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Monday, March 2, 2015
Every time a new title hits the virtual shelves I get little alerts telling me that my book has popped up on a website it shouldn't be on. Usually for free.
This is vexing. I don't like having my hard work stolen. But this isn't actually a post about piracy. If you're old enough to be reading this blog post you are old enough to make up your own mind on whether or not you support piracy. You're welcome to read my thoughts on piracy HERE, and HERE.
Today I found a new predator swimming in the depths of the internet. This one is a website that promises to sell you an ebook for under a dollar and takes your credit card number... and then gives you nothing.
So far they've "sold" 642 copies of my debut novel coming out in April and, unless they got on my computer, they don't have a draft of that novel. The final edited copy isn't available yet to anyone. Not even my editor. It's still with the line editor for proof reading. There isn't a book for pirates to sell yet.
That means 642 people tried to steal my book, and had their credit card information stolen.
As much as I hate having my work stolen, I hate the idea of my readers (legal or otherwise) losing their hard earned paychecks to scammers.
Don't buy books off known websites. Don't download ebooks from sketchy pirate sites. You're picking up way more than a book and you stand to lose far more than you gain.
If you can't afford my books or live in an area that doesn't sell them for whatever reason, let me know. Hit CONTACT ME in the top bar of this page, send me an email, explain your situation, and I'll try to help. I can donate a book to your local library, or I can send one to you. If you aren't sure you'll like my books you can download samples on Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes &Noble. Or you can check out the free short stories posted on the Twins Of Darkness And Good blog.
Don't fall prey to scammers or pirates. Be careful, and go read a good book.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Jackson Baine is a man with a gift, and he has never had a problem with selling it to the highest bidder. His newest job is with one of the biggest terraforming companies in the universe, and the money he stands to make will allow him and his crew to retire on any planet in any galaxy they choose. His biggest problem: Ferrell Terraforming has assigned him a company liason to see to his needs and protect their interests. But that’s not his only problem. Lia Bernardi is smart, beautiful and strong, and she entices Jacks in a way no other woman ever has. She is a distraction he cannot afford on the surface.
Anatolia Bernardi is ready to climb the corporate ladder, get out from under her egotistical boss, and impress her overbearing father. All she has to do is turn one dead, empty planet into an oasis. Her company says Jacks Baine is the key, and it’s her job to make sure he’s productive and happy. Both of which, she soon learns, are harder than she’d thought they’d be. For some reason Jacks can get under her skin and break down every wall she’s constructed between herself and the world.
On the surface of a long-dead planet Jacks and Lia will be forced to face the startling realization that the past never really goes away.
I was sold by the word "terraforming". Were you? I mean... LOOK!!! It's a brand new SFR book and it has a shiny green cover and OHMIGOSH! I can't wait to read this!!!
About the Author: AR DeClerck lives in the Quad Cities, IL. She is a wife and mother of two daughters. She has two dogs and a cat, and always has her nose in a book. She’s either reading one, or writing one. She writes romance in many sub-genres, and has always had a soft spot for sci-fi romance. She credits her love of reading and writing to her mother, who always keeps a book handy.
Friday, February 27, 2015
One of the first movies I saw at home on our brand new color TV was Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home where Captain Kirk and crew went to rescue the whales.
I had a Mr. Spock action figure before I had a Barbie or She-ra.
To say Leonard Nimoy had a small influence on my life would be as great an understatement as saying I kind of liked Tolkien as a child (I was obsessed with Tolkien as a child and never really outgrew it. Ask me about Leaf By Niggle if you don't believe me.). And so it is with a heavy heart that I learned of Leonard Nimoy's passing this morning. Eighty-three wonderful years, and it doesn't seem like enough.
I've been told Vulcan mourning tradition teaches us not to mourn a death unless the life was wasted, and Mr. Nimoy's life certainly wasn't. So I'm going to go read his poetry (some of which he liked to share on Twitter), and then watch all the old Star Trek movies. It's a proper tribute to a man who gave the world so much joy and wisdom.