A few years ago I wrote my first novel. I self published it and spent some time hand selling about 3000 copies at bookstore author signing events. At the time, my novel was available on Amazon and a few other online publish on demand marketing sites. I later wrote a second novel, Loki’s Trojan, which is a sequel to Shiva’s Messenger.
I listed Loki’s Trojan on Amazon and on the other sites but I didn’t print a large number like I did with Shiva’s Messenger. It was about that time when I realized that Amazon was selling copies of my book but they were not crediting me with any royalties. Rather than fighting that corporate ogre over the money, I just de-listed both my books. Very few copies of Shiva’s Messenger now exist and virtually none of Loki’s Trojan do.
For those who wanted to read my work, I posted it here chapter by chapter. I linked the chapters here for ease of reading.
Conventions in my Writing:
Italics is either quiet subtext that nobody else hears or thoughts.
“~Quote with a tilde means spoken in a foreign language.”
[Square bracket means spoken inside the head by a intruding persona.]
Shiva’s Messenger – Russell Twyce
Chapter 1 – Operation Shiva
Chapter 2 – Part 1 – An Old Torch
Chapter 2 – Part 2 – A Young Flame
Chapter 3 – Pilgrimage of a Leper
Chapter 4 – Apron Strings and a Nursing Mom
Chapter 5 – Biting for Allure
Chapter 6 – Dipping Into the Hot Salsa
Chapter 7 – Reflections of the Ferryman
Chapter 8 – Woebegone for the Bag Lady
Chapter 9 – Nifty Twist on the NAFTA
Chapter 10 – All Eyes on the Class Action
Chapter 11 – Catwalk Away from the Russian Guns
Chapter 12 – Becalmed in Political Doldrums
Chapter 13 – Beating on the Wrong Drum
Chapter 14 – The Writing on the Wall
Chapter 15 – Hailstones from a Leaden Sky
Chapter 16 – J.D. Tippet’s Revenge
Chapter 17 – Paper Snake and the Mongoose
Chapter 18 – Operating with Unorthodox Stitches
Chapter 19 – Piñata of the Inquisition
Chapter 20 – Snake’s Heads or Rat’s Tails
Chapter 21 – Thorns in the Rosebushes
Chapter 22 – The Stairs of the Distorted Stares
Chapter 23 – Dynamite Speeches that Bomb
Chapter 24 – Nataraja and the Bull Nandi