Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Destiny (The Tranquilli Blood Line Series) by Celia Breslin (Giveaway)

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Title:  Destiny
Series: The Tranquilli Blood Line Series #2
Author:   Celia Breslin
Published:  November 3rd, 2014
Publisher:   Champagne Book Group
Word Count:   74,000
Cover Artist:   Ellie Smith
Genre:  Urban Fantasy Romance
Content Warning:  Sexual situations, violence, and profanity
Recommended Age:  17+
Synopsis:  In HAVEN, San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli survives a vicious attack by her vampire family’s longtime archenemies. Several weeks later, as she struggles with PTSD and survivor’s guilt, supervillain Dixon resurfaces and kidnaps two of her best friends. To save them, Carina must comply with the evil bastard’s unusual demands. The kicker? She must tell no one what she is up to.
Meanwhile, she has a new dance club to open for the preternatural community, a fated soul mate acting secretive and distant, and a sexy, new, undead friend who’d love to take Alexander’s place in her heart and bed.
Blackmailed, betrayed, tempted…sometimes destiny has a wicked sense of humor.
About the Author:
 Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for vampires, werewolves, and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.
Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • One lucky winner will receive an eBook copy of Haven (Tranquilli Bloodline #1) and Vampire Code
Giveaway is International.
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Monday, December 8, 2014

A word about my pricing

I announced in both my newsletter and on this blog earlier that my pricing was going to be firm and stable: subscribers to my newsletter are the first ones to know about any new releases, and they'll have two days after the announcement to get my new book for free (so go sign up for my newsletter; I usually make it really easy for you to catch up on the rest of my series too.)

For everyone who isn't a subscriber, you'll be able to get most of my newest releases at a discounted price for a week before it changes over to the permanent price.

As for pricing, my short story (and there will be more) is 99 cents. Given the length, I think that's fair. (This is the only time I can't discount on Amazon since I'm not on KDP Select.) My first two novels, each over 70,000 words long, are $3.99. Again, I think that's fair. However, my next two novels clocked in a little closer to 60,000 words, and I felt that I should reflect that in the price. So those two are priced at $2.99.

Many (most?) other indie authors play with pricing or "price pulse". Basically, they take a look at where their sales are and discounted for a period as needed. They do this for a reason: people like sales. (I like sales!) So I certainly don't fault them for it. In fact, I've been tempted this year to follow suit, many times.

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Sooner or later, this casts a shadow over all of us

But then I bought a DVD around Thanksgiving, and the next day the company I ordered from had a holiday sale in which they discounted everything by 20%. There was nothing I could do to change it, and overall the four dollars I would have saved weren't worth complaining about (well, unless it would have meant that I could have bought an e-book...). The company didn't do anything wrong and I still like their work. But that momentary feeling of being cheated- however irrational, however fleeting- is something I really want to avoid being associated with as a vendor, especially when I am still in the early stages of my career.

Thus, my prices are firm. I can only hope people will agree that they are fair.

(Needless to say, review copies will ALWAYS be free.)

...Having said that, I am considering making the first book in my series free. If I did so, I would offer something to any customers who had bought the first book, Like I said, I don't want anyone to feel cheated by me.

What are your thoughts on free books and price changes?

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A couple of changes here

I've made a couple of decisions about how this site is going to be run.
  • First, as of December 11th, all blog posts will contain original content. I love to help my fellow authors promote their work, but after a year of participating in blog tours, I don't think posting the same boilerplate post is helping anyone. I will happily continue to participate in blog tours if 1) authors are willing to write an original guest post or 2) I've read the book and can interview the author. Ultimately, I think this is a better move for this blog and whomever I'm posting a promotion for.
  • Second, and this was a hard decision to make, my reviews will be posted on Amazon and Goodreads. When I have a new review I'll point you to Amazon. Google does not like repetitive content, and I know that I do more good for authors by adding to what other customers see on Amazon than here (as awesome as my blog is). 
  • However, I do plan on writing about "themed" books I've read if one presents itself. That'll be both for both fiction and non-fiction. I'm pretty excited about this, and I think it has the potential to be more interesting than my reviews.
This will probably mean that there will be fewer posts, but I hope not by much.

To quote one of my favorite writers, let's make the internet a better place!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Indie and Small Press Author Blog Hop! (Giveaway)

I'm very pleased to be part of the Indie and Small Press Author Blog Hop today. I'm giving away two (2) e-copies each of The Smartest Girl in the Room and An Engagement: A New Pioneers Short Story. All you have to do to enter is subscribe to my newsletter. (Promise: I only send them out to announce a new publication.) Want to get an extra entry? Subscribe to my blog!

Please visit the other blogs participating in the Blog Hop and enter to win more great prizes!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Aftermath (The AfterWorld Saga) by Sandy Goldsworthy (Giveaway)

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Title: Aftermath
Series: The AfterWorld Saga
Author: Sandy Goldsworthy
To Be Published: December 2nd, 2014
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Page Count: 361
Genre: Paranormal Romance Action Adventure
Content Warning: Adult language, violence, and sexual content
Age Recommendation: 14+
After losing her father, Emma Bennett moves to her aunt’s small town of Westport to finish out her senior year of high school. Emma wants to forget the pain and loss of the past few weeks, finding relief in the company of Ben Parker—a local boy who she has an instant attraction and uncanny connection with. When Ben seems a little too preoccupied with other responsibilities and has no time for her, Emma turns to the town’s hottest flirt—Lucas Crandon—for affection. Unfortunately, she realizes a little too late that, sometimes, bad boys really can be bad for you.

Life as an undercover agent for the Afterworld’s Bureau of Investigation isn’t an easy job. When Ben Parker finds his soul mate, Emma, in a small town, he finds himself forced to choose between doing his job or rekindling a relationship with the love of his existence. After Ben is notified that a notorious immortal is loose somewhere near Westport, he realizes that his love life will just have to wait. There is a criminal to apprehend before he can have his girl.

When lives are at stake and immortals are on the loose, can two soul mates find their happy ever after?

Sandy Goldsworthy was born and raised in a small Wisconsin town. Her passion for writing began when her high school English teacher inspired her to be more descriptive in her work. Today, Sandy is writing the second book of Emma and Ben’s story. When she’s not writing, Sandy enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, and two children, Brittany and Kyle, or playing with her English Mastiff, Miles.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday with @HylanderDiner

I'm at the Hylander Diner (aka Mary Pat Hyland's blog) today, talking about some of the time-tested small-business rules Indie Authors need to start thinking about.

If you're a fellow indie, I'd love to hear what's working (so far) for you; and if you're a reader, I'd REALLY love to hear about what strategies (pricing, distribution, you name it) you've appreciated the most.

Small businesses are the engine of our economy...and 8 out of 10 will fail within the first 18 months.