Iron Will Rust on Kindle Unlimited through Christmas!
Most folks shop at Amazon. Some use Amazon Prime, others have Amazon Smile set up for charities, and many enjoy the portability of electronic book formats such as Kindle. Printing books costs money, but how do writers and publishers price their Kindle books? An unknown author may set their price to $0.99 in hopes of attracting massive downloads, while another may see their work as being of a particular value due to time invested researching and writing the book choosing a price point between $2.99 and $9.99. Then we have those odd outliers who simply charge more than it would cost to actually print the book! Much to my wife's disappointment, because we both really enjoy Barbara Erskine's books. Famous, proven, best-seller authors command high prices.
Let me share a cool secret.
If you’re an avid Kindle user, you probably know about Kindle Unlimited, so you’ll be happy to know Iron Will Rust is now available for FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers until after Christmas. Grab a copy for virtually nothing. (pun intended) I'd love to read your review
But for those of you who don’t really read much but websites, or only pick up a paperback at the airport to kill time on a long business trip, let me show you around some little things you can do you may not be aware of. There's a fun book excerpt below so Kindle lovers can skip down if they want.
First of all is the actual Kindle App. It works on Android, iOS, and Windows and it’s free. Don't worry, that' s not the self-imploding lithium charged detonator version of the Samsung Note.
OK back to Kindle for new folks. Let’s say you heard about a cool new book and want to read it on your phone, laptop, PC, or even an actual Kindle device. Your progress is always saved between these, and you have the luxury of adjusting the background colors, font sizes, making bookmarks, highlights, etc. Basic stuff. Almost every Kindle book created allows you to check out a free sample. This is a great way to read the first few chapters to see if the book grabs your attention. All kindle users can do this without any type of subscription. But if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, which also comes with a 30 day free trial, you can read from millions of books 100% free while the author has that book enrolled. All you need to do is find the book you want.
Let’s do a fun little experiment. What’s the #1 kindle book right now?
Ah, here it is. John Grisham’s The Whistler. Famous author. The guy behind courtroom and attorney-centric thrillers that have been on the big screen for decades. Fun stuff. $14.99 for the Kindle version. It came out TODAY and it’s already #1. He’s good. I’ve read some of his books. You should too. I love how you can get a copy of the hardback used for $7.00 from the private sellers the day the book is released. If only the Classic Muscle Car shops did the same discounts, right? I wonder if there are a bunch of dudes working part-time at a book shop who load up their 4 x 4 with 45 hardback bestsellers, mark them down by $10.37 and get excited about the $3.99 they'll make in shipping. Who knows.
Anyway, back to Kindle Unlimited. The #3 ranked Kindle book is this beauty.
Bingo. The Queen’s Poisoner came out on April 1st of this year, so that’s over 6 months ago. Jeff Wheeler enrolled his book up for KDP Select, so Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read his book for FREE as long as he has it enrolled. That’s pretty cool.
So how does that help the author? Well, Amazon have a fund that use to pull from and distribute to authors based on the number of pages read and such. It also provides authors/publishers additional tools to run free promotions or discounts. The real bonus to me is that members of Kindle Unlimited can read my book for FREE. Right now in this early stage of learning how to promote Iron Will Rust, the more readers I can reach the better. So with the holidays coming, reading a book with sword fights in the mud is definitely awesome.
Here's a tease. A scene in the chapter, "At the Gates"
Alessandro and Lazzaro used every lethal attack they possessed to end the fight; side slashes followed by lunges to pierce the lungs, hilt ends whipped through the air hoping to catch the other in the face, tips sliced inches from flesh, cutting slits in fabric. Their boots slopped and slid in the damp mud of the road.
Alessandro’s unorthodox style used deception. Every attack was a ploy to force his opponent to overcompensate. Once they did, his gauche darted in for a lightning fast thrust to the chest.
Lazzaro saw the attacks in quick flashes in his mind’s eye. He parried each one with an effortless grace that had Alessandro grunting with frustration. Lazzaro’s style was different; his attacks forced his opponent to execute a perfect defense so that he might plant a seed of self-doubt. With each attack parried or deflected away, Lazzaro would use a subtle twist of his wrist or minor shift in weight to make the defender’s feel as if his defenses were slipping. The technique struck fear into the most skilled of swordsmen, for each defense met a physical slip of balance and control, and for a swordsman, losing control was death.
The two battled on in fury. In less than four minutes, they traded mortal blows and attack patterns that could have killed the other twenty times over. The stark contrast in styles fueled by their grandmaster skills made it impossible to kill each other. Each man saw through any ploy, through any feint, and executed counter attacks with minimal force and effort. Nothing in their toolkits would end this fight, so each fighter pressed their own creative attacks. Maneuvers they improvised on the spot.
Marrucio watched dumbfounded. Never before had he seen Lazzaro fight with such ruthless blood lust, vehemence, lethality, and hatred. At the same time, Alessandro fought with unusual combinations, using both weapons as if hinged together at the hilts. The two men locked themselves in a dance of death. There would be no victor until one of them tired and made a mistake. He began to get back up to help, but a spear tip tapped him on the shoulder.