January 2013: Four Free SF Gems

The Genehunter #3
The Clone who Didn't Know

A clONE death-squad catches up with Simms. But instead of killing him they give him a damn job. Which makes no sense at all.

Meanwhile, Simms starts to work the Boneyard case, without knowing what the hell Forty Days expect from him. He just needs to make sure neither Ballard nor clONE find out what he's up to.

Then he gets to meet up with Kelly again. And that's where it all goes completely wrong...

A Sci Fi cyberpunk novella set on an Earth slowly going to hell. The Clone who Didn't Know is the third of five science fiction stories following the adventures of Simms, genetic detective and all-round nice guy.

Free January 25 - 29:   

2 Strange Tales

Out of Time collects two "un-timely" tales.

In the first, "One More Tuesday," Josef finds himself trapped with only one way out -- and a life or death decision once he discovers how to free himself. In "Leap Day," Joan experiences a time distortion in her own apartment, and she must weave her knowledge of the past and future in order to survive the present.

9,000 words - Science Fiction

"One More Tuesday" originally appeared in Allegory
"Leap Day" originally appeared in Port Iris Magazine

Free January 25 - 29:   

Tapestries of Betrayal

Following your passions is not always a good idea.

Tapestries of Betrayal retells the Greek myth of Tereus, Procne, and Philomela, placing the characters in a medieval fantasy setting. Tereus can't resist the charms of his sister-in-law Philomela. He stops at absolutely nothing to sate his passions, but once he's satisfied, he stops short of murder, deciding instead to silence Philomela and keep her prisoner, at least for awhile. He tells his wife Procne that her sister is dead. Loose ends have a way of unraveling and loose threads sometimes weave together into a tale.

Like many Greek myths, this is a story of revenge and betrayal on multiple levels with brutality begetting greater acts of brutality as a lust for vengeance plays out its tragic consequences. If you're familiar with the traditional myth's ending, you'll find a new twist waiting for you at the end of Tapestries.

Free January 25 - 29:   

Ulemet and the Jaguar God

Deformed and misshapen at birth, Ulemet is ugly in a way that attracts second looks, but seldom pity. Cursed by her Olmec village elders and taunted by her people, she flees into the rainforest never to return. Rejected and alone, the young girl's only solace is her small jade carving of Uaxaca, the jaguar animal spirit she wagers will guard her as she makes her way to Tenochtitlán, the golden city of hope.

"Lyndon Perry delves into an ancient culture and discovers a courageous new heroine. Ulemet's journey is a heart-wrenching demonstration of the power of hope and endurance in the face of overwhelming adversity." - Fred Warren, author of The Muse and The Seer

Free January 25 - 26: