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50 Best Rated Indie Authors in the Kindle Store
Friday, May 14, 2010  3:27:00 AM

by Maureen A Miller

Here's some fun news! With WIDOW'S TALE, I was ranked as one of the 50 best-rated independent authors. It's an informal poll, but fun nonetheless!

50 best rated indie authors in the Kindle Store

This post covers some of the best rated indie authors in the Kindle Store. There might be some overlap with the Top 100 Independent Authors list – However, the aim is to feature authors not on that list (do check it out as there are lots of great books at $1 or less).

This is a rough list and it includes a few books from published authors. Only books with very good reviews and prices close to $1 are included.

If your book is not on the list and is rated 4 stars or higher on 7 or more reviews please leave a comment.

Top 10 Highest Rated Indie Authors in the Kindle Store

  1. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck for just $1. It’s rated 4.5 stars on 157 customer reviews – people love it. A children’s book.
  2. Mercury Falls by Robert Kroese. Rated 4.5 stars on 125 reviews. A parody. 
  3. Soul Identity by Dennis Batchelder. Rated 4 stars on 116 reviews. A Technothriller that explores the metaphysical.
  4. Faking It by Elisa Lorello is rated 4 stars across 100 reviews.
  5. Ties that Bind, Ties that Break by Lensey Namioka. Rated 4.5 stars on 86 reviews. Asian and Asian American stories.
  6. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill is rated 4 stars on 84 reviews. A collection of stories.
  7. Learn Me Good by John Pearson. Rated 5 stars on 62 reviews.
  8. The List by J. A. Konrath. Rated 4.5 stars on 56 reviews. A Police Procedural.
  9. Wet Desert by Gary Hansen. Rated 4.5 stars on 49 customer reviews. A technothriller/spy story. 
  10. The Second Ship by Richard Phillips. Rated 4.5 stars on 47 reviews. It’s Book 1 of the Rho Agenda and a high-tech SciFi adventure.

More after the break (please click on the ‘Read more’ link to see the remaining books).


11 through 50 best rated indie authors in the Kindle Store

  1. Microbe by Bill Clem is a $1.99 technothriller rated 3.5 stars on 47 reviews.  
  2. The Vampire Shrink (Kismet Knight, Ph.D., Vampire Psycholoigst Series) by Lynda Hilbert. Rated 4 stars on 47 reviews.
  3. Adelaide Einstein by April Hamilton – rated 4.5 stars on 46 reviews. On motherhood.
  4. Amsterdam 2012 by Ruth Francisco. Rated 4 stars on 43 reviews. Political Fiction.
  5. Portal (Portal Chronicles) by Imogen Rose. Rated 4.5 stars on 39 reviews. Alternate Dimensions Romance.
  6. Kept by Zoe Winters. Rated 4.5 stars on 38 reviews. Vampire Romance and Fantasy, Futuristic & Ghost Romance.
  7. The Family Bones by Kimberly Raiser. Rated 4 stars on 38 reviews. A riveting horror thriller with twists, thrills, and chills.
  8. Sudden Death by Michael Balkind. Rated 4.5 stars on 37 reviews. A murder mystery centered around Golf.
  9. Regression by Kathy Bell. Rated 4 stars on 36 reviews. A technothriller.
  10. The Blackgloom Bounty by Jon F. Baxley. Rated 4.5 stars on 36 reviews. A war/fantasy/movie tie-in novel.
  11. Unconventional by J. J. Herbert. Rated 5 stars on 35 reviews. An inspirational book on religion and spirituality.
  12. The Walk by Lee Goldberg. Rated 4.5 stars on 35 reviews. It’s a comic/horror mix.
  13. Coombe’s Wood by Lisa C. Hinsley. Rated 4.5 stars on 35 reviews. It seems to be a mix of mythology and mystery.
  14. The Takers: Book One of the Oz Chronicles by R. W. Ridley. Rated a perfect 5 stars on 33 reviews. A very good fantasy/adventure/survival novel.
  15. Recollections: A Baby Boomer’s Memories of the Fabulous Fifties by Jim Chambers. Rated 5 stars on 32 reviews. Classified as Humor, Parenting and 20th century.
  16. Identity Crisis by Debbie Mack. Rated 4.5 stars on 30 reviews. A hard-boiled mystery.
  17. Immortality by Kevin Bohacz. Rated 4 stars on 29 reviews. A scientific mystery thriller/technothriller.
  18. Het Madden, A Zombie Perspective by Calvin A. L. Miller II. Rated 4.5 stars on 29 reviews. A good and evil novel from the zombie’s perspective.
  19. Celtic Evil: A Fitzgerald Brother Novel: Roarke by Sierra Rose. Rated 4.5 stars on 28 reviews. Occult Horror.
  20. The Third Kiss: Dorian’s Dream by Heather Killough-Walden. Rated 4.5 stars on 28 reviews. Vampire Romance and Fantasy, Futuristic & Ghost.
  21. The Sleep of the Gods by James Sperl. Rated 4.5 stars on 28 reviews. It’s science fiction and action+adventure and horror. 
  22. Moonlight by Keith Knapp. Rated 3.5 stars on 28 reviews. Horror and Occult. It began with a power outage.
  23. Right Ascension by David Derrico. Rated 4 stars on 27 reviews. Science Fiction, Technothriller.
  24. Rottweiler Rescue: a mystery for dog lovers by Ellen O’Connell. Rated 5 stars on 26 reviews.  
  25. Reunion by J. L. Penn. Rated 4.5 stars on 26 reviews. How far would you go in vindicating your high school obsession?
  26. Rowan of the Wood by Christine Rose and Ethan Rose. Winner of the Indie Excellence Award for YA Fiction in 2008. Historical Fantasy/Magic/Fairy Tale.
  27. Sin and Vengeance by CJ West. Rated 4.5 stars on 25 reviews. Winemaking, bad company, and a fast paced and dynamic plot.
  28. Easily Amused fby Karen McQuestion is rated 5 stars on 24 reviews.
  29. Supervirus by Andrew W. Mitchell. Rated 5 stars on 24 reviews. It’s classified as evolution/science fiction/adventure.
  30. Widow’s Tale by Maureen A. Miller. Rated 4 stars on 24 reviews. A romantic suspense novel.
  31. Sleepwalker: The Last Sandman by Brad Marlowe. Rated 4.5 stars on 24 reviews. Modern Fantasy, Family Relationships.
  32. Reluctant Swordsman by Dave Duncan is a Fantasy Novel that’s just $3.21. Rated 5 stars 24 reviews. It’s the first book in the ‘Seventh Sword’ series.
  33. Final Price by J. Gregory Smith. Rated 4.5 stars on 23 reviews. A police procedural.
  34. Space Viking by H. Beam Piper. Rated 5 stars on 23 reviews. A Sci-Fi classic categorized as Space Opera/SciFi Adventure.
  35. Waiting for Spring by R. J. Keller. Rated 4.5 stars on 23 reviews. It’s contemporary romance/drama.  
  36. The Bum Magnet by K. L. Brady is $1 and rated 4.5 stars on 22 reviews. It’s classified as love, sex, and marriage.
  37. Looking Glass by James R. Strickland. Rated 4.5 stars on 22 reviews. High-tech science fiction.
  38. The Chosen Soul by Heather Killough-Walden. Rated 4 stars on 22 reviews. Epic Fantasy and SciFi Adventure.
  39. Mighty Hammer Down (Legend of Reason Series) by David J. Guyton. Rated 4 stars on 22 reviews. A fantasy novel with politics and rationalism mixed in.
  40. Relocating Mia by Rebecca Lerwill. Rated 4 stars on 21 reviews. A romantic thriller.

51 through 109 best rated indie authors in the Kindle Store

  1. American Apocalypse: The Beginning (Volume 1) by nova. Rated 4.5 stars on 21 reviews. America after an economic fallout.
  2. Peculiar, Mo by Robert Williams is rated 4 stars on 21 reviews.
  3. The Skull Ring by Scott Nicholson. Rated 4.5 stars on 20 reviews. A spine-tingling mystery thriller. Also listed as romantic suspense.
  4. Along came a Demon (Whisperings) by Linda Welch. Rated 4.5 stars on 20 reviews. Genre: Horror, Ghosts.
  5. Body Toll by Bruce Thomason. Rated 4.5 stars on 19 reviews. An action packed cop thriller.
  6. Vicious by Brandon Massey. Rated 4.5 stars on 18 reviews.
  7. Sojourner (Book 1) by Maria Rachel Hooley. Rated 4.5 stars on 18 reviews. A novel for Girls & Women.
  8. Death of a Cure (A Thomas Briggs Novel) by Steven H. Jackson. Rated 5 stars on 17 reviews. A novel of mystery, suspense, and action.
  9. Crack-Up by Eric Christopherson. Rated 4.5 stars on 17 reviews. A technothriller with action and adventure elements.
  10. Learning To Fly by April Henry. Rated 4.5 stars on 17 reviews. A thriller.
  11. Faces in Time: A Time Travel Thriller by Lewis E Aleman is rated 4 stars on 16 reviews.
  12. Silent Witness by Rebecca Forster. Rated 5 stars on 16 reviews. A legal thriller. The other books in the Witness series are also very well rated.
  13. Kill the Story by John Luciew. Rated 4.5 stars on 15 reviews. Hard-boiled political mystery.
  14. Elfhunter: A Tale of Alterra, The World That Is by C. S. Marks. Rated 5 stars on 15 reviews.
  15. Cyberdrome by Joseph Rhea and David Rhea. It’s a Science Fiction Technothriller – rated 4.5 stars on 15 reviews.
  16. A Death at the North Pole by Joel M. Andre. Rated 4 stars on 15 reviews.  
  17. Gravity vs the Girl by Riley Noehren. Rated 5 stars after 15 reviews. A Legal thriller.
  18. City at World’s End by Edmond Hamilton. Rated 4 stars on 14 reviews. High Tech Science Fiction.
  19. 33 A.D. by David McAfee. Rated 4.5 stars on 14 reviews. Vampire Horror.
  20. After Life by Jaron Lee Knuth. Rated 4 stars on 14 reviews. Fantasy, Futuristic & Ghost Romance.
  21. Seven Days from Sunday by M. H. Sargent is rated 4.5 stars on 13 customer reviews. A fast paced thriller. 
  22. Test Pilot’s Daughter: Revenge by Steve Ward. Rated 4.5 stars on 13 reviews. Classified as Family Saga.  
  23. Dear Jane Letters by Amanda Hamm. Rated 4.5 stars across 13 reviews.
  24. Starfire (The Mending) by Stuart Vaughn Stockton. Rated 5 stars on 13 reviews.
  25. Childproofed by Reese Reed. Rated 4 stars on 13 reviews. All about Parenting, Marriage, and Motherhood.
  26. Eleganta by Denny Swartzlander. Rated 4.5 stars on 13 reviews. About Faeries.
  27. Like Warm Sun on Nekkid Bottoms by Chuck Austen. Rated 4.5 stars on 12 reviews. A screwball comedy in the P. G. Wodehouse tradition. It is very good though it gets a bit preachy.
  28. Swedish for Beginners by Susanne O’Leary. Rated 4.5 stars on 12 reviews. About an Irish girl tracing her roots to Sweden and discovering her real identity.
  29. Declaring Spinsterhood by Jamie Lynn Braziel. Rated 4 stars on 12 customer reviews.
  30. Tales of a Texas Boy by Marva Dasef. Rated 5 stars on 12 reviews. Historical Fiction and Farm Life.
  31. Healing Touch by Jenna Anderson. 4.5 stars on 12 reviews. A Romance Novel that’s around #6,350 in Kindle Store sales rank.
  32. Snowball by April Hamilton is rated 4.5 stars on 12 reviews. A darkly comic tale of dueling schemers and incompetents.
  33. De Bello Lemures: The Roman War Against the Zombies of Armorica by Lucius Artorisu Castus, Thomas Brookside. Rated 5 stars on 12 reviews. A very original concept. Occult Horror and Ancient Rome.
  34. Numenon (Bloodsong Series) by Sandy Nathan. Rated 5 stars on 12 reviews. Mysticism and Native American Mythology.
  35. Out of the Black by Lee Doty. Rated 4.5 stars on 12 reviews. A science fiction adventure.
  36. Life’s a Bitch. So Am I. Rachel Cord, P. I. by R. E. Conary. Rated 5 stars on 12 reviews. A detective novel with sarcastic humor and gritty realism.
  37. The Letter Sweater by Skip Crayton. 4.5 stars on 11 reviews. Another Romance Novel – this one’s sales rank is 1,330. 
  38. Justify the Means by Madison McGraw. Rated 4 stars on 11 reviews. A vigilante who targets paedophiles.
  39. The Haircut, a New Year’s Tale by Donna Callea. Rated 4.5 stars on 11 reviews.
  40. Celia and the Fairies by Karen McQuestion. Rated 5 stars on 11 reviews. Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, and Myths. Lots of her books are great.
  41. Tea is for Terror by Gayle Wigglesworth. Rated 4.5 stars on 11 reviews. The first book in the Claire Gulliver Mystery series and classified as Travel, Wales, Great Britain.
  42. The Acronym: White Nights of St. Petersburg by Rebecca Lerwill. Rated 4.5 stars on 10 reviews. A suspense/thriller with an absolutely gorgeous cover.
  43. On the Origins of Joy Boy’s Chasm, a Comic Novel by Liam James Leaven. Rated 4.5 stars by 10 reviews.
  44. The Demon Inside: The Zone War, Book 1 by Terry Cloutier. Rated 4.5 stars on 10 reviews. A fantasy that reads like a thriller.
  45. Wistril Compleat by Frank Tuttle. Rated 4.5 stars on 10 reviews. Seems to be a mix of humor and fantasy.
  46. American Blood: A Vampire’s Story by Gregory Holden. Rated 4.5 stars on 9 reviews.
  47. The Weight of Blood (The Half-Orcs, Book 1) by David Dalglish. Rated 5 stars on 9 reviews. An epic fantasy novel.
  48. I Serve: A Novel of the Black Prince by Rosanne E. Lortz. Rated 4.5 stars on 9 reviews. Dramatic historical fiction.
  49. Pagan by Andrew Chapman. Rated 4.5 stars on 9 reviews. A novel about a vampire hunter in a world ruled by vampires.
  50. Charybdis by K. A. Thompson – Rated 5 stars on 9 reviews.
  51. The Other Side of Tuscany by N. A. Stolfo Corti. Rated 4 stars on 9 reviews. A book about marriage, relationships, and divorce set in Tuscany.
  52. Firefly Island by Daniel Arenson. Rated 5 stars on 8 reviews. A fantasy novel.
  53. Leave Me Gasping (A Del Jakes Mystery) by T. C. Beacham. Rated 5 stars on 7 reviews. A Suspense Thriller with a female sleuth. Sales rank 723 in the Kindle Store.
  54. Containment by Christian Cantrell – rated 5 stars on 7 reviews. 
  55. The Beneficiary by Marshall Thornton. Rated 4.5 stars on 7 reviews. A hard-boiled mystery. 
  56. Kill & Cure by Stephen Davison for $1 and rated 5 stars on 7 reviews. A fast, furious, and well plotted thriller. 
  57. Toe Popper by Johnny Tangerine. A twisted beach novel rated 4.5 stars on 7 reviews. 
  58. Mankind’s Worst Fear by David L. Erickson. Rated 4.5 stars on 7 reviews. Space War.
  59. We Interrupt This Date by L. C. Evans. Rated 5 stars on 7 reviews. Family relationships, horror, and romance.

More to be added later. Hopefully you found some books you thought were interesting. Please do add other indie books you liked and that have received good reviews.

For even more good indie books take a look at this official kindle forum post with lots of 99 cent kindle books recommended by readers and by authors.

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