Our Little Kindle Experiment-The Finale

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Well, it’s over. Our little six month Kindle Select Exclusive Experiment has come to an end. The last of books in Select came out…on my birthday! I took the opportunity to spruce up OF WAR Complete (we do have that massive promo coming up!)…what a PITA. Remind me NEVER to a “box set” again. Anyway, it uploaded perfectly to Kindle and Nook recognizing all 154 chapters…OY. Smashwords shouldn’t have a problem with it but that still remains to be seen. They can be rather picky. I did the same for “The Heart of War” and will hopefully do a quick sprucing up on the other books before this thing kicks off. I even fixed the OF WAR Complete Series trailer…LOL. Yeah, I know, “Kingdoms of War” came out in July, 2014 and the trailer was still advertising that fact. In my defense, I couldn’t find the file but stumbled across it this weekend and immediately went to work.

I even got the draft file of my BTS Emag ad


Can you say; “SCH-WEEET!”?

I knew you could. :)

They always do such an awesome job.

Any-hoo, I also had time to go back and go over my numbers.

I GAVE AWAY a TON of books.
A combined total of 244 books in June between “Regret Me Not” and “Mysterious Ways”
A combined total of 484 in July between “The Limikkin”, “A Window to Magickal Herbalism” and “The Shame of Eminent Domain” and add in 1200 “normalized” pages between “Window” and “OF WAR Complete”.
A combined total of 11,063 “normalized” pages in August for “OF WAR Complete”, “Window” and “Limikkin”.

September’s numbers are not yet available to me.

Total Given Away: 728
Number of “normalized” pages read through Unlimited or the Lending Library: 12,263

June = 8
July = 11
August = 21
August Countdown deal = 5

Total Sales: 45

Further Breakdown:
June Payout: 10.65
July Payout: 31.69 (“Normalized pages”: “Window”: 413 Payout: 2.63 “OF WAR Complete”: 1084 Payout: 6.26)
August: 59.14 (“Normalized pages”: Limikkin 160 Payout: 0.82 “Window” 547 Payout: 2.81 “OF WAR Complete”: 5,159 Payout: 26.52 “Eminent Domain”: 38 Payout: 0.20)

ALL Unlimited/Library ‘sales’ were in the US not in ANY other country.

So you have an understanding of things. “A Window to Magickal Herbalism” is actually 83 pages
“The Shame of Eminent Domain” 51 pages
“The Limikkin” 46 pages
“OF WAR Complete” 1,260 pages

YES, my sales sort of went up and my payout went up but, much like shopping at WalMart, I’m still getting ripped off. It doesn’t look like it but I am.

“Limikkin” is 0.99 when someone buys it so I missed out on a sale and half, let’s call it $1.50
“Window” is $2.99 when someone buys it so I missed out 6.5 sales 17.49
“Eminent Domain” is a throw away
“OF WAR Complete” is (at most) $9.99 when someone buys it so I missed out 5 sales $50.00

We’ll call “Limikkin” and “Shame” even.

“Window” I missed out on $12.05
“OF WAR Complete” I missed out on $17.22

While the payout was nice I’m actually $29.27 in the hole.

You can do the math for yourself. When you finish with your calculations if you still think Jeff Bezos has you in his heart, I have lovely historic bridge in Brooklyn, NY I’d like to show you. I’m selling it for a song.

****10/06/2016 Addendum****

I forgot to add that, in order to receive the 70% Kindle/Amazon SWEARS it pays its authors your book must either be ‘Exclusive’ or you must allow it to be practically given away in their ‘Lending Library’. Otherwise, you’re making 35% even you price your book at $2.99 or above. There are many other ebook retailers that pay between 60%-80% and they don’t ask you to be ‘exclusive’ or to allow your books to be lent out to people unwilling to pay for them. Also, they won’t constantly hover your shoulder (reading your website, your blog, your FB, your Twitter) nor will they penalize you for running a ‘sale’ on a competitors’ site whereas Kindle is so happy to send you a nasty note that they found your book cheaper somewhere else…even when it isn’t necessarily true. So keep that in mind.

As a side story; I once had a boss who was an AVID readers. She DEVOURED 3 to 5 books a WEEK and she had TONS of money. Every book she ever read she got from the library. No kidding. She’d read entire series and not pay a dime for them. When, as an author, I asked her “Why?” her response was basically why should she pay for the books when she could read them for free. That’s the type of person Kindle/Amazon/Bezos caters to. Cheap. Unwilling to pay.

So, once again, come visit with me if you think you’re making out with Kindle. I’ve still got that beautiful historic bridge in Brooklyn going cheap cheap cheap!

The Avengers-Age of Ultron Review Part Deux

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OK, so unlike many so-called ‘reviewers’ I can realize where there may be an error on my part or something (like being way too close to the screen!) preventing me from seeing the whole picture.

TODAY is my birthday and hubby bought me the above offending movie which I said I wasn’t sure about when I saw it in the theater. I said that I would withhold my final critique of this movie until I could watch it in the comfort of my own home, which I have done…twice.

Good movie!

Aunty Moon still says a bit disjointed but having been able to watch ‘The Director’s Cut’, the ‘Gag Reel’, and the ‘Deleted Scenes’, it’s much better. Sometimes I don’t know why they delete scenes. They seem to do so with the most important ones. That drives me nukin’ futz. It really does. I guess that’s the ‘editor’ for you, that jackass and his red pen never did have an Artistic Eye…hence the fact that s/he is an ‘editor’.

I’m still not thrilled with the idea of AI as a villain but I love Original Danny so am totally willing to forgive the whole “I, Robot” thing they’ve got going on but on a much grander scale.

In short, and on the whole, Aunty Moon gives this movie a solid B+. There are still characters I don’t care about and never will be the main cast plays it well. I’m still holding out a tiny bit of hope for my very unlikely couple of Hulk and Black Widow. Can’t help it, sorry, I really am a sucker at heart. :)

So long as they tell me WTF happens to ‘Bucky’ in the next “Captain America Movie” AND they bring the full cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Avengers” together to defeat ‘Thanos’ I’ll be a happy gal.

All that, of course, remains to be seen. But I’m still willing to purchase a ticket to find out. :)

I Suck At This!

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So I’m grinding the Promo Wheel again here in a few short weeks. Since I want to promo the entire OF WAR Series I had to come up with a “short” description of rather than doing it book by book for 6 books because that came out to be 17 pages! Eek!

I hear you laughing at me already, it’s ok, go ahead. Except when it comes to my height I don’t do “short” very well. I know. Anyway, here it is. If you have any comments/opinions/suggestions I’d greatly like to hear them. I sent it off to one tour host already but the tour isn’t until December so I can always switch it out.

An Epic Journey of Love, Lust, Betrayal, Rage, and Redemption
by Lisa Beth Darling

Fall in Love with Ares God of War and Alena MacLeod. Together they Rock the World from the Heights of Olympus to the Celtic Moors.

In The Heart of War, Magdalena MacLeod has been on the run from Cernunnos, Great Horned God, for 200 years when she mysteriously washes ashore on secluded isle of the God of War. When the Olympians discover her presence on Ares’ island, they send Apollo to the island to retrieve her while Ares is away. Diplomatically winding her way out of immediately going to Olympus and having nowhere to turn, Alena strikes a bargain with the God of War–her virginity for his protection.

Ares sees a sweeter deal; her in his bed and himself back in his rightful place on Olympus even if it means turning Alena over to Zeus. After Alena proves herself to Ares in battle and his bed, the God of War must choose between his Divinely Dysfunctional Family, his pride, and Alena.

Child of War-A God is Born Ares and Alena have settled on snowy Olympus to await the birth of their son, Raven. Before Raven is even born, Zeus outwardly despises him for his Fey blood. With only one to keep his family safe from his father, Zeus the God of Gods, Ares enters into a blood pact that could cost the God of War everything he holds dear.

After a harrowing birth wherein mother and son are nearly lost to Ares, it quickly becomes clear that Raven may be the most powerful and cunning Olympian ever born despite his muddled bloodline. Zeus, Apollo, and Aphrodite plot against the new family by carefully planting the seeds of rage and doubt in Ravens’ mind, they turn son against mother. It appears as though Cernunnos’ prophecy is coming to life as Raven grows to be a very angry young man.

As the true past between the Olympians and Celts is revealed, the battle for Ravens’ mind and the ultimate control of Olympus begins. Before it’s over, the white snows of Olympus will run red with blood.

Child of War-Rising Son sees Raven on the verge of manhood as his rampage continues and he begins the difficult path to Acceptance by his fellow Olympians. Out to prove he’s as good, if not better than, any of them he bests the Trials set before him by Hades and Poseidon. This isn’t enough for him, in his quest to prove to his Father, Ares, that he is an Olympian Raven preys upon the Mortals below Olympus in a time of great weakness. Enlisting the aid of his Uncle Apollo and settling for nothing less than utter Chaos, together they push the Mortals to pure anarchy. Ready to conquer the remainder of his Trials so he may take his place at the Counsel Table, and bring Ares the glory Cernunnos once prophesied, only one thing stands in his way; the night his Mother fell down the stairs.

Apollo, ever the Man Behind the Curtain, pulls Raven’s strings like a true puppet master. It’s far too late when Raven realizes all he’s done in hopes of pleasing his Father actually makes Ares look guilty of destroying the Mortal World. A little Chaos and a little Anarchy aren’t enough for the Golden God, in his on-going quest to destroy Ares, Apollo sets a plague loose upon the embroiled Earth. By the time the Olympians discover what’s going on twenty million people are dead with the number multiplying exponentially every day.

Women of War gives us a brief reprieve from the death and darkness as we journey backward in time spanning four generations of women in Alena’s family. From her great-grandmother, Shar Draiocht the last known Queen of the Dark Kingdom to her tortured daughter Morrowind, to Maven Alena’s free-spirited mother and through the lonely life of Alena MacLeod ending where The Heart of War begins with the night Alena washes up on Ares’ shore. With intensity, lust, fear, and strength these Women of War make their way in the world revealing the hidden truths of the past and Ares true connection to his beloved Wife, Alena.

Kingdoms of War, the OF WAR Series Finale, sees nearly four billion souls lost to the ravages of Anarchy and the dreaded disease Major Falls. Ares, Athena, and Raven journey the Mortal World vainly reaching for a sliver of what was only to discover what will be. From the fiery wreckage a new world is slowly arising one where the descendants of Olympians, Celts, Dark Fae, and all manner of Magickal Being will rule.

Ares and Athena wander the world, hoping to curtail further damage by obliterating weapons of mass destruction the Wolf inside the God of War slowly succumbs to Major Falls. A rabid God of War is not a pretty sight. Soon it becomes clear that Ares may not live to see the glory of Olympus restored.

By the time Ares’ fevered body is brought to Olympus, Apollo’s descent into madness is utterly complete. The Gold God is quite insane as he expertly kills off the members of his Divinely Dysfunctional Family. Yet, Alena’s greatest nemesis holds the key to saving Ares’ life. The price is high and, should she pay it, Alena can’t be sure Ares would ever be able to forgive her.

Yes, I left out “Christmas Eve on Olympus”, I suppose I can go back and add it in but, while it’s a nice part of the series, it’s really just a little fluff piece. A bonus story :)

Anyway, let me know what you think.


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