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4 Free Spooky Ebooks (with Sound Effects!)

When I was about nine years old, I ordered a cassette tape of Halloween sound effects out of the back of a catalog,

But here’s how big of a sound-effects nerd I am:

It wasn’t even October. Seriously.

Today, enhanced ebooks from Booktrack.com combine two of my favorite things: sound effects, and reading.

So here are four free reads perfect for the Halloween season:

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Sneak Preview: Jack Campbell’s The Dragons of Dorcastle audio book

Jack Campbell Dragons of Dorcastle

Releases in 2015. Click for a free audiobook sample!

Let’s be clear: Jack Campbell is possibly my favorite author of all time.

That’s no hype. When he publishes a new book, I put the world on hold until I’ve devoured every last page.

The Lost Fleet series (and its spin-offs, The Lost Stars, and Beyond the Frontier) are beyond addictive. They’ll make you forgo food and sleep. They’re so good, they should come with a warning label.

Now, Jack is about to do it again with a brand-new series.

And you can hear the audio right here.

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Book Trailer Contest: Win an Autographed Paperback!

Help me spread the word about Conspiracy of Angels. Share the official trailer, and you could win a paperback book autographed by yours truly.

Come on, it’s fun. And it couldn’t get any easier to win.

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The Myth of the Peaceful Writer’s Life

The Myth of the Peaceful Writer's Life

What? I can’t hear you. WHAT?

I know so many writers who claim that they need absolute silence in order to write. I used to be one of them.

As I write this, we’re having a hardwood floor refinished in the room directly above my office.

If you’ve never had a floor redone, I envy you. You probably still have your hearing.

It turns out that old hardwood boards are incredibly acoustic. And if you grind on them with two-ton industrial vacuum-equipped sanders, you get what is quite possibly one of the loudest sounds in the known universe.

It’s a noise so painfully loud, you can plug your ears and shout to the person next to you, and they don’t even know you’re there. A 747 could land on my front lawn, and I wouldn’t know.

Right now, there are probably people at NASA scratching their heads over the cosmic feedback spewing from these machines.

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Win The Spider Thief paperback from IndieHouseBooks.com!

You could WIN a free paperback copy of The Spider Thief: Omnibus from IndieHouseBooks.com! Click here to enter. >

IndieHouseBooks.com: The Spider Thief begins with a con artist suffering amnesia. That’s an unusual choice for thriller. What made you want to write it?

The Spider Thief thriller with gold spider

Who would kill for a gold spider– and why? Find out!

Laurence MacNaughton: This might sound crazy, but it really happened.

Not too far from where I live in Colorado, a local man disappeared without a trace. When they found his car abandoned in California with the keys still in it, they feared the worst.

Then, a couple of weeks later, this guy woke up in the middle of the night, sitting on the sidewalk, holding a loaded gun.

He had no memory of what had happened in the past 14 days . . .

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The Spider Thief is FREE This Week!

Who else loves free ebooks?

I'm a featured author at Freebooksy

FREE is my favorite price!

The fine folks over at Freebooksy.com hand-picked The Spider Thief as a featured title today, so I might as well brag a little bit . . .

AND give away a bunch of ebooks!

Free on Amazon.com today.

The Spider Thief: Omnibus collects all four of the original novellas into one non-stop novel: Stolen Memory, Haunted Dreams, Cold Million, and Ghost City, all in one — and all free.

But hurry. Because after Saturday, it goes back up to the regular price of $3.99 (also a great deal, but not quite as sweet as, well, FREE).

Click here to get yours free from Amazon.com now through July 5, 2014.

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Last Chance to Win from SFSignal.com

Quick reminder: SFSignal.com is hosting a giveaway of The Spider Thief, now in paperback — and today’s the last chance to winEnter to win on SFSignal.com >

The Spider Thief Omnibus paperback

Over a hundred people suffered serious memory loss after a serious outbreak of food poisoning in eastern Canada. The condition was caused by a substance called ...  Read more on SFSignal.com >

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Action! Thrills! Fantasy! FREE Comic Book Day is Tomorrow!

Free Comic Book Day 2014Who doesn’t love comic books?

They’re the perfect way to get kids hooked on reading. And face front, True Believer, ’cause grown-ups can enjoy ’em too!

In fact, here’s the sensational Stan Lee to tell you all about it:

 

 

So what are you waiting for? Find your local comic book shop here:

http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

What’s your favorite comic book? Leave me a comment!

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Win a Spider Thief paperback from SFSignal.com

SFSignal.com is hosting a giveaway of The Spider Thief, now in paperback! Win it on SFSignal.com >

The Spider Thief Omnibus paperbackMany years ago, I lost several crucial minutes of my memory, and in that time I almost died. There’s a funny thing about having your memories stolen from you — it makes you wonder how those memories, if you had them back, might change who you are.

As I sat down to write The Spider Thief, I knew that I wanted to have the main character piece together the mystery behind his own amnesia.

But then something weird happened. A few miles from my home, a man lost much more than a few minutes of memory. He lost two whole weeks.

This is a true story. Read more on SFSignal.com >

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Best new TV show: Downton Zombie!

Downton Zombie

Not an actual show. But it should be!

England, 1914 . . .

LORD GRANTHAM: Something seems a bit off with the new footman, wouldn’t you say, my dear?

ZOMBIE: RRRGH! AARR!

LADY GRANTHAM: My word. Mr. Bates, look out!

ZOMBIE: MMRAAH!

MR. BATES: Perfectly all right, thank you. Don’t concern yourself.

LADY GRANTHAM: Thomas, go help Mr. Bates.

THOMAS: Begging your pardon, your ladyship, I’ll not be helping the likes of him if he’s been bit.

LORD GRANTHAM: He hasn’t been bitten yet. Bates, good chap, use your cane!

ZOMBIE: RAARGH!

MR. BATES: Very good, m’lord. (WHACK! WHACK!)

LORD GRANTHAM: In the HEAD, man! At once!

MR. BATES: (WHACK! WHACK! CRACK!)

ZOMBIE: Uuuurghh . . . (THUMP)

(They all stare.)

CARSON: My lord, would it be acceptable to barricade the staff in the kitchen?

LORD GRANTHAM: Perfectly acceptable, Carson. Meantime, shall we all retire to the drawing room?

Your vote: who would be the first to go?

Who do you think would be the first character to get bitten on Downton Zombie? Who should be first? Leave a comment!

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