I don’t know about you, but the whole “Kindle” thing is growing on me. When I was given a Kindle Fire a few years ago, I was excited to have a new toy to play around with, but I didn’t think I’d use it nearly as much as I do. The biggest draw: Kindle-only authors.
Once upon a time, when e-readers were new, getting published the traditional way — being discovered by a literary agent and going to print — was considered far more prestigious and lucrative. It was also a lot harder to do, and many aspiring writers languished in anonymity. Now, with self-publishing platforms like CreateSpace avaialble, and electronic media surpassing print in accessibility, there is a growing number of writers who skip the notion of an agent and go straight to Kindle and print-on-demand.
My biggest beef about self-published books: they’re not always clean. I don’t mean that in a “not safe for work” sense (though some of them are, heh heh). I mean that the copy editing — if there was any — is often a bit shoddy. If you can get past that and not explode into a million bits of grammar-ridden angst, there are some really wonderful storytellers who would love to join your e-library.
Below are two of my current favorite Kindle authors you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
J.R. Rain: the Vampire for Hire mysteries
What happens when a federal investigator and mom of two gets turned into a vampire? Some really weird shit. Suddenly there’s a lot more to the world than Samantha Moon ever knew — and a lot more mysteries to solve. Armed with her sharp wit, tenacious spirit, and growing supernatural powers, Sam digs into a world of vampires, werewolves, and ghosts to learn the truth behind the strange things happening in her California town.
Penned by J.R. Rain, an ex-private investigator himself, the Vampire for Hire stories are told from Samantha Moon’s forthright and dryly humorous perspective in some of the most enjoyable first-person writing I’ve ever read. There are currently nine books available, with a tenth in the works, as well as a number of short stories. None of the books are particularly long (they average around 225 pages), but they’re entertaining and will keep you guessing until the end.
Liz Schulte: The Guardian Trilogy
If you’ve ever wondered if there are other dimensions that parallel our own… well, Olivia Martin has some stories for you. Angels, demons, guardians, and djinn? Oddly, they like to show up in her camera lens, and photographer Olivia wants to know why. What she finds out will rock her world — and maybe a lot of other people’s, too.
Liz Schulte brings us romance, death, supernatural creatures, and a very interesting afterlife. There are quite a few plot twists, so I really don’t know what else to say without spoiling something for you. These books will definitely hold your attention! (And possibly make you a tiny bit afraid of being alone in a dark bedroom. Or maybe that’s just me and my overactive imagination.)
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And now a brief plug for my own e-book, “Crochet Summer: Three Patterns for Warm Weather Bliss”, available exclusively on Kindle. If you’re a crocheter or know someone who is, please check it out! You’ll get three versatile patterns that will take you from picnics to the beach, shopping to cycling, all for just $3.99.