Seven Indie (and Small Press) Published Books You Need to Read Right Now

This post is dedicated to all those who are #indiepublished. The ones that show us that being independently published is not a dirty word. The books you have to go and read right now.

1) Through Glass by Kari Fisher

Through Glass starts like a romance, but swiftly turns into a tightly written thriller. Written by a fellow Sudbury Writer's Guild author, and also from Kirkland Lake (she went to school there, and I was born there), Kari Fisher who now resides in Markstay-Warren.

2) When My Son Died by Kenn Pitawanakwat

Both heartbreaking and inspirational, When My Son Died is a non-fiction book where Kenn Pitawanakwat works through the heartbreak of both losing his son and the horrible history of how Canadians have treated our Aboriginal neighbours as a residential school survivor until finally teaching all of us that we can work past the hurt to a real healing. All we have to do is be willing to do face it.

3) In Defense of Innocence by Dave Wickenden

Another member of the Sudbury Writer's Guild, Dave Wickenden is a retired firefighter from the Sudbury Fire Services - and even served as the Deputy Fire Chief of Sudbury. He turns his experiences to writing, often using them to write tight and realistic crime thrillers.

4) Flower Shields by C.A. King

C.A. King is from Burlington, Ontario and she writes both urban fantasy and romance. I'm not a fan of romance so much, but I've always enjoyed her books. I'm not the only one. King has won numerous awards and has a healthy following for a reason. Flower Shields is one of my favourites, even if it delves in the bible and pulls on elements to create a fantasy based on elements of angels, demons, and the gates of hell. While I find anything dealing with angels, demons and the gates of hell a bit on the overdone side, King manages to give it a fresh spin where even I enjoyed it.

5) The Last Hockey Fight by Nate Friedman

You can't get more Canadian than this. The book is an amusing tale about a hockey player who faces a change in the way games are played... hockey fights being banned. The problem is that his role on his team is as the bruiser. The book moves from humourous to a serious question of this Bruiser trying to adapt all while still maintaining the same humour straight through to the end.

7) Victory by M.J. Spickett

M.J. writes books that are somewhat darker (and in some cases, very dark) with characters who deal with growing up in the middle of the darkness only to find their way to victory. There's no pun intended on the word choice here as Victory is no exception.

I could include my own work here, being Canadian and published, but I think I highlight what I've written enough on this blog and on this site already.

Did I miss one? Post it in the comments and I'll read and review it.

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