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Horror Book Giveaway

Just a quick post to let you know a friend of this blog, Annie Neugebauer, is giving away a trio of horror books on her website. All you have to do is go to her site, read the post, and comment for a chance to win.

What books can you win?

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Follow this link to enter: http://annieneugebauer.com/2016/09/12/all-the-pretty-copies-giveaway/

Good luck!

Paying the Ferryman Giveaway: The Stats

I recently put three paperback copies of Paying the Ferryman up for grabs on Goodreads. The giveaway was open to all US and Canadian residents. The giveaway ran from April 11, 2016 until May 31, 2016. Now that the giveaway is over, I wanted to share some numbers with anyone interested.

942 people entered.

Out of those 942 people, 400 added it to their TBR list. That’s almost half. The e-book is only $2.99. If a fraction of those 400 readers buy it, I feel like the giveaway was worth it.

Three readers won free copies of the anthology. If any of those three readers see this, your books were mailed today. You’ll get them soon.

I don’t have the exact numbers, but there were several spikes in sales in both the paperback and e-version (at least through Amazon) of the book during the giveaway period. Since I’m not the publisher, I don’t have access to ALL of the numbers. So make of this what you will.

Considering the amount of people who had Paying the Ferryman on their TBR list was in the single digits before the giveaway, I’d say more readers are aware of its existence. The more readers who know about your book, the better the chances they’ll buy it. I’ll continue to look at the numbers in the coming months to see if we get more sales and reviews.

How can I make the next giveaway better? For an anthology, I think it would be better if more of the contributing authors were involved. More authors means the potential to giveaway more books, swag, or even more, meaningful interaction with new readers.

All-in-all, I think the giveaway worked pretty well. Almost one thousand readers were exposed to this horror anthology who weren’t before. Almost half of them added it to their TBR lists and are now potential customers. Three readers won a free copy and will hopefully read and review it. I think holding a giveaway for your book, where the giveaway ends shortly after your book releases, is a great way to get readers interested pre-launch. If anyone wants to know more, just drop me a line.

Enter To Win Paying The Ferryman Anthology

Hey, everybody! How are we all doing today? If anyone is interested, you can head on over to Goodreads and enter to win one of three paperback copies of Paying the Ferryman anthology, published by Charon Coin Press. The giveaway runs from today through the end of May. Winners will be chosen at random and receive their books shortly after the giveaway ends. I also want to mention that the giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only. I may do a second giveaway for my European friends after this one is over. It all depends on how well this one works out.

Here’s the link: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/182184-paying-the-ferryman

So, what is Paying the Ferryman?

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From the publisher: Death. Just the word can trigger gut-wrenching fear. The kind of fear causing the heart to pound, cold sweat to run down and burn the eyes, and fingers to tremble with a loss of strength. Is our fear the realization that from the moment of conception, the clock starts counting down until we come face to face with death? More likely, it is the fear of what comes after the moment our last breath escapes. The exploration of this fear is contained within these pages. Join us as we follow a serial killer who tries to outrun the minions from Hell. Meet a man forced to relive his past hoping for redemption. What if your destiny begins after your death? Death is truly just the beginning. After death has occurred, what could be worse? Paying the Ferryman answers the question of what comes next in twenty imaginative tales. Foreward by Bram Stoker Award nominated author, Hal Bodner.

Good luck to all who enter! If you don’t win but would still like to read the anthology, the Kindle edition is only $2.99. The paperback is $13.99. You can grab either here: Paying the Ferryman on Amazon.

The Aliens Franchise Is Expanding

If you’re a fan of the alien franchise, you know Ripley, face huggers, and LV-426, then you probably know that there are a plethora of new media offerings either out now, or coming soon.

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Titan Books is in the middle of bringing every book set in the Alien franchise back into print. I recently bought Aliens Omnibus: Volume One. This omnibus collects Earth Hive, Nightmare Asylum, and The Female War, all written by Steve Perry (The Female War was co-authored with his daughter, S.D. Perry) in the 1990’s. I had never read any of these books so I was happy to grab it. The second omnibus releases June 28, 2016.

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Last year Titan Books released a trilogy of new books set in the Alien world with Out of the Shadows (by Tim Lebbon), Sea of Sorrows (by James A. Moore), and River of Pain (by Christopher Golden). I’d recommend two out of the three books. Check me out on Goodreads to see which ones.

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Titan Books also released movie novelizations of all four Alien feature films too.

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Tim Lebbon has a new trilogy with Titan Books featuring Aliens, Predators, and the human race, titled The Rage War. The first book, Predator-Incursion, is out now and the second book, Alien-Invasion, releases April 26. The final book in the trilogy, Alien Vs. Predator-Armageddon, releases this September. Once I learned this series existed, I immediately ordered the first book and pre-ordered the second. Tim Lebbon is a fantastic writer and I trust he’ll deliver.

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Dark Horse Comics releases Aliens Defiance #1 on April 27. I’ll put this nice little link here so you can go and read what series creator, Brian Wood, has to say over on Comics Beat. Here’s your link.

I’m not going to get into plans for another feature film and the recent Alien Isolation video game because I don’t know much about either. You have to admit it’s a good time to be a fan of the Alien franchise. Kudos to Titan Books for all of the new and re-released Aliens books. If you’re a casual fan of the franchise or more hardcore, there’s something for everyone. Grab your plasma rifle and lock and load!

 

A Bit Quiet Lately

Hey, all. Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately. There is a reason and it’s not the happy kind. I’m not sure how much I should share here. One of my parents has cancer. They’ve been in the hospital lately. Things aren’t looking so good. Even though we don’t have the best of relationships, it still weighs on me. Anyway, as you can imagine I haven’t really felt like posting much. I’ll get back to the blog when things settle down. Until then enjoy this preview for the horror film, The Hallow.

Here is my interview with Brian W. Taylor

Fiona was kind enough to invite me over to her blog, Author Interviews, for an interview. Check it out!

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Name: Brian W. Taylor

Age: I heard that age ain’t nothing but a number. I’m going with that.

Where are you from:

Brian: I grew up in Rochester, NY, but moved away in my twenties when I joined the Air Force. I eventually moved back and currently reside there.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:

Brian: I’m a lifelong horror fan and all around creative type. I used to draw and play guitar before I found writing. At twenty-five, I joined the Air Force, and was a mechanic for six years. Other than that, I think I’m a fairly normal guy.   

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Brian: I have a couple of short stories appearing in anthologies releasing soon. Paying the Ferryman, from Charon Coin Press, is set to release toward the end of April, and you’ll get to read something in…

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