Moving on – here are a few other titles that I read over the summer that didn’t get full reviews. The first two were due to time constraints. The rest were ok – they didn’t knock me over, but I found merit in them, and believe they’re worth a read.
How to Sell Fiction on Kindle, by Michael Alvear. The only reason this book wasn’t included is because it’s non-fiction, and I focused Indie Author Summer on Fiction (I also recently finished reading this short book). This book has tips on how to promote ebooks that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Writers, this is a mandatory addition to your bookshelf!
Mindspeak, by Heather Sunseri. Lexi has a secret, and it’s bigger than even she realizes. Genetic engineering at it’s finest. This is an excellent young adult, mystery read along the lines of works like Christopher Pike that I enjoyed as a teen, mixed with the science fiction that I also love. I just finished reading the book last week, so I didn’t have time to do a full write-up by Labor Day. It’s a great, fast paced read, and I enjoyed it.
Apocalypse – Book 1 of The Wasteland Chronicles, by Kyle West. An asteroid renders the Earth desolate, forcing many people to live in bunkers while others scavenge the ruined Earth for survival. The two groups live apart, until an alien virus kills off the bunkers, forcing the few survivors to join the scavenger lifestyle to stay alive. It’s an excellent plot but it progresses slowly, and is written more for young adults.
His Robot Girlfriend, by Wesley Allen. Widow hates his life. Widow orders service robot. Widow falls for robot and wants to marry it. It’s a cliché story with a simplistic plot that could use more character development, but it is an interesting story. I actually felt a little cheated because it hinted at more going on with Patience (the robot), but it looks like that doesn’t pan out until Book 2.
Over You, by Christine Kersey. I’m not much of a romance fan, but I give it a chance every now and then, especially when mixed with mystery, like this book. Poor Jessica dumps her boyfriend and goes to visit her aunt, just to find her ex-boyfriend doing contract work on the home. She tries to occupy herself by digging into her work and some old love letters she finds in her aunt’s attic, which turns into an intriguing historical mystery. Unfortunately, I think the book focused more on the romance and less on the mystery, and the letters had potential to lead to much more. I realize my disappointment over this book is due to my personal preferences and no problem with the book or how it was written, so I didn’t include it on my indie author summer. Overall, I believe people who enjoy romance would like this book and recommend it to them.
He Loves Me Not, by Christine Kersey. This book received dismal reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads that perhaps aren’t entirely deserved. Yes, the writer’s style could use some evolution, and the protagonist, a young woman that falls in love with an abuser, is annoying and dim-witted – but then again, she’s been through life experiences at twenty that most of us don’t experience until our forties or even later in life, so it’s understandable that her maturity would be affected by having to grow up too fast. I believe this book has an extremely important theme about relationships that every young woman needs to know. Sadly, it’s realistic in too many ways. It’s not the best thing you’ll ever read, but its worth reading.
Indie author summer reviews are over, but I’ll definitely keep reading indie authors in the future, and will continue to post reviews of titles that impress me.
That’s all today. Take care, and have a great week.