So I've spent the week talking about all the stuff I've been enjoying lately, TV, music, comics, etc. But what have I been DOING? Writing, of course.
I took a short break from RETURN TO ANGEL HILL recently in order to finish up a few things I'd left hanging and to get them edited and published, and now, I'm happy to say, they are ready, published, and available to the world.
First I worked on the first in a series of Angel Hill short stories I've got planned. The first one is called "Carlotta Valdez" and it tells the story of what happened to one of the ghosts mentioned briefly in my novel THE GHOSTS OF MERTLAND. This was a fun story to write, especially when I figured out a very important plot device midway through. It is currently available exclusively on Amazon for the Kindle, and the reason I did that is very very simple. While I had all of my titles available across the board on all platforms, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and Smashwords, they simply weren't selling anywhere except Amazon. Maybe a rare short story sale on Kobo or Nook, but not enough to justify missing out on the chances for borrows through the KDP Select program, a move that has already proved a huge success with the Angel Hill novels.
My decision to go Select with the short stories is motivated by a different factor, however. I wanted to be able to make them temporarily free to my newsletter subscribers on automatic download, not the side-load where I email them to the members and they have to do the work to get the file onto their Kindles or tablets of what have you. By going KDP Select and setting the book up for a limited free run, my newsletter subscribers can click it once and it's automatically there on their device. Plus it gives all kinds of other, non-newsletter subscribers, the chance and motivation to read something of mine as a nice introduction. The initial free run is over, though, but you can still get "Carlotta Valdez" super cheap at only $0.99, and that's where the price will stay. Click here to go to the Amazon page:
The other title I've been focusing my attention on lately is "Ash Wednesday", the fourth in my Holiday Horror stories. This one just went up on Amazon yesterday, but is currently FREE for the next 5 days--Wednesday, September 3rd is the final day of the free run. I'm having a blast coming up with the concepts for these Holiday Horror stories and can't wait to get started on the next one. But first I have many many other things to do first. I have to finish my part of RETURN TO ANGEL HILL, which is next on my agenda, and I'm not writing anything else until that is done. Then I have to finish the Grim Legion III Book 1 revisions, The Kingdom Book 1 edits, The Night Book 1 edits and rewrites, then I have to write The Werewolves of Green Lake. I have so many things I'm trying to work on I simply don't have time for them all, but I don't think I'd want it any other way. For now, you can still get "Ash Wednesday" free, so click HERE to do so: