Monday, February 28, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Forget the NY Times Best Seller List or industry predictions. E-Books have made it! Ever since I first started writing, my sister and brother-in-law have been asking when my first book, Rock Bound, would come out in print. When I signed my contract with MuseItUp Publishing, Inc. for Rock Crazy, they asked whether it would be out in print. This evening, I visited them. Earlier this month they turned 75 and 78 respectively, but we got snowed in so I finally got around to taking their birthday cake over to them.
I took along the galley proof of the paperback version of Rock Bound and the Kindle my younger daughter gave me as a belated b-day gift when her taxes came in. A friend of my brother-in-law recently got one, so he was familiar with the fact that it holds thousands of books at once, and how easy it is to order them. I told them you could also load MP3s on it and listen to music or books on tape and showed them how you can change the font if you need to make it bigger, and how it keeps your page when you turn it off. I couldn’t believe my ears when he mentioned it saves trees.
My sister had a stroke about six years ago that affected her right hand and arm, and she loves to read, but library books are heavy and a Kindle is not only lighter, you don’t have to hold it open and changing pages is much easier for a stroke victim. I should have taken along the plate holder I use to prop mine up when I’m eating out. You know—the kind you can buy at Wal-Mart or a craft store to display collector plates. It works great.
So, they nodded politely when I showed them the paperback galley of Rock Bound, and now they’re asking if my books will be on Kindle. E-books have truly arrived!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
The prisoners have been transported to the Moon and the men are the first to disembark from the shuttle.
As they disembarked from the shuttle, each man paused when his feet touched the lunar surface. They each heard the echo of Neil Armstrong’s words as he jumped from his lunar landing module: “One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” ... The Earth hung in the sky above them. It was 0700 hours ship’s time, which was synchronized with Eastern Daylight Time and they noticed that the day/night meridian intersected the United States just west of the Mississippi, leaving the western half of the Americas still in darkness, the lights of the major cities sparse across the plains and through the mountains, and sprawling the length of the West Coast.
Rock Bound will be available in multiple e-book formats at Smashwords this week and in papaerback in early March.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
This is also from Chapter Two. Jake Johnsrud is also at the National Guard Armory. He’s just met Chris and Pete Johnsrud. Rock Bound will be released this week in multiple e-book formats via Smashwords and by the end of the month in paperback via Create Space.
“Yeah. I pretty much expected to be arrested, but shooting into an unarmed crowd?” Jake shuddered. “I do wonder, though, why they didn’t just shoot all of us? Why bring some of us here?”
“There’s something up,” Chris said. “There were trucks for men under forty and women under thirty-five, and other trucks for people who were over those ages or were disabled.”
“Those trucks didn’t come here,” Pete explained.