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.

Rules
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.

8 comments:

  1. Hi Greta!

    Here's an international crime thriller for you to consider!

    THE BURGAS AFFAIR

    She’s an Israeli data analyst. He’s a headstrong Bulgarian detective. Together they must track down those responsible for a horrific bombing.

    In the wake of a deadly terrorist attack at Burgas Airport in Bulgaria, Israeli and Bulgarian intelligence agencies launch a joint investigation. Detective Boyko Stanchev on the police task force teams up with Ayala Navon, a young Israeli intelligence analyst on her first overseas assignment.

    The two must establish whether the terrorists were assisted by a Bulgarian crime organization in laying the groundwork for the attack.

    It should be a routine investigation, but shadows of the past keep interfering.

    Boyko’s interactions with a crime boss pursuing a vendetta against him threaten to throw him off track. Ayala’s pursuit of the terrorists and their accomplices brings up painful memories of a family tragedy.

    Boyko and Ayala form a shaky alliance, one that evolves into growing cooperation and affection as they desperately race against time to uncover who was behind the Burgas bombing.

    The Burgas Affair is a fictional account of the aftermath of a very real terrorist attack. On July 18, 2012, a deadly explosive rocked a tourist bus at Burgas Airport, killing five Israelis and their Bulgarian bus driver. The terrorists responsible for this murderous attack have never been brought to justice.

    https://www.amazon.com/Burgas-Affair-Ellis-Shuman-ebook/dp/B0767KHQPW

    Thanks,
    Ellis

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    1. Thank you! I haven't even started screening books for my December selection yet, but I've gotten a few new entries this month, so I should have some good things to choose from. I'll definitely be taking a look at yours.

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  2. A message appears on the moon. It is legible from Earth, and almost no one knows how it was created. Markus West leads the government’s investigation to find the creator.

    The message is simple and familiar. But those three words, written in blazing crimson letters on the lunar surface, will foster the strangest revolution humankind has ever endured, and make Markus West wish he was never involved.

    The message is ‘Drink Diet Coke.’

    When Coca-Cola denies responsibility, mass annoyance becomes worldwide indignation. And when his investigation confirms Coca-Cola’s innocence, Markus West becomes one of the most hated men on Earth.

    Later, five miles above the White House, a cylinder is discovered floating in the night. It is 400 feet tall, 250 feet in diameter, and exactly resembles a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup. Nearly everyone thinks the cylinder is a promotional stunt gone wrong, just like the lunar advertisement. And this is exactly what the alien in the cylinder wants people to think.

    Ralph, an eccentric extraterrestrial who’s been hiding on the moon, needs Markus’s help to personally deliver a dark warning to the White House. Ralph has a big heart, a fetish for Andy Warhol, and a dangerous plan to save the world.

    The Book of Ralph is an uncanny adventure that uses humor, philosophy, and an alien invasion to explore the down to Earth concept of humility.

    The publisher is Medallion.

    Thank you for your time.

    https://www.christophersteinsvold.com/

    https://www.amazon.com/Book-Ralph-Christopher-Steinsvold/dp/1942546343

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    1. Thank you! I've already chosen my December book, but I'll keep this up for future consideration. It's a very original concept!

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  3. Hi, Greta!

    I have a recently-released contemporary fantasy, titled NOTNA, that I'd like to submit for future consideration.

    History’s most peaceful race created one of its deadliest weapons.

    Forged in the Living Flame by a long-extinct alien race, The Gem of Notna is the stuff of legends, on par with Pandora’s Box or the Holy Grail. But once archaeologist Dr. Jack Corbett stumbled upon the crystal deep in the Amazon, he triggered a whirlwind of events and found himself neck-deep in a centuries-old holy war. The Divine and the Underworld have been locked in a virtual stalemate for the past three hundred years, and the Gem of Notna could be the key to breaking it.

    With the gem in his possession, Jack discovers a world of monsters and gods, as well as an entirely different plane of existence that watches over our own. Old grudges resurface, fallen warriors are reborn in the most violent of ways, but at the end of the day, the fate of the world may well rest in Jack’s hands.

    J.D. Cunegan (Bounty, Blood Ties) introduces Notna, a supernatural fantasy epic that will leave readers flipping through the pages with every twist and turn. Grand in scale and steeped in the very comic book lore that lured Cunegan to writing in the first place, Notna proves that anyone can save the world – or die trying.

    https://www.amazon.com/Notna-J-D-Cunegan-ebook/dp/B075BRCB1X/ref=la_B00YNTP4S2_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1513131996&sr=1-3

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    1. Thank you! I'll be looking for a book for January soon and will absolutely check this one out.

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  4. Greetings to Greta!

    I'd love consideration of my historical fantasy set in Ireland.


    Ireland is no promised land in 1846. It is wracked by a crippling potato blight, and people are dying. But Valentia McDowell doesn’t know that.

    From her father’s prosperous farm in Ohio, young Valentia is haunted by tales of an abandoned family and a lost heirloom. She travels to her grandmother’s homeland with her brother, Conor, and two servants, to find both. Her delight in the exciting journey on one of the first steam ships to cross the Atlantic is shattered by a horrible tragedy.

    What she encounters upon her arrival in Ireland is both more and less than she had hoped. Valentia finds both enemies and allies, amid horrors and delights, and a small bit of magic. She finds a richer heritage than she had ever imagined, but it comes with a price.

    When she finally reaches her goal, a terrible price is demanded. She must pay or forfeit, and both decisions have strong consequences for her and her friends.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0155KSX9Y

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    1. That sounds fascinating! Thank you, I'll take a look at it.

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