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by on June 9, 2013

I was at a concert band performance this afternoon at my undergraduate alma mater. The performance itself was wonderful: among the selections were a medley of Civil War themes such as the Battle Hymn of the Republic,  and then the theme from The Incredibles, and a symphonic suite from Star Trek. Brilliant.  But as I was waiting for the performance, I saw a table with a “Free Books” sign on it. So naturally I went over, because, hey. Free books. That’s like catnip for a bookworm. 😛

Most of them were textbooks and the like, which I’m sure were remarkably fascinating in their way, but….then I hit pay dirt. (Fun fact, incidentally; I first heard the expression “pay dirt” on a radio drama, only the character said it in such a way that I thought he was saying “Patered!”. When I realized some time later what he was actually saying, it made so much more sense. Anyway.)  I found a copy of The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, which I’m given to understand is the very first British detective novel ever. Precursor to Sherlock Holmes, Agathie Christie, all that. Cha-ching.

The moral of that story is: always check out the Free Books table. You never know what you may find. And speaking of free books, if you’ll indulge a moment of self-marketing, you can get an e-book download of Nuclear Family (a superhero novel starring Captain Happily Married, Super Soccer Mom, and their seven children) for free on Amazon, just by clicking here. But you can only do that through the end of today. And if you order right now, I’ll throw in a free set of Ginsu steak knives!  (No, I won’t, really. But that sort of claim is tradition. And who am I to argue with tradition?)


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  1. Serendipity is such a great word 🙂
    The Moonstone is amazing!
    And ARGH I hate living in England. There are many reasons for this, but at the moment the biggest reason is that I can’t oblige by downloading your book. Scowl. Hiss. Boo. Sulk.
    Sorry 😦 I tried!

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