Archive | November 2017

Pronoun Is Dead: The Ebook Retail Universe Redux…

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By David Kudler  on The Book Designer Site:

On November 6, Macmillan’s Pronoun, the distributor that I had begun to rely on more and more over the past year, announced that it was shutting down its operations. No new books can be uploaded; Pronoun will remove all existing books from distribution on January 15, 2018.

Here’s a helpful set of FAQs that Pronoun has provided about what the shutdown means. Here’s another that details what happens when you remove a title from Pronoun and republish it elsewhere.

There are two small bright points:

You can continue to edit existing titles on Pronoun until they shut down (which is helpful, because I was planning on holding holiday sales on a few).

Draft2Digital announced, the following day, that it will henceforth distribute to Amazon.
This last is great news for D2D users, making it (along with IngramSpark) the only one-stop shop to…

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This entry was posted on November 16, 2017. 1 Comment

Carlo the Mouse, Book 3: What’s Going On?


Carlo the Mouse, Book 3: What’s Going On? by Mrs. D. 

From the author:

“Trouble! Where did that ravenous little mouse come from who’s disturbing the peace in the hospital? What’s Going On? is the third in a series of books on the adventures of Carlo the mouse. Carlo knew he was not supposed to go near the manager’s office, but when the kitchen staff were chasing him, he made a choice that started a war. This is only Carlo’s first time out, and already everyone is after him. Imagine what could happen when he learns his way around the hospital! He likes to eat, and is growing like a mushroom after the rain. Will this be the end of our curious little mouse, or will Carlo manage to outsmart the clever manager, angry cook, and sneaky exterminator so he can go home safely? You’ll find out in Mrs. D.’s next book on Carlo the mouse, Rules Are for a Reason. Remember, Hospitalia is a strange place . . .”

I read book three in this adorable book series for children. One little mouse has so many adventures and children can will enjoy each and every entertaining page. As I read, I caught myself raising my eyebrows in surprise and smiling over a funny part.  Truly kids ages 3 -10 will love this story and the entire series would make any library proud. The illustrations are adorable and capture each person/component of Carlo’s adventures are perfect. Highly recommended and a solid 10 but of course I can only give five stars.

This entry was posted on November 16, 2017. 2 Comments

Suzy Has A Secret


Suzy Has a Secret

Suzy Has A Secret, by S. Jackson and A. Raymond, delicately addresses child molestation by a trusted family member and teaches young readers that telling a parent or guardian is always best. The authors address the common con by child abusers of using “secrets” to build their young victims trust and prevent them from reporting their atrocities. This short and simple tale of Suzy, a fairy-like creature, helps young readers understand that unwanted touches by another person are never the child’s fault and should not be kept secret. An encounter with her best friend, Lucy, and Lucy’s brother leads her to this realization.

As a parent and a teacher, I appreciate the authors’ delicate approach to this very difficult topic. The use of characters removed from reality helps to ease young readers, parents, and educators alike into the topic of unwanted touches and advances. There is no easy way…

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Book launch tips.

Lizzie Chantree

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Happy new week everyone! Today’s Monday Marketing is about book launches. I’m currently working on my own new book launch for Ninja School Mum and thought i’d share some of the tips i’d learnt with you.

1.  Set up a blog tour team three months before your launch date. This is a great way to find people who want to support your launch and keeps them updated on the progress of your plans.

2. Set up a document with all of the information you will need to send to the launch team. This should include blog posts, Q&A’s, promo information, book cover art, book blurb, author photo etc. Make the document easily accessible, so that the tour hosts can grab the details they need, with minimal fuss or extra work.

3.  Create a page on your blog about the blogs/websites of your tour hosts. Make a page for them…

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27 Great Websites for Writers…

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by Erica Verrillo  on ‘Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity’ site:

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Between author websites, blogs, publishing sites, news, literary magazines, genre sites, resource databases, and online writing newsletters and magazines, there are hundreds of sites for writers. It would be difficult to list them all.

Here are the sites I frequently visit because they have publishing resources that I use for my own nefarious purposes. (Like getting my work published.)

Some of these sites you probably will already know about. Others are hidden gems, providing great resources for aspiring authors, as well as writing tips and insights from industry professionals and authors.

27 Great Website for Authors

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This entry was posted on November 14, 2017. 6 Comments

Married to Maggie


Married to Maggie by Jan Romes

My review follows the author’s book blurb found on Amazon.

“Texas playboy, Ty Vincent, heir to the Vincent Oil fortune needs a short-term wife to convince his grandfather and the Board of Directors that he’s changing his ways so they’ll name him CEO. Ditching an environmental conference in Atlanta to play in Reno, Ty suffers razor-sharp chest pains at the airport. The pains were becoming a common occurrence that started showing up after he lost his father in a fiery crash a year earlier. The woman who comes to his aid not only helps him with what she can only assume is a heart attack but she also fibs to keep airport security and paparazzi from descending on him. She’s brilliant, unemployed and not his type which makes her the perfect choice for a temporary spouse. If he can ignore her extraordinary blue eyes then everything will go according to plan.

Cardiac rehab nurse, Maggie Gray finds herself the victim of hospital downsizing. When T. Loy Vincent, I, a former patient, offers her a million dollars to get his grandson under control, Maggie is pressured by her father to enter into the wife-for-hire scheme. All she has to do is convince Ty Vincent to marry her. When she tracks Ty down at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to put things in motion, she finds him in the middle of chest issues. The nurse in her takes over and before she knows it she’s eyebrow deep in yet another deal. The second she says yes to both agreements, her life is turned upside down. To top it off, she can’t seem to curb an annoying attraction for Dallas’s most famous womanizer.

Six months. No Sex. No telling each other what to do. It should be a win-win for them both. Will the mayhem of wealth, media attention, meddlesome friends and chemistry so hot it could melt plastic ruin their lives? Or will it be the catalyst for happily-ever-after?”

My Review:

I love romance stories and this book on spot romance. I was able to feel for the characters yet I did find it hard to believe that all this could happen in the span of one week, in Dallas. How two people could connect with obstacles thrown their way many times in one day, let alone seven days, and they still married? I would have run for the hills. I did like the character of Maggie. Having been a registered nurse it was easy to do so. The narrative is a fast easy read despite being so complex. Ty needed more backbone, and he really struggled with that issue. Anyone who loves contemporary romance stories should love this one. I found the three white roses in the bouquet especially touching.

This entry was posted on November 9, 2017. 2 Comments