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Hometown on Sale!


It’s the Fall of 1994 in the small milltown of Belford, New York. The leaves are turning, the kids are going back to school, and the heat of Summer is giving way to a cool, misty season. It happens every Fall.

Only this Fall, people are disappearing into that mist. Some people are found torn apart, some people are found dead for no reason, and some people aren’t found at all. Other people see strange things in the mist: ghosts and campfire stories.

There’s something out there in that mist. Something old. Something that has slept for a long time, but has now woken up hungry. Maybe the people of Belford could resist it, but as the terrible Fall wears on, more and more of them start…changing. Acting bizarre and violent. In the end, only a small group of teenage defenders are left to make their stand.

For the next five days, Hometown – which usually costs $3.99 on Kindleis on sale for $1.99!  Check it out!

And remember, it’s always available in paperback, and absolutely free on Kindle Unlimited!


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My Testimonial at (and for) iequalsAlissa

Here it is.

I think this may be the beginning of a good working relationship.

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Marketing Report


I’ve had a few days to digest the results of last week’s promotions, and overall, I’m pleased.  Hometown isn’t exactly jumping off the shelves now that it costs money again, but it’s moving, and that’s something it wasn’t doing before.  Perhaps more important (at least for now), Hometown is in the hands of hundreds of people who hadn’t heard of it before.

To tell the truth, I was a little disheartened at first.  It’s good that I’m being heard, but it’s a little distressing to think that people only want your work when you give it away for free.  Then this showed up on my Facebook feed:

So my Chef is telling me about this new book she downloaded on her kindle. She said she found it on Amazon select and had just missed the 3 day free download offer on it but she read the blurb and thought it sounded great so she bought it anyway and can’t wait to read it. I started to laugh and said the book doesn’t happen to be called “Hometown” does it? She said how would you know that? I told her to look at the author’s name. It’s Matthew Keville my older brother. Bought the book because it sounded great!!!

…and I felt much better.

(By the way, I have one more “free giveaway” day to use for Hometown this quarter.  Day to be announced.  Stay tuned.)

This whole experience has given me new perspective – and new ideas – on how to market my work.  Which means I have to announce some changes.

I’ve found that I like the promotional tools – to say nothing of the audience – for Kindle Select, and I’ve decided to move all of my work there.  Unfortunately, Kindle Select requires that my work be sold exclusively at Amazon.  So here’s what’s going to happen: for one week, my stories will remain up at Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, iTunes Books, and other vendors connected with Smashwords.  After that, I will unpublish those works from Smashwords.   They may linger for a few days at the other vendors, but shortly after that, my work will only be available at Amazon.

I’ll even be taking those stories down from this blog.  Writing theory, movie reviews, and all the other things I have to say will still be here, but with a few exceptions, after next week, my fiction will only be available through Amazon.

On a more positive note, our next big promotion, complete with giveaways, will be for The Truth of Rock and Roll:

I mean, look at this cover.

I’ve already lowered the price, so for those who’ve never bought before, now might be the time.

By the way, you may well ask if I’ve been doing anything else with my time over the last few weeks.  After all, a promotion is primarily the work of the promoter, right?

The answer is yes.  I’ve been hard at work on a story for a special someone’s special occasion.  Come back tomorrow to see.

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What I’ve Been Up To, And How You Can Help


Hey, all.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been largely incommunicado this week because I’ve been working with a couple of internet promoters to help get the word out about Hometown.  I’ll be bringing you more news on those promotions as they develop, but the first thing you should be aware of is that Hometown will be available for free download from Amazon on March 3rd, March 5 – 7, and possibly one other day.  If you take advantage of my little blowout sale, all I ask is that you review after you read – your blogs, Amazon itself, whatever – and let me know, so I can use them for further promotions.

But that’s for later.  There’s a way you can help me right now.

Part of the promotional materials will be “interviews” with myself and the characters of Hometown.  Now, I could just make up the questions myself, and it may yet come to that, but I think it would be better if I answered questions that people actually wanted answered.

With that in mind, just put any questions you have for me – or, for you long-timers, for the characters of Hometown – right here in the comments, and I will include the answers in the materials for the March 2 Hometown Book Blitz.

Thanks in advance.

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Changes to Hometown


Hey, all.

In what may be a bit of an impetuous move, I’ve decided to enroll Hometown in KDP Select.  In order for it to qualify, it can’t be available for free or for sale in an electronic version anywhere else online.  With that in mind, I’m going to be taking down all but Book 1 of Hometown from this blog, and unpublishing it from Smashwords.  Since Hometown is available on iTunes Books, Barnes and Noble, and several other online distributors only through Smashwords, it will be coming down from those sites soon as well.

On the plus side, I’ll be running a promotion in early march where Hometown will be available for download from Amazon for free!

This may all be a bit drastic, but when the book that I worked on for years, the book that I consider – at least for the moment – to be my magnum opus – still has sales numbers in the single digits, something needs shakin’ up.

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