Saturday Spotlight

Saturday Spotlight #4 [showcasing small press and self published books]

Finding lesser known indie books is a pain in the butt. Luckily for you, I did the work for you! I’ve vetted the first few pages of all of these recent finds, checking that the book is engaging and well written from the start, and to save you more time I’m adding the Amazon UK/US and Goodreads links too.

Also, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Order by R.L. Medina

A curse that shattered the world. Teens left behind scrambling for power. In a battle between witches, vampires, werewolves, and humans only the strongest will survive.

As leader of the Shadow wolves, Valeria has had more than her share of heartache and burdens. Family taken by the curse, a mate that abandoned her, and a pack losing faith in their leader. But when a human boy begs for her help against a rival pack, can she ignore the cruelty of her kind any longer? Will helping him put her pack and her own heart at more risk?

McKenzie was supposed to be on her way to college where she’d have the freedom from the coven she always longed for. But when the worldwide spell went wrong and magic failed them, she was left to take her sister’s place as Queen of Savannah. Now, she must figure out a way to stop the curse from claiming more lives and if she has to make a deal with the notorious heartless heir, Prince Ryn of the vampires, to do it, so be it. But when he turns out to be nothing like the rumors say can she deny the pull she feels toward him? Can she trust him or is it all just an act to destroy her and her witches?

A broken world left to the teens. Society has collapsed and the clock is ticking. Can the survivors come together to stop the curse before it claims them too?

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[Amazon UK / US]

The Lost Prince of Cadira by Stephanie Anne

Eliza Kindall is a regular New Orleans witch with the ability to see the dead. With her powers growing, her newly realised abilities make her dangerous… hunted.

When a letter from the King of Cadira arrives, her life is turned upside down with an ultimatum: Find the lost prince, and in return, Eliza and her family will be free from persecution.

But dark forces are awakening in Cadira, and even with the aid of the mysterious Commander Brandon Thorne, Eliza finds herself in a game of life-or-death. Will she find the prince? Or will her past catch up to haunt her?

The Blood Magic is calling, and so is destiny…

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[Amazon UK / US]

Faye and the Ether by Nicole Bailey

For as long as I can remember, the sea has called to me, luring me to explore the secrets hidden beneath its cresting waves.

Faye is tossed into a current of uncertainty as she deliberates over her college choices. More than anything she wants to study by the sea, forever chasing the line where the ocean meets the horizon. But she finds herself dragged down by the riptide of her and her mother’s financial restraints. How can she be true to herself when anchored by her world’s limitations?

As the leader of the deadliest group in the Ether, Daron is at the top of his game. Yet there is one thing he’s failed at time and again–finding the human-raised Ether. It’s a known fact amongst his team that success on that particular mission would change their lives in unimaginable ways. Yet Daron couldn’t comprehend how true that was… until he saw Faye.

Guided by Daron, Faye enters a world she never knew existed. One filled with mythical creatures, struggling to coexist. As Faye wrestles with where she fits in this magical realm, secrets are revealed that turn the tide once more.

Inky darkness is seeping ever closer. Can Faye and Daron work together to save Ether and themselves? Or will the world be crushed under a wave of evil?

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[Amazon UK / US]

Chasing Swells by Nikki Chartier

Summertime visits with her dad is Kaia Anderson’s favorite part of the year. With the recent retirement of long-time tour surfer Neil Harper, her surf-coach dad has been frothing for the next surf star to call upon him. Unfortunately, this new surf star has overlapped with Kaia’s plans, which have been relocated to St. Catalina Island – a remote tropical paradise with choppy cell service, little Wi-Fi, and no connection to the California summer she’d dreamed of.

If it can be damaged, Dominic Richardson has probably had his hand on it. His reputation, his family’s name, and his longstanding friendship with the Drenaline Surf crew have all been ruined. Surfing the best swells on the planet with a stellar coach in his corner, Dominic’s slowly revamped his surf career and his family’s reputation. The only thing he’s missing is his former surf crew, the West Coast Hooligans.

Kaia is over Dominic before she even meets him. She doesn’t appreciate a spoiled, rich kid uprooting her summer, but Dominic doesn’t play into Kaia’s agenda to prove she’s right about him. He’s determined to be on his very best behavior and prove to everyone that he’s not the guy in the tabloids – and he might just make Kaia believe in him too.

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[Amazon UK / US]

The Alchemyst’s Mirror by Liz Delton

Petra and Maisie Everturn just want to run their family’s tea shop, but when their explorer brother Jiordan goes missing while looking for an alchemycal artifact, none of them are safe.

The sisters must enlist the help of another explorer in order to find Jiordan or the artifact—before the mysterious alchemyst society finds them first.

However, when one of the sisters stumbles into the clutches of the most dangerous alchemyst in the city, the race to unravel the clues becomes desperate. And when they discover the truth about the artifact, their quest to infiltrate the alchemyst’s secret society becomes a matter of life and death.

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[Amazon UK / US]

Renna’s Crossing by Geordie Morse

Sixteen-year-old Renna Porter has grown out of a painful and uncanny childhood. Her dark dreams are in the past, and she can finally enjoy her life with three dads and a dozen surrogate siblings. However, a visit from a dapper witch named Job reveals the tragic birthright of her blood. The witch Mab, Job’s tutor and grandmother to Renna perished fighting a vengeful demon twelve years prior. Now it has returned to burn the last branch of Renna’s family tree.

Job tutors Renna in witchcraft while they race to a fortified rectory deep within the Adirondacks. As the demon draws closer, the bond between teacher and student wears thin, and forgotten family steps out of Renna’s past with an offering of dark power. Renna must decide if blood is thicker than water, and which will help her survive against an unstoppable hell-fiend.

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[Amazon UK / US]

Vee: Featuring a non binary POV!

Did any of these books find their way onto your shelves or baskets? Let me know in the comments!

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