I’m excited to announce that In Between Seasons is available now on Kobo and Google Play!! Kobo was an easy endeavor, simple, quick and easy to set up just as Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Google Play…what a mess. It literally took a month and a half to get the books on there. I had to sign an affidavit of copyright, I had to email them several times because absolutely nothing has gone right. Then, there was the issue that the website is just simply not easy to use at all (archaic at best). Every time you need to do anything you have to click “Contact Use”, do a search and find the steps. Kobo, BN and Amazon all walked you through each step, in order, I might add. Google Play is all over the place. I’m very computer literate–I can’t imagine what a hassle it would be for some one who is not. The website doesn’t really function right when it’s working anyways, and even now I still can’t get the cover of my novel on there. In order to do that I would have to redo the whole epub file with the cover included, whilst Kobo and BN, who also operate off of epub don’t require it (you upload the file separate and thus if you need to update either file you don’t have to redo both), but convert my files to epub. So, I would have to change the file, upload it to BN to get the epub file with the cover in it and then remove it from BN and upload the original because the cover doesn’t need to be in the file itself there or on Kobo. Not to mention the file naming requirements of Google Play–it has to be your ISBN, even though because it’s just e-book the traditional print ISBN isn’t even valid. (OH, and let me say they don’t even make it clear how you should name the files until you are done and then you have a mess of files that aren’t right and have to upload new ones to satisfy their requirements). The reason I spent a month and a half grinding my teeth, cursing at my computer to get the file on Google Play is to try to further my reach and increase sales. Right now I mainly sell off of Amazon; in fact I sell 1 book on Barnes and Noble compared to every 10 I sell on Amazon. Those stats aren’t very bright for BN. It has me wondering how popular the Kindle is in comparison to all other e-readers. So, the experiment has begun. I’ve made it so almost every platform and e-reader can purchase my novels, minus iTunes. This is because the Kindle application is available there and thus the $150 I would have to throw down to get a special e-ISBN (that ONLY iTunes requires to sell) isn’t cost effective at all. Let’s see if this increases readership!
Google Play HERE
“Giovanni’s writing style was a breath of fresh air in the midst of a stagnant world of writing styles.” -Cause I say So Blog
At eighteen there is one thing Kate Ericson is certain of—the world is at war and has been since she was two years old. That was when her father pulled her family and a group of close friends to a God forsaken place in the middle of nowhere. For Kate there is no escape from the sea of lies she is drowning in until her world collides with Hunter Marks—the son of her father’s biggest opponent. An opponent that Kate didn’t even know existed. What Hunter kidnaps Kate for, and what her family will try to kill her to keep secret, is a knowledge that she doesn’t have. Now Kate’s innocence seems to becoming undone at the seams of reality. Hunter then finds himself fighting the hopelessness that is creeping into the edges of her heart as she learns more about the corruption that has devoured their lives. As Hunter and Kate forge a strong and unique relationship it becomes clear that their love is something that the bureaucracy never expected, and that Hunter’s father will do whatever he can to destroy it. Hunter believes he must sacrifice love in order to teach Kate that the world’s deadliest weapon is her. Hunter and Kate will have to find the strength to rise above a deception that is so great, even the ones who created it don’t realize its depth.
In Between Seasons is a new kind of post-apocalyptic novel, one that focuses on the characters and uses the lack of understanding of a corrupt world as the backdrop to shape them into who they are as people.
Praise for In Between Seasons
“This is an intriguing debut novel. I’ve just started reading dystopian fiction and “In Between Seasons” had me thinking, wondering, rooting for Kate, and later Hunter. Ms. Giovanni gives nothing away with her realistic voice and the plot. As you read, you are given glimpses of what has happened to the world, and just who really is the enemy, and who is in charge. There was a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming, and it made me want a sequel right now. The tension between the characters keeps you guessing and you do have to wonder about those ladies on the sofa and what they have to do with the world situation. Even better, nothing is spelled out – the story unfolds in action and dialogue…”
– Ellen L. Ekstrom, Author
“…It reminded me very much of an Underground Railroad or Nazi resistance story which I have always found fascinating to read… Ms. Giovanni does a great job of also introducing great secondary characters (Rob, Mara, Kate’s family) that leave you wanting to know more about their background and hoping for more stories about them. Ms. Giovanni does a great job of world building her description of not only the different tribes but also the anti-tribes. I really enjoyed the book and am definitely reading anything else the author writes. I hope she writes more soon.”
-Jo Anne, Dallas, TX
“Cassandra Giovanni has, if not invented a new genre here, certainly revived a little-used one – the Post-Apocalyptic Romance… The tension created by the budding romance parallels the increasing tension of the story plot, as things grow ever more dangerous around them and they grow more desperate to escape to Freedom. There is the fear of being “found out”, of their humanity and realness being exposed as well, two things which are not looked on favorably in their society. There are several surprises interspersed throughout the book, as well as two big surprises at the end (which I won’t give away) which add to the richness of the story and make you realize there is far more going on in this story and its world than meets the eye…In Between Seasons has earned the coveted 5 Stars! Highly Recommended.”
-M.R Jenks, Author