The Thin Blue Line–Pre-Order Now!

20 Aug

Hi, everyone

The Thin Blue Line is now available for pre-order from Amazon (links below.) The book itself will be available from 23rd August (Saturday, US time).

This probably requires a little explanation. <grin>. Amazon has recently started offering pre-orders for Kindle books. I wasn’t convinced this was actually useful at first – big publishers have slack built into their schedules that self-publishers can’t match. To add to this, you need a final version of the book before you can pre-order, so I can’t offer Hard Lessons without actually having something to sell.

And then it occurred to me that I could use the system.

If you pre-order the book, you won’t actually be charged until the book goes live. At that point, assuming I understand the system properly, you’ll get the book and I will (hopefully) have a large number of sales, all of which will take place at the same time. This should give my rankings, which are based on books sold, a hefty boost.

Cover Blurb

Earth has fallen … and humanity is holding its breath, waiting for the next blow to fall.

On Terra Nova, Earth’s oldest colony world, chaos and anarchy are threatening to break out, with total collapse only one disaster away. In a desperate attempt to save the rest of the Empire, the planet’s Governor has summoned the leaders of the Core Worlds to Terra Nova, in hopes of sharing power and preventing civil war. But dark forces are on the move, intent on ensuring that the conference fails.

As the first strands of a deadly plot are uncovered, Imperial Marshal Glen Cheal finds himself fighting to uncover the plot before it is too late. Meanwhile, on her own mission to save the last best hope for peace, Specialist Belinda Lawson of the Terran Marine Corps is plunged into a nightmare where she can no longer trust her own mind, while her decisions will save or damn the Empire …

Failure isn’t an option. But success may not be an option either …

[Like my other self-published Kindle books, The Thin Blue Line is DRM-free. You may reformat it as you choose. There is a large sample of the text – and my other books – on my site. Try before you buy.]

Thank you for your time.

In other news, LONCON was great fun. I’m currently plotting to try to get to the next one in Spokane, USA.


12 Responses to “The Thin Blue Line–Pre-Order Now!”

  1. Tim Cox August 20, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Chris are you planning on allowing all of your books to become part of the Kindleunlimited program? Right now it looks like only a couple of your books are part of it and in some cases only 1 book in a series is part of it.

    • chrishanger August 20, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

      Some of them are – I’m waiting to see how it works out in practice before committing the others. Chris Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:41:59 +0000 To:

    • David P. Graf August 22, 2014 at 12:25 am #

      If you value the work of authors like Mr. Nuttall, don’t get his books through Kindle Unlimited because they make a lot less money that way. I had a KU membership and dropped it after I found that out.

  2. Shane August 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    Chris, would it be possible for you to setup an amazon author page? I’ve been reading and users can setup a watch on the author so that when new books (or other things) happen, we get an email..

    “Amazon Author Pages are destinations that offer customers a new way to browse favourite authors, discover new books, and more. These pages include bibliographies, biographies, author images, and discussion boards.”

    Oddly enough it is even on the UK Amazon site..

  3. Austin August 21, 2014 at 5:56 am #

    Pre-ordered and ready. Glad I just finished rereading and catching up on TEC last week. And reading The Living Will Envy the Dead to pass the time. I’ve got to say it’s a great book so far. Really lives up to The Last Centurion where you said you got inspiration from.

    One thing I did notice when reading Retreat, Hell: You talked a lot about how drones were easy to shoot down. How a decent sniper with an old fashion rifle could knock one down fairly easily if they knew what to look for. It’s actually a lot harder than that. Take a look at this video:

    They have a dozen machine guns firing at a drone as it passes by and it takes quite a while for one of them to knock it down. I’d guess Imperial Tech would be at least as good as current generation and probably better. I also know from experience how hard it is to hit even a basketball target at around a hundred meters if it’s moving around. But it’s a small gripe and just wanted to let you know.

  4. David P. Graf August 22, 2014 at 12:24 am #

    This is great news! I’ve pre-ordered. I don’t know if this feature is available on the UK version of Amazon but for the US Version there is “Amazon Smiles”. If you go through this program to get a book, they donate a percentage of the sale to worthy charities.

  5. Mike Strong August 23, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    It’s 4:44 EDT (US Eastern Daylight time) Saturday morning and I’ve just finished Thin Blue line and left a review on Amazon. I did have one burning question however gleaned about halfway through the book. Did you ever have a class mate in school named Onge that you didn’t like? I just thought it would be one subtle way of getting even with him.

    • chrishanger August 23, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

      Thank you! No, the orginal Grand Senator was named for the Baen Barfly (he wanted to be a villain.) Then he turned into a major character in Book III and his relative popped up in Book IX. Chris Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:49:15 +0000 To:

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