Punked by Lex Grootelaar

A great coming of age story that is real and fresh.

punk_origShort and entertaining, “Punk” pushes both the rules of writing and the dominant ideas and expectations of our society. Thrown into the world of punk rock in the early 1990s, this novel follows the intertwining lives of a wandering reject and the people he meets as he learns of his fathers’ unexpected death. It explores themes of social structure and religious indifference through the eyes of this disenfranchised man living from one high to the next. The story takes place over a few hot summer days in Edmonton, Alberta.

This coming-of-age story, although set in the 90’s, is still very relevant to today. It explores a quest for God without religion. Written with bursts of stream-of-consciousness and first-person narrative, “Punk” is simultaneously an urban existential fiction and a mystery novel.


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Helpful Links for Independant Readers

So I made this blog to help readers who wanted to read and support independent authors. I try to do book features of independent books that are like more popular books, I do features and interviews with independent authors to try to share them, and much more.

Today, I’m branching into something a little different. Here is another website that may help your search. Now the site is meant for the writers themselves, but this website helps me find good books to share with you all, so I’d check it out. It may help you find your new favorite independent author or series.

http://www.indiebound.org/

Stories Are Needed to Live

I have yet to meet a writer who doesn’t routinely doubt the sanity of writing. Despite realizing that writing is an inextricable part of our identity, we can’t help but question its usefulness and value. We feel guilty and self-indulgent. We worry (and sometimes believe) that there are other, more Important Things we should be […]

via Short and Sweet Advice for Writers: Remember. The World Runs on Stories. — Live to Write – Write to Live

Product Peel: A Place to Find Your Next Book

Independent books are the best! That’s why we’re on this blog right now, right? But it’s not easy to find those books we want to read, is it? Well, today I want to share with you a new website that can help you find those new books. It’s called “Product Peel”

What It Is

Product Peel is a new review website. Its business model is all about making reviews a social venture. Amazon is FULL of people who are paid to review, post fake reviews, or the reviews just haven’t answered all the questions we have. Product Peel seeks to fix that.

It isn’t run by companies or only by people who have bought the product. It’s made by those who sign up! The advantage to us is that Product Peel is new and being used be independent authors to share their new books in a unique spot.

There aren’t a lot of books up yet, but there will be soon!

Here’s how It Works

The first thing you’ll want to do is sign up. Just go to productpeel.com and click ‘log in’ at the top ribbon. You can use your e-mail and a password, or connect it to your Facebook, Twitter, or Linked in account. Then that’s it! You’re in!

The next thing you’ll want to do is add me! You do that by looking up my name “R.M. Donaldson” in the search bar and my profile should come up. Then hit follow. Once I see it, I’ll follow you back. (Promise)

Then start peeling! (which means reviewing on the site. A review is a ‘peel’.) Then go to the book section and see what’s there! I’ve loved using the site and am working to get a lot of independent authors to start using it to share their work. So keep your eye out!


(Disclaimer: I am a featured peeler on this site. If you found the site through this blog, when you follow me please send me a message letting me know you found it through here. It helps me generate a following on the site.)

 

Why Independent Books?

Welcome to the Independent Books website!

I created the website after I visited a independently run bookstore and wrote a paper on it for school. I had never seen such an amazing store. It had more fun and character than any store I’d ever seen. Also the impact it had on the area around it impressed me.

I realized there is power in independent bookstore. In this new era of book publishing where independent publishing and self-publishing is on the rise, I felt there needed to be a place online to help us find these independent book store, independent publishing houses, and discuss our love of independent books, both in bookstores and in publishing.

It takes a certain gumption and spirit to keep an independent store going. The same kind of passion, energy, and power that it takes to publish independently. That kind of passion and power deserves recognition.

On this website, we display that magic and power. We write articles about the bookstores themselves, profiles on independent publishers, independent authors, and we also provide a list of them for you to check out.

So thank you for visiting. If you like what you see please subscribe to our e-mail list (Subscribe) and share this site with your family and friends. We’re just trying to promote the amazing men and women who dedicate so much to bring these independent stores and books into our lives.