Friday, January 29, 2016

Dragonfriend MP3-CD Giveaway on GoodReads!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Dragonfriend by Marc Secchia


by Marc Secchia

Giveaway ends February 12, 2016.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

January specials - book your dragonride now!

Just a quick note on deals running at the moment:

1. Shadow Dragon is on promo in the UK/US at 99c/99p respectively until Jan 27th. Shadow Dragon is the sequel to Aranya and is currently #4 in the US: purchase your discounted copy here

2. Aranya is 99p in the UK only, until 30th January. Tell a fantasy-loving friend! Aranya's currently #6 in the UK in its category. Your fabulous dragonride starts here.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Surprise special! Dragonfriend

Surprise special! Dragonfriend is free today (27/28 Dec only) please tell a friend or gift it!

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Dragonfriend is rated 4.6* from 129 reviews and has been a fantasy bestseller since April 2015. The audiobook has just been released. Dragonfriend is one of 6 bestselling Dragon adventures set in the same world.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Star Wars 7: The Soulless Franchise Awakens

So I went to see Star Wars VII yesterday afternoon. Yeah! And left thinking, "I've seen all this before." Great cinematography. Beautiful production. Soulless remake.

Great performances from some stellar actors - Harrison Ford most notably - could not lift this much-anticipated movie from the doldrums in which the writers dumped it. Goes to show a $200 million budget is no substitute for strong screenwriting, and beneath that, strong characters and story. I know, human nature being what it is nothing will ever live up to the first trilogy. George Lucas, I doff my hat to you. Awesome. There's no denying the plot of the second, much-maligned 'prequel' trilogy had force, even if the execution left many fans cold.

But that's no excuse for essentially lifting the plot of IV and making it bigger. That's it. Where's the creativity, the spark, for which this series is renowned? It's as if all the writers wanted to do was touch every beloved point of the previous series and forgot that frivolous fun - and it was fun - at the end of the day remains frivolous and is soon forgotten.

The result was entertainment without emotional force. A few laughs, yet they rang hollow. That's what happens when you gut a story. Long live the soulless franchise.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Time for a little thievery - Dragon Thief!

I'm delighted to announce publication of Dragon Thief today! Come experience an unexpected adventure in the world of my bestselling dragon series - Aranya, The Pygmy Dragon and Dragonfriend. A new chapter unfolds in a most unexpected way in the timeline of the Island-World.

Hope you like the new cover - check this out!

Mischief and mayhem!

All this and more await you in this latest blockbuster adventure on the timeline of the Island-World. What lies beyond the Rim-Wall mountains? What happens when Star Dragons die? Find the answers here!

Dragon Thief 

Look out for The Onyx Dragon, coming in 2016 - and the Audio edition of Dragonfriend (audio link) coming on December 22nd, 2015, narrated by the awesome Erin Bennett!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Aussies need dragons to take the Ashes!

One for the Aussies! C'mon, friends Down Under, please help spread the word - Amazon is promoting Aranya in the AU Amazon store for just $0.99 for the month of December.

Don't miss your chance to pick up this bestselling dragon adventure for just 99c. If you want to take home the Ashes, you need awesome dragons, epic aerial battles and fiery adventure. You won't find David Warner in here, but it's the next best thing!

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.