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Bestselling #LitRPG Books Ending 11/11/17

Check out the top selling LitRPG (Top 25) for the week ending 11 November 2017.

Rank  Book Title Author Pages
1 Dungeon Lord (The Wraith’s Haunt – A litRPG series Book 1) Hugo Huesca 323
2 Space Knight Book 2 Samuel E. Green Michael-Scott Earle 579
3 War Aeternus: The Beginning Charles Dean 463
4 Black Hat (Afterlife Online Book 2) Domino Finn 365
5 Delvers LLC: Adventure Capital Blaise Corvin 606
6 Beginner’s Luck (Character Development Book 1) Aaron Jay 308
7 Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1) Neven Iliev 252
8 The Builder’s Pride (The Legendary Builder Book 3) J.A. Cipriano 309
9 The Builder’s Sword (The Legendary Builder Book 1) J.A. Cipriano 534
10 The Pantheon Moves (Emerilia Book 10) Michael Chatfield 355
11 Black Friday (The Valens Legacy Book 1) Jan Stryvant 164
12 Liar King (Tower of Babel Book 2) Adam Elliott 314
13 Gamer for Life (Alpha World Book 1) Daniel Schinhofen 397
14 Alpha Company (Alpha World Book 3) Daniel Schinhofen 409
15 On My Brother’s Grave: Reconnaissance: A LitRPG Adventure (Vatenkeist Online Book 1) LitRPG Freaks 219
16 A Slave in the Locked Lands (LitRPG The Weirdest Noob Book 2) Arthur Stone 405
17 The Land: Raiders: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 6) Aleron Kong 638
18 Eden’s Gate: The Sparrow: A LitRPG Adventure Edward Brody 424
19 Accidental Thief: Book One in the LitRPG Accidental Traveler Adventure Jamie Davis 314
20 The Trapped Mind Project (Emerilia Book 1) Michael Chatfield 534
21 The Greystone Chronicles: Book One:  Io Online Dave Willmarth 441
22 Life Reset: A LitRPG Novel (New Era Online Book 1) Shemer Kuznits 420
23 More Than a Game: Epic LitRPG Adventure (Fayroll – Book 1) Andrey Vasilyev 329
24 Bushido Online: the Battle Begins: A LitRPG Saga Nikita ThornLitRPG Freaks 371
25 Sicilian Defense: Epic LitRPG Adventure (Fayroll – Book 5) Andrey Vasilyev 359

 

Amazon Buy Buttons equal big problems for indie publishers

Indie writers, if you’re not reading Publisher’s Weekly you should.  Why? Because you’re publishers.  Even if you’re small and only have one pen name under your belt, you’re important to the supply chain.

Check out this article about ‘buy buttons’ and how channel conflicts are really a thing, and what it means to the small one-man-shops.

 

Excerpt: 

The example of channel conflict that drew the most attention, though, was the new phenomenon of third party resellers being able to win buy buttons at Amazon, thereby being the first option consumers see. Because new books are supposed to be the first option for consumers on Amazon, publishers suspect the third party sellers winning buy buttons have somehow gotten their hands on new titles.

Brooke Warrner, publisher of SheWrites Press, sees this as a big problem for indie authors and publishers that is likely to get worse. Peter Berkery, executive director of the AAUP, said the issue is also a big concern for his members as it can cut into sales.

Selleck noted that S&S is monitoring the situation and trying to determine the source of supply for third party sellers winning buy buttons. He noted that Amazon “is not the culprit” in the situation; the problem is with companies (or individuals) abusing the system.

Source: Amazon Buy Buttons Among Big Topics at BISG Meeting

LitRPG Top 25 Bestselling Books Ending 23 Sept 2017

#Rank Kindle Title Author Price Reviews Pages
1 Space Knight Michael-Scott Earle $4.99 89 395
2 Black Friday (The Valens Legacy Book 1) Jan Stryvant $3.99 82 163
3 SHARDS OF REALITY: A LitRPG novel (Enter the Realm Book 1) Timothy W. Long $4.99 3 342
4 The Builder’s Greed (The Legendary Builder Book 2) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 28 270
5 For We Are Many (Bobiverse Book 2) Dennis E. Taylor $4.99 630 321
6 All These Worlds (Bobiverse Book 3) Dennis E. Taylor $4.99 466 282
7 Bushido Online: the Battle Begins: A LitRPG Saga Nikita ThornLitRPG Freaks $3.99 66 371
8 Awaken Online: Precipice Travis Bagwell $6.99 544 596
9 The Builder’s Sword (The Legendary Builder Book 1) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 98 534
10 Of Myths and Legends (Emerilia Book 9) Michael Chatfield $4.99 46 404
11 You’re Not Allowed to Die (The Twenty-Sided Eye Series Book 1) Kip Terrington $2.99 77 241
12 The Alchemy Worlds: Enter T(he)rap(y): A LitRPG Adventure LitRPG Freaks $3.99 2 237
13 The Artificer: A Viridian Gate Online Novel (The Imperial Initiative DLC 1) S R WittJames Hunter $4.99 9 354
14 Life in the North: An Apocalyptic LitRPG (The System Apocalypse Book 1) Tao Wong $4.99 180 336
15 Shaman’s Revenge (The Way of the Shaman: Book #6) LitRPG Series Vasily Mahanenko $5.99 86 561
16 The Desperate Quest: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 2) A. M. Sohma $3.99 22 307
17 Camelot Overthrown: An Arthurian LitRPG (Camelot LitRPG) Galen Wolf $3.99 16 254
18 Dungeon Imperiled: Dark Dungeon 02 D. R. Rosier $3.99 63 179
18 Gamer for Life (Alpha World Book 1) Daniel Schinhofen $3.99 224 397
19 An Adventurer’s Heart: Book 2 of the Adventures on Brad Tao Wong $3.99 1 174
20 The Land: Raiders: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 6) Aleron Kong $5.99 528 638
21 Accidental Thief: A LitRPG Accidental Traveler Adventure Jamie Davis $4.99 42 332
22 Shattered Lands: A LitRPG Series Darren Pillsbury $4.99 41 527
23 Super Sales on Super Heroes William D. Arand $4.99 686 374
24 The Pirate Guild Steven J Shelley $4.99 5 455
25 The Trapped Mind Project (Emerilia Book 1) Michael Chatfield $3.99 228 534

Based on sales and does not include pre-orders or free books.

Lewd Paladin: Dread of Night: A Virtual Fantasy LitRPG Adventure (Book 2) eBook by Eden Redd

Lewd Paladin: Dread of Night by Eden Redd
Lewd Paladin: Dread of Night by Eden Redd

Eden Redd, author of the Lewd Paladin Series has a new book out.   I fell in love with her writing months ago with Lewd Necromancer.  From there I went immediately to Lewd Knight, Lewd Rogue & Lewd Dragon.  It took me over a week and a half to finish those books.  I stayed up late into the night, trying to get that last chapter in before my eyes completely gave way.   Why?  It’s hard to explain, really.  But, Eden blends just the right amount of fantasy and sex into her LitRPG books to make it captivating for me.  I just love the way she weaves a story.  Had it not been for her, I may not have stayed with LitRPG.  I would have gone on to something else and probably come back to it later.   My recommendation: buy the book or read it in Kindle Unlimited.   Her catalog is worth a free 30-day subscription to KU, right by itself.

Lewd Paladin: Dread of Night | 205 pages | $2.99 & Kindle Unlimited

The blurb from Dread of Night:

Warning: The tale you are about to read is a story of sexual creatures, human or otherwise. This tale is for adults 18 and up.

“The abyss beckons for the souls of the righteous and the damned.”

With the end of the classes, Luis finds his normal life quickly becoming empty. As he contemplates plans for the summer, the siren call of Lewd Saga burrows into his heart. The promises he made and oaths he swore in the game quickly come to the forefront of his life, calling for him to continue his holy crusade against the growing darkness.

Luis dives back into the game of Lewd Saga to become his alter ego, Thorrin Rivers, paladin and holy knight to the Sphere of Light. Little does he know that the Sphere of Darkness has unleashed it’s own warriors to deal with the meddlesome paladin. When a Troll Master defects, Thorrin swears to a friend that he will protect them and safely deliver them to the coast of Lukken. As Thorrin races against time, a shadow looms over his true and virtual reality. Family bonds will be tested as will the player’s heart.

Can Thorrin overcome his natural urges for justice when the enemy begs for help? Can the player unlock secrets to an ancient power to help strike down the undead Dread Lords rising from their tombs? Will fellow paladins rush to his aid when the dead come for him? Will Thorrin overcome a sickening truth that will attempt to destroy his real and virtual life?

Lewd Saga is a Virtual MMORPG, based in the fantasy world of Lukken, home of dragon royalty, human kingdoms and troll masters. Players quest, join in great battles and find love and lust in whatever form they desire. There is no taboo too great or too intimate.

Source: Amazon.com: Lewd Paladin: Dread of Night: A Virtual Fantasy LitRPG Adventure (Book 2) eBook: Eden Redd: Kindle Store

Author Interview: Twenty Questions with Jamie Davis “Accidental Thief”

Jamie Davis author of Accidental Thief
Jamie Davis’ latest book is Accidental Thief – a LitRPG

Twenty Questions with Jamie Davis

Accidental Thief | $4.99 | 332 pages | Kindle Unlimited

 

Accidental Thief by Jamie Davis & Chris Davis
Accidental Thief by Jamie Davis & Chris Davis

Jamie Davis, RN, NRP, B.A., A.S., host of the Nursing Show (NursingShow.com) is a nationally recognized medical educator who began educating new emergency responders as a training officer for his local EMS program.  As a media producer, he has been recognized for the MedicCast Podcast (MedicCast.com), a weekly program for emergency medical providers like EMTs and paramedics, and the Nursing Show, a similar program for nurses and nursing students. His programs and resources have been downloaded over 6 million times by listeners and viewers.

Jamie lives in a home in the woods in Maryland with his wife, three children, and dog. He is an avid gamer, preferring historical and fantasy miniature gaming, as well as table top games. He writes urban and contemporary paranormal fantasy stories, among other things. His Future Race Game rules were written to satisfy a desire to play a version of the pod races from Star Wars episode 1.

20 Questions: 

If you could go back in time and tell your younger writing self one thing, what would it be?

I would tell my younger writing self to hold off on publishing that first book until I had more of the series written so I could build some reader loyalty over the first three books in the series. This is something I’ve done with my two newest series and the readers are responding in a very positive manner to getting the books faster with a new release every four or five weeks.

How did you spend the first bit of money you earned as a published author?

I think I took my wife out to dinner on my first royalty check from Amazon. We went to our favorite local place for some good home-style country fare.

How many unfinished or unpublished books do you have?

I always have a project in process but I don’t have any unpublished books in the wings like some authors do. This might be because I go ahead and publish everything I write eventually. I feel like there will always be someone who’ll enjoy a certain book or character story so why should I hold it back because of my doubts.

What is your writing process? Or, how many hours a day do you write?

I write about four hours a day, seven days a week. I get up early in the morning and write from four AM until eight or nine AM. Then I spend the afternoon working on marketing, responding to email, and connecting with readers and other writers. I also work in the afternoons on outlining the next story I’m planning to write. Then each chapter has a few sentences or a small paragraph describing what is supposed to happen. Once that’s ready, I have the info I need to flesh out the story from there into a full-sized novel.

What was your favorite childhood book(s)? Why?

That’s hard to say. I was a voracious reader as a child and read anything that was fantasy or sci-fi related. I guess if there was a single series it would be the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I read and re-read that series at least ten times in between reading everything else I was picking up. The books connected with me. I identified with the characters and could see myself making similar decisions and mistakes. I use this a lot when I write today. I think it’s important to connect with your readers so they can identify with the things your characters do.

On average, how long does it take you to write a book? (First draft, rewrites, edits to finally publishing)

It usually takes me two to three months to write and publish a book from start to finish. I write the first draft in a month, edit for a few weeks, get the editor/proofreader to go over it and it’s ready to go!

We all get bad reviews sometimes when we publish.  How do you deal with bad reviews?  

I celebrate one-star reviews when I get them. They are either review trolls who like to go around and leave one-star reviews on everything they see or they’re opportunities to learn from an unsatisfied reader. I see the former as a badge of success. Only successful people have others trying to drag them backward back into the pack. The latter are opportunities to improve my writing craft and connect better on the next project with the readers.

How would you describe your average reader?  Or, do you even have a particular kind of person in mind when you write?

It depends on the genre I’m writing. For LitRPG books (which I co-write with my 23-year-old son, Chris), I picture a person very much like myself or my son. Male gamers who enjoy stories about gamers and the worlds in which they play.

For my Urban Fantasy books, I picture a female reader between the ages of 30 and 60. I know these are my target readers because I’ve surveyed the readers on my email list and I know their demographics.

I think it’s really important for authors or song writers or any artist to do this if you’re trying to make a living at this craft. If you just make art for yourself (which is fine), you can’t get upset if it doesn’t connect with others. I try to find the juxtaposition between what I like to write and what I think readers will enjoy, too. So far, I’ve guessed mostly right.

What are your hardest scenes to write?

For me, it has to be romantic scenes or interactions. I don’t write sex scenes but every good story has some sort of relationships in them. It doesn’t have to be overt but attraction is part of the human condition and a story without that angle at least somewhere seems empty to me. My wife is my primary beta reader and she tells me when I need a little more interaction and tension between the main character and their primary love interest.

What is the best way you’ve found to market your books?

Building an email list is the number one way I’ve found to consistently market my books to those who’ve identified themselves as my readers. It keeps me connected to them even when I don’t have a book coming out for a few weeks or months. Then when I have something new to send their way, they are ready and waiting for it.

What do you think are the challenges facing new writers?

The challenges faced by new writers are similar to those faced by more established writers, it just a matter of scale. For the new guy (or gal), you are struggling to find and identify with your readers. I remember when I had an email list of five people. I was related to all of them. You have to start somewhere and build on that base with consistent and persistent effort. Small changes, over time, build mountains. The same is true for authors. Try to do something to improve and build on your writing business every day.

What are some things you’ve had to sacrifice in order to write and publish?

I’ve given up a lot of TV time. I don’t watch a lot of narrative TV fiction. I’ll always have the news on in the background while I write. It’s my background buzz, but I don’t watch TV much for the shows that are put out (most of the time).

How often do you read for pleasure? How many books a year do you read?  How fast do you read (words per minute)?

I love to read for pleasure. I try to read a book a week. It keeps me connected to what’s popular out there and what is working for other authors I know. I’m a pretty fast reader so I buzz through books quickly.

Many indie authors live and die by KU (Kindle Unlimited) and the “normalized page read’.  What are your views on KU, Amazon and where do you think KU will head in the future?

Whether or not you are “all-in” for KU or not (or somewhere in between like me) is a straight up business decision. I like to keep from having all my eggs in one basket which is why most of my Urban Fantasy books are available in all the various online ebook stores. For LitRPG books, though, at least half of the readers in the genre are KU readers. This makes it a good business decision to put your book in the KDP Select world for at least the first few 90-day cycles until you’ve satisfied the readers on Amazon.

Authors need to examine what their long-term goals are and not just chase short term money. Amazon could change the terms of service in a heartbeat and drop the KU program. If and when that happens, there will be a lot of unhappy authors who didn’t have a good reason and a plan for their books.

Many writers find editing drafts frustrating.  How do you edit and what is your process?

I like to read aloud to myself or have my computer read the book aloud to me. My ears catch things my eyes never would. It’s a good trick to remember , especially for those who can’t afford expensive editing services when starting out in this business.

What software do you use to write?

I’m an avid Scrivener user for my writing. I use the StoryShop.io tool for planning my books and organizing my characters and settings. When it comes time to edit and compile the final draft into a book, I move to MS Word and Vellum to edit and publish respectively.

Fans often have a preconceived notion of you.  What is one thing your fans would be surprised to learn if they really knew you or spent the whole day by your side?

I think they’d be surprised by my other artistic pursuits, whether it is my music (I play electric bass in a church praise band), or how much I like to cook and prepare food. Each of them is an outlet for my complex creative drive.

What did it feel like to publish your first book?

I felt like I’d accomplished a lot and was simultaneously proud and nervous about the reader reactions.

What are some of the difficulties of writing characters of the opposite sex?

You have to put yourself in the head of the characters you’re writing. This includes members of the opposite sex. I think it’s really helped me that I’ve learned a lot by observing my two daughters growing up in our household. They’ve taught me how women react differently to the same situation than a man would. I don’t always get it right but that’s where my wife (my #1 fan and beta reader) comes in. She sets me straight when my female characters say something out of line with who they are.

And finally, if they turned your life into a movie, who would you want to play you? Why?

My life as a movie, wow! I think I would like John Cusak to play me in the movie of my life. I’ve always identified with him and his movies growing up and I think he’d be able to get inside my head and understand my motivations and drive in life.

My notes:  Jamie, thank you for taking the time to do the “20 Questions.”  You and Chris did an outstanding job on Accidental Thief.  A lot of respect goes out to you and all nurses, first responders, law enforcement and firefighters who put their safety at risk and often putting their own lives on the line, trying to help others.

You can check Jamie Davis out on his website: http://jamiedavisbooks.com

His latest book co-written by his talented son Chris Davis is on Amazon here.  Accidental Thief

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Unexplored – Rise of the Crimson Kingdom: A LitRPG Adventure# by Alara Branwen

Unexplored by Alara Branwen
Unexplored: Rise of the Crimson Kingdom

eBook Title:  Unexplored | Author: Alara Branwen | Genre: #LitRPG | Kindle Unlimited |
Catagories: Science fiction & Fantasy Gamine; TV, Movie, Video Game Adaptations; Role Playing & Fantasy

Publication Date: 23 AUG 2017

Author Catalog

Author Bio: Alara Branwen is your typical college student by day, but by night she is a crafter of sexy, hot, sensuous, “monster” fantasy erotic fiction. All of her stories are based on her own desires, or from personal experiences.

When she isn’t writing erotic fiction or listening to her professors drone on about boring subjects, she likes to spend her time watching the sun setting over the ocean, playing with her pets, spending time with her friends, and constantly searching for inspiration in everyday life.

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, ideas for the kinds of stories you’d like to see her write, or just have something you want to share about erotica, feel free to email her at sexyalara11@gmail.com, she’ll be happy to hear from you.

You can also follow her blog for the latest news and developments in her writing and personal live at alarabranwen.blogspot.com

Blurb:

Paul had waited months to play Unexplored, the latest fantasy VRMMORPG boasting a realistic feel, exciting combat, and the opportunity to experience sensual pleasure. Even an extremely nervous and socially awkward guy like himself could live an exciting life. Unexplored was everything he could have dreamed. What he didn’t expect, however, was joining a player guild led by a cunning megalomaniac who dealt in secrets and seemed intent on world domination.

As the elf Estelar, Paul helped lead the guild to greatness, meeting new and interesting friends along the way. In return, he was rewarded with all the food, ale, women, and gold he could ever want. Life is awesome, until he meets a down-on-her-luck dwarf named Fonwilsia during a caravan raid which leads him to question himself and his role so far in the game.

Wealth, power, and all their benefits were his to enjoy as a member of the Crimson Warriors. The only question was, how far was he willing to go to keep it?

Warning: This book contains erotic content. Reader discretion is advised.

Source: Unexplored – Rise of the Crimson Kingdom: A LitRPG Adventure (Book 0 Unexplored Cycle) – Kindle edition by Alara Branwen. Humor & Entertainment Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Minecraft: The Island (Narrated by Jack Black): A Novel by Max Brooks | Audio Book Reviewer

If you are a fan of the game Minecraft, this book will fill the void when you are unable to play.  Minecraft: The Island, written by Max Brooks (World War Z), takes our main character from day one in the world of Minecraft to feeling somewhat comfortable with his new surroundings.  The audiobook version can be purchased narrated by either Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda) or Samira Wiley (Orange is the new black).   I’m reviewing the version narrated by Jack Black, which I enjoyed very much.  If you are under fift

Source: Minecraft: The Island (Narrated by Jack Black): A Novel by Max Brooks | Audio Book Reviewer

“Life on Little River” #Kindle by Raymond Viverette

Life  on Litte River | 91-page novella | Author Ray Viverette

The novel is about a young boy’s coming of age in the rural South during the turbulent 1960s. The main character Braxton Hickman has been assigned to write his autobiography as a senior project for his English class.  In it, he reveals a dark, sinister secret he has kept since he was in the eighth grade. This shocking event changes his life and puts him in a precarious dilemma that only he and his beloved father can come to terms with.

One of the strong points of the book is its allusions to great literature. Braxton loves to read adventure stories, and in the book, he tries to recreate Huck Finn’s trip on a raft down a river. The story has colorful, humorous vignettes of the character’s life events, but the trip down Little River is the glue that pulls all the characters and peripheral episodes together in an unforgettable narrative about family values, a sense of justice, and love.

Life on Little River, like Huckleberry Finn, is regional literature: realistic and, at times, brutally honest. The comments and reviews have been overwhelmingly favorable. One teacher wrote, “I received your book this afternoon and just finished reading it. I was completely amazed! It was beautifully written and such a touching story.”

Another retired AP English teacher wrote, “If you grew up in the South and remember the 60s, you’ll identify with the characters and events in Life on Little River. Those who never experienced this particular slice of life have a wonderful introduction awaiting them. This slim volume is fast and fun, but like some of its colorful characters, it packs a serious wallop, too. It may be the best book you will read in 2016.”

Other reviews and comments are available at www.viverette.org/comments.html.

Source: Life on Little River – Kindle edition by Raymond Viverette. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Accidental Thief: A LitRPG Accidental Traveler Adventure eBook: Jamie Davis, C.J. Davis: 

332 pages | Kindle Unlimited | Published 20 Aug 2017

A Nowhere Job, A Bootleg Game, and Luck Turned Upside Down

Hal Dix was stuck in an unlucky life. His wife’s a successful engineering executive while his job as an IT help desk assistant manager was leading nowhere. Even his daughter’s daycare teacher thought he was a loser. He couldn’t catch a break.

A strange old woman sells Hal a bootleg early release of the highly anticipated Fantasma game at a flea market. It is just what he wished for and he can’t wait to play it during his long weekend home alone. His luck has finally turned around, right?

Hal should be careful what he wishes for.

Wisked away into the game he only wanted to play for a weekend, Hal enters a world desperate for a hero.

Is Hal Dix that hero?

Join the adventure in this first book of an epic LitRPG fantasy trilogy. Play along with Hal and his new friends in Fantasma, as he becomes an Accidental Thief, and perhaps, a mythical hero of prophecy. Click to buy Accidental Thief now.

Source: Amazon.com: Accidental Thief: A LitRPG Accidental Traveler Adventure eBook: Jamie Davis, C.J. Davis: Books