Tag Archives: Indie Writing and Publishing

Code Jumper by Zachariah Dracoulis

Happy New Year Serial Readers:

Check out Code Jumper by Zachariah Dracoulis.  In Kindle Unlimted and exceptionally priced at $2.99.

291 pages.   I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

The year is 2036, and half the population of the United States of America is dead.

Re.Generation killed them.

Code Jumpers, skilled hackers who meet strict criteria, are the traffickers of the new world. Guns, drugs, just about anything else you might need or want in the heavily moderated base game world of Re.Generation, the Code Jumpers can get it for you.

As one of the very few people in the US who can dive into Re.Generation without getting stuck, Eddie is one such Code Jumper.

Eddie likes his job, he gets to be a demigod who sells weed and guns to mere mortals every time he goes to work, but following a catastrophic event that affects both the real world and Re.Generation, access to the game is restricted and he becomes locked outside in the dreaded real world.

Fast-forward five years to a world where certain cities are becoming more and more dangerous to live in, and Eddie is forced to go back.

Before he knows it, he’s jumping around Re.Generation and many of its expansions in a last-ditch effort to stop what promises to be Hiroshima compared to what was a slap on the wrist with the last event.

A video game. A terrorist. A hacker and his AI.

What could go wrong?

My Daily Chatter – Nicola C. Matthews (Paranormal Romance)

Hello Seria Readers:

Need a holiday recovers?  Check out another amazing indie author: Nicola C. Matthews and her Before the Sun Rises series.

This independent author and publisher has a passion for paranormal sexy romance.  It’s well written and worth your time and effort.

Clan of the Claw is on pre-order now for .99 on Amazon.

Left for dead by The Vampire High Council, Ethereal Oscurita is finding it very difficult to adjust to life as one of only two known lycanthrope hybrids to have ever existed.

Torn between her love for two vampires and the man killed by the very hybrid who had created her, she is no longer content to spend her days hiding in the basement of the master vampire’s country estate. She needs time – time away from a disintegrating love triangle, time to heal, but more importantly, time to figure out who she really is.

Ethereal sets out to fulfill a promise to Nikkolas Redpaw, the werebear who sacrificed himself for the sake of her family while fighting the Shield of Humanity.

She travels to the northern most regions of Alaska in a search to find any surviving member of his once great clan. What she discovers there could be the beginning of something truly wonderful – or the end to a tale five years in the making.

Allies will be made, friendships tested, and old wounds reopened. Will Alaska hold the key to Ethereal’s happily ever after, or a bitter ending to a life only half-lived?

In a distinctive mashup of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita BlakeSeries, Nicola C. Matthews’s Before the Sun Rises Series is a fast-paced, action-packed paranormal/science fantasy which poses the age-old question – who will triumph in the war of good vs evil?

 

My Daily Chatter – Singing the Praises of Author Michael Allan Scott

Hello Serial Readers –

Take a stab at a paranormal thriller with a psychic detective.

Michael Allan Scott writes stories that will leave you guessing.

Michael Allen Scott

Supernatural Murder Mystery – Realtor Carla Simon has her first showing in nearly eighteen months. Recovering from a nervous breakdown, she arrives at the bank-owned foreclosure well ahead of her prospect. When her buyer pins her against the wall, it turns out to be the last house she’ll ever show.

Looking for a new breed of supernatural thrillers? Paranormal mysteries of murder and suspense? Perhaps a psychic detective series which can be read and enjoyed in any order? Or maybe one of those scary books you can’t put down? Regardless, the dark, disturbing novels by Indie Author, Michael Allan Scott, won’t disappoint.

Check out Scott’s Amazon author page.  

His latest book: Cut-Throat Syndrome 

 

 

My Writing Tip: Free Class From The Comfort of Your Home PC

My #1  goal in life is to teach independent authors they are no longer writers: they are publishers.   Long before your book is published on Amazon, or before it goes wide, the focus should be on marketing.  Your job is to figure out a way to push your book into the hands of as many readers as possible.

My theory is that if you’re going to spend money on improving your skill, you should spend it on digital marketing.  So, the next logical question is: how am I suppose to develop and improve my writing skill? 

The answer: free university classes that you can complete in the comfort of your home.  

Coursera and MIT Open Courseware come to mind.   A quick search of these sites leads to over 100 eLearning opportunities.   Taught at some of the world’s leading institutions all for free.  On your time, in front of your PC or tablet.

The benefits outweigh the disadvantages.  Often you can skip around and just watch the videos you need.  Then, on that rare occasion, you need ‘hands-on’ training, then, by all means, spend the money on a writing development class.  But, for the most part, ditch the seminars and spend that money on digital marketing.

Hint: you can also find free online university classes on digital marketing as well.

 

 

Top 25 Bestselling LitRPG eBooks Ending 23 December 2017

Rank Book Title Author Reviews Number of Pages
1 Ready Player One Ernest Cline 14,711 386
2 Super Sales on Super Heroes: Book 2 William D. Arand 236 382
3 Shadow Eagle: A Paranormal Space Opera Adventure (Star Justice Book 8) Michael-Scott Earle 129 379
4 Project Alpha: Book 1 R.A. Mejia 89 366
5 The Human Familiar (Familiar and the Mage Book 1) Honor Raconteur 114 277
6 Super Sales on Super Heroes William D. Arand 783 374
7 Tamer: King of Dinosaurs Michael-Scott Earle 176 792
8 Rapture (Apocalypse Gates Author’s Cut Book 1) Daniel Schinhofen 97 383
9 Ring of Promise: A LitRPG novel (Elements of Wrath Online Book 1) J.A. CiprianoJ.B. Garner 45 394
10 Dungeon Lord (The Wraith’s Haunt – A litRPG series Book 1) Hugo Huesca 136 332
11 Eden’s Gate: The Sands: A LitRPG Adventure Edward Brody 63 426
12 Viridian Gate Online: Imperial Legion: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 4) James Hunter 32 370
13 Dungeon Calamity (The Divine Dungeon Book 3) Dakota Krout 290 405
14 Skysworn (Cradle Book 4) Will Wight 250 257
15 Empire Burning (Emerilia Book 11) Michael Chatfield 59 302
16 Chronicles of a Royal Pet: Wood, Stone and Bone (Royal Ooze Chronicles Book 3) Ian Rodgers 13 326
17 Viridian Gate Online: Cataclysm: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 1) James Hunter 152 307
18 Threadbare Volume 1: Stuff and Nonsense Andrew Seiple 6 261
19 The Land: Catacombs: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 4) Aleron Kong 376 571
20 The Starry Skies of Darkaan (Realm of Arkon Book 6) G. Akella 32 239
21 The Twilight Obelisk (Mirror World Book #4) LitRPG series Alexey Osadchuk 19 435
22 First Login (Chronicle Book 1) Kevin Murphy 102 270
23 Change (The Stork Tower Book 3) Tony Corden 16 387
24 Black Friday (The Valens Legacy Book 1) Jan Stryvant 299 164
25 Underworld – Level Up or Die: A LitRPG Series Apollos Thorne 122 374

My Daily Chatter: Shouting Out Elizabeth Knox

#Romance #Giveaway #ElizabethKnox

Hello Serial Readers –

Looking for a great author to read this weekend?  How about Elizabeth Knox.  I like promoting new indie writers, so I’ll tell you what: the first two people who send me an email at georgefisher123@gmail.com will get a free copy of her latest book Blackjack (Reapers MC Book 1).   There are no rules or requirements, I’ll gift you the ebook Friday afternoon.

Her books are also on Kindle Unlimited.  Help me spread the word – this is a very good upcoming indie author.

 

 

My Daily Chatter – Dawn Chapman Sci-Fi Creator and Writer

Hello Serial Readers:

The  TL;DR – Buy Dawn Chapman’s books.  She’s a great writer and her books are well worth the price and the time to read.  5 out of 5 stars.

Today I want to introduce you to an outstanding science fiction and fantasy writer: Dawn Chapman.  Dawn claims to have been developing science fiction stories for over 30 years, but I swear she doesn’t look a day over 25.   Considering I look four days older than dirt, I’m jealous.

Back in 2005, Dawn turned her talents to television and wrote the scrips for a 13-week science fiction series named The Secret King.  Thankfully, for me, she went back into publishing full time in  2010.

Dawn’s latest creation is Desert Runner, an NPC story.  To celebrate her birthday (which was yesterday) she has it free on Amazon for a few days.  Most of us have Kindle Unlimited because we read a lot of books.  All of Dawn Chapman’s books are available in KU.  So, even though this book is free right now, it would be great if we support her by buying it through KU.

Check out Dawn’s blog for the latest info on her projects.   I recommend buying Desert Storm, Desert Born, and Desert Storm (book 3 in the series).  I give all of them 5 stars.

My Daily Chatter – Jim Nesbitt Hardboiled Noir

Good day, fellow serial readers—

Jim Nesbitt – author of The Last Second Chance and The Right Wrong Number

I want to introduce you to indie author and publisher Jim Nesbitt.  He writes crime drama and has two books out.  Both are exceptional reads, underpriced and are on Kindle Unlimited.

I’m going to cut to the chase: go to Amazon and buy the damn books.  If you’re like me and have a Kindle Unlimited account, by all means, read them through that app.

Jim’s a cross between Jim Marrs and Rooster Cogburn.  His writing is rustic and raw—which makes him a pleasure to read.  I think you’ll agree.

Nesbitt’s first book, “The Last Second Chance,” introduced me to hardboiled noir even though it’s been around since the 1920s.  Gino Cox wrote a review that is 100% spot on:

The Last Second Chance is a thoroughly enjoyable tale of two men on a collision course, each blaming the other and seeking violent retribution and revenge. The author is a gifted storyteller with a flair for allusions and an eye for detail that combine to make relatively commonplace settings seem fascinating and unique. The characters are three-dimensional with intricate histories and believable motivations. Some characters are familiar, but with unique backgrounds. Others are unique characters one would not ordinarily encounter in a thousand lifetimes. But they all seem authentic. The story is character driven. Half a dozen characters are pursuing conflicting goals, each of which is fairly simple and straightforward in its own right. Taken together, the story is filled with unexpected twists and turns as the characters and plots intertwine and conflict.

It is not a difficult read; however, it is not a quick read. The prose is crafted with such skill that it needs to be savored. The allegories and allusions give the descriptions a unique texture.

Another reviewer said this about The Last Second Chance:

I checked the author’s bio twice while reading the novel finding it hard to believe he hasn’t published a dozen other award winners. The character development was rich and deep. The pace of the story kept me interested. And the plot made the book impossible to set aside.

Jim Nesbitt “The Last Second Chance” and “The Right Wrong Number”

Here is the link to Jim Nesbitt’s catalog.

Link to The Last Second Chance in paperback. 

I bought the paperback of The Last Second Chance.   It’s definitely a 5-star read.

Author Bio:

For more than 30 years, Jim Nesbitt roved the American Outback as a correspondent for newspapers and wire services in Alabama, Florida, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington, D.C. He chased hurricanes, earthquakes, plane wrecks, presidential candidates, wildfires, rodeo cowboys, ranchers, miners, loggers, farmers, migrant field hands, doctors, neo-Nazis and nuns with an eye for the telling detail and an ear for the voice of the people who give life to a story. He is a lapsed horseman, pilot, hunter and saloon sport with a keen appreciation for old guns, vintage trucks and tractors, good cigars, aged whiskey and a well-told story. He now lives in Athens, Alabama.

Top 25 Bestselling LitRPG Books Ending 09 Dec 2017

Rank Book Title Author Reviews Number of Pages
1 Super Sales on Super Heroes: Book 2 William D. Arand 123 382
2 Empire Burning (Emerilia Book 11) Michael Chatfield 24 302
3 Halcyon Rising: Breaking Ground Stone Thomas 24 233
4 Rapture (Apocalypse Gates Author’s Cut Book 1) Daniel Schinhofen 58 383
5 The Human Familiar (Familiar and the Mage Book 1) Honor Raconteur 104 277
6 The Twilight Obelisk (Mirror World Book #4) LitRPG series Alexey Osadchuk 14 435
7 Chronicles of a Royal Pet: Wood, Stone and Bone (Royal Ooze Chronicles Book 3) Ian Rodgers 5 326
8 Eden’s Gate: The Sands: A LitRPG Adventure Edward Brody 49 426
9 Viridian Gate Online: Imperial Legion: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 4) James Hunter 27 370
10 Dungeon Lord (The Wraith’s Haunt – A litRPG series Book 1) Hugo Huesca 119 332
11 The Way of the Clan 7 (World of Valdira) Dem Mikhaylov 3 275
12 The Starry Skies of Darkaan (Realm of Arkon Book 6) G. Akella 16 239
13 A Slave in the Locked Lands (LitRPG The Weirdest Noob Book 2) Arthur Stone 67 405
14 Project Alpha: Book 1 R.A. Mejia 19 366
15 Head Down (The Valens Legacy Book 4) Jan Stryvant 101 213
16 Skysworn (Cradle Book 4) Will Wight 243 257
17 For We Are Many (Bobiverse Book 2) Dennis E. Taylor 706 321
18 All These Worlds (Bobiverse Book 3) Dennis E. Taylor 672 282
19 Viridian Gate Online: Cataclysm: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 1) James Hunter 151 307
20 Dungeon Calamity (The Divine Dungeon Book 3) Dakota Krout 236 405
21 Black Hat (Afterlife Online Book 2) Domino Finn 35 365
22 The Gods of the Second World (LitRPG The Weirdest Noob Book 3) Arthur Stone 73 304
23 Viridian Gate Online: Crimson Alliance: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 2) James Hunter 158 358
24 Viridian Gate Online: The Jade Lord: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 3) James Hunter 102 376
25 First Login (Chronicle Book 1) Kevin Murphy 92 270

Jamie Davis’ Podcast “Understanding the LitRPG Genre and What Readers Want”

Jamie Davis is the author of more than a dozen novels including Accidental Thief.

Check out my 20 Questions with Jamie Davis. 

He’s also a registered nurse, a nationally recognized medical educator, and host of The Nursing Show.

How Jamie Became a Fiction Writer

Jamie got started as a novelist on a dare. He’s been a nurse and a medical educator for quite some time and has several nonfiction books available. In 2014, a friend of his dared him to write a novel for NaNoWriMo. He finished his novel during November and then it sat on the file for eight months.

Writing that first fiction novel stoked a creative fire in Jamie. He’s always considered himself a very creative person, and writing fiction gave him a different creative outlet than his nonfiction books or his podcast business.

He decided to release what would become the first book in his Extreme Medical Services series. It was very well received by listeners in Jamie’s podcast community, as well as fans of the urban fantasy genre.

The Extreme Medical Services series started as an idea for an educational web series that Jamie turned into a novel. Jamie is involved with seven podcasts and he writes for several blogs. He’s always writing. And ever since NaNoWriMo 2014, Jamie has always had a fiction project in process.

It never occurred to Jamie to go the traditional publishing route. He’s always been an entrepreneur. He was aware of self-publishing and the opportunities available to him to market to the audience of his choosing, rather than relying on an editor or publisher to decide where his book fit in the marketplace.

Check out the podcast here.