Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cigarettes, Nicotine Gum, & Cold Turkey

This past week, my daughter got sick. The poor thing had trouble breathing and it turns out she has some form of bronchitis. Naturally, the doctor—I like to call them legal drug dealers—prescribed some medicine for her.


I went to my local Walgreens to pick up the prescription. For those who don't know, Walgreens is a nationwide pharmacy that also sells groceries, greeting cards, and other items. Think of it like a grocery store with access to all kinds of drugs, not just the over-the-counter kinds.


I had to wait for the prescription to be ready. Sitting there waiting, I got bored and started to think. When I walked into this pharmacy—which is supposed to be centered around health and wellness—shelving full of cigarettes stood behind the clerk at the front counter.


That's odd. Why would they put that there? Why would they sell them at all? Like candy in the checkout line, they've placed them to be an impulse buy. What's worse is, they put them out of reach. If they did that with a candy bar, I would want it even more because it's made to look like something I can't have.


I settled on the fact that that's business. Sitting in the back of the store, waiting at the pharmacy area my thoughts traveled again to other things. The book I am reading, the book I am writing, and my eyes happened upon something else.


Sitting next to the pharmacy counter, at the back of the store, was this sign:




[caption id="attachment_2671" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Do you have a cold turkey addiction?[/caption]

Not only do they sell cigarettes, which are highly addictive, but they also sell the stuff to help you break your addiction. That seems like a conflict of interest to me.


Imagine I said to you that you should buy all my eBooks I've written. You naturally don't listen to me and only buy one or two. Remember, they are eBooks. They are digital.


You buy them and say, "Now what? How do I actually read them?"


I say, "Oh, you also have to buy this eReader for $199 to read them."


You say, "But don't you have them in paperback?"


I say, "Yes."


"Then why did you sell me the eBook."


"Because if you buy the eBook I make money and if you buy the eReader using this special link to the product that is tied to my associates account I will make more money."


Would you be irritated?


I'm sure you would. That's essentially what is happening here, except we're talking about nicotine addiction. The cigarettes—the problem—are located in the front of the store. The nicotine replacement—the solution that will supposedly help you stop smoking—is all the way in the back of the store, tucked in a corner.


So here's how it all plays out: You start smoking, your health deteriorates, you see a doctor, he prescribes something, says you should quit smoking, you go to the pharmacy, get your legal drug, see the nicotine gum, and buy it because you need to quit.


There's another thing I failed to mention. This one left me scratching my head as I sat there. Look at that picture again. Go ahead, scroll up if you need to. I'll wait.


Did you check it?


OK. I had no idea that cold turkey was more addictive than nicotine. Did you? Apparently it is a problem and nicotine replacement therapy is more successful than quitting cold turkey.


I don't make this stuff up folks. I just see things differently than most people.


Regardless, at the end of the day, I walked out of the store viewing Walgreens in another light. I'm sure other pharmacies are guilty of the same crime.


Oh, and my daughter? She's doing much better now. But not because of the drugs. Yeah, I forked over the cash for them, but we never used them. Hmm ... makes me wonder.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Self-Publishing On Google Play Books - Part 2


UPDATE: Google has revamped their system, making it more user friendly. Some of the points below may no longer apply to their system.

Last week, I wrote a post outlining some of the pros and cons of self-publishing on Google Play Books. This week, I'm going to explain their system and make it easy for you to understand.

Unlike other self-publishing platforms, Google's has a couple of confusing steps that lead to self-publishing with them. They are as follows:



  1. Add your book(s) to the Preview Program

  2. Add your book(s) for sale on Google Books.

The above steps are now joined together and in a better user interface.

Now, being that there are only two main steps above, you would think it is easy. But for some reason it isn't. Below are more detailed explanations on each of the listed items. (Note: This information assumes you have an EPUB file and ISBN ready for your book. If not, the process becomes more complicated.)

1. Add Books to the Preview Program

First, you need to add your books into the Preview Program. You can do this by going to http://books.google.com/partner. The Preview Program puts your book on Google for people to preview. You can specify how much they can see of the book, going all the way up to 100%. The lowest setting is 20%.

The Preview Program could generate income for you, even if you don't sell a book. This part of the system is ad based. Any clicks on ads while someone browses the preview of your books will earn money. Granted, they are pennies, but it's a way to earn money on your books that others don't offer.

Under the "Manage Books" section of the Preview Program tab click "Add Book" or "Add Multiple Books". This will bring up a screen where you enter your book's ISBN, Title, Author, and Territories where you have rights to the book.

When you are finished entering your book(s) information, click where it says "Send Books". This will bring you to a new screen. You have two options here. 1) You can upload the files for you book, following the naming instructions listed on the page or 2) You can download software for uploading your books. Use option two if you have a lot of books. Upload your books and for now you are done.

It takes one or two days before the system shows that your books have been uploaded and are processing. Until then, Google's site may say the book is "New" and they have yet to receive your books. Don't worry. This lag is normal. Eventually the status of the books will say "Processing". From there, it will be two to three more days before it says the books are "Live". Note: If your book does not go "Live" there may be a problem with the EPUB you uploaded. Be sure to run your EPUB through EPUB Check to verify it meets the proper standards. If it does, and the book still doesn't go "Live", try uploading it through the "Google eBooks" tab, click "Manage eBooks", then click the "Pencil" icon next to the book. From there go to "File Updates", choose your file (naming it by your ISBN number), and upload your EPUB.

When the books are "Live", they are available for preview by people browsing the net or if you give people the link. Also, you are now able to move onto step two.

2. Add your books for sale on Google eBooks

The first thing you'll want to do is click on the "Google eBooks" tab. This is separate from the "Preview Program" tab. I personally think separating these two items is what makes things so confusing.

Under default settings, you need to specify different options you want for your books for the different countries where you will sell it. Again, these are defaults. You can go into each individual book and adjust the settings for them. But if you setup your defaults to what you will usually use, it will save you time in the future if you publish more books.

Click "Manage eBooks". This will list all your books that you can make available for sale on Google Books. Next, click the pencil icon to the left of the book you want to work on. This will bring up the information for the book. Below it will be each territory you can sell the book. Check the box that says "Enable  Google eBooks sales for this title." If you do not do this it will not be available on Google Play. You will need to do this for every territory where you want to sell the book.

After checking the box, enter the price for that territory. If you do not enter a price, then Google will determine the cost. I don't know what price they will pick or how they determine it, so you're better off entering a price.

At this point you are done. It will take 1-2 days for your book to show up on Google Play.

While not outlined above, be sure to set up payment information for your account. You need to do this for "Ad Payments" and "eBook Payments" under the "Account Settings" tab. When you set it up for direct deposit, Google will make a small deposit (less than $1 US) into your bank account. You'll need to come back and enter that amount as a way to verify you own it.

Hopefully the above helps you have a better understanding of Google's self-publishing platform. Of course, I've simplified this as there are other features and settings to use. But I wanted to outline the basics so you at least understand how it works.

Now check this out. Here are my books currently published on Google Play:


Any other suggestions, tips, or questions? Put them in the comments below and I will help to the best of my ability.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

eBook Weekly Deal - 7/26/12

I nearly forgot about the weekly deal!

And this is a good one. My latest novel, Fram Gage and The Three Adversaries, is up for grabs. It is only $0.99!!! That's right. The regular cost is $6.99. So this is quite the deal. More details on the book are below. If you click the link and it is still at its regular price, just keep checking back.

This deal will end tomorrow afternoon.

Fram Gage wakes up in Biality Orphanage after a three year coma. His best friend Lanker has become an angry, bitter person and wants nothing to do with him. Fram hopes to mend their relationship. Before he can, three adversaries with Super Strength, Teleportation, and Super Speed abilities stand in his way. Fram can match them hit for hit and blow for blow with his Infinite ability. But there is something familiar about his foes. When Fram realizes what it is, they become the key to gaining back his best friend.

Available at the following locations for only $0.99!!! This deal ends the afternoon of 7/27/12:

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Beach Camping at Assateague Island

Two weeks ago, my family and I went camping for a couple of days at Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland. Below are a few pictures from the trip.


There are a couple things I learned about beach camping. First, setting up a tent with the beach breeze can get difficult. Building a fire with the beach breeze constantly swirling can make for quite the chore to get the fire burning. And beach sand, though soft to walk on, gets as hard as a rock when you sleep on it.


The great thing though is having the beach just outside your tent. After walking over the dunes from walk-in campsite #46, there is a beautiful view of the beach. Because campers are only in this section of the island, it is like having a private beach. On the days we were out, very few people were on the beach.


Of course, the draw for the island are the wild horses. There are a lot of warnings about keeping food in your car and not your tent because the horses will try to get it. We didn't run into any problems, but I think part of that is due to the fencing around the section of the campsite. Around the island though, we did see the wild horses.


Would we go again? I think so. But we'll definitely bring an air mattress!


Enjoy the photos.




[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Once we arrived, we wasted no time taking a family photo.[/caption]



[caption id="attachment_2630" align="alignleft" width="640"] My beautiful wife on our private beach![/caption]





[caption id="attachment_2631" align="alignleft" width="640"] We love boogie boarding!!![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2641" align="alignleft" width="640"] Who's gonna ride your wild horses?[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2638" align="alignleft" width="640"] Don't worry. No little boys or girls were harmed in the taking of this photograph.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2627" align="alignleft" width="640"] A difficult picture to take, but very cool.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2635" align="alignleft" width="640"] By the end of the trip, Ethan had boogie boarding down to a science.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2629" align="alignleft" width="640"] Here is where Emma claimed the beach as hers.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2628" align="alignleft" width="640"] They don't really look wild, but they are.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2632" align="alignleft" width="640"] Did I mention we love boogie boarding?[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2633" align="alignleft" width="640"] Checkers with seashells! What a great idea.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2639" align="alignleft" width="640"] Yes. I too like to boogie board.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2634" align="alignleft" width="640"] Me holding Emma's hand.[/caption]

Friday, July 20, 2012

Self-Publishing On Google Play Books - Part 1

UPDATE: Google has revamped their system, making it more user friendly. Some of the points below may no longer apply to their system.

This is the first of two posts about Google Play Books. The second post is available now. I'm looking at this from the perspective of an author who wants to self-publish on the Google Play (Android) platform.

I'm doing this as a service to fellow writers and self-publishers out there. Of all the self-publishing platforms I've used, Google's is the most difficult to understand. My advice should help you in your quest to make your books available to the largest number of people on this side of the galaxy.

This first post will deal with the pros and cons of the platform. My next post (sometime next week) will tackle the near insurmountable task of getting books on the platform for sale.

The Pros of Google Play Books

There are a number of things I like about the platform. It is worldwide, which means you can sell in places like the United States, Japan, Italy, Australia, and more.  There are potentially 223 million to 253 million activated Android devices out there that give authors an opportunity to be read.

The Google Books Partner program also allows a couple of neat features not currently available from the likes of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and KoboBooks self-publishing platforms. You can mark a book for sale on a future date and accept preorders. Books with discounted pricing are paid out by Google at the full list price you specify. (Though this also is a negative, more info in the Cons below.)

Another benefit is payout of royalties. Even under the $10 mark, it appears that Google will pay the royalties the first business day after the end of the month. This happened to me my first month of using the service. Compared to other self-publishing platforms that can take anywhere from 2-6 months, this is huge!

Other than that, everything else is pretty much status quo compared to other self-publishing platforms when it comes to the positive aspects of selling on Goole Play Books.

The Cons of Google Play Books

Unfortunately, there are a number of cons with the platform.

The first and foremost is the poor user interface (this has been vastly improved) for getting books on the service and up for sale. It's a convoluted mess, which is why I'll have a follow-up post to try and simplify how to go about doing it. Instead of a streamlined one to two page process, there all multiple pages and steps. Before you can make it available for sale, you must first enter it into the Preview Program. Then you upload the files, but they must have specific names to link up properly. If you want to skip that part, you can download a program that allows you to batch upload your book files and associate it with the entries you made on the site. Once it's live there, you have to activate it for sale on Google Books. It's tedious and confusing. Not something I would expect from Google.

Another drawback is that Google, at their discretion, can choose to discount your book. They will pay out the royalties based on your full list price, but a problem comes from this. Amazon and other retailers search the internet for items priced cheaper and match those prices. So if Google discounts your book 25%, so will Amazon, but Amazon only pays out on the sale price, not the full retail price.

You also do not have the ability to add a description, genre, or other metadata to your listing. Instead, Google gets this information from third party metadata providers. I don't really understand out this works, but be sure you have an ISBN on your book or you might find it is up for sale without a description or category associated with it. Why Google doesn't give control of these things is quite the enigma. I've recently been able to update the book description for my book my contacting Google. This and other metadata issues can be addressed by going to the Google Books Partner Program Help Page.

It is unclear as to what the royalty payment is, too. Though I couldn't find a specific number, I did find that the majority of the sale goes to the author.
I have yet to see a sale to verify this.

Conclusion

Unlike other self-publishing platforms, Google's probably isn't for everyone. I've only mentioned a few things above, but there are other things that make the service time consuming and confusing.

But that does not mean you should write off publishing with them. The best thing you can do is put your book up for sale wherever possible. The more points you have of discovery, the better your chances of selling books. Don't hold back anywhere!

That's where my second post comes in to play. I want to help you navigate the difficulty of publishing with Google. It simplifies the steps to the most important parts in a single page. Here is the link to it:


Now check this out. Here are my books currently published on Google Play:

Books by Desmond Shepherd

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

eBook Weekly Deal - 7/18/12

I'm happy to say that the eBook Weekly Deal is now extended to Barnes & Noble and Kobo Books! Also this week, I began writing the final Miscorrection book.


With that being the case, I figured I should offer the first book in the Miscorrection Trilogy, Miscorrection: Preludes, at a discount. Normally, the eBook is priced at $5.99. But I'm offering it for $2.99 on July 18, 2012 only! That's 50% off.


For those who don't know, Miscorrection is the series that started me on my writing path. Miscorrection: Preludes contains six total stories. While each of the stories stands on its own, they do entwine with each other like a vine climbing up a tree.


Miscorrection: Preludes is 50% off July 18, 2012 only from Amazon, Kobo Books, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Don't miss this great deal!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Miscorrection 3 Writing Begins - Follow Along!

On Monday, I plan to finally begin writing Miscorrection 3. I'm way behind schedule on getting this started due to being sick for a month.


But that's okay. It's given me time to consider my approach to the third and final book in the trilogy. I think I've got it. But honestly, once I start writing it, I might find it doesn't work. That's the case with any story, which is what makes writing scary and fun all at the same time.


For Miscorrection 3, I thought I would do something unique as a way of promotion. I want to give readers and writers out there a chance to see my writing process. To do this, I'm going to use Google+ Hangouts. Each week, I will create a hangout where you can see my ugly mug and watch as I write Miscorrection 3. This will be on one day Monday through Friday.


I think doing this will benefit readers because they can see how a writer works. At least me, I know all writers have their own methods for sitting down to write.


I also think it can benefit writers, maybe giving them ideas on methods they could use to write.


Here's what you can do to follow all of this:


First, follow me on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter. I'll post something to those places when I begin writing.


Also, subscribe to my blog. I'll try to put a post up 1-2 days before the hangout to let you know it's coming. Again, this will happen once a week. Just click the "I'm Awsome! Sign me up!" button to the right to do this.


Bookmark the Miscorrection 3 Public Access file on Google Docs. Here's the full link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1r9uVOa8EE0LNk3cPyL7vxFIRD_qtfrXMQ2Vl-LY2n-c/edit


This file is set for the public to view and comment on.  If you miss the hangout, I'll leave whatever I wrote up for others to read until the next session.


This should be a lot of fun, and I hope you'll join me on this unique promotional approach.


See you tomorrow!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

eBook Weekly Deal - 7/13/12

I'm a little late on the eBook Weekly Deal this week because I was away for a few days. My family and I went camping at Assateague Island. I'll have a post with pictures about the trip some time next week.


This week's deal is on my eBook Don't Blink. It is a collection of 40 flash fiction stories. Most of them are in the science fiction genre, but some of them aren't. I'd like to think of these stories as somewhat poetic. Included with the eBook is the short story Running to Keep Her. So not only are you getting a discount you are getting an extra story on top of it. Don't Blink is regularly $2.99. But on July 13, 2012 only you can get it for $0.99  on Amazon and Smashwords.


Enjoy!


Don’t Blink contains 40 flash fiction tales. Most of the stories are in the science fiction genre, though a good number tend to break this rule. The stories say a lot despite having so few words.

Give Don’t Blink a read. It’s sure to make you laugh, think, and maybe even cry. But be sure to follow the advice of the book’s title. If you don’t pay attention, you could miss the true meaning of the stories in the blink of an eye.

Don't blink is 66% off July 13, 2012 only on Amazon and Smashwords.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Hollywood Brings World Peace



Francis Corolla has been put in charge of an impossible assignment. He has to find a way to make world peace.

He never expects to find the solution. When he does, it comes from the most unlikely source: Hollywood.

Available at the following locations:

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Hollywood Brings World Peace


(Excerpt)


© Desmond Shepherd


Every day Francis Corolla went to his job. Despite the commission given to him by the president of the United States, the job carried very little stress.


That’s why, early every morning when he arrived at work, he would grab a fresh cup of black coffee from the kitchen just outside his office. He would pour it in a white mug with a giant number one on it and in very small letters “DAD” underneath. He would go to his office—a room with glass walls with a view to all the others below him who worked on a project that would never come to completion—and he would sit down in his plush, leather desk chair, lean back, and slowly sip his coffee.


A few minutes would pass. He would turn on his computer, call his wife on the webcam and talk to her and his kids—Sophie and Adam, ages three and five respectively—before they left for school. Thanks to a two hour drive he had to and from work, he saw them more then than at home.


Every day was uneventful, but the pay was great. The position was mandated by the president as part of a secret department determined to find the key to achieving world peace.


World peace? What a joke.


Everyone knew it was pointless. But if the government was willing to pay money for research that would never see its purpose, so be it. Francis couldn’t ask for a less stressful job.


The only thing better would be to have his family with him all the time, sitting comfortably on a boat, sailing on the ocean.


Even when the president would contact him on the bright red phone in his office every quarter to find out if any progress had been made, it didn’t bother him. The president knew the answer. But still, he allowed the organization to continue trying to find the solution.


Yes, his was the easiest job. The majority of those below him worked to find a solution. Every now and then, someone would think they found it. But others would disprove it. The chain of command called for it to come to Francis’s attention only after all those below him agreed a solution was found.


And that never happened.


Francis stepped away from the computer after talking to his kids and wife and leaned back in his chair. He took one last gulp of his coffee and set it down next to the tape dispenser on his desk.


He stood up, walking to the window to his left, acting like he was keeping an eye on everybody. A woman at a desk piled high with papers in the back of the room made eye contact with him. What was her name? He couldn’t remember. He nodded, giving her approval of her work and turned away from the window.


He went back to his desk, sat down, and brought solitaire up on his computer. An easy way as any to pass the time. He played it every day for 11 years and had yet to win a game. It used to frustrate him. But he realized if he mastered the game and finally won, what else would he do to pass the time at work?


Things on this day went differently. All the cards fell into place. He was almost there. As he went to place the last card on the pile, causing the decks of cards to jump around the screen, someone yelled his name.


“Mr. Corolla! Mr. Corolla!”


It had been so long since Francis had seen B.B. Abrams that he barely recognized him. B.B. was a tall, slender man with wire framed glasses and a bald head. He had a cream-colored folder in his hand. As he ran between the desks to Francis’s office, he slammed into one of them, pushing it a foot, and causing the computer monitor on the edge to tip off and slam on the ground.


“Sorry. We’ll replace it,” B.B. said. He turned to look at the destruction but continued moving forward quickly. He ran into someone carrying a folder of papers, knocking them to the ground, and causing a shower of papers to fly into the air and float to the ground like fake snow in a snowglobe.


Francis got up from his desk. He was concerned. He hadn’t seen B.B. for so long because the solution had never been found. B.B. was the last in the chain of command before Francis. Could it be possible?


He walked over to the door to open it for B.B., but before he could, B.B. reached it and glided in like he was on skis.


“Francis. Thank goodness.”


“B.B., what are you doing here? What is it?” Francis spoke slowly. He was curious. Maybe B.B. just wanted to catch up because they hadn’t seen each other in so long.


“You know why I’m here.” B.B. walked past Francis and slammed the cream-colored folder onto his barren desktop. “We found it!” He pointed a finger in the air.


“What?” Francis said in disbelief.


“The solution. It’s made it all the way to me. As absurd as it sounds, it looks like it will work.”


Impossible. All the years of sitting at a desk, waiting for the clock to hit 5 p.m. Never believing a solution was possible. No. Something’s wrong. Somebody missed something.


Francis walked to his desk and stared down at the folder. He reached out to open it, his hand trembling. He tried to calm it, but it wouldn’t stop. Why? This was what he was hired to find.


“You might want to sit down first, Francis.” B.B. said.


Francis shot him a look. He curled the left side of his cheek in irritation. “You might want to straighten your glasses.”


B.B. did as suggested and said, “There. Now it’s your turn.”


Reluctantly, Francis sat in his chair. He stared first at his monitor. One card to place in his game to win it. He looked to the folder.


And realized there was no way they found it. He’ll open it up, read it, dismiss it, and tell B.B. to get back to work.


He flipped the folder open. A single sheet of paper with four paragraphs typed out on it was inside.


Not much to the solution for world peace.


He picked up the paper and read it. B.B. watched him the entire time, rocking from side to side.


“Would you stop that?” Francis barked.


“Sorry.” B.B. stood still.


It took half a minute to read the solution, and Francis was in disbelief. It was the most absurd thing he had heard.


With his head turned down, he looked up to B.B. “You’ve verified this?”


“Yes. It’s a chain reaction. If we can set those two events in motion, everything else will fall into place.”


“Do you know how impossible it seems that these … people, for lack of a better word, are the key to making it happen?”


“I do. I thought the same thing. Everyone below me had the same response. But after running it through our systems, everything points to it being the catalyst.”


What could he say? All these years of never coming close to a solution and now there was one.


“Our computers tell us this?”


“Yes.”


“To what degree of accuracy.”


“98.9 percent. Which is saying a lot. Any other solution before this carried a 12.1 percent probability at the highest.”


Francis looked from B.B. to the paper and back to B.B. He didn’t want to do it. He wanted to say forget it. A solution was impossible.


But at the same time, if it was correct it could mean a lot of things for him. He was in charge of the entire operation. Had been for three presidential terms. He would get the credit for world peace and live out the rest of his days like a king. No. Not a king. Something better. Something that had yet to be defined. He would define it. He would get that time with his family sailing on the ocean.


If it was wrong. Well … he wouldn’t allow that to happen. He would keep this under wraps until the time came. Only those who needed to know would know.


“Okay,” Francis said. “This doesn’t go beyond you and me. Everyone below will not be privy to us moving forward with it. That is until it is public.”


“Fine. What do you need me to do?”


“Gather our four people mentioned in the solution. We need to let them know they can bring about world peace.”


He grabbed the computer mouse, moved the pointer over the last card, clicked, held, and dragged it onto the final pile of cards.


To find out what happens next, go to your preferred store below and pick up Hollywood Brings World Peace for your favorite eReader!


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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

eBook Weekly Deal - 7/4/2012

***UPDATE: The discounted pricing went up late. The promotion has been extended until the morning of July 5, 2012.****


Before I announce this week's weekly deal on one of my eBooks, I wanted to make sure you knew that my latest book, Fram Gage and The Three Adversaries, is now available for the Amazon Kindle and on Smashwords. It's coming soon to Nook and the iTunes store. The print edition of the book should be available within the week.


Given what my new release is, I thought it would be proper to offer the first book in the Fram Gage series at a discount for this week's weekly deal. Today only, you can get Fram Gage and The Infinite Ability for 50% off. That's $3.00 even! The discounted eBook is available at the discounted rate on Amazon and on Smashwords.


Enjoy!


Fram Gage lives in Biality Orphanage. It's an okay place, except for The Ability Chamber, which is a fantastic arena within the orphanage where the children compete and race using superhuman abilities such as Super Strength and Wall Climbing. Fram especially likes it, until he and his friends are in a competition where the rules have changed. Their lives are in danger, and they don't know what to do. But a special ability—one they never imagined—gives them hope to make it through the competition safely.


Fram Gage and The Infinite Ability is 50% off today only on Amazon and Smashwords.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale July 2012

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Smashwords is doing another site-wide promotion for eBooks and I'm joining it. During the month of July all of my eBooks will be 50% off on Smashwords using coupon code SSW50. That means Copy Bird, Miscorrection: Preludes, Fram Gage and The Infinite Ability, and more!!!

You can see a complete listing of my books on the Forever Young Publishing Smashwords page.

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