Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Permanent Man Blog #13 - The PreOrder

As this post goes live, the tenth episode of The Permanent Man should be in the can. Can being a Hollywood term that means complete or done. Not the toilet.

Today, I'm happy to announce that The Permanent Man will start a new trend with the books I publish. Unlike past releases which were available to order once they went live, all The Permanent Man episode will be available to preorder.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

eBook Pricing Experiment

Preface to the post: You can get all my short stories for free at the following locations: Smashwords - Kobobooks - Google Play - iTunes - Barnes & Noble. The remainder of the post explains why.

There all all kinds of opinions about how to price eBooks. Some people keep prices low, at $2.99 per novel. Others price short stories (with a bonus) at $2.99. Some say novels priced at $7.99 are better. Or $4.99. Or $6.99. Or shorts at $0.99.

Do you get the point?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Permanent Man Blog #12 - The Radio Show

I'm currently writing episode nine of The Permanent Man. I'm trying to write an episode a week from here on out so I can have the season's first draft complete some time in August. Things are going good, and I'm finding that each episode presents itself well as I continue. One thing leads to another as I write the path toward the ending of season one.

I stumbled upon something interesting the other day. I did a search on "The Permanent Man" on Google.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Vizio VO370M Power Supply/Backlight Inverter Replacement

Typically, I write blog posts about books I've written or will release. I'll also write about things that interest me.

Today, I try to help out the community with a technical issue I ran into. It was very hard for me to find a clear, definitive answer to the problem I had, so I'm making this post to help others out there find the answer.

Someone I know had a Vizio TV that stopped working. He bought a new one and I asked if I could have the broken one to try and fix it. It's possible that the symptoms and resolution I list below apply to other brands and models of televisions that have a similar problem.

The TV is model number VO370M.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Free eBook - Imaginary Me - July 9-10, 2013

Have you read my book Imaginary Me yet? If not, tomorrow and Wednesday you can download the eBook for free! It will be available exclusively on Amazon.com. As with all of my eBooks, Imaginary Me is free of any DRM (Digital Rights Management) software. So if you don't read on a Kindle or Kindle App, perhaps using a Nook, iPad, or something else, you can convert the Amazon download to EPUB for your reader. I suggest you use the free Calibre software to do this.

Here's a synopsis of the book and the link to buy it:


“Who am I?”

I ask Sammy Pruitt that question all the time. She’s a four-year-old girl who imagines me. I’m whoever she wants and whatever she needs. I’m her imaginary friend.

She definitely needs me, because there’s an evil queen who hates her. She treats Sammy in a way no parent ever should. And Sammy’s trapped living with her.

But Sammy and I have a plan. A way to forever rid life of the evil queen and be happy. It’ll take hard work, imagination, and courage to reach our goal. That’s why Sammy imagines me.

Because I’m her protection and the means to her escape.

Desmond Shepherd writes his most emotional and gripping story yet. Told from the perspective of an imaginary friend, Imaginary Me is filled with smiles, tears, and triumph. Take a journey unlike any other and one you'll never forget.

Imaginary Me is free July 9 & 10 on Amazon.com. Enjoy!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Big Brother 15 Scandals Are Hurting Competition

When it comes to reality television, there isn't much that I like. But there are two shows that keep me interested. They are Survivor and Big Brother.

Big Brother might come as a surprise to many people that know me or read my books. On the surface, it seems like a shallow show about people in a house and moping around. But really, the competition and strategy involved is the best out there, even when compared to Survivor. I think this has to do with the length of time the competition happens and all the switches in strategy and alliances that occur because people are living in close quarters.

Each summer, it makes for loads of fun. Fun where I imagine myself being a part of the competition. Who would I align with? What would I do? Could I win?

Big Brother is now in its 15th season on CBS. And this season has done something to really stir the pot.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Permanent Man Blog #11 - The Story

Previously, I talked about the first two components that will make up The Permanent Man. These were The Recap, The Tease and The Title (or Introduction).

The next element of the episodes would be the story. This is the meat of the book. You've been hooked, now it's time for you to see the story through to its conclusion.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Deep Discounts In July On Smashwords

This month, all my books available on Smashwords are deeply discounted. Most of the books are 50% off. You have to use coupon code SSW50 to get that discount. A few of them are 75% off with coupon code SSW75. To find out what savings you can get, head over to