(Editor’s Note: Every once in a while the planets align perfectly and we have a perfect match between the latest free book and a great sponsoring title, and today’s match couldn’t possibly be better. If you’re attracted by The New World and the Chaos Walking trilogy, I humbly submit that you are going to be enchanted by Jason Letts’ Powerless series, and I am happy to present the first two titles for your consideration today. –S.W.)
The first title in the series, Powerless: The Synthesis, won the Webb Weaver 2010 Writer’s Competition, where the judges were “entranced by the writer’s ability to bring together this unlikely group of kids.” The story is a roller-coaster ride filled with lots to discover in an ever-expanding world, a set of diverse characters, and their deepest hopes and aspirations. If you like stories with plenty of dramatic twists and spirited intensity, it’ll have you falling in love with a brand new series and begging for more!
As one of the book’s many 5-star reviewers wrote, “a truly great Young Adult novel holds an appeal to all ages, not just the young adult audience that it caters to.” She concluded that Powerless: The Synthesis achieved that goal beautifully, and apparently some early reviewers of the series’ just-published second book, Powerless: The Shadowing feel that the series just got even better. Between the two books, 23 of 26 reviewers have awarded 4 or 5 stars.
Each book is nicely priced at $2.99 in the Kindle Store, and each comes with text-to-speech enabled. Here’s the set-up for each:
Powerless: The Synthesis by Jason Letts
Mira Ipswich couldn’t have ever known the startling difference that separates her from the rest of humanity. But when she discovers a strange anomaly in the midst of her seclusion, her parents are forced to reveal she exists in a world where everyone is imbued with a wondrous natural gift. Everyone except herself that is. Accompany Mira as her attempts to fit in among peers and understand her inconceivable condition embroil her with the dangerous forces threatening her homeland. Protected by nothing more than her imagination and ingenuity, you’ll never find a superhero more like you. Powerless: The Synthesis is approximately 89,000 words long.
Powerless: The Shadowing by Jason Letts
In book two of the Powerless series, Mira and her friends must endure a period of apprenticeship, known as The Shadowing. This is their last chance to prepare themselves before they are thrust into the mysterious war, which no one seems to know anything about. While Vern, Aoi, Will, and Roselyn seek out pre-arranged mentors to help them develop their unique magical abilities, Mira—the only one without a power—sets off in search of the brilliant author of her science manuals, Flip Widget, who she learns was the doctor at her birth. For all they have to fear that waits for them in the future, they will find that the troubles they prepare for are much closer at hand than they think. Powerless: The Shadowing is approximately 84,000 words long.
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The New World is a story-length Kindle Exclusive prequel that sets the stage for the world you will discover in The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men, each of which is now available for pre-order at Kindle-appropriate prices in the Kindle Store. (Order them now and they will be delivered automatically to your Kindle or Kindle App on October 18, but between now and then you’ll have plenty of time to read this free copy of the prequel, which runs 589 locations).
The New World
by Patrick Ness – Kindle Price: $0.00 – Text-to-Speech: Enabled
Kudos to indie publisher Candlewick Press in my neighboring town of Somerville for working with Amazon to nail the perfect Kindle-appropriate process of bringing out a new sci-fi/fantasy/YA series for Kindle readers!
by Peggy Webb
4.2 out of 5 stars (9 customer reviews) – Kindle Price: $0.00 Text-to-Speech: Enabled
They say you can’t get to Heaven without passing through the Eternal Rest Funeral Home. And no one gets into Eternal Rest without passing muster with Elvis-the basset hound who’s convinced he’s the reincarnation of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Brewing up a big ol’ pitcher of Mississippi mystery, Peggy Webb’s delightful new series is as intoxicating as the Delta breeze.
by Charlie Carillo
4.5 out of 5 stars (79 customer reviews) – Kindle Price: $0.00 – Text-to-Speech: Enabled
The best kind of journey, one you don’t want to end…funny, moving.-Mike Lupica, New York Times bestselling author of Heat In Charlie Carillo’s funny, insightful novel, a divorced man gets to know his seventeen-year-old son in a tale that rewrites the book on quality time together. . . Sammy Sullivan is working his way down the ladder of success. Divorced and pushing fifty, his relationships have the longevity of a fruit fly. But how many men can get themselves fired and have their only son expelled from prep school all in one day? Now, after almost eighteen years, he and Jake may finally get to know each other. (That’s if his ex-wife–the super-achiever Sammy can only dream of being–doesn’t find out.) Jake knows virtually nothing about his roots. So, Sammy shows him the old neighborhood in the far reaches of Queens. But it’s been thirty years. The older woman Sammy lost his virginity to now uses a walker to get around. Most of his hangouts are long gone. It’s dreary, born-to-lose stuff. But Jake is on a mission. Wise beyond his (and his dad’s) years, he doesn’t want his father to miss out the second time around on the good things he blew the first time. And they’ve got a whole weekend together–a journey where Sammy will confront his, dysfunctional childhood and Jake will face a past he never knew he had. This isn’t your typical father-son story–one is still growing up. The other is his son. “In the tradition of Tom Perotta, Carillo explores the strength of the family bond, the power of forgiveness, and the hope that comes from embracing second chances. . .truthful, and hilarious.”–Alison Grambs, author of The Smart Girls Guide to Getting Even “I don’t like funny, touching novels because they make me wish I’d written them myself. I enjoyed Charlie Carillo’s book from beginning to end and now I’m miserable.”–Sherwood Kiraly, author of Diminished Capacity “A literary romp through the minefields of a totally normal, and totally abnormal, family. . . I actually laughed out loud and kept turning the pages to make absolutely sure that all worked out at the end.”–Cathy Lamb, author of Henry’s Sisters “Scathingly hilarious and truthful.”–Sally Jenkins
by Alan Jacobson – Kindle Price: $0.00 – Text-to-Speech: Enabled
Jacobson’s third novel (after False Accusations and The Hunted) has all the ingredients for a best-selling psychological thriller: strong female lead, multifaceted serial killer, compelling plot, and just enough secrets and surprises to keep the adrenaline racing. The hunt is on for the notorious Dead Eyes killer who is preying on young women. Karen Vail is a gritty yet vulnerable FBI profiler with a precarious personal life. As Vail and the task force pursue the serial killer, readers are drawn into the inner sanctum of a profiler while simultaneously privy to the killer’s crazed thoughts. The murders rapidly escalate, and Vail’s personal life is careening out of control, threatening to derail her investigation. When the killer strikes a seventh time, surprising revelations provide a shocking finale. The author’s seven years of study with the FBI’s profiling unit have helped him craft a riveting, authentically detailed thriller that will ensnare readers. Strongly recommended for all popular fiction collections.—Mary Todd Chesnut, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights
by Alan Jacobson – Kindle Price: $0.00 – Text-to-Speech: Enabled
Pre-order FREE now and this title will be auto-delivered to your Kindle on October 5, 2010.
Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author: “From the first page Velocity is as relentless as a bullet. Karen Vail is my kind of hero and Alan Jacobson is my kind of writer!”
Supervisory Special Agent Michael Upchurch, Drug Enforcement Administration (ret): “Jacobson captures the complexity of the mission faced by DEA, the threat posed to our country, and the constant danger our agents face battling members of international drug trafficking organizations. As someone who devoted his career to carrying out that mission, I can say first-hand that Velocity hits the target. Jacobson’s acquired a new fan.”
Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author: “Alan Jacobson writes with a firm hand, a strong voice, and fine eye for detail.”