Submissions for Indie Book of the Month

Change in My Submission Policy, Beginning January 2018
For the past year I have chosen all of my books of the month from the comments on this page. In the coming year, I will continue to look at all books submitted here, but I plan to read some of the great indie books which have crossed my path outside of this web site, and if I like them I will feature them on my blog. I still want all of your submissions, and I still will be choosing books submitted in the comments on this page. I'll just be branching out a little as well. 

How to Submit
Simply go to the comments section on this page and post your book's blurb as well as the Amazon buy link (NOTE: The links in the comments apparently do not go live, but I can copy and paste them into the address bar, so it still works). If I find the blurb interesting, I will click the link and read sample chapters. If I like the sample chapters, I will buy your book. Yes, that's right. Buy it. My goal is to help indie authors, so I am not asking for free copies. Since I'm only featuring one book per month, I think I can afford to purchase them. Note: If your book is enrolled in KDP Select, I may borrow it rather than buy it, but it still helps your sales ranking.

Preferred Genres
Of course I have preferred genres. Who doesn't? I also have genres I prefer not to read. But I want to encourage you to post links to all kinds of books. Since the comments will be public, you will be advertising your book not only to me but to everyone who visits this page. Just because I choose to pass on a book, that doesn't mean everyone will.

How Will You Know If You're Chosen?
Since you will be submitting publicly, I am not asking for any contact information. To find out if your book was chosen, you can do a number of things. You can follow my blog, or you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads. When the blog post featuring the winning book is published, it will be posted to those social media platforms. I will publish the book of the month post at the beginning of every month. I usually blog on Thursdays, but sometimes I get a couple of days behind.

Please, only post your blurb and your buy link. I will use that information to decide if I want to read your book. I'll also only be featuring indie books. I'm an indie author myself, and I want to support my colleagues.

If Your Book Is Not Chosen
This is a change from my previous policy. I will no longer be deleting all comments at the beginning of every month. Most people were not coming back to resubmit, and I think I missed out on reading quite a few great books because of it, so in the future I will not delete a comment until I have made my final choice on a book.

Please Note
I am not accepting ARCs, only published books. I also do not want authors sending me books, as I plan to buy the book I choose to review. If your book is not yet published, you may come back and submit once it is available for purchase. Also, the choice of Indie Book of the Month is solely at my discretion. It is my sincere hope that I will absolutely love a book once I've chosen it, but there's always the chance that I will find some problems which I will then feel the need to address. I would like to be able to give all the books I feature five star reviews, but that is not something I can guarantee. What I can promise is that my review will be honest.

Thank you and I can't wait to read your blurbs.



    Greta, thanks for considering a review of my book Practice Makes PURPOSE: Six Spiritual Practices That Will Change Your Life and Transform Your Community. It has been favorably reviewed by Publishers Weekly, which said, "This gentle, grateful, and relatable book will serve any readers looking for practical steps toward spiritual fulfillment," and by Kirkus, which called it "an engaging and valuable book about living a more loving and purposeful life." But it hasn't been reviewed by many bloggers yet (actually only one, but it was a good review!). I hope you can help me change that!

    This book falls into the self-help/inspirational genre. Here's a brief synopsis:

    "The Six Spiritual Practices are a new formulation of a very old set of teachings and disciplines. If you apply them regularly, you will have more energy and vitality, more focus, more compassion, more clarity, and more joy. And these effects will ripple outward into your marriage and family, your parenting, your workplace, your friendships, your neighborhood and city. These practices will change your life and transform your community. They will connect you and the people around you to Purpose, the experience of belonging to something infinitely greater than ourselves."

    Again, thanks for your consideration!

    Paul Schroeder

    1. Thank you. I've already chosen my February book, but I'll keep this up for consideration for March.


  2. Fifteen-year-old Nara Dall has never liked secrets. Yet it seems that her life has been filled with them, from the ugly scar on her back to the strange powers she possesses. Her adoptive father refuses to say anything about her origins, and soon, she and her best friend must attend the announcement ceremony, in which youths are tested for a magical gift.

    A gifted youth has not been announced in the poor village of Dimmitt for decades. When Nara uncovers the reason, she uses her own powers to make things right. The decision sets her on a path of danger, discovery, and a search for the divine. In the process, she learns the truth about herself and uncovers the biggest secret of all: the power of broken people.

    Amazon Pre-order Link:

    1. Thanks. I don't review books until they are available for purchase, but I will leave this comment here until your release.

  3. Exonerated with Love, Book 2 of the Mobster Files
    There’s a hit out on Cameron Shearer’s life, his mafia ties dragging him down the path of darkness once more. After a harrowing meeting, he discovers no one ever stays dead when you’re in the mafia. Determined not to lose the only woman he’s loved, Cameron turns to the Del Rossi mob for one last favor. Unfortunately for him, the ending may not be as happy as he once hoped.

    Joci Dorous has it all. She’s happy, engaged, and just started her own law firm with her best friend. Everything appears perfect, until she discovers a suspicious trail of money in her business accounts and her once dutiful fiancé suddenly turns as shady as his mob boss. When strangers clash amid mobs, Joci is left to decipher who her heart truly belongs to.

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    1. Thank you! It's seldom that the author of a series returns to submit the next installment, so I really appreciate you coming back. It may take me a while to get to this one, as I am already reading my book for March, but I'll keep in on my list.

  4. Rescuing the Prince by Meghann McVey

    During the afternoon Fantasy Parade, a dragon swooped down and carried off my boyfriend. I am not making this up.

    So begins Leah’s adventures that lead her to another world. At home in California, Leah’s boyfriend Gerry is her rock and motivation. Now, trapped in another world without him, she must find her own courage. During her quest, Leah impersonates a missing princess, learns magic, and meets new friends and allies, including the shy, handsome Tolliver. But in the end, will she have what it takes to defeat Gerry’s fearsome captor, the Dragon Rider?

  5. Hi Greta, I posted the blurb and buy link. Not sure why my name didn't show up! :) Thank you for considering my book, Meghann McVey

    1. Thank you! I'm working on finishing my March book now, so it will be at least a month before I'm ready to take a look at this one, but I'll definitely put it on my list.


    A grade IV brain hemorrhage endured by my then girlfriend, now wife, lent itself to both an extremely compelling story and an interesting story-telling methodology. A multiple-perspective take on a life-threatening situation, it documents love and luck in a hospital in New York in a real-time narrative as things unfolded.

    Please Stay is the story of a healthy 39-year old college professor struck down by a sudden, near fatal brain aneurysm. After a short prologue, the book begins as Holly wakes up with a debilitating headache and the panic in those initial moments before a brain bleed is diagnosed at the hospital. Readers learn about her through letters sent by close friends and former students, who sent memories to be read at her bedside while she was on a respirator, fighting for her life, about the impact she had on their lives. They plead with her not to die through their words and share what she means to them.

    The story is told through my actual correspondence which updated friends, colleagues and loved ones through long emails at the end of each of 24 ICU days; text messages sent back and forth to Holly’s sister as things unfolded; and photos documenting events as Holly fought to live. The reader experiences the fears and prayers of Holly’s loved ones who come to the realization that she may eventually recover but be left compromised, potentially losing her writing and teaching career and altering irrevocably her myriad relationships.

    Please Stay is a book that one person described as ‘more of a love letter at times, than a memoir.’ It’s a unique story of love and survival that speaks to people across boundaries of health and wellness. It’s a story of faith and hope and love. Replete with tender anecdotes, the book calls readers to question their own legacies and to celebrate their lives and the love of the people in them.

    1. Sounds like a beautiful story. Thank you for submitting.

  7. My name is James Miller and I've recently published a new book titled A Better Ten Commandments: A Guide To Living Life With, And On Purpose.

    My book A Better Ten Commandments is a compilation of humanities most timeless wisdom and illuminates a path to meaning and purpose in life that takes nothing on faith.

    If you're considering giving it a review, I'd sincerely appreciate it but understand that you're under no obligation to do so. Good or bad, I greatly appreciate the chance to receive your feedback. I'm simply looking for the opportunity to have it considered. If you'd like a free copy I'd be glad to send you a PDF, Ebook or paperback.

    I hope to hear from you soon ...

    Here's to living life with, and on purpose.
    James Miller

    1. Thank you. I've gotten a lot of submissions lately, so it may take me a while to get to this one, but I'll definitely give it a look.

  8. Hi, Greta,
    Thank you for agreeing to accept requests for reviews. I hope you'll consider this one:

    In February, I launched a new speculative fiction series, The Four Lives of J. S. Freeman, with the release of the first book, Stillwaters.

    The story is set on a planet called Umban, which is, in the words of a reviewer, “an intriguing world like and not like our own.” That puts it in the sci-fi category, but it's not typical of the genre. Rather than focusing on scientific achievements, it’s simply a compelling story with believable characters who just happen to live somewhere other than on Earth.

    Blurb: How did J. S. Freeman rise from the shrouds of obscurity to become one of the world’s most influential figures? In this series, the enigmatic author breaks her long silence and tells the whole tale.

    In Stillwaters, the first of her three-part story, she brings us into the steamy, untamed land of her feral birth. When the City invaders capture her—they call it a rescue, but it sure doesn’t feel like it—her first life ends. She wants only to run free again on Freemansland, but circumstances take her ever farther from home, until one snowy day, her second life ends as well.

    Come and see. The truth she tells is better than her fiction.

    Here’s the buy link:

    Thank you for your consideration!

    1. Thank you! As you can see, I've had a lot of submissions lately. It will likely take me a while to get through all of them, but I'll keep this on the list until I do.