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SCREAM Winner Announced!

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I want to thank everyone who commented and entered the drawing for this free copy of SCREAM.  I’ve come to a couple conclusions regarding these negative comments about the book.

1) It’s the reader’s responsbility filter what he/she downloads, not the author’s. In this society of ours where personal responsibility is a foreign concept and everyone’s a victim it’s too easy to point the finger at someone else. You’re downloading it; you’re reading it; you do the research.

2) I can’t control what others think or write. I can only do my best to write the stories that are on my heart and pray God uses them to reach the people who need it most.

Thank you for your support.

Now, the winner, randomly drawn, is . . . Kathyrn!

Congratulations, Kathryn, I’ve emailed you separately for your mailing address.

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Oh no! Christian Fiction!

A couple weeks ago my novel SCREAM was offered as a free download for the Kindle, Nook, and other e-readers. Great idea. I knew two things would happen. The promotional offer would greatly increase my exposure to readers. Free books attract readers like bears to a campsite. And I knew the 1-star reviews complaining about being “tricked” into reading Christian fiction would follow, possibly in droves.

Well, the first happened, which is a good thing. I’ve received many emails and messages from readers stating SCREAM was their first exposure to my writing, they loved it, and would be getting all my other books.

And the second happened as well, just not in the droves I expected. Since the promotional offer, SCREAM has been awarded several of those oh-so-predictable 1-star reviews from unhappy readers. Here are some excerpts:

This book does all it can to shove religion down our throats.

It started out as a fairly good horror story, then got all born again Christian somewhere in the middle.

As some of reviews said, this book started out well, but slipped pretty quickly into a born-again, Christian-conversion book. It was very disappointing and I felt used.

Book started great. THEN I found he was mixing religion in…..RED ALERT RED ALERT…..I flipped through and saw something about giving myself to Jesus…and since I didn’t think he was mixing in a Hispanic name, I realized I had chosen poorly when I down loaded the book.

I’ve seen this happen to other authors, friends of mine, and it always amazes me. Okay, I understand these readers weren’t expecting a Christian novel or a novel containing Christian themes, or however you want to phrase it. They were surprised, they were disappionted perhaps. I get it. I do. But the negativity is startling, I think.

Are Christians not allowed to write faith-based fiction? Is it that offensive when we do? Do we need to label our work in big block letters: WARNING: CHRISTIAN FICTION?

One, the book was free. If you don’t like it or themes contained in it, stop reading and delete it from your reading device. No blood, no foul. Two, I always get a little background on any book I download. I read the book description, some reviews, and so on. I want to know what I’m getting myself into. The very first review of SCREAM at the top of the page on Amazon begins like this:

Mike Dellosso introduced me to Christian suspense/horror with his previous novel, “The Hunted.”

Um, that should tell you something, shouldn’t it?

I’m not upset about these poor reviews; I’m really not. These readers have every right to express themselves and I know full well how offensive the gospel is to some. I view their comments less with contempt and more with a healthy curiosity. In a society that constantly preaches tolerance it’s amazing how intolerant people are to the message of true Christianity.

So just to spread the cheer a little more I’m giving away a paperback copy of SCREAM. To enter just leave a comment below. Winner will announced Thursday.

And if you’re looking for another thrilling read, check out my latest novel, FRANTIC.

Looking at the Horizon . . .

So much has been happening in the writing side of my world that at times it’s difficult to keep up with. I find myself just holding on and enjoying the ride.

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FRANTIC  is off to a great start with lots of interest and some wonderful reviews so far. The trio of main characters–Marny, Esther, and William–are proving to be a real hit, capturing hearts and imaginations. If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, get one today!

The SCREAM promotion went very well and succeeded in introducing my writing to a lot more readers. Most were enthusiastic, some didn’t appreciate being “tricked” into reading “Christian propoganda.” I always find those comments intriguing (and hypocritical) for so many reasons. Maybe some day I’ll get into that.

Now, here’s what’s on the horizon . . .

May 7, my novella REAR VIEW releases with Tyndale. It’s part of the larger 7 Hours project where I teamed with six other authors and we each wrote a novella exploring the concepts of time and death. The other authors are Rene Gutteridge, Ronie Kendig, Travis Thrasher, Robin Parrish, Tom Pawlik, and James Wilson. You can find out more about 7 Hours here.

In October A THOUSAND SLEEPLESS NIGHTS releases. If you’ve gotten your copy of FRANTIC you’ve probably read my note to the reader in the back of the book concerning this book. Have no fear; I will continue to write suspense as well. More coming on this with a major announcement in March. Stay tuned . . .

February, 2013 will see the release of the sequel to FRANTIC, presently untitled. Unfortunately, for Marny, Esther, and William, things only get worse but one of them will find ultimate freedom.

Then in October, 2013 A MILLION MILES FROM HOME will release.

And that’s the line-up so far. So lots to look forward to!

Here’s a recent reivew The Christian Manifesto did of FRANTIC. It’s reviews like this that remind me how small and insignificant I am in respect to God’s working in and through me.

Last Day to SCREAM!

Here’s a unique view at FRANTIC . . . an interview two of the main characters (Marny and Esther) did with Katie McCurdy:

Legacy of a Writer

Check it out. Lots of fun and intrigue and some good life lessons . . . !

Also, this is your last day to get SCREAM for FREE! After today it will go back to its regular e-book price. Consider it our Valentine’s Day gift to you 🙂

Here’s where you can get your copy. And please help spread the word by sharing the page with your Facebook and Twitter friends.

Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
Christianbook.com

You Can Still SCREAM for FREE . . .

A couple things to note:

SCREAM is still being offered for FREE at all the major online outlets. Here’s where you can get your copy. And please help spread the word by sharing the page with your Facebook and Twitter friends.

Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
Christianbook.com

Also, FRANTIC, is available through all major outlets both online and brick and mortar, including most of your local independent stores.

In case you’re on the fence about FRANTIC, here are some reviews you can peruse that will give you an idea about the story.

One Desert Rose
Katy’s Reviews
Chino Valley Review
Clash Entertainment
Reading Great Fiction

More to come . . .

A Successful Launch Week

Wow, what a week it’s been! Thank you all for your help in getting the word out about the release of FRANTIC and offer of a free download of SCREAM. I’ve many comments from readers that their local bookstore is already sold out of FRANTIC and as of this morning SCREAM is ranked #11 in the Free Kindle Store. And that’s because of all of you and your efforts. THANK YOU!

Here are two blogs to check out offering giveaways:

Thoughts of a Sojourner . . . “On Being an Alien”
Melinda Williams . . . “A Fire in the Bones”

And if you haven’t already, you can get a copy of FRANTIC here. Or for your Kindle. Or for your Nook.

Also here’s where you can get your free download of SCREAM. Or for your Nook. Order it today, the offer only lasts until February 14!

More Chances to Win a Copy of FRANTIC

First, I’d like to thank everyone who has been spreading the word about the release of FRANTIC. What you do is important, no matter how small it may seem. You make a difference and I appreciate every one of you. THANK YOU!

Second, today brings another day of guest-blogging, and more giveaways for a chance to win a copy of FRANTIC. Check out these sites . . .

Thoughts of a Sojourner . . . “On Being an Alien”
Melinda Williams . . . “A Fire in the Bones”

Also, don’t forget to visit these blogs and post a comment for a chance to win a copy of FRANTIC. They’re still running their giveaways!

One Desert Rose . . . “Being Intentional”
Into the Fire . . . guest post “Live Like You Mean It”
I am Believing God . . . “Mike Dellosso is Master of Suspense”
Window to My World . . . Interview
Nikole Hahn’s Journal . . . guest post “People Come First”

Now, have you ordered or purchased your copy of FRANTIC yet? You can get a copy here. Or for your Kindle. Or for your Nook.

Also here’s where you can get your free download of SCREAM. Or for your Nook. Order it today, the offer only lasts until February 14!

Feeling FRANTIC? SCREAM for free!

Wow, yesterday was a whirlwind of acitivity with FRANTIC releasing into the marketplace and then finding out that my second novel, SCREAM, is being offered for FREE as an e-book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Christianbook.com. Add to that the guest posts I did, interviews, correspondence . . . and my full-time job . . . and family stuff. Needless to say, I slept well last night 🙂

Today, I’m guest-blogging again at this site, which is running a giveaway for a chance to win a copy of FRANTIC:

One Desert Rose . . . “Being Intentional”

Also, don’t forget to visit these blogs and post a comment for a chance to win a copy of FRANTIC.

Into the Fire . . . guest post “Live Like You Mean It”
I am Believing God . . . “Mike Dellosso is Master of Suspense”
Window to My World . . . Interview
Nikole Hahn’s Journal . . . guest post “People Come First”

Now, have you ordered or purchased your copy of FRANTIC yet? You can get a copy here. Or for your Kindle. Or for your Nook.

Also here’s where you can get your free download of SCREAM. Or for your Nook. Order it today, the offer only lasts until February 14!

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