To Kirkus, or Not, Times Two

GJ Berger Author PhotoGuest Post
by GJ Berger

My sometimes serious writing journey started when snail mail and slush piles were common, when Internet queries were just getting going, and credible self-published fiction was mostly unknown. Back then, my second completed novel landed a solid NYC agent, came close to getting picked up by a couple of Big Houses, but in the end some eight years later, I had neither an agent nor a traditional publishing deal.

I did now, in early 2012, have a third novel in good shape and had not lost the yearning to find readers. The new path to self-publishing now looked open and far more worthy than it had been just five or six years before. I decided to try it. Continue reading

Indie Reads – September 2014

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:


life first rj crayton 120x177Life First
by RJ Crayton

“It’s packed with tense moments, gripping moments, tender moments. …there you are, unable to turn the pages fast enough.”

Read the rest of the review by Cathy Speight.

Life First is available through Amazon.com.


The Mysterious Case of the Golden Egg 120x177The Mysterious Case of the Golden Egg by Ernie Lindsey

“I was surprised at how much I liked this book. The clues were fun to try and figure out, and not too easy…”

Read the rest of the review by BigAl.

The Mysterious Case of the Golden Egg is available on Amazon.com.


The See Through Leopard 120x177The See-Through Leopard by Sibel Hodge

“This is a beautiful, educational, and inspirational story to be enjoyed by all ages. I would encourage everyone to pick up this book, read it, and then share it with a friend.”

Read the rest of the review by ?wazithinkin.

The See-Through Leopard is available at Amazon.com.


Three Ways by Mike Markel 120x177Three-Ways by Mike Markel

“The climax was exciting and even though at that point whodunit was apparent, it took an unexpected twist…”

Read the rest of the review by BigAl.

Three-Ways is available through Amazon.com.


The Eagles Shadow by Keith Nixon 120x177The Eagle’s Shadow by Keith Nixon

“It’s a compelling story with political infighting, war strategy, and family dynamics, all playing a part in the tale.”

Read the rest of the review by BigAl.

The Eagle’s Shadow is available through Amazon.com.


Indie Reads – August 2014

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:


NightUndone Award 120x177Night Undone
by K. S. Brooks

“Brooks just knows how to keep you glued to the pages. … I’m Night-obsessed.”

Read the rest of the review by Cathy Speight.

Night Undone is available through Amazon.com.


the awful messThe Awful Mess by Sandra Hutchison

“……an engrossing, well written story. It’s made more so for being so easy to believe it could really happen. I just hope it doesn’t happen to anyone I know.”

Read the rest of the review by Big Al.

The Awful Mess is available on Amazon.com.


Shadowline DriftShadowline Drift by Alexes Razevich

“I’d strongly recommend reading the Amazon sample. If you enjoy how the story starts, I don’t think you’ll regret reading through to the end.”

Read the rest of the review by Pete Barber.

Shadowline Drift is available through Amazon.com.


Mischief in ItalyMischief in Italy by Beate Boeker

“If you are looking for a quick, lighthearted, enjoyable read, I highly recommend this book. It will leave a smile on your face.”

Read the rest of the review by ?wazithinkin.

Mischief in Italy is available at Amazon.com.


A Man AloneA Man Alone by David Siddall

“This is an excellent novella full of excellent characters and a situation that ramps up the pressure on the protagonist….”

Read the rest of the review by Keith Nixon.

A Man Alone is available through Amazon.com.


Indie Reads – July 2014

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:


PostcardsSouthandWest 120x177Postcards from Mr. Pish: South & West Edition
by K. S. Brooks

“The text is clear, concise and entertaining, exudes enthusiasm and is accompanied by some superb photos and a little map so that you know exactly where the little chap is.”

Read the rest of the review by Cathy Speight.

Postcards from Mr. Pish is available through Amazon.com.


Long Live the Suicide King 120x177Long Live the Suicide King by Aaron Michael Ritchey

“…dark at times, but this is offset by lighter, humorous moments… An excellent read, not just for its young target audience, but for adults as well.”

Read the rest of the review by Big Al.

Long Live the Suicide King is available on Amazon.com.


Girl Jacked 120x177Girl Jacked by Christopher Greyson

“The plot twists and turns, covering a lot of ground and comes to a satisfactory ending which sets up the future books in the series.”

Read the rest of the review by Pete Barber.

Girl Jacked is available through Amazon.com.


Vulgarian Vamp 120x177Vulgarian Vamp by Barbara Silkstone

“The plot is fast paced and multi-layered as things spin out of control… This is a fun mystery with a surprise twist at the end.”

Read the rest of the review by ?wazithinkin.

Vulgarian Vamp is available at Amazon.com.


wytchfire 120x177Wytchfire by Michael Meyerhofer

“Wytchfire is a great read for those who love epic fantasies – as I do. It certainly filled its role and feels like the start of a great adventure.”

Read the rest of the review by Sooz.

Wytchfire is available through Amazon.com.