Supporting Indie Authors

Picture this – you see a book you’ve had your eye on for a while is suddenly  “FREE” for a limited time.

Do you snap it up, keen to get your mitts on it, and pat yourself on the back for nabbing a bargain?

Assuming it lives up to your expectations – which, naturally, are extremely high – would you then one-click another by the same author? Even if it involves spending a few pennies?

In answer to all the above, I’d say  YES each time. One can never have too many good books, can one?

But, what about those “PERMA FREE” books, designed to hook you in, again hoping you’ll become a fan of said author and buy – as in pay for – more?

Do they work?

If something is permanently free, do you still attach the same value to it as something that is only free for a limited time?

Are “FREE” books the way to get readers, then?

I’m not so sure.

Of course, I’ve run a few of these 5-day Kindle free promotions myself, and …as if by magic, the number of downloads during that period vastly outweighs all sales …EVER!!! All of which suggests that the process works.

But does it really?

I can honestly say the number of reviews doesn’t increase by the same number, or even at all.

Does that mean that people who take advantage of these free offers don’t leave reviews?

It seems so – but why is that?

Do they themselves not attach any value to a free book?  Is it not worthy of their time to leave a few words – whether good or bad – on the site from which they obtained the book? Or is it that they haven’t met the spend criterion of 50 pounds/dollars/euros because they only ever ‘purchase’ free books?

I reckon many readers are unaware of how much an author gets by way of royalties, assuming they ‘rolling in it’ and therefore don’t need any further support or help in spreading the word.

(Sarcastic, moi?)

Because indie authors are raking it in, aren’t they?

I’ve decided next time I download and ENJOY a free book, then I’m going to review it (which I’d do anyway) and then check out the author’s portfolio with the intention, whenever possible, to purchase another of their books.

Will you join me?

Thanks for reading 🙂






It’s here …

Remember those awesome Black Friday deals I mentioned some time ago?
Well, they’re here – all singing and dancing and waiting for you to press the pretty ‘one-click’ button.

You can do that for me, can’t you?

Aww! I knew I could rely on you.



Here you go then, click on the happy word and let the fun begin – ENJOY! 

One last thing, I don’t want to keep you from these wonderful authors, but if you do buy – and subsequently read – any of these books, please consider leaving a review afterwards. Reviews keep authors writing!

Thanks for reading!

Archie’s story

Welcome to Magic O’Clock,

where time is irrelevant and hope is unlimited.

If dementia has touched your life in some way, then Archie’s story will bring a touch of magic to your day.

Judges have called it “a poignant and compelling piece; emotional and engagingly written; and a moving narrative of finding grace in difficult situation.”

Readers say it’s heartwarming, touching and emotionally gripping: a love story that is beautiful beyond words.

If you have never felt the pain of watching a loved one struggle with Dementia or Alzheimer’s, then Magic O’Clock may not be for you. But, if you can relate to Archie’s daughter, watching on as her father fails to recognise her, then you may enjoy this short and hopeful story.

Magic o’Clock

Archie Royle is a kind, funny, gentle man.
He’s also my dad. My storyteller. My hero.

Except he doesn’t remember my face any more.
His world, these days, doesn’t include me or his family.

Life may have changed for him, but he hasn’t given up on life.
Not at all.
It’s just different.

Dad still tells his stories, albeit for a new audience.
He makes people smile and chuckle. As he always did.

He’s a fighter, a survivor and maybe sometimes too clever for his own good! He’ll surprise you. I can assure you of that.

Welcome to Magic O’Clock, where time is irrelevant and hope is unlimited.

This story is purely fictional, but the emotions are all too real.


I created this short video to supplement the description. You can view it here (clicking on the link takes you to YouTube)

If you’re tempted to take a further peek, then “Magic” is currently free for a limited time from The Story Cartel. You can get a copy here. You’ll be asked to sign up to the site, but the books there are all offered for free. Who knows you might find a treasure trove of new fictional worlds.

Thanks for reading!

Hopefully, greater awareness will lead to more investment into research for a cure. Hope is really unlimited 🙂


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Why I am giving my book away for FREE

Magic o’Clock

Yep, you read it right – for FREE

Head on over to The Story Cartel, where you can download a free copy (for Kindle, PDF or EPUB).

All I ask of you is that you then post a review on any book site such as Amazon, B&N or Goodreads

Why Story Cartel?

Story Cartel is a new way for readers and authors to connect.

This is a home to any kind of book you could imagine, from nail-biting thrillers to tender romance novels, serious literary fiction to self-help non-fiction.

Every book is free for a limited time. Now that’s Magic!

The books you see on Story Cartel are all offered free by generous authors in exchange for your honest review. For book lovers, Story Cartel is a resource to discover great books and fresh authors.

Readers support authors by leaving their honest review.

All books on Story Cartel are completely free, but in return you support authors by leaving your honest review, whether good or bad, of the book you downloaded. Your reviews help authors market their books and gives them valuable feedback to improve their writing.

Story Cartel isn’t about buying reviews. It isn’t about manipulating people into giving your book five-star reviews. Story Cartel is about using the power of social media and generosity to help your book spread to the hands of readers who love great books.

If you’re looking for great books, and you’re prepared to leave a review afterwards, then The Story Cartel is perfect for you as a reader.

I hope you’ll join me there and take a copy of Magic too.