Kirkus MacGowan


Bestselling author Kirkus MacGowan wrote his first book at age eight about traveling to Mars to find the cure for cancer. He put his writing dreams on hold for twenty-five years and focused his energies on playing baseball. He moved on when he found playing softball with his friends more enjoyable.

Since then, he graduated with a B.S. in Psychology, married a woman too good to be true, and moved back to his hometown. He gave up an amazing career waiting tables and now stays at home with his two crazy children. He spends his time writing thrillers and fantasy, playing softball with friends, enjoying the occasional computer game, and wrestling with his kids.

Where to find Kirkus MacGowan online


One Night in Jail (A Short Story)
Price: Free! Words: 3,250. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
When two brothers go partying while on their spring break, alcohol and a smug attitude lands one of them in jail. After a comical night filled with hilarious predicaments, the jailed brother must face his greatest fear: a confrontation with his father.
Last Time I Cried (Flash Fiction)
Price: Free! Words: 1,050. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
A broken man comes home to find the one thing that can break down the wall he built around his emotions.
Missed You (A Short Story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,850. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
When a dying man begs for help, Ted is the only one there to listen. Ted and a friend embark on a mission to help the old man escape from the hospital and fulfill a dying wish.
The Rookie (Flash Fiction)
Price: Free! Words: 900. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Sports
Every game played with your child has the potential to become a lifelong memory. The Rookie is a flash fiction piece (just over 500 words) based on a childhood memory.
Wrath (A John Reeves Novel)
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 96,100. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
John Reeves Creed: "Kill them with kindness. Unless you have a gun." John Reeves moves back to his childhood home and takes an easy job as a Private Investigator. A grieving widow asks for help when the medical examiner unofficially labels her husband's bizarre death a suicide. John joins his brother Alan, a local police officer, to learn why the town's residents keep dying horrific deaths.
In Search of Nectar
Price: Free! Words: 4,880. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A humorous short story. Just when Wilburn G. Walsh thinks his destiny as an accountant is set in stone, a high-ranking Gnome official gives him an offer he can't refuse.

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Smashwords book reviews by Kirkus MacGowan

  • Amazon Categories Create Best Sellers: But That’s Not All They Do on Aug. 31, 2012

    Many indie author publishing and promotional guides share similar information. At this point in my indie author career, it's all about finding bits of information not already in the multitude of other books written on the subject. The Postitive Aggie Villanueva's book didn't disappoint. She doesn't tell you what categories you should list your book under, but she explains how to find better categories, and how to change them step-by-step. She explains how Amazon uses your ranking within these categories to promote your work. I've since implemented many of her ideas and noticed a tremendous difference. My debut novel, The Fall of Billy Hitchings, spent three weeks on the bestseller list in July, and has currently been there the last three days. Since making changes she suggested, my book has also been on the Amazon UK bestseller list for almost two months! Understand that this book won't tell you how to put your book on the bestseller list, only how to make it easier using Amazon's built in promotional system with categories. There were details I didn't expect to get from her book revolving around little known rules Amazon has about sharing reviews on other sites. She discusses these rules in detail and shares links that explain those rules more clearly. The Negatives I agree with a few other Amazon reviews on some of the negative aspects, but I can also argue those negatives were needed. One complaint is that she uses this book to promote others she has written. This is a common practice, and some author's go overboard in this respect, but I didn't feel that as much in this case. Though there was quite a bit of self-promotion, Aggie used much of it to show the reader how her techniques improved those individual books, and to show that she was a bestseller herself. I read another complaint about the usage of too many links. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. Most of the links take the reader back to her blog and bonus information in regards to her book. This bothered me in that I felt if there was information to be found, why not place it in the book itself? Here's the problem. Aggie Villanueva implements a growing trend with informational books in that it's a living thing. Whenever she finds new or pertinent information, she adds it to her website. She could have entered the new information in her book, but then those readers who bought her book before the implemented changes wouldn't have access to the latest information. Definitely worth the money, but it would have been nice if the newer information was instilled within the book rather than on her site.