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Facebook hits 44,000 fans!

Hooray!  The Demon Kissed facebook page hit 44,000 fans last night!  You guys are amazing!  Thank you so much for sharing this paranormal romance series with your friends and neighbors – and the hot guy on the bench, cuz yeah, you liked it THAT much!

If you haven’t had the chance to read DEMON KISSED by HM Ward yet, go grab it!  The ebook is on sale for only $3.99!

The 13th PROPHECY will be released on March 6, 2012.  The dummy cover will be posted on facebook later today.  Go peek!  And take a gander at the creative process that goes into the awesome cover art!

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SATAN’S STONE (Demon Kissed #4) by H.M. Ward was released!

Today’s the day!  SATAN’S STONE, the 4th book in the bestselling YA Paranormal Romance series by H.M. Ward was released!

Description: A single stone can heal the Sapphire Serum that’s poisoning Ivy Taylor and destroy the powerful demon who is hunting her—but she has to find it first. Forced into an alliance with her worst enemy, Ivy searches for Satan’s Stone. But she learns that the cost of using the stone’s power may be more than she can pay. If Ivy fails to retrieve the stone in time, she risks losing more than her soul and her true love—she risks the annihilation of the world.

DEMON KISSED SERIES ORDER:
#1. Demon Kissed
#2. Cursed 
#3. Torn 
#4. Satan’s Stone
#5. The 13th Prophecy (Mar 6, 2012)

ADDITIONAL DEMON KISSED NOVELLAS:
VALEFAR VOLUMES (Demon Kissed Novellas)
#1. Valefar Vol. 1   <– This ebook is FREE today only via Amazon!
#2. Valefar Vol. 2 (Spring 2012)

Below are the links to the book and ebook editions SATAN’S STONE on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites.

Get SATAN’S STONE for kindle via Amazon.

Get SATAN’S STONE via Amazon in paperback.

Get a signed copy of SATAN’S STONE via the official website.

Grab the ebook edition of SATAN’S STONE for Nook via Barnes & Noble.

Watch the book trailer for SATAN’S STONE:

Thank you so much for reading!  The final book in the series, THE 13th PROPHECY will be released March 6, 2012.  Happy reading!  And remember to enter the contest to win free stuff!

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Get VALEFAR VOL. 1 by HM Ward for FREE Today Only

FREE STUFF! In honor of the release of SATAN’S STONE today – I’ve arranged it so that VALEFAR VOL. 1 is FREE!

It’s only for today.  It’s for the ebook edition.  And it’s only on Amazon.  You can grab this novella and read about Collin Smith on your computer or smart phone via Cloud.  I tested the Cloud reader last night – it’s very easy and I have issues working the toaster over.  The ebook will just open on your computer after it downloads.  No waiting!

Description:  It’s 369 days before Ivy loses her soul to a demon kiss. And, Collin Smith, the most powerful Valefar this side of Hell, wants his soul back. He thinks he’ll get it too, until a bargain with a powerful demon proves to be more costly than he hoped. As his world shifts, Collin tries to protect Ivy, but he knows he can’t be with her. Torn between his affection for the girl and his loyalty, Collin is forced to be the evil creature he tries so hard to deny – a Valefar.

VALEFAR is a between the books novella based on the bestselling YA Paranormal Romance DEMON KISSED series. It is recommended that you read DEMON KISSED prior to reading the VALEFAR volumes. Each VALEFAR volume is meant to read in one sitting. VALEFAR Vol. 1 is a YA Paranormal Romance and has 12,500 words, or 85 pages.

Click here to go grab VALEFAR VOL. 1 by H.M. Ward now!

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SATAN’S STONE RELEASE WEEK! WIN AWESOME FREE STUFF!

SATAN’S STONE was released TODAY for NOOK & KINDLE!

In celebration of release week for SATAN’S STONE, the 4th book in the bestselling YA paranormal romance series, DEMON KISSED by H.M. Ward – we are doing giveaways!  ENTER TO WIN FREE STUFF!

So, what am I giving away?

SIGNED COPIES of SATAN’S STONE, VALEFAR, DEMON KISSED, TORN, & CURSED!

There will be one book of each title up for grabs!  And it’ll be signed by the author with a big fat sharpie!

You can enter to win a KINDLE/ NOOK SKIN with SATAN’S STONE COVER IMAGE!  I have a pic with the kindle skin on the new mini-kindle (kindle 4).  But you can get it for the reg. Kindle, Fire, or Nook.  It’s custom made.  That’s code for it’s AWESOME, and will take 3 weeks to print and show up on your doorstep if you are the lucky winner of that item.

TO ENTER:

There are three different ways to enter.  They are all easy, fast, and fun!

1.  Comment on THIS blog post!  That’s so easy!  Just say something.  Only comment once.  Your comment will enter moderation if you haven’t commented before.  An admin will approve it, and then it’ll show up.  If you enter more than 1x, the mod will delete additional entries.  So once is good!

2.  ReTweet on Twitter!  Follow @hmward and retweet the contest posts!  Each RT is an entry!  You can enter this way more than one time!  RT it with your daily RTs.  Spread the word!  More RT=more entries.

3.  SHARE via the DEMON KISSED facebook page!  This contest will also be listed on our facebook page!  Simply SHARE the wall post.  Easy!

Winners will be selected on Jan. 31, 2012 at random.  US only.  Read the details below for all that technical hoopla.  The winners will be notified on Feb. 1, 2012.  So up until then, enter, and spread the word!

As of right now, SATAN’S STONE has been released EARLY for KINDLE & NOOK!  Eeep!  And it’s already rising to the top of the charts.  Thank you so much awesome DEMON KISSED fans!  You guys are so totally amazing!  Thank you so much!

Terms: US RESIDENTS ONLY, not available where prohibited by law. If you are under 18 years old, you must have your parents permission.  Winners will be contacted via email on February 1, 2012.  Winners will be chosen at random.  Winners must respond to claim their prize within 24 hours or they forfeit their prize.  Skins do NOT include the ereader – it is the custom skin only.  For items being mailed: We are not responsible for items lost or damaged during shipping.  We are not responsible for shipping delays or acts of God that interfere with delivery.  The item will ONLY be shipped to the shipping address provided.  Prizes are non-transferable. No cash value.  Contact us for full giveaway details. Thank you.  

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Teaser #8 for SATAN’S STONE by H.M. Ward

SATAN’S STONE TEASER – This is today’s teaser for the 4th book in the bestselling DEMON KISSED YA Paranormal Romance series by H.M. Ward!

TEASER #8

“Then what are you? Because if you were a Valefar, you could do basic things. Even with my brain half drugged, I could do it.”

-SATAN’S STONE by H.M. Ward

Release date: Jan 10, 2012

GET READY!!!!

And, in case you missed it – pre-order for SIGNED copies of SATAN’S STONE is up.  There are still a few copies remaining.  Grab them before they are all gone!

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KDP Select & 5 Day Free Observations

The month of December is almost over, and the one thing that I’ve read over and over is that December Kindle ebook sales took a nose dive this month.  It showed up all over the web, but as of right now there is no explanation if this is a market blip, or something else.  I’m thinking something else called…

The 5 DAYS FREE promo.

I think it royally messed with Christmas kindle sales for authors.  The most complaints have come from Indie authors who priced their ebooks below $2.99. It provided direct competition for those who are shopping based on price.  I mean, FREE is a pretty good price, right?

The 5 DAYS FREE promo was released with the KDP Select Program earlier in Dec. 2011.  Basically, the author can promote their book for FREE for 5 days over a 90-day period.  It’s one of the perks of of the KDP Select program. During the 90-days, the author’s book is also added to the Kindle Lending Library where Prime Members can borrow the ebook for free.

There has been excessive chatter on the KDP boards about a sudden surge in promotional sales when the book is free. But the bubble bursts as soon as the free period is over, and then the book resumes its regular position. Or worse.  It’s an emotional roller coaster for an author to see their book’s sales rank at 250,000, and then watch it jump up to #147 in the Kindle store, only to fall back to where it was after the promotion.

Several authors reported that their book sales were worse than before they did the 5 days free promo.  Their book didn’t even go back to the ranking it was at before offering the ebook for free.  That really sucks.  Here’s an explanation as to why that might be:  As stated in a previous post, each author has a network of people who are willing and able to purchase the author’s book.  Most authors have approx 200 people in this network that includes friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances.

So you take your awesome ebook, and put it up for free via the 5 days free promotional tool.  You go from selling a small trickle, to a whopping 1500 books!  Exciting, right?  Well, maybe not.  It’s possible that you just shot your sales in the head.  You might notice a little statistical issue.  The people who would normally purchase your book for 99 cents, can get it for free. By using the 5 Days Free promo, the author used up his 200 people network, and now all the people who were going to buy the book have it.  And you didn’t get paid.  Now the author has to wait to see if any of these freebie shoppers read the book, like it, and bother to recommend it to anyone.  Your ebook can’t hit a second wave of readers until that happens.  And it could take time, if it happens at all.

Free books tend to attract book collectors who pack their kindles full of stuff.  Some are self-proclaimed ebook hoarders, while others are the cheap-o-ramas that leave 1 star reviews because they don’t like your name.  Both types are interesting folks who lurk under bridges and bake bones in their bread.  (Fe fi fo fum – Billy Goats Gruff!) Okay, maybe not that extreme, but I think the hoarders are funny.  They are preparing for the Apocalypse by stuffing their kindles full of free stuff.  Meanwhile, I’m wondering where I’d plug in my Kindle at the end of the world.  I don’t think stuffing a candle into it will work.  I’m not a visionary, I guess.

Anyway, as for KDP Select and the lending library, it’s still too early to tell how that’s going. We should know shortly. Either way, there have been reports of slumped ebook sales all over the web this month.  Which is majorly weird because holidays are times when people are stuffing their ereaders full of books.  As for B&N sales – mine tripled this month.  Not sure if it’s cause everyone jumped ship over there at PubIt! or what.  That makes me think that this isn’t a market blip, but an Amazon blip.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens with ebook sales on Amazon in January.

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