Indie April

Posted by Chris Rosser on Sat 20 April 2019
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If you’ve hung around your favourite authors on Twitter lately, you may have realised that it’s #IndieApril this month. #IndieApril is a chance for everyone to appreciate and promote their favourite independent authors.

As an indie author myself, it’s something I like to participate too. April coincided with my 10 thousandth tweet, so to celebrate both occasions I decided to buy 10 books by 10 indie authors. I already had a couple of books in mind that I wanted to buy, but to make up the rest, I put out the call on Twitter and the response was great. My only stipulation was they had to be independently published by the author, and available for Kindle.

My picks

A Cup of Blood

by Troy A. Hill, historical, fantasy

Medieval Britain needs a champion with fire in her veins and her fangs bared…

Wales, 650 A.D. Maria thirsts for blood but longs for peace. When her latest meal accidentally bites the dust, the imperial Roman vampire draws the attention of a ruthless witch hunt. Cornered and outnumbered, a Celtic goddess intervenes… but Maria is destined to become Britain’s new champion.


by D. Hart St. Martin fantasy, YA

The story grows darker in Tainted with Lisen and her guardian companion, Korin, traveling to the great desert of Thristas. They hope to find safety in the anonymity of the barren wilderness, out of the range of Garlan spies. There, Lisen learns the ways of Thristas and its fierce people who view Garla's Empir as a tyrant. In an effort to prove their sincerity, Lisen and Korin participate in the Farii, the spring fertility ritual which changes everything for Lisen. She returns to Garla with a brilliant but damning plan that she believes will ensure her victory against her brother.

Percival Gynt and the Conspiracy of Days

by Drew Melbourne, sci-fi, humour

The year is 20018. The famed magician Illuminari is dead, and his greatest illusion has died with him. Dark forces now seek the Engine of Armageddon, the ancient, sentient doomsday weapon that Illuminari hid amongst the stars.

Over a god’s dead body

by Joel Springs, fantasy, mythology, humour

Three gods walk onto a college campus looking for a dead body.

One bored IT worker goes searching for excitement.

A Canadian picks a fight with a voodoo practitioner.

A bad joke, a bad day, or both?

Loki hates being bound to Seth, the most micromanaging of all the Egyptian Gods. But when their quest to regain Seth's crown leads to a boring midwest town where nothing happens, Loki discovers a family he never wanted to admit may exist.

The Underground

by Azalea Forrest, urban fantasy, paranormal

In the country of Lornesse, the city Anen harbors more than just high-rises and technology. Deep beneath the architecture, unbeknownst to humans, roam incredible and terrifying creatures. The Underground isn’t the only place these people reside, however. Most humans don’t know that a third of their population are actually blood suckers and moon howlers, changelings and ghosts, disguised and living among them.

Blood and Ink

by D.K Marley, historical fiction

History shows Kit Marlowe died in a tavern brawl in Deptford in 1593, but did he? England is torn apart by religious metamorphosis and espionage. The stages of England and bright intellectual boys are used to bolster Queen Elizabeth I's reign and propagate the rising Protestant faith. At the age of eight, Christopher Marlowe, the muse's darling, is sucked into the labyrinth of secret spy rings, blood, murder, and betrayal, while his own ambition to become England's favorite playwright drifts further from his grasp.

A Treasure Made of Death

by Jay Bloodworth, fantasy

A Treasure Made of Death is a fantasy short-story about Drake Mundus, an archeologist, in his quest to explore the most dangerous ruins in the lands: The Temple of The Dragon Knights. A natural loner, Drake is forced to seek the help of the top professional explorers. Explorers who might just stab him in the back! What secrets lie in the temple? And how can they survive the ruin that killed a thousand men?

The Hidden Monastery

by E.J. Dawson, steampunk

Captain Katarina Salisbury of the airship the Iron Lady, and propaganda tool for the Illisian government, has been given a very simple assignment; to go and rescue villagers threatened with avalanches in the far southern Drezusk Mountains.

The Gates of Golorath

by R.M. Garino

30 days until the Feast of Night.

30 days until the bloodthirsty shrulks devour the land. 

30 days until he sees her again … 

What would you do if part of your soul were torn away?

Sand Runner

by Vera Brook, sci-fi, YA, dystopian

Welcome to the No Limits Race.

In the near future, 16-year-old Kaiden Reed makes a bold and dangerous decision to enter the most brutal sports competition on the planet. One in which he will undergo a radical upgrade and become a new kind of athlete and a new kind of hero.

Honourable mentions

I had a lot of responses, but not everything could make the cut unfortunately, mostly on account of me not reading their genre. Nevertheless, there’s some great reads here, from poetry to literary fiction and more, so check them out if you can.

Cover Photo by Susan Yin on Unsplash

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