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Amazon Prime is changing everything!

I’m sure if you’re a reader or author you’ve heard about Amazon’s new prime membership for books. For a monthly fee a reader can now purchase an unlimited amount of ebooks for as long as they remain members. I’ve done a bit of research and here’s what I’ve discovered.


Although Amazon Prime does sound ominous to the author when it comes to royalty payments it actually does have some pretty fantastic perks. For one, an author will no longer see that dreaded return unit in their…


Added by Neil Ostroff on July 22, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

My NEW publication and NEW website address!

COMING THIS SUMMER... My new novel 'Rosie Wrinkles and the Wiccan Deity' will be released this Summer through Mirador Publishing.

Here is a brief synopsis-

It is 1910 and Rosie Wrinkles is an orphan.

Shanghaied by a stranger in the dead of night, and delivered to the local Workhouse Rosie arrives with little else but the clothes on her back and a 'memory bottle'.

A stranger bundles her into a sack and sells her…


Added by JANE E HILL on July 18, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Aliens And Angels & Trying Not To Get The Two Mixed Up

The imagination is a funny thing. We fill in the blanks of our understanding with images that comfort or frighten us, as the case may be. In ancient days we filled in the blanks about angels with wings and clouds. After all, we knew through faith that God created a separate race of beings who could move with the speed of thought and were always in the presence of God. So wings and clouds made sense. As our scientific minds have reached further into the outer recesses of our universe so we…


Added by Ann Frailey on July 16, 2014 at 9:04am — No Comments

Being a writer

Writer’s are transport machines. We put words on the page and transport reader’s minds to other places and times. But at what cost to a writer’s psyche?


A great author once said that being a writer is like having to do homework every day for the rest of your life. There is always something to do; editing, rewriting, better setting details, characterization, etc. Not a day goes by that I don’t spend time working on one of my books or upcoming projects. Tens of thousands of…


Added by Neil Ostroff on July 15, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Book Review Monday & Hollywood Book Festival!

I am happy to announce that Neb the Great made Honorable Mention in the 2014Hollywood Book Festival in genre based fiction.  This means that every book of TheNeb_Cover front cover only Deliverance Trilogy has won something.  ARAM won runner up for an Indie Publishing Contest.  Ishtar’s Redemption made…


Added by Ann Frailey on July 14, 2014 at 10:26am — No Comments

Stand out!

It never fails to amaze me how we have become such an instant society, a society in which entertainment, whether television, movies, or books can be had at the ready with the press of a button almost anywhere in the world and at any time. As a writer, you must have a constant presence in order to stand out among all the clutter.


I have been on vacation for the last few days and have not written any new posts to my groups or made my presence known on the internet. You would…


Added by Neil Ostroff on July 13, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Psychic Dimension, Part II (538 pages) Now at B&N, Amazon

Jay Dubya's 45th book The Psychic Dimension, Part II (538 pages) is now available in paperback at Barnes and and also at  The new work contains 35 novellas and will be on the market in hardcover edition in two weeks. The Psychic Dimension, Part II is also currently existent in Barnes and Noble Nook, in Amazon Kindle and in various Smashwords e-book formats.…


Added by Jay Dubya on July 13, 2014 at 7:41am — No Comments

Pickles, Sci FY, CWG, Strange Noises, World News, Twittering Madness

1) Pickles are nearly a stable around my house which is why my motto for the cucumber patch is “plant ‘em early, pick ‘em quick.”  This year my three youngest daughters decided that they wanted to learn the art of pickling and since I had just picked up the pickling packets (say THAT three times fast!) I was already for the adventure.  We made over six quart jars which Ancestor Arts will last us say, three…


Added by Ann Frailey on July 11, 2014 at 6:23am — No Comments

Ancestor Arts

Well, another way of saying it, “canning”, might not be so impressive though the reality behind the thought still is. I grew up in the city and when I got my first real view of a farm in mid-summer I was absolutely amazed at the vastness of growing life all around me. I had honestly thought that the world was…


Added by Ann Frailey on July 9, 2014 at 6:36am — No Comments

The marketing secret!

I’ve been reading a lot of threads and forums lately dealing with the topic of marketing your book. It seems there are a lot of “newbie authors” out there in this relatively virgin explosion of indie publishing and many can’t understand why their book isn’t selling. When asked if they market and promote their books most do say yes, but often complain of the time it takes in a world where we all have limited time.

Well, here’s a hard truth. To be a successful indie author you…


Added by Neil Ostroff on July 8, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

A.K. Frailey’s Book Review Monday

Welcome to A.K. Frailey’s Book Review Monday.  Here are my first picks.  Enjoy!

Treason – A Catholic Novel of Elizabethan England by Dena Hunt is definitely one of the best books I have read recently. This is a well written account not merely of a historical…


Added by Ann Frailey on July 7, 2014 at 7:36am — No Comments

THE AUTHORS WORDS on Red River Radio: Author Cliff Roberts

THE AUTHORS WORDS on Red River Radio: Author Cliff Roberts…


Added by J. D. Holiday on July 1, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Origins of a novel

Thanks to everyone who purchased DROP OUT, the book continues to affect lives. For those of you who don’t know the origins of the story and its message, I thought I’d share a portion of a biography interview I did when the book was published. Then please decide if it is right for you.


I’ve been a thriller, sci-fi writer for more than twenty years and over that span of time my books garnered the attention of numerous literary agents and publishers. In 2005, I signed with a…


Added by Neil Ostroff on June 30, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Meet Debut Children’s Author Anita Banks

Please welcome debut children’s author Anita Banks. Anita harbored her secret of writing since she was in junior high school where the desire took seed in a creative writing class. She enjoys journaling, reading, running and traveling, but nothing compares to playing with her grandchildren. She’s here today to talk about her new picture book, …


Added by Mayra Calvani on June 30, 2014 at 4:28am — No Comments

10 Things You Need to Know About Virtual Book Tours

By now, most authors know what virtual book tours are or at least have heard of them.  They’re that wonderful marketing tool that should be a must have in every new book’s campaign.  With each new book I write, I’m making a game plan before the book is even published and a virtual book tour is the first promotional venue…


Added by Dorothy Thompson on June 29, 2014 at 9:39am — No Comments

Catholics Who Dare, Reviews, Chicken Day, Purging, Friendship, Pie and Glory

Join us at 7-Quick Takes Friday!

1) I really admire people who defend their faith with a cool sense of humor. Erin McCole-Cupp does that and she has written one of the best reviews I have ever read of one of the best books I have ever read. See her review of Dena Hunt’s new book, The Lion’s Heart. ;…


Added by Ann Frailey on June 27, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream – Ay There’s the Rub…

Son number one announced the other day that he just read a report where scientists haven’t really figured out why human beings need to sleep. Hmmm… Yes, there’s the whole, we’ll go crazy without sleep, but then the question still arises, why?  Why can’t simple rest do the job? So I pondered the question deeply and I…


Added by Ann Frailey on June 25, 2014 at 8:24am — No Comments

Reviews are personal

Touching again on the subject of unpaid reviews from unknown readers, I would like to point out just how personal taste is reflected in each review. I’m not going to mention the 23 – five star reviews I’ve gotten for DROP OUT, but mention quotes from the two worst reviews I’ve received. Why focus on the worst? Because they are perfect examples of opinion and preference.


The first quote is…


Added by Neil Ostroff on June 23, 2014 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Author Lori Benton Guests on The Writing Mama Show

The Writing Mama show is on every Monday and is hosted by Mom's Choice and Award-winning Author Virginia S Grenier, who is joined weekly by guest authors to talk about the publishing and writing industry. Grenier, with her guests, hope to not only share their love of the written word, but also tips on…


Added by World of Ink Network on June 23, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

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