Magnificent March Spec Fic Freebies!

Thanks for dropping by the SpecFic Authors Collective. Most stories below will be available for free starting March 25 for a limited time. Please visit each author's website for more great works. If you enjoyed what you've sampled here, a review at Amazon and Goodreads would be fantastic. Again, thanks for reading!

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A desperate dream. An aging priest’s confession. 
A child’s last prayer.

     The priest heard the sheriff leave and the girl enter her side of the confessional.
     “Father?” she asked in a whisper.
     Confidence flooded Elias’s veins. Here was a frightened soul needing assurance. Here was his duty. “Yes, my child? Do you wish to make a confession?”
     Silence met his anticipation and disassembled it.
     “No, Father,” the girl said, her voice bold now, urgent. “I’ve come to ask you to help me clean.”

Inspired by Hugh Howey's world of Wool, The Last Prayer by Lyndon Perry features...

...A Different Silo, A Different Threat: In the post-apocalypse, society continues in underground silos, kept safe from the toxic world above by a simple hatch door and a strict set of rules. For generations, an oligarchy of priests and politicians preserved their standing while the common workers lived in ignorance. When a young girl starts speaking of heaven as if it were just outside, the rigid caste system begins to crack. Sides are quickly drawn. The only thing preventing a violent upheaval is an old priest's confession and the child's last prayer. But will such simple faith be enough to save them all?

Free March 25 and then available for only 99 cents!

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Saul Book I: Forgiveness

In the not too distant future, the state imposes Christian uniformity and vigorously roots out and destroys any form of heresy. The shadowy Bureau of Unorthodox Religion and Nonbelief (BURN) carries on a clandestine war against dissenters, relying heavily on state-sponsored assassinations. Saul Book I: Forgiveness tells the story of one BURN assassin and his life-changing, supernatural encounter with a heretic courier before and after death.




Free March 25 - 29. Available for only 99 cents thereafter!


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Captain Quasar's heroic services are requested by the governor of a backward moon colony terrorized by a local bully. After brushing up on his westerns and practicing a smooth quick-draw with his Cody 52 Special, Quasar transports to the surface to find out he was told only half the story...

Episode 4 in the Captain Quasar Chronicles

Available for free on Smashwords with this coupon code: ZN85H


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The Armageddon Machine

An SF novella in the golden age tradition.

The last, battered remnant of the feared Draconian starfleet limps through space, shadowed by ships of the victorious Million Star worlds. But the Draconian ship is still a terrible threat: it is the Draconian's final weapon, a device that can trigger the cascading collapse of space/time itself.

Mackenzie, in charge of the Million Star fleet, fears what will happen if he attempts to destroy the device. Then, one of the semi-mythical Xin ancients arrives on his ship, suggesting a plan that appears to endanger all of reality. In the final battle with the Draconians, Mackenzie must decide whether to trust the Xin. The fate of the universe itself hangs on his actions ...
Mackenzie watched the universe end. It was beautiful, like a flower closing up for the night. Stars and planets swirled inwards, spiralling around and down, faster and faster, collapsing into an infinitesimal particle. As silent as the sunset. The more space/time that was pulled in, the more massive the particle became and the more gravity it exerted on what remained of the universe.

The point of no-return had already been passed. It was inevitable now that all of creation would reduce down to a single point. He wondered how it was he was able to watch without being affected. That couldn’t be right. But it was surely only a matter of time. And what did that mean since time as well was being destroyed?

The scale shifted outwards. Now whole galaxies, super-clusters of galaxies, were being sucked in. The rate of collapse increasing exponentially, the end of everything suddenly at hand. And then what? Would there be another Big Bang, the start of a pristine, virgin universe? Still he was outside, remote from it all ... 

Free to download March 25th - 29th. Grab it now, before the universe ends...

   

'A beautiful story of trust and hope in dark times ... a masterful, compelling work, with deep themes underlying it that brush against life, eternity, and the meaning of existence.' (Keesa Renee DuPres, Tangent)

From special guest author Anthony J. Rapino:



A collection of 19 stories, and a couple of surprises.

Moon Hill is a forgotten place that few purposely visit, and even less leave. Once you arrive, the deep dark of the forest creeps into your mind and will not relent. Strange flowers that grow from deer carcasses, murderous lunatics, talking ravens, wriggling parasites that induce eruptive confessions, and demons of every variety: they all live here too.

Even so, the residents of Moon Hill can feel, beyond the fear and distress, that this land is special and they are lucky to live here. Most everyone feels that way right up until the day they come a little too close to the magic of this place. When dusk's light leaks through their carefully locked doors and rips holes in their minds.

Then, they pray for release.

Available for free on Amazon March 25 - 29.