Sunday, January 28, 2018

Win a paperback copy of ALIEN BONDS!

I'm hosting a giveaway of Alien Bonds on Amazon! Every entry has a one in 250 chance of winning, so go here now if you want to enter, Hurry, though because these can go fast!

p.s. If you don't win, you can still pick up a Kindle copy of my always-free book The Sixth Discipline.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Everyday Fangirl interviewed me and ALIEN BONDS got a second review!

The Everyday Fangirl site that had my guest post the other today has an interview with me up today. The questions cover everything from what makes me laugh to how I name characters.

And on a related note, Alien Bonds got a second review! It's 4.5 stars (technically 4 stars because Amazon doesn't allow half stars) but in many ways it's a more in-depth and favorable review than the 5-star one from yesterday.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Guest post today!

Today is my guest appearance on the Everyday Fangirl blog.   Author Patty Hammond runs that blog and often features posts by other authors as well as interviews with fans and authors.Today's post contains some info on how I came to write Alien Bonds and also an excerpt from the book.

Check it out!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

ALIEN BONDS has launched!

Alien Bonds is now for sale in the  Kindle store and in trade  paperback! If you're a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, it will be available for free for at least the next 90 days.

I'm very excited to launch this book with the new X-Ray feature available on the Kindle because it's the kind of book that can really make use of X-Ray

Once I was sure the X-Ray feature would work with the many Wakanrean terms I had added to it, I put a note at the front of the Kindle version of the book to mention it to readers.  You can see how it looks above, from the "Look Inside" view of the Kindle book. 

A lot of publishers don't bother with doing X-Ray setup because most readers don't use it. And most readers don't use it because they don't know it's there. I think one reason Amazon doesn't do more to inform Kindle users about it is because so many books don't have it available. They don't want to get readers excited about a new feature only to find out it's not there more than half the time. It's the classic chicken-and-egg situation!  I wish Amazon would alert readers whenever they open a new book with x-Ray enabled. This would solve the problem and maybe the X-Ray chicken would lay a lot more eggs! 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

ALIEN BONDS is available for pre-order!

If you want to buy it now, go here The book will be delivered to your Kindle or Kindle app on Tuesday. To begin with, it will only be available as a paperback and as a Kindle book, but after a few months I will launch on other platforms.

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.

I have never used the Amazon pre-order status before, and in fact I am only using it now because of one thing: the X-Ray feature.

The X-Ray feature isn't available to use until a book exists and is on the author's "bookshelf." By making it available for pre-order, I am able to work on the X-Ray set up but no one can buy the book until I am done with it. I am putting a lot of the Wakanrean words in the story into the X-Ray feature to help readers figure out what they mean. I'll post more about that later, but I am too busy doing the set up to explain now.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Almost ready to launch!

I got what I hope is the last proof copy of Alien Bonds today. Any day now I expect to launch.

I ordered this proof with a matte finish on the cover and I think I'll go with that.

Now to do a final check and make any corrections.