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Judging Books By Their Covers

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Yes, I know you’re not supposed to judge books by their covers but I’m talking about my own here so I think I’m okay.

I’ve never been 100% happy with the covers of Boneyards or Badlands – the two books of the FTW series, so over the last week or so I’ve been busy reworking them into something I’m happier with.

This time I’ve tried to incorporate something that feels more like the world described in the book.

Boneyards takes place (mostly) inside the Boneyards where piles of scrap are picked over by the people living there. Check out the Boneyards page for more on this book.

I think the new cover shows this much better than the concrete wall of the previous cover. The good news out of all of this is if you previously purchased a copy with the old cover it’s now a collector’s item! 🙂

The cover of Badlands has also been updated to look more like the environment our heroines are exposed to.

The book takes place outside the walls of the city, in the baron wastelands beyond, the imagery which I’ve tried to inspire on the cover. Check out the Badlands page for more about this book.

I’ve also made the two covers similar in both colour scheme and title area to help join the two together when seen as a set.

If you’ve not yet read the series, what are you waiting for? Check out the sample of Boneyards over at Amazon!

Both books as well as the combined edition are available on Kindle Unlimited as well if you’ve got that.


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Surprise Sale – USA

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Since yesterday I managed to completely bonehead the start times of the Kindle Countdowns for “Boneyards & Badlands”, the sale has now started for US customers and anyone else buying from Amazon.com. You can pick it up during the next week for only $0.99!

Check it out at Amazon.com

Surprise Sale – UK

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Boneyards & Badlands – The complete FTW series in one book on sale at Amazon.co.uk for only £0.99!

Check it out at Amazon.co.uk

Free eBooks Bonanza!

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For the next few days I’m running a free book promotion with Amazon, which means you can read a selection of six of my ebooks for nothing!

Why? Well, mainly because I’d like to get more people reading what I’ve written, and what better way to do it than to give out a heap of freebies.

From now until about Tuesday next week you’ll be able to grab these six books from Amazon for nothing.

So what are the books? They’re a selection of five of my short stories as well as Boneyards – book 1 of the FTW series. Follow the links below to Amazon.com, and happy reading!

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AdWords and Breitbart – A Trap For New Players

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Over the last two weeks I’ve been running ads for my FTW series books on Google AdWords to coincide with their promotional pricing on Amazon.

I was startled over the weekend to be called out on twitter for advertising on Breitbart, a far-right website known for hate mongering. At first I thought it must have got the wrong guy, but no, the screenshot had my ad in all its glory above a homophobic rant on their website.

Of course I took immediate steps to remedy this. Being away from my computer limited my options, but I immediately halted all my ads from running until I could manually block the offensive site.

The Sleeping Giants (twitter account, logo above) helped me out with this. I honestly had no idea my ad would be shown here and am very disappointed that a progressive company like Google continues to push their ads there. Anyway, the Sleeping Giants forwarded me a document which I’ve linked to here: Read the rest of this entry »

Another Book Sale!

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If you missed the Boneyards and Badlands sale last week, well good news! The combined edition of FTW Series is on sale now until March 12th for only $0.99 / £0.99!

The FTW Series is an exciting young-adult fight for survival in a dystopian future. Featuring strong, no-nonsense female lead characters, this duo of face-paced, action-packed books will keep you up all night because you won’t want to put them down.

All FTW Series Books On Sale!

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Both books in the FTW Series are now on sale until March 5th! During those dates both Boneyards (Book 1) and Badlands (Book 2) will be on sale for only $0.99 / £0.99 each!

The FTW Series is an exciting young-adult fight for survival in a dystopian future. Featuring strong, no-nonsense female lead characters, this duo of face-paced, action-packed books will keep you up all night because you won’t want to put them down.

FTW Box Set

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ftw_complete_106Just a quick post because I forgot to announce this when I did it, but both books in the FTW series are now also available as a single download.

Because I know there are many people who prefer to buy a series as a “boxed” set, I decided to release Boneyards and Badlands as a single volume. You can save yourself a few dollars when you buy this way as well, as I’ve priced it lower than the total of buying each separately.

You can read a sample section of Boneyards & Badlands here or buy as an eBook or Paperback from Amazon.

Paperback is also available in most bookstores where awesome books like mine are sold.

Badlands – Almost Here!

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book2_conceptSo apart from slacking off over the Christmas break by lounging around in swimming pools (we’ve had a few 40 degree Celsius days here in Australia recently… that’s 104 Fahrenheit in old money) what else have I been up to, I hear you ask. As you can tell from the deluge of book reviews I posted yesterday, I’ve done a lot of reading.

But also I’ve been editing part 2 of the FTW series: Badlands. That’s right, it’s getting closer and closer to a final release date! I’ve got my feedback from my beta readers and am working through their notes and making adjustments based on their observations. Once I’ve done that I’ll dump it all into a Kindle so I can have a final read through to pick up any typos or formatting mistakes I may have made, then it’s off to Amazon for publishing!

It’s roughly the same length as part one (a little shorter, but not by much). As before, I’ll be making a paperback copy available as well for those who prefer the feel of a book rather than a device.

As I’m typing this, I’ve just realized I haven’t even begun to think of a blurb for Badlands. I better get onto that today because I’ll be needing it very soon, so maybe (and this is my first attempt as I type and think at the same time): Read the rest of this entry »

Badlands – First Draft Complete!

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I’m happy to say I’ve now finished the draft of FTW part 2 – Badlands. I’m now busy working my way back through the story, looking for typos and awkwardly phrased wording before I pass it off to my beta reader.

So at this stage I’m guessing at around mid to late January as a release date. I’ll firm this up as I work out what date this’ll be.

While I’m doing the first draft editing, I’m also designing a cover. I wanted one that’d link the two books together but have found it somewhat difficult to do. So I came up with a working design for Badlands, then revisited FTW. Read the rest of this entry »