Free Books 18/08/2013 Fiction & Literature

“I won’t have her forced,” Jack said. “Let her decide for herself.” Amy knew her father meant it. She could say no if she wanted. But this marriage would make everything all right. They could put all the trouble she had caused behind them. Everyone would be happy again. Everyone except her. “Sentence of Marriage” is the first book in the three-volume “Promises to Keep”. In nineteenth century New Zealand, there are few choices for a farm girl like Amy. Her life seems mapped out for her by the time she is twelve. Amy dreams of an exciting life in the world beyond her narrow boundaries. But it is the two people who come to the farm from outside the valley who change her life forever, and Amy learns the high cost of making the wrong choice. “One of the best historical novels I’ve had the pleasure to read in years.” – WorkingGirl Reviews. “The story was captivating, the characters real, the dialogue crisp. I admit to having cried and laughed and even having wanted to murder a character and beat another one within an inch of his life — which is simply a testament to how well written these books are.” – AmericanEditor.Fiction & Literature

 

 

A doctoral candidate in Theological Studies accepts recruitment by a friend in the U.S. State Department for an initiative to the most troublesome province in 2006 Iraq. The many challenges of nation building expand the mission from diplomacy to a survival situation as local and international interests position themselves to oppose the State Department initiative: one vital to progress in an uncertain theater. Terrorism and counter-terror operations threaten to keep the team from leaving the relative safety of Baghdad. Until, that is, a former USAF Special Tactics operative hunting the men who want to kill them draws duty as their protector. The simple questions posed during a tribal council threaten provincial and regional stability; the conclusions reached explode into a clash of faith, loyalty, schism and betrayal that will help shape the future of two nations. The Anvil of the Craftsman, the debut novel by author Dale Amidei, will be appreciated by fans of a broad range of fiction; from aficionados of the haunting themes of Ernest Hemingway to readers of the tightly woven plots of Tom Clancy and popular titles of authors like Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, David Baldacci, W.E.B. Griffin and Richard Marcinko.Fiction & Literature

 

 

THIS IS A SHORT STORY OF 8,000 WORDS, APPROX. NOTE: SOME SWEARING. Catherine is in love with Bill, a man hired by her therapist to help her overcome a phobia. She knows the relationship is wrong, but she can’t break away. Without Bill, she thinks, her life would be too bleak. She drifts along uneasily, telling herself she’s happy. Then disaster strikes . . .Fiction & Literature

 

 

This is the story of the first professional sports league. The intrigue, the drama, the scantily-clad girls holding placards, the beheadings! Follow the Mayan Ball League from its inception as a roughly played pick-up game to the marketing megalith it became to the unsightly end at the hands of the owners and players, whose greed cost them their livelihood, in some cases literally. The Mayan Ball League enjoyed a long, sweeping history full of characters and athletes and promoters who will shock and amaze you. After all, it was so popular, in its day, it was simply known as “The Ball Game.”Fiction & Literature

 

 

Josh Greenwood and his Mom and Dad are walking their neighbors to the corner of 13th and Jefferson after Josh’s 14th birthday party when a careening motorcycle kicks up a rock that kills Bonnie, the mother. But what if the rock killed Tom, the father, instead? Or the accident unfolded differently and Josh was killed? This uplifting tale of middle class family life in America offers all three stories. In Book 1, Tom struggles to cope with single parenthood and tries to woo Elaine, the neighbor at the accident who has a past with a mystery man. Josh and Max, Elaine’s son who doesn’t know that his real father is “somebody”, interfere and grow up until graduation from high school. In Book 2, Bonnie struggles to save Josh from the influences of her petty criminal half-brother, Mitch. Max reacts very differently to learning the identity of his real father and even with the best intentions and efforts of loving mothers things do not turn out well. In Book 3, Tom and Bonnie’s marriage flounders as they struggle to reinvent themselves as non-parents, Max becomes a real player in his father’s presidential campaign and Elaine… Well we can’t tell you the rest. In Book 4, (surprise!) the original tragedy is averted. How much do we really know about anyone?Fiction & Literature

Bargain Books 18/08/2013 Romance

Tatiana Ashurst has a secret – one that she cannot afford to be known to Georgian English society. But Kit Vallentyn discovers her hidden ability to wield infinitely powerful magic… and saves her from inadvertently revealing it to everyone. Tatiana knows it is impossible for her to marry him. But how can she help herself from becoming fascinated by this handsome man, who seems to extend a spell over her more powerful than any she can conjure? Kit is out for a wife. His instinct, however, is to go through the mere motions of searching, just to please his ambitious father who wants a big dowry from the marriage. But the one woman who he can’t get out of his mind is the twin sister of the one his father wants him to marry – the one who is plain, penniless, ineligible… and enchanting in more ways than one. For Kit and Tatiana to weather the storm of their desires, they have to peel away the layers of all of their secrets, to discover the simple truth of their love.Romance

 

 

For a limited time only! Save $7.95 on this boxed set of three, previously published contemporary romances, sold separately at $2.99 each. The Italian’s Perfect Lover Falling for Alessandro is the last thing Emily needs as she recovers from the scars inflicted by an ex-boyfriend. But she has to work with him to recreate an ancient Italian mosaic found on his land. Consumed by guilt over the death of his son, Alessandro lives only for the pleasures of the present. But he hadn’t reckoned on falling in love. And love, he discovers, forces difficult choices. Seduced by the Italian Secrets and seduction… Isabella has a secret that’s destroying her. But she’s forced to face the pain of her past when she accepts a contract from her ex lover. Luca wants only to fulfill his promise to his grandmother and leave. Why would he want to be with someone who’d cruelly rejected him? But the best-laid plans can fail when faced with a passion that ignites at the merest touch… The Passionate Italian After a year with Giovanni Visconti, the passion had twisted to jealousy and control and Rose had disappeared—seemingly unable to deal with her husband’s passionate nature. But, two years later, Giovanni tracks Rose down, determined to control his jealousy in order to prove he can be trusted. But Rose is keeping secrets from him—secrets that could destroy more than just their relationship…Romance

 

 

The first time Natalie and Alex met, Natalie fell hard. Literally. The pair embark on a 3 month fling and after the fall Alex leaves the country. Natalie struggles to get on with her life and as it turns out, Alex can’t forget her either Torn between what he feels for Natalie and loyalty to his father, Alex makes a choice that will change his life forever. But his overwhelming need to regain his father’s respect could ruin everything.Romance

 

 

*Previously published. Minor editorial changes. *Novella – 21,140 words ~ 73 pages Corliss Rumdone hides behind her status as Healer to avoid the normal wolf pack hierarchical challenges. A forced mating changes the course of her life. Instead of Raymond, the beta wolf selected for her, she mates with Liam—her best friend and heir to the Alpha pair. Liam whisks them away to a shifter retreat so they can allow the mating bond to settle in private. But interference from those seeking power and two terminal children arouse past hurts and challenge their new relationship. Even their home is not the haven it should be as Liam must watch Corliss fight for the right to stay his mate. For one healer, death becomes a weapon to balance life.Romance

 

 

Pro football player Jake Miller’s game plan for winning back supermodel Hannah Hahn is play action in the bedroom. Once he sees beyond the swimsuits and lingerie, feelings of love blindside him, changing the rules of the game. Hannah owns the runway, but that success came with a price and a secret that’s kept her from trusting a man until Jake crashes through her defenses. The paparazzi love the beauty and the beast couple but the tabloid rumors turn ugly and test the fragile trust between them. Then Hannah loses an ad campaign to fashion’s new ‘it’ girl. Her desperate reaction will cause Jake to challenge everything she’s ever believed about herselfRomance

 

 

From USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent: Hot make-out session? Check. With the dreamy obstetrician? Check. While her best friend is in labor? Um… It’s Complicated. Josie Mendham never meant to have her own (radically different) set of gasps and moans a few doors down from where her best friend, Laura, was giving birth. And stealing away with the obstetrician who was consulting on Laura’s case certainly wasn’t part of any birth plan. When Dr. Alex Derjian watched the foursome enter the labor ward he did a doubletake: two dads? That defied biology as he knew it. Even more intriguing was the woman with the birthing mother and the fathers: Josie, the nurse he’d been watching from afar for months. One elevator kiss led to an on-call room soiree and soon he was breaking every romantic rule in his playbook. Finding his way into her pants wouldn’t be hard. But into her heart? That would be a challenge. It’s Complicated is the much-awaited novel that combines the stories of Laura, Mike, Dylan, Josie, and Madge from the Her Two Billionaires series with Darla, Trevor and Joe from the USA Today Bestseller Random Acts of Crazy, with Alex and Josie at the center of it all. Romantic Comedy meets New Adult romance in this 130,000 word/450 page novel that asks whether people can get out of their own way and learn that love isn’t easy…but it’s always worth itRomance

Bargain Books 18/08/2013 Mystery & Suspense

Four short tales of Victorian terror, each bound to the other by a chilling thread. Victorian London suffocates under the festering reek of its bursting graveyards Ballet of the Bones – The curtain goes up on the greatest show on earth, but is everything all it seems? The Bone House – The grave digger reflects on his morbid life, but what does his future hold? The Engineer – His creations are beautiful, intricate and for a discerning palate. Encore – The director makes ready for the end of the show. 13,700 words.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

A quick, taut thriller … not a word is wasted. — Ian Rankin When a seven-year-old boy disappears after school, the case is handed to Detective Frank Collins. He’s been looking to lead a high-profile case for a while, and sets out determined to prove his worth. But the missing schoolboy is only a trigger for another crime. Someone is intent on exploiting the boy’s grief-stricken mother. And they have plans for Frank Collins too. An Amazon top ten bestseller, Bye Bye Baby is a short novella that packs a big punch. Praise for Bye Bye Baby A terrific read and a great premise from an excellent writer. — Stuart MacBride The approach is so fresh that it makes the whole thing feel like the first time I’ve read a police story. — Do Some Damage a purely original, funny, sharp piece of writing. It has a plot that develops in an unorthodox, non-linear fashion — hardly resembling many of the police procedurals I’ve read. It’s often noted that Guthrie is one of the top working mystery writers, and he certainly lives up to that reputation … — Death By Killing A story that moves quickly, in short chapters of crisp prose, with plenty of plot turns to hold the attention, and characters you can love and others you can hate… Like Guthrie’s full-length novels, Bye Bye Baby is sly, noir as all hell (more noir than some, actually), and it just might bring a tear of pity to your eyes. It’s a police procedural filled with incident and back story, and man, what an ending. — Detectives Beyond Borders a dark, clever, funny and sad story which races along to reach a smart conclusion. A tough and lovely slice of the hard side of life. — You Would Say That, Wouldn’t You? Praise for Slammer Slammer is the most relentlessly page-turning novel this reviewer has come across in a long, long time, but Guthrie does so much more than just throw visceral action and sharp banter at the reader, teasing and cajoling us with red herrings and subtle foreshadowing, delving deep inside a mind that is quickly unravelling into psychotic madness. At Slammer’s core is a surprisingly subtle examination of what it means to be good or evil, and how easily that distinction can become blurred. Guthrie creates empathy for all his characters — there are no faceless monsters here — and in portraying the prisoners and their guards as two sides of the same human coin, he nails a universal truth about the nature of life and about the way we differentiate good and bad, sanity and madness. — The Scotsman This is Guthrie’s masterpiece to date, grim and brutal in tone, cunning in design and flawless in the telling. Guthrie keeps the numerous plot turns both exciting and believable. There is a surprise twist in the middle of the novel that stuns the reader and makes the pace even faster … Slammer is not only artful, it’s real art. — Bookgasm an absolute masterpiece, really should be at the top of everyone’s “must-read” list — Eurocrime a gripping psychological crime novel. When we speak of those on the forefront of dark fiction … Guthrie’s name is near the top of the list, and Slammer proves why. — Bookspot Central a dark jigsaw-puzzle of a book … expect moments of ‘oh, I see!’ mingled with sharp sadness. Nick Glass is an unforgettable protagonist and Guthrie has placed him in a darkly tragic, poignant, and ultimately satisfying psychological thriller. — The Drowning Machine Guthrie’s prose is a series of short, sharp shocks, reeking of the visceral brutality of the toughest contemporary noir … those who enjoy the darker side of the genre are in for some serious thrills. — The Guardian one of the best thrillers of the year — The Editor’s Notebook About the author Allan Guthrie is an award-winning Scottish crime writer. His debut novel, Two-Way Split, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger award and went on to win the Theakston’s Crime Novel Of The Year. He is the author of four other novels and three novellas. He’s also co-founder of digital publishing company, Blasted Heath, and a literary agent with Jenny Brown Associates.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

Florida has two seasons. The rainy season brings hurricanes, the dry season delivers tourists – both can be nasty.Mystery & Suspense

Free Books 14/08/2013 Sci Fi & Fantasy

The parents of royal Otharian twins Darius and Dyla have been murdered; their cousin is stealing their throne, and they are falsely accused of murder. Their only choice is to flee to the forbidden and quarantined planet Earth, but it could turn out to be a one-way trip. To return home, they must find an ancient crystal, that once belonged to Merlin, to power the return portal. When the twins stumble upon the location of the crystal, the local crime boss sends out his assassin to retrieve it. Can Darius and Dyla use their PSI powers to open the portal home and reclaim their throne before the assassin catches up to them?Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

Wouldn’t it be cool to suddenly have the battle skills of a seasoned warrior? What if the battles felt real but there was no physical risk to you? Wouldn’t it be perfect if the hypnotist in charge of your session were not insanely evil and using you as a weapon in a plot for revenge? Four friends enter into a Group Hypnosis study attempting to introduce fantasy adventures to small groups. Promised a video game type of adventure rescuing an Elf Queen from her crystal prison as elf warriors, a sorceress and a fairy they blindly agree to be test subjects. As soon as they fall under the good doctors spell the adventurers find a world of magic and beauty. Their transformation into fantasy creatures came with incredible battle skills and powerful magic. Yet something just does not feel right. Soon they find themselves in a hostile world that considers them the enemy. A world filled with monsters and untold dangers. A world more realistic than they ever imagined. Soon they realize the one life Dr Strong advised the game afforded was their own. Their only option is to complete their mission and pray it will be enough to return home.Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

An average couple suddenly find themselves in a not-so-average situation after an odd thunderstorm leaves them with psionic abilities. As they begin to discover what new things they can do, they bring in three friends to help them experiment. When attempts to share these abilities meet early failure, frustration and impatience take over and one of the friends turns out to be not as reliable as they had thought. He decides the military should control these powers, and he doesn’t care what that means for our couple.Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

The End of the Kai of the Dark Legacy Cycle details the violent end of the Kai Order – an ancient, spiritual guild of warrior guardians and priestesses who have sworn their lives to protect the Oracle Queen of Atlantis – at the hands of Maniok, the being referred to as the “Great Evil” in the age-old Song of the Oracle King. It is a chronicle of Arkan, the last Kai guardian, and his desperate attempt to save the life of his priestess who carries his unborn son, and his escape from Atlantis. Book I – Trinity is the story of Kieko, a lonely Lemurian boy of mixed blood who seeks to know more about his absent father’s mysterious Atlantean past. Constantly bullied by Aiko, he eventually takes refuge with the village priest in the Kadek Temple where he studies medicinal and culinary arts, calligraphy, and ultimately, the art of Ki sword. Under the tutelage of the priest he comes to know the grim truth about his father, and is prepared to face the horrific assault of the armies of the Atlantean Empire upon his humble world. And this is just the beginning . . .Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

Abelard has made enemies. The assassin whose name no one knows is sent to deal with him. But death isn’t always the answer. In this short introductory tale, the Assassin Without a Name makes a deal.Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

At the dawn of time, two ancient adversaries clashed over control of Earth. One man rose to stand at humanity’s side. A soldier whose name we still remember today… Angelic Special Forces Colonel Mikhail Mannuki’ili awakens, mortally wounded, in his crashed ship. The woman who saves his life has abilities which seem familiar, but with no memory of his past, he can’t remember why! With his ship destroyed and a shattered wing, he has no choice but to integrate into her village. Ninsianna’s people have prophecies of a winged champion, a Sword of the Gods who will defend her people against an Evil One. Mikhail insists he’s no demi-god, but her dark premonitions and his uncanny ability to kill say otherwise. Even without the technology destroyed along with his ship, the sword he carries is a weapon of mass destruction to a people who still throw sticks and stones. When young women start to disappear, Mikhail must organize her people to fight back. Evil whispers to a sullen Prince. A dying species seeks to avoid extinction. Two emperors, entrenched in their ancient ideologies, cannot see the larger threat. As intrigues roil the heavens, a tiny Mesopotamian town becomes ground-zero for this fantasy fiction retelling of mankind’s most epic story about the battle between good and evil, the clash of empires and ideologies, and the greatest superhero to ever walk the Earth. The Archangel Mikhail.Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

The existence of superheroes is revealed when an argument between two superheroes boils over into chaos at the downtown plaza during late night Christmas shopping. The raging battle tears the area apart and terrorizes the shoppers. Nothing can stop them until they make a terrible mistake!Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

A Horror Novelette They were only going out to dinner and a movie. But their plans go astray, and friends Cassie, Mary, Denise, and James decide to take a detour down a lonely mountain road. A felled tree blocks their passage and forces them to turn around in a clearing containing a disturbing arrangement of four deer carcasses. Then their truck breaks down, and their cell phones don’t work. They must brave the cold December air, nightfall, and a long hike. Yet their troubles are just beginning. Tension runs high between the four young friends…and they are not alone. Each step brings them closer to safety, but will they make it to the main road alive? Includes the monster’s origin story “Nightmare at the Freak Show”Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

A demon who wants souls; a child born to stop him. The demon Azazel will stop at nothing to corrupt souls, even if he has to make his own. But in doing so, his process mistakenly creates an abomination more powerful than he imagined: the Unnamed. A blind orphan, Haedyn has never fit in with the other children. But when she comes face-to-face with pure evil, she discovers that she’s not even human. She must decide what to do in a world where she doesn’t belong. The Unnamed is the short story prelude to The Haedyn Chronicles.Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

It started out as a drive down a backwoods Nova Scotia road. Oh sure, Hillman was thinking about suicide. Oh sure, the dead woman in the back seat was goading him on. Oh sure, Hillman wasn’t even certain just who he really was. Only that old trickster, Coyote had something to say about the matter. Not to mention the Troll… What Some People Say About Steve Vernon “True originality is rare but you’ll find it everytime Steve Vernon puts his fingers on the keyboard.” – Jeff Strand, author of Pressure. “Steve Vernon is one of the finest talents of horror and dark fiction.” – Owl Goingback, author of Crota. “If Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson and Robert Bloch had a three-way sex romp in a hot tub, and then a team of scientists came in and filtered out the water and mixed the leftover DNA into a test tube, the resulting genetic experiment would most likely grow up into Steve Vernon.” – Bookgasm “The genre needs new blood and Steve Vernon is quite a transfusion.” –Edward Lee, author of FLESH GOTHIC and CITY INFERNALSci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

My Story An obsessed magician will do anything it takes to satisfy his perverse needs. My Myth He turns to forbidden arts to manifest his will. My Revelation In doing so, he will bring about the end of everything. My Babylon A serial novel about the paranormal and dark desires. The story of a cursed young man who has an intimate view of the Apocalypse. My Babylon weaves elements of urban fantasy, erotic horror, and real-world occult practices, to form a unique personal tale that thrills, terrifies, and even enlightens. My Babylon is told in a series of novellas. Book Two: Rose, is coming to Kobo August 10th.Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

For nearly twenty years, the six Gods of Trivallyn have been silent and deaf to the prayers of their mortals. In their absence, the world has become ravaged by innumerable disasters such as ice storms, earthquakes, plague and typhoons. War is brewing and imminent across all the lands, and words forsaking the lost Gods are being whispered everywhere. Kaymin Numont, prince and heir of the country of Dargis, a country suffering from flooding due to its ceaseless rains, returns from a mission that will undoubtedly incite war between his lands and the neighboring country of Corrado. Neither he nor his father, the king, favor the idea of battle, but both have come to believe it is now inevitable. But then, Kaymin is come upon by a man – a very strange man who claims to be Terek, one of Trivallyn’s lost Gods. His explanations for the absence of the Gods, as well as for all the disasters now occurring throughout Trivallyn, are horrifying. They also give name to the true force that is threatening their world, a force intent upon manipulating all of Trivallyn into its own destruction. But before this threat can even be confronted, the remaining lost Gods must be freed. With their essences bound and hidden within Trivallyn’s five outlying countries, Terek bids Kaymin to begin a quest that will locate and free these Gods who have been imprisoned for nearly twenty years. Together with his royal wizard, Jian, Kaymin begins a journey that will lead them through foreign lands, political upheaval, unknown dangers, and surprising allies. The battle for Trivallyn has begun.Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

Abby Leigh is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple, unaware that deadly bacteria from a passing comet will soon kill off older teens and adults. The lightning-fast epidemic sweeps across the planet when the germs attack the hormones produced during puberty. On a small island off the coast of Maine, Abby must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her — adolescence. Colony East, book 2 of the trilogy, will be available in October. Sign up for an email notification: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Bargain Books 14/08/2013 Sci Fi & Fantasy

Something terrifying stalks Caitlin and her beloved Trevor. Something the bits and pieces she left claimed she had to make sense of–or so legend says. When the curator of their collection finds Caitlin’s long forgotten diary, she wonders will it tell the whole tale? Will it tell why Caitlin seemed so determined to tell the difference between reality and nightmare even as she continued the fight to defend her family from evil? Will it explain why she thought her world twisted? If she really became a witch?Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

Clinging to the bar running along the front of the platform, Sergeant Osric has a lot of time to think about how he got there. About how he’s shooting through a forest on a rocket powered train platform. About how a grinning thief is clinging to the same bar beside him. Most of all, though, about how he’s heading for Bytarend; a town no-one has heard from in almost a hundred years. There has to be a reasonable explanation for their silence, after all. Osric tries to think of a reason that doesn’t end in his horrible death… … he can’t come up with one.Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

Book I – Trinity of the Dark Legacy Cycle details the violent end of the Kai Order – an ancient, spiritual guild of warrior guardians and priestesses who have sworn their lives to protect the Oracle Queen of Atlantis – at the hands of Maniok, the being referred to as the “Great Evil” in the age-old Song of the Oracle King. It is a chronicle of Arkan, the last Kai guardian, and his desperate attempt to save the life of his priestess who carries his unborn son, and his escape from Atlantis. It is the story of Kieko, a lonely Lemurian boy of mixed blood who seeks to know more about his absent father’s mysterious Atlantean past. Constantly bullied by Aiko, he eventually takes refuge with the village priest in the Kadek Temple where he studies medicinal and culinary arts, calligraphy, and ultimately, the art of Ki sword. Under the tutelage of the priest he comes to know the grim truth about his father, and is prepared to face the horrific assault of the armies of the Atlantean Empire upon his humble world. And this is just the beginning . . .Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

If a whimsical fantasy like “The Hobbit” was written with the adult oriented humor of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” you would have “Kingdom of the Snark: The Quest for the Sword,” the first in a series of humorous fantasy. Renee the Righteous is a young Quester who must find the long-lost Sword of Power to save her people. When at last she thinks her quest for the sword is at an end, she discovers a catch: it takes two people to claim the blade, not one, so she needs a Questing Partner for help. Too bad Renee never bothered to make any friends on her journey, and she has to put her trust in a stranger. She thinks she has found the perfect Questing Partner in Guy Smokes, a hapless Assistant Barkeep always willing to help anyone with heaving bosoms. However, Guy might just change his mind after they are attacked by lustful nun assassins and lethal men in green cloaks. Will Renee be able to claim the Sword of Power, or will she and her Questing Partner be slain instead? Journey to a land where men are women, women are men and unicorns are jerks in “Kingdom of the Snark: The Quest for the Sword. “Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

SIX SHORT STORIES served up with a twist. From “The Best Fishing Ever”—a fish story with no fish, a horror story with no horror—to the title story, “The Murmuring Field”—a tale about love, loss, passion and alien visitors—here are six stories of the strange, the wonderful and the bizarre. “Hafford House” is a haunted house tale where justice is served up piping hot, where the barrier between this world and the next is as insubstantial as a wisp of smoke. At thirteen, “Cassie” knows her future, and that is why she screams. A symphony conductor runs afoul of a local witch with the insidious ability to implant ear worms. What tune could drive a man of taste and refinement to madness? Could it be … “Polly Wolly Doodle?” Mankind has twelve minutes to exist before annihilation by a rogue asteroid. The public has no clue, but in the offices of a computer street-mapping company, a video technician discovers an oddly-garbed man standing in six places at once, staring at the sky, “Photobombing the Apocalypse.” “This collection is a real find. Jan Strnad gives us quirky characters, sly humor, and devious plot twists. His wry endings always manage to surprise us in a satisfying way. Well done!” —Harry Shannon, author of The Pressure of Darkness and the Mick Callahan novelsSci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

 

Bargain Books 14/08/2013 Reference & Language

You want to self publish a book. Don’t you want to do it right the first time? By reading “Confessions of an eBook Virgin: What Everyone Should Know Before They Publish on the Internet,” you will: • Know how to go from an idea to a published eBook. • Speed right through the learning curve. • Be confident that your eBook is ready to market. Included are step-by-step instructions, recommendations and snippets of hard-earned wisdom.Reference & Language

 

 

Have you been told you use too many adverbs and clichés in your writing? Want to remedy it? Then this is the book for you! In Adverbs & Clichés in a Nutshell: Demonstrated Subversions of Adverbs & Clichés into Gourmet Imagery, you will find thirty-four examples of prose which clearly demonstrate how to turn those pesky adverbs and clichés into imagery which is vivid and unique. Extra writing prompts are also provided at the end of the book. Not only is this pocket guide an excellent learning tool for aspiring writers, but it is a user-friendly and simple solution to honing your craft no matter how broad your writing experience. With the convenient hyper-linked Contents Page and Indexes you can toggle backward and forward from different examples with ease. Use your e-reader’s highlighting and note-taking tools to keep notes as you read, and/or record your story ideas, anywhere, anytime.Reference & Language

 

 

Have you been told there’s a little too much telling in your novel? Want to remedy it? Then this is the book for you! In Show & Tell in a Nutshell: Demonstrated Transitions from Telling to Showing you will find sixteen real scenes depicting a variety of situations, emotions, and characteristics which clearly demonstrate how to turn telling into showing. A few short writing prompts are also provided. Not only is this pocket guide an excellent learning tool for aspiring writers, but it is a user-friendly and simple solution to honing your craft no matter how broad your writing experience. With the convenient hyper-linked Contents Page, you can toggle backward and forward from different scenes with ease. Use your e-reader’s highlighting and note-taking tools to keep notes as you read, and/or record your story ideas, anywhere, anytime. The author, Jessica Bell, also welcomes questions via email, concerning the content of this book, or about showing vs. telling in general, at showandtellinanutshell@gmail.comReference & Language

Free Books 05/08/2013 Fiction – YA

Sixteen-year-old Julia Corona is a Daughter of Fate, destined to travel through time to battle the creatures of Mythos who seek to change history. Julia would rather use her powers to ditch PE than fulfill her duties as the Daughter of Present, but her best friend Angie, the Daughter of Past, can’t stand the thought of their magic fading away, which is what will happen if they can’t find the third Daughter soon. Then they discover the Daughter of Future is Kaitlyn, the bullying bad girl who tried to steal Angie’s boyfriend. Suddenly a world ruled by demons doesn’t seem so bad compared to being magically bound to Kaitlyn for the rest of their lives. Julia is ready to kiss the magic goodbye until she meets Ethan, an intense young man who claims to be her protector and seems to know Julia better than she knows herself. He looks at her with a strange mix of longing and resentment that Julia can’t explain. Before she gets a chance to solve the mystery, the creatures of Mythos strike, opening a portal in Revolutionary France. The Daughters of Fate must set aside their differences and band together with Ethan to travel back in time to close the portal, but someone close to them will betray them, making their task nearly impossible. The history books are changing, and it may already be too late.Fiction – YA

Alexis only believes in what can be proven – until strange things begin happening that have no explanation. It turns out that she’s been lied to all of her life and she runs into deception at every turn as she seeks the truth. Her world gets turned upside down when her worst nightmare becomes her new reality. She finds herself against the very ones who attempted her kill her as a child. She must now discover her capabilities and accept her surprising new role so that she can defeat those who want her dead and protect the ones that she loves.Fiction – YA

Helper12 works as a Baby Helper in Pre Ward, the place where babies spend their first six months of life, before they’re tracked for vocations and sent to training. She does her job well and she stays out of trouble. But one day, the Sloanes, Society members who enjoy all the privileges of their station—family unit clearance, a private dwelling, access to good food and good schools—come to “adopt” one of the Pre Ward babies. The Director makes a deal and the Sloanes walk out with a brand new child. They also walk out owning Helper12—the Director sells her to them, and there’s nothing she can do but go. At the Sloanes, Helper12 enters a world where people should be able to enjoy life—with high position and riches come the opportunity for individual freedom, even the chance to love—but that’s not what she finds. The Sloanes are keeping secrets. So is their biological son, Thomas. Helper12 has some secrets of her own; she’s drawing, which is a violation, since Baby Helpers aren’t tracked for Art. And she’s growing to love the child she was bought to care for—at the same time that Ms. Sloane is becoming disenchanted with her impulse baby buy. When all your choices are made for you, how do you make some for yourself? Helper12 is about to find out.Fiction – YA

Twitch was born into the system: the system of Society members and lower designates. Unfortunately for her, she belongs to the latter group. Lower designates are tracked for a task and expected to do what they’re told, when they’re told, from birth on. Twitch has never known anything different. She lives her life from day to day, working at the Pre Ward, trudging home to the complex at night, following the rules because to defy them means imprisonment, or even death. Still, when her only real friend mysteriously disappears, Twitch asks one too many questions. She’s caught in a trap from which she can’t escape, her fate in the hands of a mad man. But someone notices Twitch—someone cares enough to risk it all to save her. She discovers another world, where secret plans are being laid to overthrow the system and liberate the lower designates. And Twitch has a key role to play. Or does she? Who do you believe when your life is filled with lies? What is the truth? Twitch will have to trust someone. Or die trying.Fiction – YA

When the grandmother she never met falls into a mysterious coma, Siobhan Kelly comes unwillingly to the Green Mountains of Vermont with her family. She thinks the hardest thing she’ll face is being the new kid at the local high school and getting used to a place so different than California But the family secret she has yet to uncover will lead her on an adventure beyond her wildest dreams… This short piece is the prequel to my YA novel A Little MagicFiction – YA

Free Books 05/08/2013 Kids & Teens

In Bilbrook Wood, the badger Beatha senses danger from nearby Burridge Farm, where dairy farmer Jake Barker is plotting to destroy her family and all she holds dear. Does she stay and risk it all? Or leave her ancestral home as winter fast approaches? This is Beatha’s story, where the peaceful natural world meets the world of power and greed, and where lives hang in the balance. These are dark and desperate times for Britain’s badgers, accused by the farming community of spreading tuberculosis in cattle. The government have rejected the science and public opposition, and are planning a cull of badger’s this summer. More than ever they need our help. By buying this book, you are supporting them and raising funds for the Badger Trust who work tirelessly to defend and protect these beautiful and innocent creatures.Kids & Teens

 

 

Watch and listen to the free author’s read-along video of the entire story, on YouTube and at the website: johndavidauthor.com “Charming, engaging, and fun. The “Purrennium Trilogy” will have your children giggling with delight at the ‘turn’ of each page.” “. . . it is just the right length for a bedtime story.” Fluffington the cat is very different from every other kitty you have ever heard of, and Book One begins to tell his special story with funny words, pictures, and sounds. It is an easy five-minute bedtime read for your children, and when they are ready, the real fun is having them read it to you. Fluffington’s story continues in Book Two, “The Cat That Was Learning How To Purr.” Book Three, “The Cat That Finally Learned How To Purr?” is available now! “The Cat That Didn’t Know How To Purr” is Book One of The Purrennium Trilogy. (Best viewed in font size 3, contains 17 images, one per page turn. This picture book is 17 ebook pages long, not 3 “printed” ones).)Kids & Teens

 

 

NEO – Network of Extraordinaires and Otherworldlies: Those who answer the call from NEO play their part in maintaining balance in our ever-changing times. With power-hungry malcontents, jealous gods, and even those with misguided good intentions, the fate of our world has oft been held in the hands of unsung heroes such as those that are members of NEO. But before NEO, these heroes and heroines had lives, loves, issues and interests that didn’t involve saving mankind. In Frailties of the Bond, it only takes one bite to change a life… After a hiking trip gone wrong, sixteen-year-old Luca should have been dead. Since then, he’s drifted from one school day to the next, annoyed by the looks of suspicion. When a vampire attack claimed his mother and forced his first shift into animal form, Luca set out for Texas, vengeance bound, only to discover so much more when Aimee crossed his path. Flesh-born of vampire parents sixteen years ago, Aimee shouldn’t exist. Magic, though, made dreams come true for an undead couple desperate for a child all their own. But this magic came with a price, a cost Aimee discovered after one forbidden bite.Kids & Teens

 

 

It was meant to be the perfect crime. When the workers building Lord Khafre’s pyramid plot to steal the treasure buried inside the neighbouring Great Pyramid, the only thing they are afraid of is the curse that protects the tomb. They persuade Senu, whose bond with his otherworldly ka gives him magical powers, to help them. But Red is afraid to talk to the dead, and Senu is fast approaching the age when children cut off their ka-tails… can Senu and his friends outwit the robbers and save their families from the dead lord’s vengeance? “A terrific tale of plots, curses and evil forces set in ancient Egypt.” Sunday Express “This book is fun… an Egyptian fantasy that goes out of its way to be historically correct, without getting bogged down with the pageantry of pharaohs.” British Fantasy Society. “I thought it was WONDERFUL… I couldn’t put it down.” Diana Wynne Jones. “The Great Pyramid Robbery” is one of the Seven Fabulous Wonders series, originally published by HarperCollins and translated into 11 languages worldwide. A mixture of magic, mystery and adventure set against carefully researched historical backgrounds, these books can be enjoyed in any order by confident readers aged 10+. The complete seven book collection is also available as the Seven Fabulous Wonders Omnibus (ebook edition).Kids & Teens

 

 

“It is a realm of silence and darkness where the evil witch Baba Jaga lives and rules in her gingerbread cottage deep in the larch trees. The whole place has been suffocated by the icy breath of winter. They say icicles hang like long bony fingers from the branches of the topmost boughs, poisoning all who dare to walk beneath them.” When three plucky krasnals discover their sister has been captured by an evil witch, they set out on a hazardous journey to the White Forest to rescue her. But if their mission is to succeed they must take a strange salt globe to the queen in Krakow, for without it their quest will fail and the malignant crone will capture them all… From the author of the Dragon of Krakow and the Mermaid of Warsaw, comes an exciting new story inspired by the myths and legends of central Europe and set in the forests and mines of southern Poland. Praise for Richard Monte’s collections of Polish folk tales: The Mermaid of Warsaw “Full of wonder, this is a stunning collection of enchanting folk stories with a timeless and universal appeal. Richard Monte captures the optimistic spirit of Poland in stories which delight on account of their magic and surprise.” Lovereading The Dragon of Krakow “Interesting, well-written, imaginatively illustrated and designed book… there are rich rewards for those who enter the fascinating stories inside.” Ibby LinkKids & Teens

Bargain Books 05/08/2013 Mystery & Suspense

USA Today Bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel presents… An old legend tells of a beautiful witch unjustly persecuted who became a ghost bent on revenge… The danger lies in not believing. On a sorority camping trip in the Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park, Becca scoffs at the story of the Ghost of Still Waters, despite the convictions of her fellow campers, Liz and Shane. When Liz challenges her to summon the witch’s spirit, will Becca’s disbelief seal her fate?Mystery & Suspense

 

 

In a small Florida beach town, Sherri Travis is a bartender with attitude and a woman with an inconveniently murdered husband who turns out to be as much trouble to her dead as he was alive.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

Interior Decorator Madison Night has modeled her life after a character in a Doris Day movie, but when a killer targets women dressed like the bubbly actress, Madison’s signature sixties style places her in the middle of a homicide investigation. The local detective connects the new crimes to a twenty-year-old cold case, and Madison’s long-trusted contractor emerges as the leading suspect. As the body count piles up like a stack of plush pillows, Madison uncovers a former spy, a campaign to destroy all Doris Day movies, and six minutes of film that will change her life forever.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

April 1965. After struggling for twenty years to suppress his nightmare memories of the Nazis’ Final Solution, fifty year old London diamond merchant Samuel Baruch learns he has cancer. He decides to devote all his energies to pursuing Giessler, the man he blames for the death of his young wife amid the horrors of the Holocaust. Samuel’s quest takes him to Vienna, where he meets private detective Esther Szabo, and together they set out to unravel the mystery of Giessler’s disappearance in 1945. During the dark days of the war, Samuel’s and Giessler’s lives had been bound together by a highly classified secret. Now they are once again drawn together on a collision course as a desperate game of cat and mouse develops – but who is the pursuer and who the prey? As the action ranges across two continents, only one question matters – who will strike first? The reader is kept guessing as the tension builds to a climax which brings a startling revelation.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

The Deadliest Weapon Against Mankind has been Unleashed. CIA operative, Ridley Fox, never stopped hunting his fiancée’s killers–a weapons consortium called The Arms of Ares. When an informant leads him to an old bunker outside of Groznyy, Chechnya, Fox is captured, beaten, and left for dead. When the informant rescues him, Fox learns that his capture was no coincidence: someone had set him up–possibly another government agent. Fox barely escapes after learning that Ares has acquired a hyperdeadly microbe–called Pandora–that is believed to have wiped out ancient civilizations. The trail leads Fox to Tokyo where he discovers that people within the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Japanese Intelligence want Pandora for themselves. The only person Fox can trust is a woman from his past who he nearly got killed.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

For fans of Barry Eisler and Robert Ludlum. A three-course story collection with a side-order of revenge. Crème Brûlée Rogue operative, Monique Beauvais, cons a software genius into selling her a coveted technology that would allow its user to control CIA drones while they’re in flight. And she will go as far as killing him in public in order to have it. To the Last Bite A renowned food critic—whose scathing reviews have closed down restaurants—gets a savoury surprise. Shashlyk and Morezhenoe CIA operative, Ridley Fox, leads a team against one of Russia’s most powerful crime families. He discovers secrets, but not one that he was expecting to find. Three stories with three consequences. All containing three Unsavory Delicacies. ***Caution*** Readers are strongly advised NOT to eat while reading To The Last Bite.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

 

Bargain Books 05/08/2013 Fiction – YA

Professor Kompressor is an inventor. He is excellent at inventing, but the inventions don’t always work out as intended. In fact, they very rarely do. The Professor is back and this time he may be going too far. In this set of stories he faces serious challenges, from the environment and the weather to his own feelings. The results of his inventions are, as usual, unpredictable. How could he have known that it would be a bad idea to use a black hole as a rubbish bin? What could possibly go wrong with a love machine, intended to make people kinder and more generous? Why should you avoid tinkering with the climate? This book, which is aimed at children of all ages, is intended to inspire developing minds. The Professor is a fictional character and the adventures are completely made up. Yet, the various episodes draw on ideas from science and the modern world. They show that you can have a lot of fun with science and technology, especially if you allow for a little bit of creative mis-interpretation. From Professor Nils Andersson, an authority on matters of gravity and the extremes of our weird and wonderful Universe. Reader’s views of Professor Kompressor: “The best professor ever!” “Why are clever people so stupid sometimes?” “Any secret or eccentric inventors in your household will enjoy this cleverly written book.”Fiction – YA

 

 

Colby Blanchard had it all… Head cheerleader. Popular friends. Hottest date and a no-brainer for Homecoming Court. Colby’s got a nearly-perfect life – ask anybody. … until she gets bit. Some random vamp gets his fangs into her, and suddenly everything’s different. She’s different. To make matters worse, she’s only a half-blood vampire, not a full one. Now, instead of Homecoming Queen who rules the school, she’s a mongrel of the vampire community – and they’re giving her just one week to justify her existence, or they’ll “relieve her of her Undead status” . She gets the feeling that doesn’t mean just kicking her out of their clique. And she thought getting into college was going to be her biggest problem. With the clock ticking, Colby has to prove herself by finding the Rogue Vampire who tried to turn her. Colby discovers some hidden strengths, and some unlikely allies – including Thomas, a Vampire Investigator who would be really hot if he weren’t the guy most likely to kill her when her number’s up. As she digs she uncovers a conspiracy, and is offered a deal: her life, or the lives of all the half-blood vampires. Does she cut the deal, to get back all she lost? Or does she stand for the mongrels she’s accidentally joined?Fiction – YA

 

 

Storm Phase A teenage wizard burdened with a mysterious destiny, a cat-girl ninja he can’t help but fall for, and a bat-winged daemon that doubles as a diary embark on a journey of self-discovery in a world teeming with monsters and magic. Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson and Avatar: the Last Airbender, this enchanting Asian-inspired fantasy series delivers fast-paced adventure for readers young and old. Book 1: The Storm Dragon’s Heart Turesobei dreams of adventure and a chance to prove he’s no longer a child. Wizards should be careful what they wish for. Destined to become his clan’s next and perhaps greatest ever high wizard, Turesobei feels smothered under everyone’s expectations. And he’s fed up with people treating him like he’s still a child, especially his grandfather, the current high wizard. After foiling an assassination attempt on his treasure-hunting dad, his grandfather sends Turesobei on his father’s expedition to find a powerful artifact known as the Storm Dragon’s Heart. He’s supposed to blow off some steam and get a dose of real world experience. But disaster strikes, and their quest becomes a race for survival. Aided by a sassy ninja cat-girl and a mysterious diary that transforms into a bat-winged familiar, Turesobei battles sinister cultists, vengeful spirits, and a mad wizard from a rival clan who’s determined to use the artifact to destroy Turesobei’s homeland. To fail is to lose everyone he loves, but success carries a terrible price.Fiction – YA