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Old 05-13-2012, 10:36 AM   #1
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Free (Kindle/Nook/Sony/Kobo/iTunes) Gutshot Straight with Bonus Excerpt by Lou Berney

Gutshot Straight with Bonus Excerpt‘ by Lou Berney (HarperCollins) is available for FREE download on the Amazon US Kindle site.

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Now includes a bonus excerpt from Meg Cabot’s new Heather Wells novel, Size 12 and Ready to Rock, available wherever books are sold July 10.

A crime caper in the tradition of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, this fast and funny debut is the story of “Shake” Bouchon, fresh out of prison and ready for life on the straight and narrow—well, maybe after *one* last job. . . .
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A crime caper in the tradition of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, this fast and funny debut is the story of "Shake" Bouchon, fresh out of prison and ready for life on the straight and narrow—well, maybe after *one* last job. . . .

When Charles "Shake" Bouchon, professional wheel man, walks out of prison after a three-year stretch for grand theft auto, he's got only two problems: he's too nice a guy for the life he's led and not nice enough for any other.

So he says yes when he's asked to run a simple errand for his former boss and lover, Alexandra Ilandryan, the formidable pakhan of the Armenian mob in Los Angeles. All Shake has to do is deliver a package to Las Vegas and pick up a briefcase.

Only the package turns out to be a wholesome young housewife named Gina whose husband has run afoul of Dick Moby, aka "The Whale," an unpleasant four-hundred-pound Vegas strip-club owner. Shake hates to think what's going to happen to Gina when he delivers her to The Whale, so in a move that's as noble as it is boneheaded, he decides to set her free.

Now Shake and Gina are on the run to Panama, hoping to unload the very valuable—and highly unusual—contents of The Whale's briefcase. Shake could end up a rich man, but first he'll have to outmaneuver two angry crime bosses, a murderous Armenian thug plagued by erectile superfunction, a former pro football player who blames Shake for his romantic woes, and a billionaire swindler with a flair for the theatrical. Not to mention, and not the least, Shake will need to survive his own heart, since he's going to discover that wholesome housewife Gina is even more intriguing, and a lot more complicated, than he ever imagined.

Full of blindsided double-crosses and hard shots to the head, Gutshot Straight is a tale of love, luck, and larceny against the odds.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:51 AM   #3
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This pre-order is for delivery tomorrow and I've noticed that these usually don't remain free after the delivery date so get it now if you want it.

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*Starred Review* Charles “Shake” Bouchon leaves prison intending to go straight. But, within hours, lovely, lethal Lexy Ilandryan, head of LA’s Armenian mob and Shake’s one-time lover, has him running an “errand” for her. The task seems simple: drive a car to Las Vegas and turn it over to Dick Moby, a 400-pound sadist who runs a strip club. Moby will give him a briefcase that he is to return to Lexy. Shake needs the three large Lexy hands him, but he quickly learns that nothing is as it seems; in short order, he’s ditched by a gorgeous young stripper who had been stuffed in the car’s trunk and is on the run from the Armenians and Moby’s able henchman. She’s also searching for the briefcase, which contains a priceless religious relic. Virtually every character is memorable, and the chemistry between Shake and Gina, the gorgeous and devious stripper, is brilliant. The plot turns are constant, and the dialogue is sharp. The bad guys are wonderfully scary, and the locales—Las Vegas and Panama—are vividly drawn. The estimable Elmore Leonard might be very pleased to call Gutshot Straight his own. --Thomas Gaughan
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Got it. Looks good. Thanks!
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Unhappy Weasel words....

What the hell is all this "bonus excerpt " rubbish - I don't want the start of a book, that'll spoil the enjoyment of starting another one, so you've lost me as a reader......

Abunus is what you get on a lot of DVD's & CD's - something extra to what you're buying, not something you hope will convince people to buy/take more ....

This version is just a faintly tacky sales tactic.
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Yeah ... how many people would be happy with a music CD that a bunch of samples tacked onto the end?

Of course, you already get these with movies - although they are only trailer length, not the first 20 minutes of the movie.
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What the hell is all this "bonus excerpt " rubbish
It's the same thing they've been doing with (some) paper books for years; I guess we shouldn't be surprised when they decide to do it with ebooks too.
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What the hell is all this "bonus excerpt " rubbish - I don't want the start of a book, that'll spoil the enjoyment of starting another one, so you've lost me as a reader......

Abunus is what you get on a lot of DVD's & CD's - something extra to what you're buying, not something you hope will convince people to buy/take more ....

This version is just a faintly tacky sales tactic.
I've seen it in print books for years. Why shouldn't it happen with ebooks too? Besides a free book is a free book. Just because there's a bonus excerpt at the end of it doesn't mean I have to read it.
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At least with the ebook, you aren't paying for the extra printing and shipping costs involved (at least, not theoretically).
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