Friday, August 5, 2011

YA Indie Carnival - Week Four

Welcome back!  We have made it to the fourth week of the YA Indie Carnival and what an interesting journey it has become.  The question being answered by the carnival’s participants is What Indie author are you currently reading?’ 

Confession time…I’m so BUSY working, commuting, being a wife and mother, marketing, writing, and sleeping (curse my body’s demands) that I haven’t had a lot of time to read lately.  At least, I haven’t had time to read anything other than the books I’m editing/writing.  Since reading is a passion for me and my love of it the reason I began writing, I plan to rectify this travesty very soon.  In preparation, I’ve been ferociously adding books to my Goodreads ‘To-Read’ list.  The books I’m adding are those of the wonderful authors I’ve met as part of this carnival as well as other aspects of my Indie publishing journey. 

Since I’m not officially in the middle of reading a book, I want to share with you some personal experiences I’ve had with a few unforgettable and talented Indie authors.  The first author that I’d like to highlight is Jayde Scott.  Jayde is the author of A Job From Hell (Volume 1), Doomed (Ancient Legends), The Divorce Club,Alex Gonzo, Royal Spy (Volume 1),  Alex-Gonzo Royal Spy, and BlackWood (A Witch Rising)Jayde reached out to me almost as soon as I released the original version of Warriors of the Cross.  Even though I was a debut author, and she was busy publishing her own books, she read and reviewed Warriors of the Cross.  Jayde is from the UK, but the vast span of ocean doesn’t prevent us from providing truthful feedback OR reaching out to the other in our times of our ‘author-related’ need OR identifying and sharing trends pertinent to the other.    

The second author helping me is Tamara Rose Blodgett, another perfect symbol of the Indie movement.  Like Jayde, Tamara offers unsolicited assistance and proves time and time again that Indie authors can support each other AND be successful.  I may not have time to read her books (right now), but that does not mean I am anything less than thrilled for her and her successes.  She is wonderful and deserves any great thing coming her way.  Tamara’s books include Death Whispers (Volume 1) and the recently released The Pearl Savage (Volume 1).

The third author making her presence known in my new world is M. Leighton.  What an awesome and inspiring person.  Michelle is the author of The Reaping, A Terrifying Young Adult Paranormal Romance (Book 1, The Fahllen Series), Caterpillar, A Paranormal Romance with a Touch of Horror (Book 1, Nine Lives Series), Wiccan, A Witchy Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Blood Like Poison: For the Love of a Vampire (Book 1, Blood Like Poison Series), Blood Like Poison: Destined for a Vampire (Book 2, Blood Like Poison Series), and Madly and Wolfhardt (Book 1 and Book 2 of the Madly Series).  In fact, Michelle is the person who invited me to take part in the YA Indie Carnival.  With that simple invitation, she opened me up to a whole universe of phenomenal Indie authors.  While I’m completely intimidated by the prospect of being compared to any one of these great authors (much less the entire group), I’m thrilled with the opportunity.  I hope that surrounding myself with such great talent will push my writing to heights I’d never accomplish without their camaraderie. 

If you want to know more about other great authors, take a few minutes to visit my fellow Indie author’s sites, read their responses, and leave them a comment.  Then, buy, read, and review their books.  I’m sure you will agree with me these Indie books are as spectacular as anything published traditionally. 

One final note.  Before beginning your carnival ride, join me in congratulating P. J. Hoover for winning the Books in Sync Book Trailer Contest for SOLSTICE. *APPLAUSE*

NEXT, take a ride with: 
Dani Snell - Book Blogger
Pattie Larsen - Author
Courtney Cole - Author
Wren Emerson - Author
Nicole Williams - Author

Fisher Amelie - Author

P. J. Hoover - Author Laura Elliott - Author Amy Jones Young - Author Rachel Coles (Rachel Coles. Geek. Mom. Book Reviews.) - Author and Book Blogger Tiffany King - Author Cyndi Tefft - Author Alicia McCalla - Author Heather Cashman - Author T. R. Graves - Author