Friday, August 26, 2011

FREEBIE FRIDAY (Aug26) @Smashwords @Goodreads @FridayReads #freereads #FF

Welcome back to the regular feature where I'll (normally) just share 3 free reads a week with you. This week, I had one entry I'd "held over" from two weeks ago and really want to share with you because I think it's so sweet.

I had a blitz of responses this week. In the first two or three minutes after posting the Submissions thread to the Smashwords FB Page, I got 2 entries while also getting a person who knows me posting "outside the loop" to my Webbiegrrl Writer Facebook fan Page. Because they all showed up at once, or within minutes of each other, I'm going to feature all 4 free reads this week, but from now on, first come, first serve.

Indie Authors, take note that I already have one entry half-signed for the "Labor Day Weekend Holiday Blitz" feature. I'll get the Submissions thread out as early as possible this week (maybe right after I post this! What an idea!) but it's up to you to submit complete information as soon as possible. If you don't make it one week, I can/will hold you over for the next open slot of availability.

If you give me a broken link, no cover image, fail to provide a coupon code or otherwise leave information out before others have provided a complete entry, they are in line ahead of you. I'll add that to the "rules." Geez, I'm getting a lot of rules for this Freebie Friday thang. Onto the actual free reads, eh? I'll get to the Friday Meme with Tracy over at Booked Up at the end of the blog this week so be sure to scroll down and see this week's question.

First up is the short but incredibly sweet little slice of Americana, Double Dog Dare (approx. 2200 words) by Rick Ready.

This debut author asks "What do you do when your best friends dare you to kiss the prettiest girl in school?" and while his answer is fairly simple, even predictable, it's also quite a sweet little vignette. Try this bite-sized slice of Americana today. The book is priced as FREE so you do not need a coupon code to download it.

Next up is a collection of bite-sized stories, Strange Fruit: Prologue (approx. 5503 words) by Raegan Millhollin.

Despite the misleading title, these five connected shorts are complete, though they do set the stage for a full-length novel about fallen angels, malicious demons, and the humans stuck in the middle. I would say Raegan does the world-building in five prologues and plans to tell us the whole story later. You decide how it reads to you. Be sure to leave a review so she knows what you think! Here's how Raegan describes Strange Fruit:

The Fates know the world is more than what it seems; the supernatural: vampires, witches, werewolves, and the things that lurk in the dark, have for centuries woven themselves into the fabric of all that is Normal. But that is changing. Three teenagers, who can see the future, know something is coming, that a power is gathering in their quiet city of Starfield, and not even they can predict what that means.

When Ephraim, a young man who is violently protective of his twin brother, and just a little bit crazy, finds an angel missing a wing collapsed in an alleyway, his act of kindness sets off a chain of events that endangers everything he loves, and may bring about the Apocalypse. This book is priced at FREE so you will not need a coupon code to download it.

Next is my first mystery genre here on Freebie Friday! We have Mystery at the Autumn House Inn (approx. 77813 words) by Shani Bush.

A young woman and her friend take a much needed vacation to the Vermont countryside since her, nor her friend could really remember the last time she actually took a few days off … Much to their dismay the vacation turns up short, once they arrive they end up with a mystery on their hands and possibly a murder. Could her friend's acquaintance be bad to the bone? This book is priced at FREE so you will not need a coupon code to download it.

Lastly, we have a bonus book this week. Just launched off the e-presses, Miss Kitty's short novel, Swallow the Moon (approx. 14201words -- that number cannot be right!) a paranormal romance by K.A. Jordan.

An accountant for a failing company, June longs for true love. In a Wiccan summoning ceremony, she swallows the moon in an effort to find her soul mate. What she gets is Ohio National Guardsman Eric Macmillan, who owns a cursed Suzuki Hayabusa and two spirits: DEA agent Jake the Snake, and the malevolent stripper Cora Cobra.

Back from Afghanistan, divorced and un-employed, Eric is the third owner of a Suzuki Hayabusa. The other owners are dead, just not departed. He's looking for the artist who created 'Cora's' snake-inspired paint job. When Eric arrives at the scene of Jake's last sting, on a one-of-a-kind motorcycle, all Hell breaks loose.

Van Man Go is the world's greatest airbrush artist. He will repaint Eric's Hayabusa, for the usual price. Like Cora Cobra and Jake the Snake, Eric must put his soul up for collateral. Cora and Jake failed to pay their debts, now the devil wants his due.

To get this book free, use coupon code CL66R at checkout.

So before I head off to start tweeting my #FF (Follow Friday tweets), let's see what the meme is for this week's Blog Hop.

Apparently, neither Tracy nor Jen is up early enough to post a Friday blog *haha* but I missed last week's Blog Hop question so let me answer it today. Last week, Jen asked:

“What’s the LONGEST book you’ve ever read?”
(Note: There's one caveat on this question. You aren’t allowed to say the Bible, Torah, Qu'ran, or other Sacred Text.)

Well, that's easy enough! It's my lone Jewish Inspirational / Romantic Comedy, Coming Home (Dicky's Story). I first finished the book at 164,000 words, then edited it down to 139,000 words by cutting out its soul (all the sex and 3 characters) and then put the sex back in, as well as Lefty Larson *grin* and ended with a book at 183,000 words. I can't believe I wrote a book that's nearly 200,000 words long!! That's a LONG book (and still only $3.99).

But Dicky's Story's a hard one to put down and it's a really FUN book with a happy, uplifting ending so it's worth finding time to read 183,000 words just to get to The End and say you read something that long. I hope I never write anything that long again--I've certainly never read any other book that long. Or wait, does the dictionary count? I've read the dictionary as though it's a novel, from cover to cover *LOL*

What's Next...

Well,  in keeping with the trend I started a few weeks ago, tomorrow will be another Saturday Snippet or SciFi Saturday or Saturday SciFi Snippet ^_^ But it's not from Sarah so the alliteration stops. Friday got Chapters 6 and 7 done this past week and I heard there's a new Ch 7a coming down the pipeline, too! Be sure to check in tomorrow for some excerpts. There might be some #SundaySample going on, too (well, before I go to work at the day job, Sunday)

Shabbat Shalom l'kulam!

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