3 small press books you need to buy
Books published by independent publishers are fairly popular right now. I think some of it is due to the "buy local" movement, but a lot of it is because people are realising a lot of the cool, edgy books currently being published are from independent publishers like Raw Dog Screaming Press and Lanternfish Press. Here are three of my favourites.
I'd heard about Reactive Attachment Disorder, which the main characters, but didn't really know much about it before reading The Quelling, by Barbara Barrow. Dorian and Addie have been in a locked psychiatric ward for most of their lives after being diagnosed with the rare disorder, and Addie wants to start a family to replace the one she lost. Their doctor wants to try a potentially dangerous cure, in the hopes it will help the girls. Stan Lee and I both liked it. I'm not sure what Stan Lee liked about it, but I thought it was interesting reading about a rare psychiatric disorder. I also really liked the sisters.
I really liked The Green and the Red by Armand Chauvel. It's set in a small town in Brittany, France. Lea owns a struggling vegan restaurant, and Mathieu works for the town's biggest pork producer; Mathieu's company wants the land her restaurant is on for a museum. My favourite part was Charlene, Lea's pet pig. I also liked the setting a lot, because I got a little taste of France, without the hassles of dealing with the TSA at the airport and going through customs or the expense of plane tickets. Lea was pretty relatable, too.
I really liked the Steel Empire series, by J.L. Gribble, which was published by Raw Dog Screaming Press. It's about a centuries-old vampire named Victory, her "daywalker" Mikelos, and their adopted kids, Toria and Kane. Toria is a mage, and her and Kane are mercenaries in training in the first book, Steel Victory, and full mercenaries in the rest of the series. I liked how Victory was kind of a badass, but still a bit protective. I also thought Toria's friendships with Kane and, in the second book, Syri were really cool. (Steel Victory got the feline purr of approval, too. Stan Lee decided to lay on it recently while I was rereading it.) Get the bundle for only $49.99 or the books individually for $14.95: Steel Victory, Steel Magic, Steel Blood, and Steel Time