Indie Reads – June 2015

Indies Unlimited does not review books, but we do have a couple of renowned reviewers on staff. We thought a great way to celebrate indie writing would be to ask those reviewers for their top indie picks of the month. Here are this month’s top picks from our experts:


The Agora Files by Adam Oster 120x177The Agora Files by Adam Oster

“From start to finish, I had trouble putting The Agora Files aside. Adam Oster has a talent to keep pulses racing…”

Read the rest of the review by Michael Thal.

The Agora Files is available through Amazon.com.


The Modigliana Girl by Jacqui Lofthouse 120x177The Modigliani Girl by Jacqui Lofthouse

“This is a beautifully written novel (and I mean that in every sense of the word). …unusual, fascinating and multi-layered novel.”

Read the rest of the review by Pete Barber.

The Modigliani Girl is available through Amazon.com.


Pennies for the Damned by Edward LornPennies for the Damned by Edward Lorn

“As the bodies stack up I just keep repeating, “it’s only a book, and they had it coming anyway.” It usually helps.”

Read the rest of the review by BigAl.

Pennies for the Damned is available on Amazon.com..


Burning Through 120x177Burning Through by Melissa Bowersock

This is a gripping book that will have you planning a couple of sittings to finish it. …a perfectly structured plot.”

Read the rest of the review by Cathy Speight.

Burning Through is available at Amazon.com.


Dragons Web by Lynne CantwellDragon’s Web by Lynne Cantwell

“Ms. Cantwell has done an excellent job weaving this timely story together with several players. The story has several interesting twists that I didn’t expect.”

Read the rest of the review by ?wazithinkin.

Dragon’s Web is available through Amazon.com.


Indie Reads – May 2015

Indies Unlimited does not review books, but we do have a couple of renowned reviewers on staff. We thought a great way to celebrate indie writing would be to ask those reviewers for their top indie picks of the month. Here are this month’s top picks from our experts:


Sacrificial Lamb Cake by Katrina Monroe 120x177Sacrificial Lamb Cake by Katrina Monroe

“If you’re up for a good laugh and some good-hearted poking of fun at organized religion, Sacrificial Lamb Cake will fill the bill.”

Read the rest of the review by BigAl.

Sacrificial Lamb Cake is available through Amazon.com.


Gas Food Wifi by Caryn Rose 120x177Gas, Food, Wifi by Caryn Rose

“…without planning you’ll find things or “things will find you,” and even if that doesn’t happen, “the drive itself will bring you something.” From experience, I know she’s right.”

Read the rest of the review by BigAl.

Gas, Food, Wifi is available through Amazon.com.


Elizabeths Midnight by Aaron Michael Ritchey 120x177Elizabeth’s Midnight by Aaron Michael Ritchey

“The characters are unique, charming, and the relationships have a realistic feel to them. I have to say, well done!”

Read the rest of the review by ?wazithinkin.

Elizabeth’s Midnight is available on Amazon.com..


deadinburgh origins by Mark Wilson 120x177dEaDINBURGH Origins by Mark Wilson

“…this is an absorbing, well constructed read that really adds to the previous novels, providing depth and background to a level I don’t think I’ve come across before.”

Read the rest of the review by Keith Nixon.

dEaDINBURGH Origins is available at Amazon.com.


The Cuckoos of Batch Magna by Peter MaughanThe Cuckoos of Batch Magna by Peter Maughan

“I swear I could hear birds singing, branches rustling and water lapping as I read. That’s how enchanting it is.”

Read the rest of the review by Cathy Speight.

The Cuckoos of Batch Magna is available through Amazon.com.


Indie Reads – April 2015

Indies Unlimited does not review books, but we do have a couple of renowned reviewers on staff. We thought a great way to celebrate indie writing would be to ask those reviewers for their top indie picks of the month. Here are this month’s top picks from our experts:


Shadow Days by Melinda Clayton 120x177Shadow Days by Melinda Clayton

“This story gives the reader a realistic inside look at what it is like to deal with a loved one who suffers with mental illness.”

Read the rest of the review by ?wazithinkin.

Shadow Days is available through Amazon.com.
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Thomas and the Tiger Turtle 120x177 Thomas and the Tiger-Turtle by Jonathan Gould

” As always, Jonathan injects humour, charm, magic and oodles of appeal into a story.”

Read the rest of the review by Cathy Speight.

Thomas and the Tiger-Turtle is available through Amazon.com.


Fractures by Mike Markel 120x177 Fractures by Mike Markel

“The stakes are high and makes it an excellent and credible backdrop for a murder mystery. Markel has another winner…”

Read the rest of the review by BigAl.

Fractures is available on Amazon.com..


Breath to Breath by Carrie Maloney 120x177Breath to Breath by Brenda Vicars

“Tight prose that conveyed deep emotion and gave unique voices to a cast of characters kept me engaged throughout the story.”

Read the rest of the review by Pete Barber.

Breath to Breath is available at Amazon.com.


The Invasion of Gaul by SJA Turney 120x177Marius’ Mules I: The Invasion of Gaul by S.J.A Turney

“…an intelligent, well researched historical fiction novel that stands head and shoulders above the run of the mill tales of this type.”

Read the rest of the review by Keith Nixon.

The Invasion of Gaul is available through Amazon.com.


Do Read-and-Review Programs Really Work?

Please review my bookBy L.A. Lewandowski, Laurie Boris & Lynne Cantwell

As authors, we all know book reviews are important for many reasons. They are also critical to readers when they visit our book’s page. There are many ways to go about getting reviews, and read-and-review programs are one of them. These programs are technically not the same as getting a paid review. A paid review means a reader (or a publication) is receiving payment specifically to review your book. Yes, an author participating in a read-and-review program might be charged a fee, but that’s generally for the website’s administrative services. A read-and-review program offers readers a free copy of your book in exchange for an honest review, and they require that the reviewer include a statement to that effect in the review they post. In the case of Story Cartel, a little extra incentive is provided, but that’s as a giveaway prize for readers who participate in the program—not direct payment for services. Continue reading