The first thing I want to say is that there are MANY amazing indie authors that are going to be releasing books in 2018, I am sure of this. This list is the top 10 Indie books that are currently scheduled for release in 2018 that I am aware of at the time of this post. I hope that some of these books grab you interest and that you will add a new Indie book to your TBR pile.
Top 10 Indie Books I Want To Read in 2018
1. This is a series that I have read since the beginning and I can’t wait to read this book!
Five by Jane Blythe
Series: Count to Ten #5
Publication Date: January 24, 2018
Genre: Suspense, Crime, Romance
Blurb: At the hospital Laura Xander bumps into a teenager who claims that she and three other girls were kidnapped five years ago. The man whom she alleges abducted her maintains that he is her father and that his daughter is mentally unbalanced.
A race against time ensues to prove the girls are kidnap victims before the man who says he’s their father takes them home never to be seen again.
Meanwhile the stalker who tried to kill Detective Paige Hood four years ago is back and determined that she will not live to see the morning.
2. I LOVE the Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery series and I am dying to read this book!
Duty and the Beast by Chelsea Field
Publication Date: January 31, 2018
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Blurb: Two people with nothing in common are found dead. Apparently poisoned by an artificial intelligence security system. Now Izzy needs to find out whether robots are taking over the world or if there’s a geeky murderer on the loose.
Oh, and she also needs to juggle the demands of her personal life–playing along with Etta’s latest deception, rehoming a mysteriously acquired stray dog, cheering up her mopey housemate, and helping Harper cut ties with her worst boyfriend yet.
But Izzy’s biggest challenge of all will be helping Connor face the demons of his past. And if she fails, she might lose him forever…
3. Blood bonding, eternal war, and unknown secrets are what pulled my interest to this book. I can’t wait to read it!
Wicked Soul by Nora Ash
Series: Ancient Blood #1
Publication Date: February 10, 2018
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Blurb: He saved me… And then he blood-bonded me. Now I’m his.
My first meeting with a Chicago vampire went better than expected.
Up until that night, all I knew about vampires was limited to a few common facts: they drink blood, they get a mean sunburn and if you find yourself alone with one, you’re dead.
Except he didn’t kill me.
Sexy, broody Warin clearly had his own reasons for sparing my life and tying me with his blood, but if he’d known how much trouble I’d attract, I bet he wouldn’t have bothered. When he blood-bonded me, secrets even I didn’t know about myself came to light.
Secrets that will pull us both deep into the eternal war between vampires and the witches determined to rid the world of their evil.
We have only one choice now: fight the forces hell-bent on breaking our bond…
4. A female private investigator will grab me every single time! Have to read!
Devil’s Gold by Amanda McKinney
Series: Black Rose Mystery Novella #1
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Blurb: Death and Darkness are the norm at Black Rose Investigations . . .
Despite being chronically late, occasionally disheveled and a tad disorganized, Dixie Knight is one of the top private investigators in the country, and when a young woman goes missing in the small, Southern town of Devil’s Den, Dixie takes the case. She expected it to be another ordinary missing person case—until Lizzie Meyers is found naked and beaten to death at a local, seedy motel.
While visiting relatives on his two-week leave, Marine Liam Cash bumps into Dixie at the local bar, and his attraction to her is immediate. When Liam connects Dixie’s current case to two unsolved murders in his hometown, he steps in to help find the killer, and keep her safe, whether Dixie wants him to or not.
After another woman is found brutally beaten, Dixie turns the town upside down trying to solve the mystery—could it be the rumored witch that lives in the mountains; the rich, neurotic doctor’s wife; or the perky, blonde receptionist at the local medical clinic?
Time is running out and Dixie knows she has to put the pieces of the puzzle together before another body turns cold in Devil’s Den.
5. This debut novel caught my eye. An air spirit resurrecting a war and it affecting the main characters….sounds quiet intriguing to me.
The Call of the Rift: Flight by Jae Waller
Series: The Call of the Rift #1
Publication Date: April 03, 2018
Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Kateiko doesn’t want to be Rin anymore — not if it means sacrificing lives to protect the dead. Her only way out is to join another tribe, a one-way trek through the coastal rainforest. Killing a colonial soldier in the woods isn’t part of the plan. Neither is spending the winter with Tiernan, an immigrant who keeps a sword with his carpentry tools. His log cabin leaks and his stories about other worlds raise more questions than they answer.
Then the air spirit Suriel, long thought dormant, resurrects a war. For Kateiko, protecting other tribes in her confederacy is atonement. For Tiernan, war is a return to the military life he’s desperate to forget.
Leaving Tiernan means losing the one man Kateiko trusts. Staying with him means abandoning colonists to a death sentence. In a region tainted by prejudice and on the brink of civil war, she has to decide what’s worth dying — or killing — for.
6. A forty year old secret surrounding the disappearance of two women definitely grabbed my interest.
The Very Marrow of our Bones by Christine Higdon
Publication Date: April 03, 2018
Genre: Historical fiction
Blurb: On a miserable November day in 1967, two women disappear from a working-class town on the Fraser River. The community is thrown into panic, with talk of drifters and murderous husbands. But no one can find a trace of Bette Parsons or Alice McFee. Even the egg seller, Doris Tenpenny, a woman to whom everyone tells their secrets, hears nothing.
Ten-year-old Lulu Parsons discovers something, though: a milk-stained note her mother, Bette, left for her father on the kitchen table. Wally, it says, I will not live in a tarpaper shack for the rest of my life . . .
Lulu tells no one, and months later she buries the note in the woods. At the age of ten, she starts running — and forgetting — lurching through her unraveled life, using the safety of solitude and detachment until, at fifty, she learns that she is not the only one who carries a secret.
7. I really enjoyed reading the first book in this series, Rum Runner, and I am very much looking forward to reading its sequel.
Bahama Mama by Tricia Leedom
Series: Key West Escape #2
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Genre: Thriller, Romance
Blurb: Troubles are piling up for Molly MacBain. Between navigating the moods of an increasingly sassy teenage daughter, battling mounting financial difficulties, and wading through a mess of custody issues, Molly certainly doesn’t need any more stress in her life. But when she learns that her best friend, Sophie, has been keeping a huge secret from her, she’s beyond bowled over. Apparently, Sophie’s soon-to-be brother-in-law is Molly’s idol, country music superstar Anders Ostergaard and after years on the country music circuit herself, Molly finds herself somewhere between smitten and awe-struck.
Anders flies to Key West to attend his brother’s wedding and keep a low profile after a wicked scandal continues to follow him around like a lurking shadow. Usually, he has a strict rule about getting involved with fans, especially fiery, red-headed hot mamas like Molly MacBain, but her sharp wit and refreshing openness draws him in like no one has before.
But romance and flirting come to a screeching halt, when Molly’s daughter witnesses a murder and winds up in Jamaica. Anders offers Molly the use of his private plane to bring her home and together, they set off for Montego Bay. Between racing against her ex’s impending involvement and the hitman hunting for the witnesses to his crime, both Molly and Anders are completely unaware they’re being stalked by an even greater danger.
In the sultry Caribbean, Anders and Molly discover when a man who’s sworn off love and a woman who guards her heart can’t keep their hands off of each other, something’s gotta give. If their luck doesn’t run out first.
8. This book is an interim novella between the main books in the Fairy Tales of the Magicorum. I enjoyed book one and I am looking forward to book two.
Moonlight and Midtown by Christina Bauer
Publication Date: May 27, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Blurb: After battling werewolves and evil aunties, Bryar Rose is ready to enjoy her new life. No more crazy aunties. Her curse is toast. And Bry’s new man, Knox, is literally a dream come true. Best of all, Bry will soon attend a regular high school. Forget those sketchy tutors! To get ready, Bry is dedicating the rest of her summer to some serious back-to-school shopping with her best friend, Elle. It’s a blast, except for one thing:
Mysterious strangers are following Bry across Manhattan.
All these stalkers have oddly familiar scents and an uncanny ability to slip into the shadows whenever Bry tries to confront them. Even worse, their presence is making Knox act crazy with a capital C.
But Bry’s having none of it. Enough of her life has already been ruined by secrets. With Elle’s help, Bry plans to confront these strangers, find out what they want, and send them packing. Trouble is, the truth about their identity won’t be so easy to manage, especially when Bry finds out how these stalkers could change her future with Knox…and not for the better.
9. This book grabbed my interest with it being about tensions between an alien race and a global conglomerate escalating with the main character Maite Martinez caught in the madness.
Off Planet by Aileen Erin
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
Blurb: Maite Martinez has always yearned for more than waitressing in a greasy diner on the polluted, mostly abandoned planet Earth. She’s spent her life hiding from the global corporations that took over when the world’s governments went belly up. Thankfully, they’ve been too busy trying to keep the tenuous peace with the mysterious alien race—the Aunare—to pay her much attention, but just in case, Maite likes to keep a low profile. Staying out of the system at all costs has been her motto. But when a SpaceTech officer gets handsy with her, she reacts without thinking.
Breaking his nose might not have been her smartest move, and now she’s faced with a choice: serious jail time working in a chain gang on a volcano planet or join the corporate army to fight against the impending war with the Aunare. With those two options, Maite knows she has to enlist if she wants any hope of surviving.
As with everything in her life, Maite quickly realizes that the war with the Aurnare isn’t what it seems. And Lorne, the Aunare prince, keeps popping up everywhere she goes. Being seen with him could get her in even deeper trouble with her commanders, but he’s the first person who sees through the wall she’s built around herself and she can’t bring herself to send him away.
When the situation between SpaceTech and the Aunare escalates, Maite has a way to end the war before it even begins. There’s only one question: can she stop the total annihilation of the human race without getting herself killed in the process?
10. I enjoyed the first book in this series, Wolves and Roses, and I am excited about reading its sequel.
Shifters and Glyphs by Christina Bauer
Series: Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #2
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Blurb: After being raised by the meanest fairies in the history of ever, Bryar Rose is now free to live her own life. For the first time, she’s attending West Lake Prep, a regular high school. Well, mostly regular. Some students are actually hidden members of the Magicorum. In other words, they’re really wizards, fairies, or shifters. Bry doesn’t mind, though. She’s thrilled to enjoy all the new experiences of being around normal kids her age, from locker pranks to lunchtime mystery meat. Everything is going along great, except for one thing.
Bry’s dreams about the pyramids of Egypt have gotten darker and more sinister. Every night, she sees her new man Knox and her best friend Elle in danger.
With no other choice, Bry plans to leave school to explore the pyramids on her own. But her new man Knox discovers the scheme and is having none of it. He wants to stay by her side, no matter what. It’s a good thing too, because Bry must solve the mystery of her attraction to the pyramids and soon. Otherwise, it could cost the lives of those she loves most…and that means not only Knox, but also her best friend Elle.
With the end of the year rapidly approaching I will be publishing an end of year wrap up with a what to expect in 2018 post very soon. As well as a final post for my 2017 Flights of Fantasy reading challenge.