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A Twitchy Troika of Truffles

I’m totally twitchy today. Alex was home–he’s really sick. I hope it’s just a cold since he doesn’t have a fever, but he can’t stop coughing. He’s in bed trying to sleep now and he’s still at it. I won’t bother even trying to get him up to catch the school troika … I mean the school bus tomorrow.

So, why am I twitchy? There were SO many awesome things I was going to accomplish this week! I have a deal going on on Kobo … here’s a screen shot:

and here’s the link if you want to pick up my book for free: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/p/free-ebooks

I was planning to advertise this every which way ’til Sunday. Literally–the deal’s on until Sunday. But I have Alex at home.

Oh, and that appointment I had to get my mother’s staples out of her head this morning? Dragged her all the way to the doctor’s office and found out the retirement home had taken them out a week ago. So we went there for nothing.

Why, oh why can’t anything go smoothly this year?

Because seriously, if they would, I’d stop complaining in your ears. :/

Where are the truffles? I need chocolate!

I also need suggestions for “U” words for tomorrow’s illegal A-Z post. One word per person, please, and keep it clean. Note that the oldest comments are at the bottom.

Thank you to today’s accomplices, whose links you’ll find under the words “twitchy,” “troika,” and “truffles.”


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Buy me a coffee?

So here’s the thing.

I have this wonderful deal going on until December 17th, exclusively on Kobo–a 40% discount on my book. It was chosen as one of a handful of books in my category, paranormal romance. It’s really an honour to have been chosen.

BUT.

Because the ranking is in the tens of thousands (which only means I haven’t sold a book in a while), it’s not being featured on the front page of the sale. The only way it will move up is if it sells.

Here’s the page for the sale: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/p/dec40. If you look for Paranormal & Sci-Fi Romance, you’ll see my book is not there. You have to look at the whole list to find it. Then, add the promo code DECSALE and Bob’s your uncle.

But I digress.

It would mean the world to me if I could sell a copy or two to get front page exposure. So if you’re thinking about getting The Magician’s Blood, this would be the perfect time.

Don’t have a Kobo account?

When you sign up for a free account, you get $5 off. That means you can get the book for free AND buy me a coffee. Yes, it’s a three-dollar take-a-mortgage-out-on-your-house-because-it’s-Starbucks coffee. But reading the book will last a lot longer. And so will my appreciation … last longer than it takes to drink a coffee …

The Magician’s Blood is currently on page 2. Again, the promo code is DECSALE.

Thank you so much. ❤ I promise, if we ever meet, I’ll buy you a coffee. Unless I meet a hundred of you at the same time. Then I’ll owe you one.

 

 


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Kobo – A Better Way to Buy E-Books

At the risk of bringing the ire of ‘Zon upon myself, I’d like to enlighten you on how much better the Kobo experience is, no matter where you are in the world.

Yes, I might be a tad biased since Kobo is a Canadian company, but having dealt with them longer than I’ve been publishing books, I can honestly say I’ve always had a great relationship with them, any time I’ve needed to contact them.

They’re an organization of human beings who care about what they do. This is their mission statement, copied from their career page:

Our Mission

We are a company built by booklovers for booklovers. We believe people should be able to read anywhere in the world, on any device, and in any language.

With a growing catalogue of millions of titles in 97 languages, Kobo is a truly global eReading service for booklovers of all kinds, in every part of the world.

Things you might not know about Rakuten Kobo:

  • You can buy Kobo e-readers and e-books in Walmart
  • Their five million titles are available in 190 countries
  • They give points when you buy, which you can accumulate to get free books
  • Membership is free
  • Their reading app is free, so you can read on any device
  • Their interface is very simple, making it easy to get a book at the click of a button
  • Rakuten owns Overdrive, so most books that are available on Kobo can be requested from your local library
  • They’re good to their authors!!

I could go on and on about what’s wrong with Amazon right now, but I won’t. What I will tell you is that more and more I’m seeing authors go wide (removing their titles from KDP Select, which demands exclusivity to Amazon), and moving to Kobo, among other e-book retailers.

I’m not being paid to post this article–I’m writing it because I truly believe in Kobo and what they do.

If you love reading, and you enjoy being able to grab your favorite author’s novels at the click of a button, why not sign up with Kobo?

CLICK HERE to check it out!


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#JusJoJan 2018, the 26th – Address

Huge news in the world of e-publishing today. In a direct address to Amazon’s domination of the e-book market in the US, Rakuten, the company that owns Kobo, has partnered with Wal-Mart to distribute e-books, audiobooks, and physical books online.

What does that mean for self-published authors? The possibilities are vast. Not only will we have a wider audience to discover our books, perhaps Amazon will be forced to relax their hold over exclusivity. Kobo already offers the same lending service as Kindle Unlimited in certain countries, without demanding the same extent of loyalty. What we need is to see authors finally tell Amazon, with all their unfair practices, to stick it where the sun don’t shine and go wide–sell with as many retailers as they can.

Amazon has had us by the short and curlies for too long. It’s time to take back our choices. Thank you, Rakuten.

See the article here: https://kobowritinglife.com/2018/01/26/kobo-announces-partnership-with-walmart/ and the original one here: https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/25/walmart-and-rakuten-partner-on-grocery-delivery-in-japan-kobo-e-books-and-audiobooks-in-u-s/

This post is is brought to you by Just Jot it January, and in particular, prompted by the word “address,” provided by John Holton! Thank you so much, John! You can find his JusJoJan post by clicking right here. Please go and say hi! To participate in the prompt, please visit this post, where you’ll find the rules and you can leave your link in the comments.


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5-Star Review for The Magician’s Curse!

One of my advance reviews came in, and she gave The Magician’s Curse five stars! The review was posted yesterday on Facebook, Goodreads, and on the reviewer’s website, which you can find here. Sincere thanks, Megan!

The review:

You know you’re addicted to something when you cannot give it up no matter how are you try. The Magician’s Curse was very addicting. I couldn’t put it down. Herman sets out on her own to make a better life for herself. She didn’t expect to run into a magical man who had a curse placed on his family. In order to break that curse, Stephan must break the heart of his true love and possibly lose her forever. This heart breaking tale kept me riveted until the very last word. I’m still reeling from the deep emotions and revelations. Such an amazing book. There is more to come for Herman, Stephan, and Nina. I’m excited to know where this journey goes from here. ~ Megan Starkweather

When Herman Anderson leaves home to make a better life for herself, she doesn’t expect to meet a tall, dark stranger with whom she’ll fall hopelessly in love.
Charming and mysterious, Stephen Dagmar is a stage magician seeking an assistant. The moment he sets eyes on Herman, he knows she’s the one. He brings her home to his Victorian mansion where they embark upon an extravagant romance. Yet a shadow hangs over their love. Will the curse on his family end Stephen and Herman’s happily ever after, before it really begins?
Amidst lace and leather, innocence and debauchery, The Magician’s Curse begins the Gothic tale of The Great Dagmaru. Magic and romance await.
You can pre-order the Kindle version of The Magician’s Curse and have it automatically delivered to your device or app on June 27th by clicking the following links: Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, Amazon Australia, or Amazon where ever else you are in the world. You can also pre-order it through Kobo worldwide here. The paperback will be available on or close to June 27th.

Enjoy! ❤