Freebies and More
I must be in a grim mood today, to judge by my Kindle choices. This may be because I saw a commercial for one of my favorite TV shows, Grimm. It returns on August 13. Can’t wait! So much love for Monroe. In honor of that, I picked up a free copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It’s been awhile since I wandered that scary, fairy tale world.
In keeping with the grim nature of things, I also picked up a true crime book about Britain’s underworld youth gangs. It’s more of a reference and possible story inspiration book for me.
Not for free, but certainly quite grim, are the Hangman’s Daughter novels by Oliver Pötzsch, a German author whose books are being translated into English. The first two books are being offered at a substantial discount and you can pre-order the third book at a bargain price as well. I picked up the first two books.
To lighten things up, I’ve also include a free guide for plotting your novel. Looks like it has lots of great information for transitioning an idea into an actual story.
And speaking of stories, I did enter my short story, “Many Mansions” in the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. The deadline is tomorrow, July 31, and they do accept online entries, so check it out!
Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
The Brothers Grimm, Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786–1859), were German academics best known for publishing collections of folk tales and fairy tales, which became popular. They are among the best-known story tellers of folk tales from Europe, and their work popularized such tales as “Rumpelstiltskin”(German: Rumpelstilzchen), “Snow White”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Rapunzel”, “Cinderella”(German: Aschenputtel), “Hansel and Gretel(German: Hänsel und Gretel)”, and “The Frog Prince”(German: Der Froschkonig).
Young Guns by Steve Hackman
When student Steve Hackman was imprisoned for drug-dealing, he found himself surrounded be this new breed of gangbanger. He seized the opportunity to delve into their dangerous world and find out the truth about their lives. With first-hand research and interviews, he chronicles the current generation of violent crews, from major conurbations such as London, Manchester and Glasgow, to smaller towns and cities such as Halifax, Lancaster and Preston. With accounts of the lawless exploits of mobs such as the Fire Town Crew, the Fallowfield Man Dem, the Demolition Crew, the Burger Bar Boys and the terrifying Shielders, YOUNG GUNS is a shocking journey into the stark reality of gang life today.
Successful Novel Plotting by Jean Saunders
This authoritative guide will help steer new writers through the minefield of the writing process. Using examples from her own work, and that of other top authors, Jean explains how to create memorable characters, generate cliffhangers and keep up a pace that will hook readers. And when you’ve done that, she even gives advice on how to work with publishers and editors to make your novel a best seller.
The following books are NOT FREE but offered at a discount.
The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
Germany, 1660: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play. So begins The Hangman’s Daughter–the chillingly detailed, fast-paced historical thriller from German television screenwriter, Oliver Pötzsch–a descendent of the Kuisls, a famous Bavarian executioner clan.
The Dark Monk: A Hangman’s Daughter Tale by Oliver Pötzsch
1660: Winter has settled thick over a sleepy village in the Bavarian Alps, ensuring every farmer and servant is indoors on the night a parish priest discovers he’s been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength to scratch a cryptic sign in the frost. Following a trail of riddles, hangman Jakob Kuisl; his headstrong daughter, Magdalena; and the town physician’s son team up with the priest’s aristocratic sister to investigate. What they uncover will lead them back to the Crusades, unlocking a troubled history of internal church politics and sending them on a chase for a treasure of the Knights Templar.
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Disclaimers and Disclosures
I found these books via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks store. Resources for free Kindle and other format eBooks are listed in my sidebar.
These books are limited time offers, so there is no guarantee any of these books will still be free or discounted when you click on the links. Grab them sooner rather than later.
Books that I have previously listed will occasionally come up free again. I add those to my current posts for people who didn’t see them the first time.