Free literary fiction Kindle books for 28 Dec 13

The Wallahs of Paper Jail [UK Edition]

by Ron May

A nameless figure arrives unbidden at a far country’s department of immigration and declares himself a nonperson. He provides for officialdom no useful biography. A complicated detention ensues.

Months before the man had resolved to spend down a modest windfall. The money allows him to leave one place for other points, and while calling on one he falls into acquaintance with a woman whose failures and frustrations have led to small-time criminality. When trouble besets the woman, her life become more a shambles, the man leaves again when the time looks right.

He fetches up on a tiny island off another country, the spot now uninhabited but where relations once ran a business. Efforts go towards resurrecting the venture. Lack of foresight hinders, then catastrophic weather intervenes. An unhappy result in the main.

A move further afield, to the far country of immigration detention and more spending down, until declaration of nonpersonhood and unavoidable confinement. When at last he tells the wallahs what they need to hear, he gains what’s called release.

Across Eternity

by Aris Whittier

Logan Richards is doubly blessed. Not only is he a genius but he has a rare gift, he remembers things and not just from this life but all his lifetimes. He lives a life of wealth and luxury and has never lacked any material possession. There has never been an obstacle his intellect couldn’t overcome. But Logan has a problem: every night he dreams of the same woman, a woman he has dreamt of all his life. He knows she is real and he is determined to find her and convince her she belongs with him, forever.
Amber Lewis, a waitress for a five-star restaurant in Dana Point, California, is overworked and stressed. Her sister’s death has left her weary and wondering if there’s something more to life than mere existence. Then, one evening while working she meets Logan Richards, a chivalrous man who feels deeply familiar.
Fate has brought them together, but will their growing love prove strong enough to resist the forces that could pull them apart?

Walking On The Bridge

by Keith Dumble

‘Two days ago I decided to kill myself…’

A short story which recently won in the Scottish Society of Young Publishers’ Iain-Banksism contest.

The brief was to take the opening line from one of the late Iain Banks’ novels and develop this into a short story. I took the beginning of Espedair Street, and wrote a piece set in a location inspired by another of Banks’ novels, The Bridge.

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