‘The Fight for Dolores’ – August Free Book Promotion

I am really pleased that ‘The Fight for Dolores,’ my short contemporary romance set in rural Ireland, has had its first review on Amazon.com:

Looking for something quick to pass a bit of time?  This could be it.  A sweet, cute, short story,” (4 stars).

‘The Fight for Dolores’ and the longer contemporary romance, ‘The Laird’s Right-Hand Lady’, will both be free on Kindle 24th thru 28th August, and both are available on Kindle Unlimited.

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‘The Fight for Dolores’ – Free on Amazon

‘The Fight for Dolores’ – Free 25-29 May

My new short contemporary romance, ‘The Fight for Dolores,’ is currently free via Kindle Unlimited and will be free on Amazon from 25th to 29th May.  Here’s the blurb:

When Cal McCoy, American heir to a business empire, shows an interest in buying West Lough Lodge in rural Ireland, his real estate agent, Maggie O’Reilly, does her best to put him off. She has good reason to prevent the sale and can’t abide Cal but she worries that her work colleague will blow her cover. To add to Maggie’s troubles, everybody thinks Cal is wonderful – Maggie just doesn’t see it.

Cal is determined to get his palatial, lakeside residence but, before long, the pursuit of Maggie becomes his main goal…

http://www.amazon.com/Fight-Dolores-Catherine-E-Chapman-ebook/dp/B06ZZD7282/

If you enjoy the book, reviews, recommendations and ratings, on Amazon and elsewhere, would be appreciated.

‘Miss Millie’s Groom’ Free on Smashwords

‘Miss Millie’s Groom’ book cover

My World War One romance, ‘Miss Millie’s Groom,’ is newly-published on Smashwords and is currently free from the site and from its retailers:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/710062

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/miss-millies-groom-catherine-e-chapman/1125994767

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/miss-millies-groom/id1216270283

http://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/miss-millie-s-groom

I am delighted that the book recently received its first rating on Barnes & Noble and it’s 5 stars!  Here’s an extract from the review of the book that appeared on the Romantic Historical Reviews website in November 2016:

“Millicent is vivacious, endearing and determined. I truly enjoyed her character a great deal from the first page to the last. She reminded me of Sybil from Downton Abbey; in fact, this novel has other overtones from that drama.”

‘Miss Millie’s Groom’ – Free Valentine’s Promo on Kindle

'Miss Millie's Groom' - Valentine's Free Promo

‘Miss Millie’s Groom’ – Valentine’s Free Promo

My sweet, First World War romance, ‘Miss Millie’s Groom,’ will be free on Amazon from 9th to 13th February:

It is the summer of 1914 and Britain teeters on the brink of war. Society girl, Millicent Awbridge, is oblivious to the impending conflict and preoccupied with the recent shooting of her horse. When she confronts the culprit, Ryan O’Flynn, a groom in her father’s service, Millie finds romance rather than hostility. The encounter sparks a series of events that brings Millie’s burgeoning womanhood to fruition.
     Millie and Ryan’s affair is conducted in secret but Millie’s aunt has her suspicions and is determined to bring an end to it. Inevitably, the war also impacts on the young people’s lives and others are implicated in the muddle. Will Millie and Ryan ever be truly united?

‘The Laird’s Right-Hand Lady’ – New Year Promo

'The Laird's Right-Hand Lady' New Year Promotion

‘The Laird’s Right-Hand Lady’ – New Year Promotion

To mark Hogmanay, ‘The Laird’s Right-Hand Lady,’ my new romance set in the Scottish Highlands, will be free on Amazon from 29th December through 2nd January 2017:

http://www.amazon.com/Lairds-Right-Hand-Lady-Catherine-Chapman-ebook/dp/B01M6AXZ5O

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lairds-Right-Hand-Lady-Catherine-Chapman-ebook/dp/B01M6AXZ5O

A story with a seasonal feel, it’s the perfect holiday read.

Free Festive Reads

Free Festive Reads 2016

Free Festive Reads 2016

In the run up to Christmas, ‘High Sea’, my short Victorian romance, is free from Smashwords and its retailers:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/517058

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/high-sea-catherine-e-chapman/1121176105

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/high-sea/id965045299

http://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/high-sea-1

Additionally, perma-free reads available from Smashwords with a festive flavour are my short stories, ‘The Office Party’ and ‘All the Trimmings’:

‘The Office Party’ on Smashwords

‘All the Trimmings’ on Smashwords

Also, if you have Kindle Unlimited, ‘The Laird’s Right-Hand Lady’ (which has a seasonal feel, being set during winter in the Scottish Highlands) and ‘Miss Millie’s Groom,’ are both free to download through that scheme:

The Laird’s Right-Hand Lady on Amazon

Miss Millie’s Groom on Amazon

Season’s Greetings!

Promoting Free Smashwords Books

I recently re-blogged a post of Grace Risata’s about her experiences of using Kindle Countdown Promotions. As Grace’s blog suggests, if you are promoting a book on Amazon the challenge is to decide how to do it from the many possible sites available. My experience of promoting books that are free on Smashwords suggests that the reverse is true: there are very few sites interested in listing a Smashwords book that is free, if it isn’t also free on Amazon.

In the past, I have primarily been looking for free means of promoting free books and I have found that almost all sites dedicated to ebook promotion require the free deal to be on Kindle as well as other retailers. It’s often the case that if a book is free on Smashwords, it will go free on Amazon too but, in my experience, it can revert to paid on Kindle even if it’s still free on Smashwords, so you need to be aware of this if you’re scheduling a post for the future.

Good ways of promoting free Smashwords books are: to use Goodreads, most of whose Groups have dedicated discussion threads where author promotion is permitted, and to use other book forum sites (Library Thing, Mobile Read and Book Barista are all included in my links). Free Online Novels.com will list your book if it is permanently free.

In part, I am writing this post in the hope that someone will tell me there are ways of promoting free Smashwords books that I’m unaware of. Personally, I’ve never come across dedicated sites to promote books on iTunes (to whom Smashwords ship) and I’ve found that many book pages on Facebook and Twitter are very much Amazon-oriented.