The Kindle Bookstore Doesn’t Have to be Your Only Source for e-Books

ereaderBy now, everyone who owns a Kindle or Kindle reading app knows that the Kindle Bookstore is a magical place with unsuspecting dark cavernous spots that make you rethink your existence as an e-book reader.

I have firsthand experience in the Kindle store, as a reader and an author, and I’m here to tell you that Amazon’s Kindle Bookstore has so many flaws that sometimes it’s just easier to find another source for eBooks than to wade through the muddied waters and quicksand that Amazon provides.

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Where’s My Book?

sinclair_lewis_writing_quote.jpg.scaled1000Being an avid reader is a tough job. You latch on to characters and your favorite authors all the time. There’s nothing like RELEASE DAY, espeically when you’ve pre-ordered that book MONTHS ago. Still, the feeling that comes with reading about the next phase of your faveorite character’s life is practically euphoric. And when you read the last page, nothing hurts worse than THE END. Because we, as readers, never want our favorites to end.

Sadly, they do.

Speaking from an author’s point of view, they have to.

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Sleep is for Suckers? Authors, Stop Feeding Into That Bulls^&t


I’m an insomniac. It’s not a fun thing to be. Do you know what it feels like for your body to be completely exhausted but you cannot sleep? Do you know that sleep deprivation is a method of torture? Depriving your body of rest adversely affects your brain and cognitive functions.

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Should I have a Street Team?

* in my Fresh Prince voice* Well, maybe I shouldn’t. Yeahhhh, of course I should.

I’ve been playing around with idea of a street team for months. It always seemed like so much work that I just didn’t have time for. However, after reading and talking to authors, I decided to give it a go and spent all weekend deciding what I wanted my street team to do and how I’d like it to function.

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Authors and Readers…can’t we all just get along?

angryreaderBefore I ever decided to write a novel, I was an avid reader. I read any and everything I could find…my books, my mother’s books, my sister’s books…you get the idea.

I own over 200 hardcover books, 150 paperbacks and my Ebook library has reached a point where I’d have to read a book a day for the next 3-4 years to read them all.

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Getting My 2014 Reading List Ready

A few days I ago, I put out a tweet that A) I didn’t think anyone actually saw or read, and B) didn’t actually think the few people who did see it would actually hold me accountable for it.

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I was wrong…so very very wrong.

But I admit, I one-click free books damn near obsessively. Plus I get ARCs and eARCs from my author friends. I pay for a lot of books too. The 800 books in the “Manage My Kindle” section definitely were not all free. That being said, I know why authors give their books away and most of the time, their generosity is not appreciated. Authors live and die by their reviews so I’m going to step up, wave my INDIE flag proudly and help out the authors who so generously let me read their book for free.

Now, since I’ve committed to reading and reviewing the free books I download, pretty much on a daily basis, I’m gonna have to step my reading game up. I think you should commit with me with.

Can you commit to reading and reviewing one free book a week? Let’s try it together!

Here are my January books:

Week 1 – The Undertaker by William F Brown

Week 2 – The Geronimo Breach by Russell Blake

Week 3 – The Book Waitress (Book 1, The Book Waitress Series) by Deena Remiel (and I love her! I don’t know why this book hasn’t been read and reviewed yet!)

Week 4 – An Angel’s Justice by Danica Winters – this book is only 26 pages so I’ll add another this week

Unsuitable Men by Nia Forrester

Add your 4 books in the comments below. At the end of the month, I’ll treat everyone who finishes AND leaves a review for their book to a special gift. Maybe I’ll set up a skype or google hangout and we can chat.

You’re Gonna Know His Name

GaryClarkJr-blackvinylmagI’m being 100% honest when I say I have no idea when I first heard of Gary Clark Jr. I simply can’t remember if I read about him on someone else’s blog (John Mayer’s perhaps) or if someone recommended him to me which is how I discover new music because I do not listen to the radio.

I remember getting an email from Amazon about some digital albums for five bucks and I had about $10 in digital download credits that were going to expire so I browsed their offer, saw a few albums that looked interesting and downloaded them. There were three albums that I downloaded that day…Blue Train by John Coltrane, the Coyote Ugly soundtrack (don’t judge me), and Gary Clark Jr.’s Blak and Blu.

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