I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted and I’m sorry about that. Now that I’m deep in the throes of writing a novel I’m finding it very difficult to keep up with blogging as well. Even my showcase is late! Aargh! I can’t make any promises, but I’m really going to try from here on out to post at least once a week. Once the first draft is done things will hopefully lighten up and I’ll have more time to get back to blogging. But until then, please stick around! I haven’t disappeared, just been in hiding.
Here are my favorite indie finds for the month of September. Below is a brief summary of each and links to purchase. Please consider supporting these awesome indie authors by buying their work and leaving reviews for them on Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords or wherever you normally purchase/review books. Thanks and I wish you all the best for October!
A Cappella Zoo – Editor Gina Ochsner
A Cappella Zoo Publishing, Issue 10, Spring 2013 , 343 pages
I couldn’t wait to get this collection of stories, poems and artwork in the mail. It was so beautiful when I unwrapped it, and I had to immediately flip through to check out all the awesome artwork. The name of the issue is called Bestiary: the best of the inaugural demi-decade, and it’s split into these awesome sections including Aquarium, Phylum, Topiary, and Crematorium. Everything about it is beautiful – layout, text, artwork, stories. This is exactly the kind of thing I love.
I’m not exactly sure how you would classify these stories – magical realism? Slipstream? Bizarro? The poetry is fantastic. One of my favorites, not just of this collection but of all time, is called A Secret Note from the Dream-Self by Nicelle Davis accompanied by artwork by Cheryl Gross. Stories about water women, houses that torture people, and many other unusual encounters are so engrossing you find yourself finishing stories almost before you realize you’ve begun them. Imagery and writing together create and incredible package that I highly recommend.
Swallowdown Press, Released July 2013 , 53 pages
This collection of stories was intense, at times disturbing, and incredibly well-written. The best one word description though would be heartbreaking. These three stories about people dealing with hurt and grief each in his or her own ways stuck with me long after I read them. Although they are each upsetting, they are incredibly human. I can’t imagine a more accurate way to depict loss, loneliness, and confusion. This book is part of an entire collection of shorts, each 99 cents on Amazon. I haven’t read the others but they are definitely on my list now!