Smashwords Read an E-book Week – Sale March 5 – 11 #books #indieauthors

Smashwords are having a sale for Read an E-book Week 5th – 11th March

To celebrate some of my books are in the sale. This is for the SMASHWORDS copies only.

The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book I  is now available for half price (1.50) with code RAE50

The Shining Citadel is now available for half price (1.75) with code RAE50

The Stolen Tower is now available for half price (1.63) with code RAE50

Shattered Mirror – A Poetry Collection is now FREE with code RAE7

The Kitchen Imps is FREE with code RAE25

Outside the Walls is FREE with code RAE75

Click on the link and it will take you to the bookpage – click on BUY WITH COUPON and this will add the relevant discount.

All my books except The Stolen Tower are also available in audio – so if you enjoy the book please check those out. And don’t forget to leave a review.

There are also hundreds of other books on offer until 11th March, and to check out some others from authors in the Goodreads Smashwords author group please look here Smashwords Read an E Book 2017



Originally posted on mwsasse: I’m re-posting this because, well, it’s your last chance! Get either of my first two novels FREE on Smashwords. But July 31 is the last day. Here’s the original post: Here’s a great way to try one of my first two novels for FREE! Both “Beauty Rising” and “The Recluse Storyteller”…

via LAST DAY! FIRST TWO NOVELS FREE ON SMASHWORDS! — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

The full set! Now on Smashwords and affiliate stores!

I’m delighted to announce that all my novels and short stories – except those published via Perseid Press, or the Indie Collaboration are all available on Smashwords and its associate stores.

Formatting is not my strong suit, and I admit for a few I gave up and paid for the formatting for SW. The ‘meatgrinder’ is, frankly, a pain in the arse to work with. Even following the guidelines carefully left we with formatting errors not in the original document unless embedded in the code and invisible to mortals like myself, who don’t speak computer. Anyway ’tis done. So now the following are available on Amazon, Smashwords, I-books, Kobo (Except Books I and II), and Barnes and Noble.

Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Book I

The Shining Citadel – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Book II

The Stolen Tower – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Book III

Tales of Erana: Myths and Legends

Tales of Erana: The Warrior’s Curse

The Kitchen Imps and Other Dark Tales

Outside the Walls

To save swarming the page with links I’ve simply put the links to the relevant author pages for the stores.


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Smashwords Sale – Victoria Zigler 2

Tori Zigler has over 50 books! 50!!!!!

They are  half price in the Smashwords Sale. If you like kids books about animals, fantasy and adventure check out her mighty collection and snap up a bargain.

Use the code SSW50 at checkout for 50% off.

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Isabelle’s Runaway Racehorse


Rodent Rhymes and Pussy Cat Poems


Yua and the Great Wizard Hunt

Smashwords Summer Sale – UPDATED

I’ve finally managed to load Stolen Tower to Smashwords. It’s also in the sale. Some of the short books are free using the codes in store.


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July 1-31st

The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book I 50% off

Use the code SSW50 

The Shining Citadel – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book II  50% off

Use the code SSW50


The Stolen Tower (new release on SW) – 50% off

Use the code SSW50


The Kitchen Imps

Use the code SFREE at checkout to get this book for free


Outside the Walls

Use the code SFREE at checkout to get this book for free



Smashwords Summer Sale! A. L. Butcher – The Light Beyond The Storm Chronicles

It’s that time of year again – Smashwords is having their month-long Summer Sale!

For now I’m only adding the novels – but the short stories may follow.

50% off until the end of July – with this COUPON only.

The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book I (affiliate link)

Use the code SSW50 at checkout for 50% off during the site-wide promotion!
(Offer good through July 31, 2016)

The Shining Citadel (affiliate link)

Use the code SSW50 at checkout for 50% off during our site-wide promotion!
(Offer good through July 31, 2016)


Look out for more featured books coming over the next few days and weeks.

Happy July!


Summer Sale – Children’s Author

Some of my books are enrolled in the 2015 Smashwords Summer/Winter sale.

Details of which books are enrolled, and how much they’re discounted
by, can be found here:

Could you help me spread the word, please?

Victoria “Tori” Zigler
(Children’s author and poet)

Facebook author page:

Wyrd Worlds anthology author interview – Barbara G. Tarn

Barbara is one of the Smashwords publish authors who collaborated on the Wyrd Worlds sci-fi and fantasy anthology mentioned in an earlier post (see links below).  I must say the calibre of the author is great and they were all a good deal of fun to work alongside. The stories are much like the writers themselves, a diverse bunch.

Welcome to Barbara G.Tarn

Please tell us a little about yourself. I’m a compulsive and prolific writer from Italy, unpublished until the indie revolution. I wrote 500+ stories in my mother tongue in 30+ years – most of them unpublishable, but they allowed me to learn the craft. I started writing in English with the new millennium. After a failed attempt at conquering Hollywood by writing screenplays, I went back to my first love, prose. And then the e-book explosion happened.

Can you tell us a little about your anthology story? I had submitted a short from my science fantasy series, but it didn’t seem to fit the guidelines, so I chose this story from my fantasy world of Silvery Earth. It’s been out on Smashwords since 2011, but I submitted an edited version to the anthology. Originally called Conall’s Sons, it dealt with both of his sons, Sun and Giordano/Jordan. For length reasons, I cut out Sun’s part and revised the “bastard” son’s story. Silvery Earth is a medieval fantasy world, mostly, but since stories cover many centuries of its history, you have from India/Persia –inspired kingdoms and ancient Romans (the Amazons use triclinia) to the invention of print in the later books.

Why did you decide to become involved with this project? To spread the word about Silvery Earth and join a group of very talented writers! (That’s us… in case you were wondering!)

Do you thinks Smashwords is a good site on which to self-publish? Is so why? Did you have any problems. It’s the first site I published with. I tried Amazon a few months later. The first year (2011) Mark Coker replied personally to e-mails, now he has a staff of 20 and communications got worse anyway. I’m using only half of the premium distribution at this time, since I go direct to Kobo and use another distributor to get into B&N and Apple. But Smashwords is still my favorite site to buy from, even if I have a Kindle!

Do you also publish elsewhere? Amazon KDP, Kobo Writing Life, B&N and Apple through Draft2Digital and DriveThru (which specializes on genre fiction and has a “comics” division, which fits Silvery Earth that has both novels and graphic novels).

How long have you been writing and what made you choose the genre in which you write? My first official story is from the summer of 1978. It’s been “recycled” in Silvery Earth – actually Conall is the revised version of that first story. I’ve written in most genres but settled in the SFF area, since I like telling stories, creating worlds and mostly making up stuff!

Who or what are your inspirations/influences? Inspiration is everywhere. Influences… not sure. I started writing in a style much like Brunella Gasperini’s, who was my original inspiration, but I’ve moved on since. I take a lot of inspiration from movies (and TV until the 1990s), so sometimes I write very episodic fiction.

Can you name both a positive experience from your writing and a negative one? Positive is being in control of when and how to publish, choose the cover and/or cover artists (I do most of the covers myself, since I have to pay editors, but sometimes I like having a good artist paint a cover for me) and joining in the indie community on Goodreads.

Negative: some uploads or distributors, some unprofessional behavior on the internet (on the part of both readers and writers – some readers went into reviews only to get free e-books, IMHO) and the fear that sometimes overcomes you that you’re doing everything wrong. Luckily I bounce back quickly from that one, since it’s something I can control!

With the rise of e-books do you still publish in print as well?  The longer novels yes, but I haven’t sold any. I’ve used Lulu until last  year,  this year I’m giving a shot at CreateSpace, especially since Amazon introduced MatchBook. I also have a graphic novel in both PDF and POD with DriveThruComics – but again, I’m not selling any print books yet.

What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? I have no idea… I write down the movies in my head!  And I’ve read a lot of comics in the past, so my prose is very fast and geared to readers of comics more than high literature!

What advice would you give new writers? Follow Heinlen’s rules (apply butt to chair, write, submit/publish, apply butt to chair, write etc in a loop). Write what you want to read. Follow your heart.

Most authors also like to read, what books do you enjoy? Any genre except horror and erotica. And mostly of indie authors – cheap books that I can load to my Kindle. Traditional Publishers leave their e-book prices too high. I still go to bookstores, though – but I live in Italy, so it’s not easy to find English bookshops!

Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? I’m the creative goddess of Silvery Earth with the biggest ego of the universe – but also the most humble author of the universe… How’s that for an oxymoron?

Where can your books be found? my Smashwords author page

My Amazon Author Central page, my Nook page on Barnes&Nobles, my Kobo page, the Sony US store, and I’m also on XinXii and Unicorn Productions is a registered publisher on DriveThruFiction and DriveThruComics. And here’s the link to my US Apple i-Bookstore!

Facebook: here’s the author’s page

Barb the Artist is on DeviantART!



Wyrd Worlds anthology author interview – Stan Morris

Welcome to Stan Morris

Please tell us a little about yourself. I’m Stan Morris.  I was born in Linwood, California, and was raised in Norwalk and Concord, California. In 1972, I moved to New Mexico. I met a girl at college in 1975, set out to score, succeeded, and have been married to her since 1977. We lived in Texas for five years and then moved to Maui. We have two grown boys, both gainfully employed, thank goodness. My wife had the career and I had the job, so I worked at a variety of those before developing a computer business in the late 1980’s. Now I’m retired and living on a farm. I garden, watch sports, listen to music, read, and write. I like science fiction (Heinlein, Asimov, Weber, Flint), romance (Krentz, Roberts, Morisi, Chesney), mystery (JD Robb, MC Beaton), historical fiction (Lindsey, Stewart), and history books (Shelby Foote, David McCullough, William J. Bernstein.)

Can you tell us a little about your anthology story?   I get wild ideas from time to time, and this was one of them.  When I read about the anthology, I had just finished writing The Qrim Chieftain.  I don’t usually write fantasies, but I have been reading A Song of Ice and Fire, so that may have been the inspiration.  You have to understand that at my age, I can barely remember what I had for breakfast, so it’s difficult to remember what inspired what.

Why did you decide to become involved with this project? After finishing my book Surviving the Fog-Kathy’s Recollections in February and editing it for three months, I was tired.  Still, I like to write, so I’ve been concentrating on short stories that I write just for fun and in genres other than science fiction.  When I saw the post about a possible anthology, it seemed like a perfect fit.

Do you think Smashwords is a good site on which to self-publish? Is so why? Did you have any problems? Smashwords was one of the first sites at which I published.  This was before Amazon created Kindle Digital Publishing.  It was easier to publish at Smashwords in the early days.  It’s gotten harder.  Still, if you read the styleguide, you can do it, and I would encourage every writer to do so.  It is very good practice.  The important points to remember are, keep your font size below 18 point, always use title and headings in Word, and make sure you’ve checked ‘no trailing space between paragraphs.’  Doing these will solve almost all problems you have with the meatgrinder.

Do you also publish elsewhere? Nowadays I publish my ‘for sale’ books at Smashwords and KDP.  I publish my ‘free’ books all over the net, at any place that will take them.

How long have you been writing and what made you choose the genre in which you write?

I wrote my first two books in 1965.  Mercifully (except in my wife’s opinion) they have been lost to posterity.  I write mostly in the YA/NA science fiction genre, but all of my books are also romances.  Science fiction allows me to use my imagination in ways that other genres don’t.  The problem I have with fantasy is the lack of rules.  Mysteries are too hard for me.  Straight romances are hard to do in YA without ignoring the reality of teenagers and sex.  Historical fictions are hard to do without traveling to the places you are writing about.

Who or what are your inspirations/influences?

I am a product of the 1960’s.  I grew up in a conservative religious household, and even though I am not religious, those influences remain.  I discovered conservative atheism in high school, and that continues to be a strong influence.  The Vietnam War continues to be a major influence, but the greatest influence is the Civil Rights movement.  The struggle against conservative and liberal racism continues to haunt me.  The alarming drift toward a Nanny State abetted by both Democrats and Republicans worries me.  I have been inspired by George Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert A. Heinlein, Susan B. Anthony, John Locke, Adam Smith, and Karl Marx.

Can you name both a positive experience from your writing and a negative one?

Writing forces me to research different subjects, and that has been a very positive experience.  I’ve been forced to learn so many things (but not all of them positive.) The most negative experiences are reviews from young women who object to the relationships in Surviving the Fog between teenagers and adults.  I understand their concern, but it suggests a lack of knowledge about the history of relationships.  Until the early 1960’s relationships between young teens and adults were common, and it worries me that young women don’t know that.  I believe that the rights of women still hang by a historical thread, and not to be aware of that is dangerous for women.

With the rise of e-books do you still publish in print as well?

I’ve never published in print.  Everything I see happening in the world of printed media suggests that it is not necessary.  The recent sale of The Washington Post to Jeff Bezos reinforces that opinion.

What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot?

The most important experience is an in-depth look at that particular world.  There is no comparison between the books of JRR Tolkien and the movies.  It is very rare that a movie captures the true spirit of a great book.

What advice would you give new writers?

First, purchase a copy of Self Editing for Fiction Writers or something similar.  Doing so will put you two steps ahead of those who don’t.  Second, start more than one project.  You cannot be in the mood to write the same thing every day, but you should try writing almost every day.  Having more than one project going will give you more reasons to do so.  Finally, don’t try to put in much description while writing your material, but when you are finished, wait a couple of weeks then go back, read the book or story and imagine the surroundings.  What do the characters look like?  What are they wearing?  If they are outside, what is the weather like?  Are there plants around, trees?  What kind?  If the scene is inside, what kind of building are they in?  What colors are the walls, the carpets, and what is hanging on the walls?

Most authors also like to read, what books do you enjoy?

I have a variety of tastes.  I always have several books going, and that is even truer now that I have an ereader.  I’ve recently finished two scifi anthologies edited by David Weber of Honor Harrington fame, a paranormal romance by Jayne Ann Krentz, a futuristic romance by Nora Roberts, a non-fiction book about the early evolution of humans, and I’m working on a book about the building of Hoover Dam.

Can you give us a silly fact about yourself?

Although when my children were very young, I told them that I was a leprechaun, the real truth is that I am an interplanetary, interdimensional, time traveler.   The problem is that my memory has gotten so bad, that I forget which dimensions I am allowed to reveal that fact and in which dimensions revealing that fact will get me in a lot of trouble.  So, I’ve written the numbers of the forbidden dimensions on my arm in invisible ink.  Since in this dimension I can mention… wait… Obviously I’m just kidding about what I just said.  Ignore that.

Where can your books be found?

Book Buy Links

Surviving the Fog

Surviving the Fog: Kathy’s recollections

For more of Stan’s books please see the links below.

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My website:

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With thanks to the original provider of this article. Personally I struggled with the “meatgrinder” and found it quite frustrating. However it does allow you to sell your book via Kobo, Branes and Noble, I-books, Diesel and, of course, Smashwords. There are also vouchers available, which is a great idea as you can give someone a voucher code which effectively allows you to gift a book, or to reduce the price. Once the book is up the dashboard is easy to use and the forums and help are great. (Better than ‘Zon)