Saturday, February 13, 2016

Revealed: The Mystery Book for 2/12

If you played the Freaky Friday game in my last post, you'll have the mystery book on your Kindle device now, or decided that I really should pay you for taking it. Nevertheless, the book of the day was Eagle Quest, and has returned to his hideously expensive regular price of $1.99 (or the equivalent in foreign currency for which I've already paid the VAT for your country).

A Vision Quest turns deadly when four friends confront eagle poachers in a wildlife refuge.

Fiona, Hap, Billy, and Mitch make an odd set of friends, as different from the usual junior high school crowd as they are from each other.

Mitch, the oldest of the four, is a half-breed Native American, adopted by white parents. Troubled that he doesn't know his tribe, he avidly studies Native American history and lore. Learning the nearby Bear Valley Wildlife Refuge is a bald eagle nesting site, he wants to add an eagle feather to his medicine bag and explore the refuge as a site for his Vision Quest, a Native American rite of passage. He and his three friends get far more than an overnight camp out as they encounter a black bear, a retired forest ranger living in the refuge, and a pair of eagle poachers. Bringing the poachers to justice, they test their courage and gain confidence in themselves and each other.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Freaky Friday #Freebie (2/12)


I decided to try out a giveaway every Friday. Click on the covers below to get your free book of the day for February 12th. The only hint you get is the free book is one of those pictured in the graphic. Different book every Friday, so come back every week for another.

All of the books are Kindle ebooks on Amazon. Go ahead! Click up a gift for yourself. Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

First Two Sentences Contest

Adventures in YA Publishing has a first two sentences contest a couple of times each year. It gives authors a chance to see if their work in progress will grab attention immediately. While adult literature does allow for a page or two to gain reader interest, middle-grades are a fickle lot. You'd better be able to hold their attention at least to the third sentence.

For grins and giggles, I entered the first two sentences of my totally uncompleted WIP. The title isn't even carved in talc, much less stone. Anyway, since this is the ONLY day those two lines will be seen in public, I invite you to check it out. All 50 entries are on the blog starting today (Feb. 11th) and readers have a chance to throw in their own two cents on the entries in the comments.

My entry is for the fourth book in the Witches of Galdorheim series. Besides the three novels, the series has an outlier short story about a popular character, Rune, the younger brother of the protagonist. Adult women are eagerly awaiting the cocky and cute vampire/warlock to come of age so they won't be too embarrassed at panting after a 14-16 year old boy. If Rune's book finds a way to complete itself, it will be added to the series. If not, then the reading audience have only themselves to blame. If they'd bought more of the books in the series, the fourth book wouldn't be so shy about joining the adventures of Kat the inept teen witch.

Here's my entry in the two first sentences contest.

Title: Blood Ties Tested
Author: Marva Dasef
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

First Two Sentences: A dark figure dropped silently from the window ledge to the alley below. Dressed in a black curiously darker than a coal mine, which, of course, no clothing had a right to be, no casual observer would notice the movement

Here's info on the rest of the series. Keep your eyes peeled. The 3-book box set will be on special in March.

The Witches of Galdorheim: Volumes 1, 2, and 3 Katrina the teen witch with her half-vampire brother, Rune, brave crossing the arctic sea, being attacked by a polar bear, fighting giants, dodging magic attacks by an evil shaman, and that's just in book 1 of this trilogy. Complete in a single volume, follow Kat's adventures from the arctic circle to the Otherworld in Scotland.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Gung Hay Fat Choy

The Year of the Monkey begins! 

According to the Chinese Zodiac, year 2016 would be the year of Monkey. The Year of Monkey runs from February 08, 2016 to January 27, 2017. The element involved is Fire. The lucky color for the year would be Red and the associated number is 9. Monkey is the 9th sign in the Chinese zodiac. The associated energy is Yang. People born in the year of Monkey are said to be cheerful, energetic, flexible, wise, charismatic, and have leadership qualities. Their negative traits include being egoistic, arrogant, crafty, restless and snobbish. Monkey natives are usually found to be very skillful. They are quick and intelligent that they often win laurels in studies. 

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Preview - First Duty

I wrote "First Duty" long ago. It was published as a paperback by the (now departed) Sam's Dot Publishing. Ebooks weren't a big thing back then, so I self-pubbed the digital version and cobbled up a cover from some free template. Since that time, digital publishing has improved and so have my covers. A few years later, I decided to build on the "First Duty" basic plot and characters to make it fit for the SFR audience. 

That meant adding a few sex scenes. I also added more action, fights, and drama. This became "Ultimate Duty." This book was published by Eternal Press. It's now Damnation Press and still refuses to take UD out of service although the contract has long since expired and I've written the publisher lots of times telling her she no longer had rights to the book. So, back to self-pubbing.

I didn't want to dump "First Duty," though, because it was nice and clean for the younger audience and people who just don't care to read anatomical discussions of human and alien mating habits. I still like this book, so I'm keeping it around. It's the first book of mine to be published by a 'real' publisher (or almost the first), so I sure can't just dump it. That'd be mean to my original kick-ass redhead heroine, Nyra Hutchings. Her new name in the R-rated "Ultimate Duty" is Remy Belieux. I like her just as much as Nyra because, after all, they are the same character. I like her by both names.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Books and Reviews at Other Amazons

Authors who work with Amazon tend to view the Amazon store associated with their country. I'm US American, thus look at I have friends who are featured primarily at their own country's Amazon presence. We authors forget (at least I do) that our books are sold in those other countries through the other Amazons.

If you're Canadian, you shop at Amazon.CA, if British, you use Amazon.UK, and so on for Germany (DE), France (FR), Spain (ES), Italy (IT), Japan (JP), the Netherlands (NL), Brazil (BR), Mexico (MX), Australia (AU), and India (IN).

Recently, a Brit mentioned reviewing one of my books. I was mystified since I didn't see the review on AMAZON.COM. It shook my brain enough to take a look at AMAZON.UK. By golly, there it was. An outstanding, well-written, and positive review with plenty of detail.

And I had missed it because I usually only look at my "local" Amazon store (.COM). I checked a couple of other countries where I know a book or two was sold. Most didn't have any local reviews, but the product pages did list reviews from the US store.

For authors: Check all the countries where your books are available. You might find a nice review or even a pan you never knew existed.

A big thank you to Dave Higgins for making me look further afield than my own neighborhood. And thank you for the nice review you left on Amazon.UK for one of my books.

You can read all of Dave Higgins' reviews on his excellent blog as well. Now, I'll be a regular reader.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Preview - Faizah's Destiny

Read the preview on-line. If you purchased an early copy of this book that doesn't include "Tales of Abu Nuwas 2" in the title, let me know and I'll send you this updated version. It is now wrapped in the frame tale of the old story teller, Abu Nuwas, relating the tale to a former slave boy. Adds some interest, and a couple of thousand words in length. Hit Preview to read the beginning of the tale as related by Abu Nuwas. The book is now on Kindle Select and can be read free by Kindle Unlimited subscribers and borrowed through the Kindle Owners Lending Library (or so I've been led to believe).

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Preview - Setara's Genie

Take a look at the Amazon Preview mode right here on my blog. Another feature on Amazon book product pages allows you to grab the HTML code to display the Search Inside preview. Authors ought to love the ability to take your preview with you to your own blogs and websites. This book is in the Kindle Select program making it free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers and lendable through the Kindle Owners Lending Library.


Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Preview - Bad Spelling

The first book in the Witches of Galdorheim series. Now on Kindle Select, it can be read free by Kindle Unlimited users, borrowed, and will be blood sacrificed occasionally as a free book or in a Kindle Countdown deal. Read the preview right here.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Kindle Select/Kindle Unlimited/Kindle Lending Library

By this time, most of my books will only be available on Amazon. The "Brand X" distributors didn't try hard enough to sell the books and made maintenance of separate editions for different places a pain in the butt and didn't get me a dime. So screw 'em. I'll just have everything on Amazon and if Kindle Unlimited subscriber stumbles on one of them, they can read it free. All of the books will also be available in the Kindle Owners Lending Library. Amazon Prime users can borrow a book a month. Keep it as long as you want. No two-week return requirement.

When I run any of the Kindle promos like #free  or #countdown, I'll post it here and other places like Twitter. That's about all I'll do for promotion.

I did some updates while making my books Kindle-only. I added tables of content to the ones that made sense to have a TOC (this may still be a work in progress thing). I tried to catch any typos still left. If you happen to see one, I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know. I can always fix them.

So, that's it. My entire book collection is now on auto-pilot at Amazon. Reviews are always appreciated, of course. Retail prices are listed, but Kindle Unlimited is always free to subscribers. Amazon Prime users can borrow them from the Kindle Owners Lending Library, and the Matchbook prices are always less than the retail. Bonus deal: If you gain possession of certain books, you can also buy the audio book for a cheap $1.99.

Witches of Galdorheim Series (3-Volume Book) $6.99
   Bad Spelling $2.99 (Buy the ebook, get the audio book for $1.99)
   Midnight Oil $2.99 (Buy the ebook, get the audio book for $1.99)
   Scotch Broom $2.99 (Buy the ebook, get the audio book for $1.99)
   Spellslinger $0.99 (This short story is in audio format to listen free on SoundCloud)

The Tales of Abu Nuwas
Setara's Genie $2.99

Science Fiction
Ultimate Duty $2.99
First Duty $1.99

Oregon Set Mystery/Adventure
Missing, Assumed Dead $1.99 (Buy the ebook, get the audio book for $1.99)
Eagle Quest $1.99

Collections and Short Stories
Tales of a Texas Boy $2.99 (Buy the ebook, get the audio book for $1.99)
Mixed Bag Short Story Collection $0.99
Fish Story: A Three Story Sampler $0.99

Eagle Quest $1.99

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Preview Books from a Link

Amazon has added a feature for authors (or anybody who wants to use it) on the product pages of books. An Embed option gets the link or a full HTML display of a book's preview and you don't have to download a file to your ereader to look at it. It appears much like the Look Inside feature on a book's product page. Well, easier to show than tell, so click the following link to see the preview of one of my books. It's really rather cool. The rest of my book preview links are below the cover on this post.

Here's the book cover just for a graphic on this post.

Teen Fantasy
Science Fiction
First Duty (YA)
Ultimate Duty (Adult) 
Mixed Bag II (Adult) 
Mixed Bag (Kid friendly stories from Mixed Bag II) 
Fish Story Sampler (3 stories from Mixed Bag II)