Saturday, November 14, 2015

Author roulette

So another month rolls by and the Kindle Unlimited payout for authors drops again.
  • August - $0.00513992 per page read
  • September - $0.00506979 per page read
  • October - $0.0048099 per page read
Under the 'Kindle Unlimited mark 2', Amazon having changed its payout regime to pay-per-pages read a few months ago, it seems that past performance is indeed a guide to the future. Slow erosion of values. Judging by the noise out there in author forums you'd be justified in thinking that yet another round of authorial head-scratching is underway.

The question is, how does this make commercial sense? If Amazon wants to build a subscription-based ebook borrowing programme, they require not only customer loyalty, but author loyalty. Ah yes, profit, you say. There are plenty of prophets (profits?) of doom out there. The pricing war with the Big 5 publishing houses grinds on, sales of eBooks are dropping (invisible to me) and Indies all over are making hay, grabbing an increasingly large slice of the market.

For a viewpoint on borrowing programmes 'killing' single eBook sales, see the Smashwords Blog (so basically, if you use KDP Select, you are supping with the devil. Lots of good discussion though) If you think book sales are shrinking, the excellent Author Earnings Report is a great place to start.

As for me? I'm going to keep my head down and write my next book.

Monday, November 9, 2015

New cover for The Pygmy Dragon

Today, the Pygmy Dragon comes to you with an all-new cover courtesy of the awesome Joemel, who has painted covers for Dragonfriend, Dragonlove, The Legend of El Shashi and now ... The Pygmy Dragon. I hope that you love this new cover as much as I do!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Announcing Dragon Thief: 12 December

I am delighted to announce the forthcoming release of my latest epic fantasy tale, Dragon Thief, on 12th December 2015. Dragon Thief continues the timeline of my bestselling Shapeshifter Dragon fantasy series, Aranya, Dragonfriend and The Pygmy Dragon, but Dragon Thief is a standalone novel.

Kal, of course, was not a thief. And he certainly did not intend to steal any dragon’s treasure.

He was an adventurer. Avid art collector. Incurable wealth adjuster and risk-taker. Kal had legendary expertise in the security arrangements of palaces and noble houses the world over. He hankered for remote, craggy mountaintops and the dragon hoards he might find hidden beneath them. Besides, what harm was there in looking? Dragon gold was so very … shiny.

Most especially, he was not planning for any treasure to steal him.

That was a little awkward, to say the least.

Described as "memorable, wildly adventurous and laugh-out-loud funny", Dragon Thief is a tale for the unreformed rogue in all of us.

Please note that Dragon Thief is more mature in content than Aranya, for example, as is appropriate to the age and relationship of the protagonists, Kal and Tazithiel. It is still a clean read, however.

Chronological reading order

Dragonfriend Series: Dragonfriend, Dragonlove and Dragonsoul (due to be released in 2016). A tale of the extraordinary romance between Hualiama, the first Dragon Rider, and her Dragon Grandion.

Shapeshifter Dragon Legends Series: The Pygmy Dragon and The Onyx Dragon (due to be released in 2016). A tiny heroine with a great heart! 150 years pass before we have ...

Shapeshifter Dragons Series: Aranya, Shadow Dragon and a third part, as yet unnamed, also due for 2016. Clearly 2016 is going to be a busy year for me!)

Dragon Thief which takes place 300 years after the events of Aranya. But you may recognise a few faces in the cast ...

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Aranya #1 in UK & US - weekend special!

Aranya will be on special in the US and UK this weekend and until Wednesday 14th October. Currently Aranya is a #1 Amazon bestseller in both the US and the UK and is priced at 99c or 99p over this period, and is also available on Kindle Unlimited. Don't miss your chance to pick up a great read! Rated 4.7* from 148 customer reviews.

Don't forget to check out Dragonfriend - still just 99c! That's going to change soon ...

Friday, September 4, 2015

Dragons & Darkness Storybundle + Dragon Age: Inquisition Giveaway

Sometimes you have a craving. A craving for lots of magic, mythical creatures, and a few things that go bump in the night. For those of us who like to mix our cravings with the best aspects of our inner-geekdom, we turn to our favorite friends in lands of lore.

Storybundle - All Covers

Friends like Drizzt Do'Urden of the Forgotten Realms and the sweeping epics of Dragonlance by Margaret Weis. It is those old friends that I had in mind while curating this bundle of new fantasy authors that will sweep off your feet and up into the skies of new lands.

StoryBundle is proud to present Dragons & Darkness, a nine-book fantasy bundle that features legendary dragons and spine-tingling darkness. These nine titles encompass eight unique fantasy worlds from bestselling authors that will leave you salivating for more.

Storybundle - All Covers Spread

The Authors:

A great perk of the Storybundle format is that it’s pay what you want.


However, if you pay enough to unlock the BONUS level with four additional books ($12.00 or higher) you will get an automatic entry into the grand prize giveaway of a Dragon Age: Inquisition game (platform of your choice).

So go ahead, choose your price, grab a bundle, AND enter to win Dragon Age (or $75 in Amazon giftcards) while you’re at it.


Remember, you only have 3 weeks to grab this amazing bundle, and then it’s gone forever. Plus every purchase into the BONUS level gets a free entry into the grand prize giveaway.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Win in my giveaway!!

Win a $25 gift card and also eBook copies of Aranya in my giveaway this week - click here for free entry!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Dragonfriend roars aloft, Aranya wins an award

Dear reader-friends, August 15th is here and that means publication day for Dragonlove! The response so far has been overwhelming. If you like fiery romance, majestic dragons and sweeping adventure wrapped up in an unforgettable fantasy cover, then why not order Dragonlove today? Widely available in eBook stores:

In other news, Aranya has been honoured with a BRAG medallion which recognises excellence in Indie publishing. Thank you so much for being part of this amazing dragonride.