The Lost Sentinel – Audiobook tour starts today. Plus FREE ebook offer. http://mybook.to/LostSentinel

Happy weekend everyone, or what’s left of it.

Today marks the start of the audio blog tour for The Lost Sentinel run by Audiobookworm.

To celebrate I’ve set up the ebook to be free for the next 5 days only, just follow the Amazon link.

Did you know, if you pick up the ebook for free, you can get the audiobook at a huge discount on Amazon or Audible.

A review has already gone up ‘…The Start of a Wonderful Journey…’ See the 5 star review here on Westveil Publishing’s blog.

Here’s the schedule for the tour;

Nov. 8th:
Westveil Publishing (Review)
Sadie’s Spotlight (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt)

Nov. 9th:
Rockin’ Book Reviews (Review)
Nesie’s Place (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)

Nov. 10th:
Jazzy Book Reviews (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
4 the Love of Audiobooks (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)

Nov. 11th:
A Wonderful World of Words (Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
Audiobook News (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt)

Nov. 12th:
Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews (Review, Spotlight)
Super Booked! (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)

Nov. 13th:
Karma Readz (Review, Author Interview)
Eileen Troemel (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)

Nov. 14th:
2 Girls & A Book (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
T’s Stuff (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)

Nov. 15th:
I’m Into Books (Spotlight)
Teatime and Books (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)

I’ll be back soon with the tour highlights.

Stay happy and stay safe!

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A couple of little updates – 99p deal and new audio blog tour #SFF #fantasynews

I’ve been so busy editing my new project and reading how-to books on writing a series that I’ve completely forgotten to share some great events that are taking place at the moment.

Firstly, Visions of Zarua is on sale for a limited time at just 99p worldwide on Amazon.

With the audiobook also out, you can get a huge discount if you purchase both. An audiobook for just £2.99 is a bargain! Audible.

I’m also excited to announce that the first audiobook tour will be taking place in November with Audiobookworm. Here’s the tour link to check the details and sign up.

The audiobook has only been out a few weeks and we’re eager to see what listeners think, so if you fancy a free review copy why not sign up and join in the fun in November.

Here’s a sample of George Ellington in action…

If November is too soon to commit to listening and reviewing fear not, there will be more opportunities in January 2021 in the form of a 1 day blitz with Rachel’s Random Resources. More details on this to follow.

And I’m excited to say the production of book 2 The Sentinel’s Reign is coming on really well, fingers crossed we can get it out before Christmas.

I hope to share news of my new project very soon, so watch this space.

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The Lost Sentinel #Audiobook out now #fantasy #sff http://mybook.to/LostSentinel

Last week my writing journey reached another milestone; the first book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy came out in audiobook. A few years ago I never dreamt this would be possible. Thanks to the wonderful narrator, George Ellington, Tei, Brogan, Farrell and the rest of the gang are here for you to enjoy.

The first review is up on Audible

5 Stars – ‘I first read this book on Kindle and I loved it, But when I found out it was being made into an audiobook I was anxious to listen. I know a good narrator can make a great story into an excellent story that is exactly what the narrator did in this book…’ Janalyn on Audible.

Check it out on audible to read more of this review.

Don’t forget if you have bought the eBook then you can get the audiobook at a fraction of the cost. I know this great discount works in Audible and I assume it’s now working on Amazon.

Take a look at this trailer for a tiny taste of what’s in store.

We are both so proud of this audiobook and would love to know what you think. Plus, book 2 is half way through production so it wont be long before you can listen to the first two parts in the trilogy. If you do pick up a copy, we’d love you to share a quick review to help others decide if it’s the book for them.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend everyone.

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The Audiobook is live! Listen to a sample of The Lost Sentinel now #fantasy #audiosample #audible

Yes, finally the audiobook is available and I’m really excited to share a sample of it with you now…

George Ellington has brought the characters to life and takes you on a magical adventure which I hope you’ll enjoy.

You can find the audiobook of The Lost Sentinel on Audible, Amazon and iTunes (link not yet available for itunes). And the great news is work is already going well on book 2.

I would love to get some reviews up, so if anyone is willing to give an honest review get in touch to discuss getting a free code.

Here’s the trailer I shared at the beginning of the week for another little taste of the book.

Thanks for stopping by. Let me know what you think of the audio sample and trailer.

Book Review: The Sentinel’s Alliance by Suzanne Rogerson #tuesdaybookblog #fantasy #bookreview

I’m excited to share this wonderful review of The Sentinel’s Alliance, the final book in Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy. Please take a look.

The Strawberry Post

Title: The Sentinel’s Alliance (Silent Sea Chronicles #3)
Author: Suzanne Rogerson
Publisher: Independently published
Genre: Fantasy
Book format: Paperback

Sweet Strawberries: Sweet StrawberrySweet StrawberrySweet StrawberrySweet StrawberrySweet StrawberryDescription:  Can new alliances save the islands of the Silent Sea from the murderers stalking their shores?
As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath.
Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose…

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The Lost Sentinel audiobook trailer is here #fantasy #trailer

With the audiobook due to go live any time now, here’s a trailer to give you a taste of the great narration by George Ellington.

I hope to be sharing the news of its publication very soon. You can check out the book on Amazon whilst you wait or see the reviews on goodreads.

I am now on the hunt for reviewers who are interested in a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review on Audible, Amazon etc. Please get in touch via the contact form or make your request in the comments.

The trailer was created by Laya and the link above will take you to her Youtube channel. You can also check out her website here.

The Lost Sentinel – Book Tour Wrap Up #fantasy #readindie

The book tour for The Lost Sentinel ran from 6th to 12th of September. In case you’ve missed the details here was the line up…

Timy gave a great round up of the tour you should check out, but I wanted to do my own post to highlight the reviews and as my way of saying thanks to the reviewers involved. Please click the links to visit their blogs.

Right, let’s start at the beginning…

First Day Intro

Whispers and Wonders

Check out the start of the tour with some great interview questions about the book and my research, plus some quickfire Q&A’s.

Day One

GnofletReads

‘For those of you who enjoy romance and the like, I would definitely suggest giving The Lost Sentinel a read. Even as someone who almost never enjoys romance in a book, I was still able to see that it was written very well, and lead to some quite emotional moments.’

Day Two

Woven from Words

‘Kalaya’s world building is captivating. Its landscapes and mythology instantly pulled me in!’

Kats Reading Corner

‘The magic system was really interesting and I love the idea that the island has magic that the Mystics must protect but the none magical people have forgotten and don’t look after the island ass they should. I really wish we had more stories where the land was actually alive with magic…’

Day Three

The Book in Hand

‘I think this book would be a good read for those just getting into fantasy or who don’t read it often but sometimes want an escape from their usual reading as it gives you all the things we love about fantasy…’

Bookriot

‘Iᖴ YOᑌ ᗩᖇᗴ IᑎTO ᖴᗩᑎTᗩՏY Tᕼᗴᑎ YOᑌ ՏᕼOᑌᒪᗪ ᑭIᑕK TᕼIՏ ᗷOOK. 𝗙𝗮𝘀𝘁!!’

Day Four

Out of this world

‘THE LOST SENTINEL is a solid fantasy tale that reminded me of some of my most treasured fantasy comfort reads.  The magic especially is very well done and spun with an alacrity that is hard to come by these days.’ 

Gwyendalin

‘A high fantasy novel with stunning world building along with magic, romance, and an epic quest.’

soooo many books

‘A true fantasy is as good as the world it depicts. And this world is amazing! …the twists, the magic, the world make you loose yourself a little in this breathtaking fantasy.’

Day Five

I can has books?

‘I found this book to be well written, very plot and character driven, with fantastic world building.’

Bri’s Book Nook

An excerpt with my favourite character, Garrick.

The bookishfae

The review has been delayed due to shipping issues of the paperback. So instead the bookishfae shared a spotlight post and excerpt.

Last Day Encore

RockStarlit BookAsylum

Wrap up interview with some asylum related questions that made me look at my book in a whole new way!

Plus there’s a song list I used whilst writing the trilogy and some super cool Youtube videos too, so be sure to stop by for a read and a listen.

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Thanks to Storytellers on tour and to all the book reviewers who took part. Being an indie author and reaching readers is really hard, so I appreciate your support in sharing my trilogy with your followers.

If these reviews have piqued your interest, this is the last chance to buy the box set trilogy whilst it’s on sale – Pick up the Silent Sea Chronicles for just £3.99 worldwide. Why not take a chance and let me know what you think. Amazon link.

Thanks for reading.

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Book Tour for The Lost Sentinel starts today. Plus £3.99 box set sale #fantasy #yafantasy

Happy Sunday everyone.

Today is the start of the Book Tour for The Lost Sentinel! Here’s the line up…

Thanks to Storytellers on Tour for organising everything. I’m so excited for the upcoming week and hope you can join all these great bloggers and instagrammers.

The Lost Sentinel, an Amazon bestseller, is book 1 in Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy. To celebrate the book tour, the complete box set is on offer for only £3.99 worldwide.

Here’s a couple of Ads I’ve been playing with.

I’ll be sharing more information about the book tour during the week, so please pop back soon.

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How The Lost Sentinel reached No1 in free kindle charts #bestselling #fantasy #yafantasy

Last week I did something I said to myself at the start of my indie career that I would never do, I gave away a book for free.

I’ve done a fair amount of 99p deals and sales drops, but to set it to free and then pay to advertise it didn’t make sense to me.

But being the start of a trilogy it can be good business to give away book 1 for a limited period. If people enjoy book 1, they will hopefully go on to buy and read books 2 and 3. And, all going well I’ve gained a new, avid reader for future books. Still it is a risk and can be an expensive one too.

My Tactic

I set book 1 to free for the full 5 days allowed in my KDP Select 3 month period. Then I set book 2 and 3 to 99p each for the 7 days allowed starting on the same day as the free 5 day promotion.

I stacked ads for each day to maximise the reach of my free book offer. This was great for achieving downloads but it has meant I’ve no idea what ads were any good. (List of ad companies further down in this post).

I did use the tactic of using the biggest hitter for my genre (Book Barbarian) in the middle of the promo period, which helped me reach no.1 in the US. See more on this below.

The Results

Downloads of The Lost Sentinel over the 5 free days 10th to 14th August = 3862

Purchases of books 2 and 3 over the 7 day KDP free days = 143

KENP – pages read through Kindle Unlimited since 10th August to date = Over 5K

Reviews and Ratings. So far I’ve received a 4 and 5 star review, and a 5 star rating. I’m hoping to see more popping over over the coming weeks. I’ve also gained a few new followers on BookBub which is always good.

Amazon 5 Stars. Captivating… ‘I’ve been reading fantasy and SF for over fifty years. I recognize a born story teller when I read one. Suzanne Rogerson held me spellbound. The author is destined to become a legend.’

Goodreads 4 star – ‘Very interesting premise… The world building was amazing. The lands of Kalaya and Tei’s powers of astral projection were so vividly described that it was beautiful to read about it. Tei’s journey and the twist in the end added to the enjoyment of the story. Liked it.’

The Cost

I spend a few hundred pounds setting this up and have so far earnt back nearly half of what I laid out in advertising costs. That’s not bad, especially if it continues to help people discover my books and they keep reading them through Kindle Unlimited. Who knows maybe in time it will have broken even.

This experiment wasn’t so much about the money, but about reaching readers. I’m happy to have been able to reach 3862 new ones across the world!

The BIG BIG Benefit

The Lost Sentinel reached No.1 in three countries and in some cases held the spot for two/three consecutive days.

No. 1 best seller in US – Categories = Romantic fantasy, Woman’s fantasy fiction, Action and Adventure Fantasy, New Adult and college fantasy. At various times The Lost Sentinel held spots 2 and 3 in Epic fantasy, Sword and Sorcery and Coming of Age Fantasy.

The top sales rank it reached across all free kindle books in the US was 83 and it reached no. 4 in the top free fantasy books. That really made my day.

No. 1 best seller in UK – Categories = Low Fantasy, Fantasy Adventure Fiction, Contemporary Fantasy and Action and Adventure Fiction. It also reached no.2 in Coming of Age fantasy and Epic Fantasy, and 3 in Sword and Sorcery.

The Lost Sentinel also reached No. 4 in all free fantasy books and was no 5 in all sci-fi and fantasy free books in the UK.

No. 1 best seller in Canada – Categories = Coming of Age Fantasy. Placed 2nd in Epic and 3rd in Sword and Sorcery.

Top sales rank of all free books 29. No. 4 in top free fantasy books in Canada.

No.2 in Australia for Epic fantasy and 73 across the whole of free books in Australia.

As well as these four countries, The Lost Sentinel was also downloaded in Brazil, Germany, India, Netherlands, France, Spain, Japan, Italy and Mexico. I achieved high rankings in many of these countries too.

I’ve tried to do some research to understand the numbers but all I can find out is that there could be around 6 million ebooks available on kindle. I don’t know how many of those are free at any one time, but those are big numbers and I’m so proud to see my book reaching such heights.

Would I recommend running a free book promotion?

100% yes. But I would only do this for book 1 in a trilogy or the start of a series and I would wait until the rest of the books are available to hopefully encourage follow on sales and read throughs.

A Warning

Watching the downloads come in and getting to No 1 is quite addictive, so don’t plan on doing much else whilst your promotion is running.

It’s a heady experience, which means the come down is hard. When it’s all over you’re left feeling deflated. And it is a shame to see the ranking disappear after the free promo is over. My advice is to take screenshots so you can look back and say it really did happen!

Would I change anything?

I wish I’d booked more ads for the last day of the promo period. After all the excitement midway through, the last day felt like a let down with dwindling sales. It would have been great to go out with a bang.

Ad companies I used in my free promo.

Note – I can’t say for sure where the downloads came from. I’m just providing you with a list of the ad companies I used. There are so many to choose from that you should do your research and learn from trial and error.

Day 1 – Just Kindle Books, Book Reader magazine, Pretty Hot books (119 free downloads, 8 sales)

Day 2 – FKBT, Awesome book promo, James H Mayfield VA services (551 free downloads, 15 sales)

Day 3 – Book Barbarian, BK Nights (1291 free downloads, 57 sales)

Day 4 – Book Runes, Awesome gang, eReader IQ, Book Cave (1426 free downloads, 31 sales)

Day 5 – Book Doggy (475 downloads, 24 sales)

Day 6 and 7 after the free promo ended. 8 sales.

A big thank you to Bklnk.com This is a great resource to check what categories your books are in and their rankings across Amazon in the US, UK and Canada.

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