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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Leviathan Chronicles, The Last Stand At Aeprion by James Mascia
The Leviathan Chronicles: The Last Stand at Aeprion
by James Mascia
Still reeling from his wife's murder, Joel tries to escape the alien hunter and fulfill a promise he made to her. Years of searching for the fabled planet, Aeprion, has left the space freighter captain torn between giving up the search or giving himself up to Kraxem, an alien hunter.
When Kraxem and his minions attack Joel's ship again, he is forced into the nebula, where he'll have to do repairs. Once there, his thoughts revert back to the final day of Kate's life and the promises that were made. Learning to come to terms with her loss and release the guilt that he feels will be a hard battle to fight, but giving up will prove to be even more difficult and, perhaps, deadly.
Steeling his resolve to forge on, Joel vows to find the fabled living planet before guilt devours his soul and all is lost.
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
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*Disclaimer* I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in return for a fair and honest review.
Joel and Kate are on a journey of a lifetime. They are aboard a spaceship looking for the planet named Aeprion. During their journey they discovered a large, very large, boulder that had a secret map written on it, but it had to be decoded, per say. They weren’t the only ones looking for this planet, an Alien called Kraxem. He automatically made enemies out of anyone that stood in his way and stopped at nothing to eliminate his enemies. Would he be successful in this? Would Joel and Kate be able to meet their goal?
I will be completely honest, I did not think I was going to like this book, but it sounded interesting so I wanted to give it a try. I am SO glad that I read it. It was a short and a fast read, but a fun read. I was afraid it would be hard to understand as it might have too much “scientific” lingo which it didn’t. It had an easy to follow story line and a fun read. There was some great action scenes and put you on the edge of your seat to see what was going to happen next. The author did a great job with his descriptions of the people, the aliens, the spaceships, and the scenery. It made it feel like it was a journey you could walk out your door and embark on.
I would recommend this book to you, whether you are a huge science fiction fan or not. If you are on the fence, I think you will be surprised at the story line he created with the characters. This book has made me actually want to branch out my reading a little bit more than my normal reads and I will be checking out some more of this authors works!
The Right and Wrong Way to Promote Your Book Online
In the old days, a person would write a book, they would go to a bookstore and have a book signing, they would talk about it on the radio, they would do readings at libraries, and that would be the extent of their promotions. Before anyone complains, I know that I am oversimplifying the matter. But these were the basics.
Now, if you have a book in print, you can still go and do some of these things, but that’s not what we’re talking about today. Because with the internet, you have a powerful weapon for promoting and selling your book, which can be more effective than going around and peddling the book from place to place. If you have published an ebook, online promotion may be your only choice.
I am not going to write about the same things that you can find everywhere else. Everyone will tell you, you need a Facebook page, you need a Twitter account, you need a website. Yes, this stuff is true, however, if you don’t already know this, and if you don’t already have these things set up, you really aren’t ready to promote your work anyway.
Aside from those three things I listed in the previous paragraph, you need to do more to get your work out there. That’s it. Because if you don’t get up on your soapbox and tell people about your book, no one will ever know about it. Then, even though you have written the next War and Peace or Catcher in the Rye, even though your book could potentially be the next New York Times Bestseller, it will sit on the metaphorical Amazon shelf, collecting dust. But the question remains, how do I do it, and how to I do it the right way?
There are some things you can do. First thing: aside from your Twitter and Facebook (and actually using those accounts on a regular basis), you need to set up two other accounts. Amazon Author Central (https://authorcentral.amazon.com/) and Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/) . Both of these sites will allow you to promote yourself as an author, as well as list your books where people can find them.
If you have an author page on Amazon, if someone searches your name (and in some cases something close to your name) your page will come up in the search. Also, if you have the Amazon page, people can click on your name when looking at any of your books and they will be able to see ALL of your books. Well worth the price—which is only about 15 minutes of your time to set up. You can also link your Facebook, Twitter and website to this account, so that people can find you in these places.
Goodreads works much the same way, allowing you to put all your books in one place. But Goodreads has some other features that will help you as well. The first is you can do a book giveaway on Goodreads. They suggest that you give away at least 10 books, but I have found it can be just as effective giving away 2 or 3. What happens is people put your book on their virtual bookshelf in order to enter the contest. When I did my last one, I have almost 1,000 people enter the contest to win a copy of The Leviathan Chronicles. I gave away three books. So, for the cost of three of my own books, I was able to make 1,000 people aware that the book even existed. Will this translate into 1,000 sales—not a chance. But my book has now been placed on their shelves, and they might look at it one day and decide they are going to give it a shot. So, it is worth the small price.
Just for either of these pages (Amazon and Goodreads), don’t just set them up and forget about them. That is not going to do you any good. Be active on them, and keep them up to date. Otherwise it’s pointless even having them.
The other thing you want to do is get yourself some reviews. And though you’re shooting for those 4 or 5 star reviews, but you NEVER want to do. You NEVER want to pay for a review. In case the uppercase, bold letters didn’t get that point across the first time, I shall repeat it. You NEVER want to pay for a review.
So, why you ask? Surely if you pay someone to give a review of your book they are going to give you one of those much sought after 4 or 5 star reviews. The answer is, because it’s dishonest. Would you want to purchase something if you found out that all the great things people said about it weren’t true? No, probably not. Neither will your potential customers. So, yes, you want to solicit reviews. But the only cost to you should be a copy of your book.
The question remains, where do you go to get these reviews if you’re not paying for them?
Goodreads is a great place to start. There are message boards on their where you can post about your book and ask people for reviews in exchange for a free copy. You can also do a review exchange where you trade books with another author and write a review for them as they write a review for you. You can also get reviews by doing the giveaways mentioned earlier, but if you are doing that specifically for getting reviews, the number of books you giveaway should larger, because you will likely only see a 20 – 30% review rate on those giveaways (sometimes not even that much).
The other way is to email different book blogs and ask them for a review. Not only will they review your book on their blog, where all their fans will see it (and probably tweet about it as well), but they will usually post the review on Amazon and Goodreads where others will see it. Doing this can be quite time consuming though. You will need to send out a personal email to each book blog you want to get a review from, which does take a bit of time.
Speaking of Amazon again, I cannot stress enough the power of the Amazon review. Amazon is probably the biggest bookseller in the world right now, and people are much more likely to buy a book that has been highly reviewed from an unknown author than if it has no reviews. So, make sure that gets done.
There are many more things you can do, but I would suggest starting here.
I will leave you with this one final thought though. I follow others authors on Twitter, and what I notice many of them do is 20 – 30 times a day, they tweet about their book. This is annoying and it will lead to people unfollowing your account, which you don’t want to happen. What it won’t do is endear them to you enough to make them want to buy your book. Instead, on Twitter, only tweet about your book when you have something to tweet about (this goes for Facebook too). Tweet when you get your cover. Tweet when you begin a pre-order. Tweet when it’s released. Tweet when you have a book giveaway. Tweet when you get a review. Don’t just tweet over and over and over again how great your book is. It won’t lead to anything.
That’s all I have for you. Now get out there and write... and of course, promote your books!
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He stopped eating. He’d gone almost a whole day without thinking about her. Now that he had, he was overcome with an emptiness in his chest he couldn’t escape. He stared at the seat at the small table where she would always sit. If he closed his eyes, he could almost imagine she was still there, insisting that even though the food was crap, they could still eat like civilized human beings.
“Dammit!” He tossed the half empty ration pack at her seat, no longer hungry, and left the room.
He couldn’t keep doing this to himself. He knew that. But until they invented a pill that could erase memories, he really had no choice. It was all his fault. If it hadn’t been for him, she’s still be here.
He returned to the cockpit just as the air filled with the wail of the proximity alarm.
Jumping back into the pilot’s chair, he pulled up his sensor logs, and didn’t like what he saw. “Computer, is that what I think it is?”
“It is a Class-B frigate, of Quacock design with an armament of…”
He didn’t need to hear anymore.
The bulkhead groaned as Joel swung the Wanderer around, speeding away from the incoming craft.
He slammed his hand on the console. “How the hell did he find me?”
He’d been careful. Since he’d left the last port, he’d avoided all the shipping lanes, he’d made several course corrections, and he’d even masked his energy output to make it impossible to follow his trail.
“How’d the bastard do it?” he muttered.
“Please restate the question,” chimed the computer.
He didn’t respond to the machine. A warning beeped on the console a second before long streams of green energy burst forth from the pursuing craft and Joel jerked the controls to the right, sliding the Wanderer out of the way just in time. The beam of light passed only meters below the ship.
It had probably singed the armor, but at least no alarms blared. At least there was no lasting damage. It didn’t stop sweat from forming on his brow. It was a little too close, and if he wasn’t careful, he might not escape from the alien this time.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
He fights evil across the known universe and crushes them between his fingers (at least, he does this with his words).
James Mascia is an accomplished writer with a bestselling series, High School Heroes, as well as a bestselling graphic novel, The Poe Murders. He has always been a fan of sci-fi, and is glad to be delving back into the galaxy once again.
James teaches in Maryland, where he also writes. He has a lovely wife and a tiny terror (a two-year-old) driving him mad, but making him laugh.