Jan 31, 2014

What I'm Reading

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned all the freebie books I have on my Kindle and I thought you might like the links to the sites I go to for these books. First we have Pixel of Ink. This site has both free and bargain books, and updates a couple of times a day. Your best bet is to "like" the page on Facebook so the updates show up on your feed. The books it features are all from Amazon, so you know they're legitimately free and not pirated.

The other site I go to (when I think of it) is Smashwords , which is a distribution center for self-published books. You may have to dig a little, but I've found some amazing books on this site.

Actually, Facebook is another great source for free books. Maybe it's because I have so many authors in my feed, or belong to a few FB writers groups, but every once in a while someone will post a link to their book that's free for a limited time on Amazon, or there's a contest to win one, or a friend of a friend has a book that's free. I've acquired some amazing books this way as well.

Electronic Books

I didn't make any more progress on The Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian. I had the opportunity, but I just wasn't in a fantasy mood I guess. So I called up a different book on my Kindle while I was waiting in the specialist's office for my hubby and started reading it instead.

Now here's the thing. I can't remember the name of it and I just pulled out my Kindle to check, and it's telling me my battery is empty. I must not have turned it off all the way when I stuck it back in my purse, and this is the first time I've had it out again. D'oh! I can tell you it's a humorous book about a former college professor who's written an epic novel that he's been trying to get published, and then self-published a romance novel (just on a whim) under a pseudonym that's become a best seller.

While checking out a USB stick I found, I came across a file labeled 'Free Stories' and found a bunch of freebies I'd downloaded from various publishers who would periodically offer free stories as a promotion. One of the titles caught my eye and I read A Gargoyle for the Hotel Gothica. Now here's the thing. I downloaded this story as a PDF file long before I had a Kindle. It was courtesy of Lyrical Press, and the author's name was Ellie Moonwater. But if you follow the link to Amazon, you'll find this book is by Eleanor Maine. Interesting, eh? This is actually a short story (only 44 pages) but it's extremely well written, packed full of adventure and suspense, and with a dash of heat thrown in for good measure.

Then I read Chimera by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. This poignant story is science fiction at its finest. And if you hurry, you can read it for yourself. This is part of her Free Fiction Monday series so it'll only be available for another few days. Of course it will be available for purchase after that from your favourite on-line book stores.

Tree Books

The Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance - Twenty Stories of Timeless True Love is still sitting beside my chair. To be honest, it ended up under my Kindle so I kind of forgot about it.


I finished Sword and Sorceress II and started Sword and Sorceress III. Another one of the things that inspired me about this series when I read it for the first time was the number of authors who made their first sale to Marion for these anthologies. That was my incentive to write fantasy, the dream of selling a story to be used in this series. It's nice to know that dream could still come true. :-)

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