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50 Best Indie Books of 2018 on ReadFreely

 
About Three Authors: Poison Pen

About Three Authors: Poison Pen

Voting is almost done for this year’s ReadFreely’s 50 Best Indie Books of 2018.

 
Poison Pen made the shortlist, and I’d love for you to help me out and vote for it. You can vote twice for each email address.
 
Here is a direct link to the form for voting for it (they seem to have a bug that redirects links to their home page, but clicking on it a second time usually does the trick):
 
 
Thanks for your help, and thanks to the readers who nominated it.
 
If you’d like to check it out, you can find it at various retailers using this link.
 
Also, anyone in the Newmarket area can check it out of the Newmarket Public Library (just got the cheque in the mail for that one–woohoo) and read it for free.

The Amazon Game: Are Books Disappearing from Amazon’s US Site?

Lately, indie authors have noticed something hinky with Amazon’s e-books. They seem to be disappearing from the Amazon US site.

When my novels fell victim to this crime, I tried to find them via my Bookshelf in KDP. Here’s what I found, using my novel Poison Pen as an example:

I’d never seen this “feature” before, but today I noticed that when you hover over “Live” on your KDP book, you get this:

PP_Availability

When you click on “See title availability details” you get this:

PP_AvailabilityReport

When you drill down into “View details” in the row pertaining to Amzon.com (notice the Status for it says “Limited availability”), you get this:

PP_USAvailability

Notice how in Canada it says “Unavailable”?

Scroll back up to the image with the Availability Report for Poison Pen. Notice how the row for Amazon.ca says “Live”? When I view the details on that, I see this:

PP_AmazonCAAvailability

It seems Amazon isn’t removing e-books and making them unavailable for purchase. They are mucking around with visibility depending on the country you’re in. This is causing frustration amongst authors who want to check their pages on countries they don’t reside in.

What’s scary for us non-US residents is the fear that users searching for books to read will no longer find these books in the search results. I’ve often searched in Amazon US for something and then clicked on the CA link to view it on the Canada site. Now that I understand (I think) what’s happening, I’ll do those searches on the Canadian site.

I’ve also noticed that direct links will get you the book’s page in the US even if it’s unavailable for you to purchase there.

While this new feature *cough* bug *cough* will take some getting used to, we’ll have to see how it shakes out and affects sales.

Amazon: unilaterally moving the goal posts for authors once again.

Injury Shortlisted for Best Book Award

InjurySo excited. I received this notice from ReadFreely and would like to politely beg, I mean, request you to please vote for Injury:
 
Hi Val,
 
At ReadFree.ly we’ve started an exciting new competition to crown the Best Book We’ve Read All Year. And Injury has made the shortlist….
 
…So what do you need to do? Nothing really; you’ve already done the hard part, you’ve written the book. However, you may wish to encourage your fans to visit our site and vote for Injury: there’s a link on our homepage, or they can go here – http://www.readfree.ly/bbwray2018/ ….
 
If you’d like to read Injury, you can download it here for #FREE: https://www.books2read.com/injury
 
Thank you for your help and support!

NURTURE Book Tour – The Gods of Winter by Gerald G. Griffin

The Gods of Winter Nurture Book Tour banner

Today I’m proud to participate in a book tour promoting Gerald G. Griffen’s new literary fiction novel The Gods of Winter.

Interview with Gerald G. Griffin:

Once readers have read The Gods of Winter, what are you hoping that they take away from it? What feelings and emotions are you hoping they have?

This is one question difficult to answer, for in the end it is not what I want or hope for, but what is to be.

The book is out there, and what feelings and emotions it elicits is up to the readers. Wrapped in a mixture touching upon several genres — mystery, thriller, romance, horror and mystical, the novel offers a wide scope of situations allowing for an abundant range of feelings and emotions to be felt, and it is up to each reader as to which of these feelings and emotions arouse he or she.

My hopes are not involved in this, except for the hope that I’ve written a compelling story.

But to answer what I think you’re really asking, we need to go to my purpose in writing the novel. It was dedicated to Jane A. Valentine, my departed fiancée, portrayed by Gloria Hopkins in the book’s story, and my purpose, through Gloria, was to show what an exceptional person Jane was, really beyond the measure of words. A being with such an exciting, daring spirit for enjoying life to its fullest, thankful to be alive to do so, and passing this joy to others, sparking them to greater heights of wonder. A person with a fiery spirit that could be adorably challenging, but a spirit showered in innocence that could be a quiet jubilation, soothing and caressing, making anyone who came in contact with her to feel good to be alive.

Jane Valentine was a rare creature of God. Her abrupt passing before her time was not only a tragic loss to myself, but a tragic loss to all of humanity who knew her and could have known her if she had not died.

Well, what I want is for those people, and many others, to know her, which brings us back to the purpose of The Gods of Winter.

Beyond the trappings of the novel was the real purpose of the book; always before me as I wrote it, to let the world, or as many people as possible, know of the precious existence of Jane before her memory was lost to time. And sharing Jane’s memory to many was the outcome I wanted to be, above any hoped-for feelings or emotions.

Book Synopsis:

The Gods of Winter cover with drop shadowThe stuff of legend. Fiction based on fact. A story to behold. Its humor, laughter, strife, sadness, and tragedy are the stuff of legend.

Bob Daniels, against all odds, becomes a noted psychologist. In unlikely fashion, he meets Gloria Hopkins, a noted stage performer. A rare and daring love ensues, but it’s thwarted by an inexplicable force of madness. The two are pulled into a harrowing journey to save their love, and as they interlock with a range of vibrant characters, in desperation they face the impossible.

The Gods of Winter: A story of pondering gasps, ending in deep awe. 

Title: The Gods of Winter
Author: Gerald G. Griffin
Genre: Fiction – Literary Fiction, Coming of Age, Romantic Suspense
Formats: Paperback
Published by: SBP
ISBN-13: 9781946540102
Pub. Date: October 16, 2017
Number of pages: 356
Content Warning: some adult language and violence
Age Restriction: 19 years of age or older
Purchase at: Amazon.com, B&N, Amazon.ca & Amazon.co.uk

Author Bio: Gerald G. Griffin was born in Flint, Michigan, and graduated from high school there as class Valedictorian. After obtaining his BBA at a local college, he attended graduate school at Michigan State University, receiving his MA and PhD in psychology, by this time married, with two sons. Following graduation, he accepted a position with a psychologist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. One year later Gerald set up his own private practice in Atlanta as a consulting psychologist, and his practice eventually grew to the point of necessitating two fully staffed offices at different sites, with a smaller one in his home. During this professional growth, Gerald’s social life also grew, including the fraternity of many friends and the fellowship of a country club. Through all of this, Gerald managed to write three published novels. While in practice in Atlanta, Gerald was listed in Marquis WHO’S WHO in the South and Southwest, Personalities of America and Notable Americans. Nancy Cline, a member of MENSA, said in review of Gerald’s writings: “In this age, yes, there’s a nobility of spirit and the courage to preserve and to protect that nobility. In the field of fiction we have men of great stature. To that list add the name of Gerald G. Griffin.”

Once his sons were grown and out on their own, Gerald and his wife divorced. Caught up in his bachelor wanderings, Gerald reduced his practice to part-time, in one office, while still managing to write, mostly ghost-writing, though he wrote a fourth novel, never published. Then he met Jane Valentine, a well-bred, well-educated lady from London, England with a zest for life and a demeanor to enjoy it. Gerald and Jane became engaged and moved to the bedroom community of Gainesville, Georgia. There, among the small city’s peaceful settings around Lake Lanier, Gerald dedicated himself full-time to writing, turning out the published novel, OF GOOD AND EVIL.

Gerald and Jane’s relationship in Gainesville evolved into a remarkably close, fulfilling love between them, marked by spontaneous explorations and sprees of happy sharing. Then came tragedy. Unexpectedly, Jane died from a mismatch of events, shattering Gerald. Out of this shattering, Gerald was overwhelmed by a compelling urge to write the published novel, THE GODS OF WINTER, fiction based on fact, dedicated to Jane, Gerald’s literary odyssey to keep the memory of Jane — her indomitable spirit, her extraordinary being, her rare caring nature for enjoying life, giving this joy to others — alive, inspiring others, for all time.

Gerald now lives quietly in Gainesville, in a quaint house atop a hill, surrounded by the simple beauty of Nature, woods and wildlife, and the deer Jane so loved, becoming enthralled at their sight, that sight to Gerald now having a touch of Jane’s presence.

Find and follow Gerald on his website, Facebook page and on Twitter.

 

Calling All Book Bloggers and Authors #thebookrobinhoods

AuthorsIf you love to write, if you love to read, if you love to read and write, then let The Book Robin Hoods be your new hangout.

Here, you will find the Book Thieves, the featured reviewers of the Book Robin Hoods. They are hand-picked, vetted to ensure their honesty and reliability. Once approved, book thieves can receive review requests from authors.

Here, you will find The Storytellers. As a blogger, you can request ARCs from selected authors. Val Tobin’s books are featured on this site! You can find her on the Storytellers page. Read posted excerpts from novels in the Forums and discover your next favourite author.Bloggers

Note: The Book Robin Hoods do not work with erotica/nonfiction/graphic horror authors at this time, nor do they work with first-time reviewers, meaning that reviewers have to have previous experience and a running blog or platform, however small.

Form for bloggers to join: https://goo.gl/forms/MWVkZ9EVJkpPHY1y1

 Form for authors to join: https://goo.gl/forms/dbGK2fs9Kh3y23tz1

 

The Experiencers Discounted for Limited Time

The ExperiencersIf you’ve ever wanted to read The Experiencers, now is a good time to get it. The price for the e-book has been reduced to .99 for a limited number of readers. After the promotion, it’ll return to its regular price of $2.99.

It’s available for download through various retailers.

Synopsis

Assassin Michael Valiant deals death without question on the orders of the Agency. He knows it’s all in the name of duty and the fight against terror, particularly at a time when the earth is as close as it’s ever been to self-destructing.

But Michael questions his agency’s motives when he’s ordered to silence a group of UFO enthusiasts who look less like terrorists than they do housewives and nerds. His attempts to uncover the truth arouse the suspicions of his partner and boss with tragic consequences. Michael finds himself running for his life and dragging his intended target along with him.

Can he save them both, or will the Agency and the aliens find them first?

A new age science fiction thriller that delves into existing UFO and doomsday weaponry conspiracy theories, The Experiencers keeps readers riveted with non-stop action while the characters struggle to control destinies that may have been determined lifetimes ago.

Dragon Tattoo Series Hijacked

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

I loved the Dragon Tattoo series of books. I was sorry to hear author Stieg Larsson died suddenly of a heart attack and wouldn’t write more.

But an author’s death doesn’t matter anymore, and here we are with a new book in the series written by someone else (obviously).

The Girl in the Spider’s Web will be released on Tuesday in North America.

The New York Times wrote an excellent piece on the new novel and its author. It includes interviews with those involved in the project as well as Larsson’s longtime partner, who had no say in what happened. For the record, she’s against it.

I’m ranting here myself, because, as a reader, I hate when a publisher does this. No one else can know what the author intended. Maybe the author was done with those characters and their stories. Even if he wasn’t finished with them, we can’t know where he would have taken their lives.

In the NYT article it says “In the newest novel, Camilla takes over her father’s criminal empire and modernizes it, becoming Lisbeth’s ‘evil twin’ foe.”

Evil twin. Oh, balls.

As a writer, I wouldn’t want someone else hijacking my stories after my death.

When the publisher or estate hire someone else to continue the series, it’s an obvious money grab. It’s bankrolled fan fiction. In my mind, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is the last book in the Millennium series.