You all know how much I love Kenny, my Kindle. I’ve written before about how having a Kindle has encouraged me to read genres I would otherwise have ignored. I was missing so much! Many of these authors I found because they’d made one of their books free for download for a period of time. I’m a sucker for a bargain, but boy have I found some awful books! It’s like thrift store shopping, though, which I also love 🙂 You have to sift through the junk to get to the treasures, and it makes the treasures all the more appreciated. And if I enjoy a free book I’ve downloaded I always make a point of buying at least one other book by that author. I’m also trying to get better about writing reviews of the ones I enjoy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads as well as “liking” them on Amazon (one click, just to the right of the title). I figure if an author has put a book they worked hard on out there for free, even for a short time, they deserve to hear from the people who downloaded it and enjoyed it. Now not all of these are for everyone, but read the list with an open mind.
1.) Tiffany Reisz – I had the good fortune to meet Tiffany when she visited our writers’ group, and she was such a quirky, approachable person I couldn’t wait to go home and download some of her books. I started with a short story, moved to a novella, and then on to her latest novel, which was truly stunning. She writes erotica, but don’t let that put you off. These books are about the characters, not the sex.
2.) J.R. Rain – I found the first in J.R. Rain’s Vampire for Hire series for free and couldn’t read the rest fast enough. Think about a vampire who has been turned against her will and has to deal with how this affects her marriage her children (carpool in the daylight is quite a challenge), her career, and her, um, dietary requirements. Fascinating. Then I found the Jim Knighthorse series (he’s a minor character in the vampire books) and I may love those even more. I love a truly complex character that expands with each book.
3.) Claudia Hall Christian – Oh, the Alex the Fey series. I adore these books. I’ve never been much of a military thriller sort of reader, but these characters and their relationships pulled at my heart. If you need a book that will make you appreciate your friends and family and encourage you to overcome the obstacles in your life this is the series for you. I’m sure I’ll re-read them all many times.
4.) Mysti Parker – I had already read and loved A Ranger’s Tale before I met Mysti. In fact, I went to one of her local signings and bought both A Ranger’s Tale and Serenya’s Song, and wasn’t even a page into before I recognized the characters I knew and loved from my Kindle copy. Her second book was even better – I love a book that mixes genres and surprises readers 🙂
5.) Jason Letts – The Powerless series was on I just couldn’t put down. Again, the first one was free and I was hooked. It has kind of a Hunger Games flavor, but in a world of magic. The world he created was fascinating, but his appealing characters are what kept me reading late into the night and clicking “buy” time and time again.
6.) Caroline Fyffe – I’d met Caroline before I read her works, and she’s such a sweet, kind person that I was not at all surprised that her books are just as sweet and comforting as her presence. There’s plenty of action and plot twists, but you know you’ll get your Happily Ever After with Caroline, and that’s important to me.
7.) Kelly Creagh – Kelly’s YA book, Nevermore, is one of the most haunting books I’ve ever read. And yes, I do have everything Stephen King has ever written. Most exciting, the sequel to Nevermore is coming out this month, just in time to get me in the creepy Halloween mood as the weather starts to change (I hope).
8.) Ian Eviston – Awakening: The Genesis Saga, is a truly compelling book from a first-time author. I hear he’s working on the sequel, but I don’t have a release date yet. Hurry, Ian, I can wait to find out what happens next! This is another I wouldn’t have read without my Kindle because it’s only available as an ebook.
9.) Katie McGarry – I was anxiously awaiting the release of Katie’s first book, Pushing the Limits. If you haven’t heard about it yet you really need to get out more. It’s the YA book that is taking the country, and perhaps the world, by storm. And I’ve heard straight from the horse’s mouth that we won’t have to wait forever for the sequels!
10.) Elizabeth Hunter – The Elemental Mysteries series is another one of those where I downloaded the first one for free and then clicked like a crazy woman ordering the rest in the middle of the night when I finished it. I love a good vampire book (no glitter, please) and these are more along the Anne Rice vampire line. Ancient, sophisticated beings who value ancient works of art and literature. There’s an interesting twist to Elizabeth’s vampires that I particularly like, but I won’t be a spoiler and tell you what it is 😉
Priced at just $4.99, it is now available in every format your little heart could desire at Smashwords, or, if you prefer, it’s also for sale in a Kindle version at Amazon or a Nook version at Barnes and Noble!