Virtual Book Launch Winners

Book LaunchYesterday I launched Fowl Summer Nights on Quarter Castle Publishing’s Facebook Page. Anyone who shared the event, Liked the Quarter Castle Publishing page, Liked a comment or left a comment had their name entered into a draw.

The first name drawn won a paperback copy of Fowl Summer Nights.* The winner was Cathy MacKenzie.

The second name drawn won an eBook copy of Fowl Summer Nights. The winner was Pat D’Entremont.

Congratulations Cathy and Pat. I’ll be in touch.

If you were not a winner and would like another chance to get a free copy, check out the Goodreads Giveaway. The deadline is April 11, 2014.

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Free eBook: Conflicted Hearts by D. G. Kaye

Kaye, D. G. - Conflicted HeartsAre you looking for, “a book that makes you think, reflect, understand and most of all is a book that shows you that with the right attitude and beliefs, you can forgive and move forward”? (Quote from 5-star Amazon review of Conflicted Hearts by D. G. Kaye)

Then today is your lucky day. Kaye’s book Conflicted Hearts is available for free for 24 hours. The promotion runs only today, Friday January 10th, and ends at midnight tonight, 11:59 pm Pacific time.

More about Conflicted Hearts: a daughter’s quest for solace from emotional guilt

Somehow I believed it was my obligation to try to do the right thing by her because she had given birth to me.
Burdened with constant worry for her father and the guilt caused by her mother’s narcissism, D.G. Kaye had a short childhood. When she moved away from home at age eighteen, she began to grow into herself, overcoming her lack of guidance and her insecurities. Her life experiences became her teachers, and she learned from the mistakes and choices she made along the way, plagued by the guilt she carried for her mother.

Conflicted Hearts is a heartfelt journey of self-discovery and acceptance, an exploration of the quest for solace from emotional guilt.

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Free Book Debate

fire campOver the past three years I’ve seen the pendulum swing back and forth. Many say that gifting (or giving away) books helps sales. Others are adamantly against pricing their books for free even for a short time.

I’ve read accounts where free books have increased sales substantially on the free book involved (after the free period) and for other books by the author, particularly those in a series. I’ve also read the other side too: no increase at all, just crickets in the dark night.

Personally, I think sales are influenced by many things, including free offers. But the free offers must coincide with other things, like the time of year, the genre, other books offered by the same author, the alignment of the stars and moon and…many things that are too complicated to list here.

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Free Fantasy Short Story eBook

DLMcGyver-Blade of Truth-CoverMy second short story  in the Castle Keepers Tales Blade of Truth is enrolled in Kindle Select, and from now until Monday October 21st (12pm Pacific Time), it is FREE. The regular price is $0.99. Canadian residents can download it here, and those in the United States will find it here. Thank you for your downloads. Everyone counts.

Blade of Truth shares a pivotal story in Bronwyn Darrow’s early years. Readers of Shadows in the Stone will immediately recognise this man as one of the leading characters.

Summary: Bronwyn Darrow is a young dwarf eager to celebrate the end of his educational years and to embark on his future trade. He would love to ask the girl of his dreams to the celebrations, but he’s too shy. The morning of the big day he’s surprised when she asks him. Is this his dream date or his worst nightmare?

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Second at Amazon.ca in Anthologies

Wonderful news! Thanks to everyone who has downloaded my first anthology Nova Scotia – Life Near Water the book is ranked 2nd in Anthologies in Canada (Amazon.ca). It’s number 628 overall in the free Kindle store. (as of Sunday September 29, 2013, 1:50 pm Atlantic Time)

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Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. I appreciate your overwhelming support.

The short story collection ends its Free promotion at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time) today (Sunday September 29th). If you haven’t downloaded the book and would like to, Canadian residence can click here. Those in the United States click here. If you’re in another country, visit the Amazon website designated for there.

I’ve also have downloads in the United Kingdom, Denmark and Japan.

Again, thank you to everyone who has supported me and downloaded my book.

UPDATE: As of 5:25pm Atlantic Time, my anthology is number one in Canada. Wow. This is amazing! Thank you.

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Free eBook Download for Kindle

My short story collection Nova Scotia – Life Near Water is enrolled in Kindle Select, and from now until Sunday September 29th (12pm Pacific Time), it is FREE. The regular price is $2.99. Canadian residents can download it here, and those in the United States will find it here. Thank you for your downloads. Everyone counts. The paperback version will be available soon.

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Snappy Saturday #03

Diane Lynn TibertEach Saturday, I’ll post a free image for anyone to use on their website, blog, book cover, trailer…whatever. It is non-exclusive, and everyone can use it freely. All I ask is that you link back to my website if you use it on the Internet, giving me (Diane Lynn Tibert at http://dianetibert.com) credit.

You are welcome to leave a link to the page on your website where you used the image in the comment section below.

I’ll gather free images on their own page, so they’ll be easy to find.

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Snappy Saturday #02

Diane Lynn TibertEach Saturday, I’ll post a free image for anyone to use on their website, blog, book cover, trailer…whatever. It is non-exclusive, and everyone can use it freely. All I ask is that you link back to my website if you use it on the Internet, giving me (Diane Lynn Tibert at http://dianetibert.com) credit.

You are welcome to leave a link to the page on your website where you used the image in the comment section below.

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Each Saturday, I’ll post a free image for anyone to use on their website, blog, book cover, trailer…whatever. It is non-exclusive, and everyone can use it freely. All I ask is that you link back to my website if you use it on the Internet, giving me (Diane Lynn Tibert at http://dianetibert.com) credit.

You are welcome to leave a link to the page on your website where you used the image in the comment section below.

I’ll gather free images on their own page, so they’ll be easy to find.

Today’s free image is a weeping willow overhanging a pond. Similar and exclusive images of willows, ponds, bull rushes and ducks are found on the Pond page .

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Free Fantasy Novel by Yvonne Hertzberger

Do you love fantasy stories? Traditional, classic, epic fantasy novels?

Then you might be interested in the offerings of Yvonne Herzberger. For the next two days (including today), the two ebooks in her Earth’s Pendulum series—Back From Chaos and Through Kestrel’s Eyes—are free on Amazon.com.

Author Biography (snipped from Amazon, along with book covers)

Yvonne Hertzberger is a native of the Netherlands who immigrated to Canada in 1950. She is married with two grown children, (one married) and resides quietly in Stratford, Ontario with her spouse, Mark in a 130-year-old, tiny, brick cottage, where she plans to live out her retirement. She calls herself a jill-of-all-trades and a late bloomer. Her many past paid jobs included banking, day care, residential care for challenged children, hairdressing (her favourite) retail, and customer service. She enjoys gardening, singing, the theatre, decorating and socializing with friends and family.

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“The end is near!” cawed the crow.

About twenty-five years ago Penhorn Mall in Dartmouth was a hopping place with many unique stores. I loved shopping there: park once, walk a spacious mall with no stairs or escalators, be protected from the weather and pick up everything from groceries and alcohol to boots and tires. Woolco was on one end, Sears on the other and Sobeys was stuck midway. For a mall, I found it very relaxing even on Christmas Eve. Sure it was busy, but the people who shopped there were the neighbourhood-kind of people.

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“A free ebook!” exclaimed Jiggles.

Names. Our characters need them, but where do we find them? I’ve searched dozens of sources looking for perfect names, ones readers will remember easily and relate with. Often times I do find unique ones that suit the characters, but not always.

Sometimes my adult brain gets in the way of finding a great name. Perhaps I should start letting my kids pick them. They seem to have a knack for discovering the perfect name that describes a character, is unique and memorable. Their names – which are mostly gender neutral – for their pets stand out and make visitors smile.

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Sheila McDougall Has Completed Her First Novel

It’s easy to write a novel. Just ask anyone who hasn’t written one. They’ll tell you when they retire, they’ll write one and published it. They say this with such ease you’d think it was as simple as rising in the morning and dressing. After all, everyone who can put a few words on paper can write, so they’d be able to string together a few thousand words and write a novel. No problem.

And it isn’t a problem until they sit down to begin that first chapter.

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