Dabling with cover art

Some of you are aware that I am sitting on two titles in the Paranormal Romance genera. I am talking to an agent about getting a traditional deal with these but we all know that can be hit or miss. On the very possible chance they pass, I have been working with my cover artist on a cover for the first title, The Dowry. What do you think?

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Ranger Promotion

OK, for all you non-Kindle Unlimited readers who have not taken a chance on the $3.99 for my Lost Ranger fantasy I have good news. starting today it is reduced to $0.99 starting at 11 am eastern.

Great News for Paperback Readers!

Most of you probably don’t know, but Amazon has consolidated their Print on Demand services under the Kindle Direct Publishing or KDP. For us authors that had been in the Create Space services this meant moving our books over and re-registering them if you will.

In following the new process as I moved them over, I was able to drop my print prices to a more reasonable, in my opinion, price range. You will now find all my hard copy prices between $7.99 and $9.99, far more typical for a traditionally printed paperback.

This in no way effects my eBook sales, it as only applicable to the hard copy divisions under Amazon.

Reviews

Most of you know that I try and read every review posted on my work. It’s not because I am some secret masochist or that I am looking for reader validation and praise (OK, mostly not for the praise).

I do it for two reasons. The first is to see if I am hitting the mark for what the readers want to see in my stories. While that’s almost the only feedback I get outside of the proofers and though they are great, they are limited in number and don’t cover every demographic. You will see in a lot of my reviews an acknowledgement of thanks or a possible reply to a comment from the reader.

The second reason I look over my reviews is to correct mistakes. The wonderful thing about eBooks is I can release a corrected version and everyone who purchased a copy can get the update for free.

Now why am I droning on about all this? Well Amazon has made some changes on how they allow reviews and in some cases are removing them. The intent is good as they are trying to fix the problem of fake reviews which hurts us all.

Because of this I am getting fewer reviews and am having a hard time tracking when new ones show up.  So, if you post a review and don’t see my reply, it’s only because I didn’t catch the update with the shifting numbers.

Update

I know there are a lot of ALICE readers out there patiently waiting for Book 5, ALICE: Alliance. Then again the new Ranger readers are asking, “Hey what happens now?” after finishing Dragon’s Teeth (Hint: next book named The Dark Paladin). Then there are those people who have been paying close attention and asking, “Where is The Dowry you promised?”

Well I am working to get both ALICE and Ranger volumes finished and hope to have Dowry released very soon. As always, feel free to reach out with suggestions or questions on the existing stories, I always enjoy the input.

Kinsey

For those of you that are wondering how it is that Kinsey got a featured role in the Ranger series, I offer the following. A dog with personality!

 

A Big Thank You!

Tantor, my audio book publisher, reached out to me to let me know early sales for Ranger and Dragon’s Teeth were fantastic! Just wanted to say thanks to all of you that enjoy that format.

What happened to reading for fun?

I have run afoul of the PC police lately and decided to comment on it rather than ignore it. In my new Ranger series, I tried to create a diverse set of characters to give the story color and life. In book one, I tell a tale of a Civil War soldier drawn into war by the unfortunate deaths of his sons at Union Soldier hands. They were non-combatants killed in error. It was only a moment in the book and is relevant to the story in several ways.

First, the character telling the tale was a former Confederate officer, now Wizard King, so likely to know Southern soldiers, not Northers. Second it was the tale of how one man can influence the outcome of a battle, his influence and abilities far greater than his number.

I had a reviewer chastise me for daring to name a sympathetic southern character, inferring there were no southern victims from that war.

Now, in the second book, I have a reviewer calling me racist for making a tribe of Dwarves Yiddish. Its all very Mel Brooksian and the trait they object to is already labeled to all dwarves, not just these. My proofers, some Jewish, commented on how much they enjoyed them, although one did say it might generate a disapproving comment or two from the less open minded.

As with my ALICE series, I seem to have a knack for unintentionally offending some group or another without trying to do so. What happened to just being able to read for fun without worrying about being offended.

Fear not, I will not let these Politically Correct reviews change how I tell my stories. Just know that my stories are not intended to insult or offend, its all in good fun.

I am a little worried about the Angry Unicorn protesters though.

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