to free or not to free…

Selling for free?
Which of course is a misnomer.
However, free books or book we the authors have written and our publishers have agreed to give away. Yes, or no?

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What do you think? Some people love the idea others say never…
Why? Well sometimes when you find out how many books have been stolen via pirate sites you do wonder. After all, even if you’re one of the lucky ones who can type 1000 words an hour for 8 hours a day, it still takes a long while to get a book out. It takes an incredible amount of work from a lot of people to get a book from the author’s mind to the readers.
However, a free book, a legal free book is one way of saying a big thank you to the lovely people who buy and read your books.
I write, because I couldn’t not write. I go twitchy if my trusty MacBook Air isn’t around. (So as I don’t wake my lovely—and snoring grr—hubby up, I’m typing this sitting on the bathroom floor of a hotel in Paris at 5am. I could write a book called bathrooms of the world I’ve written books in.)
Sometimes a short, say 5-8k word book clamours to be written, and so that’s it. I write it. And sometimes, I know that no matter what I do it’s not going to be any longer. The story only needs that number of words.
Sometimes, it’s been published elsewhere, is about to be republished and as it’s nice and tidy, and you’ve not added to it, you think, free read. Or even , well this is my first foray into this subgenre, I’ll put it out as a free read and see if people like it.
They’re all scenarios where I’ve thought, ah ha free read. Oh I’m not totally altruistic. They are all good honest resins why I’d consider a free read, as well as a thank you. I do have a nice wee short simmering that I’m going to write and do week by week as a free read on my blog (Like The Missing Knickers one was.)
But this free book is a prequel to a new Regency series, called Cursed Treasure. It sets the scene for the six books which tell how the grown up children of a couple work to save the family’s good name and fortune.
It’s also apt I’m writing this in Paris as Mijo my heroine, is trying to escape from The Terrors of late Eighteenth century France.

Compromised… the blurb (or should that be ‘le blurb’?)

“Pay the price. The heart of ye child to be liftin the curse. Dare ye risk it?”
A time of terror, a time of hope?
When Mijo escaped from Madame Le Guillotine, and set sail to England, little did she know who her saviour was, or what he would mean to her.
Theo was enchanted by his émigré, but knew what trouble they could be in. After dodging the French, revenue men and smugglers now they had their feelings to contend with.
Passion was all well and good, as long as they could weather the storm it unleashed, and solve the curse.
And it’s free…

Happy Reading,



Love R x

3 Responses to to free or not to free…

  1. Loving your thoughts on free reads. I have a repubbed book coming out as a free read later this month. I think it’s a great way to say thank you to all the loyal readers out there, who do spend their hard earned cash on our books, and, I know with my last free read, I earned tons of a new readers as a result.

    So, win, win, in my eyes 🙂

  2. As a voracious reader I love free legal books. Especially if the author is new to me. I have been known to read a free book then go backlist binging. Thanks bunches.