Free literary fiction Kindle books for 13 Aug 16

Lori

by Charlene Wexler

The sheltered, comfortable, liberal upbringing undergone by main character Lori in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago did not prepare her for marriage into the difficult and quirky Chicago working-class family of her husband, Jerry.

Alcoholism, infidelity, economic disaster, and a mother’s biggest heartbreak of all-a seriously ill child-imperil Lori’s world in the novel LORI. Fortunately, her best friend, Adele, is there to provide support and advice until Adele faces her own tragedy. When separated from Adele by thousands of miles, Lori finds a new friend, Rain-an ex-flower-child with a surprising connection to Lori’s past.

LORI is a story with tragedies and triumphs to which every reader will be able to relate.



As I Died Laughing

by David Lloyd

He couldn’t remember when he had stopped seeing himself in her eyes, their marriage becoming simply a collection of memories, where only the mundane held them together.

It seemed so simple at first: creation. Characters whose lives he carved out in his novel. And now this: a man created in his own image and likeness, stepping out of the virtual into the real, in order to seduce his wife.

But Michael quickly loses control over his creation and slips into a world where he no longer knows where reality ends and fiction begins. And he begins to wonder if he is writing himself out of existence.

At what point does fiction turn to lies? And lies themselves in turn become real?



Manipulated Lives

by H.A. Leuschel

Five stories – Five Lives.

Have you ever felt confused or at a loss for words in front of a spouse, colleague or parent, to the extent that you have felt inadequate or, worse, a failure? Do you ever wonder why someone close to you seems to endure humiliation without resistance?

Manipulators are everywhere. At first these devious and calculating people can be hard to spot, because that is their way. They are often masters of disguise: witty, disarming, even charming in public – tricks to snare their prey – but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim.

In this collection of short novellas, you meet people like you and me, intent on living happy lives, yet each of them, in one way or another, is caught up and damaged by a manipulative individual. First you meet a manipulator himself, trying to make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Next, there is Tess, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision, then young, successful and well balanced Sophie, who is drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled father. Next, there is teenage Holly, who is intent on making a better life for herself and finally Lisa, who has to face a parent’s biggest regret. All stories highlight to what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our very feeling of self-worth.



The Sinatra Doldrums & Other Stories

by Bradley Cristler

A collection of short stories that explores Northern California through the character of August Dowell. Through such cities as Woodland, Sacramento, Point Reyes, Truckee and others, August discusses culture, childhood, love, the landscape and shares his philosophical take on the people and nature around him.



Quick Fiction: Reference Manual

by Daniel Aguilar

Quick Fiction is a style of writing that utilizes few words and pages in order to convey its story.

Referred to also as Flash Fiction, the Mini book or Short story.



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