The trials and tribulations of an indie author – review edition

I’ll be very grateful if those of you who’ve bought and read my latest novel, “A River of Horns”, fourth in the Ames Archives, my Western series, would please leave a fair and honest review on its page at Amazon.com. I fear that launching it shortly before Christmas as I did, many people bought it, but didn’t read it immediately;  and now, having done so, they’re not putting up reviews.  Despite selling reasonably well, it has only 14 reviews at the time of writing (all of them very positive, but simply not enough of them). Reviews are critical to independent authors

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Thanksgiving

Why is today called “Thanksgiving”?  George Washington, first President of the United States, informs us. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish

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Well, that was fun (NOT!)

In October 2009, I suffered a heart attack, that led to quadruple bypass surgery.  Since then, I’ve had other medical issues, but my heart has behaved itself. On Tuesday morning (November 5th, which is, perhaps appropriately in this case, Guy Fawkes Day), I had brunch about 10 a.m., carried on with my morning’s work, and took a brief nap during the early afternoon.  When I woke up, I had a tight feeling in my chest, not unlike indigestion, but it grew in intensity, centered over my heart, and I began to get radiated pain in my left arm.  Sounds familiar, no? I

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Unexpected absence

For reasons I won’t go into right now, I find myself unable to keep a regular blogging schedule today. Please amuse yourselves with the blogs in my sidebar, and forgive my absence.  I hope regular blogging will resume tomorrow, God willing. Thanks. Peter

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This and that

Just a few things I’d like to ask my readers, please. 1.  Please don’t spam comments on this blog by putting in links to fundraisers, Patreon pages, and other monetized Web sites.  Links to a news article, or another blog, are generally OK;  but if it involves money, or monetary support, I simply have no way of knowing whether it’s kosher or not.  Therefore, as a general policy, I’ll delete and/or mark as SPAM any comments containing such links.  I’m sorry if you don’t think that’s fair, but it’s the best way I can think of to stop my readers

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“Gold on the Hoof” is published!

My latest Western novel, “Gold on the Hoof“, third in the Ames Archives series, has been published in e-book format on Amazon.  A print edition will follow soon. I previously published an excerpt from the book on this blog, to whet your appetite. The blurb reads: The Comanche and Kiowa are painting for war in the Texas Panhandle. The US Army is preparing to stop them – but it needs horses to do so. Lots of horses. Walt Ames knows where to find them, and breeding stock for his horse ranch, too. All he has to do is ride down to Mexico, buy them,

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“Taghri’s Prize” is now available in a print edition

My latest book, “Taghri’s Prize“, is now available in a paperback edition, as well as an e-book. It was not fun getting it ready.  Amazon uploaded my text file, then sent me a template for the right cover size based on page count.  I had my cover designer prepare the print cover to that specification, which he did very precisely;  then I submitted the cover for approval.  It was rejected because its dimensions were wrong – even though they conformed exactly to what Amazon had specified!  That was very frustrating, for both my cover designer and myself.  Fortunately, he was able to adapt the

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Happy book news – and another new book is out!

Last night was celebration time for Miss D. and myself.  “Taghri’s Prize“, my latest novel, has been on sale for just nine days.  As of the time of writing, it’s hit #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list for Historical Fantasy! It’s also at #13 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list for Epic Fantasy, and #11 on the Hot New Releases list for Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (both, again, at the time of writing). That’s the first time I’ve reached the top of any Amazon book ranking list. Color me happy! Thank you very much to all of my readers.  Your support made this possible. Of

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A big “Thank you!” to all my readers

I honestly wasn’t expecting great things from the launch of my latest book, “Taghri’s Prize“, yesterday. It had been almost a year since I’d last published anything, thanks to a prolonged bout of ill-health fighting kidney stones.  (My creative muse goes on strike when pain levels get too high.  It’s no fun.)  I was expecting to have to rebuild my “name recognition” on Amazon, and build up a new readership cadre. I suppose that’s still a requirement;  but my existing readers clearly haven’t forgotten or abandoned me, for which I’m very grateful.  After just one day on sale, my book’s

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“Taghri’s Prize” is published!

My new fantasy novel, “Taghri’s Prize”, is now available in e-book format on Amazon.  A printed version will follow as soon as the cover is ready. The blurb reads: Taghri has left the Sultan’s army to seek his fortune – and he seizes opportunity when it knocks. In the confusion of a pirate raid on a trading caravan, he kills their leader and captures their ship. The vessel is now his prize of war… but some prizes may be more trouble than they’re worth! Nestled among the gold coins in the captain’s cabin is a stolen Temple sacrificial knife, whose Goddess

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