Free fantasy Kindle books for 09 Dec 13

Hellbound (Hellbound Trilogy)

by Tim Hawken

“You look very confused when I say I’m just trying to help these lost souls make their way to Heaven,” he said. “The reason you’re confused is that you think I’m speaking metaphorically. Well, my dear friend, take it very literally. You see, I may have introduced myself as Asmodeus, but let me run off a few of my more well known aliases. Now, let’s see, we have Mephistopheles, Beelzebub, Bafomet, Iblis, The Fallen One, Lucifer, The Morning Star, Lord of the Dark, The Devil, oh and my favorite; Satan.”

Face to face with Satan, Michael has awoken in the bowels of Hell with no memory of who he is, or why he has been damned.

Hell, however, isn’t what he expected. Rather than the fires of torment, he finds a hedonistic city of gambling, sex, murder and revenge.

With the Devil as his guide, Michael embarks on a quest of self-discovery and self redemption. But will he get a second chance at salvation? And why is Satan helping him?

Hellbound is a contemporary view of Hell, exploring today’s idea of sin and religion, through witty dialogue and bursts of descriptive prose.

Dark, funny and philosophical.



Ceiba’s Grace, A Paranormal Romance Novella (Elemental Myths Series)

by Nicole Pouchet

In an ancient civilized society, Ceiba is the living vessel of the Mother Earth goddess. Duty dictates her coming marriage to god of the dead’s living vessel. An irresistible love draws her to the guard sworn to protect her. Will she choose true love with her guard, or the destiny she was born to fulfill?

Ceiba’s Grace is the prequel to the soon-to-be-released, four-book, paranormal romance / urban fantasy ELEMENTAL MYTHS romance series. Similar in subject matter, it is a lighter, more carefree read than Deborah Harness’ All Souls Trilogy. This paranormal romance series is sure to entice readers of Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series and Marjorie M. Liu’s Dirk and Steele series. ELEMENTAL MYTHS follows four couples as they bond together in steamy romance, supernatural powers, and predestined battle to save modern mankind from the mysterious demise of the vanished Incan Empire.



I Am Satan (Hellbound Trilogy)

by Tim Hawken

“My torment is that she is trapped while he is free. It is the worst torture imaginable. I care not for myself, or my own wellbeing, only hers. I will free her, but I do not know how. There must be a way.”

Michael has been banished to Hell by the God, Asmodeus. Charged with reforming the lost souls of Damnation, the new ‘Satan’ instead chooses to make his own fate. His aim is to save his wife Charlotte from Purgatory and in the process take control of the savage demons around him to build an army against the most powerful enemy imaginable. With the aid of his friend Smithy and using advice from the omnipotent Perceptionist, Michael takes charge of his destiny. But will it be enough?

This sequel to the epic novel, Hellbound, takes the dilemma of afterlife to the next level. A battle which sets the scene for Armageddon.



The Gossamer Crown (Through the Veil)

by Tori Douglas

For the first time in memory, Magick is free in the realm of Faery, and the Damselfly walks among them. As they settle into the safety of their haven in the mountains, the Fae will learn to build a new world, and Vix Harper will learn what it means tp be the Damselfly.



Alicia’s Ghost

by Nick Iuppa

“IT’S WONDERFUL; I LOVE IT! I love the characters. And Alicia, OMG, she’s so real I think I know her.” B. Escamilla, Palo Alto, CA

“Every time I thought I had it figured out, there was a new twist to the story. I couldn’t put it down. Great read!” C. Gallagher, Chicago, IL

LOVE, OBSESSION, MURDER, DEATH, MANNEQUINS, RATTLESNAKES, DRUG LORDS, CHINATOWN, GHOSTS…
AND THE WORLD’S MOST HAUNTING HEROINE!

The astoundingly beautiful Alicia has ended her modeling career in Mexico City, married the love of her life, helped pay his way through college, settled into a comfortable life in Los Altos, California, and now she’s dead… MURDERED.
Her husband, Professor Carlos Mann, has wrapped himself in an obsessive-compulsive disorder to hide from that fact. But when Amy Joy, one of Carlos’s students, is sold into slavery by a Chinese mob that traffics in Asian girls, Alicia returns with a vengeance.
Can Alicia save her man, foil the human traffickers, and destroy her murderer? Overwhelming supernatural forces stand against her. But, hell, that just makes her stronger!
Told in the voices of Carlos and Alicia Mann, Alicia’s Ghost is a funny, imaginative and thrilling ride through the human and spirit worlds of Mexico and the American Southwest.



The Goblin Market (Into the Green)

by Jennifer Melzer

Beyond the Goblin Market lies the remains of a lost and broken kingdom divided by war. The war has been over for centuries, but the kingdoms still stand apart, overrun by a creeping goblin darkness known as the Darknjan Wald. It has been written that only one holds the power to destroy that darkness and reunite the kingdoms, but she has no memory of her former life.

Meredith Drexler must save her sister, Christina, from the wicked goblin king, Kothar, who has kidnapped the girl in order to convince Meredith to uphold an ancient commitment Meredith doesn’t remember making. Sent Upland disguised as a human child, she has no recollection of her former faerie life, or her uncle’s promised marriage betrothal to Kothar.

When she ventures back Underground in search of Christina, every step Meredith takes brings memories of her forgotten past back to the surface. As the pressures of her former life entangle with her quest to save her kidnapped sister, Meredith’s predetermined fate is revealed. Will she embrace it, or walk away forever from a life she barely remembers as her own?



Why Won’t Santa Visit Poor Children?

by Roy Thomsitt

Why Won’t Santa Visit Poor Children? A simple question asked by an innocent 7 year old girl in November 2004.

That question led to an amazing sequence of events��the like of which no other child but Di can ever experience. Santa Claus lived in a wonderland in the snow and ice of Lapland. Di lived in poverty, in a hut on the edge of a Palawan tropical rainforest in the Philippines. What would bond Di and Santa Claus, from such different worlds?

It was the art of givingâ?¦.

Giving from the heart��

Giving without expectation of something in return.

It was true generosity.

(This Christmas story is suitable for adults and older children, or for reading to younger children in instalments)



The Wickersham Affair

by Singer Bardin

Set in three different ages and starring a wide cast of characters, The Wickersham Affair is a hectic maelstrom of the surreal and the ugly, guaranteed to delight and titillate even the most discerning reader. These three interrelated short stories from Singer Bardin reveal the dark, twisted history behind the magnificent Wickersham mansion.

The affair begins with “The Replacements” – the story of three young friends who bravely venture inside the ruins of old Wickersham plantation only to discover that it is far from abandoned. Endless hallways, menacing house plants, a curious chandelier and one seriously devious little girl propel the reader deep into the shadowy history lurking at the Wickersham homeplace.

The second story (“My Miss Mellie”) is a first person driven mystery with one of the most disturbing (yet oddly endearing) endings in all contemporary fiction. Told from the perspective of Katie Bell, a former slave, read along as she recounts her final days caring for the last of the Wickersham heirs – Melody Wickersham. A bitter, spiteful, dusty old crone – dive in as Katie Bell exacts her love-laced revenge upon the last member of the family to inhabit the fabled mansion. A beautiful tale of gut-wrenching retribution, passionate love and buttery biscuits – “My Miss Mellie” is the cornerstone in “The Wickersham Affair.” Part gripping love story, part gut-churning revenge tale – this entry is filled with beautiful, flowing language that is hypnotic, riveting and a wholly unique voice that you’ll never forget.

The final tale, “The Safest Place,” is a mind-boggling, masterful piece of short fiction. Written in the form of a term paper exploring local North Carolina legends, this story brings a close to the Wickersham myth as Cullen Frazier explores the ruins of the Wickersham estate and uncovers a secret that puts his future in jeopardy. Interspersed with interviews, essays, articles and newspaper accounts from the past and present – this entry explores the Wickersham myth and sails toward a revealing, unforgettable conclusion with some of the most colorful characters ever penned.

Dark, deep, suspenseful and chocked-full-of-weird, take one trip to Wickersham and you may never want to leave.



Glimmer in the Ashes (GITA Series Book One)

by D.S. Newman

Jon Peters, an archaeologist that is losing his mind in the monotony of everyday life, finds himself on an adventure exceeding his wildest imagination. From a thrilling conspiracy going back hundreds of years, to high action events in famous locales throughout the modern world, “Glimmer in the Ashes” is a heart pumping page turner that takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride. The author blends fantasy with reality under the guise of an alternative history that will make you question the very foundation of your own education. After receiving a journal dating back over one hundred years, Jon faces everything from demonic entities to high-tech weapons of war. Jon’s life is changed forever. Will yours be?



How To Be Dead

by Dave Turner

Dave Marwood is trapped in a soul crushing dead end job. He’s in love with his work colleague Melanie and his only friend Gary is a conspiracy theory nut.

His life is going nowhere until he has a Near Death Experience – though Death thinks of it as a Near Dave Experience. He discovers gifts he never knew he possessed and a world he never dreamed existed. A world where the Grim Reaper is a hard drinking, grumpy Billy Joel fan and the undead are bored, lonely and dangerous.

How To Be Dead is the first part in a three novella series that tells the story of Death and his office staff protecting humanity from ghosts, zombies, vampires and medium-sized apocalypses.

After a nice cup of tea and a biscuit.



Carrot Field

by Vincent Asaro

There is a darkness quickly approaching the land of Animals, and the fate of Carrot Field rests on the shoulders of one small Rabbit: Sebastian Perriwinkle. Drawn into an epic quest to save all Animal-kind from the evil Lord Ouroboros, Sebastian and his companions, Professor Plotonicus, an adventurous old Badger, and Brand Redtail, a mystical Fox, leave the little country known as Carrot Field to embark on a journey into the unknown. Together, they travel through the magical burrows of the Wild Foxes, into the palace of a Lion king, and onward to search the farthest ends of the world for the mythical creatures known as Humans. The companions must hurry, for the war rages and they alone can bring peace and uncover the secrets that have remained hidden for thousands of years.



Aeternum (Book One)

by Lawrence A. Votee

Aeternum is the story of Lucian Solis-a seemingly ordinary teenager. On the eve of his high school graduation an impossible and painful secret is revealed to him. He is not who he thinks he is. He is not from this place. He is not human.
With the help of the man who raised him, his two closest friends, and a beautiful and mysterious stranger, Lucian must become who he once was in order to rescue his Eternal. That which he loves most has been taken prisoner by his evil father and brothers and he will stop at nothing to get her back.



The Ghosts’ Feast (The Breathing Ghosts)

by Eleanor Keane

In The Ghosts’ Feast, the lives, loves and losses of some of the vampires within Eleanor Keane’s The Breathing Ghosts come to the fore: a young boy tries on his mother’s corset, a vampire servant becomes obsessed with her mistress, a lavish feast is laid out for the dead, and a dark goddess concocts deadly schemes.

These short stories – amongst many others – travel from Ancient Pompeii, to 19th century Venice, to London in the Swinging Sixties, and all of them are woven together with ominous undercurrents of desire, death and vengeance. Who can we trust? Who can we believe in?

In the world of The Ghosts’ Feast, some vampires are monsters, some monsters are human, and nothing is quite what is seemsâ?¦

For more information on The Breathing Ghosts, The Ghosts’ Feast and further writing by Eleanor Keane, please see:

www.thebreathingghosts.wordpress.net



The Assassins: Forged In Blood

by Goran Zidar

Tallow is an assassin, betrayed by his handler and captured by an enemy bent on the conquest of his brotherhood. He seeks to escape from his prison and warn his brothers of the dangers ahead.

Atilen, a thief that takes his debts far too seriously, crosses a dangerous wasteland and finds himself in the middle of a conflict that doesn’t concern him for a man he doesn’t even like.

Torture and pain will face the pair as they struggle against an ancient Empire that strives to regain its former glory.

Word Count: 14,500



Bond Of Terror (Stone Of Argentos)

by Sarah Jane Avory

When the daemon Zalophus and the Goddess Kellandra collude, Tracy Lupin’s evening turns from bad, to one of violence and terror. She finds herself lost in Esgar, a world on the brink of war after almost two thousand years of peace. In her possession, an unshakable bracelet known as The Stone Of Argentos.

While monsters roam the forests of Esgar, a secretive group known as Defenders Of The Realms search for Outworlders, auburn-haired girls plucked from far away worlds.

Hounded by the forces of evil and chased by Defenders, Tracy wants nothing to do with the games others are playing with her life. But the powers of good and evil will not be denied. Both plot and scheme to control her, force her towards a prophecised point in time, one that will redefine the fate of Esgar forever…



Alliance of Misfits:Thais

by Casey Isles

Thais Fontaine never really wanted to be a vampire. And she didn’t really mean it when she agreed to become a member of the Alliance of Misfits, a gang of supernatural crime fighters, but now she’s got an assignment and she doesn’t want to let her friends down. Can Thais stop whoever is killing young people and draining their blood on the island of Jamaica? More importantly, can she do it without resorting to her vampire powers?



The Florian Life

by Suzanne Somers

The first sound I heard this morning was a little girl letting loose a strained and agonizing cry on the bed across from me. It was the same, unmistakable sound that I’d heard for the last two months and served as my unofficial alarm clock. The noise jerked me from my slumber and I sprung up out of my bed, crossing the larger bedroom of the two-bedroom apartment where my younger sister shrieked beneath her sheets.

Holding her in my arms I tried to comfort her. “It’s okay, just breathe and try to get through it.”

Weeping, she thrust her head into my chest and mewled “It hurts!” over and over. I just held her tighter as my eyes fell onto the source of her pain: Her right arm and left leg.

There was an accident only two years ago, it cost my father his life and my sister two of her limbs. The artificial limbs, which were the cheapest available, cost more than my mother made in a year with two jobs, the loss of the income from my father’s work placing us firmly into the â??poor’ territory. The material that made the arm and leg up was lightweight and suitable of her age, but the durability wasn’t as good as some of the more recent materials for prosthetic limbs on the market and they didn’t have the features that let it change to a perfect replica of the opposite limbs, leaving her state obvious to anyone who looked. It made her school life difficult, what with teasing and her growing concern for her looks as puberty approached.

Worst of all, every morning at five the limbs would wirelessly uplink to a remote server that would have it carry out a calibration, ensuring that the connection between flesh and nerves allowed for precise motor control. However, due to the limbs needing to be replaced because of her growing body, the calibrations now caused immense pain for her since the electrical signal conductors now mingled with the pain receptors as they functioned, causing a phantom pain that she could do nothing about but bear with it until the calibrations ceased. There was no manual way to cut the connection, meaning there was nothing we could do to stop it either.

“It’ll only hurt for a little while moreâ?¦” I lied softly. Only the first sixty seconds of the calibrations had passed. There was seven-hundred and twenty total. All I could do was hold onto her as she screamed and writhed from the pain the entire time, until it finally ended and she fell asleep shortly after the signals stopped coming.

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Live Ship

by R.L. Gentry

Gene splicing is the future. This spaceship is a product of that. Other story’s in the book are about a man that gets what he deserves in hell and a preacher that doesn’t get what he thinks he should when he dies,and a boy who solve’s the world problems.



Revenge of the Wild: The Sequel to Rising Fang

by Anfal Khaliq

Ellie Paige, now fifteen, used to deal with monsters like most high school losers: she pretended they didn’t existâ??from the prettier, slimmer girls who wrote nasty things about her on the bathroom walls to the boys who taped dirty drawings to her locker door.

But some monsters couldn’t be ignored, and there are worse things in the world than high school; a lesson Ellie learnt when she was savaged one night by a terrifying creature in the woods behind the school, turning her into a creature she had feared all her life â?¦

In the sequel to ‘Rising Fang’, life has never been harder for Ellie. With Connor lost to her when her secret came out, she tried her best to move on. She tried to be human, but the boy whose bite changed her existence forever, and his legacy, continued to haunt her. When Connor returned, Ellie’s life was complete – but he returned with danger in store, and the wild wanted revenge on her. Thrown into a desperate war for survival that tested her allegiance to a secret clan of werewolves, Ellie must reconsider who and what she is, no matter what the cost.



A Warden of Visere – Part 1 (A Birth of Gods)

by Bobby Hardenbrook

This is the first of a two part book called ‘A Warden of Visere’. The second part is to be published in the first quarter of 2014. This book is itself the first entry in ‘A Birth of Gods’, a series set in a new universe of high fantasy, steampunk, and the mundane : The Lands of Visere. You will find extensive appendices at the end of this part intended to provide supplemental background detail about the Lands of Visere universe and these will be a standard feature of each new part and book as this series, and other stories in the same universe, unfold.

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In a world governed by practical Mechanistic Magick and the New Learning of scholars there remain men bound by the old ways of blood, mana, and steel…

“…He drew his sword, the blade glowing orange and ready to sow death. As he climbed to his feet three trolls reared up in front of him, their foul razor teeth snapping as they came in with spears darting. He ignored the long spears, leaping forward to swing his sword in a wide arc. The blade surged, runes multiplying the force of his swing to rend through boiled leather armor and trollish flesh with ease. Blood and gore splattered as two of the trolls fell, cleaved entirely through at the waist. The third troll came on, its spear snapping in half against his right facing field-wall as he thrust his blade into the thing’s throat. It’s high pitched gurgling scream was music to his ears. He retracted his sword, letting the limp body fall to the ground. He spat on the fresh corpses, grimacing at the dank green flesh, protruding razor teeth, and large yellow eyes. More trolls were coming at him from all directions, spears held forward as they barked and shrieked in raw battle lust.

‘For Xoran, for the south!’ he screamed as he stepped forward to meet the beasts head on…”

The Lands of Visere are ancient, tortured, civilized and often depraved. Layered upon the buried bones of empires forgotten for eons, high civilization clings to existence in the outermost northwest of the Great Continent. Separated by vast swaths of endless murk, towering mountains and ruinous, sand-blasted, wasteland from the fabulous wealth of the Far South; the declining nations of Visere struggle to hold off crushing outside threats while maintaining their high culture and hard won internal peace in the face of growing crystal shortages and intractable political and societal divides.

The Wardens are oath-bound to fight against the dying of Visere’s light. Created in the aftermath of the Second Viserian War, they were to serve as a unifying force and defender of Visere’s interests as a whole. Keepers of the peace, slayers of the unjust, mortal enemy to those arrayed against Viserian civilization. The Wardens take the best volunteers from across the national armies of Visere and forge them into an elite special forces group tasked with enforcing the dictates of The Council; the combined will of the member nations of Visere.

One among the Wardens shall stand forth in Visere’s time of greatest need. He is A Warden of Visere…

“…As he charged across the remaining open ground he moved his free hand in a simple weaving…he strained to force in more mana. Ten spans from the nearest breeder he pushed his mailed hand out, fingers extended outwards, and released the pent up energy in the construct. A wall of flame roared out. The orange inferno expanded in a wide arc enveloping everything in front of him. Thunder echoed off the valley walls and briefly eclipsed all other sounds of battle…

…he forced aside the pain as his charge brought him among the remaining breeders. Taking advantage of his momentum, he flung his armored body and hit the ground in a fast roll that ended with his boots violently impacting through armor and ribs to smash the life out of a startled trollish breeder.

The rest of them closed in around him…”



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