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!


Don’t miss these limited time free ebooks!

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First Draft and Beyond

Free eBooks and Short Stories

After writing 50K words and winning NaNoWriMo 2012, I had resolved to finish the manuscript for my latest fantasy novel, “The Wayward Way” by the end of December. I’m four days late, which I’ll blame on the holidays ;), but it is accomplished. I have a completed first draft. It’s a huge mess, but it’s something I can work on, polish, greatly improve and hopefully get published.

I opened my email and saw that a writer friend, Nicole LeBoeuf, had just published an Examiner post on New Year’s resolutions for the working writer. The article has all kinds of great, pressure-free suggestions. One that particularly caught my eye was the suggestion to apply to attend Viable Paradise.

Viable Paradise is a one-week, intensive workshop for speculative fiction writers, limited to 24 participants. The list of instructors is jaw-dropping and include big guns in the genre such as Steven Brust, Elizabeth Bear, Teresa Nielsen Hayden and Patrick Nielsen Hayden. This year, the workshop will take place from October 13 through October 18 on Martha’s Vineyard. The application period runs from January 1 through June 15. The cost to apply is $25.

It’s been on my mind for a while to apply to attend this workshop. The overall cost is not cheap. How could it be with such great instructors and at such an awesome location? But if you don’t invest in yourself, who will? I’ll give it some deep thought and if I do decide to apply, you’ll be the first to know.

For those who may not know, Patrick Nielsen Hayden is the manager of the science fiction and fantasy line at Tor Books. Teresa Nielsen Hayden is a consulting editor for Tor. I’m a huge fan of Tor and attending workshops taught by them would be spectacular!

What is Tor Books looking for in terms of writing? One of the best ways to figure that out is to read what has already been published. Today, I found a couple of free YA speculative fiction anthologies called Fierce Reads. These are available for most eReaders. You can find the download options near the bottom of each page. publishes original short fiction which can be read free on their website. Each story also includes a fabulous illustration. You can find the stories here.

  The Fierce Reads Anthology
This anthology includes short stories from five fierce young adult authors! Inside, you’ll find a magical mermaid tale from Anna Banks, a fantastical Russian-influenced story from Leigh Bardugo, an electric thriller from Jennifer Bosworth, a post-apocalyptic drama from Emmy Laybourne, and a cybernetic fairytale from Marissa Meyer. This free anthology will give you an exciting taste of the fierceness of these authors’ debut novels.

  The Fierce Reads Anthology: Volume 2
This anthology includes short stories from six fierce young adult authors! Inside, you’ll find a futuristic zombie tale from Ann Aguirre, a science fiction thriller from Gennifer Albin, a nautical mermaid story from Elizabeth Fama, a story full of unicorns from Lish McBride, a postapocalyptic story from Caragh O’Brien, and a paranormal alternate future from Marie Rutkowski. This free anthology will give you an exciting taste of the fierceness of these YA authors’ novels.

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Disclaimers and Disclosures

These free books are potentially limited time offers. There is no guarantee either of these books will still be free when you click on the links. Grab them sooner rather than later.

Kindle Freebies – June 22, 2012

Today I Loaded My Kindle With…

Just a few anthologies. I think I overloaded on novels with yesterday’s Summer Solstice spree. By the way, I checked and many of the books are still free today. Here’s the link, in case you missed out yesterday:

Summer Solstice Free Fantasy (2012)

Some of you may wonder, “How does she read all those freebie books?”

I don’t. How could I? That’s a lot of books. Plus, I still buy books or check them out from the library. What I love about the freebies (aside from $0.00) is that I can get a good look at a book before deciding to invest my time in reading the whole thing. Of course, I can read the blurb and take a look at the sample chapter. That’s especially helpful for checking out a writer’s style. Often, though, I’ve found that the first chapter isn’t the best indication of how the story will progress. Sometimes, a book will get much better. And sometimes, well, not so much.

Through the freebies, I’ve found some great authors and have gone on to buy – yes, buy – more of their books. I’ve also found some authors whose stories and style didn’t resonate with me. I deleted them from my Kindle without a snick of regret because I wasn’t out any cash.

Nonfiction is a different story. I hoard travel guides and recipe books. Why not? You never know when you’ll be craving ice pops or find yourself in a city such as Reykjavik. Totally not kidding. I made ice pops last night. Icelandair just added non-stop flights between Denver and Reykjavik, and I am so tempted to go.

I also hoard short story collections because they’re great for travel or for when you want to read something, but don’t want to make a commitment to a novel. The anthologies I picked up today include a 2011 sampler of Tor/Forge authors. Looks like a real treat for genre fiction fans. Dig in and have a great weekend!

The Eclective: The Celtic Collection
Six stories from The Eclective, six accounts of Celtic things. There’s more than one way to go Green.

From the trenches of WWI to the abandoned rowhomes of Baltimore; From a rural charnel house to the Texas-Mexican border these six stories explore the dark heart of crime fiction today.

Tor/Forge Author Voices: Volume 1
Ever wanted to hunt a notorious ghost through the halls of a spooky old house? Be swept away at a Regency ball? Solve a murder mystery, Vegas style? Then Tor and Forge might have the perfect summer read for you. With this sampler, Tor and Forge Books proudly present a one-of-a-kind collection of articles written by our authors, excerpts of forthcoming books, and unique content. We’re highlighting a cross-section of our exciting new titles in urban fantasy, paranormal romance, young adult fiction, science fiction and fantasy, historical fiction, women’s fiction, and mysteries and thrillers.

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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.