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Free Books today!

I'm unenrolling a bunch of books from Amazon's KDP Select program so I can make them available on the Nook soon and I still had plenty of promotion days left.

So, for their last hurrah as Amazon exclusives, I thought I'd make them free for today and tomorrow.

If you want them for free, now is the time to grab them.

1) Confessions of an Independent Filmmaker: Part 1 - Missy: I've been working on a series for a while now of my adventures through the film industry. The first part of the series describes my desire and love for film and documents the first film I made. And how I built an entire spaceship in my mom's backyard and how I ended up in Park City showing the film at festivals. (Part 2 covers failed projects and proposals and Part 3 covers my time as a guerilla marketer at Sundance, Part 4 is forthcoming, but documents my adventures dealing with producers and agents in Hollywood as a screenwriter).  But Part 1 is a free taste right now.

2) Letters From Elsewhere: This is a collection of short stories all in letter format. They run the gamut from war stories to love stories and a few interesting points in between. There are 4 stories in all and I think they're a quick, enjoyable read for anyone even half interested.

3) The Whiskey Doctor: Stories From the New Great Depression: I think of the three pieces I have here, this one might be the most "important." It's three heartfelt stories about people trying to make it in today's tough economy. I love that Depression era literature that came out of the dust bowl with guys like John Steinbeck and this is my modern take on those themes.

These are completely free for you. The only thing I ask is that you consider reviewing them or passing the word on about them if you like what you've read.
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