When you get into this writing thing you slowly find yourself accumulating friends that are also writers. And you want to support them and shout to the world about their books except funny thing is you find yourself without any time to actually read their books because you’re so busy writing the next thing. And when you aren’t writing the next thing you’re reading that latest book that everyone is talking about that isn’t really your thing (hello, Among Others and Goblin Emperor) or binge-reading that author you love that you haven’t read in months (hello, Robin Hobb and Mercedes Lackey and the entire Harry Potter series-finally).
Or is that just me?
So here I am. I have friends with books out and I don’t have time to read those books but I like all of them and want to support them in this writerly thing we all are trying to do. And I thought maybe I’d just tell the followers of this blog about them and maybe one would sound interesting and you guys might check it out and win-win for both you the blog reader and my friends the authors.
Every sale counts. Seriously. Self-pubbed, small-pubbed. Every little boost is one little affirmation that you aren’t completely wasting hours and years of your life on something that is never going to be anything.
So here they are. My friends’ books:
1. Sand of Bone by Blair MacGregor
Described as: ““Searingly vivid, and grittily realistic, Sand of Bone slams the reader into a harsh desert world full of complex people, tense moral dilemmas, and an exhilarating jet of the weird. Do not start this one late at night!” –Sherwood Smith
And written by a Viable Paradise grad as well as a Writers of the Future winner, too.
2. Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley
Not into fantasy novels? Rather have something set in the near-future that looks at internet addiction and cults? Then you’ll want to check this one out.
“The idea of Internet addicts and cell phone-induced brain cancer makes this title stand out among today’s saturated YA dystopia market.” -School Library Journal
3. The Sword of Dragons by Jon Wasick
Or maybe you do like fantasy but you want something with dragons and orcs and magical swords? Then this is the one for you.
4. Seven Stones Volume 1 by Dave Higgins
Or you like shorter stuff. Okay. Maybe check out something by Dave Higgins. (Who deserves a shout out here just for being the most long-term commenter on my blog even though we’ve never met.)
5. Kitsune Tales by Emily Kay Singer
Still not enough for you? What about short urban fantasies with a Japanese fox-spirit as the central character? Can’t go wrong there.
Hopefully there’s something in the above list that you like. Enough variety there certainly.