College Park Book Festival Saturday!

The College Park Book Festival is tomorrow. The festival is a chance for people to meet authors who are local to the Washington, DC, area.

I’ll be there, as will several other authors. And I always have candy at my booth, hoping to lure unsuspecting readers and keep them with book talk.

Here’s an image of the flyer (as it looks good on a blog post):

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Thanks to the great reviewers out there!

Just a quick shout out to all of you who take time to write reviews of my books. I really adore you for sharing your thoughts. It really helps an author when someone says great things about their book. I’ve been sharing reviews on my Facebook page, just to give a shout out to those who have taken the time to leave them. But that’s a bit scattered and random. So, I thought today I’d just post some great reviews here in one spot that I’ve gotten over the past few weeks. If you haven’t checked out any of these books, be sure to.

Concealed

Concealed_FC_BNG5 Stars – A Book Any Reader Would Enjoy “RJ Crayton writes an amazingly touching young adult book that takes in coming of age along with surviving in a strange, hostile world.”

5 Stars – Five Stars “Thoroughly enjoyed the story. Makes you want to keep reading.”

5 Stars – Good Read “The concept is good as well as the characters. I hope the secrets will come to light in the next book…exposed.”

5 Stars – Excellent Writing, I enjoyed this series of books “I really enjoyed this story a lot. The author had great timing, and knew how to keep the story moving to make you want to continue reading.”

4 Stars – Great start to a YA apocalyptic thriller! “Concealed keeps you guessing from the get go! The virus is a great twist on the genre. The story line pulls you in and whets your appetite!”

Life First

01_Life-First_darkjacketpants_reduced5 Stars  – Great Story “I thought this was a great start to a series…  I was anxious to see where the story went so got the other two in this trilogy as soon as I finished this one.”

5 Stars –  I enjoyed this Trilogy from start to finish “The characters were quite well developed by the end of the series, without any of their features feeling trite. I did not feel like this series was predictable, which made for a welcome adventure!”

5 Stars – Life First is a fast paced and exciting story. …  “A definite eye opener for what happens then a fanatical idea becomes the law of the land. I can’t wait to read Second Life”

4 Stars – Excellent – definitely worth reading!  “The setting of this story is terrifying – and especially so because it’s so darn believable. The author does an outstanding job of presenting her (VERY well thought out) dystopian future culture, where living organ donation is mandated by the state, and only the sociopathic criminal would dare to attempt to avoid their ‘obligation to society.'”

Prophecy of Light – Trapped

01prophecyoflighttrapped_2003005 Stars – A Delightful Story Appropriate for All Audiences “Her main characters live and breathe in color and movement, as does her scenery. This book contains no violence or sex. It’s a well-written, delightful story appropriate for all audiences.”

4 Stars – Magical story “This story is about the war between good and evil. This is the beginning of a story arc about a little girl and her magic.”

4 Stars – A great story with twists “A great story with twists, adventure and … wait for it … No Romance! As much as I love the romance in most stories, this one is actually better without it.”

Thanks again, to all the reviewers. I’ve so enjoyed reading the reviews!

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More than 130+ FREE books

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Like FREE books? There are 130+ FREE books involved in this promotion. All the books are available on InstaFreebie, and will continue to be available through Feb. 12. Book genres included range from fantasy to sci-fi to romance. You can click here or the image above to see all the books. Happy hunting!

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Life First Featured on Ereader News Today!

Life First01_Life-First_darkjacketpants_reduced is being featured on e-reader news today. The book is perma-free and follows the travails of Kelsey Reed, whose government wants to take her kidney and give it to someone else. Life First is a stand-alone book, and the first in a three-book series.

The remaining two books in the series, Second Life and Third-Life: Taken, continue Kelsey’s journey, as well as that of her friend Susan. For those who like book one, books two and three are free reads for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. For those wanting to save a touch of cash on the series, a boxed set is available, too.

 

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Clean YA Books for FREE

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Do you like young adult books that are generally free of sex and cursing? Well, a new promotion I’m participating is offering clean YA  for FREE via Instafreebie. The cool thing about this promo is, in addition to the FREE book, you can get an additional book by the author for just 99 cents.  I’ve got two books in this promo, book one of the Prophecy of Light series, which is FREE on Instafreebie, and book two in the series, which is only 99 cents on Amazon. There are tons of great books in this promo.

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Speculative Fiction FREE on InstaFreebie

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Want some great speculative fiction for FREE? Check out this page full of speculative fiction all free on Instafreebie.  The website is here: http://www.wbradfordswift.com/instafreebie-speculative-fiction-series-giveaway.

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New Version of the Old Song

I have two children who are still minors. They’re not super young at 9 and 13, but they’re young enough that we see kids movies. I’ve noticed in a couple of movies, they’ve had reworked versions of old songs that I’ve really really liked.

Last year, I knew I wanted to see Kubo and the Two Strings immediately after hearing the cool version of My Guitar Gently Weeps that went with it. (below)

This is a Beatles song, and they’re such great musicians that I could probably sing their song and it would sound fine. But this version, for whatever reason, really wowed me in the theater. The original My Guitar Gently Weeps is obviously very good,  too.

And last week, I saw Sing with my daughter, and was completely blown away by Jennifer Hudson’s cover of Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight (also a Beatles song).

I just loved Jennifer’s version. However, I will say, the original song was not among my top five picks for Abby Road songs, so it’s possible I loved the new version so much because I didn’t really squarely love it in its original form. (Golden Slumbers is easily over shadowed as Abby Road includes Come Together, Something, Here Comes the Sun and The End)

And that’s the interesting thing about remakes and whether they work or not.  People try them all the time–in music, books, and film. They take an old concept and try to re-do it. Most times, though, it doesn’t work (think the US Box office for the 2012 Total Recall remake). Sometime people so adored the first one that they they have no room in their heart to find love for the new version, or it simply cannot compare to what they viewed as perfection in the old one.  For example, I only want to hear Nat King Cole’s version of A Christmas Song or Stevie Wonder’s Someday at Christmas (Sorry, Mary J).

Sometimes the response is just, meh. I sort of feel this way about  Train’s new song, Play That Song, which basically adds a little twist to the old standby Heart & Soul.  (I don’t hate the Train song, but every time I hear it, I just think Heart & Soul and have trouble thinking of it as its own song).

And then sometimes a reimagination, or new version fires on all cylinders and it’s totally beloved. The artist manages to take something that we thought we knew and make it seem new and fresh and beautiful in its own way. And that’s really fantastic.

So what artistic endeavors (be they songs, books, or movies) have you really enjoyed the new twist on lately?

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Grab Prophecy of Light – Trapped FREE

01prophecyoflighttrapped_200300Happy Monday to you.

Just a quick FYI. You can grab the first book in the Prophecy of Light series FREE via Instafreebie. Previously, you’d been able to grab a preview version of the book free on the site. Now you can grab the entire thing there. Instafreebie is a site where you get a free book in exchange for subscribing to an author’s mailing list.

Books two and three, Unleashed and Foretold, are currently available for sale on Amazon. They’re available FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers or for purchase.

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Self-Publishing Sunday – Birthday Edition

selfpubroadmapfinalHappy Sunday to you. It happens to be my birthday today, which is why it’s called the birthday edition.

I hope everyone is having a great week. In terms of my own publishing, I had a great day yesterday, and woke up to find Concealed in the top 10k of books on Amazon. So that was a great way to wake up on your birthday.

I did want to let everyone know that I’ve decided my book on self-publishing needs updating. It was published in March of 2015, and written mostly in January and February of that year. However, a lot has changed in the nearly two years since it came out. Therefore, I’m going to update it next month and publish a 2017 edition in March. In the meantime, I thought I’d drop the price to 99 cents, as some of the information is out of date.

So what’s changed in the two years? For one, some of the specifics. When I wrote the book Amazon’s AMS ads were brand new and people weren’t getting great results. That’s changed tremendously. People are doing well with them, if they know how to use them. Also, pre-order set up and rules have changes.  Also, I’d like to update some of the information on publishing schedules and timelines. I’ve gotten a new perspective on that and feel it deserves inclusion in the book.

Well, that’s about it for today. Going to head off and try to relax a little. Hope you have a lovely rest of the day.

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Concealed FREE, Life First Series Books Move Into KU

Concealed_FC_BNGHappy Tuesday to you. I hope you had a great weekend and Monday. Just a couple of quick notes.

First and foremost, my book Concealed is FREE today. The book is part one of the virus series. I’d love it if you would grab a copy while it’s free. If you like the book, please leave a review, too.  This is the first time Concealed has been free, so I’m curious how the additional eyeballs will impact things.

Also, I wanted to mention that I moved the books Second Life and Third Life: Taken into the Kindle Unlimited program. This means the books are now exclusive to Amazon. They had been wide (at multiple retailers) since their publication, but just haven’t had anywhere near the sales on other vendors as they’ve had on Amazon. So, I decided to pull the books into the Kindle Unlimited program, with hopes they’d earn more in borrow fees than they earned at the other vendors (which seemed likely based on my Virus series sales and borrows).  The KU terms is 90 days, so I’ll reassess things at the end of the 90 days.  Even though books two and three are in KU, I’m leaving the first book in that series, Life First, available free at all vendors.

That’s it for me today. I hope you’re having a good one, and be sure to grab a copy of Concealed.

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