Free and Discounted Fiction for Tuesday, 01.17.17

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Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?
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Lucas Thissel has something he fears: an alien species of palm-sized glass fairies called Lucent Sylphs. They came through a portal from a metaphysical dimension, and they indenture themselves as slaves to human beings. Too much neglect or unkindness, and they will cloud over and disintegrate. Too much love and their hearts are overcome and burst.

And one has attached herself to him.

Winner of the prestigious Reader’s Favorite 5 Star Award, and Finalist in the Reader’s Favorite Short Story/Novella Contest!

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Legends tell of a relic so precious that civilizations have fallen trying to control it. A Crystal of terrifying power that will open Gateways to uncharted lands and enslave all who look upon it. When the Crystal is stolen from its protectors, the world is thrown into chaos.

17-year-old Kerri’s parents have vanished. Taken under the protection of the Clan, Kerri is trained in the art of combat. She vows to always protect her loved ones, no matter the cost.

Everything changes when Kerri’s friends are kidnapped and taken through a Gateway into an unknown land rife with danger, where shapeshifting clans threaten war, and no one can be trusted. As Kerri attempts to save her friends, she uncovers secrets of her past that will alter the course of her life forever.

As the fight for the Crystal escalates, an ancient evil watches, waiting impatiently to strike…

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Heart of the Winterland

The Princess
On her 200th birthday, the enchantment that holds Princess Calisandra in a state of apathy breaks. Full of questions about her kingdom’s history and what lies outside the borders of her snow-cursed kingdom, she leaves home in search of answers.

The Sorceress
Fate has always been against Amee. Orphaned as a baby, she grew up with darkness snuffing out what little light she could find in her life. When her spirit breaks, she sequesters herself in the border forest. Powerful and angry, she waits …

The Guardian
An orb formed to protect Cali, Voice has never had a purpose beyond caring for the princess’s needs. But as she joins Cali on her journey and the spell that confined her breaks, she starts to wonder about her place in the world.

The Captain
Captain Kota, in forced exile from her homeland, swears that never again will she be powerless. Ascending the ranks of the Shayal guard, her latest mission is to find the one who has escaped Duke Bludgaard.

The Fugitive
A desperate search has brought Angel far from her home, but now Captain Kota’s relentless pursuit keeps her from her task. When she crosses paths with a naïve princess and a sage orb, she finds more than she anticipated.

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Pampered and cultured Katie Welch has had the same friends her entire life, but lately she doesn’t fit in anymore. Then her mother drags her to a remote farm town where the local kids are friendly, but they don’t know the real her. Even the grownups in her life seem to have lost their way. In the throes of growing up and growing apart, Katie discovers the most unusual boy swimming in her lake and for the first time in memory, she connects. John is refreshingly old-fashioned and wise in ways Katie has never encountered before, but it’s clear he’s hiding something. Katie is just so happy to have someone she can relate to, she’s willing to defy her mother and ignore the warning signs – until it’s too late.
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A terrorist attack that must be stopped. Two attorneys with everything to lose. Will they have to make the ultimate sacrifice?
Attorney Kenneth King can’t wait to get away on vacation and leave the courtroom behind. He only has one last errand to do for his boss―drop off a flash drive to fellow attorney Emma James. But as soon as the drive is in his hands, his boss is murdered and Kenneth becomes the next target. With nowhere left to turn, he reaches out to Emma for help―but that only puts them both in danger.

Emma James just wants to settle into her new job and provide a good life for her little girl. That is all threatened when she gets a flash drive with information on it that points to an imminent terrorist attack on U.S. soil. With her choices dwindling and her vulnerabilities made crystal clear, Emma is pushed to the limit by those who want her dead and the rest of the country to suffer. How far will she be forced to go to save the lives of everyone around her, including those she loves?

Kenneth and Emma have to find a way to work together to stop the terrorists, but it’s the most difficult trial of their lives―and the verdict will be life or death.

#1 Amazon Bestseller in Crime Action Fiction & an Amazon Bestseller in Action Adventure Romance

Other books in the Canadian Spies series:

On the Edge
Time Will Tell

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The gospel like you’e never experienced it before!

“Jesus, are you just strolling on the lake?”

They heard a hearty laugh. “I guess I am. It’s invigorating! You should try it!”

“I love this book! And I appreciate how it gives me new questions and new perspective when I read the Gospels.”

“THe characters are original and keep you guessing. I recommend this for anyone who likes, suspense and romance.”

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‘You immediately come to care about these women and about what will happen to them,’ Donna Foley Mabry, Bestselling Author of Maude.
‘Fiction though this book may be, these stories are built from truth and history,’ Pooled Ink Reviews on Goodreads.

The stories span a range of emotions and also bring to life the varied culture and social spectrum of India.
Set in the nineteenth century, A Tapestry of Tears is about a young mother’s struggle to save her infant daughters from the remorseless practice of kurimar – the putting to sleep of female infants at birth.
This collection of a novelette and twelve short stories explores relationships and the strength of the human spirit. A grieving husband resents the presence of his new daughter-in-law. Deafness has nothing to do with communication in a marriage, or does it? Women use embroidery to create a talisman for pain. Then there is the man who loves playing mind games at his wife’s expense, a family that struggles with the decision to move the aged mother into a home, and a young woman who sacrifices love for family honor.

“When I look at the trophies that line the walls of the haveli, at the stuffed heads of boar and stag, and the tiger with its mouth opened in a futile snarl, I wonder. I am a woman, only a midwife. I don’t know what it means to be a man and a zamindar. I don’t know what it is to ride into the jungle with attendants, to chase an animal, to corner it, and to kill it. It must be an act of courage because the man is praised for his bravery.
“But can you imagine what courage it takes to pour those two drops into the mouth of a babe? And the child you have carried yourself, one who is a part of your own body, whose heartbeat was a resonance of your own? Just as a man is not allowed to show fear on a hunt, women are not expected to waver in snuffing out that tiny life. Does a man remember the look in the eyes of a dying deer? Perhaps he does. A woman does not forget the face of the dead child. The child lives on as a phantom, clutching at her heart, and troubling her sleep.”

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