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Posted by odanamar Sep 4, 2015

un saludo para todos.

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Posted by Donegal Sep 3, 2015

Thanks to everyone who read and voted for "A Brush with the Indians" in the August competition at - your participation helped boost my current story to # 1. To see the official announcement, mosey back over there. It looks great! That makes 3 for 3 for me.

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I am new to CreateSpace and have just published my first book (Starting Today). I am hoping to get some constructive feedback from others here.

I already created a preview a few days ago but although it shows there have been some views of it so far there are no reviews. So I thought I would share a portion of the book here to possibly get some feedback.

Now I realize the subject of my book is not really the most interesting to read but I believe it is a very important subject that far too many people ignore. The subject of my book has to do with the importance of learning financial discipline from an early age. My hope in writing it was to inspire everyone but most importantly the young to think about their financial future. As a country we lag far behind the rest of the world when it comes to saving for our future. Now days with the uncertainty surrounding Social Security the need for other savings becomes even more important. Many who do not prepare financially for their future will needlessly suffer in their old age. But that does not need to be if we will only plan ahead.


I was hoping to be able to insert a portion of my book here but I am not having any luck so here is a link to the Amazon page for the print book, it is also available for Kindle.

I would really appreciate any feedback I could get.


Thank you in advance.

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It's hard to believe that it's been ten years since Hurricane Katrina.  I love New Orleans and feel so sorry for those who lost their lives and homes as a result of the flooding.  I know there's still a lot more work to be done.  I think these lyrics by Steve Earle sum up how I feel:


This city won't ever die

Just as long as our heart be strong

Like a second line stepping high

Raising **** as we roll along

Gentilly to Vieux Carre

Lower 9, Central City, Uptown

Singing Jockamo fee nane

This city won't ever drown.

I'm an indie writer and I've written two books about this great city.  The first is "The Ghost in the Plantation: A Nancy Keene Mystery."



  Do you like Nancy Drew? Do you like New Orleans? If so, you will enjoy this humorous and PG-rated story about a teenage sleuth that especially targets women baby boomers who grew up reading and loving the Nancy Drew series. Nancy Keene, the teenage sleuth in this story, goes on vacation with her father and friends to the French Quarter. What starts out as a sight-seeing trip changes into a murder/mystery when a docent at Oak Alley Plantation is murdered while they are there. Part travelogue, part ghost story, this book mixes voodoo, ghosts, and bayous into a spicy gumbo of a whodunit.


Available for $2.99 at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, Kobo, Smashwords

and Oyster and Scribd

Also available in Paperback at Amazon and Creatspace


"Honeymoon in New Orleans" is a travelogue about New Orleans


Come along with my fictional characters Don and Isabella as they discover the wonders of New Orleans on their honeymoon. Learn about their favorite romantic spots, places to visit, dine at, and spend the night. It includes helpful websites to consider before planning your next vacation.


Available for only $1.99 at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, Kobo, Smashwords and Oyster.

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Closure by David Magee

Posted by causewayrambler Aug 29, 2015

Hi all,

has anyone on here read either of my books - Closure or Jokerman? Both are available on Amazon in paper-back and Kindle?

I just wonder how many of us aspiring authors support each other.

I enjoy a good thriller - so if anyone here has one to recommend I'd be keen to know about it.

Over to you.



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New Preview

Posted by UshiIm Aug 24, 2015

The title Unsuspected has a new preview available at -

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Voting ends Aug 31.

Posted by Donegal Aug 24, 2015

My short story "A Brush with the Indians" is competing for first place at and needs YOUR vote.

Click on the title at the top of the left column, read and decide you like it, return to the landing page and choose my title at the top of the white box. Add your email and hit Submit.

Thanks in advance!

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My name is Ushi Im, lately I have been coming up with a way to generate more revenue for the CreateSpace program and for the self published authors. These are the basic principles to the plan. I need a group of 9 people, including myself will make 10. Each one of us as an individual will have 9 people behind us. In between the 10 of us all, we will support each other, with information and also make a purchase of at least one title from the other 9 members. with in a timeline of 90 days. After the 90 day timeline, we will add ten more members, which then we will complete the same process of supporting each other in a orderly fashion so that at least one title of  each member  gets purchased by every other at least once in a timely fashion. Each member is to keep up in the create space community, and report each member who has purchased at least one of their titles, so that each member will hold a record and kow that everyone is being honest. If a member fails to make purchase in a orderly fashion, then they will be banned and exiled from the team by every other by the power of Honesty and Loyalty. I will also take insight from other members about another way this could be done. The first 9 people to agree with this plan we will then build a networking relationship, and get to know each other as a real team. We will all come up with a good starting date to purchase each other novels, and a timeline. This will actually become a part time job, because reporting  the records will be required each time a member purchase your novel. The benefits of this program is that the royalties that get sent to your account will grow and draw more interest, depending on the goals you have, long term or short term with this plan.

If you are interested you can either leave an email address or direct message by replying to this post.

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caffe.jpglastest book out, first full length fiction.  I'd really like some review feedback on the book, and the cover:)


Cafe of the Hungry Ghosts- behind the veil of Ordinary, is a supernatural coming of age story ( not really YA), about a young shaman who bridges many worlds- indigenous, spanish, american.. seen world and unseen worlds... it also touches on social issues and environmental issues,



American by Birth, Inca and Mexican by heritage: Wayra struggles to navigate through college, life, and the Universe: all balanced against her destiny as a powerful shaman. Everything seems as balanced as any teens life ever really is... until a chance encounter opens up a ***** between dimensions. Wayra becomes the target for forces that have been drawn by all the violence, anger and aggression on our planet. Whatever “it” is- it feeds on it... and it's HUNGRY... Wayra’s life will be forever changed by the invisible Wind blowing through the cosmos...


I'd like to get some readers and reviewers soon- because if i sign it up for KDP, that's the end of free giveaway copies:)



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Peace, everyone.

Posted by UshiIm Aug 20, 2015

My name is Ushi Im. I just released a new novel which I'm currently marketing. The title of the novel is The Art Of Living Life Like Chess. It explains how the game of chess is closely related to life, and how the chess peices are symbolic to different people and things of life. Even if you do not know how to play the actual game, you will still receive a broad understanding of how chess and life are related.




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Books About Librarians

Posted by LouiseHathaway Aug 19, 2015

When was the last time you visited a library?  How long has it been since you asked a librarian a reference question?   These days, it seems like the only people who go to the library are those wanting to use the Internet or check out DVDs.  It's a favorite hang-out for the homeless or those seeking either an air-conditioned or heated place to camp out all day and night until closing.  The times they are a changin' as Bob Dylan says.



Death Among the Stacks:

The Body in the Law Library

by Louise Hathaway




I started working in a law library in 1983.  It was the heyday of libraries. It was interesting work and we had a lot of lawyers as patrons, before Lexis/Nexis came along.  The library was in the civic center where all the county business took place.  Our library was between the Federal and the State building, so there was always a lot of buzz and never a boring day.  When the governor visited our library, his body guards were stationed atop the State Building with their rifles drawn and ready. Before Bill Clinton was nominated for a second term, he came to the old county courthouse to give a speech.  My friends and I walked over to see him and passed  through security that was similar to what you'd find at an airport.


The people I worked with were all college educated and three were former lawyers.  We used to have enjoyable conversations about politics, TV, movies, and each other (there was a lot of office politics that I did my best to steer clear of). I was one of the writers of the library's newsletter so it was fun coming up with ideas for my articles.  I got to go to other libraries on field trips on work time.  One of my favorite's was the National Archives in Laguna Niguel where I saw how and where all the boxes of data were stored.  I'll never forget the time when the library's electronic compact shelving malfunctioned and almost crushed to death one of my coworkers.


I used that background for the first novel I wrote that takes place in a library.  It is called "Death Among the Stacks: The Body in the Law Library". I had Agatha Christie's detective, Hercule Poirot, in mind when I wrote this book with my husband.  We wanted it to be a story with multiple suspects who, in the last chapter, are summoned by the detective, who then grills them in front of everyone, saying why he suspected each one until he finally reveals whodunit.


The second book about libraries I wrote is a romantic comedy.  It's about a librarian who goes to a performance at a mystery dinner theater where someone is actually killed--definitely not part of the act.  A handsome detective comes to investigate and she falls madly in love with him.  This one is a little racy: her fantasies about him are quite graphic (and very funny).


Watchin' the Detective:

A Mystery Dinner Romance

by Louise Hathaway




These eBooks are available at Amazon.  They are also available in paperback at Amazon and Createspace

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mi nuevo libro

Posted by odanamar Aug 19, 2015

DIGITAL_BOOK_THUMBNAIL(las cartas a hipolito).jpglas cartas a hipolito, el nuevo libro que tienes que leer.

Emilda: la mujer que le robo la cordura a todo un pueblo...

San juan de asis: el pueblo  que debes conocer...

El padre manuel: victima o complice de su infortunio...

Hipolito: quien eres?, que eres?...

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If your kids are like ours, the only thing they want to do is play. Play outside; play with each other, play online or on their phones and game consoles.

And if you are typical parents like us you desperately want them to do well and be happy, so combined with jobs, mortgages, relationships, and looking after kids it?s a double time, hectic life.

Like many parents we read to the kids before bedtime or encouraged them to read for themselves. We read them stories by great authors like C.S. Lewis, ?Chronicles of Narnia?; Emily Rhoda?s ?Deltora Quests? (the box set), J. R. R Tolkien?s ?The Hobbit, The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling and a host of others. 

Bottom line, it seemed to make little difference. They just were not readers. They just wanted to run, play, eat and sleep. Typical boys!

But here is the kicker. Our boys loved fantasy. They played a game they called Mixed-up Made-up. Basically, it?s a game of pretend. They talked about the plots, scenes and roles at school, and when they got home they made costumes and props and played out their make believe adventures for hours.

So we got involved; not so far as playing, but in talking about the stories and the people in them. Under the instruction of our boys, my wife made an array of costumes from Greek mythology, space heroes, wizards, and monsters. I helped then make swords, light sabres and staffs, bows and arrows and sling shots, which we were told were crucial to a particular game we honestly didn?t quite understand.

Now you are probably thinking how did all this get them to read? Well it inspired me to write a fantasy adventure novel. Maybe I was influenced by all the books we read to the kids, but I tried to write something totally unique, with new characters and Australian themes.

I wrote a book about boys, their adventures, and the things in their lives they were interested in. I printed two pages per sheet on the home printer, which incorporated the kid?s illustrations throughout the chapters. I guillotined them into single pages and bound the whole thing with glue. And guess what? They read it! And, not only did they read it; they went outside and re-enacted the stories, even quoting the characters in the book word for word.

That was in 2006. Since then I?ve written two sequels, which bring the whole series of adventures to their final conclusion. But let me say this. Kids can be brutally honest, and it can be very confronting to have kids as critics, especially if you write for a living as I do. I?m a corporate writer, but writing a novel, a kid?s novel, is nothing like writing press releases, marketing documents or ministerial briefings.

Here we are, nine years and twenty edits later, it?s now 2015 and I?m launching the first one of the three novels, ?The World Without?Last Days of the Koonung? a book by Glenn Ric.

WW.LDK Final_Cover_thumb 24.04.15AMAZON.jpgThe story is set in Melbourne, on the edge of the city where urban sprawl meets native bushland. Persuaded by Adam?s older brother Mason, Adam and Tom climb the gigantic tree that grows in the bush of Edgars Valley. Unknowingly they cross the Gateway into the fourth dimension, 'The World Without', a beautiful place where the power of life is richer and greater than anything that exists in our world.

However, a decade?s long conflict rages between the long-suffering Marou and the tormented Fras who were recreated as lesser beings during the Diminishing, a catastrophic event brought on by Adam and Mason?s father when he was a boy. The Fras see him as the Destroyer of their world because the Diminishing destroyed their home and altered all life in the ?World Without? leaving the Fras deformed and the Marou barren of children. The Marou are steadfast and face their fate in the hope of being restored to their former selves. The Fras are filled with hate and seek revenge against the Marou, the boys and their father.

In Part 1, 'Last Days of the Koonung', Adam and Tom discover the power of this new world and learn that the Fras have found one of the Seven Life Elements lost in the Diminishing. The Elements imbue extraordinary power upon the holder. The Marou seek the Elements in the hope of being restored. However, the Fras are intent on regaining the Elements to exact their revenge against the Destroyer and his family. Through fate and circumstance, the boys help the Marou in their quest to overcome the Fras before they use the power of the Element to destroy their world.

The book is published by GRS Communications, having been reviewed by a professional children?s book assessor and edited by a professional editor, both of whom have been invaluable to me.

So if you have kids between the ages of 8 and 14, 'The World Without ? Last Days of the Koonung' may capture their interest. It's written for them, so I hope it encourages them to keep reading, imagining and developing their own creativity.

Its now avaiable on by Googling the title. Paperback copies are through:,, and


Part 2 and 3 - ‘A land in Peril’ and ‘Rise of the Fras’ are written and I plan to publish part to during 2016.

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  Boosting your Business Profitability



1.1. What is profit?




Profit can be specifically divided into two; namely gross profit and Net profit



1.1.1. Gross Profit


How to determine Gross profit or Gross loss? When sales revenue is greater than the cost of the goods sold we have gross profit but if otherwise we have gross loss. The sales revenue is the value at which goods is sold.


The cost of goods sold for a retailer, is the cost of goods in its beginning inventory plus cost of goods purchased minus cost of its ending inventory plus the cost of putting goods in a saleable condition. Costs such as purchase cost, carriage inward, costs of renovating or repair of the product are classified as part of cost of the goods when added together. Trading account is prepared to get gross profit or loss.



Look at the following illustration



Calculate the gross profit or gross loss for each of the following entity:



                Sales   Revenue   Cost of           Gross Profits

                                        Goods Sold           /Loss                    




X               $15,000            $15,050          - $50


Y               $ 6,500            $5,600            $900


Z               $10,300            $9,560           $740







Negative figures signify loss while positive figure denotes profit. It means that company X makes a gross loss of $50 while both companies Y and Z earn gross profit of $900 and $740 respectively.






Net Profit in the income statement (profit and loss accounts) is the gross profit plus other income such as commission received, rent received etc less other expenses such as salary, rent paid, repair and maintenance of machinery, advertisement etc. Where the total income is higher than the total expenses, we say there is a Net Profit but if otherwise there is a Net Loss. Statement of income or Profit and Loss account is prepared to determine Net Profit or Net Loss.


Read more here.




















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Hi Everyone!

I'm looking for prospective book reviewers who might be interested in reviewing my new book, entitled deFragmentation, which came out on August 5th.  The book is already available on Amazon and Kindle at:


Ideally, I'm appealing to individuals who would like to review my new book for their blog.  In exchange, I will cross-promote your blog on my social platforms via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Goodreads.


deFragmentation is my fourth book and follows my conventions as a writer, which is to always create a narrative in a different structure than before.  Therefore, this book is unique in that it's a epic prose. 


My story examines the depression a person struggles to cope with while trying to deconstruct how it was his relationship with his fiancee failed.  The narrative becomes a character study of a couple from philosophical and mundane perspectives-a fissure that conjures memory from sheer emotion.


In all, deFragmentation is 184 pages and reads like a soliloquy. 


Please let me know if you're interested.  You can e-mail me at:


Thank you for your time and consideration



Very truly yours,



R. Douglas Jacobs



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