Because of my well-known wit and facility for writing breezy, short prose (not to mention my well-known availability on very, very short notice!), I am this week’s Featured Blogger on the Amazon Fantasy and Science Fiction blog. You can read my chortle-worthy thoughts on Military Science Fiction here: http://www.kindlepost.com/2014/05/military-science-fiction-series-the-summer.html. That’s the “permalink.” The link for the “running” version of the blog is here: http://www.kindlepost.com/science-fiction-fantasy/
To Honor You Call Us, the first “Man of War” novel, has just gotten its 200th customer review on Amazon.com. This is a significant milestone–very, very few self-published novels get more than a few dozen reviews, much less 200. This is an indicator, not only of how many people have bought the book (well over 10,000, which huge for a self-published work) but of how much enthusiasm the book has generated. I am very fortunate and very grateful for both.
Of the 200 reviewers, 133, give the book 5 out of 5 stars, and 42 give it 4 stars, meaning that 175 out of 200 give the book a very good or outstanding rating. Only 16 give the book 3 stars (which some reviewers treat as a “very good” or “good), 5 give it 2 stars and 4 give it 1 (take a look at the 1 star reviews some time–these guys same some astonishingly stupid and, in some cases, blatantly false things).
A big “thank you” to my readers and to the reviewers–the reviews have truly helped sell the novel to other readers and are part of what persuaded 47North to buy the rights to these books and to begin publishing them in February 2014.