Bundle story: “The Beforedeath” by Brigid Collins


Tamra grips the rotted banister. Gasps in the terrifying waves of a hot spot four steps up.

Should she step into the heart of that heat? Let its unnatural pulse thunder through her corpse?

When had she stopped believing she was safe?

Do you believe in life before death?
 
 
 

“The Beforedeath” is in the Haunted bundle. You can learn more on BundleRabbit, Goodreads, and the bundle’s Facebook page.
 


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Brigid Collins is a fantasy and science fiction writer living in Michigan. Her short stories have appeared in Fiction River, The Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, and The MCB Quarterly. Her fantasy series, Songbird River Chronicles, are available in print and electronic versions on Amazon and Kobo.


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Linking your blog to your Amazon author profile

If you have an author blog, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t associate it with your Amazon author profile! Plus it’s super easy and quick.

  • Log in to Amazon Author Central.
  • author page.
  • Click on ‘add blog’.
  • Enter the RSS feed for your blog.

    In my case, my URL is http://jamieferguson.com/feed. The URL to your blog’s feed may be in a different format depending on how your website is set up.

Previews of your blog posts should start appearing on your Amazon author page within 24 hours. They’ll be in the Author Updates section, along with any videos and/or images you’ve uploaded. If someone clicks on one of the preview images, they’ll be directed to that post’s page on your website.

   
 

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Bundled story: Witch

Betrayal. Magic. Freedom.

Erynn and her unlikely friends have dethroned their terrible master Sebastian, killing him and leaving his soul to suffer and fade into oblivion. They guard his soul to make sure he dies a true death, while keeping their revolution secret, lest Sebastian’s rivals and those under his influence rise against them. After all, in Sebastian’s underground criminal cult, bodies, souls, magic—and power—are the only currency that matters.

Erynn and those she loves are nearly home-free when Sebastian stages a rebellion of his own, reaching out from beyond the grave.

To stop him, Erynn must face her greatest fear—becoming just like the man whose all-consuming lust, greed, and twisted magic made her into a monster with a clockwork heart.

A heroine willing to risk it all. A world where dark enchantment endangers every soul and, for the right price, anyone can live forever.

WITCH is the second story in the Clockwork Heart Tales short story series.

“A Hearth Witch at Chisholm Keep” is in the Witches’ Brew bundle. You can learn more on BundleRabbit, Goodreads, and the bundle’s Facebook page.


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Leslie Claire Walker grew up among the lush bayous of southeast Texas. She lives in the spectacularly green Pacific Northwest with cats, harps, and too many fantasy novels to count. She takes her inspiration from the dark beauty of the city, the power of myth, and music ranging from Celtic harp to heavy metal. Her short fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies.


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Setting up International Amazon Author Central pages

Just because you have an Amazon Author Central page doesn’t mean your page appears on all of the amazon.xx domains. But don’t panic! This is very easy to fix.

There are multiple Amazon.xx domains, but not all of them offer Author Central. This can and will change over time, so you’ll need to keep an eye on which domains do provide this option.

Here are the currently available Amazon Author Central sites.

Consider creating a profile on each of these sites.

Note that you don’t have to use the same content on each site, so if the French version of your bio contains a catchy French idiom, you can use that on your French profile and leave it off your German profile.

What to set up

  • Create an account with each site if necessary.
    Your existing Amazon Author Central credentials may work on the various international sites; if they don’t, you can create a new account for that country.
  • Your biography.
    You can use Google Translate, or another translation program, to convert your existing page’s biography to the desired language. If you know someone who speaks that language, it’s definitely worth confirming that the text translated correctly.
  • Configure your social media feeds for each site. Check the allowed feeds, and adjust your settings accordingly. For example, one Amazon site might not offer integration with your author blog, even if the others do.
  • Make sure to look at what content has/has not copied over. For example, my titles appear on my amazon.in author page, as does the video I posted recently – but my blog does not. Don’t assume something is/isn’t there – verify it.

(Note that India does not yet support Amazon Author Central pages – I just found it interesting that the video was there, but was not on my UK profile.)

Why set all this up?

You can have readers across the world, not just in whatever country you live in. Take advantage of this – and help your readers find you!!! 🙂

   
 

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Bundle story: “Angry Sean” by Eric Kent Edstrom


Sean doesn’t know where the Medallion came from. He just woke up one day with it embedded in his chest, right over his heart. Even worse, the artifact makes him angrier and angrier until he has to “split”. Making the best of the curse, Sean uses his Split, Angry Sean, to do dirty work for people in need.

So when a miserable client asks him to help rescue her young daughter, Angry Sean is more than ready to deal out some pain.

 
 
 

“Angry Sean” is in the Fantasy in the City bundle. You can learn more on BundleRabbit, Goodreads, and the bundle’s Facebook page.
 


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About the Author

Eric is the author of the science fiction and fantasy series The Undermountain Saga and The Scion Chronicles. He lives in Wisconsin with his family.


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Adding a video to your Amazon author page

You can add up to eight videos to your Amazon author page. These can include book trailers, footage of your cats napping – anything is fair game as long as it adheres to Amazon’s content guidelines.

Prerequisites

  • You already have an Amazon author page.
  • Your video must be:
    • Less than 500 MB.
    • In one of the following formats: AVI, FLV, MOV, MPG, WMV, or MP4.
    • No more than 10 minutes long.
  • You have an actual video to upload; embedding videos on sites like YouTube is not supported.

Adding a video

Note that the URLs will vary if you’re editing your author page on one of the other Amazon sites (.co.uk, .de, etc.).

  • Log in to Amazon Author Central.
  • Click on Author Profile in the menu at the top of the page.
  • In the Videos section at the bottom of the right sidebar, click “add video.”
  • Select your file, confirm your acceptance of the terms & conditions, and click “Upload video.”
  • Wait. 🙂

It can take up to 24 hours for your video to be processed and displayed on your author page. Amazon will send you an email when this is complete.

The video will be displayed in the Author Updates section underneath the scrolling display of book cover images.

An image will be randomly selected from the beginning of the video to use for the still image that appears when the video isn’t playing.

Reference: Amazon’s help page on uploading videos.

   
 

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Bundle story: “They Stole My Love Last Night” by Alexandra Brandt

Jessamyn and her grandmother, Marie, return to the Isle of Skye for one purpose only: to lay Granmarie’s personal ghosts to rest.

But confronting old memories of her lost love sends Granmarie into an odd sort of reverie, one that soon catches Jess in its grip as well. Why do they both hear the same haunting melody?

And what secrets lie in the heart of the woodland behind the White Skye Inn?

In “They Stole My Love Last Night,” Celtic fairies, music, and ghosts collide, turning a bitter story sweet.
 

“They Stole My Love Last Night” is in the Haunted bundle. You can learn more on BundleRabbit, Goodreads, and the bundle’s Facebook page.
 


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Alexandra Brandt spent most of her childhood dressing up in fairy wings and parading in front of the mirror telling stories to herself. Not much has changed – she still loves a good costume, and tells herself stories every day. Two of her recent short stories are appearing in Fiction River anthologies in 2017.

When not spinning tales, reading, or debating worldbuilding details with her writer husband, she writes web copy and functions as a content marketer and graphic designer. She also dabbles in art, watches too many Sci-Fi TV shows, and welcomes any excuse to sit down and play tabletop games – from D&D to board games to cards.


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New Bundle: The Faerie Summer

The summer sun bathes the earth in warmth and light,
Faeries dance under the moon at night.
Cross through the portal into a land ancient, beautiful, and wild.
See the wonders that enticed the stolen child.
Come away, O reader! To the Realm of Faerie.
But if you want to make it back home, you had better be wary…

This collection includes twenty tales of faeries and magic set in our world – and in others.

Where can you find the bundle?

BundleRabbit
Amazon
Kobo
Barnes & Noble
iBooks

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Stories in the bundle

This collection was curated by Jamie Ferguson, and contains stories about faeries, magic, and enchantment by Alexandra Brandt, Leslie Claire Walker, Roz Marshall, Anthea Sharp, Deb Logan, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Leah Cutter, Annie Reed, Brigid Collins, Dayle A. Dermatis, DeAnna Knippling, Brenda Carre, Louisa Swann, Jamie Ferguson, Linda Jordan, Marcelle Dubé, Karen L. Abrahamson, Rebecca M. Senese,Steve Vernon, T. Thorn Coyle

   
 

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Linking your blog to your Goodreads author profile

There are two options for displaying your blog on Goodreads.

  1. Link your existing blog to your author profile.
  2. Create a blog on Goodreads as part of your author profile.

     
    If you don’t have an author website, and don’t plan to have one, option #2 may be for you. If, however, you do have or plan to have your own website, it’s very quick and easy to link your blog to your author profile on Goodreads.

    Your blog posts will be displayed underneath the biography section on your author profile page.


     
     

    Note: If you’re interested in how I got the social media buttons to display at the top of my bio, instructions are in this post:
    Adding social media buttons to your Goodreads author profile

    Here’s what the reader will see if they click on the name of your blog, which appears in between your biography and your blog posts on your author profile.

    How to link your blog to your author profile

    • Log in to your Goodreads author account, and edit your author profile.
    • On the right-hand side of the screen, click on the “edit blog” link.
    • The “Editing Your Blog” page is displayed.
       

       
      You want to link to your existing blog, so ignore the Title and Description fields.
       
      On the right-hand side there’s an option to set an “External blog feed URL.” This is where you’ll post the link to your blog’s feed (i.e. the stream of posts on your blog). Enter your URL.
       
      In my case, my URL is http://jamieferguson.com/feed. The URL to your blog’s feed may be in a different format depending on how your website is set up.
    • There will be one option: “Show full post.” Select this if you want the complete text of each post to display on Goodreads. If you don’t select this, readers will only see the first part of your post, and will have to expand to view the complete text.
       
      I’ve chosen to not display the full posts in order to have more of my posts appear on the screen, but either option is fine.
    • Click “Add Feed,” and you’re done!
       
     

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Bundle story: “A Hearth Witch at Chisholm Keep” by Thea Hutcheson

Misha Millik, a hearth witch brought to Chisolm Keep by the headmaster, feels out of her depth at this magic school for the children of established magicians.

Branded a misfit by the wealthy students, she finds a friend in a stray cat who can talk to her. Desperately unhappy and completely inept at any kind of magic the school teaches, she wonders why the headmaster insists she stay at the school.

When she finds the horrifying answer, will her humble powers be enough to save herself and find her true place as a practicing witch?

“A Hearth Witch at Chisholm Keep” is in the Witches’ Brew bundle. You can learn more on BundleRabbit, Goodreads, and the bundle’s Facebook page.


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Thea Hutcheson explores far away lands full of magic and science with one hand holding hope and the other full of wonder. She lives in an economically depressed, unscenic, nearly historic small city in Colorado with four semi-feral cats, 1000 books, and an understanding partner. She’s a factotum when she’s filling the time between bouts at the computer.


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