What I was referring to yesterday is that I am starting a weeklong promotion of my novel The Wild Roses. On some of the websites that I'm doing promotions with, they require lowering the price for the eBook, and so for the next week -- from today through August 23 -- the cost of the Kindle eBook has now officially dropped to $0.99.
Sorry, that should be, "a whopping $0.99."
Honestly, I actually do feel somewhat bad about that for all the kind folks who bought the book at its original standard price when it was initially released and were so thoughtfully supportive. (And much appreciated.) But as we all know, sales do happen. And such things should be rejoiced. At least I'm comforted by the knowledge that the original price of $3.99 was pretty reasonable.
When the week's promotion is over, the eBook will return to its $3.99 list price. Whether there are ever other promotions down the line -- I honestly have no idea. All I know is that it'll be $0.99 cents for the next week.
So...if you were ever considering of getting a Kindle eBook of The Wild Roses, this is a freaking good time to do it! It really can't get much lower than 99 cents. You can order the book here at Amazon. For that matter, even if you weren't planning on getting The Wild Roses, this is still a great time to go all crazy and blow a dollar.
(I'd apologize for such a "hard sell," but seriously, how hard sale can you get over 99 cents...? And ultimately, this isn't a hard sell at all -- it's your life, your choice. I'm just letting you know that the price has plummeted for a week.)
For those new to the party here and a bit confused by it all, let me explain. The Wild Roses is in the spirit of The Three Musketeers, but with three women. It mixes a fictional tale with many real-life personalities of 17th century France, including Cardinal Jules Mazarin (protege of Cardinal Richelieu), the Regent Anne of Austria, and her young son Louix XIV, who grew up to become the Sun King. The story is an adventure, told with humor, about a civil war between aristocrats and the crown during a power vacuum when -- as actually happened -- King Louis XIII, Cardinal Richelieu and the powerful Queen Mother Marie de Medici (of the legendary political family) all died within months of each other. As order within the countries weakens and a kidnapping shakes its roots, three young women are each forced to leave home and make their way in the world, unknown to one another. But soon...as happens in such tales...their lives overlap with one another -- as well as the destiny of France.
(And yes, that's the cover over there to the right.)
Personally, I think it's well-worth 99-cents, though I'm biased. Unless, of course, you're Christopher Dunn and insist on trains in all your stories. Alas, there are no trains in The Wild Roses. For that, I would recommend The Little Engine That Could or perhaps Murder on the Orient Express.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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