Notable Indies

More and more, the books of independent authors and small publishers are driving the book market today. These authors have created some of the most imaginative and unfettered creative writing of our times.

We won’t find these books while browsing the aisles of bookstores. If you’re lucky enough to know the author, he or she will be glad to sell you a copy, and they’ll probably sign it. Otherwise, you’ll come across them online if someone doesn’t send you a link first.

Here are ten amazing indie books to consider the next time you want to think outside the Big Box publisher. If you wish to purchase these books through an independent bookstore, please contact us at

The Big Cheese Festival

S. Jackson and A. Raymond

eBook $2.99

Hardbound $13.11

(Hardbound only) In ‘The Big Cheese Festival’, we meet Stubby Mouse and his family and friends. We learn that Stubby Mouse has a secret, that he is being bullied by another mouse, simply because his tail is short.Read how Stubby Mouse stood up for himself, and how he ended the bullying, in this delightful story for children. Targeted at ages 4-8, the book is easy to read and perfect for home or classroom. Children learn how bad bullying is, and what they can do to help stop bullies! Stubby Mouse encourages children to take a stand against bullies, and always be kind to each other. This story illustrates how everyone is different and unique, and it is a delightful read with adorable and eye catching cute illustrations for both children and adults. Take a stand against bullying today!


Candy, Murder, And Me

Carolyn Chambers Clark

eBook 0.99

Paperback $10.99

Candy, Murder and Me is a sweet cozy mystery with recipes that's a dog lover’s delight.

When Cookie Berelli, dress designer for full figured women, discovers her private investigator dead in her salon, she calls on a few friends to get her out of trouble.

This cozy mystery with a dog includes a cute little dachshund she named Sigmund Freud because he's such a good listener. She has a bunch of crackpot ideas for how to catch the murderer, and Sigmund, the trustworthy dog he is, follows right along, sometimes even discovering a clue or two himself.

Everyone starts to look suspicious!


The Feast

David Vorhees

eBook $2.99

A collection of short stories that take place on different holidays over the course of the year. The collection opens with “A New Year, a New Day, a New Life.” Grant Curtis is arrested on New Year’s Day and charged with the murder of his wife Carla. In “Easter: The Resurrection,” a resurrected Kyle Gardner seeks vengeance on Pastor Brian. “The Vengeance of Cassidy Clay” is a narrative poem that takes place on Halloween. The poem tells the story of a slave-hunter who haunts the woods long after his death and many more spine chilling tales.


The Frustrations of Being Deaf

Dave Blackwell

eBook $2.99

eBook $5.86

Frustrating, funny, confusing, and idiotic. People that shout, scream, wave their arms and hands around in an attempt to try and do sign language. Rude people that are ignorant or just plain embarrassed. Events that happen nearly every day in some way or another.

Dave went deaf at the age of seven, losing all hearing in one ear overnight and the other over a space of several months. Without his hearing aids, he is completely deaf. When he was thirty-four, he lost all hearing in his left ear and his right was no better, this prompted him to get an implant. He relies on lipreading and sound to follow a conversation, but in some cases, he can follow people without lipreading.

This is a collection of short stories, funny, frustrating, and plain crazy. Situations and events that were so shocking or hilarious, they had to be shared. Ignorance, deaf awareness and the sheer panic or confusion from people that often fail to have common sense or the experience of meeting a deaf person.Reminded every day that he is deaf, it goes over his head and becomes a joke, and in these cases, becomes part of ‘The Frustrations of being Deaf’.


Green Walls and Brown Doors

Diane Casey

eBook $5.99

Paperback $12.20

Families in most cases have the emotional tools to help their children through milestones of growth. Others do not have the emotional tools. With each milestone I had to face, I faced alone. 

When I transitioned from childhood to adolescence, I was deficient in many ways. and was never validated. I entered the State Hospital with the Green Walls and Brown doors. They were everywhere you went. From age 12 to 17 I stared at those walls and the secrets they held. From the Hospital, my care transferred into the hands of relatives. They sent me to a cult down south. They did horrible things to me in the name of Jesus. 

I escaped from there and soon my life began to turn for the better. I realized I had hope. Hope is not just one word. It is determination, courage, and spirituality. It is the gift of sweetness and the essence of life. Come join me reading my book. It may help you or a loved one. Never give up hope.


The Hidden King

E.G. Radcliff

eBook $2.99

Paperback $12.98


Hidden truths. Hidden power. Hidden destiny.

On the shores of a rusty sea, in the streets of a starving city, a young man named Áed scraps to build a life for himself and the makeshift family he loves. Scarred by a trauma he cannot remember, and haunted by the brutal damage it left behind, he has no idea of the courage his future will demand.

When a heart-wrenching tragedy shatters his family, a desperate Áed risks a treacherous journey to seek a kingdom of legend—and a new beginning. But an ancient legacy smoldering within him is about to turn deadly, and neither he—nor the legends—will ever be the same.


Married To Merlot

Martha Louise

eBook $9.95

Paperback $15.95

“Martha Louise’s true story of love, loss, family, and faith tells the heart-wrenching account of a war-damaged soul struggling to find peace and a wife and family trying to hold it all together. This book is full of Southern grit, pathos, and raw humor.” —GiGi Henry, Boulder, CO

Married to Merlot is an inspirational read for anyone who is facing adversity. Through her unflinching narrative, Martha Louise pens a poignant and candid chronicle of her personal journey impacted by her Vietnam veteran spouse’s post-war stress, depression, and alcoholism.

When her husband leaves her, Martha finds herself in deep grief with a desperate need for understanding. As she searches for answers, yet another tragic event ambushes her and forces her to a standstill. The author’s straightforward account illustrates her heartache as well as her determination to stay the course toward self-discovery and healing.

Martha relies on her psychological background and education to weave self-help concepts and messages of hope into her storytelling. The compelling combination of the family’s perseverance and the author’s fortitude will encourage others in similar circumstances to find the strength to choose their own unique path to recovery and to a happier life.


The Schrodinger Girl

Laurel Brett

eBook $9.99

Hardbound $27.70

"Brett's novel is a rare page turner that avoids the obvious traps...Why not let Garrett indulge a little? His pursuit is maddening, because it should be. But the more impossible his reality becomes, the greater the potential for, as the professor says, 'transcendence.'"

--New York Times Book Review

"In this mind-bending experimental thriller, an uptight scientist being dragged kicking and screaming into the 1960s is as depressed as he is bored--at least, until he meets a mysterious woman he becomes obsessed with, who then splinters into four different versions of herself, each with their own take on the scientist's intentions."

--CrimeReads, included in CrimeReads' Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020

"Get ready to engage in a mind-blowing story!"

--Bookstr, included as a Three to Read Pick

"Brett, who has written a critical study of postmodern fiction, has hit upon an immensely interesting concept for her debut novel, one that allows her to dig deep into psychology, philosophy, physics, and, most importantly, politics as Daphne shakes Garrett out of his indifference toward the cultural turmoil of the late '60s."

--Kirkus Reviews

"Brett's imaginative, amusing debut will appeal to fans of Nell Zink."

--Publishers Weekly

"For those akin to the writing of Brett I'm sure you will find it very nourishing."

--Exclusive Magazine

"In many ways, the Schrödinger gambit is there to provide the author with a canvas to explore the different paths one person can follow, but there's a lot of real thought about multiple universes and quantum mechanics, especially as seen in the mid-60s. It's also a tour of NYC and the Hudson Valley during that period and the impact of the cultural revolution of the Woodstock generation on the intellectuals who came of age a decade earlier. Not traditional science fiction, perhaps, but good writing and a thoughtful exploration of the period, characters, and ideas. Recommended."

--Amazing Stories

"This absorbing novel vividly mines the physics and psychology of reality, and the reader's reward is a moving story of love and loss."

--Hilma Wolitzer, author of An Available Man

Garrett Adams, an uptight behavioral psychology professor who refuses to embrace the 1960s, is in a slump. The dispirited rats in his latest experiment aren't yielding results, and his beloved Yankees are losing. As he sits at a New York City bar watching the Yanks strike out, he knows he needs a change.

At a Columbus Circle bookstore he meets a mysterious young woman, Daphne, who draws him into the turbulent and exciting world of Vietnam War protest politics and the music of Bob Dylan and the Beatles. He starts to emerge from the numbness and grief over his father's death in World War II.

When Daphne evolves into four separate versions of herself, Garrett's life becomes complicated as he devotes himself to answering questions about character and destiny raised by her iterations. His obsession threatens to upend his relationship with Caroline, a beautiful art historian, destroy his teaching job, and dissolve his friendship with his old pal Jerry.

The Daphnes seem to exist in separate realities that challenge the laws of physics and call into question everything Garrett thought he knew. He must decide what is vision, what is science, and what is delusion.


Two Pairs of Shorts

W.C. Clinton

eBook $4.99

Paperback $5.99

From a contentious church board meeting to a neighborhood watch gone wrong, from a young man mailing Christmas cards on a cold December night to a middle-aged woman's contemplation of her life as she performs a summer chore, "two pairs of shorts" provides glimpses into the everyday lives of four protagonists. Divided between "Light" and "Dark," this quartet of short stories moves in gradations from comic to tragic.