Free and Discounted Fiction for Friday, 01.27.17

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Life is simple for high school senior, Sienna Whitfield. With a few good friends, a camera, and a dream, she has everything she needs to be happy. But when Jordan Rubio, the most popular girl at Haskins High, makes her mad, she decides to use the power of photography to right a few social wrongs. As if that doesn’t cause enough drama in her life, she realizes she’s falling for the new guy, Lee Franklin. Strong and protective, he’s just what she needs to survive the craziness she’s stirred up at school. If only she didn’t have to keep her feelings for Lee a secret from her mom…
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A spinster wanting something different…
Anna Stuart was comfortable with her life until the letter came. The letter shatters all the routines, comfort, and enjoyment of simply taking care of her father and older brother. As she starts to go to church—against her father’s wishes—she finds a new meaning for her life, but she wants more.

Two motherless boys…
Then she meets John and James and discovers a new purpose to her life. She offers to help their father and enjoys the challenge.

One rumor that could destroy it all.
A pastor should never be more careful who he keeps company with. Can Anna and those around her see the true vision they need from God? Or will the rumors destroy all her happiness? Again.

Note from the Author: Even though this book is the 2nd in the series, reading A Mighty Fortress is not essential to reading Be Thou My Vision. That being said, some things in A Mighty Fortress would help you to further understand some of the backstory in this book.

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At the time, I didn’t really believe that anything outside my control would change my life. Or at least, not in a significant, substantial way. My life was all about myself, and I figured I had complete control over that. Anything that happened outside of my control was more or less because I let it happen, and didn’t feel like stopping it.

It’s funny how one disaster of epic proportion can really make you change your mind.

Sixteen-year-old Hamilton Dinger leads a charmed life. He’s got the grades for the top of the class, the abilities of a star athlete and Tetris player, and the charisma to get away with anything. Everything seems to be going along perfectly, including his plans to ask out Gwen Kessler, as he enters into tenth grade at Apollo Central High School.

Everything, that is, until a meteor crashes into the city, releasing the Seven Deadly Sinisters and their leader, Orpheus, from their celestial prison, and awakening Hamilton’s longtime dormant supernatural abilities. Suddenly Hamilton finds himself reluctantly allied with his self-declared mentor, Elysian, a changeling dragon, and Starry Knight, a beautiful but dangerous warrior, as they seek to protect the souls of Apollo City from the Sinisters and their evil intentions.

Can Hamilton overcome his ignorance and narrow-mindedness to see what is truly real? Can he give up his self-proclaimed entitlement to happiness in order to follow the call of a duty he doesn’t want? More importantly, will he willingly sacrifice all he has to find out the truth?

Welcome to the epic world of The Starlight Chronicles, a young adult fantasy series about a team of fallen Stars with supernatural powers. Follow them as they become their city’s resident superheroes, with all the fun and frustration of dragons and swords and homework! Look for Book 2, Calling, as the battle between good and evil continues on!

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“Completely wowed me…” -Happy Tails & Tales Blog
“Loved it!” -Just Us Books

‘If you want adventure, you have to march right up to it and kick it in the shins . . .’

At fourteen, barefoot and running wild, Rose is delighted to be apprenticed to Akiva, the witch of the forest. She thinks it will be all enchantment and excitement, and not so much fuss about baths. The reality is much more sober and practical- that is, until she meets a mysterious wolf in the forest and is tricked into stepping off the path . . .

In young, naive Rose, Bastian sees a way of escape. Cursed to remain in the shape of a wolf after running afoul of a powerful enchantress, he has lived many decades under a spell, and now he is both desperate and ruthless. But by breaking part of Bastian’s curse, Rose has caught the attention of Cassandra, the enchantress who cursed him: and Cassandra is by no means ready to forgive and forget.

Meanwhile, wardens have been disappearing from the forest, one by one. Rose is certain that Cassandra is behind the disappearances, but can she and Bastian get to the bottom of the matter before Akiva disappears as well? And are Bastian’s motives entirely to be trusted?

Sometimes the little girl in the red hood doesn’t get eaten, and sometimes the wolf isn’t the most frightening thing in the forest.

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The Archer’s crew were stranded on the violent, young world of Sirat, where they were plagued by death, disease, and disasters.

Between the fire and the ice, they will build paradise.

The arrival of a new starship from Earth threatens to destroy the world they have created.

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Cassandra’s Time Yarns
ISBN 9780938923213

31,000 words

Contents:

The End of History by Gordon Yaswen
Choice by Ralph Ewig
Noble Northern Spirit by Erin Lale
Testing Time by Tony Thorne MBE
The Artist Formerly Known as G-d by Erin Lale
The Beginning by J.L. Toscano

Art Contents:

Paradise Lost by Maria Arango
Mandalas by Lisa Yount

Reviews:

Review by Catherine Astolfo, Author of The Bridgeman and Victim

[In Noble Northern Spirit] Lale’s character is a rune witch whose sense of smell has been heightened by a not-so-temporary spell… Lale’s writing style is clever and funny. The dialogue and action flow easily and naturally. The reader is carried along with the hilarious, unexpected plots and fascinated by the quirky characters. Heather herself, her eccentric Aunt Cassie, the unpredictable neighborhood in Las Vegas, and the cast of interesting good and bad guys, in combination with the powers of the wiccan gifts, make the stories impossible to put down. I can only hope that Erin Lale has a novel or two or three with Heather at its centre. The plots would be endless and the fun wouldn’t ever stop. A short story is not nearly enough for me!”

Time Yarns is a different kind of shared world. Rather than the same characters or settings, what the stories in the Time Yarns universe have in common is the way that physics and magic work. Time Yarns is a universe of alternate time continua.

The Authors:

Ralph Ewig, from Western Europe, a rocket scientist at SpaceX.

Erin Lale, invented technical processes in iDEN and CDMA wireless communications technology.

Tony Thorne MBE, awarded a chivalric order by the Queen of England for advances in cryosurgery tools and carbon fiber furnaces, resides in the Canary Islands.

J.L. Toscano, a teacher at the Scarsdale Schools in New York.

Gordon Yaswen, a college professor in California.

About the artists:

Maria Arango, from Cuba, a woodcut artist.

Lisa Yount, from California, an artist and jeweller.

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One of the magical flower Kin, Prince Sels has a terrible problem – he has no magic. Forced by his mother to tour the Empire in search of his magical bonded, Sels is terrified of what will happen if he returns home empty handed.

A runt and joke of her pack, Arara is dreading the coming-of-age hunt. Born telepathic and telekinetic, she is terrified that her superstitious pack will tear her apart if she accidentally reveals her secret.

When assassins and dark plots threaten the Queen, the Prince and the runt must work together to save the empire before it is too late.

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Dr. Arlan Andrews Sr. has published dozens of science fiction stories over the years, often in hard-to-find venues such as out-of-print magazines and obscure publications. For the first time ever, seventeen of those shorter pieces (known as ‘Flash Fiction’) are collected here in one volume.

Thirteen of these stories are semi-serious, with four previous published poems completing the mix. A must read collection for Arlan’s collectors and fans.

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The Minivandian is the warrior who values his home and hearth. He goes through the mundane day to day things with an eye to the adventures that they contain. She is the barbarian queen who fights the monsters of everyday tasks. These are their stories.
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