Cut Limbo FREE on Kindle… adults only!
Yes, it’s true, this weekend Cut Limbo is FREE on Kindle…
As I continue to promote my novel Cut Limbo via social media, I wondered if the FREE on Kindle offer would also be a good idea to get this fast moving, satirical crime thriller to a wider audience.
Why is Cut Limbo adults only? Because the action, and there’s lots of it, moves from the salacious streets of Amsterdam’s red light district to the exotic girlie bars of Manila, what more do I need to say? Basically, it’s a sex, drugs and rock and roll story and it is very violent, as crime thrillers often are. However, more importantly to me as the author, it is funny and I hope it’s the humour and not just the plot itself, the bizarre characters and the exotic locations that make it stand out as a very original novel. (I should mention that the YouTube soundtrack makes it pretty original too!)
As an erstwhile marketing man I know that FREE products can be good and they can interest people, but they can also devalue a product, Cut Limbo’s not exactly expensive as it is, right? The BIG question is, will Cut Limbo benefit from being FREE on Kindle for a few days or not? I guess we will see.
If I don’t try to reach a wider audience, I’ll never know. I’m not expecting to make massive amounts of money from Cut Limbo as a novel anyway, that was NOT the reason I wrote the book in the first place. The reason I changed Cut Limbo from my original screenplay to a novel over a 10 year period was for fun; I wanted to tell the story of what went on a Schipol Airport, near Amsterdam, back in the 90′s. It was a totally surreal situation and it offers a superb beginning to a great adventure story.
Being just a tad uncertain about the real value of being FREE on Kindle, it seemed a good idea to ask my friends on Goodreads if it really will increase the audience for Cut Limbo. I’m awaiting their response. If you’re not a member of Goodreads and you love books, reading and the world of writers, I suggest you join me there as soon as you can.
Here’s a sample of Cut Limbo, because I’m a responsible blogger it’s one of the less outrageous scenes.
Panky has just arrived in Manila and the two girls he took back to his hotel room from the bar on his first night have totally and completely ripped him off – they even emptied the mini-bar, they didn’t even leave him an ice cube!!
Panky sat dejected, watched the yellow battered Datsun Cherry fight its way back into the traffic. He looked at the door of the cab, shook his head and looked again. He saw the words ‘Ding-Dong’ scrawled in red letters.
He stood up panting as the taxi gained speed and pulled away slowly. It was Ding-Dong for sure! Panky started to run as fast as he could, the hot sun in his face, the scorching pavement tingled his feet as he chased through the traffic, he dodged Juicy Fruit and Marlboro vendors. He kept running.
Pedestrians and drivers stopped and stared. The crazy looking, half naked foreigner sprinted through the hot dusty streets screaming “Ding-Dong, Ding-Dong, Ding-Dong!”
Panky kept running and screaming, gaining ground, winding his way around cars, ignoring the stares from bewildered old ladies, running hard, gaining ground and doing good. Then bosh! His foot found a deep pothole and he tumbled to the ground. He fell hard on his face, tasted the road, blood streaming from his nostrils. He grabbed onto the nearest car, ignored the exhaust fumes in his face, the heat of the metal on his fingers and pulled himself back onto his feet. He watched the Datsun pull away in the distance. He couldn’t give up now, no way; the battered cab and its weary old driver were his only chance of survival. He wiped the blood from his face with dirty fingers and continued running, shouting “Ding-Dong, Ding-Dong, Ding-Dong!”
He could still see the car as he sprinted along, as he continued to run, getting closer and closer. He was going to make it!
The Datsun stopped abruptly at traffic lights, Panky ran faster than ever, convinced this was his only chance; dodged more vendors, wiped the streaming blood from his face. He made it to the car and collapsed on the hot tarmac road gasping. His dirty bloodied fingertips curled over the open window, he slowly pulled himself up onto his knees, panting hard and desperate; blood streaked his face, sweat soaked his hair, stuck to his unshaven face. As Panky’s laboured breath filled the cab Ding-Dong turned his head towards the window, studied Panky’s face, saw the blood and the sweat, heard his panting exhaustion.
Their eyes met.
Panky smiled, wiped his face and sniffed at tears of joy.
Ding-Dong smiled too. He said, “Hey British, Mr. Panky! How you doing my fren? You havin’ a good time?”
Manila, like Amsterdam, is a great place to visit if you like exciting cities, but like all cities you have to be very, very careful about where you go and what you do!
I hope the Cut Limbo sample encourages you to check out Cut Limbo while it’s FREE on Kindle and if you like it, please review it wherever you can and share it on Google+, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, Digg and all those other great social media platforms. Thank you…