Handpicked Kindle Books for Sep 25 Judged by Their Covers

Today’s Picks – Best Handpicked Kindle eBooks – Fantasy Friday

Here are our eBook picks for Friday, September 25. Today we’re featuring books in the fantasy/horror/sci-fi genres.

Nemesis: Book One by David Beers

Genre(s): Sci-fi

She’s coming and there’s nothing anyone anyone can do about it… For a group of high school seniors, the world seems primed for the taking. Michael, Thera, Bryan, and Julie look up to a wide open sky full of stars shining like their hopes and dreams for the future. Until one night at a party, they watch a star fall from the dark. Michael and his friends soon discover that a star didn’t reach Earth. Something born of another planet did, a being that calls herself Morena — chased from her home and searching for a new one to birth her… (more)

Saving Mars by Cidney Swanson

Genre(s): Sci-fi

Save her brother or save her planet? When the food supply of Mars’ human settlement is decimated, seventeen-year-old Jessamyn Jaarda, the best pilot Mars Colonial has ever seen, flies to Earth to raid for food. Earth-Mars relations couldn’t be worse, and her brother is captured during the raid. Breaking rules of secrecy and no contact, Jess finds an ally in Pavel, nephew to a government official, but their friendship only makes more agonizing the choice before her: find her brother or save Mars? (379pp… (more)

Sin Eater : Dark Urban Fantasy Serial by Jessica West

Genre(s): Fantasy, Horror

From Award-Winning Author Pavarti K. Tyler and Speculative Fiction Author Jessica West, comes a Dark Urban Fantasy serial about evil, and the next step in its evolution.A Sin Eater who battles demons for souls A Priest who must protect what he most desires, even from himself,A rogue Romani mortician with an attitude, a secret, and a powerful weapon,And a Secret Order of the Church who knows more than they’re saying… Nikolai Grekh is the last Sin Eater. Born into a world rampant with demon possession, Nik struggles to keep Hell’s hordes from consuming the world, but… (more)

Qualify by Vera Nazarian

Genre(s): Sci-fi

You have two options. You die, or you Qualify.The year is 2047. An extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendants of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars in their silver ships to offer humanity help.But there’s a catch.They can only take a tiny percent of the Earth’s population back to the colony planet Atlantis. And in order to be chosen, you must be a teen, you must be bright, talented, and athletic, and you must Qualify.Sixteen-year-old Gwenevere Lark is determined not only to Qualify but to rescue her entire family.Because there’s a loophole.If you… (more)

The Best of C.L. Moore by C.L. Moore

Genre(s): Sci-fi

C.L. Moore broke new ground as one of the first female authors of science fiction, and was an undisputed pioneer of the genre. This stunning collection brings together her most imaginative and groundbreaking stories.With a special introduction by Lester Del Rey, one of the founders of the modern sci-fi/fantasy genre, this anthology includes C.L. Moore’s best-known and most beloved tales, including:SHAMBLEAU, Moore’s bizarre, imaginative, and wildly acclaimed debut, featuring space outlaw Northwest Smith and his meeting on Mars with a strange young lady whose turban hides a terrifying secret… BLACK GOD’S KISS, the debut of Jirel… (more)

To Buy A Wife: A Dystopian Romance Novel by KC Klein

Genre(s): Sci-fi, Romance

On a harsh future Earth where corruption rules and women are few, cold realist Hudson Land must purchase a wife to comply with the Elders’ laws and save his farm. Instead of an auction, he witnesses the start of an execution. With his first look at a beautiful woman in years, Hudson knows he has to have her–no matter the cost. Lake, a chemist and a rebel fighter, is resigned to her death, but when some back-hill farmer rescues her from the chopping block she has no intention of simply becoming his wife. She’s pledged her life to… (more)

Nefertiti’s Heart by A. W. Exley

Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical, Romance

Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and impetuousness, but tangling with a serial killer might cure that. Permanently.London, 1861. Impoverished noble Cara has a simple mission after the strange death of her father – sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when aristocratic beauties start dying of broken hearts, an eight inch long brass key hammered through their chests. A killer hunts amongst the nobility, searching for a regal beauty and an ancient Egyptian relic rumoured to hold the key to immortality.Her Majesty’s Enforcers are in pursuit of the murderer and they see a connection between… (more)

The Fifth Magic: Book One of the Artifacts of Power trilogy by Brian Rathbone

Genre(s): Fantasy

The stars have gone… Long dormant relics bask in the light of a hundred comets, restoring magics of a previous age. Objects inert for eons become dangers and tools no one can ignore. The use of these artifacts will put everything at risk; all the while providing the greatest opportunity for human advancement in history.No matter what happens to the people of Godsland, the dragons have plans of their own… (more)

Birthright by Rick Partlow

Genre(s): Sci-fi

Caleb Mitchell is a human weapon, engineered into a biologically enhanced killing machine in the war with the alien Tahni. The war is long over and now he just wants to live a normal life as a constable on his homeworld of Canaan… but his life is torn apart when a Corporate Council mineral scout comes to him with a tale of discovering incredibly advanced alien technology from the fabled race known only as the Predecessors. Someone in the monolithic, power-hungry Corporate Council doesn’t want that story to get out… and they’ll kill anyone to stop it, including Caleb… (more)

Scarecrows by Tom Upton

Genre(s): Horror

It is 1992 and evil has come to a quiet Wisconsin town. A strange summer storm settles over Winsome Lake, and with it the storm brings ancient evil spirits bent on death and destruction. The only one who realizes that everybody is in danger is Rich Seagrove, a Viet Nam veteran who suffers hallucinations, in whom nobody believes, not even his teen daughter, Radcliff, who has always suffered the shame of having a father who has become the town nutcase.When the evil spirits began their killing spree, and reanimating the dead bodies oftheir victims, Rich is the only one who… (more)

The Loyalty Tests by Kuronoshio

Genre(s): Fantasy, Sci-fi

Participation is compulsory. Time is limited. One survives.Victorious in the Second World War, Japan’s pan-Asian empire is ruled by the Technicians. Criminals, the mentally ill and the unpatriotic are rounded up to undergo personality adjustment, a brutal process in which one hundred people are forced to prove their loyalty by obeying a series of increasingly horrific orders. When Sakura Kobayashi is taken, she knows that her chances of survival are low as she struggles against a cynical system of mind-control, ethnic discrimination and state terror.Cut, kiss, kill, eat – sex, murder, betrayal.Failure to obey is punished by death. Only… (more)

Alien Hunters by Daniel Arenson

Genre(s): Sci-fi

The skelkrins. Predators from deep space. Creatures of claws, fangs, and unending malice. They swarm across the galaxy, slaying all in their path. Planets burn in their wake. And now they’re heading to Earth.Raphael “Riff” Starfire commands the Alien Hunters, a group of scruffy mercenaries. Galactic pest controllers, they mostly handle small critters–aliens that clog up your engine pipes, gnaw on your hull, or burrow through your silos.Riff and his crew have never faced anything like the skelkrins before. As these cosmic killers invade our solar system, will Riff be the one hunting aliens… or will aliens… (more)

A Strange Encounter by Steve Fellick

Genre(s): Sci-fi

Northern UK, winter 1991, 8:37pm. The monotony of the night shift at a military early warning radar station is broken by a loud alarm as a couple of UFOs are detected. They demonstrate operational capabilities far beyond anything that could have been built here on Earth. Major Dan Strange and Professor Lucy Compton from DI55 (Aerospace Intelligence) are called in to investigate. Neither of them could have imagined how the night would unfold… (more)

Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos

Genre(s): Sci-fi

The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to two thousand calories of badly flavored soy every day:You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service.With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off… (more)

The Kazak Guardians by Clem R. Daems

Genre(s): Sci-fi

If the Kazak Guardians had a recruiting poster, it would have read: WANTED: A select few insane men to fight professional Assassins with super-human abilities. Good medical plan provided.Because surviving the training program to graduation was dangerous, even the first challenge to gain entrance could get you killed. But training was the easy part. Staying alive afterward was the hard part. Kazaks guarded individuals whose lives were deemed critical to the security of the United States. These individuals attracted fanatics and the best professional Assassins money could buy–Liars who could tell lies you believed, Ghosts who could… (more)