Valentine’s Day is for Book Lovers

For those who love to read, we give our hearts to books. Reading a book can be like going on a date. Sometimes, it’s an amazing experience, and you become obsessed and want more. Other times… not so much. And then there are those times when you’re not so sure. Maybe you’ll read the second book in the series and, when you do, that’s when you fall in love.

So, on this special day, celebrate the love of your life! Oh, and maybe go on a date if you really have to. Regardless, crack open a book and let your heart soar.

Need more books to love? Of course you do! The following books and promotions contain freebies along with some bargains. These are all limited time offers and some won’t last beyond February 15, 2018, so click now or forever hold your peace.

First, big news! Tor is rebooting their Ebook of the Month Club. Every month, they will give away a free book. This month it’s a biggie: Robert Jordan’s Eye of the World. All you have to do is sign up for their newsletter. This deal is done on February 15, 2018, so sign up now!

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Don’t miss these limited time free ebooks!

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Free and bargain books in the following awesome promotions!

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My books, FAKEFOLLY, and HIDDEN are available on Amazon in ebook and paperback.

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Cheap and Free Books to Hook

I’m an author, but I’m also an avid reader and I love discovering new authors and series through deals and promotions. A cheap or free first-in-series or prequel novella is a great, no-risk way to decide if you really like the story, characters, and the author’s style. If so, I’ll gladly pay more to keep reading.

Looking for something to get you hooked? Check out these great promos and free books.

These three fine reads are always free, so download and dig in.

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Buyer be warned: all of the following promos end on January 31, 2018. They are loaded with awesome books, so don’t miss out!

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My monthly newsletter, Wandering Times, includes news, contests, deals and steals. SUBSCRIBE NOW and receive a free coloring book, Dragons: A Crossroads Coloring Book.

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My books, FAKEFOLLY, and HIDDEN are available on Amazon in ebook and paperback.

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Freebies and a Giveaway

I’ve got some great freebies to share with you on this fine Tuesday, along with an awesome paperback book giveaway. Everything listed is time-sensitive, so act now. You will not want to miss any of these!

If you love YA, you’re going to want to check out the great selection of free books offered here.
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Award winning YA Fantasy novel free today!
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Get your post-apocalypse on with this pulse-pounding free book!
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Enter for the chance to win paperback copies of FOUR COMPLETED YA Paranormal Series!
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My monthly newsletter, Wandering Times, includes news, contests, deals and steals. SUBSCRIBE NOW and receive a free coloring book, Dragons: A Crossroads Coloring Book.

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My books, FAKEFOLLY, and HIDDEN are available on Amazon in ebook and paperback.

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Tuesday Steals and Deals

Today’s Steals and Deals includes not one, but two dragons attacking spaceships! Is it an allegory for the weather? Nope. It’s just that kind of Tuesday. Cold and gray, sit back and read kind of day. These dealios all have a time limit, so grab ’em now!

This ultimate giveaway has free Sci-Fi and Fantasy reads.
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There are steals and deals in this fantastical collection.
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Arcane reads all for $0.99 each, including my first in series, Fake.
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The entire Hybrid Trilogy is on sale to celebrate the release of the third book.
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Fantasy Free Reads on Such a Winter’s Day

Karen Carpenter sang “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” But what about a cold, windy, gray Tuesday? Rather than feeling down, I’m going to catch up on my reading. The couch and my Kindle are beckoning. If you’re in the same lousy weather boat, check out these sci-fi and fantasy freebies to add to your reading list. These are all time-sensitive, so act now!

Lots of great free books in this giveaway.
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Free with Kindle Unlimited, plus a contest open to all.
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All three of these awesome fantasy books are free today!
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Harper Voyager Update for May

Hello, I’m back! Eurovision ended with a grand final competition on Saturday in Malmö, Sweden. Emmelie de Forest of Denmark won the top prize with her song “Only Teardrops.” Well done, Europe. This is a beautiful and haunting song, and Emmelie de Forest has a strong, impassioned voice. Take a look at her winning performance.

While I was busy (obsessed?) with Eurovision and my 12 Points To… blog, other things happened in the world. In particular, Harper Voyager came out with a new update. For those not in the know, back in October 2012 Harper Voyager opened a two week submission slot for unsolicited manuscripts. Those accepted would be published as part of a new digital imprint. If you are a speculative fiction author, this was a big deal.

Of course, they received thousands of submissions. They’ve been very good about keeping those authors updated via their website. Here is a quote from their latest update.

Another update on the digital submissions! As per the previous update post, we received 4500+ entries, and by early March we had responded to 2905 entries.

We have now reviewed all the submissions in our inbox and responded to 3595 submissions that were not right for our list. The remaining 948 are marked for further reading and consideration.

You can read the full update here.

I haven’t heard back yet, which means my novel “Fake” is one of those 948. This is very exciting and even flattering. Regardless of the outcome, I’m happy to be part of this group.

Submitting your manuscript is a nail chomping experience, but it is necessary if you want to be a professional writer. Even if you plan to go the indie route, it doesn’t hurt to submit a short story here and there. It gives you the experience of pulling together a professional manuscript. Rejections aren’t pleasant, but occasionally editors will include a nugget of invaluable critique.

If you are ready to submit a novel or short story, or even a piece of creative nonfiction, you really should subscribe to Cindi Myers’ Market News blog. It’s a (mostly) weekly blog that contains news on markets open to manuscript submission. Cindi has been doing this for years and she is a fabulous, generous person. While visiting her blog, you can check out her novels as well.

Hey readers, I haven’t forgotten about you. A tasty freebie by Neil Gaiman has been made available by HarperCollins. It can be downloaded for numerous eBook formats.

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A short story from New York Times bestselling author, Neil Gaiman. Plus an excerpt from his new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Another Neil Gaiman freebie you can find online is his Sherlock Holmes/H.P. Lovecraft mash-up, A Study in Emerald. It is available in PDF format and is a short, fun read. Enjoy!

Graphic Novels

A graphic novel is a book length story or anthology told primarily with illustrations. The genre includes a number of different formats. A graphic novel can be a compilation of previously published comic books that contain a story arc. It can also be an anthology of complete or continuing stories. These stories can be original to the anthology or previously published in comic book or magazine form. A graphic novel can also be an original novel or series of novels that may or may not have been previously published in another form.

Some people believe graphic novels are glorified comic books and, in certain cases, they’re right. However, many graphic novels contain rich stories greatly enhanced by the use of illustration. Graphic novels aren’t just for people who want something easy to read with lots of pictures. The genre has gained respect over the years and graphic novels have won prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize.

In terms of story, graphic novels tend toward speculative fiction. A fair number could be considered literary fiction. “Maus” by Art Spiegelman is a memoir of his parents, both Holocaust survivors, and his own youth as he struggles to understand them. In a whimsical yet controversial touch, Spiegelman portrayed Jews as mice, Germans as cats, Poles as pigs and Americans as dogs. “Maus” was first published in serial form in the underground comic magazine, “Raw.” It won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1992.

Other graphic novels have been praised and awarded for literary as well as artistic achievements. “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi tells the author’s coming of age tale in revolutionary Iran. “American Born Chinese” by Gene Luen Yang uses myth and stereotypes to tell an outsider’s story. “Ghost World” by Daniel Clowes portrays the confusion and alienation of post-high school teens trying to find their way in the world.

Super hero-style comics are a popular genre for graphic novels. Go into any good comic bookstore and you’ll see multiple shelves of these books, which are often purchased by readers more interested in the story and the characters than in collecting individual comic books.  Well-known authors include Alan Moore (“Watchmen,” “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” and “Batman: The Killing Joke”), Neil Gaiman (“The Sandman”) and Frank Miller (“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” “300” and “Sin City”).

Like regular novels, graphic novels have well-established publishing houses such as DC and Marvel. There is also a strong tradition of independent publishing known as underground comics. Edgy and unrestrained, these comics can occasionally gain wide audiences. Bryan Lee O’Malley published his “Scott Pilgrim” graphic novels with Portland, Oregon-based Oni Press. The series gained a cult following, sold millions of copies and was adapted into a movie and a video game.

A growing number of graphic novels are being adapted into electronic format. In my opinion, these are better viewed on a tablet or computer screen rather than a conventional eReader such as the Kindle. Below, I’ve listed several free-for-now graphic novels available in the Kindle store.

  Twilight Lady #1 by Blake JK Chen
Introducing a unique new heroine to the world of illustrated fiction! Paranormal journalist and truthseeker Rona Eden has a close encounter with a mysterious hooded lady who appears to have killed several people in Detroit’s Cass Corridor neighborhood.

  Photo Booth by Lewis Helfand
He wanted to change the past, but first he would have to alter the future…A new deadly drug is about to flood the streets of New York City. The police have no leads on who is producing the drug, or where it is coming from. As far as Praveer Rajani, a wreckless Interpol agent, is concerned – the only way to prevent countless deaths lies in a handful of mysterious photographs.Within the photographs, Praveer can see images of places he has never known, and people he has long forgotten. But what are the photographs leading him to?

  Dead of Winter: A Comic Anthology
Horror Stories With The Setting of Winter.

  P.I. Jane; Volume One: Missions: Totally Do-Able by Lauren Burke
MEET JANE DAY. She’s a twenty-something temp-by-day, detective-by-night… and sometimes also by-day. Jane lives inside her head as much as outside of it. To fight the mundane (and even not so mundane), she retreats to a fantasy world in her mind wehre the pop-culture references are plentiful and comforting. Follow Jane in her private detective salad days surveilling Lindelof & Lindelof heir, Chad Lindelof, Jr. She’ll learn the ropes working undercover to bust the shady, bootlegging Li’l Susie Bees, and solving the mystery at the roller derby. Then she takes a breather and reads about her favorite comic strip, PIE V. CAKE.

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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.