• Buster Keaton: Cut To The Chase (by Marion Meade)Buster Keaton: Cut To The Chase (by Marion Meade)

    An American icon, Joseph Frank Buster Keaton is easily acknowledged as one of the greatest filmmakers in early cinema and beyond. His elaborate slapstick made audiences scream with laughter. But, his stone face hid an internal turmoil. In BUSTER KEATON: CUT TO THE CHASE, biographer Marion Meade seamlessly lays out the life and works of this comedy genius who lacked any formal education. Buster made his name as a child of vaudeville, thrown around the stage by his father in a cartoon pantomime of very real abuse. The lessons he carried forward from that experience translated into some of the greatest silent films of all time. Keaton wrote, directed, performed, and edited dozens of features and shorts, including his masterpiece, The General. However, those early scars also led to decades of drinking and mistreatment of women. Keaton saw huge successes, Hollywood sex scandals, years of neglect from studios and audiences, and finally a shaky resurrection that assured his place in Hollywoods film canon. Meticulously researched, this book brings together four years of research and hundreds of interviews to paint a nuanced portrait of a compelling artist. No comedy fan or film buff should miss this insider story of the man behind the stone face. Enjoy Subscribe Read more...

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  • Analysis of Evolutionary Processes: The Adaptive Dynamics Approach and Its Applications (Princeton Series in Theoretical and Computational Biology) (by Fabio Dercole)Analysis of Evolutionary Processes: The Adaptive Dynamics Approach and Its Applications (Princeton Series in Theoretical and Computational Biology) (by Fabio Dercole)

    Quantitative approaches to evolutionary biology traditionally consider evolutionary change in isolation from an important pressure in natural selection: the demography of coevolving populations. In Analysis of Evolutionary Processes, Fabio Dercole and Sergio Rinaldi have written the first comprehensive book on Adaptive Dynamics (AD), a quantitative modeling approach that explicitly links evolutionary changes to demographic ones. The book shows how the so-called AD canonical equation can answer questions of paramount interest in biology, engineering, and the social sciences, especially economics. After introducing the basics of evolutionary processes and classifying available modeling approaches, Dercole and Rinaldi give a detailed presentation of the derivation of the AD canonical equation, an ordinary differential equation that focuses on evolutionary processes driven by rare and small innovations. The authors then look at important features of evolutionary dynamics as viewed through the lens of AD. They present their discovery of the first chaotic evolutionary attractor, which calls into question the common view that coevolution produces exquisitely harmonious adaptations between species. And, opening up potential new lines of research by providing the first application of AD to economics, they show how AD can explain the emergence of technological variety. Analysis of Evolutionary Processes will interest anyone looking for a self-contained treatment of AD for self-s Read more...

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  • The Wellness Garden: Grow, Eat, and Walk Your Way to Better Health (by Shawna Coronado)The Wellness Garden: Grow, Eat, and Walk Your Way to Better Health (by Shawna Coronado)

    Don't sacrifice your garden or green space because you suffer from chronic pain, health issues, or other ailments. The Wellness Garden is your guide! If you love to garden but also worry about the physical strain, or if you are in search of ways to promote a healthier lifestyle, and even combat specific, chronic, health issues, then noted garden author and speaker Shawna Coronado has good news for you! You can stay active, fight chronic pain, and keep the garden you've worked so hard to cultivate. In The Wellness Garden, her new book from Cool Springs Press, Shawna details exactly how she has learned to use her garden as a key tool in her battle with osteoarthritis and other chronic pain issues. In this inspiring but highly practical book you will learn from Shawna's lifechanging garden experience and see how you can create your own Wellness Gardenand gain the healthier lifestyle you desire and deserve. Enjoy Subscribe Read more...

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  • Analysis and Partial Differential Equations: A Collection of Papers Dedicated to Mischa Cotlar (Lecture Notes in Pure and Applied Mathematics) (by Cora Sadosky)Analysis and Partial Differential Equations: A Collection of Papers Dedicated to Mischa Cotlar (Lecture Notes in Pure and Applied Mathematics) (by Cora Sadosky)

    1 edition | English | 1989-12-15 | ISBN: 0824783026 | 756 pages | DJVU | 4,8 mb Read more...

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  • Food and Cancer Prevention: Chemical and Biological Aspects (Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition) (by Keith W. Waldron)Food and Cancer Prevention: Chemical and Biological Aspects (Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition) (by Keith W. Waldron)

    Food and Cancer Prevention: Chemical and Biological Aspects is the first book to be published on this subject and represents the current state-of-the-art. It is interdisciplinary in scope and provides researchers from around the world with the opportunity to bring themselves up-to-date in this vital area. Food and Cancer Prevention: Chemical and Biological Aspects covers a topic which is attracting considerable attention and aims to promote constructive collaboration among clinicians, toxicologists, nutritionists, food scientists, epidemiologists and plant scientists worldwide. It is an essential reading for anyone involved in research in to this subject and will also be of interest to government departments, with a view to legislation, and food manufacturers producing functional, novel or health foods. Read more...

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  • A Woman's Guide to Living with Heart Disease (by Carolyn Thomas)A Woman's Guide to Living with Heart Disease (by Carolyn Thomas)

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women worldwide. Yet most people are still unaware that heart disease is not just a mans problem. Carolyn Thomas, a heart attack survivor herself, is on a mission to educate women about their heart health. Based on her popular Heart Sisters blog, which has attracted more than 10 million views from readers in 190 countries, A Woman's Guide to Living with Heart Disease combines personal experience and medical knowledge to help women learn how to understand and manage a catastrophic diagnosis. In A Woman's Guide to Living with Heart Disease, Thomas explains how to recognize the early signs of a heart attack why women often delay seeking treatmentand how to overcome that impulse the link between pregnancy complications and future heart disease why so many women with heart disease are misdiagnosedand how to help yourself get an accurate diagnosis the importance of cardiac rehabilitation in lowering mortality risk what to expect during your recovery from a heart attack how the surreal process of coping with heart disease may affect your daily life methods for treating heart diseaserelated depression without drugs Equal parts memoir about a misdiagnosed heart attack, guide to the predictable stages of heart diseasefrom grief to resilienceand patient-friendly translation of important science-based findings on womens unique heart issues, this book is an essential read. Whether youre a freshly diagnosed patient, Read more...

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  • Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction (by Michio Kaku)Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction (by Michio Kaku)

    The rise of quantum electrodynamics (QED) made possible a number of excellent textbooks on quantum field theory in the 1960s. However, the rise of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) and the Standard Model has made it urgent to have a fully modern textbook for the 1990s and beyond. Building on the foundation of QED, Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction presents a clear and comprehensive discussion of the gauge revolution and the theoretical and experimental evidence which makes the Standard Model the leading theory of subatomic phenomena. The book is divided into three parts: Part I, Fields and Renormalization, lays a solid foundation by presenting canonical quantization, Feynman rules and scattering matrices, and renormalization theory. Part II, Gauge Theory and the Standard Model, focuses on the Standard Model and discusses path integrals, gauge theory, spontaneous symmetry breaking, the renormalization group, and BPHZ quantization. Part III, Non-perturbative Methods and Unification, discusses more advanced methods which now form an essential part of field theory, such as critical phenomena, lattice gauge theory, instantons, supersymmetry, quantum gravity, supergravity, and superstrings. Read more...

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  • Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success. (by John C. Maxwell)Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success. (by John C. Maxwell)

    In this video assisted program, John C. Maxwell takes a closer look at failure, and he reveals that the secret of moving beyond failure is to use it as a lesson and a stepping-stone. He believes that the major difference between achieving people and average people is their perception of and response to failure. He covers the top reasons people fail and shows how to master fear instead of being mastered by it. Viewers will discover that positive benefits can accompany negative experiences - if you have the right attitude. The Failing Forward Video Curriculum will help men and women move beyond mistakes to fulfill their potential and achieve success. Enjoy Subscribe Read more...

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  • Physical Testing of Textiles (Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles) (by B P Saville)Physical Testing of Textiles (Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles) (by B P Saville)

    This book examines the physical testing of textiles in the form of fibre, yarn and fabric, the emphasis throughout eing on standard and reproducible tests. After an introductory explanation of sampling and measurement, the author explores the effects of moisture on textiles, then goes on to discuss fibre dimension, yarn tests for linear density, twist, evenness and hairiness, tensile strength, and dimensional stability and serviceability. Also covered are aspects of comfort and fabric handle, colour fastness and quality assurance. The book's comprehensive coverage of the physical properties of textiles makes it an essential reference for managers in the textiles industry concerned with quality assurance, garment and fabric technologists, and students of textile science and engineering. Read more...

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  • International Crime and Justice (by Mangai Natarajan)International Crime and Justice (by Mangai Natarajan)

    International crime and justice is an emerging field that covers international and transnational crimes that have not been the focus of mainstream criminology or criminal justice. This book examines the field from a global perspective. It provides an introduction to the nature of international and transnational crimes and the theoretical perspectives that assist in understanding the relationship between social change and the waxing and waning of the crime opportunities resulting from globalization, migration, and culture conflicts. Written by a team of world experts, it examines the central role of victim rights in the development of legal frameworks for the prevention and control of transnational and international crimes. It also discusses the challenges to delivering justice and obtaining international cooperation in efforts to deter, detect, and respond to these crimes. This book is arranged in nine parts covering the subject matter of international criminal justice. Each of the short chapters provides readers with an understanding of the main concepts relevant to the topic and sensitizes them to the complex nature of the problems. Read more...

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  • Germ Cell Protocols: Volume 2: Molecular Embryo Analysis, Live Imaging, Transgenesis, and Cloning (Methods in Molecular Biology) (by Heide Schatten)Germ Cell Protocols: Volume 2: Molecular Embryo Analysis, Live Imaging, Transgenesis, and Cloning (Methods in Molecular Biology) (by Heide Schatten)

    The study of germ cells has undergone enormous advances in recent years and has entered into an explosive phase of new discoveries with the introd- tion of transgenic technologies and nuclear cloning. Basic knowledge and te- niques developed for lower vertebrate and invertebrate systems have facilitated the study of higher vertebrates, including humans. Many experiments that have first been performed on lower vertebrates provided the tools and strategies that could later be applied to other less readily available mammalian systems. The discovery of centrosomes in ascidians and sea urchin eggs now benefits st- ies of fertility and infertility in mammals including humans. External in vitro fertilization, now a common technique in assisted fertilization has only been possible as a result of numerous studies in lower systems in which external fertilization is natural. Egg activation, first explored in sea urchin and asc- ian eggs, now benefits cloning efficiency in farm and domestic animals. Gene manipulations and molecular methods have added to the possibilities of p- ducing live offspring with enormous biomedical, ecological, and economic implications. All sexually reproducing organisms produce primordial germ cells, a small population of cells that differentiate into gametes of either sex that carry to- potency, an ability to develop into an entire new organism. The two volumes on germ cells combine techniques in a variety of different systems and have selected those systems t Read more...

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  • Multifunctional and Nanoreinforced Polymers for Food Packaging (Woodhead Publishing in Materials) (by Jose-Maria Lagaron)Multifunctional and Nanoreinforced Polymers for Food Packaging (Woodhead Publishing in Materials) (by Jose-Maria Lagaron)

    Recent developments in multifunctional and nanoreinforced polymers have provided the opportunity to produce high barrier, active and intelligent food packaging which can help ensure, or even enhance, the quality and safety of packaged foods. Multifunctional and nanoreinforced polymers for food packaging provides a comprehensive review of novel polymers and polymer nanocomposites for use in food packaging. After an introductory chapter, Part one discusses nanofillers for plastics in food packaging. Chapters explore the use of passive and active nanoclays and hidrotalcites, cellulose nanofillers and electrospun nanofibers and nanocapsules. Part two investigates high barrier plastics for food packaging. Chapters assess the transport and high barrier properties of food packaging polymers such as ethylene-norbornene copolymers and advanced single-site polyolefins, nylon-MXD6 resins and ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymers before going on to explore recent advances in various plastic packaging technologies such as modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), nanoscale inorganic coatings and functional barriers against migration. Part three reviews active and bioactive plastics in food packaging. Chapters investigate silver-based antimicrobial polymers, the incorporation of antimicrobial/antioxidant natural extracts into polymeric films, and biaoctive food packaging strategies. Part four examines nanotechnology in sustainable plastics with chapters examining the food packaging applications Read more...

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  • Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection: A Series of Essays (Cambridge Library Collection - Darwin, Evolution and Genetics) (by Alfred Russel Wallace)Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection: A Series of Essays (Cambridge Library Collection - Darwin, Evolution and Genetics) (by Alfred Russel Wallace)

    Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) is regarded as the co-discoverer with Darwin of the theory of evolution. It was an essay which Wallace sent in 1858 to Darwin (to whom he had dedicated his most famous book, The Malay Archipelago) which impelled Darwin to publish an article on his own long-pondered theory simultaneously with that of Wallace. As a travelling naturalist and collector in the Far East and South America, Wallace already inclined towards the Lamarckian theory of transmutation of species, and his own researches convinced him of the reality of evolution. On the publication of On the Origin of Species, Wallace became one of its most prominent advocates. This second, corrected, edition (1871) of a series of essays published in book form in 1870, shows the development of his thinking about evolution, and emphasises his admiration for, and support of, Darwin's work. Read more...

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  • Geriatric Emergency Medicine (by riatric Emergency Medicine By Christian Nickel)Geriatric Emergency Medicine (by riatric Emergency Medicine By Christian Nickel)

    This book discusses all important aspects of emergency medicine in older people, identifying the particular care needs of this population, which all too often remain unmet. The up-to-date and in-depth coverage will assist emergency physicians in identifying patients at risk for adverse outcomes, in conducting appropriate assessment,and in providing timely and adequate care. Particular attention is paid to the commonpitfalls in emergency management andmeans of avoiding them. Between 1980 and 2013, the number of older patients in emergency departmentsworldwide doubled. Compared with younger patients, older people suffer from more comorbidities, a higher mortality rate, require more complex assessment and diagnostic testing, and tend to stay longer in the emergency department. This book, written by internationally recognized experts in emergency medicine and geriatrics, not only presents the state of the art in the care of this population but also underlines the increasing need for adequate training and development in the field. Please If You Want To Support Me Kindly Purchase Premium From Any Of My Download Links Thanks For Supporting Me And Purchasing Premium From My Links Read more...

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  • New Update Adds Audible Support to Kindle and 1st Gen OasisNew Update Adds Audible Support to Kindle and 1st Gen Oasis

    Amazon has started rolling out a software update for Kindles to add some new features. Both the current entry-level Kindle (8th generation) and the 1st gen Kindle Oasis now support Audible audiobooks, just like the new Kindle Oasis 2. You can listen to audiobooks using Bluetooth headphones or speakers (so it turns out the 1st […]

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  • Tuesday Book Review: “17 Hours: Tracking Down Our Runaway”Tuesday Book Review: “17 Hours: Tracking Down Our Runaway”

    Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written. When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review: 17 Hours: Tracking Down Our Runaway by Diane M. Bassett Publisher: Outskirts Press ISBN: 9781478774891 Synopsis*: Don’t wait until you need it to read it! No family is immune to the dangers of sex trafficking, as our family discovered on May 25th, 2015 when our daughter Sam jumped from her second-story window and disappeared into the dark. As we scrambled over the next 17 hours to discover what had led to her jumping, who was involved, where she was, and what we needed to do after finding her; we discovered a dark world operating in local parks, drawing in girls and putting them in a no-win position, until jumping out the window seems the best option for survival. Join us on our journey to save Sam in just 17 hours. Includes: Quick Tip Guide for anyone helping to locate a runaway child. Resources for those with runaway children.  * courtesy of Amazon.com Featured Review: “FEED MIND, IMAGINATION AND SPIRIT” This True Story is getting a lot of attention because of the “eminent threat” all young women must be aware of in the world we live in today. As the book cover states: “No family is immune to the dangers of sex trafficking.” The author, Diane Bassett, is one of many Moms whose beautiful daughter had been drawn into a dark world operating in local parks, a world that pushes naive girls into such no-win positions. Bassett’s story details their 17-hour journey to save their daughter’s life. The book also places a Tip Guide in the hands of every reader with resources that will help locate a runaway child. This non-fiction genre of True Stories holds many teachable-moments for writers of every genre. – Review by Royalene Doyle of Self Publishing Advisor You will not put this down once you start. It’s a quick, fast-paced, absorbing true story about a parent’s worst nightmare-your child runs away and goes missing. Diane and Gary’s determination, smarts and fierce love for their daughter pulls you into this harrowing experience. The photos she has placed throughout the book are amazing – helping you see why this beautiful young girl had so many people across the country trying to help her parents find her. A story of innocence lost, the horror that can happen to anyone and what a parent/friend/neighbor can do if this should happen to anyone you know, love and care about. – reviewed by Barb Shillingford My heart was in my throat while reading this book. I’ve always considered myself blessed with my children but realized that I was just lucky. We’re all the same, mother’s, children, fathers and family, here by the grace of God. Life is so fragile and so special, love is all that matters in the end. Well done Diane, thank you for sharing your deepest pain in hopes that one more child will be saved. – reviewed by Sheryl Brown  wrote it, so reviewing it would be pointless… Of course I love it! What I want to express is that this book is not a pretty story; its raw, it’s real, and it’s an over-the-shoulder kind of approach to bringing you along for our journey to save Sam from sex traffickers in just 17 hours. We weren’t and aren’t perfect parents, but we used some pretty unique tricks to get her to safety in less than a day, and they are listed throughout the book. You can learn more at the Facebook.com/17hoursbook page, or at my own website dianembassett.com. – reviewed by Diane Geister   Thanks for reading!  Keep up with the latest in the world of indie and self-published books by watching this space! Self Publishing Advisor

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  • More Bargain and Free Books for 12-12-17More Bargain and Free Books for 12-12-17

    Sign up for our email newsletter and never miss another free or bargain book deal. Sign Up Here! Bargain Books The Mystery of Christmas 2 – Amazon by Various Authors Rating: 4.6 Genre: Mystery Price: $0.99 Save $0.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “This set was a pleasurable read of heart-breaking, tragic, but Christmas-joy-centered stories. I recommend this for lovers of Christmas stories, but especially for mystery lovers.” -Bookworm Silenced Knight by CHAUTONA HAVIG James and Traci Knight have enjoyed an idyllic marriage in their twenty-five years of marriage. But when Traci decides to opt out of Christmas celebrations, things turn ugly… fast. James expects her help with their annual Christmas display and refuses to take her new convictions seriously. So, when James is found dead in their front yard, Traci is the first but not the only suspect. While the police work the case, local mystery thriller author Alexa Hartfield and her irascible aunt join forces to prove Traci innocent before it’s too late. Silenced Knight: Who knew Christmas could be so sinister? One Red Mitten by E.E. KENNEDY Gigi was only six when she saw her beloved grandfather shot and killed during a bank robbery. The hatred for the perpetrator—who was dressed as Santa Claus–has followed her into adulthood. Now, she’s married to a Marine, has a little boy of her own, and has reluctantly promised her husband serving overseas that she’ll give their son a traditional Christmas, despite the trauma that haunts her. Taking little George to the Mall isn’t as hard as she thought, but there’s something familiar about that Santa. Surely that couldn’t be the same man who killed her grandpa! Night After Christmas by LYNETTE SOWELL Jenny Ryan is a single mom whose Christmas plans have been thwarted by an ice storm in Honey Creek, Texas. When a tree crashes into their living room and the power goes out on the cul-de-sac, she and her daughter take refuge with a neighbor, the very single Martin Moreno, a criminal justice professor who is also home Christmas night after working a private security detail. A chilling Christmas gift from Jenny’s past is delivered, and together she and Martin must not only fend off the elements, but a past she thought was long dead and gone. Blessing on the Run by ALANA TERRY Blessing Lindgren has labored hard for every accomplishment she’s achieved. A working mom with a steady boyfriend, stable job, and years of sobriety to her credit, Blessing has finally prevailed over the pain and trauma of her past. Until her ex gets out of jail. Jarrod has a proposition, one that if Blessing accepts will risk her safety, her career, and her hard-earned freedom. But with the secret’s Jarrod’s harboring against her, Blessing’s not sure she can dare refuse … The Night of the White Elephant by AMANDA TRU When Lily Weekes reluctantly attends her Christmas Eve office party, she ends up with the white elephant gift everyone wants. The night turns dangerous when that someone will do anything to get it. Can Lily and Detective Carter Cross find the evidence to unravel the mystery of who is after her, or will Lily Weekes not make it to Christmas morning? Danger Under the Mistletoe by ALEXA VERDE Eager to heal after losing her husband, Rachel Evans moves to the small Texas town of Rios Azules. When one of her clients is found murdered under the mistletoe and her rental is broken into, the former thief realizes danger has found her once again. Her neighbor’s widowed son volunteers to help her. But as Rachel’s attraction to him grows, can she trust him with her heart—or her secret—before someone takes her life? Little Orphan Annie by SUSETTE WILLIAMS, USA Today Bestselling Author Annie Spelman discovers her adoptive parents kept her adoption a secret for a reason and someone will stop at nothing short of murder to keep that secret. Since Ian Wallace was helping his best friend, Michael, keep an eye on his sister when they were children, he can’t forgive himself for letting his best friend’s sister get kidnapped. He’s dedicated his life to finding Janie Lohman and other missing children like her. Finding her, and the truth, may kill them both. ****************************************** 25 Perfect Days: Plus 5 More – Amazon by Mark Tullius Rating: 4.3 Genre: Science Fiction Price: $0.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “Absolutely loved this book. The writing is smooth and precise, a keen edged knife that, at times, cuts right to the heart of a character and gives the reader a visceral shock.” -L. Spier Award-Winning Author 25 Perfect Days just got better with the addition of 5 More Perfect Days. A totalitarian state doesn’t just happen overnight. It’s a slow, dangerous slide. 25 Perfect Days Plus 5 More chronicles the path into a hellish future of food shortages, contaminated water, sweeping incarceration, an ultra-radical religion, and the extreme measures taken to reduce the population. Through twenty-five interlinked stories, each written from a different character’s point of view, 25 Perfect Days captures the sacrifice, courage, and love needed to survive and eventually overcome this dystopian nightmare. ****************************************** Emerge: The Awakening – Amazon by Melissa A. Craven Rating: 4.4 Genre: Young Adult Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “Melissa A. Craven is fantastic at world building and creating strong origin stories for her characters. This is one Indie book that should be on every YA shelf.” -YA Books Central Award-Winner “In a world where those around me have always recoiled from my touch, I am an outcast. In a world where I am one of the two most powerful immortals ever born, I am both revered and feared. Caught in the middle of two worlds, my only ally is my equal.” Allie Carmichael She’s an orphan, an outcast, and … Immortal. Allie Carmichael has never known true friendship. Even those closest to her can’t stand to be near her. When she learns her family will be moving from Australia to the United States, Allie prepares for life as a loner on the other side of the world… Except the warm welcome from a new group of friends changes everything. Especially the dark and mysterious Aidan McBrien, the only guy who’s ever dared to get to know her. But her new life shatters when a painful transformation awakens the power within her and Allie discovers what it means to be Immortal. Her power marks her as Aidan’s equal and together their friendship could mend the hurt of their lonely pasts … or it could tear them apart. Allie must deal with the loss of her normal life amidst brutal training, her feelings for Aidan, and an ominous prophecy that threatens his future. ****************************************** Sick to Death – Amazon by Greg Levin Rating: 4.6 Genre: Thriller and Suspense Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “Wow. Stand-alone that is easy to follow and difficult to put down.” – Bookzilla Award-Winning Author Knowing you’re dying can be murder. When Gage Adder finds out he has inoperable pancreatic cancer, things really start to look up for him. He leaves his soul-crushing job, joins a nice terminal illness support group, and takes up an exciting new hobby: Beating the hell out of bad guys. Gage’s support group friends Jenna and Ellison don’t approve of his vigilante activities. Jenna says fighting never solves anything. Poison, on the other hand … When the three decide to team up and hit the streets, suddenly no rapist, pedophile or other odious criminal in the city is safe. They are the sickest of superheroes. Their superpower is nothing left to lose. But what happens when one of them takes this power too far and puts at risk the lives of hundreds of innocent people? Where does one draw the line when dying to kill? ****************************************** Cowboy Mistletoe – Amazon by Em Petrova Rating: 4.5 Genre: Contemporary Romance Price: $0.99 Save $1.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. When your boyfriend hands you the gift addressed to his other girlfriend… Well, that’s a doozy of a Christmas downer. Rather than cry or pout, Annabelle’s determined to make a new tradition and what better place than Paradise Valley, Texas on a ranch, where a large family and a happily married college girlfriend are ready to brighten her spirits. Case Dalton’s been living and working on his uncle’s ranch alongside his cousins for two years now. In the typical holiday spirit, chaos breaks out and he’s designated chief hospitality officer, seeing to a curvy gal who has all the right moves, if only she’d get into the holiday spirit… or him. When Case lays on some of that down-home Christmas charm, Annabelle can’t help but be smitten by how sweet and attentive he is. Horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cocoa in front of a roaring fire, and her favorite holiday movies go a long way toward creating that new tradition she so craves. But when too much rum hits her eggnog, she finds herself standing beneath the mistletoe with Case poised to do the honors. What she never expects is learning a brand new meaning of holiday cheer. ****************************************** Vegetarian Weight Loss – Amazon by Jonathan Vine Rating: 4.4 Genre: Cooking Price: $0.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “I would recommend this book to anyone who wants more information on how to not only be a vegetarian but how to just be healthy in general, and even to those who may already be on this path who may want different ideas to eat. Great book.” – Nicole Want to lose those extra pounds and live a healthy lifestyle? Start today and lose weight instantly! Vegetarian Weight Loss is written for anyone who wants to lose weight fast while following one of the healthiest and easiest ways to eat! Not only will you start to feel great but you will be shedding all those unwanted pounds too!Most people, when they start to look at becoming a vegetarian can be slightly overwhelmed at all of the different information out there. Especially when it comes to losing weight and staying healthy at the same time! That is why I wrote this book. I wanted to clear up a lot of that confusion and give you a very simple, quick to read guide to losing weight from eating like a vegetarian. In “Vegetarian Weight Loss” you will discover: How being vegetarian helps you lose weight – the scientific proof is all there, being vegetarian will make you lose weight! The health benefits of the vegetarian diet – all the great things you can expect to experience with this fantastic way of eating. Vegetarian Sources Of Vitamins And Protein – this chapter is crucial if you are going to remain healthy whilst being a vegetarian! Foods To Eat And Foods To Avoid – an easy to read guide of all the great foods you can eat, but also the ones that you should avoid! Tips For Weight Loss Success – use my special tips to boost and accelerate your weight loss and good health! 50 delicious, mind blowing Vegetarian Weight Loss Recipes – all my very best vegetarian recipes to help you lose weight! And much more… The Vegetarian Weight Loss diet is really simple and fun to follow, whether you go vegan or vegetarian your body will experience a complete transformation! This book is pure cutting-edge content from someone who has spent the past 3 years and thousands of hours of research testing and refining what really works to bring you only the best of the best recipes, methods , and weight loss tips. Free Books Please make sure the price says “Kindle Price $0.00” before clicking “Buy”. If it says “Prime Members $0.00” “read for free”, it is NO LONGER FREE. All books are free at the time they are posted but are subject to change back to full price at any time. If you are outside of the United States, these books may not be free. When Love Comes – Amazon by J. H. Croix Rating: 4.2 Genre: Contemporary Romance Price: $0.00 Save $0.00 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. When Love Comes – NookWhen Love Comes – iBooksWhen Love Comes – Kobo USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author In this captivating love story set against the stark beauty of the Alaskan wilderness, Hannah Gray returns to her hometown after the death of her parents. Once wild and impulsive, she shut her heart off to love and adventure after her parents died. When she meets Luke Winters, their immediate attraction is overwhelming. Burned once before, Luke has committed himself to nothing but casual dalliances with women. Rugged and sexy, he finds no shortage of women happy to oblige. When Hannah comes along, he questions what he might be missing. Both fight the depth of their feelings–love is not part of the plan. Hannah’s sense of identity is shaken when she unearths a surprising truth about her family. Meanwhile, Luke’s interfering family and complications from his past challenge Hannah and Luke to face their true feelings for each other. Can two people who don’t believe love is worth the risk find the courage to face their fears and open their hearts? ****************************************** Eomix Galaxy Books: Illusion – Amazon by Christa Yelich-Koth Rating: 4.6 Genre: Science Fiction Price: $0.00 Save $3.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author Daith’s father is dead. His death caused a rip in the galaxy’s peace. The remains of his army are fighting to restore it. But Daith knows nothing of this. Her memories have been stolen. She has been kidnapped. All she knows is she has unparalleled abilities that could help end the devastation. Except without her past, how can she know if she’s on the right side? Time is running out and Daith must choose: to search for who she was or use her gifts to restore order. ****************************************** The Watcher – Amazon by Jo Robertson Rating: 4.3 Genre: Thriller and Suspense Price: $0.00 Save $3.59 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. This psychological suspense follows forensic psychiatrist Kate Myers who believes the killer of two teenage girls in Bigler County, California, is the same man who savagely murdered her twin sister over fifteen years ago. Working with a single-minded tenacity, she sets out to prove it. Deputy Sheriff Ben Slater hides his personal pain behind the job, but Kate’s arrival in his county knocks his world on its axis and makes him believe in romance again. He wants to believe her wild theory, but the idea of a serial killer with the kind of pathology she proposes is too bizarre. Together they work to find a killer whose roots began in a small town in Bigler County, but whose violence spread across the nation. A Janus-like killer, more monster than man, he fixates on Kate and wants nothing more than to kill the “purple-eyed girl again.” As this crime thriller builds to a conclusion, Kate finds herself in grave danger, while Slater uses his forensics skills to discover who the madman is and where he’s taken her. ****************************************** A Kiss For Miss Kingsley – Amazon by Collette Cameron Rating: 4.3 Genre: Historical Romance Price: $0.00 Save $0.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. A Kiss For Miss Kingsley – NookA Kiss For Miss Kingsley – iBooksA Kiss For Miss Kingsley – Google PlayA Kiss For Miss Kingsley – Kobo USA Today Bestselling Author Can a beautiful spinster trust love again? Especially if the same man asks? Olivia Kingsley didn’t expect to fall in love and receive a secret marriage proposal two weeks into her first Season. However, one dance with Allen Wimpleton and her fate is sealed. Or so she thinks until her eccentric and ailing father announces he’s moving the family to the Caribbean for a year. Distraught at her leaving, and unaware of her father’s ill health, Allen demands she choose–him or her father. Heartbroken at Allen’s callousness, but thankful he’s revealed his true nature before she married him, Olivia turns her back on their love. The year becomes three, enough time for her broken heart to heal, and after her father dies, Olivia returns to England. Coming face to face with an embittered Allen, she realizes she never purged him from her heart, and once again the flames of passion ignite. But is it too late for their love? Caution: This humorous historical Regency romance contains a dashing, pessimistic rogue, a strong-minded heroine with a temperament as fiery as her red hair, an audacious aunt who says precisely what she thinks, and an uppity villainness who gets her comeuppance at last.

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  • Book of the Day: The FirebirdBook of the Day: The Firebird

    The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley ⭐⭐⭐ TODAY ONLY ⭐⭐⭐ A New York Times Bestseller Over 600 5-Star Reviews! Two Women. One Mysterious Relic. Separated By Centuries. Nicola Marter was born with a gift so rare and dangerous, she kept it buried deep. When she encounters a desperate woman trying to sell a small wooden carving called “The Firebird,” claiming it belonged to Russia’s Empress Catherine, it’s a problem. There’s no proof. But Nicola’s held the object. She knows the woman is telling the truth. Beloved by readers as varied and adventurous as her novels, you will never forget spending time in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley’s world. Click Here to Start Reading! * * * Prices are subject to change without notice. For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary.

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  • Tuesday’s Free & Bargain Kindle Book DealsTuesday’s Free & Bargain Kindle Book Deals

    Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult, Thriller, Science Fiction, Nonfiction, Romantic Comedy, Mystery, Humor… today’s featured books have a little something for everyone! Like what you see? Got friends who like to read? Use Facebook to SHARE Pixel of Ink and share the joy! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Over 900 5-Star Reviews! From the bestselling author of Me Without You comes another touching, beautifully told story about the pain of separation and the enduring strength of love. As I saw my new-born baby’s face for the first time I tried desperately to capture her face in my mind—to stamp it onto my eyelids. As she was taken from me I knew I might never see my daughter again. 38 years later… “You were adopted”. Three short words and Sabina’s life fractures. There would forever be a Before those words, and an After. Pregnant with her own child, Sabina can’t understand how a mother could abandon her daughter, or why her parents have kept the past a secret. Determined to find the woman who gave her away, what she discovers will change everything, not just for Sabina, but for the women who have loved her all these years. Click Here for the best price! From New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young comes a story of friendship, identity and acceptance that will break your heart—and make it whole again. “I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has.” India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend, Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash. But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. In fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful and big enough to change them forever… Click Here for the best price! Over 500 5-Star Reviews! #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva presents "a first-rate thriller" featuring art restorer—and reluctant spy—Gabriel Allon. After an explosion in Rome destroys the Israeli embassy, Gabriel Allon makes a disturbing discovery—the existence of a dossier in terrorist hands that strips away his secrets, and lays bare his history. Drawn into the heart of a service he’d once forsaken, Allon finds himself stalking a master terrorist across a bloody landscape generations in the making. But soon, Allon will wonder who is stalking whom. When the final showdown comes, it won’t be Allon alone who is threatened with destruction. For it is not his history alone that has been exposed… Click Here for the best price! Kelly Frank is EarthCent’s top diplomat on Union Station, but her job description has always been a bit vague. The pay is horrible and she’s in hock up to her ears for her furniture, which is likely to end up in a corridor because she’s behind on rent for her room. Sometimes she has to wonder if the career she has put ahead of her personal life for fifteen years is worth it. When Kelly receives a gift subscription to the dating service that’s rumored to be powered by the same benevolent artificial intelligence that runs the huge station, she decides to swallow her pride and give it a shot. 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United by their dogs, they embark upon a friendship that could be something more—until she discovers that he’s not quite what he seems. As she sorts out fact from fiction and discovers what sorts of secrets might be hiding behind Seven Oaks’ pristine picket fences, she’ll have to make a decision affecting her future happiness and her chance at newfound love. Click Here for the best price! Massive nights, picturesque days: there is nothing Claire doesn’t love about her summer job in Mission, Massachusetts. Claire is just trying to keep her head down and start a new life after burning out in the city, but those kids out in the woods seem like they throw awesome ragers… It’s only once she’s in too deep that Claire discovers the real tourist trade that keeps the town afloat, it’s then that her soul-searching in Mission becomes a fight for her life. 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Things become complicated when Daisy realizes she knew the victim. And things get even worse when it becomes increasingly clear that the body was placed there to make Daisy look like the killer. Against her husband’s advice and her own common sense, Daisy makes it her mission to prove to the denizens of Moose River that she is innocent. But doing so may be more dangerous than she planned. Click Here for the best price! When Lucy Klein gets her positive pregnancy results, she’s overjoyed. She and her husband Jack have been trying to get pregnant for years throughout their rocky marriage. But before she can tell him the big news, Jack has something he needs to announce – he wants a divorce! Rather than split up, Lucy and Jack decide to live together as friends. This way, they can share expenses and parenting responsibilities. Co-parenting is a fine deal for Jack who is back in the dating scene by Lucy’s third trimester of pregnancy, but is a frustrating one for Lucy who has unfulfilled fantasies about every man from restaurant delivery boys to puppeteers. Meanwhile, Lucy’s mother is taking over her life. The grand dame of Planet Earth, Anjoli frequently visits her daughter to share her own brand of maternal wisdom… Click Here for the best price! Don’t have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or you can download a Free Kindle Reading App for your computer or mobile device! * * * Prices are subject to change without notice. For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary.

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  • In Defense of Love TrianglesIn Defense of Love Triangles

    Beware the Wild author Natalie C. Parker knows you probably have thoughts about love triangles…but she's here to smash your previously held conceptions. In the upcoming young adult anthology Three Sides of a Heart, top YA authors—including Veronica Roth, Garth Nix, Renée Ahdieh, and more—put their own suprising spins on the much-debated trope. Goodreads asked Parker, who edits the collection and writes one of the 16 stories, to share her thoughts on the past, present, and future of the love triangle. Two years ago, I didn't think I cared much about love triangles.I don't even recall the first one I encountered. Was it Luke-Han-Leia in Star Wars? (I was a child of the '80s and managed to experience the triangle free of spoilers.) Was it Phantom-Christine-Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera? (I was a child of the '80s, and I loved all things Andrew Lloyd Weber.) Or was it Olivia-Viola-Orsino in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night? (This has nothing to do with being a child of the '80s.) It could have been one of those or one of dozens of others. Whichever was the first, I grew up with stories that wielded love triangles marvelously.But even though I was a consumer of the love triangle, I didn't think I had an opinion—good or bad—about it as a trope. At least not until I noticed the criticism directed toward manifestations of the love triangle in young adult literature. I doubt you could find a topic as polarizing as YA love triangles. Critics use the trope to trivialize YA fiction as a whole, and readers include love triangle warnings in their reviews of individual novels.When I encountered this debate, I basically "Hulked out" with a rage I didn't fully understand—and spent a good 15 minutes shouting at my friends about tropes and feminism and romance.So, it turned out, I did have a few feelings about the love triangle. And when I descended from my private rage planet, I realized the best way to engage with the conversation about love triangles and YA literature was to build an anthology. Now, as the anthology is about to be released, I'm just as excited to be joining the debate as I was when I pitched the project.The love triangle has suffered from a stagnant definition in recent years. In fact, the minute someone mentions "love triangles" and "young adult" in the same sentence, we can't help but think of Edward-Bella-Jacob and Peeta-Katniss-Gale. They have come to fix our notion of the YA love triangle as one girl (usually white, cisgender, and heteronormative) choosing between two boys, each representing the version of herself she wants to be.These manifestations of the love triangle are like the sun. They fill up the sky so completely, we sometimes forget that there are millions of stars out there offering a different quality of light.Yes, there was an explosion of love triangles in the wake of both Twilight and The Hunger Games, but be wary of discounting the love triangles of the future.This is a trope with so much more to offer.I invited my anthology contributors to twist, expand, or explode the love triangle in a short story genre of their choice, and they delivered in full force. This collection demonstrates the multifaceted potential of the love triangle. I won't claim that it's a comprehensive compendium of all possible love triangles because 1) it's not and 2) I sincerely hope the possibilities of this trope are endless. What I will claim is that these love triangles take the trope through its paces. These stories are romantic and angry, they are political and introspective, and they are adventurous and heartbreaking.In the process of editing this anthology, I discovered something I suspected all along: that as young adult literature strives toward stories that are inclusive and that challenge the status quo, the tropes we're so familiar with will change before our eyes.The love triangle is a narrative tool. It's part of the emotional fabric of the story, and as YA expands in a thousand new ways, I suspect the love triangle will, too. Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles hits bookshelves on December 19. Add it to your Want to Read shelf here. Check out more recent blogs:12 Audiobooks for Star Wars FansAnnouncing the Winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice AwardsExcerpt: Neil deGrasse Tyson's Astrophysics for People in a Hurry posted by Hayley on December, 12

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  • How a National Book Award Winner Overcame Writer's BlockHow a National Book Award Winner Overcame Writer's Block

    This year's National Book Award for Young People's Literature went to Robin Benway's Far from the Tree, a powerful tale of three adopted siblings who find one another after years of struggle. Benway, who also wrote Emmy & Oliver and Audrey, Wait!, shares her own journey of discovery with Goodreads, one that took her from crippling self-doubt to reclaiming the magic of storytelling. In the opening pages of Far from the Tree, each of the three siblings who narrates the book talks about being "untethered," of feeling so disconnected that they could float away. It's only now that I realize I wasn't describing them; I was describing me. About 18 months ago or so, I thought my career was over. Not even thought—I knew it was over. I didn't tell anyone this, of course. I felt too ashamed, too scared of the fact that I couldn't seem to write another book. I had written five by this point, so a sixth one seemed inevitable, and yet the story felt wrong, the words sounded wrong, and the characters were so flat that it was embarrassing. I trashed several ideas. By February 2016, I was trying to hammer out a story about three siblings who were separated at birth and reunited as teenagers. It wasn't going well. I've always connected to the world through writing, through imaginary places and friends and secret stories that only I could know. When I was a child, I would sit in the back seat of our family station wagon and imagine that we were driving on a secret spy mission along with all of the other cars on the freeway, zooming to solve some imaginary danger. (We were, of course, not zooming toward danger. We were going to my grandma's house.) So the idea that I was becoming untethered from that place that I had cherished horrified me. When my first book was published, it was the first time that other people connected with the stories in my head. It created a bond between the reader and me that felt almost like a secret handshake, a signal to enter into an imaginary space that I had created for others to visit. "We have a deal," it seemed to say. And now the deal was broken. Worse, I was the one who had broken it. The ideas had dried up. The magic seemed to be gone. I watched as other authors on social media sold books, created bestsellers, and traveled the world to tell their stories. I felt even more useless. (Social media is a fickle beast, as we all know, and a terrible manipulator of the truth, but at the time, it felt all too real.) Desperate, I applied to a freelance agency that staffed creative people at various companies around Los Angeles. I polished my résumé, making sure to add all of my book titles and foreign sales, and then I got called in to meet the head of recruiting. She studied my résumé, then slowly said, "I don't know what to do with you" as I sat in a small chair and felt all of the pride of my previous successes drain away. I didn't know what to do with me, either. It all came to a head when I met a friend for lunch and finally told her how stuck I was on these ideas, how I was sure that it was all over for me. She looked at me and said, "You should meet a friend of mine." So I did. I met the friend and his two sons. Afterward, I drove home and realized that in meeting this family, I had discovered how to—maybe, just maybe—tell my characters' stories. I had approached the idea all wrong, and by the time I parked the car, I was ready to rewrite the book. Again. The bond wasn't broken. The place I felt most at home was still there, waiting for me to find my way back to it. I met friends for writing dates, showing up to a coffee shop filled with people clacking away on their MacBook Airs, the room filled with the synchronicity of dozens of people all trying to hammer out an idea at the same time. Sitting in that room next to friends and neighbors plugged me back into a creative orbit that gave me the kind of peace I had been craving, and with my friends by my side, I started to write about Joaquin and Maya and Grace, three characters who to this day feel so very real to me. I didn't even care if the book was any good. I just wanted it to be done. Eighteen months later, the book was done. I liked it. I felt proud of it. But most importantly, readers connected with these three siblings in a way that I couldn't have imagined last year. I've heard so many stories about families who have been split apart, who have come back together, and I feel so honored that readers have trusted me with these intimate stories. The bond is back, stronger than ever, and I am so grateful for it. I finished Far from the Tree on May 14, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. I documented this event on Instagram with a screenshot of two of the best words in the English language—"The End"—and I added this caption: "I wondered if I would ever finish a book again. I wondered if I was even a writer anymore. But I did. And I am. And to quote the ever-quotable Kanye West, "it feels good to be home." It still does. Thanks for letting me come back inside.Check out the rest of Robin Benway's books and follow her here. Which 2017 book would you recommend to your fellow readers? Share it with us in the comments!Check out more recent blogs:12 Audiobooks for Star Wars FansAnnouncing the Winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice AwardsExcerpt: Neil deGrasse Tyson's Astrophysics for People in a Hurry posted by Hayley on December, 12

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  • AUDIBLE Deal of the Day 🎧 Ponzi SupernovaAUDIBLE Deal of the Day 🎧 Ponzi Supernova

    A new deal every day from Audible. Today’s deal ends 12/12/2017 @ 11:59PM PT. Ponzi Supernova by Steve Fishman Ponzi Supernova is an original audio series that profiles Bernie Madoff, the Wall Street financier sent to prison for orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history. The series, hosted by journalist Steve Fishman, includes hours of unheard conversations with Madoff behind bars, as well as interviews with law enforcement and the victims. In a review, Lulu Miller, of NPR’s Invisibila, wrote: "At times alluring, at times disgusting, it’s the push and pull that makes the magic of this series. You experience nonconsensual bouts of empathy for Bernie, and moments later find yourself repulsed by his seeming lack of remorse for his victims, not just their financial ruin, but even their deaths. This is a needed listen for anyone curious about what actually went down, and anyone hopeful of sparing ourselves from another implosion in the future." Click Here to Start Listening! * * * Prices are subject to change without notice. For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary.

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  • Wayne Clark, author of THAT WOMAN, on how improvising helps him writeWayne Clark, author of THAT WOMAN, on how improvising helps him write

    A young woman takes on the brutal merchant king of New York's East River waterfront—and wins. Continue reading →

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  • Bargain and Free Books for 12-12-17Bargain and Free Books for 12-12-17

    Sign up for our email newsletter and never miss another free or bargain book deal. Sign Up Here! Bargain Books Slope of Love – Amazon by Melissa Foster Rating: 4.7 Genre: Contemporary Romance Price: $1.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $1.99 before clicking “Buy”. Slope of Love – NookSlope of Love – iBooksSlope of Love – Google PlaySlope of Love – Kobo “You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that’s fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won’t want to stop reading. Every book’s a winner!” -Brenda Novak, NY Times bestselling author NY Times, USA Today, Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author Olympic gold medalist skiers Jayla Stone and Rush Remington have been best friends for years. They’ve seen each other at their best and worst and have kept each other’s secrets without fail. Only there’s one secret Rush has kept close to his chest. After months of introspection, Rush realizes he’s been filling his bed but not tending to his heart. He’s changed his womanizing ways, and the only woman who can fill his heart has been right by his side all this time..Years of intimate conversations and the sharing of hopes and dreams collide when Rush reveals his secret, and one toe-curling kiss changes everything between Rush and Jayla. They’re no match for the passion that kiss ignites, or the pull of true love. But being Rush’s best friend means knowing all about his revolving bedroom door–and Jayla has a secret of her own that could jeopardize her career and her relationship with Rush. Even their love may not be enough to overcome Rush’s past or secure Jayla’s future. ****************************************** Crystal White – Amazon by David DeLee Rating: 4.0 Genre: Thriller and Suspense Price: $0.99 Save $4.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. Crystal White – NookCrystal White – iBooksCrystal White – Google PlayCrystal White – Kobo “Takes the reader on a journey that explores a complicated relationship between former police partners. Told from multiple viewpoints and solidly plotted…Crystal White is a dark portrayal of the evil that men–and women–can do.” – Suspense Magazine Award-Winning Author WITH NOTHING LEFT TO LIVE FOR, CAN EVEN DEATH SATISFY HIS NEED FOR REVENGE? AND IF SO, WHOSE? In California, DEA agent Nick Lafferty led the investigation to eradicate a new and deadly form of synthetic crack cocaine called Crystal White. An investigation that took from him everything he cherished,and left Lafferty a broken man. A man with nothing to live for. Now, the street poison Crystal White again floods the streets, this time in the northern suburbs of New York City. Aided by his ex-partner, Delmar Harley, an alcoholic cop on the edge and dogged by a beautiful assistant district attorney who believes the DEA agent’s gone rogue, Nick Lafferty relentlessly embarks on a dark and vengeful journey of revenge, mounting a full-on assault against the Crystal White drug cartel. Nick Lafferty will stop at nothing to make them pay…with their lives–or his. ****************************************** Part-time Princess – Amazon by Pamela DuMond Rating: 4.3 Genre: Romantic Comedy Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. Part-time Princess – NookPart-time Princess – iBooksPart-time Princess – Google PlayPart-time Princess – Kobo “Kudos and Five stars to you Pamela for writing a very funny feel good book!” -Nikki L. USA Today Bestselling Author Two Princes are in love with Lucy. Too bad she’s an imposter… Lucy’s a down-on-her luck cocktail waitress desperate to find a job to take care of her beloved uncle who is unable to work. Lady Lizzie hires Lucy to impersonate her for “ten days tops.” The goal: keep Prince Cristoph of Fredonia’s wandering eye in check until the real Lizzie can return to marry him. In the mother of all makeovers, Lizzie’s people transform Lucy into a reluctant ‘Lady. She travels to Fredonia for her top-secret job but meets sexy, bad-boy Prince Nicholas of Fredonia, Cristoph’s younger brother, on the plane. Nick has a romantic history with the real Lizzie and wants to pick up the action with her impersonator. Lucy’s wildly attracted to him, but must resist—she can’t lose this paycheck! Lizzie’s party hard, funny Ladies-in-Waiting take Lucy under their wing, and get her in more trouble. Dreamy Nick’s courting her hot and heavy but Prince Cristoph proposes marriage. What’s an imposter girl to do? ****************************************** Phoenix Descending – Amazon by Dorothy Dreyer Rating: 4.6 Genre: Fantasy Price: $0.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. Phoenix Descending – NookPhoenix Descending – iBooksPhoenix Descending – Kobo “WOW! This was a thrilling fantasy that threw me for a loop, completely surpassing my expectations!” -Angel H. Amazon Bestselling Author Who must she become in order to survive? Since the outbreak of the phoenix fever in Drothidia, Tori Kagari has already lost one family member to the fatal disease. Now, with the fever threatening to wipe out her entire family, she must go against everything she believes in order to save them—even if that means making a deal with the enemy. When Tori agrees to join forces with the unscrupulous Khadulians, she must take on a false identity in order to infiltrate the queendom of Avarell and fulfill her part of the bargain, all while under the watchful eye of the unforgiving Queen’s Guard. But time is running out, and every lie, theft, and abduction she is forced to carry out may not be enough to free her family or herself from death. ****************************************** Between the Carries – Amazon by Jamie Sheffield Rating: 4.4 Genre: Mystery Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “I am just loving these books. Tyler is such an eclectic character, I love the way he thinks. Thanks so much for writing about him.” -Pelar G. Top 10 Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author Tyler Cunningham is a detective like no other. He lives in a tiny village in Northern New York, on the edge of vast tracts of wilderness, hiding from a world he left behind more than a decade ago … hiding from himself. When a friend asks for his help in a life and death matter, Tyler wants to say no, but finds himself pulled into an investigation that may draw the attention of a killer to himself and another innocent. If he can force the killer into making a mistake, then Tyler and the innocent may be able to survive a deadly game of cat and mouse in a desolate wilderness area. ****************************************** Saving Sycamore Bay – Amazon by Cami Checketts Rating: 4.5 Genre: Romance Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “The only bad thing about this book? It was over way too soon.” -Megan #1 Amazon Bestselling Author A football hero. A southern belle in need. Can they rescue her home together? Harrison Jackson graduated from Auburn University with his master’s in accounting and thought he was leaving the world of college football and adoring fans to crunch numbers and make money. Little did he know his boss has other plans for him–a beautiful southern belle and her family’s mansion that are both in need of rescue and more than a little TLC. Grace Addison lost her mother and daddy within a year of each other, she is not going to lose the only home her family has known. Her ex-boyfriend and lawyer are trying to talk her into selling and she has no money to fight anyone, but she has her determination and her pride. When the most handsome and strong-looking man she’s ever seen shows up on her doorstep, claiming he’s been sent to help her, she thinks he’s salvation and an angel combined. When she finds out he’s an accountant, she laughs in his face. Someone is determined to take or burn Grace’s home no matter how hard she and Harrison fight. Can she trust Harrison to protect her or should she give up her dreams? Free Books Please make sure the price says “Kindle Price $0.00” before clicking “Buy”. If it says “Prime Members $0.00” “read for free”, it is NO LONGER FREE. All books are free at the time they are posted but are subject to change back to full price at any time. If you are outside of the United States, these books may not be free. The Sam Reilly Collection – Amazon by Christopher Cartwright Rating: 4.1 Genre: Action and Adventure Price: $0.00 Save $7.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. Amazon Bestselling Author Three bestselling Sam Reilly novels by the new Master of Action and Adventure, Christopher Cartwright! The Last Airship In 1939 a secret airship departed Nazi Germany in the dark of night filled with some of the most influential people of its time. Its cargo: a complement of rich Jewish families carrying their most valuable possessions. One such item amongst them was as dangerous as it was priceless. The airship never reached its destination. In 2015 Sam Reilly, a marine biologist and wealthy son of shipping mogul James Reilly discovers a missing clue about the lost airship and what follows is a violent treasure hunt, kept secret by the most powerful men in the world today, driven by their greed and need for that which all are motivated: the opportunity for unlimited power. The Mahogany Ship An ancient shipwreck. A two hundred year old mystery. A plague that’s destroying all marine life. A pyramid half a mile below the sea. And a puzzle that must be solved before it destroys the human race. On the 18th of February, 1812, the Emily Rose became shipwrecked on the southern coast of Australia. The survivors are forced to walk nearly a thousand miles through the unexplored land to reach the only settlement, Sydney Cove. Nearly two hundred miles inland, they come across the remains of a monstrous ship, far bigger than anything the British Navy had ever constructed. Through basic communication achieved with the natives, they learned that the ship had been there for a very long time… Maybe a thousand years? Despite the details of the mysterious ship in the journals from the survivors of the Emily Rose, no evidence that the Mahogany Ship ever existed was found – until now. Present day: A mining exploration in Australia takes a core sample 500 feet below the surface of a deserted mountain. The sample returns no evidence of gold deposits, but something much more valuable – a single Spanish Gold coin, dated 1518. Could the origins of this coin finally reveal the existence of the fabled Mahogany Ship? At the same time, Sam Reilly and his team of ocean investigators are exploring the cause of a widespread death of sea life within the Gulf of Mexico. In a race against time to stop the irrevocable destruction of the world’s marine life, the two mysteries may just be entangled, and failure to solve them both will result in the greatest threat to ever face the human race. Atlantis Stolen A civilization stolen from the history books. A billionaire’s obsession to unlock its secrets. A brotherhood determined to hide the truth. And time is running out. Only a handful of people know what destroyed the ancient Atlanteans, whose very existence is a secret that they will kill to protect. Unfortunately, the very same catastrophe that destroyed that once proud civilization is drawing near once more. The question is, can marine biologist Sam Reilly discover the truth in time to prevent it? ****************************************** Kim vs. the Mean Girl – Amazon by Meredith Schorr Rating: 4.9 Genre: Young Adult Price: $0.00 Save $2.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. High school sophomore, Kim Long, is no stranger to the “mean girl” antics of Queen Bee Hannah Marshak. When Hannah steals Kim’s diary and in front of the entire class reads personal (not to mention humiliating) entries Kim wrote about her crush, Jonathan, Kim vows to enact revenge. Kim and her loyal best friend, Bridget, come up with the perfect plan to put the evil Hannah in her place once and for all. But will their scheming have the desired effect of getting even, or will Hannah emerge more celebrated by her peers than ever? Kim vs. the Mean Girl can be read as a young adult standalone novel, set in 2000, but is also a prequel to the popular Blogger Girl adult romantic comedy series. Told in the dual perspectives of teenage Kim and Hannah, fans of the series will get an inside look into Kim’s early passion for reading, writing (and Jonathan), and find out why Hannah is so darn mean. ****************************************** Umbrella Man – Amazon by Willow Rose Rating: 4.4 Genre: Horror Price: $0.00 Save $3.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. #1 Amazon Bestselling Author and Amazon All-Star In your dream, no one can hear you scream. When the body of the teenage boy, Julian Long, is discovered in the Green Swamps of Florida, the citizens of Bushlake know the city will never be the same again. Julian was popular, loved by all, and the circumstances of his death are more than strange. What secrets is the boy in the swamps hiding? Stephanie Boulder has returned to the town after fifteen years to take care of her grandmother, who is terminally ill. She writes for the local paper and as soon as she starts digging into the story of Julian Long, she discovers secrets deep within the town’s history. Secrets so cruel, so profoundly buried, uncovering them will put her life in grave danger. What if dreams weren’t just dreams? Would you dare to sleep again? Desperate for answers, Stephanie embarks on a journey that spans beyond her beliefs, heading towards a terrifying nightmare, trying to figure out who the Umbrella Man is.

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  • Happy bookish birthdays (December 12) to…Happy bookish birthdays (December 12) to…

    Happy bookish birthdays (December 12) to… Gustav Flaubert (Madam Bovary) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) Sophie Kinsella (the Shopaholic series) (at AmazonSmile*) Paul Elmer More (the Shelburne Essays) (at AmazonSmile*) Patrick O’Brian (Aubrey-Maturin series) (at AmazonSmile*) Peter Bergen (Drone Wars) (at AmazonSmile*) You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle! Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard! All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project! * I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get.  Shop ’til you help!   This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

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  • Book Of The Day – Torn TrousersBook Of The Day – Torn Trousers

    Today’s Book of the Day is a Memoir by Andrew St. Pierre White and Gwynn White and it’s 83% off for a limited time. Torn Trousers has a 4.3 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $5! “Just loved it, very well written.” Helen – Amazon Reviewer Torn Trousers by Andrew St. Pierre White and Gwynn White Rating: 4.3 Stars Genre: Memoirs and Biographies Price: $0.99 save $5   NY Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author A True Story of Courage and Adventure: How A Couple Sacrificed Everything To Escape to Paradise. What could possibly go wrong in paradise? Tired of mortgage payments, thirty-something Andrew and Gwynn sold nearly everything they owned but their Siamese cat and escaped their humdrum nine-to-five existence for life in paradise—a tiny island accessible only by boat or air in one of the remotest spots on Earth: the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Woefully inexperienced, they took control of a luxury game lodge where the rich and famous went to sip G&Ts with lions and elephants. Trouble soon followed. Their lives were threatened daily by snakes, elephants, baboons, and a hyena with a plastic fetish. Not to mention the endless—and often insurmountable—challenge of keeping their five-star guests fed in a world where the closest supermarket was an air flight away. Amongst others, their guests included a famous Hollywood director, some French aristocrats, a Mafia lawyer, world-famous singers, and the England cricket captain. Light-hearted and humorous, this adventure—peppered with some drama and suspense—will enthrall you with its unique look at life as game lodge managers in wild Africa. Here’s what the reviewers have to say: I really enjoyed this book – the thought of ditching everything and going off to manage a camp for tourists and living far away from the city is such an appealing thought at times. “Torn Trousers” gives you insights into this couple’s experience of doing just that, in the Okavango Delta. There they experience the pros – and cons – of living in paradise. The fact that it’s a true story makes it all the better! ******* I loved this book, it’s kind of quirky which I like. It has a bit of everything, action, humor a bit of romance as well as educational along the way. The character are very interesting and I love the way it alternates between Andrew and Gwynn telling the story. Well done guys. ******* An intriguing account in of life in a tourist camp in Botswana. Two compassionate people take on the running of a run down lodge. I laughed and I cried. I loved it and have now read it twice. I know I will read it again. I found it hard to put down. ******* This book was such a pleasure to read! It was amazing to walk in the shoes of this talented couple as they made a huge shift in their lifestyle. I appreciated the ways they faced their challenges, their respect for indigenous staff, and their passion for the land they live on. The writing is engaging and endearing. ******* I had a hard time putting this book down. I definitely recommend to those who enjoy reading about the wild and the perseverance of the human will to succeed. Really cool book and a great story. Get Torn Trousers here: Torn Trousers About The Author Andrew St. Pierre White I am a film-maker, author, publisher and a recognized authority on four-wheel drive and the owner/operator of 4xforum.com By background is TV commercials, having spent 16 years editing them for many blue-chip clients in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Working under several directors and editing many hundreds of commercials I have been awarded several international awards for editing including New York TV and Cannes. Some of my clients included SAB (Lion Lager, Castle Lager, Ohlsonn’s Lager), Nedbank, Toyota, United Bank, General Tyres, Rembrant Group, (Peter Stuyvesant & Paul Revere cigarettes), In the 90’s my direction changed and I spent the first year of the decade living in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. It was there that I wrote my first book, on a subject which at the time was no more than a hobby, called ‘The Complete Guide to Four-Wheel Drive’. The immediate success of the book, which was quickly followed by a second, lead to the creation of ‘International Motoring Productions’, a company dedicated to the publishing of books, DVDs and maps, aimed largely, but not solely, at the 4×4 industry and enthusiast. Also included was the intention to produce television programming with subjects ranging from 4x4s, adventure travel and aviation. I was born in England, my parents are from Australia and New Zealand and I have lived in South Africa all my adult life. I live in a small-holding not far from the town of Pietermaritzburg in the Natal Midlands , Natal Province. I am married to Gwynn and have three children, Stephanie, Erin and Kate. My home is a small bush lodge. (www.acaciabushlodge.co.za) My passions are aircraft and glider flying, making documentary films, family time and travel, especially into the wilderness in my 4×4, a passion that has been with me since my father took me to the Okavango in 1972. It was here that I sat in my first 4×4: A Series-3 LWB Land Rover. The first 4×4 motion I experienced was the Land Rover being backed hurriedly into a tree. It broke the tail light. The second ride was in a Series-2, SWB open-top Land Rover at Xaxaba Camp (Later to become a baboon research camp) on Chief’s Island in the Okavango. It was here that I went off-road for the first time: I remember Lloyd Wilmot driving the Rover, chasing hyena across the runway he was building, and the vehicle hitting an anthill, shooting me high into the air. From being seated in the front, I landed inside the spare wheel lying in the back. I was hooked! Gwynn White I’m a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy novels set on distant planets. All my stories have an adventure at the heart mixed with a liberal sprinkling of romance and intrigue. To confuse things, I also write adventure travel books set firmly on planet Earth. I live in Western Australia with my husband, Andrew, my three daughters, a yapping Toy Pomeranian, and a fantastic farm cat called Pixel. When I’m not writing, I’m reading, traveling, herding kids around, taking dogs for walks and avoiding all cooking. Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Andrew St. Pierre White, Gwynn White and ENT appreciate it.  

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  • Best of 2017 – our most popular articles, lists, and guides this yearBest of 2017 – our most popular articles, lists, and guides this year

    A look back on 2017 through the 15 most read and shared posts on Ebook Friendly. At Ebook Friendly, we spend most of the time on documenting how the culture of reading evolves in digital times. See also: Here are top 100 most popular Kindle books of 201715 best bookish gifts of 2017 – a holiday gift guide for book lovers Our readers can find here lists, tips, infographics, and fun stuff – everything that helps enjoy reading books in the times when technology begins to dominate in more and more areas of our lives. 2017 was an exciting year for book lovers. First of all, in November, ebook geeks around the world celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Kindle. Yes, ten years have passed since the introduction of the first-generation Kindle and the Kindle Store. To show how much had happened in the world of ebooks, we prepared a detailed timeline of the Kindle, together with the accompanying infographic. But it’s not all. In 2017, we’ve seen the introduction of iPad Pro models and the most advanced Kindle e-reader so far – the waterproof Oasis 2. Amazon Charts, the most innovative weekly bestseller lists were launched. We’ve found for you and shared news about the Harry Potter from 1972, book benches in Poland, and the highly creative book that can be read only when it’s cold outside. As usual, the lists and tips are the most popular kind of content. A guide to using Kindle app on the iPad and iPhone, a detailed look at Kindle Unlimited books on the list of top Kindle bestsellers, a comprehensive overview of Kindle Oasis 2017, a refreshing list of gift ideas for the book-loving mom – these posts are just a teaser of what you can find when you start exploring Ebook Friendly right now. We wish you a wonderful Christmas and an exciting New Year, full of new books and enough time to enjoy them. Ebook Friendly’s best of 2017 A futuristic library in France is like the city’s living room The public library in Thionville is an example of how libraries evolve to meet the changing needs of communities. The library was designed by Dominique Coulon and Associates, an architecture agency from Strasbourg. The creators’ ambition was to create the project that would become a new model for media libraries. ⇢ Read more. Best infographics with quotes from literature Books are an endless source of wisdom and inspiration. Infographics are still the web’s favorite form of streaming essential information. Why not combining both? In this list, one of our most popular articles from Infographics category, we collected fifteen visuals that present most thought-provoking and memorable passages from books. These fifteen infographics contain hundreds of quotes. You’ll get heavily inspired, we promise! ⇢ Read more. Things to know about Amazon Charts bestsellers list Amazon Charts are weekly bestseller lists that show the latest trending books across all reading formats: print, Kindle, audiobooks, and digital subscriptions. The lists are designed in such a way that you can make a decision which book to get without the need to move to book detail page. Everything you’ll need is included in the Charts: reviews, social proof, and entertaining facts. They are an entertaining way to find the new great book to read. This post lists ten things you should know to get the most of Amazon Charts. ⇢ Read more. Gift ideas for the book loving Mom Your mom has everything, but you want to surprise her again? Wait! Your mom loves books! The first thing you do is checking out the recently released books. Luckily, the love for books is not 100% about books. You’ll find in this article the gifts not only for Mother’s Day but also for Christmas, birthday, name day, or when you just want to make her happier. ⇢ Read more. A book that can be only read when it’s cold Every year, hundreds of the homeless die of hypothermia, because they have no shelter and no help. To draw attention to this issue, a unique book was released. Entitled Invisible, the publication includes texts written by homeless people, who frequently visit the soup kitchen in Warsaw, Poland, run by Kapucynska Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on helping the poor. ⇢ Read more. 50 illustrations about books and reading Our archive of Best 50 lists includes now a collection of illustrations that cleverly describe what books are about. We’ve selected the brightest illustrations, drawings, and paintings from Paweł Kuczyński, Andrea De Santis, Jungho Lee, Gürbüz Doğan Ekşioğlu, Dale Edwin Murray, and Mariusz Stawarski, among others. Creating visuals that describe books is a highly challenging task. How to talk about the universe full of words that make you clever without using the clever words? ⇢ Read more. This is Harry Potter from 1972 J.K. Rowling was not the first author to create a character named “Harry Potter.” One Polish author had done it 25 years earlier. A short story entitled “Harry Potter” was published in a communist Poland, on March 19, 1972, in a literary magazine Życie Literackie. Its author, Jan Rostworowski (1919-1975), was a Polish poet and short story writer. ⇢ Read more. Choosing between Kindle and Fire This questionnaire, accompanied by simple tips, will help Amazon users choose which device better fits their needs: a Fire tablet or a Kindle e-reader. It will help you clear some doubts referring specifically to using devices offered by Amazon. Answer ten simple questions, collect points and read accompanying tips and rationale. ⇢ Read more. Best cases for iPad Pro 2017 tablets The 2017 iPad Pro models are top-shelf devices but buying an original Apple Smart Cover won’t make them unique if anybody else has them as well. Instead, you can choose a unique case or sleeve from a third-party producer. We’ve gone through hundreds of online stores to pick up the most original accessories for the new iPads. In this post, you’ll find genuine leather sleeves, stand case covers, keyboard cases, and more. ⇢ Read more. Book-like benches adorn Polish cities Dozens of colorful benches that look like opened paperback books can be seen in major Polish cities. The benches refer to works of numerous Polish writers and poets, such as Jan Brzechwa or Agnieszka Osiecka. The initiative, launched by the Zaczytani Foundation, is not only to promote reading among Poles but to encourage them to donate books to hospital libraries as well. ⇢ Read more. The ultimate guide to using Kindle for iPad Kindle app for iPad and iPhone is so powerful and gives so much pleasure in reading because it’s the tip of the huge and highly advanced digital content ecosystem built by Amazon. Below, you’ll read about the app’s most helpful features, accompanied by simple step-by-step guides. ⇢ Read more. All you wanted to know about Kindle Oasis 2017 Finally, Amazon has released the waterproof Kindle, three years after the first-generation Kobo Aura, and two years after Nook GlowLight Plus. The newest top-shelf Kindle meets IPX8 water resistance rating. It’s also the first one that has a built-in Audible support. In this post, you’ll find all the most important info, including comparisons with other waterproof e-readers, full tech specs, pictures, and a round-up of reviews. ⇢ Read more. A history of the Kindle (infographic) Since 2007, Kindle made millions of people rediscover the joy of reading. But it’s not only e-readers that changed the way we read. It’s the entire ecosystem that includes ebooks, services, and innovations. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kindle, we created a detailed infographic that shows the timeline of Kindle devices and services. Look how much has happened. And it’s only ten years! ⇢ Read more. Counting Kindle Unlimited bestsellers If you are hesitating about getting Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription, this may be the ultimate argument to go for it – we’ve counted how many KU eligible books are on the list of Top 100 Kindle bestsellers of 2017. You won’t believe it: as much 82 books are included in Kindle Unlimited. In this post, you’ll find the full list, as well as the analysis. ⇢ Read more. Top 100 most popular Kindle books of 2017 December is the usual time for end-of-year lists and all kinds of rankings. And, as usual, we are delighted to share with you the list of the most popular Kindle books. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Mark Sullivan’s Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and the first part of Harry Potter series are top three Kindle bestsellers of 2017. ⇢ Read more. • • • To get more posts like this, please subscribe by RSS or email. Let’s also connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. More to explore: Here are top 100 most popular Kindle books of 201715 best bookish gifts of 2017 – a holiday gift guide for book loversTop 50 Kindle Unlimited books of 2017Case covers for Kindle Oasis 2 that you might have missedMost sold Kindle books for each year, since 2007Want even more? Check out all articles in this topic: Lists. affiliate link

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  • Episodic vs. Epic: Go Bigger with Your WritingEpisodic vs. Epic: Go Bigger with Your Writing

    One of the most common reasons given by authors for why they write is a desire to create something meaningful for their readers, something that will stick with them or make a difference. One thing that helps our stories feel meaningful is avoiding episodic writing. What Is Episodic Writing? To understand the term episodic, remember what most TV series were like in years past: Each episode was a standalone story, which didn’t affect later episodes. If the main character narrowly escaped death in one episode, the next episode wouldn’t mention the traumatic events at all. In other words, what happened in an episode didn’t matter in the long term. Now when agents, editors, or readers say a story feels episodic, they usually mean: The story doesn’t flow: Rather than A causing B, A happens and then Q happens. Twists and surprises are good, but nothing should feel random. Story events lack consequences: An event’s fallout “sells” the stakes. If characters don’t experience consequences, why should readers care? The character’s arc feels weak: Like real life, characters often struggle to change, but events must build on each other to show their growth. Is Episodic Writing “Bad”? Episodic writing can work for us. For example, flash fiction and short stories sometimes use a “slice of life” or “vignette” style. Shorter writing doesn’t need to show growth or consequences over time because the story’s scope simply isn’t that big. However, bigger stories need events to affect the rest of the story in a cause-and-effect chain. Consequences (good or bad) create a sense of risk—will X happen? That risk creates emotions—tension, anticipation, dread—in readers. Those emotions then pull readers from one scene to another, as they read on to see what happens. Without consequences, a story’s risks, stakes, tension, pacing, emotional response, and character growth are all weakened. How Can We Tell If Our Writing Is Episodic? The creators of South Park came up with an easy test for episodic writing, called the “But” and “Therefore” rule… Bad: “And Then” Transitions When we’re describing our story, we might use the phrase “And Then.” A happened and then B happened. However, “And Then” creates an episodic feel because it doesn’t tie A and B together: She fell asleep, and then the blimp blew up. Wait… What does A have to do with B? Good: “Therefore” or “But” Transitions With a stronger story, we can link our plot events with the phrase “Therefore/So” or “But”: If one plot event causes another (or causes a decision or response), they’re connected with “Therefore” or a “So.” If one plot event causes a setback (impeding goals or actions and causing conflict), they’re connected with “But.” For example, instead of our clunky sentence above, we could say: She fell asleep, therefore she wasn’t manning the controls and the blimp blew up. She fell asleep, but the blimp blew up over her house and woke her. Either of those transitions reveals how A and B are connected. We see the cause-and-effect chain. If our events and scenes are connected by a “therefore” or “but,” we’ve probably avoided most weaknesses of episodic writing. How Can We Fix Episodic Writing? If we find a lot of “and then” transitions, with scenes that don’t tie into other events, we can…: change the plot to create that connection, summarize the events in a transition, or cut the scene. A rare “and then” (or a jump to another plotline with a “meanwhile”) transition isn’t “bad,” but each one risks breaking our readers’ immersion in our story, leading them to put down the book, so we want to be careful. Pushing Our Writing to “Epic” Level Non-episodic writing ensures that everything in our story happens for a reason—it was caused by previous events. But we can take this a step further by adding echoes that reverberate with meaning throughout our story: Consequences from events and choices continue affecting the story, not just the immediate following scene. (That is, A affects B, G, and Z, not just B.) Issues, dialogue, and situations use setup and payoff to call back to earlier mentions or foreshadow later mentions. Ideas, character growth, stakes, and situations are revisited and layered throughout a story, growing and changing each time. Whatever kind of scene or event we need, if we choose details or descriptions that echo something else in the story, we give the events a stronger purpose and meaning. Echoes add a weightiness that creates a greater sense of meaning for our story—like it’s more than the sum of its parts—pushing it that much closer to EPIC. Do you have any questions about episodic writing? After muttering writing advice in tongues, Jami decided to put her talent for making up stuff to good use. Fueled by chocolate, she creates writing resources and writes award-winning paranormal romance stories where normal need not apply. Just ask her family—and zombie cat. Find out more about Jami here, hang out with her on social media, or visit her website and Goodreads profile. Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest The post Episodic vs. Epic: Go Bigger with Your Writing appeared first on WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®.

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  • Amazon is encouraging authors to advertise their ebooksAmazon is encouraging authors to advertise their ebooks

    Amazon has just sent out an email to authors and publishers that states “eBook season is just getting started. With so many new E-readers being unwrapped this month, there’s never been a better time to start promoting your eBooks.” If you are not aware, Amazon is referring their own pay per click advertising program that helps with discoverability when users are typing in keyboards in the search bar or a text/image based ad unit. Amazon sold over 412 million Kindle books in the United States last year and controls roughly 85% of the entire market. If you are an author or publisher it makes sense to advertise where the vast majority of readers are. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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    The entry level 8th generation Kindle and first generation Amazon Kindle Oasis have both received firmware updates today that allow users to purchase and listen to Audible audiobooks with a pair of bluetooth headphones or a wireless speaker.Once the firmware update has been installed automatically or downloaded from the Amazon website you will be able to enjoy all of these new features. When the new update is installed you will be able to shop for audiobooks in the Audible store. There is a new feature when are you browsing the Kindle bookstore to switch over to Audible and there is a series of images hyping up the new bookstore. If you are an Audible subscriber, any audiobook that you used your monthly credits on are automatically synced into your Kindle’s library. The built in audiobook player is tremendously robust. You can skip forward or ahead fifteen seconds or change the pitch level. While listening to an audiobook, the Oasis displays how much time is left in a chapter and has software driven volume button. There is a bluetooth notification on the bottom of the screen that tells you what device you have paired the Oasis with, or instructs you how to connect a pair of headphones or a wireless speaker. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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  • Another Video Review of the Onyx Boox Max 2Another Video Review of the Onyx Boox Max 2

    The Onyx Boox Max 2 recently went up for pre-order, and now another (lengthy) video review has turned up on YouTube. The Max 2 is a 13.3-inch E Ink ereader that doubles as a secondary monitor thanks to the addition of an HDMI port. The device runs Android 6.0 and features a dual-touch touchscreen (Wacom […]

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  • New Kindle Oasis 2 Firmware Allows you to Disable the TouchscreenNew Kindle Oasis 2 Firmware Allows you to Disable the Touchscreen

    Amazon has just released a new firmware update for the second generation Kindle Oasis. allows you to disable touchscreen with a new option and exclusively use the physical page turn buttons. This new feature is tremendously useful for people who use their e-reader in the bathtub or in any environment where water will splash on the screen. This is because when water touches the screen, the touchscreen does not work until you wipe off all of the droplets, this new update negates you having to do that. Here is how the process works. Within a book go to the menu on top right of the screen, by tapping the three dots. Select disable touchscreen. You will see a dialog box with instructions, you can cancel or select OK. To enable the touchscreen once again you can put the device in sleep mode and press the power button to wake it. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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  • An Interview with the Most Popular Reviewer on GoodreadsAn Interview with the Most Popular Reviewer on Goodreads

    Since joining Goodreads seven years ago, Emily May has amassed more than 80,000 Goodreads followers and has written 1,300 book reviews and counting—making her the most-popular reviewer on the site. She loves reading across all genres and completes an average of 200 books per year. Originally from Yorkshire, England, she currently lives in Los Angeles, where she works as a freelance editor and beta-reader, giving publishers feedback on soon-to-be-released novels. Goodreads chatted with May to get her advice on writing book reviews, upcoming trends she's seeing in the book industry, and her top 10 favorite books of 2017.Goodreads: Why is reading important to you? What books got you hooked on reading? Emily May: I don't remember ever not reading. Like most bookworms, I was a deeply shy and quiet child who preferred to keep to myself and live in books instead of the real world. Reading was, and still is, all kinds of things to me—an escape, an adventure, and entertainment. The earliest books I remember reading were everything by Roald Dahl, [R.L.] Stine's Goosebumps series, and C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I still get a sense of that early excitement and wonder I felt every time I think of Lucy stepping through a plain old wardrobe in a house and discovering a whole magical world—that has always seemed like a metaphor for reading itself. Later I found that metaphor again in the Harry Potter series as well as others. Both Harry Potter and Lucy Pevensie cast off the mundane life they've always known and step into a world of magic where anything is possible—isn't that what happens every time we get lost in a good book?GR: What inspired you to become a book reviewer? How did you get started? EM: When I started writing reviews, I didn't consider myself a book reviewer at all. I was still a teenager, feeling—as a lot of teenagers do—constantly out of place and awkward in myself. I stumbled across Goodreads one day, and it offered exactly what I didn't know I'd been looking for—somewhere I could go where people genuinely loved reading and talking about books. There was no uncool on Goodreads. I could make hyperbolic statements like "I am dying for the next book" or "if this character 'chuckles darkly' one more time, I'm going to throw this book in the fireplace" (yes, I'm dramatic), and other Goodreads members would get it and share encouraging GIFs.I made friends all across the globe, we gave each other "likes" and comments, and I stuck around. It was that simple, really. I'm still not sure I consider myself a book reviewer. As far as I'm concerned, I'm still that same weird girl talking about books with other book lovers.GR: What's your process for writing book reviews? How much time do you spend on them? How do you define your star rating? EM: With most books, I make notes and highlights (on Kindle) while I'm reading. Time permitting, I like to start writing a review immediately after finishing the book while everything is still fresh in my mind. It takes me approximately 30 minutes to an hour to write a review, usually depending on how passionate I felt about it. The hardest are the 3-star books because I have to somehow communicate "I liked it, but I didn't like it that much." I typically try to follow the Goodreads star ratings—"did not like it" (1 star), "it was OK" (2 stars), "liked it" (3 stars), "really liked it" (4 stars), and "it was amazing" (5 stars). I especially like this rating system because the use of "liked" and "did not like" emphasizes that the rating is a personal opinion, not so much a statement about the quality of the book. I am one of those readers who believes all reading experiences, all experiences with art, in fact, are about perspective and interpretation. I don't believe I am in a position to make a universal statement about how good a book is; I can only say what I liked or didn't like about it, and why, and maybe some people will relate to that and find it useful.GR: What do you hope your followers will gain from your reviews? EM: I've actually had to school myself not to be too obsessed with what my followers, or anyone on the internet, wants from me and my reviews. Constantly worrying about how others will see me, especially when those others number in the thousands or tens of thousands, is the fastest way to bring on the anxiety. But, put simply, I hope people find books they love. I don't care if that's because they read a book I reviewed positively or if they saw something they personally enjoy in a negative review I wrote. It is not too much to say that books can inspire us, change us, even save us at times, and I hope everyone finds the book that they need.GR: What advice would you give to a book lover who might be a little shy about writing a review? EM: I would tell them to first and foremost write for themselves. Approach every review from the standpoint of "how did this book make me feel?" and try not to worry too much about what other readers will think. When you start to review yourself, and scrutinize every word you put down, it becomes impossible. There will always be someone with a different opinion from you. It's a cliché, but true: You really cannot please everybody. So stop trying (maybe one day I will take this advice, too). And if you feel like you're the only person in the world who liked or didn't like a particular book—I guarantee, you are not. There's a whole bunch of people out there, like you, who have or haven't connected with a book for whatever reason, and your review could be exactly what they need to hear to feel like they're not alone.GR: What books do you find yourself recommending the most?EM: To be honest, I actually think I'm pretty good at recommending books specific to the individual asking. There have been many books I haven't enjoyed but have passed along to my mum, dad, or a friend because I know it's more their thing. Just in general, though, I take great pleasure in recommending authors I perceive to be underappreciated; for example, Marcus Sedgwick, Abigail Haas, Jodi Lynn Anderson, Kathleen Duey, and Melina Marchetta. Some other authors I recommend a lot are Tana French (for mystery and thriller fans), Neil Gaiman and N.K. Jemisin (for fantasy fans), Courtney Summers (for YA contemporary fans), Roxane Gay (for fans of short stories), and Margaret Atwood (for literary fiction fans).GR: Are there any interesting book trends you've noticed in 2017? Do you have any predictions about trends in 2018?EM: Absolutely, but I don't think I have anything particularly enlightening to reveal. YA has moved away from all the fairy tale retellings and is now becoming all about superheroes. It's been slowly building for a while with [Brandon] Sanderson's The Reckoners series and [G. Willow Wilson's] Ms. Marvel graphic novels, but now, this year, we've already seen [Leigh] Bardugo's Wonder Woman: Warbringer and [Marissa] Meyer's Renegades. Also of note is the lesser known Dreadnought by April Daniels that has a transgender superheroine. Next year the buzz will undoubtedly surround [Marie] Lu's Batman: Nightwalker and [Sarah J.] Maas' Catwoman: Soul Stealer, too. With such major authors all writing in the superhero genre, I would be surprised if many others didn't follow suit shortly after.There's also been a huge increase in diverse books published by major companies since the start of the We Need Diverse Books campaign. 2017 has been the year where I've really seen the difference the movement has made. It's so wonderful to finally be able to go to the new YA releases and find characters of all skin colors, sexualities, and gender identities, plus characters with physical disabilities or mental illnesses. I had very few diverse books growing up; I am thankful my kids will have more.GR: What were your top 10 reads of 2017 and why? What impressions did they leave on you? EM: This is such a tough question, but I somehow whittled it down to these (in no particular order): The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne I love, love, love historical epics that just tell a really great story. Boyne's latest is a sad and funny tale about the life of a gay man, from his conception in small-town Ireland to 1980s Amsterdam and later New York City in the middle of the AIDs crisis. It's a very bittersweet story. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward This deserves 100 percent of the hype it has been getting. It is a dark, beautifully written ghost story set in modern-day Mississippi. Ward is really great at evoking emotions through her dreamy descriptions of each scene, and all of the complex characters are the kind who stay with you. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas The Hate U Give is so important. And so good. And important. I don't know which to sell to you first. It's a much-needed story for our times about a very real and relevant issue, but it's also a great look inside the mind of a scared teenage girl. Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel I'm obsessed with this series, and I can't wait for the third book. It instills in me that sense that I am tiny and the universe is so much bigger and more dangerous than I could have imagined. It reminds me of all the things we do not, cannot, know. Reading books like this is an overwhelming and breathtaking experience. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor I am a huge Laini Taylor fan, and her latest book is no exception. She creates such complex and interesting fantasy worlds, and she's one of the few writers who, in my opinion, can get away with writing purple prose. I don't know; it just seems to work for her. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay Gay is one of my favorite writers writing today. She knows how to use words to perfectly set a scene, create an emotion, and leave a lasting impression. In her memoir, she discusses her relationship with food and her body, and how the world sees her. Without self-pity or manipulation, she shows how society sees a woman—and a fat woman in particular—as someone taking up too much space. Thick As Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner Returning to a fantasy world after six years wouldn't work for many authors, but Turner is just so good at what she does. And what she does is write slow-building, complex fantasy full of political machinations and character dynamics. It's clever and full of twists and turns. Now I Rise by Kiersten White Look, I had to include a fast-paced, guilty-pleasure book on this list. And, you know, I don't even really feel guilty about it. White has reimagined Vlad the Impaler as a woman, and this sequel to And I Darken tells of the fall of Constantinople and the reclamation of Wallachia. It's all very dark and dramatic—of course I loved it. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman I always say that the books that hit me the hardest are the ones that are subtly sad. The ones that, on the surface, might be funny and entertaining, that don't feel like they're trying really hard to make the reader cry. That's this book. It's the kind of book you don't realize is sad until you're tearing up. And Eleanor is such an unforgettable character. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee I almost didn't read this because, if I'm being honest, the cover and title didn't grab me, but it turned out to be a really fantastic family saga set in Korea and Japan. I really love these multigenerational family tales, especially when set in regions or during time periods that don't often appear in mainstream fiction. Really fascinating. You can find more of Emily May on her blog, "The Book Geek." Be sure to also follow her on Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. posted by Marie on December, 11

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  • Lawrence DavisLawrence Davis

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  • More Bargain and Free Books for 12-11-17More Bargain and Free Books for 12-11-17

    Sign up for our email newsletter and never miss another free or bargain book deal. Sign Up Here! Bargain Books Wrestlin’ Christmas – Amazon by Shanna Hatfield Rating: 4.9 Genre: Romance Price: $0.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “This was a very sweet Christmas story. I loved the characters, some old and some new. It was a sweet clean romance.” -Donna C. USA Today Bestselling and Award-Winning Author He’s wrestling against the future… She’s trying to forget her past… Sidelined with a major injury, steer wrestler Cort McGraw struggles to come to terms with the end of his career. Shanghaied by his sister and best friend, he finds himself on a run-down ranch with a worrisome, albeit gorgeous widow, and her silent, solemn son. Five minutes after Cort McGraw lands on her doorstep, K.C. Peters fights to keep a promise she made to herself to stay away from single, eligible men. When her neighbor said he knew just the person to help work her ranch for the winter, she never expected the handsome, brawny former rodeo star to fill the position. Ready to send him packing, her little boy has other plans. ****************************************** Chaos Rises – Amazon by Pippa DaCosta Rating: 4.3 Genre: Paranormal/Romance Price: $0.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. Chaos Rises – NookChaos Rises – iBooksChaos Rises – Kobo “Pippa DaCosta never disappoints and Chaos Rises is another testament to her fantastic storytelling!” -Deanna USA Today Bestselling Author When the veil fell, any half-demons not strong enough to withstand Chaos were torn apart. Some, like me and my brother, survived the Fall. Most did not. That’s the good news. The bad news saw a whole other world try and devour ours. Demons came in countless waves. Destroying. Killing. Many people thought it was the end… The Fall lasted a week. Tens of thousands died. Hell almost claimed our world as its own. And then, from one day to the next, it was over. The veil came back, stronger than ever. I’m not sure if anyone knows how it was put right. But I do know it’s been six months since the Fall, me and my brother are on the run, and the leftover demons aren’t the most dangerous things in Los Angeles… We are. ****************************************** Merlin At War – Amazon by Mark Ellis Rating: 4.6 Genre: Mystery Price: $0.99 Save $2.04 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “I enjoyed the detail, the characterizations and the fluidity of the story. I would highly recommend this book.” -The Book Goddess Top 20 Amaazon Bestseller War rages across Europe. France is under the Nazi thumb. Britain has its back to the wall. In London, Scotland Yard detective Merlin investigates a series of disturbing events – a young girl killed in a botched abortion, a French emigre shot in a seedy Notting Hill flat, a mysterious letter written by a British officer, gunned down in Crete.With action spanning Buenos Aires, New York, Cairo and Occupied France, Merlin and his team are plunged into a dark world of espionage, murder, love and betrayal. ****************************************** Love Me At Sunset – Amazon by Lucinda Whitney Rating: 4.7 Genre: Contemporary Romance Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “So romantic. I just loved this story. The couple had such a wonderful connection with great chemistry. There was mystery, suspense and lots of sweet, clean romance.” -Donna C. Top 50 Amazon Bestselling Author An ex-con reforming his life. A pregnant widow hiding her past. Will the price of her secrets cost her his love? Catarina Romano has lost everything: her husband, her house, her lifestyle. She flees to her cousin’s empty manor in the heart of Portugal, trying to find peace and to hide from the scandal spun by the media, only to discover she is pregnant. Afonso Cortez is done with all the lies. Fresh out of prison for trusting the wrong person, he’s ready to leave the past behind and look ahead to new opportunities. The remote Sunset Manor, in need of a groundskeeper, is the perfect solution, promising to provide Afonso with the solitude he craves while he restores the grounds to their former glory. Catarina avoids Afonso at first, not wanting to further complicate her life. But Afonso is intriguing, and she feels drawn to him. If only she didn’t feel guilty for all the secrets she’s keeping from him. When suspicious accidents start occurring at the property, Afonso believes his past is catching up with him. Will he be able to protect Catarina or will he lose the woman who might restore his belief in love? ****************************************** Fates Aflame – Amazon by P. Anastasia Rating: 4.7 Genre: Young Adult Price: $0.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “Captivating fantasy! P. Anastasia has brought a new magical world to life that will keep you wanting more. It’s a fun read and I hope it’s the start of a new series.” -Megan Amazon Bestselling Author “Earth chose me as its Guardian. I must assume the role…” In a society secretly fueled by unbridled magic and turbulent political landscapes, Lieutenant Hawksford is torn between prophecy and duty. With the threads of her fate tugged in all directions, uncertainty shrouds her future. She has the ability to conjure fire at will, but the birth of her powers awakens a curse and a perilous trial unfolds, putting the lives of those she loves in jeopardy. When extinct beasts brought forth by ancient magic threaten her life, she has no choice but to take a stand, and in the blink of an eye, her carefree life is extinguished. ****************************************** Blaming the Wind – Amazon by Alessandra Harris Rating: 4.3 Genre: Womens Fiction Price: $0.99 Save $5.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “A pitch-perfect depiction of life in the muddled mid-thirties: crying babies, stuttering careers, marriages with more ebb than flow. Throw in a dash of illness, some family drama, and friendship pushed to its limits, and you’ve got a page turner.” -Kate Moretti, NY Times bestselling author Sophia Douglas can’t shake the fear that she’s in over her head. A spontaneous elopement and a layoff from her high-paying job are stressful enough, but a plus sign on her pregnancy test sends her into a panic. Fearing her husband, Terrence, might leave like her father did, Sophia confides her insecurities to Tara, her friend and mom of three. Though Tara Fisher encourages Sophia to trust Terrence, she’s hiding her own secret: a handsome attorney is pursuing her, and she’s questioning her commitment to Josh, her husband of ten years. After a devastating career-ending accident, Josh has changed and so have Tara’s feelings for him. When a crisis arises that threatens to destroy Sophia and Terrence’s young marriage, Sophia must either overcome her fear of abandonment or lose everything she never knew she wanted. Meanwhile, as Tara is torn between responsibility and passion, her imperfectly put together life starts to unravel, and ghosts from her past resurface to haunt her. As these two couples grapple with secrets, temptation, and illness, only time will tell if their vows are strong enough to hold them together. ****************************************** Coalescence – Amazon by Gary Starta Rating: 4.8 Genre: Science Fiction Price: $0.99 Save $1.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “I was amazed at how much information and suspense Gary Starta was able to put into this story. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that wants a great read.” -Mark M. Iris Camden thought she knew who her family was even if they weren’t always forthcoming. Her half sister is a medium reeling from the loss of her biological mother. Her estranged father is an obsessed government worker who cannot reveal what he does. When an artifact appears in a ghost hunting expedition, Iris is the last person who wants to believe in aliens. Free Books Please make sure the price says “Kindle Price $0.00” before clicking “Buy”. If it says “Prime Members $0.00” “read for free”, it is NO LONGER FREE. All books are free at the time they are posted but are subject to change back to full price at any time. If you are outside of the United States, these books may not be free. Gone The Next – Amazon by Ben Rehder Rating: 4.5 Genre: Mystery Price: $0.00 Save $5.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. #1 Amazon Bestseller Meet Roy Ballard, freelance videographer with a knack for catching insurance cheats. He’s working a routine case, complete with hours of tedious surveillance, when he sees something that shakes him to the core. There, with the subject, is a little blond girl wearing a pink top and denim shorts—the same outfit worn by Tracy Turner, a six-year-old abducted the day before. When the police are skeptical of Ballard’s report—and with his history, who can blame them?—it’s the beginning of the most important case of his life. ****************************************** The Lone Dragon Knight – Amazon by D.C. Clemens Rating: 4.0 Genre: Fantasy Price: $0.00 Save $0.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. His memories only go as far back to his days slaying starved beasts and mad men in a dark pit, but soon after he’s sold to a criminal syndicate, Mercer gains a chance to avenge the life he lost. Helping him take advantage of the opportunity is an enchanted longsword he finds deep within a mountain, whose power links to that of an ancient dragon. If Mercer hopes to achieve retribution against his formidable foes, he must become something not seen in centuries—a dragon knight. ****************************************** Stories Untold – Amazon by Leslie Wolfe Rating: 4.7 Genre: Thriller and Suspense Price: $0.00 Save $0.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. Something terrible happened sixteen years ago; many lives were lost. Who was responsible? As long as the truth remains buried, his life is in danger. She will help him find it; she’s the only one who can. They’re both strong and fearless, determined, relentless. He’s a decorated war veteran and he wants to die. She’s a prominent psychologist and she won’t give up on him. When a suicidal client seeks her help, Dr. Angela Blackwell cannot turn him away, despite the fact that he isn’t seeking the kind of help she normally provides her clients. The man, who won’t fully identify himself, wants the distinguished psychologist to stand witness after his planned death in six months’ time, ensuring his wife will not be charged as an accessory or be hindered from collecting the death benefit he carefully provisioned for her. He calls himself DJ and won’t willingly share anything about his past. As Dr. Blackwell is struggling to reconstruct her own life after the loss of her husband, she recognizes his unusual request as a subconscious cry for help and embarks on a relentless effort to guide the reluctant stranger in uncovering the trauma that has permanently altered the course of his existence. Playing a deck of cards stacked high against her and rushing against time, she has no other option but to intervene, searching for the truth herself, refusing to give up. ****************************************** Shark’s Instinct – Amazon by Bethany Maines Rating: 5.0 Genre: Action and Adventure Price: $0.00 Save $2.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. Fresh out of prison and fresh out of luck, twenty-something Shark wants back into The Organization. But when Geier, the mob boss with a cruel sense of humor, sends Shark to the suburbs to find out who’s been skimming his take, Shark realizes he’s going to need more than his gun and an attitude to succeed. With the clock ticking, Shark accepts the help of the mysterious teenage fixer, Peregrine Hays, and embarks on a scheme that could line his pockets, land him the girl and cement his reputation with the gang—if he makes it out alive.

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  • Self-Publishing News: 12.11.2017 – The Interviews!Self-Publishing News: 12.11.2017 – The Interviews!

    And now for the news! Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing, specifically interviews with or articles written by self-publishing authors and experts! David Gilmore on Finding Love in Strange Places, Writing About It, and a Colonoscopy Wait–what? A colonoscopy? We don’t normally advertise those in our book titles. And yet, on the other hand, it did grab our attention. So … well done, David Gilmore. Well done. Gilmore’s book, How I Went to Asia for a Colonoscopy and Stayed for Love: A Memoir of Mischief and Romance, serves as the locus for this article by a different David–David Henry Sterry, and the eponymous “Book Doctors”–for HuffPost. This interview tracks everything from how Gilmore got his start, which influential works have inspired him through the years, his “long and winding” path to authorship and publication, his recommendations and tips for self-publishing, and some of the challenges he faced while gathering the information and stories collected in his book. (There really was a colonoscopy in Thailand, which reported came off rather well and significantly more affordably than it would have Stateside.) This interview is substantial, comedic, sincere, and thoroughly entertaining. We highly recommend you read the full piece at the link! Best-selling author Matthew Reilly on journey to success and from heartbreak The Daily Telegraph doesn’t always dive deep into profiling authors, but this week we landed a gem in Daniel Stringer’s piece on Matthew Reilly, one of Australia’s most beloved authors (with a thoroughly American list of inspirations: Tom Clancy and John Grisham top the list, with William Golding coming in at the tail end as a token British mention). He found inspiration on his daily commute in the kind of mass-market fiction which was then and remains now such potent material for thought and action; but while the authors he read are all household names now, he himself struggled to find an audience at first. Reilly self-published his first book after having been rejected by traditional publishers, whose response to his manuscript he describes as “soul-crushing.” Well, he may not be catching the bus so often these days, but he is still publishing, with more than fifteen books already on the shelves and many more to come. You can read the full article on the Daily Telegraph website. Dells Woman publishes first book at 80 Rose Bingham is everything you need to cheer you up on this dreary winter Monday morning (we’re assuming it’s dreary everywhere since it’s dreary here, which is rather convenient, and indefensible of course). This enterprising eighty-year-old from Wisconsin has done something magnificent and significant: she’s published her memoirs. One might argue that hers is an act of reversal; in chronicling the disappearance of her own mother and her experience in an orphanage, her determination to keep track of her siblings, and what came after. Bingham’s memoirs, published under the title Buy the Little One a Dolly, are not self-published. Why? The answer is telling. The price, Bingham reports, was “quite hefty.” We know this is not an uncommon take on self-publishing in the year 2017–that the confusion of vanity presses with genuine self-publishing companies has done the exact opposite of what self-publishers set out to do (democratize the publishing process). Bingham’s story is inspiring and uplifting on so many levels, but that telling little note–that gentle aside from a woman who ought to have been able to pursue whatever path to publication she wanted–strikes a discordant chord. A reminder to stick to our principles. As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry.This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Monday to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.

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  • Book of the Day: The Paper MagicianBook of the Day: The Paper Magician

    The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg From the imaginative mind of Charlie N. Holmberg, The Paper Magician is an extraordinary adventure both dark and whimsical that will delight readers of all ages. Over 1,600 5-Star Reviews! Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic… forever. Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic. An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man. Click Here to Start Reading! * * * Prices are subject to change without notice. For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary.

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  • Monday’s Free & Bargain Kindle Book DealsMonday’s Free & Bargain Kindle Book Deals

    Romance, Nonfiction, Cookbooks, Fantasy, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Thriller, Science Fiction, Contemporary Fiction… today’s featured books have a little something for everyone! Like what you see? Got friends who like to read? Use Facebook to SHARE Pixel of Ink and share the joy! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Over 200 5-Star Reviews! A Christmas story by #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber is to be enjoyed again and again! Through an internet site, Charles Brewster and Emily Springer arrange to swap houses over Christmas. Emily, a widow, wants to celebrate in Boston with her only daughter. Charles, history professor and curmudgeon, wants to avoid the holiday altogether. He figures a prison town should be nice and quiet over the holidays—except he’s thinking of the wrong Leavenworth, and ends up in Washington State—in Santa’s village! Through all the mix-ups and misunderstandings, amid the chaos and confusion, romance begins to emerge in unexpected ways. Because everything changes at Christmas! Click Here for the best price! Twilight at Monticello is something entirely new: an unprecedented and engrossing personal look at the intimate Jefferson in his final years that will change the way readers think about this true American icon. It was during these years–from his return to Monticello in 1809 after two terms as president until his death in 1826–that Jefferson’s idealism would be most severely, and heartbreakingly, tested. Based on new research and documents culled from the Library of Congress, the Virginia Historical Society, and other special collections, including hitherto unexamined letters from family, friends, and Monticello neighbors, Alan Pell Crawford paints an authoritative and deeply moving portrait of Thomas Jefferson as private citizen–the first original depiction of the man in more than a generation. Click Here for the best price! For those with food sensitivities, these desserts have remained a distant dream—until now. Following her widely adored debut cookbook with this delectable and extensive new collection, Erin McKenna, celebrated baker and proprietress of BabyCakes NYC in New York and Los Angeles, satisfies all your food fantasies with fifty recipes for perennial favorites—all created without gluten, dairy, eggs, or refined sugar. In addition to its important primer on key ingredients and easy substitutions, BabyCakes Covers the Classics includes a section filled with Erin’s insightful solutions to frequently asked questions, which will lead you to newfound baking glory. As for the goods themselves, prepare for untold hours of refreshingly simple and undeniably delicious recipes adapted from the ones that sprinkled our collective childhoods. 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  • Bargain and Free Books for 12-11-17Bargain and Free Books for 12-11-17

    Sign up for our email newsletter and never miss another free or bargain book deal. Sign Up Here! Bargain Books Small Town Christmas – Amazon by Magdalena Scott Rating: 4.2 Genre: Contemporary Romance Price: $0.99 Save $0.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. Small Town Christmas – NookSmall Town Christmas – iBooksSmall Town Christmas – Kobo “Such a sweet story! I quickly fell in love with the characters and was sad when it ended. ” -Snicks USA Today Bestselling Author Single mom Melissa is moving back to Serendipity, Indiana to raise her young son and run her new business, in spite of a painful past and the fact that the man who broke her heart years ago still lives there. With his dad’s death, the work of the family Christmas tree farm has fallen to Jim Standish. But how can he hold everything together for the sake of his family, when his past is pulling him apart? Nobody can do it all, and there’s an obvious solution for the Standish family. But in Serendipity, there’s often more going on than a casual observer will ever know. A new tragedy puts Melissa and her son in closer contact with the Standish family. Ignoring the past, and Jim Standish’s part in it, is no longer an option. This is a story about second chances: facing difficulties of the past and not only moving on, but becoming stronger because of them. It’s also a story about “coincidences” in life that may be more than that. A delightful touch of Christmas magic makes Small Town Christmas a story that ends on a sigh! ****************************************** London Carter Boxed Set: Books 1-3 – Amazon by BJ Bourg Rating: 4.3 Genre: Mystery Price: $0.99 Save $6.99 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “One of the best mystery writers I have discovered in a long time. His books have amazing suspense, humor and everything you would want in a good book.” -Dr. David Russell Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author Now available as a boxed set: Books 1-3 of the London Carter Mystery Series by BJ Bourg. JAMES 516 Could a deep and dark secret be behind the sniper-style killing of a sheriff’s office captain, or is it simply the work of a madman with a rifle? Whatever the case, the killer is taunting the cops with a mysterious message, and Police Sniper London Carter is determined to decipher the message and capture the murderer. Will London solve the mystery in time, or will more officers die before he can bring the killer to justice? PROVING GROUNDS When the sniper-style murder of an alligator poacher puts two rival families on edge, Police Sniper London Carter and Detective Sergeant Dawn Luke join forces to solve the case. But they’ll have their work cut out for them as the two families recruit small armies to fight each other and the FBI becomes involved in the case. It doesn’t take London long to realize they’re dealing with a professional killer, but the motive for the murder is far from clear. Will he and Dawn solve the case before it’s too late, or will the swamps of Louisiana run red with the blood of the rival families and the cops who are trying to stop them? SILENT TRIGGER Days after Police Sniper London Carter resolves a hostage situation at a local car dealership, Detective Sergeant Dawn Luke calls upon him to assist her with a mysterious death investigation. The cause of death is not obvious, but the body is found in a peculiar position and the individual is connected to the recent hostage situation, so something seems amiss. London and Dawn end up facing numerous roadblocks in their quest for the truth–including an unidentified body, uncooperative witnesses, and a killer tornado–and through it all they start to develop feelings for each other. But the case is growing complicated and dangerous, and if they’re not careful, one of them could end up like their victim…dead and naked on a cold morgue slab. ****************************************** The Five Shields: The Lost Souls – Amazon by Ilan Dvir Rating: 4.6 Genre: Fantasy Price: $0.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “This author knows how to set the mood and pull you into his world. Character development is almost flawless, there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes.” -Leny W. Imagine discovering a baby with a mysterious gem on your doorstep! A sharp knock in the middle of the night awakens Henri and Aline. They discover on their doorstep a swaddled baby with only a mysterious ring wrapped in her blankets. They decide to keep their find a secret and tell the world she is theirs, not knowing that every secret comes at a price. They name her Rose. Five teens from across the world discover shared hidden powers and a deadly mission. On their thirteen birthdays, Rose and four other teenagers from across the globe discover that they are The Five Shields, tasked with protecting the world’s fate and the balance of good and evil. All they have in common is a mysterious, powerful gem. On a life-changing journey, they discover untold powers hidden within them. Can the Five Shields save a world threatened by total darkness? The Five Shields must fight to free the lost souls before it is too late. But first they must defeat sinister, dark forces hell-bent on their total destruction. If the Shields succeed, light will triumph; if they fail, darkness will reign. 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This holiday season, join Edna and the three Ghosts on their journey to discover why Christmas matters in the past, the present, the future, always and forever. ****************************************** Sin & Bone – Amazon by J.J. and Bette Golden Lamb Rating: 4.1 Genre: Thriller and Suspense Price: $0.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “…it’s hard not to compulsively turn the pages…a solid piece of work…gets my recommendation.” -San Francisco Book Review STOP ME BEFORE I KILL AGAIN. That’s the plea RN Gina Mazzio hears when she gets an anonymous call the night before her wedding. The cops say it’s a crank call. Her fiancé says she’s altar-shy. Her fellow workers call her “crazy.” But Gina has a bad feeling… Then two of her fellow nurses at San Francisco’s Ridgewood Hospital go missing. Instead of a honeymoon, Gina’s plunged into the dark world of the black market trade in human body parts. This is not a medical thriller for the faint-hearted. When a third nurse, Gina’s redheaded friend Megan Ann Hendricks, fails to show up at work after a date with a charismatic pharmaceutical salesman, Gina’s suspicions begin to dovetail with those of SFPD’s Inspector Pepper Yee. Gina ends up a kidnap victim offered up to a serial killer with extremely grisly propensities—and a lucrative sideline in black market body parts. Should we say it again? Don’t come near this fast-paced medical mystery if you’re the least bit squeamish! ****************************************** Could’ve Said Yes – Amazon by Tracy March Rating: 4.2 Genre: Romance Price: $0.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. Could’ve Said Yes – NookCould’ve Said Yes – iBooksCould’ve Said Yes – Google Play “Tracy March does it again! Charming, smart and sexy, complete with a swoon-worthy hero, a heroine you can’t help but root for, and all the marvelously unique characters you’ve come to love in this series.” -Laura Drewry, USA Today bestselling author Award-Winning Author Having recently returned to Thistle Bend, Colorado, Ellie London is working hard to make a living as an artist, and to get over her broken engagement. She’s focused only on guarding her heart and healing her mind . . . until a cocky, undeniably sexy out-of-towner rides in on his motorcycle. Turns out, Ellie might have just found the perfect opportunity to prove to herself that she’s over her cheating fiancé. After his own engagement falls through, EPA Inspector Collin Cooper is eager for a change of scenery in Thistle Bend. His principle rule of the road is not to get too involved with a new woman—and yet he can’t resist beautiful, outdoorsy Ellie. 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A string of nasty speeches has her scrambling to apologize to any number of candidates, including newly elected Republican Jack McIntyre. Falling in love again is the last thing on her mind. Jack McIntyre might have a reputation as a playboy, but he has his sights set solely on his new colleague. Can he break through Caroline’s grief and capture her heart? Told mostly in flashback and set against a chilling fascist backdrop, Dissident is a rollercoaster ride of political intrigue, passionate contemporary romance, and undying love.

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The price of the e-reader is currently reduced to $99.99 from $119.99 (the cheapest version with Wi-Fi and special offers). The price cut of $20 means you keep in your wallet 17%, $35 off Kindle Essentials Bundle – the bundle includes the 8th-generation Kindle e-reader with ads (worth $79.99), Amazon’s original Kindle case cover ($29.99), and Amazon 5W power adapter ($19.99). The total price is $129.97, but you can get it now for $94.97, save $30 on Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle + get $15 ebook credit – in the bundle, you’ll get the latest-generation Kindle Paperwhite (only one option is available – Black), Amazon’s original leather cover, and 5W power adapter. The total value of the bundle is $179.97. With the discount of $30, you’ll pay now $149.97, which is a 17% saving. 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  • More Bargain and Free Books for 12-10-17More Bargain and Free Books for 12-10-17

    Sign up for our email newsletter and never miss another free or bargain book deal. Sign Up Here! Bargain Books Awakened by a Kiss – Amazon by Lila DiPasqua Rating: 4.2 Genre: Historical Romance Price: $1.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $1.99 before clicking “Buy”. Awakened by a Kiss – NookAwakened by a Kiss – iBooksAwakened by a Kiss – Kobo “Sure to delight!” -Jennifer Ashley, New York Times bestselling author USA Today Bestselling Author Inspired by three classic fairy tales–“Sleeping Beauty,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Little Red Riding Hood”–all in one deliciously steamy historical romance collection featuring three novellas from the acclaimed Fiery Tales series. Sleeping Beau: Five years ago, the notorious rake, Adrien d’Aspe, Marquis de Beaulain, was awakened by a sensuous kiss–and experienced a night of raw ecstasy that was branded into his memory. Years later, he spots his mysterious seductress–and this time, he has no intention of letting her go… Little Red Writing: Nicolas de Savignac, Count of Lambelle, is on a mission. A member of the King’s elite private guard, Nicolas has been assigned by the Crown to uncover the secret identity of the author writing scandalous stories about powerful courtiers. He never expected his investigation would lead to his grandmother’s house, or to a ravishing woman who would ignite an untamable desire… Bewitching in Boots: Elisabeth de Roussel, daughter of the King, is accustomed to getting what she wants–and she wants gorgeous Tristan de Tiersonnier, Count of Saint-Marcel, the ex-commander of the King’s elite private guard. A recent injury has forced Tristan to leave his distinguished position. But Elisabeth is determined to make him see he’s every bit the man he once was–and more than man enough for her… ****************************************** The Bashkir Extraction – Amazon by Allan Leverone Rating: 4.5 Genre: Thriller and Suspense Price: $0.99 Save $4.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. The Bashkir Extraction – NookThe Bashkir Extraction – iBooksThe Bashkir Extraction – Kobo NY Times, USA Today, Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author If you’re a fan of Mitch Rapp, brought to life by the late Vince Flynn, or of the Brad Thor patriot Scot Harvath, meet your newest hero, Tracie Tanner: It’s late January 1988, and CIA Director Aaron Stallings gives Tracie Tanner what should be her simplest assignment in years. A secret Russian military facility has been discovered deep inside the Soviet satellite nation of Bashkir, nestled in the Ural Mountains. Tracie is to travel to Bashkir and put the facility under surveillance, returning to Langley the following week to brief agency specialists on what she has learned. It’s a straightforward assignment, simple as these things go. But once established in her surveillance location, Tracie observes something she can hardly believe, something so shocking it changes the nature of her assignment entirely. What was once a simple mission now becomes nearly suicidal: Tracie must find a way inside the heavily fortified facility and then recover and extract something of extreme value – a captured CIA operative, a man who has worked with Tracie in the past. His condition is unknown, as are the intentions of his captors. But Tracie knows without help his fate will be grim. Working alone and with no backup for thousands of miles, driven by the knowledge that she holds the life and future of another operative entirely in her hands, Tracie soon finds herself facing a staggering moral and ethical dilemma. And there is no good outcome. And she may not escape Bashkir with her life. ****************************************** Arrival – Amazon by Zach Bohannon and J. Thorn Rating: 4.7 Genre: Science Fiction Price: $0.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “You know you’re in good hands when either Zach or J. are starting a series but when they’re both working together it doesn’t get much better.” -Mason A. Top 100 Amazon Bestselling Author We never saw it coming. Brace for the Arrival. Paramedic Maya Talbot knows her unhinged, ex-husband is gunning for custody of their children. When she drops off Aiden and Laura at Grandma’s for a weekend visit, Maya assumes they’ll be safe. However, nothing could have prepared her for the chaos created when a strange obelisk rises from the ground and generates an impenetrable dome over the city. Riots, looting, and violence run rampant. The situation in Nashville deteriorates—and then they arrive, thrusting Maya into a desperate race to escape the dome and save her children from the dangers on the ground—and from above. When darkness falls, the intergalactic visitors manifest our worst fears and threaten the future of humankind. ****************************************** Winter’s Gift – Amazon by Alix Nichols Rating: 4.3 Genre: Contemporary Romance Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “A very enchanting read. Sweet romance, heart tugging pieces, and even a bit of comedy. Down to earth love story.” -Lucy R. USA Today, #1 Amazon Bestselling and Kindle Scout Award-Winning Author He’s a steely tycoon. She’s an elite call girl. Both have sworn off love… When Anton and Anna cross paths over the winter holidays, neither can deny that what they share in bed — and out of it — is truly special. But it threatens the principle they’ve been living by for years: Don’t trust anyone. ****************************************** Snow Can Be Deadly – Amazon by Cindy Bell Rating: 4.6 Genre: Mystery Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “Great setting and storyline, plentiful of believable suspects. Good suspense, drama, and twists and turns. Great interaction among the heroes and heroines.” -K.C. When the Sage Gardens Social Committee arranges a murder mystery weekend at a winter resort, Samantha convinces Walt, Jo and Eddy to join her, as the group that solves the murder wins a cruise. But the cruise becomes the last thing on the four retirees’ minds when they are snowed in and then Eddy stumbles across a dead body. Then things get even worse when the body goes missing and the four friends find that they have a real murder mystery to solve. But how can they solve the mystery without a body? Will the ‘Sage Gardens Sleuths’ find the dead body and the murderer before the snow melts and the murderer disappears? Or worse, will they land up in danger with no way to escape? ****************************************** The Celtic Prophecy: Books 1 & 2 – Amazon by Melissa Macfie Rating: 4.6 Genre: Fantasy Price: $0.99 Save $5.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. The Celtic Prophecy: Books 1 & 2 – NookThe Celtic Prophecy: Books 1 & 2 – Kobo “Loved book one and two. I’m reading them again while I wait for book three. Great series!” -Maria G. Fate’s Hand: Book One of The Celtic Prophecy: She came to Salem to start a new life, but the gods have other plans. Brenawyn McAllister has come back to the only family she has left, her grandmother, in the fabled city of witches. She learns that her family has an ancient secret, and she is more powerful than she ever thought possible. Her life gets more complicated when she meets the handsome Alexander, but like everyone else in her life, he has a secret and he’s been keeping it for 600 years. Reliquary’s Choice: Book Two of the Celtic Prophecy: Brenawyn knows loss. Her mother, her father, her husband…that bastard. She can’t let Alex die, too. With the Coven closing in, Alex flees with Brenawyn to Tir-Na-Nog, even though he knows he is setting her on a path of no return. Brenawyn must say goodbye to her family forever and traverse time. She is the only one who can fulfill an ancient prophecy. But what is Alex hiding? Has he condemned Brenawyn to serve the gods forever? Or will the depth of his sacrifice bring salvation to them both? In Book Two of The Celtic Prophecy, Alex prepares Brenawyn to travel to ancient Scotland to claim her rightful place. ****************************************** Fall for Me – Amazon by Heather Slade Rating: 4.7 Genre: Contemporary Romance Price: $0.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “Amazing story, beautifully written!” -Book Addict Amazon Bestselling Author Fate put her in his path, and he has no intention of ever letting her go. Olivia Fairchild gave up her dream of being a competitive barrel racer at nineteen, to follow her first love wherever his life as an F15 pilot took them. When his plane was shot down months later, right before the birth of their daughter, Liv’s world shattered. She returned to her parents’ isolated ranch in Colorado to raise her daughter alone. One year led into the next, and before she knew it, her daughter was grown and gone—leaving Liv bored and cranky. She finds herself spending too much time on social media feeds, cyber-stalking the hot guitar player she met at a concert over the summer. Ben Rice recognized her as soon as he saw her sitting at the bar. Liv, that was her name, and fate kept bringing them together. The first time he saw her, after his band CB Rice opened at Red Rocks, he watched her. She loved music—and she felt it. Not everyone did. She danced, she laughed, she smiled, she lived. That was why he remembered her name when he introduced himself at the end of the show. “I’m Liv,” she’d said. And he was ready to. He’d endured too many struggles in the last few years. He’d worked hard to keep the band going, and he wasn’t going to give up. With a new record about to be released, this was their year—he could feel it. Used to getting what he wants, Ben pursued the reluctant Liv. But knowing he wanted more from her than she was willing to give, she told him following a man around the globe wasn’t in the stars for her. Been there, done that, retired the t-shirt. She had her own stars to chase this time. When those stars fall around her feet, and Ben refuses to let her sweep them up alone, how could a girl not love him? And when she does, how can she let him go? A better question is how can she ask him to stay when she sees how bright his future could be without her? Free Books Please make sure the price says “Kindle Price $0.00” before clicking “Buy”. If it says “Prime Members $0.00” “read for free”, it is NO LONGER FREE. All books are free at the time they are posted but are subject to change back to full price at any time. If you are outside of the United States, these books may not be free. Chasing Paris – Amazon by Jen Carter Rating: 4.1 Genre: Womens Fiction Price: $0.00 Save $4.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. Kindle Scout Award-Winning Author Amy Winthrow is shocked when her grandmother dies—not because Elizabeth Hathaway’s death is unexpected but because her existence had always been hidden. Ever-inquisitive and prone to letting her imagination get the best of her, Amy embarks upon a journey with an unlikely friend to unravel the mysteries of the elusive Lizzie Hathaway. As she follows the trail of broken dreams and promises of her grandmother’s life, Amy finds herself on a path of accidental self-discovery—a path that she chases all the way to Paris where Lizzie’s story ends and Amy’s begins. ****************************************** Vile Blood – Amazon by Max Wilde Rating: 4.4 Genre: Horror Price: $0.00 Save $5.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. Award-Winning Author Terror has left Skye Martindale muted and stunted for most of her seventeen years. Terrified of the dark Other that lives within her. The Other that must be suppressed and controlled. At all costs. Then one night an act of random violence unleashes a savagery so ferocious that she is forced to face who–and what–she really is. Fear and grief have ravaged Deputy Sheriff Gene Martindale, leaving him cold and remote, haunted by the lies he has told the world–and himself–about his foundling sister. But now the lying is over and he has to protect his young son from Skye. Even if that means killing her. For five long years Junior Cotton–the twisted sadist who slaughtered Gene’s wife and unborn child–has been a caged animal. Now he’s broken loose and he’s coming after Gene and his sister. To take revenge and to reveal the truth about Skye. A truth that will damn her for eternity. ****************************************** A Match Made In Spell – Amazon by ReGina Welling and Erin Lynn Rating: 4.4 Genre: Paranormal/Romance Price: $0.00 Save $0.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. What good is a witch with no magic? Lexi Balefire is the latest in a long line of witches. Wicked witches, no less. To make up for her wicked heritage, she makes matches. For everyone except herself. The kind of matches that last forever. True Love is her gift, so how could Lexi possibly be wicked? Not that it matters anyway, if Lexi doesn’t find her magic before midnight on her next birthday, she will never be a true witch. Wicked or otherwise. Mackintosh Kent, Kin to his friends, wants to break Lexi’s dating dry spell. Too bad he has a gaggle of female groupies hanging off every note he sings. It’s almost as if he draws women to him by magical means. Lexi refuses to be one of the crowd. Besides, she lives with three faerie godmothers who don’t always get along. Who wants to take a man home to that? With the Beltane celebration—and her magical deadline—looming, Lexi is running out of time to take command of her magic heritage and figure out what’s behind Kin’s spell before it’s too late. ****************************************** Anything But Extraordinary – Amazon by Mary Frame Rating: 4.3 Genre: Romantic Comedy Price: $0.00 Save $2.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. When the local authorities ask Ruby Simpson to help them find a thief in the small town of Castle Cove, she doesn’t have much of a choice. She predicted the most recent theft, and the cops have no other leads. There are just two small problems. One, she’s not psychic. Two, she’s not Ruby Simpson. Okay, maybe they’re not small problems. But Charlotte needs a place to lay low with her younger sister, somewhere her parents won’t find her and the locals won’t ask too many questions. Getting involved with the cops, especially Deputy “Cute Butt” Jared, isn’t a smart thing for a reformed con artist to do. But Charlotte has to make a choice: raise her little sister on the right side of the law or put food on the table. What the real Ruby doesn’t see in her crystal ball won’t hurt her, right?

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  • Kindle eBook Readers and Fire Tablets On Sale AgainKindle eBook Readers and Fire Tablets On Sale Again

    Yesterday’s $19 Fire sale (pardon the pun) on the previous generation Fire tablet has already sold out, but today Amazon put some Kindles, Fires and other Amazon devices on sale for the next week. The prices aren’t quite as low as they were for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, except the Fire 7 and HD […]

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  • How to surprise someone on your account with a Kindle bookHow to surprise someone on your account with a Kindle book

    How to surprise someone on your account with a Kindle book I love to get books as gifts…and I love to give books as gifts! Back in the pre-digital days , I used to always buy used copies of the first Doc Savage book, The Man of Bronze, so I could gift them to people (and not worry about getting back my copy). I usually had a few of them around…they were popular in the 1960s, so there were often copies available for under $1. When we first got the Kindle, more than ten years ago, one of the biggest complaints was that you couldn’t gift Kindle books. We’ve been able to do that for a long time, since November 19 of 2010, and I’ve done it many times. My family members do gift lists: several do Amazon ones, others do more of a narrative…but I think they all address books, and we do give them…a lot. However, there is a challenge if you want to give a Kindle book as a gift to someone who is on your same account (such as me gifting a book to my Significant Other). When you buy a Kindle store book, it shows up on your device…whether you sent it to that device or not. That’s particularly true on a (Kindle) Fire tablet, where it appears on the “Carousel”. If it hasn’t been sent to that device, when you tap it, it will want to download. So, if I buy a book for my SO, the way we usually do, my SO would see it before the gift-giving occasion. I could just wait until that time, of course, but book prices vary wildly. Take a look at today’s Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) for example. Those “page turning reads” are up to 80% off…today. Also, today’s 12 Days of Deals (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) which is the 8th day, focuses on music lovers, avid readers, and film buffs (and there are particular e-book deals). The trick is to buy the book as a gift…but have the gift e-mailed to you, rather than e-mailed to the other person. That’s a specific choice: you don’t just put your e-mail into the top slot as the giftee. Then, you get an e-mail, which you can print to give. In that situation, while today’s price is preserved, it does not show up in your account (and on your devices) until you enter a code in the e-mail into an Amazon account. There you go! You can take advantage of sales, and still surprise people on your account! Happy giving! You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle! Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard! All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project! * I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get.  Shop ’til you help!   This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them. Share this:

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  • Book of the Day: Coming Home to the Comfort Food CaféBook of the Day: Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café

    Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson ⭐⭐⭐ TODAY ONLY ⭐⭐⭐ “Full of comfort and cheer – the perfect antidote to cold winter nights.” – Jane Costello Welcome to the cosy Comfort Food Café, where there’s kindness in every cup of hot chocolate and the menu is sprinkled with love and happiness… Moving to the little village of Budbury, Zoe hopes the crisp Dorset sea breeze and gentle pace of life will be a fresh start for her and her goddaughter, Martha. Luckily for them both, the friendly community at the café provide listening ears, sage advice, shoulders to cry on, and some truly excellent carrot cake. And when Martha’s enigmatic, absent father suddenly turns up, confusing not only Martha but Zoe too, the love and support of their new-found friends is the best present they could ask for. Have Zoe and Martha truly found their home at the Comfort Food Café? Click Here to Start Reading! * * * Prices are subject to change without notice. For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary.

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  • Sunday’s Free & Bargain Kindle Book DealsSunday’s Free & Bargain Kindle Book Deals

    Romance, Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary Fiction… today’s featured books have a little something for everyone! Like what you see? Got friends who like to read? Use Facebook to SHARE Pixel of Ink and share the joy! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. A kiss shouldn’t be this complicated. When Michelle Collins accidentally walks into the men’s restroom at a holiday party, she doesn’t expect it to end with a toe-tingling kiss under the mistletoe. But the magic of the moment quickly dies when she realizes the mystery man is Austin O’Neal, the new marketing director of the pharmaceutical company she’s sworn to destroy. Michelle will do anything to protect animals from unfair lab testing—even go up against the first man to make her feel alive. With the ink on his divorce papers barely dry, Austin is struggling to help his three children adjust to a new town as he tries to adjust to a new job—one that comes with a lot of baggage that Michelle helped create. Falling for the strong-willed animal rights activist who is ruining the company image is definitely not in the plans. When Michelle’s dog is hit by a car and Austin is the unexpected hero, their perceptions of each other—and the causes they fight for—are challenged. Can one impulsive kiss be the foundation for a happily ever after? Click Here for the best price! Over 400 5-Star Reviews! Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to the New York Times bestseller and literary phenomenon, The Magicians, now an original series on Syfy, from the author of the #1 bestselling The Magician’s Land. Quentin Coldwater should be happy. He escaped a miserable Brooklyn childhood, matriculated at a secret college for magic, and graduated to discover that Fillory—a fictional utopia—was actually real. But even as a Fillorian king, Quentin finds little peace. His old restlessness returns, and he longs for the thrills a heroic quest can bring. Accompanied by his oldest friend, Julia, Quentin sets off—only to somehow wind up back in the real world and not in Fillory, as they’d hoped. As the pair struggle to find their way back to their lost kingdom, Quentin is forced to rely on Julia’s illicitly learned sorcery as they face a sinister threat in a world very far from the beloved fantasy novels of their youth. Click Here for the best price! What if a 70-year-old letter from World War II changed the course of your life? While attending Valor of the ’40s, art director Stephanie Britain stumbles upon a flea market selling letters from the war. She buys a handful, hoping they’ll inspire the redesign for a client’s website. She’s drawn by the lost art of penmanship, but soon discovers a hidden treasure nestled inside declarations of love from homesick soldiers. Stephanie enlists a coworker to translate one and realizes it’s not a love letter after all. When a shocking discovery about a client causes Stephanie to question her principles and dedication to her firm’s business, she’s forced to make a difficult decision—one that could give her peace of mind, yet ruin her career in the process. Among the Branded explores family life, an unexpected friendship, and moral conflicts that make us wonder what’s more important: our livelihood or our beliefs. Click Here for the best price! A bold rethinking of the most powerful political idea in the world—democracy—and the story of how radical democracy can yet transform America. Democracy has been the American religion since before the Revolution—from New England town halls to the multicultural democracy of Atlantic pirate ships. But can our current political system, one that seems responsive only to the wealthiest among us and leaves most Americans feeling disengaged, voiceless, and disenfranchised, really be called democratic? And if the tools of our democracy are not working to solve the rising crises we face, how can we—average citizens—make change happen?   David Graeber, one of the most influential scholars and activists of his generation, takes readers on a journey through the idea of democracy, provocatively reorienting our understanding of pivotal historical moments, and extracts their lessons for today—from the birth of Athenian democracy and the founding of the United States of America to the global revolutions of the twentieth century and the rise of a new generation of activists. Underlying it all is a bracing argument that in the face of increasingly concentrated wealth and power in this country, a reenergized, reconceived democracy—one based on consensus, equality, and broad participation—can yet provide us with the just, free, and fair society we want. The Democracy Project tells the story of the resilience of the democratic spirit and the adaptability of the democratic idea. It offers a fresh take on vital history and an impassioned argument that radical democracy is, more than ever, our best hope. Click Here for the best price! Over 400 5-Star Reviews! Detective D. D. Warren has four days to stop a killer in this “shocking, must read” from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner. Charlene Grant believes she is going to die. For the past few years, her childhood friends have been murdered one by one. Same day. Same time. Now she’s the last of her friends alive, and she’s counting down the final four days of her life until January 21st.  Charlene doesn’t plan on going down without a fight. She has taken up boxing, shooting, and running. She also wants Boston’s top homicide detective, D. D. Warren, to handle the investigation. But as D. D. delves deeper into the case, she starts to question the woman’s story. Instinct tells her that Charlene may not be in any danger at all. If that’s true, the woman must have a secret—one so terrifying that it alone could be the greatest threat of all. Click Here for the best price! All Cookie James, FBI agent and Innkeeper extraordinaire, wants is a romantic date with her hot handy man… but what she gets is a corpse presented with a big red bow. When she and Dylan discover a boat with a dead body, not only is her picnic ruined, but a woman from Dylan’s past returns to the island. The famous rock star appears to want a comeback tour with her former bodyguard. But Cookie doesn’t have time to worry about that, because her oh-so-sexy ex-FBI partner has arrived, too. And he’s ready to make a little music of his own. With an entangled love life, too much manscaping, and a songbird in trouble, it’s once again Cookie’s job to wrap up another murder. Click Here for the best price! 3-Books-in-1 A Special Place for Hearts that Need Healing The first three stories of New York Times and USA Today bestselling Texas romance author Jean Brashear’s much-loved Sweetgrass Springs contemporary western romance series, now combined in one volume—PLUS a bonus Christmas story! TEXAS ROOTS A Paris-trained chef on the run finds Texas family she never knew existed and a sexy cowboy she doesn’t dare love… TEXAS WILD Sexy SEAL turned Hollywood stuntman returns home to find his buddy’s little sister all grown up… TEXAS DREAMS Take two reluctant brides and two frustrated grooms, mix with both clans of Gallaghers and season with a SEAL or three, a movie star, a Hollywood Barbie and a country music giant—and get not one but two surprise weddings in the worst-kept secret in Texas! BE MINE THIS CHRISTMAS (bonus novella) The man he’s become is not the boy she once knew—and he may never forgive her, once he knows the secret she’s been concealing. Click Here for the best price! A thrilling nonfiction tour of the cosmos that brings the universe down to Earth, from one of the all-time masters of science fiction.   No one makes sense out of science like Isaac Asimov. Are you puzzled by pulsars? Baffled by black holes? Bewildered by the big bang? If so, here are succinct, crystal-clear answers to more than one hundred of the most significant questions about the essential nature of the universe—questions that have fired the imagination since the beginning of history.   Over the course of this fantastic voyage, the origins, the discoveries, and the stunning achievements of astronomy will unfold before your eyes. You will experience close encounters with giant planets, exploding stars, distant galaxies, and more. For anyone who has ever asked the ultimate questions, who has ever looked up at the sky and asked What in heaven is going on?, Isaac Asimov’s unique vision, skill, and authority will bring the big picture into focus.   “A fine introduction to modern astronomical theory.”—Library Journal Click Here for the best price! Jeremy Walsh’s parents assume he’s been abducted by the elderly man he met on a cross-country flight, but it’s the other way around… Two unlikely companions meet in midair: 13-year-old Jeremy, sent against his will by his career-absorbed father to spend the summer with his bipolar mother, and Harry, one-legged and afflicted with mid-stage Alzheimer’s, who escapes the confinement of home for what may be his last adventure. Their journey begins, trailed by Harry’s wife and Jeremy’s parents, who threaten to cut it short. It’s a race against time and circumstance. Click Here for the best price! It’s a dark and stormy night at Woodruff Mansion. What danger lurks for those within it’s walls? As an investigative reporter, April Longmont’s latest assignment is to interview Melvin Woodruff, the richest man in the county. Usually she enjoys her interviews, but something about this crusty old man grates on her nerves. Being uneasy, April asks private detective Clay Augustine to accompany her to the next interview. During the interview, the ailing Woodruff, promises April a surprise… ”I need to be alone for a while, but tomorrow morning I will surprise and shock you, Ms. Longmont. Then you can surprise and shock your readers. Shock the foundations of Sea Oak for that matter…all of the secrets, all of the secrets will come out tomorrow morning.” What secrets does this old man hold, and how will it affect April and Clay or anyone else? Click Here for the best price! Don’t have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or you can download a Free Kindle Reading App for your computer or mobile device! * * * Prices are subject to change without notice. For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary.

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  • AUDIBLE Deal of the Day 🎧 Dead CertainAUDIBLE Deal of the Day 🎧 Dead Certain

    A new deal every day from Audible. Today’s deal ends 12/10/2017 @ 11:59PM PT. Dead Certain by Adam Mitzner Over 1,500 5-Star Reviews! Ella Broden is living a double life. By day, Ella works as a buttoned-up attorney on some of the city’s most grueling cases. By night, she pursues her passion for singing in the darkest clubs of Manhattan. No one knows her secret, not even Charlotte, the younger sister she practically raised. But it seems she’s not the only one in the family with something to hide. When Charlotte announces she’s sold her first novel, Ella couldn’t be more thrilled…until she gets a call that her sister’s gone missing. Ella starts investigating with the help of Detective Gabriel Velasquez, an old flame in the NYPD, and what she finds is shocking. If art imitates life, then her sister’s novel may contain details of her real-life affairs. And any one of her lovers could be involved in her disappearance. Desperate to bring Charlotte home, Ella works through her list of suspects, matching fictitious characters with flesh-and-blood men. But will it be too late to save the sister she only thought she knew? Click Here to Start Listening! * * * Prices are subject to change without notice. For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary.

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  • Bargain and Free Books for 12-10-17Bargain and Free Books for 12-10-17

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    Indulge in a good book or two by downloading this assortment of 14 bargain books and 10 free books. You can read Kindle books wherever you are and on any device with the Free Kindle App – you don’t even have to own a Kindle to use the app! Bargain Books Tall Tail – Amazon by Rita Mae Brown Rating: 4.3 Genre: Mystery Price: $1.99 Save $6.00 Make sure price is still $1.99 before clicking “Buy”. Tall Tail – NookTall Tail – iBooksTall Tail – Google Play “As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.” -The New York Times Book Review New York Times Bestselling and Award-Winning Author At any moment a perfect summer day in Crozet, Virginia—nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains—might turn stormy and tempestuous, as Harry knows too well when a squall suddenly sweeps in. In a blink, Harry’s pickup nearly collides with a careening red car that then swerves into a ditch. Harry recognizes the dead driver slumped over the vehicle’s steering wheel: Barbara Leader was nurse and confidante to former Virginia governor Sam Holloway. Though Barbara’s death is ruled a heart attack, dissenting opinions abound. After all, she was the picture of health, which gives Harry and her four-legged companions pause. A baffling break-in at a local business leads Harry to further suspect that a person with malevolent intent lurks just out of sight: Something evil is afoot. As it happens, Barbara died in the shadow of the local cemetery’s statue of the Avenging Angel. Just below that imposing funereal monument lie the remains of one Francisco Selisse, brutally murdered in 1784. Harry’s present-day sleuthing draws her back to Virginia’s slave-holding past and the hunt for Selisse’s killer. Now it’s up to Harry and her furry detectives—Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tee Tucker—to expose the bitter truth, even if it means staring into the unforgiving eyes of history and cornering a callous killer poised to pounce. ****************************************** Big Daddy – Amazon by Rye Hart Rating: 4.6 Genre: Contemporary Romance Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “This is an awesome book, a well-written thought out story. The characters are wonderful and really likable.” -Shannon A. Top 10 Amazon Bestseller by a USA Today Bestselling Author Just like the mountains… Chance is big. Rugged. And cold. When the sexy single daddy looks at me… I can’t help but feel like Little Red Riding Hood. And that thrilling hunger in his eyes is making me weak. Dream. The women in this small town can’t stop gossiping. So we’d better give them something to talk about. I took a leap of faith when I became a tutor for Chance’s little girl. Little did I know there were a few things he wanted to teach me. But the skeletons in my closet won’t stay locked away for long. If I stick around, I’ll put everyone in danger. If I leave, I’ll lose my one true chance at happiness. Chance. A f*cked up world made me into the man I am today. All I gave a damn about was my little girl. Then Dream walked into my life. She woke up the beast I had locked away. I knew I had to have her. Own her. Taste her. And then there’s the way she lights up my little girl. She doesn’t understand the power she has over me. But, a man with a death wish wants to harm her. He has no clue who the f*ck he’s messing with… I’ll protect Dream and the miracle that’s growing inside her. ****************************************** Gravity’s Truth – Amazon by A.K. Alliss Rating: 5.0 Genre: Science Fiction Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “I was riveted til the very end! Loved it!” -Constant Reader A perfect world, at any price. Miller Frank’s Utopian ideal is not such a good thing for Jimmy Renfro. Charged with fraud, he now works the tube, an atmosphere breaking conduit for the wealthy to travel to the Ouroboros space station, Imago. Within the mysterious station, their personalities are uploaded to robotic shells known as Zeroes. When Jimmy comes into possession of a briefcase full of data tabs containing the profiles of several influential personalities, it begins a deadly game that may result in his end. Pursued by government and corporate assassins, with not just his own life at stake, but that of humanity, can Jimmy discover the truth about the tabs before he is caught? ****************************************** Understanding the Alacrán – Amazon by Jonathan LaPoma Rating: 4.5 Genre: Literary Fiction Price: $0.99 Save $4.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. Understanding the Alacrán – iBooksUnderstanding the Alacrán – Kobo “This is yet another brilliant book from a very promising new author. He is one to watch.” -Grady Harp, Hall of Fame – Top 500 Reviewer #1 Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author Trying to escape the oppression leading him to drinking, drugs, and despair, 22-year-old William James rejects a teaching position offer at a prestigious Buffalo high school and moves to Mexico to find freedom in its beaches, mountains, and culture. But soon, this freedom becomes oppressive as well as William finds himself unable to avoid the pull of the wild party scene in the small town of Lila where he lives. He continues a downward spiral until he meets a complex and compassionate Mexican woman whose love inspires him to face the question he’s been avoiding: Is this trip a desperate search for life or a slow death? A dark but humorous coming-of-age novel, UNDERSTANDING THE ALACRÁN explores many of the questions that haunt young people searching for love and their place in this world, and offers a poetic look at the raw beauty and healing power of Mexico. ****************************************** Divorced with Love – Amazon by Michael Schiesser and Neelama Eyres Rating: 5.0 Genre: Memoirs and Biographies Price: $0.99 Save $9.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “What an intriguing and inspiring memoir! The story follows a couple’s failed marriage and how they turned that into something that worked for them and for their child.” -Louise Michael Schiesser and Neelama Eyres share a unique story of the healing journey that ultimately led them across the country to live together as divorced friends raising their son. Told in alternating chapters from “his” perspective and “hers,” the authors chronicle their unplanned pregnancy and the birth of their special needs child; the unraveling of their marriage amidst the hardships and gifts of special needs parenting; and the role that an exotic love affair played in the story. With unusual honesty, compassion, and humor, they share their quest to answer one of life’s most fundamental questions: What is love? For anyone struggling to divorce with compassion, to survive the demands of parenting, or to figure out how to form meaningful connections with other human beings, this book offers a powerful model. ****************************************** Blood Tribute – Amazon by Andy Emery Rating: 4.7 Genre: Thriller and Suspense Price: $0.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “The action started quickly and continued at a near driving pace to the last page. Its characters were first rate and the story grabbed my interest early and held on.” -David D. ‘This is a dark hour. The body count is rising and our enemies are watching our every move. But I feel elated. I know what I need to do.’ Part soldier, part spy. Lucas Gedge is the sort of agent the world’s governments don’t even know they need yet. London, 1890. Gedge returns from the far reaches of the Empire, intent on settling down to a quiet life and getting to know the daughter he has hardly seen. But when an old foe reappears, he is drawn into a world of abduction and murder. With his daughter in deadly danger, he must use his special skills to save her and bring the criminals to justice. ****************************************** Tempered – Amazon by Lucy Varna Rating: 4.8 Genre: Paranormal/Romance Price: $0.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “Five stars because ten was not an option.” -Dragosgold Among the People, Hawthorne the Chronicler is well-known for two things: Her faithful rendition of their history and her inclination to behead those who betray her. To mortals, Hawthorne is better known as Al C. Hawthorne, a fantasy writer with a stellar imagination and a knack for complex stories. It is in this guise that she must track down the sources of comic book illustrator Aaron Kesselman’s modernized tales of Rebecca the Blade. Hawthorne’s blunt words and lithe grace intrigue Aaron, enough for him to take her up on the offer of sharing her bed. Before he knows it, his heart begins the fall into love, a fall he’s willing to take if only he can persuade Hawthorne that she isn’t a two thousand year old immortal descended from one of the most ruthless warriors in British history. The past isn’t the only obstacle standing in the way of true love. The Eternal Order is on the move, targeting key members of the People in their never-ending quest to extinguish the Light. Hawthorne soon learns that a strong arm and a sharp blade aren’t always the best weapons in a Daughter’s arsenal, especially when her heart is involved. Daughters of the People: Immortal Amazons unjustly cursed, struggling to save their People, and their hearts. ****************************************** Christmas Magic: The Complete Holiday Brides Series – Amazon by Ginny Baird Rating: 4.4 Genre: Contemporary Romance Price: $0.99 Save $9.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. Christmas Magic: The Complete Holiday Brides Series – NookChristmas Magic: The Complete Holiday Brides Series – iBooksChristmas Magic: The Complete Holiday Brides Series – Kobo “The author engages the reader in the story from the first page providing a storyline that has humor, suspense, and a connection to the heartstrings of every person as they root for the successful outcome of each romance.” -Joan M. NY Times, USA Today, Top 10 Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author Christmas Magic: The Complete Holiday Brides Series (Books 1 – 5) THE CHRISTMAS CATCH (Holiday Brides Book 1) A struggling single mom meets a handsome bachelor in Vermont, after running him off the road during a snowstorm. A sweet, romantic tale about fate and second chances. Set in snowy Vermont! THE HOLIDAY BRIDE (Holiday Brides Book 2) A child asks for a new mommy for Christmas, and–much to her bachelor dad’s surprise–Santa delivers. A sweet traditional romance and classic amnesia story, with a holiday twist! MISTLETOE IN MAINE (Holiday Brides Book 3) A single mom takes her kids on vacation in Maine and meets a handsome innkeeper, a young widower with a teenage son. A winter wonderland love story about faith and new beginnings. BEACH BLANKET SANTA (Holiday Brides Book 4) A couple with a past spends an unexpected, yet magical, Christmas week together at the shore, where serendipity abounds. Take a sweet, sentimental journey to the North Carolina Outer Banks… BABY, BE MINE (Holiday Brides Book 5) A single woman gets a Christmas gift that sends her world into chaos, and has her tracking down a last-minute groom – with the help of her handsome best friend. A sweet romantic comedy novella. ****************************************** Intermediate Thermodynamics – Amazon by Susannah Nix Rating: 4.6 Genre: Romantic Comedy Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “Entertaining, often hilarious, relatable, intelligent, realistic romance at its absolute best.” -Fic Central Who needs love when you’ve got friends, knitting, and a cat? Aerospace engineer Esther Abbott doesn’t believe in love, but she’s perfectly happy to hate her annoying screenwriter neighbor, Jonathan. Until she’s forced to strike a devil’s bargain with him: he distracts her best friend from a mouth-breather ex, and in return Esther will help him with the sci-fi script he’s writing. Her patience is put to the test when it’s time to fulfill her end of the deal. But the more time she spends with her nemesis, the more hate turns into attraction—and attraction into something much deeper. As Esther’s carefully constructed defenses start to crumble, will love be her undoing or her salvation? ****************************************** Murder at the Grill – Amazon by Christa Nardi Rating: 4.4 Genre: Mystery Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “Readers of both cozy mysteries and romantic suspense will find Murder at the Grill very appealing.” -The Haunted Reading Room Family secrets provide a motive for murder. An amateur sleuth, Sheridan Hendley jumps at the chance to work with the defense when a favorite waitress is arrested for the murder of her ex-husband. Determined to prove Zoe’s innocence Sheridan stumbles on family secrets. Personalities clash and Zoe’s family closes ranks as Sheridan attempts to unlock the carefully kept secrets of the family that owns and operates the Grill. The closer she gets to finding the truth, the more her own life might be in danger – a situation that strains her relationship with Detective Brett McMann. ****************************************** The Dark Ages 476-918 A.D. – Amazon by Charles Oman Rating: 4.1 Genre: Non-Fiction Price: $0.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “This is a very comprehensive and concise account of the Dark Ages presented chronologically with insightful perspectives from an amazing author.” -S. Palmer In 476 A.D. the Western Roman Empire fell. Romans would never again rule vast swathes of the western Mediterranean, instead these lands would fall to Vandals, Visigoths, Franks and various other tribes that Romans had formerly called ‘barbarians’. The Roman Empire as the ancient world had known it had gone, this was now the Dark Ages. Yet Charles Oman shines light upon this frequently forgotten period and explores how even though Rome had fallen and many changes had occurred there were also great continuities. Although Rome may have fallen the Eastern Empire, centered at Constantinople, continued to thrive, in many ways continuing what the Roman Empire had always done since the days of Augustus, but also developing new judicial systems to govern its vast lands as well as encouraging new forms of art and architecture. Even in the power vacuum that was left after 476 A.D. Western Europe did not descend completely into darkness, instead in the wake of Rome’s collapse many new powerful empires emerged that looked to Rome for support, most notably the Frankish Empire under Charlemagne. Oman through the course of this incredibly detailed work uncovers fascinatingly vibrant figures from Theodoric the Great, who dominated Italy in the early sixth century, to Charles Martel, who halted the Islamic advance at the battle of Tours, thus demonstrating through the conflict of this period the foundations of modern Europe were laid. ****************************************** The Baron’s Wife – Amazon by Maggi Andersen Rating: 4.4 Genre: Historical Romance Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. The Baron’s Wife – NookThe Baron’s Wife – iBooks “I loved this book. It had beautiful descriptions and it was so much fun to follow the characters.” -Reed Top 100 Amazon Bestselling Author A dark cloud hovers over Wolfram, the ancient abbey Laura calls her new home. Can she trust the mysterious man she married? After a whirlwind courtship, Laura Parr marries Baron, Lord Nathaniel Lanyon, and he takes her to live in his ancient home in Southern England. Laura comes to Cornwall excited to begin life with the passionate man she has married. But secrets lurk in the shadows. The death of Nathaniel’s first wife has never been solved, and some of the villagers believe him responsible. Struggling to understand her new husband, Laura tries to uncover the truth. With each stone unturned, she comes closer to danger. Lord Nathaniel Lanyon had decided never to marry again. But when he meets Miss Laura Parr, the daughter of Sir Edmund Parr, one rainy afternoon, he realizes almost immediately that he must have her in his life. And the only way he could was to marry her. Nathaniel believes that his troubled past is behind him and he can offer Laura a good life at Wolfram, even though he can never offer her his heart. But as soon as they come to live in the ancient abbey, the past returns to haunt him, revealing secrets that he thought had been buried forever. As he tries to fight the forces threatening to overwhelm him, he realizes that feisty Laura will demand more from him than he can give. ****************************************** Cornered – Amazon by Alan Brenham Rating: 4.3 Genre: Thriller and Suspense Price: $0.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. Cornered – Nook “Brenham is an excellent criminal suspense writer that develops strong characters and tight plots.” -Sandra H. Award-Winning Author He’s haunted by the memory of a kidnapping case gone wrong… Not wanting history to repeat itself, Detective Matt Brady struggles to solve the disappearances of seven young women, but he quickly finds himself pitted against a criminal organization that knows as much about police procedure as he does—an organization that will do whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of him. His troubles are compounded when a young veterinarian injects herself into the investigation and is targeted to become victim number eight. When he tries to protect her, he finds himself in the crosshairs of a professional cop killer. Can Brady solve the case in time to save his new love, or will this investigation be the death of both of them? ****************************************** Crimson & Cream – Amazon by C. M. Skiera Rating: 4.4 Genre: Fantasy Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “…this book is an amazing example of the quality that should be expected from any self-published novel…Crimson & Cream is a great first novel from an author, and a series, that shows a lot of promise.” -Fantasy Book Reviews Hounded by watchmen, trolls, goblins, and a relentless bounty hunter, 13-year-old Jetsam dreams of the day he’ll no longer have to run for his life. In the mountain city of Dwim-Halloe, Eidryn and Elvar were born twins to teachers at the city’s revered School of Magic. When the new king outlawed magic, the boys’ parents were murdered. Their deaths forfeited the twins’ magical birthright and made them homeless fugitives. Rescued by an orphan gang, the fleeing twins were nicknamed Flotsam and Jetsam. To survive as outcasts, the orphans scavenge and pilfer nightly. Their last risky foray sent them fleeing for their lives into an unfamiliar cavern. Now the boys are lost deep underground where they encounter a strange beast that will change their lives forever and begin a harrowing journey for their ultimate survival. ****************************************** A (kinda) Country Christmas – Amazon by Krista Phillips Rating: 4.7 Genre: Christian Fiction Price: $0.00 Save $0.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. Sadie Jenkins lives and breathes Christmas every, single day of the year. Owner of Bethlehem’s Boutique in the tourist mountain town of Gatlinburg, TN, she has no room for the bad boys of her past and devotes her whole life to the struggling boutique and her teenage daughter, Maribelle. She’s perfectly happy with her country-living life until he walks into her store. Nate Myers travels the globe for his job and has the bank account to prove his success. The former “bad” boy is in town for a short visit with his sister and is determined to not get caught up in all the Christmas hype. But then he falls for the beautiful shopkeeper—quite literally. Will these two (sorta) opposites be able to find a happily-ever-after together? ****************************************** A Knight’s Reward – Amazon by Catherine Kean Rating: 4.5 Genre: Historical Romance Price: $0.00 Save $3.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. Top 100 Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author When Gisela Anne Balewyne comes face to face with handsome knight Dominic de Terre, she fears her dangerous secrets have caught up with her. The small town of Clovebury seemed the perfect place to hide from her abusive husband, raise her young son, and earn a living as a tailor while she saved to move north and start a new life. Seeing Dominic–the lord she loved and then lost when he went on crusade–renews her desire for him, but she can never be with him again, and not just because she’s a commoner and he’s a nobleman. Loving him would mean risking too much, including his life. Dominic is on a crucial mission for Lord Geoffrey de Lanceau: to find out who stole de Lanceau’s cloth shipment, worth a fortune. Dominic is stunned to see Gisela, the only woman he’s ever loved. She’s changed, though, from the passionate, sensual woman he knew. He vows not only to succeed in his mission, but to win her heart forever–goals that endanger them all, especially when Dominic learns she’s been hired to sew clothes from some of the stolen silks. As he unravels her shocking secrets and learns the truth about her little boy, he could lose all that’s dear to him–or win a knight’s greatest reward. ****************************************** Before Bethlehem – Amazon by James J. Flerlage Rating: 4.o Genre: Historical Fiction Price: $0.00 Save $2.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. This spellbinding work of historical fiction offers the eyewitness account of 15-year-old James, son of Joseph bar Jacob, and the dangerous and heartrending choices his family must make in the days leading up to Joseph’s relationship with Mary, and the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. With crisp prose, tangible description and thought-provoking insights, Before Bethlehem takes readers on a vivid journey to the dusty Galilean village of Nazareth, where Joseph is summoned by Rabbi Boethus, a Sadducean high priest, to marry an orphaned virgin in Jerusalem. By accepting the Rabbi’s request, Joseph unknowingly thrusts himself and his family into a bitter and emotionally draining life-or-death conflict. Joseph fights to maintain his spiritual integrity while trying desperately to keep his family together and his farm alive. He and James witness abhorring violence at the hands of the Romans, and outlandish abuses of power by their own religious leaders. As his family’s faith and hopes are threatened by scandal and scorn, James struggles between the boy he is and the man he must become. Before Bethlehem is an eye-opening account of the Nativity story told in a suspenseful, historical context that dares to ask the question: If Joseph should have turned Mary over to be stoned, why didn’t he? His profound answer is one that forever changes the life of his son, James. And it may just change yours, as well. ****************************************** Deck the Malls with Purple Peacocks – Amazon by Amy Gettinger Rating: 4.5 Genre: Romantic Suspense Price: $0.00 Save $2.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. It’s Christmas in Orange County, California, and the mall is full of purple peacock decorations, large and small. Department store employee Aracely Martinez has a goofy Cuban friend, Quito (who’s awfully cute in his mall Santa suit), distracting her from her night-shift restocking job. But Aracely has a long-held secret, which her supervisor at the store, Jacob Thinnes, is about to tell to the wrong folks, knowing it will throw her life into complete upheaval. To keep him quiet, she must do everything he wants. Which is too much. Enter Aracely’s oldest friends: Alice Chalmers, Georgette Jones and Julie Bowers. The group’s “Venus Warrior” bond from the 2003 production of The Venus Monologues at Garden Beach Community College is still very strong, and these women are ready, willing, and able to kick some butt to help Aracely out of her difficult bind. Join Aracely’s Three Wise Women plus the ever-present Cuban trickster, Quito, in one adventure after another as they work against the odds to give Aracely the life of her dreams for a fabulous, nearly impossible Christmas gift. ****************************************** Born of Fire – Amazon by A.L. Knorr Rating: 4.8 Genre: Fantasy Price: $0.00 Save $3.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. Welcome to the secret world of fire magi, where what doesn’t kill you (literally) makes you stronger. Saxony Cagney counts herself lucky when she wins a position as an au pair in Venice for the summer. It’s her responsibility to take care of two young boys – speak to them in English, make sure they get to their swimming lessons on time. Piece of cake, right? She unexpectedly forms a strong bond with the youngest, Isaia, although its a mystery why. She also meets two Italian men… both are smart, successful, sexy. So far things are going her way. Who doesn’t like options? When she discovers that Isaia is actually dying, and his mom is trying to keep it a secret from his dad, things get a violent shove into complicated…and then contagious. She’ll never be the same again. Just when she’s got more on her plate than she can handle, she accidentally gets tangled up with the most powerful crime family in Venice. Will Saxony survive long enough to learn the secrets of her new abilities, or will they kill her? Born of Fire is a magical origin story unlike any you’ve read before. What are you waiting for? The fire magi await… ****************************************** A Place Called Home – Amazon by Margaret Watson Rating: 4.4 Genre: Romance Price: $0.00 Save $3.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. A Place Called Home – NookA Place Called Home – iBooksA Place Called Home – Google PlayA Place Called Home – Kobo USA Today Bestselling and Holt Medallion Award-Winning Author Zoe McInnes is used to the stares. The whispers. They started when she and her sisters were young – the triplet daughters of a famous father. Now, the people of Spruce Lake watch her for a different reason – they think she murdered her husband. When her former father-in-law has a stroke, Zoe is blamed. When she’s thrown in jail, the man she assumes was sent by her attorney turns out to be the stroke victim’s son – and her former husband’s brother. She’s appalled by her attraction to Gideon Tate. Horrified to find that he’s equally attracted to her. There’s no way she’d get involved with another Tate. She and her sisters are trying to rebuild their ruptured relationship, and Zoe insists she’s not interested in Gideon. But she finds herself spending more and more time with him. Could Mr. Wrong be Mr. Right? ****************************************** Moon Dance: Deluxe Edition – Amazon by J.R. Rain Rating: 5.0 Genre: Paranormal/Romance Price: $0.00 Save $2.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. Top 100 Amazon Bestseller by a USA Today Bestselling Author Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now working the night shift as a private investigator, Samantha is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum to investigate the murder attempt on his life, a horrific scene captured on TV and seen around the country. But as the case unfolds, Samantha discovers Kingsley isn’t exactly what he appears to be; after all, there is a reason why he survived five shots to the head. ****************************************** Bittersweet Memories – Amazon by Lynn Osterkamp Rating: 4.4 Genre: Womens Fiction Price: $0.00 Save $3.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. Award-Winning Author What if you could push rewind to relive any memory from your past as vividly and accurately as the day it happened? Which days of your life would you choose to live again? Anne Weller Barnes craves the close family she sees in her mind’s eye and in the decades-old family movies. But mysterious and shocking circumstances surrounding a long-ago tragedy have created conflict and cut-off in Anne’s actual family. When her estranged brother dies, he leaves her the Memory Enhancer, which can program her dreams to re-experience old memories as clearly as the day they were made. Anne plunges into her past, hoping to recapture the family closeness she remembers. But as she finds herself increasingly caught up in bygone days, she discovers powerful forgotten memories and regrets, and faces family members’ anger and distrust. Her anguish builds as she faces her brother’s dying wish that she decide whether to release the Memory Enhancer to the world. ****************************************** The Running Game – Amazon by L E Fitzpatrick Rating: 4.5 Genre: Thriller and Suspense Price: $0.00 Save $2.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. Rachel’s father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes, and always be ready to run. On the surface, Rachel is just an ordinary doctor, but she has a secret. Rachel is a Reacher, wanted by the government and the criminal underworld for her psionic powers. Charlie and his brother John have a reputation for doing the impossible. But after losing his family, Charlie is a broken mess and John is barely keeping him afloat. In desperation, they take a job from a ruthless crime lord, only to discover the girl they are hunting is a Reacher… One of their own kind. With the help of dangerous and dubious allies, can Rachel turn the game around and save herself? ****************************************** Utopia – Amazon by L.J. Higgins Rating: 4.6 Genre: Science Fiction Price: $0.00 Save $2.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. The floating city, Utopia, is all sixteen-year-old Aurora has ever known. With three other cities, it is home to the survivors of cataclysmic events that ended life on Earth years ago. 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  • Occupation Thesaurus Entry: LibrarianOccupation Thesaurus Entry: Librarian

    Before I jump into today’s entry, I want to wish Becca HAPPY BIRTHDAY.  She’s one of the very best things that’s  happened to me, I love her to death, and basically I want the whole world to make her feel special today.  So, please, if you see her poking around Twitter or Facebook, send her a virtual cake or birthday high five! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Becca. I hope you have a wonderful day! Jobs are as important for our characters as they are for real people. A character’s career might be their dream job or one they’ve chosen due to necessity. In your story, they might be trying to get that job or are already working in the field. Whatever the situation, as with any defining aspect for your character, you’ll need to do the proper research to be able to write that career knowledgeably. Enter the Occupation Thesaurus. Here, you’ll find important background information on a variety of career options for your character. In addition to the basics, we’ll also be covering related info that relates to character arc and story planning, such as sources of conflict (internal and external) and how the job might impact basic human needs, thereby affecting the character’s goals. (See this post for more information on this connection.) It’s our hope that this thesaurus will share some of your research burden while also giving you ideas about your character’s occupation that you might not have considered before. Occupation: Librarian Overview: Today’s modern librarian is highly-educated, passionate about technology, and an expert at connecting people with relevant information.  They are unafraid of technological advances, are adaptable, and what seems like a love of books on the surface is actually a thirst for knowledge. They are well-organized, good with people, enjoy being facilitators of education and can manage tight budgets, resources, and staff. Necessary Training: Most librarians must obtain a degree in library science, often a master’s. If they work in a facility which is specialized, they often will have a special focus or additional accreditation in that area (such as a law librarian). However, a librarian in a small town or school may not have the same education, say, as a librarian at a reference library tasked with curating specialized academic research. Schooling may be obtained in person (attending a campus), or mostly through online college programs (virtual learning). Useful Skills, Talents, or Abilities: A knack for languages, charm, empathy, enhanced hearing, exceptional memory, good listening skills, hospitality, mechanically inclined, multitasking, photographic memory, reading people, strategic thinking, writing Helpful Character Traits: Adaptable, alert, ambitious, analytical, centered, charming, confident, cooperative, courteous, creative, curious, decisive, diplomatic, disciplined, discreet, efficient, focused, friendly, hospitable, imaginative, independent, industrious, intelligent, nurturing, observant, organized, passionate, patient, pensive, perceptive, persuasive, protective, resourceful, responsible, socially aware, studious, thrifty, wise Sources of Friction: Patrons who are disruptive, people who are careless with books, tight budgets, having to let someone go because of a conflict or budget need, working with uppity authors or experts who are holding events in the library, book theft, people writing in books, damage to property or resources (books, the copy machine, carving into tables, etc.), having patrons fight over popular books, late fees that are difficult to collect People They Might Interact With: other librarians, interns, volunteers, teachers, students, parents, patrons, book groups, authors, handymen, computer techs, booksellers, delivery people, professors How This Occupation Might Impact One’s Basic Needs: Self-Actualization:  Characters who greatly prize knowledge would be drawn to this position, so any threat to the librarian’s ability  to access information could cause them stress and grief. Living during a time when propaganda caused poisoned viewpoints and led to book burning or censorship would be very difficult, for example, because it not only restricts access to unbiased information, it also disrespects books by presenting biased, incorrect information as fact. Esteem and Recognition: A character who loves books may view her library as an extension of herself (or himself). If this was the case and budgets cut running costs to the bone, the character may become desperate to do something that will allow a ramshackle library to regain glory days, bringing back that lost pride. Love and Belonging: A character who views their library as home will be devastated if cutback cause their job to be eliminated or force the library to close. The character would be desperate to do whatever it took to turn things around to retain employment and keep the doors open. 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  • Conversations: 12/8/2017Conversations: 12/8/2017

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Join Dorothy Gale, Toto, and all of her friends as they explore the incredible land of Oz! The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is America’s most enduring fairy tale. From the moment Dorothy puts on the silver slippers (changed to ruby slippers by MGM to take advantage of their new advantage in movie making: color) until the moment she clicks her heals and returns home to Kansas you will be swept away and captivated by her extraordinary story. Click Here for the best price! Fall in love with a little help from man’s best friend in New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay’s contemporary romance debut. Mackenzie “Mac” Harris fled her hometown of Bluff Point, Maine, after being left at the altar—and seeking solace in the arms of her best friend’s off-limits brother. Now, seven years later, she’s back to attend her best friend’s wedding—safe, or so she thinks, from the mistakes of her youth. But Gavin Tolliver has never forgotten the woman who has always held his heart. And when Mac rescues a stray puppy named Tulip, only Gavin, the town’s veterinarian, can help. With a little assistance from Tulip, Gavin vows to make Mac realize that their feelings are more than just puppy love… Click Here for the best price! Discover the ancient knowledge of chakra healing and restore balance to your mind, body, and spirit. Within all living beings are powerful centers of energy called chakras. Each chakra holds the potential for immense healing and restoration. However, learning how to harness the chakra system’s amazing power can be challenging when so much of the information available is dense and academic or subjective and hard to trust. In her successful New York practice, energy healer, acupuncturist, and Reiki master Margarita Alcantara addresses the most common ailments people experience today. She’s successfully taught her clients a wide range of different healing techniques for removing energy blockages and balancing their chakras. Through practical instruction and compassionate guidance, Margarita shows each client how to find the self-healing chakra technique that resonates best for their own unique needs. In Chakra Healing Margarita brings these powerful techniques for chakra healing to anyone who wants to better their emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Click Here for the best price! A thrilling story of fierce love between siblings, Sister is a suspenseful and accomplished debut with a stunning twist… When her mom calls to tell her that Tess, her younger sister, is missing, Bee returns home to London on the first flight. She expects to find Tess and give her the usual lecture, the bossy big sister scolding her flighty baby sister for taking off without letting anyone know her plans. Tess has always been a free spirit, an artist who takes risks, while conservative Bee couldn’t be more different. Bee is used to watching out for her wayward sibling and is fiercely protective of Tess (and has always been a little stern about her antics). But then Tess is found dead, apparently by her own hand. Bee is certain that Tess didn’t commit suicide. Their family and the police accept the sad reality, but Bee feels sure that Tess has been murdered.  Single-minded in her search for a killer, Bee moves into Tess’s apartment and throws herself headlong into her sister’s life–and all its secrets… Click Here for the best price! Step into a whole new world in the first Novel of the Edge from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Daniels series. The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Wal-Mart and magic is a fairy tale—and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny… Rose Drayton thought if she practiced her magic, she could build a better life for herself. But things didn’t turn out the way she’d planned, and now she works an off-the-books job in the Broken just to survive. Then Declan Camarine, a blueblood noble straight out of the deepest part of the Weird, comes into her life, determined to have Rose (and her power).   But when a flood of creatures hungry for magic invade the Edge, Declan and Rose must overcome their differences and work together to destroy them—or the beasts will devour the Edge and everyone in it… Click Here for the best price! The Hamptons are known for beautiful beaches, luxurious living, millionaire mansions, and now…murder! Antonia Bingham, a renowned chef and the new owner of East Hampton’s Windmill Inn, escaped to the Hamptons to get away from a harrowing past. Yet now she finds herself in more danger than ever when she discovers the inn’s previous owners may have been the victims of murder. Will her overly inquisitive personality be her downfall as she digs up secrets in her attempt to solve the crime? Click Here for the best price! Just outside Los Angeles, a prisoner hidden away for 70 years sits up, gets off the bed and disappears through a solid wall. In Australia, a magician impresses audiences by producing real elephants. Nobody realizes it’s not an illusion. Across the world, individuals and ancient organizations with supernatural power suddenly detect the presence of something even they can’t understand. At the center of it all, Seb Varden, a 32-year old musician with a secret in his past, slits his wrists, is shot dead and run over on the freeway. He’s had better days. Seb is about to discover the universe is a far more complicated place than he’d ever imagined. Click Here for the best price! What’s for dinner? Trader Joe’s ingredients to the rescue, with all the fixings for making meals in a snap! From the authors of the bestselling original "Cooking with All Things Trader Joe’s" cookbook, comes this collection of easy dinner solutions to tame the mealtime rush. Discover new ways to make quick and healthy meals the whole family will love. Mouth-watering full-color photos and nutritional data included for every recipe. Click Here for the best price! Don’t have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or you can download a Free Kindle Reading App for your computer or mobile device! * * * Prices are subject to change without notice. For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary.

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  • Bargain and Free Books for 12-08-17Bargain and Free Books for 12-08-17

    Sign up for our email newsletter and never miss another free or bargain book deal. Sign Up Here! Bargain Books Ghost of a Chance – Amazon by Yasmine Galenorn Rating: 4.3 Genre: Mystery Price: $0.99 Save $4.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. Ghost of a Chance – NookGhost of a Chance – iBooksGhost of a Chance – Kobo “The story moved swiftly with well defined characters, realistic reactions and wonderful hidden truths. Enjoyed it immensely.” -Belle NY Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling and Award-Winning Author Emerald O’Brien is the owner of the Chintz ‘n China Tea Room where guests are served the perfect blend of teas and tarot readings. She never set out to be a detective, but once word gets out that she can communicate with the dead, there’s no turning back… When the ghost of Susan Mitchell asks for Emerald’s help in convicting her own murderer, Emerald can’t refuse. Along with her friends-an ex-supermodel and a cop-and her new love interest, Emerald must search for clues to put the killer behind bars, and Susan’s tortured soul to rest. ****************************************** Millionaire Under the Mistletoe – Amazon by Stefanie London Rating: 4.1 Genre: Contemporary Romance Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. Millionaire Under the Mistletoe – NookMillionaire Under the Mistletoe – iBooksMillionaire Under the Mistletoe – Google PlayMillionaire Under the Mistletoe – Kobo “If you enjoy a surprisingly thought-provoking love story with a happy ending that will make you grin, then you should definitely give this book a read. You won’t be sorry.” -Heather USA Today Bestselling Author Stella Jackson would rather stab herself in the eye with her own stiletto than return to England. Especially in winter. But to fulfill her grandfather’s last wish, she has to spend Christmas at the estate she inherited from him…with the one man she wishes she could forget. Self-made millionaire Evan Foss wants one thing from Stella—her estate. But thanks to their rocky past, he’s the last person she’ll sell to. So when she takes him up on a bet, with the estate as the prize, Evan can’t believe his luck. The only problem is that seeing her now, sexy and all grown up, tempts Evan to finish what started years ago between them. ****************************************** Legends and Lore – Amazon by Various Authors Rating: 4.8 Genre: Paranormal/Romance Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. Legends and Lore – NookLegends and Lore – iBooksLegends and Lore – Google PlayLegends and Lore – Kobo “An amazing collection of works by talented authors!” -Nikki S. NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors Enter the labyrinth of Legends and Lore and meet a host of notorious beings that will change the way you view the mythological world. You know the names but you don’t know the incredible stories behind them. Minotaurs, descendants of monsters, demi-gods, and fantastic creatures, are just a few of the characters contained within these pages. The Legends and Lore boxed set hosts an incredible 21 multi-genre stories featuring your favorite legends. ****************************************** Julia – Amazon by Alan Hardy Rating: 4.8 Genre: Romantic Suspense Price: $0.99 Save $0.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “Smart literary style romance that works. An interesting situation, real and believable characters and a clever plot in which events unfold in an unexpected manner made this a great read.” -Big Apple Julia… Julia… A young man becomes obsessed with his first love, and pursues her relentlessly over the next seven years, following her from city to city, and from country to country. It is his aim to put right what went wrong in those first few months of their affair, and each time he meets up with her, he tries to re-mold and perfect their relationship. He revisits his memories of her, reworking them from different time-perspectives, until his obsession overwhelms him, in danger of becoming a lethal and hysterical mania. He is overwhelmed by the conviction that he must put everything right. He can’t bear to lose the intensity of his youthful passion. He has to possess her. He is determined to continue until… There is also the matter of the other girl, the one he keeps bumping into when he least expects it… Marianne…who becomes a rival to Julia… Which one will he choose? Which one will choose him? Both of them? Will his besotted passion lead to emotional and sexual fulfilment, or plunge him into spiralling madness? ****************************************** The Canine Commandments – Amazon by W. R. Pursche Rating: 4.8 Genre: Non-Fiction Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “For anyone who’s a dog lover — as I fervently am — this delicious little book is a wonderful, heart-warming treat.” -Violatte Dogs seem to be happy all the time, with no worries, no cares, living every day to the fullest. How do they do this? Dogs themselves give us their 10 Commandments: the Lessons of Life. Unlike other negative ‘rules’ that are often thrown at us (“Don’t do that!”) these lessons are all appealingly positive. Filled with quotes and examples from everyday life, “Lessons to Live By: The Canine Commandments” plainly shows how we can all benefit from the wisdom of dogs. These memorable lessons provide a straightforward and uncomplicated approach to living a happier and more fulfilling life. ****************************************** Capital Starship – Amazon by Scott Bartlett Rating: 5.0 Genre: Science Fiction Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “Bartlett delivers again. This is a great start to a new series.” -Michelle H. Award-Winning Author The Ixa smashed the galaxy to bits before they were defeated. Captain Husher has sounded the alarm in the decades since: the Ixa’s creators will return to finish the job. But unlike Husher, the galactic government didn’t battle the Ixa, and the politicians have convinced themselves that maintaining peace means limiting the ability to wage war. Now, the enemy has returned, with high-tech weapons that prove they haven’t limited their own combat capabilities in the slightest. If Captain Husher and his beleaguered supercarrier crew can’t manage to stop the invaders, they will happily devour the galaxy whole. ****************************************** Christmas in Paradise – Amazon by Kathi Daley Rating: 4.4 Genre: Mystery Price: $0.99 Save $4.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “Daley’s characters come to life on the page. Her novels are filled with a little mystery and a little romance which makes for a murderous adventure.” – Tonya Kappes, USA Today bestselling author USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author Christmas in Serenity is a magical time of year Tj has always looked forward to with happy anticipation. This year her holiday spirit is marred by the impending arrival of two new men in her life. When one of them ends up dead, Tj must juggle community plays, Christmas tree cuttings, sleigh rides, and holiday shopping with a complex murder investigation. As the facts begin to unravel, she realizes she may have to risk everything to save someone she loves. Free Books Please make sure the price says “Kindle Price $0.00” before clicking “Buy”. If it says “Prime Members $0.00” “read for free”, it is NO LONGER FREE. All books are free at the time they are posted but are subject to change back to full price at any time. If you are outside of the United States, these books may not be free. War of the Black Tower – Amazon by Jack Conner Rating: 3.8 Genre: Fantasy Price: $0.00 Save $4.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. NY Times Bestselling Author When a dark power rises, only a cursed prince can stand against it. Baleron is the youngest son of the king of Havensrike, a land eternally at war with the sinister empire of Oslog to the south, ruled by the Dark Lord himself. Baleron, a womanizer and rogue, the black sheep of the royal family one step from being kicked out of the castle, longs to redeem himself in his father’s eyes. But when his beautiful sister Rolenya is seized by the dark powers, the thralls of the Dark Lord call out to Baleron in worship, calling him the Chosen One of their Master. What can they mean? As if that weren’t bad enough, the gears of war begin to turn, and the legions of Oslog pour forth from their lairs to make war upon the free peoples of the North. If Baleron can’t save his sister and unlock the secret of his nature, the Dark Lord will sweep the world in shadow. ****************************************** The Southern Comfort Christmas – Amazon by Barbara Lohr Rating: 4.6 Genre: Contemporary Romance Price: $0.00 Save $2.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. The Southern Comfort Christmas – NookThe Southern Comfort Christmas – iBooksThe Southern Comfort Christmas – Kobo A Christmas wedding becomes chaos for Harper and Cameron in this heartwarming romance, a sequel to Finding Southern Comfort. Mistletoe and magnolias turn to mayhem when Savannah meets Chicago. Families can’t agree about anything, from the venue to the menu. Harper’s heart sure isn’t in it. Her mother’s wedding gown isn’t the only thing that doesn’t fit. The impending celebration frustrates the Savannah couple as they’re swept into a frantic countdown to Christmas. When Cameron’s sidelined by a broken ankle, his little girl Bella reverts to bad habits. Only in each other’s arms can the bride and groom find comfort while around them the planning threatens to become a second Civil War. Cameron’s family refuses to travel to the “frozen hinterlands,” and Harper’s glorious wedding day frays further. Frozen pipes and water damage cause a change in plans. But even when the ceremony is moved to Cameron’s Savannah mansion, his family might be a no-show. Harper’s friend Julep suggests a solution and Cameron’s mama reluctantly agrees to handle the menu. When the dreaded chicken becomes jambalaya, hope is on the horizon. A trip to Bleubelle’s provides the dress of Harper’s dreams, and everything seems to finally be falling into place. But not quite … and that’s the fun of this continuing southern saga. ****************************************** The World Without Crows – Amazon by Ben Lyle Bedard Rating: 4.7 Genre: Thriller and Suspense Price: $0.00 Save $2.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. In 1990, the world ended. A disease turned people into walking shells of themselves. Zombies. Most of them were harmless, but some were broken by the pressure of the disease. The cracked became ravenous killers whose bite infected. To escape the apocalypse, Eric, a young, overweight boy of 16, sets off on a journey across the United States. His plan is to hike from Ohio to an island in Maine, far from the ruins of cities, where the lake and the fierce winters will protect him from both Zombies and the gangs that roam the country. Along the way, Eric finds friends and enemies, hope and despair, love and hatred. The World Without Crows is the story of what he must become to survive. For him and the people he would come to love, the end is only the beginning. ****************************************** A Love Lost in Positano – Amazon by D.P. Rosano Rating: 5.0 Genre: Womens Fiction Price: $0.00 Save $2.99 Make sure price is still $0.00 before clicking “Buy”. After working in Kabul for several years, Danny D’Amato needs a break. Stressed with the war, he chooses the blue waters of Positano for his escape. Soon, the pages of his diary fill with notes about the woman he meets on the sunny cliffs over the Mediterranean, and his own conversion from a war-weary veteran to a man in love. In a few days, both he and Gaia fall in love, share their lives, and imagine what a future would be like together. And then, she is gone. After Danny spends countless days looking for Gaia, the vast distance between them finally closes… but for reasons neither of them could have predicted.

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  • Happy bookish birthdays (December 8) to…Happy bookish birthdays (December 8) to…

    Happy bookish birthdays (December 8) to… Mary Gordon (The Company of Women) (atAmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) Rob Byrnes (When the Stars Come Out) (at AmazonSmile*) John Banville (The Sea) (at AmazonSmile*) Mark Steyn (America Alone) (atAmazonSmile*) Amanda McKittrick Ros (Irene Iddesleigh) (at AmazonSmile*) Aaron Allston (Star Wars Legends series) (at AmazonSmile*) Bill McKibben (The End of Nature) (at AmazonSmile*) You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle! Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard! All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project! * I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get.  Shop ’til you help!   This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

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  • Amazon Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 Now Available in Canada Sans AlexaAmazon Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 Now Available in Canada Sans Alexa

    Amazon has just announced that the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 are now available in Canada.  These tablets do not come with Alexa, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense since the Echo Plus and other products just became available in the past few weeks. The Fire 7 features a thin and light design, a 7-inch IPS display with high contrast and sharp text, long battery life with up to 8 hours of mixed use, and 8GB of storage with support for up to 256GB of expandable storage—all for only $59.99. The Fire HD 8 offers a stunning 8-inch HD display with over 1 million pixels, a quad-core processor, up to 12 hours of battery life, and 16GB of storage with support for up to 256GB more—only $99.99. Both Fire tablets are available for customers in Canada starting today. Protective covers are also available for Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 in Charcoal Black, Marine Blue, Cobalt Purple, Punch Red, and Canary Yellow colours and can stand in both landscape and portrait orientations. Fire 7 covers are $29.99 and Fire HD 8 covers are $39.99. “We think customers should expect more from their tablet—better hardware, more features, access to great content—but shouldn’t have to pay a premium for it,” said Kevin Keith, General Manager, Amazon Devices. “The Fire 7 is thin and light, with a 7-inch display, long battery life, and 8GB of storage—for only $59.99. For only $40 more, the all-new Fire HD 8 offers a vibrant 8-inch HD widescreen display, up to 12 hours of battery life, faster performance, and 16GB of storage. Both tablets are an incredible value we think Canadian customers will love.” (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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  • A Closer Look at ClearInk Color ePaper (Video)A Closer Look at ClearInk Color ePaper (Video)

    A new color epaper technology called ClearInk is getting set to take off in the near future (hopefully). We first saw ClearInk this past summer and now there’s another video with a closer look at ClearInk prototypes. The technology is similar to E Ink’s low power sunlight readable displays, but ClearInk is capable of displaying […]

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  • Overdrive Libby and Inkitt on Google Play Top Apps of the YearOverdrive Libby and Inkitt on Google Play Top Apps of the Year

    There are two e-reader apps on the Google Play Top Apps of the Year and they are both under the Hidden Gems category. Overdrive Libby is one of the apps on the list and the other is a relatively unknown; Inkitt – Free Fiction Books, Novels & Stories. Overdrive Libby came out in 2016 and the app was designed to play audiobooks and read e-books. It can access multiple libraries at the same time and in the near future it will allow you to apply for a library card right in the app, without having to physically visit the branch. Inkitt is a German company that uses predictive data to forecast what title has the highest chance to become a bestseller. They are based in Germany and primarily focus on indie authors. Their app has been downloaded over 700,000 times since it launched last year and almost all of the content is free. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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  • Winter reads: a season without SantaWinter reads: a season without Santa

    By: Bethany Porter, Collection Development Specialist. Christmas time is a good time to reflect, give, and believe in magic. But if you don’t celebrate Christmas (or want to put your cheer on hold for a moment), it can be an exhausting time of year. Here are a few winter reads that do not revolve around Christmas, because we all need a break occasionally! The Mitten by Jan Brett Jan Brett has a few winter story staples, and this one is my personal favorite. This story teaches children friendship and how to share, and even about being kind to the environment. Follow this story with making homemade bird feeders. The 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith Smith’s writing is delightful, and if you have seen the Disney version of this story, you’ll love the original. Think about that scene in the movie where Lucky says “I’m tired, and I’m hungry, and my tail’s froze, and my nose is froze, and my ears are froze, and my nose is froze…” Now imagine a grown woman saying that for an entire Ohio winter. That is me, and there’s nothing that sounds better to me than curling up by a fire with a cup of tea and reading some Dodie Smith. When you’re done with this one, try out “I Capture the Castle.” The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis I have read all of the Chronicles of Narnia, but this is the only one that I revisit frequently. I reread it once every winter. I love the idea of a winter with no Christmas – it is the ultimate dystopia, dealing with freezing weather with no hope of a joyful celebration. Reading this book makes me cold, and reminds me that too much of a good thing – Turkish Delight, in Edmund’s case – makes it not so delightful anymore. Winter by Marissa Meyer Ok, so this one isn’t technically about Winter-the-Season. It’s about Winter-the-Person. This season is a great time to revisit a favorite series, and I’ll be spending some time rereading the Lunar Chronicles. These books are long, (“Winter” is the final book in this 4-book series, and it’s over 800 pages long), but they’re fast-paced and exciting retellings of a cyborg Cinderella and her friends. This is a perfect series to binge-read as the weather gets colder, and as the Holidays approach to try to make your life more stressful. I can’t wait to dive in and suspend reality for this series again!   We have more than 100 J/YA books about winter. Want to purchase books about Winter holidays other than Christmas? Check out this Marketplace list. The post Winter reads: a season without Santa appeared first on OverDrive Blogs.

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  • Here are top 100 most popular Kindle books of 2017Here are top 100 most popular Kindle books of 2017

    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Mark Sullivan’s Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and the first part of Harry Potter series are top three Kindle bestsellers of 2017. December is the usual time for end-of-year lists and all kinds of rankings. And, as usual, we are delighted to share with you the list of the most popular Kindle books. See also: 15 best bookish gifts of 2017 – a holiday gift guide for book loversTop 50 Kindle Unlimited books of 2017 The rankings you will see below are based on sales. The featured books are included in Amazon’s ongoing list of Top 100 Kindle bestsellers. 2017 is a year of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. This dystopian novel occupies top places in many rankings. Its Kindle edition is literally on every bestseller list, including weekly Amazon Charts. The second best title is Beneath a Scarlet Sky, Mark Sullivan’s novel based on a true story of an Italian who, during the second world war, joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps. The third place is occupied by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The entire series is available via Kindle Unlimited, and five other parts of J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts saga are also included in the Top 100 ranking. You can skip the introduction and jump directly to the lists: Top 10 Kindle books of 2017 – with book blurbs, number of reviews, and average rating, Top 100 Kindle books of 2017 – with Kindle Unlimited eligibility. As you will see in the Top 100 list, as much as 82 titles are included in Kindle Unlimited. It means they are available to subscribers at no extra cost. It’s a huge jump, compared to 28 Kindle Unlimited eligible books in 2016 ranking. There are two major reasons for such a growth of popularity of Kindle Unlimited books. The subscription becomes more and more popular among Amazon customers. The other reason is a favorable method of counting Kindle Unlimited books as sold. The user has to read roughly the length of a free sample to make the ebook enter sales charts. Most of the books available via Kindle Unlimited are exclusive to Amazon. You won’t find them in bookstores, and their print editions – if they exist – are not equally popular. Under the rankings, you’ll find our simple infographic presenting top Kindle books of 2017. 10 best Kindle books of 2017 1. The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, the novel describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead. The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. Average rating: 4.1/5, 9,605 reviews ⇢ Kindle 2. Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel Mark Sullivan Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, USA Today bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is an epic tale of one young man’s incredible resilience during one of the history’s darkest hours. Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. Average rating: 4.8/5, 12,850 reviews ⇢ Kindle 3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin! Average rating: 4.8/5, 58,334 reviews ⇢ Kindle 4. Everything We Keep: A Novel Kerry Lonsdale Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. A luminous debut with unexpected twists, Everything We Keep explores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us. Average rating: 4.2/5, 11,471 reviews ⇢ Kindle 5. In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II Rhys Bowen World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal. Average rating: 4.2/5, 3,511 reviews ⇢ Read more 6. Stillhouse Lake Rachel Caine Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom. She must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop. Average rating: 4.5/5, 7,021 reviews ⇢ Kindle 7. When I’m Gone Emily Bleeker Luke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone. But there’s something he’s not prepared for – a letter written on the first day of Natalie’s cancer treatment a year ago, which turns out to be the first of many. As his obsession with the letters grows, Luke uncovers long-buried secrets that make him question everything he knew about his wife and their family. Average rating: 4.3/5, 5,684 reviews ⇢ Kindle 8. Silent Child Sarah A. Denzil In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son’s red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year – a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later, Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life. She’s married, pregnant, and in control again… … until Aiden returns. His body tells the story of his decade-long disappearance. The historic broken bones and injuries cast a mere glimpse into the horrors Aiden has experienced. Aiden never drowned. Aiden was taken. Average rating: 4.3/5, 4,209 reviews ⇢ Kindle 9. Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell George Orwell’s 1984 takes on new life with extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity. Lionel Trilling said of Orwell’s masterpiece, “1984 is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present.” Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell’s novel remains an urgent call for the individual willing to speak truth to power. Average rating: 4.5/5, 6,071 reviews ⇢ Kindle 10. A Criminal Defense William L. Myers Jr. When a young reporter is found dead, and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life. The defendant, David Hanson, was Mick’s close friend in law school, and the victim, a TV news reporter, had reached out to Mick for legal help only hours before her death. As the trial progresses, he’s disturbed by developments that confirm his deepest fears. This trial, one that already hits too close to home, may jeopardize his firm, his family—everything. Now Mick’s only way out is to mastermind the most brilliant defense he’s ever spun. Average rating: 4.4/5, 4,124 reviews ⇢ Kindle Top 100 Kindle books of 2017 Find below a concise list of the 100 most popular Kindle ebooks of 2017, based on sales. Each book comes with the number of reviews, average rating, and information whether it’s available in Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription. Top 100 Kindle best sellers of 2017 Data collected on December 1, 2017 / KU – Kindle Unlimited eligible book # Title Author Rating Reviews KU 1 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood 4.10 9,605 yes 2 Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel Mark Sullivan 4.80 12,850 yes 3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone J.K. Rowling 4.80 58,334 yes 4 Everything We Keep: A Novel (The Everything Series Book 1) Kerry Lonsdale 4.20 11,671 yes 5 In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II Rhys Bowen 4.20 3,511 yes 6 Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake Series Book 1) Rachel Caine 4.50 7,021 yes 7 When I'm Gone: A Novel Emily Bleeker 4.30 5,684 yes 8 Silent Child Sarah A. Denzil 4.30 4,209 yes 9 1984 George Orwell 4.50 6,071 yes 10 A Criminal Defense William L. Myers Jr. 4.40 4,124 yes 11 Dead Certain: A Novel Adam Mitzner 4.20 3,050 yes 12 The Letter Kathryn Hughes 4.50 4,663 yes 13 Beach Lawyer (Beach Lawyer Series) Avery Duff 4.10 3,331 yes 14 I Am Watching You Teresa Driscoll 4.50 3,189 yes 15 The Night Bird (Frost Easton Mystery Book 1) Brian Freeman 4.50 3,351 yes 16 From Sand and Ash Amy Harmon 4.70 3,707 yes 17 The Naturalist (The Naturalist Series Book 1) Andrew Mayne 4.40 3,431 yes 18 P.S. from Paris Marc Levy 4.10 2,450 yes 19 A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick Book 1) Kendra Elliot 4.50 2,286 yes 20 The Secret Wife: A captivating story of romance, passion and mystery Gill Paul 4.60 3,881 21 The Missing Ones Patricia Gibney 4.40 2,746 yes 22 Camino Island: A Novel John Grisham 3.90 6,203 23 The Unremembered Girl: A Novel Eliza Maxwell 4.30 972 24 Split Second Douglas E. Richards 4.20 5,413 yes 25 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis J. D. Vance 4.40 8,757 26 Little Boy Lost J. D. Trafford 4.20 2,209 yes 27 The Practice House Laura McNeal 4.10 1,819 yes 28 My Sister's Grave (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 1) Robert Dugoni 4.40 12,931 yes 29 The Man of Legends Kenneth Johnson 4.30 2,609 yes 30 The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1) Emily R. King 4.40 1,685 yes 31 A Tangled Mercy: A Novel Joy Jordan-Lake 4.60 682 yes 32 All the Little Children Jo Furniss 3.90 2,060 yes 33 A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Amor Towles 4.70 6,329 34 Wives of War Soraya M. Lane 4.30 2,540 yes 35 Only the Truth Adam Croft 3.40 1,015 36 Origin: A Novel Dan Brown 4.20 2,508 yes 37 The Neon Lawyer Victor Methos 4.30 6,220 38 Before We Were Yours: A Novel Lisa Wingate 4.70 3,703 yes 39 A Beautiful Poison Lydia Kang 4.20 1,718 yes 40 The Trapped Girl (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 4) Robert Dugoni 4.70 1,741 yes 41 And Then She Was GONE Christopher Greyson 4.00 2,706 yes 42 The Fix (Memory Man series Book 3) David Baldacci 4.50 3,136 43 Extracted (Extracted Trilogy Book 1) RR Haywood 4.00 1,307 yes 44 Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations Garson O'Toole 3.00 756 yes 45 Mrs. Saint and the Defectives: A Novel Julie Lawson Timmer 4.10 2,472 46 The Good Samaritan John Marrs 4.10 403 yes 47 The Halo Effect: A Novel Anne D. LeClaire 4.30 1,394 yes 48 The Gender Game Bella Forrest 4.40 2,328 yes 49 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J.K. Rowling 4.80 58,333 yes 50 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K. Rowling 4.80 58,333 yes 51 When They Come for You (Harper McDaniel Book 1) James W. Hall 4.10 1,556 yes 52 Accidentally Hers (Sterling Canyon Book 1) Jamie Beck 4.20 1,090 yes 53 The Honest Spy Andreas Kollender 4.30 597 yes 54 The Girl With No Name Diney Costeloe 4.50 1,770 55 In the Shadow of Lakecrest Elizabeth Blackwell 3.90 1,371 yes 56 Crimes Against a Book Club Kathy Cooperman 4.10 1,738 yes 57 A Man Called Ove: A Novel Fredrik Backman 4.60 15,068 58 Secondborn (Secondborn Series Book 1) Amy A. Bartol 4.40 2,162 yes 59 All the Breaking Waves: A Novel Kerry Lonsdale 4.20 1,150 yes 60 The Designer Marius Gabriel 4.20 1,122 yes 61 Pandemic (The Extinction Files Book 1) A.G. Riddle 4.20 2,095 yes 62 The Hangman's Daughter (A Hangman's Daughter Tale Book 1) Oliver Pötzsch 4.10 4,790 yes 63 Reason To Breathe (The Breathing Series, Book 1) Rebecca Donovan 4.40 3,983 yes 64 The Barefoot Summer Carolyn Brown 4.20 1,249 yes 65 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J.K. Rowling 4.80 58,333 yes 66 Vicious (Sinners of Saint) L.J. Shen 4.70 1,975 yes 67 The Shack William P. Young 4.70 16,030 68 The Late Show Michael Connelly 4.40 3,382 69 Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty 4.50 15,219 70 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. Rowling 4.80 58,333 yes 71 A Quiet Life in the Country (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery Book 1) T E Kinsey 4.30 1,880 yes 72 Breakthrough Michael C. Grumley 4.40 6,736 yes 73 The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel Gabrielle Zevin 4.40 6,295 yes 74 Say You're Sorry (Morgan Dane Book 1) Melinda Leigh 4.60 873 yes 75 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J.K. Rowling 4.80 58,333 yes 76 No Exit Taylor Adams 4.50 2,296 yes 77 The Winter Over Matthew Iden 4.00 1,506 yes 78 A Dark Lure Loreth Anne White 4.50 5,544 yes 79 The Things We Wish Were True Marybeth Mayhew Whalen 4.20 5,743 yes 80 The First Word Isley Robson 4.20 1,244 yes 81 The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results Gary Keller, Jay Papasan 4.70 2,219 82 The House by the River Lena Manta 4.40 571 yes 83 Signature Wounds (A Grale Thriller Book 1) Kirk Russell 4.40 1,074 yes 84 After You Left Carol Mason 4.10 852 yes 85 The Short Drop (The Gibson Vaughn Series Book 1) Matthew FitzSimmons 4.60 8,528 yes 86 North Haven Sarah Moriarty 3.30 937 yes 87 The Extraditionist (A Benn Bluestone Thriller Book 1) Todd Merer 4.00 439 yes 88 The Lioness of Morocco Julia Drosten 4.30 1,785 yes 89 The Mutual Admiration Society: A Novel Lesley Kagen 3.50 791 yes 90 The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 1) A.G. Riddle 4.10 15,220 yes 91 Small Great Things: A Novel Jodi Picoult 4.70 6,777 92 A Shade of Vampire (New & Lengthened 2015 Edition) Bella Forrest 4.30 9,471 93 The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1) Suzanne Collins 4.60 56,410 yes 94 The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel Lee Child 4.40 704 yes 95 The Rooster Bar John Grisham 3.70 1,072 96 What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Randall Munroe 4.60 3,646 yes 97 The Butterfly Garden (The Collector Trilogy Book 1) Dot Hutchison 4.30 12,873 yes 98 Everything We Left Behind: A Novel (The Everything Series Book 2) Kerry Lonsdale 4.20 980 yes 99 Dead Lawyers Don't Lie: A Gripping Thriller (Jake Wolfe Book 1) Mark Nolan 4.00 3,751 yes 100 The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter (The Ingrid Winter Misadventure Series) J.S. Drangsholt 3.10 691 yes ⇢ Best Kindle Books Best Kindle books of 2017 – infographic The biggest Kindle best sellers of 2017 are presented below in a simple infographic. Feel free to share it on social media! • • • To get more lists like this, please subscribe by RSS or email. We are also waiting for you on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. More to explore: 15 best bookish gifts of 2017 – a holiday gift guide for book loversTop 50 Kindle Unlimited books of 2017Case covers for Kindle Oasis 2 that you might have missedMost sold Kindle books for each year, since 2007Here are the best books of 2017 picked by Amazon editorsWant even more? Check out all articles in this topic: Lists. affiliate link

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  • Libby named one of Google Play’s Best Apps of 2017Libby named one of Google Play’s Best Apps of 2017

    Every December, Google honors a select number of apps in their Google Play store as the best of the best. These apps are broken out into various categories and highlighted on their homepage for users to discover. Libby, our one-tap reading app, was honored as one of five “Best Hidden Gem” apps, which are described as fresh to the scene and quietly building a fanbase — from newcomers on the brink of becoming huge, to cult apps and niche topics. Google’s note hightlighting why Libby was selected states, “The joys of the library (free reading and endless possibilities!) meet the convenience of the digital age in Libby. Borrow media from your local library, then dive in with an in-app ebook reader and audiobook player.” Since Libby’s release earlier this year, hundreds of thousands of readers have discovered (or re-discovered) the wonders of their public library. If you haven’t tried Libby out for yourself yet, there’s never been a better time. We also have a full suite of marketing and training materials for your staff to utilize on our Libby Resource Center. Download our award-winning app and get started sharing the goodness of Libby with your entire community! The post Libby named one of Google Play’s Best Apps of 2017 appeared first on OverDrive Blogs.

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  • A brief history of ebooks (infographic)A brief history of ebooks (infographic)

    Ten years ago Amazon released the first-generation Kindle. This single device successfully introduced digital reading to the mass imagination. See also: Here are top 100 most popular Kindle books of 201715 best bookish gifts of 2017 – a holiday gift guide for book lovers The Kindle, although being a milestone in the development of ebooks, does not mark the beginning of digital reading. It’s not even the first ebook in the world, created by Michael S. Hart in 1971. Electric devices intended to improve reading experience were invented and conceptualized long before. And you can see them in a new infographic created by The Curious Reader, a web magazine for readers and book lovers. E-books have a long history with the first one being conceptualized over 80 years ago. We put together a nifty infographic to show you how e-books and e-readers have evolved over the years. Do you want to take a detailed look at the Kindle? Make sure to check out our fresh new infographic with the timeline of Kindle devices and services. Click or tap the visual below to see it enlarged. Make sure to check out recent infographics about books, libraries, and reading: The ultimate English grammar cheat sheet (infographic)30 wonderful quotes from award-winning children’s books (infographic)Reading books – benefits for children and adults (infographic)How libraries are using social media (infographic)10 exciting years of the Kindle (infographic)Want even more? Check out all articles in this topic: Infographics.

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  • One Stop For Writers December Deal: 25% off All PlansOne Stop For Writers December Deal: 25% off All Plans

    This is a bit scary, but do you realize we are less than three weeks from Christmas? THREE WEEKS, people. I feel like a giant, multi-tentacled time-eating monster came along and made a buffet out of the calendar. I mean, it seems plausible…or, like a story I should write.  Hmm. *scribbles notes* Either way, Lee, Becca, and I want to pass around some serious high fives as we roll toward the end of the year.  You guys killed it on the 2017 writing stage, especially all the brave souls who tackled NaNoWriMo last month. Whether you hit 50K or not, well done! If you feel like giving yourself a reward, an early holiday gift, or want to make an investment in your writing career, consider cashing in on this great deal: all One Stop plans are currently 25% off for the month of December. Simply register, then use the code, SANTA_APPROVED on the Subscription page, choose your plan, and ka-pow, you’ll get a 25% discount on your first invoice. And did you know? One Stop for Writers® is expanding…again! We have just added 14th description thesaurus to our OS library database. This addition, the Character Motivation Thesaurus, looks at different story goals in fiction and provides a boatload of ideas on how your character can achieve their goal, what obstacles may stand in their way, what sacrifices they might need to make and what is at stake if they fail. Story planning has never been easier. Need another reason to check out One Stop for Writers? How about… To celebrate the coming holiday, we’ll be giving some lucky new subscriber a free 1-year subscription to One Stop. Just sign up using the 25% off code above and BOOM, you’re in the draw. A reminder:  we do have Gift Certificates, if you were looking for something to say thank you to a critique partner, or if you have family members needing gift ideas for you. Just click on the tag to the left. And speaking of gift ideas, if you are looking for this year’s mega list of Unique Gifts for Writers, you can find that HERE. Happy writing, all!   The post One Stop For Writers December Deal: 25% off All Plans appeared first on WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®.

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  • Why Writing For Therapy Can Change Your LifeWhy Writing For Therapy Can Change Your Life

    I wrote my first book, Career Change, because I was so miserable in my day job that I would weep in the toilets at lunch-time, wondering what the hell I was doing with my life.  Excerpts from my journals appear in most of my non-fiction books, and I still write for therapy when I am going through tough times. Because writing can heal you, and it can help others.  In today's article, A.L.Michael shares how writing for therapy can change your life.  When people ask you why you write, you can probably answer immediately, can’t you? Because you love it, because it’s fun, because it’s your business, because it’s your escape. I’ve known more than a few authors who have answered ‘because it’s my therapy.’ There are always two responses to this reason. There are the authors who treat their writing very seriously. Writing is their business, their job and it’s something to be respected. Not just anyone can do it. The other response is a sigh and a smile: me too! I will tell you this – I used to be in the first camp. I trained in writing, I spent hours writing and editing and adapting, struggling to weave something out of an unholy mess of ideas and words. Writing may be fun, sometimes, but I had no desire to write my feelings out on the page. I didn’t do therapy. I wrote fiction. Fiction was not for expressing your feelings, it was for bringing them out in your readers. I was doing perfectly fine thank you very much. And then I discovered CWTP – creative writing for therapeutic purposes. Which destroyed my whole concept of what writing was. Because Writing has been proven to have a positive effect on your mental health; and, Anyone can do it. How is writing good for you? There have been studies in how writing affects the mind and mood for years – in all sorts of settings and forms. Poetry classes, writing in prisons, in hospitals and hospices, writing in addiction centres, bibliotherapy sessions – writing is finally being recognised as a creative therapy, alongside dance, drama, crafts and music. One of the most powerful pieces of research in this field was undertaken by researcher James Pennebaker – he got a group of people to spend 20 minutes a day writing expressively. By expressive, he meant they had to write about something that evoked an emotional response, usually something traumatic or upsetting. He then had a control group who wrote about things they had no connection to. The result? Those writing about non-emotional subjects experienced no difference, but those who wrote expressively visited the doctors less – they literally felt better. I’m not a trauma therapist, but I’m pretty sure most of us have had the experience of release when you finally express something you’ve been holding on to? Whether that’s in a screaming match or a therapy session, or on a page. When you let go of the things that are holding you down, when you are free to express how you feel, you feel better. So how does writing do this? Well, obviously, you can write expressively and therapeutically alone, as people have done for centuries, keeping diaries and journals. Think about the range of writing you do, and how it affects your feelings. Even writing a humble shopping list or to do list has an effect on your mood. It makes you feel in control. Writing for yourself and reading it back can put an experience in perspective – it can distance the pain, can draw a line under it, or can help you explore how others in the situation perceived it. I would argue that therapeutic writing is more powerful in a group. Firstly, you’ll have a workshop leader (therapeutic facilitator) to hold the group, make you feel safe, take care of the timings and set the activities. For those of you who have been to creative writing groups only to tremble through reading your work aloud, and then have it savaged under a guise of ‘constructive criticism’, these writing groups are different. Because it’s not about the piece. I’m going to say that again: It’s not about the piece of writing. Whatever you have written, whether it’s a memory that makes you smile, or a jagged little poem that shares your brokenness with the world, the point is not the form or the punctuation or anything else. The point is that you wrote it. The point is how you felt when you wrote it, and when you read it out loud. The process is more important than the outcome. Sharing something that feels authentic can make you feel powerful or vulnerable, but the point of the group is to be your audience and support you in your writing journey. Not to suggest that you use a different similie. Writing for wellbeing is about connection and exploration. You will still use the craft of writing, metaphors and colour and structure, but it is not in the way we usually use them as writers – to delight or shock or create something pretty. You use your craft to express the truest version of yourself. The power of writing for wellbeing is half in the writing, and half in the sharing. Reading something out that tells a group of near strangers about your hardest time, or your deepest desires can be terrifying. But to be thanked for sharing, to have someone acknowledge your pain, or relate to your dreams? It is immensely powerful. Empathy has a large part to play in writing, and in wellbeing. The benefits of writing for wellbeing have been acknowledged as feeling more confident, feeling ‘heard’, leaving behind negative memories and associations, finding joy, feeling comfortable with vulnerability, managing stress and having fun. Pennebaker’s research could suggest there were physical elements that changed in response to writing, but I think it says more about how the writers felt – they didn’t feel like there was something wrong with them, or that they needed to go to the doctor. My own research in this field was with women who were recovering from eating disorders, and which specific writing activities were useful to them in recovery. The elements of writing that we don’t even question as authors – finding the perfect word, creating powerful images, using archetypes, viewing a situation from a different perspective – all of these things were used in workshops, and can be harnessed in recovery. Writing about Recovery as a powerful woman, creating an image of the writer as a boxer, fighting against her illness. All of these things we would not even question in a book, as a creative device. But the devices are not just for the end result – they have value in and of themselves. How can therapeutic writing benefit authors? Authors are a group who can benefit from therapeutic writing massively – and not necessarily because they have writing skills (I have run writing for wellbeing sessions with people with low literacy levels, like I said, the quality of the writing in and of itself doesn’t matter.) One half of being able to benefit from a writing for wellbeing workshop is enjoying writing. The other half is being open to the process, and being happy to try writing in a different way. Authors can benefit from this because their jobs are filled with doubt and fear and imposter syndrome and all sorts of feelings that often can’t be expressed, for fear of damaging their brand, or their work or their income. Having a space to explore those feelings, to own them and play with them creatively is important, and I would argue, necessary for any professional creative. The other reason might shock you – it causes you to get the hell over yourself. You’re a professional writer, yes, you know about tone and form and language, you can carve worlds out of words. But when was the last time you wrote a silly limerick, or made up an acrostic? School, probably. When we become authors, a title many of us have worked hard to earn, we don’t want to lower ourselves to something as silly as play. I’m here to tell you that play has a lot to offer in the therapeutic writing sphere. I’ve worked with people who have written books for years, but were moved to tears by the words they put in an acrostic about how they were feeling. I knew a bestseller with a huge publishing deal who wrote a poem about her feelings about nature and stability, and the images used in that poem have stayed with me for years. I can’t remember the discussion, but I remember that image of a young girl sitting in the embrace of a tree, feeling alone. Writing fiction therapeutically gives us the safety to explore themes we didn’t want to touch on, and definitely couldn’t talk about directly. Writing about a failed relationship as a fairytale, a moment of shame from the perspective of an object in the room, even just freewriting how you’re feeling without stopping for three minutes, these are all things we can do as writers. We have the tools. What we need is the desire to use them to heal ourselves. We need to be brave enough to write something awful, something unimpressive, unpublishable and frankly, sometimes, embarrassing. Because when we shift from the product of the writing, to the act of writing – that is where the therapeutic magic happens. Writing has probably changed your life in one way or another, so why not let it do it again? Do you use writing as a therapeutic tool? Please leave your thoughts below and join the conversation. A.L. Michael is the author of 9 novels. Her latest book, Cocktails and Dreams, is book one in the Martini Club Series, and like most of her novels, is a love letter to London. Andi has a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing, an MA in Creative Entrepreneurship and an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. She works as a creative therapeutic workshop facilitator, and just finished her research on how creative writing can be useful to those in recovery from eating disorders. When she's not writing novels or helping others to write, she works as a digital content writer. You can find out more about Andi's books or about therapeutic writing at www.almichael.com or on Twitter @almichael_

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  • Happy bookish birthdays (December 6) to…Happy bookish birthdays (December 6) to…

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  • Round up #166: YouTube, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon device dealsRound up #166: YouTube, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon device deals

    Round up #166: YouTube, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon device deals The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later. There are still great deals for the holidays at Amazon I’m quite impressed with the deals this year at Amazon! It doesn’t feel like there is as much luck to it…while the “competition” is fun, it’s also good not to feel like you have to keep hovering over that Buy button. We are in Day 4 of Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) They do theme it (today is “For busy little elves of all ages”), but there are always deals in many categories. At time of writing, there are 167 pages of deals. For Amazon devices, they are doing some interesting things with refurbs (you can get an Echo “tower”, the big tall one, for $69.99, which they say is 58% off). They are also doing bundles: today, you could do a basic Kindle and a Fire 7 for just $94.99! You can get a Fire TV Stick and an Echo Dot for $59.98 (33% off). You can sort the deals, not only by price high to low or low to high, but by discount. The highest discount I’m seeing right now? 95%… Toodle-loo, YouTube Well, I’ll miss ya, YouTube. It’s not that YouTube is going out of business, but Google is currently blocking YouTube viewing on the Echo Show (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) (by the way, I was just speaking with someone at work yesterday, and we agree: the Show is our favorite Alexa device at this point), which they’ve done before. When I tried it just now, I got a message saying that YouTube was not available on that device…even though the Amazon piece of it seemed to launch. While I did sometimes use the Show to watch YouTube, that’s still probably not that big a market for YouTube. More important for me, and probably for many people, is that YouTube will not be available on the Fire TV family (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) starting January 1st, 2018. That means, pretty much, that I’ll never watch YouTube again…at least while this situation persists. A Fire TV and a Fire TV Stick are our sources of TV…we have one in the family room, one in the bedroom, and that’s it. I was watching YouTube quite often in the bedroom (getting ready in the morning), but that will be done. Oh, wait! I need to rethink this a bit…there are (at this point) some YouTube videos I really want to watch. There are some great creators whose work is available on YouTube. For that matter, one of our dogs has a video on YouTube (“Treadmill, Elf!” at YouTube). I will still have a place I might watch YouTube: in virtual reality on my Samsung Gear. I usually watch Netflix or Hulu (I’m partway through season six catching up on The Walking Dead, for example), but if I heard about a YouTube video I really wanted to see, I could see it there. Random discovery, though? Done. So, there’s a question here: will people not buy a Fire TV device because it doesn’t have YouTube, or will they stop watching YouTube because it isn’t on Fire TV? The answer is probably neither. People will watch YouTube on phones and tablets (hm…will YouTube continue to work on Fire tablets? Stopping that would be hard…the Fire TV needs an app, a tablet doesn’t), and they’ll still buy the relatively inexpensive Fire TVs. That’s my opinion…here’s another take on it: The Verge article by Chris Welch Amazon is also “delisting” new Nest thermostats from Google, and they stopped carrying the Chromecast some time ago. As some of my readers can guess from how I felt about brick-and-mortar bookstores (I’m a former manager of one) not carrying Amazon published books, I don’t think it’s a good play (on either of their parts). It’s worse on Google’s part, I think…they are choosing not to let their product be available to people, as opposed to Amazon making someone else’s product not available, but it all results in diminishing your customers’ (or potential customers’) experiences. Barnes & Noble announces financials…and the stock market responds According to this Money.CNN.com graph Barnes & Noble is down almost 14% in the past five days. Not coincidentally, that’s since they released their second quarter financial results: press release Comparable store sales are down (which they blame in part on no Harry Potter book this year), but perhaps more troubling for their strategy is that non-book categories were also down. Is this stock market drop a short-term response to a bad quarter because there wasn’t a Potter book? Um…the stock is down more than 40% year to date, so that’s a no. Alexa lists have really improved We use the Alexa lists, and I was very pleased to see really significant improvements to them recently. In one case, they did what I asked (but I’m not saying they did it because I asked it). It’s a simple thing, but they moved the button that deletes all of your completed items. It used to be in the same place as the button that took you to your completed items (so you could, with one tap, put them on the active list again)…therefore, if you tapped twice because you didn’t think it responded the first time, you could accidentally wipe out your history (we did it a couple of times). The new arrangement is much better. The other thing is that you can create your own lists! We used to just have a shopping list and a to-do list, but I added a separate pharmacy/vet(erinarian) list. My Significant Other really likes having an empty list, and when I put on there a pet med we didn’t need for a month, that wasn’t happening. The other list we are using right now is a list of “giftees” for the holiday. While we don’t record in it what we got for whom (we do that in a Google doc), it lets us know for whom we still need to shop. “How’s the book coming, Bufo?” I am still working on “Because of the Kindle”, and I do intend to finish it…but I’m not quite sure when. I originally wanted it out by the 10th anniversary of the Kindle (back in November), and then I was thinking by December 25th, but it honestly will probably be into next year. It’s just a much bigger project than I originally envisioned…and I started doing some daily things which really take up some time. I have the Bookish Birthdays, and it can take a half an hour easily to do one. Once I’ve been doing it for a year, that won’t be true, though. I do get positive response to them. The other public one is “On this date in geeky history”. That’s tied into  The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip. It definitely is building that, which is good, but again, that takes some serious time. I also have something I’m currently doing just for work (although I do it on my own time), and that may eventually become public, but that takes some time, too. I totally understand how those have started taking up my time: I teach time management, I’ve taught project management, and I’ve completed my work for a certification as an “Associate Improvement Adviser”. I can objectively say I’m good at it: I can see the results I get when I train other people in it, and measurement is part of all this. However, it reminds me of a quote which is in my book The Mind Boggles: A Unique Book of Quotations (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) “Another romantic lunacy. We assume that a personality problem can be liquidated merely through an understanding of it–as though a man could lift a ,mountain once he admitted it was heavy.” –Dr. Charles “Doc Bedside” Bedecker Chthon written by Piers Anthony I’m not saying that this a problem. I suppose that’s one of the advantages of not having a traditional publisher: I’m not being pressured to meet a deadline, and therefore put out an dramatically incomplete work. My apologies to those of you have wonderfully contributed thoughts for the book that it isn’t out as soon as you thought…and that does mean there is still time to share your thoughts with me for possible publication. The book is in my plans, though! Would you watch a video on Amazon for a discount? This Quartz article by Helen and Dave Edwards talks about a new patent by Amazon. The basic idea is that you get to an Amazon product page, and if you watch an advertising video, you get a discount on it. I think that makes a lot of sense. People do a form of that now with Amazon Giveaways (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) One way you can do a giveaway is to have people watch a video (or at least part of it) before they can enter. I’ve done that one myself, so I can tell you for sure that people do it. Of course, based on an earlier story in this round up, it might not be a YouTube video…   I finally did it… I’ve never cracked a smartphone screen before, but I finally did it with my Galaxy S7 Edge. We were at the dog park, I was wearing gloves, and I dropped it…face down on to rocks. I can still use it, but I do have hairline cracks when I’m watching VR. We’ll need to replace my SO’s phone soon, due to a life change, but we will instead be replacing two phones. Fortunately, there are two for one deals around. It’s also possible I’ll try to replace the screen myself…there are kits for about $40, and while I’m better with software than hardware, I can do some of that. Just don’t ask me to put oil in your car…I literally put washer fluid in the oil once. What do you think? What is Barnes & Noble’s future? Does the YouTube thing matter to you? How long will it last? Can Amazon develop an alternative to YouTube…or would it be more like Amazon’s traditional publishing, where it has a market niche, but doesn’t threaten the tradpubs (traditional publishers)…or do you think Amazon publishing does threaten them? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post. You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle! Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard! All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project! * I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get.  Shop ’til you help!   This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

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  • In Your Corner: A Soulful ChristmasIn Your Corner: A Soulful Christmas

    This is the time of the year when there’s snow on the roads in my part of the world, the days are short and dark by five in the evening, and everyone’s going a bit stir crazy.  Tensions are at a fever pitch, but so too is that special brand of optimistic cheerfulness which washes over and around the people I care about.  Some people may not celebrate the religious aspect of the Christmas holidays, but you can’t help but love some of the perks they bring with them: hot cocoa and cider to drink, quilts and kittens and friendships to keep us warm, generosity to celebrate in giving and receiving. It seems almost callow, perhaps, to talk about marketing in the midst of all this good-feeling.  What does the commercial machine have to do with empathy and generosity? Here’s the thing: What’s good for you as an author and what’s good for your relationships is also good for business.   I’m not just talking about the “family-friendly” or “family-owned” propaganda issued by big businesses like Starbucks or Chipotle or REI; I’m talking about your relationships on a personal level, and starting from the ground up.  The real revolution in how we do business has to start with actual human connection rather than the cold and soulless opportunism that we’ve been taught is the marker of successful companies and their high-level officials. So this Christmas, I’m not going to encourage you to break out a couple of new strategies for self-promotion success for several reasons–including the fact that we’ve already done so in past Christmases: here, here, and here––but rather to refocus on what you consider the most valuable and worthwhile aspects of your relationships.  I guarantee you this: if you put your friendships and your loved ones first, the rest will fall into place.  Friends want to hear about what each other do and love and are working on, and when your relationships are in tune you’ll know instinctively when it’s a good and natural and 100% organic moment to do so. Who you are as a writer fits within a broader framework of who you are in connection to the other people in your life.  Authenticity isn’t just nice; it’s imperative.  It just makes sense that what’s good for your relationships would be good for spreading the word about your book, and the ingredients for a joyful and happy holiday season would also be the perfect recipe for a productive time for you as a self-publishing author! You are not alone. ︎ ABOUT ELIZABETH JAVOR: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Elizabeth Javor works as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Outskirts Press. The Sales and Marketing departments are composed of knowledgeable publishing consultants, customer service reps and book marketing specialists; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Elizabeth Javor can put you on the right path.

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  • Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice AwardsAnnouncing the Winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

    More than 3.8 million votes have been cast and counted in the 9th annual Goodreads Choice Awards honoring the year's best books decided by you, the readers! Now it's time to celebrate some fantastic reading across 20 categories, representing 400 books between the winners and the finalists. And, of course, it's time for some very talented authors to celebrate their wins! We asked the winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards to share photos of themselves reacting to their victories. For Science Fiction winner Andy Weir, who is on a book tour, that meant making due with a bathroom-mirror selfie and a handwritten note. Colleen Hoover (who is celebrating her third consecutive win in the Romance category) received the good news while she was home sick, but—always a trooper—she rallied for the readers. And, well, some of these just made us laugh! Be sure to explore all of the winning and nominated books! Best Fiction: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Best Horror: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King Best Young Adult Fiction and Best Debut Goodreads Author: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Best Science Fiction: Artemis by Andy Weir Best Science & Technology: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson Best Historical Fiction: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate Best Romance: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover Best Mystery & Thriller: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins Best Graphic Novel & Comic: Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen Best Poetry: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas Best History & Biography: The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore Best Humor: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham Best Memoir & Autobiography: What Happened by Hillary Clinton Best Food & Cookbook: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! by Ree Drummond Best Nonfiction: How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh Best Middle Grade & Children's: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan Thank you to all of the millions of readers who make the Goodreads Choice Awards such a success every year! Happy Reading! Check out more recent blogs:12 Audiobooks for Star Wars FansExcerpt: Neil deGrasse Tyson's Astrophysics for People in a HurryA Recipe from Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! posted by Cybil on December, 05

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  • 5 Search Features in Libby That Every Bookworm Will Love5 Search Features in Libby That Every Bookworm Will Love

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  • 15 best bookish gifts of 2017 – a holiday gift guide for book lovers15 best bookish gifts of 2017 – a holiday gift guide for book lovers

    Looking for fresh new gift ideas for the book lover in your life? Here are the best items we spotted in 2017. Deciding what gift to give to someone who loves reading books is not easy. See also: Here are top 100 most popular Kindle books of 2017Top 50 Kindle Unlimited books of 2017 Getting another book may look like you’ve run out of ideas. On the other hand, maybe there is a newly released book that the book-loving member of your family is impatiently waiting to get. The key to succeeding is gift discovery. You don’t need to limit yourself to books, jewelry, or posters. All you need to do is to spend some time and search for book-related gift guides prepared for this holiday season. The more lists you explore, the better idea you will have what new products are available – and how exciting they are. Below, you will find our recommendations. Explore new literary findings from Amazon and Etsy online stores, as well as less known – but unique products – created out of love for books and reading. Top 15 bookish gifts of 2017 1. Famous writers kitchen magnets The literary kitchen magnet that keeps important daily reminders always in view is a refreshingly new idea for a bookish gift. Especially, when the magnet is as stunningly designed as the ones from East Grove Studio. Each one features a quote from a famous author and a beautifully crafted portrait. You can buy the magnets separately, but there is also a set of five, which I strongly recommend. ⇢ Amazon – $20. 2. Literary pillows from Ponder & Dream A pillow is a little object that magically makes the surrounding space much cozier and redefines it from being “indifferent” to “pleasant.” If not, take a look at the collection of literary pillows created by Ponder & Dream and offered on Etsy. The passage from novels by Jane Austen or Henry David Thoreau, a portrait of the famous writer, or a motivational book quote? It’s you to decide which of these great ideas you want to gift your beloved ones. And what about getting two or three such pillows, to make literature rule in home? ⇢ Etsy – $35. 3. Kingsbridge series by Ken Follett Ken Follett has released in September a long-expected third part of the bestselling Kingsbridge series taking place in the medieval England, in the fictional town of Kingsbridge. The new book, entitled A Column of Fire, takes bestseller lists by storm, and it will surely be one of the most gifted novels this holiday season. Even a better idea would be to buy all three books from the series, including previously released The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. ⇢ Amazon – $15.99 (Kindle Edition). 4. Leditop folding book lamp If you want a reading light to be a part of the literary interior, this is one of the most clever ideas. And when you don’t use it, you can put it back on a bookshelf. The lamp is powered by a lithium battery and gives light for up to 6 hours. You can recharge it via USB cable. The lamp is portable. Weighing 350 grams and having the size of the hardcover, it can be used as a camping lamp. The most awesome feature is the light color change. You can switch the tonality of light by simply opening and closing the lamp. You can choose from Warm White, Blue, Red, and a few options of Green. ⇢ Amazon – $39.90. 5. ThinOptics reading glasses & iPhone case If your beloved one needs glasses only for reading and is using the latest iPhone, think about combining two devices in one. Reading glasses offered by ThinOptics are compact, durable, and feature ultra-flexible titanium alloy bridge which is ten times more elastic than spring steel. What’s even more important, the glasses are so thin that you can place them on the back of a special iPhone 7 case. And the case is included, as well! ⇢ Amazon – $29.99. 6. Second-generation Kindle Oasis Is the booklover you want to gift a Kindle fan? The newest device from Amazon – the 2nd-generation Kindle Oasis – is the world’s most advanced e-reader. It’s worth its money if you want to satisfy the most important book lover in your life. Kindle Oasis 2 is waterproof, so it can be taken to a bathtub without worrying something happens when water spills on its display. Most importantly, it’s the first Kindle in years which is capable of playing audiobooks. And the asymmetric design enables the user to hold the Oasis in one hand for long hours comfortably. The newest Oasis comes in two storage options and sports the 7-inch, 1680 × 1264 px display – better and bigger than in any other Kindle. ⇢ Amazon – $249.99. 7. Harry Potter illustrated by Jim Kay This edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone beautifully illustrated by Jim Kay is a must-have book for everyone whose teen years were full of magic thanks to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The hardcover edition is available since late 2015, but I’d like to draw your attention to an exciting new format that helps the Harry Potter magic literally live on the pages. The new format is called Kindle in Motion. It adds gif-like loop animations and video embeds to the books. Just imagine Jim Kay’s illustrations being subtly animated, and you’ll fall in love with the new edition without even seeing it! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Kindle in Motion format can be enjoyed on free Kindle apps. It can make a perfect last-minute book gift. ⇢ Amazon – $9.99. 8. Kindle Unlimited gift subscription If your significant other or a family member reads a lot of Kindle ebooks, think about gifting Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription. The Kindle Unlimited subscriber has free and unlimited access to over 1.8 million titles. Among them, you will find not only Kindle ebooks but also newspapers, magazines, and audiobooks from Audible. As much as 82 of the bestselling Kindle books of 2017 are included in Kindle Unlimited – it sounds like a solid recommendation! You can buy one of the three subscription plans: 6, 12, and 24 months. We recommend getting the one-year plan, so the option to prolong the membership will be open the next holiday season. ⇢ Amazon – $119.98. 9. One-year Audible subscription Audiobooks are on the rise. They are growing quicker than ebooks. And they give a chance to follow the plot of your favorite book while doing other things, such as driving a car or cooking a dinner. One way to gift Audible audiobooks is buying single titles. But what happens if you choose the wrong title? A better, more flexible option is to gift an Audible membership. A Gold plan gives access to a catalog of 180,000 books. The member can get one book per month for free, and have a 30% discount on additional books. ⇢ Amazon – $14.95/month. 10. Literary teas from First Edition Tea Co. A book, a comfortable chair, a scent of an old library. The book lover in your life has everything to be happy. Wait, something is missing! Something to drink. What about the tea? Take a look at unique tea blends from First Edition Tea Co. that are inspired by literature. How would you imagine the taste inspired by Sherlock Holmes? Shouldn’t it be based on traditional English Breakfast tea, with pipe smoke, and a hint of bergamot? The Great Gatsby is all about lemon and organic lavender. Alice in Wonderland offers a combination of rooibos, papaya, almond, and rose petals. Reading a good book with a cup of a favorite tea can now reach a whole new level. ⇢ Etsy – $12. 11. Vintage book iPad case cover A great gift for anyone who loves the newest technology but is missing the look and feel of an old book. A series of iPad case covers from Jgoo makes the life of book lovers much more enjoyable. Every time they will open the case they would feel like opening a book. At the same time, the case is extremely thin (so it add almost no bulk to the tablet), and supports auto sleep/wake feature. It’s available in four colors: Blue, Brown, Gray, and Red. Among the models it fits, there are the 2017 9.7-inch iPad, iPad Pro 10.5, and the 4th-generation iPad Mini. ⇢ Amazon – $18.99. 12. Book-inspired tote bag from Fable & Black Is your family member frequently visiting a library or attending a book club meeting? A relevant tote bag will be a blessing. Out of many different designs from several artists, I’ve picked for your consideration a collection of literary tote bags offered by Fable & Black. You may say they are too fancy or too bright, but on the other side: isn’t reading a kind of activity that brings inspiration and freshness to life? You can choose from almost 30 designs. Some are using bright colors, such as the one with Jane Austen quote, the others are minimalist black & white projects. ⇢ Etsy – $11.99. 13. Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson The new biography by the author of Steve Jobs and Einstein tells the life of Leonardo da Vinci in an exciting and inspiring way. Walter Isaacson studies thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks to create, as the New Yorker puts it, “a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life… a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it.” The book is available in hardcover, as well as Kindle format. You can also get it as an audiobook. ⇢ Amazon – $14.99 (Hardcover). 14. Literary matches from Studio Portmanteau Literary matchboxes from Studio Portmanteau are a great little addition to any bookish gift, no matter whether it’s a book itself or a book-related accessory. Each matchbox features a beautifully retouched cover from an original edition of the literary classic. The collection includes over 50 such books. Pride and Prejudice, A Christmas Carol, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, and Call of the Wild are among them. These literary matchboxes are great for dinners, picnics, or book club meetings. I personally find them a perfect collectible series. ⇢ Etsy – $3 each. 15. PagePal page holder Reading real books made easy – this simple and stylish page holder helps keep the pages in a book wide open with one hand. The wood is more suitable for page holders than any other material. The warm, smooth texture of American Walnut compliments the feel of any book. No matter whether someone is standing, sitting or lying down, one hand is free to hold that wine glass. This book holder comes in two sizes: regular and large. ⇢ Amazon – $20.99. • • • Where to buy gifts for book lovers? Have you found this gift guide useful and picked a perfect holiday gift? If not, make sure to explore these great sites for more gift recommendations. Amazon Handmade – many users find gifts on Amazon. When you search the entire store, you may easily get disappointed with too many items that look cheap. However, in Amazon’s sub store called Handmade, you can find goods that are beautifully hand-crafted to order and can be personalized. Not on the High Street – the site is a default online destination for gift-seeking users from the UK. If you want to find inspiration for homemade gift ideas, this is the site you should check out. Zazzle – it’s one of the largest online destinations for gifts and accessories of all kinds. You can pick up an artwork and choose the item you want it on. If you prefer to use your own photo or design – you can do it! A customized literary gift ? Try Zazzle. Etsy – visit Etsy and you’ll immediately realize it’s loaded with gorgeous gifts any book lover would be grateful to receive. As all items are made to order, there are several ways to add a personal message – also for the bookish items listed above. • • • To get more posts like this, please subscribe by RSS or email. Let’s also connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. More to explore: Here are top 100 most popular Kindle books of 2017Top 50 Kindle Unlimited books of 2017Case covers for Kindle Oasis 2 that you might have missedMost sold Kindle books for each year, since 2007Here are the best books of 2017 picked by Amazon editorsWant even more? Check out all articles in this topic: Lists. affiliate link

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  • Tuesday Book Review: “When Love Never Ends”Tuesday Book Review: “When Love Never Ends”

    Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written. When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review: When Love Never Ends by J. Alec Keaton Publisher: Outskirts Press ISBN: 9781478770626 Synopsis*: When Love Never Ends is the love story of Sam and Sara, once separated, then reunited, then lost to each other again … unless Sam can find a way to change their destiny. As with many young couples, Sam and Sara meet at a dance, start dating, and soon fall in love. Sam is a college man; Sara only a junior in high school-but for Sam, the age difference doesn’t matter. Sara is the girl of his dreams. He wants to be with her, and she with him, and they look forward to a future together. Plans for that happy future, however, are squashed when Sara’s bigoted father, Ralph Henderson, finds out about Sam’s mixed Japanese-Caucasian heritage. Henderson refuses to allow his daughter to date a “breed,” and devises a cruel scheme to separate them for good. Years later, Sara seeks legal help, and the lawyer she contacts is Sam, now a partner in a prestigious law firm. Though she’s in a difficult personal situation, Sara’s feelings for Sam are easily rekindled, as are his feelings for her. Just when it looks like they will be able to have a future together after all, catastrophe occurs. After months of crippling grief and depression, Sam develops an interest in his friend’s pet project dealing with time travel. Though Sam once scoffed at the idea, the improbable now seems his only hope: to travel back in time and change the order of events-to change their destiny. When Love Never Ends is a rich saga of a love that endures beyond all bounds. J. Alec Keaton’s evocative images, true-to-life characters, and clever plot twists are exactly on point. He deftly maneuvers the complex concept of time travel in a manner that is both satisfying and convincing. As his main character comes to realize, “Time goes on forever, and life is just a fleeting moment.”  * courtesy of Amazon.com Featured Review: A Book & A Dish AVOCADO BREAD (A J. Alec Keaton Favorite) 3 eggs 1 cup Imperial margarine (microwave to soften)½ cup of nuts (optional)1 cup diced avocado2 cups flour1 ½ cups of sugar½ tsp. baking powder½ tsp. baking soda¼ cup allspice Soften margarine and mix with sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, beat well. Add dry ingredients, nuts and avocado. Spray 3 loaf pans with PAM and pour mixture evenly.  Bake at 350 in oven for 45 minutes. (the time may vary slightly depending on the exact temperature of your oven) Double recipe to make 5 loaves.   Review Sam never uttered the words “I love you” to any woman with whom he had a sexual relationship.  He had said those three words only to Sara, who was the love of his life. Threatened and intimidated by her father, Sam had walked away from her a long time ago. That happened in 1966 and now, thirteen years later, he was still in love with her.  Sam tried not to think of her, but in the deepest reaches of his heart, he could never forget her.  A man never forgets his first love.  Sam’s ultimate desire was to correct the one mistake he’d made long ago.  His friend, Dr. Jeremiah Ebenezer Pike, always talked about the possibility of time travel.  If it was possible to travel back in time, then I’d correct the mistake I made in leaving Sara, Sam thought. It was only since the loss of his wife four years ago that Ebb had been obsessed with the concept of time travel.  On a Wednesday, Sam met Ebb for dinner.  “Ebb, tell me more about your project of time travel.” Sara’s father was a bit of a bigot.  When he found out that Sam was part Japanese he forbid Sam to see Sara.  With there being a 5 year age difference he threatened Sam with statutory rape, along with threats regarding Sam’s parents as well as Sara herself if he didn’t break it off with her immediately without allowing her to know that her father had intervened.  Sam had always wanted to be an attorney and this dream would be destroyed if he went to jail. He also worried about what would happen to his parents if his dad lost his job and how Sara would thrive with her father controlling her every move.  He had no choice but to break it off, hurting both of them more than either could imagine. Sam saw his dream and became a graduate of Harvard University.  He met Elliot Benson who was the controlling partner in an exclusive law firm that represented some of the more wealthy clients in Seattle.  Benson took an immediate liking to Sam and offered him a position within the firm.  Sam was impressed but had committed to work for Senator Kennedy in Washington for four or five years.  After completing this he would return to Seattle and if Benson still wanted him he was his. After returning to Seattle, Sam’s life was still incomplete.  The missing element was Sara so when she walked into his office one day asking if he would represent her in her divorce against an abusive husband, Sam felt the missing pieces of his life coming back together.  Until…… This book is so beautifully filled with love and commitment.  It also holds hate and disappointments.  But then it holds the possibility of everything being corrected and happiness falling upon everyone within Sam and Sara’s lives.  This was a truly enjoyable book with a surprise around every corner. – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds “When Love Never Ends” is a wonderful portrayal of young first love. In the summer of 1965, Sara Henderson, a junior in high school, attends a college dance with her best friend Becky.and her sister Rose. At the dance, she meets her “Prince Charming”, Sam Stephens, a senior and a quarterback.at the college. For Sara, Sam is all that a girl could ever want in a man, handsome, tall, charismatic, and intelligent. Sam and Sara date throughout the summer and fall madly in love. Sara’s father, Ralph Henderson, upon meeting Sam immediately dislikes Sam, because he looked a half breed. He had his buddy, Detective Frank Sorenson to investigate Sam. Ralph and Frank are members of the Mountaineer Club, consisting of men with similar racist & bigoted views. Upon learning that Sam is half Japanese and half Caucasian, they derive a scheme so Sam would never see his daughter Sara again. Years later, Sam graduates from Harvard Law School and becomes successful lawyer/partner with the top law firm in Seattle but he never stopped loving Sara, One day, she walks into his office seeking his council and the love that they had for each other is rekindled, but tragedy does not elude them. The author, J.Alec Keaton, superbly writes about young love and what their life could have been if we could travel back in time and change the course of action in our lives. He reminds us that wrong decisions we make today can adversely affect our future. It is book of fantasy of “What ifs”. – reviewed by Donald M. Hashiguchi “When Love Never Ends” is a very touching love story which combines some sad, hurtful events with racial overtones that tug your heart. Keaton portrays the intense power of first (and forbidden) young love with skill and sensitivity, but also with some intense and tantalizing erotica that makes the pages turn fast and furious. – reviewed by Joanne A story of love and caring. Sam is able to travel back in time with the help of his friend Ebb and right the wrongs of the past so that he might live a happier life. He also changes the past for Ebb so that they both share happiness in their future. – reviewed by Julia Miyakawa Video Book Review:   Thanks for reading!  Keep up with the latest in the world of indie and self-published books by watching this space! Self Publishing Advisor

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  • Happy bookish birthdays (December 5) to…Happy bookish birthdays (December 5) to…

    Happy bookish birthdays (December 5) to… Joan Didion (Slouching Towards Bethlehem) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) Calvin Trillin (Alice, Let’s Eat) (at AmazonSmile*) Lydia Millet (My Happy Life) (at AmazonSmile*) Christina Rossetti (Goblin Market) (at AmazonSmile*) Ann Nolan Clark (Secret of the Andes) (at AmazonSmile*) James Lee Burke (Dave Robicheaux series) (at AmazonSmile*) You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle! Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard! All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project! * I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get.  Shop ’til you help!   This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

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  • 10 Ways to Goose the Muse10 Ways to Goose the Muse

    Calliope, the muse of epic poetry and story, is a fickle goddess. She drops in depending on her mood, tickles the imagination, and then takes off to party with Aphrodite. Homer famously called on the muse at the beginning of The Illiad and The Odyssey, and she deigned to answer the blind poet. But many another author, cold and alone in his garret, has cursed her for not showing up at all. So what do you do, scribe? Wait around for a visit? Implore Zeus to flex some muscle and order his daughter to your office or Starbucks? No! You haven’t got time to waste. You’ve got books to write. So I suggest you take the initiative and set about to prod the capricious nymph out of her scornful lethargy. How? Play games. Set aside a regular time (at least one half hour per week) just to play. And the most important rule is: do not censor yourself in any way. Leave your editorial mind out of the loop and record the ideas just as they come. Only later, with some distance, do you go back and assess what you have. Here are ten of my favorite muse-goosing games: 1. The “What if” Game This game can be played at any stage of the writing process, but it is especially useful for finding ideas. Train your mind to think in What if terms about everything you read, watch or happen to see on the street. I’m always doing that when waiting at a stop light and looking at people on the corner. What if she is a hit-woman? What if he is the deposed president of Venezuela? Read the news asking “What if” about every article. What if the new host of the Today Show was an AI robot? What if that nice cooking-show star was a serial killer (working title: Deadly Beets)? 2. Titles  Make up a cool title then think about a book to go with it. Sound wacky? It isn’t. A title can set your imagination zooming as it looks for a story to go with it. Come up with ten titles right now that go with your genre preference. Tweak them until they “hit the spot.” 3. The List Ray Bradbury Wikimedia Commons Early in his career, Ray Bradbury made a list of nouns that flew out of his subconscious. These became fodder for his stories. Start your own list. Let your mind comb through the mental pictures of your past and quickly write one- or two-word reminders. I did this once and my own list of over 100 items includes: THE DRAPES (a memory about a pet puppy who tore my Mom’s new drapes, so she gave him away the next day. I climbed a tree in protest and refused to come down) THE HILL (that I once accidentally set fire to). THE FIREPLACE (in front of which we had many a family gathering). Each of these is the germ of a possible story or novel. They are what resonate from my past. I can take one of these items and brainstorm a whole host of possibilities that come straight from the heart. 4. See it Let your imagination play you a movie. Close your eyes. Sit back and “watch.” What do you see? If something is interesting, don’t try to control it. Give it a nudge if you want to, but try as much as possible to let the pictures do their own thing. Do this for as long as you want. 5. Hear it Music is a shortcut to the heart. (Calliope has a sister, Euterpe, goddess of music. Put the whole family to work!) Listen to music that moves you. Choose from different styles–classical, movie scores, rock, jazz, whatever lights your fuse–and as you listen, close your eyes and see what pictures, scenes or characters develop. 6. Stealing from the Best If Shakespeare could do it, you can too. Steal your plots. Yes, the Bard of Avon rarely came up with an original story. He took old plots and weaved his own particular magic with them. So did Dean Koontz. He amusingly winks at us in Midnight about combining Invasion of the Body Snatchers with The Island of Dr. Moreau. Listen: this is not plagiarism! I once had a well-meaning but misinformed correspondent wax indignant about my tongue-in-cheek use of the word steal. There are only about twenty plots (more or less depending on who you talk to) and they are all public domain. You combine, re-work, re-imagine them. You don’t copy what another author has done with characters and setting. 7. Cross a Genre  All genres have conventions. We expect certain beats and movements in genre stories. Why not take those expectations and turn them into fresh plots? It’s very easy to take a Western tale, for example, and set it in outer space. Star Wars had many Western themes (remember the bar scene?) Likewise, the Sean Connery movie Outland is High Noon on a Jupiter moon. The feel of Dashiell Hammett’s The Thin Man characters transferred well into the future in Robert A. Heinlein’s The Cat Who Walks Through Walls. The classic TV series The Wild, Wild West was simply James Bond in the old West. A brilliant flipping of a genre that has become part of popular culture When zombies got hot a few years ago, I pitched my agent the idea of a legal thriller series with a zombie as the lawyer-hero. I figured most people think lawyers and zombies are the same anyway. Kensington bought it and it became the Mallory Caine zombie legal thriller series under my pen name, K. Bennett. 8. Research James Michener began “writing” a book four or five years in advance. When he “felt something coming on” he would start reading, as many as 150 to 200 books on a subject. He browsed, read, checked things. He kept it all in his head and then, finally, he began to write. All the material gave him plenty of ideas to draw upon. Today, the Internet makes research easier than ever. But don’t ignore the classic routes. Books are still here, and you can always find people with specialized knowledge to interview. And if the pocketbook permits, travel to a location and drink it in. Rich veins of material abound. 9. Obsession By its nature an obsession controls the deepest emotions of a character. It pushes the character, prompts her to action. As such, it is a great springboard for ideas. What sorts of things obsess people? ego winning looks love lust enemies career Create a character. Give her an obsession. Watch where she runs. 10. Opening Lines Dean Koontz wrote The Voice of the Night based on an opening line he wrote while just “playing around”– “You ever killed anything?” Roy asked. Only after the line was written did Koontz decide Roy would be a boy of fourteen. He then went on to write two pages of dialogue which opened the book. But it all started with one line that reached out and grabbed him by the throat. Joseph Heller was famous for using first lines to suggest novels. In desperation one day, needing to start a novel but having no ideas, these opening lines came to Heller: In the office in which I work, there are four people of whom I am afraid. Each of these four people is afraid of five people. These two lines immediately suggested what Heller calls “a whole explosion of possibilities and choices.” The result was his novel, Something Happened. Well, I could go on, but this post is already too long. If you’re interested, I have 10 more of these games in my book, Plot & Structure. The main lesson: don’t let the inconstant Calliope rest on her mythic derriere. She’s a muse, after all. This is what she’s supposed to do.   Jim is the author of the #1 bestseller for writers, Plot & Structure, and numerous thrillers, including, Romeo’s Rules, Try Dying and Don’t Leave Me. His popular books on fiction craft can be found here. His thrillers have been called “heart-whamming” (Publishers Weekly) and can be browsed here. Find out more about Jim on our Resident Writing Coach page, and connect with him online. Twitter   The post 10 Ways to Goose the Muse appeared first on WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®.

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  • Excerpt: Lilly Singh's How to Be a BawseExcerpt: Lilly Singh's How to Be a Bawse

    Lilly Singh is the author of How to Be a Bawse, which won the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Nonfiction. Singh, a Canadian YouTube personality, celebrates being a Goodreads Choice Award winner by sharing the following excerpt from that book with us below: Chapter 1: Play NintendoI'm sweating in my blue overalls as I look at all the obstacles ahead of me. I have three options: (1) pound my head on this brick block and hope for a star, (2) run and jump over the enemy, or (3) step on this turtle's head and force him to retract into his shell. No matter which option I go with, the fact remains that the Koopa Troopa up ahead is going to stay there. I can't control it or convince it that it's actually a Ninja Turtle and thus is in the wrong game. That's fine. No Ninja Turtles means more pizza for me, and I'm Italian, so this is all working out. I know the Koopa Troopa isn't going to listen to me, and therefore I need to control the only thing I can—and that's me, Mario.Video games are a great analogy for life. You go through levels, get thrown off by obstacles, and face several enemies. The game will become harder and harder, but it's okay because you become smarter, faster, and more skilled. When playing a video game, you control a character by making it jump, run, duck, and attack. I mean, that was back in my day when my Super Nintendo controller had two buttons. Today video game controllers have as many buttons as a keyboard, so who knows what you can do. You can probably press A + Y + Z while twirling your left joystick and your character will sing the national anthem. Either way, the fact remains that your character is the only thing you can control in the game. The enemies will keep coming, the walls will keep shrinking, and the time will keep ticking away. It's your job to navigate your character through a situation you cannot control.That's exactly how you should view life. A Bawse understands that there are many things in life you have no control over and it is inefficient to become frustrated by that reality. Not being able to control people and situations doesn't make you powerless; it just means you have to exercise your power in a different way. If you can't control people, then control your reaction to them. If you can't control a situation, then prepare for it.Before I started my career in the entertainment industry, I was the leader of a small dance company (if you could even call it that) in Toronto. We started off small, with only a few dancers, specializing in only Indian dance styles, but over time, in true Lilly fashion, I wanted to keep growing and expanding our horizons. Since I was little, I've had larger-than-life ideas. I never wanted to settle for something simple or mediocre, and as a result, when I did things, I wanted them to be the biggest and best things. There were so many other dance teams and companies around and I didn't want to just be another addition to an already long list. I committed my days to transforming the company in the hopes of creating a dance empire that would take over the world. I really thought that was possible. We would be dancing Power Rangers who saved the world, one extended leg and pointed toe at a time. I decided to convert my basement into a full-blown office. We held auditions for dancers who were skilled in all forms of dance so that we could perform hip-hop, classical, and fusion in addition to what we were already doing. I organized photo shoots and video shoots and other creative marketing techniques. I had so much drive and determination that no injury, financial strain, or competition could steer me off my path. What I couldn't see, however, was the one obstacle that was in front of me the entire time, and which caused everything to fall apart: the team itself.I had such big dreams for the company and I was always willing to work for them. Without hesitation, I would pull all-nighters to put together marketing materials, spend money out of my own pocket to invest in what we needed, and drive myself crazy thinking of innovative ways to set ourselves apart. But then I would arrive at practice and deal with three dancers showing up late, one not showing up at all, and two of them leaving early. Getting people to put in work on events to help our brand was like pulling teeth. We often performed at weddings and thus needed to adhere to a professional dress code, yet some dancers would occasionally show up wearing shorts and flip-flops. I would get so frustrated with them because I was putting in so much work for this dream, but the reality of the situation was that the dream was mine, not theirs. I tried for years to control them and make them work for something they didn't care about as much as I did, and it just didn't work.My dance company dreams faded away gradually, but the process was hastened by my discovery of YouTube. I remember feeling a new sensation the first time I uploaded a video. I wrote the script, shot it, edited it, and released it. No one else was involved or required, and the independence was exhilarating. Soon I developed an even greater drive and passion for my career as Superwoman than I'd had previously with my dance team. This time, however, I wasn't trying to control a group of twenty people every time I needed something to get done. The only person I needed to control was the only person I could control, and that was me.Today, of course, I have a team that surrounds me and helps me to build my business. But Lilly is still at the root of Superwoman. The success of Superwoman and the failure of my dance team helped me learn a very important lesson: work with what's in your control. This lesson can be applied to so many situations in our lives. You get frustrated when your parents nag you, so every time they do, you storm out of the room. You can't control your parents, so stop trying. Instead, use that energy to control your reaction the next time they nag you. You might not be able to smash a brick block and find a star that makes you invincible, but you can practice patience and build up a resistance to nagging. If none of that works, you can find the closest green tube and transport yourself out of the conversation.Have you ever played a video game then lost because you realized you were looking at the wrong part of the screen the whole time? You were so confused as to why your controller wasn't working, but really you were just trying to control the wrong character. That's what trying to control people is like in real life. We're so often fixated on getting people to behave in accordance with what we want that we forget to focus on ourselves.The best way to stop people from pushing your buttons is to start pushing your own.A + Y + Z. Left joystick."O Canada." Explore the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards, including:Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice AwardsExcerpt: Neil deGrasse Tyson's Astrophysics for People in a HurryA Recipe from Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!Excerpted from How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh. Copyright 2017 by Lilly Singh. Excerpted by permission of Ballantine Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. posted by Cybil on December, 04

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  • Excerpt: A Recipe from Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!Excerpt: A Recipe from Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!

    Congrats to Ree Drummond (aka The Pioneer Woman) on winning the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Cookbook! To celebrate, Drummond is sharing one of her delicious recipes that won readers over in The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! I'm beginning to think my waffle iron can do anything. It can make waffles, of course. It can make omelets (try it! Just whip up omelet ingredients and pour them in). It can make panini (whoa—game changer). And it can make quesadillas to beat the band. (Oh, it can also sing "Jingle Bells" like no one's business. That's another story for another time.) But did you know your waffle iron can turn frozen hash browns into the crispiest, butteriest taters you ever did see/hear/taste? It's true. And considering how long both frozen hash browns and waffle irons have been around, I'm amazed it took humankind this long to figure it out. (I'm so glad it did!)Waffle Iron Hash Browns Makes Six 4-inch Waffles Ingredients: One 30-ounce bag frozen shredded hash browns 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted 1/2 teaspoon black pepper Cooking spray 1/2 cup chopped shaved ham 1 cup freshly grated Cheddar cheese Ketchup, for servingInstructions: 1. Thaw the hash browns at room temperature for about 3 hours, turning the package over occasionally. (Or you may place the frozen hash browns in the fridge overnight.) When they are thawed, preheat the waffle iron to medium-low heat. 2. Place half the hash browns in the middle of a stack of three or four paper towels. Bunch up the potatoes and squeeze them to force out as much liquid as possible. Place the hash browns in a large bowl, then repeat with the rest of the hash browns. 3. Drizzle in the butter then add the pepper and toss everything together. 4. Coat the surface of the waffle iron with cooking spray, then add 1/2 cup of the potato mixture to each well. (You should hear them start to sizzle!) 5. Sprinkle the chopped ham evenly over the potatoes then add the cheese. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of the potatoes over the top of each waffle. 6. Close the lid and let 'em cook! How long the waffles take to cook depends on the heat of your waffle maker and the moisture of the potatoes. Lift the lid and check on the waffles from time to time to make sure they aren't burning. The edges and the cheese will start to crisp up and get golden, but you'll want to keep it going until everything is deep golden. 7. Use a dull knife or spatula to remove the waffles. Serve them with ketchup and dig right in! These are absolutely addictive. Crispy and wonderful!Change Things Up! For a simpler hash brown, omit the cheese and ham and just put 3/4 cup potatoes in each well. Add diced onion and green bell pepper along with the ham and cheese. Explore the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards, including:Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice AwardsExcerpt: Neil deGrasse Tyson's Astrophysics for People in a HurryExcerpt: Lilly Singh's How to Be a Bawse From The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! by Ree Drummond. Copyright © 2017 by Ree Drummond. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. posted by Cybil on December, 04

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  • Excerpt: Neil deGrasse Tyson's Astrophysics for People in a HurryExcerpt: Neil deGrasse Tyson's Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

    Neil deGrasse Tyson is the author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, which won the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award in Science and Technology. To celebrate, Tyson is sharing the following excerpt from that book with Goodreads: "Of all the sciences cultivated by mankind, Astronomy is acknowledged to be, and undoubtedly is, the most sublime, the most interesting, and the most useful. For, by knowledge derived from this science, not only the bulk of the Earth is discovered…; but our very faculties are enlarged with the grandeur of the ideas it conveys, our minds exalted above [their] low contracted prejudices." —James Ferguson 1757.Long before anyone knew that the universe had a beginning, before we knew that the nearest large galaxy lies two and a half million light-years from Earth, before we knew how stars work or whether atoms exist, James Ferguson's enthusiastic introduction to his favorite science rang true. Yet his words, apart from their eighteenth-century flourish, could have been written yesterday.But who gets to think that way? Who gets to celebrate this cosmic view of life? Not the migrant farmworker. Not the sweatshop worker. Certainly not the homeless person rummaging through the trash for food. You need the luxury of time not spent on mere survival. You need to live in a nation whose government values the search to understand humanity's place in the universe. You need a society in which intellectual pursuit can take you to the frontiers of discovery, and in which news of your discoveries can be routinely disseminated. By those measures, most citizens of industrialized nations do quite well.Yet the cosmic view comes with a hidden cost. When I travel thousands of miles to spend a few moments in the fast-moving shadow of the Moon during a total solar eclipse, sometimes I lose sight of Earth.When I pause and reflect on our expanding universe, with its galaxies hurtling away from one another, embedded within the ever-stretching, four-dimensional fabric of space and time, sometimes I forget that uncounted people walk this Earth without food or shelter, and that children are disproportionately represented among them.When I pore over the data that establish the mysterious presence of dark matter and dark energy throughout the universe, sometimes I forget that every day—every twenty-four-hour rotation of Earth—people kill and get killed in the name of someone else's conception of God, and that some people who do not kill in the name of God, kill in the name of political dogma their nation's needs or wants.When I track the orbits of asteroids, comets, and planets, each one a pirouetting dancer in a cosmic ballet choreographed by the forces of gravity, sometimes I forget that too many people act in wanton disregard for the delicate interplay of Earth's atmosphere, oceans, and land, with consequences that our children and our children's children will witness and pay for with their health and well-being.And sometimes I forget that powerful people rarely do all they can to help those who cannot help themselves.I occasionally forget those things because, however big the world is—in our hearts, our minds, and our outsized digital maps—the universe is even bigger. A depressing thought to some, but a liberating thought to me.Consider an adult who tends to the traumas of a child: a broken toy, a scraped knee, a schoolyard bully. As adults we know that kids have no clue of what constitutes a genuine problem, because inexperience greatly limits their childhood perspective. Children do not yet know that the world doesn't revolve around them. As grown-ups, dare we admit to ourselves that we, too, have a collective immaturity of view? Dare we admit that our thoughts and behaviors spring from a belief that the world revolves around us? Apparently not. Yet evidence abounds. Part the curtains of society's racial, ethnic, religious, national, and cultural conflicts, and you find the human ego turning the knobs and pulling the levers.Now imagine a world in which everyone, but especially people with power and influence, holds an expanded view of our place in the cosmos. With that perspective, our problems would shrink—or never arise at all—and we could celebrate our earthly differences while shunning the behavior of our predecessors who slaughtered each other because of them.I remember the day I learned in biology class that more bacteria live and work in one centimeter of my colon than the number of people who have ever existed in the world. That kind of information makes you think twice about who—or what—is actually in charge.From that day on, I began to think of people not as the masters of space and time but as participants in a great cosmic chain of being, with a direct genetic link across species both living and extinct, extending back nearly four billion years to the earliest single-celled organisms on Earth.The cosmic perspective flows from fundamental knowledge. But it's more than about what you know. It's also about having the wisdom and insight to apply that knowledge to assessing our place in the universe. And its attributes are clear:The cosmic perspective comes from the frontiers of science, yet it is not solely the provenance of the scientist. It belongs to everyone.The cosmic perspective is humble.The cosmic perspective is spiritual—even redemptive—but not religious.The cosmic perspective enables us to grasp, in the same thought, the large and the small.The cosmic perspective opens our minds to extraordinary ideas but does not leave them so open that our brains spill out, making us susceptible to believing anything we're told.The cosmic perspective opens our eyes to the universe, not as a benevolent cradle designed to nurture life but as a cold, lonely, hazardous place, forcing us to re-assess the value of all humans to one another.The cosmic perspective shows Earth to be a mote. But it's a precious mote and, for the moment, it's the only home we have.The cosmic perspective finds beauty in the images of planets, moons, stars, and nebulae but also celebrates the laws of physics that shape them.The cosmic perspective enables us to see beyond our circumstances, allowing us to transcend the primal search for food, shelter, and sex.The cosmic perspective reminds us that in space, where there is no air, a flag will not wave—an indication that perhaps flag waving and space exploration do not mix.The cosmic perspective not only embraces our genetic kinship with all life on Earth but also values our chemical kinship with any yet-to-be discovered life in the universe, as well as our atomic kinship with the universe itself.During our brief stay on planet Earth, we owe ourselves and our descendants the opportunity to explore—in part because it's fun to do. But there's a far nobler reason. The day our knowledge of the cosmos ceases to expand, we risk regressing to the childish view that the universe figuratively and literally revolves around us. In that bleak world, arms-bearing, resource—hungry people and nations would be prone to act on their "low contracted prejudices." And that would be the last gasp of human enlightenment—until the rise of a visionary new culture that could once again embrace, rather than fear, the cosmic perspective. Also, read our exclusive interview with Tyson, where he discusses his favorite books and explains his cosmic view of life. Explore the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards, including:Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice AwardsExcerpt: A Recipe from Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!Excerpt: Lilly Singh's How to Be a Bawse Excerpted from Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson. 2017 by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Used with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 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  • Estate Planning For Authors With M.L BuchmanEstate Planning For Authors With M.L Buchman

    Your intellectual property rights are valuable – both to you in your lifetime, but also for 70 years after you die according to copyright law. So what happens once you're gone? Have you ensured that your heirs and successors can still benefit? Plus, how to ‘tick the reader clock' with your book marketing in this fascinating but also jolly chat with romance author, ML Buchman. In the introduction, I mention the changes to Goodreads Giveaways, PublishDrive closes a funding round, WIRED magazine article on Welcome to the era of the AI co-worker, including aspects of translation; plus, the launch of Scrivener 3 with enhanced formatting compile options. Plus, my books out this month: The Healthy Writer: Reduce your Pain, Improve your Health, and Build a Writing Career for the Long-Term, and Map of Shadows, first in my new Mapwalker dark fantasy series. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors. M.L. Buchman is the bestselling author of over 50 novels including military, romantic suspense, thrillers, and nonfiction for writers. He brings 30 years of project management experience into his author business, and today we're talking about his book, Estate Planning for Authors. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. Show Notes Matt's production schedule and ‘ticking' the Reader Clock Why estate planning matters so much for authors The three types of property, how they differ and why they matter Why intellectual property is important for authors to understand Support and ideas for organizing your estate and IP information The most exciting things on the horizon for indie authors You can find M.L. Buchman at MLBuchman.com and on Twitter @mlbuchman Transcript of Interview with M.L. Buchman Joanna: Hi everyone, I'm Joanna Penn from TheCreativePenn.com, and today I'm here with M.L. Buchman. Hi Matt. Matt: Hello. Joanna: It's great to have you on the show, just a little introduction. M.L. Buchman is the bestselling author of over 50 novels including military, romantic suspense, thrillers, and nonfiction for writers. He brings 30 years of project management experience into his author business, and today, we're talking about “Estate Planning for Authors,” which I have my copy of here, and Matt has his. Matt: Yes. Joanna: This is an awesome book. This is one of those topics, we could be talking about romance writing. But no, we're talking about estate planning, because you bring a special angle. Matt start by telling us a bit more about you, and how you got into writing and also into indie? Matt: Well, oddly I started writing while having a midlife crisis on wheels. I was going around the world on my bicycle. I had lost my business, my career, my house, and I said, “Screw it,” and spent 18 months on the road on a bicycle. Joanna: How old were you at this point? Matt: I was 35, so it's a little early but I hit the curve. While I was out there, I started writing my first ever piece of fiction. It started out as a little piece of nonfiction, a little vignette about a freshman roommate who killed alarm clocks, which turned into my first novel which was awful. So I took a class, and it ended up being my first sale. And so in '97 the “Cookbook From Hell” came out, a fantasy novel. And then I had one more release with them, then I had my 10 years of rejections from traditional. In 2010, I started releasing indie. I got in fairly early on it and then I got a traditional contract. So a book that went through its standard 40 rejections, and finally, somebody grabbed it, and ended up being a 13 book series for the publisher. Which are my “Night Stalkers,” “Fire Hawks,” and “Delta Force,” and that really found me my audience, which I then cemented with another 35, 45 indie books and 50 short stories. I'm now 100% indie, but I had that nice boost from the 13 traditionals. Joanna: Wow and that's great to hear that story because basically between the age of 35 and 2010, we will be…say how many years of that is, it's a few years. Matt: It was 17 years. Joanna: You didn't write that much for that time? Matt: Well, I lost seven years of that to one book. I had my magnum opus my great book, it went through nine complete revisions over a million words. And let me tell you how useless use of time that was, because how much more would I have learned if I'd written 10 books or 20 books instead of one book nine times. Joanna: That's great insight. Lindsay Buroker said this as well, that she spent I think seven years on her first book. It's a common story. Johnny B. Truant; same story. All these years on one book and it's a very literary fiction old model I think. Well, not old model, some people still do it, but for some. Tell people what your production schedule has been like this year, 2017. How have you shifted that completely? Matt: Well, actually it's shifting even more now, but I have a short story, every single month, have for four and a half years, that goes out for free on my website while it's for sale elsewhere. So it's free for one week on my website, and then on top of that, this last year I did eight novels and four collections. Going into next year, I'm actually going to do a short story and a novel every month. A 40,000 novel. It's a brand new series. It launches December 30th, and I'm just going to be doing a short story and a novel, and just play in these worlds and just have fun. I want to focus more on the fun and on the writing. I've sort of gone down this channel of it's gotta be important, and I need to knock that out of my head. So I decided for a year I'm just gonna play. Joanna: That's great, I need to do that too, it's like oh yeah everything really has to have a meaning and be be important and like yeah, I've got to work too hard on it. Matt: Not so much. Joanna: No. Readers, especially at this point in history, just want some escape. We're going to circle back to your romance writing as a guy which is really cool. But let's get into the topic of estate planning. Why should authors care about estate planning? Isn't it all a bit morbid and all books aren't worth that much anyway are they? Matt: Okay, how do I begin to answer this one? Joanna: Why should we care? Matt: Books have a value of life, your life plus 70 years, that's the current standard copyright. There are some exceptions and twists, but basically a copyright last for your life, plus 70 years. So it has the ability to earn money for life plus 70 years. And the thing that a lot of people miss is a lot of that happens after you're dead. It really can. I have a number of examples that I put in the book, but it's the understanding that there is value there that people are missing. Let's go back to Jane Austen and her six books. They went out of print a couple years after she died, her family sat on them for a decade, and then a publisher came in and bought them for the equivalent of 250 copies. They bought all rights to all six books, they have not been out of print since. And how much money did that publisher make? Joanna: I live in Bath which is Jane Austenville, and is full of Jane Austen merchandise. I mean it's out of copyright now, but at the time, it's crazy. Matt: And look at Prince, here's this thing of immense value that he didn't know estate planning for. So they're spending millions upon millions of dollars, just trying to figure out what the heck this is and where it goes and what is it belong to. Each of those people if they had done reasonable estate planning then the issues would have been much simpler and much cleaner, and that's actually where I got interested in the topic. I had my will in place and I made sure it was going to my kid and my wife, and the way I wanted it to. But one day my kid happened to say she was scared to death about what happened the day I died. And it was like why, other than me being dead, and she said, “Because I have no idea what you've done or how to do anything with it,” and that was the light bulb for me. I turned to my wife and I said, “But you can do it,” because she's my assistant. And she said absolutely not. I started looking at what do I need to do to prepare my estate for them, so that if something does happen to me tomorrow or 40 years from now, how the heck can they deal with it. What can they do with it? How do they make some sense of this legacy I've left behind especially because I'm so prolific. Joanna: It's interesting because this is one of the issues of indie that has not been tackled yet. I've had Katherine Goldman on and talked about this with Helen Sedwick, who are lawyers. Most traditionally published authors will have an agent, and many of the big agencies in London and Europe are made from dead author's estates, and they literally do make money from those estates. And so it's so interesting you're saying this because obviously, you have lots and lots of books already. And say you do live another 40 years you might have an estate as big as Barbara Cartland which is like what 600 romances, which her publisher is now making loads of money on. So let's just be very clear to people this is not morbid. This is creating future wealth for your family, right? Matt: Yes, that's the whole point is not only for my wife, and my kid, but her kids, and maybe even their kids will have an active income coming out of my writing if it's handled well. Joanna: Is this like a lofty and arrogant thing to be thinking about? Do you think? Matt: No, it's insanely practical. I should have prefaced this whole thing. I'm not a lawyer though I did spend nine years working in law. But it's a very complex thing that we do. As indie publishers those of us who are really running our own businesses, and running our own houses completely it's a very complex thing we do. And to try to find a way to simplify that and make it practical so that our heirs know what their choices are, and what the possibilities are, that was my challenge. And the thing about the agents, God, it makes me crazy there are whole estates that are disappearing from the face of the earth because they're being not handled by agents, they're being mishandled by agents. I had a friend who's an editor. Kris Rusch, who was recently putting together an anthology of great women in science fiction, and she tried to get a short story of Octavia Butler. This is all from the preface of her books. I'm not giving anything away. And she went to the agent and she said, “Can I get a short story reprint right?” And he proceeded to quote a novel price. And she said, “No, no, no this is just a short story reprint.” So he doubled the price, and she argued some more and he doubled it again until it was more than the entire anthology was going budget. Octavia Butler, one of the greatest science fiction writers we've had, is disappearing from the realm because he's not interested in anything smaller than a movie deal. And that's only one of how many estates he has and how many agents are handling how many others. Some are doing a good job but some are just murdering this estate or that estate, and I don't want that to happen to my estate. So I have to find a way outside of the agency model to have my estate managed and to have it continue on in some practical form. Joanna: I say often, I'm happily childfree. Some people listening will have children, other people won't. One of my heroes is Beatrix Potter in Britain, who spent her royalties on basically buying the Lake District, which she then gifted to the British people, and is one of our protected areas. And that was done basically with an estate. So this is important whether or not you have direct heirs or as I've got siblings, and nieces, and nephews and all of that type of thing, parents, hopefully, things will go the natural way but it's interesting. Let's dive into intellectual property a bit more, because I know the penny might not have dropped for some people listening, although I try and talk about this quite a lot. For example in your case, if you die I'm sure it's to your wife, and then to your daughter, if your wife is dead, that would be a very obvious will. But the IP can be separate, can't it? Like you have a house, the house is very obvious, but the IP, can be quite different. What are the ramifications of intellectual property as opposed to like physical property? Matt: Well, there are three types of property, which are there's your personal property, which is your stuff, there is your real property which is your land or house or whatever, and there's your intellectual property. There's a reason they break these down and separate them in law, and the real trick to intellectual property is twofold. One is its value is unknown, at the time of your death, and this is actually a huge argument in the industry right now. How do you value IP after you're dead? At the moment of your death, the court wants to attach a price to it and put it so they can tax it. Joanna: Yeah, inheritance tax. Matt: Inheritance tax, right. And how in the world do you structure that? That's not something I'm concerned about here, though there are ways to mitigate that. But the challenge is that a house doesn't need much management or it's a very practical thing to manage. If you have an apartment building, let's say you have a big estate of real property. You leave an apartment building people know you hire a manager and you watch the manager or a property management company. What do you do if it's IP? The world is changing so fast, the Kindle anniversary was 10 years ago yesterday as we record this, and in 10 years the entire shape of the industry has changed. Anyone want to predict 10 years out? Not me. You're welcome to try. I know you're into the future stuff. Joanna: I tried and we failed miserably. We went for 18 months I think. Matt: But to nurse IP in that changing environment it requires an active level of management. One of the points I wanted to make is it doesn't have to be a grandiose estate. In 2015, Lucia Berlin had released a collection of her short stories called “A Manual For Cleaning Women”. It became a New York Times bestseller great. She had written 77 short stories during her life, put out three collections, this one collection blew the others out of the water. Completely outsold her entire life's achievement. She'd been dead for 11 years. It was her heirs who went, “Oh, this is IP. It has value,” 77 short stories that's all it was, and how much money did it make her heirs even in that single release. Never mind the refreshing of the older IP that wasn't in that collection. Joanna: And it's funny you mention that because I was talking to someone at the conference, we were both at the Oregon coast, and I didn't realize that V.C. Andrews who's “Flower in the Attic” was an iconic book. Many women listening be like, “Oh, my goodness “Flowers in the Attic.” She was dead when we were all reading that. And it's being re-released now and she's still dead, and it's like oh my goodness, I just thought she was alive that's crazy. Matt: Yeah, and we get audio rights, and we get movie rights, and we can get television rights, with the massive expansion of television and streaming and pay per whatever they're dying for IP. So they're mining existing IP and historic IP to create new TV shows and so on. That's a value that how do I tell my heir how to manage this craziness? And so what I did was I said, “Okay.” I wrote her a final letter, and that's the whole premise that's actually the subtitle on the book, is “Estate Planning for Authors: Your Final Letter (and Why You Need to Write It Now).” Because the idea is okay here's step one a basic education in intellectual property. Step two, here are five different ways you can manage IP from very involved to very uninvolved. But I know what those are already because I live in this industry. They don't have a clue, they're my heirs. They are not involved in publishing, it's not what charges them up it's what charges me up. And then I went through and I said okay, now I need to organize everything so that when they take this object called Matt's IP and they go to hand it off to somebody to manage, and to take care of that it's comprehensible. Because if you leave a mess, guess where it's going to end up. It's going to end up in the garbage can, and all that IP legacy dies with you. I don't care about my legacy. I care about the fact that it's all future income for my family that they would effectively throw away because they don't know what it is. Allen Drury wrote the 1960 New York Times number one bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and a major film, and then he wrote five sequels. And then he got really angry at New York publishing and he told his executors to kill the estate. So after 15 years of poverty, his heirs managed to get the rights back from the executors, and they said, “Well, we could sell this.” So they turned around they were on the verge of selling the entire block of all six books for $3000 all rights, because to them, that was a windfall. Somebody caught them and stopped them and they now are making quite a bit of money from the re-release of these six books. And there's actually some noise about remaking the movie, and they had no idea what they had. What was in the letter is: here's what you have and here's some of the possibilities. And that's why I start the book out with why do I care, it's a whole big long chapter on why do I care, and it's examples of things that were done right and done wrong. Joanna: It's a great guide, I haven't written my final letter yet, but I've sorted out my will which is the important thing. And let's just be clear the difference between a will and a final letter. The will is like the legal document which doesn't have to be that long and you usually do it with a lawyer or there are other ways. But it only contains like a couple of lines of who stuff goes to. How long is your final letter? Matt: Fourteen pages. Joanna: Okay. So it's not massive, it's not like a book. Matt: No. Joanna: Although presumably, a copy of your book goes with it. Matt: Yeah, and there's a copy of my final letter in here so that if you don't get around to it, hand this book to your heir and they'll go, “Oh, that's what that stuff is.” I tried to write it so it's both get your act together, and here is a way that I found to get my act together. But it's also your heir and your IP creator didn't organize anything and didn't tell you anything, you can pick up this book and actually use it as a guide, and an education tool to go, “Oh, that's what I have. Oh, look at that.” Joanna: Exactly. The number of authors I speak to and I get emails all the time, someone will say my father published this book 10 years ago then he died, do I have rights to the illustrations in the book. And I'm like, “Well, probably not but have you got the contract?” Or even the authors themselves will say, “Well, I don't know if I own audio rights.” And it's like where's the contract? You've been doing this a while but there are people listening who might have been publishing since the 70s for example, you know who might have lots and lots of things. This is a way to also collect what you have, right? Matt: Yeah. Speaking of contracts, I have a list of every single contract I have, and then I have a folder which has an electronic copy of every single contract, and then in the final letter it says also in this drawer, in this filing cabinet, is a paper copy of every single contract. I don't expect my heir to be able to read any of it, I expect them to be able to pick up this file and turn to a publishing professional that they hire and go, “Here are all the contracts.” And the publishing professionals is gonna go, “Oh my god, organization.” Because normally what they get is, “I think my dad published some stuff.” Joanna: I think this organization actually becomes more and more important. I have 26 books, I'm halfway to you at the moment although you're much faster than me. So even with 26 books, with each of the editions, I have large print as well as normal print, as well as workbooks as well as all the e-books stuff, the audiobooks, and you sign various contracts, like audio contracts. It's nice to know when you can email ACX, and get that back or got some German rights back or knowing when these things stop. Also a couple of other things I would say one, is get everything in print so that even if everything else fails you've got a print book with your copyright in, would you agree? You do that with your short stories too, don't you? Matt: Yeah. Absolutely, I have everything in print, and the idea is that it's sitting on my bookshelf. So if you need a guide to what I've got and you can't figure out anything else it's sitting on my bookshelf. Joanna: It's not so much a vanity shelf as this is what we have. Matt: Oh, no, no. It's a vanity shelf. Joanna: Oh, I was just trying to spin it. Matt: No, no it's totally a brag shelf. But then what I also have is a master file and in the final letter, I say you need three master files. One of which is all your passwords in whatever form you choose to store that and pass that on. One is everything about every title. I have a spreadsheet and it's multiple pages, but it's actually a single spreadsheet, and I give it to you as part of the book. It's how to organize every single title, and all the information about it including reversion rights, did it get sold to audio, where's the contract. It's all line by line every single title I've put out. Joanna: Let's just remind everyone you do have 30 years project management experience and you are on the very highly organized end of the spectrum. Matt: Well, yes and no. It all started because I lost a cover, and I started looking for this cover, and I went over there I said maybe it's in covers. No, maybe it's in science fiction no, it's not with the story is it…so what I finally did was I said, “Screw it.” It only took about two days to set up a folder structure which I give you in the book, to here's how I organize everything and just dragging everything into a sensible form. And the sad joke was when I was all done I still didn't have the cover. Joanna: It is interesting because this will go out in December 2017, and it's a time when a lot of people start preparing for New Year. So organizing some of this stuff, even if it's in a number of stages. I'm halfway to you, again, in number of books but also in organization. I've really started to organize. I run my business with my husband like you with your wife, so he knows quite a lot. But I just wanna say I use 1Password, so if people are looking for software 1Password is pretty good and then I left my Master password in the open in case of my death letter. And also backup. For example, if you're listening and you haven't done anything else, make sure you've backed up your computer because it still…like you put everything in your computer folders, and then you haven't backed up your computer. I use Dropbox now, we have hard backups. But you know what happened I've been backing up to these hard disks, and then I got a new Mac, and I was like oh I know that's on that other disk that I took off, and then it wouldn't sync with the new Mac, because of some change in the operating system. So it's like having hard copies of everything, is a pain when you live how I do which is more digitally, but these are all the things we need to think about don't we over time. And how much more of a nightmare will it be in another 10 years for us like with the creation we do. Matt: That but I also think some of the technology like 10 years ago there wasn't a Dropbox. Joanna: Yes. Matt: I think some of the technology is catching up with us, but I have the physical copy that's in my pocket all the time everywhere I go. Even in the evening it will go in my bathrobe pocket. It's physically on me if there's a fire and I walk out the door, it's in my pocket. Joanna: That's your work in progress, is that? Matt: This is everything. Joanna: Really? Wow. Matt: Yeah, well except the audio, the audio is too big. But this is a 64 gig drive, and it holds everything I've written. Joanna: It's very small. If you're listening on audio, it's one of those tiny looking things. Matt: Yeah, it's a little USB drive. I also do a weekly backup that goes offsite, and I actually have five copies of that. I make a copy and I move it offsite and then I pull the five-week-old one back. So if the apartment burns down when I'm not in it, I still have five copies out there in the world. In case one of them gets buggered I've still got the four others. So I'm losing as little as possible. Joanna: That's awesome, and also because we have print on demand books these days, we will presumably be able to get them. But again still have the files, because we don't know what will happen to these companies. And maybe people thought that in the 80s like I got a copy of my book, and then they moved house and they lost it in a storage unit and blah, blah. So what we're just saying overall is try and think ahead a bit more, and start getting organized, and the estate planning is…sure, if you have a certain number of books let's say I mean because someone who's just writing their first book has probably turned off this interview by now. Matt: Probably. Joanna: But it is more for people who certainly have created more IP, isn't it? It's probably not too much to worry about if you just got started. Matt: Well, yes and no, because Allen Drury basically has six books. Joanna: Yeah, fair enough. And look at Harper Lee. I did want to move on to just a couple more things, so let's just talk about the project management, and you and I have bonded over business stuff and organizing and planning things. Because you meet all of indie authors, you go to NINC, you go to a lot of conferences, you have done the Oregon Coast workshop. What do you see that indie authors are doing wrong when it comes to business? Matt: Oh my God. Joanna: Clearly a lot. Matt: That's a whole another hour. I would say the single biggest failing is they don't research business. As indies, we are small business owners. I have some indie author friends who are now mid-sized business owners because they've been so successful. And to think that you can run a business without understanding a return on investment, without understanding that business money, and personal money actually can't mix once you get to a certain point. That by becoming a corporation at a certain stage of your career, you can save yourself an immense amount of taxes completely legally. It's just there are things that have been built to help small business owners remain in business. And to not understand that they are in business, I think is probably the single biggest failing. They go, “Oh, I'm just writing and making money.” No you're not actually, because if you look at your advertising budget, and your living budget, you're actually digging yourself a hole. And you don't understand that your savings are going down without you even realizing it. You have to know where your money is I'd say that's probably the true number one. You have to know what the money is doing at all times. We look at our money every single day it's the one thing we do every single day. We know how much is in which bank account, and if somebody is late paying us that's our two basic things. Joanna: Yeah, I think that's really important and we said this at the Oregon workshop; if you're not doing your P&L, your profit and loss, the difference between revenue and profit I think is a big problem in the indie community. Oh this money's coming in but without working out what the expenses are, and what's left at the bottom which is the profit. And of course, we do spend like the first number of years being an author in loss, because we're spending money on stuff. But then at some point, it has to turn into profit or it's not a business or it's a business that is one of those whatever number of businesses go out of business in the first five years, so yeah I think that's really good. Obviously, there's so much we could talk about on business, but before we finish is your other side. So you're one of the few male…you're other side because what we've been talking about is your business side, you're a bit like me I think. I have Joanna Penn which is my business side and I have J.F. Penn which is my fiction side. You use the same name for both your fiction and nonfiction. Matt: I do. Joanna: But with your being a male romance author and you're open about your identity, well you're M.L. 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And I ended up selling I don't know quite if it was a thriller or romance and I ended up selling it to a romance house, and she said, “Well, this sounds like a thriller I only buy romances.” And I said, “Okay.” She looked at me strangely. So we talked about it and I revised it because I really wanted to make it a romance, and in the process of doing that she ended up buying the whole series. But in the process of doing that we discussed my being male. And she said, “Well, I'm not sure that the current market is ready for a male author in straight romance.” Now since then, there's been a huge emergence of male authors writing male-male romance, but I write hetero romance. So we decided to use M.L. and my first bios were gender neutral. My website if you went to it and looked at about then you'd get my picture. But my picture is nowhere in my books, and what I get less now, but I got a lot in the beginning was I never would have picked up your book if I thought you were male, I'm so glad I did. And I've got a huge number of fans who've given me that exact email, and they've now died off from twice a week to maybe once a month. So there's more acceptance of me as a male writer. What I bring to it that I feel is lacking in a lot of romance is…for me I'm writing about the women. It's in my byline, I'm writing about strong women and the men they deserve. I'm writing about these magnificent women and the men they deserve. And my readers and I've asked them, and they're reading at the other way around, it's like they get to slip into these powerful women, and they get the right man. So it's not that the woman plays a secondary role or anything that these people then go, “Oh, yeah, I can pretend this because I get the guy.” It's like no you get to feel powerful at the same time. And I think that's one of the keys to my success. And it's the message that I want to write. It's the world I wish my wife had grown up in, and the world I hope my daughter grows up in. Where strong women are something to be admired and sought after. Joanna: Oh, you're lovely. Everyone is swooning, everyone is like, “Oh, I love you, Matt.” Matt: It's always been there. I came from a matriarchy and it multi-generational. I've often said my mom's one mistake was marrying a strong man. Because very strange household but my sister more than made up for it, I mean she's just a powerful woman. She's just awesome. Joanna: That's lovely. Well, as a strong woman, I definitely needed my strong man. But coming back to the gender thing, it's so funny because I use J.F. Penn because when I wrote my first two thrillers under Joanna Penn, and someone left a review on Amazon or somewhere that said, “I'm so surprised that a woman could write this.” I was just like, “Okay, what is this?” Matt: I know. Joanna: What is going on here? So it's so interesting, and now it's interesting because a lot of people use initials and they can be either way. You know, it's great. I think it's brilliant you're in romance. Matt: There's just one more piece to that which is to me it felt really appropriate because the way women used to hide in phone books was by only putting their initials, which of course, told you it was a woman trying to hide in a phone book. So it's like turnabout is fair play, and so here I am this male writing in romance, and it's like okay, I'm gonna pretend to hide by doing this kind of open pen name of M.L Buchman. Joanna: Yeah. Which is awesome. Tell your audiobook story. Why do you read your own audiobooks? Matt: Well, I have this voice, and so I figure that if I'm gonna read to you about a night stalker, and a Black Hawk helicopter and a woman who can fly it, I might as well use this voice. So my theory was somebody gets to listen, I didn't know I had a voice like that till I was courting my wife, and she said, “Oh my God, you have a wonderful phone voice” I was like, “Really?” Oops, blew that cover. Joanna: Well, I think that was fantastic, and I mean it's so interesting. Do you think just on the romance…I'm not really aware because I haven't done audio for my sweet romance yet. Is it more common to have male narrators or female narrators? Do you know? Matt: It's still more common to have female but it's by no means stamped one way or the other. But it is far more common to have a female narrator. Joanna: And you probably stand out because of that, which is kind of awesome. I did want to ask about the futurist stuff because you and I both like futurist stuff, and also you're so on the cutting edge of what the romance writers are doing which is generally futurist for anyone else listening. And you go to NINC, you go to all these conferences. For example, romance writers did eBooks before everyone else, they did Facebook ads before anyone even heard about it, they did Amazon ads, they do everything. What are romance writers doing either now or next year, that most Indies won't even have heard of yet? What's exciting you about what's going on in the market? Matt: I have to say the main thing that romance writers seem to be doing at the moment is asking each other what's next. They were waiting for what the next thing is and I talk to a lot of them and they're kind of going, “Yeah, one more person tells me how to do Facebook ads, I'm gonna shoot them.” But what's next? And for me, and what the thing that really shook NINC this year was BookFunnel's announcement of we're going to aid you in direct delivery. And at this point, if you sell directly from your site, you can then embed a link that BookFunnel will fulfill the delivery of the eBook for you. Oh my God, because I look at the trend of the industry, and it used to be as a writer that we sold to the gatekeeper. So the whole thing it was a single path how do you get past the agent, the editor and into print, it was all about that. Now with indie we get direct to the reader, except we don't, we're going through Amazon and Kobo and Barnes and Noble. Bless them all, but the direct access to the reader where we're completely bypassing the systems, and we're building such a clear brand that the reader finds us, I think that's where the future is. So that now the question that I'm asking and I'm asking of other people is how do we take that brand and maintain discoverability? Because right now our discoverability engines are Facebook ads and Amazon and so on. When we start doing direct sales, and direct connection, and direct relationship, how do we become discoverable to a wider audience as we continue to grow? And that's the nut I'm looking out for myself. 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Joanna: Definitely or definitely add it for your box sets first or the short stories are like slightly would maybe sell less, I don't know. But it's so interesting how this is the next thing. I agree with you. Would you say also that the income for many authors in the niche has settled or gone down or been affected so that they are looking at other ways? Matt: I say yes, and no, and the reason is some people's income is doing this, and some are doing this. Joanna: Going up or down for the audio listeners. Matt: Oh, sorry, yes. Waving my hands in the air meaninglessly for the audio people. The ones who are moving up what they seem to have in common is they're focusing on readers. They're focusing on content delivery, that's one of the reasons I'm trying my novel every month. I have a pet theory called the reader clock which if we have a moment I'll get into. Amazon is big data, and they've said this, they'll reward us if we have a release every 30 days. Doesn't have to be big, it can be a short story or a collection or something. But it's ticking the clock and their algorithm will actually reward you if you do something every 30 days. Rank you a little higher, make you a little more visible. Well, they are big data so where did they learn that? They learned it by watching readers. And the readers who are the ones I want to connect to directly, are eager for more. Written Word Media who owns Bargain Booksy and Freebooksy and a couple of others did a survey of their readers and said, how often do you want a newsletter from your authors? And they said a minimum of once every four weeks, a maximum of twice a week, and that number made my head hurt until I started thinking about the Amazon algorithm that said 30 days. A reader, your average reader, probably doesn't have 18 different book groups that they belong to because they're trying to learn about the industry, and 300 people hitting their inbox every day. 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I was talking to somebody who's working the reader clock very successfully, but what she's doing, she's doing three novels a year. The way she's doing it though is she starts out with covers coming, here's the cover reveal, here's an opening scene, here's a piece of research on a weekly release. And she has a 12-week build up to the release of the novel. And then she has a 12-week taper out, here's a bonus scene, here's another odd fact of how it relates to something that I wrote earlier, here's another teaser. So she actually has a six-month cycle that she uses every four months, as one is running down the next one starts running up. So she's always in the reader's mind once a week regular as clockwork, she's hitting the same day every week, and she's hitting the same three spots for release every year. I don't remember her cycle, but like if June 1 is one of her releases there will always be a June 1 release. And she's making up of six figures on three novels a year. 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Joanna: And the book is “Estate Planning for Authors,” and all your romance and everything else will be there and on all the usual stores. So thanks so much for your time Matt, that was great. Matt: Oh, thanks for having me.

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  • Conversations: 12/1/2017Conversations: 12/1/2017

    ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR R&R—AND A BIT OF CONSTRUCTION If I actually believed in time-warp-science, the fact that the Christmas/Hanukkah Holiday season arrives so quickly each year would be a definite element of proof. And yet, I must accept the simple truth that I’ve already spent each day of the previous eleven months in 2017 and those hours did, indeed, flash past me at warp speed. It is now December 1st. Am I prepared for all the activities already written on my calendar? Maybe about half of them. However, as I look at that list, I’ve decided to do something a little different this year. I’ve blocked off two days each week this month for “me”—days that I will devote to doing nothing else but rekindle the writer’s passion within. I have big plans (and hopes) for completing at least one novel in 2018 and I don’t want to begin the New Year in a frazzled frame of mind and heart. First on my December me/writing list is scaffold-building. 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And, finally—because I’m a writer who prays over my work and the work I do for clients—I am constantly thanking God for His guidance and support of every manuscript I produce. A large prayer jar sits within reach. It contains bits of paper—prayers for HELP, appreciation for technical and research support, and thankfulness for His sweet Presence in the midst of challenging character developments. Second on this list, is to refresh my skills by finding a quick-read, Back-To-The-Basics writing instruction book. I never want to get rusty or sloppy with what I write even though the process now seems imbedded in my fingertips. One method of doing this (in just a few days) is to select an elementary (or middle school) writing textbook and actually doing several of the lessons. Author, Teresa Perry, published such a book in 2015: Writing That Works: Put All the Pieces Together. 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Her willingness to listen to struggling authors, learn their goals and expectations and discern their writing voice has brought many manuscripts into the published books arena. This is Royalene’s last month writing for Self Publishing Advisor.

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  • Tablet for kids – when the regular Fire is better than Kids EditionTablet for kids – when the regular Fire is better than Kids Edition

    Amazon Fire Kids Edition is a tablet addressed to children / Photo: Amazon Do you consider buying an Amazon Fire tablet for your child? Read on, and you’ll see whether you need the Kids Edition at all. Amazon does a really good work in tailoring its devices to particular needs. You’ve probably seen already special editions and bundles based on Kindle or Fire devices. Kindle for Kids Bundle, Kindle Voyage Essentials Bundle, remember? See also: Here are top 100 most popular Kindle books of 201715 best bookish gifts of 2017 – a holiday gift guide for book lovers The idea of bundling a few items into a single product that answers common needs is brilliant. It simplifies the buying process while giving a chance to save money. What’s most important, the bundle or special edition is always cheaper than the sum of its elements. One of the most known bundles based on Amazon devices is Fire Kids Edition – a special version of the Fire tablet that is addressed to children – or rather to parents who want to buy the tablet for their children. What is Fire Kids Edition? Amazon Fire Kids Edition is Fire tablet specially enhanced for the use by children. Besides the device, it includes a kid-proof case, special no-questions-asked guarantee, and one year of free access to a special catalog of books, games, and videos for kids. Let’s have a closer look at the elements. 1. Fire tablet It’s always the latest-generation tablet from Amazon. The Kids Edition is usually launched at the same time as the regular version. Currently, two Fire models are used for Kids Edition: Fire 7, and Fire HD 8. The biggest Fire HD 10 doesn’t come in a kid-friendly edition. An important thing to know is that Kids Edition uses the most expensive version of the relevant Fire tablet, the one without special offers and with the bigger internal memory. The entry-level Fire 7 (with ads, 8 GB) costs $49.99. The top version (no ads, 16 GB) is $84.99. Fire 7 Kids Edition is $99.99. 2. Kid-proof case It’s a simple, rugged case with a curved shape that makes it easy to keep in small hands. It’s made from a lightweight, durable, kid-safe material, and provides basic protection against bumps and dust. The case comes in three bright colors: Pink, Yellow, and Blue. You can buy it separately for $24.99 (it never gets a price cut) – and it’s available in two more colors: Punch Red and Black. 3. Two-year worry-free guarantee It’s the biggest benefit of the Kids Edition. This guarantee enables you to return the broken tablet as many times as you need, and no questions will be asked. The guarantee provides coverage for anything that happens to your Fire Kids Edition including electrical and mechanical breakdowns. The regular Fire tablet comes by default with 90-day limited warranty and service. You can add a protection plan by SquareTrade, which enables you to make up to 3 claims. The 1-year plan costs $10.99. For two years, you’ll pay $14.99. 4. One year of FreeTime Unlimited at no extra cost Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is an all-in-one subscription for children that offers unlimited access to over 13,000 kid-friendly books, videos, educational apps, and games. If you buy Fire Kids Edition, you get the first year of FreeTime Unlimited for free. Then, if you want to continue, you’ll pay $2.99 per month. You can also choose a pre-paid yearly subscription. Family Plan for Prime members is $83 per year. For non-Prime users, it’s $119. When you don’t need Fire Kids Edition Having learned about the benefits and features of Fire Kids Edition tablets, let’s see whether you and your kids need all of it. Below, you’ll see a list of circumstances that are not in favor of the Fire Kids Edition. The more “ifs” you agree with, the less you need a special kid-friendly edition. If your child is not going to use the tablet heavily Amazon FreeTime Unlimited subscription is available on Fire tablets / Photo: Amazon There are two factors to think about: how likely it is that the tablet gets damaged, how much content your child will be using. When it comes to damage, a worry-free guarantee gives parents the peace of mind. On the other hand, some parents don’t want to leave their children unassisted for a long time. A tablet is a great way to spend time together with kids – read an ebook, play a game, or watch a movie. In this case, a parent gives better protection than any worry-free plan. 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Interested in news, deals, and tips related to Amazon Fire? Check out the recent posts: These Christmas deals on Kindle and Fire are almost as good as during Cyber MondayKindle & Fire Bundle is a great gift for the family of booklovers – and now it’s $35 offParents, this deal is for you – buy two Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets and save $50Cyber Monday 2017 – a complete list of Amazon Fire and Kindle dealsHere are Amazon’s most exciting Cyber Monday 2017 dealsWant even more? Check out all articles in this topic: Amazon Fire. affiliate link

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  • Parents, this deal is for you – buy two Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets and save $50Parents, this deal is for you – buy two Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets and save $50

    If you want to buy more than one tablet for kids, there is no better deal than this. Cyber Monday is over, and the prices of all Amazon Fire tablets are back to regular levels. See also: Here are top 100 most popular Kindle books of 201715 best bookish gifts of 2017 – a holiday gift guide for book lovers However, some deals are still active, and some other deals have just started. Among them, there is a special offer for Fire Kids Edition bundles, containing two tablets each. It looks like a perfect Christmas gift if you have children at the same or similar age. Two Fire Kids Edition bundles are offered. One contains Amazon Fire 7, the other one Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet. What is Amazon Fire Kids Edition? It’s a special edition of Amazon’s tablet that is tailored for children. Each Fire Kids Edition offers: the Fire tablet – currently you can choose from two models, either Fire 7 or Fire HD 8 – both are released in 2017, kid-proof case – this sturdy, durable case protects against drops, bumps, and “the typical mayhem caused by kids at play,” 2-year worry-free guarantee – if the tablet breaks, simply return it to Amazon, and you’ll receive the new one. No questions will be asked, one year of FreeTime Unlimited at no extra cost – the subscription-based service gives access to 13,000 popular children apps, games, videos, and books. Family Plan for non-Prime users is $119 per year. The regular price of the Kids Edition that includes Fire 7 tablet is $99.99. For the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, you’d pay $129.99. But now, if you are interested in buying two tablets for your kids, you can keep $50 in your pocket, if you decide to choose the so-called “variety packs.” Save $50 on Fire 7 Kids Edition Variety Pack Each Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Variety Pack includes two Fire 7 tablets. Released in June 2017, this Fire model sports the 7-inch 1024 × 600 px IPS display with blue light control and advanced polarizing filter. The version of the tablet included in Kids Edition is the most expensive one – without special offers and a bigger 16 GB internal memory. If you buy it separately, you’ll need to pay $84.99, what makes $169.88 for two of them. You will be able to choose from different color combinations of the kid-friendly cases. It’s a great idea – the tablets can come in different colors so that they could be easily recognized by your children. Three color sets are offered: Blue/Pink, Blue/Yellow, and Pink/Yellow. Obviously, if any of the tablets from this bundle breaks, you are protected by a 2-year worry-free guarantee. You can return the broken tablet to Amazon, and they will replace it without asking any questions. The regular price of Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition is $99.99. If you’d want to buy two of them, you’ll pay $199.98. But the 2-pack costs $50 less, so the end price for you is $149.98. ⇢ Fire 7 Kids Edition Variety Pack Save $50 on Fire HD 8 Kids Edition 2-Pack This variety pack is constructed the same way as the one above but includes two Fire HD 8 tablets. The 8-inch Fire has a larger and better display than Fire 7. Resolution at 1280 × 800 px renders a high-resolution picture, turning the tablet into a perfect gaming and movie device. The variant included in the pack has no special offers and features 32 GB of internal memory. Again, it is the most expensive variant of the Fire tablet. If bought separately, it costs $124.99. The regular price of Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is $129.99, which is already a deep saving, having in mind the bundle includes the kid-friendly case and the worry-free guarantee. And now, you can save even more, if you have two kids, and want to give them the same tablets this Christmas. The Fire HD 8 Variety Pack costs $209.98, and your saving is $50 ($259.98 ). Color combinations are the same as for Fire 7 Kids Edition 2-pack. ⇢ Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Variety Pack • • • To get more posts like this, please subscribe by RSS or email. Let’s also connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Here are more posts about Amazon Fire tablets: These Christmas deals on Kindle and Fire are almost as good as during Cyber MondayKindle & Fire Bundle is a great gift for the family of booklovers – and now it’s $35 offTablet for kids – when the regular Fire is better than Kids EditionCyber Monday 2017 – a complete list of Amazon Fire and Kindle dealsHere are Amazon’s most exciting Cyber Monday 2017 dealsWant even more? Check out all articles in this topic: Amazon Fire. affiliate link

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Or they can craft up another spirit, like Mead, Whiskey or Gin. Maybe they’ll name a bottle after you!   EATS After all that booze, your writer friend should really eat something, because hangovers aren’t fun. With this official Game of Thrones Cookbook, they can rustle up some good eats and then settle down to re-read the series or binge-watch a season or two. But what if your friend isn’t much of a gourmet cook? Well, for a foodie minimalist, this Walking Dead Cookbook might be more their speed.   NOSTALGIA One terrific thing about writers is how we love to read! Sometimes we plow through so many we forget which we’ve finished. When it comes to the classics, we feel an extra rush of reading enjoyment. After all, don’t we all hope to one day pen a story that becomes beloved by generations? So if your nightstand has a few oldies, keep track of them with this Literary Scratch-off Chart of the Classics. A great gift!   INSPIRATION We like to make people cry, don’t we? I mean the good kind, the, Oh-my-gosh-this-is-so-thoughtful-I-can’t-even cry.  Well friends, you can be the bringer of many happy tears by creating a custom scarf made from a writer’s own manuscript. Becca gave this to me last year, and I LOVE IT (and maybe cried a little at the thoughtfulness. MAYBE). You can also get T-shirts for literary classics, so spend some time checking out Litographs.   ORGANIZING Sure, some writers are monsters and fold a corner to mark their place *points at self* but for the more discerning reader, well, they actually like to use a bookmark. And dang it, if we’re going to make books our passion, we need to have cool bookmarks…ones that light up, make us think of hobbits and magic and inspire us to transport our own readers to unique worlds.   ILLUMINATION While your writer friend is reading late into the night, something happens: it gets dark. Such is life. So is the solution to turn on the light and be blinded by the suddenly over-bright white page? Heck no! Instead, we give them a very bookish light to keep the mood going: the rechargeable Luminate Book light.    BINGEING We all like to binge watch…it’s a guilty pleasure. Well, guess what? Writers can binge AND cram more education into their writing noodle with Michael Hauge & Christ Vogler’s Hero’s 2 Journeys video series. (We are total Michael Hauge fans here at WHW, and recommend his books, classes, and videos to everyone.)   PAYING-IT-FORWARD & EDUCATION Many of you know Becca and I released The Emotional Wound Thesaurus in October, tackling one of the MOST IMPORTANT and ESSENTIAL topics in storytelling. It can also be one of the most difficult to master, so we created a 90-minute Master Class webinar on the topic. You can grab a webinar recording for an unbelievable $10 as we are fundraising to help a writer and her family rebuild after losing their home in a fire. Every cent goes toward helping them rebuild. So pay-it-forward and take advantage of this amazing deal at the same time.   KNOWLEDGE Speaking of upping your writing craft, sometimes you can’t go wrong with a great book. And hey, this is something that Becca and I just might be able to help with.  Somewhere along the way, people got the idea that thesauruses (or thesauri, if you prefer) are “boring.” If you’ve sampled any of our books you know that this couldn’t be further from the truth! So why not assimilate your writing friends into our glorious Thesaurus Lovers Cult, er, I mean, Club, and show them how these writing guides are changing the game for scribes everywhere! If you are looking for other writing craft books, check out Amazon’s Best Sellers and Most Wished For. Or visit our page of personal recommendations.   WRITING Okay, I might not be a genius, but I bet your writer friend could probably use something to write in, am I right? Well if they happen to be a big fan of Netlix’s Stranger Things, this notebook is sure to make their day. (Throw in a box of Eggos and you’ll probably be elevated to “Coolest Friend” status.) You can find this awesome Demogorgon book here. A WRITING PARTNER LIKE NO OTHER You know us, we always save the best for last. Becca and I love to help writers on this blog, and through our collection of writing books. But most of all? We love helping via One Stop for Writers®, a site we built with Lee Powell, the creator of Scrivener for Windows. One Stop has the biggest description database of its kind (14 thesauruses and counting), is packed with amazing novel planning and character creation resources, and allows Becca & I to channel our imagination into building unique tools that actually make writing easier. For the writer who likes having EVERYTHING at their fingertips, One Stop for Writers gift certificates are available. And if they want to take a spin around the site first, they can! Registration is always free. Need more ideas? Check out our 2016 list. Building your own Top Writing Gift List? Feel free to link to ours, or use our Thesaurus books & One Stop for Writers promotional copy & images if you would like to include them on your list. What sort of writerly goodness do you hope to find under your tree this year? Let us know in the comments! The post Holiday Gifts for Writers: The Ultimate List appeared first on WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®.

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  • New York Times Bestselling Author Michael FleemanNew York Times Bestselling Author Michael Fleeman

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    An entrepreneur creates value with their ideas. They create a new reality based on thoughts and actions. That surely is the definition of an author! When you're writing your first book, you don't necessarily think about running a business or consider yourself an entrepreneur, but if you keep writing and putting your words in the world consistently, the money will come. You need to be prepared for success, and understanding the fundamentals of business will help you along the way. In today's interview, I'm interviewed about my book, Business for Authors, and go through some of the key aspects you need to think about if you want to make a living with your writing. Joanna Penn is an award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers under J.F.Penn. She also writes inspirational non-fiction for authors and is an award-winning creative entrepreneur and international professional speaker. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com is regularly voted one of the top 10 sites for writers and self-publishers. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. Sukhi Jutla, serial entrepreneur and start-up founder, fin-tech expert, and new author of Escape the Cubicle interviews Joanna about her book, Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur.  In the interview, we discuss: What does it actually mean to be an author-entrepreneur as opposed to just an author? Why business is truly creative The key traits of the author-entrepreneur Why constant learning and re-starting after failure are so important How the journey of the first book differs to the view from book 25. The book as an employee, not as a baby! Why serving your audience is the key to a business The book as the ultimate scalable product, the power of intellectual property, and creating value from our brains The different business models for an author-entrepreneur, including fiction and non-fiction books The first step to taking your writing from hobby to business How to balance your time between creation, marketing and building a business You can find Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur in ebook, print and audiobook format on all major stores. It's the only audiobook I narrated if you're interested in that Find Sukhi Jutla at: www.SukhiJ.com Transcript of the interview Sukhi: Hi, everyone. I'm Sukhi Jutla, author of “Escape The Cubicle.” And today, I'm interviewing Joanna Penn for The Alliance of Independent Author's Indie Author Fringe. Welcome, Joanna. Joanna: How are you, Sukhi? And hi, everybody watching. Sukhi: Just a little introduction in case you don't know Joanna, but I'm pretty sure a lot of you do know. Joanna is an award-nominated “New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author of thrillers under J. F. Penn. She also writes inspirational, nonfiction for authors, and is an award-winning creative entrepreneur and international professional speaker. Her site, thecreativepenn.com, is regularly voted one of the top 10 sites for writers and self-publishers. So today, we're talking about her book, “Business for Authors: How to Be an Author Entrepreneur.” Jo, a lot of authors are quite curious about how to bring an entrepreneurial slant to the way they write. Can you get us started off by telling us what does it actually mean to be an author-entrepreneur, as opposed to just an author, in today's world? Joanna: Yes. So it's one of those questions, and I think many authors feel uncomfortable with the word “entrepreneur.” We have to tackle that head on. If you think about what an entrepreneur does in the world, what people think, is that they create value from ideas. They come up with an idea and then they create a business around an idea. And that creates value for customers and also income for the entrepreneur themselves. If you think about it that way, that an entrepreneur creates value out of nothing, out of ideas from the head, then that is exactly what an author does. We have an idea and then we create value, we create a book out of nothing. And, of course, that's not worth as much as, say, Facebook in terms of entrepreneurial work, or something like Elon Musk is doing, but we can still be entrepreneurs on a micro level, a micro-entrepreneur. And then an author always has to be focusing on being an artist, being creative; that part of the brain that isn't concerned with money and really is just creating something new in the world. We always need to keep that, that's super important. But if you want to be an author-entrepreneur, you also have to have the other side going. It's not left brain, right brain, it's just more an attitude. You have to take the business just as seriously as the art. And the other thing about business, some people don't like the word “business,” but the fact is business is incredibly creative. Business is what gives people jobs, it's what creates new things in the world, new buildings, new companies. We all know big publishers do marvelous things. That's the other thing, is to consider that business is in itself creative to wear the artist hat and the business hat, and also understanding that being an author is a business like any other. We have a product and that product is a book. We have sales and marketing, and we have financials, and we have customers, and we have vendors and all these things that any other business has. You have to understand that and learn about that stuff if you want to run a business and if you want to make money, a decent amount of money, and if you want to make a living. So really, the author entrepreneur is taking the business side as important as the creative side. Sukhi: That's brilliant. And I think you're spot on, Jo, because with the business, the fundamental about it is about serving. And as an author, we have to think about who are we serving, and it's essentially our reader. My next question is what key traits does an author entrepreneur need to have? And the reason I ask that is because if you tell an author that their book is not just a book but it's a product, sometimes, they get a little bit nervous. They think, “Oh, it in my book. How can it be a product?” Can you just go a little bit deeper into what are the key traits that an author entrepreneur needs to have? Joanna: Yes. I think you're right there. And that's when you have to separate your creative hat to your business hat because there are many people who use that metaphor of having a book is like having a baby, which I always find really odd because that metaphor might work for 1 or 2 or 3 books, but it doesn't work when you get to a number 25, which is what I'm writing at the moment. In a business sense, it's more healthy to think of your books as employees that go out there and do work for you in the world and bring you money, and business. In terms of the personality traits in the things you have to be, and what I would also say is everything we're talking about are things you can learn. I don't have a degree in business. My first degree is in theology and my second is in psychology. I learned all of this stuff, as you have, over the years. One of the biggest things for an author entrepreneur is to try new things, to learn new things, and change direction when necessary. And this constant learning, I think, is probably the number one thing that an author entrepreneur needs to have or anyone who wants to create anything new in the world because the world is changing super fast and we have to learn new things along the way in order to take advantage of those and pivot our businesses. You don't always have to change direction. I started podcasting in 2009, which is very early. And around 2011, '12, I thought, “This is a waste of time. I've hardly got anyone listening. I think I'll give it up.” And then I didn't give up. I decided to double-down on it, and that was a great decision because my podcast is now the center of my business, for my nonfiction business. But other times, I've changed directions. For example, with translations, I tried self-publishing with translators, and that just didn't work because I couldn't market in other languages. So that's an occasion where I learned something new, I learned about how to do translations, how to work with translators, and then, in the end, it just wasn't worth it so I pivoted away from that. The acceptance and learning from failure is really important. For example, changing your book covers is something that is very important for authors to think about over time, and you can't even imagine that when you publish your first book. You think, “This is the best cover ever and this is the cover that's gonna sell millions of books.” And then about six months later, you're like, “Okay, what is wrong?” I've done this several times. The latest time I did this was with “Risen Gods.” We had a lovely cover. It just wasn't selling so I looked at the category. We changed the cover, changed some of the blurb, and it started selling a lot more books. And I've changed a lot of covers. It's very common to do that because as indie authors, we often don't know what the right spin is. Investing in yourself, investing in your learning, understanding this is a journey and that you can learn along the way and try things, those are all really important attitudes, I think. And also, another one would be the long-term view. I think that if you look at, again, using someone like Elon Musk, he says we will colonize Mars, we will build things in space. This is a very long-term view of a potential business. It might even be after he dies. Now, for us, your first book is coming out, and you think, “Okay, I don't need to make my million dollars in week one.” It can take a bit of time. So that long-term view is really important. Sukhi: That's brilliant. And you're right, because my book's coming out, and it's been two years in the making and it's sort of come to a point where I'm just ready for it to come out to the world. But the funniest thing is I feel like I've already moved on from it. That book was done at a point in time but now as I've evolved and my business is changing and my direction is changing, that's going to change or impact my strategy and how I'm going to build my business based on books now. Joanna: Well, then I want to ask you, with the first book, because, of course, people are listening to me and I've got 24 books, and I've been doing this for 11 years now. You're on your first book but you are a business woman who is running a business as well. What are you finding with that first book, with the kind of lessons you've learned from your entrepreneurial life? Sukhi: That's a great question. My first book was focused on how did I make the transition from leaving 10 years of corporate world and moving into creating my own businesses and working for myself, and basically having a lot more freedom and having the life that I wanted. But I wrote that book two years ago, so now, all my businesses have moved on forward, two years on. So now, I'm looking into different things like rather than showing someone how to escape the cubicle, escape the corporate world, now I'm thinking about how do I educate someone who's just left that job, and now, they want to build their own business? What do you start that business in, what things reach out to you? And also, you have to basically, as a business, you have to look externally what's happening around you. Right now, we've got the sharing economy, we've got something called the gig economy such as Airbnb and Uber. Sometimes, you have to start thinking, “How can I offer something that's going to complement what's already moving?” As ALLi is talking about blockchain for books, this is a huge new space now as well. It's not just about creating a book and putting it on to Amazon or other distribution platforms. As authors, we need to start thinking about how is the entire ecosystem going to change? So now, we can basically be paid in micro payments and we can even be paid by a chapter or a page that's being read and you'd actually get real money, like a penny or a cent being given to for every page. Everything is going to be tracked and monitored. So that just makes you start thinking about, “How do you start contributing to that ecosystem,” because what's going to happen, what you're building today, it's got to be ready for launch in a year's time. You've got to have that foresight. I think that's why it is really important for authors today, even if they're not thinking about making millions, if you want to make some sort of income, you do have to start thinking about how are you going to serve these people, and how is the ecosystem on the market going to change, and how are you going to respond to that because that's essentially what a business is all about. Joanna: And it's interesting because you mentioned the gig economy there, and that actually leads us on to thinking about what the author entrepreneur doesn't just make money from books. I think this is super important because so many people seem to have in their mind that making a living from your writing just involves money from book sales. And that's actually not true. And again, as someone who's got a lot of different income streams, you're not expecting that one book to bring in enough money that you could just give up everything else, and you probably wouldn't want to. I can tell you, realistically, with the 24 books out there, some months, some books bring in $5, and some months, some books bring in $2,500. So the thing is with the book sales, it can be very sporadic. I found with fiction, for example, it can be very dependent on spike sales, like getting a BookBub, things like that. With nonfiction, kind of just bump along selling smaller volume but consistent volume over time. And then print books, for example, sell always in December because everyone buys books as gifts or they're like, “Oh, New Year, I want to write my novel.” And then thinking about some of the other things that you can do as an author entrepreneur. Many indie authors are offering editing, cover design, website stuff, you know, social media marketing help for authors, virtual assistant stuff for authors. There's things like sponsorship, people using Patreon, like you said, the micro payments. There are people who pay $2 a month voluntarily to listen to my podcast, and they don't need to, it's free, but they do. And I have lots of those little micro payments. Then things like freelance writing, speaking, online courses. Authors have always taught things, so whether live in universities or writers' festivals, and now, they're teaching online, places like Teachable. This is another fundamental principle of being an author entrepreneur. Yes, your book is the heart and soul of your business, but expect that you will have to have these different things around the outside, which will feed in different income streams so that over time, you're not dependent on any one thing. And I think that's really important for independent authors. Sukhi: I think you summed up perfectly because as an author entrepreneur, you're actually very aware of what impacts your business. So like you said, in January and December, you get spike sales in your nonfiction, and especially probably your career change book, because you're aware that there are people in the market out there who are looking for those things at that particular time. Using that insight, you could probably do promotions or you could schedule certain things. I think that's what it also means to be an author entrepreneur, you're aware of these influences and external things and you're thinking to yourself, “How can I take advantage of that?” Joanna: Yeah. And also drive that in an empowered fashion. I think that another attitude of the only artist-type author is, “Oh, I'll just put my book out there and see what happens. People will find it. The quality of the writing will bring people to my book.” Whereas the author entrepreneur says, “How can I get people to look at my book?” And it doesn't have to be scammy or sucky. Marketing can be attraction marketing. There are lots of ways to get eyeballs on your book. That attitude of “I can impact my book sales by actively choosing to do things,” that's very important. And I think again, it's not being afraid of failure. Trying to get a BookBub and then not getting one is better than not trying to get one. I've been looking at the 404s on my website, which are failed links, if people don't realize that. My web site, The Creative Penn, started in 2008. So what I see over time is, of course, someone who might have come on my podcast in 2010, their website might have disappeared, so I have a broken link. I'm going back and deleting these and going, “Wow, these people have changed direction, done other things,” and that's fine, but it's just that realization that we have to keep updating things, keep learning things, keep changing things, keep trying. I think that that's really important. Sukhi: Brilliant. Every business has to have a strategy and author entrepreneur is no different. Can you explain how are books the ultimate scalable product? Because for a business to be successful, it does have to be scalable. And authors are producing books that can be scalable. Can you talk a little bit more about that? Joanna: Yeah, sure. We mentioned the multiple streams of income. And it is important to think about assets versus cash flow. So on the cash flow, things like consulting, hourly consulting is a cash flow thing because you do it once, you do an hour's work, you get paid for that hour, or editing, you get paid to edit that book. And then that's it, you can never earn that time again, you can never earn that money again, your time is gone. Whereas a book and scalable income is all about creating it once. So let's say you spend 100 hours on your book. For some people, it's more, some people, it's less. Let's say 100 hours. That 100 hours, you create an intellectual property asset that you can license and sell for the rest of your life and 70 years after you die, which is very, very cool. Now, it may be that that 100 hours is a waste because no one ever buys your book. But it may be that that 100 hours creates an asset that makes you thousands, maybe tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of pounds and dollars over time. And that's absolutely fascinating. The other thing is you can, in that book, you can do other things. Nonfiction authors, particularly, can put links in their book that go back to their website and they can upsell different courses or products. A lot of authors now will have a book on a topic and then a course, and the book might be $10 and the course might be $200, or $300, $500. You can earn more scalable income from the book. And, of course, once you've created that book, you can put it on all the different platforms. You can put it in different formats like e-book, print, audio book. And then as people come into your ecosystem, it's like that 100 hours suddenly multiplies again and again as people find your book. When the penny drops on scalable income, it can change your life. For me, this happened around 2008, '09-ish, and I just went, “Oh my goodness, I've spent all this time.” At that point, I had one day job and 100% of my income came from my hourly rate at a day job. So if I didn't go to work, I didn't get paid because I was a freelancer. But if you have a salary, people listening, you might skip a few days but you still have to go to work or you won't get paid. But with books, there's this wonderful moment when you realize that you could step away and the books will keep earning you money, which is just miraculous when you think about it. So thinking about the book as a product for customers but also as a scalable intellectual property asset is just magical. And then, of course, you can turn that book into courses, as we said, but also speaking. So you can take that information and turn it into other things, you can license it in so many ways. Intellectual property is just fascinating. I'm sure there's going to be more on the Fringe about that. I challenge everyone listening, think about what percentage of your income right now comes from time-based sources, so where you spend your time once and you get paid once and that's it, and what percentage comes from scalable income, as in that which can go much further than you personally. When I first started, look at that, as I said, it was 100% non-scalable. And now, my income is probably around 90% scalable. I do you very little speaking or specific time-based stuff anymore. Most of what I do is about creating assets that give me scalable income over time. And I would just add, on fiction, many people get more ideas about making money with nonfiction, but fiction is amazing because you never have to update it. Nonfiction books, like you said, you feel like your book is out of date because of your life. But with fiction, when you write a story, it never goes out of date. So even if you change or the world changes, people still want stories. Whereas non-fiction books, you will have to update them at some point. For example, “How To Market A Book,” it's the third edition, I've had to write it three times. So it's not entirely scalable. I've had to put more time into it to keep it selling. Whereas my novels, I hit the “USA Today” list last year with books I wrote in 2011, 2012. And that could keep happening. So those are some things to think about in terms of scalable. Sukhi: That's really important that you mention the differences between fiction and nonfiction, because that in itself is almost like a business strategy. As an author entrepreneur, you can actually ask yourself, “Which path am I going to go down. If I'm going to go down fiction, I know that's going to be way more scalable than writing nonfiction, or if I do nonfiction, because that's where my strength is, then I need to be aware that I need to basically go back and update those on a periodic basis.” It's about making those choices and knowing what the impact is going to be. Joanna: Yeah, and it's something I really didn't realize at the beginning. I did start by writing nonfiction. I thought that's all I could do, and I know that with your first book on career changes, you're kind of where I was then. I was almost like, “Oh, wait, I won't write fiction, it's not something I do,” and then after a time, I was like, “Oh, I'm gonna give this a go,” and then I was like, “Oh, I love this.” But it's very interesting because a lot of fiction won't make any money at all. Like it really, it will be, it really might not sell much at all. Whereas nonfiction, if you write a book that answers someone's problem, you are quite likely to sell some books. It's much easier to do SEO, search engine optimization, around your book title. For example, in my book, “Career Change,” people buy it because they search for career change. But it's much harder to sell fiction and market fiction. But I see fiction it's more like almost a lottery ticket because if people do find a novel that they love, they will fall in love with it, they'll tell their friends, they'll buy the whole backlist. If you can turn that into a movie or TV or gaming rights or merchandise. The “Forbes” richest authors in the world are all fiction authors. So this is the interesting thing. On the one hand, you've got the poor author in the garret who often writes fiction and the nonfiction authors have the speaking and the consulting and all that. But the fiction authors can be the ones who change society, and are the ones everyone's talking about, the stories that everyone's talking about. Like “Game of Thrones,” how big is “Game of Thrones” in the sort of cultural collective? So, these are some things to think about when you're considering what do you want your business to be. When people say to me, “Which would you give up, would you give up fiction or nonfiction,” and I'm like, “Well, I'm not giving up either,” because they play such different parts in my business but also in my creative life. That's really important. Sukhi: Building on from that question, what are the different types of author businesses that an author can actually put into place? Joanna: Business models is probably the way to put it in that there are some authors who put out masses of books. So that's one business model. I would call it brute force or a huge production business model. These are the authors who might put out a book a month and they might be shorter books or they might not actually be. There are a lot of people who write longer books and they're putting out a book a month, and they focus their entire time on writing. And this is very encouraging, I think, to people who don't want to do a lot of the other stuff. For example, you don't need to do YouTube, you don't need to do podcasting, you don't need to do blogging, you don't need to do speaking, you can just sit at your desk and write books that people want. That's a very important part of the business model. And most authors who are doing this kind of high-volume production are writing genre fiction, so romance, sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, crime to a point, erotica, those bigger genres where there are readers who just devour it. So that high-volume production is one option. And then the second main option is sort of what I have, which is, yes, the books of the center of the business, as we said, but there are other things that bring in income. I have just written my second novel this year. For some people, that might be fast, but it's not in terms of the indie world. I don't have this fast-production style of writing. I have to do other things. So I do marketing and other stuff around my books, but I also make money from my website, from the podcast, etc. Those are the two main business models. And then, I guess if you're purely nonfiction, many nonfiction authors will just have book as business card and that will lead into consulting or speaking. Those are the main things that a nonfiction author might do. I think the main thing to tell people is when you're thinking about wanting to make a living as an author or wanting to be an author entrepreneur, what is the life, what do you want your life to look like? Do you want to spend your time only writing? And for me, that's not enough. I like to help people and talk to people. Or do you want to be a speaker? And then find somebody who is already making a living that way and model what they do and really consider, “How are they making a living?” For example, many bestselling literary authors will make more of their income from teaching. They might teach at a university or do speaking events, that type of thing. Really look at how do people actually make a living, and if you can't work out, then they might have another form of income. I know someone, for example, who made a lot of money and sold his internet company about six years ago, and then he decided to become an author, and he's financially independent. So you'll need to consider his business model. Those are really important things to look at; how do other people make their money and how can you model that? Sukhi: That's wonderful, Jo. And I think as with every business out there, you always have to think about the end game. If you're not happy doing public speaking, then it is probably best not to focus just on nonfiction and just having the one book. You do have to think about all those different things as well. Okay, great. How does an author entrepreneur spend their time? What other aspects of running a business that go beyond just the writing? Joanna: I think this is really important. When I did have a day job, it's really important, everyone knows. The first four years of my five years, in fact, of my author life, I had a day job. In the morning, I would get up and write before work, and then in the evening, I would work on my author platform, my website, my podcast, blogging, that type of thing. And then at the weekends, I would work half on writing, half on the other stuff. Now, I'm full time but I still try and keep that balance. I try and do my creation time in the morning. I'm at the cafe around the corner and I do my writing between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. in the morning before I then go and do some exercise, and then I come back and I do business stuff. That list of business stuff is never-ending, and if you just try to stay on top of all the business tasks, you'll never do any writing. So you have to look at things like, because we're publishers, there are publishing tasks around, when you're ready to do a book, you'll be formatting, you'll be actually on the website, the publishing website. Then the marketing tasks, so for example, doing podcasts. This conversation is marketing. It brings people into all our sphere of influence, as such. I do a lot of these interviews. I actually really like podcasting in audio and video as a form of marketing. I might be writing blog post, I might be scheduling things on social media. And then with the business, I'll be looking at things like advertising, looking at my accounts, paying bills, working with freelancers. I have a team of freelancers I work with. All those different things go into running a business. And that's something that many people listening may or may not get excited about, and I understand that because there's this kind of myth that the author just gets to sit in their room and write. And then if you get a publishing deal, someone else does all the rest of the stuff. But I have a lot of author friends who are traditionally published, who don't run a business in the same way as I do in that they don't have to. They don't necessarily do their own marketing on the advertising side or whatever. But they all do the things that the publisher wants them to do. For example, they speak at festivals, they have to do guest blog tours, they have to go and do chats with bloggers, and they have to do giveaways, and they have to be at events and things. However you are published, you will have to do a number of these things as part of your author life. And then even if you have an agent and a publisher, you still should be looking at the money side. You shouldn't just accept that you get five grand in your bank account. You need to look at your statements and think about how you might sell more. And as an indie, I look at my bank statement and I go, “Okay, so that's good, there's some money coming in there.” Or last year, I was like, “Why aren't I selling any more of those books on iBooks,” and then I followed up with them, “How can I do that?” It's staying on top of the business side as well as the creative side. And it is difficult, and what I would say to people is that's why splitting your time is so important. I talked to an author recently who just felt overwhelmed, and everything was out of control. And I said, “Okay, get your phone and get Google Calendar or whatever calendar you use, and schedule time for recreation.” So they just think, “All right, when I have a moment.” I have in my schedule, and between 7:00am and 9:30am is J. F. Penn time. That's my recreation time. And then in the afternoon, I have this type of thing. That is my number one tip for time; make sure you separate that creative head and that business head so you can do both. Sukhi: That's brilliant, because there might be some authors out there who think they're not entrepreneurs. But if you've sold a book and you haven't been paid, you would still want to follow up on that. So that even something as small as that shows that you are thinking like an entrepreneur because you've sold something, you've given away something for a value and you need to be compensated for it. Even the smallest things, like just following up with invoices, is a business attitude to have. Joanna: Yeah. And, of course, we all learn this stuff along the way, right? I wasn't born knowing how to podcast or knowing how to write or knowing how to look at my accounts. We have to learn these things along the way. And that's what's nice about the author journey. And in a way, it's difficult because the first book, you're like, “Yay, I'm gonna make a million dollars. Everything's gonna be amazing.” And then it might not be. But what's good is the lessons you learn from that first book, you can put into the next book or into the rest of your author business. I would say that coming back to the attitude of learning, and you can learn to be a business person as much as you can learn to be an author. So those are both important. Sukhi: I completely agree. When I started running my own businesses, I didn't know how to set up a company, I didn't know how to look for an accountant. But these things come in time. It's about having that attitude of learning and giving it a go. My next question, Jo, is most authors might struggle with the concept of claiming the word “entrepreneur.” What's the simplest step an author can take to start running an author business? Joanna: Yes, because some of these things sound kind of huge. I think the first thing is to make a decision. We talked a bit about mindset but it's really making a decision, “I am going to be serious about this as a business. This is not a hobby.” One of the differences between a hobby and something you're taking more seriously is separating the financials. The first step is changing your mindset. It's going, “Right, I am not going to be the average author who sells less than 500 copies. I am going to do this and make a go of it.” And then the second one would actually be setting up a separate bank account. Now, you do not need to incorporate, you do not need to set up a company, you do not need to do any of that. But if you set up a separate bank account within your existing bank, it can still just be under your name but call it your business, your author business account or something like that. From the bank's perspective, it's just another account, it doesn't have to be a business account. Then the first thing to do would be to fund it because this is no longer a hobby. We generally pour money into our hobbies but without expecting any return, whereas with the book, yes, you are going to invest in your business. So your initial money, you might put in some money for editing or for cover design. And then you will expect that there will be income from that, so you set up your publishing accounts. If you've got a publishing deal, then you tell your agent, “This is the bank account number for the money that will come back.” So then, that separates, and you can start seeing, “Okay, so I you see that I've paid for that or I've paid for that course, how am I going to make that money back?” And then that's the step to be mindful of where the money is coming in and going out. And that's kind of the essence of a business because as we both know, a business will die if it doesn't have cash flow. Your profit might be nonexistent or negative for the first couple of years as you're investing in your business. And then, you will expect money to come back and the money will be coming back but then you'll be spending it. And then at some point, that money will start being more than you expect, and at some point, it will be more than what you can earn in your day job. And for me, I left my day job in 2011. I started publishing and writing in 2006. I left my day job in 2011. And in 2015, I started making six figures in pounds. And now, I make multi six figures in pounds. That's after 11 years. So let's face it, it's not that fast, but it's a fantastic life. But the very first step was taking that seriously and making that first $10 or making that first $1 online and then seeing that in a kind of separate bank account. And then, you know, it's not a hobby, it's a fledgling business, and everyone knows the statistics. Most businesses fail in the first five years. But if you can make it past the five-year mark of investing in your author business, and learning, and growing, you may have a very sustainable long-term author business, and that's exciting. Sukhi: That's brilliant. Just listening to that makes me feel so excited as wel, because there's so many opportunities. The first step you just need to take is that mindset shift and just saying, “I'm not going to be a poor author. I want to sell X amount of books, and just knowing that I can do it and I can start with taking the smaller step.” Joanna: I think we live in the most exciting time to be a writer. There are so many opportunities. You and I both know the global potential of selling over the internet in a world where the internet is reaching more and more people all the time. As you mentioned, micro payments and selling in places that we haven't even considered yet. The digital market is very mature in the U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia, but the rest of the world, we've barely even started yet. So I think we really are, as Jeff Bezos from Amazon would say, day one, every day, day one of the new economy. I think now is a fantastic time and a much easier time to be an author entrepreneur. I really encourage people listening, if you want to take this seriously, and make a living with your writing, it really is possible. So, yeah, give it a go. Sukhi: Thanks so much, Jo, for your time. Can you please tell everyone where they can find you and your books? Joanna: You can find out more at thecreativepenn.com, and that's Penn with a double N. And you can get the “Author 2.0 Blueprint,” which is free, and all my books, “Business For Authors,” “How To Make A Living With Your Writing,” all of the books, and everything. On twitter, @thecreativepenn. Sukhi: That was great. Thanks so much, Jo.

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You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. Show Notes The motivation for running a bestseller experiment How the two Marks defined ‘bestseller' and how they got there Tweeting with Neil Gaiman – and besting him in the charts The conundrum of pre-orders Comparisons to the indie music industry Dealing with the let down after a big successful launch On the future of The Bestseller Experiment podcast My interview on their show is Episode 54. You can find Mark and Mark at BestsellerExperiment.com and on Twitter @bestsellerxp Transcript of Interview with Mark Stay and Mark DesVaux Joanna: Hi everyone. I'm Joanna Penn from thecreativepenn.com and today I'm here with Mark Desvaux and Mark Stay. Hi, Marks. Mark: Hello. Mark: Hey Joanna, how are you doing? Joanna Penn: I rarely do these three-way conversations but today there's a reason. The two Marks are the co-authors of “Back to Reality,” a best selling humorous fantasy novel that they launched. Now, there's the lovely cover if you're on the video. It's beautiful. They launched off the back of The Bestseller Experiment which is a podcast that enables them to write and publish a bestseller in a year and many of you, I know listen to The Bestseller Experiment. It is a genius book title. Not a book title, podcast title and book title alike. I said to you guys, you should do one. But, let's get started by, first up, explain the genesis of The Bestseller Experiment. Why did each one of you want to do it and how did that weave into your previous experience? Mark: Well, “want” is a very strong word, Joanna. I was minding my own business when this guy contacts me out of the blue. Now, we've kind of known each other since were teenagers. We have mutual friends. A couple of years ago I co-wrote a movie called “Robot Overlords” which premiered at the London Film Festival, stars Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson and it was shot Pinewood. It was an amazing experience and Mr. Desvaux here dropped me a line on Facebook that says, “This is amazing, you're living the dream, what an amazing thing,” blah, blah blah. And we got talking. Growing up all my friends were, “Have you heard Desvaux is doing this? Desvaux is doing that, Desvaux is doing this, Desvaux is doing that.” And, he was just one of these guys I know that do well. I'm not a big fan of time-wasters. We were chatting and we were saying we both love podcasts, and we both love books, and it turns out Mr. Desvaux was something of a writer. Weren't you Mr. D? Mark: Oh yes. I think I was at heart a half writer. I've been writing books for the last 20 years but I never finished one. I think I had written about 20 books. I got to about 20,000 words on some of them. I got a squirrel effect – I got interested in something else and started writing. I was so impressed with what Mark had done with his movie and he ends up having to write a book of the film which is really interesting. Almost the reverse of what usually works out. I thought I want to find out more about how he did this. Because this is incredible. At the time I actually just designed a course called “Ignite Your Dreams” because when I am, really, by trade is a coach. I came from the music industry and played Glastonbury. I have to say that because it always makes Mark's eyes roll. Mark: Oh, look at that. We're not even ten minutes in. Mark: But that was my dream. My dream as a musician was to play Glastonbury and I somehow wangled it very early on in my career. And I thought, “Wow, it was possible.” Eventually wrote a course called “Ignite Your Dreams” that was all about getting people to really focus on something huge they want to accomplish in their life. And I was looking at what Mark had done and I thought, “Wow, here's a guy who's actually done everything I'm basically coaching people in.” One of these things in this course until which I look back over with hilarity is that there's three Ds in the course and the second D is declaring your dream. And I thought what better idea to actually get to finish a book than declaring a dream to the world. Mark and I are actually going to write not just a book but we were going to try and write a bestseller. And that's how the whole thing started. We called it an experiment because we thought we are kind of like crash test authors. We're going to get in the car without our seatbelts on and try and bring with us other authors wanted to try and achieve the same thing. Mark: That was essential to me. Because I have worked in bookselling and publishing; this December is going to be 25 years actually. I only meant to stay for Christmas. I've seen the best books in the world that that everyone in the office, I work for Ryan Publishing, everyone gets excited but sometimes they don't work. They can be the best-written book ever, and for whatever reason, the public just not interested. Other times it all clicks into place. So, there is no guarantee that this is ever going to work. So, I said to him, “Look, we could completely crash and burn on this. Just be warned. You can be as positive as you like but if the public doesn't show up on the day, then we're doomed.” I knew that there'd be someone out there with a half-written book in their drawer who would listen to the people we've had on the show be inspired to finish their book and maybe beat us to it. And the great thing is, loads of our listeners have got those little orange bestseller flags on the Kindle chart, and have sold some quite serious quantities of their book. So that was for me one of the best things about the whole experiment. Just, buzzing with people online and hearing their stories and hearing how they've been inspired to carry on where they might have given up at that 20,000-word point. Joanna: That does bring off an important point and actually one that is quite contentious in the author community, which is the definition of a best seller. I came on the podcast with you guys and said, “It's easy enough to get the orange best seller flag.” You just choose the right category. I think this is actually something that's really being discussed and Amazon have actually now cracked down on ads. Amazon ads that used the words, “Bestseller”. You actually have to say the month that in which you hit a specific list. And that is you know, the big lists, “USA Today,” whatever. People who don't listen to your show would love to hear how you hit your goal. How did you define “Bestseller” and how did it go? Mark: It was always going to be that category of “Orange Flag” on Kindle for me, you know. I deal with Amazon on a daily basis in my job. So, I know that books that get to number one in the top 100 on Kindle, in the UK at least are selling tens of thousands of copies a day. I knew there's no way on God's green earth we're going to do that book one. The authors who do that are authors who have a series, or they're a brand name, or they're on a Kindle daily deal, or they've got a book about mailing. So that for us is the next stage. But, in that first year with the debut book on day one you know, getting to one of those would have been mission accomplished. Just to get into one of them I would've been really really happy with that. We did a bit better. didn't we, Mr. D? Mark: Yeah, we did it all right. Well, it's all so funny. When we first started this experiment, Joanna, Mark was definitely the pessimist and I'm just an eternal optimist. I think anything is possible. Go for your dreams, go big and you know, if you failed big then great, you learned something from the process. And so, part of my journey with Mark was trying to convince him that actually part of succeeding in whatever it is that you're trying to do in life is actually believing you can succeed. Because, if there's a block right from the outset, that in itself could be that the biggest thing that prevents you from doing it. I was this eternal optimist with no background in the publishing experience and of course, Mark has been working in the publishing industry for 25 years. You can imagine he was slightly worn down by my enthusiasm, he kept saying, “This is gonna be a car crash,” and what was really interesting is, as we progressed through the first 52 weeks of the podcast I started to see this little change happening. Mark: Oh, don't start that. Mark: You didn't believe that it could actually happen. I thought, I'm getting on board with this. And, it was really interesting because on the day itself we got such an incredible group of followers on the podcast and we did a lot of things leading up to it. Again everything is an experiment. We got a launch team. We had about 150 people beta-read the book for us. And, we were trying everything that we'd learned from all these incredible authors including yourself that came on our show. On the day itself, we hit number one in 10 of the bestseller charts on Amazon. We've only released that book so far on Kindle so it's just on eBook right now and exclusively on Amazon because again, as part of the experiment we wanted to understand how that works so that we could then feed everything we had learned back to our listeners. And we hit. That was across the UK, Canada, and the U.S. on those different lists. But the biggest thing that happened on the launch date was, Mark, tell them about what happened in the comedy fantasy category. That was fun. Mark: Well, we were earlier on in the day we were sandwiched between two of our heroes. Number one in comedy fantasy was Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman with “Good Omens” which is one of my favorite books of all time. And number three was “The Color of Magic” by Terry Pratchett which again, fantastic book which I love dearly. Joanna: Did you get between the two? Mark: Oh, yeah. Mark: And again, you used the word “Pessimist” Mr. D. I think a realist is perhaps the better description. Mark: Yeah. Because we've recorded our launch day and it's on our podcast this week. I say very firmly, “There's no way we're going to get above ‘Good Omens' because they're filming it at the moment. Neil Gaiman's tweeting about it every day on set. Forget about it. But what a lovely place to be.” Then, I miss my train home which is just as well because then it all starts to kickoff because we actually got to number one. Mark here goes ahead and tweets Neil Gaiman. And Neil replies and… what was it that you said, “We're not worthy.” Or, oh, “We're gonna faint.” Mark: So, I said, “We're a bit embarrassed. We're not worthy. We're only hanging around for a few hours and we'll be gone.” And I said, “Unless you retweet this of course, in which case we'll probably faint.” And then he retweeted the screenshot of us above him on the chart. Joanna: Isn't that the pinned tweet on your Twitter profile now? Mark: It is. Yes. 2.6 million followers. Joanna: How many of them bought the book? That's the important thing. Mark: I was looking at the Twitter engagement statistics. They went ballistic. I mean, like 10,000 engagements in seconds literally. But then, he put another post which said, “of course, I need video evidence of you fainting.” So, Mark's in…was it Waterloo, somewhere? Mark: I was in St. Pancras. I was in the pret a manger in Saint Pancras and had I just had one of me doing…collapsing. And then, you did one of you collapsing on your keyboard. Mark: On my keyboard, yes. Joanna: That's brilliant. Now, I want to stop you guys because that's a really important point. Because what you did there is, you know, they called it “Newsjacking” a few years ago. Getting above your heroes. But then you also took it a step further and sometimes we don't have the confidence to do that. People have said to me, “Why don't I ask Stephen King on the podcast?” And I'm like, “Because he's a god.” And then I would just be like,”Hi. Hi.” I'm waiting until I am someone before I ask him. Mark: You are someone, Joanna. You are someone. Mark: She's definitely someone. Joanna: But what's good is that you guys went ahead and did that. And then, you did those videos. That was brilliant. You took advantage of the moment and actually what you guys did also is set aside that time for the launch which I'm terrible at now. I think it's different when it's your first book. But, I have put everything on pre-order and then I forget about it. Whatever, next book. What you did there was great. Fantastic. Is there anything else about what you achieved that you think it's important to share with the listeners? Mark: I think one of the most important things is that pre-launch phase. Obviously this is our first book together, we tried to get as much time as possible to plan the pre-launch. But I must admit, the biggest thing, and I think every author listening to this knows this, is that you spend so much time on the craft of writing trying to get everything ready, what gets squished is that pre-launch phase and the marketing phase of the book. I wish now in hindsight that we'd had 52 weeks to do the marketing of the book as well as 52 weeks to write, because it felt so incredibly rushed. But at the same time, we know that a deadline is so essential with this. One of the tips we've often talked about on our podcast is that if Indie authors need to create a deadline and so, we worked towards that but we recognize as well that, this is as you as you rightly tell that, this is just the beginning of the process. There were people laughing when we were putting up tweets and Facebook posts about, “We finished the book. We there, we've done it.” And then people were like, “You haven't gotten a clue. You're just getting started.” Mark: I would also say that a tipping point for me and this goes back to when Mark said he saw a change in me. That was when I realized we actually had a good book. We had a really good book. It was around about sort of second or third draft and we were working through it. And, I was thinking actually, “This is one of the best things I've written. And it's got great characters, prose is good, really good pace of a story.” I thought, “Actually I'll be very proud to put this out my name on it.” This is because of the car crash part and we thought, “Well, we could end up just putting out some piece of tart out there, which has been rushed, not properly edited, a classic hero's journey and so, hero into a story slot B kind of thing.” Which it isn't. It really is a story that's told from the heart. I remember we had John Connolly, the best selling author on the show. And he was kind of like, “Is this some cynical ploy to get to number one?” Ben Aaronovitch said the same thing as well. And you know, Ben Aaronovitch, I've worked with him at Ryan and Gallant. You know, I know him. I want to be able to look him in the eye and say, “This is a good book.” Something that I'm proud of. And when we got to the point where I was happy with what we were writing, I thought, “Actually, yeah. Let's put the foot on the gas here, let's actually make this happen.” Joanna: Well, it's interesting. Because obviously, you worked in traditional publishing and actually, I listened to some of the early shows of yours and I got the impression that you were looking at traditional publishing. At that point, “This is not a show I'm going to listen to.” And then I saw that you had some Indies on there and things started to change. So, particularly for Mark Stay, you mentioned that “A piece of tart.” You were worried that you would publish that. I think, with the implication that there are many pieces of tart self-published. Mark: There are pieces of tart published across the spectrum, Joanna. This happens all the time. Joanna: How did you change your mind about Indie or did you? And how do your colleagues in traditional publishing feel about you going Indie? Mark: Oh, they love it. They absolutely love it. And, the big change in the last two years really has been that rather than looking at it as a vanity publishing thing, they are looking at the bestseller charts for Indie that they can probably poach and acquire but do it successfully. They've been burnt quite a few times. They have all these where that category on the Kindle is very granular and the fact is that author is only going to appeal to that readership and they've found the readership and they're doing very well, thank you very much. And when a publisher says, “Oh, we're going mainstream with this,” doesn't always work. I think they've been burnt by that a few times. However, we were out to write something that is very mainstream, is very popular. And there are authors like yourself, and people like Mark Dawson, and Mark Edwards, and Shannon Mayer who we've had on the show who've had huge success with Indie Publishing. It was talking to Shannon on that show that was a real eye-opener. It was the fact that she had so much control over what she was writing. She was writing to a very high standard, she had an editor. I mean, there is a lot of tart Indie Publishing. Let's be fair. It's been referred to as the “Gushing Sewer” and there is a lot of crap in there. I remember having a meeting … I probably shouldn't say, with who, but you know a film company and I said to them, “Why aren't you looking at Indie authors to you know, buy the rights and make movies.” He said, “We've looked. They're all crap.” This was a couple years ago. Joanna: It is hard. It's hard to find what many would call quality work and that is I think, more and more an issue. It will continue to be an issue until discoverability is better. Mark: Yeah. And I think authors like yourself, and Mark Edwards, Mark Dawson, and Shannon Mayer, they worked so hard to ensure that they have a quality book out there and they deliver on a regular basis and have good serious characters, they have fantastic cover art. They deserve all the success that they get. One of the questions we asked Mark Dawson on our show because he was published by a major publisher and didn't have a great experience. And I said, “If publishing knocked on your door again, would you go back?” And he said, “Well, I'd have the meeting. I now know the value of what I have.” And that was a big turning point for me as well. Because I think he's right. If you're willing to put the hours in. It's changed me because I have got several projects on the go. The one of which I'm probably going to do as a crowdfunding thing next year. There's another one which is a children's book which Indie publishing doesn't really work for children's books. I'd love that to go to a mainstream publisher and there's a series that I'm writing which is definitely going to be self-publish. Because I can do three of them a year, I can do it completely on my own terms. They could be novellas, they'll be a series, and from speaking to authors like yourself and Shannon, I'm thinking that it could actually be a really good source of income of the next few years. It's been a huge eye-opener for me as well as a lot of our listeners as well. Joanna: Especially because many of your listeners are traditionally published authors. Because you've had so many traditionally published authors on. And in fact, I've got new listeners to this show from your show who came from traditional publishing. It's really interesting how that shift is. Mark D., you've obviously worked in the music industry where Indie is actually much more trendy and accepted. Was there even a journey or had you already accepted it? Mark: Part of my whole interest in becoming a professional author was because of the years I've been in the music industry. I've always seen the music industry as being a few years ahead of the book publishing industry. So, in some ways, you can often see what's coming around the corner. If an author really wants to be on the ball right now, they should be saying, “What's happening in the music industry right now?” And I think I've been very heavily involved. I was releasing Indie albums in 2004, 2006, MP3s, direct relationships with iTunes before we had all these distribution deals out there. I'm also signed to Warner as a songwriter as well. So, I've got experience in that and it was very interesting coming into the publishing world and taking what I'd learned and what I'm seeing in the music world and seeing the differences. What we saw in the music world is that when it became very easy to create music, people wouldn't have to go into a £100,000 studio. They could fire up a piece of £50 or $50 software at home and create great music. We then had this huge raft of people creating stuff out of their bedroom and what actually changed is not how great the music was. It's just that there was more of it. And the challenge then became, it was more about how well you marketed yourself, and you actually cut through literally the noise in the music industry and to get noticed. So, in some ways, it became much more important to be incredibly good at marketing what you do. When I coach people, whether it's writers or musicians, I talk about, “You can either go down Main Street where everyone is. Oxford Street in England or wherever. And you can try and get noticed with 99% of other people. Or you can go down the road less traveled.” The road less traveled is where the 1% hang out. It's where, me and Mark, the crazy nutters. I'd probably include you in that. You're not crazy nutter, Joanna but, you're doing it differently. You're doing podcasts, you're writing fiction. You're doing things differently and in the 1%, it's not a shortcut. I say to people, it's never a quick route to get success. It's just as hard work to go that route. But, there's less competition and there's more creativity. I always like to think of myself living in that riderless travel of the 1%. And, if you stay on the Main Street basically, if you follow the herd you always end up stepping in poo. Mark: Where do you live? Mark: The rural side. Joanna: What century are you in? Mark: Exactly. So, it's very important and I think, as an author who wants to succeed in today's incredible opportunity that we have, to think about what is everyone doing and let's do the opposite. Joanna: To be fair though, you did a lot of standard things for a launch. Just before we wrap up on the launch, I agree with the bigger picture there. But, in terms of just before I wrap up on the launch because I have a ton of other questions. Mark Stay, was there anything that you learned from the launch? Because you're in traditional publishing, was there anything that you did for the launch which is stuff that traditional publishing isn't doing now? Around advertising and those things? Mark: Actually, the preorder thing is interesting because traditional publishing deals have so many titles. That the software they have to feed the metadata -as soon as the deal is done, it's out there. And, it's not just to Amazon, it's all over the internet. It has an effect on how someone on Amazon perceives you. So, you might do a cover reveal say six months before publication and you'll see a little spike in preorders but if you're a debut author, it comes straight back down again. And you start losing visibility on Kindle. One of the things I remember, seeing a talk by Harry Bingham who is traditionally published in the UK but self-published in the States. And he's experimented with all sorts of things. One of the things he said that really jumped out for me which was, “Don't have a preorder period if you're an unknown quantity.” If you're Michael Connolly, or Ian Rankin or whatever, you're going to have that constant drip, drip, drip of preorders that keeps you visible. And that feeds the Amazon algorithms. We were very determined to, day one, the book is there and then everyone has been following us on the podcast or whatever, they buy the book and we get this massive spike which wakes the Amazon algorithms up and they start going, “Whoa, this is special.” That made a huge difference. I think strategically, that really, really helped us. Well, that did cost us some very late nights a couple of nights before, didn't it Mr. D? Mark: Yes, actually on that note, one of the interesting things we did see as a spike, we actually were number two in the Movers & Shakers Chart in the UK and we were we were hitting the top 100 in the UK Kindle Charts. And then at about, I think three or four days later Amazon sent out what we thought was a kind of customized email but it turned out to be one of the standard emails where they were just promoting big, big things were happening. And it had quite a big book and I thought, “This is just based on my behavior.” Mark: You've been to the page 3 million times this Monday. Joanna: Yeah. You get a lot of your own book. Mark: But then I started getting emails from all around the office saying, “Have you seen this? Have you seen this? Have you seen this?” So I was like, this has gone quite wide actually, I don't know how wide it went. Joanna: Cool. I just want to circle back on the preorder thing because people listening, that is a good strategy for Amazon but if you publish wide as I do, preorders are very, very, very important for iBooks, for Kobo and no one knows about Nook, so whatever. But iBooks and Kobo, you can do up to a year in advance. And you get double ranking on iBooks and you get a higher temperature they call it at Kobo. So, the preorder strategy is very different when you're wide. But I agree with Amazon that you do it later on if you were aiming for that type of launch. I want to circle back to Mark D. on the coach thing and the psychology. Because, I know a lot of authors these days and a lot of traditionally published authors, and a lot of authors who get a book deal and they think this is the best thing ever, or they have a book launch for their first book and there is a sense of creative disappointment and you talked about hitting your goals. You wanted to play Glastonbury, you played Glastonbury, you wanted to get a best selling book, but you got a best selling book. And, there is a sense when you achieve a goal of some kind of downer afterwards. Was there any sense of that disappointment or is that something that you've come across with creatives or do you just now see your future stretching ahead? Mark: It's a really great question because I always think back to school productions, that massive buildup to that school production. And there's always that morning you wake up after the final big final night. And there's always an anticlimax. I rejoice in the anticlimax because if you've had that anticlimax, it means something huge has happened. It's when you never experience anticlimax, it means that your life is like flatlining literally. You're not living. You're just existing. It's a very common thing. There's no way around it. But the way I tend to deal with it is that I've learned to try and celebrate the moment because I think we're all really bad at actually just stopping. Mark and I, we were having a cake on our launch day podcast. We had a big party afterward. So, I'm getting better at celebrating those moments in life. Life is all about the events that we experience, the emotions we experience when we have those events. And if we just let that event of a number one book or even just finishing a book or launching a book or getting a great review for the first time or…whatever it is, if we don't stop and actually acknowledge that that is a moment that's worth celebrating and we go through whole of our life not really realizing the things we're working towards. The 24 hours after we put the book out, I slept because I was up at 2:00 AM in the morning having had two hours sleep and then we ran right away through to like 10:00 PM my time because I'm actually based in Vancouver. I moved to Vancouver island about six years ago and so we were doing an around-the-clock show, if you like, on the day. So, there was an anticlimax and…but once I get past that I then just think, “Wow, now that we've done this what can we achieve?” And I call it “The dream of the dream.” It's like you have a big dream and people forget that if you achieve that dream then you get to have the dream of the dream. It's like the child of that dream which is usually gonna be something even bigger. So, that's where I'm in right now. I'm in this space of what's possible. Mark: I think, Joanna, it's a fascinating observation because I've definitely had it. We had the premier of “Robot Overlords” in Leicester Square, in London as part of the London Film Festival. My family were there. This is an incredible day. Joanna: For all the people outside the UK, this is where the big film premiers are. This is big deal, right? Mark: This is really big. Joanna: It's like Glastonbury for musicians. Mark: Yeah. But you know, afterwards, I'm on the tube and you start coming down. No one knows who I am. No one cares. But there's a little part of me, a little part of my brain going, “I know. I know what I did.” As Mark says, it is important to acknowledge that you've achieved something but also, don't start drinking your own kool-aid as well. Don't start believing your own hype. Because you've got to work for the next thing. We worked hard to achieve this. We put in a lot of work to make this happen. So, I think rightly, the launch day was a kind of pat on the shoulder moment but now on to the next stage. Mark: Mark and I all the way through this journey, we've always been saying we want to inspire other people through our journey. And I think the fact that we did hit the bestseller charts means that all the people that have followed us, they can now listen from episode one of our podcast and listen to the whole thing and see exactly how it unfolded. That's a great educational resource for anyone who has ever dreamt of being a best-selling author. It would've been a very anticlimax had we not achieved it. Mark: Yeah, and actually on the day, I realized just how stressful it was. I actually broke down. I broke down in tears when I saw our first review go on and the person actually liked it. I didn't realize just how much pressure we put under ourselves because of the fact that we went public with this for 52 weeks. Every week saying, “So, we're going to try and write a bestseller.” It's a very important thing to set big goals. But also more importantly, to celebrate that when you do achieve and then celebrate the failure because when you fail at something it means at least you've given a go and you've learned a lot through that process. Joanna: Yeah, and to be fair, you could have done a podcast episode on what you learned and how you're going to relaunch in like three months time or something. Because as you say, it's only a beginning. This is why I never do two people. Because there's always so much I could go into with one person. I have questions for both of you and we haven't got much time left. So I'm going to try like, let's do just some rapid fire. Together: Right. Mark: Bring it. Joanna: You co-wrote this book and you've both have experience in music and film, done co-production and that type of thing before. Do you have one big tip for the listeners on co-writing? Mark: Find someone with the same first name. I can bring guests to your podcast called Mark as well just to confuse everyone. I think, one of the most important things, it actually took us and I'll be totally honest about this. It took Mark and I about a year to learn how to write together. We now have a format and a process that works and we had to work through that. It was a struggle at times. If you can sit down and I know you've written a book about co-authoring Joanna which is brilliant. But I think one the most important tips I learned is that before Mark and I started writing we create a spreadsheet, we put down everything that we love and we looked for the crossover. We basically found those common areas and we have written a book that we both love. I mean, everything in it is stuff that we both love communally. And I think that's how it worked. If you get two people trying to write different things, that doesn't work. So, the subject matter is very important from the outset. Mark: I would say find what your skill sets are and apply it to those strengths. Mr. D has a terrific story mind, a good editorial mind, he's very good at spotting all my bad habits. Find those strengths and play to them. It's like anything that's teamwork and it's like anything else. Joanna: Teamwork is really hard. I think authors particularly are very bad because they work alone a lot. Mark: Authors are a complete bloody control…as Mr. D. will tell you. I usually write on the train, I have a long commute and if he's still on Scrivener when I'm going, “Get off bloody Scrivener. It's my writing time.” If you're used to being the sole author. In screenplays I co-write but the screenwriter's way down the pecking order on a movie whereas author is up here. And when I'm in author mode, I'm lord and god of everything in my domain. And it's like, “Who is this other person treading on my story?” So, it was a learning curve for me as well. Mark: It's all about give-and-take and you find a compromise and the fact that we're still speaking to each other speaks volumes about the way that we've actually found a great way to work with each other. But I've really enjoyed working with Mark. Mark is so much fun to work with. We chat for hours off microphone because it's just fascinating listening to all his stories. Joanna: You've been friends for a long time, right, as well? Mark: Yeah. But we weren't really direct friends. We knew each other through common friends. Mark: I'd see him at gigs and stuff like that. Joanna: I think that's a real key. I think you have to have a relationship before you start writing, whatever that relationship is. You have to kind of know that you have something in common before you jump in otherwise it's really hard. We're going to move on because I want to talk about the podcast. I would say to people now, “Look, I'm thinking of starting another podcast around the topic.” Mark: You must be mad. Mark: Go and put a cold towel on you, Joanna, go and sit down. Joanna: But I have a production team now. So, I feel like maybe I have more time. And thank you production team, who are listening. They are a team, literally. When I think about a podcast that I would do to sell my fiction, it is nothing like this. It is more like the law podcast which became a TV show on Netflix, about myths and supernatural stuff. Mark: And a book. Joanna: Yeah, and a book. Exactly. That's what I'm thinking. It would be more like that. Why did you choose to do a podcast that basically is aimed at writers to sell fiction? And what have you learned about podcasting that you think everyone should know? Mark: Honestly I'm a huge, huge fan of podcasts now. I've always loved them to listen to but producing them I love them. I did quite a lot of radio in my previous life in BBC and the like. But we didn't realize that making a podcast is a bit like producing an hour radio show every week. It's a huge amount of work. But like you, I've got ideas for podcasts coming out of my ear and I'm like, “Oh, I could do one on that.” For us, it was more about documenting and time capsuling what it was that we'd be doing and bringing writers into the fold. We wanted writers to come on the journey with us. Halfway through I turned around to Mark and said, “Actually, we're trying to sell the books to readers and we're building an audience of writers. Are we not doing this the wrong way around?” But of course, writers are readers. And they're a great nucleus to start and launch a book as well. But I'm a big fan I think, don't underestimate the amount of work it takes. Honestly, it's a huge, huge amount of work. You have to really be in it for the long term as well. Mark: I love the Scriptnotes podcast, the UK Screenwriters podcast, the Honest Authors podcast. I've got a lot myself out of those as a writer and I just thought that it would be great, because the thing is I work in publishing and I know a lot of people in publishing. I thought I've not heard that many editors in podcasts, I've ever heard a publicist in a podcast so you know, we've got lawyers, we've got all these fascinating people on it. But it's like desert island disks. You listen to the ones with famous people and they're great. But it's those people that you've never heard of that sometimes turn out to be the best episodes. And I thought it would be great to get people a peek behind the curtain because there are so many misconceptions about publishing and writing that it would be great just to involve people in on that. And I love the sound of my own voice. So why not have 60 hours of it forever. Joanna: Oh, wait, interesting point. You just said “60 hours of it forever”. Does that mean you're stopping the Bestseller Experiment? Mark: Oh, it's a good question. We're actually running at the moment a Patreon campaign. A lot of people have asked us to carry on. And we've realized that there is a whole other season to this which is the post-launch and what we call the long tail. It keeps coming in our reviews, they keep saying, “This book has to be made into a movie.” And so, well somebody said, “A blockbuster!” Mark: Well, I see we have someone that's got some experience in that. Mark: I could write a movie. I can't make a movie. Mark: So, they're looking for someone. There are already people interested in the book and I already see people in Hollywood sniffing around already which is really amazing. Somebody said, “Why don't you do the blockbuster experiment?” And I thought, “Ugh,” and Mark's like… Joanna: No, no, no, Blockbuster died. Blockbuster's dead. Mark: That's true. Yes, yes. The movie blockbuster is dead. Season 2, we're gonna be starting in a few weeks. We're going to be looking at all kinds of interesting things that are coming out. We've only launched the e-book so far. Do we take the print version and sell that into traditional publishing. Is that an option? Joanna: What about the IP rights? Maybe you do that in the UK because you both have UK contacts but why would you do that in Namibia? No publisher is working in Namibia but I sell books in Namibia. If you're going to do that, don't sell World English guys. Mark: No, don't worry. My agents already told us that. Joanna Penn: Excellent. But these are actually interesting questions. I think carrying it on is a good idea. Mark: We've been running a Patreon campaign right now, which could be a model for authors to look into as well and so we're actually being really amazed at how many people are signing up and subscribing to that. So, we're going to be doing all kinds of extra giveaways and bonus material for people who can help us basically cover the costs for podcasts. And we're doing it as part of the experiment because we think this could be a model for the future. Authors might look at a model where they get subscribers because it's happening in music. It's happening in music. Joanna: It's happening in writing. There are a lot of traditionally published authors who are not making a living from their publishing deals. I support N. K. Jemisin who's a multi-award-winning author who basically just said, “I need money to give up my day job so I can write.” I think she's making about ten grand a month and some very big name authors doing Patreon. I'm one who isn't a big name, but I'm doing Patreon, and there's lots of people doing writing as well as podcasting. I think it is already a model for writers and a very sustainable one. It's awesome, really. Mark: Yeah, we're really excited about that and we're seeing what's happening with Netflix and Spotify. This idea was all about content. So, podcasts I think it's a great model for the future. Joanna: So, Mark Stay is that a yes, you're going to do the podcast ongoing or you're staying quiet for a reason? Mark: Well, I think by the time this airs, season 2 will have kicked off. We've already got a couple of episodes in the bag, so we're always banking stuff. Joanna: Then, I did actually have one more question for Mark D. around the name. Because of course, Mark Desvaux is your name. And, show us the cover again Mark S. because that's not the name on the front of the book, is it? Mark: It's not, is it? Let's have a look… Mark: I had quite a journey with this, to be honest, Joanna. The whole name thing. Joanna: It's Mark Oliver. So Mark Stay and Mark Oliver wrote “Back to Reality.” Why use a pseudonym? Mark: I used a pseudonym because I'm also a nonfiction author. Most of the books that I've half-written are nonfiction books and I'm really looking at inspirational fiction about … I've got one written for writers around how to get inspired and motivated to write. I want to keep my name for that. And I decided on Mark Oliver for fiction. Oliver is my middle name, so, it's kind of the first half of my name but I must admit, we went through a huge journey with this on the podcast, you can hear all about it. There was one point where Mark and I were thinking of actually going out as a female pseudonym, just a single female pseudonym. And we're thinking, what would be the implications? Because the fact that the book definitely appeals to the kind of largest group of readers, which are kind of, I guess contemporary women's fiction, I guess you'd call it on Amazon. And we had a huge debate over this and I went through about three or four different pseudonyms and they didn't fit. Mark: And it did not go down well with the listeners either, did it? Mark: Yeah, it was interesting… Mark: There was a big sense of betrayal. They were like, “No, put your names on.” Joanna: Or to be a woman. Mark: Yeah, because they had learned about. And we've also got this moniker now of the two Marks, it's kind of what we're known as, it's like the two Ronnies but not quite as funny. So we've got that as a tag that we're using in our promotion but it was a really, really tough call and I must admit I struggled with it for a good month, but actually having gone through it I'm really happy that I made that decision. Mark: I'm lucky enough to have a very easy name to pronounce so I'm never changing it. and again I said to him, “I've worked so hard on this, my blooming name is going on the cover. Don't you worry.” Mark: And I spent a lifetime, I'd order, say, takeaway and I'd say “Mark Desvaux,” and then they'd… “How's that spelled? D-E-V-O? Des-vox?” And, you know, I just thought actually I'll just make it easier on people. Everyone knows how to spell Oliver. Joanna: Although I guess now you're in Canada with French Canadian now on your side. Mark: You'd think, but no, the world over. No one can spell Desvaux, that silent S. Joanna: Well that's why I say “Penn with a double N,” because people can't spell Penn either, I mean, come on. So we are out of time. So where can people find… I know, we could chat for hours. This happened on your show, right? We went on long on your show. And people can listen to that if they want to hear us chew the fat on other things. Mark S., where can people find you and the books and everything online, and the podcast? Mark: Well I'm @MarkStay on Twitter, Mark Stay Writes is my blog and newsletter. We are @BestSellerXP on Twitter and bestsellerexperiment.com on the website and we're on Facebook, facebook.com/bestsellerexperiment, and we are on Instagram too. Mark: And for me, it's Mark…I actually have a coaching company called 4000 Saturdays, so that's basically me on the web. 4000 Saturdays, by the way, if anyone's interested in what that is, that is the average number of Saturdays that we live in our lifetime, so use them wisely. Mark: Whenever I tell someone that, you should see their face. Mark: I know, they get very depressed, I know. Mark: “Do you know why he called it that? Do you know?” And I tell them. Mark: Yeah, but it's about being motivated, right? It's about living life. Joanna: Don't worry, my audience is well used to it with my obsession with death and cemeteries and everything. In fact, the show I think either before or after you is all about writing your last will and your letter to your inheritance, your inheritors and IP trusts and what happens after you die to all your intellectual property. And it's like the third show I've done on this, so yeah, my audience is used to it. So 4000saturdays.com? Mark: Dot com, yeah, and I'm on Twitter on 4000 Saturdays, Facebook and all the usual suspects. Joanna: Well, thanks Marks, and everyone go check out the Best Seller Experiment. Together: Thank you so much, Joanna.

    The Creative Penn / 15 d. 14 h. 58 min. ago more
  • Oleg Konovalov Author BioOleg Konovalov Author Bio

    I am originally from the northern area of Russia, Murmansk, which is above the Arctic Circle and similar to Alaska in terms of climate. For the last twenty years I am living in Birmingham (the UK) but still frequently traveling to Russia to see family and friends and for different business projects. I can be […] The post Oleg Konovalov Author Bio appeared first on WildBlue Press. Related posts: Author Margarita Nelipa WildBlue Press Beyond the Book: Author Special Reports WordPress Websites for Business: How Anyone Can Maximize Website Performance And Results

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  • Occupation Thesaurus Entry: Human Test SubjectOccupation Thesaurus Entry: Human Test Subject

    Jobs are as important for our characters as they are for real people. A character’s career might be their dream job or one they’ve chosen due to necessity. In your story, they might be trying to get that job or are already working in the field. Whatever the situation, as with any defining aspect for your character, you’ll need to do the proper research to be able to write that career knowledgeably. Enter the Occupation Thesaurus. Here, you’ll find important background information on a variety of career options for your character. In addition to the basics, we’ll also be covering related info that relates to character arc and story planning, such as sources of conflict (internal and external) and how the job might impact basic human needs, thereby affecting the character’s goals. (See this post for more information on this connection.) It’s our hope that this thesaurus will share some of your research burden while also giving you ideas about your character’s occupation that you might not have considered before. Occupation: Human Test Subject Overview: A human test subject is someone who agrees to be part of an experiment that either involves a clinical trial (taking drugs, vaccines, supplements, or having a medical device used) to see what the effects are, or they offer biological contributions (blood, saliva, sperm, urine, skin cells, dandruff, or whatever is being tested) or have dermatological studies of their conditions. The test subject may part of a social science experiment to analyze behavior. In these studies they may be asked specific questions, asked to perform specific cognitive tasks, or be exposed to different conditions that can alter the test subject’s physical, mental, and emotional state. In any study, the participant might be part of the test group or the control group, and they usually do not know which. Test subjects may be chosen for specific reasons (they have a specific type of cancer, they suffered frontal lobe damage after an accident, they experience a specific phenomena like synesthesia, etc.), or they may not, depending on what is being tested. They may be asked to adhere to specific routines (exercise routines, sleep routines, etc.), dietary changes, and abstain from taking any medication, supplements, or mood enhancers for the duration of the trial.This is especially important for clinical trials as researchers must be able to see cause and effect clearly when it comes to treatments or drugs, understand the effects and the side effects to better determine risk factors. A character wishing to be a test subject would have to provide consent to be part of the study. They exchange money for their participation, and are highly regulated to prevent unethical experimentation. There are risks to this job–if something goes wrong (a painful side effect, an addiction) the private companies may pay for some medical help, but often not enough for what is needed, and there’s no compensation for time lost at work, ongoing pain or long term symptoms. Other (safer types) of test subject gigs would be to fill out surveys, participate in panel discussion for market research, test toys or other products, or even participate in mock trials. Necessary Training: No training necessary, but one must fit the perimeters of the study. If the group is not random selection, the character might need to be within a specific high and weight range, be in good overall health, abstain from alcohol and other enhancements, and often be free of drugs and supplements (even over the counter ones) for a month before the trial begins. Useful Skills, Talents, or Abilities: charm, exceptional memory,  good listening skills, high pain tolerance, multitasking, reading people Helpful Character Traits: ADAPTABLE, ADVENTUROUS, CALM, COOPERATIVE, CURIOUS, DISCIPLINED, EASYGOING,  FOCUSED, HONEST, OBEDIENT, OBSERVANT, PATIENT, SIMPLE, SOCIALLY AWARE, UNINHIBITED Sources of Friction: Being asked to do things within the trial that are uncomfortable, painful, or embarrassing, growing bored at repetitive tasks or long hours put in at the lab performing tasks and answering questions, being in a test group with people one doesn’t like or get along with, experiencing symptoms that may or may not be normal but they impact one’s life (a sudden loss of libido, headaches, craving certain things, having to urinate much more often, etc.); feeling manipulated be researchers, suffering a side effect or reaction that requires medical care and getting the runaround to avoid responsibility People They Might Interact With: other test subjects, researchers, administrative staff, psychologists, doctors, dieticians, medical students How This Occupation Might Impact One’s Basic Needs: Safety and Security: some tests (especially clinical trials) could have lasting negative effects that may not show up for years or even decades and the character would have no recourse. Love and Belonging: Family members and close friends would likely not understand nor support the character’s choice to be a test subject, creating a lot of friction within one’s relationship as pressure to stop wound be constant. Esteem and Recognition: A character who chooses to go down this road may not have sufficient regard for their own health, indicating some self-esteem issues. Or, if the character is only thinking of the quick money and not the full possible repercussions, the character may experience a self-esteem crisis down the road if they experience regret when it sinks in that they took foolhardy risks when they shouldn’t have, leading to questions of self-worth as dis-empowering beliefs take hold. Self-Actualization: If there is a lasting side effect as a result of the testing that disrupts a skill or ability, it may keep them from achieving a specific type of meaningful goal, leaving them feeling cheated. Common Work-Related Settings: a laboratory, a bathroom, medical areas for drawing blood, change rooms, study rooms, waiting rooms The post Occupation Thesaurus Entry: Human Test Subject appeared first on WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®.

    Writers Helping Writers™ / 17 d. 13 h. 26 min. ago more
  • Is Crowdfunding a Book Right for You? A Radically Transparent Crowdfunding Case Study for AuthorsIs Crowdfunding a Book Right for You? A Radically Transparent Crowdfunding Case Study for Authors

    There are many models for publishing a book in today's indie environment. Some authors (like me) choose to be entirely independent, but others choose to work with partnership publishers or options like crowdfunding.   It's important to note that there is no ‘right' way to publish, it's up to you – but you need to know all the pros and cons, as well as any costs involved before you choose your path.  In today's article, James Haight talks about his choice to crowdfund a novel and the tools he used to get there.  When I decided to crowdfund my first novel I had no idea what to expect and no one else seemed to either. In fact, it was nearly impossible to find real data from actual crowdfunding campaigns. Thankfully, I came out ok on the other side. Not only did my campaign raise enough money to offset costs, but my book also got picked up by a publishing house. For an unknown author such as myself, it was a dream come true. Now that I’ve undergone the experience, my goal is to help other authors be successful in their crowdfunding endeavors as well. By being transparent about my own campaign, I hope to help authors set expectations and strategize to be successful in theirs. What Crowdfunding Platforms Should You Choose? Choosing the right platform can be a daunting task. There are the traditional crowdfunding giants like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, which provide (theoretical) access to massive audiences, but there are also specialized platforms such as Inkshares and Unbound that double as a publishing house as well. Ultimately, I decided to choose a platform called Publishizer which acts as a virtual agent between you and publishers. I chose Publishizer because my primary goal was to be picked up by a publisher and I believed that they offered me the best chance to achieve that goal. (For a deeper discussion of the pros and cons of each platform available to authors, check out a fully detailed post here.) [Note from Joanna: Just to be clear, this article is James's opinion and experience and I'm not personally advocating crowdfunding or any of the platforms for your book. Please make sure you evaluate the pros and cons for your situation.] How Much Time and Effort Does Crowdfunding Take? I dedicated approximately TWO MONTHS to my crowdfunding campaign. I spent the first month preparing for my campaign (before it launched) and the next month running it. As you will see below in the sales data, crowdfunding is won or lost BEFORE your campaign goes live. That means that your work and preparation are highly frontloaded. In the first month, I spent anywhere between 1-5 hours per day preparing my campaign for launch. This included areas such as building an author website, creating a pitch video, developing a synopsis, and planning a launch party. Although I didn’t keep track exactly, I likely spent ~80-100 total hours in the first month preparing for my campaign. The good news is that managing the campaign is much easier after you launch. I found this phase to be more about execution and maintenance than about building anything new. While the campaign was ongoing I spent approximately 1-2 hours per day with occasional spikes and lulls. This phase entailed more operational tasks such as clever updates on social media and sending out emails. I estimate spending approximately ~40-50 hours total on the campaign during the second month. How Many Books Can Expect to Sell? By the end of my campaign, my novel sold 334 copies and grossed $6,475 in total sales. The day by day sales totals are shown in the chart below. Daily Total Sales Throughout Crowdfunding Campaign: Crowdfunding is all about momentum, and the name of the game is to get as many backers as possible on the very first day. Like a snowball rolling downhill, initial sales build future sales. An effective launch day is critical to a successful campaign. Nearly $2,000 of the $6,475 total dollars I raised came within 24 hours of opening the campaign. This sales chart is proof that the success of a crowdfunding campaign is determined before it ever launches. (Note: Day 2 was my official launch day, but some of my more ambitious fans found out that the book was available a few hours before midnight the day before). Please Note: Your Genre is Important for Expectation Setting I was ecstatic about these results. At the time, my novel became the most funded “literary fiction” novel ever on Publishizer. This is important because a book’s genre can have an enormous impact on sales potential. While success is wholly dependent on the individual author, a book’s genre can generate significant tailwinds or headwinds. It doesn’t take more than a quick search through the Kickstarter archives to see that the most funded book projects fall into the fantasy, science fiction, or non-fiction (especially business) genres. Conversely, other genres such as literary fiction, historical fiction etc… make up a disproportionate number of failed or abandoned campaigns. Authors should understand that their book’s genre will impact their total addressable market. Thus, they should set expectations for success accordingly. While entrepreneurs crowdfunding their latest business book may reasonably expect to raise $15,000 +, most fiction authors (that don’t have an established audience) should expect $10,000 to be an upper bound of success. How Much Cash Can You Keep? Crowdfunding evangelists seldom mention the fees associated with running a campaign. While I didn’t have to pay any money out of my own pocket, my crowdfunding platform did take a hefty 30% cut from my total sales. These types of fees are typical. Authors can get lower fees by shopping around between the platforms (the bigger the platform the lower the fees), but authors must plan to give up a sizable chunk of their funds. To me, it was a small price to pay to achieve my dream of offsetting costs and getting picked up by a publisher. However, authors that are only interested in self-publishing might benefit from hunting for a smaller fee percentage. The below chart details how the number of books I sold eventually translated into the money I could keep. Is Crowdfunding Right for You? Crowdfunding is difficult and time-consuming, but it can offer substantial rewards to those who persevere. For me, crowdfunding helped accomplish a lifelong dream. But for others, it may be an expensive and time-consuming path to self-publishing. I personally believe that crowdfunding is a great avenue for authors who are serious about selling their book, getting a publisher, and building an audience. However, I would recommend this path only to authors that are willing to invest focused attention for at least two months. [Note from Joanna: Crowdfunding also works best if you have readers or a market ready for your book. If you have no email list and no platform, it will be very hard to get any traction with crowdfunding.] For those that are willing to put in the work, crowdfunding presents a chance to short-circuit the traditional publishing process and to build an audience that you never had. I hope that sharing my experience will help you decide if crowdfunding is right for you! If you decide to go down the crowdfunding route then please join us at The Book Crowdfunding Academy. Together we are building a community to help guide fellow authors to crowdfunding success. Have you ever considered crowdfunding to pay for the editing and cover design etc. of your book? Please leave your thoughts below and join the conversation. James Haight is currently awaiting the launch of his debut novel Jack & Coke and spends his time helping other authors navigate the crowdfunding landscape at The Book Crowdfunding Academy. He is also the author of the eBook Funded: The Exact, Steps, Strategies, and Tools to Crowdfund Your Book, which outlines exactly what an author needs to do to successfully crowdfund their book.

    The Creative Penn / 18 d. 15 h. 22 min. ago more
  • Are YOU the very special writer The Inspiration Project is looking for?Are YOU the very special writer The Inspiration Project is looking for?

    Just popping in this morning to tell you TWO pieces of very exciting news. You  may recall a few weeks ago, Carmel Harrington, Hazel Gaynor and I launched The Inspiration Project, a writing retreat with a difference. Amazingly, all 20 places sold out within the first 72 hours. Today we are delighted to announce a second event on 2-4 March 2018. You can find out more or book your place on The Inspiration Project site. But-but-but: we have even MORE exciting news than that! Today we announce The Inspire Me Scholarship. One place on that event in March is reserved for a very special writer and it could be YOU. From The Inspiration Project: Here’s the best part: this place has been paid for in full by an Irish author, who wishes to remain anonymous. Isn’t that incredible? We are so grateful for this generous donation, which will allow one writer the time and space to focus on their creative goals alongside people who can help them achieve them, without the complication of financial pressure. WHAT DOES THE INSPIRE ME SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDE? A place on the Inspiration Project, 2-4 March 2018. That’s 2 nights B&B in a luxury room at the Seafield Resort & Spa, Ballymoney, Gorey, Co. Wexford, a welcome drinks reception, one evening meal plus full use of Seafield’s award-winning Oceo Spa, as well as a full day of our ‘Inspiration Shots’ coaching sessions, one-on-one mentoring and time and space to write throughout the weekend. The Inspiration Project doesn’t end when you leave, as you’ll also get post-event inspiration top-ups and the opportunity to showcase your work on our website. (Value €449.) For more information see About the Project, About Us and our FAQs page. An additional €100 towards expenses. As the Inspiration Project founders, we were so touched at this anonymous author’s incredible generosity, and want to help with any additional expenses, such as travel, or meals outside those included in the event fee. Now all we have to do is find a deserving writer to give it to. WHO CAN APPLY? Applicants must be aged 18 or over and we welcome writers at all stages of their careers. All we ask is that you are serious about developing your writing and committed to chasing your writing dreams. We want to hear from people who will benefit greatly from attending our event, but who possibly could not attend without the assistance of the scholarship. Click here to apply. Submissions close at midnight GMT on Wednesday 29th November. Good luck!Filed under: Novely

    Catherine Ryan Howard / 19 d. 9 h. 24 min. ago more
  • Escape The Slush Pile: Elements of a Successful Query PitchEscape The Slush Pile: Elements of a Successful Query Pitch

    Heads up! Pitch Pro Sarah Isaacson has a Query Clinic here PACKED with info to help you escape the slush pile. For length, my intro is short, so read on for a bounty of query advice gold to put into action. The purpose of a pitch is to hook a reader or land an agent. You must be able to describe your entire passion project in a concise and compelling manner. But how do you accomplish this effectively without losing the heart of your work? I break it down beat-by-beat in this query clinic. The Pitch: Your pitch must consist of the following: the protagonist, setting, conflict or villain. It must display the title in all CAPS (not italics) and provide the genre, word count, and an author bio. Additionally, it is most compelling if it can be done in or around 300 words. The Hook: The best pitches also have a hook—a sentence that sums up the entire book in less than 25-words. Kind of like the logline you see on movie posters. The very best of them include irony. Irony is “an action which has the opposite, or different effect than the one initially desired.” Irony is what twists your plot and forces your characters to grow. Slush Pile of DOOM  Check out these killer hooks: Imprisoned, the almighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. —Thor: Ragnarok (Irony: friends turned to foes) Set in the South, a crusading local lawyer risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime. –To Kill a Mockingbird (Irony: a white southerner defends an African-American man, also present: binaries of white/black, law/crime) As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the F.B.I.—The Town (Irony: the criminal falls for his victim, also a play on Stockholm syndrome) The Body: Here is what goes into the body of your pitch beat-by-beat: Protagonist and setting—present the main character’s world as it is. Catalyst or conflict—the moment where everything changes. The theme is stated. But there’s a debate because change is scary—she could gain something or lose everything—tension, risk. The plot or journey begins and sometimes the “B” story or supporting character (lover, friend, or mentor) can go here. Depending on the story, this is the moment where the protagonist gets what they think they want, or things turn for worse. Because sometimes what we want, isn’t what we need. Either way, it’s tense and uncertain! The villains are closing in, all is lost. This is emotional. The bottom. Doubt, fear, or a serious problem arises—it takes everything to regroup. Now a shining inspiration (or advice from the “B” story friend/lover/mentor) helps our protagonist realize that what they’ve lost makes way for something new. It’s time to try again. Rather than give away what happens in your final act or chapters, end here on a question or statement that circles back to the irony or theme within the hook. Can she? Will they? Ready for the Query Clinic? You tweeted, I listened. #WHWPitch winners Kaylee Myhre Errecaborde and Amy Lane have both been generous to let us showcase their “before” and “after” pitches for this exercise. Read with a critical eye and see if you can pick out the beats in each. [ALL THE RULES OF HEAVEN “BEFORE” word count: 425] If Tucker Henderson could list a profession, it would be “Karma’s bitch.” Tucker is an empath whose one-night-stand bedmates wake up with a life-changing epiphany.  Refusing the “call” to use this rather odd power has tragic results, and Tucker has long since learned that his life is not his own. He combats the bitterness and anger of being trapped into a life of meaningless sex by enjoying the small things–food, a free day, and the few moments of human connection he shares with his bedmates. When Tucker inherits Daisy Place, he’s pretty sure it’s not a windfall–everything in Tucker’s life has come with strings attached. He’s prepared to do his bit to satisfy the supernatural forces that have dicked with his life so far, but he refuses to be all sweetness and light about it. Angel was sort of hoping for sweetness and light. Angel has been trapped at Daisy Place for over fifty years. In the beginning, he helped Tucker’s late aunt exorcise the ghosts–Aunt Ruth would tell the stories in his presence and the ghosts would find peace. When Tucker shows up to take over Ruth’s job, Angel vows to be more accommodating and “human” than he was with Ruth–but Tucker’s layers of cynicism and apparent selfishness irritate Angel almost immediately. Angel has no way of knowing that Tucker has given pretty much everything a man could want–home, family, friends, goals–in order to serve mankind as his gift demands.  Which is fair, because Tucker has no way of knowing that Angel is not a ghost. Although he’s forgotten how he arrived, Angel is in fact, an angel–he was lured by the lush humanity of Daisy Place, and became trapped between worlds, just like the ghosts Tucker must exorcise. He’s hoping that once the weight of souls is cleared from Daisy Place, he will be able to ascend to the heavens again, free and clear of all the pesky human detritus that has so cluttered the crumbling mansion that trapped him here on earth. Or that was his goal before Angel met Tucker.  Angel finds Tucker to be an irritating, baffling, kind and empathetic human puzzle, and he finds himself changing forms and genders as a response to his roller-coaster emotions. Can Angel retain his divine intentions when his heart is proving all too human? Angel never expected to love Tucker; Tucker never expected to love his soul-crushing job.  Divine forces insist they work together–but can they exorcise Daisy Place before they drive each other insane? [ALL THE RULES OF HEAVEN “AFTER” word count: 180] Tucker Henderson’s soul-crushing job leads him to Daisy Place where he meets Angel, the genderbending spirit that will either drive him insane or set him free. Tucker is technically destiny’s dick. He’s an empath whose one-night-stands wake up with a life-changing epiphany—great for them—not so good for him. But refusing the “call” to use his odd power has tragic results. Embittered by his divine duty of revelatory sex, he struggles for his own comfort between every hookup. Then he inherits Daisy Place. He’s pretty sure it’s not a windfall—everything in Tucker’s life has come with strings attached. He’s prepared to satisfy the supernatural forces that suck the soul out of him, but he isn’t expecting Angel, a multi-gendered energy who’s been stuck at Daisy Place for over 50 years. Tucker has one mission and Angel has forgotten his purpose. Now divine forces insist they work together—but can they exorcise Daisy Place before they drive each other insane? ALL THE RULES OF HEAVEN is an Urban Fantasy complete at 94,000-words and is part of a planned series. [A THOUSAND NIGHTS IN PATAGONIA “BEFORE” word count: 283] I’m pleased to introduce my upmarket historical fiction, A THOUSAND NIGHTS IN PATAGONIA. The novel is a vividly re-imagined tale of one of Western America’s most notorious outlaws and the woman who will define his fate. It is 1899 and the American frontier is being swept away with the railroad. Etta, equally as beautiful as naive, is morosely out of place in the parlor houses of Hell’s Half Acre, Texas. She is hopelessly alone and trapped within a life she doesn’t want. Meanwhile Harry is infamous for his crimes, worn-down by his run from the law and wondering how the life he’d hoped for–a simple life–had slipped from his grasp. A heinous crime made in desperation will bring them face to face, sending them running from the lives they know, running from the people they’ve been. And so begins a beguiling historical account of two outlaws misjudged. From the harsh realities of the American West, to the streets of New York City, Harry is a man destined to find his heart and his future in the enigmatic landscapes of Argentina, and in the honest truth of Etta. But his crimes in America are too great to be forgotten. Pursued by detectives once again, he will be forced to make an impossible choice–to follow his heart and renounce his past, or be immortalized as the man he most fears in order to save the woman he loves. The story of Harry and Etta is as extraordinary as it is tragic. At 95,000 words, the novel is meticulously researched. Far outside the legendary tales of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ the story of Harry and Etta is waiting to be told. [A THOUSAND NIGHTS IN PATAGONIA “AFTER” word count: 219] One of Western America’s most notorious outlaws lives on his own terms, until he falls for the woman who will define his fate. The year is 1899 and the American frontier is being swept away with the railroad. Beautiful, naïve Etta is out of place in the parlor houses of Hell’s Half Acre, Texas. Infamous for his crimes, Harry is worn-down by his run from the law, and wondering how the simple life he’d hoped for has slipped from his grasp. When a desperate crime brings Harry and Etta face-to-face, they must run from the people they’ve been. Now begins an historical account that traverses the harsh realities of the dusty American West, to the streets of New York City. Harry is a man destined to find his heart in Etta and his future in the enigmatic landscapes of Argentina. But his crimes in America are too great to be forgiven. Hounded by detectives, he will be forced to make an impossible choice: to follow his heart and renounce his past, or be immortalized as the man he most fears to save the woman he loves. A THOUSAND NIGHTS IN PATAGONIA is a vividly re-imagined upmarket historical fiction. Far outside the legendary tales of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ the novel is meticulously researched and complete at 95,000-words. Did the AFTERS draw you in? Could you track all the key query elements? Is there anything you would add, cut, or change? Questions, comments…please, let us hear your thoughts! Need help getting noticed in the slush pile? Sarah can help! Sarah Isaacson specializes in screenplay pitches, book jackets, and novel queries that pop. Her writing experience spans from movie trailer copy to Warner Bros. She’s worked in TV and film from Indie to Disney and has read more novels than she can count. Follow her at @unofficiallysarah on Instagram or @sarahisaacson1 on twitter.   The post Escape The Slush Pile: Elements of a Successful Query Pitch appeared first on WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®.

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  • Award Winning Author Richard T. Cahill Jr. Brings Readers New True Crime SIDETRACKED: The Betrayal and Murder of Anna KithcartAward Winning Author Richard T. Cahill Jr. Brings Readers New True Crime SIDETRACKED: The Betrayal and Murder of Anna Kithcart

    As the sun rises over the quiet city of Kingston, New York on July 12, 1988, a local transient discovers the remains of 19-year-old Anna Kithcart.  The pretty, black teen-ager had been strangled and beaten to death, with the letters “KKK” carved into her thighs. While her heartbroken family mourns, and the police work around the […] The post Award Winning Author Richard T. Cahill Jr. Brings Readers New True Crime SIDETRACKED: The Betrayal and Murder of Anna Kithcart appeared first on WildBlue Press. Related posts: Award Winning Author Richard T. Cahill Jr. New York Times Bestselling Author, Award-Winning Journalist Team With Disgraced New York Cop To Write BETRAYAL IN BLUE Meet Award Winning True Crime Author Dennis Griffin

    WildBlue Press / 20 d. 8 h. 35 min. ago more
  • 9 books we’re thankful for9 books we’re thankful for

    Earlier this week, we shared a few things Team OverDrive is thankful for this holiday season, ranging from the librarians we work with to the inspiration we see around our office every day and, of course, our families. At our our core, we believe in reading and what it can do for the world and so we thought we should also provide you with a few examples of the books we’re thankful for as well. We grabbed a few people from around the office and asked them the books they’re most thankful for and why. Here are their answers:   The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger https://blogs.overdrive.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Video-Shannon-Carroll.mp4   Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott https://blogs.overdrive.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Video-Hannah-Monson.mp4   Rising Strong by Brene Brown https://blogs.overdrive.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Video-Adam-B.mp4   The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein https://blogs.overdrive.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Video-Ariel-Marbury.mp4   Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London https://blogs.overdrive.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Video-Kristien-Preyss.mp4   Beard Science by Penny Reid https://blogs.overdrive.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Viedo-Emma-Dwyer.mp4   11.22.63 by Stephen King https://blogs.overdrive.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Video-Jim-Monastra.mp4   Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce https://blogs.overdrive.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Video-Meghan-Volchko.mp4   Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss! https://blogs.overdrive.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Video-Dr.Suess_.mp4 The post 9 books we’re thankful for appeared first on OverDrive Blogs.

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  • 25 Gift Ideas For The Writer In Your Life (Even If That’s You!)25 Gift Ideas For The Writer In Your Life (Even If That’s You!)

    With Thanksgiving almost here and Christmas just around the corner, it's time to think about presents for the writer in your life. If that's you, then consider it as a reward for a good year's writing! Here are some ideas to get you started. Writing Tools How many times have you been in the shower and had the PERFECT idea for your book? With this waterproof notepad, you'll never forget those ideas again! Like the shower notepad, but for your fridge! Write your poems with these handy word magnets as you wait for your toast in the morning.   And if your poetry gets lonely you can pair it with your favorite classical author finger puppet/magnet. Here is Jane Austen! If you want to make a more serious gift that will bring productivity and physical health to your beloved writer, check out Dragon Software for those who want to give dictation a try. Perfect For the Office For the retro look, check out this book-inspired jewelry box. For the mystery and thriller writers, here is a deadly pen and note set. In the past when you got a papercut after thumbing through your manuscript your only options were to tough it out or put on a boring band aid. Not anymore! You now have these super cool Shakespeare insult band-aids to cover up that papercut and give you a laugh at the same time. Need some stunning bookends to keep your vanity shelf organized? These are beautiful and even this ebook reader is considering them This Lady Macbeth soap set is a perfect gift for stocking-fillers. Write in Style Busy writing but feel that winter chill seeping in? You need this Hobbit-themed blanket to keep you warm and productive. We all love our families, but sometimes writers need time alone to create. So grab this door-knob sign and have a quieter writing time this holiday season! Maybe while wearing your library-themed socks! Show your literary love with these cute book/typewriter earrings. Show your dark side with Edgar Allen Poe or go down the rabbit hole with Alice! Just one more chapter… This necklace is the perfect fit for any book lover. Fuel Up With These Gifts I write with black coffee by my side – and now you can get a CREATIVE mug from my own Society6 store. Also available as a travel mug, and with the affirmation, “I am creative. I am an author” on the side. There's also some creative tote bags for carrying your notebooks or laptop, or for that Christmas shopping! And here is some novelty novel tea to go in your travel mug! For times when you're home and need a proper mug, try this banned book mug which displays the title of some the world's most famous banned books.  Celebrating your book launch with cake is pretty standard, but celebrating your launch with a cake shaped like a book? Now that's what we're talking about. Get your book-shaped cake mould here. Literary Fun Holidays are a great time for playing games with family and friends. And what better game than one you can use to help spur on your creative writing side? Story Cubes is another great literary game to get your creativity pumping. My personal favorite is Boggle, a game I am champion at in my family Travel goodies Maybe you're driving to see loved ones this holiday season, why not freshen up your car with this literary-themed air freshener?! Book Beau is what every book lover has been looking for. If you've ever traveled with a print book and found it it bent, ripped, or with some other unpleasant damage, you'll want to get yourself a book beau now. Recommended by my VA, Kate. Books And of course, if you need something read this holiday season, then check out My list of recommended books for writers – includes some classics like The War of Art, and some new books you might not know about yet! If you like to indulge your shadow side during the holiday season, check out the books I love, as recommended to my J.F.Penn readers. Includes my favorite novels like The Stand by Stephen King and many more. Oh yes, and did you know that I have lots of books for writers and also have thrillers, crime fiction and dark fantasy novels for you to read?! Click here for all my books in print, ebook and audiobook formats.  

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  • Celebrating the heritage of First Nations peopleCelebrating the heritage of First Nations people

    We’ve compiled a list of more than 100 eBooks & audiobooks featuring indigenous topics, authors and characters for Native American Heritage Month. Sample a few here, or get the complete list of titles. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Whole communities were reading this together a few years ago. Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike. Little You Richard Van Camp, internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author of the hugely successful Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, has partnered with talented illustrator Julie Flett to create a tender board book for babies and toddlers that honors the child in everyone. With its delightful contemporary illustrations, Little You is perfect to be shared, read or sung to all the little people in your life—and the new little ones on the way! Walk on the Wild Side One day, a bear, a moose and a beaver go for a walk in the mountains. To make the hike more exciting, they decide to race to the top. But soon the friends fall into deep trouble. Who will give up their chance for glory to save the day? The Plague of Doves Evelina Harp is a witty, ambitious young girl, part Ojibwe, part white, who is prone to falling hopelessly in love. Mooshum, Evelina’s grandfather, is a seductive storyteller, a repository of family and tribal history with an all-too-intimate knowledge of the violent past. Nobody understands the weight of historical injustice better than Judge Antone Bazil Coutts, a thoughtful mixed blood who witnesses the lives of those who appear before him, and whose own love life reflects the entire history of the territory. In distinct and winning voices, Erdrich’s narrators unravel the stories of different generations and families in this corner of North Dakota. Bound by love, torn by history, the two communities’ collective stories finally come together in a wrenching truth revealed in the novel’s final pages. The post Celebrating the heritage of First Nations people appeared first on OverDrive Blogs.

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  • How to Tell If Your Story Needs a ResolutionHow to Tell If Your Story Needs a Resolution

    One of the last things you’ll consider for a story is whether to write a resolution. This short sequence of scenes (or a single scene) after the climax can conclude secondary storylines, offer a glimpse into the protagonist’s new life, or pull a last-minute twist that changes everything. But in certain instances, a resolution might not be warranted. Some writers prefer omitting the resolution altogether, in favor of ending the story as soon as the climax is over. So, the question we’re posing today is, “Does my story need a resolution?” The answer is… it depends on what else needs closure after the main conflict has been addressed. OK, that advice is a little murky. So let’s make it clearer with what we’ll call our Two Questions for Determining the Need for a Resolution. Question #1: Do any subplots need to be resolved for the story to feel complete? Most stories, especially novels, have secondary stories (a.k.a. subplots) supporting the main conflict. Friendships might be tested, romances might blossom, and so on. By the end of the story, readers will want to know how those subplots end. Are the protagonist and his sidekick still friends? Did the love interests stay together? Were other important questions answered? Including a resolution after the climax will allow you to wrap up any subplots in a satisfying way. You can also choose to tie up those threads before the climax, or leave one or two hanging for a sequel. But as Becca warns here, you don’t want to risk annoying or angering your readers with the latter approach. Question #2: Does a brief look at the results and consequences of the climax enhance the sense of completion without making the story too long? Sometimes the final scenes or chapters show what happens as a result of the climax. Maybe there’s an unexpected reunion, or a glance at how the protagonist’s world and life have changed. In this way, using the resolution to present such moments can enhance the sense of closure or highlight the story’s most important themes. It can also heighten the emotional impact of the ending, making the story that much more memorable. When a Resolution Strengthens a Story: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels each present a resolution after its climax. For example, during the climax of the first book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry confronts Professor Quirrell and discovers his teacher is after the titular Stone – and the evil Lord Voldemort is living as a parasite in Quirrell’s body. A magical showdown ensues, and it looks like Harry might not win… and then he wakes up in Hogwarts’ hospital wing, with Professor Dumbledore, the school’s headmaster, by his bedside. From there, Rowling uses the resolution of Sorcerer’s Stone to craft a concise yet thorough conclusion. Harry learns how he managed his victory over Quirrell / Voldemort, what happened to the Stone, and why Dumbledore believed its destruction was necessary. Other questions are answered as Harry reunites with his friends, all of whom are later rewarded for saving the school from disaster. And as the school year closes and students return home for the summer, readers can finish the book satisfied with the ending, thrilled for the characters’ accomplishments, and excited about what lies ahead in the sequel. Most of the later Harry Potter novels follow a similar formula with their resolutions. Harry acts as the reader’s eyes and ears for the results and consequences of each climax, including the effects each has on the supporting characters. He also typically meets with Dumbledore and receives more information that clarifies past events and added wisdom that eventually shapes Harry into the young man he becomes by the series’ end. Let’s now examine the resolution of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone using our Two Questions: 1. Do any subplots need to be resolved in order for the story to feel complete? Yes. Without a resolution, readers would have been left wondering whether Harry survived, whether Quirrell / Voldemort had gained possession of the Stone, and what happened to Ron, Hermoine, and other characters. Also, since the book is targeted for a middle-grade audience, it’s important to answer these questions and offer closure – and reassurance – to young readers through these additional scenes. 2. Does a brief look at the results and consequences of the climax enhance the sense of completion without making the story too long? Yes. The last four scenes of Sorcerer’s Stone reveal the results of Harry’s showdown with Quirrell / Voldemort and their impact on other characters and the world at large. It also emphasizes the book’s themes of courage, friendship, and good versus evil, and injects a sense of hope and excitement for the next school year. When a Story Does Not Need a Resolution: Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray Since resolutions are a common part of storytelling, it’s easier to find novels that end with a resolution than ones without. So what happens in the rare instance when a resolution isn’t necessary? The novel would need to accomplish the following, which would lead to “no” answers for our Two Questions: 1. The story wraps up its subplots before or during the climax, so there isn’t much left to resolve once it ends. 2. The end of the climax has a strong sense of completion, and might hint at potential results or consequences that could happen after the ending. These reasons don’t mandate a cliffhanger ending (though you can write one, if you want). Rather, they imply that a story accomplishes both points well enough that a resolution isn’t warranted. It’s also important to note that stories without resolutions typically end as soon as the climax is over or a couple pages after. A great example of a resolution-less story is Dorian Gray’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. This dark psychological classic follows a handsome young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty, then embarks on a lifetime of hedonism while a portrait of him grows hideous to reflect his sins. But did you know that the novel’s climax, where Dorian stabs the portrait only to have his own curse kill him instead, happens on the second-to-last page? Yes. By then, Dorian has dabbled in drugs, broken a young actress’s heart (which led to her suicide), blackmailed his friends, and murdered two men, including the artist who painted his portrait. Even his “companionship” with Lord Henry Wotton, who encouraged Dorian’s self-indulgence from the beginning, appears to have ended after Henry pokes fun at Dorian for wanting to change for the better. So when Dorian attempts to destroy his portrait, the main conflict – Dorian’s internal struggle with his tarnished self – is all that’s left to address. The final page does show pedestrians hearing Dorian’s dying screams and his servants finding his body and the changed portrait moments later. Yet these moments are part of the climax, not a resolution. The gruesome discovery in particular is not a result or consequence of the climax, but rather the end of the main conflict. A much different ending than that of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, right? So let’s evaluate why The Picture of Dorian Gray’s absence of a resolution works using our Two Questions: 1. Do any subplots need to be resolved in order for the story to feel complete? No. All of the subplots, including Dorian’s relationships with other characters, are resolved before Doran “confronts” his portrait. 2. Does a brief look at the results and consequences of the climax enhance the sense of completion without making the story too long? No. Some readers might be interested in an additional chapter that shows Henry’s and other characters’ reactions to Dorian’s death. But since the novel focuses on Dorian and his downward spiral, adding more scenes after the climax would serve no purpose. In the End, It Depends on What You Believe the Story Needs Remember that the key to a story’s ending is closure. A resolution can provide this if certain subplots still need to be addressed after the main conflict is over. But if all questions have been sufficiently answered, and if writing more scenes might make the story too long, then maybe a resolution isn’t necessary. That decision is yours to make. Yes, it’s more common for stories to have a resolution than to not have one. But in the end, no one but you, the author, can determine if your story is stronger with or without those extra scenes. You don’t have to write a resolution because most stories include one. It simply has to feel right for the story you want to tell. And if your decision makes sense to your readers, it could mean the difference between a good story and a great one. What are your thoughts about resolutions in a story? Have you ever struggled with choosing if a resolution was needed after a story’s climax? If so, what did you decide? Also, what are some of your favorite stories that either had a purposeful resolution or worked well without one? Sara is a fantasy writer living in Massachusetts who devours good books, geeks out about character arcs, and drinks too much tea. In addition to WHW’s Resident Writing Coach Program, she writes the Theme: A Story’s Soul column at DIY MFA and is hard at work on a YA/New Adult magical realism manuscript. Find out more about Sara here, visit her personal blog, Goodreads profile, and find her online. Twitter | Pinterest   The post How to Tell If Your Story Needs a Resolution appeared first on WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®.

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  • Publishing in 2027. Blockchain And Global Mobile Internet With Emmanuel NatafPublishing in 2027. Blockchain And Global Mobile Internet With Emmanuel Nataf

    It is the best time in history to be an author! We have everything we need as indie authors to run a digital, global, location-independent, scalable publishing business from a laptop. So what's coming next? In today's show, I discuss the potential changes coming to publishing and to society in the next 10 years with Emmanuel Nataf, co-founder of Reedsy and a Millennial entrepreneur. We touch on Blockchain, smart contracts, and cryptocurrency, as well augmented reality, language translation, and the future of jobs. In the intro, I mention my takeaways from the awesome YouPreneur Summit where I spoke last weekend, plus the limited time NaNoWriMo Bundle, packed full of great books if you're writing a novel. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors. Emmanuel Nataf is the co-founder and CEO of Reedsy, a marketplace that connects authors and professional freelancers, as well as a street photographer for fun. He's also a millennial and invested in cryptocurrency. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. Show Notes How blockchain is different from Bitcoin For great book cover design and formatting, check out Reedsy How blockchain and crypto-currencies will affect authors How the book sales platforms will change with the rise of these technologies How Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality might affect authors The future possibilities related to language translation and technology The future of jobs You can find Emmanuel Nataf at Reedsy.com and on Twitter @EmmanuelNataf Transcript of Interview with Emmanuel Nataf Joanna: Hi, everyone. I'm Joanna Penn from thecreativepenn.com. And today, I'm here with Emmanuel Nataf. Hi, Emmanuel. Emmanuel: Hey, Joanna, how are you doing? Joanna: I'm good. It's great to have you on the show. Just a little introduction. Emmanuel is the co-founder and CEO of Reedsy, a marketplace that connects authors and professional freelancers, as well as a street photographer for fun. He's also a millennial and invested in cryptocurrency. Now, the reason I invited Emmanuel on, is it's 10 years since the iPhone and the Kindle came on the market. So today, we're looking into the future about what will affect authors in the next 10 years to 2027. I got talking to Emmanuel over drinks one evening and discovered all this interesting stuff about him. So that's why he's on the show with me today. But before we get into it, we've obviously had Ricardo on the show talking about what Reedsy is. Tell us where are you from and why did you get into the publishing business as a tech startup? Emmanuel: Thanks a lot for having me on this podcast. It's very cool to be here. I'm from Paris. I was born and raised in Paris. Most of my studies in Paris as well in France. I met Ricardo while we were studying in a business school, studied a little bit in Toronto as well, so Canada. I got into publishing because I just love cultural industries. And when I moved to Canada, I was like, “Okay, I'm not gonna bring all these books with me. I'm just gonna get a Kindle, you know, and get all my books on that.” That was a very interesting experience for me. I didn't read that much, actually, before getting my Kindle. And it became an enabler for me. Certainly, I would just look into books and read a lot more than I used to. And I started to get into that world. I loved cultural industries as you mentioned. I do a lot of street photography in my spare time. So whenever I'm not working at Reedsy, then I just go out and take pictures of people on the street. I shoot them, but I don't kill them. I started to learn about that space and I realized how amazing self-publishing was as a concept, essentially, as a business model, the creative freedom that you were getting out of it. And I thought that was really amazing. But at the same time, I was a bit like, “Okay, this is awesome. You can just push your book to the Kindle Store or any other store and get most of the royalties back.” I thought that was amazing. But at the same time, most of the books that was self-published didn't feel that great. So that was just in 2013 or something like that when I first had the idea. And I was like, “How can we make that process better?” The sort of people who were just going to create a WordPress blog, and certainly they look like professional journalists. How do we make that happen for people who want to publish books? I realized that a lot of people who used to work in-house with publishing companies were available and working as freelancers. So started to interview some of them, trying to get an understanding of what they were looking for, how they would get clients, and everything. I interviewed over 100 people, I think. And then positively felt it wasn't that hard maybe to match great professionals with authors who were looking to publish a high quality book. So that's how I got into the space. Then I took a little bit of time before I put a team together, started the company with Ricardo, as you mentioned, who was on the podcast recently. And then we built an MVP. We raised a bit of money, and now we've helped produce about 3,500 books, which is kind of cool. Joanna: It is cool. I love Reedsy. It's fantastic and having that vetted professional stuff. But let's get into the topic of today, because you talk about the Kindle as a technical enabler for your reading. And I think that's the positive slant we want to bring today, is that technology as an enabler for things that people have been doing for ages. Like photography is enabled by Instagram, the Kindle is enabled by reading. I wanted to start with the blockchain, because you and I were talking about that one evening. And the Alliance of Independent Authors has recently launched blockchain for books initiative. Now, it's so interesting because I've talked to a lot of people my age, I'm 42, and older. And people are confused about what blockchain is, whether it's the same as Bitcoin, what is cryptocurrency, and why the hell should authors be interested? Let's start with explaining what is blockchain and why is it different to Bitcoin. Emmanuel: Cool. People started to talk about Bitcoin roughly in 2009, because there's that random guy or a random group of people on the internet who posted a blog post on the forum and saying, “Hey, I created Bitcoin.” If you actually google Satoshi Nakamoto on Google and you try to find like the first blog post, you're going to find it. And it's really funny because you see the origins of the whole concept, the whole project. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency. It's a token that will allow people to transact and store money, store value in a decentralized fashion. So that's kind of like an interesting open network, so decentralized network for the financial industry, basically. Blockchain is more a concept, more the underlying technology, and Bitcoin is just an application of it. But there's tons of different cryptocurrencies that exist for different purposes. The concept behind blockchain is that, instead of having a central organization that earns all the information about something, you're gonna have an open distributed database ledger that record those transactions in a very efficient way, in an irreversible way as well. It's called a blockchain because you add different bits of a chain, one after the other. They have a mathematical relationship. So you can verify that something happened after something else essentially. Joanna: Yeah, and I know everyone's going, “Okay, I still don't understand that.” I've been reading this over and over again in an attempt to try and understand it, but I think just taking up a level for people. It's like the internet, like we don't have to understand the internet in order to use the internet, right? I don't need to know to know how to program. Emmanuel: Yeah, totally. Joanna: So that's kind of what I'm saying with blockchain. You don't need to understand the code or the technical side of things, right? I guess the question is, do you feel like this is what the internet was, I guess, back in the '80s when you were, I guess, just born or something? Emmanuel: Whatever. Joanna: Yeah, whatever. The point where the internet started, it was very technical and only a certain number of people used it, but then it became something that kind of took over. By 2027, how do you think the blockchain and cryptocurrencies will affect authors or will we be using them? Emmanuel: I agree with that. Unless you want to start investing in that sphere and in cryptocurrencies, you probably don't need to go too much in depth and try to understand really what's going on. But if you do, you should probably do some reading to try understand what's happening and the technical aspects of it. But essentially, we're making cryptography more mainstream in a way and useful for different purposes. There's gonna be tons of different applications. Basically, there isn't a single industry that's not going to be disrupted by blockchain technology. So, anything you can think of, it's going to change. Right now we live in a very weird world. So, as you said, we thought the internet would be a very decentralized technology, and it turned out not to be a decentralized technology. And in the end it's a few players controlling the internet. Probably everyone who's listening to the show right now has a Facebook account and all their information is processed by Facebook and is sold by Facebook to third parties. So it's very weird. And you look at the consequences, like the U.S. election potentially and you're like, “Well, this is sad,” like you look at hundreds of millions of Americans maybe who's still like ads that the Russians go to something like that. That is possible because you have a centralized entity and it's very easy to then access everyone and advertise to everyone. And it's really funny that now Facebook is going to hire 10,000 people to remove misinformation by the end of 2018. But Facebook is just one example. Authors obviously put their book available on the Kindle Store or any other store, and they give 30% of their royalties to Amazon. Well, we could think that, in the future, there might be a decentralized Amazon where basically there's no fees, there's no commission. Maybe there's a tiny, tiny fee for operating transactions and running contracts basically through a platform. But that world where you give 30% to Apple whenever you sell An app or 30% to the Amazon whenever you sell a book might disappear. And you can think of applications for that in literally every single industry. Joanna: I think the key point here is that decentralization. Right now pretty much everyone listening is going to use Amazon KDP to sell most of their books to customers around the world. I've started selling direct through some things. But PayPal, for example, paying by email in multiple currencies, PayPal owns that space. Do you see that by 2027, we would mostly be doing transactions globally on the blockchain with decentralized payments directly to customers? Or do you see companies like Amazon and PayPal creating applications on the blockchain, so we kind of still use them like that? Emmanuel: I don't know whether Amazon is going to build a blockchain-based Amazon. Maybe, that'd be good for them actually. But right now what you're seeing is the large organizations, the nonprofit essentially. They're building the infrastructure, and those platforms are going to allow people to transact. It's never gonna be just you. There's always going to be some kind of platform that people are going to use and going to be the go-to platform to make that happen. But it's just that platform, that intermediary will not charge you 30% every time you sell something. They're going to create an open source technology that anyone, if they want to, can change and build on top of their own version of the platform. So it's going to be really interesting. You can imagine that in the future, instead of switching back to Facebook again, but like instead of having Zuckerberg waking up in the morning and saying the future is going to be like this and pull this thing up at Facebook, linking to like that. Maybe there's a bunch of developers based, wherever, in Estonia, or in Asia or wherever you want on the planet, that are going to think, “Okay, so that's good, does that right now. How about we change this bit or that bit and we're going to build our own version of Facebook and maybe adoption will take off and more people will use it.” So you have like an infinite number of Facebooks basically that could exist in the future, same for Amazon. But hopefully, there will be kind of an interesting platform to make that happen to start with. Joanna: It's so funny because I was away somewhere and someone said sci-fi authors have really old websites, because they built them first, like many of them built them back in the day before WordPress, for example. It's almost like when you build something now, you've got the benefits of everything. Jeff Bezos said, and I think it was 2015, Amazon will be disrupted. And I was thinking, when you build a massive system or a particular technical platform to actually upgrade that, is a lot harder than building something from scratch on a new platform. You're more likely to see another wave of disruptive technologies. Emmanuel: One of the biggest challenges to disrupt Amazon essentially is that Amazon doesn't just sell digital products. If you're selling a digital product to someone, then it's fairly straightforward. When the file has been downloaded, you know when the file has been read. You have lots of information about how the people used that digital file that you were selling. If you wanna send this…sorry, it's a Reedsy book, then you need like a proof that the person who actually bought it received it. So you need the supply chain, the infrastructure underneath to allow you to verify that someone actually got the book in the end. You can see it very easily how some people are going to disrupt some aspects of it. Amazon sells sell e-books. That feels like something that can be disrupted, not fairly easily, but that feels really doable. Same for any digital product, essentially. But this liner where they started making their own TV shows and their own movies and everything. In the end, you're going to go to Amazon maybe because they have interesting content. But for physical products, it's a different story because there's physical activity that's involved. So go disrupt that, it's going to be interesting. Joanna: And with physical products as well, thinking about a book. Actually, the technology for printing books won't be disrupted by 3D printing, because that's more for shapes and things, not for pages with printed text on. So it is quite interesting that that older technology will probably remain. I appreciate that. The other thing I wanted to ask about on the contract side, which is something the Alliance of Independent Authors is talking about, is that you could do much easier contracts around foreign rights. You could do micro payments. For example, I can have a micro payment. Whenever one digital book is sold, X percent goes to me, X percent goes to the editor, X percent goes to Reedsy, if you did the connections, so that micro payments. Given what's happening in India with micro payments and digital currency, is that a big shift, do you think? Emmanuel: Yeah. It's really interesting. As we said earlier, Bitcoin is one application of the blockchain technology. But a few years ago, there's something else that emerged called Ethereum, which is built on a blockchain, built to create decentralized applications, essentially. They call them dapps; decentralized applications. And with that, you're able to create smart contracts, which are basically bits of code that developers submit and are executed by a distributed network of computers, essentially. And with that, we should be able to do what you just described. It's really interesting because it's not a new idea, the idea of having multiple people sharing royalties by the execution of the contract in a completely automated fashion. There was that startup, I think, called Net Minds, and there's been quite a few actually. They're dead now, but it doesn't really matter. That idea that you could have contracts that will be automatically executed to pay different artists, different creatives is now a new idea, but like certainly we have the technology to make that happen. It's gonna be extremely interesting. Micro payments, maybe we can now pay you for every page you read, we can send you money. It's gonna be quite interesting. There's going to be new business models, essentially. That's why I flipped it around just a second ago, because in the future, maybe you don't get paid when people read the page but you make money off people who don't finish your book. You can pay people to read your book, and all the people who don't finish it, you know, they obviously…you keep the money. And if they do finish it, then you send it back, essentially. Joanna: Oh, interesting. Well, and this is the thing, because I think the big shift in cryptocurrencies is even though most of us are using not real money. I mean, we are not going around doing most of our payments and receipts with actual money. People still get confused about cryptocurrencies, it's just the word makes it difficult. When you talk about payments, people are still thinking like physical transfers and stuff. Here we should just say to everyone there isn't actually anything that authors can do right now to take advantage of this, is there? It's more like this is happening, just be aware of it. Is there anything else you would advise people? Emmanuel: Yeah. And the reason why no one can do anything with it is that the technologies are not ready to be used at scale, essentially. A technology like Bitcoin can process something like eight transactions a second, when the company like Visa or MasterCard can do like a thousand transactions a second. So, obviously, all these technologies are going to evolve. They'll have roadmaps with significant changes to the technology and they're going to test things and they're going to fail. Essentially, all those technologies are like very early stage companies right now, things you would invest in when there's like five employees. So, things you don't necessarily want to trust actually. For authors, right now they don't have to panic because there's nothing they can really do with it. We can just think and be inspired. Joanna: Yeah, exactly, and that's kind of what we're doing. We're sort of thinking 2027, what are some of the exciting things. And this is exciting because it can give us more of a percentage of sale. It can give us micro payments, which will enable us to reach these other countries. Emmanuel: There's a website called Steemit, so Steem, E-E-M and it, I-T.com. And it's really interesting because it's kind of a Reddit. It's very similar to Reddit, but it's built on the blockchain, essentially. There's three or four different types of currency basically. You can buy Steem dollar and you can reward people who are actually writing interesting content. And people who write content are rewarded as well with coins that they can use. And there's different types of coins. It's interesting. There's something called Steem Power that gives you more if you're already on the platform. It's super interesting to see that still today you go on the platform, you give all your information, you publish high-quality content, and in the end, the company that's really become successful out of it is the company that created that platform. It's Facebook. It's Google. It's whoever. If you publish like a great post on Facebook, you might get likes. Okay. And if you advertised a product behind it, maybe you'll sell something. But in the end, you're a user of the platform and you're not really rewarded for being a user. In the future, with tokens, the value of your tokens, whatever the currency is, whatever the platform is, the value might increase as the number of people who joined that platform increases. So certainly, you're not just a user and you're just like kind of like an animal that big companies use for advertising. You actually have some kind of ownership in the product. It's very, very different. Joanna: Oh, goodness, we've got so many other things to cover. So let's move on, because one of the things that is really happening already is artificial intelligence and machine learning. AIs have been writing nonfiction articles and sports journalism and technical journalism for a couple of years now, I think and recently have started writing not very good fiction. But one AI got into the finals of a Japanese literature competition. And this Halloween, as we talk in 2017, MIT had a horror bot that was putting out horror stuff. What was interesting is somebody emailed me or it was on Twitter or something, and said, “This is high school quality work,” with the assumption that this wasn't very good. I was like, “If this is high school quality work, then this is a very good AI,” because that's pretty amazing if they're already that developed. I'm looking forward because, in 2027, I fully intend to be using as much AI as possible, like a centaur. In chess they have AI centaurs who work with the chess master and beat the AI alone or a human alone. So I'm really excited. But many people are very scared, and there's these kind of scary articles like, “You will be out of a job, writers, because of AI.” What are your feelings around AI and how we will work with them? Emmanuel: I think one of the best ways of getting an understanding of what AI can do today is to watch that video. I can probably find the name of it. They had it featured at Barbican Museum in in London. A few months ago, there was an entire exhibition about sci-fi. They were talking about the first sci-fi in movies and everything. At the end of the exhibition, there was a short clip. And one of the main actors in that short clip is the main actor in the TV show “Silicon Valley.” The script was something that had been compiled by AI. And it's really funny because it feels like it makes sense, like the tone, everything. It feels like there's something happening, but the more you listen, the more you realize that it makes no sense. It's really interesting because it gives you an idea of, you know, what AI can do today. I'll try to give you the link afterwards to your listeners. Joanna: We'll put it in the show notes. Emmanuel: Should people be scared of AI? AI today is nothing really scary today, because essentially, as you just described it actually, with the MIT researchers that created horror stories based on Reddit posts, hundreds of thousands of Reddit posts. Essentially, they're doing that based on historical data. It's an old DAI we have today. It's mostly scripted AI. So it's like you're playing a video game and you have a sense of these characters and they have the script and they're gonna move around. It feels like they're doing their thing. But, in fact, it's mostly scripted. And we're doing that because it allows us to control the outcome. If suddenly we play a video game or we are in some kind of experience where we can't control the outcome, then you don't know what people should be looking at, you don't know what people should be doing, and you can be worried about the consequences as well. We started doing that scripted AI, simply because it's simpler for us to understand and also because we didn't really have the technology to do any better. But when you think about it, we built the world where you're going to have tons of people saying, “Oh, this is an aubergine and this is not an aubergine.” Teaching a machine what an aubergine looks like and what aubergine doesn't look like. It's kind of like the state of the AI right now. We're able to do slightly more sophisticated things, so that if they need, for instance, the online learning platform for their sales team, instead of having the salesperson type of response fully, they have some kind of AI, machine learning system that allows them to pre-composed messages. So the customer support person doesn't have to write a full message. And the way it's pre-composed, they make sure that they know that that message is going to convert better than the other one. So they have a pre-composed message that's supposed to convert well. And then the customers or a person can add the information that's required for that specific customer. So that's the kind of things that we're able to do right now with it. But it's not like the machine that comes out of nowhere and learns and does their own thing. Joanna: In 2027, in 10 years' time, the state of machine learning that Google was doing or Alphabet is doing right now, there's been some big leaps with machine learning. What do you think, in 2027, the AIs will be like? Emmanuel: Yeah. So we're going from scripted AI to an AI that can learn, meaning that it doesn't need historical data, as you described it, like AlphaGo Zero does. It didn't need like millions of games of information to know how to play. It would just play, and then lose or win. And then because it's a computer, it can play billions of games super quickly, and as a result become really good. So that's, I think, one of the biggest differences. But it's still very early, because we're doing that with a game. Okay, GUI is a complicated game, much more complicated than chess or like there's many more outcomes, you know, possible. But still, we're not talking about doing anything extremely sophisticated right now. And it's interesting. There's that video game company called Unity. They just have a basic game with a ball that's going on the platform and the machine is learning how to hold the ball straight on that platform. And it takes just 30 seconds for the game to learn how to do that, which is kind of cool. But it's kind of the level at which we are right now in terms of actually AI that learns. Joanna: Yeah, I'm still excited. I'm really looking forward to my AI assistant. One thing that is around the learning is translation and voice search. Voice search has gone mainstream in the last year with the Echo and the Google home things and Siri and Cortana and all that. People are using their voice for search. And real-time translation is happening with Skype. Kickstarter has a whole load of what look like real-time translation. Now, obviously, you're French. I mean, you understand the translation thing a lot more than me because I'm British and obviously, British people are terrible at languages. What do you think about the translation possibilities in the next 10 years for reading in other languages? Emmanuel: Yeah. It's interesting you asked me this question, because when I was raising money for Reedsy, one investor who was actually not interested in investing in Reedsy, one morning wakes up and says. “Hey, do you have the tool that my dad can use so he can read that book that's in English, but he doesn't read English, he only reads Spanish?” I'm like, “No, dude I don't have that tool. It doesn't exist.” Either he finds a translation or he reads it in English, anyway. I thought that was quite interesting because, obviously, right now there's no on-demand translation service that does an amazing job or it works for like basic things, like that company called Unbabel. I don't know if you've heard about it. They have a machine that does the basic translating, so just voice recognition and then translates word by word. And then they have a community of human beings who are actually going to edit that translation. So you can have people watching the conference on the internet and then maybe there's going to be a slight delay, but we're going to be able to translate extremely quickly what the person on stage actually said. And that's kind of interesting. It's kind of a mix of working with humans and actually working with the machine. Google, I think they recently like revamped the translation service for Chinese. But I know it took them years to actually go from that very basic system to something slightly more sophisticated. And still, I think the technology they have is insanely slow compared to the previous one. I mean, it gives better translation, much better translation, but it's insanely slow. I know they had to add transitions and stuff so people don't realize that there's actually a lot of processing going on to it to actually translate the sentence. So we're going like great progress. I wish I spoke Chinese to be able to see what Google did with Google Translate, but it's a fairly recent change, and, yeah, it's getting super interesting. But translation for the literary world, like translate basic articles, technical stuff, it's been out there for a while. But to translate novels, we're going to need something really, really smart because translating is rewriting, it's not just translating. Joanna: Yeah, which is why I see it as it will be very possible for nonfiction. There are probably ways we could do nonfiction right now. There are tools you can run novels over to say how the level of the language, and there's obviously a big difference between books that are aimed at a reading in age of 14, which apparently is the average reading age in America versus a literary fiction novel that wins prizes. Those are very different languages. I can see it moving on that scale, so, nonfiction first. As you say, you can pretty much translate websites and articles right now, which are nonfiction. Emmanuel: Yeah, yeah, totally. Joanna: Do you see that transition? Emmanuel: Yeah. I can remember when I saw a video of scientists in the '50s, during the Cold War, you wanted to know what the Russians were saying and their mind like a machine that would translate very fast from Russian into English. So they started developing that machine that would actually translate things and it was back in the '50s. So we've been able to translate things almost on demand very well. But doing something more literary, we need to understand the political, historical, cultural context, and everything. We're still a bit far from it. But people were already talking about in the '50s or maybe even before and I'm not aware of it, so maybe it takes a bit longer than what we would expect. Joanna: This is the problem with a 10-year timeline, right? I haven't got the dates written down. But the sequencing of our human genome, that project was meant to take however many years, like a long, long, long time. And then Craig Venter went and did it a lot faster than expected. And now the cost is a lot lower, and it's a lot faster, and they can do it in no time at all, and that gets quicker all the time. But that technology was almost like a step change. It was like yesterday it was going to take another 20 years, and then today it only took 2 years. So with 10 years, it's really kind of hard to see what would have a step change, and it feels like the blockchain will be a step change, it would literary just because it's happening. All the banks are looking at blockchain, right, because they know they're gonna be disintermediated or whatever the word is. Emmanuel: So the banks, it's really funny because they set up incubators and funds to invest and for startups. And then the CEO wakes up and says, “You know, this is all bullshit.” And then you have a headline in every newspaper. It's really funny. Joanna: Yeah, I think they're trying to keep it down from the mainstream, while at the background, they're building their own stuff on the blockchain. Emmanuel: Yeah, they're often building like private applications. Joanna: Exactly. Emmanuel: The opposite of the whole concept of blockchain, actually, but also maybe to solve some of the scalability issues that some of these technologies have. Joanna: I can see a lot of people who aren't comfortable with it using their established bank blockchain. They'll be like, “Oh, it's just a new technology my bank is doing, like the mobile app.” You know, that's what it is. And other people will use it in a different way. Let's move on to augmented reality and virtual reality, because I actually wrote an article about the VR bookstore back in March 2015. As usual, I'm always very optimistic about timeline. And we're still nowhere near that, and it's not gone mainstream. AR, when people hold up a phone and can see things. AR translation, you can hold up your app over a sign in Japan and it will tell you the sign in English. So that's the kind of augmented reality. What do you think of AR and VR? What do you reckon is gonna happen there? Emmanuel: Yeah, it's interesting. I went to an event a few months ago about AR and VR. And there was one of the founders of a company called Bluepal. They create a bunch of AR and VR technologies. And what the guy did is like he took his phone out of his pocket and he pointed it at someone in the room. And he had an idea that that person was I wouldn't say famous but a guy would like get some following on the internet, someone you would want to get information about. And he pointed at that person, and then the phone detected who it was and started to give information about that very person. And they already have a significant database of like faces and they're able to do face recognition super-fast, and then get interesting results about that person. The reaction of the audience when he did that was really weird, because most people are like, “Okay, I'm not sure I want people to be able, you know, point their phone at me.” Joanna: No, that was a bad example. Emmanuel: So, yeah. But what I find interesting is like the application of VR for the real world, not just VR for the sake of yeah, but VR for applications in the real world. So for instance, I saw that video recently, you know, for healthcare. So right now you have doctors in the world, but not necessarily the same access to health care in other parts of the world. You can think that with VR, we're gonna be able to do surgery remotely. Let's say you just have the right tools, the right machine somewhere on the planet, you just need a doctor based, wherever, in London, Paris, San Francisco, wherever. And they can like, you know, do surgery on someone who is on the other side of the planet. It's just needs a right internet connection, essentially. And also just to train surgeons, for instance. There's stuff, you know, that you don't do surgery on very often. So how do you train doctors? Well, you can have those new tools. We're gonna need new devices to experience all those new things. But you can have those new tools that you have some feedback whenever you hit something and then you know whether you can keep going or not. That's gonna be really interesting. There's a company called Glitchers. I don't know if you saw, they have an app that was downloaded like maybe two million times, and that helped advance dementia research, essentially. So they meet people in a special environment and they look at how they react. Since it's a very immersive experience, they're able to get information about who has dementia, who doesn't, essentially. It's the kind of applications that I find extremely interesting. I haven't seen that to say like things are this interesting in the book space, essentially, but hopefully, that will come. But that often comes with interesting devices, because right now if everybody has to put their phone in front of the face or whatever, headsets, I'm not sure that VR is gonna be that interesting. Right now there's probably more interesting applications for AR in general than VR, essentially. Joanna: I see the VR thing as more like this online summits at the moment, where or online training courses like Reedsy have, where you decide I'm going to sit down right now and I'm going to go and do this course online. I see myself doing a podcast in VR. We would be in an environment instead of Skype that people could actually come and see it live, or instead of doing summits on a flat screen, you would be able to do it and teach. I see the application is more around teaching and training and learning than reading a book necessarily. And like you said, the medical technology people learning how to operate. And I've seen videos of, you know, electronic stuff where people wear an AR visor. And they can actually see it's telling them where to put the thing. The training aspect, I think, is interesting. And also the marketing, because I could walk around London recording where I am, and then if you were in London, you could bring up your AR thing and follow me around virtually. Emmanuel: Yeah, there's also really interesting applications for designers, because right now you're moving a model on a 2D screen when you could actually be moving around your object and changing it as you move around, which is just a totally different experience. Joanna: I think this is really important because I see authors need to think about applications for their books that go beyond the book. That's almost like a gaming experience or a solve this murder mystery, you actually get to go into and find the objects and stuff. Emmanuel: Yeah, it's a very interesting change, instead of us building weird interfaces to manipulate things, we're actually going to manipulate the end product directly. It's a bit like on the phone. You know when Apple introduced that natural scrolling, you would be moving the content instead of moving the page. It changed the way people scroll on their page. And it felt very weird to people. But in the end, what Apple did is they made us move the content. We were directly touching with our fingers the content, instead of having kind of a quirky interface where with a mouse, we would be moving the scrolling bar on the side. And it's kind of the same…it's like an even more advanced change in terms of user interface. It's very interesting. Joanna: Oh, goodness, there's still so much we can talk about, and I know we're pretty much out of time. The thing that I think is more urgent in terms of the thing that will probably happen soon or is happening is the…by 2025, it's expected that eight billion people will be on the internet in the Leapfrog countries, so sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, where they're not gonna have laptops or desktops. They're going straight to mobile economies with digital currency. I'm excited about that, because these are where our customers can be right now. Also more customers, the middle class is in India or Nigeria. There are lots of countries in the world who have not gone digital in terms of their reading. Are you thinking about that? Are you excited about global and digital? Do you think that's gonna happen sooner? Emmanuel: Sooner? I don't know. Eight billion people on the internet? What do we have right now two or three…three? Joanna: Yeah, that's three or four. Emmanuel: In the next eight years, more than five billion, more on the internet, I don't know. It sounds reasonable. But in terms of opportunities, it's obviously more customers. And maybe with like things like blockchain, we can have like a more global competitive landscape, because right now you do have a Chinese market and the Russian market and a kind of a more western market, but they don't really work with each other that much. When you go to China, you're on your computer and you're like, “What can I do really them used to be doing?” It's a very weird feeling. Even though it's the internet, it's still not that decentralized and not everybody's got access to everything. So it's gonna be not just more customers but a lot more competition, which is interesting. Joanna: On the competition aspect because, of course, Reedsy is connecting writers with professionals, and I write nonfiction for authors, and I've been telling writers this. If you write fiction, you should also be writing nonfiction about how you write fiction, because the number of new writers coming online. Emmanuel: It's huge. Joanna: …exponential. And the self-help environment is only getting bigger, right, with self-driving cars, the end of jobs, aging boomers. All these things that we haven't even talked about will bring more people into the writing environment. Emmanuel: And above all, people will have a lot more time. Joanna: Exactly, more time, and they want to create. Emmanuel: Because right now most people have a job. But in the future, people might not need a job. So we'll find out. I have a friend of mine who was saying, you know, in Japan they started to educate the population to the idea that they might not have a job…like the kids might not have a job in the future, and that's fine. Joanna: Exactly. Emmanuel: I don't know whether it's going to happen or whether it's going to be totally different. But we can think that maybe in the future people won't have a job and maybe the unemployment rate will be like totally irrelevant because everybody won't be making money without necessary having to work. So then we have to do something else. What do we do? Joanna: Yeah, exactly. Universal Credit and these sort of big shifts are probably the things that will shape the next 10 years that are coming. But then just from your perspective as someone who is a lot younger than me, and many people listening hear the end of jobs or people won't have a job and they are very scared. As someone who is much more happy with a lot of this technology, what are you excited about? Are you optimistic about the next 10 years? Emmanuel: Yeah. I'm happy and not happy. I don't have a Facebook account. So I'm happy and totally aware of like all the bad things that comes with technology. And for me, Facebook is one of the worst things on the internet, but I still love technology. I'm the guy who's going to start an account for the next social network the day it's out, and then maybe if I see that there's something wrong with it, I'll just stop. So we're in the situation where we're all kind of our worst enemy and we can destroy ourselves if we want to. Joanna: But no, no, you could have been positive. What do you see for the next 10 years of Reedsy, for example? You've got a company, what do you see coming? Emmanuel: Yeah, so I'm sorry, I'm not responding, but I never look at anything like from a 10 years perspective. I mean like I like to do, that's kind of an exercise. But for the company itself, I look at it what's gonna happen in 18 months max. And when you raise money from investors, you raise money for 18 months most of the time. So you don't want to be raising every year, but every year and a half, you go out and raise money. Not everyone. We're not doing that right now at Reedsy, but a lot of startups actually do that. So I don't really look at it over like a 10-year period but more a couple of years. And right now we have a lot of things to grow. And we are quite focused on a problem of trying to maybe release a new product for that. So it's kind of like our current focus. But what I'll be or what Reedsy will be in 10 years, I have no idea, and I'm fine with that. I'm totally fine with that. The future is a self-fulfilling prophecy. It's whatever you want to be. So if we decided to destroy ourselves, we'll destroy ourselves. So if we decided to colonize, to go on Mars and just live there, then we'll make that happen. But in the end, it's not that's interesting. We got cows, amazing technology, and then we started crushing ourselves into whatever, then we added seat belts, and then we added airbags, and then we added traffic lights. So we keep going, we keep adding more stuff and adding more complexity to our lives. But in the end, it's not necessarily what matters. So it's kind of like technology can be an enabler, but it's not the ultimate goal, essentially. Joanna: And that's good. That kind of circles back, because we started off talking about technology as an enabler, and that's basically what we should be doing going forward, right? As authors and entrepreneurs, we will use technology as an enabler and move forward. Emmanuel: Yeah. Joanna: That's awesome. So tell people where they can find you and Reedsy online. Emmanuel: Yeah. So as I said, I'm not on Facebook, but you can find me on Twitter, so Emmanuel Nataf, and if you want to email me, I'm emmanuel@reedsy.com. So I'm guessing it will be someone in the notes. Joanna: Fantastic. Well, thank you so much for your time, Emmanuel. That was great. Emmanuel: Thanks very much.

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  • 10 things Team OverDrive is thankful for10 things Team OverDrive is thankful for

    Every single day we are hashtag blessed with the opportunity to interact with thousands of librarians around the globe. Their relentless creativity and tireless promotion of literacy continues to amaze us. Around Thanksgiving, it is customary to think back about all the events and instances we’re thankful for and so we asked a few members of Team OverDrive for their thoughts. Given that I am writing this post, I suppose it’s only fair that I start us off… Adam Sockel, Marketing Communications Specialist   And since my brother works here as well, I’ll make him go next…   Jason Sockel, Collection Development Sales Manager   Adam Eberle, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer   Noel Fenton, Collection Development Specialist    Lindsey Levinsohn, Library Partner Services Account Specialist   Hannah Monson, Collection Development Specialist   Lauren Bajda, Digital Media Events Specialist   Melissa Marin, Marketing Specialist   Cindy Orr, Digital Collection Advisor   Lori Franklin, Chief Operating Officer The post 10 things Team OverDrive is thankful for appeared first on OverDrive Blogs.

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  • Do You Have the Right Book Distributor?Do You Have the Right Book Distributor?

    Book distribution continues to be a common obstacle for self-published authors. But it doesn’t have to be. With online shopping taking over the retail world, indie authors have many new distribution options. Today, more books are purchased online than in stores. Since indie authors have ample access to online distribution, new sales opportunities are now readily available. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo™, and several other notable online retailers are now within your reach! Here’s how it works … eBook Distribution First, your work has to be converted into the digital formats of your choice. Amazon uses the Mobi format, and most other retailers use the ePUB format. Your book’s format(s) will vary depending on which retailers you’d like to distribute through. Distribution Service Once your book is in the proper file format, you can start distributing through online retailers. With a distribution service, partnerships are already in place with retailers, making your job quite simple. You gain access to any and all of their retail partners saving you time and hassle. The only downside is that the third-party book distributor will receive a small cut of your book sales. Direct Distribution To eliminate this expense, you can distribute directly with the retailer, eliminating the third party altogether. For example, with Amazon KDP, you upload your book onto Amazon on your own. This way, you receive higher royalties on your book sales. Keep in mind, you may not be able to directly distribute through all retailers and libraries. A third-party book distributor is often necessary to expand your distribution. Print Distribution When self-publishing began to emerge, the only print option was mass printing. This made selling print books near impossible for indie authors because of the risks involved with printing hundreds of books. Then Print-on-Demand came along. Print-on-Demand With Print-on-Demand, a single book can be printed rather than a set quantity, completely eliminating large print runs and high upfront costs. POD, as it’s often referred to, makes it possible for indie authors to affordably distribute print books through online retailers. Two POD service providers that make this possible are Createspace and Ingram Lightning Source. Through their print services, a single book order can be placed, printed, and then shipped to the reader. eBooks2go When you partner with us, you you’re partnering with some of the largest and most prominent online book retailers worldwide. Not only will you have distribution access to retailers like Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo™, and OverDrive, but also our very own eBooks2go bookstore. On top of that, all your sales data and metadata from the different retailers is organized into one location to make it easy for you to analyze and manage. With help from our printing partners, we also offer various printing solutions that give you convenient access to print distribution. Choose eBooks2go and have all your online and print distribution needs fulfilled. The post Do You Have the Right Book Distributor? appeared first on eBooks2go Blog.

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  • 9 Curiously Odd Game of Thrones Gifts9 Curiously Odd Game of Thrones Gifts

    Books & Chardonnay Whether fans of the books, the HBO series, or both, some Game of Thrones fans take their devotion to the extreme. They quote dialogue, recite histories, memorize geography, and know the family tree of every character, regardless how minimal they are to plots and storylines. And let’s face it, Game of Thrones has many, many, (many) plots and storylines. Some of the devoted collect any items remotely related to the Tale of Ice and Fire, no matter how obscure. Fortunately for them, there are plenty of Game of Thrones gifts for every taste and style. If you’re looking for a gift for the Game of Thrones fan who has everything, we have your back. Before you buy another GOT T-shirt or coffee mug, check out this guide featuring some truly unique book and film related gifts. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Curiously Odd Game of Thrones Gifts 1. Night King Bath Bomb You’re not a true Game of Thrones fan unless the Night King is exploding in your tub. Source: Etsy 2. Iron Throne Toilet Sticker   Relieve yourself like a king. Source: Amazon 3. Cards Against the Iron Throne Ok, so maybe this isn’t an odd gift, but I’m definitely curious to play it. Source: Amazon Handmade 4. Pet Dragon with Adoption Certificate The important thing is that you have an adoption certificate to prove someone actually paid for this. Source: Amazon handmade. 5. Sansa Stark Prayer Candle Bend the knee to Saint Sansa. Source: Amazon Handmade 6. Iron Throne Cat Bed This is really a thing. Source: Amazon Handmade 7. Game of Gnomes Garden Gnome Perhaps it will send you a postcard from Westeros. Source: Amazon 8. Daenerys Targaryen Day of the Dead Decal We have questions. For example, why? Source: Amazon 9. Daenerys Targaryen Rubber Stamp For people who want to stamp things with the Mother of Dragons. Source: Amazon Affiliate links are used in this post. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_search_bar_position = "top"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "gameofthronesgifts0e-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "search"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "Shop Related Products"; amzn_assoc_default_search_phrase = "Game of Thrones"; amzn_assoc_default_category = "All"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "9336a8e0a1cab3d35b8a05d79781ede2"; amzn_assoc_rows = "1"; The post 9 Curiously Odd Game of Thrones Gifts appeared first on Books, Flicks & Chardonnay.

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  • Writing Tips: What Is Emotional Shielding and Why Does it Matter For Your Character?Writing Tips: What Is Emotional Shielding and Why Does it Matter For Your Character?

    When we create characters for our fiction, we bring aspects of ourselves into their personalities. That may include emotional wounds, flaws, false beliefs and biases.  In today's article, Becca Puglisi, co-author of The Emotional Wound Thesaurus, outlines how emotional shielding might work for designing characters, but also perhaps, how we can see it in ourselves.  In the real world, we’re all products of our pasts. Good and bad, the people, events, and situations we’ve encountered have influenced us in profound ways, impacting our morals and beliefs, our day-to-day habits, our personal preferences, even our personality traits. This should be as true for our characters as it is for us. As we dig through our characters’ backstories, we quickly come to find that the most formative element is the emotional wound — a terrible past experience that was so debilitating they’ll do anything to avoid going through it again. Wounding events are particularly insidious because the harm they cause isn’t limited to the event itself; it’s often the first of many toppling dominoes that alter the character in alarming ways, molding her into who she’ll be at the start of your story. Her wound, and the emotional shielding that follows will contribute to her personality, beliefs and morals, story goals, and more. It’s important to understand those aftereffects and what they’ll mean for your character so you can write her in an authentic and consistent way that will resonate with readers. What is Emotional Shielding? The aftermath of a wounding event is a chaotic time full of questions with no easy answers. How did this happen? Why me? And the most critical one: How do I make sure it doesn’t happen again? Out of a desperate need to safeguard herself from further pain, the character knowingly or subconsciously deploys her emotional shielding—protections meant to keep her safe. These are universal to the human experience and come in a number of forms that can be applied to your character after a traumatic experience. Flaws Many times, a character will seek to keep trauma from recurring by adopting new traits that she believes will make her stronger or more impervious to harm. A woman who has escaped domestic abuse may think that the key to avoiding further mistreatment is in controlling every part of her life — and maybe the lives of those around her. The teenager who told the truth about a crime but wasn’t believed may become apathetic. An employee whose work was stolen by his boss could easily become uncooperative, believing that keeping his ideas to himself is the best way to protect them. On the surface, these new traits seem to be a good way to ward off danger. In reality, they cause ancillary problems that make it difficult for the characters to succeed in many areas of life. Dysfunctional Behaviors When flaws are adopted, new behaviors inevitably follow. The abuse survivor who needs to now control everything may become hypercritical, making impossible demands of herself and those in her charge. The apathetic boy might withdraw emotionally from others. Our uncooperative businessman could hold back at the office, not contributing in meetings or team projects and thereby sabotaging his success at work. The habits that grow out of a character’s flaws are typically damaging, destroying relationships and making it difficult for them to achieve story goals. False Beliefs When trauma occurs, one of the first things we do is examine what happened, mentally replaying it to see how it could have been avoided. We want to identify who was at fault so we know who to blame and where to direct our negative emotions. Very often, we end up pointing the finger at ourselves. If I hadn’t been so self-involved, I would’ve seen the warning signs; if I’d been more obedient, my parents wouldn’t have divorced. The lies that result lead to a form of self-blame or the belief that had the character been more worthy, chosen differently, trusted someone else, paid more attention, safeguarded herself, etc., a different outcome would have resulted. Lies like these undermine the character’s confidence, making it virtually impossible for her to reach her dreams and find fullness and contentment. Biases In some cases, the victim of a trauma may find blame elsewhere: the government, a corporation, God, “those people.” When this happens, it’s easy for a wider sense of disillusionment to take shape in the form of biases. The abuse victim may come to believe that all men are violent. The teen who told the truth and wasn’t believed may decide that no adult truly listens to or respects children. Biases affect the way we view and treat others and therefore impact the character’s ability to relate to people in a healthy way. As you can see, characters, like real people, adopt emotional shielding as a way of protecting themselves. But this shielding actually does the opposite. It creates dysfunction in relationships and undermines the character’s ability to succeed at work and in her passions. The emotional shielding resulting from a wound can actually impact her basic human needs, creating a void: new flaws rob her of love and belonging as her relationships are compromised; the false belief takes aim at her esteem, destroying her self-worth; growth and self-actualization screech to a halt because the character is so focused on what happened in the past that she’s unable to move forward into the future. This is why it’s so important to know your character’s wound and what kinds of shielding have resulted from it. This information will tell you exactly who your character is in your story, what beliefs or habits are holding her back from achieving her goal, and what she’ll have to do to overcome the trauma and take steps toward wholeness. So once you’ve identified your character’s wounding event, ask yourself: What flaws might my character adopt as a way of keeping the event from occurring again? On the flip side, which positive traits might she downplay or reject because she believes they contributed to what happened (kindness, generosity, obedience, being trusting, etc.)? What dysfunctional behaviors could flow out of these changes in her personality traits? What lie might the character believe about herself in the wake of her wounding experience? Are there any biases about other people or groups that might arise because of what happened to her? How might those biases affect her life? Wounding events and their aftershocks are as relevant for our characters as they are for us in the real world. This is why Angela and I wrote The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma, to explore the various events that might afflict our characters so we can know how they might respond. It’s our hope that this information can help you better understand your own characters, enabling you to write them realistically in a way that reads true-to-life for your audience. How do you think your characters' emotional wounds affect their behaviour, and therefore your stories? Please leave your thoughts below and join the conversation. Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels, including the latest member of the family: The Emotional Wound Thesaurus. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers — a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • How to Start a Book ClubHow to Start a Book Club

    Books & Chardonnay A few years ago, some close neighborhood friends and I decided to start a book club. We all enjoyed reading and talking about books, but wanted to branch out beyond our light conversations to include more people and in-depth discussions. Since then, “book club night” has become a can’t miss event and something I eagerly look forward to each month. If you, too, enjoy a rousing literary discussion and have given serious thought to whether or not you should join or start a book club, today’s post is for you. Read on to learn the benefits of attending a regular literary group, how to start a book club of your own, and some tips for keeping the group organized and on topic. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Why Start a Book Club? I could probably write a whole series on reasons to start a book club. In the interest of brevity, I’ll keep it brief. I’m reading every day: Before we started our book club, I read when I could but didn’t make it a priority. Now I take time to read each day. As you know, there are many benefits to reading and we all need to read every day to take advantage of those benefits. Moreover, it’s good for my teen to see me reading each day, so he can build up good reading habits of his own. Book club holds me accountable and ensures I’m getting in my daily reading time. I’m paying better attention to details: Book club forces me to slow down and savor each word. It encourages me to consider details that I might have glossed over before. It has me pondering plot points and asking questions that I might not have considered before. Now when I read, I read with book club in mind so I can bring up things I noticed and see if others made the same observations. Wonderful discussions with other literary lovers: Talking about books with people who love books. What could be better? It’s “me” time: With all that goes on at home, book club is the one night each month than I can take time for me. It might not be decadent or luxurious, but it’s a place I can go for good food, good conversation, and good friends. It’s not a huge commitment: Besides hosting (at least) once a year, there isn’t much of a commitment for book club beyond reading the designated book, making an appetizer or dessert to bring with me, and showing up at the proper date and time. Book clubs aren’t only about books: Probably only about 50% of book club time is spent discussing books. We also talk about everything else under the sun. Our book club friends share a special bond, and this our night to get together and enjoy each other’s company. Getting Started It’s easy to start a book club. You only need to find like-minded friends and see if there’s an interest. When my friends and I decided to start a book club (there were three of us), we decided to start out small with each of us inviting one friend. Over time all members invited more friends. We have loyal regulars who show up once a month, and those who commit when they can. We still keep our group relatively small, but book club has still grown and evolved over the years. Once we had enough members, we worked out a hosting schedule and put a policy in place for choosing books (more on that later). It didn’t take any great effort on anyone’s part, though. For the most part we said, “what if we started a book club?” and invited people to join us. The logistics of hosting a monthly club more or less fell into place as we went along.  Now and then we receive new members through invitations or word of mouth as people who hear about our club ask to join. We’re not a large group by any means, but each meeting is lively and fun. Staying Organized If you decide to start a book club, you’ll soon learn that there needs to be rules and procedures in place so that meetings aren’t chaotic. For example, in my book club choosing a date became a challenge because all of us had different activities and obligations. Also, choosing a book could be a challenge because not everyone wants to read the same thing. Plus, there are people who want to be a part of book club but don’t necessarily want to host meetings in their homes. We learned as we went along and now have a set of procedures in place to keep us organized. Choosing a date: At first, we all took out our phones at every meeting so we could access our calendar apps to choose a date. However, it was frustrating to find a date that worked for everyone. We all have kids, families, and careers and it’s hard to find one single date when everyone can attend. We now host our meetings on the same day each month – the second Thursday. After having it this way for years, everyone knows that the second Thursday of each month is book club night and not to make plans. Not everyone can show up for each meeting, but at least we’re not frantically searching our planners for dates that work. Choosing the book: Our rule is that whoever is hosting chooses the book. This allows us to read books on a variety of topics and interests, and we don’t argue back and forth to choose books we’ll all agree on. What I love about this method is that it’s forced me to read books I’ve never considered because they’re outside of my usual genres. In most cases, I’m pleasantly surprised. If you’re looking for ideas, Amazon has a worthy list of book club recommendations. Hosting book club: It’s only fair that everyone takes a month to host book club. Still, you might find that the same few people are hosting each time. To avoid this, implement a hosting schedule at the beginning of each year, giving each member a turn at hosting. If certain members don’t want to deal with the burden of hosting, for example, cleaning and preparing food, those members can make arrangements to host the meeting at a quiet pub or restaurant. Since everyone invests in bringing a dish to book club anyway, they might not mind chipping in for apps and drinks to share. Discussion questions: It’s my experience that book club flows better when questions are prepared in advance. It should be up to the host to prepare questions and lead the discussion for her month. For my book club, the host writes the questions on slips of paper and puts them in a bag. We all pick one question to read. By the way, I like to get my discussion questions from Lit Lovers or directly from the publisher. You can also make up your own. Refreshments: Book clubs are generally potluck affairs where everyone brings finger foods and desserts. Usually, the host provides a couple of dishes as well as drinks. My book club also occasionally meets at a pub with a small, quiet room where we’ll chip in for finger foods and buy our own drinks. Here’s a fun book for book club hosts: The Book Club Cookbook. It features book-inspired recipes and food for thought. Off topic discussions: Book club doesn’t have to be militant about reading and discussing the book. My very informal group meets more for the social aspect than the book discussion. While we do discuss the book, we also set aside time at the beginning of each meeting just to chit chat and catch up. Keeping in touch: It’s important that each month’s host reminds members of the date and location at least a week ahead of time. Some groups do it with digital invitations or email. My book club has a secret Facebook group where we make announcements, recommend books, and talk off topic throughout the month. Starting a book club doesn’t have to be a difficult project. Find some book-loving friends and ask if there’s interest. Once you have a few members signed up, you can take it from there. Everything will fall into place as you have regular meetings. The important thing is to have fun! ____________________________________________________________________________ Affiliate links may be used in this post. Image via freeimages.com. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "nativebottompage-20"; amzn_assoc_search_bar_position = "top"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "search"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "Read the Books That Inspired the Movies!"; amzn_assoc_default_search_phrase = "Movie Tie Ins"; amzn_assoc_default_category = "Books"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "a5ed182ac7e869e63daffca0b9cfa9e7"; amzn_assoc_default_browse_node = "283155"; amzn_assoc_rows = "1"; The post How to Start a Book Club appeared first on Books, Flicks & Chardonnay.

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  • Jack Van Der SlikJack Van Der Slik

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    Two young men, a university student and his best friend, a natural-born auto mechanic, driven by a desire to unravel the mystery of the bewildering… The post To Step into the Darkness by Annin Brothers appeared first on Indie Book Promo.

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    The terrorist planned for everything, except for one small town sheriff, Mathew McKenna. Sheriff McKenna is visiting his niece when he suddenly finds himself in… The post Free Fall by John Parrish appeared first on Indie Book Promo.

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  • Award Winning Author Richard T. Cahill Jr.Award Winning Author Richard T. Cahill Jr.

    Richard T. Cahill Jr. received his undergraduate degree in History/Political Science from Mount Saint Mary College in 1993 and earned his juris doctorate degree in 1996 from Albany Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and previously served as the representative in the House of Delegates for the […] The post Award Winning Author Richard T. Cahill Jr. appeared first on WildBlue Press. Related posts: Award Winning Author Richard T. Cahill Jr. Brings Readers New True Crime SIDETRACKED: The Betrayal and Murder of Anna Kithcart Meet Award Winning True Crime Author Dennis Griffin New York Times Bestselling Author, Award-Winning Journalist Team With Disgraced New York Cop To Write BETRAYAL IN BLUE

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  • A Book is BornA Book is Born

    I don’t like to make declarative statements about things being ‘good’ or ‘bad’ – it’s all  so subjective, at most we can say I think a thing is good or I think a thing is bad – but Sex and the City 2 is demonstrably a terrible movie. Its tagline could’ve been No demographic not offended. But I bring it up because of an early scene – before the ladies head to the Middle East to amp up the offence to include casual racism – where Carrie receives her first finished copy of her new book in the mail. Carrie Bradshaw’s writing career has never exactly been portrayed with gritty realism. She was able to afford an amazing apartment in New York City, $500 shoes and vintage Chanel on the proceeds of a short column in a tabloid newspaper. All you ever saw of this labour was her getting to wonder about things while sat in front of a laptop at a desk that was never messy. No scraps of paper, no scattered pens, no research books, no cold cups of coffee, no Post-Its crumpled up or stuck to the wall. Not to mention the fact that her book launch apparently had the budget of a Hollywood premiere… But that scene where she gets her finished copy (just the one, another fiction) has always stuck with me because there is some truth to it. No, we may not be in high heels, a sequinned dress and full make-up when the postman rings the bell and grunts something about us having a parcel. And that bell may not be outside the door of a million-dollar NYC penthouse apartment that belongs on the cover of Architectural Digest and contains no evidence whatsoever that someone holds down a job as a writer in there. But there is some truth in it. Because when an actual, proper copy of your book arrives, all memories of the mess and stress and cold cups of abandoned coffee that went into writing it do magically go away. Because it was all worth it, for this. And your desk might well be tidy because you’re still in the honeymoon phase of the next book, when you can just sit down and type, and there isn’t yet a trail of cryptic handwritten notes along all routes leading to your desk (After the party? Simon as opposite chair? CACTUS/NOTICE!), and you’re still remembering to actually drink those coffees. And your shelf by your desk is clean and tidy, prepped for this new, longed for arrival, and after you add your new book to it and then stand there, gazing at it adoringly for a while, you feel as good as you would if you were in high-heels, a sparkly dress and a full face of make-up. (Well, not heels for me. But you know what I mean.) UK/Ireland cover to the left, USA cover to the right. I heart them both.  I don’t have finished copies of The Liar’s Girl yet, but in the last week or so I’ve received proof copies of both the UK/Ireland and USA editions. This is the first time you get to see your book as a book and not just text on a screen or in a pile of loose page proof sheets. And all the stress of writing it, all the late nights, the months and months of going to bed every night feeling like I hadn’t done my homework – I’m Second Book Syndrome, how do you do? – all of that has gone away. And, like a glutton for punishment, there’s a part of me that can’t wait to go through it all over again. In other news, all 20 places on our first Inspiration Project event in Seafield SOLD OUT in only 4 days! We were gobsmacked by the response and are currently organising a second event as quickly as we can, so stay tuned for details on that. There was more good news when one of our founders, Carmel Harrington, was shortlisted for the IBA Popular Fiction Book of the Year for her novel The Woman at 72 Derry Lane. And I had a great time at the Dagger Awards last week, and massive congratulations to Chris Whitaker who won the John Creasey/New Blood Dagger for his fantastic Tall Oaks. I’m going to be giving away a proof of The Liar’s Girl on my Facebook page very soon, so make you’ve ‘liked’ it to be in with a chance of winning it!Filed under: Novely

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  • Susannah's 1837Susannah's 1837

    Susannah's 1837: Rebellion in the CanadasEnid Mallory 1837 is a year of profound change in the history of Canada. In the events and aftermath of this year we become a kinder, more tolerant people but not without pain and suffering and death for many in Upper Canada and for more in Lower Canada.Canada's coming-of-age is told through the eyes of a young girl born into Toronto's privileged Family Compact ruling class but having to deal with dramatic change in her family and her own heart as she learns about death and loyalty and love. Susannah's 1837 is available on Kindle and in paperback.

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  • Featured Author: Enid MalloryFeatured Author: Enid Mallory

    Enid MalloryEnid has used Cover&Layout to produce the cover for her latest book,  Susannah's 1837. Enid Mallory Enid Mallory has worked as a social worker and librarian and mostly as a writer. Her books have been published by Macmillan, McClelland & Stewart, Fitzhenry and Whiteside and Heritage House. Her biographies include ROBERT SERVICE: Under the Spell of the Yukon, and COPPERMINE: The Far North of George M. Douglas. This is her first book of fiction.She lives in Peterborough, Ontario in the beautiful Kawartha Lakes where her interests include grandchildren, gardening, cottage life, bird-watching, travel and social history.Her interest in the history of Canada resulted in her new book, SUSANNAH'S 1837: Rebellion in the Canadas.Susannah's 1837 is available on Kindle and in paperback!

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  • Book to Film Adaptations Coming Out November 2017Book to Film Adaptations Coming Out November 2017

    Books & Chardonnay It’s that time again! Time to take a long at the book to film adaptations coming to the big screen in November 2017. If you’re like me and love seeing a good story come to life, you won’t want to miss seeing any of these books becoming movies in the 11th month. As November is also home to the long Thanksgiving weekend, you can expect to see some long-anticipated releases this month. I hope you enjoy Novembers book to movie adaptations. If you’re like me, you can’t wait to make comparisons. On a personal note: I’d like to apologize for the long delay between posts. I was handling a family medical issue. Thank you for your patience as I get back in the groove!     Book to Film Adaptations for November 2017 Last Flag Flying by Darryl Ponicsán Darryl Ponicsán‘s novel about three Vietnam veterans who reunite to attend a funeral stars Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve Carrell.  You can see it in theaters beginning November 3, 2017. _________________________________________________________________ Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie One of the most popular murder mysteries of all time hits the big screen on November 9, 2017. Agatha Christie‘s famed Murder on the Orient Express stars Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot, and also features Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, and Michelle Pfeiffer. __________________________________________________________________ Call Me Your Name Andre Aciman Hitting the theaters November 22, 2017, the film adaptation of Call Me Your Name stars Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, and Michael Stuhlbarg. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); __________________________________________________________________ The Man Who Invented Christmas Lee Standiford   Lee Standiford‘s study of how Charles Dickens came to publish A Christmas Carol has been made into a film starrng Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens and Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge. Expect to see The Man Who Invented Christmas in theaters on November 22, 2017. __________________________________________________________________ Wonder R.J. Palacio The eagerly-anticipated film adaptation of R.J. Palacio‘s Wonder stars Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, and Own Wilson. See it in theaters beginning November 23, 2017 _______________________________________________________________________________________ Affliliate links are used in this post. Please see sidebar for disclosure _______________________________________________________________________________________ amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "nativebottompage-20"; amzn_assoc_search_bar_position = "top"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "search"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "Read the Books That Inspired the Movies!"; amzn_assoc_default_search_phrase = "Movie Tie Ins"; amzn_assoc_default_category = "Books"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "a5ed182ac7e869e63daffca0b9cfa9e7"; amzn_assoc_default_browse_node = "283155"; amzn_assoc_rows = "1"; The post Book to Film Adaptations Coming Out November 2017 appeared first on Books, Flicks & Chardonnay.

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    For the last couple of months, Carmel Harrington (The Woman at 72 Derry Lane, Cold Feet: The Lost Years), Hazel Gaynor (The Cottingley Secret, Last Christmas in Paris with Heather Webb) and me (um, Distress Signals and that one with ‘girl’ in the title that’s coming out in March) have been plotting and planning something we are so, SO excited to finally reveal today: The Inspiration Project! What the fudge is that, you want to know? Well, I’m glad you asked! The Inspiration Project is a writing retreat with a difference. This is an opportunity for you to check out of everyday life for a weekend and check in with your writing, in a place where you can think big and dream even bigger. So often when we were trying to get published we repeatedly heard how difficult it is, not to mention how tough it is to make a living from writing. While it certainly isn’t easy, we are proof that it can happen as we have all made the leap from slush piles and rejection to publishing deals and bestseller lists. We asked ourselves, what advice would have helped us before the good stuff started happening, and what did we learn after our books hit the shelves? With this in mind, we’ve designed a weekend writing retreat full of real advice, practical tips, inspiration and motivation which we believe will work for writers at any stage of the publication journey. With 14 bestselling historical, crime and commercial fiction novels between us, we are your writing cheerleaders: New York Times/Irish Times bestseller Hazel Gaynor, Sunday Times/Irish Times bestseller Carmel Harrington and USA Today/Irish Times bestseller Catherine Ryan Howard. We want you to dream, dare, do – like we did. Spend a weekend away with us and your writing, and get the time, the tools and the drive to pursue your biggest writing dreams. Here’s the where/when/what/how much: Seafield Hotel & Spa Resort (4*) in Ballymoney, Gorey, Co. Wexford Friday 12 January – Sunday 14 January 2018 The price includes 2 nights B&B in a luxury spa resort, a drinks reception, a full day of our ‘Inspiration Shot’ coaching sessions, one-on-one mentoring, lots of time to write and more We are offering a special early bird rate of just €349 per person (full price is €399) if you book before 21 November. To find out more or to book your place, visit our lovely new website.Filed under: Novely

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  • Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings by Crystal MarcosBartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings by Crystal Marcos

    A humorous rhyming picture book for ages 4 and up by award-winning author Crystal Marcos features a distinguished little zombie who just wants to be… The post Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings by Crystal Marcos appeared first on Indie Book Promo.

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    This book is for Linux programmers who want to build a custom Linux Appliance and support multiple user interfaces. Topics include appliance architecture, security, and how to build simple, yet responsive user interfaces.

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    Who keeps the Royal Marine’s heart safe when he’s running headlong into danger? Akash Robinson fuses his Indian and British heritage into his baked creations.… The post The Royal Marine by Dahlia Donovan appeared first on Indie Book Promo.

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    In a world filled with darkness… can true love spark just enough light to save it? When Chase hires the mysterious ghost exterminator, Ryder, to… The post Never Fear the Reaper by Ashley Pagano appeared first on Indie Book Promo.

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  • eBook Discovery Improved with Google’s New Search FunctioneBook Discovery Improved with Google’s New Search Function

    Finding and borrowing the perfect eBook just got easier with Google’s new eBook search feature. Google recently announced that readers can now find local libraries that carry the eBook they are looking for through its search engine. Previously, readers would search individual libraries near them with hopes of finding the eBook they wanted. Now, Google’s latest search feature creates a new eBook discovery convenience that saves users the trouble of visiting library after library until they stumble upon their desired title.     Here’s how it works. On both mobile and desktop versions of Google, the user types in the book they’re searching for. Google presents information about the book, such as the author, ratings, reviews, and links to buy the book. That information has been available in the past, but now there is an additional section that allows users to borrow the book. Here, users can edit their location and Google returns libraries near them that hold the eBook.     From there, users can click a link to be taken to the library’s website where they simply input their library card information and check out the eBook.   This news is game-changing for readers, but what does it mean for authors and publishers? For one, eBook discovery is simplified through SEO friendly metadata. Search engines use algorithms to scan through web pages, looking for metadata that matches the search (learn more about metadata here). One of the key things algorithms search for is web page links. When several credible web pages all link back to the same page, it verifies what the page is about giving it the credibility search engines look for.   So with Google now linking to all libraries that carry your eBook, both the library and your book’s SEO score improve. With an improved SEO score, search engines give web pages a higher ranking, ultimately making them easier to discover.   The other way this affects authors and publishers, is readers are now being directed to local libraries and eBook stores. These venues should see increased traffic and if your eBook is distributed through any of those outlets, more people will run across your books and potentially read one of your titles. Have you distributed through libraries? They represent one of the largest, untapped markets for eBook sales. Most U.S. public libraries are regularly looking for new eBooks to add to their large collections. It presents an opportunity for new audiences to discover you and your titles. With added eBook discovery, an increase in book sales should follow.   If you have yet to distribute your eBook to libraries, eBooks2go has a prominent library distribution network, consisting of OverDrive, Baker & Taylor, and Bibliotheca. Distribute through our library channels at no upfront cost. Get in touch with our team at info@ebooks2go.net to start taking advantage of eBook distribution through libraries. The post eBook Discovery Improved with Google’s New Search Function appeared first on eBooks2go Blog.

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  • Bits, Bobs and Page ProofsBits, Bobs and Page Proofs

    A lot’s been happening over here at Catherine’s Desk, so I thought I’d cobble together a bit of a mish-mashed blog post to update you on them. College starts at the end of this month and as it’s my final year, I’m going to be busy, busy, busy. Especially since I will also be writing a new book and already have lots of events and fun stuff lined up. So last week I took the opportunity to escape to one of my favourite places, Villefranche-sur-Mer, for some last minute summer sun. We stayed in a spot I’ve never stayed in before which offered ridiculously fabulous views out over the bay, and every morning when we woke up, we discovered a new massive cruise ship had arrived in the bay. Distress Signals in real life… Two bits of great news on the Distress Signals front: the book is going to be published in Germany (hooray!) and in the USA in mass market paperback at the start of January (hooray again!). The American edition also has a fancy new cover with two elements that make me want to pinch myself. (It felt like) I was writing The Liar’s Girl for so long that it’s still hard for me to believe she’s finished, but she is – and I have the page proofs to prove it! This is when my publisher sends me the typeset pages of the book for me to have one last look over before they head for the printers. In many ways, it’s strange to think that in just a few short months, I’ll have two thrillers out there in the world. (What?!) In weird but wonderful news, my desk made its debut in the Irish Times Home & Design supplement the Saturday before last as part of a feature about small but beautiful spaces. Big thanks to Sophie for making my 34 square metres (yes, 34 – that’s not a typo) sound amazing and to Eoin for making it look that way. Thanks also for just the one chin in the photo – MUCH appreciated! And yes, of course my desk is always that tidy and I write on a typewriter and I wear a dress and full make-up and no glasses when I write… Yep. Totally. You can read the article online here. I mentioned that college is starting soon, and our terms are 12 weeks long. Three months is also how long it should take me to write 90,000 words if I write an average of 1,000 words a day. (I learned a LOT writing Book 2 about what works for me and what doesn’t, and I’m excited to take those lessons into Book 3. Yes, I am still basking in the glorious optimism you’re awash with just before you start a new book.) In related news, I seem to waste a lot of time on a daily basis. So when I heard about the Best Self 13-week planner, I couldn’t order one fast enough. I’ll be using it for the next 13 weeks starting next week (says the procrastinator) and I’ve high hopes for it. I’ll let you know how I get on. And finally, if you live around these parts, I have no fewer than three events coming up the weekend after next. On Friday 22nd September (Culture Night) I’ll be at Words Ireland’s Writers Cafe in Drogheda talking about self-publishing On Sunday 24th September I’ll be in Cork (yay!) reading and chatting at Fiction at the Friary On Monday 25th September I’ll be in Blanchardstown Library as part of their The Write Time programme, giving a talk called The Digital Author. More info about these events and ticketing information is available at the links. So, that’s the lot for me for now. How are you?Filed under: Novely

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  • Henry, the Owl Who Says WhyHenry, the Owl Who Says Why

    Henry, the Owl Who Says Why?Jeff Tully and Wrigley Rose Tully A world without questions is a world without possibilities “Henry, the Owl Who Says, Why?” was written by father/daughter team, Jeff Tully and his six-year-old ‘Question Machine”, Wrigley.This bedtime book combines cheeky humor, hip hop style rhyme schemes, and learning about animals – wrapped up in a heartwarming story. Henry is the only owl who says, "Why?" In fact, he says it so much that it gets him into a little bit of trouble. In the end though, it gets him out of trouble too.Henry is the embodiment of every child 3-7 years old who never stops asking questions. In the process, Henry learns about all the wildlife around him. If your little one loves "Wild Kratts" and other animal discovery shows, they'll love hearing Henry learn "Why" all the forest creatures do what they do. Take your child on a trip through the forest that asks questions like “Why do porcupines have quills and why do hummingbirds hum?” Eventually, Henry even finds out the hard way why the fox is described as "sly." Don't worry, he out-foxes the fox in the nick of time.This was written to be a bedtime story, it has laughs and some thrills and a few characters for Dad to practice his acting. It's a journey that has humor and goes out on a heartwarming note. Little eyelids will be drooping by the end - until the next night when your little “Question Machine” will be asking to read it all over again.A portion of the proceeds of this book will go to the foundation “Actors and Others for Animals”, a California non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of the humane treatment of animals.Read an excerpt here!Henry, the Owl Who Says Why? is available in paperback.  Cover&Layout has provided the typesetting design and illustration amendments. Original illustrations provided by the author.

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  • Featured Author: Jeff TullyFeatured Author: Jeff Tully

    Jeff has used Cover&Layout to produce the typesetting and formatting for his children's book, Henry, the Owl Who Says Why? Jeff Tully@tullyvisionjefftullyvision.wixsite.com/jefftully Jeff Tully is a television writer/producer.  His first TV show was “The Daily Habit” on FUEL TV, an extreme sports comedy show your “older skateboarder cousin” probably watched.Wrigley Rose Tully is a currently a 6 year-old girl who was the inspiration for Henry. She not only also says, “Why?” an awful lot, but she also LOVES animals. In 2016, Wrigley received a special “Animal Protector” award from “Actors & Others for Animals” for helping rescue an injured hawk.“Actors and Others for Animals” is a California non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of the humane treatment of animals. A portion of the proceeds of this book will go to that foundation in the names of our pals, Fred & Mary Willard.Find out more about Jeff and his work at jefftullyvision.wixsite.com/jefftully.Henry, the Owl Who Says Why? is available in paperback.

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  • Pancakes and Corpses: A Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery – ReviewPancakes and Corpses: A Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery – Review

    The post Pancakes and Corpses: A Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery – Review appeared first on A Million Kindle Books. Pancakes and Corpses is the first book in the popular Peridale Café Cozy mystery series. Set in the village of Peridale in the Cotswolds, we hope this series will provide plenty of rustic British charm. Read a free sample Julia South is an almost divorced 37 year old woman. She runs a café and has […] The post Pancakes and Corpses: A Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery – Review appeared first on A Million Kindle Books.

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  • Self-Published Books in Bookshops: An Alternative ViewSelf-Published Books in Bookshops: An Alternative View

    Recently I blogged about how I believe, all things being equal, self-publishers shouldn’t bother with brick-and-mortar bookstores. If you talk to almost any mega-seller, uber successful self-published author – the kind who has made it into the headlines – bookstores don’t tend to even be on their radar, and why would they? One or two non-fiction exceptions aside, even the best outcome is just not worth the effort required. For novels, I just don’t see the point all. You can go back and read that post here.  But they ARE exceptions. The two most common are (1) you have a book with a local interest, (2) you have a book that only really works in physical format, e.g. a photography book. So today I’ve asked Lorna Sixsmith, an Irish writer whose books fall into the category of These Really Should Be For Sale in Shops, to tell you about her experience. Welcome to the blog, Lorna. Tell us first a bit about your books.  Thank you Catherine, my books are funny non-fiction farming books. Would You Marry a Farmer?, How to be a Perfect Farm Wife and An Ideal Farm Husband may sound slightly like marriage manuals of the past but they aren’t. They show what farming life is like and give plenty of tips for impressing your other half, your in-laws and your neighbours, all with tongue in cheek humour. The feedback I’m getting is that one person in the family starts to read bits aloud and before long, they are chatting about how similar they are to the circumstances in the book – usually with lots of laughter. That’s partly why they sell better as paperbacks than ebooks, they are used like coffee table books to dip into at times too. Those interested in social history enjoy them too – both for the insight into farming life but also for the research into farming lives in the past. How did you self-publish them, i.e. did you use CreateSpace to create your stock? While my books are available on Amazon’s CreateSpace, my own stock of books were printed locally by Naas Printing. It is a risk doing a large print run (and I know some authors use CreateSpace, FeedaRead and other print on demand services and order by the boxful) but I ran a crowdfunding campaign for my first book Would You Marry A Farmer?. It gave me the confidence to do a print run of a thousand books. Why approach bookstores? Was that always part of your plan? No, not at all. I had planned to sell my first book from my website and from some local farm and gift shops, and perhaps a few local bookshops. I hoped to sell the first print run and thought that would be it. Indeed, I was so unprepared that when Ryan Tubridy [ed note: host of one of the most listened to radio shows in the country] interviewed me about the first book a couple of weeks after publishing it, I never thought of contacting bookshops to say “Ryan Tubridy is interviewing me, would you like to stock my book?” Ridiculously daft especially as it was so near to Christmas. I contacted Argosy Books and Easons, Ireland’s two wholesalers, in the new year. Argosy stocked it from February and Easons from May. Once I realised that my books would sell reasonably well, it made sense to increase sales by getting my books stocked in bookshops. Please take us through the steps involved into getting into (Irish) bookstores.  I was lucky in that I didn’t have to visit bookshops on an individual basis as the two main wholesalers stocked my books. However, that is only half the battle as bookshop owners still need to know about your book to order it from the wholesalers. I relied on press coverage and direct emails to bookshops to increase awareness and orders. I’d suggest that anyone thinking of trying to get bookshops to stock their book, get to know the staff in local bookshops while you’re still writing it. Buy books in there and converse with them occasionally on social media. What do you need for the bookshop to say yes to stocking your book? It must be professionally edited and formatted with an attractive cover and well written blurb. It really should be almost impossible for anyone to tell the difference between it and any traditionally published book in that genre. I didn’t quite achieve that with my first book (my blurb and back cover was a bit lacking) but am pleased with my latter books. The book also requires an ISBN (purchased via Nielsen) and a barcode. You also need to know that your book will sell. Bookshops won’t want it taking up shelf space if it isn’t selling. It has to earn its keep. You’ll increase your chances of getting it stocked if you can say that you have press coverage coming up such as an interview on local radio or a feature in the local paper. When contacting either of the wholesalers, you’ll need a marketing plan with evidence of existing sales and press coverage to date. I had heard that existing sales of 250 books was a helpful starting point when approaching the wholesalers but I’m not sure if that is true or not. The chief buyer at Argosy had heard my interview with Joe Duffy [ed note: another very popular Irish radio host] – Liveline devotes one programme to self published authors just before Christmas each year – and said she was going to contact me which was nice to hear. Authors should be prepared regarding their pricing. Wholesalers take 55% and in my experience,  individual bookshops take 35%. I think 35% is fair, they need to make money for stocking your book on their shelves and creating the sale. It’s important to know your costs so you can work out your profit if you sell via the wholesalers. There’s no point in getting the sales if selling them at a loss. What are the advantages in being in bookshops? Some believe that vying for shelf space in bookshops is a waste of time for self published authors and yes, perhaps many would be better concentrating on increasing sales on the online platforms such as Amazon and Kobo. Much depends on the genre though. I suspected, and as it turns out I was correct, that my books would sell in much higher numbers in paperbacks than as ebooks. My sales on CreateSpace far exceed the ebook sales. While it is nice to be able to say your book is available in all bookshops, it’s just vanity if they don’t sell. It can be hard to get attention as your books won’t be placed on a centre table or within a 3 for 2 offer. Hence, you need readers to go in looking for your book (remember that people tend to need to hear about something seven times before they buy!) as well as browsers finding it on the shelf. Having your books in bookshops gives them kudos and credibility. Some people do buy on impulse when they see a book in a shop, they like being able to flick through before making the purchase. A lot of readers expect to see books in bookshops. Not all like reading them as ebooks. Approximately half of my sales have been via the wholesalers. The other half have been sales from my website, in gift shops, UK farm shops and I take a stand at the Ploughing Championships each year. I’ve been lucky with getting interviews during the Ploughing week each year which really helps. What are the disadvantages (if any)? I’m not sure if I’d describe them as disadvantages but there are certainly things that authors need to be aware of before they rush into it. No author wants to be left with 500 books in their attic for evermore. The retail price of your books needs to be comparable to traditionally published books in that genre but if printing books in small volumes, it may be a challenge to make a profit if giving wholesalers 55%. There is an element of risk in preprinting a large volume of books but there’s nothing like making you work on your marketing than seeing boxes of books in your hallway or spare bedroom. Just don’t print so many that the task seems impossible. Much depends on the genre of your books – if you believe that your crime or romance novels will sell well as ebooks, then concentrate on marketing them as such. If stocking bookshops individually, there’s a lot of work involved in maintaining records, invoicing, delivering books (as well as the cost of delivery). I stock some farm shops in the UK on an individual basis and some gift shops here and yes, it does take time. I tend to supply on a minimum order (as it’s just not worthwhile supplying a shop with three books given the postage costs) and on a sale or return basis. I’ve only have to take books back on a couple of occasions. Payment isn’t as prompt as, for example, with Amazon. It’s a minimum of three months before payment is received from the wholesalers and it can vary with individual shops. Yes, sometimes I’ve waited up to nine months for payment but there aren’t any bad debts so far. To be fair, I’m not the best at sending reminders and some bookshop owners prefer to sell the vast majority of the books before they pay. How does the profit margin compare to online sales (both of POD paperbacks and e-books)? Is it worth it? I sell so few as ebooks that I just look on those sales as little monthly bonuses. I make the most profit on sales from my website. I’m currently offering free shipping on all website purchases.Sales to gift shops and farm shops deliver about 20%  more profit than sales on CreateSpace and sales to wholesalers deliver about 20% less than CreateSpace sales. However, of course, I don’t have any work to do with CreateSpace sales – no printing, no posting, and this is an advantage. There’s no risk of returns either. For me, it has been worth it with about half of my sales coming from nationwide bookshops. Total sales to date are almost 3,000 of Would You Marry a Farmer?, almost all of the print run of 2,000 copies of How to be a Perfect Farm Wife have been sold and over 1,000 of the newest book An Ideal Farm Husband. What advice would you give to a self-publisher wondering if they should approach bookstores? Be prepared. Ensure your book is as professional as it possibly can be. Do your sums – know your retail price and what margin you’re prepared to give them. If possible, tell them about upcoming press coverage. Being a familiar face in the bookshop should help your case too. If they say it’s not for them, don’t take offence. Be polite and gracious. See if you can collaborate with other authors for any events in bookshops. One that worked well for me was arranging a “Rural Reads” evening in a local bookshop with other authors of rural / farm related books, we also secured an hour long interview on the local radio show’s farming programme. Lorna’s books Would You Marry A Farmer?, How to be a Perfect Farm Wife and An Ideal Farm Husband are available in all good Irish bookshops, Amazon and from her website. Shipping is currently free worldwide on all purchases from her website. Thanks, Lorna!Filed under: Novely

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