SUPER DUPER BIRTHDAY COUPON TIME!

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Being 42 was fun because I’m a nerd. But as of next weekend I’ll be 43, so it’s time for my annual mega-special coupon for Finding Gaia.

Usually it’s US$4.99 and I do occasionally do random coupons dropping that down to $3.99.

But only around my birthday can you get this special present from me to you of paying only 99 cents. That’s an 80% savings and it ends on Monday, December 30.

Only Smashwords lets me do a temporary coupon this way, so if you want the special sale price, you have to buy through Smashwords. But they offer all major formats, no DRM, no geoblocking, and the book is TOTALLY YOURS forever. If you switch devices later, come back to the page and it’ll let you download a different file format. You can have it on as many devices as you want. I mean hey, I hope you don’t pirate my book because that’s not fair, but nobody is policing your transaction, unlike some other major retailers.

So go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/180554 and use coupon code XG82V to pay $0.99 for Finding Gaia all this week. Tell your friends, or better yet, use the Smashwords gift function (https://www.smashwords.com/about/gifts) to buy it for them. Nothing says, “Hey friend, I was just thinking of you!” like the gift of lefty immortals with superpowers having adventures and hot sex. No, really. Nothing else says that.

If you really want to buy it on Amazon you can, but you’ll pay the full $4.99: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008K82BWE/ Other stores and information can be found at http://findinggaia.com/.

It’s My Birthday Week: Give Me a Sale as a Present, I Give You a Coupon!

Until December 1 pay only $1.99 for “Finding Gaia” at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/180554

Coupon Code: WF24T

(You can also buy it at Amazon and other stores listed here but those don’t let me make coupons, sorry! It’s $4.99 everywhere else.)

You get a geeky book about immortals with superpowers trying to live in the real world and also having hot, loving sex.

I get a sale, and sales make me happy!

If you’ve already bought it but you still want to give me something for my birthday, you could always post a review on Smashwords, Amazon, Goodreads, or elsewhere. Reviews are pretty much the only thing that convinces a non-friend to buy a book. Even a short, honest review convinces people to buy. I cannot overstate the importance of doing this for every indie author you want to support.

If you’ve already posted a review but you still want to give me something because you are just that awesome you could buy a copy for a friend and/or share the coupon as widely as you like.

So many ways to give. So many ways to share the love. So many ways to avoid having Trish hunt you down by instead sharing her clear and obvious status as the main character (SHHH! DO NOT TELL HER SHE IS ONLY A SECONDARY CHARACTER!) with everyone you know.

And it’s still cheaper than the 55 gallon drum of lube.

Remember: Smashwords and most of the other sales sites let you read the first few chapters for free. Go do that and when you’re hooked, use the coupon.

PS Still waiting for a paper version? I’m still waiting for enough people to commit to a Kickstarter for that. Tell me you’ll do that (recognizing that it’s a big book so a print edition will probably cost $25ish plus shipping) and get another couple of dozen folks to do likewise and I’ll make it happen.

Read an Ebook Week

Smashwords is hosting “Read an Ebook Week” in which thousands of authors will be offering their ebooks free or deeply discounted from March 2 through 8. Whatever you like to read, there’s bound to be something for you!

I’m offering two free books and 50% off another.

50% OFF (pay only US$2.50): Finding Gaia

FREE: Sorrows of Adoration (my previously traditionally published novel)

FREE: The Power of a Blush (extended love scene from “Finding Gaia”)

Or go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/1 for listings of thousands of other free and discounted ebooks. All major formats available so whatever your device, there’s a book for you!

Spread the word! Give a friend an ebook!

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(And yes I think it’s funny that there’s a kid on the graphic, given that my books are not kid-friendly. Maybe that’s little Jason before he knew what an endless, painful path lay before him…)

Give The Gifts of Superpowers, Hot Sex, and Environmentalism!

Use coupon code VK38B to pay only $3.99 for “Finding Gaia” until December 26 at Smashwords.

Other stores (including Amazon) listed at http://findinggaia.com/book, but the coupon only works at Smashwords.

Interview at Poetry Sans Frontieres

Hey folks, I was interviewed by the good folks at Poetry Sans Frontieres, and may have dropped a few hints about what I’m working on in the “Finding Gaia” universe. Check it out!

“Finding Gaia” is One Year Old!

“Finding Gaia” was published on July 9, 2012, so to celebrate its first year and well over 200 sales, I’m offering a special coupon at Smashwords all week long!

Go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/180554 and use coupon code ZS42F to pay only $2.99 until July 12. If you’ve already bought it and enjoyed it, now is a perfect time to tell your friends or buy a copy for them! Smashwords lets you gift copies to an email address really easily.

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Other stores don’t let me offer coupons, but if you don’t want to use Smashwords you can still help me celebrate at the regular $4.99 price at these stores:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008K82BWE/
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/finding-gaia-kimberly-chapman/1112082592?ean=2940014596367
http://gum.co/findinggaiapdf
http://gum.co/findinggaiaepub
http://gum.co/findinggaiaprc

And more listed at http://findinggaia.com/ .

Thank you to all of my readers and fans who have been so wonderfully supportive all year long! You all inspire me to write more.

I’ve Found What I’ve Been Looking For!

Since I began my quest looking for Feminist Romance, I’ve had a lot of recommendations fall flat. Most were just the standard “strong heroine” trope of a kick-butt, sassy lady devoid of any supposedly “feminine” emotion like sadness or despair. Some were allegedly feminist in that they bashed men, which is not part of my value set. Some were just terribly written with boring, go-nowhere plots.

But in Ankaret Wells’ “Firebrand” – recommended by folks on my Goodreads Feminist Romance group – I finally found what I was looking for: a romantic story that fits my feminist values without being a polemic, and a thoroughly enjoyable adventure with fully-rounded characters I came to genuinely care about.

The story isn’t about feminism, and it doesn’t need to be. It’s about a woman – told in her first-person voice – who has just lost her mother and not long before was widowed, though her husband’s death was clearly no loss. Kadia begins the story in the somewhat-stunned position of trying to figure out her place amidst these deaths when, by virtue of her mother’s will, she and her new airship become prizes sought by the most powerful men in Wells’ extremely well-developed world of an expanding empire versus last-ditch holdout provinces. Through a mixture of self-empowerment and being tossed about by forces outside of her control, Kadia gets caught up in intrigue upon intrigue and, of course, a romance.

The romance element is very nicely done, with enough questions about how things will turn out to keep it interesting. The sex scenes are lovely for someone like me who likes fairly normal heterosexual love scenes without any of the currently trendy faux-BDSM stuff. If you’re looking for exotic, non-het, multiple-appliances-involved sex, “Firebrand” isn’t for you. It’s for the rest of us who are still happy with the main thrust (heh) coming (heh heh) from the love and passion of the characters instead of slapped-on kink for kink’s sake.

Kadia as a character has her moments of impressive resolve and strength, but also entirely human moments of despair and longing. She is three-dimensional, her voice differs from other characters in the story, and even when she screws up she’s inherently likable to the reader.

The genre is steampunk romance, and this is the first steampunk book I’ve read since that’s usually not my cup of clockwork tea. But this is a solid story independent of its genre. The genre stuff forms the setting, the background, and the stage but is not a dictator over the characters. The people are just that: people, not puppets made to fit genre requirements, and it was very refreshing to read a book where I genuinely cared about what happened to the humans (and not-entirely humans) inside.

“Firebrand” isn’t a world-changing, life-altering book. It’s exactly what it should be: a great story that doesn’t rely on outdated anti-feminist tropes. I loved it and truly hope there’ll be a sequel.

“Sorrows of Adoration” Released as Free Backlist

I’ve just re-released my old traditionally published backlist for free on Smashwords in all major ebook formats, including for Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, PDF, HTML, and plain text.

This is a full-length novel that has been through the publishing gatekeeper. It is professionally edited, and my editor and I just went over it again for extra brushing-up (although if you’ve read it before, nothing substantial has changed). It is a love story in a fantasy setting (no magic), told in first-person. More information can be found here. I’ve also added it on Goodreads and by tomorrow it will hopefully be downloadable there as well.

Hopefully over the next several weeks it’ll propagate out from Smashwords to other stores, although probably not Amazon. Amazon does not allow free ebooks other than for a few days per year if a book is otherwise enrolled in their KDP Select program, which requires exclusivity.

The Blurb:

Unwilling to remain just another poor, country barmaid, Aenna leaves her life behind to save the life of a Prince she’s never seen. But she finds more adventure than she bargained for as forbidden love pits her against powerful adversaries and exposes her to intrigues and dangers. Will love be enough to conquer the demons of jealousy, addiction, temptation, prejudice, and violence? Or will Aenna succumb to the increasing spiral of depression that threatens to steal her sanity?

This is one woman’s honest portrayal of the sweetest and the darkest times of her life. Aenna reveals her deepest emotions, most private thoughts, and bold confessions as she tells the story of how she learns that romance isn’t a fairy tale, but a heart-rending lesson of the sorrows of adoration.

If you like it and wish you could have paid me for it, feel free to buy a copy of “Finding Gaia”. Multiple stores including Smashwords, Amazon, B&N, and more listed at http://findinggaia.com.

If you want a print version, speak up. With “Finding Gaia” there are hassles to a print version because of the lyrics permissions. With this, I’d just have to have enough folks who want to buy it to make it worth my time to pay my editor to format it for CreateSpace or Lulu or something. But if a few people say they’re definitely interested, I’ll do it.

Limited Time Coupon

In celebration of getting some unpleasant pricing issues sorted out between big retailer platforms (summary: I was getting hosed because of them playing off of each other without my consent), I’m offering a 25% off coupon at Smashwords until Sunday, May 12. Just use code RU98Z at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/180554 to pay only $3.74.

Smashwords treats authors better and pays us a higher royalty while offering readers unlimited downloads in all major formats so they can switch between devices as needed.

The book remains on sale at the stores listed on the sidebar for the regular price of $4.99.