The Best Indie Authors You’ve Never Heard Of – Part One

Welcome to the first in my series of some of the best independent authors and writers you probably haven’t read yet, but really should. With so many new books being independently published every day, it is simply impossible to keep up with them all. But over the next few days, we can explore writers (some established, some brand spanking new) who might otherwise be under the reading radar. To get us started, here are some fabulous fables for the fantasy connoisseur…

Annabelle Franklin – Gateway To Magic & The Slapstyx

I’m a writer, musician and rescuer of ex-racing dogs. I live in a quirky little shed on the South Gower coast in South Wales UK. The landscape is stunning and magical, providing plenty of inspiration for fairy tales and fantasy.

When a family member had a phase of video game addiction, I wondered how he would manage in a dimension where technology was banned: would he embrace the adventure or suffer withdrawal symptoms? This is how I came to write my first children’s novel Gateway to Magic. My second was inspired by my hatred of housework and the possibility there might be a breed of goblin whose sole purpose is to mess up our homes. The Slapstyx explores this idea, in a story featuring psychic twin sisters who must foil a plot to make people buy the world’s most environmentally unfriendly detergent – a plot involving some grubby goblins and a greedy businessman who can do black magic.

Here are the links to the books: 

Gateway to Magic on Amazon

The Slapstyx on Amazon

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Alexander Elliott – Rise Of The Draman

Rise of the Draman Alexander Elliott

Rise of the Draman: 

Orphaned as an infant, Croft spent his early years in the harsh confines of the Abbey, dreaming of befriending a dragon. When the day finally came, an accident leaves him utterly changed and bonded to a beast named Rueloo. Facing prejudice and fear, Croft builds a quiet life in the nest among his dragon friends – unaware his unique abilities would soon be needed.

With a powerful foe marching towards their borders, King Augustus appeals to the dragon child for his help. Croft’s example of sacrifice, kindness, and bravery inspire the people of Spiredale to unite and overcome. With the dragons, they forge a powerful alliance and embrace an entwined future neither were expecting.

In this five-story collection, join Croft and Rueloo for a series of adventures filled with intrigue, survival, love, sorrow, and triumph. Their bond is only the beginning…

Alexander Elliott lives in the upper Midwest and is the author of books in multiple genres including science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and romance. His work is replete with themes of love, passion, family, humor, hope, and acceptance.

The author is known for masterful storytelling and creative world-building. His books feature realistic, well-developed characters, emotional depth, sizzling romance, and all the adventure, action, and intrigue necessary for a great read.


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Fran Laniado – Beautiful

Fran Laniado Beautiful

Eimear is Faerie. She left the land of her birth,  to find a place where she felt like she could belong. She finds herself in the World, a strange place, where she is the only magical being, and she begins to build a life for herself. But when she encounters Finn, supernaturally beautiful but thoughtless and selfish, she gets angry. In a fit of rage, she casts a spell on Finn. It’s a spell that she can’t undo, even when she discovers that she’s ruined Finn’s life.

Finn is wealthy, arrogant,  and cruel. He didn’t think twice about insulting Eimear until it was too late.  Now, exiled from the only home he’s ever known, he is forced to make his own way, for the first time ever. He does have support- if he wants it. Eimear wants to assuage her guilt by helping him.

In an isolated place, thrown together initially out of desperation and need, Eimear and Finn find a way to live together.  That alliance eventually blossoms into friendship, and even love. But before they can have their happily ever after, Eimear must go on a perilous journey that will force her to confront everything that she ran away from when she left Faerie.

About the author:

Fran Laniado’s work, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in several publications such as Enchanted Conversation magazine, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, Synchronized Chaos Magazine, New Works Review, and more. Beautiful is her first published novel. She lives in New York and enjoys theater, yoga, sitcom reruns and lots and lots of books!  


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Alethea Kehas – Labyrinth

TheLabyrinth_Cover_LowResAlethea Kehas

Within a grove of oaks beside a quiet lake in New Hampshire, a mysterious labyrinth appears beneath the ground. As the labyrinth reveals itself, those who are called to it must decide how they will respond to the paths it offers to them. In this visionary fiction adventure, readers follow six young “warriors of light” as they embark upon a mission to save the planet and a beloved mother who is trapped inside its darkness. Before they can rescue the planet, though, they must unlock the power of their animal selves and save each other. Order a copy for your young warrior of light today. 

Author Bio:

Alethea Kehas is the author of The Labyrinth  as well as a memoir, A Girl Named Truth. When she is not writing, she works as a yoga instructor and an intuitive energy healer. The author shares a house with her husband, two teens ,and four animals who think they are human. Most days Alethea’s lucky to find a cozy seat to write without an intervening paw. 

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