Archive | April 2015

Measuring Time, Author-Style

Way too true

Nicholas C. Rossis

Now, please don’t get me wrong. I love helping out others, especially Indie authors. After all, I wouldn’t be here today had not some lovely people taken the time to help me out.

However, I do suffer from a chronic shortage of time. This is partly because of my reluctance to say no when people ask me for help. In my defence, though, most people are not entirely accurate when they estimate how long it will take to complete a given task.

Therefore, I think we need to be honest about, say, how much time our request for a “quick read” or a “quick review” will take. After all, unless we’re Steven King, we can’t seriously expect people to read our 500-page-long book in a weekend now, can we?

So, in the interest of helping out my fellow authors, I have compiled this handy time reference guide, based on Marco Kaye’s…

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Apple Girl

Read my review of the Apple Watch I posted on Ionia’s blog

readful things blog

I was invited by Ionia to post a review blog on the new Apple Watch. I know it isn’t exactly something you read, but it is product review so please bear with me.

First of all, my disclaimer is that I’m an Apple girl. I haven’t always been an Apple girl, but once I, uh, took a bite of the apple (sorry, I couldn’t resist), I was hooked. And Apple continues to make better and better products all the time.

So, when they announced the Apple Watch, I knew I had to have one. Pre-orders were at 12:01 Pacific time which is an ungodly time Eastern time, but, hey, I wanted one. They were selling quickly because my first band choice was already backordered an hour after pre-orders started. So rather than wait, I opted for my second choice.

It arrived exactly on the first available date and I could…

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A Traditional Book Review: Three Ghosts by Katie Sullivan #MondayBlogs #bookreview

Another book on my TBR list (that list seems to only get longer and never shorter)


As I often complain to anyone who will spare me a few minutes (and that usually reduces to a few seconds once they see I’m about to complain):  I have a  tower of to-be-read  and to-be-reviewed books that may as well be called Eiffel for it’s height.  It’s my own fault, I know.  I buy books at the urging of friends, or because of a fascinating interview with the author, or because I participated in a promotion, or, as in this case, because I am already familiar with the author’s writing and just had to read more. 

Many of you I hope already know Katie Sullivan from The D/A Dialogues, an often hilarious blog where Katie spars with a Druid who’s been living in her head for roughly the last 20 years.  She is currently working on a series, a young adult historical fantasy novel replete with Druids and…

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Hie thee to Helena’s latest



Look what came in the mail on Friday. Volume Two of Helena Hann-Basquiat’sMemoirs of a Dilettante.

I bring this up not only because Helena is a splendid writer who uses language like a pizzaiolo twirls dough (i.e., with aplomb) but also because she quoted me on the back cover. I’d like to think my blurb will help her sell a few copies, but I’m also hoping some of Helena’s readers will hop over and buy my books. Blurbing is a two-way street.

I’ll keep this brief so you can click rye-cheer and grab your copy. If you loved volume one, I’m confident that volume two will float your boat, warm your cookies, and massage your buns with the continuing saga of Helena and the Countess of Arcadia, Penelope.

I need to get up to Arcadia one of these days and drop in on them. I know Helena has…

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#Read #Authors – #Copyright #Infringement #Notification…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


I have been hearing from a LOT recently that more SCAM BOOK SITES are appearing online in ever increasing numbers…

What can YOU do about it?

If you are an author and YOUR book(s) are being offered without your permission – issue DMCA Notices (SEE BELOW FIRST)


It may be tempting to get books FOR FREE or at greatly reduced prices but…

They may be a click farm looking for your email

and you will be infected with a virus.




If they are on Facebook – Use Facebook’s reporting form to remove their link source from Facebook’s server.

My attorney warns me not to click on them, but to send a form letter to their server.

You can find out their server here:

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