Oktoberfest Free Promo (29th -31st October 2012)

Oktoberfest Free Promo


To anyone that wants to read my novel but hasn’t got around to buying it yet, I just want to give you a heads up and say that between 29th – 31st October, Forgotten will be free. Please put it in your diaries and spread the word!

But, rather than just talk about my novel, I am going to do something a little different in this post because I would like to pay it forward and tell you about several other authors that have said that they are putting one of their books free as well. So, check out these books between Monday – Wednesday and grab any (or all) that you’re interested in.

Since this is my blog, I’m up first followed by the others that I know about:

Forgotten (In The Shadows, Book One) By Catherine Gardiner (4*Star Rating)

Wings of Shadow (The Underground Trilogy) By Anna Kyss (4.6* Star Rating)

Dollhouse (The Dollhouse Trilogy) By Anya Allyn  (4.5* Star Rating)

The Medium (Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy #1) By C.J. Archer (4.4* Star Rating)

No Shelter (#1) A Post-Apocalyptic Love Story (No Shelter Trilogy) By T.S. Welti (4.2* Star Rating)

Breathless: Book One of the Jason and Azazel Trilogy By V. J. Chambers (4* Star Rating)

I hope that you enjoy any of the above books you decide to download. Other than my own, which will be free on all Amazon Kindle Stores, I can’t guarantee the others that I have listed will be. I do apologize for any inconvenience caused in advance.

This week has had a couple of things happen that I think is great news, especially for authors and readers that use Kindle.

First up is the news that now the Japanese Amazon has its own Kindle Store. You can find my book here and it is currently priced at ¥100. Welcome to the Kindle family, Japan!

The second bit of news is that now, if you are a Prime member, you can borrow many titles (including mine) for a month for free if you’re in the UK, Germany or France. The benefit of Prime has been available in the US for a long time, but I think it’s marvelous that it’s being rolled out to other countries now.

Happy Reading and have a safe and joyful Halloween!




Ebook price change & Shelfari

I had to change my planned post that I wanted to do on Thursday. That post will turn up but I am unsure when that will be, so, instead I am going to be talking about ebook prices and Shelfari.

When I say I am going to talk about ebook prices, I am actually referring to what I am pricing my books. On the 7th June, I uploaded my book and I priced it $3.99 or £2.79 (it was a little more due to tax) and I kept that price for two weeks. I know that two weeks isn’t really enough time to judge whether that price point was too high or not, but after my successful free promo through Select on the 18th June I decided to lower the price of my novel. The new price is as follows:

Amazon US – 99c ($1.21 if you live outside of the US)
Amazon UK – 77p
Amazon DE – €0.89
Amazon ES – €0.89
Amazon FR – €0.89
Amazon IT – €0.89

I will reassess this price point at the beginning of July but for the next week my book will be at this “sale” price. So grab a bargain while you can. 🙂


Forgotten going free (Monday 18th June only)

I know that this is late notice but tomorrow (18th June 2012) my novel, Forgotten, will be free on Kindle through all Amazons for one day only. I decided late Saturday night to make it free and like I said in a previous post I will report back any stats sometime Tuesday.

But don’t worry if you miss tomorrow’s “Monday Freebie” as there will be others throughout the summer. I also want to mention that I am in the Kindle lending library so if you’re in the US, and you are a prime member, you can borrow my book for free.

Here are the links to the various Amazons again. Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Spain & Amazon Italy.

Now, on to something I should have mentioned last week but clean forgot and that is that I have a beautiful new website, available to view at Catherine Gardiner. I hope that you pop over, take a look around, and stay a while. 🙂

And lastly, next week (probably Thursday) I have a special post. Now, I don’t want to disappoint anyone as it’s probably just me getting over excited over nothing, but some of you might find the post interesting. 🙂

One week on…

So, I have been published for one week and my stats are…

US – 2
UK – 1

Now, most that come across this blog post might think well that isn’t a lot but I view it as a success and to give full disclosure I do know who bought the book in the UK but I haven’t a clue who my Amazon US buyer is and they bought the book within hours of it going live.

So, where do I go from here? Well, I have thinking about this and I have written down a couple of aspirations that I want to achieve this year and I will gradually make my plans known over the coming month’s, the first of which is that this coming Monday (18th June) my book will free as I am going to be enrolling into Kindle Select.

I have also come to the decision that I will be sharing my stats, I am not sure yet how regular I will be sharing my book stats but I believe that people need the full picture and if seeing my stats may help someone in the future then I am all for paying it forward. 🙂

2011 – My mini review

As 2011 draws to a close it is time to look back over the year to see what has happened, I was going to do a month by month but decided against that. This year was the year that I decided that I would go Indie and I have focused on getting my book ready for publication. Over the summer I had couple of beta’s take a look at my book and after they suggested a couple of things I went back into editing mode which I did through most of September and October. At the beginning of November, I got my beautiful cover from Vila Design back.

Then in December, my novel went to my editor who did a wonderful job and I can say that earlier today I finished implementing their changes. Now, I have emailed a proofreader and after it has been proofed it will be sent to the formatter. I am hoping that it will be finally published the second week of January *so fingers crossed*.

Anyway, 2011 has been interesting to say the least and I have learnt a lot. Here’s to a great 2012.

Happy New Year!

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