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Writers' Cafe / My Paid First Novel Promo
« on: August 06, 2015, 08:27:32 AM »
After getting some great advice here about my blurb last month, I made some changes and set today and Friday for my Kindle Select free days for Under False Pretenses. I purchased ads on Genre Pulse and Facebook, updated my KBoards Book Bazaar thread and sent out a couple of tweets. The promotion is costing less than $50 total, so I'm not expecting a massive bump, just want to get a little bit more visibility for the book. And I need reviews desperately.

Genre Pulse is something I read about here on Kboards, by the way. I hadn't heard of it before, but an author said it worked for him, so I thought I'd give it a try.

I'll report back on results.

I haven't done much promotion but am nonetheless concerned about a slow start with my latest novel, UNDER FALSE PRETENSES. So, naturally, I'm concerned about the effectiveness of the blurb and cover for a suspense/thriller. I'm planning on using some KU free days soon for promotional purposes, but don't want to waste my time and $$$ if the blurb and cover are lacking.

Blurb is below, cover on the sig. Anyone care to share their reaction?


The mob is missing millions of dollars and its leader is near death. Their only hope -- a young woman staying at the home of the suspected thief and trying to enjoy the last summer of her college years. In the latest novel by James R. Riffel, a handsome and sophisticated suitor comes into her life, but things may not be as they seem. As the mobsters turn desperate, only one man can save her. Is it her new beau or someone still trying to escape them after fifteen years?

The Book Bazaar / Under False Pretenses - Suspense - Free!
« on: June 07, 2015, 08:37:47 AM »
Free for download Thursday and Friday, Aug. 6-7!

Hi there. If you're looking for a suspenseful novel, the Kindle edition of my novel Under False Pretenses is available on Amazon. Here's the sales pitch:

"Everything the young lady does tells us she's in on it. No one is going to get away with stealing money from us. Especially this much. She's no kid just sittin' around his house like she knows nothing. She knows where that creep is and ain't telling or has a clue that can help us. And you get to be the hero. You go in that house and make her trust you, and sweet-talk it out of her -- or beat it out of her. If word hits the streets and we can't catch him, we're dead. Do what you have to do. Just don't let her know who we really are."

It's the present day, and mafia organizations aren't what they used to be. When Jason Campala, the gone-straight progeny of a Philadelphia mob group's leadership, confirms that millions of dollars have been embezzled, the mobsters embark on a frantic search for the suspect -- fully aware that their survival depends on finding the thief. As the search becomes desperate, they narrow their focus to Deirdre Hansen, a college student off to a bumpy start on her summer house-sitting at a mansion in a swanky part of town. The mob's last hope: sending in a young man to seduce her and get the information they need.


Writers' Cafe / Anyone Promoted With BookBear?
« on: November 04, 2014, 08:35:14 AM »
This promotion site called BookBear claims they can get you before 112,000 pairs of eyes via Facebook and Twitter. They're also offering their services for half-price, so I scheduled a one-day run for Friday for $15. Seems like a good deal to try.

Has anyone used them before? If so, how were the results?

I'll follow up with my results, but I'm in a tough category -- sports fiction -- that seems to have a very small market.

The Book Bazaar / For Something Completely Different: Football!
« on: October 14, 2014, 08:29:04 AM »
*** Check below for a bargain details ***

A mysterious family secret torments a young man as he embarks on a journey through an extraordinary period in college and professional football history. George Steele stitches his personal life back together while participating in some of the sports greatest moments.

Surrounded by a quirky cast of family, friends and teammates, Steele joins teams striving for national recognition -- and end up changing the way the game is played for decades to come.

The hook, just for you: the fictional Steele takes part in some of the greatest games of that time. A book you'll enjoy, and/or the perfect gift for your sports-loving significant other.

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