Contest Winners! Book Sale!
First, as a thank-you to those who took the time to review The Last Whisper of the Gods, I have gone through the reviews at Amazon.com and randomly chosen three. The writers are eligible to receive a no obligations advance copy of Book 2, The Curse in the Gift. I'd love it if everyone getting an early copy of the book would take the time to pen a review once Amazon allows it (on the publication date of January 4) but this is not a requirement. Reviews are important to authors - there are some promotional opportunities that are only open to us if there are 5 or 10 or more reviews. It's also a good way to get feedback to me because I read every word of every review and I take seriously all the criticisms. I don't dismiss bad reviews out-of-hand unless it's clear that the reviewer has an ax to grind.
For obvious reasons, Amazon does not allow authors to contact reviewers directly. So I can't e-mail the recipients to let them know they can claim their copy. The best I can do is post their Amazon ID's here and ask them to drop me an e-mail. What do I need to get you a copy of The Curse in the Gift? A valid e-mail address and an indication of whether you'd like your copy to be in .mobi or .pdf format. I can also deliver a copy directly to a kindle but that's a little more involved. If you'd like that option, let me know and I'll tell you the additional steps needed.
The recipients are: Steve D, Michael Burnyeat, and Halaja. If you're one of those three people, please send an e-mail to email@example.com and identify yourself. (You'll get your copy within 24 hours.) Thanks to those three and the other five who took the time to write a review. It's deeply appreciated. If anyone is interested in receiving an advance copy of Book 2 for reviewing purposes, drop me an e-mail and I'll see what I can do (as long as you're legit and not trying to scam a free copy, I can accommodate you).
Today started a limited, one-week sale of The Last Whisper of the Gods. I have discounted the already low price of $2.99 to $0.99 for the period of December 20-26. This is to capitalize on the pre-Christmas and post-Christmas market. More importantly, however, it's an opportunity for those who haven't read the book to get a copy in advance of the release of Book 2. On December 27, the book will return to its normal $2.99 price.
One question I occasionally get is whether I get paid for those who borrow the book for free using the Kindle Unlimited program. Yes, I do. Ironically, I actually get more for a borrowed book than I do for a sale (primarily because $2.99 is pretty cheap).
If you have any questions about the book, e-mail them. I'll post them with an answer here. With the end-of-the-year movie rush, it's a busy time, but I'm never too busy to talk about The Last Whisper of the Gods. For those of you who have started or finished the novel, I hope it has drawn you in. For those who haven't, it won't get any cheaper than it is now. If you have any interest, now's the time to nab a copy.