You Ought To Know


When Barbara and I were brainstorming about what we wanted to post for this month’s Indie Friday, we had a hard time deciding on a particular author/book to showcase. On a random blog hopping day a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an excellent rec list from Maryse at Marye’s Book Blog, called “What to Read After Beautiful Disaster.” I loved reading her suggestions, since I am always looking for new books that suck me in and don’t let me go until long after I’m done reading. Obviously, Maryse already has that rec list covered, so Barbara and I thought we’d just create an ongoing list recommending indie/self-pub/small-pub books that we’ve read recently that you just HAVE to know about. And, preferrably, read immediately. Sometimes we don’t always have room to review these books on the blog, but we want everyone to know how brilliant they are.

I wanted to call this feature “Cracktastic Indies” but Barbara totally shot that down. Mostly she ignored me, and probably rolled her eyes at me. Which is how she reacts to most of what I say. Apparently we are supposed to be “sophisticated” and “mature” bloggers. Hah. Who are we kidding here?

So instead of my wonderfully creative title, I bring you:


because-of-low2Abbi Glines

Pub Date: Feb 7, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary / New Adult

Marcus Hardy had hoped to enjoy a year away at college while he put the summer he’d rather forget behind him. But instead, he’s jerked right back to the coastal town of Sea Breeze, Alabama due to… MORE.

This is ridiculously romantic, I sniffled my way through the last half of it. Abbi Glines is one of my new favorite authors, I’m bummed that I’ll have to wait until August for the third book in this series.


even-villains-fall-in-loveLiana Brooks

Publisher: Breathless Press
Pub Date: Apr 4, 2012
Genre: Superhero Fantasy

If you believe the rumors you know that Doctor Charm, the wickedly sexy super villain, retired in shame seven years ago after his last fight with the super hero Zephyr Girl. The fact that the charming Evan Smith—father of four and husband of the too-beautiful-to-be-real Tabitha—bears a resemblance to the defeated Doctor is pure coincidence… MORE.

Slightly warped, occasionally downright wickedly funny, this short story is really not to be missed if you get a kick out of superheroes.


knee-deepJolene Perry

Publisher: Tribute Books
Pub Date: May 1, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Shawn is the guy Ronnie Bird promised her life to at the age of fourteen. He’s her soul mate. He’s more uptight every day, but it’s not his fault. His family life is stressful, and she’s adding to it. She just needs to be more understanding, and he’ll start to be the boy… MORE.

Wow. Powerful, touching, sad, sweet, empowering – yep, I cried through a lot of it and if my Kleenex pile is any endorsement, this isn’t to be missed.


sempreJ.M. Darhower

Pub Date: Jan 29, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary / New Adult

Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco had vastly different childhoods. Haven, a second-generation slave, grew up isolated in the middle of the desert, her days full of hard work and terrifying abuse… MORE.

This book definitely embodies that “cracktastic” feel that I sometimes crave. Sempre isexceptionally written, extremely moving and is completely unforgettable.

darkhouseKarina Halle

Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Pub Date: May 1, 2011
Genre: Paranormal Suspense / Romance

There’s always been some­thing a bit off about Perry Palomino. Though she’s been deal­ing with a quarter-life cri­sis and post-college syn­drome like any other twen­tysome­thing, she’s still not what you would call “ordi­nary.” For one thing… MORE and MORE.

I HIGHLY recommend the whole series, as the books get better as they go along. But since you need to start at the beginning, here it is. This series is creepy, thrilling, exciting and should NOT be read at night by yourself. Even the most innocuous sound suddenly becomes sinister. The best part is the will they/won’t they between Perry and Dex. It’s completely addicting, and if you’re like me, you can’t resist buying the next book after you finish the previous, because you just have to know.

Four books are out now, with the fifth being released May 13. I’m so there!

1. Darkhouse
2. Red Fox
3. Dead Sky Morning
4. Lying Season