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…


Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

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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:

US   UK   DE   FR   ES   IT   NL   JP   BR   CA   MX   AU   IN

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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