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Monday Morning Chat: The First Book I Published

Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

This is the third week I’m giving away a full set of the Jewel Series books to someone who has asked me a question about any one of my books (and about me!) But, I’m still taking questions, so ask away! The link is in the sidebar.

Here is this week’s chat!

Today I’m answering the question:

What was the first book you ever published?

Love the question! I hope you learn more about my Jewel Series through my response:

 

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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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Amazing 5-Star Review

COVER_JTcoverwithbadgeI just received an awesome review on The Jewel Trilogy Anthology — which is all of the Jewel Trilogy Books in one bundle.  This person left the review on Amazon — you can see all 10 of the 5-star reviews for this bundle here.  I wish I had the words to explain how encouraging this review is — it makes me so excited about my upcoming June 15 release!

AMAZING FICTION

Just finished The Jewel Trilogy and am so emotionally moved I almost feel drained. I have never read such great Christian romance ever, and I have been reading for years, through hundreds and hundreds of books. All of these books were just as great as the one before, which is rare. So many times I have read a great book by an author, only to be extremely disappointed by the next book. Not this author. I cannot believe these are her first published novels. I loved the way she carried the characters all the way through the trilogy–not just giving them mention, but actually including them in the story. This is the first time I have ever seen a series follow almost 20 years in the lives of all characters and it was so refreshing. Most books just seem to end abruptly. All characters were believable and none were perfect Christians. I liked the way she had so much dialogue and interaction between hero and heroine in each story. Tony and Derrick so represented the love of Christ and had such a heart after God that I immediately loved them. Barry had his struggles but still was a strong Christian influence. I greatly appreciated the backgrounds of each individual and how God moved in their lives. I could go on and on but will just say BUY THIS BOOK!!!! You will not be sorry. Don’t know how anyone could not love each and every story. Happy reading and may God bless!

If you’ve read any of my books, please consider leaving an honest review.  Reviews help people find the book, and really help people decide if they want to read the book!
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Love: The Perfect Gift for Valentine’s Day — 25% Off!

What better gift to give – or receive – than love? In my Jewel Trilogy, three half-sisters, Robin, Maxine, and Sarah, share one nightmarish past. With the world and the scars of the past against them, can the three of them find love and learn to live a life of faith? If you live in the States and contact me today or tomorrow, I can get you any (or all) of my love stories by Thursday. These books tell beautiful stories of romantic love and the love of God, and how both loves can transcend even the worst of circumstances.

Click each title below for information on where to purchase the ebooks, or contact me at hallee@bridgemanfamily.com and I can mail you paperbacks directly via the USPS! The prices are listed in each description — if you order a paperback directly from me by 3PM EST February 12th, you will save 25% on each book!

Sapphire Ice:
The men in Robin’s life have never been anything but pushers and users. Tony’s intrusion into her exhausted world both infuriates her and intrigues her. Does Tony have a chance to break through the wall of ice Robin built around her heart? Paperbacks are $9 (plus shipping), on sale through 2/12/13 for $6.75 (plus shipping)

GTR600x900Greater Than Rubies:

Robin Bartlett said yes. Soon, she will say I do. Or will she? Robin is planning her dream wedding to Antonio “Tony” Viscolli. Anxiety hits when she realizes the magnitude of marrying one of Boston’s “Royal Family.” While juggling wedding stress, her father’s legal problems, and Tony’s recent taking on of a ward — forgotten nightmares return reminding Robin of the horrors of her past. Paperbacks are $6 (plus shipping), on sale through 2/12/13 for $4.50 (plus shipping) — this book is FREE in ebook form!  Click the link for more info.

Emerald Fire:
Barry is a former NFL Superbowler turned attorney. Maxine is an olive skinned American Indian standing tall with long flowing black hair. She works as a very successful marketing account executive. Barry loses his faith when he is suddenly widowed. Maxine is very concerned that he has set his faith aside, especially now that she can finally express her love for Barry. Paperbacks are $9 (plus shipping), on sale through 2/12/13 for $6.75 (plus shipping)

Topaz Heat:
From the moment Derrick meets Sarah he knows there is no one else for him. Derek is a poor tough street kid made into a billionaire’s protégé and groomed for wealth and success. Sarah sees only an unshaven tough kid covered with tattoos. She shuts down every advance. A decade later, will Sarah finally set aside her prejudices and open her heart to true love? Paperbacks are $9 (plus shipping), on sale through 2/12/13 for $6.75 (plus shipping)

The Jewel Trilogy Anthology:COVER_JTcoverwithbadge

Hallee Bridgeman’s critically acclaimed Christian anthology, The Jewel Trilogy, together in one book for the first time ever, including the novella. Paperbacks are $25 (plus shipping), on sale through 2/12/13 for $18.75 (plus shipping)
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Wow.

On Monday night, February 4, 2013 my little novella, Greater Than Rubies, became available as a free ebook on Amazon. It is now February 7 and at the time of this writing, there are 58,248 free Kindle ebooks on Amazon in just about every genre you could possibly imagine.

Greater Than Rubies is in the top 10 among free Christian Romance ebooks.
Greater Than Rubies is in the top 10 among free Christian Romance ebooks.

In about 72 hours, my little novella Greater Than Rubies moved into the top ten in the Christian Romance category almost overnight and stayed there. As you can see, I’m presently more popular than some of my own favorite authors in my genre.

But the bigger surprise is this.

Greater Than Rubies 3 days later is in the top 50 in ROMANCE
Greater Than Rubies 3 days later is in the top 50 in ROMANCE

In just three days, Greater Than Rubies moved into the top 100 — then the top 50 — and keeps moving up in just the ROMANCE category — that is ALL free romance ebooks on Amazon.  Right this second, it is number 31 so, on Amazon at least, I am more popular than Jane Austin and Charlotte Brontë combined.

But the even MORE amazing thing — the absolutely stunning thing is this:

Greater Than Rubies is in the top 100 among ALL free ebooks.
Greater Than Rubies is in the top 100 among ALL free ebooks.

The MOST amazing thing is that among ALL 58,248 currently offered free Kindle ebooks — Greater Than Rubies moved into the top 100.At position number 84, there are more than 58,100 free ebooks lower in the listings.

At time of this writing, I am number 84 which means my novella is presently more popular than the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible.

I’m not sure how I feel about that. I think I have to just praise God for His perfect timing.

Regardless, I thank you all, my dear readers, SO VERY MUCH, for reading my little labor of love.

I would feel so very deeply DEEPLY honored if you would leave a quick and honest review on Amazon for any book of mine that you read. I am beginning a new adventure this year and hope to give all of my readers around the world some very special memories and honest reviews encourage and uplift me.

If you haven’t read it yet, it’s free forever. Please download it and enjoy it. (Then leave me an honest review!) If you HAVE read it, please take a moment and leave an honest review of the book on Amazon (whether you downloaded it from there or not). I’m presently trying to get Greater Than Rubies listed on a marketing site in advance of releasing my next series, but the site requires a minimum of 18 reviews. It could open doors for me to get my books on library shelves and in other venues. Your reviews mean a lot to me personally and professionally and I DO NOT take them or you for granted.

THANK YOU and I pray blessings for you every day.
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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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