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Free Fiction Download & 10 Book Giveaway: Jennifer Estep’s Spider’s Bargain

Cover image for Spider's BiteLast winter we linked to a free fiction short from author Caroline Linden and I was contacted by Pocket to see if we would host a free fiction download for author Jennifer Estep. Of course we would. Readers like free fiction and I think it’s a great opportunity to be introduced to the writing voice of a particular author.

Today we have Spider’s Bargain by Jennifer Estep. This short fiction work ties into Estep’s February release, Spider’s Bite. You can download the PDF here. At Jennifer’s site, you can read more about the series, discover the cast of characters, and even obtain a recipe or two.

If you want to win a copy of a Spider’s Bite, the first book in the series, leave a comment. We will be giving away 5 print copies and 5 digital copies of Spider’s Bite to a total of 10 random commenters. Please indicate whether you want a digital or print copy. I hope you enjoy.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and 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


  1. Crista
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 12:00:24

    I’ve been hearing so many wonderful things about Spider’s Bite. The opening line alone is priceless! It’s on my wishlist, but free is always good. I’ll take either format, so long as I can read the electronic copy on my Sony e-reader.

  2. Jennifer M
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 12:05:39

    I put this book on my wishlist as soon as I heard about it. It sounds really interesting and I’d love to win a free copy.

    I don’t read print books anymore, so if I win, I’d like a digital copy (in Kindle format if possible).

  3. Danielle Yockman
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 12:07:02

    This sounds like an interesting series. Might pick it up either way! As for the giveaway, I can take either format.

  4. Cheryl McInnis
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 12:08:26

    I’ve read Jennifer’s Bigtime series and really enjoyed it! I didn’t realize that she had a new series coming out, I’d love to win a digital copy :-)

  5. Donna S
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 12:10:40

    Sounds like a great start to a new series. I would love the chance to read it. I would prefer a print copy as I dont have a e-reader. Thanks for the chance.

  6. Jennifer
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 12:13:19

    Sounds interesting. I’d take an e-book, since I live in France and shipping is expensive.

  7. marelou
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 12:13:26

    This sounds like a kickass series and yes, that opening line is very intriguing. I’ll have to put it on my list. I prefer a print copy.

  8. AnnB
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 12:33:40

    Oh this sounds great! I’d like to put in for a print copy. Thanks!

  9. Cindy
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 12:44:50

    Sounds like a good story. I’d like a copy either way, as long as the E-book is PDF. I would prefer print though.

  10. Bernita
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 12:47:30

    Nice that it’s the beginning of a series.I love series.
    Print please.

  11. Lori
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 12:50:23

    Oh I love the excerpt!

    I would love to win a digital copy. Love the original premise.

  12. Jade
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 12:53:23

    I’m always looking out for more fiction and this sounds like just the thing! I would love to have a digital copy, but wouldn’t mind print either, if it rolls that way. :D

  13. Carin
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 12:55:08

    Sounds interesting – UF with a steamy romance. And the cake recipe sounds yummy!

    If I win, I pick digital.

  14. Jessica
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 12:59:08

    Yay for free fiction!

    I would prefer print, but certainly wouldn’t say no to an e-book.

  15. Rstewie
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 13:05:52

    Please enter me for the drawing. I’d love an electronic copy, provided I can read it on Digital Editions.

    What a great marketing idea.

  16. Jennifer Estep
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 13:12:05

    I just want to chime in and say thanks to Jane and everyone here at Dear Author for featuring my free story and hosting the giveaway. You guys rock! I hope everyone enjoys the story and Spider’s Bite. Happy reading! :-)

    @Carin: Yes, the chocolate chip pound cake recipe is divine. It is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had/made, and it turns out perfectly every single time. I made several of the cakes over the holidays to give to friends and family.

  17. blodeuedd
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 13:16:03

    Love the new look btw, well it has been here awhile but still :)

    Would love to win a print copy if it is open to international readers.
    (so bad with reading those e-books so wont even try. I’ll give the chance to someone with a kindle)

  18. Peaches
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 13:26:56

    I would love a print copy of her book. I am a huge Estep fan!

  19. Stephanie
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 13:34:21

    Sign me up! I would love to have a digital copy of the book.

  20. Elaine G
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 13:35:46

    I’ve been hearing lots about this book.
    I prefer a print copy.

  21. Patti
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 13:47:27

    This sounds like an interseting series. I’d love to win a print copy. Thanks!

  22. Susan Laura
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 13:51:42

    Sounds good to me! And free fits my budget right now. I would be happy with either a print or digital copy.
    Thanks –

  23. tmb
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 14:15:44

    I like free stuff. I like romance novels. I don’t like spiders but I wouldlike to read this book. I would prefer digital but won’t turn my nose up at print.

  24. Natasha
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 14:16:55

    Been hearing about Spiders Bite all week. I’d take either, but rather print copy please.

  25. Jennifer U
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 14:20:18

    Wow. I read the short and really liked it. I’d love to read Spider’s Bite.

    If I win, I’d love a print copy.


  26. Diane V
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 14:42:52

    I would love a print copy of Spider’s Bite.

    Thanks for the info.

  27. Riva L
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 14:43:16

    Wow – this series looks really great! I’d love to win a copy of Spider’s Bite. Digital is fine with me.


  28. Ruth
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 14:49:52

    It sounds great and I would take either format.

  29. JB Hunt
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 14:51:36

    Oooooh, I would love a digital copy!

  30. Lisa
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 14:54:05

    I absolutely LOVE Jennifer’s work! And I’d love to win a print copy of Spider’s Bite…I’m very tactile and enjoy the whole experience of curling up with a book and turning the pages as I get drawn into the story.

  31. Trista
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 14:59:28

    These sound interesting I’d love a print copy!

  32. J
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 15:03:01

    I’ve been looking forward to reading Spider’s Bite since I read the excerpt a few months ago! I’d take either print or digital.

  33. Jessica
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 15:13:22

    The short story was intriguing and a good introduction. I’m looking forward to Spider’s Bite. I’d love either a print or e-copy.

  34. ~B
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 15:20:06

    Wouldn’t mind a digital copy. Hopefully not PDF, but that would be better than nothing.

  35. Lorraine from CA
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 15:34:58

    Sign me up! I’d love to win a copy. Either format will work for me. Thanks.

  36. Chris W
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 15:41:00

    I would like a digital copy – the free short was good – hopefully a new series to read:)

  37. Cybercliper
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 15:52:52

    Definitely a new to me author that I need to check out! Would love a print copy!

  38. dancechica
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 16:11:17

    I just read the excerpt for Spider’s Bite on Estep’s website and it sounds good. I would love to win a copy, preferably digital, but I don’t mind print.

  39. Cherie J
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 16:13:09

    Plese enter me. Would love to read this. I would prefer a print copy.

  40. Paula
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 16:22:11

    Downloaded the free story, thank you! I’d love a print copy.

  41. Maili
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 16:22:26

    Would love a digital copy of Spider’s Bite (awesome title, btw). Thank you.

  42. ms bookjunkie
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 16:28:43

    Okay, I’m interested.

    I’ll take digital in mobi or epub if it’s DRM free, otherwise print.

  43. Lisa
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 16:40:26

    I love Jennifer Estep’s books and a free copy of Spider’s bite would rock!! I’d love a digital copy in prc/mobi. Thanks!!

  44. Jackie U
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 16:40:49

    There was an interview on Marta Acosta’s blog with this author. Book sounds great!

    I’d prefer a Print, but wouldn’t turn away an e-book.

  45. Allie
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 16:44:37

    Psyched for the next Estep, whether I win or not. :D I’ve never been able to read a digital copy of anything, so I’d prefer print.

  46. Fiction Vixen
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 16:45:21

    I’ve heard this is a really great read. I’ve love to have a copy, print or digital work for me!

  47. Terhi
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 16:59:42

    Sounds cool, I’d love a chance at a copy too. =)
    I’m in Europe, so digital would probably be the most convenient.

  48. Lpenel
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 17:01:18

    I’d love digital (Kindle) copy. I’m excited to check out the free story.

  49. Sally
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 17:13:46

    This sounds interesting. Being a dinosaur, i would love a print copy.

  50. Christine M.
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 17:15:29

    I’m interested and I’d love a print copy, were I to win one :)

  51. Edie
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 17:55:45

    I heart Jennifer Estep muchly..

    If the ebook is readable on computer for internationals, I would love to be entered!

  52. has
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 18:00:36

    I like the sound of this new series and I will def check out the short.
    I would like the ebook and if its availiable to non US residents.

  53. Louise D
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 18:23:19

    After reading the short story I’m looking forward to reading more

  54. Linda Rader
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 18:31:30

    What a great short story. Action from the beginning word.

  55. MelissaG
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 18:40:04

    I would love a print copy of Spider’s bite. I have been eying it and it looks like a really fun read.

  56. Rebecca
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 18:46:27

    A digital copy. It looks great.

  57. Stacy S
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 18:48:27

    I’d love to win a print copy.

  58. Kaetrin
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 19:10:11

    Please count me in for the giveaway – digital copy is fine. Thx.

  59. Kristal
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 19:19:33

    Thanks for the story – I’d love a print copy of the book.

  60. Dana L
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 19:19:49

    Please enter me in the giveaway. Hard copy or digital copy is fine. Thanks.

  61. DeeCee
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 20:01:44

    Please enter me to win a print copy. Thanks.

  62. Karen W.
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 20:03:21

    Thanks for the free download. I’m very excited about SPIDER’S BITE and have it on my “wish list”!

    I would love a print copy.

  63. Kimberly B.
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 20:37:00

    I’d love to win a print copy. I’ve really enjoyed Estep’s other series.

  64. Kathryn
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 20:41:51

    I’ve been looking forward to this book since I first heard about it! I’d love a copy, print or digital.

  65. Sue A.
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 21:04:40

    I’d love a copy either print or digital, thanks!

  66. elisa
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 21:14:51

    print copy please. I liked Karma Girl, hope this is good as well!

  67. Pamk
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 21:16:21

    I would love to win a copy of this book. print digital heck either one would make me a happy girl.

  68. srishtee
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 21:27:55

    This author has been on my try-list. Please enter me in the digital copy. Thanks!!

  69. Ivy
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 21:33:09

    Talk about grabbing you & not letting go, I was sorry to see that taste end. Gin sounds kick ass, just the type I really enjoy. I can do either format. I have a Sony e-reader. Thanks for the chance.

  70. LisaC
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 21:57:48

    Count me in. Digital compatible with my kindle for iPhone. I look forward to the new release.

  71. El
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 22:08:26

    After reading the excerpt, I’m definitely interested. Print preferred, digital OK.

  72. Mariska
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 22:09:09

    Since I don’t have kindle or any E-reader, i would prefer print copy.

    I saw this cover couple times on some blogs, and i do really like to read it !

  73. TJ
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 22:24:08

    This series has been on my wishlist for awhile and I’d love to enter for a print copy!

    Thank you for the giveaway. :)

  74. LaurieF
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 22:40:35

    Would like a paper copy please but would take the ebook.

  75. MaryK
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 22:49:17

    Sounds interesting. I’d like to try a paper copy.

  76. SaraC
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 22:57:02

    would love to read a print copy of this!

  77. Denny Gill
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 23:00:42

    I would love to win a print copy of this book! Thank you.

  78. madscientistnz
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 23:30:33

    I’d love a print or electronic copy of Spiders Bite.

  79. Van P.
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 23:46:19

    I would love to win a print copy of this book! thank you for the giveaway!

  80. SRS
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 01:17:01

    I’m not usually a fan of urban paranormals, but the excerpt looked interesting and I’d love to give the book a try. As long as I can read the digital version on my Mac I don’t care whether I get the print or the digital version.

  81. Barbara
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 01:56:44

    Don’t usually read this type but from the blurb on the website I am intrigued…Print of ebook is fine (Kindle or something I can read on Adobe digital)

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  83. Wendy
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 04:22:38

    I can’t wait to read Spider’s Bite! Please count me in for a print copy. Thanks!

  84. Julie
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 05:43:51

    I’d love to have a copy of Spider’s Bite; either print or digital is fine with me. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  85. Sabrina
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 06:44:03

    I would love a print copy. I will have it one way or another when I comes out:)

  86. Liz
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 06:56:36

    If I win I would like a print copy please.

  87. Caitie
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 07:41:31

    I really enjoyed Estep’s Bigtime series…hadn’t heard about her upcoming release until now though. Will definitely be checking these out. (off to read the short now!)
    Would love to be entered for a print copy…thanks!

  88. catie james
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 08:16:27

    Oooo, mememememememe please! Print copy s’il vous plait. Merci beaucoup!

  89. maered
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 08:31:08

    Great contest! WOuld love to be entered for a print copy – if international readers are eligible.

  90. Jody W.
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 08:53:01

    I love Jennifer’s work! One of my few auto-buys. Digital for me, if I get lucky — I’ll get the print one myself. Thanks!

  91. CrystalGB
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 09:05:23

    Spider’s Bite is on my wishlist. It sounds wonderful. I would love to have either a print or digital copy.

  92. GSM
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 09:31:19

    I’ve read so many positive blogs about this book–It sounds great. I would prefer a print copy, but could take a digital as well.

  93. Teresa W.
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 09:40:35

    Would love to get a print copy!

  94. Helen R
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 10:45:15

    Would love a copy!

  95. Collette
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 10:55:15

    I just read the excerpt and would love to win a digital copy of Spider Bites. And I love the free short stories. I’m saving it for later.

  96. Mo
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 11:23:39

    I love finding new authors via free reads. Please pick me for a digital copy …..

  97. Kindle Vixen
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 11:28:46

    I have heard such great things about this book! I would love a digital copy :)

  98. Ferishia
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 12:18:54

    This looks interesting. I would love to win a digital copy! :)

  99. Lauren D
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 12:33:51

    Ooh! This is such a great deal. I’m a big Jennifer Estep fan. I really enjoy her Bigtime series and would love the chance to read Spider’s Bite. I’d like a digital copy of this book.

    Can’t wait for this to come out!

  100. Jessica Kennedy
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 12:53:55

    I’d love a copy! I’d prefer a print copy.

    Thanks for the chance to start this series.

  101. Renee
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 12:55:51

    I’ve been hearing such great things about Spider’s Bite on Twitter! I’m looking forward to checking out Spider’s Bargain. (Already downloaded the PDF.)

    Digital copy would be my preference.

  102. Linda
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 13:02:53

    Read the short, I had never read anything by this author before. I would like to enter the contest and either a hard copy or ebook would be fine.

  103. Marty
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 13:13:55

    I would love a copy in digital of Spider’s Bite in prc. I have it on my wish list.

  104. allison
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 13:16:52

    I hadn’t heard of this author before but it looks really intriguing!

    I’d love a paper copy, if at all possible. A digital copy would have to be .pdf as I’m not cool enough to have an e-reader just yet other than my phone.

  105. Janet S
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 13:35:29

    I’d love a digital copy. Thanks for the contest!

  106. Diane M.
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 13:50:39

    More books added to the list to purchase.

  107. Lisa N.
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 14:25:24

    I loved the Bigtime books and I can’t wait to read this new series! Either a paper or digital (pdf) copy would be fine with me.

  108. crystal
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 14:37:09

    Looks intriguing. I would love a print copy!

  109. mountie9
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 15:03:41

    I would LOVE to get a print copy. Her books are awesome!!

  110. jess
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 15:58:17

    Can’t wait to read the new book!!! Looks so interesting.

  111. Kelly
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 16:12:03

    gonna read the free download tonight…can’t wait

  112. foolserrant
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 16:37:34

    Oooh, free fiction! Yummy!

    I’d love to win a digital copy of Spider’s Bite.

  113. Ophe
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 21:27:01

    This looks like an interesting book! I don’t have a format preference.

  114. RKCharron
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 21:33:26

    Hi :)
    Thank you for the short story & the opportunity to win SPIDER’S BITE.
    I’d prefer print but will take ebook.

  115. Joder
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 21:45:39

    I love this genre and think this looks like a great read! I hope I get the chance to read it.

  116. Beleth
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 02:01:20

    I have this book on my wishlist and i would love to read it!

    I prefer printed book, but since i live outside US and i dont know if you can send it, i could also accept the ebook version (i have a sony ereader).

  117. Mary Beth
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 06:30:29

    The title alone makes this new series intriguing…Mixing urban fantasy, a kick-ass woman and of course, passion adds to the appeal. I’d love to read it for free (digital for my Sony reader). Thanks for this great opportunity!

  118. Karen
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 07:33:12

    Sign me up too! Either format (but digital would need to be for Kindle). Always love finding new series!

  119. MarieC
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 09:59:55

    The cover of this book looks fantastic! And the premise of the series…Wow!

    Would love to get either version (I’m just greedy that way!).

  120. Julie D
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 10:16:18

    Sounds like an interesting new series. Please throw my name in the hat as well. I’d actually prefer a print copy if I win.

  121. Sandy G
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 10:20:47

    This series sounds really interesting. If I win I’d like a print copy.

  122. Lisa G.
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 19:44:36

    I would love to win a print copy of this book. It sounds interesting and I love the cover!

  123. Marlene Breakfield
    Jan 23, 2010 @ 14:28:47

    I would love a print copy. It looks really good.

  124. gincam
    Jan 24, 2010 @ 10:00:26

    I’d love to win a Print Copy of “Spider’s Bite”! I visited Jennifer’s blog and website, and this sounds like a really strong new series!

  125. Heather
    Jan 26, 2010 @ 04:20:49

    Sounds like a amazing book. I’d love to win a print copy. Thanks!

  126. Michelle M
    Jan 26, 2010 @ 17:57:12

    I haven’t heard of this one yet – but please count me in, it sounds like fun!

    I’d prefer the print copy please.

  127. Sarah
    Jan 27, 2010 @ 09:31:05

    i would loove the chance to win Spiders bite. It just may be the beginnig of a new best series.
    Can i have it in digital print please

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