Ebookaroo 25 January 2021

Here are some specials and new releases by Dale Ivan Smith, Mel Dunay, Charlotte E. English, H.S. Stone, Jamie A. Waters, Layla Lawlor, Stuart J. Whitmore, Wayne Kyle Spitzer, Paolo Danese and Jen Pretty.

Empowered Series Collection

by Dale Ivan Smith

The Empowered: men and women who possess extraordinary abilities that set them apart from the rest of humanity. But those with that power face a terrible choice — join the Hero Council and obey its commands in the service of world order, or forswear ever using their abilities.

Mathilda Brandt rejected that choice and went rogue. Captured, judged and imprisoned, she has at last been paroled and, under the Hero Council’s watchful eye she wants only to lead a normal life. But the world won’t let her.

Blackmailed by a secretive government agency, with her family’s lives in the balance, Mathilda is forced to go undercover and infiltrate the Scourge, the world’s most dangerous rogue Empowered group. With no friends and no alternative, Mathilda’s assignment becomes not only a private war against Empowered threats to the world, but also a quest to uncover secrets that ruthless forces would prefer to keep hidden, and are willing to kill to protect. Will she live long enough to discover the truth, and if she does, will the world itself survive?

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Shadow Captain

by Mel Dunay

His one chance to escape slavery could trap his brother in a terrible fate!

Jetay has been on the run with his brother for a long time, hiding his psychic powers from the evil Red Knights. Living as a slave on a star freighter, Jetay dreams of freeing himself and his brother, and of wielding his powers openly.

On a frontier planet, Lady Lanati of the Partisan Alliance seeks his help for a secret mission. It will take him across the stars to the edge of a black hole, with a Red Knight chasing him every step of the way. He might finally get a chance to use his powers for good.

But the price of that chance may be too high, putting his brother in grave danger. Can Jetay save himself and his brother without sacrificing Lanati and her friends? If he can’t find a way to save them all, the battle against evil may be over before it begins….

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The Tales of Aylfenhame Compendium, Books 1-3

by Charlotte E. English

Sometimes love waits a world away, and happiness must be fought for.

In the year 1811, impassable barriers separate the world of carriages, battles and bonnets from the world of witches, goblins and fae.

Until the Solstice comes. Then the walls fall, and anyone may pass out of England and into Aylfenhame…

Three courageous heroines will take that step. Sophy Landon, impoverished and alone; Isabel Ellerby, trapped by the prospect of an unwelcome marriage; and Bessie Bell, a mistreated housemaid.

But courage brings its own rewards. Curses, betrayals and a dark history may wait in the realm of the fae, but so do adventure, and magic, and dreams.

And for those with heart enough, true love.

These are stories of escape, of freedom, of joy snatched from the jaws of despair. They’re stories of the road to happiness, winding though it may be. Of a brightness in the sky on the darkest of days, and above all: of love, and its power to change everything.

This compendium contains three blissful novels of love, magic and adventure: Miss Landon and Aubranael, Miss Ellerby and the Ferryman, and Bessie Bell and the Goblin King.

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Keep Your Enemies Close

by H.S. Stone

First, the probes arrived. Then the mother ship landed. Then Lia’s world changed forever.

With the alien invaders’ arrival, Lia and her best friend, Bryn, sign up for military duty to protect their town. When the aliens attack, however, Lia and her comrades are helpless to stop them. Worse, after the attack, she discovers that several of the townspeople, including her family, were abducted. Despite Lia’s pleading, no one wants to save those taken by the aliens.

Desperate to rescue her parents and her little sister, Lia turns to the only source of help she can find… a captured alien invader.

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To Kill a Fae (The Dragon Portal, #1)

by Jamie A. Waters

The darkness holds more than just secrets…

Marked for death, Sabine escaped from her home more than ten years ago.

But the Wild Hunt will never give up.

It should have been easy to stay hidden. All Sabine had to do was keep her head down, avoid telling anyone about her past, and above all else — not let her glamour drop.

Even the best-laid plans eventually fall apart.

When a charismatic stranger arrives in the city, Sabine finds herself unwittingly drawn to the power she can sense hidden within him. Keeping her distance is nearly impossible, especially after a life debt is called due and she’s tasked into helping steal a rare artifact.

Sabine is the only one who can break the magical barriers protecting the item, but that means revealing the truth about her identity and exposing her darkest secrets.

Unfortunately, the Fae aren’t the only ones hunting her.

And the most dangerous monsters aren’t always confined to the dark.

First in series special US$0.99

Dragon & Detective

by Layla Lawlor

Hard boiled detective meets urban fantasy!

It’s not easy being a human private detective in a city with dragons, shapeshifters, and fae. James Keeley has a magic gun (that never does what he wants) and a 1920s flapper’s ghost haunting the basement of his office, and the first decent case he’s had in a long time is a dragon hiring him to solve a locked-room mystery. James never could resist a puzzle, but sometimes, curiosity killed the sleuth …

First in series special US$0.99

The Ambitions of Kreltahk

by Stuart J. Whitmore

The kingdom is crumbling.

Rumors fly about kurakvin raids. The short, strong, and bloodthirsty kurakvin haven’t been seen in the kingdom since the last war with them, long ago.

The king won’t acknowledge the rumors. Nobody can show proof, not even his own wizards, although his trust in the wizards is fading fast.

Amid the chaos, Kreltahk laughs. He knows an opportunity when he sees one. He knows the kurakvin have returned. And he knows how to use them to serve his goals.

Kreltahk’s goals are simple: Rule the land and everyone in it. Showing mercy is optional.

Few will pay attention to a young boy from a remote fishing village. Few will be prepared for the surprise that is coming.

First in series special US$0.99

The Lost Country, Episode One: “The Big Empty”

by Wayne Kyle Spitzer

First came the time-storm, which erased half the population. Then came the dinosaur apocalypse …

How did it all begin? Well, I guess that depends on where you were and who you ask. In some places it started with the weather—which quickly became unstable and began behaving in impossible ways. In still others it started with the lights in the sky, which shifted and pulsed and could not be explained. Elsewhere it started with the disappearances: one here, a few there, but increasing in occurrence until fully three quarters of the population had vanished. Either way, there is one thing on which everyone agrees—it didn’t take long for the prehistoric flora and fauna to start appearing (often right where someone stood, so that the two were fused, spliced, consolidated into new amalgamations). It didn’t take long for the great Time-displacement called the Flashback—which was brief but had aftershocks, like an earthquake—to change the face of the earth. Nor for the stories, some long and others short, some from before the Flashback and others after, to be recorded …

Welcome to the world of the Flashback, a world in which man’s cities have become overgrown jungles and extinct animals wander the ruins. You can survive here, if you’re lucky, and if you’re not in the wrong place at the wrong time–which is everywhere and all the time. But what you’ll never do is remain the same, for this is a world whose very purpose is to challenge you, a world where anything can and will happen. So take a deep dive into these loosely connected tales of the Dinosaur Apocalypse (each of which can be read individually or as a part of the greater saga): tales of wonder and terror, death and survival, blood and beauty. Do it today, before the apocalypse comes.

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Path of the Guardian

by Paolo Danese

The kingdom that had protected him for so many years had now betrayed him. It had torn everything away from him. Now he was alone, and the end was approaching.

Boren is a young man with a past far more mysterious than he realizes. He is now desperate, alone, and on the run. His family has just been slaughtered by the assassins of Ferdul, the usurper king of the island kingdom of Siskail.

Why me?

This is all he keeps thinking. But the answer will not be easy to find. Rescued by one of the last warrior mages, the duo will need to travel far and face their worst nightmare. Little do they know a threat long-forgotten is looming.

Path of the Guardian is the first book in the epic fantasy trilogy Portal Wars.

First in series special US$0.99

The Black Heron: Urban Magic

by Jen Pretty

They say to stay away from windows during an electrical storm but storms call Echo to the dirty streets of Hanton.

The city is polluted with corruption and evil. Echo may not want the job, but when the woman who saved her life loses her vision, it’s left to Echo to take it on. Luckily, she has a little help in the form of an innate ability to bend lightning to her will. A powerful gift that once nearly caused her death.

When a police detective with questionable motives backs her into a corner, her choices are limited. But when her hand is forced, she has no choice but to work with him to stop a bigger evil than she has ever faced. But she knows she’ll have to watch her own back, like she’s done since she was a kid.

The choices Echo makes now could lead to bigger consequences than she ever imagined, or a life she hadn’t planned may suddenly swallow her whole.

New Release US$2.99

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