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TV Personality, Cool Words, in Print, at a Bargain, with a Surprise Twist

So, a couple of hours ago, I was walking around Barnes & Noble, as I often do, browsing for books I’d like to buy LATER. Then, before I leave, I check out the “Last Chance” bin, where books that are on the way out are given one last chance for sale at a bargain price. I skim the books, see nothing I want, then, as I’m about to leave for real, I catch a second glance glimmer of a hardcover with a silver spine, and realize that I’m looking at a book I’ve been wanting for a couple of years from a television personality I like watching on a news network that shall not be named (okay, FOX). I think, “Oh, cool,” not to be ironic to the book’s title, and pick up the book to see if I still want it. First thing I notice is that it smells a little funny, a bit like marker. Then, as I’m about to close the book, I flit to the title page where I see something I was not expecting: The author had signed the book.

This wasn’t a stamp, dear readers. The book wasn’t marked on the outside like all of Barnes & Noble’s signed books are. I don’t think they actually knew they had an autographed copy sitting on their clearance shelf, and given how fresh the marker smelled, I’d imagine it was signed in secret, and not too long ago.

Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised.

But I left the book there. I’d forgotten my 20% off coupon at home. I’m not gonna pay full price for a book, even if it’s only $5.98!

Just kidding. I bought it. (Even though I really did leave my coupon at home, dang it.) It’s a good day so far.

Of course, now I have to read it.


Cannonball City Surges at Barnes & Noble

January 21, 2016:

A little while ago I clicked on my daily reports at Smashwords, as I do every day, to see that I had gotten a massive surge in downloads at Barnes & Noble over the last couple of days. When I clicked on the “Books” tab, I saw that Cannonball City: A Modern-day Fantasy, Year One had gotten 45 downloads yesterday and 34 today (so far). That’s the single best two days I’ve ever had at Barnes & Noble. It’s nearly doubled my total downloads since I began doing e-books last May. The only other “surge” I had with Barnes & Noble was a couple of months ago when I set The Computer Nerd‘s price at free (it isn’t free anymore, but you can still find coupons for freebies in the “Promos” tab on this site) and that was for only 13 downloads. Curious why the spike, I clicked over to Cannonball City‘s store page at Barnes & Noble to investigate.

An anonymous reader gave it five stars!

So, if you’ve ever been uncertain about whether you should read my books, now you know. Someone out there thinks I’ve got a good story to tell, so why not give that one a go? It’ll take a while to read, but odds are high you’ll enjoy it. And my mom doesn’t use the Internet or read e-books, so you can be sure the reviewer wasn’t her!

Links to the book can be found in the right margin on this site, or in the tab for Series Books > A Modern-day Fantasy Annual Series.