Saturday, July 2, 2011

SAT SURPRISE: More Free eBooks 4 UR Summer Fun!

In celebration of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere and winter Down Under, Smashwords is running a site-wide promotion with a special catalog featuring books authors have discounted by 25%, 50%, 75% or 100%--that is, priced FREE! Respective codes are SSW25, SSW50, SSW75 or SSWSF.

If you're an author and have a book on Smashwords, consider including it in the site-wide promo (and if you set it to FREE be sure to submit it here for a Freebie Friday feature). If you don't have your book on Smashwords already, it might be worth your time to upload a previously formatted Word file just for the one-month worth of free PR to you.

Smashwords founder, Mark Coker's, going to do his best to drive traffic to the site for us. Yay, Mark! There are a LOT of really great books available for cheap to the eBooklover. Here are a few I'd like to suggest from authors I know and/or like and/or admire, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Be sure to click through to Smashwords and check the "Most Downloaded" for the popular choices or "Highest Rated" for the critical choices. In all cases, check the top of the book's page, where the stats are listed, for the "SSW" (Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale) code.

First up, is a 5-star literary gem, Songs from the Other Side of the Wall  (approx. 75465 words) by Dan Holloway.

18 year-old Szandi is part of Budapest’s vibrant, cosmopolitan art scene, sharing a flat and a bohemian lifestyle with her lover and fellow sculptress, Yang. Then a letter arrives that threatens everything, and forces her to choose once and for all: between the past and the present; between East and West; between her family and her lover. NOTE: This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under.

Use code SSWSF at checkout to get this book for free July 1-31, 2011.

Dan is a versatile author, as is evidenced by his next entry, a collection of poems, life: razorblades included (approx. 7682 words), which also contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under.

Whether or not to kill yourself is not the only question. It’s just the start. This collection of poems and stories is held together by a single theme. The decision to live. Not the happy ever after that comes when deliberation ends, but the beginning of the exhilarating, impossible decision to wake up, open your eyes, and truly live, with all the terrifying consequences that decision brings.

Use code SSWSF at checkout to get this book for free July 1-31, 2011.

Dan's even got a Young Adult entry in the Smashwords sale and coincidentally, also one of Amazon's 9 Best-Selling Indie Authors in the Summer Book Club on Kindle: Black Heart High (approx.29228 words) is a YA/Urban fantasy.

In life he was her strength. In death she must be his. In the tradition of the very best HBO miniseries, Black Heart High is part 1 of a series of heart-stopping and heart-breaking 2 hour reads from bestselling Kindle author Dan Holloway, released one every 2 months over the course of a year.
 
Use code SSWSF at checkout to get this book for free July 1-31, 2011.


Shayne Parkinson's 5-star historical romance, Sentence of Marriage (approx. 150570 words), is being offered for free on Smashwords (separate and apart from the Smashwords sale but well-worth checking out!)

In 19th Century New Zealand, there are few choices for a farm girl like Amy. Her life seems mapped out for her by the time she is twelve. Amy dreams of an exciting life in the world beyond her narrow boundaries. But it is the two people who come to the farm from outside the valley who change her life forever, and Amy learns the high cost of making the wrong choice.

Book 1 of "Promises to Keep".  No coupon code required.

If you missed it when I had on a Freebie Friday feature, catch up with Scots author, Danny Gillan's humorous Scratch (approx. 97612 words).

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 code SSWSF at checkout to get this book for free July 1-31, 2011.

There are a lot more books available in the Smashwords special sale. Click through to check for your new favorites!

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