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How Do I Know Which Book Promo Sites Are Legit?

“If you go to our site and click on the tab “Book Promo Sites” – while we do not endorse any particular site, those sites have been vetted and used by at least some of our staff. We would not list them on the site if they took advantage of authors. We cannot state that any of them perform a certain way, so you may or may not have success, but they are not known to scam authors.”

via From the Mail Room: How Do I Know Which Book Promo Sites Are Legit? – Indies Unlimited

Many of us rely heavily on book review sites since major sites such as Book List, Kerkus. Publishers Weekly, and other mainstream sites won’t touch a small press or self-published book (with the exception of pay-for-review programs), so finding those that will make a difference is an important project.

They can help spread the word, but for most of us, few miracles will occur. Making them part of a larger program of platform building seems to give us our best shot.


Author of Conjure Woman’s Cat.


Friday is the day to buy this unique Kindle novel

On Sale for 99₵

Eulalie and Washerwoman









DescriptionTorreya, a small 1950s Florida Panhandle town, is losing its men. They disappear on nights with no moon and no witnesses. Foreclosure signs appear in their yards the following day while thugs associated with the Klan take everything of value from inside treasured homes that will soon be torn down. The police won’t investigate, and the church keeps its distance from all social and political discord. Conjure woman Eulalie Jenkins, her shamanistic cat, Lena, and neighbor Willie Tate discover that the new “whites only” policy at the once friendly mercantile and the creation of a plantation-style subdivision are linked to corrupt city fathers, the disappearing men, rigged numbers gambling, and a powerful hoodoo man named Washerwoman.

Review: “Despite the foundation of blatant inequality and disregard for human life this story centers around, Campbell has managed to infuse hope and humor into the reality of life. Authentic dialect spoken by the characters adds an additional layer of reality to the piece, embedding the reader directly into the danger and the action. This is without a doubt a unique and necessary blend of history and magic, delivered through a unique style of storytelling that will not disappoint.” – Elspeth Senz in Book Expo Review, June 2017, Issue #3.

Enjoy the novel!


Free Books: March 29 – four Kindle titles

The following books will be free on Kindle on Wednesday, March 29:

  • Waking Plain (short story) – An enchanted prince waits for the kiss of a beautiful princess to bring him out of a century of sleep. The problem: he ain’t no sleeping beauty.
  • At Sea (novel) in this sea story set during the Vietnam War, David Ward learns that people back home are often more troublesome than the enemy. Inspired by my service aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger.
  • The Sun Singer (novel) Young Robert Adams goes to the mountains on a family vacation and then, via a mysterious cabin, enters an alternate universe where people are at war with their dangerous king. He’ll have to use his psychic abilities to survive.
  • Dream of Crows (short story) A man goes on a business trip to Florida and gets involved with a witch who wants him to risk his life to make love to her. When he returns home, he can’t quite remember what happened. Don’t read this one if you’re superstitious.

I hope you enjoy the books.


Two Free Books Wednesday and Thursday

Mountain Song and its sequel At Sea will be free on Kindle March 8th and 9th, 2017.

Mountain SongDavid Ward lives in the Montana mountains where his life was impacted by his medicine woman grandmother and his utilitarian grandfather. Anne Hill suffered through childhood abuse and ultimately moved in with her aunt on the edge of a Florida swamp. Their summer romance at a mountain resort hotel surprises both of them. But can they make it last after the initial passion wears off and they return to their college studies far apart from each other especially after an attack on a college street changes Anne forever? The novel is set in Glacier National Park Montana and in the Florida Panhandle

At SeaEven though he wanted to dodge the draft in Canada or Sweden, David Ward joined the navy during the Vietnam War. He ended up on an aircraft carrier. Unlike the pilots, he couldn’t say he went in harm’s way unless he counted the baggage he carried with him. As it turned out, those back home were more dangerous than enemy fire. The novel is inspired by my service aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War.




‘Cora’s Crossing’ (‘A Travessia de Cora’) Now On Kindle

coraportcoverIt took it awhile, but the Portuguese edition of “Cora’s Crossing” is finally available on Amazon.

Description: No meio de uma violenta tempestade, dois homens jovens são misteriosamente puxados para uma velha ponte no meio de um pântano na Flórida. Eles descobrem que os mortos estão esperando para falar, suas vidas estão em perigo, e eles devem ajudar uma jovem mulher ferida que eles encontram na lateral da estrada.

Two young men are mysteriously drawn to an old bridge during a rogue thunderstorm, where they discover the dead are waiting to speak and their lives are in jeopardy when they help an injured young woman they find beside the road.

Cora’s Crossing was inspired by the now-abandoned Bellamy Bridge (which the author last saw 50 years ago) over the Chipola River near the town of Marianna in the Florida Panhandle, and the local folk legend that claims the bridge is haunted by a 175-year-old ghost who died tragically on her wedding night when her dress caught fire.


coracoverThe English edition is available here.



‘At Sea’ – Free for three days on Kindle

AtSeaBookCoverMy Vietnam War navy novel At Sea will be free on Kindle August 15th through August 17th. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can always read the book for free.

Book DescriptionEven though he wanted to dodge the draft in Canada or Sweden, David Ward joined the navy during the Vietnam War. He ended up on an aircraft carrier. Unlike the pilots, he couldn’t say he went in harm’s way unless he counted the baggage he carried with him. As it turned out, those back home were more dangerous than enemy fire.

Long-time visitors to this blog will know that this book was inspired by my experiences aboard the USS Ranger, a WESTPAC-based carrier serving on line in the Gulf of Tonkin during the way.

Hope you enjoy the story.


Two Free Books for Three Days

Two of my Kindle short stories are free on Amazon this week. Willing Spirits is free from July 12th through July 14th. Dream of Crows is free July 13th through July 15th.

willingspiritskindlecoverWilling Spirits

When a high school student named Prudence waits until the last minute to write a book report, she finds help from an unlikely source: the dead author. What could possibly go wrong?

This story is set in St. Louis and features the channeled spirit from years ago named Patience Worth. To learn more about Pearl Curran who channeled Patience with a Ouija board during the spiritualism fad , click here.

Dream of Crows

dreamofcrowscoverAfter going on a business trip to north Florida, you have strange dreams about something lurid and/or dangerous that happened in a cemetery next to Tate’s Hell Swamp. You try to remember and when you do, that’s all she wrote.

If you’re suggestible, don’t real this story. If you live in or near Tate’s Hell Swamp on Florida’s Gulf Coast, don’t read this story. If you’re planning going on a business trip to Carrabelle, avoid bars where a dark woman is waiting to approach you and invite you out to her house at the edge of a cemetery.

Coming Soon

EmilySpanishCoverI’m happy to announce that the Spanish edition of my three-story set called Emily’s Stories will be available soon. (The English edition is available in paperback, audiobook and e-book.)

Emily Walters is a sharp, inquisitive fourteen-year-old north Florida girl who loves maps, her rusty old bike, and the forest behind her house. Sometimes her dreams tell her the future and sometimes her waking hours bring wise birds and other spirits into her life. In these three short stories, join Emily in her adventures and mysteries.

When her family vacations in the mountains in “High Country Painter,” a wise Pine Siskin tells her she must quickly learn how to paint dreams into reality to prevent an afternoon hike from becoming a tragedy.

In “Map Maker,” she’ll need her skills—and the help of a Chuck-will’s-widow—to a fight a developer’s plans for from bulldozing the sacred forest behind her house and replacing it with a subdivision.

In “Sweetbay Magnolia,” she’ll learn the secrets of her grandmother’s favorite tree, the crumbling almost-forever house down on the river, and why some ghosts would rather visit than haunt.



Thanks for all the downloads

TSSJourneysMy contemporary fantasy novel The Sun Singer was in a free promotion on Kindle between June 6 and 8. During that time, 817 copies were downloaded. Wow. I’m a bit stunned.

But thank you.


Hero’s Journey Give-Away April 6-8, 2016

TSSJourneysThe Sun Singer will be free on Kindle April 6 through April 8. The first edition of this novel was a finalist in the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards.

Featuring the mountains of Montana (and a look-alike universe next door), this contemporary fantasy brings you the story of young Robert Adams who goes on a family vacation and suddenly faces more dangers than he knew existed.

He could blame his avatar grandfather, but he doesn’t–well, not for long. He’s too busy learning how to tell the good guys and bad guys apart, reclaim his psychic gifts, and discover whether a magical staff is strong enough to bend time itself. See why the book has a 4.9-star reader review average while you sit back and enjoy the story.

If you’ve ever visited the Swiftcurrent Valley region of Montana’s Glacier National Park, perhaps you will recognize some of the settings, including the historic Many Glacier Hotel, the Garden Wall, and the Ptarmigan Tunnel.



Need your MS formatted for Kindle?

Click on the graphic to see the site.

Click on the graphic to see the site.

My books have all been formatted for CreateSpace and e-book sellers by my publisher.

Turns out, my publisher’s son Caleb was doing the formatting work.

Isn’t this just typical? Somebody 1/3 of my age is doing the kind of professional manuscript preparation that drives me nuts on the rare occasions when I try to do it myself.

Now he’s branching out from the family publishing company and formatting books on his own for Kindle, Smashwords and CreateSpace. If you’re ready to upload your book and don’t want to figure out the distributors’ formatting requirements, this is a good time to take a look at Caleb’s site.

Why? Because he has some introductory pricing that might catch your attention. Feel free to look at my novel Sarabande via Amazon’s LOOK INSIDE feature to see how great his work turns out.



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