Friday, June 3, 2011

New Feature: Free Stuff I Like

Maybe you will, too. 
I thought I would share a few of the things I found that made my life a little brighter this week. They also happen to be free. I plan to work this into a regular blog feature. Please bear with me as this new feature finds its pace.

Today, Friday June 3, is FREE NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY!!!! 
That's right- free doughnuts from no less than three national chains! Two of the chains, Krispy Kreme and LaMar's, are offering free doughnuts with no purchase necessary. Krispy Kreme is an old favorite. I had never heard of LaMar's before, but now I think I'm a fan. Free is nice- especially edible, yummy free. Over at Dunkin' Doughnuts, you have to make a purchase. To me that's not really free, but I'm sticking them in anyway. 

Joey Knieser's acclaimed solo album The All-Night Bedroom Revival:  
"Like Faulkner, he saw in his own “little postage stamp of native soil” something worth writing about, and in The All-Night Bedroom Revival,Kneiser reveals another adept glimpse into that something." (TIAM)
The whole album is available for free on This is American Music's new e-commerce website. Styling themselves as "Home of the $5 Record," the website also has other free downloads.

Dracula! The Norton Critical Edition!

There are a lot of free e-copies of  Bram Stoker's Dracula floating around. What makes this one so wonderful is that it's a flawlessly edited version with forwards by Nina Auerbach, head of 19th C Lit. at Vanderbilt, and David J. Skaal, camp and horror film critic. Meticulously cross-referenced and indexed, it's a must-own for any vampire enthusiast or Dracula scholar. I have an autographed hard copy of this exact edition on my shelf. I kind of squealed when I realized I could get it free for my Kindle, because the hard copy wasn't cheap. 

Use it to settle arguments with your vamp hatin' friends, or merely the vampiricly confused: Vampires are day walkers! Animals/insects/etc are an alternative food source! They are rather fond of love triangles!
And many more! So what are you waiting for... snag your copy today.

I hope there's something interesting for you here. I'm off to grab a doughnut. -V


  1. That's funny, I thought I was the one who had rambled all over YOUR blog. Jennifer Crusie is one of my favorite romance writers, because I tend to like the ones that make me laugh out loud. If you like Donuts, I will recommend her book Bet Me. You will never look at them the same way again. (In a good way!!!)
    Konrath is great, and I look at what he does with a business mindset. But what Crusie was saying really hit me hard, as a person who loves to write.
    It seems like we both released first and second books at about the same time. Very cool. We seem to be on the same track. :)

    Happy writing!

  2. @Kate- I will put Crusie -and her donuts :) - on my list! I wonder if and who and wehn we'll start having hybrid Konrath/Crusie coversations, and what those will look like?