Sweeter Than Wine by L. Neil Smith, a frequent finalist for the Prometheus Award for Libertarian SF, is his standalone modern-day vampire novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for May, and was originally released in 2011 as an online serial on the Phoenix Pick Press website, before being compiled into the complete novel edition.
The story stars a rather mundane vampire who lives a very ordinary, quiet sort of respectable blending-in life until one day, the mysterious woman who made him what he is reappears and needs his help, and whether this is a good or bad thing is something he’s about to find out.
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The Parasite by British author Ramsey Campbell, a frequent recipient of the British Fantasy and Bram Stoker Awards, is his vintage standalone paranormal fantasy horror thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1980 by Millington under the title To Wake the Dead, and was later reprinted by Macmillan under its current title. It won the 1981 August Derleth Award for Best Fantasy Novel from the British Fantasy Awards society.
The story starts in New York and stars a seemingly ordinary woman whose psychic powers are sparked after a brush with the occult at a party, which she begins to explore, even as they take on a disturbing turn as they grow.
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Wings by Aprilynne Pike is the 1st novel in her Wings series of YA paranormal urban fantasy with f/m romance elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s Teen imprint.
The series is set in a stealth-paranormal version of our mundane world, starring a girl who discovers she has a hidden magical heritage. In this installment, the heroine’s family moves to a new town, where, having previously been homeschooled by her eccentric hippie parents, she experiences high school interactions with other teens, some of whom will become friends who help her uncover the cause behind the mysterious growth of her titular wings.
Offered in the US at Barnes & Noble as their Free Fridays weekend giveaway.
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Ghost Point by James A. Hetley is the 4th novel in his Stonefort series of retro-contemporary rural fantasy set in Maine, free for a limited time courtesy of the author himself via the backlist author re-publishing consortium Book View Café.
This is a self-published continuation of a trilogy that was originally printed by Ace Books in the mid-2000s. The series is set approximately in the 1970s, as a Vietnam War veteran who has apparently had supernatural encounters while overseas returns home to retire to a simpler, more peaceful life. This story involves a paranormal mystery as he discovers that his rural home in Maine is not immune to the influence of the supernatural, as the spirit world begins to overlap with the real world, and a colleague of his experiences danger from both.
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Evernight by Claudia Gray is the 1st novel in her Evernight series of YA paranormal high school fantasy with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ HarperTeen imprint.
The series is set in a secretly paranormal version of our modern world at the titular spooky Gothic boarding school, where the series heroine is a new student who has come from a small town and has no idea about the supernatural side of the world. This installment has her discovering the destiny which she hopes to escape, with the help of the obligatory love interest.
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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting is the 1st novel in her The Body Finder series of YA paranormal urban fantasy with strong f/m romantic suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins.
This is a contemporary urban fantasy series starring a teenaged heroine has an unusual secret ability to sense the dead bodies of people and animals who have been killed. This installment is a suspenseful one which pushes her into trying to actively use her abilities to catch a serial killer, with the help of her best friend who has a crush on her, while trying not to become the killer’s next victim.
Offered in the US only, available through September 25th at Barnes & Noble as their Free Fridays weekend selection.
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