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Halloween Book Sale!

Jean Marie Bauhaus Halloween book saleWe’re already halfway done with October and I’m just now finding time to tell my readers about my annual month-long Halloween book sale. That… is not an effective way to sell books.

At any rate, all of my e-books are only 99 cents all month long, everywhere that they’re sold. They’re also marked down on all of the international Amazon sites, so whatever the equivalent of 99 cents is in pounds or Euros or Canadian dollars or whatever… that’s what the price will be through Halloween.

Paperbacks are also marked down considerably.

All of my books so far have a paranormal/horror bent, so they’re perfect reading for the spooky season.

Get ‘em here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Createspace

Indie Author Spotlight: Julia Crane

Julia crane is the author of the Coexist: Keegan’s Chronicles. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination. Although she’s spent most of her life on the US east coast, she currently lives in Dubai with her husband and three children.

Author Interview: Jolea M. Harrison

The IWU Blog Tour rolls on, and my guest author this week is Jolea M. Harrison, author of Chosen, the first in her Guardians of the Word series. Jolea lives in Virginia with her family in a 200-year-old farmhouse. She collects historical artifacts from the Civil War period. On a recent fact finding mission about the house, she discovered the name of a young Civil War soldier who died there while being cared for by a field doctor. She has two children who firmly believe in ghosts.

JWG: What first motivated you to become an indie author?

Jolea: Complete frustration with trying to go the ‘traditional’ route. Sent out to agents, over and over, got nothing back. It really makes you feel like you’ve written a terrible story or something. I started getting positive beta reader feedback, heard about the Indie explosion from a friend, and decided it was time to stop waiting around.

JWG: What has been the biggest challenge for you when it comes to self-publishing?

Jolea: The initial learning curve was a bit steep for me. I’m not a tech wizard and you do have to know some stuff about these programs to get them to format properly. I finally gave up and paid someone to format for me, but now that I know what it’s supposed to look like, I think I can do it myself, next time out. Maybe.

JWG: Has any aspect turned out to be easier than you expected?

Jolea: Promoting has gotten easier as time’s gone on. I’ve gotten over the tooting my own horn part of it, and I’m starting to look at it as providing a service to people – they get a good story for my efforts in letting them know about the book.

JWG:  That's a great way to look at it. I admit, I'm still having trouble getting over the "tooting my own horn" feeling, myself.

Do you take a strictly DIY approach, or do you hire help with things like editing, cover art, etc?

Jolea: I did everything myself except the formatting and editing. I had a pretty clean copy, but there were still several typos that got by everyone!

JWG: How has the decision to go indie turned out for you? Overall, are you happy with the choice?

Jolea: I’ve very happy with it. I wanted a specific look for the cover and even trying to get other artists to go along with that was difficult so, I ended up making it myself. I’m glad I have the artistic control over the entire product. If it’s a mess, it’s mine. If it’s great, it’s mine.

JWG: Are there any stand-out lessons you've learned about self-publishing that you'd like to share with my readers?

Jolea: It’s easy to get swept up in ‘publish fever’, especially once the formatting is done, you think, oooh everything is ready to go now! That’s when you should set the whole thing aside for at least two weeks. Give it a rest, then give it one more, painstaking look before hitting the send button. Get opinions on your cover. Don’t get married to a title. Google everything – even your name, before you publish. If your title is already out there a quadrillion times over, you don’t want to use it. There’s a J. M. Harrison – already a published author, so I ended up changing to my full name instead of the initials because of that. You want to be unique because you want Google to find you. If you don’t have a unique name, consider a pen name. We’re writers! We make stuff up for a living, so be creative with everything!

For everyone else in the world, getting stabbed in the heart means instant death. All it does for Dynan Telaerin is send him to hell.

In Chosen, Jolea M. Harrison transports us to a world on the cusp of destruction, caught in a thousand year cycle of ever-repeating time, trapped between the warring Gods and the demon, Belial, with one young hero chosen to save not just the world, but the Gods themselves.

Dynan finds himself on a corpse-strewn hillside, uncertain if he's dead or alive, charged with saving the soul of his ancestor, the most powerful telepath to ever exist. Dynan has telepathic powers of his own, only he doesn’t know how to use them. With monsters and minions trying to eat his soul, the demon’s lair isn’t a place conducive to learning anything, except how to run and how to hide.

Can Dynan find his ancestor before the fabric of time is torn beyond repair? Will courage alone be enough to face the greatest evil to exist? Will he lose his soul to save everyone else?

The running starts, and doesn't stop to the end of this action packed adventure of a young man coming to terms with his life while he's barely a spirit, through horrors he thought existed only in dreams.

Chosen is the first book of a 7 book series, entitled The Guardians of the Word.

Buy Chosen on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

You can visit Jolea at her blog, friend her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

Thanks for stopping by, Jolea!

Book news, if Russia will let me share it

Well, that was a fun break from blogging. THANKS, RUSSIA! But now that we’re back (…for now), here’s some book news that I’ve been meaning to share.

  • Restless Spirits is now available in trade paperback. If anyone is interested in signed copies (…Bueller?), let me know, and I’ll figure out a way to make it happen. Just keep in mind that it would have to ship twice–once to me and then to you–so that would need to be reflected in the price.
  • Fragments & Fancies is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It’s 99 cents at both, because that’s the lowest price point those sites allow you to set. It’s still free on Smashwords, although I’m not sure how much longer it will stay that way.
  • Speaking of Smashwords, there are only three days left on their site-wide summer sale, during which you can get Restless Spirits for half off with coupon code SSW50. On August 1st it goes back up to $2.99.
  • Also, Restless Spirits got it’s first (totally unsolicited and by a total stranger) review on Amazon, and it was a good one. They gave it 5 stars and had this to say:

    This is an imaginative take on the traditional ghost story. Ghost hunters might think they’re smart and informed about hauntings, but as this story demonstrates, the reality just might be that they not only don’t know anything, they probably don’t even suspect anything. That’s what I liked about the story, as it gradually revealed the intricate secrets (that never make it into official accounts) of the lives and deaths of everyone who had ever lived in the tiny universe of a single address, and how the fate of the spirits who haunt it could inspire the lives of the living and the dead. The story is well told with creative character development, charming wit and ever-increasing suspense. It is as they say, "a ripping good yarn."

    To which I say: Squee!

I have another Indie Author Spotlight coming up soon, but I’m saving that until actually being able to post is more of a sure thing. Right now I have zero confidence that this will actually go through (as I’m currently on my 3rd 4th [I stopped counting] try). *crosses fingers* But here’s hopin’!

 

This Old Haunt now on Scribd!

After some feedback that it’s hard to read or print the story on the This Old Haunt blog, I went ahead and converted the whole shebang into a PDF e-book and published it on Scribd.com. The e-book version costs $3.00, and once you pay you can access the entire story to read on the site or download a printable PDF copy. There’s no Creative Commons box to check under the copyright options, but the CC license still applies. And of course, if $3.00 is too rich for your blood, you can still read it here, totally free of charge. Just use the labels in the sidebar to navigate between chapters.

Click here to get This Old Haunt on Scribd!

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