First Week Free at the Roomy Toilet

First Week Free at the Roomy Toilet is a chapter book I wrote for readers aged 12-14, although it's been enjoyed by kids as young as 9 and adults as old as the hills.

• When June Knight, 14 years old and the TV spokeskid for Yummy Nibbles dog food, decides that she wants to break into the movies, her agent Morty comes up with a scheme to get June some national publicity: June sues her parents for emancipation and wins the right to live on her own. She moves into the attic of a nearby boarding house (where neighborhood vandals have altered the “ROOM TO LET” sign out front to read “ROOMY TOILET”), and, soon after her arrival, things begin mysteriously disappearing from the other tenants’ rooms. June, the newcomer, is the obvious suspect, and to prove her innocence she decides to take on the most important role of her career and play sleuth. Each of the Roomy Toilet’s wacky residents turns out to have secrets to conceal, and the book builds to a conclusion filled with multiple surprises and happy endings for everyone — well, almost everyone….

• The book is available for the Kindle and the various Kindle apps. You can send a sample to your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, smart phone or dedicated Kindle for free, or order the complete book for $5.99. Simply click here and follow the instructions. (For some reason, there's a problem with the formatting on Kindle: the first lines of some paragraphs are indented, while the first lines of others are not. The text all seems to be there and accurate, though! If anybody knows how to fix this, I'd appreciate some help!)

• If you don't have access to a Kindle or any of the various Kindle apps, send me an email with "First Week Free" as the subject line, and I'll send you the first chapter. If you want to read the rest of the book, write again, and I'll reply with instructions for paying me $5.99 via PayPal or by check, whichever you prefer. That's way less than it would cost you to buy a novel from Amazon or in a bookstore.

• Your $5.99 payment buys you the right to read the book as many times as you'd like, but, if you'd like to share it with anyone else, there's an additional charge.

• You may purchase additional licenses for $3.99 per additional reader in your household, or for $10 you may purchase a "household license" for everyone who lives under your roof.

• You may purchase additional licenses for people who don't live under the same roof as you for $3.99 each, or you may buy a 5-pack of licenses for $15 ($3 per license), a 10-pack for $25 ($2.50 per license), or a 20-pack for $40 ($2 each).

• Elementary-school teachers may request an educational discount: $2 per student for an entire class.

• Obviously, it'd be the easiest thing in the world just to email the file to others — or print the book out and hand it to them — without paying the extra charge. That'd be cheating, though. I hope you'll agree with me that an author deserves to be paid for his (or her) work. In any case, you're on your honor, here, and I'm asking you not to cheat!

• Once you've read First Week Free, I hope you'll write a review and email it to me. I will reprint reviews I receive here.

• I think you're going to like June Knight's story. If you don't, let me know, and I'll refund your purchase price. Can I get any fairer than that?


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