Smoke and Mirrors: Blackhollow Academy Book 1, by Jess Haines. (Still 0.99?)

"The story follows this evolution of Kimberly, from a timid, student, pretend Magi, into someone who recognises her magic as a sorcerer is not the dreaded thing she has been made to believe by the magi. Of course, along the way there is plenty of excitement and danger and a love story between her and Cormac. I can't wait to see what happens next in the Blackhollow Academy series." -- Amazon Reviewer

A girl who uses her illusions to fool the world into thinking she's just like all the other magi.

A dragon who sees through her lies.

Together they just might survive a world that wants to control or destroy them both.

Kimberly may wield ultimate cosmic power, but even a mage has to pay the rent. No one will hire her for her magic talents until she's got the credentials, so she's stuck in a crappy rent controlled apartment with her mother, yearning for treats she can't afford at her part time job in a café, counting down the days until she graduates the secret Blackhollow Academy school for magi. Only then will she have the certificate she needs to land her dream job in a coven.

The problem? She needs a familiar to graduate.

As an illusionist, she doesn't have the ability to summon or create a familiar of her own. Her only option is to convince a supernatural creature to let her bind it instead. Since having a powerful Other at her beck and call would guarantee her a place in a coven after she graduates-and legendary treasure hoards are an added bonus-she thinks binding a dragon as her familiar will solve all her problems...

Because sometimes a girl needs a dragon, not a knight.

321 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 59 reviews.

Wish in One Hand (Once Upon a Djinn Book 1), by B.E. Sanderson. (Still 0.99?)

"Great voice and characterization in this fun, unique urban fantasy by B.E. Sanderson. The main character is strong-willed and snarky, which is right up my alley. I don't know a lot about djinn (genies), so this was really fun. There's a great array of supporting characters. Recommended for fantasy lovers who like kickass characters and a fun, fast-paced read." -- Amazon Reviewer

Jo Mayweather has one mission - to save her fellow genies from those three little wishes. A supernatural killer has other ideas, and now she's not sure if she can even save herself.


'Be careful what you wish for.'

In hindsight, Jo Mayweather should've taken those words seriously back in 1926. Of course, spoiled brat, flapper-girl that she was, Jo probably would've made the not-so-clever wish that turned her into a genie anyway.

Being endowed with phenomenal power may have its perks but, for the most part, life's been a pain in her tiny hiney. After running into a 'slash first, ask questions never' genie, her problems only worsen. Some demented thing is making wishes that can't be granted and djinn are dying. Now, instead of freeing her brethren from their bonds, Jo has a killer to neutralize.

If she'd kept her mouth shut ninety years ago, she wouldn't be in this mess. But she's got a job to do despite some reject from a bad B-movie trying to ruin everything she's worked so hard for. Too bad this time doing her job might get her killed.

Or worse-enslaved again.

408 pages, with a 5-star rating from 6 reviews.

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No Game for a Dame (Maggie Sullivan Mysteries Book 1), by M. Ruth Myers. (Still free?)

"I could use a dozen more mysteries with detective Maggie Sullivan on my reading table. She's tough, gritty - and totally engaging. I read the whole book in one sitting, then re-read it just to catch anything I'd missed! I especially liked the feel of the 1930s, and the believable characters and dialogue, and the background of World War II." -- Amazon Reviewer

A .38, a nip of gin and sensational legs get Depression-era private investigator Maggie Sullivan out of most scrapes - until a stranger threatens to bust her nose, she's hauled in on suspicion of his murder and she finds herself in the cross-hairs of a crime boss with connections at City Hall.

Moving through streets where people line up at soup kitchens, Maggie draws information from sources others overlook: The waitress at the dime store lunch counter where she has breakfast; a ragged newsboy; the other career girls at her rooming house.

Her digging gets her chloroformed and left in a ditch behind the wheel of her DeSoto. She makes her way to an upscale bordello and gets tea - and information - from the madam herself.

A gunman puts a bullet through Maggie's hat. Her shutterbug pal on the evening paper warns her off. A new cop whose presence unsettles her thinks she's crooked. Before she finds all the answers she needs, she faces a half-crazed man with a gun, and a far more lethal point-blank killer.

If you like Robert B. Parker's hard boiled Spencer series and strong women sleuths, don't miss this one-of-a-kind Ohio detective from a time in United States history when dames wore hats -- but seldom a Smith & Wesson.

280 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 496 reviews.

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Discern (Katon University Book 1), by Andrea Pearson. (Still free?)

"An exciting read in a world like ours with an interesting twist. Cute and fun with action, romance and suspense...oh and of course magic. A great read. Andrea has such a wonderful imagination and she does not disappoint with this series." -- Amazon Reviewer

Nicole Williams is an Arete-a fourth child with magical abilities-yet no matter how hard she tries, she can't Channel her power. In fact, she seems to be the only student at Katon University who fails at magic.

This doesn't stop her from competing to be included on a university-led expedition to Arches National Park. She is determined to show everyone, but mostly herself, that she does belong. Yet, to qualify for the trip, she must produce at least a speck of Wind magic, and that appears to be impossible.

Nicole turns to her best friend, Lizzie, for help, along with fellow student Austin Young, who is considered by all a magical rarity. He also happens to be the hottest guy on campus and just might be interested in her.

As the competition progresses, Nicole wonders if she's making the right choice-especially when she learns that the strange fossils they'll be studying in Arches might not be as dead as everyone thinks.

If you'd like to receive Praxis Novellas (the second book in this series) for free as well, you can grab a copy at the author's website here: Enjoy!

What readers are saying:
"Wow! Original, classic fantasy. This series is simply captivating! Once I started, I couldn't put the book down."

"This story was a pleasant surprise. Exciting and full of intrigue. Totally different take on magic. Loved the characters, even the (purposefully) annoying ones."

257 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 214 reviews.

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