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The Naturally Bug-Free GardenToday's my birthday, and my goal this year is to give everyone presents in order to celebrate the day. To that end, you've got quite a few ways to get free or cheap books this week!

First of all, Aimee joined in the fun by setting her middle-readers fantasy novel Burgling the Dragon free today. No strings attached, just an action-packed adventure for no money, so be sure to grab your copy now.

The next freebie, I'm afraid, is in physical form, so only one of you can win. I cleaned out my bookshelves to make room for new reading material, and came up with $166 worth of homesteading books and a dvd for your enjoyment. Head over to my main blog to enter the giveaway.

Finally, I've set both books in my Permaculture Gardener series (Homegrown Humus and The Naturally Bug-Free Garden) down to 99 cents apiece this week. This is a great way to learn low-work but effective techniques to make next year's garden really shine...all for 75% off!

Your birthday present to me? Go get something free!

Posted Thu Dec 18 12:00:02 2014 Tags:
Wolf Rampant series

Pack Princess is now live on Amazon! And, to help you catch up with the series, I've reduced the price of the first novel, Shiftless, to 99 cents for a limited time. Amazon joined in the fun by making the audio version of Shiftless available for $1.99 for purchasers of the ebook, meaning that you can listen to Shiftless on audio for only $2.98 (and it's whispersynced, so you can also pop back and forth between reading and listening if you prefer).

Finally, to further celebrate, I upgraded the covers for all three books in the series. That's Wolfie on the left, Terra in the middle, and the mysterious Trouble on the right. Download your copy today if you want to find out who Terra's mystery guest really is and whether she lives up to her name.

Posted Tue Dec 16 15:24:43 2014 Tags:

Pack PrincessMe: I’m here today with the cast of Pack Princess. We thought you might need a bit of a reminder on who’s who before diving into book two of the Wolf Rampant series. Terra, do you want to start us off?

Terra Wilder: Okay, if you really want me to. I’m Terra, and I’m pack leader of clan Wilder at the moment. And, um, I guess I’m the heroine too.

Wolf Young: You are the heroine. [Takes Terra’s hand.] I’m her mate, Wolf Young, although everyone who knows me calls me Wolfie. I run my own pack of slightly damaged werewolves.

Justin Young: Slightly damaged — that’s a joke! Halfies, meat, and misfits is what you have in that so-called pack of yours.

Me: Do I need to separate you two? [Justin gets up and stalks to the other end of the room, taking his folding chair with him.] Ooookay, I guess I do. Anyway, that was Justin, who’s Wolfie’s sibling and the leader of the pack that both brothers grew up in. How about we move to Cricket next?

Cricket Wilder: It was so nice of you to invite us all here, today, Aimee. Do you want some tea?

Me: [Mumbling under my breath] It’s always the nice ones that I lose control of. [Raising my voice so I can speak to the whole room.] No tea for me, thanks, Cricket, but do you mind introducing yourself?

Cricket Wilder: How silly of me! I’m Terra’s stepmother, and this great big wolf by my side is my husband, Chief Wilder, Terra’s father. He used to be in charge of clan Wilder. Now he just…um…consults.

Unnamed Uncle Wilder #1: Consults! Ha! I don’t see why we can’t go back to the good old days when men were men and…

Hawk: What my brother-in-law is trying to say is that some of us aren’t so keen on our new alpha. But we don’t all feel that way. I’m another one of Terra’s uncles, but I’m her mother’s brother, which makes me a bit less…um….[throwing a glance at his brother-in-law, then lowering his voice]…never mind….

Bev: Well, I’m Hawk’s sister, and the young man looking all doe-eyed beside me is my son David.

David: I…

Drew Walker: [Nudging his cousin sharply in the side.] Shut up, your mommy already introduced you. I’m Drew, Terra’s cousin. And you can see one of her other cousins, Milo, guarding the door. There are a slew of us running around…but I’m the best!

Wade: Right. So, that’s it for the Walkers for the moment, since we couldn’t cram any more of them into the room. I’m part of Wolfie’s pack, but I’ve been living here with Terra for a while to help keep things on more of an even keel. Wolfie calls me and my friends the yahoos. That includes [pointing to the next three shifters down the row] Glen, Blaze, and the beautiful Fen.

Fen: Don’t make me hit you.

Me: Okay, see, this is supposed to be a cordial introduction, not a pitched battle. Sarah, how about you tell us who you are next?

Sarah: You know, I really don’t think I should tell you who I am. But you can call me Trouble if you want to.

Dr. Dale Baker: You’re not really as much trouble as you think you are. But since I can tell that Aimee wants us to stay on track, I’ll introduce myself next. I’m Dale, Terra’s brother-in-law and the only human in the room….

Keith Baker: Well, except for Aimee, of course. Unless she’s a closet werewolf. Dum dum dum dum!

Me: Thanks, Keith. Way to get rumors started. That was Dale’s son and Terra’s nephew, for those of you who are keeping track at home. And, since we’re running out of time, I’ll just name the other pack leaders present quickly and let you go. The tall, older man is Thomas Bell, the youngster beside him is Gavin Griffin, and then Chad Walker is the third pack leader down the row. Beside Chad is his mate Camilla, who is also the daughter of the Reed pack leader and a distant cousin to Terra. And, on that note, I’ll let you get back to your regularly scheduled reading. Thanks for dropping by!

Cricket: Now, who wants cookies?

Keith: Oooh, I do! Unless they’re oatmeal. I hate oatmeal.

Wade: This would be a good time to fade to black….

Me: Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Pack Princess, which just became available for preorder today! Oh, and yes, I’ll take a cookie, thanks.

[Fade to black]

Posted Thu Dec 4 18:44:27 2014 Tags:

Chicken booksThe chicken-lovers among you will be thrilled to hear that I'm celebrating Thanksgiving early by putting my chicken books on sale! But before you go nodding off, you can get the first book without plunking down a cent --- The Working Chicken is currently free on Smashwords and at Barnes & Noble. Find out why hard-nosed homesteaders don't name their chickens and much more in this photo-rich introduction to backyard chicken care.

If that introduction tempts your appetite, my more in-depth series, Permaculture Chicken, includes three books bound to make your chicken-keeping adventure run more smoothly. And each ebook is marked down to 99 cents this week --- buy them all and save 74%! Here are the links: Permaculture Chicken: Incubation Handbook, Pasture Basics, and Thrifty Chicken Breeds. Maybe next year you can grow your own free-range chicken for Thanksgiving!

Thanks for reading! And if you like what you read, why not make my day by leaving a review?

Posted Mon Nov 24 12:00:02 2014 Tags:

Pack PrincessNaNoWriMo has been a very good nudge for me so far, with 62% of the rough draft of Pack Princess (the sequel to Shiftless) now complete! And, to celebrate, I commissioned this lovely cover from Skylar Faith. That's "Trouble" pictured, for those of you reading along at home. No preorder link yet, but I'm hoping to have the finished product ready for you to enjoy by New Year's, if not a little sooner.

In other book news, I'm excited to announce that Bloodling Wolf will soon be available in audio format! The excellent Douglas Thornton has nailed Wolfie's voice, adding a layer of verisimilitude to the story that I didn't even know existed. Click here to download his audition and enjoy the first few minutes of the tale.

Thanks for everyone's help getting Despite the Gentleman's Riches off to a good start so I could stop obsessing over my last novel's rankings and could move on to writing the next story on my list! Your kind words keep me writing.

Posted Sun Nov 16 20:54:22 2014 Tags:

Despite the Billionaire's RichesAimee's newest novel, Despite the Gentleman's Riches, is now live! Here's what a couple of early readers had to say:

“I read the whole book in one sitting because I could not leave it unfinished.” — Sharon H. McConathy

“This book is staying on my Kindle as a 'LOVED' story, and I will re-read again and again.” — S. Chia


I won't bore you with the details since you can read all about Ginny and her not-quite-magical apple tree over on Amazon. But I will mention that the book is enrolled in KOLL, so you can borrow for free if you subscribe to Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited. And the launch price is only 99 cents, so even if you have to pay full price, it's pretty cheap at the moment!

If you're still in love with reading on paper, the paperback version of Despite the Gentleman's Riches is also on sale for under five bucks. Amazon determines discounts on physical books, so I can't say how long that will last --- I recommend snagging your copy now if you want one.

No matter which format you choose, I hope you enjoy this sweet billionaire romance as much as I did!

Posted Wed Nov 5 14:28:02 2014 Tags:

XoeI'm getting a late start on this post, which is a benefit for you because I can link to the other reviews going up today across the Paranormal Blog Tour world! Sara posted a very kind review of Shiftless, Marilyn embarked on the first book in S.N. Graves' serial, and S.N, Graves followed suit with a fascinating review of Isabel and the Wolf.

As for me, I picked up Xoe, aptly subtitled "Or Vampires, and Werewolves, and Demons, oh my!" and ripped through it. Here's the blurb:

Xoe Meyers has a normal life. She's stuck going to high school, and she only has a few friends to call her own.

But even though she likes her normal life, things are about to change. A new guy has come to town, and he's anything but normal.

Before Xoe can say, "Werewolf," her best friend's life is in peril, and Xoe's world is turned upside-down. Can she trust another new guy who promises to come to her aid?


If you enjoyed Twilight, then Xoe will be right up your alley with a strong heroine suddenly thrust into a paranormal adventure. There's plenty of unique world-building to distinguish between the two books, though, and Xoe is very different from Bella, so you definitely won't be bored. I don't want to give much away, but will say that the ebook is currently free, so why not pick it up and give it a try? Perhaps, like me, you'll soon move on to book two.

Posted Wed Oct 29 23:02:28 2014 Tags:

Blog tourI'm excited to be part of the 2014 Paranormal Romance Blog Tour! And you should be excited too because it means the possibility of getting free books and other goodies. Here are the other participants:

Marilyn Vix Beware of the Warlocks Series Website/Blog: http://marilynvix.com

Marilyn is offering a free Smashwords code for the first book in her series, Never Marry A Warlock. The code is UB92D and is good through Halloween.

She also has a giveaway running with prizes ranging from free ebooks to gift cards. Be sure to enter!

S.N. Graves Look Back in Anger Series Blog: http://disturbedgraves.blogspot.com

Sara C. Roethle Xoe Website/Blog: http://saracroethle.com/

Ariana Hawkes   Isabel and the Wolf Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArianaHawkes

What about me? Bloodling Wolf is still free today for those of you who want immediate gratification, and I'm also giving away three audiobook copies of Shiftless --- use the widget at the end of this post to enter. And be sure to stay tuned for more fun here and on the other participants' blogs all week long!

Posted Mon Oct 27 14:37:55 2014 Tags:

Shiftless audioThe audio version of Shiftless is here! Getting to listen to my favorite werewolves brought to life by a trained voice actor was a revelation, and I hope you enjoy the result as much as I enjoyed taking part in its creation. Here are some relevant links:

  • You can listen to the first five minutes for free here.
  • The audio version of Shiftless is already available on Amazon and Audible. The audiobook hasn't linked up with the print book and ebook yet, though, so you don't yet see the reduced price that will be available if you've already bought Shiftless in another form. But you can get the audiobook free with Audible's free trial (from either site) if you aren't a member.
  • The audiobook should be on iTunes soon!
  • You can read about my experiences going audio here. (Most handy for authors who'd like to follow my lead.)

What's coming next on the audio frontier? As one of my reviewers commented, Bloodling Wolf really should be an audiobook as well, especially since it's short enough that the audiobook would be pretty cheap. I polished the short story (adding another thousand words in the process...oops) and will be looking for narrator auditions on that story soon. In the meantime, if you haven't read the prequel short story yet, it's free on Amazon today --- enjoy!

Posted Fri Oct 24 16:50:44 2014 Tags:

The Naturally Bug-Free GardenAimee's had a lot of book news lately, while I've been busy getting in the fall garden (and bringing home new goats!).  Things have been happening on the writing front, though.  First of all, the paperback version of The Naturally Bug-Free Garden is now available for preorder, and will be in your hands by the beginning of March!  It's currently marked down to $11.39, a steal since the book is overflowing with full-color photos.  Preorder now and you'll be among the first to enjoy my permaculture insect-prevention wisdom on paper!

In the meantime, I've got some immediate gratification for you to enjoy this week, with a free ebook download and another ebook on sale at half price:

Low-Cost Sunroom shows you how to build a greenhouse add-on for less than $15 per square foot!  Complete with building diagrams, an explanation of sun angles, and more, you can download today for free!

But what do you do with all of those potatoes and carrots that are currently coming out of the garden by the wheelbarrow load?  $10 Root Cellar explains how to turn a junked fridge into a simple root-storage device, and also includes tips on other storage options, on growing roots, and on feeding roots to livestock.  Catch it at half price this week!

Thanks in advance for downloading, and you'll  make my day if you tell a friend (or share on facebook, twitter, etc.)!  Your shares are what help my books pay the bills...which gives me more time to write.

Posted Wed Oct 22 11:00:03 2014 Tags:



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