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Saturday, November 29, 2008

19,369

This has been a great sales month on Amazon for the Large Print edition of "Tales of a Texas Boy." I follow rankings on Amazon using TitleZ. It's an addictive tracking site. If you've got a book for sale on Amazon, you know about rankings.

This month I got my best ever ranking: 19,369. That's damned good! Tales also keeps hitting the Best Sellers list under Large Print Fiction. One sterling moment (fame is fleeting, you know), two different LP editions of Tales were on the LP bestsellers list at the same time. Whoa! That was a cool moment.

Just had to brag a moment or two. It's not like I sell thousands of books (shoot, 10s of books would be nice), but November has been very good to me. I hope December keeps up the good sales. Helps keep my nose above the holiday blues line.

Don't forget to sign up for a freebie!

Even better: buy my books. I recommend the 7x10 LP edition for $9.95. Handy trim size and the print is REALLY BIG!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Christmas Book Giveaway

Just in time for Christmas! Add a comment to this post to signup for the drawing. If you already have my email, you can send your entry by email, too. I'll need to be able to contact you if you win. Drawing ends 12/1. I hope to have all the books available to mail out by December 10th. In your comment, specify which book you'd like:

The Seven Adventures of Cadida: Aladinnesque tales suitable for the 7-12 year-old bunch. Several interior b/w illustrations. Approximately 150 pages.

First Duty: My YA science fiction.

Tales of a Texas Boy: Still going strong after a 1-1/2 years in print. I've got an 8.x5x11" Large Print edition.

Mystery book: I formatted and printed up a private reserve book of a tween fantasy. Since I'm querying this one, it's a secret. Approximately 245 pages of rollicking good fun. Appropriate for the 9-14 year-old fantasy lover.

Check my website for cover art and information on the books.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Glory Rose and the Gloaming

I'm looking forward to reading this book and wrapping it up as a present for my granddaughters. The illos are unbelievable! S. M. Brandsma is a writer living in my town, Eugene, OR. I love to see success for all writers, but especially those who are neighbors.

I'll post a review after I get the book, but it may not be in time for you to snag your copy from Amazon.


Buy the book through Amazon at Glory Rose and the Gloaming.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Seven Adventures of Cadida

Coming soon from Sam's Dot Publishing!

The Seven Adventures of Cadida

A series of seven tales about a girl and her recalcitrant djinn. This is for young 'uns. My reports are that six-year-olds love to have it read to them and 'get it'. Kids 10 and up can read it on their own. Adults enjoy the over-the-head references that the kids don't understand.

Meet Cadida, a poor little rich girl, captured for ransom by the mountain raiders, only to be selected as "mistress" to Bascoda the Djinn. It follows their adventures together as the meet flying horses, dragons, pirates, evil genies, cave demons, and lots of other mythical and real characters. Set in the pre-Islamic middle-east, the tales call on some of the creatures known to the mythology, and some real folks in a different setting. Cadida learns to handle her life without expecting some handsome sheik to rescue her. She kicks butt and takes names. Fun for all ages. Eat your heart out, Disney. My gal is tougher than yours.

Check my website page to preview the cover art and to read loglines for all the stories.

http://marvadasef.com/cadida.aspx

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New Story for Your Reading Pleasure

I've posted another short story on the ISSUU database site. I do love the look of the flash pages that appear to be real pages which you can flip through. This is my third story on ISSUU.

So, enjoy "Jonathan Swift Finds Nemo," an alternate history of just how Jules Verne got his idea for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Here's the flippy version, or go to the story page direct at: Jonathan Swift Finds Nemo.




See my other stories on ISSUU at:

Fish Story

If You Could See Her

Sunday, November 02, 2008

A New Place in Town

The Deepening was an on-line magazine, but had to stop due to health problems. The owner, D. L. Keur is re-opening The Deepening as a venue for Independent and small publishers to feature their works.

Check it out at The Deepening.

I'll post links to the latest articles when possible.

See Jude Gove's "Artisan's of Time" series.

Check out Nan Hawthorne's "An Involuntary King."

Read more about Jack Dixon's book "The Pict."