Feb 282013

This site has been closed down to comply with Amazon’s new policy: no free books may be mentioned by an Amazon Associate or they risk losing all income for that month and possibly forever. In fact, even if the site never mentions a free book, they can lose their entire month’s income if the people they refer to Amazon buy “too many” free books in a month.

If you are going to buy free books at Amazon, please consider clearing your browser cookies before doing so, in order to avoid costing this site or any other affiliate site their income at Amazon (to clear your cookies, press Ctrl-Shift-Delete, then choose Cookies from the page that is displayed).

Feel free to let Amazon know what you think of their new policy (but don’t mention sites by name – they may be penalized; you are probably seeing this same new policy at most book blogger sites across the internet – at least, on any that use the Amazon Associates program).

Although some readers have suggested that the links be posted without an affiliate tag, all this does is pushes any credit for that book to the last affiliate site you have been to. This also applies even if you go to Amazon on your own and enter the book in a search there. That Associate might be me or it may be some other hardworking associate whose site you were at earlier in the day.

Amazon Associates Support has also said that if you post links without tags, even on another site, if they can link you in any way, then they’ll shut down your account. So, there will no longer be be any links to free books at Amazon on any of my sites.

If you are an author, please let the KDP Select team know what you think of this change.

 Posted by on February 28, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Feb 262013

1632 (Main/UK), the first novel in Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire series, is free in the Kindle store, courtesy of publisher Baen Books. This was previously a part of the Baen Free Library and you can still download the first edition for free at Baen. For hardcore fans, there is now a second edition with a new Afterword by Flint.

Book Description
The Ultimate Y2K Glitch….

1632 In the year 1632 in northern Germany a reasonable person might conclude that things couldn’t get much worse. There was no food. Disease was rampant. For over a decade religious war had ravaged the land and the people. Catholic and Protestant armies marched and countermarched across the northern plains, laying waste the cities and slaughtering everywhere. In many rural areas population plummeted toward zero. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy.

2000 Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia. The mines are working, the buck are plentiful (it’s deer season) and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn’s sister (including the entire membership of the local chapter of the United Mine Workers of America, which Mike leads) is having a good time.


When the dust settles, Mike leads a small group of armed miners to find out what’s going on. Out past the edge of town Grantville’s asphalt road is cut, as with a sword. On the other side, a scene out of Hell; a man nailed to a farmhouse door, his wife and daughter Iying screaming in muck at the center of a ring of attentive men in steel vests. Faced with this, Mike and his friends don’t have to ask who to shoot.

At that moment Freedom and Justice, American style, are introduced to the middle of The Thirty Years War.

At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

Get the free book from Baen Books.