This week Best of Indie offers a wide range of quality reads, including a thriller with a psychic detective, a paranormal sci-fi box set (maybe you’ll want to join the cult of followers?), two sweet romances, some chick lit and a young adult title.
All titles range in price from free to 99 cents. And our Indie Film of the Week is a little edgier than usual, earning an R rating.
This week’s top curated picks:
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Crime thriller: C.M. Sutter is one of my fave authors because of her suspenseful page-turners with well-rounded characters. In “Retribution,” she kicks off a new Psychic Detective Kate Pierce crime thriller series. Kate must help solve the violent drug-related murders of two prominent attorneys with the help of a Chicago PD homicide detective.
99 cents on Kindle until midnight Sunday (free on Kindle Unlimited)
Kurtherian Gambit Boxed Set One
By Michael Anderle
Publisher: LMBPN Publishing (Anderle’s publishing house)
#1 in Science Fiction Anthologies (Books) in the Kindle Store
Paranormal: If you haven’t checked out this crazy-popular series that will reframe your thinking about vampires and werewolves, here’s your chance. This digital box set contains the first seven books: Death Becomes Her, Queen Bitch, Love Lost, Bite This, Never Forsaken, Under My Heel and Kneel or Die.
Top ebook deals of the week
Clean romance: ER nurse Audrey Fitzgerald believed she was married to the perfect man, a heroic firefighter who saved lives. But a year after losing him, she meets a mysterious woman who has some unexplained connection to her husband.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
Kiss Me Like This
By Bella Andre
Publisher: Oak Press (the author’s imprint)
#1 in Coming of Age Fiction and Women’s Sagas in the Kindle Store
Romance: When model Serena Britten goes to college, her chemistry with gorgeous Sean Morrison turns heads all over campus. A sweet and sexy romance from a New York Times bestselling author with more than 1,500 five-star ratings on Goodreads.
Science fiction: Nick Logan, Seattle’s resident alien, wants to tell his human wife the truth about himself. He just so happened to land too close to a military base from his last trip. Now, telling her the truth has become more complicated than he anticipated, stuck behind a glass wall with the military between them.
Chick lit: Four women all born the same week have been best friends since they were young. When one refuses to celebrate any age past 40, they travel to Florida for a blowout 39th birthday celebration — and their bonds are tested like never before.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($11.69 print, $14.95 audiobook)
Just for Clicks
By Kara McDowell
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing (the author’s imprint)
#1 in Teen & Young Adult Girls & Women Fiction eBooks in the Kindle Store
Young adult: Thanks to their mother’s viral blog, twins Claire and Poppy have been social media celebrities since they were babies. But when Claire decides she’s had enough, she uncovers a family secret that makes her question her entire life. Kirkus Reviews calls it “breezy and fresh.”
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($8.99 print)
Death of an Old Girl
By Elizabeth Lemarchand
Publisher: Sapere Books (a boutique British publisher)
#1 Free Crime Action Fiction in the Kindle Store
Cozy mystery: How do you solve a village murder when everyone is under suspicion? Scotland Yard’s Inspector Pollard and Detective Sergeant Toye set out to solve a crime set in rural England in 1966.
Paranormal romance: Can a witch resist the inexorable pull of an ancient vampire? When Jéhenne Corbeaux returns home to live with her grandmother, she discovers an extraordinary world — and encounters Corvus, the dark Master of the Albinus family.
99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($13.59 print, $14.95 audiobook)
The History of Rome in 12 Buildings
By Phillip Barlag
New Page Books (a boutique publisher)
#1 in Travel in the Kindle Store
Travel: Rome’s past comes alive with this concise guide to 12 of the most history-laden buildings in the ancient city. From the Colosseum to the Temple of Caesar, learn how each great structure contributed to the rise and fall of an empire.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($11.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
By Flint Maxwell
Publisher: Dark Void Press (the author’s imprint)
#1 in Dystopian Science Fiction & Horror Suspense in the Kindle Store
Paranormal: Jack returns to his Ohio hometown to attend his mother’s funeral. He has no way of knowing that Woodhaven’s locals have been carrying a latent virus for months — and the incubation period has just reached its end. First in an eight-part series.
Indie Film Watch
Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska in “Piercing.”
A man kisses his wife and baby goodbye and seemingly heads away on business, with a plan to check into a hotel, call an escort service and kill an unsuspecting prostitute. But he gets more than he bargained for with Jackie, an alluring call girl who arrives at his room as a feverish nightmare unfolds. Rated R.
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