April Showers of Books Giveaway

April Showers of Books Giveaway


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You know what they say - April Showers of Books Bring Lots of Fun! OK, so maybe that isn't exactly how the saying goes, but when you are hangin' with The Book Dude, that's how you roll. Through the entire month of April you have the chance to win a great selection of books from best selling and up and coming authors from a variety of different genres in my April Showers of Books Giveaway. Check out the books being offered and follow the instructions below to enter. Be sure to bookmark this page and come back everyday for daily entries.

1st Place



Handmade Steampunk Jewelry from Author/Artist Jane Yates
Signed Copy of The Bank of the River by Michael Richan
Signed Copy of A Haunting in Oregon by Michael Richan
Signed Copy of Ghosts of Our Fathers by Michael Richan
Signed Copy of BEX, DRUGS & ROCK 'n' ROLL by Cristian Matheson
Kindle Bundle of Xanadu and People Like Us by D.Z.C.
Kindle Edition of Paradox Child by Jane Yates
Kindle Edition of Therianthropy by Jane Yates
Kindle Edition of Desert Chimera by Leigh Podgorski
Audio Version of The Billionaire Princess by Christina Tetreault
Kindle Edition of Mr. Shipley's Governess by Joanne Troppello
Kindle Edition of The Society of Imaginary Friends by Kristen Pham
Winner's Choice of One of the Following Digital Books from Tim Carter: Puppy 101, Dogs Unleashed, House Training Dogs To Behave Well OR Dog Training Toolkit
Winner's Choice of One of the Following from Hanna Perlstein Marcus: Signed Paperback Copy OR Digital Edition of Sidonia's Thread


2nd Place

Signed Copy of The Bank of the River by Michael Richan
Signed Copy of A Haunting in Oregon by Michael Richan
Signed Copy of Ghosts of Our Fathers by Michael Richan
Kindle Bundle of Xanadu and People Like Us by D.Z.C.
Kindle Edition of Desert Chimera by Leigh Podgorski
Audio Version of The Billionaire Princess by Christina Tetreault
Kindle Edition of The Society of Imaginary Friends by Kristen Pham
Winner's Choice of One of the Following Digital Books from Tim Carter: Puppy 101, Dogs Unleashed, House Training Dogs To Behave Well, or Dog Training Toolkit


3rd Place


Signed Copy of The Bank of the River by Michael Richan
Signed Copy of A Haunting in Oregon by Michael Richan
Signed Copy of Ghosts of Our Fathers by Michael Richan
Kindle Bundle of Xanadu and People Like Us by D.Z.C.
Kindle Edition of Desert Chimera by Leigh Podgorski
Kindle Edition of The Society of Imaginary Friends by Kristen Pham
Winner's Choice of One of the Following Digital Books from Tim Carter: Puppy 101, Dogs Unleashed, House Training Dogs To Behave Well, or Dog Training Toolkit

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The Power Book Boost & Giveaway!

"a heart-quickening novel that will thrill Michael Crichton fans and that T.C. Boyle readers will find wickedly smart"



About The Power
What if you had the power to heal others but it only brought you personal destruction and ruin? Would you still use it? 

When a street shaman meets a horrific demise on Dr. Austin MacLean’s ER table, Austin soon discovers a raw and irrepressible power. But when this power inflicts traumatic effects on three chronically ill children, families rush to accuse him, his colleagues condemn him, and the police begin to investigate in this affluent New Jersey beach town....and so do others when the children begin to show inconceivable progress. 

Dara Kleows, a local reporter, is the first to connect the children’s gradual healings back to Austin. The two develop a deep bond but Austin remains uncertain as to what this beautiful woman wants. Is she just after a story, or more? There are those who covet Austin’s “power” and at any cost, while Dara grows concerned by Austin’s headlong march toward his own perdition. 

What if you had the power to heal but people condemned you and supected its use? Would you still use it? Read The Power. You just might need it someday when you meet the One, or if that One becomes you. 

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About The Author

Jeff Hennelly now lives outside of Philadelphia, PA. He's been in the medical device business for over 20 years and has worked with hospitals, clinics, and alternate care facilities from Palo Alto to Prague. His articles and short stories have appeared in numerous trade magazines and journals. His latest novel, THE POWER has generated motion picture interest. His fascination remains for the human condition, behavior surrounding procreation, and in art that portrays a metaphor for life. Look for his new novel, THE 95 PERCENT in December of 2013.




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Making the Most of your KDP Select Freebie Days - Guest Post from Author D.Z.C.

Like his main character, author D.Z.C. is an expert in the classical culture of China and Japan, and spends his time between Paris and the Far East. Unlike his main character, he has never killed anyone. Lucky for us, he has chosen to write a nice little guest post on free Kindle books and promo days.

Making the Most of your KDP Select Freebie Days


As come-downs go, it’s a bit of a bummer. You’ve spent the past weeks filling in submission forms and tweeting to beat the band, and the result surpassed your wildest dreams: you actually made it to number one on the Amazon bestsellers list. Ok, so if you’re going to be strictly honest, you made it to number one on the Southern Vampire Detectives with a Pet Dog Named Snuffles Bestsellers List (Free), but whatever, it still counts. You wrote a bestseller.

And then the promo ends, sales cease, and you ask yourself what you’ve actually achieved. You’re back at #784,642 (paid), and, realistically speaking, you’ll be lucky if you get a couple of good reviews from your effort, let alone a post-freebie bounce. Was it really worth all the time you spent posting your oeuvre to promo sites and Facebook groups? Wouldn’t it just be better just to kill all care and rush through your five obligatory promo days, doing a minimum of work and letting sales figures look after themselves, just to make it to the real money-spinner that is the Countdown deals?

That’s certainly one way of doing it. However, I am not prepared to give up on KDP Select promos quite yet. If you too are determined to squeeze every last drop of publicity out of your promo days, here are a few tips I picked up doing mine:

Fun with Categories


Try to get your book placed in the most specific and/or obscure category you can. I have run promos for crime fiction, erotica and literary fiction. Different categories have different advantages. Literary fiction is ridiculously easy to rank for, but also ridiculously difficult to sell. Erotica is difficult to rank for, but far more likely to be picked up by new readers who are merely browsing. If you’re trying to push crime, you need to get your book into one of the less-frequented sub-categories - women sleuths, hardboiled, British detectives…

A certain amount of experimentation and a close watch on your competitors will give you a good idea of your target market’s buying habits, as well as how to play with the categorisation of your book to minimise the competition and ensure that it reaches the number one slot. I made a conscious decision to accentuate the “literary fiction” aspect of my books, partly for this reason. So far I have not regretted it, despite the initial impact on sales. Watch out, though, if you bung your books into a category to which they obviously do not belong in the hope of hitting the bestseller list easily, chances are that you will merely garner a stack of one- and two-star reviews from customers disappointed that you are not the droid they were looking for.

Know What You Want


Your genre/category will, in turn, dictate your objectives and strategy in planning for your KDP select days. When I am marketing erotica, I know that I am targeting impulse buyers. Thus, my goal in running KDP promos is simply to get my book placed in the “people who bought this title also purchased” section on as many similar pages as I can. While paying for a promo won’t hurt, it’s also possible to get by using only free promotion methods. Your post-freebie sales bounce will come largely from browsers spotting your book as they trawl Amazon, not from outside publicity.

If you are writing literary fiction, on the other hand, your success depends largely on word-of-mouth promotion. In this case it is absolutely worth your while to buy a paid promo. This is not to much to maximise the number of copies you can give away, as because paid promos generally include a spot in a daily e-mail newsletter, and lots of people do not look at their mail until one or two days after it arrives. This means that a lot of people will see your book advertised as “free” and click on the link one or two days after your promo has finished. Plenty will leave when they realise that they are too late, but a few will buy it anyway. This is good news for you, not just because it means more revenue (you should, at the very least, be able to cover the cost you paid for the ad; if this is not the case, switch to a different service), but also because people are more likely to read a book that they have paid for, and it is readers who are going to do your advertising for you.

Timing is Everything


In my experience, Fridays tend to be the best day of the week for promos, and you will shift more than half of your final sales tally on the first day. Promos lasting more than one day can be useful if you intend to pressurise all of your friends and relations to buy your book (they generally need several reminders - they’re only human, after all), otherwise it is simply not worth the effort. Little and often is the key - though not so often that your social media followers avoid buying new releases in the knowledge that another freebie will be along in a day or two.

And then it’s onto the Countdown deals…


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Doubletake - Free Kindle Fiction

Doubletake
by Maryann Miller and Margaret Sutton 

Death sneaks in the back door of the peaceful town of Twin Lakes, Texas and nothing is ever the same again.

Homicide detective, Barbara Hobkins, is thrust headlong into the investigation. A product of the "new direction" in law enforcement, her strength comes from a degree is psychology and an intuition that has served her well. But will that be enough when up against a sadistic killer?

Her partner, Keith Reeves, wants nothing more than to solve this case so he can have one normal night at home with his family. He fights the pressure to nail somebody, any somebody, to satisfy the powers above.

The suspect, Royce Wertco, is a teenage punk; capable of the numerous petty crimes he’s been convicted of in the past, but not murder. Barbara knows this with every fiber of her being, but can she prove it?

Convinced the real killer is also responsible for a series of murders in Dallas, Hobkins tracks him to his seedy hidey-hole. There, her investigation turns into a chilling race for her life, and she almost becomes a victim of "Doubletake."

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Health and Fitness on a Budget - Free Kindle Non-Fiction

Health and Fitness on a Budget - Cheap and Free Ideas for How to Lose Weight, Have More Energy and Eat Better
by Emma Baird

Out there on the world wide web, on TV and in magazines and newspapers, there are thousands, nay hundreds of thousands of people trying to sell you solutions for health and fitness – from supplements, to work-out programs to protein shakes and calorie-counted meals.

Guess what? Your health and fitness is their secondary consideration – if it is any consideration at all. These people want your money first and foremost.

Living costs in the developed world continue to rise – our fuel bills continue upwards, food is becoming more expensive, pay raises seem to have become a thing of the past and college fees, health insurance costs and the price of everything else we need to live continues to spiral upwards.

It's no wonder that people often find themselves making cheap food choices that can compromise their health, or skipping on gym memberships as a way of saving money.

I left a well-paid job earlier this year to pursue the dream of a freelance writing career.

Health and fitness, however, has always been a high priority of mine so giving up a regular salary means creative thinking around the concepts of health and fitness. Certain choices, such as expensive supplements, gym memberships, personal trainers and even certain foods have to be re-evaluated and, for the most part, discarded.

Without regular money coming in, they fall into the category of luxury – a want rather than a need.

But health continues to be a priority for me – and I hope it is for you too. Health is a necessity so seeking out cheap and easy ways to keep fit and healthy was also a goal for me this year. I've tried many different things in the name of research for this book and I'm presenting them here. I hope you find them useful and that they help you in your own individual journey towards great health and fitness. It's not just for the wealthy – it's for you and me too!

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Dreamcatcher - Free Kindle Fiction

Dreamcatcher
by Ami Myall 

Sometimes, everything you ever wanted isn't all it's cracked up to be!

There is nothing at all remarkable about Madeline Price. She is ordinary in every way.
Bellagia, on the other hand, is a remarkable woman with an unbelievable gift.
When the two women meet, something unexpected is about to happen in Madeline’s life.
She is embarking on a journey which will give her the highest highs, and the lowest lows, of her life.
There is a price to pay for everything in this life.

“What’s the difference between heaven and hell Madeline? You could be in hell right now but you wouldn’t know it unless you knew that there was a heaven somewhere.” 

Bellagia had warned her that they’d come for her; that there was a special place for everyone who signed on the dotted line. She said she’d live her life as happily and content as she could and then, when she least expected it, there’d be a masked man in a long black car waiting for her in every alley in every city on every continent.

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