Astoria Bike doesn't pay the rent (or anything else, for that matter). But you buying my book does. Now you can read the first chapter for free. It's just a ploy to get you to buy the damn thing. But in the meantime you are getting something for nothing.
Here's my plan: you read chapter one and the first page of chapter two (I left that page in just as a teaser. Clever, no?), you love it, you need more, you buy it, and you buy another copy to give to your literate friends to review favorably in influential publications. Anybody who knows talk-show hosts or Oprah personally should contact me as soon as possible.