Amazon Kindle Is 10-Years-Old Today

Happy Birthday, Kindle! A very interesting post from Nicholas Rossis. Check it out. 🙂

Nicholas C. Rossis

Amazon Kindle | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Image: Amazon

Ten years ago, on November 19th, 2007, Amazon introduced Kindle to the world, for US$399. It sold out in five and a half hours, even though there were just 88,000 books available for download. The device remained out of stock for five months until late April 2008. Today, the store has over 7 million e-books available in the United States.

However, that’s hardly Kindle’s greatest success: that honor goes to the fact it released the creativity of millions of writers, allowing them to publish their manuscripts directly on Amazon’s store without having to wait for a publisher’s approval.

Standing On The Shoulders Of Sony

The Kindle’s development started in 2004 when Jeff Bezos tasked his employees to build the world’s best e-reader before Amazon’s competitors could. He had good reason to be wary, as Sony had already released Librie and the long-forgotten Rocket eBook was starting to gain…

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Sharing D. G. Kaye’s Great Interview With Sarah Brentyn

For whatever reason, I can never reblog anything from Deb’s blog, but by golly, I’m a determined kinda gal, and I want to share her interview with Sarah Brentyn. So, doing this the old-fashioned way, via copy and paste. 🙂

Sarah is a quaintly quirky and positively pithy sort of writer, and this is a great interview. Check it out, and then check out Sarah’s books! (Also, sharing is good, via whatever method will work for you.) Enjoy!


A Perfect 10 with Deborah Jay

Check out Don Massenzio’s fun interview with Deborah Jay! (I want to go along when she has dinner with each of her choices!) 😀

Author Don Massenzio

Today, I have the distinct pleasure of featuring author Deboray Jay on this edition of A Perfect 10. Deborah is a respected blogger and author and I’m glad she stopped by to tell us more about herself.

Please enjoy this special installment of A Perfect 10

If you want to check out past interviews, you can find them in the following links:

A.C. FlorySteve BoseleyKayla MattMae ClairJill SammutDeanna KahlerDawn Reno LangleyJohn HowellElaine CouglerJan SikesNancy BellNick DavisKathleen LopezSusan ThatcherCharles YallowitzArmand RosamiliaTracey PaganaAnna DobrittKaren OberlaenderDeby FredericksTeri PolenDarlene FosterRobert Rayner, C.C. NaughtonSherry RentshlerLinda BradleyLuna St. ClairJoan HallStaci Troilo

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The Author Presentation…for Newbies

For several years, I’ve been blathering on about building a local readership via Meet the Author events and local shows. If you’ve been hesitant to try this, you definitely need to read Mae Clair’s post on her first solo speaking engagement. A great success story, with some super tips! Check it out!

Story Empire

Hello, SEers! Mae here, sending out a thank you for hanging with me today as I take a look at author presentations. I’ve done several book signings, all with other authors, but recently did my first speaking presentation. A Federated Women’s Club tracked me down through my local library and invited me to be a guest speaker.

I was flattered.

I was jazzed.

I was gulp nervous.

Actually, the event went extremely well and I managed to gain exposure as a result. Since I’d never done a solo presentation before, it was pretty much a guessing game on how to prepare. I was slated to speak the end of October on the topic of my choice. The woman who contacted me hoped I might slant my speech toward the paranormal given the time of year.

I had little problem with that.  🙂

I’m not an expert, but learned a few…

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Review Reminder Memes

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Thought I would make a few Review Reminder memes specific to my own books. This is what I came up with. Just a start, but maybe tweeting these out or posting on FB now and then (but not a constant barrage) might remind folks to leave reviews if they’ve enjoyed my books. Sometimes something more specific helps, I think.

As you might guess, I’m feeling the pressure for not having had enough time to market my books lately. When I’ve only got a short time to play, sometimes graphics are easier than trying to get into writing a scene.  But I’m still experimenting, here.

Thoughts on this idea? Or the memes themselves? Just curious.

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My Secret Life as a Musician

Just read this wonderful, heart-warming, and inspirational post by Don Massenzio on his “former life” as a musician. Hope you guys will take time to check it out and pass it along. It’s well worth it!

Author Don Massenzio

I’ve noticed as I associate with other creative types, many of our fellow authors have other creative pursuits that they pursue. Mine has been my lifelong alter-ego as a musician.

It didn’t happen by accident. My father and brother were huge influences on my pursuit of this ‘hobby’. As a writer, I have used music as a device in the lives of my characters.

I thought I would go through my early influences and musical life through the decades just to show how much of a part of my life it has been.

Early Influences:

Anyone doubting the effects of growing up around musicians has never been around my family. The earliest images of one of my big influences playing music was from my dad. He was in the Army Air Corps (pre-Air Force) during World War II. He had a brother killed at Normandy prior to joining the effort…

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What I Did Way Back BW (Before Writing) Part 2


If you read Part 1 of this post, you know that I used to paint for a living. WET paint, that is. Then I discovered the joy of digital painting, using a Wacom tablet and an electronic pen. (You draw on the tablet, and it appears on your computer screen.) It was the most fun I ever had painting. You can work in layers, so it’s easy to take out things that you don’t like, or add new ones, without messing anything up. And you can use all sorts of digital “brushes” for blending effects, oil and watercolor effects, and much, much more. The above is a portrait I did of my daughter’s Dalmation, Dexter.

My cousin’s dachshund, Greta, was one of my first efforts. I’ve broken it down so you can see that you work it just like a real (wet) painting. First there’s a sketch.


Because the background is on one layer, and the sketch on another, you can change the background to any color you want at any point. So versatile! Next, the color is blocked in.


Then, it is blended for the first time, softening the areas together, and adding a few details.


Then, more and more details are added, until you’ve got the look you want. The finished painting can be printed on watercolor paper, or on notecards, and other items. Paint once, use again and again. (Or sell again and again–kind of like writing a book.)


Here are a few other examples of my work, which I generally did as custom orders for people who wanted their pets captured in a painting.

This is a friend’s little dachsie, Riley, and one of the cutest little guys you’ve ever seen.


These were done at very high resolutions (too large to fit on my monitor all at once) so that they would print nicely. Here is a closer look at Riley’s face, though this is still not as big as I was working.


This is Ginger, commissioned by a friend for her mother, after the dog had passed away.

gingerforbrochureAnd a close up of Ginger’s eye, so you can see how much detail I used. (I really enjoyed being able to capture every little bit I could.)


While I did more dogs than anything else, sometimes I’d paint other things, just for fun. Florals and scenery, and the occasional horse.


So, that, my good friends, is what I did in my Former Life, before repetitive stress syndrome became too painful to allow me to continue. I was sad at first, but then I started writing, at long last, and now I couldn’t be happier. Never look back, except with fond memories. That’s my motto.

And now it’s your turn. What did YOU do before you started writing? I’d love to know!



What I Did Way Back BW (Before Writing) Part 1


Thought maybe it would be fun to learn more about each other, and to make it easier for you to confess to your past lives, I’ll start. For many years, I was a painter. I tried my hand at lots of styles, but I enjoyed tole and decorative painting the most. My rule of thumb was, if it sat still long enough, I’d paint something on it. I sold my items at various craft fairs, on my website, and on eBay. I also taught decorative painting and acrylics on canvas for beginners.

Things painted on rustic wood were always big sellers for me, especially during the holidays. (These pictures were taken long before iPhones and digital cameras existed, so excuse the poor quality.)


Facial detail.


I painted seasonal things, like these:





And things on slate, wood, tinware, jars, and even rocks. And oh, yeah. Even canvas!






You get the idea, I’m sure. And truly, I loved to paint, whether it was decorative painting, like above, or landscapes and seascapes. But then, I discovered digital painting, and my whole focus changed. (See Part 2).

Are You Ready for Body Armor, Because It’s Finally Here!

Staci Troilo has happy news to share! Hope you’ll check out her post, and pass the word along! Congratulations, Staci! 🙂

Staci Troilo

Body Armor coverWell, I think it’s about six months late, give or take a week or so, but at long last I can happily announce the release of Body Armor, book 3 of the Medici Protectorate series.

Many of you have asked when it was coming, and I’ve been vague in my answers because a litany of bizarre issues kept pushing the release back. But it’s finally here, at least in a limited capacity.

The eBook is available on Amazon, and more eBook carriers will be added soon. The paperback and hardcover versions are also on the way. I am sharing the Universal Purchase Link because other vendors will automatically be added to it as the title becomes available at other retailers.

Thank you for your patience in waiting for its release. I hope you enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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