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Number 94

It’s funny how my mind works.  I tend to justify away evidence of success.  I don’t know if it’s a lack of confidence or not wanting to get hyped on something that may not last.  Or maybe my mind is just funny. Likely, the latter is the best explanation.

One of the things about indie publishing is that you don’t have a huge base of readers from which to draw, and you don’t have a distribution list where you send books.  You just kind of put a book out there into the wild wild west and hope that someone sees it.  You have an initial surge of sales when all of your friends and family buy your book, and then it slows down to a trickle of sales.  At least, that was my experience.

On the first of February, I was happy to sell five or six books a day.  That’s kind of how I trudged along, and for almost a year that had been the norm.  Then on February 9th, Greater Than Rubies was finally price-matched to be listed as “free” on Amazon.  It immediately climbed the charts of Amazon’s free lists, stayed in the top 10 of free Christian romance and free Christian fiction for a month, and even graced the top 100 of Amazon’s free overall.  And since that first surge to the top 10, it has never dropped below #30 (as I type this, it’s #22 in the FREE Christian fiction).

But I justified it.  “It’s free,” I thought.  “People are just downloading it.  No one is reading it.”

Then my book sales picked up.  Drastically.  I began selling more and more of my not free books.  And, one of the coolest things about it is that I sold a lot of the Jewel Trilogy Anthology.  To me, that meant that people were reading the free book and liking it so much that they bought all three of the trilogy at one time, instead of just buying one book and seeing if they liked that as well.

In fact, so many people bought the the Jewel Trilogy Anthology that, for the first time, I broke a top 100 PAID list on Amazon.  It was listed at #94 for anthologies last week, and it bounces off and on the top 100 list for anthologies all day.

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But, I justified that away.  Out of the hundreds of thousands of books on Amazon, how many of them are really anthologies?  Surely, it can’t be that hard to break the anthology top 100.

But, this morning, I woke up to discover that Topaz Heat is #94 in Religious Fiction Romances and #100 the top 100 in Christian Romances.

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I’m not justifying that one away.  I’m claiming it.  I just made another top 100 paid Amazon list!

Wow!

It’s incredibly exciting to be an Amazon best seller while I’m finishing up the new book that will publish on June 15th!  Stay tuned for more information coming about A Melody for James! (And if you want to join the street team, Hallee’s Allies, of this Amazon best seller, click the logo to your right for information!)

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Inspiring & Uplifting

COVER_JTcoverwithbadgeThis month, I will have been actively on this course of writing/publishing for one year. Before I began, I was terrified – terrified – of going forward. Whenever I knew someone was reading what I’d written, I’d get nervous, anxious, obsess about hearing back. How in the world I ever got up the courage to hit “publish” on the first book – Sapphire Ice – is nothing short of God’s perfect will pushing me out of any and all comfort zones.

I’m so glad I went forward. I’m so glad that my books have met with such great acclaim and critique. I’m so happy that this person is telling that person and that person is telling this person and the stories of Robin, Maxine, and Sarah are spreading through the reading communities. It is wonderful and humbling and still a little terrifying.

I woke up this morning to a review on Amazon for The Jewel Trilogy Anthology — which contains Greater Than Rubies — that was so wonderful worded and so uplifting and affirming to me. It makes me anxious and antsy to get the next fiction book published — the first in my Song Series (coming in May, friends!). I wanted to share it with you:

I’ve been complaining loudly lately that Christian fiction is full of perfect characters who bypass personal growth and development with a single prayer when something goes wrong. Their lives all perfectly fall into place and have no substance or sense of reality about them.Then I stumbled across these books and was so happy to be proven incorrect. I just loved everything about these books. The flawed characters who faced their demons and grew into themselves and Gods love for them, their strength and determination gained through serious prayer and commitment to supporting each other. I laughed and cried and pondered my life. I read all four books in 4 days and can’t stop thinking about them. I’m so glad the wedding was later included – and was even more pleasantly surprised that it also revolved around real life problems, rather than just being a feel happy book. My only criticism is that there are no other books available for this author………I’m eagerly awaiting more!

I know if my books touch just one life and bring just one person closer to God, then that may have been His purpose for me. But, I get notes, reviews, and emails almost daily from people all over the world telling me how much the books affected them on a personal, emotional, or spiritual level. You have no idea how much those notes, reviews, and emails inspire and uplift me.

If you haven’t read them, read them. Greater Than Rubies is free everywhere we could get it free, and will stay free – a sampling of the sisters for you. If you have read them, I’d love to hear from you.
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The Jewel Trilogy Anthology is Now in Paperback!

3d_COVER_JTThe Jewel Trilogy Anthology is now in paperback – and it includes all of the books in The Jewel Trilogy plus the bonus novella Greater Than Rubies!  You can find paperback buy links here: The Jewel Trilogy Anthology.

If you would like an autographed copy, I will be happy to send it to you.  I will sell each one for $25, plus shipping.  You can email me at hallee@bridgemanfamily.com to inquire about that.

If you have read any of the books found in the series, please consider leaving a review or a rating where you purchased it or on Goodreads.

Thank you!
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The Jewel Trilogy Anthology

Jewel Trilogy 3DThe Jewel Trilogy Anthology is now for sale! (Check out this cover — isn’t it amazing!?!)

This is a collection of all three books in the Jewel Trilogy: Sapphire Ice, Emerald Fire, and (best selling) Topaz Heat!

They are included in their entirety. It just creates a discount to buy all three at the same time.

You can get the Anthology at the following locations in e-book form:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

All Romance eBooks

It is priced at $9.99, which is a savings of about $2 if you were to purchase each book separately.

f you read and enjoyed The Jewel Trilogy, in whole or in part, please consider leaving a review wherever you purchased it or at Goodreads. Reviews help people find the books.

Thank you so much!
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