It’s a big week for historical romance and fiction, from Canada to Nazi Germany. Plus, book one in a mystery series with more than 2 million downloads. All titles range in price from free to 99 cents. And our Indie Film of the Week is a gripping new release set in the frigid arctic.
This week’s top curated picks:
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99 cents on Kindle until 6 a.m. Friday ($14.95 audiobook)
Next Girl On The List
By Roger Stelljes
Thriller: What clues are hidden in a picture perfect murder? Obscure clues woven into intricate crime scenes challenge investigator Mac McRyan, while a warped mind taunts him and stalks another innocent soul. The bestseller from “one of the best new authors in crime fiction,” “Next Girl” kicks off the McRyan Mystery Series with more than 2 million downloads.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($13.90 print; $14.95 audiobook)
By Susan Kaye Quinn
#1 in New Adult & College Romance in the Kindle Store
Historical romance: As the third daughter in the royal family, Aniri is free to marry her fencing instructor. But when political circumstances force her to give her hand to Prince Malik, she never expects to lose her heart as well. A timeless love story.
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99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($12.95 print)
By Howard Allan
#2 in International Mystery & Crime in the Kindle Store
Crime fiction: When the translator of a mysterious codex turns up dead, the hunt begins for a document that could change mankind’s understanding of the Bible forever. In the tradition of “The Da Vinci Code,” this title was called “captivating and intelligent” by Kirkus Reviews.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
By Jamie Edmundson
Ram Publishing (the author’s imprint)
#2 Free in Historical Fantasy in the Kindle Store
Fantasy: Book One of The Weapon Takers Saga Kindle Edition Toric’s Dagger is just another religious relic. Until it’s stolen. Twins Belwynn and Soren set out on a mission to retrieve it, relying on Soren’s magical abilities and the telepathic bond they share. Now, as kingdoms and empires start to fall, the twins confront the dark forces that threaten them. Book one of The Weapon Takers Saga follows in the tradition of “Lord of the Rings” and “The Wheel of Time.”
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print)
The Displaced: Fall of a Fortress
By Frieda Watt
#1 in U.S. Historical Fiction in the Kindle Store
Historical fiction: Marie and Pierre fight to stay together as the British Navy set their sights on the fortress at Louisbourg. The war-torn Canadian frontier comes alive in this “engaging work” with “a spectacular choice of setting,” says Kirkus Reviews.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($19.99 print)
By Roberta Kagan
#1 in Historical World War II Fiction in the Kindle Store
Historical fiction: In 1919, Michal, a Jewish girl, must travel to Berlin, where she soon begins to assimilate into a strange new world. But decades later, the dawn of World War II will introduce a new kind of uncertainty.
99 cents on Kindle until midnight Sunday
Jake Hancock Mystery Box Set (Books 1-4)
By Dan Taylor
Mystery: Hollywood-based private investigator Jake Hancock gets a seemingly regular gig: finding out who a client’s biological parents are. What he doesn’t expect is a bizarre mystery and ethical dilemma at the heart of the investigation. Jake goes on to solve three other mysteries in this box set.
99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($11.99 print)
Barnabas Tew and The Case of The Nine Worlds
By Columbkill Noonan
Lighthearted mystery: Barnabas and Wilfred, two earnest but bumbling Victorian detectives, travel through the Nine Worlds of Norse mythology, trying to stave off the impending end of the world – an event the locals call Ragnarok. Will Barnabas discover the culprit and foil the plan?
99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($13.29 print)
A Year of Positive Thinking
By Cyndie Spiegel
Publisher: Althea Press (a boutique publisher)
#1 in Happiness in the Kindle Store
Nonfiction: Positive thinking can have an enormous impact on your life, especially if you practice it every day. This how-to guide — which includes an entire year’s worth of daily exercises and meditations — can help you change your mental habits.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($11.99 print)
By Cassie Mae
Publisher: CookieLynn Publishing (the author’s imprint)
Romance: Maya is happy to share an unexpected kiss with a shirtless stranger on her 30th birthday — but she’s definitely not ready to swap the single life for a husband and kids! Can Cooper convince Maya to give marriage a one-week trial period?
Indie Film Watch
Mads Mikkelsen is snowbound in “Arctic.”
A man stranded in the Arctic after an airplane crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown. Filmmaker Joe Penna “finds ways to infuse real drama into potentially mundane details,” IndieWire writes.
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