Indie Excellence

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With this new climate in publishing, I’m amazed at the proliferation of indie authors and hybrid authors doing well in the marketplace.

A couple of authors in particular have caught my eye, and their books are on my must-read list. In my opinion, these are two authors to watch.

Kept by Sally BradleyKEPT by Sally Bradley is a 2-time Genesis finalist. The gritty story line is exactly the type I salivate to read, and I can’t wait till my book arrives in the mail!

Life has taught Miska Tomlinson that there are no honorable men. Her womanizing brothers, her absentee father, and Mark, the married baseball player who claims to love her–all have proven undependable. But Miska has life under control. She runs her editing business from her luxury condo, stays fit with daily jogs along Chicago’s lakefront, and in her free time blogs anonymously about life as a kept woman.

Enter new neighbor Dillan Foster. Between his unexpected friendship and her father’s sudden reappearance, Miska loses control of her orderly life. Her relationship with Mark deteriorates, and Miska can’t help comparing him to Dillan. His religious views are so foreign, yet the way he treats her is something she’s longed for. But Dillan discovers exactly who she is and what she has done. Too late she finds herself longing for a man who is determined to never look her way again.

When her blog receives unexpected national press, Miska realizes her anonymity was an illusion.Caught in a scandal about to break across the nation, Miska wonders if the God Dillan talks about would bother with a woman like her–a woman who’s gone too far and done too much.

Miranda WarningHeather Day Gilbert has released a couple of books, books that show her diversity. Her first release, God’s Daughter, is about Vikings (and no, not my Minnesota Vikings), and her second, MIRANDA WARNING is a combo women’s fiction / suspense.

Miranda Warning sounds like it’s right up my reading alley.

Child of the Appalachian mountains, Tess Spencer has experienced more than her share of heartache. The Glock-wielding, knife-carrying housewife knows how to survive whatever life throws at her.

But when an anonymous warning note shows up in her best friend Miranda’s mailbox—a note written in a dead woman’s handwriting—Tess quickly discovers that ghosts are alive and well in Buckneck, West Virginia. Hot on a cold trail, she must use limited clues and her keen insight into human nature to unmask the killer…or the next victim might be Tess herself.

Tinged with the supernatural and overshadowed by the mountains’ lush, protective presence, this twisting psychological mystery is the first in A Murder in the Mountains series.

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Brenda S. Anderson is the author of the gritty Coming Home Series. She writes authentic and life-affirming fiction. Learn more about Brenda at

17 thoughts on “Indie Excellence”

  1. Thanks for the recommends. I’m usually wary of indie pubbed books by authors I don’t know. partly because they are often only in ebook format but also because there’s so much being self pubbed that…well shouldn’t be. At least when you purchase a book from an established publishing house you have a good idea of the type and quality of the writing. I know I need to branch out…but it’s kind of overwhelming.

    1. Kav, I’ve always felt the same way, but every once in a while I’ll give an indie novel a try. Both Sally’s and Heather’s books have garnered lots of attention and are getting rave reviews, so I’m willing to take a chance on them. I’ll have to message you after I’ve read them & give you my impressions.

  2. I would love to win one of Judith’s books to give to my church library.
    Thanks for the opportunity to do so.

  3. Heather’s Miranda Warning is well done and Heather has a good voice. If you like cozy mystery novels with a little heavier hand, I recommend Karin Kaufman’s Anna Denning Mysteries starting with The Witch Tree, and if you like contemporary speculative: Tim George’s The Source.

    I have to agree with Brenda. From the CBA publishing giants (Thomas Nelson, Bethany House, etc.) to the smaller presses, I’ve been disappointed as much as I’ve been satisfied with what they’ve produced. Indie books can’t possibly do any worse. The key is to check out the authors – if they have blogs or guest posts, you can get a feel for their approach to fiction and their writing abilities.

    1. I read Heather’s GOD’S DAUGHTER, and it was well written, but it didn’t hook me probably because the setting didn’t intrigue me. Now MIRANDA’S WARNING being a contemporary makes it much more intriguing. ~~~ I have Tim George’s THE SOURCE on my Kindle. Just need to find time to read it. I’ll have to check out THE WITCH TREE. ~~~ Good advice about checking out their websites & blogs. That will give you a feel for the writer.

  4. I know I have at least one of Heather’s books on my Kindle. Just can’t seem to find much time to read lately!
    Kept certainly sounds like something out of the norm for Christian fiction.

  5. Thanks so much for mentioning Miranda Warning, Brenda! I appreciate that. I realize my historical isn’t for everyone, nor is my mystery…but having two different genres is a pretty cool way to hit diverse reader groups. One thing about my books that is unusual for Christian fiction is that they feature married main characters–after the “I do’s” have been said. I loved Sally’s KEPT and I’m thrilled to see the range of fiction coming from indie authors. I have all kinds of recommendations for quality, well-edited indies, but I have a few of those on my Pinterest board here: Honestly, some of the freshest books I’ve read in the past year are indies. Most indies are working hard to raise the standard so that our books can compete with traditionally published titles. Brenda, yours is on my To-Read list too!

    1. Glad to mention Miranda Warning! I’ve heard marvelous things about it. It’s on my Kindle, and on my soon-to-read list. Good for you for writing in diverse genres! And I really like that your books feature married characters. (Hmmm, now there’s a blog post idea …) Actually, my next 3 releases all feature married main characters. The conflicts a married couple face can be just as story-worthy as those between unmarried hero/heroine. I know elements of romance are vital to the majority of readers, but who says there can’t be romance between a married couple? Thanks for the link to your indie recommendations. I plan to give many of them a try. [And I’m happy to hear my book is on your to-read list. 🙂 ] And thanks for stopping by, Heather!

  6. Both sound like books I’d like to read. Finding the time to read all the books I want to is going to be the tough part!

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