Free literary fiction Kindle books for 09 Nov 18

No Direction Home: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Series – Book 1

by Mike Sheridan

*** Book 2 of No Direction Home on sale for 99c. Offer ends soon ***

Ordinary People Surviving Extraordinary Times


A college student in Knoxville. An Irish couple on their dream vacation in Orlando. A bank robber in an Atlanta prison…what do they all have in common?

They are survivors of vPx073, the most deadly virus ever to be unleashed on the planet. One that has brought civilization to a standstill.

Haunted by the tragic death of his Gulf War veteran father, Cody Parsons is a struggling student at UTK when the pandemic hits Knoxville. Soon the sharpshooting skills his father taught him as a fourteen-year-old are put to good use — especially when an ex-US army combat engineer takes him under his wing.

As food and water runs out, and roving gangs take over the cities, the paths of some very determined survivors are destined to meet…with surprising consequences.

With strong, original characters that jump off the page, this is a fast-paced story that fans of post-apocalyptic survival fiction will appreciate.



Once Upon a Time a Sparrow

by Mary Avery Kabrich

**WINNER, Literary Views, FIRST PLACE General Fiction/Novel
**WINNER, Nautilus Book Award – SILVER
**WINNER, Jewel Kats Special Needs Award
**FINALIST, USA Best Book Awards General Fiction
**FINALIST, National Indie Excellence Awards
**HONORABLE DISTINCTION, A Woman’s Write, International Novel Competition

School psychologist Dr. Mary Meyers evaluates students who fail to fit in. While skillfully responding to these children’s emotional needs, she is entirely sealed off from her own. When her mother dies, Mary discovers an artifact from her past, the tattered black hooded coat she had worn throughout third grade. Reuniting with the coat sets in motion a stream of long-forgotten memories of her childhood and her nine-year-old self, a girl with a love of stories who struggled to read even the simplest words. Overwhelmed with intrusions from a past filled with failure, Mary finds her professional practice beginning to crumble as she struggles to separate herself from who she once was.
Once Upon a Time a Sparrow artfully weaves past and present into a fabric that reveals the dangers of denying the past, how our imperfections can make us whole, and the abundant possibility of transformation at any stage in life.



Two-Headed Dog

by Mitch Grabois

Hank Ribinthal is a psychologist at FLOPSIE, a state mental hospital in the Florida panhandle. When his favorite patient, Tiffany, disappears from the hospital grounds, Hank becomes obsessed with finding her. His search brings him into Tiffany’s world, and into a wilder and weirder reality than he believed possible.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR TWO-HEADED DOG

Two-Headed Dog is compelling. The further I got in, the faster I found myself reading. And believe me, that doesn’t happen to me so often any more. I have trouble finishing most novels these days, published or not, because they all feel so… predictable. This book, to say the least, is not. This book is a ticking clock. A search. A mystery.
The novel begins in Part I as a fairly sedate, carefully observed story of a lonely doctor in a somewhat eccentric mental facility. The book just takes off in Part II, when Hank finds the renegade half-way house in the woods. There the book begins to transform, to become mystical and revelatory. It was at this point that I knew I was hooked, turning the pages as quickly as I could. After that, the story doesn’t let up. It explodes. Once Hank finds Tiffany at her father’s mansion, in Part III, the novel again metamorphoses, from the intriguing and mystical to flat-out bizarre and surreal. Wow. These scenes are riveting. Each section works on its own terms. I’m fascinated and refreshed by this book.

–Craig Holden, author of The River Sorrow, Four Corners of Night, The Jazz Bird, and other novels, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award in Fiction

Two-Headed Dog is an interesting novel; with so many different twists and turns. I see it as a very original take on the nature of the beast–the Beast being humankind–with all of its capacities for love, lust and bloodlust, sanity and madness; a novel that seems based in reality as it begins and becomes increasingly surrealistic but always raising all these questions of “What’s at the core of us humans?,” and it’s done with humor and folly and great poetic touches. It deserves to be a huge hit.

–Martin Shepard, Publisher, Permanent Press

Mitch Grabois is a wonderfully talented, funny, and appealing writer. His work is deft and engaging, and his characters and plot are richly imagined.”
–Curtis Sittenfeld, bestselling author of Prep, The Man of My Dreams and American Wife

Warning: No leash. No muzzle. Two-Headed Dog will bite you with more force than a pit bull, and won’t let go until it’s done with you.

Formerly a practicing psychologist in and out of academia, Mitch Grabois has had over seventy short stories published in literary journals in the U.S., Canada, and England, such as Tabula Rasa, Memoir Journal, The Examined Life, The Mississippi Review, Oxford Magazine and Aethlon. (see a complete publications list in the biography on Mitch grabois’ author page.)He was a columnist for several years at Solares Hill, Key West’s alternative newspaper.



Marie Antoinette: The Courageous End

by Margaret Anne MacLeod

Did the shameless, sex-mad Marie Antoinette deserve to be guillotined? The Parisians thought so. What would you have thought if you had been there in 1792? Whose side would you have been on? The side of 7,000 French aristocrats and the awesome Austrian and Prussian armies advancing on Paris to raze it to the ground, wreaking destruction across France as they advanced? Or the side of the starving people, fighting to protect their brand new parliament and their brand new rights to liberty, equality and brotherhood?

Whose side would you have been on? Who would you have been marching with?

What would you have thought of your deceitful king, Louis XVI, and his spendthrift wife Marie Antoinette, who had secretly invited these formidable German armies to march on Paris – to restore their absolute monarchy and annihilate all your new rights? Would you have stormed Marie Antoinette’s palace with the downtrodden people? Would you have guillotined her?

As the shrieking Parisians stormed their palace, the apathetic Louis waited for death. while Marie Antoinette fought valiantly for her life. She wanted to live – for the sake of her darling son, whom she burned to see on the throne of France. Not to mention her darling comte Axel de Fersen, the handsome Swedish nobleman she had fallen in love with 18 years before. Yes, 36 year old Marie Antoinette had loved the dashing Fersen for 18 years, because her hopeless, sweet, liar of a husband – was never man enough for the tragic queen. Find out why in this book.

The furious Parisians stormed Marie Antoinette’s palace and imprisoned her. And this once thoughtless, pleasure seeking queen transformed herself into the courageous, admirable queen she should always have been. But it was too late to save her life and her throne. If only she had changed while she still had time. If only the people had got to know the new admirable queen.

Share Marie Antoinette’s agony as she dutifully remained at the side of her hopeless, sweet, liar of a husband, as the Parisians stormed her palace. Witness the last heart-breaking meeting between Marie Antoinette and her husband – before he was led off to the guillotine. Experience her anguish on the day they wrenched her shrieking little boy (now a child-king) out of her arms – forever. Feel for her 14 year old daughter on the night the callous revolutionaries came for Marie Antoinette. No wonder the queen’s beauty had faded! No wonder her hair had begun to turn white!

This book reveals Marie Antoinette as you’ve never known her. Forget the beautiful, smiling, thoughtless, pleasure seeking queen forever dancing at some glittering, magnificent ball. Meet the other Marie Antoinette – tormented throughout her harrowing imprisonment.

And will this chilling but ultimately life affirming novel about the agonising last year of Marie Antoinette’s turbulent life make you change your mind about the tragic queen?

Based on contemporary accounts, and with characters (most of whom were actual historical personages) speaking the very words they recalled in their memoirs.

Includes as extras: 20 pages of snippets from Marie Antoinette’s letters to her beloved comte Axel de Fersen, the love of her life – “I love you with all my heart.” Should she have given him up? After all, the people called her a whore because of this love.

And extracts from the memoir by Marie Therese, Marie Antoinette’s traumatised daughter – detailing the brutality she endured after the execution of her mother: “Her soul was separated from her body, and ascended to receive its reward in the bosom of our merciful Creator.”

And of course – Marie Antoinette’s beloved son. What happened to the child? Unspeakable torment and abuse, resulting in a lonely, heart breaking death, sad beyond words – while in solitary confinement. “He looked at me with an expression which seemed to say: â??Despatch your victim.'”

Website: www.marieantoinettethecourageousend.com for more details



Rough Rider (Hot Cowboy Nights Book 2)

by Victoria Vane

Book #2 of Hot Cowboy Nights

Two wounded hearts…
Janice Combes has two loves: bucking bulls and Dirk Knowlton. But Dirk only has eyes for a dazzling rodeo queen. How can Janice ever compete while mired ankle-deep in manure? Exchanging playful banter with Dirk is all Janice can expect-until the stormy night he knocks on her door dripping wet and needing a place to crash.

Daring to dream again…
Dirk Knowlton is living the cowboy dream. Life should be good-roping, branding, bucking broncs, riding bulls-but there’s a void he can’t seem to fill. After getting hung up by a bull, he wonders if this is really the life he wants. Restless and rebellious, he joins the Marines determined to prove himself…but there’s a certain cowgirl he can’t forget.

When a battle-scarred Dirk returns to his Montana ranch he finds Janice has come back home to lick her own wounds. When old dreams have turned to dust, can two wary hearts take another chance on love?

Hot Cowboy Nights Series:
Slow Hand (Book 1)
Rough Rider (Book 2)
Sharp Shootin’ Cowboy (Book 3)

Praise for Victoria Vane:
“Erotic and sexy…absolutely marvelous.” –Library Journal, Top E-Book Romance of 2012
“The Mistress of Sensuality does it again!!” -Swept Away By Romance Blog
“With Ms Vane’s trademark prose and touches of humor-this is once again a brilliant story by a gifted writer.” -Romantic Historical Lovers Reviews



Chances – The Andersen Saga (The Andersens Book 20)

by Jacie Middlemann

Chances is part of the ongoing Andersen Family Saga series.

Livia Andersen was a woman who held her family together with a quiet smile and an iron will. It’s been months since her death and her children and grandchildren she leaves behind continue to grapple with the shifting changes in their lives now that she’s gone.

Pamela Andersen Handen didn’t see herself and what she was trying to accomplish with her life as starting over. There was more than she could count that she wished she’d done differently, mistakes both large and small she’d give anything to take back, and she had more regrets than she could sometimes bear to live with.

But she’d come to the one place that had never felt like anything but a second home to her as a child and then a teenager. And over the last year since her abrupt arrival she’d found while she couldn’t start over she could chart out a new course for her life. And she had.

The Andersen Saga is a story of family. It is a story about joy and loss, hope and sorrow, betrayal and regrets, unconditional forgiveness, high expectations, and unwavering loyalty. It reminds that at the heart of who we are is the family we come from, the family who stands behind and beside us and at times against us. And who we become isn’t just a result of those still with us but those too that we’ve lost along the way. It is about the twist and turns every family deals with, the conflicts from within, and the never ending desire for acceptance and respect.

Chances is the twentieth book in the ongoing Andersen Family Saga. Other books in the Andersen Family Saga include Betrayal, Resolute, Broken, Found, Choices, Regrets, Remember, Forgiven, Truths, Always, Expectations, Decisions, Disillusioned, Believe, Relentless, Everlasting, Enduring, Treasured, and Determined.

The Andersen Family Saga is a series of novellas, classified by Amazon as Short Reads. If you love sitting down with a novella style book you will enjoy the Andersen Family Saga series. These books fall between the forty-five minute to two hours reading time category of Amazon “Short Reads.”



The Thirst for Intimacy

by Pankaj Giri

Bonus novella for the novel ‘The Fragile Thread of Hope’ (a Finalist in the Amazon Pen to Publish Contest 2018) that can also be read as a standalone book.

An intimate tale about a lonely boy longing to quench his thirst for intimacy.

A decade ago, on a drizzly, foggy day in his hometown, Gangtok, something terrible happened to Soham’s elder brother.

Apart from the trauma surrounding the devastating incident, Soham harbors a secret guilt, a guilt he is unable to share with anyone, including his parents.

But when he goes to Bangalore to join an engineering college, a new hope dawns in him. Away from the suffocating influence of people who knew about the incident, Soham hopes to find someone, someone with whom he can share the guilt rooted deep in his heart.

Will the ghosts of his past keep haunting him, or will his thirst for intimacy finally be quenched?

Set in the city of Bangalore, India, The Thirst for Intimacy is an intimate tale of a quiet boy and his quest to break free from the chains of his loneliness.



Achim: oder wie Frauen lieben (German Edition)

by Tommy Brehm

Ein Roman als ultimativer Leitfaden für Frauen, die sich verstehen lernen wollen – eine Geschichte, die Männer zu Frauenverstehern machen kann. Charmante Komödie und weise Lebenslektion in einem Buch. Mit Witz und psychologischem Tiefgang erzählt Tommy Brehm eine wunderbare Geschichte von der Ostseeküste, in deren Mittelpunkt eine lebensechte, männliche Hightech-Sexpuppe steht, die vier ältere Damen in unerwartete Turbulenzen stürzt. Plötzlich wird das brennende Thema Liebe in ihnen wieder entfacht. Erinnerungen an vergangene Zeiten tauchen auf: Feminismus, Hippies, Joints, Bürgerlichkeit, Glück, Ehe, Erotik, Seitensprung, Alkohol und Tod. Vier Frauen, vier Leben, vier unterschiedliche Perspektiven auf Liebe, Leben und Sex.
Und plötzlich stellen sie sich Fragen: Warum sollten wir im fortgeschrittenen Alter nur von Erinnerungen zehren? Bedeutet es nicht leblos zu sein, wenn man die eigene Sexualität vor seinem Tod schon begraben hat? Wieso stirbt die Eifersucht nie? Und was machen eigentlich die Männer, wenn sie nicht mehr die Jüngsten sind? – Fragen, die der Autor mit der Leichtigkeit eines mitreiÃ?enden Erzählers beantwortet.



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