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9 Things Amazon Secretly Launched that Can Help All Indie Authors with their Book Marketing

How To Ebook Amazon is always changing things up. And that’s why it’s important to always be watching for what’s new. Especially if we’re in book marketing mode (and aren’t we always?), making the most of Amazon is a great way to spend your time. So fair warning, some of the things I’m mentioning here are good, some are less so. But regardless, they will all affect all of us who are in the throes of promoting our books. And as a side note, many of these do affect indie authors more so than traditionally published. read more: View original post Original link

Book Launch: Victory Girls (Lavender Road 6), by Helen Carey

New on Amazon UK and Amazon US VICTORY GIRLS is the sixth poignant saga in Helen Carey's much-loved Lavender Road series, set in south London during the Second World War. Not to be missed by readers of Katie Flynn, Annie Murray and Lilian Harry. Praise for the Lavender Road novels: 'Funny, poignant, emotional and unputdownable' London Evening Standard August 1944. Allied troops are fighting their way across Europe. But rocket attacks on London are a chilling reminder that the war is far from over. Helen knows all too well how dangerous it is in war-torn France. But it's a long-time since she heard from her French fiancé, Andre, and nothing is going to stop her going back to track him down, b...
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ABOUT THE BOOK There's a corpse among the chanterelles! Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast manager Kelly Jackson is hosting a cooking class during the week of the Mushroom Festival to attract guests, not drama. But soon after she finishes foraging for an edible mushroom species on sacred Native American land, a local newspaper reporter gets shot dead at the same site. With suspicions spreading like fungi in the quaint Northern Californian community over the culprit's identity, Kelly and a savvy gang of sleuthing seniors known as the "Silver Sentinels" must uncover the truth about the secluded property before a tricky killer prepares another lethal surprise . . . Book Details: Title: Murder at th...
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It was a dark and stormy night.

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness. Edward Bulwer-Lytton in the novel Paul Clifford (1830).   Original link

Blogging from A to Z: P is for “Putting Out Fire (With Gasoline)”

Song: Putting Out Fire (With Gasoline), aka “Cat People” Albums: Yep, you read it right.  Cat People (1982) and Let’s Dance (1983) Personnel:  Soundtrack version: David Bowie (lead vocals), Giorgio Moroder (keyboards, guitar, bass), Michael Landau (guitars), Tim May (guitars), Leland Sklar (bass), Keith Forsey (drums) “Let’s Dance” version: David Bowie (lead vocals), Carmine Rojas (bass guitar), Omar Hakim (drums), Tony Thompson (drums), Nile Rodgers (guitar), Stevie Ray Vaughan (guitar), Rob Sabino (keyboards), Sammy Figueroa (percussion), Frank Simms (backing vocals), George Simms (backing vocals), David Spinner (backing vocals) What I love about this track:  On the original, the reverse o...
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The Started Series – Book Two – THE DARK AND DANGEROUS DISCO NIGHT (Free Ebook Download)

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The Dark and Dangerous Disco Night A disc jockey, a painter, and a pop star set off to spend Christmas with a Prime Minister and a Prince. The Started Series Welcome to the Started Series. This is a series of novels that I have started but have never developed. I am going to give them away FREE of charge and let the Universe decide. If there is enough interest in one of them I will start it again. The Dark and Dangerous Disco Night is Book Two in this series. You can download the book FREE from Smashwords. CLICK on the word FREE . The Entry Word Following a texting accident, the World summons Jodocus Meaddowcraft, a constipated alien from another dimension. Jodocus sets about punishing the W...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Genie”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre Today’s challenge is: “Genie” “Wishes three, but nothing comes free.” I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post.   Cheers, J. I, Rogers Original link

P is for Puff the Magic Dragon #AtoZChallenge

For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of songs about magic. (Fitting for a fantasy author.) P is for “Puff the Magic Dragon” by Peter, Paul and Mary. Peter Yarrow wrote the song based on a poem by Leonard Lipton. Lipton wrote the poem in 1959 while he was in college. The lyrics tell the story of a dragon (Puff) and his playmate (Jackie Paper). The song was released in January 1963 and reached number two on the Billboard Top 100 chart. Many people have speculated that the song is about drugs – specifically smoking marijuana, but the song writers (Lipton and Yarrow) have denied that they intended any of it to be drug related. The song also appears on the children’s album Pe...
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VICTORIAN TOWN by Nancy Thorne Genre: YA Paranormal Romance with Mystery & Time Travel elements Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing Abby Parker planned out her whole life: complete her final year of high school, go to college, get a job, move away from her insane family, stay best friends with Jessica. But, that was before she broke into the nearby tourist attraction and unwittingly answered a call from a centuries-old spirit who dragged her into the 19th century. Now she must solve a Victorian mystery without getting herself killed, or worse, spend a lifetime trapped in the past, leaving behind everyone she loves and altering their lives forever. When she meets gorgeous Benjamin, the future loo...
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Dear Older Authors

Good morning and welcome to wwwblogs. Today, I’m speaking directly to the older authors. You know who you are. It’s not just an age thing that keeps you from publishing or promoting your book. You hate social media. It can be downright difficult to understand. And there are all those people griping about their problems or sharing very embarrassing pictures—embarrassing to you I might add. First of all, I fall right into that “old people” demographic you swear would never go to social media. Yup, I sure do. And I’ve embraced Facebook, Twitter, Google +, a blog, and many other social media sites because to fulfill my dream of being an author, I need to do that in the twenty-first century. Even...
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Amidst the Seal Hunt, a Book is Born

My new book has been launched! Right on time, even though Amazon records its launch date as April 15, 2018,  Look for Me Under the Rainbow  is now available for purchase for  a first-week-only special price of $0.99 ! If you are a member of KDP Select, you can read it for  free with Kindle Unlimited . In a unique and gentle way the novella  Look for Me Under the Rainbow sheds light on the plight of baby seals in Canada and warms the hearts of young adult and other readers concerned about our planet and its treasures with the idea that change is needed, change is possible, and change will come. Grab and download your ebook  at a special price now; help  Look for Me Under the Rainbow  hit bett...
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How Do You View Customer Care?

Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Some businesspeople disregard the importance of customer care. It is the attention to both the details and people that differentiates the successful. My Story It’s safe to say that everyone will routinely make a purchase. But most overlook the free sales training. Lessons from the transactions alert us to what we are to avoid. Examples of Poor and Good Customer Care 1. The non-functioning link  Numerous attempts to fix my link were fruitless. Customer service later admitted that the service is no longer available. Improved Approach:      A.  Notify consumers when a partnership ceases to exists      B.  After 90 days stop notification that a service ended 2...
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Don’t throw out the baby! Why #Amazon doesn’t want your #BookReviews

Originally posted on Barb Taub : An open letter to Amazon: Dear Amazon, I should be your Holy Grail. I’m the real deal, an actual reader who goes through books carefully, thinks about what they mean and how they’re written, and then writes a considered, thoughtful, and hopefully helpful analysis—in other words, I’m a book reviewer.… Original link

In Calcutta with Alan Ladd

Calcutta was filmed in 1945, but released only in 1947. It is a noir movie that tries at being an adventure movie – or maybe it’s the other way around, an adventure yarn pretending to be a noir. Neale, Bill and Pedro are three friends that soon after the end of World War Two are flying CNAC planes across the Hump, the flight route between Calcutta and Chungking. Bill is about to get married, but is killed in Calcutta – strangled thug-style. Neale and Pedro start investigating. They will uncover a jewel-smuggling racket, and get into a lot of trouble. And this is more or less it. Or maybe not. Calcutta is noir in its portrayal of uncertain loyalties and friendship and love betrayed, and in th...
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Book Feature: Aurelius by author Jessika Klide

I am pleased to announce a great book by Jessika Klide, an author I met during my journey! She’s stopping by to tell us about her awesome modern erotic romance, Aurelius, which released back in September! Woo hoo! It’s always … Continue reading → Original link

Six-Word Story Challenge – “Bog”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre Today’s challenge is: “Bog” “Myriad fetid vapors – one smell. Death.” I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post.   Cheers, J. I, Rogers Original link


COMING IN HOT: RESCUE ME Genre: Paranormal & Contemporary Medical Romance Featuring *brand new & exclusive* books from USA Today bestselling and award winning authors, we're Coming In Hot, again! More of the sizzling medical romance stories you love: doctors, nurses, firemen, shifters, werewolves, witches, and paramedics turn up the heat in this paranormal and contemporary medical romance collection. Amazon ✯ B&N ✯ iTunes ✯ Kobo ✯ Goodreads The Butterfly Healer by Muffy Wilson Can strangers hide in secret, as dark things, to be loved between the shadow and the soul? Oliver Brainard, an insurance actuary, is a man who has experienced love from only one woman—his mother. He has never loved, no...
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Blogging from A to Z: O is for “Outside”

Song: Outside Album: 1. Outside (1995) Personnel: David Bowie (vocals, saxophone, guitar, keyboards), Brian Eno (synthesizers, treatments, strategies), Reeves Gabrels (guitar), Erdal Kizilçay (bass, keyboards), Mike Garson (grand piano), Sterling Campbell (drums), Carlos Alomar (rhythm guitar), Joey Barron (drums), Yossi Fine (bass) What I love about this track: I have to be honest and tell you that it literally took a number of years for this album to grow on me.  I was accustomed to David Bowie being a musical chameleon, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the grungy/gothy/industrial feel of this outing.  Once I started seeing the album as a concept piece, in the same vein as “Diamond Dogs,” I grew...
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Poem — Fog’s Revenge

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  Fog’s Revenge Midnight slowly came around And a fog crept in without a sound That fog was filled with an eerie glow Acting as though it knew where to go The town it sought was happy and high Celebrating their founders of days gone by These people didn’t know what was going to happen But when it did they were all caught napping Oddly enough one person knows Why that fog had a vengeful glow It all happened one hundred years before When ship and crew sank to the ocean floor Now on the dreadful day in the dark of night The crew came back for its final fight Seeking out revenge on their murderers’ six They came in the fog knowing just who to pick. Anna M Dobritt   Original link

Happy National Haiku Poetry Day!

Haiku is a classical form of Japanese poetry containing a total of 17 syllables shared between three lines, arranged in a pattern of 5-7-5. First Line – 5 syllables Second Line – 7 syllables Third Lines – 5 syllables Using the theme of transformation, I have written the following Haiku poetry: Do you have any Haiku poetry to share? Original link