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The Kindle version of The Curse of the Strawberry Moon is currently on sale for 99 cents.

As part of this Kindle Countdown, the price will gradually rise this week back to the list price of $4.99.

What can you get for less than a buck? According to reviews of this mystery…

thecurseofthestrawberrymoon_cover_150x228“It was truly ‘you cannot put this down until you finish it’ kind of book. I absolutely LOVED it. Cannot wait for the next one.”

“Loved the characters and the setting of the story so much that we took a drive to beautiful Keuka Lake to see it’s beauty for ourselves. Kept me guessing to the very end.”

“This easy-going, well-written novel is a discovery in the way that finding a great local restaurant, seeing a brilliant production by a regional theater company, or hearing an outstanding concert by local musicians are discoveries. I am looking forward to reading the next Caviston sisters mystery.”

Win a copy of my new mystery

There are two concurrent giveaways of The Curse of the Strawberry Moon.

GOODREADS: Enter HERE for a chance to win one of two signed, first-edition copies of the paperback. Deadline: Sept. 14, 2016.

AMAZON: Enter HERE for a chance to win one of three digital copies (for Kindle & iPad/iPhone etc.). Deadline: Sept. 9, 2016.

These contests are open to U.S. readers.

Read an E-Book Week

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Today begins SmashwordsRead an E-Book Week. It’s a great opportunity to download heavily discounted ebooks from the countless authors who publish through this great service.

If you’re not familiar with Smashwords, it’s a place where you can download an ebook in the format of your choice. Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Apple versions as well as other formats are available.

wrapkindle300x480oniondomes_cover_300x456I’m participating and all of my books are on sale, priced no higher than $2.00. Two of my books, my new release In the Shadows of the Onion Domes and my best-selling book of all time, The House With the Wraparound Porch, are priced at $1.50 each.

All you have to do to get the discount is use the coupon on the page for the book at checkout.

Spread the word and get yourself some bargains today!

Reviewing 2014

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I just tallied up my book sales for 2014. Overall, sales dipped a bit, but there are some trends I’m very happy to see. Here’s how the year looked:

  • In just two and a half months the new book, In the Shadows of the Onion Domes, has surpassed the first year sales for four of my seven books. This is my first foray into short stories, so it will be interesting to see if the book sustains this pace.
  • The House With the Wraparound Porch (my longest book and highest priced work) had the most sales in the U.S. and abroad this year.
  • Sales in the UK were up and I was happy to see Australia represented.
  • On my Smashwords ebook sales channel, Apple sales were the strongest.
  • Paperback sales were about twenty percent higher than ebook sales. (Wow!)

So far my best selling books are

#3, The Cyber Miracles (Book 1 of the Maeve Kenny Series—my first novel);

#2, 3/17 (my traditional Irish music parody of Dante’s Inferno);

and my #1 book of all time is…

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Welcome 2015

CyberMiraclesSeven years ago this January I tossed my first novel into the indie publishing ring. I did not enter the game as a complete newbie, because both journalism and graphic design careers had preceded the leap of faith.

The title of that first book, The Cyber Miracles, has become a sort of theme for this new career. Repeated “miracles” came from a generous community of writers, editors and designers I’ve encountered through cyberspace who have mentored me to publishing success. They have dispensed advice and honest results of what they encountered on their indie publishing careers freely through communities on Kindleboards, facebook, Twitter, blogs and other venues of social media. There has been a wonderful camaraderie among us, and a sense that if one indie author succeeds we all succeed, because one author’s placement on the New York Times Bestseller List gives us “trailer park cousins” (as some surely view us) a bit of publishing world street cred.

Who would have predicted the impact that this method of publishing would have on the industry giants? We are the digital Davids lobbing virtual stones at those Goliaths. The list of bestselling traditionally published authors switching to “our side” continues to grow.

Trying to keep a business going in this dawn of the Digital Age is tumultuous. Technology evolves in mere seconds it seems. Social media PR and other forms of price reduction promotions are fickle; what works one year produces few results the next. That means as technology evolves, so must we authors.

What remains a constant through all of this? Readers still want a well-told story. They want escape from their real-world worries. They want a few good laughs. They want the magic that comes from a few well chosen words strung together into sentences that conjure up power both visually and emotionally.

Since 2008 I have published seven books—six novels and a collection of short stories. Readers are and will always be my priority. It’s my duty to live up to the trust they put in me by purchasing or checking out my books from the library. To these readers around the world I say a heartfelt THANK YOU!

This March I plan to publish my eighth novel (a humorous mystery) and by year’s end the first of a brand new series should be out. Hope you’ll continue to follow along on this literary journey.

Best wishes for a splendid New Year!

BOOK BLOG TOUR: Day 13

blogtouriconToday I’m the guest of fellow indie author Melissa Smith. She writes paranormal romance novels, children’s books and her latest work is Untangle My Heart.

See my post on her blog HERE.

Last day at 99 cents

flyingtimeTick… tick… tick…

The Kindle Countdown Deal for In the Shadows of the Onion Domes has just hours left before the 99¢ price expires.

After that, Saturday & Sunday are your final chances this year to get it on sale, but at the higher price of $1.99.

Monday, Dec. 1 the book returns to its list price of $2.99.

smartphoneSee an ebook you want to read but it’s only in Kindle format? Don’t worry if you do not have a Kindle.

Amazon has a FREE app that will let you read the book on your computer, smartphone or iPad/tablet. Enter your email address in the box provided just below the book’s description on its Kindle page. To get the app, open the email sent to you by Amazon on your phone or tablet, then click the link provided in it to download the free app. You can also click this link on your PC or Mac to download the free program.

I know this because my new book of short stories, In the Shadows of the Onion Domes, is just in Kindle format for now. I downloaded a copy to my iPhone. BTW, you can purchase the book for  just 99 cents THROUGH NOV. 28.

Eighteen tales for 99¢

flyingtimeIn the Shadows of the Onion Domes is a Kindle Countdown Deal from Nov. 25-30.

Here’s how it will break down:

  • Nov. 25 through 28: 99¢
  • Nov. 29 & 30: $1.99
  • Dec. 1: Back to the list price, $2.99

samplerAt this price you could buy several copies as gifts. I like to think of this book as a Whitman’s Sampler of stories. Each one has a different flavor and shape (from sudden fiction to novella length).

Consider what this price represents. It’s…

  • Cheaper than a caramel macchiato (& no calories)!
  • Cheaper than a copy of the NYTimes!
  • Cheaper than a dozen pierogi!

SUCH A DEAL!
C’mon and join the countdown mania HERE.

Guest Post: Author Mark Smith

If you could change your world…

tgslg-cover-blue-previewIf you could change your world, would you be willing to try?

That’s the choice facing Robert Castle in my novel: The Great Scottish Land Grab.

Robert and his wife, Helen, are exploring the Scottish highlands when a shotgun wielding man forces them to turn back.

Unable to accept what happened, Robert investigates only to find that most of Scotland was stolen from its people over centuries of land grabs.

Set against the backdrop of the referendum on Scottish independence, when the leadership of the independence movement are decimated, Robert steps into the vacuum to offer a different vision for Scotland, a future where the poor are empowered to change their destiny.

But unknown to him, there are those who are determined that he will not win and who will go to any lengths to protect the status quo.

I wrote the first draft of Land Grab back in 2011. My first and only attempt at NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. If you’ve always wanted to write a novel but been unsure how to start, NaNoWriMo is a great way to start. The challenge is simple, join thousands of others to write a fifty thousand word novel during November.

By the time I completed NaNoWriMo, I knew I had something I wanted to keep working on, characters that were as real to me as close friends and a story that stayed with me. Yet I struggled to know how to develop that fledgling story. Until the Spring of 2014 when referendum fever reached a pitch and I realised that with some tweaking, I had a story that was relevant.

In Evan Almighty, Evan Baxter wants to change the world so God decides to take him at his word. Changing our world always comes at a cost as I’ve found for many years as I’ve set goal after goal.

Yet, despite the cost, I’ve found goals to be one of the most powerful ways to change my own world. Back in 2007 I set myself three goals to achieve in the four years before I reached Forty:

  • Complete a degree qualification
  • Be earning £40,000 a year
  • Complete a novel

At that point I already had a college certificate, one which enabled me to skip the first year of a degree. My salary was £20,000 and my largest piece of writing was less than 10,000 words long.

Each goal on its own seemed big enough to tackle but I’m a stubborn sort and prone to grand gestures. Why shouldn’t I aim to achieve all three goals before I reached Forty?

As it turned out, there was a symmetry to these goals. Connections, some of which I was aware of but others that I only realised later.

The obvious connection was that better educated individual are more likely to earn more. However, getting a degree is not likely to enable most people to double their salary in four years.

However, once you’ve set a goal, a strange thing happens. Your world both contracts and expands. Contracts to cause you to focus on the goal, contracts to enable you to see relationships that you may not have previously noticed, contracts to limit the choices you are willing to make – forcing you to decide whether you really want to achieve the goal or not.

Yet your world also expands, enabling you to see possibilities that you may not have considered, take risks that you might not have taken, experience adventure as you step outside of your comfort zone.

I’d already set myself a vague career direction in the world of IT. It turned out that software development was my main area of expertise and the esoteric world of databases and Excel macros were becoming my bread and butter.

I was able to use the UK’s Open University which allowed me to choose courses relevant to my work. These enabled me to impress employers at interviews. Employers always like people who study in their own time! I also found I was able to take what I was learning and use it to improve my skills at work.

But my work also helped my studies as I was able to draw on my experience to better understand the problems my tutors were posing, to refer to projects I had worked on as I strove to understand some of the more complex theories I was exposed to.

And both work and study were helping my writing. Years later I analysed a project I’d completed and found that all the code I’d written, all the technical documentation, all the user guides, all the reports I’d developed could have been combined into an average sized book.

I had been well paid to write and I hadn’t even realised it! I had been developing my drafting and editing skills all along.

During my Fortieth year I reached a point where I could claim that I’d achieved all three goals. This was down to hard work, perseverance and long suffering on the part of my family, but it was also down to setting those three goals in the first place. I’m certain that if I hadn’t written those goals down, I’d have been highly unlikely to have achieved that much.

If you’ve never set a goal, I encourage you to try. Even when I’ve failed to achieve a goal, I’ve always benefitted in some way. Even if just a lesson learnt or good memories from the experience. If you want to change your world, it may only be a goal away.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

MARK ANDERSON SMITH is the author of The Great Scottish Land Grab and Dragon Lake and is currently serializing 100 Crazy Ideas to Fix the Economy through his blog: http://my100goals.blogspot.com. Mark continues to work towards his 100 goals, enjoys climbing and running, strategy games and movies and books from many genres.

The Great Scottish Land Grab is available for Kindles and other eReaders worldwide through Amazon, Apple iBookStore and Lulu.com and will be available in print from Amazon in December 2014.
Kindle version:

The Great Scottish Land Grab The Complete Trilogy: B00NUW1O82

ePub Versions:

The Great Scottish Land Grab (Book 1): 978-099298830-2

The Great Scottish Land Grab (Book 2): 978-099298831-9

The Great Scottish Land Grab (Book 3): 978-099298832-6

Print version (From December 2014):

The Great Scottish Land Grab: 978-099298834-0

For more information, visit the author’s links:
Blog: http://my100goals.blogspot.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/my100goals