Saturday, 1 September 2012

Orangeberry FreeMe #71

Saturday, 1st September 2012

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Cassidy Jones and Vulcan's Gift (Cassidy Jones Adventures, Book Two) by Elise Stokes
Genre - YA
Rating - PG
4.9 (36 reviews)
FREE until 3rd September 2012
An Ancient Secret Has Come To Life, And Everyone On The Planet Is At Risk...

Two months after being infected with a strange retrovirus, Cassidy Jones continues to live a double life while she struggles to master her newly gained superpowers. High school has become the only normal thing left in her life--except for tall, dark, and handsome Emery Phillips, who shadows her every move, making sure she doesn't reveal her secret. Then an overnight sleepover at Catamount Mountain Zoo takes a menacing turn, putting everything at risk.  

Other books in the Top Rated Superhero series for young adults, Cassidy Jones Adventures: 
Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula, Book One

At Road's End (Pre-Aztec Series, Book 1) by Zoe Saadia
Genre - Historical fiction
Rating - PG
4.5 (20 reviews)
FREE until 3rd September 2012

He was a warrior from the distant Mexican lands, escorting a group of traders. 

He did not want to follow the ancient road into the Southwestern desert; but he had no choice.

When he rescues a girl from the ransacked village, he thinks nothing of it. He just wishes the traders would sell their goods in a hurry, so he can return to his homeland.

But the fate had planned differently, for the warrior and for the girl alike.

White Jade (The PROJECT) by Alex Lukeman
Genre - Action/Adventure thriller 
Rating - R
4.6 (26 reviews)
FREE until 3rd September 2012
WHITE JADE spins a web of deceit and murder across the globe, against the backdrop of a deadly international power game.

Former Recon Marine Nick Carter is a man with a dark history of emotional and physical scars. He works for the PROJECT, a covert counter-terrorism unit reporting to the President. Selena Connor is a beautiful, strong and skilled linguist. When her wealthy uncle is murdered by someone looking for an ancient book about the elixir of immortality, she's thrown into Nick's dangerous world.

Nick is assigned to protect Selena and help her recover the missing text. It's the beginning of a life and death adventure reaching from San Francisco to Beijing, from Washington to the hidden chambers of Tibet. Someone is determined to take over China and attack America--and Nick and Selena are right in the line of fire.

International intrigue, terrorist acts and the threat of nuclear war form the core of this fast-paced thriller, the first volume in a series featuring Nick, Selena and the PROJECT.

For a fun book trailer, visit YouTube at

Book Two, The Lance; Book Three, The Seventh Pillar; and Book Four, Black Harvest are also available on Amazon. A fifth book will be out later in 2012.eBook author success guide - I

eBook author success guide - I by Steve Bareham
Genre - Nonfiction/self help publishing
Rating - G
5.0 (14 reviews)
FREE until 2nd September 2012

How to self publish an ebook: Giving you dozens of ways to get found is what this practical, easy-to-follow how-to ebook publishing guide does for ebook authors.

eBook self publishing, or epublishing, is hot and still in its infancy, and there are advantages to being in early and on the ground floor, though it may not always seem like it when one can't crack the rankings barrier. This how to self publish ebooks guide can help.

Maybe you want to self publish an ebook to share your ideas with the world, or just with family and friends. In either case, you can produce a professionally designed ebook such as you see in this book's preview. And, you can do it FOR FREE! Amazon charges nothing to upload a book, and the software Amazon provides for formatting ebooks from a Microsoft Word document is easy. This ebook was formatted and uploaded in less than two hours.

If you want to make money self publishing eBooks, writing it is only half the battle now. If money is an objective, you need to lead readers to you. This "how to publish an eBook" guide takes the mystery and worry out of epublishing and ebook marketing. It reveals how to save time and make money writing eBooks. It's chock full of good ideas researched and written by someone who has been in the publishing business for three decades and who has published six eBooks online this year.

This self publishing guide for eBook authors details dozens of tasks that eBook authors should do, and it's illustrated with photos and Internet links to videos and websites so it's a multi-media experience -- another big plus of eBooks. You get information on all of the following, and each is crucial to epublishing success:

  • How the information revolution can benefit ebook authors: it's only just begun!
  • Why another book on epublishing? Because there's new information worth knowing.
  • Product life cycle of ebooks; we're in the growth stage so get onboard but do it right.
  • BONUS: Must-know indie author tips: just these dozen are worth the price of admission
  • Getting down to ebook business: there's a hundred things to know so let's get started.
  • Research--is your ebook wanted/needed? You gotta know this!
  • What fiction readers want: fiction's tough, so be smart with targeting and tagging
  • What nonfiction readers want: easier to target, but there are right's and wrong's.
  • Marketing your eBook with the 12 P's: comprehensive toolkit.
  • eBook cover design, contract out or do your own?
  • The great debate -- what to charge for your self published ebook? Hit the sweetspot.
  • Where to sell your eBook: there are only about a dozen to worry about.
  • Whether or not to employ an eBook aggregator: two ways to go, both free and no royalties.
  • Organizing your eBook contents: hit prospective buyers with "sell" buttons from the start.
  • The ebook sales story: your ultimate weapon
  • Create a YouTube video for your ebook
  • Build a self publishing website that works
  • Search engine optimization [SEO] so people can find your ebook
  • Start a weblog (blog) to promote your ebook
  • Use ebook sample chapters to boost sales: these are ads, make use of them.
  • Consider an audio book to bring your ebook to auditory life
  • Use social networks: drive traffic to your site. I'm not a big fan, but you may have more "friends" who will actually buy 
  • eBook review bloggers & free coverage: this is gold and likely the best use of your time.
  • Writing well will sell more ebooks: lots of not-so-good books out there. Writing is a craft that deserves study and practice.
  • Creativity -- associative & random word techniques: get your juices going.
  • People judge us on the way we write: you want 5 star ratings, so don't lose them to bad punctuation and grammar.
  • The editing sweeps: the brain is unifunctional: you won't see this anywhere else.
  • Avoid plagiarism -- document & paraphrase: sounds boring, but it's a legal lifesaver.

     L O S T (Clan of MacAulay) by R.S. Guthrie
    Genre - Mystery/Horror
    Rating - PG-13
    4.6 (19 reviews)
    FREE until 3rd September 2012
    Denver Detective Bobby Mac returns in this intense horror/thriller, set in the northern panhandle wilderness of Idaho. After receiving a phone call from his brother, the Chief of Police in Rocky Gap, Idaho, Bobby Mac travels north to assist in the investigation surrounding two gruesome murders and the abduction of an eleven-year-old girl.

    These two seasoned cops---estranged brothers reunited---will bring all of their experience to bear in a case that threatens not only the safety of a small town, but also the sacred lineage of a family of heroes.

    The Busy Writer's Book of Checklists by Marg McAlister 
    Genre - Self-help/Writing skills 
    Rating - G
    4.8 (8 reviews)
    FREE until 2nd September 2012
    Today's writers have to juggle a lot of tasks.

    Probably more than they have ever had to before.

    Oh sure, writing was always a challenge. Writers always had to come up with a good idea for a novel, then create a plot, a cast of characters, a decent setting and a subplot or two. (And then they had to embark upon the long and often soul-destroying task of finding a publisher.)

    Today, it's different. In many ways it's better: you have a lot more options open to you when it comes to being published. You can approach traditional publishers, or choose to publish your books yourself; you can opt for print media, or create an e-book. BUT - along with more choices and opportunities comes more work.

    If you decide to publish your own book, you have to start thinking about formatting it, and getting covers created, AND (here's the kicker) doing the lion's share of publicity and promotion.

    I could go on, but you get the idea. Luckily, there's a not-so-secret weapon that helps writers to cope with all this. It's an essential tool in the writer's little box of tricks.

    It's a collection of writer's checklists. 

    The humble checklist can save an author hours of time and frustration. Armed with a checklist to test your initial story idea, you can ensure that you have enough conflict and tension and challenges to keep readers turning the pages. (That's much better than getting halfway through writing it only to find that your lovely bright shiny idea won't hold up!)

    With a plotting checklist at your elbow, you can run through the list of 'essentials' to apply to your novel - like character motivation and plausibility and crisis points, to name just a few of the things you have to consider.

    Checklists on testing an idea and building a plot are just two of the handy checklists you will find in The Busy Writer's Book of Checklists. In all, there are 23 of them! You will get:

    • Six Foundation Checklists: Getting Ideas, Plotting, Characters, Viewpoint, Dialogue, and Scenes.
    • Three checklists for Setting and Subplots
    • Four Checklists on Getting Organized: Your time, your work space, your files and your projects
    • Three checklists for starting and running writer's groups - including a feedback checklist
    • Four checklists for social networking and websites (Setting up a website or blog, Facebook, Twitter and establishing your writer's network)
    • Three checklists on getting published (researching publishers, writing a synopsis, and publishing on Kindle)
    You'll be happy and relieved to have these 23 super-useful checklists in easy reach. And there's even a special bonus for you: writers who buy this book can obtain a full set of printable checklists that they can use again and again!

    After Writing4Success created the six foundation checklists several years ago, writers have often requested more. Well, here they are at last, in The Busy Writer's Book of Checklists!


    Three and a Half Virgins by John Blumenthal 
    Genre - Fiction
    Rating - Adult
    4.8 (12 reviews)
    FREE until 2nd September 2012
    If you're a woman, how would you react if the man who broke your heart twenty years ago tracked you down to apologize? And if you're that man, what would motivate you to do something that bold and unpredictable, and what would you expect to happen? Would sparks be re-ignited?

    It all begins when our hapless hero's wife leaves him for the guy up the block. After a mostly unsuccessful attempt at Internet dating, he finds himself revisiting his reckless past. Engulfed by nostalgia, he's suddenly gripped by pleasant memories and sexual fantasies of three old flames -- Laura, Samantha and Molly -- all of whom happened to have been virgins when he first met each of them twenty years before.

    But the warm refuge of the past soon gives way to icy reality as he confronts the sobering details of how maliciously he tricked, seduced and broke each of their hearts. Overcome by remorse and tantalized by curiosity, he finds a way to reshape his past.

    Which, if any of the virgins will our hero end up with after his quest? The answer will surprise you, as "Three and a Half Virgins" transports you back and forth through time, and ultimately suggests that the past is not necessarily prologue.

    Vampire's Eve (Vamp Life) by Jez Strider

    Genre - Romance/Vampires
    Rating - R
    4.8 (6 reviews)
    FREE until 2nd September 2012
    Evelyn Angel has a rewarding job, amazing best friend, and a promising love interest. The fact that she's a vampire is lost on those who surround her on a daily basis.

    When a former lover returns and attempts to murder her, the perfect little life she's carefully made for herself is turned upside down. Not only does she have to survive, she has to decide which man she truly loves.

    The past is catching up with her in a deadly way.

    (Warning: Contains adult content!)

    Horoscope Compatibility For All The Zodiac Signs by Rosemary Breen
    Genre - Astrology 
    Rating - G
    5.0 (6 reviews)
    FREE until 1st September 2012

    Why not try a fresh, fun approach to soulmate searching and dating? 

    Are you looking for your ideal love match? Do you long for Mr or Ms Right but end up with Anyone-Will-Do?

    Are you tired of blind dates, near misses and second bests? This no nonsense ebook may be just what you need to break the cycle of despair ... and kick start your love life!

    Ever wondered why some couples hit if off right from the start? Why do others seem to thrash about in their on again/off again partnership? What about those couples who get stuck in a fatal attraction relationship? The answers may lie in the Stars.

    This is a fun, down-to-earth guide to star sign compatibility avoids the waffle and generalisations often found in books of this type. Clearly, the author like to get to the point!

    Be sure to take this quick guide to zodiac matches wherever you go and, before you know it, you and your friends will be having loads of fun meeting that Mr or Ms Right.  

    Moon Signs (Moon Mystery Series) by Helen Haught Fanick 
    Genre - Mystery-cozy
    Rating - PG-13
    4.5 (8 reviews)
    FREE until 2nd September 2012
    Retirement is a time for knitting, gardening, and an occasional quiet lunch with friends, according to Kathleen Williamson. Her sister Andrea has an altogether different point of view. When the sisters go to the Canaan Valley to search for paintings mentioned in a document found in an old hotel once owned by their grandparents—paintings that might be Monets—Andrea immediately becomes involved in tracking down a murderer. Kathleen would much rather be looking for the paintings, but she goes along with Andrea, since the victim was their hotel-keeper, murdered just down the hall from their room. The question is: Does the murder have something to do with the elusive paintings?

    There are many clues and many suspects, including hotel staff, valley residents, and the mysterious foreigners who come from the Eastern Seaboard for skiing. There are also many types of danger—icy roads, sub-zero temperatures, and a killer who doesn’t care how many people die in the attempt to make sure the right ones do.

    Split Decision (Hollywood Hills Series) by Traci Hohenstein 
    Genre - Romance 
    Rating - PG
    4.4 (7 reviews)
    FREE until 5th September 2012
    Meet Ava Spivey. She's a popular divorce attorney in Hollywood and is known for her tenacity in the courtroom and her mega-million dollar settlements for celebrity clients. However, her own marriage begins to fall apart after a surprise encounter with her high school boyfriend.

    When hot action-adventure movie star, Sawyer Winston, retains Ava to represent him in one of Hollywood’s biggest divorce scandals yet, she finds herself in trouble after a media leak threatens to reveal a secret that Sawyer had strictly confided only to Ava.

    Will Ava be able to save her marriage and her career?

    Split Decision is the second book in the Hollywood Hill series. It features your favorite characters from Special Delivery - Dr. Hope Love, Brad Whitfield, and Venus Vanderbilt. However, this series can be read in any order.

    This book is approximately 25K words and is what I term a "novellini". Perfect, delightful story for those who want to read a light, funny book while at the beach, or in the tub with a bottle of bubbly, or snuggled up in front of the fire sipping hot cocoa. Enjoy!

    Special Delivery 
    (Hollywood Hills Series) by Traci Hohenstein 

    Genre - Romance 
    Rating - PG
    3.5 (13 reviews)
    FREE until 5th September 2012
    Meet Dr. Hope Love. She’s a beautiful, single doctor who delivers the babies of Hollywood's hottest stars. Her perfect, glamorous life is turned upside down when her father, a retired doctor and her partner in the practice, hires Dr. Brad Whitford to assist Hope in the ever-growing medical office. Hope doesn’t want or need the new guy—until she begins to fall in love with him.

    Her best friend, Venus Vanderbilt, is a best-selling romance novelist and should be able to offer good advice—but Venus is traumatized because she suspects her husband is having an affair.

    When Hope learns that Dr. Olivia Campanelli, a renowned heart surgeon, already has her trained eye set on Brad, she realizes she might have missed her chance with the new doctor. Can Hope juggle a successful medical practice and win the man of her dreams?

    Special Delivery is the first novel in the Hollywood Hill series. It is approximately 33K words and is what I term a "novellini". Perfect, delightful story for those who want to read a light, funny book while at the beach, or in the tub with a bottle of bubbly, or snuggled up in front of the fire sipping hot cocoa. Enjoy!



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Books Sold - 6 Nov 2011 to 31 May 2012

Some of you have asked me for my total number of books sold to evaluate KDP Select so here it is. Bear in mind, that results will vary based on genre and author. Good luck and remember, Keep Moving Forward.

Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
Paperback -
Smashwords -

2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
Paperback -
Smashwords -

3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
Amazon Kindle - 462
Smashwords -

4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
Smashwords -

5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
Smashwords -

6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
Smashwords -

7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
Amazon Kindle -
Paperback - N/A

8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle -

9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
Amazon Kindle -

10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
Amazon Kindle -

11. Elevenses from Around the World
Amazon Kindle -

12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
Amazon Kindle -

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Rediscovering Domesticity

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