This week, I bought two eBooks for my NOOK that came highly suggested. The first is Book #1 in the My Blood Approves series by Amanda Hocking:

Teenager Alice Bonham’s life feels crazy after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave, he’s unlike anyone she knows. Then she meets his brother, Peter. Even though he can’t stand the sight of her, she’s drawn to him. Falling for two guys isn’t even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood.

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The second (not YA) is The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan:

Disfigured by the blow of an abusive husband, and suffering her entire life with severe social anxiety disorder, the widow Mary McAllister spends almost sixty years secluded in a white marble mansion overlooking the town of Mill River, Vermont.

Her links to the outside world are few: the mail, the media, an elderly priest with a guilty habit of pilfering spoons, and a bedroom window with a view of the town below.

Most longtime residents of Mill River consider the marble house and its occupant peculiar, though insignificant, fixtures. An arsonist, a covetous nurse, and the endearing village idiot are among the few who have ever seen Mary.

Newcomers to Mill River — a police officer and his daughter and a new fourth grade teacher — are also curious about the reclusive old woman. But only Father Michael O’Brien knows Mary and the secret she keeps — one that, once revealed, will change all of their lives forever.

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Interestingly enough, both of these books are written by authors who are self-published.

Amanda Hocking, as I’m sure you know, has since been snatched up by St. Martin’s press, a traditional publisher, after the massive success of her My Blood Approves series, as well as the Trylle series and the Hollowsseries.

Darcie Chan wrote The Mill River Recluse five years ago and tried to go the traditional publishing route; however, after many rejections, she decided to self-publish, and to date, she has has sold more than 400,000 copies and landed on the best-seller lists alongside brand-name authors like Michael Connelly, James Patterson and Kathryn Stockett.

I am looking forward to reading both of these stories and will hopefully have a review to post for each soon! 🙂