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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

Crushing the Red Flowers by Jennifer Voigt Kaplan

Children and Young Adult

Crushing the Red Flowers is the story of how two ordinary boys cope under the extraordinary circumstances of Kristallnacht. Emil and Friedrich couldn't have less in common, but in the summer of 1938, they must both deal with the changes steamrolling through Germany. Friedrich struggles with an uncle in jail and a cruel Hitler Youth leader, while Emil does his best to avoid the blistering anti-Semitism that's threatening his family. Then in the late hours of November 9th, their world explodes, and the two boys are forced together in a race against time that requires Friedrich to risk his life in order to save Emil and his family. Starting at $8.49 at Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo

If You Tame Me by Kathie Giorgio

Romance

On the morning of her 55th birthday, Audrey takes stock of her life and finds it lacking. While she’s done well, she’s missing something important – a mate. She is also rocked by the 2016 election and wonders if it’s possible to be a feminist in the current political environment. In a fit of desperation, she ponders adopting a cat…but comes home with an iguana named Newt instead. Next door, Frank, a widow, lives with his six parakeets. He develops a crush on Audrey, but is at a loss as to how to approach her. Birds, a lizard, a man, a woman…what happens is magic. $5.99 on Amazon

The Wall Will Tell You by Hampton Fancher

General Nonfiction

A completely original guide to the screenwriter’s art–as only the writer of Blade Runner could conceive it. In short paragraphs–oracular and enigmatic, hard hitting and concrete–Fancher writes a guide book like none other for the aspiring screenwriter. Learn how to write living, breathing characters, exciting action and plot, and develop your own artistic vision. And learn how to never compromise that vision, most importantly, with yourself. $10.99 on Amazon / Kobo / 

Walks with Sam: A Man, a Dog, and a Season of Awakening by David W. Berner

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

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A sweet and beautiful story of a man, a dog, and the redemptive nature of a good walk from award-winning author David W. Berner. A man, his dog, and a long walk can lead to unexpected discoveries. In the tradition of many literary walkers, David W. Berner sets out on foot hoping to reexamine his life, look back and forward, and most importantly, through the help of his young dog. $7.99 at Amazon / Author / 

All My Heroes Are Broke by Ariel Francisco

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

All My Heroes are Broke is a poetry collection written from the perspective of a first generation American coming to terms with the implicit struggles and disillusionment of the “American Dream.” Using short, image driven poems inspired by the works of Robert Bly and Po Chu-I, and longer narrative poems that reveal more personal information, Ariel Francisco is a poet of witness and compassion, whose voice is a necessary tonic for these disheartening times. $9.99 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 / 

Finnigan and the Lost Circus Wagon by Mary T Wagner

Children and Young Adult

Finnigan and his “circus mice” pals are back for more adventures in this lively sequel to “Finnigan the Circus Cat.” Rescued as a tiny kitten, Finnigan is now all grown with a flair for the trapeze. But he’s still flying “under the radar” at the circus museum. This works just fine for everyone…until two grifters show up with designs on a treasure hidden in a rickety old wagon. While Finnigan and his friends try scare off the crooks, it’s getting harder and harder to keep Finnigan a secret!! $0.99 from Amazon / Author / 

A Year of Living Kindly by Donna Cameron

General Nonfiction

Using stories, observation, humor, and summaries of expert research, Donna Cameron shares her experience committing to 365 days of practicing kindness. She presents compelling research into the myriad benefits of kindness, and explores what a kind life entails. And she provides practical suggestions to make choosing a life of kindness becomes ever easier and more natural. $8.49 at Barnes & Noble / Amazon

Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean by Jonathan White

General Nonfiction

Writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In China, France, Chile, Scotland and the Arctic, White combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides. Starting at $9.99 at Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Remembering Shanghai: A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars and Scoundrels by by Claire Chao

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, Remembering Shanghai follows five generations from a hardscrabble village to vibrant Shanghai to the bright lights of Hong Kong. By turns harrowing and heartwarming, this vivid memoir explores identity, loss and the unpredictable nature of life against the epic backdrop of a nation and a people in turmoil. Winner of 16 book awards. $9.99 at Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Bound in Flame by Katherine Kayne

Romance

Kayne gives readers a vivid portrait of Hawaii in the early 20th century. The central love story between Letty and Timothy, and the plotline involving Letty's coming to terms with her abilities, would be enough to make this novel an entertaining read, but a subplot involving a fugitive horse thief adds further depth to the story. An offbeat romance." - Kirkus Reviews. "A rip-roaring, smart, and vivid romantic adventure [with] a truly dynamic and memorable heroine." - Publishers Weekly. $0.99 on Amazon / Barnes & Noble

On a City Street: A Becker Family Novel by Pat Wahler

Romance

A 2020 Hoffer Award Winner. When veterinarian Carolyn Becker catches her fiancée cheating, her problem-solving skills come to the rescue. She swears off love and leaves suburbia for a fresh start in St. Louis to launch a low-cost animal clinic...and bury the past. But new beginnings can be complicated. Sometimes even a problem-solver can use a little help. Especially when it comes to mending a broken heart. $2.99 at Amazon Barnes & Noble



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

Nightmare's Realm: New Tales of the Weird and Fantastic by S. T. Joshi

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Dreams and nightmares—what Ambrose Bierce called “visions of the night”—are the basis of some of the greatest weird fiction in literary history. The unruly images that torment us in sleep are usually dispelled by the coming of day—but can they be dismissed so easily? Do nightmares have some impalpable reality that can affect our daily lives, the lives of those around us, and perhaps the very fabric of the universe? This volume contains seventeen original stories by some of the leading contemporary writers of weird fiction. Starting at $7.99 from Amazon / Dark Regions Press


The Bath Salts Journals: Volume One by Alisse Lee Goldenberg

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

A mysterious virus has infected much of the world's population, turning them into flesh-craving zombies. As people die from what the media call "drug-fuelled Bath Salts attacks" one young mother sees what is truly happening beneath the lies, and with her good friends Xuan and Olivia, takes matters into her own hands to keep her family safe. Day by day, Bath Salts tells of their escape to the arctic tundra, and their desperate attempt to survive the elements, zombie attacks, and armed bandits with their humanity intact. $0.99 from Amazon

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell

Children and Young Adult

The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-le-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah. $9.99 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo

Everly by Meg Bonney

Children and Young Adult

Madison is about to graduate and head off toward a bright future that any kid would kill for. The problem? Madison just wants to find her birth parents. When her Aunt Ruth is kidnapped and taken to a world called Everly, all of Madison’s plans are put on hold. Traveling through caverns and towering oak tree forests, Madison quickly realizes that behind Everly’s beauty is a world of magic, violence, and shocking truths. Armed only with an enchanted sword and a sharp tongue, she battles her way past witches and bounty hunters to attempt a dangerous rescue that changes both her and Everly’s future forever. Starting at $0.99 from Amazon / Kobo


The First Time She Fell by Caleb Ludwick

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, we find an unexpected world of haves and have nots, families and outsiders, old hatreds and first loves that unfold in eight imaginatively rendered stories. As these characters rush into circumstances where everything changes, we watch them make bad choices for good reasons, or good choices for bad reasons – with aftershocks that ripple through the lives of everyone around them. $1.99 at Amazon

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 /  

A Promise Given by Michelle Cox

Romance

Set in 1935, Cox’s charming third novel featuring Henrietta and former police inspector Clive Howard takes the couple from Chicago, where they have just been married, to Castle Linley, the ancestral Howard home in England, where a murder in the local village shocks everyone. When Clive's cousin emerges as the primary suspect, Clive and Henrietta investigate - only to discover shocking truths that will shake the family forever. "Series fans will cheer the beginning of Clive and Henrietta’s private investigation business." - Publishers Weekly. $8.49 at Amazon / Barnes & Noble

 


The Woman in the Blue Cloak by Deon Meyer

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Early on a May morning in South Africa, a woman’s body is discovered on a stone wall beside a highway outside of Cape Town. The investigation stalls, so the case is referred to Captains Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido. The woman is an American named Alicia Lewis, an expert in old Dutch Masters paintings. Discovering the two men she contacted before coming to South Africa reveals what she was seeking—a rare painting by Carel Fabritius, Rembrandt’s finest student. But how Lewis died, why, and at whose hand shocks even the two veteran detectives, in this compact jewel of a thriller from a multiple award-winning author. Starting at $9.99 from Amazon / Kobo / Google Play / 


Honey and Leonard by Mark Paul Smith

Romance

Honey and Leonard are in their seventies when they fall in love. Leonard is in the early stages of Alzheimer's and Honey thinks her love will cure him. When their heirs try to keep them apart, they flee to France in violation of court orders. Pursued by police, press, and private investigators, they become an international media sensation. In a time just before cell phones and the Internet, they become the Bonnie and Clyde of love. And through it all Honey begins to wonder, "Can love really conquer all?" From $7.49 at Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Apple

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