Wednesday, 22 January 2014
You can grab the freebie right here.
Sunday, 19 January 2014
This new and expanded edition contains additional scenes and flashbacks cut from the original, and some background that had originally been planned to appear in the third book of the 'Chronicles' series. Overall, the book is now over 15% longer. The new edition is not designed to supersede the previous one, but rather to stand alone as an alternative version - a Director's Cut, if you will. The original plan had been to bundle this along with Maranatha under the umbrella title The Vanessa Descartes Files, and include scenes also deleted from the sequel, in a special bumper edition. But we thought we'd hold this idea until the third book has been released, and then put out all three as a special omnibus edition.
A release date for the third and final book, which ties up all remaining loose ends and provides a devastating climax to the whole series, is still far in the future but it remains a work in progress.
You can download it right here.
Sunday, 5 January 2014
The second volume of the Sword and the Ring graphic fantasy/mythology series is back on track at long last, with a tentative release date scheduled for the second part of the year, as well as some sketches for the next book in the Angel of Vengeance series...so watch this space.
Monday, 28 October 2013
The giveaway starts on October 29th, and runs until November 2nd.
UK readers can grab it here.
US readers can get it here.
Sunday, 27 October 2013
Mr. Skinn, the arch-fiend from 'Angel of Vengeance', is back in town and stronger and nastier than ever. When his henchmen turn up on Bosch's doorstep and demand back a magical sphere of dark and terrible power, Bosch and Aldaraia are forced to go on the run and seek help from the Lucifer's Bastards motorcycle gang.
All seems lost until some help appears from a very unexpected ally...one who was responsible for ripping off Aldaraia's wings and casting her down from heaven. Can an alliance of Heaven and Hell put an end to the evil schemes of Mr. Skinn for good, as a bloody showdown looms?
And when Lucifer himself shows up to make Bosch an offer, can the imp really refuse his own lord and master? With the sides now drawn, only a battle fought by the bravest – and boldest – can save the material world from the subjugation of Mr. Skinn and his mindless legions of beast-men. Whatever happens, Bosch, his friends and the rest of the world shall never be the same again.
'Dawn of Battle' is the epic conclusion to the First Trinity in the 'AoV' series. And it wouldn't be an 'AoV' tale without a good dollop of extreme over-the-top gore, supernatural sex, dark humour and otherworldly horror: 'Dawn of Battle' delivers all the good(ie)s in Spades!
Strictly adult readers only.
And now available right here.
|Bosch holds the sphere which imprisons the evil Crawlers of the Void|
|Cover portrait artwork of Aldaraia|
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Amid the usual cries from the usual suspects and their dogs regarding censorship, morality, freedom of speech and the unspeakable, outlaw nature of the Interwebz, I can't say I found many rational or vocal contributions from the group most likely to be affected by any of this: the indie writer/publisher. The most surprising thing to me is that it's taken this long for someone to notice.
Almost a year ago, when we began our aborted migration to Smashwords.com, I wrote about the user-generated content on that site thus in an FWB blog post:
"...there seems to be a heck of a lot of seriously gross-out porn freely available on SW. Perhaps it's just because there's an awful lot of it, but it's a slightly disturbing trend nonetheless, and not something I particularly like my own material to be associated with (although there's no accounting for potential buyers' browsing habits). I'm no prude and am pretty open-minded when it comes to adult material, but some of the titles alone in the viewers' and purchasers' lists makes me want to squirm. Well, as I always say: if you don't like it, don't look at it. I don't, so I won't, and that's all we have to say about that."
And as I recall, with one of the offending XXX-rated distributors being Kobo, Smashwords insist upon an ISBN for all works entered into that sales channel (along with Sony, Apple, and others). The assignation of an ISBN is no mere task, involving money, research and a letter to the relevant authorities: yet nobody, until now, seems to have clocked the fact that there were a growing number of works appearing with ludicrously graphic and disturbing titles which themselves could only hint at the twisted perversities contained within? I won't condemn this blog to cheap and nasty affiliations by quoting any of these titles but it was something that I, as an author found myself wondering: just how big is the market for perverted, deviant material, and is anybody going to do anything about it? (Amazon don't seem to mind - they cheerfully sell sex toys now on their main site, which in days gone past would have been kept under the counter in specialist sex shops.)
Well it came down to the lovably bumbling WH Smith to 'out' this issue in the most hilarious and British fashion. I stand back waiting to see how long it takes for eBooks to become the new 'filth' intended to corrupt everyone's children, as video games once were, or VHS cassettes in the bad old knee-jerk "Ban the sadist videos!" days.
To conclude on a serious note, I'd be interested to hear the opinions of all of you on this topic. Feel free to comment or email us with your thoughts, and if we get enough of a debate I'll publish them in a future post.
We need hardly remind our gentle readers that this is not the first time the publishing industry has been involved in Shock! Horror! moralistic headlines... ;)
Friday, 6 September 2013
"To promote your book via social media is important and noteworthy for a writer. There are significant facts that are not secret, but we forget about them when we have the need to use it. Promotion of a book on social media is not an easy thing, but only for those people who don’t have a desire to achieve a success. The first question is: how do you find your potential customers?
The first thing that you must do is to find your target audience. You should tell about your book, using social networking. Focus your attention on defining what types of people will be interested in your book. These are those who are ready to pay money for your book, because frankly speaking, they don’t have your knowledge, experience and want you to impact them this knowledge. Examine them and fall in love with them, comment on their blogs and display your interest to them.
We clarify the audience and you may begin to create commercial or ad marketing. You should find the blogs that connect with your book and write posts there. In this case use search systems, like Google, Bing, Yandex etc. In this way you can find the articles that link to your theme and to determine the main subjects that are of interest to your future clients. Certainly you should be constantly on-line; if a customer has any questions after reading your posts or some extracts from your book, you should always be ready to answer these questions. If the consumer has to wait ‘til you answer, he’ll go to your competitor. Use your social media profile to connect with people, make new friends and invite them to your site or blog.
How to influence the audience? Introduce yourself, show your advantages, tell them that you like their work and what you like exactly; tell that you respect their interest and will share their blogs on your social networks and other channels. Now it’s time for you to offer them a valuable suggestion. Give the review of your book to users via email. Make sure that it’s your target audience and they are looking for new and fresh content. In addition, you can attach a covering letter. You may even give them an exclusive chapter, to encourage them in that way. It will be like an incentive for future cooperation. It is a bait that permanently works. Be sure! If it takes some time, don’t worry; you can’t achieve a success at once. Certainly to promote your book is not the same as promoting yourself, even as a writer. People will review only your work. You must understand it. Share your book content and add value to it. Promote your book and ideas instead of yourself. It is more profitable."
Finally, put the advertisement into masses. Promotion of the book online is necessary work, because the internet is one of the parts of our life.
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