Evelyn Chartres Author
Evelyn Chartres – Page 5 – Author (Nom de Plume)

Evelyn Reads We Are Mars

We Are Mars, by Cheryl Lawson, is a story of what happens when scientific achievement and exploration meet the grim reality of the Twitter generation, one too distracted to pay attention to what the senior echelon is up to.

This story starts a little over fifty years after the settlement is established and is home to thousands of souls. Here, conditions are deteriorating because supplies from Earth are less bountiful than before.

From there, the author introduces a varied and memorable cast of players. A core group of characters get the spotlight giving you a unique insight into their thoughts and emotions, an aspect that I found to be compelling. As the story develops, alliances are made and broken as tensions reach critical.

Lawson really does an excellent job of mixing in theoretical and emerging science into the story, lending credibility to the tale and giving it an overall authentic feel.

Overall, if you are into series, I’d say that it’s worth reading!

A Van Helsing Paradox Review – Fun Read

I had no trouble dropping into this world and enjoying the ride.

I found another wonderful 🌟🌟🌟🌟 review of The Van Helsing Paradox on Amazon.com! It’s simple, and to the point. Elegance in itself!

In the mood for dark fantasy story about a girl who grows up to hunt things that go bump in the night? Learn why a gal has to look out for herself after all. So why not check out The Van Helsing Paradox for free? Get it now!

Sweet Red Pepper Jelly

Sweet red pepper jelly is a recipe that combines a sweet jelly with a hint of heat, to enhance the flavour. Goes well with a cheese, such as with a baked Camembert, or a bagel topped with cream cheese and jelly. Delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (235 ml) of red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 6 cloves (15-30 g) of roasted garlic
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of apple cider vinegar (divided)
  • 3 cups (710 ml) of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of crushed chile flakes
  • 3 fluid ounce (85 ml) pouch of liquid pectin

Preparation

  1. Using a blender or food processor, purée peppers, garlic, and ½ cup (120 ml) of vinegar until smooth.
  2. Open pouch of pectin and keep within arms reach of the stove.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients except for the pectin. Bring to a boil on high heat, stir frequently using a whisk.
  4. At high heat, let boil for 10 minutes while stirring constantly. At this stage, foam will expand considerably, be careful not to have it overflow.
  5. Pour in pectin, continue to stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat, and skim off any remaining foam.
  6. Pour into containers, and allow to cool. Refrigerate once cool.

Dave Higgins’ Review of the Van Helsing Paradox

Whoa! What a review from Dave Higgins for The Van Helsing Paradox! My latest dark fantasy novel that follows the life of a child, who grows up to hunt things that go bump in the night.

Here is an excerpt of the beginning of his review, and it gets better from there!

Chartres fuses ancient conspiracies within the Church with urban fantasy to create a fast-paced horror adventure that doesn’t lack for depth.

It’s obvious that Dave Higgins has not only read the book, but taken time to gain some insight. Be it the ramifications of faith on those who hunt, to the sacrifice hunters ultimately make; despite temptations that surround them outside of their own sanctuary. Of course, he really ends this review with a bang!

Overall, I enjoyed this novel greatly. I recommend it to readers seeking an engaging tale of vampire hunting or the complexities of saving humanity secretly.

Thank you very much for your great review! Are you curious about my work? Just click on Prose, to find a list of all my published works!

Not Available For Purchase – Understanding How Amazon Links to Markets

Not Available For Purchase – Understanding How Amazon Links to Markets was originally posted on Renée Gendron‘s Word Crafting site.

The most important step in getting your books into the reader’s hands is directing them to a storefront. Since Amazon has the largest market share globally, many opt to target them exclusively and gain access to features such as Kindle Unlimited.

Authors will typically provide a link to their book from Amazon.com or their regional counterparts. These links can be used on Twitter, Facebook, other social media, and the author’s blog. For example:

Author advertising with a link to their book

Does that link work for everyone? How about those that shop in a different market? Good question, but first we need to explain what an Amazon market is.

Amazon is separated into regional market places, normally but country. This is why you will find sites like Amazon.com (United States), Amazon.ca (Canada), Amazon.co.uk (United Kingdom) and so forth. For various reasons, not all goods can be purchased in a market that is not your own, and this extends to Kindle Books. So how does this apply when people are sent to the wrong market? The answer is nuanced.

On a computer, Amazon will inform users that they are not in their market and will redirect them. That is not the case for mobile users, the example below shows a case where the user is not in their default market (Amazon.com).

Page viewed on Amazon.com, not the user’s default market

Since the user is in the wrong market, they are told that This title is not currently available for purchase. Some potential readers will know what is going on and change the link. Then they would then see the following page:

Page viewed on Amazon.ca, the user’s default market

 

What if the user is not aware this problem exists and/or how to correct? What happens then? Simple answer, the user moves on, or contacts a confused author. Potentially leading to one less sale, and the opportunity to get a positive review or build a fan base.

So how do we fix this? Here are three easy methods.

Authl.it

Authl.it is a service that provides a jump page for the user. When someone clicks on the generated link, they will see the novel, synopsis and shows users various markets. This service requires no account, and comes with a really short link mimicking services like Bit.ly.

Note that the page shows which market is most likely correct, reducing the chances for someone choosing the wrong market. Also note that not all markets are available through this service.

Launch page generated by Authl.it

BookLinker

BookLinker is a site that offers the ability to create market agnostic links. The links are free for the basic service, easy to create, and provides a simple link that you can pass on. These links can also be customized, so they are easier to remember. When users click on the link, they are redirected to their market, a the process that is invisible to the user.

Universal Books Links

Universal Books Links is a service offered by Draft2Digital and offers a similar service to BookLinker. The difference is how this service also links marketplaces other than Amazon, such as Apple, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble. The service is free, and Universal Books Links are created automatically when you push books through Draft2Digital.

You can also add links that Draft2Digital will not target, such as Smashwords. Overall this is a great solution for those who go wide. Users who click on the links will get the option of choosing their market and going straight to the book. Links on this service can also be customized, just like BookLinker.

Launch page created by Universal Book Links

Note: All of these services can be paired with a web link shortening service such as Bit.ly. This can be invaluable on sites like Twitter with a limited character count, and provides the ability to track links for statistical analysis.

In short, Amazon has multiple markets to sell Kindle books. A link for one country may not redirect users and result in a lost sale.

Using services like Authl.it, BookLinker , and Universal Books Links helps you provide one link which negates this problem. Users end up where they need to be, and you can grow your fanbase from there!