Free literary fiction Kindle books for 26 Jul 18

Red Zero: A Slade Kelly Suspense Series

by Dianne Harman

What would you do if you saw a red zero on someone’s forehead…and then they died?

Over 450,000 books sold by this USA Today Bestselling Author. Red Zero is the first book in the Slade Kelly Suspense Series, a short read trilogy.

Slade Kelly was first introduced to readers in the Blue Coyote Series. He’s a private eye with attitude, street lingo, and a couple of advanced degrees. This three book short read series features Slade and the woman he guards, but is also in love with, Darya Rahimi. When she develops the ability to see red zeros on people’s foreheads, and they die shortly thereafter, as well as owning the rights to an anti-aging formula, his protective abilities are put to the test.

If you’re in the mood for a page-turning suspense short read with quirky characters and lots of action, this one’s for you!

Lyric River

by Mac Griffith

Lyric River’s Ben Wallace is a skeptic, but he doesn’t mind renting his attic room to someone claiming to be God, especially since this God is troubled by his own grave doubts. Ben does not even mind that God mooches beer from the refrigerator and is indifferent about paying the rent. Ben is less concerned with God’s aggravating ways than he is with figuring out how it might be okay to leave one woman he loves for another woman he loves. He is not at all concerned with continuing as single parent to his daughterâ??with this, he is a natural.

Ben, stubborn, smart-ass child of the South, once again separated from his wife, moves to a small Colorado ski town with Sarah, his nine-year-old daughter. Ben’s marriage to Karen, volatile, ambitious child of the city, is fraying, and the unraveling quickens when he meets Megan, serene child of the mountains, child of a crazy, murdered father. Ben navigates the end of his relationship with Karen, falling in love with Megan, and rearing Sarah. Ben lives in a resort town, but his is the family of working locals, people who belong in the mountains, not the world of tourists or Trustafarians.

Typical small-town characters include George, contrarian newspaper editor, who spends his evenings in the Moose Jaw, drinking beer and arguing, if necessary, against his own editorials. Billy, the largest man in the county, dropped out of high school to drive a snowplow, and wanders the mountains, looking for the footprints of Thoreau and the secrets of Megan’s childhood. Iris, Ben’s rich, imperious neighbor, descendent of ranchers, loves Ben and Sarah and Megan; Iris also loves to hit anyone who vexes her over the head with a beer bottle; Iris is sorely vexed by Megan’s brother, Tyler, who follows dangerously in their father’s religiously demented footsteps. Tyler violently opposes the relationship between Ben and Megan, for reasons buried in their childhood. In the end, Ben and Megan are forced to journey into the abandoned mine that contains these childhood secrets; this exploration binds them together but ignites a tragic confrontation with Tyler.

“Lyric River is a novel with heart, real heart, and it may break yours. But it will also make you laugh and smile and fall in love with the characters and feel what it means to be alive and human and to live for a while in a real world. Lyric River is full of witty dialogue, touching love stories, and quirky twists like the odd attic boarder who thinks he’s God. Lyric River is about things that countâ??family, friends, the search for love, for joy, and the river, always the river. The writing is finely crafted, drop dead gorgeous throughout. It’s a sweet book set against a dark menace, in which life isn’t always sweet or fair. But love, good cheer, friends, loyalty and the natural world help compensate for what humans do to one another. Lyric River is subtle, funny, sad, tender, loving, rich in thought and feelingâ??an altogether wonderful novel that deserves a wide readership.”
â??Paulette Alden, author of Feeding the Eagles and The Answer to Your Question

“I have spent my entire career reading and writing about the Mountain West, and few have been the times I have so thoroughly enjoyed a book about my home turfâ?¦perceptive, incisive and flat-out a hoot.” â??M. John Fayhee, editor of the Mountain Gazette

Approximate values–320 pages, 111K words.

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