So, I have been busting my ass to get the word out about my new thriller/suspense/romance novels over the last week. To say it's been a trying experience would be an understatement. Over the last two days, I've gotten more than 10,000 tweet impressions on Twitter and 10 to 15 link clicks. I think I am finally starting to get somewhere. However, I have narrowed the field to Twitter and Goodreads. Those appear to be the only things that really work. Twitter works well because if you turn on your analytics, you can see an amazing amount of information. Goodreads only works if you can figure out how to get OUT. And that is extremely difficult. I've only just now began to go beyond people who happen to trip over my Goodreads profile. The good news - I am finally getting somewhere. My metrics are looking great.
And now for that avia i excerpt
Adult content, turn away if you have innocent eyes or are underage
onward to the except
“What’d you say Stephanie was doing?” Brian asked.
“Going to the bank,” Avia said. “I would guess that she found out she doesn’t have a bank account and her millions are gone.”
“And crashed,” Brian said. “Well, that makes our lives easier.”
“She can’t think if she’s in a coma,” Avia said.
“I had the okay to shoot her if she suspected us,” Brian said as he walked over to Avia.
“Damn,” Avia said as she watched him. “Did you want this chair?” She stood.
“I do,” Brian said as he sat down in the chair. He grabbed Avia’s free hand and pulled her into the chair with him.
“Didn’t Benton get pissed at you for this?” Avia asked.
“He did,” Brian said. “But he’s not due here for hours, and I don’t think you’re going to talk about it.”
“There’s a lot of things we don’t talk about,” Avia said. She took another drink from her glass.
Brian sat his glass on the table next to the chair. “And how long have you know him?” he asked as he sat her glass on the table.
“Since I was six,” Avia said.
“And he’s content with things as they are,” Brian said. He unzipped the back of her dress.
Avia shrugged as she reached down and unfastened his pants. She pulled out his cock and began stroking it.
Brian pulled her dress down. He kissed her as he brushed his hands over her breasts.
Avia sunk herself onto his cock with a gasp. “Aroused?”
“Very,” Brian said. He shifted lower in the chair to give her more lap room.
Avia rode him, feeling his cock slipping in and out of her as they became more excited.
Brian grunted as he started thrusting from beneath her. He could hear Avia panting and moaning as his eyes started to roll back in his head. He let out a harsh groan seconds later as he came.
Avia gripped his shoulders as she started riding him faster. All of a sudden, she orgasmed with a scream.
Brian kissed her deeply as she relaxed against him. “I am not the only one who needed that.”
Avia smirked. “Maybe not.” She slipped out of his lap. “I need a shower. My bags are still in the trunk.”
Brain stood and zipped his pants. “I’ll get it.”
Avia tossed him her keys before walking into the bathroom. She turned on the water to the shower then undressed, leaving her dress on the floor. Reaching over to the towel bar, she grabbed a washcloth before stepping inside the shower. Avia stood in the back for a moment while the water heated. She stepped forward and rinsed herself then grabbed the soap.
Need more? You can get Avia I and Avia II right here!
you all know I love a good deal.
I think $2.99 is a good deal on an ebook. However, I've just discovered something rather amazing. While I was playing with the Gift the Book features, I clicked on "download a sample". Interesting. So, I didn't have the Kindle app on my phone. I downloaded it and logged in. Then I searched "stacey carroll" to find my books. It worked. You can find them on your Kindle phone app by searching my name.
I clicked on Avia I. When I did, the app notified me that I have $3 in kindle credits. Well, to my knowledge, I've never ordered a kindle book. I happen to prefer hardcopies, and no hard feelings for anyone who prefers hardcopies. I get it.
So, if you are looking to get the Kindle version for free! You may just have $3 in credits in your Kindle phone app if you've never had the app or used those initial free credits.
And here's the official text I got in the email.
s a thank you for downloading the Kindle app, we've added a $3 Amazon.com promo credit* to your account. Your credit will be automatically applied to your next qualifying purchase (including Kindle books), and expires in 14 days (see terms and conditions below).
You will also get more kindle credits for every other ebook you purchase.
Flight, flare, suspense and a dash of forbidden
Stacey's Carrolls new series Avia promises a good time and a great read. If you're looking for a new set of novels, these are the ones we recommend. Readers just can't get enough of Avia and Benton as they bungle their way through a 50-million dollar heist, navigating cops, criminal charges and personal problems while trying to make a fast buck.
What are readers saying?
what will you say about the book?
Avia I - Thunderstorms and .45s - Available on Kindle
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90% of the people i personally know do not have bank accounts or credit cards. I get it. bank accounts are iffy, credit cards can get you in FINANCIAL trouble.
Well, there's a problem if the only payment method you have is PayPal. You won't be able to buy the book on Amazon. I just researched this when it was brought to my attention. It never occured to me that Amazon does not accept PayPal. Wow. So, where do you purchase Thunderstorms and .45s if all you have is PayPal. There are a lot of industries that are now running their payroll through PayPal. It's fast. It's not terribly expensive, and if you have a PayPal debit card, you can use it anywhere you would use a normal CC or bank card, but if you don't have that PayPal card, which takes a real credit card to get (visa, mastercard), you can't buy things on Amazon. Well, that's 90% of my customer base. They use PayPal.
paypal is accepted at barnes and noble
If you have a paypal account, you can purchase Thunderstorms and .45s on Barnes and Noble. They accept PayPal.
paypal is accepted at kobo
Thunderstorms and .45s is also available at Kobo, and Kobo accepts PayPal.
Are avia and benton the next romeo and juliet or bonnie and clyde?
Everyone wants to Know. Only You Can Decide.
Thunderstorms and .45s
If no one has told you lately that what you do and what you write are valuable, let me be the first – YOU ARE VALUABLE. What you have written is WORTHY! Your time, your effort and those hours of slaving away at your computer churning out words instead of doing something else are valuable!
You Are Worth It
It doesn’t matter what you’ve written. It doesn’t matter how long it is or how short it is. Your writing matters.
Writing is hard work!
You have slaved over the keyboard to write down your most important thoughts – whether they are fiction or nonfiction. You had an idea, and you had the determination to see it through. You finished that book. GOOD JOB!
You Deserve Recognition
You deserve recognition for your hard work. You deserve to see your book in print or as an ebook, and you can choose to go traditional or independent. That choice is up to you. So, if you haven’t submitted to any agents, editors or publishing houses, go for it!
Get out there and get your voice heard!
Thunderstorms and .45s - A break from all that hard work
Sometimes in fiction, we read a passage and it’s so bizarre that we’re not quite sure what to make of it. In Thunderstorms and .45s, one of those scenes involves a Dodge Stratus. Why a Dodge Stratus? Dodge Stratus’ weren’t particularly good looking cars. They didn’t scream power, and they were only made from 1995 to 2006. In fact, their styling resembled the Saturn’s, which were available during the same timeframe.
The Dodge Stratus was manufactured as either a 2-door Coupe or a 4-door Sedan. It wasn’t a particularly expensive car, and it certainly wasn’t a luxury car. It got you from point A to point B fairly reliably.
Given the fact that we know Avia is wealthy, why would she drive a Dodge Stratus from Florida to Michigan? She has to have other vehicles that are nicer, more comfortable and get better gas mileage. Yet, in the opening scene, we can see her and Victor leaving a dodge Stratus on the side of the road.
Just why did she choose that car? Tell us in the comments. Better yet, see if you can figure it out in the text...
Amazon Kindle: $4.99
Amazon Paperback: $8.99
Barnes and Noble Nookbook: $4.99
Kobo Ebook: $4.99
If you haven’t been influenced personally by someone with a heroin addiction or another type of addiction, consider yourself extremely lucky. I’ve have family members in the grip of opioid addictions, whether it be heroin or pain pills. Some of them function well to spite the incredible devastation to their health, and others don’t function quite so well. It is estimated that 2.1 people out of 100,000 will die from a heroin overdose, according to WebMD. According to Promises, heroin causes 12,982 deaths in 2015, which represents about 25% of the overdose deaths across the US. It’s a growing problem, and anyone can be affected. It’s also a topic I cover in my fiction thriller Thunderstorms and .45s, because I don’t believe statistics help, and while real stories can bring home the point, a lot of times, all people think is – OMG how horrible for them. Fiction, on the other hand, allows you to objectively view real problems in a new context that isn’t so emotional or overwhelming.
The main character, Avia, is a recovering and relapsing heroin addict, who works in the drug trade. This is very similar to a bartender who still bartends even though he or she is a recovering alcoholic. Why do addicts do this? Because they have to make money, no matter the risk to their mental and physical wellbeing.
Their addiction also affects more than just themselves. In Avia’s case, her addiction affects her ability to fly. It colors her thinking. It worries her partner, Benton. And she has enablers as well as those who are trying to help her quit. What you see is the struggle. Avia trying to work. Trying to fight the addiction, and some days she wins. Some days she loses. You also see her triggers, which are common for all addicts. All addicts have triggers. It’s just a matter of whether or not they can avoid them and/or walk away once they see them.
Some triggers are emotional. Some are physical, but if they can’t be ignored or avoided, they almost always result in a relapse. This is why getting help and staying in a long-term outpatient treatment progam, like group counseling and narcotics anonymous are so important?
Will Avia ever get all the help she needs to beat her addiction and be a productive member of society? Only time will tell, but you can check out the first novel in the Avia series at:
Amazon Kindle: $4.99
Amazon Paperback: $8.99
Barnes and Noble Nookbook: $4.99
Kobo Ebook: $4.99