Monday, September 05, 2016

New gargoyles with a purpose

The new additions to my gargoyle collection make excellent bookends, and I feel good knowing my novels are well guarded.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Take and leave - Daeva & Above Haldis Notch FREE for 5 days

Just what is "take and leave"?

The TAKE part:

eBooks of my paranormal thrillers DAEVA and ABOVE HALDIS NOTCH can be downloaded for free from now through August 2nd. If either or both of these novels look like something you or someone you know might enjoy, take one! Read, enjoy, and...

The LEAVE part:

...leave a review on Amazon. It doesn't need to be long. I believe Amazon requires a minimum number of words, but you can just keep repeating "really, really good" if you get stuck. *smile*

My incentive here is to get some reviews for these two novels, because they're not selling like my other two novels. I think their lack of reviews hurts sales. ABOVE HALDIS NOTCH had some glowing reviews at one point, but they all got lost in the transition to the self-published version. DAEVA just never pulled in reviews. I'm trying to change that.

I realize that everyone and their dog is asking you to review every product you purchase and service you use these days, but I hope with the free eBook, you'll help me out with a little "take and leave" action.

Up for grab are:

A young mother in a rural northeastern Vermont village fights to protect her family and friends from a vindictive spirit intent on destroying their lives...and their afterlives.

For a FREE eBook from Amazon, now through August 2nd, CLICK HERE.

Daeva pits supernatural manipulation against human devotion when an ancient daeva with a grudge against mankind stands ready to gain access to the world.

For a FREE eBook from Amazon, now through August 2nd, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Smiling at 3 stars

Most authors love reader input, especially publicly posted reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, or any review site. Of course, the better the review, the more we like it. We are human, after all.
I appreciate anyone who takes the time and effort to rate or review my novels. I admit it usually takes a 4 or 5 star rating to put a bounce in my step, mainly because I like knowing my novel was enjoyed, but also because rating averages are displayed prominently and can influence future purchases. Today, however, I find myself smiling brightly over a 3 star review of Dark Knowledge that I received on Goodreads
I don't typically read books like this, and yes I figured it was going to have something to do with the paranormal, but I didn't think it would go the route it did. The fact that the author used a mentally challenged main character was the big draw to get me to read this book. I was intrigued on how he would present this character, and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the author's writing style and characters - he made you really care about the main character Wesley, and his progress/challenges though out the book. I gave this book this rating only because of the subject matter. Paranormal is not my cup of tea, but I liked the author's style.
Characters are kind of my "thing" as a writer. Yes I enjoy creating a high concept plot, tense situations, and eerie scenes and visual images, but my biggest joy is developing well-rounded, relate-able characters. In this case, I know I succeeded in making a reader care about Wesley and Dark Knowledge's other characters. And she liked my style. *smile*

So yay! for this 3 star review of Dark Knowledge. It's not a high rating, but it delivered a welcome message. And I guess I'm delivering a message here too: Don't forget to leave a rating, especially if you enjoyed a novel. And if you're comfortable adding a few words to explain your rating, do it. A rating with no review can leave an author wondering why someone loved, liked, or didn't care for the novel. Even a few words can help the author absorb the input in a more meaningful way.

Please don't get me wrong here. Any rating is welcome and greatly encouraged. Don't withhold rating a novel just because  you don't want to leave a comment or review, but consider adding even a short explanation. After toiling away for so MANY hours in isolation on our novels, authors crave input.

If you've read any of my novels, I hope you'll consider posting an honest Amazon review.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Upcoming talk: The writing of Daeva

Recently I posted links to my interview by SouthWest Writers. It was mostly about Daeva, and it provided some insight into the novel and what goes on inside this horror writer's brain. This Saturday I'm opening up even more, and I'm doing it in person. I'll be dusting off my public speaking skills to give a talk at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr Branch Library here in Tucson. My topic is how I wrote Daeva -- the plan, the surprises, and the rewrites. It'll be about an hour this Saturday, January 16th at 2:00 PM.

I'm looking forward to it. Daeva was a fun novel to write and a great, prolonged learning experience for me as a writer. I've always loved this novel. I enjoy being in that world with those characters, and I hope my audience will enjoy their visit too. Come see me if you can.