#KDP Countdown deal Visions of Zarua is 99p http://mybook.to/VOZ #fantasy #epicfantasy

Good morning everyone!

Today I wanted to let you know that Visions of Zarua is just 99p during its Kindle Countdown Deal 20th – 27th July. Here’s the link if you’re interested in learning more – Amazon UK / US.

Visions of Zarua is a dual timeline fantasy following the story of two wizards who live 350 years apart.

Paddren is the reluctant hero of present day Paltria, while Jago is a junior wizard who lived 350 years ago when the problems first beset the magical city of Zarua.

Steeped in mystery, with plenty of magic and murder along the way, this is a fast-paced action adventure on an epic scale.

Visions of Zarua is a standalone fantasy with 18 reviews and an average rating of 4.5 on Amazon UK. On Goodreads it has 26 ratings with an average of 4.27.

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I’m excited about the countdown deal this time around as this will be the first time I’ve used any paid Ad services apart from AMS to promote it.

For those Indie authors out there interested in using Ad sites, I’ll blog about the results in the near future. I don’t have high expectations of  making my money back, I’m just hoping for a few downloads and some more exposure of both Visions and The Lost Sentinel.

LEARNT SO FAR: You can’t just set up this kind of advertising on a whim, which of course is exactly what I tried to do. Some sites need you to book a date weeks or even months in advance, and many require a certain number of reviews as well. That’s a great form of quality control, but doesn’t help when you want to promote a newly published book. My advice – get organised in advance!

I have my fingers crossed this next week of promos sees a few sales. I’ll leave you with a couple of quotes about Visions of Zarua from Amazon.

5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and dark fantasy novel that really keeps you gripped from beginning to end!, 27 Jan. 2016       MPB

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend for fantasy, magic and mystery fans!, 27 May 2016       Sarah

4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 3-dimensional characters in an epic fantasy, 12 July 2016       Barb Taub

4.0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly Enjoyable Sword and Sorcery Based Epic Fantasy, 28 Dec. 2016       BrizzleLass

Thanks for reading.

The Lost Sentinel – 1 month after publication & 1 day left Goodreads giveaway

Well it’s a month today since my second fantasy novel was published, so I thought why not have a recap.

Firstly, the Goodreads worldwide giveaway to win a paperback copy ends tomorrow, so check out the link if you want to be in with a chance of winning. Over 1,150 people have already entered so I’m really pleased with these numbers.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

The Lost Sentinel

by Suzanne Rogerson

Giveaway ends July 17, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Unfortunately, The Lost Sentinel seems to have become lost in the sea of books, and neither the blog tour nor the local book event has done much to improve its exposure. I’m trying not to lose hope, but I am beginning to regret the decision to self publish – why didn’t I at least try a few agents first! I made a list, had everything in place (letter / synopsis), why didn’t I go for it?

At least Visions of Zarua is still being read on Kindle Unlimited and there is a link to the new book at the end, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed people will want to download The Lost Sentinel as well.

I would love to get more reviews on Amazon for both books, especially when Amazon takes down reviews for no apparent reason and then reinstates them a few weeks later. I’m talking about poor Susan on Booksfromdusktilldawn – she’s a dedicated and genuine book reviewer who had all her reviews removed – I hope they have resolved this for her now. I know the UK ones are back up at least.

I have a couple of promo ideas in the pipeline; kindle countdown deals, an Amazon US giveaway, and hopefully a feature in a local publication. After that I’m planning to take a step back and recharge my blogging battery whilst I focus on finishing book 2. There are only so many setbacks an author can take, and I don’t want to lose my love of writing.

If you are a reviewer who would like to review either The Lost Sentinel or Visions of Zarua, click on the covers to be taken to the Amazon page to find out more. Please get in touch via the comments or via my contact me form on the blog.

Thanks for your time, and have a great Sunday everyone!

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Look out for #VisionsofZarua in London today! #Indiebookfairies #ibelieveinbookfairies

If you’re out and about in London today, look out for Visions of Zarua. Book fairies are leaving copies for people to find on their Indie Author Day.

10 authors are taking part across the UK, so keep your eyes open for all those lovely free books!

Good luck, everyone.

I’d love to see your photos if you spot one. And of you don’t, it’s free to read on Kindle Unlimited. Have a peek inside and see what you think Visions of Zarua

Blurb

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.

Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master Kalesh dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.

Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.

The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

#KDP #Countdowndeal continues Visions of Zarua http://mybook.to/VOZ #promo #SFF #fantasy

Just a quick reminder that the Kindle Countdown deal is still running today.

The ebook is £1.99 / $1.99 today only.

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TWO WIZARDS, 350 YEARS APART. CAN THEY SAVE THE REALM OF PALTRIA FROM THE DARK MENACE OF ZARUA’S PAST?

If you like epic, fantasy with a good helping of sword and sorcery, magic and a dash of romance, why not try this standalone fantasy. Plenty of reviewers have said its perfect for readers of mystery and those who have never read fantasy before.

Here’s the universal book link to your Amazon site Visions of Zarua  (I’m very proud of myself creating this simple link and if you want to create one yourself, here’s how I did it in yesterday’s post ).

Have a great weekend everyone!

Visions of Zarua #Kindle #Countdowndeal – 99p/99c Today Only! http://mybook.to/VOZ

Fancy trying out a new author of epic, dark fantasy? Today’s the perfect day to start with this standalone fantasy novel, Visions of Zarua for only 99p / 99c.

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

Recent reviews

A Thoroughly Enjoyable Sword and Sorcery Based Epic Fantasy 28 December 2016

A dark story with many twists and great characters 17 December 2016

This is a dark fantasy novel that I loved 26 November 2016

brilliantly written fantasy, finished it and wanted more! 7 July 2016

A gripping fantasy with a strong premise and endearing characters 16 July 2016         Told through four unique perspectives, Visions of Zarua is an epic fantasy that follows three friends as they struggle to fight demons of the past threatening their homeland of Paltria. Moving between the past and present, the narrative unfolds at a brisk speed, never losing momentum, introducing an intricate world full of magic, intrigue and danger. In Suzanne’s deft hands, the premise transcends the normal stereotypes…

Amazon links

UK  and  US

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You might also want to check out the reviews on Goodreads book page.

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master Kalesh dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

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Visions is also enrolled in KDP Select, so is free to read for any one with a kindle unlimited subscription.

If you get the chance to read it, I’d love your feedback. A short review on Amazon will help the book be discovered by other readers.

 

Thanks for reading and please share away. I’d love to reach out to new readers today.

 

#Mondayblogs #fantasybook update and new #kindle #countdowndeal for Visions of Zarua

I’ve taken a long break from blogging to concentrate on my next book, The Lost Sentinel – Book 1 in the Silent Sea Chronicles.

I’m pleased to say it’s now with my editor for an edit and proofread, so fingers crossed I’ll soon be able to set a publication date. I can’t wait to do the cover reveal and to start contacting book reviewers to offer ARC of the finished book. And I can’t wait to finish book 2, which I’ve also been neglecting for too long.

In other news, Visions of Zarua has finally been seeing some action on Kindle Unlimited which I’m really pleased about. There’s nothing quite like checking the pages read to see it spiking over 1k pages in a day. That’s the equivalent of 2.3 books read and although that may seem small to many authors, I’m chuffed.

Now I need to convert some of those reads into reviews! The reviews have slowed down, nothing since late December, so if anyone is interested in reviewing Visions of Zarua please get in touch for a review copy.

Or you could pick it up for 99p on Thursday 23rd March when the Kindle countdown deal starts in the UK & USA. It’ll then be 1.99 on 24th March and revert to its usual price on 25th March.

Here’s the book link Amazon UK & Amazon USA

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I’ll be blogging about it throughout the deal, and I’d love your support in sharing the posts. Thanks very much.

 

 

Blog update, #Giveaway and New Book News

I’ve been very busy this week editing my next book, The Lost Sentinel, which I’m hoping to publish in the next few months.

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There are still a couple of days left to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for Visions of Zarua, my debut epic fantasy.  It’s an international giveaway and all you have to do follow me on twitter etc. It’s all set up via BrizzleLass who reviewed the book in December.

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Don’t forget, Visions of Zarua is still free to read on kindle unlimited UK and US.

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I’m still editing The Lost Sentinel, but I wanted to share the blurb to see what people think. It’s a work in progress, so any comments will be gratefully received.

The Lost Sentinel

Silent Sea Chronicles

Book 1

Tagline

The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with it’s Sentinel. With the Kalayan people turning their back on magic, can Tei help the exiles find their new Sentinel before it’s too late?

Blurb

Tei’s always hidden her magic to avoid persecution from the Assembly who govern Kalaya. She lives happily as a tailor’s daughter until an old friend of her father’s visits bringing news they’re in danger. They flees for the Turrak Mountains where other exiles of magic have made their home. On the journey, an enemy attack leaves her father wounded. He sees her into the care of two exiles, Rike and Garrick, and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession that changes Tei’s life.

Tei must put her trust in these strangers, especially when mysterious masked riders seem determined to stop her reaching Turrak.

Struggling with self-doubt, Tei joins the exiles in the search for their lost Sentinel. But the masked riders want the Sentinel too, and time as well as hope is running out.

Can the exiles save the island magic and reunite the Kalayan people before ignorance destroys them all?

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Are you intrigued? Let me know.

Additional question – 8/1/17 I changed the series title from Bloodlines Trilogy to Silent Sea Chronicles. Blood seems to feature so often in books that I wanted to go for something more original. Any thoughts on Silent Sea Chronicles?

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I’m taking a bit of a break from social media for now, just so I can get The Lost Sentinel ready for publication. I’ll still post the odd book review and photo, and respond to all comments, so keep in touch.

And a belated Happy New Year to everyone!

Two #giveaways for Visions of Zarua #epicfantasy #darkfantasy #swordandsorcery

Want to win a paperback copy of Visions of Zarua?

There are two giveaways running at the moment for my standalone, epic fantasy.

UK Goodreads giveaway – Only 3 days left to enter.

International Rafflecopter giveaway via Brizzlelassbooks who also posted her review yesterday – 12 days left to enter.

I’m so proud of how well this book has been received by book bloggers and reviewers over the last year. Why not check some of the reviews on goodreads, as well as Amazon UK and US where it’s free to read for all Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Please consider leaving a brief review if you do read Visions of Zarua. Reviews really make my day and help other readers discover indie authors like me.

Here’s a taster of the most recent reviews:

4.0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly Enjoyable Sword and Sorcery Based Epic Fantasy, 28 Dec. 2016

4.0 out of 5 stars A dark story with many twists and great characters, 17 Dec. 2016

5.0 out of 5 stars A super fantasy read, December 4, 2016

Thanks for reading and good luck to all those that enter.

Visions of Zarua – Christmas #goodreads #giveaway #fantasy

To get in the Christmas spirit, I’m giving away a paperback copy of my standalone, epic fantasy Visions of Zarua. I opted for UK only this time, but I’ll run another international giveaway in the new year.

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

The ebook is still available free on Kindle Unlimited UK and US.

 

Book Giveaway

Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson

Visions of Zarua

by Suzanne Rogerson

Giveaway ends January 01, 2017.

#Mondayblogs KDP select, updates, reviews & competition news

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I thought it was the perfect time for a little update.

Review News

Firstly, Visions of Zarua had two reviews within hours of each other over the weekend! I’m suffering with a cold at the moment and these reviews were the perfect pick me up. See them on the Goodreads book page and Amazon UK.

One reviewer even said Paddren was one of her top five favourite characters of the year. That is amazing to hear and really makes me smile, thank you Karen.O.

Visions of Zarua has received some wonderful feedback over the last year with 17 reviews on amazon UK and 15 on goodreads. These reviews have been my inspiration to keep writing and I never tire of re-reading them.

New Competition

A UK only Goodreads competition will be running over the Christmas period. 22nd Dec to 1st Jan 2017.

I’m also about to set up a Rafflecopter giveaway, something I’ve not done before but we’ll see how that works out.

Next Book News

My first two beta readers reviews are in. The consensus is that The Lost Sentinel is almost ready to publish! There’s still a few tweaks and mistakes to rectify, but it’s pretty much complete. Then it’ll just need a professional edit and book cover.

Book 2 is written but awaiting the insertion of many, many scenes. I hope to start planning book 3 soon with a view to writing the draft during Nano next November. Scary to think of Nov 2017, but it’s good to have a plan.

One of my beta readers is really pushing me to approach agents before I self publish The Lost Sentinel. She thinks it’s a much stronger book than Visions of Zarua and the fact its book 1 of a trilogy might make it a better prospect for agents and publishers to consider. What do you think of switching directions?

I’ll be researching my options over the next few months. It’s exciting, but I’ve enjoyed self-publishing and I’m not sure I want to hand over control to others. There’s also the rejections to face again. Am I ready for that?

Reading challenge

I beat my 25 book target on Goodreads, which I’m really pleased about. There’s still time to get another book or two in and I’m hoping to post a review tomorrow of A Wedding in Cornwall by Laura Briggs.

There are plenty of book tags around that I’d like to have a go at, and maybe I’ll try to select my favourite book of 2016. It’s harder this year as I’ve read more books than I’m used too. 2015 my fav book was Ink and Bone’ by Rachel Caine.

KDP Select / Countdown deals & Amazon Ads

Well the exclusive publishing is not going well and Kindle Unlimited KENP has gone down to zero pages for the last two months. At the back end of October this was looking like an exciting new way of reaching readers, now I don’t know. I’m stuck with it until Feb 2017, after that it will be decision time.

The second Countdown deal didn’t go to plan. It worked in the UK and US, but seemed to start at different times. The Amazon Ads I’d scheduled didn’t work properly and the book price didn’t increase on the second day for some reason. This isn’t really an issue, but it just made my blog/tweets about it harder – I didn’t want to mention price in case it suddenly hopped up to 1.99. I made a few sales, but nothing to worry the bestseller lists!

I spent more on Ads with Facebook, Amazon and Goodreads than I made in sales. Still, it’s all exposure for the book.

Call for help

If you have Kindle Unlimited, don’t forget Visions of Zarua is free to read in the UK here and the US here.

I would really appreciate it of someone who has the facility would read a couple of pages and let me know when, just so I can check the pages read are being registered.

Also, I had this crazy idea that I’d like to hit 20 reviews on Amazon before the end of the year. If you have read Visions, would you consider posting a short review? It really does make my day to read them.

I’m sure I’ll post again soon, but if not before the big day…

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!