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The Book Bazaar / The Boy on the Beach - a tale of romance and horror
« on: April 04, 2018, 03:12:19 AM »
The Boy on the Beach is available on Amazon Kindle, or read for *Free* with Kindle Unlimited.

"If you find yourself falling for a monster, you best think twice before meeting the family."



After struggling to overcome years of spousal abuse, Juliet Carlson hopes to find solace on the cool sands of a late night beach.
Instead, she stumbles upon an isolated beach side community where she meets a boy named Milo. The youth may be several years her junior, but that doesn't diminish their mutual attraction. Juliet finally discovers the true meaning of romance.
But Milo hides dark secrets. And his family have secrets, too.

https://www.amazon.com/Boy-Beach-Selected-Cuts-Albion-ebook/dp/B00A27UQYG
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boy-Beach-Selected-Cuts-Albion-ebook/dp/B00A27UQYG
https://www.amazon.com.au/Boy-Beach-Selected-Cuts-Albion-ebook/dp/B00A27UQYG

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Writers' Cafe / Re: THIS is why editors don't give feedback anymore
« on: April 04, 2018, 02:56:52 AM »
I have a template for people who send me obnoxious emails. I hit "reply" to their comment (because there is nothing like realising you've been an arse than when being hit in the face with the text of your original email).

Then my response is "Thank you for your kind words."

Which makes them either re-read their own reply, wondering what kind words they said, or makes them p*ssed off that they flew off the handle at an automated email sequence.

I like it. ;)

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OK, Willie. It's a shame more didn't climb on board, as I'm sure there must be plenty of horror authors using KBoards. Good luck for your April venture!

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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Strange Case at Misty Ridge
« on: March 28, 2018, 02:59:59 AM »
The Strange Case at Misty Ridge is available in paperback and on Kindle. It can be read for *Free* with Kindle Unlimited.



   "This last month, well, you won’t believe this… I live there and I can barely believe it, but they keep painting the walls.”
By this stage my head was buzzing. This definitely sounded like genuine poltergeist activity.
   “So, they, the spirits, are just splashing paint randomly onto the walls, or are they writing messages?” I had just wanted to clarify exactly what she meant … her reply blew me away.
   She shook her head.
   “No, they are not splashing paint on the walls. They are painting the walls. You know, like a decorator would.”

When a young woman turns up at Jack Keswick’s door, claiming her home is infested with troublesome spirits, his investigation leads to a haunted cottage, the restless dead, and the revelation of a maleficent force that will forever change Jack’s perception of reality.

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 / Re: The Damnation Game
« on: March 23, 2018, 06:08:28 AM »
The Damnation Game is currently priced $2.99 on Amazon, or read *Free* with Kindle unlimited.

A nationwide manhunt is underway for the notorious Catholic Jack killer; a woman grieves for her murdered husband; a disturbed young man struggles to overcome the horrors of his childhood; something unearthly hides in shadows, waiting for its opportunity to introduce these new players to the damnation game.



Kate stirred slowly at first, enjoying the warmth of the body spooning hers; and then, as the clarity of full awakening alerted her to the reality of the situation, her mind raced with a multitude of implausible explanations: The realization of strong arms wrapped around her in a warm embrace held her rigid with shock; not through fear, but more so because she recognized the arms which held her. “Joe?” she whispered, hoping for a reply she never expected and which never came.

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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Just got a 'final reminder' to fill in the survey, so my contribution is listed below. Mind you, after reading down this page I'm tempted to halt my ads for a month just to see what happens. ;)

1. Faster more accurate reporting.
2. Some measurement of correlation between clicks to downloads/page reads for books in KU - and include borrows in reports.
3. Being able to change ad copy without terminating ad and starting over.
4. Identify advertised books that are in KU (as this may lead to more page reads).
5. Similar books/also bought(s) are losing out in sponsored ads to higher bids from unrelated books. This suggests the whole system is flawed, and rather than matching customers to products it is simply about Amazon making money.

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Okay, time to put hands up for real... if we're going to do a giveaway on my site in April, I need to know

a) who's definitely in
b) what book(s) you want to give away to the three winners
c) what action you'd like them to take other than give their email address... as I said earlier, I'm leaning toward Bookbub follows for me, but you could go for Twitter, Facebook, Amazon follows if you'd prefer, just let me know.

Ideally I'd like to have 6 books entered, as that worked pretty well in March ( 103 entrants so far with 10 days left)

So chime up here and I'll start getting things organized at this end.

I'm definitely in, Willie. I'll give away copies of the novella Gloop! And I'd opt for follows on any of Facebook, Amazon, or Goodreads.

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:16:58 AM »
Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria is available in paperback and on Kindle, and is *free* to read with Kindle Unlimited. There is also a chance to win a signed copy in this Goodreads Giveaway: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17305920-carmilla - giveaway ends March 16th.



http://www.davidbrianwriting.co.uk/index.html

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 confrontation 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

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Writers' Cafe / Re: One Line From Your Current WIP
« on: March 14, 2018, 06:35:22 PM »
From my current WIP, The Lord of Always.

The primates take flight with panicked cries ringing through the trees, and all around us we hear the Pop! Pop! Pop! of exploding monkeys.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: I May Have Done Something Incredibly Stupid (UPDATED)
« on: February 26, 2018, 11:44:22 AM »
Well, you're smashing it on Amazon UK, Catherine. #1 so best of luck with this.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Am I doing my launch all wrong?
« on: February 23, 2018, 04:31:32 AM »
Thank you everyone, this has been REALLY helpful. As an indi writer maybe the hardest thing is feeling alone, so it's good to feel like you're not! I will be telling the KS today, and announcing it on FB etc. I will also experiment with AMS (I'm not actually sure what it stands for!) but I will keep it at 99c (down from the official price of 2.99). And yes, I am working on the next!

Alex, I just gave you a short mention in my newsletter. Not sure if it'll help, but I tried. Best of luck!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Went wide and reviews begin to disappear
« on: February 22, 2018, 07:28:36 PM »
In order to be suffering from confirmation bias, I'd have to had a bias in the first place. :) If everybody here who reported losing reviews was newly departing Select, I might have believed Amazon was targeting people going wide. Instead, we see some people staying with Select and some people leaving targeted at the same time. Conclusion: it isn't going wide that's causing the problem.

I think your other suggestion provides the answer. This wouldn't be the first time bots came through and did something very similar to what Amazon had done before and then fixed. I seem to recall other issues in which a person got an issue solved only to have it recur. I'm just talking about reviews, but about other things as well.

I agree with you, Bill. It has nothing to do with being in/out of Select. Two of my reviews vanished from books that are all in, while the third disappeared from a book which is wide.

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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Strange Case at Misty Ridge
« on: February 22, 2018, 03:44:09 AM »
The Strange Case at Misty Ridge is available in paperback and on Kindle, and is still *Free* to read with Kindle Unlimited.

A young woman's plea for help leads Jack Keswick to a haunted cottage, but there are things more terrifying than the restless dead.

"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: Went wide and reviews begin to disappear
« on: February 22, 2018, 03:30:11 AM »
I've been keeping an eye on this - as I don't have too many to check - and it seems to be an ongoing issue. This week I've lost one from a novel and one from a short story, but I've regained one on a novella! :D The one on the novella has been missing for a fortnight, go figure?

ETA: I'm being selfish here, but it's nice to know I'm not alone! :o

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria
« on: February 21, 2018, 05:08:55 AM »
Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria is available in paperback and on Kindle, and is *free* to read with Kindle Unlimited. There is also a chance to win a signed copy in this Goodreads Giveaway: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17305920-carmilla



http://www.davidbrianwriting.co.uk/index.html

Karl Bohm was a broken man, and so would readily accept whatever fate may have in store for him. Even if he was to suffer the horror of being torn apart and devoured, he could accept his lot, for he had failed in his duty as a parent. He had failed to protect his beautiful Katharina. No, he deserved to die. At least, these were the thoughts filling his head, utterly mistaken as he was in thinking any of this madness was his doing.  However, these musings did not long weigh heavy on his mind.
   Indeed, all contemplation of his own untimely demise vanished the moment he looked up, and stared in disbelief beyond the creatures surrounding him.

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 confrontation 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

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Barrel Racers?
« on: February 15, 2018, 04:21:37 PM »
UK here - I'd see that term and picture a bloke sitting in a wooden barrel floating down a river, a little like in the Hobbit films.

Same. :D

ETA. And we used to own horses.

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Are you a fan of the supernatural? Here's a chance to pick up a *Signed Copy* of The Damnation Game by David Brian: Goodreads Giveaway: Winner to be drawn on February 16th.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25877490-the-damnation-game



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...

Available in either paperback or Kindle, and *Free* to read with Kindle Unlimited.
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: February 09, 2018, 06:48:43 AM »
The Strange Case at Misty Ridge is available in paperback and on Kindle, and 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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As promised (since I'm back from holiday and I have all my info in front of me), here's a bunch of new info:

Martin Lastrappes' Podcast Hour
The Darkness Dwells Podcast
Confessions of a Reviewer: http://confessionsofareviewer.blogspot.co.uk/ (reviews, publicity, book tours)
Chuck Wendig's blog: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/12/19/five-things-i-learned-by-writing-insert-your-book-here/
Nick Kaufmann's The Scariest Part blog: http://www.nicholaskaufmann.com/the-scariest-part/

Thanks for the additions, Joe.

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I've been hunting around for a newsletter list builder promotion / giveaway that caters for horror lists, but haven't really found any - the big ones all appear to be romance / paranormal biased which doesn't rock my boat. Anybody used a company promo for building a horror list and care to share who?

I'm tentatively setting a small one for myself up with some Severed Press writers on board for March, and that might be testing the water for me to do more in the future, so if anybody's interested in getting on board, pipe up here... I'm currently running one of my own on my website if you want to see the kind of thing I'm thinking of... just with other writers involved instead of it being all my own books to giveaway.

http://www.williammeikle.com

Willie, I'd definitely be interested in joining in with this. My novels are currently locked into KU, but if you'd be Ok with my submitting a novella...?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Puff Daddy suing me
« on: February 06, 2018, 02:04:31 AM »
Trademark prevents you from being a singer/rapper using the name Puff Daddy
But trademark is to prevent unfair competition in a specific business area. In other words, you cant call your own café McDonald's. But you can open a McDonald's Jewelry Store.
There's no way a customer could confuse one with the other.
And since trademark does not top freedom of speech, you could call a fictional character Puff Daddy is he's not a singer/rapper.

I'm not sure this is strictly accurate. Twenty years ago, there was a company in the town I live who used the name Tyres R Us. It was a pretty big deal when the toy company took action against them, and succeeded in forcing a name change. This being said, there is now another company using that same name. Who knows?

Wild Blow Hiccup.  :D

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Nightlife is a 7,500 word horror short, *Free* to download on Amazon Kindle. Promo applies February 5th/6th.
Jason Briggs has fallen out with his girlfriend and fought with his mates. All he had wanted was a fun night on the town. Now, things are about to go from bad to worse.



https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GRYYMNI
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01GRYYMNI
https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B01GRYYMNI

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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Strange Case at Misty Ridge
« on: January 31, 2018, 02:45:13 PM »
The Strange Case at Misty Ridge is available for purchase on Amazon, or can be read *Free* with Kindle Unlimited. There is also a Goodreads Giveaway, offering the chance to win a *signed* copy. Giveaway ends February 3rd, 2018.



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34655621-the-strange-case-at-misty-ridge

"The dead are never still, they exist just beyond the corners of our eye, in the barren wasteland beyond our own phantasmagoria, and we, for the most part, remain oblivious to their plight."

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 / Re: Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria
« on: January 26, 2018, 03:56:35 AM »
Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria is priced $3.99/£2.99 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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Writers' Cafe / Re: Your Best Idea
« on: January 17, 2018, 06:22:33 PM »
This will teach me to take my time and read a little slower  :o

 :D

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