Winter Promotion After-Action Report

Hi, everyone. First, thanks to all who selected my titles during the Smashwords promotion that ended yesterday. Here is how it all went.

No one selected any titles that were discounted at 50 or 75 percent. Many selected titles that were free of charge. In order of popularity:

With 27 selections, Clytie’s Caller was the most popular title. In second place, with seven selections apiece, came Through the Opera Glass and It Happened in Memphis. Down on the Corner of Love and Brief Interludes had six selections each. Five people chose Flowers of Europe. Two Days in June, Hard-Boiled Blues, Yellowjack and The River Man, and Last Stop: Storyville, each garnered three new readers. Finally, 2010 Hindsight, Les Pensées Dangereuses, and His Beloved Infidel were each chosen once.

While it’s obvious that a lot of people enjoy the sweet, Regency romance of Clytie’s story, it looks like the most popular works were those in the Pocketful of Stories series. Thirty-four people added those titles to their libraries.

Thanks to all who chose my titles. I would love it if you were to review them and share your thoughts on your favorite site. Much appreciated.

Winter Promotion

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Hi, everyone. As you know, I occasionally do sales and promotions of my eBooks. Through January 1, 2021, my eBooks are either free or heavily discounted on Smashwords. Sales links and prices:

Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes Series

In The Eye of The Beholder – 99 cents; Through the Opera Glass – Free; In The Eye of The Storm – 99 cents; Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes Omnibus – $2.99

Pocketful of Stories Series – All Free

Last Stop: Storyville; Yellowjack and the Riverman; A Light Across the Lake; Down on the Corner of Love; Two Days in June; Flowers of Europe; It Happened in Memphis; Hard-Boiled Blues

Full Length Fiction

Bayou Fire – 99 cents

Short Fiction

Around the World in 80 Pages – Free; The Rock Star in the Mirror (Or, How David Bowie Ruined My Life) – Free; His Beloved Infidel – Free; Brief Interludes – Free; Clytie’s Caller – Free

Non-fiction and Essays

Les Pensées Dangereuses – Free; Sui Generis – Free; 2010 Hindsight: A Year of Personal Growth In Spite of Myself – Free; Some Brief Advice for Indie Authors – Free; Hugs and Hisses (benefits Humane Society Silicon Valley) – $1.99; Music, Mayhem, and Bad Decisions – $1.49

If you enjoy my work; I would appreciate reviews wherever you prefer to leave them. Thank you!

Sample Saturday: Hard-Boiled Blues

Today’s sample is from “The Axe Man Cometh,” one of the tales in Hard-Boiled Blues. Enjoy!
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I don’t know why y’all adults are always trying to scare the hell out of little kids.

With my Irish Granny O’Halloran, it was always the bainsidh, who would come and get you in the outhouse if you were naughty. With my Cajun Granny Broussard, it was always the rougarou who would get you and take you out to the swamp if you misbehaved or back-sassed your elders.

I think I was ten years old when I stopped to think about how stupid this was.

Wait. We don’t even have an outhouse; we’ve got indoor plumbing. And if some alligator-headed man shows up to take me to the swamp, well, I reckon I’d better go … and use my daddy’s camera to take pictures if I can. That Ripley fellow might talk about it on the radio if I can prove it’s true, and I might make a little money for the family. I’m sure those “Believe It Or Not” fellows would love a picture of the rougarou.

Plus, I grew up in the Quarter. We have neighbors who swear they remember Marie Laveau and the yellow snake she called Le Grand Zombi, even though she died fifty years ago. Every other house around here is haunted, including ours if my grannies are to be believed, and I’ve never seen or heard a thing.


Want your own copy of Hard-Boiled Blues? Here are the back cover copy and purchase links. The eBook is 99 cents across all outlets.

Two dead bodies.

Two policemen, one in New Orleans and one in Memphis.

Not all crimes have easy solutions in the Jim Crow South.

It’s enough to make you sing the blues.

Grab the final entry in Pocketful of Stories today!

Amazon US

Apple Books

Barnes & Noble

Fnac (France)

Kobobooks

Mondadori (Italy)

Overdrive (via your local library)

Smashwords

Walmart

Authors Give Back – Listing Update

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Hi, everyone. After having nearly everything in my Smashwords catalog available free of charge for a full month, I’ve decided to change it up for a little bit. As of right now, I have left only my historical fiction in the promotion. The only exception is my Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes omnibus, as all of the included volumes are still listed separately.

If you have selected any of my titles, I hope you will write a review either in your blog or at your favorite review site. Thank you, as always. List of available titles, with direct links, below, in alphabetical order.

A Light Across the Lake V2A Light Across the Lake – Return to Paris’ glamorous Opera Garnier, and the world of the award-winning “Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes” series! “A Light Across the Lake” is the tale of apprentice set builder Lucien Dubois, who is determined to see what lies in the fifth cellar. Will his exploration raise the ire of the infamous Opera Ghost?

Bayou Fire – Diana Corbett’s childhood was plagued by unceasing dreams of smoke and flames. The nightmares went away, until the noted travel writer’s first night on assignment in Louisiana … when they returned with a vengeance. Could the handsome Cajun, Amos Boudreaux, be the key to unlocking the secret of BAYOU FIRE?

Clyties_CallerClytie’s Caller – Bath, 1816. Clytemnestra Preston has become so terrified of life that she refuses to leave her room. Not even her family can convince her to take her place in Society again. Doctor Samuel Whittington, late of His Majesty’s Army, may be her only chance for a cure … and romance. Can Sam convince Clytie to open the door, and her heart?

DOTCOL V2Down on the Corner of Love – Being a civil rights activist isn’t easy in rural Louisiana. Raine’s found herself ostracized and alone because she’s a woman who speaks her mind. Fed up, she leaves her country world behind for beautiful San Francisco. There, Raine meets a new best friend, Jo, who is free-spirited and living life to the fullest. But Jo’s in more danger than Raine realizes, “Down on the Corner of Love.”

Flowers of EuropeFlowers of Europe – Thaddeus Flowers, American inventor and charming rake, is chasing adventure and romance across Europe. English scientist Arabella Abingdon is always one step ahead of him. Join the excitement in these steampunk-tinged historical tales that take you from Hyde Park to the Place des Vosges.

Hard-Boiled Blues

Hard-Boiled Blues – Two dead bodies. Two policemen, one in New Orleans and one in Memphis. Not all crimes have easy solutions in the Jim Crow South. It’s enough to make you sing the blues. Grab the final entry in “Pocketful of Stories” today!

31432511His Beloved Infidel – Farukh and Catherine are colleagues at Paris’ World Language Institute. He is Persian; she is American. Can their newly-discovered love survive the strain of Iran’s Islamic Revolution?

ITEOTB Wrap Cover frtIn The Eye of The Beholder– When French equestrian Claire Delacroix loses her fiance in a tragic accident, she comes to live at the Paris Opera during its 1890s heyday. Whilst working at the opera, she meets a mysterious, masked stranger: Erik. Is it possible that the two of them will heal the pain of each other’s past? Updated for 2015 with glossaries of equestrian terms and French words used in the text.

eye2In The Eye of The Storm – San Francisco, 1948. When a mysterious stranger approaches Clarice Kaye in her favorite restaurant, his words trigger a voyage of discovery: “You look just like your grandmother, but you have your mother’s eyes. There was only one question in Clarice’s mind: how could he know? Armed with family diaries that tell of the scandalous grandmother for whom she was named, Clarice embarks on a journey through Paris’ modern art movement, 1906 San Francisco, and the depths of the Opéra Garnier in this long-awaited sequel to “In The Eye of The Beholder.” “In The Eye of The Storm” is the 2015 Silver Medal winner for best fan fiction in the Global eBook Awards.

It Happened in MemphisIt Happened in Memphis – Evie Boudreaux has a knack for seeing history in action. Why? Because she sees ghosts. Come along on a visit to Tupelo and Memphis, and see the earliest days of rock music through Evie’s eyes! Buy “It Happened in Memphis,” Pocketful of Stories No. 7, today!

Storyville V2Last Stop: Storyville – Riding a New Orleans streetcar is an everyday occurrence for Tulane freshman Jimmy Arceneaux (“Bayou Fire”). But one evening, things are different. Find out how in “Last Stop: Storyville.”

Opera Glass AlternateThrough the Opera Glass – Author Sharon E. Cathcart took up a challenge in 2012: to write flash fiction and full length short stories based on various prompts. Each story features one or more characters from “In The Eye of The Beholder: A Novel of the Phantom of the Opera” or its sequel, “In The Eye of The Storm.” Brimming with historical detail, the stories in this collection range in place and time from 19th Century Persia to post-World War II San Francisco. “Through the Opera Glass” was the runner-up for “Best Short Story Collection” in the 2014 eFestival of Words Independent Book Awards.

Two Days in June V2Two Days in June – Starvation. Fear. Fighting in the streets. It’s June 1832, and Paris is once again at war. The students of the Sorbonne rise up against those in power, believing that right and the people are on their side. But King Louis-Philippe has other plans.

Yellowjack V2Yellowjack and the River Man – Yellow fever. Voodoo queen Marie Laveau. A long-lost relative’s homecoming. The Underground Railroad. All of them are part of Alcide Devereaux’s (“Bayou Fire”) continuing story. See what adventures come his way in “Yellowjack and the River Man.”

 

Authors Give Back – Extended!

AGB Promo

Hi, everyone. The Authors Give Back promotion on Smashwords has been extended through May 31, 2020, and I decided to continue participating.

This means that you can get almost all of my eBooks free of charge until the end of May. The one exception is Hugs and Hisses. which benefits Humane Society Silicon Valley; that book is discounted, so I still have some modest royalties to give them.

Visit my Smashwords profile to make your selections. You’ll find formats for any eReader, or to read on-line. Thank you!

Click here: Sharon E. Cathcart’s books on Smashwords