One of my pet peeves in fiction is the main character that I don't really care about. Maybe it's the first-person narration, or maybe it's the depth of characterization, but Billi is an easy character to care about. The people around him are easy to care about, even if we don't know that much about them. We care because they're friends of Billi's — if they're good enough for him, they're good enough for us.
Tee Morris' Billibub Baddings series is a bright spot in independent fiction. And on August 8, 2008, it hits Amazon. Morris has teamed up with fellow novelist Philippa Ballentine (whose novelDigital Magic also hits Amazon on that date) to make a run up the best seller list. He's asked that anyone who wants to purchase the book not preorder, but wait until the 8th to buy it. Matthew Wayne Selznick did something similar recently with his debut book Brave Men Run, finishing at #53 at Amazon.com. By doing this, small-press authors hope to attract more mainstream attention and increase the audience for their books. My review of Digital Magic is coming soon — be sure that you don't miss this opportunity to get these two outstanding books.