#BookReview – #TopReads2016 – 30 A+ #5Stars Books You Should be Reading in 2016

I am so excited to have taken THREE spots on the “Ms. Bird Lady: The Intellectual Blog” and her post titled “#BookReview – #TopReads2016 – 30 A+ #5Stars Books You Should be Reading in 2016”

Three of my books, listed below, made her list.




Well, after the last two “Top Authors You Should be Reading in 2016” posts (10 Indie Chick-lit Authors You Should Be Reading in 2016 and 5 More Indie Chick-lit Authors You Should Be Rea…

Source: #BookReview – #TopReads2016 – 30 A+ #5Stars Books You Should be Reading in 2016

Finding Success as an Indie Author

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By Traci Sandersimage

Finding Success as an Indie Author
© Traci Sanders

I’ve been in the publishing business for a few years now.
I’ve been part of a few online books clubs, have connected with many other authors, and have reviewed several Indie books.
One question that I constantly hear from new (and some seasonal) authors: How can I sell more books or get more reviews?
This question truly has three answers: time, marketing, and great writing.

It takes time to sell books. Why? Because as an author, you are not just selling your books; you are selling YOU. Your thoughts, beliefs, ideas, likes, dislikes, and personality. All of these things shine through in your books, whether you realize it or not. The readers don’t know you yet. They haven’t read your writing before so they don’t know if it’s worth their time. In this instant gratification society…

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Countdown Deals and KDP Select Free Promos: What’s the Current Status?

The effectiveness of Kindle Countdown Deals and free promos for e-books enrolled in KDP Select has changed over time – another #MustRead by Chris McMullen


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The effectiveness of Kindle Countdown Deals and free promos for e-books enrolled in KDP Select has changed over time.

In the beginning, when KDP Select free promos were first introduced, they were highly effective, often being grabbed by the thousands without any effort on the part of the author. But the success of unadvertised free promos dwindled quickly, as more and more authors began giving away their e-books away for free and as the perceived value diminished from the customer’s perspective. For a couple of years, free promos seemed to have a bad rap.

When the Kindle Countdown Deal came along, many authors who had previously used the KDP Select free promos switched to Countdown Deals. This actually helped in a couple of ways:

  • There were fewer free e-books on the market, since you can’t…

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“PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK – Today’s RRBC Author – Jenny Hinsman

Hello readers – today on THE GUNDERSTONE REVIEW, as well as on ALL of my social media sites, I am going to spotlight, promote, and propel one of my fellow authors from my online book club – #RaveReviews BookClub ( #RRBC )

I have volunteered three days in total this week for our “PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK” effort which will showcase three different Rave Reviews Book Club authors.

If you are an author and want this kind of support, you can get in on “that action” via membership to the #RaveReviews BookClub.

Today I am spotlighting – Jennifer Hinsman, author of Angel of Death and Souls: A Novel

Author Bio: Jenny graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in business. She currently resides in Michigan with her husband, two sons, a furry son (pet dog) and a furry daughter (pet cat). Jenny is an avid reader and loves to escape with a great book. She is a huge animal lover and supports rescue organizations that help save all kinds of four-legged family members and more. All of her family pets have been rescues.

AngelaAngel of Death – BOOK BLURB: Friends from college, Tancy and Audrey love one another like family. They grew up in very different worlds, one poor, with absent, drug-addicted parents, the other with wealth and privilege. As roommates, they delve into the seedy world of escorts as they try to solve a cold case murder from Tancy’s childhood. Chance meetings and twists of fate alter both their lives. Romance, steamy sex and danger await the women, as everything about the murder is uncovered. Shocking details emerge that change their lives forever and reinforces the bond of true friendship.




SoulsSouls: A Novel – BOOK BLURB: Souls is the unforgettable story of Ann, and the painful death of her twin sister, Celeste. Ann sets out on a quest to find the killer of her womb-mate following the subsequent death of her parents and after depression nearly kills her.

Ann finds herself in California seeking out a Hollywood producer as the perpetrator and while there finds her soul coming back to life when she meets a young actor, Tyler Peters. She cringes at the idea of dating someone younger and becoming a ‘cougar’, but she may be able to use him for his Hollywood connections. An astonishing electricity between the two turns to a passionate and deep love that is tested by an unpredictable twist that comes when Ann figures out who is behind her sister’s death.


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Email: hinsmanj@gmail.com
Blog/Website: http://hinsmanj.wordpress.com
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Kindle Unlimited KENP Read up 17%!


Kindle Unlimited up 17 percent


Here is some good news for KDP Select authors and for Kindle Unlimited subscribers (indirectly, since this good news for authors benefits the readers, too).

The KENP pages read rate rose up to $0.00479 per page in February, 2016 up from $0.00411 per page in January, 2016.

It’s not because there were 2 more days in January. (Being leap year, there were 29 days this February.) The ratio 29/31 would only account for less than half the difference.

We had two reasons to expect the KENP per-page rate to increase:

  • KENPC v2.0 began February 1, 2016, with a perceived decrease on average. A small reduction to the total number of KENP pages available to be read would result in a corresponding increase in the per-page rate.
  • January, 2016 appeared to reflect holiday traffic. It’s typical for some of that holiday traffic to taper somewhat. The…

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Let’s Talk Book Clubs by Mae Clair: Rave Reviews Book Club #RRBC

From the Pen of Mae Clair

Happy Saint Paddy’s Day!

Grab yourself something green and pull up a virtual seat. I’d like to talk book clubs.

If you’re a writer and/or a reader you’ve probably stumbled across several online book clubs that offer resources and networking. I’ve been doing the publishing game since 2012 and in the process have tried several. Sadly, none were a good fit. A few promised networking but ended up being little more than endless “buy my book” promos. I ditched those immediately. Others offered forums that never really matched what I was looking for, and one or two, while providing handy resources, lacked a sense of community.


I’d about given up on finding one that was a good fit, and then a friend (thank you, Craig Boyack) pointed me in the direction of Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC) run by Nonnie Jules. Um…if there is a fairy Godmother of…

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