Smashwords is having a catalog sale, The Path of the Child is on sale

I am not sure if you are familiar with Smashwords, but there are so many books there in ebook format.  Tomorrow, March 5. 2017, begins a week of discounted books in all genres. A sales catalog will be made available at midnight pacific time and for a solid week, books will be discounted 25%, 50% and 75% off original price.  Many will be free for this week.

My own book, The Path of the Child, is located on page 70 of the group titled over 50,000 words and about half way down. You can click the link and find it. There is a discount code provided as it is discounted by 50% to the price of $ .99.

The Path of the Child is the story of one lonely girls’ transition as she sets out to find her own backstory. A story that has been hidden away from her by her neglectful mother. Melanie is a strong young woman that will have to make many hard decisions but always with the hope of having a life complete with happiness and joy.  The path she travels is uplifting and trying and may be more than one person can handle.  Meet Melanie and share her journey today. I write under the pseudonym of Sojourner McConnell.

 

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Discounted to .99 March 5-11, 2017

 

This is a great opportunity to pick up books and find new authors.  Many authors have several books available all at these deep discounts. This event only runs until the 11th of March, then the prices revert back.  The above links will not show the participating books until midnight PST, that is 3 am Est and 8 am GMT.

Take your nest egg and pick up a few new deep discounted book and have a nice read along. With the prices as they are, it is the perfect opportunity to bulk up that “to be read pile”.

Remember that the best gift you can give an author is an honest review.  It doesn’t take a wordy post, just a few words sharing your opinion of the book.  Authors love it and it helps a new book get a second glance.

I can’t wait to go shopping. See you at Smashwords.

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Mystery Thriller Week Book Review: Raging Falcon by Stephen Perkins

RAGING FALCONRAGING FALCON by Stephen Perkins

 

 

  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Publisher: STAR BORN PUBLISHING LLC. (September 18, 2016)
  • Publication Date: September 18, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LYJFTG2

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Indie vs. Big Six: The war rages on! Guest Post by Steven Perkins

Indie vs. Big Six: The war rages on!

The following may seem controversial.

And yet, evidence looms the ‘big six’ traditional publishers may be covertly manipulating or stifling indie book sales!

The sort of tactics about to be revealed will no doubt seem underhanded, even morally repugnant. Though dubious, these may not be considered unlawful or unfair in the normal scheme of legitimate corporate business practices. Both online retailers and major publishers are in the business of selling books to make a profit. From the perspective of maintaining a profitable business model, online retailers are more likely to feature products that are perceived to have better long-term sales potential, than upstart products perceived to have little or no overall market impact. But, like any new movement, whether political or literary, there will always be resistance. It seems there is no exception when it comes to ongoing efforts on the part of the ‘big six’ to hamper the market growth of indie authors and publishers. It could very well, most indie authors are not even aware of the weapons used against them. Ultimately, it can be difficult to police tactics one may not be fully aware. After all, one cannot effectively fight an enemy that refuses to reveal itself on the battlefield.

Not too long ago, encountering a harrowing story involving an aggrieved independent ‘romance’ author, one decided to curiously investigate. What one at first found, seemed incredulous. However, under greater scrutiny, the story of this anonymous author gained credence. The indie author in question claimed to have made a shocking discovery. She found her digital sales may have been capped via what can only be described as covert skullduggery.

Though appearing to sell briskly, her book was inexplicably halted at a certain rank in the best-selling category list, while similar books affiliated with big six publishers, not selling as comparatively well over the same sales period, continued to rise. Of course, this unfairly limited her book’s visibility, which meant not only was her title capped at a certain rank, it began to plummet shortly thereafter. After employing some investigation of her own, she discovered that sales algorithms were being manipulated in favor of titles published by the big six, perceived by the online retailers to be bigger sellers over the long haul. While the author appeared to possess no ability to pursue legal recourse, this underhanded scenario may not be an isolated case. Consulting various online indie author blogs, similar experiences appeared to have been luridly detailed.

What does this ultimately mean?

 

BIG SIX COLLUDING WITH ONLINE RETAILERS!

 

It may imply unscrupulous, but apparently not unlawful collusion, between big six publishers and major online book retailers. Obviously, such continued covert practices leave indie authors out in the cold, suffering from limited visibility and loss of increased sales growth. The real story in all of this speaks to a more cogent, but less obvious analysis. While big six publishers may collude with online retailers to better position their digital titles over those of indie authors, they are also able to continually exert greater influence and control over print copy distribution and pricing.

Let’s face it, despite growing popularity for digital books, sales of print copies, in the way of paperbacks and hard covers, is still where the real revenue is generated.

Considering this aspect of the publishing business, the big six still hold a commanding advantage over their indie counterparts. Recently, an example of this reared its ugly head in an ongoing dispute between Amazon and a major publisher over print copy price fixing. Naturally, the major publisher claimed Amazon’s pricing policies per their print titles worked against their best long-term business interests. The essence of the dispute involved Amazon’s repeated efforts to discount all print titles. Seeking greater control, the big publisher invoked what is termed the ‘agency model’, meaning while Amazon’s list price was significantly lower than the publisher’s suggested price, the latter was still able to collect royalties at a higher price point, while still able to move the same number of units corresponding to the discounted rate.

One can only imagine Amazon’s jocular reaction if indie authors bravely endeavored in attempting to negotiate for themselves such a lucrative arrangement. These sorts of scenarios demonstrate the disadvantages indie authors face in open market competition against a foe possessing both superior financial and negotiating resources.

Is there no recourse for indie authors in gaining for themselves similar market leverage?

The irony in this; in obtaining favor from online retailers for ultimate control over print distribution and pricing, the big six are continually at a disadvantage when it comes to digital publications. If indie authors continue to consistently publish digital works consisting of high quality content coupled with comparatively lower pricing, ultimate victory in the long term over the big six, seems not only realistic but perhaps, inevitable!

 

  Steven Perkins has written two engaging books that have been well received and rewarded with excellent reviews on Amazon. This guest post allows Steven to speak to an issue that has not been addressed openly but needs to be.  I offered my blog as a way for Steven to pass along his insights as well as bring his work to light. As one of over 200 respected MTW authors, I am glad to give him this opportunity. You can find Steven Perkins books, Raging Falcon and American Siren, on Amazon both in paperback and Kindle Unlimited.

During MysteryThrillerWeek you can learn more about Steven and his two books when he hosts an hour on Facebook February 12th, 10:00 PM EST.

By signing up as a Mystery Thriller Week fan on the website, you will have full access to all event such as this one.

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Duology Book Reviews: The Hawk of Stone Series, by Jessica Hernandez


Capering on Glass Bridges(The Hawk of Stone Book 1)

Capering on Glass Bridges (The Hawk of Stone Duology, Book 1)Capering on Glass Bridges by Jessica Hernandez

  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publication Date: August 21, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0149RPWX4

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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New Release: Book Review: Running Back to Him by Evelyn Rosado

Running Back To HimRunning Back To Him by Evelyn Rosado
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just finished this new release and I have to say what a great read. Magnolia Graham, Mags as she likes to be called has just been dumped by her boyfriend. That is making her crazy. She never saw it coming and she is feeling broken. Being dumped by the popular boy also gets her removed from the most popular list of friends and suddenly her life seems meaningless. So she goes back to her old table at lunch and back to her old friend, Justine and back to her life as an invisible person. It is at lunch that she and her old BFF, Justine, make a plan that involves a fake romance.

They pick Kellen who just happens to be her old childhood friend, and the current star player of the football team, as the fake boyfriend. If they play things right then it will make her look like she is not a loser that has just been dumped. The plan should be perfect, after all he just got dumped too.

The story is fun, yet tender. I loved Mags and I loved Kellen even that time that he behaved like a jerk. Every fake relationship has its ups and downs, doesn’t it? What about when the fake boyfriend, Kellen happens to be the one that Magnolia really has been crushing on for years?

The story was so alive with emotion and how a young girl feels when her heart is in turmoil. There is more to Mags than just this recent upheaval. She has suffered more this last year than one person should. So the story sheds light on her past as well as her present situation. There is also more to Kellen than just his football status.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review. I was so glad that I was fortunate enough to read this. It is a book that enriched my life. This book has layers of emotion. There is more to the story than just a romance gone wrong. There are real life problems, pain and heartbreak. Evelyn Rosado really knows how to express a young person’s heart.

I really liked this book and highly recommend it. It has the best and well rounded characters. Characters that are both quirky and adorable. This book proves not everything is as simple or as golden as one might believe about another persons life.

The new release is now available through KindleUnlimited and as a Kindle Edition on Amazon

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Book Review: Escape from the Past: The Duke’s Wrath by Annette Oppenlander

Escape from the Past: The Duke's WrathEscape from the Past: The Duke’s Wrath by Annette Oppenlander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Max Anderson is a teenage boy that lives in Germany with his mother. Jimmy is his friend who has a video game designer for a father. Max had coaxed his friend to allow him to try out their newest game.
Things went strange for Max not long after he entered the game. He found himself feeling like he was actually living the game. The problem was that the game was set in the middle ages.

Max found a boy around his age named Bero. He was relieved that Bero allowed him to stay at his hovel. Max finds himself struggling to not stand out dressed in his modern clothes and his modern speech.

The adventure Max is living is interesting and you really get a good sense of his personality. He is a caring guy and he tries to help whenever he can. Times are dangerous for serfs like Bero and his family. These are times where people are burned at the stake if witchcraft is suspected, and Max tends to get questioning looks from the community members every time he does something odd or opens his mouth.

The adventure continues as Max is in a dangerous situation. After meeting Bero’s sister, Juliana, he tries to save her and save her life. He is making himself noticed and he doesn’t need that. But he can not resist helping these people he is living with.

This book is one huge fun adventure. The people are gritty and they feel like actual people. I was not wanting the end to come. I want to continue this story with Max. I was provided a copy of this book by the Author in exchange for an honest review.


Escape from the Past is available in both Paperback and Kindle on Amazon

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Free eBook In Exchange For A Review

My book, The Path of the Child has been published and I would like to have some people read and review it for me.  I have copies available starting tomorrow on Amazon.com for Free.  If you can’t wait until tomorrow, then I can send a copy through email.  This will allow me to have comments on Amazon and / or Goodreads.com.  This sure would be a great deal for me.  All I need to know is your email address and what kind of reader you use. I have it available in Mobi, Epub and PDF version.  I can’t tell you how much I would appreciate your time.

Let me tell you a little about the book.  The main character is Melanie and she has had a solitary lonely life.  She is offered friendship by a boy in her class and he opens many doors for her.  There is a mystery about her family and she and Robert set off on a quest for answers.

I call The Path of the Child a work of fiction, but I have had readers call it a feel good coming of age story and it has also been called a YA book.  I leave it to you to categorize it for yourself.  My email address is vicgoodwin@gmail.com if you want to send me an email and not announce your email address on my blog.

Again, thank you for your consideration on this. I hope you enjoy the free book and will take time to review it for me.  It doesn’t take much to post a review, just a few words about how you felt about the book.  IMG_0138