The History of Dead Silver

This post was previously a Patreon Supporter Exclusive! Patreon Supporters get advance access to articles and bonuses such as this monthly. They also can receive other bonuses! In return, their support helps keep Unusual Things a premium site (read: NO ADS). If you enjoy Unusual Things‘ content and would like to see it continue, please support by becoming a Patreon Supporter today!

If you’ve not read Dead Silver, be forewarned that this post contains many spoilers. Then again, the book came out four years ago, and you can always grab a copy for the low price of $2.99 to catch up before spoiling anything!

Anyway, that’s your warning. Now, let’s take a look at the history of my second book, Dead Silver.

Continue reading

Psst! Over Here!

Pssst! You! Hey, you! That’s right, over here! Looking for some good book deals? Sure you are! Well, don’t look around or make it super obvious—I said don’t look around!—but there’s like, a secret sale or something going right now. Limited time only.

Yeah, I don’t know why either. Something about the date. And it probably won’t last because, well, that clock keeps ticking. Time’s moving forward.

Anyway, now you know. The secret sale is live! Pass it along and move along, quick, before someone spots us. Go see what you can find!

The Halloween Sale

In case you missed it, this Halloween weekend is home to all kinds of spooky sales on my work. Through October 31st, you’ll be able to pick up One Drink and Dead Silver for free, as well as find Unusual Events: A “Short” Story Collection for half-price and the stellar Colony for 25% off!

You can head on over to my Books page to preview each one, read a free sample, and then score a copy for yourself!

Only a Little Time Left!

Those of you who were looking to pick up a copy of Dead Silver while the sale persisted are going to need to make your move soon. As of right now, there are less than twelve hours remaining on it’s slot in the Rolling Sale, so act now, because soon that discount will be gone!

Of course, grabbing a copy doesn’t just net you a pretty sweet mystery set in the deserts of New Mexico. It also adds another unit moved to the counter on the right side of the site, moving things ever closer to upping the discount rate of the next title in the sale. Which in this case, happens to be Unusual Events: A “Short” Story Collection. The current unlocked deal is 50% off, but if Dead Silver moves seven more copies, when Unusual Events takes its spot in the sale next week, it’ll be 66% off!

Whatever you do, do it fast! This week’s iteration of the Rolling Sale is almost over!

 

The Rolling Sale – Round 2 Has Begun!

Those of you who are regulars to the site may have noticed the sudden color change that’s swept over everything. That dull red … it can only mean one thing …

That’s right! The Rolling Sale is in round 2! And Dead Silver is now on sale! You can pick up a copy at the 33% discount unlocked by the copies of One Drink that moved last week. Which works out to be $1.99.

Even cooler, each copy bought builds towards a new discount tier for the next book in the sale, Unusual Events! Currently the discount for Unusual Events sits at 17%, but once Dead Silver hits three units moved, that discount climbs to 33%! Eight units? 50% off! It just keeps going! You can check the breakdown on all the tiers here, but there are six of them in total. If Dead Silver unlocks the last one, Unusual Events becomes free!

Now, a quick reminder, while buying a copy of Dead Silver is the easiest way to make that counter on the left climb, you can make it go up in other ways. Especially if you’ve already purchased it. For the record, here are all the ways the counter can climb!

  • Buy a copy. That’s one unit moved!
  • Read Dead Silver on Kindle Unlimited. All you KU readers can pitch in!
  • Leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Each review counts as five units moved!

Of course, you can also share Dead Silver with any you think may enjoy it and point out that it’s on sale! That’s a good way to help unlock those higher tiers!

That’s all! Go! Buy! Review! Share!

The Rolling Sale – Round 2! (And Dragon Award Reminder!)

The final results are in! One Drink moved 142 units and garnered three new reviews, for a final tally of 172. I’ll admit, it was a lot less than I’d expected, considering it has reached over a thousand copies in a single five-day freebie run several times before. I actually did expect it to quite easily shatter 500 moved, and make Dead Silver free. Market saturation, maybe? I don’t know.

But, I do know the results, and the results are that One Drink’s final tally was enough to knock Dead Silver down by 34%. Which means, starting Monday, July 24th and running through Friday, July 28th, Dead Silver will be marked down from its normal “heroic” price of $2.99 to $1.99! Two bucks for a 450-page mystery novel? Pretty good deal.

Of course, that’s not all. If that was all that was going on with Dead Silver, it would barely warrant a special post. No, that date also marks the beginning of Round 2 of the Rolling Sale! Which means that copies sold and reviews added once again start adding up to massive discounts for the next title in line. Which is—Are you ready for this?Unusual Events: A “Short” Story Collection!

Now, the nice thing about this next title (Unusual Events) is that there’s a much wider array of discounts going for it. It is a more costly title, after all (it’s still on “veteran” status in age). That, and the numbers needed to unlock the various sale tiers are much lower than Dead Silver‘s were. Why? Because One Drink was free, but Dead Silver is only at a 33% discount. So the tier numbers have been adjusted to reflect this. Additionally, the value of a review in terms of units moved has been adjusted as well.

So, how many tiers are there, and how many units need to be moved to unlock each deal? Here we go!

Deals Unlocked for Unusual Events Per Units of Dead Silver Moved:

  • 0 units moved: Original Price: $5.99
  • 1 – 3 units moved: 17% Discount – $4.99
  • 4-8 units moved: 33% Discount – $3.99
  • 9-15 units moved: 50% Discount – $2.99
  • 15- 25 units moved: 66% Discount – $1.99
  • 26-50 units moved: 84% Discount – $0.99
  • 51+ units moved: 100% Discount – FREE!

Now, the lower number of units moved in this case does necessitate a small change to one other number as well: Reviews will not count as ten units moved with Dead Silver, but five. It’s a necessary change to keep the tiers from being too easy to leapfroged by just a few individuals. The goal of a rolling sale is to get everyone involved!

So, same as before, units of Dead Silver moved will unlock successively higher tiers of deals for Unusual Events. Here’s all the ways you can contribute to that number:

  • Buy a copy of Dead Silver during the period of July 24th through July 28th
  • Read a copy of Dead Silver via Kindle Unlimited (This counts!)
  • Leave a review of Dead Silver on Amazon.com OR Goodreads to add 5 units moved to the total!

Ready? Set! You’ve got until Monday, relax! But then, GO!


Now, two other bits of news here. The first is that the SUBMISSION DEADLINE for The Dragon Awards for excellence in Science-Fiction and Fantasy is July 24th! Which means this weekend is the last chance you’ll have to nominate your picks for the best of Sci-Fi and Fantasy in a wide array of categories for July 2016-2017! You don’t have to nominate something in every category, but there’s bound to be something you’ve read/seen/played with this many categories!

Speaking of which, Colony IS eligible for nomination. And yes, The Dragon Awards are okay with authors outright saying “Vote for/nominate me!” So at my urging, you can totally nominate one of my own books. Do I expect a win? Not very likely. But a nomination would be awesome … and you never know! Colony is a pretty freaking fantastic book according to all the reviews, responses, and the like. So if it got its name out there …

Anyway, it’s your ballot, so fill it out how you’d like. Just, you know, fill it out before the end of the weekend!


Now for one last little note. Both the BOOKS and the WRITING SAMPLES pages accessed by the tabs at the top of the site have been overhauled! Both now contain embed links to Amazon samples of each of my books, meaning you can just click and link and start reading a short sample of each book without the muss and fuss of going to the book’s page on Amazon, clicking the cover, loading the popup … etc. You just click the link, and a new tab opens dedicated to letting you read a free sample in a nice approximation of a kindle layout! Handy! Good on Amazon for this feature; it’s much better!

All right, that’s all the news for today! See you Monday!

The Final Moments …

Less than 24 hours to go, now! By the end of today, One Drink will no longer be free, and the final tally will taken to carry over to the sale of Dead Silver. Which is currently looking at a 33% discount, thought it’s very close to hitting the 66% discount.

Current numbers? One Drink is at 155/200 copies moved needed to drop Dead Silver down to the next deal. So only 45 free copies away, or 4.5 reviews. And don’t forget, reviews on Amazon or Goodreads count!

It’s totally possible for it to happen. All it needs is a final little push. If any of you have been sitting on the fence about grabbing it, or have already had it, read it, and are considering leaving a review, now is the time! Give it that one last little boost to push Dead Silver over the hump!

Final tallies (along with the unlock tiers for Unusual Events) will go up Saturday. Good luck!