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Xavier the Grape

Just a quick post for my readers. Below is a YouTube video you have to watch. It is about the adventures of Xavier the Grape. Some friends made it recently on a trip to beautiful, sunny Puerto Rico. Hope it gives it you a good laugh!

Star Wars, John Carter is your father!

During this year's Super Bowl, I saw a commercial for a movie that intrigued me. In many ways, the movie reminded me of such films as Avatar and Star Wars. As I watched the commercial with friends, one of them mentioned that it was based on a series of books that he read as a child. I asked him the name of the series, and he said, "John Carter of Mars."
The thing is, the John Carter series is known better under other names such as The Barsoom Series, or by the individual titles of the books, the first one being A Princess of MarsIt was started in 1912 by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author of the popular Tarzan series.
Given that I enjoyed the movie preview and a friend testified to the books being good, I downloaded A Princess of Mars to my Kindle. As I read the first book, I loved it. It is an action story for sure and is set on the planet of Mars. Although the natives of Mars actually call the planet Barsoom. To read something that holds up well after 100 years in existe…

Earning My Keep

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Recently, Dean Wesley Smith posted his thoughts on a pricing structure for ebooks. The article is a great read, and explains the reasoning behind his pricing.
What I took away from it is that an author should be careful about putting ebooks up for sale at bargain bin pricing. Since I'm in this for the long haul, I completely agree. I adopted Dean's pricing structure for my books. Before I list out that pricing, I want you to understand my reasoning for it.
As you know, I'm an independent author. Some would say self-published. I'm not here to argue semantics, though. I'm here to explain why I have raised the pricing on everything from my short stories to my novels. You might think the prices are high when you read them, especially since they are not traditionally published books. But think about this:
For my latest novel, Miscorr…

Read an E-Book Week March 4-10, 2012

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In case you haven't heard, March 4-10, 2012 is read an e-book week. If you live in Canada, it's even better because they have devoted the entire month of March to reading e-books. Wow! That's a lot of reading.

Every year, Smashwords gets in on the read-an-e-book-week-fun by allowing authors to discount their books for 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% off. I did some quick math on that last one and it turns out that means the book is free if it is 100% off. Go figure.

Last year, I was thrilled to be a part of the week by offering the few books I had at a discount. This year though is a lot more fun because I have a lot of e-books. This allows me to offer all kinds of crazy discounts for you to take advantage of. Even if one book doesn't capture your interest or your wallet's interest, another one might.

Listed below are all the book…