Two Free Books to Jump Start Your Holidays

It’s not often I’m able to properly thank those of you who have followed my writing career since the beginning, but with my debut novel currently being offered by Amazon for free (as long as you’re a Prime member), I thought it might be nice to up the ante, so to speak.

Now normally when a book is being offered for free, authors do mega blasts and paid promos to try and get it to as many people as possible. I’m doing the opposite. I’m notifying only my newsletter subscribers and those who follow my occasional rants here on my blog and social media. In other words, this promo isn’t to gain additional readers, it’s aimed at rewarding those of you who have rewarded me by reading my work and giving me a platform as an author.

So THANK YOU. And please stick around. While this has been a quieter year than normal, there’s a lot coming for 2018.

Happy Holidays —

HAPPINESS IS A COMMODITY  — Free Nov 29 – Dec 1st

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HOUSEBROKEN — Free with Amazon Prime

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GiveAway Results / Housebroken Reaches 100 Reviews (Sort of)

Housebroken Reaches 100 Reviews!

Well, we did it! Over the past week Kindle Press put my novel on sale, we had that final pesky review come in to push Housebroken into the triple digits for reviews.

And I say “we” here purposefully. Writing is an extremely solitary venture, but once that book is published it becomes a collective experience, and it’s only through word-of-mouth and the attention readers give to that experience (whether good or bad) through which a book can grow legs and live past its initial pub date. So thank you to everyone of you — those who have been with me from the start, and those of you who are still trying to figure out whether it’s worth cracking open a book by that “Behrg” guy.

Two steps forward, one step back

HousebrokenSo while Amazon giveth, Amazon also taketh away. The short and sweet review that was #100 for Housebroken has now become review #99 as in the past 24 hours Amazon kicked a review off of my book. It happens quite often, actually, and there’s not much an author can do about it. Part of the danger in friending people who reach out socially after reading your book is that at some point Amazon can eliminate any reviews from said person, thinking they’re just friends or family attempting to skew review results.

Thankfully it’s not something I stress over, and to me having reached that milestone — even if it was temporary — is still worth celebrating. After all, whenever the next review lands, we’ll be right back at the hundred mark (until the next one gets booted, that is!). Plus, what I count as my greatest rewards from writing novels has come through the interactions of those who reach out — the acquaintances that turn into friendships, on so many different levels. In my book that is something far more worthy of celebration. Though, to be fair, in my books there often isn’t a lot of gleeful celebrating taking place … 🙂

Winners Announced – 2 Signed Copies of Housebroken

Congratulations.jpgSo as promised, in reaching 100 reviews on Amazon I’m giving away 2 signed copies of Housebroken. In order to be completely fair, I’ve run the contest through an online random number generator, plugging in every person who’s signed up for my newsletter and adding additional entries for those who emailed me a link to one of their reviews or proof of purchase of one of my books (Thank you, by the way — see what I mean when I say we can only do this as a team?!?)

In order to protect the identity of the winners, I’ll only refer to them by their First Name and last initial, but here are the winners of the signed books:

  • Ken X
  • Pete K

An email has been sent to each of the winners and books will be shipped once addresses are confirmed.

Thank You Readers!

This has been a fun experiment, and I’m looking to do more give-aways and contests with my newsletter subscribers in the near future, so if you haven’t signed up you can do so here: Behrg’s Newsletter. You’ll also pick up 3 free ebooks for joining the cool kid’s club (even if we ride on the short yellow bus).

Lastly, as you can see reviews mean a ton to authors, especially those of us who are hybrid / indie. You don’t need to write an essay or include some deep prognosis on the hidden themes interwoven throughout the underlying current of the story. Just share your thoughts — a quick note about what you enjoyed (or even what you didn’t) takes less than a minute of your time, but to that author it will mean the world. And it may even influence some other random reader to give that book a try.

** If you missed the $0.99 sale for Housebroken, for some reason the novel is still discounted on Amazon and you can pick it up for $1.00 less than cover price. **

News, Updates & Give-Aways

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Pleased to share that Kindle Press is putting my novel Housebroken on sale July 5th – 11th for just $0.99!

If you haven’t yet had a chance to read this one, these sales are few and far between so grab it while you can for less than a buck!

In other news, Housebroken is now hovering at 99 reviews on Amazon! Once it reaches 100, I’ve decided to offer a Give-Away for 2 signed copies of Housebroken. This give-away will be exclusively available to my mailing list only, so if you haven’t yet signed up, you can do so here: Behrg’s mailing list

No purchase is necessary. You’ll be automatically entered just by participating as a subscriber. But if you’d like more chances to win, shoot me an email (thebehrg at gmail.com) with a link to one (or more) of the following:

  • A screenshot of your purchase of Housebroken (or another of my titles)
  • A screenshot of your posted review on Amazon for Housebroken
  • A screenshot of your posted review on Amazon for another of my titles

You’ll receive an extra entry into the contest for each additional proof of purchase / review.

Thanks again for your support! Winners will be announced within 2 weeks (or as soon as we reach 100 reviews on Amazon).

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Kindle Scout 2 Yr Anniversary – $0.99 Sale!

Hard to believe it’s been two years since my debut novel, HOUSEBROKEN, was published through Amazon’s Kindle Scout program. I still remember the anxiety of going through that 30 day campaign … the hopes, the frustration, and the eventual bliss and validation in having my novel selected for publication.

HousebrokenSince then, HOUSEBROKEN has gone on to be a #1 Amazon best-selling novel, both in the US and UK, for horror-suspense. The Kindle Scout program has, within this same time period, launched over 250 books, some to incredible success and others to lack-luster results, but publishing has never been a perfect science. It continues to be a great way for readers to discover new books and authors (and be rewarded for your efforts), while helping to launch careers and offer alternative options for authors these days.

To celebrate 2 years of the program’s success, Kindle Press is offering a sale on every one of their titles!

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For a short time period, you can pick up every Kindle Press title for just $0.99, including my novel HOUSEBROKEN. You can check out all the titles here — With an impressive array of authors across multiple genres, there’s sure to be something that will grab your attention. (And to grab HOUSEBROKEN for less than a buck, click here)

Later this week, I’ll add a post on a few Kindle Press titles I’ve read over the past 2 years that are ones you won’t want to miss. Till then, happy shopping. 😉

 

Amazon’s New “Prime Reading” — (Pick up HOUSEBROKEN For FREE)

For those of you who haven’t heard, Amazon announced today a new program for Prime members that includes a host of books you can read for free. From my understanding, this list of books will rotate every few months or so, providing new material you can pick up at absolutely no cost.

Amazon continues to be at the forefront of experimenting in new and exciting ways for both authors and readers. While there could be some concerns with a program like this, as far as compensation for authors, etc, know that no book is a part of this program accidentally. All authors were notified, had to “opt-in,” and were given a compensation package to be part of this first trial run.

HousebrokenWith that being said, my novel HOUSEBROKEN is a part of this program, which means if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can pick up a copy for FREE today.

I’m excited to be opening the doors to a group of readers I may not have been able to reach otherwise. And what better season to tackle a psychological horror novel? Can’t you hear those “slay” bells ringing?!?

So grab your copy, tell a friend, tell an enemy, and get reading!

Key Moments

My novel, HOUSEBROKEN, reached a new pinnacle today by hitting its 200th rating on the popular book site, GoodReads. Considering how few people actually take the time to rate a book they’ve read, it’s an exciting moment.

Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 12.25.39 PM.pngThe role of an author is a lonely one, and we’re often confined to a small white room with competing voices shouting in our heads. Fortunately, most of us prefer the solidarity. There are times, however, when we question what we do, why we do it, and if it’s worth the extreme sacrifices this profession, (or enslaving hobby), demands.

Key moments are what keep us going. Hearing of a new positive review from someone you’ve never met. Having a break-through on a current work-in-progress. Receiving a note or short email from a new fan. Discovering a new idea for a story, one that demands to be explored.

These are the moments we authors live for. They don’t come often, but when they do, they fill our canteens with that life-sustaining force that may see us through the next few months of desert crossing.

So join me as I celebrate a small achievement, and do an author a favor — leave a review for a book you’ve recently read. It may just be the key moment he or she needs to keep going in this mercilessly brutal (yet highly rewarding) quest.

Mid-Year Ketchup (… or is that blood?)

Hard to believe we’re almost halfway through the year already. While there’s so much to comment on regarding the year itself, I’ll save most of that for another post. But wanted to catch up on my year so far as both an author and a reader, because it’s been pretty incredible for both.

As an Author:

Dollarphotoclub_86625397.jpgWithin the past 6 months I’ve had 2 of my own works published. “The Girl Who Couldn’t Come Up With an Original Story” was released back in February. A short story, it’s received some incredible reviews and coverage, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. This was a very personal and difficult story to write, and the connection it makes with those who have read it is both profound and humbling.

The Creation - Let There Be DeathI also had the chance to release Book 2 in The Creation Series, “Let There Be Death.” While this series hasn’t quite had the success as some of my other works, it’s one I’m incredibly proud of. A lot of that is my own fault; the series is difficult to encompass in a single genre, but I’m grateful to all those who have discovered it, shared it, and enjoyed it. It’s by far the most challenging thing I’ve ever written, and has stretched me as an author in so many ways. I’ve already started Book 3, which should complete the trilogy, and it’s been such a joy to see this series take shape in ways I would have never imagined.

(And if you haven’t had a chance to start it yet, you can pick up both the first novella in this series and “The Girl Who Couldn’t Come Up With an Original Story” for free by signing up for my newsletter. Enough with the shameless plug.)

My debut novel, Housebroken, continues to pick up steam. It was featured for almost an entire month as #1 in Horror-Suspense on Amazon in the UK, and has done exceptionally well in the US this year as well. It’s great to see a book that’s been out over a year continue to sell, and I’m grateful to my publisher, Kindle Press, for their continued support.

hardcore horrorBeyond my own publications, I was fortunate enough to have a short story of mine selected for a Best Of Horror Anthology, which just recently came out. “Year’s Best Hardcore Horror” has come out to stellar reviews and it’s amazing to be featured alongside so many talented and mainstream authors.

As a Reader:

Dollarphotoclub_98103047.jpgNow while I write, I’m also an avid reader. Most authors are (and any who say they don’t have “time” to read really shouldn’t be writing in the first place). And this year has been a fantastic year for books.

I try to review most everything I read here on my blog, but wanted to highlight a few of my favorite reads so far this year:

(all links will go to my original reviews posted earlier this year)

Tim Lebbon’s “The Silence” — For a post-apocalyptic novel this was an immense amount of fun, and there are several scenes in this book I’ll never forget. A quick and relentless read.

John Scalzi’s “Lock-In” — Brilliant example of fresh and original writing, with some of the best “world-building” you’ll find outside of an epic fantasy world. A must read for both sci-fi or detective / mystery fans.

Kea Wilson’s “We Eat Our Own” — Technically this one isn’t even out yet, so hold your breath for this September, but this was an amazing read. This debut novelist not only broke all the rules but did so in one of the most untraditional, engaging stories I’ve read this year. Don’t miss this one when it’s out.

James Morris’ “Melophobia” — Morris creates an Orwellian-like world where music is outlawed as a “War on Morality” is declared in an alternate history. But rather than follow a predictable plot, this leads down roads I never would have suspected. Beautifully crafted and highly original.

Dollarphotoclub_100291262.jpgNoah Hawley’s “Before the Fall” — The creator of FX’s adaptation of “Fargo” is a brilliant wordsmith, turning a not so original plot into a stunning and gripping read. This is a book that proves it’s all about execution.

Blake Crouch’s “Dark Matter” — Another one that hasn’t yet been released (due out end of July), this is a book that proves concept is king. Fresh ideas and an unrepentant approach, this is a lightning paced read and will undoubtedly lead Crouch to becoming a household name.

Sylvain Neufal’s “Sleeping Giants” — While I didn’t rate this 5 stars, it’s still up in my top reads for the year. This is what “World War Z” should have been, in my opinion; utilizing the “interview” while driving the narrative forward. A highly original concept and very entertaining read.

Stephen King’s “End of Watch” — King puts the crowning jewel in his Bill Hodges series with this final chapter, elevating the entire collection. A master showing off his craft.

A lot of good stuff here folks. If you’re looking for some summer reads, this list is a great place to start. (And if you’re on GoodReads, feel free to add me so I can check out what you’re reading as well).

Now that half of our year is over, I should be posturing on all that could happen in the next six months … But instead, I’m ready for a vacation.

Be back in a few. And happy reading.