Thursday, February 11, 2016

Kindle Unlimited 25% Off Sale

Amazon is running a sale for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.  Now through Valentine's Day (Feb. 14, 2016), you can get 25% off a six month, 1 year, or 2 year subscription.

A subscription normally costs $9.99 per month and allows unlimited reading of a library of 1.24 million Kindle eBooks and thousands of audio books.  You can read Kindle Unlimited books on your Kindle device or your phone, tablet or computer with Amazon's free Kindle reading apps.
  • Unlimited reading. Unlimited listening. Any device.
  • 6 Months: $59.94 - Now $44.95
  • 12 Months: $119.88 - Now $89.91
  • 24 Months: $239.76 - Now $179.82

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Google Play Books Partner Center open for new publishers

While reading J.A. Konrath's latest blog post, I noticed he created a new Google Play Books Partner Center account.  After acquiring Oyster's expertise and nearly 9 months with closed gates, it looks like they're open for business again.

Kudos to Google and Oyster for re-opening an important eBook retail platform to new publishers!

Update - Mar. 11, 2016:  It seems Google closed Google Play Books Partner Center for new accounts again.  They were open to new accounts for at least a week, but I have no idea which date they closed again.

Friday, January 29, 2016

I Bring The Fire Series Box Set On Sale

Recommendation written by Alex Casey:

C. Gockel, author of the I Bring The Fire series about the misadventures of Loki, the Norse god of Chaos and Mischief, is running a 99 cent sale today through Sunday night (Jan. 31, 2016) on the box set of her first four eBooks at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, and Kobo.  I've enjoyed reading the first few books in the series, so I can tell you Gockel has a terrific take on Loki.  I easily pictured the mischievous face of Tom Hiddleston (from the movies Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and The Avengers) as if he acted throughout these stories!  And boy, does Loki bring on the mischief!  (Not that Odin, ruler of the Nine Realms, doesn't deserve most of it.)

The books in the box set are the first three novels and a novella.  The next three books in the series have already been published, so you don't have to wait months or years to buy the next books in the series.  The seven book series is already complete.

Grab the box set now at 99 cents while you still can.  It's totally worth it!





And if you like to buy eBooks at Kobo, you can get 50% off on eBooks now through January 31, 2016.  Just use code JAN1650 at checkout to get the discount.

Sometimes the hero is the wrong guy at the right time.

When Amy Lewis prays for a savior, Loki, Norse God of Mischief and Chaos, is not who she has in mind. Loki can not resist Amy's summons, but he can insist she help him outwit Odin, ruler of the Nine Realms. Can Amy trust a so-called God of Mischief? With a powerful evil calling him from beneath the city's streets, can Loki even trust himself?

This box set contains the first four installments of I Bring the Fire. It is perfect for fans of The Dresden Files, American Gods, and Terry Pratchett.


Wolves: I Bring the Fire Part I
In the middle of America, Amy Lewis is on her way to her grandma's house. She's being chased by a very bad wolf. Galaxies away, Loki is waking up in a prison cell, strangely without a hangover and with no idea what he's done wrong -- this time, anyway. But he does know Thor is hiding something, Odin is up to something wicked, and there seems to be something he's forgotten ....

In this urban fantasy tale, a nice Midwestern girl and a jaded, mischievous Loki must join forces to outwit gods, elves, magic sniffing cats, and nosy neighbors. If Loki can remember exactly what he's forgotten and Amy can convince him not to be too distracted by Earthly gadgets, Earthly pleasures, or three day benders, they just might pull it off ....


Monsters: I Bring the Fire Part II
After being attacked by a serial killer, saved by Loki -- so-called God of Mischief, Lies and Chaos -- dragged to Alfheim, losing every cent in her bank account, and caring for her grandmother, Amy Lewis has lost her scholarship to veterinary school. But it's all right. She has a plan. If she manages to keep her day job as a receptionist, and her night job as a vet tech, she may be able to get her scholarship reinstated and save enough money for the dreaded 'miscellaneous fees.'

Too bad her day boss is unbearable ....

Agent Steve Rogers has political aspirations, but when a suitcase nuke turns out to be something much worse and so-called Norse gods start showing up in his life, he has a priority shift.

Meanwhile, Loki's priorities and plans haven't changed at all. He wants Asgard to burn. Of course, earthly pleasures can be so distracting.

These three disparate characters have little in common, but they'll have to join forces to save earth from trolls, wyrms, frost giant invasions, and an old evil growing beneath Chicago's streets.


Chaos: I Bring the Fire Part III
In this final installment of the Cera story arc, the noose around Loki's neck is tightening. GerĂ°r, the frost giantess, wants him dead; Cera, the World Seed, wants his head -- literally and figuratively; the FBI wants him in Guantanamo; and an old friend from Asgard wants to bring him home ... whether Loki likes it or not.

Things can't get any worse, but when Loki's involved, it's certain they will. In the third chapter of I Bring the Fire, humanity's demons are unleashed on the Nine Realms, and Amy Lewis and Steve Rogers get front row seats.

Chaos might be their only hope.


In the Balance: An I Bring the Fire Novella
Chaos can never really be destroyed ...

Loki, God of Chaos, gave Amy Lewis all his memories, and one request before he saved the universe: "Remember for me."

Amy knows Loki will find her, one way or another ... eventually. But as the weeks have ticked, by she's lost hope.

Called into the FBI headquarters to identify a magical artifact, she gets the opportunity to find Loki for herself. In doing so, she tips the scales of not one, but two universes, and has to choose for herself what form she wants Chaos to take.

The fate of the Nine Realms is in the balance, and this time it is in Amy's hands.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

No new publishers on Google Play Books Partner Center

If you don't already have an eBook publisher's account at Google Play Books Partner Center, you're out of luck.  As of May 20, 2015, new sign-ups were given this disappointing news:
"We are not accepting new sign-ups at this time.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.  We'll be back soon."
According to a message in the Google Play Books Partner Help Forum:
Adele G said:  "We’ve temporarily closed new publisher sign ups in the Play Books Partner Center, so we can improve our content management capabilities and our user experience. We’re working to reopen this to new publishers soon. Thanks for your patience."
Current publishers can still log into their accounts and publish new eBooks.

On the bright side, the thieves who get caught selling other authors' eBooks on Google Play Books will have their accounts closed and won't be able to open new accounts for a while.

Update - Aug. 11, 2015:  No change.  No surprise.

Update - Sept. 26, 2015:  Interesting article says Google acquired Oyster's talent for Google Books New York.  Oyster, the Netflix for eBooks, is shutting down by the end of the year.  It's currently the 2nd leading US eBook subscription service, with about 100,000 subscribers, while Amazon's Kindle Unlimited is estimated to have nearly 2 million subscribers.  Now Google has the people needed to get this show on the road.

Update - Dec. 14, 2015:  Since Google Play Books hasn't re-opened yet to new publishers, it won't be open before the holidays hit.

Update - Feb. 9, 2016:  According to J.A. Konrath's blog post yesterday, Google Play Books Partner Center is open for new sign-ups.

Update - Mar. 11, 2016:  It seems Google closed Google Play Books Partner Center for new accounts again.  They were open to new accounts for at least a week, but I have no idea which date they closed again.

Friday, November 29, 2013


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