Saturday, January 18, 2020

My review of the Kindle Oasis

Santa,  in the form of my husband,  was good to me this year. I got the new Kindle Oasis for Christmas!

I love this Kindle!  The screen is slightly bigger,  which is nice, especially if you like to read with a larger font. Also, the design accommodates one-handed reading much better than previous Kindles. One side is wider than the other,  and has actual page turn buttons, not like the recessed page turn spots on my Kindle Voyage.  If you're left-handed, you simply flip it over and the buttons are in the left. Mind you it still has a touch screen if you prefer swiping pages to pushing buttons.

It also has Bluetooth, but I haven't used it yet.
Other advantages are that the Oasis is waterproof and it has a warmer light, although I find that a pretty subtle difference.Like the Voyage and the paperwhite, if you buy the cover for it, the Oasis "wakes up" when you open the over. It appears to use exactly the same charging connection as earlier Kindles.

The on-off switch is on on the top edge (assuming right handed buttons). Bt you won't need to use it much unless you're reading without the cover on.

You can't see the button in this view because the camera's light reflected off the metal but it's there. With the cover on and no buttons visible, it's easier to see how close to a square the Oasis is.

All in all, I love my new Kindle! Whether it's enough better than a Paperwhite or the (no longer for sale new, except possibly from 3rd party sellers on Amazon) Voyage to justify the price increase, I can't say, but I'm not giving it back! As usual, I got the 3G connectivity as well as WiFi. All my Kindles have worked great on my home WiFi but there were a few times I could not use hotel Wifi so I always get the 3G. If you're holding a Kindle in your hand and wanting a book, it's a terrible feeling NOT to to be able to get it..

Sunday, January 12, 2020

A new guest blog post, all about ALIEN BONDS!

I have a  guest blog post up on Kayelle Allen's Romance Lives Forever (FRL) blog. The post is about the first book in the Wakanreo trilogy, Alien Bonds and what how I wrote it. Check it out!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

I Have a Book in the 99₵ Fair!

There is currently a  romance online book fair (all sub genres like science fiction romance are included) where every title is 99₵. I have one titles participating, my fantasy novella WHERE MAGIC RULES. Tthe first novel in my Wakanro science fiction romance trilogy ALIEN BONDS is also 99₵ temporarily but it did not make it to the fair in time,  The link for the fair is here.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

SARONNA'S GIFT is now in Kindle Unlimited

As of today.Saronna's Gift is available for free in Kjndle Unlimited. The KU program has been very good to my science fiction romance titles, so I decided to move SG to it.

The story is both a voyage of self discovery and a love story, so I think it will do okay in  KU. Other categories don't seem to do as well as romance, at least not for my books.

Friday, December 20, 2019

More on My Latest Book Promotion

I gave away a bunch of  books during my recent promotion of ALIEN BONDS,  but interesly, this didn't have a lot of impact on sales afterwards. It did, however, noticeably increase my Kindle Unlimited borrows for the Wakanreo trilogy. All three books are still doing better, in fact,

I think this must relate to how sales (in this case, during the promotion) affect what is recommended to customers. I'm thinking that the buying history of anyone who bought my books during the promotion would prompt KU borrowers to see, "People who read this also read. . ." with ALIEN BONDS included on the list. And since the entire trilogy is in KU, all three of them have been doing better.

And with long books like this, I actually make more money on a borrow than a sale. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

My Latest Book Promotion

This one is for other authors, as it's about giving away books. Why would anyone give away their books? Well, if you write in a series, giving away the first book can yield good sales on the sequels.

 I recently made ALIEN BONDS, the first book in the Wakanreao trilogy, free for several days.The free period started on last Thursday, and I paid for a book slot in two mailing services that are free to readers and offer free or cheap ebooks: Book Gorilla and Ereader News Today. The entry for ALIEN BONDS ran in BG on the Friday, and in ENT on the Saturday. Both promotions did reasonably well., with almost identical numbers.

All together I gave away 1,353 Kindle copies of ALIEN BONDS in the 5 days it was free. The first day, before the promo ran, I tweeted and posted in FB about it. That yielded 21 copies given away. The next day the BG promo ran and I gave away 574 copies. Then on Saturday the ENT promo ran and yielded 578 copies. Some of that total could be from the influence of the earlier promo, because on Saturday with no promo I gave away 125 copies. 

By Friday evening, ALIEN BONDS had risen through the rankings to this.

And on Saturday it reached this:

So, being #2 in Kindle science fiction romances probably helped the giveaway, too. There were 55 copies given away on Monday, the last day it was free, and  also 4 copies on Tuesday that snuck in because any Amazon promotion to make the book free ends on Pacific Standard time so there were a few hours that it was still free in some places. 

It was also interesting to see where the copies were going.  Here's the country list:

Pretty  much as expected. Only Canada, the UK and Germany made double digits. It was interesting that Germany beat out English-speaking Australia. 

Now, of course, I have to wait and see how it goes for sales of ALIEN VOWS and ALIEN SKIES, books 2 and 3 of my Wakanreao series. 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

ALIEN BONDS is free for a few days!

To celebrate the completion of the Wakanreo trilogy I  have made ALIEN BONDS, the first book in the trilogy, free for a few days. From Thursday, November 14, 2019, 12:00 AM PST to Monday, November 18, 2019, 11:59 PM PST the Kindle version will be free on Amazon.

If you don't already have it, get your copy now! And don't forget the whole trilogy is free in kindle unlimited, too1

A story of two very different people from two very different cultures, a sort of AVATAR combined with PRIDE & PREJUDICE. In ALIEN BONDS, two lives are changed in an instant. Industrial chemist Dina Bellaire travels all the way to the planet Wakanreo to advance her career. Her carefully planned life goes up in flames the second she meets Kuaron Du, a Wakanrean who makes his living singing ancient songs in a dead language. Both of them know they can’t go back to the way they were before they met. They just have to convince the rest of the universe that what happened to them is real.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

ALIEN SKIES is now available in paperback!

The paperback version of Alien Skies is now for sale on Amazon!  The Kindle version is still on pre-order with a release date of October 29. Amazon has not yet linked the two versions, so click here to buy the paperback.

This means the trilogy is now complete! As of October 29, all three book will be  free in Kindle Unlimited. 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

ALIEN SKIES is available for pre-order!

It has taken much longer than anticipated to get Alien Skies ready to launch, but it's finally ready! The trilogy is complete! You can pre-order the Kindle version here. The Kindle version is, like the rest of the trilogy, free in Kindle Unlimited. The paperback will be out about the same time, but no link is available yet. because Amazon does not support pre-order for paperbacks. Also, at the moment they are having trouble displaying the cover image for pre-order Kindle books but they assured me they are working on it. The cover is below, in any event.

Alien Bonds was very much Dina's story, and Alien Vows was Yulayan's. All the characters are in the final book, but this story belongs mostly to Kamuhi,. Here's the back cover blurb:

 Wakanreo was not always a safe place for a half-Wakanrean—
Or for a human married to a half-Wakanrean. Unfortunately, it was where Kamuhi Hailoaka had been posted by ThreeCon. He and Yulayan work at being married and being parents on the only world in the galaxy where the dominant species mate for life. They deal with the usual obstacles to two strong-willed individuals making decisions together, but Wakanreo has some extra challenges, even dangers.  
Kamuhi finds this out the hard way when they attend Yulayan’s grandfather’s funeral. Their toddler daughter starts to fuss, so Kamuhi takes her outside for some air. He returns to find his father-in-law and his-brother-in-law lying unconscious on the steps. Worse than that, Yulayan has been abducted.
Now Kam has to figure out how to get her back!

Sunday, October 6, 2019

The Last Giveaway!

Amazon is shutting down their giveaway feature. so I am running one last giveaway. I have made 10 copies of ALIEN BONDS free!

Click here to enter!

Don't wait! They're going fast!