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Announcement! The Bow of Destiny NOW AVAILABLE At Select Retailers!

Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - CopyA recent change with Smashwords now allows authors some leeway regarding pre-sale of books. Such pre-sales are very important to a new book for a variety of reasons best summed up by Mark Coker. On June 17th, Smashwords announced that authors can now create an “asset-less” preorder book.

This means that authors may now create a book on Smashwords without uploading the final manuscript until closer to the release date. It allows the book to go into the premium catalog with the release date set up to 12 months in advance; you can read the details in the link above.

The advantage is that an author still completing a book has the ability to have the book listed with a release date on retailer sites such as Barnes & Nobel, iBooks & Kobo. Readers can reserve copies in advance, allowing authors to promote their work as it is completed. All the final sales go out on the release date, boosting the sales stats very quickly and improving visibility.

Smashwords will also port your book into Amazon KDP with $2,000 in sales upon your request. With pre-sales, if you have that much in sales upon release, you could port the book over to Amazon rather quickly. However, I’m going to verify whether Smashwords will do this if a book reaches $2,000 in pre-sales which is even more beneficial.

With all this in mind, I’ve put The Bow of Destiny into pre-sale status via Smashwords. Now you can reserve your copy at select retailers (Barnes & Nobel, Kobo & iBooks/iTunes app) and possibly Amazon/Kindle in the near future. The pre-order price The Black Bag by P H Solomonis $2.99 (sorry Smashwords doesn’t allow it to be free in pre-order). This price will go up after the release date to $5.99 so reserve your copy before 9/28/2015 to secure the sales price. Want to see a sample? Look for news in the next week on an updated version of my short story e-book, The Black Bag, which will contain a sample of The Bow of Destiny.

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Blog Tour Featuring Jack Gets His Man by D. E. Haggerty

Today I’m happy to welcome D. E. Haggerty to Archer’s Aim for a blog tour stop. She’s written a mystery that I’m sure you’ll want to investigate.

The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives Go on Tour

D.E. Haggerty

Jack Gets His Man

5 Things You Didn’t Know About D.E. Haggerty

  1. Book CoverI’m kinda, sorta afraid to fly, which is super-duper embarrassing when your husband is a pilot. It’s a control thing really. I get that the big aluminum tube is going to stay in the air, but can I really trust that pilot? I’m the same way with driving. Only when my husband is driving, or flying for that matter, can I truly relax. Unless I’m the one driving, then it’s speed demon time.
  2. I’ve spent the night in jail. And not for some stupid misunderstanding either. Nope, not I. I was in a good old-fashioned brawl and everyone involved got thrown in the slammer. My husband and his brother were angry because they only were in holding tanks while I had a huge cell with toilet and blankets all for myself. I was really, really mad at the time because I didn’t start the brawl, but in the meantime it’s become a great story to shock people with.
  3. I’m an adrenaline junkie living in a scaredy-cat’s body. This leads to really, really weird situations. I’m like “Come on! Let’s go ride that gnarly carnival ride!” And then I get on it and I scream like a cat being declawed because I’m terrified out of my mind of heights. By the way, are carnival rides like a gazillion times scarier than when we were kids?
  4. I like dogs more than people. Dogs are loyal, sweet and always happy to see you when you get home. My dog seems to know when I’m feeling down and need a cuddle as well. Of course, he won’t let me cuddle him normally because he thinks he’s a tough, independent dog. He weighs like 20 pounds so I have no idea where he got that idea from.
  5. I have no talent for drawing. My hubby does all my book covers and when I explain a book cover idea to him, I have to use stick figures and shapes and even those are difficult to decipher. It’s embarrassing but somehow my husband normally figures out what I mean.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Jack Harris, protagonist of Jack Gets His Man

  1. I think skinny jeans for men is the best invention ever. I don’t care if they go out of style, I will be wearing them until I die or my butt is no longer fabulous, whichever comes first.
  2. Turning 40 scares the living daylights out of me. Is my eyesight going to go now? I can’t wear glasses. I would look hideous in glasses. Will I start to go bald now? My bald head is not hot.
  3. I’m worried that now that Izzy has her own family, she’s going to abandon me. It sounds silly but she’s basically all I’ve got. I’m holding on with all I’ve got though. I’m going to wrap Noel, Izzy’s husband, around my little finger if that’s what it takes.
  4. I would kill for the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives. Seriously, shoot someone dead. Guns don’t smell or get you dirty, do they?
  5. I know I say I’m disgusted by walking in on Noel and Izzy getting it on on numerous occasions, but actually it’s pretty hot. I just wish it wasn’t Izzy. Otherwise I’d be watching me some live porn on a weekly basis.

Author Bio:

I was born and raised in Wisconsin, but think I’m a European. After spending my senior year of high school in Germany, I developed a bad case of wanderlust that is yet to be cured. My flying Dutch husband and I have lived in Ohio, Virginia, the Netherlands, Germany and now Istanbul. We still haven’t decided if we want to settle down somewhere – let alone where. I’m leaning towards somewhere I can learn to surf even though the hubby thinks that’s a less than sound way to decide where to live. Although I’ve been a military policewoman, a commercial lawyer, and a B&B owner, I think with writing I may have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. That’s assuming I ever grow up, of course. Between tennis, running, traveling, singing off tune, drinking entirely too many adult beverages, and reading books like they are going out of style, I write articles for a local expat magazine and various websites, review other indie authors’ books, write a blog about whatever comes to mind and am working on my sixth book.

Purchase links:

Author PhotoAmazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Gets-His-Man-Gray-Haired-ebook/dp/B00YBZITC6/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1433146630&sr=8-4&keywords=D.E.+Haggerty

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25552260-jack-gets-his-man

Author links:

Website: http://www.dehaggerty.com

Blog: http://www.dehaggerty.com/mymusings

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dehaggerty

Twitter: https://twitter.com/denaehaggerty

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DEHaggerty/posts

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/denahaggerty/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7210211.D_E_Haggerty

Book blurb:

Jack’s life is awesome. His store is making money hand over fist and his best friend has found love. So what if he’s feeling a bit restless and put out about his upcoming birthday and his ex is being a pain in his fabulous behind? That’s nothing he can’t handle. But then his smoking hot new bookkeeper discovers things at the store aren’t actually as they seem. Someone is playing fast and loose with the finances. Jack’s bestie and his gal pals, the gray-haired knitting detectives, jump at the chance to solve Jack’s problems. When they aren’t re-enacting scenes from spy thrillers, they’re setting Jack up on dates and generally insinuating themselves into his love life. They’re determined to find love for Jack as well as his missing money. Will Jack catch a thief or find love? Either way Jack’s going to get his man.

Goodreads Event Pagehttps://www.goodreads.com/event/show/966357-the-gray-haired-knitting-detectives-go-on-tour

Rafflecopter Giveaway Pagehttp://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4af5be7f22/?

Author Event Chat Roomhttp://4wills-haggerty.chatovod.com/

Big round of applause for D. E. Haggerty and her new book. Please support this indie author. Kudos to 4WillsPublishing for organizing this tour for the book and author.

This tour sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com

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Fantasy Authors Unplugged Featuring Chris Kennedy

This is continuing feature on Archer’s Aim – Fantasy Authors Unplugged. I hope to frequently share an interview with a fantasy author. If you have authors to suggest and/or questions you’d like to see answered then leave a comment or send me an email. If you are a fantasy author and would like an interview please let me know and we’ll plan one that fits your schedule.

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Q. Hi Chris, welcome to Fantasy Authors Unplugged on Archer’s Aim. What motivated you to begin writing fantasy?

A. Hi P.H., thanks for having me. The decision to write fantasy was an easy one for me. I grew up reading fantasy and playing Dungeons and Dragons, and it was always something that I wanted to do. To me, though, writing fantasy is more difficult than writing some of the other genres, so it wasn’t the first book I wrote; I needed to develop my craft a little first. My first book was actually a military fiction book called “Red Tide: the Chinese Invasion of Seattle.” Having been in the navy for 20 years, it was something I knew and thought I could do well.

CLB Low RezQ. What’s your current book and the brief synopsis?

A. My fantasy book is called, “Can’t Look Back,” and it’s the full length novel I wrote to follow the short story “Chasing a Spectre.” In the current book, John Gatsby is falsely accused of a crime by creatures from a world of magic, and follows the real perpetrator through a mirror in an effort to clear his name. John immediately finds himself in a world at war, where magic is real, and is drawn into a quest that will save the world…or extinguish everything good in it forever.

Q. After the earth laps the sun about five more times, what writing goals do you want to have accomplished?

A. In five years, I’d like to have sold a million books. I know that seems like a lot, but I sold over 40,000 last year, without really knowing what I was doing, and while I was doing it part time. At some point in the next year or two, I would like to start writing full time and, if I do, I think I can sell one million books in the next five years.

Q. What does your main character fear the most?

A. My main character most fears not knowing what to do. He is presented with a world where magic is real and has to figure it out if he is going to complete the quest. Even though it isn’t his world, he has a stake in it, as he doesn’t have a way back to his world. If the world dies, he does, too.

Q. What makes you say, “That’s a good book”?

A. I like a good story, with lots of action. With 20 years as a naval aviator, I also love stories that have an element of self-sacrifice for the team—people that are willing to do what it takes so that the group can survive.

Q. What activities generate creative energy for you?

A. Ever since I started writing, I now find stories in the most every-day things. I love a good challenge, where someone says, it would be really cool if… and then I go and bring it into the book. For example, when I was writing “Can’t Look Back,” one of my readers (from the U.K.) said, “I served on the HMS Hydra. It would be really cool if you had a hydra in your book.” Bang! Done! If you look at the cover of the book, you will see a beautiful paladin fighting…you guessed it, a hydra.

CAS1Q. How do you decide what you want as a book cover and how did you find your cover artist/designer?

A. I absolutely love the cover of “Can’t Look Back,” which was created by a designer I found on 99Designs.com. I posted the descriptions of several characters and told the designers that I wanted one of the characters fighting one of the hydra heads. They could put more in the background if they wanted, but they didn’t have to. The winning designer, Lee Dunning, chose to focus on one character and her battle with one of the hydra heads. Quite simply, it’s stunning. I knew I had a winner when my wife, who doesn’t like fantasy, came up behind me. She saw the cover and said, “That is really cool. I’d pick up that book.” If it could make my wife pick it up, it was definitely a winner.

Q. What insights have you gained that you can share with newer authors?

A. Before my first book, people always thought that I wasn’t very creative. With seven books and almost 50,000 copies sold, though, I think I’ve proven them wrong. What I would tell newer authors is to not let other people define them. If they have a story within themselves, they should write it down and take a chance on it. Self-publishing is very possible these days, and it is a great way to make some extra money. If they have questions about how to start, they can check out the book I wrote on self-publishing, or get one of the others that exist on the market. Don’t just jump into it without learning the process, though, or you’ll be disappointed. Make sure you have a plan, and you can be successful, too.

Bio & Links

Kennedy PictureA bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an advisory board member of Hampton Roads Writers.

Chris’ full length novels include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius” science fiction trilogies, and the “War for Dominance” fantasy trilogy. He is also the author of the self-help book, “Self-Publishing for Profit” and the forthcoming leadership book “Leadership from the Darkside.” Called “fantastic” and “a great speaker,” he has coached hundreds of beginning authors and budding novelists on how to self-publish their stories at a variety of conferences, conventions and writing guild presentations.

Catch up with Chris and join his mailing list at http://chriskennedypublishing.com. You can also find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/chriskennedypublishing.biz and on Twitter at @ChrisKennedy110.

Book Sales: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PXK8OPA

Amazon Author Site: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00E4MIJA8

Thanks to Chris for the interview and please take some time to support his work. If you’re a fantasy author and would like to be interviewed for “Fantasy Authors Unplugged” just contact me via email or one of my social media channels and we’ll set one up.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events (and there’s some big news this month). Want to be listed in The Bow of Destiny credits? Join the Street Team to share upcoming links. Either way, you’ll be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. You’ll also receive a free coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag, as well as July’s free e-book: Recommended Reading for Authors!

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