Contemporary Fiction

Five More Freebies to Start of the Month

by Alana on March 1, 2013

Murder and Other DistractionsMurder and Other Distractions
Michael Estrin
If you’re wanted for murder, the last thing you should do is smoke a joint, eat a taco, and alienate potential alibis. Then again, Ethan isn’t a very good murder suspect.

Maybe it’s just been a lousy week for him. There are layoffs at the office, poorly written death threats, and a vapid, but alluring coworker sending Ethan mixed signals. The f-buddy who loves to loathe him doesn’t understand that it’s over, and his philosophizing best friend is pretty sure that Ethan’s problem is merely the dreary momentum of the hipster ethos. Or it could be that Ethan’s pot dealer is out of baggies once again.

But the cop who’s after him doesn’t buy any of that bullshit. Despite being lazy and crooked, Boyd is damn good at his job. He’s certain Ethan murdered his ex—The Girl Who Got Away—along with her nobody of a boyfriend. And the more Boyd hounds him for a confession, the more Ethan comes to see the murders as his way out of the existential crisis consuming him. 



Finding Grace—A Transformational JourneyFinding Grace—A Transformational Journey
Kathy Gottberg
Ever wonder what it takes to be uniquely and passionately yourself in a world determined to make you like everyone else?

Grace Martin intends to find out as she stumbles from one life lesson to another. With a peculiar but supportive guide and mentor named Mrs. Pettermint, Grace slowly breaks free of traditional family and religion, and courageously explores life, relationships and various spiritual traditions seeking the answers to life’s big questions. Finally, just when she feels she is close to having it all figured out, her beloved mentor dies leaving her nearly $60 Million Dollars. However the only way to claim that inheritance and find the peace she longs for is for Grace to face the critics of her past, the betrayals of the present, and her doubts for the future.

Finding Grace shows that in today’s world it is possible to be spiritual without being religious. And for many women, the path to grace is often being willing to celebrate ourselves exactly as we already are.



Survivalist by Circumstance - Volume OneSurvivalist by Circumstance - Volume One
Cheryl L. Cholley
Darrell is suffering the effects of the downturn of the American economy. He has been laid off from his job as a stockbroker, and is taking his change in circumstances hard.

Mallory, Darrell's wife, is a nurse at a local hospital in their hometown of San Francisco. Their two children have lived their entire lives in the same home, and love The City.

When Darrell announces that he is considering a move to Santa Fe, his proposal is met with mixed reactions. Mallory is ready to pack up and move immediately. However their two children, Gemma and Preston, are dead set against the move.

I hope you enjoy this first episode in the series. The family finally comes to a decision on the move, but not without input from their zany neighbor Rick.

Because the episodes of this series are short, the price is an easy ninety-nine cents. You can hardly get a cup of coffee for that these days, so be sure to take a chance and give this new series a try. I'm betting I'll hear from you wanting to know when the next episode will arrive.

UPDATE: You may now purchase the first seven Episodes of this series in one single book. On Amazon, search for Survivalist by Circumstance - Novel One. Priced at only $3.99, you can save a few dollars by getting it all at once.





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Five Fresh Free Reads for You Today

by Alana on February 21, 2013



Thirty Something (Nothing's How We Dreamed It Would Be)Thirty Something (Nothing's How We Dreamed It Would Be)
Filipa Fonseca Silva
Joana is a conservative, controlling woman who expected much more from marriage; Maria is trying to get back on her feet after being dumped just before her wedding; Filipe hides his broken heart in failed relationships.
Is this as good as it gets when you're thirty something?
That's what these three friends from college times will find out during a dysfunctional dinner party. Because life is not always how we dreamed it would be.
Considered by some 'The Big Chill' of the 21st century, this debut novel is all about the end of innocence. Funny, clever and real.

"A very courageous novel that asks us to explore the hard questions in our lives no matter if we are thirty something or much older." - 5 stars - Karen Doering, Top 1.000 Amazon Reviewer

"Thirty Something is basically a story of reflection. We see how a group of friends, that are so different and have taken diverse paths in life, come together over dinner and how each one reflects on how different their lives are now." - 5 stars - Crystal Burns, Blogger: getlostinfiction.com



Captain's Day: A Golf CauserieCaptain's Day: A Golf Causerie
Terry Ravenscroft
At Sunnymere Golf Club meticulous plans put in place by club captain Henry Fridlington ought to have guaranteed that his Captain’s Day would be the best day in his life. However Henry has recently enforced a ‘no swearing on the golf course’ policy, a policy which has not gone down at all well with the membership - and a policy which is largely instrumental in ensuring that far from being the best day in his life his Captain’s Day quickly turns into the very worst day of his life. Of course the self-important behaviour of Henry himself doesn’t help matters. Neither does the arrival of the fire brigade on the golf course, the arrival of the police and the arrival of a twenty feet high pile of manure on the eighteenth green. But even without these unwanted distractions the two naked golfers charging about the course, one of them fuelled by drugs, the other fuelled by the desire to escape from the cuckolded fellow golfer chasing him, might have been enough to make Henry wish he’d never heard of the game of golf. Not to mention the mayhem caused by dance DJ Daddy Rhythm and his 120 decibel disco. Nor what the Lady Captain was getting up to with Henry’s father-in-law and two of his friends when Henry called in with his friend the Lord Mayor at the hospitality tent.
Captain’s Day will make non-golfers wonder why otherwise sane people take up the game and those who have taken up the game wish they had taken up something less fraught with danger, such as formation hang-gliding.

Just one of many 5 star Amazon Reviews -
“This is a very funny book. It will be enjoyed by golfers and non -golfers alike. In fact if Captain’s Day was like this in real life, lots more would take up the game. Refreshingly non PC with events that only the author could ever think of. Great fun and I doubt you have ever read anything like it before.” Cornishblue.

Captain's Day contains some sex scenes and strong language.

Are You My Mommy? The Search For My Birth Mother (Tales of Adoption Book 2)Are You My Mommy? The Search For My Birth Mother (Tales of Adoption Book 2)
Janet Louise Stephenson
Two sisters passed around from family to family as toddlers, handled their situation in dramatically different ways. The older sister internalized the abandonment and rejection, while the younger sister eagerly embraced each new mother figure asking, "Are you my mommy?"


Thirty years after being adopted into a Forever Family, these sisters seek out their past. In the search to reconnect with their biological family, they easily locate and reunite with their birth father. Through this reunion, they start to learn of the difficult life their birth mother had lived, and might still be living.

Several clues point to Native American Heritage through their birth mother's family line. While intense curiosity drives them to know more of their ancestry, their desire to reunite with her is diminished by an uncertainty over whether she wants to be found or if she would rather leave the past behind her where she buried it over 30 years ago.

They seek answers to these questions:
  • Is their birth mother alive? 
  • How will the answer to this question affect them?
  • If found alive, will she accept or reject them? 
  • What secrets has she been guarding all these years?
  • Does she hold the keys to connect them to their tribal ancestry?
  • What will it take to heal the wounds for both mother and daughters?
The tale stretches beyond the exhaustive search for their mother, delving into complicated family relationships, spirituality, healing, and forgiveness.





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Six Kindle Freebies Today

by Alana on February 15, 2013



Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles Book 1)Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles Book 1)
Ripley Patton
Now a Complete Series to binge read this fall.

Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.

How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.

Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.

*GHOST HAND was a semifinalist for The Kindle Book Review 2013 Best Indie Book Awards in the Young Adult category and a 2013 Cybil Award nominee.

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Everybody thinks this is nowhereEverybody thinks this is nowhere
Jeff Shephard
What if. What if you knew where a quarter of a million dollars is hidden? What if you have to kill someone to get it? And what if you did?

Subpoena ColadaSubpoena Colada
Mark Dawson
‘You work too much,’ said his beautiful actress girlfriend. ‘We hardly see each other any more.’ If only Daniel Tate had listened. Now she’s abandoned him for a glamorous American film star, leaving him with a one-eyed cat and a dirty flat he can’t afford. And there’s no respite at work: Daniel’s only client, 80’s rocker Brian Fey, is losing his court case against his old bandmates. The partners are concerned with his performance, not helping his chances for promotion in a cut-and-thrust contest between him, the office sycophant and his best friend. Winning the case for Brian would make all the difference but that’s not easy when your client is suddenly implicated in a sensational murder.

Praise for Subpoena Colada

'Genuinely unputdownable' Punch

Praise for The Art of Falling Apart

'Ultra-stylish, super-addictive - viciously good.' Toby Litt

'The spirit of our times captured in an engrossing new work ... This earthy, tragi-comic first novel marks him out as a talent to be watched.' Birmingham Post

'Written in an innovative style, with plenty of intrigue and action, Dawson beautifully weaves the plot together ... a brilliant debt novel from a very talented writer.' Subject.

'Grips you like the Boston Strangler's handshake. Essential reading.' Later.

'An entertaining life at the low lives of high-rollers.' Jockey Slut.

'An impressive first novel. Edgy vibrancy.' Manchester Evening News.

'A classic tale of sex, drugs, rock and roll - and murder ... a fascinating read for anyone with even a passing interest in the treacherous machinations of the music industry.' RTE

'A soap opera of scandalous behaviour ... the time to read this is now.' The Big Issue

Praise for The Black Mile

'By far and away the best Kindle book I've ever read.' Kindle Book Review

Basic English Grammar: A Guide for New and Prospective ESL Teachers: CELTA Preparation (ESL Resources for New and Prospective Teachers Book 1)Basic English Grammar: A Guide for New and Prospective ESL Teachers: CELTA Preparation (ESL Resources for New and Prospective Teachers Book 1)
Miles Jaworski
Basic English Grammar: A Guide for New and Prospective ESL Teachers covers all the essential grammar that teachers at the start of their careers need to know before entering the classroom. With clear, concise, accurate explanations as well as relevant examples, this book will give you the knowledge necessary to begin teaching ESL grammar with confidence and to give competent lessons. Topics covered include tenses, relative clauses, conditionals, reported speech, modal verbs, comparative adjectives, the passive voice and many other important structures. This grammar book is now updated with 11 new chapters.






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Six Sensational Free E-books Today!

by Alana on February 13, 2013



DRY TORTUGASDRY TORTUGAS
AFN CLARKE
From best selling author AFN Clarke this powerful novel traces an emotional journey of self-discovery between a heart broken daughter and her estranged father. “Unforgettable”, “dramatic” and “uplifting”, it’s “an absolutely beautiful story that will stay with you long after the last word is read!”

When Nikki Kimble’s mother dies, she is left with a deep sense of loss and an aching desire to find her father Jake, who disappeared from her life when she was only three. She leaves Rhode Island in search of him, hoping for answers to a lifetime of questions. But when she finds him aboard a battered yacht in the Florida Keys, their worlds collide and sparks fly, threatening to destroy the fragile bond that hangs like a thread between them. As their lives start to unravel they find themselves in the path of a deadly hurricane, perilously adrift in a raging sea on Jake’s now damaged and leaking yacht, lost in the Gulf of Mexico. Fighting for survival they face off, and emotions run high as they are forced to discover the truth about each other that neither is ready to accept.

Dedicated by the author to his daughters, this deeply moving novel explores the fragility of human emotions and the strength of the human spirit to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles that life places in our way.

AFN Clarke is best selling author of “Contact” (memoir) and 7 novels that have captured the imagination of readers worldwide. A proud father of four daughters, pilot, sailor, racecar driver, screenwriter and former Officer in the British Parachute Regiment, he’s lived all over the world, is insatiably curious and loves to travel off the beaten track.

DRY TORTUGAS BOOK CATEGORIES:
•Contemporary Literary Fiction
•Best Selling Authors
•Family Life Novel
•Inspirational Suspense
•Must Read Books
•Sailing Fiction
•Contemporary American Literature
•Women’s Adventure
•Women’s Psychological Fiction

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This is Madness: A Family Travel Guide! - The Daily Journals from a Family's Adventure Travel Around the WorldThis is Madness: A Family Travel Guide! - The Daily Journals from a Family's Adventure Travel Around the World
Donald Hamilton, Alistair Hamilton, Christine Hamilton, Douglas Hamilton,

LIVE THE DREAM with the Hamilton family as they travel around the world!


This is the ultimate of family travel guides, as you see the countries they visit, and the adventures that they have, through the eyes of Mum & Dad, Donald & Christine, AND two pre-teenage children, Ally (12) and Dougie (9) captured in the journals that they wrote as they went along. An adventure travel book to stir the adventurer in everyone, This is Madness takes the reader on the journey from home in the UK to encounters with wildlife - and wildlife poo! - in South Africa, dental problem and allergy attacks in Sri Lanka, the unbelievable beauty and friendliness of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, zip lining through the forests in Thailand, discovering Mangosteen in Bali, campervanning up the east coast of Australia from Sydney to Port Douglas, being dropped from 200 feet in New Zealand, scuba diving in Fiji, the majesty of the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and the Florida Keys in the US, before dropping him/her on a beach in St Lucia and then returning home.

The adventure travel experience is mixed with homely detail, thoughtful observations of modern and reflections on as hopes and fears for the future - as well as copious servings of coffee and ice cream and observations on local cats! The differences between the observations of the parents and the kids on the same events is both insightful and heartwarming - as mum and dad analyse and dissect, the kids take it all in their stride and look forward to the next meal and adventure!

An amazing adventure in an unprecedented family travel guide


For everyone who dreams of quitting the day job and setting off to travel round the world with the family, this is the most hands-on of family travel guides: you live the journey, the adventures, the great times and the frightening times through the eyes of the people involved, every day - as well as great, and often very funny stories, there are lessons and insights here for everyone.

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American Liberation FrontAmerican Liberation Front
Scott Haworth
From the author of the popular Dark Moonlighting series:

The end of Los Angeles is only the beginning for Nick and Shane Wenzel. They mourn together after a nuclear terrorist attack claims the lives of their parents. Their responses to the tragedy soon set them on different paths. Nick moves to Ohio to live with his estranged uncle. Governor Serge Bough’s demand for a crusade against the Arab nations appeals to the young man. Shane joins a student organization opposed to the civil rights abuses that stem from the new security crackdown. As the world economy crumbles, Shane’s ideology becomes a minority viewpoint. Serge Bough’s Progressive Conservative Party steadily wins representation in the government. When Bough seizes absolute power, Shane joins a resistance movement known as the American Liberation Front. He must fight against a powerful totalitarian regime that includes his own brother.

The Twelfth JurorThe Twelfth Juror
Joyce Swann, Alexandra Swann,
Young, beautiful, ambitious Megan Cleary seems to have the perfect life—a dream job in a prestigious law firm in New York City, an upscale boyfriend, and a fabulous apartment. But her perfect world is shattered when, while working late one night, she is brutally attacked. Terrified by her ordeal, Megan determines that, no matter what happens, she will never again be a victim.

A few months later, Megan's attacker returns, but this time she is armed and ready. She shoots her assailant and flees the scene before the police arrive and discover the body. Thinking she is now safe, she hides her crime and tries to go on with her life as if nothing has happened. But only a few days later she discovers the horrible truth—killing her assailant was only the beginning of her problems, and she now faces consequences she could have never imagined....

This suspense thriller will keep you guessing until the very end!





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