Hoozy What????

I know I’ve talked before about Russ Towne and his children’s books. But Russ is working on some new books and I think you should be following his journey.

Clyde and Hoozy Whatzadingle will be joined by Grumbly and Gruffina Grumpadinkle and I think there might be a Zebracorn or two somewhere along with the Pengwyn couple. Russ’ books are colorful and the rhyming stories are delightful.

But what I really want you to do today is follow the Clyde and Friends blog – I’ve made it easy – just click here. You don’t want to miss out when the books are done – and you want to be sure you read the books he has already published (and there are several). You can find them all on his author page here

Well, what are you waiting for? Go follow his blog and buy some books (your children, your grandchildren, your nieces and nephews, your neighbor kids will all appreciate it).

Dear Children, I Apologize For The Behavior Of My Fellow Adults

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Dear Children,

I am so very sorry that many of us have let you down.  I am sorry that we disappoint you on a daily basis by engaging in the very behavior we urge you not to engage in.

From a very early age, we adults encourage you to share your toys, say please and thank you, mind your manners, be kind and respectful to others and to never to be a bully. We take you to church, socialize you and expose you to people who are different.  We teach you tolerance and acceptance and hope that you will grow up to be a kind and happy adult.

But in reality, we fail.  We ourselves don’t share.  We are demanding of others, we do not take accountability for our actions, we blame others, we are not kind or respectful to others and we do the bullying.  We model the exact…

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Har! How to Deal with Book Piracy

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books image: ghostradio.wordpress.com

I saw the other day a post about book piracy in Anastacia Moore’s blog. She was rightly fuming, because, while checking out her video trailers, she noticed that someone was advertising on You Tube a link to receive free copies of said books.

A few days before that, my friend N.N. Light had kindly emailed me to let me know that she had found her book, “Princess of the Light” on a similar website, and that she had seen my work there as well.

Then came the news that Australia’s Copyright Agency has welcomed a decision by the British High Court requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to websites hosting millions of pirated e-book titles. The decision means Britain’s five major ISPs – BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and EE – will be asked to block seven offshore-hosted websites within 10 working days.

The sites – AvaxHome…

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Ninety-Nine Cent Novelist

Pamela Beckford:

How about you? Will you spend more on a book that will give you hours of entertainment than you will on a soda that last a few minutes?

Originally posted on S.K. Nicholls:

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We need to do something about this. I don’t know about you, but most of the time my book is selling; I’m doing a 99 cent promotion.

Not very encouraging when you have two more books being prepared for publication.

Granted, I’ve stepped out of the promotional arena, because the brain energy it takes to produce a novel consumes me. Trust me, that stuff doesn’t come in a bottle.


Well, maybe it does for some.

Recently, I was with a group of people talking about minimum wage jobs.  There was much feedback from young people that were upset because they could not make an adequate wage to meet the cost of living, rent, power, water…never mind, cell phones, internet access, laptops, cars. So, most had two jobs, and that seems to be the status quo.

The old-timers just laughed and talked about paper routes and mowing lawns, working at odd…

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I am going to start posting all of my non-children’s book reviews here instead of my Thanksgiving blog. In fact, my Thanksgiving blog is being phased out. I just don’t have time to read, review, write and post blogs in more than one place.

With that being said, I think you will like the blog post I put up today. It included a commentary on book covers and blurbs, as well as four new book reviews. Check it out here

Tits and Bobs and perfectly passionate poetry

Pamela Beckford:

Lots of information here for writers and poets (and a shameless plug for my poetry).

Originally posted on readful things blog:

Nope, not a typo.

A couple things to cover. First of all, I can’t stop thanking people for all they have done for me since releasing my book last week. Carmen Stefanescu rocked my world this morning with her awesome and unexpected promo on her site, which you can find here. http://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.ro/2015/07/guest-promo-ci-ionia-martin.html?m=1 I hate to admit that I cry, but I did.

Thank you Carmen. Love you.

Also huge thanks to people who left a review on Amazon. I was so excited I nearly peed.

Second, some questions and a few declarations.

I have new respect for all of you indie authors. I have been writing and publishing for years under a couple of different pseudonyms and have always had a publishing house behind me. Even when I put out some previous “indie” novels, I had other people working on promoting and covers and such. I didn’t do it all…

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