Free and Discounted Fiction for Wednesday, 01.20.16

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Few people on earth know the location of a mysterious school where heroes of the past train those who belong to the future. Ben Taylor only learns of the school’s true purpose when he is called into the Principal’s office. Miss Templeton gives him a simple test to see if he is a Chosen of the Guardian. That very day Ben is sent through a portal to a watery world of mermaids and monsters. “Has a mistake been made?” This is the question on everyone’s mind, including Ben’s. Ben’s only chance of success depends on discovering the secret of his own true self in a terrifying world where nightmares come to life.
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Winner of the 2012 Luminis Prize!
“Once I started reading, I could not put it down. The story is thrilling and magical.”

“Twisty! Turny! Magical! Wonderful!”

“…I figured I knew exactly how it was going to end. I was completely wrong.”

“I finished it and immediate starting reading again, looking for the clues.”

How does one find a shapeshifter who may not even exist?

The onmyouji Tsurugu no Kiyomori, a practitioner of the mystic arts, has been engaged to protect the warlord’s new bride from the fox spirit rumored to be near. Tsurugu and the shadow-warrior Shishio Hitoshi face an impossible challenge in teasing out a kitsune shapeshifter from the samurai and servants –- if such a creature is even present at all.

The handsome mute twin servants belonging to Lady Kaede are certainly suspicious, but it is the beautiful and strong-willed lady herself who draws Shishio’s mistrust. Tsurugu and Shishio must move carefully, for accusing the warlord’s bride falsely would be death. But failing to identify the kitsune to the warlord is equally perilous, and there is more to discover. For an onmyouji knows secrets even the shadows do not….

Kitsune-Tsuki is a historical fiction novelette, the introduction to the series KITSUNE TALES. By reader request it includes a full glossary as well.

Categories:

  • Historical fiction Japan
  • Historical mysteries
  • Fantasy mythology Asian
  • Fantasy magic
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“Honey? I think you have a twin.”

Amber Brickman used to dream of unearthing ancient civilizations with her soulmate. But now she’s the Assistant Fire Marshal, sifting through burn sites while the walls are still warm, looking for evidence of arson. It’s the life she’s pieced together after her fiancé was murdered just weeks before their wedding. Ashes are easier to sort out than broken hearts, and paperwork doesn’t leave you lonely.??

She’s not asking for more, but she’s about to get it when her mother sees a woman on the news who looks and sounds just like her. Her mother is convinced she’s found Amber’s twin, stolen at birth. ??

Amber wants nothing to do with this insanity, but the more she resists, the more her mother delves into the past, desperate for the truth no matter what the cost. The only way to find it may be to open up and risk everything — her job, her heart — but digging up her past will be trickier than any burnt-out building.

Jane Lebak’s novels have taken readers through the realm of angels and the funnier sidestreets of New York City. In Half Missing, she explores how the past impacts on the present, and how the losses of three different women can braid together into a stronger future.

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