Saturday, December 27, 2014

Author Interview

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with the folks at AwesomeGang.com about books. We discussed my first entry into writing, the writing process, writing habits and advice for others. AwesomeGang has now compiled the interview and posted my comments on their website. Check it out at AwesomeGang.com.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Two Free Kindle Downloads

Great news! Two best selling novels, The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff #horror #mystery and A Door Unlocked #supernatural, are FREE Dec. 25 - 27, 2014 - Kindle version only. Just follow the links below. Merry Christmas!

The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff  |  A Door Unlocked

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Reviews That Melt An Author's Heart

Occasionally, a reader writes a review so glowing that it melts the author's heart. A few come to mind:
"There are a handful of authors that I will read
everything they write. Calvin Dean is one of them."  - Richard

"If you haven't discovered Calvin Dean's books yet,
you're missing out on a talent to watch."  - Teri
Oh, yeah. Consider my ego sufficiently stroked. Of course with good reviews we have to take the less than thrilling. Bad reviews are good medicine because they let us authors know that we've missed the mark. They help keep us in line.

But how can two different people read the same novel and reach polar opposite conclusions. We're all human with different sets of standards, belief systems and tastes. I get that and welcome all feedback. If you've read either of my books, The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff or A Door Unlocked, I welcome your opinion. Write a review and post it to Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, or any place you desire. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

FREE! Nook Version of A Door Unlocked

 Several months ago, I removed A DOOR UNLOCKED (Nook version) from Barnes & Noble, 
freeing me to offer deeper discounts on Amazon.com. (It's a long story). To kiss and make up with everyone wanting a copy, I'm offering a FREE Nook version for a limited time. All you have to do is send your request via email: jcalvindean  at  gmail dot com. That's all you have to do. Honest. I should have done this a long time ago. I hope this makes it all better.

The average rating for A DOOR UNLOCKED is a whopping 4.6 stars out of 5 on Amazon. Here's what readers are saying: 
Scary but I couldn't stop reading...Makes you think...Enjoyed every chapter...Never wanted to put it down...Will read again...5 stars!
Find out what you've been missing. Ask for your FREE Nook copy today. Remember, this offer is for a limited time only. Again, the email address is jcalvindean at gmail dot com.

Latest Reviews

After a terrific run this summer (reaching #1 on Amazon), several new reader reviews for A DOOR UNLOCKED have appeared on Amazon. Here's what they're saying:
Scary but I couldn't stop reading...Makes you think...Enjoyed every chapter...Never wanted to put it down...Will read again...5 stars!
In fact, this supernatural/suspense best selling novel is averaging a whopping 4.6 stars out of 5. I'd like to know what you think? The Kindle version is only $1.99 or FREE with Kindle Unlimited. Go ahead. Download and read it today, and then post your comments on Amazon.com.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

New Microcerpt - Epitaph, Chapter 13

Today, I uploaded an excerpt from Chapter 13 of The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff, a horror/mystery novel. As the chapter opens, Marc’s pickup has rolled to a stop beside an old family cemetery in the countryside. It's nighttime. The engine refuses to start. His friend, Angela, is summoned to the scene, but before she arrives...

Read the excerpt here: Microcerpt - Chapter 13

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Ghost Story In The Making

I made progress today on my third novel, a yet untitled ghost story set in the small town of Sycamore Grove, MS (aka Senatobia). If you read The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff, you might remember Madam Zelda, an eccentric old fortune teller whom channeled the spirit of Daniel Townsend. Madam Z is being reprised in this manuscript. I'm only on chapter 4. No timetable for its completion.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sample Chapters Via Microcerpt

How do you choose the next book to read? If you're like me, first you choose your genre of interest. Then, at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or even Google, you may do a search. Once a title grabs your attention, you may peruse a sample chapter or two. But one or two chapters of Amazon's choosing may not be enough. That's why I like Microcerpt. It allows the author to publish excerpts from chapters that may otherwise go unnoticed.

Recently, I uploaded Chapter 55 of A DOOR UNLOCKED to Microcerpt. It's my favorite chapter and really encapsulates what the novel is about -- a conduit from this life to the afterlife. Want to read Chapter 55? Click here and you're on your way.

I'll add a few more excerpts in the coming weeks from A DOOR UNLOCKED as well as THE EPITAPH OF JONAS BARLOFF. So check back here regularly to see what's happening at my Microcerpt Journal.