Wednesday, November 25, 2020

My Black Friday to Cyber Monday eBook Sales

 


Several of my novels are discounted to 99c to celebrate the holidays.

The stories include Sci-Fi romance, Superhero, and Medieval Romance.

 

Europa, Book 1 in Taxyon Space

Near Future SciFi adventure & romance. Daredevil scientist and scarred alien merman in perilous alliance

“Awesome storyline, great character building and enough action to keep you turning pages till the wee small hours, highly recommend.”

99c at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay  Other 

 

Super Starrella, Book 1 in Secret Supers

Fantasy adventure & romance. Newly fledged supergirl Starrella and her flying horse combat alien killers.

“a flying horse. 2 good-looking suitors, her first year at college, and a mysterious super-villain make for a fun read.”

99c at Amazon  iBooks  B&N  Kobo  GooglePlay  Other

 

A Tale of Two Colonies, standalone novel

SciFi adventure & romance. Has Tiger Lily met her match on an alien planet of giant arthropods?

Tour de force assault on fallacies of 21st century culture (and a good story to boot!)”

99c at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N 

 

Dame Audrey, Medieval romance with a touch of fantasy

Young widow seeks true love amid the turmoil of Chaucer’s England.

“Audrey is simply beautiful after being married at 14 to a man 30 years her senior. She deserves a strong and caring man after being widowed. And the HEA? Perfection!”

99c at: Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay  Other


Saturday, November 21, 2020

A Harmless Old Man - snippet for #WeWRiWa

 


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors.

Enjoy a little distraction from pandemic worries. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories. Find a new author and sample their work.

I’m continuing with snippets from the first chapter of a new fantasy story about a witch and an elf. The main character, Bridget Bramble, lives in a small cottage on the outskirts of a village. Her plans to go on a foraging expedition in the woods were interrupted when a troop of armed men marched into the village.

You can read last week’s snippet here: https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2020/11/a-small-army-enters-village-wewriwa.html

Please note, the text is unedited and subject to change.

Elder Grantham stomped onto the road to confront the troop of strangers. Old Grantham called himself the village chief and fancied he ran the place. He raised his hand and asked a question, his words inaudible at this distance.

The men’s leader barked an order.

A man in the front rank punched his fist into Grantham’s face.

The grey-haired old man crumpled, his body thumping onto the road.

Aghast, Bridget gulped. Grantham might be a pompous ass, but what cruel kind of person would mistreat the harmless old man?

A woman screeched inside the adjacent cottage. 

 

And a few more lines:

 

The intruders, clearly enemies, split into two groups. The first group rushed into the nearest cottages and dragged the occupants onto the road. A second set of men entered the houses and carried out boxes of valuables.

Villagers yelled in anger, or screamed and begged for mercy. The raiders beat off the scant opposition and herded the others into a field. 

 

Draft Blurb

In a land troubled by invasions from the east, Bridget Bramble lives in a small village where she barters herbs and carved buttons. When marauders target her village and murder her family, she flees into the woods. Armed with her Granny’s advice, and a bag of magic buttons, she sets out on the perilous journey to Oakenwald, the fabled land where elves and men live in harmony. As she travels farther from home, she encounters malicious creatures from the worst kind of folktales.

Lost in the foothills of the mountains, Bridget meets an elf, Windswift the Wanderer. He offers to guide her across the mountain range. But what is he doing in human territory? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf? 

 

Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

 

My discounted book:

Dame Audrey 


Young widow seeks true love amid the turmoil of Chaucer’s England. 

In fourteenth century Britain, Dame Audrey cherishes her independence as the widow of a wealthy cloth merchant. Her worst nightmare is suffering under a cruel husband like the hateful jeweler, Henry Goldsmith, who has threatened to curb her lively spirits. When Audrey aids a wounded traveler, she wins the stranger’s blessing and a gold brooch with a green dragon. But, the faerie brooch attracts trouble from thieves of all ranks and the attentions of a handsome yeoman, Selwyn Drake. As her nightmare looms nearer, she grows desperate to preserve her freedom.

Can the magic brooch help Audrey evade the schemes to force her into wedlock or must she submit to a husband’s will?

99c at: Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay  Other


As always, I’ll be happy to reply to your comments. 

Please return to http://wewriwa.blogspot.com/ to sample the works of the other writers.

 

Find a catalog of my published stories HERE.

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

A small army enters the village #WeWriWa #Fantasy

 


Welcome to another Sunday with
Weekend Writing Warriors.

Enjoy a little distraction from pandemic worries. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories. Find a new author and sample their work.

I’m continuing with snippets from the first chapter of a new fantasy story about a witch and an elf. The main character, Bridget Bramble, lives in a small cottage on the outskirts of a village. Her plans to go on a foraging expedition in the woods have been interrupted.

You can read last week’s snippet here: https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2020/11/bridgets-trip-is-postponed-wip-fantasy.html 

Please note, it is unedited and subject to change. 

More yelling from below drew her to the window overlooking the road.

She peered out.

Well-armed men in a double line were marching into the village. Their helmets, sword hilts and spear points glinted in the sunlight. They wore thick doublets over kilts of leather dyed dark red. A helmeted man rode a black horse in the vanguard, his blood-red cloak billowing in the breeze. Walking behind the rider, another man carried a banner. In the rear of the column of fifty men, horses pulled two empty wagons.

And a few extra lines:

As they advanced, she watched in trepidation and puzzlement. Why were they entering the village? Had they come to collect tithes for King Athelric? Surely it was too early in the season. The tithe collectors always came after the harvest was gathered.

 

Draft Blurb

In a land troubled by invasions from the east, Bridget Bramble lives in a small village where she barters herbs and carved buttons. When marauders target her village and murder her family, she flees into the woods. Armed with her Granny’s advice, and a bag of magic buttons, she sets out on the perilous journey to Oakenwald, the fabled land where elves and men live in harmony. But as she travels farther from home, she encounters malicious creatures from the worst kind of folktales.

Lost in the foothills of the mountains, Bridget meets the elf, Windswift the Wanderer. He offers to guide her across the mountain range. But what the elf’s business in human territory? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf? 

 

Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

 

New: Cosmic Trilogy, Boxset of Books 4-6 in the Grand Masters’ Galaxy 


Contains: Cosmic Rift, Cosmic Wars and Cosmic Lock

If you’ve enjoyed reading the first books in this series, the new boxset is cheaper than the 3 individual ebooks. 

Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay  Other

 


As always, I’ll be happy to reply to your comments. 

Please return to http://wewriwa.blogspot.com/ to sample the works of the other writers.

 

Find a catalog of my published stories HERE.

Join me on Facebook and Twitter 

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Bridget's trip is postponed #WIP #Fantasy

 


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors.

Enjoy a little distraction from pandemic worries. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories. Find a new author and sample their work.

I apologize for my absence for about two months. I needed a respite due to various stresses like family health issues, on-line teaching etc. The last week in October is an example: my husband had surgery and then we lost power for two days due to Zeta. Despite these difficulties, I have been writing the next story, and also had a successful BookBub Featured Deal for Europa (see my Blog post https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2020/11/anatomy-of-successful-bookbub-featured.html.) 


For a change, I’ve been working on a fantasy about a displaced witch and an elf. I have a clear outline in mind and have written 20k words. 

I’ll post the first lines of this story. They are unedited and may change.

 

A shout erupted from the lower village.

Bridget Bramble groaned. Not another interruption. She had planned to leave at sunrise, but it was already mid-morning and she could not reach the valley with the white lilies before nightfall. Soon after first light, Randall had rapped on the door and she had to attend to him. Her brother had come to collect dried indigo and madder as dyes for the next batch of wool. He lingered to discuss his family’s ills. His wife was bulging with their baby and she suffered from fatigue and swollen feet. She was unable to do many of the routine household tasks. Bridget had given him a package of herbs as a possible remedy for his ailing wife.

 

Draft Blurb

Bridget Bramble lives in a small cottage on the edge of a village where she carves buttons for a living. When marauders target her village and murder her family, she must escape into the woods. Armed with her Granny’s advice, a bag of magic buttons, and a wayward jackdaw she sets out on the perilous journey to Oakenwald, the fabled land where elves and men live in harmony. But as she travels farther from home, she encounters treacherous creatures from the worst kind of folktales.

Lost in the foothills of the mountains, Bridget meets the elf, Windswift the Wanderer. He offers to guide her across the mountain range. But what the elf’s business in human territory? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf? 

 

Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

 

My current discounted books: 

Europa, Book 1 of Taxyon Space 


BookBub Blurb: On a scientific expedition to Jupiter’s moons, Dr. Nikki Bell’s spaceship crashes on desolate Europa. A mysterious being saves her, but none of her colleagues believe the story of her rescue. Could there be intelligent life hidden in Europa’s icy waters? First in a breathtaking series!

99c at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay 

https://books2read.com/u/bQ6vyD

 

A Tale of Two Colonies, my standalone novel, is discounted to 99c.


Intriguing ☆☆☆☆☆ review: tour de force assault on fallacies of 21st century culture (and a good story to boot!)

This reviewer likes to extract ideas in my stories that I didn’t consciously intend. Why don’t you read the story and tell me what you think

99c at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N

http://books2read.com/u/ba0dw2

 

As always, I’ll be happy to reply to your comments. 

Please return to http://wewriwa.blogspot.com/ to sample the works of the other writers.

 

Find a catalog of my published stories HERE.

Join me on Facebook and Twitter 

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Anatomy of a Successful BookBub Featured Deal

 


Book Selected by BookBub: EUROPA, Book 1 of Taxyon Space

99c Deal in All Regions on Oct 13.

Two years ago, EUROPA was selected for an International feature.

 

BookBub Blurb: On a scientific expedition to Jupiter’s moons, Dr. Nikki Bell’s spaceship crashes on desolate Europa. A mysterious being saves her, but none of her colleagues believe the story of her rescue. Could there be intelligent life hidden in Europa’s icy waters? First in a breathtaking series!

 

Available at

  Amazon    iBooks    Kobo    B&N    GooglePlay    Other  

  PRINT 

 

My goals for promotion:

Showcase the book for more readers.

Drive readers to the next 3 books in this series and the pre-order for book 5.

Win a profit

Gain a bestseller flag in the US.  

 

The promotion met all my goals. Within two days, the sales ran into a profit. By the end of October, Europa had more than 2000 sales. Note, Barnes and Noble had no sales due to their hacking problem. 

Europa gained Amazon Bestseller stickers at the US, UK, Canada and Australia. This Bestseller status is temporary, but a pleasing reward.

 


Sales of the later books in this series were strong with more than 300 sold in October. 


There were also 18 pre-orders for Baswin, Book 5, which is scheduled for publication in July 2021. All the books also gained several new reviews.

I am encouraged by this successful promotion. In the next year, I plan to write and publish Books 5 and 6 in Taxyon Space.

 


 

Saturday, October 10, 2020

 


The wild sunflowers in the top photo make a lovely splash of color along the roadsides at this time of the year. 

We also see the purple and blue flowers of wild asters, lobelias and liatris blooming in the woods.

Native asters:  


Wild blue lobelia


Fritillary butterfly on a native liatris flower.


 A seasonal special is ripe native persimmons. The fruit ripens over several months, is easy to pick, and can be used to flavor delicious muffins or persimmon bread. This composite picture shows orange persimmons on the tree, ripe fruit in a blue bowl, and a dish of persimmon muffins.