Demon Day ... A iBook UK Top 100 eBook!

Within a day of its appearance. Pretty cool, huh? I took some screen grabs off my iPhone. If anyone in the US/AU/CA is an iBooks user, and could tell me if its shown up over there yet I would owe you one!

Top 100 Paid iBooks UK

Author Interview with Gayle Carline

You know how Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City was all cool and columnisty (I make up words on this blog weekly, indulge me with that one), well, I have a writer here who is a columnist, but that is only one string to her her flexible bow.

Hiya Gayle! Tell us about yourself and your journey as an Indie so far.
My indie experience started sometime after my debut novel, Freezer Burn (a mystery) was published by a small press. I'm grateful for them in many ways, but I didn't get exactly what I was looking for out of the experience. In the meantime, I'm also a humor columnist for my local newspaper, and I was looking for a publisher to put out a book of my columns. Everyone said basically the same thing: "It's a great idea but you're not famous. Call us when you're Dave Barry." When I'm Dave Barry, they'll be calling me - and I'll have a lot of 'splaining to do to my hubby. So I decided to self-pub.

It all took a lot longer than I thought it would, in between the actual work, my screw-ups, and my general indecision at key points, but now I'm the happy author of What Would Erma Do? Confessions of a First Time Humor Columnist.

So far, the experience has been good enough for me to re-release a short story (Clean Sweep) on Kindle, and I'm currently preparing the second novel in my mystery series for Createspace, Kindle, and e-readers everywhere.

It's always great to hear things are going well for a writer. Okay, Facebook. Fundamental to an Indie Author of the sixth sign of the apocalypse?
Yes. It can be a tremendous time suck (don't play the games!) and a too-convenient way to procrastinate. However, I've been able to reach new readers due to the whole friend-of-a-friend concept. The downside is that, when someone wants to friend me, my first thought is, "I don't know them, but what if they turn out to like my books? I should friend them anyway." I try to keep my pages as private as possible without acting like an ice queen, and I have un-friended one person, but it's hard to turn people down when you're trying to build an audience.

Film Review: Attack the Block

The Gist: South London youths fight alien invasion on estate.

Outer space comes to the inner city. *Joygasm* Right? Nope. This film was an attempt to cross Kidulthood with Alien. Both great concepts in their own right, but combined is like custard and cheese spread on a cowpat cracker.

The lead character’s name is Moses. As in, leading the people to the promised land, The Chosen One, Moses? Just because you’re stupid enough to ‘merc’ a dog-like-alien, get all your friends killed, and then make up for it by cleaning up your own mess (killing the invading aliens), does not make you The Chosen One. 

Lunar Light: #SampleSunday

Lunar Light reached the Top Ten in the Romance category in iBooks UK (#4), was in the top 1,000 in the Nook eStore, and has remained on the Kindle UK Bestseller list in the Romance > Paranormal Category for two months now.

Get this dark paranormal romance (40,000 words) free from Smashwords using Coupon GG56Z! 

If you dislike sexual or violent content stop reading here and read about my Bestselling Rae Wilder Series instead :) 

I leaned up and licked his jaw. The wild taste of him had my stomach contracting painfully. Suddenly, I battled the carnal and almost irresistible urge to sink my teeth into him. Shame cut into the passion and I felt my face and heart sink at my own wickedness.
“Yes,” he rasped and mashed his lips against mine, sucked my tongue into his mouth. “Bite me. Shift with me.”
He pulled back to grind deeper and sank his teeth into swell of my breast. Pleasure radiated from the bite, and he closed his entire mouth around my nipple and sucked. My eyes pressed closed at the sensation that rolled across my chest from the spot and I squirmed. His hand cupped the nape of my neck and pulled my head up to his chest, pressing gently, urging.
This was okay? I could do this and not hurt him?
The realization he could take what I dished out had a new intensity surging through me, and tightening every pore of my being with need and hope.
A brief rub with my lips at his collarbone, the lightest of touches with the tip of my tongue … then I opened my mouth wide and sank my teeth into him. My eyes flew open as his blood gushed down my throat.

Kindle Free eBook Rush. IAN Interviews Vulutrix Fletcher & Sony Reader eStore. My oh My!

*Hearty sigh* At first, I was thrilled about the whole free eBook price match Amazon decided to do this month. Then I started thinking about what it meant long term.

The ONLY reason free eBooks works as a promotion tool, is because you’re getting something that would not usually be free, for free. It didn’t devalue books (like .99 does), because after a while you simply changed the price point back to normal.

But that won’t be the case if this becomes a regular thing for hundreds of books. I thought it was great to begin with, because my free eBook trial was quite successful, but it won’t work as a promotional tool if everybody does it at the same time. It won’t be an incredible deal then. It will be The Standard. And making it The Standard like .99 is becoming, means it won’t work for everybody (anybody else hearing stories of Indie’s confused at why pricing at .99 isn’t catapulting them into the Top 100 Paid?)

When you Get Tired & Your Forehead is Practically Making Love to your Desk

I am tired. I am irritable. And I am grumpy. In a nut shell. I'm in That Place where you're working your ass off, but still being moaned at ... or still have a million things to do and no time to do it.

Demon Day was approved by Smashwords this morning. I got an email from Mark Coker last night, apparently Sony asked them to put a rush on it *puzzled* Did not think Readers at Sony were that thrilled with my book. So it looks like as planned it will be in Nook, Sony Reader and iBooks by June. Thank you god, because people were starting to get rowdy. It's constant. Twitter, Facebook, email, reviews in eStores, all with the purpose of asking where the sequel is. At one point I was looking at it all in disbelief then remembered I had to actually respond to all these people. I'm kind of used to it now, but I struggle to explain to readers what being Indie, and the distribution limitations are when they have no concept of self publishing at all.

And I'm terrified people won't like it. It's like when you watch a movie and you're like, oh my gosh, the sequel is going to be awesome, then you see it and your like, WTF. I am worried my book will be like that ... even though most reviews right now in Kindle are positive. I have a mini heart attack each time I see the review number go up.

It managed five days in the Kindle UK Top 100, but I put the book to $2.99/£1.50 and it's dropped ranking's to hover in the 190's in UK and 1,900's in US. 

Author Interview with Steven Drennon

I am very pleased to bring you my interview with Steven Drennon, author of fantasy novel, Rise of the Raven.

Tell us all about the world of you....
I am a writer with many different interests who has only recently begun self-publishing his work. Over the past thirty years I have written poetry, science fiction, fantasy, and suspense. I just recently published my first three volumes of poetry, with three more planned very soon. In addition to that, I just released my first fantasy novel, “Rise of the Raven”, which was written under the pen name of Scott Dennisen.
Who is your favorite book character ever?I think one of the best characters I’ve ever encountered in a book was Jason Bourne. I have been a major fan of Robert Ludlum for quite some time, and I was reading his Bourne books way before they were made into movies!

Twitter ... pure genius or the fifth sign of the apocalypse? Hmmm! Interesting question! I have a twitter account (@sdrennon), but I haven’t quite yet figured out how to make it work for me. I’m so busy working on upcoming projects that I don’t take the time to tweet about what I’ve already done. I guess I need to work on that more! (I’m sure I’ll decide it’s a purely genius product!)

Indie Book Reviews & Welcome New Blog Followers

As we all know Blogger has been fabulous these past few days. I lost my last post, and was not able to post an interview this morning *pout* but it seems to all be stable again, so my Indie Interview will follow this post.

A note to all Indie's who follow my blog, you can now request a video review of your book through The Indie Book Review (click the skull picture on the left). 

Demon Day ... A Kindle UK Top 100 eBook!

It's official. Demon Day (book two in The Rae Wilder Novels) broke the Kindle UK Top 100 Paid Chart. And since it may never happen again there is a screenshot below to immortalize it.

I am bloody thrilled *warrior dance*

Author Interview with Megan Jones

I heart food. I am sure you do too. Today, I have Megan Jones, a non-fiction Indie Author who answered a few questions about her journey as an Indie so far.

Tell us about yourself....
I was born in South Africa, have lived in England, Bahrain and the USA. Have visited France, Germany, Czechoslovakia and have collected recipes from all over these places. I have a HUGE folder of recipes I have collected from all over the world and have always wanted to compile a book of these recipes but never knew how to go about it until I heard about Kindle publishing. I only started this a few months ago and am really enjoying it even though it is a lot of work.

Would you consider writing a passion, or as a means to share your true passion? 
I am just starting to write a fiction book which has been on my mind for a very long time. I do think the statement 'there is a book in everyone' is true. I think we might have to dig a little to find it.

More Demon Girl Illustrations

I know! Two posts from me in one day *giggles* No, be calm, the world is not ending just wanted to share something beautiful. More illustrations from Dionne (a fan who decided to use the imagery from Demon Girl as her muse for her Uni project). But my gosh these pictures! This is for Chapter Seven when Rae wraps herself around Tomas ... aka the freaky vampire on fairy kissing/biting/groping scene, and is my favourite picture to date.

It's going up in my house. Framed. I swear, I love it!

It's strange, because if you've read Demon Day you'll know the relationship between Tomas, Gwendolyn and Rae, and it's almost like the girl in the background is the vampire Queen watching them....

Film Review: Hanna

My daughter must be as fierce as Hanna or I will be terribly disappointed.

Saw this last night with MissEmmaJames and it was pretty good. Fantastic performances from Ronan, Blanchett and Bana. I recommend it as a must see.

The Gist: Teenage Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is trained by her ex-spy father Erik Heller (Eric Banna) to kill the woman who killed her mother, and who would have killed her as a baby. After a failed attempt at Marissa’s life, an escape from a secure government facility (after ending everybody in a one mile radius), she journeys across the world (Alaska, Morocco, Spain, Berlin) leaving behind a ton of collateral damage, and eventually discovers she is 'abnormal'.