Freebies for #FridayReads!
We’ve done something a little different this week.
Check out Friday Fantasy Reads and Friday Night Fright Nights.
(And stay tuned for Sexy Saturdays and Sci-Fi Sunday)
Grab some free Fantasy and Horror reads for the chilly weekend ahead.
Click on the covers to download from Amazon’s Kindle Store, and enjoy your free read!
Note that some books may only be free on the date of this post, though others may be still be free on Saturday, Jan. 20th and onwards.
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Fantasy Friday Freebies
|Light Runner by Philip Brown|
No matter how much Dara tries to keep a foothold on the past, she can’t ride away from her own destiny.
In the first book in this modern teen fantasy adventure series, 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 Dance of Dragons by Kaitlyn Davis|
In the land of Ourthuro, cruelty is a way of life. The king rules with an iron fist and no one dare defy him--no one except his daughter. Princess Leena is keeping a dangerous secret, she has fallen in love with a soldier and it would mean both of their lives if her father ever discovered their affair.
But Leena will risk it all to be with the man she loves--her heart, her life, her freedom. And when her brother's birthday celebration takes a dangerous turn, Leena is forced to make a decision that will change the fate of her nation and eventually the world.
|Genre: Young Adult Fantasy|
|Born of Water by Autumn M. Birt|
It is from among the ranks of those who control the Curse where Ria will find her best chance of success. Only the Water Priestess Niri can save Ria from the forces that hunt her, if Niri doesn’t betray the girl first. Along with Ria comes Ty and his sister, Lavinia, both bound to defend Ria from the Church of Four Orders. However, Ty has been living a life less than honest and keeping it from his sister. To survive a journey that takes them across the breadth of their world, the four must learn to trust each other before pursuit from the Church and Ty’s troubled past find them.
|Dagger-Light at the End of the World by Walt Popester|
Born as a god. Raised as a rogue.
Dagger is a street kid, growing up in a city ruled by a brutal totalitarianism. He came into the world through a blasphemous ritual to resurrect his father… too bad the father in question is a bloodthirsty god whose soul was banished at the dawn of time. The boy is hidden in a guild of rogues, where an albino girl is the only person in the world who does not consider him a monster because of his red eyes. One night, the Gorgors—servants of the exiled god and incarnation of the deepest nightmares—set fire to the entire city to flush him out, and Dagger realizes that there is no refuge for him. Soon, he will realize that no one can fight against himself.
|Genre: Dark Fantasy|
|Prison Made of Mirrors by Jennifer Loring|
Prison Made of Mirrors is a gripping and grim dark fantasy fairy tale, retold through the myths and legends of the Ancient Celts and Vikings.
Aithne is a Celtic warrior woman kidnapped from her homeland during a Viking invasion and forced to marry her captor. Shortly before the raid that claims his life, she becomes pregnant with a child whom she believes cursed. Spurred by the dark sorcery she learns from relics her late husband’s mother left behind—including a magic mirror—Aithne descends into a madness that threatens not only her child’s life but also the lives of everyone around her.
In this fairy tale retelling, Breanna is exiled by her mother and taken in by a clan of dwarves who treat her like their own. They soon learn that no one is immune to Aithne’s lunacy—not even the prince to whom Brenna was once betrothed. Brenna must face and conquer death itself if she is to save the land that rightfully belongs to her, and to break her mother’s terrible spell on the man she loves.
|Genre: Dark Fairy Tale Fantasy|
|Cyrus LongBones and the Curse of the Sea Zombie by Jeremy Mathiesen|
Stealing into forbidden territory, sixteen-year-old Cyrus LongBones discovers that his small island is in fact a giant, fossilized turtle shell. With his village’s obsession of working the earth, the skeleton collapses in on itself, killing Cyrus’ brother and destroying his village. Forced into action, Cyrus is the first of his kind to leave his land and sail out to sea in search of a new home. Little does he know that a creature known as the Sea Zombie is at the root of his brother’s death and his people’s oppression.
|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|
|The Reflective by Tamara Rose Blodgett|
Those born Reflective are the only beings with the ability to jump between worlds. With The Cause firmly entrenched by years of highly stylized military-type training in combat of every kind, they use their natural born ability for inter-dimensional travel to police worlds where wrongdoing has overtaken civility.
As an elite Reflective, Jeb Merrick finds himself partnered with a rare female Reflective. Merrick is convinced that she can do nothing but slow him down. Beth Jasper is small, in both stature and mindset. When they are thrust together as partners, Merrick vows that she will receive the same neutral treatment as a male. Merrick cannot allow the unlikely union of Beth Jasper to get in the way of finding his prophesied soulmate. .
Beth discovers she is partnered with the cockiest of all pureblood Reflectives and struggles to maintain her composure with a hostile partner whose loyalty she doesn't possess.
Can the Reflectives uphold The Cause, reach a point of compromise and find their chosen soulmates?
|Genre: New Adult Paranormal|
|Undraland by Mary E. Twomey|
Still reeling from the deaths of her parents and brother, Lucy is trying to get her life back on track — until short-tempered, handsome Jens saves her from a bear attack. Soon, Lucy is swept away to an enchanting world where Scandinavian fairytale creatures run wild… and adventure is for the taking.
Jens takes Lucy to a world she never expected, and cannot escape. Undraland is teeming with oversized garden gnomes, warrior elves, Nøkken, Fossegrimens, and worst of all, Sirens. Lucy goes further and further down the rabbit hole until she signs up to join a band of thieves bent on taking down Pesta, the last Siren.
|Genre: Urban Fantasy|
Fright Night Friday Freebies
|Ink Stains, Volume 6|
In life, we draw many lines — between good and evil, guilt and innocence, real and unreal, life and death.
And having drawn these lines, we cross them because humanity is curious, careless, devious, and, sometimes, downright wicked.
So what happens if you cross the line? Does it change you and what is waiting on the other side?
In Ink Stains, Volume 6, ten authors explore what it means to cross the line and the price we pay to do it.
|Genre: Dark Fiction and Horror Anthology|
|H. P. Lovecraft: The Complete Collection|
Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction.
Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre.
Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. Among his most celebrated tales is "The Call of Cthulhu," canonical to the Cthulhu Mythos.
Never able to support himself from earnings as author and editor, Lovecraft saw commercial success increasingly elude him in this latter period, partly because he lacked the confidence and drive to promote himself. He subsisted in progressively straitened circumstances in his last years; an inheritance was completely spent by the time he died at the age of 46.
|Bad Apple by Kristi Petersen Schoonover|
Bad Apple is a dark, surreal ride that proves not all things in an orchard are safe to pick.
After an unfortunate incident on a Maine apple orchard, precocious teen Scree is left with a father she’s not sure is hers, a never-ending list of chores and her flaky brother’s baby, who she is expected to raise.
In a noble move to save the child from an existence like her own, Scree flees to a glitzy resort teeming with young men just ripe for the picking. But even as life with baby becomes all she’d dreamed, Dali-esque visions begin to leach through the gold paint…
|Genre: Psychological Horror|
|The Red King by Nick Cole|
For a drunk named Holiday, the End of the World might just be the worst hangover he's ever had. Or, the beginning of one last post-apocalyptic binge.
The end of the civilization is only the beginning as an odd band of survivors pull together to construct a modern-day castle amid the burning ruins of suburbia lost.
As undead hordes and strange otherworldly monsters ravage what's left of civilization, things begin to go from worse to weird as each survivor's dark past unfolds, revealing that reality might be more than anyone ever thought, and that an ancient force from the outer dark has finally arrived to conquer.
Stephen King's The Stand meets Lost in an epic confrontation between good and evil that spans history, time, and space.
|Genre: Dystopian Horror|
|Wormfood Island by Ken La Salle|
You thought zombies could just eat you…
Wormfood Island is the story of a family on the verge of collapse. When they win a trip to a hedonism resort out of the country, Kevin Miller hopes this is the chance they need to save their marriage. But instead, they find themselves quickly facing a quest for survival against an infestation of parasitic worms that cause the infected to gain monstrous sexual appetites…which quickly turns to an appetite for living flesh.
|Genre: Humorous Horror|
|Mirror Mirror by Anthony M. Strong|
Jaime thought he'd hit the jackpot when he found the antique mirror out by the curb, just waiting for a new home. Hours later the old mirror with the ornate gold frame was taking up pride of place in his apartment.
But there's something wrong.
The mirror harbors a dark secret, and before long Jaime and his girlfriend Cassie find themselves up against a terrifying supernatural force that has its sights set on them.
A tale of haunting that will make you think twice before walking past a mirror.
|Genre: Horror Short|
|The Shadows of Tarnside Hall by Van Andrew|
Escaping from her drab life in post-war Manchester, Eleanor Barfield questions her instincts when she first sets eyes on Tarnside Hall. Brooding over its secrets, the home of Dr. Levens stands remote and forbidding on the Coniston Fells, warning Eleanor to come no further.
An exciting new job and luxurious living prove too much of a temptation: Eleanor embarks on her role as the doctor’s secretary.
Winter closes in. The shadows of Tarnside Hall decide it’s time to play with the new arrival.
|Genre: Gothic Horror Short|
|Dark Ride by P.G. Kassel |
Some criminals have all the luck, but Marty’s is about to run out…
Marty Wedlow needs one last score before he can skip town. It’s only a matter of time before two thugs he swindled point a finger… and their guns in his direction. But even when Marty is brought to the police station for his latest crime, he’s not worried. Marty is incredibly lucky.
After dodging the long arm of the law yet again, Marty looks for another illicit payday at a local amusement park. What he finds instead is a mysterious stranger who prophesies that his lucky days are running out. He ignores the warnings as he pursues a vicious conquest. But good fortune is a wheel, and Marty is about to find out what happens when it spins in the other direction.
|Genre: Paranormal Horror|
|One for the Road by Chad Lutzke|
A teenage boy deals with his family's decision to keep his undead grandfather captive in the attic.
How far would you go for those you love?
|Genre: Horror Short|
|The Walking Dead #1 by Robert Kirkman|
Rick Grimes, Sheriff of a small town in Kentucky awakes in a hospital. Comatose after being shot while on duty, Rick finds the world abandoned of all things living and is faced with walking undead, who attack him on sight.
He returns home to find his family, son Carl and wife Lori, gone. He meets his new neighbor, who points him towards Atlanta.
After retrieving supplies from the abandoned Police Station, Rick sets off to Atlanta to search for his family.
|Genre: Horror Comic|
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