This week we spotlight a hero vs. villain technothriller, a medieval romance starring the queen of Camelot, a sci-fi dystopian tale and a paranormal tale pitting the FBI against a vampire warlord.
All titles are free this week. And our indie film of the week spotlights an introverted but fiercely independent teenager trying to survive eighth grade.
This week’s top curated picks:
Indie ebook spotlight
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Free on Kindle for a limited time ($16.99 print)
By Richard Bard
#1 Free in Crime, Conspiracies and Technothrillers in the Kindle Store
Crime thriller: When an earthquake strikes during Jake Bronson’s MRI, he emerges with exceptional abilities — and a terrorist will do anything to use Jake’s new skills for his own ends. Nonstop action with more than 1,300 five-star Goodreads ratings.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($10.99 print)
By Lavinia Collins
Publisher: The Book Folks (a boutique publisher)
#1 Free in Fantasy in the Kindle Store
Medieval romance: Her name is as famous as King Arthur’s: Guinevere, princess in her own right and queen of Camelot. Sent from her home to marry a man she’s never met, Guinevere becomes entangled in the most famous love triangle in history. A trilogy of love, passion and war.
Top ebook deals of the week
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.95 print)
By Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing (a boutique publisher)
#1 Free in Dystopian Science Fiction in the Kindle Store
Science fiction: After an epidemic wreaks havoc on humanity, survivors like 15-year-old Willow must adapt to new lives in government facilities. But soon, Willow and her friends acquire unusual abilities that have far-reaching consequences. The title has more than 850 five-star Goodreads ratings.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($11.99 print)
By D.N. Erikson
Publisher: Watchfire Press (a boutique publisher)
#1 Free in Vampires in the Kindle Store
Paranormal: From a USA Today bestselling author comes a riveting series starter: Reaper Eden is usually busy harvesting souls for her vampire warlord boss, but her life is upended when the FBI suspects her of murder, a vengeful goddess targets her, and her biggest secret threatens to come out.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
A Thin Veil
By Jane Gorman
Publisher: Blue Eagle Press (the author’s imprint)
#1 Free in the entire Kindle Store
Political thriller: Assigned to watch over a senior lawmaker, police detective Adam Kaminski witnesses an attack that kills the senator’s aide. His search for the culprit takes him to DC’s dark underbelly in this page-turning political mystery.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($11.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
By Ty Hutchison
Publisher: Gangkruptcy Press (the author’s imprint)
#1 Free in Police Procedurals in the Kindle Store
Crime thriller: When a mutilated corpse is discovered in a quiet neighborhood, all signs point to the sadistic serial killer known as “the Doctor” — except he’s already behind bars. Can fiery FBI agent Abby Kane solve a mystery with a monster at its heart?
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
By Mira Lyn Kelly
Romance: From a USA Today bestselling author: Abby dated nerdy Hank years ago. After a decade apart, she sees him again at their high school reunion — but will she still be interested in him now that he’s a playboy billionaire?
Free on Kindle for a limited time
Pasta, Pinot & Murder
By Jamie Lee Scott
Publisher: LBB Company (the author’s imprint)
Cozy mystery: Foodie Willa is shocked to stumble upon the body of an ornery vineyard owner. Her former mother-in-law is the prime suspect — but as Willa digs into the case, long-buried secrets stir up plenty of possible motives. A clever culinary mystery with recipes included.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($13.49 print)
By Barbara Gaskell Denvil
Publisher: Gaskell Publishing (the author’s imprint)
#1 Free in Time Travel in the Kindle Store
Middle grade: When an outlandish wizard takes 12-year-old Nathan Bannister on a magical balloon ride to medieval London, the adventure of a lifetime is only just beginning — but will Nathan ever find his way back home? An exciting middle grade fantasy.
Indie Author Spotlight
During the 20Books Vegas conference earlier this month, I got to sit down with two best-selling indie authors whose works might appeal to you:
• Michael Anderle, author of 30 books — a mix of paranormal, urban fantasy, military sci-fi and science fiction. See our interview.
• Chris Fox, author of several popular space fantasy novels. See our interview.
Indie Film Watch
Elsie Fisher in “Eighth Grade” (2018).
An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school. Written and directed by Bo Burnham, the coming-of-age tale just won a best picture nomination in the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Rolling Stone calls it “a flat-out triumph.”
Coming soon to Netflix and other streaming and DVD services