“There's more than stuffing here, though, including questions of good vs. evil, life vs. death, and sanity vs. insanity. Skip that evening Scotch and read this one stone-cold sober—it's plenty trippy as is.”
The Washington Post



In this endlessly entertaining novel, Davys is able to take a bizarre premise, and create a world that mirrors our own. Eric Bear is a familiar character—a scared-straight criminal who’s trying to reinvent himself as an upstanding citizen. (Sure he’s a stuffed bear, but you’ll soon relate to him like you would any beleaguered protagonist.) Now the town’s mob boss—Nicholas Dove—coerces Eric into one last job. Dove’s life is in danger, and the resourceful Bear is his only hope. Eric Bear’s tenuous grasp on a normal life is slipping fast, as he delves back into the dark underworld he thought he’d left behind. Along the way, you’ll be captivated by the rich, complex world Davys’ creates, regardless of the fact that it’s populated by anthropomorphic plush toys.


I promise that Amberville is unlike any book you’ve read before. This free edition includes excerpts from the other three books in Davys’ Mollisan Town quartet, so you can continue the unique adventures.


Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Tim recommends:



If you dislike science-fiction but still are not very fond of reality. If you dislike fantasy but still like to fantasize. If you dislike thrillers but still like to turn pages really fast, this book is written for you.


Murakami has his ups and downs. 1Q84 is way up there.


NOOK owners: go to shop and search for “Tim Davys” to download his refreshingly unique books.

by BrandieC on ‎08-17-2012 11:27 AM

I, too, appreciate the eclectic selection of Free Fridays books.  While this one doesn't look particularly interesting to me right now, I have thought that about other Free Fridays selections and then really enjoyed stepping into another genre.


What I find really interesting is that everyone who wants to thank B&N for its Free Fridays does so on the comments here (the proper forum), while everyone who wants to complain about the pick does so via a "review" on the book's product page (not only the incorrect forum, but frustrating for those potential readers who are in a hurry and look at the stars when deciding whether to look further at a book).

by Caymon on ‎08-17-2012 11:29 AM

This one sounds like fun and in a similar vein as Robert Rankin's Chocolate Hollow Bunnies of the Apocalypse (which features a town of living toys and a troublesome teddy as a protagonist) - though I don't yet know if this will be more toward noir than humor; Rankin's book definately played more to the humour end of the pitch.


Anyway, I've already grabbed this book and am looking forward to it. Hopefully I've found another talented author to read. Thanks B&N!

by JeremyCesarec on ‎08-17-2012 11:31 AM

Have a great weekend, everyone. Enjoy the last couple weeks of summer!

by sewcrazeee on ‎08-17-2012 11:40 AM

As always, I think you for Free Fridays!

by Nytewrayth on ‎08-17-2012 12:17 PM

Thanks to all for the great Free Friday selections - lots of great reading this weekend. :smileyhappy:

by Novumva on ‎08-17-2012 12:23 PM

to NookJewell--perhaps change your browser. I use Firefox for most browsing, but suddenly it has stopped working with B & N purchases. I have started using Chrome to make B & N purchses. 

by jakibookworm on ‎08-17-2012 12:39 PM

Its gonna be a great reading weekend...thanks for all the freebies

by VieuxCareen on ‎08-17-2012 12:44 PM

I love Free Fridays. And thanks to Jeremy, spec, butterfly and Jeff for all the books that you posted as well. This is a great selection free Friday! :smileyvery-happy:

by Irishjenn on ‎08-17-2012 01:04 PM

Christian Romance

If you like Christian romance novels, you might be interested in the free (as of the time of this post) Nook books by Grace Livingston Hill.  She wrote more than 100 books in the early 1900s.  Sweet books, very clean, some have more attention to Christian themes than others.  One thing to remember in reading these is the time in which they were written - some language is outdated, some stereotypes (women in certain types of jobs, etc.) show up.  But good books overall.  Many were re-printed in the '70s and again around 2000-2005.  They often show up in the paperback section of Christian book stores. If you enjoy these, many other titles are available as Nook books for 99 cents or $1.


A Chautauqua Idyl



A Voice in the Wilderness



Cloudy Jewel



Katherine's Yesterday and other stories



Marcia Schuyler



The City of Fire



The Enchanted Barn



The Finding of Jasper Holt



The Girl from Montana



The Honeymoon House and other stories



The Man of the Desert



The Mystery of Mary



The Obsession of Victoria Gracen



The Search



The Tryst



The Witness




by on ‎08-17-2012 01:10 PM

I'd like to take a moment to thank the various publishers who have provided Free Fridays selections in 2012:

  • Abingdon
  • Bloomsbury
  • Coral Press
  • ECW
  • Fiction Studio & Story Plant (3)
  • Grove/Atlantic (2)
  • Harlequin
  • HarperCollins (12)
  • Medallion
  • NBC
  • Night Shade (2)
  • Nite Owl
  • Pearson Education
  • Readers Digest
  • Sourcebooks (6)

A special thanks to HarperCollins. They're the only one of the "Big 6" US trade publishers who provides Free Fridays selections*, and they've provided a third of this year's Friday freebies so far.


I hope that all of the participating publishers find it to be worthwhile. :smileyhappy:




* Pearson Education is part of the largest publishing house in the world, which also owns Penguin which is one of the "Big 6."

by greenup2save on ‎08-17-2012 02:45 PM

I can't thank B&N as well as all the great people here who spend their time posting all the great selection for us to chose from love my Nook! For those of us who are homebound this is the greatest way for us to try out new authors and genders I might have never thought of. Again a big thank you to ALL of You!

by DF2349 on ‎08-17-2012 03:09 PM

Thank you B&N for Free Book Fridays and to all of you who take the trouble to find and share free books! It makes my week when I get new books to read and get to try new authors for free! I love my NOOK COLOR!

by EdieMI on ‎08-17-2012 03:32 PM

I love free Fridays.  Not only does Jeremy give us a broad selection of eBooks but we also have to give thanks to spec, butterfly and Jeff for their research on other free titles to round out our reading experience.  I have read genres that I would never have tried if I had been paying for the book and have really broadened my reading experience.

Thanks so much to you all.

by RunningWithScalpels on ‎08-17-2012 03:37 PM

1Q84 is SO FRIGGIN long, but I loved it.

by sweet--pea on ‎08-17-2012 03:53 PM

Enjoy the Free Fridays when they have  good books