I’m letting authors tell us a bit about the many issues and/or reasons surrounding offering a free book and feature an upcoming/current project. To go along with the feature, I’ll post a review of one of the authors books I got for free that evening! Enjoy!
Join me in welcoming Marie Hall! I first became familiar with her work when I was invited to do a Release Day Blitz for her book Crimson Night. I was intrigued by the concept and expected a fun, light read. What I got was absolutely mind-blowing intensity. Crimson Night is one of my favorite books of the year (check out my 5 star review or my interview with the heroine, Pandora). It also solidified Marie as one of those authors that I will grab anything they’ve written. So I was thrilled when I saw that her book, A Moment was free on Amazon!
In fact, I love Marie’s work so much that I jump at any opportunity to help promote it, which is why today is pretty much Marie Hall Day on Fantasy is More Fun. Earlier this morning I posted the final puzzle piece for her cover reveal of Moon’s Flower. I’ve also read and reviewed A Moment (check out my 5 star review) to go along with today’s Free Book Friday, which will go live just after this post. And now I have a few words for you from Marie on why she gives away her stellar work for free. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
By Marie Hall
That’s the question that’s been posed to me and my answer is really very simply, why not? LOL. Let me explain. I understand the medium I work in is one that should demand value. I mean, it isn’t easy to sit down and write a book. In theory, sure, but the reality is that a full length novel takes (for me anyway) at least 12 weeks of dedicated “sit my butt on the chair and write or so help me God I’ll stab a fork through my eye” mindset. It is incredibly difficult to do actually. I mean, anyone can write, but not just anyone can write a book that others would actually want to read. And then when your masterpiece is all done, now it’s time to blow that mother up. Edits aren’t for the faint of heart. You have to be willing to slash and dash and chop it up into gooey, little, bloody ribbons. You can’t be upset that you don’t get to keep everything, you have to think about the bigger picture, what’s best for your story. Once that’s done, then it comes time to get cover art made. So either you do it yourself–or if you’re like me and can only make the equivalent of a kindergarten doodle–you hire a professional. After that, you format the sucker. All of which takes lots of ‘green stuff’.
(Ching. Ching. Ching. Bye bye, I’ll never see you again. *sniff sniff*)
So why, after you’ve worked for 3 months, paid Tom, Dick, and Harry a cut of money that you KNOW you’ll NEVER see back would you possibly put a book up for free? Because no matter how great that book is, if no one knows it exists, it won’t make money anyway.
Some writers are fortunate and never have to set a book to free because well… the stars have aligned, you’ve found the lucky shamrock, and discovered that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow… but the odds of that happening for most writers is about as good as being told you just discovered that crazy Uncle Harry was actually as rich as he said he was and you’re now an instant billionaire.
(“Oh Hi there Bill Gates, fancy meeting you in my part of the neighborhood!”)
The sheer volume of books out there means that most of us will not get discovered. I mean, have you heard of Paula Hiatt and her book Secrets of the Apple? I’m guessing not. Too bad, because it’s one of my personal favorite books. But that’s just the way it is, a few really great authors dominate the world and the rest of us little peons have to figure out a way to eek out our little share of the pie.
That’s why free is so effective. Because you don’t have to really promote it, most readers are eager to take a chance on something new when they know they have nothing to lose. If you hate it, you’re not out anything and you’re free to move on to the next shiny cover and see if whether you’ve just struck gold or accidentally chipped into the septic tank and now the wafting smell of rancid poo is all around.
Free has helped me, and countless others, to at least give us a chance to say “Hi there, my name is Marie and I have a couple books I’d love for you try out…” And that’s really all there is to it.
So why free?
Because it works!
Marie Hall is the bestselling author of the Kingdom Series and Moments Series. She’s also released some new stuff too! The Night Series and Chaos Time Series, and she’s sure she’s probably forgetting another series, but hey… it’s all good. Make sure to check out her website and sign up for her newsletter if you’re really into New Adult Romances, Fractured Fairy Tales with really hot villains as the leading man, or Demons that work at a carnival of the damned.
Ok y’all – Marie has so much going on, picking one project to highlight was really difficult. Be sure to go to her blog page and check out all the work she has going on. I’ve featured The Kingdom Series, which is one I particularly want to read, because I adore fairy tale retellings. But there’s so many more to check out.
The Kingdom Series:
Collected works 1-3 on Amazon
Collected works 4 & 5 on Amazon
Book 1 – Her Mad Hatter
Alice is all grown up. Running the Mad Hatter’s Cupcakery and Tea Shoppe is a delicious job, until fate–and a fairy godmother with a weakness for bad boys–throws her a curveball. Now, Alice is the newest resident of Wonderland, where the Mad Hatter fuels her fantasies and thrills her body with his dark touch.
The Mad Hatter may have a voice and a body made for sex, but he takes no lovers. Ever. But a determined fairy godmother has forced Alice into Wonderland–and his arms. Now, as desire and madness converge, the Hatter must decide if he will fight the fairy godmother’s mating–or fight for Alice.
Book 2 – Gerard’s Beauty
A not so classic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as seen through the eyes of the villain…
Betty Hart has had it with men. Jilted in love, her life now consists of shelving books by day, watching too much Anime by night, and occasionally dressing up like a superhero on the weekends with her fellow ‘Bleeding Heart’ nerds. Men are not welcome and very much unwanted. Especially the sexy Frenchman who saunters into her library reeking of alcohol and looking like he went one too many rounds in the ring.
Gerard Caron is in trouble. Again. Caught with his pants down (literally) he’s forced to seek asylum on Earth while his fairy godmother tries to keep Prince Charming from going all ‘Off with his head’. Maybe, messing around with the King’s daughter hadn’t been such a great idea after all, not that Gerard knew the silly redhead was a princess. But his fairy godmother knows the only way to save his life is to finally pair Gerard with his perfect mate, whether he’s willing or not.
From the moment Gerard lays eyes on the nerdy librarian he knows he must have her, but Betty is unlike any woman he’s ever known. He thought Betty would come as willingly to his bed as every other woman before her, but she is a woman who demands respect and even… horror of all horrors… love. Is it possible for a self-proclaimed Casanova to change his ways?
Book 3 – Red and Her Wolf
Long ago there lived a beautiful child. Her name was Violet. Fair of skin, with blonde hair and large blue eyes. Born of wild magic, she was a woman with a child’s heart. Innocent and lovely, but not at all what she seemed–you see Violet went by another name: The Heartsong.
She was the child of fairy magic, the physical manifestation of all fae kinds unbridled power. Cosseted and pampered, she grew up in isolation, never knowing who she really was, or why there were those who’d seek to harm her.
Ewan of the Blackfoot Clan is a wolf with a problem. He’s been sent to kill the Heartsong, but the moment he lays eyes on the blonde beauty he knows he’ll defy the evil fae he works for to claim Violet as his own.
This is the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, as it really happened.
Book 4 – Jinni’s Wish
A long, long time ago there lived a man. A Jinni, who had one wish. To know love. But the woman he thought he knew betrayed him and the love he thought they shared. Tortured for his crimes, he was cast out of Kingdom, stripped of all his powers, left to langour in pain and solitude, until eventually he becomes nothing but a ghost…
Paz Lopez is an artist with a dream. To buy a ridiculously large penthouse in the swankiest section of Chicago. But there’s just one hitch, she has no man to share her dream with. A fateful visit to a carnival and Madam Pandora’s tent sends Paz on a mission to find the love of her life before it’s too late. But the Madam forgot to tell Paz one very important detail… to meet him, Paz will have to die first.
Book 5 – Hook’s Plan
Trishelle Page has known pain in her life, but instead of it making her weak, she’s stronger. Confident. That is until the day a fairy kidnaps her during her starring role in Peter Pan’s play and tells her not only do fairy tales exist, but that she’s the soulmate of the pirate they call Hook, making her question everything she ever thought she knew. Captain James Hook is a man at the end of his rope. He’s not the villainous bastard tales have made him out to be. So when the feisty blonde drops literally at his feet, he aims to prove it to her. If only to get her into his bed. What neither one knows is that fate and magic are conspiring and they can deny the attraction all they want but their happily ever after is already written, it’s just a matter of getting there.
Novella 5.5 – Danika’s Surprise
Danika has a secret, a terrible, horrible one. One that when discovered, will forever alter the course of those she loves most… Find out the mystery of what happened to Alice and Hatter after Danika dropped Trishelle off at Hook’s feet.
Book 6 – The Huntsman’s Prey Coming Soon!!!