New Book for Kindle

I would like to ask all of you to do me a special favor.  My newest book Sonoma – A Sparkling Romance has been selected by Amazon Scout to be considered for special publication on Kindle. As part of that process I need folks to go to the site and nominate my book. Here is the link: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/3L9FKP5PYUYSA In the first box at the top is a blue button that says Nominate Me. If you select that then Amazon will ask you to sign into your account.  Follow any instructions they may have to complete the nomination. That is all there is to it.  However, if you don’t have an account you may create one if you are so inclined.  There are no financial requirements.  But if you don’t feel comfortable doing that then I thank you anyway. And lastly if you could pass this request along to other family members or friends who might consider doing this that would be great.  And thank you so much.   Jon Share...

Publication of New Book

It is now finally up and available.  My new book The Secret of Shasta – And the Hidden City.  And once again it is in a different genre than my other books.  This is a science fiction book with a New Age slant.  Here’s a brief description: Erick, a geeky geologist, is also the son of the President.  On one of his geological explorations in the Mt. Shasta area of California, he stumbles upon a Sasquatch while taking photos, and is silently invited by the creature to follow him into the mountain – but, unfortunately, Erick is unable to follow. However, he shares his astonishing photos with Thelma, his archeologist friend, who is investigating a lost civilization on a remote Hawaiian island. On a return visit to Shasta to look for the Sasquatch, Erick stumbles upon an illegal oil drilling operation.  But he is discovered, threatened, and pursued by soldiers – until he finds sanctuary through a secret entrance into a completely unknown and unique world. This discovery sets him off on a series of adventures that culminates when he and Thelma, independently, make a series of astonishing discoveries that will forever change the world’s view of the planet. It was a lot of fun to write and I hope  you enjoy it. Available at Amazon in both Kindle and print formats:  http://amzn.to/1GCq4WW Share...

I Need Your Help

Comes a time when everyone needs a little help, and it becomes necessary to reach out and ask.  And for me this is one of those times. At 74 I am a pretty healthy guy.  My only complaint is that I have badly deteriorated knees from arthritis.  I have an excellent surgeon who says I need to have a double knee replacement as soon as possible.  And I know he’s right because I have just started to need a cane to walk. I have excellent health insurance but, with just my social security income and a bit from my writing, it has been impossible to save up enough for the co-pays.  So gang, I have created a crowd funding site –  http://gfwd.at/1FVsMrr – and am hoping to raise enough for the co-pays so I can schedule the surgery. Please visit the site and if you feel like giving that would be great.  Any amount will help.  But most importantly please share my story and this link to as many people as you can. I will so greatly appreciate any help you can give. Jon   Share...

Update on Book Launch

Epic Book Launch launched my book The Seed on Sunday the 29th.  It was an interesting experience.  Successful but not wholly so.  On that Sunday and during Monday morning we got 18K free downloads.  Then during the afternoon they started charging $.99 and the numbers crashed.  As of today April 7th there have been 280 paid downloads.  These are not the numbers we expected.  However, it is many more sales for the month than I normally had.  It will be interesting to see if there continue to be even a modest amount of sales going forward. I’ve queried the Book Launch people about what’s next and so far don’t have an answer.  I think they are regrouping and strategizing.  I’ve not heard from them yet about the next moves.  Do we continue to do some more work on marketing The Seed or do we move on to another book.  Will keep you posted. Share...

Wow! What a Great Ride

Yesterday was launch day for my book The Seed, as I reported earlier.  And what a phenomenon it was.  When I first checked on the progress, first thing in the morning,  there were over 3,000 downloads on Amazon, and every time I checked throughout the day it kept rising.  And the book ended up being #1 in 11 different categories, and had a final download total of 18,000 for the day. Now it is the beginning of the second day.  The book will remain free throughout this morning and then it will go to $.99 later this afternoon.  Hopefully that will start generating income for the book.  What can I say – I am mightily impressed. I am so immensely grateful to the folks at Epic Book Launch and I want to give their website once again, in case you are interested in checking them out – http://epic-launch.com/ As I’ve said before I am not good, nor interested in spending time on social media.  But it is how the marketing system works these days.  And this is what these guys have mastered.  They can do what I cannot.  I need to spend my time writing, and don’t have the time to spend on marketing.  And believe me, these guys can do it! Also wanted to let you know my new book Yank, An American Model in 1960’s Swinging London is just about ready.  I am tweaking the cover and then it will be out there on Amazon.  So keep a look out.  I hope you enjoy it.     Share...

Big Launch Date this Sunday

I am very excited about the launch (or rather the re-launch) of my book The Seed, An Ironic Political Thriller, this coming Sunday, March 29th.  This will be the first roll out with the new group I am working with on marketing my books.  The group is called Epic Book Launch and this is the link to their home page:  http://epic-launch.com/.  I have been following their work since they began operating in early January.  They have had some wonderful success with other authors. However, most of the launches have been with non-fiction, so it will be interesting to see how well they do with fiction.  I’ll update after the event. On another note, I am just about done with my next book.  My memoir about my time as a model living in London in the swinging London era of the mid to late 1960’s.  It’s called Yank, An American Model in 1960’s Swinging London.  Here’s a look at the new cover:  And yes, that is one of my modeling pictures on the cover.  Will let everyone know when this is officially launched. Share...