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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 4

What to read, what to read?

We had company this weekend so I haven’t had much time browse. Not only that it’s been blistering hot with no relief in sight. This week has some UGLY temperatures forecast with every day at or near 100. Not my kind of weather. The first item on my wishlist was a set of flannel sheets…obviously my wishlist is not doing the job here!

Some random selections:

Police at the Funeral

The tranquility of Cambridge is punctured when Cousin Andrew of the illustrious Faraday family disappears without a trace. No time is wasted in summoning Albert Campion and his sleuthing skills away from the bustle of Piccadilly to investigate – but little does he expect to be greeted by a band of eccentric relatives all at daggers with each other.

Soon there are as many dead bodies as there are red herrings, and Campion must uncover the secrets of the Faraday dynasty before another victim falls…

This is a stand-alone title within Margery Allingham’s Albert Campion series.

Demon Leap I am not sure how she expects to hit her target with her head down, but I admit, I have never tried to shoot a gun while being propelled backwards and with that much hair in my face.

The Specials: magic misfits and criminals who earn big money doing illegal magic jobs. For Arrow St. Martx, the danger and the risks are high. Magic assassination, kidnapping, assault–there’s a good chance she and the others could be killed or wish they had been. But she’s on a mission to overthrow the corrupt government and she needs the Specials to help her do it. It’s just too bad she doesn’t trust them.

The Architect, the mysterious young man who travels within time and space and controls the Specials, is as intriguing as he is dangerous. He wants Arrow, and he’s upended her life to get her. Teaming with The Architect might be the smartest move Arrow could make…or it could be the deadliest. But no matter what it takes or who she has to align herself with, Arrow is going to rewrite history.

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Posted: August 13, 2017
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Bargain: Pizza Cookbook

You know we’ve been cooking pizza on the grill lately and loving it. Well, here’s a book with pizza/dough recipes and it’s on sale! Perfect!

The Elements of Pizza I’d like to travel all over Italy researching pizza like the author did. I’d like to throw in a few other countries and food while I’m there too.


His book on bread is also on sale!!! Flour Water Salt Yeast

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Posted: August 14, 2017
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Bargain: Fantasy

His Majesty’s Dragon I’m pretty sure April has recommended this title to me and now it’s on sale! Woot!

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the skies . . . not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons.

When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future–and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

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Posted: August 12, 2017
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Website Delays

We’ve noticed the blog/website is responding extremely slowly, and sometimes timing out. We’re looking into it, but it doesn’t appear to be on our end. I apologize if you’re having to wait a long time for the blog to come up. It appears our provider, Lunarpages, is having some sort of issues.

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Posted: August 12, 2017

Bargains: Romance

We have a pre-order bargain under 5 by an author I’ve heard is good. Kidnapped by a Rogue

The Douglas sisters, beauties all, are used as pawns in their family’s bitter struggle to control the Scottish Crown. But when a Douglas lass is in danger, she’ll find she’s been left to face it alone.

KIDNAPPED BY A ROGUE
After her brother’s dramatic fall from power and exile as a traitor, Lady Margaret’s husband threw her out to save himself. Now her ambitious brother is back in Scotland with the support of Henry VIII–and a plan to marry off his sweet, compliant sister for another alliance. But Margaret is done with marriage, done with doing what she’s told. She’s determined to thwart his plan…but how?

Thanks to his roguish charm and skill with a sword, Robin Sinclair Gordon has managed to survive the treacherous waters between his parents’ rival clans–until now. To prove his loyalty, Robbie must accept the unsavory task of taking the Douglas chieftain’s sister hostage. Oddly, the lass doesn’t resist…

Though Margaret knows better than to trust the devilishly handsome Highland warrior who unwittingly provides her escape, he ignites a wild passion she never knew she had. Robbie, who likes women for a laugh and a night of pleasure, is blindsided by his fierce desire for this calm and steady lass with a kind heart. Trapped by murderous relatives with tensions in the Highlands about to explode, they must risk their lives to save each other and prevent a bloody clan war. But will they risk their wounded hearts for the love they long for?

And of course you need a bargain to read while you wait for that one! Captured by a Laird is even cheaper and already published!

Haunted by his father’s violent death, David Hume, the new laird of Wedderburn, sets out to make his name so feared that no one will dare harm his family again. The treacherous ally who played on his father’s weakness is dead and beyond David’s vengeance, but his castle and young widow are ripe for the taking. The moment David lays eyes on the dark-haired beauty defending her wee daughters, however, he knows this frail-looking lass is the one person who could bring him to his knees.

Wed at thirteen to a man who tried daily to break her spirit, Lady Alison Douglas is looking forward to a long widowhood. But when the fearsome warrior known as the Beast of Wedderburn storms her gates, she finds herself, once again, forced to wed a stranger. Alison is only a pawn to serve his vengeance, so why does this dark warrior arouse such fiery passion and an unwelcome longing in her heart?

With death and danger looming, these two wounded souls must learn to trust each other…for only love can save them.

The lighting on both of these covers is very good. The fonts are a little swirly for my tastes.

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Posted: August 11, 2017
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An Interesting Article on Social Media

Here’s another interesting article about social media and how it is “addicting.” I have seen other articles that talk about how people who spend a lot of time on social media are often depressed because if you view the world through facebook, it’s going to appear that EVERYONE is happier, wealthier and more active than you are! This happens because people tend to post their good news–vacation pictures, eating out, athletic victories and so on. It’s the ultimate in watching that high school clique form and feeling like you aren’t one of the “in crowd.”

I don’t know if things are as dire as the article states, but I do know that checking email is addicting…and a great way to procrastinate getting things done. I don’t have a smart phone so when I’m outside gardening or grocery shopping or cooking, I’m away from my computer and it’s great. When I used to take vacations, I felt like I had to have email with me because what if an agent or publisher wrote while I was away (this actually happened. The one time I had an agent, she contacted me when I was on vacation, lo, these many years ago!) It turns out that I’m really not very important and I can do without email. I know I can do without facebook!

If it isn’t too hot in your part of the world, step away from technology. If you can find anyone still gardening, smell the roses!!!

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Posted: August 10, 2017

Bargains: Mysteries

This one sounds rather thriller paced. What She Knew

In a heartbeat, everything changes…

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.

Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.

As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment. And the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.

Where is Ben? The clock is ticking…

Fatal Fiction – an interesting cozy. Sounds like this could have a little more depth than usual.

Charli agrees to sell off the family bookstore, housed in a barn, and settle her estranged dad’s debt—if only so she can ride into the sunset and cut ties with Hazel Rock forever. But the trip is extended when Charli finds her realtor dead in the store, strangled by a bedazzled belt. And with daddy suspiciously MIA, father and daughter are topping the most wanted list . . .

Forging an unlikely alliance with the town beauty queen, the old beau who tore her family apart, and one ugly armadillo, Charli’s intent on protecting what’s left of her past . . . and wrangling the lone killer who’s fixin’ to destroy her future . . .

The back to school deals have started at Amazon. Who knew that backpacks could cost as much as $221?? (free shipping with Prime or 25 dollars).

Not to be outdone, Walmart has their school deals as well. (Free shipping at 35).

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Posted: August 10, 2017
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Free Becomes More Popular – Study

A few years ago Kobo did a couple of studies–one was to see how many people bought and read the number one best sellers (at the time I think the study was done with A Girl on the Train). The percentage of people who read the story was quite small compared to the buyers of the book. They also did a study on how many people opened and read free books (from Kobo’s site, not other sites). The percentage of people who read the books was less than 1 percent.

In their latest study, it looks like free is improving. Less than 20 percent of free downloads get opened. If they are read, about 50 percent of readers go on to buy the next in series.

Other techniques are talked about in this study, including the success of giving away a book in exchange for an email address (this is a very, very popular strategy right now). It’s nice to have this kind of information. I recently gave away copies of Sage in exchange for email addresses and while it was rather painful to implement, it was a success as far as email addresses. Will those addresses/people buy my books if I run a sale? Too early to tell.

I’m behind in implementing the email address strategy. Actually, I’m very far behind in marketing my books and as a result, it is hampering my ability to write more books because if books don’t sell, there is very little point in writing more.

But the study is quite interesting (at least to us writers). Check it out if you have time! Please let me know your thoughts on any of it!!!

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Posted: August 9, 2017

Bargain: Romantic Comedy

Seems like Margaret finished the last romantic comedy so it’s obviously time for a new one! In the Stars is only 99 cents.

Amber Reed’s at work making up the horoscopes for the local newspaper and wishing for some excitement in her life, when she gets a phone call offering her just that.

Plunged into the middle of a celebrity murder investigation she’s desperately trying to convince the scarily handsome special agent assigned to solve the case that she can help him catch the killer.

Amber’s soon battling something far more dangerous than she could ever have imagined – and it has nothing to do with the equally scary chemistry fizzing between her and special agent Charlie.

Is it Amber’s wish for more excitement in her life which has landed her in big trouble – or is her fate written in the stars?

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Print Books – Proofs, Clearing Inventory

I have a couple of leftover signed books to clear out of inventory. Specifically I have one copy of Under Witch Aura (dings on the cover) and one of Fairy Bite that does not have the butterfly. If anyone wants either one, let me know. I can snail mail in the US for $4.00 each.

This isn’t the final cover, but it’s close! $4.00

You can’t really see the ding, but it’s on the edge so that cover sticks up a little bit. This book was in a bookstore and when I checked stock, I noticed it had the glossy cover instead of the matte cover and had the little ding so I replaced it. $4.00

I have other copies on hand that are brand new. Any single, signed copy ships for $10. Buy any two and the new copies are $8. I can also ship new copies for $8 if you are buying one of the $4.00 dollar bargains above. For example if you want Under Witch Moon and the Aura copy above, I can ship both for $12. I have some complete sets of series in some cases and not in others…email me if you have specific requests and we’ll work it all out!

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Posted: August 8, 2017
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