For its second Indie Ebook Awards, LJ is honoring five areas of fiction: romance, mystery, sf, fantasy, and YA. To further discuss these genres, indie authors and librarians judging this year’s contest will be taking a closer look at their complexities, places in the library, and connections to the self-publishing world. Here J.K. Ullrich, one of last year’s award winners, writes about sf’s troubling gender gap. Her novel Blue Karma is available to read on the SELF-e platform.
Debut author Adams has crafted a light, charming tale of love; Leisure’s first novel is for anyone looking for a taste of Provençal life; an intriguing mix of scientific premise and personal relationships from Ream; a delightful Regency romp from Rodale; Rosoff’s adult debut is heartfelt without being sappy and funny without being slapstick
Adult tale by debuter Kripke is beautifully rendered and plays out wonderfully; readers looking for compelling contemporary horror will best enjoy a sojourn into the Clean Room; for those interested in ethics and their whys and wherefores; Rebels is essential for students of and readers interested in American history and warfare