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Friday, May 25, 2012

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday - Unicorn Keep

Welcome to my Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday snippet. You can read other #sffsat snippts here.

Unicorn Keep is a young adult fantasy romance about a girl who swaps places with her best friend to become a unicorn keeper. This scene is shortly after last week, back in Jiline's POV, and after she gets back from the unicorn valley.

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The spots stopped dancing in front of her eyelids and she slowly opened them to see two pairs of shoes standing in front of her. Carefully raising her head, her brain was foggy and didn’t quite register that Herrick was Mage Herrick despite his robes. Then it hit her - Mage Herrick. She jumped up and swayed, trying to remember exactly how she was supposed to greet a mage who addressed her.

“Sit,” he commanded and stepped forward to nudge her down into the chair. “Get her some water.”

Jiline closed her eyes and decided not to worry about what she was supposed to do. She had a right to be completely and utterly confused not to mention overwhelmed.
His voice was a whisper this time. “The unicorns converged on you.”

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Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords. Available in print from Create Space, Amazon,and Barnes and Noble.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Unicorn Keep Book Tour

May 1st: Starter Day Party
@ I Heart Reading
May 2nd: Book Excerpt Post
@ Megan Likes Books
May 4th: Interview and Review
@ A Tasty Read
May 5th: Review and Guest Post
@ Darlyn and Books
May 7th: Review and Giveaway
@ I Heart Reading
May 8th: Guest Post and Giveaway
@ Soul Unsung
May 10th: Review
@ Howling Books and Design
May 12th: Guest Post
@ Equestrian Ink
May 13th: Review and Giveaway
@ Katrina DeLallo’s Blog
May 14th: Character Interview
@ Katrina DeLallo’s Blog
May 15th: Author Interview
@ I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
May 16th: Book Excerpt Post
@ Reader Girls Blog
May 18th: Guest Post
@ Pretty Opinionated
May 20th: Character Interview and Review
@ Pageturner by Beth
May 21st: Guest Post and Giveaway
@ Good Choice Reading
May 23rd: Guest Post
May 25th: Review
@ Sutton Fox’s Blog
May 26th: Review
@ Linda Andrews’ Blog
May 28th: Review and Interview
@ Books, books and more Books
May 30th: Guest Post and Giveaway
 
I was going to post this on the 15th and forgot. Oh well. But I have been visiting at the following places and will be visiting at several more places. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday - Unicorn Keep

Welcome to my Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday snippet. You can read other #sffsat snippts here.

Unicorn Keep is a young adult fantasy romance about a girl who swaps places with her best friend to become a unicorn keeper.

Adding a note for clarification: This scene is from the POV of Herrick, the other main character, and takes place while Jiline is down in the unicorn valley for the first time. His mother is the mage in charge of the Keep. 

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His mother's hands moved in a soothing gesture. “Besides there could be several trainees in that slice of woods. We don’t know if it is just her.”

He sliced the air with his own hand to cut off the incantation she was attempting to weave around him. Slamming his hands against the wall, he attempted to shatter it with a magical blow, but it bounced back. Helplessness filled him. He shook off her hand and bolted for the door that would lead him inside the Keep. There was more than one way to the trailhead. 
He slammed into another magical barrier.
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Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Available in print from Create Space, Amazon .

Horse Charmer One Year Anniversary

Horse Charmer has been available now for one year as an ebook. As with Jumping Thoughts, I wanted to do a blog post going over how things went for the year and see if I could make any conclusions by looking back at sales and other information.

Horse Charmer was released on May 16, 2011 through Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords. It was also distributed to other e-retailers, but didn't appear in those stores until June.

So I went back and look at my sales. Over one year, I sold 99 copies of the e-version (the print version came out in September, but I'm not counting those sales toward this post). My highest selling month was January with 15 e-copies. My second highest selling month was December with 11 e-copies. I attribute these sales to Christmas e-reader gifts and gift cards.

I didn't do any release promo beyond Facebook, Twitter, and a few writer BB announcements when it first released. I never got any pro reviews for it.

I have recently been using it as a giveaway book in some blog hops I've been participating in and I have seen an increase of it being added to Goodreads lists since then.

I did one 3-day banner promo on a book review blog and saw three sales during that period of time.

As you can't track sample downloads at any of the retailers (except for Smashwords), it can be difficult to see if any promo is working and bringing people to check out a book.

I can't really draw any conclusions from looking at past sales data except that Christmas is indeed the best sales season.

Horse Charmer  is available as an ebook from Sony, iBooks, Diesel eBook Store, Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble. Available in print from Create Space, Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Spectors FREE Today and Tomorrow

A space pirate who almost loses everything she cares about when the military blackmails her into running a dangerous mission.

Spectors my fun space opera is going to be free on Amazon Kindle today and tomorrow. Be sure to head on over and download your free copy.

Amazon

Friday, May 11, 2012

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday - Unicorn Keep

Welcome to my Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday snippet. You can read other #sffsat snippts here.

Unicorn Keep is a young adult fantasy romance about a girl who swaps places with her best friend to become a unicorn keeper.

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Jiline slid down the final few steps of the steep path. The little meadow was crowded with the trainees.

Keeper Kellye cupped her hands together. “The unicorns will seek you out if they approve of you. If you don’t see a unicorn we will test you again in the spring. If a unicorn charges you, run for your life. We will be watching.”

The two keepers entered the woods in front of her. Somehow she doubted the unicorns were at all tempted to step foot in this crowded clearing so she walked forward to follow the keepers into the woods.

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Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Available in print from Create Space, Amazon .

Monday, May 7, 2012

Spring Fling Giveaway Hop Winner

 
I have my Spring Fling Giveaway Hop winner. Congratulations to Filia O. An ecopy of Spectors is on the way to her.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop May 7 - May 13



I'm giving away an e-copy of HORSE CHARMER to one lucky winner. The winner will receive a Smashwords e-coupon for the book. You can enter the giveaway from May 7 to May 13. The winner will be announced on May 14th.

HORSE CHARMER - A young adult fantasy about a sheltered princess who discovers her special gift with horses while on a quest to find her father's murderer. 







Friday, May 4, 2012

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday - Unicorn Keep

Welcome to my Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday snippet. You can read other #sffsat snippts here.

Unicorn Keep is a young adult fantasy romance about a girl who swaps places with her best friend to become a unicorn keeper.

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“Your family sent you alone,” Herrick said.

Of course they had, they had believed she was traveling on a well-traveled road to the closest city with Wilm as her escort. But she didn’t say that. Instead, she sat up taller. “You’re traveling alone.”

“I’m not a child.”
 
She glared at him. “I’m not a child either.”

“You couldn’t be more than fifteen.”
 
Her irritation grew at his accurate guess.
 
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Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.
Available as a print book from Create Space and Amazon.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Unicorn Keep Book Tour May 1 - June 1

May 1st: Starter Day Party
@ I Heart Reading
May 2nd: Book Excerpt Post
@ Megan Likes Books
May 4th: Interview and Review
@ A Tasty Read
May 5th: Review and Guest Post
@ Darlyn and Books
May 7th: Review and Giveaway
@ I Heart Reading
May 8th: Guest Post and Giveaway
@ Soul Unsung
May 10th: Review
@ Howling Books and Design
May 12th: Guest Post
@ Equestrian Ink
May 13th: Review and Giveaway
@ Katrina DeLallo’s Blog
May 14th: Character Interview
@ Katrina DeLallo’s Blog
May 15th: Author Interview
@ I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
May 16th: Book Excerpt Post
@ Reader Girls Blog
May 18th: Guest Post
@ Pretty Opinionated
May 20th: Character Interview and Review
@ Pageturner by Beth
May 21st: Guest Post and Giveaway
@ Good Choice Reading
May 25th: Review
@ Sutton Fox’s Blog
May 26th: Review
@ Linda Andrews’ Blog
May 28th: Review and Interview
@ Books, books and more Books
May 30th: Guest Post and Giveaway