Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Show me your Nook--download a free story!

The holidays can be stressful, and maybe even lonely.  I've always found that books are a wonderful escape--whenever you need it.  They can take you to new worlds--or visit the world you live in but see it in a new way.  They can introduce you to new friends (via series like mine).  It's said that readers don't just live one life--they live thousands!

NookYou see a lot of free ebook promotions, I know (because my readers tell me) that not enough of them are for NOOKs. Today, we remedy that. Until December 31st, we're offering a meme game to those who would like a little bit of fun -- and to earn free EPUB (the Nook format) books for playing. (Although *cough* DRM-free EPUB files can readily be converted to MOBI for the Kindle.  Like I said, we’re all about choice!)

We believe that if we want a thriving book community, we need lots of options. We need print, we need ebook, we need CHOICE. So that's why we are doing this. We support choice! Over at Backlist eBooks, that’s exactly why the authors provide links to all of a book’s available retailers to which many of the participating treasure hunt authors belong.

Cold_Case.smI'm offering my short story, COLD CASE.  If you haven't read the Jeff Resnick mysteries, this is a good introduction.  It was the first published story about that character, and the basis for teh 5th book in the series (Bound By Suggestion).

Psychic Jeff Resnick has no expectations when investigating the disappearance of a four-year-old, until he confronts the mind responsible--a shattering experience for all involved.

It’s easy to play!  Just show me a picture of you–or your four-footed friend–with a NOOK!  It doesn’t have to be your Nook, if you’ve a hankering for the story.  

You can post your photo on my FaceBook Author Page.  You may have to “Like” the page, but that only takes a moment.  When you do, I'll message you via Facebook with the Smashwords Coupon Code for the story via Epub file. (See below for how to download the story for your Nook.)

Here are the other authors who are participating.
  • Cat Kimbriel:  Fires of Nuala  (Science Fiction)  FaceBook & LiveJournal
  • Jeffrey A. Carver:  Eternity’s End  (Science Fiction)  FaceBook
  • Phyllis Irene Radford:  Guardian of the Balance, Merlin’s Descendants #1  (Fantasy)  FaceBook & LiveJournal
  • Mark Chisnell: The Defector  (Thriller)  FaceBook
  • Brenda Hiatt:  Lord Dearborn’s Destiny (traditional Regency romance) FaceBook
  • Phoebe Matthews:  Demonspell  (contemporary fantasy)  Web Site
  • Lorraine Bartlett: Cold Case  (Mystery)  Facebook
  • Ruth Harris: Modern Women  (Fiction/Chick Lit)  Blog
  • Jennifer Stevenson:  King of Hearts  (romantic comedy)  Web Site & FaceBook
  • Vonda N. McIntyre: Starfarers, Book One of the Starfarers Quartet  (Science Fiction) Book View Cafe
  • Lise McClendon:  All Your Pretty Dreams  (Adult Fiction)  FaceBook
And in case you’re wondering, this is how to sideload an EPUB file into your NOOK:
1) Download the epub file to your computer.
2) Attach your NOOK to the computer with its USB cable.
3) A “Nook” drive will appear in My Computer (PC) or Desktop (Mac).
4) Copy and Paste, or Drag and Drop downloaded EPUB (or even  PDF!) files into the My Documents folder on the Nook drive.
5) Go to My Library on the Nook, hit View My Documents, and then hit Check for New Content.
6) Choose one of the files you sideloaded into My Documents and press Select to open it.
You can also read EPUB on other devices! It’s a widely-used format with great convenience.
Be an explorer.  Show me your NOOK!

Obligatory disclaimer: Copyright to these free books is retained by the authors. You may share this post in its entirety. All pictures must be posted by 11:59 PM, December 31, 2012, CST. If anyone posts any of these EPUBs to a torrent site, the portal closes and we won't have any more games. This is a gift to you, not an invitation to set the book free forever. If you post a picture that would be considered in bad taste, it will be deleted and you won't get a coupon code. Thank you for keeping things fun!