Thursday, 27 January 2011

Cyberdrome by Joseph Rhea

2,350 eBooks sold in 2010

Available on Kindle and many other formats
Winner of the 2008 PODBRAM Award for Best Science Fiction of the year!
When the human race is threatened by a deadly plague, our salvation might be found in a group of computer-generated virtual worlds, each populated by digital "people" and allowed to evolve in ways divergent from our own. These beings have no idea that they are only programs, living simulated lives and secretly monitored for new technology that could save us all. This is Cyberdrome.

When rogue programmer Alek Grey is called in after one of his programs inadvertently attacks Cyberdrome, he is shocked to learn that his ex-fiancée has become trapped in the system, unable to be removed from interface without risk of brain death. Alek knows of only one way to rescue the woman he still loves, but will he risk all of humanity to save her?
About the author:
Joseph Rhea is a research scientist whose preoccupations include writing and game design. Although a "hobby" writer all of his life, his first work of major fiction is the science fiction techno-thriller, Cyberdrome, winner of the 2008 PODBRAM Award for Best Science Fiction of the Year. Cyberdrome was co-developed and illustrated by David Rhea, a mechanical special effects artist whose preoccupations include drawing and 3D computer modeling.

Please visit the Cyberdrome website for previews, reviews and much more.

Monday, 24 January 2011

The Gift of Fury by Richard Jackson

3,000 eBooks sold since November 2010

$0.99 on KindleNook or from Smashwords

Enter the world of Count Albritton. It is a world where magic and the supernatural are very real. Creatures of legend, sorcerers and other powers walk among us. As a paranormal investigator, Count helps people with supernatural problems the authorities are either unwilling or unable to deal with. It's dangerous work. Luckily he has Kara, a beautiful guardian angel to help him.

Over the years, magic has grown weaker as mankind has made more and more technological advances. Many things that were possible in the past are no longer possible or easier to accomplish using technology. One man seeks to change all of that. He plans to bring back the golden age of magic. To do so, means sacrificing the technology that mankind depends upon and unleashing horrors best left forgotten.

Count isn't about to let that happen. Even with the help of his friends, it’s a fight he isn’t sure he can win.

Author bio:
Richard Jackson was born in New York and raised in the Bronx. He has been writing off and on since high school. Over the years, he has held a variety of jobs and worked in a wide range of fields. It’s given him a very diverse skill set which has come in handy on numerous occasions. His interests include the martial arts, costuming, travel, gaming and just having fun. He enjoys meeting people and talking to people with similar interests. His blog can be found at Kyrin's Insight.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

eInfo: Stephen Leather

Some great info from the author who sold 44, 334 Kindle books in December. The vast majority of these sales come from three 74p books. He has two other novels on Kindle. "Bangkok Bob and the Missing Mormon, which sold 302 copies, and Private Dancer, which sold 205 copies. Why are they so far behind the other three? Because I am selling them at full price."

Price is a huge factor, no question. Still, when you look at Bookscan figures (print sales) for most authors outside the bestsellers, selling over 500 copies of full-price novels in a month isn't to be sneezed at. And of course Stephen Leather's getting 70% royalties on each sale. In terms of money in an author's pocket, that's roughly the equivalent of selling 50,000 mass market paperbacks. And I'm betting Leather will hit similar sales figures (if not better) next month, and the month after, and the month after.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Rogue Hunter: Quest of the Hunter by Kevis Hendrickson

1,500 eBooks sold

Available on Kindle, Nook and at Smashwords

Winner of the Red Adept Indie Award (2010): 'TOP SCIENCE FICTION'.

Zyra Zanr is the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy. Criminals everywhere cower at her name. During the attempt to capture a notorious fugitive, she stumbles onto a conspiracy to murder the senators of the InterGalactic Alliance. Behind this plot is a clandestine force seeking to destroy not only the InterGalactic Alliance, but mankind as well.

War looms on the horizon as Zyra collides with this deadly force threatening to rock the very foundations of time and space. Zyra’s quest to uncover the mastermind behind this plot will pit her against an evil menace beyond her wildest imagination. Only Zyra can save humanity from an impending holocaust. Victory will mean the salvation of the human race. Failure will mean the end of all that Zyra holds dear. The battle for the future has begun!

Join Zyra Zanr in her 115,000 word (327 page) sci-fi epic and enter the world of the Rogue Hunter!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Swallow by Tonya Plank

Over 3,600 eBooks sold from Dec '09 to Jan '11

Currently $0.99 on Kindle and Nook

Sophie Hegel is a shy New York lawyer who hails from small-town Florence Arizona, known not for the Renaissance but for housing a large prison. She's just graduated from Yale Law School and landed her first job when, one evening, during dinner with her fiancé, she feels a fist-like ball form at the base of her throat. A form of the psychological condition Globus Sensate, this "fist-ball" wreaks havoc on her life, causing her difficulty eating, speaking, and eventually even breathing. With a cast of characters that includes a pornographer father, a sister with a knack for getting knocked up by denizens of the town pen, a painter of male nudes, an eccentric Sing Sing-residing client, a tough-talking fashion maven and a bevy of privileged Manhattan lawyers and judges, Swallow is a dark comedy about the distance that can separate fathers and daughters, and about a young woman's struggle to survive in a world of pedigreed professionals for which she has no preparation.

WINNER OF GOLD MEDAL, 2010 Living Now Book Awards, Women's Fiction
WINNER OF GOLD MEDAL, 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Best Regional Fiction
FINALIST, 2010 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, General Fiction
FINALIST, 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards, Regional Fiction

"Plank has a knack for combining philosophical opinions, hard-luck family stories, discount shopping triumphs, and gently slapstick humor into a book that makes readers laugh, think, and swallow hard in sympathy." --ForeWord Reviews

"I swallowed it up, no pun intended... The novel is very chatty and engaging... A great beach read." --Gotham Gal

"...As engaging as any book I have read. Although it does seem to be a little long at first, the character development is so appealing that once you start reading you find yourself eagerly anticipating what will come next..."

"This is not just regional, women's fiction - it transcends any genre... Ms. Plank's first novel is a brilliant show of even greater things to come. She is an author to watch and follow." --The Review Broads

Swallow, which I've just started reading, hooks you from the opening pages with its breathless urgency and captures what it's like to live in NY now, with money worries and ambition and myriad obligations breathing down your neck, and none of it written in cutesy chick-lit'ry. So give it a try. --Vanity Fair Online, James Wolcott, January 15, 2010

About the author:
Tonya Plank worked as a criminal appeals attorney in New York City. A former competitive ballroom dancer and a longtime balletomane, she writes the dance blog, Swan Lake Samba Girl. Swallow is her first novel.
Praise for Swan Lake Samba Girl:
"Tonya Plank [is] one of New York's most precious assets." James Wolcott, Vanity Fair blog.

"Tonya Plank is one of the blogosphere's freshest, liveliest, least predictable, and most pleasing voices. Long may she samba!" Terry Teachout, author, All in the Dances and Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong.

Monday, 17 January 2011

eNews: eBook Pricing

Fascinating piece: Pricing vs Revenue. "Publishers have a chance to get my money even though I have more paper books and ebooks than I can reasonably expect to read in this lifetime. They have one and only one way to blow this, when I come to look at the page and there is a price above my impulse-buy threshold for that item." More at the Evil Genius Chronicles. And a follow-up post, Chronicles of Lost eBook Sales.

And more on pricing in a recent press release from Darren Laws, the very tuned-in publisher of Caffeine Nights: "Pricing is an issue for eBooks with many publishers pricing themselves out of the market of enforcing restrictive DRM. With the cloud ready to play a bigger part in publishing in 2011, we were keen to issue a new mission statement. Turtle Island is the first of our under a dollar, under a pound range of titles and will be available in DRM free versions as well as DRM versions giving consumers the ultimate in choice and value."

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Crack-Up by Eric Christopherson

Just shy of 10,000 eBooks sold in the last year

Currently $0.99 on KindleNook and from Smashwords

Best Mystery Novel, Red Adept Annual Indie Awards 2010

Argus Ward is a former U.S. Secret Service agent who runs a protection agency catering to the rich and famous. His best-kept secret--which he shares with lawyers and doctors and even psychiatrists--is his status as a high-functioning paranoid schizophrenic. One day, with little warning, he turns psychotic for the first time in twenty years. He lands in a secure psychiatric facility, charged with the murder of his most famous client, high tech industry billionaire John Helms, the wealthiest man in America.

Argus has no memory of the killing. A blood test suggests to him that some unknown enemy had switched his anti-psychotic medication with identical-looking dummy pills to purposely drive him insane.

A sign of lingering paranoia? His doctor thinks so. Even his wife.

Yet Argus escapes incarceration to prove his theory. With the law on his trail and a ticking time bomb in his head--due to a lack of medication--he discovers that his disease had been "weaponized" by a powerful group to secretly assassinate John Helms as part of a multiple assassination conspiracy of world-wide significance.

Or has Argus simply lost his mind again? What in the end is "real" and what is only imagination in his story?

And what is justice for the criminally insane?

Come lose your grip on reality. Read CRACK-UP.

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This ebook also contains bonus excerpts:

Chapter 1 of THE PROPHET MOTIVE by Eric Christopherson

Chapter 1 of ORIGIN by J.A. Konrath

About the author
Eric Christopherson lives in semi-rural Ohio with his wife, Seiko, their first child on the way. He is a former police officer and former federal government consultant.

Friday, 14 January 2011

eNews: Nora Roberts Breaks A Million and other stories

" announced Jan. 12 that best-selling romance writer Nora Roberts had become the third author to sell more than 1 million copies in electronic editions for Amazon’s Kindle e-reader." More at Star New Online

While acknowledging that "EBook sales are now climbing with the feverish intensity of a mercury thermometer measuring a scorching heat wave," Phil Guarnieri observes that, "Print on tangible paper, embraced by tightly bound covers, invests words and ideas with a certain gravity and permanence." (I read the article on a computer, so I'm afraid Mr Guarnieri's words convey no gravitas whatsoever. Still, here's the link at the Floral Park Dispatch. But be warned: it's probably gone by now, due to the transient nature of digital content).

TechCrunch asks, "First Amazon Took Down Booksellers... Are Publishers Next?"

In Germany, reports of chainstore Thalia's Oyo Reader are encouraging: "Demand for e-books has also picked up during the holiday season: driven by huge interest in the Oyo ... digital book sales skyrocketed by 200% year on year." More from The Bookseller and even more on the German eBook market at Publishing Perspectives

And finally, congratulations to Scott Neumyer, who's just signed up with Anna Webman at the Curtis Brown Agency!

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Jimmy Stone's Ghost Town by Scott Neumyer

Over 1,000 eBooks sold in five weeks from Dec 7th, 2010

$0.99 on Amazon, Nook, and Smashwords

On December 7th, Scott Neumyer released his thrilling, fun, and heartfelt middle grade novel, JIMMY STONE'S GHOST TOWN, on! Available for the special introductory price of only $0.99, JIMMY STONE'S GHOST TOWN can be downloaded on the Amazon Kindle (as well as Kindle for Mac, Kindle for PC, Kindle for iPhone, Kindle for iPad, Kindle for Android, and Kindle for Blackberry)! In a matter of less than a week, JIMMY STONE'S GHOST TOWN started climbing up the charts! It reached #2 in Children's Books for Boys & Men (ahead of Justin Bieber's new book) and was #1 on the Hot New Releases section of that same genre!

For less than a dollar, readers can enjoy this "fantastical mystery for young readers" that Lara Zielin (Author of DONUT DAYS and THE IMPLOSION OF MAGGIE WINCHESTER) has called "...irresistibly appealing!"

By Scott Neumyer

For Jimmy Stone, life in "Boredsylvania" has been pretty tough. His mom's died, his dad's completely checked out, and he spends his days running from the Coogan Boys, the local bullies. It isn't long, however, before "Boredsylvania" gets a lot more exciting. With his new friend, David and his dog, Trex, by his side, Jimmy discovers that the woods beyond his backyard hold the key to a world he could never even imagine. Soon, he ends up in Ghost Town, where he’s greeted by his ghost guide, Gasp, and receives an ominous prophecy.
“Seven things you must find.
One thing for each day.
Seven things you must find.
Or else they all will pay!

Suddenly Ghost Town becomes as scary as it sounds, and Jimmy Stone realizes that he's in way over his head.

To view a Teaser Trailer, readers can visit

About the Author
Scott Neumyer currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter. He is a writer, publicist, and photographer who has over ten years experience in online PR & marketing. He also worked three years as a Media Buyer for a major national film distributor. Scott has appeared in Wanted Undead or Alive: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-Ass Enemies of Evil (Citadel Press August 2010). He has also been published online and in print in presitigious magazines such as McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Pindeldyboz, and Hobart Pulp. Find him online at and You can reach him on Twitter at and Facebook at

Monday, 10 January 2011

The Grove by John Rector

5,000 eBooks Sold
from June '09 to Jan '10

(Amazon Encore edition published Nov 2010: sales unknown)

Currently $3.99 from Amazon

Book Description: In this gritty noir novel, John Rector weaves an intensely sinister tale. Dexter McCray is a farmer with a dark past that continues to haunt him. As a man struggling with alcoholism, he’s used to being looked at with pity and suspicion in his community. So, after waking from a blackout to discover the body of a teenage girl in the nearby cottonwood grove, he can't be entirely sure he's innocent. With no memory of the previous night, he sees no choice but to investigate the crime himself. Fortunately he’s not alone. He has some help…in the shape of the dead girl herself. In The Grove, readers are treated to more than a warped and imaginative mystery. With plot twists on every page, Rector breathes life into a story that pits reality against hallucination, truth against improbability. Is Dexter motivated by guilt or insanity, reason or folly? And how will the young victim provide the help he desperately needs? This is a novel about one man haunted by the reality of his failed life.
"Tough, dark, and beautifully told. Great storytelling." - David Peoples, screenwriter of Unforgiven, Twelve Monkeys, and Blade Runner

"Spare and evocative as a cornfield in autumn, The Grove marks the arrival of a haunting, powerful new voice in contemporary fiction. John Rector writes with deceptive grace, spinning out irresistible prose with a dark pulse between every line. This is psychological suspense at its most seductive. I loved it." - Sean Doolittle, award-winning author of Dirt, Burn, Rain Dogs, The Cleanup, and Safer.