Indie Author Books

Books we've read through our Indie Author Review System. If you're looking to give an independent author a chance, look no further.

Miles & Miles - Travels Through a Fragrant Europe

Miles & Miles - Travels Through a Fragrant Europe

Author: Miles W. Hewitt Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/04/2021

A travelogue is always a joy, particularly these days, as it transports us to somewhere new and different. This is an ideal holiday book, packed with a lovely mixture of culture, architecture, and food. It is a sort of gentle Paul Theroux without the biting humour, and Peter Mayle, without the distinctive structure of the seasons. Miles's descriptions of the places he visits are packed with detail and he is every bit as graphic writing about architecture or scenery as he about the restaurants, homes and cafes he samples. His descriptions of the food he tastes in the restaurants, local homes and markets, makes you itching to pack and head off there straight away. I particularly enjoyed the way the book flitted around Europe. One minute he is in the Scottish Highlands eating fish and chips and in the next chapter, he is back in Southern Italy eating octopus and muscles. It is also unusual in that he returns to places, meeting up with fellow travellers and local residents where their personal stories are revisited, one such memorable event being Oliver the campsite owner. Miles seems to invite friendships and confidences wherever he goes. In every town and village, he finds a friendly face, someone to take him to a fiesta or a lavender field, an amazing restaurant, or in one or two cases the town's red light district. He also manages to invite quite a few admirers and offers with definite sexual innuendos along the way! From Scotland, to Bavaria to Bergerac in France, his popularity seems to know no bounds. He seems to acquire interesting people like a magnet. I certainly haven't been invited to a weekend festival after a couple of drinks, a concert or been offered blueberry tart and wine on a walk in the Voges mountains. Perhaps we must all try harder, learn from our surroundings and travel with an open mind and a keener eye. As the last line of the book says, 'life is a voyage, those who travel, live twice. Rosie Watch, A LoveReading Ambassador

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Miles & Miles - Travels Through a Fragrant Europe

Miles & Miles - Travels Through a Fragrant Europe

Author: Miles W. Hewitt Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/04/2021

A travelogue is always a joy, particularly these days, as it transports us to somewhere new and different. This is an ideal holiday book, packed with a lovely mixture of culture, architecture, and food. It is a sort of gentle Paul Theroux without the biting humour, and Peter Mayle, without the distinctive structure of the seasons. Miles's descriptions of the places he visits are packed with detail and he is every bit as graphic writing about architecture or scenery as he about the restaurants, homes and cafes he samples. His descriptions of the food he tastes in the restaurants, local homes and markets, makes you itching to pack and head off there straight away. I particularly enjoyed the way the book flitted around Europe. One minute he is in the Scottish Highlands eating fish and chips and in the next chapter, he is back in Southern Italy eating octopus and muscles. It is also unusual in that he returns to places, meeting up with fellow travellers and local residents where their personal stories are revisited, one such memorable event being Oliver the campsite owner. Miles seems to invite friendships and confidences wherever he goes. In every town and village, he finds a friendly face, someone to take him to a fiesta or a lavender field, an amazing restaurant, or in one or two cases the town's red light district. He also manages to invite quite a few admirers and offers with definite sexual innuendos along the way! From Scotland, to Bavaria to Bergerac in France, his popularity seems to know no bounds. He seems to acquire interesting people like a magnet. I certainly haven't been invited to a weekend festival after a couple of drinks, a concert or been offered blueberry tart and wine on a walk in the Voges mountains. Perhaps we must all try harder, learn from our surroundings and travel with an open mind and a keener eye. As the last line of the book says, 'life is a voyage, those who travel, live twice. Rosie Watch, A LoveReading Ambassador

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Miles & Miles - Travels Through a Fragrant Europe

Miles & Miles - Travels Through a Fragrant Europe

Author: Miles W. Hewitt Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/04/2021

A travelogue is always a joy, particularly these days, as it transports us to somewhere new and different. This is an ideal holiday book, packed with a lovely mixture of culture, architecture, and food. It is a sort of gentle Paul Theroux without the biting humour, and Peter Mayle, without the distinctive structure of the seasons. Miles's descriptions of the places he visits are packed with detail and he is every bit as graphic writing about architecture or scenery as he about the restaurants, homes and cafes he samples. His descriptions of the food he tastes in the restaurants, local homes and markets, makes you itching to pack and head off there straight away. I particularly enjoyed the way the book flitted around Europe. One minute he is in the Scottish Highlands eating fish and chips and in the next chapter, he is back in Southern Italy eating octopus and muscles. It is also unusual in that he returns to places, meeting up with fellow travellers and local residents where their personal stories are revisited, one such memorable event being Oliver the campsite owner. Miles seems to invite friendships and confidences wherever he goes. In every town and village, he finds a friendly face, someone to take him to a fiesta or a lavender field, an amazing restaurant, or in one or two cases the town's red light district. He also manages to invite quite a few admirers and offers with definite sexual innuendos along the way! From Scotland, to Bavaria to Bergerac in France, his popularity seems to know no bounds. He seems to acquire interesting people like a magnet. I certainly haven't been invited to a weekend festival after a couple of drinks, a concert or been offered blueberry tart and wine on a walk in the Voges mountains. Perhaps we must all try harder, learn from our surroundings and travel with an open mind and a keener eye. As the last line of the book says, 'life is a voyage, those who travel, live twice. Rosie Watch, A LoveReading Ambassador

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Miles & Miles - Travels Through a Fragrant Europe

Miles & Miles - Travels Through a Fragrant Europe

Author: Miles W. Hewitt Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/04/2021

A travelogue is always a joy, particularly these days, as it transports us to somewhere new and different. This is an ideal holiday book, packed with a lovely mixture of culture, architecture, and food. It is a sort of gentle Paul Theroux without the biting humour, and Peter Mayle, without the distinctive structure of the seasons. Miles's descriptions of the places he visits are packed with detail and he is every bit as graphic writing about architecture or scenery as he about the restaurants, homes and cafes he samples. His descriptions of the food he tastes in the restaurants, local homes and markets, makes you itching to pack and head off there straight away. I particularly enjoyed the way the book flitted around Europe. One minute he is in the Scottish Highlands eating fish and chips and in the next chapter, he is back in Southern Italy eating octopus and muscles. It is also unusual in that he returns to places, meeting up with fellow travellers and local residents where their personal stories are revisited, one such memorable event being Oliver the campsite owner. Miles seems to invite friendships and confidences wherever he goes. In every town and village, he finds a friendly face, someone to take him to a fiesta or a lavender field, an amazing restaurant, or in one or two cases the town's red light district. He also manages to invite quite a few admirers and offers with definite sexual innuendos along the way! From Scotland, to Bavaria to Bergerac in France, his popularity seems to know no bounds. He seems to acquire interesting people like a magnet. I certainly haven't been invited to a weekend festival after a couple of drinks, a concert or been offered blueberry tart and wine on a walk in the Voges mountains. Perhaps we must all try harder, learn from our surroundings and travel with an open mind and a keener eye. As the last line of the book says, 'life is a voyage, those who travel, live twice. Rosie Watch, A LoveReading Ambassador

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Running Coyote and Fallen Star

Running Coyote and Fallen Star

Author: Gavin Boyter Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/04/2021

‘Running Coyote and Fallen Star’ by Gavin Boyter is a collection of short stories created through an interesting concept. Looking for inspiration the author started to write short stories to a strict word count using three randomly generated words as prompts. ‘Running Coyote and Fallen Star’ not only contains some of these works (that have received further editing from the initial strict requirements) but other stories of a variety of length for readers to disappear into. I found all of these stories very well-written and I liked the variety of genres within the collection. Some stories address life during the pandemic, others are set in the future with a science fiction twist. There’s tales of ghosts and old friendships and without going through and describing every single one, there’s something for everyone. If you’d like a recommendation to start with, I found ‘Duet’ to be the most powerful. A great short story collection to suit any mood or available reading time. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

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The Sin City Bounty

The Sin City Bounty

Author: Markus Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2021

How do you catch someone who can appear as anyone? The Rose is a shapeshifting assassin that has left a trail of bodies in high-profile hits all over the globe for the last decade. The bounty on the Rose’s head is massive, and Zack and his team want to cash in. When a multi-million dollar hit contract is put on a heavily protected arms dealer in Las Vegas, it looks like the perfect bait for the Rose. Zack and his team travel to Las Vegas to shadow the arms dealer and take down the Rose in the act. Unfortunately, things quickly go south. The team has threats from all quarters to deal with. From vampire mobsters to the FBI and everything in between, it will take everything the team has just to stay alive. If you enjoy action-packed Urban Fantasy with a dash of humor, you'll love this novel.

That Summer in Nautilus Cove

That Summer in Nautilus Cove

Author: Julie Holland Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2021

What a transportive read ‘That Summer on Nautilus Cove’ by Julie Holland is. Mixing summer and festive vibes, I think that this is a relationship story to be enjoyed in all seasons. Marnie Fawkner heads from Melbourne to Queensland to house sit for her sister, divorced and unemployed Marnie is at a crossroads and the time in Nautilus Cove will give her the seaside break she needs. Once there, Marnie becomes involved with the community and her sister’s business, but with her stay there only supposed to be temporary and plenty of troubles still waiting for her in Melbourne, will there be an opportunity for a fresh start? This is a really sweet and entertaining relationship story that reminded me of Carole Matthews. Marnie is lovable although frustrating in her attempts at self-sabotage and I was invested in seeing what would happen to her throughout the book. Interweaving family dynamics of a divorce, grown up children and new relationships, I feel that this is a nice and romantic story that will have broad appeal across the age ranges. A slice of sunshine with a side of feel-good that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and would highly recommend. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

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Any Porth in a Storm The Long-Distance Walk that Goes South

Any Porth in a Storm The Long-Distance Walk that Goes South

Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/03/2021

‘Any Porth In A Storm’ is an entertaining piece of travel writing that follows Oscar Burton as he walks the South West Coastal Path. The journey covers 1015km and goes from Somerset to Dorset. With wit and deep insight, the author takes us on this gruelling journey filled with ups and downs, opportunities to meet new people and terrible weather conditions. This is a story of endurance. I was captivated by Oscar’s perseverance and needed to read on to see if he reached the end, although I was sad at the moment he lost his companion Zippy. I loved the literary references throughout, and although this book does not inspire me to walk the Path it does inspire me to learn about and see more of the South West Coast. Set against the backdrop of political and economic uncertainty experienced in the UK in modern times with fallouts from Brexit etc. and ending with the lockdowns of 2020, this is an enlightening read that will not only potentially put you off walking the Path in one go, but also give you the space to explore themes of resilience and hope amidst dire circumstances. An enthralling read that I would wholeheartedly recommend.  Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

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K-666: BRUTUS — The Mongolian Virus: War through biological weapons

K-666: BRUTUS — The Mongolian Virus: War through biological weapons

Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2021

 ‘K-666: BRUTUS - The Mongolian Virus: War through biological weapons’ by Alessandro Boccaletti is a Bond-esque take on a global pandemic. Sinister governing organisations setting out to manipulate a once dormant virus and use it as a biological weapon in order to expand their economy and improve their global positioning. As more and more people fall ill around the world, the unlikely co-operation of an American virologist and his Russian colleagues may just be able to find the solution needed. Based on the global experience over the past year, significantly embellished into a work of dramatic fiction with the incorporation of conspiracies and evil plots, in order to make this an entertaining medical and political narrative. With either a great deal of research or initial knowledge, the author navigates the scientific research and medical scenarios within this book in a way that appears technically detailed and believable throughout. Personally, I didn’t like the footnotes used in the book as I feel that as this is a work of fiction, information is either important enough to be included in the main narrative and should be integrated there, or else left out. However, this little pet peeve of mine didn’t stop me from following on and enjoying this medical thriller in one sitting.  Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

Not In My Name

Not In My Name

Author: Michael Coolwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/03/2021

Not in my Name by Michael Coolwood is an interesting mix of political fantasy and murder mystery. It is earnest and passionate but quite straightforwardly written, which makes it also suitable for younger adult readers. The plot revolves around a group of activists living in a commune in an imaginary version of 2003. Each of the group has their own reasons for being there and their own personal problems that they have brought with them. The trust and camaraderie that the group feel towards each other is suddenly put in jeopardy, however, when they discover that they have been infiltrated and then...the murders begin. The writer has cleverly used authentic but edited contemporary quotes from public figures, applying them to a different situation, thus underlining his premise that politicians will say, do, promise almost anything in order to gain or remain in power, a very high profile scenario happening right now in the U.S. The book is also timely in the descriptions of the way the activists are treated at the hands of the police, very reminiscent of the BLM protests. The ending is slightly unexpected but perfectly reasoned and inevitable, going a long way to restore the reader's faith in human nature and family ties. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. Drena Irish, A LoveReading Ambassador

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Cold Wallet

Cold Wallet

Author: Rosy Fenwicke Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/03/2021

I was intrigued by Cold Wallet from the very start. We begin the story from Henry’s perspective and enough detail is shared to tell us about the relationship between Henry Andrew and Jess while simultaneously raising questions that keep you intrigued to read on.   We then follow Jess on her tragic honeymoon and as she scrambles to get to grips with the company she has inherited. Her relationship with Henry is strained but when he offers to help manage the cryptocurrency business Vaultange is it because he’s changing or because he has something more sinister planned.   I liked the basis of this storyline, although some of the more in depth conversations went over my head to begin with it came across as very well researched and I slowly became immersed in Andrew, Jess and Henry’s complex world. I liked the depth of each of the characters, all multifaceted and in their own way unreliable, with each development sending me in a spin as I read. The author takes the time to set the scene, with flashbacks that show how relationships develop as the plotline moves forward. With revelations and resolutions that left me spinning I think that this is a really good thriller and I would recommend it. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador 

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The Briarmen

The Briarmen

Author: Joseph A. Chadwick Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2021

The Briarmen is a fantasy story that has quite a traditional feel about it. First we meet Hamish’s daughter as she travels to meet enny in order to scatter her father’s ashes. During this meeting we are taken back in time to the evacuation of children to the countryside during WWII, when Hamish is first sent to live in Brombury with the Platts and he and Penny first discover the Briarmen.  This story did remind me in it’s essence of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, where evacuated children discover something magical in their new home. I loved the imagination used to construct the Woods Beyond The Railway and how the Briarmen are interwoven with reality as the plotline develops. I enjoyed discovering more about Hamish and Penny and watching as their friendship developed.  I think that this is a classic story filled with magic and escapism which will remind readers of the books they read when they were little. I also thought the black and white illustrations at the top of each chapter was a nice extra touch.