February 2015

100% of “A Little Too Broken” February Buxx to Veterans’ Charities!

February 28, 2015 // 4 Comments

I’ve had the mostest epicest February in the history of everything ever… All Hail Lord Bezos and Kindle Unlimited!  I’ve long ago broken the #’s required to be a Kindle All Star… the only question now is will I be in the top 100 or the top 50 in the Kindle Unlimited program for this month… Amazing, right? So, this month, instead of the usual 50%, I’m donating 100% of gross royalties and borrowbux from “A Little Too Broken” to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and Puppies Behind Bars. That’s about $400 for February…Hooray for $mut! Hooray for $tepfucker$ and Chri$topher Blue! I gotta say, I was thinking about doing this, but then I had a fire lit under my ass by a bad review of “Christopher Blue.”  Someone basically attacked not the story so much as they attacked me, saying, “o how terrible that Brad Vance has left the ivory tower of fine novel writing to crassly capitalize on the quick [MORE]

Kyle and Nick are in AMSTERDAM! And some numbers I *think* make sense…

February 27, 2015 // 4 Comments

My little stepfuckers have made it to Amsterdam 🙂  #6 in the series as they galivant across Europe, for as long as you all fund their travels!  I can see another four stories before it’s time to wrap it up with a HEA. Doing the math, I think the series is still going strong.  It’s tough to say because each one “debuts” with less sales/borrows than the last, but, averaged out over time, #1 – #5 all average out to around 20 borrows/10 sales a day. The borrows are the only ones seen here as that’s where the money is at 1.33+, vs. .35 for the sales @.99. I super suck at math, but this looks to me like maybe I should keep on keepin’ on? (cramming words in here to make WordPress behave and push the table below the picture…) Kyle’s New Stepbrother          511   929   1/8        19/day average Kyle’s New Stepbrother II:    323   739   1/23      21/day average Kyle’s New Stepbrother III: [MORE]

Sample that! Slowing down to smell the…everything.

February 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Yeah.  It’s going to take some doing, adjusting to this “clockless” life.  To stop feeling like I need to be in such a rush to “get it all in.”  There is all the time in the world now, for “all of it,” and less of “it” to “get in” now that I don’t have a day job.  I know, first world problem, right? 🙂 That realization led to a scene I just finished for “Would I Lie To You?”  I’m not going to post the whole book in the blog anymore, because it sometimes makes me feel like I’ve boxed myself into things that I want to change later.  But I am going to drop samples in as I go…starting with this one, with Marc and Jesse having dinner on Marc’s yacht…   Marc attacked his dinner with relish, wielding the chopsticks with martial skill.  He’d demolished three pieces of sushi before he looked up and saw Jesse sitting there, watching him, not eating. “What?” [MORE]

HOME RUN! “Worst Best Luck” BookBub Smashes Records!

February 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Well, I don’t know what the official record would be, but…here’s what the BookBub site offers as statistics for LGBT books.  The high end of the download range for freebies is 5,800.         Well, here’s my results! YEAH! WHOO!  7,838 copies!!!!  Smashie smashie!  I had 1,000 the day before that I’m not counting in there, from putting it up free a day early.  But BookBub is responsible for the lion’s share of these freebies on the 19th/20th. In addition, my simultaneous 3-novel .99 cent sale, still going on, is pushing those titles up the bestseller lists.  Not sure if the 10k excerpt of “Have a Little Faith in Me” at the end of the freebie is helping sales of that, but the ranking did rise a bit on that one. The sale has helped the ranking really go up on all three sale novels, but especially “Given the Circumstances.”  It’s a vagary of Facebook that if you post something with three links [MORE]

Bradalf the Grey…that was my name…I…AM BRADALF THE WHITE!

February 20, 2015 // 14 Comments

Behold, behold!  Well, it’s done.  I’m a full time writer as of now, today.  Sobbing at my computer right now in that, you know, Roger-Federer-drops-to-the-court-after-winning-a-Grand-Slam kind of sobbing.  That insane sense of both victory…and relief.  That you DID IT.  That you made it.  That it’s fucking real.  Knowing that tomorrow you get up and start another tournament, another first round, all over again. But right now.  For this minute.  You get to cry your fucking eyes out.  You get to let go. This is what I have wanted all my life.  There have been so many attempts, so many false starts, yeah even a few delusional times – “I just wrote a book!  Time to quit my job cuz this will make me FAMOUS!”  So many days jobs, so many long periods with either no energy or no confidence or no ideas or too much shit going on in my life, self-generated or externally imposed, to settle in and put the nose to the grindstone the way I [MORE]

“The Worst Best Luck” FREE BookBub begins NOW!

February 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s my fourth BookBub, which makes me…well, see to the left!  It’s been free since yesterday, but it *technically* begins today. Come on and hop on the train! Man, it’s already #260 in the Free Store just from the 1100 freebies so far…and the BB mail hasn’t even gone out yet…holy crap this could be big… [MORE]

MASSIVE SALE! Three novels at .99! “Worst Best Luck” FREE!

February 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

Kindle Countdown deals on all my novels! .99 each for the next WEEK! Given the Circumstances! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GH33TRA A Little Too Broken! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EN2M37O Apollo’s Curse! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K4FXL8O (See what I mean about running so fast I can’t keep up with myself? I forgot this started today!) And an EARLY start to tomorrow’s BookBub promo – The Worst Best Luck is free through 2/20! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HOUQW6A [MORE]

I’m Not A Wabbit! Taking just a moment to think…

February 18, 2015 // 4 Comments

Wow.  This last month has been insane.  I’ve gone from having a respectable supplemental income to cracking this shit wide open.  Yeah.  Believe it or not, I am in line to be one of the Top 100 authors in the Kindle Select/Unlimited program for February…somewhere in the rankings between 51 and 100.  Holy shit snacks, right? So of course ever since this all broke open, I’ve been running like a rabbit, pubbing pubbing pubbing.  Stepfuckers, rock stars, billionaires…  Wow.  I’m just…a little worn out at last.  The sheer exhilaration of my new success was like a drug – hell, better than a drug!  Because the high just got better each time I checked my sales stats (about 20 times a day).  It was like playing a slot machine that paid out on every play.  How could that not jack you up! The thing about success in this biz is that it’s transitory, unreliable, irregular.  A super massive February, with a new novel out and on the [MORE]