Ilona Andrews will be posting pieces of CLEAN SWEEP for free reading each week. Cool! Free serial novel. Make sure you bookmark it or put in your RSS reader.
Be sure to check out the Free Reads section of Urban Fantasy Land. There’s free books for the Kindle and the Kobo.
Read the first four chapters of Kate Locke’s GOD SAVE THE QUEEN for free.
Kindle | Kobo
Cover Copy: Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist.
The undead matriarch of a Britain where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. A world where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy. And a world where technology lives side by side with magic. The year is 2012.
Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire. And she is the key-the prize in a very dangerous struggle.
This month, for those folks who registered their Kobo e-reader before March 31st, 2012, the Kobo Book Club has featured an urban fantasy title as one of the free books to choose from:
Description from Amazon: As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny. Until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and Sophie finds herself playing sidekick to detective Parker Hayes. Dodging ranging bloodsuckers, bad-tempered faires, and love-struck trolls is one thing. But when Sophie discovers parker isn’t what he seems, she’s only got one chance to figure out whom to trust. Because an evil hiding in plain sight is closing in…and about to make one wisecracking human it means to ultimate power.
Were you lucky enough to catch this free read?
* Twilight fans: Browse inside Robert Pattison: Eternally Yours, the unauthorized biography by Isabelle Adams
* “Cole Gets His Date – parts 1 – 3″ by Jennifer Rardin
* Comic: Killer Kittens From Beyond the Grave – “A scheming she-wolf stalks a dashing, young Mountie as he treks through the frigid Canadian wilderness to catch a fur-trappin’ murderer.”
* Comic: “The Werewolf of the Alps” from Horror from the Tomb #1. This is a story that wastes no time getting to the action. (The missing caption reads “I warned you about listing me second, Dave!”)
* Ilona Andrews posted the beginning of a novella-length UF.
* Excerpt: from New Tricks by John Levitt
Read chapter 1 from Dead and Gone, book 9 in the Sookie Stackhouse series, to be released May 5, 2009.
* Twilight Lady: an Urban Fantasy webcomic
* The Rat Catcher by Kate Rothwell
* “When the Music’s Over” by Jeri-Smith Ready’s character Jim.
* The Buried Pyramid by Jane Lindskold “In The Buried Pyramid, Jane Lindskold sends us on a marvelous ride through Ancient Egyptian myth, legend, and religion and leaves us enlightened and amazed. (You have to be a registered user of Tor.com, and logged in, in order to download this book.)”
* “When I was a Witch” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
* “The Daemon Wars” – Parts 1 & 2 by Jennifer Rardin
* “Fatal Error” by Michele Lang
“For a while now, I’ve wanted to write some short fiction set in the universe I explored in my book NETHERWOOD. I missed Talia and her outlaw lover, and I looked forward to revisiting their world.
I wanted to write about their first meeting, but I didn’t know any details, only that they met in cyberspace, in avatar form, and that danger surrounded them from the beginning. So I knew the characters, and the beginnings of the action. But the stuff I had didn’t have enough life yet to germinate into a story.
I found the seed of this story in a most unlikely place. Recently, I visited New York City, and in my wanderings I paused at Madison Square Park, near the Flatiron Building. An artist had installed a cluster of tree huts in the branches overhead, and as I looked way up and saw the huts half-hidden in the leaves, I knew I had found Talia’s portal into another, wilder world.
I now had three pieces of evidence to go on: the characters, the tree hut portal, and the title of the story. Those three “what if” fleeting thoughts cross-pollinated, and a spark shooting somewhere through the primordial soup of my brain brought it to life. And voila – “Fatal Error” was born.”
* Tanglefoot: A Story of the Clockwork Century by Cherie Priest [Steampunk]
“It is 1880. The American Civil War has raged for nearly two decades, driving technology in strange and terrible directions. Combat dirigibles skulk across the sky and armored vehicles crawl along the land. Military scientists twist the laws of man and nature, and barter their souls for weapons powered by light, fire, and steam.”
* 5 more free tales from John Joseph Adams’s The Living Dead:
“In Beauty, Like the Night” by Norman Partridge.
“Malthusian’s Zombie” by Jeffrey Ford.
“Sparks Fly Upward” by Lisa Morton.
“Followed” by Will McIntosh.
“Passion Play” by Nancy Holder.