces across time and space. I’ve read several of the others which are fantastic in their own right, especially Rationality Zero. But…

Indie Advent Day 21: Wistful Ascending by JCM Berne

GET THIS HILARIOUS, EXCITING BOOK HERE I had the best time reading Wistful Ascending! It’s a genre-blending masterpiece and so much fun. It had me laughing out loud at all the inside jokes and was a blast to read. Tow Chief Second Class Rohan is a super powered guy who really just wants to be…

Indie Advent Day 20: Slippery Creatures: The Will Darling Adventures by K.J. Charles

GET THIS WONDERFUL ADVENTURE HERE: KJ Charles writes LGBTQ period fiction in many different genres: fantasy, regency romance, and romantic adventure. This definitely falls into the latter category, so it isn’t quite like the rest of the books in my indie advent series, but The Will Darling Adventures are absolutely wonderful. I would be remiss…

Indie Advent Day 19: Ardulum: First Don by J.S. Fields

This book is about to be re-released under the new Space Wizard Science Fantasy label, but you can still get it (although with a different cover) HERE  This one hit that space-opera loving side of me!Neek is a cool character, the only one of her species to be currently exiled from her planet, so EVERYBODY…

Indie Advent Day 18: Faerie Rising by A.E. Lowan

GET BOOK 1 OF THE FABULOUS URBAN FANTASY SERIES HERE Holy moly. The Books of Binding deliver and then some. A.E. Lowan is actually the brain trust of three different authors writing as a collective, and it is totally amazing. (They also happen to be some of the coolest people in the world and have…

Indie Advent Day 17: The Stars Within by Alex Arch

GET THIS BATTLE FOR LIFE OR DEATH HERE As a cancer survivor and an oncology nurse in my non-writing life, I usually don’t gravitate toward anything to do with the subject when I choose sci fi or fantasy books. Reading is an escape for me rather than a reflection of the mundane, taking me far…

Indie Advent Day 16: White Trash Warlock by David Slayton

GET THIS GRITTY URBAN FANTASY HERE David Slayton’s Adam Binder novels are about a young man from Oklahoma who’s been kicked around, sometimes literally, all of his life, growing up poor, weird, and gay. Adam has the Sight, an ability to see into other worlds parallel to the mortal realm and the beings who move…

Indie Advent Day 15: The Worth of Hair by A.A. Freeman

REEL IN THIS WONDERFUL FAIRY TALE RETELLING HERE A.A. Freeman’s Midwife Fable novellas are sublime. This one was the first I read and remains my favorite. Based loosely on The Little Mermaid, it is told from the point of view of a middle-aged woman who goes only by “The Midwife” (but has a much more…

Indie Advent Day 14: The Werewolf Whisperer by Camilla Ochlan and Bonita Gutierrez

AND THEY’RE EVEN ON SALE RIGHT NOW! AWOOOOO! The books are awesome, with strong, kickass female lead characters in Lucy Lowell and Xochitl Magaña. Ex-cop Lucy is famous for her ability to control and train humans infected with the Kyon virus: an epidemic that caused varying degrees of lycanthropy. Her talents are gaining some unfriendly…

Indie Advent Day 13: Bloodlaced by Courtney Maguire

GET THIS ANIME-FLAVORED DELIGHT HERE The story was a fresh enough take on bloodsuckers to keep my interest, and I became completely invested in Asagi’s journey. Asagi identifies neither as male nor female but treads a “sliding scale between masculine and feminine” (Chapter 20, “Arrangements”). A household slave and someone with male anatomy, who presents…

Indie Advent Day 12: Home Within Skin by Jem Zero

GET THIS WEIRD AND WONDERFUL BOOK HERE One of the best things about indie books is the opportunity to take a chance on something out of your comfort zone, written by marginalized authors giving authentic voice to characters. I’ve been a fan of Jem Zero’s writing for a couple of years now, and Home Within…

Indie Advent Day 11: Becoming Crone by Lydia M. Hawke

GET THE CRONE WARS HERE Finding books in my favorite genres with heroines close to my age has been getting easier lately and I’m so very pleased to add Becoming Crone to that short list. And I love the pun in the series name so much. Divorcee Claire’s sixtieth birthday is just a day like…

Indie Advent Day 10: Sins of the Son by Christian Baines

GET THIS BOOK HERE! Christian Baines’ SINS OF THE SON is my favorite kind of pulp novel. Morally ambiguous supernatural beings, intrigue, clandestine organizations, and eldritch creepies? Sign me up! The novel starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up until it’s taken you on one hell of a ride.  The book  is actually…

Indie Advent Day 9 : Addict by Matt Doyle

Get this moody, tech-noir thriller HERE Sam Spade meets Blade Runner in this technological thriller series, The Cassie Tam Files.   Caz is a hard-shelled PI with a gooey center she hides from everybody, even herself. She’s called upon to investigate the death of a virtual reality addict, hired by the deceased’s sister, Lori Redwood.…

Indie Advent Day 8: Of Honey and Wildfires by Sarah Chorn

Buy this painfully beautiful AU Western fantasy HERE Sarah Chorn’s first novel, Seraphina’s Lament, reinforced my concept of grimdark fantasy as a potential favorite genre. You can see my review of this incredible book here. I now have to add ‘fantasy AU Western’ to that mix. If grimdark is not your thing, you absolutely MUST…

Indie Advent Day 7: Magician by K.L. Noone

GET THIS LOVELY FLUFFY MAGICAL LOVE STORY HERE OK, so I used to protest I hated reading romance-centered science fiction and fantasy novels. I was a big bad geek, the harder the science fiction **ahem** the better. Romance? No thank you. I preferred my fantasy with fade to black and the bed curtains pulled. K.L.…

Indie Advent Day 6: Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford

GET THIS BOOK NOW The Kai Gracen Series is, hands-down, one of my favorite urban fantasy obsessions. The world as we know it upended itself when the elfin Underhill and our world merged in a violent, cataclysmic event. Geography and reality are now completely altered, dragons and other magical creatures roam and hunt, and humankind…

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Indie Advent Day 5: A Ferry of Bones and Gold by Hailey Turner

GET THIS INCREDIBLE BOOK HERE The Soulbound series grabbed me from book 1. I am a sucker for gods and supernatural beings and magic. The writing was exciting, a compelling story I could not put down. It’s definitely a paranormal romance, with graphic and oh-so-steamy scenes between battle mage Patrick Collins and god pack leader…

Indie Advent Day 4: The Hands We’re Given by O. E. Tearmann

GET THIS AMAZING BOOK HERE Book one in the Aces High, Jokers Wild series introduces us to Aidan Headley, the new commander on a base of misfit freedom fighters embroiled in the struggle to live free of a dystopian United States now governed and controlled by capitalism under dictatorial corporations. These books are incredible, slightly…

Indie Advent Day 3: Farview by Kim Fielding

THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK IS AVAILABLE HERE I still don’t have the words to describe this book. Part romance, part fantasy, and all incredibly warm and magical and wonderful. Set in a land something like the British Isles, Farview follows Oliver, a young man who leaves the city for a coastal town where he can live…

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