3 Independent Authors You May Have Not Heard About


Supporting Independent Authors

Now I make it a point to look for independent authors when looking for something to read. For this article, I wanted to spotlight 3 independent authors I follow.

Jennifer Loren

The first independent author to spotlight is the first one I found on Goodreads. Jennifer Loren, along with her German Sheppard Nick, lives in Atlanta Georgia where she works in architecture. Her genre she writes most is romantic suspense. Her books are not your typical cheesy harlequin romance novels, they have a great storyline and amazing character development. My favorite series of hers is The Devil’s Eyes. This series is a mafia romance about a woman, Kayla, who lived a hard life on “the wrong side of the tracks” and her only safe haven was her sister Braylin. Braylin dies and Kayla tries to seek revenge for her. She finds a dangerous man that if not for her sister’s death she would go nowhere near and starts to be involved in the mafia. I have read every book in this series and unlike many book series, this one just gets better and better. The coolest part is that the author was looking for a character name on her author’s Facebook page and I recommended my oldest daughter’s name, Jael, and she picked it.

Sarah J. Pepper

The second author I want to share is Sarah J. Pepper. I haven’t been able to find many details about her personally but her books are amazing! Her genre of choice is fantasy and paranormal romance, loving to spin dark fairy tale stories! My favorite book of hers is Death of the Mad Hatter, a twisted take on the story of Alice in Wonderland. Unlike Jennifer Loren, her romance books aren’t steamy and closer to Young Adult while Jennifer’s is more “not safe for work” romance.

Betsy Harloff

Now to spotlight a LOCAL indie author, who has her first book coming out in late November. Betsy Harloff is a local homeschooling mother of 5 children. Her first book, NOT a Picture Perfect Parent: A collection of raw, imperfect, embarrassing, and hilarious parenting moments from Birth to Adulthood, talks about her not so perfect moments in motherhood. I was lucky enough to be a beta reader, a test reader of a book that has not come out yet, who gives honest feedback as a reader and not a professional. The moments that she talks about is ones that I have experienced but have been so embarrassed to tell anyone about. She doesn’t act like she is this perfect mother we see on social media. She is so relatable and I couldn’t put down her book because of it!

Hopefully, you enjoyed learning about these awesome independent authors. I know there are tons more authors that are not showcased here but hopefully, this article has given you a few more books to add to your to be read list like it has mine!


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Rochelle Roth
Rochelle was born and raised in South Toledo. She is married to the older boy next door, Craig, and they have two daughters together, Jael and Rossalyn (aka Roz or Rozi). They also have two pets, a cat Xavier and a dog Roxi. Rochelle works at a local hospital as a nursing assistant full time. In her free time you will find her with a coffee from a local coffee shop in one hand and a book in the other. Her favorite books to read are; romance, young adult and anything Dystopian. She also enjoys taking her family on adventures to new places!


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