Shortly after my book Holding Breath: A Memoir of AIDS’ Wildfire Days was published, I started a little tradition of making the Kindle/ebook version of it free for a few days starting on December 1st, in commemoration of World AIDS Day.
So have at it with my compliments, and feel free to share this post with people you know.
When I first published Holding Breath: A Memoir of AIDS’ Wildfire Days a year ago, I created a Facebook page for it. Then I got tired of spending so much time on my personal Facebook page, and closed my account. Unfortunately, that meant that I had to deactivate the book’s page as well.
Then I realized (duh) that I didn’t necessarily need to close my account entirely–I can simply stay off of my personal page (thereby demonstrating my high level of self-restraint), but still reactivate the Holding Breath page. So that’s what I’ve done.
Anyway, if readers of this blog would be kind enough to go over to the page and “Like” it, I’d really appreciate it. Of course, I’d appreciate it even more if you read the book, and that is my segue into telling you that Amazon just launched its “Kindle MatchBook discount”, whereby people who buy the print version of the book ($10.76) can also get the ebook for a big discount (99 cents, down from $3.99). That way, in case there’s someone on your holiday gift-list who might be interested in reading a love story that takes place in the midst of the worst of the AIDS epidemic in New York in the late 1980’s, and you’d like to read the book too, you can get both at a discount. Just sayin’…
Here’s the link to the book’s Facebook page:
And here, again, is the link to Amazon’s page for the print version of Holding Breath, in case you’d like to take Amazon up on its kind offer (they’re like that over there):
The Kindle version of Holding Breath: A Memoir of AIDS’ Wildfire Days will be FREE starting at about midnight Pacific Time tonight, until midnight on Sunday, 9/15. At the moment, the book has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from twenty customer reviews on Amazon; if you do read it, additional (honest) reviews are more than welcome! The regular price for the ebook version is $3.99.
Yes, Holding Breath is a “book about AIDS”, but beyond that it’s a love story, as well as an evocative portrait of New York City in the late 1980’s. As one reviewer put it, it’s “a memoir of the last days of the 1980’s that is tender, desperate, loving, searching, and quietly profound. Holding Breath is the best of what indie published books can be. It is raw, natural and unabashedly lyrical.”
I’ll be posting a reminder of the promotion here in the morning, but in the meantime here’s the book’s Amazon link, if you’d like to take a look and read more reviews: