The History of One Drink

Greetings and salutations readers! I’m hard at work trying to wrap up Jungle‘s first draft (it is, if you’ll pardon the pun, a jungle), but that doesn’t mean I can’t keep you guys in the know. And today, I’ll be doing that with a recap of the creation of One Drink!

Yes, this post was a Patreon reward. Supporters got to see this all the way back in May. Now that Halloween is almost upon us, however, I feel that the time is right for a revisiting of One Drink with its ghosts and its necromancers and—of course—its straightforward protagonist. Where it all came from, how the first book came to pass, and naturally, what came next.

If you’ve not read One Drink, then be forewarned that this post contains spoilers. Seriously. For a 99-cent book that’s been out for almost five years now. Nudge nudge, why-haven’t-you-just-read-this-already? There’s a link to it right here!

But yes, spoiler warning.

And now? Let’s take a look at the history of One Drink

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Review: Seven-Point Star – A Solid Early Work Despite Some Missteps

Woof! This has been a long time coming. And for that, I owe G.S. Taylor an apology. This review was due a while ago, but with the bronchitis knocking everything back, getting this review out and onto the screen has taken far, far longer than expected. But better late than never, and now at last you, my readers, finally have a chance to take a look at my thoughts on Seven-Point Star, Taylor’s first novel.

So let’s get one thing out of the way first: Seven-Point Star is a fairly solid appearance from a new author, with plenty of strong points to it. If you’re looking for the short, 100% blind, spoiler-free review, that’s it. Seven is a fairly strong first work that, especially at the price, is worth picking up and reading through, especially if you’re the kind of reader that admires the particular strengths it does put on display … or if you just enjoy quick alternate history/fantasy reads.

What are those strengths, you might ask? Well, for the spoiler-free summary, here you go—I found the protagonist to be strongly written, mostly in her perspective and unstable teenage vantage point, and the world itself—what we’re given anyway—is almost like a Sci-Fi-Crystal Fantasy fairy tale in the way it comes across. Both these elements stay pretty solid through the course of Seven-Point Star, and if you’re looking for something that delivers those, well, Seven-Point Star will satisfy your thirst … though you will notice weaknesses that run counter to those strengths. In my personal opinion, however, the strengths are just enough to make up for the weaknesses and carry the title on above average. So you’re still going to get a decent read provided you appreciate the strengths for what they are.

Right, with the short, spoiler-free summary out of the way, let’s get a bit more loose with how much this review gives away—without giving away too much, but I will have to reveal a few general concepts as we dive into the book. Hit the jump for spoiler-town!

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The Rolling Sale – Colony

The date has been set. The time is near. Starting August 10th and running through August 16th, the penultimate step of the Rolling Sale will go live, and Colony will be 63% off!

Yes, you heard that properly. 63% off. In other words, you’ll be able to pick Colony up for $2.99!

Now, if you’ve been following the rolling sale so far, you know how this works. A title is put on sale and purchases, Kindle Unlimited reads, and reviews all go toward unlocking discounts on the next title in line. The difference here is that Colony is the latest book I’ve released chronologically, right? So what could possibly come next?

Well, I’m glad you asked. Because as it turns out, something can come next. Because I’ve got another book I’m working on getting out either late this year or early next year. ASAP, really. You may have heard of it? Shadow of an Empire? It’s a fantasy western.

And it is the final destination of the Rolling Sale. Except this time, rather than unlocking a sale for an existing book, sales of Colony will unlock a discounted launch and pre-order price for Shadow of an Empire. That’s right, the price the book will be initially offered at, all through the pre-order phase and through the first week of being up for sale. After that, the price will return to the standard launch price.

So yeah, units moved, KU reads, and reviews left on Amazon or Goodreads for Colony during the upcoming week-long sale will provide a discount to the release of Shadow of an Empire. Which, BTW, doesn’t have a release date yet, as it’s still in Alpha. Looking to release this year, however.

So then, just as before, let’s have a look tiers available for Shadow of an Empire to achieve. Fair warning, these are the toughest tiers yet. It’s offset a little by the steep discount of Colony, and a bit to reflect that this is for a title that hasn’t even released yet.

  • Tier One: 0 – 10 Units Moved – $7.99 – None
  • Tier Two: 11 – 25 Units Moved – $6.99 – 13%
  • Tier Three: 26 – 50 Units Moved – $5.99 – 25%
  • Tier Four: 51 – 100 Units Moved – $4.99 – 37%
  • Tier Five: 101+ Units Moved – $3.99 – 50%

All right, there you have it! The finale of the Rolling Sale has shown it’s hand at last! If you’ve not picked up a copy of Colony yet, then this Thursday is the time to do it!

The Rolling Sale – FINAL ROUND!

FIGHT!

No, I’m kidding. But most of you who had a childhood in the 90s probably thought that. But moving on …

So, in a surprise, last second upset, Unusual Events sold enough to unlock the fourth sale tier for Colony! Which means that Colony, starting next week, will be 50% off!

Except it won’t.

Okay, that was mean. What I meant to say before I gave into the urge to yank the rug out from beneath you guys is that due to Amazon’s 90-day cycle being in the middle of a renewal next week, if Colony did go on sale starting Monday, said sale would also end Tuesday, since you can’t crossover between cycles.

So yeah, this one’s partially Amazon’s fault for having such a dumb restriction in the first place, and partially my fault for not seeing it coming in the first place.

However, this does not mean all is lost. No, the sale is still going to happen. Just it will be delayed by a few days. Possibly until Friday (you have to put these sales in a few days in advance, so with Wednesday being the renewal day) … I swear it’ll come as soon as I can make it happen.

However, I feel bad, since I know for a fact many of you were waiting eagerly for Monday (I’ve gotten e-mails and messages to that effect). And this one was kind of my own fault, so to make up for it, I’m upping the reward tier to rank five.

That’s right, Colony won’t be 50% off. It’ll be 63% off. And I’m thinking I’ll make the sale go for seven days as well, as an additional apology for the delay.

So yeah, extra discount and two extra days to rack up sales for the final reward tier.

What’s that? You thought Colony would be the end of it? Oh no … I’ve got a surprise coming. But I’ll save that for another post. But suffice it to say that you can expect that copies purchased during this sale will … well, you’ve seen how the rolling sale has worked thus far. So you might be able to hazard a guess.

Regardless, that’s the news for today. Apologies for the delay, sincerely, and I’ll see you all Monday.

The Rolling Sale – Round 3!

It is time! Round 3 of the Rolling Sale has BEGUN!

Which means, if you’ve been following along, that Unusual Events: A “Short” Story Collection is now 50% off! Huzzah!

Even better, in the tradition of the Rolling Sale, a purchase of Unusual Events this week is tracked on the counter to the left of the page there. As that counter continues to move up, it in turn boosts the sale of the next title in line: Colony! So right now, when Colony‘s turn arrives, it’ll be at a 13% discount. However, once more than three copies of Unusual Events have been sold, that discount climbs to 25%! And so on, upwards through eight tiers. The last of these? Colony becomes free.

So, what are the numbers to reach of each tier? Take a look!

  • 0 – 3: Tier 1 – 13% Off
  • 4 – 9: Tier 2 – 25% Off
  • 10 – 15: Tier 3 – 37% Off
  • 16 – 22: Tier 4 – 50% Off
  • 23 – 30: Tier 5 – 63% Off
  • 31 – 40: Tier 6 – 75% Off
  • 41 – 60: Tier 7 – 88% Off
  • 61+: Tier 8 – FREE!!!

Now, a quick reminder. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited customer, you don’t need to worry about buying a copy to contribute to the Rolling Sale. As before, each read of Unusual Events through Kindle Unlimited will count as a unit moved as well, so there’s a metric for that! Load Unusual Events up and start reading!

Or, if you’ve already read it, you can still contribute to the tiers moving up by leaving a review on Unusual EventsAmazon or Goodreads page! Each review will count as five units moved for the rolling sale! So even if you’ve already read it, you can still kick in and help!

Or, you know, you can just share the news about the rolling sale on Facebook, Reddit, or any other site or place you may hang out on online or in real life. The more the word is spread, the higher that number can climb!

You’ve got one week! Good luck! Let’s see that discount climb!

The Rolling Sale – Round 2 Has Begun!

Those of you who are regulars to the site may have noticed the sudden color change that’s swept over everything. That dull red … it can only mean one thing …

That’s right! The Rolling Sale is in round 2! And Dead Silver is now on sale! You can pick up a copy at the 33% discount unlocked by the copies of One Drink that moved last week. Which works out to be $1.99.

Even cooler, each copy bought builds towards a new discount tier for the next book in the sale, Unusual Events! Currently the discount for Unusual Events sits at 17%, but once Dead Silver hits three units moved, that discount climbs to 33%! Eight units? 50% off! It just keeps going! You can check the breakdown on all the tiers here, but there are six of them in total. If Dead Silver unlocks the last one, Unusual Events becomes free!

Now, a quick reminder, while buying a copy of Dead Silver is the easiest way to make that counter on the left climb, you can make it go up in other ways. Especially if you’ve already purchased it. For the record, here are all the ways the counter can climb!

  • Buy a copy. That’s one unit moved!
  • Read Dead Silver on Kindle Unlimited. All you KU readers can pitch in!
  • Leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Each review counts as five units moved!

Of course, you can also share Dead Silver with any you think may enjoy it and point out that it’s on sale! That’s a good way to help unlock those higher tiers!

That’s all! Go! Buy! Review! Share!