Black Hole Sun is still #free on #Kindle http://amzn.to/16eTiIA as of this writing, although the deal has ended for all other vendors. If you missed the chance to download it over the holiday weekend, here’s your chance. There’s no telling how long it will stay free, so carpe roman!
Today is the final day to download Black Hole Sun on Kindle or Nook. It’s been a wild week since the book went on sale for free on the major book sites, and I’ve learned a lot bout promoting free ebooks that I wish I’d known before this started. For example, Twitter is a better venue than Facebook by far. Live and leaner, though.
When this promotion started, I had certain goals: I wanted Black Hole Sun to be #1 in Teen Scifi, #1 in Teens, and #1 in all ebooks at both Amazon and BN.com. This is what was achieved.
- #1 in Teen scifi at both Amazon and BN.com
- #1 in Teen at both Amazon and BN.com
- #1 Nook ebook at BN.com (not a surprise because it was Nook’s Free Ebook Friday choice)
- #24 Kindle ebook at Amazon (still trying, but it looks like this goal may elude us).
- #4 Bestselling Teen Nook for Rising Sun, the prequel to Black Hole Sun. This was an unexpected but completely awesome side-effect.
Overall, I would consider the promotion a success, even though my greedy heart would grow three sizes if Black Hole Sun reached the Top 20 today in the final hours before the promote ends.
Thanks to everyone who downloaded, shared, liked, and retweeted the news. I appreciate you all!
The whole Black Hole Sun series:
Today’s free ebook on the NOOK Blog is Black Hole Sun. When your book is picked for this giveaway, they ask you to recommend another book that readers might enjoy. My recommendation is one of my all-time favorite novels, Megan Whalen Turner’s The Queen of Attolia, which may well be the best second novel in a series ever written. Turner’s debut, The Thief, took a Newbery Honor, but The Queen of Attolia is even better. Here’s the recommendation I wrote for the book:
Megan Whalen Turner’s debut novel, The Thief, is a Newbery Honor-winning masterpiece of beguiling plotting and sleight-of-hand narration. It would have been very difficult for a writer to top that success, but Turner did it with the second book in the Queen’s Thief series, The Queen of Attolia. A perfect balance of character, setting, prose, and plot twists that make a Rubik’s Cube look like a preschooler’s jigsaw puzzle, The Queen of Attolia reunites the Thief, Eugenides, and his archrival, the cunning and ambitious Queen, who would love nothing more than to get her hands on the man who stole everything from her. But as the adage goes, be careful what you wish for …Read more…
You can find the whole post, as well as link to downloading your free copy of Black Hole Sun at: http://bit.ly/13DRdsb
If you prefer Kindle: http://amzn.to/10lqhXP
Today, Shadow on the Sun, the final book in the Black Hole sun series, launches in hardcover and ebook. It’s hard to believe that the story wraps up after four books in three and half years. Every book has its trials and tribulations, but as my grandmother would say, Shadow on the Sun put me through some changes. I think that the last book in a series doubles-down on that because you’re not only writing a novel, you’re keeping a promise to your readers that started with the first sentence of the first book. Hopefully, I kept any big promises I made. The little ones will have to wait for the reader to fill them in.
I would be remiss in not publicly thanking Suzanne Collins for allowing us to use the wonderful blurb that graced the covers of the three hardcovers. Thanks, Suzanne.
The flap cover copy of Shadow on the Sun:
Durango has always relied on Mimi—once his tough-as-nails squad leader, she is now the bitingly sarcastic artificial intelligence flash-cloned to his brain. Mimi is the only reason he is alive. Durango has always looked out for his devastatingly beautiful and brave second-in-command, Vienne—now wounded, crushed, missing. Vienne is the only reason he wants to live. Durango hasn’t always despised his father. But he does now. Lyme wants Durango to be the Prince of Mars, and he’ll stop at nothing to realize that dream. He’ll sacrifice anything and anyone in the name of domination. Even Mimi. Especially Vienne. Lyme forgot one thing. You don’t want to mess with Durango.
The whole Black Hole Sun series:
Black Hole Sun is available FREE in ebook form! From now until April 1, you can download a copy of Book 1 of the Black Hole Series for the never-before low price of ZERO dollars. Books 2, 3, and 0, Invisible Sun, Shadow on the Sun, and Rising Sun are also available.
- Get Black Hole Sun free on Kindle.
- Get Black Hole Sun free on NOOK.
- Get Black Hole Sun free on iTunes.
- Get Black Hole Sun free on KOBO. (soon)
Praise for Black Hole Sun:
- “Rockets readers to new frontiers” –Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
- “Black Hole Sun grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let go until the last page. In the best tradition of Heinlein and Firefly, Black Hole Sun is for readers who like their books fast-paced, intense, and relentless. Buy it, read it, pass it on!” (Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Wintergirls and Speak )
- “Science-fiction fans will cheer Durango on in his exploits and enjoy the twists in the novel’s satisfying conclusion.” (School Library Journal (starred review) )
- “Fast-paced, compulsively readable, and outright funny.” (The Horn Book )
- “Action, adventure, sci-fi, and horror buffs will all find this an almost perfect mix of all of the genres.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books )
- “Will leave readers eager for the next volume.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) )
- Starred Review, Booklist
- School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
From the jacket:
Mars stinks. It’s hot. The air reeks of burning fuel; the rivers and lakes seethe with sulfur. In the shadows, evil men plot terror and beasts hunt the innocent. Out on the barren crags of the terraformed planet, there is nowhere to hide. No one to heed a call for help No one, except Durango.
The whole Black Hole Sun series:
In late Fall 2012, I finished the last revisions on Shadow on the Sun, the final book in the Hell’s Cross (my name for the series)/Sun/Durango books. I was relieved–after more than a year and several substantial revisions, the book and the series were finally done.
Now, I could take a breather and left my worn out fingers take a rest. No sooner did I hit the send button that an email arrived from my editor, requesting that I write a e-novella prequel to the series and have it finished for a February launch. I laughed because there was no way I could write a 24k novella in that amount of time, and then I said yes. Because even though I had finished with the series, I knew that there would always be stories to tell in Durango’s world. How could I pass up the chance?
For the next month, I wrote what became a long novella, almost 38k words. We shrank it a bit on revision, but not by much. Laid out like a traditional book, it’s a 160 page novel, which is about half the length of the other novels in the series. I hope that it’s big enough to satisfy the reader and that some of the answers about Durango’s backstory are enough to satisfy your curiosity–a little bit, at least.
Rising Sun is a stand-alone 125-page novella, a prequel to David Macinnis Gill’s acclaimed Black Hole Sun, of which Suzanne Collins said, “Black Hole Sun rockets readers to new frontiers … action-packed.”
Jacob Stringfellow, aka Durango, once had a promising career in the elite armed forces. That was before. Before his father betrayed him and his unit. Before he almost died and had an artificial intelligence flash-cloned to his brain. Now Durango and Mimi (the AI) are figuring out how to get along and figuring out how to stay in the game. Set on a violent and unforgettable dystopian Mars, this is a must read for fans of the author’s Black Hole Sun trilogy and for anyone who loves intense, action-packed science fiction.
So here it is, the start of Durango and Mimi together. For those of you who keep count, this is Hell’s Cross Number 0. It’s available on all ebook formats for $1.99.
ISBN: 9780062273024; ISBN10: 0062273027; Imprint: Greenwillow Books ; On Sale: 2/5/2013; Format: eBook; Trimsize: ; Pages: 161; $1.99; Ages: 14 and Up