Six For Sunday – April – The Viper-inspired ones
Six for Sunday (#SixForSunday) is a weekly meme hosted by Steph over at A Little But a Lot. The prompts for each week are up well in advance and they are a great way to share your love of all things book.
4th – Books with snakes on the cover/in the title
11th – Magical books
18th – Fictional islands you’d like to visit
25th – Characters who would make great ships captains
I did wonder about featuring books that I thought were *magical* in terms of being amazing. However I decided to take the instruction literally and choose books that contained magic in them.
I could so easily have populated this with the well known and obvious – Terry Pratchett, Katherine Kerr, David Eddings, She-who-should-not-be-named, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Janny Wurtz, Mercedes Lackey…..(am I giving my age away too much here?! 🤣🤣🤣)
Instead I’m featuring some beloved indie-authors who just don’t get the recognition they deserve. Indie does not automatically equate to bad or unedited or any of those other worries that put some readers off. There are many fantastic self-published books out there, the ones below are just the very, tiny tip of a massive iceberg.
Ravenous Innocence (The Last Tritan #1) by Myra Danvers
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43790904-ravenous-innocence
My Review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2699780423
“I can give you everything,” he whispered, smiling through the lie. All I had to do was kneel…
The Caledonian forces come armed, yet offer peace. Spouting claims that they can deliver a new era—one of luxury and ease—they think to seduce. They promise our countries will thrive together, that they will save us from ourselves in exchange for Tritan’s secrets, our expertise in the mystical arts of wielding ki. Partner with warmongers unaccustomed to being refused, or fall beneath their boots.
These conquerors fool no one. They seek to leash my people and claim our priestesses for their own sick uses.
But I will not kneel. Especially not to him. Captain Asher Rawlings. Powerful… Elite… Relentless… He’s been tasked to hunt me down and dress me in chains—a mission he relishes, for with one taste of my lips, he hungers for my submission above all else…
In an instant, the deadly secret I’ve been keeping for years is exposed to his attention. He knows what I am, what I might be capable of, and he’s drawn to my fire… my ki…
With a kiss, he feeds me whispers of a coddled life kneeling at his precious feet, his offer nothing more than the life of a cherished pet. But he won’t have me or my ki, for his betrayal has given me strength even he didn’t expect.
Only one thing is certain—he’ll either put me on my knees, or I’ll kill them all.
Prison of Statues (The Statues Trilogy Book 1) by Ainsley Shay
YA Alternate Reality
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31170690-prison-of-statues
My Review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1821874430
Her nightmares are more than a warning… they’re a promise of death.
On the evening of her father’s funeral, Iris’ nightmare bursts with colors, despite her having been colorblind since birth. She doesn’t know what the man in her nightmare is…a vampire, an angel of darkness, a demon, or some other mythical creature. She only knows he isn’t human, and the connection between them is too strong to ignore.
When Iris learns her father may have been shielding her from unknown dangers, and that a witch may have helped him protect her, she wonders if it played a role in his death. But instead of finding the answers to her dangerous questions…dangerous answers find her in the form of three mysterious strangers.
As the nightmares continue in a series of disturbing events, Iris is caught in a vibrant collision of past and present. But when the nightmares start to cross into her physical realm, she must find a way to fight for her life and for a love she may once have had, or succumb to the evil that has found her… again..
Sin & Chocolate (Demigod of San Francisco #1) by K.F. Breene
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41732557-sin-chocolate
My Review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2554513195
Some people are ordained for greatness…
Those people usually have a lot of drama in their life. Drama I happily do without. I live in a forgotten corner of nowhere for a reason: there is safety in anonymity. I have enough problems just trying to get by.
But when Kieran, a sinfully sexy demigod at the pinnacle of power, crashes into my life, suddenly my whole world is turned upside down.
He’s harboring a deadly secret, one that could destroy all he holds dear. He thinks I’m the key to his salvation, and he wants me to help him claim vengeance. He also wants me with a passion that burns my body from the inside out. To ignore him is impossible, but to give in to my desires, even for a night, would thrust me into danger I might not survive.
Can I resist the temptation?
Chaos Rises (Chaos Rises #1) by Pippa DaCosta
Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28869682-chaos-rises
My Review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2220891290
When the veil fell, demons made Los Angeles their new home…
Half-demon Gem knows only that she and her brother, Del, are escaped experiments. On the run from the cruel Institute who would prefer she be in chains, she’s fallen into a life under the thumb of the demon trafficker, and powerful demon, Allard.
But when Del disappears and the mysterious and cocky, Torrent, shows up with seemingly all the answers, Gem would be a fool to trust him.
She’s never trusted anyone. Just herself and Del, and as she follows Del’s trail, she discovers Torrent and Allard aren’t the only ones with an interest in seeing her fail. The Institute hasn’t forgotten their experiments.
Time is running out. The net is closing. Can Gem save her brother before their fates are sealed forever?
Subversive (Clandestine Magic #1) by Colleen Cowley
Science Fiction Alternate History
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50899493-nathan
My Review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3546056905
A wizard. An unwilling assistant. An explosive secret.
In an America controlled by wizards and 100 years behind on women’s rights, Beatrix Harper counts herself among the resistance—the Women’s League for the Prohibition of Magic. Then Peter Blackwell, the only wizard her town has ever produced, unexpectedly returns home and presses her into service as his assistant.
Beatrix fears he wants to undermine the League. His real purpose is far more dangerous for them both.
Subversive is the first novel in the completed Clandestine Magic trilogy, set in a warped 21st century that will appeal to fans of gaslamp fantasy, strong female characters, slow-burn romance and intrigue.
Colel (Immortal Matchmakers, Inc. #5) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44600270-colel
My Review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2785772792
WARNING: This book contains foul language, gratuitous sex against a truck, outrageously rude immortal warriors in leather pants, snow, pigheaded gods, a sexually frustrated goddess, a very hot and hunky florist guy with a bad attitude and a big secret, Brutus bubble baths, a sneaky invisible unicorn, unrequited love, bees, bees, and more bees, and chocolates.
SOMETIMES LOVE BITES AND SOMETIMES IT STINGS.
Colel, the Goddess of Bees, has been looking for Mr. Right for over seventy thousand years. So when she meets the hunky owner of a small-town flower shop and explodes with flutters and tingles, she’s almost certain that he’s the one.
Only two problems: her tiny black-and-yellow army suddenly won’t let her anywhere near him, and…is that a freaking epinephrine pen in the fridge? “Dear gods! He’s allergic to bees? Say it isn’t so.”
If simply dating the guy will kill him, how will she ever know for sure if he’s really the one?
Colel has a solution, but it’s drastic. Even for her. And what if he says no?