The Giveaway: #Free books on #Nook, #Kobo, #iTunes Bookstore and more

Quite a few of the ongoing characters in my murder-less mystery series are Apache, and one of their customs is the giveaway. On special occasions, the family at the center of the event gives gifts to the community. Nothing necessarily expensive, but practical, simple things anyone can use. I like the idea of celebrating by giving. The release date for my next book is approaching, and I just had a birthday, so I decided to celebrate both these events by giving books away.

Three books will be free for sixty days. (Guess my age.) The Calling, book one in the Mae Martin Psychic Mystery Series, The Outlaw Women, the short prequel to the series, and Bearing, the standalone short read based on Apache myths. I call Bearing “subtle horror.” No gore or monsters, just the scare that creeps up.

Help yourself to one or to all three. Just click on the titles to find download links to all retailers. (Despite my requests, Amazon has not made The Outlaw Women free yet at the time of this posting, but heck, this blog is for people who don’t have Kindles, right?)

Happy reading, and happy Halloween. Any authors with free books that are available on Nook, Kobo and Apple, feel free to reply with the buy links from your web site.

The Calling

 The first Mae Martin Psychic Mystery

Obeying her mother’s warning, Mae Martin-Ridley has spent years hiding her gift of “the sight.” When concern for a missing hunter compels her to use it again, her peaceful life in a small Southern town begins to fall apart. New friends push her to explore her unusual talents, but as she does, she discovers the shadow side of her visions— access to secrets she could regret uncovering.

Gift or curse? When an extraordinary ability intrudes on an ordinary life, nothing can be the same again.

The Mae Martin Series

No murder, just mystery. Every life hides a secret, and love is the deepest mystery of all.


Win Four Books: A gift to thank you for reading my blog

If you’re reading this blog, you probably share my enthusiasm for good quality indie fiction, especially mysteries and thrillers. (I also list other genres on this site, though those are the ones I review.) I hope I’ve introduced you to some books you’ve enjoyed, and that you tried the e-book workouts to help you stay in shape while you finish all those bargain downloads. To thank you for following, I can’t give you all a gift, but I’m having a drawing. Two of my blog readers will win the current four books in the Mae Martin Series in paperback. Here’s how:

Send an e-mail to with the heading Blog Follower. Let me know which blog or blogs you follow (I have four*), and I’ll enter you in the give-away. I will reply confirming your entry.

You can ask to subscribe to my new release mailing list at the same time if you want, but I will not automatically subscribe you. Fear no spam. It’s not coming.

On Monday Sept. 28th at 12:00 noon I’ll close the entries and put all the names in a virtual hat and have a colleague pull two out. I will contact the winners and ask for their mailing addresses, and contact the other entrants with only the first name and last initial and general location of the winners, i.e. “Winners are Jane X in Saskatchewan and John Y in Florida.”

If you’re not yet familiar with my fiction, you can read the book descriptions on and also try a free sample:

This short story is a prequel to the series and is free on all major e-book retail sites. (If you look for it on the everywhereindies link you can browse through some great short fiction by other authors while you’re there.)

*The four blogs are: a blog dedicated to supporting and reviewing the work of indie authors who publish everywhere, not just Amazon. (It started as my Nook book shopping list and grew.) a blog about the mysteries of life and reviews of mysteries set in New Mexico. You’ll find descriptions of all the books there, and also on a group blog with seven other women who write mysteries, dedicated to the topic of writing, from craft to inspiration, with freedom to digress as we see fit. a book review blog covering everything I read, from yoga philosophy to cozy mysteries to literary fiction to thrillers and more.