Stephanie Hurt – Romance Author

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The Free Book Debate…

Good morning! Hope all is well with you on this beautiful morning. Georgia is having a beautiful day today, but the weather will be here for Thursday and Friday, so we need to enjoy today and tomorrow!

As for today’s topic, it’s permafree books. There’s much controversy about this strategy. Most authors split the fence on this topic. I’ve played with it periodically through the years, but my newest try at it has been a success. Why do I say that, you might ask? Well, here’s why…

Do you see the number just above this sentence? That’s where Ridge is at the moment. Since I put it on permafree several weeks ago, it has stayed in the top 100 in this category and notice it’s not the free category. You’re probably saying, ‘but it’s free so you’re making nothing on all those downloads’, well that’s true, but here’s why it’s a good thing.

The week that Ridge went free, there wasn’t a lot of change in sales. But the next week and all the ones to follow showed a huge difference in my sales. suddenly it was like I could follow the readers journey. Each book in this series started selling in order of the series, then my other books started in the same way. It’s like the readers are buying the Five Oaks Series, then working their way through each of my series. Kind of like watching dominoes fall in a row. I’ve also started selling my older published books, which a couple of them had to be dusted off from sitting on Amazon so long 😉

SO, I’d say my trial period worked. Ridge will stay free. My suggestion is to wait until you have a couple of books in your series out before you go free with the first one. That way the reader has a direction to go in. Then sit back and watch it do the work for you. It’s like free advertising!

Have you tried this? How did it work for you?

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…


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One more day until the tour!

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Heads up romance readers! Tomorrow, September 1st is the start of the third annual Romancing September Across the World Blog Tour. Rosie Amber and I will be doing posts for 30 romance authors. Rosie’s will be first in the morning on UK time and mine later on US time. It’s looking to be a great tour this year.

We start tomorrow with Bestselling author Melissa Foster. Here’s the list of great authors that we will be featuring:

30 Authors, 30 Days, 2 locations.

Here is the line-up;

September 1st – Melissa Foster with Taken by Love

September 2nd – Helen Hollick with Sea Witch

September 3rd – Linda Lee Williams with Old Town Nights

September 4th – Michelle Betham with Shirley Valentine goes to Vegas

September 5th – Georgina Troy with A Jersey Dreamboat

September 6th – V. Steele with How My Cowboy Loves Me

September 7th – Pamela Beckford with Love Aflame

September 8th – E.L.Lindley with Blood Money

September 9th – F.J. Thomas with Lost Betrayal

September 10th – Lizzie Lamb with Scotch On The Rocks

September 11th – Adrienne Vaughan with Secrets Of The Heart

September 12th – Monica La Porta with The Lonely Wolf

September 13th – Margaret Cullingford with Twins Of A Gazelle

September 14th – Nicky Wells with 7 Years Bad Sex

September 15th – Felicia Myers with A Fake Engagement, A Real Wedding

September 16th – Zee Monodee with Whisk Me Up

September 17th – Kimberley Wenzler with Both Sides Of Love

September 18th – Daisy Banks with Christmas Carols

September 19th – Joanne Phillips with Cupid’s Way

September 20th – Sonya Loveday & Candace knoebel with Love Always

September 21st – Della Connor with The Burning

September 22nd – Hilda Vaughan with Here Are Lovers

September 23rd – Bethan Darwin with Two Times Twenty

September 24th – Lorraine Jenkin with Chocolate Mousse & Two Spoons

September 25th – Annie Crux with The Lavender House Mob

September 26th – Sam Cheever with Slow Burner

September 27th – Jane Cable with The Faerie Tree

September 28th – Jane Linfoot with The Vintage Cinema Club

September 29th – Olga Miret with I Love Cupcakes

September 30th – Marcia Meara with Wake Robin Ridge

So, mark your calendars and set your timers, it’s going to be a romance filled ride…

As for me, I have exciting news! Chase is now in the hands of my Editor Kaleigh. Yep, I typed over 8000 words Saturday to wrap his story up. He’s on preorder over at Amazon and will be officially released on September 26th!

http://www.amazon.com/Chase-Five-Oaks-Ranch-Book-ebook/dp/B014OQA6V8

Don’t forget to head over to Wattpad to vote on Tuscany! https://www.wattpad.com/myworks/48304085-tuscany

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…


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Coffee, love, laughter…

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Good Saturday morning all! How do you like one of my new rugs? I’m super excited about this one. Can you see why? If you’ve been reading my posts for the last three years then you know why. Hint, there’s three of them… Did you figure it out yet?

This morning as soon as I opened my eyes it was evident the rain was here. So much for some yard work this morning, but I can’t complain because we need the rain. Saturdays at our house are for cleaning and writing. For some reason this week and I’m still a little confused about this one, I actually finished most of my laundry early. That means more time for writing today 😉

If you haven’t checked out my Wattpad entry, then run, don’t walk over there. Votes and views are important for this one. I also enjoy the commments. As a firm believer in the close knit writer community, I want to hear from you. One friend has already helped out by pointing out something that needed tweaking. I’m ever grateful for that too! When someone that doesn’t see the story from your head makes an observation, then you can see it clearer.

Also, for you Five Oaks Ranch fans I have a nifty little surprise that I slipped in this week when you weren’t looking. Ridge is free on most sites for a while. With Chase riding on the heels of publication I had to get some things happening. The downloads have been pouring in, which means there’s an interest in catching up. As I’ve said before, i can’t wait for you to meet Chase, my favorite of the Cauthen brood.

So, what’s your plans for today? Writing? Cleaning? Just being alive? For me, all of the above! My advice for you on this rainy Georgia day, drink a pot of coffee, hug someone you love and laugh a lot…

As always, good writing and May God Bless you…

https://www.wattpad.com/myworks/48304085-tuscany

One more thing before you go! When Tuscany’s entry on Wattpad reaches 25 views I’ll be doing a sweet giveaway, then at 50 and 100! So pass the word around and give me some reader/writer love!


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Five Oaks Ranch Series

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and on twitter @5oaksranchbooks for opportunities to win copies and keep up with publishing dates, book

signings, and so much more!