2/20/2017 The Latest Free Books & Reading Recommendations, E-Book Deals, and Giveaways


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Readers, see the books below for our most recent e-book deals, featured books, free books to download and read, and author interviews! Find some new authors to fav and books to add to your reading list by clicking on the links.

 


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The world as I know it is over…

When I went to work that afternoon I never imagined that everyone around me would die. But that’s exactly what happened. My small town of Pleasant, LA is now a dead zone, and I’m only one of a few survivors.

The streets are littered with the dead, but they don’t remain down for long. We managed to find a few more survivors, including my sexy next door neighbor. It’s not enough. But out of the darkness, Kellan comes. And in the glare of his headlights I realize we might just have a chance.

A chance to make it out of the zombie horde.

A chance to live some semblance of a normal life.

A chance to love…

Book One in the Territory of the Dead Series. An ARE Best Seller! This is a dystopian romance series without the graphic love scenes (clean romance). See the rest of the series on Amazon now.

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Adventure, drama, emotion, magic, imagination, mysticism, insight into prehistoric peoples—this book is an amazing ride into the unknown!” Tony Hillerman. The Promised One is a magnificent retelling of a Cherokee legend. It brings to life an ancient people and a time of magic in a warm and intimate storyteller’s voice.

A young Shaman of the Galayi people has had a powerful and frightening vision: it is of the Eagle Feather Cape, the gift of the Thunderbird, which is worn by the Seer of the People to see the future and gain the guidance of the gods. The cape is torn and bloody, and it will no longer bring visions to the Seer of the People.

But the Shaman’s vision also tells her of the cure: a child will be born to the People, a hero who will restore the cape and return the goodwill of the gods to the People.

Dahzi may be that hero, if he can survive the hatred of his grandfather. He was born after his mother’s death, as she fled from her father’s anger. But Dahzi carries the hope of all of his People, along with the power to become a great Chief. He will be tested–by his family, by his people, and by the Gods.

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“A very different take on the usual dragon tale!”
“Enjoy something you will want to revisit again and again!”

Welcome to New Earth and Paramis Altered, where dragons and mankind are now living side by side thanks to a supernatural, catastrophic event.

Justin Silas is a dragon who can change into mortal form at will. When his world, Paramis, collides with Earth, destruction ensues.

Cerras, a giant god, stirs, restless in his thousand-year slumber. After breathing life into the Paramis, he willed himself to sleep, allowing dragons and mankind to reign in his stead.

But all is not well.

Lane, a traitorous dragon to her own kind is turning mankind against dragons in the hope of usurping the throne of Cerras, longing to destroy the god with his own power.

Yet fate lies with Charlie Underhill, a small boy from Earth, who – since the collision – harbors a special kind of magic all his own.

A unique spin on dragons and magic, When We Were Dragons is a touching young adult fantasy that will leave a lingering smile upon your face!

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Millions of readers around the world have fallen in love with Melody Grace’s bestselling contemporary romances. Discover the passion and romance in this New York Times bestselling novel — a stand-alone story with guaranteed happily-ever-after!

Brittany Ray doesn’t care about her bad reputation. Growing up in a sleepy beach town with an outcast mom and a runaway dad, Brit’s learned the hard way that the people you love will only let you down. It’s no use hoping for love or happiness. Some dreams aren’t meant for girls like her.

Hunter Covington is one of those dreams.

Gorgeous, charming Hunter is damn near perfect–and it’s killing him. Son of Charleston royalty, he’s been trapped in a gilded cage since the day he was born. Now he’s breaking free. He’s quit law school to restore his grandpa’s old horse ranch, trying to soothe the demons in his soul. But Beachwood Bay is full of old ghosts, like the mysterious girl who spent an unforgettable night with him–and then slipped away before dawn. Brit.

Everything about her screams danger, but Hunter doesn’t care: he’s never felt a connection so deep. And try as she may, Brit can’t resist the desire consuming her –or the safety she finds in Hunter’s arms.

A reckless passion. An undeniable bond. Scarred by their pasts, Brit and Hunter fight to heal old wounds. But will dark secrets tear apart their new beginning? And when love is the biggest risk of all, can they find the courage to face the future unafraid?

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He wanted no woman, except one made of sails and wood and wind …

Handsome, wily Irish privateer Captain Brendan Jay Merrick is running from a painful past — and fighting for a new nation’s future when he arrives in the colonial town of Newburyport, Massachusetts, with plans for shipwright Ephraim Ashton to build his magnificent new schooner. Brendan’s daring sea battles against His Majesty’s fleet have made him a legend in his adopted country — but one look at the dashing stranger and Ashton’s daughter Mira starts making plans of her own. . . .

She wanted no man — but him.

Brash, hot-tempered, and born at sea in a raging gale, Mira Ashton is more than most men can manage. Disguising herself as a crew member and sneaking aboard Brendan’s newly-built Kestrel, she becomes the schooner’s finest gunner . . . and the captain’s most outrageous distraction. As desire ignites between them, Mira finds herself competing against Kestrel for Brendan’s love. But when tragedy strikes, Mira must join forces with her mighty rival in a daring adventure that turns the tide of battle and brings glorious victory to the colonists, the captain . . . and the lady who has captured his heart.

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Justice is overdue in the coastal town of Twisted Cedars where two unsolved mysteries lay buried in the past.

Buried is Book 1 in the Twisted Cedars Mysteries Trilogy

Over thirty years ago a series of murders targeting Oregon librarians was never solved. Now someone with inside knowledge is feeding clues to true crime writer Dougal Lachlan, promising him the best story of his career. Pursuing the leads means returning to Twisted Cedars, where his sister Jamie is about to marry a man he deeply dislikes.

Local Twisted Cedars librarian Charlotte Hammond prefers her mysteries–and her romances–between the covers of a good book, especially since the disappearance of her older sister, Daisy, eight years ago. But then the dark and tortured soul who is Dougal Lachlan walks into the Twisted Cedars Library asking for her help.

Before long Charlotte realizes there is no safe zone. Not even in libraries…and especially not in Twisted Cedars.

Twisted Cedars Mysteries (A Three Book Trilogy)
Book 1: Buried
Book 2: Forgotten
Book 3: Exposed

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Living In a Van or RV: Resources, Jobs, Guides and Videos On How To Live a Nomadic Life


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Does living a nomadic life sound like a dream to you?

Tons of people are giving up the daily grind to live, work, and play by their own rules. With technology, people aren’t limited in their income choices either. There are numerous startups online today, with CEOs and founders who life the nomadic ( or digital nomadic) lifestyles themselves. Remote jobs are becoming a lot more common, and this opens up unlimited opportunities for people who want to be free to roam the country or the world.

Remote jobs (jobs worked from another city, state, or even country) can often be worked from anywhere that has Internet. A few years ago, this would have been a coffee shop. Now, with wifi and hotspots, people could even work these from an RV or even a van. Yes, a van.

If you look at Youtube, you’ll see a lot of single people are turning to van dwelling. They are basically taking vans and making all kinds of adjustments to them to make them habitable. They are a lot cheaper and easier to attain than a camper or RV, and it makes sense if you’re single…. especially if you’re considering what you’ll save on gas and the ease of moving from place to place.

If van dwelling or living in your camper sounds good to you, make sure to check out the resources below!


Jobs:

Although there are a lot of jobs that are perfect for remote workers, some aren’t. Make sure to read the requirements. If you must have a landline phone, then that particular job will not work for you if you plan on living from your van or RV.

Make sure to see our folder here, with several work at home or remote jobs that could be worked from your van or RV. In the resources below, you’ll also find that van dwellers often share their own leads or ways they make money.

If you’re searching for a job, check out Indeed and set up a free alert to get emails when new jobs are posted. You can search by whatever terms you want. It’s free to set up these alerts.

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A lot of van dwellers earn ad revenue from creating their own Youtube videos of their adventures. From all accounts, this is more of an added income rather than the total income. In other words, you’d want to do this in addition to other employment.

If you’re a digital nomad or remote worker and have some leads to share, please do in the comments below!


Videos:

Below are the links to several van dwellers with tons of Youtube how-to videos on how to live a nomadic lifestyle. Most of these channels update often, and you will likely spend hours watching these. There are even some resources on get-togethers, where van dwellers will meet up. These guys (and gals) are already living the dream, so taking the time to watch their videos will answer a lot of questions you might have.

*Warning: Watching these videos will make you want to hit the road!*

Youtube Channel List:

CheapRVLiving

Wizard Dream

One Awesome Inch

Into the Mystery

Living Free

Caravan Carolyn

AdventureVanMan

Office Camper

Keep Your Daydream

Road Warrior

Carolyn’s RV Life

Less Junk, More Money

Drivin’ and Vibin’

If you have a Youtube channel in regards to living as a full time van dweller, digital nomad, or in a camper, leave a comment with your channel link, and we will get it added on.


Where To Stay and Camping Membership Programs:

Boondockers Welcome – This is a website you can use to find safe and legal places to spend the night at in your van or recreational vehicle.  There are places not only in the United States and Canada, but in other countries as well.

Harvest Hosts – Here you will find another website where you can make arrangements to stay at a winery or farm during your travels.

Passport America – At the time of this posting, membership is less than $50 a year. With this program, they are affiliated with thousands of campgrounds, and you will get 50% off your stay. Make sure to read the details though. Many places have restrictions.

Good Sam Club – This membership program offers all types of services and benefits to members, including roadside assistance. You’ll save 10% at 2,100+ campgrounds.

AAA – Members of AAA often get 10% off their stays at campgrounds.

The Happy Camper Club – Another membership program that offers up to 50% off campsites by joining.


Books:

A lot of these books are available on Kindle Unlimited. Kindle Unlimited is a monthly Amazon membership that you can get, and you can read as many books as you want for no extra charge (as long as they are a Kindle Unlimited book). There are no long term commitments. You can cancel at anytime, and if you haven’t tried this before, you get your first month for free. If you decide to remain a member after that, it’s $9.99 a month.


 


 

How and why to live in a car, van or RV, and learn to love it! There are two main reasons you might buy a book on living in a vehicle: 1) You’re being forced into it by a bad economy, divorce, or unemployment, or 2) The “American Dream” has become a nightmare for you and you are dropping out of the rat race. Whatever your reason, this book will tell you everything you need to make it the best possible experience it can be. We’ll cover details like: which vehicle to live in and how to find it, where to park, staying clean, going to the bathroom, how to cook in a van, get out of debt, survive any bad economy, travel on a budget, how to get your mail, how to stay comfortable in the heat and cold, how to get electrical power, and so much more I can’t list it all here.

You may be asking yourself, does this guy know what he is talking about or is he just out to make quick buck with another crummy book? That fact that I’ve been living in a vehicle for over 10 years should ease your mind. But you can find out for yourself by going to my websites to see if I have information you may want: cheaprvliving.com, cheapgreenrvliving.com, cheaprvlivingforum.com and my blog at cheaprvlivingblog.com.

I love my Kindle, but I have to admit that I’ve bought some books that I read in a short afternoon and thought “Where’s the beef?” There just wasn’t much too them. This isn’t one of those books. My concern isn’t that I’ve given you too little information, but too MUCH! I hope I don’t overwhelm you with it all. When I typed the book in MS Word, it was 69 pages long and has 37,000 words. I tried to remember back to my first few months living in van, and answer every question you may have. I think I have, but let me assure you that if anything isn’t clear I want you to write me through the websites, the forum, and my blog listed above, and I will do everything in my power to make it clear to you.

Let me apologize for the inevitable writing and formatting errors in the book. I am not a professional writer, and I know next to nothing about html. What I am is a guy with a huge passion for vandwelling and a strong sense of empathy for anyone trapped in our society who wants to break out. I’m also a guy who, in the last 10 years, has made just about every possible mistake pertaining to living in a vehicle and would like to help you avoid them. By dogged persistence, and lots of study on the Internet, I have learned how to make my life as a vandweller into a wonderful life I want to share that with you.

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Calling all adventurous wonder women! Van dwelling is the ultimate ticket to limitless freedom and lifestyle flexibility. Are you gutsy enough to try it?

Rouse your inner gypsy/rebel with this intimate introduction to van dwelling. It’s stocked with DIY tips and tricks for turning a vehicle into a home (on any budget) and emotional resources to gracefully sidestep the psychological pitfalls of such an unconventional lifestyle. With concrete advice and personal reflection from an experienced solo van dweller, this guide thoroughly covers the basics of everyday life in a van with a refreshing twist of self-empowerment and a whole lotta sass.

Topics covered inside:
— vehicle selection
— DIY ideas for customizing your mobile abode
— ventilation
— parking tips
— showering and toilet needs
— safety for solos
— earning an income
— mental health as a van dweller
…and much more!

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Want to convert your minivan into a miniRV? This book shows you how to do it.
Filled with photos, you’ll see how to convert almost any minivan into a comfortable mini RV camper, perfect for short or long term trips.
You’ll learn that even on a limited budget, you can quickly put together a minivan camper that’ll have a comfortable bed, toilet, small kitchen, fridge, TV, fan, plenty of storage, a portable power supply and more.
This book shows all the steps and includes photos and a source list of the gear you’ve been looking for. If you have a minivan or are thinking about getting one and converting it to a camper, you’ll want this book!

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Do You Dream Of Traveling and Adventure?

Feeling Trapped At Work and Home?

Learn Amazing Tips, Secrets, and Resources To Start RV Living Full Time.

Is the daily grind becoming a grind? Do you feel like a zombie stuck in the same boring routine day in and out? If lucky, most people have the opportunity to travel once or twice a year. If you’re like me, then you know that’s no way to truly live.

RV Living Full Time will help you transition smoothly from a boring life at home, to the adventure of a lifetime, on the open road. At first, it may all feel overwhelming, but this book will help to get you properly prepared for the next big chapter in your life.

Inside This Book You’ll Learn:

The Initial Phase – Finding an RV That’s Right For You
The First Timer’s Checklist
A Brief Guide To RV Legal Considerations & RV Safety
A Guide To RV Expenses – Budgeting & Planning!
A Guide To RV Food Prep & Storage
Top 100+ Tips To Make Life On The Road Easier
My Favorite Spots Travel Guide
A Guide To Earning Money From The Road
The Ultimate RV Resource Guide

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Here’s Your Guide to Camping Off the Beaten Path

Ever feel frustrated by crowded RV parks? Yearn to camp out in the wild beside a babbling mountain brook or before a remote panoramic vista? Bill and Jan Moeller have been doing just that for more than thirty years, and The Complete Book of Boondock RVing is their complete guide to camping without hookups (aka “dry camping”). Whether you’re planning to spend an occasional overnight in a parking lot or an extended stay in the wilderness, you’ll learn how to equip your rig for boondocking, find great campsites, manage and conserve electricity and water, and camp in complete RV comfort and convenience.

Increase your independence by learning how to camp “off the grid”
Save money by finding cheap or free campsites anywhere–even in large cities
Ensure your comfort, convenience, and safety when camping in the boonies
Learn how to conserve and manage electricity, water, and waste, and to establish reliable communications
Enjoy the quiet, solitude, and beauty of nature by getting away from crowded RV campgrounds

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The comprehensive guide to mobile internet options for US based RVers by full time RVing ‘technomads’ Chris and Cherie of Technomadia, with guest author & mobile internet guru Jack Mayer.

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Living in an RV is not everyone’s dream …but everyone has a dream.
This is not an RV living for beginners “how-to” guide…it is written as a motivational “why to” live YOUR dreams NOW, no matter what your dream is.
Whether you dream of full time RV living or your dream is far removed from the RV living lifestyle, the story of how we began living the RV dream will be one that will give you hope, encouragement and belief that anything is possible and your dream can come true, just as it did for us.
RV Living: The Naked Hippies Way will show you that:
No dream is too big or off limits.
The stories shared about our how our dream of RV living full time came true are meant to inspire and motivate you to live your dreams, all of them, no matter what your dreams are. There is no dream that is deemed off limits. The life you want also wants you.

Waiting for “someday” is betting against time.

Far too many people put off living their dreams thinking there’s still time, later on, to do what they love … that someday they will do what their heart continually tugs at them to be and do in life. We learned from personal experience that waiting for “someday” is not an option. The only time is NOW to begin to live your dreams.

Miracles happen when your desire to live your dream is unshakable.
Whatever is holding you back from living your dreams now, our experiences shared in this book will help you begin to put into motion the creation and manifestation of your dream right now. You’ll begin to see that anything is possible, that unexpected miracles and synchronicities will come your way … and that whatever you think right now is your reason to wait … that will change and dissolve as you move in the direction of your dream.

You can start from where you are, with what you have.
The starting point for living your dreams is first the desire, then the decision, which is exactly how our dream became real. We didn’t know how or when it would happen; we didn’t even have the means to purchase an RV. We just never gave up on the dream and continually believed in it happening … and it did.

And for the RVers and RV Dreamers:
Because we do live, travel and work full time in our RV on the never-ending road trip, included in the chapters are some of our RV living secrets that have helped us live and travel simply, cheaply and safely which will definitely help anyone who is thinking about or already living the RV dream. You’ll discover there are always solutions and opportunities to live your dream now instead of waiting for “someday.”

Read the book and find out:
•How we came to be called the Naked Hippies!
•How we save on RV living costs
•How we prepared and survived RV living in winter in Missouri
•How we easily downsized to live in our Big Foot pickup camper
•What RV living books and blogs have been immensely helpful to us
•Some of our favorite places we’ve been … so far
•Why and how I quit my 8-5 job to build the momentum for living the RV dream

Here’s to YOUR dream! Enjoy the book!

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RVers Best Public Campgrounds, 2nd Edition, is about RV camping in public campgrounds across the U.S. These campgrounds are managed by state, city, county or federal agencies. They are among woods, spread out, and non-commercial. Camping fees are often less than $23 a night. Also noted are discounts to campers who are disabled, military, or seniors.
Notable changes and additions in the Second Edition for Kindle include:
•35% more content with 200 more campground locations than the first edition and greater park detail;
•All the information from the print book, and more,
•2,000 hyperlinks,
•Every campground hyperlinked with its website,
•Every campground hyperlinked to its Google Map & Google earth location,
•Table of Contents linked to state chapters,
•Up-to-date website, phone and price information;
•Added campgrounds are non-Interstate and along coastal and/or scenic routes;
•Enhanced campground information using tables with close to 40 camp specific details;
The individual campgrounds selected for this book will accommodate most RVs of all classes and sizes. Many are reasonably convenient to an Interstate highway; some are along coastal and/or scenic roads. Turn-by-turn directions are included. Most have electric/water or full hook-up with showers and dump stations or sewers. Almost all campgrounds have a source of potable water and restrooms. With very few exceptions, all are pet friendly. The mix of amenities, modest fees, and beautiful location make for a wonderful RVing experience.
A novel feature of the book is the inclusion of local ‘Points of Interest.’ If you’re traveling in an area of the country new to you, a few suggestions of things to do or see, once your rig is setup, will definitely add to your camping enjoyment.

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RVers can save hundreds of dollars every month by taking advantage of the many free camping opportunities to be found in small towns and big cities across the country. Learn the secret places experienced RVers use to camp in comfort and safety everywhere they travel, all for free! They’re all here, including length limits, directions, and facilities available. Also listed are several very low cost campgrounds that will stretch your RVing budget. Happy traveling!

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The complete guide to campgrounds built and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. All campsites are located on or near lakes or streams managed or impounded by the Corps of Engineers.Individual listings contain complete descriptions of facilities, icons for amenities and directions to each campground. Updated edition now includes GPS coordinates. Seniors camp at half price with America the Beautiful Pass.

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The National Park Service Camping Guide is a wonderful resource for anyone who enjoys camping in a National Park. The book describes nearly 450 campgrounds in more than 120 national parks, recreation areas, monuments, and other areas managed by the National Park Service.

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Entertainment:

If you have good access to Internet and a device to watch on, Amazon is offering a free 30-day trial on Amazon Prime (to people that haven’t subscribed before). Amazon Prime is kind of like Netflix. You can watch thousands of movies and shows instantly. After the free trial, the plan runs $10.99 a month. You can cancel anytime.



If you don’t have a device, seriously consider getting Roku. It’s simple and easy to hook up to the television, and the choices are amazing. You can get HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, Amazon Prime, and so much for, and all you need is the television and (a good) Internet service. There are Roku systems for the old box televisions as well as flat screens.

See these posts:

One Woman’s Brazen Journey On Her Quest To Find A Better Alternative To Cable & Satellite Services

Places To Stream Movies Online (Even Book to Film Adaptations) And Some Of Them Are Even Free



Free Science Fiction Book! The Archer’s Paradox – The Travis Fletcher Chronicles by Chris Devine @chrisdevine01


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Book 1. Travis Fletcher is arrogant, brash, chauvinistic; the very embodiment of 1980s Britain. He finds himself paralysed and on life-support after a train crash that brings his efforts at reconciliation with his family to a tragic end. He is unable to tell anyone he is still alive inside his wrecked body, except for the two enigmatic and indifferent apparitions at the end of his bed.

The Xi Scorpii were an ancient and proud race that numbered in the tens of billions that once spread across the planets of five suns and strode across the galaxy in huge ships. Now reduced to less than a hundred million living in one city on a dead planet after a genocidal war and dying from the effects of a genetic weapon. Searching for a cure they find Travis Fletcher, primitive, broken and dying, and make him an offer – save the Xi Scorpii from extinction and become more than he was.

310 paperback pages / 106,868 words

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Historical Romance Feature: Odin’s Shadow by Erin S. Riley @erinsriley1


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Series: Odin’s Shadow #1

Genres: Historical Romance, Viking Era

 

Book Synopsis: Obsession. Treachery. Revenge. Redemption. Certain themes resonate across the centuries. Odin’s Shadow is the first book in a series of three about an Irish woman and the two Viking brothers who love her. The novel is set against the harsh backdrop of the Viking era in the 9th century, a time when the sight of a Viking longship sailing up the coast of Ireland would chill the blood of any man, woman or child. One young Irish woman, however, is not afraid of these Northmen, and a fateful encounter with one of them changes the course of her life forever.
Selia is a girl on the verge of womanhood, frustrated by the confines of her gender and resentful of the freedom her brother boasts of. She is intelligent and resourceful in a time when neither is valued in a female, and longs for an escape from her sheltered existence. Selia is fascinated by the tales of Viking raids told by her maidservant, and her hunger for independence is fed through the stories of heathen ferocity she hears at the woman’s knee.
A decision to sneak to the city’s harbor to view the Viking longships leads to an encounter with Alrik Ragnarson, a charismatic Viking warlord. With the knowledge that her father is about to announce her betrothal to a man she doesn’t love, Selia marries Alrik and within a day is on the longship bound for Norway and a new life.
As Selia’s relationship with her new husband grows, her friendship with his brother Ulfrik grows as well. The tension mounts between the two men, and as Alrik’s character flaws come to light Selia begins to have misgivings about her hasty marriage. Ulfrik’s desperate love for Selia causes him to reveal a secret from the past that threatens to destroy them all, and Selia is left to make a heart rending choice between the two Viking brothers.

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Author Bio:

Erin S. Riley has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate degree in clinical counseling. She is also a board certified lactation consultant. Since Erin was a child, she has been fascinated with human nature and what motivates behavior. She enjoys writing stories that reflect real life: Erin’s books feature complicated, imperfect characters who love deeply, make impulsive decisions, and try again until they get it right.

Erin has a bit of an obsession with all things Viking, and owns an embarrassing number of reference books on Vikings that she reads for fun. While reading about berserkers, she had an epiphany and realized that the crazed, shield-biting men of sagas were actually suffering from a mental illness. On that day the character of Alrik Ragnarson was born.

Erin is drawn to any creative pursuit, from making hand-stitched quilts to producing mini-movies for family and friends from home videos. But writing has always been her passion. When Erin isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her two children, reading anything she can get her hands on, watching football, and renovating her house with her husband of 16 years.

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Prehistoric Fiction: Daughter of the Goddess Lands by Sandra Saidak


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Genres:  Prehistoric Fiction

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Blurb:
Daughter of the Goddess Lands is the unforgettable saga of Kalie, a courageous young heroine born into the untamed beauty of prehistoric Europe.
Kalie’s peaceful life is shattered when a brutal attack by horsemen from the east leave her scarred in body and soul. As the sole survivor of the assault, Kalie makes her way home, and warns her people to prepare for the invasion that she knows is coming. But the goddess-worshiping farmers of her home have no concept of battle, and dismiss Kalie’s warning.
When the marauders strike again, they cut a swath of destruction and death that prove too late the truth of Kalie’s words. Then Haraak, the leader of the invaders, demands a tribute of gold, grain and women in exchange for sparing her village. Yet it is in Harak’s cruel show of power that Kalie sees a chance to save her people–and gain revenge for herself.
Kalie leads a group of volunteers to infiltrate the horseman’s society, and then destroy them from within. Once she is among them, Kalie uses her skill as a storyteller, and her knowledge of healing to penetrate the horsemen’s inner circle and to discover the secrets that could lead to their destruction.
But Kalie discovers that price of revenge is high, and that a quest for vengeance can become a journey of healing and redemption.

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Excerpt (from Ch. 12):

But what does he mean?” asked a young woman, whose plaintive tone reminded Kalie of a sheep. “People cannot be owned! Women or men, it makes no difference. Can’t you just explain that to him?”

Kalie sighed, tired of answering the same question, no matter how many different ways it was phrased.

“Well?” demanded the man seated next to the speaker, his arm around her. The meeting was being held in the largest shrine in Riverford, much larger than the one Kalie had met them in the night before. Perhaps eight hands of people were crowded inside, with several times that number waiting anxiously in the courtyard outside.

Kalie looked at the young couple, afraid that if she tried to explain yet again, she would say something that she would regret.

She was spared having to answer by Maris. “Whether we like it or not,” the ancient healer said in a voice that belied her age, “we have been called to deal with people who are entirely different from any we have ever encountered. Or imagined. Kalie has explained this notion of ‘slavery’ to us. Refusing to believe it will not change the fact that it is.”

“I will gladly hand over the gold and cloth,” said Yelene. “Even weapons of copper, though I shudder to think of those tools in the hands of such creatures. And as for food, I say give them our honey and wine and every bit of seed grain we have. All of that can be replaced! But I cannot give them human beings! I cannot ask any one of us to even consider such a sacrifice.”

A heavy silence settled over the room. Kalie knew it was now or never.

“There may be a way,” she began. “Yelene is right when she said that material wealth can be replaced. But now that these beastmen know of us—of great wealth in the west, held by people who know nothing of war—they will return, and in greater numbers. If the lands of the Goddess are to survive, I believe that the answer lies within Haraak’s demand for slaves.”

There was a roar of protest, but Yelene silenced it with a glance. “How?”

“What I am going to suggest will sound like madness—and it may very well be.” She faltered, suddenly unsure of how to continue.

“It’s all right, child,” said Maris. “The words are in you. Just let them out.” She whispered to the apprentice beside her, and the young woman brought Kalie a cup of something steaming. Kalie thanked her and sipped carefully. A rich, flowery tea greeted her tongue, and while she was trying to guess the ingredients, inspiration struck.

“There is a story I learned while I lived with the healers at Hot Springs.” Kalie’s voice took on the cadence of a storyteller. “Far in the north, where the snow never melts, there lives a bear that is pure white. When it stands on two legs, it is the height of three men, and no spear or arrow made by the hand of man can kill it. But the people who share this bear’s domain have developed an unusual weapon, for such times as when a bear ravages a village, or when hunger makes the people desperate.

“They take a ball of fat, softened by fire, and into it they slide a double bladed knife, folded together, and held in place by the fat as it hardens. They then leave the ball by whatever water source the bear drinks from. The bear usually swallows the ball whole, and goes on his way.”

“And when the fat melts inside his stomach…” Maris took up the story. “The knife springs open and kills the bear—from the inside.”

“A rather cruel way to hunt,” said Yelene.

“Killing is often cruel,” said a man across the room. “As much as we might seek to make it otherwise. But when threatened, all creatures will use whatever means are available to be the one who survives, even if another must die.”

Yelene fixed Kalie with a piercing gaze. “What do you have in mind, child?”

“Haraak has demanded slaves. I say we should give him slaves. Women, willing to sacrifice their lives to save our world from his. We will be the knife swallowed by the bear. We will destroy their world—from within.”

 


About the Author:

Sandra Saidak is a high school English teacher by day, author by night. Her hobbies include reading, dancing, attending science fiction conventions, researching prehistory, and maintaining an active fantasy life (but she warns that this last one could lead to dangerous habits such as writing). Sandra lives in San Jose with her husband Tom, daughters Heather and Melissa, and two cats.

Sandra’s prehistoric fiction series, Kalie’s Journey began with the novel, Daughter of theGoddess Lands, an epic set in the late Neolithic Age, and published in November 2011 by Uffington Horse Press. Book 2 of the series, Shadow of the Horsemen, was released in July of 2012. Book 3, Keepers of theAncient Wisdom will be released later this year. Stories set in the Kalie universe can be found in Sandra’s short story collection, In the Balance and inthe stand alone novella, Oathbreaker’s Daughter.

Sandra loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to post a comment on her Author’s Page, or her website at http://www.sandrasaidak.com/.

 

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