Casey Anthony Prosecutor Pens Book on Infamous Case

It was bound to happen soon, but who knew an attorney would beat an acquitted defendant to the punch in telling their story?

Jeff Ashton, one of the lead prosecutors in the Casey Anthony murder trial, is writing a book about the case with the most controversial verdict since OJ Simpson.

Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony will contain details about the trial never before made public, and why Ashton still believes Casey is guilty.

Imperfect Justice is scheduled for release in November 2011 by publisher William Morrow & Company. Pre-orders for the book can be found on Barnes and Noble as well as on Amazon.

Some early book trivia: Imperfect Justice is already #1 on Amazon’s best seller lists in Books: Nonfiction, True Accounts, Murder & Mayhem before the book even hits store shelves!

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Lendle Announces Pay to Lend Changes

Lendle’s “it pays to lend” program has been successful beyond anything ever expected. Lendle loves that they’ve discovered a way to reward their
Lendlers for their willingness to share their books with other members of the Lendle community. Still, they’ve learned a lot over the last couple months, and think there’s room for improvement.

One of their main goals has always been to provide an increased incentive to spur lending. At the same time, not all books are created equal. Often,users who buy the least expensive books are earning the most for their lends. In fact, if a book is only $0.99 – Lendle has been paying some of their Lendlers $1.00 to lend that book.

On the flip side, someone who lends a more expensive book, even one with more demand, earns the same amount, even though their budget and interests may not allow them to lend as many books.

To address this disparity, Lendle came up with an algorithm that will take several factors into account to assign a lend value to every book. That value will be updated continuously, as various factors change.

For example, the price or demand could go up or down on a given book, at which point the lend rate for that book will adjust accordingly. Lendle spent a lot of time creating an algorithm that will ensure consistency, and hopes to roll this new system out in the near future.

Any unpaid credit earned prior to the switch will pay out at the existing rates. Under the new system, Patrons will still earn double for every lend. Some books will actually be worth more under variable pricing (for both Patron and non-Patron accounts) than they are under the $0.50 and $1.00 system.

Looking ahead, Lendle has some really exciting ideas about how Lendlers will be able to spend the money they earn and they will be folding variable pricing into a host of new features.

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Impressive results for SWI – from Bob Grant

Some of you may remember that Speak Without Interruption’s Bob Grand had trouble with his previous Web Host – Blue Host – last March. At the suggestion of his former son-in-law, he switched to Host Gator, and has been most satisfied with them. Recently, Bob investigated the site results they provide and he was both surprised and pleased. Host Gator is SWI’s Server – they have the hardware where their site is located.

Bob posted the monthly results – from the first full month with Host Gator (April) – until July. As soon as SWI gets into September, they will post August’s results. Bob will be doing updates every month and make links available.

Speak Without Interruption takes a great deal of comfort in these numbers, and we hope you will too:

April 2011

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Book of the Week 8/29/11

By now, some of you may or may not have seen the film The Help, but in the event you haven’t, there’s no better time than the present to read Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same title (Berkley/Penguin Publishing, 2009).

The Help tells the story of three African-American maids working white households in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s, told from the point of view of three narrators: Aibileen Clark, a middle-aged African-American maid who spent her life raising white children and recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson, an African-American maid whose back-talking her employers leads to frequent job changes, exacerbating her desperate need for work and well her family’s financial struggles; and Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a young white woman and recent college graduate who discovers after returning home that a maid who helped raise her since childhood has abruptly disappeared and her attempts to find the maid have not been successful.

The Help is a well-written novel that is destined to be a classic of the future, drawing out characterization, race relations, interpersonal relationships between maids and the children of their employers, and the attitudes of the early 1960’s era shows a much different time from the more tolerant, politically correct society of today.

There are a few characters readers may tend to dislike, such as Hilly, the town “queen bee,” who looks down on non-whites and has an ambition of making sure every home in Jackson has a separate bathroom for the help to “save both blacks and whites from heinous diseases.”

On the other side of the spectrum, there is the enlightened Skeeter, an educated woman who has further ambitions, collecting each maid’s personal story. The results are harrowing, putting both maids and Skeeter in danger, and the maids question their occupations after the death of Medgar Evers.

The Help is a longer than average book, but worth reading from beginning to end, Though some degree of racism in the United States still exits, thankfully it is no longer with the intensity it was in the early 1960’s.

With the new school year underway, it is a book that should be placed on every required reading list for book reports, and proving that one cannot judge books (or people) by their covers. The film should also be worthy of an Oscar.

SEEN This Week 8/29/11

Starting off the week, I am excited to introduce a new beta reading site, Litfy. It’s free to register and you can read all the classic literature that you love. There’s also a forum where you can chat with other members as well as other features, so stop by and have a look.

Congratulations to Glitzburgh blog queen Ashley Boynes-Shuck for being one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 winners. Much deserved!

Will Macmillan Jones’ The Banned Underground will be released by Safkhet Publishing November 15. It will be visible for pre order on Waterstones and Amazon’s web sites.

The children’s book Kristal McKerrington has been developing was approved and is ready to proceed to the next step. No release date has been announced.

Dr. Doug Bremner now has 33 reviews on Amazon for his book, The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg, all five star. He’s aiming for 50 reviews, so if anyone has read it and can write a few sentences, Doug would appreciate it. He will send out books on “spec” and you can return if you lose time or interest. Also will send out autographed copies,per email request at info@dougbremner.com.

Jessica Kane needs your questions for upcoming articles as National Plus Size Editor for Examiner.com. Go here to leave your questions.

Monogamy Sucks, and sometimes swinging does too, but does online casual sex and dating suck? find out in George Pappas’ next novel Dear Hef on September 14.

A new book trailer for Jessica Degarmo’s newest release Six Weeks can be viewed at this link.

It’s been a busy week for Kathleen McKenna:: The Wedding Gift is going to be made into a movie, and two more books will be released next month from two different publishers.

Kimberly Kinrade has three versions of covers for Rent-a-Kid (a YA paranormal novel) on her author site and is seeking feedback from fellow authors as which cover is best suited for her book.

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email lori@authorsonshow.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1

Profile: Ashley Boynes-Shuck

“It pays to do work that you love, and to turn life’s lemons into that proverbial lemonade!”

This week I’m featuring Ashley Boynes-Shuck, a blogger I’ve had the pleasure of following for almost two years, who has also supported my own work in addition to our struggle together with arthritis. As you will read below, she’s a human dynamo!

Ashley resides in the Pittsburgh area, where she owns a home with her husband. In addition to writing the Glitzburgh blog, which has been featured in the Tribune Review newspaper and on the PA Governor’s Conference for Women web site, she’s blogged for the Arthritis Foundation, Maniac Magazine, Women on the Web (wowOwow.com), BarSmart.com, and the Steel City Mafia. She is also the founder of Social Media Butterfly, a social media consulting, online marketing, and freelance writing service.

Ashley’s work has also appeared in the following publications:

South Fayette & Neighbors Magazine
Chartiers Valley Magazine
Peters Township Magazine
Bethel Park Courier
Youth Sports Report
FLIP Magazine (Rocket Science Productions)
Trib Total Media’s Wedding Essentials
Lux Magazine
Western Pennsylvania Guide to Good Health
PA Boomer’s Resource Guide
Wedding Essentials Magazine
Tobeco Literary Journal
Eyerie Magazine
the Clarion Call Newspaper, and others.

She sat on the editorial board of The Clarion Call newspaper and was also a proofreading/editing intern at Ten United Advertising. Previous writing jobs include freelance work for the web site The Black and White Program, MarkIT Group, eZine articles, and developing listings for WeSellNow, Inc.

In 2007, Ashely interned on-air at 96.1 KISS fm with the very well-known DJ Bonics where she also wrote a blog called the Intern Ashley Spot. She has a background in music business, entertainment, and fashion design but is also very passionate about health, wellness, and advocacy.

She used to blog and “tweet” for the Arthritis Foundation’s Western Pennsylvania Chapter (AFWPA) and currently works with the Mid Atlantic Region of the Arthritis Foundation doing blogging and social media outreach. She began and currently moderates the Facebook page/group Rheum to Grow for Teens and Young Adults with Arthritis and Related Disease, and is “Arthritis Ashley” on Facebook and Twitter.

In addition to writing over 100 song lyrics and doing professional and grant writing, Ashley is working on a novel (adult fiction genre), and have had offers to have her poetry published.

She’ll soon be guest blogging for the Britney Spears fan site Britney.com and worked with the Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women as part of their Social Media Steet Team as well as being a blogger.

I was recently interviewed by Health Monitor Magazine and been approached by the national offices of the Arthritis Foundation headquarters to blog for their “Let’s Move Together” initiative.

With all her other work, Ashley still finds time to do PR and Marketing for her husband’s children’s book, Numbers Elementary: Rounding which is the first of an educational math series with heart called Numbers Elementary that is published through Rocket Science Productions, LLC. She also am working with RSP, LLC. to recruit dog stories for an upcoming compilation book to be nationally published.

She appeared as a model in the book, For the Troops and done modeling work for various local agencies and for various local events.She’s been an extra or walk-on actor in a few major motion pictures filmed in Pittsburgh, including Abduction starring Taylor Lautner, and Riddle starring Val Kilmer.

She is always seeking guest blogging opportunities, paid freelance writing and social media consulting work.

Among her many accomplishments, Ashley was selected among the 40 Under 40 in Pittsburgh by Maniac Exchange. She will also be attending the 2011 Advocates for Arthritis Conference via the American College of Rheumatology in Washington, D.C. in September.

ON THE WEB:

Twitter 1: @BuellaMarie

Twitter 2: @ArthritisAshley

Mid Atlantic Arthritis Blog

Facebook: Arthritis Ashley

Glitzburgh Blog

Blog Twitter: @Glitzburgh

The Best eReaders from Consumer Reports

Thinking about getting an e-reader to store all of your favorite books as well as save some room in your backpack this upcoming school year? Ereaders are the future in reading, with sales doubling in the last year alone.

The top three ereaders chosen by Consumer Reports’ to get your money’s worth were the Nook Simple Reader, Kindle Wi-Fi and the Kobo eReader Touch.

Consumer Reports tested several ereader devices in many areas, including back lighting, anti-glare screens, and speed of page turning on each ereader. The aforementioned three ereaders scored highest in all of Consumer Reports’ tests.

Though the Nook Simple Reader, Kindle Wi-Fi, and Kobo eReader Touch may be pricey, Kindle Wi-Fi is available in a lower priced model from $114. However, the less expensive devices contain advertising.

Whatever you choose, happy reading in the 2011 school year – and beyond.