Fellow author Malcolm Turner has started a website called First Chapters to promote independently published books by sharing (yes, you guessed it) the first few chapters for free. It’s a great initiative, and right now Silent Symmetry is the featured novel: http://firstchapters.net/2013/07/31/silent-symmetry-a-young-adult-novel-by-j-b-dutton/.
I’m a firm believer in giving away the beginning of a book for free, especially if you’re an unknown quantity. After all, if you were in a bookstore you could flip through the first few pages and get a feel for the story. Thanks, Malcolm!