Archive for the ‘Promotion’ Category

Yes, I know that The Star series still has some typos and missing words. To apologise to my readers and to show my gratitude for your patience, I am making (almost) all The Star series free for Christmas weekend (the exception is volume 2, where apparently I’ve already used up all the free offer days for this quarter). So vols 1 and 3 to 6 are free for Saturday, Sunday and Monday!


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Star 1 The Most Holy and Chivalric Order of the Star protects Our Lady’s Land and Her people from the ferocious pagan tribes to the south, and the great empire of the Rus to the east. But by the start of A Sword, a Star, A Flame the Order’s greatest danger comes from within Our Lady’s Land: from the rebels who want to destroy it and free the land from the Brothers’ tyranny. Fortunately for the Brothers, there are two people living in their House who hold the key to their survival: the young heiress Oglive and her beloved knight Adal.

template-cover-star-book-2 Oglive and Adal enable the Brothers to ally with Oglive’s pagan relatives and save their Order. But the alliance infuriates the Order’s overseers in Rome: and so in The Book of the Sorcerer the Brothers come under attack again. This time the enemy is the pope’s emissary who wants to destroy the peace the Brothers have made — and who is also far too fond of good-looking young men. Adal and his friends Jan and Berthol succeed in leading the pope’s emissary astray. He traps them by sorcery,  but the demons he calls up fall in love with the young knights and help them to destroy the sorcerer. But have our young heroes lost their souls? — or won valuable friends in the other-world?

Both of these Unsuitable stories will be free on Kindle during part of the coming week: check Amazon Kindle on Tuesday and Wednesday for the free offer on A Sword, A Star, a Flame:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009829HBO (Amazon.com) or https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009829HBO (Amazon.co.uk)

And The Book of the Sorcerer: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MF4L0MO (amazon.com) or https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MF4L0MO (amazon.co.uk)


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Template cover Watchers 2a

The Dragon of Justice: cover design by Helen Lerewth

Watchers 2: The Nightshift is free from Friday 22 July until Sunday 24 July. Find it on Amazon.co.uk (Amazon.co.uk)
and Amazon.com (Amazon.com)

Julie Smythe and her co-workers Lynne Saunders and Nodens the holy greyhound are called to a murder scene. Their task is to ensure that justice is done and the innocent are guided to safety — without being murdered themselves or destroyed by the spirits of hell.

Incidentally, the NORMAL price for ‘Watchers’ volumes is $0.99, not $1.31 as suggested on the Amazon.com search page.

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Yes, the sequel to Kimball’s Kiss is on Amazon at last!
Here it is on Amazon.com;
and here it is on Amazon.co.uk.
only 99 cents for 720 pages — read the free sample first …

and from Tuesday 21 June through to Thursday 23 June it’s free! — as are the other two books in the series, Kimball’s Kiss and Gray Matters.

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David Price on The Creative Penn blog reckons that an indie writer needs to spend 2-3 hours a day each day on social media promoting their work. That may well be true, but it also happens to be all the time I have for writing — so the choice is: write or advertise? To be honest, I’d prefer to write. But if no one reads it, what is the point? Well — I know my nearest and dearest will read it, and perhaps one day I will have time for advertising … let’s hope!

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Watchers is free this weekend. Here’s the link to amazon.co.uk:

And to amazon.com

Enjoy! — or, even if you don’t, it’s free …

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I ran a free promotion on both books last week, 8–10 July. Results: in the UK, 20 copies of Gray Matters and 25 copies of Kimball’s Kiss were given away. In the USA, 78 copies of Gray Matters and 65 copies of Kimball’s Kiss were given away (and one copy of Gray Matters has been sold). In Germany, the figures are 4 and 11 respectively; no sales or give-aways in France, Spain or Italy. And one copy of Gray Matters has been borrowed through the Kindle lending programme, which so far as I can see is a waste of time. So – it’s possible to give the book away, but (after six months) sales are more difficult!
Gray Matters was published in December 2011, Kimball’s Kiss in January 2012.
Total sales to date of Gray Matters are nine copies; total free giveaways are 422 plus the 102 last week, making 524. Sales of Kimball’s Kiss to date are eight copies; total free giveaways are 333, plus 101 last week, making 434. So in fact, copies shifted are quite respectable — 975 copies altogether; not enough to make a living, but respectable enough for a first book which doesn’t fit any standard genre (spiritual science fiction?) with virtually no advertising, only two reviews (on amazon.co.uk only) for Gray Matters and none for Kimball’s Kiss. It’s interesting that free giveaways don’t seem to be based on reviews.
The question is: will people buy a book for 77p or 99c when they know it’s likely to be free again in a few weeks?
Do they read it when they’ve downloaded it for free?
Would a few more reviews result in a few more sales?
Would new covers on the two books encourage sales?

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