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Samhain is hosting a Kindle ebook giveaway. The first book is Nate from Beth Williamson. You can download the ebook for FREE from Monday July 14th through Sunday July 20th.

Book Details:

Kindle ASIN: B000W5MIOE

Paperback ISBN: 978-1599986593

Cover Blurb:

Amidst the post-war chaos that rains down around them, a controlling man and a desperate woman must choose between life and love.

Book one of the Devils on Horseback series.

Nate Marchand grew up as the only son of the town drunk. As a Confederate soldier, he found that order in the chaos was the only thing that kept him sane. Numbers, information, keeping everything in its proper place became second nature. The chaos of the war and its aftermath sent him into a rigid state that he couldn’t seem to overcome.

He and his friends, nicknamed Devils on Horseback, leave behind the aftermath of war to start fresh in the west. Their new business venture flounders and desperation drives them to take whatever work they can. The Devils are hired to remove the Taggert family from land claimed by Samuel O’Shea, the largest landowner in Grayton, Texas.

When he meets Elisa Taggert, his entire world shifts beneath him. Attracted, bewildered, and off-kilter, Nate ignores his conscience in favor of his wallet.

The simple task of removing a woman, a boy, and an old man, along with a small herd of cattle, resembles a Medieval siege. Nate wrestles with what he knows is right with what he must do. Will his love for Elisa overcome his need for survival?

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, violence.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

5 Comments

  1. Jill D.
    Jul 15, 2008 @ 13:56:15

    Hi Jane,

    This may seem like a dumb question but, do you have to have a Kindle in order to download and read the book? I don’t have a Kindle so I was wondering if I could download the ebook to my computer and just read it from there.

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  2. Jane
    Jul 15, 2008 @ 21:54:14

    Jill D – not a dumb question at all because you do have to have a Kindle in order to access the free book.

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  3. Jill D.
    Jul 16, 2008 @ 07:29:56

    Drat! That’s what I was afraid of. Thanks for the info!

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  4. cecilia
    Jul 17, 2008 @ 22:07:47

    OK, here’s a dumb question – why are Kindle owners getting a freebie but nobody else?

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  5. Angela James
    Jul 18, 2008 @ 07:40:18

    In this case, Kindle is targeted specifically because it’s a different system and we can track Kindle sales specifically, including the authors’ backlist titles.

    As an ebook company, it’s a bit different for us to offer free ebooks than it is for a company like Tor. In the case of a traditional print company, they’re hoping a free ebook will boost print sales. Ebook sales are, at this point, a very nominal part of their business so they can take free ebooks as a loss leader.

    In ebook publishing, there are several different factors at play that don’t allow for this to happen. 1) authors work completely off royalties. So giving away an ebook means the author is giving up that money. There was no advance.

    2) We can’t take ebooks as loss leaders because they are the majority of our business, not a nominal part. So it would be a total write-off for us to give away a free ebook in all formats.

    Now that I’ve laid the background, I’ll go back to your question, why Kindle? Because Kindle is a closed system. You can’t read a Kindle format book on your computer, I don’t know of any way to share it with friends at this point, though I suppose someone might know of a way. It’s stored either on your Kindle or your Amazon account. That means by giving it away in a closed system, we’re not giving it to every ebook pirate in the free world. And we’re specifically targeting those customers, trying to get them hooked into buying our books on the Kindle.

    I’m sorry people feel upset by this, and in the future we’ll look at other free giveaways. I also know that viscerally, to people, the business explanation behind it doesn’t matter. They only know that they’re not getting something free that someone else is, and I’m sorry for that. However, there are always a lot of free ebook giveaways on the Samhain Cafe and the website, so there are other ways of taking advantage of the freebies!

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