#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.

Today is publication day for The Lost Sentinel! #fantasy #epicfantasy http://mybook.to/LostSentinel

After years of writing, months of editing and weeks of planning, The Lost Sentinel is now available to buy on Amazon and free to read if you are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

I’m keeping the 99p / 99c pre order price discount running for the duration of the blog tour, so it’s not to late to pick it up at the bargain price.

Talking of the blog tour I’ll be sharing two posts today on day 6 of the tour. A guest post aimed at writers ’12 questions to ask yourself before writing a trilogy or series’. And a book review.

There’s plenty more to come on the blog tour as well…

I hope you can join me on the rest of the tour. And if you do decide to take a chance and pick up The Lost Sentinel, please consider leaving a review.

The Lost Sentinel – Amazon universal link

Have a wonderful Friday everyone!

Blog Tour of The Lost Sentinel starts today! http://mybook.to/LostSentinel

Finally, the day I’ve been planning for weeks is here. The Blog Tour kicks off later today with a guest post on Sue Vincent’s site. I’ll be talking about how writers can use spreadsheets to help them plan their novels and giving some insight into the processes that went into writing The Lost Sentinel.

The blog tour line up is confirmed with 17 bloggers on board. Here’s the links to their blogs, which are great and you should definitely check them out.new blog tour scheduleHere’s those important links;

11th June – Sue Vincent – Guest Post

12th June – Another World – Book spotlight

13th June – Jenanita – Review

14th June – Another World – Author Interview

14th June – A line from a book – Review

15th June – Betweenthelines – Prologue excerpt

16th June – Another World – Review

16th June – Sacha Black – Guest Post

17th June – Brizzlelass – Review

18th June – Rebecca Howie books – Q&A

19th June – Oloriel Moonshadow – Review

20th June – My Peacock Books – Review

21st June – Pooled Ink – Review

22nd June –The Royal Polar Bear Reads – Q&A & Guest post

23rd June – Book Savvy Reviews – Review & Excerpt

23rd June – Bookwraiths – Indie feature

24th June – Mightythorjrn – Guest post & book spotlight

25th June – Louderthansilver – Book spotlight & Guest post

26th June – Books from Dusk till Dawn – Review

And of course the whole reason for this tour is to showcase my new novel.

pre order image 2017

I would love you to join me over the next two weeks. Please join in with comments and shares, and don’t forget The Lost Sentinel is on sale for 99p during the blog tour.

The Lost Sentinel – Amazon

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

#wwwblogs 1 month to go: The Lost Sentinel 99p / 99c pre-order http://mybook.to/LostSentinel #fantasy

There is just under a 1 month to go until the publication of The Lost Sentinel and I’ve been very busy.

The paperback cover is complete and I love the design. Thanks so much to The Cover Collection for their brilliant artwork and swift service.

image paperback full spread

The proof copy is ordered and already on its way from Createspace.

I’m adding the final touches to the kindle edition (hyperlinks etc).

ARC’s have been going out to reviewers.

I’ve agreed a book stall at my daughter’s summer fair, and am thinking of contacting the local newspaper to see if they’d be interested it featuring the event.

Oh and I’m about to be 40! I have a couple of cool birthday treats lined up; visiting the caves at Cheddar Gorge, the Roman baths at Bath, and a falconry day. All great fun, but also research and photography opportunities.

Back to the book;

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Oh, I love it!

I haven’t decided whether to do a blog tour or not yet, as I’m struggling to think of material. Some book reviewers and bloggers have already agreed to do posts around the publication date so I need to get organised and book in some dates.

This is where I put out the call for help. Would you be willing to post something about The Lost Sentinel before or after the 16th June?

I’m happy to do interviews etc.

I’m also still looking for more reviewers. You don’t have to commit to the publication date, I’m happy to be reviewed however it fits in with your schedule.

And of course, don’t forget you can pre-order your kindle copy now for only 99p / 99c The Lost Sentinel

 

Lastly, I was very happy to see this email in my inbox this morning. You’ve got to love Amazon and Author Central – follow the author facility. It’s a must for all authors.

Please get in touch, and have a great day.

5 days left to buy Visions of Zarua $2.00 #Smashwords #fantasy

For the whole month of July I’ve been running a 50% sale with Smashwords. 1000’s of books are discounted so it’s worth having a look at the sales page.

Here’s Visions book page. You just enter the code SSW50 and the discount will be applied. Smashwords is good for buying ebooks from different retailers / different formats i.e. kobo, nook, iTunes and of course kindle (mobi, pdf etc.).

squrriel sees a good deal

For me, this is a last attempt to drum up some interest in Smashwords before I enrol in KDP Select. It will be interesting to see if the KDP scheme has any impact on sales, so I’ll keep you informed of my findings.

In the mean time, here’s the blurb…

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Together they must 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?

Also available via

Amazon UK

Amazon US

There are some brilliant reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. If you are intrigued, why not check those reviews and see what you think.

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A quick question for all you indie authors out there, have you switched to KDP select and what do you think? Would you recommend it?

Last chance to buy Visions of Zarua for 99p

As life returns to normal and people return to work and school, the price promotion for my standalone fantasy novel is also coming to an end tomorrow – 5th January 2016 at 10pm GMT.

Two Wizards, 350 years apart. Together they must save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past.

If you like fast-paced, character driven fantasy, Visions of Zarua could be the perfect novel for you.

Amazon UK 99p

Amazon USA $1.47

The Goodreads giveaway is also still running. Enter for your chance to win 1 of 3 signed paperback copies.