Monthly Archives: May 2016

Ask the Alien – 5/15/16 – Genre Mashing with Dakota Kemp

BQB addresses the genre-mashing conundrum…

Bookshelf Battle

By: Alien Jones, Intergalactic Correspondent

shutterstock_124337023 copy “Hmm yes. Hot steampunk chicks with big cannons. I dig it.”

Greetings Earth Losers.

The Esteemed Brainy One here.  The intergalactic trade war over irregular pants continues, but alas, I have done all I can. I have since moved on to Dromodo, where the beings are fighting over the right to marry.

I have heard you humans have been squabbling over that right yourselves (i.e. who should and shouldn’t be allowed to marry) but the Dromodons have a different kind of fight going on.

None of them want to get married ever again.  The government wants to hitch everyone up in forced marital bliss whereas the Dromodons just want to chill out and let their freak flags fly.

That’s what they call their genitals. “Freak flags.”  Very disgusting. Just take my word for it. You don’t want me posting any pictures of that nonsense.

Anyway…

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New Results

I woke up this morning and my brain exploded.

Ironheart has hit #1 in the Teen and Young Adult Steampunk category on amazon, and #2 in Steampunk Science Fiction!  (By the way, the screenshot above is from last night and was provided by a friend.  It’s a little out of date.  Ironheart has since moved up in those categories.  I’ve got to figure out how to do some of this stuff.)  Seeing Ironheart ranked above Jim Butcher’s – the JIM BUTCHER – Cinder Spires nearly sent me into convulsions.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in Ironheart‘s release!  You guys and gals are wonderful, and without you, writing books would be a gigantic exercise in futility.  Every single one of you has my heartfelt gratitude.

Early Results for Opening Day

I am very tired, but I’m also ecstatic.  If you didn’t know, those two things mixing together lead to a sleep-deprived feeling of euphoria.

Peeps, if I was not totally technology illiterate, I would post a screenshot to go along with this announcement.  Ironheart just hit #1 in Children’s Steampunk on amazon!  Finally edged out Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass.

In addition, it is also now at #2 in Teen and Young Adult Steampunk, which is also awesome.  (I’ve heard it said that they don’t give medals for almost, but sometimes they do.  It’s called silver.)

What I’m trying to say…is that you all did it.  I know every author says it, but I’m going to say it too.  And when I say it, it’s actually true.

I have the best readers in the world.

 

Ironheart Update

Alright everyone.  Currently, Ironheart is sitting at #5 in the YA Steampunk category, just behind Philip Pullman’s popular His Dark Materials trilogy and one other book.  Let’s push it up to number one!

And for everyone who has purchased a copy of Ironheart today, you have my heartfelt thanks.  You guys are the best!

If you haven’t picked up Ironheart for $2.99, you can still get a copy here to help boost its rank!

Ironheart Launch Day

Hello Everyone!  Today is launch day for my newest novel, Ironheart: The Primal Deception.  If you enjoy my stories or if you’d just like to support an artist’s endeavors, go to amazon.com to buy Ironheart on kindle.  I’m trying for a big release launch in an effort to get more exposure on amazon by landing on a bestseller list or two.  Every sale helps boost book rank tremendously, and Ironheart is only $2.99, less than a cup of coffee!  As of right now, there is not yet a paperback version.  Ironheart is only available on kindle.  But, like most books, it is far cheaper in its digital form than in its physical form ($2.99 as opposed to something like $14), and it is easy to buy and read kindle books – even if you don’t own a kindle!  If you’d like to help make this book launch a success, just follow these simple steps:

1) Download the Kindle Reading App on your computer or smartphone (if you don’t have a kindle). 2) Purchase Ironheart soon (a spike in sales is important to get Ironheart on high profile lists). You can purchase Ironheart here. 3) Spread the word!

There is no way for me to express how grateful I am for all the support I’ve received other than to say it in simple words.  Thank you for everything!  I appreciate it.

Now, let’s make Ironheart‘s launch a success!

Ironheart is Officially Live

It’s finally here!  After a year’s worth of work and all of your steadfast support, Ironheart has arrived!

Thank you to everyone who made this possible, and to all the readers who patiently waited for me to get my act together!  Allow me one parting excuse for my procrastination: college can get very busy.  (Lame, I know).

You can now purchase Ironheart for only $2.99 on amazon.com.

SPR Review of Ironheart

Only two hours to go!

The Self-Publishing Review recently released its review of Ironheart: The Primal Deception.  Here are some good pull-quotes that may end up on the cover of Ironheart‘s paperback edition:

Ironheart is poised to set the young adult readership ablaze with interest.” – SPR

“A constant crescendo of danger and intrigue.” – SPR

“Gorgeous writing…Kemp’s style is polished to a gleaming and evocative standard.” – SPR

“(Ironheart) has a strong focus and an involving story sure to catch the eye of any fantasy reader.” – SPR