Best of Indie https://bestofindie.com Best of independent books & film Wed, 21 Nov 2018 01:46:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chris Fox: Q&A with the indie author about the self-publishing revolution https://bestofindie.com/chris-fox-qa-with-the-indie-author-about-self-publishing/ https://bestofindie.com/chris-fox-qa-with-the-indie-author-about-self-publishing/#respond Wed, 21 Nov 2018 01:40:56 +0000 https://bestofindie.com/?p=588 Best of Indie interviews Chris Fox, author of science fiction novels and nonfiction books, about his writing and about the state of self-publishing.

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For our fourth Indie Author Spotlight feature, we spotlight Chris Fox, an indie author who has written both fiction and nonfiction, including the space fantasy novels Tech Mage, War Mage and Behind the Lines. J.D. Lasica caught up with Chris at the writers conference 20Books Vegas earlier this month.

I think we both live in the Bay Area. Where do you live?

In Novato, Marin County, just north of San Francisco.

I’m in the East Bay. And you work in San Francisco?

I did, until I quit in February 2016 when I became a full-time author. I’m making more money now than I ever did as a software engineer.

Tell us about yourself and how you got started writing books.

Like a lot of other authors, when I was a very young child, I knew that’s exactly what I wanted to do. At six years old I said, ‘I’m going to be an author,’ and so all the way through high school I was preparing for that and taking English classes and all my English teachers were patting me on the head, saying you’re meant to do this. But then I met the real world and realized I didn’t know anything about the author business. So I abandoned it at 18 and didn’t pick it up again until I was 30 when I wrote my first short story and got it published for a grand sum of 75 bucks.

After that, I kept writing on the side. But it wasn’t until I start dating Lisa, who’s now my wife — she’d read some of my fiction and asked if I had any novels she could read. I was almost done with one called No Such Thing as Werewolves, so I finished my very first novel in 2014 to impress my wife.

“I just published it as kind of a vanity publishing effort where I wanted to have a book, but then Amazon started sending me checks. By the third month, the audiobook came out and I got a check for $4,000.”

What really surprised me is, I just published it as kind of a vanity publishing effort where I wanted to have a book, but then Amazon started sending me checks. By the third month, the audiobook came out and I got a check for $4,000. And all of a sudden, I realized, wait a minute, there’s a lot of money in this. And we just happen to live in the beating tech capital of the world. So I was surrounded by Amazon employees, Apple employees, and I saw what they were doing with data science. And I saw how they were building an engine to sell stuff to people. And I realized as an author, we can tap into that. We can use data science to get our books front and center in such a way that that’s what people are clicking on. And if people are clicking on our books, that’s what Amazon is selling. And it’s worked. That’s where almost all my sales come from.

You write both fiction and nonfiction, 25 books in all, right?

Yeah. I’ve got seven nonfiction books, but they’re all very short. And 80 percent of the revenue comes from the fiction. So my novels are paying the bills.

Tell us about the genre you chose.

I write mostly science fiction in different flavors. I have post-apocalyptic science fiction, military science fiction, and my latest series I would call space fantasy. So think dragons and mages in space and starships.

Chris Fox's author page on Amazon.
Chris Fox’s author page on Amazon.
How did you choose that genre?

I sort of built it from scratch. I was already writing military science fiction. And I said to myself, I want to get into epic fantasy, because that’s my true love. But I know my readership is not going to follow me. So I wondered, can I do a military science fiction with all of the same elements of epic fantasy and will that work? And so I decided I’d try an experiment and it worked.

I was just wondering whether the decision was market driven, like your advice on writing to market.

That was the original impetus. But it was also based on my epic fantasy universe. l use the same magic system, and a lot of the same world building in some of the same gods. So I already had a lot of material and I wanted to play around with something in space like this. So I’ve been having so much fun writing the Magitech Chronicles.

What kind of following have you built up over the years?

It’s not as large as I’d like because I’m always jumping around from series a series. I have a YouTube channel with 27,000 followers and 1.5 million views. So I would guess that a lot of my fans are coming from that. I’ve gotten a lot of them from Amazon because Amazon’s promoted a lot of my books as well and I put calls to action to sign up for my mailing list in the front and back matter in my books.

What are some of the advantages of being an indie author?

I just spoke at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. And pretty much everybody there was looking for an agent deal. And I gave a presentation and I explained all the things that you get as an indie author and there was a lot of interest. Really it boils down to just one word: control. You can do what you want, when you want. Whereas if you’re working with a traditional publisher, I’ve had friends have been asked to remove characters, to add romantic subplots, to really alter the book, and you’re not going to see it published for 18 months to two years after you’ve signed this deal. And then the money is not very good.

“While you’ll never see traditional publishing going away, in 10 to 15 years it will become the niche and self-publishing will be the mainstream.”
What kind of changes have you seen in the in the book publishing world in the past few years, and what’s been the upshot for readers?

I think we’ve see an explosion of content. And not all the content is good, but a lot of it is. And the beauty of Amazon’s system in terms of selling books is a meritocracy. So if readers like the books, those are going to rise to the top. We just have so much more quality stuff that we had back in, say, 2011. I spoke to a romance author and they’re really the ones that kicked off the Kindle boon back in 2010-2011. And she said, I just needed a way to reach her readers, and was through the Kindle.

We don’t need a middleman anymore. As an author, you can find your audience. There’s a niche of people somewhere in the world who wants to read whatever crazy stuff you’re writing. And now you can find them. That wasn’t true 10 or 15 years ago.

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Chris Fox on stage at 20Books Vegas (Photo by J.D. Lasica)
And for the in the end reader, they don’t really care whether you’re an indie or not. They just want to have more kind of titles available that they can dig into.

They have no idea. If you asked the average reader, ‘Who published this book?’, they’re going to say the author’s name and that’s it. All they know is, I enjoyed this, and I want to read the next one.

How are indie authors responding to your nonfiction book 5,000 Words Per Hour?

Surprisingly well. I’ve sold about 30,000 copies of that book. It’s also free on my website. The thrust of the book is straightforward. I only had an hour a day as a software engineer working 12 to 14 hours a day. But I would take the bus into San Francisco and I had that hour and I was able to maximize my writing time. So the book explains what I what I did and all the little mental tricks and neuroscience things I was using to up my word count.

What’s ahead for the coming generation of authors?

I suspect you’re going to see hybrid publishers rise up who are able to give you things that you can’t get elsewhere like getting you into chain bookstores. But that’s less important than it used to be, especially if you’re trying to reach a global audience. So I suspect that in 10 or 15 years, indie publishing will be truly embraced. So while you’ll never see traditional publishing going away, it’ll become the niche and self-publishing will be the mainstream.

Chris and I sat down for an in-person interview at 20Books Vegas. This transcript was edited for length. For more information about Chris’s work, visit ChrisFoxWrites.com, follow him on Twitter @scholarlyfox or on Facebook at his author page.

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For our third Indie Author Spotlight feature, we spotlight Michael Anderle, an indie author who has written 30 books — a mix of paranormal, urban fantasy, military sci-fi and science fiction — since November 2015. His titles include Fatal Mistake, Death Becomes Her and Karma Is a Bitch. J.D. Lasica caught up with Michael at the writers conference 20Books Vegas last week. 

Tell us about how you got started in writing fiction.

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I’ve been an avid reader my whole life — I can read four or five books in a weekend — and writing a book has always been a bucket list item for me. I took my first shot at this in 2014, but kind of typed myself into a corner. So I just stuck it back in the digital drawer. Over the next year, I paid attention to all of the books I liked. What did I like about the characters? What drew me to that particular story? In 2015 I decided to give it another shot.

As writers, the best thing we could do for our readers is to write the next book
And you had more success with your second go at it.

Yeah. I pulled it back out and I thought, some of this isn’t bad. If I can just get 1,000 fans, maybe I could make some side money and do something with it. And I was able to turn around three novels pretty quickly. I released the first one on Nov. 2, wrote and released my second on Nov. 11 and wrote and released my third book on Nov. 23. By then I’m getting a little tired but I put our my fourth book on Dec. 15. But people were liking it, and over the next 60 days I knew I had something.

One of the things you’re famous for is the quick releases of new books. How many books have you written?

I’ve personally written about 30 titles. My company, Kurtherian Books, probably has close to 400 titles with my name on it. I’ve had a very successful universe of collaborators who’ve worked with me to expand other aspects of it that fans would want to see and read. We’ve stayed away from horror — I get scared of horror.

I didn’t want anything like or don’t like, or I get scared of work.

michael anderle on amazon

Tell us more about your philosophy regarding independent publishing and the indie author movement.

The indie movement itself I had not researched until after I released my first book. I didn’t even have a website or Facebook page, so I began to seek out fellow indie authors as I began writing book two. So it was a crash course over the next month as my books came out and I start listening to all of these podcasts. Like everything the Internet has done, it’s made it easier for creatives to go straight to the end user, this time through Amazon as the distributing agent. A lot of writers would even like to cut Amazon out of the equation, but really, do you want to provide tech support for your readers? Because as writers, the best thing we could do for our readers is to write the next book.

Amazon released the first Kindle e-reader 11 years ago, in November 2007. So while you weren’t part of the indie publishing movement at the outset, you started riding the wave when it was already pretty big.

Right, 2011 to 2012 was the gold rush. You would put a book out there and get money. So I missed that.

But you still managed to build up a big readership.

There are things called author notes that I put in the back of each book — just kind of my musings. Part of the reason I did that was because I felt that if my readers were to read that and know who I am, I was hoping I could create an emotional connection to me and my writing. And that if I really sucked horribly, they might give me a little bit of a pass. But at the same time, I was telling them what I was going through as I’m writing the books, I was sharing the challenges and my raw aggravations about the creative process and about the biases against self-publishing.

After that, we moved over to the Facebook page where I’d do little snippets about the characters, or I’m creating these little stories about people standing up for each other, and you have a really rich back and forth with your readers. Unfortunately, as the success grows and the time demands grow, you don’t have time to be doing that as much.

Can you tell us about the kind of books you write? Why did you choose that genre?

Not a great choice for marketing purposes, but I do urban fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, military, futuristic, and other galaxy stuff.

From the Facebook page for The Kurtherian Gambit.
From the Facebook page for The Kurtherian Gambit.
All in a single book, right?

Yes. I’ve been around long enough to know that if I happen to hit that right thing, then I needed to stay on this course. I’ve seen too many authors write six books, get bored, and they go off and do something else. Well, if my approach is successful, I’m going to stay with it. So what do I want to write? Stuff that’s in the here and now. I like to write this stuff that’s like [Mark Brewer’s space opera] Regan’s Reach that’s in our solar system. And then I still want to be able to write that Star Wars, Star Trek, massive battles in the future. So I concocted this story where aliens were responsible for what we think of as vampires. And it was a botched way to enhance humans to be able to fight a war that was coming. And so that was the premise that allowed me to do my paranormal-vampire-werewolf stuff, which is what I wanted to start with, and then kind of mutated over into the sci-fi area, which gave it that little bit of uniqueness.

What kind of following have you built up over the years?

We have about 12,000 people on our Facebook page with a few thousand people on our email list and probably 100,000ish followers on Amazon area, though we have no access to those names. But we’ve sold a little over 2 million books, I guess.

Tell us about the 20 books to 50k concept.

I was in Cabo, my second book was written, I see the earnings, and it looks like I can make about $7 a day per book. So I take a spreadsheet and I calculate that if I wrote 20 books at $7.50 a day, I’d make $54,000 which I just rounded down to 50K. So 20 books to 50K was the idea that I’d be able to retire with my wife in Cabo. My intent with this is twofold. I want fans who want to read my stories, and I want to make money on this. And from that we formed a 20 Books to 50K private Facebook page, and now we’re doing the 20Books conferences.

In the U.K. too, right?

My partner Craig [Martelle] and I went over, got some help, and put on 20Books London last February. We don’t make any money on these things, we just want to help other indie authors. We also had some little luncheons in Pittsburgh and in Adelaide, [Australia], and we’re putting together a 20 Books in Edinburgh, Scotland, and 20Books Bali for 60 top-tier authors.

I’ve said that readers shouldn’t care whether a certain book is indie published or not. But they should care that there’s an ecosystem in place that supports a greater variety of titles and voices.

That’s a good way to put it. I’m not opposed to traditional publishing or authors who choose to go hybrid. But if you look at the cover, the reviews, the writing and the editing and you can’t tell the difference, what does it matter if it’s an indie title or not? In our company, for example, we put out 15 to 20 books a month and we’re going to 30. Our company doesn’t buy the IP [intellectual property], we help make the IP. We have the talent to refine the books so that they’re salable, and the most we take is a 50 percent share. The focus is on each author or pen name, not a publishing house or imprint. There are 32 authors with 38 names that have worked with us.

So what’s the bottom line of the indie author movement for readers?

More books. In more genres.

Michael and I sat down for an in-person interview at 20Books Vegas. This transcript was edited for length. For more information about Michael’s work, visit KurtherianBooks.com or their Facebook page at The Kurtherian Gambit.

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A Down Under mystery & passionate romance https://bestofindie.com/a-down-under-mystery-passionate-romance/ https://bestofindie.com/a-down-under-mystery-passionate-romance/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2018 07:31:24 +0000 https://bestofindie.com/?p=579 This week Best of Indie spotlights a para-spiritual thriller, a mystery set in New Zealand, a couple of occult horror tales and a passionate romance.

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This week we spotlight a para-spiritual thriller, a mystery set in New Zealand, a couple of occult horror tales and a passionate romance.

All titles range from free to 99 cents. And our indie film of the week stars Regina Hall in a story of roadside humor and redemption.

This week’s top curated picks:

Indie ebook spotlight

Click an image to go to its Amazon page. (Note: Kindle ebooks can be read on any mobile device through the free Kindle app.)


99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($14.97 print)
Storm
By Gurpreet Kaur Sidhu
Self-published
454 pages

Supernatural thriller: Here’s a para-spiritual thriller-mystery that revolves around an entangled past and present. Evan Storm and Shadow Hex are thrust into a tightly woven web of intrigue and adventure that blends who they once were and who they are now and in their past lives – all while evading a shadowy clandestine organization.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print)
Found Near Water
By Katherine Hayton
Self-published
252 pages
#1 Free in International Mystery & Crime in the Kindle Store

Mystery: Rena Sutherland wakes from a coma to a mother’s nightmare: Her four-year-old daughter is missing, and no one has realized she’s gone. “Taut and engrossing, with a tough humanity,” Kirkus Reviews writes of this New Zealand author’s first entry in a two-book series.

Top ebook deals of the week


Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.95 print)

Devil’s Nightmare
By Robert Pruneda
Publisher: Jagged Tooth Publishing (the author’s imprint)
360 pages
#1 Free in Occult Horror in the Kindle Store

Occult: In the midst of an investigation, a homicide detective senses that something is unnaturally wrong — and is brought face-to-face with occult evil. An unsettling tale of the horrors lurking just beneath the surface of normalcy.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($13.99 print)
Within the Woods
By Tony Urban
Publisher: Packanack Publishing (the author’s imprint)
374 pages

Horror: Five best friends face a summer of unimaginable horror in a coming of age story reminiscent of “Stranger Things” and “IT.”



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
Renegade Star
By JN Chaney
Variant Publications (the author’s imprint)
261 pages

Science fiction: Experience the beginning of a sprawling galactic tale in this first entry to The Renegade Star series. If you’re a fan of “Firefly,” “Battlestar Galactica,” or Indiana Jones, you’ll recognize the themes in this epic space opera thrill ride.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($16.99 print)
Any Means Necessary
By Jack Mars
Self-published
257 pages
#1 Free in Terrorism Thrillers in the Kindle Store

Action thriller: FBI agent Luke Stone races against the clock to prevent a lethal dirty bomb attack. But as he pursues a gang of ruthless terrorists, he discovers the plot reaches higher than he ever imagined. The title has more than 2,100 five-star ratings on Goodreads.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print)
Forever Ours
By Cassia Leo
Publisher: Gloss Publishing (the author’s imprint)
220 pages

Romance: A passionate romance from a New York Times bestselling author: After bouncing between foster homes, Claire yearns for a place to call home. When bad boy Chris steals her heart, permanence seems attainable — but at what cost? With over 2,000 five-star Goodreads ratings.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print)
Work Less, Earn More
By Pollux Andrews
Self-published
135 pages

Nonfiction: Learn how to create multiple passive income streams, work from home in your spare time, and earn money online — even if you have no prior experience, according to the author.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($11.99 print)
Siren
By Celina Grace
Publisher: Isaro Publishing (the author’s imprint)
269 pages

Mystery: Police detective Kate Redman juggles her own complicated relationships while investigating the murder of a respected businessman with hidden, sordid obsessions.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time
Stone Deep
By J.D. Weston
Self-published
235 pages

Crime fiction: When ex-hitman Harvey Stone is asked to extract information from a kidnapped art thief, little did he know that he would trigger a chain of events that compromised the lives of everyone he loves. But renowned art thief Dante Dumas will go to any length to find his family legacy, killing anyone who stands in his way. Can Harvey survive Dumas’ devious plans, and can he find retribution for his lost love?



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print)
Magic of Thieves
By C. Greenwood
Self-published
191 pages
#1 Free in Young Adult Coming of Age Fantasy in the Kindle Store

Fantasy: The evil Praetor forbids magic, killing those who possess it — and gifted Ilan must hide to survive. Can she master the powers of a dying race? A glittering tale with nearly 1,200 five-star ratings on Goodreads.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($7.99 print)
Watching
By Blake Pierce
Self-published
227 pages
#1 Free in Women Sleuths in the Kindle Store

Thriller: Can a brilliant young psychology major help the FBI take down a serial murderer? Aspiring agent Riley Paige is thrown into the deep end when she becomes a twisted killer’s next target.

Indie Film Watch


Regina Hall with Haley Lu Richardson, left, in “Support the Girls.”

Support the Girls

“Support the Girls”

The general manager at a highway-side ”sports bar with curves” has her incurable optimism and faith, in her girls, her customers and herself, tested over the course of a long, strange day. Filmmaker Andrew Bujalski “excels at exploring the nuances of human behavior” in this film, says IndieWire.

Coming soon to Netflix and other streaming and DVD services

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A Napa Valley mystery & ghost detective fantasy https://bestofindie.com/napa-valley-mystery-ghost-detective-fantasy/ https://bestofindie.com/napa-valley-mystery-ghost-detective-fantasy/#respond Thu, 25 Oct 2018 07:33:10 +0000 https://bestofindie.com/?p=574 Our editors spotlight a two-for-one thriller special, a ghost detective fantasy, a young adult foray into the magical world of King Arthur, two sci-fi and two romance titles and a mystery set in Napa Valley.

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This week we spotlight a two-for-one thriller special, a ghost detective fantasy, a young adult foray into the magical world of King Arthur, two sci-fi and two romance titles and a mystery set in Napa Valley.

All titles range from free to 99 cents. And our indie film of the week is being called “one of the boldest and most invigorating American films of the 21st century.”

This week’s top curated picks:

Indie ebook spotlight

Click an image to go to its Amazon page. (Note: Kindle ebooks can be read on any mobile device through the free Kindle app.)


Free on Kindle for a limited time
Fatal Starts: Two Jess Kimball Thrillers
By Diane Capri
Publisher: AugustBooks (the author’s imprint)
309 pages
#1 Free in Hard-Boiled Mysteries and Vigilante Justice in the Kindle Store

Suspense thriller: From a USA Today bestselling author comes this captivating kickoff to the Jess Kimball series. Follow fiery Jess as she delivers justice to those who deserve it most. Fans of the Jack Reacher series will be riveted by this special combined edition of the first novel and first novella in the series.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
Ghost Detective
By Scott William Carter
Publisher: Flying Raven Press (the author’s imprint)
293 pages
#1 Free in Paranormal & Urban Fantasy in the Kindle Store

Fantasy: After a near-fatal shooting, Detective Myron Vale wakes up with a bullet in his brain and a strange side effect: an ability to see ghosts. Now he’s determined to help both the living and the dead — even though he can’t tell them apart.

Top ebook deals of the week


Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print)

The Protocol
By J. Robert Kennedy
Self-published
318 pages
#1 Free in Action Thriller Fiction in the Kindle Store

Action thriller: From a USA Today bestselling author comes this blistering first book in a series. The discovery of an ancient artifact makes archaeology professor James Acton a target — hunted by both Delta Force and a shadowy secret society.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
Intangible
By C.A. Gray
Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing (the author’s imprint)
484 pages
#1 Free in Teen & Young Adult Arthurian eBooks in the Kindle Store

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



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
Rift
By Andreas Christensen
Self-published
259 pages

Dystopian sci-fi: In a desolate future, the ruins of North America exist only to serve the elite residents of the moon. At age 18, those on Earth are selected for service — and if ambitious Sue is chosen, she’s determined to learn the truth of their world.



99 cents on Kindle until tonight at midnight ($12.49 print)
Napa Noir (Wine Country Mysteries Book 1)
By Peter Eichstaedt
Publisher: WildBlue Press (a boutique publisher)
344 pages

Mystery: When Napa Valley is shattered by the vineyard shooting deaths of two men, investigative-reporter-turned-wine-editor Dante Rath seizes the chance to salvage his sagging career. One of the dead is the winery’s top investor, a high-tech genius, who was shot and killed by the winery’s owner. When the bodies begin to pile up, Dante uncovers fraud, deceit and a toxic scandal.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($11 print)
Made in Paradise
By Donna Fasano
Self-published
264 pages
#1 Free in Women’s Romance Fiction in the Kindle Store

Romance: When Amber returns to her hometown, she discovers the man she once loved is now raising the daughter she thought she’d lost! Will Jon and 10-year-old Sydney let Amber back into their lives? A second chance romance from a USA Today bestselling author.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($17.99 print)
Table for Two (A Henson Series Novel Book 1)
By Dara Girard
Publisher: Ilori Press Books (the author’s imprint)
342 pages

Romance: After a disastrous weight-loss program and devastating divorce, self-help author and teacher Cassie Graham calls it quits—on diets and on men. But meeting reclusive restaurant owner Drake Henson—a man with gorgeous eyes, a sexy grin and a large appetite for food—may prove too much of a temptation. Can this be the perfect recipe for true love?



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print)
The Emissary
By Terrance Mulloy
Publisher: Tiny Empire Pty (the author’s imprint)
228 pages

Science fiction: The war for mankind’s future will be fought now. Its gripping action has roots in the traditions of The Terminator, 12 Monkeys and Independence Day.



99 cents on Kindle until Saturday at midnight ($14.99 print)
The Stolen Twin
By Michele Pariza Wacek
Publisher: Love-Based Publishing (the author’s imprint)
319 pages

Suspense: College senior Kit Caldwell seems to have it all. But underneath, her life is built on a foundation of secrets and lies, including one so dark it threatens to tear her world apart: her twin sister, Cat, was kidnapped when they were both seven, never to be heard from again. That is, until events one night force her to confront her demons and discover what really happened to Cat.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time
Days of Borrowed Pasts (The Lost Gods Book 1)
By S.M. Schmitz
Self-published
156 pages

Fantasy: When the war between humans and gods began, Ayla became one of the lost gods whose parents belonged to different pantheons and has been on her own for over three centuries. When a young man catches up to her at a bus station and helps her escape from a hunter, Ayla will find herself falling deeper into worlds of intrigue, conspiracies and magic.



99 cents on Kindle until Saturday at midnight ($14.99 print)
Secrets of the Six Figure Author
By Tom Corson-Knowles
Publisher: TCK Publishing (the author’s imprint)
128 pages

Nonfiction: This book offers insights that can help you live the lifestyle of your dreams as a writer and author. Learn the 12 key obstacles every author must face. Learn a method that lets you write better books faster, get published quicker and start selling a lot more books quickly.

Indie Film Watch


Helena Howard in “Madeline’s Madeline.”

Madeline’s Madeline 

A theatre director’s latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star takes her performance too seriously. IndieWire calls it “one of the boldest and most invigorating American films of the 21st century.”

Coming soon to Netflix and other streaming and DVD services

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Crime thrillers, romance & cyberpunk https://bestofindie.com/crime-thrillers-romance-cyberpunk/ https://bestofindie.com/crime-thrillers-romance-cyberpunk/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:41:27 +0000 https://bestofindie.com/?p=569 This week Best of Indie highlights three crime thrillers, a young adult adventure, a modern romance, a cyberpunk technothriller, a guide to a happy retirement and more.

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This week we highlight three crime thrillers, a young adult adventure, a modern romance, a cyberpunk technothriller, a guide to a happy retirement and more.

All titles (except one) range from free to 99 cents. And our indie film of the week looks at the world’s most daring free climber.

This week’s top curated picks:

Indie ebook spotlight

Click an image to go to its Amazon page. (Note: Kindle ebooks can be read on any mobile device through the free Kindle app.)


Free on Kindle for a limited time  
Greed: An Amber Monroe Crime Thriller
By C.M. Sutter
Self-published
263 pages

Crime thriller: Washburn County Deputy Amber Monroe is following in the footsteps of her sister. When two men are discovered on the outskirts of North Bend, each with a bullet to the head, Amber’s team hits the highway in search of a killer. But soon Amber winds up on the killer’s short list.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($10.99 print)
The Wolf and the Rain
By Tanya Lee
Self-published
384 pages

Young adult action & adventure: Anarchy to the north, a highly controlled military state to the south, and the girl that will change everything. The Hunger Games meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this new dystopian series set in a post-climate change world.

Top ebook deals of the week


Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.95 print)
Escape, A New Life
By David Antocci
Self-published
339 pages
#1 Free in Action Thriller Fiction in the Kindle Store

Action thriller: After surviving a tropical storm, Abby wakes up in an unfamiliar environment. As she attempts to flee from a violent man and his followers, will she escape — or land in even greater danger? A fast-moving tale with nearly 600 five-star Amazon reviews.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print)
The Arcadia Falls Chronicles
By Jennifer Malone Wright
Self-published
443 pages
#1 Free in Paranormal & Urban Fantasy

Paranormal: In this gripping paranormal collection, hunters and vampires are engaged in a brutal war. It’s up to Chloe and her band of friends to defeat the undead — and save humanity.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($8.99 print)
Crave
By K.M. Scott
Publisher: Copper Key Media (the author’s imprint)
162 pages
#1 Free in Paranormal romance in the Kindle Store

Contemporary romance: Ian, a bestselling writer, becomes obsessed with beautiful Kristina — and once they fall for each other, their chemistry is impossible to control. From a USA Today bestselling author.



99 cents on Kindle until Monday, Oct. 22 ($13.99 print)
Installed
By Phoenix Ward
Self-published
268 pages

Science fiction: A scientist with another person’s mind installed into his brain must prove his innocence when he’s framed for a terror attack on a cybernetics lab. This novel is the first in the cyberpunk technothriller Installed Intelligence series.



Free on Kindle for a limited time  
Before Sunrise
By Rick Mofina
Publisher: Carrick Publishing (a boutique publisher)
167 pages
#1 Free in Crime Thrillers in the Kindle Store

Crime thriller: After his plane crashes in the rugged Rocky Mountains, officer Will Fortin’s prisoner transport assignment becomes a powerful struggle for survival. Library Journal calls Mofina “one of the best thriller writers in the business.”



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
Autumn Magic (The Thorne Witches Book 2)
By T.M. Cromer
Self-published
238 pages

Fantasy: One powerful witch. One warlock in training. One failed relationship between them. An old enemy knocking at the door. What could possibly go wrong?



99 cents on Kindle until Saturday at midnight ($13.99 print)
Three Heart Echo
By Keary Taylor
Self-published
378 pages

Paranormal suspense: After the senseless murder of her fiancé, Iona Faye can’t move on. There was no happily ever after, and no goodbye. Desperate for closure, she goes to see Roselock’s one and only reclusive inhabitant, Sully Whitmore. When Iona demands he speak to Jack for her one last time, he knows something is wrong.



$2.99 on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print)
Winning at Retirement
By Patrick Foley and Kristin Hillsley
Publisher: FH Press (the authors’ imprint)
266 pages

Nonfiction: A practical, inspirational and fun guide to finding happiness in retirement. The book covers topics such as investing, Medicare, Social Security and wellness, but also delves into more important issues like “who are you going to be in retirement?”

Indie Film Watch


Alex Honnold in “Free Solo.”

Free Solo

The filmmakers follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever climb Yosemite’s 3,000-foot-high El Capitan with no ropes or safety gear. The portrait follows the daredevil as he talks through the prospects of death; then, the filmmakers take us there, with extraordinary cinematic finesse. Hang on for one wild ride.

Coming soon to Netflix and other streaming and DVD services

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This week Best of Indie spotlights free and discounted page-turners featuring women sleuths, a pair of hot romances, a cookbook to help you shed those extra pounds and more.

All titles range from free to $1.99. And in our indie film of the week, Paul Giamatti wants to have a baby.

This week’s top curated picks:

Indie ebook spotlight

Click an image to go to its Amazon page. (Note: Kindle ebooks can be read on any mobile device through the free Kindle app.)


Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.75 print; $14.95 audiobook)
Hostile Witness
By Rebecca Forster
Self-published
420 pages

Legal thriller: When 16-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her stepgrandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to an old college roommate, Josie Baylor-Bates, for help. As Josie digs into the case, she realizes that politics, the law and family relationships create a combustible and dangerous situation.



$1.99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print; $14.95 audiobook)
A Merciful Truth
By Kendra Elliot
Montlake Romance (Amazon’s romance imprint)
322 pages

Women sleuths: Raised by a family of survivalists, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick finds herself caught up in an investigation into the murder of two sheriff’s deputies in Oregon. It’s not long before she hears rumors of the area’s growing antigovernment militia movement.

Top ebook deals of the week


$1.99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($6.99 print; $14.95 audiobook)
My Sister’s Grave
By Robert Dugoni
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (Amazon’s imprint)
402 pages

Women sleuths: The first book in the series that has garnered millions of readers across the globe. Tracy Crosswhite has spent 20 years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that the man convicted of the murder is the guilty party. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past—and open the door to deadly danger.



Free on Kindle for a limited time  
The Billionaire Bargain
By Lila Monroe
Self-published
309 pages

Romantic comedy: Cleaning up after billionaire Grant Devlin is a full-time job, but his latest mess may be more than PR agent Lacey Newman can handle. To restore his image, she convinces him to pretend to date a nice, normal girl — only Lacey never expected Grant to pick her.



Free on Kindle for a limited time
The Girl In Between
By Laekan Zea Kemp
Self-published
370 pages
#1 Free in Paranormal romance in the Kindle Store

Paranormal romance: Bryn Reyes has Sleeping Beauty syndrome — her naps can last for weeks or longer. But the mysterious boy who’s appeared in the land of her dreams may hold the key to reclaiming her waking life. This popular fantasy has more than 2,100 five-star Goodreads ratings.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
Malevolent
By E.H. Reinhard
Self-published
339 pages
#2 Free in Police Procedurals in the Kindle Store

Police procedural: When two brutal murders point toward one killer, it’s up to lieutenant Carl Kane to hunt down the culprit. But the case becomes personal when Carl is targeted — and everyone around him is suddenly in danger. This gritty procedural has nearly 600 five-star Amazon reviews.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.42 print)
Last Breath
By Tom Barber
Self-published
402 pages
#1 Free in Suspense Action Fiction in the Kindle Store

Thriller: NYPD counterterrorism detective Sam Archer arrives in Washington, DC, as a sniper causes havoc in the city. Can he take down this skilled, unscrupulous opponent — who may be a fellow cop?



$1.99 on Kindle for a limited time ($7.99 print; $14.95)
Storm Glass
By Jeff Wheeler
Publisher: 47 North (Amazon’s sci-fi imprint)
353 pages
#1 Free in Young Adult Fantasy in the Kindle Store

Fantasy: In this richly textured novel for young adults, Cettie Pratt is a waif doomed to the world below, until an admiral attempts to adopt her. But in her new home in the clouds, not everyone treats her as one of the family.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time 
Eat This, Burn Fat: 17 Wickedly Simple Meals to Build Muscle, Burn Fat, and Get Ripped
By Raza Imam
Self-published
72 pages

Cookbook: Discover 17 simple recipes that will help you to burn fat, build muscle and get lean in less than 15 minutes, according to the author.



99 cents on Kindle until Saturday at midnight
Hellfire
By John Ellsworth
Self-published
325 pages

Thriller: A Syrian wedding party is mistakenly incinerated by a Hellfire missile fired from an American drone. Many are killed, but one survivor turns to an American lawyer for help in bringing the responsible parties to justice. The survivor is the bride-to-be and she is furious.

Indie Film Watch


Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn star in “Private Life.”

Private Life

Indie filmmaker Tamara Jenkins’ “Private Life” stars Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn as Richard and Rachel Grimes, a pair of Lower East Side literary types who’ve been trying to have a baby for years. Things get complicated when their stray 25-year-old niece tries to help them start a family. IndieWire calls the film “hilarious and crushingly honest.”

Coming soon to Netflix and other streaming and DVD services

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This week we highlight free and discounted thriller titles from well-regarded indie authors A.C. Fuller and J.F. Penn, a dystopian tale with humanity on the brink, and a free collection of supernatural stories featuring witches, demons, werewolves and everything in between.

All titles range from free to 99 cents. Plus our indie film of the week: a young man’s search for fulfillment on the streets of New York.

This week’s top curated picks:

Indie ebook spotlight

Click an image to go to its Amazon page. (Note: Kindle ebooks can be read on any mobile device through the free Kindle app.)


Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.95 print)
The Mockingbird Drive
By A.C. Fuller
Publisher: Vivid Books (the author’s imprint)
305 pages
#1 Free in Crime thrillers in the Kindle Store

Thriller: Disgraced journalist Alex Vane inherits a 50-year-old hard drive full of earth-shattering secrets — and quickly discovers that someone will do whatever it takes to get it back.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($8.99 print)
End of Days
By J.F. Penn
Publisher: Curl Up Press (the author’s imprint)
238 pages

Supernatural thriller: A marble tablet found in the ruins of Babylon warns of the resurrection of a banished serpent. A sarcophagus is discovered in the deepest ocean, locked by seven seals scattered throughout the ancient world. Can agents Morgan Sierra and Jake Timber find them before the End of Days?

Top ebook deals of the week


99 cents on Kindle for a limited time 
The Darwin Project
By John Hindmarsh
Publisher: Rexon Press (the author’s imprint)
237 pages

Sci-fi thriller: “The development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Toby inherited an AI business manufacturing robots when his uncle disappeared. Darwin is more than an AI and wants to prove he is better than humans. Bronwyn already knows. Terrorists try to kill them all. The first entry in a thought-inspiring thriller series.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($18.99 print)
A Dangerous Road
By Kris Nelscott
Publisher: WMG Publishing (a boutique publisher)
306 pages
#1 Free in Historical mysteries in the Kindle Store

Crime fiction: PI Smokey Dalton is shocked when a strange woman walks into his office, claiming he’s in her mother’s will — and drawing him into a search with roots in the civil rights–era South.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print)
Street Spells: Seven Urban Fantasy Shorts
By various authors
Publisher: Wetknee Books (a boutique publisher)
240 pages
#1 Free in Action & Adventure Fantasy in the Kindle Store

Fantasy: This fast-moving collection of supernatural stories features witches, demons, werewolves and everything in between. A must-read for fans of urban fantasy.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($11.99 print)
Ashes of the Fall
By Nicholas Erik
Publisher: Watchfire Press (a boutique publisher)
351 pages
#1 Free in Science Fiction Adventure

Science fiction: In the wasteland of western North America, the remains of humanity are fractured. Luke delves into his murdered brother’s last invention — and what he discovers could drastically change what’s left of civilization.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($15.99 print)
Shallow Graves
By Patrick Logan
Publisher: Pathological Ink (the author’s imprint)
242 pages
#1 Free in Occult in the Kindle Store

Supernatural: Struggling to make ends meet, a man agrees to care for his dying aunt in exchange for the deed to her estate. But the house conceals a terrifying secret, and the cost of his inheritance may be deadly.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($11.99 print)
The Very Thought of You
By Iris Morland Baker
Publisher: Blue Violet Press (the author’s imprint)
200 pages
#1 Free in Women’s Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Romance: Megan Flannigan and wealthy police officer Caleb Thornton have spent the past 10 years denying their mutual attraction — but when Caleb is assigned to protect Megan after a robbery, they must face their feelings.



99 cents on Kindle until Sunday at midnight ($14.99 print)
Age of Order
By Julian North
Publisher: Plebian Media (the author’s imprint)
415 pages

Young adult: In post-democracy America, the Orderist movement has spawned a society that rewards those who supposedly possess “merit,” which includes the nation’s wealthiest. When Bronx-born Daniela Machado is offered the chance to attend the elite Tuck School, it’s too great an opportunity to ignore. But what do the richies really want from her?



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print)
Cold Tuscan Stone
By David P. Wagner
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (an indie publisher)
211 pages

Police procedural: American translator Rick Montoya goes undercover in Italy to investigate the theft of priceless artifacts — only to become a suspect in a murder case! “Perfect for readers who enjoy a complex puzzle,” writes Library Journal.

Indie Film Watch


Matt Green in the documentary “The World Before Your Feet.”

The World Before Your Feet

Matt Green has been walking every street in New York City. Literally. Every. Street. Some 8,000 miles in all. Indie director Jeremy Workman has followed Green for the past three years of his journey, and this documentary chronicles the sides of NYC you rarely see in films, gritty, upscale, frenetic, fascinating.

Coming soon to Netflix and other streaming and DVD services

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Fall is here and romance and thrillers are in the air. This week we feature a romance tour de force box set of three titles, three other romance titles, a handful of action and psychological thrillers and two worthy sci-fi page-turners.

All titles range from free to 99 cents. Plus, “a bittersweet movie about the road not taken.

The week’s top curated picks:

Indie ebook spotlight

Click an image to go to its Amazon page. (Note: Kindle ebooks can be read on any mobile device through the free Kindle app.)


Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print)
Mind Machines (Human++ Book 1)
By Dima Zales
Publisher: Mozaika Publications (a boutique publisher)
407 pages
#2 Free in Cyberpunk in the Kindle Store

Science fiction: An intense new techno-thriller that pushes the limits of what it means to be human. Billionaire venture capitalist Mike Cohen becomes ensnared in a dark criminal underworld and his life-saving technology threatens his life as he attempts to become more than human.



99 cents on Kindle until midnight tonight ($14.99 print)
Slenderman
By Willow Rose
Publisher: Buoy Media (the author’s imprint)
340 pages

Mystery-suspense: After whispered rumors of a tall, thin, faceless man arise on Fanoe Island, the mayor turns up dead. Meanwhile, Emma explores the family relics in her inherited house, only to learn unsettling secrets about the town’s horrific history.

Top ebook deals of the week


99 cents on Kindle until Sunday at midnight ($9.99 print)

The Affordable Flight Guide
By Jen Ruiz
Self-published
83 pages

Nonfiction: Have you always wanted to see the world but can’t afford the price of an airline ticket? Learn how one travel blogger flew from Miami, Florida to Auckland, New Zealand for only $38. A Readers’ Favorite 2018 award winner.



Free on Kindle for a limited time
Quantum Series Boxed Set, Books 1-3
By Marie Force
Publisher: HTJB, Inc. (the author’s imprint)
893 pages

Romance: He’s a sexual dominant. She’s sworn off sex. There’s no way they can make a relationship work — or can they? See why Marie Force is one of the top indie romance authors on Kindle with millions of copies sold.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
Ten Below Zero
By Whitney Barbetti
Self-published
280 pages

Romance: Covered in scars from an attack she can’t remember, Parker refuses to feel anything — until arrogant Everett leaves her no choice. Now she’s finally starting to feel alive, just as Everett himself is dying. The title has more than 2,100 five-star reviews on Goodreads.


99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($24.99 print)
The Sapphire Brooch (Time Travel Romance)
By Katherine Lowry Logan
Self-published
702 pages

Romance: Civil War reenactor Dr. Charlotte Mallory is suddenly hurled back in time, landing right in the middle of the Battle of Cedar Creek, catapulting her into a series of dangers that threaten her heart — and her life.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
Wild Irish Heart (The Mystic Cove Series Book 1)
By Tricia O’Malley
Publisher: Park & Stowell (a boutique publisher)
260 pages

Romance: An ancient book, a power untouched, and a heart unloved lead Keelin O’Brien from her graduate studies in Boston to a small village on the coast of Southern Ireland. From a New York Times bestselling author.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($13.50 print, $14.95 audiobook)  
Maniacal: A Detective Jade Monroe Crime Thriller Book 1
By C.M. Sutter
Self-published
311 pages

Thriller: Sgt. Jade Monroe and her partner, Detective Jack Steele, have just been informed of an unidentified male body found at a local lake. The town is in an uproar. The victim was nearly decapitated, and murder simply doesn’t happen in North Bend. As more bodies turn up, the single connection between all of the victims becomes clear — it’s Jade herself.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time  
Forerunner
By Isaac Hooke
Self-published
#1 in Space Opera in the Kindle Store

Science fiction: Jain awakens to discover his body has been replaced by a starship. His mind is the AI core. He is somewhere in deep space. Most of his systems are badly damaged. He has no memory of how he got here, or what his mission is.



Free on Kindle for a limited time  
The Senator: A Blake Jordan Thriller
By Ken Fite
Self-published
237 pages
#1 Free in Political thrillers in the Kindle Store

Thriller: Senator James Keller was kidnapped the night he was supposed to accept his party’s presidential nomination. Now Navy SEAL veteran Blake Jordan must find and save his old mentor — before it’s too late.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($13.99 print)
Little Girl Lost
By Addison Moore
Publisher: Hollis Thatcher Press (the author’s imprint)
368 pages

Psychological thriller: Allison and James move to Idaho to give their marriage another chance but when a strange little girl befriends their daughter and the pair vanish into thin air, they are thrust into a nightmare.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print)
Eleven
By Carolyn Arnold
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles (an indie publishing house)
382 pages

Psychological thriller: Rookie FBI profiler Brandon Fisher takes on his first murder investigation. When the hunt takes a dark and personal turn, though, Brandon’s new career just might cost him his life. More than a half million copies downloaded.



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($10.91 print)
Mark One (Mark Midway Series Book 1)
By John Hindmarsh
Publisher: Rexon Press (the author’s imprint)
296 pages

Sci-fi technothriller: Mark is genetically engineered. He doesn’t know why or by whom. He’s attacked by mercenaries, pursued by unknown foes and is helped by an unknown organization. His adoptive parents are murdered, their laboratory destroyed and Mark flees, vowing to kill to survive.

Indie Film Watch


Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson in “Blue Jay.” (Courtesy of The Orchard)

Blue Jay

Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson play former high-school sweethearts who bump into each other on a coincidental trip back to their hometown. Shot mostly in black and white, this 80-minute film thrives on their chemistry. The New York Times calls it “a bittersweet, perfectly proportioned movie about the road not taken.”

Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, YouTube

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This week we spotlight several action-packed thrillers from some heavy hitters, a free romantic comedy series, post-apocalyptic sci-fi and a young adult novel with a romantic twist among the top Kindle ebook deals on Amazon.

All titles range from free to 99 cents. (Keep in mind, the authors have reduced the price for just a few days to introduce you to their body of work.) Plus, an indie film that looks at young people living the boho life in Warsaw.

This week’s top curated picks:

Indie ebook spotlight

Click an image to go to its Amazon page. (Note: Kindle ebooks can be read on any mobile device through the free Kindle app.)


Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print, $21.95 audiobook)
Flash
By Tim Tigner
Self-published
342 pages
#1 Espionage thriller in the Kindle Store

Thriller: Emmy and Troy, strangers with contradictory memories and nothing in common, wake to find themselves locked in a car trunk together — alongside a dead cop. Can they figure out what happened in time to survive? Suspense master Tim Tigner’s title has more than 1,300 five-star reviews on Amazon.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.79 print)
Seven Days From Sunday (An MP-5 CIA Series Thriller Book 1)
By M.H. Sargent
Publisher: Salt Castle Publications (the author’s imprint)
378 pages
#1 Free in Technothrillers in the Kindle Store

Thriller: In this fast-paced page turner, Iraq’s top terrorist promises that a kidnapped American contractor will be executed on a given date — and that a major attack will occur in seven days.

Top ebook deals of the week


Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print, $21.95 audiobook)

The Perseid Collapse
By Steven Konkoly
Publisher: Stribling Media (the author’s imprint)
#1 Free in Military thrillers, Action & Adventure and Science Fiction Adventure in the Kindle Store

Science fiction: Six years after a plague decimated the world’s population, humankind is trying to rebuild. But when an EMP strikes, can Marine veteran and survivalist Alex Fletcher protect his family from a new danger?



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($17.95 audiobook)
Three More Wishes (Series)
By Elise Sax
Self-published
418 pages
#1 Free in Romantic Comedy in the Kindle Store

Romance: An unexpected pregnancy, a sudden inheritance and a surprise storm throw three pairs of lovers together in this charming set of romances.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($19.99 print)
The Dan Roy Series (Boxed Set Books 4-6)
By Mick Bose
Self-published
798 pages
#2 Espionage thriller in the Kindle Store

Thriller series: Black ops veteran Dan Roy grapples with assassins, crime syndicates and political conspiracies in adventures that span the globe.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($17.99 print)
Necessary Decisions
By Giacomo Giammatteo
Publisher: Inferno Publishing (the author’s imprint)
382 pages
#1 Free in Crime thrillers in the Kindle Store

Police procedural: When a teenage girl is kidnapped, detective Gino Cataldi finds disturbing similarities between her case and the investigation that tore his family apart. Can he save the victim and find solace — or will past horrors get in the way?



99 cents on Kindle for a limited time
River of Shame
By Susan Clayton-Goldner
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing (a boutique publisher)
290 pages

Crime thriller: In this new release, something evil has taken root in Ashland, Oregon. And with it, an uneasy feeling sweeps down on Detective Winston Radhauser. If someone doesn’t intervene, that evil will continue to multiply until the unthinkable happens.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($11.99 print)
Compound 26: Book #1 in The Makanza Series
By Krista Street
Self-published
336 pages

Young adult: This 2018 release features a deadly virus. A brilliant, young researcher. And an infected survivor who threatens to steal her heart.



Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print)
Repo Girl
By Jane Fenton
Blue Morpho Books (the author’s imprint)
272 pages
#1 Free in Satire in the Kindle Store

Satire: Twenty-five-year-old rookie repo agent Andrea Sloan finds herself drawn to handsome rock star Cooper Barnett. Complications ensure when he comes along on a ride-along and they come across a naked, dead body.

Indie Film Watch


Krzysztof Baginski, Eva Lebuef and Michal Huszcza in “All These Sleepless Nights.” (Courtesy of The Orchard)

All These Sleepless Nights

Indie filmmaker Michal Marczak offers an ecstatic, decadent drift through the clubs, apartments and open-air dance parties of Warsaw, Poland, where two pleasure-seeking students are always out looking for the next good time.

Available on Netflix, Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play and YouTube.

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This week we go heavy on the fantasy with a supernatural thriller set in Victorian London, a young adult novel that will remind you of “The Hunger Games” and the latest best-seller from thriller author David Archer.

All titles range from free to 99 cents. Plus, Spike Lee returns to form with “BlacKkKlansman.”

This week’s top curated picks:

Indie ebook spotlight

Click an image to go to its Amazon page. (Note: Kindle ebooks can be read on any mobile device through the free Kindle app.)

Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print, $17.95 audiobook)
The Watchmaker’s Daughter
By C.J. Archer
Self-published
302 pages

Fantasy: After her father’s death, India takes a job with a wealthy, secretive man who possesses a watch imbued with unimaginable power. Set in Victorian London, the supernatural thriller has more than 1,400 five-star Goodreads ratings.


Free on Kindle for a limited time ($11.99 print)
Blackwaters
By Robin Mahle
Self-published
314 pages
#1 Free in the Kindle Store

Suspense: With her FBI team embroiled in conflict, rookie agent Kate must investigate the Blackwater killer — a ruthless murderer who leaves victims in the murky rivers of northern Florida.

Top ebook deals of the week


99 cents on Kindle until Thursday at midnight ($13.99 print)
Configured
By Jenetta Penner
Torment Publishing (a young adult fiction publisher)
368 pages

Young adult: There will come a day… when love will mark you as a traitor. Fans of Divergent, Hunger Games and the Maze Runner will recognize the themes in this dystopian world of dark secrets, intrigue and thirst for a better tomorrow.


Free on Kindle for a limited time ($8.99 print)
Siren’s Lure
By Frost Kay
Publisher: Renegade Publishing (the author’s imprint)
182 pages
#1 Free in Sword & Sorcery

Fantasy: Pirate captain Lilja will do anything to keep her true identity hidden — she’s a siren. But when handsome Hayjen, the human she rescues from drowning, learns her secret, can she trust him with the survival of her people?


Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.95 audiobook)
Transmission
By Morgan Rice
Self-published
187 pages

Science fiction: When scientists detect a mysterious signal from outer space, a teenager with a terminal illness holds the key to deciphering the message. A USA Today bestselling author offers a fascinating depiction of Earth’s first encounter with alien life.


Free on Kindle for a limited time
The Wrong Child
By Patricia Kay
Self-published
336 pages

Women’s lit: Abbie Bernard and Logan O’Connell would do anything for their families. But when they realize that their beloved daughters were switched at birth, they’ll face an unthinkable decision.


99 cents on Kindle for a limited time
Innocent Injustice – A Chance Reddick Thriller
By David Archer
Self-published
216 pages

Thriller: Chance was a good boy. Then his little sister Robin was killed in a senseless murder, and Chance’s world started falling apart. It was just Chance and his grandmother, and little hope that the killers would ever be brought to justice. Grandma had told Chance all about justice. Now, it was time to put those lessons to work.


99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($10.99 print)
Risk
By K.B. Rose
Self-published
253 pages

Romance: Leah has plans for the summer: Ditch the bodyguard provided by her overprotective father, fly to California to reconnect with her mother and find adventure courtesy of a daring bucket list. But things don’t go as planned.


99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($11.99 print)
The Storm
By Amanda McKinney
Self-published
270 pages

Romance mystery: Small-town detective Dean Walker stumbles upon a case that opens up his horrific past and his stone-cold heart.

Indie Film Watch

Adam Driver and John David Washington in “BlacKkKlansman.” (Courtesy of Focus Features)

BlacKkKlansman

My cousin said I must must must go see this movie, so I’m hitting the local cinema this weekend. Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white surrogate, who eventually becomes head of the local branch. Director Spike Lee returns to form in this indie production from QC Entertainment, Blumhouse Productions and Jordan Monkeypaw Productions.

In theaters now, coming to Netflix and streaming services soon.

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