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  • New Dystopia, Cadáin’s Watch ~ Live on #Amazon for #Kindle

    After two years of work, Cadain’s Watch (Storms Of Transformation Series Book 3) has been published! This is the final installment of my dystopia.

    Cadain’s Watch is a near future dystopia. It is set in America, 10 years from now.  You can find the Kindle version on Amazon.

     

    For folks who would rather not read Ebooks, the paperback is coming soon, so stay tuned.

     

    Below is the Cadáin’s Watch Book Trailer.

     

     

    For reflections from an early reader, check out this post from Book Horde.

     

    I was sent a review copy which I just started reading and I am really impressed by how much the writer has grown since the first book, Tears of Paradox, which I reviewed last year. My main complaint about the first book was that we were too much in the characters’ heads and as a result the pacing was erratic and at times confusing.

    Cadain’s Watch does not have that problem – the characters are continually in action and the narrative flows briskly. This is great because it allows the writer’s talent for creating characters that feel intensely really come through.

     

    Thanks to all my friends and readers for your support! I hope you enjoy the book.

     

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  • Free Preview of Cadáin’s Watch ~ #Book Three in my #Dystopian Series

    Cadáin’s Watch, Kindle edition, is going live on Amazon next Tuesday, March 14. Want a sneak peak? Get one free!

    Read a free preview of the final book in my dystopian series by clicking this link, and the preview will be delivered to your inbox.

    And don’t forget to preorder the book! Available on Amazon for only $2.99.

    For folks who don’t have kindles, there will be a paperback edition. Coming soon, so stay tuned!

     

    Michelle and Jason escaped the wreckage of their beloved hometown and are determined to live free. Though they are hunted by the totalitarian bureaucracy, they vow to resist oppression no matter the cost.

    But insidious evil still threatens. Once proud Americans are hopeless and unwilling to fight, making it that much harder for the rebels in their quest for Liberty.

    And so, God intervenes, and the angel-warrior Cadáin is sent to watch over those whose spirits are unbroken.

     

     

    Heres a one minute promo for Tears of Paradox (Storms Of Transformation Series Book 1).

     

     

    You can find this book on your right, or just click here.


  • Guest Post: Author Dawn Witzke ~ Society Gone South

     

    Today I’m pleased to have Dawn Witzke, author of the debut novel Path of Angels (Underground Series Book 1) as a guest on D Street.

    Dawn writes about one of the many traditional institutions that has been compromised by the American Left.

     

    Society Gone South.

    Boy Scouts Cave…Again

    Not so long ago, I saw an announcement that said BSA would now allow girls who are under the misguided assumption that they are boys to join Boy Scouts. I used to support the Boy Scouts. In fact, I was a leader of both a Troop and a Venture Crew. My last year of volunteering came when they caved on “gay” scouts. I still would buy popcorn from the local troop, but I couldn’t bring myself to be an active participant in the decay of a once laudable organization. That time has passed.

    I was involved when the first battle was being waged. There were other things happening at the time as well. Money and membership had been going down for years. When the proverbial shit hit the fan and donations by large corporations were threatened, BSA did everything they could to save those funds, including throwing their organizations principles under the bus.

    Some in the leadership had tried a couple years before to get the BSA to change their stance on “gay” scouts and leaders, but it failed miserably because they tried to make too many changes at once.

    So, they backed off, split the issue of “gay” scouts from “gay” leaders and couched it in terms of “you’re evil for wanting to kick out boys who discover they’re gay.” Notice the wording choice. They didn’t say you want to keep out homosexual activists bent on destroying the BSA. No. It was “kick out.” Of course, the majority didn’t want to see boys who had been in scouts their entire life be kicked out just because of something that was beyond their control. It was an easily killed straw man.

    After “gay” scouts were accepted in 2013, the hard liners had left for other organizations that held the principles that BSA had once espoused. In 2015, “gay” leaders were accepted and now in 2017, “transgender” scouts.

    Each year, the enrollment numbers have been dropping. Rather than sticking to its principles, BSA elected to commit suicide by caving to those who want to see traditional morals destroyed.

    The attack on the BSA and eventual caving is a symptom of the wider culture. Long gone are the days of convincing people to change through logic and reason. Today, anyone who dissents from the left’s view of right and good is to be figuratively beaten into submission or eliminated entirely. And they will use any means necessary, including lying, cheating and stealing.

    We’ve seen it time and again. Chic-fil-a, Firefox, photographers, cake bakers, gamergate, Hugo Awards, Bram Stoker Awards and the latest – – Milo. No one is safe from the attacks. It doesn’t matter if you’re left, right or center, you will be vilified if you even suggest that anyone be allowed to hold any opinions other than the leftist line.

    Those who want to tear apart every institution that stands on moral or religious principles have been advancing and destroying those institutions. Gradually at first, but once they realized that people would cow to their demands, they became more forceful. They began winning the war, because good men chose not to fight.

    That is starting to change. People are starting, however small, to fight back. Trump’s win was a hard shock for the left who thought that they had cowed everyone into submission. (Okay, it was a shock to everyone, but the left felt it the hardest.) Little by little the ground lost can be recovered as long as people continue to fight back.

     

    Please check out Dawn’s new book! (I already ordered my copy).

     

    It is year 63 of the New Era. Nacerma has rid itself of societies ills – homelessness, hunger, suffering and religious differences – becoming a country of peace. Seventeen-year-old, Aadi seeks something deeper than the life Nacerma offers. When her former lover, turned priest, asks her to risk her life for her faith, she accepts the meaningful quest.
    Mischa Truin is wanted by the Guard and needs to get out of town for awhile. When he’s asked to keep his best friend, Aadi, safe, he jumps at the chance. Together, their faith and friendship are tested as they face thieves, highwaymen, the Red Guard and their own inner demons as their feelings for one another are revealed. Will their friendship survive the quest? Will they?
    Dawn Witzke is a freelance writer, graphic artist and master level procrastinator. She can be found over at her blog, Books & Art, where she randomly posts artwork, book reviews and writing.

     


  • Tears of Paradox #FreeKindle Giveaway ~ A Success!

    My free book promotion for Tears Of Paradox got over 1700 downloads.

     

    Thank You

     

    This was the best promotion I have ever run, and to everyone who decided to take a chance and download Tears, I’d like to say Thank You!

    For those who open the book on their Kindle someday and decide to give it a try, Thank you, too!

    For all of my friends who tweeted, shared Facebook & Gab posts and helped spread the word, Thank you!

    To vm, blogger at Bookhorde who placed my book in a Valentines Day post, Thank you!

    And finally, to the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance, Thank you! The placement of Paradox in the CLFA February Booknado helped more people find my book.

    I hope readers like the book and the entire series. 🙂

     

    A note for new readers.

    My books are near future dystopias told from the POVs of Catholic/Christian characters. On Amazon they are categorized as Christian Fantasy and Futuristic Christian Fiction in addition to other categories.

    But my books are not what many Christian Fiction readers might be used to. I made it a point to model my characters on what I see and hear every day from my own husband, family, and other working class people. We are devout Catholics, yet my husband is not a saint.

    I have read that much of Christian fiction forbids any use of swear words (even mild ones) and sometimes the characters are not portrayed as gritty sinner types.

    If you downloaded my book and find that it’s not what you thought it would be, I hope you will give it a try anyway. I explain my thought process and the time I spent agonizing over the way I portrayed my male characters in a blogpost I wrote. Click here.

    But back to the question at hand. Should we or shouldn’t we write characters who actually do and say the things we ourselves do and say? My answer is: How could we not? After all, we are following Christ for a reason. We are all sinners. If we weren’t we wouldn’t need Christ. What good would it be to write characters who don’t sin and struggle? After all, if they were perfect they would have much less need of Christ’s light. I’m sure some folks would disagree with me, and of course that is their prerogative, but I must admit that I like a certain amount of true to life grittiness in the fictional books I read. This includes books with Catholic or Christian themes, precisely because such works show the world realistically.

    IMO writing realistic characters can actually be a boon. If Jason had been a choirboy while getting ready to begin serving overseas during the Global War On Terror, it would have seemed fake, fake, fake. He had just left the girl he loved behind and his future was uncertain. Such a man, though a believer and even a sporadic churchgoer, simply wouldn’t have not gotten drunk at least once, and probably many more times. The same goes for Brad, a student of pharmacy in Memphis TN. A product of the times, living in an old dump of a house with a bunch of roommates. Of course Brad sowed wild oats.

    However, during the course of the book, times begin to change. It is made clear in early chapters of Tears Of Paradox that both Brad and Jason were given a moral upbringing in the Catholic Church. Though they did drift away for a time, they found the “world” to be not of their liking. This makes their ultimate return to the Faith and Jason’s treatment of Michelle all the more satisfying. When Brad finally marries he too becomes a changed man, in part because of his faith, even though he doesn’t see it at the time.

     

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    By the middle of the book both men are married to women they love and treasure, and Jason, due to his struggle to cope with circumstances beyond his control, is spending time in Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament.

    Such a transformation — from lady killer to a man relying solely on Christ — would have meant much less if Jason hadn’t been portrayed as a sinner. And in fact, he continues to fall and fail and ask for forgiveness throughout the series. I use the word transformation deliberately. Tears of Paradox and The Notice are part of The Storms of Transformation Series. As usual there is irony, or perhaps paradox, because not only is America being transformed, but the characters are as well.

     

    Above is my outlook on things.

    Again, thank you to all! I’m feeling pretty good today, knowing that 1700 potential readers have a copy of my book on their devices.


    For a sneak peek into book 3, Cadáin’s Watch, check out the book trailer below. 

     

    Now, back to work.

     

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    Check out the free preview of The Notice, above. 🙂


  • #BookReview ~ Amy Lynn 3, The Lady of Castle Dunn by Jack July

    Today I’m reviewing The Lady Of Castle Dunn, book 3 in Jack July‘s Amy Lynn Series.

     

    Read my reviews of books one and two here.

    Today I’m posting reviews of the first two books in Jack July’s Amy Lynn series. The books are unique. Both revolve around  heroine Amy Lynn Braxton, however the stories are quite different. In book one, we meet the child Amy, and follow her through her coming of age. In Golden Angel, Amy has matured, and strikes out on adventures that don’t include her family back home in Black Oak, Alabama.

     

    Before today’s review I’d like to share some reflections on the way Castle Dunn affected me.

    As is the case with many books, this one brought on a deep sadness. This was because the story juxtaposed Amy’s close knit traditional Southern Baptist family–one that reminds me of my grandmother’s family in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina when I was a child–beside the terrible evil that seems to be overtaking the world at large, and in some instances, America itself.

    When reading of Amy’s Alabama family I was wishing for the old days, those that will never return. I understand that the south during the 1960s when I was a child visiting “the Mountain” as we called it,was not idyllic.

    Everyone knows that the South spawned horrible prejudice and discrimination against black people. For this there is no excuse.

    But when I visited my family once a year or so, I saw none of the ugliness. It was just a loving family that did many of the same things Amy’s family does in July’s series.

    Going to church, family dinners, playing with cousins on rope swings, going to Uncle John’s garage–where he lovingly maintained his 1960 Plymouth Galaxy for 40 years–to get a Mountain Dew are what I remember.

    Not to say that it was the best of times for my mountain cousins. My great uncle, who fought in WWII and was a part of DDay, lived in a rather poor home. He had four children and no indoor toilet. They had an outhouse. Indoors they had running water, but no water heater. The family suffered from diabetes. My aunt had her leg amputated and passed a few years later, and two of her sons also died of diabetes.

    Still, I remember those visits fondly. We children had no worries other than those of going home to Pennsylvania and starting another school year where we might not find friends or perhaps get bad grades.

    The childhood innocence that I enjoyed is gone forever. That ship sailed over the past 8 years and it’s never coming back, at least in my lifetime, and possibly that of my grandchildren.

    Nowadays children are exposed to adult subjects beginning in kindergarten, and continuing on through their childhood. It happens from all angles including their teachers, and is detrimental to them because they are too young for such complex subjects.

    But, we can’t go back. Today’s children are growing up in a different era. Some of them, perhaps more than during the time of my childhood, are exploited in horrible unspeakable ways that it hurts to think about.

    Jack July also touches upon this subject in Castle Dunn.

    Following is my Review.

    Sweet Southern girl turned CIA Superhero, Amy Lynn will keep you turning the pages.

    I read the first two Amy Lynn books and both were excellent. Amy’s world ranges from her close-knit family in Black Oak, Alabama to the halls of the CIA.

    Amy’s family is made up of finely crafted characters that can make readers feel the urge to sit on the front porch with them, relaxing with glasses of sweet tea in the heat of a summer afternoon. On the other hand, Amy’s life as an undercover agent who must confront the most horrid of evils is sad beyond belief. It would seem, perhaps, that two such interwoven tales might not mesh very well. But in Amy Lynn’s world, nothing could be more natural.

    This book was is a treasure. Amy takes us from fun episodes of brawling men at a stock car race in Alabama to scenes of darkness that show the evil in certain segments of humanity that have lost their souls if they ever had any to begin with. And throughout the comforting home-life and the dangerous missions a love story unfolds, too.

    Jack July has done it again. I am eagerly awaiting a fourth installment of Amy’s adventures. I hope the wait won’t be too long.

    Above is my system for rating & reviewing books. Castle Dunn met all four of the above, so it earned an easy 5 stars.

    Again, I hope the wait for book four isn’t overlong.

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    Jack July is a married father of two living in N/W South Carolina. To find out more about the author, please visit his Amazon author’s page.

     

     

     

     

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    Check out Book 2 in my Series, above.


  • #FreeKindle Promotion ~ Tears Of Paradox & The #CLFA Booknado

    Tears Of Paradox (Storms of Transformation Series Book 1) is free on Kindle through Wednesday February 15.

    Here’s what readers think about Tears Of Paradox.

     

     

    And, it’s time for the CLFA February Booknado!


    The monthly Booknado showcases books written by members of the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance, a counter-cultural group of talented authors, artists, columnists, publishers and other creative people who are working to bring quality books and other media to the underserved Conservative and Libertarian public.

     

    From the Booknado:

    New Releases:


    Live and Let Bite (Love at First Bite Book 3) by Declan Finn
    The third book in the Dragon Award nominated “Love at First Bite” series.


    The Undercover Captain (Captain Nancy Martin Book 2) by Henry Vogel
    It will take every bit of skill Nancy and Erica have to track down the evil genius behind the disappearances. Defeating them will be a different matter entirely.


    Letters from Aztlan by John L. Wolf
    In a dystopian, post-meltdown United States, a cynical, aging gunfighter receives a letter from an old friend in desperate need of help. He must fight his way across cartel occupied territory to find her.

    $1.99 OR LESS

    For the dates February 12 and 13, 2017, as reported by book author.

     99¢
    The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi Lamplighter
    Fringe meets Narnia at Hogwarts

     99¢
    The Raven, the Elf, and Rachel (A Book of Unexpected Enlightenment 2) by L. Jagi Lamplighter
    Rachel Griffin returns for more rousing adventure and humor!

     FREE
    Tears of Paradox (Storms of Transformation Book 1) by Daniella Bova
    America has fallen to a Marxist bureaucracy, and the parents of an unborn child go underground to keep their baby’s existence a secret.

     99¢
    A Place Outside the Wild (Z-Day Book 1) by Daniel Humphreys
    Eight years after Z-Day, the surviving remnants of mankind face the unknown. The scars of the long war run deep. And hope is a dangerous thing when the real enemy might just be the survivors themselves.

     FREE
    Bulletproof Vestments (Father Jay Book 1) by Jane Lebak
    A former gang member has tracked down the man who ratted out his brother 10 years ago. It’s time for some good old-fashioned revenge, except the man in question is disabled. And he’s a priest. And no one’s going to let him go down without a fight.

     

    As you can see, there are Vampires, Harry Potter style Fantasies, YA and Dystopian titles, including my own book.

    Since July of 2014 I’ve been a proud member of CLFA. I have found new friends, writing advice and critiques, and professionals who offer their services as cover artists, editors and beta readers. Members include specialists in areas unfamiliar to me (like guns) who will happily answer questions.

    Other members have online radio shows that will book authors as guests.

    If you are a creative Conservative or Libertarian, please consider joining CLFA. You won’t regret it.

    Happy reading!

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    Freedom’s Light Anthology is a collection of short stories by members of CLFA. All proceeds from this book benefit FIRE, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending liberty, freedom of speech, due process, academic freedom, legal equality, and freedom of conscience on America’s college campuses.

    Please check out the stories and purchase a copy. You’ll be glad you did.


  • Book Review ~ The Product, by Marina Fontaine

    I recently finished “The Product” a novella by Marina Fontaine.

    This story would be an excellent choice for High School English classes throughout the country, as a counterpoint to the almost universal pushing of “progressive” ideals through what some might term “literature.”

    This is real literature, in the mold of George Orwell. One can only hope a majority of parents have become exasperated enough with the public schools to search out books like this on their own, and then make their kids aware of them.

    Below is my review.

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    The Product is a grim look at human beings living in a totalitarian wasteland. Though the setting is urban, the images and ideas this novella evoked put me in mind of a sunless, dark and oppressive desert, where most people have become cruel and inhuman robots, like Stepford Wives with an added dash of indoctrination-fueled mob-like mentality.

    But humans weren’t created to be oppressed, and that’s where the product comes in. The dealers of the product are the subjects of this novella. It begins with the main character, Kevin, running to escape his oppressors. Without giving spoilers its difficult to explain in a review what exactly “The Product” is. Suffice to say that in this gray and dark environment, beams of light, color, action and sound find their way to those whose hearts tell them that things aren’t meant to be the way they are.

    These young humans, whose only notion of the way we live today comes from illegal stories handed down through untold generations, either stay in the gray, or fight their way to something better, through great danger & loyalty to their friends and trusted mentors.

    Though darker than Fontaine’s debut novel, Chasing Freedom, The Product is similar. It is the same tale in a vastly different time and setting–the story of humanity’s yearning and fight to be free.

     

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    Above is my system for rating books. The Product rated 5 stars.

     

    The Product did not make me laugh even once, but it did make me cry.

    It also was well written, and while the plot and story seemed mysterious at times, it all came together in this fine book. I got lost in the world of The Product…but I was glad I could find my way out.

    The questions it raised lingered, making me wonder how and why some people seem hell-bent on subjugating others, up to and including brainwashing and even, in some cases, death.

    Such people are on the rise. If we are honest with ourselves, we can see it. Whether America can break free of the movement that would ultimately lead to scenarios similar to that of Fontaine’s novella remains to be seen.

     

     

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    Marina Fontaine is an author, blogger, book reviewer, and co-creator of the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance, a counter-cultural group for writers, artists and others of a creative bent.

    Find Marina at her Amazon Author’s Page, Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance, and her blog, Marina’s Musings.

     

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  • The Notice is Free on Kindle!

    As some of my readers know, The Notice — book 2 in my series, and free through Sunday — was nominated by the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance for 2016 Book Of The Year.

    From the CLFA official press release:

    (April 5, 2016) – The Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance (CLFA), a network of authors, readers, editors, publishers, reviewers, artists, and cultural leaders who read, write, and promote pro-liberty fiction, has released the list of the ten Finalists for the 2015 CLFA Book of the Year award. They are (in alphabetical order by author’s last name):

    The Notice by Daniella Bova

    The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

    Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia

    Honor at Stake by Declan Finn

    By the Hands of Men Book Two: Into the Flames by Roy M. Griffis

    The Devil’s Dictum by Frederick Heimbach

    Amy Lynn, Golden Angel by Jack July

    Amy Lynn, The Lady Of Castle Dunn by Jack July

    Her Brother’s Keeper by Mike Kupari

    The Violet Crow by Michael Sheldon

    (All titles are available in the Amazon Kindle store.)

    To qualify, books had to be novel length (minimum 50k words) fiction first published in the calendar year 2015. Self-published, small press and traditionally published works are all eligible, including e-book and audio formats. Authors need not be members of the CLFA or even consider themselves to be politically aligned with the CLFA in order to be nominated and win. Books were nominated by members of the CLFA closed Facebook group. The top ten nominees are the finalists.

     

    Voting has begun, and is open to the public through June 30, 2016. Please check the CLFA website for more information, links to all the nominated works, and a link to the ballot if you wish to vote for your favorite book.

    And here’s more good news: The Notice, kindle edition, is free on Amazon through Sunday, June 19th. Click here to download your copy.

    There’s still time to read it and vote if you like it. 🙂

     


  • Book Reviews for the Rest of Us ~ A Step by Step Guide

    How many readers have seen graphics like the following on social media?

     

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    I’m sure many people, both readers and authors, have seen these messages. And I must admit, what is described above is right on the money. We authors do need a certain number of reviews in order to advance our careers. Though sometimes I hesitate to share these messages, since I have no wish to nag readers, or try to guilt folks.

    Still… we have to acknowledge that we need the reviews! What are we to do?

    I propose the following: Instead of asking readers for “reviews”, which may make people feel like they need to write an essay, we can simply request a short comment on Amazon, along with a fair rating in stars.

     

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    For example, I’ll link to one of the first reviews I ever received.

    Really enjoyed this and am looking forward to the next book……..good read!!

     

    I felt so darn happy and appreciative when I read the above comment. As authors always say — these are the reviews that hold a special place in our hearts. Of course we need and appreciate critical reviews, but comments such as this one mean a LOT more than the commenter or fan may realize.

    So, without further ado, I would like to get the point.

    Some people (I was one of them) are not really computer savvy, and the task of going online to write a comment can seem almost impossible.

    There is certainly no shame in that. Eight years ago I wouldn’t have had any idea whatsoever of how to navigate the internet. My mom is still learning. Lots of people don’t own computers at all, and I can understand why.

    Sometimes computers make me want to pull out my own hair.

    Ditto for my husband. Please look at the following pictures to get an idea about the man to whom I am married.

     

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    My husband. A good provider. A great family man. A wonderful friend. And…a man who doesn’t like computers!

    I can’t stress this fact enough. He doesn’t like computers. Or printers. Or smart phones. Or text messages. I have asked him numerous times to set up a Facebook account so he can reconnect with old friends, and he has laughed in my face.

    He will not do it. He reads email only because he’s forced to at work, and learned rudimentary computer skills for the express purpose of buying and selling guitars and amplifiers on Ebay.

    Yet he managed to write reviews for both of my books. This was because having read the books, (besides telling me flat out which parts stunk and needed to be changed) he wanted to give his opinion on Amazon. So he managed to do just that.

    And it wasn’t impossible, even for him.

     

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    So, here we go. By the end of this post, many readers who want to give the gift of a comment or short review on Amazon to authors whose work they enjoy, will be able to navigate the system.

     

    Step 1. Set up an email account if you don’t have one already.

    Many people already have email, but for those who don’t, it is necessary to set up an account in order to leave a book review. This is because reviewers must have email to set up an Amazon account, which we’ll get to shortly.

    For folks who don’t have email from a company like Verizon or Comcast, here’s a video tutorial on how to set up a Gmail (Google) account. And if you don’t like Gmail, there’s always Yahoo. Both are free.

     

     

     

    Step 2. Create an Amazon account.

    Creating your own Amazon account is necessary if you’d like to leave a comment about a book. And also, Amazon is a great company! I love Amazon. I like to shop online, and in addition to books for my Kindle, I can shop for just about anything. I would rather shop from the comfort of my own home and have my purchases delivered to my door than fight crowds in malls, so Amazon is my kind of company.

    The first step in creating your account is to find Amazon online. To do this, simply log onto the internet with whatever browser you use. Mine is Chrome. In the search bar (url bar) at the top of your screen, type the word Amazon. Several options should appear. Just click an option (red arrow below) or hit “enter” on your keyboard.

     

    Google AmazonThe next screen you will see is the Amazon home page. In order to create your account, you need to go through some other pages. To get to the screen where you can create an account, hover your cursor over the words: “Hello, sign in” and click on the pop up which will appear. That will take you to the screen below this one.

     

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    This is the screen which appears after the one above. It gives the option of signing into an existing account or creating a new account. Click the button.

     

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    And here we are on the Create an account page. You’ll need to fill in your name, email, and a password which you create. For password ideas click here, or make up your own. I have mine written down and keep them stored in a safe place. You can always get a new password if you lose yours.

    Once all the information is entered, click the button. You now have an Amazon account.

     

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    Following is a video that might also help.

     

     

    Step 3. Buying books and merchandise.

    Again, Amazon sells products other than books. You can find almost anything by typing it into the search bar, but for the purpose of this post we’ll stick to books.

    Say you’re looking for books by a particular author. I’ve been wanting to read the work of Dean Koontz for awhile now, so I typed his name into the Amazon Search box. You can do the same with the title of a book, or a genre, like Mystery or Science Fiction.

    As you can see, Koontz’s latest book appeared on the screen, along with a link to his Amazon Author’s page. The complete works of any given author can be found on their Amazon page.

     

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    I decided to click on Ashley Bell for the purpose of this post. You can decide which, if any, editions interest you. Many people buy paperback & hardcover books. I usually buy the Kindle version, since I like reading on my Kindle.

    The red arrows on the photo below show that you can buy the book with one click, or have a free sample sent to your device. And for folks who don’t have a Kindle but would still like to read on a laptop, tablet, PC or phone, there’s a solution to your dilemma. Look at the arrow, bottom left, and you’ll see that Kindle offers a free Kindle app. You can download the app and read Kindle books from Amazon without having to own a Kindle.

     

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    Step 4. Reviewing or commenting on a book.

    The book I just reviewed is Fugitive From Asteron by Gen LaGreca. I took screenshots of each step. It’s not difficult at all.

    My first step was to sign into my Amazon account using my email and password. Then I typed the book title into the search bar and clicked.

     

    Fugitive From Asteron 1

     

    The following screen appeared. I clicked on the title, printed in red next to the thumbnail of the book cover.

     

    Fugitive1

     

     

    Next, the screen below appeared. As you can see, the option to buy is listed. To write a review, you need to scroll down the page.

     

    Fugitive From Asteron purchase

     

    I scrolled down. Gen’s author bio appears under the book title and description.

     

    Gen LaGreca 1

     

    I scrolled further down. A link to Gen’s author page is listed. And directly below are customer reviews. The red arrow shows the button which reads “Write a customer review.”

     

    Write a review

     

    Next you’ll see a screen which asks “How was the author’s writing?” Sometimes that will be the only question you’ll see, but once you give your opinion, other questions will open.

    As you can see, I answered the first question with “great”, because Gen’s writing is awesome. And I answered the rest of the questions honestly. Fugitive from Asteron is written in first person, so I clicked that button, however, sometimes books are written in a combination of the multiple answers listed, so if you’re not sure,  click I don’t know.

    Below the questions, you’ll see that you can rate a book from 1-5 stars. I have my own criteria for rating books, which anyone can see if you click on the book review tag on this blog. Fugitive from Asteron earned 5 stars from me.

    NOTE! If you happen to have a Kindle, and you finish a book, you’ll be given the option to rate the book directly from your Kindle. This is a nice feature for readers, however, the rating in stars does not count as a review. The author will be happy to get a good rating, but in order for us to advance enough for Amazon to begin promoting our books, we need actual reviews or short comments.

     

    Writing

     

    Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Time to comment or review the book.

    The first sentence of my review of Fugitive from Asteron was: I really enjoyed this Science Fiction story. I went on to write more about why I liked the book, but that short comment was nice in itself. One or two sentences with an honest star rating is all readers really need to write in order to help the authors they admire.

    And you have no idea how much we appreciate your effort. In addition to reading our books, you care enough to help us with encouraging comments. Or, tell us honestly what you might not have liked about the book you’re reviewing.

    All feedback is helpful. We always want to improve our writing, and we want to please our readers, who make it possible for us to do what we love to do.

    As you can see below, there’s also a space for a review header. It’s not necessary, but if there’s one thing that you really loved about the book, you might write it there.

     

    Write in box

     

    Once you’re finished commenting, hit the yellow “submit” button and you’ll be taken to the following screen. As you can see, your public name is displayed with the review. You can change what the public sees by clicking “change”. Some people use only their initials, or a nickname, etc.

     

    Thank You

     

    Amazon will process the review and notify you by email as soon as it’s live. Then you can go to the site and see it. Sometimes other people will find your review helpful, and up-vote or comment on it. It’s always great to see that your review helped another reader make the decision to read a good book.

    So, that’s all there is to it.

    I hope this post was helpful. Please share far and wide, and know how much you, as readers, mean to us. If not for you we’d have no reason to keep writing.

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  • The Notice ~ A CLFA 2015 Book Of The Year Nominee!

    A proud moment for me. The Notice, Storms Of Transformation Series, Book 2, has been nominated for Book of the Year by members of the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance.

     

    From the official press release:

     

    (April 5, 2016) – The Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance (CLFA), a network of authors, readers, editors, publishers, reviewers, artists, and cultural leaders who read, write, and promote pro-liberty fiction, has released the list of the ten Finalists for the 2015 CLFA Book of the Year award. They are (in alphabetical order by author’s last name):

    The Notice by Daniella Bova

    The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

    Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia

    Honor at Stake by Declan Finn

    By the Hands of Men Book Two: Into the Flames by Roy M. Griffis

    The Devil’s Dictum by Frederick Heimbach

    Amy Lynn, Golden Angel by Jack July

    Amy Lynn, The Lady Of Castle Dunn by Jack July

    Her Brother’s Keeper by Mike Kupari

    The Violet Crow by Michael Sheldon

    (All titles are available in the Amazon Kindle store.)

    To qualify, books had to be novel length (minimum 50k words) fiction first published in the calendar year 2015. Self-published, small press and traditionally published works are all eligible, including e-book and audio formats. Authors need not be members of the CLFA or even consider themselves to be politically aligned with the CLFA in order to be nominated and win. Books were nominated by members of the CLFA closed Facebook group. The top ten nominees are the finalists.

     

    As you can probably tell, I am beyond excited. I am also humbled and thankful to God to be nominated along with the above authors. And I’m eternally grateful to all of my friends in CLFA, who have provided more love and support than I ever thought possible.

    May the best book win!