San Francisco Dreaming

Free Today on Amazon

A while back, I made plans to visit San Francisco for a December break. I thought I’d do some writing, see the holiday sights, and enjoy the milder climate. I decided to book a small condo through airbnb, something I always wanted to try. That way, I could have my own little place, and dream a little dream that I’d returned home.

What I didn’t count on was catching a cold, followed closely by the flu. I had to postpone my trip by a day and arrive in the city on tail end of my flu. The condo is… a bit of a disappointment. More about that in another post. The location is good, in walking distance to Golden Gate Park and Haight Ashbury. The view is fabulous.

SF Condo View

Double rainbow!

I had to spend the first couple of days here recuperating. Today, I’m feeling better, despite the lingering cough, and ready to step out.

As usual, though, I’ve spent my morning coffee time checking out the Amazon freebies. Usually, much of what I find is written by independent authors. Occasionally, though, big six publishers will offer free material. Also, well known authors will occasionally release ebooks that were previously published in print. Today’s freebies are good examples.

Simon and Schuster has released for free “The Complete Sherlock Holmes” by Arthur Conan Doyle. And, yes, that means all the novels and short stories. HarperCollins is offering a free YA novel that costs $9.99 in print. And bestselling author Claire Cook is offering her novel, “Must Love Dogs” (yes, the one that became a movie starring Diane Lane and John Cusack)  as a free-for-now.

That’s a nice variety and great for taking along on holiday travels.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes  The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The complete collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales, both long and short, compiled together for the first time by Simon & Schuster for free! This fantastic collection is accompanied by an exciting new introduction from Robert Ryan, a writer who’s own book has been fully endorsed by the Conan Doyle Estate. A big Holmes fan himself, he will undoubtedly provide a fascinating new look at the detective and his bizarre ability to read both people and objects, in order to discover who dunnit.

Sweet Venom  Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful Gorgon maligned in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates. Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Must Love Dogs  Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook
Following up on themes from her debut novel, Ready to Fall, which looked at the pitfalls of cyberspace romance, Cook here chronicles the perils of various tried and true dating ploys, from personals ads to the use of adorable pooches as date bait. “If I didn’t have a job, I might have stayed in bed until I rotted,” muses Massachusetts preschool teacher Sarah Hurlihy, almost 41, divorced and dateless for two years. She’s out to change all that when she bravely answers a personals ad in a local paper, but instead gets the ultimate nightmarish response her would-be date turns out to be her widower father, something her sprawling Irish Catholic family naturally finds wildly funny. Her oldest sister, Carol, decides the best way for Sarah to move on is to create her own personals ad, and soon Sarah’s love life is lively, if not downright rambunctious. (Review by Publishers Weekly)

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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 freebies are limited time offers, so there is no guarantee any of these books will still be free when you click on the links. Grab them sooner rather than later.

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