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Every so often, an author has to do something radical in order to boost sales and interest in his/her books. Usually that means free giveaways (like I did in late November-early December 2009 with signed copies of TURNING BACK THE CLOCK) or other ways to get the book out to the people. It's a win-win situation for both the author and the reader.

We're going to do something like that right now.

As an incentive for buying one of my books, we're going to do a give away. How about a drawing for $25 Amazon.com gift card?

It can be a Kindle copy of ONE HERO, A SAVIOR or OBLOERON: THE QUEST FOR THE CHALICE, available on Kindle for a mere 99 cents.

It can be a Smashwords edition of TURNING BACK THE CLOCK.

It can be an ink and paper version of my books, like THE OBLOERON TRILOGY.

(Note: You'll be quick to see that the Kindle and Smashwords editions -- the digital editions -- are less expensive than the ink and paper versions. In essence, you can win a $25 gift card for only spending 99 cents, if you buy the digital edition of OHAS or QFTC, or up to $24.95 for the trilogy's ink and paper version. And remember: there are no shipping costs for digital.)

In other words, it can be any one of my books, in any format.

It can be purchased from Amazon, from the US, Canada or UK sites. It can be purchased from Barnes & Noble (A GALAXY AT WAR is still available at B&N for $10.76). Borders. Books A Million. Any site that sells my books are within bounds.

All you have to do is e-mail me a copy of your receipt dated between the dates of the contest, which starts now and ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, 2010. If you bought more than one book, it's another entry (i.e. If you buy TBTC and GALAXY in the same order, it's two entries). This is a great opportunity to pick up a few books for Christmas, birthdays, or just yourself for beach reading. It's also a great opportunity for those who have thought about buying my books but balked because of the trade paperback prices: You could possibly get something else in return along with a great read.

We'll draw the winner at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, 2010, and I'll send you, via e-mail, your Amazon gift card to do whatever you want with it (they never expire).

It will be a happy Independence Day for someone -- and for me, too.

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Still deciding whether or not to raise the cost of A GALAXY AT WAR's digital price from $1.99 to $2.99 as of July 1. This would be a good time to get the book, wouldn't it?

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