Free and Discounted Fiction for Monday, 09.18.17

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When struggling freelance writer, Clarissa Hayes, and her trouble-making Saint Bernard, Paw, visit their relatives in Upstate New York, they are saddened to find the family in mourning. Clarissa’s amateur sleuth uncle has died, evidently from a heart attack.

But was the death truly an accident? An anonymous note hints that her uncle was murdered, and now Clarissa and Paw are determined to sniff out the truth.

Soon the duo find themselves nose deep in their uncle’s final baffling case: the theft of the fabulous Blue Dolphin diamonds. Clarissa’s determination to find her uncle’s killer leads her deep into a world of glittering gems and deadly secrets, where each new discovery threatens to bring her to the notice of a ruthless murderer who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks. Can Clarissa and her detective dog Paw crack the case, or will they become the killer’s next victims?

This is a 5200 word short story/mini mystery. Read time is approx. 30 minutes.

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A queen in need of a husband and a prince who had never been truly loved—will they overcome opposition to find happiness?

Brianna Reaner, Queen of Aisling, has never been on a date, been in love, had a boyfriend, or has even had a crush on a boy before. According to the laws of her country, she must marry by her eighteenth birthday or risk losing the right to rule her kingdom. How is she supposed to find a suitable husband in less than six months? What will the consequences be if she makes the wrong choice?

With the help of her advisors, she compiles a surprisingly short list of suitable mates. Her top choices include three princes all belonging to her nemesis, King Coman Barnali of Gilvary. None of the three seem particularly promising. Dunbar, the eldest, is his father’s puppet. Next in line is Reagan, the biggest flirt in Kearnley. Then there is the elusive Garrett who seems to go into hiding whenever she is present. One by one she eliminates names from her list until she finds the man she feels destined to marry. But her choice is not pleasing to everyone.

King Coman has been plotting to take control of Aisling for years. Queen Brianna’s choice causes him to have to come up with a new plan—one that could prove deadly for the newly wedded couple.

†Securing Aisling is Christian Romance.

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A love-starved young woman slips away every night to adventure with dragons, mermaids and even aliens but then she wakes up.

In this unusual, Christian sci fi fantasy novel, Cara Peirce wants to help people. She wants love but making connections in real life just isn’t something she’s good at. Through an unsettling turn of events, Cara finds herself a mostly-willing participant in a bizarre life in which she only feels truly alive in her dreams. Her surreal adventures in other realms seem important, somehow. And, almost every night, she dreams of the same guy – Blaze Saxon.

In the end, only whispers remain. But the end is only the beginning.

This is the story of a faded dreamer.

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To what lengths would you go to save the world?

Elothryn keeps the darkest secret of Nälu: The cursed dagger of Raemoja. A weapon powerful enough to release the greatest evil from the underworld. For generations, his family has lived without incident until now. The hunters have his scent and will stop at nothing to reclaim the dagger. Elothryn and his son flee, seeking help, but will they find it?

This is a short story set in the world of Nälu years before the opening scene of Secrets Kept, a fantasy novel.

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After Marcus Brolen’s best friend, Rogue Bentancourt, swears that guys aren’t interested in trying to keep up with her busy schedule as an apprentice in his tattoo shop and art student with some modeling and waitressing thrown in on the side to make ends meet, he signs her up for an online dating service called BrainsRSexy.com.

After all, it won’t be all that weird…right? He’ll be there to play her wingman as always. Even though he and Rogue have never had chemistry, she deserves the absolute best and he’s going to help her find her perfect guy.

When Computer Security Expert, Tristan Macklin, is hired by Ivy Love Montclair, to figure out what’s happening to her dating profile, he quickly concludes that the problem goes much deeper than a simple computer glitch and has become an issue of the Identity of the Heart.

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Toran looked upon the other Elves in Xanti with wonder. They all had at least one Gift, they all had a trade, and they all knew their path in life. Why did he have to be so different? Toran’s only claim to fame had been the attention the queen had given him on his Naming Day. She had called him a harbinger … but of what? And now that he was entrusted with a delivery to the Human village of Kipra, he hoped great things finally lay in store – but feared his history of mistakes might spell disaster.
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The clouds in front of him began to shade over, their airy inscriptions spelling out a message of welcome—or maybe a warning—as the promise of land became clear.

Eydis.

As an accomplished Viking warrior, Sterlig Kyvansson always found a way to get what he wanted—until he wanted Arja Freydottir. After Sterlig is denied the right to marry Arja, he is determined to do anything in his power to claim her as his own—even if it means slaying the dragon that guards the cursed island of Eydis.

With his brother’s sword at his side and Arja’s hand on the line, Sterlig sets out for Eydis with his friends. When they arrive, they quickly find that the rumors of Eydis are all true, including the irresistible beauty of the Princess of Eydis, Brynja the Bride. With her blessing, Sterlig heads out into battle with the dragon. But near that battle’s end, Sterlig discovers the terrifying secret behind Eydis’ power. Is it already too late, or can his discovery still make a difference?

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When Libby walks down to the river, she discovers not all cowboys are heroes. Must she pack and move back home to her father or seek love in an unexpected way?

Elizabeth James serves as her preacher father’s right-hand-woman for many years, a good life, but now it’s time to find her own way. She travels to east Texas with plans to be a nanny.

Amidst the beauty found throughout the sprawling River Ranch, she finds happiness. But not all is as it seems. Beneath the blue Texas skies lies a tale of betrayal and greed.

When Libby walks down to the river, she discovers not all cowboys are heroes. Must she pack and move back home to her father or seek love in an unexpected way?

Only one cowboy holds the answer.

*Clean wholesome western historical romance.* Grab your copy today.

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Robin and Robert are royal twins. They are the only two to have received a Fairy Godmother gift in nearly a century, an amazing honor. Soon it was clear that their gifts had been switched and a search began to find the Fairy Godmother to right the mistake. When she is finally sighted by a knight, the family learns that the pair must find her for themselves and they only have until their 18th birthday … only 4 months away. Will they be able to find her in time?

This edition has been completely re-edited from the ground up, so whether you’re new to the series, or if you’ve read it before, don’t miss this exciting new edition.

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What if…

Murder victims didn’t have to die?

The identity of a killer could be 100% certain, regardless of the evidence?

The one person who would do this was a cop, with law and justice first in her mind?

When Darby Shaw’s calm world is turned upside down, she wonders how her new abilities to bring the dead back to life will affect her life’s desire to become a detective. But being a detective–for homicide, no less–is the least of her worries when the agency in charge of monitoring superhumans takes a heightened interest in her one-of-a-kind abilities.

What if…murder doesn’t have to mean forever?

Emergence is a part of The Darby Shaw Chronicles Box Set, also featuring books two and three, Retaliation and Capitulation, as well as a bonus short story. Find it here: bit.ly/AmazonBox1 .

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Six teenagers live on the same block, their lives interlaced by one common thread. Survival. Together, they form The Big Mistake Club. Rejected by their own families, they turn to each other and to Miss Cora Baker, an elderly neighbor. The club members would lie, protect at all costs, and even kill for each other.
Anna commits suicide. The rest of the Mistakes vow to do whatever it takes to make it to graduation and out of the neighborhood for good. Miss Cora steps in and provides The Mistakes with a chance to change their future. She gives them a place of their own, away from their abusive parents. A sanctuary, where they feel safe and sane. Financially, she sets them upon a successful path. No matter how much Miss Cora does for them, they are still Mistakes.
What started as six, is down to five. Who will make it away from the Hell they know as family? Will they keep on the successful path that has been set before them by Miss Cora and make it to graduation? Some of them will make it and some of them won’t.
Abuse, sexual abuse, depression and withdrawal, losing best friends, peer pressure, and other situations that teenagers face every day, everywhere, are touched on in this book.
“A modern day fairy tale for the youth too jaded to believe in Cinderella.” Sandra Ely, author and beta reader
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