Summer Kickoff: Update and Uneasy Spirits Sale

It has been 3 months since I wrote a substantive blog post. So you might be wondering, what have I been doing? The answer is simple, I actually started taking some of my own advice, and I have been concentrating on writing and getting more work out there and available rather than spending so much time marketing or giving everyone else advice. Did you miss me? Mostly, I have been writing short stories for my Victorian San Francisco series. If you want to see my most recent one, Mr. Wong Rights a Wrong, you can buy it for 99 cents Read more…

Is Kindle Countdown the new Free? Keeping books visible in 2014

For the past year there has been a good deal of hand-wringing over the question of KDP Select free promotions. Have they de-valued fiction, do they attract negative reviews, do they even work anymore? As anyone who regularly reads my blog posts knows, I have been a strong proponent of offering ebooks free for promotional purposes, and free promotions have been very good to me in terms of increasing my reviews and keeping my books visible and selling. However, I also believe one of the distinct advantages we have as indie authors is our ability to use our own sales Read more…

Bloody Lessons on Kindle Countdown

In Bloody Lessons, it is the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, 1880, and the teachers of San Francisco are under attack: their salaries slashed and their competency and morals questioned in a series of poison pen letters.  Annie Fuller, the reluctant clairvoyant, has been called in to investigate by Nate Dawson, her lawyer beau, and the case becomes personal when they discover that Laura, Nate’s sister, may be one of the teachers targeted for attack. In this installment in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, readers will find the same blend of a cozy mystery and romantic suspense, played out against Read more…

Holiday Gift Promotions

Thanks to the fans of my Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, 2013 turned out to be another excellent year for me as an Indie Author. So in a spirit of gratitude I thought I would run a series of different holiday promotions, discounting my books in various ways. First, at $6. 99, this newly published box set of the first three ebooks in my series represents a greater than 40% discount of the combined cost of the three novels. Nearly a 1000 pages of Victorian romance and mystery and perfect as a gift to give to readers of  almost any Read more…