#Newrelease: Times of Trial the 2nd novel in End Times series

Times of Trial is now available, and it's the 2nd novel in my End Times series. A preacher and his family, the Tyler’s, have a church that is dying in Arizona. Even though the church is dying, they take care of the remaining senior saints, including the ones in nursing homes and in hospice. The remaining family, the White’s, leave the same church and head to Wyoming to live in a community that was originally started by Doomsday Preppers back in the early 2000′s so they can attempt to escape the increasing persecution of Christians. Meanwhile, President Collins orders the activation of Camps across the country that will house believers … Continue reading

My sales for year so far

When I started self-publishing in 2008, I didn’t really have any kind of goals on how big of a number I wanted to reach. When I hit 100 sold by the end of 2009 without any promoting except for Facebook, I thought that was cool. When I managed to get a little over 500 sold last year, I thought that was awesome. Well, as of September 2011, I have now reached 2000 sold for the year so far, and I’m only 200 away from reaching 3000 sales.  Earlier in the year, around March, for some inexplicable reason to me, my sales took off on both Amazon and B&N at 400 … Continue reading

18 Ways to Help a Book Author You Love

Reposted from http://hipriestess.com/writers-resources/ 18 Ways to Help a Book Author You Love Eileen Flanagan, author of The Wisdom to Know the Difference, wrote a blog post about a year ago telling friends of book authors how they could help the author sell more books. You can read her blog post here: http://bit.ly/9v5TgA. I thought I’d include some of the highlights of her help list, add my own comments, and provide a few more ways that friends can help book authors to sell more books. If you have a friend who is a book author, please use these suggestions to help them out. If you are a book author, please share … Continue reading

January’s sales numbers

Here are my sales numbers for the month of January. Thanks to being on Kindle Nation Daily at the beginning of January, I surpassed my goals for the month. I sold 197 copies altogether of my three novels, and I was only expecting to sell maybe 100. Here are the stats from Amazon and B&N: The Usurper, my thriller novel for $2.99 as an ebook, $9.99 as paperback Kindle US: 104 Kindle UK: 4 B&N Nook: 13 Paperback: 1 Out of Time: a time travel novella for $.99 as e-book, $6.99 for paperback Kindle US: 28 Kindle UK: 14 B&N Nook: 4 Paperback: 1 Shattered Earth, a science fiction novel … Continue reading

My interview on Two Ends of the Pen

Here is the interview Deb Martin of Two Ends of the Pen did with me: Briefly describe your journey in writing your first book. My very first novel that I actually finished writing was the novella Out of Time, a time travel adventure story. I wrote it off and on for about 10 years, started from a couple pages long to where it’s at now, about 30k words. Did you query agents or traditional publishers before publishing on Amazon? No. Back in the late 90’s when I was seriously thinking about publishing any of my writing, I decided I’d rather publish my own stuff. I looked into vanity press, but, … Continue reading

Today’s Sponsor on The Frugal eReader

I am today’s sponsor on The Frugal eReader Ever wonder what would happen if our worst fears were realized and we elected someone who was willing to destroy the USA, even if he was destroyed himself? The Usurper is that novel. It is a fictional account of what would happen if the Soviet Union and KGB were given the chance to take down the United States from within. They use the American political system, education system, terrorism, and commit environmental disasters to achieve these goals. The Soviet Union and the KGB refuse to let the purging of communists in the United States as awhole by Senator Joe McCarthy, and the … Continue reading

The Indie Spotlight

My novel is featured today on the Indie Spotlight, and here’s the information: Title: The Usurper Author: Cliff Ball ISBN: 1453702725 or 978-1453702727 Page count: 184 Genre: Thriller Price: $8.99 for Paperback, $2.99 for Kindle Author Bio: Cliff Ball currently lives in Texas, has a BA in English, currently pursuing a 2nd BA to eventually get an MA in Creative Writing. Cliff has published three novels, Out of Time, Don’t Mess With Earth, and now The Usurper. Cliff also works as a copy-editor. Tell us about your book: Ever wonder what would happen if our worst fears were realized and we elected someone who was willing to destroy the USA, … Continue reading

Mentioned on J.A. Konrath’s blog

My novel, The Usurper, was mentioned, along with quite a few other Indie authors, on mega Indie author J.A. Konrath’s blog, here: http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2010/11/with-little-help.html Check out all the novels listed. All these authors would like to have more people read their novels, including myself. I am very appreciative of the fact that Indie authors generally help each other out, and try to get each other recognized. From sharing posts about someone’s work on Facebook or Twitter, to learning from other, more successful indie authors on message boards or through books they have published about how to be a successful independent author. Being an Indie author is challenging, but rewarding, and through … Continue reading

Book review of The Usurper – a political thriller

Here is the newest book review done by Nurture Your Books “A cold-blooded, Clancy-esque political thriller; The Usurper is sure to entertain.” As decades of meticulous scheming and planning finally come together, the KGB, an under-appreciated threat, takes the final steps towards the ultimate coup. The terrorist faction exploits idealistic volunteers to do some of the dirty work and utilizes educated individuals, in positions of power, who are more than willing to die for their belief in ultimate control by the government. When a mixed group of terrorists and extremists spend years training for the eventual downfall of the western world, collateral damage and the loss of life isn’t given … Continue reading

Experience with self-publishing so far

I just thought I would take the time to post my experience with self-publishing so far. Since I published through Iuniverse.com, they post sales 2 months after the fact, so I just recently found out I only sold 7 of my novellas in February, making all of $2.34 in royalties. I guess I shouldn’t go wild and spend it all! ha ha. I have to wait until the end of May to know how many novellas I’ve sold off of Barnes and Noble.com or Amazon.com, or any other online store that is selling it. I’m learning the art of patience when it comes to waiting to find out my book … Continue reading