My March Madness Sale Expires 3/15 – Still time to get 25% off my paperbacks at Createspace.com

deadlyrevelations     PeopleBehavingBadly_v3   AReasonToKill_v5

For a limited time** you can get 25% off the paperbacks shown above when you order them from Createspace.com .

Use the link below, select the book you wish to purchase and apply the appropriate Discount Code to receive 25% off.

 Createspace.com – John D. Ottini’s Books  

Deadly Revelations – Use Discount Code – 3HFZCZY9

People Behaving Badly – Use Discount Code – 3U37HERX

A Reason to Kill – Use Discount Code – HPUTF6KM

**Offer expires March 15th, 2017          Sale2

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Twists and Turns

I really enjoy keeping my readers guessing, so I like to add several twists and turns to many of my mystery stories in hopes that the ending will come as complete surprise. If I can get the reader to think or say, “Wow, I didn’t see that coming?”  then I feel like I’ve done my job.

In a recent review of my novella, Beneath the Roses a kind reader posted that the story was good and had a lot of  twists in the plot, then added that perhaps it had too many twists.

I’m not sure what to make of that? I guess it’s possible to have so many twists and turns in a story or novel, that it takes away from the plot. In that case can it still be considered a good story?

Just wondering?  

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The Future of Amazon Book (and Product) Reviews

I found an interesting article on the future of book and product reviews at Amazon.com

This doesn’t effect me at the moment because I’m still trying to find my audence and get people to actually review my books, but it could change things once I reach a certian number of reviews over the next few years.

I understanding why Amazon is doing this, but I’m not sure it will be a good thing for Indie authors and their book sales.

Opps. That Book Review’s not Verified

Happy Reading! 

 

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Literary Humor Monday

Lets start of the work week with a smile.

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March Madness – Get 25% off select paperbacks at Createspace.com

deadlyrevelations     PeopleBehavingBadly_v3   AReasonToKill_v5

For a limited time** you can get 25% off the paperbacks shown above when you order them from Createspace.com .

Use the link below, select the book you wish to purchase and apply the appropriate Discount Code to receive 25% off.

 Createspace.com – John D. Ottini’s Books  

Deadly Revelations – Use Discount Code – 3HFZCZY9

People Behaving Badly – Use Discount Code – 3U37HERX

A Reason to Kill – Use Discount Code – HPUTF6KM

**Offer expires March 15th, 2017          Sale2

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Literary Humor Friday

Just for laughs……welcome to Literary Humor Fridays.

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My first negative review.

2016-02-17 09.17.34I finally recieved my first negative review on Amazon and Goodreads.

I guess it was only a matter of time before it happened, but I always wondered how I would react to reading a less than flattering review and I have to say that it’s not as bad as I thought. As a matter of fact, I feel more like a writer now, than I did before the negative review was posted.

As a author you always hope that your stories/books are enjoyed by every person who reads them, but you also understand that it’s impossible to please everyone.Info

So thank you for reading my books and for taking the time to post your opinions, both positive and negative.

Happy Reading my friends!

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Literary Humor Friday

Just for laughs……welcome to Literary Humor Fridays.

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How to post a book review on Amazon.

PenI’ve always assumed that anyone who has an Amazon account automatically knows how to leave a product review, but my assumption is wrong. This past weekend someone asked me how they would go about rating a product and leaving a review on Amazon? After taking a few minutes to explain the procedure, I realized that maybe it would be a good idea to post that information on this blog.

So, if you already know how to leave a book review on Amazon, then please ignore this post. If you’d like know how leave a review, then please follow along and I’ll show you how easy it is.

I will begin by assuming that you’re an Amazon member and that you therefore have an Amazon account. (If not, then your first step would be to sign up for an account.)

1 – Open your internet browser and go to Amazon.com. Sign in to your Amazon.com  account

2 – Enter the Author’s name (John D. Ottini for example) or the title of a book (Beneath The Roses) in the search box at the top of the screen. Tap the magnifying glass to begin the search.

3 – If you entered the book title, then locate the book in the search results and tap on the book cover or link. If you searched by author then tap on the Author’s page and select the book from his or her list of books.

4 – Once you’re at the selected book’s page, then scroll down until you see the ‘Customer Reviews’ stars and bars. It should look something like this:

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5 – Tap on the ‘Write a customer review’ button and you’ll be presented with this page.

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6 – Select the Amazon prompts that best describe the book, then slide across the stars to select the appropriate 1 through 5 rating, then leave a brief (or long) review of the book. The written portion of the review is required, if you want to post a review on Amazon. The ‘Submit’ button will not appear unless you’ve entered something in the ‘Write your review here’ box.

7 – Once you’ve entered your written review,  the ‘Submit’ button will appear at the bottom right corner of the review box. Tap on the Submit button. Congratulations, you’ve just created and submitted your first review on Amazon.

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A Successful Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who downloaded a free copy of Beneath the Roses this past weekend. The giveaway was a very successful one. Here are some of the results.

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Downloads by country:

USA –  456

UK – 3

Canada – 8

Amazon Rankings

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499 Free in Kindle Store (may have been lower, but thats the best ranking that I noticed).

#1 in Kindle Store> Short Reads> 90 minutes> Literature & Fiction

#1 in Kindle Store> Short Reads> 90 minutes> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

As a bonus, I also had a reader leave a review of the book on Amazon and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Hopefully, more reviews will be posted in the immediate future.

Happy Reading!

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