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Thursday’s ROMANCE Free and Bargain Books

First Year (The Black Mage Book 1) (FREE!)

First Year (The Black Mage Book 1) Magic. Romance. War. Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Falling Kingdoms, and Tamora Pierce.

Before the age of seventeen, the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice –pursue a trade or enroll in a trial year in one of the realm’s three war schools to study as a soldier, knight, or mage…

For fifteen-year-old Ryiah, the choice has always been easy. Become a mage and train in Combat, the most prestigious faction of magic.

Yet when she arrives, Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Everyone is rooting for her to fail–first and foremost among them is Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived.

Will Ry survive, or will her dream go down in flames?

*** The first book in The Black Mage series by USA Today bestselling author Rachel E. Carter. ***

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Apprentice (The Black Mage Book 2) (SAVE 94%)

Apprentice (The Black Mage Book 2) She survived a trial year at the Academy of Magic, but that was the easy part…

Now sixteen-year-old Ryiah is an apprentice of Combat, her school’s most notorious faction. When she finishes, she will be a war mage, but in order to do so, she has to survive four years traveling across Jerar, training with a master she hates, her old nemesis, Priscilla, and Prince Darren, her sometimes-rival sometimes… more?

Ry’s new apprenticeship is nothing like what she prepared for. War is on the horizon and her lessons aren’t just for practice anymore.

It’s time to fight.

*** The second book in The Black Mage series by USA Today bestselling author Rachel E. Carter. ***

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Lamb to the Slaughter (Serenity’s Plain Secrets Book 1) (SAVE 76%)

Lamb to the Slaughter (Serenity's Plain Secrets Book 1)“A well-crafted tale of murder begotten by the collision of two incompatible worlds.” -Kirkus Reviews


The death of a teenage Amish girl in a cornfield looks like an accident, but sheriff Serenity Adams suspects foul play. To solve the murder, she must investigate the nearby Amish community with the help of a man who was shunned years ago.
At first glance, the case seems obvious. The poor girl was probably accidently shot during hunting season, but when the elders of the Amish community and even the girl’s parents react with uncaring subdued behavior, Serenity becomes suspicious. As she delves deeper into the secretive community that she grew up beside, she discovers a gruesome crime from the past that may very well be related to the Amish girl’s shooting.

Serenity’s persistence leads her to a stunning discovery that not only threatens to destroy her blossoming romance with Daniel Bachman, but may even take her life in the end.

Lamb to the Slaughter is the fast-moving and gripping first book in SERENITY’S PLAIN SECRETS, an Amish-themed mystery/thriller series.


–“Lamb to the Slaughter was an easy, enjoyable read that I completely enjoyed. I was over the moon excited to hear that there will be more books in this series. Serenity and Daniel will solve cases involving Amish communities throughout the Midwest!” –Caffeinated Book Reviewer

–“I would HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend this one. I cannot find a single thing I disliked. From the mystery, the characters, and the writing this is a fantastic book! I was so excited to find out this is the beginning of a series…I cannot wait for book two!” –Lose Time Reading

–“This book HAD IT ALL!! Murder, mystery, forbidden romance and left you needing to read the next book in the series ASAP!! Loved this book! I give it 4.5 stars!” –Curling Up With a Good Book

–“From the prologue to the last chapters, Lamb to the Slaughter had me INSTANTLY HOOKED. Ms. Hopkins is a master at pacing and setting up her stories in a way that has readers connected to both the characters and the storyline…” –Love-Life-Read

–“The characters are COMPLEX and DIMENSIONAL, whether they have a large or smaller part to play in this story, and it really added such a richness that I enjoyed.” –Heather, Bewitched Bookworms Reviews

–“Karen Ann Hopkins has delivered with Lamb to the Slaughter, and I am hoping for a lot more Serenity Adams mysteries in the future. I LOVE the UNIQUENESS Karen Ann Hopkins brings to the mystery genre, and I will DEFIANTLY be reading more from her in the future.” –Unabridged Bookshelf

–“…The mystery remains a mystery until the very end…and I highly enjoyed getting to know Serenity, Daniel and the secretive Amish community.” –The Book Swarm

–“Lamb to the Slaughter is a MUST READ for fans of mystery novels. Karen Ann Hopkins made me a fan with her YA Temptation series, and she’s made me an even bigger fan with this murder mystery.”–Actin Up With Books

–“An INTRIGUING TALE full of mystery and suspense…LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER had me thinking and rethinking the entire time. 4 Suspenseful Stars!” –I Read Indie!

–“I’m so glad that this is going to be a series; because it’s one of the GREATEST MURDER MYSTERIES that I’ve read in a long time.” –Little Miss Drama Queen

–“Simply put, Karen Ann Hopkins takes her readers to a new level of Amish fiction and suspense…My 5 tree reviews are never given without a lot of thought. No questions asked, 5 it is.” –Deitre Helvey Owens, Once Upon a Twilight

–“Lamb to the Slaughter will keep you at the EDGE OF YOUR SEAT. Don’t miss this nail biting experience!!” –Her Book Thoughts

–“Lamb to the Slaughter is a STUNNINGLY SUSPENSEFUL read that will have you flipping pages long after bedtime…!” –Bittersweet Enchantment

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