Oct 8, 2011 - General    10 Comments

Available free for a limited time!

I’m temporarily making Bakkian Chronicles, Book I – The Prophecy free for anyone that’d like a copy! It’s available at Smashwords for free as well as Amazon!

Get this. As of right now, at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, 10/19/11, Bakkian Chronicles, Book I – The Prophecy is currently ranked #58 in the free section of the Kindle store, as well as it’s ranked #1 in Kindle’s Science Fiction section. #1!! Hot damn! Just learned it’s #4 in the Kindle free fantasy rankings!

As a result, sales of the sequel, Bakkian Chronicles, Book II – Insurrection, have picked up considerably!

It’s gonna be a good day, tater!!


  • Hello Mary!

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m really glad you enjoyed the first book! And thanks for looking me up! Nothing makes my day more than hearing from a new fan!

    Book 2 introduces a few new characters, and I even go so far as to write my dog into the story. So, Keeley the Corgi becomes Peanut the corgi, Mikal’s dog. She’s even on the cover, sniffing noses with Pryllan the dragon. The artist I had do the cover, Rachel Marks from DeviantArt.com, did an outstanding job with the cover. Everyone tells me that they absolutely love the fact that the dog and dragon are sniffing noses as well as the cover actually depicting a scene straight out of the book.

    Again, thank you very much for stopping by to say hello! You’ve made my day!


  • I just had to stop by this page and tell you how much I have enjoyed reading Bakkian Chronicles, Book I – The Prophecy! I too found the book while browsing through free fantasy novels on Amazon. I am already planning on purchasing the 2nd book this Wednesday! I can’t wait to read it!

  • Thanks John! I’ll head over to Amazon and take a look! Thanks for posting links!

  • I forgot if I responded to you or not with links for my books, if I didn’t here they are:

    Children of Steel http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TSP1LW
    Danger Money http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004U2A2DE

    All of them can be found on http://www.blackleopard.net/vanstry
    where I have links to amazon, barnes & noble, and smashwords if you’d prefer a different source.

    John Van Stry

  • Hello Emil!

    Thanks for the heads-up about the comma at the end of chap 13 in the first book. I read that and instantly thought, you gotta be kidding me. Another one? I opened it in Word and took a look. Sure enough, there it was. That slipped through the eyes of four family members, two beta readers, my wife, and myself countless times of revising and editing. **sigh**

    I’ve found a couple of other little things like that. I figure I’ll probably upload the corrected version here in a little while. To keep everyone on the same page I’ll also have to upload to Smashwords, which requires its own version to submit to their “MeatGrinder” process which does all the conversions for you. Might explain why I haven’t done it yet. 🙂

    Thanks for the compliments about the books! Always thrilled when someone I don’t know comes out of the blue to tell me they enjoyed the books. Makes my day! I definitely know what you mean about the books that don’t see an editor. Since becoming an indie author myself I purchase and read/review many indie books. Sadly, most of them could benefit from another set of eyes. The first time I had someone else read my first book, I was nervous as hell. A friend of mine volunteered. I actually printed up an entire copy of the book on my printer, gave her a red pen, highlighter, etc., and said rip it to pieces if you must. Tell me what’s spelled incorrectly, what doesn’t flow, plot holes, etc.

    I thought for sure that my book was clean. I mean, come on, how hard can it be? It was an eye-opener, that’s for sure.

    Thanks again! Have a great day!


  • Hey Jeff!

    I, like iwatson427, also was perusing the freebees in the Kindle store and stumbled upon book one. I am an English major, and although I now work on computers for a living, it upsets me terribly when I can’t seem to make it through a book due to grammatical and spelling errors (nerdy, I know). I was extremely impressed with the editing in your books (that’s right, I had to purchase the second book also), and have done some proofreading for a friend who published a Revelations-like-look-at-what-might-happen book a couple of years ago (called Lincoln’s Shadow by Adam Kirkpatrick). Anyway, it has been my experience that the books in the Kindle store are usually littered with grammar-offensive material, and, as I mentioned, I was impressed that your material was mostly free from errors (I only found one in the Kindle version: Chapter 13, 9th paragraph from the end, Kharus. . .Use it well,.”–you had a comma in front of the period).

    Okay, now I’m babbling, but, in reading your material, it feels like we are kindred spirits. If you need anything, let me know! Keep up the great work, brother!

    Emil G.

  • Hello iwatson427! I really appreciate the compliment!

    I figured the best way to help get my books out there was to make the first in the series free, and if the reader likes what they see, they would be interested in the second.

    I’m presently hard at work on book III. What I will let slip that book III takes place about 5 years from the end of the events of book II. Let’s just say Celestia figures out the portals. 🙂

    Thanks again for the comment!


  • A few days ago I was looking through the free books on Amazon and came across book one. I got it because it was free and had a couple of good reviews. I loved and, bought the second book yesterday, just finished it this morning, and I am impatiently waiting to purchase number three. I really appreciate you making the first book in the series free, I’ll gladly buy any new books you write.

  • Hi John!

    I’d be more than happy to take a look. Can you provide links to your books?

  • Hi, couldn’t find a link to an email to contact you, but I was wondering if I could get you to review a book or two of mine on Amazon? I mainly have anthro sci-fi up right now (I’m on the major ebook sellers, Amazon, B&N Smashwords, goodreads, etc, if you want to take a look).
    I’ll gift you a copy of whichever books you’re willing to review. Like a lot of ebook writers I’m looking for all of the feedback I can get and while sales are okay few people take the time to rate or review so I’m left scratching my head.
    Either way, thanks for your time! -John Van Stry