APG Freebies are coming

Dear reader,

Several writers from the Alexandria Publishing Group will have books for free over the weekend from September 14-16.

Among those are:

The coming storm by Valerie Douglas

Elon of Aerilann, Elven advisor to the High King of Men, helped negotiate the treaty between Elves, Dwarves and men. He suddenly finds that fragile truce threatened from without by an unknown enemy and from within by old hatreds and prejudice. With the aid of his true-friend Colath, the wizard Jareth and the Elven archer Jalila, he goes in search of the source of the threat.

Ailith, the Heir to Riverford, fights her own silent battle. Her father has changed, but her quest to discover what changed him puts her life and very soul in danger and leaves her only one direction in which to turn. Elon.
To preserve the alliance, though, Elon will have to choose between his honor, his duty and everything for which he fought.

(Click the title or the image to visit Amazon.com for the book.)

Magnus Opum by Jonathan Gould

A story about a little person in a very big world.

Magnus Mandalora never thought he would leave the safe confines of the small homely village of Lower Kertoob. He certainly never expected to end up in the middle of a long-running war between the saintly Cherines and the beastly Glurgs. But when circumstance places him in such a dubious position, he finds himself on a rollicking adventure where nothing is quite as it seems.Magnus Opum is an epic fantasy that’s slightly skewed – Tolkien with a twist.

(Click the title or the image to visit Amazon.com for the book.)

The Shadowbearer by Terry Simpson

Knight Commander Stefan Dorn, leader of the Unvanquished, has known only war, death and, victory. All in the name of his loyalty to King Nerian the Lightbearer, a man he idolized.
Until now.
Everything he thought he knew about the King, his people, and his world is coming to an end. At a time when there should be peace, he’s once again called to war.
Torn between shocking changes at home, his family, loyalty to his men and his King, Stefan wishes only to enjoy life away from the battlefield. But with the new campaign comes a rabid, unforgiving enemy and a potential cataclysm.
Follow him as he fights to save his family, his people, his honor, and his birthright from the grips of the shade. Can he save them all? If not, which will he choose, which will he lose?
The Shadowbearer is a rousing and engaging prequel to Etchings of Power and a worthy addition to the Aegis of the Gods series.

(Click the title or the image to visit Amazon.com for the book.)

Cataclysm by Stephen H. King

Crystal isn’t sure what to think when she learns that she’s married to and has children by Mars, the God of War. She knows that she’s not giving him up to his ex-wife, the Goddess of Love, without a fight. Venus has other plans, though, and the goddess and the mortal woman square off.

At the same time, Crystal has to deal with Sorscha, the shape-shifting thrakkon who has fought by the side of Mars as a silver dragon, and served him as a beautiful woman, for longer than Crystal can imagine. The thrakkon calls her husband Master, but can Crystal trust her?

Join the rapid action and occasional humor as Crystal follows her husband to Olympus, the dive bar for the gods, as well as through a destroyed Bay Area, looking for survivors of the cataclysm as well as clues on how to defeat a goddess.

(Click the title or the image to visit Amazon.com for the book.)

Indie promotion

Dear Reader,

I present to you: today’s Indie Promotion. Simply because it’s Monday again.

Time of My Life


by Lynn Murphy

Ebook Short Description: But for a twist of fate Evan Jones and Derious Cooper might never have met. Derious is an African American teenager on the fringes of gang activities . Evan is a wealthy white doctor and a former Olympic hopeful who has been injured in a random gang attack and lost the ability to run. Derious, nicknamed “Coop,” is a runner without a team. When Evan funds a track team for Coop and fifteen other boys like him, they discover that they are connected by more than just their love of running. Time of My Life is a story about making a difference, overcoming adversity and breaking down racial barriers.

Where to find.
You can find the e-book on Amazon.com for all things Kindle.

If you like fantasy novels…

Dear reader,

Something wonderful is happening to one of the books brought forth by the Alexandria Publishing Group:

Song of the Fairy Queen, written by Valerie Douglas, is still in Amazon.com’s top 100 of Epic Fantasy. If you have not read the book and you like fantasy, I can recommend it. (Interested already? Click here.)

And since you are reading about books: another great fantasy novel is created by Terry Simpson.

The Shadowbearer (Aegis of The Gods), which you can find here.

Indie promotion

It is Monday again, so I present to you: today’s Indie Promotion:

Providence


by Brianna Hawthorne

Ebook Short Description: Book Two of the Universe Cycle. The war with Chaos appears to be over, but the Emperor is dead and two powerful beings each claim the right to the throne. Worse yet, prophesies suggest that the recent war was as nothing compared to what is coming. Shi’ahn and William each have important roles to play, but neither of them are prepared to fulfill them. Yet.

Providence is a Scifi/Fantasy book with epic fantasy elements.

Adult-content rating:: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages
Where to find.
You can find the e-book on Smashwords.com where it is available for a mere $0.99 in all the common e-book formats, like epub, Kindle .mobi, pdf, etc.

Indie Promotion

It is Monday again, so I present to you: today’s Indie Promotion:

Heart’s Promise


by Jeanette Hornby

Ebook Short Description: This book is a work of fiction set in the small, rural town of Waroona in the 1970’s. The story follows the experiences of the main character, Emilia (Milly) Garcia, and her best friend, Patricia (Patty) Brennan. Milly is trying to come to terms with her Italian heritage, the unfamiliar emotions of adolescence, and her attraction to Patty’s brother, Flynn. Should she let her feelings for Flynn be known and risk rejection? Or should she keep the attraction a secret and suffer in silence?
Meanwhile, Milly discovers some of the secrets hidden behind closed doors, and realises that not all families are happy ones.
With a succession of worrying events, she struggles to find answers. It doesn’t help when she receives messages from the ‘other-side’ but can’t stop the bad things happening.
Whilst coming to terms with loss and attempting to release the past, Milly finds she is bound by promises of the heart.

Where to find.
You can find the e-book on Smashwords.com, where it is available in all the common e-book formats, like epub, Kindle .mobi, pdf, etc. It is also available through Amazon.com

Indie promotion

Dear reader,

Mondays do not care whether it is hot or cold, they keep coming. Today’s Indie Promotion should get you in the right spirit for everything:

Spirits and Thought Forms:
Tales from Prosperity Glades


by Jeffrey Kosh

Ebook Short Description: Spirits, by their nature, are formless beings; in a way they are just memes. Each spirit represents something about human nature and wishes. Spirits are wishes made into flesh – or almost flesh.
A thought form can range in complexity from a simple emotional impression to a fully sentient and aware being, and in power from a minor servitor entity to a god.
And they wear masks.
In Prosperity Glades all spirits wear a mask: the Veiled Queen, Nemesis, the Smiling Monster, the Dying Road, and the Cloaked Man.
These tales are all about masks, spirits, and thought forms. All take place in Prosperity Glades, because there’s a weak spot between our world and the spiritual one, right in the middle of Grassy Swamp.
And spirits – and thought forms – do thrive there.
Jeffrey Kosh invites you to return once again to that weird town in the heart of Florida’s Everglades; where primal forces have a hold on human desires.
Yet beware, once there … avoid making wishes.
They can come true and take form.

Spirit and Thought forms is ADULTS ONLY
A FAIR WARNING:
The tale ‘She Was Waiting’ is a small Erotica-Horror fiction, with strong language and sex scenes.

Where to find.
You can find the e-book on Amazon.com.

Indie promotion

Dear reader,

Yes, the weekend is over. It’s Monday again, so I present to you: today’s Indie Promotion:

Pegasus


by Marilyn Holdsworth

Ebook Short Description: Widowed at thirty, Hannah Bradley is a successful journalist focusing on animal abuse issues. An accidental meeting introduces her to lawyer, Winston Caughfield III. Drawn to Hannah’s gentle beauty and fierce commitment to her work, Win joins her in a fight to save wild mustangs from slaughter. Together they rescue a badly injured horse with a mysterious background. Hannah’s search to discover the animal’s true identity leads them into a web of black marketeering and international intrigue.

With Pegasus, Marilyn Holdsworth delivers a gripping tale of mystery, adventure and romance guaranteed to hold the interest and capture the heart. She brings true-life characters together with real-life issues to create a fast-paced, irresistible story.

Where to find.
You can find this book on Amazon.com, where there is also a Kindle-edition available.

Indie promotion

Dear reader,

Are you ready for this Monday’s Indie Promotion?

With Proud Humility


by Jess Mountifield

Ebook Short Description: Marie’s mother died protecting something, but what? Determined to find answers, Marie is prepared to go to any length to locate her mother’s legacy, even to pursue the man responsible for her death – Black Vane. No price is too dear to Marie, who gambles everything on a marriage of convenience to a ship’s captain she knows she can’t trust, but who may be one ally she needs.

With Proud Humility is a historic story of romance and adventure, set on the Caribbean seas of the early 1800’s, a tale of betrayal and sacrifice in pursuit of an unknown goal.

Where to find.
You can find the book on Amazon.com where it is available as an e-book as well as in paperback.

Dutch e-book market finally taking off

Dutch e-book market finally accelerating

E-book sales in The Netherlands passed the 600,000 mark over the first half of 2012, with close to 16,000 available titles. E-book revenue constitutes 3% of the market, against 1,6% over 2011 and 0,7% over 2010.

The Dutch e-book market is predicted to reach 5-7% at the end of this year. This means the growth of both sales and the number of available titles is now clearly accelerating.

After Apple and Kobo entered the market over the last year, main distributor Central Bookhouse expects to sign deals with B&N and Google this year. In a statement released last week CB stated to expect e-book sales to reach 1,5 million downloads in 2012.

This does not include Amazon. There are very clear signs that the company is preparing to enter the Dutch market before the end of this year, although no official statements have been made. The impact of this will likely stimulate the e-book market even further.

And there are more portents that e-books are here to stay. Several companies (Yindo, Central Bookhouse, ebook.nl) are introducing new business models like online reading and renting e-books and offering them to publishers.

Summersplash give-away!

Dear reader,

For the OrangeBerry Summer Splash, in which I am participating, a give-away through “Rafflecopter” has been arranged. If you want to participate (this means: have a chance to win something), take your pick from the following. And if you want to know more about the Summer Splash (which starts today), don’t hesitate to follow this link.

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