“The Card” Is Now Free!

Just shy of two years ago, my short story The Card was released. The price point has been a steady 99 cents ever since. I’ve decided that now is a good time to transition this one over to free pricing. If you’ve been waiting for a good excuse to give it a read, now you have one!

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Free reading is always good!

A couple of things that bear mentioning: First, the pricing has just now gone into effect at Smashwords. I use Smashwords for all of my distribution except for Amazon. So, if you prefer Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, or any of the others aside from Amazon or Smashwords, it may take a little while for the price change to take effect at those “downstream” retailers.

Second, the Amazon edition of The Card is released through their Kindle Direct Publishing platform. As such, it has a minimum price of 99 cents. I’m not able to set the price to free there. However, Amazon does have price matching! That’s why my other short, Out After Dark, is available for free from Amazon. Eventually, I believe they will do the same for The Card, but it may take some time.

Feel free to help them along by reporting the lower price to them. At the Amazon page for The Card, just above the Customer Reviews section and at the bottom of the Product Details section, there’s a link to report a lower price. You can just click on that, tell them the price comes from a website, and give them the link to the Smashwords edition:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/273583

Also, please do tell your friends! I’d love to share this story with as many folks as possible, and you can help make that happen!

Thanks, and enjoy!


UPDATE: Looks like the Kindle Edition on Amazon has been switched over to free as well! Nice! If you need that edition click here.

Get My Books Free During “Read An E-Book Week”, March 2 – March 8!

The ebook revolution continues! Books in digital format are still a bit new to some people. But, this portable, flexible, and connected new way of reading has taken the world by storm. If you’ve never read an ebook, now is your chance to give it a try – for free!

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Read An E-Book Week is an opportunity to pick from thousands of books for free and try ’em out. You don’t need to have a Kindle or any special hardware. Chances are, whatever you’re reading this on will work just fine. There are free Kindle apps for PC, Mac, Android, and Apple devices as well as other formats, such as PDF, that you can read on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

During this year’s Read An E-Book Week, I will be offering all of my works at Smashwords for free! This is a great opportunity to check out my pulp horror short story The Card if you’ve not read it before. If you really want to cash in, grab my survival horror novel Frostwalker and save $2.99! While you’re at it, my other short, Out After Dark is also free – but it’s always free at Smashwords anyway.

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How To Participate

During the event, head over to Smashwords, add my books to your shopping cart, and use the coupon code RW100 before you check out. It’s that simple! Just use the coupon code when you checkout at Smashwords and you’re set!

Thousands of other books will be available for reduced prices or even free like my own. Take a look around and see what catches your eye! But remember, this event only runs from March 2nd until the 8th. At midnight (Pacific time) at the end of March 8th, the deals end – but the ebooks you get to keep!

Take the plunge and get into ebooks – you won’t regret it!

Get My Short Story “The Card” Free – But Act Fast!

So, here’s the thing: I know what it’s like to shop for books. I also know what it’s like to have a very limited budget for entertainment. This is why I understand the difficulty people have with taking a chance on an author they don’t know. For most of the Earth’s population, I am one of those authors you just don’t know.

Because of this, I think it’s very important that relatively unknown authors such as myself get their work in front of readers. Until you know me, and know that my work is worth your limited entertainment dollars, I can’t reasonably ask you to risk your cash on my work. It’s going to take some give and take – and I have to give before I take anything.

That’s part of the reason why my short story Out After Dark is free. Another reason is that it’s rather short, and I don’t really think it’s long enough to charge for. Granted, publishing it through Amazon means that I can’t set the price to free – but Amazon does price matching. That story being free at Smashwords and all the other places that Smashwords distributes to (iTunes, Sony, Kobo, B&N, etc.) means that Amazon makes the price on Out After Dark free – at least, on the US Amazon site. Not entirely sure where they’re setting the price elsewhere.

The CardHowever, that’s just one story, and it is rather short. The Card is a longer piece, and it’s not in the overdone vampire genre (even if I think Out After Dark is a new twist). The Card is a very original piece. I do think The Card warrants a price, and 99 cents is pretty much the lowest you can go.

Now, in an effort to get my work out there, and give readers a chance to get to know me, and a chance to enjoy my work, I’m posting this coupon code to get The Card for FREE. However, this coupon code is only good for the next day or two. It expires February 14th, but I’m not sure if that is midnight (California time) the morning of the 14th, or if it will be good until the end of that day. Smashwords wasn’t entirely clear on that when I generated the coupon code. Bottom line: get it fast while you can! Here’s the code:

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To use this code, go to Smashwords and add The Card to your shopping cart. Input the code in the space provided, then check out! You may need to create a Smashwords account, if you don’t already have one. It’s free and easy to get a Smashwords account, so don’t let that hold you back. Using this code, The Card will be yours, and on your account, for as long as you want it. No strings attached!

After you’ve read The Card, if you liked it (or even if you didn’t), I hope you’ll leave a review at Smashwords. If you’re so inclined, you can review it at Amazon and Goodreads as well.

If you like my work, I hope you’ll try my full-length novel, Frostwalker. Again, I don’t feel like you need to spend your money without knowing you’ll like what you’re getting. You can read the first 33% (one third) of the book for FREE at Smashwords. I hope you’ll check it out!

Lastly, please share this with your friends! I really want to reach as many of you as possible. Someday, I wouldn’t mind writing full time, paying my bills doing what I love. But even if I reach that goal, I hope I never lose sight of what is important: This isn’t about making money. It’s about telling great stories and entertaining readers!

Thanks, and enjoy!

Blogger Book Fair Wrap-Up

Well, this Blogger Book Fair has almost come to an end. You can still swing by the BBF site and see what events are still going on and catch the deals and giveaways, but you’d better act fast!

As for my own part, you can check my previous post to see the guest posts that have been featured here on my blog, as well as links to the guest posts I did for other blogs. Also, my giveaway for a paperback copy of Frostwalker ends in just about 17 hours from the time of this post. I’ll include the giveaway at the bottom of this post so you can enter if you haven’t already.

Also, as a thank you for all of the fine folks who have stopped by during the fair, I’d like to offer one last, quick bonus: If you’d like to get my short story The Card for free, hop on over to Smashwords, add it to your cart, and checkout with the following coupon code: JL47F

That code expires tomorrow, so this is a very limited time offer!

I’d like to thank Kayla Curry, Fel Wetzig, and Pereza Thompson for managing what is a truly huge event. I’d also like to thank Michael Brookes, J.C. Martin, and Elizabeth Barone for both hosting guest posts from me and for providing guest posts of their own for my blog!

Finally, thanks to you for stopping by! Now to get ready for the next Blogger Book Fair!

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Click below to enter the Frostwalker giveaway!

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Latest News On Frostwalker – And A Giveaway!

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Well, it’s been about nine days since Frostwalker was released. So far, the book has been well received and I offer my sincere thanks to each and every one of you who have been kind enough to purchase a copy either in ebook or paperback. Your support is greatly appreciated!

For now, I wanted to do a quick post to mention a few things about the book. If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, you may have already heard about some of this, but it doesn’t hurt to mention these bits of info again!

First, I’d like to invite you all to enter the Goodreads giveaway that is going on right now and will end on June 15th. To enter, you just pop on over to the Goodreads Frostwalker Giveaway page, and sign up. If you don’t have a Goodreads account, it’s quick, easy, and free to create one – and you’ll probably love the site! I’m giving away three paperback copies, so you have three chances to win!

Second, I want to offer a special thanks to book blogger Laura Thomas who was kind enough to do a review of Frostwalker on her blog, FUONLYKNEW, as well as inviting me for a very fun interview! She has high standards, so I was very happy to see that Frostwalker got five stars from her! She has also done a review of two of my short pieces, Out After Dark and The Card. You can see those reviews on her blog as well!

Lastly, I want to mention that while the paperback edition of Frostwalker is still only available through CreateSpace and their parent company Amazon, the various ebook versions are popping up at lots of different sites. So far, the ebook is available at the following retailers:

Smashwords | Amazon | Kobo | Sony | Diesel | Versent | iTunes

As I’ve mentioned before, you can read the first third of the book for free at Smashwords.

Thanks again to those who have purchased the book. I hope you enjoy it immensely! Please feel free to give me your thoughts on the book, good or bad, by either leaving a review where you purchased it, or on Goodreads, or by dropping me a line using the form on my Contact page here on my blog.

Thank You!

 

Frostwalker Is LIVE!

Frostwalker is now available for sale!

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The book is available in both paperback and ebook formats. Here’s where you can get it:

Paperback (240 pages) – $7.99:

CreateSpace | Amazon

Ebook/Kindle – $3.99:

Smashwords | Amazon | Kobo | Sony |  Diesel | Versent | iTunes

More retailers will be added as the book filters out into the distribution system.

To learn more about the book and to read excerpts, visit the Frostwalker page here on my blog. Also, if you’d like to read the first third of the book for free, visit the Smashwords link above to view the sample.

Get a free copy of The Card!

The CardIn case you missed it on my Facebook page or on Twitter, you can now get a free copy of my latest short story The Card for free when you sign up to be notified when my up-coming survival horror novel Frostwalker is released. Pop on over to the Frostwalker page here at my blog, scroll to the bottom, and enter your email address. You’ll receive an email when Frostwalker is released, and you’ll also get an email with a coupon code you can use to get The Card for free at Smashwords.