This week is the one and only time I’ll feature my just-released high-tech thriller “Biohack.” We also spotlight murder mayhem in the South of France and free or low-cost sci-fi, fantasy and supernatural reads.
This week’s top curated picks:
Indie ebook spotlight
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99 cents on Kindle for a limited time; free read with Kindle Unlimited ($14.99 print)
Biohack: A high-tech DNA thriller (Gender Wars Series)
By J.D. Lasica
Publisher: Best of Indie Publishing
Conspiracy thriller: Kaden, a bad-ass hacker and special ops recruit, confronts the powers behind a mysterious biotech company. But each step closer to the truth puts her life at greater risk. The premise is simple: What if the win-at-any-cost mindset of Silicon Valley were transported to the world of reproductive biotech?
Top ebook deals of the week
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($11.99 print)
Murder in the South of France (The Maggie Newberry Mystery Series)
By Susan Kiernan-Lewis
Publisher: San Marco Press (a boutique publishing house)
Mystery: Maggie Newberry is an advertising copywriter who’s fast on her feet and a little stunned to realize she’s over 30 and still hasn’t found true love. When her long-missing sister ends up dead, Maggie flies to the south of France to find the little niece that no one in the family even knew existed. When a sexy Frenchman helps in the search, things heat up.
Sci-fi: The Fall ended almost all life and the survivors live in ignorance of the past. But Ethan burns to know what happened. Then Maria, a survivor of the pre-Fall society, comes in search of a Planetsider with a natural resistance to the radiation from The Fall.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
Drained (An Agent Hank Rawlings FBI Thriller Book 1)
By E.H. Reinhard
Crime fiction: A serial killer is taking lives in Chicago. For former Tampa homicide sergeant Hank Rawlings, every lead brings him and his partner closer to the killer, leading up to a climactic confrontation.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($7.49 print)
The Pocket Watch
By Ceci Giltenan
Publisher: Duncurra (a small indie publishing house)
Time travel romance: When an enchanted pocket watch sends her to 13th-century Scotland, Maggie has 60 days to get back home before she’s stuck in the past forever. But handsome Highland warrior Logan presents a tempting reason to stay.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($16.99 print)
The Priest of Blood
By Douglas Clegg
Publisher: Alkemara Press (the author’s imprint)
Fantasy: Aleric the falconer meets his destiny in the bloody clutches of seductive Pythia, sending him on a quest to unearth the mysteries of the ancient vampyre race. Publishers Weekly calls this tome from a New York Times bestselling, Bram Stoker Award–winning author “stunning.”
99 cents on Kindle for a limited time
The Girl With the Good Magic
By MJ Caan
Supernatural: When Allie is attacked by a dead man, her boring life is turned upside down. A spell cast by her mother that eliminated shape-shifting from the world is being chipped away at, awakening Allie to the true depths of her magical powers.
99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($6.99 print)
Words of Wisdom, What the Owl Knows (Teachings from Animal Totems and Spirit Guides)
By Cara Gubbins
Nonfiction: Bestselling author Dr. Cara Gubbins takes you along on her healing journey from being nervous, shy, and worried to speaking up for herself and taking charge of her life.
Indie Film Watch
Regina Hall in “Support the Girls.” (Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)
Support the Girls
In this indie comedy written and directed by Andrew Bujalski, Regina Hall brings balance and grace to her character of Lisa. She’s general manager of a Hooters-style restaurant called Double Whammies. Her optimism is battered in the course of a challenging day in this big, weird piece of Americana.
Available on Netflix