Free Online Novel — Ember

I find the coolest things on Dionne Galace’s blog.  The latest cool thing I found is Ember, an online novel in progress at Bettie Sharpe’s site.  (Remember that name — you’ll probably be hearing a lot of it in the future, especially if you like romance novels with a bit of action and a bit of humor and a bit of supernatural stuff all mixed together.)  The novel contains strong language, sometimes heaps and heaps of it, as well as what Bettie refers to as “the sexin,” so click with caution.  Here is a description of the story:

Everyone loves Prince Charming. They have to—he’s cursed. Every man must respect him. Every woman must desire him. One look, and all is lost.

Ember would rather carve out a piece of her soul than be enslaved by passions not her own. She turns to the dark arts to save her heart and becomes the one woman in the kingdom able to resist the Prince’s Charm.

Poor girl. If Ember had spent less time studying magic and more time studying human nature, she might have guessed that a man who gets everything and everyone he wants will come to want the one woman he cannot have.

Charm is a curse. Love is a fire. This story is no fairytale.

Bettie’s site contains a blog, called Sharp Words, and she also has a book coming out in January ’08 called Like a Thief in the Night.  You can usually get updates to Ember on Dionne Galace’s site a few days before they appear on Bettie’s site if you’re jonesing for the next chapter.

Book of a Thousand Days

The letter for today, kiddies, is “B.”

I’m working my way through the alphabet, featuring one recently published novel for each letter.  Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale was released on September 18th, and it’s already at #871 on Amazon sales rank.  That’s incredible.  Many bestselling authors never break or even get near the top 1,000 mark on Amazon.

The book is based on a forgotten Brothers Grimm fairytale.  Becky of Becky’s Book Reviews had this to say about it:

“Book Of A Thousand Days is an exciting read about a maid, a lady, two suitors, mistaken identities, disguises, love, and war. Dashti, our narrator, is a maid to the Lady Saren. The two, when the book opens, are being locked away in a dark tower because of the lady’s refusal to marry the man her father has chosen…

I can’t really relate much more without giving away too much…but I must say that this book was INCREDIBLE. I loved the story, loved the characters, loved the plot twists, loved the ending.”

Read Becky’s entire review at her site.  The book is marketed as a novel for young adults but sounds like a good read for people of any age.