Free Books and Penny-Ante Pirates

My first three short story collections, LONNIE, ME AND THE HOUND OF HELL, THE KING OF CHEROKEE CREEK, and MA’S MONTHLY HOT FLASHES, are still free at Smashwords till the end of this month with the coupon code SSWIN. Regular price $1.49. Discounted at Amazon to $0.99. And … pirated?

Yes, friends, you can totally STEAL the short story collection LONNIE, ME AND THE HOUND OF HELL at a pirate download site. Save yourself an entire … nothing?

I emailed the site asking them to remove my book from their treasure chest. It isn’t as though I’m losing boatloads of income (in the words of that noted mathemetician, Jayne Cobb, “let me do the math here. Nothing into nothin’. Carry the nothin’…”), but it’s the principle of the thing. I’m striking a blow for, you know, something.

ALSO, I was interviewed at Darlene’s Book Nook on the subject of my new collection, TURTLE FEATHERS. Go read the interview and enter the giveaway and you may win a free copy of that shiny recent collection! Hurry! You want to win a free copy before the pirates start giving it away, doncha? Sure you do!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character steals something that’s free. Why?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Free Books and Penny-Ante Pirates

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      Marian Allen

      July 30, 2012 at 8:37am

      If they don’t take my book down, I’ll send Jayne over there with Vera to reason with ’em. πŸ˜‰

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  1. Red Tash

    July 30, 2012 at 8:25am

    Ahoy, me hearties…arrrrrrr there any good reasons to download pirated books, when so many be free? If treasure be ye problem, pray visit yonder lending libraries, mateys!

    (Not that they’ll read it, but…)

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      Marian Allen

      July 30, 2012 at 8:39am

      Maybe they’ve yo-ho-ho’ed one too many bottles o’ rum. Or maybe the parrot made ’em do it. It’s kind of appropriate, actually, since stealing something free is the kind of bonehead thing Lonnie would do.

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  2. Damyanti

    July 31, 2012 at 4:03am

    Arrrgh. You’re right– it is the principle of the thing. How did you find them out? Maybe I should check out whether my lone production now features on Pirate bay? πŸ˜‰

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      Marian Allen

      July 31, 2012 at 8:11am

      I have Google Alerts set up on my name and book titles, and it popped up. :/

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