Wow! I can't believe how fast time flies by. I'm excited to update you on what I've been doing for the last few months. Print Books, Baby!
The process is underway and I'm announcing release dates in this post. I'm scattering out the release of each book to give each title the opportunity to become a #1 Bestseller. Also to break-up the cost for my readers. The paperback versions will be available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble.com, and through IngramSpark for public and school libraries and bookstores. Read on for more details on each book.
Book 1 A Diamond in My Pocket
- The interior changed a little. I removed the prologue after multiple readers’ opinions recommended I do so. Many of my readers didn’t even know I’d added one. I agree with everyone who said it changed the beginning tone of the series. So, it’s gone. For those of you who read the ebook a couple years ago, you’ll be in for a surprise with the print version. There’s more description and extended scenes. The main plotline is unchanged. Book one is currently available on Amazon, and Barnes&Noble.com for $14.99 USD. A Diamond in my Pocket is also on IngramSpark, discounted for libraries and bookstores.
Book 2 A Diamond in My Heart - As you see above, book 2 is in print form now. I'm so excited to be able to hold two of my books in my hands. Book two has gone through an overhaul and now has a few new scenes, extended existing scenes, and an overall improved reading experience.
Mark your calendar for May 15th as the release day of A Diamond in My Heart print version on Amazon. $14.99 USD
Book 3 The Diamond of Freedom has a new cover, different cover image, too. I had a professional photographer take the pictures on the front and back of book 3 of the actual pocket watch, diamond, and pouch from the book. The gemstones on the back are of the actual obsidian and gemstones I have. While the older cover also had the real watch and diamond/pouch, the image wasn’t clear enough to be on an IngramSpark cover. The interior has some minor changes to the current ebook’s content.
Mark your calendar for May 29th as the release day of The Diamond of Freedom print version on Amazon. $14.99 USD.
Book 4 The Diamond Bearers’ Destiny is heading off to the interior formatter. Minor changes were made to this storyline as I picked up on some small inconsistencies with the different powers and abilities. The cover’s file is being redesigned. I'll post an updated cover as soon as it's finished.
Mark your calendar for June 12th as the release day of The Diamond Bearers’ Destiny print version on Amazon. $14.99 USD.
Book 5 The Diamond Bearer’s Secret - While the interior content doesn’t need changes, the cover is being redesigned to flow with the rest of the book covers.
Mark your calendar for June 26th as the release date for The Diamond Bearer’s Secret print version on Amazon. $14.99 USD
Book 6 The Diamond Bearers’ Rising - The book cover is almost finished and the manuscript is being edited. After going through the process of submitting books for print and learning the amount of time needed to process files and approve proofs, I’m hopeful to be able to release book 6 in mid July in both ebook and print format.
If you've followed my series for a few years, you might be wondering: Why has this process taken so long to get into print? Well, there’s no one single answer to that question. I believe things come together when they’re ready to. As vague as that sounds, it’s true. My life, like yours I’m guessing, has had many ups and downs emotionally, financially, environmentally, etc. It feels like nothing goes as planned at times. However, I’ve continued to move forward at a snail’s pace. If you look at the fact that I released book one in 2011 and will release book six in 2017, that’s like releasing one book per year which isn’t too shabby. I now have real release dates for the print version books and am anxious to get the series out to readers and into libraries for readers with limited funds.
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On the price point, I chose the $14.99 amount based on other books in the same genre and on the expense involved for each book on my end. EBooks are definitely cheaper to produce than print, that’s for sure. In the end, time is money and I have to put a value on my time. I’m grateful to be able to submit to print-on-demand printers like CreateSpace, NookPrint, and IngramSpark. These printers and others like them make it possible to greatly reduce the amount of upfront money involved with putting my series into print.
AND LET'S NOT FORGET:
The Unaltered series is being optioned for film. Hollywood producers are trying to develop a movie of book one and I couldn't be more excited. I believe once the books grow in popularity, this will help the producers achieve the milestones needed to move forward with a movie. You can help this process by buying the books on Amazon on the release dates listed. With enough downloads, the books can reach #1 in their category--a status that will be noticed.
HOW COOL WOULD THIS BE?
Stay tuned for updates during this release process. Tuesdays are TUESDAY NEWSDAYS. I'll post important changes or updates on Tuesdays. Also, newsletter subscribers will be kept current on new news. You can subscribe to my Awesome Fans Newsletter at the top of the page.
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It's Diamond Giveaway Time!
****CONTEST ENDED**** Who will be the next Diamond Bearer? Will it be you? Contest runs Nov. 1-30, 2016.
Are you unfamiliar with The Unaltered series and the Sanguine Diamond? Here's a quick spoiler-free explanation: A Diamond in My Pocket, bk one of The Unaltered series (currently FREE on Amazon, Nook, iTunes, Smashwords) introduces a secret universe existing within our own. In this world, cosmic energy grants superhuman abilities, and people of like ability band together in clans for both safety and community. Flesh-ripping demons prowl at night, drawn to the cosmic energy.
Governments spy on clans, clans spy on governments, and trusting the wrong person may carry a terrible price. The Sanguine Diamond is a legendary, magical stone that resurfaces when it's demanded as ransom in exchange for the release of prisoners of each clan. The heroine of the story is secretly given the diamond to transport safely to the delivery event. Close contact with the stone empowers her with all of the different cosmic powers, allowing her to see the future, read minds, heal injuries, etc., exposing traitors, conspiracies, and a doomed future... one she feels compelled to change. A Diamond in My Pocket
is an International bestseller and is being optioned for film.
Congratulations to the winner: Christa Y.
I'm looking for interested people to help promote the launch of book six, The Diamond Bearers' Rising. I'm so excited to move forward with this series and would love to have you join in the fun. Right now the series is being pitched by Hollywood movie producers to big name studios. Wouldn't it be fantastic to be a part of a "rising" franchise? (See what I did there?)
I'll be rewarding my launch team members with a signed paperback copy of book six and other exclusive series merchandise not available anywhere else. As a team member you would help me spread the word about the book release for approximately three weeks through social media outlets. So, naturally, you'll need to have at least one, preferably two or more, online accounts ie: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.
You do not need to have read all of The Unaltered series books to join, just be willing to promote, promote, promote.
To request to join the launch team, please fill out the form below.
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Announcing August's $25 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway Winner: --Cynthia D.
Thanks for being an "Awesome Fans" newsletter subscriber, Cynthia. I've sent you an email with instructions how to claim your giftcard.
I also gave away two $5 Amazon Giftcards. The winners are: --Leslie Collis & --Alicia Weiler
The $5 Giveaway was hosted through my new Facebook group: Avid Readers, Free Books
Both winners have been notified through Facebook. You are welcome to join my group: Click Here.
This is one super-exciting giveaway where one lucky winner will win $500 bucks! Plus, several authors, including myself, are giving away free ecopies of their books. The whole idea of this giveaway is for this group of authors to gain more followers on their Bookbub author profiles and increase social media presence. Don't pass up this opportunity to win BIG and support these hard-working Indie authors!
June's Giveaway has ended. Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to the winners! Their names are posted on the Current Promotions page
Thanks for reading!
$25 Amazon eCard
Every month I give away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky newsletter subscriber as a way to say "Thank You" for your support. However, I'm going to begin choosing a winner in a slightly different way. I'll send out a newsletter to my subscribers and those who respond back will be entered to win the gift card. So watch for the email before the 5th of each month and respond promptly and good luck!
If you haven't signed up for my newsletter yet, you can do so HERE.
Hey, Unaltered Fans. Here's a chance for you to win a Kindle Fire 6" HD & $100 Amazon eCard on Memorial Day--Winners will be announced on Memorial Day afternoon (5-7:00 pm EST)! Just click on the link and enter at the #1 site for reader giveaways--The Kindle Book Review. It's easy & fun. If you love reading, enter now; giveaway is May 23-30.
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A Diamond in My Pocket is listed under the Young Adult category for $0.99.
Happy Reading and good luck with the giveaway.
Congratulations to the November and December winners of the
Awesome Fans $25 Amazon Gift Cards:
November winner: Bob V.
December winner: Myra
In case you didn't know, every month on the first (or soon after) one of my newsletter subscribers is randomly selected to receive a free gift card. Just one of the perks of being an Awesome Fan. If you're not a subscriber, you can join my list here.
During the month of November, I participated in Choosy Bookworm's Holiday Extravaganza giveaway. I haven't received the list of winners yet, but as soon as I do, I'll post them here in an update.
In other news ... I am about to release book one, A Diamond in My Pocket, in print on Amazon. Long time coming (do you hear my grumblings?)! Subscribers to my Awesome Fans newsletter should watch your inbox for a newsletter in the next day or two for an exclusive offer and announcement of the title of book six. If you haven't subscribed yet, better do it quick. =)