Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kindle Scout Sale

In 2015, I won the crowd-sourcing competition at Kindle Scout with my novel Finding Charlie. Since then, it has sold over 10,000 copies. Unfortunately, the program is coming to a close, which is a real loss to the writing community. Publishing is always changing and it seems like here are fewer and fewer opportunities for unagented writers to get discovered. I guess it makes those of us who made it quite an elite group.

This week, Kindle Press is having a 99 cent sale for Scout books. Here are a few.

It isn't like Charlie to stay out all night without calling, but maybe Olivia doesn't know her little sister as well as she thought. 
When Charlie vanishes without warning, the people who love her are worried sick. Even if the law considers her an adult at nineteen, Charlie's still the baby of her already broken family. Older sister Olivia is determined to figure out what's happened. She finds a lost cell phone, an abandoned car and a shady boyfriend she's never met before. And he's not the only secret Charlie's been keeping.
This disappearance feels uncomfortably familiar, reminding Olivia and her father of another loss years before. But this will be different, Olivia swears. Charlie's coming back.

John Ballard is a PI with a condition. One in a million born with a sensitivity. He absorbs the memories of whatever or whoever he touches, whether he wants to or not.  He's an outcast - one that's useful to the cops - but it makes for an isolated life.
Called in to consult on a gruesome and inexplicably artistic murder, it's clear that only someone with his gift can hope to solve it... But absorbing the memories of the body is going to send John's life spiralling out of control.
He'll cross every line. He'll betray everyone who trusts him. Because he doesn't just want to find the killer - he needs to find her - as the only thing that's clear about the woman behind the crime is that she's a sensitive too. 
And the more he learns about this mysterious woman that shares his gift,the more he's convinced he's in love with her, and will do whatever it takes to keep the police off her scent...

Welcome to Bettendorf. At first glance, it seems like a typical Midwestern town, but take a closer look and you might be surprised.
High schooler Jack Davies sees the darkness coming; he lives with it. Cold voices call out from the closet door; dead hands reach up from under his bed. Although he doesn't know it, Jack wields a great power.
Now, a smooth-talking preacher has come to town promising freedom and redemption for all who follow his words. But like Jack, this preacher has a secret. Those who heed his call find themselves pawns in his plan to awaken an ancient evil, long ago imprisoned in the dank caves of Devils Glen Park.
With the help of a widowed police officer, a babysitter, and a mysterious spirit called Ava, Jack must find the truth about his hidden power in time to battle the dark forces that have descended upon his town. If he fails, our world will be cast into darkness forever.

After surviving life as a POW for 6 months in Afghanistan, the thirty-three-year-old Highlander forsook his medical and military career in favor of running his family’s internationally renowned art gallery in London, The Blue Dot. When he meets Laetitia Galen, a powerful and sizzling attraction ignites between them. 
Laetitia fled hell on earth when she was sixteen. Now she works as a well-paid housekeeper in a remote country manor in Warwickshire and sells her paintings in an obscure gallery. To preserve her new life and hard-earned peace, she resists Tavish and The Blue Dot's offer of an exclusive contract. 
Laetitia becomes Tavish’s obsession—Tavish is Laetitia’s unattainable dream. Meanwhile, a man with a burning grudge plots his long-awaited revenge. He could destroy them all over again.

Macey's first day in the college employee relations department ends with a knife at her throat. 
Macey is certain things can't get any worse. She's wrong. An angry employee vows to put her on an online hit list. When he turns up dead, she's a suspect--and on the hit list. 
To keep her secrets and her life, Macey partners with two unexpected allies who cause her pulse to race with steamy attraction--and exasperating annoyance. Vince, a handsome, driven lawman, digs up more than just clues to the brutal murder. Brett, a fun-loving pathologist with a deadly sense of humor, drives everyone crazy with his fart machine-will travel. Macey's supersized black cat Wikket, possessing courage, curiosity, and crankiness in equal portions, assists in his own grumpy, feline fashion, golden eyes open and claws extended.   

Psychological thriller
Everyone agreed Evelyn Marsh wouldn't hurt a fly, but they didn't count on a mother's ferocity, nor the fury of a woman scorned. Written in  the spirit of Patricia Highsmith (Strangers  on a Train; The Talented Mr. Ripley), Evelyn Marsh begins with the provocative statement that "Evelyn's first murder was an accident." The rest of the book exists to explain the implication embedded in that first line. A psychological character study, it's a why-done-it and how-done-it, instead of a who-done-it.

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