One of the most important things an Indy author needs is reviews on their current books.
When a potential reader sees that others have reviewed a book, it can help them feel more comfortable hitting the buy button, or even putting it on their Kindle Unlimited list.
With that in mind, if you think you're the kind of reader that would like a copy of my latest book (this would be ideal for parents with kids in the 5-8 year old range), I'm giving away 20 copies to those folks who would normally leave an honest review on Amazon.
It will be first come, first serve, and I'll be sending you a document that can be read either on your phone, iPad, any tablet, or computer.
Please do not read it on an e-ink device since it's in color, and I want you to have the best experience possible.
If you'd like a copy, please leave a comment here, or click the button below to send me an email.
Life is tough being a Minecraft dirt block, especially when all the other blocks ignore you and won’t play with you.
So, when one little block is shunned by all the others, his family decides to move away from their home to teach the other blocks a lesson that dirt is important, too.
Will the other Minecraft blocks miss him and see the error of their ways? Can they learn a valuable lesson that it doesn’t matter about the differences we have, but what we share in common?
This classic story of acceptance is brought bang up to date with the inclusion of one of the best-loved games around. Told through rhymes, it is perfect for young readers aged 5 to 8 years and is certain to become a favorite bedtime read.
Whether your child is new to reading alone and would benefit from having a rhyming pattern that keeps them going, or if they just love sitting on the couch with you while you take them on a journey with a funny story, you will both love this series!
This post has been approved by my 8 year old, and that's a big deal in my house!
See, I have a child who doesn't like to read, which is horrifying to someone like me (who would fit perfectly into that episode of The Twilight Zone where the guy gets stuck with millions of books, and broken glasses...).
I really wanted to write something he would enjoy, so I had to get inspiration from the books on his shelf that he at least flips through now and again.
They have a few things in common:
1. Pictures on every page
2. Only a few lines of text on each page
3. They rhyme, which makes figuring out the rest of the words a little easier
4. Bright, Bold, Beautiful colors
I took these 4 things, combined them with his favorite video game (Minecraft) and went to work.
What happens when a little Minecraft dirt block tries to play with other blocks who think he's just not cool because he's made of dirt?
You'll find out, hopefully in a week or so!
This is a great book to read with your kids. It's funny, it rhymes, it has a load of pictures, and it's only around 35 pages, so they won't think it's a total chore.
Also, it's book one,
so there will definitely be more to come.
See what I did there? :)
Inside their tanks, three friends still wait for help. Trapped in The Stalker, a terrible act of sabotage force the Jumpers to rescue Carina first. As they feared, the longer a Jumper stays in the game, the less they remember, and the harder they are to bring back out. Carina will be no exception. A twisted, rotting monster, all she knows is stalking and hunting, and she will not make exceptions for the friends who have come to save her.
The next volume of The World Keepers series releases November 1st. Pre-order with the link below. I can't wait for you to read it!
23,000 words, approximately 20 pictures.
Happy Friday Junior! There are so many exciting updates, and I can't wait to share!
First off, let's talk Book 12! It's done! Well, not done as in, "for sale", but done as in written and edited. I've been working a bit today on the illustrations, chapter headings, etc. and I do believe I'll place it up on Amazon for pre-order, with a delivery date of November 1st.
I know it can be really hard to know when your kid's favorite authors have new books coming out, so I'm going to put a link here. If you click it, you can follow me on Amazon, which means you'll get a notification when a new book is published. I do this for my kid's favorite authors, and while I don't usually get a notification until a couple of weeks after it's been released, it's still easier than me having to remember to look for new books. #imlazylikethat
Second thing, and I'm super excited about this! My oldest has been asking me to write a series about Minecraft, so I've started an outline that I'm pretty pumped up about! I love the story I've got laid out, I love the characters, the plot, and the resolution. It's looking like it'll be just three books, (I say JUST because WK is now at 12, with at least another 4 planned), and it'll be shorter, perfect for kids who aren't ready to commit to 250 pages of words. I'm thinking 100 pages, but since I haven't started writing yet, that's subject to change. I'll keep you updated! Oh, and this book series isn't going to have any pictures. If you love the pictures, you have my apologies that you won't get any, but honestly it's the WORST part of writing for me, and it makes my books more expensive because apparently it costs Amazon more to print them, which makes sense. Anyhow, no pictures, none!
Third - and this will probably happen before the Minecraft series, I've started a book for the younger set, with loads of pictures (one every page or two), and a fun story for kids who love Minecraft, but just really aren't going to sit down and read even 100 pages on their own. (I'm looking at my 8 year old right now). I'm thinking 30-40 pages, tops, and something your little ones can sit down and read on their own, just like their older counterparts.
That's all for now! I'll let you know as soon as I have a link up for Book 12, but for now, plan on that November 1 release date!
Have a great weekend!
I know I've said this a bunch, so let me apologize in advance for repeating it.
My inspiration for the series started with my kids (and my nephew). The whole reason I began writing was to keep them engaged with reading. At first, the stories were just for them, but after taking all that time to write a whole book, I decided to put them on Amazon.
It's certainly become more than I thought it would be!
One thing I've had to try and balance is keeping the book at a level my oldest son will enjoy. Meaning, as he grows, the characters in the book grow. Since it's been almost a year since the first "The World Keepers" book came out, you can imagine he's done a lot of growing. It's shocking (and amazing) to me how much children change in a year. I swear they become entirely different people!
That means the books started out rather light, and have moved in a decidedly "tween" direction. I hope this means they're growing WITH your kids, and I hope it means that if your kids are new to the series, it'll give them a chance to dip their toes in the water and get to know the "Jumpers" at a point where everything was light-hearted and fun. :)
Book 12 should be out in the next few weeks. I'm about a quarter of the way through it now, and (while I did have an outline written before I started writing), I managed to surprise myself yesterday when things took a turn I wasn't anticipating. It just felt right in the story, and after running it by my oldest, he agreed that it was a good twist.
We'll see how that pans out in later books, but I'm thinking these kids are going to see a lot of action in the next year!
Tyrants - this is for you! Be sure to get your reviews/suggestions in within the next couple of weeks, and this goes for ANY of the books, it doesn't just have to be Book 11. So if you're brand new to the series, review book 1, if you're a veteran, review book 9, wherever you are, start there! I'll go through the books a day or two before I publish so I make sure to get all the names on the Tyrant list.
Happy Reading! Enjoy the adventure!
P.S. Here's what Book 12 will look like! The picture on the spine is starting to come together!