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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Five Free eBook Downloads December 25 & 26, 2011

December 19, 2011 at 5:21 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

…….I’m offering four of my novels for free download on December 25 & 26, 2011 from www.amazon.com:

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)

Mark your calendars!

Her Man will also be offered free of charge either Dec 25 or Dec 26, i haven’t decided yet….

See older posts for novel description and cover art!

Seasons Greetings and Happy Reading,

Amanda M. Holt

Full Time Nurse, Part Time Author, 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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Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil Kindle eBook available now!

December 13, 2011 at 11:25 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil Kindle eBook available now!

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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