Books I am Looking Forward to in 2015

I know. Everyone posted their reading lists two weeks ago, except me. We’ve already established that I am three months behind, so a couple of weeks late isn’t too bad for me.

In the course of moving I “lost” my Kindle for several months, but now, I’ve found it. So I bring you a list of books I am looking forward to reading on it in 2015. Yay!

Discovery at Nerwolix  By C.G. Coppola

I love, love, LOVE this series. The new book came out just as I was moving, and so I hadn’t even gotten to look at it before the kindle went missing. AHHHHH! I’d call this a sci-fi/fantasy – though it has aliens in it, it FEELS more fantasy story to *me*. But then I’m sure other there are other sci-fi books that are that way. Why is it so good? For one thing Reid is hawt. Fallon (the protagonist) is a “strong” girl but she’s still a girl – not manlier than the men, and the side characters are all three dimensional and interesting. Add to that the awesome mythos and world building (including plenty of alien races) and it adds up to be awesome!

Spellbound by Tricia Drammeh

This is the first book in another series, by one of my fav authors. I’ve read her other books and loved them, so I’m looking forward to this one. As Amazon says “Formerly published under the title ‘The Claiming Words,’ Spellbound is a completely re-written, re-vamped novel featuring added scenes, additional chapters, and a new ending.” – I actually have The Claiming Words on my Kindle as well, but did not start it because a birdy told me to wait 😉 (A Tricia shaped birdie, LOL!) and I’m glad I did.

The Calling by Mark Mathews

I’ve had this one for a few months. It’s also the opening to a fantasy series. I did peek at the beginning and it starts off well with good character and plot introduction, so I am sure the rest will be as good. mark is also the author of The Protector, which I enjoyed last year.

Fractured Love…Broken Promises by J. Lee Coulter

I’ve had this one for a couple of years and have put it off, not because it’s not good, but because I owed people reviews etc etc. Well this year I am reading it! J. Lee Coulter is another of my favorite authors – I adore her Highlander series where she mixes history with fairies, magic, and mythology – so I am really looking forward to this!

Diary of a Reluctant Vampire – LC Cooper

I’ve had this one for a couple of years too, and have put it off for the same reason. This is a comedy and I know from her other work that LC is hilarious, so this one looks to be a lot of fun to read.

Jeremy by Maegan Provan

The second in the Night Touched Series. After having read book 1 (Celine) last year, I am looking forward to the continuation. Meagan has a creative and unique vampire mythos, and I am looking forward to its expansion. There are also some shorter prequels that I need to pick up.

Accendo & Mactus by Emily Guido

Okay, so this is two books, but they’re part of the same series so it counts, right? I read Charmeine, the first in the series last year, but for the same reason as the others I didn’t get to these two. I will now or else! Emily also had in intriguing vampire mythology that throws angels into the mix.

Books of the Immortals – Fire by Barbara Tarn

I’ve had this one for quite awhile but since this woman may be the world’s most prolific writer (Seriously. I have 36 items from her on my kindle and there are many I don’t own) I have been busy reading her newer stuff and never had time to back track. She has two main universes that I have delved into: Silvery Earth (fantasy) and Star Minds (soft Sci-fi). Don’t ask me to pick between the two. I’ve read enough of her work that I know this one will be good.

Three Hoodies Save the World 2 by Roger Lawrence

I’ve had this one for a bit and have wanted to read it. I enjoyed Three Hoodies number one – a mix of British humor and sci-fi told through the eyes of teenage boys – it’s hilarious! And also gross in places, just as it should be. He is also releasing The Book of Pain this year and I want to read it, too, though it is more horror, his wit still shines through in preview passages I’ve seen.

The Dogs Don’t Bark in Brooklyn Any More by Eric Robert Nolan

I’ve also had this one for about a year, waiting for me to get to it. I did start it once – it was well written and held my attention – but had to stop to do some beta reading for someone else, then we started moving and… well, you can see how that went. So I am anxious to get back to it.

Wanderers Escape by Simon Goodson

I haven’t read anything by Simon yet, but it seems we have similar taste in books, so that’s a good sign. It’s the first in a sci-fi/space opera series.

The Heart’s Discovery by Amy McGuire

Another one I have had for awhile. It’s a romance book, and who doesn’t like romance? (hint, I do!)

Vampire Syndrome by Daven Anderson

Another that has been on my TBR list for too long. I’ve read snippets and such on Daven’s blog, so I know it’s going to be good. And I also know it has a unique spin on vampires. No mushy Twilight stuff here.

Tantric Zoo by Rob Loughran

I admit, I’ve mostly read his joke books (he has a bunch), but I want to give his novel a try. I have had it for a couple of years and this is the year I will read it.

Mac Tire by Alan Dowell

“Motorcycles, mayhem, and sex,” or so the description says. Who doesn’t want to read that?

Markan Throne by Nicolas Rose

Another fantasy series starter. I’ve meant to read this for awhile now.

Zombie Hospital by Angela Verdenius

Okay, it’s a short story. But it looks fun, and I know Angela is hilarious, so….

An Irish Tale by Terrance O’Grady

Another one I’ve meant to read.

Twisted Vengeance by Jeff Bennington

Another one I’ve had for awhile. he has like a billion reviews, so it must be good (joking there, but I am sure it is good, really)

There Will Be Phlogiston by Alexis Hall

The description amused me. The author bio sold me. If it’s half as witty as either it’s going to be a good read.

Teddy Bear Cannibal Massacre Anthology

This was one of the first books I got on my Kindle and I have never finished it, though I have read about half of it. The stories are strange, though there are no cannibal teddy bears. However they’re good and I am determined to read them all.

 

What books are you planning the read this year?

Thanksgiving Stay at Home and Shop Sale

Thanksgiving Stay at Home and Shop Sale

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Why should retail workers have to give up their holiday when we can shop from home? Thanksgiving is a time or family, but modern merchandisers have turned it into a bargain shopping experience. You can have both. Stay home and shop from the comfort of your computer, smart phone or tablet. Grab ebooks for $.99 each and save big, without having to go get crushed in the Thanksgiving madness. eBooks make great gifts, too! Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble allow you to send them to anyone with an email address.

Grab these great ebook deals!

Childrens:

Gingerbread Castle by DM Yates
genre: Childrens
A holiday rhyme book for children ages 7 to 9 about a magical castle found only in dreamland.

Romance:

Better than Perfect by Tricia Drammeh
genre: New Adult
When Karlie’s world is invaded by two surly twins bound for criminal court, a too-good-to-be-true love interest, and a cute cop who keeps showing up at the most inopportune moments, she can either fight against the changes in her life, or embrace them.
 
Finding Father by Susan C Foy
genre:Christian Romance
Kendra, a young single mother, finds a new home and a circle of new Christian friends. But her new life leads her directly into the path of the one person she has despised and feared since their first encounter years ago.  Can she make peace with the past without risk to herself or her daughter?
 
Street Justice Charlie’s Angel by Samantha Fury
genre: Christian Romance
Charlie’s ends up on the streets of Chicago. A place where crime lords and women of the night come out to play. Charlie finds herself at the mercy of Rico DeLusa, a local crime king. When she begins having feelings for one of Rico’s employees, Angel Blackwell, she wonders if she’s out of her element. She needs the strength to overcome, the wisdom to make the right choices, and the insight to follow what is right Instead of listening to her heart

Christian Fiction:

Times of Turmoil – The End Times Saga Book 1 by Cliff Ball
genre:Christian Fiction
In this first novel in The End Times Saga (prequel to Times of Trouble and Times of Trial), we follow how the Evans family gained their riches and eventually their power to influence events in the United States.
 
The Boys Upstairs by Jane Lebak
genre:Christian Fiction
A jaded police officer is desperate to save three homeless children a few nights before Christmas, with temperatures below zero and falling, but the only one he can turn to is his estranged brother, a crippled priest.
 

Sci-Fi/Fantasy:

Always by DM Yates
genre:Fantasy Romance
Two eternal beings travel to Earth to experience life in mortal form hoping to find each other and fall in love in this epic emotional tale.
  
The Lone Hero by DM Yates
genre: Fantasy
Einarr is chosen to end the dragon war on their home planet of Aberforth but it will take most of his lifetime to try. In the meantime, he discovers friends and family he never had before.
 
Shades of Gray by Joleene Naylor
genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Join Katelina as she falls into a world of night; no sparkling here, just plenty of blood and violence, the way vampires were meant to be.
 
Vampire Morsels by Joleene Naylor
genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Seventeen short stories from the world of Amaranthine; a universe of blood and darkness where vampires don’t sparkle and night is eternal.
 
Legacy of Ghosts by Joleene Naylor
genre: Paranormal Fantasy
The second book in the Amaranthine series. Can jorick and Katelina overcome their past and forge a future, or will they loose themselves to old ghosts and older guilt?
 
The Protector by Mark Mathews
genre: fantasy
Barrett, the sorceress Letha. and their companions, now follow the trail of the key, seeking to gain its control before it falls into evil hands. Meanwhile, the malicious enchantress Basath also pursues the treasure in hopes of releasing unspeakable abhorrent beings upon the world while having the evil god Baris bestow demi-god powers upon her as reward.
 
The Calling by Mark Mathews
genre: Fantasy
Far to the East, the evil Wizard Ormalt begins his conquest of Cerulian. But fate shall intervene in the form of an unassuming, scholarly boy named Hartman. Now, in a clandestine meeting, the two must engage in magical combat, while the fate of their world hangs precariously in the balance.
 

Young Adult:

 
Spellbound by Tricia Drammeh
genre: Fantasy/Paranormal YA
Danger, secrets, and betrayal collide, and when a Demon makes his claim, the small, southern town of Oaktree becomes a battleground. On sale for only $0.99
 
Freshman Phenom
genre: Sports YA
The first book in The Will Stover Sports Series, “Freshman Phenom” will be on sale for 99 cents on Thursday and Friday.

Poetry:

Stepping Stones by DM Yates
genre: Poetry
An eclectic collection of poems done mostly in rhyme.
 

Women’s:

Rachel’s Story by Sherry Chamblee
genre: Women’s fiction/Historical
Katie Brown enjoys Eldercare, but knows it’s a mistake to get involved when she could be transferred at any time. Then one day she hears of a missing manuscript, written by Granny’s own mother decades ago. As an aspiring writer, Katie is fascinated, and sets out to find it.
 

 Non-Fiction

The Essential Fiverr Buyer’s Guide by Dina Eisenberg JD
genre: How To Non-Fiction
Authors spend your time writing, not working on your book platform! $.99 The Essential Fiverr Buyer’s Guide teaches you to harness the power of Fiverr for your microbusiness! Have someone create your social media conent & post for you! Need an author website quickly? Learn how to effectively use outsourcing.Pre-order now to big bonuses that compliment the book!
 
How To Turn Your Crafts Into Ca$h by Peter Draggon
genre: How To Non-Fiction
If you ever wanted to turn your hobby into income, you are just 99¢ away from making it happen! Be sure to pick up “How To Turn Your Crafts Into Ca$h while it is on sale November 28-30.
 
The Online Dating Quick Guide by Peter Draggon
genre: Self Help Non-Fiction
You are just a few days (and 99¢) away from finding a date…maybe even the person of your dreams! Reviews are appreciated
 
How to Bake the Best Delicious Fudge For All Seasons by Kim Lambert
 genre: Cookbook
Do you have a sweet tooth? Would you love to have amazing fudge to share for Christmas ? Is a melt in your mouth, delicious fudge the stuff of your dreams ? Learn how to easily make delicious fudge, with amazing flavours and textures, in your kitchen today.
 
Escort Sex: How to Engage the Service of an Escort by Peter Draggon
genre: Adult How To Non-Fiction
If you are dealing with the loss of intimacy through illness or the passing of a spouse or significant other, this book may be for you. Just 99¢ November 28-30…save $3.00 now!
MATURE SUBJECT FOR AGES 18+.
 
Online Sex and Dating Sites by Peter Draggon
genre: Adult List Non-Fiction
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If you’ve been looking for friendship, dating, or something a “little more,” then pick this book up while it is on sale November 28-30 for just 99¢. Miss the deadline? No problem, still on sale through December 5 at big savings. MATURE SUBJECT FOR AGES 18+.
 
Online Sex and Dating Success by Peter Draggon
genre: Self-Help Adult Non-Fiction
Have you been throwing money at dating sites and getting nothing in return? That all ends today…pick up Online Sex and Dating Success while it is on sale November 28-30 for just 99¢.
RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 18+

A Paranormal Rant

It was recently brought to my attention (thanks to the Sensational Christmas Sale Event) that Amazon has classified Shades of Gray as a Young Adult/Teen novel.

Say What??

When an author/publisher uploads a book to Amazon they are allowed to choose a category to place their book in from a rather small list. Amazon then – apparently randomly – sticks the book in several other categories – like sci-fi shorts that you can read in two hours (This is a real category). And, as I said, they put Shades of Gray in the YA category. But why? How do they choose these seemingly odd extra categories for our books?

The question has been answered by Amazon help:

Hello Joleene,

Thank you for contacting Kindle Direct Publishing.

I understand you’re concerned about the category of your book, “Shades of Gray.”

Looking at your account, I see that based on your keywords selection, the category was automatically assigned to your book.

For your convenience, I’ve removed the following category:

Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult

It should no longer be visible on the website within 24 hours.

I hope this helps.

Thanks for using Amazon KDP. Have a nice day!

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First, I do want to give them kudos for removing it quickly, but past that I want to say again, “what?!?!” because these are my chosen keywords:

  • violence – doesn’t say YA to me
  • dark – eh, still not really
  • thriller – there are YA thrillers, but it’s not exclusive to the genre
  • Amarathine – just a series name
  • romance – doesn’t scream YA
  • vampire & paranormal – aha.

And so we get to the crux of the matter. As an author I dared to use the keywords vampire, paranormal, and romance together, which must automatically mean the book is intended for teenage audience.

Can I scream now?

I don’t have anything against teenagers. I even LIKE many YA books, but why in the name of all that sucks blood does the word “vampire” automatically conjure the word “teenager”? No, don’t answer that. I know why. Because people have forgotten Carmella, and Dracula, and Louie, and Armand, and all the other ADULT vampires that came first, and all they can remember is the sparkling, high-school-attending Edward and his Twilight gang. And if that series was for teens, then that must mean that EVERY vampire series is for teens. Just as every animated show is for children (another tired stereotype that the anime Now and Then, Here and There, among others, has proven wrong), etc. etc.

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Maybe it’s time to remind the world of that? Or at the very least, Amazon.

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Climbing on a Soap Box

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English: Amazon Kindle DX Graphite displaying Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been working on this post for a couple of weeks. Some of the delay has been real life issues, and some because I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what I want to say.

Recently, Amazon announced that they were removing all ‘abuse’ and ‘incest’ pornography. On the face this includes rape erotica and other taboo stories, unfortunately it’s not only erotica getting taken down, but books that have “suspicious” titles or descriptions. I could give a long list of non-erotica authors (with non-erotica work) that has been targeted and taken down, meaning they are losing sales until they can get Amazon to acknowledge that – whoops! – they made a mistake, but there’s more to this issue than the collateral damage.

Of course, it should be easy to stay in Amazon’s guidelines, and anyone who hits that publish button knowing that they have broken those rules should be prepared for removal, right? Sadly, Amazon’s guidelines are pretty hard to nail down. the site itself says this:

Pornography
We don’t accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts.

Offensive Content
What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect.

Isn’t it nice how much wiggle room that gives them? Obviously, incest rape is offensive and needs to be removed, right? Then why has Amazon NOT removed many of VC Andrews’ titles? As someone whose read all her early books, I guarantee that not only is there incest in nearly every book (including father/daughter, half-brother/half-sister and even full brother/sister), but rape in several of them. Of course, VC Andrews (or whoever the guy is who writes them now) has a big advantage.

They’re NOT self published.

And that, of course, makes the books – and many more like it that are traditionally published –“legitimate” books as opposed to the so-called “offensive trash” of the self published world. “They should just get rid of all that self-published crap that clogs up the market and outsells their traditional books.”

Indy authors were outraged by this, so what did many do? Why, they put out a call to battle, a challenge to arms, and suggested that  all of the “legitimate” indy writers with their “legitimate” books should band together and take a stand against this erotica. “They should just get rid of that dirty crap that clogs up the market and outsells their own, non erotica, books.”

Sound familiar? It’s like watching them turn into the very thing they purport to hate.

The principle argument for removal, and for the hallelujah chorus as books are axed, is that erotica books don’t belong on Amazon where innocent children can see them and become forever scarred. They belong in adult stores  next to the adult movies and adult toys, which of course Amazon doesn’t sell . (If you follow the links you’ll note both are sold on Amazon and as freely accessible to minors as those ebooks).

I can’t help but wonder how long it will be before that joyful choir is singing a different tune. Today it’s those erotica books that “cheapen” all self-published writers, but tomorrow it may be the horror novels, the serial killer stories, or the religious books that get removed because they “offend” someone.

Or maybe, it will be YOUR book.

I only hope if it is, that someone shows you some support instead of suggesting we should disown your non-legitimate work and wish you good riddance.

You note when paypal demanded Smashwords take down books, Mark Coker went to bat for erotica authors. What has Amazon done? makes you wonder why we’re all so fast to publish there and buy from them…

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Here’s a really good article on the whole thing – http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2013/10/13/amazon-bn-whsmith-now/#.UnB-CI0jIeo

 

 

 

 

Legacy of Ghosts gets a Touch Up

cover mess - 250I breezed through Shades of Gray last year and, with the help of the wonderful DM Yates, caught and corrected some typos. It was time that Legacy of Ghosts got the same treatment, but alas I did a bit more than touch up typos. I know, I know. I didn’t change a lot; I just edited the scene with the letters a bit, added a couple of very short scenes based on two of the Lost Chapters and tightened up some of the conversation and such. If you’ve already read the book then it’s not worth getting a new copy of it (wait, a minute, aren’t I supposed to encourage you to re-read it? Oh well…), but if you haven’t  now might be the time to go check it out.

You can grab a copy at:

There are other places (like Kobo, apple, etc.) But it’s not updated there yet.  I may go through and do this to the others, including Shades of Gray again as I need to reread them all to make sure my plot… erm.. development for book six, Children of Shadows,  will work. Alas, I forget what ends up making the final cut and what doesn’t. I need a keeper. 😉

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PS – I have added some polls about the book covers – check the upper right corner in the top link bar for the Polls drop down.

Amazon’s Folly & Corpse Shopping

I got this in my email today and it made me giggle:

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Quick! Buy the entire Joleene Naylor collection from Amazon today. Amazon told you to, so you know you have to do it. 😉

Let me rush right out and buy those. Be nice if they are sending this message to other people (sales have been abysmal so far this summer, probably because I’ve done no marketing), but I doubt it. Amazon is just desperate to get me to buy something and those were probably the last things I looked at.

Yeah, I have been mainly offline for awhile. My house flooded, as I may have mentioned on here, and we had to move, which of course was an unexpected disaster. We’re nearly settled in; the bedrooms aren’t done yet, and we still have no couch, but all the junk/ruined stuff has been gotten rid of and we at least have regular internet again. Maybe I’ll get back to posting. Wouldn’t that be nice?

And while I am sharing funny things, look at this spam comment I had:

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“They do, however, charge you for every corpse they take.”

I’m not sure WHO charges per corpse, but I guess it’s nice to know they aren’t PAYING for them. 😉

New website coming soon. I may post previews later.

Have a good one!

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The Great Cover Experiment

When I released the Special Editions I conducted a cover experiment – in other words I went for a more “mainstream” look.  At the time I placed a bet that the more traditional style covers would’t make them sell any better, and so far I’ve been right BUT the other half of that bet pointed out that there are too many variables for it to be a fair test. For instance, since they’re double books,  they’re more expensive. They  have no reviews and there aren’t as many back links to their Amazon/B&N/Smashwords pages.

So, to be 100% fair, I’ve decided to remove a few of those variables by temporarily creating new covers for the books on Amazon Kindle only (this will not effect the paper back versions). If my Amazon sales leap upwards at a higher rate than B&N etc. then that *should* tell me that, yes, the covers are an issue. If not, well, then I win.

Over the next five days I’ll reveal the new covers, so get ready to be… um… inundated. 😉

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The Artist’s Inheritance by Juli D. Revezzo

The Artist’s Inheritance is a dark paranormal fantasy novel by Juli D. Revezzo
Settling into their new home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Caitlin finds strange changes coming over her husband Trevor. He seems obsessed with a beautiful chair he’s carving.

When the nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking—she knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces—the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?

Before the same happens to Trevor, Caitlin must convince him to sell his art. But armed with only a handful of allies, and little experience of the supernatural, she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she succeeds, she will break the ancestral curse. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.

The Artist’s Inheritance available now at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Artists-Inheritance-Antique-Magic-ebook/dp/B008XL82IU/

and Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/220457

and coming soon to paperback.

On Smashwords and Amazon

Amazon has created a new program called kdp select.  The jist is that participating authors have a chance for extra money if their books are borrowed through the Amazon prime library lending program. To participate your books must be exclusive to Amazon.  This means they can’t be for sale anywhere else and you can’t put excerpts on your own sites or blogs.

I will not be joining this.

To do so would be the same as telling nook owners “sorry but you don’t matter.” And I have too many readers who own nooks (this was a surprise to me too!) I most certainly would never tell any reader that they did not matter. That they are willing to churn through my drivel makes them amazing people that I’m so, so grateful for – no matter what format they read it on.

The second reason has to do with loyalty. Smashwords was my first ebook experience. I’ve watched as it has grown over the last three years under the guidance of Mark Coker who has worked hard at negotiating distribution deals, updating the site and dealing with a lot of frustrating and sometimes annoying authors (I’m sure he’s dealt with nice ones too). I have mailed smashwords  at random times and always gotten a fast – and personal – response – even after midnight. I can’t say the same for Amazon. Smashwords has FAQs, free downloadable how to’s and will even send you a list of people who do formatting and cover work.  Amazon has a crappy forum that I can never find answers on and offers covers for 200$ (most of which anyone on the smashwords list would do for 75$ or less.) Smashwords allows you the option to make your work free. Amazon will only make it free if you can show that it is free somewhere else or you join the kdp select group. Smashwords offers multiple formats right on their page (including kindle’s .mobi files) and distributes – free of charge – to several other retailers (B&N, kobo, diesel, apple etc.). Amazon offers kindle files only. (admittedly with an app you can read those on a phone or PC.)

That’s not to say smashwords is perfect, though their faults lie in their sudden expansion. Because of the ebook publishing boom, they’ve been flooded with books that have to be processed. This means what once took a week now takes a month. And while I am as impatient as everyone else, I understand.  I used to make  two covers a month. I was lightning fast. Now I handle twenty or more. I’m not so fast now. If I were to expand and hire someone else to take half or more I could be, just like if smashwords hired a few hundred(or more) people like Amazon has they could be faster. though, frankly, I’m not sure I want them to turn into Amazon junior.

Maybe I am naive and lack the proper business mind set, but smashwords has always felt like “real people” to me, while Amazon is just a corporation. I have no loyalty to Amazon. If someone insults it I don’t feel the desire to defend it. Amazon only wants profits. They use me to get a minuscule amount and I use them back. Childish or not, smashwords feels more like a partner. I want them to succeed because I believe in what they’re doing. I am an indy or self pubbed who proudly does it all myself – just like smashwords does it themselves. We’re on the same wavelength. I expect amazon to screw me over. I trust smadhwords not to. Maybe there’s no room loyalty in business, but frankly that’s not the kind of business I want to be in. That’s why I went Indy in the first place.

The Lure of the Vampire

Lure of the Vampire: A Pop Culture Reference Book of Lists, Websites and Very Personal Essays (Volume 1) by Bertena Varney is now available on Amazon 🙂

I’m going to be terribly lazy and copy the product description:

Lure of the Vampire is a pop culture reference book that begins with history and mythology and ends with modern living vampires. The author has provided “fun” lists like the Powers of Dracula, Real Live Vampire Murders, Television Shows and African Americans who have played vampires. There are also websites in each section that show the most popular vampire books and even children’s shows and books. But, there is a personal twist when it comes to Lure of the Vampire. The author has provided personal essays from national and international vampire authors as well as her own. They range from a personal look at vampires in mythology to the romantic lust filled vampire. There are also interviews with various groups and individuals involved in the vampire community. Lure of the Vampire: A Pop Culture Reference Book of Lists, Websites, and “Very Telling” Personal Essays is a perfect quick to grab reference book for the vampire fan or author. It is concise enough to assist you in finding links to what you are looking for without our being too cumbersome and confusing.

As a big fan of Ms. Varney and her sociological vampire theories, this is definitely on my “to buy” list. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then check out her very cool website – http://searchforthelure.webs.com/ – she’s one of the few who don’t believe that vampires are a “safe sex alternative”, LOL! I can’t think of a higher recombination than that!

Going to be gone through Sunday. Will miss you all! While I’m gone go check out Bertena’s book 😉

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    Joleene Naylor

    An independent author, freelance artist, and photographer for fun who loves anime, music, and writing. Check out my vampire series Amaranthine at http://JoleeneNaylor.com or drop me a line at Joleene@JoleeneNaylor.com

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