The NETHERWORLD ebook is up at Amazon

Andrew O'Connell stares at the Taj Mahal, rose-colored in the dawn's light
NETHERWORLD ebook is live!

It has been a bit of an odyssey, as the book was finished in March – but cover and formatting were only finalized late last night, and Amazon accepted it in about an hour – record time!

I’ve set up a Kindle Countdown Deal for NETHERWORLD on Oct 19-26, starting at $2.99 and going back to $9.99 by the end, and it is in Kindle Unlimited for those with the KU service. They require that the book’s price not be changed for 30 days before a Countdown – so we have to wait until it’s been published that long.

Meanwhile, it is already available for the hard-core reader. I also set up a Countdown for PURGATORY, to start Sep 21-28, if you haven’t read it.

Good for Christmas presents.

The print version had an unacceptable flaw: on ONE page, the text touched the gutter margin; it is being corrected. ONE page. Picky, picky, Amazon. I like that bots and algorithms can maintain quality – a human would be bored to tears examining every one of 540 pages for minute errors; a computer does it quickly and without errors caused by ennui.

As soon as I have that tiny correction, up goes the paperback; hardcovers for both books will be available as soon as I can make the appropriate cover for PURGATORY (I already have the one for NETHERWORLD).

What can I tell you about NETHERWORLD I haven’t already?

It starts only hours after PURGATORY ends, back on Night Talk in New York City with our late night talk show hostess Dana Lewiston. Will she get some juicy revelations out of Andrew O’Connell, last minute guest?

And what was he doing in Boston that morning?

And what’s with the pigeons?

Dana has a secret, too.

And there is a waltz, and a festive treat. Why?

The fun process of getting editorial and customer reviews has begun

I will be out for some medical stuff for about two weeks – not much will happen until all that is over – we ME/CFS types have such a small amount of energy that appointments and such wipe us out, and we dare not push because the crash could make us permanently worse.

So the part I enjoy, after the book is finished, will be paused (the main reason for this post).

I can’t wait to get to Book 3 of the Trilogy

Life keeps interfering, but

  1. I have a VERY rough draft (which I hope no one ever sees), and
  2. Writing has begun (I couldn’t help myself)
  3. I already have a good idea what I want for the cover!

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You are up-to-date for now – and I’m excited to finally have something to offer readers.

Don’t rush – unless you can’t wait. Oct. 19 will have a Kindle Countdown Deal at a very good price for my doorstopper volume.

Don’t say I never tell you anything!

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PURGATORY awarded Best Contemporary novel 2021

Indies Today have just released their awards for the year 2021 books, and Pride’s Children PURGATORY has been named the Best Contemporary Book. (see new shiny badge!)

My thanks to the judges for their consideration, and I hope many more readers will take the trip with Kary, Andrew, and Bianca through the intersection between Hollywood and the world of writing, especially now that publication is getting very close for the second book in the trilogy, NETHERWORLD.

Again, a big thank you to Jennifer Jackson for her wonderful review. (click on badge!)

Pride’s Children has a heroine with ME/CFS

Snail on yellow flower. Text: May royalties for ME/CFS. Diversity in fiction must include disabled and chronically-ill characters. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

AS A MAIN CHARACTER, NOT SIDEKICK


And I’m donating ALL my royalties from sales, and page reads on KU (Kindle Unlimited), for the month of May 2018 to #MEAction‘s fundraiser.


And for heaven’s sake, not one who commits suicide or dies of cancer, thus tidying herself out of the way of normal characters!

But one who lives, breathes, and functions as well as possible – given one of the burdens of being a human: not having everything functioning in tip-top shape OR being reachable by diet and exercise.

Why fiction?

Because fiction creates EMPATHY. Fiction is the only way, short of having the disease, that you can experience what it is really like, how every decision in your life is affected, and how your hopes and aspirations and goals come crashing down when you become disabled.

Why now?

Because May is ME Awareness Month, and many activities are being planned, including the #MillionsMissing demonstrations where we are represented by our shoes – because they can leave home and we can’t in many cases.

It is hard to advocate for yourself and a disease you battle daily – when you have so little energy you don’t manage to brush your teeth some days.

#MEAction is raising funds to fight for people with ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), a major devastating and debilitating disease which has been ridiculed and ignored by the medical profession for more than the past three decades, and is getting attention now because people with ME/CFS and their allies are demanding it.


If you read Pride’s Children: PURGATORY, and can’t wait for NETHERWORLD, check out the Patreon and become a patron – it’s the only way to get more before this very slow writer with ME/CFS publishes Book 2. And eventually Book 3.

And yes, I’m writing as fast as I can.

 

One way to read Pride’s Children for free: KOLL

LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY: Kindle Owner’s Lending Library

And a PRIME membership.

Just figured this out (we’ve had a Prime membership for years):

Go to the product page (link above). IF you have a Prime membership AND own an actual Kindle device, you may borrow a Kindle edition book for FREE every month – and Pride’s Children qualifies. Just select borrow for free next to the Prime symbol to the right of the book cover. Duh, Alicia!

Rankings for books and authors INCLUDE borrows, so if you like, you can read the final, cleaned up published version of Pride’s Children: PURGATORY (Book 1) at no cost to you! And I get credit.

I’m sure everybody else but me knows this, and I probably did at one point (when I was just a reader), but it NEVER OCCURRED TO ME that MY book would qualify.

Did you know this about Prime? Do you use it? You can borrow, yup, do the math, twelve books a year. IF they are available in KOLL and you own a Kindle device. And the publisher has made the book available.

My excuse: brain fog. Ay, ay, ay – what a head! ¡Qué cabeza!

Cross posted at liebjabberings.wordpress.com