18 July 2014

Feeding Your eReader Friday features HOT FREE or almost free ($0.99) ebooks


Here's this week's FABulous selection of FREE & almost free ($0.99 ) Kindle books selected for your eReader. This list is carefully chosen and I have either read the title or am recommending it as I highly respect the author. 

Some of these offers may not last for long, so if you see a book you'd like - click on the  book's cover image and/or the underlined link to download it from Amazon.com. 

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In addition to this week's listings, I'm going to offer a strong recommendation that you take Amazon's new reader subscription service - KindleUnlimited - out for a drive. Amazon offers a FREE 30-day-trial, so you can definitely take it out for a fairly care free spin. Make sure to read whatever books you borrow. According to an article today in Digital Book World, publishers receive payment once the borrower starts to read, while you need to read 10% of the title for Indie authors to receive payment. There are over 600,000 books and audiobooks in KU library, so do give it a shot. I look forward to hearing from you about your experience there - pro or con.


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I hope you all took advantage of last week's free books and stuffed your eReaders. It was quite a wonderful selection. Congrats Part of a promotion of the first book in an author's series. Most of those offers are now over, but there are still some great FREE books available. And I hope that you'll all leave feedback for these authors via some reviews and ratings. They appreciate it as do readers who want to know more about a book before purchasing. Your opinion counts!



I really love M. Malone's The Alexander's series. If you haven't already read it and you love HOT romance, interesting characters, a little suspense, and a group of brothers that all the women lust for ... the first book in the series is offered for free. Here's my review of the The Alexanders.
One More Day: The Alexanders, Book 1 (Jackson + Ridley) by M. Malone
Death took everything from him.

Jackson Alexander was born with the voice of an angel and his only dream was to “make it". But his devotion to his music meant he was too busy working to protect his wife. After her death, he made a promise to himself.

He’d never sing again.

Ridley Wells has a habit of picking the wrong men but she’s never ended up on the radar of a Mafia don before. Hiding out with her twin sister makes the most sense except she never thought her sister would be halfway around the world. Or that she'd be mistaken for her sister by the sexiest man she has ever seen.

There’s a dark, broken spirit inside of Jackson that she knows she can heal. But the depth of her lies threatens the trust between them until Ri has to make a choice.

Trust him or break him all over again.



Congratulations to Ava Miles who hit the Independent Publishers Amazon Bestseller List (in the No. 1 spot) with Nora Roberts Land. Curious to see what all the buzz is about? Well, it's still free so click through now! Ava's Dare Valley series, of which this is the first book, reside on my must-read. I can't believe that this series is just a little over a year old and these six books (plus one Dare River title in a spin-off series) already feel like "classics." Ava is an incredible writer and has one of the most generous spirits around. (This comes through in her books. They are imbued with her positive philosophy of life.) So pick up a book that might just change your life a bit... It's free and it's pretty darn wonderful! Read an interview with Ava from this past January about the Dare Valley series.
Nora Roberts Land (Dare Valley Series Book 1) by Ava Miles
Journalist Meredith Hale's ex-husband claimed her Nora Roberts addiction gave her unrealistic expectations about marriage, and she believed him. All dreams of happily ever after--or Nora Roberts Land as her mother calls it--went up in smoke. But when her family asks her to temporarily help their Dare Valley, Colorado newspaper, she decides it's time to change her life and prove her ex wrong. She's determined to find her own small-town Nora Roberts hero, prove that true love exists, and publish a story about her quest.

War correspondent Tanner McBride has just returned stateside to work for a major newspaper, and the last thing he expects is blackmail. Yet, before he can even unpack, he's headed to Colorado. His assignment? Make his boss's ex-wife fall for him and then break her heart. Her article about discovering love à la Nora might air dirty laundry about her marriage to the media mogul, threatening his senate run. The mogul wants Meredith stopped, and he makes sure Tanner has no choice in the matter.

When the two meet, the sparks between them are undeniable. Meredith, who vowed never to date another journalist, begins to succumb. Could Tanner be her Nora Roberts hero? As they work together to uncover the truth behind a suspicious death, the depth of their feelings unfolds and both realize they've kept their secrets for far too long. But before the truth can be revealed, their investigation takes a deadly turn, one that might make Meredith's personal Nora Roberts Land go up in flames.


As a transatlantic trip is not in my immediate future, I love traveling virtually to France via Laura Florand's Amour et Chocolat and La Vie En Rose series. Florand's books remind me of that box of truffles from Maison du Chocolat that where opened and shared after dinner in my French "families'" Paris apartment. When one took a truffle it was first carefully examined, scented, then tasted ... slowly, carefully, with each bite savored. I tend to read her books in the same manner and let her lyrical prose sweep me away to my other favorite home.. Right now, the fourth book in her Amour et Chocolat series is offered for free. (It also is the first book in the La Vie En Rose series and takes place in Provence.) Read an interview with Laura about her two series.
Now, in the third book in the Amour et Chocolat series, a book USA Today calls “so romantic and sexy”, Florand takes us from Paris to summer in Provence, for the steamy encounter between top chef Gabriel Delange and the daughter of his worst enemy, Jolie Manon. Hot-tempered Gabriel isn’t above blackmail to get what he wants, but what he wants might very well be Jolie herself. Because in the heat and sun of Provence, where jasmine and roses climb up old colored walls and fountains play in ancient stone villages, even a beast can prove he is a prince at heart . . .


I remember purchasing this book by Nana Malone when I first received my Kindle - and was so excited to discover the variety of books that were offered at a discount or, indeed, without charge. I wasn't sure what to expect, but Game, Set, Match won me over. (I love second-chance at love stories.) Malone is a sassy writer, who also explores the emotional depths of her protagonists. Be prepared to keep some Kleenex nearby... It's a great story.
Game, Set, Match (A Humorous Contemporary Romance) (Love Match Book 1) by Nana Malone
Off the court, tennis star Jason Cartwright's playboy image is taking a public beating. On the court, he's down forty-love. A knee injury is shutting down his game, and the paparazzi are splashing his love life on every magazine. A comeback is in order, but the makeover he needs to save his faltering career is in the hands of the woman he loved and left fifteen years ago.

While single-mom, Izzy Connors, sees people for who they really are through the lens of her camera, even without it, she knows Jason isn't the star he appears to be. Although his charm and good looks haven't dimmed since he broke her heart, all she sees is his wasted talent and playboy lifestyle.

Can Izzy put the past behind her and help Jason get his game, and his image, back on track? Or will the click of her camera shatter his world as well as his heart?



Lisa Hughey's The Family Stone romantic suspense series ROCKS. If you love edge-of-your-seat reads that engage the reader from the first page ... well, read this series. Right now, book one is available for free. Go on. I dare you! Click through now to add Stone Cold Heart to your eLibrary. Read an interview with Lisa about The Family Stone series.
Stone Cold Heart (Family Stone #1 Jess) (Family Stone Romantic Suspense) by Lisa Hughey
Jess Stone, former FBI sniper, always felt like the kid who looks in the candy store window but could never afford to go in. But on a humanitarian mission to aid an earthquake ravaged country, finally she finds a place where she fits, in Colin Davies' arms, and working for Global Humanitarian Relief, her big brother's company. But can the former SAS thaw Jess's stone cold heart?


I love a good romantic suspense thriller. When features a bit of archaeology and/or art history? I'm sold. That's why I've purchased this ebook by Rachel Grant as well as the second book in the series (find it and five other novels in the Crimes of Passion collection under the Books for $0.99 banner.
Concrete Evidence (Evidence Series Book 1) by Rachel Grant
A year ago she lost everything. Now she wants revenge...

Accused of stealing artifacts from a five-hundred-year-old shipwreck, underwater archaeologist Erica Kesling is determined to clear her name. She's concealed her past and taken a job certain to give her access to the buyer of the missing antiquities. She's finally closing in on her goal when she's distracted by a sexy, charismatic intern who makes her want something other than revenge.

But Lee Scott is no intern. He's looking for the lead conspirator in an international artifact smuggling scheme, and Erica is his prime suspect. He'll do whatever it takes to win her trust and get her to reveal her secrets, even seduce her.

As Erica and Lee struggle to conceal their real agendas, the one thing they can't hide is the attraction that burns hot between them. When Erica's quest puts her life in jeopardy, Lee must choose between old loyalties and a woman he never expected to fall for.










Avery Flynn's first book in her new Sweet Indulgence Brewery series sounds like a fun and HOT contemporary romance. Plus it's about a brewery. Hot summer day + a bottle or two of beer (or the virtual equivalent) sounds perfect to me.
Enemies on Tap (a Sweet Salvation Brewery Novel) (Entangled Indulgence) by Avery Flynn
Brewing up trouble one pint at a time.

Enemies ...After years away, Miranda Sweet returns to Salvation, Virginia to save her family's brewery, but her fate is in the hands of her lover-turned-enemy, Logan. What's a girl to do when the only person who can help her is the man who betrayed her?

Lovers ...Logan Martin can't believe his luck when the woman who smashed his heart to smithereens walks into his bank asking for his help. What she doesn't know is that he needs the land her brewery is on--and he'll do whatever it takes to get it.

An Irresistible Combination ...Their wager becomes a battle between their attraction and their determination to win. But it's in each other's arms that they realize there might be more at stake now than their bet. With the town against the Sweet Salvation Brewery's success, Logan has to choose between what's expected of him and what he really wants...


Hats off to Tule Group Publishing and Montana Born Books for this fabulous new Montana Born Fair series. I fell in love with the first book, Nancy Robards Thompson's novella, Beauty and the Cowboy (Montana Born Fair Book 1) and cannot wait to read this second book. I'm adding Marietta, Montana, to my must-visit someday list, as well!
Cowgirl Come Home (Montana Born Fair Book 2) by Debra Salonen
Some dreams come with a big price tag.

Bailey Jenkins left her hometown of Marietta, Montana, at eighteen, poised to take college and the rodeo world by storm–despite Paul Zabrinski. On the eve of her great escape, at the top of the Ferris Wheel at the Big Marietta Fair, he invoked his great-grandmother Hilda’s curse. “If you do this, Bailey Jenkins, I will hate you forever. And I’ll call on my great-grandmother to curse you. She was a Gypsy witch, you know.”

Fifteen years later, Bailey’s back–shattered, humbled by fate and bruised at the soul level but determined to rebuild–once she helps her parents get back on their feet. She didn’t expect Paul Zabrinski to meet her plane, but seeing him strong, handsome and successful is somehow fitting. After all, Bailey didn’t need Paul’s gypsy great-grandmother to put a curse on her–Bailey already had the worst luck on the planet.
Never say never.

One look at Bailey Jenkins–his first love, the woman he adored…and cursed–and every emotion Paul Zabrinski felt fifteen years earlier comes rushing back. The love of his life broke his heart and made him hate her…or so he thought. The line between love and hate is very narrow, with only so much room for forgiveness. But Paul Zabrinski owns Big Z Hardware and Construction. If anyone is capable of building a bridge for them to cross together, it’s him.


I love a good paranormal romance. I love shifter romances. Combine the two, add in a fabulous and mysterious Eastern European setting, some HOT romance, and plenty of plot twists and thrills - well you've sold me! Cloaked in Fur, the debut novel by Australian author T.F. Walsh, is a great read and a fascinating story. It's on sale, for just a few days, so make sure to click now to add a bit of paranormal romance to your weekend. (Read my interview with T.F.)
Cloaked in Fur (Crimson Romance) by T.F. Walsh
A supernatural romance with a fresh twist on werewolf and paranormal mythology.
Cloaked in Fur sees rebellious Daciana cast into a life-threatening adventure against her will to uncover who is killing her friends before the predator sets its sights on her.

She'll do whatever it takes to stop the creature responsible. The police and her boyfriend, Inspector Connell Lonescu, are starting to question her involvement in the murders, which endangers her pack's secret existence. But when her alpha kidnaps Connell, revealing the awful truth about the creature and its connection to the pack, Daciana must choose between saving the man she loves and saving her pack family from certain death.

Warning: Bloodthirsty werewolves, sexy shifters, and edge-of-your-seat adventure.


All you need is your beach blanket and this contemporary romance collection from some of the funniest and sassiest writers around - and you're set for your summer weekend of reading & relaxing!
Three Southern Beaches: A Summer Beach Read Box Set by Kathleen Brooks, Christie Craig, Robyn Peterman
Three of the funniest bestselling romance authors have joined together to provide three novellas set on Hung Island, a fictional resort along the coast of Georgia.

All Hung Up
A Romantic Suspense by Kathleen Brooks

When Trey Everett meets Hollywood star Taylor Jefferies for the first time in the small town of Keeneston, the normally outgoing college football star can barely put two words together. But after one crazy day together, Trey knows he's found something special with Taylor.

Six years have passed and they are both out of college and living out their dream jobs on a small island along the coast of Georgia. Trey’s ready to ask Taylor one little question to secure their happiness. The only problem stopping his fairy tale ending is that someone is determined to kill the mood . . . and the love of his life.

Divorced, Desperate and Dangerous
A Contemporary Romance by Christie Craig

Detective Turner Calder belongs to the No Ball and Chain Gang. Meaning, no way, no how will he ever let another woman into his heart. He hasn’t even been tempted after what his ex put him through. Yet while working undercover on the trail of one of Texas’ largest drug dealers, Reece Morris gets closer to him than any woman has in two years. Not that’s there’s a snowball chance in Hades it will lead anywhere once she discovers the truth. But two months later, when Turner realizes his now imprisoned suspect has hired someone to knock off witnesses and Reece is one of them, he’s dead set on saving her. If that means taking on her seventy-year-old grandma who has a black belt in Karate, a hired assassin—who scares him less than Granny—and the whole bat-shit crazy town of Hung, Georgia, he’s up for the challenge. Turner is about to turn over a brand new leaf, and get hung up on love.

Ready to Were
A Paranormal Romance by Robyn Peterman

I never planned on going back to Hung Island, Georgia. Ever. I was a top notch Were agent for the secret paranormal Council and happily living in Chicago where I had everything I needed – a gym membership, season tickets to the Cubs and Dwayne – my gay, Vampyre best friend. Going back now would mean facing the reason I’d left and I’d rather chew my own paw off than deal with Hank.

Hank the Tank Wilson was the six foot three, obnoxious, egotistical, perfect-assed, best-sex-of-my-life, Werewolf who cheated on me and broke my heart. At the time, I did what any rational woman would do. I left in the middle of the night with a suitcase, big plans and enough money for a one-way bus ticket to freedom. I vowed to never return.

But here I am, trying to wrap my head around what has happened to some missing Weres without wrapping my body around Hank. I hope I don’t have to eat my words and my paw.


Just in case you missed preordering this amazing collection of TEN contemporary romances from Crimson, you still have a chance to add this to your library for the can't-be-beat price of $0.99.
Modern Love by Alicia Hunter Pace, Elley Arden, Rachel Cross, Debra Kayn, Heather Thurmeier, Peggy Bird, Katie Kenyhercz, Jennifer DeCuir, Robyn Neeley, JM Stewart
When love calls, it’s rarely easy but always memorable, and definitely worth turning the pages. Recapture the thrill, the delicious anticipation of finding your happily ever after in these 10 unforgettable, hot stories by some of today’s brightest names:


  • Her Knight in Black Leather - J.M. Stewart
  • Destination Wedding - Robyn Neeley
  • Drawn to Jonah - Jennifer DeCuir
  • On the Fly - Katie Kenyhercz
  • Wildly - Debra Kay
  • Falling for You - Heather Thurmeier
  • Beginning Again - Peggy Bird
  • Spiraling - Rachel Cross
  • Save My Soul - Elley Arden
  • Sweet Gone South - Alicia Hunter Pace



I bought this collection because the second book in Rachel Grant's romantic suspense series is featured, but each title looks interesting. Check it out!
Crimes of Passion: 6 Romantic Suspense Books (A Crimes of the Heart Collection) by Toni Anderson, Terri Reid, M.A. Comley, Rachel Grant, Jennifer Blake, Denise Grover-Swank
BODY OF EVIDENCE (Evidence Series) - Rachel Grant
In North Korea retrieving the remains of GIs, archaeologist Mara Garrett is arrested and sentenced to death for spying. Curt Dominick, an ambitious, infuriatingly sexy US attorney mounts a rescue mission that morphs into an explosive chase across the Pacific. Desire clashes with loyalty when the conspiracy they uncover threatens not only their lives but national security.
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HER SANCTUARY (HER - Romantic Suspense Series) - Toni Anderson
Running for her life, ex-FBI agent Elizabeth Ward escapes to the solitude of Montana with a new identity. Nat Sullivan, struggling to keep his ranch from bankruptcy, doesn't need a beautiful stranger complicating his life. But Elizabeth isn't what she seems. And when a murderer and rapist track her down, they all discover the power of revenge -- and redemption.
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TWENTY-EIGHT AND A HALF WISHES (Rose Gardner Mystery - Book 1) - Denise Grover Swank
Rose Gardner's had visions before, but never of herself dead. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered instead, she's the prime suspect. Rose makes a bucketlist of 28 wishes, targeting neighbor Joe, with secrets of his own, for #15: Do more with a man. Then her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in jail isn't her biggest worry.
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LOOSE ENDS (A Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery - Book 1) - Terri Reid
Combining her cop experience with a talent to communicate with ghosts, PI Mary O'Reilly's big challenge is convincing the handsome police chief she's not nuts. But when the ghost of a woman drowned in a Senator's swimming pool 24 years ago points to a connection with the cold cases of five missing girls, Mary becomes a target of a serial killer out to tie up all his loose ends.
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LOVE AND SMOKE (Contemporary Collection) - Jennifer Blake
Riva Staulet triumphed over past betrayal to reinvent herself as a woman of wealth and power. Noel has always been a Southern gentleman of rock-solid principle, stalward in his sense of justice. When a ruthless politician from her past resurfaces, Riva must risk utter ruin to prove him a murderer. And as death and disaster loom, Noel must choose to stand with her or against her.
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PAST TEMPTATION (Temptation Series) - M A Comley
Until now, Nicole's main focus in life has been running her successful business while raising her daughter, Sammy Jo, single-handedly. Now, Nicole's ex-boyfriend, Josh, has turned up determined to rekindle the relationship he ran out on. But before they get the chance to pick up where they left off, Nicole's personal life is put in mortal danger.


These are four of my favorite paranormal romance authors - and they're writing a new series - TOGETHER! I'll be honest. In case you didn't pre-order it as I did, here's your chance to grab this collection for just $0.99. And don't forget to enter the launch day contest.
Masters of Seduction: Books 1-4: Paranormal Romance Boxed Set by Lara Adrian, Donna Grant, Laura Wright, Alexandra Ivy
Summer 2014 is going to sizzle with the launch of a sexy new series from four of the hottest authors in paranormal romance!

Surrender to sinful pleasures and forbidden passions with Masters of Seduction, the sizzling new paranormal romance novella series from New York Times and internationally bestselling authors Lara Adrian, Donna Grant, Laura Wright and Alexandra Ivy

In the realm of the Incubi Masters, pleasure is to die for and love is the deadliest game of all . . .

Merciless: House of Gravori ~ by Lara Adrian
Seeking vengeance for the murder of his brother, Incubus Master Devlin Gravori demands justice from the high court of the Nephilim. But fury and retribution are no match for the consuming desire he feels for Nahiri, the beautiful Nephilim warrior he claims as his hostage.

Soulless: House of Romerac ~ by Donna Grant
Incubus Master Canaan Romerac is focused solely on revenge against those who betrayed him and put him in the Oubliette for five hundred years. That is until he sets eyes on Rayna. Can the beautiful Nephilim heal Canaan’s wounded soul before it’s too late?

Shameless: House of Vipera ~ by Laura Wright
Sexy Incubus Master Scarus Vipera has grown weak, and the only thing that will strengthen him again is Rosamund, the power-rich female of the Harem. But the mysterious Nephilim is determined to leave the Harem untouched, her heart intact.

Ruthless: House of Xanthe ~ by Alexandra Ivy
Jian, Master of the House Xanthe, has devoted his life to returning his family to their former prominence. When he’s offered a contract to hunt down the missing Sovereign, he’s eager to accept. The last thing he expects is to encounter a stunningly beautiful angel who stirs more than his lust.

This all-new, never-before-published boxed set contains the first four novellas in the Masters of Seduction series. Each book in the collection is approximately 20-25,000 words.

PREORDER


This promises to be a HOT collection! Preorder it now...
Hot Alpha SEALs: Military Romance Megaset
12 New York Times, USA Today or Award-winning bestselling Hot Alpha Authors bring you this Military Romance Megaset for your reading pleasure:
THE KISS OF A SEAL by Award-winning Author Anne Elizabeth -- Jessa Grainger's world is rocked by the kiss of a SEAL, SO-1 Link Tyler. It wouldn't be a problem for an ordinary person, but being a Navy Consultant working on the Amphibious Base as well as being engaged to a SWCC man make the situation very sticky.
NIGHT WITH A SEAL (Hot SEALS #1) by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Cat Johnson --When navigating military red tape begins to present more challenges than the enemy, it makes SEAL Jon Rudnick question his future. So does Alison Cressly, the one woman he can't get out of his head.
HOT BAYOU SEAL by Award-winning author Cindy Dees -- SEAL Ford Alambeaux is a busted up SEAL on his way out of the teams. Trina Zarkos is being tossed out of SEAL training like every other female candidate...until they're thrown together on a way off-book mission to see if she can play with the big boys or not.
DELTA: RETRIBUTION by USA Today bestselling author Cristin Harber -- Fallen Navy SEAL and Titan Group's Delta recruit Trace Reeves wants nothing more than a one-night stand to forget that his twin brother was killed-in-action. But when his one-time fling becomes his high value target, the lines blur between her rescue mission and saving himself.
WATCH OVER ME (An Uncharted SEAL story) by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Delilah Devlin -- Deke Warrick's unsanctioned detail is to keep tabs on a congressman's niece while she vacations in the Caribbean. He's determined to keep his distance, from the beautiful Nicky Martir--until she's snatched from their hotel room.
SEAL'S OBSESSION (A Take No Prisoners story) by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Elle James -- Mission: Halt pirate activities off the coast of Honduras. SEAL TEAM 10's Jack Fischer goes undercover as a deck hand on a medical boat where he finds himself falling for the dedicated Dr. Natalie Rhoades.
The SEAL (a Sex, Lies & Spies novella) by USA Today bestselling author Gennita Low -- Mari Lords is tasked by her father to steal the seal that is an important clue in a round-the-world treasure hunt called The Game. When her opportunity comes during a party, she finds another kind of SEAL, Angel Marcello.
UNBREAKABLE SEAL by USA Today bestselling author J.M. Madden -- Maxwell Tate fights against a psychotic dream world, until he no longer knows what's real. Lacey Adams knows she can't save all of her cases, but can she salvage the unbreakable SEAL?
MISTER BLACK A Billionaire SEAL Story, Part 1 (In the Shadows) by Award-winning author P.T. Michelle --He is Black: a deadly enforcer and masterful seducer. I am Red: a justice bleeder and willing participant. When our secrets converge in a passionate encounter, stepping out of the shadows just might be worth the risk.
STONE HARD SEAL by Award-winning author Sabrina York --When Ryder "Stone" Maddox's meets Lily Wilson--a senator's daughter who is definitely off-limits--he's determined to keep his distance, despite her irresistible allure. But Lily has plans of her own...to put his heart of stone to the test.
SEAL'S PROMISE by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Hamilton --Navy SEAL T.J. Talbot, SEAL Team 3's bad boy, makes a deathbed promise to protect and care for his fallen buddy's wife and child. The only problem is, she hates him.
BREAKING TIES (a SEAL Team Heartbreakers story) by bestselling author Teresa Reasor -- Navy SEAL Oliver Shaker is blindsided when he learns that not only does his wife, Selena, have a life-threatening illness, but she's also pregnant, stretching their marriage to the breaking point.


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In addition to Amazon's new KindleUnlimited monthly subscription service, don't forget that fabulous resource next door... your community library!

As an admitted bookaholic, I began finding my second home in a library at a very young age. No wonder my personal library (physical and digital) has to be organized by subject, author, and title!

Truly, your library is a resource that provides a way to explore and support authors that is unparalleled. In addition to OpenLibrary.org (that anyone, anywhere can join for free), I know that I've been able to discover authors and books through my library's Overdrive collection that are truly amazing. Also, I search for favorite authors and titles and if they're not represented in the collection, I find them through the handy Overdrive tool and suggest them - and many have been added!

If your library doesn't have access to Overdrive, you might want to check with some libraries in larger cities as they might provide access mostly free of charge (with proof of residence) for state residents. Seattle Library offers fee-based access ($85 fee for all WA residents), while Brooklyn and New York Public Library (NYS residents), Free Library of Philadelphia (PA residents), and Houston Public Library (TX residents) offer access free of charge.

Some libraries also offer non-state-residents a library card for a small fee. These include: Brooklyn Public LibraryFairfax County Library (VA), Houston Public Library (TX), Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (NC), Monroe County Public Library (NY). You don't have to visit these libraries in person to sign up, but can do so either digitally or by post (see individual requirements and fees). With your library membership you will have digital access to the library's catalog, including Overdrive and, of course, if you visit the library in person most of these will honor your card for hard-copy book requests.

In addition to these options through your library, Amazon.com offers some other fabulous ways to find new authors and books. If you're an Amazon Prime member you can borrow one book from the Prime Library per month (this is in addition to Prime's free two-day shipping, videos, and music) and Amazon also has a wonderful Lend-a-Book program designed to let you lend a book to a friend from your personal library (you just can't access it for the two weeks it is lent).