Incredible Indies – How to Find Them

Hello friends,

Today I’m going to tell you all about how I find indie books and authors! I know that when I first developed an interest in indies it was a bit daunting trying to find them. Googling “list of indie books” didn’t give me the results I was hoping for. So, I really started working hard to find out where to find lists and collections of indie books. It was slow going at first, I didn’t know where to look. So, I figured some of these could be useful to some of you.

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Handmade With Love – eARC Review

Title: Handmade With Love
Author: Rochel Bowdler
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: February 1, 2022
Themes: Exes to lover, Second Chance Romance, FF Romance, Alzheimer’s, Dysfunctional Family,

Synopsis:

In the Welsh coastal village of Castell Bay, Stevie Turner creates souvenirs with washed-up materials found on the beach for her rustic gift shop, the Little Shop of Driftwood. When old flame, Anna Conway, returns home and moves into the apartment above the shop, Stevie can only offer her ex-girlfriend the cold shoulder.

It’s been eight years since Anna broke things off and vowed to never return to Castell Bay, but with a new job as a city council member, her focus is protecting the home she loves from beach-combing tourists. How could she have known her first bylaw would result in destroying her ex’s business?

Despite the shared hostility, old feelings begin to resurface, and when Stevie father’s health takes a turn for the worse, their past becomes the present. Anna and Stevie must finally face the truth of their breakup and accept first loves can never dwindle, even after eight years.

This charming, humorous small-town romance is a heartwarming beach read that explores the importance of second chances and found family.

Thank you to the author for an eARC of this book

This is another second chance romance and I thought this was a really sweet novella. For starters I really enjoyed the characters and the history. I liked that they both had complicated pasts and histories that they didn’t know about each other. It was really interesting to see how their previous relationship fell apart over time and how neither of them were really doing the work to keep a relationships going.

I think I would have liked this a lot more if it was longer. The meddling aspect, just really didn’t do it for me and I think that it could have been better if the characters had more time to get to know each other again and open up to each other again. I loved the characters so much that I wanted to see more of them talking to each other and trying to reconcile what happened.

I think this was really sweet romance and I will absolutely be reading more from the author going forward because I enjoyed this story so much.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Constitution Check – eARC Review

Title: Constitution Check
Author: Katherine McIntyre
Series/Number: Dungeons and Dating #4
Genre: Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: September 20, 2022
Themes: WW Romance, Past Abusive Relationship, Past Death (Off Page), Geeky/Nerdy Characters, Roller Derby, Sports Injury (On Page), One Night Stand to More,

Synopsis:

One night was all Kelly promised. One night was all Tabby offered. And yet one night wasn’t nearly enough…

Kelly Hernandez is on the mend. After the loss of her girlfriend to a car accident, everyone expects her to be destroyed. The worst part is—she isn’t, and the guilt plagues her more each day. All she’s looking for is a little distraction, something to take her away from herself, even if it’s only for a spell.

Tabby Reynolds is on the prowl, searching for her flavor of the night. Everyone sees the roller derby stud, not the geeky accountant who secretly wants a relationship. However, when she spots Kelly by her lonesome at the bar, some flirtation turns into one hot as hell encounter in the back alley.

Except Kelly and Tabby run in the same circles, and all too fast, they see each other again and then again, until they both cave to their desires. Casual and easy—that’s what they agree on. However, when Tabby tears her ACL, taking her out of roller derby, the relationship between them starts to deepen beyond what either of them planned. However, the past trauma Kelly’s running from and Tabby’s growing insecurities might cold snap any chance of something real before it can bloom.

Roll the Dice on Romance at Tabletop Tavern…

Thank you to GayRomanceReviews and the author for an eARC of this book.

This was a really sweet sapphic romance and I really enjoyed it. I am someone who love board game cafes and table top games, so a romance with a main character that works at a board game cafe and a nerdy love interest was everything I hoped for.

I loved seeing Kelly and Tabby as they had a random meeting on New Years Eve, and slowly their time together grew into something else. It was heartbreaking to see Kelly’s inner struggle with her friends and family, while navigating her own complicated feelings. I loved how the information about Kelly’s past, and Tabby’s past, was given to us in small pieces as the story went on and as the two of them got closer to each other.

I would definitely read the other books in this series, but it was so sweet to see this found family group together and how they supported and cared for each other. I really, really liked this story and all the ways that the friends and sports teams supported the people they loved and cared for. It was so lovely to see both Kelly and Tabby grow to accept love from the people around them.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Incredible Indies – New Series!

Hello friends,

Over the past two years I have fallen hard and fast for indie books. I have discovered a few things about my reading in the past few years. For starters I have found that my reading taste can be a bit niche, which means that I haven’t found a lot of heavily marketed and popular books are not all that interesting. That isn’t to say that they aren’t great books, it’s just my reading taste doesn’t seem to align with them.

So, I have found that so many of my favourite books are indie books! Whether they are from small publishers or self-published books there are so many books that I have fallen in love with that are incredible indie books.

This realization that I have been loving indie books and indie authors got me thinking about how I could shout from the rooftops that indie books are fantastic and more people should be reading them. So I came up with this series! In this series I am going to make a variety of posts all about indie books. From where to find them, to who to follow, this series will be all about celebrating and supporting the incredible authors who are self-publishing or being published by small independent presses.

Be on the look out for new posts coming all about the amazing indie books out there!

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