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     It’s finally available:

     Paul Larsen’s B&B in Ogunquit, Maine is running him off his feet. Desperate for someone to share the load, he hires pretty, appealing Carol Holm as his assistant manager. Carol is desperate to be gone from Onteora County, New York, where she’s made some highly placed enemies. As time passes she becomes Paul’s lover, and later his wife.

     But things are changing in Ogunquit, and not for the better. Some of Maine’s denizens are becoming more dangerous than the bears, the moose, and the enemies from whom Carol fled. The most threatening of them wear badges. Though it alarms Carol, Paul elects to face them down. The consequences are life-altering for them both.

     DOORS is $2.99 as a Kindle eBook. A $9.99 paperback will become available late this week. Enjoy!

     UPDATE: The paperback is now available.


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    • SteveF on October 22, 2023 at 4:34 PM

    Good to see. Will it be available on Smashwords or other non-Amazon?
    I don’t hate Amazon but I’m cautious of it becoming a de facto monopoly. I buy from alternatives when possible.

    1. For a little while at least, it will be on Amazon only. I need to try the “KDP Select mechanism, see if it can get me any greater degree of visibility.

        • SteveF on October 23, 2023 at 2:44 PM

        Okey-doke. I’ll get it from Amazon shortly.
        (“Shortly” meaning “once I can log in to my account”. They keep turning on two-factor authentication, which poses a recurring problem for me because I don’t regularly carry a cell phone. I own one. Somewhere. Almost certainly within eight feet of where I’m sitting.)

        1. (chuckle) I sympathize. Mine is usually in the glove box of my car.

          1. “HONEY! CALL MY PHONE!”

            (wife calls my phone)

            (I wander around the house trying to hear the ring tone so I can find my phone)

    • bowman on October 24, 2023 at 12:35 PM

    I have a question about Amazon. I have prime reading which is essentially a digital lending library. Does an author receive the same amount as for a sale? Quite a few of the indie authors I follow are covered by prime. Typically the prices are under $5 so if a purchase provides more support for the author I can go that way.

    1. Whoa. Thanks for asking, because I don’t know! And I’ll have to make a point of finding out.

    • SteveF on October 24, 2023 at 1:28 PM

    In almost all cases, an author receives less money from Kindle Unlimited “rentals” than from normal sales. The tradeoff is that more people will read if it’s on KU. I’ve heard a number of podcast interviews with self-pub authors who experimented with Amazon-only and KU publication versus broader distribution. Unhelpfully, reported results were mixed.

    • bowman on October 24, 2023 at 2:48 PM

    That’s similar to the traditional library problem — one book sale, countless readers. I didn’t know if KU did it more gracefully. Our library has a lot of digital offerings. There was push back from the publishing industry when that trend started. They handle it like print books, only one instance checked out at a time. It’s delivered to my Kindle via Amazon and ‘returned’ like a KU rental. 
    Does an author opt in to KU? I recently purchased Clayton Barnett’s latest and there wasn’t a KU option. I haven’t figured out a pattern. otoh all of Mackey Chandler’s prolific output is KU.

    • gl on October 25, 2023 at 12:09 PM

    I’ll read this on KU simply because at my age heavy books, small print is too hard to handle. I don’t buy many books and KU purchase is stopped at $10. simply because I read over 300 books per year and that just doesn’t fit into my budget.
    But if I may make 2 suggestions – Please number books in a running series. I speak for lots of readers in this. I read one of you books and realized I was reading something that appeared as a series. My first Onteora  and had no idea what I should have read first. And second the books on the right hand side need to be much smaller. When I first started reading I assumed that was all you had written (and I understand fully what assumed means) doesn’t mean I don’t do it occasionally.
    But I’ve loved what I’ve read so far so am looking forward to this book.

    1. GL, it seems we’re the same sort of reader. Doors is set in a period just after The Discovery Phase, which is itself set just after Antiquities. However, with the exception of a technological “back-reference” to The Discovery Phase, the tale largely stands alone. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

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