Looking for some great books to give someone special on your list this holiday? Or did you get a new eReader you need to fill up? I have a few suggestions for you. And if you want to try them out first — many of them offer the first one free or are available as part of Kindle Unlimited if you subscribe. They’d be great to pre-download on a Kindle you’re giving to a loved one. You can even give a subscription to Kindle Unlimited. And most of the books I’m recommending also come in print for those that prefer it.
My very favorite author in the zombie genre, TW Brown, has two great zombie series – DEAD and ZOMBLOG. Brown does so much more with his books than just adding in flesh-eating monsters. He takes the time to explore human nature…the good, the bad, and the downright evil. And he pulls no punches. No one, not even favorite characters, are safe. You never know what will happen next. I can’t recommend these series enough. Mr. Brown also has a really cool series about a female ghoul named Ava. It’s full of humor and great characters.
One of my favorite books of all time is CADES COVE by Aiden James. If the person on your list likes ghost stories, this is the one to get. I’ve been endoctinated in the genre so long that it’s really tough to scare me. But this one did. Unlike any in a long time or since. I recommend it all the time. Mr. James has many other great reads as well — another of my favorite authors!
I love the HAUNTED series by Alexie Aaron. These books center around Mia, a young woman who can see the paranormal and her friends from PEEPs (Paranormal Entity Exposure Partners), a professional ghost hunting group. They even have their own axe-weilding spirit on the team. Murphy is a hoot! The characters are so skillfully developed they feel like old friends. Each story is stand alone, but to get the full affect, I’d start with the first — THE HAUNTINGS OF COLD CREEK HOLLOW — and work forward. Ms. Aaron integrates humor with some really great skin-tingling, chill-inducing fear. (Don’t let the covers deter you — this is a really great series!)
Dean Koontz is my favorite author and I have loved most all of his books. But my favorite is his ODD THOMAS series. Odd is a quirky character with lots of charm and the ability to see the lingering dead. If I started telling you everything I love about these books, I wouldn’t have time to tell you about any others. So, I’ll just say — these are well worth the read and I can’t recommend them enough.
If epic fantasy is what you or your giftee would like, then Anna Erishkigal’s SWORD OF THE GODS SAGA series is the way to go. The first in the series is SWORD OF THE GODS: CHOSEN ONE and is FREE. An amazing deal for nearly 500 pages of extraordinary characters and world-building. I was spell-bound as I read this one.
Cate Dean’s CLAIRE WICHE CHRONICLES and the spin-offs, THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF ZACH WICHE and ALEX FINCH, MONSTER HUNTER are great for those who enjoy fantasy. Zach and Alex will appeal to young adults as well as those who are fans of the Claire Wiche Chronicles. I adore these characters. Ms. Dean has the ability to pull you right into the story and keep you there, turning the pages.
I am also enjoying the HAEDYN CHRONICLES by Jennifer L. Oliver. She currently has one book and two short stories in this series. The two short stories are FREE and Haedyn’s Choice is part of Kindle Unlimited, so if you subscribe you can also read it for free. Haedyn is a complex character and I can’t wait to see what happens next with her.
Gregory Carrico’s CHILDREN OF THE PLAGUE, is a unique post-apocalyptic science fiction novel. I don’t think I’ve read anything that comes close to this one. It’s full of action, great scenes, and characters that are also unique. I love the relationship between Lannie and her brother, Alex. This is one not to be missed.
THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins is one of my favorite series. I don’t think I need to go into details on this one. With the popularity of not only the books, but the movies, I think most people have heard of
it. I’ll just say that it’s one that I can read multiple times and not get bored.
Nicole Storey has a wonderful fantasy series, GRIMSLEY HOLLOW, that is a great read for middle graders and even adults. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The main character, Gage, is an eleven-year-old boy with autism and Ms. Storey shows that everyone can make a difference in the world around them regardless of their personal challenges. The characters are wonderfully developed and the world-building is excellent. I was totally immersed in the story.
THE LEGEND OF BUTTERFIELD FARM by D.D. Larsen is another great fantasy/action adventure for middle graders. I loved the characters and the non-stop action. And the world-building is also skillfully developed in this book. Kids, as well as their parents, are sure to love this one.
Make a Difference
You can help make a difference in the fight to cure cancer by purchasing copies of LET’S SCARE CANCER TO DEATH. All proceeds for this anthology go to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The first of my zombie apocalypse series, SURVIVAL, is included.
And of course, I’d be honored if you’d share something of mine that you’ve enjoyed with someone or try them out for the first time yourself.
Before I forget — I’m having a giveaway for the holidays! Just click on the image below and it’ll take you to the post. Enter through Dec. 31st for a chance to win and enjoy some of my favorite Christmas music while you’re there.
Romance and More
You can’t go wrong with any of the authors over at ADDICTIVE READS. There are books in just about every genre. You’re sure to find something for everyone on your list, including every variation of romance you can think of.
In fact — while you’re there — the Addictive Reads Authors are having a holiday event and giveaway, so enter through Dec 31st for a chance to win some great prizes. Just click on the image and it will take you to the event page.
If you get any of the books I’ve recommended for yourself, then please remember to leave a review — good, bad, or mediocre — where you purchased it and at Goodreads. Authors and other readers will appreciate that you did so. You may even bring a new author and reader together!
I hope you’ll share your recommendations in the comment section below. What books would you recommend as gifts? Or drop a hint to someone for yourself. (Personally — I’d LOVE an autographed copy of any of the books above.) You can list however many you like, but I’m pretty sure more than one link will get your comment sent to my spam folder. So if you use links, please use them judiciously. Tell us the genre and what makes it such a great read!
As always — thanks for reading. I hope you have a fantastic holiday with family and friends!
P.S. That’s a lot of links! Phew! Please let me know in the comments if you find a link not working and I’ll get it fixed asap. Thanks!