Monday, January 31, 2011

Haunted E-book Giveaway at Book'd Out

Shelleyrae at Book'd Out is offering an ebook giveaway of The Haunted E-book and Dark Tomorrows on her blog today! Watch for my blog tour guest post tomorrow, where you can enter for the Grand Prizes.

You still have time to enter for the Grand Prizes by commenting at Bibliophile's Journal and Caffeinated Diva.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Haunted E-book Tour: "Read a Book, Summon a Ghost" at Bibliophile's Journal.

Miss Shy has posted my guest blog, "Read a Book, Summon a Ghost" over at her place.  Commenting on this post enters you to win a pair of ebooks (Dark Tomorrows and The Haunted E-book) and it gives you another entry for the Grand Prize drawing at the end of the tour.

(Remember, the Grand Prizes include The Haunted Library, a Kindle WiFi, and, just possibly, a Kindle DX!)

You're almost out of time to gain more grand prize entries by commenting at Supernatural Snark and Darkeva.  Be sure to comment today!

Thanks for following the blog tour!

Special Giveaway! Win a Kindle copy of Angel Fire by Valmore Daniels + a Kindle copy of Jenny Pox

An author friend of mine, Sf/fantasy writer Valmore Daniels, is doing a special giveaway where you can win two Kindle books--my novel Jenny Pox, and his fantastic new novel Angel Fire, both gifted via Kindle.

The winner receives both books. The runner-up will win a Kindle gift of Jenny Pox (but not Angel Fire).

Stop by and enter for the giveaway, which is today only!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Haunted E-book Week begins at Bibliophile's Journal

Miss Shy at Bibliophile's Journal launches Haunted E-book Week by interviewing me about the new book.  This week, she will also host a guest blog (where you can enter for free ebooks and a Kindle) as well as post her review of The Haunted E-book.  Thanks for hosting the blog tour this week, Shy! 

You still have a little time to enter for the giveaways (books and the Kindle) by commenting on my Supernatural Snark and Darkeva guest posts.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Haunted E-book Tour: Darkeva interviews me, then finally kicks me off her blog

It was nice crashing on Darkeva's couch this weekend, but it's almost Monday and I have to go back to work. 

She wraps up the weekend by interviewing me about The Haunted E-book.  Stop by and say hello!  Or just tell a joke or something.  (Don't miss her review of the book, either, which is a fun read.)

You still have time to enter for the Grand Prizes (the Kindle with Wi-Fi and The Haunted Library) by commenting at Slowest Bookworm, Supernatural Snark, and Darkeva.  (You're almost out of time for Slowest Bookworm, though!)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Darkeva reviews the Haunted E-book today

Here is a review of The Haunted E-book by Darkeva!  You can still enter to win a paperback of The Haunted E-book (plus the blog tour Grand Prizes!) by commenting on this post on Darkeva's blog.

There's also still time to get more entries in the Grand Prize drawings (which include a Kindle giveaway) by commenting at Slowest Bookworm and Supernatural Snark.

The first winner of a Haunted E-book paperback!

The tour launch post said that one person who comments within seven days will win a signed paperback of The Haunted E-book. picked a 3, so the winner is:


Congratulations!  The Haunted E-book paperback has some fun features that I couldn't include in an ebook format, so I'll do some more paperback giveaways as we go.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Haunted E-book Tour: "Being Haunted: Pros and Cons" at Darkeva

The wonderful Darkeva hosts today's stop on The Haunted E-book Tour, where we discuss being haunted--the upsides and downsides. Also, Darkeva just redecorated her blog! I'll be spending the weekend there, because she's posting her review of The Haunted E-book on Saturday, and an interview with me on Sunday. (Monday, she's kicking me out.)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Darkeva and the Bewitched Bookworms explain why you should follow The Haunted E-book Tour

Thanks to my bloggy friends Darkeva and Bewitched Bookworms for their posts helping people find out about The Haunted E-book Tour!

Special thanks (?) to the Bookworms for crowning me Prince of Pestilence!  (I suspect they just want a Jenny Pox sequel...)

Remember, you still have time to enter for the Grand Prizes--The Haunted Library and the Amazon Kindle--by commenting on both my tour launch post and on The Slowest Bookworm.

Thanks, everyone!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Haunted E-book Tour: "A Ghostly Taxonomy" at The Slowest Bookworm

Thanks to The Slowest Bookworm for hosting today's stop on the Haunted E-book tour!

"A Ghostly Taxonomy" begins our ghostly conversation by looking at some major types of ghosts. It's a guest blog about things that will haunt you.

Commenting on this guest blog over at Slowest Bookworm within 7 days will enter you to win a pair of ebooks, The Haunted E-book and Dark Tomorrows, from the Slowest Bookworm, as well as the blog tour Grand Prizes.

Read it at:

The Slowest Bookworm

The Slowest Bookworm also wrote a great review of The Haunted E-book just a few days ago, which I really enjoyed.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Welcome to the Haunted E-book Tour launch!

Why am I doing a blog tour? I think it celebrates everything that’s great about being an indie author.

While authors have traditionally worked long hours alone, the indie author’s world is all about community. Indie authors advise, encourage, aid and comfort each other in online communities like Kindleboards. The book blogging community is where we find our readers.

The book bloggers have really created the culture of indie authors. They let people know about our books, and they do it in a really fun way, with thoughtful reviews, special events and prize giveaways. Working with some of these great bloggers, I’ll be doing a lot of posts about ghosts, a few interviews, and lots of giveaways.

The first grand prize is The Haunted Library, a collection of ebooks from various speculative genres, generously donated by their authors. It's a fantastic collection of ebooks from some amazing writers, and one person is going to win them all.

The second grand prize is a new Amazon Kindle with WiFi.

And if The Haunted E-book reaches the Top 100 bestseller list in the Amazon Kindle store at any time during the tour (even if it’s just for an hour), that will enable me to give away a big, fancy 9.7” Kindle DX (with free 3G) to a third grand prize winner.

How can you win? Start by commenting on this blog post. That enters you for the grand prize drawing. At each blog stop along the tour, you can enter again by commenting on the Haunted E-book Tour post within 7 days after it's posted. One post per blog gets you an entry, for a total of 22 possible grand prize entries. (Extra posts on the same blog don’t count as extra entries.)

To make the blog tour more interactive, I’m offering a few ways to get extra entries. Just Twittering about this blog tour, with a link back to this page, gets you +1 entry (#hauntedebook). Putting the Haunted E-book tour badge on your own blog or site for at least one week during the tour gets you +2 entries.

Posting a review of The Haunted E-book on Amazon, the Barnes and Noble Nook Store, or Goodreads will get you +2 entries, for a total of +6 entries for posting reviews. (How you rate the book and the content of your review have no effect on your entries. I always prefer honest feedback! Thanks.)

To get your extra entries counted, email me with subject line EXTRA ENTRIES and link back to your extra entries. Entries via blog comment will be counted automatically, but please include your email address, blog URL or other contact info in case you win. Grand prize winners will be selected by the number generator at

To make it easy for you to get a review copy, I'm doing several things. At most stops along the tour (including this one) one random commenter will win the “double prize” of two free ebooks: The Haunted E-book and my short story collection Dark Tomorrows. Randomly selected blogs will also have paperback giveaways, and these and other giveaways will be revealed along the way.


I'm also giving away 113 free ebook copies of The Haunted E-book on LibraryThing, plus 3 paperback copies on Goodreads.

I invite you to follow the tour through Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads. If you want to follow more closely, you might subscribe to updates by email (links for all these at the top of the blog tour page).

The more people who find out about the tour and The Haunted E-book, the more likely the third grand prize (Kindle DX) will be made available.  So you can help the Kindle DX giveaway happen by letting others know about this blog tour, or about the book.  Thanks!.

Also, you’ll want to watch out for special giveaways along the tour.


I’ll send an autographed copy of The Haunted E-book to one commenter (chosen by who posts a comment below within the next seven days. You’ll also win ebooks of both The Haunted E-book and Dark Tomorrows. (These are Smashwords editions, so they are available in any format you want—Kindle, Nook, Sony, etc.) Leave some contact info (email, blogger profile, etc.) so I can get in touch with you if you win. You can opt out just by saying so.

Also, commenting below gives you a Grand Prize entry, towards winning The Haunted Library or a Kindle.

I wanted to make this blog tour big and interactive, but that also means there’s a lot going on. I’ve created a special questions and answers page where people can ask any general questions about the tour that might be of interest to others.

The tour will take us to some great blogs. Some of them are big and busy sites, run by a small mafia of enthusiastic and dedicated book bloggers, while others are cool blogs that I’d like more people to discover. Our first stops will be Reading on the Dark Side, Supernatural Snark, and Darkeva.

(By the way, if you like laughing really hard for a long period of time, try the cover critiques of romance books on Supernatural Snark.)

Thanks so much for joining me on The Haunted E-book International Blog Tour!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Good news! Amazon puts Jenny Pox into a 4-for-3 promotion.

Amazon has added Jenny Pox paperbacks to a 4-for-3 promotion, along with about 100,000 other items.  Buy any 4 eligible items and get the lowest-priced item free.  Find out more on Amazon's Jenny Pox page.

EDIT: I also just discovered that my dystopian novel Dominion is also available in the same 4-for-3 promotion. That's nice, too!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

WIN a Haunted E-book Paperback on Goodreads

You can now enter to win a paperback of The Haunted E-book over on Goodreads.  That's right, there's a paperback edition. I don't know if it's more or less haunted than the ebook version.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Haunted E-book (Paperback) by J. L. Bryan

The Haunted E-book

by J. L. Bryan

Giveaway ends February 20, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The first ever review of The Haunted E-book!

The Slowest Bookworm wins the race to blog the first review of my new ghost novel, The Haunted E-book.

I really enjoyed reading this one!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Digital Books and Tramp Printers: Why I wrote The Haunted E-book...

Why write a ghost story about something moderately obscure and not, on the surface, very scary at all?  What's the deal with a "haunted ebook" anyway?  And why use a hyphen in the title ("E-book")?

I have answers to these most burning questions of our times.

The idea of an evil, supernatural book isn't new--see the Necronomicon, for example.  But I'm always curious about how changing technology can affect our daily lives, our pop culture and our mythos.  This is why some of my stories are science fiction.

I had an idea about a ghostly ebook that infected different devices--your radio, your TV, etc. so that you couldn't escape the story no matter how hard you tried.  This was just an idle thought, though, until I connected it with the idea of nineteenth-century tramp printers.  These are people who fascinate me.  The letterpress experts in those days lived like hobos, riding the rails from town to town, finding work and drinking their pay.  It was a rare and specialized enough skill that you could get work anywhrere.  So the culture of printers became a restless and nomadic one.  Tramp printers were equally at home in a discussion of Plato or a bar brawl.  I like that.

So, once I made that connection, the book was on.  I've been wanting to do something with tramp printers for a few years, and here was a chance to do something really unique.  On top of that, ebooks have been changing how I read, how I write, and whether I can afford to pay my bills.  I wanted to explore questions about what ebooks are, in comparison to traditional books, as well as issues about the psychological connections between reader and writer. 

And I wanted to do something crazy and different, a story like people have never read before.  You can sample the book and let me know whether I accomplished that. :)

And as for the hyphen in "E-book"--I just think it looks cool.

Geeks of Doom: Top 10 Urban Fantasy and Horror Books of 2010

At Geeks of Doom, Darkeva rates Jenny Pox among the Top 10 in its genre(s)!  Thanks, Darkeva!