Category: Housekeeping
Housekeeping: Bad blurbs; What customers are saying and Cheap Reads 2 comments

broom.panThe blurb makes it or breaks it
I doubt that I will ever read a mystery written by Carol Higgins Clark. She can blame it on the blurb. Here is a partial synopsis from Gypped.

While Jack attends a business dinner, Regan goes to Zelda’s by herself, unaware that she is being followed. Regan is more than surprised at the run-down condition of the house and grounds. People should be paid to stay here, she thinks. Zelda introduces Regan to a colorful cast of characters, including her old neighbors, friends from her yoga class, a filmmaker, Zelda’s financial adviser, her bookkeeper, and her personal assistant. It’s all good fun. As the guests are leaving, Zelda asks Regan to stay for a cup of tea. They’ve barely sat down to chat when Zelda falls ill. A worried Regan doesn’t want to leave Zelda alone and decides to spend the night at the isolated, aging estate. It’s not long before Zelda asks Regan to investigate people in her life, starting with her father’s new wife, Bobby Jo. The couple said “I do” in the back of a cab at a drive-through chapel in Las Vegas after only three months of togetherness.

Good grief! That is quite a cast of characters to follow. With a synopsis this tedious, this tortured, I just will not even try the author.
A good blurb will:
• provide setting and context
• introduce the characters
• set up the conflict
• compel us to read the book
The blurb below from the popular novel Labor Day ($8.89) is an example of a well-written teaser:

As the end of summer approaches and a long, hot Labor Day weekend looms, the life of lonely thirteen-year-old Henry Wheeler is irrevocably changed when he and his emotionally fragile mother show kindness to a stranger with a terrible secret.

Have you ever passed on a popular book because of the description? How much do you want to read in the blurb? Have you ever read the first portion of a book and then re-read the blurb to see if you were reading the right book?
What customers are saying
Daniel Silva RecommendI recently noticed this on the books Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought section of a book’s webpage.
I often read the reviews of many books and may have been why this appeared on my screen.
I feel it’s pushy. Who is this Grand Poobah? Why would Amazon quote his/her review?
Would you buy a book based on these mini-reviews?
Cheap Reads – 200 Kindle Books for $1.99 Each
Now through November 14 you can purchase 200 Kindle books published by Amazon for just $1.99 each.
These three novels are included in the sale:

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Housekeeping: Why I like Paperwhite but still want a Voyage; Review of a free app; and Cheap Read 8 comments

broom.panWhy I like Paperwhite but still want a Voyage
For awhile, I (Susan) used the Kindle Fire as my primary reading device. The Fire is perfect for surfing the web, checking email and playing games. I also enjoyed reading on it. The highlighting feature in different colors and the variety of settings for the background (the off-white background makes for perfect reading) are useful features for reading.
Then I bought a Paperwhite last fall. And reading was back! The Paperwhite is really designed for one purpose – reading – and it does it well. It’s easy to hold and easy to see. Plus, I don’t get distracted by Facebook or games as can happen when I’m on the Fire. It’s great that I can turn on a reading lamp, but don’t have to if I don’t want.
With all of its good qualities, there are two minor things about the Paperwhite that bug me.
1. To turn a page, you must swipe your finger across the screen.
Maybe not a big deal, but it requires two hands to read. The original Kindle (remember back that far?) had this wonderful button on the side of the device where a gentle push of your thumb turned the page. The button made it easy to hold the Kindle in one hand and keep the other propped under your head or tucked beneath the covers on a cold night.
2. The type size is impossible to get just right.
The Paperwhite has 8 font sizes from which to choose. The first three are suitable only for fine print on legal contracts. Seriously – why even bother with so many tiny fonts? Those on the larger end of the scale are perfect for people who have vision impairment or just prefer a larger size. But that leaves me – and probably the majority of readers – somewhere between too small and too big. It’s like jumping from 8 point type to 14 point, when a 10 or 12 point would be best.
That’s why I was excited to see that the new Kindle Voyage has a “retro” feature – you can turn page without lifting a finger. According to the product description: Simply apply pressure on the bezel to turn the page, and PagePress will provide a silent haptic response for consistent and immediate feedback. Finally, Kindle is back to where it began with page turning! Plus, it still has the touch screen option.
I haven’t seen a Voyage yet, but I hope on this device created specifically for reading, the type size has more options. The automatic light sensor also looks like a promising feature.
I have not jumped off into the Voyage yet, thinking I may let the early adopters work out a few bugs before I bite.
Free app review – Township
There are a handful of games I (Susan) enjoy playing on the Kindle Fire.
A new one I discovered is Township (free). It’s like similar farming games. You get a small town and plant crops, then feed animals, harvest and make products in factories.
Township is nice in that I can play as much as I want without feeling obligated to log in every day. It doesn’t require having a bunch of friends who also play (or letting everyone on Facebook know how much time I waste feeding imaginary sheep). It’s not cluttered with a bunch of ads, although sometimes I can earn extra “Township bucks” by watching a one-minute ad.
What makes this app really enjoyable is the exquisite detail. In my little town, residents walk the streets and if you click on them they do actions. A cop will munch on a doughnut or a skateboarder perform a flip. I even observed a biker and scooter rider crash and the ambulance showed up on the scene. When I pan over the ocean, there is the sound of waves.
It’s still free on Kindle if you’d like to start your own township!
Cheap Reads – Legends of Muirwood Trilogy – Fantasies for $1.99 each
The Wretched of Muirwood ($1.99 Audiobook $1.99) In the ancient and mystical land of Muirwood, Lia has known only a life of servitude. Labeled a “wretched,” an outcast unwanted and unworthy of respect, Lia is forbidden to realize her dream to read or write. But when an injured squire named Colvin is abandoned at the kitchen’s doorstep, an opportunity arises.
The Blight of Muirwood ($1.99 Audiobook $1.99) Lia finds herself filled with inner turmoil after the great battle of Winterrowd that led to the death of the wicked king and her closest ally. Lia is called to be an official protector of Muirwood Abbey and is charged to employ her magic to defend Ellowyn Demont, the lost heir of the fallen kingdom of Pry-Ree.
The Scourge of Muirwood ($1.99 Audiobook $1.99) When a deadly plague is unleashed in the land of Muirwood, the fate of the world is placed in the hands of a young woman named Lia. The revelation will force Lia to choose between the lives of her closest friends and her deepest desires…

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Housekeeping: How many pages; Give yourself $1 credit and Cheap Reads 3 comments

broom.panPage Numbers?
Does the number of pages in a book regularly influence your purchase?
Shorter reads are good for light reading. I wouldn’t read a 600-page book on vacation, but three 200-page reads are perfect.
Some readers consider any book less than 400 pages light-weight. One woman on a reading forum requested recommendations for books of 1,000 or more pages. To me, that’s a series.
A popular trend at this time is to serialize a book into episodes or volumes of 20-50 pages each. The author will then bundle the episodes and offer the book of 110 pages at a great rate. That’s not a book, that’s a novella.
Take the poll and tell us how many pages you consider a book.

Wait for the package and get a $1 credit
Amazon Prime members are getting an enticing offer.
When you order prime-shipping eligible products and choose the free no-rush shipping option, you will receive a $1 credit toward Kindle and/or print book purchases.
Orders arrive in 5 – 7 business days. Shop early to be able to use the longer delivery choice and then use your credits to buy a book or two from your wish list.
Read the official information here, but don’t use the no-rush option when ordering your new Kindle reader or tablet. You will want it as soon as possible.
Big Deal Sale Deals
The Big Deal Sale ends Sunday, October 5. If you enjoy baking, grilling, and all things food, several cookbooks in the sale are well worth the money. These three are selling for $2.99 each. Click here to browse all the cookbook and food titles.

Mission to Murder now just 99 cents
Mission to Murder (99 cents) In the California coastal town of South Cove, history is one of its many tourist attractions—until it becomes deadly…
Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Morgan, the obnoxious owner of South Cove’s most popular tourist spot, contests her claim.
When Morgan is found murdered shortly after a heated argument with Jill, even her detective boyfriend has to ask her for an alibi. Jill decides she must find the real murderer to clear her name. But when the killer comes for her, she’ll need to jump from historic preservation to self-preservation…

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Housekeeping: More improvements in Pre-Orders; How many Kindles and Cheap Reads 4 comments

broom.panImproving the pre-order system
A few weeks ago I posted about the messages I had received that pre-ordered books would not be filled.
Since then Amazon has made improvements and continues to keep readers in the know about their pending orders.
I recently received this email:

The release date has changed for your pre-order
We have received new release date information for the item in the order below. The release date has been changed by the publisher and we want to provide you with the updated release date. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this delay. We’ll keep your pre-order open on your account and you’ll receive a confirmation when the item is available for download.* As a reminder, you can change, cancel, or view the status of your orders in Your Orders on

Thanks, Amazon, for providing a better accounting of pre-orders.
The next thing to clean up: Those gift books that I gave three years that still haven’t been downloaded.
How many Kindles?
The day after the announcement of the new devices I ordered the Kindle Voyage (Starting at $199 wi-fi only with Special Offers up to $289 wi-fi +3G without Special Offers). The estimated ship date is November 28 – about five weeks after the release date.
Recently I’ve also ordered a replacement 6” Kindle (the $69 one no longer available) and the Fire HD 6 Tablet (Starting at $99 for 8GB with Special Offers up to $134 for 16GB without Special Offers) for family members on my account. I was astounded when Amazon identified my latest purchase as my 32nd Kindle. It’s time to deregister the no-longer-used Kindles and Kindle apps on phones and tablets that are out of commission.
Take the poll to tell us how many you have registered. Don’t know? Go to the Kindle Store and click on MANAGE YOUR CONTENT AND DEVICES on the menu ribbon and then click on YOUR DEVICES.

Cheap Reads
Two thrillers by Michael Dobbs selling today for $1.99 each.
Old Enemies ($1.99) In the Swiss Alps a teenage girl is thrown from a helicopter and her boyfriend is brutally abducted to Trieste, a city filled with undercurrents of past hatreds.
Ruari, son of Irish media owner J J Breslin, is in desperate danger, at the mercy of ruthless kidnappers making impossible demands. His terrified mother contacts the only person she knows can help her son: Harry Jones, her former lover. Time is running out for Ruari and Harry, torn between his loyalties, is quickly drawn into a political game played for high stakes. Far higher than he realizes…
A Ghost at the Door ($1.99) ‘Tell me about your father.’
Five short, razor-edged words that rip the world of Harry Jones to pieces.
He barely knew his father Johnnie and hated what little he did know, yet no man is able to escape the shadows of the past.
Harry has already lost almost everything – his seat in parliament, his reputation, his fortune. There is little left apart from his love for the headstrong Jemma, and now he must risk losing her and even his own life to uncover the truth about his dead father.

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Housekeeping: New Kindle readers and tablets available to pre-order now 5 comments

broom.panSeventh generation of Kindle now available to pre-order
Late yesterday Amazon introduced the 7th generation of Kindle: Kindle Voyage, the most advanced e-reader ever, and the new $79 Kindle, with a 20% faster processor, twice the storage, and now with a touch interface. Both devices are available to pre-order now with delivery beginning next month.
Kindle ($79 with Special Orders/$99 without – pre-order today with delivery beginning October 2) Wi-Fi only.
• Touchscreen display that reads like real paper—no screen glare, even in bright sunlight
• Exclusive Kindle features—now includes Goodreads integration, Kindle FreeTime, Vocabulary Builder, Word Wise (coming soon), and more
• Double the on-device storage—holds thousands of books
• Page turns fly with a 20% faster processor
Kindle Voyage (Starting at $199 wi-fi only with Special Offers up to $289 wi-fi +3G without Special Offers – Pre-order today for delivery beginning October 21) Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free 3G
• High-resolution 300 ppi display—reads even more like the printed page
• Reimagined page turns—PagePress enables you to turn the page without lifting a finger
• New adaptive front light—provides ideal brightness, day or night
• Our thinnest Kindle ever
• Battery lasts weeks, not hours
Click on graphic at left and scroll down for a better view of the Voyager’s features.
Amazon announces three new Kindle Fire Tablets
Introducing the All-New Fire HD 6 Tablet –The Most Powerful Tablet Under $100
(Starting at $99 for 8GB with Special Offers up to $134 for 16GB without Special Offers – Pre-order today for delivery beginning October 2) Wi-fi only.
• Beautiful 6″ HD display—Crisp, vivid HD display (252 ppi / 1280×800) with over a million pixels—perfect for apps, movies, TV, games, photos, and more
• Front and rear cameras—Take photos or capture videos in 1080p HD with a rear-facing camera or Skype with a front-facing camera. Plus, free unlimited storage in Cloud Drive for photos taken with Fire devices
• Best selection of digital content—Enjoy over 33 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, Android apps and games—including Facebook, Netflix, Minecraft, and more
• Great for the whole family—Create unique profiles and set screen time limits for kids with Amazon FreeTime. Coming soon, link two Amazon accounts and share books, games, apps, and Prime Instant Video content across all devices in the household.
Introducing the All-New Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet–Higher Performance, Exclusive New Audio, the Fastest Wi-Fi, and Still Startlingly Light with a Stunning HDX Display
(Starting at $379 for 16GB with Special Offers up to $494 for 64GB without Special Offers – Pre-order today for delivery beginning October 21) Wi-fi only.
You can pre-order 4G LTE-enabled devices also – priced at $529 to $594.
• Exclusive 8.9″ HDX display—With 30% more pixels than iPad Air’s Retina display, Amazon’s exclusive HDX display (2560×1600) features exceptional pixel density (over 4 million pixels, 339 ppi) for vivid, lifelike images
• Incredibly light design—Weighing just 13.2 ounces, Fire HDX 8.9 is 20% lighter than iPad Air
• Ultrafast 2.5 GHz quad-core processor—70% faster graphics performance with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 420 GPU for quicker gaming and smoother video
• Rich, multi-dimensional audio—Twice as loud as iPad Air, with crisp, clear sound and no distortion. Plus, the first tablet with Dolby Atmos for a new headphone experience
• Firefly and Mayday—Quickly identify and take action on over 100 million items with Firefly. Get free, live video support with an Amazon expert, 24×7, 365 days a year with Mayday
• 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash for high-resolution photos and 1080p HD video, plus a front-facing 720p HD camera for video calls and more. Free unlimited storage in Cloud Drive for photos taken with Fire devices
Introducing Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet –The Kids Tablet That Has it All, Including the First-Ever 2-Year Worry-Free Guarantee.
($149 6” display/$189 7” display – Pre-order today for delivery beginning October 21) NOTE: Cannot find information regarding wi-fi capability.
• A real tablet, not a toy—A quad-core processor for great performance, a vivid HD display, front and rear-facing cameras, and Dolby Digital Audio
• Built for even the toughest kids—Enjoy the peace of mind with an unprecedented 2-year worry-free guarantee—if they break it, we’ll replace it for free. No questions asked
• Don’t worry about the bill—The Kids Edition includes a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited so kids get unlimited access to 5,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games—at no additional cost.
• Best-in-class parental controls—Create individual profiles for each of your children. Personalize screen time limits, educational goals, and age-appropriate content
• Kid-Proof Case—Durable, lightweight case to protect against drops and bumps caused by kids at play.
• Comes in blue, green or pink.

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Housekeeping: Apple Settlement, Fire Phone and Cheap Read 0 comments

broom.panApple Settlement
Did you get an e-mail earlier this week from Amazon that was titled: Important Legal Notice Relating to eBooks Settlement‏?
Consumers may receive a credit at Amazon if Apple pays under the terms of the settlement. If Apple is successful in its appeal, consumers will not receive a credit. The Court required that notice be given to consumers by September 15.
Due to the ongoing litigation, this paragraph from the e-mail is the essential information:

The Apple Settlement provides for three possible outcomes, depending on the decision of an appeal of the District Court’s July 10, 2013 finding that Apple violated the antitrust laws (“Liability Finding”). First, if the Court’s Liability Finding is upheld, Apple will pay $400 million to Eligible Consumers. Second, if the Liability Finding is sent back to the District Court for further consideration of whether Apple violated the antitrust laws, Apple will pay $50 million to Eligible Consumers. Third, if the Liability Finding is reversed, Apple will make no payments.

Don’t hold your breath that you will receive the credit in time for your holiday shopping this year. Maybe in 2015 or 2016. The wheels turn slowly as we learned from the last settlement.
Further proof that Fire Phone is a Fizzle
Monday Amazon announced that the price of the Fire Phone is now only 99 cents with a two-year contract.
Customers can also purchase the phone from AT&T through their installment program for $18.75 per month for 24 months for a total of $450. The previous purchase price was $600. AT&T is the exclusive network provider for the Fire Phone.
Below is a quote from the press release:

Fire is now 99 cents with a two-year contract, plus customers get one full year of Prime included,” said Ian Freed, Vice President, Amazon Devices. “With access to all of the Prime content, Mayday, 32GB of memory and free unlimited cloud storage for photos, plus the exclusive Dynamic Perspective and Firefly features, Fire is another example of the value Amazon delivers to customers.

Cheap Read
Today is Patriot Day in the United States – the day we remember the lives lost, the lives forever changed and the security of our world altered following the September 11 attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Between Heaven and Ground Zero: One Woman’s Struggle for Survival and Faith in the Ashes of 9/11 is one survivor’s story of the horror of 9/11. Buy it today for only 99 cents. Published by a faith-based publisher.
Book Description: On the sunny morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, terrorists murdered more than twenty-seven hundred people in an attack on New York City.
Thousands died when a hijacked Boeing 767 slammed into Tower One of the World Trade Center.
It was first blood.
For Leslie Haskin, it was a second chance at life.
This is the riveting account of Leslie’s harrowing escape–down 36 floors in a doomed and dying building and away from a life focused on perks, prestige, and power. The intervening months brought crippling mental and emotional distress, but from the rubble and ashes, the corporate climber rediscovered the faith of her childhood and now embraces a new life of serving others.

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Housekeeping: Fire Phone, Posting Schedule and Cheap Reads 6 comments

broom.panJust how many have sold?
The Amazon Fire Phone isn’t exactly setting the world ablaze. The Guardian published an article that provides the complex process to come to an estimated 35,000 phones sold since the phone’s debut in July. Consumers are not waiting in line to buy “the next big thing in smartphones”.
The television ads with snooty, pre-teen overachievers hasn’t drawn me to the device, either. Fire Phone commercials just aren’t selling it.
Summer Schedule Vote
Thanks for everyone who voted in our poll asking about keeping our summer schedule year round. Nearly 55% of you like the posts early in the morning. It’s the best time for me, too. If something comes to our attention after the early posts, we’ll put it on the site.
Thanks for being loyal followers of DCR. We appreciate every one of you!
Remembering 9/11
A week from today marks the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies in the United States. These three titles feature that event.
The 9/11 Dogs ($1.99 pre-order, delivery September 5) A Short Read: Meet the dogs who searched for life amongst the ruins of the Twin Towers. Many heroes were made on 9/11 and in the weeks that followed. Not all of them showed human courage. Some of them could only show that they were truly man’s best friend.
Clear Blue Sky (99 cents) Inspirational fiction: It’s the beginning of a gorgeous September in the City that Never Sleeps. Summer may be officially over, but Labor Day Weekend means ethnic festivals and dancing the streets and lots of overtime for police officer Tony Cavalucci. All this foreshadows what’s about to come to the people of New York on September 11, 2001. Now Tony finds himself in brand new territory. As he fights to survive and help others survive as well, Tony learns all over what faith means, what family means, and what life itself means.
Nightwatcher ($4.99) As the city sleeps in the early hours of September 10, 2001, the killer waits and watches, unaware of the cataclysm to come. Even the nightmare of 9/11 will not postpone his private reign of terror.
Allison Taylor adores her adopted city, New York. But on a bright and clear September morning, the familiar landscape around her is savagely altered—and in the midst of widespread chaos and fear, a woman living upstairs from her is found, brutally slaughtered and mutilated.

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Housekeeping: Labor Day thoughts and a Cheap Read 0 comments

8 hours LaborDayLabor Day is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of this country. Established in 1887 to occur each September, the day unofficially marks the end of the summer vacation season.
The vintage drawing shown here may be an accurate representation of the campaign waged by workers to establish an 8-hour work day. My question is: What happened to the idea of 8 hours to recreate each day? Think of the books one could read in 40 hours a week.
Whether you are reading, relaxing or working, we wish each of you a happy Labor Day holiday.
Cheap Read
This collection of short stories about the hard-working American pioneers would be a great read anytime.
With more than 120 titles still in print, Louis L’Amour is recognized the world over as one of the most prolific and popular American authors in history. Though he met with phenomenal success in every genre he tried, the form that put him on the map was the short story. Now this great writer will receive his due as a great storyteller. This volume kicks off a series that will, when complete, anthologize all of L’Amour’ s short fiction, volume by handsome volume.
Here, in Volume One, is a treasure-trove of 35 frontier tales for his millions of fans and for those who have yet to discover L’Amour’s thrilling prose—and his vital role in capturing the spirit of the Old West for generations to come. Buy this collection for only $1.99 today.
NOTE: The webpage has conflicting page numbers for this book. One place states 432; another 864. The book has nearly 9000 locations which makes the page count more than 850.
Click here to purchase The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour, Volume 1: Frontier Stories

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Housekeeping: Kindle Unlimited not for me; Posting poll and Cheap reads 3 comments

broom.panWhy I won’t be subscribing to Kindle Unlimited
Amazon’s subscription service Kindle Unlimited was announced recently. For $9.99 a month a reader enjoys an always open buffet of books. Audiobooks are also available on some books to allow for seamless reading and listening.
The service is a wonderful opportunity for some readers. High volume users will benefit because the subscription is cheaper than purchasing. The library of titles is growing to offer even more than the current 600,000 books.
The deal just isn’t for me. I won’t be subscribing because:
1. My Kindle library of purchased books exceeds my ability to get the books read by about 165 years. My audiobook library is also extensive.
2. I know me: In the beginning I would read 7-8 books each month. Then life would come along and a month or two would slip by with only 2-3 books read. What about all the unread purchased books? Guilt would drive me back to my purchased books and maybe only a book that month comes from Kindle Unlimited. Before I know it nine months have passed, I’ve paid nearly $90 and I’m not getting my money’s worth.
3. Big name authors and books I want to read aren’t in the Kindle Unlimited selections yet. I may reconsider the service when favorite authors and recently released books are available.
4. I don’t want to feel like I have to use the service since I’m paying for it. I have that guilt from the gym membership – paying for it, but not using it.
A few of the good points are first month is free; I can test drive a new author without buying the book and if I ever have a month to go on a reading binge, I can read a book or two every day for $9.99.
Summer Schedule Poll
We’ve been on our summer schedule since Memorial Day – all posts early in the day with later posts if needed. Do you like it? Do you want to go back to six posts at 6:15am and two more at 11:00?
Vote in the poll and let us know your thoughts.

United Kingdom publishers and Cheap Reads
In recent weeks books from United Kingdom publishers have become available for US readers. Popular authors across the pond may increase their readership and become the new favorite author of US readers.
Imprints include Penguin Random House’s Quercus, Transworld Digital and Ebury. Hachette imprints include Headline, Hodder, Hachette Ireland, Sphere and Piatkus. Other publishers are appearing as rights to ebooks expand.
Below are three books by popular UK authors selling for only $1.99 each today:
Some Sunny Day ($1.99) Forbidden love and family secrets In World War Two Liverpool in the heartrending new saga.
Paperboy ($1.99) It’s Belfast, 1975. The city lies under the dark cloud of the Troubles, and hatred fills the air like smoke. But Tony Macaulay has just turned twelve and he’s got a new job. He’s going to be a paperboy. And come rain or shine – or bombs and mortar – he will deliver…
Forgotten Child ($1.99) Will she ever find a home where she can belong? ALONE…Jennifer Lavender was a lonely child. She always felt like second best and desperately craved her parents love.

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Housekeeping: Pre-order confimation, Another improvement, A plea to Amazon and Cheap Reads 4 comments

broom.panPre-order Confirmation
Last week I complained that Amazon had sent a pre-order cancellation with only the order number in the e-mail. I was unable to locate the order on my account at Amazon and was disappointed that I didn’t know the book title.
When I pre-ordered a book this week, this email arrived (pertinent information only):

Pre-order Confirmation
Thank you for shopping with us. Your item will be automatically delivered on release day and we’ll send a confirmation when your item has been released. You will not be charged until your item is released.
Your estimated release date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Order Details
Order #D01-xxxxx
Placed on Friday, August 15, 2014
The Homecoming: Book 6 of Thunder Point series
Kindle Edition
$5.99 (or less)

Thanks, Amazon! Great improvement to the pre-order process. Amazon’s price guarantee is explained here.
Another improvement
Have you seen this improvement? When you scroll down on a Kindle book webpage, a banner now appears at the top of the screen of the book title and author.
Title Banner
A plea to Amazon
I’ve read your argument to publishers that more consumers buy a digital book when the price is lower. Sounds like you have my back to give me the best read for the money.
Because you have proven you are watching out for the consumer, I wanted to draw your attention to one of my concerns.
The Big Deal Sale is in progress and I’ve pored over the books looking for a gem to read this fall. Honestly, the selection is tired and repetitive (20 historical romances by M.C. Beaton). Ten percent of the titles were reader-rated at 3.5 stars or lower. The sale is more like The Big Dud.
The Daily Deal has been stale lately. It needs a shot of adrenaline.
While you are negotiating with the publishers, do some horse trading for more recent books for your sales and the Daily Deal. Customers would love to buy bestsellers from the last few years, Books of the Month and book club favorites. We’ll prove you right on increased buying at lower prices.
After you have negotiated great books at great prices, head over to the marketing department. Surely some creative soul can think of a better name than The Big Deal Sale. Maybe even sketch a fun graphic, too.
Keep fighting for the reader, Amazon!
Cheap Reads from The Big Deal Sale – only 99 cents each

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