Grab some Freebies for #FridayReads!
Grab some free Fantasy and Horror reads for the weekend ahead!
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Note that some books may only be free on the date of this post, though others may be still be free on Saturday, Feb. 10th and onwards.
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Fantasy Friday Freebies
|Light Runner by Philip Brown|
Sixteen-year-old Dara Adengard would rather read graphic novels than do her homework and prefers the freedom of skateboarding to the restrictions of life with her military father. Stung by the recent death of her mother, Dara conceals her mom’s picture under a square of grip tape on her skateboard. But no matter how much Dara tries to keep a foothold on the past, she can’t ride away from her own destiny.
One evening, she discovers a silver and gold armlet with mysterious powers in the shadowy water of the swimming pool. Moments later, she is stunned to find that someone’s broken into her apartment, her father has vanished, and a dead body lies sprawled in the courtyard.
Evading the police, Dara escapes on a perilous quest for her father, begins to uncover her mother’s hidden past, and starts to realize the shocking truth about herself. Filmed secretly while using her newfound magic armband, Dara soars to sudden fame on the wings of a YouTube video that shows her like a shaman, using the armband to heal her handsome friend Diego of a gunshot wound. When the video goes viral, Dara is propelled from homeless runaway to worldwide sensation.
|Genre: Young Adult Fantasy|
|A Darker Moon by J.S. Watts|
What if your death would save humanity? What decision would you make?
In this dark mythological fantasy, Abe Finchley is a damaged man, an orphan with no roots and no family ties. When he finally meets the woman he has been looking for all his life, he finds not just love and passion, but a dark and violent family history that spans generations into humanity’s deepest past.
Eve is the woman of his dreams; but dream is just another word for nightmare, and Abe knows all about those. Amidst a confused web of lies and secrets, Abe is trying to discover who he is and make sense of what he may become. More than just his future and his new-found love is at stake. When he discovers that he has a brother, a man bound by divine destiny to kill him, Abe is going to have to make a difficult choice. A choice that might redeem the world. A choice that just might destroy it...
|Genre: Dark Fantasy|
|Scarab: Falling Through Time by Helen Allan|
An Eternity as an immortal in slavery was not what she had in mind!
Desperate and alone, sixteen-year-old Megan uses a powerful and ancient talisman to escape modern-day life and make a new start in ancient Egypt. But powerful enemies lie in wait, seeking her destruction and the magical scarab necklace she wields.
Will an alliance with another immortal, the handsome and secretive Franklin, help keep her from harm long enough to learn the secrets of the scarab? – Or will he cause her to lose everything – including her heart.
|Genre: Young Adult Fantasy|
|Elf Saga: Doomsday by Joseph Robert Lewis|
When Jenavelle learns that the world is about to end, she must assemble the greatest warrior women from five different nations to stop the dragon apocalypse and restore the balance of nature before time runs out. But then Jena finds out that she's adopted, and that's when things get really weird.
|Genre: Epic Fantasy|
|The Book of Deacon by Joseph Lallo|
Myranda is a young woman more interested in staying alive than being a hero. Orphaned by a continent-spanning war that has gone on for decades too long and shunned for failing to support it, she has been on the move since she was only a child.
One can hardly blame her when she thinks that the chance discovery of a fallen soldier's priceless cargo is the moment that will change her life.
No one could predict just how great that change would be. It will lead her through an adventure of rebels and generals, of wizards and warriors, and of beasts both noble and monstrous. Each step of the way will take her closer to the truth of her potential, of the war, and of the fate of her world.
|Genre: Young Adult Fantasy|
|Blood of Requiem by Daniel Arenson|
Long ago stood the kingdom of Requiem, a land of men who could grow wings and scales, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons. Requiem ruled the sky.
But Dies Irae, a tyrant leading an army of griffins, hunted Requiem's people, burned their forests, and shattered their temples. Requiem fell. This ancient land now lies in ruin, its halls crumbled, its cries silenced, its skeletons littering the burned earth.
In the wilderness, a scattering of survivors lives in hiding. The griffins still hunt them, and every day promises death. Will Requiem's last children perish in exile... or once more become dragons and fly to war?
|Genre: Epic Fantasy|
Fright Night Friday Freebies
|Ink Stains, Volume 2|
Trust. Sometimes it is freely given. Other times it is hard-earned. Either way, it’s is a fragile thing. Give it to the wrong person, and it just might cost your life.
The second volume of Ink Stains literary anthology explores the complexity of placing your trust in another person and what can happen when that trust is betrayed.
Join authors Brian Becker, Cooper O'Connor, Marc E. Fitch, I. K. Paterson-Harkness, Daniel Henshaw, J.D. Kotzman, Melanie Marshall, and Douglas Andrew Smith as they deftly delve deep into the dark side of betrayal in a collection of literary tales.
From random encounters with strangers in the night to lovers turned enemies, from “I swear I didn’t know!” to “Who’s laughing now?” our authors dissect reasons betrayal is inevitable, no matter what the relationship, and the sometimes fatal consequences of such actions.
|Genre: Horror Anthology|
|Old Hag Syndrome by Ted Dankanich|
For the last twenty years, Annette Chambers has been haunted by the same recurring nightmare of her beloved twin sister’s death.
When a cryptic stranger warns Annette that she is in danger of being murdered -- just like her sister -- by an ancient evil that dwells between dreams and reality, Annette initially dismisses the idea until she is attacked in her sleep by an unseen entity.
Annette soon learns what she experienced is known throughout history as Old Hag Syndrome, a horrifying affliction that causes victims to awake, paralyzed, unable to scream while they are tormented by hallucinations.
Soon Annette realizes the Old Hag she faces is real and has been killing off her friends and family. Her nightmare becomes a frightening reality where the only hope of survival lies somewhere between death and madness.
|Genre: Occult Horror|
|Sea Sick by Iain Rob Wright|
Police Officer Jack Wardsley’s life ended the moment his partner was murdered, and his recent record of booze-fuelled police brutality has prompted his seniors to give him an ultimatum: take a few weeks off and let go of the anger – or face the consequences.
That’s why Jack is about to board The Spirit of Kirkpatrick, a cruise liner built for relaxation. Unfortunately, he won't get the chance to do much thinking, as there’s a virus onboard, and soon the ship will be overrun with blood and death.
There's nowhere to escape.
Just when Jack thinks his time is up, he wakes up in bed. Was it all a dream? The day seems to be starting over again, but will this time be different? Or will things end the same way as before, with everybody dead?
Can Jack do anything to stop the spread of the evil pathogen, or is he doomed never to see land again?
|Genre: Zombie Apocalypse Horror|
|Fosgate's Game by David C. Cassidy|
It was a dark and stormy night...
Harlow, a peaceful, easy-going Englishman, after-dinner drinks with his business partner—a ruthless, hard-edged hunter—is a weekly affair. But when casual conversation takes a mysterious and menacing turn into the supernatural, his wits are put to the test in a deadly challenge. Clinging to life but praying for death, Chadwick must summon the will to survive, before all is lost in a terrifying descent into madness.
|The Deepest Cut by J.A. Templeton|
Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother's life and shattered her family. Guilt-ridden over the belief that she's somehow responsible for her mom's death, Riley is desperate to see her mother's elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness.
When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life couldn't get worse––that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley's falling hard for Ian.
Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that would mean letting him go forever and she's not sure she is strong enough to do that. As if her life wasn't complicated enough, the malevolent spirit of the woman who killed Ian returns and she'll stop at nothing to keep Riley from helping Ian find eternal peace.
|Genre: Paranormal Horror|
|A Week and Some Change by Justin Mermelstein|
Andrew, a loner, both by choice and by circumstance, is enamored by Tracy, the new bartender at his mother’s restaurant. After learning that Tracy has died in a terrible car accident, he is devastated. But upon arriving at the restaurant to console his mother, he discovers that Tracy isn’t dead after all – in fact, she is working her shift, and no one else seems to think anything of it.
While trying to make sense of the situation, Andrew begins to experience an overwhelming sense of dread: something isn’t right. He needs to decide whether to tell Tracy and risk sounding like a lunatic, or ignore what all his senses are telling him and enjoy what appears to be a second chance.
|Genre: Psychological Horror|
And don’t forget – the new Ink Stains is out!
Get the new Ink Stains! Volume 7 has been carefully curated by New England horror author, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, for your reading pleasure.
Get it in paperback or for Kindle (also in Kindle Unlimited)
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