Why #FREE doesn’t work anymore

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I recently touted another author’s books here on my blog and offered one for free to a lucky person who left a comment. The only person who commented was the author who I hosted.

Now, it wasn’t because these aren’t good stories. They are! I’ve read them all. And, they were written by a NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author. So, why did no one have any interest in a free book?

I pondered on that and here’s what I came up with about why FREE doesn’t work anymore.

  1. Every author is more than willing to give away a free book in hopes of a review.
  2. Most everyone who loves to read has a To-Be-Read list a mile long (I know I do)
  3. What good does it do to download another free book in a genre you don’t normally read, when you already have ten in your favorite genre waiting for your attention?
  4. There are thousands upon thousands of free books on Amazon.
  5. Let’s face it. We are bombarded from every direction and have developed a certain numbness to it all.

So, I thought about what does work, and here’s an example. I belong to a book club called the Rave Reviews Book Club and they have regular Blog Talk Radio interviews with Indie Authors. This morning, I had a chance to listen in to one author’s interview and it was so intriguing, that I turned off the radio show and downloaded her book, My Wounded Soldier by Diane Munier. 

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Now, I ask myself, “When are you going to have time to read this one?”

Good question. Between working thirty hours per week, writing my own stories, this blog, a blog for the Texas Musicians Museum, Proofreading for the Tx Assoc of Authors, submitting articles to two different music magazines, supporting my fellow #RRBC members and squeezing in time for some live music and playing with the grandkids, I don’t know the answer. All I know is that the story was so compelling I had to get it and it WILL move to the top of my TBR list. Sorry, everyone else who has to wait longer for a review from me.

I’d love to hear your own theories about why #FREE isn’t an effective marketing tool anymore. Or, why you think it is.

 

Whether you are an author or an avid reader, #RRBC is a place you’ll feel at home.

Still on the fence about the Rave Reviews Book Club? Maybe this will help you decide.

Rave Reviews Book Club is a community like no other. Whether you are an author or an avid reader, RRBC is a place you’ll feel at home. Quite simply, RRBC is the place to be!

I joined the club in August, 2015 and can honestly say, as an author, it has been the best decision I have ever made. After publishing my first book of Poetry in February, 2015, I quickly learned that writing was the easy part, connecting it to readers was something entirely different. But I love a challenge and love learning new things, so I developed a Facebook page, then entered the world of Twitter. This is when everything changed. This is where I discovered RRBC. RRBC is not like any other book club; it truly is a community of authors supporting authors.

When I joined RRBC, I was overwhelmed with the enthusiastic welcome I received. Now…

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KIM COX in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF WITH NONNIE JULES?”

The Rave Reviews Book Club is a supportive organization like no other. If you are an Indie Author struggling to find a niche to fit in, you might want to read this interview with Indie Author, Kim Cox. You have to participate in the club to get anything out of it. Wow! Really? You mean I am not immediately entitled to all of the amenities? Nope! You have to participate. 🙂 Thank you Nonnie Jules for having the vision to begin the Rave Reviews Book Club!

Romancing The West

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Linda Broday, writes stories that are guaranteed to take your breath away!

In her most recent series, The Bachelors of Battle Creek, she writes about strong characters who stand up for what they believe in, keep those they love safe and have honor as only men of the old west had.

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ONLINE_3DCover_TexasMailOrderBrideRancher Cooper Thorne thinks his life is finally on an even keel—until Delta Dandridge steps off the stagecoach claiming to be his mail order bride. She’s everything he thought he’d never wanted…and everything his heart is telling him he needs.

But Cooper swore long ago that he’d never marry, and he aims to keep his word…especially now that demons from his past have returned to threaten everything—and everyone—he holds dear.

Book #1 THE BACHELORS OF BATTLE CREEK series

January 2015 Sourcebooks Publishing

 TWICE A TEXAS BRIDE                    

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Left with emotional scars from his time in an orphanage, Rand Sinclair has vowed never to marry. But when he discovers Callie Quinn and a small scared boy hiding on his ranch, he can’t help but open his home to the desperate runaways.

Callie needs this safe haven—maybe the outlaw on her trail won’t find them here. Yet as Rand slowly uncovers her fears, he knows he’ll risk everything—his land, his name and his heart to keep her safe.

Book #2 THE BACHELORS OF BATTLE CREEK series

May 2015 Sourcebooks Publishing

 

FOREVER HIS TEXAS BRIDE

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She was a pickpocket and he a half-breed.

All his life Brett has straddled two worlds, only finding peace with his beloved wild mustangs. But after he’s arrested for the color of his skin, he discovers Rayna Harper in the cell next to him. Rayna has known little kindness, but Brett sees the depth of her heart beneath the layers of hurt and fear and refuses to leave without her. He’ll do anything to keep her safe…and make her his.

Book #3 THE BACHELORS OF BATTLE CREEK series

December 2015 Sourcebooks Publishing

If you love all things “old west”, you’ll love the three books which comprise this series. Order all three as a bundle package from Amazon and save $$!! 

“Linda Broday’s books always take me back to a west that feels true. Her love stories run deep with emotion. A delightful read.” -Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author

LEAVE A COMMENT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN ONE OF THESE AWESOME BOOKS!!

“BEHIND THE PEN” with Host, Gwen Plano

It was such an honor to be a guest on this show!

Host: Gwen Plano Twitter:  @gmplano Show:  BEHIND THE PEN Airs:  Every 1st Saturday of each month (Schedule of Air Dates) Air time:  12 Noon CST Show length:  30 minute segment ***** Next Air Date…

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Mae Clair – Myth, Monsters, Folklore #RRBC

The Tragedy of the Silver Bridge by Mae Clair

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On the bitterly cold day of December 15, 1967, rush hour traffic was at its peak when the Silver Bridge connecting Point Pleasant, West Virginia to Gallipolis, Ohio, abruptly collapsed. Thirty-one cars fell into the icy waters of the Ohio River, resulting in forty-six deaths. To this day, the collapse of the Silver Bridge is considered one of the worst bridge catastrophes in U. S. history.

 An eye-bar suspension bridge that was built in 1928 and named for the color of its aluminum paint, the Silver Bridge was designed in a time when the heaviest vehicles on the road were Model T’s and small coupes. Fast-forward to 1967 when the red light on the Gallipolis side of the river failed to change. Traffic stalled on the bridge, backing up into Point Pleasant. The combined weight of so many cars and tractor trailers undoubtedly contributed to the tragic collapse. Witnesses to the event reported hearing a loud “boom” seconds before the bridge plummeted into the water.

Later analysis revealed the disaster was caused by a small defect in a single eyebar—a straight metal bar with a hole at each end connecting to other bars in the chain. When eyebar 330 on the Ohio side failed, it resulted in a chain reaction that made the structure fold like a deck of cards. In less than sixty seconds, Point Pleasant’s beloved bridge was gone.

It’s this sad history that is the starting point of my new mystery/suspense novel, A THOUSAND YESTYEARS. Each of my main characters lost a family member in the bridge collapse. Fifteen later, Eve Parrish and Caden Flynn are still haunted by those events. Eve returns to Point Pleasant to settle her deceased aunt’s estate and in the process unearths a sinister danger that dates back to that tragic day.

 A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS

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Behind a legend lies the truth…

As a child, Eve Parrish lost her father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn, in a tragic bridge collapse. Fifteen years later, she returns to Point Pleasant to settle her deceased aunt’s estate. Though much has changed about the once thriving river community, the ghost of tragedy still weighs heavily on the town, as do rumors and sightings of the Mothman, a local legend. When Eve uncovers startling information about her aunt’s death, that legend is in danger of becoming all too real…

Caden Flynn is one of the few lucky survivors of the bridge collapse, but blames himself for coercing his younger sister out that night. He’s carried that guilt for fifteen years, unaware of darker currents haunting the town. It isn’t long before Eve’s arrival unravels an old secret—one that places her and Caden in the crosshairs of a deadly killer…

New York Times bestselling author Kevin O’Brien had this to say about A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS: 

“A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS is masterful, bone-chilling fiction that begins with a real-life tragedy on December 15, 1967: the Silver Bridge collapse in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.  46 people died.   Author Mae Clair has seamlessly woven fact, fiction and creepy urban folklore into one intense thriller.  The gripping story focuses on two witnesses to the disaster—fifteen years later.  Both Eve Parrish and Caden Flynn lost loved ones in the catastrophe and still carry the emotional scars.  After a long absence, Eve returns to Point Pleasant to bury her recently-deceased aunt, face some old ghosts, and reunite with her one-time “impossible-crush,” Caden.  But when Eve begins to investigate her aunt’s death, she’s plunged into danger and a nightmare world where scary urban legends are very real.  Full of suspense, A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS will keep you guessing, gasping and turning the pages for more.”

Intrigued?

A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS is available from:

Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Thousand-Yesteryears-Point-Pleasant-ebook/dp/B0138NHJ4A

B & N
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-thousand-yesteryears-mae-clair/1122454905?ean=9781601837776

Kobo
https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/a-thousand-yesteryears

Google Play
https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Mae_Clair_A_Thousand_Yesteryears?id=kY9KCgAAQBAJ&hl=en

iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-thousand-yesteryears/id1050516745?mt=11

Kensington Publishing
http://www.ekensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/32298

 

Author Bio:

Mae Clair

Mae Clair has been chasing myth, monsters and folklore through research and reading since she was a child. In 2013 and 2015, she journeyed to West Virginia to learn more about the legendary Mothman, a creature who factors into her latest release.

Mae pens tales of mystery and suspense with a touch of romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and numbers cats, history and exploring old graveyards among her passions. Look for Mae on her website at MaeClair.net where you can sign-up for her newsletter.

 Connect with Mae Clair at the following haunts:
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Interludes by Harmony Kent! #RRBC

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Hi everyone. Harmony here. Thanks for joining me on my three day tour with 4Wills Publishing and my fantastic host for today! You can find details of my other stops here: 4Wills Upcoming Events.

In case you didn’t catch my other blog tour stops, the first thing I have to tell you is that I’ve crossed over to the dark side, LOL, and ventured into writing Erotic Romance.

If you caught my other posts, then feel free to skip the book blurb and dive right into the excerpt below

To date, I have six books published, which you can find HERE.]

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My seventh and latest book is INTERLUDES: a collection of short erotic fiction that will tickle more than your taste buds and wet more than your appetite.

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With a range of genres and styles, this book has enough steam for everyone.

GREY MANCHESTER—contemporary romance in 1000 words. Will Nadine choose to drop her knife or her knickers?

DOUBLE TROUBLE—ménage a trois in 2000 words. After a dry spell, Sophia gets more than she bargained for with a solicitor and a teacher.

DRAGON KISSED—shifter romance in 3000 words. Jenna’s life is fairly run of the mill until she has a flying accident. With a dragon. All is not as it seems in this fiery romance.

TRYST—contemporary romance in 4000 words. Polly pushes the boundaries on a workplace night out.

LOVE ON THE CORNISH LINE—contemporary romance in 5000 words. Becky falls flat on her face, and madly in love. Her weekly commute home proves to be anything but routine.

THE INLAW—contemporary romance in 6000 words. At 43, amputee Carla never expected in her wildest dreams to be called a MILF by a hot young stud. Trouble is, he’s her son in law’s brother. And young enough to be her son. Sparks fly when she’s caught with her hands in the biscuit tin.

NIGHT NURSE—contemporary romance in 7000 words. Denise has only weeks left to live. What constitutes life, though? What fills the yawning hours of empty days? Who are you once the chemo and the cancer have stripped you bare? What to do?—Go out on a slow fizzle, or with a big bang?

OVERBOARD—contemporary romance in 8000 words. When Stella falls overboard in the middle of the Pacific, she gets more than she bargained for. Sharks and storms not withstanding.

ALIEN LIAISON—alien romance in 9000 words. When the military transport, Lunas Two, crash lands on Zorth, Jay is given the job of liaising with the locals. She’s seen plenty of aliens in her four years of service, but never one as finger licking good as Lemo. How far will she have to go to keep the peace?

SAVING FACE—historical romance in 10,000 words. Non-related step brother and sister, David and Annalise, break all the rules in this steamy historical romance. Forced to live apart from the love of her life and into an arranged and loveless marriage, Annalise has to grow up fast. When all is lost, will she be able to save face?

READER ADVISORY: This book contains explicit sex scenes and language hot enough to melt your Kindle. For mature readers only.

Here is an excerpt from the book:

From The Inlaw:

They both jumped and froze at the distant shout of, ‘Mom?’

With a nervous giggle, Carla grabbed her prosthetic leg and stood up as she shoved her stump into the socket. It clicked like some kind of deranged cricket as she ratcheted the pin into the lock. Clicked and locked, she cast a panicked glance around until she located her dress, crumpled on the far side of the desk. With another nervous giggle, Carla lunged for it and pulled it hurriedly over her head.

A quick look at John showed that he’d managed to pull on his boxers, but only had one foot in the top of his jeans. Not quick enough by a long shot. Only one thing for it. She headed for the door, to stop her daughter before she could burst into the office and find them like this. Before she pulled it open, she caught John’s eye. He grinned and winked and mouthed, ‘Later.’ Carla smoothed her hair down, swallowed, and took a fortifying breath before venturing into the hallway. She had to suck her cheeks in hard to wipe the silly grin from her face.

Emma watched her from the kitchen doorway, eyes narrowed in suspicion. ‘Where did you get to? I thought you were going for drinks.’

Carla moved toward her, so the young woman had to back up and edge into the kitchen. ‘Sorry. A call came in, and then things … got on top of me.’

INTERLUDES is available for pre-order now for just 0.99! Grab it before the price goes up!

Buy it now:

AMAZON US

AMAZON UK

If you’d like to keep up to date with my new releases and news, please sign up to my mailing list HERE, or alternatively you can visit my website at www.harmonykent.co.uk.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hi

 

First Time!

FREE BOOK!!!!!

 

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For the first time, EVER, I am offering Flowers and Stone for free on Kindle starting May 1st!

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The story begins here…

A hot Texas summer, dim-lit honky-tonk barrooms, a young naïve fledgling go-go dancer and a wild rebel Texas musician sets the stage for this story. Can Darlina Flowers ever hope to fit into this new world and even more important, can she trust Luke Stone with her heart?

Luke Stone, a good man who has made a career of bad decisions, finds himself at a crossroads. Fate has sealed his destiny and threatens it all.

Read this true story free for a limited time, and remember…

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