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Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for May 17, 2024

Reading Time: 9 minutes We read the first few chapters of each of the top five free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a witch who makes robots die when they get near her, space battles, and a spoiled rich woman who’s kidnapped when the elf slaves rebel.

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Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for May 10, 2024

Reading Time: 12 minutes We read the first few chapters of each of the top five free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a no-nonsense small town cop taking on werewolves, a private eye specializing in cheating spouses pulled into a magical war, and a servant forced to pretend to be a prince.

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Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for May 3, 2024

Reading Time: 10 minutes We read the first few chapters of each of the top five free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a sexy horned alien, two apocalyptic events, and two different maids living in fantasy worlds.

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Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for April 26, 2024

Reading Time: 10 minutes We read the first few chapters of each of the top five free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes shifters and warlocks, vampires and hellhounds, faerie cities, and a magical princess about to enter into an arranged marriage.

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Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for April 19, 2024

Reading Time: 12 minutes We read the first few chapters of each of the top five free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a mysterious bookshop, cursed swans, and two different books based on the Hades and Persephone myth.

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Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for April 12, 2024

Reading Time: 12 minutes We read the first few chapters of each of the top five free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a college student who makes things explode with her mind, a vampire killer stalking the streets of London, and two complete series box sets.

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Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for April 5, 2024

Reading Time: 11 minutes We read the first few chapters of each of the top five free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes an EMP apocalypse, a time-travel romance, a sexy ice giant, and a gun-toting human trapped in a distant part of the galaxy.

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Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for March 29, 2024

Reading Time: 10 minutes We read the first few chapters of each of the top five free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a deadly plague, a sexy alien, and a space opera with a kick-ass female lead and a creepy alien menace.

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Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for March 22, 2024

Reading Time: 10 minutes We read the first few chapters of each of the top five free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a Scottish time traveler, an immortal vampire warrior and Spartacus’s daughter.

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MetaStellar is Accepting Flash Fiction Submissions for Spring 2024!

Reading Time: 2 minutes The spring 2024 submission cycle for original speculative fiction runs from March 1st and closes at midnight on March 31st. We’re looking for your best enthralling, imaginative, or bone-chilling original fiction stories of 1,200 words or fewer. Please visit our flash fiction submission page for full details and the online submission form. Accepted authors will

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Writing Advice of the Week: The Craft is in Drafts

Reading Time: 11 minutes When you write your first draft, you’re telling yourself the story, as you need to hear it, to make the best sense of it. That first draft is typically when you learn about your main character’s goals and motivations, the barriers or villains that hinder their success, and what the ultimate stakes are if they don’t succeed. You also meet the rest of the cast and get to know them, understand them, see them moving about in your story world. But when you tell your story to your reader, you begin to uncover what the reader needs.

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Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Feb. 23, 2024

Reading Time: 10 minutes We read the first few chapters of each of the top five free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a paranormal police department, mermaids and dragons, Greek mythology, and a space opera in which humans are fighting against an invading alien force — from within.

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Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Feb. 16, 2024

Reading Time: 10 minutes We read the first few chapters of each of the top five free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a sexy fae king and his mate, a seductive fae king, forbidden romance between a princess and a barbarian, a trip back in time to ancient Alexandria, and a group of outcast marines who must save humanity and the galaxy.

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Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Feb. 2, 2024

Reading Time: 10 minutes We read the first few chapters of each of the top five free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes an alien romance, a paranormal romance, a box set from one of our favorite romantic fantasy series, and a sci-fi book about tourists traveling to alternate Earths.

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Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Jan. 19, 2024

Reading Time: 9 minutes We read the first few chapters of each of the top five free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes magic, time travel, EMP apocalypses, and mysterious ancient artifacts.

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Writing Advice of the Week: Writing is an Act of Bravery

Reading Time: 11 minutes When writing your book, it’s easy to get bogged down by craft and stylistic advice, storytelling methods, and research on genre conventions, structural maps, reader trends, and more. But if you’re writing a book, especially if this is your first book, it may be best to put away the advice while you’re getting that first draft down on paper.

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