I'd like to interrupt your Christmas shopping and present wrapping and eggnog drinking and ice-skating parties and tree-decorating to let you know that The Reckoning ebook is available on Kindle for $1.99.
It is part of this month's Kindle Big Deal, which means from today until the 29th, it's on sale. In case you're wondering why just Kindle, why not Nook and Kobo and the print version while we're at it, the decision as to which books get included in the promotion is made by Amazon. They set the price, too. (By the way, you don't have to own a Kindle device: you can download the Kindle app to your tablet or smart phone, even your desktop computer or your laptop.)
I know you've been really good this holiday season. You've been pulled in a million directions trying to make everyone else--your spouse, your kids, your relatives, your boss, your coworkers--happy. Why not make yourself happy too and go get The Reckoning now for this sweet price? I can guarantee that it will never be lower.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
|Trade paperback vs. mass market|
THE RECKONING is out in mass market paperback today! And we're celebrating by giving away five copies. You can enter below. Please note that it's only open to the US. (You can still enter if you have a US mailing address.) Ends at midnight ET on April 2nd. Please tell your friends!
For an author, getting the book out in this size and format opens up possibilities to reach new readers, as the book is suddenly available in a bunch of different outlets. Drug stores and grocery stores, additional airport bookstores, anywhere pocket paperbacks are sold. So, if you have friends who rarely stop by a bookstore, you can let them know to keep their eyes open for the book as they're out shopping. (Hint: it makes a great stocking stuffer or, er, addition to an Easter basket.)
As always I'd love to receive a photo of the book if you see it in the wild! You can send it to me at alma @ almakatsu.com and I'll post it on the Facebook page.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The trade paperback edition of THE RECKONING is being published on January 22 and to celebrate we’re going to be giving away signed copies of both The Reckoning AND The Taker, the first book in the series!
Here’s how it works: I’ll give away a set of both paperbacks to one person a week for the next three weeks (2 US sets, 1 UK set). To be eligible, leave a comment below. Winners will be chosen at random from that week’s comments, so come back and enter every week. The first two weeks will be open to US only (you must provide a US mailing address to receive the prize) but week three will be open internationally!
Not familiar with the books and want to know what the story is about? Keep reading:
“The Taker opens on the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, where Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her . . . despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort. And as she begins to tell her story, a story of enduring love and consummate betrayal that transcends time and mortality, Luke finds himself utterly captivated.
“Her impassioned account begins at the turn of the nineteenth century in the same small town of St. Andrew, Maine, back when it was a settlement in the wilderness. Consumed as a child by her love for Jonathan, son of the town’s founder, Lanny will do anything to be with him forever. But when Jonathan fails her in her time of need and she’s exiled from town, Lanny is taken in by a man with mysterious, otherworldly powers named Adair. He uses his powers to give her eternal life, but Lanore learns too late that there is a price for this gift: to spend eternity with him. And though he is handsome and charming, behind Adair’s seductive facade is the stuff of nightmares. He is a monster in the flesh, and he wants Lanore to love him for all of time. And all she wants is Jonathan. She steals Adair’s magic to bind Jonathan to her so they can spend eternity together, learning too late that she’s doomed them both to a terrible fate for all eternity. It’s up to Lanny to figure out how to stop Adair and save them both—though she seems condemned to pay for her betrayal of Jonathan for the rest of her life.
“In the second book in the trilogy, The Reckoning, Lanny believes she’s finally free of both Adair and her hopeless love for Jonathan. She’s trying to atone for her sins by giving away the treasures she’s collected over her many lifetimes in order, purging her past and clearing the way for a future with her new lover, Luke Findley. But, while viewing these items at an exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Lanore suddenly is aware that the thing she’s been dreading for two hundred years has caught up to her: Adair has escaped from his prison. He’s free— and he will come looking for her. And she has no idea how she will save herself a second time from a man who is truly unstoppable.”
That’s the official copy. If you were to ask me what genre these books are, I still couldn’t answer you, even after two years of the books being on the market. Is it a romance, horror, historical, paranormal, fantasy? Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes, and no, no, no, no and no. It’s a little of all that and more besides. It’s a story about the terrible power of love, and about the struggle between good and evil that goes on inside each person.
Here’s what readers have told me they like about the books (I’m paraphrasing): The story is not what you think it is. It’s like nothing you’ve ever read. It’s dark, surprising, and twisty. It’ll keep you turning the pages, it will stay with you for days after you’ve finished reading it. If you want to read something different that will shake you up and stay with you, you should read this book.
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
The lobby at Simon & Schuster
We’re in full swing promoting The Reckoning, which came out nine days ago—is that all? It feels like an eternity already—and so I thought I’d do another link round-up below. And to share the good news that we had a tremendous first week, not only for the new book but for The Taker as well. Both books soared in the Amazon charts the day of The Reckoning’s release, and preliminary numbers for other outlets are coming in and they’re quite good. So kudos to all of you for your support and for getting the word out!
Speaking of which, we’ve had some great reviews in the fantasy and horror communities. Barnes & Noble’s Unabashedly Bookish blog called it a great blend of historical, romance and horror, and Horror World said it was one of the better reads in the genre in a long while.
An excerpt from The Reckoning is up at Luxury Reading. More coming; stay tuned.
Interviews and guest posts up at RT Bookreview Magazine, Books and Things, Bookreporter, Bookhounds and Layers of Thought.
And reviews at Jenn’s Bookshelves, Falcata Times, Tethered Mommy, Bless Their Hearts Mom, Broken Teepee, Hippies Beauty & Books Oh My, Browsing Bookshelves, Miss Remmers, Romantic Historical Lovers, Luanne Bookworm, Drey's Library, WTF Are You Reading, Rea's Book Reviews, Kitty's Crochet, Coffee-Addicted Writer, Hooked on Books and Paperback Dolls.
With Delilah Dawson (author of Wicked As They Come) at Foxtale Bookshoppe
With Janice Gable Bashman and Don Lafferty in Philly
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
THE RECKONING publishes today, June 19. I hope you’re already planning to pick up or download a copy. There’s going to be a lot going on over the next few days and I’ll post links to try to keep up to date with all the activity:
THE RECKONING has already been sighted on bookshelves, particularly in Barnes & Nobles. It will be on the new fiction tables at the front of stores starting June 29. Speaking of Barnes & Noble, Paul Goat Allen, who runs the science fiction and fantasy forum, gave us this wonderful review. We are very, very proud of it.
Live events: I’m not going to do a lot of touring specifically for the book release as I have a pretty full schedule of book festivals and writers conventions already. If you’re in the DC, Atlanta or Philadelphia areas, I’d love to see you at one of these upcoming events:
If you live in the MD/DC/VA area, please come to the reading & signing at One More Page Books in Arlington on June 21 at 7 PM. If you’ve been to One More Page, you already know that events here are very special. Join us for the party, please. The store is at 2200 N. Westmoreland St, Arlington VA.
I’ll be at Fox Tale Bookshoppe in Woodstock GA on Friday, June 22 at 6 PM, and the Barnes & Noble in Willow Grove PA on Sunday, June 24 at 3 PM. If you live in the area, please join me. More details on the events can be found here.
If you can’t make a signing but would like a signed bookplate for your copy of The Reckoning, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our NOOK tablet contest runs until the end of the month. You can enter simply by joining the mailing list. For additional entries, see contest rules here.
This morning, I’m at Jungle Red Writers, a blog of great women mystery & suspense writers, talking about why I’m not writing spy novels.