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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Ashamed and suffering in silence.

When Krystal’s parents separate, she is thrust in to a new home and a new school. Forced to live in the man’s house her mother had an affair with and a new baby is too much. Beaten down with life, she deals with the pain the only way she knows how – by cutting herself. 

At school, she makes one friend, Em. Together, they volunteer at a homeless shelter, serving soup and working alongside a diverse group with a few eccentrics sprinkled in. When she sees a boy from her school in the food line, he begs her to keep his secret. 

Everyone has secrets, but no one knows hers. How can she start a new life when her scars will never heal?

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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” and Book 3: “The Case of the Cereal Robber” 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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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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