Saturday, January 14, 2017
*Before delving into the discussion, I wish to apologize for the long delay in posts. Currently my wife/co-author and I have been looking for a new place to live which has taken much longer than we'd hoped. Furthermore, I started this discussion just before the holidays and we all know how distracting they can be. Our search for a new place continues, so don't be surprised if future postings are few and far between. Once we're settled I hope to get back onto a regular schedule, as there are many topics I have in mind I wish to share with you all. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Now on to the discussion...*
When I last posted I had shared how Helen and I received a Kindle Fire for Christmas back in 2015 and that I had started learning more about how to use it and to download books. Again, many of you thought, "That's it we've lost him. Good-bye paper, hello electronic..." But that did not come to pass. It took me a little while to get used to the page turning abilities and how many paragraphs there are on an e-page (usually less than in a typical printed book from what I can tell). The simple swiping of the pages on the Kindle really threw me for a long while, because I'd accidentally go to far and would then have to slowly swipe back to get to where I needed to be. Then recently I learned there was a simple App already on the Kindle that when used would simulate the turning of a SINGLE page and even had the sound effect of a paper page turning which solved that problem for me.
Yet, I still enjoyed pulling out my paperbacks and hardback copies of books. As a writer, its much more satisfying to smell a book, and feel the cover in your hands, as well as actually be able to put your signature inside a physical book. But as the days have drawn on and Helen and I have had to start packing in anticipation of moving to a new place, I really took notice of how many books we had.
Every bibliophile reading this knows exactly what I'm talking about. You find sometimes you have more (heavy) boxes of books than you do most other things as you pack. Plus you find yourself wondering, "Am I really going to re-read or need ALL of these?" This question came up several times... okay I lie, it came up a LOT of times in the last few weeks. Part of the solution for us was to sell some of our less desired collection to book stores for "Store Credit". Yes, the collection will expand once more in the near future MWAHAHAHAH! But in the meantime it meant less boxes for us to take with us. Yet, we still found we had more than we actually had room for. The solution to our problem came in the form of our recently acquired Kindle. Many of the larger books in our collection were anthologies which were rather heavy in some cases. Now, in case you haven't heard, both Helen and I suffer from Fibromyalgia which means we're in pain and our muscles do not always act the way we wish them to. On some days, holding one of those heavier volumes could be more of a discomfort than a pleasure as we tried to forget our physical pain. So we replaced most of those books with e-book versions, allowing us to keep the stories we loved but manage them more comfortably.
I believe most of you can already see where this is going.
Also, during the recent holiday season I had heard that famous song "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Andy Williams on the radio which brought a new thought to mind. There is the passage, "There'll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmasses long, long ago..." which had always struck a chord with me. Why ghost stories at Christmas? I already knew from my mother who had been born and raised in England that this was a tradition back there, that stretched long before Dicken's "A Christmas Carol". So I began researching and found that this was indeed true and even learned there were collections of Christmas Ghost Stories out there. Many of them were out of print, BUT could be obtained for the Kindle. So I wound up getting several collections really cheap on Amazon (free or for just .99 cents) and have been enjoying tales from famous writers such as Algernon Blackwood, M. R. James, Ambrose Pierce, and many many others )who I'll be covering in future entries).
However in the case of Mr. Blackwood, I got a collection of ALL his works in one volume. Now let me tell you this is a BIG collection, which would've translated into either a book with very tiny print or a really large and heavy book which may have wreaked havoc on my Fibromyalgia. So getting it in e-book form was just right for me.
Yet when I take a bath or am relaxing on break at work, I love to pull out a lightweight hardcover or paperback and enjoy myself. Having a Kindle has not ended my love of reading, but merely allowed me to have another avenue to enjoy books with less strain.
So as you can see, I have learned to use my Kindle as a tool. It permits me to deal with my physical limitations, while also allowing me to see how the latest book I'm putting out appears to e-reader fans. I get to see firsthand how the layout is looking for myself and make whatever adjustments are needed before releasing the story for others to enjoy. In fact, I order physical proof copies, as well as electronic ones, because I want to make sure my readers are getting a good product that they can be proud to own and feel like they got their money's worth.
As you can see, for me there is no Print vs E-book struggle. It all depends on how you choose to build and maintain your collection.
That's all for now. So until next time my friends, take care and keep writing.
Monday, January 2, 2017
****HAPPY NEW YEAR ONE AND ALL****
To help start the new year off on a good note, we've lowered the price of all 3 books in the Para-Earth Series to just 99 cents (just the e-book versions mind you, I'm not THAT generous) for the entire 1st week of 2017.
So from now until midnight January 7th, 2017, you can get any one of these 4 and 5 star rated books: "The Bridge", "The Ship", or"The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home", for just a third of their normal price ($2.99). And remember, you can also gift one of these to anyone who has a birthday or other special occasion coming up.
"The Bridge" is where it all begins as Alex Hill, reluctant psychic, and his girlfriend Police Sergeant Veronica Ross investigate what starts out as a simple car wreck but becomes much more. Soon their friends Julie Cloudfoot, niece of a Seneca shaman, and Cassandra Elliott a billionaire heiress with psychic talents and a ghostly guardian, join them to learn what has been drowning people inside cars and empty rooms. Their journey will bring them face to face with a threat that is of Earth, just not this one.
The adventures continue in "The Ship" where we find Julie and Cassandra heading to Santa Cruz California to bring the ashes of Julie's late uncle, and family shaman, to his children for a proper send off. The two women are also hoping to learn if their new romantic relationship is destined to be. As it turns out their desire to be together will be tested much sooner than they'd hoped. For not only are they being stalked by a mysterious white-haired man who has been haunting Cassandra for the past year, they also come face-to-face with a new Para-Earth threat from the sea. A legendary ghost ship aptly nicknamed "The Deathship" has arisen from water and is now hunting Cassandra. It's goal, to make her a part of itself in a most horrifying fashion. Now the two women must rely on family and ghostly ancestors to thwart the nightmare vessel by launching an all-out attack from the decks of a concrete boat from World War I.
In "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home" we are introduced to Nathaniel Steward, who at the age of 16 left home to fight in the Civil War. During the battle, an event takes place that changes him and the course of his life forever. Forced to drink blood, and avoid the light of day as much as possible, he spends the next 150 years wandering the world helping others using his newfound talents of shape-shifting, turning into mist, being practically unkillable, and aging ever so slowly. But when the house he grew up in is slated for the wrecking ball he comes home to claim his birthright, not knowing that an old foe, a being he battled in the same Para-Earth where he was forever changed, has entered this world. And now it is hunting him to finish their fight and anyone who stands by him. For he is the only thing that can stop it from devouring the dead, while making more, so it can slowly envelope the entire world.
All three books are available in Kindle, Nook, Apple, Sony, PDF (for desktop/laptop computer users), phones, etc. Just click on the appropriate link below to get the one that works for you:
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