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35 FREE speculative fiction books

Have I got a treat for you! Scroll your way through 35 –free– spec-fic books. There's something for everyone here: sci-fi, space opera, epic fantasy, dark fantasy, vampires, paranormal, post-apocalypse, genetic engineering, arcane horror, time travel, and more.

Some of these books are free on Amazon (or your favorite retailer) and some are yours, gratis, when you sign up for the authors' free newsletters. I regularly talk to all the authors below and they're a great bunch of folks. I'm sure you'll love their books.

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51vm-DTu6yL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Backworlds

(Book 1 in The Backworlds series)

by M. Pax

Sci-fi novel

In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendants to survive in a harsh universe. This is the first book in the science fiction series, The Backworlds. Try it for free. A galactic adventure. 

After the war with the Foreworlders, Backworlders scatter across the remaining planets. Competition is fierce, and pickings are scant. Scant enough that Craze’s father decides to improve his fortunes by destroying his son. He tells his only boy their moon isn’t big enough for them both and gives Craze a ticket for the next transport leaving the space dock. 

Treated worse than a stranger, like the scuzzbag of the galaxy, Craze is forced to flee his home. Cut off from everyone he knows with little money and no knowledge of the worlds beyond his, he must find a way to forge a new life and make sure his father regrets this day.

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stopover1 WEBStopover at the Backworlds' Edge

(Book 2 in The Backworlds series)

by M. Pax

Sci-fi novel

In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendants to survive in a harsh universe. This is the second book in the science fiction series, The Backworlds. A space opera adventure.

Revenge is on Craze’s mind. He chews on it every day along with the relentless dust on Pardeep Station. He dreams of grander wealth, enough to make his father choke.

That’s the dream consuming him when the interstellar portal opens, spitting out a ship that should no longer exist. A battleship spoiling for a fight. Yet the war with the Foreworlds ended two generations ago.

One wrong move and the shaky truce will end. So will Craze and his friends.

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51hwEQkaU-L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Initiate

(Book 2 in The Rifters series)

by M. Pax

Sci-fi novel

A junction erupts between the worlds in Settler, Oregon, a rift from which horrors attack our world. The Rifters defend us. 

To trust unquestioningly is the first lesson Daelin Long must learn as the newest Initiate of the Rifters. Her first day is a disaster. She stands on a deserted street in a town smaller than a city district, courting killer rocks from another world with her ancestor from the Revolutionary War. Normal no longer exists. 

While she struggles, Earl Blacke grapples with atoning for his past ill deeds, running far and fast from Settler, Oregon. The Shaman of the Desert promises him redemption, and an old mine puts the possibility of a gold strike in his grasp. His luck has changed for the better, but he can’t have both. 

You're never a hero until you are. 

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atozflashesoffoxwickA to Z Flashes of Foxwick

(Book 1 in The Foxwick Chronicles)

by Cherie Reich

Fantasy Flash fiction collection, 67 pages

Draw back the curtain and glimpse the extraordinary world of Foxwick and its neighbors!

Magical creatures abound. A phoenix flies proudly while a little dragon makes a new friend. Siblings fight and let their magic light up their lands. A future queen's love can turn a man's heart to ice. Lady Death meets an unusual companion and more stories from the kingdoms of Foxwick, Wintermill, Valdale, and Lochhollow.

These twenty-six flash fiction fantasy pieces will take you on a journey through the alphabet and to faraway, magical lands.

This collection includes the bonus short story "Lady Death" from People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors. In "Lady Death," the king's assassin, Princess Umbria agrees to her brother's insane idea to assassinate Death so that she can save the king’s wife and unborn child.

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51HD8o0HWOL._SX348_BO1,204,203,200_The 13th Floor

by Christine Rains

Collection of novellas

The 13th Floor:

Six supernatural tenants 

Living in a haunted apartment building 

On a floor that doesn't exist. 

 

Six novellas telling their tales. 

 

A retired demon acquires a price on his head. 

A werewolf is hunted by her pack. 

A modern day dragonslayer misses his target. 

A harpy challenges Zeus for the soul of the man she loves. 

A vampire is obsessed with a young woman he can't find. 

A banshee falls in love with someone whose death she has seen in a vision. 

And a sweet ghost must battle a primal monster to save them all. 

 

All the stories take place at the same time intertwining their lives together on the 13th Floor. 

Includes the new short story, "The Shadow."

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51RR8wsZ0WL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Of Blood and Sorrow

by Christine Rains

Urban Fantasy Novel

Erin Driscol works the perfect job consoling fellow demons by feeding off their grief at Putzkammer & Sons Funeral Home. 

When fledgling vampire Nicolas Reese comes to Erin for help, she learns the truth behind the legends and hides him from his sire and the vampire hunters who seek him. But when the Putzkammers begin to die one by one, Erin is caught between her act of kindness and the need to save her adopted family. Only by facing her own personal demons can she stop the slaughter and still rescue Nicolas from his dark fate.

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ivyAndWalnut-cover234x375The Ivy and the Walnut

by Jeff Chapman

Short story fairy tale

What wickedness did jealousy wrought when two sisters vied for the same man. "The Ivy and the Walnut" is a standalone fairy tale.

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51zAUmThYcL._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_Frailties of the Bond

(Book 1 of the NEO Chronicles)

by Angela Brown

Novella, 69 pages

It only takes one bite to change a life… 

After a hiking trip gone wrong, sixteen-year-old Luca should have been dead. Since then, he’s drifted from one school day to the next, annoyed by the looks of suspicion. When a vampire attack claimed his mother and forced his first shift into animal form, Luca set out for Texas, vengeance bound, only to discover so much more when Aimee crossed his path. 

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51X2mTtBK5L._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_Atone

(Book 2 of the NEO Chronicles)

by Angela Brown

Novella, 56 pages

Caine Fordham never kisses and tells. 

He's the Kill Circuit’s top lady-killer and business is good. Yet Caine knows the life of an assassin can't last forever, just as love is impossible for him. Who could love a man with poison lacing his veins and a kiss that kills? 

When Caine decides to take one last job, he discovers there’s more to life than death, and more to love than pain. 

Atone is the second in a series of Characters Revealed novellas/short stories with clean romance

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51Y9bGOdv6L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Way of the Black Beast

(Book 1 in the Malja Chronicles)

by Stuart Jaffe

Post Apocalyptic Fantasy novel

Start your adventures with Malja in this action-packed, post-apocalyptic fantasy! 

In a parallel world destroyed by magic, one woman fights all odds to survive and find the answers behind her mysterious past. 

Malja searches for the two magicians who stole her at birth, trained her to be a killing machine, and then tossed her away at ten. She wants to know why this happened and most importantly, who she really is. 

But facing unrelenting challenges – crazed magicians, guitar-playing assassins, mutated beasts – she pushes through with a single-mindedness that may destroy all she holds dear. 

Find out why Fictitious Chronicle called The Way of the Black Beast "incredible and impressive" and Workaday Reads called it "a great start to a series, and I can't wait to see where it goes next."

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51vfWj7BUTL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Way of the Sword and Gun

(Book 2 in the Malja Chronicles)

by Stuart Jaffe

Post Apocalyptic Fantasy novel

"This book convinced me that I actually do like fantasy!" MH Grigsby, reader 

Malja and her companions face a self-made ruler obsessed with taming the destructive magical energies pulsing from a place known as the Library. 

But magic this powerful can do more than destroy. It can unlock a path toward the desires Malja buries in her heart. Desires that may tear her from those she cares for the most.

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51e8BvusekL._SX355_BO1,204,203,200_Seeds of a New Birth

(Book 1 in The Kindred Series)

by Orrin Jason Bradford

Genetic Engineering sci-fi thriller novel

 

Unlocking the Potential of the Human Mind

Scientific Breakthrough… Or a Really Bad Idea? 

Research geneticist and genetic engineer, Lionel Adams is onto something hot –the key to unlocking the vast reserves of the human mind. Everyone is interested in it. Bio Vita Tech, the genetics research lab he works for, is excited about the possibilities and the potential mega-profits. So are their foreign competitors who are counting on their inside man at Bio Vita to deliver Adam's secret into their hands. 

Everyone seems to want a sample of Adam's formula, except his college buddy, Flip MacDougal, who makes a surprise visit to Bio Vita to play a practical joke on his old friend. Unfortunately, it's Flip who ends up with the sample. His world is turned upside down as he struggles and maneuvers his way through the trouble he has gotten himself into as he unwittingly spreads his "gift" to others. 

For a limited time, Seeds of a New Birth, book one of the Kindred Series is free for your reading pleasure. It is a genetic engineering science fiction thriller with a hint of romance about a future where the highly volatile formula of genetic engineering coupled with corporate and personal greed threatens the course of human evolution and perhaps mankind's very existence. 

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51G0FTS-42L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Her Sweetest Downfall

(Prequel to Forever Girl series)

by Rebecca Hamilton

Paranormal Romance / Fantasy novella

*Her Sweetest Downfall is a short story/novella of 30,000 words. This is not a novel/full-length read, but works as a companion novel to THE FOREVER GIRL, Rebecca Hamilton's bestselling paranormal fantasy debut.* 

Ophelia's been successful at hiding her true identity, until the mark of the serpent appears on her neck—a death sentence, should it be seen by anyone in her town. Hiding the mark might save her from falling victim to the witch hunts of her era, but the scorching sensation it carries can’t be ignored. 

When the mysterious Ethan is sent to collect her for a life of something more, she learns concealing the mark is the least of her worries. She’s destined to don a new mask—to join a dark, supernatural world and protect the future of people she may never meet. 

What she doesn’t know—what she learns too late—is that her initiation won’t be complete until she kills the man she loves. 

Set in an alternate Regency England, "Her Sweetest Downfall" is a standalone novella in the "Forever Girl" series, written as a gift to fans of the Forever Girl series. 

HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, fantasy, and vampire fiction.

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517Z8F4crTL._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_Embattled

(Em and Yves Book 1)

by Darlene Jones

Sci-fi novel

My face is on every television, in every newspaper. They say I’m saving the world. I know better. I’m a school principal not a superhero. 

Of course that doesn’t explain the blood on my hands. Or the strange languages coming out of my mouth. Or the feel of swinging a machete. Or the sensation of lifting off the ground before I lose all memory. 

Someone or something has hijacked my life. How do I get it back? 

Alien contact leads to adventure and love as the characters/aliens involve themselves in world affairs in this science fiction novel series. But are humans given second chances after our superhero fights war or will the gods decide our fate?

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515j41vAWKL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Empowered

(Em and Yves Book 2)

by Darlene Jones

Sci-fi novel

I do what I do to make the world a better place because of these visions I had when I was a kid. I’m sort of invincible too. Crazy, huh? And I’ve found my promised soulmate. Victor doesn’t believe he’s the one. Not yet, anyway. 

Damn, damn, damn. I’ve been kidnapped. Victor will find me. He has to. Doesn’t he? The visions can’t be wrong. 

With her bodyguards in the hospital it’s up to her watcher, the ex-cons, her dad, and friends to save her. Will they and Victor come to the rescue in time or will her delusions be her ruin? 

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51jnuKWSvgL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Born of Water

(Book 1 of The Rise of the Fifth Order)

by Autumn M. Birt

Elemental Magic & Epic Fantasy novel

In the buried archives of the Temple of Dust may lie the secret to defeating the Curse, a creature which seeks to destroy 16-year old Ria for the forbidden gifts she possesses. But it is from among the ranks of those who control the Curse where Ria will find her best chance of success. 

Only the 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. 

Born of Water is the first book in the Rise of the Fifth Order Saga full of elemental magic and epic fantasy adventure. Welcome to the mythical world of Myrrah, ruled by the Church of Four Orders – Fire, Earth, Water, and Air.

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51ZBDNK3HPL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Rule of Fire

(Book 2 of The Rise of the Fifth Order)

by Autumn M. Birt

Elemental Magic & Epic Fantasy novel

Six friends stand against the combined Orders of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth, protecting a girl whose forbidden abilities have condemned her to death. Now they are joined by a man who was once the Curse, the Church's most powerful weapon and Ria's greatest threat. 

Left with no name and no memory, the decision to aid this stranger will cost friendships and more as the group of friends journey north to seek a tribe of people lost to time amid an ancient war. The path home is riddled with dangers as the Church of Four Orders still seeks Ria and the former Water Priestess Nirine. For one High Priest, the desire for vengeance is personal. 

Ria must unravel the mysteries of her power to find acceptance in a world where her abilities are considered a taint. Is the strange gift of magic an aberration that should be destroyed or something far more, related to the skills held by the Elementals who rule Myrrah? 

The sequel to Born of Water, Rule of Fire is the second book in the epic fantasy trilogy, the Rise of the Fifth Order full of elemental magic and epic fantasy adventure. Return to the world of Myrrah ruled by the Church of Four Orders.

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51xFyc52coL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Germination

(Feast of Weeds, Book 1)

by Jamie Thornton

Post apocalyptic Young Adult novella

A GROUP OF RUNAWAYS. A HORRIFYING VIRUS. 

Mary knows how to thrive on the street. She makes it her mission to keep other kids away from everyday monsters. But when she’s attacked by a crazed man clutching a bloody heart she realizes—there’s a new kind of monster in town. 

A single drop of blood, and now Mary’s one of the infected. Unless she can stop the virus and save her friends, the new monster in town might just be her. 

This is the opening novella to a post-apocalyptic Young Adult series where the runaways are the heroes, the zombies aren’t really zombies, and you can't trust your memories—even if they're all you have left. 

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51DGOhv0c1L._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Contamination

(Feast of Weeds, Book 2)

by Jamie Thornton

Post apocalyptic Young Adult novel

HER MEMORIES WON'T STAY DEAD. 

More than anything, eighteen-year-old Corrina wants Dylan to love her as much as her parents loved each other. But when a new virus unleashes violence that devastates their neighborhood, Dylan is kidnapped and Corrina uncovers a terrible secret. 

A crude vaccination, and now Corrina’s immune from the virus ravaging the city—but the cure changes her memories in bizarre ways. 

With help from a group of runaways, Corrina must survive a world gone mad if she’s to find the boy she still loves. But when Dylan discovers what she's become, will he still love her? 

A post-apocalyptic Young Adult series where the runaways are the heroes, the zombies aren’t really zombies, and you can't trust your memories—even if they're all you have left. 

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51YNmo9fJuL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_The Kalarthri

(Book 1 of The Way to Freedom series)

by H.M. Clarke

Epic Fantasy Action Adventure novel

"This Hatar Kalar has more natural Talent than any Second Born found in the Empire."

Every ten years the Imperium Provosts travel the provinces of the Great Suene Empire and take every second born child as the property of the Emperor. His Due for their continued protection.

Kalena, taken from her family and friends finds herself alone and scared in the imperial Stronghold of Darkon. And when she cries out to the darkness for help, Kalena is shocked when it answers her back.

If you found out that you were different from everyone else, what would you do?

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51apoK5mzOL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_The Dream Thief

(Book 2 of The Way to Freedom series)

by H.M. Clarke

Epic Fantasy Action Adventure novel

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The Empire is on the verge of war. 

The ancient enemy has returned and betrayal is thick in the air. 

Eight years after Kalena became a Flyer, she is being sent North with her wing to garrison the mountainous Northern Pass. They are the first line of defense against unknown enemy numbers. 

But what she encounters there, no one could have foreseen and is more dangerous than what the Empire faces to the North.

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510ntOjakhL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_From Away

(Series 1, Book 1)

by Deke Mackey Jr.

A serial Thriller of Arcane and Eldritch Horror novella

Impossibly ancient. Eternally patient. 

Something is lurking in the cold, black waters surrounding Mossley Island. An arcane and eldritch horror. Hungry. Craving the flesh – and perhaps the very souls – of all who live there. 

For fifty years it’s waited. As those who so valiantly defended the island against its last invasion have succumbed to age. Died off. Allowing it to fade from secret history into half-forgotten myth. 

Now It’s mounting a new attack. It wants the island and this time… Its evil intentions will not be denied. 

The first eerie chapter in a suspense-filled seven-part serial of buried secrets, dark places and the occult follows Dawn, a teenager from the mainland, as she accompanies her wayward father back to his hometown and the family he abandoned before she was born. 

Hoping to understand where she comes from, Dawn gets more than she bargained for as she begins to uncover the island’s secret societies, a dark conspiracy that may endanger all of mankind, and her own shocking blood destiny. 

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From Away

(Series 1, Book 2)

by Deke Mackey Jr.

A serial Thriller of Arcane and Eldritch Horror novella

The second eerie chapter in a suspense-filled seven-part serial of buried secrets, dark places and the occult introduces newcomer Dawn to her island family, as they struggle to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Book One’s devastating climax.

But not everyone welcomes her with open arms. Some take advantage of the return of her wayward father to seek vengeance for past wrongs, even as Dawn begins to uncover the island’s secret societies, a dark conspiracy that may endanger all of mankind, and her own shocking blood destiny. 

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Snow Blood 2 - eBook Cover Original (2)Snow Blood

by Carol McKibben

Vampire Romance novel

Join the dark world of Brogio, the first vampire!

The Book that Launches an Unusual Vampire Romance Series!

When Brogio must turn Snow, a beautiful white husky, in order to save the dog, a series of events are unleashed that reveal a sinister plot against the father of all vampires. As life and true death experiences bond the master vampire and his newly transformed vampire canine together, they unravel a conspiracy that when resolved may return Selene, the love of Brogio’s life, back to him and set him free from the lonely existence that has plagued him for thousands of years!

??? Begin the Adventurous Paranormal Romance Series

From the author of Luke’s Tale, follow Snow Blood, an epic story of the first vampire as told through the eyes of his kindred dog! Called an "Exquisite Vampire Novel like nothing you've ever read before" filled with amazing twists, turns, suspense, excitement, mystery, romance and wonder!

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51TpOXO6EML._SX374_BO1,204,203,200_Heart of the Dead

(Perpetual Creatures Book 1)

by Gabriel Beyers

Vampire/Ghost Dark Fantasy novel

A fledgling vampire must use her ability to see ghosts to hunt down a savage flesh-eater.

"Holy cow! I mean, yeah it’s that awesome. Those books that draw you in immediately and keep you hanging onto the edge of your seat are the ones we all love right? Well this is definitely one where you will find yourself so close to the edge you almost fall off. Talk about nail biting, heart racing and down-right worrisome! This is one heck of a thrill ride! I would have to recommend this book to every single paranormal and fantasy lover out there."

"You have it all in one book, vampires, ghosts, flesh-eaters… what more do you need!"

"Let's face it, vampires have been done over and over and over again, yet he found a new angle to approach it all. And what an angle that is!!! Even though there is a lot of horror and suspense, it is by no means too gory to read, and I love gory. This book is fantastic and I am dieing to read the next one."

Jerusa Phoenix has always been close to death — and not just because of the congenital heart defect she's bore since birth. Jerusa can see the lingering spirits of the dead. She is bright and beautiful, but her sickness, along with her otherworldly gift, has made her an outcast. 

When she ventures out one night, despite the warnings of her best friend, Alicia (who happens to be a ghost), and stumbles upon a group of vampires, a battle rages between immortals over Jerusa. She is transformed into a vampire, and is surprised to find that she enjoys it. For the first time in her life she doesn't feel sick. But every light casts a shadow, and from the ashes of the battle arises a creature of incredible destructive potential—a savage flesh-eater whose very existence violates the most ancient of vampire laws. 

Now Jerusa must join with the other vampires and use her ghostly power to hunt down the savage beast before he can wreak havoc on the town and make others like himself. 

Jerusa has never been so powerful, but will she be able to find the savage before he attracts the attention of the rulers of the vampire race and bring their wrath down upon them all? 

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51isbstzkXL._SX374_BO1,204,203,200_Beauty & Power

(Perpetual Creatures Book 2)

by Gabriel Beyers

Vampire/Ghost Dark Fantasy novel

Jerusa Phoenix must face the judgment of the Stewards and earn her right to immortality.

"Wow, this is one amazing roller coaster ride. I absolutely loved the first book and was looking forward to reading the second one. The first one had quite an intriguing plot but the second one blew it out of the water. The plot is beyond amazing, with so many twists and turns that it was a thrill to read it all. It is an absolute must read for any lover of the paranormal. It has a new take on vampires and so far probably one of my favorite ones to date."

Since becoming a vampire, Jerusa Phoenix has been dreading the day that she must go before the Stewards of Life to be judged. Then comes the night she returns home to find a pair of Hunters waiting for her. 

Jerusa and her coven are whisked away to meet with the Stewards, and she cannot rely on her maker, Silvanus, to save her this time. Silvanus has been gone for months, searching for the truth of who he really is. Jerusa is unsure what’s worse, her pending judgment or that she may never see Silvanus again. 

The Stewards hold only two attributes worthy of immortality: beauty and power. Jerusa is strong and fast, far more than any fledgling, but the scar that remains on her chest from her heart transplant as a human will almost surely condemn her to death. Jerusa has one hope. She is the only vampire who can see the spirits of the dead. She has been warned to keep this gift secret from the Stewards, but what choice does she have? 

Something is amiss. A new enemy has risen from the ashes of the mountain prison where Silvanus was kept. Rumors abound of a growing army of savages. Jerusa can’t bother with any of that right now, though. If she hopes to win her right to remain a perpetual creature, she must find a way to survive the Stewards’ cruel and twisted tests. 

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514UJlrp+yL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Crapkiller

(prequel to The Solarian War Saga)

by Felix R. Savage

Sci-fi novella

She just graduated from the Space Corps Academy.

Her first job: staying alive.

Elfrida Goto was expecting a holiday on Ganymede. Not a vermin hunt.

The colony is plagued by rogue genetically engineered critters, and the newly-minted Space Corps agents are expected to pitch in. Elfrida and her best friend take up the challenge, but the hunt turns into a nightmarish ordeal when they get lost in the subterranean caverns.

And, worst of all … they’re not alone.

In this explosive prequel to the Solarian War Saga, Elfrida Goto’s first assignment takes her to the underbelly of the solar system, where nice girls finish last.

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513Zl6BBjEL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_The Galapagos Incident

(The Solarian War Saga, Book 1)

by Felix R. Savage

Sci-fi novella

Asteroid squatters. A genocidal enemy. Saving lives has just been added to her job description…

Evicting people from their homes is a crappy job, but Elfrida Goto knows that somebody has to do it. If she can't evict the squatters from asteroid 11073 Galapagos, it'll further delay a project she cares deeply about: terraforming Venus. Unfortunately, Elfrida's remote telepresence robot isn't cooperating, and neither are the asteroid's inhabitants. When an enemy fleet attacks her home base and heads straight for Galapagos, her mission changes in a hurry.

Teaming up with a wannabe Star Force pilot, Elfrida hits on a plan to save the squatters. If she survives long enough to put it into practice, she'll go up against the most dangerous enemy humanity has ever known…

The Galapagos Incident is the first installment in The Solarian War Saga, a series of suspenseful space operas with a strong comedic edge. If you like fast-paced space thrillers, geeky references, and books that keep you thinking, then you'll love Felix R. Savage's extraordinary look into our interplanetary future. Readers of Iain M. Banks, Neal Stephenson, and Kim Stanley Robinson have discovered their new go-to space obsession.

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515Xm8u3gVL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_The Eye of Hastur

by Scott King

Make your Fate Choosable Adventure book

MAKE YOUR FATE CHOOSABLE ADVENTURE books are interactive fiction, meaning the choices you make affect the story.

In The Eye of Hastur, a mysterious cult is summoning The Yellow King. Should the dark entity walk upon the earth he will use The Eye of Hastur to plunge all of mankind into a horrible madness.

Only you have the power to find the cult and stop The Yellow King. Will you go on this adventure and be a hero, will you hold onto your sanity, or will you let the world burn? The choice is yours because you make your fate.

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51QtXxqV1iL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Touchstone

(The Sins of the Fathers, book 1)

by Andy Conway

Time travel historicakl adventure novella

One touch… and you're who knows when?

A brilliant paranormal mystery that Kicks off this series of books for kindle with an Edwardian thriller that blends science fiction with historical adventure and just a hint of the romance that grows over the series… 

In a small corner of Birmingham, England, Rachel and Danny are a pair of mismatched History students from opposite sides of the tracks. But they find their lives thrown together when an old gravestone catapults them back into their neighbourhood’s dark Edwardian past, where they have just three days to prevent the murder of a teenage girl. 

There they find that every action has an unforeseen consequence that can ripple through generations. 

Touchstone builds into a moving coming of age fantasy series that has won plaudits from young and old readers alike with its intelligent blend of time travel adventure, science fiction, historical romance and urban fantasy. 

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Reluctant-Time-TravellerThe Reluctant Time Traveller

(The Sins of the Fathers, book 1)

by Andy Conway

Time travel historical adventure novella

“A cracking, spooky short story which is a real head wrecker…” – Jack Turner, author Valentine’s Day.

When journalist Veronica Wethers discovers a local author has placed her dead uncle in his fictional universe, she sets to investigate the truth behind the Touchstone series. Full of paranormal twists and turns, some chills and spills, a few head-wrecking moments, and a dash of meta-fiction, this free short story is a great introduction to the time travel series.

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(Time Travel Geek-out, Book 1)

by Micah Joel

Sci-fi novella

Something unlikely is happening on Matheson Station, 500 light-seconds out from Earth. Paymonia, a trader on the probability exchange, can't believe her feed: Steve Jobs, Ada Lovelace, and William Shockley have returned and are working together. While the architects of modern age battle an unseen foe, Paymonia scrambles to uncover a probability thief in her midst, before the ensuing leakage collapses the solar system's economy. 

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(K'Barthan Series, book 1)

by M.T. McGuire

Humorous science fiction fantasy action adventure with a dash of clean romance

The Pan of Hamgee isn't paranoid. There must be some people in K'Barth who aren't out to get him. Unfortunately, right now, he's not sure where they are. 

His family are dead, his existence is treason and he does the only thing he can to survive –getaway driving. As if being on the run isn't bad enough, he finds a magic thimble. He decides to keep it, which can only mean trouble. Sure enough, it does. He unwittingly sets himself on a collision course with Lord Vernon, K'Barth's despot ruler. 

The Pan is forced to make choices and stand up for his beliefs. It's a challenge, since previously he had no beliefs he was aware of. Faced with a stark moral dilemma, he realises his new found integrity may even stick … if he can stop running. 

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(K'Barthan Series, book 2)

by M.T. McGuire

Humorous science fiction fantasy action adventure with a dash of clean romance

The Pan of Hamgee is not a natural knight in shining armour. Yet he has escaped from police custody in K’Barth, switched realities and foiled Lord Vernon’s attempt to kidnap Ruth, the Chosen One, from the Festival Hall. Pretty good, he thinks. 

However, Ruth thinks otherwise. Being pursued by Lord Vernon is bad enough. Now, thanks to The Pan, she’s on the run. They are both alive, of course, but with Lord Vernon on their tail neither of them can be sure how long for. 

To save K'Barth and Ruth, the woman of his dreams, The Pan must introduce her to the Candidate, who is prophesied to be the man of her dreams. And he must do it fast – before Lord Vernon finds her. But the gentleman in question is in hiding and no-one knows where. Only The Pan can find him, if he can bring himself to unite them. 

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by Graeme Ing

Dark Fantasy novel

A primeval fiend is loose in the ancient metropolis of Malkandrah, intent on burning it to a wasteland. The city’s leaders stand idly by and the sorcerers that once protected the people are long gone.

Maldren, a young necromancer, is the only person brave enough to stand against the creature. Instead of help from the Masters of his Guild, he is given a new apprentice. Why now, and why a girl? As they unravel the clues to defeating the fiend, they discover a secret society holding the future of the city in its grip. After betrayals and attempts on his life, Maldren has reason to suspect everyone he thought a friend, even the girl.

His last hope lies in an alliance with a depraved and murderous ghost, but how can he trust it? Its sinister past is intertwined in the lives of everyone he holds dear. Can only evil defeat evil?

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Feb
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Polar Day, by Julie Flanders

Do you like suspenseful horror? Do you like vampires? Do you like Alaska?

Combine the two and you get a great couple of books by Julie Flanders. In 2013, she brought us Polar Night. Now, brand new last week, is the sequel, Polar Day. I've yet to read it, but I loved Polar Night, it was a real page turner! (Read my review of it.)

 

 

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"The midnight sun bakes Fairbanks, Alaska as residents gather for the annual summer solstice baseball game. Amidst the revelry and raucous shouts of “Play ball,” a spark alights and a jogger bursts into flames. Detective Danny Fitzpatrick, still reeling from his near death at the hands of vampire Aleksei Nechayev, watches in horror as the man burns alive.

Someone is burning Fairbanks and its residents and leaving nothing but smoldering embers behind. As the city sweats under a record-breaking heatwave and unexplained fires claim more victims, Danny and his colleagues struggle to find an arsonist who can conjure fire out of thin air.

To Danny’s horror, the only one who may be able to help him stop the arsonist is his nemesis Nechayev. Will the vampire help in the hunt for a witch?"

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Julie Flanders is a librarian by day and a writer all the rest of the time. She is also a television show addict with a particular fondness for Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead and a slightly obsessive sports fan who cheers for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Reds. Julie is an animal lover and animal rescue advocate who shares her home with her rescued dog and cat. She has written about the joys of pets for outlets such as Cat Fancy, Thrive in Life, and Best Friends Animal Society.

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Oct
29
2014
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Halloween: Secret Keepers by Gwen Gardner

Gwen Gardner is author of the popular young adult Indigo Eady Paranormal “Cozy” Mystery series that began with Givin’ Up the Ghost. With Halloween approaching, I wanted to mention her latest ghostly book: Secret Keepers.

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About Secret Keepers:

 In Second Death, Indigo and her team of sleuths escape the clutches of underground evil.

In Ghostly Gallows, Indigo and the gang managed to dodge the falling ruins and free those spirits trapped by the evil spell that bound them to Gallowsgate Prison.

Now in Secret Keepers, even though Indigo speaks to ghosties, there is so much about the afterlife she doesn’t understand. Such as…how can spirits be sick? They’re dead, for goodness sake! But once again Indigo is forced to go where she made it a point to never go: the hospital. There, the mystery of the sick and missing spirits explodes into a frenzied battle for souls where dawn may bring life or final death.

Indigo Eady:

Much to her chagrin, Indigo Eady is a celebrity among spirits. She’s the girl who can see and speak with them. She has a proven track record in helping spirits find their murderers, so it’s no surprise when she’s drafted onto the Missing Paranormal Committee. Who better to help them than the experienced teenage ghost whisperer- investigator and her friends?


Gwen explains her Excerpt

In honor of Halloween, I’m giving you a short excerpt from a chapter called Asylum. It’s a haunted hospital after all, and a lot of the book ending takes place there with the final showdown against the demons and dark spirits.

This scene is where Indigo, Badger and Simon are approaching the hospital for the first time. Councilman Diggles has become ill enough to be admitted (yes, he’s a ghost, and yes, apparently ghosts can get sick!), so they are going to brief him on the updates of their investigation into the missing paranormals.

Simon, as usual, is worried about the crazy…

 

We stared up at the gray and dilapidated building. It was almost like the village had shrunken in on itself, with all the abandoned buildings that sprang up around the edges of Sabrina Shores. Or maybe I had just never noticed them before. Stucco and plaster peeled and fell off in chunks. Four stories high, what was still standing, and every window broken, the jagged edges like monsters ready to take a bite.

I shivered.

Why did I always seem to be hanging out in broken down buildings lately? Look at the bright side, Eady. It’s better than being underground.

We approached the door. Oval shaped and shored up with metal strips riveted to the heavy wood, probably oak. The strips were once painted black according to the specks remaining. Now it was rusted and the door splintered.

Next to the door a sign hung sideways by one nail, squeaking slightly in the breeze. Simon lifted the loose side and read. “Belgrave Asylum.” He turned to me. “Oh great. The crazy potential just kicked up a notch. As if we didn’t have enough already, now we’re expected to enter the insane asylum?”

“Short answer?” I asked. “Yes.” I pushed on the door and it creaked open relatively easy. The boys and I stood just inside, our shadows standing before us while we waited for our eyes to adjust to the dark.


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Gwen Gardner is a native Californian living in sunny San Diego, where her love of reading and writing led to a BA in English literature. Life is now complete with her husband, two dogs and a daily call from her daughter.

Since ghosts feature prominently in her young adult Indigo Eady Paranormal “Cozy” Mystery series, she has a secret desire to meet one face to face – but will run screaming for the hills if she ever does. Gwen adores travel and experiencing the cultures and foods of different countries. She is always up for an adventure and anything involving chocolate – not necessarily in that order.

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 Secret Keepers available here: Amazon / B&N / Google Play / iTunes

May
03
2014
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Summoned: By Rainy Kaye

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Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told—literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker.

Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. When he meets Syd—assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd—he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can’t tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn’t the type to tolerate secrets.

Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl’s ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming—the wish that will destroy him.

Summoned is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.

 

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Review

This was a great read. Wonderful debut book. Two things in particular made this a highly enjoyable read:

1. The characters. Dimitri is superbly written, full of attitude, guts and a deep personality. No wooden characters here. Despite the fact that he cannot turn down the onerous jobs he is commanded to do, such as kidnap, murder, arson, he has a moral compass that keeps us rooting for him, flawed as he is. The other characters are also well thought out and compelling to follow. Silvia in particular creeped me out as a spoiled, rich daughter who is messed up. She is determined to get her hands on Dim, but we know that would be a bad thing – for Dim at least.

2.The plot. We quickly learn the absolute control that millionaire Karl has over Dimitri, and learn the true nature of their insidious relationship. All through the book I was wondering how he was going to escape Karl’s clutches, or worse, Silvia’s clutches, since she “inherits” control of Dimitri after her father. The end is a pulse-racing rollercoaster of action with a rapid series of plot twists. I did not expect the outcome.

This is a refreshing change to endless werewolves and vampires, preferring to touch upon the myths of the Arabic culture instead.

My only complaint, a minor one, was that we don’t find out the cause and history of the master-control bond between Karl and Dimitri until the very end. I’d have liked to see some more hints and teasers throughout the book.

Solid read. Contains a lot of sex (though well written) and a couple of disturbing events. Be warned.

I received a free ARC of this book, but it in no way influenced my review or enjoyment of this book.

Be warned that this is not a YA novel and that the content is 18+. There is graphic sex and bad language.


The Author

Rainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the mean time, she blogs at RainyoftheDark.com and writes paranormal novels from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona. When not plotting world domination, she enjoys getting lost around the globe, studying music so she can sing along with symphonic metal bands, and becoming distracted by Twitter (@rainyofthedark) Follow Rainy on Facebook. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.

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Jul
15
2013
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Excerpt from “The Ghost”

TheGhostblogtourbadgeSo you’ve probably heard me rave all this year about Christine Rains‘ paranormal series The 13th Floor. Though I’m not usually a reader of paranormal romance, these are among the best books I’ve read in 2013. Today I’m part of her blog tour marking the release of the final book in the series, The Ghost. Although each book is its own story and stands on its own merits, you probably want to go and read them from the beginning, especially as The Marquis is free!

Here is an excerpt from The Ghost, with inline comments from the author, rather like those Director voiceovers you get on DVD movies. Fun.

 

Setting up the scene: Chiharo and Jeremy find a spirit that survived an attack the monster that’s killing people in the building. They want to question the tortured spirit, but most of his essence is gone.

“Adam.” Chiharo whispered his named and then cleared her throat to say it louder. “Adam. It’s okay. It’s over.”

A portion of the mist swirled in her direction. His head? Did he hear her? (It took me a few days to come up with how this scene was going to go. A powerful ghost talking to a lesser ghost. How could I do it? I eventually decided to go with how it might be if a psychic were speaking with a spirit.)

“Adam.” All the books said to remind the spirit of who they were. Help them focus. “Adam Creel. We’re here to help you. My name is Chiharo. I used to live on the eighteenth floor. Two guys live there now. One burps a lot. Remember being in the elevator with him last week? He laughed when his burp echoed in it. You laughed with him as not to offend, but later you told your mom you thought it was gross.” (I thought humor like that might trigger a powerful memory in a teenage boy.)

The mist thickened slightly, forming a barely recognizable facial structure. The mouth moved. (Chiharo and Jeremy are fully formed ghosts. She’s in full color while Jeremy is less powerful and gray.)

“You’re doing it. Keep talking.” Jeremy urged her on and rested his hand on the small of her back.

The gesture took her out of the moment with Adam. The coolness of Jeremy’s palm and the imagined weight of it was immensely vivid. There was no open back to her dress, but it felt like skin on skin. Technically, there wasn’t flesh either. Just their energies mingling to form these impressions. It was far more sensual than she anticipated. (I loved writing the small things between Chiharo and Jeremy. Touches are so much more than simple touches between ghosts.)

“Chiharo. Are you okay?” Jeremy’s voice made her blink and brought her back to the situation at hand.

“Yes, fine. Just a bit unnerved.” A huge understatement! She held out a hand toward Adam. “It’s okay, Adam. Just focus on the words. You can speak. No one can hurt you now.”

The fuzzy shape of a teenage boy moved toward her. Not exactly floating, but something between that and crawling. A brumous limb shot out, and an icy chill claimed her hand.

“Something in the room! I couldn’t see it! I couldn’t hear it! It just had me, and I couldn’t get free. I fought so hard, but it had me. I couldn’t get away.” Adam’s cry sounded like the scratching of mouse trapped in a tin can. Tiny, squeaky, and frantic. “Help me, help me, help me!” (I had Adam speaking gibberish at first, but I didn’t like the way it sounded. There’s a portion of him still there, and he needs to get this message across to Chiharo. Language is ingrained to us and so I believe he could still talk so she understood him.)

“It’s all right. Adam. We’re here. The monster is gone.” Chiharo really hoped the fiend was gone. Fighting the urge to steal a look around the room, she kept her gaze upon Adam. “Do you remember anything? You didn’t see or hear a thing? No warning?”

“Nothing! It just suddenly had me. Please help me. Where’s my mom?” Adam blubbered. A lost little boy. Too young to die.

Chiharo’s chin quivered. “No one else is here. I’m sorry. It’s just us. We’ll take care of you. You’re safe now. Do you think you can get up?” (Chiharo is protective of the tenants of her building. She especially relates to Adam being an only child and a bit different from his peers.)

“Mom. I want my mom.” Adam didn’t move, but his grip became fiercer. “I can’t move. My legs. It ripped off my legs and drank me. It drank me!”

“It drank your blood?” Chiharo gasped.

“I knew it was that bastard vampire!” Jeremy whooped.

Chiharo nudged Jeremy with her elbow, not taking her eyes from Adam. “Tell us what happened so we can help you.”

“It drank me. Not my blood. Me!” Adam screeched. He said something more, but Chiharo couldn’t understand him. His anguish muddled his words. (I wasn’t sure how to put what the fiend did to Adam. It stole his essence, drained him of his being. I wanted to stick with something basic. Something a terrified boy could explain.)

“What did he say?” Jeremy poked her.

Chiharo threw him a stern look. She knew he wanted it to be Kiral. Just another reason to hate his murderer, but she wasn’t going to let him have it. “Adam said it drank him, not his blood. I don’t know what it means. He’s not making much sense. You can’t hear him?” (It’s not a secret that Kiral killed Jeremy five years ago. Before Kiral changed and sought out his redemption. Jeremy thinks the monster killing people could be Kiral, but Chiharo is certain it’s not.)

“Nothing. I can see his smoky lips flapping, but it’s like having the TV on mute.”

Her contact with Adam’s hand must’ve given her the channel to speak with him. The new ghost had no form now. The trauma was too fresh. Adam needed time and that was something none of them had.

“I don’t think he’s going to be able to tell us anyth—” A bright flash of light cut her off. She held up an arm to cover her eyes. Spots danced behind her lids. Jeremy cursed beside her.

When Chiharo could see again, there wasn’t a trace left of Adam’s spirit. Not one wispy strand.

“Dammit! He went into the freakin’ light.” (This part wasn’t something I planned. It happened as I wrote the story. I love being a pantser! Chiharo and Jeremy briefly talk about the light, but neither of them ever saw the light. I don’t get overly philosophical. I deleted a few paragraphs so it wouldn’t be. Perhaps if the situation weren’t dire, they might have a long talk about the afterlife. As it is, they have much more important things to worry about!)

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About The Ghost:

Chiharo Black lives with six supernatural tenants in a haunted building’s mysterious thirteenth floor. Of course, no one knows she’s there except the cats. Being a ghost can be a bit frustrating and lonely, but it isn’t as bad as her mother made it out to be.

Until another ghost intrudes on her territory. Jeremy Emerson wants revenge on the vampire that killed him and won’t stop until he has it. To top it off, a nightmarish shade sneaks in and leeches the energy from the building’s residents before setting its sights on Chiharo and the thirteenth floor. She can’t decide which one is more frightening: the one wanting to eat her soul or the one who might win her heart.

Chiharo must convince Jeremy to stand with her against the hellish parasite. If they cannot work together, the greedy fiend will not only drain their energy but everything that supports the thirteenth floor’s existence.


Christine Rains

ChristineauthorsmallChristine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s going on adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. Christine is a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. She has twenty-one short stories and eight novellas published.

Contact Christine via her Website, Facebook, Goodreads or Twitter as @CRainsWriter


Jun
28
2013
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Untethered Realms: Julie Flanders

UR A continuing series about each author in Untethered Realms, a neat spec-fic publishing group. Check us out:  Facebook | Twitter | Website

 

Julie Flanders

Julie Flanders is a novelist and a freelance writer who has written for both online and print publications. She is an animal lover and shares her home in Cincinnati, Ohio with her dog and cat. Her debut novel Polar Night, a paranormal suspense thriller, is now available from Ink Smith Publishing.

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Julie Flanders
Tell us about your latest book?
Polar Night is my latest (and actually first) book. It’s a paranormal thriller and my take on a traditional detective story. The story takes place in Alaska and the title refers to the winter phenomenon of 24-hour darkness in the Arctic regions.

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What genre(s) do you write/want to write in?
I love to write anything with a paranormal or supernatural twist.

What do you like most about being an author?
I love that I get to share the characters that exist in my head. And I love that writing gives me an opportunity to step out of everyday life and go somewhere else through my imagination.

What do you hate about being an author?
I can honestly say I don’t hate anything. Writing has totally changed my life and has been a gift to me in more ways than I ever could have imagined. But if I had to pick one negative, I would say it has been learning to deal with bad reviews. I am still working on developing a thick skin.

What does Untethered Realms mean to you and why should folks follow UR?
One of my favorite things about writing has been connecting with other authors. I’ve never been a “joiner” and in fact have always been pretty much of a loner, but writing has changed that. I was very excited when I was asked to join UR and I’m proud to be part of such a talented group. I encourage readers to follow UR because I think there is something for everyone under the UR umbrella. Anyone who enjoys speculative fiction will find something to love among our books.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I love to read and I’m a total tv junkie. I also love walking and taking my dog on various adventures.

What’s the most fun you’ve had writing a scene or character and why?
I loved writing the character of Aleksei, who is the antagonist in Polar Night. He’s drop-dead gorgeous, so it was fun to imagine him in my mind!

If you could live as one of your characters, whom would you choose and why?
I don’t think I’d want to be any of them. I love to write dark stories and I don’t have any problem putting my characters through all kinds of pain and turmoil. George R.R. Martin is my writing idol so if you’re familiar at all with Game of Thrones or A Song of Ice and Fire you know that’s enough said.

Tell us a secret, something few people know about you!
I used to work in a psychiatric hospital and I was the on-call emergency clinician responsible for assessing suicide and homicide risks. I only did this for about 6 months but it’s safe to say it was quite an experience!

What’s your next book about? Go on, tease us!
My next book is called The Ghosts of Aquinnah and it is set on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts in both the 1880s and the present day. It’s hard to pick a genre for the book but I’d say it is a combination of ghost story, love story, historical fiction, and mystery.


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Jun
21
2013
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Untethered Realms: Christine Rains

UR A continuing series about each author in Untethered Realms, a neat spec-fic publishing group. Check us out:  Facebook | Twitter | Website

I’ve read all but the latest 13th Floor books and they are some of my favourite books of 2013. Though The Ghost is coming out soon, I recommend you read them from the beginning. They’re fast reads.

 

Christine Rains

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She’s married to her best friend and fellow geek living in south-central Indiana. They have one son who is too smart for his parents’ own good and loves to dance to Gangnam Style. Christine has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s going on adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She’s a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. (South Central Indiana Fiction Interface). She has several short stories and seven novellas published.

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Christine Rains
Tell us about your latest book?
This is the final book in the 13th Floor series, THE GHOST. Chiharo Black lives with six supernatural tenants in a haunted building’s mysterious thirteenth floor. Of course, no one knows she’s there except the cats. Being a ghost can be a bit frustrating and lonely until another ghost intrudes on her territory. It’s an explosive ending to the series that ties everything together. It’ll be released on July 13th.

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What genre(s) do you write/want to write in?
My novels and novellas are paranormal romance. Though I’d like to do more science-fiction. My short stories cover many dark fiction genres.

What do you like most about being an author?
I love creating. Bringing characters to life, birthing worlds, weaving mysteries.

What do you hate about being an author?
Marketing. I never know if what I’m doing is right and if I’m doing enough. I feel like I’m walking around blindly and hoping someone notices me.

What does Untethered Realms mean to you and why should folks follow UR?
UR is a fantastic group of writers. Not just to help one another market their work, but we’re sharing ideas, helping brainstorm, and commiserating with other writers. Other people should follow UR for amazing stories and great personalities. We’re friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand to writers just starting out wanting to know how to go about doing things.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I’m a stay-at-home mom, and I spend the majority of my time with my son. We go on all sorts of adventures. We like to hike and hopefully this summer, we’ll get to go camping. I love to travel too, but that will have to wait until I have the time and money for it.

What’s the most fun you’ve had writing a scene or character and why?
I’ve had so much fun with all my characters. It’s difficult to pick one. One character that has been with me for several years is Magena Silver, a beautiful witch and manipulator extraordinaire. I’ve written a trilogy for her, but I just can’t seem to get it right. She challenges me as a writer, but that only keeps me coming back for more.

If you could live as one of your characters, whom would you choose and why?
I put my characters through the wringer. Why would I want to live as any of them?! Yet if I could avoid death looming over me, I’d like to be Stefanie from THE ALPHA. She’s an alpha werewolf at peace with who she is. A strong, sensual, and confident woman. Plus she can turn into a wolf and revel in her primal side.

Tell us a secret, something few people know about you!
I have an extra large head. Not even large men’s hats fit it. I like to think it’s because I have a very large brain.

What’s your next book about? Go on, tease us!
I’m not sure which project I’ll be working on next. I want to revise one of my manuscripts and query it. It might be the one about a witch whose an expert with love potions but resists falling in love herself, or it could be the new one I have brewing in my mind. It’s an urban fantasy about the underdogs in the supernatural world.


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Jun
15
2013
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Untethered Realms: Angela Brown

UR This is the first in a feature series about each author in Untethered Realms, a neat spec-fic publishing group. Check us out:  Facebook | Twitter | Website

 

Angela Brown

Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home. She’s a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate/chocolate covered delicious-ness. Steampunk, fantasy and paranormal to contemporary – mostly young adult – fill her growing library of books. Mother to a rambunctious darling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life stays busy. Her favorite quote keeps her moving: “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Tell us about your latest book?
Atone is my latest ebook. It is the second novella in my NEO Chronicles: Characters Revealed series. The main character is Caine Fordham, an assassin with a special gift for “taking care” of his assignments, particularly the ladies. He promised his assistant that when he reached a certain goal, he’d retire, but he decides to take on one last case that changes everything.

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What genre(s) do you write/want to write in?
I write in YA/NA and am working on an MG series as well. I prefer paranormal, fantasy/urban fantasy, you know, shifters, vampires, dragons and more :-)

What do you like most about being an author?
I love using my imagination. I have voices that speak to me in my head and I get to be an author instead of committed to an institution. How cool is that?

What do you hate about being an author?
Knowing that as much as I want every single person in the world to love my stories, it’s not going to happen. As a matter of fact, there will be those who will outright hate what I write. I just have to be ready for that.

What does Untethered Realms mean to you and why should folks follow UR?
Untethered Realms is such a cool diverse group of authors writing about things from outer space to scary thrillers. UR is worth the follow for the fun, the great books and getting to know great authors with more wonderful writing to come.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

Reading and spending baking time with my daughter.

What’s the most fun you’ve had writing a scene or character and why?
Uh, well, I sort of had fun writing a transport scene for my MG story. The main character didn’t exactly walk through a portal or hop from one realm to another. She had a more OZ experience.

If you could live as one of your characters, whom would you choose and why?
I’m not sure I’d want to be one of my characters. I put them in some tough situations lol!!

Tell us a secret, something few people know about you!
A secret? hehe! Well Not sure if it’s a secret, but I used to have the biggest crush on Dante Basco back in his Rufio days (Anybody else remember Hook?) Well, that crush never really went away. He’s still so cool!

What’s your next book about? Go on, tease us!
You can find out if Abby and Basil discover new levels to their love when I release THEY ALL FALL DOWN, the sequel to Neverlove. Here’s the beginning paragraph:

Basil crawled from the bed, loathed to leave the tangled blankets and warmth of Abby’s arms. Awake, she was beauty incarnate as far as he was concerned. Asleep, she was an angel. Day or night, her presence soothed him with thoughts of tropical paradise, her essence saturated in the intoxicating fragrance of pineapples, oranges and berries. Many nights he drifted into slumber in that happy place. But more times than not, it just wasn’t enough.


Other Untethered Realms authors: Christine Rains | Julie Flanders
 

Feb
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2013
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Christine Rains: The 13th Floor novellas

TheDragonslayercoverthumbPlease give a warm welcome to Christine Rains, author of the paranormal series The 13th Floor (among others). I’ve read the first two in the series: The Marquis and The Alpha and they’re super reads. Christine writes about very compelling, charismatic characters. The Dragonslayer is out now, and The Harbinger coming March 13th.

Graeme: How and why did you become an author?

CR: I’ve always been a writer. Ever since I could print, I wrote stories. I write because I love it. It took a long time to gain the confidence to publish, though. Perhaps age has toughened up my skin.

Graeme: Which of your books is your favourite, and why?

CR: Oh, this is tough. I love my concept for the 13th Floor series. I’m currently writing it, so I’m in the “in love” stage with it. Yet for my favorite, I have to say my Magena Silver trilogy. Magena is a unique protagonist. She challenges me as a writer. I love the cast of characters in the trilogy.

Graeme: Which of the 13th Floor occupants is your favourite, and why?

CR: Harriet the banshee. Did I answer that too quickly? I hope the others aren’t jealous. Harriet is a compassionate soul that was cursed and has to live a double life. She’s in love with a vampire, and the only time they see each other is when she’s in her hideous old hag form. I love her internal conflict and how that along with her curse makes her interact with the world.

Graeme: Which authors/books inspire you the most?

CR: Stephen King has been a great inspiration for me since I was a teenager. His worldbuilding and characters are phenomenal. I also love George R.R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, and Karen Marie Moning.

Graeme: Tell us some random thing about you that your readers might not know.

CR: I have lots of freckles and I hate them.

Graeme: Describe your writing environment.

CR: I have a little room stuffed full of books and games. The walls are a calming moss green and there’s paintings by my son on the walls. The desk is old and simple, but it’s still holding up. I always have a thesaurus beside me, and if I’m lucky, a sweet snack.

Graeme: Are you a plotter or a “pantser”?

CR: Pantser. I’ve tried to outline and become more of a plotter. Organization would save me time and I need that, but I’ve never been able to stick to an outline. My stories take a life of their own and go where they want. Luckily for me, it has worked out most of the time!

Graeme: Who would you most like to meet and what would you say to/ask them?

CR: I always have trouble with this question. I’d like to meet a lot of people, but I’m very shy. One day, I’d like to take a car trip (for a book tour, if I’m lucky!) across the country from one coast to the other and meet all my online friends.

Graeme: What’s next once you’ve finished with the 13th Floor? Tease us…

CR: I’m not sure which project I’ll pick up next. I have a couple of paranormal romance manuscripts I want to polish and query later this year. Possibly one involving a sexy witch who’s an expert at brewing love potions or a reclusive psychic that has fallen in love with a ghost.

Graeme: If you could live anywhere in the world, where and why?

CR: A log cabin in the woods by the Rocky Mountains. A cozy little home with not much upkeep. That way I’ll have time to write and travel.

Graeme: Awesome! Thanks sor answering those, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Folks, check out Christine’s 13th Floor books below. Well worth a read.


Christine Rains

ChristineauthorsmallChristine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s going on adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. Christine is a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. She has twenty short stories and five novellas published.

Contact Christine via her Website, Facebook, Goodreads or Twitter as @CRainsWriter


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TheDragonslayercoversmallOn the rooftop of neighboring building, dragonslayer Xanthus Ehrensvard fires at his target, Governor Whittaker. How he missed the shot, he doesn’t know, but fleeing the scene, he picks up an unwanted passenger. Gorgeous reporter Lois King saw Xan’s face, and she believes it’s the story to make her career. Except he can’t let her walk away knowing what he looks like. Xan has to show her the Governor is a bigger threat to the world than he is.??

Xan knows dragons never went extinct. They evolved with human society, taking on mortal forms, and slithered their way into positions of great influence and power, just like the Governor. But it’s no easy chore proving to someone that dragons still exist, and even more so, they’re disguised as famous people. Xan must convince Lois or find another way to silence her. An option, as he gets to know her, he likes less and less.

??After all, dragonslayers are no longer celebrated heroes but outlaws. Just as the dragons wish it. But this outlaw must make a plan to slay the dragon or risk its retribution.

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