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Amazon Prime Day

So apparently July 11th is Amazon’s “Prime Day”.

First I ever heard of it. Apparently this is an annual thing.

Since the wifey and I are Prime members, I decided to peruse the selections they have, in hopes that, maybe, I could find something.

And surprise, surprise mine eyes did rest upon a few good deals (that weren’t already sold out).

Amazon Echo (The CIA)

Echo.pngA. K. A.  the CIA’s little helper.

…on second thought don’t get this…

“What Doesn’t Kill Us” by Scott Carney

Hof

I’ve always loved the cold and realized early in life that the more I put up with a small amount of discomfort in the cold, the warmer I eventually became. Then I discovered Wim Hof through several channels and was immediately interested in the “Ice Man” who could be comfortable in ice water.

I’m told “What Doesn’t Kill Us” is a great book about Mr. Hof and his techniques and I look forward to this Prime deal.

Numerous Polyhedral Dice

dice.jpg

Heavy breathing…

For the gamer in your life…or you. Or your gaming group. Ever run low during a D&D campaign, keep losing your dice, or running a tabletop game requiring more than one dice type? This baggy looks great for all of your tabletop gaming needs.

Though, if you are a more hardcore gamer, these will probably just get mixed in with the 36″x12″x10″ tote you have already full of dice…

Dynasty Toys Laser Tag Set

laser tag.pngDo I really need to explain why?

Go Forth

I’m not going to lie, that’s all I found at 8:32AM this morning (July 11th) not yet sold that caught my eye. There were a few video games and that, but Steam just recently ran some great deals and I got Dishonored and Dishonored II for $30 altogether.

But I’m one person in the millions shopping. What cool deals, especially for those of us geeks/nerds did you find?

Until next time. . .

Book Review: White Horse by Alex Adams

I don’t normally stray from my science fiction bubble when reading fiction. When I do it’s rare, and I only stray if something really catches my eye.

So when I came across WHITE HORSE by Alex Adams I was intrigued by the post-apocolyptic world she had crafted.

From Amazon:

“The world has ended, but her journey has just begun.

Thirty-year-old Zoe leads an ordinary life until the end of the world arrives. She is cleaning cages and floors at Pope Pharmaceuticals when the president of the United States announces that human beings are no longer a viable species. When Zoe realizes that everyone she loves is disappearing, she starts running. Scared and alone in a shockingly changed world, she embarks on a remarkable journey of survival and redemption. Along the way, Zoe comes to see that humans are defined not by their genetic code, but rather by their actions and choices. White Horse offers hope for a broken world, where love can lead to the most unexpected places.”

Our story begins with our heroine, Zoe, trekking through Italy, on her way to Greece. The majority of the world’s population has been killed by the mysterious “White Horse.” Those humans still alive live in squalor. Those affected by White Horse and still living are changed. Zoe has to fight her way through this world to reach her final destination: Greece.

Why Greece? Read the book, I’m not going to spoil that for you.

WHITE HORSE is an excellent read that draws you in further to this destroyed future. Each chapter is split between NOW – the post-apocolyptic world and Zoe’s quest to Greece – and THEN – before everything went to hell and during White Horse’s rampage across the world. As White Horse drowns the world in blood and sorrow you are witness to the very best and the very, very worst of humanity.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. So much, in fact, that my boss told me to put down my Kindle. I was drawn in by the struggles of Zoe and the friends she makes along the way as they try to stay alive and stay human throughout the whole book. Sometimes it’s hard. More than once Zoe is forced to make a choice between holding to her pre-apocolypse morals, or forget them and fall to the level of others.

It even has sci-fi in it! So that was some icing on the cake. 🙂 Alex Adams weaves the science fiction part very well into the story – just enough so it’s almost believeable that it could maybe happen.

The end is amazing. Quite a few well placed, Earth-shattering twists. The whole book Alex Adams builds the tension of Zoe getting to Greece. That’s another reason I had to keep reading. Throughout the book Zoe desperately needs to get to Greece. By the end of the book you’re rooting for her and hoping she will get to her destination and find whatever or whomever it is that she is looking for, and find out why. I got a little choked up at the end.

Just sayin’ . . . but don’t tell anyone that. Men don’t cry. Manly men. PROTEIN! and TESTOSTERONE!

I highly recommend WHITE HORSE. Get your copy today, here: http://www.amazon.com/White-Horse-ebook/dp/B005JSV1F6/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1346349469&sr=1-1

Publishing to the iBookstore

So the iBook version of PRIMO VICTORIA is done! iAuthor is such a cool, easy to use program. As are many Apple products. 🙂

But, publishing to the iBookstore is a feat within itself. When I go to “Publish” in iAuthor there’s a blue link on the tab that pops up that says “Learn more about publishing to the iBookstore.”

I click it, and what pops up is a list of things I have to do. Sign up for an account. Then install iProducer. Then set up all my account info. It’s quite the process.

So, the iBook IS  complete! I have NOT been lazy! (Okay, maybe a little, I could have got this done last night.) The moment I get all the wingdings figured out the book will be up in the iTunes iBookstore.

Next project: the Nook version. I think I have it locked down, but need to work some things out.

Definitely not as easy as just letting BookBaby do it for me, but I’m learning and the next publication will be much smoother.

And don’t forget, PRIMO VICTORIA is available in the Kindle Store for $0.99!  http://www.amazon.com/Primo-Victoria-ebook/dp/B00912693K/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1345919284&sr=8-3&keywords=primo+victoria

Until next time . . .

Update

Alright, so as you all know, the novella PRIMO VICTORIA is available on Amazon for $0.99. You can get your Kindle copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Primo-Victoria-ebook/dp/B00912693K/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1345811053&sr=8-4&keywords=Primo+Victoria

As for Nook and iBook? Weeeeellll…

The iBook version should be done tonight. I now know I need to create the iBook well before I release the Kindle or Nook versions. When it’s released is really based on when Apple posts it. I shall keep you all updated.

As for the Nook version…I’m still working out the kinks. For whatever reason the manuscript wants to all flow together in the Nook version and I can’t get the pages and chapters to separate. Going to see if the program Calibre has any remedies.

Not using BookBaby makes this a bit harder, but I’m also not shelling out $90 in an effort to merely break even (as with DER STERNVOLKER). I’m glad Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Apple have all provided ways for authors to generate the books themselves. And I don’t mind paying a small percentage of my sale in order to keep my profits. It’s a pretty good deal, actually. Will DER STERNVOLKER remain on BookBaby? . . . we’ll see.

And no paperback copies this time, folks. Though CreateSpace is a great service (it really is, no sarcasm intended), and creates a great product, the return on investment and savings to the consumer are not great. DER STERNVOLKER is available for $13.00 through CreateSpace. A book published by a big publishing house of equivalent size and page count would be $9.99. PRIMO VICTORIA would have to be priced at $8 or $9, when a similar book would sell for $4 or $5, or less. It just doesn’t make sense. I’m sorry to those of you who will not read PRIMO VICTORIA because it’s not in trade paperback, but it’s just not worth it for either you nor me.

I hope you’re all enjoying PRIMO VICTORIA. If you haven’t got it already, head over to the Kindle Store and grab your copy today! http://www.amazon.com/Primo-Victoria-ebook/dp/B00912693K/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1345811053&sr=8-4&keywords=Primo+Victoria

Until next time . . .

PRIMO VICTORIA

It is released! PRIMO VICTORIA is available in the Kindle store! Just $0.99! Get your copy today!

http://www.amazon.com/Primo-Victoria-ebook/dp/B00912693K/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1345651165&sr=1-1&keywords=primo+victoria 

And please, use this blog post to post your critiques and reviews of the novella. I would love to hear back from everyone on what they thought of the prequel to the novel, DER STERNVOLKER.

And of course, make sure you check out the “Books and Works” tab at the top of the page for all the novels, novellas, and short stories I’ve written and published independently.

More to follow as the Nook and iBook versions become available.

Until next time . . .