Fiction Friday

Happy Friday folks. Welcome to another Fiction Friday. Today I have a freebie for you: a romance from Rachael Perez.

Do you wanna know a secret?

I’m a terrible, rotten human being. The thing is, my great grandfather and his best friend had a dream. Then their sons had the same dream. And then their sons….you get the drift.

What was this dream? To strengthen and solidify the bonds of their long lasting friendship with the sanctity of marriage. This wasn’t possible for several generations because neither the Crane family nor the Black family had a female child. Until me. And Alicia. My planned marriage to James Crane was the talk of the Town. Every single female was envious of me. Many would have killed to be in my position. My husband to be was rich, easy on the eyes and a complete gentleman. The best part of this arranged marriage was, James and I were already madly in love.

Whatever could go wrong with such a fairytale love story? Everything.

It turned out that I was also the dumbest person in the world. I was provoked. That’s my only excuse for doing what I did. Now I’m caught in a web of my own making. Instead of uniting our two families just like my great-grandfather wanted, I was on track to turn our families into bitter, feuding enemies.

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Friday Fiction

Happy Friday, Folks. I have a mixed bag of reads for you this fair Friday.

First up, do you like dragons? Of course you do!

Check out this first of an awesome new series by J.A. Cullican, HEIR OF DRAGONS, just 99 cents on Kindle for a limited time or FREE on KIndle Unlimited.

Her bloodline says they should be mortal enemies. Her heart swears otherwise. Will her torn loyalties leave her vulnerable to a rising evil?

Minx’s hunting and fighting skills are legendary. But when adversaries trespass on the royal Fae lands, she’s nervous about her mission to restore the defense wards by slaying a dragon and returning with its powerful hide. And the ferocious warrior grows desperate when neighboring clans demand that she defeat not one, but two of the fearsome beasts in fights to the death.

Angered by the coercive demand, Minx tracks down her first red-scaled monster—only to be stunned when it shifts into a stunning young man. And when her handsome foe claims they share a common adversary, her attraction tempts her toward an unheard-of alliance against a dark new threat.

Will Minx’s quest to save her species drag them into a bloody war?

How to Kill a Dragon is the breathtaking first book in the Heir of Dragons epic fantasy series. If you like fierce heroines, forbidden romance, and magic gone awry, then you’ll love J. A. Culican’s fiery tale.

Buy How to Kill a Dragon to battle the demons of destiny today!

Next up, a treat for those with KU who love to binge on fantasy box sets!

Chaos. Magic. Adventure. – Three things this princess isn’t ready for.

Book 1

When dark magic brings destruction and chaos down on her kingdom, fae princess Dana’s life takes an unexpected turn. To save her, the king begs her to leave him to his fate, and she must now step away from every comfort she’s ever known.

Dana is left to unravel the mysteries of her powers while dealing with an annoying wolf shifter whose secrets set her blood on fire. He’s either the ally she desperately needs or the most dangerous man she’s ever met.

Moonstones, a witch, dark elves, and a wolf shifter all stand in her way as she tries to absolve her father of the atrocities the fae folk accuse him of.

Read this and continue to books 2-4 in one chunky box set free to subscribers of KU

But wait, there’s more! I’ve got together with a bunch of awesome fantasy authors ALL free on Kindle Unlimited. Check them out by clicking the banners below and find your next fantasy binge.

Kid’s Corner

And now something for the little ones …

Jake is off to daycare, but he’s worried about what’s in store.
Going somewhere new can be scary–trying something different, even more.
How will he get ready, and what will help him through?
What will bring him comfort and help prepare him for something new?

Available in paperback, hardback or Kindle or FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

Meet Esmeralda Grunch, a very fetching flower fairy, and her best friend, Tulip. Story by me and enchanting watercolor pictures from Tina Wijesiri.

Available in paperback and just $1.99 on Kindle for a limited time.

And that’s it for today. Have a happy weekend, folks!

Friday Fantasy Fiction

Hey folks, it’s Friday, so that means it’s time to check out some awesome fantasy reads to keep you engaged all weekend long. First up we have CHAOS LIES BENEATH THE NIGHT by J. Leigh Bralick. Just look at that beautiful cover.

The first episode of a gripping new epic fantasy serial from the author of The Madness Method…

Emery, Captain of the Shadow Guard, has dedicated his life to one purpose…

…to preserve the three realms of the Cosmos from the dominion of Chaos.

But when one of his soldiers is killed on a routine mission into the mortal realm, everything changes. Something is wrong, and he is the only one who seems to notice…or care.

Atan, the Splendor of Light, should be content with his gilded existence…but fragmented memories of a forgotten past return to haunt him. What would he risk to uncover the truth?

Therrei tol Dana is an ordinary human girl raised in obscurity, which is exactly where she prefers to be. But when she manifests unexpected powers, sinister forces take notice. Is there any way to hide without also hiding who she was meant to be?

As a nefarious plot to awaken Chaos intensifies, fate draws the lives of these three toward an unlikely intersection…

You’ll love this new fantasy serial, because who’s afraid of a little Chaos?

Preorder today for just 99 cents!

Next up TALES OF FERRES by the wonderful K.M. Jenkins who had the privilege of meeting a couple of years back at Penned.

Since the beginning of time, one kingdom in the world of Tarzinëa has remained a mystery. Very few have entered its depths and survived. Walk alongside our heroes and watch their tales unfold as they enter the Forest of Ferrês. Discover everything from wolves so large they look like full grown ponies, to devil creatures that lurk in the night. Expect the unexpected as you venture into the magical land of Ferrês where not everything is as it seems.

2.99 or FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Next up DRAGONLIGHT from Elon Vidal – I adore dragons, don’t you?

The Witchlight Quest guides Lucy and her quirky friends to Dracoterra, dragon territory.

This strange kingdom, once a land of magic, is plagued by the same dark force that kidnapped the elemental deity of Light. Perils, monsters, phoenixes, and wishing trees abound, and the Witchhunters are trailing close behind.

Her only path to becoming a Lightbringer is also a journey in which she must face her own inner darkness.

While her powers are growing, so too is the danger that threatens not only to sweep this magical land into despair, but also engulf her own nature with it.

Will Lucy find the clues that guide her towards her destiny or will these evil forces spell the end of the Lumenary Prophetiae?

Dragonlight and the entire Lightkey series is a fun YA fantasy adventure with a positive message suitable for all ages. 

Just 99 cents or FREE on KU

Last but by no means least another 99 cents preorder, MIDNIGHT’S ASSASSINS by Margo Bond Collins.

A monster-hunting assassin teams up with a reluctant werewolf to take down the organization that employed her—assuming they don’t kill her first.

Midnight is the poster child of The Organization.

Or she would be if anyone outside The Organization knew about it.

Ten years ago, The Organization plucked Ilsa Deverell out of the latest in a series of terrible foster homes, trained her up to become the perfect monster assassin, and gave her a code name. Ever since then, they’ve had Midnight’s complete loyalty.

Until now.

Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Preorder today for just 99 cents.

Do you have Kindle Unlimited? Check out this promo including oodles of fantasy and sci-fi all free to KU subscribers

PLUS Remember that ALL of my P.A.W.S. books are currently on sale for just two more days!

Friday Fiction

Hi everyone, Happy April! I hope you’re enjoying your spring.

I’ve got a bunch of cool books to talk about today from some awesome indie authors. Be sure to check them out.

First up two freebies from Story Origin. Pick up these two titles in exchange for signing up for the authors’ newsletters.

When Vivian, the Lady of the Lake, is asked by Merlin to help him obtain a powerful sword for the soon-to-be King Arthur, she leaves Avalon to find the Forger of Light. But he has a reputation and she fears the cost for such a sword will be high.

This is a short story prequel to the series Rise of the King (previously called Tom’s Arthurian Legacy), a series about Tom’s adventures with King Arthur in the Other. If you love myth and magic, you’ll love this retelling of the Arthurian legend.

All stories have a beginning. Pick up this one here!

Now something for your little ones:

When Alexander starts school in the fall his teacher notices that he can’t stop growing. Before long, he’s too big for the classroom and has to move away to a farm. Alexander is heartbroken and so is his class. When the teacher tells Alexander how wonderful she thinks he is, Alexander believes it’s just because he’s unusually tall. However, when the teacher moves the entire classroom to Alexander’s farm they are finally able show him just how special he really is.

Download your FREE copy from Story Origin

And now back to something for the rest of us and to a subject near and dear to my heart. The world of shifters! But these are not your regular weres – these are aliens – check it out!

This alien warrior has finally met his match. But she’s not who he thinks she is…

Nora Marlin

Fired from my job. Kicked out of my apartment. And dumped at the altar. All in the same week. So of course, that’s when an alien swoops down in his spaceship and steals me away.

FML.

Worse, he’s an overbearing, possessive giant of an alien, complete with rippling muscles and a sexy smile that could melt even the most hardened heart.

Okay. Maybe being abducted by an alien isn’t so bad, after all.

But I still need to get home and straighten out my mess of a life. Right?

Commander Lutro Dax

I was supposed to go to Earth to pick up my matched mate. When I got to the rendezvous point, Nora was waiting—so of course I brought her aboard.

There’s only one problem.

Nora’s not the human woman I was supposed to meet. She’s not my mate at all. So why is it all I can do to keep from claiming her as my own?

If I were smart, I’d turn around and take her back to her home planet immediately.

But I won’t…

Star Mate Matched is the first standalone book in Interstellar Shifters, a steamy new sci-fi romance series featuring alien beast warriors, kick-ass human heroines, and a happily ever after in every book!

Pick up your copy today on Amazon! FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Last but not least let’s return to Earth for some dangerous lupines!

The Complete Wolf Wars trilogy in one set!

***** FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED *****

Includes:

Turning Wolf
When the hunter becomes the hunted, and his only ally is a newly turned wolf shifter, who will live, and who will die?
Allyson is happy, with a new love, and a good job – until a random mugging leaves her feeling odd, strangely ill and hypersensitive, and unsure of everything. But she’ll get better – right?
When a werewolf killed his wife, grief drove Garrett to join those who hunt all werewolves. But who is really the enemy? Faced with an order to kill an innocent woman, a woman he is rapidly coming to love, he discovers that his allegiance has changed. But that’s not a decision the hunters will easily accept.
Can he save himself, and Allyson? Or will they both be hunted down, before their love has a chance?

Captive Wolf
When hunters become torturers, any wolf shifter will do for their twisted experiments. Can a captive, once taken, have any hope of escape, and survival?
Allyson, still adapting to life since she was turned, finds herself trapped by a madman – whose only interest is in discovering just how much damage it takes to kill a werewolf.
When Allyson is taken, Garrett knows that he has to find her, fast – but how? With other newly turned wolves to help, and the suspicions of a nearby pack falling on him, will he manage to convince them to help, before it’s too late? Can Allyson, and the other captives, survive long enough to find a way out, or to be rescued?

Plague Wolf
When one man’s desire for revenge threatens to turn an entire city, can he be stopped? Or will thousands of newly turned wolves tear everything apart?
A series of deaths leave Allyson and Garrett suspicious of the motives, and the mystery deepens when they discover that wolf shifters are definitely the victims.
Then the nerdy guy that Allyson went to school with shows up – oddly changed, and with a new purpose in his life. A purpose that could begin the downfall of civilization for an entire region, if not the whole country.
Will the madmen achieve their aim, and infect everyone? Can Allyson and Garrett stop them, or will they be killed trying?

If you love fast paced urban fantasy and wolf shifters, you’ll love this set!

Pick up your copy today! ONLY 99 cents for the whole set on Amazon for a limited time!

And that’s a wrap. Also remember to check out the group promos at the top and bottom of this post for truly something for everyone.

Friday Kid’s Book Round-up!

Hi folks, Happy Friday! I hope you’re all keeping warm during this nasty cold snap we’ve been having. I know I’m ready for spring. So what better way to keep your little ones engaged through the winter than with a book or two.

First up my own kitty story, Cecilia’s Tale is on sale this month for just 99 cents for the ebook. This is the story of a street cat in Jerusalem who went out one day to find and tame her own human. It’s roughly based on how my cat Cecilia originally found me and includes wonderful water color illustrations by a local St. Louis illustrator, Victoria Szulc.

Pick up your copy on Amazon today!

Or if you’d like a signed copy for your little ones I can do that. Here’s the link to my current order form. I’m going to be making a post office run next Monday.

And now I’m pleased to highlight some other charming and funny titles from indie picture book authors:

Lucy and her favorite stuffed animal, Lou, do everything together. While on a family cruise, the wind sweeps her stuffed animal off into the ocean where is lost forever.Join Lucy in a story about grief and loss, as she navigates moving forward while honoring her beloved stuffed animal.

This book is a great tool for parents to jumpstart the conversation about life and death. Helping our young readers to begin exploring the understanding of grief, Lost takes loss and puts the experience into a palatable story for young readers.

Available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback.

The next three titles are available FREE via Story Origin in exchange for signing up for the authors’ newsletters.

Why have one Superhero when you can have two? Introduce the kids to The Super Twins with a fun and action filled Activity pack. It includes word searches, a maze, colouring sheets, make your own Superhero mask and more! Loads of entertainment to keep your little ones occupied.

Pick up your copy today!

Wouldn’t you like to take a family vacation to a place you’ve never been, right now?

You and your entire family are invited to come and experience, learn, feel, and imagine what life in other countries all over the world is like from other kids! In this book, Joaquin and Yocsary take us on an exciting and unforgettable adventure around the unique Central American country of Costa Rica.

Are you ready to take a majestic walk in the cloud forests and visit tropical blond and black sand beaches all in the same country? Feel free to jump in the ocean and go surfing. Visit hot spring sites and learn more about the wonderful biodiversity in the Costa Rican jungle. Joaquin and Yocsary are so excited to give you a taste of the food they eat, the languages they speak and the clothes they wear as they dance in the street! Don’t forget your sun hat and comfortable shoes and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime in Costa Rica.

There’s a bonus quiz at the end of every book. Sensei Publishing provides kids with a series of books for generations of people encouraging exciting curiosity and interactive discovery. Please join us on this unique journey around the world where kids teach other kids about the wonders and treasures of their home countries – are you ready? Get your family’s copy of Kids on Earth: ‘Costa Rica’ today!

Welcome to the island of Isotopia! Meet Poppy the monkey and travel to a jungle and a palace in this free sample of Emma Harper’s Bedtime Stories for Kids.

Friday Fiction – Seven Crowns

Today on Paws 4 Thought I’m hosting SEVEN CROWNS by E.V. Everest. Isn’t that a beautiful cover? So of course it has a beautiful story to go with it!

A crown is dangerous. A crown split seven ways is deadly.

One year after the death of her mom, sixteen-year-old Anabella Halt is living on her own and breaking all the rules. Life is tough but ordinary.

Until Ana learns her mom’s dangerous secret—she was the heir to a fallen dynasty on a world ruled by seven families. Her family was murdered one by one. Now, assassins are closing in, and Ana could be next.

With the help of a handsome hobo, Ana escapes to the place where it all began—a starflung world where magic and technology coexist. A place where Ana must navigate a tangled web of friends and foes to unmask her would-be assassin before it’s too late.

Travel to a glittering, dangerous world with political alliances and ballgowns, perfect for fans of Cinder and The Selection.

Pick up your copy today!

Friday Fiction – Choose Your Own Hunters of Reloria Adventure

 

Hi folks, I have something fun for you today. Fantasy author Kasper Beaumont has just released a special Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book in world of Reloria.

Kasper wrote this book because Choose Your Path-type books were one of her favorite genres as a teenager. She wants to share the fun and magic with her readers. It is set in the world of her Hunters of Reloria series and contains some of the novels’ most popular characters. Kasper welcomes readers of all ages to have some fun with this adventure book. It contains artwork sent in by artists of all ages. Like this awesome dragon!

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Let’s look at a sample page. What would you run towards?

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Want a copy? Pick up one on Kindle today and let the adventure begin.

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Kasper J. Beaumont was born and raised in Australia and lives a quiet life with the family in a seaside town. Combining a love of fantasy and a penchant for travel in the Hunters of Reloria trilogy, Kasper started to write on the urging of friends and family and enjoys watching readers become immersed in the magical world of Reloria. Kasper is a pen name for a rather shy author who is happy to remain unnamed.

Kasper portrait by Mikaela Parr year 5

The series: The Hunters of Reloria trilogy is about the magical world of Reloria where halflings and fairies share a bond. Dwarves, elves, knights and dragons inhabit this country, but their world is about to be invaded by scaly lizardmen and giant Cyclops.
Book 1: Elven Jewel
Book 2: Hunters’ Quest
Book 3: Dragon’s Revenge
Prequel: Fandri’s Adventures

Kasper Beaumont
Hunters of Reloria series
Email: kasperjbeaumont@outlook.com
Website: http://www.huntersofreloria.weebly.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kasperj.beaumont
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KasperBeaumont
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kasper-Beaumont/e/B00DQ2JB22

Friday Fiction – A poem!

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Happy Friday folks – here’s a silly little poem I wrote this week.

 

Oh toaster, how I love you so,

How your bread flies in the air.

It’s a shame I cannot eat it

But still, do not despair.

We can make it happen

Although I am devoid

Of any kind of stomach

Since I am just a droid.

 

Happy Weekend Folk!

 

A Book of Manners, Magic and Mayhem!

Hey everyone how is it where you are? It’s really really freezing in St. Louis this week. Did I ever tell you how much I hate the bad weather? So what better thing to do when it’s cold than stay inside and read?

So how about a bit of Paranormal Victorian steampunk fantasy, with some Gothic horror and a touch of romance. Doesn’t that sound awesome — and it’s FREE from now until Feb 4. I’m going to pick a copy — you should too 🙂

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So what’s it about? Well ….

After her father is murdered, budding scientist Jemima Hardcastle is packed off to boarding school by her guardian and heir to Willow Park, Edward Huntington. When they finally meet again at a house party, four years later, Edward doesn’t recognise his ward and the two share a flirtation that is broken when Jemima confesses her true identity. The murder of another party guest and the theft of a precious gem interrupt any chance they have to resolve their feelings. Edward coldly ships Jemima off once more – this time back to her old home.

At Willow Park, under the chaperonage of the odious Aunt Prudence and meek cousin Milly, Jemima is expected to concentrate on her needlework. Instead, she finds a friend in Edward’s man, Fulton, who shows her the artificial leg his employer built for him. Impressed by this revelation of scientific genius and generosity, Jemima’s esteem for Edward rises and she longs to see him again — but he does not arrive home as planned. When she discovers he has been abducted, Jemima plans a rescue, but unbeknownst to her, Edward is a gentleman magician and his devices have more than science on their side.

She and Fulton plunge into London’s hidden world of dark sorcery as they search everywhere for Edward — in the slums, manufactureys, and even a bawdy house. When they finally find him, Jemima’s life is already on the line.

As Edward struggles with his feelings for his ward, Jemima’s only hope for survival is if he uses one of his devices to revive the vampiric beast, Geneck … but the ensuing havoc could destroy London itself.

Sounds good – download your FREE Kindle copy today.

Friday Fiction – Hedgehog Haiku

Do you like hedgehogs? I love hedgehogs so much that when I was a kid I invented an imaginary family of hedgehogs that lived in my back garden in my family home in Barking (an East London borough).

So when Theodore Ashford asked on Facebook for a subject to write a haiku on I chose the hedgehog. Here is the awesome result (and look forward to a new book of haiku coming soon from Theo.)

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The Hedgehog

By Theodore Ashford

Here’s a true hero–
The hedgehog keeps himself safe
But still remains cute

 

Check out more of Theodore Ashford’s poems on Amazon.

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