Current Recommendations for Booklovers— Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Watchmaker's Daughter by C. J. Archer

Science Fiction and Fantasy

India Steele's father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who'll accept her. Matthew Glass must find a particular watchmaker, but he won't tell India why any old one won't do. So when she reads about an American outlaw known as the Dark Rider arriving in England, she suspects Mr. Glass is the fugitive. When danger comes to their door, she's certain of it. But if she notifies the authorities, she'll find herself unemployed and homeless again - and she will have betrayed the man who saved her life. Free Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Google


Well of Furies: Predator Space Chronicles I by Craig DeLancey

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Amir Tarkos is one of the only humans in the Predator Corp, the most elite military force in the galaxy. With his partner Bria, Tarkos is given a dangerous and difficult mission: to locate the World Hammer, a pair of co-orbiting sunless planets that are the last refuge of the Ulltrians. But to find the World Hammer, they first must brave the dangers of the Ulltrian homeworld, The Well of Furies. To save Galactic civilization, Tarkos and Bria will have to work with a team of strange aliens and artificial intelligences, explore the perilous ruins of an ancient moon, dare the depths of an ocean that engulfs a dark planet, and fight a fierce battle in the ice rings of burning world. Free Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Google


The Echo of Broken Dreams by C. J. Archer

Science Fiction and Fantasy

When a palace maid is attacked, Josie and the captain of the guards investigate together. Since one of the suspects is a foreign diplomat and magic expert, they use the opportunity to learn more about sorcery. But it soon becomes clear that he is using them to get to the truth about the palace and the servants' origins. With unrest in the village, and servants growing impatient for answers, an undercurrent of danger pervades the air. But the most dangerous man of all may prove to be the king himself, because every clue points to him knowing more than he lets on. From $1.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Google

Ocean of Dust by Graeme Ing

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Lissa is a slave on a trading ship traveling on a waterless ocean of fine gray dust. A feisty, curious and intelligent girl, her desire to explore the ship earns her the hatred of the cruel first officer. Lissa becomes embroiled in the ocean's mysteries, while cryptic whispers in her head urge her toward a destiny linked to the dust itself. When a sinister plot casts her adrift on the barren ocean, everything hinges upon her courage, quick wits, and her ability to master her bizarre link with the dust and the scary creatures that live in it. From $0.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Apple / Google

Coil by Ren Warom

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Bone Adams is a legend, the best mortician in the spires. When a new killer begins leaving bodies twisted and bent into grotesque pieces of art, City Officer Stark tasks Bone to unravel the clues. As more victims are discovered, Bone and Stark are drawn deeper into a world where pain and personal statement blend and blur, and finally end up hunting for a semi-mythical man-machine named Burneo deep within the sewers. But things aren't what they seem. $6.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Apple / Google / Apex Book Company

Gunsmoke & Glamour by Hillary Monahan

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Marshall Clayton Jensen's job is to fix things for the people too weird for the government to touch—witches, fairies, monsters. When Clay finds himself on the receiving end of a witch's curse following a breakup from the love of his life, a fairy named Cora, Clay enlists the help of his best friend Doc Irene and his ex-girlfriend's promiscuous sister Adelaide to search for a cure before time runs out. Starting at $6.52 Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Apple / Fireside Fiction

The Way Out by Armond Boudreaux

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A medical miracle - the artificial womb - ensures perfect health and flawless development. Natural pregnancy is quickly criminalized. As a reporter, Jessica makes new enemies by covering both sides. Now her search for the truth behind this technology will lead to an unimaginable discovery - children with terrifying telepathic powers. This truth is no secret to former U.S. Marine Valerie. When government agents storm her home to take her child away, she’ll stop at nothing to protect her family. Soon, these two fearless women will be branded as terrorists, hunted by the military, demonized by the media—and drawn into a desperate fight for the freedom of the human race. $0.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo

The Kingless Crown by Sarah M. Cradit

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Only a fortnight separates four young women from becoming reluctant queens of the usurper king, Eoghan. Twenty years earlier, King Eoghan’s father cunningly devised marriages between the highborn sons and daughters of the oft-warring Reaches, sealing the unions before they could protest. Now Eoghan demands the eldest daughters of these unions. The lords and ladies of the kingdom have no choice but to prepare their beloved daughters for the horrors ahead. But they’ll soon discover all four have disappeared, painting the world with their rebellion. As the Reaches ready themselves to face the king, the kingdom hovers on the edge of chaos. $4.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo


Mirrorstrike by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Science Fiction and Fantasy

General Lussadh has returned to her home city to suppress a revolt. Accompanying the general to prove her loyalty, Nuawa confronts a rebel who once worked to end the queen’s reign and who now holds secrets that will cement the queen’s rule. Plus, a relentless killer has emerged to hunt down anyone who holds in their heart a shard of the queen’s mirror. On these fields of tumult and shattered history, the queen’s purposes will at last be revealed, and both Lussadh and Nuawa tested to their limits. $4.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Apple / Google / Apex Book Company

The End of the World Is Rye by Brett Cottrell

Science Fiction and Fantasy

What would you do for the perfect sandwich? Kill? Die? Well, if you were a rogue angel, you might cause the Apocalypse. And it looks like that's just what this darkly funny fantasy's rogue angel is about to do when he lands in a polygamist cult in Utah. Now it's up to the rest of God's divine posse, including Jesus and Lucifer, to save all of existence from certain destruction. In his debut novel, Brett Cottrell takes you on a provocative, celestial roller coaster ride that will have you laughing on the edge of your seat all the way to the gates of Hell. $4.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Apple / Google

Nexhuman by Francesco Verso

Science Fiction and Fantasy

In a future threatened by the spread of "kipple" (garbage & trash), Peter Payne is part of a fringe society that scavenges junk to survive. His days are spent in the refuse of humanity and running with a teenage gang called The Dead Bones lead by his brother Charlie. But when Peter finds beauty in the world in the shape of Alba, an advanced model female nexhuman, he finds purpose...and love. When Charlie and The Dead Bones destroy Peter's dreams for the future, Peter embarks on a quest to rebuild the object of his obsession. $6.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Apple / Google / Apex Book Company

Every River Runs to Salt by Rachael K. Jones

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Pacific Ocean is a big thing to steal, and Quietly’s roommate Imani never does anything small. But then Imani goes and dies, and Quietly is left to travel to the Under-Ath (the underworld beneath Athens, Georgia), with angry gods at her heels, to clean up the mess Imani left behind and try to rescue her friend. $5.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Apple / Fireside

Ration by Cody T Luff

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Ration is a dark and forceful book, written in a surprisingly nuanced and accessible way. It combines the darkness and despair of The Road and The Handmaid's Tale, but has notes of charm like Lauren Oliver's Replica. The girls who live in the Apartments are forced to weigh their own hunger against the lives of the others in the building. When Cynthia is wrongly accused of ordering an "A" ration, she is punished. She is forced to leave the Apartments and encounters a world of even more scarcity, politics and intrigue. Starting at $5.24 Apex Book Company / Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Apple


The Fisher of Bones by Sarah Gailey

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Prophet is dead. The eyes of the Gods have turned to his daughter. But she isn't ready. Her people's history and their future, carved by ancients into the bones of long dead behemoths, are now her burden. Only she can read them, interpret the instructions, and guide them to the Promised Land. Their journey is almost at an end, but now, without the Prophet, she must find a way to guide them to the place they will call Home. $2.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Apple



Thirty-Seven: A Novel by Peter Stenson

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Survivors live alone in a rural Colorado mansion. Fueled by the ritualized Cytoxan treatments that leave them on the verge of death, they instigate the Day of Gifts, a day that spells shocking violence and the group’s demise. Enter Mason Hues, formerly known as Thirty-Seven, the group’s final member and the only one both alive and free. Living in an apartment after his release from a year of mental health counseling, he takes a job at a thrift shop. But when his boss learns his secret, she comes to believe that there is still hope in the Survivor philosophy. She pushes Mason to start the group again - this time with himself as One. Starting at $8.69 from Amazon / Kobo



Sinai Unhinged by Joanna Evans

Science Fiction and Fantasy

As the cries of a volatile patient in the psychiatric ward of Sinai General haunt therapist Alexandra Kraig, she realizes something terrifying has happened at the Complex. When Alex's closest friend, also a scientist at the Complex, develops deeply disturbing behavior, she becomes determined to uncover the truth about the particle physics experiment hidden deep within the Complex walls. Alex faces a ticking clock as she struggles to find the answer; an answer she desperately needs if she is to save her own life, and the lives of thousands more. $5.99 from Amazon

Apocalypse How? by Galen Surlak-Ramsey

Science Fiction and Fantasy

If you love action-packed sci-fi, fast-paced space operas, or simply think a snarky girl scouring the galaxy for precious artifacts with a gigantic intergalactic tiger at her side sounds like it could be a lot of fun, then this is the book for you. $4.99 from Amazon

Homesick: Stories by Nino Cipri

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Homesick meditates on the theme of home and our estrangement from it, and what happens when the familiar suddenly shifts into the uncanny. In stories that foreground queer relationships and transgender or nonbinary characters, Cipri delivers the origin story for a superhero team comprised of murdered girls; a housecleaner discovering an impossible ocean in her least-favorite clients’ house; a man haunted by keys that appear suddenly in his throat; and a team of scientists and activists discovering the remains of a long-extinct species of intelligent weasels. Starting at $7.99 from Dzanc Books / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo

Singularity Syndrome by Susan Kuchinskas

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Thom Elliott is a venture capitalist with a mission: Create a new world order with humanity ruled by Sekai, the most powerful artificial intelligence ever created. His secret weapon is Glorp, a nutritional energy drink beloved by the tech community that includes genetically engineered microbes to transform human gut flora, making people compliant and ready to be ruled by Sekai. When Finder, a brilliant but misanthropic detective, uncovers Elliott's plot, he wages a guerrilla war against Elliott and Sekai. But will he be able to save humanity from subjugation? $2.99 at Amazon

The Wysman by Dorothy A. Winsor

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Street kids are dying. Does anyone care? Born with a crooked foot, Jarka is granted a chance to get off the streets and apprentice as the king's advisor. But when Jarka starts suspecting that someone in the castle is responsible for the disappearances of kids he left behind, he finds himself scavenging through a history of long-hidden evils, desperate to unveil the truth and figure out where the king's true loyalties lie, before the magic can be beat and bled out of him. $3.99 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / Inspired Quill / Author / 

Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A wide-ranging debut collection from a writer whose musicality and humor shine through even when plumbing the darkest depths of space. The stories gathered here turn readers into travelers to the past, the future, and explorers of the weirder points of the present. The journey is the thing as Pinsker weaves music, memory, technology, history, mystery, love, loss, and even multiple selves on generation ships and cruise ships, on highways and high seas, in murder houses and treehouses. They feature runaways, fiddle-playing astronauts, and retired time travelers; they are weird, wired, hopeful, haunting, and deeply human. Starting at $8.69 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo


The Last Detective by Brian Cohn

Science Fiction and Fantasy

It's been two years since the invasion. Former detective Adrian Grace was cut off from his family, but managed to survive. When one of the slicks is murdered, they ask him to find the killer. He agrees and in the course of his investigation witnesses the best, and the worst, that humanity has to offer: a plot to escape labor camps; a pending war between an in-your-face councilwoman and the corrupt mayor; and a priest who claims to have befriended a dead alien. But worst of all, he stumbles onto a conspiracy that puts the fate of the entire city in jeopardy. Detective Grace discovers that the killer might just be the last person he would have suspected. Starting at $2.99 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo

Plum Rains by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Science Fiction and Fantasy

In Tokyo, Angelica Navarro, a Filipina nurse who has been in Japan for the last five years, works as caretaker for Sayoko Itou, a moody, secretive woman about to turn 100 years old. One day, Sayoko receives a present: a cutting-edge robot “friend”. Angelica wonders if she is about to be forced out of her much-needed job by an inanimate object—one with a preternatural ability to uncover the most deeply buried secrets of the humans around it. Sayoko becomes attached to the machine. The old woman has been hiding secrets of her own for almost a century—and she’s too old to want to keep them anymore. $9.99 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo

Hello World by Tiffany Rose and Alexandra Tauber

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Scott’s skills as a surveillance expert are useful when he’s breaking down firewalls. But hacktivism isn’t enough; he’s going after the holy grail—UltSyn’s Human Information Drives, human assets implanted with cerebral microchips. After digging deeper into restricted databases, he discovers that those who enlist with UltSyn get far more than they bargained for. Plunged into a world of human trafficking and corporate espionage, Scott is determined to find his sister, no matter the cost. But when the information reveals the people closest to him have been working for UltSyn all along, he has to find her—before UltSyn finds him. $2.99 from Amazon / Kobo /  

The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull

Science Fiction and Fantasy

An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of super-advanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways, but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. After the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, three families find themselves at the center of the inevitable conflict, witnesses and victims to events that will touch everyone and teach a terrible lesson. Starting at $8.69 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / Google Play

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