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May 2017


A Word About Buying My Print Books from Amazon

Amazon recently made a major change regarding how they sell print books.  It used to be that the first offer would be from Amazon themselves with other sellers appearing below Amazon’s offer.  This is not the case anymore.  Now Amazon allows third-party sellers to compete with them.  So, there may be three or more third-party sellers whose offers you see before Amazon’s.  The problem with this is that when you buy books from third-party sellers, the author doesn’t earn anything from the sale, which really hurts self-published authors like me.

It should also be noted that many of these third-party sellers have obtained the books illegally.  There are several different ways they do this, which I won’t get into, but, please, if you buy my books please order them from Amazon and not these third-party sellers.  Buying from Amazon will get you the books much, much faster if you have Prime.  Even if you don’t have Prime, you’ll likely get the books faster than you would from a third-party seller.   This is because many of these third-party sellers don’t actually have the books on hand.  Many of them just order them from CreateSpace when someone places an order for one and it’ll take at least a full week for CreateSpace to get the book in their hands and then they still have to ship it to you themselves.  So, you’ll likely be waiting a couple of weeks for your book if you buy from a third-party seller.  The sellers might be charging less than Amazon, but in this case, it would be because they’re selling the book at a loss in an attempt to earn your future business, which isn’t fair to authors who can’t afford to sell their books at a loss.

I’d love to sell my print books for less than Amazon charges, but here’s a little-known fact: CreateSpace dictates a minimum price you can charge for the books they make.  And my books are priced at the minimum I can sell them for.  If they’d let me sell them for less, believe me, I would because I’d probably sell more copies and make more money in the long run if I could sell them for less.  Unfortunately, CreateSpace has their rules.

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Book of Shadows Reckoning Daze

The Book Nymph’s May Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Fair

I am participating in The Book Nymph’s May Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Fair with Book of Shadows featured among many other great books you should check out.  I’m looking forward to reading some of them myself, which I’d already bought prior to the fair because they sounded great in whatever E-mail newsletter I first heard of them in.   (Those daily e-book newsletters are my main source of finding intriguing new books now.)  A couple of those titles are The Witches of Dark Root and Swords & Stilettos.  I can’t wait to read those.  Right now I’m reading Winter’s Curse: Season of the Witch Book One by April Wood, which is proving to be rather fast-paced and exciting.

The landing page for the book fair is:

There’s also a giveaway!  You can enter to win a Kindle HD and a $50 Amazon Gift Card.   Check it out:

Speaking of giveaways, I’m continuing to give away copies of Book of Shadows via #instafreebie:

You can also grab Reckoning Daze for free from them:

Reckoning Daze will always be free, something they call a “book magnet” in the self-publishing world.  A book you give away for free to introduce people to your writing.  Usually, if someone will be writing a series they’ll make that their free book and release that first, but Reckoning Daze was ready first so I went with that one.  But now that I’m onto Book of Shadows, which is a series, I figured I should give that away, too, to get people interested and, hopefully, hooked on my characters and their spells that often have unintended side-effects.

Here’s the blurb for Reckoning Daze:

“An actress is always a starving artist,” so says Lindsay Harmon-Foster, a talented but struggling Los Angeles actress in Michael Beaulieu’s gripping debut novel Reckoning Daze.

Lindsay, 19, a former star of a critically acclaimed but canceled series, is now doing a pilot that might prove to be the role of a lifetime, but her anorexia and other habits could kill her before she’s cast for the full series. Although she has long been self-destructive, she’s never been more so than now and there may be casualties. Aside from losing the show she loved, she thought she had found her soulmate in a rising music star named Jesse, but he committed suicide and she blames herself. Will she land the new series and allow herself to find love again with a handsome actor named Marc or will addictions – and suppressed family secrets – be the death of her?

While Lindsay’s demons are portrayed with unflinching honesty, the way she views Los Angeles and the television business is often comical. If you like Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk, you’ll find Reckoning Daze’s blend of serious drama and satire to be a perfect blend of laughs and suspense. Get it today and find out if Lindsay gets the show and/or the boy or neither.

And here’s the blurb for Book of Shadows:

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 tries 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.  The girls attempt to deal with this using other spells, but things only escalate.  Will they finally be able to set things right or will something catastrophic happen?  Read Emma’s own Book of Shadows and find out in this suspenseful urban fantasy today.


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