Saturday, March 31, 2012

Ghosts in a Desert World

Free - 478 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ghosts-in-a-desert-world-matthew-tait/1104561639?ean=2940011423819&itm=1&usri=ghosts+in+a+desert+world


Our world is not the only one...

From apartments haunted by ghosts both internal and external, and horror museums masquerading as doorways, to towns where vehicular manslaughter is a way of life, and highways are a preying ground for monsters, GHOSTS IN A DESERT WORLD is a collection of 13 macabre tales designed to chill you the core.

Interweaving dark, and oftentimes socially relevant themes, with the spiritual and philosophical, GHOSTS IN A DESERT WORLD will make you think, even while leaving you afraid to turn the lights out.

"In particular I liked the author's handling of the blood work. I keep saying it and no one is listening: good horror writers have an inborn ability to limit their own prose without rubbing a reader’s nose in the visceral. Matthew Tait, on the evidence in this collection, is a good horror writer" – Scary Minds.           

Fluffs

Free - Short Story, 92 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fluffs-daniel-russell/1029488776?ean=2940011161971&itm=1&usri=fluffs


Shaun finds himself committed, subject to daily interviews with his psychiatrist following his arrest for murder.

But Shaun refuses to admit his guilt, blaming a group of multi-coloured, carnivorous furballs he calls FLUFFS for the crime.

But as the taps start to drip and squeaks echo through the plumbing...maybe Shaun isn't quite so mad?          

Black Waters

Free - The first book in the Songstress Trilogy. 624 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/black-waters-maija-barnett/1107873947?ean=2940032877387&itm=1&usri=black+waters


Sixteen-year-old mermaid Abby Carson thought she had her secret under control. Who cares if after "the change" took place, she became so beautiful that all the girls at school hated her. And the boys, well, when they look at her, hate isn't exactly what's going through their minds.

But when Abby witnesses a teenage girl's murder by a preternatural creature off the coast of Cape Cod, her carefully controlled life slips into chaos. Hiding in the water until the killer's gone is a must. Getting spotted by Brian Baker, a boy from school, isn't. Neither is falling in love with him. That definitely wasn't part of the plan.

Combine all this with the mysterious mermaid box Abby receives as a postmortem birthday gift from her dad, and she's pulled even deeper into the world of shades and monsters. Once the full force of Abby's deadly siren powers are revealed, the only one she can hurt more than herself is the boy she loves.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Kindred Spirits

Free - 820 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kindred-spirits-ashanti-luke/1026938943?ean=2940011112102&itm=1&usri=kindred+spirits


Michelle Long's life is the life of a typical engineering student until the night of September 17, 1991. Jason Dyer travels back to 1991 to save Michelle's life. He gives up the life of an ordinary college graduate for what he believes--to save the world from destruction in his time, an amicable patriarch of a local church has to die in 1991, and Michelle has to kill him.           

Quantum Critique

Free - Here is a short story. 34 pages


Quantum Critique is a short story that asks the question, Does criticism literally destroy a painting?

Resurrection

Free - Here is the first of a series. 306 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/resurrection-sara-reinke/1027232896?ean=2940011115417&itm=1&usri=resurrection



Jay Frances has always found his ability to raise the dead more of a curse than a gift until he finds Jo Montgomery brutally murdered. Jo is the first person he's able to restore body, mind and soul, and as a mutual attraction grows between them, so, too, does someone else's interest. Jo's killer is following them now, a psychotic sadist who wants to see Jay resurrect the dead again. And again.           

Other book:
Eye of the Storm

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rebel Summer

Free - Here is another short story, 40 pages, Enjoy!

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rebel-summer-linda-palmer/1104362312?ean=2940011381942&itm=1&usri=rebal+summer


Sally thinks that the Civil War is just history, until she meets Zach, a reenactor. Tall, dark and charming, he shows her a secluded battle site, tells her a sad story, then disappears. Was he just an actor? And what will happen when she runs into Sean, a real live "cousin" that Zach mentioned?           

Graves

Free - Here is an excellent read.  This one is a scary short story, 61 pages.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/graves-justin-cawthorne/1020032338?ean=2940000801802&itm=1&usri=graves


When a gravestone appears in his neighbour's garden Greg Micheals thinks nothing of it. Neither does anyone else.
Until everyone starts dying...           

Placebo

Free - Ready for a scare?  Get this free nook book now.
501 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/placebo-paul-allih/1103571871?ean=2940011537158&itm=1&usri=placebo


Emma is a teenage girl who has spent most of her life being shuffled from place to place. Between her mother’s drug addiction and her sister’s overbearing nature, Emma feels she is being forced to grow up sooner then she should. Using her love for brooding music and paranormal romance novels to escape; Emma hides from this stress that she faces every day.

Finally settling in a small coastal town, Emma meets Matt, a man who she believes to be the prince that she has always dreamed of. At first she finds herself drawn to his dark and strange desires, but the closer they become, the more Emma realizes that there is something horribly wrong with Matt. The person who she thought could save her from her life, might be the same
man who could end it.           

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Honest, the Martian Ate Your Dog

Free - 613 pages

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A man on the run from his wife's wrath after selling her dog. A dozen crash-landed bounty hunter clones. An alien on the tracks of the man who scammed him. An intergalactic detective looking for a mysterious artefact. Above all, a world which is familiar but yet is slightly off - legalized bribery, cities run by gangsters, mysterious sects which believe in the power of jokes. This is the story of Normal Kint and Johnny Goolbhai the android, who are determined to get to Kabul City despite highwaymen, scheming opponents and the occasional cop on the take.           

416

Free - Here is a collection of short scary stories. 312 pages

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Four Hundred Sixteen. That’s all it takes to tell a story. A scary story. At least here. Every tale of horror and suspense in this book is exactly 416 words long (you can spend your time counting or reading, that’s up to you). Every story was written by a member of Authonomy.com.

Stephen King takes 1,200 pages to tell a story. We do it in half a page. Sometimes we do it better.

From Arachnoids to Zombies, “416” has it all. The first fifty four stories were submitted as part of my weekly Flash Fiction Friday contest. Always a treat for the readers, this particular contest was an outstanding success. We got a lot of “new” writers as well as the old standbys. Many wrote outside their comfort zone and they did it well.

So, now we have a collection of horror worthy to be on the shelves of whatever bookstores are still in business (another horror story in itself). Unfortunately, timing is everything and my Ouja board tells me that there is not enough time to get “416” on the shelves. That shouldn’t stop you from putting it on yours, however.

416 words is less than two pages. But you won’t believe what we can fit into those two pages. I know I didn’t, and I still believe in Obama.

When I first asked myself to edit this book, I thought “who wants to read a bunch of stories that aren’t even written by me. But after reading the submissions, I can almost see the logic of it. Besides, there are two stories that are by me, so everyone wins.

Now, here we sit. You, me, and fifty-something tales, tailor made to be read on a cold October night. Short, intense and eerie. You can take them in small doses or plow through with one eye shut and one open. It’s up to you.

Don’t be shy with feedback and comments. After all, a zombie can live on brains but a writer needs attention if he or she wants to thrive and survive.

Finally, if you think it’s easy, feel free to give it a try. Send me a 416 word horror story before October 30, 2011, and I may add it to this lovely tome. Thank you to Authonomy and Rachel Authonomy for inspiring all of us to rise to this challenge. Mr. King and Koontz have set the bar. You tell us if we cleared it.

And yes, this introduction is exactly 416 words.

The Truant Officer

Free - 839 pages

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To have and to hold from this day forward...
Darren McLaughlin thinks he’s having a nightmare as he watches his wife, Lilly, being abducted from a gas station in Chandler, Arizona. Things then go from bad to worse, when it’s revealed that her captor is one of the students she taught at a local high school.

For better or worse...
In Manhattan, US Attorney Aaron Eicher cringes upon learning the identity of the man who abducted Lilly McLaughlin. Nick was the one thing holding his case together against the son of Russian crime boss, Viktor Sarvydas—but now his star witness was on the run, and in mortal danger. It is just the latest surprise in a case that went against everything he’d learned in school—when it came to the Russian Mafiya 1+1=3.

Seeking refuge in Israel, fleeing the fallout of his son’s arrest, Viktor Sarvydas smiles when he learns the news about Nick’s escape. He knows that it’s now just a matter of time before he comes face to face with the man who was going to testify against his son.

With the FBI, media, and dueling Russian assassins in a cross-country race to get to Nick and Lilly, it becomes clear that the only one who can truly save them is Darren. Will he get to them first, or will...death do us part?          

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Lust, Money & Murder Book 1 Lust

Free - 250 pages
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This is Book 1 of the series.

This book begins with a young and naive Elaine Brogan as she initially pursues her dream of a career as a photomodel. After becoming entangled with a sleazy modeling agency, she decides to become a Secret Service agent, struggling through the arduous training academy. After her first disastrous assignment, she is transferred to Bulgaria. There, she meets Nick LaGrange, the love of her life.           

The next books in the series:
Lust, Money & Murder Book 2 Money
Lust, Money & Murder Book 3 Murder

Redtooth

Free - Here is a fun short story.  Enjoy! 30 pages

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In this humorous short story, a trip to the pawn shop sends Bob Hanks on an unexpected adventure.

Anathema (Causal Enchantment, #1)

Free - 661 pages

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Evangeline has spent her teenage years in obscurity. Her foster parents have the emotional aptitude of robots and her classmates barely acknowledge her existence. About to turn eighteen and feeling like a social pariah, she is desperate to connect with someone. Anyone.

When Evangeline meets Sofie after literally stumbling upon her cafĂ©, she believes she’s found that connection. Willing to do anything to keep it, she accepts a job as Sofie’s assistant and drops everything to fly to Manhattan, where she is thrust into a luxurious world of Prada, diamonds, and limitless cash.

With such generosity and kindness, it’s easy for Evangeline to dismiss certain oddities . . . like Sofie’s erratic and sometimes violent behavior, and the monstrous guard dogs. She’s even willing to dismiss her vivid dreams of mob-style murders, beautiful homeless people living in caves, and white-eyed demons that haunt her each night as figments of her imagination—especially when one of those figments is the gorgeous Caden. When she wakes up with bite marks on her neck, the fairy tale quickly turns into a nightmare. She slowly unravels the mystery surrounding Sofie and friends, and the reality of the bites and the “dreams.” What she discovers is far more mysterious and terrible than anything she could have imagined.

In a world where everyone has motive to lie for personal gain, Evangeline must decide which deception is least likely to get her killed.

Second book in Series - Asylum (Causal Enchantment, #2)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Races of Armis - Midnight Oasis

Free - 259 pages

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Armis is a planet which allows survival of many species from across the galaxy. Some of the races which survive on Armis are Dhampirs, Imoogis, and Humans. Armis had its own life forms called the Micas which had to adapt to the influx of all types of beings from around the galaxy. How did other species arrive at Armis? What was done to bring life to Armis and at what cost. A planet with a unique atmosphere must have its own secrets to bring so many unusual life forms to its shores. There are some who say that Armis is not just a planet but a living breathing life form of its own.

Book 1: Midnight Oasis

Roberto Thomas is from old world Earth. He was born to human parents deep in the Amazon jungle. Roberto is not of the human race even though he was birthed by a human women. Roberto has many secrets and many legends to discuss about his species. Roberto must feed on blood. His preference is not for humans but he will take a human life if it becomes necessary for his survival. Roberto’s story and how he came to be on Armis will keep all readers spell bound for many hours.

An End to Dreaming

Free - 294 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-end-to-dreaming-michael-matheson/1022916474?ean=2940011062919&itm=1&usri=an+end+to+dreaming


Legends of The People speak of a time before the Upheaval: the world sundering event that left a floating sea of islands ringing an exposed core. Long have they sought an end to the core God's wrath; but, the Taint, a devouring hunger born of the green world, has come to the many islands. The Cycle of Appeasement begins again, but is a world built on lies and corrupted truths truly worth saving?           

AVP Retribution

Free - 584 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/avp-retribution-peter-stevens/1107079843?ean=2940032821113&itm=1&usri=avp+retribution


An alien hunter vows to get revenge on the humans that killed his father. Taking his grandfathers ship and loading it with deadly alien larvae he brings the beasts to Earth.
After dropping the insect like aliens near a remote town the hunter prepares for the ultimate hunt to prove his worth in battle. With aliens on one side and predators on the other the town must fight to survive at all costs.
A satellite tracking facility reports to its bosses, the newly formed Weyland/Yutani corporation, an unusual object in space. Tracked to the small town of Maddison Heights Weyland/Yutani send their best agent with an army to try and capture the hunter and steal its technology.
The war begins.           

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Alinora

Free - 154 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/alinora-kara-lockley/1018304350?ean=2940000699003&itm=1&usri=alinora


She had almost everything she ever wanted. Good friends, a nice house, a thriving career. The only thing missing was love. Until she started dreaming of a carefree romance every night. Her dreams were so vivid they made her doubt her sanity. Was too much time at the office forcing her stressed-out mind to create a retreat at night? Or were her dreams somehow... real?           

The Price

Free - Here is a free short story. 36 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-price-mia-darien/1107878089?ean=2940032879213&itm=1&usri=the+price


Eloise has been following dead ends in the search for her partner, but she ends up right where she started when she finds exactly what she was looking for... even if it wasn't what she was searching for.           

The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer - Book 1

Free - This one is the first of a two book series. 197 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-mysterious-disappearance-of-kurt-kramer-book-1-mike-wells/1107395998?ean=2940011318436&itm=1&usri=the+mysterious+disappearance+of+kurt+kramer


17 year old Rachel is crazy about Kurt, but she’s not sure the feelings are mutual. When his parents invite her and his best friend on a family vacation in Aruba, they encounter a strange object on the beach. Kurt disappears. He begins communicating in bizarre ways that shake his family to the core. Rachel realizes that he’s stuck between worlds...and she’s the only one who can bring him back.           

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Do you think I should feel guilty?

Free - This one is a short story. 22 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/do-you-think-i-should-feel-guilty-clare-tanner/1107956225?ean=2940032886730&itm=1&usri=do+you+think+i+should+feel+guilty%3f



Sometimes the ripples from world events can cause waves in our own lives...

A Computer Carol

Free - 30 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-computer-carol-mia-darien/1108001728?ean=2940032908654&itm=1&usri=a+computer+carol


"Let's make sure that we are perfectly clear about the following statement: Unit 231dS7, also known as Marley, was dead. His primary memory core had burnt out and was not repairable, so 231dS7 had been disassembled. The recyclable parts had been returned to the factories for refurbishment and those parts that had made 231dS7 into Marley were destroyed.

In other words, Marley was dead.

He had been deceased for two thousand, five hundred and fifty-five days, thirteen hours and thirty-two minutes."

This short story is dedicated to Charles Dickens, naturally. He gave us so many wonderful tales and put a face on Christmas that has been told over and over again, yet that never gets old. My little tale here doesn't do the original justice, but it's written with appreciation for its originator, with joy for the Christmas season and with a sense of fun. I hope that you enjoy it!

A Cerulean Hug

Free - 702 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cerulean-hug-harden-taylor/1100744256?ean=2940011226601&itm=1&usri=a+cerulean+hug


Cris Sarast finds herself hopelessly marooned in a place bereft of other human beings, a planet similar to the Earth 100,000,000 years ago. She is devastated that, after her long journey, she can find no sign of the civilization she believes must be present. Adding to her distress is the lack of any communication from her lover who had preceded her by three years. She learns to survive but soon makes two shocking discoveries: she is inexplicably pregnant and a navigational error has put her in the wrong place. Since there is no escape and no rescue possible, she and the fraternal twins she bears are marooned for life. Eventually, her children reach sexual maturity and, as human nature would have it, both Cris and her daughter become pregnant by the only available male – her son Aron. The resulting life-threatening conflict is resolved by their love of life and each other.           

Friday, March 23, 2012

101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire

Free - This one is a fun short story.  87 pages  If you enjoy vampire stories you will get a kick out of this.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/101-tips-for-traveling-with-a-vampire-joleene-naylor/1022593821?ean=2940000893852&itm=1&usri=101+tips+for+traveling+with+a+vampire


There aren’t many resources for humans running with the “undead” – until now. Featuring 101 tips for everything from boat travel to the classic Road trip. Sometimes funny and sometimes serious, these tips will prepare you for a vampire vacation.

Revamped: New introduction. Includes a sneak peek of Book 4 in the Amaranthine series and a sample of Shades of Plaid by Jonathan Harvey.           

Aaron & Keja: Time Dragon

Free - Get this one today it's free. 359 pages


Elven Sorcerer, Lord Ky'debaul has found his magic powers waning. He devises a plan to restore them by killing a silver dragon. This dragon is not just a silver dragon, it is a time dragon. But in order for him to do this, he must send the dragon to another world where there are no laws written against killing a Time Dragon. Here on Orgarlan, it is a Death Sentence.

The Orc's Leader, General Mashanga, catches wind of Lord Ky'debauls plan and sends a party of three Orcs to follow Lord Ky'debaul and the dragon to this other world. Once there, the Orcs begin to track down the whereabouts of the elves and the Time Dragon.

The world the elves have chased the dragon to is Aaron Gillian's world. Here she resides with her friends, a dog named Keja, a cat named Chancy, Marshall who is the boy next door and an old man named Jurgith.

Keja and Chancy have heard talk about the woods of strange creatures being about. Little did they know they were in for their great adventure.
Lord Ky'debaul captures Aaron, Marshall and Jurgith when he learns of Aaron's ability to talk to the woodland creatures. He believes she is the human spoken of in the prophecy and that she will be able to help him capture the Time Dragon.
The Orcs too have learned of Aaron's abliity. They decide to seek her out too, hoping that she will help them save the Time Dragon. They then discover she has been captured by Lord Ky'debaul and must rescue her and her friends.
Who will succeed? Will Lord Ky'debaul succeed in killing the Time Dragon or will the Orcs manage to twart his plan?

Survival

Free - Here is another first book of a series. 656 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/survival-a-ya-paranormal-romance-am-hargrove/1107877924?ean=2940032876106&itm=1&usri=a.m.+hargrove


"Maybe I was caught between the two worlds. I was having serious trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality."

While on a backpacking trip in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, nineteen-year-old Maddie Pearce finds her world has been thrown into a vortex and is madly spinning toward the impossible. Abducted by a mad psychopath, Maddie narrowly escapes with her life. But that is only the beginning. Her mysterious rescuer introduces her to a world that Maddie has difficulty accepting as reality. Will this strikingly gorgeous stranger be the key to her future or will she return to her mundane world, scarred from her experience? Follow Maddie as she is forced to make difficult decisions that carry her to mysterious places only to find that perhaps it was all for nothing.

Excerpt from book…

Then, unexpectedly, three brightly glowing melon-sized balls of light came soaring across the dark sky. When they were a few feet away, from me, they elongated into long thin slivers. Moments later, the slivers expanded and then took form into three indistinct shapes.

I kept blinking my eyes, not trusting what I was seeing. I was positive I was hallucinating. This must be what happens right before you die.

Then, the indistinct shapes morphed into three men—three very tall, powerfully built men. They were identical in that they were all dressed alike—wearing black hooded cloaks that fell to their ankles. The hoods hid their faces, but I had the strangest feeling they were there to help me.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Awakening Dead Forever Book 1

Free - This is the first to a three book series.  Enjoy! 621 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/awakening-william-campbell/1026898018?ean=9780971796027&itm=1&usri=awakening+dead+forever+book+1


Imagine a world where death is merely an inconvenience. A new body awaits and we resume living, fully aware of the past, but at a price -- eternal life as slaves to masters who forbid individuality. For rebels who refuse to conform, the final solution is perpetual amnesia, removing all knowledge of past lives. One victim of the memory-wipe struggles to decipher his dreams and regain his sense of identity, only to learn of the hero he should be and what it means to occupy a body -- the sexual urges, escapism through intoxication, and the sense of self for a body, entirely different for a soul. This exploration of memory, dreams and the subconscious is also an action adventure as the hero faces dire challenges, joined by an oddball crew of fellow rebels whose allegiance is questionable. Awakening begins the Dead Forever trilogy, followed by Apotheosis and Resonance.           

Aaibhe-Shee Queen

Free - This is a stand alone book connected to the series Legend. 247 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/aaibhe-shee-queen-claudy-conn/1108022040?ean=2940032918042&itm=1&usri=aaibhe-shee+queen



I put together Aaibhe's story in response to mail I had received from my readers wanting to know more about the Queen in my Legend series. My editor kept me balanced and reminded me that it had to be stand alone so that everyone would enjoy and so I walked that fine line. Here is my Fae Queen's story and I do so hope you all enjoy.

Seventy thousand years is a long time to live without true love.

As queen of the Seelie Fae, Aaibhe led her people to a new world when their own had been destroyed by war. She accepted the responsibility of maintaining the magic-built walls that imprisoned the evil Dark Fae. She kept the Seelie Hallows safe. And though she enjoyed the companionship of an occasional Fae lover, she never took a royal Fae as her king or a non-royal as her consort.

Conall is a Druid high priest from the MacTalbots, one of the families chosen by Aaibhe centuries before to perform the rituals needed to strengthen the Unseelie prison walls. Though a skilled and loyal Druid priest, he is but a mortal human, not a fit match for a powerful, formidable, immortal ruler.

And yet… she wants him. In all her seventy thousand years, she has never been blasted with such desire—and need. She has never before laughed with total abandon, loved with all her essence.

In Conall’s arms, Aaibhe discovers she can be both a queen and a woman, but jealousy, pride, and bitterness threaten the love that is at last within her grasp.

A Lesson in Passion

Free - Here is a new twist on romance. 516 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-lesson-in-passion-jennifer-connors/1018738658?ean=9780982465509&itm=1&usri=a+lesson+in+passion


Ginny has a successful career, nice home and good friends. The only thing she's missing is love. Her past attempts at dating always seem to end badly, until a friend recommends some romance novels. Meant to be instructional, Ginny laughs off their usefulness.

Ian is a powerful Scottish laird, living in Medieval times. As the new leader of his clan, he is honor bound to make decisions that benefit his people. Tough, but fair, Ian has made a name for himself among the clans of the Highlands.

A freak accident leaves Ginny in a world within herself, the world of the romance novel heroine. Fighting off an evil band of Lowlanders, Ginny meets her hero, Ian, powerful laird of the clan McKenna. Ginny soon realizes she is in the body of an Englishwoman and is being forced to live with the McKenna clan.

Ginny assumes she must fall in love to move out of this world and back into her own. So before her hero can marry another, she schemes to win him back and hopefully reach her goals.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Call of the Herald

Free - Grab this one while it's still free. 547 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/call-of-the-herald-brian-rathbone/1023235578?ean=9781468156171&itm=1&usri=brian+rathbone


Book One of The Dawning of Power trilogy. Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war.           

Other books in series:
Inherited Danger
Dragon Ore

Avoiding Space Madness

Free - 532 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/avoiding-space-madness-leslie-k-ernest/1107485033?ean=2940032847175&itm=1&usri=avoiding+space+madness


In a semi-dystopian near future, Darwin is frittering away his time, working at a toll booth long after the sentence mandated by the terms of his parole.

Music is the only thing that gives his life any semblance of meaning, so when a mysterious turtle-like creature knocks him unconscious and steals his albums he gives chase. This lands him trapped in an ugly brown cell with a diverse assortment of fellow abductees, all the sort of people willing to chase after kleptomaniac turtles.

A sudden jailbreak gives Darwin free run of the strange building, and he encounters a world he never thought possible - including indications that magic may be real.

As he explores, he encounters a variety of aliens, a large pink bunny, a morally flexible politician, and a mysterious goddess who haunts his dreams and wants to discuss his fear of death. Darwin may even be falling in love with one of his ex-cellmates. Or is that just fear talking?

Hopefully the novel rises above its premise.

A list of authors: If this novel manages to convey a fraction of the compelling characterizations of Robin Hobb, the imagination of Neil Gaiman, or the clarity of Kurt Vonnegut, I will be happy.

If good artists borrow, then I have attempted to steal everything I can from Steven Brust.

Always

Free - Here is a steamy romance.  Check it out and enjoy! 313 pages




Elinor Prescott has come home at last...to Oakleigh, the gracious antebellum mansion that was home to generations of her Southern family. But the beautiful old house is a near-ruin and she can't affor to restore it. Elinor hopes to find a buyer who will cherish the home as she does. But she has one rule--she won't sell to handsome, self-made millionaire Cole Whittier.

Cole has the locals upset over his plans to build a factory nearby and Elinor's leading the opposition. He's got a fight on his hands to convince the stubborn beauty of the merits of his plans--and of everything else he discovers he wants to offer her.

It's up to Cole to persuade Elinor to see things from his perspective. The sexy industrialist is convinced that Elinor is well worth winning over.            

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Love Story with a Little Heartbreak

Free - 447 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-story-with-a-little-heartbreak-thomas-dunker/1100536005?ean=2940011173103&itm=1&usri=a+love+story+with+a+little+heartbreak


A Love Story with a Little Heartbreak is based on a true story of one woman’s dream finally coming true not only against all odds, but after believing that her dream had been lost forever. The story takes place in Chilton, a hamlet in the middle of the farming community of central Wisconsin in 1945-1951. This is a moving tale with an unexpected ending.           

Grey Eyes

Free - 640 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/grey-eyes-brandon-alston/1103391269?ean=2940011256080&itm=1&usri=grey+eyes

NEW EDIT 11/1/2011.
15 year old Anastasia Adams has spent her entire life on run. She and her mother have never spent more than 18 months in any one location, often times leaving with just the clothes on their backs. Despite the havoc that this is wreaking on Ana's social and academic life, her mother offers no explanation as to why it is they're constantly moving, or even what it is they're running from. But that all changes one night in the woods of Pelion, SC--the night the terror catches up with them.

Fearing her mother dead, and having barely escaped with her own life, Ana is whisked away to world of privilege and tradition. It’s a fairytale come to life. The poor girl used to living out of a suitcase is now a resident of one of the most exclusive addresses in the world. The people there adore her and she catches the eye of a young guardian who sees her as a refreshing change to the girls he’s grown up with.

If only they could find her mother. If only she knew the consequences of being born a “conjurer.” If only she knew who that green eyed stranger was, who’ll recite to her a past so incredible, and too tragic to be real. In the end, she’ll have to choose between the boy who has captured her heart and the stranger she can feel down in her soul, assuring at least one of them an almost certain death.

Get a Life

Free - Here is the first in a series. 361 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/get-a-life-laura-peyton-roberts/1102466187?ean=2940011470523&itm=1&usri=get+a+life


When a classmate is diagnosed with leukemia, the students at Clearwater Crossing High School organize a fund-raising carnival. But after they've formed teams to work the booths, the members of one group find they couldn't be more different. There's aloof Melanie, the girl who has it all, and wannabe Nicole, who only wishes she did. Best friends Peter and Jenna jump at the chance to make a difference, while football jock Jesse sees a perfect opportunity to impress. Brooding Miguel keeps to himself, to the frustration of confident Leah. And tagalong Ben? He just wants to make some friends.

Soon the carnival is over, and the surprisingly close-knit team members drift back to their regular lives. But when an unexpected tragedy strikes, will the eight friends come together again? Or is it time to say good-bye?


Clearwater Crossing is a twenty-book young adult series with over a half million books in print. GET A LIFE is the first title.

Read the entire Clearwater Crossing series:
#1 Get a Life
#2 Reality Check
#3 Heart & Soul
#4 Promises, Promises
#5 Just Friends
#6 Keep the Faith
#7 New Beginnings
#8 One Real Thing
#9 Skin Deep
#10 No Doubt
#11 More Than This
#12 Hope Happens
#13 Dream On
#14 Love Hurts
#15 What Goes Around
#16 Tried & True
#17 Just Say Yes
#18 Prime Time
#19 Now & Always
#20 Don't Look Back

Blood Ties

Free - 1044 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blood-ties-jd-nixon/1104561313?ean=2940011425233&itm=1&usri=blood+ties


Beautiful, arrogant and lawless, the Bycrafts have menaced the tiny isolated mountain settlement of ‘Little Town’ for generations in a one-family crime wave. The Bycraft women are uncontrollable, the men violently obsessive and their kids feral. And nobody in town has suffered at their hands as much as the Fuller family.
Surviving a traumatic childhood and the continued focus of sustained aggression from the Bycrafts, Tess Fuller has grown up scarred and wary, highly skilled in self-defence and armed at all times. Although glad to escape to the city at the first opportunity, her dying father brings Tess back to her home town. To support him she abandons her promising city cop career to take up duties as the town’s junior officer. But with a lazy, retiring sergeant as her only colleague and working the state’s worst resourced station, Tess has become increasingly lawless herself trying to police the hostile Bycrafts.
Out on parole, predatory Red Bycraft is a constant threatening presence, and Tess’ life is further complicated by her widely condemned relationship with his brother, Jake.
Tess’ new sergeant, Finn Maguire, is unimpressed with her approach to the job. He’s from the city – obstinate, taciturn and by-the-books. She’s grown used to working solo and struggles to be subordinate again, especially when he proves patronising and unwilling to respect her abilities or local knowledge. But they must work together to solve the intersecting mysteries of possible land fraud, an abandoned suitcase of money and a peeping tom with a preference for older women. All the while, Tess is the target of a revengeful week of escalating violence that ends in a dangerous confrontation with a gang of Bycraft men. Can Tess and the Sarge put aside their differences, team up to save her life and finally bring some order to Little Town?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Apathetically Ever After

Free - 26 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/apathetically-ever-after-mia-darien/1106971451?ean=2940032813583&itm=1&usri=apathetically


Things always get weird in Redson on Halloween. High school Junior Jake Mills and his girlfriend are stuffed in lockers, so they're about to learn just how weird it gets... whether they like it or not!           

A Diamond in my Pocket

Free - 395 pages

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When Calli Courtnae breaks the World Record for the 100m, she is invited to Montana to prepare for National tryouts. However, upon arrival using her lip reading ability she realizes she’s been lied to, or at least not told the whole truth. She's a superhuman, a Runner, and her new world includes transporting packages for other supernatural groups.
She’s paired up with an overly anxious Gothic roommate, is continuously glared down by the gorgeous top-dog, Chris, who feels she doesn’t belong, and is placed on a delivery team to transport a valuable magical diamond to a clan of terrorists who can kill with their thoughts.
Chris, the team leader, is given the diamond, but Calli secretly receives the real stone along with a vision of the future and an explanation of why she was hand selected to carry out the mission. Almost immediately the hidden diamond oozes unprecedented additional powers and abilities in Calli making her more sought after than the diamond itself.          

Courting the Beast

Free - Enjoy this story of a fairy mixed up. 170 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/courting-the-beast-r-j-ross/1103093408?ean=2940011091544&itm=1&usri=r.j.+ross


Book 1 of the Winstead Files. In "Courting the Beast" a tomboy princess is turned into a beast and the best looking guy in town has to save her! If he can beat her in basketball, that is. With fairytale curses going out of control and a know-it-all fairy godfather not doing much to help, who knows where the happy ending will come from?           

Awakening

Free - Here is a free short story that keeping you reading till the end wondering what is happening.  I enjoyed it. 25 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/awakening-a-maire-dinsmore/1103948322?ean=2940011337901&itm=145


A short story about a sudden and unexpected change in life and the journey to discovery.

80AD - The Jewel of Asgard (Book 1)

Free - Falling into the video game world these two kids have to find there way home. 466 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/80ad-the-jewel-of-asgard-aiki-flinthart/1104808546?ean=2940011378089&itm=28


Take a very ordinary, very unhappy 14 year old boy, Phoenix. He's bored by school, hates his step-father, feels like he has no control over his life. In fact, the only things he does like are computer games and martial arts.
Add a smart, miserable 14 year old girl, Jade. She's the youngest of seven girls; teased and picked on; a misfit; her own mother doesn't get her. All she likes is books and botany.
Throw both these kids into a computer game - 80AD - AND into their avatar's bodies. Phoenix and Jade aren't 14 year old kids any longer. They're 17 year old warriors, confused and trapped in an ancient world of warfare, magic and death. They're stuck in 80AD Britain To Phoenix, it's fun - a gamer's dream come true. To Jade, it's a nightmare.

In order to get home, they have to play out Level One of 80AD. They have to find the Jewel of Asgard.

To do that, they must face murderous thieves, creatures of the Dywyllwch Brennau, uncanny powers of the Druids and the might of the invading Roman army.

Can they master their new bodies and survive in Iron Age Britain?

Can they beat the Romans to the Jewel and win Level One?

Will they make it home or will they be defeated by their arch-enemy, Feng Zhudai?
If he wins, they are stuck in 80AD forever - but is that so bad?

Other related reads:
80AD - The Hammer of Thor (Book 2)
80AD - The Tekhen of Anuket (Book 3)
80AD - The Sudarshana (Book 4)
80AD - The Yu Dragon (Book 5 -The Final Adventure)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Blood and Magick

Free - 163 pages

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blood-and-magick-karen-abrahamson/1108022069?ean=2940032918318&itm=1&usri=blood+and+magick


A murdered caravan merchant, a threatened city, and a forbidden magick that could start a war.

As Marshall of the City of Dreams, Marcellus deim Lazar must solve the murder of a half-breed deim merchant discovered in a place no deim should be. The death could ignite a fire that will ravage the City he loves, for humans, powerful Cartos wizards, and the deim — the Cartos’s half-breed children — coexist in the City in an uneasy peace. Long have the Cartos ruled, but now whispers fill darkened alleys with rumors that the deim may take back the long-denied power that their half-Cartos bloodline gives them.

To gather the evidence he needs, Marcellus must confront a magick that could save the woman he loves, or destroy everything he has given his life to preserve