Find new books at the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale during July. My books are taking part with Raven Memory at 50% off using SSW50 code, Shadow Memories at 100% off using SSWIN, and Kandy Fangs is free all year long.
I spent more on writing fiction than I earned. No surprise. I write for Torre. This was also a very busy year at MotiveQuest where I spent extra hours upgrading software to meet demand leaving me with very little time for writing or reading. Somehow I managed to finish Dee Count for iPad and Kandy Fangs story, both projects started in 2010.
All of my stories are available for free (on blog, download, or by asking,) and I consider paid ebooks as donations (and supporting retailers) in appreciation of fiction. Find where to download my ebooks for your favorite reader on my Books page.
At the beginning of the year, I announced that I would donate my 2011 ebook proceeds (as of Dec 15th) to Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP.) For transparency, here are my 2011 sales numbers for my books as of December 15, 2011.
- Paid: 3, 1 each at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo
- Free: 28 at Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale
- Paid: 2, 1 at Amazon and 1 at Sony Reader Store
- Free at Smashwords: 198
- Free at Barnes & Noble: 161
- Free at Scribd: 3 (embedded reads + downloads)
For comparison, in 2010 I sold 7 Shadow Memories, and 4 Raven Memory ebooks plus 30 free downloads.
Donation to KIPP
On behalf of readers, I donated my proceeds from paid ebook sales (ignoring my writing expenses) plus 10 cents for every free ebook download listed above to KIPP. This works out to be $4.62 for paid ebook sales plus $39.00 in thanks for free ebook downloads for a result rounded up to $50. I matched for total of US $100 donated to KIPP.
Thanks for reading my stories.
Smashwords is having their annual Summer/Winter sale all July with participating ebooks at 25% discount, 50% discount, or free. Raven Memory is 50% off and profits still go to KIPP as detailed in this post. Shadow Memories is a free download for the sale.
Thanks, and go read some books this Summer/Winter (depending on the hemisphere you’re in.)
This week, March 6th to 12th, my ebooks are included in the promotion at Smashwords. Raven Memory is 50% off and Shadow Memories is free. For 2011, I am donating proceeds from sales of my books to KIPP including from this promotion.
Find my ebooks on my Smashwords page, or browse the promotion for other ebooks.
2010 was a busy year for me in the software world, but I did manage to post a couple books to Smashwords and other places. I will continue to write fiction.
This year and beyond, I will post most of my short fiction at www.KandyFangs.com, including going beyond the novella such as this week’s FridayFlash, “Quiet Storm.” This blog will be for news or posts on reading, writing, software, science, or technology. Look for longer fiction at Scribd.
My current projects for this year include:
- Kandy Fangs novella and other stories
- a novel featuring Torre
- iPad development
My fiction is free. If you enjoy my stories and feel like donating, you may do so by purchasing an ebook from Smashwords, Amazon, or another retailer. Your purchase also supports these retailers in delivering works by your favorite authors. See Books page for details. Find my ebooks at:
Thanks for your support.
Support authors. Buy a book (or three.)
Below is my incomplete list of ebooks by Friday Flash participants. The best part about Friday Flash is diversity, and the same is true for this list of books. There is something for everyone.
I have read several of these titles, and the rest are on my reading list. Sure, ebooks don’t impress people like print books sitting on a shelf, but you’re a reader! (You could always take a snap of your digital bookshelf like I did.) Even if you don’t have a fancy ebook reader, you can enjoy their books on your PC, phone or iPod (and some are available in print.) Smashwords supports many formats or read online.
Books are cheap. Buy them all! (At least sample.)
You’ll also find some of your favorite Friday Flash authors in these collections:
- Best of Friday Flash – Volume One edited by J.M. Strother is available at Smashwords.
- The Yin and Yang Book edited by Jodi Cleghorn and Paul Anderson at chinesewhisperings.com
Welcome to the book release party
Grab a book marker, munchies, bubbly, and say hello. Careful of the wraith skulking about. He won’t bother anyone unless provoked.
Before this story had a title, I referred to it as my “practice novel.” Two years ago some anonymous test readers (I still haven’t met them) reported with excitement and urged me to seek publishing. I wasn’t convinced. It was in poor shape in need of editing. The strange part: after being passed around, the draft was finally returned to me a year later.
So, I decided to share this novel as an introduction to Draco Torre’s world. (Who is Draco Torre?)
The two main characters in Raven Memory have different, but related, memory problems (read the summary in Books menu.) Steve Reynolds uses notepads to help him keep things straight. His new employee, Julie Walsh, begins suffering black-outs, but out of order. Her kiss on Tuesday melts into a kiss the day before. A familiar medallion sparks a memory, and she begins seeing a wraith following her through time.
The story asks some questions:
- Do memories define identity?
- Is it possible to remember the future or change the past?
- What happens when memories from two different people intersect?
Steve and Julie offer their views.
Raven Memory is an urban science-fantasy taking place in Roseland, a modern city home to a species with ideas of their own. Recommended for mature readers. See the teaser page for a summary at www.RavenMemory.com.
You may sample or purchase Raven Memory at
Celebrating the release of this novel, it is available at 40% discount on Smashwords until September 5th. Use the code: VB68E. In addition, you may download Shadow Memories story collection for free using code: NE26E
How to read Raven Memory ebook
- iPad: Download the ePub from Smashwords. In iTunes, select File, Add to Library. Sync. (Coming soon to iBookstore.)
- PC: Download the ePub from Smashwords and use Adobe Digital Editions or download the PDF for printing.
- Kindle: You may purchase from Amazon or Smashwords using mobi.
- Phones: try ePub with a reader like Stanza.
- Sony Reader: get the LRF.
The contents page links work on the PDF and ePub including support for the contents feature in iBooks on the iPad. An interesting note: Raven Memory appears in the latest revision of Smashwords Style Guide by Mark Coker as a well-formatted ebook with working contents page, including screen shot. Thanks J. Dane Tyler (DarcKnyt) for the tip.
Thanks to the mystery readers. Without them, there would be no Raven Memory. Thanks to Mom for patience while I worked on editing and formatting this instead of writing the next story. And thanks to the readers.
Feel free to ask questions, leave comments, or share your thoughts. Enjoy the story. Thanks for stopping by.
~David G Shrock
For nearly a decade, I’ve been working on stories in Draco Torre’s world, or more accurately, translating stories as told by Torre and friends. Keeping the stories to myself seems selfish, so I decided to share them.
Draco Torre stories follow the lives of the last remaining survivors of a lost civilization crossing through time to discover their past and themselves. The stories include time travel, memory shifting, androids, and strange creatures.
The first novel in Draco Torre’s world is Raven Memory, a science-fantasy available late summer on Amazon and Smashwords. I finished this novel two years ago, and after some polishing it’s finally ready. You’ll find a brief summary under Books on the menu and repeated below. Visit www.RavenMemory.com or Draco Torre Books Fan Page on Facebook for information updated as the book release approaches.
On AudioBoo, I read a section from the first chapter each weekend. See http://audioboo.fm/Dracotorre to follow along. Keep an eye out for a written chapter sample, artwork, and more.
My second novel (which was originally going to be the first) is nearly completed. It’s a dark fantasy in a similar setting to 19th century America. My Friday Flash stories with Sebastian Rhemus are glimpses. If all goes well, this second novel will be ready next year.
Raven Memory Brief Summary
Julie Walsh’s new employer, Steve Reynolds, is a professional killer with a memory problem. She wants to help him keep things straight, but her days mix up. A kiss on Tuesday melts into a kiss last Sunday. Next Thursday, a wraith frightens her out of her chair on the previous Monday. Realizing that only Steve remembers her favorite novel, she questions her own memories. Caught within the Raven Project, she searches for her identity. Julie Walsh is a construct wrapped in darkness, dripping the blood of a memory.