Free fiction Kindle books for 04 Dec 13

Waking Kate

by Sarah Addison Allen

From Sarah Addison Allen, the beloved author of Garden Spells, comes Waking Kate, a story about a woman who soon will face an unforeseen change in her life. One sticky summer day as Kate is waiting for her husband to come home from his bicycle shop, she spots her distinguished neighbor returning from his last day of work after eighty-six years at Atlanta’s oldest men’s clothing store. Over a cup of butter coffee, he tells Kate a story of love and heartbreak that makes her remember her past, question her present, and wonder what the future will bring.    

The Contenders: Excerpts from the 2013 National Book Award Fiction Finalists

by Various

The Contenders: Excerpts from the 2013 National Book Award Fiction Finalists brings together samples of the five Finalists for the National Book Award in Fiction selected by a panel of five experts from over 400 submitted books. The finalists are The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner, The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, The Good Lord Bird by James McBride, Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon, and Tenth of December by George Saunders. The winner will be announced at the 64th National Book Awards on November 20.

Dead End Job

by Ingrid Reinke

Get Ingrid Reinke’s award-winning debut novel!!!!


Kirkus Reviews *Starred Review,* a rare honor given to books of “remarkable merit”

From Kirkus:

A fun-filled tale of new beginnings, sudden endings and the lighter side of the daily grind.

After a professional and personal meltdown in Orange County, Louisa “Lulu” Hallstrom packs her things and returns home to Seattle. With her $80,000-a-year job firmly in the rearview, Louisa takes the first job availableâ??an entry-level admin position working for a lazy, mentally unbalanced boss. In desperate need of an apartment, Louisa hooks up with an old college friend who has morphed into a slovenly, militant environmentalist with a horrifying lack of domestic skills and hygiene. Louisa, her love life in similar shambles, finds herself at the mercy of online dating and its resulting grotesqueries. Her bad luck is compounded when she finds the body of a co-worker and becomes a suspect, a misfortune that’s surpassed by another concern: She might be the next victim. The engaging, unwitting Louisa helps first-time author Reinke successfully capture the fresh style of a light, well-paced mystery, impressively rendered with interesting, multidimensional characters. Reinke’s humorous, witty voice is accessorized by easygoing and accessible prose. Despite a few imperfectionsâ??slightly contrived dialogue, for exampleâ??Reinke wisely refrains from getting too fancy with inorganic plot twists; instead, she simply lets the story speak for itself. Louisa is a funny, endearing, self-deprecating and, above all, relatable heroine, whom just about every woman can relate to as she navigates a turbulent life, with a few laughs along the way. Hopefully we’ll be hearing more soon from Reinke and Louisa.

A refreshing, humorous read that strikes a winning balance between chick lit and light mystery.

Veiled Destiny

by Shirin Humzani

The most important fact about Ehla’s life has been hidden from her.

Ehla is beautiful and intelligent, but she lives a sheltered life at her father’s estate in the mountains of Pakistan. Her quiet world is shattered when her father’s friends arrive with their son, who brings with him a mysterious stranger. Ehla fears an arranged marriage, but the truth lies far beyond her imagination.

Asfand remembers Ehla, though she has forgotten him. He is determined to outwit Ehla’s father and will do anything to reclaim what is rightly his.

To protect their honor and achieve their hearts’ desires, Ehla and Asfand must confront her father, tradition, and one another. Victory can come only through repentance and forgiveness.

This contemporary romance will appeal to readers looking for exotic romance and family drama. It examines how tribal culture affects women’s issues in South Asia.

The Cistern Mission – A Short Story

by Michael Dadich

Evolved Publishing presents a wild journey to a sister planet of Earth, in The Cistern Mission by Michael Dadich. This short story is a prequel to the multiple award-winning novel The Silver Sphere. At just under 3,600 words, it’s the perfect short distraction from your busy day. [YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi] [DRM-Free]

We have included a four chapter sneak peak from The Silver Sphere novel in this edition.
Short Story, Young Adult, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Captain Rostand knows the importance of his undercover mission. The families of Azimuth’s proud officers have just been slaughtered as a statement by the evil dictator Hideux. But how did Hideux know where Azimuth’s forces were hidden? How could his Nightlander army be one step ahead of the powerful Azimuth Alliance at every turn?
The hard truths he discovers on his quest for justice may mark the incendiary beginning of the war of all wars. Will Azimuth survive the great onslaught?


If you like this story, be sure to check out the novel upon which this was based, The Silver Sphere, the winner of several prestigious awards, including Mom’s Choice Awards and Wise Bear Awards.

I Do?

by Frank Gresham

In life choices should be made precise according to what’s in your best interest. I do? Shouldn’t be words of question.

In this love story will Denise Kennedy allow emotions to determine her fate, when she’s faced with having to make the biggest decision of her life? And if she does choose will she make the right one.

Run With Me (Discovery Series)

by Christy Major

Six weeks.

Six long weeks in the remote woods of Montana with no human contact besides my brainiac archaeologist parents and their team of assorted nerds. I’ll be cut off from everything – my friends, the track team, every social event imaginable. Why don’t they just stuff me into a pod and launch me into outer space?

How will I, Olivia Bradford, age seventeen, ever survive this summer?

~ * ~


Ones I do not welcome. Ones I cannot ignore.

My life had been so simple among my hidden tribe in our quiet village. Now everything is different, uncertain, unknown. Each day brings something else I did not expect. Ninae, my grandmother, says I must accept the changes and protect our tribe, but I am no one special.

How will I, Jobah Everleaf, seventeen winters old, ever find my purpose?

~ * ~

A run in the woods might give them both answers. It might also raise more questions.


by Rose Caraway

Eve has always known that she was sexually sprung. And when she meets Adam, she’s ready to give him her virginity. But there’s something wrong. Adam isn’t interested and Eve doesn’t understand why. When he presents her with an invitation to a traveling hypnotist show, something happens within her, something dark, and she feels a familiar calling. Eve feels destiny pulling at her veins, leading her into the hypnotist’s mysterious tent. She finds herself surrounded by an expanse of women unabashedly engaged in erotic passion and Eve discovers that she can’t look away. She wants to fall into the sea of sin, but knows that she should deny the dark temptation. Just when she thinks she has a firm grip, a voice, deep and seductive, whispers into her ear and caresses her skin. It’s the hypnotist. And Eve can’t deny him.

This Christmas

by Karina Gioertz

It’s Christmas time, school is out and Anna is headed home for the Holidays along with the rest of the student body. When she realizes that her friend and roommate, Danielle, has nowhere to go, she promptly decides to bring her home to meet the familyâ?¦crazy as it may be. Danielle is in for quite a shock when she finds out just exactly what Anna means by “My mother loves strays”.
Not only are there dogs and cats galore, a pet pig and a squirrel named Lucy, there is also an entire family that doesn’t exactly have matching DNA. The shock quickly wears off when Danielle meets good looking Lindsay, Anna’s best friend and the eldest of the â??stray’ family. It doesn’t take her long to convince a hesitant Anna to set her up with him. This only opens the door to awkward moments, misunderstandings and surprise encounters under the mistletoe.
While Anna has always been comfortable with the way things are at home, seeing things through Danielle’s eyes suddenly turns her world upside down and makes her confront feelings she never even knew she had. The Holidays are sure to be interesting as Anna figures out just what exactly it is she wants â??This Christmas’.

The Agency

by Erin Ann McBride

This is the mostly true story of what it was really like to work for Patty Malone at the Blue Agency, “a cutting-edge, Web 2.0, marketing and advertising firm offering the latest in digital services to advanced technology companies.” Names have been changed to protect the identify of the innocent people who worked at the mercy of the Wicked Witch of Marketing. Between the lies, bounced paychecks, and celebrity romances, life was never dull at the Blue Agency.


Mother Lode

by Bob Bernstein

Captain Jim Noble has two young SCUBA divers working with him to help in the harvest of Maine’s spiny urchin. The critter is prized for its yellow and orange roe, holding its place proudly as number two among the most valuable of the state’s bottom dwellers, the other being Homarus Americanus, the renowned American lobster. Unfortunately for Jim, one of his crew has an attitude, a bad one, the kind of attitude that wears on your soul. If things were different, he would pack it in, head home, and tell his insubordinate shipmate to never come back. But the old Novi boat is more than halfway across the bay, and despite the high wind and bitter cold, they all need the money. With tempers flaring and personalities at odds, the three men find a remote ledge at the farthest end of the bay. It’s sheltered from the Atlantic and yet still exposed to a nasty chop and the occasional growler that finds its way around the head. After anchoring the big boat, the men don their gear, board the tender and strike off toward a breaking shoal, not realizing they’re headed to the edge of their own destruction.

The Running Game (Reachers)

by L E Fitzpatrick

Her father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes. Always be ready to run because they’ll always be coming for you. Whatever happens, they’ll always be coming for you.

Rachel had let her guard down and they had found her. She could run now, leave the city and try her luck beyond the borders, but with no money and a dark secret to hide her chances of survival are slim.

But then she meets two brothers with a dangerous past and secrets of their own. Can they help her turn the game around?

This is the first installment of the Reacher series. Set in a grim and not too distant future, this urban thriller will keep you hooked until the last page.

Paper Lanterns (Sketchbooks)

by Emmaline Westlund

Prom is fast approaching as Sarah McIntosh and her best friend Jade D’Marco race to finish their dresses. But does Sarah really have a prom date? And what is it with that weird painting in the studio? In the second installment of the Sketchbooks Series, Sarah will discover things she’ll wish would have remained hidden.

Polite Society

by Colleen Sohn

In a small Oregon town, the widowed Sharon connects with her long-dead husband via secret acts of sabotage, of the variety that are meant for good, not ill. In this same town, Serena, a girl of ten, happily lives with her grandmother; her parents on the fringe of her life, giving money, books, and little else. Out of the blue, Bob Barker, of The Price is Right fame, begins to visit Serena in her dreams, providing glimpses of the future and the past, and uniting her with Sharon the saboteur. The pair forge an unusual friendship, and everyone’s eyes open to the truth they already know and a larger world, one filled with daring and a little danger, kindness and cruelty, and a rather dashing assortment of vintage automobiles.

Dakota Defined (Dakota Lester Series)

by Josh Clark

What am I made of?

Sixteen-year-old Dakota Lester is riding a hot streak. Not only is he the sophomore class president, but also he has successfully procured his drivers license and left his turbulent past of bullies and fractured relations with his father behind. When the Infinity School District starts cutting programs and extracurricular activities in order to balance its budget, Dakota finds himself unwillingly nominated to unify the student body and fight the powers-that-be. When tragedy strikes Dakota and his best-friend-turned-girlfriend, Erin Taylor, Dakotas world is turned upside down, and instead of thinking about how to unite students against the school board, Dakota must ask himself what hes made of and how to save a life.

In this second helping of Dakota Lester’s world, author Josh Clark explores what it means to love deeply, laugh loudly and live every moment as though it is your last.

Absolute Bearing

by John Barell

You’re heading for extreme danger at sea!

What do you do when a terrible midnight storm brings you too close to another ship at sea?

Lt. Stephen Wheatley is in charge of USS Latner (DD-752) heading into a violent storm in the Pacific during training operations. There’s a mysterious ship out there, last reported at four miles distant but ship’s radar fails and men at vital posts go missing. Captain’s Standing Night Orders call for Officer-of-the-deck, Wheatley, to notify him whenever a contact, “Skunk Alpha,” closes to within 3 nautical miles.

Wheatley hesitates, hoping to find the ship before calling the Captain. The mystery ship is lost in mountainous waves an torrential rains.

Ë?Ë?Ë? Court Martial

How do you defend yourself from a prosecutor’s accusation, “All you had to do was pick up the phone and call the Captain! Why didn’t you do that?” Wheatley almost leaps out of defendant’s chair at prosecutor as he defends himself against charges of “Dereliction of Duty.” The consequences for Lt. Wheatley are dire and he’s thrust deep into regret, recrimination and remorse.

Ë?Ë?Ë? How do you redeem your good name and regain sense of personal and military bearing?

Wheatley risks family and friends while leading a daring rescue mission back out into the Pacific where some naval personnel take extraordinary actions to save lives on a “large target.”

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