KDP Select Experiment

You know, it was bound to happen.

Thinking on my post about Amazon, and the new “developments” by Barnes and Noble, I can’t help but think twice about the distributions for my books.

Quite obviously, Amazon is coming up with better, bolder innovations for the self-pubs, regardless of their level of success. They’re coming up with better ways to work all. the. time. Barnes and Noble, conversely, seems to be grasping at the old norm of a Big 6 publisher and a brick-and-mortar store as The Best Distribution, which completely doesn’t reconcile with reality or current trends.

As it were, I enrolled Mages in KDP Select. I have three months to see how it will do, and then I will decide if the others will follow suit. The thing is, though, by now I’m pretty confident that it will end up working out for the best.

So you know what? I’m putting my eggs into the Amazon basket. B&N is shooting itself in the foot with a devastating effect, and if they roll out something else that puts a cramp into the self-publishing and e-book style, then they will find themselves going the way of Borders.

So, if you feel like getting your hands on a copy of my first book, which I will admit has its own foibles, then it’s right here: http://amzn.to/A6gMhw

Secrets and Lineage will follow suit if Mages pans out well enough.



Review: Have You Seen Her? by Chicki Brown

So very few novels deal with domestic violence, and I was glad to see Chicki Brown explore this subject in this novel.

I found the book a very good, easy read, and the suspense of what unfolds as Marcia decides to cut ties with her current station and situation and effectively run for her life – literally, as Brown demonstrates – had kept me glued to the Kindle screen. Dani, as Marcia is later known, and Taylor Villanova explore their various quirks, from their backgrounds to their pasts, and Dani has to, eventually, confront her abuser, but before that, she has to build up a good bit of strength. Her journey from victim to survivor is engrossing, to say the least.

One thing to note, though: while it is fascinating to see Dani come into her own after enduring what she had, it feels as though the bulk of that is done in the first two-thirds of the book. However, as an overall, it doesn’t take away from the story.

I love that the characters and the situations are true-to-life. You can go to a bar in Atlantic City, look at the cocktail waitresses there, and easily imagine that one of them had run to AC to sever ties with a traumatic past. If you look at a bouncer in a club, you may wonder if he, like Taylor Villanova, has something under the tough-guy veneer. Or, alternately, you can look at a Santa Barbara house and wonder exactly what happens behind closed doors. Chicki Brown does a great job in painting the picture.

Buy the book here: http://amzn.to/yawDld