Friday, March 15, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Friday Mar 15)

It's Fantasy Friday, and here for your reading enjoyment are 8 compelling fantasies. Enjoy!

On the Edge of Humanity (A Vampire SEAL Novel), by S.B. Alexander. (Still free?)

How can you go wrong bringing vampires and Navy SEALs together? This paranormal fantasy is highly rated, and free today!

"I absolutely loved this book. I am a huge fan of both YA and Supernatural reads. Alexander is able to build up this new world, where vampires work amongst our military and are naturally born. The characters are built up in a way that you feel like you know them, and they are easy to relate to, making it so that you are rooting for them the whole way through the story. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who enjoys YA/Supernatural reads." -- Amazon reviewer

Sixteen-year-old Jo Mason is lost in a world where traipsing from one foster home to another is normal. She hates her life, she hates school and on most days, she hates living. If it weren’t for her twin brother Sam, she might already be dead.

Her normal world shifts one hundred and eighty degrees when she discovers her own blood tastes like candy and her eyes change colors like a mood ring. On top of that, her eyesight seems to be failing when she spies an otherworldly man, sporting bloodstained canines, who is trying to strangle a cop. The developments are shrouded when Sam goes missing between Anger Management class and History class.

She’s called to the principal’s office to meet Lieutenant Webb London, a Navy SEAL who is part of a secret team of natural-born vampires. His mission is to protect the twins from an evil cartel, but he’s too late. With Jo now under his protection, his team searches for Sam.

However, finding and rescuing Sam from the evil cartel may be the easy part. Jo learns she carries a dormant vampire gene that, if activated, could save him. As her normal world fades even more, pushing her closer to the edge of humanity, Jo must decide if her human life is more important than her twin brother. 

With time as her enemy, she struggles to make a life-changing decision for both her and Sam.

317 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 10 reviews.

The Five Elements (The Alchemancer: Book 1), by Scott Marlowe. (Still $0.99?)

This YA epic fantasy is full of magic and adventure. Read the warm reviews on Amazon to see why readers are calling this "fantastic," "refreshing," and "fascinating." 99 cents today!

"Vibrant and entertaining... far surpassed my expectations... The characters were multidimensional and created in a way that makes the reader identify with them and keep reading every page with expectation." - Ionia Martin, Top Amazon Reviewer 

"I loved the story. It was the perfect combination of elemental magic and adventure." - Ritesh Kala's Book Reviews 

"The elemental magic system was uniquely done. A fine read for people looking for fantasy that is a quick high quality read." - IndieBookBlogger

Science, sorcery, and elemental magic blend together in this young adult epic fantasy adventure.

THE FIVE ELEMENTS is a character-driven blend of pseudoscience, alchemy, ancient inventions, and elemental magic that tells the story of Aaron, a sorcerer's apprentice who knows more about engineering and mathematics than magic, and Shanna, whose future is in rapid decline as she approaches adulthood. All of this changes when their home is laid waste by an elemental attack. Separated in the resulting chaos, their purposes are joined when they individually learn of the mysterious Fifth Element. Shanna sees it as the final piece in the puzzle that is her destiny. To Aaron's logical mind, it is an impossible ambiguity. Whatever the answer, the Fifth Element draws them back together and into a final confrontation not as allies, but as adversaries.

341 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 16 reviews.

Sleepers (The Swarm Trilogy, #1), by Megg Jensen. (Still $0.99?)

This novel is a "beautifully crafted YA fantasy" available for 99 cents today.

""Exactly how does one write a review for a book that has them in the corner of their room, rocking back and forth, sucking their thumb . . uncertain of everything they have ever known?" - Stephanie Reviews

"I loved "Anathema", I really did, but "Sleepers"? It is quite possibly one of my favorite books so far in 2011. Megg Jensen has done it again. She's crafted a world that will pull you in from start to finish." - YA Book Haven Reviews

"Extremely original and exciting from beginning to end. Megg Jensen created memorable characters with so many twist and turns I was surprised with every turn of the page." - Seeing Night Reviews

An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can't calm the fires raging inside her.

Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she's always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen's alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?

Also by Megg Jensen:

The Initiate - a novelette bridging the Cloud Prophet Trilogy and The Swarm Trilogy

Cloud Prophet Trilogy:
Anathema | Oubliette | Severed

The Swarm Trilogy:
Sleepers | Afterlife | The Sundering

The Song of Eloh Saga encompasses all of the books above

227 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 49 reviews.

The Earth Painter (The Painter Series), by Melissa Turner Lee. (Still $0.99?)

A YA fantasy romance set in the American south and featuring a memorable female lead in Holly Scruggs. Over 50 five-star reviews, and available for 99 cents today!

"This is the first book in The Painter Series. It is a YA Supernatural Romance, but it's different than any I have read. The author puts a wonderful spin on how the Earth became what it is. The book is different from all other books I have read in its genre. Even the ending surprised me." -- Mystical World of Book Reviews

When a self-conscious young woman discovers the boy in drama class is actually the immortal who painted the world into being, she becomes the target of another painter who hates humanity.

The Earth Painter is a Young Adult Supernatural Romance set in the small mill town of Chesnee, SC. It revolves around Holly Scruggs, whose family has just moved back to Chesnee after her dad lost his job along with pretty much everything they owned. Her image conscious parents correct her to the point of brokenness until she meets Theo. He is the artist responsible for all the beauty of the land and he thinks Holly is beautiful, too. Together they will fight against Fritz, the water painter, who hates humans and is hiding a secret under the high school.

197 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 66 reviews.

Spirits Rising (Spirit Caller Series), by Krista D. Ball. (Still $0.99?)

This novella is the first book in the Spirit Caller fantasy series from noted author Krista D. Ball. 99 cents today!

"It's a refreshing change to read Krista D. Ball's Spirits Rising. One of the novel's big strengths: the snarky, funny voice. Fresh and honest, Rachel's voice carries the story and breathes life into it. I highly recommend it to all readers who love the paranormal, but also those who like stories grounded in real life, with strong heroines who don't wait for a prince charming to come and save the day. Warning: This is not a romance, and it contains no sparkly vampires." -- Good Book Alert

Rachel has no trouble believing in spirits. It's the living she has a tough time believing in.

The man she's in love with? Taken. The job she loved/ Gone. Her neighbours? They're taping religious tracts to her door. Then a rebellious teenage Wiccan accidentally summons the area's ancestral Viking spirits -- who promptly bring their thousand-year war to the remote Newfoundland fishing village. 

If Rachel's going to have any hope of sending the spirits to their peace, she'll have to stop drooling over unattainable men and trust her 93-year-old neighbour to help her stand against the spirits before their supernatural war engulfs them all.

*Spirits Rising is a novella approximately 75 pages long, or about 25,000 words.

77 pages, with a 3.9-star rating from 20 reviews.

Harvest Moon, by Krista D. Ball. (Still $0.99?)

This short fantasy riffs off of native culture with elements of magic and the engaging character of Dancing Cat. An enjoyable read that you can finish off in a sitting or two. 99 cents today.

"I liked the plot, it was so original...Every page will surely surprise the readers." --Bookingly Yours Reviews

"I find that very few books accurately portray native culture and that is one of the things I appreciated most about this book." --Dianna's Writing Den

"Harvest Moon is a delightful blend of history, romance, and fantasy. I didn't put it down until it was done, and I really want to see more of Dancing Cat and Bearclaw." --Book Lovers Inc

Cursed, abused, and desperate, Dancing Cat steals a look inside her tribe's Sacred Bundle for a glimpse into the future. In doing so, she incurs the wrath of a powerful ancestor who takes everything from Dancing Cat: home, family, and even her gender.

Injured, alone, and in a man's body, she meets Bearclaw who is on a spirit quest. As their friendship develops, Dancing Cat must weave a path through friendship, identity, and longing, all the while fearing her people will find her and take away her new-found freedom.

And throughout all this, she asks herself if love is stronger than magic.

32 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 10 reviews.

Everwinter (The Wrath of the Northmen series #1 An epic fantasy novel), by Elizabeth Baxter. (Still $2.99?)

A full-length epic fantasy novel from the Wrath of the Northmen series. Highly-rated and praised for its intriguing characters and vivid landscapes. $2.99.

"Everwinter is the quite appropriately titled tale of a land suffering from a never-ending season of snow and ice. It hasn't always been this way, and the greatest minds in the land are working to find an end to the Everwinter. When things get rough, the Ral Torans trust in science and diligently work to find a concrete answer to their problems. Chellin is a city steeped deep in faith. They look to the goddess for help and are a generally superstitious folk. When the two meet and agree to work together to find and end to the Everwinter, intrigue and action ensue. The strength of Everwinter is in the plot. It moves at a quick but steady pace that keeps the reader engaged and excited.You go to have fun and be entertained and maybe see a fight or two. That is the nature of Everwinter and author Elizabeth Baxter has done it well." -- Amazon reviewer

Can science and magic ever exist in harmony?

The powers of old and new are on a collision course in the land of Thanderley. Ancient gods have broken free of their imprisonment and cursed the lands with a terrible winter, a scourge that is sweeping science and the new ways from the earth. In the city of Ral Tora, Bramwell, a young engineer, battles to save his home from the encroaching ice. But there will be no exceptions. The gods will reclaim what was theirs and destroy any who oppose them.

Once more, the balances are tipped. Magic and science cannot exist in peace, yet Bramwell must master both to save everything he loves from destruction.

Everwinter is a full length epic fantasy novel from The Wrath of the Northmen fantasy series.

Other books by Elizabeth Baxter:
Summer Storm (The Wrath of the Northmen fantasy novella)
The Last Priestess (The Songmaker fantasy novel)
Circle Spinner and Other Tales (a fantasy and science fiction short story collection)

292 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 9 reviews.

Infernal Games (A Templar Chronicles Urban Fantasy Adventure), by Joseph Nassise. (Still $4.99?)

The Templar Chronicles fantasy series has returned with this latest rendering from the prolific Joseph Nassise.

"The Templar Chronicles were supposed to be a Trilogy, but popular demand convinced Mr. Nassise to write a fourth book. It is an awesome book. I highly recommend this book series to any Urban Fantasy reader. Start at the beginning and savor each and every moment with Cade and the Templars in Mr. Nassise's world." -- Amazon reviewer

The long-awaited return to the world of the Templar Chronicles from the internationally bestselling author of Eyes To See and By the Blood of Heroes!

The Templars have emerged victorious following their battle with the Chiang Shih, but paid a high price in doing so. The dead line the halls of the local commanderies and the survivors are both physically and spiritually exhausted. Estimates suggest it will take years for the Order to recover.

Even Echo Team has been decimated; its ranks reduced by half. Knight Commander Cade Williams managed to survive his journey deep into the heart of the Beyond and his subsequent confrontation with the Adversary, but he has returned a changed man; his thirst for vengeance quenched but his spirit broken. As a result, command of Echo has passed to the newly-promoted Captain Riley.

It is the moment Simon Logan, former leader of the Council of Nine and the man once known as the Necromancer, has been waiting for. In a daring prison break, he frees himself from Templar control and vanishes into the night. Given the difficulty the Order had in capturing him the first time, the assignment to track Logan down falls to those who know him best - Captain Riley and the newly reformed Echo Team.

But rather than waiting for Echo to coming looking for him, the Necromancer takes the battle to them instead; luring former Commander Williams away from his home and stealing the physical form of his wife, Gabrielle, a woman caught somewhere between life and death.

It is perhaps the one act that could rouse Cade from the grey haze his life has become. As he ruthlessly tracks the Necromancer through this world and the next, Cade can't help but ask himself what Logan might want with a half-dead woman and the man who had literally traveled to hell and back to rescue her.

One thing is for certain - Cade won't rest until Gabrielle is by his side once more!

Books in the Templar Chronicles series:
The Heretic (Book One)
A Scream of Angels (Book Two)
A Tear in the Sky (Book Three)
Infernal Games (Book Four)
Judgment Day (Book Five - coming 2013)

179 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 7 reviews.

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