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message 1: by Sashana (last edited Dec 17, 2010 05:44PM) (new)

Sashana Being a book lover is expensive and every now and then we'd all like to read a free book. We, Nothing but Reading Challenges, hope to build a FREE AND LEGAL book resource/index that will leave our members (and your pockets!) yearning for more. Please feel free to post all author freebies here. Illegal and pirated books will not be tolerated and will be promptly deleted.

message 2: by Lisarenee (last edited Dec 18, 2010 06:35AM) (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Free Prequel to Nightshade by Andrea Cremer called Shadow Days.

If you bring up Nightshade on Amazon the Freebie is located in a box between the Book pricing and the book trailer. The box says:

More to Explore
Read an exclusive bonus prequel from Andrea Cremer's exciting new novel, Nightshade [PDF].

That's were you click to get the words bonus prequel and you'll get the story in PDF form. It's 85 pages long.

Link to amazon for book:

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Lisarenee | 7659 comments Free to all Fear the Darkness by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Fear the Darkness (Dark-Hunter, #11) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

According to Kenyon's website: "This is a special thank you to readers for all the great years. It's a small story about Nick's homecoming to New Orleans after his mother's death and after Katrina."

Free story can be downloaded from:

Somehow I think we should be thanking her.:)

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Lisarenee | 7659 comments A Hathaway Wedding is a free short story available on Lisa Kleypas' website:

message 5: by Lisarenee (last edited Dec 18, 2010 06:51AM) (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Here is the link to Kelley Armstrong's free stories:

The below information was gotten from Kelley's website:

You will find the following stories on Kelley Armstrong's website:

One of the 2010 stories. What did Derek and Simon do when they were separated from Chloe in The Awakening? Find out in this story, now in progress.

How Derek and Simon’s dad disappeared and they ended up at Lyle House.

Origin story for Katiana, an Edison Group subject who also appears in “Kisses from Hell.” First published in Eternal Kiss.

Very short story written as an extra for Frostbitten. It takes place before the book begins, and launched the investigation that eventually led Elena and Clay to Alaska.

Short story originally published in SpectraPulse Magazine. In Frostbitten, Elena mentions tracking a killer in Winnipeg. This is that story.

This graphic novella tells the story of Elena’s “becoming” a werewolf—that dark period from the time Clay bites her through her escape to Toronto.

Framed novella
Nick wakes up next to a stranger. Nothing new for Nick…except that this woman’s dead. He’s sure he’s being framed. With the rest of the Pack busy, he’s determined to handle this on his own.

Talia discovers the truth about her son, Adam’s, heritage.

Xavier gets the “From Hell” letter theft job.

The Case of the Half-Demon Spy
Paige & Adam’s first sleuthing adventure.

Karl Marsten before the events of Bitten.

Eve’s incarceration at the compound.

A Kenneth adventure!

Truth & Consequences
Here I first created the character of Elena. If you’ve read Bitten, you may recognize some aspects of the story, which were briefly recounted there. The events were the impetus (or excuse) for Elena deciding to leave the Pack—a resolve which she must break at the start of Bitten." (All the above Free online story information gotten off of Kelley's website, so check it out!)

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Lisarenee | 7659 comments From the author of Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) by Jennifer Estep Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, #2) by Jennifer Estep Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3) by Jennifer Estep

Here is the link to the short stories by Jennifer Estep:

The following information was found on Jennifer Estep's website. For more information on Jennifer and to read some of her excerpts and the free short stories listed below check out her website: :)

Some of the free short stories you'll find on Jennifer Estep's website are:
"Spider’s Bar­gain: This is a short story that takes place before the events of Spider’s Bite, the first book in the Ele­men­tal Assas­sin series. In Spider’s Bar­gain, Gin Blanco takes on a cor­rupt cop, but only one of them will be left stand­ing in the end.

Web of Death: This short story takes place after the events of Spider’s Bite but before the begin­ning of Web of Lies. In Web of Death, Gin Blanco’s retire­ment is inter­rupted by some unwanted guests.

Web of Deceit: This short story takes place when Gin is a teenager. It’s told from the point of view of Fletcher Lane, Gin’s assas­sin men­tor, and focuses on Gin’s first solo job as the assas­sin the Spi­der.

Poi­son: This short story takes place when Gin is a teenager and is told from the point of view of Finnegan Lane, Gin’s fos­ter brother.

Wasted: This short story takes place in between the events of Web of Lies and Venom. One day, a beau­ti­ful woman walks into the bank where Finn works, and trou­ble soon fol­lows." (Directly quoted from Jennifer's website to entice you to check out her website. Why am I tempted to write step into my parlor said the spider to the fly? - lol)

message 7: by Erika (new)

Erika (erikareading) Here are some resources I usually use to find free short stories (and books). I've linked to the story sections:



You can usually download these to whichever format you want or read online. So if you have an ereader you can read them on there. Just to note, both of these sites also sell books, but you do not have to create an account to download the free ones.

I can post about the ones I really recommend as I read. This is a great idea for a thread!

message 8: by Erika (last edited Dec 18, 2010 07:32AM) (new)

Erika (erikareading) Haven't read it yet, but some may be interested:

The Wedding of Antanasia Jessica Packwood and Lucius Valerieu Vladescu I
by Beth Fantasky

The Wedding of Antanasia Jessica Packwood and Lucius Valeriu Vladescu by Beth Fantaskey

(...what a title!)

A spin-off short story of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Darkside is available for free to read online on the author's website:

message 9: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Erika said, "A spin-off short story of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Darkside is available for free to read online on the author's website."

I can't believe I forgot that one. I read it and loved it.

message 10: by Purr More (new)

Purr More (m222) A variety of free reads from Moira Rogers website.

message 11: by Lisarenee (last edited Dec 28, 2010 10:22AM) (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Karen Chance's website has free short stories. They can be downloaded in ebook format.:

Stories include:
-"The Gauntlet" (a Kit Marlowe short) is the prequel to "The Queen's Witch"
-"The Queen's Witch" (a Kit Marlowe short)
-"The Day of the Dead" - Contains spoilers for Touch the Dark and Claimed by Shadow.
Soon to come stories:
- "A Family Affair" (a John Pritkin short)
- "Shadowland" (a John Pritkin short)
- "Masks" (a Mircea Basarab short)

message 12: by Lisa S (new)

Lisa S (kasey_k_fan) Thanks for filling me in on all thses free reads. I got a KOBO for Christmas now, I have things to put on it. LOL

message 13: by Shay (new)

Shay | 923 comments Jon Krakauer, I guess, says he was duped of money by Greg Mortenson, the author of Three Cups of Tea. He has a free "mini" ebook: (It's free for 72 hours by entering an email address) 60 Minutes recently did a story on the scandal involving the charity.

message 14: by The UHQ Nasanta (new)

The UHQ Nasanta (uhqs) | 829 comments Interesting. It'd be such a shame if the story is true. Thanks for the notice, Shay.

message 15: by Shay (new)

Shay | 923 comments Well, it's pretty compelling evidence. It appears that there are legitimate criticisms to be made about how Mortenson spent the money raised for charity. Including how money raised from school children was spent to apparently prop up sales of his book and that Mortenson did not turn over any money received from speaking engagements to the charity. Moreover that he spent the charity's money for expenses related to the speaking engagements- air fair including chartered jets, hotel rooms, etc.- and never turned over the reimbursements to the charities for those expenses that he received from the people holding the events.

message 16: by Janet (new)

Janet | 43 comments Bookyurt's weekly web ramble is pretty good at gathering free excerpts & short stories around the web into one place. (I love websites that do the work for me.)

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