Little indie gems from 2014

2014 was the year I published The Green Woman trilogy and a clutch of short stories set in her world. I’d love it if you checked out the list on Amazon.

It’s also the year I discovered a bunch of indie authors mainly thanks to this blog. Everybody seems to be making a list of their favourite reads of 2014, and I’d like to jump on the bandwagon. There are reviews of most of them on this blog somewhere if you search through book reviews. Here goes, in reverse chronological order.


Second Chance: The Transcendence Trilogy #1 by Dylan Hearn.

I haven’t written the review yet, but I will. This is a really gripping story, so very believable and truly horrible in places. It reminded me a little of P.D. James’ The Children of Men but much more focused on a single incident with tentacular ramifications. Recommended for anyone who likes police state thriller dystopias, or just a great read that will have you on the edge of your seat. Volume 2 is on my to read list.


Conor Kelly and the Four Treasure of Eirean

Conor Kelly and the Fenian King by Alison Isaac

I loved these books. Written for quite a young readership but pushing them to the limits of their understanding in terms of relationships and humanity, the Conor Kelly stories make enjoyable reading for adults too. Alison Isaac takes the reader on a great, complex adventure that weaves myth and modernity, fairytale and coming of age story. If you are already familiar with some of the great figures of Irish history/mythology, you are in for a treat.



Evolution by Kate Wrath

Another dystopia, completely different, this one. Kate Wrath’s world is dominated by obscure authorities, protected in their invisibility by a robot army. Who is giving the orders, even at the end of the second volume, we have no idea. One of things I enjoyed most about these books was Kate’s use of allusion rather than explanation. It’s a difficult feat to accomplish, building a story on hints and guesses, and not lose your readers. Kate Wrath does this admirably. Amazon has these books in the YA category though I don’t really see why. You have to work to get the most out of this story; it isn’t handed to you on a plate. Highly recommended for adult readers too.

The Séance by Tricia Drammeh

Tricia is a favourite author of mine. Her writing style is clear, uncluttered and somehow restful. I don’t ever feel compelled to go back and pick the bones out of a sentence to understand what she is putting across. The emotions, even complicated ones come over so clearly. This is a YA story that gave me the shivers in places. My fourteen year-old, who watches the most atrocious Japanese horror films without batting an eyelid found this one scary too. In typical Drammeh style, there is a tender aspect that runs all the way through the story, and a very satisfying ending. For YA who don’t just demand a love interest, but like being scared too.


Ragged Claws by John Collick

First up this year was the sequel to Thumb, a favourite debut novel from 2013. It’s difficult to describe John Collick’s books in a way that doesn’t make them sound like an acid trip. The setting is a nightmarish dying world, all deep reds and ochres, rust and acid oceans. The people are mainly monstrous, decadent and decaying like their strange cities. As for their almost forgotten raison d’être, to build God…Well, I think we’ll leave it there. Just read it. Start with Thumb. The third volume will be out soon. I personally can’t wait.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

12 thoughts on “Little indie gems from 2014”

  1. Reblogged this on Suffolk Scribblings and commented:
    I’m thrilled Jane has nominated Second Chance as one of her Indie Gems for 2014 for three reasons.
    1. She’s a great writer herself which makes the praise extra special.
    2. She produced my favourite one line description of Second Chance, “a really gripping story, so very believable and truly horrible in places.”
    3. She name checked PD James’ The Children of Men, which was an influence as far as the setting was concerned – a future very similar to today but with the occasional major difference.
    Thank you, Jane, for your very kind words and for highlighting some more books to add to my TBR list.

    1. You’re very welcome Dylan. I thoroughly enjoyed Second Chance. The pacing is excellent, and I love multi POV stories. It annoys me when I hear criticism of a story for being ‘confusing’ because it doesn’t follow a completely linear plot development using just a couple of MCs. I love the way you keep the disparate characters separate until you begin to draw in the threads. Hope you find your next great read on the list 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on Authors to Watch and commented:
    Jane’s list of 2014 reads is a mix of genres. Everyone will find something they can enjoy! Thank you, Jane, for including The Seance on your list.

    As a side note to readers: E by Kate Wrath was also included on my own list of recommendations. Additionally, Jane Dougherty’s Green Woman series made my top reads list as well. Her series is a particular favorite of mine.

    1. I should have added The Fifth Circle to my list as I very much enjoyed it. I was rushing to get the post finished before I had to go out. Your stories are always a breath of fresh air, Tricia. There’s a real gentleness in your writing that takes some of the sting out of the tough bits.

    2. Thanks, Tricia! I also have to add my two-cents worth that I *loved* The Green Woman series. Definitely a must-read.

    1. …Actually, it looks like the reblog didn’t work. But I’ve shared on FB.

      Thank you, Jane, for including us all in your list. I am honored to be part of it. 🙂 I see some familiar faces up there, but also a lot of books I’m going to have to check out.

      1. It’s an honest list. I’ve read a lot of books this year I have immediately forgotten. I might do an addenda of a few books (like Tricia’s Fifth Circle) if I can remember more than one or two more! I hope you do read some of these. I’m sure you’ll like them.

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