Our friends over at Nightshade Books are giving everyone three free books for the holiday. I already have two of them, from past giveaways, but still found one to add to my TBR list. First, the Amazon links (for synopsis and links to read reviews), then the instructions to get the book follow.
Agatha H. and the Airship City ($7.99 Kindle), by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio.
The Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare. It has been eighteen years since the Heterodyne Boys, benevolent adventurers and inventors, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Today, Europe is ruled by the Sparks, dynasties of mad scientists ruling over — and terrorizing — the hapless population with their bizarre inventions and unchecked power, while the downtrodden dream of the Hetrodynes’ return.
At Transylvania Polygnostic University, a pretty, young student named Agatha Clay seems to have nothing but bad luck. Incapable of building anything that actually works, but dedicated to her studies, Agatha seems destined for a lackluster career as a minor lab assistant. But when the University is overthrown by the ruthless tyrant Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, Agatha finds herself a prisoner aboard his massive airship Castle Wulfenbach — and it begins to look like she might carry a spark of Mad Science after all.
Of Blood and Honey ($7.99 Kindle), by Stina Leicht.
Liam never knew who his father was. The town of Derry had always assumed that he was the bastard of a protestant — his mother never spoke of him, and Liam assumed he was dead. But when the war between the fallen and the fey began to heat up, Liam and his family are pulled into a conflict that they didn’t know existed. A centuries old conflict between supernatural forces seems to mirror the political divisions in 1970’s era Ireland, and Liam is thrown headlong into both conflicts! Only the direct intervention of Liam’s real father, and a secret catholic order dedicated to fighting “The Fallen” can save Liam… from the mundane and supernatural forces around him, and from the darkness that lurks within him.
The Emperors Knife ($7.99 Kindle), the first title in the Tower and Knife series by Mazarkis Williams.
There is a cancer at the heart of the mighty Cerani Empire: a plague that marks each victim with a fragment of a greater design. Geometric patterns spread across the skin, until the victim dies in agony or becomes a Carrier, doing the bidding of an evil intelligence.
The lost prince Sarmin, the emperor’s only surviving brother, lies locked in a hidden room. As the pattern draws closer to the palace he is at last remembered: now he awaits a bride, Mesema, a Windreader from the northern plains. She is accustomed to riding free across the grasslands and finds the Imperial Court stifling, but she soon realizes the politicking is not a game. It is in deadly earnest.
Eyul, the imperial assassin, is burdened by the atrocities he has committed. As commanded, he bears the emperor’s Knife to the desert in search of a cure for the pattern-markings.
As long-planned conspiracies boil over into open violence, the enemy moves towards victory. Now only three people stand in his way: a lost prince, a world-weary killer, and a young girl from the steppes who saw a path in a pattern once, among the waving grasses.
To get your free books, follow these directions:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and you’ll receive an auto response from us with a username, password and link to our download site where you’ll be able to download the .epub or .mobi files of some of our most exciting and appropriately scrumptious titles.
You’ll get a link back almost immediately via email (they’ve apparently set up a responder bot, rather than processing by hand, as has happened in the past). Click the link in the email and then on the web page that opens, you’ll find both Mobi and EPUB download links for all three books. After you click the first link, you’ll be promoted for the username and password in your email message; after that, the books download immediately upon clicking.