In the process I have learned that you CAN email people using G+, but only if they allow it. More importantly, I learned that I was not allowing people to contact me. Apparently, there is a profile setting that can be toggled on and off and allows people to send a direct email. Apparently, I didn't have that setting turned on for my own profile and, therefor, someone trying to contact me would have the same difficulty I am having trying to contact my interested readers.
As a writer trying to hawk my wares, I want to be as accessible as possible. I want people to be able to send me emails, private messages and public messages. Hell, I'd even take a message in a bottle or skywriting if it meant another new reader. So, I promptly turned on my email setting in hopes of making it just a little bit easier for people to find me and contact me.
To those of you who are still waiting to collect on your free copy, I have not forgotten you. I am just back at the drawing board figuring out how to make technology work for me. If you're impatient you can send me an email at email@example.com, otherwise the answer may be that you will have to wait until I'm up on smashwords.