Spotlight: @Matt_Holgate

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The Dim Realm, Volume I

Matt Holgate

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Date of Publication: June 4, 2012

ASIN: B0089U0B16

ISBN: 1475912765

Number of pages: 717

Kindle   Kobo  Nook

Book Description:

When former blacksmith Corin Drey finds himself lying on his back in the midst of Orthin’s Wood, he cannot imagine what has happened. The last thing he remembers is searching for Thom Blaire’s wife—one of the disappeared. As he slowly sits up and looks around, he sees dead soldiers hanging from trees and other bodies scattered about the burnt forest floor. Corin knows he must find his way home—but how?

Seventeen-year-old Kara Kinfolk has an old soul. Her small town of Arrow’s Flight is idyllic and quiet. But when travelers and residents start to vanish, no one appears interested in finding them. Worse yet are the nightmares, the voices that whisper to her from the shadows, and the dark house at the center of town where secret rituals are performed. Now the house, which possesses powers that prevent anyone from entering or leaving town, has begun to desire Kara for reasons she cannot comprehend. Kara knows she must flee Arrow’s Flight—but how?

As Kara sets out on a quest to quell an ancient evil, she must rely on Corin and a stranger to help her follow a maze of clues that she hopes will lead to an escape—before it is too late.

About the Author:

Matt Holgate is a Canadian independent author of horror and fantasy, and is best known for the ongoing dark fantasy series, ‘The Resurrection Tower’. He has published three books with a fourth slated for 2015.

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Release Delay

I’d set Running out of Time to release September 6. 

The book needs another round of edits and I’d much rather put out a better novel than to rush publication and give you a book that is not up-to-par. 

As edits wrap up, I will give a release date.

Thank you for your understand and always, thank you to my fans for your support and understanding!

I Will Not Negotiate with Terrorists

I’m about to share a huge mistake with you. I’m not ashamed – I was new to the game and had NO IDEA what I was doing.

Back in 2005/6 ish, I’d finished a book and searched around on ways to get it published. I stumbled on a company called Publish America. GASP!

Foolishly, I published with them thinking this was a normal publisher. Wrong. A simple search now will warn you to stay away from them as they are a vanity publisher. But now, they have a new name. I’ll come back to that.

After the long contract was up, I’d learned a lot: editing, plot, prose etc. The book I published through them was…not good. It needs a major overhaul. The only blessing is that my name has since changed. I do not market the book. I do not want anyone to know I wrote it in case they get their hands on it. It’s just awful.

Oh, they’ll give me the rights back. For cash! Yep, these dirty rotten bastards want to charge me money to get the rights back to the book I WROTE, to a contract that HAS EXPIRED.

Here’s the latest email I received, showing me just how willing they are.

As you have seen, unfortunately [Redacted] has sold no copies in the past six months. In fact, it has produced no sales in more than thirteen months.
At this point you may want to have your book’s publishing rights reverted back to you.
We can arrange that.
Go to www.americastarbooks.net/ReturningRights and instruct us to return the rights to you. In the Ordering Instructions box, write your name and the title of your book. We will forward the termination documents to you.
There are no strings attached to this termination except the $99 processing fee that covers our administration costs and our de-listing obligations to vendors and/or wholesalers.
Thank you for having been an America Star Books author; it has been an honor for us.
And if you choose to stick around a little longer, thank you also!
America Star Books, LLLP
–Denise Pickett, contracts maintenance dept.
 This is not a processing fee. This is ransom. They are holding this book hostage. And yes, PublishAmerica is now America Star Books, LLLP. Same wolf, different sheep’s clothing.
 
Beware of companies like this. You don’t need them to publish. If you want to go it alone, the major eTailers make it easy to upload your book to them and you can go to Createspace for print. Or, if you want an actual publisher – go find an agent and push that novel!
 
Learn from this rookie mistake. I’d like America Star to take a long walk off a short pier. I won’t be paying any ransom. They can choke on it.

#Review: Sealed in Blood – Jenna Fox

Cover art Sealed in Blood J Fox

Sealed in Blood by Jenna Fox

109 pages

Published: 2014

Genre: Erotic suspense

Blurb:

**Contains sexually graphic descriptions and is intended for readers aged 18 and up**

Determined to forget her ex-fiancé, and gather the remains of her betrayed heart, Charisma Claiborne scrapes together her hard earned pennies for a dream trip to Las Vegas. On her first day in town, she has an accident with an eccentric casino owner. Enthralled by his good looks, she falls into his bed for a steamy one night stand.

But Hunt Blackwater is more than a mysterious, gorgeous casino owner. Rumors of a Native American curse and a string of inexplicable deaths follow in his wake. But the most terrifying is his ability to reach right into Charisma’s soul and make her want the things she’s convinced herself she can do without.

Unwilling to get in over her head, Charisma cuts her trip short and returns home, but trouble seems to follow her. With remembered whispers of curses in her ears, and the lingering smell of death in her nose, she wonders if she is his next victim. Things go from puzzling to harrowing as Charisma comes face to face with the greatest betrayal she could ever imagine.


Review – 4 stars!

I was introduced to Jenna Fox during an event on-line. It was her personality that enticed me to purchase this book. I don’t regret spending one penny on this wonderful steamy novel.

Her female lead, Charisma doesn’t trust men except for her bible-thumping daddy. Rich Conway has a sick and twisted infatuation with her, and a dark plan.

Hunt is everything we look for in a hero, tall, dark and handsome. He also happens to be wealthy. When Hunt and Charisma meet, the heat between them threatens to scorch the planet. The pull between them is so strong it’ll pull you from your chair.

This was a well written erotic piece, the first I’ve read from this author. I’ll definitely buy more of her books. She does a nice job writing heat into her sex scenes while keeping them from crossing the line into vulgar.

I’ll tell you this much – I need a smoke!

Buy Links:

Amazon

Smashwords

Where to find Jenna:

Twitter  Facebook

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#Amazon Listens to its Authors?

Yes, yes they do!  In my last post, Clash of the Titans: Amazon v. Hatchett, I talked a LOT about a lot of things. But to shorten this up for you – I said Amazon could sweeten the deal.  I talked about how Amazon wanted to involve us (the little guy) in their battle against Hatchett but offers the big publishing houses features we don’t have, such as the pre-order button.

Guess what? Four days later (tonight) I get a letter from Amazon. Guess what I now have at my disposal? A PRE-ORDER BUTTON! That’s right – Amazon listened. Someone there is paying attention. This might be why Amazon has become as large and successful as they are. Someone there is paying attention and listening to their content providers.

Don’t misunderstand. It’s not just because Kim Mullican said this – other authors were blogging something similar. It made a difference.

Victory.

Clash of the Titans: #Amazon v. #Hatchett

First – I must warn you: This is one of the longest posts I’ve ever written.

Whoa. I get an email from Amazon then BAM! My email inbox fills up with my author friends all looking to each other for advice.

For those not in the know: The letter from Amazon straight to it’s authors asks us to argue on their behalf. More specifically, to let Hatchett know how we feel about their behavior and then CC Amazon. **facepalm** This is exactly what Hatchett is doing.

We have a bunch of A-List Hatchett authors speaking out publicly on behalf of their publisher. . . a publisher that has been caught red-handed colluding with the other major publishing houses to keep eBook prices high. What? For Real?  Yep – for real. To the tune of $166 Million in restitution. That’s right, what they did was so horrendous their penalty was in the amount of $166 MILLION. I can’t even wrap my head around that kinda dough.

And their authors sound like morons when they, themselves – the rich and famous – are defending Hatchett’s desire to keep the price of eBooks at $14.99 to $19.99. Let me educate you one damned minute…in most cases, these are as expensive or MORE expensive than print. And it costs roughly $5-7 (for a person like me, cheaper for a big house like Hatchett) to print an 80,000 word novel ….your average good sized novel. An eBook? Well, once it’s been edited, formatted and uploaded, the only cost is to Amazon. They must maintain the computing ability to store each and every eBook, distribute it and track sales for reporting to the authors, publishing houses etc.  Then they have to be certain that their reporting is accurate and that monthly distributions are going out on time and are 100% accurate. So the cost…is all on Amazon’s shoulders and Amazon is the one saying the prices should be lower. How in the hell does this make sense to argue against?

So again, we have rich and/or famous people defending the need to charge you more for the eBook with relatively zero cost to produce (in comparison). To the person who isn’t rich and famous, they sound like idiots. They sound like pompous assholes and they sound like they’ve been given a poorly written script by their publisher to defend their illegal activity while smearing Amazon. I’m silently protesting by not buying any books by Hatchett ever again. If I miss out on a great novel…well too bad. I’ll live with it. There is a sea of great books to read I don’t need yours. Thank you very much.

Amazon has IMHO taken the high road until now. Now they’re reaching out to the little guy – those of us who don’t get the same exposure as the very people they’re fighting against and asking ME to fight THEIR battle? They’re asking me to contribute to crashing Hatchett’s email server! Why? Why would I do that?

Amazon didn’t offer me anything for being an author; to thank me for staying self-published. I don’t get a pre-order button, an Amazon representative, more exposure now that I have more books published with them. They just said – Do this. Well, I don’t like being told what to do. And now, I have a conundrum. Do I want to do it anyway? I mean, if all the authors are hopping on this bandwagon, painting their faces blue and gold screaming about freedom as we right off to battle atop our horses, do I want to be stuck in this battle?

Nope. Plain and simple Amazon. I appreciate how easy you make it for me to sell my books on your platform. I appreciate the fair 70/30 split you give me. I appreciate having an Amazon Author Page so that people who are interested can see ALL of the books I’ve written and learn more about me. But give me the same tools you give the big guys if you want me to fight them. Stop letting people serial return books. Give me a pre-order button. Put my book next to a Hatchett Book or Random House etc. Because we’re not on a level playing field. It’s difficult for us to get to the point to sell our books – to reach new fans. Your marketing goes to the very people who tried to bully you. Yeah – fight your own damned battle. You have the means, the staff and the money. I’m no one’s monkey. I’m not a puppet. I don’t like feeling obligated to contact anyone.

It’s not that I don’t appreciate your position – I completely and totally support what you’re trying to do. But…leave me out of it. I’m not making enough money at this to even pay a mortgage or car payment. I implore you, do not do what Hatchett is doing. Do not ask your authors who are already overworked and underpaid to fight for you – to speak for you. I don’t want to look as stupid as Hatchett’s authors do at this point in time.