“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 Eros-Ashima on ‎08-17-2012 07:05 AM

What fun! The noir Teddy on the cover is a riot, thanks!

by TarHeelGirl00 on ‎08-17-2012 07:13 AM

I always wonder before I log on what the Free Friday selection will be.  I never would have dreamed it would have a cast of stuffed animals!  Thanks Jeremy for such a unique and creative choice---you never fail to surprise me!:smileyvery-happy:


Also thanks in advance to Spec, JfroJeff, and Butterflly13.

by NookJewell on ‎08-17-2012 07:16 AM

Looks like an interesting book, but I guess I'll never know.  I click the download button and nothing happens.  (Yes I am logged in.)  Two different computers and three different browers, I click download, the button turns grey, and then back to orange - still no book.

by jdwagner75 on ‎08-17-2012 07:33 AM

This one sounds interesting after weeks of nothingness for me on Free Friday.

by spec ‎08-17-2012 07:34 AM - edited ‎08-17-2012 07:37 AM
Here's additional freebies, a.k.a Free Friday's Extras, that many good people found and shared since last Friday. As usual all the books were free at the time of submitting this post, please verify the price before clicking Buy.

Trail of the Red Diamonds by L. Ron Hubbard
Final Vector by Allan Leverone
The Mother Road by Jennifer AlLee

Backwoods by Cara McKenna

Religion & Spirituality
Sifted: God's Scandalous Response to Satan's Outrageous Demand by Rick Lawrence
Kate's Song: Forever After in Apple Lake by Jennifer Beckstrand

Contemporary Fiction
Under the Olive Tree: A Novella by Courtney Miller Santo
The First Gardener by Denise Hildreth

Torn (Knights of the Ruby Order, Book One) by Kate Hill
Cowboy Dad by Cathy McDavid
Emergency: Wife Lost and Found by Carol Marinelli
Married By Mistake by Abby Gaines
The New Deputy in Town by B. J. Daniels
Passion to Die For by Marilyn Pappano
Lakota Surrender by Karen Kay
Irresistible Forces by Brenda Jackson
Dancing In The Moonlight by RaeAnne Thayne
Slow Hands by Leslie Kelly
Sheltering Hearts by Robyn Carr

Mystery & Thrillers
Silvertip by Max Brand

Religious Fiction
Hide in Plain Sight (Love Inspired Suspense Series #65) by Marta Perry
Secrets (Michelli Family Series #1) by Kristen Heitzmann
When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke
Stars Collide by Janice Thompson
Medical Error (Prescription for Trouble Series #2) by Richard L. Mabry
Eye of the God by Ariel Allison
Walking on Broken Glass by Christa Allan

Children's Books
Tom Thumb (KiteReaders Classics) by Brothers Grimm

Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial by Harper Perennial

Business & Investing
Presentations in Action: 80 Memorable Presentation Lessons from the Masters (Enhanced Edition) by Jerry Weissman
Mastering the Leadership Role in Project Management: Practices that Deliver Remarkable Results by Alexander Laufer
Turning Patterns into Profits with Harmonic Trading (Collection) by Scott M. Carney
Business Basics: The Skills You Need to Succeed (Collection) by Jo Owen, David M. Levine, David F. Stephan, Robert Follett, Natalie Canavor
Negotiating to Win: Strategies and Skills for Every Situation (Collection) by Richard Templar, Jonathan J. Herring, Leigh Thompson, Terry J. Fadem
The Rules of Life, Expanded Edition: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More Successful L... by Richard Templar
Financial Shock (Updated Edition), (Paperback): Global Panic and Government Bailouts--How We Got Her... by Mark Zandi


Please laurel this post if the list is useful to you.

by SharonE8180 on ‎08-17-2012 07:49 AM

LOL. Well this is differant. But I will try it out cause it sounds interesting. Thank you so much for the free Fridays!!

by Doge_Mom on ‎08-17-2012 08:13 AM

Thank you so much - I'm looking forward to reading this week's selections

by butterflly13 on ‎08-17-2012 08:21 AM

Redemption   by: R.K.Ryals


Pearl Savage   by: Tamara Rose Blodgett


Unenchanted   by: Chanda Hahn


Legend of the Troubadour  by: Isadora Rose


The Basement   by: Chad P. Brown

Until Death do us Part   by: Lynda Hilburn



Haunted on Burbon Street   by: Deanna Chase



(A Short Story Series leading up to the book "when Fate Dicates")
Haunting Grace  by:Elizabeth Marshall


#2) Changing Grace  by: Elizabeth Marshall


Saving Grace   by:Elizabeth Marshall


When Fate Dictates  by: Elizabeth Marshall


Blood Ties    by:J. D. Nixon


Fatal Destiny   by: Marie Force


The Last Call    by: George Wier




Sagebrush  by: William Wayne "Bill" Dicksion

by JeremyCesarec on ‎08-17-2012 08:35 AM

Hi NookJewell,


Sorry to hear you're having trouble downloading today's Free Fridays book. Please call 1-800-The-Book or contact NOOK Chat for assistance: http://barnesandnoble.ehosts.net/netagent/cimlogin.aspx?questid=9D286C7F-4B05-43C0-80B7-7ECDD88AD944...


by ZAY on ‎08-17-2012 08:41 AM

Sounds very interesting and very different!!!!  Thanks Jeremy!!

by Lucy_PR on ‎08-17-2012 08:44 AM

Good Morning:


Thank you all for your work...


My to be read list is frowing so fast....


Nice day

by Baste on ‎08-17-2012 08:45 AM

Happy IF everyone, thanks Jeremy, spec, butterfly, & Jeff for your finds this week.

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎08-17-2012 09:24 AM

Jeremy, you have gone above and beyond

I'm downloading right now, now if you could just increase the hours in a day so that I could have time to read all the wonderful choices you give me that would be perfect


thanks :smileyhappy:

by 2PointySticks on ‎08-17-2012 09:45 AM

FYI, "The First Gardener" is religious fiction, rather than contemporary fiction.  (From spec's list.)