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News, commentary, and fiction by Barb Hendee, co-author of the Noble Dead saga (www.NobleDead.org); author of the Mist-Torn Witches series, the Vampire Memories series, and more.

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The following review was recently published for the pending release (January 2017) of The Dead Seekers by Barb and J.C. Hendee, authors of The Noble Dead Saga/Series:

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NOBLE DEAD RAFFLE: And the Winners Are...

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Ceara K., Emmit S., and Nathan M. are our three winners of a trade paperback edition of The Dead Seekers ARC. Even now, their prizes are being packaged for delivery and will be shipped by this Wednesday at the latest.

And of course, this will not be the last raffle out of NobleDead.org; nor will it be the only one for The Dead Seekers. But all of this will have to wait until after the release this coming January. Until then, we will have more news to share of other things for you along the way.

FINAL NOTE: All submissions for this raffle have now been deleted.

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NOBLE DEAD RAFFLE: CLOSED!

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The current raffle for a trade paperback copy of THE DEAD SEEKERS, ARC [Advanced Review Copy] is now closed. All entries were assigned a number according to entry received. Three winners have been chosen in using Random.org and notified by email to confirm shipping information within 72 hours. Should a winner fail to confirm in the allotted time, that entry will be discarded and a new winner chosen from those that remain.

If all goes well, we should be able to announce the winners by Monday afternoon. And no, this will not be the last raffle out of NobleDead.org.

If you wish to have the earliest possible notice of new raffles and other events, follow our news directly rather than through our social and other satellite pages. More news is coming soon!

—Barb & J.C.

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NOBLE DEAD RAFFLE: FINAL NOTICE

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A last reminder that the current raffle for a trade paperback copy of THE DEAD SEEKERS, ARC [Advanced Review Copy] will end as of Midnight PST. Any entry submitted after that time will be discarded without response. The prize is the first volume in a new High/Dark Fantasy series by Barb & J.C. Hendee, authors of the 14 volume Noble Dead Saga [Series], to be released in early January 2017. Time is running out, so get your entry in now, if you have not done so already...

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NOBLE DEAD RAFFLE: The Dead Seekers ARC

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Just a quick reminder that the current raffle for a trade paperback copy of THE DEAD SEEKERS, ARC [Advanced Review Copy] is still ongoing. This is the first volume in a new High/Dark Fantasy series by Barb & J.C. Hendee, authors of the 14 volume Noble Dead Saga [Series], to be released in early January 2017. You still have time to enter if you have not done so already...

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NOBLE DEAD RAFFLE: The Dead Seekers ARC

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Just a quick reminder that the current raffle for a trade paperback copy of THE DEAD SEEKERS, ARC [Advanced Review Copy] is still ongoing. This is the first volume in a new High/Dark Fantasy series by Barb & J.C. Hendee, authors of the 14 volume Noble Dead Saga [Series], to be released in early January 2017. You still have time to enter if you have not done so already...

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Alone with a Thief E-Book on Sale!

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Fun news. I'm running a Kindle Countdown deal this week in combination with a BookSends ad. For this week, the e-book for Alone with a Thief is only .99 cents!

Amazon: Alone with a Thief

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NOBLE DEAD RAFFLE (@ NOBLEDEAD.ORG)

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THE DEAD SEEKERS, first in a new High/Dark Fantasy series by Barb & J.C. Hendee will be in early January 2017. You'll have to read the book to find out all that the title really means. Care to be one of the first before its even on the shelves?

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On Sale! The Mist-Torn Witches E-Book Edition!

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The Mist-Torn Witches e-Book at $1.99!

Exciting news! As part of a series promotion, our publisher has dropped the price of the e-book for The Mist-Torn Witches (Book One in the series) down to $1.99 though October 30th. The sale is active on all venues selling the e-book.

Today, the BookBub ad also comes out! We'll see what happens (smiles).

If you haven't read this one, it's a fun series. Take advantage of the sale!

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B&N Sales Link

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Paperback Edition is Available!

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The paperback edition for Alone with a Thief has gone live!

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Researching for the "Real World" vs Fantasy

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In switching from fantasy to romance, there have been a few elements that surprised me a little.

One is the type of research I've been doing.

Even when researching for a fantasy novel, I tend to lean on information from our own world. When writing The Mist-Torn Witches series, I could have made up my own names for all the herbs and the manner in which salves and medicines were created/mixed. But I felt it would ring more true, even in fantasy, to lean our own medieval history. Many historians agree that medieval monks knew a good deal more about healing than physicians of the era. This book, Brother Cadfael's Herb Garden, proved indispensible. It's well laid out, and it covers herbs from A-Z.

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Book Birthday!

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The e-book for Alone with a Thief, the next novel in the "Alone" series has gone live at Amazon!

J.C. created a beautiful cover, and the story is an emotional page-turner.

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Cover Copy:

Grace McMillan is alone, living in an isolated farmhouse at the base of the Cascade Mountains. Lost in grief, she tries to recover from the death of her father.

Sean Watson is running after suddenly finding himself an accessory to robbery and murder. Driving north in blind panic, on impulse, he heads towards the mountains. In a forested area, he abandons his car and travels on foot, until he comes across a seemingly abandoned farmhouse, a place to hide.

In the night, Grace is awakened by a sound.

She finds herself facing a desperate man surprised at the sight of her, and he instantly takes control. Days and nights pass with two strangers trapped together. As she comes to learn his situation is more complicated than it seems, he finds that hers is more tragic than his. Can they risk trusting each other?

Grace’s instincts are torn between fear and need as she finds herself alone with a thief.

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Major Publishers Catching On?

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Any writer who has tried publishing as a "hybrid" (meaning doing both traditional publishing and self-publishing) quickly begins to understand that these are two very different worlds.

Almost everything works differently--even the mindset with a new release.

In traditional publishing, when a new book comes out, it is an "event." If there is any marketing or publicity done by the publisher, it is all done before the book is published. Pre-order numbers are watched carefully, and a book's success or failure is decided in the first week of publication. Of course . . . most are considered failures and thus abandoned.

With a self-published novel, the writer puts the first book of a series up, does a little marketing, and gets started immediately on the second book . . . and then the third. We don't expect to be making much money or to gauge how the series is doing until book four--or even five--goes up. That's also when serious marketing begins. That's when a writer tries for an ad at BookBub. With BookBub, the writer has to apply and show that the series has some potential, and a BookBub ad is expensive, but if you manage to arrange for one, you can really get your series "seen" by thousands of readers. A self-published writer is looking to "grow" a series readership, and this is not a sprint, it's a marathon.

Traditional publishers have begun taking advantage of BookBub, but again . . . mainly with the first book of a new series that is being "launched." Again, the success or failure of the book is decided in the first week of publication. After that, if it's not a huge success coming out of the gate, the book is considered "done."

This is apparently changing somewhat, and I am both surprised and very happy.

I received a message from my publisher, Ace/Roc (Penguin Random House) letting me know that they are going to drop the price of the e-book edition of The Mist-Torn Witches (book one) to $1.99 from October 16th - 30th and pay for a BookBub ad on the 21st. They are beginning to realize there might be potential in an existing series. I am astonished, but I'm happy.

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Marketing a Self-Published Novel

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I've meant to chat more about my foray into becoming a hybrid writer--meaning working as both a traditionally published and self-published author.

But life hit us in the face a bit over the summer, and I haven't blogged as much as anticipated.

For those of you considering self-publishing, the main school of thought for success is to follow these steps:

1) Choose a genre like romance, urban fantasy, SF suspense, etc, and create a very entertaining/commercial series.
2) Have professional-looking covers (with continuity in the series) that look like a typical best-selling novels in that same genre.
3) Hire a professional copy-editor/proofreader
4) Put out a new book in the series (even if they are only 50,000 words in length) at least every three months. This last one is critical.

One of my writer friends recently said, "#4 is where the rubber hits the road."

This is true--and it's tough. But you cannot expect success with one or two books in a series. You need to keep writing. I'm about halfway through the first draft for book two, Alone with a Thief, and we should have it up by November 1st.  J.C. is working on cover art now. 

However . . . I'm also trying to promote book one in the series. I do think we need to promote from "Day One"--to a point.

In addition to promoting in the usual places like Facebook and Twitter, I also ran a BookSends ad. If you want to try this, here a link to their page:


BookSends

The ad cost me $60 for a romance novel (other genres are less expensive). Since I've published the book with Kindle Unlimited, I can use what's called the "Kindle Countdown" option and drop the price of the book below $2.99 for one week at a time and still keep 70% of the profits.

So, I dropped the price of the e-book to .99 cents for a week, and at the beginning of this week, BookSends ran the add. I sold about 400 copies of the book that week, so I more than paid for my ad, and hopefully gained new readers.

I also signed up an author on BookBub. Here's the page to do that:

BookBub Partner

Running an actual "ad" with BookBub is more complicated (and expensive), but you can sign up for free and get "followers" and BookBub will announce a new release for free, that will be shown to your followers.

This is a new world for me, but I think it's good to share ideas for what works and what doesn't.

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On Sale Now!

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I'm running a promotion this week, so the e-book for Alone with a Soldier is on sale for .99 cents!

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Cover Blurb:

 A snowstorm is coming . . .

Anna Taylor hides from the world as much as she can. She works in a college library, then hurries home to the safety of an inherited vintage apartment in Denver, a haven from which to escape her past.

One night, when a brutal snowstorm strikes, she brings in a homeless Army veteran and his dog. The alternative was to let them freeze.

But now, she is home alone with a stranger, trapped by weather. Soon, she discovers he has secrets of his own, and cautiously, she begins helping him. Though they create a connection, she can’t allow herself to get too close, lest he discover that her secrets are far worse than his. As his feelings for her grow stronger, to her surprise, she fears losing him. Can she maintain the growing connection and still keep him in the dark?

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Thoughts on Life and Self-Publishing

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Hi Everyone.

By this point, I meant to do a good deal more "marketing" for this book, but life sort of smacked J.C. and me in the face over the past month.

His father passed away after a short illness, and this came as a shock as his dad had always been such a healthy person. Then we had a family emergency of our own.

Right now, I'm in finals week for the college where I teach, but things are calming slightly in our personal lives. Onward.

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From Barb

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Hi Everyone,

I'm just "chatting" today. I've received a number of emails and a few Facebook messages from people who are surprised that I've published a contemporary romance/suspense novel, and I've been asked, "Are you going to stop writing fantasy?"


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Amazon Up

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Hi Folks.

Okay, the Amazon link is "up and live." I'm learning "on the fly," but this has been a lot of fun so far.

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Anna Taylor hides from the world as much as she can. She works in a college library, then hurries home to the safety of an inherited vintage apartment in Denver, a haven from which to escape her past.

One night, when a brutal snowstorm strikes, she brings in a homeless Army veteran and his dog. The alternative was to let them freeze.

 But now, she is home alone with a stranger, trapped by weather. Soon, she discovers he has secrets of his own, and cautiously, she begins helping him. Though they create a connection, she can’t allow herself to get too close, lest he discover that her secrets are far worse than his. As his feelings for her grow stronger, to her surprise, she fears losing him. Can she maintain the growing connection and still keep him in the dark?

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And now... For Some Romance Suspense

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Okay, the past few months have been crazy busy here... but in the best possible way.

I'm launching a new romance/suspense series starting with Alone with a Soldier. Book two, Alone with a Thief will be published by November 1st. Book three will follow soon after.

These are emotional novels in which two somewhat damaged people are thrown together and are startled to find themselves attempting to heal the other. But... with my usual flair toward suspense and a hint of danger.

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