How to get a free Smashwords reader account.

Some of the ebooks I've reviewed are available at Smashwords as well as Amazon. This usually means that you will find the books on Apple iBooks, Kobo and B&N Nook as well.

For example you can download a free copy of Aphrodite's Curse by Luciana Cavallaro at Smashwords if you click this link.

Click here for my review of Aphrodite's Curse.

If you're unfamiliar with Smashwords click here for Smashwords founder and CEO Mark Coker's explanation.

If you want to read ebooks from Smashwords it's really easy to set up a free reader's account. Then you can sample and download hundreds of titles in a wide range of genres written by indie authors from around the globe.

It isn't actually necessary to get your downloads from Smashwords. You can read the free samples - often 20% of the book - and then download from your preferred ebook retailer. Smashwords samples and downloads come in a variety of formats and whatever ereader you use there'll be something suitable.

To get your free reader account go to and complete the Sign Up form. Smashwords will send an activation email which includes some useful information about using the site. This is well worth reading as it explains how to sample and download the ebooks; how to read them on whichever device you prefer; and how to use the adult filter. You can also turn the book covers on and off with a button at the bottom of the screen if you wish.

Smashwords insist that authors decide if their ebooks are suitable for readers younger than 18 years. If they're not they have to be published in the adult category. This means that adult literary fiction like "adult language and other adult situations" gets categorised with "erotica" and books containing "graphic violence"; I quote from the Smashwords email mentioned above.

If you need help with downloading an ebook from Smashwords to your ereader, there's helpful advice for all devices on the Smashwords FAQ page:

You can download a free copy of A Raucous Time (Celtic Cousins' Adventures Book 1) by Julia Hughes although it has a different book cover to the copy I downloaded.

I enjoyed reading A Raucous Time. It's an adventure - mystery - thriller - historical novel with a fast paced plot, some unexpected twists and turns and several engaging characters.

The novel introduces the Celtic Cousins of the title - Rhyllann and Wren. They are two very different individuals but their relationship is close and this is explored throughout the book. They share an overwhelming sense of loyalty to each other and this carries them through the challenges they have to overcome as the story unfolds. The teenage protagonists of A Raucous Time would probably make this book of particular appeal to readers of that age. It is an enjoyable, light, escapist novel which would be absolutely ideal for chilly, winter evenings when you just want to get lost in a book.

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