Download my books free this weekend.
My family and I have been stuck indoors for 8 days now. I was the first to get ill, so my quarantine ended yesterday which meant I could go and buy Pot Noodles and Monster Munch, but other than sporadic supply runs, my family will continue to stay indoors. My father has chronic lung disease, so seeing him for the next few months is probably out of the question.
Now, if it were just Sal and I, we would give in to a hedonistic lifestyle of Netflix, Pot Noodles, and ridiculous lay ins, but the problem is that we have a 3 and a 5 year old who are going completely out of their minds. Schools are now closed for the foreseeable future, and social distancing precludes them seeing their friends or going anywhere fun like Soft Play or the zoo.
And yet we are really lucky.
While having to suddenly parent 24hrs a day / 7 days a week with little time to work, my next book will almost certainly be delayed (sorry about that), and that will cost me money; but all things considered, I am far more secure in my job than most other people. I have friends who are worried about paying their bills, keeping their jobs, and maintaining their businesses. I have watched them turn grey almost over night. I feel for them. I spent most my life worrying about money until I eventually got my shit together (by marrying someone sensible), and it sucks.
I also have friends in cramped houses, friends with multiple children, and friends who are usually ‘outdoorsy’ or sociable. Needless to say, they are suffering.
Many are suffering.
We’ll get through this – of course we will – but things right now are hard for us all. We need to stick together and help one another in whatever ways we can. We must help each other. So no more toilet paper hoarding, if that’s you!
I’m not a doctor or a frontline nurse. I don’t work at a charity or a school. There are many jobs which are heroic in nature, but I don’t have one of them. I’m just a pampered writer.
The only thing I do is write books. The only thing I can do is give people books.
So that’s the least I can do.
To help those stuck indoors with nothing to do, I have made all of my books free for the entire weekend. You don’t have to read them right away as they will remain free to read so long as you grab them this weekend. Needless to say, this offer pertains only to the ebook versions of my books. Even if I wiped off my personal profit from paperbacks, the printing costs and publisher fee would still make them 5 or 6 dollars each. Audiobook pricing is not in my control, but I would have made those free too if I could.
There are some exceptions to the freebies. I didn’t make The Room Upstairs free as I feel it would be inconsiderate to all those who have recently paid full price for my most recent release. Escape is ineligible for free promotion due to having been on offer already in the last 30 days. Dark Ride is tied in to a 99c promotion that will be running next month, so you will have to grab that book then. Holes in the Ground was published by Joe Konrath and is not under my control. As far as that, though, I think every other book I’ve published is free until Monday.
I won’t link to twenty-odd books in an email, so I’ll just say that you should visit Amazon and search for my name – or use the links below:
Anyway, as I said, my next book, Rebirth, might be a little delayed, but I am trying my best to work on it whenever I can. In the meantime, I hope you stay healthy in body and mind, and that this crisis passes us all by soon.
Prayers, good vibes, and bountiful Pot Noodles to you.