Friday, January 29, 2016

Free Horror Story Sample Online


Pages Up at Goodreads

The prologue for my upcoming horror novel, Hallowmass, is available for your viewing pleasure over at Goodreads. Depending on the response, I may add up to two more gratis, bargain, discount, free chapters. Here's the blurb:

Party-loving grad student Mercy O'Connor must choose to set down the mimosas and follow in her family's footsteps by learning powerful magic, the only weapon that can check the diabolical warlocks of Dunwich, Massachusetts and their scheme to see all life on the planet eradicated by monstrous beings. Aided by a country & western loving Zulu security guard, Mercy must first find the belief, then the confidence, then the courage to battle her terrifying foes and stop the earth from being drug into another dimension.

Cover art is on the way here. I'm setting the book up for pre-order on Amazon for an April 30th release. Lovecraft fans may recognize that day as Walpurgis Night, a fitting launch date for a horror novel.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Horror Story Sample Uploads Soon


Friday is the day and Goodreads is the Place

A successful Kindle promo for Fifty Shades of Zane Grey concluded Monday. If you missed your chance, know that the e-version will be discounted over on Smashwords. Yes, the bargains never stop as the romantic story of young Anna Ironhead and wealthy Lash Grey may be obtained at a lower price pending the March 3 Smashwords release. As an aside, if you like reading on your phone, then Smashwords is a most friendly place.

Now on to Hallowmass. (No link yet, just italics.) Cover art is cooking away and should be ready for display quite soon. On Friday, January 29, the prologue will up up at my Goodreads page. (A link will be provided in two short days.) The story of a party girl grad student who must put down her mimosas and battle a malicious warlock for the fate of the Earth is set for an April 30th release. Ah, but you've heard that before. And well you have. But I want to take advantage of Goodreads Book Giveaway as well as the Amazon Kindle Direct Pre-Order. (Starting, I hope, in February.)

I'd rather be writing, but an unprompted book does no one any good.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Bookangel Review Features Fifty Shades of Zane Grey

Book Review

Discount Kindle Edition Praised

Many thanks to Bookangel for their fine appraisal of Fifty Shades of Zane Grey. (I'm also the featured book at this very moment.) I'm delighted to cite their words which included:

"For. . .  those who don't take 50 Shades seriously . . . this is very funny, very very silly and [the author] knows it. The story revels in it's own daftness, and the phrase 'completely cracked' came to mind several times while reading. . . . Potential audiences would be anyone who likes adult humor, anyone who wants to see Fifty Shades get skewered, and readers who like satire or parody or just downright silly books."

Read the whole thing at this very spot.

Free Kindle Book Breaks Top Fifty

Amazon Bargain eBook #47 in Westerns

Fifty Shades of Zane Grey ascends in the west while rising higher in the top free eBooks on all of Kindle. This humorous Old West tale of a young woman's search for self-confidence and romance while battling multiple personalities—including an Inner Canadian Goose—has taken the world of bargain books by storm. Actually not a storm; more of a crisp rain with heavy gusts. Nonetheless, only four days remain to advantage yourself of this astounding discount. And bargain. A discount and a bargain eBook, as I've been instructed to type by SEO people.

Fifty Shades of Black Attacks

Least you think the spoofing of Fifty Shades of Grey has evaporated, Marlon Wayans will be lampooning the mega hit book and film starting next week on January 29. Funny trailer.

h/t: Movieclips Trailers

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fifty Shades of Zane Grey Rising in Kindle Romance


Amazon Category Switch to Romance/Western Boosts Downloads

That's just a guess. I switched 50ZG from Satire and Humor to the above category for my five-day free Kindle giveaway. At first, I thought it a dumb move, trying to improve my rating. But so far this first morning I'm at #116 with a bullet as they used to say in the music trade. 

If you haven't read Fifty Shades of Zane Grey, now is an excellent time to obtain a free copy and enjoy the Old West tale of young Anna Ironhead, who struggles to learn that passion comes in many shades but true love is a primary color. And also that a broken heart hurts less than an Arapaho arrow.

Many thanks to the following sites for promoting 50ZG on their free Kindle lists:

Bargain! Discount! Free eBook! These are vital keywords. I'll post more updates soon.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Free Kindle Copy of Fifty Shades of Zane Grey Romance

Romantic Comedy Giveaway Starts Thursday

Humor, passion, a love triangle—make that a love quadrangle—beset the heroine of this complicated hilarious tale set in the Old West. And if you own a fine e reader, feel free to download yourself a free copy between Thursday and Monday midnight Pacific Time Jan. 21 to the 25. If the spirit moves you, please leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads and beef up my algorithms. 

Having just learned that my Kindle Direct membership ends in early February, I'm using up all my free promotional giveaway days and readers like you are the beneficiaries. Here's what I had to say over at Goodreads:

Free Kindle Copy of Fifty Shades of Zane Grey

JP Mac
Event for JP Mac (edit)

Date:January 21, 2016    12:00AM -- January 25, 2016    12:00AM
RSVP by:January 25, 2016    11:59PM 
Venue:Amazon Page for Fifty Shades of Zane Grey, US
Added by:JP Mac


Gallup along with a free Kindle version of this romantic comedy in which shy dishwasher Anna Ironhead is courted by wealthy Old West railroad tycoon Lash Grey. Will young Anna fall for the passionate pleadings of her wealthy suitor and his mysterious Trap Room? Or will one of Anna's cowboy beaus win her heart? More laughs than lewd, this humorous romantic tale twists and turns as Anna struggles to learn that while passion comes in many shades, true love is a primary color.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Smashwords 2015 Publishing Survey

Prices, Preorders, and the State of .99

Amazon is king, but what about Smashwords? This eBook distribution platform follows in the wake of the Big A, but still generates decent sales. If you must know, I'm on Smashwords and I find it a pleasant place.

Erica Verrillo lists the latest data crunched for last year and there are interesting bits of info for the eBook author. For example, Romance, Erotica, YA and Teen Fiction are the top three in fiction categories.

And $1.99 remains the Tartarus of pricing.

Read more over at Publishing . . . and Other Forms of Insanity.

Friday, January 01, 2016

New Year's Writing Tips

When not spotting Chinese subs for the Navy,  the blimp is a common New Year's Day sight above Los Angeles. 

Noteworthy Resolutions for 2016

Welcome to a new year, so bright and filled with promise; so clean and sparkling; not like that old bag 2015. Still, last year wasn't terrible. I completed and published my first soft cover, Fifty Shades of Zane Grey. And I concluded my first horror novel, Hallowmass. (Coming soon, really.) On this bright Los Angeles morning, the Goodyear Blimp circling to the northeast over the Rose Bowl, my thoughts turn toward improving this year's fiction output. Here are three fresh avenues:

Book Trailers

I've been wanting to try this for awhile. If nothing else, a decent trailer helps your author discoverability.  The Creative Penn lists eleven steps for making your book trailer using Windows MovieMaker. They include writing out a script and using Google Key Words for your metadata.  

Book Trailer Using iMovie is a short video by Felisha Melendez that walks Mac users through the process .

The Write Life  by Henry Herz lists three free apps authors can employ to craft their visual pitch.

Keep an eye out for my efforts. This sounds like fun!

Audio Books

A growing market. Here is some 2015 data from Publishing Trends:

". . . the majority of audiobooks being produced are fiction. The average listener is 30+ years old, educated and affluent. [Recorded Books CEO Rich Freese] also said while people continue to primarily listen in cars, they 'are now listening to audiobooks on their portable devices while exercising, doing housework, and pretty much anything that you can imagine where this sort of multi-tasking is possible.'"

Naturally, Amazon make it easy for authors to convert the printed word to zeros and ones via ACX Audiobook Creation Exchange.

Whatever I decide, I want Paul Rugg to read The Little Book of Big Enlightenment.

Erica Verillo's Website

Author Verillo offers a slew of practical advice for fellow scribes. Browse around Publishing . . . and Other Forms of Insanity and you'll find a list of reviewers willing to read self-published material, free contests, agents open to clients, and much more.

So I've got my hands full launching my next book, marketing those already out, and learning some new skills. Hope your 2016 is shaping up to be a grand productive time.

h/t: Movieclips

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