Saturday, 23 September 2017

Revolutionary, Forager Impersonator Book #3 - Now Available!

The Thrilling Conclusion to the Forager Impersonator and Forager Trilogies, Revolutionary, is now available on Amazon.



Revolutionary
(Forager Impersonator - A Post Apocalyptic Trilogy Book 3)

The most dangerous man in Newhome, Councillor Cho, has been promoted to general. The first thing on his agenda is the complete ruination of the Japanese coastal town, Hamamachi. To achieve this, he makes the genetically engineered Specialist girls undergo an accelerated Custodian training course so he can send them off to war.

Chosen along with five of her biologically modified sisters, Chelsea Thomas is sent on the top-secret mission that will end the war with Hamamachi for good. What does General Cho care if several nearby towns suffer the same fate due to their close proximity to the Japanese town?

But what will Chelsea do when she learns that she will need to abandon her morals and go against everything she believes in to complete the mission? Will she ignore her conscience or defy Cho and go head-to-head against her sisters who are still under his mind-control?

Ethan Jones and Madison Taylor, serving in the Hamamachi Militia, are working tirelessly to rescue slaves from Skel controlled territories in an attempt to redress the Rangers shameful anti-immigration policies of the past.

At the same time, they are aware that time is running out for the biologically engineered girls imprisoned in Newhome. An opportunity arises for them to return home and rescue their kin, but a whole world of hurt is waiting for them should they decide to risk it.

Meanwhile, the chancellor moves forward the date to release the dreaded virus, sending Newhome's twin resistance movements into panic mode. If they don't act soon, theirs will be the last generation in Australia if not the world. But what chance do they have against a totalitarian regime policed by three-hundred brutal Custodians?

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Revolutionary - Forager Impersonator # 3 Nearing Complete


Revolutionary
(Forager Impersonator - A Post Apocalyptic Trilogy Book 3)

Final book nearing completion

This post is just a heads-up to my readers that the final book in the six-book Forager series is finally nearing completion. I only have to write the last chapter or two, after which comes editing/revision, and sending the manuscript off to the editor.

Thanks for all of your support in joining me for this thrilling adventure.

Synopsis

A strike team of Specialists, including Chelsea Thomas and Bhagya Singhe, is sent out of Newhome to deal with Hamamachi for once and for all. What does the chancellor care if several nearby towns suffer the same fate due to their close proximity to the Japanese town?

Meanwhile, the chancellor moves forward the date to release the dreaded virus, sending Newhome's twin resistance movements into panic mode. If they don't act soon, theirs will be the last generation. But what chance do they have against a totalitarian regime policed by three-hundred brutal Custodians?

In the wasteland outside Melbourne's CBD, Ethan Jones and his Hamamachi Special Forces team run into trouble on one of their trips to liberate slaves from Skel territory. The skeleton armoured monsters are starting to wise up to their hit-and-run tactics...

Friday, 7 October 2016

Specialist - Forager Impersonator Trilogy Book 2 NOW AVAILABLE



(Forager Impersonator - A Post Apocalyptic Trilogy Book 2)

Available NOW on Amazon Kindle for $2.99

After a lifetime spent trying to avoid the ominous building, Chelsea Thomas is now in the one place she fears more than any other – the Geneticists Laboratory. Sent there by Ryan Hill to ascertain exactly what the geneticists are up to, she soon finds out that the Lab is not the easy target they had supposed it to be. There is a reason the girls incarcerated there worship the very ground the chancellor walks on, and she is about to find out what it is.

Chelsea’s world comes crashing down soon afterwards when the councilor in charge of the Specialists’ program, Mr. Cho, makes a shocking revelation. Now she doesn’t know who to trust, suspecting that even Ryan has a secret agenda he’s keeping hidden from her.

Continuing to impersonate her brother, she stumbles across a terrorist group intent on using force and violence to topple the chancellor and his Custodian lackeys, by any and all means necessary. Mr. Cho’s plan of using the Specialists to infiltrate the group is threatened with derailment when the chancellor reveals his own nefarious plan for the girls.

* Specialist is Book Two in the Forager Impersonator Trilogy. It is a new trilogy set in the world of Peter R Stone’s Forager Trilogy. Although the Forager Impersonator Trilogy starts three years before the events in Forager, it is not a prequel. It will catch up to, carry on, and draw to a conclusion the entire Forager Trilogy story line.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

New Cover Art for Forager

I asked Indiedesignz to make me a new cover for 'Forager,' since I was so delighted with her work on 'Impersonator.' The book is FREE on Amazon Kindle.

This is the amazing result:





Sunday, 15 November 2015

Impersonator - Forager Impersonator Trilogy Book 1


Now Available on Kindle & Paperback for 99c

* A Novel Set in the World of Peter R Stone’s Forager Trilogy *
Cover art by Indie Designz


A century after a global nuclear war, eighteen-year-old Chelsea Thomas has spent her life living in fear of Newhome’s paramilitary Custodians, due to a prohibited rogue ability.

In the past week, her twin brother – a forager – has uncharacteristically ran away from home and work after the mysterious death of a teammate; something has scared her normally unflappable father half to death; and their family is threatened with eviction.

But her brother’s disappearance presents her with a long-sought after opportunity to escape the prison town, since only the foragers – all men – are allowed to leave the town. All she has to do is impersonate her brother long enough to make her escape while foraging out in the ruins.

But she never counted on the kindness of Ryan Hill, a forager new to the team. Nor on barbaric Skel attacking the team the moment she makes her escape. She has to choose between making good on her escape or saving Ryan and the others.

Twenty-two-year-old Ryan Hill made one mistake at his last place of employment, and that earned the wrath of his fellow workmates, and cost him all of his friends.

Alone and dejected, he begins a new job as a forager, expecting more of the same. But then he meets Chelsea, masquerading as her brother Brandon. And though he falls for her ruse, he sees in her a kindred spirit. Could he(she) spark the beginning of a true, genuine friendship that looks past the faults of the other?

* Impersonator is Book One in a new trilogy set in the world of Peter R Stone’s Forager Trilogy. Although the Impersonator Trilogy starts three years before the events in Forager, it is not a prequel. It will catch up to, carry on, and draw to a conclusion the Forager Trilogy storyline.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Using Kindle Direct Publishing KDP Amazon Marketing Service

Amazon recently made their Amazon Marketing Services available to Kindle Direct Publishing authors. As such, I decided to give it a go on Forager - The Complete Trilogy.

AMS (Amazon Marketing Services) runs a small ad on your book on similarly themed titles. Your book has to compete against titles submitted by other authors, and the authors who have set their Cost Per Click (CPC) highest get the best chance of winning the auction so that their ad shows. I did product-based targeting, putting Forager with similar books such as The Hunger Games, Divergant, and so on.

I initially set a limit of 5c CPC. Received 228 impressions and 1 click, no sales. 10c did just as badly. Then I read that other authors were setting their CPC up to 50c! The problem here is that I also read that it takes from 40 to 150 clicks before you get a sale, and this for a $2.99 Kindle book, which nets 70% profit per sale. If you do the math, at 50c you could pay $20.00 to $149.50 to get one sale. That's not good. Note that 50c is only your maximum bid, you could win the auction at a much lower price.

I eventually ended up setting a CPC lower than 50c, but significantly higher than the original 10c I tried and failed with. To date I have sold 8 copies of Forager - The Complete Trilogy through AMS, with 161,700 impressions, 189 click throughs, costing $50.88. So to get $29.92 sales, with around $20 profit, it has cost me $50.88. The winning CPC rate is around 26c

If I was only interested in profit, I would give up, but I am treating it as advertising. 161,700 impressions is fairly impressive, and the word is slowly getting out about  my book.

Update 17th May '16. I thought that the Kindle Unlimited pages read of my novels were a result of the AMS advertisement. For an experiment, I paused the ad for a few weeks, and then restarted it. There was no difference in the number or pages being read. I have now cancelled the ad.







Friday, 19 June 2015

Forager Cover Art





Forager - the Complete Trilogy (A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Trilogy) Kindle Edition

* This is a professionally edited, updated version of Forager - the Complete Trilogy, uploaded to Amazon on 21st May'15. * 

Forager - the Complete Trilogy - for one low price.
Includes:
Forager
Infiltrator
Expatriate
* 230,000 words and 823 pages.

The dull drudgery of twenty-year old Ethan's life is shattered when he rescues a mysterious Japanese girl from Skel savages while out foraging in the post-apocalyptic ruins of 2122AD Melbourne.

When he takes the girl back to Newhome, she breaks the town's rigid conventions in her attempts to get to know him, risking the dire wrath of the Custodians.

And though he knows the rules - that no man is permitted to be alone with an unmarried woman - there is something about the girl that completely captivates him.

Meanwhile, the Skel are ramping up their attacks on Newhome's foraging teams and infesting Melbourne's ruins in ever-greater numbers. Is this part of a larger plan that could spell the town's doom?

* This is a professionally edited, updated version of Forager - the Complete Trilogy, uploaded to Amazon on 21st May'15. *