8 Award-Winning Books for $8 + win a $50 Amazon Gift Card Publishing

Note: the sale is over and the comp is now closed.

As the headline might suggest, this is a promo/competition post. If you are looking for alternative content to feed your cerebrum, I humbly suggest this phenomenal Wired interview with Ursula K. Le Guin – Still Battling The Powers That Be.

For the rest of you, I have two treats today: eight award-winning books for less than $8 (details below) and a competition to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Entering the competition couldn’t be easier. Simply mention this post on Twitter, Facebook, or your own blog, and you will be entered in the draw.

Make sure you come back here and post in the comments to let me know you have entered (and so I have your email address to send the prize). Each posting counts as an entry, but please observe the usual protocols with regard to spamming etc. If you are posting to your blog, please feel free to use the words below. The winner will be announced on Wednesday morning in the comments below this post.

Without further ado, here are the deets on all those books:

Readers! Eight award winners in the 2012 eFestival of Words “Best of the Independent eBook Awards” have grouped together to offer you an amazing opportunity. They’ve reduced the prices of their award-winning novels to 99 cents for August 27 and 28th!

Whether you like to read mysteries, romance, horror, young adult, women’s fiction, or fantasy, this group has it. Are you a writer yourself? Do you want to learn all about digitally publishing your next masterpiece? They’ve got you covered there too.

Get all eight award-winning ebooks for the price of one single paperback!

Best Mystery/Suspense: Dead is the New Black by Christine DeMaio-Rice

Best Non-Fiction: DIY/Self-Help: Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran

Best Horror: 61 A.D. by David McAfee

Best Romance: Deadly Obsession by Kristine Cayne

Best Young Adult: The Book of Lost Souls by Michelle Muto

Best Fantasy & Best NovelThe Black God’s War by Moses Siregar III

Best Chick Lit/Women’s LitCarpe Bead’em by Tonya Kappes

Award for Best Twist (“I’ve Been Shyamalaned”): The Survival of Thomas Ford by John A.A. Logan

Here’s a one-stop shopping link for your convenience: http://amzn.to/AwardWinz

Best Mystery/Suspense

Dead is the New Black by Christine DeMaio-Rice

Laura Carnegie gave up on the man of her dreams a long time ago. He’s fashion designer Jeremy St. James, and not only is he her boss, everyone knows he’s gay.

When the woman who holds the company purse strings is found dead in the office, and Jeremy’s arrested for the murder, everything changes. If Laura can just solve this crime, keep the cops off her tail, break up a counterfeiting ring, and get the show on the runway by Friday, she might stop being Seventh Avenue’s perpetual loser.

If you love Project Runway, or enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada, try Dead Is the New Black.

Best Non-Fiction: DIY/Self-Help

Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran

This guide contains over 60,000 words of essays, articles, and how-to guides, as well as contributions from 33 bestselling indie authors including J Carson Black, Bob Mayer, Victorine Lieske, Mark Edwards, and many more.

It covers everything from how the disruptive power of the internet has changed the publishing business forever to the opportunities this has created for writers. It gives you practical advice on editing, cover design, formatting, and pricing. And it reveals marketing tips from blogging and social networking right through to competitions, discounts, reviews, and giveaways.

If you are considering self-publishing, if you need to breathe life into your flagging sales, or if you want to understand why it’s a great time to be a writer, Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should will explain it all.

Best Horror

61 A.D. by David McAfee

61 A.D. For ten years, Taras has lived in the young city of Londinium, feeding off the city’s underbelly. But now Theron, his old enemy, has come looking for revenge, and Taras’ nights of living in relative peace are about to end.

Yet not even Theron can slip into town unnoticed, and the Council of Thirteen sends Ramah to deal with the two renegades once and for all. But unknown to the Council, a much older enemy is also in Londinium, and this time even the great Ramah might not be safe.

Set against the backdrop of the Iceni uprising in Roman-era Britannia, 61 A.D. continues the story of Taras, Theron, and Ramah, as they fight their way through history.

Best Romance

Deadly Obsession by Kristine Cayne

Nic Lamoureux’s perfect movie star life is shattered by a stalker who threatens any woman close to him. When he meets photographer Lauren James, the attraction is instant–and mutual. She’s exactly the sort of woman he craves, but the stalker makes deadly clear Lauren is the competition.

And the competition must be eliminated.

“Stock up on ice cubes because this is definitely one sizzling debut. Readers will be hooked from the first sentence- on the book and on Nic! As rich as a white chocolate cheesecake, Cayne’s entrance into the suspense genre is invigorating, explosive and simply intoxicating.” ~ RT Book Reviews Top Pick

Best Young Adult

The Book of Lost Souls by Michelle Muto

When teen witch Ivy MacTavish changes a lizard into her date for a Halloween dance, everything turns to chaos. And when no one is powerful enough to transform him back except Ivy, it sparks the rumor: Like father, like daughter. Worse, someone has used an evil spell book to bring back two of history’s most nefarious killers.

Ivy’s got a simple plan to set things right: find the real dark spell caster, steal the book, and reverse the spell. No problem! But first, she’ll have to deal with something more dangerous than murderous spirits: the school’s hotter-than-brimstone demon bad boy, Nick Marcelli. Demons are about as hard to handle as black magic, and Ivy soon discovers it’s going to take more than a lot of luck and a little charm if she wants to clear her status as a dark witch, get a warm-blooded boyfriend, and have her former date back to eating meal worms before the week’s end.

Best Fantasy and Best Novel

The Black God’s War by Moses Siregar III

Against the backdrop of epic warfare and the powers of ten mysterious gods, Lucia struggles to understand The Black One.

Her father-king wants war.

Her messianic brother wants peace.

The black god wants his due.

She suffers all the consequences.

“Moses is a fine writer deserving of success, and I think that it will follow … I really enjoyed Moses’s work.” – David Farland, NYT Bestselling Author of The Runelords

Best Chick Lit/Women’s Lit

Carpe Bead’em by Tonya Kappes

Hallie Mediate was raised by her (slightly) crazy Great Aunt Grace on the wrong side of the tracks in Cincinnati. Hallie escapes her hometown and never looks back.

That is, until she’s transferred back to the hometown. Not wanting her past to cross paths with her future, Hallie puts her life on hold.

Aunt Grace is still up to her old tricks, but Hallie finds some sanity at a local jewelry-making class where she uncovers a hidden talent for beading.

Will she keep searching for the happiness she may already have found?

Award for Best Twist

The Survival of Thomas Ford by John A.A. Logan

Thomas Ford is the only survivor of the car crash which killed his wife. He is also the only witness who would be willing to identify the young, reckless driver who caused the crash.

But the driver would sooner see Thomas Ford dead than ever let that happen.

Happy Reading!

David Gaughran

Born in Ireland, he now lives in a little fishing village in Portugal, although this hasn’t increased the time he spends outside. He writes fiction under another name, has helped thousands of authors build a readership, and has created marketing campaigns for some of the biggest self-publishers on the planet. Friend to all dogs.

56 Replies to “8 Award-Winning Books for $8 + win a $50 Amazon Gift Card”

  1. Cool! Thanks for passing this along. I have a ton of indie lit to check out … I’m especially looking forward The Black God’s War. I’ve never been very much into fantasy, but I hope to support a new super-successful franchise.

  2. How cool! If you do anything else with this in the future, I would love to be included – my memoir, Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story, won for best general non-fiction and I would love to join your joint promo group! Congrats to all of you. I’m off to tweet away!

  3. This is fabulous!!! I’ve been meaning to buy your book and started the process the other day and then got distracted. Downloaded yours now as well as Tonya’s–been meaning to check hers out as well. Thanks! And congratulations on your award! 🙂

  4. This is a comment I should probably have appended to the above post, but it would be remiss of me to point out that the above eight books are not the *only* award-winners from the eFestival of Words (in case anyone didn’t click through to the link).

    Here is the full list of winners (and runners-up):

    Genre Specific Awards

    Non Fiction: General
    WINNER: Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story by Ingrid Ricks (Ingrid Ricks)
    RUNNER UP: Walk in the Snark by Rachel Thompson (Rachel Thompson)

    Best Non-Fiction: DIY/Self-Help
    WINNER: Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran (Arriba Arriba Books)
    RUNNER UP: What Your Mother Never Told You: A Survival Guide for Teenage Girls by Richard Dudum (Island Publishing)

    Non-Fiction: Religion/Spirituality
    WINNER: Ever-Flowing Streams: Beyond Bible-Belt Thinking by Dana Taylor (Supernal Friends Publishing)
    RUNNER UP: Northern Wisdom: The Havamal, Tao of the Vikings by Eoghan Odinsson (Asgard Studios)

    General Fiction
    WINNER: Finding Emma by Steena Holmes (Steena Holmes)
    RUNNER UP: Someone Else’s Fairytale by Emily Mah Tippetts (Emily Mah Tippetts)

    Best Action/Adventure
    WINNER: LeMans by Dakota Franklin (CoolMain Press)
    RUNNER UP: Redaction by Linda Andrews (LandNa Publishing)

    Chick Lit/Women’s Lit
    WINNER: Carpe Bead ‘Em by Tonya Kappes (Tonya Kappes)
    RUNNER UP: Drawing Free by Elena Aitken (Ink Blot Communications)

    Best Children’s Lit
    WINNER: Alice Parker’s Metamorphosis by Nicola Palmer (Kallisto)
    RUNNER UP: The Lost Secret of Fairies by Tiffany Turner (Tiffany Turner)

    Best Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
    WINNER: The Black God’s War by Moses Siregar III(Cup of Gold)
    RUNNER UP: Mind Over Mind by Karina Fabian (Dragon Moon Press)

    Best Historical Fiction
    WINNER (TIE) A Kingdom’s Cost by JR Tomlin (JR Tomlin)
    WINNER (TIE)Vestal Virgin by Suzanne Tyrpak (Suzanne Tyrpak)
    RUNNER UP: Fiji by Lance Morcan (Sterling Gate Books)

    Best Horror
    WINNER: 61 A.D. by David McAfee (David McAfee)
    RUNNER UP: Zombie Bible: What Our Eyes Have Witnessed by Stant Litore (Dante’s Heart)

    Best Literary
    WINNER: Village Books by Craig McLay (Craig McLay)
    RUNNER UP: The Midget’s House by Anita Bartholomew (Anita Bartholomew)

    Best Mystery/Suspense
    WINNER: Dead is the New Black by Christine DeMaio-Rice (Christine DeMaio-Rice)
    RUNNER UP: Not What She Seems by Victorine Lieske (Victorine Lieske)

    Best Romance
    WINNER: Deadly Obsession by Kristine Cayne (Kristine Cayne)
    RUNNER UP: Again by Diana Murdock (Diana Murdock)

    Best Science Fiction
    WINNER: Wool by Hugh Howey (Broad Reach)
    RUNNER-UP: The Next Genesis by Humberto Sachs and Kimberly Coghlan (Two Moon Press)

    Best Thriller
    WINNER: The Chosen by Jay Hartlove (Damnation Books)
    RUNNER UP: A Blade Away by Jack Wallen (Autumnal Press)

    Best Young Adult
    WINNER: The Book of Lost Souls by Michelle Muto (Michelle Muto)
    RUNNER UP: Neeta Lyffe: Zombie Exterminator by Karina Fabian (Damnation Books)

    Format-Specific Awards

    Best Anthology
    WINNER: Indie Chicks: 25 Women, 25 Stories (Still Waters Publishing)
    RUNNER UP: Tales Of The Far West Gareth-Michael Skarka, editor (Adamant Entertainment)

    Best Novel
    WINNER: The Black God’s War by Moses Siregar III(Cup of Gold)
    RUNNER UP: On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves (Tracey Garvis Graves)

    Best Short Story (Individual Story)
    WINNER (TIE) Transfection by David Gaughran (Arriba Arriba Books)
    WINNER (TIE): Chamber Music by Peter Balaskas (Uncial Press)
    RUNNER UP: Matchmakers 2.0 by Debora Geary (Fireweed Press)

    Short Story Collection (Single Author)
    WINNER: Mortal Clay, Stone Heart, and Other Stories in Black and White by Eugie Foster (Eugie Foster)
    RUNNER UP: After the Apocalypse by Maureen F McHugh (Small Beer Press)

    Best Poetry Collection
    WINNER: Trouble by Jess C Scott (jessINK)
    RUNNER UP: Disreputable by Jane Holland (Jane Holland)
    RUNNER UP: The Untasted Day by Mark Murray (Mark Murray)

    Best Magazine in Digital Format
    WINNER: Morpheus Tales
    RUNNER UP (TIE): Apex Magazine
    RUNNER UP (TIE): Clarksworld Magazine

    Special Awards

    The Harvey Award for the Book We Most Want to See Made into a Movie
    WINNER: Wool by Hugh Howey (Broad Reach)
    RUNNER UP: On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves (Tracey Garvis Graves)

    The “I’ve Been Shyamalaned” Award for Best Twist
    WINNER: The Survival of Thomas Ford by John AA Logan (White Butterfly Press)
    RUNNER UP: A Blade Away by Jack Wallen (Autumnal Press)

    Best Hero/Heroine
    WINNER: Jetta , Firedancer by SA Bolich
    RUNNER UP: Emily Grant, Not What She Seems by Victorine Lieske

    Best Villain
    WINNER (TIE): Salahn, Wrath of the White Tigress by David Alastair Hayden
    WINNER (TIE)The Castus Organization, The Sin Collector by Jessica Fortunato
    RUNNER UP: Victor Clay, She Cried Wolf by Lee Lopez

    Best Cover Art
    WINNER: Death at Bandit Creek by Amy Jo Fleming (April Martinez, artist)
    RUNNER UP: The Weight of Glass by Stuart Heatherington

    While not all of the above books are available for 99c, they are all reasonably priced, and definitely worth checking out.

    I would also like to thank anyone who voted for Let’s Get Digital (and Transfection, which was a *real* surprise), and the organizers of the festival for putting all this together. Moses Siregar deserves a big shout out for organizing this promo too. From what I understand, all the writers are watching their books race up the charts (with Dead is the New Black leading the charge, just outside the Top 500).

    Finally, I would like to thank all the competition entrants (and bloggers) for spreading the word. You have another whole day to enter, and each tweet counts!

    Huge thanks from me, and I hope y’all are finding some great reads!

  5. Hey David,

    I am glad to have come across your blog, since I am an aspiring writer in the works of writing my first novel. I have published a fitness/bodybuilding guide which is a completely different ballgame, and would appreciate any kind of advice you would have for me in self-publishing my novel. I have followed the recommendations of many telling me to start my own blog, and have attempted posting things of interest to our society. If you can critique my blog and tell me what you think, I would really be grateful.


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