Free and Discounted Fiction for Saturday, 11.05.16

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Rylie Durham is used to dealing with all sorts of people and situations in her role as a Child Life Specialist at a local hospital. Why, then, does Zach York bring out the worst in her? After all, he’s there to donate toys to the children she loves.

Could it be that she sees a kindred spirit in him? Rylie knows a thing or two about hiding a bruised heart from the world… and the danger inherent in blaming God for the hurt.

With December’s approach, Rylie enlists Zach’s help for a special undertaking — a Christmas formal for one of the pediatric units. As they work together on the project, she hopes to show him that, even when it’s painful, love is worth the risk…

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The mind can hold powerful secrets.

When Dr. Jessica Paladon worked for her friend, Dr. Dean Devya, she helped create Nadia, one of the world’s few Minders. Tough circumstances drove her away from that life, and to protect the secrets, she willingly took a drug that induced amnesia.

But now she needs those memories.

Two children—her children—Nadia and Varick are competing in a winners-take-all, losers-might-die competition for the biggest secret government contract out there. They’re fighting for the right to exist.

If Jessie can’t remember, how will she help them survive?

Interview with the Author:
Q: What makes the Devya’s Children series special?
A: At the heart, this series is about family and friendship as well as the ethical questions surrounding genetic engineering. It’s been likened to the Orphan Black TV show. I like to think of it as a more family-friendly take on those themes. The premise is that a brilliant scientist and his team created several genetically altered children who have special Gifts, such as telepathy, healing, and dream shaping.

The journal/letters style is not unique to this series, but I believe ultimately it suits my need to get in these people’s heads. I’ve worked very hard to fill the books with relatable characters. Some of them happen to have superpowers, but as Jillian points out, everybody has gifts, if not Gifts. It’s just a matter of finding out what those gifts are and how they can be applied for the good of the world.

Q: What order should I read them in?
A: I suggest the traditional order of:
– Ashlynn’s Dreams
– Nadia’s Tears
– Malia’s Miracles
– Varick’s Quest
… before jumping into the prequel—The Dark Side of Science—or the Ashlynn’s Dreams Shorts.

The prequel and the short stories can certainly be read as standalones, but they may be more enjoyable once the reader’s already familiar with some of the characters.

Q: Where does this book fit in the series? What theme(s) make it special?
A: The Dark Side of Science is a prequel to the Devya’s Children series. On one level, it’s about the battle to gain a secret government contract that will allow the research to move forward. On another level, it’s a personal journey for Dr. Jessica Paladon. Those already familiar with the series will recognize Dr. Paladon as Nadia and Varick’s genetic mother.

The story references events mentioned in Ashlynn’s Dreams and Nadia’s Tears. It explores questions like how far would you go to protect those you love?

By the way, Brian Troxell’s performance with the audio is stellar. (I love all my narrators.)

Q: Why should readers check out this series?
A: Because Devya’s Children will introduce you to a charming cast of characters dealing with some big issues. Right or wrong, the children exist, so now what? If you have the power to change the world, should you? What are the personal cost and consequences of shaping the world? These are all questions explored by the series.

Q: Can the reader get the whole series at once?
A: Readers can grab books 1-3 in a combination. I’ve not bundled in Book 4 yet, but hop on over to my amazon author page or website to get plugged in and keep up with the current promos.

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Shelby Kincaid is ready to move on from her grief. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family’s ancestral homestead so she can raise her young daughters in the only place she ever truly belonged. She plans to transform the abandoned house into the perfect home of her memories. But she’ll have her work cut out for her.

AJ Sullivan never wanted the homestead. Inherited as a punishment from his grandfather, it has sat empty for fifteen years and fallen into ruin. He’s glad to finally unload it. But a clean break isn’t possible when he can’t get the young widow Shelby off his mind.

Welcome to Misty Willow, a place that will have as great a hold over the reader as it does over its inhabitants. With writing that evokes a strong sense of place and personal history, Johnnie Alexander deftly explores the ties that bind us to home–and the irresistible forces that draw us to each other.
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~*~Melissa and her son need a new start. Jim wants a second chance. The past can ruin their future…or make it magical.~*~

Single mom Melissa is moving back to Serendipity, Indiana to raise her young son and run her new business, in spite of a painful past and the fact that the man who broke her heart years ago still lives there.

With his dad’s death, the work of the family Christmas tree farm has fallen to Jim Standish. But how can he hold everything together for the sake of his family, when his past is pulling him apart? Nobody can do it all, and there’s an obvious solution for the Standish family. But in Serendipity, there’s often more going on than a casual observer will ever know.

A new tragedy puts Melissa and her son in closer contact with the Standish family. Ignoring the past, and Jim Standish’s part in it, is no longer an option.

This is a story about second chances: facing difficulties of the past and not only moving on, but becoming stronger because of them. It’s also a story about “coincidences” in life that may be more than that.

A delightful touch of Christmas magic makes Small Town Christmas a story that ends on a sigh!

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Turning thirty and surrounded by married couples, Bethany Parks does something she never thought she’d try: reality TV dating. She heads to California, expecting aggressive cameras and competitive flirting, but nothing prepares her for Real Love, a show determined to put the real back in reality TV. The provided wardrobe is a collection of the worst fashion trends of all time, and the men, while handsome, are all ex-boyfriends of the other contestants. Her ex-boyfriend, Todd, is the last person in the world she wants to mingle with while sporting ‘mom’ jeans.

Her new friend Tyson begs her to stick it out, and Bethany can’t take her eyes off the gorgeous and mysterious Carter, a guy who goes out of his way to spend time with her, despite the clingy ex that never leaves his side. If this show doesn’t kill her career, her love life, and her sanity, it just might change her life.

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Karen Brown’s fiance treated her well, had a good job, and was the treasurer of their large church. And then he embezzled thousands of dollars and disappeared with his lovely assistant.

Reeling from shock, Karen moves back in with her mom. But when she arrives, she instead finds a strange man in her mom’s home. He’s the blunt next-door neighbor, who knows way too much about Karen’s past.

Keith Baxter—plumber and future preacher—is enamored with Karen. Only problem is, every word out of his mouth sends her into a tailspin.  Can Keith convince Karen that not all men are dishonorable?

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I just wanted to graduate high school. Fighting monsters to save the world was not part of my five-year plan.

I had it all figured out. Graduate high school and head to college. It was just icing that my college of choice also happened to be where my life long crush and the boy next door, Cohen, was already attending. I had already been accepted.
Everything was working out perfectly.

The only problem was that my ‘perfect’ didn’t involve a freakin’ invasion. So, when everything went dark and monsters, literal monsters, fell from the sky, I had no idea what to do.

Hey, I’m not your perfect dystopian heroine. Hell, I’m not even your everyday human.

It took some time, and a bit of work, but now instead of graduating and following Cohen to college I am now hunting massive winged demon… things.

Worse yet, any chance of a happily ever after goes to pot when my demon hunting turns into boyfriend rescuing, and I have to risk it all and go into the Dark.
Boys.

One minute everything is on track, and the next… well, it’s the end of the world.

My name is Lex, and I guess I hunt monsters now.
Perfect.

Looking for an Urban Fantasy that will keep you turning pages, and questioning what lies in the shadows? This series is your next binge.

Get Lost In The Through Glass Series Today!
¤ The Dark, Book One
¤ The Blue, Book Two
¤ The Rose, Book Three
¤ The Cut, Book Four
¤ The Light, Book Five

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