In the Saturday Slush Pile: Goodbye, Nook.

June 7, 2014

Today in the Saturday Slush Pile:

  • Shake Down Your Ashes: Coming June 24, 2014
  • Are you ready to be a spy?
  • In the News: Goodbye, Nook.
  • Blog to Follow: Historical Heartbeats
  • The Week in Social Media: A recipe for hot cocoa, why books smell, and book humor on both ends of the week.

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Shake Down Your Ashes: Coming June 24, 2014

Shake Down Your Ashes Cover_edited-1I hope you enjoyed the excerpt shared on the blog on Wednesday of my next release, a historical novella set in 1900 upstate New York. It is radically different from my other work, so if you don’t like it, you won’t hurt my feelings. Trust me. Writers are not in this business to make friends. We’re in this business to write stories. (Although it’s nice when we get both!) Stay tuned for the next excerpt to learn about our heroine, Irene Bell.  Excerpt to post to the blog on Wednesday, June 11.

Are you ready to be a spy?

It’s coming up quick, so be sure to follow me on all the social media sites to up your chances of having a character named after you during my To Save a Viscount Writing Marathon, happening June 18 – June 23. I will be writing non-stop through the duration and will post my word count to my various social media sites. If you see one of my posts, like, favorite, or share that sucker to enter for your chance to have a character named after you in To Save a Viscount. Want more than just that? The character that’s up for naming plays a pivotal role in the plot. You really won’t want to miss this. So click on the social media stickers to the right of this blog post and start following me.

In the News: Goodbye, Nook.

It’s been real. It’s been fun. But I can’t say it’s been real fun.

As an indie author, I try to be cognizant of the fact that my readers come from all walks of life on all different continents using all different types of reading mediums. And to that end, I publish on Nook Press, Barnes & Noble’s self-publishing platform. But to put it nicely, B&N sucks. As a vendor with whom I do business, they are terrible. They have been known to miscalculate sales, lose sales, misplace 1099s, and not respond to multiple requests to fix broken parts of their self-publishing platform. But every time I release a new book, I go through the steps to get it working on B&N for my Nook readers.

But it looks like the Nook will soon be no more, and Nook readers will be forced to rely on Android bookstores. B&N has just announced a partnership with Samsung to produce a co-branded tablet. What does this mean? Well, bloggers speculate this means the Nook will soon be going away, which for the dismal looking bookseller, this does not come as a surprise. The Nook has never been a successful venture for B&N, and this writer will wait to see what the co-branded tablets will bring.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must start uploading Shake Down Your Ashes now to this deplorable platform in order for it to be ready for my Nook readers by June 24.

Blog to Follow: Historical Heartbeats

historicalheartbeatsEstablished by a fellow indie historical writer, Brenda B. Taylor, Historical Heartbeats is my little gift to all of my fellow historical romance fans. Historical Heartbeats regularly welcomes other historical authors as guests to the blog, so if you’re looking for your next favorite historical writer, this is the place to find him or her.

The Week in Social Media: A recipe for hot cocoa, why books smell, and book humor on both ends of the week.

We can’t be on every social media site everyday (but remember you want to be from June 18 – June 23!), so here are some highlights from the week in social media.  Click on the image to follow the link in the post.

Hot cocoa right there in the middle of the Friday Fast 5!

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I always stick my nose in a new book. Find out why it smells so good!


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Happy reading.

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