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Book Bomb

I'm posting this up today on behalf of Mr. Larry Correia to help spread the word.

From Monster Hunter Nation, The Blog of Larry Correia Author of the Monster Hunter Series.

Amazon link to Variant: http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=monshuntnati-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=0062026089&ref=tf_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Today is the day to go purchase Variant by Robison Wells from Amazon, and then to tell all of your friends to do the same.

Why?

The purpose of a Book Bomb is to get as many folks to buy the same book in the same general time frame in order to boost that books stats, so that it shows up higher on the various Amazon bestseller lists, which helps them sell even more books.

But why this book?

First off, Variant is a good read. I’m one of the cover blurbs saying that I read it in one sitting. That is true. It is a solid book. I’ve plugged it before.

But secondly, and more importantly, Rob Wells is a good guy, family man, great writer, and a friend of mine, who has fallen on some really tough times. Rob was recently diagnosed with a severe panic disorder. What that means is that something in his brain chemistry has gotten out of whack, and because of that his fight or flight reflex switch is constantly in the ON position. His doctors have been trying different drugs to see what can get that flipped back to OFF, but in the meantime it has been very bebilitating.

As a result of his illness, Rob was laid off of his job last week. He’s got no ill feelings toward his employer. They did what they had to do. But now Rob’s sick and unemployed.

Rob has written a few other books, but they were for small regional publishers (and trust me, those don’t pay very good), and Variant is his first national sale.

Now normally a writer would love to quit their day job, but most of us aren’t able to do that until we either have a gigantic hit or we’ve got five or six books in circulation. I’m sure Rob would love to be a full time writer, but he sure as heck wasn’t planning on doing it yet.

So the purpose of this particular Book Bomb is to give Rob a boost, in morale and in sales. The dude has had enough stress lately. So this isn’t charity, because you get a really good book out of the deal. You get a good product, but at the same time you get to help somebody who could use a hand. I think that is a pretty sweet deal.

And when I say good product, I mean it. I started Variant thinking that it was a sort of a modern take on Lord of the Flies, and that alone was entertaining, but then there’s a mystery beneath all of that with one heck of a twist. Variant is being marketed as Young Adult, but think of it as a solidly written book for anyone, just without as much violence or profanity you’d get out of a typical Larry Correia novel. :)

Wait, that’s another selling point. Because it is technically YA, that means you can give a bunch of copies of Variant as CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!

Here is the review of Variant from Elitist Book Reviews: http://elitistbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/08/variant.html

And Variant made Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 list of best books of 2011. http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2011/childrens-fiction#book/book-1

Last night Variant was at #6,068 overall out of six million some odd books, and #74 in his genre.

Right now it is at: Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Through out the day I will update this as it goes up. I want to get Rob as much of a stat boost as possible so that he can sell more books and get new fans.

So, please tell your friends. Post this on your Twitter, Facebook, or blog. Let’s hook a brother up.

EDIT 1: Already the Monster Hunter Nation is wrecking face.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

EDIT 2: The Monster Hunter Nation is driving your enemies before you, and hearing the lamentations of their women, Conan style.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

EDIT 3: Congrats, MHN. You just scissor kicked a bestseller list in the throat! (that’s a good thing)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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