You gotta read this… http://insatiablebooksluts.com/2014/06/27/publishing-vs-amazon-play/
You gotta read this… http://insatiablebooksluts.com/2014/06/27/publishing-vs-amazon-play/
Climate change is a HUGE concern to me, and recent events in the world had me feeling, shall we say, less than hopeful. This article for Rolling Stone by Al Gore has given me a fresh dose of optimism. Yes, there’s spin–there’s always spin these days–but all in all I think it’s a fairly balanced piece.
Okay, so I’ve been going back and forth on wanting to set up an e-book giveaway (I don’t have any of my stuff in KDP Select at the moment and have had sketchy luck with other promos I’ve tried) cuz we all know how much I LOVE to give away books. This weekend, a writer friend alerted me to the member giveaway service on LibraryThing (where the heck have I been, right?). It’s similar to a Goodreads Giveaway in that there’s a limited time to sign up to receive the books, but different because in addition to paperbacks you can give away e-books (and audiobooks). Yay!
Anyway, all that is to say that I’m giving away 100 E-COPIES each of SERIAL DATE and YUCATAN DEAD right now on LibraryThing. Here’s the link to the Giveaway Page, if you’re interested. Just scroll down until you see whichever books you’d like to receive and then click the “Request it!” link on the right. That’s it. (If you make a mistake and don’t want the book you just requested, you can ‘unrequest’ it 🙂 ) There are several books available, some e-books, some paperbacks, some pre-releases. YUCATAN DEAD is available until June 28th and SERIAL DATE is available until June 29th. (The giveaway is open to all countries.) If you do request either or both of the books, I’d be deliriously happy if you’d leave a short recommendation on your favorite bookish website.
What are you waiting for? Slide on over to LibraryThing and request yourself some free books!
**Warning** This book has violence, strong language, black humor, sleazy politicians, and sex. Close enough to the five essential food groups as far as I’m concerned…Definitely R-rated.
A retired assassin. A serial killer with a social agenda.
Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television’s most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the ‘bachelors’ on the show- an ex-con billed as a serial killer- but the detective in charge of the case isn’t so sure.
When Leine’s estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she’s forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is. She soon realizes the murderer may be a grisly remnant from her past and she’ll need to use all of her cunning to stop him…and rescue her daughter.
“If you like fast-paced action, great lead characters, and don’t mind a few F-bombs and the occasional gore, DV Berkom is the author for you.” – Jen Blood, bestselling author of the Erin Solomon Mysteries
“Serial Date was a surprisingly entertaining read with witty writing and dark humor…The prose is sharp and gritty. I love satires and this one was no exception…I highly recommend Serial Date to those who enjoy murder mysteries with a touch of satire.” -Seattle Post Intelligencer
“This book is without a doubt one of the most engaging, complex and enthralling mysteries that had me totally in its grip…” -Confessions of a Reader
“…Serial Date is one of those rare books full of rich sub-plots and interesting, well-developed characters…” -Night Owl Book Reviews
***Although Yucatan Dead is the 6th book in the Kate Jones Thriller Series, it can easily be read as a stand alone.
She was a dangerous man’s lover…now she’s his dangerous enemy.
For Kate Jones, being on the run from her former lover—the vicious leader of a Mexican drug cartel—was never going to be easy. But with a new identity, a new lover, and a new life in Arizona, she was beginning to believe she’d made it through the worst.
Then, in an act of twisted revenge, Kate’s kidnapped and imprisoned by her deadly enemy, his intention to force her to pay back the money she stole before he kills her.
Fate intervenes and she finds herself working against the cartels deep in the Yucatan with a group of off-the-grid commandos. From peaceful northern Arizona to the steamy jungles of Mexico, Kate Jones must decide for herself if she’ll continue to run…
…or turn and fight the evil that pursues her.
“…an unrelenting thriller of a tension-filled novel…Yucatan Dead is the stuff of which blockbuster movies are made…very highly recommended…” ~ Midwest Book Review
“Yucatan Dead is a gripping thriller with a gutsy heroine and a tightly woven plot; it will no doubt please Berkom’s current fans and gather more.” ~ Pacific Book Review
“…Yucatan Dead ratchets up the tension from the start as Kate deals with hit women, warring Mexican drug cartels, and unofficial paramilitary organizations. Survival is never a given…” ~ Big Al’s Books ‘n Pals
Here’s some great news…
Abbott Press – the imprint launched by Writer’s Digest, parent company F+W Media, and white-label vanity press provider Author Solutions – is still operational, but all ties to Writer’s Digest have been cut.
It appears that Abbott Press will now be run directly as yet another Author Solutions brand but Writer’s Digest and F+W Media will have no further connection with it. (If you are unfamiliar with Author Solutions and its awful history, this will bring you up to speed.)
Cached version showing Writer’s Digest links.
Writer’s Digest and F+W Media refuse to comment, despite being given several opportunities, but I’ve had this news confirmed by multiple sources. As Author Solutions only tends to allow early termination of partnership agreements if the partner signs a series of non-disclosure agreements, a formal announcement or comment is…
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Today I’m right stoked to introduce you to indie artist/musician, James Radcliffe. I became aware of James after he connected with me here. I visited his award-winning blog and read a few posts, listened to a couple of his tracks and bought his album. His music struck me as ethereal and unlike anything I’d heard before, and I was interested in finding out more about him. Turns out he’s living the dream of creatives everywhere by making a living through his art. Here’s his bio:
James Radcliffe is a 100% listener-supported, independent artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He writes an award-winning blog that boasts over 4000 followers, and released a solo digital album in early 2014 priced at £5 that listeners now regularly choose to pay over £30 to download.
He pretty much lives in his home studio, and will be releasing new music very shortly in a new and experimental way.
[Note from DV: James has just released a limited edition CD of his album. It can be found here.]
Some listener quotes:
“Unapologetically, disarmingly, impossibly beautiful.”
”…not just heard, but felt.”
“STUNNING. BRILLIANT. It’s like an indie film for your soul.”
And now for the Spotlight questions (a sample and links to James’s work are below the short interview):
D: When did you first realize you were a musician?
J: Doing music has felt natural to me for as long as I can remember. I was in the school brass band and orchestra when I was a kid, and did my first solo performance when I was around 7. So there wasn’t really a: ‘bolt of lightning from the heavens now-I-am-a-musician’ kind of moment. It was much more prosaic than that. Music was just something that I did, like drawing with crayons, eating, or going to the toilet. It’s always been there.
D: What do you hope to convey through your music?
J: There is a feeling I get when I make music that I can’t express in any other way. Time stops and I totally lose any awareness of myself. It’s very ecstatic for me. It’s the closest I’ve ever been able to get to pure freedom.
The people who really connect with my stuff say that they have the same kind of experience when they listen, but this communication is not something that I consciously strive for. It’s more like a happy by-product of me doing what I love to do.
D: What’s your favorite part of working in a creative field? Least favorite?
J: I really love what I do. And I’m fortunate enough to make a living at it, so I don’t have to do anything that I don’t want to. I love the process of making art, I love sharing it, and I love connecting with the people who resonate with it. For me, there isn’t a downside.
D: Where do you see yourself in five years?
J: I don’t really think in those terms. I just focus on: each days practice; each little project. I am not working to some Masterplan here. My life is the Grand Experiment. 😉
I do whatever work has energy for the moment until it’s done. This approach seems to be working pretty well, and I like being surprised, so I’ll stick with it for now.
D: What would you like readers of this blog to know about you?
J: That I exist. That I am real. That my music is out there should they want it.
And that I am readily available thru my website should they want to connect with me.