Rave Reviews Book Club – #onthemarquee

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You can too.

The Marquee Project

Today is the last day of Pay It Forward week, and I thought it fitting to end the week by placing Rave Reviews Book Club on the marquee.

If you have had many personal converations with me, or you follow my daily personal blog, The Year of Blogging Faithfully, you know that self-promotion is a struggle for me. I just don’t like doing it. I am a fairly confident person, extremely proud of my work, and I know that self-promotion is absolutely necessary for an indie author. And yet I hate it. I love promoting my friends. I love being someone else’s advocate. I love shining the spotlight on someone I believe in. I just love that! But that doesn’t sell books – at least not mine. That doesn’t bring awareness to my work.

Or does it?

Self-promotion is necessary. I know that. If only I could find a group…

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Another five book giveaway at Goodreads for Another Sunset

The five book giveaways at Goodreads have spurred a lot of interest so I decided to run another one through the end of February.

The details are below – good luck to you.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Another Sunset by Jason Zandri

Another Sunset

by Jason Zandri

Giveaway ends February 28, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

New sales peaks for Another Sunset

Kindle sales for Another Sunset jumped Tuesday February 17th (likely from sales the day prior) and these jumps shattered all prior sales records. New reviews have been posted on Amazon and Goodreads and some of these sales are the likely result of those.

Also, my membership and aggressive participation in the Rave Reviews Book Club is also adding to the visibility and promotion of the book in the reading community. (You can join HERE – be sure to let them know Jason Zandri / @GUNDERSTONE sent you). 

It is always exciting to reach new highs. Generally after hitting the new peak the number drops off but so far it’s been higher lows and then the sales swing up to new highs.

The Kindle title has been out just ten weeks and I am really excited over the momentum.

Today at the highest point the Amazon Best Sellers Rank was 37,581 in the Paid Kindle Store.

Full stats

We added the book to a new category over the weekend All Books > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction and it jumped on the sales to 1,357.

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In the ALL BOOKS rank it clipped the old number of 81,965 to reach as high as 58,194.

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Below are the rest of the stats in the other categories:

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Before Another Sunset and Another Sunset Kindle e-book giveaway

As my most recent Goodreads Giveaway wraps up and I prepare to ship the physical copies out to the winners I have decided to have my own drawing for five Kindle version copies of Another Sunset and the recently released novella prequel Before Another Sunset

To enter you simply need to FOLLOW my blog The GUNDERSTONE review and LIKE my Author Facebook Page. That’s it. Nothing else to do but both of those items.

On Saturday February 28, 2015 at 9AM EST I will randomly select five winners from those subscribers to receive BOTH books as Kindle e-versions.

If there are any questions feel free to reach out to me, otherwise, best of luck to you.

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Goodreads Book Giveaway for Another Sunset has ended! Winners have been notified that they have won

Thank you everyone who entered my most recent Goodreads Book Giveaway for one of five signed copies of “Another Sunset”

Five winners have been chosen and I will ship out their copies on Monday.

613 people entered the giveaway which allowed it to climb into the 361 most requested giveaway out of 2,910 titles.

I will likely set up another giveaway for the second half of February via Goodreads. Please feel free to follow my blog to keep up with my writing and of course, the contests and giveaways.

Thank you so much for your interest in my book Another Sunset and the recently released novella prequel Before Another Sunset
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BOOK REVIEW – “Magnolia Secrets” by Beth Hale

Magnolia Secrets (Magnolia Series, Book One)Magnolia Secrets by Beth Hale

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two fresh starts offset one another and set worlds into parallel motion.

FOUR STARS * * * *

Lainey was free. She had prepared to leave an unstable world behind her. She was ready to make a brand new life and start it off passionately with Walker, the handsome stranger. It was going to be a heat of a moment launch; a grabbing of the new life by the reigns and taking it for all it was worth.

Walker Bell was in the right place at the right time. He was on his way to a new job in a quiet place, when he happened into that fortune, as their paths crossed that fateful evening.
After the chance encounter, she was gone; much as those nights of singular passion come full circle.

Walker moved along and took up residence in his departed great aunt’s place in New Hope. He was starting a new job there as an officer, working under Police Chief Evan Holley.
The small town with Oak lined sidewalks and a small downtown, with little shops and storefronts, was a far cry from big city Biloxi where he served prior.

As he gets settled in, unpacks, and begins to learn his way around, events take a turn when he discovers at Chief Holley’s picnic that the Lainey he met on his way to New Hope was Lainey Holley and things were not as they seemed.

As more events unfold, the circumstances destabilize for Officer Walker Bell and Lainey Holley as their worlds collide.

I recommend “Magnolia Secrets” by Beth Hale – * * * * Four Stars (out of five)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1196217169

http://www.amazon.com/review/R6MGBMFMBAMUF

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BOOK REVIEW – “Children Who Never Grow Old” by Kathy Golden

Children Who Never Grow OldChildren Who Never Grow Old by Kathy Golden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Three short tales containing an element of the supernatural.

FOUR STARS * * * *

Children Who Never Grow Old is a short, 15 page read of three stories: Little Mirrors, Tiffany’s Escapes, and Protected.

Two are about the loss of a child from a familial context. The other is about predator, prey, and a magical protector.

All are very tightly written (as short as they are) and they are very well done works for such condensed efforts.

Each story quickly sets the scene and delivers the full tale – again, very impressively done with such short stories.

For me, the only thing I had trouble with was making a connection to the characters (which is a personal preference of mine when I read). Having said that, it doesn’t take away from any of the tales.

I recommend “Children Who Never Grow Old” by Kathy Golden – * * * * Four Stars (out of five)

http://www.amazon.com/review/R394JAM9KIWBV2

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1195914699

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FROM THE BLOG OF – How To Garner Reviewer Interest – by D A Bale

D A Bale is an up and coming indie author who started up her blog at http://dabalepublishing.blogspot.com/ “A blog about indie authors for indie authors and readers alike” as she puts it “to take advantage of the rapidly advancing changes in the publishing industry”.

According to the rest of her profile – “I love to host blog tours and conduct author interviews and book reviews. It is my pleasure to use this forum to promote authors and inform readers.”

I just stumbled across her blog today as part of my own effort to promote my own novel and her four part series “How To Garner Reviewer Interest” is just too timely for me to not share with other indie authors so here are those posts and the direct links:

How To Garner Reviewer Interest – Part One
http://dabalepublishing.blogspot.com/2014/10/how-to-garner-reviewer-interest-part-one.html

How To Garner Reviewer Interest – Part Two
http://dabalepublishing.blogspot.com/2014/10/how-to-garner-reviewer-interest-part-two.html

How To Garner Reviewer Interest – Part Three
http://dabalepublishing.blogspot.com/2014/10/how-to-garner-reviewer-interest-part.html

How To Garner Reviewer Interest – Part Four
http://dabalepublishing.blogspot.com/2014/11/how-to-garner-reviewer-interest-part.html

Sage advice – read it, learn it, know it.

None of us are destined for greatness. That should not deter any of us from attempting to achieve great things.

BOOK REVIEW – Makai King (Makai Series Book 2) by Tara Fairfield

Makai King (Makai Series Book 2)Makai King by Tara Fairfield

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Undersea fantasy adventure where sins of man and nature collide.

FOUR STARS * * * *

As a member of the Rave Reviews Book Club, this book came to us as a recommended read during our weekly PUSHTUESDAY event. I preface this because I had not read book one prior and I feel there are parts of the story that I had less of a connection to because of that (but it still works well referencing back at points – I do wish there was just a little more of it). My review is based on the story’s self-containment in this book (book two).

I also want to preface that this is not my standard reading choice – the story is more geared to young adults and / or Christian and Religious Fiction readers but I did want to read it both because it came recommended by my peers and I am trying to broaden my reading base.

The story contains some real world problems (life, faith, family, strife, envy, pride, responsibility, etc.) wrapped up in a fantasy undersea world.

It was well written. It was rich in description and it allowed the characters to develop (and I presume “grow” and / or mature more from book one) and evolve into their own strong personas. The overarching message in the story was one of “classic” right versus wrong / good versus evil and the personal responsibility and commitment of will by the main characters (Tessa and Kupua) to see their beliefs and responsibilities through, without losing themselves and remaining true to their own nature.

I recommend “Makai King (Makai Series Book 2)” by Tara Fairfield – * * * * Four Stars (out of five)

http://www.amazon.com/review/R1S32ZGOEXWV00/

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1191413313

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