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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Damnation Game
« on: October 13, 2017, 05:00:07 AM »
A tale of serial killings and supernatural intrigue, The Damnation Game is priced $1.99 on Amazon, or can be read *Free* with Kindle unlimited.

"The boy sits beside the bed, his face pale in the gloom of a single bedside lamp. His hands rest neatly in his lap as he observes the rapid rise and fall of the woman’s chest. Death rattles her frame with every gasped breath. Tears run steadily down his face, and snot bubbles from his nose, but he makes no attempt to stifle these expulsions. With red rimmed eyes he looks to the clock on the wall.  It is three minutes before seven and through drawn back curtains he sees that outside the sun has finally slipped beneath the horizon, its battle lost to a charcoal sky. He leans closer and gently takes hold a skeletal hand. Only ever built of modest proportions, the boy’s mother has dropped almost forty pounds in these last eight weeks. Again he looks to the wall, and now the timepiece is easier for him. It is on the hour: seven o’clock. Another five minutes yet, and then his mother's life-force will be spent, and she will slip from this world again..."

https://www.amazon.com/Damnation-Game-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B01130H3CI
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Damnation-Game-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B01130H3CI
https://www.amazon.com.au/Damnation-Game-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B01130H3CI

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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Strange Case at Misty Ridge
« on: October 05, 2017, 11:35:06 AM »
The Strange Case at Misty Ridge is still *Free* to read with Kindle Unlimited.

"The glow offered by the nightlight is gentle, orange-pink even through closed lids, and the distant murmurings of the downstairs television, along with the occasional sounds of laughter–my parents, talking and laughing in tones which soothe–comforts me, and gives reassurance of their close proximity.

I fidget from my side onto my back, and something tickles the top of my thigh. The lightness of the contact induces an involuntary giggle, and a second movement, lower down my leg, is greeted with the same response. Something scurries across my cheek and down my neck, and suddenly I am frightened.

There are things crawling on my legs and up my arms, and even through the cloth of the bodysuit I can feel their weight pressing on my chest. I attempt to open my eyes, but thin legs tangle with fine lashes as they rest upon my lids like coins of the dead."

https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G
https://www.amazon.com.au/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is the AMS Dashboard borked for anyone else?
« on: September 20, 2017, 12:31:32 PM »
We must have been writing at the same time. I'd just opened a thread (which now needs pulling) asking: "So my (modestly consistent) borrows crashed today. Checked my dashboard to see which ads needed tweaking, and nothing, nada, zilch! I don't even have any books listed on the dash. Everything is blank. I'm guessing it's a bug that will get sorted, but is anyone else affected?"

I'm glad I'm not alone! :D

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Writers' Cafe / AMS: No Data Available. Anyone Else?
« on: September 20, 2017, 12:28:14 PM »
So my (modestly consistent) borrows crashed today. Checked my dashboard to see which ads needed tweaking, and nothing, nada, zilch! I don't even have any books listed on the dash. Everything is blank. I'm guessing it's a bug that will get sorted, but is anyone else affected?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Books on UK Author Central Page Have Disappeared
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:35:25 AM »
Looks like normal service has resumed . . . for now. I can't see any obvious updates (unless you count a nosedive in all my rankings)

Mine is still not showing, but hopefully yours returning is a sign they are sorting things. Fingers crossed! :D

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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Cthulhu Child is *FREE* on Amazon!
« on: September 15, 2017, 02:48:04 AM »
As the headline says: The Cthulhu Child is currently *FREE* to download on all Amazon platforms. Offer applies September 15th-18th inclusive.



https://www.amazon.com/Cthulhu-Child-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B00D5FH5LE
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cthulhu-Child-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B00D5FH5LE
https://www.amazon.com.au/Cthulhu-Child-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B00D5FH5LE

Times have changed, many ancient deities lost to the mists of history. But those Old Gods who continue to thrive, they realized the need to adapt.

Abandoned space gods, an unfaithful husband, a sociopath rapist, and a broken society with a social welfare system that presents horrors of its own; lastly, though by no means least in this eclectic collection of stories, a flash fiction homage to James Herbert, featuring his most frightening creation.

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Carmilla: A Dark Fugue is a hybrid of Gothic and modern horror, and is currently * FREE* to download on all platforms. The novella is a standalone companion to the novel Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria, and can be read and enjoyed without having knowledge of the novel.

The year is 1860, and an old soldier's quest for justice leads him to the sylvan fastness of a European forest, wherein a great evil lurks. However, General Spielsdorf does not travel alone. Moreover, his band of companions carry a secret of their own, and it is one which will likely spell disaster for any who fall prey to their urges.

"Under the lantern’s glare the forest presented an array of imagined threats, an opaque army of fiends, silhouettes which danced and swayed menacingly about us as we pushed on through the woodland. The poor light and dense growth combined to present an almost impervious covert tract, which for me proved a most wretched journey; though my brothers moved with unhindered ease."




https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carmilla-Dark-Fugue-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00G3ILVO2
https://www.amazon.com/Carmilla-Dark-Fugue-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00G3ILVO2
https://www.books2read.com/u/md1AX4

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 'I haven't read it yet... 3 Stars'
« on: September 13, 2017, 05:29:41 AM »


I get that it's annoying when some one leaves a review that is not really a review of the book. :( I don't get calling the person who left the review names, or generalizing negatively about reviewers as a group. Doesn't seem to me that's a good way to win friends and influence people. ;)



I agree with Ann. I got a one star for Carmilla: A Dark Fugue on Amazon UK, because, 'It's a vampire book.' Not exactly constructive, but not worth getting upset about either. Just let it go.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Should I kill the dog?
« on: August 30, 2017, 12:29:55 PM »
Gotta be perfectly honest, I love dogs. Hate people who abuse them in real life and love seeing animal abusers arrested and get what's coming to them.

But in fiction? Can't say it bothers me ... mainly because even if the scene is super emotional, nobody was actually hurt / dies.

I agree with Rick. But if you decide not to kill the dog, you could always shoot some babies! :o

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The Book Bazaar / The Damnation Game
« on: August 30, 2017, 02:27:39 AM »
The Damnation Game is currently available on Amazon for just .99c/.99p, or read *Free* with Kindle Unlimited.  Promotion price applies until September 4th.



Kate Stringer mourns her murdered husband, his death coming at the hands of a notorious serial killer; authorities launch a nationwide manhunt for the murderer, little realizing the Catholic Jack slayer has now turned his attention toward the grieving widow; however, neither the killer nor his intended prey realize the presence of something else, an entity with an agenda entirely its own; before this night is through, both Kate and the maniac stalking her will understand the ramifications of playing the damnation game.
From those broken places, where trauma and distress cloister, they watch with accusing eyes. And if they judge us, they may look to share their pain.

https://www.amazon.com/Damnation-Game-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B01130H3CI
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Damnation-Game-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B01130H3CI
https://www.amazon.com.au/Damnation-Game-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B01130H3CI

The living and the dead reside in separate houses; but the walls are wafer thin.





<merged with existing thread.  Please, one thread per book.  Bookmark this thread so that you can find it again, thanks! Duplicate threads may be removed without comment. --Ann>


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The Book Bazaar / Re: Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria
« on: August 28, 2017, 06:53:34 AM »
For any KBoards members who also post on Goodreads, and who enjoy supernatural mystery with bite; today sees the launch of a Goodreads Giveaway for Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria.



"I glimpsed just once the figure of a naked man, standing beyond the burned out oak, on the south side of the clearing. Our eyes met, if only for the briefest of moments, when suddenly he dropped onto all fours, his body contorting as he did so, and when this fiend again looked upon me, it was through the yellow eyes of a wolf."

There are two *signed* copies up for grabs.

"Shy and strange was the look with which she quickly hid her face in my neck and hair, with tumultuous sighs, that seemed almost to sob, and pressed in mine a hand that trembled. Her soft cheek was glowing against mine, and I felt again that strangest of aches in the pit of my stomach, for something of which I knew not."

Best of luck with the draw, fang fangs!

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/251559-carmilla-the-wolves-of-styria

Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria is priced $2.99/£1.99 on Amazon, or read *Free* with Kindle Unlimited.

https://www.amazon.com/Carmilla-Wolves-Styria-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00AQBZK80
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carmilla-Wolves-Styria-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00AQBZK80
https://www.amazon.com.au/Carmilla-Wolves-Styria-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00AQBZK80


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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Strange Case at Misty Ridge
« on: August 25, 2017, 05:18:34 AM »
Still proving popular on Amazon, particularly in the UK and Australia: The Strange Case at Misty Ridge is still *Free* to read with Kindle Unlimited.
https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G
https://www.amazon.com.au/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G

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The Book Bazaar / The Damnation Game
« on: August 18, 2017, 07:44:23 AM »
The Damnation Game is currently priced .99c/.99p on Amazon, or read *Free* with Kindle unlimited. Promo price applies August 18th-23rd.



The living and the dead reside in separate houses; but the walls are wafer thin.

Kate Stringer is a woman in mourning, her murdered husband the latest victim of the notorious Catholic Jack slayer. A nationwide manhunt remains underway, but the serial killer continues to remain elusive. Now, unknown to her, Kate too has been targeted by the maniac. However, other forces are in play. Things moving in the shadows, with an agenda of their own...

From those broken places, where trauma and distress cloister, they watch with accusing eyes. And if they judge us, they may look to share their pain.

https://www.amazon.com/Damnation-Game-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B01130H3CI
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Damnation-Game-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B01130H3CI
https://www.amazon.com.au/Damnation-Game-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B01130H3CI

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The Book Bazaar / The Cthulhu Child
« on: August 17, 2017, 07:41:19 AM »
The Cthulhu Child is currently priced at .99c/.99p on Amazon, or read *Free* with Kindle Unlimited.



https://www.amazon.com/Cthulhu-Child-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B00D5FH5LE
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cthulhu-Child-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B00D5FH5LE
https://www.amazon.com.au/Cthulhu-Child-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B00D5FH5LE

It was eons ago that the Great Old Ones withdrew from this realm, choosing instead a continuance at the center of the universe. Nevertheless, it is often whispered by those who claim knowledge of such things, that a number of these Elder Gods - the lower rank and file, if you will - decided to hold this ground, so enamored were they by the cults who spilled blood in their names.

Those times are all but forgotten, obscured by the shifting mists of history.

Fast forward to today, and a wrong turn on a country lane is about to expose Jennifer Bueller, and her daughter Megan, to an unpleasant truth: Yes, times have changed, but ancient deities will adapt in order to thrive.

Abandoned space gods, an unfaithful husband, a sociopath rapist, and a broken society with a social welfare system that presents horrors of its own; lastly, though by no means least in this eclectic collection of stories, a flash fiction homage to James Herbert, featuring his most frightening creation.






<merged with existing thread.  Please, one thread per book.  Bookmark this thread so that you can find it again, thanks! Duplicate threads may be removed without comment. --Ann>

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The Book Bazaar / Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria
« on: August 11, 2017, 04:13:08 AM »
Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria is priced $2.99/£1.99 on Amazon, or read *Free* with Kindle Unlimited.



When fate draws together the lives of two young women, their mutual attraction quickly flourishes into a bond which threatens the boundaries of social etiquette in 1860’s Styria.
As their relationship continues to develop further, they remain oblivious to the growing terror which surrounds them, as throughout the province other young women begin dying in mysterious circumstances. Meanwhile, others are falling victim to the apparently random attacks of a rampaging pack of wolves. When, finally the truth is revealed, the scene is set for a battle between two ancient evils.

https://www.amazon.com/Carmilla-Wolves-Styria-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00AQBZK80
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carmilla-Wolves-Styria-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00AQBZK80
https://www.amazon.com.au/Carmilla-Wolves-Styria-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00AQBZK80

Please note: This derivative novel is a re-imagining of J. S. Le Fanu's original novella, Carmilla, and introduces an array of new characters and plot-lines. For anyone wishing to check out this new world imagining, Carmilla: A Dark Fugue is a standalone short that runs parallel to events in the novel, and can be read for *Free* as an introduction to the savagery and tragedy unfolding in this world.



https://www.amazon.com/Carmilla-Dark-Fugue-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00G3ILVO2
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carmilla-Dark-Fugue-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00G3ILVO2
https://www.amazon.com.au/Carmilla-Dark-Fugue-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00G3ILVO2
https://www.books2read.com/u/md1AX4
 

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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Strange Case at Misty Ridge
« on: July 19, 2017, 05:21:32 AM »
The Strange Case at Misty Ridge has now topped charts in both the UK and Australia, breaking into Amazon's top 200 Kindle sales. The novel is *Free* to read with Kindle Unlimited.
https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G
https://www.amazon.com.au/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G

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The Book Bazaar / Big Bad: *Free* eBook on Amazon
« on: July 18, 2017, 10:58:57 AM »
If you like Kindle horror that delivers a 'bite', then now might be the time to download a copy of Big Bad. The short is available for *Free* between July 18-20th, and is currently sitting in the *Top 100 Free Downloads* over at Amazon UK. You can pick up a copy via the links below:

https://www.amazon.com/Big-Bad-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B00QO844B8
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Big-Bad-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B00QO844B8
https://www.amazon.com.au/Big-Bad-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B00QO844B8

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The Cthulhu Child.


https://www.amazon.com/Cthulhu-Child-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B00D5FH5LE
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cthulhu-Child-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B00D5FH5LE
https://www.amazon.com.au/Cthulhu-Child-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B00D5FH5LE


Times have changed, many ancient deities lost to the mists of history. But those Old Gods who continue to thrive, they realized the need to adapt.

Abandoned space gods, an unfaithful husband, a sociopath rapist, and a broken society with a social welfare system that presents horrors of its own; lastly, though by no means least in this eclectic collection of stories, a flash fiction homage to James Herbert, featuring his most frightening creation.


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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Strange Case at Misty Ridge
« on: June 30, 2017, 03:04:02 AM »
The Strange Case at Misty Ridge is priced at $2.99/�1.99 on Amazon, or it can be read for free with Kindle Unlimited.

"The glow offered by the nightlight is gentle, orange-pink even through closed lids, and the distant murmurings of the downstairs television, along with the occasional sound of laughter–my parents, talking and laughing in tones which soothe–comforts me, and gives reassurance of their close proximity.

I fidget from my side onto my back, and something tickles the top of my thigh. The lightness of the contact induces an involuntary giggle, and a second movement, lower down my leg, is greeted with the same response. Something scurries across my cheek and down my neck, and suddenly I am frightened.

There are things crawling on my legs and up my arms, and even through the cloth of the bodysuit I can feel their weight pressing on my chest. I attempt to open my eyes, but thin legs tangle with fine lashes as they rest upon my lids like coins of the dead."

https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I got a Policy Warning from Amazon this morning
« on: June 19, 2017, 11:31:27 AM »
I just got the exact same threatening message from Amazon UK. I believe they may have pulled one of the reviews for The Boy on the Beach - which is a bit of a bummer as I don't have too many to spare. :-X

I've emailed them for clarification on the issue, but I won't hold my breath.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How to build a social media following for ebooks
« on: June 15, 2017, 12:09:43 PM »
"Just don't have little kids nearby when you watch it!"

Thanks, Jenny. You know I'm going to have to watch this now, right? :D

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