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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?
- Escape Pod has a science fiction story from Geoffrey W. Cole in written and audio
- Kazka Press #3.7 – March 2014
- BBC Drama of the Week visits Scotland post-independence with a humourous play from James Graham
- @Author’s Site: “Charlie Whittaker Is Dead… If You Believe That Sort of Thing” by Vincent Asaro [Paranormal Fantasy / Humor]
- @Buzzy Mag: “In Memory Of Jonathan Wyatt” by Jessica Alden [Urban Fantasy]
- @Dark Futures: “Saving Mae” by Jennifer M Zeiger [Dark Science Fiction]
- Escape Pod #439 – “Cradle and Ume” by Geoffrey W. Cole [Science Fiction – also available in audio]
- @Mad Scientist Journal: “Automagical” by Damien Krsteski [Science Fiction]
- @Short-Story.me: “A Light Bulb Called Tink” by Jade De-Terville [Fantasy]
- @The WiFiles: “The Joy Thief” by Tim Jeffreys [Fantasy]
Written – Flash
- @365 tomorrows: [Science Fiction Flash]
- @Every Day Fiction:
- Kazka Press #3.7 – March 2014 [Fantasy Flash Magazine]
Written – Serialized
- @Author’s Site: Vessel by Andrew James Morgan – Epilogue [Science Fiction Novel Serialization]
- @Legend of the Five Rings: The Age of Ivory by Shawn Carman – Part 5 [Shared World Fantasy Serialization]
- @madgeniusclub: Elf Blood by Sarah A. Hoyt – Chapter 19 [Fantasy Novel Serialization]
- @BBC Radio 4 Drama of the Week: “Dividing The Union” by James Graham [Very-Near Future Speculative / Humor Play]
- Beware the Hairy Mango #202 – “Chicken of the Seal” by Matthew Sanborn Smith [Hot Mango Action]
- @Clarkesworld Magazine: “Suteta Mono de wa Nai (Not Easily Thrown Away)” by Juliette Wade [Science Fiction]
- Drabblecast #316 – “A Memory of Seafood” by Tina Connolly [Science Fiction]
- Escape Pod #439 – “Cradle and Ume” by Geoffrey W. Cole [Science Fiction]
Audio – Radio Dramas
- @Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod:
- @Relic Radio:
Audio – Serialized
- @Author’s Site: Nocturnal by Scott Sigler – Episode #21 [Horror Novel Serialization]
- Welcome to Night Vale #43 – “Visitor” [Fantasy Serial]
Free eBooks – Science Fiction
“Ant Apocalypse” by Will Swardstrom
Rick and his wife, Jennifer have just moved to a house in Kentucky.The only problem is — the previous occupants never left.
Regular, everyday ants are one thing. But what do you do when they develop a taste for flesh? How do you kill ants that are already dead?
[Science Fiction Short Story – Amazon]
Burden of Sisyphus (Brink of Distinction) by Jon Messenger
Between the alien Alliance and the Terran Empire, a neutral zone stretches between the galaxies, a demilitarized zone that was established 150 years previous, following the Great War. The peace accord granted a semblance of peace to the universe. The peace, however, is a facade, and it is the responsibility of Michael Vance and his covert operations team to maintain that illusion.
[Science Fiction Adventure Novel – First of Series – Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]
Dominant Species Volume One — Natural Selection (Dominant Species Series) by David Coy
It started as a peaceful visit to his weekend getaway in the Sierra foothills. Hours later teacher Phil Lynch finds himself living a nightmare. Paralyzed and taken prisoner, his body is used as an unwilling host in a bizarre and gruesome series of parasitic infections. As the terrible truth about the alien visitation unfolds, a small group of captives must first understand – then fight for escape from the terror that holds them prisoner. Their struggle will stretch razor-thin the human will to survive.
[Science Fiction Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Dominant Species Volume Three — Acquired Traits (Dominant Species Series) by David Coy
It is the year 3014. A pivotal battle looms.
[Science Fiction Novel – Third of Series – Amazon]
Dominant Species Volume Two — Edge Effects (Dominant Species Series) by David Coy
It is the year 3012. The human incursion begins.
[Science Fiction Novel – Second of Series – Amazon]
The Artifact Competition (Approaching Infinity Book 1) by Chris Eisenlauer
Jav Holson has a time bomb ticking away inside him with one chance to survive: learn the martial art known as the Eighteen Heavenly Claws and win the Artifact Competition. The prize will make him an elite Shade of the Viscain Empire and virtually immortal. There’s just one catch: learning the Eighteen Heavenly Claws.
[Science Fiction Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Wanderer’s Escape (Wanderer’s Odyssey) by Simon Goodson
Jess was born a prisoner, grew up a prisoner and at sixteen knew he would die a prisoner. When his turn comes to try to break through the traps protecting a spaceship it seems his day to die has come. The ship, and others like it, have already claimed hundreds of prisoner’s lives.
Instead he manages to avoid the traps and gain access to the ship with two other prisoners, beginning a frantic flight to freedom. Soon Jess finds himself loose in a brutal universe ruled by the Empire and riddled with pirates, slave traders and worse. Can Jess manage to learn the rules of the universe and the capabilities of the ship he has stolen in time to stay alive?
[Science Fiction Adventure Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian
Free eBooks – Steampunk
The Doorknob Society (The Doorknob Society Saga Book 1) by MJ Fletcher
Chloe Masters’ world changes in a heartbeat and all she did was touch a doorknob.
[YA Steampunk Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Fantasy
Rise of the Drakyn (Sword of Souls) by Leonard Little
Fourteen-year-old Marcus believes he has it bad, getting beaten by his older half-brother and stepmother, until his blood activates his dead mother’s amulet.
Raised as a winemaker’s son, Marcus doesn’t know he’s the last heir to the Dragon throne. Blooding the amulet awakens the magic of his linage, allowing him to communicate with trees and animals, but it also alerts the dark forces that an heir exists. The usurping Dark Lord sends his wind weaver to release the drakyn—undead dragons—to hunt and kill Marcus.
[Dark Fantasy Novel – Amazon]
Shadowborn (Light & Shadow) by Moira Katson
Catwin has always been good at being unseen… that is, until one fateful mistake brings her to the attention of the Duke of Voltur the commander of the bloodiest battle in living memory, a man of legendary ruthlessness who is determined to be the power behind the throne. To this end, he has chosen Catwin to be a Shadow—spy, shield, and blade—to his niece Miriel as she works to catch the eye of the King.
But the Duke’s carefully laid plans are only a piece of the intrigue swirling within the royal court.
[Epic Fantasy Novel – First of Series – Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]
The Last King’s Amulet (The Price Of Freedom) by Chris Northern
Trained in his youth for war and politics, Sumto is interested in neither. As the son of a Patron, he should gather clients, acquire wealth, learn magic, husband a political power base and take his place amongst the Assembly of Patrons, the rulers of the city. Sumto would rather gather friends, acquire books, learn history, husband a hangover and take his place at the gambling tables. That is not going to be an option for much longer.
Unknown to Sumto, everything is about to change. There is a war in the north and Sumto is about to become a very unwilling participant.
[Epic Fantasy Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Wandering Djinn: An Anthology of Fantasy by Ahmed Al-Sheikh
Spirit. Demon. Phantasm.
Malik ibn Ibrahim has been called all this and more. He is a djinn, one of the many creatures living among humans. And while both flippant and compassionate, he never seems to be too far from trouble.
In these four stories, Malik will pit his skills and wits against the darkness of men’s hearts, and the creatures in the shadows who would use them.
[Fantasy Anthology – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Fantasy – Young Adult
The Legender (Arkosaegan) by Jason Link
Arkos, a reclusive artisan, bides the long age of peace carving animal bones and remembering his days of adventure. In the ancient city of Tierrion where he dwells, no one suspects he is one of the legenders—those forces of nature clad in human form who spoke with the elements and shaped them into mighty beasts. When a great evil strikes Tierrion and Arkos saves the city with his power over the elements. This grand revelation of his true identity comes at a cost, however, for there are kings and politicians who would use a legender for their own purposes. Bound by an oath of service, Arkos must obey their commands—dire consequences descend upon legenders unfaithful to their vows.
[YA Epic Fantasy Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Ugly Stick by Joy Givens
Fifteen-year-old April Somerfield is a shy, self-loathing misfit who would blend in with the wallpaper, if only the wallpaper were a little less attractive. In a family line of gorgeous, successful women, April’s a fluke. At Prescott High School, she’s a walking punch line.
A school project sends April on the hunt for her mother’s missing yearbooks, and upon finding them she uncovers a big secret: being “hit with an ugly stick” is a surprisingly literal occurrence in April’s family tree—a curse has been passed down from mother to daughter for centuries. When April sees a chance to finally ditch the family curse, she must decide if becoming beautiful on the outside is worth giving up the person she is meant to be.
[YA Contemporary Fantasy Novel – Amazon]
Witchell: A Symphony by F. Trantham
Happily exiled to a semblance of normalcy, Tavin Witchell has deliberately forgotten that he is also Baron Witchell. He hasn’t used magic properly in years, and he’s barely thought about the Mageplane and its stifling, stagnant society of mages. When Tavin gets a strange phone call about his brother, he realizes that the Mageplane – derelict and failing for for nearly a century, must be in its final death throes. Unfortunately for Tavin and his brother, Tavin’s best friend Amelia, and Lyvance’s daughter, Emmaliss have talents that could be warped to resurrect the dying world.
[YA Contemporary Fantasy Novel – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Fantasy – Paranormal and Romance
Daughters of the Jaguar – Boxed Set (Book 1-2) by Willow Rose
Christian is 22 years old when he leaves his home in Denmark to spend a year in Florida with a very wealthy family and go to med-school. A joyful night out with friends is shattered by an encounter with a savage predator that changes his life forever. Soon he faces challenges he had never expected. A supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace. A haunting family in the house next door. A spirit-filled girl who seems to carry all the answers. An ancient secret hidden in the swamps of Florida. One life never the same. One love that becomes an obsession. Two destinies that will be forever entangled.
[Paranormal Romance / Suspense Boxed Set – First Two Novels of Series – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Horror
High Moor by Graeme Reynolds
When John Simpson hears of a bizarre animal attack in his old home town of High Moor, it stirs memories of a long forgotten horror. John knows the truth. A werewolf stalks the town once more, and on the night of the next full moon, the killing will begin again. He should know. He survived a werewolf attack in 1986, during the worst year of his life.
[Horror / Suspense Novel – Amazon]
- @Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist:
- @Tor: Excerpt from Shipstar by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven [Science Fiction Novel – pre-order]
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