Monday, December 23, 2019

Review of My Writing Accomplishments in 2019 #SciFi #Historical #Romance

Books Written and Published in 2019

Marooned on a desolate planet, joining forces with the enemy is their only hope for escape.
Maya Pandita spent years preparing for an expedition to the Deadlands. But her dreams of unearthing ancient artifacts are shattered when her shuttle is buried by a violent sandstorm, and her team is abducted by the scaled inhabitants of the planet. Maya and her companions must try to outwit their blue captor and call for help before they die in the toxic atmosphere.
Sa Vittaran has a problem in his claws. Along with treasures from the ruins, he has retrieved three smooth-skinned foreigners. He cannot leave them to die in the desert. Yet the puny creatures have little value as workers, except perhaps for the impudent woman who claims to be their leader. Her knowledge of the ancient script will be an asset if she can survive the long trek to his house. 
An attack by marauders forces Maya and the Blue leader into a wary alliance. They must work together to thwart the bandits and reunite their company. Can Maya convince Sa Vittaran to help her team? If she fails, they are doomed to a short unpleasant life on the desolate, war-torn planet. 

Young widow seeks true love in a Medieval romance with a touch of fantasy. 

In fourteenth century Britain, Dame Audrey cherishes her independence as the widow of a wealthy cloth merchant. But some of the wealthier traders covet her profitable business and she fears they will invoke the Abbot’s authority to compel her to marry a man of their choice. Her worst nightmare is suffering under a cruel husband like the hateful jeweler, Henry Goldsmith, who has threatened to curb her lively spirits.
Audrey joins a pilgrimage to Glastonbury to pray for guidance. The holy relics give her no inspiration nor do her fellow travelers. On the homeward journey, she aids the dying victim of a brutal robbery. She wins the stranger’s blessing and a gold brooch with a green dragon. Back in her hometown, 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?

Fantasy adventure. Superheroes with quirky animal sidekicks tackle murderous villains. 
 Lost Girl

Estelle and her flying mare join Toby and the Secret Supers to search for a missing seven-year old girl.
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These stories bring my total output to 16 novel-length books, 2 novellas and 4 short stories since I began publishing in 2014.

Coming in early 2020: 
Alarik, Book 4 of Taxyon Space
Near future Sci-Fi adventure and romance starring alien mermen 

Two people fleeing their planets discover a shared destiny.
When an alien spacecraft crashes on Mars, the repercussions sweep throughout the solar system and endanger the fragile new alliance with the Warrish mermen.  
Alarik Kenton Tallis, Eldest of three brothers, was forced to infiltrate human society on Earth as a spy to insure his injured brother receives proper medical care. But when his transmissions are detected, he must flee the planet.
On Mars, Phoebe Wong, a veterinary scientist with dubious family connections, is desperate to escape the underworld gangs terrorizing the domed city. She jumps at the chance to join the colonists bound for a distant exoplanet.
Their paths converge on a space ferry bound for the outer planets. Troubles arising from the mysterious spacecraft pursue them to Jupiter. Will their flight end on Europa, the hyperspace gateway to the stars protected by three diverse species?

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Strategic Goals
First, I’m aiming for longer series to gain more sales from promoting the first book.
Currently, I have one series (Grand Masters’ Galaxy) with a prequel and five full-length novels.
Taxyon Space will soon include four novels and a short story. The fourth Book, Alarik, was conceived as the start of a trilogy about the three brothers in the Flaming Comets Triad. Each book will focus on a different brother.
Secret Supers has three novels plus a short story.
Atrapako on Eden comprises three novels.

Free promos
In March, I ran a free promotion of Grand Master’s Pawn with about 4,700 downloads plus sales of subsequent books in the series. Pawn gained 2 new reviews of 4-5 stars.

In October, I ran a free promotion of Europa with about 5,200 downloads plus sales of subsequent books in the series. Also, Europa acquired 7 new reviews, mostly 4-5 stars. 

This strategy appears successful.