It’s the day Mount Pelée on Martinique erupted, destroying the port of Saint-Pierre and killing approximately 30,000 people in 1902! What? That’s not the birthday you want to celebrate?  Well, fine… I guess we’ll have to settle for celebrating MY birthday.


Well, to be perfectly honest one of the sucky parts about getting older is that you have to plan your own birthday party.  I resent that.  I should be able to kick back and do the absolute minimum.  For instance, I should not have to go through all the trouble of writing a blog.  So I’m not.  I’m stopping…. now.


Fair point, but I can take a short cut.  Who likes books?  You do?  Great!  How would you like to download some great free books?  Check the book descriptions below and then snatch up a free book (or 4).  Be warned that anything labeled “romance” does include smut.  Which may or may not be your preference.  Anything not labeled “romance” is probably OK for youngsters down to the age of 15, but does include swearing.  Also, plenty of warning… each and every one of these books will contain feminism and something that will make you laugh out loud.  Happy reading!

A sci-fi fairy tale retelling of Beauty & the Beast.

Welcome to the universe of Galactic Dreams, where fairy tales are reimagined for a new age—the future.

When Bella Glass is thrown a 140 years into the future she finds a world she doesn’t recognize and love in Kai Craig, a man fighting against the effects of a bomb that turns him into a rage-filled beast. But someone else has traveled in time and Bella must choose between preventing a devastating alteration of the timeline and a love she was never meant to have.


A mystery set in the San Juan Islands of Washington state.

When Seattle native Tish Yearly finds herself fired and evicted all in one afternoon, she knows she’s in deep water. Unemployed and desperate, the 26 year old ex-actress heads for the one place she knows she’ll be welcome – the house of her cantankerous ex-CIA agent grandfather, Tobias Yearly, in the San Juan Islands. And when she discovers the strangled corpse of Tobias’s best friend, she knows she’s in over her head. Tish is thrown head-long into a mystery that pits her against a handsome but straight-laced Sheriff’s Deputy, a group of eccentric and clannish local residents, and a killer who knows the island far better than she does. Now Tish must swim against the current, depending on her nearly forgotten acting skills and her grandfather’s spy craft, to con a killer and keep them alive.


A contemporary romantic suspense.

A drunken mistake in college cost US Marshal Maxwell Ames the affection of Dominique Deveraux and six years later, he’s determined to fix the slip-up. But there’s just one tiny problem—someone wants the Deveraux family dead. Dominique Deveraux never expected Max to reappear in her life, let alone apologize, but as Dominique investigates the mysterious attacks on her wealthy family Max quickly becomes far more than her one time college classmate. Now, Max and Dominique must dodge mercenaries and bullets as they try to make sure that they’re the only ones who get a second shot.


An paranormal romance archaeological adventure.

Sent to Germany by his pack to research the last known location Nazi boat that caused the Night of 1000 Deaths, Shifter-wolf Hudson Knox, discovers that Neo-Nazi warlocks and a brilliant Egyptology grad student, Yazmin Hunter-Blake, are looking for the same files, but for very different reasons. Forced to team up, Yazmin and Hudson trace the path of Sir Barnabas—the first warlock and Crusader knight—through Germany to his final resting place. But with warlocks on their trail, Hudson and Yazmin might end up sharing the knight’s tomb unless they can figure out the ancient secrets that activate the magic within.


Bethany Maines

Bethany is an award-winning traditional and indie published author of action-adventure and fantasy tales that focus on women who know when to apply lipstick and when to apply a foot to someone’s hind end.  When she’s not teaching karate or chasing after her daughter she can be found glued to the computer working on her next novel or screenplay.

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