Indie Books for October!

I’ve been churning through a bunch of classics lately, some of which I have adored, but I really need to turn my attention now to something more genuine for this blog: reading indie works.  As always, let me know if you have an indie book out there, and I might go check it out!  I found all of these books by looking on other people’s blogs!

The Fairy Portal – X.E. Lesure

61gqgzjwxwl-_sy346_I found this book on the Tumblr page of X.E. Lesure, or indecentpause, who I follow on my Tumblr account (if you want to follow what I do in a MUCH less professional capacity, that’s the place).  Lesure usually doesn’t write in my preferred genres of sci-fi or fantasy, but the really intense, realistic YA I’ve seen on their Ao3 and Tumblr accounts shows true skill.

One day, Lesure posted about needing to make some money from their Amazon books, and I saw that a fantasy was available.  I decided to purchase The Fairy Portal.

Expedition – Alexander Elliot

51t2lbit3dlI followed Elliot because he was a fellow writer on WordPress, but I didn’t pay much attention to what he wrote because it seemed to be romances.  Then, one day, he made a post that described something… sci fi.  Something sci fi and not romance.  I looked at that post, and I realized I’d followed him for months without figuring out that about half the books he wrote were straight-up space opera.

So I decided to go to Amazon and purchase the first book in his trilogy.

Fire’s Hope – E. Kathryn

Fire's HopeI have waited a long time to present this review to you. E. Kathryn’s YA showstopper, Fire’s Hope, is the first in what promises to be a complex series of stories.

I openly admit that I beta read this book, so some objectivity will be lost.

The Leftovers: Something from YOU?

I love beta reading.  If you have something you’d like me to beta read, shoot me a line.  I’ll almost definitely purchase a copy of your book when it comes out (caveat is if it’s too sketchy a download or payment method), and I’ll definitely put a plug on this wee little blog for you.

Do you have a published book and a method of purchasing it that isn’t sketch as hell?  Post a link in the comments!  If I think it looks cool, I’ll put it on my list of books to consider reviewing for next month.

One of my primary goals is to support indie authors who are serious about their craft.  I hope to hear from you published and self-published writers soon!

Reviews from April Here

Reviews from May Here

Reviews from June Here

Reviews from July Here

Reviews from August Here

Reviews from September Here

12 thoughts on “Indie Books for October!

  1. Marnie says:

    Props to you for doing these posts, seriously! I haven’t encountered many others who are genuine about supporting and reading indie books like this.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Part of why I think other people – especially book people and writer people – don’t support indie authors is that they *have* to buy the book if they want to read it. For more popular books, you can often find them at a library, but you have to put in actual money with indie works. Right now, I can afford to buy a couple indie works. If that changes, I’ll have to alter my tune.

      Though I wish more people would support indie works, I also understand that money is always an issue, so I hold it against no one.

      • Marnie says:

        Oh, I am definitely a library person. If I can’t get it through my library, I usually end up taking it off my TBR list, unless it’s something I REALLY want to read. Luckily most of the books on my list are available, though. And now I’m realizing I’m rarely even exposed to indie books, because if I were, more of them would be on my TBR list. 😦

        Slightly related side rant: My huge issue is poetry collections, because SO MANY of them don’t have ebook formats and aren’t in libraries, and I can’t pay 9.99 or 14.99 for all the physical books I want to read, because that shit adds up!

  2. Alexander Elliott says:

    Fair warning – while I am proud of Expedition, it was one of the first books I wrote and I’ve learned much since then! The second and third in the trilogy are better, but still not everything I want them to be. In some sense, I suppose there hasn’t been a book written which couldn’t be improved! I have no idea what you thought of Expedition, but hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for giving this Indie author some TLC!!

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      The full review will come out in a couple weeks. Do you have any posts you’d like me to link? I already automatically link the Amazon page. I also already read the book – I’m actually reading December’s books right now, haha. Based on what you said above, I think you’ll probably agree on a lot of what I had to say.

  3. Alexander Elliott says:

    I must admit, I’m not sure how to provide you with the links – sorry! If you have the time, send me a note at and I’ll see what I can do.

    I will probably go back someday and “fix” everything wrong in Expedition, but for now I’m busy with new material. I will be sure to keep your comments handy though. Thanks again. Let me know if there’s any way I can help you out!

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      No problem. Just keep me apprised if you do more sci-fi! I’ve got the next couple books purchased now, and the reviews will happen after I get the books currently on my loan dockets cleared out.

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