How Can You Tell if a Book Is Part of a Series or Serial?

Series or Serial? puzzleI’ve been cranky lately. For the second time in several months, I’ve picked up a book that I have enjoyed and was anxious to get to the climax of, only to find at the very end NO climax and a “to be continued” with an ad to buy the next book in the series. I’m not averse to a continuing story, I’m just not happy to find out that’s what I’ve got after I’ve read the entire book and was looking for a satisfying resolution. In checking back with the book descriptions, I did not find any clear evidence that these books were only part of the larger story. Yes, they say they’re a series; no, they don’t say you have to read them all to get the full story. Continue reading “How Can You Tell if a Book Is Part of a Series or Serial?”

Indie Reads – April 2015

Indies Unlimited does not review books, but we do have a couple of renowned reviewers on staff. We thought a great way to celebrate indie writing would be to ask those reviewers for their top indie picks of the month. Here are this month’s top picks from our experts:

Shadow Days by Melinda Clayton 120x177Shadow Days by Melinda Clayton

“This story gives the reader a realistic inside look at what it is like to deal with a loved one who suffers with mental illness.”

Read the rest of the review by ?wazithinkin.

Shadow Days is available through

Thomas and the Tiger Turtle 120x177 Thomas and the Tiger-Turtle by Jonathan Gould

” As always, Jonathan injects humour, charm, magic and oodles of appeal into a story.”

Read the rest of the review by Cathy Speight.

Thomas and the Tiger-Turtle is available through

Fractures by Mike Markel 120x177 Fractures by Mike Markel

“The stakes are high and makes it an excellent and credible backdrop for a murder mystery. Markel has another winner…”

Read the rest of the review by BigAl.

Fractures is available on

Breath to Breath by Carrie Maloney 120x177Breath to Breath by Brenda Vicars

“Tight prose that conveyed deep emotion and gave unique voices to a cast of characters kept me engaged throughout the story.”

Read the rest of the review by Pete Barber.

Breath to Breath is available at

The Invasion of Gaul by SJA Turney 120x177Marius’ Mules I: The Invasion of Gaul by S.J.A Turney

“…an intelligent, well researched historical fiction novel that stands head and shoulders above the run of the mill tales of this type.”

Read the rest of the review by Keith Nixon.

The Invasion of Gaul is available through

Will a Blog Tour Work for Your Book?

Karen Wojcik  BernerGuest post
By Karen Wojcik Berner

Over the last few years, I’ve promoted my books with blog tours – six of them, to be exact – and let me tell you, each was completely different in both style and reach. Never done a blog tour?  They’re the virtual equivalent of the traditional book tour, except authors “visit” book blogs instead of stores to promote their novels. They are great for boosting your book’s visibility as well as for getting reviews. In fact, I just completed two consecutive blog tours to promote my latest novel, A Groovy Kind of Love. If you’re considering a blog tour, here are some things I’ve learned along the way that you might find helpful. Continue reading “Will a Blog Tour Work for Your Book?”