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Giveaway

Pre-Orders Now Available on Kindle as Well as Other E-Book Retailer Sites

Why You Will Want to Pre-order This Book Now

Yankee Reconstructed won’t be available until January 3, 2016. Why would you want to order it now? Well, first, there’s the simple matter of forgetfulness (and that’s something that happens to everybody, not just us seniors.) Between today and January comes that whole holiday season, with all of its distractions. And when January arrives, you’re going to be exhausted, even if not hung-over. Will you remember to order my book on January 3rd? Probably not. But if you have pre-ordered it, it will arrive, just in time to fill that empty void that follows the holiday season.

Here a few other advantages to pre-ordering:

1.  Most pre-orders carry a reduced price tag. My “Yankee Reconstructed” is available for pre-ordering at $3.99 on all major e-book retailer sites: Apple iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Kindle..  On January 3rd, the price will be $5.99, so you’ll save $2.00 by ordering now.  What’s even better, you don’t have to pay a thing until the book ships. So order it in October, and by the time your bill arrives in January, you won’t even notice that you’re paying for it.

2.  Forward to me a copy of the confirmation e-mail you receive when you place a pre-order (on any site) and I’ll enter your name into a “Happy New Year” drawing. One lucky winner will receive an autographed trade paper version of the novel, complete with matching bookmark.

3. Let’s suppose you have a history-loving friend who enjoys historical novels, and you want to give her a book for Christmas. She might really enjoy my novel set in the period of Reconstruction, but it won’t be out in time for Christmas.  With a pre-order, you can ask me to send her a Christmas card that will announce the “gift-to-come.” It will have a picture of the book, the date of arrival, and include your name as the giver. Problem solved, and you don’t even have to wrap the gift.   

But let’s be honest.  I get more out of a pre-order than you do, at least in the short term.  And to understand why, you have to understand the methods by which “Best-Seller” lists are compiled. Every company has its own algorithms, but the idea is the same. The more copies a book sells, the more copies it will sell in the future. And since most of these lists are compiled every week, if not every day (or in the case of Amazon, every hour), the most recent sales take on an enormous importance.

Here’s how pre-orders are counted.. They don’t get charged — or paid for — until the day of publication. So for several months, the pre-orders can pile up. And if a whole lot of people have pre-ordered the book, it will zoom to the top of its category ratings on the day that those sales all  hit the cash register at the same time. Pre-orders have the ability to create instant best-sellers. So WHEN you buy a book matters more than the simple act of buying it.  That’s why pre-orders are so important. They are some of the kindest gifts you can give your favorite author.


Too Hot To Do Anything But Read

So here's a reminder for you. There is at least one book still available, but the Giveaway will end on Tuesday evening. Try your luck now!

Have you read "Damned Yankee"
Volume 1 of The Grenville Sagas
 and also Volume 5 of my series, The Civil War in South Carolina's Low Country?
If not, here's your chance to win a free copy of the first book  on this Amazon Giveaway.

Title:

Entry Message: Get ready for the release of "Yankee Reconstructed," Vol. 2 of the Grenville Sagas, on January 3, 2016.

Duration: Jul 14, 2015 4:23 PM PDT - Jul 21, 2015 11:59 PM PDT

Prize: Damned Yankee: The Story of a Marriage

Number of Prizes: 3

 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Jul 21, 2015 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules

Announcing a Great Giveway

Yesterday's big news was that I have a firm publication date for my new book,  "Yankee Reconstructed." We launch on January 3, 2016. But in the spirit of Christmas in July, Katzenhaus Books will be offering a series of activities leading up to the launch date.

The story of the Grenville family (he's from Boston; She's from Charleston)  begins with America's Civil War. "Damned Yankee" opens in 1860 and follows the family through the war, ending in 1867. The second book will take the family through the tumultuous years of Reconstruction.


But, first things first:
Have you read "Damned Yankee"
Volume 1 of The Grenville Sagas
 and also Volume 5 of my series, The Civil War in South Carolina's Low Country?

If not, here's your chance to win a free copy of the first book  on this Amazon Giveaway.



Entry Message: Get ready for the release of "Yankee Reconstructed," Vol. 2 of the Grenville Sagas, on January 3, 2016.

Duration: Jul 14, 2015 4:23 PM PDT - Jul 21, 2015 11:59 PM PDT

Prize: Damned Yankee: The Story of a Marriage

Number of Prizes: 3

 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Jul 21, 2015 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.