Book Bargains

Get Ready for a Booky-licious July

Hello Book Nerds!

I don’t quite know how it became July already, but I do know that another turn of the calendar page means it’s time for a new batch of book bargains!

These three ebook bundles are a great way to discover new releases, new authors, and in one case, new laughs.

The first bundle does require you to share your email with the author, but you can unsubscribe at anytime. The other bundles feature books available (or soon to be available) for sale on all the usual retailers.

Okay, let’s get you stocked up on some summer reading (just click the images to start your book browsing)….

Sale #1 Don’t be afraid of the dark…humor, that is.

A small collection of tales for those of you with wicked senses of humor!

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Sale #2 Invites you to try something new.

From thrillers to romance, ebooks to audiobooks, over 100 books are making their debut this month. Check out what’s new and exciting for July! 

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Sale #3 Wants to keep you boxed in…and that’s a good thing

Don’t stop reading after Book One of a series. Keep binging through with some terrific deals on boxsets of mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, romance, and more.

Did you discover anything new in these promos? I’m curious to know what you picked up, so don’t be shy about sharing your finds in a comment below!

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About these promos (and a little request)…

These promos are organized by indie authors via Book Funnel (except the 99c sci-fi one) to help spread the word about each other’s books. It’s basically free advertising and is VERY effective.

To be a part of any of these promos I need to have a “good reputation”…in other words I need to share the links to the promos with as many people as possible.

If I don’t share, I risk being removed from the promo AND being excluded from other promos…and believe me, with my limited advertising budget, that would be BAD.

I get “points” each time you click on the links above. Those points don’t affect you in any way or cost you anything, but they do boost my reputation.

So, what I’m saying is, Please click on the links above and peruse the promos just for a few seconds. It’s a HUGE help that will allow me to keep advertising my books in a budget-friendly manner.

Thanks!!

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Five Book Sales That Will A”MAY”ze You

Sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun.

It’s a new month and that means it’s time for all new book promotions!! And boy, do I have plenty for you to choose from, including new releases to big ol’ box sets, and deep discounts to fully-fledged freebies.

Also, as part of my “owl”-ter ego’s (sheesh, I’m full of puns today) pre-launch push for her latest novel, The Return of Odysseus, you’ll find at least one of her books in each of the promos below….Even better? Several of those books are free!

Have fun with your book hunting!!

Sale #1: Hang Out with the Gods & Goddesses 

If you’re tired of your family and/or roommates, why not spend some time with the gods from mythologies around the world? This sale ends in next week, so don’t dilly dally.

Sale #2 features all things new!

Unlike some other specials that feature older books, each of the choices in this promo is brand new this month!! Some may require pre-ordering, but that means you’ll be the first to have it in hand on release day.

Sale #3: Don’t Stop Reading!

If you get hooked on the first book in a series, there’s no need to waste time hunting down the next book with this terrific promotion that will have you binging on entire series in no time!

Sale #4 Is Absolutely Fabulous Marvelous

This promo is full of bargains and freebies that will tickle your fantasy- and sci-fi-loving soul, and help you escape into some wonderful new worlds (since this one is a bit lame lately).

And Last But Not Least…

If you’re subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, author Dean Wilson has hand selected several science-fiction and fantasy tales he’s sure will delight you through the month of May (including my story Space Walk).

Did you discover anything new in these promos? I’m curious to know what you picked up, so don’t be shy about sharing your finds in a comment below!

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About these promos (and a little request)…

These promos are organized by indie authors via Book Funnel (except the 99c sci-fi one) to help spread the word about each other’s books. It’s basically free advertising and is VERY effective.

To be a part of any of these promos I need to have a “good reputation”…in other words I need to share the links to the promos with as many people as possible.

If I don’t share, I risk being removed from the promo AND being excluded from other promos…and believe me, with my limited advertising budget, that would be BAD.

I get “points” each time you click on the links above. Those points don’t affect you in any way or cost you anything, but they do boost my reputation.

So, what I’m saying is, Please click on the links above and peruse the promos just for a few seconds. It’s a HUGE help that will allow me to keep advertising my books in a budget-friendly manner.

Thanks!!

Book Bargains

Five, Wait, ELEVEN Ways to Get Book Bargains and Freebies

Hey Book Nerds,

The following is a re-blog from my writing blog over at TammiePainter.com. I figured since the true book nerd can never have enough books, this would be right up your alley.

Enjoy. And happy book hunting.

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Pandemic or not, humans are always looking for ways to distract themselves while also saving money.

Books are a great way to escape, but sometimes they can be a strain on a tight budget.

Which is why I thought now would be the perfect time to tell you how to find free and bargain-priced books delivered to your inbox every single day. Or, rather, newsletters full of hand-picked books for you to choose from.

But Before We Begin…

As a library junkie, my first recommendation for getting free books would be your local library. Even though most libraries are closed right now, their ebook systems are still wide open.

Unfortunately, the increased use may mean reduced availability and you’ll have to put the book you want on hold. So, while you’re waiting for that hold to come in, why not try out one of the bargain book newsletters listed below.

A Little About These Bargain Book Newsletters

Of course, BookBub is the big daddy of them all and I’ve covered all their benefits in a previous post, but since BookBub does have strict limits on how many books they accept, your choices each day may be slim. Also, since Bookbub is taking more and more books from traditional publishers, the freebie selections aren’t as plentiful as they used to be.

Luckily, there’s loads of similar newsletter services that offer a much broader range of books. Even better, the majority of these books are from indie authors. Not only does this mean you can support an independent creative hero (and yes, even getting a free book is a form of support, see below), but it also means you may meet a new writer you haven’t heard of before.

And don’t worry, just because you haven’t heard of the author, just because the books are self-published, doesn’t mean these tomes are of low quality in any way. Each of the newsletters listed below has a stringent list of requirements books must meet, including stellar reviews, and most have an actual human checking over the books before the book is accepted into the newsletter.

And, best of all, every newsletter is free to join, most will feature at least one free book every day, and many are brimming with freebies. Any book that isn’t free, will be heavily discounted…I’ve often snagged $10 box sets for only 99c.

Does this type of bargain hunting hurt authors?

No!

Okay, yes, some people will download any and every free book they can get with no intention, no matter how much they enjoyed a book, of paying for something from that author. That’s fine. We all have budget constraints.

However, many readers will take advantage of these freebies and bargains as a way to try out a new author without risking too much hard-earned money. If the book captures them, these readers will stick with the author and buy more of his or her books. It’s no different than a brand name product offering a free sample in the hopes you will continue buying their product.

Finally, any download, whether it’s free or not, gives a book a little boost in the retailer’s ranking system. Enough downloads can rocket a book to the top twenty which means it will be front and center to other shoppers. Visibility like that is a boon to authors because it gives a form of social proof that that book is worth buying.

And, if the stars line up correctly, the book may soar to Number One, which is what happened for me with my book The Trials of Hercules. That book is permafree, but my sales for the other books in the series in the weeks after were AMAZING.

Note: If you do get a book you enjoy for free, the best way to pay the author back is to leave the book a review!!

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Yeah, Yeah, Show Me the Newsletters!!

Okay, enough explanation, here’s a few of the newsletters I’ve worked with and many of which I subscribe to myself. Give one of them a try, or all of them. If one turns out not to be a good fit for you, you can unsubscribe at any time.

Book Raid – This one has a terrific array of books from many retirees. Plus, their mascot is pretty cute.

Free Kindle Books Today – As far as names-that-explain go, you can’t do better than this. The books are free and they’re for your Kindle (Amazon). They do have a few 99c books now and then, as well as new releases.

Freebooksy – Yep, free books, but they don’t limit themselves to Amazon, if you prefer to support other retailers.

Bargain Booksy – The sister newsletter to Freebooksy. Same idea, but the books range from 99c to $2.99.

E-Reader News Today – This newsletter sends out a mix of freebies and bargains for all retailers.

A Few Genre Specific Newsletters (all run by the same company)

  • Book Barbarian – Freebie and bargain sci-fi and fantasy tomes available at many retailers (although most tend to only be available at Amazon).
  • Book Adrenaline – Same as Book Barbarian, but for thrillers and mysteries.
  • Red Rose Romance – And the same again, but for romance titles.

And A Couple Bits of Freebie Self-Promotion

Of course, you can also subscribe to my own newsletter. ((Note: this is my author newsletter, if you’re interested in The Book Owl newsletter, you’ll find that sign-up HERE.)) You’ll not only get a free short story, but I also participate in at least a couple author-sponsored promos each month and I share these promos every other week with my readers.

The books in the promos may not be vetted by the powers that be, but each promo has a HUGE variety of freebies and bargains for you to try out.

And last but not least, the first books of both of my historical fantasy series are always free on all the retailers. If you’re interested, just click the covers below, select your favorite retailer, and grab your copies!

 

What about you? Do you have other book newsletters to suggest? Do you like free books to test out a new author? 

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