More Read an E-Book Goodness – UPDATED

As if getting the whole AMaranthine series for free wasn’t enough to celebrate read an ebook week, several of my fellow authors are participating with more free or reduced books.

Your ereaders are going to be overloaded!

Craving Sci-fi or Fantasy with a twist? Check out Barbara G. Tarn’s massive, massive collection. I seriously have 35 of her works on my kindle (and I’ve read several and loved them all) and they are ALL reduced and in some cases free. Loads of hot men here, and for the guys there are plenty of hot women, too. And fighting.

How about Sci-fi or Erotica? Rodney C Johnson writes both, and he also has both free and reduced titles to choose from. He’s another author with an expansive universe, though you can make your way through any of the books without the others, it’s always better to read them all. And don’t forget his poetry book.

Speaking of poetry, DM Yates has several offerings, including a poetry book, a children’s book, and the first two books in her Always series. They are a great twist on reincarnation with a strong love story running right down the middle, the kind that makes you sigh, cry, and occasionally want to give the hero a smack. (What good romance doesn’t make you feel that way?)

And while we’re talking twists, Roger Lawrence is giving away his short story A Little Twist as well as reduced prices on his three series. Yes, three. Kongomato is for the horror lovers, Three Hoddies is fun sci-fi and  Old Geezers… well, the description alone should hook you.

Another author with multiple series is Stephannie Beman who has both free and discounted books from her hot mythical romance collections. I have one word here: Hades. And he is hot. Heck, most of her men are hot. Just as they should be.

And speakign of hot, CGCopola has the first two books in her sci-fi/romance series at reduced prices. So who’s hot? Reid, that’s who! Want to know who he is? then grab the books – you won’t be disappointed.

Juli D. Revezzo is offering two books in her paranormal fantasy series, Antique Magic, (book 1, The Artist’s Inheritance and book 2, Drawing Down the Shades) on sale. Though I haven;t read them they look good and I’ve grabbed them up.

If you like historic novels, S.G. Rogers is offering her  RONE Award-nominated novel, Duke of a Gilded Age, for 50% off.  It’s another one that looks good! 

And that’s all I have for the moment, but there are LOTS of good deals still to be had.

Are you an author offering free or reduced books? or a reader whose favorite author is participating in read an ebook week?  Leave the Smashwords link in the comments!

Free For Halloween!

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Until November 1st, Heart of the Raven will be free ONLY on Smashwords! To grab your copy just visit Smashwords and enter the promo code YK83M at checkout. Then download your copy in ANY format you prefer: .mobi, .epub, or even a pdf!

Also, in case I don’t get to post it on Friday, Shades of Gray is being featured Friday at The Fussy Librarian. It’s a new website that offers personalized ebook recommendations. You choose from 30 genres and indicate preferences about content and then the computers work their magic and send out email notices of books you might like. It’s pretty cool — check it out! www.TheFussyLibrarian.com

In November I will be attempting NaNoWriMo to finish up book 6. I need to put one of those cool widgets in my sidebar.

I think that’s it for news. Have a Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Shades of Gray Second Edition

SoG thumbIt’s officially uploaded and available at Smashwords (and will follow elsewhere as other retailers catch up)! No, not a new book, just the second edition of Shades of Gray.

Say what?

I’ll let the second edition notes speak for themselves:

I hate authors who rewrite their books, don’t you? That’s a little bit of ironic sarcasm, since I’ve done just that, though this isn’t a complete re-write. The original goal was to add some information and (hopefully) clear up some questions, but once I started I tidied up a few conversations, cut some words here, added some words there, and, well, now it’s a second edition. For the most part it’s the same; the same things happen in the same places (sorry, the scene at Claudius’ is what it is), the same people die, and Senya still smirks evilly. But in some instances what the characters say has changed. I’ve tried to make a couple of incidents more obvious, for instance how Katelina is able to recover after Claudius’ lair and why Troy does what he does, and updated Katelina’s answering machine (who has those nowadays?). If, in the process, I ended up chopping out a couple thousand words, know that they must have been superfluous and that you’re not missing anything. It just means you can get to book two faster, and that’s always a good thing. Right?

Do you need to rush out and get it? Probably not, but if you want it and you purchased it via Smashwords you can redownload it for free. I’m going to mail Amazon to see if I can get them to do the same for the kindle customers, but I don’t know how to do that for Barnes and Noble or anyone else. If you do, by all means leave me some directions in a comment.

And there’s still a couple days to enter the raven giveaway for your chance to win a fluffy, decorative raven just in time for Halloween.

And speaking of ravens, if you haven’t gotten a copy of Heart of the Raven yet, then look for October’s $.99 Halloween special sale and grab a copy.

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It’s 2013 and We’re Still Alive

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The Special Editions of which I speak

The 12/21/12 Apocalypse didn’t kill us, nor did it wipe out technology, so to celebrate for the month of January the Amaranthine Special Editions will be priced at just $2.99. With two books in each volume, that makes it just $1.50 a book, not to mention all the yummy extras like character interviews, artwork and more.

Volume I:  Shades of Gray and Legacy of Ghosts, the first two novels in the Amaranthine series weave a bloody tale of death, war, love and most of all vampires. Special features include the “Lost Chapters” from Legacy of Ghosts, the short story “How to Silence a Human”, links to downloadable content and a character gallery featuring original artwork.

Volume II: Ties of Blood and Ashes of Deceit, the third and fourth books in the Amaranthine series, continue the saga of Katelina and her new world of blood, night and vampires. Special features include character interviews, the story of Lilith, links to downloadable content and an Executioner gallery featuring bios and original artwork.

(for an extended description visit the Special Edition Page)

On Amazon:

Volume 1: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009BA0VK4

Volume 2: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009BJAGU0/

On Barnes and Noble*

Volume 1: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1113097905?ean=2940015526110

Volume 2: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1113069477?ean=2940015538038

On Smashwords:

Volume 1:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/236178 

Volume 2: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/236195

* As of this posting B&N is being persnickety, so to get your special sale price you have to click where it says NOOK Books (2) and then choose the second version like so:

B&N sale price

And here’s hoping 2013 is a great year for everyone! Happy New Year!

Special Edition Official Release!

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Hello! This is Katelina from Joleene Naylor’s Amaranthine series. I’d like to announce that the (un) awaited Special Editions Vols I and II are finally available everywhere. And here to tell us more about them is my author!

*Verchiel strolls in* Um, that’s a no go. Our amazing author is too busy.

Katelina: You’re joking.  What am I supposed to do with the rest of this post? I guess that’s it folks. Here are the links to grab your own copies of the Special Editions:

Amaranthine Special Edition Vol I:

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Amazon Kindle
B&N Nook
Smashwords
Sony ebook

Amaranthine Special Edition Vol II:

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paperback
Amazon Kindle
B&N Nook
Smashwords
Sony ebook

Verchiel: Wait, wait. What’s that? It doesn’t make people want to check it out. You have to tell them why they want to. You have to make them excited! Offer them some cookies, some punch, maybe a balloon!

K: You go ahead. besides, why do they want to check the Special Editions out? They probably already have the books, so why buy them again?

V: That’s true. Though there is a bunch of bonus content, like character artwork, flash fiction, links to downloadable content, deleted scenes and character interviews.

K: You mean those interviews where the blog readers asked us questions?

V: Those are the ones. Jo tidied them up a bit, but they’re basically the same. So for all those who asked questions, if you’d like to see your name in print…

K: And what deleted scenes?

V: You know, the Lost Chapters from Legacy of Ghosts. Geeze, where have you been?

K: And character artwork? that’s weak.

V: Not at all. Some of it is new, and the Executioner gallery has never been published anywhere before except those cool cards she gave away to three people.

K: Fine, so there’s a little bit of bonus content. Still not worth buying it.

V: You’re a tightwad. But fine, if someone already owns them then maybe it’s not worth it. What if they don’t, though  What if they’ve put off buying the ebooks, or even the paperbacks? I’ve done the math an it’s cheaper to buy the two special editions than it is to buy all four paperbacks. And as for the ebooks it works out to the same price for the Special Editions as buying all four individually, and there’s still bonus features. You can’t get better than that. And they make the perfect gift! What could be better than two books in one? Especially when I’m in them?

K: How about two books you’re NOT in? I just don’t see the point in combining them, except to give them shiny new covers without admitting that her old covers need some work.

V: You’re pretty negative when it comes to our wonderful author, aren’t you? The point is to put them together the way they were meant to be. If you remember, there were originally two loooooong books she split into four.

K: Whatever you say. Since you seem so enthusiastic about this, you finish the post up. I’m going to go do something more interesting like take a bath or watch paint dry. It’s not like our author cared enough to even show.

V: She’s very busy this month.

K: Yeah, writing more horrible crap happening to me. Oh boy, oh boy. Seriously, have fun. *leaves*

V: You’ll have to excuse her, dear readers. I’m afraid she’s a little bitter right now because… well, no spoilers, but let’s say Munich isn’t working out like she planned. In the meantime, if you haven’t completed your Amaranthine collection, or if you’re a new reader, or if you’re looking for the perfect gift, check out these links and snag your copies today!

Amaranthine Special Edition Vol I:

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Amazon Kindle
B&N Nook
Smashwords
Sony ebook

Amaranthine Special Edition Vol II:

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paperback
Amazon Kindle
B&N Nook
Smashwords
Sony ebook

And here’s a cookie!

Vampire Cookies (in honor of the new season of #trueblood starting tomorrow!)

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Smashwords is getting faster, but… The Saga of the Special Editions

After reading that Smashwords  sped up the approval process for the premium catalog, I decided not to upload a separate NOOK version of the Special Editions through PubIt, but instead let Smashwords distribute it to Barnes and Noble to see if they really were faster.

The answer is yes and no.

I uploaded the books on the 14th and by the 17th – three days later! – I was approved for the premium catalog. This is quite a change from the month it took for Ties of Blood! But, approval isn’t shipping. Despite the fact that books are supposed to ship to Barnes & Noble every Thursday or Friday, mine sat for a week and finally shipped on the 26th – nearly two weeks after it was approved – and as of this posting the books still do not appear on BarnesandNoble.com, which means my official launch will either be incomplete or will have to wait some more.  EDIT: On October 2nd they finally showed up on B&N’s site, almost a week after shipping.

Here’s a breakdown:

  • Uploaded – Sept 14
  • Approved – Sept 17
  • Apple – shipped  Sept 17th – (visible sometime between Oct 15th & 28th)
  • Barnes & Noble – shipped Sept 26th, visible on their site Oct 2nd
  • Diesel –  shipped Sept 19th – was listed on their site by Sept 26th (maybe sooner)
  • Page Foundry – shipped Sept 24th
  • Sony – Shipped Sept 27th (listed on their site Oct 2nd)
  • Kobo – shipped Oct 25 (listed on their site Oct 28)
  • Baker-Taylor – still not shipped as of Oct 28

Bottom line? Yeah, they’ve gotten faster, but if you want to let Smashwords handle all your distribution, and you want it shipped by release date, start  four weeks early.

What are my plans? I intend to let Smashwords handle all versions, though I think I will upload to PubIt initially as I have had no problems with having a Smashwords version and PubIt version, and in fact sell a handful of PubIt versions even after Smashwords shows up, though I always sell more SW copies. Example:

  • September B&N sales through SW=72
  • September PubIt sales =14

And PubIt pays monthly, as opposed to SW quarterly, so it puts a little money in my pocket in the meantime.

, if you’re interested in the extended editions then get the links from my Amaranthine Special Edition Page.`

The Artist’s Inheritance by Juli D. Revezzo

The Artist’s Inheritance is a dark paranormal fantasy novel by Juli D. Revezzo
Settling into their new home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Caitlin finds strange changes coming over her husband Trevor. He seems obsessed with a beautiful chair he’s carving.

When the nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking—she knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces—the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?

Before the same happens to Trevor, Caitlin must convince him to sell his art. But armed with only a handful of allies, and little experience of the supernatural, she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she succeeds, she will break the ancestral curse. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.

The Artist’s Inheritance available now at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Artists-Inheritance-Antique-Magic-ebook/dp/B008XL82IU/

and Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/220457

and coming soon to paperback.

More Smashwords Sales!

There’s so many sales going on this month, I have to share some more!

I ran an excerpt of To Finish a Quilt by Grant Staley awhile back – well you can get it free until the end of the month.

Barney Schwartz’s nonfiction titles are all 50% off – titles include How to Build a Cheap Website, Easy E-Book Publishing and more.

M.A. McRae has 25% of both titles Not a Man and The King’s Favorite (look for a character interview with the hero of Not A Man coming up soon!)

Most – if not all – of Edward C. Pattersons books are free this month. Including The Jade Owl, which has been on my TBR list for awhile now.

All of Jane Palmer’s books are 50% – lots of sci-fi here.

And Claudette Gilbert’s paranormal works are also free this month.

And don’t forget my own Amaranthine series is also in the sale – Shades of Gray is Free and the others are 50% off

Of course here are hundreds more at Smashwords. I could probably fill my kindle to capacity just with free sales alone!

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