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2 (More) Books by Indie Authors

My writing PLN (Professional Learning Network) pretty much revolves around blogs and the authors who share their insights and advice through the online blogs. When I have a question, I often go there first, before digging through my shelves of self-help writing books. Along the way, I’ve read many of their books. Here, I want to share those that I’ve particularly enjoy and think you might:

  • The Seneca Scourge — a gripping medical thriller with a twist you’ll never see coming
  • My GRL — a fast-moving story of a retirement that goes all wrong

The Seneca ScourgeThe Seneca Scourge

by Carrie Rubin


Good grief–Carrie Rubin’s The Seneca Scourge (Whiskey Creek Press 2012) was a wonderful book. From page 3–well maybe page 4–I was trapped. No more breaks for work, walking the dog, or research on my upcoming novel. I had to read. Dr. Sydney McKnight is a specialist in infectious diseases brought in to consult on a patient who has what appears to be influenza but it’s  doing something the common flu never does: It’s killing the patient. When many more cases just like this show up around the world, McNight knows they are in trouble. What comes to be called the Seneca Strain is highly transferable, fatal 75% of the time, and has no known cure or treatment. Arriving out of nowhere to assist is a well know doctor with a brilliant reputation in the field of infectious diseases, but something’s off about him. McKnight does a Google search and finds nothing matches with the man she sees in her hospital. The more she digs into him, the odder it gets, but that is forgotten when McKnight is faced with a story twist I never saw coming.
Thanks to Rubin’s in-depth knowledge of medicine, the plot is authentic and organic, with the interwoven complexities that make readers feel like they are part of an overworked hospital during a never-ending crisis. I was looking for a medical thriller and found the perfect one. This is highly recommended if you like the cleverness and insider knowledge of medical thrillers.


by John W. Howell


John Howell’s My GRL (Amazon Digital Services 2017) is the story of John Cannon, a man who retires from the rat race to live the life of no worries, no deadlines, and no one to answer to. He’s wealthy enough to make that happen and decides a boat–the My GRL–would be perfect for his new lifestyle. What starts out as a stress-free new lease on life ends up a fight for his life as he tangles with terrorists who decide My GRL is the last piece of their America-defeating terrorist plot.  Cannon is knocked unconscious and finds out when he comes back that he’s the lucky one: The broker who sold him his boat (Gerry) and recently arranged a subsequent sale of My GRL at a significantly increased price, has been killed. Shortly after, John gets a message from her parents that if something happened to her they must tell John not to sell the boat. This advice takes on context when John is contacted by the FBI who suspects that the boat’s sale is part of a terrorist act against America and they’d like his help.

From there the action never stops. It is always tight and well planned, always clever and intriguing. John comes across as somewhat naive for a high-powered attorney but that works well for the stories action. Overall, this is a great read. I wonder if there’s a sequel. Hmmmmm.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and  Twenty-four DaysShe is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.


56 thoughts on “2 (More) Books by Indie Authors

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  3. Wow, riveting reviews for both books. I have John’s book awaiting my eyes on my big fat Kindle, butI must say, I love medical thrillers and will bookmark Carrie’s too. Thanks Jacqui. 🙂

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  4. These books sound just up my street Jacqui, thank you! Nothing like a good thriller that keeps me absorbed from the first page to the last, especially those that keep you guessing and have a totally unexpected twist! Have a lovely weekend!

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  5. Great choices and reviews, Jacqui. I read Seneca Scourge and really enjoyed it. Carrie is a thrilling writer. I read John’s book, Our Justice, and My GRL is on my list. It looks like it promises more non-stop action. Nice.

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  6. Hi Jacqui – Seneca Scourge sounds ideal to me … I’ve noted that … t’other I think I can leave for now – though have seen it around … cheers Hilary

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    • It’s usually people who have visited me or I’ve visited through blogs. Or, through the recommendation of someone I respect. I don’t follow lists or forums where they recommend books in your interest area. I seem to find enough to read without that sort of outreach.


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