By Maggie James
Shadows of the Mind Box Set 1 has now been published!
September has been a busy month for me! This week I published a box set of my first three novels, available in Kindle format from Amazon. I've been meaning to do this for ages and now it's done, I've no idea why I procrastinated for so long. It didn't take much time to compile all three novels into one e-book, and I'm delighted that it's now available for sale.
Shadows of the Mind Box Set 1 comprises His Kidnapper's Shoes, Sister Psychopath and Guilty Innocence.
A tense novel of psychological suspense, His Kidnapper's Shoes weaves one man’s quest for his identity with one woman's need to heal her troubled past. More details here.
A study of sibling rivalry and dysfunctional relationships, Sister, Psychopath tells the story of one woman’s struggle to survive the damage inflicted by her sociopathic sister. More details here.
A gritty novel examining child murder and dysfunctional families, Guilty Innocence tells of one man’s struggle to break free from his past. More details here.
Shadows of the Mind Box Set 1 is available at the bargain price of £4.99/US$7.99 from Amazon in Kindle format. When I have another three standalone titles, I'll be compiling them into Box Set 2!
Changes to the Maggie James Fiction newsletter
I'm planning to make big changes to my newsletter. When I started it, I planned to send it only when I released a new fiction title. However, it was November 2014 when I published The Second Captive; that's a long time without contacting my email list. In future, I intend to be much more proactive with my newsletter, and offer my subscribers some goodies along the way. Here's what you can expect:
1. I'll be sending the newsletter every two months and also whenever I release a new title. I don't want to inundate your inbox with emails, so this seems reasonable. You can, of course, unsubscribe at any time.
2. I plan to offer free e-books from the thriller, suspense, mystery and horror genres (with each author's consent, of course!). Everyone wins here. My subscribers get free books and the chance to read new authors' work. Other novelists get their books promoted for free. I get to recommend other great writers and to keep my subscribers happy. Right now I'm working on compiling a list of possible novels to offer.
3. I'll be recommending books that I've particularly enjoyed since the last newsletter. You'll get to hear about great fiction that might otherwise have passed under your radar.
4. I'll be updating my subscribers as to what I'm writing, how it's going, and estimated publication dates. I'll offer discounts for anyone who pre-orders my books, and occasional competitions and giveaways.
Sounds good? You can sign up here.
How to get His Kidnapper's Shoes for free!
In other news, His Kidnapper's Shoes is free on Amazon between September 23 and 25 2015 inclusive. You can download it via this link. I'll be running another free promotion on the book on October 17 and 18 2015.
I'm also offering His Kidnapper's Shoes to anyone who signs up for my newsletter (link here). Why am I doing this? Because I'd like to introduce as many people as possible to my books, and I have a special affection for His Kidnapper's Shoes because it was my debut novel. It's also proved very popular, earning lots of great reviews, and seemed the obvious choice to offer as a gift to my readers.
So if you'd like to stay posted on news from Maggie James Fiction and haven't yet read His Kidnapper's Shoes, why not sign up? Here's the link again.
Future book promotions
I'll be offering Kindle Countdown deals on The Second Captive in October 2015 and Guilty Innocence/Sister, Psychopath in November and December 2015. The dates have yet to be confirmed, but the price will be $0.99/£0.99 for a seven-day period.
Progress with Blackwater Lake
I'm delighted to say that Blackwater Lake should be published by the end of September 2015. I'm working on incorporating the suggestions made by my wonderful beta readers, and once that's done, I'll be able to upload the files to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, etc. I plan to make Blackwater Lake free on all sales platforms and also on my website. It's a 25,000-word novella, so not as long as my other fiction. Here's the synopsis:
Matthew Stanyer fears the worst when he reports his parents missing. Beset with worries about his wife, Evie, whose dementia is rapidly worsening, Joseph Stanyer has been struggling to cope. When the bodies of Matthew's parents are found close to Blackwater Lake, a local beauty spot, the inquest rules the deaths as a murder-suicide. A conclusion that's supported by the note Joseph leaves for his son.
Grief-stricken, Matthew begins to clear his parents' house of decades of compulsive hoarding. And discovers the dark enigmas hidden within. Ones that lead Matthew to ask: why did his father choose Blackwater Lake to end his life? What other secrets do its waters conceal?
Future Maggie James Fiction titles
My focus at present is very much on getting Blackwater Lake published, but once that's done I'll turn my attention to plotting my sixth, seventh and eighth fiction titles. What I have in mind is a trilogy of novels, all featuring the same warped main character. Yes, another one of my psychopaths! I plan to plot the first book during October 2015 and to write at least 50,000 words during the annual NaNoWriMo writing competition.
This will probably be the last news round-up that I post here, as I'll be using my newsletter for that purpose from now on. I prefer to keep my blog for discussion articles, book reviews, author interviews and the like. Thanks for reading!
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