Free fiction Kindle books for 26 Dec 13

TOCABAGA 3: Warm Blood – Cold Steel (The Tocabaga Chronicles)

by Thomas H. Ward

I love our country, freedom, my family and friends. If anyone messes with my family or my friends, justice will be swift and painful. I have no use for anyone who breaks the law, cheats or steals. For the most part I follow the Ten Commandments but also believe in The Code of Hammurabi, which is an eye for an eye. I fight to keep our Bill of Rights under the United States Constitution. That is me, Jack Gunn, a.k.a. Tocabaga Jack and these are my chronicles.



Grandmother, May I? (Beach House Series)

by K Gonzalez

When a tragic accident leaves Gwen and her younger sister, Sarah, suddenly orphaned, their estranged Grandmother takes them in to live with her in her mansion on the beach. The moment they arrive, Grandmother makes her rules as to how they should behave clear. At the top of her long list of rules is that the girls must only socialize with people who share their social status. Sarah adjusts to her new life quickly, surrounding herself with the rich and popular kids, and dating the richest and most popular guy of them all. Gwen, on the other hand, has a harder time adapting to her new life. She finds herself all alone with no friends and forced to be at her spoiled brat sister’s beck and call. When she meets the handsome and charming, Caleb, on the beach one day, though, her life is changed forever. Suddenly she is surrounded by friends and dating the guy of her dreams. Life is like dream come true for Gwen. That is until she finds herself in the situation where she has to fight for what she loves….



The Julie Kramer Reader’s Companion: A Collection of Excerpts

by Julie Kramer

A collection of excerpts from Julie Kramer’s novels.

SILENCING SAM
In this town, gossip kills . . .
When a widely despised gossip columnist is found shot to death, Riley Spartz must secretly investigate a case in which she becomes the prime suspect. In the wake of the brutal murder, she discovers that news and gossip have more in common than she ever imagined.

KILLING KATE
Not all angels are divine . . .
As TV reporter Riley Spartz discovers a serial killer drawing chalk outlines shaped like angels around the bodies of his victims, she unearths an eerie legend dating back nearly a century. Tracking clues to an Iowa cemetery, Riley finds an infamous Black Angel monument that may be connected to the string of homicides throughout the Midwest. Now she is up against a delusional young man who believes the statue is urging him to kill.

SHUNNING SARAH
An insular Amish town . . . A secret that won’t stay buried . . .
Minneapolis’s star investigative reporter Riley Spartz is constantly in search of her next TV sweeps piece. When she hears that a young boy is trapped at the bottom of a sinkhole, she smells ratings. Little does she know just how big the story will beâ??not only does it involve a tragic murder, but the local Amish community as well. Once Riley is on the case, though, she sees that solving it will be anything but easy.

DELIVERING DEATH
Be careful what you openâ?¦
When Riley Spartz receives a package of teeth in the mail at work, she’s quickly embroiled in a homicide investigation that spirals into one of the odder cases the Minneapolis police force has ever seen. Though the cops try to keep certain grisly details quiet, this murder has a strange twistâ??it seems that the killer wants the crime publicized. As the stakes continue to rise for her job and her life, Riley must outwit the killer in a trap that could leave yet another person dead…



Private Air

by Billie Bates

When Sienna Harris joined the Australian Air Force as a flight attendant for the Prime Minister, she thought she’d hit the glam-job jackpot. But three years of weapons training, outback destinations, and a cheating fighter pilot fiancé, and she’s realized it’s not so fabulous after all. Time to embark on a new adventure, this time to the prestigious world of international VIP aviation.

Sienna and her best friend leave behind their small-town lives for a glitzy career flight attending on a Saudi prince’s private jet. Money, parties, designer clothes, and exotic locations fill the job description, while the sexy pilot, Ted, makes it hard for Sienna to obey the “no fraternizing” rule.

But even the most opulent of journeys can hit turbulence. Sienna’s boss, the appearance-obsessed chief stewardess, issues diuretics and Botox with the uniforms and catering orders, and the prince is a man who’s never told no. Underneath its lush appearance, could this desert oasis be more of a muddy puddle?

The Devil Wears Prada meets Pan Am in this fun frolic to the glamorous side of air travel, inspired by the author’s own experience as a VIP flight attendant in Saudi Arabia and Europe.



Vampire Zombie Claus

by Randy Shaffer

This Christmas tale recounts the shockingly true story of the life, and death, of Kris Kringle, from how he came to become a vampire, to the man known as Santa Claus, and eventually … Vampire Zombie Claus.

Following in the great tradition of stories like The Princess Bride, A Nightmare Before Christmas, The Lord of the Rings, World War Z and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, this novella blends genres, both serious and silly, and delivers a new tale of excitement, nostalgia, humor and good old fashioned Christmas cheer.



For the Love of Carrie

by Jill A Sanders

Carrie Cathers, a child welfare worker for forty years, reviews her life after her retirement. This story highlights the indelible impact working in this field has upon her both on and off of the job. Carrie “tells it like it is” and offers up an unvarnished peek into this world. ** “Mom can’t really help me. Dad tells her to be quiet and she shuts down. Sometimes I get angry at Mom because I feel as if no one believes me. If Mom does, she doesn’t come to my aid with Dad. It’s like he has some kind of magic spell over her. . . . . Sometimes I wish I could run away from home. That’s why I told Dad to go ahead and call you guys. I think maybe I would be happier living somewhere else. But then I know I would worry about my brother, and sister and Mom. I don’t know what to do,” Angela said as tears began to form in her eyes. Carrie’s heart began to hurt for Angela. She wasn’t sure what would help this family. She knew she needed to engage Claire more. Claire knew more than she was telling. ** ** A side of Carrie surfaced no one in the work place saw previously or imagined. “Do with me what you want, but I will no longer tolerate this despicable man’s sexual groping. If you don’t do something to stop this man, I will file a sexual harassment suit against him and you. I’m sure I can locate many more victims who will stand by my side. In fact, if you insist I continue to work with this maggot, I’ll personally contact the president of our board, Judge Keyes. I’ll let her know exactly what’s going on. You may have been able to make the other complainants go away, but I’ll not. I love my job and I’ve no desire to leave. I only wish to work in a non-invasive, non-combative work environment. What we deal with on the streets is bad enough. No one should have to deal with this in their work environment. If I didn’t have a shred of dignity left in me, I would gladly spit on him.” ** ** The basement was dank and dark except for the dusty glimmer of light peeking through the mud covered window. Six-year-old Paula Thompson hung on by a thread. The floor was damp and cold. If she let herself think about it, a cold chill permeated her body. She tried not to think about it. She tried to remember the good days, when it was her and her mom. Even those memories were fading. It was hard to focus, hard to care anymore. Nobody else cared. She had no doubt she should give up any hope at all. She stopped crying long ago. It did no good. ** ** “Dear Lord, I’ve done all I can. She’s in your hands now. Please spare this child and free her of her misery. I promise I will watch over her to the best of my ability. She’s so frail, but she has to have a giant spirit to have survived her ordeal thus far. Surely she was brought to this Earth for a greater purpose. Please send her some angels to wrap their loving wings around her and help her heal from all of her wounds, both physical and mental. And dear Lord, while you’re at it, I could use a bit of your strength too, if it isn’t asking too much.” Carrie bowed her head and began to sob from the depths of her soul. This book is written in a realistic style with harsh words, violence and sexual scenes. Follow along as Carrie’s spirit is decimated and renewed with hope and love.



The Queen of Bad Decisions (The Bartonville Series)

by Janel Gradowski

Daisy’s life is sliding downhill at breakneck speed. Leaving her worthless boyfriend lands her back at her parents’ home, sleeping on the couch. After only a few days she is tired and annoyed. Her parents give new meaning to the term “early riser” and she can’t avoid unpleasant encounters with her obnoxious brother. The only escape from the familial torture is at her job in a book store. Mary, her boss finds a solution to the housing dilemma, but Daisy will need to change more than her address labels to make the arrangement work.

This novelette contains approximately 11,500 words. Two, short bonus stories along with recipes are also included. This book is part of a series, but it can be enjoyed on its own as a stand-alone story.



The Demise of Bobby & Clyde (Stories from Bennett Bay)

by Stephen del Mar

Short Story. ~8K words.
Clyde really loved Bobby. He wanted to give his man the world. He thought robbing a bank would be the way to do it. That was his first mistake. The Demise of Bobby and Clyde is a short ghost story set in the boondocks of Big Cypress County, Florida. A classic haunted house tale with a couple of gay bad boys. Warning: It doesn’t end well for the guys, but there is a lot of ever after.

This story is also available in: Stories from Bennett Bay: Collection One. ASIN: B00E7IJWPK



The Baggy-Kneed Camel Blues

by Daniel McVay

Tad wanders the cobble-stoned streets of Barcelona, confusing reality, fantasies, mind games and memories…until he meets Günterâ??easily the most gorgeous Viking ever to set foot on Spanish soil. Their bizarre adventure is filled with camels, bicycles in the Moroccan desert, a hairy alchemist and sex on the edge of a cliff. Add to this a zany little redhead named Stacey and her crazy Gang, and you have some idea what it means to sing “The Baggy-Kneed Camel Blues!”



The Sharks of Guilford High

by Ann Herrick

A collection of short stories and short-short stories about teens finding their way in life.

Sharks of Guilford High  The sharks of Guilford High circled when they discovered Julia’s talent for good grades and Bunsen burners. Could Evan talk Julia out of Marissa and Courtney’s plan?

Patching Up the Past – Sometimes the most important part of building a future on your own is patching up the past with someone else.

Someone Else’s Shoes – Madison High was a school of tight, focused groups. Since there was no Undecided group, she hung out with the Aspiring Poets. Only one other girl at school fit in even less than she did.

Rainbow Shoelaces –  Something was different about Gabrielle lately. She didn’t want to talk much and she never wanted to spend time with Megan anymore. Megan was starting wonder if their friendship was gone for good.

Tell – Brianna’s world was crumbling, and she didn’t know what to do about it.

What About Bailey? – What reason could Bailey’s mother possibly have for preferring boring, balding Mr. Zable to handsome, charming Rick? How could Bailey make her mother change her mind before it’s too late?



Red Kicks

by jerjonji

Caley’s new home is much different than the disciplined but comfortable life he was used to. As a rising martial arts champion whose adoptive father produces martial arts movies, Caley’s danger comes in the form of formal competitions not the daily fear of gang violence.

But the change also brings new opportunities. For the first time, Caley has a real friend, Quinn, and he is attending school instead of his usual on-set tutoring. As their friendship grows, Quinn guides Caley through the maze of gang wars and rivalries while trying to discover his own place in his world.

Among the people that Caley befriends, six year old Nicky strikes a chord in Caley that he can’t explain. He feels like he needs to protect the child from the brutality of his life. Nicky’s sudden disappearance brings Caley full circle to confront his own forgotten past as Quinn learns the real meaning of loyalty and friendship.

jerjonji’s new novel exposes the realities of gang life without stereotyping characters. The characterization of gang leaders and street people as well as doctors and film producers is rich and vibrant. Praised as her best novel yet, Red Kicks is a well told tale that will appeal to both teens and adults alike.



The Flats

by JT Kalnay

Redemption through CrossFit. After surviving the World Trade Center bombing and the Long Island Rail Road shooting, John thought he might be left alone in Cleveland. For 18 years things were quiet, until the City and the mafia decided that no man should be an island, and until John discovered high intensity interval training, and the women who practice it…



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