We need your help in putting together a list of some of the best self-published books from the past year. Read something great? Nominate it. Written something great? Urge a fan to nominate it.
The interest our list has already generated has been phenomenal; in the three days since we opened up nominations it has already become our most popular post ever. That’s great for our ego, but more importantly, it means that whichever books make the list will get the exposure they deserve.
1. The book must be self-published or published by a small, “indie-minded” house.
2. The book must have been published on or after 1 January, 2013.
3. The book must be available for purchase, in paperback or ebook format, from a large store – Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
4. Only nominations received on or before 21 April, 2014 will be considered.
Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
All current universal titles, and likely all future ones, will now be available to virtually all online and in-store retailers as well as libraries.
Now, this isn’t to say that we will be on any store or library shelves (excepting virtual); only that we can be.
For those who already own the book, this doesn’t really mean anything to you.
For those who prefer not to buy from Amazon for various reasons — the best of which is wanting to support your local Mom & Pop bookstore — you now have that choice. Links to other bookstores like Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books, and The Book Depository will be added for all the applicable titles as soon as we notice they’ve come available there.
For Halloween, Samhain, whatever you want to call it all Universal Nexus titles are free!
31 Oct – 4 Nov.
This applies only to the ebooks, and only to retailers that allow it.
Amazon allows free books, but only if they elect to make them free (or are exclusively on Amazon and you have limited number of promo days). So the books might go free there — eventually, when Amazon decides to price match the other retailers, and will end when they decide to end it.
Nook doesn’t allow books to be set to free, so it’s out altogether — sorry, take it up with Barnes & Noble.
The Kavaliros have been legendary warriors and guardian faeshir — warrior priests — for centuries. Three generations ago, one branch of the family went into hiding after the legendary Kalem Kavaliro sacrificed himself. His descendant — a member of that famous band of freedom fighters, Darrien’s Daggers, and the young guardian faeshir that is the only descendant of his sister met while both were fighting to free Marohn from Neo-Imperialists. Quickly, they discovered that the Neos weren’t working alone. No worries though, Darrien has a plan to retake the temple at least.
Then they discover the temple is missing several of its most important treasures.
Trying to recover them, especially the Crown of Eldrete — the symbol of Marohni unity, the distant cousins must deal with shady traders, martial artists, giant insects, and more, all the while one dealing with guilt from failing to protect her temple and fear for her fiancée on a fallen world and the other struggling to not disappoint her father by giving in to her impulsive and reckless nature.