Reaper VII: Soul Talker now “live” for download from Amazon (Kindle)!

February 19, 2013 at 5:40 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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So…

…….after a lengthy wait, I have, for your reading pleasure, edited and released Reaper VII: Soul Talker, the next installment in my Reaper Series following the adventures of nephalim vigilante Samantha Bennet!

At 61, 800 words, this is a bit longer than most volumes in my Reaper Series, which i think is what a lot of my readers were hoping for.

Currently, this novel is available only on Kindle from Amazon (amazon.co.uk, amazon.ca, amazon.com, amazon.de, et al) — however, in 90 days’ time, i will be making it available via Smashwords, who distributes to Apple and other platforms.

I hope that you enjoy this one!

I had a lot of fun sorting out ways to ruin Samantha’s life… but also, to place a dim flickering light at the end of the tunnel, in the form of a new, powerful and resourceful ally!

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress and Neophyte Self-Editor-Publisher

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Cancelling Amazon exclusivity of books…

March 8, 2012 at 9:48 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

……as soon as my arrangements through Kindle Direct Publishing reach their 90-day agreement deadline, I am going to be uploading my books to Smashwords — again.  Shortly after uploading to both Amazon and Smashwords, I saw Amazon’s KDP offer for their Prime program/Owners Lending Library, where for each borrowed novel you recieved a percentage of the total borrows sales.  I now feel that being able to attract readers from platforms other than the Kindle is far more advantageous than limiting my audience to Kindle users (Smashwords uses and distributes to far more formats — readable by Kobo, etc).

Some of the books currently available on Amazon will not reach their 90-day exclusivity until the end of May.  Others have already “expired” and I did not “roll-them-over” for another period/term.

Anotherwords, some of my previously Kindle-only works are going to be appearing on Smashwords shortly.

Also, I have a number of titles that i am going to be issuing as Second Editions and re-releasing in the next few months, as well as some brand-new never-before seen titles that are slowly typing themselves into existence…

I am going to try to release at least 1 title ever 1 – 2 months.

I am no longer going to be making my titles KDP exclusive.  I want to reach a broader audience, and even though Amazon’s market is far larger than Smashwords (at least their reach seems to be wider), Smashwords will make for greater accessibility of my work (which is what I am striving for).

My apologies to any readers I may have alienated for my choices in the past, and to Kindle Prime readers who likely will no longer be able to get my novels for $0.00 after the 90-day terms end.

Thank you for your time.

I look forward to giving you hours of entertainment in the near future!

Sincere regards and happy reading,

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur and Apologetic Fumbling Self-Published-Self-Promoted-Self-Marketed Author

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Reaper I – V: The First Collection ~ Download it for FREE tomorrow!

February 28, 2012 at 10:14 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

…….I just programmed the first FREE promotion for Reaper I – V: The First Collection at Amazon.

You can get this 127,000 word volume FREE February 29 (Leap Year, as I promised certain individuals) and March 1, 2012.

What exactly are you downloading for free?

The Kindle collection of Reaper I: The Beginning, Reaper II: Neophyte, Reaper III: Rookies, Reaper IV: Daddy, Reaper V: To Skins!!!

And just what is Reaper?

A better question to ask is, what is a Reaper.

Or better yet, who is the Reaper…

Visit the link at  http://www.amazon.com/Reaper-First-Collection-ebook/dp/B007ET7UZ8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1330467037&sr=8-2  for the book blurb, to view the first few pages, and whatnot.

As always, sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress and Aspiring Household Paranormal/Action-Adventure Icon *lol*

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Reaper V: Two Skins — FREE download Leap Year & March 1st!

February 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

 

So….

…….I finished the edit for Reaper V: Two Skins yesterday, wrote the copy/blurb, and uploaded it to Amazon!

It will be available for FREE download February 29 & March 1st!

If you are looking to turn a friend unto my Reaper Series, I am releasing the first five books in the collection sometime this week (if I get my butt in gear this morning, it too may end up FREE Leap Year and March 1st! Otherwise, it is going to retail for $3.99, basically like getting one of the five novellas for free!  Amazon allows 5 days of free download promotions, and I will advertise the days that you can get my releases for free on this Blog and via twitter!).

I guess I should get to work on that!

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress Who Is Somewhat Inspired This Early A.M. (it’s 6:35am here right now… a truly ungodly time to be up on a day off!)

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Reaper V: WIP (Work In Progress)

February 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

…….I’m about 75% finished polishing, tweeking, steering and otherwise editing Reaper V: To Skins (which i am hereby re-naming Two Skins, because it makes so much more sense). With “To Skin” I was trying to imply that this practice involved something being adhered/writ literally “to the skin” or “to skins”.  Two Skins (having two skins) is a so much more simple, beautiful, and self-explanatory concept.

I really hope that readers will enjoy this installment, which I hope to have out for by Leap Year (and as a Free read on Amazon somewhere around that time).  I think that I will offer Reaper V: Two Skins for free for about a three day period (instead of five) and reserve the remaining two days for another block of time (a random weekend somewhere).

I’m still experimenting with trying to figure out if there’s a pattern of peaks and troughs where readers choose to download Free ebooks (some weekends seem busier than others, some weekdays have shown far more of a surge of interest than weekends).

Any-hoo, it’s Friday, which means payday in the real world —- and bills to pay.

Sincere regards, and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress, Full Time Tax Payer, Sometimes Chocolate Cake With Peanut Butter Icing Maker-And-Eater

 

 

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Reaper V due out by February 29, 2012

February 5, 2012 at 10:53 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

……I solemnly swear that I will do my amateur author’s best to have Reaper V: To Skins out for my wonderful reading audience by no later than February 29, 2012 — Leap Year!

I’m trying to get two shifts juggled around at my real-world-day job, not necessarily so I can get more writing done (although it WOULD be nice) but because I need a bit of a break after my stretch of 8 nights (some of which are 12 hour shifts).  [Side Note: Never in my life have I felt more kinship with the mythology of the vampire….up all night, sleeping all day (with as little sunlight to interrupt said sleep as possible)… makes it appropriate to be writing about Samantha Bennet, supernatural cop with a night-time vigilante gig —- ya, that’s a mouthful, but it’s an INTERESTING mouthful!…]

I’ve got a lot of work to do to make Reaper V as amazing as I envision – and want – it to be.  I aspire to reach or exceed this goal.  Thanks to the reviews left by readers on the various websites (and Amazon’s own website) I feel more able to navigate the gauntlet of writing woes….and also, may have learned from your input such things as how to avoid offending you & repulsing you.  Also such things as how to succeed at keeping you interested, intriguing you and entertaining you!

I’m an amateur.  Possibly one who is a little delusional if she thinks that she can pull off a writing career sans editor and Big 6 publishing house. That being said, I’m still surfing the learning curve and likely will be for the rest of said writing career.

Gladly, i can report that I’ve been making sales!

The majority of my book downloads from Amazon.com have been “FREE” downloads.  This is roughly 35,000 copies’ worth by my estimate.  Approximately 1,500 have been sales of between $2.99 – $0.99, resulting in royalties of between $2.10 and $0.34 (the majority of which have been of the $0.99USD variety, so let’s just say approx $600 in sales across USD, Euros, and Pounds). $600 will help cover some of the expenses incurred, such as the Office 2010 software and Dragon naturally Speaking software (which, sadly, I have not been using as much as I had hoped — great software, I just have a lisp from my braces which makes for a steep learning curve for commands and other features!). Another 100+ sales have not been sales but “borrows” from the Amazon Prime program.  The borrows translate into (s0 far) approx $1.70 USD per borrow.

I have yet to see an actual red cent from Amazon (cheques are mailed 60 days after publication, apparently), and I published in early December. Also, you have to accumulate to $100USD before recieving USD funds, $100 Euro before you recieve Euro funds, etc.  Then, there is the 30% witholding tax that the IRS maintains….

Suffice to say, that area of ye olde self-publishing learning curve is also relatively turbulent.

Ok.

My psuedo-break at work is over.

Time to do a round.

Sincere regards and happy reading,

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress, Aspiring Household Paranormal/Horror/Hero Literary Icon & (Tonight) Night Nurse

p.s. – I intend to keep all of my single Reaper installments at $0.99USD.  When I release 5-installment collections (coming soon!) I will be charging a modest $3.99, so it’s basically like getting one installment free.  This price may change as I assess consumer interest…er…reader satisfaction. 🙂

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Reaper IV: Daddy *FREE download until February 2, 2012*

January 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Photo by Jimmy Thomas, romancenovelcovers.com

So…

……Reaper IV: Daddy is available at Amazon (Kindle format) for FREE from now until February 2, 2012!

You can get it at http://www.amazon.com/Reaper-IV-Daddy-ebook/dp/B0072QNG3I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327860950&sr=8-1

No reviews on it yet, so by all means, leave one once you’ve read it!

According to a Kindle Direct Publishing report, 450+ people have already downloaded it!

This is as close to childbirth that I ever want to get…breathing life into ideas and delivering them to the world in the form of an eBook for their amusement…

Enjoy!

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress Who Slept in Until Noon *lol*

…(and who is now hoping to use her Sunday afternoon to do laundry and create some fiction!)

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Free eBook Promotion!

December 23, 2011 at 3:49 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

I’ve extended my free eBook promotion from Dec 25 – Dec 27.

That means Her Man, Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie, Shades of Grey: Prologue, Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil, and the Deal will all be free of charge from 0000 Pacific Time December 25 to 2359 Pacific Time December 27.

Tell your friends!

And enjoy, my gift to you!

Amanda M. Holt

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Announcing FREE eBook downloads for the holidays!

December 15, 2011 at 11:33 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So….
I’m announcing FREE eBook downloads for Kindle from amazon.com!
My gift to you for the holidays, Wordpress friends — my titles will be available for free download (yes, $0.00) on the following dates:
December 17
Shades of Grey: Prologue (paranormal/horror/suspense)
Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (paranormal/horror/suspense)
The Deal (paranormal erotica) Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie (interracial erotica)
December 18
Shades of Grey: Prologue (paranormal/horror/suspense)
Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (paranormal/horror/suspense)
Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie (interracial erotica)
December 25 & 26
Her Man (contemporary romance)
Shades of Grey: Prologue (paranormal/horror/suspense)
Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (paranormal/horror/suspense)
The Deal (paranormal erotica)
Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie (interracial erotica)
January 7 (Ukrainian Christmas!!!)
Her Man (contemporary romance)
Shades of Grey: Prologue (paranormal/horror/suspense)
Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (paranormal/horror/suspense)
The Deal (paranormal erotica)
Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie (interracial erotica)
January 28 The Deal (paranormal erotica)
If you don’t have a Kindle device, you can download the Kindle reader app online for free!
HAPPY READING and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Sincere regards,
Amanda M. Holt
Full time nurse, part-time writer, aspiring household horror icon

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Book Two in Shades of Grey Series: Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil FREE DOWNLOADS ANNOUNCED

December 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Photograph by Jimmy Thomas http://www.romancenovelcovers.com

So….

……..Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil is available now at amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006LEDILC) for $2.99.

I wouldn’t blame you for wanting to be frugal, though.

That’s why I will be providing BOTH Shades of Grey: Prologue and Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil as FREE downloads on December 17, 2011 and also December 25, 2011 & December 26, 2011 – my gift to those readers who may have gotten Kindles as holiday gifts!  Anything FREE around the holidays is a good thing….and in the spirit of giving, the FREE downloads are my gift to you.  They have already been programmed into my Promotions Manager at Kindle Direct Publishing.

So mark it on your calendars!  Dec 17, 25 & 26! For the low low price of $0.00 you can get the first two Kindle ebooks in the Shades of Grey series absolutely FREE! And if you don’t have a Kindle eReader, you can download the Kindle Reading App for free for use on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, android, etc.

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Product Description

Book Two in the Shades of Grey Series
When Crystal Grey, a teenager with dark secrets, disappears from her Vancouver home, her family is tormented by questions:
Where has Crystal gone? Why hasn’t she returned? Who is she with? What is she doing? Why did she leave? When is she coming back?
Involved in the drug trade and running with a fast crowd, Crystal is now being exploited by some very sinister people – facts that the Vancouver Police Department are reluctant to reveal to her family.
Her sister, Eve, refuses to sit idly by and watch her sister become some kind of statistic. However, the strain of the situation is taking its toll…
You see, Eve has a few dark secrets of her own.
Secrets from the past, secrets born of madness and violence that whisper seductively to Eve in waking and in dream, calling her to action, calling her to punish the people who have hurt her baby sister, who are using her for their own criminal gain.
These nightmarish voices, thought to have been silenced by a team of mental health professionals years before, seem as though they are back and more vicious than ever before.
Will Eve give in to their siren song and take justice into her own hands? Even if it’s at the cost of her very sanity?
This anger inside of her is so wrathful, so unnatural, so all-consuming, so…hungry.
Sometimes, she just doesn’t feel like herself…
….sometimes, it’s as if she doesn’t feel human at all…
Look for Book Three ~ Shades of Grey: See No Evil in January/February of 2012
The Shades of Grey Series:
Shades of Grey: Prologue (November 2011)
Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (December 2011)
Shades of Grey: See No Evil (January/February 2012)
Shades of Grey: Speak No Evil (February/March 2012)
Shades of Grey: Epilogue (March/April 2012)

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Also, for those of you who were following my previous blogs, readers downloaded 4, 175 copies of my eBook Her Man over the weekend during its FREE promo.  I will be offering the contemporary romance Her Man FREE again on Dec 25, as my gift to readers worldwide.

Sincere regards and Happy Reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Full time nurse, Part time writer, Ambitious Dreamer with “Stick-to-it”-ive-ness

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