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akrummenacker:

In fairness to my post about Kindle Unlimited, I felt it only right to share this other author’s experience with Kindle Select and Kindle Unlimited, for those who are undecided.

Once again, in spite of what I’ve read here, I am NOT changing my mind. I refuse to cut myself off from Nook, Apple and other e-readers.

The purpose of my sharing this article is to give people a chance to see more than one point of view, so they can make their own choices and decisions. What’s best for me may not be so for others.

Please enjoy.

Originally posted on Nothing To Read Here:

After The Event

Well I have officially been a published author for a month now.  To say the last month has been a whirlwind of emotions would be an understatement.  I have gone from a nearly paralyzing fear just prior to hitting that publish button, great high of selling my first book & getting my first 5-star review, to the extreme low of having a day where I didn’t sell anything and having someone tell me “it just wasn’t their kind of story”.  Through it all those two books have remained on Amazon and are slowing moving their way up the sales rankings.

One of the biggest things I have learned is that the # of books I sell usually correlates to how active I have been on twitter.  I have had one day since I published where I didn’t sell any books and that also happens to be the day I didn’t…

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akrummenacker:

Wanted to share this with all of you. If you enjoy vampires, Juliette Kings is someone you want to take a look at. Her take on the culture, from a modern day vampire Mom’s point of view is funny, very relevant, and she is also a wonderful artist, as well as poet. This is well worth checking out. She’ll have you laughing, crying and also give you food for thought in a very special style that is all her own.
I highly recommend checking this collection out, as well as her blog “Musings Of A Vampire Maman”, you won’t be disappointed.

Originally posted on Vampire Maman:

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Now available at Amazon.com

A collection of 26 stories from Vampire Maman.

This isn’t just another “my book is out spam.”

This is a THANK YOU note for all of you who have followed Vampire Maman. You’ve read my stories and tales of Vampire adventure, parenting, romance and thoughts on life. You’ve left comments, feedback and love. You’ve shown so much support. And best of all you’ve really entertained me. I had no idea when I started this little Vampire/Parenting-Blog adventure that you were out there.

I also want to say thank you to all of my friends in the WPaD publishing group. You’re more than writers – you’re family.

So anyway, I’ll do a proper spamming of this book later – I just want to say LOOK. HEY.

But now it is night and I must go do Vampire things. You know how it is.

xoxo

~ Juliette aka…

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Recently there’s been a lot of discussion of Amazon Kindle’s latest program… “Kindle Unlimited”.

Now for those of you have heard but don’t know a lot about it, here’s a quick recap in a nutshell.

*Remember: this is only a brief overview and not an in-depth piece.  I understand there are still some details to be ironed out*

With Kindle Unlimited, you pay $9.99 a month to have unlimited access to Kindle books through Amazon.  You don’t have to ‘buy’ the books, you simply have access to them.  Sort of like a private library that you pay a monthly fee to have access to.  Now considering there are literally thousands of books on Kindle this is a pretty good deal for consumers.  You can sample and read any the books and decide if you actually want to purchase a copy for yourself in e-book or maybe go for an actual print copy, without wondering whether or not the book is to your taste.

So on the surface, this sounds pretty good right?  So how does this effect the authors?  What do they get out of having their books being ‘borrowed’ instead of bought?

Well, Amazon has a plan in place for there.  Should anyone ‘borrow’ your book and read at least 10% of it, whether or not the person finishes the book, the author will earn a paid share.  So they are getting something for their trouble even if the entire book is not read or purchased.  Nice right?  They will get something just for having their book looked at (provided at least 10% of the book is sampled).

So this sounds like a nice win-win situation for all.  Unfortunately, there is a catch (yeah, you all saw that coming didn’t you?).

In order for an author’s book(s) to be part of the Kindle Unlimited program, the e-book version of their book CANNOT be for sale anywhere else.  Meaning, no Nook, Apple, Sony, or other e-reader formats through Smashwords, Scribd, Oyster, etc.  Amazon and Kindle will have the SOLE selling rights to the e-book form of your work.  Print editions are of course unaffected by this.

So basically, an author has to choose to either pull their existing works from Smashwords and  the other e-book formats, and have only the Kindle version of their e-book available.  Or, in the case of a brand new book, it will only be allowed to exist in print or Kindle form.

Speaking only for myself…

I am not going to do Kindle Unlimited or Kindle Select.  Some time back, I pulled my first novel from Smashwords and did the Kindle Select which also requires exclusivity and only had the Kindle e-book form available for three months.  I did it because this was the only way I could do ‘Free-Days’ through Amazon, which was important to me since it was my first novel.  Those Free-Days got my name and work into the hands of over 1000 prospective readers.  But I had to cut my Nook, Apple and Sony fans off for three months, which I hated doing.

When I released my 2nd novel “THE SHIP” I made it clear from the start that there would be no Free-Days, only “99 Cent Days” occasionally and that was it.  And I’m sticking to my guns.  99 cents is the lowest I can go on Kindle without being part of either one of the their programs.  “THE SHIP” is doing nicely, and I’ve also found that a number of people have told me flat out that they prefer paying the full price when they have the money, because they love what I’ve created and want to see the money go to me and not some corporation.

With loyalty like that, I can’t bring myself to cut anyone off.  So, I’m sticking with Smashwords and Amazon (no strings attached) for all my e-book formats.  What others choose to do, is up to them.  I simply wanted to take this moment to assure all my readers that I will always put my books out there in all the e-book formats so I can make sure it’s available to you.

Here’s the address to my author website which has links to all the e-book formats for both my books.  Just click on it, and it will take you to the site and you can choose whatever format you prefer.  You will always have a choice with me, it’s my way of returning the faith and loyalty all of you have shown my by taking a chance on my books.

http://allankrummenacker.wix.com/allan-krummenacker


akrummenacker:

Good information and lots to think about in this article. In order to be part of Kindle Select and be involved in Kindle Unlimited, you have to cut your e-books off from other avenues like Smashwords and other e-book distributors. Each author must decide for themselves what route to take.

HOWEVER… this only effects e-books. Print versions of our books would still be available through Barnes and Noble and other booksellers.

Still e-books seem to be what’s popular with their cheaper price tag. So much to think about…

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

amazon_kindle_unlimitedAmazon launched Kindle Unlimited on Friday, giving self-publishers a big decision to make.

The long-rumored subscription service will allow users to download unlimited books for $9.99 a month, and reader reaction has been, from what I can see, overwhelmingly positive – especially because they will be able to test the service with a month’s free trial. Writers have been a little more cautious, for all sorts of reasons I’ll try and tease out below.

The main stumbling block for self-publishers is that participation in Kindle Unlimited is restricted to titles enrolled in KDP Select – Amazon’s program which offers various additional marketing tools in exchange for exclusivity. Author compensation will be similar to borrows under the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library – a percentage of money from a fixed pool. The only real twist is that payment will be triggered when 10% of downloaded books have been read.

At the…

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Looking for books to review


akrummenacker:

Anyone looking for reviews of their novels? Let me recommend Joe Hinojosa. He does a really good job with reviews. Very deep and insightful, well worth checking out. Here is a link to his blog, you can check out some of his other book reviews there while your at it.

Originally posted on Joe Hinojosa:

Happy Saturday everyone! It’s a dreary morning in the DFW area, though I’m not complaining. There’s a cool breeze, and the sun is not burning everything in sight. In short, it’s a perfect day to lounge around and relax.

At the moment, I’m at the Wolfe City Library where my friend is working. She volunteers one Saturday a month to give the residents of her hometown a place to go to read, use the public computers, and get out of the dreary weather. Since I came to visit her this weekend, I tagged along. If only I had something to read….

Which brings up the reason I’m writing. I’m looking for something to review and I’m hoping for suggestions. Preferably, I’m looking for self-published works of fiction, or those from smaller, independent publishers. If you have something that you want reviewed, let me know. You can email me at joe@joehinojosa.com.

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I’m looking for honest reviews for my new paranormal/mystery novel “THE SHIP”. 

 

So far I’ve had 4 reviews on Amazon (all of them 5 star ratings), but I’ve only had one on Smashwords and over at Goodreads.com.  I really would like to see more, since most prospective readers like to see what others are saying about a new book.

 

So, in order to get them I’m offering 5 free E-Book copies through Smashwords. You’ll be able to get your copy via a coupon I code I will be supplying any volunteers with.

 

For those who are not completely familiar with Smashwords, they have the following e-book formats avialable: (Nook, Kindle, Apple, Sony, and PDF). You’ll have 1 month to read the book and provide a review on Smashwords and if you happen to have a Goodreads account, I would love to see it posted there as well. 

 

BACK COVER SYNOPSIS OF THE NOVEL:
Cassandra Elliott is a billionaire heiress, who has just come out of the closet.  She is also a powerful psychic who has seen incredible and terrifying things.

 

In fact, just two weeks ago she and her new girlfriend Julie Cloudfoot, survived a horrific battle with a creature from a parallel reality, where evolution took a decidedly different turn.

 

As a result of that encounter the two of them have come to Santa Cruz California to bury Julie’s uncle who fell to the creature, and to see if their new relationship will work out.  But an old adversary is stalking them.  A white haired man with plans for Cassandra.  However, before he can make a move, a new threat appears.  A legendary ghost ship arises from the sea and marks Cassandra as it’s next target.

 

Soon Cassie and Julie find themselves fighting not only for their loves, but to keep from being separated forever…

 

Send me a private message if you are interested. Thank you and I look forward to hearing back from some of you. 

 

Take care and keep writing.

 

The Ship © 2014 Allan Krummenacker

Book Review: The Ship


akrummenacker:

Brand new review of my 2nd novel “THE SHIP”. Come check it out, you’ll learn a lot about it without any spoilers.

Originally posted on Joe Hinojosa:

Finally, Cassandra slumped against the wooden rail and murmured, “It’s coming… we have maybe two hours to prepare…”

The Ship © 2014 Allan Krummenacker

The Ship © 2014 Allan Krummenacker

Happy Monday! Hope you had an exciting 4th of July weekend. Now it’s time to get back into the swing of things. To help you out, I’m back with an all-new book to share with you. The Ship is the second book of the Para-Earth Series by Allan Krummenacker.

In the second book, we follow Cassandra “Cassie” Elliott, heiress to the Elliott family shipping fortune, and a family with a dark secret. Cassie is beginning to embrace her gift as a psychic, a gift that unbeknownst to her is putting her in danger.

Cassie is also learning to accept her sexual identity and is beginning a relationship with Julie Cloudfoot, a gifted woman of Seneca descent, who harbors her own personal demons as well. Little do the pair know…

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My Latest Review… REBECCA


NEW BOOK REVIEW…
 
Today I present you all with Daphne Du Maurier’s classic “REBECCA”.  A 5-STAR read in my opinion.  This is one of the best modern-day gothic novels that I’ve ever read and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good gothic mystery.  Read on my friends…
 

 

 

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…”

These few simple words open Daphne du Maurier’s legendary novel “Rebecca”. A hauntingly beautiful tale of love, revenge, and desperation.

For me, it is a ghost story where the ghost never appears. Instead the lead heroine is haunted by the shadow of her new husband’s first wife, Rebecca. Everyone loved Rebecca, especially the housekeeper who runs Manderley with a seemingly iron fist.

Our heroine finds herself wandering the halls where Rebecca walked with grace and dignity. Her unseen predecessor’s mark is everywhere, including on Max her husband. Everyone speaks of Max and Rebecca’s love and devotion to each other. And it is this undying love that makes it impossible for Max to bear to see or hear anything about his dearly beloved dead wife. Or is it?

Mysteries abound within the walls of Manderley. Especially on one fateful night when a ship is wrecked in the cove near the great manor. As the rescuers search for survivors of the damaged vessel, they make a terrifying discovery. The boat that Rebecca had sailed on is found at the bottom of the cove with a body still inside it.

However, Max had positively identified Rebecca’s body some months earlier when it had washed ashore some miles up the coast. So who’s body has been found and why is Max suddenly acting like a cloud of doom over his head.

What hold does the dead Rebecca have over him? And can it be dispelled once and for all?

The twists and turns in Daphne du Maurier’s classic tale, set in the 1930’s, is beyond reproach. A modern day tale with all the trimmings of a true gothic tale, this book is one that the reader will find hard to put down.

A true classic and worth reading again and again.

Book review time again.  Today I wanted to share with you my review on what I consider one of THE best  collections of vampire stories ever compiled.  It covers some of the earliest vampire tales known and finishes with more modern ones from the 1980’s.  With the many takes on vampires we see these days from Anne Rice to Stephanie Meyer, I thought it might be interesting for you all to check out some other takes on the vampire genre done by other authors over the decades.  So without further ado, allow me to introduce you all to…

 



THE PENGUIN BOOK OF VAMPIRE STORIES is one of the best anthologies I’ve ever found. Part of the reason is that it covers authors who’ve touched on this subject as far back as 1816 and goes up to 1984. There are a number of familiar names in this book like Clark Ashton Smith, Sheridan Le Fanu, Tanith Lee, and August Derleth to name just a few. But what fascinates me the most is seeing how the vampire legend is explored. We meet the legendary “Varney The Vampire”, the seductive and dangerous “Carmilla”, as well as Stoker’s missing chapter from Dracula which was released as a short story several years after the novel itself was published. I understand in some later printings, it was put back into the novel where it belonged. Alas my copy of Dracula is one of the ones without it, so finding this missing chapter in this collection was a treat for me.

 

The first 2 installments in this collection: “Fragment of a Novel” (1816) and “The Vampyre” (1819) were of particular interest to me since their creation were the direct result of a bet made between the poet Percy Shelley, his wife Mary, Lord Byron and John Polidori. The four were spending a summer together and during a particularly boring rainy night they all agreed to a little contest. Each was to create a full length horror story within a certain amount of time. These 2 stories were the entries by Byron and Polidori respectively. Neither is fully finished. In fact Mary Shelley was the only one to complete her story the legendary “Frankenstein”. 

 

Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla” is another brilliant piece in this collection. Published in 1872, it predates Stoker’s more famous “Dracula” by a few decades. Considered a ‘lesbian’ vampire story since both the victims and the antagonist are women. But it’s here where we really find one of the first demonstrations of the sensuous behavior that has been built upon by so many modern writers of vampire fiction. Yet, it is not love or real affection. I’ll quote a passage from the story so you can see what I mean.

 

“…the vampire is prone to be fascinated with an engrossing vehemence, resembling passion

of love, by particular persons. In pursuit of these it will exercise inexhaustible patience and

stratagem, for access to a particular object may be obstructed in a hundred ways. It will

never desist until it has satiated its passion, and drained the very life of its coveted victim.

But it will, in these cases, husband and protract its murderous enjoyment with the refinement

of an epicure, and heighten it by the gradual approaches of an artful courtship. In these cases

it seems to yearn for something like sympathy and consent. In ordinary ones it goes direct to

its object, overpowers with violence, and strangles and exhausts often at a single feast…”

 

So here we see that alluring nature that is so eroticized these days. But clearly in this passage we see that clearly there is no real affection for the victim at all. It’s fascinating to see how one idea is singled out and made romantic, while the consequences are ignored these days. However, I cannot criticize modern writers for this. Every author wants to put a different spin on an old legend and this can be seen throughout this collection.

 

We have “Luella Miller” by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman in 1902. No blood letting here, but the title character definitely has a kind of vampiric nature, willing or otherwise. She is almost a sympathetic character in some ways. 

 

Later we find C. L. Moore’s “Shambleau” in 1933, where the author takes us on a science fiction journey to another planet where we meet a vampire-like being, who also shares some resemblance to the legendary Medusa of ancient Greece.

 

There’s also the legendary Fritz Lieber’s offering “The Girl With The Hungry Eyes” from 1949. Or August Derleth’s 1939 “Drifting Snow” where we meet a pair of Snow Vampires. 

 

For almost a century authors have been putting their own spin on this famous myth and many will continue for years to come, myself included. 

 

I give this collection a full 5 STAR rating and highly recommend it to any fan of the genre.

A DECISION HAS BEEN MADE!


*UPDATE:  THE NEXT BOOKS IN MY PARA-EARTH SERIES WILL BE…*

After giving it a lot of thought and listening to feedback from readers both here and on my blogs I’ve come to a final decision on what order the next few books will be coming in…

Late November 2014 “THE VAMPYRE BLOGS” will be released first.  This will be the first of at least 2 books.  The story line I’ve been creating has grown to such an extent that it cannot be told in just one novel   So I will do what I’ve been doing with the other books.  A complete story will be told with a few dangling plot lines that will be addressed and wrapped up in the 2nd book which will come in time for Christmas 2015.

In May 2015 “THE DOOR” will be released and will take up where both “THE BRIDGE” and “THE SHIP” left off.  It will reunite Alex, Veronica, Cassie and Julie.  I won’t give any spoilers away except to say that not only with the looming confrontation with the mysterious white-haired man will take place, but also the secret behind the ghostly Brandon will be fully revealed.

NOTE: Even though the story will wrap up a number of plot lines, this will NOT be the last you see of these characters.  They will be back in future stories as well as making appearances in other novels  So if you’ve grown attached to them, know you’ll be seeing more of them down the road.

So that’s where things stand and what you can expect in the next 18 months folks.  I want to thank everyone who gave me feedback.  I plan to try and release 2 novels a year, provided my school schedule for the next 3 years will permit.

In the meantime, please spread the word about my books to everyone you know.  I’m leaving the link to my webpage below, which has both books and how to get them in whichever format they wish: KINDLE, NOOK, PDF, SONY E-READER, APPLE, or TRADE PAPERBACK:

http://allankrummenacker.wix.com/allan-krummenacker

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