Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Freebies: April 11, 2014

Click on each title to go to the Amazon Kindle edition listing. Be sure to double-check the price before you download!

Deadly Delicious
by K.L. Kincy

Available as: paperback, Kindle edition
Pages: 270 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: unknown
Publication date: April 3, 2014
Suggested tags: middle grade, historical fiction, paranormal

From Amazon:
"Twelve-year-old Josephine DeLune can't take the heat this sweltering summer of 1955, and she was out of the kitchen long ago.

An awful cook, she ruins recipes left and right, and she certainly can't compete with her family's reputation for extraordinary food. Her daddy's parents ran one of the best restaurants in all of Paris, but Josephine lives in Paris, Missouri. On her mama's side, she's up against a long tradition of sinfully delicious soul food. Rumor has it, her Creole ancestors cooked up some voodoo to make tasty even tastier. Josephine knows the secret ingredient: she comes from a long line of conjure witches with spellbinding culinary skills.

Disenchanted, Josephine works as a carhop at Carl and Earl's Drive-In. Just plain old hamburgers, hot dogs, and curly fries, nothing magical about them. She's got bigger fish to fry, though, when a grease fire erupts into a devilish creature who hisses her name with desire. Turns out he's the Ravenous One, the granddaddy of all voodoo spirits, and he's hungry for her soul. Josephine thinks he's got the wrong girl--she's no witch--but a gorgeous, dangerous night-skinned lady named Shaula sets her straight. Josephine is one of the most powerful witches alive, so overflowing with conjure that her out-of-control cooking simply catches fire.

Josephine would love to laugh this off, but Shaula warns her that she must learn to master her magic before the Ravenous One devours her soul. Spurred into action, Josephine breaks out her grandma's old conjure cookbook and starts cooking. Nothing grand, just the usual recipes for undying friendship and revenge. But soon Josephine can't escape the consequences of her conjure. When the people of Paris start turning into zombies with a strange fondness for cake, Josephine looks pretty responsible for their undead reawakening...

In the Magician's House
by D M Potter

Available as: Kindle edition
Pages: 89
Publisher: Fairytale Factory Ltd
Publication date: December 22, 2013
Suggested tags: middle grade, fantasy

From Amazon:
"The magician's house is steeped in magic. There are many rooms inside, but you have to find them first. Things change.
Dreams swirl around in the Magician’s house just like dust in the corners of other houses. Little stories get stuck in the crannies. Just for a moment, while you are sweeping a corner, you can find yourself running across a green field, steering an iron horse through twisty roads, or picking ripe strawberries in a bright warm field. Other times you are transported to different places. So you watch where you step.

Sometimes just getting to breakfast is an adventure.

This is an interactive set of stories where the reader drives the action. Suitable for ages nine years and above.

Island of Fog
by Keith Robinson

Available as: paperback, Kindle edition
Pages: 222 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Unearthly Tales
Publication date: April 24, 2009
Suggested tags: middle grade, fantasy

First in the Island of Fog series. From Amazon:
"A lonely, foggy island is home to eight families. Twelve-year-old Hal and his friends have always wondered what happened all those years ago on the mainland, that unseen place Out There beyond the fog, and after an astonishing discovery in the woods the children are more determined than ever to find out what their parents are hiding. But their lives are turned upside down when Abigail reveals her closely guarded secret. According to her, the children are slowly changing into monsters! Are they freaks of nature, or subjects of a sinister experiment?

Each child reacts differently to his or her unique monstrous transformation; after all, one may feel proud to be a dragon, faerie, or centaur, but who in their right mind wants to be a sadistic manticore or cowardly harpy?

Light as a Feather, Stiff As a Board
by Zoe Aarsen

Available as: paperback, Kindle edition
Pages: 403 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Lovestruck Literary
Publication date: December 10, 2013
Suggested tags: young adult, mystery, paranormal

From Amazon:
"McKenna Brady thinks her junior year of high school is going to be the best ever when she’s welcomed into the elite group of popular girls at Weeping Willow High School led by blond, gorgeous Olivia Richmond. Prior to junior year, McKenna was known in her small town as the girl whose twin sister died in a tragic house fire, and she’s overjoyed at the prospect of redefining her identity. She has a date to the Homecoming dance with Olivia’s handsome older brother, and a good chance of being elected to student council. For the first time since McKenna’s parents divorced, things are looking up.

But everything changes the night of Olivia’s Sweet Sixteen sleepover birthday party. Violet, the shy, mysterious new girl in town, suggests that the girls play a scary game called Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, during which Violet makes up elaborate stories about the future ways in which beautiful Olivia, brassy Candace, and athletic Mischa will die. The game unsettles McKenna because she’s already escaped death once in her life, but she doesn’t want to ruin her friends’ fun. It’s only a game, she reminds herself.

But it doesn’t seem like a harmless game a week later when Olivia dies unexpectedly in a violent car crash, exactly as Violet predicted. And something begins haunting McKenna’s bedroom at night, leaving her clues that all seem to point to Violet. McKenna enlists the help of her cute next-door neighbor Trey in finding out exactly what kind of curse Violet has put on all of the popular girls in the junior class. As Violet rises to popularity and seemingly steps into the life Olivia left unfinished, McKenna and Trey know they only have a limited amount of time to bring an end to Violet’s game before more lives are lost.

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