I don’t ask for book recommendations nearly as often as I need to. I suppose it’s a little bit hit and miss. If you ask the big, wide internet for recommendations, like on Twitter or Facebook, people tend to recommend you their own books.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with that. I love nothing more than to find an unknown indie author, read their book and gush about it when it turns out amazing. This happened when I read Baptism of Fire by Jessie Thomas who recommended me her book on Twitter. Best decision ever, that book rocked!
The problem with getting that list of self-promoted books is that you have to sift through them to find a good one. As a rule, I don’t buy books that don’t have a professional cover. I hear the argument that some authors can’t afford professional covers a lot. OK, that’s true for some people but readers judge books by covers, it’s a fact of life. A cover is, in one way, a reflection of how much effort the author has put into the book. The standard to which they hold themselves is clear by the quality of the cover.
So, getting direct book recommendations from friends is my favourite way to get new reads. This author was recommended by my mentor and while her books are pretty pricey, they look great:
“Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him.
Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence–her mind clear of all emotion–Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.
Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed…”
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Nalina Singh is a new author on me but this lady has a ridiculous number of best-seller credentials that you can’t help but be impressed by. It’s rare to see urban fantasy authors on NYT Bestseller lists on account of the politics of it all, so I really want to see what the fuss is all about with this author!
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