Awesome Fantasy Book needs your vote … now use your vote wisely (remember Brexit and Trump!)

My book Blood On Borrowed Wings has been nominated for a prestigious March / April Group read.

It’s on Goodreads in the ‘Grimdark Fantasy’ Group.

Please follow the link below to vote in the poll – it would really help book sales, exposure and help me out massively.

Vote for my book on Goodreads here.

In a world where so many imbalances can be caused by a  misused vote, please take a minute to do something positive. It won’t change the world – but for just a  moment of your time, it might change mine.

Thanks for reading.

D

My Book – reduced? What the fudge?

After my book has soared the heights of position 11 on the Fantasy books list on Amazon and then dived to the murky depths of position 2,987 – I decided I should try and promote it.

 

It is on sale for the next couple of days to all the blogging faithful who may like a copy. Now’s a good time to buy (cue all my mates moaning that they paid top whack!) The Kindle Countdown Deal is on.

 

I have already had some great reviews from unknown readers and fellow bloggers, check them out on Amazon, you may like what you see.

Please click here to see more about Blood On Borrowed Wings

Share this if you would like to help a humble indie author spread the word (or, well, a hundred thousand of them!)

 

Thanks for dropping by.

D

 

Movie Quotes butchered by kids Quiz

Click here to run show

 

Here’s a short film I have stitched together of my daughter and two niece’s reinterpreting famous lines from famous films.

Check it out, have a laugh and see how many you can get right.

Please feel free to share, the lil uns would love to go viral.

Enjoy

 

Not troubling ‘Game of Thrones’ yet.

It is 6 months since my novel ‘Blood On Borrowed Wings’ went live on the Amazon store and I thought I would let everyone know how it is going.

Click here for a link to my ebook on Amazon

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I have shifted 350 copies and had 23000 pages read through the Kindle subscription service too.

I know sales don’t seem especially high – I am not troubling any bestsellers lists – but for the genre it ranked at 11th best selling at one point and it has far exceeded my hopes on how many people would invest their time (and money) on reading it. The feedback has been great too. The paying public do not write reviews often, but the reviews I have received have been positive, honest and encouraging.

This coupled with my lack of marketing budget and ineptitude on social media, means any sales at all are minor miracles to me.

I would really like to thank everyone who has supported me so far with reviews, interest, social media shares and plain old ‘Can ya get a shift on and write book 2?’

And can I ask 3 things

  1. If you have bought it and / or read it – please leave a review on Amazon, it really does help with sales.
  2. If you haven’t bought it – buy it, it is a great summer read.
  3. Share it with as many people you can to help give me a chance. When I hit 500 sales I will be putting a proposal together for agents and publishing houses.

If anyone out there would like a free copy, please let me know and I would happily exchange one for an honest review.

Thanks Bloggers and followers.

(Book 2 is on it’s way, stop going on about it!!)

 

D

Review: Blood On Borrowed Wings by Darren Stapleton

I am lucky enough to have had a well-read, objective and totally honest review of my novel by a blogger I follow. Check out his site for more great reviews and read on to see what he thought of my novel…

 

 

Description: Stay low. Keep moving. After Drake Theron ditches his wings and military brothers, he turns mercenary to forget a horrific battle where so much more than lives were lost. When women st…

Source: Review: Blood On Borrowed Wings by Darren Stapleton

Sexism in fiction – Ladies I need your help

Fellow Bloggers, I need your help – Is my book sexist?

Before you skim along, thinking this is a means for me to garner female favour or to promote my book, I really need your help with this.

Now, I do not believe in saying that I am in touch with my ‘feminine side.’ I do not really know what that means. That certain personality or behavioural traits should be defined as gender specific is ludicrous. I am however painfully aware of the lack of positive or powerful roles there are for women in science-fiction. I acknowledge there are vast and highly popular exceptions to this, Ripley, Trinity, Leia.

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But for every good example there are ten others, where women appear in stories as victims, for sexual reasons, as mothers, wives and daughters who need to be saved by some hero dripping machismo and one liners to make them swoon, drop their knickers and thank God or The Third Moon of Xxylon for man.

They are all too often titular cliches of the powerless, gorgeous and scantily clad.

I never made a conscious effort to write strong female characters in my book, the story demanded it and I am hoping I have pulled it off (insert ironic innuendo here.)

So before I launch into the daunting salvo of Book 2, can I ask you a question? Are the women characters in my book well rounded? Is there a balance? Do I need to make more of an effort to address what I see as an imbalance? Or am I doing OK?

My plan is to introduce more positive female roles in Book 2 as I am mindful that the three main female characters in my book are all quite negative. Powerful, but negative (I mean, the main ‘bad guy’ is not a guy at all.)

So if you are interested in giving me an opinion – I am very interested in hearing it. I would happily email you a free ebook copy that you can read through the Kindle app on any tablet or Kindle device. Or I can send directly to your Kindle via your Kindle Email address. Or if you prefer, as a word.doc file.

Just contact me through this blog, with details and I will do the rest. Alternatively you can email directly on curlydaz@aol.com

A link to my book on Amazon: Blood On Borrowed Wings

I would really value your opinion before launching into book 2.

Thank you