Free and Discounted Fiction for Friday, 10.23.15

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A secretive company keeps itself off the radar and out of the news for over fifty years. What kind of power does it take to command that kind of privacy? What secrets is it trying to hide? Billy Roth doesn’t know and doesn’t really care. His blue collar job collecting garbage for the company pays very well. The last thing he wants to do is risk his position by asking questions, but his coworkers start disappearing and things get really strange, really fast.

“Invited” into the company by a couple of thuggish looking bodyguards, Billy is awed by the high level of security and rather impressed to learn the company’s motto: Make every person the best they can be. That sounds like a pretty noble objective, but Billy soon realizes that motto might not be one hundred percent correct. Eliminate every person who’s not the best they can be is starting to sound much more accurate.

With demons behind the conspiracy Billy’s first step in faith will be an exorcism. Is he ready?

The Scinegue Series 
The Secret 
Traitor Within

Final Battle 
and Bradley and Nicole, a novella best read after Traitor Within and before Final Battle

Don’t miss Saving Will, a standalone novel with a few characters from The Scinegue Series.

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Lawrence and Chester Stoning are twins, but like Jacob and Esau of old they have little else in common. Lawrence is a realist, fascinated by the study of science, mathematics, and history, while Chester longs for the knightly adventures of chivalrous times past – hard-fought battles, gold-filled caves, damsels in distress.

When Chester’s impetuosity engages the unlikely pair as bodyguards to a Spaniard and his beautiful ward, Pacarina, the twins quickly realize that the 19th century calls for a chivalry of its own. Protecting Pacarina’s secret leads all of them into the steaming jungles and dizzying mountains of Peru, a forbidding territory made all the more dangerous by Lawrence and Chester’s strivings against each other.

Can the twins learn to trust God and work together before it’s too late? Or will they fall prey to the mysterious schemes of Pacarina’s enemy – an enemy they know nothing about?

The Men of Grit Christian Fiction Series is a clean, exciting adventure series for young adults of all ages. There is no foul language or sensuality, just good, old-fashioned excitement following the tradition of authors such as Douglas Bond, G.A. Henty, R.M. Ballantyne, Jules Verne, James Fenimore Cooper, and more. The Men of Grit Christian Fiction series is loved by boys and girls around the world.

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An old house + A new computer program = The travel opportunity of a lifetime…to another century.

Abby Thomas is spending the summer in a run-down old house with a bratty pre-teen named Merrideth she is supposed to tutor. It’s not her idea of a dream job, but it does come with perks.

There’s John Roberts, a devastatingly attractive neighbor who is almost too wonderful to be real.

And then there’s the virtual trip to the 19th century she gets to take via a strange computer program called Beautiful Houses—also too amazing to be real! No one knows how it works, but with the program, Abby can rewind and fast-forward the lives of all the people who ever lived in the house, including that of young Charlotte Miles.

In 1858, Charlotte’s house is a train stop on the Alton & Chicago Line. And she is stuck there serving meals to the passengers, wondering if she’ll ever get to have any fun. But then she meets two travelers who change her life forever.

There’s James McGuire with whom she falls in love. And there’s his boss, a young Springfield lawyer named Abraham Lincoln. His debate with political opponent Stephen Douglas catapults him onto the national stage and leads to his presidency during the dark days of the Civil War. Hearing Abraham Lincoln pour out his heart on the debate stage inspires Charlotte Miles to take up the cause of abolition and to turn her house into a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Abby and Merrideth gain new perspective on their own lives as time and again they see God’s plans to bless Charlotte Miles and the other inhabitants of the old house unfold on their computer screen.


What Readers Are Saying…
“Loved this book!!! I read the whole first series very fast because I could not put the books down. I love history so a computer program that takes you “virtually” back in time was a hook for me! I normally just read historical fiction, but this contemporary novel caught my interest and has kept it through the entire series, as into the Rewinding Time series.”  (Candace E. Winegar)

“Anytime an author takes research seriously, I fall in love! I will be getting the next part of the trilogy soon. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” (Stacy Wilson)

“When I first purchased the book I thought the characters would time travel back, but instead the way it was done was even better.” (Gloria Baikauskas)

“Most enjoyable read. Got me ready for seconds and thirds. So do yourself a favor and buy the set.”

“A great spin on time travel, or time surfing I should say. I couldn’t put it down. Characters are believable and there were no annoying editing issues. I look forward to the rest of the trilogy!”  (Maralynda Kernutton)

“Excellent read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has a mixture of everything I enjoy reading about: God, history, mystery, time travel.”

“I was looking for a ‘Christian’ Science Fiction story and found it: Time and Again.I liked it a lot; then I read all six books in two weeks.The story has Christianity, Science Fiction, History, Humor, and Humanity.” (Byron Faulder)

“What a fun and interesting read! You’ll want to get all three books, without a doubt. Deborah Heal has the expertise to make you want to know more about our history and to give her characters personality! I look forward to reading her other series.” (Oma T.)

“They are so different from most other books I have read. I loved the step back in history. So well written. I will certainly purchase more by this author.”


Time and Again: 19th century, time travel romance novels, time travel historical, historical fantasy romance, metaphysical and visionary, romantic time travel books, time travel series
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The year is 2320. Andi Lloyd is content with her life as the assistant to her adoptive father, a starship doctor, but her secure world turns upside down when she begins uncovering secrets from her past. When her father mysteriously starts losing his mind, she finds that she can no longer count on him to guide or help her. With mutiny breaking out on the ship, and two factions desperate for a valuable secret she holds, she must race to help her father and herself before time runs out.
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Review of “Firmament: Radialloy”:

After seeing reviews of this book on several blogs, I finally decided I had to buy a copy. I have not read much science fiction, but I was drawn to what people were saying about the story’s intriguing characters. I must say, I was not disappointed. We’re talking layers of bad guys whose identities are surprising, a cocky cousin who is both amusing and annoying, a kind and semi-eccentric doctor, and his adopted daughter–21-year-old Andi–who is the main character and narrator of the story. As the story progresses, the plot becomes increasingly complex right up to its dramatic climax. I was kept guessing the entire way; just when I thought I had it figured out, something would veer off most delightfully. I wish I could say more, but I don’t think I can without giving away spoilers! Suffice it to say, I found this YA science fiction a page-turner and would recommend it to anyone ages 13+ who enjoys adventure and mystery and can handle bad guys. 5/5 stars ($2.99)


I enjoyed the second book, “Firmament: In His Image” even more!

It was supposed to be a routine check of a parched planet. That was what Andi expected when she joined the small exploration team, but when their shuttle crash landed, the unthinkable happened–they encountered intelligent life.

Now stranded on the strange world, the team accidentally angers the iron-fisted leader of the village, and the compassionate intervention of a young native named Elasson may be all that’s keeping them alive.

Their shuttle seems beyond repair, the oppressive heat is sapping their strength, and the local ruler is determined to execute them. Can Andi help find a way to escape before it’s too late?

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The drama of a Sarah Dessen novel with a quirky Tyler Perry spin.

When her parents divorce, Krystal finds herself flailing. She withdraws from family and friends and begins cutting because it’s the one thing she can control.

No one knows her pain.

Now living only with Mom, Krystal lands in a new school where she makes a single friend, Em. Together, they volunteer at a homeless shelter, serving soup and working alongside a diverse group with a few eccentrics sprinkled in.

Everyone has secrets, but who will understand hers? How will Krystal help others when her hidden scars still sting?

What readers are saying about “Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God”

“This is a heartwarming story that was written from the heart. It brought real meaning to me––of some things in life––that never made sense before. It made me smile, and also brought tears to my eyes. This is a must read. I wasn’t able to put it down once I started.”

“A compelling story that will have readers touched and unable to put it down. I’ve read it more than once and each and every time it brings tears to my eyes.”

“WOW! It is not an easy book to read, but it is a powerful book. Heartbreaking, heartwarming, challenging and uplifting.”

ReadFreely’s JULY 2016 Book of the Month-

What it’s about:
Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God is the story of disturbed 14-year-old girl, Krystal. Her life is falling apart: her mother’s just cheated on her father and had a baby for another man, her father has moved out, and her school grades are abysmal. And so she takes a shard of glass and cuts her wrist…

What we love about it:
In most other writers’ hands, Krystal’s story, and those of many of the people she meets along the way, would be unremittingly bleak and depressing. There are very few things I’d want to read about less than a teenage girl who is so emotionally wrought that she finds solace in cutting her own wrists. But CL Wells skillfully manages to sweep us along in the tale without weighing us down too much with Krystal’s sadness.

A lot of the brightness comes from Krystal’s best friend, Em, a bubbly ray of sunshine who convinces Krystal to volunteer at a Christian homeless shelter, and from Brandon, the very cute guy she meets there.

I happen to have volunteered at a homeless shelter in my youth and CL Wells’ description of the shelter brought my memories flooding back. Krystal is surrounded by an eclectic group of fellow volunteers and guests, and some of the most exciting chapters of the book are when these new friends take the reins and tell Krystal (and us) their life stories, and how God has touched them.

Things begin to move in the right direction for our protagonist – she even begins to stop cutting herself – but just as we start to think that she’s found her happily-ever-after, tragedy strikes at the shelter and at home, and darkness (seems to) overwhelm all…

Who wrote it?
I really must sharpen my googling skills, cos I couldn’t, for the life of me, find out what the “CL” in CL Wells stands for. Here’s what I do know: she lives in Kansas with her partner of over twenty years, and two aged pets. She is, unsurprisingly, a Christian, and a promoter of selfharm awareness. She’s also a huge fan of Tom Hanks, Tyler Perry and Oprah.

She is currently working on a sequel to Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God. We can’t wait.

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“I’m Mia.
I know how to write.
Why’s that a big deal?
Because… I’m a cat.”

Someone is telling the tabloids about Ms. Thornblood’s every move. Is it the housekeeper? the cook? the maid? the handyman? The detective hired to solve the case isn’t sure. Things are looking pretty hopeless until Mia, his talented cat, offers to spend a week at Ms. Thornblood’s as a spy.

With time running out, and an embarrassing secret about to be revealed, will Mia be able to save the day—and solve her first case?

A cute, clean mystery for all ages.

***Book 2: “The Case of the Missing Hero” free on Kindle Unlimited!***

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[“Clean read” edition – full details below] Anissa is traumatized by the most brutal conflict of the 21st Century: the Syrian Civil War. In 2012, Islamists in Homs terrorize a Syrian-Christian community and destroy everything that a young woman holds dear. Narrowly escaping death, Anissa restarts her devastated life as a college student in New York City. She is bewildered and lost, but hopeful for a better life in a new land.

Anissa is soon drawn to two powerful individuals: Michael Kassab, the Syrian-American leader working to found the first Mideast Christian state, and Julien Morales, her Columbia University professor who runs a $20 billion hedge fund.

Complicating matters, Michael is still attached to his ex-girlfriend and Julien is the most sought after bachelor in Manhattan (and has hidden demons that even his therapist can’t extract). Anissa’s heart and her communal ties pull her in different directions, as she seeks hope and renewal in a dark world.

Anissa of Syria might be compared to The Kite Runner, Exodus, and The Diary of Anne Frank.

NOTE: This is a “clean read” edition of The Syrian Virgin (i.e., this version has no profanity and just a few, brief scenes of minimally described intimacy without reference to any explicit details or sexual anatomy). Due to war themes, this book is not recommended for readers under 16.

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Honor. Truth. Loyalty. Love. All of these matter most to Sir Gerald. To avenge his love Alice’s death, he challenges her murderer to a duel. Her twin, however, feels that Alice never loved Gerald and gives him a tea. Alice had also given him teas, which enhanced his love for her, but this tea is different. This tea sends him into the future, to the Regency era.

Lady Vanessa seeks a Christmas treat when she hears something outside the manor. Upon investigation, she sees a man dressed in armor. Unwilling to turn away a confused man with the approaching holiday, she convinces her parents to house Gerald until the New Year.

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A pro-football season goes beyond the sixteen scheduled games. Preparation is the key to how well the game will be played. Many trick plays can turn a game on its head. All the team can do is plan and be prepared for whatever the opposing team is willing to dish out. A season of life is no different.
The season was in Samantha Shaw’s sight, completely planned and conditioned and practiced. She had her life game plan figured out, but no matter how much she had prepared, Sam never saw that sneaky reverse until it was too late.
Wiley Black’s life called an audible play on the pro-football quarterback, landing him in the game of life with the unique tomboy whose sassy mouth got under his skin from day one. Sam challenged him at the line of scrimmage and he could do nothing but pursue her with abandon.
Sam had to decide if she was willing to let Wiley call a reverse, which would surely turn her life on its head.
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Devon Alexander is a 15 year-old teenager coping with the monotonous reality of his average life. His life receives an interesting reprieve as he has his first realistic dream of a spaceship. The strangest thing about the dream is that he seems to be the only one on board who isn’t in a dream-like trance. Before he can figure out anything about the dream or his strange shipmates, he manages to wake up. The next day, Devon catches a news story about inexplicable comas taking place all over the world. Devon’s life becomes increasingly interesting as he recognizes some of the victims from his spaceship trip.

Devon and an unlikely group of other teens start devising a plan to find out who is behind the strange dreams and the comas. Their plan is not only successful but immerses them in to the fantastical world that only resides in dreams. While in the dream world, the teens learn about the power of teamwork, a new world of culture, and their hidden potential to be heroes.

Suspenseful, funny at the worst times, and just a hint of teenage romance, Lucid takes a group of young adults and throws them into a fantasy world that they only thought could exist in their dreams. In a sense, they’re right.

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After twenty-five years with Sam, their lives revolving in circles that barely touched let alone overlapped, was it time Margie consigned their marriage to an album of faded photographs? The Christmas ball at her mother-in-law’s retirement home would either be the final straw for their failing marriage or the perfect chance to reignite the old flame. Can the happy-go-lucky shenanigans of the retirement community remind Margie and Sam that falling in love has no age limit?
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