Best of Indie https://bestofindie.com Best of independent books & film Fri, 13 Sep 2019 00:54:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Three titles to chill your summer https://bestofindie.com/three-titles-to-chill-your-summer/ https://bestofindie.com/three-titles-to-chill-your-summer/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 00:53:47 +0000 https://bestofindie.com/?p=928 Best of Indie spotlights three top-flight thrillers, a two-for-one special from sci-fi/horror author Saul Tanpepper and a dollop of romance, young adult and crime fiction.

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This week Best of Indie spotlights three top-flight thrillers, a two-for-one special from sci-fi/horror author Saul Tanpepper and a dollop of romance, young adult and crime fiction.

All titles range from free to 99 cents. And our Indie Film of the Week is “Greta,” starring Isabelle Huppert and emerging starlet Chloë Grace Moretz.

This week’s curated picks of quality ebooks …

Indie ebook spotlight

Remember, you don’t need a Kindle to read an ebook. Download the free Kindle app and read these on your smartphone or tablet.


Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
Gameland Season One: Episodes 1–2
By Saul Tanpepper
318 pages
#1 free in Science Fiction in the Kindle Store

Sci-Fi/Horror: These two unnerving books follow a group of friends who sneak onto the site of a popular game show — where they’ll be trapped in a horrific competition at the whim of unseen, bloodthirsty players. As the book’s tagline says, “6 Hackers, 1 Game… and 10,000 Undead.”

Grab the deal here.

Top ebook deals of the week


Free on Kindle Unlimited
The Senator
By Ken Fite
237 pages

Thriller: After his wife is murdered in Chicago, by-the-book agent Blake Jordan focuses on the one thing he’s always been good at: his job. But Blake is so consumed by grief that he doesn’t notice someone is watching him from the shadows.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle Unlimited ($14.99 print)
The Last Reaper
By J.N. Chaney
388 pages

Science fiction: When a high value scientist is taken hostage inside the galaxy’s most dangerous prison, Halek Cain is the only man for the job. The last remaining survivor of the Reaper program, Hal is an unstoppable force of fuel and madness, and he’ll stop at nothing to earn back his life from the people who imprisoned him.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle Unlimited (also available on audiobook)
Agent Zero
By Jack Mars
334 pages
#1 free in Suspense in the Kindle Store

Thriller: Professor Kent Steele is abducted by three terrorists in the middle of the night who tell him he’s a notorious CIA agent — though he has no memory of it. As he tries to unravel a growing conspiracy, Kent must evade deadly assassins and determine the truth behind his identity.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
Once a Soldier
By Benjamin Blackmore
288 pages
#1 free in Technothrillers in the Kindle Store

Technothriller: Ex–military contractor Harper Knox must join forces with mercenary Francesca Daly to stop an extremist cult targeting a controversial AI researcher in Seattle. Riveting!

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
Picture Perfect Lie
By Marquita Valentine
252 pages
#1 free in Contemporary Romance in the Kindle Store

Romance: From a NY Times bestselling author: During a layover, single mom Cam meets soldier Knight, who requests that she pose as his wife while he’s stationed overseas. But when Knight returns, can their lie spark a love that lasts?

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($15.99 print)
Awaken
By Skye Malone
249 pages
#1 free in Teen & Young Adult Coming of Age Fantasy in the Kindle Store

Young adult: Despite being forbidden to go near the ocean, Chloe runs away to the beach. Unable to resist the water, she sets in motion a series of strange occurrences and dangerous events — and discovers her true identity.

Grab the deal here.

Note: It took me a few days to get this post published because of my travel out of the country, so apologies! Some of the books are no longer free for purchase, but they’re all free on Kindle Unlimited.

Indie Film Watch


Chloë Grace Moretz in “Greta.”

Greta

A young woman (Chloë Grace Moretz) befriends a lonely widow (Isabelle Huppert) who’s harboring a dark and deadly agenda toward her in this dark, almost campy thriller from indie filmmaker Neil Jordan. (Jordan wrote the screenplays for “The End of the Affair” and “The Crying Game.”)

Now available on Netflix and other streaming and DVD services.

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Thrillers from two best-selling authors https://bestofindie.com/thrillers-from-two-best-selling-authors/ https://bestofindie.com/thrillers-from-two-best-selling-authors/#respond Tue, 20 Aug 2019 23:13:52 +0000 https://bestofindie.com/?p=923 This week Best of Indie spotlights free thrillers from two of the best in the biz – J.A. Konrath and Christopher Greyson – as well as a generous dose of chick lit, mystery, romance, sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

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This week Best of Indie spotlights free thrillers from two of the best in the biz – J.A. Konrath and Christopher Greyson – as well as a generous dose of chick lit, mystery, romance, sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

All titles range from free to 99 cents. And our Indie Film of the Week is “Every Time I Die,” a riveting indie thriller with a dose of sci-fi.

This week’s curated picks of quality ebooks at bargain prices:

Indie ebook spotlight

Remember, you don’t need a Kindle to read an ebook. Download the free Kindle app and read these on your smartphone or tablet.


Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.98 print)
Fuzzy Navel
By J.A. Konrath
250 pages

Thriller: I love almost anything by J.A. Konrath, and this police procedural – book 5 in the Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels Mysteries series – is no exception. Things are going well for Lt. Daniels of the Chicago Police Department until a group of vigilantes go on a murder spree, taking down a cop while the psychopath she had put away, thought to have killed herself in jail, may turn out to be very much alive. A treat for readers who like their mysteries with a shot of humor.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($7.99 to $22.79 print, $12.99 audiobook)
Girl Jacked
By Christopher Greyson
250 pages
#1 free in Action & Adventure Romance, Action Thriller & Vigilante Justice in the Kindle Store

Mystery-thriller: Policeman Jack Stratton is traumatized by the loss of his best friend in Iraq. But when the late friend’s sister goes missing, Jack knows he must defeat his personal demons and take action. This kickoff to the Det. Jack Stratton series from the brilliant best-selling author Christopher Greyson has more than 3,500 five-star ratings on Goodreads.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 paperback)
The Karma Book Club
By Kayley Wood
245 pages
#1 free in Romantic Comedy in the Kindle Store

Chick lit: After a mishap of colossal proportions, handsome Logan winds up on shy Mia’s doorstep — and, in exchange for a one-month stay, agrees to teach her to stand up for herself. Can this reformed bad boy help Mia finally find her voice?

Grab the deal here.

Top ebook deals of the week


Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print)
What Happens in Vegas
By Mike Faricy
241 pages
#1 free in International Mystery & Crime in the Kindle Store

Crime fiction: PI Dev Haskell heads to Las Vegas to help a friend i— but he’s also brought along his new lady friend, Barbie, a Barbie doll enthusiast. When business and pleasure mix, things start to get messy in this lighthearted mystery.

Grab the deal here.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($12.95 print)
Nondisclosure
By Geoffrey M Cooper
227 pages

Medical thriller: In this new release from the award-winning author of The Prize, sexual harassment at a major medical research institution escalates to rape and murder … with a coverup at the highest levels. “A compelling mystery, a fascinating peek into the politics of academia, and a nuanced look at the Me Too movement,” says Manhattan Book Review.

Grab the deal here.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time 
Mid-Century Modern Murder 
By CeeCee James
185 pages

Cozy mystery. Stella has finally found her mom – her long-lost mother that no one wants to talk about. While Stella wants to go to her immediately, her hunky new policeman friend warns her there are things she doesn’t know. Then she uncovers a cold case murder that is somehow linked to her mother’s arrest. But how? Book 5 in CeeCee’s fun Flamingo Realty Mystery series.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print)
Arouse
By Nina Lane
340 pages
#1 free in Contemporary Romance in the Kindle Store

Contemporary romance. Olivia Winter finds passion and satisfaction with Dean West, a commanding older man. But will a pregnancy scare shake up their bliss? A sensual read from a USA Today bestselling author with nearly 5,600 five-star ratings on Goodreads!

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print)
The Girl and the Raven
By Pauline Gruber
406 pages
#1 free in Teen & Young Adult Paranormal & Urban Fantasy in the Kindle Store

Young adult paranormal: Sixteen-year-old Lucy’s hopes for a normal life are dashed when she finds out she’s half-witch, half-demon. Now, she must make a daunting choice between whether she wants to use her powers for good or evil.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
Summer Magic
By T.M. Cromer
296 pages
#1 free in Paranormal Witches & Wizards Romance in the Kindle Store

Supernatural suspense: Small-town witch Summer Thorne’s passion for rescuing animals gets her in trouble with the local sheriff. But when a mystery arises, can the two team up to unlock some dangerous secrets? Book one in an intriguing paranormal series.

Grab the deal here.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
A Blind Eye
By Jane Gorman
318 pages

Crime fiction: An American policeman in Poland gets involved when murder is suspected, and the local police turn away. Adam Kaminski was meant to be a polite observer during a delegation to Philadelphia’s sister city, Warsaw. But Kaminski is not one to walk away.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($8.99 print, $13.08 audiobook)
King of Ash and Bone
By Melissa Wright
204 pages
#1 free in Alien Invasion Science Fiction in the Kindle Store

Post-apocalyptic science fiction: To fight an invasion of monsters that have crossed the veil, Mackenzie finds the gateway to another realm with the help of a mysterious ally. But her newfound friend has a dark secret — and time is running out for both their worlds.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
On the Lips of Children
By Mark Matthews
160 pages
#1 free in Horror Suspense in the Kindle Store

Horror: Early one morning, Macon goes out for a run — and is abducted by a nightmarish family. Set in underground tunnels, this bloodcurdling short read will keep you up at night.

Grab the deal here.

Indie Film Watch


Drew Fonteiro as Sam in “Every Time I Die” (2019).

Every Time I Die

When Sam is murdered in a remote lake, his consciousness begins to travel through the bodies of his friends in an effort to protect them from his killer. This dark passage leads him on a greater journey in discovering his own true identity. A harrowing indie thriller from filmmaker Robi Michael.

Coming to Netflix and other streaming and DVD services.

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Thrills, romance & Jordan Peele’s latest https://bestofindie.com/thrills-romance-jordan-peeles-latest/ https://bestofindie.com/thrills-romance-jordan-peeles-latest/#respond Wed, 07 Aug 2019 21:09:17 +0000 https://bestofindie.com/?p=912 Best of Indie spotlights a fast-praced thriller from A.C. Fuller, a horror tale, some humorous chick lit to balance that out, romance and fantasy titles – all of them free – as well as pre-order sales from three authors who are at the top of their game.

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This week Best of Indie spotlights several Kindle ebook deals: a fast-paced thriller from A.C. Fuller, a horror tale, some humorous chick lit to balance that out, romance and fantasy titles – all of them free – as well as pre-order sales from three authors who are at the top of their game.

And our Indie Film of the Week is Jordan Peele’s follow-up to his Oscar winner “Get Out.”

This week’s top curated picks:

Indie ebook spotlight

Note: Kindle ebooks can be read on any mobile device; just use the free Kindle app.


Free on Kindle for a limited time ($13.95 print, $14.95 audiobook)
The Anonymous Source
By A.C. Fuller
358 pages
#1 free in Crime Thrillers in the Kindle Store

Thriller: Investigative journalist Alex Vane uncovers staggering information that could be his biggest scoop yet… or the story that gets him killed. This sharp thriller “evokes comparisons to John Grisham’s finest,” writes best-selling author Robert Dugoni.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($11.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
My Dead World
By Jacqueline Druga
290 pages
#1 free in Horror in the Kindle Store

Horror: This nightmarish tale has more than 600 five-star Goodreads ratings. With a lethal virus sweeping the globe, a group of survivors huddles in a remote mountain cabin, their lives dependent on staying completely cut off from the outside world.

Grab the deal here.

Top ebook deals of the week


99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 paperback)
The Happy Home for Ladies
By Lilly Bartlett
324 pages
#1 free in General Humorous Fiction in the Kindle Store

Chick lit: When the owner of Friendship House threatens to turn the senior living home coed, chef Phoebe teams up with three residents to save their all-female enclave. A laugh-out-loud story of “satisfying self-discovery and a sweet journey to love,” says Publishers Weekly.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time  ($14.99 print)
Hey You, Pretty Face
By Linda Coles
334 pages
#1 free title in the Kindle Store

Crime fiction: Suspecting a connection between two recent cases — an infant who was abandoned and the kidnapping of three girls — Det. Jack Rutherford traces a series of leads to a sinister crime ring.

Grab the deal here.


On occasion I’ll spotlight new and past works by top-flight authors I know. Will Patching, Steven Moore and David Berens have produced several critically acclaimed crime thrillers in recent years. Here are their latest:


$4.99 preorder price on Kindle, publishes Aug. 19 ($9.99 print)
Atlantis Storm
By Steven Moore and Dave Berens
240 pages

Tropical thriller: An enigmatic visitor. A mysterious artifact. A map revealing not all myths are fake. The hard-luck Ryan Bodean and eternal optimist Megan Simons now face a death-defying search for the fabled lost city of Atlantis. But when a dangerous cult of Atlantean fanatics stop at nothing to keep their ancient secret, will it only be the legendary city that disappears beneath the sea?

Grab the book at the pre-order price here.



$2.99 preorder price on Kindle, publishes Aug. 24
The Widow: A British Police Thriller
By Will Patching
323 pages

British police procedural: A brutally murdered husband. An abused wife who wanted him gone for good. Did the wealthy widow arrange his death — and can a disgraced detective discover the truth? Find out in The Widow, the latest gripping, gritty British crime thriller from this award-winning author. First in a new series.

“Will Patching goes above and beyond with the suspense, drama and psychological terror in this amazing story,” writes one Goodreads reviewer.

Grab the book at the pre-order price here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print)
Tumble into Love
By J.H. Croix
248 pages
#1 free in Contemporary Romance in the Kindle Store

Romance: When sexy cop Darren saves Risa after a car crash, their sensual attraction turns both their lives upside down. A USA Today bestselling author serves up a sizzling contemporary romance.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($15.99 print)
Moonstone Conspiracy
By Elizabeth Ellen Carter
313 pages
#1 free in Regency Historical Romance in the Kindle Store

Historical romance: When English spy Daniel Ridgeway approaches Lady Abigail Houghall at her card table and threatens to expose her secret, Abigail is forced to comply with the demands of the irritating but handsome man. As she becomes entangled in his mysterious world, she finds it difficult to resist their growing attraction.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($7.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
Hidden Blade
By Pippa DaCosta
190 pages
#1 free in Psychic Suspense and Superhero Fantasy in the Kindle Store

Fantasy: In a New York rife with paranormal activity, immortal adventurer Ace Dante grudgingly undertakes a mission for his ex — only to stumble into a conflict between two powerful, ancient gods.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print)
The Titanic
By Charles River Editors
318 pages
#1 free in 20th Century History in the Kindle Store

Nonfiction (history): How did a ship built to exemplify top-notch technology and luxury become the center of an infamous tragedy? Featuring firsthand accounts, this comprehensive book details the construction and fate of the Titanic.

Grab the deal here.


Indie Film Watch


Evan Alex and Shahadi Wright Joseph in “Us” (2019).

Us

Jordan Peele’s 2017 debut “Get Out” was a landmark in African-American storytelling, broke box-office records and served as a wakeup call to the film industry. In his second outing as writer-director, he tackles the nation’s fractured identity in a story about a family’s serene beach vacation that turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them. The film “gives audiences exactly what they want by delivering what they least expect,” says IndieWire.

Coming to Netflix and other streaming and DVD services.

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Top ebooks: Thrillers, mysteries & women’s fiction https://bestofindie.com/top-ebooks-thrillers-mysteries-womens-fiction/ https://bestofindie.com/top-ebooks-thrillers-mysteries-womens-fiction/#respond Wed, 24 Jul 2019 19:58:01 +0000 https://bestofindie.com/?p=905 This week Best of Indie spotlights a free Jack Reacher box set, a free three-book box set from Danish mystery author Willow Rose, two “women’s fiction” novels (whatever that is), sci-fi, romance, fantasy, nonfiction and more. All titles range in price from free to 99 cents. And our Indie Film of the Week is a new […]

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This week Best of Indie spotlights a free Jack Reacher box set, a free three-book box set from Danish mystery author Willow Rose, two “women’s fiction” novels (whatever that is), sci-fi, romance, fantasy, nonfiction and more.

All titles range in price from free to 99 cents. And our Indie Film of the Week is a new animated comedy with voices from Zach Galifianakis and Hugh Jackman.

This week’s top curated picks:

Indie ebook spotlight

Note: Kindle ebooks can be read on any mobile device; just use the free Kindle app.


Free on Kindle for a limited time 
Licensed to Thrill 1: Hunt for Jack Reacher (box set)
By Diane Capri
354 pages
#1 free in Serial Killers & Conspiracy Thrillers in the Kindle Store

Thriller: Join FBI special agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar as they embark on a perilous search for Jack Reacher, an off-the-grid operative the bureau would kill to pin down. “Intricate and ingenious… You’ll read all night,” says author Lee Child, who created the classic antihero Reacher.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($19.99 print)
Emma Frost Mystery Series (Vol 1-3)
By Willow Rose
516 pages
#1 free in Mystery Romance in the Kindle Store

Mystery: Get three chilling page-turners from a bestselling author for free. Willow Rose’s series depicts author Emma Frost and her friends and family on Fanoe Island in Denmark. The title has thousands of five-star reviews on Goodreads!

Grab the deal here.

Top ebook deals of the week


99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($11.95 paperback)
The Saint Of Baghdad
By Michael Woodman
318 pages

Hard-boiled mystery: As tough as Reacher and as smart as Bourne, CJ Brink is a broken hero who comes back from the dead with one thing on his mind—retribution. Someone set him up, but who? Someone wants him dead, but why? The answers unspool in surprising ways.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time  ($14.99 print)
Best Friends & Other Liars
By Heather Balog
382 pages
#1 free in Contemporary Women’s Fiction in the Kindle Store

Women’s Humorous Fiction: For 30 years, best friends Violet and Leah have weathered the ups and downs of life together. But when Leah secretly books them both on a cruise for divorced singles, can their relationship survive the adventure that awaits them at sea?

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($10.99 print)
One Last Prayer for the Rays
By Wes Markin
326 pages
#1 free title in the Kindle Store

Police procedural: DCI Michael Yorke is investigating a missing persons case when the most obvious suspect turns up dead. Can he save a young boy’s life before time runs out? This suspenseful British procedural is book one in a series.

Grab the deal here.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time
Broken Glass
By John Hindmarsh
332 pages

Science fiction: In this kickoff to the Glass Complex Trilogy, sci-fi/technothriller author Hindmarsh dazzles with an intergalactic space opera that combines interspecies intrigue, space opera, military sci-fi, a bit of fantasy and a high-stakes storyline around Imperial forces out to plunder a planet’s wealth. Riveting.

Grab the deal here.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($14.24 print, $14.95 audiobook)
How to Day Trade for a Living
By Andrew Aziz
282 pages
#1 in Stock Market Investing in the Kindle Store

Nonfiction (investing): The author describes the fundamentals of day trading, explaining how day trading differs from other styles of trading and investment. For beginner traders, this book gives you an understanding of where to start, how to start, what to expect from day trading and how to develop your strategy.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print)
Before She’s Gone
By Cole Baxter
446 pages
#1 free in Women’s Crime Fiction in the Kindle Store

Psychological thriller: Jacob and Amanda are living a seemingly blissful married life. But when his father takes his own life, the suicide opens a trauma that reveals Jacob’s dark past — and Amanda’s secrets. A page-turner rife with suspense!

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($10.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
Taken by Love
By Melissa Foster
300 pages
#1 free in New Adult & College Romance in the Kindle Store

Modern romance: From a New York Times bestselling author comes this story centering on Daisy, who never expected to see gorgeous Luke again. But when she returns to her small hometown to help her father, a surprise encounter may lead her right into Luke’s arms.

Grab the deal here.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time, or free on Kindle Unlimited
Benny James Mystery Series (box set)
By Jason Deas
904 pages

Mystery: Forced into early retirement, former FBI agent Benny James lives quietly on a Georgia houseboat – until the local police ask for his help in solving a run of grisly murders. A riveting crime fiction box set!

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($6.99 paperback, $14.95 audiobook)
Bound
By Kirsten Weiss
216 pages

Supernatural suspense: The Bonheim siblings enjoy a quiet existence in the mountains, keeping their magical abilities secret. But when a body is discovered in the eldest sister’s café, pragmatic middle child Karin must harness her waning powers to find the killer.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($6.99 paperback, $14.95 audiobook)
Rise of the Dragons
By Morgan Rice
219 pages
#1 free in Epic Fantasy in the Kindle Store

Fantasy: From a USA Today bestselling author comes a saga featuring fierce monsters, valiant knights and unlikely heroes. The first title in the Kings and Sorcerers series begins when Kyra meets a dragon in the woods — and embarks on a wild adventure.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($7.99 print, $12.99 audiobook)
A Demon and His Witch
By Eve Langlais
172 pages
#1 free in Paranormal & Urban Fantasy in the Kindle Store

Paranormal romance: Ysabel doesn’t mind working with a sexy, womanizing demon — but she isn’t looking forward to dragging her traitorous ex-boyfriend back to hell. The New York Times bestselling author’s tale nearly 1,900 five-star ratings on Goodreads.

Grab the deal here.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time
Rich Little Poor Girl
By C.L. Donley
260 pages

Semi-sweet romance: Renowned designer Cynthia Gordon started out as a cafeteria worker at The Dvorak Group, an investment banking firm in the heart of Wall Street, where she steals the heart of the handsome heir apparent Ben Dvorak. When Cynthia reappears 10 years later, Ben hopes to find out what happened all those years ago – and ultimately how to win her back.

Grab the deal here.

 

Indie Film Watch


Zach Galifianakis and Hugh Jackman voice two of the main characters in “Missing Link.”

Missing Link

In this animated comic adventure, Mr. Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, the trio of explorers travels the world to help their new friend. Writes IndieWire: “‘Missing Link’ is a sweet, touching, and seriously fun adventure comedy about two lost souls who are struggling to reconcile yesterday with tomorrow in their bid to belong in a world that refuses to make room for them.”

Now available on Netflix and other streaming and DVD services

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From espionage to women’s adventure fiction https://bestofindie.com/from-espionage-to-womens-adventure-fiction/ https://bestofindie.com/from-espionage-to-womens-adventure-fiction/#respond Thu, 11 Jul 2019 01:06:52 +0000 https://bestofindie.com/?p=897 Best of Indie spotlights bestselling author Brett Battles' new spy thriller, plus two free women's adventure novels, a police procedural, romance, young adult, fantasy, sci-fi and a fast-paced action thriller from Dusty Sharp.

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This week Best of Indie spotlights bestselling author Brett Battles’ new spy thriller, plus two free women’s adventure novels, a police procedural, romance, young adult, fantasy, sci-fi and a fast-paced action thriller from Dusty Sharp. And our Indie Film of the Week showcases Beyoncé giving “the greatest performance in the modern history of music festivals,” according to IndieWire. This week’s top curated picks and Kindle ebook bargains:


Free on Kindle Unlimited, $5.99 purchase
The Damaged
By Brett Battles
225 pages

Espionage thriller: From USA Today bestselling author Brett Battles comes another exciting adventure in his award-winning Jonathan Quinn thriller series. Quinn is the best at what he does: making bodies disappear. Within the espionage world, his reputation is impeccable. There was a time, though, when that reputation was still being built under his mentor, Durrie. A time when the very man who had taught Quinn all he knew could have derailed the young cleaner’s future.

Fifteen years ago, Quinn was offered a job. On the surface, a straightforward mission to stop a terrorist. But the client gave Quinn the additional task of taking on Durrie as his number two, as a last chance for the veteran agent to be rehabilitated. Durrie had been on a downward spiral, going from being a respected operative to an unreliable has-been. These changes threatened to destroy everything—not only in Quinn’s life, but Orlando’s, too. She was Durrie’s girlfriend, and Quinn’s best friend. Both she and Quinn were desperate to help Durrie return to the person he once was. They hoped this job would be the answer. Durrie had other plans.

Praise for Battles’ Quinn novels:
• “Brilliant and heart pounding”—Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author
• “Battles’ writing is addictive.”—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author

Get the new release here.

Top ebook deals of the week

Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.45 print, $14.95 audiobook)
Coyote
By Kelly Oliver
336 pages
#1 free ebook in the Kindle Store

Teen & Young Adult Detective Story: Jessica James is having a dull summer in Montana — until a shocking event claims her cousin’s life. When she discovers a link to another death in the family, can she unmask the evil lurking in her small town?

Grab the free deal here.



Free at all retailers for the month of July! ($6.99 print)
No Time to Bleed
By Dusty Sharp
116 pages

Action thriller: Part of the highly acclaimed Austin Conrad series, the book begins with a lone biker on the open road. A crew of murderous thugs in hot pursuit. The hunters become the hunted along a lonely stretch of desert asphalt.

When Conrad decides to ditch the notorious Rattlers motorcycle club, he becomes the target of its ruthless president, who’s hellbent to silence Austin to keep his own dark secrets buried. Set along the back roads of southern California’s Mojave Desert, the story comes to its thrilling climax among the abandoned ghost town of Amboy. When Austin is waylaid by a hit squad from a rogue faction of the club, they learn the hard way that there’s more to Austin than motorcycles and petty crime.

Get the free deal at Amazon US. And at all other retailers.



Free on Kindle for a limited time  ($11.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
The Perfect Roommate
By Minka Kent
258 pages
#1 free in Women’s Action & Adventure Fiction in the Kindle Store

Women’s Action Adventure Fiction: College student Meadow can’t believe her luck when glamorous, sophisticated Lauren becomes her roommate. But after she uncovers a secret she wasn’t supposed to know, their relationship takes a sinister turn.

Grab the free deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time (originally $5.99)
The Starlight Hill Series: Books 1–3
By Heatherly Bell
678 pages
#1 free in Women’s Romance Fiction in the Kindle Store

Women’s romance: Nestled in California wine country, the small town of Starlight Hill seems like the perfect place to get away. But for Ivey, Brooke, and Genevieve, there’s no escaping their complicated pasts! A charming three-book collection about second chances and new beginnings.

Grab the free deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($11.34 print)
Never Forgotten
By Kelly Risser
314 pages
#1 free in Teen & Young Adult Literature in the Kindle Store

YA Romance: When shy teen Meara moves to a tiny seaside town, she starts experiencing vivid hallucinations that could lead to her long-lost father. Now she and her new friend Evan must discover who — and what — she really is. An engrossing coming-of-age tale.

Grab the free deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
The Boat Man
By Dustin Stevens
290 pages
#1 free in Police Procedurals in the Kindle Store

Police procedural: After the traumatic death of his partner, police detective Reed Mattox transfers to the K-9 division and begins a quiet new life in the countryside. But his restraint will be put to the test when he’s faced with a grisly series of murders. The title has more than 1,300 five-star Goodreads ratings.

Grab the free deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print)
The Color of Memory
By Julianne MacLean
253 pages
#1 free in Inspirational Romance in the Kindle Store

Romance: From a USA Today bestselling author comes a gripping romance about how the past can haunt the present. ER nurse Audrey discovers that her perfect husband was keeping secrets in the weeks leading up to his death, compelling her to question her past — and her future.

Grab the free deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
Dangerous Destiny
By V.A. Dold
199 pages
#1 free in Paranormal & Urban Fantasy in the Kindle Store

Paranormal Vampire Romance: Centuries-old vampire Darius Drummond is sent to protect Carolyn Soucek from an ancient order of witch hunters. But nothing has prepared him when he comes face to face with his destined soulmate.

Grab the free deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($16.99 paperback, $14.95 audiobook)
A Shadow on the Glass
By Ian Irvine
676 pages

Epic fantasy: An ancient mirror unites Llian and Karan — but its power is deadlier than they can possibly imagine. With nearly 900 five-star ratings on Goodreads, this is “a grand-scale epic fantasy that features a pair of unusual heroes and a complex world,” writes Library Journal.

Grab the free deal here.



$4.99 on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print)
Your Journey to Becoming Unskippable
By Jim F. Kukral
318 pages

Nonfiction: Here’s your essential guide to changing the way you achieve true success. If you like practical ideas, no-nonsense approaches, and honest advice from a renowned expert, then you’ll want to grab Kukral’s fresh take on today’s transformed business world.

Grab the deal here.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print)
Terra Mortem
By Ethan Proud
357 pages

Science fiction: After crash landing on a desert planet, survivors of a colony from Earth have scratched out a living for generations. When a nomadic hunter named Dierde encounters more humans, everything she knows changes and war is sparked. As the conflict comes to a head, they realize that they were not nearly as alone as they’d thought.

Grab the deal here.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
The Scottish Connection
By Carrie Bedford
330 pages

Cozy British mystery: London architect Kate Benedict is off to a glamorous weekend party in Scotland at the formerly grand castle belonging to the uncle of her boyfriend Josh. A deliciously traditional British cozy with a touch of the paranormal thriller.

Grab the deal here.

 

Indie Film Watch


Beyoncé in “Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé.”

Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé

This intimate, in-depth look at Beyoncé’s celebrated 2018 Coachella performance reveals the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement. The pop legend led  more than 100 singers, dancers and steppers through “the greatest performance in the modern history of music festivals, … and Beyoncé managed to fit the whole spectacle into a euphoric, triumphant and exhaustingly fierce documentary that should help see Beychella enshrined as one of the definitive pop culture events of the century,” raves IndieWire.

Now available on Netflix and other streaming and DVD services

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This week our Best of Indie Readers’ Circle spotlights two historical novels, an insta-classic technothriller from Matthew Mather, and a dose of romance, sci-fi, mystery, suspense and fantasy.

All titles range in price from (mostly) free to $1.99. And our Indie Film of the Week stars the magnificent actress Juliette Binoche.

Remember, we curate so you don’t have to! This week’s top curated picks …

Indie ebook spotlight

Remember, you don’t need a Kindle to read an ebook. Plenty of folks read books on their smartphone or tablet with the free Kindle app.


99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($10.99 print)
The Girls in the Water
By Victoria Jenkins
354 pages

Police procedural: One chilling clue hints at a connection between the murders of two young women — and if detective Alex King can’t uncover the truth and catch the killer, more will meet their grisly ends. An addictive crime thriller with 700 five-star ratings on Goodreads.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($13.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
The Indigo Rebels
By Ellie Midwood
378 pages

Historical suspense: In 1940s France, the Legrand siblings — Giselle, Kamille, and Marcel — find themselves caught up in the French Resistance. A powerful tale of wartime heartache and endurance.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($18.99 print)
The Tetradome Run
By Spencer Baum
574 pages
#1 free ebook in the Kindle Store

Science fiction: In the near future, America eagerly watches as convicted felons compete for their freedom in a televised death race against genetically engineered monsters. Swearing she’s innocent, contestant Jenna Duvall fights to survive while a journalist unravels the truth about her alleged crime.

Grab the deal here.

Top ebook deals of the week


Free on Kindle for a limited time ($13.99 print)
My Grape Escape
By Laura Bradbury
288 pages

Memoir: Laura Bradbury left a promising legal career in London to revive a dilapidated house in the French countryside. Amidst the grapevines of a charming Burgundian village, she fell in love with her adventurous new life. A rich, inspiring memoir for anyone who’s ever dreamed of making a change.

Grab the deal here.



$1.99 on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print, $13.50 audiobook)
Polar Vortex
By Matthew Mather
368 pages

Technothriller: A flight disappears over the North Pole and a massive international search is launched. Mitch Matthews is a writer struggling to make ends meet when his wife’s brother Josh offers them a first-class seat on a flight from Hong Kong to New York. That’s the setup for this fast-paced page turner, called Lost meets DaVinci Code.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($8.99 print, $12.99 audiobook)
If She Saw
By Blake Pierce
169 pages

Psychological thriller: Brilliant former agent Kate Wise is retired — but the FBI needs her help to decode a serial killer’s twisted mind. Can Kate find the link between two murdered couples before more people die?

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print)
Chasing Eva
By Camellia Hart
361 pages
#1 free in Contemporary Romance Fiction in the Kindle Store

Contemporary romance: Eva can’t resist her wild attraction to Clive, a handsome CEO — until she learns he’s her company’s worst enemy. But Clive knows what he wants, and he’s willing to pursue Eva to the ends of the earth. First entry in the In Light of Shadows Series.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time
The Wedding Trap
By Adrienne Bell
200 pages
#1 free in Romantic Suspense in the Kindle Store

Romance: Everyone wants to meet Beth’s boyfriend. There’s just one problem: Beth made him up! Now she needs a date for her best friend’s wedding, and CIA agent Alex just happens to need a cover for his latest mission. The title has more than 1,300 five-star ratings on Goodreads.

Grab the deal here.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 paperback)
Burgundy and Bodies (Wine Valley Mystery Book 1)
By Sandra Woffington
216 pages

Mystery: If the Addams family’s daughter Wednesday grew up to become a forensic psychologist, she would be Dr. Joy Burton — and Det. Max King’s nightmare. A beautiful blonde is found dead by a creek after a poker game. Max and Joy dig through the lives of the suspects, including the chief of police, while the killer sets eyes on them.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($11.99 print)
Accepted Fate
By Charisse Spiers
259 pages
#1 free in Teen & Young Adult eBooks in the Kindle Store

Coming of age romance: Student Kinzleigh is too focused on her cheerleading career to give her heart away. But that all goes out the window when she meets country boy Breyson. Their red-hot attraction has her thinking about throwing all her rules out the window.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($13.81 print)
Guardians: The Girl
By Lola StVil
304 pages
#1 in Teen & Young Adult Paranormal & Urban Fantasy eBooks in the Kindle Store

Paranormal romance: An angel and a human must confront their feelings for each other — along with demon attacks and midterms — when a horrible prophecy predicts the end of humanity. Check it out: more than 2,300 five-star Goodreads ratings.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print)
The Secret Bunker: Darkness Falls
By Paul Teague
192 pages

Apocalyptic suspense: While visiting a Cold War–era bunker, Dan and his family become trapped inside as a strange darkness falls over the world. With the entire planet threatened, Dan must delve into the secret that’s been hidden deep underground for generations.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print)
Dead of Winter
By Tom Threadgill
303 pages

Thriller: When a serial killer starts sending his victims’ severed appendages to the Supreme Court, retired agent Jeremy Winter must return to the FBI to assist Maggie Keeley in a thorny and urgent investigation.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
Intangible
By C.A. Gray
484 pages

Young adult fantasy: When science-minded Peter and mysterious, orphaned Lily survive a strange accident, they’re thrust into a magical world of Arthurian legend — and must team up to defeat a fearsome opponent!

Grab the deal here.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($10.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
Quantum Void
By Douglas Phillips
355 pages

Science fiction: After a scientific breakthrough, humans are able to communicate with a civilization 4,000 light years from Earth. Four volunteers suit up to visit an alien civilization, overcoming fears and obstacles along the way.

Grab the deal here.

Indie Film Watch


Robert Pattinson, Lars Eidinger and Gloria Obianyo in “High Life.”

High Life

“High Life” is the first of writer-director Claire Denis’s films to be shot in English, as well as the first to be set in space. The film stars the magnificent Juliette Binoche playing a mad scientist aboard an intergalactic prison ship on a one-way trip to Earth’s nearest black hole. Warning: lots of adult content here. But IndieWire calls it “mesmerizing.”

Now available on Netflix and other streaming and DVD services

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This week our Best of Indie Readers’ Circle spotlights our longest list of Kindle ebook deals ever, including suspense thrillers, romance, three cozy mysteries and a generous dose of the supernatural.

All titles range in price from free to 99 cents. And our Indie Film of the Week is a new release from the director of “Erin Brockovich” and “Ocean’s Eleven.”

This week’s top curated picks:

Indie ebook spotlight

Remember, you don’t need a Kindle to read an ebook. Plenty of folks read books on their smartphone or tablet with the free Kindle app.


Free on Kindle for a limited time
The Last Firewall
By William Hertling
323 pages

Near-future science fiction: In the year 2035, robots, artificial intelligences, and neural implants have become commonplace. Catherine Matthews, nineteen, has a unique gift: the ability to manipulate the net with her neural implant. Yanked out of her perfectly ordinary life, Catherine becomes the last firewall standing between a powerful AI named Adam and his quest for world domination.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time  ($15.99 print)
The Girls Across the Bay
By Emerald O’Brien
380 pages
#1 free ebook in the Kindle Store

Police procedural: When a woman is killed in their small town, reporter Madigan covers the crime while her detective sister, Grace, investigates. But as they discover a dark personal tie to the victim, the pair must confront secrets buried in their past. A great kickoff to the Knox and Sheppard Mysteries series.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.95 print, $14.95 audiobook)
The Alexandria Project
By Andrew Updegrove
271 pages
#1 free in Technothrillers in the Kindle Store

Technothriller: When a devastating cyberattack sees the country under threat of collapse, cybersecurity expert Frank gets caught between the FBI and the CIA. Can he trace the attack to its source and outmaneuver America’s hidden enemies? A high-octane thriller!

Grab the deal here.

Top ebook deals of the week


Free upon newsletter sign-up (regularly $4.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback, $14.95 audiobook) 
Against the Grain
By Phil M. Williams
294 pages

Political thriller: Matt Moyer is an orphaned teen growing up on a primitive farm in the Pennsylvania coal region. He’s homeschooled by his eccentric and philosophical great uncle, who’s a stickler for logic, reason and intellectual honesty. Forced to attend a public school, the feral teen finds it difficult to cope with the hypocrisy, propaganda and misinformation that adults and children so readily accept. Faced with the possibility of expulsion, arrest and ostracism, he must make a choice. Will he choose the easy lie or the hard truth?

Join Phil’s bimonthly newsletter list to take advantage of free and discounted book releases – and receive this full-length novel for free:

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Free on Kindle for a limited time ($8.99 print)
The Wedding Audition
By Joanne Rock and Catherine Mann
216 pages
#2 free in Romantic Comedy in the Kindle Store

Romance: Annamae Jessup did the unthinkable when she ran out on her wedding on national television. She finds refuge in her grandma’s small Alabama town, where she meets handsome undercover detective Wynn Rafferty.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($6.99 print; $12.99 audiobook)
The Perfect Wife
By Blake Pierce
211 pages

Psychological suspense: Criminal profiler in training (and newlywed) Jessie Hunt, 29, uncovers dark secrets lurk in her new suburban town. When someone turns up dead, she finds herself caught in the crosshairs of her newfound friends, her serial killer caseload—and the secrets of her own dark past.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($18.99 print; $14.95 audiobook)
Playing with Monsters
By Amelia Hutchins
514 pages
#1 free in Paranormal Vampire Romance in the Kindle Store

Paranormal: When mysterious Lucian lays eyes on witch Magdalena, he tries to fight his feelings for her — but their intense attraction is undeniable. A hot read with more than 2,500 five-star ratings on Goodreads.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.76 paperback, $14.95 audiobook)
Spirits, Stilettos, and a Silver Bustier
By Deanna Chase
245 pages
#1 free in Paranormal Ghost Romance in the Kindle Store

Supernatural mystery: Psychic medium Pyper lands in the middle of a murder investigation when her hunt for a vintage dress brings her face-to-face with the ghost of a recently deceased shop owner. Spellbinding!

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print)
Breakfast at the Beach House
By Judith Keim
308 pages
#1 free in Contemporary Romance in the Kindle Store

Romance: After her husband leaves her, Ann teams up with Rhonda — her polar opposite — to convert a seaside mansion into a luxury hotel. But will a group of unusual guests complicate their plans? A fun and lighthearted beach read.

Grab the deal here.



99 cents on Kindle until Sunday at midnight ($8.99 print)
Live Fae or Die Trying
By Jenna Wolfhart
270 pages

Paranormal suspense: For years, a fae has resided in a shabby East London flat, working as a private investigator for romantically scorned supernaturals. But when a serial killer starts picking off London’s fae, it seems fate has other plans for her. Book one in the Paranormal PI Files.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($8.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
Sworn to Raise
By Terah Edun
245 pages
#1 free in Coming of Age Fantasy eBooks in the Kindle Store

Young adult fantasy: When peasant Ciardis is chosen for a position at court, she travels across the empire to begin a new life. But to survive, she’ll need to master intrigue, befriend a crown prince and learn to control magical abilities she never knew existed. The title has nearly 700 five-star ratings on Goodreads.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print)
Sins of the Past
By Julia Derek
334 pages
#2 free in Police Procedurals in the Kindle Store

Suspense: Stay-at-home mom Kate thought she knew her husband — a man with no enemies. But after he’s found stabbed to death with a curious knife, Kate must face the earth-shattering truth about his former life.

Grab the deal here.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time
LinkedIn Sales Machine
By Raza Imam

Nonfiction: Subtitled “The Secret Strategy to Generate Leads and Sales on LinkedIn – in 30 Minutes/Day,” the book promises to double your leads and sales using LinkedIn beyond what you thought possible … without spending hundreds of dollars on ads or trying to become a “viral hit.”

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 paperback, $14.95 audiobook)
The Gray and Guilty Sea
By Scott William Carter
269 pages
#1 free in Hard-Boiled Mysteries in the Kindle Store

Mystery: Haunted by his wife’s murder, private investigator Garrison Gage is hiding out in a small seaside town — until the discovery of a girl’s corpse draws him back into the game. “Carter’s writing is on target,” says Publishers Weekly. The title has more than1,500 five-star Amazon reviews.

Grab the deal here.



99 cents on Kindle until Friday at midnight ($9.99 print)
Red Velvet and Revenge
By Agatha Frost
214 pages

Culinary cozy mystery: A light, cozy mystery read with a cat loving and cafe-owning amateur female sleuth in a small village setting with quirky characters. Written in British English. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes. Part of the popular Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
Dose Vidanya
By Sam Cheever
196 pages
#1 free in General Humorous Fiction in the Kindle Store

Cozy mystery: Things are always interesting at the Silver Hills Senior and Singles Residence — and amateur sleuths Flo and Agnes can’t help investigating when they find a corpse in the library.

Grab the deal here.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.95 audiobook)
Ghost of a Chance
By Cate Dean
163 pages

Cozy mystery: Welcome to the quaint village of Holmestead, England, where an American ex-pat, an archaeologist and murder turn this picture postcard village upside down.

Grab the deal here.

Thriller lovers, mark your calendars


Author (and friend) Steven Moore’s excellent bestselling Hiram Kane action thriller series will be on special sale for three days only: June 15-17. All six books will be priced at 99 cents each.

From Bali to Japan and Peru to Mexico, tag along for a series of wild rides as archaeologist-turned expedition leader Hiram Kane finds himself up against heinous criminals, monstrous terrorists and mother nature herself.

Grab the deal from June 15-17.
https://geni.us/HiramKaneSeries

BONUS

Now you can read the first several chapters of my high-tech thrillers “Biohack” and “Catch and Kill” on my author site at jdlasica.com. We just passed 100 reviews for both books, thank you, kind readers!

Indie Film Watch


Andre Holland in “High Flying Bird” (2019).

High Flying Bird

From the director of “Erin Brockovich,” “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Contagion” comes a new indie release. With the NBA at a halt thanks to a lockout, sports agent Ray Burke struggles to stay afloat financially. As the players and owners fight over the monetary pie, Ray devises a radical plan to save his job – and alter the league’s power structure. IndieWire calls it “a Promethean sports drama that hums with the verve and purpose of Steven Soderbergh’s very best work.”

Disclaimer: I receive no compensation for books I recommend in this or any other roundup.

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Q&A with Robert Bidinotto, author of ‘justice thrillers’ https://bestofindie.com/qa-with-robert-bidinotto-author-of-justice-thrillers/ https://bestofindie.com/qa-with-robert-bidinotto-author-of-justice-thrillers/#comments Tue, 04 Jun 2019 09:41:26 +0000 https://bestofindie.com/?p=853 Author Robert Bidinotto and the cover of his vigilante-hero thriller “Hunter.” For our next Indie Author Spotlight feature, I chat with indie thriller author Robert Bidinotto. In 2011 Bidinotto introduced the world to vigilante hero Dylan Hunter in his debut novel, Hunter — a #1 Kindle bestseller in Mysteries & Thrillers and a Wall Street Journal Top […]

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Author Robert Bidinotto and the cover of his vigilante-hero thriller “Hunter.”

For our next Indie Author Spotlight feature, I chat with indie thriller author Robert Bidinotto. In 2011 Bidinotto introduced the world to vigilante hero Dylan Hunter in his debut novel, Hunter — a #1 Kindle bestseller in Mysteries & Thrillers and a Wall Street Journal Top 10 Fiction eBook. The first sequel, Bad Deeds, was named Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance 2014 Book of the Year. Dylan Hunter’s suspenseful adventures continue in Winner Takes All and in the forthcoming Choker.

INDIE AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Q&As with top independent authors

Robert turned to writing fiction late, at age 60, after an award-winning career as an investigative journalist, essayist, reviewer and editor for many publications. He also has appeared as a guest on scores of TV and radio talk shows and as a popular speaker before campus, business and social groups across North America and Europe. He lives with his musician wife on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. 

Tell us about your background and how you found your way into fiction writing.

I was raised in western Pennsylvania. From early childhood I loved to read, and I soon discovered I had a talent for writing. I was the sort of free spirit who would turn school essay assignments, like “how I spent my summer vacation,” into science-fiction stories about being abducted by a UFO.

As a teen, I became fascinated by current events, and I majored in economics in college. After school, I took up freelance writing for newspapers and little magazines — articles, op-eds, book and movie reviews. That turned into writing high-profile, award-winning investigative articles for Reader’s Digest about controversial topics, like crime, homelessness, and the environment. Later, I worked for advocacy nonprofits, writing, speaking and editing.

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Robert Bidinotto’s author page on Amazon.

But I always secretly yearned to write fiction. The desire grew from my childhood love of vigilante heroes like The Lone Ranger, Zorro and Batman. Around 2004, I finally began to scribble notes for my own fictional vigilante character.

Four years later, my magazine editor job ended, right in the middle of the recession. I was pushing 60; I had few employment options; I was financially desperate and had nothing to lose. So I gave it a shot, vowing to finish writing my first novel before my 62nd birthday: June 5, 2011.

Late on June 4th, with just one hour to spare, the last page rolled out of my printer. And the unlikely result of that career gamble was that my self-published debut thriller, Hunter, became a big national bestseller, hitting #4 on the Kindle bestseller list.

The archetypal vigilante character goes back centuries, to tales of Robin Hood, Samurai warriors and knights errant.
— Robert Bidinotto

So you turn 70 tomorrow? Happy birthday.

Thanks. I’ll be writing.

So what originally captured readers’ imaginations with your early books, and how did you build on that?

Bidinotto and Luna
The author with Luna.
Millions of people feel trapped in a world of rampant injustice. They see vicious predators, the politically powerful and the untouchably wealthy getting away with outrageous crimes — often shielded by a legal system that is either inept or complicit. They feel angry about it, but helpless.

That’s why they love fantasy tales about tough, lone-wolf vigilantes who single-handedly battle for justice against the lawless. That archetypal character goes back centuries, to tales of Robin Hood, Samurai warriors and knights errant. Today, he’s the hero of thrillers, Westerns, detective fiction and comic books.

My Dylan Hunter hero stands in this timeless tradition. He’s a crusading journalist in D.C., with a mysterious past, his own “particular set of skills” and an unquenchable passion for justice. But he’s not only a reporter. Using a host of secret aliases, impressive weapons and clever ruses, he rains spectacular acts of vigilante justice down upon sociopathic predators, corrupt political elites — and their enablers and excuse-makers.

But unlike other tough-guy vigilantes, Dylan has some unique traits. He’s Ivy-League educated and has forged his own sophisticated code of moral values and political ideas. He’s not a psychologically damaged man but a serenely self-confident optimist. And he’s extravagantly romantic — a one-woman man, passionately in love with and devoted to his girlfriend, CIA officer Annie Woods.

For male readers, Dylan is the guy they want to be; for female readers, he’s the guy they dream of being with. Women also appreciate that unlike many thriller heroes, Dylan is not a cynical “player.”

What are your latest titles? Are you sticking with a specific subgenre you’re comfortable writing in?

bad-deedsSince the success of Hunter, I’ve published two sequels, Bad Deeds and Winner Takes All. They touch on the real-life controversies of our time, complicate the lives of Dylan and Annie, and introduce memorable villains and supporting characters. Reader and reviewer responses to the opening trilogy have been extraordinary. I’m working now on No. 4, Choker, aiming for a fall release. I’ll stick with writing Dylan Hunter “justice thrillers” as long as readers want to buy them. But if they tire of him, I have other story ideas outside the series that I can develop.

What makes your characters tick?

From seeds planted in his hidden past, Dylan Hunter has become a protective “sheepdog” in a world full of sheep and wolves. His lover, Annie, is similar: She’s a CIA security investigator, devoted to protecting the country from security risks.

Her boss, wily CIA veteran Grant Garrett, is a patriot, too, who must constantly battle office politics and Russian moles to complete the Agency’s missions. Another popular character is a morbidly obese researcher, a quirky genius nicknamed “Wonk.” Wonk contracts with secret government agencies, but moonlights for Dylan, assisting him in investigations and as a supplier of high-tech gadgets. Then there’s police detective Sgt. Ed Cronin. Decent and dedicated, Cronin suspects Dylan is responsible for the mounting wave of vigilante assassinations, and he’s in hot pursuit — but is also torn by his conflicting commitments to justice versus the law he swore to uphold.

Radiating from this core group is a colorful cast of supporting regulars, among them: Dylan’s fetching “girl Friday,” Danika Brown; his newspaper’s harried editor, Bronowski; and Dylan’s private sounding board — his stridently opinionated pet cat, Luna.

Then there’s an ever-growing list of some of the nastiest villains you’ll never want to meet. Fans love the “poetic justice” Dylan employs to bring down the bad guys.

Tell us a bit about your process. How do you come up with your story ideas and characters? What do you start out with? How long does it take you to write a novel from start to finish?

I start with some hot, controversial theme. I already know what Dylan thinks about the topic: He is smart enough to always agree with me! Then I imagine his polar opposite “type” on that issue and flesh out that character as the main villain. The next step is to imagine a situation that locks them in mortal conflict.

Next, I imagine other characters, both good and bad, who will constitute “variations on the theme.” I develop their personalities, backgrounds, conflicts and subplots to spin off from the main theme.

Robert BidinottoThe challenge is to weave all of this, including the subplots, into one tight, integrated story filled with escalating thrills and rising suspense, so that the climax resolves all the elements at once. It’s like solving multiple Rubik’s Cubes simultaneously, and it takes me forever to work out the plot structures — which I do in meticulous detail, chapter by chapter, before I begin writing.

So far, it’s been three years between my books. I’m trying hard to whittle that down.

Writing fiction allows me to share elements of my worldview in ways that are more subtle, more entertaining and I think more persuasive to more people. I call my books ‘thrillers for thinkers.’

What do you want to achieve with your fiction?

First and foremost, to give readers what they are paying for: a thrilling rollercoaster ride, filled with action, suspense, romance and indelible characters they won’t forget.

But beyond that, I also want to present them a Story World that reflects my own worldview, inhabited by the kinds of heroes I’d love to meet, doing the things I’d love to do, in places I’d love to visit. I have strong views and values, and I used to express them in nonfiction books, articles and speeches. Well, writing fiction allows me to share elements of my worldview in ways that are more subtle, more entertaining and I think more persuasive to more people. I call my books “thrillers for thinkers.” But my emphasis is always on the “thriller” aspect.

You were one of the first big success stories of ebook self-publishing. What are you able to do as an indie author that would be closed off to you in the traditional publishing world?

winner takes allI decided to write Hunter only when self-publishing became a viable alternative to traditional publishing. At my age, I had no time to waste finding an agent, then a publisher — then to wait forever for the book to come out, most likely with indifferent, badly targeted marketing. After I finished writing Hunter, I was able to have it edited, proofread, formatted, then published as an ebook only 17 days later — and the print edition came out only two weeks after that. No publisher could possibly have done that for me.

Besides speed of publication, an indie author faces none of the constraints his traditionally published colleagues must endure. I write whatever I want, and no industry gatekeeper can keep it away from an international audience of readers. I publish at a length, pace, style and genre of my choosing. I select my own covers, write my own promotional copy and execute my own marketing plans, rather than being at the mercy of a publisher’s dubious choices. I release my books through outlets and in nations of my own choosing, in whatever formats I wish — ebook, print or audiobook.

Finally, I don’t have to share a nickel of my ebook or print earnings with an agent or publisher, who take the lion’s share of royalties for themselves. These days, I deal with an agent and publishers only to handle my audiobook and foreign editions, and only as a matter of convenience.

The book publishing world has undergone some radical changes in the past few years. What’s been the upshot for readers?

Since the Self-Publishing Revolution, readers now have millions more titles to choose from — many of them as good or better than those released by mainstream publishers. Online retailing, ebooks, audiobooks and print-on-demand technology also offer readers more format options, lightning-fast delivery and far more affordable prices. There’s never been a better time to be a reader — or a writer.

Can you mention a few authors whose works you greatly admire, including writers who may be unfamiliar to readers?

I prefer thrillers in the vigilante, crime, detective and spy categories. Among traditionally published authors in these subgenres, my all-time favorites include Stephen Hunter, Lee Child, Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, Daniel Silva, Jack Higgins, Robert Crais, Mark Greaney, Gayle Lynds and Nelson DeMille, plus earlier writers like Robert B. Parker, Mickey Spillane, Alistair MacLean and Donald Hamilton.

Among indie authors, some standouts for me include Stephen England, Ian Graham, Gary Ponzo, Allan Leverone, John Clarkson, Edd Voss and Mark Dawson. Self-publishing hasn’t been popular for as long as traditional publishing, so I’m still trying to catch up with stacks of books from new, widely praised indies. Get back to me in another couple of years and I’ll give you a much longer list.

How do you interact with your readers and fans? How do they send you feedback?

There’s my website, VigilanteAuthor.com, where people can learn all about my Dylan Hunter thrillers. It also houses a big archive of interviews I’ve conducted with top thriller authors, including many I just named. I interact with fans through my free email newsletter, Bullet Points; you can sign up on my website to receive it. Then there’s my Facebook author page. People can also find me on Goodreads. And readers can always email me: RobertTheWriter@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, I invite Best of Indie readers to check out Hunter, Bad Deeds and Winner Takes All. Various editions are available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes — including a Kindle ebook trilogy containing all three titles, on Amazon.

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From sci-fi, mystery & suspense to time travel romance https://bestofindie.com/from-sci-fi-mystery-suspense-to-time-travel-romance/ https://bestofindie.com/from-sci-fi-mystery-suspense-to-time-travel-romance/#respond Thu, 30 May 2019 08:32:06 +0000 https://bestofindie.com/?p=826 Best of Indie spotlights spotlight a grab bag of terrific reads and bargains, including sci fi, historical fiction, young adult, suspense, mystery (cozy and not so cozy), fantasy and time travel romance.

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Today we spotlight a grab bag of terrific reads and bargains, including sci fi, historical fiction, young adult, suspense, mystery (cozy and not so cozy), fantasy and time travel romance.

All titles range in price from free to $1.99. And our Indie Film of the Week takes us to Nazi-occupied France.

OK, on to the week’s top curated picks!

Indie ebook spotlight

Free on Kindle for a limited time  ($12.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
The Back Door Man
By Dave Buschi
394 pages
#1 free in Hard Science Fiction in the Kindle Store

Sci-fi/technothriller: What happens when banks go down — and the only money you have is whatever’s in your pocket? As panic and chaos descend around him, security expert James Kolinsky fights to prevent a global meltdown.

Grab the deal here.


$1.99 on Kindle for a limited time ($6.99-$15.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
The Tuscan Child
By Rhys Bowen
329 pages
#1 in Historical World War II Fiction in the Kindle Store

Historical fiction: From New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Rhys Bowen comes a haunting novel about a woman who braves her father’s hidden past to discover his secrets. “Pass the bread, the olives, and the wine. Oh, and a copy of The Tuscan Child to savor with them,” says NPR.

Grab the deal here.


breaking gravityFree on Kindle for a limited time ($8.41 print, $14.95 audiobook)
Breaking Gravity
By Mitty Walters
205 pages
#1 free Technothriller in the Kindle Store

Science fiction: Dale Adams makes a discovery that could change the world — and attracts the attention of some dangerous enemies. If he wants to stay alive, he’ll have to return to the place he tried so hard to leave behind. A smart, lighthearted sci-fi title.

Grab the deal here.


purge of babylonFree on Kindle for a limited time (regularly $5.99; $14.95 audiobook)
The Purge of Babylon Box Set
By Sam Sisavath
1,742 pages
#1 free in U.S. Horror Fiction in the Kindle Store

Paranormal: In a not-so-distant future, a small group of huddled survivors represents all that’s left of the human race. An unimaginable horror lurks in the dark, waiting to strike and complete the terrible purge of mankind.

Grab the deal here.


last secret chamberFree on Kindle for a limited time ($14.95 paperback, $14.95 audiobook)
Last Secret Chamber
By Phil Philips
376 pages

Historical mystery thriller: When his long-lost archaeologist uncle is found murdered in Cairo, Joey Peruggia embarks on an adventure across the globe to reclaim a stolen artifact that holds a clue to a secret Egyptian chamber. Fans of Dan Brown should like this one.

Grab the deal here.


once quietFree on Kindle for a limited time ($15.99 print)
Once Quiet
By Scott Blade
412 pages
#1 free in Police Procedurals & Mystery Literary Fiction in the Kindle Store

Suspense: While working on a Montana cattle ranch, Navy SEAL veteran and drifter Jack Widow discovers that the woman who owns the ranch, Crispin, is being menaced by a deadly, anonymous foe. Can Widow protect Crispin and her two sons?

Grab the deal here.


death of a crafty knitterFree on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
Death of a Crafty Knitter
By Angela Pepper
348 pages

Cozy mystery: After getting romantic advice from a cryptic fortune-teller, gift shop owner and amateur sleuth Stormy Day stumbles into a web of secrets, lies, and murder.

Grab the deal here.


once goneFree on Kindle for a limited time ($6.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
Once Gone
By Blake Pierce
204 pages

Mystery: While working on a Montana cattle ranch, Navy SEAL veteran and drifter Jack Widow discovers that the woman who owns the ranch, Crispin, is being menaced by a deadly, anonymous foe. Can Widow protect Crispin and her two sons?

Grab the deal here.


indiana belleFree on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 paperback, $14.95 audiobook)
Indiana Belle
By John A. Heldt
406 pages
#1 free in Historical Fantasy Fiction in the Kindle Store

Time travel romance: When Cameron discovers an old photo of a gorgeous woman, he journeys nearly a century into the past to make her his. A lively tale full of vivid history and timeless romance.

Grab the deal here.


let me fallFree on Kindle for a limited time ($10.95 print)
Let Me Fall
By Lily Foster
270 pages
#1 free in Kidnapping Crime Fiction in the Kindle Store

Young adult romance: Carolyn is asked to tutor bad boy Jeremy — the football star she’s always had a secret crush on. But can she handle their red-hot chemistry? “An involving tale of love and redemption that will satisfy discerning fans of the new-adult genre,” writes Kirkus Reviews.

Grab the deal here.


DescentFree on Kindle for a limited time ($12.98 print)
Descent
By Sloane Murphy
312 pages
#1 free in Teen & Young Adult Paranormal & Urban Fantasy eBooks in the Kindle StoreYoung adult fantasy: Seventeen-year-old Adelaide Tate is about to become the Red Guard’s first female enforcer, but she must face a terrible choice. Humanity, the Fae and the Vampyrs come together to prevent a devastating war in this page-turner.

Grab the deal here.


amplifiedFree on Kindle for a limited time ($8.99 print)
The Amplified
By Lauren M. Flauding
205 pages

Young adult fantasy: Fifteen-year-old Mari can’t wait to receive the implant that will give her incredible new powers. But what if Amplification comes at a terrible price? This fast-paced dystopian adventure should delight fans of Divergent and The Hunger Games.

Grab the deal here.

Remember blogs?

I just wrote a post titled, “What will your personal AI look like?,” based on my research for my thriller Catch and Kill. If artificial intelligence intrigues you, you can read the post here.

Indie Film Watch


Paula Beer in “Transit.”

Transit

A man attempting to escape Nazi-occupied France falls in love with the wife of a dead author whose identity he has assumed. “After alluring audiences with his twisty ‘Phoenix,’ filmmaker Christian Petzold returned with another drama in which all is not what it seems,” writes IndieWire.

Now in theatrical release, coming to Netflix and other streaming and DVD services in July 2019.

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Q&A with Sheldon Siegel: From corporate law to best-selling author https://bestofindie.com/qa-with-sheldon-siegel-from-corporate-law-to-best-selling-author/ https://bestofindie.com/qa-with-sheldon-siegel-from-corporate-law-to-best-selling-author/#respond Thu, 23 May 2019 20:47:50 +0000 https://bestofindie.com/?p=809 For our next Indie Author Spotlight feature, we chat with Sheldon Siegel, the New York Times best-selling author of seven critically acclaimed legal thrillers featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. He is also the author of the thriller The Terrorist Next Door featuring Chicago homicide detectives David Gold and A.C. […]

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For our next Indie Author Spotlight feature, we chat with Sheldon Siegel, the New York Times best-selling author of seven critically acclaimed legal thrillers featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. He is also the author of the thriller The Terrorist Next Door featuring Chicago homicide detectives David Gold and A.C. Battle. His books have sold millions of copies worldwide and been translated into a dozen languages.

Sheldon lives in Marin County with his wife, Linda, and a tabby cat named Betty who sleeps on the desk next to his computer all day. They have two adult sons.

Welcome to Best of Indie. Tell us about your fiction writing. What are some of your books you’re best known for? And what’s your latest title?

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I’ve written 10 courtroom dramas featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. My first book, Special Circumstances [read the first two chapters free], was a story about a murder in a big law firm in San Francisco. I’ve worked in big law firms in San Francisco for 36 years, so I’m pretty familiar with the territory, and people say that you’re supposed to write about what you know. I had never thought about writing a series until I was offered a contract for two books. My 10th book in the series, Hot Shot, is coming out today. At the moment, I’m busy working on Book #11.

I acquired the rights to my traditionally published books, re-edited them and took out dated references to fax machines, pay phones, etc.
— Sheldon Siegel
What drew you to writing?

I always wanted to write, but I’m not sure why. I’ve discussed this with other authors, and it seems that many of us always wanted to do this. It’s a bit presumptuous to think that we actually have something interesting to say. There is nothing in my background that would suggest that I should be doing this. I studied accounting in college at the University of Illinois. I’ve been a corporate lawyer for my entire career, and I have never actually handled a criminal case—not even a parking ticket. Yet I get reviews saying that my courtroom scenes are very authentic. And, like many attorney-authors, my decision to write courtroom stories started with Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent, which was released in 1986. I read the book on a plane in 1988, and decided that if I ever got around to writing the book that I was probably never going to write, it would be a courtroom drama.

Tell us briefly about your journey in traditional publishing and how you wound up as an independent author. Are you happy with where you’ve landed?

I am very happy being an independent author. My first seven books were published the traditional way. I got substantial advances from big publishers and had seven books on the New York Times list. Then my sales flattened, and my publisher dropped me. I figured that I’d had a good run, and that would be the end of it, and I would go back and practice law full time. In the meantime, starting in about 2010, I began to reacquire the rights to my old books. I acquired the rights to my entire series by the end of 2013. Around the same time, e-books became very popular. It turned out that I had the perfect product for the e-book space.

I re-edited all of my books and took out dated references to fax machines, pay phones, etc. My wife (a computer graphics artist at Lucasfilm) created new covers for the books, so now they look like a series. We figured out how to format the books ourselves. We re-released my entire backlist in January of 2014, and we’ve never looked back. Since then, I’ve released three new books independently. I’m selling more books and reaching more readers than I did when my books were traditionally published and appeared on the New York Times best-seller list. Thank you, Jeff Bezos! I wish that I could say that I planned it all out very carefully, but my independent publishing career involved a lot of serendipity, good timing and luck (and the fact that Amazon has a huge reach). I like having control over the entire process, and I have no plans to go back to traditional publishing.

sheldon siegel books

Tell us a little about your process. How do you come up with your plot ideas and characters? What do you start out with? How long does it take you to write a novel from start to finish?

I get most of my ideas by looking at the local crime section of the San Francisco Chronicle. I’ve never used an actual case verbatim, but there are elements of true stories in most of my books. At their core, the stories are about Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez and how they deal with challenges as they interact with the world around them. I try to figure out where Mike and Rosie will be at the beginning and the ending of the books, and how they will change. Then I piece together a story dealing with their character arcs. I don’t outline in detail, but I have a good idea of the beginning, ending and hot spots in the story (although things tend to change a lot along the way). It takes about nine months to write a workable first draft, and another three months to do another four or five drafts before the book is finished.

It’s a great time to be a reader because books are so readily available and relatively inexpensive. You can download my entire series in less than a minute, and it costs a fraction of what it used to cost in paper.
— Sheldon Siegel
The book publishing world has undergone some radical changes in the past few years. What’s been the upshot for readers?

It’s a great time to be a reader because books are so readily available and, in most cases, relatively inexpensive. You can download my entire series in less than a minute, and it costs a fraction of what it used to cost in paper. Because so many books are published every year, it’s a little hard to sort out the good stuff from the bad, but Amazon facilitates the process. Most of the voracious readers have transitioned to reading on electronic devices, which makes everything accessible to anybody on Planet Earth with a smart phone, a tablet or a computer.

Sheldon Siegel: “I try to develop a personal relationship with many of my readers.”
Sheldon Siegel: “I try to develop a personal relationship with many of my readers.”

Nice. So how do you interact with your readers and fans? How do they send you feedback?

I invite readers to contact me via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I respond to every e-mail myself, and I try to develop a personal relationship with many of my readers. It takes a little extra time, but I enjoy it, and my readers appreciate it. I also post on social media, but try to be judicious about it. If you post something every day that simply tries to get your readers to buy your books (which, presumably, they’ve already done), it’s a big turnoff. I’ve gotten ideas for stories from my readers from time to time.

Can you mention a few authors in any genre whom readers should check out? I know you’re friends with Robert Dugoni.

I tend to read other lawyer-authors to see what everybody is up to. John Lescroart is one of my favorites. He lives here in Northern California and we’ve become good friends over the years. His Dismas Hardy books are similar in tone and ambiance to mine. Bob Dugoni is a terrific writer. So was Scott Pratt. In the non-legal arena, I love books written by Terry Shames, who writes about her native Texas (although she’s lived here in the Bay Area for years). I like Cara Black’s books set in Paris. And Martin Cruz Smith is one of the finest wordsmiths ever.

Indie Author Spotlight — Other Q&As in this series

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