Kindle Edition of Divided Within Now Available!

Finally! I’m sure some of you may have been wondering whether or not my book would be available on Kindle. Well, the answer is a resounding yes! The print edition released first because they used those files for the Kindle version.

Let me tell you guys something that may entice you to get your copy of my book now that it is on Kindle. The price is ONLY $2.99! That’s right, my wonderful masterpiece can be yours for only three bucks! And my book is enrolled in Kindle Matchbook, which offers the Kindle edition at a discounted price if you’ve purchased a print edition. So if you purchase a print edition then the Kindle edition price drops to $0.99! Since I presume that most of you are book lovers, then I know you realize the bargain this service provides. What are you waiting for? Go get my book! Pretty please.

And for those of you who have a Prime membership and a Kindle, guess what?! My book is part of the Kindle Owners Lending Library! Which means that you can borrow it for free! Do it, do it, do it!

AND for those of you who may follow my blog and think my book is something that you might be interested in but haven’t gotten your hands on a copy because of the price of the book and shipping and tax. Well I have some great news for you too! There are free Kindle apps for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android! So you can get your copy for the low price of $2.99! No more excuses. I know you want to get my book. So do it!

The Amazon product page can be accessed by clicking here.

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Successful First Signing!

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I told you guys that I had my first book signing event scheduled for today at a CJ Majors Day event taking place at my favorite university in the whole world. Well, it is with great pleasure that I tell you all that it was a fantastic success!

Honestly, I went into it thinking that if I sold maybe five books that I’d be pretty happy leaving school. And I really would have been. BUT I was lucky enough to sell 21 of the 25 books I took with me! How amazing is that?! Every person I interacted with, whether it was one of my former professors or current students whom I’d never met before, were REALLY supportive and enthusiastic. The people who put the event together and those who attended were all pretty excited for me. I even had former classmates of mine come up and tell me that they remembered me saying in class that I wanted to write crime novels, but didn’t expect to see it in person so fast, if ever. A few of the students bought one in part because of the story that I wrote, but also because of the fact that I am an alum and they wanted to support me. If that isn’t a great feeling then I don’t know what is.

I had A LOT of interesting conversations today ranging from what I’ve been doing since I graduated to my writing process to whether or not I enjoyed writing a full-length novel. And someone even told me that it was the first time he’d gotten a book signed by its author and he was excited! He was excited to for me to sign his book!

For me, I think the best feeling came when former professors or classmates of mine approached my table knowing that they would buy a copy no matter what kind of story I was telling. I didn’t have to “sell” my book to them because they were buying one more to support me than for the book. Hopefully I make all of you proud!

And finally, this post would not be complete without mentioning a couple of professors who made this day possible. I told all of you that I didn’t know until Tuesday that I’d be appearing today. And it was only because of Drs. Harris and Belbot inviting me and being just as excited about my book as I am. I was lucky enough to take Dr. Harris twice while in school, but I hadn’t met Dr. Belbot until Tuesday. So for them to both be so kind and helpful today makes me happy. They made me feel extraordinary, though all I did was write a book, right?

I don’t know how many of my buyers today will ever see this, but I appreciate every single one of you and look forward to receiving some feedback in the near future!

If you, the WordPress reader, would like to make this day even more exciting, then go get my book! Here’s the link.

 

First Signing Scheduled!

Can you believe that?! My first signing is already scheduled! Honestly, I know how hard it is for any author to have a book signing, so for me to have one within nine days of the release of my first book is pretty awesome. At least I think so.Let’s get into the details as to how this came about.

Today I went to the wonderful university that was nice enough to award me a degree. I actually hadn’t been back since graduating in May and my purpose for this trip was to give a good friend of mine her copy of my book. I also had intentions of meeting with a former professor who has expressed great interest in my writing and asked me to go by her office. Well, as I’m walking up the steps into the building I spot my professor. So we start talking about the book and all kinds of stuff related to really getting the word out about it. Ten minutes passed and my friend was still talking to a professor. So we walk upstairs and my professor discusses my book at length with the top business person of the criminal justice department. For a good five-ten minutes. Then she moves to discuss it with the department chair and she is just running around telling every person who will listen. It was pretty awesome.

We ultimately decided that i should attend the CJ Majors Day that is taking place on Thursday. This event is meant for declared criminal justice majors and also students who have an interest in doing so in the future. There’ll be advising staff and various area police departments recruiting, and me. Who better to pitch my book to than criminal justice students?! I get to make a fancy display and I’ll have a table set up and everything. I’m kind of scared. Really scared.

AND I signed my first book for someone!

Even though I don’t think any of you are in the Houston area, here are the details anyway:

The flyer can be found here.

University of Houston Downtown

Houston, TX 77002

CJ Majors Day

10:00AM-1:00PM Thursday, November 7

C100, Commerce Building

Giveaway Winner Announced

Drum roll please! The winner of the giveaway of my first book is……..jesslovesyou89! Who Liked one of the two appropriate posts, commented on one of the two appropriate posts, followed my blog on WordPress, and followed me on Twitter yesterday, which was the final day of the entry period. Congratulations!

Direct message me on Twitter or shoot me an email at johnrguillen@gmail.com with your address within 24 hours to avoid someone else walking away with your prize!

Now, onto other news. I have some fun stuff to share with you guys about the first six days that my book has been available for sale. Last Friday night my Amazon sales rank dipped under 100,000 for the first time! It was around midnight and I was pretty ecstatic. Until the next night when my sales rank dipped below 50,000 for the first time! How exciting is that?

Today I received my first order of 25 books. Nine of which will be giveaways to people who helped my book become reality. Four of which will be reserved to be sold to people who have offered loads of encouragement throughout this whole process. Two have already been sold. One for me to treasure for all of eternity. And that leaves the others to be sold where I work. Did you read that?! My books are going to be sold in a store already! The people I work with are pretty awesome and I’m all set to talk to them tomorrow about them getting their hands on some of my books to sell in the store! They’ve already brought up the possibility of doing a signing and everything! Ahhhh! AND one of the guys I work with wants me to talk to his wife’s book club in January! I’m going crazy with excitement. AND I emailed a couple of my past professors who knew about my writing last week and right away one of them emailed me back telling me that she and another professor bought one immediately! I’ll have more updates as they come my way for all of you guys.

I’d love for some of you to buy my book! Really. Here’s the link. Just take a look at least!

Giveaway Final Reminder

I announced a giveaway of my first book, Divided Within, last week and it ends tonight. In exactly six hours and five minutes. You have until 11:59 Central Time. Winner will be announced tomorrow. So hurry! Remember you have FOUR ways to enter!

1. Follow my blog either on WordPress or by email. Just click that button to the right or type your email in! So easy!

(NOTE: If you are already a blog follower you will only be entered via this method if you choose at least one other method of entry. All followers are not automatically entered)

2. Follow me on Twitter. Again, it’s so easy with my feed right there on the right!

(NOTE: If you are already a Twitter follower you will only be entered via this method if you choose at least one other method of entry. All followers are not automatically entered)

3. Like THIS post. Easiest of all.

4. Comment on THIS post. Easy, easy.

Here’s the cover art and back cover text for any first time reader.

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Andrew Banks is hired by sixteen-year-old Mercedes Vega to work his first case. He soon learns that Carlos Vega, her father, is mixed up with the wrong people. He finds himself in Bellaire, one of the wealthiest parts of Houston, only to discover that not all of its residents are as innocent as they look. He must stay a step ahead of the Bellaire millionaire he’s pursuing before it’s too late for the entire Vega family, and for him.

GIVEAWAY: Divided Within (Andrew Banks #1) by John Guillen aka Me

Wouldn’t you like to get a free copy of my book without having to do more than sit at your computer and enter to win? Well…this is your lucky day! I’ve seen a million giveaways on WordPress and I don’t think any of them offered entrants more than one way to enter. I’m going to offer you four entries! Here’s what you have to do:

1. Follow my blog via WordPress or email. It’s easy! Just hit that button on the right side of your screen or enter your email! (NOTE: If you already follow my blog, I will automatically enter you into the drawing for being a follower ONLY IF YOU SELECT AT LEAST ONE OTHER METHOD OF ENTRY. All followers are not automatically entered.)

2. Follow me on Twitter. Again, super easy with my Twitter feed right there on your screen!

(NOTE: I will automatically enter you into the drawing for being a Twitter follower ONLY IF YOU SELECT AT LEAST ONE OTHER METHOD OF ENTRY. All Twitter followers are not automatically entered.)

3. Leave a comment on THIS post.

4. Like THIS post.

How simple is that?! Feel free to pick and choose which ways to enter. I don’t care if I get one person who picks one way to enter; I will still give away a copy of my book. The entry period will last from the time of this post until Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 11:59 PM central time. I will post this exact post again before the entry period ends and will announce the winners early next week, probably on Monday. So be sure to check back!

Here’s the cover art and short synopsis.

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Andrew Banks is hired by sixteen-year-old Mercedes Vega to work his first case. He soon learns that Carlos Vega, her father, is mixed up with the wrong people. He finds himself in Bellaire, one of the wealthiest parts of Houston, only to discover that not all of its residents are as innocent as they look. He must stay a step ahead of the Bellaire millionaire he’s pursuing before it’s too late for the entire Vega family, and for him.

If you don’t think you’ll win the giveaway then feel free to go over to Amazon and buy the book today!