A #1 Best Seller

With the advent of Amazon, there are lots of opportunities to have a legit #1 best seller by virtue of their categories. That doesn’t translate to it’s easy though! In fact, the idea of having that orange flag by the side of one of my books saying “best seller” was something I had long given up on ever happening to me. On the other hand, one keeps trying right?

Well, this weekend, a little dream was fulfilled and one of my books did get that sought after banner and the tag ‘Best Seller’. Not just in one category but two! It didn’t last long – a few hours – but it is still a milestone achieved and ticked off the list. It felt good and the book has been hovering in the top 10 for over a month and there is still the chance it will hit the top spot again.

The book was My Haunted Life Too.

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So there you have it. #1 for a time….

Of course, achieving an objective always leads to wanting to top that with something else. So now, I want to be #1 on Amazon.com in a category and I would like to be #1 in the Occult category. I would like to sell more than 500 copies of a book in a month too.

Tall orders? Possibly but motivation is a good thing.

Finally, we never achieve something on our own in life as we always need the support of people around us so here are some well deserved thanks;

Nick Wale – my book publicist who never gives up and is always positive and full of ideas…. a genius!

Lori Wale – An editor who gently edited the book for me.

Also my fellow writers who constantly encourage me to keep going and to have belief and faith…

Free Weekend for My Haunted Life 3

My Haunted Life 3 is free on Kindle all of this weekend so grab a copy while you can! Please do write a short review too and perhaps, wile you are there, grab one of the previous books – My Haunted Life Too or My Haunted Life.

Do tell your friends and have a great but scary weekend. Me – I’m gone skiing in Austria!

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Real Ghost Stories Online

Tonight, one of my stories – Medium – from My Haunted Life Too was featured on the Real Ghost Stories online podcast (January 27th edition).

Real Ghost Stories Online is a website that does a show via podcast available on iTunes. According to the site, the show is a combination of interviews, verbally submitted ghost stories and written ghost stories sent to us by listeners all over the world. 

It’s very professionally done and really a great listen. The website is filled with great features too. I recommend it.

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Tonight’s podcast is available on iTunes and will be also available below – don’t miss it. Medium begins at 16:55 in the podcast.

US Blues

Here is a funny and strange thing. While my Haunted Life books sit in the Amazon supernatural charts in the UK and around 5-10 books a day are consumed (thanks so much!), the US has deserted me. Its bizarre because I spent 20 years there and have more friends and contacts there than anywhere else……Hell, my three sons still live there! It’s also a large market and one that I need to crack to make progress.

Take for example, January to date. UK – book sales in three figures (that in of itself is a first!) whereas in the USA just 35 sales…….

I have the US blues…

Any ideas fellow authors, scribblers and dreamers as to how to get the great US public to buy my books?

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Battle Cry! (From My Haunted Life 3)

Here is a short story from My Haunted Life 3 – out now on Kindle…..

My Dad told me this creepy story several times when I was growing up. His childhood wasn’t so great and so he liked to escape at weekends or whenever he could. His best friend, Jack, and he, loved to cycle, camp and hike around East Yorkshire and that’s what they did just anytime they could. It was the years directly after the war and there was little traffic or other people to bother them.

One night, they pitched their small two-man tent in a farmer’s field near Long Marston. They knew very well that, in the vicinity, many years ago, a battle had taken place there during the English Civil war – The battle of Marston Moor. It was partly why they were there as they both had a love of history as well as the outdoors.

They retired as dusk came as they were heading back in the morning and needed to get up early to allow sufficient time for the trip. Cycling all day is tiring and so they had no problems sleeping.

Around 1am, a hand shaking his shoulder woke my Dad up. It was pitch black. As he awoke he heard Jack’s voice,

“Nev, Nev, do you hear that?”

Dad listened and to his amazement he could hear the thudding of horses galloping, men shouting and screaming and the clash of steel on steel. This was taking place in a thunderstorm and was accompanied by the sound of rain, thunder and huge flashes of lightening. He was horrified.

The two of them sat in the dark listening to what he described as a cacophony of battle sounds all around their little tent in the field. They dare not move. They dare not look outside the tent. They simply sat there wide-eyed with cold sweat dribbling down their icy cold necks listening to the sounds of a Civil War battle in a thunderstorm going on around them.

As soon as dawn began to break, the sounds faded. They got up, skipped breakfast, and got out of there as soon as they could. The field was totally empty when they finally summed up the courage to leave the tent.

The experience obviously had a big impact on him because he would often tell my brothers and I the tale of the night the Battle of Marston Moor took place. I think what had shocked him more was that, when checking up on the battle years later, he discovered that it did actually take place in a thunderstorm.

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If you enjoyed this, why not buy one of the My Haunted Life series? Or, if you would like to write a review of one of these books on Amazon, I will gift you the book (provided you agree to sign up to my mailing list and promise to write the review!). You can buy one of these Amazon supernatural hits below;

My Haunted Life

My Haunted Life Too

My Haunted Life 3