This week has been busy, and I have been terribly unmotivated. Sadly, I never got around to writing a blog post. So today I decided to do something different. Here is a list of new indie authors, all published their first book this year 2021.
Please take a look at them, share them maybe, buy them, read them, review them. Whether you are a new author yourself or someone who has been published for decades. You must remember what it was like to start out. How a helping hand would have been nice. How happy each and every sale brought you, and likely still does.
Let us help these new authors feel that!
As I began organizing the words that found their way onto these pages, I saw two pictures: Incarcerations and Emancipations.
Incarcerations are the things that break us. The hurts that have gone unhealed. Raw moments in our lives where we cannot figure out what the next right thing could be.
But there are always Emancipations. The things that change you and put all of those broken pieces back together and create something even more beautiful.
Fight for those prisonbreaks. The tiny liberations that remind you who you were and who you are and who you want to be. The ones that feel like grace.
Don't be your own warden.
"Relatable but fascinating... I can't wait to discover more with Norah in the next book." (Amazon review)
"The ending is fantastic and left me immediately wanting more." (Goodreads review)
Norah is a university student struggling to pay the bills and get through her classes--let alone find time for dates--when the skies light up with explosions from above.
Or is she?
'Another BOOM, and behind her, she saw the street light up in putrescent purples and blues. "What was that?" she shrieked.
Casey didn't even slow down.'
Casey is the cute guy in her Calculus class who can't seem to tell an integral from a differential--until he takes her hand and pulls her away from the explosions.
Or is he?
'To him, the surprise wasn't so much that the rebels would launch such an attack on a defenceless city--they were traitors, after all. It was that they didn't launch more.'
Loren is one of those traitors, condescending and handsome, unabashedly on the wrong side of whatever war she's found herself mired in.
Or is he?
After the passing of his mother, then sixteen year old Greyson Ty Thomas, aka Tack, was forced to live with his uncle in Ocean Falls, a sleepy, coastal Texas town. While Uncle Jake worked long hours at the local chemical plant, Greyson spent his time training, with dreams of leaving it all behind once he was drafted into the National Football League. Until he met her.
Presley Rae Manning, the apple of her father’s eye, grew up without her mother. She’d walked out when Pres was a small child and never looked back. Eventually, the small home she shared with her father was filled with music, as she discovered her love of dance. The small town sweetheart was destined to shine. Until she met him.
HARDPRESSED is a scorching, fast paced, second chance romance that pushes the envelope, heightens the senses and redefines the meaning of family.
S. Alessandro Martinez
Rei would do anything for those she loves.
As her best friend, Abby, struggles to cope with the sudden loss of her husband, Rei and her closest girlfriends take her to a beautiful lakeside house nestled in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, hoping that a weekend of support from long-time friends will help Abby along her road of emotional recovery.
But as the young women get settled, Rei begins to notice there’s something wrong with the place. Could this peaceful, idyllic location be hiding an ancient evil below the waters of the lake? Or are the problems wholly within Abby herself, who seems to be losing her grip on reality? When unexplainable, nightmarish things occur, Rei realizes this weekend getaway may turn into their last outing.
The Fredrickson’s seem like your typical, run of the mill family. Fitz, a business executive, spends most of his days working long hours at the office, to provide for his family. Margaret, better known as Margie, spends her days taking care of the house, and the two children they have. Sally, their oldest, is your average teenager, glued to her cell phone, and full of sass. Tommy, the youngest of the group. Plays far too many video games on his laptop and spends the rest of his time lost in his imagination. For years nothing has changed, their interwoven daily routines a near constant schedule of both great and horrible times. Yet this summer is different, Fitz shares the news that he is taking them on a vacation. News that shocks the family. The Fredrickson’s venture deep into the Colorado mountains to a secluded lake resort. Everything seems perfect as the family settles into their cabin for a much needed and long overdue vacation. As other groups fill in the remaining cabins located around the lake days before the fourth of July celebrations. Fitz’s true plans come together as he watches the couple enter cabin five. Unaware that Fitz’s vacation, has just begun.
Eighteen year old Yuki Sakura is a kindhearted young man who works a steady job, has a loving family, and likes to help people. However, what's most important to him is the promise he made to his ailing little sister Hikari.
Hospitalized indefinitely, Yuki's eight year old sister Hikari is his whole world, the one he cherishes most. An innocent prisoner of her crippling condition, she asks a simple request of her big brother one day after spotting something beautiful outside her window:
"I really want to ride that Ferris Wheel."
After only a few days, Hikari holds Yuki to those words, and over time he realizes how important they really are...
Follow Yuki Sakura as he goes about his daily life, embraces new experiences, and learns what it truly means to keep a promise...
Simone Leigh Martin
I had to die, to find a reason to live.
I knew pain. It had ruined every good thing in my life, until I couldn’t bear to live another day. Things had to be better on the other side… or so I thought.
Waking up in a dumping ground for unrepentant murderers was a new kind of low. I wasn’t meant to be there, but my only way out was to prove myself through torturous trials.
Except I was too busy fighting to survive, because in Limbo, there were worse things than being dead. Like blood kisses, winged monsters and psychotic bunkmates with eternal grudges…
But who would have thought I had the power to drag warrior-angels out of the sky?
Zadkiel, the Dominion of Mercy, swore he’d do whatever it took to get me out of Limbo. Only I’m not sure I want to leave the green-eyed angel behind.
But when your afterlife is built on secrets and lies, what you want doesn’t really matter. And following your heart might just bring a warrior-angel to his knees.
Pass the bottle and I’ll tell you a story of whiskey and wheelguns; of when mighty Buffalo Soldiers patrolled the desert on iron steeds, and of cannibal lizard men deep in the Louisiana bayou; of Navajo skin-walkers and the Mexican undead; of the forgotten tomb of an ancient Mayan god and the Man with Bronze Teeth. A story of the lawman Zarahemla Two Crows and the young widow who together stormed the gates of Hell to rescue her son. A story, my friend, of when the west was weird.
Good World is fictitious tale of good overtaking evil once and for all. This story is unique because it ventures to explain where we came from, why we are here and where we are going.
The storyline takes readers on a suspenseful journey from past to present and gives a bird’s eye view of the future when evil is gone. And the characters, good and bad, are very dynamic. They give the reader more than just an average adventure. The journey is filled with drama, mystery, humor, friendship, romance as well as history, science, religion and magic.
This story presents many view points, the most important being – there is no balance of good and evil – there is only the balance of moving forward.
The next most important point is – Love does make the world go round.
The scene is set by a light-hearted prologue describing of a dog named Walter. He is adopted by a couple who at the onset of the story have employment problems. The couple learns that their dog is responsible for their dilemma and is a caretaker that came back into life to spur them to help him with an inevitable vocation – to save humanity in order to save all life - everywhere.
The story continues with three chapters of meditation that give inklings to the past. And then the story moves full steam ahead as magic is awakened in the characters to endure a do or die mission.
The characters are also assisted by worldly personalities to help undo what evil has accomplished. Each character in this story interacts on a human level, providing readers with down-to-earth situations that stream into paradoxical outcomes.
Delving into the unknown, the author offers a logical view of the body and soul union, reincarnation, past and future lives and promotes a sense that there is no end in sight. This story honors all walks of life, all religions and connects them all together.
And this story will be the launching point for future novels that will take the reader into a mind-bending future that will be combated by those who wish to stop human advancement.
All life presented in this story is connected with a precise explanation that will give birth to other storylines – somewhat like most science fiction shows. But very unlike those popular sci-fi shows – there are no space ships. There is only magic, love and many well concocted magical inventions and theories.
Readers will walk away from this story filled with a new sense of hope regardless of that fact that it is fiction. After the roller coaster ride, readers will not only rehearse in their minds the potential of what the author is trying to convey, but they will want to know of the adventures that are yet to come.
Between re-animated corpses, sword-wielding cops and daemon-infested guns, retired detective Gideon Brown is about to have the worst week of his life. It may just turn out to be the last week of his life.
After a traumatic encounter claims the lives of people under his protection, retired detective Gideon Brown wants nothing more than to curl up inside a whiskey bottle for the rest of his life. But a violent murder outside his apartment sends him out the front door and into the harsh, unforgiving light of Crash City.
Before he knows it, Gideon is on the run in a city left in ruins by the death and fall of a deity known as the Last God, hunted by a shadowy figure with the power to bring the dead back to life in the most horrific of ways.
Along the way he finds a pair of unlikely allies in a rookie soldier of the militaristic Seraph and a reclusive wych. Together the three must solve the mystery behind the corpse of the Last God that still lies in a devastated quarter of the city known as the Battery. All the while dodging murderous street gangs, unholy terrors, and a violent city police force.
Gideon learns the stakes extend far beyond the environs of Crash City.
And all he wanted was some breakfast.
The Last God is the debut novel from author Norris Black and the first in the Crash City Saga series.