Giveaways on Amazon

Does offering your book for free work?

You make your book free on Kindle so anyone who wants to can download a copy. Why? The idea is you give away loads of copies in the hope readers will then buy another of your titles. Simple advertising and everyone likes something for free, so you get lots of publicity in return and without paying anything.

The Mentor of Lonemarsh HouseI have always been dubious, but I tried it at the end of last month. ‘The Mentor of Lonemarsh House’, one of the more romantic of the ‘Mentor’ series, hadn’t sold any copies in December so over the New Year period I put it up for five days for free. The title had already covered its cover and editing costs and had, in 2018, broken even in that respect. The giveaway on Amazon resulted in 577 copies being taken for free. I don’t know how many copies were read, they may have been downloaded and saved for the future, but clearly, 577 readers at least saw the title and author name while grabbing their freebie.

I didn’t expect the promotion to lead to the sale of other titles straight away, but I have noticed a change already, for the better, and the leader on the sales board after only five days since the giveaway ended, is ‘The Mentor of Lonemarsh House.’ Okay, so only four copies sold and 1,181 page reads under Kindle Unlimited (roughly another six copies) but considering there were none of either in the previous month, a huge improvement.

Is this because of the free giveaway, or just coincidence? I can’t tell. Did readers click on the title thinking it was still free but actually paid for it? I hope not. Was it because the title was up at the top of Amazon lists for a while because it was free? Who knows? What I do know is that although the resulting income has not yet matched the amount I would have made if 577 readers paid for the book, the promotion appears to have had a positive effect on sales of this title and others.

It will be interesting to see, over the next few days, if this trend continues or if it was just a New Year thing – readers spending money again after the Christmas break. Whatever happens, it’s good to know that people are out there reading and, hopefully, enjoy the books. The reviewers think so. “Wow, Wow, Wow….. This story has that slow long burn feeling to it that gets into you and doesn’t let you go” is a sample from one of the Amazon.com reviews.

So far, the answer to my question, Does offering your book for free work? Appears to be, yes.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079QJP4KL

 

 

Review: Curious Moonlight

Curious Moonlight has its first review already, and it’s a good one – better than good. I am thrilled, and this has inspired me to push on and start a second in what could become a series. ‘The Curious Moonlight Mysteries’ sounds like an excellent title for such a series. Our central boys, Luke and Peran (one sceptical, one a believer) set about solving unsolved hauntings but without using modern techniques. They rely on researching past stories and events, local history and records to piece together a) what happened to the presence haunting the properties, and b) why they should be hunting them. Then, they are able to figure out how to end the events.

That’s basically what happens in Curios Moonlight, but in the second part (plotted and 20,000 words written), they travel further afield to solve a mystery and, if successful, get paid. Could be fun and the start of something longer-term.

You can read the review here (Amazon.co.uk but it’s also on other Amazon sites).

The Stoker Connection – Paperback

The Stoker Connection – Paperback

The Stoker Connection full coverMy latest romance/mystery novel, The Stoker Connection, is now available in paperback from all Amazon outlets. Here’s the link to the Amazon.co.uk page.

Scroll down for more info about this release.

The Kindle and Kindle Unlimited versions will be online in a couple of days.

The Stoker Connection – Cover

The Stoker Connection – Cover

Only here folks! The first view of the cover of ‘The Stoker Connection.’ My next romance-mystery-thriller-young adult novel is due out in a couple of weeks. As of today, June 2nd, it’s with my wonderful proofreader, Ann, and the cover art has just come back from my equally wonderful designer, Andjela K.

What you see here on the front is:

The Stoker ConnectionDexter Mitchell, is top left, looking gorgeous and sporty. He’s into rock climbing and hiking, outdoor pursuits and cracking the hidden clues in Bram Stoker’s novel, ‘Dracula’ that he believes will prove the novel was a true story.

Morgan Davis is next to him, darker and more serious, exactly the same age and more of an academic than a sportsman. Morgan, like (and with) Dexter, is also about to make a breakthrough in his research to prove ‘Dracula’ was a true story.

Beneath them, outside Whitby Abbey in the fog, we have Simon on the left, and Tim on the right with his naff hair. Simon is Morgan’s best friend (and one-off lover), and Tim and Dexter have been mates since before they can remember. Tim is straight, but he and Dex do have something of a bromance going on.

The Stoker Connection full coverWhitby Abbey features on the cover (front and back) because part of the novel is set there, and the Abbey was used by Stoker in ‘Dracula’ as a location. The other locations I use in the novel are a mix of real places and imagined ones. I’ll let you into a few secrets:

Dex lives out on ‘Moremarsh’, an area in the south-east of England actually known as Romney Marsh (and here’s another secret: that’s where I am from). He volunteers at a theatre in Folkestone and although the theatre was real (I used to work there years ago) it’s no longer a theatre and last I heard was to be pulled down. Shame, it’s a beautiful old Edwardian building.

Morgan lives in Chippenham, and I chose that location because it’s roughly 170 miles (by car) from where Dex lives. You’ll see why that number is important when you read the book.

The Stoker Connection
This is the original photo of Tim and Simon. They are holding chainsaws which have nothing to do with ‘The Stoker Connection’ so we had to cover them in fog!

The boys travel to a house called Kyllion, and this is on top of Westerton Cliffs in Cornwall. Except it isn’t. It was invented by Stoker for ‘The Jewel of Seven Stars’, and I borrowed the house for a reason that will become obvious when you read the book.

They also visit Whitby Abbey (which I did once many years ago) and New Slains Castle in Scotland, again, you’ll see why when you read ‘The Stoker Connection.’

Those are the principal characters and locations. There are other characters of course, like Morgan’s mother, the forthright sex therapist who is based on a woman I knew a few years back; totally bonkers and very upfront.

The novel will be out soon, but in the meantime,  you can join my mailing list to be among the first to get the links to the published book on Amazon.

The Stoker Connection

The Stoker Connection

Here’s a quick preview of the two main characters in ‘The Stoker Connection.’ Well, it’s the models we found for the cover, which will be revealed soon.

The Stoker Connection
Morgan Davis, aged 18

‘The Stoker Connection’ is due for publication on 25th June, and it’s a belter.

A mix of romance, mystery, a treasure hunt and teenage coming out, it’s told in diary form mainly by these two, Dexter (in the white), and Morgan, two strangers who meet on their joint 18th birthday, 170 years after the death of Bram Stoker.

Coincidence, or fate?

The Stoker Connection
Dexter Mitchell, aged 18

You can find out after June 25th.

Release: The Mentor of Lostwood Hall

Release: The Mentor of Lostwood Hall

Hi folks!

It’s now out there, The Mentor of Lostwood Hall, and already there are a couple of five-star reviews. It’s always gratifying to get good reviews, and interesting to get not so good ones, though I have only ever had one three-star review for my books, all the others have been four of five.

The mentor of lostwood hall“Some angst, some violence, some edge of your seat moments, but mainly a sweet love story.”

“I think this is my favourite story so far of this series. It is really well told and so descriptive.”

I’ve started offering 10 free copies of my novels to the first ten people who reply to the newsletter I send out when a book is about to be published. These subscribers then review the book in return. If you want to be in the running for the next free offer, join my mailing list.

I am currently working on the next novel, a diary form love story with a mystery and an adventure. The main characters are two eighteen-year-olds coming out, both have an interest in a certain gothic romance novel which leads them on a strange adventure… But I won’t say too much about it now, you’ll have to wait a while.

In the meantime, please do check out my author page and, if you can, leave reviews for the novels you’ve read. All of my titles are included in Kindle Unlimited if you use that, all the eBooks are set at $2.99 (with slight variation and in various currencies), and the paperbacks are at $9.99, mainly due to the cost of print on demand.

Happy reading!

The Mentor of Lostwood Hall

The Mentor of Lostwood Hall

The Mentor of Lostwood Hall
Julian

I just wanted to share with you, the two models we’re using on the front cover of the soon to be released, The Mentor Of Lostwood Hall. Meet Julian, the older man who owns the rambling Hall in the Welsh mountains, and Lee, from south London who crashes his car nearby while fleeing an impossible life.

The Mentor of Lostwood Hall
Lee

As usual with my Mentor books, you have new characters, a new location, romance, drama, some comedy and a love story. I am aiming to have the book released in May, and will probably be looking for ARC readers (Amazon Review Copies). If you are interested, join my mailing list.

Meanwhile, while I wait for my wonderful designer to design the cover, here is the blurb for The Mentor Of Lostwood Hall.

The Mentor of Lostwood Hall
Jackson Marsh

“A man with a future he can’t accept and a lad with a past he can’t escape.”

Two men in a storm-battered castle harbouring secrets and hopes unknowingly guide each other to an unexpected friendship that turns to passionate love.

Julian Ford’s life is at a crossroads. Thirty-four, disillusioned with his screenwriting career and cheated by love, he craves the chance of isolation at his rambling home in the Welsh mountains, Lostwood Hall. But when 21-year-old Lee Benson survives a car crash, Julian has no choice but to take him in.

Their pasts collide, bringing a storm of doubts, fears, a jealous ex-lover and a dangerous thug seeking revenge. Is Julian and Lee’s fledgeling relationship strong enough to survive? And do they trust each other enough to escape death?

The Mentor of Lostwood Hall is the fourth in Jackson Marsh’s ‘Mentor’ collection of older/younger MM romance.

The Blake Inheritance

The Blake Inheritance

The Blake InheritanceGreat news! ‘The Blake Inheritance’ is now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and any day now will be available in print too.

There are two new characters for you to meet, Ryan Blake and Charlie Hatch. One reviewer has already said, ‘Charlie is such a delightful character, I enjoyed reading how, after years of hero worship of Ryan, his dreams eventually came true.

I tried to make this one a bit quirky. There’s a romance, there’s sex, but there’s also a mystery and some humour. The two main characters are around the same age (makes a change for me), 22 and 25, and couldn’t be more different. I hope you like them.

The Blake Inheritance – Kindle

Meanwhile… I am currently on my second draft of the next in the Mentor collection, ‘The Mentor of Lostwood Hall.’ I aim to have that one ready for you in a month or so.

Don’t forget, if you’ve read any of my books and enjoyed them, please leave a review at Amazon, or/and share them on your Facebook pages and other book groups.

The Blake Inheritance

The Mentor of Lonemarsh House

The Mentor of Lonemarsh House

Coming soon

Currently in proofing stage and cover design – below is the back blurb and the first draft of the cover – this will be ammended, but I think the top half is fine.

Here’s the blurb:

The Mentor of Lonemarsh House

The Mentor of Lonemarsh House“I love you enough to let you run, but too much to see you fall.”

Burnt out from his life as a musician and record producer, 35-year-old Matt Barrow takes on Lonemarsh House, an isolated manor in the Kent marshes. When he meets 23-year-old Jason Hodge, a brilliant violinist, Matt knows this is the young man he wants to share his new life with. But Jason is closeted and at the mercy of his treacherous friends.

Jason is trapped by fear and Matt may be his escape, but should he jeopardise his safety for the love of an older man?

The Mentor of Lonemarsh House is the third in Jackson Marsh’s ‘Mentor’ collection of older/younger gay romance novels.