Werewolves, vampires and zombies – Oh My! Thanks to wildly successful series like Twilight by Stephanie Meyers and HBO’s, True Blood based on the books by Charlaine Harris, new legions of readers are on the hunt for their next paranormal fix.
Thanks to Amazon, lovers of the things that go bump in the night, never have to go without a new supernatural read. Many writers are using Amazon‘s Kindle Direct Publishing as a way to get their stories to fans faster than ever before.
What is the best news for the avid reader? Many of these digital books can be snagged for free or for under one dollar. All that’s required is a Kindle or a device (like an iPad) that can download the Kindle app.
Below I’ll make some suggestions but here’s some advice to find good, independently published books:
1. Keyword search – Do a keyword search in your favorite online book sellers. For example, type in zombie, urban fantasy, or werewolf. Within Amazon, one may select ‘kindle’ to do a search solely for books available on Kindle. Within Barnes and Nobles, check out ‘nook books’.
2. Book Review Sites – Many sites have popped up to show digital love to the plethora of new ebooks hitting the market. Some feature books traditionally published. Other feature indie books or both. Try out PixelofInk.com and ereadernewstoday.com for starters.
3. Book Discussions Boards and Forums – For each type of ereader or book genre, there’s a place dedicated to online discussions for it. The obvious place to hunt for book chats are the boards on Amazon and Discussion. Do a search for a favorite category like ‘paranormal romance books’+ ‘review’ or’ blog’ to find topic specific blogs or forums There’s are some popular ones on the rise as well. Check out Goodreads.com, shelfari.com, and Kindleboards.
4. Your favorite author’s blog – Every writer has a blog or website. Often the writer will host a guest post composed by another writer. The article may not be about a new book, but there will be a link to the current novel the guest is currently marketing. Check out any links included at the bottom of the article.
Wings of Shadow by Anna Kyss
Wings of Shadow is the perfect paranormal novel that is suitable for preteens and is still a fun read for adults. Based in London, this book is a whimsical romp that features a love triangle with a nice dose of danger to keep the pages turning.
Death’s Avatar by S. M. Reine
Like your fantasy a little dark? If so Death’s Avatar is the way to go. Far from fluffy, Reine dishes out plenty of action and mayhem. Death Avatar‘s characters know their way around a blade and aren’t afraid to use them – a lot.
A Modern Witch by Deborah Geary
A popular series, this novel follows the adventures of Lauren. She’s a realtor and a witch. But she doesn’t know about the witch part just yet. Add a sprinkle of romance and magical shenanigans, A Modern Witch is a fun read.
Finished the Twilight Series? Addicted to fantasy books set in today’s world? A Modern Witch, Wings of Shadow and Death’s Avatar are some great options available for great prices. With the click of a button, a new world to enjoy could be yours to read within minutes.
M. Harmon is the author of the paranormal novel The Blood Gem. Centered around Luna, a shifter who can’t shift, Blood Gem is a ride full of bounty hunters, Fey warriors, demons, werewolves and a snarky little dragon. Get your copy (99 cents – limited time) today from Amazon.
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