Literary Fiction

EIGHT Engaging Reads for Free!

by Alana on February 12, 2013

Bountiful Creek: a legendary love storyBountiful Creek: a legendary love story
Steven B. Weissman
In the spring of 1861, just prior to the onset of the Civil War, eighteen-year-old Martha Somerville finds her life rapidly changing along with the world around her. Determined to find a way to build a life with her love, Wilby, Martha focuses her energies on acquiring enough money to buy a plot of land to turn into a small farm. Her obsession takes her far from quiet Bountiful Creek, Virginia, deep into Union territory in Ohio. When war breaks out, she immediately sets her course for home before Wilby leaves to join the Confederate Army; but a wealthy suitor, a gravely ill companion, and a thief challenge her efforts to reach him in time. Yet even if she can successfully overcome her obstacles, her life dangerously parallels an ill-fated legend that threatens to keep her and the man she loves apart forever.

Worse Than Being AloneWorse Than Being Alone
Patricia Clark
Worse Than Being Alone is a riveting tale involving multiple cons, a vicious murder, romance, betrayal, and escape as it vividly explores just how far all of us are prepared to go to avoid being alone.

Kitty and Roni are building their fledgling investigative agency by following workers' comp cheats. Every PI's dream of catching real criminals seems to be coming true when they begin to suspect one of their targets is engaged in more nefarious activities than just a bogus comp claim. Their cat and mouse game gets twisted when they realize they are the ones being stalked.

A personal and potentially lethal inquiry emerges after Roni's father marries a woman with a checkered past, and they fear he has found his Worse Than Being Alone. When their investigation points to a shady past involving a trail of life insurance payouts and dead husbands, they wonder if Dad has married a Black Widow or an extremely unlucky woman.

As that case boils over, along comes the most talented con artist of them all. After his angry employer hires them to check him out, Kitty and Roni slowly come to realize he has the makings of a master criminal. They uncover numerous identities along with multiple workers' comp claims. Then here are his almost daily trips to the same bank wearing different disguises.

Surprises abound as Kitty and Roni break up a sex slave ring, thwart a bank robbery, nab a shoplifter, and document a Black Widow's treachery. A sudden death leaves them stunned as they second-guess their activities, forcing them to confront a murderer.

AN UNQUIET AMERICANAN UNQUIET AMERICAN
AFN CLARKE
Bestselling author AFN Clarke wrote AN UNQUIET AMERICAN in 2007-2008. The explosive revelations released by the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in December 2014 concerning CIA Black Sites and extreme torture during the Bush Administration, makes this powerful, provocative and eerily prophetic novel an even more incredible “must read” of our times.

Rufus Reed, ex-British Special Forces, is drugged, kidnapped, falsely accused of terrorism and “disappeared” to a secret CIA “Black Site” in Northern Europe. He’s to be broken “by any means possible”. But nothing is quite what it seems, and Reed is no ordinary prisoner. He was trained in counterterrorism and psychological warfare, and as he engages with his captors they develop a growing respect for his intelligence, level headedness and humanity. As doubts about his guilt grow, so does the horrifying possibility that they’re all just pawns in a larger, more insidious game being played out by right wing extremists at the highest levels of the US government, conspiring to ensure “their man” wins the Presidency of the United States. A game that makes not just Reed, but all of them expendable!

But could “their own” really betray them? As they grapple with the unthinkable, the moves and countermoves of competing forces explode onto the world stage. From a small Irish village to the Port of Al-Aqabah, the White House to the Israeli Knesset, the CIA Black Site to top echelons of the Vatican, events escalate at an unnerving pace until a mind-bending twist propels the action to a dramatic and unexpected conclusion.

Drawing on the author’s own experiences in the military and as the son of a British MI6 operative living in different countries, cultures and political systems around the world, this “controversial”, “politically provocative”, “can't put the book down” literary thriller tackles highly controversial issues and disturbing decisions in history from 1948 to the present, the far reaching consequences of which, we are still dealing with today.

About The Author
AFN Clarke, is the bestselling author of Contact as well as The Orange Moon Affair and The Jonas Trust Deception (Thomas Gunn thriller series); Dry Tortugas; Dreams from the Death Age and Armageddon (The Book of Baker Satire Series) and Collisions. Visit afnclarke.com for more information and leave us your email for future updates. Deep appreciation for any reviews.

“An Unquiet American” Book Categories
•Contemporary American Literature
•Political Thrillers
•International Political Thrillers
•International Espionage Fiction
•International Conspiracy
•Bestselling Authors
•CIA Conspiracy



Maybe He's Just an Asshole: Ditch Denial, Embrace Your Worth, and Find True Love!Maybe He's Just an Asshole: Ditch Denial, Embrace Your Worth, and Find True Love!
Halle Kaye
Maybe He's Just an Asshole is the insightful, inspirational and HILARIOUS dating guide women have been waiting for. In a world where most of the dating rules seem to have been written from the perspective of the penis, Halle Kaye and Sophie Stone show women how to approach dating from a position of strength and leverage, not from a place of desperation and weakness. Do you wish you had more power/control when it comes to men and dating? Read the book today!

(Oh, and the best part: no rules, games, or bitchiness required.)

IMPORTANT NOTE: if you decide to review this book below, please use the term "ahole" in your review instead of "a**hole" or "asshole" or it might not publish. Thanks!

Finally, please note that this is not intended to be an “anti-man” or “man-hating” book. As one reviewer pointed out, we use the term “asshole” in a playful, snarky, tongue-in-cheek kind of way to refer to men who are a waste of your time. It’s precisely because we believe there are so many wonderful men out there that we want to help you ditch the bad ones fast!



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Five Kindle Freebies Today

by Alana on February 8, 2013

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Revenge, DeniedRevenge, Denied
Joan Marie Verba
An Amazon Kindle Bestseller!

Revenge, Denied (a fantasy short story)

A story of magic and triumph over hardship, with a shocking ending. At 6300 words, this story is a perfect short read.

Marlys, excited about being accepted as an apprentice sorceress, is astonished to find that the other apprentices bully her mercilessly. No matter how hard she tries, no matter what she does, she isn’t good enough. Worse, no one seems interested in teaching her sorcery. Can she become a sorceress despite this, and, if given the chance for revenge, will she take it?

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DREAMS FROM THE DEATH AGE (The Book of Baker 1)DREAMS FROM THE DEATH AGE (The Book of Baker 1)
AFN CLARKE
DREAMS FROM THE DEATH AGE is the first book in THE BOOK OF BAKER Trilogy. This futuristic satire is a humorous, irreverent novel full of colorful characters and fast-paced events from a writer with a rascally sense of humor and a “nothing-is-sacred” attitude. And with its humor comes a more enlightened message, about the strength, understanding and heart required to survive a world on the brink of disaster.

Sean Baker is a despondent young man, a failed author who can’t even seem to go through with his own suicide. But that “cowardly” action is the first step in the fulfillment of an amazing destiny. Sean’s life changes forever when he finds a mysterious manuscript, “The Texts of Praetus”, written by a sophisticated 100,000 year-old civilization. Inspired by its stunning revelations, Sean writes a new book - “Dreams from the Death Age” - whose enlightened message resonates with such intensity that it becomes a best seller overnight. With over 75 million readers, THE BOOK is talked about in hushed whispers with a reverence usually reserved for only the most holy, metaphysical and visionary phenomenon - or for “new age” books like The Celestine Prophecy, The Secret or Conversations with God. But with blind adulation also comes the danger of misinterpretation and manipulation.

Enter Lillian Schatsheimer, the loud mouthed, outlandish and somewhat jaded campaign manager of Senator Melvyn W. Ballsfield’s bid for the 2020 US Presidential election. In an attempt to reverse his fading hopes, Lillian latches onto THE BOOK with an almost biblical fervor. She establishes the Baker Academy for the Advancement of Humanity (BAAH for short) as a “front” for her political campaign. This unwittingly sets in motion a cult movement with both hilarious and disastrous consequences.

For centuries enlightened and prophetic writings have been misinterpreted and used to further personal agendas - and BAAH is no exception. Its disciples spin out of control and both candidates for the presidency, with their self-inflated egos and outdated ideologies, resort to desperate measures to fulfill their dreams of political domination unaware that no-one is listening as they have bigger things to deal with, like the possible end of the world!

As natural and man-made disasters shake the core of humankind’s very existence, Sean and his partner Dawn, with help from unexpected sources, become the voice of reason leading those who care to listen, to safety.

But can the explosive chain of events be reversed? Or is Armageddon actually required to cleanse the world of a "mutated" humanity that has totally lost its way and its connection to its own heart and soul? Are the devastating revelations of “The Texts of Praetus” about to become prophecy fulfilled?

DREAMS FROM THE DEATH AGE is the first book in The Book of Baker Trilogy, followed by ARMAGEDDON (Part 2) now available on Amazon; and GENESIS REVISITED (Part 3) to be published late 2012.

Book length 134,979 words.

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Check Out Today’s Great Free Books!

by Alana on January 27, 2013

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Monster Are People Too! Teach Your Young Children to Love and Laugh at MonstersMonster Are People Too! Teach Your Young Children to Love and Laugh at Monsters
Susan Bradley

Parents LOVE Monster Are People Too!



"Love, love, love! The pictures are so cute and the message is so precious! I love this picture book almost as much as my sons do!" ~ Allison Chaney, Mom of Twin Sons

"What a great little children's eBook! For a new writer/illustrator, Susan Bradley hits a home run! I cannot wait for the next book!" ~ Shane Randall

"Never mind my kids; this has become #1 on my children's book favorites list. Awesome job Susan Bradley. Great little picture book!" ~ Tamara Sinclair

About Monster Are People Too!



Somehow, most children develop a fear of monsters. Monsters Are People Too is a great children's ebook for parents who want to send a sweet message while helping alleviate the ridiculous fear that can torment a child! Watch them lose their fear of monsters while learning to see things and people with an open mind and a loving heart.

Snakes - Facts About the Most Polarizing Animals on Earth Plus Videos (Snakes & Reptiles Book 1)Snakes - Facts About the Most Polarizing Animals on Earth Plus Videos (Snakes & Reptiles Book 1)
Mark Farley

Parents LOVE Snakes!



"My son loves reptiles and snakes and he loves this book! For me, it's creepy! He loves to stare at these reptiles and I'm absolutely amazed at how much he's learned. Nice job Mark!" ~ Amy Morrison

"WOW! My boys have hijacked my kindle! They can't seem to get enough of Snakes eBook! Thanks Mark." ~ Stephen Connelly

"The good news is my children love this eBook. The bad news is snakes creep me out! I'm amazed at how the absorb all of the cool facts in this book. Awesome" ~ Sandy Martinez 

About Snakes! A Fascinating Children's eBook About The Most Polarizing Animals on Earth



Kids love Snakes! Teach your kids about dozens of different kinds of snakes from all around the world. From deadly vipers to harmless garden snakes, your child will be a snake expert in no time!

Here's what he or she will learn about:



  • Arizona Black Rattlesnake

  • Black Kingsnake

  • Black Pakistani Cobra

  • Boa Constrictor

  • Boomslang Snake

  • Brown House Snake

  • Bull Snake

  • Burmese Python

  • California Kingsnake

  • Copperhead Snake

  • Coral Snake

  • Corn Snake

  • Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

  • Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

  • Eastern Green Snake

  • Gray Rat Snake

  • Green Boa Snake

  • Green Parrot Snake

  • Green Tree Snake

  • Horned Viper

  • King Cobra

  • Milk Snake

  • Northern Brown Snake

  • Northern Water Snake

  • Paradise Snake

  • Rattle Snake

  • Red Spitting Cobra

  • Royal Python

  • Southern Pacific Rattlesnake

  • Spotted Bush Snake

  • Taiwan Beauty Snake

  • Tiger Snake

  • Yellow Python





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Who Gives Up Adorable Little Girls Anyway? The Search For My Birth Father (Tales of Adoption Book 1)Who Gives Up Adorable Little Girls Anyway? The Search For My Birth Father (Tales of Adoption Book 1)
Janet Louise Stephenson

Passed around from family to family before an interstate adoption brought them to Idaho from Oregon, two young girls spend most of their lives wondering why their parents didn't keep them. 

Every effort to find information about their past is shut down - by their adoptive family, the adoption agency, and the judicial system. Will they ever find answers to the questions that have haunted them for nearly 30 years?
  • Why was Janet born on the side of a highway in the middle of the night?
  • Who left these girls with the neighbors and didn't come back?
  • What do the girls remember from before their adoption?
  • Why did each family pass them on to another family instead of giving them a permanent home?
  • Is someone out there missing them?
  • Is there a conspiracy to keep them from knowing the truth?
  • What does a 'forever family' mean anyway?
Learn the answers to these questions as you catch a glimpse of the psychological and emotional nightmare that surrounds the search for biological parents.

After decades of fruitless searches for their biological parents, something miraculous happens to open up the door for a reunion to take place. With a name and contact information, would the girls have the courage to reach out to a man who gave them away almost 30 years ago?

Take a ride on an emotional roller coaster with these two sisters as they defy their adoptive family's wishes to search out their birth parents.

Unscrambled EggsUnscrambled Eggs
Nadia Brown, Nadia Brown,
Profound and riveting, this is a 60 poem book collection with poetry that enlightens, speaks the way of life and the world. The poems from Unscrambled Eggs has a universal appeal, and is true to life in form. Unscrambled Eggs was written over a five year period and is an honest and thought-provoking book that deals with everyday life issues. It is a stirring compilation of poems about living your dream and finding one's purpose.



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Five Terrific Freebies Today

by Alana on January 22, 2013

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Dance With A GunfighterDance With A Gunfighter
Joanne Pence
***Best-Selling Western Historical e-Book***
***Willa Cather Literary Award Best Historical Finalist***
Gabriella Devere grows up quickly when she witnesses the murder of her family by a gang of outlaws, and vows to make them pay for their crime. When the law won't help her, she takes matters into her own hands. Jess McLowry left his war-torn Southern home to head West, where he hired out his gun. When he learns what happened to Gabriella's family, and what she plans, he knows a young woman like her will have no chance against the outlaws, and vows to save her the way he couldn't save his own family. But the price of vengeance is high and Gabriella's willingness to sacrifice everything ultimately leads to the book's deadly and startling conclusion.



TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE (A Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery Book 1)TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE (A Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery Book 1)
Marta Tandori
“ONCE YOU’VE EXPERIENCED MARTA TANDORI’S WAY WITH LANGUAGE, WITH CHARACTER BUILDING, AND WITH PLOT DEVELOPMENT, THERE IS NO TURNING BACK.” – GRADY HARP, VINE VOICE

“The Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery Series serves up the perfect mystery reader Cosmo – one part ‘I-didn’t-see-that-coming’ whodunit with a double shot of Hollywood glam.”

A young runaway takes refuge in a makeshift shack under the Hollywood Freeway, forcing the autistic woman in it to find milk for her sickly newborn – a search that ultimately ends in tragedy when the woman is run down by a hit-and-run driver after a violent confrontation with several teenagers. When one of those teenagers, seventeen-year-old Karen Devane, is implicated in the woman’s homicide, the tabloids are quick to exploit the tragedy, thanks to Karen’s recent antics as a spoiled Tinseltown “celebrat” riding on the coattails of her famous grandmother, the legendary Kate Stanton. Complicating matters is the dead woman’s daughter, who’s determined that Karen be held accountable for her mother’s death, even after the charges against Karen are dropped. With tensions between Karen and her family near breaking point and the paparazzi relentlessly hounding her every move, Karen makes a startling discovery which finally puts her on the road to redemption – and links the dead woman to her beloved grandmother.

Karen’s discovery raises a host of troubling questions for Kate, forcing her to revisit the horrors of her past in search of answers. But Kate soon realizes that some questions are better left unasked after a seemingly random shooting leaves her granddaughter fighting for her life and Kate scrambling to stay one step ahead of a killer who’s determined to end her life in order to save his own.

In this sweeping murder mystery based on the novella FORBIDDEN, past mistakes are pitted against bittersweet revenge and family secrets as old as Hollywood and Hitler threaten to destroy one family tainted by a poisonous legacy none of them can ever hope to escape.

BECOMING: The Life & Musings of a Girl PoetBECOMING: The Life & Musings of a Girl Poet
Nadia Brown
BECOMING is an uplifting poetry collection of inspirational poems and articles about living a life of fulfillment. The author draws upon her own experiences, inspirations, and what she feels most passionate about. The poetry in this book is written about various topics; however, its main theme is about utilizing your God-given talents and gifts in such a way that leads to a fulfilling life. It is the follow-up to her to her award-winning poetry book collection, Unscrambled Eggs.





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