The Fight for Dolores – Newly-published and Free on Nook, iTunes, Kobo and Smashwords

I’m delighted to report that, ‘The Fight for Dolores,’ my short contemporary romance, set in rural Ireland, is now available from the following retailers and will be free in the run up to Christmas:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-fight-for-dolores-catherine-e-chapman/1127267479

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-fight-for-dolores/id1303372848

http://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-fight-for-dolores

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/755986

“Easy to read and enjoyable,” (4-star review, Goodreads). 

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

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Bookangel’s Review of ‘Miss Millie’s Groom’

I am so delighted with Bookangel’s very thorough review of ‘Miss Millie’s Groom,’ my romance set during the First World War.  Here’s an excerpt:

‘I’m glad to say this is one of the few  [books]  where the lead character does grow and learn throughout the story. The characters come across well and are consistent in what they are doing with all their flaws intact. This makes for a more interesting read as, to begin with, Millicent’s youth and inexperience are obvious, while those around her act in a more realistic manner. The setting around the war provides a solid backdrop to the events and helps to provide an interesting set of circumstances and situations to be overcome.

As a romance, it ticks all the right boxes, and it’s a pleasure to see it come with a well-written story behind it. Readers looking for a HEA will certainly enjoy it,’ (4-star review, Bookangel.co.uk).

And here’s the full review:

http://bookangel.co.uk/review/miss-millies-groom/

Many thanks to Bookangel for their continued support to indie authors in the UK!

‘Collected Romances’ only 99c

For a limited time, starting on Wednesday 24th May, ‘Collected Romances,’ my anthology of seven short historical romances, will cost just 99c – that’s seven stories for the normal price of one!

The offer will be available on Amazon, Nook, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords and its other retailers:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/collected-romances-catherine-e-chapman/1122308273

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/collected-romances/id1019845160

http://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/collected-romances

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/560116

There are ratings and a review of the book on its Goodreads page:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23120007-collected-romances

The book is also now available in paperback from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1521132925

 

‘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.”

Smashwords’ Read an Ebook Week Promo

Several of my books are enrolled in Smashwords’ ‘Read an Ebook Week’ Promo, which runs until 11th March. Any of my books with a regular price over $0.99 are discounted for the week; if you click on the book, you will see a discount code on the book’s page:

http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CatherineChapman

 

 

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.