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Monday, September 3, 2012

Open Minds Makes the Top 5 YA Indie Books

Open Minds has advanced to the Top 5 Finalists in YA for Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Books of 2012!
There are lots of contests out there that are more scam than honor, especially for indie authors seeking recognition. For Kindle Book Review, however, the entry fee was low (a good sign) and KBR has a strong history of supporting indie authors through their reviews - their interests truly line up with recognizing great indie works, something I heartily support (and recently cheered with the Indelible's INDIEpendence Day celeberation).

I know KBR takes this seriously. So I'm proud to have made it into the top 5 for YA, and double proud to be there with fellow Indelible S.R. Joahnnes. The other categories look similarly awesome. If you're looking for some great indie reads, here's an excellent place to start:

Devil’s Hand by M.E. Patterson
The Beautiful Evil by Robbi Bryant
The Drought by Patricia Fulton
The Dying of the Light by Jason Kristopher
This Time You Lose by Chris Stralyn
A Death on the Wolf by G.M Frazier
After the Fog by Kathleen Shoop
Come Back to Me by Melissa Foster
Pegasus Falling by William E. Thomas
River in the Sea by Tina Boscha
Deadly Obsession by Kristine Cayne
Hardball by V.K Sykes
The Memory of You by Laurie Kellogg
Walking with Elephants by Karen S. Bell
Bypass Gemini by Joseph Lallo
Contract of Defiance by Tammy Salyer
Dremiks by Cassandra Davis
The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin
Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey
Chasing Innocence by John Potter
Last One Chosen by Stephen Woodfin
OMAR: A Novel Craig O. Thompson
Project Moses by Robert B. Lowe
The Fall of Billy Hitchings by Kirkus MacGowen
Cycles by Lois D. Brown
Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn
Purple by Graham J. Sharpe
Untraceable by S.R. Johannes

I won't lie: I'm hoping to win the YA category and I'm hoping Hugh Howey takes the top spot on SF, just so I can have my name listed next to his. /endfangirling


  1. Congrats to you and Shelli! How awesome.

  2. How exciting! Congratulations! ^_^

  3. Congratulations! And yeah, it'd be awesome to see your name up there with Hugh Howey's. Just finished Wool. LOVED IT!

  4. Congratulations! How exciting! Best of luck to you. I'd love to see you get top billing!!!!

  5. Susan, I'm so excited for you (and Shelli!). When I think of the bazillions of books they had to chose from and yours was one of five. Holy cow, that's a huge honor. I don't think I'd be anymore excited if it were a book of my own on this list.

    Well, maybe a little, but not much!

  6. Woo-hoo, to both you and Shelli. After all your hard work and great writing this is so deserved. Fingers crossed for you.

  7. That is wonderful news, Susan. I know I enjoyed Open Minds and can attest to it being a great choice for the Top 5.

  8. Congrats on making the top 5. I hope you win too.


  9. This rocks, you got moves like Jagger ;-)


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