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Girls*Heart* Books: Mel & Lana's Top 10 Indie Authors of 2012 & Giveaway

Monday, December 31, 2012

Mel & Lana's Top 10 Indie Authors of 2012 & Giveaway

While contemplating our favorite books of 2012, Lana and I realized there were quite a few Indie books that  topped our charts. Then we realized that a lot of those were series written by some pretty amazing Indie authors. We then decided we had to spread the love around and devote a post to the lovely authors who've made us love supporting Indies. These aren't in any kind of order. Enjoy! 




D.T. Dyllin is the author of the P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy & The Death Trilogy.  I was lucky enough to read an arc of Enemy Through the Gates (before Dyllin signed with Dragonfairy Press and changed the name to Hidden Gates).  P.J.'s story had me hooked from the very beginning. And I really loved that it was New Adult, so it was a bit steamier than the YA I'd been reading a lot of before that.  I cannot wait for the second book in the series. ~Mel 





Kaye Thornbrugh is the author of paranormal YA novel, Flicker. I got the chance to read this AH-MAH-ZING faerie book a few months ago and it is still one of my absolute favorites (and I am very, very picky person when it comes to the fae). I loved Lee from the start and still wish to kidnap and keep Filo (though I do ship him with Alice...Alice, Lana, they both have L's...). The second book in the Flicker series cannot come fast enough! ~Lana



Frankie Rose is the author of the phenomenal  Hope Series and the upcoming Raksha. I read Sovereign Hope in July and I have been completely besotted with the series ever since. When I finished it, I was sure I'd have to wait at least another year for the next installment. I was very happy when Eternal Hope released in October of the same year.  Aside from being a fantastically talented author, Frankie makes kick-ass book trailers & covers and she's  a pretty  fabulous person. We adore her. ~Mel 




J Meyers is the author of Intangible, Intuition and Indomitable. After being raged at for MONTHS by Mel (she knows she did xP) I finally picked Intangible up. It was my first Indie Novel and is the main reason I adore indie authors now. I devour anything Miss Meyers sets in front of her readers and cannot wait (can. not. wait.) for the second Intangible novel! ~Lana



Ada Adams  is the author of the Angel Creek Series.  One of the many reasons I adore Ada is that she took a genre (vampires) that I felt was quickly becoming overdone and gave it a complete overhaul and the result was ReVamped. The title is so very fitting. Ada Adams made vampires fun for me to read about again and honestly, I didn't think it could be done.  So again, I thank you, Ada for writing books that I am now hopelessly addicted to.~Mel  



 Stacey Rourke is the author of the amazing Gryphon series- The Conduit, Embrace, and Sacrifice. Let me tell you, I adore these books. Celeste (has an awesome name) is a kickass character with a smartass sense of humor that I just love, and the rest of her characters are all deep and wonderful and it... It is just an amazing series. I ADORE it! ~Lana



Michelle Warren is the author of the captivating Seraphina Parrish Trilogy.  She is also the very first Indie author I ever encountered. I can't thank her enough for opening the door to some amazing new stories & friends. Her books are enchanting and they draw you in from the very beginning and they don't let go. She also been kind to her readers by publishing Protecting Truth less than a year after Wander Dust. Now, we're holding our breath waiting for the finale of this wonderful series. ~Mel 




Cora Carmack is the author of NYT Best Seller, LOSING IT. I had heard many good things about the book when I first picked it up, and I have to say it is one of my favorites this year (see our Best Of post and you shall see I am not lying). I could really relate to Bliss and Garrick, just... Yum. I love him. I wish he would step out of the book... ha. I will definitely be stalking Carmack for any book she drops next! ~Lana





Kristen Day is the author of the Daughters of the Sea Trilogy. This series is amazingly addictive and action packed and really different from anything else out right now. We really can't get enough of her or the fantastically hunky male lead, Finn.  We like Stasia, too..honest! Kristen has also spoiled us by releasing both books 1 & 2 (Forsaken & Awaken) in 2012. Lana and I have been yearning for the final book in the series, Chosen.  I have a feeling I'll be devouring it in a day as soon as I can get my hands on it.  ~Mel 




Cambria Hebert is the author of The Heven and Hell series, and Whiteout. I have not finished the Heven and Hell series yet, (damn RL), but let me tell you, it is EPIC (and I rarely use this word). So twisty and dangerous and..and...ACH I adore it. Cambria herself is a sweetheart and hilarious, and I really hope to meet her (and really, I wish to meet everyone on this list) at UtopYA this year! <3 ~Lana


And now because we love you ALL so very much, we've decided to throw in a giveaway as well! Good luck! This is open internationally! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

43 comments:

  1. I really MUST read some of the books from these indie authors!

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    1. I promise you won't regret it Erin!

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    2. Read them ALLLL Erin, they are all amazing! :D

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  2. Wow!!! Im so honored to be on this list. Thank you so very much for thinking of me. I so appreciate it. It makes starting 2013even sweeter! Happy New Year and I am so honored to be up here with all these wonderful authors!

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    1. We love you and your work, Cambria! Happy New Year! <3

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  3. Oh my - so many amazing indies to choose from - I honestly can't pick one... Addison Moore, Monica La Porta, Cambria Hebert, Elizabeth Hunter, Vered Ehsani, Elise Stokes... and my list will go on forever if I don't stop!!

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  4. Thats a tough one..I have so many indie authors that i love..I only read indie ya...Id have to go with Mia Castile,Cambria Hebert,Amy Rachiele.There are really to many to name...I LOVE Indie authors.

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  5. Frankie Rose and D.T. Dyllin are AMAZING!! I have crushes on both of them lol. I'm looking forward to reading Stacey's novels.

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    1. They are!! Thanks for entering! Good luck!

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    2. I didn't enter, just showing some love :-) I have 90% of those books.

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    3. Stacey's books are hilarious and awesome, Ren. You will love them! :D

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  6. I can't believe I made the list! That's awesome! Thanks Guys! Happy New Year!

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  7. Of course you made the list silly!! We adore you! Happy New Year to you as well! <3

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  8. Indie authors are amazing and deserve so much more credit than they receive.
    To pick a favourite is exceedingly difficult, but I do love Inara Scott (and many, many more too).
    A huge thank you to to Girls Love Books for helping get these authors know to the readers!

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  9. Awesome giveaway - thank you. Don't know if I can pick just one. Can I go for a few, I know, wussy, but hey... it's too hard.

    Love Stacey Rourke, Willow Cross, RM Gilmore, Katherine Rochholz, JVK, Lily Crussell... ok, I'm going to stop, even though there are a ridiculous amount of amazing authors out there <3

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    1. haha Of course you can pick a few- Mel and I picked 10! lol And we could've kept going, but.. The post is quite long as is. hehe

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  10. I really need to read these books! they look amazing :D

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    1. They are all AWESOME, Ashima. Give 'em a go! :D

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  11. R.k. Ryals is my favorite indie author

    aidansmama77@yahoo.com

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  12. My fav indie author in Stacey Rourke! Def!

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  13. I don't really have one at the moment :)

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  14. Stacey Rourke is my faveorite author. Her b books are awesome!! Heather Heslip Alexander

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  15. I'm so flattered to be included on this list! Thank you so much, ladies! I'll definitely be checking out the rest of these authors in 2013!

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  16. Holy hell Batman this is an amazing giveaway! I loved Hidden Gates and I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy. There are also some books on your list that have been on my wishlist for a while.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

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  17. Gosh so many Airicka Phoenix, Melissa Andrea, Shanora Williams, Cambria Hebert, Stacey Rourke, D.T.Dyllin, Frankie Rose, Alyssa Rose Ivy, too many to name them all lol. Thank you for this giveaway ladies and good luck to everyone.

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  18. lol Lindsay Avalond, Airicka Phoenix, Stacey Roourke omg sooo many lol there is no way i can list them all

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  19. Awesome giveaway! Thank you so much! It is hard to pick one favorite author because I have so many. Here is a few of the Indie Authors that I love and enjoy reading their books - Lindsay Avalon, Trish Marie Dawson, Alyssa Rose Ivy, Airicka Phoenix, Cambria Hebert, Melissa Andrea and many, many more. They are amazing authors and I will continue to support and read their books.

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  20. My favourite... um, trisha leigh - her 'the last year' series is one of my most favourite series ever! Thanks for the great giveaway - so many awesome authors and books!

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    1. I also love cambria hebert and cidney swanson ☺

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  21. I have lots of favorite indie authors! A few are Shelly Crane, M. Leighton, and H.M. Ward.

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  22. wow... a favorite.. Frankie Rose... Alyssa Rose Ivy. There are just so many good ones!

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  23. Micalea Smeltzer, M. Leighton, Samantha Towle, Karice Bolton, Belinda Boring, Belle Mallory, Angela Corbett, Quinn Loftis, Jayde Scott, Stephanie Nelson, Autumn Dawn,...there's too many to list all of them.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Autumn Dawn, Stacey Rourke, and Dana Marton (not sure if she's indie?) are some of my favorites, but there are a lot of other authors I enjoy :D

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  25. I honestly have so many favorite indie authors, can't choose just one! There are lots I haven't read yet and I'm sure to be added to my long list of favorites! Thank you for the chance at this giveaway!

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  26. awesome giveaway! i have read losing it and i have not read any from the rest of these authors! but i will!!! books are amazing! hehe! favourite indie authors where do i start! m.leighton, samantha towel, h.m ward, and soo many more!!!

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  27. I can't choose just one! I love them all!!

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  28. Wow! so many new authors to discover. Added these books to my TBR list :)

    My favorite indie author is Elizabeth Reyes. I <3 her!!

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway :)

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  29. Gail McHugh - author of Collide! Mad love her! <3 Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to win Losing It by Cora Carmack! Heard amazing things about the book :)

    tess_halim(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  30. Idk... I like Jamie McGuire and Tammara Weber... are they indie?

    mestith at gmail dot com

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  31. There are so many great indie authors, it's hard to choose. But right now, I am loving Liz Crowe!

    karen dot arrowood at sbcglobal dot net

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