FREE Friday Fiction

Hey folks! Happy Friday! I hope wherever you are you’ve been having a good week. Warm weather returned to St. Louis this week and I’ve been enjoying it even though I know of course it can’t last. Once it gets colder though that’s a good time to stay inside and snuggle up with a good book.

I have oodles of free reads for you this weekend. First up click on the banner above for a ton of awesome fantasy reads plus a chance to win a $25 gift card.

Next up check out FATIMA OF AGARTHA by Guirguis and Michaan, A fantasy about a girl who stood against impossible odds

When Fatima stepped out of the school of Nafoura, she never expected for her life to turn into an adventure. From Nafoura to the capital of magic in Agartha, Eldorado, Fatima stepped on a predetermined path. She joins the order of the Diamond Sun, traverses the desolate desert of Ryogoju, and endures two times a town occupation. All she wanted was to be a good Agarthan, save her homeland from a bleak future, and find the Needle of Fate.

Join Fatima in her adventure, today.

Next up FORGET ME NOT by Anca Antoci.

Knowledge is power, but is it worth dying for?

When tragedy strikes, Rae makes a terrible choice and struggles with the aftermath. In the wilderness of the Tongass rainforest, she finds herself hunted by creatures of hell, monsters she never dreamed could be real. A hidden world, an ancient race, and a secret she discovers by accident give a new meaning to her life but only if she can escape and return to civilization. If she is to survive, Rae must comply with Ari, her reluctant hero, and allow him to wipe away any memory of this realm. Knowledge is power, but is it worth dying for?

A story about overcoming loss and self-doubt and finding purpose in life while being hunted by monsters. When push comes to shove, that’s when real strength emerges. What would it take to discover what you’re made of?

This is an excerpt. The full novel is available on Amazon and with kindle unlimited. There is a link at the end of the excerpt.

Download the sample today.

Next up a FREE NOVELLA – DAWNING CHAOS by T.L. Callahan.

Titan Theophanes – I was created by the God of Chaos to balance light and dark on Earth, but even my powers may not be enough to save my people from what is coming.

I set aside my sword to become king of the Chaonians—children of the primordial gods—on the hidden island of Atlantaionia. For seven years our people have reveled in the light of peace free from the dark battles of our past, but some believe we have grown weak. When the Olympians arrive to celebrate the winter solstice, a surprising source warns me to beware a darkness that is coming. Even my vast powers cannot pierce the shadows that hide the face of my enemy, but I will wield my sword once more to protect what is mine.

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Lastly something for the audio book lovers out there.

“The Indivisible and the Void” by D.M. Wozniak

War. Magic. A lover’s betrayal. A dark secret lies beneath them all.

Democryos leaves the comfort of his home at the citadel to search for his missing wife in the war-torn countryside… and what he finds may be the key to understanding a much larger mystery. A “beautiful” medieval fantasy with a “propulsive finale” (Kirkus Reviews).

Click to download free audible review copies for US and UK readers.

Finally check out the November 2021 Book Fair & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!!!

November P.A.W.S. Sale!

Never could get the hang of Thursdays – so in this particular Thursday I almost forgot to tell you guys that my books are on sale. Pick them up for a steal and be ready for my new release, Akash, coming out in just a month from now.

Available on Amazon on Kindle, paperback, and hardback and free on Kindle Unlimited.

Need some more great fantasy reads. Well, you’re in luck. For a week starting today I’ve got together with a bunch of cool indie fantasy writers and all of us have our titles for just 99 cents on Kindle.

Click on the banner below for more details!

Esmeralda’s Chanukah is Here!

It’s the first night of Chanukah and Esmeralda and her friends have a very important task to complete before sundown.

They need to make enough yummy latkes for all the flower fairies in the garden. There’s no time to waste.

Can they succeed before it’s time to light the menorah?

My new book arrived yesterday and it’s beautiful thanks to the wonderful watercolor art of Sri Lankan artist, Tina Wijesiri. I also listened to the audio book this morning that is currently being produced by British voice actress, Fiona Thraille. It’s going to be marvelous too. So I have an offer for everyone reading this page. Order a signed copy of Esmeralda’s Chanukah directly from me and get the audio book free.

Order your signed copy here for $15 including shipping plus there are bundle deals if you’d like to add my other picture books.

Or pick up your copy from Amazon in paperback or ebook. (And it’s also free on Kindle Unlimited if you have a subscription.

And here’s a sample picture from inside the book. This is Lucinda with her friend Snowdrop:

Fiction Friday!

FREE from Story Origin

Remember, remember the fifth of November ….

And this November 5th I have four fantastic reads to recommend for your weekend reading pleasure.

First up check out Kings of Sea and Sky by Katie Cherry.

Katie sagely advises “Don’t attempt to befriend something that eats people!”

Though Alexander has fought minotaurs, befriended dragons, and traversed the land, there’s one place in Zilferia he hasn’t explored.

The ocean.

Pearl isn’t thrilled with him constantly seeking out danger, but his affections for her won’t slow Alexander down. After all, supposedly there are man-eating merfolk down there!

He’s never leapt so enthusiastically at a life-threatening situation as this one, but there may be more in those dark depths than he’s prepared for.

***** This short story takes place before the events of the Crystal Dragon Saga and makes a thrilling, enlightening edition to the tale as we learn more about Crystal’s parents long before she was born. Fast-paced clean, YA Fantasy that you won’t want to miss! Claim your FREE copy today!

Next up – Eye of the Jaguar by Jeff D. Ellis.

David and Abby are coworkers at a video game company. Their lives are turned upside down as David is chosen to protect the world against monsters, and she discovers her magic. Their partnership blooms into a powerful romance which neither are prepared for. Together they must face an evil that claimed the lives of David’s parents over an artifact of great power, the Eye of the Jaguar.

Just 99 cents on Kindle or FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

The monsters never rest. They lurk, waiting for me to go to sleep.

Already, I have lost everything in my fight with the monsters that haunt my dreams, but my nightmares become a reality when I am kidnapped by a shadowy government agency called the IDA.

Drafted into the IDA’s army of dreamers, the monsters become more real than they have ever been before. I am beginning to learn who, or what, I am—and the responsibility it brings with it.

It’s a fight between good and evil on a plane between worlds. We learn to shift into the warriors we need to be to slay the demons of the underworld. Everything rests on our shoulders.

This is a fight we cannot lose because if we lose, we lose EVERYTHING.

If you enjoyed Ready Player One, Assassin’s Creed, and The Mortal Instruments, then you don’t want to miss this haunting paranormal urban fantasy.

2.99 on Kindle or FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Ten years have passed and he has forgotten her. But Mirari would still do anything to save her childhood friend from the executioner’s sword.

Meanwhile, Fangbane has spent his life trying to end centuries of social and political hostility. As his fame spreads, brave Knights rally to his cause.

But to truly succeed, Fangbane must have two others: Gaven, the headstrong warrior he helped put on death row, and Mirari, a simple merchant with a past as secretive as her formidable magical ability. Their aid could be the difference between success and failure.

Can Gaven put aside his apathy to fully commit to the alliance?

Will Mirari become a worthy fighter and subdue her desire for revenge?

With the threat of a growing movement of underground vigilantes bent on tipping the system, the Knights must act quickly.

Time is running out to rid the world of evil.

99 cents on Kindle or FREE on Kindle Unlimited

My Mother’s Keeper by S. G. Benson

Hi everyone. Something a little different this Friday. As some of you know when I’m not writing or puzzling I edit books for others. My editing projects run the gambit from children’s picture books, to gritty thrillers and sometimes include memoir.

One of the most powerful memoirs I edited recently is S. G. Benson’s My Mother’s Keeper. In it she chronicles her journey as caretaker for her mother as she succumbs to Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a tough journey but well worth the read.

Most people, at some point in their lives, confront issues with aging parents. Whether the problems are medical, financial, logistical, or emotional—or some combination—it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless.

My Mother’s Keeper: One family’s journey through dementia chronicles the author’s journey through parental dementia. At first, the author didn’t even recognize it as an illness. Once she found herself up to her neck in a nightmare, she had no time for research. She spent every waking moment coping, reacting, and scrambling—and was simply too exhausted to do more than try to put out each fire as it flared.

Later, once the crisis subsided, she found several books, articles, and websites that contained helpful information about dementia, its associated behaviors, and care suggestions for patients. What she didn’t find were stories of how families coped with it.

By sharing her experience, she hopes to help fill that gap. This book tells her family’s story of rapidly-accelerating personality changes, aggression, violence, fear, mistakes, hopelessness, helplessness, and eventual closure. The author hopes it will help readers who find themselves embarking on a similar journey understand that they are not alone.

My Mother’s Keeper is available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle.

Fiction Friday!

Free Audio Books in a multitude of genres – try something new today!

Happy Friday folks – I have three awesome indie titles to tell you about today. But first check out the awesome banner above and click to pick up a variety of audio books from Story Origin. All free in exchange for honest reviews.

Better to ask the coven’s forgiveness than their permission.

A witchy paranormal read with real-world issues.

FREE from Story Origin in exchange for signing up for the author’s newsletter.

The only true magic left on Earth hides in the bloodlines of the Bayshore Coven, a coven that forbids underage witches from practicing magic in the Earthly Realm. Long ago, Hecate — goddess of witchcraft — warned their Olympian-blessed ancestors to conceal their true nature at all costs.

Hecate also warned the Bayshore witches never to practice magic before attending Hecate Academy. Roxy should obey the Coven’s rules, but after years of being invisible to her crush — and worse, bullied by his vicious on-again, off-again girlfriend — she can’t take it anymore.

When she meets Kris, a rebellious sorcerer, in her dual-enrollment night classes at Bayshore Community College, her worldview is shattered. He challenges everything she thought she knew, raising disturbing concerns. If magic exists outside the Bayshore Coven, then the archaic rules imposed by a long-absent goddess must be wrong. Or, perhaps, their rules are tools being used to manipulate young witches into blind compliance.

Willing to take her chances, Roxy performs a spell to make Ray Hammond notice her, but it goes horribly wrong and she is unprepared for the consequences of unleashing the vast power coursing through her veins.

Still, better to ask forgiveness than permission…right?

Download your copy today!

Will ancient magic save one being’s soul and, just maybe, the future?

A world full of dragons

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In a united world where peace flourishes, one land stands in the way of progress… Ahrensburg, ruled by a despotic dragon leader through fear, violence and intimidation. Can a diplomatic delegation reconcile dark with light and bring the whole planet under one umbrella?

There’s also the small matter of dragons being taken against their will and forced to do another’s bidding by an unusual species immune to magic. Can the king’s legendary protector combine with a librarian’s out-of-the-box thinking and a stunning golden dragon to beat the odds, thwart the threat and save the day?

As new friends face ruthless enemies that have designs on not only their bodies, but their minds as well, will an ancient mantra come to their rescue?

Treachery, intrigue and a bare faced lie from an unexpected source lead to gruesome negotiations the likes of which have never been seen before. Will a cold hearted, duplicitous, double-crossing dragon fire the opening salvo in a wicked and unwarranted war, or can virtue and the moral high ground turn things around at the very last moment?

Lose yourself in supernatural battles, breathtaking betrayal and see if unusual, ancient magic can save one being’s soul and, just maybe, the future.

Pick up your FREE copy today!

An ancient force threatens every life on Earth. Is one teenager enough to save humanity?

After rescuing fellow planets from annihilation, Agnes Ann Cavanaugh is eager to master her magical abilities. But when a training session goes horribly wrong, she accidentally teleports herself and her instructor into the middle of an earthquake. And after preserving a crowd from certain doom, she’s shocked to discover the cause of the tremors is something deadly and unnatural.

Teaming with her teacher and a pair of elementals, Agnes embarks on a dangerous journey to Earth’s core to seek the source of the destruction. But when her lie-detecting power uncovers treachery from her companions, she fears she may be about to fail the trillions of souls depending on her.

Can the young wizard prevent an apocalypse in the present… and in the future?

Available on Amazon in print and ebook and FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

And finally – have you preordered your copy of AKASH yet?

Book 8 of the P.A.W.S. is coming on December 15th.

Head over to Amazon to read a sample of the chapter 1 and preorder your copy today.

Fiction Friday

Hi folks, it’s time for another Fiction Friday collection. Today I have three awesome indie titles to recommend.

First off, something a little different …

A note from the author: My mother, Eleanor LaRue, initially wrote this manuscript in 1960 but never had it published…she left it to me when she passed away in 1995…**BEFORE** I began writing. I found the story when I moved a few years ago and felt compelled to bring her story to life. Over the last two years, I’ve updated, edited, tweaked, and added a time travel element for a contemporary spin. My mom lived decades before her time, but her message is as significant today as it was in 1960. Thank you for reading our novel!

So what’s it about?

In a country divided, where terrorists hijack peaceful protests and threaten the fabric of America’s democracy, President Emery Clayton, III discovers a global power behind the insurrection. He escapes to the White House attic to plan a counterblow, steering clear of initiating World War III––and vanishes.

After years of studying to realize his dream, James Rucker’s future explodes when he’s falsely accused of cheating on his final exams. Vowing he’s had enough, he joins a civil rights movement. But his trip to connect with the anarchists stops cold when his flight is struck by lightning and plummets into the ocean.

Can one man’s soul rip through time to a different era…survive a plane crash…and mitigate a broken man’s rage in time to save his own nation from total destruction?

Pick up your copy on Amazon today in Kindle, paperback or audio book or FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Next up a fantasy by Suzanna Linton:

Join an amazing adventure about love, loss, and the fate of kingdoms.

As a slave, Clara’s life extends no further than the castle kitchens and their garden. However, she carries within herself a precious gift: the ability to see the future.

When a vision prompts her to prevent a murder, Clara is shoved not only into the intrigues of the nobility but also into a civil war. As events unfold, she begins to unearth chilling secrets about the war and her supposed friends.

Driven to learn the truth, Clara embarks on a journey that takes her from her beloved mountains to the very Capital itself, Bertrand. There, she is confronted by an evil as old as the mountains–and it’s using her anger and prejudices against her. If she is not careful, not only will the entire nation be lost, but Clara’s own soul as well.

FREE on Kindle!

And now another freebie, this one from Story Origin:

When Ariel’s friends convince her to go out for a ladies night with them, she doesn’t realize her whole life is about to change. She meets Blake, a handsome enigmatic man hiding a big secret. That’s alright, because she has some secrets of her own she has no intention of sharing. The problems start when the secrets begin to come out and their lives become hopelessly entangled. Their relationship brings Ariel the attention she has hidden from for years and exposes her to an evil she never believed was real.

Will the secrets revealed, tear them apart? Or will they discover a love that will stand the test of time? Will Blake’s ex-girlfriend cause him to regret meeting Ariel? Or will the men who chase Ariel, catch her, taking her from him forever?

Sign up for Crystal Dawn’s newsletter for your free copy!

This is Meow O Ween!

Pick up your Purrfect Gift today!

New Release Alert! I’m excited to announce I have a story “Tiger, Tiger” in this anthology of creepy, silly and funny kitty tales for the young and the young at heart.

Spooky, scary, otherworldly, magical…
You can find all kinds of stories in this collection of haunting cat stories for children.
And if you think the perfect solution to a frightening dilemma or phantom is a kitty or two, well, you might just be right.
But don’t make them angry…
Discover all sorts of tales in this collection of haunting children’s stories for the kid in us all.

All proceeds from this book will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

Including artwork, poetry, and/or stories from:

Stephanie Barr
Knixolate Bar
Rose Campbell
Jocelyn Dex
Ken Goudsward
Jane Jago
Debbie Manber Kupfer
RC Larlham
USA Today Bestselling author Lily Luchesi
Jen Ponce
DM Rasch
F Stephan
Donna Marie West

PIck up your copy today!

P.A.W.S. is now in hardback on Amazon!

Now in hardback on Amazon – $19.99

Exciting news. KDP has now given me the ability to make hardback copies of my books. I’ll be slowly working through my catalog and adding hardback editions of each of my titles over the next few months but the first one is now available and of course it’s P.A.W.S. — where it all started.

So if you want to be one of the first folks to get a hardback of P.A.W.S. you can pick up your copy on Amazon for $19.99. Additionally if you would like to get a signed hardback of P.A.W.S. I can do that too for $30 including shipping to anywhere in the US. Shoot me a message if you’re interested in this.

Burning the Bridges by Charles Blount

As some of you may know, when I’m not writing fiction or puzzles I edit the work of others. BURNING THE BRIDGES by Charles Blount is one of the most powerful books I ever had the privilege to edit.

And it’s now available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback.

Local basketball star, Black Johnson, is college bound until he gets tangled in a timeworn feud initiated by his father. When Black’s brother, Keith, is murdered in the streets in cold blood, Black swears vengeance and promises his mother he’ll find those responsible for breaking apart their family.

Deep in the pursuit for answers regarding his brother’s murder, Black encounters a mysterious woman focused on her own path of revenge. As Black confronts the events surrounding his brother’s death, he uncovers mysteries that have been deeply buried by the people closest to him. Learning the truth can come at a high cost, especially when it means discovering his trust in others may have been misplaced.

Will Black turn to the one person whose past will reveal all the answers? Or will he have to risk the lives of those around him to avenge his brother and solve the secrets of the past?

This is a fast-paced thrill ride with a lot to say.

Get your copy today, you will not be disappointed.