Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Forgotten War on sale from Sep 3 to Sep 5

Starting September 3rd until September 5th The Forgotten War will be free for download at Amazon.
Don't pass on this great opportunity and get your copy.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Faust 2.0 - Michael Brookes

This is the first book in the series Mitchell & Morton by Michael Brookes. The story is based on a really interesting premise, that is realistically portrayed by the author.
The characters are interesting and well defined. Maybe the main character, Sarah, in a few instances falls in Hollywood stereotypes; however they don't stand out breaking the flow of the book. It is the first book, so hopefully we will get to know Sarah better on the next installment and the mysterious Morton.
The secondary characters are interesting as well, which is always a welcome detail (that doesn't happen that often in modern literature, actually).
The nemesis in the story is great. I really liked and looked forward reading more chapters about her/it.
All in all, it's a fast paced thriller, that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Forgotten War available in Amazon!


My new short story is available in Amazon finally.

The Forgotten War - A short story.
Greg, a soldier in a Martian colonial force, fights in a red-dry dessert as menacing as the enemy. Human hubris has enabled us to finally escape the confines of Mother Earth, but our politics and nationalism have tagged along for the ride. Greg’s only wish – to return home – is fading along with his connection to home and to his sense of purpose.

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Forgotten War

I just hit the publish button for this short story. It will soon be available in Amazon.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Forever Gate (Part One) - Isaac Hooke

I couldn't stop reading until I reached the end, and even then, wanted more (as this is just the first part of a series).
It's a mix of genres, in a strange world I haven't seen the likes of before in fiction.
But it's just the introduction, so you will want to read more, if you give it a try.
I highly recommend it, if you are into fantasy/science fiction genres.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

How and Why readers buy books

AuthorMarketingClub.com has made some graphs answering these questions based on the data collected on a survey conducted by ebookfairies.

For those of us who self publish, it's really interesting to know why a potential reader buys a book and how does he/she find it.

Here you have the charts:

And here are my personal conclusions based on these graphs:

-Your books must be in Amazon.
-One in every three readers don't pay attention to the publisher (we indies can be happy for this).
-Authors must have a Facebook account and an Author Website.
-Barely one fifth of readers are very influenced by reviews (so there is no need to beg for reviews).
-Half of the readers will wait to buy a book if it has low star rating (it's time to beg for star ratings, then).
-One third of readers have been introduced to new authors by freebies at least 20 times! (keep the freebies coming)
-More than three quarters of readers will try the author again if they liked the freebie (ditto to my previous suggestion about freebies).
-For the vast majority of readers, The New York Times Bestselling List, is of no importance (I guess, in spite of this, we indies still would like to be in it, right?).

Most of these conclusions give me hope. It appears that readers are not so narrow-minded as some would like to make us think.

Thank God for the freedom and opportunities that the Internet grants us.