Need Something to Read this Weekend?

Have a 3-day weekend coming up and nothing planned? How about curling up with a good (virtual) book? I have two free Kindle book promotions starting tomorrow. Why not grab a copy?

For fans of fantasy adventure who have time to jump into a novel, why not curl up with Emprise?

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Emprise is the standalone follow-up to Discovery and Awakening, the first two books of The Stream series. It’s full of adventure, laughter, spirituality, and romance.

Sixteen-year-old Charlie is hunting creatures trying to have a normal life. It would be easier were he not tasked with hunting carnivorous rabbits, rapidly evolving dragons, and much more dangerous creatures from the world of dreams, The Stream. Something is destroying the gateway that separates dreams from reality and life from the afterlife. Only Charlie and his best friend, Robin can save the universe from chaos, and the dark enemies determined to bring it about.

There is another complication — Robin has begun to realize that she’s falling in love with Charlie, just when he no longer seems interested. Both teens’ worlds are about to get very complicated. Follow them through a fantastic, spiritual journey through worlds of mythical creatures, powerful beings from the Heaven Plane, to Africa, and back to small-town Virginia, where the multiverses seem destined to collide.

Emprise will be free tomorrow, 16 January 2014 through 17 January 2014.

For those of you who don’t have time to (or interest in) reading an entire novel, I’m offering my short story collection, The Juice and Other Stories for free, starting tomorrow, 16 January, through Monday, 20 January. There’s something here for everyone.

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The Juice and Other Stories brings together a collection of 13 tales of romance, science fiction, urban fantasy, and suspense from the imaginative author of The Stream trilogy and the Sci Fi adventure, Hard as Roxx.

In “Remembering,” beings from another world find themselves herded along their own trail of tears. Their leader, Tofray, has the unenviable job of remembering their stories and their suffering. “Mrs. What’s-Her-Name” details a woman’s struggle to regain her memory, and her life, after a devastating brain injury. In “The Juice,” a woman of the street searches for her next client, and promises him surprises. “The Clown Man” visits a beautiful child’s dreams and turns them to nightmares; however, Cruz, a dream walker, is there, and he means to keep the girl safe.

The novelette “Manhattan Transference” details the story of Luce, a vaporous visitor from a dying planet, who must find the only robotics expert who can help save the alien race from destruction. Luce’s sun will go supernova soon, and without Dr. Roman’s help, all of Luce’s people will die with it. There is only one problem: Luce’s new human form, and the raw emotions that come with it. “Fool O’clock” details a stressful day in the life of Jim Pyle, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Fool Abatement, a government agency tasked with keeping the U.S. safe from fools of all sorts.

In the novelette “Days of the Never Was,” three pairs of arguing friends disappear into a strange fog bank and reemerge with their entire worlds turned upside down.

Other stories are “Crazy Magnet,” about an investigator with a gift for attracting crazy people; “He Ain’t Heavy,” a suspense story about twin brothers. “From the Black, the Blues,” Sci Fi romance about lovers from two time periods; “The Utopian / Dystopian Compass,” Sci Fi; “Reggie and Rocky Vs. Space Monsters from Beneath the Bed,” a contemporary fantasy starring 3 and 5-year-old dream walkers; and “Set Fire to the Rain,” an excerpt from Emprise.

Note: Some stories contain adult language and situations.

If you’re interested, but don’t own a Kindle, don’t worry. Amazon offers free Kindle software for the PC, Mac, and iPad. Links to download can be found on the sidebar to the right of this page.

Emprise Re-released

I have re-released Emprise, having tightened up the first few chapters. I really like the book, but was unhappy with the execution of the opening. To celebrate its release, the eBook will be free this weekend, starting at midnight pacific time (UTC -8).

I hope you check Emprise out. If you don’t buy “fantasy” because you hate “Dungeons and Dragons” and “Lord of the Rings” and others of that ilk, but you would like a nice retreat from reality with people you like, this is the book for you. Sixteen-year-old Charlie is hunting creatures trying to have a normal life. It would be easier were he not tasked with hunting carnivorous rabbits, rapidly evolving dragons, and much more dangerous creatures from the world of dreams, The Stream. Something is destroying the gateway that separates dreams from reality and life from the afterlife. Only Charlie and his best friend, Robin can save the universe from chaos, and the dark enemies determined to bring it about.

You can find excerpts of Emprise here, here, and here.

You can find the book by clicking on the cover shot below.

Emprise, coming ... eventually
Take the journey.

Giveaway

I’m doing another giveaway for those in the U.S. This time, I’m giving away 5 copies of The Juice and Other Stories. In truth, it’s partly to promote the book, and partly because I have 5 copies that were printed before I made a minor change to the book. (The lettering on the spines were printed slightly aslant. In any case, drop by Goodreads if you’re interested in grabbing a copy.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Juice and Other Stories by Bill Jones Jr.

The Juice and Other Stories

by Bill Jones Jr.

Giveaway ends October 24, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Excerpt from “Juice”

Here’s a brief excerpt from the title story to my short story anthology, The Juice and Other Stories. It’s free today on Amazon.com. There’s a paperback version too, which contains 2 bonus stories. You can pick it up on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

THE JUICE

They are at her four-story walk up. Her movements are deliberate, and her palms are dank against the steadying support of the dirty walls. He is behind her, panting, though likely not from exertion – not yet. She stops at the head of the stairs, unzips her leather skirt, and lets it fall. Without turning, she steps over it, leaving it for her suitor. She is nude from the waist down, except heels, and proceeds down the short hallway, allowing the feminine undulation of her hips to hypnotize him. She does not turn, but hears his breathing deepen. There is a small groan as he stoops to recover her clothing. They smell like her – and that is still enough. Two more strides and she drops her short jacket, and he is panting now.

As the door opens, he rushes her, inflamed with her, unthinking. She is nude as she hits the bed, although she does not remember his removing the remainder of her garments. He attempts a kiss, but receives only admonishment. She does not love him; she only loves his juice. Within seconds, his hands, his lips, his tongue are on her, ravishing her, giving her body brief quakes of pleasure. It is unexpected, from this unassuming minivan, but he is skilled, and for the first time in many such exchanges, she takes pleasure from his advances.

Angie tries to speak encouragements, but her words are slurred and incomprehensible. It matters not – he speaks to her body, to the sweat beneath her breasts, to the firmness of her hips, and to her neck. At the touch of his tongue to her throat, the ecstasy takes her – none but Threatt has had her neck, and the remembrance of love cracks her clouded mind. She grasps him, spins him beneath her without releasing his embrace, and returns the kiss to his neck.

Together, they scream, she with passion, he in brief pain, as her teeth slip within his quivering skin. He tenses, draws away, but she pulls him back and begins to suck in earnest. “It’s okay baby, she says, “It’ll only hurt for a minute.” His eyes roll back and he yields. His juice – finally the juice – begins to flow, and it comes in warm, sweet spurts, into her waiting mouth.

How ‘Bout Free, Yo?

If you have a computer or a Kindle, you can be reading my short story collection for free! Free today on Amazon: The Juice & Other Stories – romance, Science Fiction, fantasy fiction, horror, and romance short stories! Just click on the book cover to go to Amazon and get your copy.

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Um. Why are you still here?

No Kindle? We don’ need no estinkin’ Keendle. Amazon has free Kindle emulation software. It’s a good as a Kindle, but no squinty eyes required. Read your short stories computer size. Even better, you can tell Amazon to deliver to your computer as easily as a Kindle.

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