More than Barbeque

UPDATE – OFFER NOW EXTENDED THROUGH WEDNESDAY! Go ahead, get free books if you’re active military, former military or family of military!


This weekend is about more than just barbeque, a long weekend and the opening of summer movie season. This weekend is a time to remember the men and women who laid down their lives to defend our country and our way of life. It’s also another good opportunity to say thanks to those who serve in our country’s military, and to those who have served. I never joined any branch of the military, but I have the utmost respect for those who did, and I understand that without men and women willing to stand on that wall, my way of life would be very different.

So thank you. If you’ve served our country, or are currently serving our country, thank you from the bottom of my heart. If you have lost a family member in any of current or recent conflicts, I am sorry for your loss and grateful for your sacrifice. I sincerely hope that someday we will live in a world where people don’t try to take away the rights and freedoms of other people, but until that time I’m glad we have people who are willing to defend our country, with their lives if necessary.

Here’s my gift to our men and women of the Armed Forces. From now until Midnight Monday (12AM Tuesday) – you can have free ebooks. Anything I’ve written, you can have it. You want one book? It’s yours. You want a copy of all my books? They’re yours. All you have to do is email me and ask. I’ll email you copies of any book I’ve written.

Here are the details –

1) This offer is open to any current or past member of any branch of the US Armed Forces. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard. If you’re a vet, currently serving, or retired – you qualify.

2) This offer is open to the wives, husbands, parents and children of any member of the US Armed Forces that has died in the line of duty. Vietnam, Desert Storm, training accident, Afghanistan – if someone in your immediate family gave their life in service to our country, you qualify.

3) To get your free ebook(s), it’s a really complicated process (I’m lying). Email me – johnhartness AT gmail DOT com – and tell me which books you would like. Tell me if you need a Kindle format (for the kindle) or an ePub format (for everything else). I’ll email you the file. You might have to figure out how to put the books on your e-reader, but in most cases it’s really easy and there are directions available on the Google machine.

4) Please pass the word to other servicemen, servicewomen, veterans and families.

This offer does end at the end of Memorial Day. I’m serious – I don’t care how many books you want. If you want a free copy of every book I’ve ever written, it’s yours. Please don’t be shy about asking.

The Books – Since I should probably let everyone know what I’m giving away.Seriously, you can have any or all of them for free, just tell me what format, and I’ll email them along. Thanks for your service.

The Black Knight Chronicles – A humorous urban fantasy series set in Charlotte, NC where the good guys are vampires. Perfect for fans of Jim Butcher or Joss Whedon.

Book 1 – Hard Day’s Knight

Book 2 – Back in Black

Book 3 – Knight Moves

Collected Shorts – Knight (un)Life


Bubba the Monster Hunter stories – Cross Larry the Cable Guy with the Dresden Files in this hilarious comic horror series. All the stories are available in two collections.

Monsters Beware – Collects Bubba 1-4 (Voodoo Children, Ballet of Blood, Ho-Ho-Homicide, Tassels of Terror)

Monsters Mashed – Collects Bubba 5-8 (Cat Scratch Fever, Love Stinks, Hall & Goats, Footloose)


Genesis – X-Men:First Class meets Mad Max in this apocalyptic teen superhero novel.

Headshot – Meet Cindy O’Shea. She’s a black belt, she’s a sniper, she’s a sophomore. Teenage assassin in New York. What could go wrong?

The Chosen – What do you get when you mix the father of all mankind with a snotty archangel, the Father of Lies, a couple of snarky waitresses from Texas and a tattooed street preacher from Tennessee? A cross-country trip to save the world, of course!

The Christmas Lights – A short sampler of my literary fiction, plus introductory stories for both of my genre fiction series.

Returning the Favor – A collection of poems, essays and short stories by an overeducated redneck. Drinking, comic conventions, breakups, family gatherings, bluegrass and did I mention drinking? No subject is off-limits.

Red Dirt Boy – I write poetry, too. Poetry for people who’d rather listen to Johnny Cash than read Robert Frost.

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3 thoughts on “More than Barbeque

  1. Thank you, sir, for donating your hard work to our veterans. I’m sure that they will appreciate it. Those who serve thank you!

  2. Thank you for your hard work and donating it our veterans. I think they’ll be happy you did. I know I’m glad you did. they deserve the best cause they are the best.
    This is an awesome giveaway.

    Thank you again and thanks to all the veterans past,present and future.
    God Bless them all.

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