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Starting today, I’m running a 4th of July special. From now until midnight Sunday July 7th, you can get the Kindle version of my paranormal/mystery “THE BRIDGE” for just $0.99 cents.

Ghosts, psychics, police, and a centuries old mystery await you within the pages of book one in the Para-Earth Series which has garnered 4 and 5 star reviews. Get your Kindle copy at Amazon by clicking the link below.

And if you’ve already gotten a copy, share the link and the special with others so they can take advantage of this limited time offer. Happy 4th of July all everyone, and stay safe!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B86DR9Gthebridge_allankrummenacker


4.0 out of 5 stars Good job, Rookie, June 19, 2013
This review is from: The Bridge (Para-Earth Series) (Kindle Edition)

Kudos go to Allan Krummenacker for his first novel “The Bridge.” The storyline is an intriguing balance of wit and suspense, with a cadence that flows nicely, making it an easy read. There is never a dull moment as Krummenacker keeps the reader wanting to know more about each event that takes place. I would like to see more descriptive language used in future works by this author, but overall I look forward to following his career and seeing how his craft develops.

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The Kindle version of  “The Bridge” is still $1.49 (1/2 off the regular price) at Amazon.com.  So if you haven’t gotten a copy or know someone who might want a copy, now is the time.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B86DR9G

 


The final tally is in and 365 people took advantage of the chance to get the Kindle version of my paranormal/mystery novel “THE BRIDGE” for free.  Hey, a reader for every day of the year… chuckle.

I’ve never done a free-book promo on Amazon before, so anyone with experience please let me know if this is a good number.  I think so, but I like to hear other people’s thoughts.

Now I’m sure one of the big questions on the minds of some of you is, “Why did you give your book away for free?  Don’t you want to make some money?”

The answer is simple.  I wanted to increase my sales.  Now I know this sounds like a contradiction, but hear me out.  To date, only 100 copies of my novel had sold before this giveaway.  And about 1/2 of those were actual sales over six months.  I’ve had 10 reviews on Amazon and about 15 on Smashwords.  Not bad numbers, but certainly not earth-shattering.  I’ve had family and friends helping promote the book throughout their social networks.  I’ve done press releases, sent out free copies to newspapers and radio stations.  My sales ranking on Smashwords was impressive, but the sales were still not coming as strongly as I’d like.  Why?

Not many people have ever heard of me.  I’ve got ONE book to my name out there, just one.  I’m still building my reputation and a following.  In this day and age, a lot of people are very choosy about what they buy, even in e-books.  So those who sell their works for .99 cents or less have a better chance at being grabbed up.  Especially if you have a good tagline and cover.  But sometimes even that’s not enough.  Word of mouth is truly the biggest and greatest weapons we have to get our names out there.  And that only happens if we get our work into the hands of more readers.

Now, I’ve read (in a number of places) that authors who’ve done the free e-book promos see increases in sales within the weeks/months that follow.  Readers get hooked on what they’ve read and tell family, friends, and people in their social networks about it and get them excited enough to get their own copies.  In turn they may fall in love with the book and tell even more people about it, thus perpetuating sales and building the author’s reputation.

So now I’ve taken the plunge.  Now all I can do is wait and see what kind of results happen.  I’ve already heard from one or two people who took advantage of the giveaway and was delighted to hear them say, “I don’t usually read this genre but the story has already sucked me in.  I’m going to want to read the next one…”  I’ve been told this before by other reviewers as well, which gives me hope for the future of my books.  But more importantly, I’m hoping they will spread the word and get others to check it out.

I’ll keep you all posted on what happens next.  As I said way back when I first started this blog, I’m going to share this journey with you all.  My ups and downs, so hopefully you can avoid some of the pitfalls I landed up in.  Success or failure, we learn from them.  Hopefully, you can learn from mine.

In the meantime, the price has gone back to $1.49 which is still 1/2 off the usual price for the book.  So if you haven’t gotten a copy yet or want to get one for someone else there’s still time to get it at 50% off.  Have a great day…

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B86DR9G


****THERE IS STILL TIME TO GET YOUR FREE KINDLE COPY OF “THE BRIDGE” ON AMAZON****

Up to this moment 247 people have already claimed their copy of my paranormal/mystery. You have until midnight tonight (Pacific Standard Time) to get your free copy. And if you’ve already gotten yours, spread the word and so your family, friends and networks can get their copy. Psychics, cops, ghosts and a terrifying secret hidden away inside a three hundred year old bridge await you in this book. Come and learn how the Para-Earth series begins in this first installment. You’ll be glad you did.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B86DR9G

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Okay I haven’t said anything about “The Ship” lately so I thought I’d bring you all up to date on what’s happening on that front.  The news is that there’s been a lot of writing and rewriting of scenes as I try to get the first draft done.  As I’ve mentioned before in a previous post, I find writing the 2nd book more slow at times, but the quality of what I’m creating is better overall.  Because I know some of what to watch out for.  Are the characters behaving like themselves?  Am I making the motivations for their actions clear?  Is this believable? Are things easy to follow and not confusing for the reader?  Am I doing a good job introducing and re-introducing the main characters for both previous readers and those who are new to the series?

Usually, a lot of this would be caught in the second and third drafts.  But from my perspective, a lot of this has make sense to ME before I can expect my readers to follow it.  And if what I’ve done isn’t working for me, there’s a problem.  I’m one of those author’s who says, “Hey, this part does not jibe with what I’ve got going on over here.  This has to be fixed now!”    As you can tell I’m one those people who can’t leave it as is and just redo it later.   I sometimes feel like I’m the character Sheldon Cooper from “The Big Bang Theory”.  Which would probably explain why whenever I complete a really good scene I yell “BAZINGA!”

Luckily, I’m not on a tight schedule.  I don’t plan on releasing “The Ship” until the end of September or beginning of October later this year.   However, in spite of this, I still want to really get a lot of  this story done right the first time.  And I’m taking extra measures to make sure the final product surpasses the original in quality.  I’m adding a few more Beta-Readers, and grammar editors for a start.  From there, I’ll be getting some professional editing done as well.  I’ve already got the book cover ready and you can see down below this post.  This saves some time down the road and is one of the perks of being an artist as well as an author.

Another added benefit to this plan is that I’ll have some down time between waiting to hear back from beta-readers and grammar checkers.  During that period, I’ll working on book number three, “The Door”.  I’ll also focus on “The Vampyre Blogs” as well.  Hopefully this will mean a shorter wait time for my readers between future releases.  At least that’s what  I’m hoping for.

That’s all for now.  See you all again real soon.  Take care and have a great week everyone.

 


SIGNED TRADE PAPERBACK COPIES OF “THE BRIDGE” AVAILABLE FOR ONLY $10.00, LIMITED TIME!

These are not the 1st edition copies, these are the re-edited 2nd edition copies. Each one is $10.00 a piece, plus $3.00 shipping/handling in the United States. Anyone interested in getting one of these please let me know down in the comments section or e-mail me. Payments accepted through Paypal.

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To celebrate my first novel “The Bridge” being #44 on Smashwords Horror Bestseller list of books over 100K words, I’m taking 50% off the price. It’s now available there for $1.50 for this weekend. So take advantage of it while you can. There’s 15 reviews on this page so you can get a good idea of what others have been saying about this strange blend of paranormal mystery and science fiction.

Remember: Smashwords offers this book in the following e-reader formats: Apple, Sony, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, EPUB, PDF (for regular laptops and desktop computers), and others.

Oh, and if you’re one of those people who already bought a copy and loved it, please help spread the word of this special promotion. Thanks so much and have a great weekend everybody.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/272613

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Well, time for a little update.  Here are the results so far from my “Hobbit Birthday Party” last weekend. Total 40 free books were picked up. And so far 4 reviews have come back, which is great in my book. The fact that people went through it so fast and got back to me is terrific. I’m hoping with time, that as people get to read it and finish the book, they’ll leave reviews too.

Out of the 4 reviews I’ve gotten 3 were 5 Stars and the last one was a 3 star, but a very pleasant one mind you. They still encouraged people to check it out so I’m not going to complain.

This first review is from Amazon.com:

You’ll think twice about going in the water! April 5, 2013

Format:Kindle Edition
Exhilerating! The story kept me tense the whole way through. I normally don’t read horror as I prefer science fiction and fantasy but after receiving a copy of the novel it is my habit to always read all the way through and I’m glad I did. There is even a touch of sci-fi in the mix which pleased me. The story was creative and, at times, frightening, the good way a horror book should be. A number of sub-plots rounded out the novel but it is the main plot that is so riveting. I don’t want to post any spoilers except to say the concept of the evil hidden in the river is a nice change from coming from underground. For fans of the horror genre, this is a must read.

These reviews are from Smashwords:

Review by:  on April 06, 2013 : star star star

Good ideas, well paced and well plotted, with interesting and engaging characters.

But it needs a thorough editing; I felt like I was reading an unpublished draft. The common banter style made the characters tend to blur together, and really, could they not sometimes just get on with their bloody jobs instead of making with the constant sexual jokes & innuendos? And the author very badly needed to consult someone actually British for the voice of the supposedly British characters – these are teeth-gratingly bad at times. (What is Oye even supposed to mean? Oy? Oi? Aye? What kind of English are we even talking about? Seems to veer randomly cockney & posh.)

I got the book free in exchange for a review; I hope this isn’t so harsh as to be discouraging. There’s a lot of good in it; it just needs some balancing and tweaking.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: April 03, 2013 : star star star star star
As someone who got to proof read this, I must say I love it! Found a few surprises in it that were not there before! Can’t wait for the next one!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: March 31, 2013 : star star star star star
The Bridge is an excellent book, well written. A genre I don’t usually read but, I will look out for Allen’s next book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)


I got the idea for “Sample Sunday” from one of my fellow authors, namely Scarlet Black.  She is the author of “Wisdom Of Evil”, “Salem Moon” 1 and 2, “The Last Gift” and most recently “E-Vamp” which is taking the European market by storm.   I strongly recommend checking her out on Amazon folks, you won’t be disappointed.

Anyway, today I decided to give you all a brief glimpse into a scene in “THE BRIDGE”.  I thought it might be nice to show you some of what goes on during one of my lead characters psychic visions.  Once you’ve read it, remember the book is available for all e-readers and in print.   You can find all these versions  at my new webpage: http://allankrummenacker.wix.com/allan-krummenacker.  Just click on the one you want and the link will take you to where you need to go for it.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this snippet:

Alex, blissfully unaware of all that had taken place, boarded a train at Grand Central station, eager to go home.  He had been in the city all day and was glad to be leaving.  He had met with clients, visited contractors, and then checked on a couple of jobs his office was overseeing.   Then he’d met up with his sister and her husband for lunch.

And as usual Sharon was in top form, going on about how tired he looked and that he needed to spend more time back on Long Island.  Maybe go to the beach.  Of course he could bring Veronica, but she’d heard that too much sun was bad for older skin, and so on and so forth.

Now, he was comfortably settled in a seat on the train and allowed himself to lean back and relaxed.  The gentle swaying and clicking sound of the wheels were soothing, almost hypnotic.  His eyes slowly lowered and he fell asleep…

 

… and once again found himself in the strange hallway with the four doors waiting for him.  How had he gotten up here?

Up here?  Yes, this was an upper story that was rarely used anymore.  A thin layer of dust covering the carpet was testimony to that fact. No one had been up here in some time.

Brushing aside a cobweb he went over to the nearest door and tried the handle, it was unlocked.  Suddenly it swung inwards, revealing a bedroom furnished in Colonial style. Though he was no expert, he was sure the furnishings were originals, not modern copies.  And unlike the hallway, everything in here was immaculately clean and well cared for.  There was some clothing laid out on the bed which indicated this room belonged to a woman.

Instinct told him not to enter, so he decided to make his way towards the next room. As soon as he turned away, the door behind him slammed shut.  Then the unmistakable sound of keys in a lock could be heard.  Looking back, he saw the door was now bolted shut and thought he heard movement inside.  Looking down at the lighted crack at the bottom of the door, he spotted the shadow of feet pacing back and forth from the other side of the barrier.  He quickly went over to the other doors and saw no light or shadows coming from them.

Coming back to the locked door he found wooden slats now covered the portal.  At first he felt panic for the owner of those shadowy footsteps, but then he realized the room was now empty.  He could sense no one within.

From behind him came the sound of creaking.  Turning he saw the door opposite this one slowly opening.

He took one final look at the barred doorway and found it was now bricked up.  And half of the brickwork was already covered by dark paneling that matched the rest of the corridor.

There was nothing more he could do here.  And the room behind him waited patiently.  Taking a deep breath, he turned and headed over to the room across the hallway.  He didn’t bother looking back, knowing that any sign a room had been there would be gone.

 

On the old stone bridge over the stream, a woman stood silent and motionless.  In her arms she cradled what appeared to be a small bundle.  Her eyes were fixed on the line of tall trees surrounding the rear half of the great mansion.  Their many branches practically obscured the entire third floor.

Nearby, at the foot of the bridge a man wearing a white wolf skin knelt.  His head was bowed as he chanted in a tongue not heard in centuries…


My good news today is that I have finally set up my own Official Website.  I did it through WiX which made it a free site.  And while it did take me a few hours to put together, it was so worth it.  I would highly recommend them to anyone else needing or thinking about putting together a website with little expense.

Now on the site you’ll find “The Bridge” of course, along with buttons linking you to the various formats available.  You’ll also find news and information on my upcoming books, along with a time frame for when I hope to be releasing them.  I’ve also supplied small synopsis for each one so my visitors can get an idea of what they can look forward to.

I hope you’ll all come and visit the site.  I’m still updating and correcting a few areas, but overall the site is pretty much done.

Here’s the link, I hope you like what you see:

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

 

 

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