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Thursday, 6 January 2011

A Birthday Wish



You may already know that it's my birthday today... and I'm taking this opportunity to shamelessly beg for a small favour as I blow out my birthday candles.

As a new author, there's one thing standing between me and my readers, and that's obscurity. The vast majority of the people out there who'll enjoy my novel don't yet know that I've written it. They don't even know that I exist. This is where I'm hoping you can help.

My first novel, Rebellion, was published in October. Sales have been encouraging, especially on the Kindle store (where I was, briefly, in the top 10,000 out of millions!), but not earth-shattering. I realise this is partly because I'm very shy about shouting my virtues from the rooftops. However, reviewers on Amazon have said many lovely things, so I don't have to. Things like this:

"...as charming as it is exciting, and it contains everything I seek in a novel..."
"...I was drawn in by Eleanor's situation and found this very difficult to put down..."
"...storytelling of high quality focussed on someone you want to know ... be prepared to read it in one sitting - it's that nail biting and absorbing..."
"...it has a kind of unputdownable quality to it..."

See what I mean? People are enjoying this novel, but sadly, most people simply don't know about it. So, if any of your friends and family enjoy reading fantasy or adventure novels, pretty please, tell them about my book. You can send them a link to this page if you like, and maybe they'd be willing to do the same for their friends. After all, voracious readers are always looking for more books to get their teeth into.

You can read the beginning of Rebellion online, for free.

If you enjoy it, why not email me for a voucher to get a discount against the ebook? If you prefer to read a physical book, the paperback is available on Amazon (links in the sidebar, right).

If you've read this far: thank you. And if you will take a moment to tell your friends, or to link to this page from your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere, then thank you doubly. You can only imagine how much it means to me to have your support.

Rebellion cover


27 comments:

Everyday Kathy said...

Rachel, I did not know it was your Birthday today! Happy happy day. I've already shared your book on facebook and coincidentally I am in the middle of a post in which I referenced your Before 30 update from a couple of days ago.. you inspired me to do a before I'm 50 one for myself! Anyway, I will also mention your birthday wish in my post and I hope it leads to more readers and book buyers for you!

All the best!
Kathy

JadeLD said...

Happy birthday and good luck with the book, I'll have a search for it on Amazon and have a think about who would enjoy it.

Stephanie V said...

Happy Birthday! I'm sending the info on.

Joanna said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!

Jeanne said...

I know a few--I'll send out a note.

liliannattel said...

Happy Birthday Rachel--and I tweeted.

blueviolet said...

Happy Birthday to you! Good luck with your book too!

Ginny said...

Done, Rachel!! You are extremly talented! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Are you going out anywhere today? Maybe you will post about what you did?

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Happy birthday! We need to buy your book... Note to self: look it up on Amazon today!

Andy Cater said...

Link to www.charanthe.com appears to be down / giving a server error at the moment.05/01/2011 at 20.30 UTC

BECKY said...

Rachel....You say it's your birthday....It's my birthday, too, yeah!! (I'm singing this to you with The Beatles melody!!) Seriously, it's MY birthday today, too!! Yay for Jan 6th! No matter that the year I was born was WAY WAY before yours!! I hope you have a wonderful day/evening! And I'll definitely look into your book!! Mostly wanted to say Happy Birthday!!

J. Rosemary Moss said...

Happy birthday!

I just tweeted this page. You know I've been saving your book since I my glimpse of your writing on NiH. Can't wait to read it and pester my friends about it!

Expats Again said...

Happy Birthday. Will forward this on.

Calum said...

Happy birthday Rachel, and well done putting yourself out. I don't think I know anyone else who's written a book, let alone an entire set of chronicles - extremely pleased to know a published author! Hope you've had a most fantastic day!

Heidi said...

Happy Birthday! And, shame on me, I didn't realize your book was published! My next book comes out next month and I need some help promoting mine too (it doesn't matter with whom or how you publish, these days, self-promotion is key--I was startled to see that Jayne Ann Krentz actually had a commercial on TV about her latest book) so maybe we can work something out. That's really the best thing I've seen work, is to help each other out. write2me@heidiashworth.com

Yenta Mary said...

Happy birthday!!! Just sent a tweet about the book ... :)

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Happy Birthday today!!! I have passed on the link to hubby and a friend who love fantasy/adventure novels!! Hopefully you will pick up lots of new readers!

christine said...

have you thought of offering a copy of your book as a prize in a newspaper competition? you could try several local papers, they'd like the fact that you're a local writer, they may even write a piece about you.

you'd get advertising whilst the competition ran, all for the price of a book!

Scientific Housewife said...

Happy Birthday and I'll have to check out your book!

Jules Woolford said...

A very Happy Birthday Rachel! Hope you had a terrific day. I will be setting aside some quality book reading time over the weekend, and will pass the word on to friends!

Alice Braga said...

Happy birthday, Rachel! Congratulations on those enthusiastic reviews, which I've passed along to fellow adventure-seeking bibliophiles.

Thank you also for the free sample I look forward to reading.

fafner said...

Congrats on the novel! I'm working on my first right now too. I'll definitely spread the word!

Kel said...

I hope you had a GREAT Birthday!!! I will definitely be buying your book and passing on the info to my friends.

Dee said...

Rachel,
Happy Birthday! My dear friend Alice Braga sent me a link to read the first chapter of your book. She knows I love Fantasy and Sci Fi. It was wonderful! I just ordered it on Amazon. I can't wait to get it to find out what happens to Eleanor. I'm so glad to read that you're already at work on the second book in the series. I love reading books that are part of a series. I have several collections that I treasure. Thank you!

Galit Breen said...

Rachel, Happy Birthday and *of course* I'll pass your book info along!! I'd be honored to. Truly. Are you on twitter, friend? That would be another way to shout it out and get others to do the same! Go. Tweet. Chirp, chirp. :)

Kazzy said...

Happy birthday, and congrats on the reception of your book!

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Happy belated Birthday! How fantastic that your book is doing(in the great scheme of things) really well. I'm really happy for you! Love from London xo

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