Christmas in July for E-book Shoppers

If you own an e-book reader, it’s Christmas in July over at Smashwords. The web site is having a summer sale and many authors are giving away free or discounted e-books throughout the month. I had a great time this week downloading free and inexpensive books, adding about a dozen to my Sony Touch reader.

My mystery novel Twenty-Five Years Ago Today is 26 percent off at Smashwords through July 31, reduced to $2.24. If you’ve been wanting to read it and have a device to read e-books, then now is the perfect time. Use the code SWS25 at checkout for 26% off. For twenty-five years, Diana Ferguson’s killer has gotten away with murder. When rookie obit writer and newsroom editorial assistant Kris Langley investigates the cold case of the artistic young cocktail waitress who was obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology, she must fight to stay off the obituary page herself. The e-book version contains discussion questions for book clubs and a sneak peek at my December release, Sink or Swim. If e-books aren’t your thing, then you can also find the trade paperback version discounted at Amazon.

For those of you who do enjoy e-books and aren’t familiar with Smashwords, then I can’t stress enough that the summer sale is a perfect time to check it out. Smashwords offers multi-format e-books, ready for immediate sampling and purchase, and readable on any e-reading device. While you’re there, check out the titles by author Darcia Helle, a rising new author who guest blogged here in the spring. Her novel Enemies and Playmates is free during July. Also check out the titles by KD Easley.

I’ll write more on the e-book trend at a later date. In the meantime, happy shopping!

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  1. Darcia Helle says

    What a bargain! Honestly, I’ve paid $20 and more for “bestsellers” that didn’t hold my attention and/or were not well written. Stacy, I loved your book and can’t wait for the next one! Anyone who hasn’t read Twenty-Five Years Ago today should scoop it up now during this sale.

    I love Smashwords and must confess to spending time there during this sale, as well. And, if you saw my book and e-book collection, you would know just how insane it is for me to purchase more. But a person can never have enough books! Thanks for the mention, Stacy! I hope lots of people will explore Smashwords.

  2. I have Smashwords bookmarked because I need to get my first mystery (first published in 2007) out there again. Did you use the option that puts your book on Kindle and other eReaders for you?

  3. Thanks for the nice words, Darcia! I hope you find some new readers this month also. Patricia, I think it’s a great idea to use Smashwords to get your 2007 book out there again. Yes, I did use the option to distribute it to various e-reader sites and think it is a wonderful opportunity. I opted out of the Kindle option and uploaded it to Kindle myself as I wanted to use the same ISBN as my paperback book and have the reviews carry over, etc. I recommend downloading the free Smashwords Style Guide to get you started.
    There is also a free marketing guide.

  4. Stacy, am I missing your blogroll somehow? I don’t see one. Stop by Monday at the class so we can talk about this important way to make your blog more “sticky”. Blog critiques are coming up!


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