That Time I Was an Amazon Bestseller

Today was the last day of a $0.99 promotion I’ve been running for about three weeks. It went well! Very well, actually.

I’m currently sitting at #65 in Amazon’s Women’s Adventure category and #80 in the Humor & Satire: American category. But during the high point of the promotion (April 1-2), I reached #3 and #4 in those same categories.

I damn near cried.

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That’s right. I was third after frickin’ Game of Thrones.

Like… where am I?


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99¢ Sale!

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For a limited time only, all ebook versions of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire is on sale for just $0.99!

Pick your poison: Kindle / Kobo / iBooks

Clean Reader and the Art of Swearing

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Update: Good news from the front lines! You can stick your ******* Clean Reader app up your ****: Authors’ backlash forces Christian couple to remove all ebooks from app that bleeps out all the naughty words has all the details.

I’ve been meaning to do a blog post about swearing in fiction for a while. Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire is about a twenty-something criminal so giving her a potty mouth seemed like the natural thing to do. Most of the swearing she does is in her head and used for comedic effect.

I’ve had very few complaints about the swearing. These people didn’t have a problem with Molly being a criminal though. This amuses me.

And that’s FINE. You can’t please everyone. People who mind swearing and sex in their reading material are not my target demographic. I realize that I may be shutting out some potential readers by including swearing and a bit of sex in my books. My book wouldn’t be my book without swearing and the occasional sex joke.

And then, just this morning, Twitter exploded.

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Look ma, I’m in a bookstore!

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Well, technically I’m not in a bookstore. I’m actually in front of my computer at home, blogging about how my book Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire can now be purchased in a bookstore.

Cool, huh?

You can now purchase Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire at Bookmark in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, my bookstore of choice. I want to thank the awesome owners for this wonderful opportunity. :)

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Guardian + the Cadre

Last Saturday, The Guardian photo from my book launch earlier this month. (I really like this photo.)

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On Monday, The Guardian featured an interview between myself and entertainment reporter Sally Cole. You can read that article here.

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On Friday, UPEI’s newspaper The Cadre featured an interview between me and student Vanessa Chew. You can you check that out here.

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I have something big cookin’ up for later this month and early February that I’m very excited about. I also have some news about where my book can be found, but I want to get all my ducks in a row before I make the official announcement.

Yay!

Relocation + creativity = relocreativity

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I wrote all of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire on my iMac. Computer chair, feet up on the stool under my desk, window in front of me, Songza playlist playing from my phone. I started out using Pages but then switched to MS Word. I usually had a can of Coca-Cola on the go while I wrote.

On a good Sunday afternoon or evening, I could write for about two hours (rarely longer) with several Facebook and Twitter breaks scattered throughout that block of time. By the end of that writing session, I felt drained and just wanted to go do something else.

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Meet Molly’s Men

I’ll admit it: there’s a subtle romantic subplot in Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire.

Near the beginning of the book, Molly “accidentally” sleeps with her charming roommate, Nathan “Nate” Bryant, a waiter who dreams of becoming a full-time comic book artist. This complicates their relationship because, obviously, he doesn’t know she’s a professional contract burglar.

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As soon as she is given the opportunity to get away from the post-hookup awkwardness, she meets another guy. Rhys is a suave, smartass Scot who seems to “get” Molly pretty well. In fact, he’s a thief too. Things go swimmingly until Rhys proves himself untrustworthy…

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You can learn more about Nate and Rhys in Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, available on paperback, Kindle, Kobo and iBooks. Or you can add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads.

The Book Launch

My book was read aloud. A game was played. Books were signed. Cupcakes were consumed.

Thank you to everyone who came to the book launch yesterday in Charlottetown, especially my family who traveled from Nova Scotia to be there. A million thank-you’s go to Colleen for helping me so much and keeping me sane. Thank you to the Confederation Centre Public Library for letting me use their space.

I will note that I was a sleepy zombie directly after. All that socializing basically drained this introvert. I can’t wait to get back to writing the sequel. I guess I should be working on wedding stuff too…

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Obligatory Pre-Book Launch Event Post + Podcastopia

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DON’T FORGET! TOMORROW AT 2PM IN CHARLOTTETOWN! The Confederation Centre Public Library has kindly offered me their lovely space in order to do a TOTALLY AWESOME book launch event! There will be free snacks (including cupcakes!), I’ll be doing a reading from the book, doing a talk, answering some questions and… last but not least… we’ll be playing a game of Where in the World is Molly Miranda! I’m a geography nerd and Molly travels a lot so I love this game. And we’ve got prizes for that too.

I’ll also be signing books. Paperbacks will be available for purchase at the event for $15 (cash or credit card accepted). Check out the Facebook event for more info!


Podcasts_app_symbolGuys. I am feeling the love this week! Molly Miranda and I were mentioned on not one, but TWO podcasts this week! Thanks for the shoutouts guys!

Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire was featured on the newest episode of What’s The Finish, a pop culture/wrestling/comedy podcast hosted by my friend Brian Langille and his… I wanna say frenemy… “Rockstar” Chris Cole. You can listen to that podcast on iTunes or here. My bit comes in around the 42:30 mark. Thanks Brian and Chris, much appreciated! (I’m a bit disappointed I didn’t get to be on the show to comment about Kate Upton. But anyway, so it goes.)

Author John L. Monk also mentioned Molly Miranda on Scrivener Soapbox, hosted by TJ Redig. You can listen to that podcast here. (Thanks John! Even if you couldn’t remember my name immediately. Still. Much appreciated. #BillMason4Eva)

Head’s up- both podcasts have a NSFW rating so… earmuffs.

REVIEW: The Art of Asking

First, I just want to point at this link right here. <– I was recently featured in The Buzz, the local monthly arts and entertainment publication. It features details on my book launch, happening this Saturday. I’m going to be doing a reading, giving out a signed paperback, giving out some Molly Miranda temporary tattoos and there will be cupcakes and a fruit tray. And it’s free! GO HERE FOR EVENT INFO AND/OR RSVP! And now, the review…


The Art of Asking
(or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help)

by Amanda Palmer

Loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it.

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