Tea II is on free promotion on Amazon

My short story “Tea II” is on free promotion on Amazon for the next five days. If you have never read any of my stuff, here is your chance to try it for free

Just search Amazon for “Alan Scott the storm series”

Tea II

Tea II

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Tea – A Most Unusual Short Story

By far my most successful short story has to be “Tea”, as it has been downloaded from Amazon just under 1’000 times around the world including USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, Australia and India.

For 4 days in Nov 13 it held the No. 1 position in Free > Fiction > Short Stories in Japan (sold through Amazon)

For 2 days in Oct 14 it held the No.1 position in Free> Kindle Store > Books > Gay & Lesbian > Fiction > Horror in the UK (Sold through Amazon)

And currently its No. 11, in the UK, in the Amazon charts for Kindle Store > Books > Gay & Lesbian > Fiction > Horror

This most unusual short story always has the ability to confound me, as I am no too sure why it is so popular!

So what is it about? Simply put, the story of ‘Tea’ is about a six hundred year old werewolf having tea with a seventy year old gay tailor. However, that is just the story it’s not what the book is about

The book is about – Being old, living with the choices you make through your life, unusual friendships, family, being brave, hiding what you are from the world and loneliness.

So if you fancy something slightly different to read, why not try “Tea” you can read the first few pages for free on Amazon and make up your mind after that.

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As always Saskia created a wonderful book cover
‘Tea’ is part of ‘The Storm Series’ set of books, which currently include a trilogy, three books of short stories and a number of promo stories. The ‘Storm Series is an adult, bittersweet, dark fantasy series that deals with relationships, loss, power, prejudice and ultimately, the true ‘monster’ that lurks inside of us.

Alan

Its taken me three years but i finally have a No.1 book in the UK

Its taken me three years but I finally can say I have a No.1 book in the UK and I cannot stop smiling.

The book in question is my short story “Tea” and its currently number one in the Amazon UK Kindle charts under the following category  Kindle Store > Books > Gay & Lesbian > Fiction > Horror

The story of ‘Tea’ is about a six hundred year old werewolf having tea with a seventy year old gay tailor. However, that is just the story it’s not what the book is about.

The book is about – Being old, living with the choices you make through your life, unusual friendships, family, being brave, hiding what you are from the world and loneliness.

‘Tea’ is taken from a book of short stories called ‘Stories for a Storm Filled Night’, and is the most successful of my short stories released under their own cover. It has been downloaded just under 800 times around the world including USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan and India.

‘Tea’ is part of ‘The Storm Series’ set of books, which currently include a trilogy, three books of short stories and a number of promo stories. The ‘Storm Series is an adult, bittersweet, dark fantasy series that deals with relationships, loss, power, prejudice and ultimately, the true ‘monster’ that lurks inside of us.

Below is a link to the UK Amazon site

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tea-Storm-Series-Alan-Scott-ebook/dp/B00A53G5WO/ref=zg_bs_4542721031_f_1

I’m still smiling

Alan

At last I have a book in a ‘paid for’ top twenty on Amazon : )

My short story ‘Tea’ is currently number 20 on Amazon (UK) Bestsellers Rank: in Books > Fiction > Gay & Lesbian > Short Stories.

I’m used to having my books in the top 40 of Fantasy, Sci-fi, short story etc when I put them on free promotion, however, this is the first time It has happened on a paid for list : )

Who said that a short story based on a werewolf and an old, gay, tailor drinking tea would never work lol : ) (I’m very happy if you have not guessed)

Sorry, but I just had to share : )

Alan

So far I have had three reviews on Amazon (all from woman funnily enough) two from the UK and 1 from USA. Plus one on Goodreads

5.0 out of 5 stars A very simple but a very powerful tale 8 Dec 2012
By Morgana
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
  I have read all of Alan’s stories and enjoyed them all, but this is the first time I have given him 5 star’s (I normally give 4 star’s). The reason I have given 5 stars is very simple, he made me cry. The ending to Tea is such a bitter/sweet ending that I actually had a tear in my eye when I finished it.
Alan writes real believable characters that you can’t help but engage with.
I recommend that you read this book
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC BOOK 13 Mar 2014
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
  Such an amazing book- so interesting story! So well written and such a creative mind! A definite must buy! Well done Alan Scott- i’m a big fan!
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite 17 Nov 2012
By lisa wolverton – Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
  As expected, Mr. Scott delivers a dark and bittersweet tale. Even though this is a short story based on his novels, there is enough backstory to keep the reader well-informed of how the characters are linked and to make the plot consistent with his other works. It can be read as a stand-alone or as a complement to his series.
For me, ‘Tea’ is about choices and consequences, fears and fears realized – a poignant and touching narrative of unlikely friends. ‘Tea’ is  my favorite of all his stories, so far. I look forward to more.

From Goodreads

Jul 04, 2013       Bookbee        rated it         4 of 5 stars

This short story links in with Mr. Scott’s other novels. I have not read his other work but Tea contains enough background and the writing is so wonderful that I was able to feel the melancholy surrounding the characters but really, really wanted to know their complete back story!

Results of Free Promotion of ‘Tea II’ on Amazon

In the five days ‘Tea II’ was on free promotion it was downloaded 224 times around the world (I was willing it to reach the 250 lol), the breakdown is as follows:

USA – 151 times

UK – 42 Times

Germany – 22 times

Brazil – 3 times

Canada – 2 times

France – 2 times

Italy – once

India – once

Not only that, but I got six sales off the back of the promotion and 2 good reviews. So I’m counting it a success : )

As a self publisher, the hardest thing i have found is publicizing your work – For ‘Tea II’ I used the following:

Facebook – My authors page (echoesofastorm) 2279 followers but only about 250 active

Facebook – my Private page – asking people to share post

Twitter – I only have 8 followers : )

WordPress

If anyone knows of other places i would love to hear from you

On a side note – I have found, from experience, that the best days for promoting your books on Amazon is Thu to Mon

Alan

I’ve just had a lovely review for my short story ‘Tea’ on Amazon

I’ve just had a lovely review for my short story ‘Tea’ on Amazon,

5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC BOOK 13 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
 Such an amazing book- so interesting story! So well written and such a creative mind! A definite must buy! Well done Alan Scott- I’m a big fan!
Its also currently (in the UK) Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,749 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
I’m sitting here with a huge grin : )

Tea II (ebook) Will Be on Free Promotion from Amazon Between Thu 13 Mar and Mon 17 Mar 14

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Just a quick post to say that ‘Tea II’ (ebook) will be on free promotion from Amazon between Thu 13 Mar and Mon 17 Mar 14.

Tea II concludes the story of Shadow Killer (Werewolf) and his unusual, and platonic friendship with an old man called Samuel (A Tailor). The tale is set exactly one year after ‘Tea’, on the coldest and darkest night of winter, and by the end of the night their relationship will have changed forever.

I’ve written this short story to say thank you to all those people around the world who downloaded ‘Tea’. ‘Tea’ It is by far my most successful short story with just under 800 downloads across the world, and when on promotion constantly makes it into the top 10 of gay fiction

Both short stories (Tea and Tea II) are set within the dark fantasy world of The Storm Series Trilogy and can be read in conjunction with the trilogy, to obtain extra background information, or alone just as two short stories.

I hope you enjoy

Alan