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Rebirth of the Short Read

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How times change! By times, I really mean trends. Not two years ago, I emailed a well-known promotional site for eBooks and asked if it was possible to have my short story, Edge of the World, promoted.

The site owner’s reply was swift and to the point: he did not bother to promote shorts because no one wrote or read them any more. His opinion was based on his long-term experience in the business. He advised me to offer a full novel as a free download. It did not matter that I was willing to pay the same price as I’d pay to promote a full novel.
Fast forward to the present. Go into the Amazon site and click on Kindle Store. Scroll down on the left panel to Kindle Short Reads. In parenthesis, you will see the number 1,194,877.  That is the number of short reads being offered by Amazon at the moment.  That’s right. There are over a million shorts featured on Amazon!


Two years ago, the shorts on Amazon were mainly offered by self-published authors on non-fiction topics such as do-it-yoursel…

You Have Options!

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Do you really need a specific eBook reader? The most inexpensive eBook reader will still cost you around $80.00, and it will not have all the bells and whistles. Within a year, there will be a newer model out.



It will be limited by the format it uses. You will be bound to buying from the source store, be it Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc. If you are a collector of electronic toys, you will find yourself juggling your personal cell phone, work phone (many agency workers are issued work phones), your eBook reader, and your tablet as well as all the assorted accessories that go with those.

Sales of eBook readers have declined in the last year. Traditional publishers have rushed to claim the death of the eBook and the resurgence of the printed book. The truth is far different. Readers are reading eBooks more and more on other devices! My daughter tells me that her Nook lies somewhere in the house, forgotten. She now reads mostly on her iPhone. It’s big enough, doesn’t take much space in…

I Vant Your Blood!

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You can bleed for the American Red Cross. Some of us can't donate for whatever reason, but we can help in other ways.

We can read. That's right. If you can't bleed, you can read!

During the month-long October event to benefit the American Red Cross and the Canadian blood Services, you can buy any of the dozens of Vampire-themed books offered.

Every author featured has pledge a donation from the book sales to either the Red Cross or the Canadian blood Services or both.

My Angel's Guardian is featured. I will donate 15% of all October sales of the book to the American Red Cross. 






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Please, join us. If you can't bleed, just read! Visit the VampBooks4Blood site any time during the month of October and make a difference.
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Free Books or Not?

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As the eBook has increased in popularity, it has been matched by a proliferation of Internet sites that offer you FREE books. To get these FREE books, you must subscribe to the site. This usually costs nothing to you but your e-mail address. 

How do these sites work? How are they able to get you the books for FREE? Are all the books offered FREE?





Many of these books are FREE to you, the reader. Other books are discounted. You'll find books listed anywhere from FREE to $3.99.

Rarely, you'll find a book listed at a higher price. It is usually one that is traditionally published. We, the authors, pay dearly to place the books on the listings. That is how the site makes its money and is able to get you the FREE book.  Let’s say that I want todraw readers to my Daniel’s Fork series. I choose the first title in the series, and I run a FREE promo on Amazon for 1 day.





I book the promo day on a popular service such as Ereader News Today. The Ad can cost from $30 to $135 on Ereader for one…

New Vampire Romance

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ANGEL'S GUARDIAN

The vampire Maxim makes his home in New York City. Self-exiled from the vampire nation, he spends his days in quiet solitude and his nights prowling the heights and hunting evil, his prey of choice. On a cold, November night, he chances upon a gang rape in a desolate back alley. He leaps at the chance to feed on predators of the worst kind, his favorite prey. But the situation takes a turn he never expected, and soon he finds himself wishing he'd made a different choice on that fateful night.

Angelica has been on the run for years. Kidnapped by a sex-trafficking ring at the age of fourteen, she escaped only to be relentlessly pursued by her enemies ever since. Tonight, they found her. As she lies dying on a cold, dark alley, her only fear is for the secret she desperately hid moments before they caught her. A secret she must protect with her life from her enemies and from the monster that destroyed them and now turns red, fiery eyes upon her.
Do…

Calibre is for Readers!

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Calibre is a Free App that every eBook owner should have. As a reader, I get great mileage out of Calibre.
Kobo, Nook, iBooks, all use ePub format, but Kindle does not. If you own a Kindle, you might buy a book on a great sale from Kobo or Barnes & Noble, but Kindle will not open it. Likewise, if you own a Nook reader or a Kobo, you are limited to buying books from them because they will not open a Kindle book. 

There is a solution to this problem, as you will see. A book I wanted was on 50% sale at the Kobo site. No problem. I signed into Kobo and bought the book. The book was saved to the Kobo library for my account.
I went into my Kobo Library, selected the new book, and clicked on export. The book was downloaded to my download directory on my desktop. I signed off Kobo.

I navigated to my download directory. I clicked on the book. My FREE Adobe Digital Editions app on my desktop opened it. It now appeared in the Adobe Digital Editions library directory. Adobe Digital Editions is a…