Free literary fiction Kindle books for 12 Dec 13

Close My Eyes (The Wayward Child Series)

by Liberty Lore X

Jack Plum is not your average criminal defense lawyer …

“… I write love letters to my girl, in between college classes, slip them in her bag before I leave in the morning, to promote the truth that a man could still daydream and believe in soul mates â?¦ that a man still loves well-pressed slacks and crisp clean shirts and smelling of fresh sunlit laundry and not stale whiskey and dried blood.

I hope alongside you, Special Wonder, because I want my girl to know you’re a needed landmark. You’re a little bit of fireworks and lovely, in a tepid world on brink of an ice age … ”

After helplessly watching his childhood best friend be abused by her father, he grew up with the goal to put him away for life.

But scars don’t heal easily.

Jack Plum is finding out the hard way.

( CLOSE MY EYES is a serial series released monthly. )

American Warrior

by James Snyder

The year is 1961. America has a new president, named John F. Kennedy, and a new era the newspapers are calling the Dawn of Camelot. But for ten-year-old Paul Brett, dealing with an abusive father and the immigrant gangs roaming his slum neighborhood of China Slough, America is only a small, dead-end place he is struggling to survive.

That is, until the night a mysterious stranger comes out of the darkness to his rescue, and initiates a journey–an unforgettable odyssey–beyond his wildest imagination.

From his unlikely beginnings in a brutal California migrant camp, into the darkest underbelly of a distant and unpopular war, to his final and, perhaps, most deadly struggle for survival inside the bowels of a near-medieval military prison, American Warrior follows this amazing journey of one young hero from boyhood to manhood, and from love lost, to his final and most incredible attempts to regain that love.

“A fast-paced…thoroughly engrossing story of a journey through pain and violence.” Kirkus Reviews 

Visitor in Lunacy

by Stephen Curran

It is 1897, and confined to his room in Carfax Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr Richard Renfield is dying from injuries which could not be self-inflicted. His door has been barricaded from the inside and the Night Watcher swears nobody has been allowed in or out. With his last words he imparts a dire warning: “He is here.”

Moving between London, Yorkshire and Ceylon across the 19th Century, Visitor in Lunacy re-imagines the downfall of the enigmatic inmate from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, from a feared and respected member of the government’s Lunacy Commission to a resident of one of the madhouses he once oversaw. It is a bizarre and disturbing tale of memory, regret and horror; of how the terrible secrets of a person’s childhood can inescapably shape their life.

Rooftop Soliloquy

by Roman Payne

Written entirely in Paris over a two year span during which its author lived every conceivable metropolitan passion and inspiration, Rooftop Soliloquy is a novel as vibrant and alive as the city where it was given seed and a place to grow. The first-person narrative follows the adventures and misadventures of a mysterious individual: an artist, flÃ?¢neur, composer of operas, and incorrigible rake, who wanders the districts of Paris seducing girls, drinking wine, and looking for that new idea with which to complete his ‘hero’s tale.’ Rooftop Soliloquy is remarkable for the ease and pleasurable pace of the story. The reader is led on a joyful path that wanders from the urban picaresque tale, to the pastoral courtly or chivalric romance, to the Homeric-style epic.

I’m Still Your Fag

by M. Henderson Ellis

“Not sure if this technically qualifies as contemporary gay lit, though I would characterize it as such. This is not sweet or romantic. Instead, to me, at least, it’s a very powerful and poignant tragedy. The story is very well written, and I would recommend itâ?¦” – Gay e-book Finds

Miles Schatz recently moved back home to Chicago from LA, where he had a mild but definite emotional breakdown. There he finds post-collegiate friends, all trapped in their own holding patterns. He immediately falls in with his childhood companion Claxton, who’s pastime is igniting discarded Christmas trees. Miles finds himself in a place where he must either grow up – and fast – or be stuck in his circumstances forever.

A short story from the writer Booklist called ‘thoroughly enjoyable’ and Publishers Weekly called ‘an energetic wit,’ “I’m Still Your Fag” is a tale of extended adolescence, and the choices we make to affirm our own individual identity. NOTE: This is not erotica (not that there is anything wrong with it)!

The Good Priest

by Ann D’Antonio

The Good Priest wrestles with the poverty of the Church to alleviate one woman’s suffering in the face of her mother’s dying. Ann D’Antonio writes a compelling story placing the reader in the moment of moral crisis.

Mr Mankopf’s Shop of Curiosities

by Martin Parker Dixon

A prose-poem, contemporary ghost tale for older children.

Sam & Shannon

by Samuel Lewis

A short story about two mentally ill kids looking for comfort in a place they’d both rather not be. The first in a series of works about these two people.

Note: This is a short story meant only to introduce you to these two characters as a precursor to their other stories. It clocks in at about ten minutes reading time, and I’d rather not charge for it, but Amazon don’t give me that option…

To make up for it, I promise that all future instalments will remain at this price, no matter their length.

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