UPDATED: You can purchase FLFS at the Amazon Kindle store for $.99. I wasn’t having much luck with SmashWords, thought it’s still there if you wanna hit it.
Welcome to the Free Love for Sale. In the unlikely event this novel finds its audience or vice/versa, this would be a relatively decent place to post a comment regarding your thoughts on my epic tale of chivalry, intrigue and morally good living.
In July of 2011, I published the novel Free Love for Sale. You can buy it here. It costs $1.99, and my lofty goal is to sell 100 copies. The book’s natural audience is high school juniors and seniors, pleasure-seeking college students, and Gen-Xers looking for a stroll down memory lane circa 1997.
It is available in any e-book format of your choosing – I think the EPUB version looks best, but words are words. So there’s that. I haven’t even given a thought to how to market it, but if you do actually buy a copy of the book, please write a review, even a sentence or two, good or bad. Or not.
Free Love for Sale is a novel about college in the 1990s. It is full of graphic sexual encounters, illegal drug use, kidnapping, wanton drunkenness,
rape surprise sex, wicked music from the 1990s, and … did I mention the sex? Yep – lots of that. The book is intended to entertain your most depraved latent juvenile senses while working as a how-to guide for teenagers regarding the upside of hedonism, the holistic uses of cutting and why college is probably a bad idea. If it were a film, it would garner a solid X-rating.
It was accepted to the Smashwords premium catalog upon first try, which is a testament to my ability to follow formatting directions, I think. My friend Beth [last name withheld by her request] edited it, and then I went through it three more times, so hopefully there are fewer than a dozen typos. I’ve read the book about two hundred times, so there’s that.
This weekend I’m going to sit down and figure out if I actually want to market this wonderfully terrible expression of Id to a wider audience, or just let it find its eventual audience at the local YWCA book club. Either way, thanks in advance if you buy a copy, or even if you go the trouble to read the 15 percent I offered for free.
A note about the cover: I took the picture, and I designed the … design. It took about 10 minutes. I’ll share more later. /brex
Here is the Smashwords copy describing the book – basically, what you would see on the inside jacket were it a hardback:
Set during the Spring ’97 semester at Foster College, Free Love for Sale follows housemates Tate, Gwen, Jicky and Sevie as they navigate the cultural minefield of late 20th century college life. Foster College is a place where Mom’s Weekend is a hyper-sexual bacchanal, cell phones and Internet access aren’t ubiquitous, rape is a political issue and college students take their cues from the adults around them during the last great American economic boom time. The quartet’s house serves as the college’s circus, an over-sized dilapidated structure through which most Foster College students and north Texas pleasure seekers tend to enter and disappear.
The ringmaster of this collegiate circus is Tate, the perpetually buzzed narrator, tour guide and hostage to the 24-7 party of his Id, furious at the college’s creeping misandry while taking full advantage of the school’s wildly disproportionate female-to-male ratio. As he makes his way through a series of girlfriends, attractions, diversions and conquests, each more distant and less real than the last, he counts the days to graduation while increasingly growing paranoid at his own grip on reality.
Tate’s closest friend and open lust object is Gwen, the MTV-obsessed brewing heiress whose early travails in college life lead her into Tate’s loose-knit circle – happily vain, hideously beautiful, heavily libidinous and with no women and many men in her life, she grimly goes along with the ridiculous drunken plots and social scheming of Tate and his circle.
Jicky is the sexually-confused, drug-peddling ginger whose complete absence scruples Tate envies from afar while enjoying up-close.
Finally, there is Sevie, the conspiracy buff and biochemistry major, forever going along with Tate’s and Jicky’s increasingly amoral plans, existing as the smartest person in the group who never has any understanding of what is actually going on.
Free Love for Sale is a time capsule of college life at the end of the 20th century. It exists in equal parts as a how-to guide and cautionary tale about the unbridled, relentless pursuit of hedonism among the youngest members of Generation X as they complete their formal schooling, a celebration of consumption and a warning about the dangers of nihilism that often follow in its wake.