Frugal Freebie Wednesday! {10/31/12}

What could help push us through the middle of the week better than Frugal Freebies??

Check out these five NEW Frugal Freebies from the Kindle Store! {And grab them quick, they won’t be FREE for long*}


Here Lies Death,
Harlan Vaughn ~ Free!

On December 21, 2012, the processes of death and aging stop completely. Here Lies Death is the story of Kelsey and April, sisters who are forced to explore their own mortality because of unprecedented supernatural phenomena. As the world struggles to understand the psychological and sociological implications, Kelsey and April dive deeper into hopelessness and depravity. While the slow realization of life without death begins to burn itself into a new reality, the human race threatens to implode.

What happens when there is no more death?

Part fantasy, part science fiction, and part story of survival, read the acclaimed novel that sweeps across the human experience and digs into the darkest corners of the mind.

{4 Stars, 15 Reviews}


Year of the Chick
Romi Moondi ~ FREE

NOTE: THIS IS BOOK ONE IN A SERIES. THE SEQUEL PICKS UP FROM THE SAME STORYLINE, AND ADDRESSES ANY QUESTIONS THIS BOOK ENDS WITH. THANK YOU!

An awkward family homecoming at Christmas.

A humiliating public weigh-in, with two judging parents as the audience.

The announcement of a deadline for arranged marriage doom.

And that’s just the first two chapters.

In “Year of the Chick,” Romi Narindra must find love before her parents find her a husband.

But this is North America, not Calcutta! Who lets their parents choose their husbands?!

Easy to say, less easy to live through, as this book takes you deep inside “awkward Indian living in the West.”

To escape her fate, Romi wades through the waters of secret-dating, where self-consciousness is at an all-time high, and experience at an all-time low. It’s the sort of thing that would turn almost anyone into a man-crazy freak with romance tunnel-vision, and that’s exactly what happens to her. All the while, a lack of inspiration in her corporate job leads Romi to her love of writing, in what quickly becomes a man-quest play-by-play.

From whiskey-breath scum bags to uni-brow creeps and everything in between, Romi and her wingmen come up empty time after time.

And that’s when she meets a fellow writer.

On the Internet.

So will it be arranged marriage doom, or an Internet affair that’s not as creepy as “To Catch a Predator”?

Time will tell in the “year of the chick,” a twelve-month quest to find love.

Tick-tock.
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“Year of the Chick” is book one of a series, with the sequel “Last-Minute Love” available now!
Length: 74,000 words or 288 pages

DISCLAIMER: this book contains profanities, blunt accounts of the dating scene, and many awkward family moments. Enjoy!

{4 Stars, 45 Reviews}


Steve Williams Trilogy
J.E. Taylor ~ Free!

The first three books in the Steve Williams Series are packaged in this single box set. From the mountains of New Hampshire to the streets of New York City, Dark Reckoning, Vengeance and Hunting Season take you on a journey through some of the darkest days in Steve Williams’ FBI career.

*Warning – these books contain scenes of graphic violence that some readers may find offensive.

 

Jennifer’s Garden, Dianne Venetta ~ FREE

Best in Romance ~ IndieReader.com Discovery Awards 2012

“Frame by frame, Venetta’s easy prose tells of a storybook romance woven into the joys and heartbreak of everyday life.  From the glamour of the art world to the tension of the operating room to the glories of nature, this novel resonates on every level.”  ~ 4 1/2 stars RT Book Reviews, May 2012

{4 Stars, 54 Reviews}



Chosen
, Denise Grover Swank ~ Free!

Everything Emma Thompson owns fits in a suitcase she moves from one roach infested motel to another. She and Jake, her five year old son who can see the future, are running from the men intent on taking him. Emma will do anything to protect him even when it means accepting the help of a stranger named Will. Jake insists she needs Will, but Emma’s never needed help before. And even though she’s learned to trust her son, it doesn’t mean she trusts Will.

Mercenary Will Davenport lives in the moment. Hauling Emma to South Dakota should have been an easy job, but his employer neglected to tell him about Emma’s freaky son and the gunmen hot on her trail. Instinct tells him this job is trouble, but nothing can prepare him for Jake’s proclamation that Will is The Chosen One, who must protect Emma from the men hunting her power. A power she doesn’t know she has.

Will protects Emma and Jake on a cross-country chase from the men pursuing them, while struggling with memories from his past, his apprehension of Jake, and his growing attraction to Emma. Will’s overwhelming urge to protect Emma surprises him, especially since it has nothing to do with his paycheck and possibly everything to do with the tattoo Jake branded on his arm. Rich and powerful men are desperate to capture Emma, and Will must discover why before it’s too late.

Winner of the 2011 Beacon FF&P division

{4.5 Stars, 175 Reviews}

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THE FRUGAL FIND OF THE DAY: Ephemeral (The Countenance), Addison Moore {$3.99}

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Young Adult/ Mature Situations

In the grand scheme of things, you’ll be dead a lot longer than you’ll ever be alive.

The last thing Laken Stewart remembers is the oncoming car, then bursting through the windshield.

Two months dissolve without her knowledge and she finds herself in unfamiliar surroundings with strangers who not only profess to know her but insist she’s someone else entirely.

Laken discovers her long dead boyfriend, Wesley, has been thrown into this alternate world as well. He is quick to inform her she suffered a horrible fall and that her memory hasn’t fully returned. According to Wesley the other life she had—her name, her family, they were simply a side effect of her brain trauma.

In her quest for answers she meets Cooper Flanders, the son of her psychiatrist who readily believes every word she says.

Laken Stewart knows she died on that hot July afternoon, but now she’s alive—or is she?

**Addison Moore’s Celestra Series has been optioned for film by 20th Century Fox**

Other books by Addison Moore

ETHEREAL (Celestra Series Book 1)
TREMBLE (Celestra Series Book 2)
BURN (Celestra Series Book 3)
WICKED (Celestra Series Book 4)
VEX (Celestra Series Book 5)
EXPEL (Celestra Series Book 6)
TOXIC Part One (Celestra Series Book 7)
TOXIC Part Two (Celestra Series Book 7) Coming Soon!

 

Accolades:

J Bernard – Addison Moore does NOT disappoint with her new Countenance Series. Ms. Moore always leaves you wanting more, her writing is fantastic and her storyline transports you directly into the world of her characters.

K. Valentine – This book twists and turns and leaves you wanting more. If you have already read Addison Moore Celestra Series you will love this one too. If you read this one and never read the Celestra series, go get it, you wont be sorry.

Scooby4281 – You’re pulled into Laken’s world from the start. I am already addicted to the series and can’t waiit until the next book! The incredible. Ms. Moore has done it again!


Amazon Reader Reviews:

Ephemeral currently has a Amazon reader review rating of 5 stars, with 73 reviews! Read the reviews here!

 

Ephemeral is available for purchase at:

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Excerpt from Ephemeral:

Preface

I used to believe in things, in people, in places, and names—concrete forms of life that end at some point in the unknowable future. I used to believe memories were infallible—that they could never collapse around you like a house of cards or burn to cinders before ever touching the ground.
People vanish all the time. Other people. You hear about it on the news, see their smiling faces staring back at you on milk cartons—their pictures plastered around town like wanted posters. But it was a world within a world, and you innately knew this could never really happen.
I used to believe in death. I used to believe once they put you in that box and tucked you away for one very long night, it was finished. The sunlight, fresh air, a warm embrace, they would never be yours again. It was the final vanishing act—your curtain pulled down and covering your casket. That was the day it would all start anew. Staring into the face of God, awaiting your final judgment.
But I was wrong about everything.
I had my name, my life, and my eternal judgment revoked in one passing hour at the hands of madmen who share my bloodlines.
They took everything but my memory. They tried and failed, and now I’m nothing more than a liability—a spark in a bed of dried timber, waiting to unleash an inferno. I don’t know how long I can go before they stop me or if they even care.
I used to believe so easily, and now I strain the most insignificant details from each passing day as if they were poison.
I know one solid truth. Everything about this new world is a lie.
I’m going to infiltrate their ranks—dismantle their kingdom—take them down until they all vanish, evaporate like smoke from the planet. I plan to erase any memory of them as if they had never happened.
Or I’ll die trying.
And I just might.

1
In Memory of Me

In the grand scheme of things, you’ll be dead a lot longer than you’ll ever be alive.
I marinate in that truth, baste in the beauty of its wisdom while peering out at the dull emerald world. I fumble through dense woods with roots that race across the forest floor like wild, petrified snakes. Wisps of lamp-lit fog twist throughout the narrow trails as gnarled branches coil around the evergreens.
Something stirs from behind, disrupts the silence with the heavy crush of leaves. I jump—startled, as though waking from a very bad dream. My chest thumps in rhythm to the pounding in my head.
“Hello?” I call out.
I try to remember how I got here. The last solid memory I have is driving to my boyfriend Tucker’s house to rip him a new one for sleeping with Megan Bartlett, a girl I know from volleyball. I was distracted with rage, the light turned green, and I never saw the other car coming. Then the crash—I remember kissing the windshield as I bristled through it at a horrific velocity.
A groan emits from the branches—more rattling.
My feet crush over a bed of dried maple leaves, filling in the haunting void of silence.
A hard thud lands square behind me, and I turn slow on my heels.
It would have been understandable to see a deer, a bear, or even another human being. But this…
A whimper gets caught in my throat and drowns out the idea of a scream. My heart seizes and I freeze.
It’s a man—a thing, his grey skin decomposed beyond recognition, exposing dried muscle over bone, one eye missing, teeth all but gone.
It staggers forward, slashing the air with a violent swing.
I start in on a full-blown sprint, trip over an errant branch and land hard on my chest.
It comes at me—falls on its knees beside me omitting a sharp putrid stench. I let out a gurgled cry—twist and claw, scampering to my feet.
Its crooked fingers tear my sweater, easy as shredding paper.
I bolt deeper into the thicket. The forest gyrates, turns into a viridian kaleidoscope as I fumble through a dizzying maze of branches.
Loud guttural moans vibrate throughout the woods. I can feel its footsteps seconds behind. The forest darkens. The fog presses in and coats my throat with its oily haze.
Panic enlivens me. Adrenaline courses through my veins creating a heartbeat in my ears.
None of this is real—this is hell—a trapdoor within a nightmare.
My breathing quickens and my head starts to spin as I navigate the spindles, the heavily shadowed woods.
My mother once said most people are prone to run through this world blind. I remember her words and the soft mannerism in which she spoke them as I stumble from branch to branch, ripping a hole in my jeans, and losing my jacket on the offshoot of a pine.
The creature gains speed, touches me. It grazes over my hair with its necrotic fingertips. I race blindly through the woods, pushing past the pain searing through my skull. My foot catches on a root and I crash to the ground with finality.
I glance back, fully expecting to find the decaying body, the stench of death, but instead I see a boy my age—a look of surprise ripe on his face. He pulls me to safety behind the trunk of a pine and then lunges at the monster. He plucks a knife from his back pocket and wrestles the decrepit beast as it latches onto his face.
I pick up a loose branch and give a hard jab at the creature’s groin. It gives a soft gurgle as if laughing at my efforts.
A rock the size of a football catches my eye. I hoist it off the ground and lob it at the tangle of flesh rolling around in front of me.
It hits the boy on the side of the head, and he lets out an agonizing groan.
Shit!
He flips the creature and lands it hard on its back. Its face holds a lavender hue, blue lips, unnatural bumps and lesions over its cheek and decomposed forehead.
The boy pummels its malformed face. He digs his knife into the eye of the beast, over and over until it ceases to writhe beneath him.
He jumps up and cleans his blade against the soft trunk of a maple with two easy swipes.
The creature sizzles. Its ragged clothes engulf in flames quick as a grassfire before extinguishing in a ball of smoke.
“What’s happening?” I pant.
“Don’t you know?” He replaces the knife in his back pocket. The hard line of his jaw pops as he suppresses a smile. “They’re biodegradable.” A rumble of laughter trembles out of him. He comes over and cradles the side of my face with his open palm, observes me as though he were a doctor. “You okay?” A stream of light falls over him, amplifying the fact he’s alarmingly handsome: tall with sandy hair and eyes the color of a lifeless sky.
“I’m fine.” I want to say. I don’t know where the hell I am, but I think there are more pressing matters than my lack of topographical orientation. “What was that?”
His brows knit together. He leans in to inspect me, skeptical that I even had to ask.
“What’s your name?” he asks, wiping the dirt off his jeans.
“Laken Stewart.” I grab him by the arm—feel his warm flesh come to life beneath my fingers. “Where am I?” I’ve never been a hundred miles from where I was born. Hell, I’ve never left Kansas. For sure, I’ve never seen a forest this dense, let alone barreled through it with my life on the line.
“Ephemeral.” He dips into me with his gaze. “Connecticut,” he adds with a touch of sarcasm.
“Oh, my God,” I whisper in fright. “I think I’m lost.” I touch my fingers to my temple as an explosion of pain rips through me.
“Laken!”
In the distance a woman shouts my name.
“Looks like you’ve just been found.” He offers a reserved smile and holds my gaze a little longer than necessary before turning away.
There’s something intoxicating about this stranger, this earthly savior of mine, and a part of me wants to discover everything about him.
“Wait.” I catch him by the elbow. “What was that thing?”
He doesn’t say a word, just gazes at me perplexed and sorrowful.
“Laken?” The female voice spikes with agitation.
“I’d better go.” He takes a full step back. “Nice to meet you.”
“You saved me,” I say. He walks off into the fog until he disappears like an apparition. “Hey—what’s your name?” I shout after him, but he’s already vanished.
“Laken?” A raven-haired woman dressed in a power suit and heels snatches me by the wrist. “You need to keep out of the woods.” The words stream out of her like a death rattle. “Do you understand?” Her hair is slicked back in a knot, reflecting blue highlights as she moves. Her face is unearthly pale, her skin thin as paper, and I can see a track of blue veins around her eyes.
“Who are you?” I pull my hand back.
“It’s me, Laken—Ms. Paxton.” She offers a short-lived smile. “You need to get back to campus.” Her chest rises violently as she struggles to catch her breath. “Never venture outside of the academy.”
She guides me out of the oppressive forest onto a red brick path that rolls out toward a monolithic series of ivy-covered buildings. The landscape opens up in a fog-kissed world. Relief as wide as the ocean fills me as I escape those woods. I glance back into the curtain of darkness—the evergreens stand tall as a mountain, black as iron, and a shiver of fear grips me.
“Your uncle requested you meet up with your brother tonight.”
“My brother?” Fletcher died over a year ago, along with Wes, the only boy I ever loved. They drank their way into oblivion before taking a fatal swim in the lake.
“Yes, your brother.” It strangles out of her. “Do you think this is funny?”
“No.” I rub my arms. “I—”
She shoves a yellow student card at me. “You dropped this on your little jaunt in the woods.”
Laken Anderson—right face, wrong name. Issue date September 4th. Junior, Ephemeral Academy.
“Ephemeral.” I test the word out on my tongue. I stare at the student card, confused as to what it might mean.
“You’re a resident in Austen House.” Her lips twist with pride as if she procured the living quarters for me herself. “I realize how overwhelming your first day must be. Your sister is the dorm mother. She’s been waiting to orient you all afternoon.”
“My sister?” I have two. Jen is studying abroad her second year of college, and Lacey. The epicenter of Lacey’s world is plundering all my free time to help plan for her epic tenth birthday party. I love Lacey. I couldn’t love her more if I had her myself.
“Jen—your sister, Jen.” Ms. Paxton nods in frustration. Her eyes widen with horror as she circles over me with an epiphany. “I have to go.” She darts down the road in the opposite direction.
“Wait!” I call out as she evaporates in the evening shadows.
I don’t have a brother anymore.
I don’t have an uncle.
My mother is a drunk, and my sister, Jen, left the country first chance she got. I’m from Cider Plains, Kansas. I live in a dilapidated bungalow that belonged to my grandmother, which is haunted by her pissed-off ghost and the curse she bestowed upon us before she hung herself from the rafters.
My last name is Stewart, not Anderson. After I shot through the windshield, a tall radiant being declared it was not my time. He placed a hand the size of a catcher’s mitt over my face and submerged me back onto the planet.
I know for a fact I died on July 13th, the day before my cheating boyfriend’s seventeenth birthday. According to this I.D., two calendar months have dissolved without my knowledge. Here I am—same body, different name.
All I really want to know is what the hell is going on.


Ephemeral is available for purchase at:

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KINDLE’S DAILY DEALS: The Pleasure of My Company & Three Halloween Picture Books ~ $1.99 Today Only!

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Kindle Daily Deal: The Pleasure of My Company ~ $1.99

From Steve Martin–the legendary comedian, actor, and best-selling author of Shopgirl–comes the tender tale of Daniel, a man living his life as a bystander. After growing attached to Clarissa and Teddy, Daniel discovers love in the most unexpected places, and he finds himself finally engaging with the world.

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Talion, Mary Maddox {$2.99 or Borrow FREE w/Prime!}

Meet Rad Sanders, sexual sadist and serial killer. After claiming a dozen victims, Rad has at last found his perfect kill – two teenage girls staying at an isolated mountain resort in Utah.

The teenagers have formed an unlikely friendship. Lisa is middle-class and outgoing while Lu belongs to the underclass and has an abusive, alcoholic stepmother. Rad fantasizes keeping Lu awhile as his captive after forcing her to participate in torturing and killing Lisa.
Lu sees luminous beings invisible to others.

Their leader is Talion. Beautiful and otherworldly, Talion offers her comfort and inspires her to stand up to the girls who are bullying her at school. But his nature is ambiguous, and he also leads Lu to the brink of committing murder.

As Rad closes in, it become less and less clear whether Talion is Lu’s friend or the killer’s ally.

What readers are saying:

“Silence of the Lambs” meets “The Turn of the Screw” . . . . The story is propelled by suspense, and made delicious by Maddox’s Ray Bradbury-like gift for deft, deep-shadowed description.
–Charleston Times-Courier

“A gripping and relentless novel about desperate people in a desperate world…The impeccable prose of Mary Maddox makes it impossible to turn away from Rad, the brutal serial killer whose insatiable hunger threatens anyone who crosses his path, and Lu, the young teenage girl who is not what she appears to be, who possesses a power that may deliver unto Rad a reckoning beyond his imagination. This dark, but beautifully rendered novel is one you do not want to miss.”

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“The author is a spellbinder…In Talion, Mary Maddox pits a sadistic killer against two achingly vulnerable potential victims with an effortless narrative control that kept me wide-eyed, as anxious over the outcome as in my early glory days as a reader.”

Sherwood Kiraly, author of Diminished Capacity and Big Babies

The average Amazon reader review rating is currently 4.5 stars, with 30 reviews.

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THE FRUGAL FIND OF THE DAY: Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah, Lee Edward Födi {FREE}

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A SPLINTER IN SORCERY . . . According to Een legend, a Kazah stone grants a wizard the power to catch an echo of the past—and a glimpse of the future. But when Kendra Kandlestar is given her own cracked and broken Kazah stone, she soon discovers that it’s capable of so much more. Now, with her faithful companion Honest Oki by her side, Kendra is sent on an unimaginable journey across the cosmos, finding herself amidst worlds that are strange and bewildering—and at the same time all too familiar. Trapped in this adventure, Kendra finds herself faced with choices that just may unravel the mysterious history of the Eens—and destroy their future. What will Kendra choose? There’s only one way to find out: Slip through the crack in Kazah and enter a world of magic, monsters, and mystery!

 

Accolades:

Winner of the Mom’s Choice Award (Gold Recipient) 2012

A 2012 Best Books for Kids Selection – CCBC

“Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah would be an excellent class novel for individual reading or as a read aloud choice. It would be an excellent addition for personal, class, school and public libraries. Highly Recommended.”

~ Deborah Mervold, CM Magazine

“All the books in the series are really good. The first one stands out because it’s the first one we read . . . this one [The Crack in Kazah] I think is now my next favourite in the series . . . there are so many twists and ideas . . . you just don’t know where the book is going to go next.”

~ JustOneMoreBook.com

“Mythic archetypes, hair-raising action and humor makes this installment of the Kendra Kandlestar chronicles a bookfans of fantasy will be tempted to stay up all night to read. This family-friendly series and exciting book is filled with thought-provoking issues. Kendra Kandlestar and the Shard from Greeve will entertain readers of all ages.”

~ Midwest Book Review


Amazon Reader Reviews:

Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah currently has a Amazon reader review rating of 5 stars, with 20 reviews! Read the reviews here!

 

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Excerpt from Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah:

Chapter 1: How Kendra heard the Danger

As this tale unfolds, and your mind begins to revel in the crackle of each turning page, you will find yourself wanderingalong a familiar path, where creatures of mischief and malice lurk around each bend, where danger lingers in every shadow. Indeed, you know this path well—for this is the road to adventure and you, my young dreamer, have traveled it before.

Perhaps you have found yourself hiding behind the long beard of an ancient wizard as he weaves his magic against the fire of a ferocious dragon. Or perhaps you have crept behind the tattered cape of abrave explorer, through the bone-biting shadows of a dark dungeon, seeking escape from monstrous fiends. Perhaps you have even found yourself amidst the roar and rumble of a mighty battle, dodging claws and talons, fists and feet.

If your imagination has taken you to such places, then you know that no adventure happens without a long journey. We do not find ourselves thrust immediately against the dragon, or suddenly lost in the dungeon maze, or so quickly catapulted into the roar of battle. Indeed, we must begin with that first step upon adventure’s path. We must trek through places strange and unknown. The journey, as you know, is sometimes as important as the final destination.

Ah! Such has always been the case with our young heroine, Kendra Kandlestar. If you are familiar at all with her adventures, then you know she comes from the quiet land of Een, tucked between the cracks of here and there. The Eens, of course, are an ancient race—some say older than even Elves or Dwarves. The Eens are a very small people and are known for many things: their long braids, their ability to speak to animals, and—perhaps most of all—for being shy and timid. Indeed, they prefer to stay hidden behind the magic curtain that protects them from the outside world. But Kendra has never been an ordinary Een. We have seen her cross river and wasteland, descend into mines and dungeons, and climb cliffs and castle towers. And now she will undertake her most difficult journey yet. Perhaps you will be surprised to know that she will end just as she has begun, for in this taleKendra will not visit new lands. She will find herself only in those placeswhere she has been before.

Then how can this be a journey, you ask? Ah—and there lies the key to this tale. Imagine, if you will, not a journey to where—but a journey to when.

So now, your mind is swirling with questions, just like flakes of snow on the cold and bleak morning when our story begins. Here, amidst a symphony of wind and cloud, a magical airship chugs across the sky. It looks like a giant bird, with sails for wings and windows for eyes. The ship is called the Big Bang and amongst its crew is a wizard’s apprentice, twelve-year-old Kendra Kandlestar.

On this winter’s morn, Kendra was sitting in a dark chamber below deck, mind ablaze with questions as she pondered the mysteries of Een magic. She did not like sitting in quiet meditation. Even with her eyes closed and her hands outstretched, it was a grueling task to focus on the moment, to think only of the present.

Instead, Kendra thought of the past. She thought of the future. She thought of her brother Kiro, and all that he haddone, all that he was meant to do. And yet Kiro, in a way, was no more. Long ago, he had been transformed into Trooogul the Unger, a beastly creature with tusks and claws and crooked limbs and it was difficult to know whose side he was on. Trooogul had stolen the dark stone known as the shard from Greeve, a fragment of an ancient warlock’s cauldron. As far as Kendra knew, Trooogul was intent on rebuilding that vile cauldron—which meant resurrecting a curse that could transform the entire Een race into monsters, just like Trooogul himself.

He’s somewhere out there, in the lands below, headed towards the City on the Storm, Kendra told herself. We must find himbefore it’s too late.

“Humph.”

Kendra opened her eyes and gazed upon the old man who had just grunted. Her master. He sat across from her, like a mirror in his pose, still as a statue in the Elder Stone. He was ancient and frail, with a beard so long and white that some Eens claimed he used it to sweep his floors. But Kendra knew better, for not only was the wizard her master, but her uncle as well. With her family having long ago disappeared, ornery old Uncle Griffinskitch had raised her from the time she was a baby. He never swept his floors, with his beard or otherwise. Sweeping was Kendra’s job.

Uncle Griffinskitch looked older than ever. His face was a criss-cross of cracks, as if someone had taken a putty knife to clay, and his beard was as white as a winter’s moon. He even wore spectacles now—an old hand-me-down pair from Professor Bumblebean. Of course, at this moment, Uncle Griffinskitch didn’t need his spectacles. Even though his eyes were closed, Kendra felt as if the old man was glaring right into her soul.

“You must focus, child,” Uncle Griffinskitch murmured. “If you wish to master Een magic, then you must quiet your mind, tune yourself to your wand.”

Kendra’s eyes turned to the small stick of wood that lay in front of her. She had received her wand months ago, but she still had trouble understanding its power. Kendra looked back at her uncle. His own wand was more like a staff, twisted and gnarled, its length a symbol of his mastery of Een magic. The wand stood beside him, without support, as if it had a mind and will of its own.

“Remember, the wands do not give us magic,” Uncle Griffinskitch said.

“Then why have them at all?” Kendra asked.

“The wand is like a musical instrument,” the old man replied.

“Like the narfoo?” Kendra asked, thinking of the golden horn-shaped instrument that hung on their wall, back at home. The narfoo seemed to have a hundred valves and keys—far too complicated for Kendra to imagine playing. Come to think of it, she had never seen Uncle Griffinskitch play it either.

“Yes, the narfoo, if you wish,” Uncle Griffinskitch grunted impatiently. “If you want to make music, then you need the narfoo. But the instrument itself doesn’t make beautiful sounds; it only amplifies that which the player can find within.”

Kendra sighed, and tugged nervously at one of her braids. Tugging helped her think, so it was a good thing she had seven of them, radiating out from her head like the rays of a star. “Was it this difficult to train my mother?”

Uncle Griffinskitch’s eyes fluttered open. “Humph,” he murmured. “Why do you suddenly ask about her?”

Kendra fiddled with her hair, not sure what to say.

“She asked as many questions as you, that is for certain,” the old wizard said. “She had a strong will—and more attitude than a giant with a sliver in his toe.”

Kendra had seen a giant or two in her time; she couldn’t help thinking that, for a giant, the nearest thing to a sliver would be a small tree.

“Your mind wanders again,” Uncle Griffinskitch accused.

“Sorry,” Kenrdra said. “You didn’t really like her, did you? My mother, I mean.”

Uncle Griffinskitch grunted. Kendra knew it was difficult for him to talk about such matters. After all, Kendra’s mother was his own sister. She was just as long-lost to him as she was to Kendra. “Your mother and I did not often see eye to eye,” the old man admitted. “But my love for her was as long as my beard.”

“Is,” Kendra said. “You mean is. She’s still alive.”

“Humph,” Uncle Griffinskitch muttered, and Kendra knew it was the type of humph that meant the discussion was over. “We shall return to our meditation, this time with our wands.”

Kendra nodded, lifted her wand and closed her eyes again. She took a deep breath.

Focus, came her uncle’s voice—but he wasn’t speaking out loud. The words just popped into Kendra’s mind, and she knew he was speaking to her through their wands. Feel the world about us, he said.

Yes, master.

What can you see?

My eyes are closed!

See without your eyes,Uncle Griffinskitch told her. Deeper breaths. Let your mind expand. The world surrounds us, alive and vibrant. Tell me what you see.

Kendra wrinkled her nose, wishing she could tug at one of her braids. But instead she followed her uncle’s command by taking another deep breath, trying to focus. For several minutes she just sat there, quietly breathing, the sound of her uncle’s voice whispering inside of her. Then, slowly, Kendra felt her mind begin to drift, as if she was entering a dream.

Now tell me, came her uncle’s voice, what can you see?

A picture began to appear in Kendra’s mind, hazy and white. Clouds, Kendra told her uncle. An endless stretch of clouds. Then she saw something sharp and black amidst the white.  There are rocky crags ahead, Kendra added. We should warn Ratchet, so he doesn’t crash the ship.

The ship will be fine. Stay with the moment. What can you taste?

Water, Kendra replied. It’s cold . . . wait, not water; snow. I can feel it melting on my tongue! It’s snowing outside.

Good. Now, what do you smell?

Smoke on the wind. Someone has lit a fire, far below, on the ground. Kendra now felt light as air, as if she was no longer in her body, no longer on the ship. The sensation was incredible.

Keep it going, Uncle Griffinskitch urged. Tell me, what do you hear?

Kendra tuned her mind. I hear someone telling a story. It’s the legend of how two angels with braided hair appeared before the first Elders of Een. I think we must be close to home! But still, how could I hear that from way up here?

Distance, size—even time, these are but barriers in our minds. We must train ourselves to climb these walls! Our frail minds may fret over such walls, but the magic of Een does not. Yes, the magic, tune to it, Kendra. It can take you anywhere, if you so allow. Now, keep seeking, Kendra. What else do you hear?

Kendra breathed, and let her senses wander. Snow is falling, on the trees, on the mountains. There’s a murmur in the wind. There’s a—

Suddenly, a dreadful shriek pierced her mind, like an arrow splitting a melon. She dropped her wand with a clatter and clutched her ears—and the sound was instantly gone. Her eyes flew open, only to see Uncle Griffinskitch staring back her, his wrinkled face gaping in surprise. He had heard it too.

“Uncle—,”

But the old wizard was already rising to his feet in a flourish of white beard. “Quickly, Kendra,” he beckoned. “To the ship’s deck. We’re under attack!”

 

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Dreams of the future are generally for all ages. Eric Andros is the young son of a German fisherman who covets the power and riches to be had from life in the fast lane. Numbers always came easy to him and in the fertile environment of University life he is able to learn and test many of his theories about the path to becoming the richest and most powerful man in the world.

He befriends his classmate from the University of Hamburg, Raul Aboudi, and together they maintain a close relationship even after graduation. Eric goes on to a position at the Bank of Frankfurt and Raul takes a position at Brown University in the World History studies program.

Eric continues to apply his theories of leveraging financial manipulations and begins to amass a position of some substance. He begins to formulate a future plan for financial domination at the expense of the capitalistic systems in effect in the United States. Additional partners from around the world seek to associate with Eric as he plays upon the human frailties of the country’s leaders including the man sponsored by Eric and his associates, the President himself. This clandestinely organized group maintains a common hatred for America and would like nothing less than to see it buried under its own greed and corruption.

The puppet President is merely a figurehead for the financial cabal maintained by Eric. However, a patriotic group from across the business avenues of the United States has begun to organize in response to their fears of what they see taking place. The common opinion is that the presence and influence of Eric must be destroyed and they organize under the leadership of Roland Southfield to remove the President from office as he seeks a second term.

Southfield himself has had his own share of political problems and is anathema in many circles in the Washington area as a result of prior relations with the contras. None the less, the common wisdom is that he has all of the prior experience and less than savory affiliations to destroy the influential sway of Eric.

Southfield is able to create his own plan for the elimination of Andros and enlists assistance from a number of unlikely players-all with critical parts to play. The journey is much more important than the final destination as Southfield marshals his resources to accomplish what otherwise was beyond the boundaries of non-treasonous activities. The multiple journeys of “Conceived in Liberty” can best be summarized by the following:

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly unite in high table stakes Patriot Games where the prize is the preservation of American Sovereignty.

The follow up, Born of Necessity:

Grave situations require drastic actions. A conglomerate of twelve of the wealthiest men in the world, know as the Dozen, will do anything to destroy the basic principals on which the United States was founded… capitalism and democracy. They were successful in having their candidate, a mere puppet, elected President of the United States and were in the process of controlling the entire government and the rest of the world. A group of very concerned citizens formed a force to regain control of the presidency and preserve all that was sacred to the people of this great nation… no matter the cost. This group called themselves the Patriots. A plan was devised with the help of unidentified covert operatives, and the first half of the plan was carried out in Boschi’s previous book titled Conceived in Liberty. The financial leader of the Dozen was taken out by a sniper while giving an update to the Dozen. Now it is time for the second half of the plan to be implemented. If something is conceived, then there must have been a conception. A conception would demand a birth. Come along on the journey of Born of Necessity as these two forces seek to establish and maintain a new tomorrow for America

 

Accolades:

For Conceived in Liberty:

“Your style, attention to detail and creativity were packaged together for a great read; you have talent and a gift; looking forward to your next text.” - Edward W., Detroit, MI

“I just want to say how much I enjoyed reading this book. It was very well written and easy to follow. Had a great story line. Can’t wait for the sequel.” - Cliff W.  Cleveland , Ohio

For Born of Necessity:

“Just finished reading it. Wow, what a great book. Loved every page of it. I read a lot of books kind of like this and this one ranks up there at the top. It was good how it built up to the ending. I kept waiting for something to happen to ruin the plan and it didn’t. Of your 3 books this one is the one I enjoyed the most. Really a fun book for me to read.” - L.R., Sarasota, FL

“Great story; riveting and the unexpected; hard to put the book down.” - F.V., Cedar Knolls, NJ

 

Review Ratings:

Conceived in Liberty currently has a review rating of 5 stars from 1 reviews. Read the reviews here.

Born of Necessity currently has a review rating of 4.5 stars from 2 reviews. Read the reviews here.

 

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Conceived in Liberty:

Dreams of the future are generally for all ages. Eric Andros is the young son of a German fisherman who covets the power and riches to be had from life in the fast lane. Numbers always came easy to him and in the fertile environment of University life he is able to learn and test many of his theories about the path to becoming the richest and most powerful man in the world.

He befriends his classmate from the University of Hamburg, Raul Aboudi, and together they maintain a close relationship even after graduation. Eric goes on to a position at the Bank of Frankfurt and Raul takes a position at Brown University in the World History studies program.

Eric continues to apply his theories of leveraging financial manipulations and begins to amass a position of some substance. He begins to formulate a future plan for financial domination at the expense of the capitalistic systems in effect in the United States. Additional partners from around the world seek to associate with Eric as he plays upon the human frailties of the country’s leaders including the man sponsored by Eric and his associates, the President himself. This clandestinely organized group maintains a common hatred for America and would like nothing less than to see it buried under its own greed and corruption.

The puppet President is merely a figurehead for the financial cabal maintained by Eric. However, a patriotic group from across the business avenues of the United States has begun to organize in response to their fears of what they see taking place. The common opinion is that the presence and influence of Eric must be destroyed and they organize under the leadership of Roland Southfield to remove the President from office as he seeks a second term.

Southfield himself has had his own share of political problems and is anathema in many circles in the Washington area as a result of prior relations with the contras. None the less, the common wisdom is that he has all of the prior experience and less than savory affiliations to destroy the influential sway of Eric.

Southfield is able to create his own plan for the elimination of Andros and enlists assistance from a number of unlikely players-all with critical parts to play. The journey is much more important than the final destination as Southfield marshals his resources to accomplish what otherwise was beyond the boundaries of non-treasonous activities. The multiple journeys of “Conceived in Liberty” can best be summarized by the following:

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly unite in high table stakes Patriot Games where the prize is the preservation of American Sovereignty.

The follow up, Born of Necessity:

Grave situations require drastic actions. A conglomerate of twelve of the wealthiest men in the world, know as the Dozen, will do anything to destroy the basic principals on which the United States was founded… capitalism and democracy. They were successful in having their candidate, a mere puppet, elected President of the United States and were in the process of controlling the entire government and the rest of the world. A group of very concerned citizens formed a force to regain control of the presidency and preserve all that was sacred to the people of this great nation… no matter the cost. This group called themselves the Patriots. A plan was devised with the help of unidentified covert operatives, and the first half of the plan was carried out in Boschi’s previous book titled Conceived in Liberty. The financial leader of the Dozen was taken out by a sniper while giving an update to the Dozen. Now it is time for the second half of the plan to be implemented. If something is conceived, then there must have been a conception. A conception would demand a birth. Come along on the journey of Born of Necessity as these two forces seek to establish and maintain a new tomorrow for America

 

Accolades:

For Conceived in Liberty:

“Your style, attention to detail and creativity were packaged together for a great read; you have talent and a gift; looking forward to your next text.” - Edward W., Detroit, MI

“I just want to say how much I enjoyed reading this book. It was very well written and easy to follow. Had a great story line. Can’t wait for the sequel.” - Cliff W.  Cleveland , Ohio

For Born of Necessity:

“Just finished reading it. Wow, what a great book. Loved every page of it. I read a lot of books kind of like this and this one ranks up there at the top. It was good how it built up to the ending. I kept waiting for something to happen to ruin the plan and it didn’t. Of your 3 books this one is the one I enjoyed the most. Really a fun book for me to read.” - L.R., Sarasota, FL

“Great story; riveting and the unexpected; hard to put the book down.” - F.V., Cedar Knolls, NJ

 

Review Ratings:

Conceived in Liberty currently has a review rating of 5 stars from 1 reviews. Read the reviews here.

Born of Necessity currently has a review rating of 4.5 stars from 2 reviews. Read the reviews here.

 

Both titles are available at Amazon for just $0.99!

Purchase Conceived in Liberty at Amazon for $0.99 here

Don’t forget to also purchase the follow up novel, Born of Necessity, for $0.99 here

 

Connect with Joseph Boschi:

Website: http://www.JoeBoschiBooks.com

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