The Dark and Forbidding Land – 50% Off at Smashwords

The Dark and Forbidding LandJust a reminder that The Dark and Forbidding Land is 50% off as part of the month-long Smashwords promotion.  Be sure to use coupon code: SSW50.  Follow this link to find the book.  I’m rereading it right now, and I think it’s one of my favorites.

Two years have passed since Senta, the sorceress Zurfina, and Bessemer the steel dragon arrived in the strange land of Birmisia. Now it is up to the settlers to build a home in this dark and forbidding land, ruled by terrifying dinosaurs and strange lizardmen. Ten year old Senta must discover which is the greater threat, a would-be wizard or the ever-increasing presence of the tyrannosaurus.

His Robot Wife – Still #25 on iBookstore’s Free Sci-Fi

His Robot Girlfriend

Since it opened, iBookstore has had His Robot Wife in the top 50 free sic-fi.  Several times, it has risen up to within the top 10.  Currently it is #25.

Thanks to iBookstore, Apple, Smashwords, and most of all to all the readers– especially those who posted reviews.  It has 1730 ratings– more 5 star than 4 star, more 4 star than 3 star, more 3 star than 2 star, and more 2 star than 1 star.  To make a long story short (too late) it has 3 1/2 stars overall.

I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to see my book popping up on lists of great sic-fi, favorite stories, or lists like the iBookstore or Amazon.  It reminds me once again of my new mantra: It’s not about book sales!  It’s about readers!

Princess of Amathar – 50% Off at Smashwords

Princess of AmatharPrincess of Amathar is on sale for the month of June, only at Smashwords during their Summer/Winter event.  Regularly 2.99, pick it up for 1.50 with coupon code SSW50 by following this link.

Mysteriously transported to the artificial hollow world of Ecos, Earth man Alexander Ashton finds himself in the middle of a millennium-long war between the reptilian Zoasians and the humanoid Amatharians. Adopted by the Amatharians, Ashton must conform to a society based on honor and altruism, ruled by Knights whose power comes from the curious energy forms known as “souls” which inhabit their supernaturally powerful swords, and rife with its own peculiarities and prejudices. When the Princess of Amathar, whom Ashton has longed for since first seeing her, is captured by the Zoasians, he must cross an alien world, battle monstrous creatures, and face unknown dangers to save her. Princess of Amathar is a sword-swinging novel of high adventure in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs. It is the story a strange world filled with alien races, aerial battleships, swords and energy weapons, amazing adventures and horrible dangers, and the man who must face them all for the love of a woman he has never met.

Smashwords Summer/Winter Promotion

It’s that time.  For the entire month of July, Smashwords is having their yearly promotion, featuring literally thousands of books at great savings.  From now until 7-31-13, you can find all kinds of gems.  Of course many of my books are on sale there as well.

You can pick up Astrid Maxxim and her Amazing Hoverbike at 100% off– Free.

Astrid Maxxim Cover

Blood Trade and Princess of Amathar are 50% off– just $1.50.Blood Trade

Princess of Amathar

The Voyage of the Minotaur, The Dark and Forbidding Land, and The Drache Girl are all 50% off– just $1.50 each.

The Voyage of the Minotaur

The Dark and Forbidding Land

The Drache Girl

The Young Sorceress, The Two Dragons, and the Many Adventures of Eaglethorpe Buxton are on sale 25% off– just $2.24 each.



The Two Dragons


Eaglethorpe Buxton Mini

Follow this link to Smashwords, or follow the individual links on the book page.

Read an Ebook Week


Today marks the first day of Read an Ebook Week and there are literally thousands of ebook deals over at Smashwords.

Among the deals, you can pick up your own ebook version of Astrid Maxxim and her Amazing Hoverbike for Free.  Be sure to use the coupon code RW100.

It’s worth noting that at Smashwords, you can download books in a variety of ebook formats, including epub, pdf, and mobi which will work on any Kindle.

Be sure and browse through the whole selection.

Good News for Indy Authors

Mark Coker at Smashwords reports that Smashwords authors have enjoyed a 76% increase in sales through Apple iBookstore after Christmas.  See the original post here.  This is aggregated from 125,000 Smashwords titles, so it’s too early to tell if that has had an impact on my books, but it sounds good.  Apple has been my best selling outlet for a while now.

On a related note, sales are up for my books at Amazon’s Kindle Store too.

Obviously having a small sales increase (of the amount that I might hope for) won’t immediately make me wealthy or allow me to retire from teaching and focus on writing, but anything that makes you feel good about writing can be a great motivator.  And getting my books out into the hands of readers makes me feel good.