On a Break for Two Weeks

For the next two weeks I’ll be taking a break from the online world. Tomorrow I’m getting married to my best friend and shortly after we’ll be celebrating on our honeymoon, which doesn’t seem to be the ideal time for blogging. I’ve heard about people who take vacations where they are “unplugged” and I think it will be an interesting experiment.

So, enjoy your next two weeks. When I get back, I have lots of cool topics lined up!

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Indie Authors and ESingles

For a while now, people have been experimenting with different lengths for their ebooks. Because of their digital nature, the length of an ebook matters less than the length of a print book. Since there are no paper costs, they can be as long or as short as the author likes.

One new type of ebook that has come out of this flexibility is the single. Continue reading

Blog Tour: Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past by Sharon McCrumb

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Best-selling author Sharon McCrumb is releasing her first holiday novella, Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past:

When someone buys the old Honeycutt house, Nora Bonesteel is glad to see some life brought back to the old mansion, even if it is by summer people. But when they decide to stay through Christmas, they find more than old memories in the walls.On Christmas Eve, Sheriff Spencer Arrowood and Deputy Joe LeDonne find themselves on an unwelcome call to arrest an elderly man for a minor offense. As they attempt to do their duty, while doing the right thing for a neighbor, it begins to look like they may all spend Christmas away from home.In a story of spirits, memories, and angels unaware, Sharyn McCrumb revisits her most loved characters who know there is more to this world than the eye can see, especially at Christmastime.

SMcCrumb_Author Headshot_High ResolutionSharyn McCrumb is the New York Times bestselling author of The Rosewood Casket, The Ballad of Tom Dooley, and many other acclaimed novels. Her much-loved Ballad novels weave together the legends, natural wonders and contemporary issues of  Appalachia, also home to McCrumb’s own family legacy. Readers have come to love the characters, mountains, and mystery brought to life by the award-winning Southern writer.
McCrumb tributes her gift of storytelling to her great-grandfathers who were circuit preachers in the Smoky Mountains 100 years ago, riding horseback over the ridges to preach in different communities each week. Her novels, studied in universities throughout the world, have been translated into 11 languages. She has lectured at Oxford University, the University of Bonn-Germany, and at the Smithsonian Institution; taught a writers workshop in Paris, and served as writer-in-residence at King College in Tennessee and at the Chautauqua Institute in New York.

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How to Create a Basic Ebook in 10 Steps

After my short series on how to create a fixed format ebook, I thought I’d revisit the basic steps on how to create a regular ebook. This is for novels, or books with mostly text. There are 10 steps to creating an ebook, and if you find this useful, you might like to try out my online course, which has a number of videos that demonstrate the steps.  Continue reading

Ebook Review: Kings of the World

Kings_of_the_WorldKings of the World by Matt J. Pike

The galaxy is on the brink of war and only four dysfunctional, hormone-driven teenagers from Earth stand in its way. God help us all.

It didn’t take Cooper long to come to the conclusion that space sucks. It seems everyone there despises humans, everything’s too far away and the travel makes you heave. Worse still, Cooper’s stuck there with his best mate, The Ginge – who can’t tell where games end and reality begins – and two other former classmates who want to beat the crap out of him.

Oh yeah, and people, well… alien people are trying to kill them.

Space does have some good points. The boys can have anything they wish for, all they have to do is ask it … or think it. Plus they are now, somehow, Earth’s leaders – as in, more important than the President of the USA.

If Cooper can only stop the other boys from gorging on their every desire, chasing the most human looking alien women and fighting each other, he might convince everyone that humans aren’t the galactic equivalent of white trash.

But things are about to get a whole lot worse. War looms and Cooper and his inept sidekicks are caught in the middle. They, the Earth and the Galaxy will never be the same again.

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How to Create a Fixed Format Ebook (Part 6): KF8 Magnify Text

In this series on how to create a fixed format ebook, I have covered how to setup a fixed format ebook, how to add images, how to place text, how to embed fonts, and how to implement the read aloud function. In this post I’ll go over how code for KF8, so that hot spots (where you touch the page) can magnify text. This only works for Kindle ebooks, so you will have to create/copy your current epub file and make a new one. You will also want to delete all the code for the read aloud functionality, since it will not work for Kindle. Continue reading

Ebook Review: The Art of Love

the_art_of_love_coverThe Art of Love: Origins of Sinners Grove by A.B. Michaels

How Much Would You Sacrifice for Love?

With nothing but a strong back and a barrel full of ambition, August Wolff finds wealth beyond measure in the frozen goldfields of the Klondike. Success, however, comes at an unbearably high price. Now Gus walks alone, and all the money in the world can’t buy him what he needs.

In the late 1800’s, when women are most often seen and not heard, Amelia Starling longs for a life limited only by her imagination. Blessed with abundant artistic talent and an even bigger heart, Lia moves to the bustling city of San Francisco, hoping to make her mark and living with the pain of a sacrifice no woman should ever have to make.

Two wounded yet defiant individuals meet at the dawn of a new century, discovering a passion eclipsing all they’d ever known. Longing to build a life together, can they overcome the dictates of a cruel and judgmental society?

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An Interview with C.H. MacLean, Author of Two Empty Thrones

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C.H. MacLean is a YA fantasy author, whose latest book Two Empty Thrones is about a 14-year-old girl in a magical forest. Intrigued? Read on for MacLean’s interview with me, as well as a special excerpt from the book. Continue reading

Publishing eBooks For Fun, Education, And Profit

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By Brian Wu – SI Guides

Indie publishing means authors can focus on the niche subjects they are passionate about. Brian Wu, of SI Guides, shares insight on educating children with niche stories about illnesses.

Thanks to today’s technology, it’s easier than ever for artists to create. Singers and song writers can create new music and connect directly with fans for feedback. Painters, sculptors, and crafters design unique creations that are available for sale online. Once again connecting their work directly with fans. No middle man required. It is the same for writers and we’ve seen an explosion in indie publishing as a result. Continue reading

How to Create a Fixed Format Ebook (Part 5): Read Aloud Code

In this series on how to create a fixed format ebook, I have covered how to setup a fixed format ebook, how to add images, how to place text, and how to embed fonts. In this post I’ll go over how add read aloud functionality to your children’s story. I recommend this only for fixed format children’s ebooks, because it can be tedious adding all the extra code (and children’s books are nice and short). Continue reading