Young Adult

Supporting Independently Published Authors

Below* are some of the Independently Published Authors that I have had the privilege of reviewing for since starting my book blog in November 2019.

*Listed in alphabetical order

Nicole Bailey

Nicole Bailey is a writer and reader who loves young adult, magical realism, and the occasional romcom.

When she isn’t writing she loves to hike, kayak, bike, or garden. She lives with her three children and her husband in South Carolina. 

Fantasy | LGBTQ+ | BIPOC

B.A. Bellec

B.A. Bellec is an award-winning author. His debut novel was a coming of age story and it was named the Reader Views Young Adult Book of the Year. For his second novel, coming in late 2021, he is writing dystopian sci-fi horror that launches a series. He also produces music to go with his books.

Thriller | SFF

James Carter

James Carter has worked in many magical places such as Disney World and the Warner Bros tour, and managed to get caught up in the truly magical experience of being able to make people happy. Not just a brief and passing smile, but truly happy. He has not been able to let that feeling go and have strived to find ways in which he can continue to bring happiness into this world, and that is how you came to be here.
James knows that everyone has their hardships, he just hopes that he will briefly be able to take your mind away from yours.

SFF | Adventure | BIPOC

Rebecca Crunden

Rebecca Crunden is an indie author of fantasy, science fiction and romance who lives in Cork, Ireland. To date she has published one series, three standalone novels, a novella and various short stories. Her most recent novel, These Violent Nights (2021) is set in a futuristic world that blends fantasy and sci-fi.

SFF | LGBTQ+| Romance

Christian Cura

Christian Cura is a new author who just recently published his debut novel Dreams of Fire. Ever since he read Lord of the Rings as a teenager, it has been his dream to write and publish a novel of his own. His favorite authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, and Robert Jordan.

Christian lives in Northern Virginia where he lifts weights and creates artwork. He is a Gryffindor, an Earth-bender, and a loyal follower of Optimus Prime. When he is not writing, he can be found drawing or getting beaten up at his MMA gym.

Fantasy | LGBTQ+ | BIPOC

Shannen Durey

Shannen Durey is the author of the young adult fantasy romance novel Nights of Iron and Ink, the first book in the epic fantasy series. Shannen lives in Texas with her adorable dog and cat. When she is not writing, she is reading or spending time in nature waiting for that next great book idea.

Gabrielle Gagne-Cyr

Gabrielle Gagne-Cyr is a French Canadian who studied Digital Video Production and Psychology at Concordia University in Montreal.
After working a few years as a counsellor at a youth centre, she somehow decided that writing on the sidelines would be as good a career.

In the meantime, she reads and writes, walks her badass German Shepherd and plays video games (Team PlayStation). And playing swords is no childish affair, friends; grown-ass adults love it too. This one certainly does. Netflix also happens. Oh and tattoos. Lots of tattoos.

SFF | LGBTQ+| Adventure

Suren G. Hakobyan

Suren G. Hakobyan is an engineer and author. He has been interested in mystery and fantasy stories and movies from an early age.

He is, first and foremost, a devoted husband and a proud father. He also enjoys travel and playing football. He spent eight year working as a mechanical engineer before publishing his first book.

SFF | Thriller

Katie Hayoz

Katie grew up in Racine, Wisconsin where she acquired an irreversible nasal twang and an addiction for books with a slightly dark edge. She now lives in Geneva, Switzerland with her husband, two daughters, and a very fuzzy cat.

She has been an avid reader of YA fiction for years. While she has a penchant for the paranormal, she devours a range of books — along with popcorn and black licorice. She consumes all three in large quantities. Luckily, the books don’t stay on her hips.

SFF | Adventure | Romance

Naomi Hughes

Naomi Hughes is a writer of quirky young adult sci-fi and fantasy. She lives in the Midwest US, a region she loves even though it tries to murder her with tornadoes every spring.

When not writing, her hobbies include reading (of course), traveling, and geeking out over Marvel superheroes and certain time-traveling Doctors.

SFF | Adventure | Romance

Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Sarah-Jane Lehoux is a Canadian writer of speculative fiction. She avoids the real world as much as possible and spends her time cluttering her brain with beautiful nonsense.

Fantasy | Romance

Debbie McQueen

Debbie McQueen has been married to her loving and supportive husband for eighteen years. They have two amazing kids that share her love of musicals, singing, fairies, dragons, and superheroes. Debbie is an avid reader and loves to read YA/NA, PNR, Urban Fantasy, Thrillers, LGBTQ stories, and more.

Debbie is an affirming Christian who is proud to continue learning and serving as an LGBTQ+ ally and advocate. She has learned more about God’s love through the beauty of a diverse creation and strives to support her friends and loved ones, as well as the broader LGBTQ+ community. She loves giving out Free Hugs at Pride events.

Fantasy | LGBTQ+ | Romance

Hayley Reese Chow

Hayley Reese Chow is the author of Odriel’s Heirs, the 2020 winner of the Florida Author Project. Until recently though, she’s mostly done a lot of things that have nothing at all to do with writing. Her hat collection includes mother, wife, engineer, USAF veteran, reservist, four-time All American fencer, 100 mile ultramarathoner, triathlete, world traveler, book inhaler, and super nerd.

Hayley currently lives in Florida with two small wild boys, her long-suffering husband, and her miniature ragehound. But at night, when the house is still, she writes.

Science Fiction | Fantasy

Milla Stellan

Milla Stellan is a Software Engineer by profession, who is also a fiction and poetry writer. She embraces the long winters of the Northern Hemisphere with a mug of hot chocolate and her laptop. She is one of the few who does not binge watch shows on Netflix.

When she is not working or writing, she likes to read and travel. Her love for travel has helped her adapt to life in three different continents. Her flash fiction and poems have been published on Medium.

Fantasy | Romance

Audrey Verreault 

Audrey Verreault is a fantasy author who resides in Canada with her family. She works as a computer programmer.

When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading, watching superheroes and fantasy movies and drawing.

Fantasy | Adventure

Olivia Wildenstein

USA TODAY bestselling author Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City and earned her bachelor’s in comparative literature from Brown University. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for the writing life, which made more sense considering her college degree.

When she’s not sitting at her computer, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, and attempting not to forget one of her kids in school.

SFF | Adventure | Romance


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