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Indie-Pendence Week Giveaway (US/Int): Let the celebration begin!

Indie-Pendence Week Giveaway (US/Int): Let the celebration begin!

by davincikittieJuly 2, 2012

Welcome to GraveTells’ Indie-Pendence Week!

Here at GraveTells, we do not discriminate against self-pubbed and small press authors.  We believe that a story can be just as good when it’s handled personally as it can when run through the gamut of traditional publishing.  Now, don’t get us wrong, traditional houses turn out some great stories and we’re fangirls of… well, more than we should probably admit to… franchises distributed by the big name publishers.  It’s a tough industry to break into, though, and many authors have turned to self-publishing or to the smaller e-publishers that have developed since the e-book revolution.

What happens when the leash is off and authors have the ability to publish anything they want?  Well, the same as any other product that no longer has to go through quality control checks.  Self-pubbed books have gained a reputation of being lower quality and are outright avoided by some readers. I’m sure many of you have had your own experiences with less-than-satisfactory ebooks that were self-published.  The challenges of many self-pubs are often…


  • Cover design
  • Editing
  • Lack of promotion or availability


While we enjoy working with self-pubbed authors, we also believe these books should hold themselves to a high standard of quality, same as traditionally published books, to give readers the best possible experience.  To help draw some positive light to this controversial subject, we will be posting editorials from some kick-ass authors, some of whom have been successful in both traditional and self-publishing, all week long.  They’re going to cover all the topics above, with words of advice to aspiring and struggling Indie authors, as well as some resources for each category.  We’re also giving away a $10 Amazon gift card and several swag packs to commenters throughout the event, so be sure to visit each daily post for your chances to win!

We’ve invited other authors and bloggers to participate in this event, so you can follow along and enter their giveaways too!  The linky list of participating blogs is below, and will be added to each post as the week progresses.  Definitely stop by as many as you can and let us know what you think!

Here’s the schedule for the GraveTells events!

Links will be added to each item below as they are published. Note that if you see a link early, it will not work until 3:00 am PST on the specified day!


If you’re looking for a benchmark Indie book…

Sara King’s Alaskan Fire is it.  You can’t go wrong with its sequel, Alaskan Fury, either, but you should probably read the first one first… so here’s a snippet from our review of Alaskan Fire.

Imaginative, snarky, action-packed, visceral… in a word, Alaskan Fire is entertaining, and more than worth your while to read. This book is so unconventionally compelling you won’t be able to keep your eyes off it. Ms. King delivers just about everything you could want out of a good book, with nearly nothing you don’t. The writing is sophisticated, the characters are wonderfully complex, and the world takes on a life of its own. I have read books published by the big name houses that have less polish and sophistication than this self-pub. Ms. King takes us on an adventure of hope, dreams, life, love, and the struggle that comes with fighting for what you believe in, and I cannot wait to start the next book in the series!

I’ll bet you didn’t think self-pub could get this good.  I dare you to buy this book and READ it.  Don’t just add it to your TBR.  Don’t just buy it, then let it rot on your Kindle (you know who you are, impulsive book buyers! *grin*).  Whether you are a fan of paranormal romance or urban fantasy (especially fans of urban fantasy!!), you absolutely must read this book.  Self-pub… hell, just fantasy in general… doesn’t get much better than this!


About being an Indie author…

in the words of Thomas Winship:

Being indie means never having to say you’re sorry. Well, okay, that’s not exactly true (plus, it’s rather cold-hearted, and I get accused of that often enough at home, thank you very much!), but, then again, neither are many of the beliefs we hold dear.

As much as I’d like to bemoan my innocence lost, I’ll return to the topic at hand: what being an independent author means to me.

The truth is that I can’t even think of the term “independent” without thinking of Hermey the Elf, the wanna-be dentist in Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, who runs away to declare his independence …

… And the psychologist shifts in his seat, jotting something in his ever-present legal pad before asking, “So, Tom, what do you want to run away from?”

I scoff at his question. “Nothing, doc. I’m independent. In. Dee. Pen. Dent.”

Giveaway (US/Int)

This is our giveaway for the entire event week.  You’ll have a chance to enter on each day’s post, so be sure to visit often!  We’re giving away the following prizes: a $10 Amazon Gift Card and 4 swag packs filled with as much Indie loot as we can find (and maybe stuffed with a few extra goodies).  All prizes are open to US and International readers! All you need to do to enter to win, is follow the instructions on each daily post. You guys know the drill.  =)

Leave a comment telling us what Indie books and authors you most enjoy then fill out the Rafflecopter!

Be sure to leave your comment in the Comments area of this post, NOT in the Rafflecopter widget!  If you are viewing this from our main Feed page, you will be unable to see the Comments area, so click the title of the post, then scroll down to the bottom. Good luck!

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About The Author
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at
  • erma H
    July 2, 2012 at 4:31 am

    I love your blog, it is so cool.

  • Shoty
    July 2, 2012 at 4:51 am

    I love Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout! Daemon 😀

  • Mary Preston
    July 2, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I need to read more Indie books. I have “All That I Am” by Anna Funder on my wish list.

  • Natalie Lee
    July 2, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Love the giveaway 🙂

  • July 2, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I actually just bought some Indie books that I can’t wait to read! I have the Trylle Trilogy from Amanda Hocking, as well as Exiled by M.R. Merrick.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Mel Bourn
    July 2, 2012 at 7:51 am

    One of my favorites is Alexa Grace. Her Romance Suspense Deadly Deception is great.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  • Janhvi
    July 2, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I have read books by Indie authors like Tammara Webber and Nyrae Dawn and I think their books are fantastic! 🙂

  • Yvette
    July 2, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I am just starting to get into Indie books so I have no favorites as of yet. Cant wait to get some though.

  • Carol L
    July 2, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I haven’t been able to read any books by Indies because they are usually e-books and I don’t have an e-reader and can’t read them on this computer. But one that I’ll definitely read when I get a reader is Lila DiPasqua. Love her books. They can only be better. Thanks for this chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    • July 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Carol, have you tried downloading Kindle or Nook for your computer? I used both for about six months before I bought a Kindle, and either one makes reading on a computer so much easier. Plus, you have so many free titles to choose from on numerous sites. If you haven’t, you can download a free reader at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

  • July 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Three of my favorite indie books/authors are Significance by Shelly Crane, Destiny Binds by Tammy Blackwell, and Madly by Michelle Leighton. There are many more though. Indie authors can put out some seriously great work!

  • Suz Reads
    July 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Obisidan and Amanda Hocking’s Trylle books are on my TBR list! I havent read any indie authors yet but they would be my first ones and I can’t wait to read their books!

  • Claire Taylor
    July 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I’ve recently read books by Sarah M Ross, Jeff LaFerney and Mary Ting – all enjoyed

  • July 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Thanks for putting this wonderful hop together!

  • nurma
    July 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

    i hope indie books will be print into paperback and would be sell at so we are, reader from other country (like indonesia 🙂 ) could buy and collected indie novels…
    thx u …

  • Sherri
    July 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I’ve read some excellent books from Indy Authors and will continue to do so.

  • Sue Sattler
    July 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I’m in love with Kallypso Master’s Rescue Me series. I have been reading more and more Indie authors and they are fantastic.

  • Levina G
    July 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I just read Dreaming Dangerously by Kathleen Harsch – YA paranormal indie author. It was a great start to her Children of the Psi series ! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Natasha
    July 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I recently read Fairy Metal Thunder and Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan and I really like both of them. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • leannessf
    July 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I love Amongst the Ruins by Saewod Tice and I loved Straight to Hell by Michelle Scott!

    I really want to read the Madly series by M. Leighton!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • July 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I love that you guys are doing different posts for each day of the hop. Thanks so much for hosting the Indie-Pendence-Week Blog Hop!

    • July 3, 2012 at 1:01 am

      Thanks for participating, Brandie!

      I think by the end of this week, between my move, new job, and back-to-back blog events (THREE of them: Midnight Breed Week, Indie Week, and Laura Kaye’s West of Want release scavenger hunt coming up next week), I’m going to be a zombie in no time! Hah!

  • Susan W.
    July 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Kallypso Masters is one of my favorite Indie authors. One of the best things about reading Indie authors is the non-cookie cutter stories you get. They write the story they have inside them to write. Thanks for the giveaway and blog hop!

  • Lisa Hackney
    July 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I don’t have much experience with indie authors, but I must admit that I am very intrigued. I am planning on getting a copy of Sara King’s works mentioned above… they look very interesting!

  • July 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Until this year, I never read indie work. Now, I can’t get enough! There are so many authors I could list, but, in the interest of keeping things brief, I’ll share two I highly recommend: SM Boyce and Wynne Channing.

    It’s amazing to be part of this event and I thank everyone involved for making it happen!

    No need to enter my name in the giveaway; let someone else win. 🙂

    • July 3, 2012 at 1:03 am

      Thanks so much for being one of our featured authors, Tom! And for joining the hop too. I know doing a guest spot is just about as much work as what I do on my end to post it, so I appreciate the time you’ve volunteered for this event week.

      Tom’s post on editing is coming up on Wednesday, and it’s a riot, so be sure to check back for it, everyone!

  • laceyblossom
    July 2, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I loved the Vincent Boys and the Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines!

  • bn100
    July 2, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I haven’t read a lot of indie books, so don’t have a favorite.

  • July 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I love Amanda Hocking and Rhiannon Frater.

  • July 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Thank for the giveaway.

    I love Felicity Heaton, Teresa Gabelman, GM Gilmore, Stephanie Rowe and so many more.

  • Sophia Rose
    July 2, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Oh dear! This could be a while- no kidding. I’ve already discovered many Indie Authors that I love their work: Laura Kaye, Felicity Heaton, Mary Lyddon Simonsen, Michelle Franklin, Meredith Allard, Abbi Glines, Jennifer Armentrout- I’ll stop there.

    Looking forward to the rest of the week!

  • Michelle Bledsoe
    July 2, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I have read Felicity Heaton, and am currently reading Leia Shaw. I find that I look to reviews from my favorite blogs to see which indie books I want to try.

  • linda foster
    July 3, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Tammara Webber who wrote easy is my favorite. I don’t read as much Indie but I am trying to change that.

  • Leocadia
    July 3, 2012 at 5:07 am

    I have just started to get into Indie books, so thanks for the chance of discovreing more of them !

  • Juana Esparza
    July 3, 2012 at 11:15 am

    My favorite Indie book is Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout.


  • Renee B
    July 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I will buy a book that captures my attention, regardless of whether or not it is an indie book. A few of my favorite authors have left the large publishing houses and gone indie, so I don’t care whether or not the author is an indie or is with a publishing house.
    Thanks for the giveaway. I’ll be checking out the other blogs listed.
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Denise Z
    July 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I sometimes think I am turning into a professional indie stalker LOL I love the indie books, they fit in my reader, there are always new and exciting stories out there, and they generally are affordable, which is the major point that got me on the indie road. I real a LOT and have to have a way to support my habit. Some of the authors I have really enjoyed include M.R. Merrick, Amanda Hocking, Melissa Foster, Ann Charles, Barbara Annino, Toni LoTempio, SM Reine, Scott Nicholson and this is just a few. There is every genre represented tons of fun reading material.

  • July 3, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    WOW! This sounds like an awesome event! As a supporter of indie authors, I love it! 🙂

  • July 4, 2012 at 5:43 am

    I love indie authors. They usually work more than published ones and are sooo amazing! 😀 I support them on my blog.

  • Kassandra
    July 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Fan of Felicity Heaton.

  • July 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I haven’t read too many yet but I do have a few on my Kindle now and that is JL Bryan and Meredith Allard. I honestly can’t wait to read both of these books I have.

  • Stacy
    July 5, 2012 at 8:34 am

    What a great idea to help aspiring indie authors. I look forward to each post. As for favorite indie authors, I don’t have any (yet). I am actually fairly new to the indie book world and I rely on blogs like this to educate me.

  • Maggie K
    July 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Felicity is a very talented writer. Her stories as well as her characters are well thought and developed. I enjoyed reading her stories, usually quite hot.

  • Kylie C
    July 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I love Kathleen Harsch!

  • JennH
    July 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Tammara Webber 😀

  • Wendy Pogrant
    July 6, 2012 at 5:53 am

    I have not read and yet.

  • Shadow
    July 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I like Felicity Heaton. Her book are really good!!

  • bn100
    July 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Felicity Heaton

  • July 6, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Oh I love indie books. I read them all the time. Some authors I absolutely adore are Stephanie Nelson, Rhiannon Frater, Lisa Kessler, Katie Salidas, Felicia Heaton, Sylvain Reynard and many others. Awesome giveaway guys. Thank you so much much 🙂

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