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The Blessed and The Damned

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Late last month I published my first e-Book. Needless to say it was a work of love. It's now available for many different platforms and is awaiting the approval for the Smashwords premium catalog which will open even more distribution opportunities. I would like to thank darke_conteur, kmarkhoover, and quill_quirks for giving excellent critiques on the story. If you would like to learn more about "The Blessed and the Damned" just look below. I hope you will take a look at it.
 
The Blessed & The Damned

Main Content:

11,146 words/ about 45 pages.

Includes extra content:

Behind the Scenes, Kuwar, Character Interview, and Cover Evolution.

Genre: Fantasy/Dark Fantasy

Available: Amazon - US, Amazon - UK, Amazon - Germany, Barnes and Noble.com, Smashwords.com

Price: $ .99

When her twin sister kidnaps her daughter, Lorna Jassan must return to a city she hates in order to find the daughter she loves. Her mission forces her to seek help from a man she never wanted to see again. In the midst of her search, Lorna must keep a sixteen-year-old secret hidden, but the city has secrets of its own. Can Lorna unravel them in time to rescue her daughter and escape?

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Southern Fried Weirdness: Reconstruction



In the wake of the destructive tornadoes which ripped through Alabama on April 27th, 2011, Southern Fried Weirdness Press is proud to present the charity anthology, Southern Fried Weirdness: Reconstruction. This collection of poetry and short fiction features 46 pieces from 40 different contributing authors. It spans multiple genres and presents an eclectic mix of voices. All profits will be donated to The American Red Cross to aid disaster relief efforts.


Now available at Smashwords in multiple formats. Here is the link to buy: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/59532.

Coming soon to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and most other online retailers.


The Table of Contents:


Editor's Note


1.) They Are Not Gone Forever by Stephanie Osborn


2.) God in the Sky by An Owomoyela


3.) Make Your Bed Downriver by Jens Rushing


4.) Live Bait Works Best by Brian Rosenberger


5.) The Music of Bremen Farm by Mike Allen


6.) Out of Natural by Jason Huskey


7.) In The Days When Blocks Were For Tires, And The Dusk Chose A Sideways Approach by Jason Huskey


8.) In the Ghost Hours by Jason Huskey


9.) The Old Man's Sweet by Jason Huskey


10.) Planting by Mari Ness


11.) Talking Alligator (Blues) by Sara Amis


12.) Sisyphus Explains by Sara Amis


13.) Lady Glory and the Knave of Spades by Nicole Kornher-Stace


14.) Meditation on a Deer at Night by Berrien C. Henderson


15.) Navel Gazing by T.J. McIntyre


16.) Directions by T.J. McIntyre


17.) Why by T.J. McIntyre


18.) The Fisherman's Tale by T.J. McIntyre


19.) Swimming in Old Spring by Eric T. Marin


20.) Giant Cicadas and Other Odd Indignities by Dr. Philip Kaldon


21.) Billy Anne's Box by Charlotte Jones


22.) Commander Perry's Mystic Wonders Show by Jaime Lee Moyer


23.) The New Elementals by Marshall Payne


24.) Judy and Norman by Darby Harn


25.) The Moon and the Stars by Marian Carcache


26.) Pride and Joy by Gustavo Bondoni


27.) Square Hills by H. Courreges LeBlanc


28.) The Wind by Marcia Gerhardt


29.) I Keep a Vine Woven Basket by the Front Door by Rae Bryant


30.) Up Above the Dead Line by F. Brett Cox


31.) Annabelle Tree by Carrie Cuinn


32.) Who Mourns for Washington by Fabio Fernandes


33.) Suffer the Rains by Craig Wallwork


34.) The Yearning of the Lighthouse Fairies by Brenda Blakey


35.) The Groundskeeper's Tale by Wendy S. Delmater


36.) The White Months by Christopher Woods


37.) Your Enemies Will Devour You by Richard Thomas


38.) The Sweet Song of Canaries at Midnight by Jude-Marie Green


39.) Nature Story by Walter Giersbach


40.) Alchemy by Michael Ray


41.) The Legend of Old Man Joad by Marsheila Rockwell


42.) Hanging the Woman in Blue by Monette Chilson


43.) Till Death Do Us Part by Kenneth Mark Hoover


44.) Neopolitician by Shaylen Maxwell


45.) Utnapishtim on Friday After Dessert by Danny Adams


46.) The Evidence of Things Unseen by Chuck Russell

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Kristine Kathryn Rusch on Royalty Statements & Accounting

Kristine Kathryn Rusch has an excellent blog post detailing weaknesses in the current Royalty Statements and Accounting methods regarding e-Books. If you're interested in getting published traditionally or through any means other than doing it yourself, this is worth a look. She talks about how publishing might be getting the numbers wrong because of the system they're using.
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Libraries and e-Books...What's a Fair Policy?

I'm sure a lot of people here have heard about Harper Collins setting a limit to how long libraries can loan out copies of their e-books before having to purchase another. karen_w_newton tweeted this link today: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/15/business/media/15libraries.html?hp

And it got me to thinking. How do you get books into the library system? What rules govern the check out of e-books? What is a fair length of time for libraries to loan e-books before having to purchase another? Can self-published authors get their books into libraries?

My immediate reaction and feelings (based on a gut feeling and not factual evidence) on the matter is that I would allow libraries to loan the books for 1,000 checkouts. If someone wanted to check out my book, even if it was already on loan, they could do so, because it would still count against the 1,000 loans. If a lot of people want to check out my books, then a new book would need to be purchased sooner (and I would see the profits from that sooner), the reader wouldn't have to delay reading the book (which may get me a new fan sooner), and the library would be able to satisfy their clients and attract more visitors (sooner).

How do you guys view libraries and e-books? What do you think is fair?
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The World Eventually Catches Up to Fiction

You know how in SF or James Bond movies, governments sometimes have these super small spy cameras hidden on artificial animals. Real life has caught up. An article from the Associated Press says:

"You'll never look at hummingbirds the same again.

The Pentagon has poured millions of dollars into the development of tiny drones inspired by biology, each equipped with video and audio equipment that can record sights and sounds."

You can read more [here].