My Favorite Indie Books of 2014 (Part 2)

Last year was an amazing year for Indie writers as far as I’m concerned. In addition to launching my first book in October I checked out the works of other Indie writers. These are the next three on my list and all are available on Amazon. For the record, these books are not listed in best to last order. They are all very different in different genre’s. Each one is an example of the fine writing and imaginative story-telling of Independent Writer’s who may go unnoticed in the midst of the Stephen King’s, James Patterson’s, or Mary Higgins Clark’s in print.

5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and Inspiring As a rule I don’t read what I call “interactive books”. However “To Mum, Gifts From Your Soul” by Lexa Harpell caught my eye. Maybe it’s because my mother passed away in 1996 from complications due to Alzheimer’s. That had been a difficult time for all of us and I wish I would have had this wonderful book then.
As the author related warm memories of her own mother I began to recall special moments with my mother. In the scope of things the memories of love and gratitude may seem insignificant, but to me they captured the essence of what my mother meant to me. Gazing at Ms Harpell’s photos I decided to look for old photos of times shared with my mother, photos of things we shared, photos she had taken of me and my friends, photos of moments forgotten, pressed between the pages of old albums.
Ms Harpell left blank pages in her book where the reader can share memories of her mother and things that formed her special relationship.
By the end of the book I had ventured into my own past experiences. The story Ms. Harpell told caused me to consider my own story. What better gift can an author give to her reader then the gift of introspection? This is a beautiful book illustrated with photos slightly blurred much as memories are. Anyone who has experienced the rare and wonderful gift of being a mother or being a child will treasure this book. Inspiring and touching it is the kind of gift that can be passed down for generations. I plan to get a copy for my daughter. I can’t wait to read her memories of our time together.

These are actually Books One and Two of a Three Part Series. After reading the first one I had to learn what would happen next. Now I’m chewing my acrylic nails waiting for the next chapter. (Hint: Mr. Schimanski PLEASE publish the next Meter!)
The first two parts of this trilogy introduce the reader to a quartet of friends, Jon-Erik and his buddy Joey as well as their soon to be girlfriends, Angel and Tina. From their first meeting at the Foxy Fire Strip Club the air is thick with danger and passion. These are gritty thrillers with a no holds barred approach to story-telling. With bad guys (and these are VERY bad guys) like Boris Brotsky, Richard Rasmussin, and the mysterious Mikhail author Schimanski takes the reader through the dark underbelly of Toronto crime to international cartels bent on ruling the world.
Anita Kovacevic has packed a lot of punch in a little story. Some people are writers; a select few are “wordsmiths”. Kovacevic falls into the latter group. “The Threshold” is not a long book with thousands of overwhelming pages. It’s a compact and frightening tale of greed taken to its pinnacle. From the subtle pride of old Mrs. Poole to the massive ego of Ken Scott, Kovacevic shows how people never seem to see their own flaws however glaring. When five people win the opportunity to enter a mysterious mansion, retrieve an unspecified “treasure”, then exit and turn said item over to Ken Scott the tension picks up dramatically. Without giving anything anyway, I will say when people get a good look at themselves they are often horrified by what they see. This is a tightly woven cautionary tale. Be careful what you wish for. You may not like what you get.

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