Friday, January 22, 2010

My FREE e-Books

This weekend's blog entry is an overview of my books, but I’m featuring my free e-books. I’ve been writing for a while, but only started publishing my stories in the last year. I’ve published eight books ranging from 30,000 to 100,000 words and all available on LULU, but the four featured books listed in this Blog are all free (in multiple formats for all e-readers such as Kindle®) on SMASHWORDS.

I have listed all of them as Young Adult stories, although some may have cross-over appeal to general adventure fiction. I have kept half of them free to download, just to see what kind of response I can get. Knowing that there are plenty of authors out there with lots of competition for readers, I decided free e-books might be a way of building interest.

Happy Reading,

Wil James

PLAYING THE ‘SON’ CARD (This is my most downloaded book, and it’s Free!)

At age 9, Troy Evanson lost his father in an accident. Ever since then, he’s been steadily losing confidence in himself and his ability to make his way in the world. He’s stopped doing all the things he did with his Dad and he’s just barely hanging on. The kids at school have started to pick on him, and Troy has become the victim of bullies. He hates school, and he hates being around people. Any kind of socializing has become torture.

Now, at age 12, he has a one-time chance to change his life and start new. Will he meet the challenge, or will he remain the victim his has become? Will he be able to pull himself together and become the man that his Dad was trying to help him to be, or he forever be the lost little boy whose life ended with his father died?

Find out if this is the uplifting story we all hope for. Find out what choices Troy makes in PLAYING THE ‘SON’ CARD.

SONS and BROTHERS in SEATTLE (FREE for a limited time!)

Cameron Connors is a young father trying to deal with a mother who likes the idea of children, but otherwise appears not to like her own. Cameron has managed to get his own two young sons away from his mother, but now he needs to rescue Brendan, his younger brother. As Cameron has learned over the years, his mother can be quite two-faced, and heaven help anyone who crosses Mrs. Rachael Connors. Cameron and his mother are currently in a state of cease-fire, but that could change dramatically based on what Cameron has planned for the next few weeks in order to challenge his parents for custody of Brendan.

Will Cameron succeed in creating a new family of four, or will he lose? The stakes are high, and Cameron stands to lose custody of his own two sons if he is not careful. Follow the saga of Cameron as he struggles to do what he knows he must do, and what is right.

This book is free for a limited time only. Use e-coupon code PX99P at the Smashwords checkout.

PLAYING THE BASEBALL CARD

You are almost 14 years old. Your mother died six years ago, and you help look after your younger brother while you father works. He is a pitcher for a minor league baseball team, and he is trying to make it into the major leagues. Just when it seems that things are looking better, tragedy strikes again. Now, it’s all up to you. You have your own dreams, and you desperately care about your small family. Will you be able to make it work?

The story of Devin Robinson as the kid pitcher for the San Francisco Giants becomes well known, but what was never told is the story of Devin and Jordan’s early years. They have long since reached adult age, and they have decided that the time is now right to put the journey of their beginning part of their lives into print. This is a story for baseball fans and anyone else who wants to read about personal courage and determination.

A Family Legacy: THE WATSON WORKS

Tragedy has struck the Watson family more times than any family should have to bear and now the only thing left is the family business. It falls to Connor, the younger of the teen brothers, to try and make the tough decisions and keep things going. Can Connor deal with his profound loss and prevent a similar tragedy when he has the chance? Can he find happiness and make a new family? Join Connor is this story of adventure and courage as he tries to build on the family legacy.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Featured Book is "Sons and Brothers in Seattle"

Featured Book is Sons and Brothers in Seattle. I’m already working on a sequel, but I’m really pleased with this book. I guess you could call it my signature book.

SONS and BROTHERS in SEATTLE

Cameron Connors is a young father trying to deal with a mother who likes the idea of children, but otherwise appears not to like her own. Cameron has managed to get his own two young sons away from his mother, but now he needs to rescue Brendan, his younger brother. As Cameron has learned over the years, his mother can be quite two-faced, and heaven help anyone who crosses Mrs. Rachael Connors. Cameron and his mother are currently in a state of cease-fire, but that could change dramatically based on what Cameron has planned for the next few weeks in order to challenge his parents for custody of Brendan.

Will Cameron succeed in creating a new family of four, or will he lose? The stakes are high, and Cameron stands to lose custody of his own two sons if he is not careful. Follow the saga of Cameron as he struggles to do what he knows he must do, and what is right.

The book is available in multi-formats on Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/7216), and is FREE for a limited time only by entering coupon code PX99P (not case-sensitive) at checkout. The many formats available for my books on Smashwords mean that my e-books can be read virtually any e-book reader, such as Kindle®. In addition, the book is available in print on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/SONS-BROTHERS-SEATTLE-Wilson-James/dp/0557074363/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260691102&sr=1-1), Amazon.co.uk (http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=sons+and+brothers+in+seattle&x=0&y=0), and Lulu.com (http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/sons-and-brothers-in-seattle/6000083

Happy Reading,

Wil James

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Featured Book and Earthquakes

Featured Book is Playing the 'Son' Card: (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/7193)

I have been quite pleased with the response to the publishing of the e-books I’ve done on Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/WilsonJames). It has been only one month since I published my first books on Smashwords, and hundreds of new readers have downloaded my books in that time. I’ve now managed to complete four books to the necessary standard, including Playing the ‘Son’ Card (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/7193). It is, however, not as easy as I had though initially, as there are very specific guidelines for setting up the books so that they can be published as multi-format e-books. This is important, as the many formats available for my books on Smashwords mean that my e-books can be read virtually any e-book reader, such as the Kindle®.

I am working on getting the Robert’s Ride and the second in that series (Robert’s Rise), completed and ready for Smashwords. Currently, Robert’s Ride is only available on Lulu.com (http://stores.lulu.com/wilsonjames). I have some other books still only available on Lulu for the moment, but I’ll be working to get all of my books available on Smashwords. In addition, I am working on a sequel to Sons and Brothers in Seattle, and a new book, tentatively titled “Aiden’s Arrival.”

And just to make life interesting, on Saturday afternoon around 4:30 local time, there was a 6.5 earthquake in my part of the world. Didn’t feel it, as we were on the road at the time and not that close to Eureka, but it is certainly big news in these parts. Here’s a link to the local news coverage:

http://www.triplicate.com/20100109107909/News/Local-News/Update-No-tsunami-warning-after-65-earthquake-27-miles-from-Eureka

Also, here’s a link to the USGS “Shake Map” that quite visually shows the affected area:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/shakemap/nc/shake/71338066/download/intensity.jpg

Happy reading,

Wil James

Friday, January 1, 2010

"A Family Legacy: The Watson Works" is newest multiple format e-book

This free e-book is one of two new fiction titles that I have just published in multiple formats on Smashwords:

A Family Legacy: The Watson Works

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/7899

"Tragedy has struck the Watson family more times than any family should have to bear and now the only thing left is the family business. It falls to Connor, the younger of the teen brothers, to try and make the tough decisions and keep things going. Can Connor deal with his profound loss and prevent a similar tragedy when he has the chance? Can he find happiness and make a new family? Join Connor in this story of adventure and courage as he tries to build on the family legacy."

These e-books and all of my others on Smashwords are currently free (don’t forget to use the coupon code PX99P for Sons and Brothers in Seattle), and you can find all of them here https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/WilsonJames

Happy Reading!

Wilson James

"Playing the Baseball Card" is newest multiple format e-book

As I hoped and planned, I have managed to publish two more e-books in multiple formats on Smashwords.com. Here are details of the first one:

Playing the Baseball Card

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/7922

Devin’s mother died six years ago, and he helps look after his younger brother while their father works as a baseball pitcher trying to make it into the major leagues. Just when it seems that things are looking better, disaster and heartbreak strike again. Now, it’s all up to the young teen as he tries to make it work for what’s left of his small family. A story for anyone who wants to read about personal courage and determination.

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