Monthly Archives: January 2013

Review: All the Blue-Eyed Angels by Jen Blood – Mystery

I just stumbled on a great review for my pal, Jen Blood’s debut mystery, All the Blue-Eyed Angels, by Tahlia Newland of Awesome Indies! If you’re looking for a terrific mystery by a great new author, All the Blue-Eyed Angels certainly delivers. Read all about it here:

Review: All the Blue-Eyed Angels by Jen Blood – Mystery.

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Welcome Michael O’Gara to Author Blog-In Day 5!

“My book “The Happenstance Marshal” will be released in print on Amazon and major retailers this upcoming week. To enter to win a copy please go to my website by clicking on my websites Current Contest page
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About “The Happenstance Marshal”

Millie’s Life Lesson #1 – When life gives you lemons set out to save a town and get the badge and a gun you’ve always wanted.

Millie’s life presently sucks but she has not let things beat her down and they are about to change. It’s bad enough Millie is subjected to prejudice but then she loses her job and her best friend. Given the economic problems of the City of Safe Haven Harbor, Millie’s prospects don’t look good. The City is broke, business is bad, and everyone’s struggling but a new reform Council has been elected to get to the bottom of the mess. They’ve hired a real hunk as the new city manager and if Millie thinks her life is complicated now she has no idea what’s around the corner. Millie will be thrown into the midst of mystery, sexual temptation, adventure and misadventure, as well as life threatening danger. Through it all she will learn she has a natural talent that will change her life and open the door to her dreams.

To purchase an eBook copy go to Amazon Kindle or Smashwords for other major e-Readers.


Author Blog-In Day #4!

Happy Monday! Today is my day on the Author Blog-In, so instead of re-posting about my book, BAD TRAFFICK, below are the links to the other participating authors where you can see a post about–you guessed it–Bad Traffick :-):

Kate Policani

FC Etier

Michael O’Gara


Welcome FC Etier on Day #3 of the Author Blog-In!

How “The Presidents Club” happened

 

 

 
     My first novel, The Tourist Killer, was nearing completion.  
     The characters had taken me to places not imagined in the beginning. 
     As the story lines for several of the characters were beginning to converge, one of them, Julian Thibaut, decided to visit a quiet little bar for a drink and some thought.  

     He met a man who knew of a great place that would fill the bill. 
     His new friend had on a name tag, but it wasn’t his. The tag read, “Ted.”
     The wearer explained, “I borrowed this from another guy I work with. I forgot mine today. My name’s Abe, another President.”  
     When he said that, a light bulb went off for me.  
 
     When the two men arrived at the Louisville Tavern, they met a group of retirees that all had first names in common with previous U.S. Presidents.  In addition to the aforementioned Abraham/Abe, the other members of The Presidents Club: George, Thomas, Woodrow, Franklin, Ulysses, and Ronald. The group included a teacher, general surgeon, minister, retail manager, chiropractor, college professor, and a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, all retired.
 
     The Presidents Club debuted on Sunday, January 6, 2012 as a free weekly serial on the web site of my publisher, Venture Galleries. We were stunned to have received over one thousand readers for the first chapter. 
 
     Please accept this invitation to join us on Sunday, January 13, for Chapter Two. Venture Galleries will archive every chapter, so if you miss one, it will be easy to catch up. Eventually, The Presidents Club will be available as both an e-book and a trade paperback.

Here’s the pitch:  A group of retirees and the ex-FBI agent hired to protect them face danger as they investigate a murder and uncover the source of ultimate government power.

Genre: a thinking readers’ thriller — enough action to keep the pages turning and enough information to get to know the characters not only by the information given about them, but how and with whom they interact.


Places to List Your Free Books

Picture of Books, Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, The Latin Quarter, Paris - Free Pictures - FreeFoto.comIn perusing the interwebz in order to promote an upcoming free day on Amazon for Bad Traffick, I came across several more places that you can list your book for free. Some also offer guaranteed placement for a nominal fee. I’ve decided to use both paid and free sites, and I’ll write a post on my results after the promotion runs on January 19. In the mean time, here are some of the sites I found: (as with all listing sites, MAKE SURE your book is actually going to be free on the day you list)

Ask David This is a cool site I discovered that has you list your book, website, social media links, book trailer, etc. all for a simple link-back to the site. You don’t even have to do that, but it will take a bit longer for your book to show up. And really, isn’t helping those who help you what it’s all about?

Free Kindle Books and Tips This is a site run by Michael Gallagher who is a Top 10 Reviewer for Amazon. He reviewed Bad Spirits and listed the freebie on his site a while back and my downloads increased significantly. At first I had no idea who he was (I had submitted to several free sites and didn’t realize he ran FKBooks&Tips), but a bunch of folks (145+) clicked on his review as helpful, and I quickly realized how lucky I was to have him review the book.

The Frugal E-Reader This is a popular site that lists Kindle books under $9 and has some inexpensive promo options.

The Author Marketing Club I just joined this site, and from what I’ve seen, it’s full of great ways to promote your book. Hmmm. Possibly a post for the future on the results I get from posting my book for review…You have to sign up, but it’s free.

Indie Book Promo This site has both paid and free options for promo. Haven’t used this one before, but am going to for the 1/19 free day. We’ll see what happens. I’ve heard good things.

Pixel of Ink One of the biggest and most-used sites.

EReader News Today I’ve had stellar luck with these guys. Don’t be afraid to show ’em some luv if they post your book.

There are too many of these sites to list here, but these are a great start. Good luck on all things promo!


Awesome News!

To put in the ‘very cool’ category, I was just interviewed on Blood Writes, and Jen picked BAD TRAFFICK as one of her Top 5 Indie Picks for 2012! Click HERE to read the full article. Find out which I find easier to write: action or sex? Hint: it’s all about the grenades…


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