Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Happy Post-Tax Day! Lots of free fantasy books :)

When I dreamed about becoming a full-time writer, I mostly thought about all the awesome time I would spend writing, petting my cats, going for walks, and doing more writing. Preferably while eating Jelly Bellies and smoking on a bubble pipe. What I didn't think about is that full-time writers are "self-employed" and that doing taxes as a self-employed person SUCKS.

Now I'm neck deep in estimated taxes, EFT, usage tax forms, and all kinds of other things I would frankly prefer not have in my life. I'm happy to pay my share of taxes to keep The Machine running. Honest. But does it have to have so much damn paperwork?

Anyhoo, a few of my fantasy writer counterparts and I decided to "celebrate" the day by having a special free promo all at once. So if you're hurting like I am, you can load up your Kindle with a few awesome new books to sooth the pain of dumping out your pockets. I've highlighted a couple of my favorites in this post, but you can catch the other free fantasy books on JR Tomlin's site.

Keep in mind, these are only free today, and they could revert at any time! So grab them while they're hot. :) And free. More free than hot, I guess. (Make sure to double check that the "buy" button says they're $0.00 before clicking. Amazon's been wacky lately about price changes.)

Lovers and Beloveds by Mei Lin Miranda (normally $4.95)

When eighteen-year-old Prince Temmin comes of age and joins his father's court, he's unprepared for its politics, assassins and sexual intrigues--and even more so, the King's immortal advisor Teacher, the holder of the royal family's hidden magic. Teacher becomes Temmin's tutor, his lessons contained in a magic book. Through it, Temmin experiences everything each story's characters do, and he's forced to confront serious mistakes in the kingdom's--and his own--past.

His present is no easier. He's falling for beautiful twins--brother and sister--who are the human hosts of the gods of love and desire called the Lovers. Being with them is more than sex; it's a religious calling. But an ancient prophecy says if Temmin heeds Their call it may spell the end of the monarchy, and the King fights him every step of the way.

Temmin must choose: Serve the Lovers and lose his father--and possibly the kingdom--or obey the King and risk the wrath of the Gods.

(This book is kinda like Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey, which is one of my FAVORITE fantasy series of all time. Plus, isn't this cover to die for? Swoon!)

Last Chance Jack by Cate Dean (normally $0.99)

Jack is a guardian angel. A guardian angel who has failed every single assignment. For the past hundred years.

Now he has been given his final assignment, and he has one last chance - one chance to prove himself, one chance to change his fate.

But there is a catch: the assignment can't see him, unless he can find a way to break through, a way to touch her. Only then can he even begin to help her.

He has three days.

(I love angels soooo much. I kind of write scary angels, but these ones are definitely more of the romantic type, which is even better. You know I can't pass up a shirtless guy with wings.)

Blood Duty by JR Tomlin and CR Daems (normally $2.99)

In a remote mountain valley, a scout is tortured and killed in a brutal rite of summoning. An army of demons will soon be on the move. Fellow scout Jessup Inntour wouldn't care very much if the empire he reluctantly serves is attacked, but the woman he loves is another matter.

Tamra Dervon, Captain of the Guard of Wayfare Keep, thinks her biggest problem is her love affair with Jessup. The scout is holding things back from her, and she doesn't know what. But when the seemingly unbeatable army of demons invades, Tamra's personal problems look very small. Tamra and Jessup find themselves leading a last-ditch defense. Their army is defeated. Jessup disappears in the retreat. As Tamra continues the struggle to defend her homeland, she discovers that another duty lies ahead -- to face a demon horde alone.

(Dude. Chicks with swords vs. demon horde. Do I even have to say why this one is a must-grab?)

And of course...

Death's Hand by yours truly (normally $3.99)

(Must I share the blurb on this one? Okay...)

Policing relations between Heaven, Hell, and Earth is messy and violent, but Elise Kavanagh and James Faulkner excelled at it--until coming across a job so brutal that even they couldn't stand to see one more dead body. Now they've been pretending to be normal for five years, leaving their horrific history a dark secret. Elise works in an office. James owns a business. None of their friends realize they used to be one of the world's best killing teams.

After years of hiding, something stirs. Bodies are vanishing. Demons scurry in the shadows of the night. A child has been possessed. Some enemies aren't willing to let the secrets of the past stay dead... 

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