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Kindle Authors Shout Out

An Amazon gift-voucher materialised in my possession the other day, so I decided to spend it on some Ebooks written by fellow authors. Here’s a brief selection of plugs I received when I tweeted asking for recommendations:

Thomas Amo, An Apple For Zoë (The Forsaken), Occult, Murder.

Nick Cole, The Old Man and the Wasteland, Post apocalyptic spec-fiction.

Belinda Frisch, Dead Spell, supernatural thriller.

Richard Gilchrist, Up Close and Impersonal, thriller.

Maria Savva, Second Chances and Pieces of a Rainbow, Romance. In a previous incarnation I used to work in Law firms exactly like the one described in Second Chances *shudder*…

Laura Stamps, The Witches of Dixie: Book One (The Witchery Series) which is about female empowerment as expressed through Wicca. The second one of hers I have read is Sex Magick: Book One (The Rune Witch Series), which is more of a short story. Technically this too is about female empowerment, but with a more obvious explicit – yet the nonetheless authentic – theme.

Also please check out Naomi Bulger who assures me her work will be on Kindle soon.

And of course – last but not least – may I humbly recommend my own two books The Magus and Opus Secunda which will be joined on May 11th by my third novel Licence To Depart. Thanks 🙂


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An Open Letter to Barnes & Noble

To Messrs Barnes and Noble, purveyors of fine literature to the peoples of the United States of America.

Dear Sirs,

First may I congratulate you on ingenious NOOK contraption. I’m glad to see you have jumped on the ebook bandwagon ahem I mean taken the lead in the ebook market with coming out with this completely original and so totally not inspired by any other competitor’s efforts *cough* Kindle *cough*. It therefore gives me no pleasure that there is just one flaw in it from my point of view, to wit:

Non-US authors cannot publish on it – unless they are represented in the US.

PubIt is the Barnes & Noble equivalent of Kindle Direct Publishing – however, I quote from your PubIt guidelines:

Who can use PubIt!? Anyone with a valid U.S. Bank Account, U.S. Credit Card, and U.S. Tax ID can sign up to use PubIt! Your Tax ID can be a Social Security Number (SSN)/ITIN or an Employer Identification Number (EIN).

Contrast this with Kindle which does not impose such restrictions on potential publishers! Also, I tried to find out if there is a NOOK equivalent in the UK but as I write this, the website barnesandnoble.co.uk is down.

Not wishing to tell you how to do your job, but it strikes me that if you want to compete with Amazon you are going to have to offer at least as generous terms as they do. As it is, your current T&Cs prevent authors such as myself who live in the UK – indeed any author from outside the US, or indeed a Mexican author living in America from selling to Barnes & Noble customers. This is not just selfishness on my part – you are losing out as well from not making more sales.

So, B&N, please could you sort this disparity out. Otherwise until then I will have to continue selling my books via Kindle – which of course means not just to Kindle devices but to any phone or ‘puter with a Kindle App.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Sumner.

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Licence To Depart – Book Launch

Artwork © Alex Sumner 2011

Happy New Year to everyone! This year my third novel, “Licence to Depart” is scheduled to be published on Wednesday 11th May.

“Licence To Depart” is the third and final part of the Magus Trilogy. Nichola Peterson, ex-policewoman is at the lowest point of her fortunes: her career in ruins, forcibly separated from the man she loves, and powerless to stop a criminal mastermind from wreaking havoc. Then the mysterious Magus appears, offering her one last chance of redemption.

Suddenly – a shot rings out…

Suitable for adult readers. To be available in print and Kindle editions.

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“The Magus” and “Opus Secunda” now available on Kindle

Merry Christmas one and all! This is just to announce that my first two novels, The Magus and Opus Secunda are now available for download on Amazon Kindle.

The Magus:


Opus Secunda:


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Opus Secunda – now available on Amazon

Opus Secunda, my new novel, is now available on Amazon.com – http://tinyurl.com/OpusSecundaAmazon

This is the second book in the “Magus Trilogy” and features the continuing adventures of Nichola Peterson, now promoted to Detective Inspector in Scotland Yard’s Homicide Specialist Crimes Directorate – aka “The Murder Squad.” In an adult-themed story, whilst investigating the murder of a top scientist, DI Peterson becomes increasingly involved in Alchemy – in all its forms.

For a free preview of the first chapter, follow this link and enter the password NICHOLA

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Alex Sumner’s Amazon Page

This is just to inform you all that I now have an additional presence on Amazon.com – http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003O2ZIBC , or http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B003O2ZIBC if you are in the UK.

This page will publish links to my Books, and my blog entries. For previous blog entries, please see www.solascendans.com .

Currently only the first book – The Magus – is on Amazon, although my second, entitled “Opus Secunda” will be there by the beginning of July.

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Mehr Anzeigen für meinem Büch

Guten Tag! Heute bin ich glücklich weil mann meinen Büch “The Magus” (i.e. Der Magus) in Deutschland, Österreich, die Schweiz und Lichtenstein kaufen kann. Aber – er ist auf Englisch. Ich habe nicht ihn in Deutch übergesetzen, weil ich das Kompetenz der Spracher von Basil Fawlty habe.

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Encore le vente pour mon roman.

Bonjour! Aujourd’hui je suis heureux, parce-que j’ai decouvert qu’on peut acheter mon roman, “The Magus” (i.e. Le Magus) en France, Belgie, et tous les pays Francophones. Mais pas Canada (c’est triste, ça). Là, on doit l’acheter d’Amazon.com.

Je suis desolé mais on ne peut que l’acheter en Anglais: il n’est pas traduit en Français, parce-que je n’ai que le compétence des lingues d’Eddie Izzard.

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Now on Amazon.com

“The Magus” is now available on Amazon.com – yippee! 😀


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