One of the quirks about Amazon’s review system is that while US reviews propagate to other markets, although they don’t affect the star ranking, foreign reviews don’t show up anywhere on the US site.
For example, Against the Eldest Flame has this review on Amazon UK, and Air Pirates of Krakatoa also has a very good review on the same site. The only catch is that you can’t see those reviews unless you follow the link, or visit Amazon.co.uk.
It’s a curious fact about the system, and not one I would have noticed if I hadn’t looked at other sites.
You learn something new every day.
Even as I’m trying to promote Attacked Beneath Antarctica, I’m also working further along the series. As I mentioned previously, Book 4 is already written, so I’m working on Book 5.
At the moment I’m about a fifth of the way through the first draft of what I’m calling “The Sunkiller Affair.” I don’t want to say too much in case I change my mind, and I still have to get Giant Robots of Tunguska out the door first, but I can say that it’s already developing its own personality.
It starts with a kidnapping…but it doesn’t end there…
Now that book three is out, it’s time to talk about where I go from here with the Doc Vandal series.
The next step is book 4, which is completely written and just needs some editing to be released. Meanwhile, I’m working on book 5 and have a few ideas percolating for book 6. Currently, book 5 looks to be set almost entirely in the United States and will close out 1937 for our characters.
My biggest problem with the series, speaking as a writer, is that I have too many ideas. Every episode of Ancient Aliens gives me a seed for another two or three adventures.
Enjoy the books that are already out, and if enough of you like them I’ll keep going.
Don’t forget to review your favorites!
Just a quick reminder that today is the last day you can get Against the Eldest Flame free on Amazon! Starting tomorrow I’m going to be charging for it again.
Grab it free while you still can.
If you like my books, and if you’re reading this I hope you do, I have a favor to ask: Could you please review my Doc Vandal books on Amazon.com?
Against the Eldest Flame is free through tomorrow, so you can easily pick that one up.
The other two books aren’t free, but I have two copies of each book to give away in return for an honest review. Just hit me up through the Contact page with your Amazon account email and I’ll gift you a copy.
Please post your reviews on Amazon.com as those reviews propagate to the other sites, but it doesn’t go the other way.
Why wait? Ask for your free review copy today!
Today’s the day! Attacked Beneath Antarctica is out in both Kindle ebook and paperback!
An ancient evil lurks beneath Lake Vostok!
When Doc and the team receive a mysterious message from a lost Antarctic expedition they launch a rescue mission only to find themselves stranded in the coldest place on Earth. Their only hope of survival lies in an 800 mile trek across the icecap, and nothing can prepare them for what they find beneath the ice.
Trapped between an invader from outside space itself and a Nazi expedition seeking secrets humanity was not meant to know the team is caught in a race to save the world from threats it cannot understand.
To celebrate this release; book 1, Against the Eldest Flame, will be free on Kindle from August 28-September 2nd, and book 2, Air Pirates of Krakatoa will be on a Kindle Countdown sale from $0.99 to $1.99 from August 28th to September 2nd.
If you’ve been following Twitter much in the last few days you’ve probably seen this article by Stephen Hunter saying that a writer has to write very day or quit now. It’s a great idea in theory, but what about the real world.
Full disclosure: When I wrote my first novel I wrote every day. For the next seven, I didn’t. The idea of building the habit of writing is important, but saying you have to write every day or you’re an utter failure who shouldn’t bother continuing is unrealistic.
After two months of not skipping a single day working on my most recent novel, I skipped a day last week. We had to spend the night in the emergency room because my partner was having breathing troubles. Spending the night with her was more important than writing every day.
I finished the book, still at the hospital, two days later.
You have to make allowances for life.
If you ask me, the only two things you have to do are you have to write, and you have to finish things. It can be a novel, an article, or even a blog post. What it is doesn’t matter. What matters is that you write it, write regularly, and you get things finished.
Expecting people to meet unrealistic goals is ridiculous.