Thursday, November 20, 2014

Winter Reads!



Is it cold where you are? Is air carrying a bit of a chill? How about getting a little chillier with a good book? FROSTPROOF is available free for one more day on Amazon. 




In the mood for a little more chill. DEGENERATES is also free until tomorrow on Amazon.




Completely snowed in? Hello Buffalo! My four-book Omnibus of thrillers is a Kindle Countdown deal right now! That’s four books for just $1.99!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hmmm… who is this Ostross she speaks of?





*****
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
November 14, 2014
By 
This review is from: The End Time (Kindle Edition)

This is the 2nd Neil Ostross book I have read. Although it was very different from the other one I read and not in my usual genre, I thought it was great. This one is more of a fantasy and it was very fast paced. It involves a contained civilization and the technology they have including a machine that can predict a person’s "end time". I was very drawn in by the main characters and their struggle to try and change the results that they receive.




Thursday, November 13, 2014

Perhaps, I need to start marketing this?



Nice new review, but I may have to fire my editor.


5.0 out of 5 stars Top-Notch Sci-Fi Thriller
November 12, 2014

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This review is from: The End Time (Kindle Edition)

Aside from a few annoying typos, and some pacing issues, I found this book thoroughly entertaining. Ostroff has masterfully built a convincing world of depth, with plenty of imaginative touches within this sci-fi thriller, and it's easy to envision this book adapted into an epic motion picture.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Emotion, emotion!



          Being a writer means experiencing dizzying highs and terrifying lows as a novel transforms from mere idea bubbling in the brain into reality on the page. There are times when you believe that everything you’ve written is total crap and there are times when a character reveals something or does something that you hadn’t expected and you find yourself on this emotional high.

          Emotions can swing greatly from one day to the next (sometimes hourly). Today is a good day however, because people have purchased copies of my 12 published books, which for me, is the reason I write.

          Sure, I’m happy for a big fat royalty check, but I think for many artists and musicians having an audience for your work is as soul-satisfying as hitting it big. If I never write another word, I’ll always be happy in the knowledge that all the time I’ve spent alone writing has been worth it.

          I wish I could appropriately express how it feels to not only entertain readers with stories that I love writing, but for readers to think highly enough of my work to shell out their hard earned cash to retain a copy for themselves. Thanks to all my readers for making this possible.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Reviews keep coming.

Another five star review for DROP OUT.

Pre-promotion for AS IT IS IN HEAVEN will begin early Dec.
Sequel to THE END TIME late Feb.
Watch for them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real, Accurate, Uplifting,
November 7, 2014
By M. Montgomery - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Drop Out (Kindle Edition)
This is an uplifting story overall, with vivid, accurate descriptions of events. The dying sequences were authentic, and while they might disturb some readers, they were not overblown. As a person familiar with the process, I was pleased at the honesty. And the important message was in the relationship and the ultimate good it did for our main character, including his realization of the hereafter.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Retrospective



Since I started this blog nearly four years ago, I never in my dreams thought that it would receive several hundred thousand views. My base of followers has grown steadily and my page views per day are increasing nearly every week. I would like to thank all of my followers and interested readers for that.

Looking back years ago at my first few posts, I can clearly see an old-soul writer trying to understand a twenty-first century technological world. Many of those first articles dealt with my discovery of indie publishing and lamenting about how I had spent decades trying to make it in the regular publishing community. I wrote about my former NY agent and the many close calls we had together. I discussed my writing past and my obsession with the craft. But mostly, what is fascinating about reading my old posts is experiencing my journey from first indie published book up to my latest novel, which will be my thirteenth.

There have been a lot of rollercoaster up’s and down’s along the way to readership. The lowest was the day after I parted with my agent and the heartbreaking decision I made then to give up the writing dream and spend my time doing other things. The highest, the day I checked my Amazon stats and saw that I had sold my first book as an independent author; that book soon becoming dozens sold, and then hundreds, until eventually several of my books briefly reaching below the 100 rank in the entire Amazon store.

This blog has chronicled my frustrations and elations as each of my books (those I’d written in the past and those I wrote after discovering indie publishing) has been published and unleashed into the cyberworld. It is an electronic diary from extreme novice to current book-selling author. A nearly forty year adventure writing stories and finding an audience to enjoy them currently packed into 421 posts. Since my first blog post about my new author’s website (now defunct) to my latest post about an awesome new five-star review, this blog chronicles a writer’s life in the current world. If you’re already a follower then thank you for listening, and if you’re a curious reader stumbling upon me or writer just checking me out, I invite to join this blog and journey with me through the new author indie revolution.