Friday, December 8, 2017

Free Five-Star Thrillers @Instafreebie #FiveStarThriller

This is the best collection of free books I've ever seen.
That was a bit of praise I heard last April. That was great to hear, but this Five Star Thriller collection is much better in my opinion.

One of the biggest problems I have as a reader isn't the availability of novels or the even the price. My biggest problem is sifting through the millions of books to find something good. This month I have something very special to share with you. I cajoled, begged, and scoured the internet for fantastic free thriller novels. I've literally been through thousands of novels, but I only invite the very best. Collectively, these sixteen novels have an average Amazon rating of 4.5 with over 5000 reviews.

These novels are free between December 8th through December 22nd. Most require that you opt in to the author's email list. You can always unsubscribe, but you might find that you enjoy the author's emails. I've downloaded, read, and enjoyed many of the novels and the email newsletters. These authors are great writers and great people. I hope you'll give them a try.

Click the image or link below to see all the novels and descriptions. The free download links are on the landing page. Get your FREE thrillers now.


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Two #giveaways ending now

This awesome $100 Amazon gift card giveaway is ending in less than 48 hours. 

So if you haven't entered to win yet, it's now or never. Find more info ➜ here.

And while you're hanging around trying your luck at free stuff, why not enter my giveaway below? I'm giving out 5 free audiobooks to five lucky winners! If the widget below isn't your bag, you can also find the giveaway here.

Good luck, everyone!


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Monday, November 27, 2017

Two Vacancies - Advanced Reader Team #amreading



One of the best things I did this year was set up Kory's Reader Army.

It is critically important to get reviews on new books as soon as they launch. You probably weigh reviews highly when making a decision whether to try a new author or rely on an old favorite - I know that I do.

Apart from helping to persuade people to give a new writer a shot, reviews help drive early sales which, in turn, means that Amazon takes notice and starts to market on my behalf. And no one markets books better than Amazon.

In order to make that happen, I have a small team of Advance Readers. It's pretty simple and is, I hope, good fun.

It involves them being sent a copy of whatever book I've just finished and then, when it is published, firing up a quick and honest review. Simple as that.

Some members of the team have picked up errors that I've been able to correct and others have suggested changes to the plot that I have incorporated.

Apart from getting a copy of the book before anyone else, I try and say thanks with some nice bonuses.

In some circumstances, it's free bonus material. Or I offer signed paperbacks or free audiobooks. At the very least I list their names in the acknowledgments section in the back of the book, publicly thanking them for their help.


Why am I telling you all this? Because there are a couple of vacancies at the moment.

So if you are a fan of my work and you want to help other readers discover and enjoy my books, please email me at kory.m.shrum@gmail.com and let me know that you'd like to be added to my Advanced Readers list. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

5 books for less than $5 #fridayreads


Dominion Rising is the science fiction and fantasy boxed set of the year, launching to #4 on the Wall Street Journal and #14 on the USA Today bestseller lists. Available only until December 2017, the limited edition set features 23 all-new books by the some of most accomplished names in contemporary speculative fiction. 23 novels for $3.99 ➜  here




While vacationing in the South of France, ​a librarian is pushed from a cliff and ​into​ ​the body of ​​a 19th-century princess ​destined to be murdered. Can this ​resourceful ​librarian ​​hunt down someone who isn't killing by the book​ ​or will she ​be ​checked out for good?Sophia Marcil loves her grandmother's twisted tales almost as much as the sapphire ring passed down to her. Wearing it, however, could be her downfall. After slipping the jewel onto her finger she is pushed from a cliff--landing splat in the middle of 19th Century Monaco, where a killer plot to seize the throne could consume her entire future--past and present. Sophia believes she's being forced into an eccentric millionaire's dinner theatre but a hidden diary, a secret passage and a whispered conversation reveal to her that the role of a princess is not all fun and games. With the help of a man from outside the palace walls, Sophia undertakes a spellbinding journey straight out of a Grimm tale. Learning the gem's secrets and the powerful curse behind it are only the beginning. With time and the constant threat of death hanging over her, she must take a page out of her own history to hunt down someone who isn't killing by the book. Just $2.99 ➜ here





She doesn't age. 
She doesn't die. She can transform at will into a deadly beast.

But her immortality comes at a high price: she must kill to maintain her sanity, or else risk flying into a bloodthirsty rage. 

Establishing herself as an assassin for hire, she only accepts contracts for targets who deserve to die. Her system works to keep the bloodlust at bay. Until she is hired for the grandest job yet. 

Easy is a city overrun with violent, powerful gangs in post World War 3 America. Her contract is anything but easy: clean up the city and make it safe for civilians again. To accomplish this goal, she will have to turn the gangs against each other, while struggling to control her bloodlust … and her attraction to the sociopathic second-in-command of the most vicious gang in town. 

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Enter the labyrinth of Legends and Lore and meet a host of notorious beings that will change the way you view the mythological world.

You know the names but you don’t know the incredible stories behind them. Minotaurs, descendants of monsters, demi-gods, and fantastic creatures, are just a few of the characters contained within these pages.
The Legends and Lore boxed set hosts an incredible 23 multi-genre stories featuring your favorite legends. With by NYT and USA Today bestselling authors! Just $0.99 ➜ here

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving sale! #blackfriday

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm grateful for my readers and that's why I'm having a Thanksgiving sale for my two series starters. The Dying for a Living boxset and Shadows in the Water are both $0.99 for the Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy! :)







Find your preferred retailer for the Dying for a Living boxset ➜ here.



Find your preferred retailer for the Shadows in the Water ➜ here.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Last call! #goodreads #giveaway



If you haven't already, you're running out of time to enter my goodreads giveaway. I'm giving away a signed copy of Dying Day to one lucky winner. If you Goodreads, and you're in the US, UK, CA, or AU, enter my giveaway now.


Bonus! I'm also hosting this audiobook giveaway. Interact with the rafflecopter below for your chance to win:

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Friday, November 17, 2017

#Audible audiobook giveaway 5 lucky winners


I know some of you are patiently waiting for the arrival of the Dying Day audiobook.
Good news!

The fabulous Hollie Jackson is hard at work on our epic finale AS WE SPEAK! We're hoping to wrap up production this month and get the final book into your precious little early sometime in December.


In the meantime, appreciate this gorgeous cover (above). Or if you haven't caught up on series and have Audible credits to burn, feel free to check out the other Dying for a Living titles available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.


Dying for a Living here

Dying by the Hour here
Dying for Her: A Companion Novel here
Dying Light here
Worth Dying For here
Dying Breath here
Dying Day here


And don't forget to enter my AUDIOBOOK GIVEAWAY ➜ here

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

#Tuesdaybookblog: It's Here! Charley Davidson No.12 is OUT NOW! Congrats, @Darynda


The Trouble with Twelfth Grave is finally here! I'm so excited for this latest installment in the Charley Davidson series written by the amazing sweetheart, Darynda Jones. If you aren't familiar with this series, you're really missing out. I would suggest starting with First Grave on the Right, of course, and binge your way to this penultimate conclusion (as I hear this is the second to last in the series). 

Or if you prefer audiobook, Lorelei King does an amazing job! You may recognize her voice from the equally funny Stephanie Plum series --she's one of my favorite audiobook narrators! 

Anyway, enough of my prattle. Here's the description of the book:

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave.
Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.
Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor-sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes: Can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?

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So what are you waiting for? Get your copy of this awesome book hot from the press at your preferred retailer today:

Monday, November 13, 2017

#Mondayblogs: Thank you for letting me do what I do (and a giveaway)

First of all, thank you so much to everyone who made the release of Dying Day such a great success! I couldn't have done it without you. Literally. But also your support means that you enjoy what I'm doing and you want it to continue -- and that means more to me than you can possibly know! So truly, thank you!
If you haven't gotten around to picking up your copy of Dying Day yet (as life tends to happen) here are those links for your convenience. 

➜ Amazon
BN Nook
➜ iTunes
➜ Kobo


Here's to us and many more fruitful writer-reader years ahead of us! *clink*

In the meantime, don't forget to enter my giveaway. 5 free audiobooks to five lucky winners! (Just a little thank you from me to you!)

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Last call for the special edition cover #Fridayreads


As many of you know, my Dying for a Living series recently got a facelift with new covers. However, because I know many of you have paperbacks in the original style, John K. Addis, the designer, was gracious enough to complete the set with an original cover.

So for those of you who want to complete your original set of the Dying for a Living series, here is your chance! I will be changing the covers to the new style Monday morning.

And in case you are a bit of a procrastinator, I've also made Book 5, Worth Dying Forand Book 6, Dying Breath, available in the original style.

So get your paperback copy of Dying Day and commemorate the awesome ride!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

#Tuesdaybookblog Blood in the Water - Review of Blood Vice 3 - Spoiler Free


Blood in the Water, the third installment of Blood Vice is an awesome addition to the series. It has all the things I love about Roquet's writing: campy humor, wonderfully lovable characters, tension, suspense and some great kissing. 

If you're a fan of urban fantasy giants like early Anita Blake novels and Chloe Neill and want to find some new vampires worth cuddling up to, you should definitely check this series out. I promise you won't be disappointed. The writing was clean, fresh, and impressive. I guarantee that if you read this, you'll immediately be preordering #4 - Blood Dolls - just like I did.

So get yours:

Amazon
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Monday, November 6, 2017

International #Goodreads giveaway! Win a signed copy of Dying Day!




In celebration of my recent release and epic conclusion to my fantasy series, I'm giving away a signed copy of Dying Day to one lucky winner. If you Goodreads, and you're in the US, UK, CA, or AU....then you're qualified!

So what are you waiting for?

Enter my giveaway now.

Friday, November 3, 2017

SFF Book Bonanza #giveaway


What's better than discovering awesome science fiction and fantasy authors and binge reading your little heart out?

Why, winning a $100 Amazon gift card of course! Follow some authors on Bookbub and you're in the running. That's it!

So learn all about how you can get your hands on fantastic SFF fiction and enter for your chance to win here.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Start Your Engines #nanowrimo begins!

I just wanted to wish all the National Novel Writing Month participants good luck this month! 50,000 words in 30 days - you can do it! 


Don't forget to check out the NaNoWriMo website for tips and tricks to getting started and their fun YouTube playlist for tips to help you improve your craft.

Need more? Here are three articles from ProWriting Aid to get you started:


Triumphing at NaNoWriMo


Six Tried and True Methods for Writing a Novel

4 Plot Pitfalls You Need to Avoid

If you have a fun idea you're exploring this month, or want a random writing prompt to get you started, comment below.



Good luck, everyone!  Dream big!

Kory



Tuesday, October 31, 2017

She was the hero. Now she is the enemy. #newrelease #Tuesdaybookblog


Happy release day - to me!

Today is the release day for my newest Dying for a Living novel - Dying Day.

Dying Day is the epic conclusion to my seven-part series. If you love urban fantasy, especially authors like Darynda Jones, Kelley Armstrong, and Chloe Neill -- I think you'll enjoy this series.

Here's the description:

She was the hero. Now she is the enemy. 

Jesse Sullivan has defeated her father and saved the world from his malevolence. But as the beloved face of The Unified Church, his death has made him a martyr, and now she is public enemy number one. 

Yet it isn't the countless government agencies and assassins hunting her that she should fear. It is the entity powerful enough to reclaim what she has stolen and make our world its own.  



Thank you, everyone! I appreciate your continued support!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Flash sale! All Dying for a Living books just $0.99 #fridayreads

In celebration for Dying Day's imminent release (Tuesday, October 31, if you didn't know), all my Dying for a Living books are just $0.99 through release day. (Not including Dying Day, sorry!)

So step right up! And pick a cover, any cover!

The Dying for a Living boxset


Dying by the Hour - Book 2


Dying for Her - Book 3


Dying Light - Book 4



Worth Dying For - Book 5

Dying Breath - Book 6





Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Happy Release Day @AngelaRoquet #Tuesdaybookblog

Woo-hoo! Blood Vice #3 - Blood in the Water - is out today! I'm so pumped to read this! I've read and enjoyed Blood Vice and Blood and Thunder tremendously and can't wait to get my vampire - werewolf - ass-kicking fix!

If you're looking for an awesome supernatural read to fill your Halloween-themed kindle. Check out this series! You won't regret it.

Book Description

Jenna Skye and her blood harem are off to boot camp in Denver. If she can survive the three long months at the bat cave (the Blood Authority Training Center), she’ll become an official Blood Vice agent. But not everyone is thrilled about the duke allowing a baby vampling to train with the big fangs, and the undead have some pretty rotten ideas when it comes to hazing. 

The training program also opens Jenna’s eyes to House Lilith politics, and she’s soon swept away into the dark current of warring vampire families and an empire on the verge of collapse—an empire no one can know she’s an heir to.


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Monday, October 23, 2017

#Mondayblogs: 5 #zombie reads as you shamble through your day

This post is part of a series. If you're looking for vampireghost, werewolf, witch, or other supernatural reads to fill your eReaders this Halloween - please check out my previous posts. 

Meanwhile, this post is dedicated to zombies! Those horrifying metaphors for endless hunger and inescapable death! (Okay, yeah, I'm a little dramatic). But keep reading for some of my favorite zombie reads! 

We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, World War Z, a #1 New York Times bestseller and the basis for the blockbuster movie, is the only record of the plague years. (I listened to this one on audiobook and it was AMAZING.) 

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius."


Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end. Learn more.


Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an audacious retelling of English literature’s most enduring novel. This expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem begins when a mysterious plague falls upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. It’s the perfect read for literature lovers, zombie fans, and anyone who loves a reanimated Austen. Learn more.



Horror meets humorous urban fantasy in first book of the White Trash Zombie series • Winner of the 2012 Best Urban Fantasy Protagonist by the RT Awards

Angel Crawford is a Loser.

Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she's a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who's been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.

That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in a horrible car crash, but she doesn't have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there's a job waiting for her at the county morgue—and that it's an offer she doesn't dare refuse. Learn more. 



It’s the epic battle of brains against manes. Which side are you on?

It’s a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? This all-original anthology edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie) makes strong arguments for both sides in the form of spectacular short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths—for good and evil—of unicorns, and half show the good (and really, really badass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. 

This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn? Choose your team here.

Friday, October 20, 2017

#Fridayreads: Make October Magic with 5 Bewitching Reads

This post is part of a series. If you're looking for vampire, ghost, werewolf, or other supernatural reads to fill your eReaders this Halloween - please check out my previous posts. 

Meanwhile, this post is dedicated to witches! Those bewitching ladies (and lords) who always dazzle us with their magic! Here is a selection of some of my favorite witchy reads! 


Book one of the New York Times–bestselling All Souls trilogy—"a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potterand Twilight” (People)

Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Learn more.


“[A] delicious fantasy of witchcraft and love in a world where gardens smell of lemon verbena and happy endings are possible.”—Cosmopolitan

The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman.


For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. 

One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic... Meet the Owen Sisters.


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. 

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart. Learn more.

A city that doesn’t believe in magic. Bloodthirsty weredragons. Good thing this reckless playboy has superpowers…

It’s been said that monsters cry when a good man goes to war. But they should run screaming like little school girls when that man is secretly a wizard, and maybe not necessarily good…
Nate Temple’s all-consuming quest to avenge his parents is temporarily put on hold when shape-shifting dragons invade St. Louis. And perhaps cow-tipping the Minotaur for answers might not have been Nate’s smartest opening move, because now every flavor of supernatural thug from our childhood nightmares is gunning for him. Nate learns that the only way to save his city from these creatures is to murder his best friend…Nate’s choice will throw the world and his own conscience into cataclysmic chaos: avenge his parents or become a murderer to save his city. Because to do either, he’s going to have to show the world that magic is very, very real, and that monsters are very, very hungry… To survive, he might just need to take a page from the book, How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters. Learn more.


On the veranda of a great New Orleans house, now faded, a mute and fragile woman sits rocking . . . and The Witching Hour begins.

It begins in our time with a rescue at sea.  Rowan Mayfair, a beautiful woman, a brilliant practitioner of neurosurgery--aware that she has special powers but unaware that she comes from an ancient line of witches--finds the drowned body of a man off the coast of California and brings him to life.  He is Michael Curry, who was born in New Orleans and orphaned in childhood by fire on Christmas Eve, who pulled himself up from poverty, and who now, in his brief interval of death, has acquired a sensory power that mystifies and frightens him.

As these two, fiercely drawn to each other, fall in love and--in passionate alliance--set out to solve the mystery of her past and his unwelcome gift, the novel moves backward and forward in time from today's New Orleans and San Francisco to long-ago Amsterdam and a château in the France of Louis XIV.  An intricate tale of evil unfolds--an evil unleashed in seventeenth-century Scotland, where the first "witch," Suzanne of the Mayfair, conjures up the spirit she names Lasher . . . a creation that spells her own destruction and torments each of her descendants in turn.

From the coffee plantations of Port au Prince, where the great Mayfair fortune is made and the legacy of their dark power is almost destroyed, to Civil War New Orleans, as Julien--the clan's only male to be endowed with occult powers--provides for the dynasty its foothold in America, the dark, luminous story encompasses dramas of seduction and death, episodes of tenderness and healing.  And always--through peril and escape, tension and release--there swirl around us the echoes of eternal war: innocence versus the corruption of the spirit, sanity against madness, life against death.  With a dreamlike power, the novel draws us, through circuitous, twilight paths, to the present and Rowan's increasingly inspired and risky moves in the merciless game that binds her to her heritage. And in New Orleans, on Christmas Eve, this strangest of family sagas is brought to its startling climax. Learn more.



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Great fantasy comes in bundles #SFWAStoryBundle - 4 books for $5

For a limited time, readers have a chance to buy some fantastic fiction at fantastic prices, as once again, SFWA teams up with StoryBundle. (Psst, my book is included!)
This time around, Cat Rambo, President of SFWA, curates the SFWA Fantasy Story Bundle, featuring works from SFWA fantasy authors. As always, readers choose what percentage goes to the writers, to StoryBundle, and to SFWA–the featured charity.
Proceeds benefit SFWA in its efforts to support, promote, inform, defend, and advocate for professional fantasy and science fiction writers. For more about the grants program, see http://www.sfwa.org/2017/09/call-grants-2017/.



At a minimum price level of $5 readers get:
  • The Dashkova Memoirs: Books 1-4 by Thomas K. Carpenter
  • Sorcerous Moons – Book 1 – Lonen’s War by Jeffe Kennedy
  • Cracked: A Magic iPhone Story by Janine A. Southard
  • The High House by James Stoddard
At $15 or more, readers get all four of the regular titles, plus EIGHT more!
  • The Winter Boy by Sally Wiener Grotta
  • The Garden of Abracadabra by Lisa Mason
  • The Moon Etherium by L. Rowyn
  • Black Angel by Kyell Gold
  • Shadows in the Water by Kory M. Shrum
  • Stay Crazy by Erica L. Satifka
  • The Wolf at the End of the World by Douglas Smith
  • Off Leash by Daniel Potter
The ebooks are DRM-free and come in multiple formats to allow for easy reading on computers, smartphones, tablets, and e-readers.