Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you will have of course heard of 50 Shades of Grey. With readers’ opinions undeniably divided, there is still no denying that this is one of the most successful novels of the 21st century. As many of us know, E. L. James started writing 50 Shades on numerous fan fiction websites, recreating the original story that we know as Twilight. However, with her incredible success inspiring many other budding authors to self-publish their own work, it can be hard to find the hidden gems in the self-publishing world. So, to help you discover some incredible new reads from some self-published authors, here are five recommendations that are well worth reading.
The Princess and the Fool by Paul Neafcy
Published in February of this year, The Princess and the Fool is a modern take on traditional British fantasy. With Amazon reviewers calling Neafcy’s debut novel ‘Game of Thrones meets Brothers Grimm meets Disney’, this novel is inspired by the best in the business. With a stunning narrative of adventure, romance and danger, this is a fairy tale not to be missed. Check out The Princess and the Fool here on Amazon, available both in eBook and paperback.
Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci
Set in the year 2087, Eve: The Awakening is a thrilling new-adult sci-fi novel following the life of Eve, a chimera. Moreci has created a beautifully unique novel that predicts what could happen if select humans become more evolved, leading to a world of sinister chaos and danger. From dark plotlines to brilliant humour, and even aliens, this novel is a cleverly written masterpiece. Available in eBook and paperback here.
Silo by Hugh Howey
Sticking with sci-fi, Silo is a series of novellas published by American writer Hugh Howey. Taking place on post-apocalyptic Earth, the narrative depicts a world where humanity clings to survival in a subterranean city extending over one hundred and forty stories beneath the surface. With numerous storylines and characters, Howey has written a devastating account of what could possibly be our future. You can get this a physical copy or in eBook here.
Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking
This is a young adult paranormal trilogy surrounding a 17-year-old Wendy Everly. Once she finds herself lost in another world, she eventually learns of her true identity. Originally self-published as an eBook, Hocking managed to sell more than 1.5 million copies before re-releasing them with St. Martin’s Press. A series of fantasy and mystery, it has already caught the attention of screenwriter Terri Thatchell, who has begun writing a screenplay based on the three novels. So watch this space. You can check this series out on Amazon here.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Genova is primarily a neuroscientist, and has written this novel based on her research on Alzheimer’s disease. When 50-year-old psychology professor, Alice Howland, discovers she has the illness, it quickly takes hold of her life. Shortly after Genova self-published Still Alice, it was acquired by Simon & Schuster and quickly became a best seller. A film adaptation was released in 2014, which also proved to be a huge success. You can go back to basics and read the novel here.