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Though not necessarily revolutionary, the Kindle for PC app does the job. Sign up to receive an email when Kindle for PC is available for download . There’s got to be a mad hacker out there who cares about kindle for PC on his ubuntu. Kindle for PC joins the Kindle for iPhone app in a push to a more platform-agnostic strategy for the online book giant.

Kindle for PC is freeware that lets you access your Kindle titles without a Kindle device. If you have other eBooks you would like to add to Kindle for PC, simply drag-and-drop or copy and paste them into this folder. Kindle for PC takes advantage of the new features of Microsoft’s latest Windows 7 operating system such as multi-touch and jumplists.

Per fortuna il produttore ha rilasciato Kindle for PC grazie a cui scaricare e leggere anche sul computer i libri acquistati. Bastante �til en realidad, sobre todo porque los links en la web los puedes abrir en Kindle for Pc, o Kindle for Mac. I found a blog post that detailed using calibre to convert the ebooks to ".mobi" versions and then, by double-clicking on the converted books, they would be added to my "kindle for PC" library. The reason it was so much fun was that Kindle for PC is quite well done. Software piracy is theft, Using crack, password, serial numbers, registration codes, key generators, cd key, hacks is illegal and prevent future development of Kindle for PC Edition.

I am interested in hearing from other Kindle for PC users about the syncing.

Kindle for pc

The cupcakes still looked yummy, but the capricious nature of what gets downloaded in color and what doesn't on Kindle for PC isn't all that appetizing. Kindle for PC offers many of the options you'll find on a Kindle reader. When you start the program up, books you have already purchased in the Kindle Shop appear under a button called "Archived items," and they can then be downloaded to Kindle for PC's home menu.

Le logiciel Kindle for PC est d�sormais disponible en t�l�chargement gratuit. There’s got to be a mad hacker out there who cares about kindle for PC on his ubuntu. Kindle books can now be read on the iPhone, iPod touch, Kindle DX and now a PC.Amazon has made its Kindle for PC available for free download to users in over 100 countries.

Kindle store offers access to more than 360 Coach Op Art Handbags Clearance ,000 books, including new releases, which are usually priced at $9.99 or less.Kindle for PC features include Amazon’s Whispersync technology that automatically saves and synchronizes bookmarks and last page read across devices. If you have other eBooks you would like to add to Kindle for PC, simply drag-and-drop or copy and paste them into this folder. You can deactivate Kindle for PC directly from the application, or, if you forgot to deactivate it, you can always deactivate any of your devices from the web interface.

Amazon has decided to now expand even beyond the iPhone to offer Kindle for PC. Kindle for PC will offer the same Whispersync technology included in the Kindle appliance and the Kindle for iPhone which automatically saves and synchronizes bookmarks and last page read across devices. Your Kindle for PC will also let you download and pay for books as well. Like the iPhone app, Kindle for PC turns your PC into another reading device that can be linked to a Kindle account (you don't have to own a Kindle to set up a Kindle account). Choose your Kindle for PC software and it should automatically download to your PC.

Kindle for PC has a HUGE advantage that reviewers seem to be overlooking. Version 4 fixes an exception related to opening thread handles, detect Topaz format books, and detects that you have the proper version of Kindle For PC installed. If you are a student without much money but with a laptop, you should consider not buying a Kindle and just using Kindle for PC. Books do seem to be cheaper on the Kindle store, though; also, Kindle for PC (and the Kindle device, I believe, though I’ve never actually used one) can read ePub books.

After the iPhone Kindle app, there is the Kindle for PC app, albeit it’s still in Beta. PC users can finally include their computers within the each of Amazon’s syncing capabilities with the Kindle for PC app. Amazon is obviously expecting a surge in demand for their products , or maybe they are attempting to create demand for selling ebooks with the help of this kindle for PC ability. With WINE installed, download the Kindle for PC installer, then double-click on the .exe file you downloaded. Although the software is still in beta, Kindle for PC already offers some 360,000 ebooks for download in the US.

To remove drm from Kindle eBooks, you need a professional drm ebook removal , which can remove DRM protections from Kindle for PC/Mac with no quality losing. There are several steps you should follow, Step 1: Authorize your copy of Kindle for PC and "Sync and check for new items". The popular Kindle for PC application is pre-installed, allowing for easy downloading of Amazon Kindle e-books which can be taken and read anywhere with this ultra-thin and light notebook.

The thing is, a Windows PC is the most powerful device to gain access to Kindle content so far, and this beta version of Kindle for PC does very little to make use of all that power. Alternately, head over to Amazon?s Kindle for PC page , download the latest version, and install it over your existing copy. Similar to Kindle for PC, Kindle for iPhone is a free app available for iPhone users. I have a solution for reading kindle books that does not involve kindle for pc and wil in fact allow you to read books on any device you choose.

Kindle for PC offers many of the options you'll find on the hardware reader, plus full-color images in several books. You can also read notes and highlights created on your Kindle device, but you can't create them on Kindle for PC yet. With Kindle for PC, you can read some on your PC, read some on your Kindle, and always pick up right where you left off.

I first downloaded Kindle for PC (free) on my laptop and began downloading books before I got my Kindle 2. Kindle for PC is a free software download for reading Kindle Books and other content on your PC.

Kindle for pc

Kindle for pc has a few drawbacks — but notice that when you start to wish for more, it means that whatever you are doing must be working fairly well — revisit your adolescence for an example. He doesn’t support mark and transfer, aka copy and paste — so when you want to preserve information, you have to type it in as new, and does support Whispersync, so the software will pick up from the last read position if you were reading on a Kindle. He did not ask if I wanted all those MOBI and PRC files to be associated with newly installed application; it just did it. Kindle for pc will be available to customers around the world as a free download next month, and is a great application that has brought the volume of the Kindle Store to PCs, letting you turn your netbook, laptop, or desktop into a super-sized Kindle.

Kindle for pc is a free desktop application that extends further the reach of this ebook reader. He joins the Kindle for iPhone app in a push to a more platform-agnostic strategy for the online book giant, and is around 5.17MB and it is also capable of displaying e-books in the .mobi file format.

Kindle for pc

Kindle for pc will open the exact page where you left off. It with Accessibility Plugin has several features that will improve accessibility for a person with low vision, and comes with "Whispersync", a feature that will synchronize the last page read and your annotations between those books you have in both devices. It might become more appealing when tablet PCs become more prevalent, but until then it really just feels like Amazon is ticking off a checkbox so that B&N can't claim to have something they don't.

Kindle for pc is a non-issue for most of us.

Saturday

Kindle Author Sponsor: Patricia Sands

Book Title:
The Bridge Club

Author:
Patricia Sands

Kindle Price:
$7.79

Available from:
Barnes & Noble
Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
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Author Websites:

Website: www.patriciasandsauthor.com
Blog: www.patriciasands.wordpress.com

Book Reviews:

"A few years ago, Hollywood gave us a movie about what women want. Patricia Sands has written a novel about how women think."
—Peter McNeilly, Kitchener, ON

From a reader on Amazon.ca:

"When I finished reading The Bridge Club I wanted to call my best friends and tell them how much their friendship means to me. This story really gets to the heart of what friendship is all about and highlights how we empower each other through it. As the reader rides along on the forty-year journey with these women, it doesn't matter what age you are as there are many situations to which everyone can relate. What does matter is the reminder that everyone has 'stuff' happen in life and knowing you have true friends to rely on can help carry you through. There are moments of great laughter and others where I reached for a tissue. The final chapter touches on a topic most of us try to avoid discussing and in a gentle way encourages the reader to think about it. I'm so glad I read it."

Comment from blog:

"I want to register my congratulations to Patricia, on the publication of The Bridge ClubThe Bridge Club has been a few years in the making, and is proof of her dedication and determination to share some of the stories from a very special group of friends.  Most of us have known one another for almost 50 years, and a few have been friends since birth.  'Special' is hardly adequate to describe the group, and 'unique' only begins to suggest the blend of personalties, challenges and adventures. It's very exciting to now be holding a copy of the book in my hand!  The story is an amazing blend of fact and fiction, that only begins to hint at the strong friendships and intangible ties that exist in our special group of 10.  Well done and thank you!

Jinty  :)"

From Barnes & Noble website:

"Women of all ages will relate to this book. By the time I finished this book I felt as though I had made eight new friends. Each "SOS" experienced by these women was something that either I had personally experienced or someone I know has gone through. All sides of each issue were examined in a humorous and thought-provoking way. The final chapter was especially emotional. This book would be a great pick for a book club because it's guaranteed to start some lively discussions as readers debate which characters they most relate to and which sides of the various issues they support. Can't wait for the next one, Ms. Sands!"

"Great Read! 4 Thumbs Up!! Don't be fooled by the title. I know nothing about bridge other than it's hard and wondered if I'd be interested in a novel with a title about a pastime I have no interest in. Thank goodness I listened to my friend because it has little to do with bridge. If you've ever wondered what it's like to really have true friends who are there for you thru thick and thin, who make you laugh and at the same time infuriate you yet who always have your back, then this is the book for you. If you want to exhale squeals of laughter, or silently sob at heart wrenching challenges, then this is the book for you. If you want to be transported into the fascinating lives of characters who you now desperately want to meet, then this is the book for you. Good books stimulate, inspire and provoke a plethora of emotions. The Bridge Club does that in spades. So many emotions were aroused as I read it...joy, sadness, curiousity, doubt, anger, jealousy, empathy..I could go on but I won't as I don't want to give it all away. All I can say is, buy it, read it, and pass it on to your friends, your sisters, your daughters for you will be moved to recreate this most enriching circle of friendship."

"A "must" read. A gem! You do not want to put it down; full of beautiful moments of deepest human feelings; friendship, love and trust. The author should be applauded for her search of the depth in human interactions, especially amongst friends. The book ends in such a way that the reader is left with one task: Search your soul!"

From Amazon.ca:

"This is a must-read. I couldn't put it down. The character development was very well done and the ending thought-provoking. As a bonus I enjoyed the bridge hands."

Reviewed by Kathy Scott, Founder of the website Me and My 1000 Girlfriends, That's Who!

http://meandmy1000girlfriends.com/?p=1928

Where can you find a story about friendship, laughter and the good things in life that also touches on alcoholism, infidelity, porn addiction, terminal illness and grief? For most women, it’s often within their own circle of friends. Author Patricia Sands reminds us of the complexities of women’s friendships in her new book, The Bridge Club, a moving tale of eight women whose lives intersect once a month initially to play the game of bridge. What began as one night turns into four decades that span the segments of a woman’s journey from youthful optimism to embracing the challenges and opportunities presented in life’s later years.

Based loosely on her own bridge club, Sands weaves the reader through a maze of life’s inevitable scenarios as the club bears the death of a member’s spouse, one woman’s meeting with her biological mother, the inevitable marital and health issues, and another’s final chance at freedom from the painful addiction to alcohol through rehab.

“There are many subjects I address in the book that are controversial. Some people may wonder if they were chosen to thicken the plot,” says Sands. “Although I have taken liberties with the actual events, and it is truly a work of fiction, most issues faced by the characters in the book were experienced in my own bridge club. The bottom line of the story is a testament to friendship and hope.”

The final chapter of The Bridge Club challenges our principles as one woman begins to descend into dementia.

The Bridge Club is a 1000 GIRLFRIENDS’ BOOK OF CHOICE. We highly recommend this remarkable story of friendship. It’s the PERFECT book club choice.

Book Description:

Patricia Sands’ new novel attests to the power of friendship. Not simply the “Hi, how are you?” type but the kind that weathers all storms, unselfishly celebrates triumphs, and hums along year after year with never an unkind word. It does exist.

If you already have friendship like this in your life then you will relate to the women of The Bridge Club. If you don’t, perhaps the story will inspire you to find it.

Finalist - 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award - First Novel (over 80,000 words)

Finalist - 2010 ForeWord Reviews Book Of The Year - General Fiction - winner to be announced in June 2011

Book Excerpt from The Bridge Club:

Silent night, holy night.

All is calm, all is bright.


It wasn’t Christmas and it’s not about religion, but whenever I think of that night, those words filter into my head. Kind of bizarre, I know, but that’s how thoughts are sometimes.

The winter storm that consumed the weekend had finally moved on. As often happens, the unpredicted disturbance came at us out of nowhere, much like the shocking news months earlier that bound us together for these two days.

Winds had raged sporadically. Snowfall had fluctuated from light to blinding, including everything in between, but there was never nothing.

Left in the storm’s wake were drift-filled roads, the work of savage gusts whipping the snow across the flat, vacant fields of Simcoe and Grey counties. The white barrage had swirled and funneled as it was sculpted into uneven peaks, trapped between the fencing that bordered the road. Trapped, as between the proverbial rock and a hard place, which was how you might have described this group of friends, but you would have been mistaken. We had chosen to be there.

Dangerous whiteout conditions brought traffic to a halt as roads had been closed around midnight on Friday. Through sheer luck we had left early enough to miss the worst of it. Trust me, you don’t want to be out there when you can’t tell which way is up.

On Sunday evening it was suddenly peaceful. Quiet. Still. A silent calm filled the post-storm air and cast a surreal shroud over the landscape. The pristine snow reflected the moon’s soft glow, making the night appear more like dawn. Had we not been so distracted, we would have appreciated the beauty of it all.

Too numbed by what we had experienced on this weekend to even notice the cold, we stood on the crest of the hill by the farmhouse and watched.

In the distance, a fluorescent blue beam revolved on the cab of a snowplow. Piercing the dark, the probing rays brushed across the mounds being carved along the narrow side road. Blinking red and yellow lights lined the truck warning of its massive size. Following in tandem was a bulky SUV with amber hazard signals flashing. Last, and somewhat diminished by comparison, were the headlights on the unmistakable silhouette of a funeral-home hearse.

The pulsating throb of the combined lights created a slow-motion kaleidoscope silently sliding toward us.

We waited.

That’s how this story ends. Let me tell you how it all began.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada and has degrees from the University of Waterloo and York University. With a happily blended family of seven adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren, life is full and time is short. Beginning with her first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six, she has told stories all of her life through photography. Her debut novel The Bridge Club was published through iUniverse in September 2010. Currently immersed in the demands of social media marketing, her second novel is a work in progress.

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Kindle Author Interview: Christina Wible

Christina Wible, author of In Between Goodbyes, discusses her book, her journey as a writer, and self-publishing on Kindle.

DAVID WISEHART: What can you tell us about In Between Goodbyes?

CHRISTINA WIBLE: In Between Goodbyes is a story about possibilities. Is it possible to change the patterns you have created for yourself in your life? Is it possible to become someone that you never thought you would be? Is it possible to love again after loss?

This novel follows the story of a Hope Moran who had fashioned for herself a life of safety: love without commitment, caring without intimacy, compassion without investment. As a priest, she ministered to the masses and gave time and effort to the homeless. As a dresser on Broadway, she ministered to her charges, stage stars in need of a steady, guiding hand. Always tending the needy, and always at arm's length. Until Ian, a broken actor more deeply troubled than she could have imagined slipped into her life and crossed the forbidden boundary into her heart. At the wrong time in his life. At the right time in hers.

What is in the heart of a woman who has for her whole life been alone?

What happens when her world is turned upside down?

DAVID WISEHART: How do you develop and differentiate your characters?

CHRISTINA WIBLE: I really don’t develop my characters, they develop themselves. My stories evolve through my characters talking to me. (No I’m not in therapy and yes, my friends affirm that I am relatively sane and don’t talk to myself out loud, anyway.) A voice starts in my head. Usually I try to get the voice of the character down on paper but frequently, just when I think I “have” the character in my head, they create a circumstance or a personality problem that I had not foreseen and that makes me change the entire tone of the story. One character blew me out of the water the other day by changing from being a loving, handsome male protagonist to a mass murderer. I have to have a talk with him.

DAVID WISEHART: Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?

CHRISTINA WIBLE: The ideal reader for this particular book was a Broadway-obsessed middle-aged woman who dreams about finding the ideal young man…woops maybe that was me! Actually I have found the book appeals to a variety of women, but especially those who are interested in the interactions between two people of the opposite sex who communicate on the same level and help each other in a caring manner but who are reluctant to commit. My reader will like a bit of suspense and will like to speculate on why people are the way they are. A man who read this book thought it brought him insight on why women of a certain age do what they do.

DAVID WISEHART: What was your journey as a writer?

CHRISTINA WIBLE: A long, long time ago, before I became a multi-career person, I wanted to be a writer. I wrote my first book when I was 14. I wrote my second the next year.

Life intervened. I became a nurse, a Political Science graduate, a wife, a methods manager, an early computer techie, an amateur horse person. I retired. I acquired more degrees (this time in Religion), I became ordained, I became disillusioned. I worked for this non-profit and that non-profit.

But through the whole thing I never stopped writing. At one point I had about 5 feet of yellow pads filled with scrawl most of which ended up in the wastebasket.

Then, six years back, I started yet another novel. Only this time I was determined to publish. I wrote for three years. The result was In Between Goodbyes.

No matter how many or how few copies are sold, publishing In Between Goodbyes has been a wonderful adventure. I have met some really interesting people and learned so very much from this. And to top it off, my books are actually selling!

I have loved every minute of the process from conception through writing through editing. (Well perhaps not the editing.) I am still journeying through the publishing world, not sure if I want to continue with the publishing method I use now. I am also willing to try more traditional routes. This, after all, a journey.

I still work for a non-profit but I write more than I ever have. After all, it is a labor of love. The one thing I do know is that I'm so glad to have come home to where I always wanted to be. A writer.

DAVID WISEHART: What is your writing process?

CHRISTINA WIBLE: I sit down and listen for a few months after one of the characters has started talking to me. I grab a fresh notebook at the start and scribble everything that comes to me. Unfortunately everyone starts gabbing just before I go to bed and this process has left me chronically sleep deprived at work. Finally when my head is about to explode the only way to relieve to the pressure is to start typing. A 60,000 word book usually comes out in rough form in about 6 weeks. Then I leave it in my computer, bubbling like a caldron four a few month getting back to it after a break to see if it is worth continuing to work on.

If I get into trouble I have employed a wonderful freelance editor and friend at Looseleaf Editing, Alexa Offenhauer, who helps me talk through the knots into which I tie myself. She also straightens out my baroque use of commas and quotes.

DAVID WISEHART: What authors most inspire you?

CHRISTINA WIBLE: Laurie R. King, not so much for her Mary Russell novels though I find them interesting, as for her lesser-known Folly. Julia Spencer-Fleming for her ability to make me stay up to all hours of the night finishing anything she writes. Jasper Fforde for his sense of humor and his ability to turn the world around in my head. Stephen King. Hmmm. I can’t really read his writing ‘cause he scares me just too much but I love his advice to writers in his On Writing. It gave me hope, it instructed me in writing techniques and all in such a readable package!

DAVID WISEHART: What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you'd written yourself?

CHRISTINA WIBLE: The aforementioned Folly. It combines suspense with the level of character development that I aim for.

DAVID WISEHART: How have you marketed and promoted your work?

CHRISTINA WIBLE: When I first published In Between Goodbyes I launched with a book fair day at a (wait for it) Quaker Meeting. Since then I’ve signed at independent book stores, hawked it on Facebook and worked with readers groups. Church groups, especially Episcopal woman’s groups have seemed to found an affinity with the character I think because it humanizes the priest and her vocation which is not always in a church setting. I look for off the wall ways to promote.

DAVID WISEHART: Why publish on Kindle?

CHRISTINA WIBLE: Why not? I’m something of a techie so it was easy for me. I already had a Kindle. I figured that if I was prone to impulse buying on Kindle (which I definitely am) why not get on the train and make my novel available to other impulse buyers?

DAVID WISEHART: What advice would you give to a first-time author thinking of self-publishing on Kindle?

CHRISTINA WIBLE: Go for it! I’ve have thoroughly enjoyed this experience. I’d like to try all kinds of experiences in publishing before I’m done which will be never. I fully intend to die with my face planted firmly in my keyboard.

DAVID WISEHART: Thanks, and best of luck with your books.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christina Wible lives and writes in Western New Jersey but her heart is in NYC as can be seen in her novel In Between Goodbyes. She writes obsessively but takes time out to eat and have a day job. Her next novel is In Season or maybe Loft or perhaps There May Be Angels—depends on which she wants to publish first.

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Kindle Author Blog Highlighted on Get Yourself Published

John Ronner gives this blog a nice mention:
A speciality blog by a California screenwriter, novelist and producer is now giving e-book publishers with Amazon’s game-changing Kindle program a new voice.

The blog Kindle Author (Kindle-Author.blogspot.com) is the brainstorm of David Wisehart, himself a Kindle writer of such imaginative titles as Devil’s Lair, about a medieval knight who leads a quest through hell to recover the Holy Grail from the Devil and The Vatican Dagger, where Dracula meets the historic Borgia family in Renaissance Italy.

David’s site allows authors to discuss their adventures with Kindle publishing and provide tips and other information to readers who want to emulate them.

Author interviews are linked back to their Kindle book pages on Amazon as well as the writers’ Web sites.
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Friday

Kindle Author Sponsor: John Dickinson

Book Title:

Fate

Author:

John Dickinson

Kindle Price:

US $2.99
UK £2.06

Available from:

Amazon US
Amazon UK


Author Website:

http://scarboroughwriterscircle.wordpress.com

Book Reviews:

"Thrilling psychological novel. A great mystery and romance, with a bit of psychological drama and suspense thrown in. The historical setting and placement, 1930's Yorkshire coast near Whitby with all its associations, make the unfolding drama come alive. I was completely taken along with this and found the ending made sense of the whole thing. Very satisfying. A great read! The evil pair of doctors and their horrific plans place this into a very well known area too, and I imagine a great horror romance film could be made."
—MRS, customer review, amazon.co.uk

"This is a brilliant book."
 —sima, customer review, amazon.co.uk

Book Description:

Romantic mystery thriller set between the wars. Although the setting is Whitby at first, the Frankenstein legacy is more relevant, in this novel which has the underlying theme of Fate—Are we in charge of our lives, or just observers of what we do? The main character ends up talking to the author of his fate, that is, the writer. Has he gone mad? Where is reality? Who is Bentley Driver?

It's exciting, horrifying and moving in turn, and the sense of place and history keep the reader totally involved.

Excerpt from Fate:

Bentley shook himself and stood up. 'I know, but I mean to find out what it does signify. That distraught mad wife, that awful angry man, determined to turn me out; they knew me. They knew me! And that Doctor Scratchard, I didn't care for him at all.' He stopped suddenly as if searching for a memory. 'I almost had something there. It's as if I said that before, a long time ago.'

/Yes, you did. Well done, well done. A glimpse of a real memory that was. You were only a boy./

/ /'Be quiet! I don't want you here now!'

Anna's face fell and she stepped back. 'Bentley! I'm only trying to help. There's no need to be hard on me.'

'No, no. It wasn't you I meant. I'm sorry. I have to tell you this. I sometimes hear a voice, and it's like fate himself talking to me. I suppose it's my mind in this strange state I'm in, with no memory to speak of before I came here. Perhaps I'm filling the gap with this imaginary talk. I don't know. I sometimes have whole conversations. I'm scared to tell of it in case you think me insane as well as ridiculous.'

'I'd never think those things. Whatever made you lose your memories must have been some event or injury enough to cause all this and more. A lesser man would have completely crumbled. I'll not worry about it. We'll see this through.'

/Good girl. You see I knew you were the one for him. /

/ /'Bentley?'

'Yes?'

'I think I hear it too. The voice.'

/That's right. You can both hear me now. I'm writing your story and marking out the tracks of your footsteps. I am your fate./

/ /The two clung on to each other, trembling. They didn't hear the birdsong in the bright morning, nor the cart that trundled by in the lane beyond the wall. They were oblivious to the sky above, and the white clouds that drifted high, and to the scent of the flowers in the tubs next to them. Bentley held Anna's shoulders and looked into her eyes.

'Yes, I heard it too,' she whispered, 'I can hear your voice!'

/So now you are even more together, eh? Isn't that better? Isn't it? Shall I help you come through this? You need me, you know. You are still mine in the end. /

/ '/So is there any point in trying?' said Anna. ' We could stay here, do nothing, and you would have to bring the answers to us, wouldn't you?' She threw her head back and her feet stamped the ground. 'Go on then! You do something! We're alright here!'

With a straightening of his back and a thrusting of the chin, Bentley felt his strength return. Anna had shown some resolve. He would too. 'No, I'm not done yet, Anna. Though fate may be in charge, I'm still going to make him work. I'm so much closer now. I'm going back to that place. I mean to get to the bottom of it at last.' He strode back inside.

And doctor Scratchard, who had been on the other side of the wall all the time, crept away silently, another plan taking shape in his evil brain.

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Kindle Author Interview: Debra Holland

Debra Holland, author of Wild Montana Sky, discusses her book, her journey as a writer, and self-publishing on Kindle.

DAVID WISEHART: What can you tell us about Wild Montana Sky?

DEBRA HOLLAND: Wild Montana Sky (WMS) was the first book I ever wrote. The idea came to me when I was briefly dating a young cowboy. We had nothing in common, and I thought to myself, if we lived 100 years ago in the West, this might just work.

Luckily, I discovered Romance Writers of America (RWA) when I was beginning to write the book, and (from my local RWA chapter) discovered my writing teacher Louella Nelson. Lou had a teaching/critique group that I joined, which is why my first book didn't end up under the bed like so many other authors' first attempts. WMS won the RWA's Golden Heart award for unpublished authors in 2001. From that award, I was able to interest an agent, although he wasn't able to sell the book because it was "sweet," meaning no sex scenes, and also the historical market at the time was on a downturn, especially for Westerns. Berkley almost bought it, but somewhere up the chain of editors, it ended up rejected. I wrote another book in the series, Starry Montana Sky, and it started finaling in contests. Along the way, I switched agents, and even though historicals had become popular again, "sweet" books were not. Agent number two couldn't sell it either.

At the time, I was SO disappointed about not selling, now I'm delighted. I'm SO glad I can self-publish these books. The process is SO much fun. Although I must say, that checking sale figures has become my new addiction!

DAVID WISEHART: How do you develop and differentiate your characters?

DEBRA HOLLAND: The hero and heroine in Wild Montana Sky had their origins in me and my cowboy. But of course, they came out quiet different then us. They are their own people now. :) The characters in my other books tend to come to me. Then I think about their strengths and weaknesses—fears, flaws, and childhood wounds. What are they going to have to overcome for their character arc?

Sometimes I might base their appearance on someone in real life. For example the heroine of my second series (fantasy romance, which will be self-published in July) was a woman I saw in a restaurant. I liked her looks—beautiful in an unusual way—and jotted down notes. I also still have her in my mind's eye.

DAVID WISEHART: Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?

DEBRA HOLLAND: My ideal reader is someone who likes an old fashioned romance. That doesn't mean he or she is old-fashioned, just that they enjoy a story that is more traditional.

My uncle, who helped me with the shooting parts, just read it on Kindle and wrote me the nicest email about how he loved it. That this manly guy could be touched by my book meant so much to me.

DAVID WISEHART: What was your journey as a writer?

DEBRA HOLLAND: When I was a child, I wanted to grow up and write down the stories my grandma told me about her childhood. She was definitely adventurous! I have a masters degree and a Ph.D, so I was in school FOREVER! That burned me out on writing. By the time I got around to wanting to write, my grandma had forgotten a lot of the details of her childhood that I would have liked to have. That's one of the few regrets I have in my life, that I didn't write her stories earlier. I still have the info and the stories, I just haven't done anything with them.

Lou's writing group is what turned me into a writer because I learned the craft of writing fiction. (I could already write boring journal-type nonfiction.) I also became a better nonfiction writer because of learning to write fiction.

I wrote the two Montana Sky books, then wrote a short story for Andre Norton's (the Grand Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy) Witch World anthology. I wrote her a letter asking about the anthology, and she wrote back that she didn't do it any more. But she included a few details about her life, and I wrote back. We ended up having a correspondence in the last two years of her life. I took that story and made it into a book (set in my fantasy world, not Witch World.) Sower of Dreams (at the time titled Withea's Way) went on to final in the RWA Golden Heart 2003 contest. Andre gave me an endorsement for the book. It was probably the last one she did.

I also started writing nonfiction books, and my second agent sent out two of my proposals. I started another round of rejections, this time because I didn't have a big enough "platform." The editors would like the premise, like my writing, but not want to take a risk on anyone not well known. I finally decided, I'd write one of the books (about boundary setting with difficult people) and self-publish it. At the time, I was thinking of a book I could sell at talks and seminars in the back of the room or on my website. Ebooks didn't even occur to me. But now I'm going to take my nonfiction straight to ebooks, although I may still do some "real" books to sell at talks.

Basically, for the last two years, I've been concentrating on writing nonfiction. It wasn't until my friends started self-publishing their fictions novels, that my interest in my fiction perked up. Now I'd rather write fiction than nonfiction, but will try to do work on both.

DAVID WISEHART: What is your writing process?

DEBRA HOLLAND: I've just come off a grueling 5 month process of writing a book on grief for Alpha Books (the publishers of The Complete Idiots guides.) They are coming out with a new line called Essential Guides. Mine is The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving. Doing a complete book in five months—according to their way of writing, not mine—sort of burned me out. I had to give up a lot of social activities and training for my third degree blackbelt in karate in order to accomplish it.

Self-publishing the novels has given me some excitement about writing again. I'm dabbling—writing a couple of pages at a time on the next book in the series, and am getting Sower of Dreams, and it's sequel, Reaper of Dreams ready to self-publish. After them, comes a contemporary romance I wrote last year. Then I think I'll be ready to really dig into writing again. When I'm in the flow, I like to write about 5-7 pages a day about 5 days a week.

DAVID WISEHART: What authors most inspire you?

DEBRA HOLLAND: Authors who persist in the face of rejection, then succeed with books that I love.

DAVID WISEHART: What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you'd written yourself?

DEBRA HOLLAND: Harry Potter.

DAVID WISEHART: How have you marketed and promoted your work?

DEBRA HOLLAND: I haven't really promoted my fiction yet. I've been too busy. A friend took me to task about it today. She said she'd told her writers' group about how I'd self-published my books, and they all went to my website to find them. But I don't have anything about my fiction on my website, which is for my psychotherapy, coaching, corporate crisis counseling, and nonfiction writing. It's not that I wouldn't put a link with my books on the website—it's on my to-do list, but my web designer quit recently, and I haven't replaced her. (Something I promised my friend I'll remedy right away.) I've posted about the books on Facebook and Twitter. Some of my wonderful writer friends have also posted it on their pages. I've talked about it at my local chapter of RWA, trying to educate other writers about this opportunity. I wrote two posts about it on my blog, which I don't think anyone reads.

I do have plans to do guest blogs. I've scheduled three for the end of July when I think the other series will be up. I've been gathering review sites that are open to self-published books, and plan on making requests for reviews.

I think the best promotion is pricing Wild Montana Sky at $0.99 because it makes people willing to try out the story. Then, if they like the book, they are willing to buy the second one in the series at $2.99. Right now WMS is outselling SMS by about 5 to 1.

DAVID WISEHART: Why publish on Kindle?

DEBRA HOLLAND: The ebook world is exploding, and Kindle is the leader of the pack. But I don't think you should limit yourself to Kindle. Put your books up on Barnes & Nobel and Smashwords. I sold about 50 books at B & N in May, but my Kindle sales were about 550. This is after four and a half weeks. It's interesting to watch the sales grow each week. Amazon also has the top 100 lists. In the last week, WMS has been on the historical list, and yesterday made the historical romance list. That was exciting. Then it fell of the historical romance list. It will probably bounce around on the lists. But I'm amazed that I even made it there so soon!

While I still love reading paper books, I also love my Kindle. I'm going on vacation this weekend and instead of taking 5 books, I'm just taking the Kindle. How cool is that!

I think inexpensive ebooks make readers more likely to try new authors. I certainly have chosen some books because I saw them on one of the Amazon lists.

DAVID WISEHART: What advice would you give to a first-time author thinking of self-publishing on Kindle?

DEBRA HOLLAND: First of all, the same advice everyone says. Make sure your book is well edited—by someone else who isn't your spouse or your mother or your best friend. A professional. I've had a professional editor, my two agents, and various writer friends do edits. Everyone contributed, and I'm so grateful. But before that, learn the craft of writing so you can write a good book.

Self-publishing gives you control. You get to see results right away. I think I'll make more in a year on two books, than I would have if I'd sold them to a New York publisher. I'm lucky to have had good sales so far, slowly rising as I get more 5 star reviews. However, I think it's important to not have expectations. Some people start out very well, others build slowly.

Ebooks may be around for a long time. I like to think that someday my nieces' grandchildren might make money on my books.

DAVID WISEHART: Thanks, and best of luck with your books.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debra Holland received a master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy and Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California, and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. For twenty-three years, she’s counseled individuals, couples, and groups. She specializes in communication and relationship issues. Debra is a three time Golden Heart finalist and one time winner. She has also finaled in the Orange Rose contest several times. In 2008, Debra’s nonfiction self-help book, Back on Track, was sold to Bill Phillips’ company, Transformations. The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving published by Alpha Books (a subsidiary of Penguin) will be out in November 2011. Debra's Golden Heart Winner, Wild Montana Sky, and the next in the series, Starry Montana Sky, are available on ebooks. Her Golden Heart finalist, a fantasy romance, Sower of Dreams, and it's sequel, Reaper of Dreams will available July, 2011.

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Women and Other Monsters

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Book Reviews:

"You will peel through it, just to see if the next one can possibly be better than the last...flawless."
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"A pleasure to read, but scary."
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"This is a rare craft indeed.  His style puts him in the echelon of some of the best appreciated authors out there."
—Haresh Daswani, author of Evolution of Insanity

“The Reluctant Death” is the story of a woman during pre-Civil War times who becomes the object of interest for a supernatural being that will not allow her to die.

("Folklore, mysticism and darkness rule here, but there is still a hidden gentleness that emerges.  I found this one to be beautiful and mysterious."—The Book Nook Club)

("I was drawn in by beautiful prose that read more like poetry, rich with symbolism and a sense of Irish/French history. Excellent."—Amy Blackwelder, author of Shifters 2040)

In “Codename: Omega,” a secret agent is sent to destroy the Nazi’s experimental weapon development facility, where SS stormtroopers and black magicians await.

("Wild, adrenaline pumping and tricky...a superhuman who becomes a secret agent, bent on kicking some serious Nazi tail."—The Book Nook Club)

“Room Service” tells of what happens when a vampire takes a victim and her nothing-to-lose boyfriend decides to do something about it.

("This grabbed my from the first line."—Ami Blackwelder, author of Shifters 2040)

("With all these good-guy-vampire books out now, it's refreshing to read the opposite."—The Book Nook Club)

“Cold Comforts” is a grim tale of disturbing revenge carried out by a jealous wife that will have readers squirming in their seats. 

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“Nazareth” is the story of two alien researchers who discover the human species and conduct an experiment that has history-altering effects.

("This story will take you by surprise, you will also find yourself taken by Schaffer's cleverness and satirical humor."—The Book Nook Club)

The collection ends with a revealing personal essay titled, “Digestif.”

("What was an extra bonus was reading "Digestif" at the end... totally different from the short stories."—Customer Review, Barnes and Noble)\

Excerpt from "Codename: Omega":

Codename: Omega

1.  1918

Technical Sergeant James Scott stepped on the head of a wounded German soldier and used it to launch himself up the wall of the trench.  Someone shouted, “Go, go, go!  We’ve taken their front line!”  Mortar bombardments sent clumps of dirt flying into his face.  Scott pulled himself up onto the traverse and a German bullet went through his right shoulder.

It dropped him to his chest but he stayed in the fight, peering through the thick smoke, trying to see how far he was from the next trench.  Deciding he’d find it eventually if he crawled long enough, he started forward and a bullet dented the brim of his helmet, sending blood and hot metal into his eyes.  German rifles cracked across the trench and bullets slammed his torso.  Scott gasped and it felt like bubbles were inside his lungs.  He found the lip of the next trench and rolled over it headfirst down the wall.

Allied soldiers poured over the ledge and landed on his dead body, crushing him with their boots as they stampeded through the trench in the panic of battle.  He was twenty-three years old.



Medical personnel evacuated the dead from the trenches at night.  Scott’s bullet-ridden corpse was placed on a covered Army transport and driven inside a converted airplane hanger in Bellicourt. The bodies were laid out in long lines and female nurses walked up and down the aisles checking dog tags for the names of the deceased.  

A Major noted the soldier’s rank, battalion, and nature of each fatality.  A clerk in Washington DC would receive those charts and decide which medals to send the dead soldier’s family on behalf of their sacrifice in America’s Great War.

The Major came to the body of Technical Sergeant James Scott and looked down at his papers to begin writing when he saw something move in the corner of his eye.  The dead man was sitting up.

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Kindle Author Interview: Rosanne Dingli

Rosanne Dingli, author of According to Luke, discusses her book, her journey as a writer, and self-publishing on Kindle.

DAVID WISEHART: What can you tell us about According to Luke?

ROSANNE DINGLI: It is my most recent novel, published by BeWrite Books, a romantic thriller with a religious twist. It gives an alternative biblical explanation for something taken for granted by most readers, and for which I surprisingly found a lot of support during my research. It’s quite an enjoyable page-turner, going by reviews it has received so far, and most readers consider the premise to be a very feasible one. It will satisfy those looking for a thrilling read that contains art and other cultural references. According to Luke is character-driven: I devote a lot of time getting my protagonists right. They are like any human being, and have doubts, fears, and strengths and make decisions that are not always consistent. In one word, they are believable. Readers say my characters, most of all, make my fiction entertaining.

DAVID WISEHART: How do you develop and differentiate your characters?

ROSANNE DINGLI: I start by imagining them physically and by giving them a name, and develop them by plaguing them with problems and dilemmas that seem unsurmountable. They have to react using the aspects and traits I give them, so I must create and hint at their backgrounds without wasting too many words on backstory. So they tell bits about themselves as the novel progresses, which makes the reader imagine they know them well, have at least one element they can relate to, and can remember them and their idiosyncrasies long after they put down the book.

DAVID WISEHART: Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?

ROSANNE DINGLI: I imagine a thriller-reader who delights in well-researched novels. I use references related to art, music, literature, geography and other general knowledge tidbits that entertain. Most of what I use as props and background can be sought, looked up, and read as background, so I create fiction for readers who desire more than just a good read, with stories that contain facts that will take them further in, through, around, and about a variety of topics.

DAVID WISEHART: What was your journey as a writer?

ROSANNE DINGLI: Possibly not very different to what makes other writers tick. I started out in 1985, and published poetry and short fiction for a number of years before coming up with my first novel, Death in Malta. I have also freelanced as an editor and journalist, and lectured and taught creative writing and journalism for a number of years. I probably would not have gone as far as I have without the support and critical excellence of my life partner of over twenty years, who has a sharp analytical mind, and with whom I discuss my manuscripts in fine detail.

DAVID WISEHART: What is your writing process?

ROSANNE DINGLI: I am scattered, disorganized and a dire avoider of first drafts. It takes me ages to get motivated to set down the initial dirty hardcopy. After that, it’s mostly fun. I enjoy the research and editing much more than I do the groundwork of creating, because I am highly suspicious of “ideas”. So I devote extraordinary amounts of time to rewriting, editing and picking pieces up off the cutting room floor. The jigsaw puzzle that is one of my manuscripts is the work I delight in most. To devise something to work on in that way is the hardest thing I know, and I often wonder, when starting a new work, why on earth I put myself through such torture.

DAVID WISEHART: What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you'd written yourself?

ROSANNE DINGLI: Something exquisite, such as Possession by A S Byatt, or The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova, perhaps. It’s impossible to mention just one. These are books that contain enough mystery to keep a reader going, and also supply a generous amount of culture and recognizable references to surround one with a pleasurable cloud of intellectual appreciation. I do not like clever-clever books that drop scholarly names or references for their own sake or to announce the scholarship of the authors, but I do love works that use philosophical depth and cultural knowledge to decorate an engaging piece of fiction and make it more valid, entertaining and memorable.

DAVID WISEHART: What authors most inspire you?

ROSANNE DINGLI: I have already mentioned A S Byatt and Elizabeth Kostova, and I like Robert Goddard, some of Ian McEwan’s work, Carol Goodman, the late Carol Shields and the short stories of Andre Dubus and Raymond Carver.

DAVID WISEHART: How have you marketed and promoted your work?

ROSANNE DINGLI: I use a number of strategies that will be no news to anyone who understands how the buying and selling of books works, and how the industry is changing right under the noses of those who write for it. Online interaction is very important, so I use the usual networking sites and host my own website and blog. I find that following other authors is rewarding. I also use the old-fashioned but tried and trusted media methods such as releases, phone calls and hardcopy dissemination of bookmarks and other advertising material. Book launches and signings work on a local level; and collaboration with writers and artists increases one’s circle of recognition and reach. What I like best is being featured in hardcopy and online magazines and journals with a good and reliable circulation.

DAVID WISEHART: Why publish on Kindle?

ROSANNE DINGLI: My publishers, BeWrite Books, have long understood the importance of eBooks and they have been poised for the explosion that started in 2010 for a very long time. My first novel was available in digital form as long ago as 2005. Ebook sales of my writing eclipsed paperbacks last October, and I do not see any signs of a reversal. BeWrite uses Kindle because it works—all their authors see proof of this every time we open our royalty statements. I have also used Kindle for my independently published collections of short stories and poetry. I had a number of collections that ran out of print around 2003, and they lay unloved and unread. So I revised them and gave them all new-look covers, and republished them on Kindle. This means I have a dual experience, which confirms both through a publisher and on my own initiative that it is possible to gain new readers and sustain a bank of loyal fans through Kindle.

DAVID WISEHART: What advice would you give to a first-time author thinking of self-publishing on Kindle?

ROSANNE DINGLI: I feel it is vital to have a large body of work available for sale. One or two books are never enough. Readers always seek more work by an author they like. It is rather important that a significant part of that body of work is supported and endorsed by a publisher with a valid track record. Publishers are useful! They do their own promotions in order to make their brand visible, which necessarily highlights their authors, without whom they have no reason for existing. Independently publishing titles is also valid for authors who wish to circulate out-of-print volumes, or to experiment with titles that have not gained a contract for one reason or another. The reasons, however, can never be related to the quality or finish of the work. I do not like the word quality, because it is ambiguous and can mean a number of things. I mean the excellence in writing that goes much, much further than grammar, punctuation and syntax. My advice to authors is to obtain confirmation through a number of channels that their work has a unique and valid voice, and that their writing is not only mechanically and technically sound, but that it also speaks loudly of tone, voice and literary value. Ideas are never enough, and great stories are not enough: scintillating writing about an old idea with a plausible story, with a premise that has social, cultural, artistic, or philosophical depth, always works better and ultimately sells.

DAVID WISEHART: Thanks, and best of luck with your books.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rosanne Dingli is the award-winning Western Australian author of two novels, six bundles of short stories and a poetry collection. She has been connected to publishing in one way or another since 1985. Her books sell internationally, through her sites and online and traditional bookstores, and she is proud to be associated with BeWrite Books.

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Invisible Tears

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Abigail Lawrence

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Book Reviews:

"At the age of 6 Abbie's mother died, and with no one there to pick up the pieces she was shipped off to whomever would take her. Unfortunately, the loving and caring home she needed was not what she got, instead she was forced to live with a woman that physically and mentally abused her, and then eventually... in seek of fame... handed her over to local pedophiles in the "entertainment" business. After her father (who had been relatively absent up until this point) finally accepted what was happening to his children he whisked them away for a better life, but sometimes people can be to late, sometime the damage has already been done. Keeping, and constantly reliving the secrets of what really happened to her, forced Abbie to grow into a damaged and rebellious teenager, looking for comfort and drugs where ever she could get them. This is the story of Abbie's struggle to survive, her struggle to understand that not everything was her fault, and the struggle to finally find love and acceptance. This is a story of a small girl, who had to learn to dig her own way out of the trenches... just to be able to breathe. The novel was written in Abbie's dialogue so it is imperative you be prepared for several things. 1. You are going to experience the worse side of life through the eyes of a child for the first several chapters. They are excruciatingly difficult to read (especially if you have small children) and will, at times, make you feel physically ill. 2. The story will eventually move past blatant gruesomeness, however the story as a whole continues, and can be as equally emotional as the first few pages. (so grab some Kleenex.) 3. If you start reading, do not stop. This is not a book you can put down half way through and wish you had never picked it up to begin with. The epilogue is a very VERY important part of the story and if you don't read it you will never get the intended point of the book. (Pace yourself if you have to but don't give up on it.) This novel is in no way intended for a young audience, or the faint of heart. It is rough, it is damaging, and it is horrifyingly descriptive. The fact that it is based off of someone's' 'real life' experiences makes it only that much more difficult to handle, so read at your own risk."
—Misty Baker, KindleObsessed

"I bought this book and wanted to read it as it is competition for my own book A Fine Line A Balance to Survive by Lisa WB (Myself). I found it interesting, a book that I could relate to and a very worthy read. I enjoy the competitive challenge with this book, and now I have read it can only applaud and say a job well done. This is significant for the insight, significant for the courage of the author and I think it is well written and I also could relate to the author and found myself liking her, and I was so glad that the ending was one that I enjoyed. I was so hoping that certain relationships would turn out the way I wanted them to do. I applaud the author and I hope that she is writing another book as I so enjoyed this one. Although it is sad that accounts like this have to be written in the first place I think they are so significant and important for better understanding. Well done Abigail and all the best for the future."
—Lisa WB

Book Description:

At a time when six-year-old Abbie needs love and security, her mother goes to the hospital and never returns. Still distraught, Abbie is passed to whoever will have her. Her new step mother subjects her to unimaginable physical, sexual and psychological torture and delivers her to local paedophiles in the entertainment business. During her single minded pursuit of fame Abbie’s step mother stops at nothing, beating and prostituting her own children.

This is the story of Abbie's struggle to survive, the grim details of child abuse of the worst kind all told from the perspective of a little girl.

As a teenager Abbie is uncontrollable. A Modette during the 80's revival, she finds a love of scooters, rebellion and gang life on the wild side. Dulling her pain with alcohol, drugs and promiscuity at a very young age, Abbie loses control and becomes well known to the local police. Not one person can get through to her because she has no fear, no self respect, no morals or self worth. With nothing to lose, she throws herself into one battle after another, blood and guts brawling between the skin heads and the mods on the streets of London.

Her family eventually disowns her realizing they are unable to help. Abbie finds herself in the care of the Court until she is abandoned by children's homes and Social Services too. Alone, penniless and pregnant at the age of 16. Haunted by the secrets of her unspeakable past. Will anyone ever see her invisible tears?

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Kindle Author Interview: John Ronner

John Ronner, author of The Angel Library, discusses his book, his journey as a writer, and self-publishing on Kindle.

DAVID WISEHART: What can you tell us about The Angel Library?

JOHN RONNER: I have combined three of my previous best-sellers—Do You Have a Guardian Angel?, Know Your Angels: The Angel Almanac, and The Angels of Cokeville: And Other True Stores—into one searchable digital edition. Together, the three books have more than 140,000 hard copies in print in three languages.

DAVID WISEHART: Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?

JOHN RONNER: Someone who has actually had a dramatic angelic encounter of some sort, or perhaps many subtler experiences.

DAVID WISEHART: What was your journey as a writer?

JOHN RONNER: A long one. I started out as a teen-ager writing fiction, moved on to journalism as a newspaper reporter specializing in covering courts and the police beat during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1984, I started a publishing company and began touring to promote my books.

DAVID WISEHART: What is your writing process?

JOHN RONNER: I believe strongly in research. I didn’t write the first word of my initial non-fiction book, Do You Have a Guardian Angel?, until I had already spent 14 months in research and had filled up 110 file folders with bulging notes in small handwriting. After that, it took me weeks just to organize the information. Only then did I begin writing, and not surprisingly, putting the actual words on paper was a breeze. As I wrote, all I did was to condense the cream of my already-organized notes, which themselves were the cream of my research. So the manuscript, as the French would say, was the crème de la crème. Secondly, my favorite saying concerning writing is that good composition is as much a matter of what you leave out as what you put in; in other words, writing must be planned, tightly edited and kept focused every line of the way.

DAVID WISEHART: What authors most inspire you?

JOHN RONNER: My favorite inspirational author is Brian Tracy (Maximum Achievement), favorite science fiction authors are Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle as a team (Mote in God’s Eye, etc.), favorite history authors would be Will and Ariel Durant, favorite author on self-publishing is Dan Poynter, favorite book marketing author is John Kremer, favorite science author is Paul Davies (The Mind of God, etc.); favorite technology and futurist author is Ray Kurzweil (The Singularity is Near).

DAVID WISEHART: What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you'd written yourself?

JOHN RONNER: Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy. If I had known what is in this book when I was in my 20s, I’d be light years ahead of where I am now.

DAVID WISEHART: How have you marketed and promoted your work?

JOHN RONNER: For years, I booked my own city-to-city tours, with a mix of morning TV, AM talk radio interviews and interviews with daily papers in each city of the tour. Also, there were talks before specialized groups followed by back-of-the-room sales. In recent years, I’ve relied more on phoner interviews, because of their convenience. Last Christmas, I was twice on Coast to Coast A.M. talking about angels and angel intervention.

DAVID WISEHART: Why publish on Kindle?

JOHN RONNER: Amazon’s Kindle program is revolutionizing publishing in the way the printing press brought books to the masses in the mid-1400s. If a writer already has strong editorial experience and doesn’t need heavy editing and knows how to conduct his or her own research, Kindle is really a godsend. Consider these facts: The traditional publishing model is rapidly disintegrating. Massive book returns from the stores, once the plague of writers and publishers, are disappearing along with the old system. In Amazon's Kindle ebook program, there are virtually no returns. Also on the way out is the secondary market undercutting, often fatally, your print sales. With ebooks locked to individual Kindles, there is no pass-along readership. Books don't end up in the used markets that then piggyback on your publicity and promotion efforts and reduce your sales. Also, writers e-publishing direct to readers now have a way around the traditional gatekeepers at the editorial houses. No longer does an editorial bottleneck stand between writers and their audiences. And finally, when the book is published, it’s not passing through four middlemen between the author and his or her reader (publisher, distributor, wholesaler and bookstore)—each one taking a massive cut of the profits and leaving the author with a very thin slice of the profit pie. Amazon, the only middleman, pays 70% and handles everything. It's a Brave New World, infinitely friendlier to the long suffering and struggling writer.

DAVID WISEHART: What advice would you give to a first-time author thinking of self-publishing on Kindle?

JOHN RONNER: Amazon’s Kindle program is as close to dying and going to heaven as a struggling writer can get. But it’s not a cure-all. You still have to have editorial know-how or pay to be edited; you still have to be able to do solid research, so you’ll have something to say (content is still king, even in the new e-publishing world). And you still have to know how to promote and market a book, or learn how to do so. But so many obstacles have been swept away.

DAVID WISEHART: Thanks, and best of luck with your books.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A former award-winning newspaper reporter, John Ronner founded a publicity and publishing company in the 1980s. 140,000-plus copies of his books are in print in three languages. He has been interviewed for many national, regional and local shows and publications since 1985, including The Phil Donahue Show, The Learning Channel, and a front-page roundup article in The Wall Street Journal. For aspiring authors interested in learning how to get publicity and promote their books, John has produced a detailed report: A 25-year Publicist's Guide to Promoting Your Book—available for download for $3.95 at Amazon.com. John is also the author of The Angel Library, which combines three of his best-sellers into one searchable digital Kindle edition available for download at Amazon for $7.

John’s blogs include GetYourselfPublished.blogspot.com, TopAngelNews.blogspot.com and DailyLanguageLearner.blogspot.com.

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Forts: Fathers and Sons

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Book Reviews:

“But there was something much more hidden between the covers of Forts: Fathers and Sons. Mixed in with this epic fantasy we find characters with realistic problems. It was more emotional than I expected. I wasn't expecting the story to touch on things like domestic abuse, but is does, and it does a wonderful job at it. Each character, even the non-human ones, had their own past and background story that they brought to the table. I really enjoyed getting to know each one of them. The universe that Novak has created is so large. There are surreal surprises around every corner, but that is just the norm for the Star Wars universe. The Forts universe works the same way. There is no way you could cover it all in one book. There is so much room for this story to go, and that makes me excited to continue on in this series.”
—Jami Slack, yaddict.blogspot.com

“I really didn't want this book to end. I want more. A lot more”
—Rae Reads, mesmeric-revelation.com

“I was delighted to read another book that could have limitless possibilities. Now, when I say this, I mean that the story could go anywhere and go on practically forever = limitless. Harry Potter is like this. Lord of the Rings is like this. Since the world of Forts (worlds) is so large, the story could go on in the book for hundreds, maybe thousands of years, introducing new characters and places.”
—Austin, readingtween.blogspot.com

“Fortunately, author Steven Novak skillfully spins his tale in a manner that allows the reader to understand and empathize with his protagonists and keeps the reader engaged in the narrative from the opening paragraph to the final lines. ”
—Steven Bergson, UJA Greater Toronto

“The fantasy world created by Steven Novak is alive, not only with malice and force, but also with human dignity and courage in the face of insurmountable odds. That's a pretty heady concoction, if you ask me. I mean, who doesn't love a good underdog story? And as underdogs go, the protagonists of the story are as good as they get: Kids in their early teens who have nearly had the nobility beaten out of them by their harsh circumstances. Novak does not paint his characters too thick, and that's a great thing. Even some of the villains are sympathetic, and your heart breaks for the situations. If a book can give you all that—a reason to believe in human nobility and hope, and all for less than $20.”
—MJ Heiser, author of Corona

“What a lovely mix of adventure, humor and heart. The children at that center of this story are easy to relate to and root for (even, sometimes, Donald). The new world introduced is filled with well-developed, interesting, and beautifully illustrated creatures. It's wonderfully layered with a pace that is both exciting and emotionally satisfying. I cannot wait to start the second one!”
—Nina Perez, author of The Twin Prophecies: Rebirth

“When reading Mr. Novak's book I was reminded of Stephen King's The Body and It (the early section, involving the child characters). That is as high a praise as I can give Fathers and Sons. A bonus for the reader: each chapter is headed by an original illustration by the author, featuring a scene from the chapter. I found this an ideal way to draw me further into the story. Each chapter, too, ends on a cliffhanger that, for most of the book, isn't resolved until three or four chapters later. The phrase page-turning was invented for such a story. Well done, Mr. Novak. Bring on book two: Liars and Thieves.
—James McShane, aardvarkian.com

Book Description:

For Tommy Jarvis, life has never been simple—quite the opposite, in fact. It is, however, about to become decidedly more difficult. Moments after stumbling through a doorway to another world, Tommy and his friends discover they are the key to ending a war in which the casualties are too great to count and their chances of survival are almost nonexistent.

An intensely personal piece that intertwines aspects of fantasy, science fiction and horror, Forts: Fathers and Sons is the first installment in an epic fantasy trilogy from author and illustrator, Steven Novak. The sequel, Liars and Thieves, is currently available as well and the finale of the series is due early in 2012.

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Kindle Author Interview: Joseph Garraty

Joseph Garraty, author of Voice, discusses his book, his journey as a writer, and self-publishing on Kindle.

DAVID WISEHART: What can you tell us about Voice?

JOSEPH GARRATY: Voice is a dark fantasy/horror novel about a group of rock musicians with some unique and unfortunate problems. Johnny’s a lousy singer for a mediocre rock band, and he wants to be famous more than anything. Case is a hotshot guitarist with an enormous chip on her shoulder who happens to need a band. When she joins up with Johnny’s band, Ragman, the group gets a jolt of new life, and it soon becomes obvious that Johnny doesn’t have the chops to keep up. But somebody’s been watching Johnny. Somebody who can give him a voice to move millions—if he’s willing to make a deal.

But when you deal with the devil, you never get quite what you bargained for. . .

Voice is an attempt to put together a couple of my greatest passions—rock music, and horror fiction. I’ve spent over ten years playing electric guitar in college and local bands, and the personality interactions at the heart of any band fascinate me. A rock band is like a strange pseudo-family unit, complete with the family member who always needs to borrow money, the “mom” who tries to keep everyone organized, and the unique dysfunctional bits. I wanted to take that dynamic and turn it up to eleven by stress-testing it in the context of the classic deal with the devil (though that gets its own strange twist in this story). What if one of the guys in the band did that deal? What if he didn’t get exactly what he bargained for? How would his band “family” react when things started getting weird, and what effect would all their individual ambitions have on the group’s trajectory? What price would they be willing to pay to succeed? I started thinking about those things, and Voice was the result.

DAVID WISEHART: How do you create and maintain dramatic tension?

JOSEPH GARRATY: Dramatic tension comes about as a result of a fairly straightforward process for me. Start by developing realistic, three-dimensional characters. Make sure they each want something. Then make sure they have a hard time getting it. In the case of Voice, you’d think the members of the band would have the same agenda, but they don’t, in subtle and important ways, and exploring that as the cracks widened really created a lot of tension on its own. The supernatural elements around that basic tension amplify it considerably as the story progresses.

DAVID WISEHART: How do you develop and differentiate your characters?

JOSEPH GARRATY: That’s a great question, and a surprisingly tough one. I know some authors who write detailed descriptions and histories of their characters, and that works incredibly well for them. When I try that, though, I get a soulless dossier instead. I have to start with a few defining personality traits instead, and build a character around those traits. In Voice, for example, Case starts out as a prickly, talented young guitarist who thinks the world is out to get her and conducts most of her relationships according to a sort of scorched earth model. As the story progresses, Case’s interactions with the rest of the band combine with her desire to actually connect with people for a change, and a more fully-developed character emerges from there. That element of change over the course of a novel is crucial, and again, it comes from making sure a character wants something and has to work to get it. Johnny, of course, starts as an incarnation of the desire to be famous coupled with gigantic insecurity, but it’s the later developments—his regret, his concern that maybe he’s gone too far—that make him a real character and help us empathize with him.

DAVID WISEHART: Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?

JOSEPH GARRATY: My ideal reader is somebody who loves both dark fantasy and music. Music lovers, I think, will especially enjoy a lot of the behind-the-scenes views of an up-and-coming local band. And I hope everyone will get at least a few shivers out of the macabre supernatural forces surrounding Johnny.

DAVID WISEHART: What was your journey as a writer?

JOSEPH GARRATY: That old saw (attributed to everybody under the sun, as near as I can tell) about how you have to write a million words of crap? Yeah, that’s pretty much all true. I started writing science fiction stories and novels in earnest about five years ago, and I put down a whole lotta words before moving away from sf. I still love the genre, and I’m sure I’ll come back to it, but for now, I find that dark contemporary fantasy affords me more opportunity to get cozy with my characters, which is really what I’m interested in right now. Voice is the first novel I’ve published, but I’ve got a very dark urban fantasy book in the works that I expect to release later this year.

DAVID WISEHART: What is your writing process?

JOSEPH GARRATY: I probably oughta get one of those. Seriously, though, it’s a little haphazard. I generally start with an idea and turn that into a very coarse outline, then start writing like mad. About a quarter of the way through, I realize that the book has turned into something that the outline will no longer support, usually due to intransigent characters (“But Alice would never do that!”) and I revise the outline accordingly. At about half or two-thirds of the way through, I realize that has happened again, and I chuck the outline entirely and sprint to the finish. After the first draft, which is usually so rough I call it the first first draft, I go back and fix all the obvious plot holes, continuity issues, and other problems. Then I send the book to a couple of good friends to go over. After that, I fix the remaining issues and do the final polish.

DAVID WISEHART: What authors most inspire you?

JOSEPH GARRATY: Stephen King, of course. Nobody does character better. Charlie Huston, for plot and economy. His books tear along at an insane pace, and there isn’t a word wasted. They’re also very tight in terms of the elements fitting seamlessly together. Caitlin Kiernan, for her powerful imagery. Whenever I read her stuff, it challenges me to write more vividly. Charles Stross, for his ideas.

DAVID WISEHART: What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you'd written yourself?

JOSEPH GARRATY: Catch-22, by Joseph Heller. Yeah, it’s not horror—it’s not speculative fiction at all—but it’s a masterful blend of the absurd and the profound. Even when dealing with the heaviest of subjects, Heller never loses his sense of humor, and I think that’s an important, and essentially human, element. I try to keep that in mind in most of my writing.

DAVID WISEHART: How have you marketed and promoted your work?

JOSEPH GARRATY: This website! This is my first novel, and it was published at the end of May, so I’m just getting started at the promotion bit. Currently, I’m approaching lots of book bloggers who enjoy books like mine and maintaining an active presence on Twitter, Goodreads, and KindleBoards. As I learn more about this, I’m constantly humbled by other authors who have built platforms not only to share their own work but to help promote the work of others. That’s a great example for all of us, and I hope to do more of that in the future as well.

DAVID WISEHART: Why publish on Kindle?

JOSEPH GARRATY: I got hooked on ebooks not that long ago, due to having a lot of traveling in my schedule. When you have the choice between jamming half a dozen heavy, bulky books into your luggage or slipping in one slim ereader, it’s no contest. Because of that, and because ebooks are an increasingly large share of the fiction market, I think publishing on Kindle is not only a great way to get started, but a great way to build a career.

DAVID WISEHART: What advice would you give to a first-time author thinking of self-publishing on Kindle?

JOSEPH GARRATY: Hire a copyeditor. That’s not exactly a Kindle-specific requirement, but all too often self-published authors neglect some of the polishing work that I feel has to be done in order to make a work professional and enjoyable. Just because it’s relatively easy to publish on Kindle does not mean you should throw up your first draft and call it good.

DAVID WISEHART: Thanks, and best of luck with your books.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joseph Garraty is an author of dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He has worked as a construction worker, rocket test engineer, environmental consultant, technical writer, and deadbeat musician. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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