Reading List – July 2020

This is my third of four Indie Book Months in 2020!

Through the Nethergate – Roberta Cheadle

41umochifzlRoberta Cheadle announced the publication of her paranormal novel on her blog, and I was instantly stoked. I like a lot of what she posts on her blog, and I know her research is spot-on fantastic. I have been looking forward to reading this for quite a while now, so let’s hop in!

Amazon LinkThough Cheadle has made other purchase options available

From Ashes to Magic – Various, Edited by Mikki Noble


I follow Ari Meghlen on Twitter and WordPress, and she announced that she was taking part of this series. It’s about various magical creatures and creative interpretations of their lives, struggles, existences, and relationships, and I thought that would be a great way to get introduced to a lot of authors! Haven’t tried a “various authors” short story collection yet!

Amazon Link

The Gate – D.L. Cross

45946171Sometimes, I’ll surf around Twitter and look at books people have up for sale. This one attracted my attention because it’s a science fiction novel that contains archaeology, promises twists, and seems like it will probably have a humorous element to it. I’m excited to see if I chose something well!

Amazon Link

The Leftovers: Something from YOU?

Do you have a published book and a method of purchasing it that isn’t sketch as hell?  I filled my slots this year using Twitter, but I’m always looking for new indie books to review. I buy books I review because I don’t want to be beholden to anyone.

See my old reviews here

21 thoughts on “Reading List – July 2020

  1. robertawrites235681907 says:

    Hi H. Thank you so much for sharing this review of Through the Nethergate. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I have The Gate on my TBR. I see that Staci Troilo has launched the next 4 or 5 books in this series on her blog today.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      OMG! Because of the pseudonym D.L. Cross, with “The Gate”, I had actually lost the link to this book! I bought it on Kindle but, when making the post, I simply could not find the link anymore because she’d moved things around such that you don’t have to go through Amazon. Because I found this book through Twitter, I hadn’t realized that Staci Troilo was D.L. Cross. Now the post is very much improved! So thank you!

      • Staci Troilo says:

        You’re right, Robbie; that is a risk to adopting a pen name after you’re already established under a different name. It’s probably not something I would have done, but my publisher insisted.

        H, this is the first time I learned of someone choosing one of my titles because they saw it/me on Twitter. Because of that, I will always think of you fondly. I do hope you enjoy the story.

      • H.R.R. Gorman says:

        Well, stick around in a few weeks to find out! 😉

        Just wondering: do you know why the publisher insisted on the pen name? It’s a really interesting demand.

      • Staci Troilo says:

        Actually, this is an unusual situation. Usually, a writer sends a synopsis then gets it approved. I’ve done so in the past with different publishers. But in this case, I work for a story studio as a writer and an editor. There are many of us employed there (with different duties, of course; we aren’t all editors). As they cultivate their marketing funnels and genre lines, they’re also developing names/identities that suit their writers. At first, I was a little bothered by it. But I came to realize I love to write, and it doesn’t matter to me what name is on my stories. What’s important is that I do my best and that people enjoy my work. If I attain my goal, then I’ll consider it a job well done—regardless of the name on the cover.

  2. Mae Clair says:

    I’ve read Robbie’s book and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    As for The Gate by D.L. Cross (Staci Troilo), I devoured that one the moment it came out. You will love it. And I’m extra excited that the remaining books in the series are releasing later this month.

  3. D. Wallace Peach says:

    I’ve read Robbie’s and Staci’s books and enjoyed both. I haven’t read Ari’s book and this collection sounds intriguing. I love the cover too. I’m looking forward to what you think of all three. 🙂

  4. Jade M. Wong says:

    Looking forward to your reviews. I haven’t read these books. I finally got my hands on a copy of Angie Thomas’ On the come up so that’s what I’m currently reading!

      • Jade M. Wong says:

        I actually just finished the book last night! I love Angie’s debut novel, The Hate U Give, and this is her second novel, so I think it’s impossible not have some comparisons, but On the Come Up I think stands quite solidly on its own. I was invested in the main character Bri’s journey and in her family and extended family, and I enjoyed the book.

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