Did you know that Contact: Book 1 of the Zaftan Troubles is a free download on Smashwords?
And you don’t need an account to download a copy.
Here is the book blurb: An alien mining ship discovers a planet loaded with rare earth minerals. The aliens, known as zaftans, plan to fill their ship with the mined minerals. Unfortunately, the planet is inhabited by intelligent beings. But what could possibly go wrong with a simple mining operation on a planet with primitive natives?