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How Deep Lies the Shadow - Kindle Edition

How Deep Lies the Shadow

A novel by Marcus DeHart

Time for my annual Halloween giveaway.
How Deep Lies the Shadow on Kindle for FREE.

October 30 through November 1 

Sean Glynn is troubled when he receives a phone call from his father—who’s been dead for more than 30 years. He must dig into a past he’d rather leave behind to find the truth—and stay alive. 

Once Kindle Matchbook launches, you’ll be able to buy the paperback version and get a Kindle copy for free—the best of both worlds.

Free for Halloween— How Deep Lies The Shadow on Kindle

Halloween is just around the corner, so I thought it would be fitting to offer my first novel, How Deep Lies the Shadow, for free to Kindle owners. From October 30 through midnight PT on Halloween night, you can download a free copy of my supernatural thriller.

Get your copy of How Deep Lies the Shadow or wait till Halloween to down it for free!

This should hold you over while I work through revising the sequel, What Mystery Sounds the Echo. I just did a rewrite of the first chapter to make J.R.’s motivations more Juvenile. It’ll give him more room to grow and make him come across as more of a human being.

I’ll be providing more updates on my progress over the coming weeks.

A Shift in Power: The Vernal Equinox

It’s time for another Kindle giveaway. No, not the reading device, but How Deep Lies the Shadow for Kindle.

Why today? Because we are in the midst of a transition between darkness and light. Tomorrow marks the vernal equinox, when day and night are balanced. We are leaving the cold, dark winter and entering the world of light.

“So what?” you say?

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My Kindle Promo Results

Get How Deep Lies the Shadow for FREE on the Kindle March 6, 2012

Get How Deep Lies the Shadow for FREE on the Kindle March 6, 2012

A little over a week ago, I gave away more than 2,400 Kindle copies of How Deep Lies the Shadow to celebrate the four year anniversary of publishing my first novel. In addition to the US version, I gave away more than 300 copies in the UK and 8 copies in Germany. During the giveaway, How Deep Lies the Shadow reached the #2 seller in contemporary fantasy and #5 in science fiction.

Once the free offer stopped, HDLTS continued to sell, but at a much lower volume. Still, in one day, I sold more copies of HDLTS than I did in all of 2011. And in the four days following the promotion, I sold more copies than the previous four years.

Here are a few takeaways for consideration.

1. Get the word out before hand. I threw this promotion together at the last minute. I realized that I was going to lose my five promotion days if I didn’t use them, so I quickly set up the promotion and began bombarding my Facebook and Twitter friends and followers with offers of a free book. The one smart thing I did was post a promotion on the Book Junkies page of Facebook. I also tweeted @KindlePromos, who retweeted my offer to their thousands of followers.

2. Don’t overextend your welcome. By the end of the second day, I had reached my saturation point and exhausted my own connections. The last four hundred giveaways took place on the last two days. And that decline in downloads probably hurt my ranking when the promotion ended. During the first two days, I had come very close to being in the top 100 free books list. But by the end the promotion my ranking had slipped significantly. I ended up ranked 5 and 7 among the contemporary fantasy and science fiction genres respectively.

I did not see the miraculous results I had read about in blogs by other authors. But I have made a few hundred bucks that I wouldn’t have made without the promotion. So was it worth it?

To begin with, it didn’t cost me anything. So, financially, it’s one of the best ROIs I’ve discovered to date. I put some time into it and got some money out of it. So, although, I didn’t make a ton of money, it was nice to see the numbers adding up for the first time in a long time.

To me the really great part is that my book is in the hands of thousands of people now. Sure, for some people it’s probably on a long list of free books that they may or may not read. But for others, it’s exactly what they’re looking for. Here’s where the patience of a gardener comes in handy. From scattering seeds, I hope that some will take root and grow. In other words, some of those who downloaded the book will read it. Some who read it will like it. Some who like it will post glowing reviews and share it with their friends. Some of those people who read the reviews and recommendations will buy it.

So, would I do it again? As a matter of fact yes. Each time I will fine tune how I run the campaign, adjusting the duration and who I target. My next promotion happens to be running today for one day only. So if you missed my last giveaway, now’s your chance to get your own copy of How Deep Lies the Shadow at no cost to you.

Good reading!


HDLTS Four Year Anniversary

Get How Deep Lies the Shadow for FREE on the Kindle February 26 - 29, 2012

Get How Deep Lies the Shadow for FREE on the Kindle February 26 - 29, 2012

In February of 2008, I published How Deep Lies the Shadow. To celebrate this momentous occasion, I will be offering the Kindle edition of How Deep Lies the Shadow for free starting February 26 through the end of the month. That’s one day for every year.

Now’s your chance to get your own copy of How Deep Lies the Shadow at no cost to you—unless you don’t have a Kindle in which case, you might wanna run out and get a Kindle. Or if you have a Kindle app on your smart phone or tablet, you can get it for free also. You don’t even need to be an Amazon Prime member for these four days. On March 1, 2012, the Kindle edition will still be on Amazon’s Kindle Lending Library for Amazon Prime members.

But if you’re still into reading novels in print, then don’t let that stop you. You can still purchase a copy on or B&N. You can even ask your library to order a copy. For you die hard readers, there’s also the hardbound edition of How Deep Lies the Shadow available through

Good reading!