The Indie Books & Authors Newsletter #7
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Until Proven Innocent by Mark Scott Piper
Recently retired English professor Mac Faulk returns to Headley University to teach one more creative writing class. Among the first batch of student stories, he comes across an anonymous dark tale describing a heinous crime. He thinks little of it—until the story's details start to come true.
When the author, who calls himself the Paladin, submits two more, even more, disturbing stories, Mac is caught up in a frustrating web of intrigue and mystery. The perpetrator has some unidentified score to settle with Mac and does everything he can to make sure all the evidence points directly to Mac. Now, on the radar of the local police, Mac becomes the chief suspect in the investigation of the crimes described in the stories. If Mac hopes to prove his innocence and try to save the next victim's life, he has to confront the Paladin himself. Not only is Mac forced well out of his comfort zone, but he also has no idea how to identify and locate the Paladin. And he only has a few hours to save the life of the latest victim and clear his name.
Step into the Light: An Anthology of Daylight Horror by S J Townend et al
A deeply unsettling collection of dark fiction, all set in the light.
For adults only.
Over the Moon by S E Anderson
Ding Dong, the Technowitch is dead.
As an illegal clone of the murdered galactic princess, Dora's face would get her killed the minute she steps off her dull farming moon. She spends her days tinkering with gadgets and gears, with Tau, her kitchen-timer-bot, for company. But when forces close in and threaten her family, her escape attempt lands her deep in the Outer Zone — and on top of the Technowitch of Night, crushing her in the process.
Now a fugitive in two solar systems, Dora's only chance of survival is to find her way to the mysterious Technomage on his Emerald moon. In a place where science has advanced to be indistinguishable from magic, she must accept the help of an unlikely trio: a cryogenically-preserved girl with no memory, an obsolete theme park droid, and a bioengineered beast with a penchant for the dramatic.
As Dora realizes there's more to the princess's death than what the universe has been told, she must choose — save her family, or risk everything to right a centuries-old wrong.
A Dangerous Fossil by John J Delaney
Fossils aren't dangerous, are they?
Jemma didn't think so.
When 'Jurassic' Jemma Thorne and her dog, Dino, find an incredible fossil on a Dorset beach, she doesn't realise that it will lead to a trail of greed, jealousy and murder.
As the guilt of her past comes back to haunt her, Jemma must fight to protect her family, her friends, her town and herself.
Can she overcome her demons and escape from the danger surrounding her?
The Blue Hole by M H David
It's blue. It's dark. It's cold... They call it the Blue Hole.
For years, teenagers have gathered for parties along the banks of the deep swirling pool of water called, The Blue Hole. Bon fires, loud music, and kegs propped up on tailgates were the common themes. The parties would rage on all night long. But in one night, everything changed.
Seven years ago, Jill Turner’s twin sister, Samantha, disappeared after a party at the Blue Hole. Her jacket was discovered at a bus stop in the next town over which suggested she had run away, but her family wasn’t convinced. After a mysterious letter is slipped under the front door of her home, Jill is prompted to search for answers.
What really happened that night at the Blue Hole seven years ago? In order to answer that question, Jill must put her own complicated life on hold, and dive head first into the secret perilous life her sister once lived.
The Minority Rule by Alexia Muelle-Rushbrook
With humanity's survival and Earth's restoration hanging on society's unyielding decrees, Maia understands why she is a trophy - but does that mean she has to run their race?
Years of greed and war devastated most of Earth. Now largely infertile, the remnants of the world have been united under one strict, unwavering power focused on Earth’s guardianship as well as humanity’s prosperity.
Maia believes in the established order, yet as a budding young scientist, she also wants more than the decreed roles of housewife to a stranger, egg donor, and mother. As family and state force Maia into submission, she resigns herself to a life of compliance until she unexpectedly meets two vastly different women. Discovering they both hold secrets, Maia questions if she can keep silent, even if revealing the truth threatens to irrevocably challenge the foundations of her existence.
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Feed My Reads has recently interviewed Jodie Homer, Ethan J Kearl, J A Boulet, Daniel Lucas, Joel Anthony Hamilton and Cassandra Aston.
R&R Book Tours is currently touring The Dream Heist, a YA thriller by Christina Farley and Queen and Conqueror by Isabelle Olmo.
Morton R Leader talked about his book History is a Lie on the Book 101 podcast.
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The Ark Files by Luke Richardson, reviewed by N S Ford
The first novel in the Eden Black series, this thriller is full of action-packed chases and fight scenes which are guaranteed to get your adrenaline going. The main character Eden is the daughter of an archaeologist who gets drawn into a shady plot full of murderers and conspiracies. Set mainly in Lebanon but also in other international locations, the story is about a secret society who will do anything to stop certain new archaeological information being brought to light. If you are intrigued by stolen antiquities and are looking for evocative atmospheres plus a strong female lead in a gripping thriller, this is definitely a book to check out. The second novel in the series will be out very soon!
A Moment on the Lips by J Taylor, reviewed by Kerry at Herding Cats
Etta has had enough! Enough of being fat! Enough of stuffing her face! Enough of being lonely! So it’s perfect timing when a colleague decides to WhatsApp everyone from work and set up a help group for ladies who want company and weight loss.
I completely identified with Etta and her relationship with food and almost cringed with embarrassment as I have thought, felt and behaved in very similar ways in the past. She was such a sweet character and I really wanted her to be happy.
I adored the other ladies too and they all had a different perspective on things and very different character traits. Together they really complimented each other. Yana was absolutely hilarious, honest and straight talking and Jenna and her friend are the queens of revenge. I knew as soon as Etta had friends like these she would be absolutely fine.
This novel is hilarious, uplifting and was everything I needed after an awful week. It needs to be a film! It’s honest and so relatable. It’s perfect! I cannot recommend it enough.
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