April Showers Bring Instafreebie Giveaways!

As you may know, steampunk writer Dean F. Wilson is currently hosting a group giveaway on Instafreebie, of free science fiction and fantasy books, short stories and sample chapters. You can find a sample chapter from my first book, Marrying A Monster, as part of the giveaway. There is also a page for related works on sale, just $0.99 apiece, and Marrying A Monster is there too. Just click on the links above to check out all the books you can get for free or for $0.99!

Happy Third Day of Christmas! Instafreebie Romance Giveaway!

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Who doesn’t love freebies, especially at this time of year? Author Roz Marshall has organized a romance-themed giveaway on instafreebie, with a wide variety of sneak peeks, short stories, and full-length books. I volunteered the sample chapter to Marrying A Monster to be part of this giveaway, but there are many other freebies to choose from. Just click here, where you can check out all the great freebies available.

Free SF&F Books on Instafreebie

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Happy Holidays! Steampunk writer Dean Wilson has hitched up his eight tiny reindeer, and loaded up his sleigh with a bonanza of  Science Fiction/Fantasy books of every length, from sneak previews and short stories, to full-length books.

All free, all available on Instafreebie! He was gracious enough to include my short story, “Lost in a Dream,” in his bag of goodies, but there’s lots more to choose from-just click here or on the picture to see the complete list.

Black Friday Sales at Amazon and All Romance ebooks!

fb-x-promo-christmas-40booksIf you like buying print books as gifts, Amazon has a great offer for you, running through November 28: buy $25 or more worth of print books (not ebooks) and get $10 off by using the coupon code HOLIDAYBOOK. Not sure what to buy? Scottish author Roz Marshall has put together a Paperback Matchbook promotion, featuring over forty books in all kinds of genres. Buy the paperback to give as a gift, or just to flip through at home, and get the ebook free to read on your preferred device. Marrying A Monster is one of them, but there are lots more to choose from, so click here to see them all! The promotion starts today and runs through December 10.

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All Romance Ebooks has a special Black Friday sale, today only, with over 25,000 romance ebooks listed at 25% off. Marrying A Monster is one of them, available in epub, mobi, and pdf format. To see the rest of the romance deals, just go to the main site and search under “tags” for #AReBlast.  Hope you find something you like!

Happy Thanksgiving! Just Got Done with NaNoWriMo 2016!

Finished my novel-as in, finished writing the whole plot-with a total of around 52K words yesterday, about 11:30pm. This was not the easiest year I’ve ever done this, nor was it the hardest, but it was one of the less melodramatic. I went through some setbacks in terms of wordcount and stuff distracting me from my project, but I didn’t spend as much time being huffy and upset about it as I sometimes get, and I didn’t end up hating the novel project or the characters the way I sometimes do.

This was a prequel novel to the main Jaiya series; dealing with the parents of Vipin, the hero of Marrying A Monster. I enjoyed writing it, and right now I feel good about how it turned out. Catch is, now I have to polish up and publish the second and third book in the Jaiya series and write, polish and publish two more prequels before anyone gets to read this thing I just wrote.

Lessons learned: I need to not plan on being able to write ~4000 words per day on my days off from work. I can do that under exceptional circumstances, but I can’t do it on a consistent basis, and the times when I did it were the only times my wrists and elbows really protested.

I didn’t do as much dictating as I hoped, and the Windows Dictation tool proved to be very squirrelly. I used it for a couple of scenes early on. One scene I just found difficult to write because of what it was about (not ‘triggering’ or anything like that, just difficult), and in that case I found dictation helpful because it forced me to focus on getting the computer to understand what I was saying, half a sentence at a time, instead of getting hung up on the things about the scene I found difficult. The other section involved a lot of description of military hardware, and it was handy to have Google Images open on one screen (I use a dual screen setup)  and Word open in the other, and just talk out loud about what the hardware looked like to me and what it would be like to use.

Something which was amazingly helpful was the integration between OneDrive and the new version of MS Office I picked up over the summer. Save the main NaNoWriMo doc to OneDrive, open it up in Word just like any document on my hard-drive, and write away at home. Commute to work in the carpool, write between 80 and 200 words in Office Mobile using the same main NaNoWriMo doc on OneDrive. When I had free time at work (not that often), I’d try to fit in a Write or Die timed writing session, copy the results into a document on my work computer, email it home in the evening, copy/paste the new bits into main document. Those little niggling bits of writing really helped a lot on the days when I didn’t have time or energy left to write at home.

To those of you who also made it: congratulations! To those of you who are still plugging away: You can do it! And let me leave you with what were for me this year’s NaNoWriMo theme songs: Half The Battle, and Eastbound And Down.

 

Free Books, Stories, and Sample Chapters on Instafreebie!

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Hello! In the spirit of the holiday season, I have included the sample chapter for Marrying A Monster in Dean F. Wilson’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Instafreebie giveaway. Here you can find free fiction in all lengths from samples like mine, to stories and full length ebooks.

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There is also a ti-ein promotion for $0.99 Kindle ebooks (yes, I’m in that too!) If you like freebies and you like these genres, please check it out! The sales and giveaways run through November 20.

News and Updates

Hello, everyone! Here in the USA, we are transitioning out of spooky candy overload and preparing for turkey meat overload. (Any comments mentioning the election will be marked as spam. Doesn’t matter who you voted for. I don’t care, and I am not kidding).

NaNoWriMo wordcount as of right now is around 17200, but since I’m aiming for 19000 by end of today, I need to get busy.

The big news is that I signed up with the Italian ebook aggregator Streetlib, and Marrying A Monster is now live (in English) on on the French retailer FNAC, and on the Mexican retailer Librerías Gandhi. It will soon be live on Google Play, Overdrive and a number of Italian, Spanish, Polish, Turkish and Russian ebook vendors and library services. I also have my own e-bookstore on the streetlib website.

I joined the Streetlib aggregator primarily to distribute my books to Google Play. Google Play is notorious for slashing prices on ebooks without the publisher’s permission, and Streetlib only allows publishers and self-publishers to set a single price for all the channels they distribute to.

The result is that the default price for my books through the vendors that Streetlib aggregates is going to be on the high side, except in cases where the retailer takes the initiative to discount them or price-match to Amazon (as FNAC and Gandhi seem to be doing).

Science Fiction & Fantasy $0.99 Sale!

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Patty Jansen has pulled together over a hundred and eighty books that are on sale in these genres (Science Fiction Fantasy, and Fantasy Romance), and sorted them by store: basically, you click here or on the image above, and then beneath the banner you click on the store symbol of your choice (Amazon, Nook, Kobo, etc) and then you can see the books available in each store. I’m very grateful to Patty for doing all this work, and very glad for the chance to participate in this sale, which runs today and tomorrow.

Yet Another Cool Source for Free and Discounted Ebooks!

I booked a promotional slot for today with Ebookasaurus, another website which keeps its readers informed of all the best sales available on ebooks. This one covers multiple stores, so if your preferred store is Nook, iBooks, Kobo, etc, they have you covered. Feel free to check them out!

In other news: National Noveling Writing Month 2016 has begun! Once more into the breach, my friends….

David Neth Halloween 2016 Cross Promo!

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Wooo! Lots of scary savings in this cross-genre promotion hosted by David Neth. Nearly 60 authors, including myself, have Halloween-friendly books in a variety of genres on sale for $0.99, from now until Halloween.

We have everything from ghosts to zombies to (a lot of) vampires to a couple of shifters, including Marrying A Monster. (Yes, there is a shifter in Monster, but he is more like the Incredible Hulk than Jacob from the Twilight books or Curran from Magic Bites and its sequels). David has been kind enough to sort the books by creature.

Anyway, with so many different authors and monsters on hand, I’m sure there’s something in there for everyone, so click here to check it out!