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Wendy, who recently reviewed Come the Shadows, has read and reviewed One Final Night on her blog. She doesn’t normally touch short stories but liked the book enough to give this one a chance.

Result?

She liked it even more than the book and says (I hope she doesn’t mind me quoting her email.) “skip the mysteries and just go for drama!”

And she pointed out that’s a genre issue more than any issue with the writing of Come the Shadows - she’s not really a mystery person. Either way, I was very gratified by her overwhelming love for the short story.

Check out her review here.

And, as always, One Final Night is free here, here, and here.

Reminder: Come the Shadows is only discounted until the end of August. Snag your discounted copy now via any of the links on the right side of the blog.

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12749 people have downloaded One Final Night from Amazon, and a few of them have even taken the time to give (very nice) reviews.

I know it’s a drop in the bucket, and some people actually sell that many copies of something in the same amount of time but it’s really gratifying simply to have a small piece of work get in front of a lot of eyes.

And there are many other eyes I can’t even count.

I published the short story on Amazon and Smashwords only, and the later sent it to Barnes & Noble. As a consequence,  I have no idea how many people have downloaded it from B&N and I never will, as far as I can tell.

But a couple of days after it became free the B&N ranking was around 50k. Now it’s 18k. (They don’t separate free/paid). I like that climb.

What does it mean for me?

Honestly, I don’t know. I lost all perspective on numbers somewhere around 5,000.

Has it translated into mega-awesome numbers of people purchasing my discounted Come the Shadows?

No.

Will it?

I don’t know.

I plan to leave the short story free indefinitely, and Come the Shadows discounted through the end of August, when it will then return to $2.99. My hope is simply that more people take the time to read the work and consider the longer piece. They are not in the same genre, but I hope it gives a hint of my writing and show’s the value therein.

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I posted this weekend that I was reducing the price of Come the Shadows for this weekend only.

Well…I changed my mind.

“One Final Night” is now #18 out of all free downloads for Amazon Kindle (and doubled in rank at Barnes & Noble). I’m overjoyed to see that! In addition, it has garnered several reviews and all have been 4 and 5 stars. Wonderful!

In light of that I have decided to hold over the 99c price at least through the end of the month. With so many people learning my name I want to seize every opportunity to ensure the most number of people can pick up the book as well. (It cracked the 10k rank for the first time, hitting as high as 9155ish last night.) I hope a few people can soon take the time to put up reviews there and share their enjoyment with others! Every review (and EVERY reader) is very much appreciated.

My enjoyment is leading to an extensive screenshot collection as I see happy new milestones.

PS: The daily writegoal is holding and I should be more than 1/2 way finished with book two at the end of August.

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After Amazon finally listened and made my short story One Final Night free (totally KO’ing my planned REPORT ME PLEASE post), I decided to drop my book in price for this weekend only.

So for 99c you can it up for both Kindle and Nook for the next 48 hours.

Kindle Link

Nook Link

Monday it returns to $2.99.

As always, reviews on both are VERY welcome – word of mouth, especially on those pages, really helps the writing thrive and reach new fans. Thank you to everyone who picks up the book and I can’t wait to bring you the next one in a few months!

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In other news…. it seems Barnes and Noble is now carrying my paperback, and it’s $8.99 – a full $1 cheaper than Amazon. Whoa.

I just write things. That’s all I know.

Edit: Later in the day I figure out why B&N is cheaper and that I get 1/7 the money for those sales. Meh. Right now I’m just happy the book is being read :)

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Some aspects of my life don’t lend to choices. I have to take care of myself, my marriage, my son, and my job. Most of that’s enjoyable.

But when it comes to other things there are choices. Such as….

Write? or Blog?

For most of the time I was writing my first book I chose to write, every chance I got. My blog posts were spotty, at best. Now that the book is out I try to blog more but every post I do is a page I didn’t write. Tough choice!

If I go a day or two without a post here I’m probably getting in some GREAT writing time. Yesterday I wrote about 2k words. To sneak that in between work, end-of-summer fun, and time with the family is pretty good for me! But of course, the 2-3 blog posts already half written in my mind are still kicking around in my head, unheeded.

I’m at a good point in book two, about 50 pages in, with an exciting series of scenes. It’s FUN to write the thrilling parts. I love thinking to myself “this is GREAT!” as I furiously write the words before they disappear into thin air.

So, pardon the absences. I’m probably writing. Or I might be tickling a two-year old mercilessly.

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Wendy (yes, there are two of us!) has read and reviewed Come the Shadows at her book blog Wall-to-Wall books. She gives a great non-spoiler rundown of what she liked (and how gripping the 2nd half was =) ). There is also a Q&A with me about the book and about my writing in general. Great read, and thank you, Wendy, for the review!

Make sure to give her a bit of love and check out the rest of her blog – she’s going to take the time to post it on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, and so forth, which is much appreciated! Positive voices tend to remain quiet in life and it will be wonderful to see the review section actually have something in it!

I’ve already promised her an advanced copy of the sequel…….better get busy :)

 

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From In Living Color to Available to the Masses…Come the Shadows is officially available on Amazon. Additional purchase options include Createspace and soon an extended distribution network (whatever that means =) )

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I’ve decided to give everyone a copy who commented on the giveaway post. Email me at the address under About and let me know what type of file to send you. I hope you all enjoy the book and please feel free to drop reviews on Amazon or anywhere else you feel comfortable and let them know what you think as well. I haven’t heard a bad word yet but none of the good ones are speaking either! =)

Thanks!

Joss (if you didn’t already pick up a copy – let me know)
C.B.
Alisa
Mindy
Stacey
Gracy

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As much as I love writing, and I think I would always write no matter what happens in my life…it sure is nice to see it in living color, and be able to hold my book. =)

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I have decided to make my short story One Final Night FREE on Smashwords. You can download it here and read it in half-an-hour, flat. (Be ready to cry!)

Alisa was the first person to download it and she wrote a wonderful post about it on her blog, Blog The Day Away, where she and three other lovely ladies write about books, TV, and anything else in the media that strikes their fancies. I was going to quote her tweets about it here but her post is a good read.

I will add a permanent link to the sidebar as this post gets pushed down. Check it out, let me know what you think, and be sure to enter the giveaway from my novel Come the Shadows, now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

Edit: Links to download do help ;)

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