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Ruby’s Choice is #1

My debut novel published on July 27, 2015. The last couple of days Ruby’s Choice is the #1 download in the free KINDLE store.

I’m writing my fifth novel, The Witches of Hant Hollow, and I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since the release of Ruby’s Choice. She will always hold a special place in my  heart. 

Download Books 1 & 2 of the Ditch Lane Diaries Free. 

Ruby’s Choice (Ditch Lane Diaries Book 1) 

by D.F. Jones 

At time of this post, Amazon Best Sellers Rank: 

#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Metaphysical

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Thank you for the reviews!

A quick thank you for taking the time to read and post such wonderful reviews for Spinning Time!

As my thanks, I’m offering today, May 26 only, a Free Kindle copy of Spinning Time by D. F. Jones Expires at Midnight!

Here’s a few of the praise/reviews coming in for my new release:

“Author D.F. Jones Spinning Time is a fun read and a new departure from her previous books. I found her time travel romance to be inventive, fast-paced and enjoyable. Highly recommended!” Debbie Herbert, RWA 2017 RITA Finalist, best paranormal romance

“D. F. Jones has written this exciting adventure that you will not want to put down. That you won’t be ABLE to put down! What a delightful story. It was extremely well done going back and forth through time, giving you bits of information each time and building to a fantastic crescendo. The humans and aliens are highly developed and actually give you the feeling that you know them, that you have met them before, and you either really like them, or you really hate them. The action was fast-paced and didn’t end.

I highly recommend this book and this author to you. I found it to be really an enjoyable story, and I would love to hear more adventures of ATTRA in future books.” Catwoman1a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“I chose this rating because Ms. Jones has the ability to pull one into her stories and make you a part of the story. Even if you are on the sidelines and unable to help the characters.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a really good read.

I do not usually do spoilers but I really feel pushed to give all dog lovers that this story has an alien dog who has a character all of his own and I personally loved him.

I can not wait to read D.F. Jones next book.

This story was different than her Ditch Lane Dairies but as well written; I loved this story as much as I have her other stories.

ENJOY!!!!”

Peggy Transue ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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What’s up with Harlequin?

Rumors on social media and the internet states that Harlequin is longer acquiring titles for: Harlequin Nocturne, Harlequin Western, Love Inspired Historical, Kimani Romance, and Harlequin Superromance. (I could not find any official statement.)

I’m not sure how it affects the authors, and the employees of those Harlequin lines but my thoughts and prayers are with each one during the phase out.

Two years ago, after much research, I made an educated decision to add publishing to my eighteen-year-old media company, Jones Media. I had the desire to write fiction that I enjoy reading and with the ever-changing landscape of the book industry, I didn’t want my books in hands other than my own.

The closing of those genre lines within Harlequin reinforces my decision.

Self-published authors continually fight traditional publishing companies along with many agents, bookstores and libraries that keep indies from mainstream readers. To the readers, I’m an avid reader and the self-published talent is impressive. 

I have an advantage over some authors. I have graphic designers, editors, and over thirty years of marketing experience to put behind my books. 

Even with my experience, my paperback books will not see the light of day on a bookstore shelf because I choose not to sign a form saying I will buy back books. The NY rep with B&N, in all fairness, wanted my books but without the buy back form, her hands were tied. She stated they would be conservative in placement but as a business owner, I wasn’t about to risk having to purchase back 60k books. (FYI- My paperbacks are available with most booksellers online and signed copies are available at DFJonesAuthor.com)

That’s like selling thousands of an ABC car to dealerships then six months later the dealerships make the manufacturer of the ABC car buy back the cars! “New vehicles stay until they’re sold,” says Automobile Protection Association (APA) president George Iny. 

Hastings Bookstores was one of the few SP author friendly stores in the USA, and they filed bankruptcy.

Based on my personal experience, E-books sales are 99 to 1 over print editions. That’s where I concentrate my marketing efforts.

Self-publishing with Amazon, Draft2Digital, Smashwords, etcetera, make it easy to upload a manuscript to the world but if you don’t edit properly, create an aesthetically pleasing cover, and most importantly, market your books, your titles will drown in an turbulent ocean of book titles where free and nearly free sales crest the top of the waves. 

I love to write. Writing gives me joy but I’m also competitive enough to want to profit from my efforts. So I too use the free and nearly free book promos to attract readers. 

As with any start up company, it takes time to build a loyal clientele.

My readership numbers keep steadily increasing, and my social media footprint along with loyal readers help spread the word about my books. 

I like owning the Copyrights to my books. I love interacting and making friends with readers around the world. 

It’s priceless.

I cannot imagine placing my trust into a company with my work and them doing away with the product lines. But hey, they did say to submit to the lines that they’re keeping, and like it or not, I guess that’s big business.