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APRIL FOOLS! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Yesterday’s glitch e-mail didn’t help matters but I figured I’d go through with my prank anyway. Enjoy these great free ebooks! Note: The free ebooks really aren’t going away… it was just a joke for April Fools.

American Warrior

by James Snyder

The year is 1961. America has a new president, named John F. Kennedy, and a new era the newspapers are calling the Dawn of Camelot. But for ten-year-old Paul Brett, dealing with an abusive father and the immigrant gangs roaming his slum neighborhood of China Slough, America is only a small, dead-end place he is struggling to survive.

That is, until the night a mysterious stranger comes out of the darkness to his rescue, and initiates a journey–an unforgettable odyssey–beyond his wildest imagination.

From his unlikely beginnings in a brutal California migrant camp, into the darkest underbelly of a distant and unpopular war, to his final and, perhaps, most deadly struggle for survival inside the bowels of a near-medieval military prison, American Warrior follows one young man’s breathtaking and mesmerizing journey into hell.

“A fast-paced…thoroughly engrossing story of a journey through pain and violence.” Kirkus Reviews


by Dave Boling

In 1935, Miguel Navarro finds himself on the wrong side of the Spanish Nationalists, so he flees to Guernica, the most ancient town of the Basque region. In the midst of this idyllic, isolated bastion of democratic values, Miguel finds more than a new life-he finds a love that not even war, tragedy or death can destroy. The bombing of Guernica was a devastating experiment in total warfare by the German Luftwaffe in the run-up to World War II . For the Basques, it was an attack on the soul of their ancient nation. History and fiction merge seamlessly in this beautiful novel about the resilience of family, love, and tradition in the face of hardship.

The Shop On Blossom Street

by Debbie Macomber

Four lives knit together…

There’s a little yarn store in Seattle called A Good Yarn. It’s owned by Lydia Hoffman, and it represents her dream of a new beginning, a life free from cancer. A life that offers a chance at love…

Lydia teaches knitting to beginners, and the first class is How to Make a Baby Blanket. Three women join. Jacqueline Donovan disapproves of the woman married to her only son, but knitting a baby blanket would be a gesture of reconciliation.

For Carol Girard, the baby blanket brings a message of hope as she and her husband make a final attempt to conceive.

And tough-looking Alix Townsend (that’s Alix with an i) is learning to knit her blanket for a court-ordered community service project.

These four very different women, brought together by the age-old craft of knitting, make unexpected discoveries—about themselves and each other. Discoveries that lead to friendship and acceptance, to laughter and dreams. Discoveries only women can share…

Lord Of All Things

by Andreas Eschbach

They are just children when they meet for the first time: Charlotte, daughter of the French ambassador, and Hiroshi, a laundress’s son. One day, Hiroshi declares that he has an idea that will change the world. An unprecedented idea of how to sweep away all differences between rich and poor.

When Hiroshi runs into Charlotte several years later, he is trying to build a brighter future through robotics. Determined to win Charlotte’s love, he resurrects his childhood dream, convinced that he can eradicate world poverty by pushing the limits of technology beyond imagination. But as Hiroshi circles ever closer to realizing his vision, he discovers that his utopian dream may contain the seeds of a nightmare—one that could obliterate life as we know it.

Crisscrossing the globe from Tokyo to the hallowed halls of MIT to desolate Arctic islands and Buenos Aires and beyond—far beyond—Lord of All Things explores not only the dizzying potential of technology but also its formidable dangers.

Big Nate: I Can’t Take It!

by Lincoln Peirce

Life can be stressful for Nate Wright. At school, Mrs. Godfrey makes every day a nightmare. At home, he’s stuck between Ellen, his incredibly annoying older sister, and Dad, perhaps the most clueless parent of all time. And don’t get him started on Gina, the ultimate teacher’s pet, or Artur, the unassuming exchange student who bests him at every turn. It’s enough to make even a can-do kid like Nate scream: “I CAN’T TAKE IT!”

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Messages: Book 1 In The David Chance Series

by John Michael Hileman

David Chance can see messages in the sea of words around him, messages that warn him of future events.

Words are everywhere– on labels, magazines, sign posts, t-shirts– everywhere. And as much as David Chance would like to hide from them, he can’t. Words keep leaping off objects around him, forming messages in his mind. But how is this possible? Has his brain suddenly taken an evolutionary leap forward, or are the mysterious messages proof of divine intervention?

Driven to answer a question he’d long ago abandoned, and stalked by the killer he’s trying to stop, David risks everything to follow the messages to a dirty bomb set to go off in the heart of Boston. But can he trust the author of the messages to protect him from a terrorist who seems to know his every move.

Love, Emily – A Love Story From The Files Of Jessica Summer

by Kelly Killian

Love, Emily


Honestly. What guy decides he’s not ready for a commitment after being in a relationship for three years? Isn’t that one of the struggles the typical man goes through in the first six months of a relationship?

Not Emily Bryant’s boyfriend Matt, who also happens to be her landlord and the guy who lives on the other half of the duplex she’s renting from him. Talk about a complicated break-up. It’s bad enough that she has to see all the other woman he parades past her doorstep every night. It’s worse when he starts trying to get her to go see him and his band play a large local venue they just landed. For Matt, it was never about ending it with Emily. He just wanted more options with more women, and he hoped that after she got over the initial sting, she could be one of those women.

That was never going to happen. Emily is a one-man girl but the fact that she made that clear to him hasn’t dissuaded him from trying. Her heart is in a state of chaos and nowhere close to being ready for another relationship when she meets Adam, a man who could be everything she’s ever dreamed of in her life.

Then again, maybe not. It’s not long before Jillian, a woman from Adam’s past surfaces, and she’s hell-bent on creating havoc in their lives. Emily really wants to believe that Adam could be the love of her life, but is he everything he seems to be or is there more to the story of him and Jillian than he wants her to know?

Hounds Of Autumn

by Heather Blackwood

They say that the moor has eyes.

It is 1890, and the windswept moors hold dark secrets. Chloe Sullivan is an amateur inventor whose holiday takes a dark turn when her friend and colleague, one of the few female mechanical experts in the British Empire, is murdered.

A black mechanical hound roams the moors, but could it have killed a woman? And what secrets are concealed within the dark family manor?

Accompanied by her naturalist husband and clockwork cat, Chloe is determined to see her friend’s killer found.

But some secrets have a terrible cost.

Red Skies

by Kay Bratt

“I feel empty, as though I’m leaving behind a piece of myself.” As the daughter of the town scavenger, Mari grew up knowing hardship, but she could have never anticipated the struggles facing her as an adult. Feeling alone and isolated, she dreams of a better life. On the other side of town, a little girl is forced to live on the streets, but silently she longs for the one thing she’s never known–a family. Max, a struggling American photojournalist, arrives in China with only one goal in mind; to face his demons and put an end to his own unbearable suffering. In Red Skies, the fate of three people who’ve never met will converge in profound and unexpected ways.

Tracker: A Short Story Exclusive

by James Rollins

A soldier and his military war dog are drawn into a dark mystery tracing back to World War II and a lost treasure tied to the bones of the dead.

Off the streets in the medieval heart of Budapest, Captain Tucker Wayne and his war dog, Kane, rescue a mysterious woman fleeing three armed men. The secret she holds will unlock a terrible treasure, one steeped in blood and treachery, tied to a crime going back to the fall of Nazi Germany and a heritage of suffering and pain that reaches out from the past to wreak havoc today. In a final showdown in the depths of a lost cemetery, truths will be unearthed, treasures exposed, and the fate of all will rest upon the shoulders of one man and a dog whose courage is beyond measure.

Made To Last

by Melissa Tagg

Miranda Woodruff has it all. At least, that’s how it looks when she’s starring in her homebuilding television show, From the Ground Up. So when her network begins to talk about making cuts, she’ll do anything to boost ratings and save her show–even if it means pretending to be married to a man who’s definitely not the fiance who ran out on her three years ago.

When a handsome reporter starts shadowing Miranda’s every move, all his digging into her personal life brings him a little too close to the truth–and to her. Can the girl whose entire identity is wrapped up in her on-screen persona finally find the nerve to set the record straight? And if she does, will the life she’s built come crashing down just as she’s found a love to last?

Gluten-free Desserts: Quick And Easy Delicious Desserts

by Sophie Miller

Delicious gluten-free recipes that are quick and easy!

Reading this book you will find that going gluten-free is not as difficult as you might have once thought. Not only are there plenty of gluten-free food options available, but there are also plenty of gluten-free ingredients to choose from that make it easy for you to continue to enjoy your favorite treats. You might not be able to pick up a box of cookies at your local bakery, but you can make some delicious gluten-free treats right in your own home.

In this book you will find a collection of 21 gluten-free recipes for mouthwatering sweets.

Deadly Intruder

by Anne Kelsey

Once you buy in, there is no out.

Super salesman Brent Darby is living the good life: both personally and professionally. He just won the Rookie of the Year award at the advertising company he works for in Boston, and he is married to beautiful Amanda, the love of his life. After his recent purchases of a new home and a sports car, his life is just about perfect. Then he makes one seemingly innocent decision to play an Internet game.

The website offers a big payoff to the winner of the deadpool game they host, and Brent thinks he has just as good a chance to win as anyone else. After all, the game is all luck. Or is it?

When a fellow player, known only as Intruder, gains access to Brent’s personal information, Brent’s life is thrown into chaos. A gruesome discovery makes Intruder’s goal all too clear. Soon Brent is careening through the shadowy world of cybercrime, identity theft, and murder on a non-stop thrill ride he wants no part of. Will Brent or Intruder make the final move of the game?


by Anna Scanlon

“No one heard us. They decided not to, to turn their heads away.

It was too much to bear. Too much to know. Too hard to swallow.

But now that the world knows, now that the world has heard, it all seems so simple, so easy to defray.

I screamed and no one heard.

Next time, will you be listening?”

Aliz and her twin sister, Hajna, are enjoying their playful, carefree and comfortable life with their parents in Szeged, Hungary just before the Nazis invade. Seemingly overnight, their lives change drastically as they are transported to the ghetto on the outskirts of the city and then to Auschwitz to be used in Mengele’s deadly experiments. After several months of brutal torture, Aliz is liberated to find that she is the only survivor in her family. At not even 11 years old, Aliz must make the journey to San Francisco alone, an entire world away from everything she’s known, in order to live with her only known relatives whom she has never met– a depressed aunt and teenage cousin who is more than ready to escape her mother’s melancholy. Told through the eyes of both Aliz and her cousin Isabelle, Unravelled tells a story of survival, hope, family and the lives war and genocide haunt long after liberation.

Courting Cate

by Leslie Gould

When Amish farmer Pete Treger moves to Paradise Township, Pennsylvania, seeking a better life, he meets sisters Cate and Betsy Miller. Both are beautiful, but older sister Cate is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Betsy, on the other hand, is sweet and flirty–and seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County!

However, the sisters’ wealthy father has made one hard and fast rule: elder sister must marry first, before the younger can even start courting. Unfortunately for poor Betsy, and for the men who want to court her, her older sister, Cate, doesn’t have any suitors–until Pete comes to town, that is.

Though he finds both sisters attractive, something about Cate’s feisty demeanor appeals to him. Soon the other bachelors in the district convince Pete to court Cate. She hardly seems receptive to his overtures, though. Instead, she’s immediately suspicious of his interest.

Communion Of Dreams

by James Downey

The year is 2052, and the human race is still struggling to recover from a massive pandemic flu some 40 years previously. When an independent prospector on Saturn’s moon Titan discovers an alien artifact, assumptions that we are alone in the universe are called into question. Knowing that news of such a discovery could prompt chaos on Earth, a small team is sent to investigate and hopefully manage the situation. What they find is that there’s more to human history, and human abilities, than any of them ever imagined. And that they will need all those insights, and all those abilities, to face the greatest threat yet to human survival.

Altered States

by Paul J. Newell

Psychologists have devised tests to determine whether people can detect lies. The tests are given to policemen, customs officers, trial lawyers and a whole bunch of other professionals who should have a knack for spotting deception. On average they score bang on fifty per cent. No better than chance.

But sometimes, every now and then, someone scores off the charts.

What is it they see that we miss?
What more is there to see that they miss?
Ever wished you could read someone’s mind?
Ever wished you could alter someone’s mind?
Be careful what you wish for…

Aaron Braunn has a talent for mind games. A talent that makes him a useful kind of guy to have around. Unfortunately, the kind of people who want to have him around never seem to have good intentions. His only option is to die. But he can only play dead for so long, before new discoveries about his past force him back to the surface again. Into the biggest mind game yet. Into a world driven by lies, love … and leading labels.

Little Girls Lost

by Jonah Paine

There’s a killer loose on the streets. He’s waiting, he’s watching, and one cop stands between him and the young women he would make his prey.

Detective Sam Patton is barely holding it together. His marriage a shambles, burned out on the work, he’s barely holding it together.

The city is depending on him, though. The body of a beautiful teenager is fished from a local river, and soon Sam finds himself on the trail of a killer who is as perplexing as he is savage.

Many investigations break down when there are too few clues. But what happens when you have too many?

To catch a killer who is always one step ahead, Sam must draw on every bit of experience he’s accumulated and follow a twisting trail back to the killer before another girl pays the price.

Billy And Monster: The Superhero With Fart Powers

by David Chuka

illy and Monster love going to school as they learn so much stuff like the planets in outer space, counting to twenty-seven and spelling chewing gum. However, most afternoons, school get’s a bit boring and they both end up sleeping in class. At such moments Billy wishes he could be a superhero!

If he was a superhero, Billy could save stray cats from trees, help old ladies across the street and make sure his class had a constant supply of chocolate. He could also count on Monster to confuse the bad guys with his fart powers!

One day at a fancy dress party, Billy and Monster come in contact with a thief whose been stealing people’s jewelry.

Will they let him get away or will their superhero powers save the day?

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