KDP Print – Amazon is Beta-Testing a Combined Kindle and POD Dashboard 


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kdp-00-logo-614x256Here’s some interesting news from Nate Hoffelder for those authors who have just electronic versions of their books. This is a wonderful service for authors to get their print books done as well.

But once this becomes a thing – remember that Amazon charges 60% for expanded distribution of print books.

I recommend to all my clients that they sell print books through Amazon, opt out of Amazon’s expanded distribution, and use IngramSpark for expanded distribution, which has wider distribution around the world (including libraries) and you get to choose what % the retailer gets (though keep in mind – 40% is standard for retailers and Ingram takes 15% so the standard is 55%). They also print better quality books (ones that you might order for yourself to sell or give as gifts.)

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For the longest time Amazon has offered two distribution platforms for books. Publishers could use KDP to sell…

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What’s Your Story? – Guest Post…

What’s Your Story? – Guest Post…


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Our life is the story we tell ourselves.  As we think, so our life unfolds.  Energy follows thought.

Consider the laws of physics.  Physics is the science of matter and motion.  One of its foremost premises is that all matter converts to energy.  Therefore, that which is not matter is energy.  But what is energy?  We can’t see it, yet we know it’s there.  This is displayed when we flip a switch and the light goes on; when we accidently get shocked by an electrical current; when we sense someone is watching or following us; when we feel drawn to a stranger without explanation.

We react to this energy physically when we put our body – matter — in motion.  We react to it mentally when we develop an opinion – thoughts — of a situation.  And we react to it…

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Celebrate!


Thanksgiving is almost here. Can you believe it? I don’t know where this year has gone, but ready or not, it’s time to start Christmas shopping.

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When you need a break from the holiday rush, snuggle up with the first half (four books) of my Romancing the Guardians series in one Kindle package. For just $5.99 – half the price of buying each book separately, escape into this world of steamy, supernatural romance.

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Amazon Links:

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What’s Inside

Rescuing Lara

Lara Spenser guards an ancient prophetic scroll her enemies the Hellhounds will kill to obtain. Injured in a staged car wreck that killed her beloved uncle, the High Guardian of Danu, she seeks refuge in Ireland, but her unique sixth sense warns the evil ones are closing in. Desperate for a bodyguard, she hires Connor O’Shea, ex-Special Forces soldier. Romance soon blooms between them, but while Conn may keep Lara safe, can he free her from the emotional wounds holding her prisoner? Will she learn to love and fulfill her destiny as the new High Guardian?

Decoding Michaela

Michaela Peterson can read minds. A Guardian of Danu sworn to protect one of seven sacred scrolls, her identity is known only to the High Guardian. So she thinks until Dev Medina brings word that her revered leader has been murdered by vicious “Hellhounds” who want the scrolls. Dev often dreams of a woman he calls his golden goddess. He is stunned to find Michaela is his dream girl. Fearing the Hellhounds may be coming for her, he wants to whisk her to safety, but she’s wary of trusting him. Can he win her to trust and convince her to leave her Galveston, Texas, home before tragedy strikes?

Capturing Gabriel

Chopper pilot Josie Tseda has vowed to find Gabriel Valdez, a Guardian of Danu, and bring him to meet with the other Guardians. Locating him in the mountains of Colombia and convincing him to accompany her to the U.S. proves a challenge. Seeking revenge for his mother’s death, Gabriel battles drug traffickers in his country. He distrusts the feisty Navajo female who delivers an urgent message, supposedly from the High Guardian. It may be a lie to ensnare him. Their mutual attraction only complicates matters. Will her mission and the secret, deadly power he wields stand between them?

Touching Charlotte

How can a man romance a woman who can’t stand to be touched? That’s the dilemma facing Tristan Jameson when he meets Charlotte Dixon. A Guardian of Danu, Char is charged with protecting a prophetic scroll handed down through time by her ancestors. Blessed – or cursed – with an empathic ability to absorb other people’s emotions, she is flooded by Tristan’s lingering grief over a lost love when he innocently touches her. How will he prove the right man’s touch might bring joy instead of pain? Can he save her from ruthless enemies in a dark mansion on Long Island’s Gold Coast?

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Living Planet Index Report in Pictures

Living Planet Index Report in Pictures


Important report on endangered species.

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Global wildlife populations will decline by 67% by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to reduce human impact on species and ecosystems, warns the biennial Living Planet Index report from WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) and ZSL (Zoological Society of London). From elephants to eels, here are some of the wildlife populations most affected by human activity.

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It’s Live! Happy Halloween!


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Want murderous Halloween reading? Check this out!

PROFILING NATHAN is out! Book five in my Romancing the Guardians series, this story is packed with murder and mayhem, sexy romance and supernatural flashes.

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A serial killer is murdering young women in Tampa’s entertainment district. Latino gangbangers are raising a ruckus. In the middle of all this, lives Nate Maguire, a reluctant Guardian of Danu. He just wants to make a living inking tattoos – until FBI profiler Talia Werner walks into his shop. She rapidly turns his life upside down.

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First, the beautiful, stiff-necked fed delivers a message from the Guardians, who outsiders like her aren’t even supposed to know exist. Although instantly suspicious, Nate can’t resist the attraction between them.

Then Talia gets involved in solving the recent murders and drags Nate into it. To save her pretty neck, he may need to employ a deadly psychic gift.

If you can spare a few minutes, sample the book for FREE on Amazon. If you like it, please tell your friends.

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Best Day to Launch Your Book


What is the best day of the week to launch your ebook? I’ve read conflicting advice on this subject. Some indie authors say launch toward the end of the week, preferably Thursday, to draw weekend readers. More importantly, to avoid competing with traditional publishers who most often launch new releases on Tuesday.

Taking the opposite tack, other authors say launch on Tuesday so you more or less ride on the big boys’ coattails. Their reasoning has to do with Amazon algorithms. Don’t ask because I don’t know.

Okay, so I have a new book coming out soon. Very soon! The title is Profiling Nathan, Romancing the Guardians, Book Five. Here’s the cover!

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Now, on what day of the week should I release this puppy? Drumming my fingers and gnashing my teeth here. Kidding! Actually, I’ve decided to split the difference and launch on Wednesday, October 26.

Close to Halloween! Bad idea? I hope not. The story features a grisly serial murderer, a first for me. Maybe it will appeal to mystery fans as well as paranormal romance fans. You think?

Want to check out the rest of the books in this series, as well as my paranormal western romances? Visit my Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/Y3aotC

Thanks for stopping by. What do you think is the best week day to launch a new book?

Winner!


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I’m delighted to tell y’all the cover of Rescuing Lara won the romantic suspense category in the Cover The Words Contest. This is the second win for this little book that could! It won its category in the Paranormal Romance Guild 2015 Reviewers Choice Awards. Get it in the U.S.: http://amzn.to/1sSwh8y   the UK: http://amzn.to/1qwLWiu and other Amazon sites. You can also get it FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

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Blurb:

Lara Spenser is running for her life. She guards a treasured relic from ages past that her ruthless enemies want to get their hands on. Although she has escaped to Ireland, her special sixth sense tells her the “Hellhounds” are closing in. Injured in a car wreck that killed her beloved uncle, she is desperate for someone to act as her bodyguard.

Enter Connor O’Shea, ex-Special Forces soldier on extended leave in Ireland after a disastrous accident on his current job. When he meets Lara, his protective instinct compels him to defend her until she can find a permanent bodyguard. Romance soon blooms between them, but while Conn may keep Lara safe, can he rescue her from the deep emotional wounds holding her prisoner? Will she fulfill her destiny as High Guardian of apocalyptic secrets? Find the answers in this first book of a tantalizing new series, Romancing the Guardians.

Review:

“It’s so wonderful to pick up a romantic suspense-filled novel and fall in love with both main characters . . . the plot is brilliantly set up as it slides across genres and takes on its own life! . . . Picture a vibrant, multi-colored braided ribbon, each color being a subplot and you can visualize how well Ms. Horner has woven this tale together with depth and precision, while creating a masterful work of art through words.”

Tome Tender; January 2015