Friday, August 3, 2012

Free Contemporary Fantasy Kindle Books 8-3-2012

These ebooks were listed as free downloads at the time of the post. These are usually only free for a few days at most. Always double check the prices before downloading.  

The Gathering: Book One of the Lia Fail Chronicles
by S.L. Dearing
4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon
Contemporary Fantasy

Thirteen years after the last world war, the village of Lia Fail sits peacefully above the Hollywood Reservoir in the Santa Monica Mountains. The village is making ready for the fall Gathering, where the other colonies from various parts of what was once Southern California visit for ten days of fun and reminiscence. What begins as a normal Gathering, soon changes as the people of Lia Fail begin to see magic around them. Then they receive news of a horrific massacre and face a nightmare as a dark evil descends on the tranquil village. Alia Stark, the queen of Lia Fail, must face this evil along side her oldest and dearest friends as well as an incredible new ally as the fate of her people and the lives of her children rest in her hands. Will her new magic be strong enough to save those she loves the most?

Bell, Book, and Sandals (Maxie Duncan, Book 1)
by Melissa L. Webb
Paranormal Romance Chick Lit

Sometimes life can be a real witch.

Meet Maxie Duncan. Your average 23-year-old blonde. If you can call being wealthy, gorgeous, and knowing what the future holds at times, average.

After her fiancĂ© blindsides her with a breakup at their favorite restaurant, she leaves Maine for a shot at being Hollywood’s new ‘it girl.’ There’s only one problem. She’s never acted a day in her life.

When a big Hollywood director sends her packing, she realizes if she wants to stay in L.A., she may have to be become a normal girl after all. But normal has never been in the cards for her. Strange things keep happening wherever she goes, a red-eyed shadow no one else sees is stalking her, and to top it off, she may be falling in love again, with either the bookish guy next door, or Hollywood’s hottest leading man.

But everything isn’t what it seems. Someone’s keeping secrets from her. Is it her new friends at the apartment building she moved into? Or is it Ryan Everheart, the actor who wants to sweep her off her feet? And why are her feet suddenly floating off the ground?

It’s enough to drive a girl insane. All Maxie wants to do is ride off into the sunset with her one true love and find a killer pair of Manolo Blahniks on the way. But how’s a girl supposed to focus on a love life and shopping when everywhere she turns someone or something is trying to kill her?

The Book of Souls (The Inspector McLean Mysteries)
by James Oswald
5.0 out of 5 stars on Amazon
Paranormal Cozy Mystery

For ten years, leading up to the turn of the millennium, the Christmas Killer worked his evil on the city of Edinburgh. Every year, in the run-up to the festivities, a young woman would go missing. Then, in the week between Christmas and Hogmanay, her body would be found, throat cut, stripped naked, washed clean and laid out in running water. Ten years, ten women. And the last of these was Kirsty Summers, fiancée to Detective Constable Anthony McLean.

No one is quite sure how he found Donald Anderson, least of all McLean himself. But something took him to the old man's antiquarian bookshop, and something else made the Christmas Killer let down his guard. In a cellar under the shop they found his torture chamber. Anderson went to prison and the murders - or at least those murders - finally stopped.

Twelve years on, Anderson is killed by a fellow inmate. Christmas is coming, and the body of a young woman is found, naked, washed, laid out in running water, her throat cut. She has been missing for a week.

Detective Inspector McLean had finally put his past behind him. Now it seems it wasn't ready to let him go.

A Gathering of Storms (The Ballad of Mary and Cyrus)
by B.L. Tackett
4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon
YA Vampire Paranormal Romance

Emotionally scarred as a teenager, Cyrus Christian has spent 10 long years holding those who love him at an arm’s length. But everything seems to change when Mary Bennet, the love of his life comes back to town and their sweet bond shatters the wall he's built. However, a dark and sinister force seeks to sunder their rekindled love and drag Mary into a world of shadows devoid of light. Aided by a powerful witch and driven by his volatile emotions, Cyrus must overcome his greatest enemy in order to face the darkness and save the woman he loves. Himself.

A Collection of Souls
by Jessica Marie Gilliland
4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon
Dark Paranormal Romance

“The downside of feeling again was that, along with compassion for others came the full realization of my feelings for Beau. I truly surrendered to my love for him; I let him in completely. It was the one thing that could hurt me if it went badly and it was the one thing I couldn’t stop.”

Alyssa Montgomery was damned the moment she met Evan Beauman.
To Alyssa, Evan Beauman (Beau) was a welcome escape from a failed college experience. He was everything she was attracted to: the dangerous type with a sense of adventure and a killer smile. It seemed that he wanted her just as badly.

In reality, Beau was a soul collector owing a bounty of souls to the devil himself. Alyssa would have been just another soul had Beau not decided to sublet his debt to her. All he had to do was set up the moment when she would be asked to give up her soul to save him and he knew she would, like all the others had.

Alyssa is thrust into an immortal life as a soul collector; bound to the man that pretended to love her and forced to steal souls for him. She attempts to beat the system and take only souls that were already bound for hell but when her plan backfires, she succumbs to the realization that she has no choice but to steal innocent souls.

After three years of collecting, Alyssa is overwhelmed by remorse and is dangerously close to losing her humanity and what goodness she has left. She has adapted to life as a collector and has even grown to care for Beau, despite what he'd done to her. Their collection of souls fuels them and spawns an addictive and toxic romance that serves as her only comfort.

When something goes wrong with one of their prospective souls, Alyssa and Beau's relationship is rattled and Alyssa begins to realize that she is losing herself. She feels the need to stop her downward spiral, but doesn't know how.

Alyssa has a run in with a collector hunting angel named Seth. She realizes that she cannot continue condemning innocent souls to burn for her mistake, but the only alternative is to help Seth send Beau to hell at the risk of being dragged down with him.

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