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Thursday, April 18, 2013

FREE Books on Saving Money

One of my passions is saving money. You might say that it's an obsession. Okay...Greg says it's an obsession. After nearly 38 years, he still complains (in drama queen fashion) that I am too strict with the purse strings.

It's true. I grew up in a big family. And we were cash-poor. This segued nicely when Greg and I got married because we were poor then too. LOL! But even when times got better, I still handled our finances as if we had nothing to spare.

So it's no surprise that my forays into nonfiction compelled me to write about how we save and grow our money, including all my tips and real life experiences on how to get the most bang for your buck.

The first book, Smart Budgets for Busy People, which I've since updated with a few checklists will be going on KDP's free days sometime soon. But my second and third books: Smart Grocery $hopping and Garage Sale Bible are on sale now for $2.99 USD each.

But wait! You don't think I'd let my loyal friends and readers on a lurch without a freebie, do you? If you're willing to write a review on either of these two books, I will give them to you FREE. Just review it on Amazon, Goodreads, or Library Shelf.

I have to make a confession though. These books have been finished for a while. I was supposed to upload them in February, but I got so busy designing covers for other people that I completely forgot to publish them. It was only when Melissa McClone asked me when they were coming out that I realized my faux pas.

So here they are, two months late. I hope you'll try them. If you'd like to get them free, email me and I'll send you a pdf.

I'll upload them on other sites next week, but for now you can find them on Amazon.

Smart Budget$ for Busy People
Smart Grocery $hopping
Garage Sale Bible
and
Self-Publisher's Punch List

Each and every one of these is available free to you in exchange for an honest review. Just email me. The books are free for a limited time, so grab them while you can. I really did pack a lot of information in them.

My thanks to Melissa for making me get the lead out. :grin: I needed that kick in the pants.























How do you like my covers? I'm going to let the font kind of tie them together.

16 comments:

Mike Keyton said...

Hi Maria,

The covers are fabulous, really good. Ref reviewing - even my penchant for freebies is no good for this one. Reading much of 'The Frugal Way' I get the feeling a lot of your savings are American specific so I'd have little to offer. Mind you, you never know. Maybe Sheri Lamour can be reading one in an upcoming On Fiction Writing interview though she's more high maintenance than economical : )

Maria Zannini said...

Mike: Saving money is universal whether it's with dollars or pounds.

Re: Sheri Lamour
The dame probably doesn't cook either. ;o)

Melissa McClone said...

I really like the covers! Great job! So glad you put these up! I really enjoyed the one I read and will get the review up soon!

Maria Zannini said...

Melissa: You're a sweetheart. Thank you!

Shelley Munro said...

I do like the covers. They're all eye-catching, and the font does tie them together.

Angela Brown said...

As usual, your covers are very catchy. I like the way you're working to tie them together.

Your non-fiction is great, but I must confess it's your fiction that really gets the reader in me excited :-)

Maria Zannini said...

Shelley: Thanks. I wanted the look to be the same even without a 'template'.

Maria Zannini said...

Angela: Now you make me feel bad. I'm halfway through this urban fantasy that I think is the best I've ever written. I just haven't had time to finish it.

Jackie Burris said...

Nice Maria, it looks good seeing all that work up there together and a New UF oh boy goodie goodie looking forward to that one for sharing when you get review copies ready! :-)
You know the way to my heart but those "self help" reads would be hard for me to really put in words for a review since my blog followers would not care as mist of them are too young to worry about saving money. :-(

Jenny Schwartz said...

Life's a bit crazy this month, so I can't volunteer to review, but I just wanted to say how much I believe in the books, love how they look and wish you super well with them, Maria. I also think you've nailed a growing market. So many and varied people need to save money.

Maria Zannini said...

Jackie: I really want to finish that UF. Maybe this summer when it's too hot to work outside.

Maria Zannini said...

Jenny: When I was checking out Amazon for like-books, I was surprised there weren't more of them. Lots of homesteading books though.

Sarah Ahiers said...

Yay congrats!!

And the covers are great, of course!

Smart Budgets is my favorite one

Maria Zannini said...

Sarah: Thanks, hon!

PS Somehow I knew you'd like that cover best. ;)

Jennifer Shirk said...

The covers are fantastic! Good luck with them!!

Maria Zannini said...

Jennifer: Thanks, hon!