Tuesday, October 31, 2006

PBW's E-book Challenge

Here it is, the list of books and authors who took my E-book Challenge. This is one of the largest collections of free e-books by a group of writers as diverse as we are, so there is probably something here for every type of reader.

If you find any links that don't work, please report them in comments to this post. If you sent me an entry and it's not listed here, please e-mail me at PBWChallenge@aol.com and we'll get you on the list.

Congratulations to everyone who contributed; you all did a fantastic job with this challenge.

Happy reading and Happy Halloween!

Free E-books by Our Challengers

Going Back by Jenny Aspin
Something snaps and you make choices that will turn your life upside down. New experiences await, now you're living and there's no going back.

One on One by Sandra Barret
In a competition between conscience and libido, will anyone get the girl in the end? (Romance)

Pelican Point by Rachel Brown
Contemporary Christian romance set on the Australian Central Coast. (Christian Romance)

The Horse Master by Joely Sue Burkhart
The Horse Master leaves the stables to tame his High Queen. (Fantasy Romance)

The Office Mercenary by Molly Burkhart
A dark satire about the perils of office work and the depths to which we stoop to survive it.

To See You With by Zoe Cannon
A woman breaks free of her family’s curse… or does she? (Horror)

The Weaveling, by Dean Cochrane
Olivia has killed her husband. To escape the hangman, she must enter a dark world, and things take a turn for the weird. (Dark Western Fantasy)

Stroke It by Cassandra Curtis
Erotic romance writer recouperates at luxury hotel after grueling book tour and gets the massage of a lifetime by handsome massuer with a secret technique. (Erotic Paranormal Romance Short Story)

Collected Tales from the Second Saturday Psychos (sent in by Paul Darcy)
A collection of ten tales by diverse Canadian hands inspired by life, death, candy and once a month events . . . but not those events. (Horror, Humour & Heartbreaks)

A Matter of Tradition by Andria Davis
Bryane spent five years in exile before the King's death drew her home - into the hands of a murderer. (Fantasy)

The Familiar’s Witch by A.E. Dillings
Unsuspecting young woman helps friends, finds true destiny, studies witchcraft, fights hell hounds, while trying to break curse. (Urban Fantasy)

At the Foot of the Throne, by Noel Lynne Figart
Rags to riches and finding True Love is not always all that the fairy tales say. As two countries stand on the brink of war, a young villager finds herself thrown into the center of the conflict.

Moonlit Desire Anthology by Becca Furrow
Escape into the dark with three short paranormal romances. (Erotic Paranormal Romance)

Cooper's Promise by Susan Gibb
When everything goes wrong, look to God...and something you did in your past when you thought no one was either listening or watching. (Literary Fiction)

PSI by Lazette Gifford
Two strangers join forces to stop a madman from creating chaos on Terra Nova...but can they keep their own dangerous secrets hidden? (Science Fiction)

Trick or Treat by Rachel Gossett
Even though Aidan was born into a family of magic, he denies its existence. That is, until it becomes too hard to deny. (Fantasy)

Left Turn, by Samantha Gossett
Left turn: Technique for successfully negotiating a maze, no matter who or what is in there with you. (Fantasy)

Jasfoup's Dribbles by Rachel Green
100 collected drabbles that examine the lives and loves, and sardonic humour, of the demon Jasfoup and his almost-mortal friend Harold. (Satire, Humour, Dark Fantasy)

The Trial by Mervi Hämäläinen
A girl of 16 is accused of murdering a nobleman and a Knight of justice and peace has to find out the truth. (Fantasy, Crime Fiction)

Octoberland by Cynthia Harrison
Small business owner Laura hones her telepathic powers to help her family survive in a town beseiged by an unseen evil. (Paranormal)

Postpartum Euphoria by Bethany Hiitola
With a sip of morning brew, Leslie does what every corporate employee dreams--climbs atop her desk shouting obscenities. Has she all but lost it? (Women's Fiction)

Fire by Tamara Siler Jones
Lars Hargrove has his first case. (Coming of Age/Crime)

Maybe Forever by May K

Unforgiven Pleasure by Tempest Knight
In the war between the Sentinels and the night creatures, the unforgiven pleasure will start with a kiss. (Erotic Paranormal Romance)

Demon Rescuer by Racy Li
A touch telepath whose ability fades the more she trusts. Only strangers can be trusted...Still, there's something odd about this mystery man... (Erotic Paranormal Romance)

A Half Life of One by Bill Liversidge
How far would you go to save your family from ruin? Nick Dowty went all the way...

Kelsey's Secret by Jennifer Macaire
After a car accident that cost her life, a woman wakes up in a little girl's body. (Science Fiction)

Dark of the Day by Selah March
She's dying, and wants to take the easy way out. His mission is to convince her to her keep fighting. Can he do it? Or will she choose death over love? (Erotic Paranormal Romance)

My Lucky Charmer by Patrice Michelle
An unlucky woman’s life turns around the day after she ditches her sexy blind date. (Romance)

Ingeld's Daughter by Carla Nayland
An heiress and a mysterious swordsman set out to free her lands from her evil husband. (Historical)

Body and Soul by Carter Nipper (Speculative Fiction)

DayStrider by Jaye Patrick
Preternatural hunter and the human cop who hates her, hunt a serial killer monster... who is waiting for her. (Dark Fantasy)

Testimonies 1910 & Elementary, My Dear Twain by Bill Peschel
Two short stories; one about a supernatural form of revenge, while Mark Twain calls on Sherlock Holmes to unravel a knotty problem. (Crime Fiction)

Stories from the Back Forty by E. M. Phelan
A compilation of short horror taradiddles from the homestead. (Horror)

Vampire Mom to the Rescue by Victoria L. Pierce
A soccer mom becomes Vampire Mom then tries to save her family from being murdered with the help of the man who turned her. (Paranormal Romance)

Three and a Half Lines by Megan Powell
An Edo woman longing for divorce is spurred to action by a strange friendship. (Fantasy)

The Betrayed by Joanie Raisovich
Four strangers find themselves accused of morality crimes and face a lifetime of living on the fringe of society. (Speculative Fiction)

Freeing Miha by Jodi Ralston (Dark Fantasy)

Beginnings by Nat Rogers

Yellow Brick Roadkill by Michelle Rowen
Girl meets boy in a magical land. She also meets a talking mouse, a snobby robot, and an evil beeyotch who wants to kill her. (Fantasy)

The Frain Legacy by Darlene Ryan
Reid Frain got the family charm, talent, and great hair genes. Will he have to commit murder to get the rest of The Frain Legacy? (Mystery)

Museum Rendezvous by Lia Sebastian
When Olivia attends a museum opening, she isn't expecting to meet a man...or to enjoy an evening rendezvous. (Erotic Romance)

Little Girl on the Beach by Tracy Sharp
A young couple happens upon a quaint bed and breakfast during a Saturday drive and decide to stay for the weekend. They check in, but will they ever check out? (Horror)

While We Wait by J.M. Snyder
A brief encounter with a gay couple in a doctor's office waiting room causes Jason to take an uncomfortable look at his own lonely, promiscuous lifestyle. (Gay Fiction)

Jungle Heat by Sydney Somers
When a hunt for a priceless medallion turns deadly, the only person Calypso Reed can count on is the one man she wants to forget. (Adventure/Romantic Suspense)

Night Rhythm by Charlene Teglia
Valentine waited centuries for his lost love to be reborn. But now that he's found her, can he persuade her to love him again? (Erotic Romance ~ Vampire)

Exposed by J.A. Terry
A gripping tale of what happens when two souls collide and their worlds explode. (Romantic Suspense)

Midnight Blues by Lynn Viehl
Lonely vampire cop fights to save human nun from immortal sadist who wants them both. (Dark Fantasy)

The White Room: Control by Sasha White(scroll down Past Travel Stories, Writing Articles to Erotic Fiction)
Two erotic short shorts to tease and please those who find control, or the loss of it, exciting. Includes excerpts for coming works. (Erotica)

Under A Midnight Moon by Cora Zane
After their two Werekind packs merge into one, Chase Tillman spots Betsey at a party and learns territory isn't the only thing worth fighting over. (Erotic Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifter, Werewolf Fiction, Adult)


  1. I'm going to run wild reading all these. Thanks for putting on the Challenge, PBW!

  2. Very impressive! Thank you again for this challenge.

  3. Anonymous7:39 AM

    I forgot to add my premise, didn't I? (PSA: Sleep is actually an important thing)

    "A Matter of Tradition": Bryane spent five years in exile before the King's death drew her home - into the hands of a murderer.

  4. Goodness, I've been up since four a.m. revising, but the links should work. I apologize for submitting before it was "totally, absolutely, finally, completely" polished--and there's something about that submit button that reveals it really isn't.

    Thanks so much for this opportunity to write and more, to read the great stories of others. I'm going to link to this post on my own weblog as well as that of our writers' group blog, Narratives.

    Happy reading, all!

    susan @ Spinning

  5. Anonymous8:05 AM

    *oggles* I'm going to drown in reading! Yes!

    (This could be me but -- we could've done a short story!? I thought it had to be, yanno, longer than that! Gosh I'd have entered! Well now I know better. So, uh, when's the next one? *g*)

  6. Link to Kelsey's Secret doesn't work -
    try www.jennifermacaire.com

    (the author)

    Thanks for posting these - they look terrific! I know how I'm spending my Halloween!

  7. Anonymous9:56 AM

    Thanks very much for the posting, and the link!

  8. Anonymous10:06 AM

    This was such a good idea, Lynn! I'm amazed at the number of us who actually finished in time. It was so fun writing, and I look forward to reading;-)

  9. Congrats and thanks to all the authors who met the challenge!
    *clap clap clap*

  10. Your E-book challenge really helped me to finish the first draft of my book. Even though I was not ready for this year's challenge, I hope to be able to present a book for the next challenge. :-)

  11. Anonymous12:55 PM

    Andi, I'll add in your premise right now.

    Sam, fixed the link for Kelsey's Promise.

    Now hopefully no one out there complains that they have nothing to read for at least a week or two. :)

  12. Anonymous12:57 PM

    I meant Kelsey's Secret, of course. Kelsey's Promise will just have to wait until the next challenge (banging head against monitor.)

  13. Anonymous12:58 PM

    This is what happens when you pull an all-nighter, folks. The Secrets start looking like Promises.

    Sam is allowed to smack me upside the head as much as she likes.

  14. What an extensive list.

    Congrats to everyone who finished. And good luck to everyone participating in NaNoWriMo!

    Happy Halloween. :)

  15. Thanks Lynn - Much appreciated!
    Promises, Secrets...no problem!
    You get a *smack* as in a big kiss, lol!

    Happy Halloween!!!

  16. Next time a reader complains about writers en masse not caring I'll give them this link. This is just the coolest! Thanks everyone.

  17. Link to Left Turn didn't work for me.

    Can't wait to work my way through this list. :)

    And to all of the participants - Great job!

  18. Wow - this is fantastic! You all are great - thanks for writing like crazy and putting your stories out there for us all :)

  19. Anonymous6:22 PM

    Left Turn

    You’re right, if I try the link, which looks okay, it won’t load. However, if I just type the URL in, it works fine. My internet abilities are extremely limited, so I have no idea what the problem is. The URL is:


  20. Bravo Everyone for your efforts! I'm stunned & impressed! Thanks! :)

  21. Anonymous8:23 PM

    Heather wrote: Link to Left Turn didn't work for me.

    I tried downloading Left Turn on broadband and dial-up, and both times clicking on the link worked for me. I know some browsers go snafu when you try to open .pdf files, especially if you have an older version of Adobe Reader, like 4.0 or older. For those who are having trouble, try right clicking on the link and then click on "Save Target As..."

  22. Wow! Congrats to all the finishers. Thanks for running the challenge, Sheila. These are just perfect for a quick break during NaNo...

    Good luck to the NaNoers out there.

  23. Wow! I'm amazed at the turn out...51! The diversity in the stories is awesome. PBW, thanks so much for getting all our links input and the data uploaded.

  24. Wow! Fifty... er, forty-nine (I've read mine)... Forty-nine, most excellent challengers!

    I can't wait to read them all. Every. Single. One. Of. Them! I'm rubbing my hands together with glee. I read all of the genres, so in the down times during NaNo, I have some fab reading to indulge in.

    Thanks to everyone who participated, and especially to Sheila for the encouragement.

    We're all out there now, and you can't take it back. Nyah!

  25. What an impressive and varied list! Thanks for hosting this, PBW!

  26. I'm really interested to see what kind of awareness and marketing impact this has for the various ebooks.

  27. Congratulations to everyone who finished! What an awesome list of good reading! Thank you for suggesting and hosting this, PBW

  28. Anonymous9:44 AM

    I stayed up way past the pumpkin hour last night reading the e-book collection. Just terrific. The best part is that there's still more to read.

    I didn't get mine finished in time, but I'll finish it and be ready for the next go 'round. That is if PBW's nerves can stand another.... I bet she's TPBW (Tired PBW) today. :>)

    Thanks, Sheila. And thanks to all the writers who shared their work with us.

    Karen, the lurker

  29. Anonymous12:58 PM

    I've read a smattering of these, and let me just say that there is so much talent out there. I would buy books from most of you. Thanks so much for sharing your stories.

  30. Thanks for the challenge! I was in a writing funk, and nothing was getting me out of it. I knew I needed to write, but I couldn't drag myself to do it. But this challenge was the kick-in-the-butt I needed to get me back into the writing wavelength.

  31. The link to The Frain Legacy is incorrect. Some Halloween gremlins who probably didn't get enough Snickers bars stuck the PBW addy in front of my link.
    It should be www.darleneryan.com/TheFrainLegacy.pdf

  32. I think the first person to read all of these should get a prize...like reading glasses or my son's Halloween candy =)

  33. I'm reading through, little by little, mostly the shorter stories first.

    One of my favorites so far: Dean Cochrane's The Weaveling--excellent writing and a great story to enjoy.

    BTW, I do have this post highlighted and linked at my site, http://smgct.typepad.com/spinning, but can't seem to make it show up here under the links below (though the link I placed on our writers group blog automatically showed up here, and one I just placed on my blogger i.d. site did as well). So I'm doing my best to spread the word and attract readers. susan

  34. Anonymous1:42 AM

    My sincere thanks to everyone for the lovely compliments, wonderful links and our challengers' unending patience.

    Crossing my toes as I write this: I think I have everything up and corrected (Darlene gets an extra hug for having to wait the longest.)

    I had a huge amount of problems with the FTP on my own e-book (serves me right) but I forgot that when one uploads a .pdf file, one must send it as a binary file versus ascii. Four hundred failed upload attempts and a crashed computer later....

    It was definitely a learning experience for me -- and aside from the fried modem, lots of fun.

    Thank you all again.

  35. This is awesome! I've already read two! :)

  36. An FTP tip I learned years and years ago? Make binary the default (everything will send fine that way), then you don't have to worry.

    Great work, everyone, and thank you again for a great service, PBW.

  37. Another favorite (and I can't log on her blog to comment so I'm putting it here): The Betrayed, by Joanie Raisovich. Excellent writing, great story.

    Of course I'm not used to the fantasy, erotica and romance and sci fi, so it's easier for me to get involved in the spec and dark fantasy (I write lit). But I've read quite a few and see some great writing here. Thanks again all for the sharing.

  38. This is Awesome
    Thank You Authors
    Lynn I love your Darkyn
    I can't get Jungle Heat by Sydney Somers to work

  39. Wow - this is so cool

    Thanks to all the authors for their books and to you Lynn for this challenge.

  40. Wanted to post here that I've added a Mac friendly PDF of Night Rhythm to my download page. Thanks to Racy Li for the head's up that the original PDF's font didn't work on Macs.

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  42. I'm so excited to get started reading; there looks to be some very intriguing stories.
    The links for "Three and a Half Lives" and "At the Foot of the Throne" don't work, at least for me.

  43. Anonymous1:16 PM

    Three and a Half Lines is down.....



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