Friday, July 22, 2011

FREEBIE FRIDAY (Jul 22) @Smashwords site-wide promo bonanza #FF @Goodreads #reading

Just 2 more weeks for the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale bonanza and this round up of Freebies is getting larger every week. All of the previous titles (which are still in the promo) are here, arranged loosely in reverse order of how they were submitted and/or by genre.

Before I jump into the freebies, it's Friday Meme Time at TC's Booked Up. She's answering the meme question "What's the one genre you wish you could get into, but just can't?" Amazingly, Tracy and I have the exact same answer: YA Fantasy, especially the whole vampire/werewolf fad that's so popular. I extend that further to include all "creatures of the night" stories, and especially can't buy into them being "heroes." I like my heroes fashioned after the RCMP's Dudley Do-Right, thank you! To see what Kindle books Tracy's reviewed this week, hop on through to her blog (clicking the link will open a new window for you). She's been super busy with 5 new book reviews this week.

Speaking of reviews, please remember that authors love to hear how you felt about reading their book. If you appreciated getting a free copy please consider leaving a review after you're done. That's the best "payment" you can give for their hard work. You'd be amazed how much reader reviews mean to us fragile artiste types!

First up is our very first non-Smashwords Freebie Friday feature. Petra (approx. words) is an unusual (non-formulaic) Historical Romance by Letitia Coyne.

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. 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 have a great weekend everyone!
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1 comment:

Letitia Coyne said...

Thank you. And I'm loving the blog.
Cheers
Lxx

ps. munticil is my word varification. Sounds like a vd cure. I know a poet who collects these words, although what she's going to do with them all I have no idea.
Lxx