Friday, July 29, 2011

FREEBIE FRIDAY (29 Jul 2011) #FridayReads #FF @Smashwords @Goodreads #reading

As has become custom in a very short time, before I jump into the freebies, it's Friday Meme Time with Tracy over at TopCat's Booked Up. This week, she's answering the meme question "What T-Shirt slogan best describes you?"and again, oddly enough, Tracy and I have the same answer: I don't usually wear tee shirts with slogans, sorry!

I have to admit, I do have a small handful of tee shirts with insignia or "branded" imagery on them and they are, actually, particularly near and dear to me. From my days on Shuttle, I have a couple of tee shirts with night launches on the back (I got xtra lg and so I can sleep in them) and I went to SIGGRAPH for 2 yrs in a row back in the 90s when I did web graphics and got those "con" shirts. I also sleep in them. I'm not saying what else I have or haven't slept in *haha*

And now, far more interesting than my sleepwear (I hope!) are this week's free Friday reads. This is the last weekend of the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale bonanza, so if you've missed any of the great titles offered for free this month, today's your last chance to find them. All of the previous titles (which are still in the promo) are arranged loosely in reverse order of how they were submitted and/or by genre. Coupon codes/instructions on how to get the book for free are immediately after the book's description.

Our first new entry is a dark one--and not just because the cover art is dark! Samsara (approx. 95820 words) is a Gothic Romance from Sara E. Collins.

Summer James knows how temporary life is, but she is about to discover that true love can transcend death when you find the one you are destined to be with forever.

When Summer James accidentally stumbles into the arms of the enigmatic Boden Phelan on her twenty first birthday, she is unaware that their first meeting is in fact a reunion.

Once the truth unfolds, her past life collides with her present one and Summer is forced to deal with a trail of consequences and doubts before she can begin her long awaited happily ever after.  NOTE: This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under.

Use coupon code SSWSF at checkout to get this book free (July 1-31, 2011)


Next up is a non-fiction entry, The Directionless Son of Brain (approx. 13338 words) by Saurabh Sharma.

Sometimes there comes a time in our life when we are absolutely directionless and depressed.Sometimes we don't even know why we feel this way ? We want to do something about it but we don't know what to do ? Our Parents, Family, Friends all are there to help us but we come to a stage where we hide our true sad and directionless selves from them by pretending to be happy.  This book is an attempt to come out of that state of absolute directionless-ness.


Use coupon code SSWSF at checkout to get this book free (July 1-31, 2011)


Our third new entry this last weekend of the Smashwords promo sale is from first-time author James Watson.

The Baker Village Science Club Monthly Meeting Minutes (approx. 11465 words) is the chronicle of the meets of the most counter-productive science club on the planet in minute form, as taken by the group’s enthusiastic, yet dim witted minute taker Kevin Lane. The Baker Village Science Club Monthly Meeting Minutes presents a bizarre and expletive-laden insight into the lives of a dysfunctional and bitter group of people with much better things to do.  NOTE: This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under.

Although this book is not part of the site-wide promo, you can still get it for free, today only, by using coupon code SH96S at checkout.

Next up is a non-Smashwords book you can still read for free! Petra (approx. words) is an unusual (non-formulaic) Historical Romance by Letitia Coyne. It actually sounded a little bit like a romantic fantasy novel to me!


Aya grew up as a scavenger, trailing the Bedouin caravans. Bought from the arena as a young man, his new life as Sethos, the adopted son of a wealthy Roman merchant, is stained by the stigma of his past.

Jaida was raised in luxurious slavery, destined to be a virgin oracle. When the fall of a dice brings her future into question, it is Sethos who must define freedom and slavery, life or liberty – for himself and for her. He has money, strength and cunning, and she has no more than her faith.

This book is priced as FREE. In fact, it would seem that Bibliotastic only "sells" free eBooks. You simply register with Bibliotastic and you can download the Kindle (MOBI), Nook/Apple (EPUB) or PDF file in seconds.


Back on the Smashwords site-wide promo, I've selected a book myself that I thought sounded interesting. I haven't read it but it definitely is getting added to my Kindle reader home page TBR list. Kiss on the Bridge (approx. 53741 words) by Mark Stewart, caught my eye for two reasons.

One, it's set in the 1970s, which is an unusual time period in which to set a book (but was the time of my vibrant teenaged years). Second, the description (below) immediately told me the author was from Australia and I wondered how he perceived the USA of the 1970s (versus how I lived it.

Granted, I grew up in Boston's western suburbs and this book is set in America's Deep South (which I'm interested to see an Aussie interpret!) but America in the 70s was a place undergoing vibrant change. More authors of literary fiction should latch onto the period as it was a time when almost anything could (and did) happen! Oh and there's a third reason: it sounds like a really sweet, "feel good" story. Can we ever have enough of those in the world?

How would you react if a tall handsome stranger came up to you on new-years-eve and asked for a kiss? Cyclone Tracy made land fall in Darwin on 25th December 1974 at 9:55am desecrating Darwin. After Tracy had swept the state there was nothing left except this story. Out of the ruins love sparked and mushroomed between Anneli and Wade. They were destined to meet and tell their story for decades to come.

This book is currently priced as FREE and, therefore, requires no coupon code.


This short story, A Stray Hand (approx. 3700 words) by Lee Harlem Robinson will excite your imagination.

Jennifer and Kim share a house with their friend Jack in trendy Shoreditch, but they need a fourth room mate to help pay the rent. Enter Lee, who shakes up the lives of the long-term couple. Will Jennifer be able to resist the temptation?

NOTE: This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under.


This book is currently priced as FREE and, therefore, requires no coupon code.

Tied in with the Gay/Lesbian fiction meme, we have a coming-of-age story about a young teen coming to grips with her homosexuality in the midst of a town full of intolerance. This story highlights the important role played by those rare gems, the teachers who care more about their students than they do about themselves. Unconditional (approx. 66749  words) by Shannon "Shane" DuBey.

A small town filled with prying eyes. A high school that tolerates bullying and violence. Parents who cannot handle news of their child being different. These are the three most volatile components of any teen struggling to find their way and the mixture brews more trouble than most can imagine.

Use coupon code SSWSF at checkout to get this book free (July 1-31, 2011)

Next up, a gritty Romantic Suspense, The Trouble with Green (approx. 68985 words), by Liv James.

Josie’s life turns upside down when her earth-friendly inns get national press. Her architect husband gets a job offer on the other side of the country, the owners of her best inn disappear, and an unwanted guest drags danger to her door. As Josie is drawn deeper into her guest's twisted plan, she determines that she must fight the ghosts of her past if she has any hope of survival.

This book is currently priced as FREE and, therefore, requires no coupon code.


Our first non-fiction entry is this week's Lakeland Hunting Memories (approx. 3515 words) by Wendy Fraser. This is part one of a series.

Recollections of Lakeland hunting in the '50s and '60s. This first volume is an introduction to further, larger volumes which will be compiled from the popular web site Lakeland Hunting Memories established three years ago by Ron Black and Wendy Fraser. Here are some pages that are soon to be archived.

Use coupon code SSWSF at checkout to get this book free (July 1-31, 2011)

Back for another week, The Gods in the Jungle (approx. 125879 words) is a steampunky, alternate-world science fiction novel by Rik Roots.

The jungle city of Bassakesh holds the keys to the future of the Vreski Empire; it is the sole source of the valuable Vedegga dye. Delesse, the Governor's daughter, is marrying Loken, heir to one of the most powerful Clans in the Empire. When plague disrupts the wedding plans, Delesse, with her friends, has to fight to save the city, punish its enemies, and marry the man she loves.

Use coupon code SSWSF at checkout to get this book free (July 1-31, 2011)

Next is another scifi story, The Ultimate Choice (approx. 80249 words), a near-future science fiction dystopia by Lisa Hinsley.

In a dystopian near-future, worldwide overpopulation has led to a government dedicated to reducing citizen numbers. Suicide is legalised, food is rationed, and reproduction forbidden without the proper permissions. Cassie O’Neil broke the law, she had sex before marriage. She is sentenced to die on the game show, The Ultimate Choice, but when a contestant collapses Cassie takes her chance and runs. Staying alive is hard with no ration card and no place to hide. But she is the woman who refuses to die. NOTE: This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under.

This book is currently priced as FREE and, therefore, requires no coupon code.


Changing gears, we have Miss Kitty's ChickLit, Let's Do Lunch (approx. 77104 words) by K.A. Jordan.

Lindsey Bennett is caught between two men, one will tease her into telling her secrets, the other will use her; both are capable of killing. Surrounded by criminals, deceived on all sides, and catapulted from crisis to crisis, can Lindsey stay focused? Her restaurant and her life are at stake.

Use coupon code SSWSF at checkout to get this book free (July 1-31, 2011)

Staying with the meme of criminal elements let's move onto Living Hell (approx. 100530 words) by Lisa Scullard.

Kim Blackshields is Jericho's blackmailer, keeping an eye on who's doing what, or to whom, never mind the reason - so long as it pays. But even in a modern-day Satanic, small-town society rife with crime, espionage and corruption, there are still those who'll try and take advantage of the weak and impressionable. Even here, some things are frowned upon. NOTE: This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under.

Use coupon code SSWSF at checkout to get this book free (July 1-31, 2011)

Also by Lisa Scullard is the duology of Chick Lit/Crime/Humour, Death + The City: Heavy Duty Edition (approx. 280532 words).

Unlikely nightclub bouncer Lara Leatherstone - not her real name, she got it off an Internet Name Generator... And Pest Control sniper-turned-police officer Connor Reeves - also not his real name, how he came by his, is even less clear... Both are obliged to work their way through the To Do List of Hollywood Hit-Men, an epidemic of contract killers - erasing these pests with minimum fuss. NOTE: This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under.

Use coupon code SSWSF at checkout to get this book free (July 1-31, 2011)


Rounding out this week's collection are two from British author, Danny Gillan, both of which will make you smile, at least a little, and hopefully laugh--right out loud, so put the drinks down and save a screen!

Scratch (approx. 97612 words) is a comedy of the human condition by Danny Gillan.

An unexpected reminder of his past prompts Jim Cooper, a 33 year-old Glaswegian call centre worker, to make a big decision. He’s going back to adulthood ground-zero - no job, no debt, no, er, home, and starting again. Maybe this time he can do it right and get the girl. The fact that the girl is already married and living in another country and her Bruce Lee obsessed dad apparently wants to turn Jim into his latest pet are only two of the obstacles he faces.

Use coupon code SSWSF at checkout to get this book free (July 1-31, 2011)

Then top off your day with A Selection of Meats And Cheeses. Included are 12 short stories--some sad, some funny; some serious, some silly; some poignant, some pointless--wherein you'll meet homicidal Estate Agents (for Americans, that's a realtor, not an agent of an estate of a dead person but then, you never know; someone could die!), happy mendicants, inept stalkers and rubbish action heroes. NOTE: This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under.

This book is currently priced as FREE and, therefore, requires no coupon code.


Come back tomorrow for my Saturday Surprise and don't forget, next week, it's back to my hand-selected freebies as the Smashwords site-wide promo ends just as Shark Week begins!

Have a great weekend everyone!
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