Sin City playlist

I love using music to inspire me, and although I can’t write to music playing, I do make playlists to listen to when I’m not writing. I use period music and often match up songs with specific scenes.

The playlist for Sin City is available on YouTube and Spotify.

01        The Wanderer (Dion)

Ch 2 – Tim arrives at Rett’s

02        Rescue Me (Fontella Bass)

Ch 2 – Tim sees Ray hassling Ruby. Tim and Ruby’s meet-cute … ish.

03        Stick Shift (The Duals)

Ch 5 – Tim learns to drive the truck.

04        Liar Liar (The Castaways)

Ch 6 – Jake takes Ruby to the Silver Slipper.

05        Night Life (Elvis Presley)

Ch 9 – Tim and Ruby driving the Strip in the truck.

06        Ruby Baby (Dion and the Belmonts)

Ch 14 – Tim and Ruby in Rett’s bar.

07        Hello Vietnam (Johnny Wright)

Ch 15 – Driving to the liquor store robbery.

08        Pass the Booze (Ernest Tubb)

Ch 18 – Heading to Rett’s after the rodeo.

09        Tracks of My Tears (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles)

Ch 18 – Hollis drunk in Rett’s bar.

10        Little Darlin’ (The Diamonds)

Ch 21 – Ruby goes to the Round Up.

11        This Diamond Ring (Gary Lewis and the Playboys)

Ch 28 – Tim drinking on a bench outside the casinos.

12        Runaround Sue (Dion)

Ch 28 – In Rett’s bar.

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Neon and Tinsel (Sin City, #3.5) for Christmas

If you love novellas set at Christmas, be sure to pick up a digital copy of Neon and Tinsel, book 2.5 in the Sin City series.

Neon and Tinsel takes place at Christmas 1966, with visits to Tim Kelly’s strained family Christmas, Darla Redmond’s holiday back home in Ohio, Jake Wheeler’s cold Christmas in North Dakota, and Ruby’s attempt at Christmas-ifying Rett’s bar in Las Vegas.

Digital Versions:

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Tilt release date – November 15 2017!

Mark your calendars – Tilt, book 1.5 in the Sin City series, will be released on November 15, 2017.

Tilt occurs simultaneously with Sin City, following the stories of the minor characters. Catch up with Bill Pearce, Ray Roth, Diana Kelly, Jake Wheeler, Darla Redmond and Jimmy Lewis.

Pre-orders will be available soon. Want to be the first to know? Sign up for my mailing list and get all the latest news, as well as three free ebooks.

 

Piece of Work – FREE prequel to Sin City

Piece of Work, a free prequel short to the Sin City series, is available for FREE if you click Free Books above.

When it was released to sales outlets, it peaked at number 2 on the free Kindle Short Reads for Mystery, Thriller and Suspense.

Piece of Work free prequel on Amazon
Tim Kelly has never been a fan of the Chicago Mob, and in 1965 Las Vegas, they’re the only game in town.

Tim’s latest venture has caught the attention of Sam Wyatt, a Fremont Street mobster with two casinos. Unfortunately, he’s also caught the attention of the Chicago Outfit’s most ruthless enforcer. Now Tim has a choice to make – play ball or stake his own claim – and his decision could have lasting effects.

 

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Sin City Promos Roundup

I had some great Sin City promos since the release, and I’m playing catch-up on the blog after a few busy weeks. Here’s a breakdown of some websites that featured Sin City over the last month.

 

Featured:

Oct 24 – ARC reviewer On Two Feet reviewed the book on their blog and at Goodreads. Thanks so much!

Nov 1 – I did a guest blog post at Urban Book Reviews on Research in Las Vegas and preparing to write Sin City. Thanks to Urban Book Reviews for the opportunity – I really enjoyed writing the article. Any chance to talk about Las Vegas!

Nov 7Sin City was reviewed by the Genre Minx. The reviews also appear on Goodreads, Amazon and LibraryThing. Thanks so much for your review!

Nov 7Sin City was a Weekly Featured read at Quiet Fury Books. We really appreciate it!

Dec 2 – I did an interview with The Writing Greyhound. Thank you for the interview.

Sin City also has a page on TVTropes. There are no plot spoilers visible. Also, sorry, you’re about to lose hours of your time on that site lol.

I have a few more things in the works, and I’ll post about them as soon as I can. Thanks to everyone who has purchase Sin City and reviewed it. If you have your copy, please think about leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

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Sin City available now in print and ebook

Sin City Available Now!

Find it on Amazon, Kobo, Nook, iTunes and more

Sin City available now in print and ebook, so check below for links to purchase or visit the Sin City book page.

Digital Versions:

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Print Versions:

Amazon Paperback ($14.95 USD)

Lulu Trade Paperback ($13.95 USD)
Lulu Hardcover ($23.95 USD)

Canadians can buy via Lulu, as Amazon’s KDP Print program does not yet publish to Amazon.ca. There are often great coupon codes on Lulu for free shipping or discounts on books, so don’t hesitate to contact me for the latest coupon code.

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Sin City Blurb

Read the Sin City blurb here!

Sin City is being released November 1st, I’ve shared the cover, and now it’s time for the “back of the book” blurb.

Las Vegas, 1966.

There are parts of Sin City the neon lights don’t reach, and only the desperate and dangerous venture into the city’s seedy backstreets, where gangsters rule, the floating poker games never stop, and people disappear without a trace.

Ruby Gordon is desperate. She has nowhere else to go when her brother opens his home to her. He runs an off-the-books juke joint, and she is fascinated by the most dangerous – and handsome – of his clientele.

Tim Kelly is dangerous. His father never achieved notoriety with the Chicago Outfit, but Tim has aspirations to strike out on his own. He has plans, and they don’t include a naive newcomer.

Jake Wheeler is both. The Airman-turned-rodeo-rider is as gorgeous as he is foul-tempered, and he’s Tim’s not-so-friendly rival. When he notices Tim’s interest in Ruby, he’s determined to derail Tim’s plans.

The three of them are on a collision course, but there’s only one rule in Vegas: The house always wins.

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Sin City Release Announcement and Cover Reveal

The Sin City release is coming soon!

Release Date

I shared this information with my newsletter a little while ago, so now it’s time to share with everyone else. Sin City will be released on November 1st, 2016!

It will be available in print and ebook format. The book is already listed on Goodreads, so please add it as a To Read.

Cover Reveal

Sin City Release

The cover was designed by J Caleb Design. It captures the feeling of the 1960s and Las Vegas.

My excitement is growing for everyone to read it. For more exclusive info on releases, discount codes and freebies, as well as contest announcements, join my mailing list. If you sign up now, you’ll receive a FREE ebook copy of Brookline University: Freshman Year.

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Self Publishing for Canadians

Updated November 6, 2018

One blog post couldn’t capture all of the information to share about self publishing and how it’s different for Canadians. My new ebook, Self Publishing For Canadians (published Nov 5, 2018) is only 99 cents at Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Barnes and Noble and many more outlets. Click the link above or the buy link below.

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • The steps of publishing a book (both print and ebook) including notes on everything you’ll need for publishing your book from start to finish.
  • Creating an author persona – everything from websites to social media to your mailing list.
  • Specific issues that Canadians face when publishing on U.S. platforms like Withholding Taxes, ISBNs, Canadian taxes, copyright, GST and more.
  • Information about the most common publishing platforms, from going direct at Amazon, Apple and Kobo to aggregators like Draft2Digital and Smashwords and many others.
  • Information on each platform includes what they publish, how you get paid, pricing structures, issues you may face, file types they accept and what promotions they offer.
  • Getting in brick and mortar stores.
  • Places to avoid publishing and losing money you don’t need to.
  • Information on how to price your books.
  • Promotion info, from mailing list builders to discount book newsletters, box sets to book trailers.
  • A dictionary of terms so you can know all the insider lingo, from cockygate to reverse harem,  and the 30 day cliff to a loss leader. Learn what HFN, HEA, KENP, NCX, ACX and PNR mean.
  • Book recommendations for specific aspects of publishing.

If you’re a Canadian who has always wanted to write and self publish, this book will give you a great overview of the industry and get your career off on the right foot.

 

Introduction

Hi everyone, I’m Jennifer Samson, the author of the crime/love story Sin City saga set in 1960s Las Vegas, the co-written Billie and Diana series. My other series, the four-book YA Brookline University series and it’s prequel Streetwise books are currently being re-written for re-release.

My Books

My first published books were a YA series called Sandy Cove, published in 2006 and 2007 and currently out-of-print. If anyone other than my family or friends own these, it is a minor miracle.

Author Introduction - Brookline University series

Brookline University began as a serialized story posted online from December 1998 to 2005. It was then reworked into a four book series. Two prequels, the Streetwise series, followed. In late 2018 they were removed from sale and are being re-written for future re-release.

Author Introduction - Sin City series

The Sin City series is set in 1960s Las Vegas and follows petty criminals, showgirls, and newcomers to a town in the clutches of the Chicago mob. The first book was released in 2016, and by the end of 2018 the series contains four books and two shorts.

Click Books above, and you can check out information on each book as well as purchase links.

The Billie and Diana series is co-authored by M.B. Miller and myself, and was originally published under a pen name. Following two college grads who always end up around a dead body, this comedy horror series was re-released in June 2018, with a sequel to follow soon.


These are some of the projects I may post about:

  • Sin City series – Currently a three book series with some accompanying shorts and novellas, it’s set in 1960s Las Vegas during the reign of the Chicago mob.
  • The Brookline University series, which is being rewritten for future re-release. There is also a two book prequel series, Streetwise, but I often refer to all of them together as Brookline University.
  • Billie and Diana series – The Final Cut is the first book, with the sequel, Curtains, close to being finished. I write Billie’s POV and my co-author MB Miller writes Diana’s POV.
  • I also have some other books I may talk about – ‘Tis The Season is the working title of a YA suspense that may turn into a series in the future.