I’ve teamed up with some amazing fellow SFWA writers on a group promotion for this week. We’ve all dropped the price on e-books, and I hope you’ll check some of the others out!
Here’s eight e-books, all knocked down to $2.99 or less for this week. You’ll notice both science fiction and fantasy, as well as a range of lengths.
The Eighth Succession by Don Sakers. $2.99, science fiction. This is an installment of Sakers’ extended Scattered Worlds series, and I can testify that it’s a fun read with plenty of nifty sfnal touches that fans will enjoy, coupled with characters that even people new to the genre will find engaging. Rikk Hoister is a genius with paranormal powers who is able to defeat the Imperial Navy…but he’s also got an even more powerful little sister, six year old Yewanda, who’s coming in search of him. Sakers takes the most delicious bits of traditional golden age science fiction and updates them for a textual dish the most jaded modern palate will savor. Boy, did I stretch that metaphor far enough? It’s good stuff. You’ll like it. (I interviewed Don for the SFWA blog last year.)
The Lair of the Twelve Princesses by Amanda C. Davis. 99 cents, fantasy. Bay has nothing to show for her years of military service but the clothes on her back, a bad leg, and a sardonic imp in a bottle who’s more harm than help. When she hears an open call for bodyguards for the twelve headstrong princesses, she thinks the job could reverse her fortunes. Unfortunately, her new charges are under a nightly curse, and everyone seems determined to keep the details a mystery–including its victims.
Luckily, Bay has a trick up her sleeve. Her imp owes her three wishes, and is desperate to grant them. She’s been hoarding his magic for an emergency, but it might be time to cash in: according to a fine-print clause in her contract, if she cannot solve the princesses’ curse in three nights, she’ll be executed the following dawn.
Master of the Opera, Act 1: Passionate Overture by Jeffe Kennedy: FREE, fantasy. Fresh out of college, Christine Davis is thrilled to begin a summer internship at the prestigious Sante Fe Opera House. But on her first day, she discovers that her dream job has a dark side. Beneath the theater, a sprawling maze of passageways are rumored to be haunted. Ghostly music echoes through the halls at night. And Christy’s predecessor has mysteriously disappeared. Luckily, Christy finds a friend and admirer in Roman Sanclaro, the theater’s wealthy and handsome patron. He convinces her there’s nothing to fear–until she hears the phantom’s voice for herself. Echoing in the labrynths. Singing of a lost love. Whispering her name: Christine.
Petals and Thorns, by Jeffe Kennedy. 99 cents, fantasy. This retelling of Beauty and the Beast is a seductive version. If Amarantha can resist her cloaked and terrifying husband, she gains his entire fortune and will be allowed to return to her family and a normal life. But the Beast seduces her at every turn, exposing, binding, tormenting, and pleasuring Amarantha until she no longer knows her own deepest desires. Increasingly desperate to break the curse that chains his humanity, the Beast drives Amarantha past every boundary. But her desire for a normal life may jeopardize the love that will save them both.
Wolves and Witches by Amanda C. Davis and Megan Engelhardt. $2.99, fantasy. In this collection of sixteen short stories, the authors take on fairytales and deftly deliver updated versions.
“Wolves and Witches is a fabulous collection of re-imagined fairy tales. I made the mistake of starting it late one evening and couldn’t go to sleep until I had read it all. With their dark prose and evocative poetry these sisters have done the Brothers Grimm proud.”
–Rhonda Parrish, Niteblade Fantasy and Horror Magazine
“It’s in the details that Davis and Engelhardt get you. I don’t know if it’s love or obsession or maybe just succumbing to the spell, but what stays with me is the tenor and texture of these tales retold — whether the fabric of a dancing shoe, the hollowness of bones in the wind, or the sharp critique of stereotyped social norms. Let yourself be enchanted and enjoy.”
–Dan Campbell, Bull Spec
“Sisters Amanda C. Davis and Megan Engelhardt are the female Brothers Grimm.”
–K. Allen Wood, Shock Totem
The Worth of a Shell by M.C.A. Hogarth. 2.99, science fiction. The first in the Stone Moon trilogy.
Born to a harsh world, we Jokka have evolved three sexes to survive: neuter, male and female. Twice in our lives we may change from one to another. A change we accept with grace… or resignation. It was our way. …until one female defied all tradition: Dlane Ashoi-anadi, revolutionary, intentionally childless, runaway.
This is not her story.
This is mine.
I am Thenet Reña-eperu, female-guardian, voice of orthodoxy… and Dlane’s first and dearest companion. This is the tale of how we changed each other… and how that changed everything.
And what do I have on sale? Click through on story collections Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight or Near + Far in the sidebar, and you’ll see they’re at $2.99 just for this week. Please spread the word!