Dear readers, I have a small confession to make. This year has been hell on my TBR list! I always assumed running out of space on the bookshelf would cure me of my urge to hoard books, but the Amazon Kindle makes it easier than ever to bury myself under piles of literary goodness and never emerge. I can’t remember the last time I turned on Netflix or jumped into an MMORPG. I spend most of my time with imaginary friends in fantastical lands, and I love it. I never run out of killer fantasy books to lose myself in. Whether I visit the bookstore or jump onto the Kindle Unlimited library, there’s no shortage of exciting new tales released every week.
With that in mind, here are 10 indie-published books I can’t wait to dig into next.
10. The Woods at the End of the World by Rowan Rook
“The world ended before Sun was born, but her world ended just under a year ago, when her sister, Moon, disappeared. According to Mama, the Woods shield Haven farm from the decay left behind by the End, but now Sun hates them for swallowing up her sister. Her curious, starry-eyed sister who dreamed too much for her own good, while Sun responsibly wrote her Archive, chronically their lives as the last human beings on Earth.
Sun dismissed her sister’s bizarre behavior leading up to her disappearance as madness, but when she finds Moon’s diary and strange visitors come in the night, she begins to understand far more than she wishes she could. Where her sister found dreams, she sees nightmares. Questions that Mama can’t—or won’t—answer escape her errant tongue.
The truth she seeks waits for her within the Woods.”
From the author:
“As an anxiety sufferer, many of my stories explore the importance of accepting, yet pushing through, fear. I also seek to highlight the importance of owning your identity, platonic bonds, and finding meaning. The Woods at the End of the World combines all my favorite themes through the lens of a ghost story. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” —George Addair”
9. Souls of the Never by CJ Rutherford
Magic can kill you, even if you don’t believe in it. Katheryne didn’t want to be different. She definitely didn’t want to be a hero. Thrust suddenly into a world she never believed existed, a world of awakening magic, she has no choice. The old power, hidden for millennia, is returning to our universe. But the power is not alone. Something selfish, something evil awakens in the shadows. Something that wants the magic for itself. Katheryne must band together with a group of elite interdimensional warriors to battle for control of the magic. It’s a battle she must win. If she loses, everything she loves will perish. Tales of the Neverwar is a clean YA series, where kids of all ages can experience magic and technology as they combine to create a new, unique universe. Start your journey now!
About the author:
C J Rutherford was born in 1968 and spent most of his early years growing up on his granddad’s farm in Donegal, Ireland. He spent time in the Royal Air Force and spent a few years traveling around the world in the course of his duties. On leaving the Raf he returned to Northern Ireland where he got married and had two girls, Jessica and Lucy. He has worked in the IT industry since leaving the forces. Souls of the Never is his first book which he self-published on Kindle in 2014. The book is the first in a planned trilogy which is titled Tales of the Neverwar.
8. Demon Slayer by Linsey Hall
“Got a demon that needs killing? I’m your girl.
So, I’m in trouble. Big trouble. I’m a demon slayer, and one of those suckers has escaped. Even worse, it knows my secret… that I’m a Dragon Blood, able to create new magic and kick some serious butt with it.
If anyone finds out what I am, I’ll be hunted down like a dog and used by the magical government. No way I want to become their guinea pig. So I’ve got to catch that demon. Fast. Things get complicated when I start clashing with a sexy AF bounty hunter. His name’s Declan, and we’re after the same demon. Bounty hunters are my enemy, and this stupidly hot fallen angel keeps getting in my way. The only way to save the city–and myself–is to team up with Declan. I have two goals: don’t kill him & don’t screw him. Both easier said than done since self-control isn’t really my thing. But it’s a race against time to catch the demon, and there’s no way in hell I’ll fail at that. Demon Slayer is a fast-paced urban fantasy adventure starring a kick-butt heroine, a powerful hero, and a whole lot of humor.“
About the author:
Before becoming a writer, Linsey was an archaeologist who studied shipwrecks in all kinds of water, from the tropics to muddy rivers (and she has a distinct preference for one over the other). After a decade of tromping around in search of old bits of stuff, she settled down to start penning her own adventure novels and is freaking delighted that people seem to like them. Since life is better with a little (or a lot of) magic, she writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
7. After Darkness Falls by May Sage
They’ve exterminated an entire bloodline, purging the world of the only creatures vampires dread. Or so they think.
Chloe used to study hard, do everything right to pave a bright future, but children sometimes have to pay for their parents’ sins, and Chloe’s tab is pretty steep.
At twenty-six, when a series of attacks forces her to seek refuge in the notorious Institute of Paranormal Studies, Chloe sees it as a second chance to achieve her goals. She believes she has nothing to lose.
She couldn’t be more mistaken.
Levi has had centuries to observe the mortals and immortals of this world. He knows what the sassy woman who entered his domain is at first glance. A relic of the old days, so ancient that even an elder lord descended from the first immortals has reason to fear her.
He should slit her throat while he has the chance.
6. Wolves and Monsters by Dyan Chick
They call me a monster but I’m nothing compared to the other things that go bump in the night.
Sirens have a bad rep. I know that. They say we lure men to their deaths with our songs. But I promise you, I’ve never lured a man. They always come to me willingly. Is it my fault that once they spend the night with me they seem to have bad luck? They make the choice to be with me. At least that’s what I tell myself. If I let myself think about the bodies I seem to leave behind, I would start to feel guilty. And nobody has time for that.
The problem is, I accidentally lured the wrong man to his death. How was I supposed to know the mage who tragically died after having sex with me was the son of the most powerful mage in the supe community? How was I supposed to know that a casual hook up would result in them sending some of the really bad monsters after me?
I’ve only got one shot at staying alive and it’s going to involve finding the one that got away. The only guy I ever loved. The problem is, when I left, I broke his heart. And werewolves don’t take kindly to being dumped. I’m sure nothing about this plan is going to go wrong.
5. Skiathos by Boris Slocum
|| Sometimes in Space Things Disappear ||
Nadja Bikram traveled to the distant and alien world of Skiathos to work one problem, a puzzle that had vexed her for seven years. But on reaching the savage desert world, she found the planetary survey team she was to join in disarray and its leader missing. It was up to her to take command and to sort things out, but she swiftly discovered the harsh and brutal planet held a hidden danger, one so lethal and dreadful that it threatened them all. Nadja would need to use her every wit and to risk her life and the lives of those around her to find out what it was. But would she find the answer before it was too late?
About the Author:
Unlike Nadja, there is nothing too interesting about me. I’ve had every job under the sun (lawyer, editor, writer, truck driver, fry cook, soldier, intelligence professional). I’ve written my entire life, both professionally (as an editor at a publishing house in Chicago) and for my own amusement. All of my works are published thru 3B Independent Publishers, a small start-up of which I am a part owner. The coolest thing I can think of about my work is the fact all of the central characters are based on people I’ve known in life, all of them thoroughly amazing. If my characters ring true, it’s not because of me, but because of the great people been blessed with knowing in my life.
4. Cursed Prince by Jade Kerrion
Never accept gifts from strangers…
Especially if it glows…
Ginny’s first mistake was becoming one of the world’s leading experts on ancient civilizations…Her second mistake was getting kidnapped by Atlantean cultists who believed she knew more than she did…
Her third? Accepting an energy vortex from a captive mer-prince.
Its reality-altering power entangles her in the millennia-long conflict between Atlantis and the Lords of the Ocean—the mer-people. To free the mer-prince, she will have to trust a man afflicted with a chimeric personality and tormented by conflicted memories. She’ll have to figure out how to control the devastating power the mer-prince entrusted to her…Because if she doesn’t succeed, Atlantis will rise again, and all the human nations of the Earth will fall.
3. Death Wish by Harper A. Brooks
Life’s a b*tch–but what comes after isn’t much better.
Jade Blackwell, a paranormal reaper, helps supernaturals cross over after death. Her job comes with lots of rules–but not following them is kind of her thing…until it ends up involving her in something much deadlier than she ever imagined.
With the protective veil fading away, demons are crossing realms and impregnating humans, and Jade’s best friend is among their victims. She’s determined to save her friend, even if it means working with Cole Masters, a dangerous demon halfling and notorious gun-for-hire.
But time is running out to fix the barrier and find a demon cure. With supernaturals everywhere in danger, and the balance between good and evil tipped for the worst, Jade must choose between her own eternal afterlife…or the living world she so desperately wants to be a part of.
Either way, death is coming.
2. Night Visions (The Gods of Night Book One) by Elena Gray
Samantha’s inherited a battle with the God of War. To survive, she’ll have to fight like Hell.
Samantha Cade knows a war is brewing and, if her prophetic dreams are any indication, it will cost someone their life. Not eager to face the coming conflict, Sam tries everything she can to avoid dealing with it. But, fate has other ideas.
Tossing her lost love back into her path is almost more than Sam can bear. Three years after he simply vanished, she can’t be sure she’s ready to open her heart to him again. Even if he’s her best asset when the God of War comes looking to pick a fight.
As Sam races against the clock to avoid losing her own life, she faces a devastating choice: lean on the man she loved and save the world, or risk breaking her own heart forever.
1. Beauty is the Beast Among Us by Jennifer Zamboni
Gretchen is a 24-year-old-hairstylist with secrets: She likes to chase squirrels and howl at the moon. She’s also not really 24.
When one of her coworkers turns up dead in the salon, she suspects that the murderer isn’t entirely human. When another stylist is murdered, and then another, she goes on the prowl. A circus with a secret side show catches her attention, as does her former pack, and a group of visiting vampires.
Her only outlet is her music, but that will only keep her wolf on a leash for so long with a killer on the loose.
As you can probably see, my TBR list is packed this summer! What are you reading right now? Do you have a great fantasy book to suggest? Be sure to let me know in the comments!