Tag Archives: free ebooks

Who Doesn’t Like FREE??? Stonewiser . . . Download the Trilogy NOW!

When a book of exceptional quality is FREE, I just have to spread the word. Get ready for something even MORE exciting . . . an entire series is FREE!

For the first time ever, Dora Machado’s entire Stonewiser series is available in a free KINDLE Giveaway, including the complete award-winning trilogy, Stonewiser: the Heart of the Stone, Stonewiser: The Call of the Stone and Stonewiser: The Lament of the Stone.Stonewiser Series Button Free Ebook Blitz 300 x 225

Mark these dates on your calendar: Saturday August 31 to September 2 and the again September 6 and 7th

Read the series from cover to cover or save it to your Kindle for one of those cold wintry days when all you can do is curl up beside a crackling fire and read.
 
 

Heart of the stoneStonewiser: The Heart of the Stone

Book 1

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy,

Romantic Fantasy,

Fantasy Romance, Dark Fantasy

Publisher: Mermaid Press

ISBN: 978-0979968204

ASIN: B001F7ATEO

Amazon

Book Description:

Winner of the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award for best Debut Novel

Finalist for 2009 Foreword Book of the Year Award for SFF

Between truth and deception, between justice and abuse, a stonewiser stands alone with the stones. Or so begins the stonewiser’s oath. But what happens when a rebellious stonewiser discovers that lies have tainted the stone tales?

In a world devastated by the rot’s widespread destruction, only the tales preserved in the stones can uphold the truth and defend the Goodlands. In this world, stone truth is valued above anyone’s word, and stonewisers are the only ones capable of retrieving the tales from the stones, the only link between past and present, order and chaos.

Sariah is the most gifted stonewiser of her generation, but her talent does not atone for her shortcomings. A survivor of the Guild’s brutal training, she is curious, willful and disobedient. Yet not even Sariah is prepared for what she finds when she steals into the Guild’s Sacred Vaults: A mayhem of lies and intrigues that shatters her world.

Hunted, persecuted, and betrayed, Sariah must make an unlikely alliance with Kael, a cynical rebel leader pledged to a mysterious quest of his own. The fate of their dying world depends on their courage to overcome centuries of hatred and distrust. But not even the grueling journey has prepared them for what they are about to discover. Because nothing is really as it seems, and the truth is more intricate and devastating than they ever suspected….

 

Stonewiser: The Call of the Stonecall of the stone

Book 2

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Romantic Fantasy,

Fantasy Romance, Dark Fantasy

Publisher: Mermaid Press

ISBN: 978-0979968228

ASIN: B0047DWZTU

Amazon

Book Description:

Winner of the 2010 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Gold Medal for SF/F

Finalist for the 2010 ForeWord Book of the Year Award for SF/F

Sariah’s reward for revealing the stone truth: a death sentence.

The executioners have arrived and Sariah, the most powerful and controversial stonewiser of her generation, has been judged and condemned to death. For the last few months, Sariah has been hiding in the Rotten Domain, trying to find the elusive tale capable of uniting a divided people teetering on the brink of a catastrophic war. As she is dragged to the nets, where an eel rave has been stirred to maximize her execution’s gruesome spectacle, Sariah knows she cannot escape her sentence. She is guilty of the crimes for which she’s been condemned and no one, not even Kael, the Domain’s foremost rebel leader, can save her from the executioners’ righteous justice.

But Kael is more than just a formidable warrior; he is also a cunning strategist and Sariah’s steadfast lover. Risking all he has, he bargains with the greedy executioners, bribing them into delaying Sariah’s execution, buying her precious time and a last chance to realize the mysterious legacy that the stones have imposed on her. The agreement is hardly a reprieve. It encourages a mob to hunt Sariah for ransom, banishing her from the Rotten Domain and imposing heavy fines on anyone who tries to help her. Worse, it requires her to wear an irremovable, mysterious bracelet. If she doesn’t return to the executioners with the tale in hand when the allotted time expires, Kael and his kin will be ruined and the bracelet will kill her.

Hunted by the executioners, the Guild and the Shield, Sariah and Kael embark on a desperate search. Their journey will take them to the depths of the Rotten Domain, where Sariah must wise a guiding beam out of the wild tale stored in a stone-carved game. The beam will lead them through the warring Goodlands—where the rot is on the move—to the land beyond the Bastions, where a zealous people guard an ancient stone that could hold the key to their search. Along the way, Sariah and Kael must overcome deadly traps, torture, heartbreak, agonizing defeat and devastating losses in a desperate attempt to avoid war and answer the mysterious call of the stone.

lament of the stoneStonewiser: The Lament of the Stone

Book 3

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Romantic Fantasy,

Fantasy Romance, Dark Fantasy

Publisher: Mermaid Press

ISBN: 978-0979968235

ASIN: B0051H6SUI

Amazon

Book Description:

“Do you know why the stones grieve?” the woman said to Kael. “Not for a soul, I’ll tell you that much. The stones don’t grieve for the passing of a lowly woman or the madness of a smitten man. They don’t mourn death, or lost love, or broken dreams, or loneliness or despair. Yet you will make them wail. For you, the stones will weep.”

In their most perilous adventure yet, Sariah, the rogue stonewiser who stunned the world by discovering lies in the stones and defying the all-powerful Guild, and Kael, the rebel leader who against all odds loves her, must find a stolen child, the only one capable of setting rule upon chaos, preserving the future of stonewising, and defeating the rot ravaging the land. The stakes couldn’t be higher. The coveted child they seek is said to be an abomination. He is also their son.

It’s a daunting challenge. Their child is in the hands of a deceitful enemy who has fled to a mysterious ruler, a rival deity with unfathomable powers pledged to destroy the goddess and eradicate stonewising from the world. Worse yet, the land is engulfed in strife, the rot is spreading faster than ever, and Kael is haunted by a malevolent curse compelling him to kill the woman he loves.

In a dangerous journey fraught with shocking twists, Sariah and Kael must do more than defeat their foes, unravel the mystifying forces vying to control their lives, and discover the mysteries of ages past. They must challenge the stones, defy the goddess and confront their cursed fates. Because only by embracing their destinies do they stand a chance to save their child and their world.

 

About the Author:Dora Machado

Dora Machado is the award winning author of the Stonewiser series and her newest novel, The Curse Giver, from Twilight Times Books, available July 2013. She is one of the few Latinas exploring her heritage and her world through the epic fantasy genre today. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University. She was born in Michigan and grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she developed a bilingual fascination for writing, a love for history, and a taste for Merengue. After a lifetime of straddling such compelling but different worlds, fantasy is a natural fit to her stories. She enjoys long walks, traveling, and connecting with the amazing readers who share in her mind’s adventures. She lives in Florida with her indulging husband and three very opinionated cats.

To learn more about Dora Machado and her novels, visit her website at www.doramachado.com

Subscribe to her blog at http://www.doramachado.com/blog/ , sign up for her newsletter at http://doramachado.com/newsletter.php  and follow her on Facebook and  Twitter.

About Dora Machado’s Novels:

Dora Machado is the award winning author of the Stonewiser trilogy and her newest novel, The Curse Giver. She is one of the few Latinas exploring her heritage and her world through the epic fantasy genre today. Her first novel, Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone, won the 2009 Benjamin Franklin award for best debut novel. Her second novel, Stonewiser: The Call of the Stone, won the 2010 Independent Publishers Book Award’s (IPPY) Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy book of the year. Her third novel, Stonewiser: The Lament of the Stone, won the 2012 Independent Publishers Book Award’s (IPPY) Silver Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy book of the year. All three novels were finalists in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Category. Her latest novel, The Curse Giver from Twilight Times Books is available July 2013.

Website: http://www.doramachado.com/

Blog: http://www.doramachado.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DoraMachado101

Twitter: @DoraMachado or https://twitter.com/DoraMachado

Amazon Author Central: amazon.com/author/doramachado

 

WINNERS!!!!

I’ve had two contests running, one of my own, one as part of Amber Kallyn’s Birthday Bash, and now I can announce all the winners! Free e-copies of the first two books in my Urban Fantasy series, Clans of Tagus – The GATEKEEPER and The WARRIOR – go to: (drumroll, please . . . )

Janet Brooks

Mary Preston

Beckey White

I’ll be emailing coupon redemption codes from Smashwords so you can download the appropriate file format for your ereader, computer or smartphone. If Urban Fantasy is not a genre you read, please pass it along to someone else who might enjoy my books. Thanks for playing!

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Anthony Sunderland & Win TWO eBooks!

Oh my, oh my…. it just keeps getting better! Readers, you have an awesome opportunity to leave a comment and win BOTH eBooks in the Destiny’s Daughter series. How cool is that???

And trust me, you WANT to read these exciting stories by Anthony Sunderland. The man is so interesting and talented –  how could he conjure up anything less than top notch entertainment? Read my interview below, check out the blurb for Destiny’s Daughter – Hide and Seek – then leave a comment to enter the contest. One lucky visitor will snag the first two eBooks in this fascinating series. It might be YOU!

MEET THE AUTHOR:  Anthony Sunderland

I’m happy to welcome Anthony Sunderland, author, screenwriter and adventurer.  Anthony, you’ve written screenplays and pursued graphic novels but in the end, you decided to join the ranks of Indie authors. What led you to this decision?

I think the truth is that I finally opened my eyes to what was right in front of me. I learned the hard way how tough selling screenplays is, though I will carry on pitching them. Going down the graphic novel route let me keep more control, or so I thought.

I got some great design concepts done by two students, Anna and Kelsey, at the local college but putting together a team to produce the story proved difficult. I did find an artist but we couldn’t agree on a payment schedule for $20,000.

Writing description for an artist or filmmaker to interpret is massively different to describing settings and events to readers so I put off writing in novel form for as long as I could. I want to tell these stories, to share them with the world so I worked with someone to adapt one story from screen format to prose.

Destiny’s Daughter was already written as a short story that I wanted to enter into the “Writers of the Future” competition. The concept, together with several ideas for TV show episodes had also been a finalist in the “People’s Pilot” competition.

The short answer to all of the above is that the Kindle is the simplest way to get the stories out to the world.

Tell us a little bit about your recent release, “Destiny’s Daughter – Hide and Seek”. It’s the second book in the series. Will there be more?

U.S. Marine John Bishop was abducted by aliens while home on medical leave from the first Iraq war. In a chance encounter with Dawn in the present day he claims to have seen her as a young girl on a spaceship.

He later abducts her, determined to find out what the aliens did to him. Even if Dawn escapes will this lead to her mission being uncovered?

In this story I can give more of her backstory, spell out the dangers she faces, and give the Greaes a reason to implant a communication device in her head. I’ve also sewn a tiny seed of what will become a shocking revelation much later on.

Dawn has studied the human race but there are many harsh lessons for her to learn, and here she learns about the savagery people will subject others to.

There will be as many stories as I can think up original mysteries for her to investigate. There’s also the threads to deal with of the captured alien, the true nature of the boy on the crashed shuttle, and preventing the military from harnessing its technology.

Volume III involves a top secret submarine damaged in a massive explosion, Langan’s Daughter, tiny life forms that can join together to form a larger creature, and a threat to global security.

This ends with another painful lesson for Dawn and a twist in the tail. We already see her do things that seem irrational at first, until her true motives and loyalties are revealed. We will see her behavior change in reaction to her experiences. Several people who cross her are going to meet with a grisly fate. This sequence of events will culminate with the revelation mentioned above.

Where do you find the seeds of inspiration that eventually sprout roots and become a book?

From asking, What If? Reading and hearing about strange things that happen in nature. Vol IV was inspired by an artist who makes things out of old car parts. It will feature an old woman’s lost cat returning in the middle of the night. Bit of a stretch from car parts but I don’t want to give anything away.

You live in West Yorkshire but Destiny’s Daughter takes place in the United States. Why did you choose this location?

I’ve been asked this question about a couple of stories. I’ll be honest; partly to appeal to the biggest audience. Part of this is because the Mid-West is the main area for alien abduction claims so it would make sense for the FBI office to be there.

Also they could use the extensive network of caves, caverns, and some manmade tunnels to hide alien artifacts and technology.

The Destiny’s Daughter series has a recurring theme of Alien contact. If you met an Alien in a remote location away from media and government scrutiny, what three questions would you ask?

  • How does our world compare to yours?
  • What do you want here?
  • Will you take me with you on your next journey?

You’ve also written a screenplay about a superhero, currently a popular theme with movie goers. Spiderman was bitten by a radioactive spider, Hulk had an experiment go wrong, Superman came from another planet. What special skills does your superhero have and how did he/she acquire them?

In the superhero/horror screenplay the protagonist, Kirsten, was abducted by devil worshippers intent on offering her as a sacrifice. Their plans were thwarted by the intervention of their nemesis, Johann.

In their desperation to escape they leave her for dead in a wrecked motorhome. When she wakes up she accidentally drinks the potion that gives them superhuman strength. It also makes her as psychotic as them.

It gives her the power to fight off a pack of ravenous wolves and she sets out for revenge acting and hunting as a wolf (after an ordeal that I won’t go into here)

No superhero ever asked for their powers and all have suffered great loss to attain them. Kirsten is no different and she is in grave danger of being killed by the good guys as well as bad, unless some power can reach any shred of humanity buried beneath the darkness she has descended into.

You’ve put together a list of adventurous activities on a “bucket list”, and have already accomplished several of them such as fire-eating and bungee jumping. What is the most daring feat you’ve experienced to date?

Each one presents its own challenges. I think the most terrifying thing was going on a weekend singing course and getting up to sing solo in front of a room full of people on the Sunday. Fortunately no video of it exists.

You still hold a “day job” as an electrician. What tips can you give other authors who juggle careers with writing?

Switch off the TV, unless you’ve set your exercise machine up in front of it. Set a goal and a timetable, and stick to them. Join a good writers’ group and a good forum because you need to communicate with people who understand our passion and need to write.

Schedule breaks and days off, and take them to relax and reward yourself.

Fortunately I was able to reduce my hours to three days a week, but time was still very tight.

If you found a magic stone that allowed you to travel back in time to any era, any location, where would you go and why?

From a purely selfish point of view, back to the turn of the century with all my finished work in hand. I would then be ready for the graphic novel and ebook explosions.

Alternatively to the fall of the Berlin wall. I’d love to have witnessed the fall of communism first hand, and have even a tiny piece of the rubble as a momento.

About the Author

I live in Halifax, UK.

I’m a long time Sci Fi, fantasy, and horror nut. I was inspired to start writing by the season one finale of Buffy TVS.

I’ll try just about anything once – fire eating, parachuting, I’m a qualified glider pilot, and want to do the bungee jump from the Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa.

http://www.facebook.com/anthonysunderlandscifiwriter

https://twitter.com/ASunderlandsf

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11238919-anthony-sunderland

http://www.authorsden.com/anthonysunderland

http://www.squidoo.com/songsforcreativepeople

Destiny’s Daughter: Hide & Seek
By Anthony Sunderland
Destiny’s Daughter series – Book 2

Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Victoria Publishing
ASIN: B008DTTOG6
Number of pages:  154
Word Count:  34,700

Cover Artist: Lazar K. https://www.elance.com/s/sugarbricks/ 

Book Description:
Dawn Dempsey has successfully infiltrated the FBI’s elite alien hunting squad. Welcomed as a valued member of the Alien Visitation Investigation team, and above suspicion, her mission is to thwart the FBI’s investigations from the inside.

She is also intent on freeing the captured alien.

On a routine investigation into old abduction cases in rural Iowa with her partner and lover, Scott Nelson, a chance encounter threatens to ruin everything for her.

Could her undercover mission be over before it has even begun? Could her true nature be about to be revealed by an unstable war hero?

Amazon US       Amazon UK 

FREE BOOK!!!

I’m an author – but I’m a reader, too, so anytime I can pass along a deal, you know I’m going to do it.

I’ve reviewed Mistaken by J.A. Howell and it’s scheduled to post on Sunday. However, I’m so excited about this book that I don’t want anyone to miss out on a chance to download it FREE! The promo ends on Saturday so be sure to add it to your TBR library before then. And if you miss the deadline, trust me, you’ll want to buy this one!  http://www.amazon.com/Mistaken-ebook/dp/B0092HDIXS

There’s also a groovy giveaway with some great swag at Bewitching Book Tours. Enter to win by clicking on this link http://www.bewitchingbooktours.blogspot.com/2012/09/now-on-tour-mistaken-by-ja-howell.html

 

Book Description:
One year ago, two bullets from a .45 caliber pistol ripped away any hopes Dillan had of a future with her fiancé, Jamie. On the anniversary of Jamie’s death, the appearance of his estranged twin brother, Trey, leaves Dillan wondering what other secrets her prefect fiancé was hiding. When Trey learns of his brother’s death, Dillan takes pity on him and gives him a place to stay.
Trey’s erratic behavior and a series of suspicious phone calls lead Dillan to believe that Trey knows more about the circumstances surrounding Jamie’s death than he’s letting on. With all leads exhausted and Jamie’s murderer still on the loose, Trey is Dillan’s last hope for finding the truth.
Sometimes the truth hurts… but in Dillan’s case it could kill her.