Tuesday, October 16, 2012

National Coming Out Day Smashwords Authors Promo

In commemoration of National Coming Out Day 2012, author Matthew W. Grant is sponsoring a site where he and other authors are offering 50% off the normal price of their eBooks. From now until October 19, 2012 you can purchase gay themed eBooks (fiction and nonfiction) and short stories using a discount code on the Smashwords site.

Visit Matthews site to see the books and discount codes. When you choose the books you want to purchase, you will be taken to the Smashwords website to checkout. You will need to use the individual codes that match each book in your cart in order to get the discounts. (Tip: Just leave this window open and reference it when you are ready to check out.)

I'd like to thank Matthew for sponsoring this site and bringing authors together to promote our work. I hope you take the opportunity to check out some of the books on sale.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Smashwords Summer eBook Sale

It's that time of year again. Each summer and winter, Smashwords, a publisher of eBooks, holds a sale. Authors the world over are encouraged to offer our books at a discount. I enjoy these sales and support them by offering my book, Night Flight, for free through this promotion.

You can download a copy of Night Flight at the Smashwords site. It is available in all eReader formats. At checkout enter coupon code SSWIN and you'll have your free copy.

You can get a synopsis of Night Flight on Smashwords, or on my webpage. Thank you for your past support. You'll find a lot of good deals through this summer sale. So get an eBook and get to the beach!

Offer ends July 31, 2012.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Thank You, Books Inc. In Opera Plaza, San Francisco

Bookstores are facing hard times. But San Francisco is bookstore friendly, and many of them still buzz with people browsing the aisles. Books Inc. is one of those bookstores, and I want to give a shout out to Books Inc. in Opera Plaza. This bookstore is tucked away in a cozy place on Van Ness Ave. Like many bookstores, it is browser friendly with cozy corners and good lighting. It has an adjacent coffee shop, and the staff knows many of the patrons by name.

Books Inc. is also friendly to local indie-authors. The indie market is tough for bookstores trying to feature quality books. So I want to thank Jeffrey at Books Inc. for including me and putting my book, Night Flight, on his shelves.

If you’re looking for a place to spend a little quality time among friendly confines, check out Books Inc. in Opera Plaza. They’d love to see you and help you find a good read.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Cringing Way too OfTen

Maybe I’m getting cranky in my old age, but I have to say that I am getting quite bothered by the mispronunciation of the word: often. The correct pronunciation if this word is with the silent t, not the hard, pronounced T that I hear more and more these days. What’s going on? I hear it from professional people, radio and TV announcers, and all too many others.

When I was growing up English teachers made a point of ensuring wayward students using the hard T pronunciation corrected their mispronunciation before they moved on.  They cringed when students butchered the word. These days it seems people are trying to make themselves appear more learned if they mispronounce the word. Come on people!

Why don’t we just all let loose and mispronounce all the soft-t words? Why not sofTen, or lisTen, or WhisTle? Really.

I’m not a stick in the mud. I embrace new words and smash-words. I can chillax with the best of them. But I hear OfTen, way too often.  Let’s all tighten up our grammar. Intentionally mispronouncing words isn’t dope. It just makes you a dope.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Read An eBook Week

Thousands of authors are offering their books at discounts or even for free this week in support of read an eBook week. Indie-books have won a place in readers hearts over the past two years. They offer good stories in all genres at reasonable prices.

But this week only, you can find more eBooks than ever at deep discounts, or free. You can download a copy of my book, Night Flight, at Smashwords for free throughout this promotion. But don't wait too long. This promotion ends March 10.

Follow this link for your free copy of Night Flight.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

A Controversial Review?

A recent review of Night Flight created a bit of a kerfuffle. Big Al’s Books and Pals is blog devoted to reviews of indie-writers. It is a great site with a dedicated reviewer and a small cadre of volunteers. Why indie writers? I’ll let Big Al speak for himself in his blog. But whatever the reasons, we indie writers are grateful. The reviewers give critical feedback and constructive criticism. They review greatly varied genres of fiction and nonfiction, are not cruel, and do not denigrate the writers. That doesn’t mean all the books they review are highly rated. It means they are honest and fair. They allow comments on the blog from their readers, which they follow carefully. This blog helps give legitimacy to indie writers. I thank them for that.

The Night Flight review went off the path of traditional reviews and spent some time discussing the issue of lesbians as presented in fiction writing. The protagonists in Night Flight are a lesbian couple. The reviewer seemed surprised that this book was not voyeuristic or soft porn. To quote Big Al: “I wasn’t sure how I would react or relate to a story where the two primary characters were two women in a romantic relationship… Would I find it revolting or difficult to relate, because it is so different from my own experiences?” Big Al found the answer to his concern to be no.

His review of the plot, the characters and story are all positive and he gives the book a high recommendation: 4 out of 5 stars. But it is apparently the reviewer’s comments about lesbian fiction that created a negative impression with one reader in the comments section. Autistwriter states: “There is nothing about the actual book except OMG! Lesbian sex isn't depicted as revoltingly as I expected it to be! I'm really disappointed.” There follows a response by Big Al, but the gist of the exchange is that the commenter misinterpreted the reviewer.

In fact Big Al emailed me and explained that he felt a review that spoke to the fact that Night Flight is not soft porn, but a realistic portrayal of a female couple whose experiences don’t differ greatly from a traditional opposite-sex couple would encourage a wider audience for the book. I agree, and I appreciate the attempt.

Night Flight is not going to break any sales records. As lesbian fiction it is a book with a limited audience. However, I am convinced the book will appeal to most all women readers even though the characters are a same-sex couple. I chose the characters and the story for a reason--to show that all of us are basically the same and can face extraordinary circumstances that we have to deal with. That is what Big Al was trying to say.

So should we be offended that some people may be surprised that we are all more the same than different? No, we shouldn’t. We should recognize the reality of prejudice in the world and be thankful to those who try to rise above.

I urge you to go to Big Al’s Books and Pals and have a look at the site. You’ll find reviews of indie-books of all kinds. I’m sure you’ll find something that will tempt you. And feel free to get a copy of Night Flight if you like suspense, drama and characters you can relate to, whether you’re lesbian or not.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Get Ready For Some Football

Well this is some little event we're having in San Francisco this Sunday. San Francisco 49ers Vs. the New York Giants for the right to go to the Super Bowl. I've been a Niners fan since the 1970s, but I also grew up in New York and have a soft spot for our New York teams, especially the Giants. I mean, how can you not love Eli Manning?

We always root for the NY Giants when not facing the Niners. But when they do, we have to face split alliances. Traci (my spouse) loves the Giants more than any team, and she has been upset with the Niners for so long (especially being more of an Oakland Raiders fan) that she's had a hard time learning to root for the Niners again this year.

I have to say we both started the season thinking this was going to be another year in the long history of new coaches babysitting an overpaid, under-qualified quarterback (Alex Smith). But Coach Jim Harbaugh really has added new life to a team that has been in decline. Somehow he took Alex and breathed life into him, made an already good defense a great and feared defense, and put a formula together that got the team turned around faster than any of us thought possible.

The Giants looked like they were going nowhere earlier this year. Injuries and lackluster playing seemed to destine them to another year of waiting for greatness. But both teams appear to be peaking at the right time. Niners made the Saints look like pikers. The Giants crushed the famed (and overrated) Packers; thank God. It would have been fun to watch Tim Tebow go for it, but there will be plenty of time in future years to watch him grow.

So for today, Traci will wear her Giants hat. I'll be wearing red and gold. We won't be too upset with either outcome. We're happy to see the success of both the teams we truly love to watch and support. Yet, I can't help ending this post with a little cheer.

Go Niners!