Update

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GENERALLY SPEAKING

Well, it’s a new year and I can tell it’s going to be a good one…okay, if not good, it’ll definitely be interesting: an entire year of lucky number 13 🙂

There isn’t a whole lot of news right now in the book world for me. I’m doing my best to get Immortal Light: Wide Awake in the hands of people who will review it. I absolutely appreciate all of you that have read the book and reviewed it for me on Amazon and Goodreads and wherever. You are the best.

This is a very slow moving process (not as slow as it used to be, but it is pretty slow). I find myself chomping at the bit for new reviews and critiques and the like. In spite of the fact that everything moves at the speed of the internet, I’m just that kind of guy: impatient.

I had my first 4 book giveaways on the first of the year. Congrats, again, to those winners. I truly hope you enjoy the book if you haven’t already read it.

BOOK 2

I’ve been working on book 2 over the Christmas break. I’ve been batting two different formats back and forth and I think I’ve decided on the best one; I’ll find out when it goes to the beta-readers. I’m more than 25% into completing it and my goal is to have it done by the end of March, but it might be closer to the end of April.

I’m still looking for a title, so maybe if you volunteer to be a beta-reader, you could have some input on my new title.

Well, that’s it for now. Keep up the good mojo, fingers crossed, and all that.

Thank you, all!!!

-john

And the final count is…

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Wow! January 2nd was a big day for us. After 24 hours of giving my book away for free on Amazon, the final numbers are astounding–to me, anyway 🙂

Before I post the detailed breakdown, I would like to thank all of you who have supported me in so many ways. Some of you have written honest and constructive reviews, many of you have purchased IL: Wide Awake in paperback, more of you have purchased it digitally, and SOOOOOO many of you downloaded the book today.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you!

We still have a long way to go and I’m working on book #2. You can see my word count tracker over on the right side of your screen. I’m pushing nearly 20% into the book and I know exactly where I want to go with it, so don’t give up on me. I’m hoping for a publishing date late this year.

Now, without anymore ado, the FINAL DOWNLOAD NUMBERS for my January 2nd, 24 hour giveaway are…

Downloads by country:

United States and India – 365

United Kingdom – 33

Germany – 5

Canada – 2

Italy – 1

GRAND TOTAL – 406

That is truly outstanding for one day. Thank you again, and remember to post a review to Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, or any other web site that will take one.

Sincerely,

-John

IL: Wide Awake is FREE today only!!!

scr2555-proj697-a-kindle-logo-rgb-lgImmortal Light: Wide Awake just went free on Amazon for the next 24 hours. Download it now to your Kindle or Kindle App on Android and iPhone at no cost to you. Follow the link HERE to download your copy.

Here’s my ONLY request if you choose to download it: PLEEEEEEASE post an honest review to Amazon!!! I need people to know exactly what to expect before they read the book. I’ve already received some excellent feedback, but I NEED MORE!!!

Thank you all so much for your support in this process. Hang with me and maybe we can get the whole world to read Immortal Light: Wide Awake.

-John
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And the Winners Are…

HERE IT IS!!! Click on the video below to find out who won my FIRST EVER Facebook Giveaway.

 
Jennifer Hails
Kellie Kirkland-Spangler (I was unable to reach Kellie, so if you know her, PLEASE let her know she needs to message me with a shipping address)
and
Ken and Melissa Rollins
 

CLAIM YOUR PRIZE:

Congratulations, winners! I will (if I haven’t already) post a congratulatory message to your Facebook to which you MUST reply with a shipping address if you wish to receive your prize 🙂

If I haven’t been able to reach you, please email me at johnsperry1979@live.com with a shipping address.

Thank you all for your support. You are the best friends, family, and fans ever!!!

-john

PS: I HAVE A VERY SPECIAL MESSAGE COMING TOMORROW, SO STAY TUNED TO FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and MY WEBSITE!!!

The Wonderful Stokes Women

lucy-003As I was getting ready for a visit from a dear family friend tonight and wanting to show her that I had finally received my own copies of my book in the mail, I came to a most HORRIFYING realization:

I completely left her, her sister, and their dear mother out of my acknowledgments. The most acute sensation of panic and regret washed over me and I feel the only way to even coming close to amending that oversight before the release of my second edition of the book is to acknowledge them for you all to read. So, here goes…

As background, these ladies were among my very first beta-readers over a year ago. They read and re-read the book and provided me a lot of much-needed insight.

Katelyn, Erin, and Jeannetta Stokes,

I doubt I could ever come close to telling you all just how much your voices and opinions of my book helped to shape it into its current and refined state.

Katelyn, your excitement over my characters and eagerness to help in the external creative efforts with regard to publicity and graphic designs have meant the world to me–you are the eyes of Lucy (above), afterall. You have been such a support for this project since the first time you heard about it and that has not gone unnoticed. You are a truly special friend.

Erin, I loved how giddily and enthusiastically you devoured the entire book. Your near-manic obsession with Benjamin still makes me smile, and your eagerness for book 2 has been a huge mart of my motivation to finish it. Your response was the biggest ego boost for me.

Jeannetta, knowing that you deliberately pushed my book to the top of the enormous stack already waiting to be read means so very much to me. Your insightful notes and comments in the margins were such a help.

Ladies, you mean the world to me and I pray that you won’t judge a feeble writer on his pre-elderly dementia.

I love you guys.

-john

FACEBOOK ONLY GIVEAWAY!!!

ImageI’m Giving Away Another Book!!!!

All you have to do is “like” me on Facebook.

It’s easy; there’s a Facebook “Like” button on the right side of your screen right now. Go click it!

If you already like me, you’re already entered!

BONUS: If you share this post on Facebook, You will be entered to win 1 of 10 signed IL: Wide Awake posters. Just click HERE or on the picture and you will be taken to the picture on Facebook. Simply SHARE it and you’re entered to win a poster.

SO START CLICKING AND WINNING!!!

ENDS JANUARY 1st, 2013

I’m adding Twitter shares to the poster contest 🙂

Immortal Light: Wide Awake NOW FOR SALE!

ImageI have some exciting news!!! My debut title, Immortal Light: Wide Awake is now for sale on Amazon.com, Amazon Kindle, and soon to be on B&N Nook.

I know that the book has undergone numerous title edits and you have all been so patient, but the day is finally here. Please visit my Store page to purchase a copy. E-Book formats are $2.99, while paperback is $13.

I’m so excited to share this book with you and hope you enjoy it and share it with others.

Sincerely,

-John

Purchase Immortal Light: Wide Awake at one of these locations:

$13 in paperback

$2.99 on Kindle

$2.99 on Nook