.99 Mystery & Thriller Sale – 25 Titles

.99 Mystery & Thriller Sale – 25 Titles

SALE IS ON AMAZON US ONLY – SORRY – The Links on the left are to ALL editions of the books – if you choose Amazon from the Dropdown after 11:00 AM on Wednesday, 13 June 2018 you will find the .99 Deal.

Crossroad Press currently has over four hundred titles in the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program. From now, until those titles go back into full distribution, we are going to run a series of .99 Countdown deal sales.  Our first is Mysteries and Thrillers.  Twenty-five books you can get for less than a dollar each.  The titles and authors for this first deal are listed below, along with the link to the title both in the Crossroad Press store (because some are also available in Audio and print editions)  If you buy a book that has an audiobook edition, the .99 eBook qualifies you to buy the audio at the companion “Whispersync for voice” discount and can save you even more.I will also include the link directly to Amazon.

Target Blue                                                By Richard Abshire & William Clair – .99 on Amazon
Claw Hammer                                           By Paul Dale Anderson – .99 on Amazon
The Heist                                                   By Michael A. Black – .99 on Amazon
Head Case                                                By Jay Bonansinga  – .99 on Amazon
The Hotel Dick                                           By Axel Brand – .99 on Amazon
Sins of the Flash                                        By David Niall Wilson  – .99 on Amazon
Even the Butler Was Poor                          By Ron Goulart – .99 on Amazon
Blood is Pretty                                            By Steven Paul Leiva – .99 on Amazon
Blood Diamonds                                         By Bill Pronzini – .99 on Amazon
Better Mousetraps & Other Stories             By John Lutz – .99 on Amazon
The Crystal Skull                                         By Rob MacGregor- .99 on Amazon
Beating the Bushes                                     By Marthayn Peligrimas – .99 on Amazon
The Blackguards                                         By Richard Murphy with David Niall Wilson- .99 on Amazon
Terror at Boulder Dam                                 By Mike Newton – .99 on Amazon
Sorrow’s Crown                                           By Tom Piccirilli – .99 on Amazon
Indefinite Renewal                                       By Aaron Rosenberg – .99 on Amazon
A Good Death                                              By Philip Ross – .99 on Amazon
The Holy Terror                                            By Wayne Allen Sallee – .99 on Amazon
Cold Night                                                    By Al Sarrantonio – .99 on Amazon
Bullets of Rain                                              By David J. Schow – .99 on Amazon
Dangerous Curves                                       By Judith Skillings – .99 on Amazon
Cold Day in Hell                                            By Roger Dale Trexler – .99 on Amazon
Midnight Eyes                                               By Sidney Williams – .99 on Amazon
Defenders of the Faith                                  By Chet Williamson – .99 on Amazon 
The Witch and the Borscht Pearl                  By Angela Zeman – .99 on Amazon

 

Congratulations to Crossroad Press Authors & Narrators 2018 ABR Award Nominees

Congratulations to Crossroad Press Authors & Narrators 2018 ABR Award Nominees

A number of Crossroad Press audiobooks are nominated for the ABR first annual Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards… Details below. Congratulations to our authors and narrators, and please, if you want to support Crossroad Press – it’s a listener’s choice award.  Go… listen… vote. You can vote more than once (details below) Beneath those details you will find our nominated books.

“Winners to be honored at the HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction & Arts Festival in Kansas City, MO on June 8th hosted by internationally acclaimed comedienne, award-winning audiobook narrator and bestselling author, Alison Larkin.

Audiobook Reviewer (ABR) has announced finalists for the 1st annual Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards competition, the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in independently published audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Winners will be revealed at HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction & Arts Festival on June 8, 2018. The awards ceremony will be completed with a celebration cocktail party and award medallions and christened by internationally acclaimed comedienne, award-winning audiobook narrator and bestselling author, Alison Larkin.” –>Read the Full Details at the ABR HOMEPAGE… and VOTE!

Within These Walls – by Rev. Carroll Pickett & Carlton Stowers – Narrated by Tom Pile in the Biography / Autobiography / Memoir Category:

Clock of Dreams –  by Brian Lumley – Narrated by Simon Vance in the Fantasy Category

  • Clock of Dreams
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Series: Titus Crow, Book 3
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Release date: 01-16-17
  • 22 ratings

 

The Rising – by Brian Keene – Narrated by Joe Hempel in the Horror Category

 

The Tower of Zhaal – by C. T. Phipps – Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer in the Horror Category

Straight Outta Fangton – by C. T. Phipps – Narrated by Cary Hite in the Humor Category

  • Straight Outta Fangton
  • A Comedic Vampire Story
  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Release date: 08-28-17

 

Lucifer’s Star – by C. T. Phipps & Michael Suttkus – Narrated by Eric Burns

 

GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU!

 

January Update from Crossroad Press New Authors & Books!

January Update from Crossroad Press New Authors & Books!

To say that January has been a busy month would be among the more serious understatements of the new year. Crossroad Press is welcoming a wealth of new authors, as well as launching NECON PRESENTS – a Category of the store that will be much more than just that – drawing together the works of authors who have attended one of the most iconic conventions of all time – Camp Necon… but rather than go on about all the work we’ve been doing, let’s get straight to the updates, because there are a pile of them.

We have new eBooks from a number of authors, and since we added multiple titles for each of them, I’m going to provide links to their author page in our online store, rather than to every individual book.  From those pages you can purchase their eBooks from Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble (depending on availability).  Some are still in the process of being loaded to a few of the sites, and others are in Kindle Unlimited and only available at Amazon. All available options can be found by clicking the links below:

Tim Waggoner  / Tim Curran  Aaron Gudmunson   /  Sara St. John Raymond Van Over  /  Eric Shapiro  /  Duncan McGeary  /  Stephen Weiner  /  Seth Sorkowsky  /  Lisa Von Biela  /  Ray Garton  /  David Hambling  /  P. D. Cacek  /  William Meikle  /  Thomas Tessier  Elizabeth Massie Dan Foley  /  Trish & Rob MacGregor 

We have three new print editions for January (so far)

GEMINGA – by Melvon Litton – a very strange dark fantasy, bizarre romp through creation mythology

Mountain of Daggers –  Book One of the Tales of the Raven- by Seth Sorkowsky – epic fantasy stories based on the thief Ahren

Temporary Hauntings – by Craig Shaw Gardner – Book II in the Tempoarary Magic series (Book III coming soon in print and available now in eBook formats)

And finally – new audio.  Three titles have gone live so far in January : Remember – Audio prices on our site are full retail – when you order through Audible.com – if you are a member, they are one credit. If it is your first audiobook with Audible, it’s free. If you own, or buy the eBook you will get a discount on most titles through their “Whispersync for Voice” feature.

     Barracuda Final Bearing – A Submarine Thriller by Michael DiMercurio – Narrated by Joseph Courtemanche.

 A Quail in the Family – by William Plummer – narrated by Pete Ferrand – a family’s adventures with an adopted quail…

Wynfield’s Kingdom – by M. J. Neary – Narrated by Tony Cleary – a Tale of the London Slums…

Keep checking back at the store for new titles – search through the author’s pages, and the many categories… spread the word, and tell your friends to sign up for our Newsletter – it’s on the right hand side of every product page and at the top of all the website pages… Until next time… GOOD READING!

The Fabulous Book Covers of Our Own David Dodd

The Fabulous Book Covers of Our Own David Dodd

Behind the scenes at Crossroad Press, an incredible amount of work takes place. There is scanning, proofing, formatting, soliciting narrators and authors, promotions, the store, uploading things to the various sites… and there are book covers. When I started Crossroad Press, I had to depend on a couple of people to help out by providing covers. They were not fast, and in the end the most prolific of them turned out to be a crook.  Along the way, though, something very cool happened.  David Dodd, who signed on years ago as my business partner, got hold of Photoshop and started figuring it out.  Over the span of years he and I have worked together, he has now done more than 1300 book covers.  Yes… 1300… that’s an incredible output, and he has also become very, very good at it. I wanted to take a moment and thank him for the work, and share some of those covers with all of you – his five favorites, my own five favorites, the two we agreed on … and as an added bonus, we both picked a “branded series” that we like the best as a group…First up, the two covers we both chose from all of those available:

  We both chose the cover for John McIlveen’s HANNAHWHERE immediately. This is a Crossroad Press original novel and has done very well. You can reach the product page for this novel by clicking HERE or on the book cover. John now runs his own press, Haverhill House, where he is putting out some very attractive and interesting books.  If you like supernatural suspense, Hannawhwere is a book you should check out.  We have it in eBook formats, Hardcover, trade paperback and audio.

I added the Dark Fortune cover to our shared favorites after I saw it on Dave’s list. I see all of our covers, of course, but I’ve been head-down building the store lately, and this is a newer one, so I had not seen it enough times to get the full effect. The novel is classic supernatural horror, with Tarot cards, a mysterious old curio shop, a congregation full of people in “immortal” danger. The stuff that the genre was built on… You can reach the product page by clicking HERE, or on the cover … while you are there (either of these two of course) check out the links to other books by these authors, or in the same categories by following the links provided.

And now on to the two top five lists:

These are Dave’s top five, more or less.  Remember that the two we both liked were among his top choices.  There is one other choice not included here that is missing because it has not yet been posted in the store, and I wanted to be able to link to all of the products… The thing that works about these covers, for me, is that you can read the text at a thumbnail size… the images are sharp and clear – the colors complement one another well, and the placement of the text is proportionate to the background, symmetrical and balanced.  I could imagine walking into Barnes & Noble and seeing these sitting right in with the best-sellers, and that (of course) is the goal, though Barnes & Noble won’t order from us… a story for another day. You can find the product page for each by clicking on the cover image.

My own five (not counting the two ties) are a different group… which is also part of the magic of a thing like cover art. No one is attracted to the same types of things.  Two people can love and hate the same cover (and often do). The important thing is that it draws the attention of people browsing for a book – and that it presents the portion of the marketing information that is necessary. It does not have to include something that is a scene from the book, or a character… your readers in most cases do not have the information you do and would not catch the references anyway. It’s better to be striking.  Here are my choices:

Each of these caught my eye at one point, or another, and then I came back to them. I find them compelling and love the composition. Stacked Deck is a perfect image for a hard-boiled mystery collection – The Plot looks like an off-the-newsstand best-seller ought to – the skyline, the intrigue… Irving Wallace would have been proud.  Slightly Off Center – the image and the way it’s sort of fish-eyed give exactly the off-kilter feel Neal Barret Jr. evokes with his fiction. The Jazz is cyberpunk-ish and cool with just the right colors… and The Enormous Hourglass (now in production as an audiobook) just grabs me… no idea what the book is about from the image but I want to KNOW… and that is what matters.  There were a few that almost made the list… I’m going to drop those below, and then the first in each of the two series brandings we chose – Dave chose “The Instruments of Death” series by Paul Dale Anderson – which is a great police proceural, forensic thriller series – and I chose the Whit Pynchon Mysteries by the late Dave Peneau. Links (of course) to the covers.

Honorable mentions and series branding:

 

 

 

 

 

We are hoping that all of you reading this will comment on the covers, and go to the ONLINE STORE to check out the rest of the more than 1300 covers Dave has done. Tell us the ones that you like.  2018 is going to be a big year for us, and there are many more to come. And while you are on any product page or anywhere in the store, use the handy link on the right to sign up for our newsletter!

 

 

Top 25 eBook Titles from Crossroad Press in 2017

Top 25 eBook Titles from Crossroad Press in 2017

Since we have so many more eBooks than audio or print, I decided to go with our top 25 titles of 2017. You’ll find a mixture of genres and authors here, but notably non-fiction is still holding the top spots – notably true crime titles and biographies do well also. Clive Barker (no surprise) has several slots, but congratulations to Deborah Morgan, Bill Crider, and Brian Pinkerton for breaking onto this list. Survivor’s Game – a book I wrote with Holocaust Survivor David Karmi, is also on the list, as is my collaboration with Stacy Childs – the medical sports thriller Block 10 and my own novel Nevermore – all of which makes me happy. Dominant this year were the submarine thrillers of Michael DiMercurio…it was a very good year, and 2018 looks to be even better. Thanks to all of you who buy and read… below are a couple of links… one to our current best selling titles at Amazon – and one to our titles at Amazon that are enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited program – there are a LOT Of them, and if you are a KU subscriber I hope you’ll consider checking some of them out… over 400 available titles in that program. If you are NOT part of that program, but read a lot, you might want to give it a look…

CROSSROAD PRESS CURRENT KINDLE BOOKS
CROSSROAD PRESS KINDLE UNLIMITED

And don’t forget to check out the new Crossroad Press Website & Store!

  • Without Mercy: Obsession and Murder Under the Influence by Gary Provost
  • Attack of the Seawolf by Michael DiMercurio
  • Murder of Innocence: The Tragic Life and Final Rampage of Laurie Dann by Joel Kaplan and George Papajohn
  • Phoenix Sub Zero by Michael DiMercurio
  • Perfect Husband: The True Story of the Trusting Bride Who Discovered Her Husband Was a Coldblooded Killer – by Gary Provost
  • Death is a Cabaret by Deborah Morgan
  • Dead on the Island by Bill Crider
  • Barracuda Final Bearing by Michael DiMercurio
  • Killer’s Diary by Brian Pinkerton
  • Fatal Dosage by Gary Provost
  • Piranha Firing Point by Michael DiMercurio
  • Survivor’s Game by David Karmi
  • Trumped! The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump—His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall by John R. O’Donnell and James Rutherford
  • Underground by Craig Spector
  • Nevermore by David Niall Wilson
  • Betty Grable: The Reluctant Movie Queen by Doug Warren
  • Dystopia by Richard Christian Matheson
  • Journeys Out of the Body by Robert Monroe
  • The Tragic Secret Life of Jayne Mansfield by Raymond Strait
  • The Thief of Always by Clive Barker
  • Cabal by Clive Barker
  • Block 10 by Stacy Childs & David Niall Wilson
  • Lou’s On First by Chris Costello and Raymond Strait
  • Warday by James Kunetka & Whitley Strieber
  • Bender – by Brian Pinkerton
Top 25 Bestselling Audiobooks from Crossroad Press in 2017

Top 25 Bestselling Audiobooks from Crossroad Press in 2017

It should come as no surprise that Clive Barker’s audiobooks continue to dominate our sales, but the good news for us, our authors, and our narrators is that a: A lot of people got to help with the narration of those books and b: a lot of our other books have started to give them competition. I would also like to congratulate the narrators with the most success – Simon Vance, Kevin Pierce, Chet Williamson and Jeffrey Kafer.  Below is a list of the top 25 bestselling audiobooks from Crossroad Press. Remember, if you buy your eBook first (particularly when said eBook is on sale) you can buy the audio at a discount in the Whispersync for voice program from Amazon – and if you are an Audible Member, all our books can be had for a single membership credit. If you have NEVER bought a book from Audible, the firs tone is free, and there are some great suggestions below. Many thanks to Jeffrey Kafer, who is the audio engineer who masters all of our audio files.

You can find our CURRENT bestselling audio (and all 550 titles) at THIS LINK … happy listening, and welcome to 2018!

  • Imajica by Clive Barker  – Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Journeys Out of the Body by Robert Monroe – Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • The Books of Blood – Volume 1 by Clive Barker – Narrated by  Simon Vance, Dick Hill, Peter Berkrot, Jeffrey Kafer, Chet Williamson, and Chris Patton
  • Ultimate Journey by Robert Monroe Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • Great & Secret Show by Clive Barker – Narrated by Chet Williamson
  • The Hellbound Heart:by Clive Barker – Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
  • Far Journeys by Robert Monroe – Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • Without Mercy: Obsession and Murder Under the Influence by Gary Provost – Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • THE DAMNATION GAME by Clive Barker – Narrated by Simon Vance
  • The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter – Narrated by Johnny Heller
  • The Thief of Always by Clive Barker – Narrated by Adam Verner
  • The Books of Blood – Volume 2 by Clive Barker – Narrated by Hillary Huber, John Lee, Peter Bishop, Peter Berkrot, Jeffrey Kafer, and Chris Patton
  • Everville: The Second Book of “the Art” by Clive Barker – Narrated by Chet Williamson
  • Cabal by Clive Barker – Narrated by Chet Williamson
  • Aliens in the Backyard – UFOs, Abductions, and Synchronicity by Rob MacGregor & Trish MacGregor – Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • The Hellbound Heart[ by Clive Barker (abridged – narrated by the author)
  • Blood Moon – A Robert Payne Mystery by Ed Gorman Narrated by Mark Douglas Nelson
  • The Books of Blood – Volume 3 by Clive Barker Narrated by Chris Patton, Scott Brick, Xe Sands, Jeffrey Kafer, and Peter Bishop
  • Cthulhu Armageddon by C.T. Phipps – Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
Holiday Print Edition Sale Underway – 650+ products live in store

Holiday Print Edition Sale Underway – 650+ products live in store

All of the Print editions are back on sale at 40% off until the 31st of December… Use coupon code XmasSale to receive 40% off any purchase of print books at the site.  Find our Print Editions HERE.

The rebuild of the online store continues. We have more than 650 of our products live, and more going up daily… Come back to the store often… pick up some books to read for the holidays… and please share the links…..and this newsletter.

I promise we will not bother you often.  As soon as I figure out a way to put some eBooks on sale for the holidays, I will do so, but we don’t sell them directly in the store…. the reviews and sales are important to our authors on the major retail sites.

The New Store Continues to Grow 450 Plus Titles

The New Store Continues to Grow 450 Plus Titles

THE NEW STORE IS GROWING

As I load all of the books we’ve published one by one, I’m remembering the circumstances behind each – remembering why I love the people, and the books. For a very long time we’ve sort of rolled along, and I now feel as if I’ve done a disservice by not putting a store like this together sooner – I want to share some of the books, and the stories.  I’ll be doing a lot of this in my own blog, because these posts – and this newsletter – are meant for sharing and promotion. I hope you will all do that – I hope if you are receiving this, you want to – please believe that we will never spam anyone, we just want you to know about all the words, and stories, audiobooks and more… if you know others  who would be interested, please let them know.

Notable additions to the site this week include the works of New York Times Bestselling Author William Bayer – his Janek novels were made into TV movies (and the first of them, SWITCH, I caught being referenced on an episode of Castle a couple of years ago).  His Kay Farrow novels, and the foreign detective series are amazing books, and his novel Hiding in the Weave a mystery set in a private school, along with City of Knives – the latest in his series of novels about foreign detectives – are Crossroad Press originals – published by us first… and we need to get that word out.  He’s an amazing author.

Also original to us and available among all of his other works are the three books of Craig Shaw Gardner’s TEMPORARY MAGIC series … he’s funny, he’s clever, and these books will bring a serious smile. They are original to Crossroad Press…

That’s enough for one short note, but I want to leave you with some links.  We have listed a lot of AUDIOBOOKS in the store …. we have over a hundred of the 400 titles we have in Kindle Unlimited live here… our print books are 20% off if bought through our site (if you see one not marked for sale let me know… I figured out how to do it after some of the print books were already on the site).

And don’t forget that all of the Stargate eBooks are available for direct order…

David Niall Wilson

CEO / Publisher – Crossroad Press

Ronald Kelly – First Author completely live in the New Store

Ronald Kelly – First Author completely live in the New Store

Rebuilding our entire store is an astronomically large project.  We have just about 150 products added back in, and now we are starting to add them in chunks. We have just added all of the products for author Ronald Kelly – who has a number of horror novels, collections, and a young adult novel with us. I’m writing this post, and will continue to write them as time permits, to show the look and feel of what we are doing. Any product that has a print edition you will be able to purchase here at our store.  Any book with eBook editions, with the exception of the Stargate novels which you can buy directly from our store, will have links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo and Smashwords (or as many of those as the book is available at) as well as an Audible.com link for audioooks.  Categories now include Kindle Unlimited so that if a customer is signed up for Amazon’s  Kindle Unlimited program, they can find which books of ours are enrolled in that program.  Right now there are over 400 of our 1600 or so titles in Kindle Unlimited… including our popular O.C.L.T. series and Paul Dale Anderson’s Instruments of Death forensic crime series.

All of the Stargate novels are live, all of Ronald Kelly, and a good sampling of other titles can now be purchased through our site, using Paypal or Stripe for Credit Card purchases.  Check it out!  Let us know what you think.

And Check out Ronald Kelly’s Author Category to see what is in store…multiply that times about 180 and we’re there!

New Website – New Store – Growing up…

New Website – New Store – Growing up…

We have been in need of this facelift for a very long time… Crossroad Press has grown well beyond the tiny dream I once had for it, and become a force in digital publishing, digital audio, as well as producing a growing print catalog. I am going to have to ask readers, customers, and authors to be patient with me. There are around 1600 titles in our catalog… nearly 180 authors. Each product and author has an entry in the store.  I started by making all of the Stargate eBooks available, because, frankly those are the only eBooks anyone regularly buys here at our site, and we have an obligation to the wonderful folks at Fandemonium for trusting us with digital distribution for their books.

Next up will be the books that are either original to Crossroad Press – or that we have done print editions of. I want a good place for people to find and buy our books. I will be adding features like the chance to have any of them autographed by the author … this will require a fee just to ship the book to the author and on to customers, but should add a personal touch. There will be sales and coupons galore.  Each product in the store will have links to audible.com for audiobooks, and to all of the retailers that we use for eBook distribution, as well as direct buy links for print editions.  Each author will have their own drop page, and you can see the bare-bones start of that by clicking this image:

 

 

 

If you are WordPress savvy and (in particular) have experience with Woo Commerce and would like to help with the build, let me know at publisher@crossroadpress.com.

Onward into the future!