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Rise of the Indies by D.P. Rowell Rise of the Indies by March 26, 2019 $2.99 43,570 words Sample 20%
In Yutara, no one knows witches have taken over. Magic meets tech in this action-packed fantasy adventure.
Marshall's Guard by Isabo Kelly Marshall's Guard by March 26, 2019 $4.99 90,880 words Sample 20%
Returning Detective Jake Marshall to Earth might be Lieutenant Leia Ballore’s job, but she doesn’t have to like it. Jake has a duty back on Earth he can’t ignore, but leaving Leia won’t be easy. In her time and galaxy, he’s hunted as a slave. He can’t stay. Yet as their passion grows, leaving is no longer so simple.
The Ice Cream Trilogy by D. W. Watson The Ice Cream Trilogy by March 26, 2019 Free! 14,540 words Read a sample
All Farrell wants is an ice cream. The universe has other ideas. First, the so-called terrorist group, the Restoration, threatens to take the UK back to the Georgian era. Next, could Farrell finally gets his wish to join Arcane Division as they absolve a possessed forklift truck? Then, after the sprinklers go haywire on the ferry, Rosette Sound, Farrell's team are tasked to investigate.
Fateplay by Duncan McGeary Fateplay by March 26, 2019 $4.99 119,590 words
In the future, everyone role-plays, cosplaying as their favorite characters—at home, at work, at school, at play. Called Hyper-reality, and assisted by virtual reality and holographic technology, what is normal is blurring. Zach, a small-town kid, becomes heir to the largest Hyper-reality company. He is thrust into the battle for control of the future: who owns these characters and who pays?
Mad Scientist Journal - Spring 2019 by Dawn Vogel & Jeremy Zimmerman Mad Scientist Journal - Spring 2019 by (editor)
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$3.99 52,270 words
Inexplicable archaeological discoveries, fascinating scientific logs of experiments gone awry, and alternative solutions to a variety of problems. Mad Scientist Journal - Spring 2019 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Jameson Currier, Soramimi Hanarejima, and River Knight.
Terraform Triptych by Caldon Mull Terraform Triptych by March 26, 2019 $1.99 20,570 words Sample 20%
It is 2425AD and media personality Winston Starlight needs another big hit to revive his centuries long career. Sol Senators have been notoriously difficult to interview, so when Mars Senator Spenser agrees to a three-part broadcast retrospective on his Luna, Mars and Titania projects, Winston can barely contain his pixels. Sol Senators are big news. Winston has big plans for this broadcast.
Walpurgis III by Mike Resnick Walpurgis III by March 25, 2019 $4.99 59,740 words Sample 20%
A thriller set on the planet Walpurgis III, where mass killer Conrad Bland has taken refuge. A mysterious man named Jericho is hired to kill him. But once Jericho arrives on Walpurgis he is hunted in turn by Detective John Sable.
Wings of Creation by Brenda Cooper Wings of Creation by March 25, 2019 $4.99 124,250 words Sample 20%
Six friends work to stave off a war that will cross five planets. This fast-paced adventure science fiction set in the far future is suited for teen and adult readers.
the Valley by Stephen Brandon the Valley by March 25, 2019 $0.99 9,430 words Sample 20%
Running from Indians is not my favorite past time. It took years to find the cave that led back to my world. I could not take my horse. I had to walk out through Indian territory. None of us were aware of the rules running this place. The enforcers pressed me into a job I didn't want. To my surprise, Kat abandoned the two most important things in her life to follow me.
The Kukuza Gambit (Cane's Laws Book 2) by T Q Chant The Kukuza Gambit (Cane's Laws Book 2) by March 25, 2019 $2.99 44,940 words Sample 20%
Sam Cane has had enough. She's blown the Saved open, brought them to the attention of the Commonwealth. In short, she's done her bit and is ready to leave it all behind and get back to a quiet life of petty crime. As usual, though, both the powers that be and the Saved have other ideas...
Freaky Furry (Side Quest #5) by Joe Rover Freaky Furry (Side Quest #5) by March 25, 2019 Free! 3,420 words Read a sample
The Multiverse is a strange and wondrous place filled with stories of all shapes and sizes. Some worlds are similar while others are standalones. After a villain swaps Will’s body with that of a cat, Will must find the one person who can help him: Dogboy.
A Symposium in Space by K.S. Trenten A Symposium in Space by March 25, 2019 $2.99 22,930 words Sample 20%
Phaedra and her lover, Pausania are invited to a dinner party. Only this won’t be like any party Phaedra has ever been to. Nor does Pausania want her to go. But Phaedra is determined, even if she has to find her own way to this symposium in space.
Conviction by M.D. Neu Conviction by March 25, 2019 $6.99 104,050 words Sample 20%
A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It’s home to 7 billion people with all manner of faiths, beliefs and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding, who will soon be told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unless they had no other choice.
Spectacle (The Spectacle Trilogy Book 3) by S.J. Pierce Spectacle (The Spectacle Trilogy Book 3) by March 25, 2019 $4.49 33,900 words Sample 20%
After the disaster at the Capital, Cole and I teleported to the mountains to hide out, Taylor and Luxxe are still with the enemies, and we’re all the most wanted people in New America… which doesn’t fare well for our plan to set our people free. Thankfully, hope comes in the form of Garrett, a green-eyed boy from the Capital who’s helping lead the rebellion, though it may not be enough.
Of Dust and Sand: a sci-fi short story collection by Allen Kuzara Of Dust and Sand: a sci-fi short story collection by March 25, 2019 $2.99 50,240 words Sample 20%
From ancient mysteries on Earth to far-future conflicts on other worlds, this collection of sixteen sci-fi short stories from the author of The Anti Life Series and the Final Update trilogy promises to take you on an adventure. Whether it’s human-sized parasites, clone lovers, or intergalactic war—there's something in this novel-length story collage for every science fiction enthusiast.
You can run by Nix Whittaker You can run by March 24, 2019 $2.99 49,620 words Sample 10%
He is the man of her dreams. Except, in her dreams, he keeps dying. Hopefully, with her glyphs, she can keep Warren alive.
Jailmates by Lesli Richardson Jailmates by March 24, 2019 $3.99 114,160 words Sample 20%
This wasn’t in the contract. Simon Quigley had no idea what to expect when he agreed to do this for the money, but the seven-foot-tall pink alien isn’t what he was expecting. For starters, Simon’s straight. And Mohrn isn’t a girl. The contract? It’s unbreakable. It’s going to be a long five years…
Le papier sur le sol by Saïd Le papier sur le sol by March 24, 2019 Free! 2,900 words
Privé de liberté après un braquage de banque d'eau qui a mal tourné, Dan vit reclus dans sa cellule, sur l'orbite terrestre. La proposition du directeur pourra-t-elle changer son quotidien ?
Sleepers Book 1 Knight Falls by Flint Reginald Sleepers Book 1 Knight Falls by March 24, 2019 $3.99 54,160 words Sample 15%
Most would say the darkest time is just before dawn, they would be wrong. The darkest time comes, when the last Knight Falls.A Science fiction adventure set to appeal to Sci-Fi fans of all ages.
Squidees by J. Rock Squidees by March 24, 2019 Free! 9,110 words Read a sample
Aliens have invaded. And yet nothing’s changed. Not for me anyway. As far as anybody knows, I’m the only person on Earth the invasion had no effect upon. We still don’t know if that’s a good thing or not. It’s been five years since the squidees appeared, materializing out of a ball of light over the Atlantic. A squidee for every man, woman, and child on the planet. Except for me....
C. C. Blake's Sweaty Space Operas, Issue 10 by C. C. Blake C. C. Blake's Sweaty Space Operas, Issue 10 by March 24, 2019 $2.99 17,510 words Sample 20%
Rick Cave finds himself seeing red when he helps an old pal get out of the cross hairs of the mysterious Red Ledger. Former CORE Intel officer turned fleeing felon Ling-Ling finds herself working for a mysterious man with dangerous enemies in order to save a girl from the clutches of a madman. The 10th issue of C. C. Blake's Sweaty Space Operas features over 17k words of fiction!
Not For Use In Navigation: Thirteen Stories by Iona Datt Sharma Not For Use In Navigation: Thirteen Stories by March 24, 2019 $5.20 68,700 words
A refugee arrives from elsewhere in time; a generation ship makes landfall; a vast galactic empire settles to the business of government. Tarot readers find hope in the cards; witches live through the aftermath of war; and Indian mothers think it’s high time you were married. Here are thirteen stories of love and queerness, hope and decolonisation, and the inevitability of change.
Tears of Angels: the Beast by Michael A. Williams Tears of Angels: the Beast by March 23, 2019 Free! 32,450 words Read a sample
Tears of Angels: the Beast is a fantasy novel of post-apocalyptic events taking place after the rapture.
Maricruz: The Change by Risa Todd-Brown Maricruz: The Change by March 23, 2019 $5.00 10,100 words Sample 5%
An adopted girl beings to realize she different from everyone in this world. Do you believe this is a tale of truth or pure fiction? You decide.
Maricruz: The Change by Risa Todd-Brown Maricruz: The Change by March 23, 2019 $5.00 10,100 words Sample 5%
An adopted girl beings to realize she different from everyone in this world. Do you believe this is a tale of truth or pure fiction? You decide.
The Rovan Trap by Michael McCloskey The Rovan Trap by March 23, 2019 $3.99 58,580 words Sample 15%
The Rovan Trap is the 13th book in the PIT series. The PIT team struggles to survive in all-too-close proximity with a Rovan battleship designed to exterminate all who fall into its trap. If the team cannot escape this uncaring death machine—who can save them?
Aluka: A Tale of the Witch Doctors by Wayne Kyle Spitzer Aluka: A Tale of the Witch Doctors by March 23, 2019 $1.50 4,380 words Sample 20%
A prequel story to the Witch Doctor series. In a war between men and women ... she was both.
The Cupcake Ingredient by George Saoulidis The Cupcake Ingredient by March 23, 2019 $0.99 1,420 words Sample 20%
Bakey Time Will Cupcake find the ingredient for her secret recipe? A Cyberpink short story.
Big, Round Snowballs by George Saoulidis Big, Round Snowballs by March 23, 2019 $2.99 4,340 words Sample 20%
Deimos was planning to spend a quiet Christmas this year. You know, just a regular night in, cleaning his guns and getting wasted. He definitely did not plan on getting dropped with a parachute behind enemy lines, getting tasked with retrieving something round and weird, and rescuing young ladies from enemy encampments. A Deimos Çelik story.
Gathering of Shadows by Meyari McFarland Gathering of Shadows by March 23, 2019 $6.99 67,060 words Sample 20%
In Gathering of Shadows, Meyari McFarland explores the dark corners of the heart, mind and reality in ways that will haunt you after you put the book down. Stars Drifting Every Upwards The Widow's War Jade Claws The Lived Glory Bottling the Cold, Hard Heart Midwife to Divinity Darkness Rising Out of the Tower Shifting Towers of Fire Another Path to Infinity
Coven: Short Stories of Sci-fi and Fantasy by J. J. Smiley Coven: Short Stories of Sci-fi and Fantasy by March 23, 2019 $1.49 18,340 words Sample 10%
Witches have been around for a long time, but where did they come from and how did they get started? Soon you'll know. This and several other stories will give you pause to reflect on what you think you know. From robots to the exchange of souls and feeling blue will take on a whole new meaning.
Diary of a Zombie Survivor by S. Michael Choi Diary of a Zombie Survivor by March 22, 2019 Free! 51,710 words Read a sample
In the aftermath of genetic plague, human beings are transformed into white-eyed 'Happy' zombies, and the remnants of uninfected society live in heavily fortified compounds. One such group leader, 838, records in his diary the travails of day-to-day life over a winter where the water freezes and the infected New Humans stage periodic raids. But is the greater threat other survivors, their clans?
Life and Death by Hiranya Borah Life and Death by March 22, 2019 Free! 7,070 words Read a sample
A dead person can be revived by the protagonist through a unique whisper therapy. But at what cost? It is a fictitious suspense story.
Empty Eyes by T. M. Bilderback Empty Eyes by March 22, 2019 $3.99 38,750 words Sample 20%
Giant genetically engineered "bugs" threaten to destroy humanity.
The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald - A Short Story by T. M. Bilderback The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald - A Short Story by March 22, 2019 $0.99 5,640 words Sample 20%
A fishing boat encounters a radiation-mutated monster at sea.
The Clearing by Les Cohen The Clearing by March 22, 2019 Free! 5,720 words Read a sample
Sometimes it's the most ordinary things in nature that we should be the most worried about. "The Clearing" is written in the form of emails between a concerned father and his son who is away on a camping trip – and whose life may be in danger. This is a PG-13 short story, loosely based on hard science. It's a quick read, a little scary, but without explicit violence.
Chasing Extinction by R.M. Hamrick Chasing Extinction by March 22, 2019 $4.99 46,850 words Sample 15%
Die together or die alone. At the brink of war, Osprey Point might first collapse from within as the final wave of the z-virus sweeps through the community. While Audra resolves to upend Lysent corp alone, Lysent singles her out too. Audra must face long-standing mistakes and gather her shattered community for a final move that will prevent humanity’s fall or acceleralate it toward extinction.
Консументы by Matvey Kurilkin Консументы by March 22, 2019 $3.50 90,720 words Sample 20%
Апокалипсис наступил. Огромные черви пожирают Землю. Не слишком быстро, не слишком враждебно по отношению к людям, благодаря своим размерам они заняли нишу основных потребителей планеты. Люди могут выжить только в одиночку или небольшими группами. Каждый по-своему. Но есть те, у кого еще есть силы мечтать о чем-то большем, чем еда и крыша над головой. Девушка-охотник, которая не помнит безопасной
The Book of Lost Days by Carol Wolf The Book of Lost Days by March 22, 2019 $3.99 89,520 words Sample 20%
28 is a genetically-engineered product of the all-female Coxley Clade, which owns all the top gene patterns. She has the highest marks in math, is a rated athlete in four sports and is the youngest patent-holder ever. Her future seems assured. But she wants fame. Her new shortcut between star gates could revolutionize interstellar travel. But first she has to successfully navigate it. And survive.
Riker's Apocalypse: The Plan by Shawn Chesser Riker's Apocalypse: The Plan by March 22, 2019 $4.99 117,770 words
RIKER’S APOCALYPSE: THE PLAN Edited by Monique Happy Editorial Services 118,000 words What would you do if you saw the zombie apocalypse coming and had time to prepare? Where would you go? Who would you take with you? Who could you trust? What would be your plan? Read along to see the plan Riker, Tara, and Steve-O have conjured up.
Chasing Redemption by R.M. Hamrick Chasing Redemption by March 21, 2019 $4.99 44,860 words Sample 15%
Die together or die alone. At the brink of war, Osprey Point might first collapse from within as the final wave of the z-virus sweeps through the community. While Audra resolves to upend Lysent corp without the aid of others, Lysent singles her out too. They target her forgotten zombie tags for collection. Audra must face long-standing mistakes and gather her shattered community for a final move
Chasing a Cure by R.M. Hamrick Chasing a Cure by March 21, 2019 $0.99 59,200 words Sample 15%
Everyone's lost someone to the outbreak. Audra has a chance to get hers back. To earn access to the pricey antiviral, Audra signs up as a tagger, finding people's wandering zombie family members. But with time running out for her sister, Audra entertains another offer -- a cure in return for bolstering a rebellion. A fresh take on the zombie genre, Chasing a Cure is a thrilling, undead ride.
Crystal Guardian by Amy Radbourne Crystal Guardian by March 21, 2019 Free! 79,400 words Read a sample
Predators from a faraway world rampage across Atarikka. People are being savaged and a traitor is to blame. Thirteen year old Aldric and his three new comrades adventure across the worlds of the Kalanian Galaxy. Their aim: to get home and stop the force of Incursio, a madman who will do anything in order to survive.
Into the Fourth Universe by Robert Wingfield Into the Fourth Universe by March 21, 2019 $2.99 73,960 words Sample 20%
A lusty, satirical, science fiction romp, featuring time travel, a megalomaniac gynoid, the collapse of multiple universes, dodgy business practices, a missing murder victim, and a large cow.
The other side of the island by Jacqueline Prager The other side of the island by March 21, 2019 $0.99 7,210 words Sample 10%
Two broken souls. They were meant to be together. One love story that lies buried for decades. Frieda, the creature from outer space who signs a song no one can hear and talks in feelings. Is it ever too late to find your way back?
The Superhero's World by Lucas Flint The Superhero's World by March 21, 2019 $3.99 71,700 words Sample 20%
In the sixth book of The Superhero's Son, Earth's mightiest heroes have fallen to an invading alien force that seeks nothing less than the complete destruction of Earth. Now Bolt and his friends must defeat this alien invasion before it's too late.
Thieves & Beggars by C. S. Ferguson Thieves & Beggars by March 21, 2019 $5.99 82,340 words Sample 20%
The once-infamous Crimson Star pirates have failed. They lost their ship to a band of mercenaries, lost their doctor to the Inquisition, and are now reliant on the good will of the ruthless Borjigin crime family for safety. But the Borjigins could be a blessing in disguise … if they and the pirates can survive the tightening grip of the merciless and calculating Inquisition.
Seat 1A: An Andy Teague Short Story by Paul Watson Seat 1A: An Andy Teague Short Story by March 21, 2019 Free! 3,970 words Read a sample
A short story and third in the Andy Teague series. Andy boards a plane home after a long day. He checks in and gets a seat in the front row, which is about as good as the flight gets. The sinister Dr Mowbrey is also on the plane with plans for Andy.
Skye City: The Trials of Arturo collection (episodes 1 to 4) by R. D. Hale Skye City: The Trials of Arturo collection (episodes 1 to 4) by March 20, 2019 Free! 249,630 words Read a sample
Religious extremists won The Great War and an oppressive societal structure was imposed under the law of their goddess. The lowest official tier – Level Three Citizenship is one step away from slavery and the majority of the population opt out of the system altogether. These 'bottom levellers' struggle for survival in a world where technology is almost indistinguishable from magic and...
The Whispering Grass by Alyce Caswell The Whispering Grass by March 20, 2019 $0.99 19,380 words
Sanyul Bello is an assassin who has never failed to complete a mission. Until he tries to go after a goddess, that is. Isabis, the goddess of savannah, decides to punish him by showing him what it’s like to be her. But what she doesn’t expect is to create a connection between them, one that could grow into something else — if they could just put aside their pain and anger long enough to let it.