“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 10 – Questioning?

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10 days in. A third of the campaign over. 33% of it in the bag. 

I’m calming down now. Even relaxing a bit and not checking my stats every 3 minutes. Spread it out to 7.5 minutes between looks, so there is progress. 

I’m questioning how I can lose in this gamble. Lemme explain…

If I get the Kindle Scout contract I get the contract. Yay me! I also get the marketing and genius of Amazon backing me. They want me to succeed because then they succeed, so I imagine they’ll push my book. With me also championing the novel it will do quite well. In theory, right?

If I don’t get the contract I still touched over a thousand people, some of them who I’d never had contact with before. I’m getting quite a few comments about readers wanting to see the rest of the book, so even if it doesn’t make the final cut I’ll simply release it myself. Amazon will still let everyone know it is available and it should generate a nice initial push for the book, right?

There. I feel better now. I know in the next 20 days I’ll be rehashing all of this and more to keep me grounded and calm. Calm-ish. 

My numbers for yesterday:

24 hours on the Hot list and 231 of 240 so far. 

34 more views yesterday and 1,194 views so far

Here is the book in question you need to checkout. It’s really good. Trust me. Not biased at all…

Dirty Deeds



NaNoWriMo Begins Tomorrow! #amwriting


I’m in again this year. That’s it. I don’t care about the pros and cons of what NaNoWriMo means to the writing community, the weekend warriors who think they can write the Great American Novel for the first time or the people who use it as an excuse to write their 6th novel this year. None of that matters to me. 

I love it. 

I write close to 40k a month so pushing it to 50k and working on one project is the fun of it for me. 

This year I’ll be writing the sequel to my Dirty Deeds crime thriller, which is currently in the running for a Kindle Scout contract. Even if I don’t make the cut the exposure was great and the book will launch sooner than later. Oh, go nominate Dirty Deeds so I can win, too…

If you’re planning on writing for NaNoWriMo feel free to add me as a friend on there. It’s always fun to see who is writing as well… of course, if you’re one of those people who writes 50k in 3 days I’ll congratulate you but curse you at the same time. Just sayin’



“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 9 – Grooving?

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Another day another step closer to my 30 days in the Kindle Scout program and this grand experiment. I still see this as win/win, so there is still a positive vibe emanating from my head. 

Let’s get right to the stats, shall we?

17 hours as a Hot book yesterday and 207 out of 216 so far

50 more views yesterday and 1,160 total so far

I think these numbers will hold up and help them make a decision to give me a contract. I can only hope, right? I haven’t seen anyone spill the magic secret formula so far, so we can only hope and guess. 

Losing 7 hours yesterday not on the Hot list is bothersome, though… I’d hate to think I’ll be slipping down to those daily levels and it will be a factor. Did I come out too strong right from the get-go and need to worry about building it back up?

Who the heck knows, right?

All i do know and can control… begging you to give my sample of Dirty Deeds crime thriller a read and vote for it


“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 8 – Keeping Positive?

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I’m not stressing today like I’ve been all week. Getting into the groove now, and talking to other authors who’ve been in the Kindle Scout program and been accepted or rejected definitely helps to put things in perspective. No one knows the secret formula they’re looking for, and just being in the program is a win for me I think. 

My numbers:

23 hours yesterday on the Hot list and 190 of 192 hours so far on the Hot list

52 views yesterday and 1,110 so far with 21 days left

Feel free to help me out and vote for Dirty Deeds on Kindle Scout and if I get the contract you get to read the entire book for free. Sound fair?


Guest Post: Amos Cassidy



THE RAIN (Pendragon Chronicles, #1)
by Amos Cassidy
Destinies aren’t written, they’re forged and Jake Winters is about to get a 101 in forging.
Quaint British coastal towns hiding ancient secrets, heavenly weapons that possess their hosts and a dragon’s egg that has a tale to tell, Jake Winters is the line that connects all the dots.  But he has much to learn and very little time because a serial killer is on the loose; a monster with the face of a fashion model, and it’ll take Jake’s special brand of intervention to stop him.
Amos Cassidy is the pen name for Richard Amos and Debbie Cassidy. Amos is a 31 year old Diva and Cassidy a 39 year old mother of three; well, four if you include the husband. A common love of all things Joss Whedon, Urban Fantasy, and a tug of war over Jensen Ackles, brought them together, and one cold February afternoon, over nibbles and coffee, their partnership was born. 
You can find Cassidy hard at work in her fortress of solitude which has eaten up the majority of her garden, and Amos…well he’s still trying to get the invisibility gizmo he got off a friendly alien in exchange for a pair of earphones to work. Funnily enough he hasn’t been seen around much lately…
Frequent doses of Sugary snacks, coupled with regular injections of caffeine aid in their production of a unique brand of cross genre tales. They are always writing, but are happy to take a break to chat to their wonderful readers, so drop them a line at amoscassidy@yahoo.co.uk, or just pop over to see what they’re working on at amoscassidyauthor.com and they’ll bust out the biscuit tin.

Guest Post: AM Hargrove



The Seven have a code: find and protect Judgment Day (a weapon of mass destruction that poses as a harmless necklace) and the ones who possess it at all costs; and never, under any circumstances, divulge information about ourselves. 

I have always abided by this code. Until Serena Callahan, a sassy, no nonsense female, found the damn choker, and now I’m the one being choked by my own emotions. Ever since the day she entered my life that code has meant nothing to me. And for the life of me I can’t figure out why I’m allowing a damn woman to lead me around by her slender finger. The rules have changed and she’s calling all the shots only she doesn’t know it. But if we can’t find the necklace soon, none of it will matter anyway.

My name is Sabin and I am the commander of The Seven.




A.M. Hargrove is the romance author of The Hart Brother Series (Freeing Her, Freeing Him, and Kestrel), The Edge Series (Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, and Kissing Fire), Exquisite Betrayal, Dirty Nights, and the romantic suspense companion novels Tragically Flawed (Tragic 1) and Tragic Desires (Tragic 2). She is also the author of the young adult paranormal/sci-fi The Guardians of Vesturon Series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent and Beginnings) and the adult spin off novels Dark Waltz and Death Waltz. She divides her time between the mountains of North Carolina and the upstate of South Carolina where she pursues her dream career of writing. Her family considers her crazy, her friends will agree, but she’s always game for some laughs. If she could change anything in the world, she would make chocolate and ice cream a part of the USDA food groups. 

Guest Post: Jasper Bark

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Of all the locations created by H. P. Lovecraft, none strike such an ominous a note as the ancient town of Innsmouth.


Until now, the only way to visit Innsmouth was through Lovecraft’s fiction, but thanks to an innovative crowd-funding campaign, you can actually purchase property in horror’s most legendary town. That’s right you can now buy and own a house in Innsmouth and it won’t break the bank, (though it may cost your soul).


As part of the crowd-funding campaign for the graphic novel Beyond Lovecraft, multiple award winning artist Rob Moran is building a huge scale diorama of Innsmouth, based on extensive research. As one of the campaign’s perks, Rob will build a select group of contributors a scale model of a house at one of Innsmouth’s prime locations. The house will come complete with a fully illustrated sales brochure, a deed of sale and a special letter of thanks from the town’s leading realtor.


And this is only one of the unique perks and one-of-a-kind experiences that this Indiegogo campaign is offering contributors.

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Beyond Lovecraft is a portmanteau horror story that draws directly on the work of H. P. Lovecraft. Drawn by Rob Moran, and written by award winning horror writer Jasper Bark, Beyond Lovecraft is set in the apocalyptic aftermath of the return of the great god Cthulhu. A scattered band of survivors scratch a bare living, hiding in the shadows of their lost world. A tiny group of scientist from Miskatonic university find a way to access the fabled Library of the Yith. An alien archive that contains the entire history of the universe, first mentioned in Lovecraft’s novella: The Shadow Out of Time.


The scientists hope to find a way to stop humanity’s extinction and win back their planet from the Elder Gods. Instead they uncover four tales of cosmic terror, and personal loss, that will forever change the way you view the Cthulhu mythos.


Writer Jasper Bark, says: “I think the main thing that makes our campaign stand out, is that it belongs to whoever gets involved. So many readers feel they have a personal stake in the Cthulhu mythos because, from the very beginning, Lovecraft shared his mythology with other authors as well as his readers. We want to continue this in our approach to the campaign. Every perk we’re offering, is designed to put contributors at the heart of this campaign, to give them a sense of ownership. You know when you pick up a comic and think: ‘This was made just for me!’? If you’re a Lovecraft fan, that’s how we want you to feel about ‘Beyond Lovecraft’. We’re putting it together especially for you.”


Rob adds: “Apart from being a cracker of an idea, some wonderful new twists and insights on the classic Lovecraft stories by Jasper and, all modesty aside, probably the best art of my career, I think there is a great thirst for Lovecraft to be done properly. Can you imagine Lovecraft drawn by Bernie Wrightson or Frazetta or Jesus Blasco? That’s the kind of art I want on Lovecraft stories and I think a lot of Lovecraft purists might feel the same way.”

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The Beyond Lovecraft Indiegogo Campaign starts on 10/5/2015 and can be found here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/beyond-lovecraft/x/9785467#/

For images and other promotional materials please contact Jasper Bark @ jasper@jasperbark.net