Wednesday, 29 December 2010

One of my ebooks free today on Amazon UK

The First Completely Electronic Robot and Science Fiction Limerick Book

is free today on Amazon UK. 

Update: now the book is free in the US, too, here

My apologies. If you have tried to download from the Amazon US site. Although the book shows up as discounted when accessing from the UK, in fact it is currently not discounted in the US. 

However, it is still completely free from any world-wide location, in whatever currency from smashwords

Sunday, 19 December 2010

A Reader Recommends

It’s always a thrill when a reader has enjoyed one of your books, even more so when he or she has recommended both your novels on an open forum:

Julie Jester is working on a book about Indie Authors, which will be out for the Kindle in the New Year.

Helen Smith’s Christmas giveaway competition is over now but many of the books are available on discount. I have read and delighted in all of Helen Smith’s books. Helen runs a most amusing and interesting blog, with a great number of literary anecdotes and reviews, plus her trademark pithy observations on life in London.

Right now I am reading the superbly tense SF spy thriller Falling Star by Phillip Chen.

Two more new great places for bookworms the world over are:


Indie Writes - a resource for finding books by indpendent authors and only just started up by Naomi Kramer, author of Deadish and other 'undead' titles.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Christmas Giveaways - Yet More Free ebooks

Helen Smith, a friend of mine who writes novels, screen plays and childrens' books, amongst many other literary achievements and good works, is hosting a Christmas Giveaway at her website

Books by other authors, including some of my own books, are entered in the competition as prizes and there's the chance to win a Gift Voucher.


Paperback copies of Helen's books can also be won. Check it out now.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

More About Free Books

My aim is to publish a free ebook at around the same time as I publish a new novel.

Passengers to Sentience was accompanied by the free book The First Completely Electronic Robot and Science Fiction Limerick Book (it’s free on smashwords, Amazon don’t allow authors to offer books for less than 99 cents). The First Completely Electronic Robot and Science Fiction Limerick Book is a book of essentially clean limericks suitable for all the family.

For Passengers to Zeta Nine, I created the very short story Ms Fixit. I originally had the idea when I saw that New Scientist had run a competition to write a ‘flash fiction’ short story in less than 300 words. I’d missed the deadline by the time I read the article but it seemed like an interesting challenge. I have written a 300 word version but in its current form, the Ms Fixit story is around 450 words. It is free and only available through Smashwords.

I have a multiple universes short story planned for the release of Passengers Revelations

Of course, you don’t have to buy the novels to take advantage of the free books at Smashwords:

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Book Pricing – What’s Going On?

Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, the independent e-book outlet online, has posted a very interesting and useful article to his blog today, explaining the recent history of the recent ‘price wars’ in publishing. He is very passionate about e-book publishing and immensely helpful to independent authors and publishers.

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