Good morning, everyone! Because I'm up and blogging so early, I'm actually here before Tracy over at Booked Up has even posted her Friday Blog Hop post! Yikes. Well, that's easily remedied (have sent an email to the tardy mum) I'm not doing the blog hop but I can always answer the Friday meme question myself.
This week at Crazy-for-Books, Jenn is asking about "crazy book titles."
Highlight titles in your personal collection that have the most interesting titles!
I can do that. I think. Okay, I've got it!
Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold. It's #3 on my list of favorite books in the Miles Vorkosigan series (#1=Memory, #2=Mirror Dance). The cover art is part of a meme Baen Books did for a few of the Vorkosigan Series books (can you name which ones?) The title refers to a planet in Lois's Nexus Universe for the Vorkosigan series, or the Vorkosiverse as it's sometimes called. Just don't try to say that out loud. LOL. It also refers to the people and culture who occupy the planet, which is at the seat of the 8-planets strong Cetagandan Empire, or the general-purpose bad guys in Lois's Vor books.
This book is one of the most surprising stories in the series in that it's both madcap hilarity and an intricate mystery, and it's all artfully woven together by a master storyteller. And that, right there, sums up the concept of Cetaganda--the planet, the people, the book. Oh and the author, Lois McMaster Bujold. She doesn't have a necklace full of Hugo and Nebula awards for nothing!
Okay, I guess the title's not the "craziest" I've ever run across, but it's one of the most-apt (and the Cetagandans themselves are some of the "craziest" I've ever run across). Lois's books are available just about anywhere and everywhere, including audiobook formats and a couple of dozen languages for international distribution. Get a copy of Cetaganda today. You'll treasure it for years to come. I bought a copy during the brief and sad time when the cover art was something much more boring. I'm tempted to buy a new copy just to get the new artwork--and besides, my pages are all dog-eared from reading it! That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
Now onto the free eBooks! No dog-eared pages here. First up is the short story collection, Only Love Can Break Your Heart (approx. 11700 words), by Fred Bubbers.
NOTE: This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under.
To get this book free, use coupon code HR22Z at check out.
(Coupon valid August 12-13, 2011)
Trial by Fire (approx. 8920 words) by Sara Harricharan.
Shatila is a Twilight Knight up for promotion to Twilight Titan. The only thing left to do is make peace with her inner self and prepare for the ceremony. Until Master Dugene interrupts her meditations with one final assignment--an escort mission for a Duke. Can this frustrated knight handle one final assignment? Book one in the Twilight Knights series.
To get this book free, use coupon code NA38M at checkout.
(Coupon valid through August 21, 2011)
Our last entry today is one that I hand-picked from the Smashwords best-seller catalog of free books. I have not read this book (nor any of the titles featured in my Freebie Friday posts, generally) but I chose it because the description intrigued me, the book's been highly rated and the author has multiple titles available.
Suddenly a Spy (approx. 63233 words) by Heather Huffman.
Technical writer Veronica Talbot has a plan: marry prince charming, get a white picket fence and have 2.7 children. She’s found her prince charming, but the rest of the plan goes awry when a siren from his past crashes their wedding reception. Their young marriage is tested when it comes to light that Rick had a previous life—one of espionage and intrigue that he’d neglected to mention.
This book is currently priced as FREE so you do not need a coupon code at all, but since I haven't contacted the author, no guarantees this book will remain free. Download and read your copy this weekend to be sure you don't miss it!
Next week, instead of taking submissions, I'm going to try something different. Fellow Smasher and friend, Danny Gillan, has just had his rights revert on his first novel Will you Love Me Tomorrow. He's reissued the book with a few edits and a smashing new cover by artiste extraordinaire Jane Dixon-Smith. In celebration of the reissue, I offered to feature Danny and his marvelous books in a feature all his own. The regular Freebie Friday feature will return, as regularly scheduled, on Friday, August 26, 2011.
Tomorrow I'll be back with a Saturday Surprise. I have no idea what it'll be yet so I can be surprised along with you! See you then! Thanks for stopping by.