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I’m so looking forward to reading this zany mystery starring the best detective EVER a stuffed teddy bear named Eric Bear who’s out to get on the straight and narrow path.  If you like the first novel you can buy the other two in this trilogy.

 

“There’s more than stuffing here, though, including questions of good vs. evil, life vs. death, and sanity vs. insanity. Skip that evening Scotch and read this one stone-cold sober—it’s plenty trippy as is.”
The Washington Post

 

This week’s Free Fridays selection is an inventive, one-of-a-kind hardboiled noir tale that just happens to feature a cast of stuffed animals: Tim Davys’ Amberville.

 

In this endlessly entertaining novel, Davys is able to take a bizarre premise, and create a world that mirrors our own. Eric Bear is a familiar character—a scared-straight criminal who’s trying to reinvent himself as an upstanding citizen. (Sure he’s a stuffed bear, but you’ll soon relate to him like you would any beleaguered protagonist.) Now the town’s mob boss—Nicholas Dove—coerces Eric into one last job. Dove’s life is in danger, and the resourceful Bear is his only hope. Eric Bear’s tenuous grasp on a normal life is slipping fast, as he delves back into the dark underworld he thought he’d left behind. Along the way, you’ll be captivated by the rich, complex world Davys’ creates, regardless of the fact that it’s populated by anthropomorphic plush toys.

 

I promise that Amberville is unlike any book you’ve read before. This free edition includes excerpts from the other three books in Davys’ Mollisan Town quartet, so you can continue the unique adventures.

 


Free Fridays Recommends

 

Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Tim recommends:

 

If you are the type of person who reads a lot, you probably love a book with less than 200 pages because you know you will be able to finish it quickly. But sometimes you start to read something in the “really thick ones” category and it consumes you. You realize that you will feel miserable after the two months it’ll take you to reach the end because your life will feel so much emptier then. Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 is one of the rare books that I read slower and slower until the very last page because of that very reason.

 

If you dislike science-fiction but still are not very fond of reality. If you dislike fantasy but still like to fantasize. If you dislike thrillers but still like to turn pages really fast, this book is written for you.

 

Murakami has his ups and downs. 1Q84 is way up there.

Fiction
Trail of the Red Diamonds by L. Ron Hubbard
Final Vector by Allan Leverone
The Mother Road by Jennifer AlLee

Erotica
Backwoods by Cara McKenna

Religion & Spirituality
Sifted: God’s Scandalous Response to Satan’s Outrageous Demand by Rick Lawrence
Kate’s Song: Forever After in Apple Lake by Jennifer Beckstrand

Contemporary Fiction
Under the Olive Tree: A Novella by Courtney Miller Santo
The First Gardener by Denise Hildreth

Romance
Torn (Knights of the Ruby Order, Book One) by Kate Hill
Cowboy Dad by Cathy McDavid
Emergency: Wife Lost and Found by Carol Marinelli
Married By Mistake by Abby Gaines
The New Deputy in Town by B. J. Daniels
Passion to Die For by Marilyn Pappano
Lakota Surrender by Karen Kay
Irresistible Forces by Brenda Jackson
Dancing In The Moonlight by RaeAnne Thayne
Slow Hands by Leslie Kelly
Sheltering Hearts by Robyn Carr

Mystery & Thrillers
Silvertip by Max Brand

Religious Fiction
Hide in Plain Sight (Love Inspired Suspense Series #65) by Marta Perry
Secrets (Michelli Family Series #1) by Kristen Heitzmann
When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke
Stars Collide by Janice Thompson
Medical Error (Prescription for Trouble Series #2) by Richard L. Mabry
Eye of the God by Ariel Allison
Walking on Broken Glass by Christa Allan

Children’s Books
Tom Thumb (KiteReaders Classics) by Brothers Grimm

Nonfiction
Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial by Harper Perennial

Business & Investing
Presentations in Action: 80 Memorable Presentation Lessons from the Masters (Enhanced Edition) by Jerry Weissman
Mastering the Leadership Role in Project Management: Practices that Deliver Remarkable Results by Alexander Laufer
Turning Patterns into Profits with Harmonic Trading (Collection) by Scott M. Carney
Business Basics: The Skills You Need to Succeed (Collection) by Jo Owen, David M. Levine, David F. Stephan, Robert Follett, Natalie Canavor
Negotiating to Win: Strategies and Skills for Every Situation (Collection) by Richard Templar, Jonathan J. Herring, Leigh Thompson, Terry J. Fadem
The Rules of Life, Expanded Edition: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More Successful L…by Richard Templar
Financial Shock (Updated Edition), (Paperback): Global Panic and Government Bailouts–How We Got Her… by Mark Zandi

Redemption   by: R.K.Ryals
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/redemption-rk-ryals/1106016962?ean=2940033250110

Pearl Savage   by: Tamara Rose Blodgett

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-pearl-savage-tamara-rose-blodgett/1103733525?ean=2940011399855

Unenchanted   by: Chanda Hahn

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unenchanted-chanda-hahn/1108148275?ean=2940032955979

Legend of the Troubadour  by: Isadora Rose

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/legend-of-the-troubadour-isadora-rose/1108022190?ean=2940032921103

The Basement   by: Chad P. Brown

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-basement-chad-p-brown/1111504515?ean=2940033246335

Until Death do us Part   by: Lynda Hilburn

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/until-death-do-us-part-lynda-hilburn/1109801877?ean=2940033100729

Haunted on Burbon Street   by: Deanna Chase

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/haunted-on-bourbon-street-deanna-chase/1104518853?ean=2940033174126

(A Short Story Series leading up to the book “when Fate Dicates”)

Haunting Grace  by:Elizabeth Marshall
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/haunting-grace-elizabeth-marshall/1107076371?ean=2940032821380

#2) Changing Grace  by: Elizabeth Marshall

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/changing-grace-elizabeth-marshall/1106961483?ean=2940032812326

Saving Grace   by:Elizabeth Marshall

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/saving-grace-elizabeth-marshall/1106971474?ean=2940032812395

When Fate Dictates  by: Elizabeth Marshall

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-fate-dictates-ms-elizabeth-marshall/1104252979?ean=294003329420

Blood Ties    by:J. D. Nixon

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blood-ties-jd-nixon/1104561313?ean=2940011425233

Fatal Destiny   by: Marie Force

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fatal-destiny-marie-force/1105168648?ean=9781426892158

The Last Call    by: George Wier

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-last-call-george-wier/1030786922?ean=2940011245602

WESTERN!

Sagebrush  by: William Wayne “Bill” Dicksion
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sagebrush-william-wayne-bill-dicksion/1029664204?ean=2940011169946

SciFi/ Fantasy


Sword Bearer
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sword-bearer-teddy-jacobs/1112110805?ean=2940044738256

Afterlife

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/afterlife-willow-cross/1110435875?ean=2940044748507

The Gift of Flame

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-gift-of-flame-erin-mcmanaway/1112407691?ean=2940044747470

Dragon’s Pupils – The Peaks

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dragons-pupils-the-peaks-martin-chushui/1108001867?ean=2940032906544

 

Mystery

 

If Looks Could Kill
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/if-looks-could-kill-michael-blair/1004812146?ean=2940044724112

Price 2 Pay

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/price-2-pay-eamon-moroney/1112317480?ean=2940044721982

 

Teens

 

Sojourner

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sojourner-maria-rachel-hooley/1101356109?ean=2940000708064

Ravenous

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ravenous-erica-stevens/1111404379?ean=2940044702547

 

Kids

Henry Burp – Mind Your Manners

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/henry-burp-mind-your-manners-mike-winn/1030402390?ean=9781617921940

Daddy Longlegs

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/daddy-longlegs-michelle-de-villiers/1021375333?ean=2940000835906

The Fruit Tree

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-fruit-tree-jeff-cross/1026820485?ean=2940011107283

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