Where is the Unknown region?
One of the reasons I used to keep my Google blog is it tells me where my posts were read. For the most part that is the USA. However, recently, a new area has jumped into view "Unknown region," this is amusing as it could be anywhere or nowhere.
The cover to this book I wrote several years ago is Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada.
Update:- International incident averted as the Unknown region disappears.
There are three explanations
A) - The region got taken over and nobody noticed in all the rows over Israel.
B) - The region was devoured by the Lord.
C) - Google realized their error and corrected themselves.
It wouldn't surprise my friends.
What made me move from Science Fiction where I had earned a good reputation in the USA for writing to Christian Fiction where I have to start from scratch?
One factor was a personal challenge to see if I could sell an e-book in a new genre for me. Which I have as A Homecoming www.amazon.com/dp/B075BJH2D2 has sold three e-books. This book was written with an audience in mind (Jewish), that is why the story is set in Israel.
My other venture into the realm of Spirituality as I wrote the e-book Nerja www.amazon.com/dp/B007ODWS4C several years ago. Nerja holds the distinction of being the only book of mine to earn a five-star rating on Amazon.
Nerja has also appeared in the top 20 e-books on Spirituality twice over the years.
Nerja is set in conditions as far from the heat of Israel as you can imagine, it is set in Canada.
In my innocent days, I entered contests thinking I was at least fighting on a level battlefield. Over the years, I quickly learned that many contests ARE rigged.
The issue is - In-House- favoritism - IHS is what happens when editors seek stories by people they know, being unknown you may as well not enter.
The only story of mine that did well is Sea Ghosts - www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007QERF2E/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i4, a short story based on the life of a real Yorkshire pirate called John Adam.
Sea Ghosts came third several years ago in a contest run on Facebook. I did have a story that should have been third in another Facebook contest, but that contest was hacked by a rival in the last week, and I got pushed to fourth by a "ringer," the person already had a writing contract.
I know the contest was fixed as the person got 274 votes, not 270 or 275, each day for the final week of the contest, meaning he had enough to oust me and no more. The lady whose friend he is already was involved in a hacking case in the Los Angeles courts.
If only freebies caused sales.
My plan to get more attention for my e-books has worked a treat, Aliyah has been taken up by over 20 people now it's free on Draft2Digital; it's a pity it never sold when I was asking less than the price of a cup of coffee for 16 months work.
As I expected, freebies do NOT create sales.
A Sailor's Love
As I expected, my book "A Sailor's Love" has been snapped up now it is free on Draft2Digital, what a shame nobody was willing to pay me for working on it for over a year.
The Goodman revival
I am pleased to see that one of the DVD's I ordered https://www.eden.co.uk/shop/songs-in-the-key-of-happy-4460609.html has arrived. The other one is coming from America as it's not available in the UK.
The group has an interesting history as Tanya Goodman is the daughter of Rusty Goodman from the original group, The Happy Goodmans.
Today, I face the same demon I faced several years ago. The demon is depression and he keeps dragging me down with doubt.
Several years ago, while writing the Chronicles of Mark Johnson, I hit a dark week and was prepared to kill my hero to appease the darkness in my soul; I got talked out of it by some close friends who were fans of the series, so I wrote a darker Mark for the second book (shown here).
He was still alive but his soul had been turned into an evil man's soul through betrayal.
I face a similar situation tonight, I have several stories ongoing on Disqus that I could end in a gruesome manner. At the time of Wharfemere Finale, I sat staring at the blank screen for days as if something was blocking me from writing the end of Mark Johnson, not that it mattered as nobody has read the book since I wrote it.
High winds and rain
This is an apt tune for the UK today as high winds and rain lash the country again.
I am glad all our furry friends are safe in the house today.
I finally get seen on Amazon UK
For the first time in my eight years on Amazon UK, my ratings have risen more than on Amazon.com.
I have still to crack the Golden egg - Canada.