Friday, April 2, 2010

How to Get and Read EBooks for Free

How to Get and Read Ebooks for Free
****No expensive software to buy****

After I learned to download ebooks to my Blackberry, there was no turning back. The picture to the left is Apple's new ipad set to launch tomorrow. I must have one! It'll be free when I finish because I'll save money by downloading and reading the free books that will be at my disposal. Don't have an ebook reader? Read on to learn how to download and read ebooks without one.

Amazon's Kindle store has hundreds, maybe thousands of free book just waiting for you to download. No Kindle? No problem. You can go to their website and download the Kindle app for PC for free. Once downloaded to your compute or netbook, you can search for all the free books (and there are some great ones!) and read to your heart's content. I downloaded the Kindle app to my netbook and read a lot of ebooks on it.

Want to read ebooks on your Smart phone, but don't know how? The easiest way to do this is to to go and click on their help link at the top right corner. This will take you to a page that lists all the smart phones and what software you'll need to read ebooks on them. The best thing is...the software is free! I downloaded Mobipocket to my Blackberry and that's how I read ebooks from there.

Once you've downloaded the free software, I'd recommend that you choose a free book to make sure everything's working properly before spending your money. My publisher, Desert Breeze Publishing. has several free items. Go to and then click on the "Free!" link to the left and if you'd like to take a look at my new book priced at $5.99, here's the link for it .

I've enjoyed reading ebooks so much that I'm writing them. My first book, Queen of Hearts, released from Desert Breeze on April 1. Here's some info and links

Daphne Dean is proud to be serving her country stateside during WWII as a reporter and an Office of Strategic Services operative. When the photograph she takes of the crowd at a murder scene places her on the mob's hit list, she's forced into hiding in a vacant mental asylum in the middle of nowhere with terrifying secrets of its own.

Daphne believed herself to still be in love with her ex-fiancée, Kenneth, until she spends several days locked away in the asylum with Vito, the mob boss' son. Can she put the terrifying events that occurred there behind her and allow herself to pursue a relationship with Vito? Or, will she return to Kenneth who has turned his back on his country by becoming a draft dodger and a black market racketeer? One thing's for sure, it won't matter if she can't escape the mental institution alive.

Click on one of these links for more info or read the excerpt below.


Daphne opened her eyes and then closed them quickly as her head pounded and a wave of nausea threatened to consume her. She breathed in deeply and exhaled slowly. Once she felt stronger, she attempted to pull herself up to a seating position, but was unable to move her arms.

Stay calm, she told herself. Daphne peered through the slits in her eyes and then squeezed them shut when the dim overhead light increased the blurred vision and the pounding in her head. She tried again, keeping her eyes open long enough to realize that she was in an unfamiliar place. She shivered in the frigid air.

Daphne tugged on the restraints, exhausted. The band on her left arm gave slightly. She worked her arm back and forth, her heart pounding wildly as she took deep, even breaths in an attempt to decrease the terror racing through her. What kind of sick person would strap her down to a table? And, where was Vito? He knew how much she hated the place, how terrified she was of being alone. Why would he leave her?

The thought that maybe he had done this to her sickened her. Vito had said he loved her. Was this how he treated someone he loved? Maybe Vito was a sick man. Maybe he needed psychiatric help. Her left hand broke free with a snap that rocked the stillness like a shotgun blast. She tugged on the other restraint with her free hand and once she was free, Daphne rose to a sitting position, raising her hands to cover her eyes as a wave of dizziness overcame her.

The realization that she was alone brought a mixture of relief and fear. After several minutes her legs were free, but she didn't dare move because movement brought on a fresh wave of sickness. Nausea washed over her once again and she leaned over and vomited. It was coming back to her. She'd been drugged.

Daphne glanced over her shoulder. The eight steel drawers behind her mocked her, enticing her to enter the black depths that had undoubtedly held numerous corpses in the past. An icy shiver traced its way up her spine as realization exploded in her brain. The basement was terrifying enough, but the morgue almost sent her over the edge into the slim line that seemed to separate her from sanity and madness.

She stood on rubbery legs and then collapsed, crawling to an old chair in the corner. It was an antique wheelchair, dusty and abandoned long ago. She slumped onto it, removing her feet from the frigid floor, wondering how long it would support her weight.

To her horror, Daphne realized that she had been strapped to the embalming table. Rust stains splashed across the basin gave the appearance of dried blood. She gritted her teeth to hold back the scream that hung in her throat.


  1. Did not know this about the free app for the PC, thanks I shall have to look into it. The excerpt from your book is spine tingling.


  2. I think you are going to get me hooked on ebooks! I am eager to read "Queen of Hearts" and the thought of being able to read books in a more portable, less bulky form is very enticing! I am going on a 8 day cruise the end of this month and packing actual books isn't feasible, but something I can read on my smart phone or laptop, that is wonderful! Thanks for all your information & I'm read to start reading your book, as well as others, in ebook format!


  3. Beverly:
    I have 23 ebooks stored in my Blackberry right now. Can imagine carrying around that many books? Ebooks will be perfect for your cruise.

  4. I downloaded the app to Mac laptop last night and have already added 6 books to it! Ebooks will be perfect for the cruise, just as you said! I can enjoy reading in my down time (airplane trip) and not have to worry about the extra weight of the actual books. Thank you so much for opening the door to a new world of reading pleasure for me!

  5. You're so welcome, Kameko! I like to read ebooks in bed too. It's just so much more comfortable because my Blackberry is less bulky than a book.