Indie Fiction Challenge: March Wrap Up

ABC Indie Fiction Challenge 2011 The aim of the challenge is to read 24 indie fiction works in 2011. Each must be by a different author, and every author’s surname must begin with a different letter, for a total of 24 out of 26 letters of the alphabet. Interested? Sign up here.

The third month of the challenge is over and we’re still going strong! I’ve rounded up the 11 reviews of indie titles I could find for the month, which range from light-hearted romance to sci-fi thriller to murder mysteries. There’s definitely something for everyone.


Chambers, VJ — Little Sister
“Falling somewhere between paranormal romance and YA dark fantasy, Little Sister is an engaging, short and sweet read with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing . . . if you like vampires and teen dramas, then this novella might be one for you.” [From my review.]

Chen, Philip — Falling Star
“A suspenseful sci-fi thriller that packs in UFOs, espionage, twists and turns galore, history, and anticpation as to what mysterious things really are lurking at the bottom of the ocean, and who wants to cover it up.” [From Sibel’s review.]

Comley, Mel — Impending Justice
“A roller-coaster ride of murder, rape, terrorism, and kidnap. Just when you think things can’t get any worse…they do! A dizzy plot and page-turning read will keep you satisfied until the end.” This Prime Suspect-style thriller was reviewed by Sibel.


Fairchild, Lia — Lucy
Damaging family relationships abound in this journey of self-discovery. Sibel describes the book as, “a story of how family relationships can affect the delicated balance of our lives. . . a great read that pulled me in from page one.”

Fasano, Donna — The Merry-Go-Round
All Lauren wants is a divorce… but the discover of a clapped-out merry-go-round begins to push her and her husband back together. “A really sweet romance, well-written and light-hearted,” says Sibel.


Green, Layton — The Summoner
Dominic Grey, Diplomatic Security special agent, product of a violent childhood and a worn passport, is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a US diplomat during a religious ceremony in Zimbabwe. “A chilling thriller full of suspense, intrigue and action.” [From Sibel’s review.]


Jeffrey, Shaun — Dead Man’s Eye
“Combining Dan Brown intrigue with Stephen King thrill, horror novella Dead Man’s Eye by Shaun Jeffrey is a fast-paced story shrouded in darkness and mystery.” Recommended for fans of creepy, adrenaline-fuelled tales. [From my review.]


Nolan, Kait — Devil’s Eye
“Set in Kait Nolan’s Mirus universe, Devil’s Eye is a fast-paced urban fantasy detective novella which expands upon the intriguing world-building first seen in Forsaken By Shadow.” If you’re a fan of urban fantasy, check it out. [From my review.]


Ruz, Christopher — Past the Borders
A bargain at $0.99, this collection includes 6 short stories plus a novella. JC Hart raves about the writing: “I loved each of these stories for different reasons, but all of them for their intelligence – and for the fact that Ruz appears to have written for an intelligent audience,” she says, adding, “I really like this combination; the stories chosen range through science fiction, contemporary fantasy, and general oddness.”


Sullivan, Michael — The Crown Conspiracy
A historical fantasy where two thieves unwittingly end up in a conspiracy to overthrow the King. Only their skills can restore the kingdom to order. “A magical tale of wizards, historical settings, evil villains, and edge-of-your-seat adventure,” says Sibel.


Tyrpak, Suzanne — Dating My Vibrator
Sibel reviewed this amusingly-titled piece, saying, it’s “a roller-coaster of emotions, and a bare-all (not literally!) book that women and (hopefully!) men can relate to. . . a great insight into the dating game after divorce.”


Winters, Zoe — Save My Soul
JC Hart broadened her horizon and dipped into paranormal romance this month. Her verdict? Positive! “Winters really brought the town where her novel is set to life with a whole cast of characters that scream ‘small town!'”

Non-reviewed indie titles read this month include:
MCM — The Archivists [Read by Anna, Cathi, Jan Oda]
Taylor, Keary — Branded [Read by JC Hart]

The rest of you challenge participants, drop me a line in the comments for what you’ve read and I’ll add it to the list!

Coming Up…

If you read 6 books so far this year, all you need to do to stay on track with the challenge is read 2 more this month. Remember that you don’t need to read in alphabetical order and are allowed to skip two letters of the alphabet. Check out the suggested reading list for ideas.

What are you thinking of reading this month?


About A.M. Harte

A.M. Harte writes twisted speculative fiction, such as the post-apocalyptic Above Ground and the zombie love anthology Hungry For You. She is excellent at missing deadlines, has long forgotten what ‘free time’ means, and is utterly addicted to chocolate.
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5 Responses to Indie Fiction Challenge: March Wrap Up

  1. J.C says:

    oo, lots of variety this month!
    I also read and reviewed Chris Ruz’s short story collection: and Keary Taylor’s Branded, which I won’t be reviewing. All my stuff can now be found on my book blog:

    • A.M. Harte says:

      Oops! Added your review of Past the Borders, and updated the sign up page to link to your new TOC. Chris Ruz’s collection is a definite must-read on my list when I get a spare moment.

      What was Branded about? I haven’t heard of it.

      • J.C says:

        Angels. A girl has a brand, and when she sleeps she plays a role in the trial of dead people, as to whether they are let into heaven or sent to hell… it was an interesting idea, but pretty terribly written. The female lead was kind of weak and really didn’t solve any of her problems herself – just kind of got dragged along by the other characters. I struggled to finish it, and all up, the climax/ending of the novel wasn’t worth the irritation that had built in me through reading it!

  2. Delyse Trink says:

    I read:
    Reigning In by Dawn Judd
    Portal by Imogen Rose
    Quest for Nobility by Debra Martin and David Small and my review is here:


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