My short story, Earth Mother, is free for the Kindle for one day only this month (Tuesday 8/6/2013). It is one of the eight short stories in my Book of Dreams Second Edition: Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Short Stories which is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions. You can download the story free on August 6 by clicking on the cover below. (For readers outside of the U.S., the story is also available free of charge at your local amazon site on 8/6/2013.)
A mysterious visitor from another world wakes a young, ambitious woman in the middle of the night to deliver an intriguing offer after nearly frightening her to death. He explains that his race is dying as women in his distant world are no longer able to carry embryos of their species to term. If she is willing to serve as a surrogate mother for an embryo for an accelerated gestation period of a few weeks, he promises to return to take away the child and to bestow upon her the gift of telepathy for the remainder of her life in exchange for her service. As an added bonus, the embryo will provide a boost to her immune system that will make her virtual impervious to all disease for the rest of her life. If she accepts, will her dreams finally be realized, or will she live to regret her choice?