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GET BOOK OF SHADOWS FREE WHILE YOU STILL CAN

First of all, I’ve been meaning to mention that Book Angel UK has been featuring Reckoning Daze all week.  This basically means I have a paid ad at the top of their newsletter all week.

Secondly, I wanted to suggest that people hold off on ordering printed copies of Book of Shadows from Amazon or Createspace until I tell you it’s OK to do so.  Reason being, I received the copies I ordered this week and discovered that something had gone wrong: the right margin wasn’t justified starting halfway through chapter 15 all the way through to the end of the book, which ends with chapter 18 and an epilogue.  I checked the pdf I gave Createspace and the proof they sent back and the right margin was justified throughout the book in those, which means it should’ve been justified throughout the printed book.  But that error occurred and they’re supposed to be correcting it and sending me new books.  So, you might want to wait until I get the new books and can tell you they are perfect.  In the meantime, if you ordered and received the defective one I would contact Amazon or Createspace because Createspace created this problem, not me.  I would think that  Amazon would let you send the book back and issue a replacement once I say it’s all good.  I mean, I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure.

In other news, I have almost 200 subscribers now.  So, if you know any people you think would like my book, send them on over and suggest they sign up for my list so they can get my books for free.  That’s right, those links still work.  You can get my books for free.  Book of Shadows sells for 99 cents everywhere, but I’m giving my subscribers, who I consider friends, the book for free.  Just sign up for my mailing list and you’ll be e-mailed a thank you with the download links in it.

This week I contacted some book bloggers for the first time.  I haven’t heard back from most of them, but I’m not surprised because a lot of them say that they don’t accept self-published books.  Can you believe that?  I could see people wanting to be indie and only publishing self-published books, but book blogs not accepting them, favoring the major publishers instead just doesn’t seem fair.  Now I realize that a lot of self-published books are bad, but a lot of them are truly awesome.  And most of us host websites that look better than these bloggers’ sites.  So, it’s not like we’re all unprofessional idiots putting out lousy books.  Anyway, enough venting about that here.  I imagine those bloggers receive more books than they can count from the major publishers and I guess that would keep me busy, too.  On the plus side, two bloggers did respond favorable.  One is going to read both of my books and interview me, which I’m rather excited about, and the other is going to review Book of Shadows.  So, it wasn’t a complete loss.

If you know of any bloggers who might like to interview me, let me know.  I could really use some publicity outside of e-mail newsletters and the ads I’m running.  To that end, I’m getting a lot of new subscribers through Facebook, which is fantastic, but my Amazon ad doesn’t seem to be paying off.  I might just stop the Amazon ad and spend that money on increasing my budget for Facebook.  Right now, my priority is getting my books into the hands of people who will read them.

One thing I am considering is putting Book of Shadows into Kindle Unlimited.  If I do that, I can’t sell it anywhere else.  In fact, I can’t even give out free copies.  Those are their terms.  But, you get paid for every page that every Kindle Unlimited Subscriber reads.  So, even if someone just flips through the first few pages of your book, you make money.  Not a lot of money, but it could be enough money for me to continue advertising my books.  Plus, millions of Kindle Unlimited subscribers would now be able to read it for free and Amazon apparently promotes your Kindle Unlimited books to them.  So, if I go with Kindle Unlimited it’s possible that Book of Shadows will find more readers.  Of course, I’d still continue to give Reckoning Daze away.  That one will be forever free.  Make a torrent and put it out there, if you want.  I just want people to read it so I can hopefully build an audience.  Make some fans.

Suffice to say, if you want Book of Shadows for free, you better subscribe and get the link while you still can.

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Awesomegang Interview

The Awesomegang discount book newsletter interviewed me.  Check it out: http://awesomegang.com/michael-mccarthy/.

By the way, I’m giving away a limited number of free copies of Book of Shadows to my e-mail list subscribers, so subscribe to the right if you’d like to get your free copy.  All I ask is that you consider leaving an honest review on Amazon once you’ve finished reading it.

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Best-Seller Book of Shadows Reckoning Daze

RECKONING DAZE, A #1 AMAZON BEST-SELLER, AND THE SURPRISE RELEASE OF BOOK OF SHADOWS

Yesterday Reckoning Daze, my debut novel, was listed in roughly a dozen discount e-book newsletters and was downloaded 1375 times!   It became, and remains, the number one seller in the satire categories on Amazon.  There’s satire under general fiction and satire under humor and it hit number one on both lists.  So, I guess that makes me an Amazon Best-Selling Author now, right?  I even hit number 178 on the main ebooks list, which is actually quite an accomplishment when you consider there must be a million ebooks on Amazon.  But, of course, it’s hitting the number one spot on the satire charts that I’m most proud of.  You can still score Reckoning Daze for FREE on Amazon HERE.  It’s free on Barnes & Noble, Kobo and several other stores, too.

Aside from having a big day for Reckoning Daze yesterday, I surprise released my second novel, Book of Shadows.  Here’s the description for it:

What would you do if you found your late grandmother’s book of shadows – a witch’s spell book and journal – and learned that you’re a natural born witch?  You’d try one of the spells, of course, and that’s exactly what 16-year-old Emma McGlinchey does.  To her amazement, the candle lighting spell she picks actually works.  Naturally, she has to recruit best friends Lia and Shar into starting a coven.  Soon the girls cast a spell to make everyone like them at the Catholic high school they’re being forced to attend for the first time.  Unfortunately, it fails to make an impression on a group of zealots who set about bullying Lia and Shar for being an openly lesbian couple.  Meanwhile, a love spell they cast for Emma gets the boy of her dreams to ask her out, but the school guidance counselor comes onto her, too.  The girls attempt to deal with these problems using other spells, but will they be able to set things right before something catastrophic ensues?  Read Emma’s own Book of Shadows and find out in this suspenseful young adult, urban fantasy today.

It’s on sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and several other places already.  I recommend buying it at Amazon HERE.  It’s priced at $2.99 everywhere.  However, I’m going to offer it to my e-mail subscribers for free via Instafreebie for a limited time beginning soon.  If you’re not on my subscriber list already,  subscribe now to the right if you want to score Book of Shadows for free!

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