Fine Wine, the first short story in the Assassin Without a Name series, is now free on Amazon.
Making a title free on Amazon is not without its challenges. Amazon is determined to remain the price leader in books. I shop there a lot myself, so I'm good with that. To this end, though, one of the conditions of their TOS for authors is that the Amazon price must always be the lowest retail price. If they find a title elsewhere for less, they'll price-match it. But that's a violation of their TOS. So here comes the email telling you you're in violation. Unless the price-match makes the title free. Then it's ok to have the title priced at, say, $4.99 on Amazon but $0.00 everywhere else. Amazon will happily match the $0.00 price.
The whole process is kind of exhausting, and it'd be nice if Amazon would just let a guy (or gal) price a book for free if that's what he (or she) wants to do. No one understands the power of a loss leader better than Amazon, after all.
In any case, Fine Wine is f... [More]
Every year Smashwords has a big, site-wide eBook sale with percentages off ranging from 25 to 100 percent. This time around, I enrolled all three of my titles in the sale. Prices are good throughout July, but why wait? Two of them are free and the third comes out to about $2.50 after the 50% discount. Formats include EPUB, MOBI/Kindle, and more.
Here's the links:
Killing the Dead
The Five Elements
Categories: Free Stuff | Sale
The past couple of weeks I've highlighted two ways in which readers can get my eBooks for less than retail. The first way you get a steep discount. The second, you get a full discount, as in the eBooks are free.
Here's the deals:
1. Get'em for $0.99
The 99 cent method involves heading out to Smashwords and using one of the coupon codes below.
The Five Elements - JJ32F
The Hall of the Wood -
EC98E (not for sale currently)
2. Get'em for free
The second way is slightly more complicated because it requires a commitment on your end. But in exchange you get the eBooks for free. The reasoning behind this was discussed in this post, but the gist of it is that in exchange for me sending you either or both of my eBooks in a format of your choo... [More]
There's an easy way to get one of my eBooks for free that's perfectly legit in literary circles. This method also does not violate retailers' review guidelines. How you accomplish this is by agreeing to write and post a review.
Exchanging a free book for a review is really the only legitimate manner in which an author can obtain a review (beyond a person just buying the book and leaving a review themselves, of course). There are other means being employed, though, including some that are outright wrong and others that maybe are a bit borderline. On one hand you have authors who pay people, who in some cases don't even read the book, to leave a review. That's wrong. On the other, you have authors running various promotions including giveaways of, for example, Kindle Fires or Amazon gift cards. This violates the 'free book for a review' guideline of which Amazon explicitly condemns under their "What's not allowed" section:
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The Hall of the Wood is free today on Amazon.
The novel is straightforward, classic fantasy: goblins, witches, rangers, sorcerers, knights, and murky woods. It's a bit of a mystery story with elements of suspense and plenty of action and adventure. There's some magic, too. Readers have complemented me on the development of the characters, which is more than they expect given the nature of the story.
Here's the "official" blurb:
All is not right in the Simarron Woods.
The King's Patrol has vanished. Their Hall stands empty. Goblins prowl the fringes of the forest and folk whisper of a sitheri witch brewing evil from the darkest hollows.
Once a patroller of the Hall, Jerrick is duty-bound to investigate. He is joined by Kayra Weslin, knight errant, and her chronicler, Holly, who go to answer a plea for help from nearby Homewood. Along with Murik Alon Rin'kres, an eslar sorcerer who harbors a secret purpose all his own, the four attempt to unravel the mystery of the m... [More]
Yesterday, The Five Elements was The Frugal Find of the Day. Part of the promotion featured an excerpt from the book. I thought I'd publish that excerpt here as well for your reading pleasure.
This scene occurs early on, right in the middle of the elemental attack mentioned in the book's description. Aaron has gone looking for Shanna. He finds her, but she and some others are trapped, and the floodwaters are rising.
“Aaron?” It was Shanna. “Where are you going? The water… it’s rising.”
She was right. He had to hurry. “Not far. I’m coming right back. Don’t worry!”
“Aaron! Don’t leave—”
He heard the tinge of fear in her words, and wished as he sloshed away that he’d more time to offer reassurances. One of the other girls—it sounded like Rachel, who had never really liked him—yelled, “I always knew you were worthless, Squeak!” Aaron ignored her. The moment he was able to pull himself from the water, he set off at a run, backtracking until a juncture led him down another passage, thr... [More]
As posted yesterday, The Five Elements is free right now. Today and tomorrow. If it's Friday, sorry, but you missed out. But if it's still 3/21 or 3/22 as you're reading this, go download!
The Five Elements has gotten some nice reviews. You can read blurbs of them and find out more about the book on The Five Elements book page, or go right to Amazon to read the full reviews.
If you want to know what the book is about, it's easy enough to visit one of the above links and read the description. But if you want to get a feel for my writing style or what to expect once you start reading, well, here's an excerpt from the novel for you to take a look at.
This is one of my favorite scenes. It's dark, it's raining, our heroes are running at breakneck speed away from some thing that is chasing them. There's action, there's suspense, there's a harrowing flight. Then it gets good. Read on, my friend, read on.
Aaron would have stopped f... [More]