Saturday, April 21, 2018

New Facelift for Daniel's Fork!

The Daniel's Fork series has been re-edited and given fresh new covers. Each book has also been retitled. Why the extreme actions?

It has been not only an immense amount of work, but it has also been rather emotionally painful to do the changes. Strongheart's Woman and Daniel's Fork are my first novels and dear to me. They are also what I consider my best work as they are truly original in theme and genre: so much so, that they have been hard to place in popular genres and difficult to market. 

As a new author, I had difficulty choosing their titles. It seems now that the old titles were not evocative of the proper images in the minds of contemporary readers. When someone thinks of the word "fork" now-a-days, the image that comes to mind is the eating type of fork- and not a fork (branching) in a road or a river. 

The old covers were also not properly evocative either. The new covers address the actual themes more effectively. The Hunter's Snare (previously Daniel's Fork) cover pulls its theme from the hunt for the killer and emphasizes the male protagonist rather than the healer. 

The old cover for Strongheart's Woman (now Fire Dance) gave an erotica vibe that was misleading. The Fire Dance cover is darker and mysterious as well as romantic. 

The short prequel to the series, "Edge of the World," has disappeared as a stand-alone story. It has been incorporated as the first four chapters of Hunter's Snare. This change provides a tighter background to the novel and strengthens the characterization. 

I hope that readers like and embrace the changes in the series. A new book in the now titled Future Past series is close on the works and due to be released in the next few months.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

How Do Best-Selling Lists Differ?

These are listings for Bestsellers (ebooks) as of today at four major sellers: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, and iBooks. Silly of me to expect that best sellers would reflect across the board on all sites. Not true. Every list is different.

Barnes & Noble Top-Selling Nook Books Today

1. The Key to Rebecca- Ken Follett
2. After Anna- Lisa Scottoline
3. A Higher Loyalty- James Comey
4. The Sixth Day- Catherine Coulter
5. Wicked in His Arms- Stacy Reid
6. A History of God- Karen Armstrong
7. The Night Child- Anna Quinn
8. The Thief- J.R. Ward
9. I've Got My Eyes on You- Mary Higgins Clark
10. Shoot First- Stuart Woods

Amazon's Top "Paid" Kindle Books Today

1. A Higher Loyalty- James Comey
2. Switch on Your Brain- Dr. Carolyn Leaf
3. Say You're Sorry- Melinda Leigh
4. The Key to Rebecca- Ken Follett
5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People- Stephen R. Covey
6. The Coaching Habit- Michael Bungay
7. The Winter Over- Mathew Iden
8. When Never Comes- Barbara Davis
9. It Ends With Her- Brianna Labuskes
10. The Hiding Place- Corrie Ten Boom

iBooks Top Paid Books Today.

1. A Higher Loyalty- James Comey
2. The Disappeared- C.J. Box
3. Shoot First- Stuart Woods
4. After Anna- Lisa Scottoline
5. Devil's Waltz- Jonathan Kellerman
6. Red Alert- James Patterson
7. Socrates- Paul Johnson
8. Great Alone- Kristin Hannah
9. The Glass Forrest- Cynthia Swanson
10. Little Fires- Celeste Ng

Kobo (I could only get "Now Trending.") All are eBooks. 

1. The Key to Rebecca- Ken follet
2. The Next Girl- Carla Kovach
3. A Higher Loyalty- James Comey
4. A History of God- Karen Armstrong
5. The Night Child- Anna Quinn
6. With This Ring- Amanda Quick
7. The King's Deception- Steve Berry
8. Fluent Forever- Gabriel Wyner
9. The Last Good Man- Linda Nagata
10. Contemporary Songwriting- Toby Koeningsberg
11. The Thief- J.R. Ward

Points to Ponder:
1. Only One book was on all four lists and it is a non-fiction book- A Higher Loyalty by James Comey.

2. The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follet was on 3 lists.

3. The Night Child, After Anna, and A History of God were on two common lists.

4. Other than those books, the sites  all differed in their bestsellers' titles. The few titles in common also differed in placement. For example, A Higher Loyalty was   #3 in B&N, #1 in Amazon, #1 in iBooks, and #3 in Kobo.

5. There are very few romances. The lists are heavy on suspense and mysteries.

6. Every site has at least two nonfiction books on its top ten sellers. Amazon actually has four: A Higher Loyalty, Switch On Your Brain, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and The Coaching Habit.  

Interesting, right? 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

My Picks from Today's 100 Top Free in Kindle.

On today's Kindle Top 100 Free books, there are several books PROBABLY worth reading. Emphasis on the word "probably" because I chose by considering the number of ratings, the average rating, the blurb, and the genre. I have not yet read any of these. 

There are many books other than these that are probably great reads but don't have as many ratings. Reviews, in today's reading market, are not easy to get.  As an author, I refuse to beg for reviews or give away free books in exchange for them. Many authors feel as I do. 

I also tend to stay away from the abundant crop of free shifter, billionare, Taming xxx, and end-of-the-world themes. 

#9 This book comes in with 633 reviews and a 4.6 stars average. The setting is Dublin, Ireland, 1925.

#1 in Free List today with  4.4 stars average on 540 reviews. This is the story of a missing child and the investigator trying to find her before it's too late. 

#37  This one comes in with 4.6 stars average on 721 reviews. This is a Time-travel romance set in 14th-century Italy.

#60 This is a fast-paced action thriller with an aver 4.4 out of 456 reviews.

I picked #79 because the blurb sounds fascinating. A 4.3 stars average on 139 reviews. This is a paranormal suspense thriller that takes place in 16th-century Germany.

Mmmm.... A book not fiction with 1,446 reviews? This is a bargain for those struggling with weight problems.

With 1,214 reviews and a 4.4 aver, comes #86. This is a suspense thriller with White House connections!

There are plenty of Free reads today with excellent ratings. As usual, I tried to select a variety of genres, and those I thought would appeal to a wide range of reading interests. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Interested in Paranormal Romance? Wonder how it became so popular? I am happy to share the following article written by paranormal author Kiersten Fay. I love the genre and have my own Angel's Guardian and the brand new Once Chosen paranormal romance reads. I agree that we are now experiencing the golden age of paranormal romance.