Saturday, September 05, 2020

TOP 50 (11-20) INDIE BOOKS

Readers' Choice

Top 50 - April 2021

20. (13) Dirty
- HJ Bellus
Contemporary Adult Romance
"Wrong Has Never Been So Right”


It's all about the next dollar.
It started out as a job, but has morphed into an addiction.
Money flows and life is good.
Women respond to my mere presence, begging for one more taste.
I was the King, on top of the world.
It was all a game and I expected nothing less than being crowned the champion.

Then she waltzed into the club.

And everything became dirty.

19. (19) Starship Liberator
- David VanDyke
Space Opera / Military Science Fiction

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The Hundred Worlds have withstood invasion by the relentless Hok for decades. The human worlds are strong, but the Hok have the resources of a thousand planets behind them, and their fleets attack in endless waves.

The long war has transformed the Hundred Worlds into heavily fortified star systems. Their economies are geared for military output, and they raise specialized soldiers to save our species. Assault Captain Derek Straker is one such man. Genetically sculpted to drive a mechsuit as if he wears a second skin, he must find a path to victory.

It's a battle in which he'll never admit defeat, but not even Straker knows the dark truth behind this titanic struggle.

With Lieutenant Carla Engels piloting, Starship Liberator explores enemy territory in search of answers.

18. (18) Queen of Swords
- Jerry Lambert
Historical Fiction / Suspense Romance

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Georganne Blaylock is a successful young interior designer in New Orleans who takes the gamble of a lifetime as she and her business partner leave the Big Easy to renovate an antebellum mansion in bayou country.

Georganne fights her feelings for Jeffrey Huston, the brilliant architect, even as the ghosts from the past began to reemerge. When she uncovers a century old mystery, will she find a fortune in lost emeralds or will she become collateral damage in someone else’s game?

One fateful night, it all rides on the turn of a card.

17. (10) Her Sister's Shoes
- Ashley Farley
Women’s Fiction / Suspense

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Samantha Sweeney has always been the glue that holds her family together, their go-to girl for love and support. When an ATV accident leaves her teenage son in a wheelchair, she loses her carefully constructed self-control.

In the after-gloom of her dreaded fiftieth birthday and the discovery of her husband’s infidelity, Jackie realizes she must reconnect with her former self to find the happiness she needs to move forward.

Faith lacks the courage to stand up to her abusive husband. She turns to her sisters for help, placing all their lives at risk.

In the midst of their individual challenges, the Sweeney sisters must cope with their mother’s mental decline. Is Lovie in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, or is her odd behavior normal for a woman her age? No one, including Lovie, understands her obsession with a rusty key she wears around her neck.

16. (28) Ten Days In Paradise
- Linda Abbott
Women’s Fiction

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Vacationing on beautiful Sanibel Island off Florida’s Gulf Coast, Ellen Bennett has never felt so guilty—or more alive.

This wasn’t the way things were supposed to turn out. The 45-year-old successful career woman, wife and mother traveled to the island paradise for solitude and a much-needed break from her family. But a chance encounter with a fellow traveler sparks a powerful attraction, forcing Ellen to make a decision that could change her life forever.

Against an idyllic backdrop of white sand beaches, azure waters and lush palms, Ellen struggles to subdue a firestorm of emotions. David, the father of three young children, confronts the fault lines in his own marriage that lead to a stunning revelation.

Their relationship unfolds as David’s family gathers on Sanibel to celebrate their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. Tensions are running high. David’s mother is worried about her husband’s strange behavior and inexplicable memory lapses. His sisters, Julia, an over-achieving corporate exec, and Maggie, a hard-partying renegade who just announced she’s gay and leaving her husband, haven’t spoken for months.

On the island, a small congregation battles to save a beloved seaside chapel to make room for a lavish oceanfront mansion. Ellen takes up the cause when she meets 76-year-old Liz Taylor, a vivacious widow with a sparkling wit and a secret passion of her own.

A compelling and heartfelt novel, Ten Days in Paradise masterfully explores the inner landscapes of marriage and family relationships.

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15. (31) Survivors of the Sun
- Mia Kingslie
Post-Apocalyptic Thriller

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It should have been just another ordinary day for Georgia. Her husband, Nathan, had left early for work and his children, Jamie and Rebecca, from a previous marriage, were due to go back home that afternoon. Afterwards, Georgia realized that she hadn’t noticed if there had been anything unusual about that day. There may have been a greenish tinge in the air and the sun may have seemed a little brighter than usual. But the only noticeable disruption to Georgia’s plans for the day, came in the form of Deedee, her sister-in-law’s young, precocious daughter, who arrived unexpectedly to be babysat while her mother was at the dentist.

The first indication of an event was the sudden breeze that sent a chill through Georgia that morning and a feeling of unease deep down. Then, while working in the basement, her three dogs began whining. Next there was a crackling noise and Jamie’s hair stood straight up. Finally, the lights went out and she was in total darkness. Outside there was total silence.

Have you ever wondered what might happen if the power grid of an entire country was sabotaged… and not only the power grid, but every transmitter and device that we so readily take for granted?

14. (24) Cold-Blooded
- Lisa Regan
Mystery / Suspense
Fourteen years ago, high school track star Sydney Adams was gunned down in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. The investigation yielded useless clues, and the case went cold. But homicide detective Augustus Knox never gave up on finding Sydney’s killer. Now, retired from the police force and with only months to live, he enlists the help of private investigator Jocelyn Rush to clear the case once and for all.

Armed with little more than a theory as to who murdered Sydney, Jocelyn tries to lure a killer into the open. But unraveling the mystery means facing off against a cunning psychopath whose ruthlessness knows no bounds. When more bodies start to pile up, Jocelyn has to decide just how far she’s willing to go to catch a cold-blooded killer.

13. (14) Beloved
- Corinne Michaels
Military Romance

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Not enough.

Catherine Pope has never been enough. Every man she has ever loved abandoned her—from her father to her fiancĂ©. She finally accepted the fact she would never be enough to hold any man’s heart and soul.

Then Catherine met Jackson Cole.

When her world literally collided with the sexy former Navy SEAL, everything she always believed is turned upside down and left scattered. He made her feel alive and desirable, consumed her with fierceness and loyalty—which completely unnerved her. Jackson got her in a way no one ever had, giving him the power to destroy her.

If she breaks down and gives him what’s left of her battered heart—will he protect it? Or will Catherine become an irrelevant part of yet another man’s life?

Will she get the one thing that has always evaded her – to finally be someone’s beloved?

12. (-) The Last Tears of a Phoenix
- J.P. Cianci
Paranormal Fantasy

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If you could Rebirth to lose the pain of the past, would you do it?

Even if it meant losing the joy of the past too?

When eighteen-year-old Dayanara Kenna encounters the resurrecting being, Dorian, she becomes entangled in the fiery world of the phoenix, setting upon a journey to answer the dreaded question that all phoenixes must: To Burn, or not to Burn.

If you loved everything the Mockingjay stood for in The Hunger Games, then get ready for the Phoenix in this fresh new fantasy.

11. (-) Jake's Redemption
- Jamie Schulz
(Western) Dystopian Romance

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In a broken world, he faced a future full of pain. Will one daring woman be his last chance for love… before time runs out?

Jake Nichols longs for the life men lived before war destroyed everything and women enslaved them. When fate forces a temporary reprieve from imprisonment, escape becomes his primary objective. Until his new captor sparks hope, and something far more passionate, in his lonely heart.

After giving up on romance, Monica Avery dedicated herself to sheltering unfortunate souls from a harsh new society. But then destiny delivered a desperate man to her doorstep. A man she soon discovers she cannot ignore and would do anything to save.

Will Monica be able to free Jake from the vicious woman who wants to break him? Or will Jake be forced to leave Monica behind to save himself?

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