Monday, August 30, 2021

 The Golden Crystal by Jane O'Brien

Today I posted the seventeenth episode on my Vella story called The Golden Crystal.  I am learning my way through the whole Vella process, much like some of you.  So far my main complaint is that Amazon is not advertising the Vella platform and most people don't even know it exists.  Other than that, I find it an exciting new way to read and write. 

When I first signed on as a reader, I was told that I would be able to read the first three episodes of every series for free.  After that I would have to buy tokens to unlock the episodes one at a time.  But when I completed the first three episodes, I was given 200 free tokens to get me started!  That was a nice bonus.  After using those up, I did purchase 300 tokens.

The tokens are set in relationship to how long each episode is, so if one of my episode is 1500 words long, you would spend 15 tokens to read it.  In the end, it's not much different than buying a Kindle book for $4.99.  The difference is that you have to wait for the next episode to be published unless you are reading a story that has released many episodes already.  Then you can buy all you want that exists.  Make sense?

Overall, it's just plain fun.  If you do want to try this new way of reading, be aware that as of now, you can only read on your iPhone Kindle app or your iPad Kindle app.  These can not be viewed on Kindle itself and are not allowed to be published anywhere else as an ebook or paperback until they are on Vella for a specific amount of time.

I do plan to publish The Golden Crystal as a book at some time in the future.  In the meantime, here's the link to my episodic story.  The Golden Crystal.

Don't forget to hit the THUMBS UP button if you like it.  Once a week, you'll be given the change to FAVE a particular series.  If you like mine, Id appreciate it if you would do that, too.

Thank you for giving my new venture a try.  Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Goodreads Giveaway

 Are you a Goodreads subscriber?  It's a great place to keep track of your books -- those you are reading, those you want to read, and those you have already finished. 

You can connect with other readers in your favorite genre, get suggestions on their favorites, and add your comments.

You can also rate and review, all from one place.  

And best of all there are giveaways always running.  Some are for ebooks and some are print copies.

I am currently running a giveaway for 100 ebook copies of Yesterday's Tears, and as of this writing there are over 1700 entries.  It's not too late to pop over, sign up, and enter. The giveaway runs until August 31st, 2021.  

Oh, and don't forget to leave a review of your favorite Jane O'Brien book.

Click on the title below for the link to my Goodreads Giveaway.

Yesterday's Tears

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Yesterday's Mercy Book Release


Book Release!!!
The day has finally arrived (and I even kept to my promise to publish in August!) Yesterday's Mercy is now available. As of this writing the paperback and Kindle edition have not yet merged on Amazon, so I'll give you the Kindle link. I hope you like it. I had some stressful times writing this one, but for the most part it was a lot of fun, and as you will see when you get to the end, it rolls right into the next book, which I have already started writing. Enjoy! And don't forget those all important reviews. Thank you so much for following Jane O'Brien books!

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Would You Time Travel?


Good News!! My newest book, Yesterday's Mercy, has moved to the publishing stage, which means I have to wait for the proof copy to arrive before I give final approval. In other words, we're getting there.
I enjoy this time travel genre so much that I sometimes wish I could do it myself. So I'm curious. If you were to time travel, where would you go? Would you visit an ancestor or someone famous? Who and why? I can't wait to see what you have to say.