Weekend Reading Roundup: 6/11/21

Are you looking for something new to read this weekend? Here are our editor’s top picks for this week:

Behind Blue Eyes: A Cyberpunk Noir Thriller by Anna Mocikat

For cyborg soldier Nephilim, everything changes when a glitch on a routine mission separates her from the grid.

Her thoughts are her own for the first time in her life, and new, forbidden feelings and doubts creep in.
More dangerous, a fatal attraction to the mysterious Jake, the 100% bio-human she meets.

But the all-controlling Olympias Conglomerate, the corporation that owned her, will not give up on their weapon so easily.
Soon, Nephilim finds herself hunted by her own people in a deadly game of survival, all to keep the freedom she has just found.

For fans of Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell and Altered Carbon!

The Gravity of Shooting Stars by Ash Knight


1.a natural phenomenon by which all things with mass or energy—including planets, stars, galaxies, and even light—are brought toward one another.

2.extreme or alarming importance; seriousness.

Hawken Larson has spent her life in the shadows, blending in, hiding in plain sight. She’s become a master at being alone, but now that she’s starting college away from home, it’s time for her to step into the light.

Henry Lewis has always had it easy. A family that loved him, friends that supported him, and a rich social life. What he’s been missing is someone who saw the real Henry. Now that he’s in a good place with school and work, it might be the perfect time to find someone to see who he is and what he has to offer.

The Gravity of Shooting Stars is a fun, quirky New Adult romance with some talk of past abuse, a great love story, and a guaranteed HEA.

Dead Heads (Gloomwood Book 1) by Allan Mason

Augustan Blunt is a washed out cop with a bad attitude, a drinking problem and a troubled past. Oh, he’s also dead, but that’s okay, so is everyone else. Other than that, things are just peachy.

Someone has stolen the Grim Reaper’s head and Blunt has been told to find it. In a new city where the rules of the living don’t apply, Blunt’s up to his neck in the brown stuff and he’s never been much of a swimmer.

With the aid of a woman who keeps turning involuntarily invisible, a journalist who hasn’t written an article since she died, and a bureaucrat who can’t say no to anyone, Blunt’s got to stop whoever is stealing the heads of the city’s elite. As he begins his investigations he finds things aren’t all they seem.

Who are the Gloomwood Youth Order?
What do you call the murder of someone already dead?
Why are people having their heads chopped off?
And what is in the hot dogs?

With time slipping away he needs to learn what makes the city tick before there’s no city left.

Ringer: A Near Future Clone Thriller by D.T. Wilby

Will is not himself lately…but is someone else?

All he knows for sure is something is out there. It wants his home, his girlfriend, his life.

And it wants him gone…

In the near future, Will is one of the many who have benefited from gene therapy and replacement organs that fit like a glove.

Life couldn’t be going much better for Will, but he just can’t shake the feeling that something is not quite right. That something is out there, watching.

Is he losing his grip on reality? Or is there really something very sinister going on at New Horizons Bio-Tech?

By demanding the truth, he will only be hurting himself…

Lesser Known Monsters by Rory Michaelson

Being the chosen one isn’t always a good thing.

Oscar Tundale is useless, or at least that’s what he’s always thought. He and his friends are about to discover that not only are monsters real, but some of them are very interested in Oscar. Now, they must find out what the monsters want, before something terrible happens to London; or worse yet, the world.

Lesser Known Monsters is an own voices queer dark fantasy featuring diverse characters on a found family adventure. Perfect for fans of action and paranormal romance seeking LGBTQ+ heroes.

Have you read any of these stories, or added them to your “to be read” pile? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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