Kana Cold: The Reaping of the Black Grimoires

Kana Cold: The Reaping of the Black Grimoires

The revival of a secret society. Three dark books of magic. And one badass woman to save the world from Hell…

Kana Cold gained a measure of notoriety when she solved the first recorded case of a Shinigami in North America. Now, the Vatican needs her help to track down three books of dark magic – known as The Black Grimoires – hidden around the world. With ancient spirits wanting her dead, a secret group known as The Thule Society hot on her trail, and the distraction of an Italian archeologist/playboy, Kana must find a way to keep the unholy power of the Black Grimoires from unleashing hell on Earth.

If you enjoy stories from Linsey Hall, Jim Butcher, Shayne Silvers, Patricia Briggs, Faith Hunter, or Steve McHugh, you will enjoy reading the wild paranormal thriller adventures of Kana Cold.

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Kana Cold: Case of the Shinigami: A Paranormal Thriller Short Story

Kana Cold

A young girl his haunted by a Death God. Her only hope is a rum-drinking, bar-fighting paranormal investigator with a bad attitude…

After dropping out of Harvard, Kana Cold started a business as a paranormal investigator. Most of her cases are hoaxes, much to Kana’s disappointment, until one case involving a little girl and her powerful demon–a Death God–opens the door to the real Paranormal Underground… changing Kana’s life forever.

Kana Cold: Case of the Shinigami is the prequel novella to the urban fantasy series about a heroine who struggles with knowing she’s meant for great things and a paranormal underworld that fights against her every step of the way.

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The Problem With Amazon’s Top 100 Horror Titles

Why Amazon's Top 100 Horror Rankings Are Useless

The point of Amazon is to give users the premiere online shopping experience. You can find almost anything you want on the site from video games to movies to clothes and, for our purposes, paperbacks and ebooks.

One particularly helpful part of the site is the bestseller or Top 100 list that displays books the Amazon algorithm deems exceptional using a combination of number of books sold, positive reviews, the number of reviews, and the amount of times a books sales page are viewed among other factors. This is extremely helpful in the ability to see what’s new, what’s fresh, and what other people find exceptional.

Everywhere except the Top 100 Horror titles list.

Amazon Top 100Why is this the exception. To put it bluntly, authors of genres that have the slightest of relations to anything you’d consider “horror” are using this keyword to stuff their books in the Top 100 because the higher ranking here helps them elsewhere. It’s even possible to get a number one ranking by having your urban fantasy book that might happen to have vampires in it classified as “horror”.

The reason this is a practice is because horror fiction, despite the recent resurgence in the realm of horror movies and video games, remains one of the lesser genres for readers. Many books in the bestseller list may be on there with only two or three sales being enough to bump them from obscurity into the list. So, authors whose books are in more popular genres can use the thin link to their works and horror fiction to secure a higher ranking.

The problem with this is that actual horror books are often pushed out of the Top 100 spot. A consequence of this is that actual horror books (those made for the purpose of being scary) aren’t given the visibility because books of another genre, that gain more buys and reviews than the average horror book not penned by Stephen King, have an advantage in the rankings and dominate. This also makes readers who are actually looking for horror to either think the lower ranked books just aren’t any good or that there is no “real” horror coming out because most of the books in the Top 100 are not what one would think of as scary stories.

How to get around this issue is difficult. Authors have the ability to list their book under a variety of keywords with little, if any, limits. Amazon can remove books that are miscategorized but horror can be considered a lot of things that don’t necessarily aim to be frightening. For instance, you can write a comedy about zombies or use paranormal tropes in your YA fantasy novel and it can be considered “horror”.

A possible new subcategory might be required to separate the scary books from the ones that just have elements of horror in them. There already exists a few but searching through the titles and covers in the Top 100 Horror Books category should likely not include YA Fantasy or even Urban Fantasy which is more in line with superheroes than scary ghost stories.

Until there’s a solution, readers will continue to look for sure things like Stephen King’s novels or that of his son Joe Hill and, well very few others. Even names that appear frequently on the horror Top 100 due to sheer number of novels like Willow Rose aren’t selling as many books as one might imagine being a frequent name seen in the bestseller list. When a solution does present itself, it will help both authors and readers of the once wildly popular genres of true horror to find the diamonds in the rough.

Top 10 FREE Urban Fantasy Ebooks for Summer 2018

Top 10 FREE Urban Fantasy eBooks for Summer 2018

Summer time is for reading by the pool, in air conditioning, or while traveling to the beach. Urban Fantasy is one of the most popular genres today on Amazon full of fantastic series and quirky characters for your enjoyment.

Here are the Top Ten FREE Urban Fantasy eBooks for the hot days of summer 2018.

Magick and Monsters: A Collection of Fantasy and Urban Fantasy Novels

Magick and Monsters: A Collection of Fantasy and Urban Fantasy Novels
Deadly Awakening (The Ashdale Reaper Series Book 1)

Deadly Awakening (The Ashdale Reaper Series Book 1)
The Gift: The Butterfly Effect, Book 1

The Gift: The Butterfly Effect, Book 1
Wild Magic (The Veil Chronicles Book 1)

Wild Magic (The Veil Chronicles Book 1)
Bound by a Dragon (The Dragon Archives Book 1)

Bound by a Dragon (The Dragon Archives Book 1)
Dead in the Water (Gemini Book 1)

Dead in the Water (Gemini Book 1)
Fighting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles Book 1)

Fighting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles Book 1)
Dream Angel: Dark Paranormal Fantasy (THE ILLUMINATI SERIES Book 1)

Dream Angel: Dark Paranormal Fantasy (THE ILLUMINATI SERIES Book 1)
The Phase Transition (Rise of the Gray Order Book 1)

The Phase Transition (Rise of the Gray Order Book 1)