I swear this is mildly relevant, but my mom likes to tell this story about me when I was probably 3 or 4:
"My favorite to remember--I was really mad at you at the time--was when you vanished, and when I found you, you were hiding under the piano as far back as you could, the furthest spot you could get from the main part of the house, very patiently coloring your face with markers. Each section was a different color. You had done a very tidy job, but I wasn't amused. So yes, you started being sneaky from a very young age. Of course, you brought it full circle when you pulled of our 60th birthday party. Nearly gave me a heart attack, but it worked."
So anyway, bring it back to today, I've been a little sneaky, distracting you all by releasing The Polylocus Problem, while simultaneously prepping and releasing a brand new title called All In: A Prequel. Yup. Because I don't have enough things to do...
Anyway, I'm super excited about this. You know why? Because it's free! For everyone! For always!
Your next question will be: why?
Yes, well, good question. Chief Executive Producer (ie Josh) and I have been working on a new, larger, better, marketing and branding initiative for me, myself, and my books. This is Step 1. All In will forever and ever be free (until the great almighty Amazon decides otherwise, of course) so that you and your friends and your friends' friends and your friends' friends' friends can easily take a dip into the Sagittan Chronicles universe. It's a short (novella) intro to the characters, the world, and my writing style. If you like it, then guess what? There's a whole series of books for you to keep working your way through. If you don't? No worries--you (and your friends' friends and your friends' friends' friends, et al) didn't waste a penny.
So, here's where I'm at now: downloads.
First, please download the book. You don't have to read it (though it's great, so you should). Just download it. It'll help the Amazon (and iTunes/Kobo/Nook) algorithms reach out to more and more people.
My goal is to have 10,000 downloads of All In by the end of the year (Dec 31). If that happens, I will draw all over my face again (as an adult) with markers (not makeup!), but on video so you can watch. No mirror, just markers. I'll think about it ahead of time too, so I can plan something epic. If you'd like to see this happen, share with your friends, friends' friends, and friends' friends' friends and get them to download a copy too. At the time of writing, I have 57 downloads on Amazon (and 4 on the other platforms).
Aside from downloading your own copy and sharing, the other thing you can do is leave a review. As soon as I have 5 reviews, I can start doing some other marketing activities to help reach that 10,000 downloads goal.
So there you have it, friends, friends' friends, and friends' friends' friends.
These are the voyages of the star ship Ariele. Her mission: to get lots of downloads of the book All In over the next several months; to boldly go where no book has gone before! (Yes, I stole that--did you see a new Star Trek series has started [yay!] but it's only on CBS's streaming service [aw :( ].) Click here to download the book on Amazon.