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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The Results of the Free Promotion

LifeNearWaterComingSoonOver the weekend I ran a promotion at Amazon for Nova Scotia – Life Near Water. It was only the second time I had enrolled a book in the Kindle Direct Publishing Select Program (KDP). The first time was back in 2011.

This time I watched the numbers as readers freely download the anthology to give me an idea of how things worked. Over the course of the three days, my book went from cricket-chirping land (I had published it only a few days beforehand) to number one in Canada in the free anthology category.

Here are the overall results of books downloaded:

United States: 27

Canada: 17

United Kingdom: 6

Denmark: 2

Japan: 1

Only 53 books were downloaded, but that was enough to drive me to the top position in Canada and 458th place overall across all categories. The highest point in the United States had me sitting at 35th in anthologies (6,169 overall).

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Kindle Select…is it worth it in the long run?

When I offered my novel, Shadows in the Stone, for sale on Kindle (Amazon.com), I was given the choice to enrol it in Kindle Select. I didn’t know a lot about the program but opted out of using because it didn’t sound good to me.

The basics of it is:

1) Enrol your book in Kindle Select exclusively. Which means if you have your book for sale anywhere else on the Internet, you must remove it before your book is entered into the program. Period. From what I understand, you can’t even sell it on your own website.

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