Reminder: Digital Book Day is today!



Don’t forget to go check out Digital Book Day today. Support this awesome idea and the authors that are participating. If you download a book and read it, make sure you post reviews. Consider supporting these authors by buying some of their other books. Or, at the minimum, drop them a message and thank them for the free book.

I will check back later with a list of books I have received and which ones I am excited to read.

Until next time…

Writing: 50 Book Awards Open to Self-publishers

Check out this article on the Alliance of Independent Authors website:

Writing: 50 Book Awards Open to Self-publishers

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Rating: 8/10

What a fun and original story Marissa Meyer crafted in Cinder. I was hooked from the beginning and enjoyed the entire ride. First, let me dispel the idea that this is a retelling of Cinderella. Although there are elements of the classic fairy tale, the story line is very different. The funny part was that I kept waiting for it to follow the old story line, and Marissa puts in just enough to remind you her story was inspired by the original, but she puts a ton of twists in. I was kept guessing about some of the twists, others I thought I figured out but was happy with how they played out.

I felt the ending was a bit sudden. Clearly Marissa knew she was writing a multiple book series and decided to end the book in a cliffhanger. I would have like to see Cinder’s tale given an ending for this book. Not that I was left disappointed with the ending, it was just that there could have been another chapter or two to wrap things up and Marissa leaves it. Good thing I wasn’t reading this as it was originally released and I get to jump right into Scarlet.

Here is the book synopsis from Amazon:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

I will definitely be moving on to Scarlett, and more than likely, all the other books in the series. I would recommend Cinder to Sci-fi and dystopian future fans. The story is appropriate for all age groups and I appreciate that Marissa did it that way.

Well, off to start reading Scarlet.

until next time…

Blog Post 200 +1

Yesterday I hit the milestone of blog post 200!!!

Thank you all for reading and commenting. I really appreciate you taking the time to stop at my blog. Well, here’s to the next 200.

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Digital Book Day

On July 14 (next Monday) is hosting the first ever Digital Book Day. This looks like a great idea to promote the changing medium of the book industry by providing free ebooks to readers for one day. Their site explains it like this:

These are the times that try men’s souls—if you’re at all involved in publishing, that is.

With all the chaos surrounding our industry, we thought it time to focus on the one person publishing can not survive without: The Reader.

On July 14th (that’s Bastille Day, by the way) we’d like to give our Readers what they most love: books.

Specifically one of our books. For FREE!

Yes, Monday, July 14th is the first Digital Book Day. A day to celebrate readers, stories, and the authors who create them.

We’re asking everyone to offer readers a free e-book on July 14th.

How you do it is up to you. Use your website, a digital venue, or a giveaway site. Want to give away a bundle or story collection? Fine with us. Want to promote a book that’s already permafree? We don’t care. Want to band together and do a group promo with friends? We think that would be brilliant!

All we want is to honor our readers and let them know that we put their needs first.

Interested in participating? Add your name and a link to your free book to the list HERE and download the Digital Book Day graphics to help spread the word.

NOTE: One listing per author, please! Book info must be submitted via the form HERE before midnight Saturday, July 12th

I’ll be checking this out, I hope you find some good reads there also.


Until next time…

Why Self-Publish?

Originally posted on C T Brown:

Why self-publish? It is a question that gets asked a lot. A question that has a huge assumption at the heart of it, it assumes you can simply choose between the traditional publishing route and self-publishing. You can’t. You can choose to submit your work to agents, hope that one of them decides to accept you as a client, hope they can get a publisher to read your work and finally hope that the publisher will (eventually) publish it. There’s a lot of ‘hope’ in that process. If you really want to understand how near-impossible it is to get published traditionally (and to read a far superior post to this about self-publishing) check out ‘The State of Self Publishing’ on the great Hugh Howey’s blog ( Please come back here after you do. Please. Seriously, I need readers.

So, why aren’t I trying the traditional publishing route? Simple answer, I…

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Wednesday W.I.P.

i-should-write-a-bookHalf of 2014 is gone and my non-fiction work in progress (WIP) is off for editing. While it is out of my hands I will be working on the cover design for it. I am hoping in August to reveal the cover and the synopsis so I can start calling it by it’s title and not just non-fiction wip.

This also gives me time to work on my NaNoWriMo manuscript, The Blacksmith of Milani. I would like to get my first rewrite of that done before November so I can work on book 2 during NaNoWriMo 2014.

What are you working on? Any plans for NaNoWriMo 2014? Any one doing CampNaNoWriMo this month? Let’s talk about our WIPs.

Until next time…


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