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Two Sci-Fi Audiobooks Giveaway

Want to win copies of two of my science fiction/alternate history/time travel novels? I’m giving away 15 coupons for each novel to download them from Audible, and the giveaway will be open until May 2, 2014. All you have to do is click on the rafflecopter widget at the bottom of the post to enter.

out of  time

In the 2150s, a scientist discovers time is actually fluid; past, present, and future all exist at the same time. What he doesn’t know, is if the current timeline can change when something is changed in the past. The U.S. government wants him to find out. The theme being to make right what once went wrong.

Narrated by actor Michael C. Gwynne, who had voiceovers in films such as Jaws…..

On Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Out-of-Time-Audiobook/B00F57TNFG

 

beyond the new frontier

In this combination of the novels New Frontier and Final Frontier, this is the story of alternate timelines, partial political thriller, and time travel, in which a United States President is kept from being assassinated, but there are other unintended consequences as a result.

In 1976, Ronald Reagan becomes President of the United States, declares the U.S. will plant a base on the moon by 1980 and a base on Mars by 1989. The Iranian Hostage Crisis occurs, but Reagan issues a stronger response, but as a result, Osama bin Laden rises to power earlier than he normally would have in the prime timeline.

Meanwhile, The Soviet Union decides to build a starship that will travel to the stars because they want to one-up the United States, but as is usually the case, nothing seems to go right.

In the early 1990s the U.S. and the Russians join forces, which leads the joint venture to the other side of the galaxy by means of a wormhole. When they attempt to return to Earth, they find themselves in the past, where they try to fix certain events in the past while they wait for history in general to catch up to where they launched the joint mission to begin with. Things go wrong as events do not play out as planned and numerous cases of unintended consequences result from the multiple attempts at fixing the timeline.

 On  Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Beyond-the-New-Frontier-Audiobook/B00GSX96KS/

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Novel sales stats for 2012

First off, Happy New Year 2013 to everyone and a big thank you to all those out there who bought/downloaded a copy of one of my novels. I thought I’d blog again this year about how many sales/free downloads my novels had this year. My marketing/promoting consisted mostly of using Twitter, Facebook groups/pages, joining up with a couple Christian author groups to Tweet, and going to message boards. I did some giveaways for ebooks, like on Librarything, and sent some personal acquaintances/relatives paperback copies of Times of Trouble (which actually did help some with visibility), along with a little more than a handful of review copies to a couple of book bloggers, two of which actually gave me a review. I also tried blog interviews early in the year, along with the occasional paid post about my books, but overall, I’d say 99% of my sales would probably be from word-of-mouth. My sales on Barnes and Noble increased by a lot this year, up to 40-50 ebooks sold a month compared to 2 or 3 a month in 2011.  My number one seller is the United States, followed by the UK, Canada, Australia, and then everyone else, mostly Western/Northern Europe, but I did manage to get an Amazon Kindle sale from Japan, which was a borrow for Beyond the New Frontier, and 2 sales on Diesel from South Africa. This is without the updated numbers from Smashwords concerning Apple, Sony, or Diesel from December.

Here’s the numbers for each book in order of publication:

Out of Time
Kindle(ASIN B006GDO3BC): 1107
Barnes & Noble Nook: 37
Kobo, which includes WH Smith, Angus & Robertson, and Chapters Indigo: 42
Apple: 51
Sony: 4
Smashwords: 2 paid, 64 free
Paperback (ISBN:1453896961) : 8

Don’t Mess With Earth
Kindle(ASIN B005OOKZJI): 52
Nook: 39
Kobo: 2
Apple: 5
Diesel: 1
Smashwords: 2 paid, 47 free
Paperback(ISBN 978-1602643413): 2

The Usurper
Kindle(ASIN B007K9WDA4): 92 paid, 518 Select downloads (January – March)
Nook: 47
Kobo: 4
Apple: 14
Smashwords: 1 paid, 18 free
Paperback (ISBN 1453702725): 12

Shattered Earth
Kindle(ASIN B006M2U3O8) – 8 sales, unpublished it, but will bring it back this year
Nook: 48
Kobo: 20
Apple: 52
Smashwords: 1 sale, 61 free
Paperback (probably only available on Amazon, since I retired it on Createspace): 3

Dust Storm (western short story) – plagued by Smashwords’ meatgrinder, so it wasn’t published to Apple or Sony until later in the year. Sold on Kobo once I uploaded there myself.
Kindle(ASIN B006KH7H4E): 9
Nook: 7
Kobo: 1
Apple: 1
Sony: 1
Smashwords: 2 paid, 12 free

Voyager and the Aliens (sci-fi short story)
Kindle(ASIN B005NK19MU): 14
Nook: 2
Kobo: 5
Apple: 9
Diesel: 1
Smashwords: 1 paid, 27 free

New Frontier
Kindle(ASIN B006ONBPVU): 99
Nook: 58
Kobo: 2
Apple: 7
Sony: 1
Smashwords: 5 paid, 62 free
Baker & Taylor Blio: 1
Paperback (ISBN 1468119540): 18

Times of Trouble
Kindle(ASIN B0075CNFFI): 309
Nook: 343
Kobo: 1
Apple: 0
Sony: 0
Smashwords: 128 free
Paperback (ISBN-10: 1469964791) 43

Times of Trial
Kindle(ASIN B00824G5UA): 99
Nook: 120
Kobo: 3
Apple: 0
Sony (for some reason, not available on Sony): 0
Smashwords: 31 free
Paperback(ISBN-10 147745327X): 5

Final Frontier – published in October
Kindle(ASIN B009ORP5U0): 26
Nook: 22
Kobo: 0
Apple: 0
Sony: 0
Smashwords: 0
Paperback (ISBN-10: 1481192191): 0

Beyond the New Frontier – combo of New & Final Frontier, available on Amazon to borrow for free or buy for $3.99
Kindle paid(ASIN B009NVH76M): 28, KDP Select: 724, Borrows: 2
Paperback (ISBN-10: 1480185590): 1

The total equals 1694 free and 2858 paid sales. My goal for 2013 is to double the paid sales without having to rely on free giveaways as much. I’m also working on a prequel to Times of Trouble, most likely called “Times of Turmoil.” I also re-designed a whole new author website on weebly. I was using webs.com, but it was way too clunky, but Weebly seems to be pretty user-friendly. Please check it out http://cliffball-indieauthor.weebly.com when you have time (waiting for domain name transfer, so it night re-direct back to webs.com). Now, I just have to figure out how to transfer my domain name over to it.

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20 Free eBooks for Christmas

Merry Christmas

FREE Downloads

(Note date each book is Free – dates vary!)

MAID FOR MURDER: Deadly Business

FREE Dec. 24 – 25

Genre: humorous inspirational mystery

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Author: Susette Williams

Bailey inherits her grandfather’s business, Maid For You, but cleaning up dead body parts wasn’t part of the job description. Bailey hopes to wipe out crime with the help of Nate, her computer hacker assistant, despite protests of their involvement in the case from Detective Max Wellington.

When Bailey catches the culprits arranging to dispose of another body, she’s out to help the two of them dig their own grave and if she’s lucky, Detective Max Wellington will keep them from arranging her funeral.

Maid for Murder is a trilogy that begins with Deadly Business. The story continues throughout the trilogy as Bailey uncovers deception, corruption and a few secrets that may forever change her life. As the threads of deceit unravel, the murders begin to break out like a case of Bubonic Plague.

Bailey is a Christian, struggling to keep on the path she knows is right, fighting the temptation of the hunky Detective Max Wellington who would like nothing more than to take her into protective custody, for more than just interfering in police business.

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ACCIDENTAL MEETING

FREE Dec. 21 – 22 & Dec. 24 – 25

Genre: inspirational romance

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Author: Susette Williams

Abbey Martin isn’t willing to be the kind of ‘player’ her boss wants her to be. When he threatens to not promote her because she refuses to get in ‘compromising’ positions, she quits.

If a day can go from bad to worse, it does for Abbey. She runs into Bruce Harrington on her way home—literally.

Bruce Harrington was on his way to a very important meeting. That was until a raving lunatic with brown, bouncy hair spiraled towards him in her car and then on foot. Maybe he should count it a blessing that when she sent him cascading over the side of the embankment—he wasn’t in his car.

To make amends for causing Bruce to break a leg, Abbey becomes his chauffeur and helpmate until he recovers.

When his cast is about to come off he has to face losing Abbey. There has to be some way he can keep her from walking out of his life forever. If a job offer won’t do it then perhaps it’s time for a proposal.

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FALLING IN LOVE

FREE Dec. 21 – 25

Genre: inspirational romance

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Author: Susette Williams

Katie Morgan has her future planned. It doesn’t include becoming serious about anyone before she achieves her goals, not even her handsome boss. Just because she does not have time to date, doesn’t mean her boss shouldn’t. Her new mission…to make her boss happy, whether or not he wants to be.

Wade McAlester fell in love with Katie the first day she walked into his clinic looking for a job. He hired her, content to settle for friendship until she lives out her dream of becoming a vet. Against his better judgment, Wade allows her to fix him up with a couple of her friends. The dates are disastrous. He can’t believe the kind of women Katie seems to think he’d enjoy spending his life with. However, when Wade’s old colleague, Dr. Laura Redmond shows up, Katie is rethinking how happy she wants her boss to be, and with whom. Definitely not the gorgeous doctor.

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ON MY OWN

FREE Dec. 21 – 25

Genre: middle grade fiction

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Author: Susette Williams

On My Own is the second book in the Life With Stef series. In book 1, The ‘In’ Crowd, Stef learned about forgiveness and friendship.

In book 2, On My Own, Stef realizes that being alone for the first time can be scary. When Stephanie’s parents trust her to be on her own and even baby-sit for her brother and sister, there’s more than shadows spooking her and what about the mysterious phone calls and the man outside?

Stephanie finds out that being On My Own isn’t that easy.

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HELL’S CHRISTMAS

FREE Dec. 21 – 25

Genre: fiction

http://ow.ly/g9htV

Author: Cynthia P. Willow

Monika Hell seemed to have it all. She was gorgeous, owned a nice condo, an expensive car, an endless wardrobe, and had a great job as a store manager in the mall. But, she was mean, miserable, and worst of all, hated Christmas. Kidnapped from the mall parking lot on Christmas Eve, her life is turned upside down. Now, on Christmas morning, she finds herself in a freezing alley with nothing but the tattered clothes on her back. With no identification, no money, and no one willing to help, Monika is forced to start all over. Could losing everything she’d worked for all her life lead her to find what’s been missing all along?

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CRY FOR THE MOON

FREE Dec. 21 – 25

Genre: young adult Christian fantasy

http://ow.ly/g9gQC  Kindle

http://ow.ly/gbmzb  (Other formats)

Author: William Woodall

Zach Trewick has a hard choice to make. His family expects him to become a werewolf on the night of the next full moon, whether he likes it or not, and he’s got only three days left before time runs out. Scrambling to find a way to stay human, Zach quickly makes a bold plan to run away from home and find his uncle Justin nearly a thousand miles away in Texas, the only person he can think of who might take him in. Stowing away in a septic tank, sleeping in a library, and living in a dog house on a vacant lot are among the adventures he encounters along the way. But the werewolves have no intention of letting him escape so easily. For although he doesn’t know it yet, Zach is the Curse-Breaker, the long-foretold boy who can crush the wolf curse forever, and his family will stop at nothing to prevent that.

Nominated for the 2010 Texas Lone Star Reading List for excellence in young adult literature and scoring 4.3 stars from 39 reviews on Amazon, Cry for the Moon is the first book in the Last Werewolf Hunter series. The series is suitable for middle-graders and up, since it contains only mild violence and little to no gore. It has more to do with Zach’s ultimate choice to become the last werewolf hunter in the world, and to break the Curse forever.

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UNCLOUDED DAY

FREE Dec. 21 – 25

Genre: young adult Christian fantasy

http://ow.ly/gbmy7  Coupon Code: QU39K

Author: William Woodall

Brian Stone’s life isn’t easy. Abandoned by his father, abused by his alcoholic mother, and mocked by his classmates, his only treasures are his beloved little brother and his old guitar. Then Brian finds a magical amulet in his attic, and things begin to change. Soon he has more power and wealth than he’s ever dreamed of, and for a while all seems to be well. But Brian has made a terrible mistake which may cost him everything, and his only hope is to seek out the Fountain at the Heart of the World, wherever that may be. And if he fails, then it will mean the death of every person he loves, and maybe even his own. This book is a tale about the glory of God’s love; the life-giving Life, and the Beauty that makes beautiful.

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TYCHO

FREE Dec. 21 – 25

Genre: young adult sci-fi

http://ow.ly/gbmwW  Coupon Code:  AL44G

Author: William Woodall

In the year 2154, sixteen year old Tycho McGrath is an advanced genetics student at the prestigious John Brooke Academy in Tampa. Life seems fairly dull, until he accidentally discovers that in less than a week, a recently designed bacterium known as the Orion Strain will almost certainly wipe out every human being on earth. Tycho and his friends quickly form a desperate plan to steal an experimental spacecraft and flee to the partially-terraformed Moon, hoping to ride out the plague until it’s safe to come home. But the survivors of Earth soon discover that the Moon has its own dangers. Horrific storms, radiation poisoning, and mutant insects all lie in wait, and worst of all, they must soon face the betrayal of one of their own. Will Tycho and the others find their way back to Earth, or will they be trapped forever on the dying Moon?

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LYCENTIA: Harrak’s Scrolls

FREE Dec. 21 & 22

Genre: historical fantasy

http://ow.ly/g9ib5

Author: Dave King

Patrik, the recalcitrant innkeeper and Galena, his younger daughter, load up the wagon, lock up The Lonely Fox Inn and head east for Lycentia. The goal? To hand-deliver Harrak’s scrolls, the ones Patrik discovered in a musty cave, to Oliver III, the Netherene High Priest. The problem? The scrolls are not what Patrik thinks they are! But how, if at all, can Patrik discover the truth before it’s too late? Lycentia: Harrak’s Scrolls – book two of The Land of Betrovia trilogy

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The 15th Star

FREE Dec. 21 – 23

Genre: historical adventure

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Author: Lisa Grace

Set during the War of 1812:

In the fall of 1809 Grace Wisher, a young slave girl, escapes the plantation to live her life in the port city of Baltimore, Maryland. She is indentured to Mary Pickersgill who teaches her the skill of sewing flags and standards. Yet Grace is hiding a terrible secret, one men will murder for even hundreds of years later.

In the present, Keiko Zorben is finishing her master’s degree by working as an intern at the Smithsonian Institute. While archiving mislabeled letters, she finds a clue to the whereabouts of the missing star from the Star Spangled Banner. For over two hundred years its location has been a real-life mystery, until now.

Keiko asks the handsome Dr. Julian Lone Wolf, the head of the American Indian Studies Department, to join her on her search for the missing star.

When a docent is murdered and an attempt is made on their lives, Keiko and Julian realize finding the missing star and the secret it holds, is their only key to survival.

“The 15th Star” has been compared by first readers as a mix of “National Treasure” meets “1776″.

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Nadia’s Hope

FREE Dec. 24 & 25

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Inspirational romance

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Author: Lisa Buffaloe

The nightmares continue.

Memories won’t heal.

Nadia must make a choice.

Nadia Minsky fled Israel to escape her past, but she can’t outrun her nightmares. The throbbing scars along her hip and stomach are cruel reminders of shattered dreams. Even though surgeons mended her body, her spirit still bleeds. Friends claim only God can heal her. For Nadia, trusting a God who allowed her to suffer is inconceivable.

Can close friends, a wild roommate, and a handsome medical student help Nadia learn to trust? Or will her past forever cripple her future?

Nadia’s Hope Awards

2010 Women of Faith Writing Contest Finalist

Runner-up for Women’s Fiction, 2010 (ACFW)

American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Contest

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Grace for the Char-Baked

FREE Dec. 21 – 23

Genre: Christian Romance

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Author: Lisa Buffaloe

A light-hearted novella where a self-avowed-worst-cook-ever accepts a challenge to hold a bake sale and cooks up love instead.

With “Char” as a nickname, Charlotte Wilson’s cooking skills are more incendiary than culinary. Charlotte is the last person on earth who should run a bake sale. But when her plans of running in a charity marathon are side-lined by a broken foot, her old flame’s suggestion becomes a challenge midst her friend’s simmering doubts.

Luke Hammond has spent the last five years studying and preparing to travel overseas as a medical missionary. When his high school sweetheart unexpectedly comes back in his life, Luke wrestles with what he feels God calling him to be and what he wants to do. His reappearance rekindles an attraction that could char Luke and Charlotte’s heart or cook up the perfect romance.

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TIMES OF TROUBLE

FREE Dec. 21 – 25

Genre: Christian Futuristic

http://ow.ly/gbmvG  Coupon Code: EU28Q

Author: Cliff Ball

Told in first person point of view by Brian Atwood, who is our main character and works for the FBI. His work involves potential cases of terrorism. Recruited to become personal bodyguard for the President. His faith as a Christian is tested daily working for the President. We follow Brian as the U.S. slowly disintegrates around hm.

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“Guitar String Logic”

FREE Dec. 24 & 25

Genre: Music Theory and Guitar Instructional Book

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Author: Skysun Stambaugh

A beginner’s guide to the guitar from the music shop to writing solid songs with fundamental music theory principles. Includes text, diagrams, explanations, examples, and tips.

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TRUSTING GOD WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN

FREE Dec. 21 – 23

Genre: Christian nonfiction

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Author: Shelley Hitz

“This book has Biblical answers to the ‘Why?’ we are hearing so much today after the shooting tragedy in Connecticut. Thank you, Shelley, for the timeliness and wisdom.” ~Barbara

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CHASING THE TEXAS WIND

FREE Dec. 21 & 22

Genre: Historical Romance

http://ow.ly/gbmsa  Coupon Code: TH56W

Author: Mary Campagna Findley

“Wounded war hero” Hamilton Jessup married celebrity singer Maeve Collinswood without realizing her marriage of convenience proposal would plunge him into a personal and patriotic crisis. Texas faced war with Mexico. A mysterious “Endgame Scenario” set Ham to puzzling Texas’ future. Maeve drew him into a passionate alliance, a deadly confrontation, and a reliance on God he had never imagined.

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ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM

FREE Dec. 21 & 22

Genre: Nonfiction Contemporary Issues and Scientific History

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Author: Mary Campagna Findley

The Bible is a Book of Science Secular Humanism is a Religion of Mythology Antidisestablishmentarianism. As the title of a book it is a little cumbersome, a little intimidating, except that it’s absolutely essential to the discussion of Secular Humanism as America’s Established religion and how we can disestablish it.

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NEHEMIAH, LLC

FREE Dec. 21 & 22

Genre: Science Fiction

http://ow.ly/gbmmZ  Coupon Code: LX33P

Author: Mary Campagna Findley

The surface of Mars is swept by violent storms but the Nehemiah Group lives almost idyllically beneath the surface in “Glop-dropped” parks and sandblasted living quarters. Life support has failed on the balloon ship Sojourner. Joan, bioneural specialist and Anthony Lewis, an engineer and something more, must tread a fine political and diplomatic line to meet the launch window.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL – THE TEMPTATION

FREE Dec. 21 – 25

Genre: young adult fiction

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Author: Paul Swearingen

A black teenager is forced to move to a small town but realizes that with the help of new friends he may be able to leave the bad influences behind and concentrate on football. But part of his past catches up with him. Then temptation, in the forms of a potential burglary and a till-tapping opportunity, presents itself – and he knows he has tough choices to make.

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BABEL

FREE Dec. 21 – 25

Genre: romance/Biblical fiction

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Author: Sherry Chamblee

Her secret could doom the world. His honesty could save it.

Jaiyl grew up alone and afraid, feeling the emotions of everyone around her as if they were her own. Being part of a nomadic tribe meant she came in contact with many different people, but was connected to none of them, until she met a family that was different; people who knew God in a way she had never thought possible.

She must come to trust God, or doom the world.

Van knew there was an entire world out there beyond his mountains, but he could never quite bring himself to get up and go see it. Then someone from out there came to him. He gets thrown into a fight he didn’t start, with powerful people who don’t want to be found. He has to figure out what really conquers all, before it’s too late.

Jaiyl is all secrets and fear, Van has nothing to hide, nothing to fear. Together they must fight for the freedom of those they love.

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December Treats Promo

DECEMBER TREATS

Here are some Treats too good to pass up!

9 FREE books and 13 others for only $.99 each!

THE “IN” CROWD (Life With Stef) by Susette Williams

FREE! Dec. 4-8 http://ow.ly/fNCoA

WINTER CHILL (Seasons of the Heart) by Susette Williams

FREE! Dec. 7&8 http://ow.ly/fNCuQ


Cry for the Moon by William Woodall

FREE! Dec. 4-8 http://ow.ly/fNC7L

PATTY GAYLE AND THE LEGEND OF KINGSLEY by Cynthia P. Willow

FREE! Dec. 4-8 http://ow.ly/fNLB6

Pibbin the Small by Gloria Repp

FREE! Dec. 4-8 http://ow.ly/fNLRB

The Story Shell: Book Two in Tales of Friendship Bog by Gloria Repp

99cents! Dec. 4-8 http://ow.ly/fNDou

Some Happy Day by Elaine Littau

FREE! Dec. 6&7 http://ow.ly/fNDlL

Betrovia by Dave King

FREE! Dec. 6-8 http://ow.ly/fNE2t

21 Days of Gratitude Challenge by Shelley Hitz

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Charlie’s Angel by Samantha Fury

ONLY $.99! Dec. 4-8 http://ow.ly/fNEsa

Emaline’s Gift by Brad Francis

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Times of Trouble by Cliff Ball

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Times of Trial by Cliff Ball

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Wheels of Love (Breaking Dawn Book Series) by Amy Leah Magaw

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Home (Breaking Dawn Book Series) by Amy Leah Magaw

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Lycentia by Dave King

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The Book of the Harvest by Brad Francis

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Forgiveness Formula by Shelley Hitz

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How to Find Free Christian Books Online by Shelley Hitz

ONLY $.99 via Amazon! http://ow.ly/fNEzQ

Free via Smashwords and BN! Dec. 4-8

Retreat to Folly by Missy Fillion

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For Animal Lovers by Kim Cano

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HELL’S CHRISTMAS by Cynthia P. Willow

ONLY $.99! Dec. 4-8 http://ow.ly/fNCMN

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New Release: Final Frontier

Final Frontier is the sequel to the novel I published last year, New Frontier. Currently available for $2.99 on Kindle(ASIN: B009ORP5U0), SmashwordsNook, and Kobo. Also, Times of Trouble is currently going for $.99 on Kindle (ASIN:B0075CNFFI) (but is available in paperback and on other e-book platforms), and Out of Time, my time travel novel is always $.99 (on all ebook platforms). Update: all of my ebooks, but Beyond the New Frontier, are $.99 for the month on Kindle.

What it’s about:

In this sequel to New Frontier, the USS Lewis & Clark begin their search for the Soviet starship Yuri Gagarin. They find the wormhole that the Gagarin went through twelve years earlier and decide to go through it. On the other side, the crew of the Lewis & Clark find a solar system that used to be populated by aliens known as Pictorians, but they’re no longer there. Neither is the crew of the Gagarin. So, the Lewis & Clark is flown back through the wormhole to report back to Earth.

Unfortunately, something is wrong, they find themselves 30 years in the past. As they struggle to wait for their future to catch up, the crew of the Lewis & Clark make changes to certain events, but they cause unintended consequences; including making another alien species mad enough to forbid humans from traveling beyond the Sol System. Find out what happens in this conclusion of the New Frontier series.

Also available is the combined versions of both novels, which is available to borrow for free for Amazon Prime Memebers, called Beyond the New Frontier (ASIN: B009NVH76M) and is currently free until the end of Thursday, the 11th of October. Tops out at 84,779 words.

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Sales for 2011

Now that I’m pretty sure I have all the sales numbers in for all platforms, I’d like to share how many novels I sold or had downloaded last year as an independent author, to give encouragement to those that aren’t sure they can do it. I’ve been doing this for about 4 years, 1 1/2 of which I’ve actually put any effort at trying to promote my novels, since I’ve written three in that time span. Last year, I sold or had D/L’s of 24,151, in 2010 – 520, 2009 – 68, and in 2008 – 37.  Here are the numbers for 2011 for each book and where, from first book or short story published in order to latest:

Amazon (which combines US & UK sales, link to US though)
Out of Time – 2238 (free and paid)
Don’t Mess With Earth – 692
The Usurper - 13,310 (free and paid) (currently free to borrow in Lending Library)
Shattered Earth – 6637 (free and paid)
Voyager & The Aliens – 9
Dust Storm – 0
New Frontier (published December 20, 2011) – 4

Apple
Out of Time – 77
Don’t Mess With Earth – 10
The Usurper – 3
Shattered Earth – 55
Voyager & The Aliens – 2

Barnes & Noble
Out of Time – 51
Don’t Mess With Earth – 175
The Usurper – 180 (currently exclusive to amazon ’til March 7)
Shattered Earth – 81
Voyager & The Aliens -
Dust Storm -
New Frontier – 1

Createspace paperback (which were sold on Amazon or other bookstore sites)
Out of Time – 9
The Usurper – 48
Shattered Earth – 21
New Frontier -

iUniverse (original publisher of Out of Time paperback)
Out of Time – 5

Kobo
Out of Time – 30
Don’t Mess With Earth – 1
The Usurper – 4
Shattered Earth – 7
Voyager & The Aliens
New Frontier

Smashwords (free and paid)
Out of Time – 25
Don’t Mess With Earth – 27
The Usurper – 176
Shattered Earth – 239
Voyager & The Aliens – 151
Dust Storm – 2
New Frontier – 1

Sony
Out of Time – 8
Don’t Mess With Earth – 1
The Usurper – 5
Shattered Earth – 16
Voyager & The Aliens – 18

Virtualbookworm.com (original publisher of Don’t Mess With Earth paperback)
Don’t Mess With Earth – 7

So, with a lot of hard work and determination, this is what I sold. I know, not the #’s of some of the bigger names in indie publishing, but I feel like I’m accomplishing something.

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Sales Experiment for October

For October, I decided to make two of my novels go free on Amazon(only in the US) just to see what would happen, by making them free on Smashwords, which made them free on Sony, Apple, Kobo, etc. I also had them distributed to B&N, but I don’t have any sale/download figures for anything yet except for Amazon, Smashwords itself, and my novels that I’ve published through Pubit on B&N.

Amazon US
Out of Time – 25 actual sales, 1780 free downloads
Don’t Mess With Earth – 8
Shattered Earth – 71 actual sales, 6,217 free downloads
The Usurper – 41
Voyager and the Aliens – 2

Amazon UK
Out of Time – 19
Don’t Mess With Earth – 4
Shattered Earth – 2

B&N Nook (through Pubit)
Out of Time – 2
Don’t Mess With Earth – 4
The Usurper – 2

Smashwords (as free e-books just on that site)
Shattered Earth – 104
Out of Time – 15
Voyager and the Aliens – 141

3 paperback copies sold: The Usurper, Shattered Earth, and Out of Time. My novels are also sold through Apple, Sony, & Kobo.

8139 novels downloaded for free (giving me a little over 10k books bought or downloaded this year, and 11,100 total all time). That’s astounding to me, and I really would’ve preferred those to have been at regular prices (almost a year’s salary! lol), but I just thought I’d try to see what would happen. While sales continued for Shattered Earth, I don’t think it helped the sales of any of my other novels, and I don’t think I’m going to do free again, unless its giveaways or coupons on Smashwords.

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