Why You Don’t Need A Kindle To Read Amazon eBooks

Public Service Announcement from Author Summer Daniels! :D  Help spread the word!!    You do NOT need to own a Kindle to read Amazon ebooks.    Amazon has FREE software for the PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android devices and smartphones, Blackberry, and ANY web browser ... that allow you to read on your devices or computer.    Very handy for reading intelligent, witty, and sexy volumes of a certain #indie author's series.    Link to Summer's Journey series on Amazon: http://amzn.to/s4Knhk

Public Service Announcement from author Summer Daniels:

Help spread the word!! You don’t need to own a Kindle to read Amazon ebooks.

Amazon has free software for the PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android devices and smartphones, Blackberry, and any web browser that allows you to read on your devices or computer. Very handy for reading all of your favorite Kindle books for those who don’t wish to buy a Kindle. Pretty convenient!

Summer’s Journey series on Amazon

Book of the Week 2/27/12

Without the gruesome photos or any mention of the Manson family, Alisa Statman and Brie Tate focus on Sharon Tate inRestless Souls: The Sharon Tate Family’s Account of Stardom, the Manson Murders, and a Crusade for Justice (It Books/HarperCollins, 2012) gives an in-depth focus on Sharon’s career, short life, and of course, the loving and supportive and loving family who never stopped seeking justice.

Sharon Tate was not only a beautiful woman on the outside, but also on the inside, as readers will find in Restless Souls. Many parents who lost a child to tragic circumstances will identify with the pain Sharon’s family went through in the aftermath of her 1969 murder. Restless Souls is written matter-of-factly, yet with compassion.

While I’m sure there’s plenty of public concern about such a book since Restless Souls was released on the market February 21, I found it a very interesting read, many things I never knew before about Sharon or her family (being I was only seven years old when she was murdered, I had a lot of catching up to do anyway). Doris Tate is a very strong woman who endured much pain over the years, from her famous daughter’s horrible death through the Manson family trials, and continues to be an admirable force today.

Alisa Statman’s goal in writing the book “will also help other crime victims who read it [and] find a way to better cope with their loss as well as a little peace of mind. As Doris [Tate]often said, the thoughts of each victim are not isolated incidents, they are the universal cry of all victims.”

Sharon Tate was much more than a beautiful blonde actress and murder victim, and readers of Restless Souls will get a special glimpse into the other side of her life and wonderful family. Thanks to Alisa Statman and Brie Tate for bringing such a story to life.

SEEN This Week 2/27/12

Author and book news from this past week:

Alisa Statman and Brie Tate’s book Restless Souls: The Sharon Tate Family’s Account of Stardom, the Manson Murders, and a Crusade for Justice was released February 21 to mixed reviews. It is also featured as The Book Shelf’s Book of the Week for February 27.

A few people have told Bob Grant that he should market his amateur rhymes. Bob decided to give it a shot and developed a site on CafePress called “RhymeStuff.” He’s started putting rhymes on t-shirts and sweat shirts

Stacey Danson’s Faint Echoes of Laughter, sequel to Empty Chairs, is doing fabulously well on both Kindle US (#867) and Kindle UK (#393), and all the reviewers agree that it is just as good as the first book.

The paperback version of Barry Maz’s new ukulele handbook is now available on Createspace.

Danger Danger by Gerry McCullough was promoted on the UK Daily Cheap Reads site February 21.

Read more about Jason Alexander Greenwood ‘s newest book Pilate’s Key, the much awaited sequel to Pilate’s Cross

Just in – an excellent review for Denyse Bridger’s work: Out Of The Past by Denyse Bridger – A Night Owl Reviews Book Review.

Milkshake by Matt Hammond can now be found in Page and Blackmore bookstore in New Zealand.

After a long road of rejection and frustration (and we writers have all experienced such moments), Shannon Lee has signed a contract with publisher Black Bed Sheet Books for her novel Mythic Blood, aimed for release in Fall 2012. Not one to rest on her laurels, Shannon will begin working on a second novel soon.

Joseph Rubas offers Pocketful of Fear, a book of over 40 dark tales for just $2.99.

My News For the Week:

The Cruiserweight ranked #42 in Paid Kindle Store’s Individual Sports/Wrestling genre on February 24.

As of February 25, Fifty received its first two five-star reviews on Amazon.

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

Author Profile: M. William Phelps

If you’ve been familiar with M. William Phelps’ books or even Investigation Discovery’s programming, you will see why I’ve chosen this fascinating journalist and author for this week’s profile. Accomplished and determined, Phelps has garnered many awards for his work, and his current project, Dark Minds, hunting serial killers with a twist, can be seen on Investigation Discovery each Wednesday at 10:00PM Eastern.


Investigative journalist M. William Phelps, a serial killer expert, is the national bestselling, award-winning author of twenty nonfiction books, including five about serial murderers. Winner of 2008 New England Book Festival Award for I’ll Be Watching You, Phelps has appeared on over 100 television shows as a crime expert, the USA Radio Network, Catholic Radio, Ava Maria Radio, ABC News Radio and Radio America, who calls him “the nation’s leading authority on the mind of the female murderer.” He frequently appears on the hit Investigation Discovery show Deadly Women.

He’s written for the Providence Journal, Hartford Courant, the New London Day,em>, and has been profiled in such noted publications as Writer’s Digest, NY Daily News, Newsday, Albany Times-Union, Hartford Courant, Connecticut Magazine, Suspense magazine, Forensic Nursing, and the NY Post. He also consulted on the first season of the Showtime cable television series Dexter.

Beyond his non-fiction crime work, in 2008 Phelps published a highly acclaimed narrative nonfiction biography of Revolutionary War patriot Nathan Hale: Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America’s First Spy, which was optioned for film by Warner Bros.

In 1996, Phelps’s pregnant sister-in-law, Diana Ferris, was savagely murdered in Hartford, Connecticut. Through his writing and work with crime victims, M. William Phelps is on an obsessive quest to not only find his sister-in-law’s killer, but the reasons why people kill and what stirs inside the dark minds of serial murderers, hence the name of his latest Investigative Discovery project, Dark Minds.

His thriller series, introducing Boston PD Detective Jake Sundance Cooper, is closer to publication.

When time permits, Phelps continues to work on a Christmas story/literary murder-mystery, featuring an old curmudgeon and WW II survivor who, through a little girl, learns a great lesson in redemption and accountability.

Too Young to Kill was jus released. This is a book about the Sarah Kolb/Cory Gregory case in East Moline, Illinois. Kolb and Gregory were convicted of murder in the gruesome death and dismemberment of 16-year-old Adrianne Reynolds. Phelps cracked this case open with lots of new and exclusive information rolling out and was able to get deep into the world of the Quad City Juggalo movement (formerly Insane Clown Posse Kids), a culture that will shock some and anger others.

The Christine Paolilla book, focusing on the Clear Lake City, Texas murder of four people is complete. This book, titled Never See Them Again, will be released in hardcover in March 2012.

Phelps’ final true-crime book under his current contract with Kensington Publishing is called Kiss of the She Devil (late 2012). This book focuses on the murder of Martha Gail Fulton in Lake Orion Township, Michigan. Gail was a wonderful person and dedicated librarian, shot multiple times as she left work one night. The case involves four suspects—Donna Kay Trapani, Sybil Ann Padgett, Patrick A. Alexander, and Kevin J. Ouelette (all of whom lived in Florida at the time of the murder).


Email: mwilliamphelps@comcast.net

Web Site: http://www.mwilliamphelps.com

Dark Minds on Investigation Discovery

Facebook: M. William Phelps

Slush Pile Reader Top 10 Rated Manuscripts 2/25/12

Here are the top 10 rated manuscripts on Slush Pile Reader as of February 25, 2012:



Rank: 1
Genres: Erotica, Romance, Popular culture, Other
Rank: 2
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure
Rank: 3
Genres: Romance, Mystery & Thrillers
Rank: 4
Genres: Mystery & Thrillers, Literary fiction, Crime, Religion & Spirituality, Popular science, Horror
Rank: 5
Genres: Memoir, Comedy & Satire, Adventure
Rank: 6
Genres: Adventure, Chick lit, Comedy & Satire, Popular culture, Romance
Rank: 7
Genres: Comedy & Satire
Rank: 8
Genres: Adventure, Comedy & Satire, Horror
Rank: 9
Genres: Adventure, Philosophical, Literary fiction, Science Fiction
Rank: 10
Genres: Romance

Book of the Week 2/20/12

Kate Rigby’s oldest book is so old it’s historical. She began writing Did You Whisper Back? (Amazon Media EU S.à r.l, 2012) in the 1970’s.

Product Description (via Amazon.uk):

Set in the nineteen-seventies, Did You Whisper Back? begins with Amanda Court’s longing to be reunited with her estranged twin sister Jo. Following a false lead, Amanda leaves her Merseyside home and family and goes to Devon to work as a chambermaid where she believes Jo now lives. Amanda’s new life begins to encroach on her personal space and time, and her search for Jo is put on hold until Amanda feels Jo calling her back to Liverpool.

Gradually it emerges that Jo is, seemingly, just a figment of Amanda’s imagination arising from distorted childhood truths. She experiences a series of strange and sometimes frightening experiences, including lamps talking and the unceasing ringing of telephones, until the desperation of her family reaches breaking point.

Did You Whisper Back? is a psychological novel about family secrets and a disturbing portrayal of the fragility of the mind.

Awarded the Southern Arts bursary in 1991, Did You Whisper Back? brings out some of the best plots and sub-plots a good psychological story should contain. Many times I’d found the hairs raising on the back of my neck while reading this book..Just when I thought I’d figured out what was happening, another twist was thrown in to keep me addicted – which is what any well-executed novel should do.

If some readers weren’t around during the 1970’s, some of the references may be lost to them; however, Did You Whisper Back? could qualify as one of the leading late-twentieth century historical novels with a thrilling blend of twins, figment of imagination, family skeletons in the closet, schizophrenia, desperation, and exposure of truth.

For those who appreciate a good psychological chiller or two, Did You Whisper Back is one book that belongs in their Kindle libraries.

SEEN This Week 2/20/12

Happy President’s Day here in the US! It’s an extra day off for most people, but there’s a great deal of news from others this past week:

Join Sonia Marsh’s “My Gutsy Story” weekly writing contest. A new story is featured every Monday on the “Gutsy Living” web site. Share something “Gutsy” you’ve done that either changed you, the way you think about something or made your life take a different direction. 1,000 words max, and submit to sonia@soniamarsh.com. There are some great sponsors, including professional editors and experts offering free consultations, critiques and first chapter edits. They also link back to your blog or web site, to help you grow your audience. There will be a monthly poll where everyone gets to vote for their favorite “My Gutsy Story.” The winner gets to pick his/her prize from the sponsor list.

Andrew Levkoff’s novel of ancient Rome was chosen as one of two Editor’s Choice selections for the February issue of the British quarterly Historical Novel Reviews Online. The book is called The Bow of Heaven, Book I: The Other Alexander.

The Conference by Diane Nelson ranked #5 on Amazon Italia February 14.

Alecner by Kenneth Wayne is a sci-fi opera in which you “follow the descendants of the survivors of Old Earth after World War III as they make a new life for themselves . . .” Check it out at eTLC.

Katherine Hawkings’ YA sci-fi (biopunk/pre-apocalyptic) is set for release on Feb 28. Katherine is working on setting up a blog tour. Anyone interested may find additional information on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, or her blog.

Simon Swift has been doing book signings at Waterstones. His next date will be March 3. Click here to view a recent book signing photo.

Cheri Lasota has been published in a brand new anthology. Get it now for $0.99.

Babs Morton granted an interview February 12 on Jean Gill’s blog In addition to her blog, Jean is a fine writer and excellent photographer.

Have you seen the new cover for Tom Winton’s outstanding novel Beyond Nostalgia? Check it out on Amazon.uk.

Attention libraries and other literati: Jessica Degarmo is interested in doing speaking engagements. If you’d like to book Jessica, email degarmo2911@npacc.net. Also check out her web site at http://www.jessicadegarmo.com.

Richard Rhys Jones has upcoming interviews with Horror Daily.com and Horrorbid.com.

Gerry McCullough was interviewed by Rue Volley for her magazine Rue View.

My News for the Week:

I’ve started working on my third book, All the Way To Bone: My Walk With Severe Osteoarthritis.

Fifty ranked among the Top 10 books in Paid Kindle Store’s Personal Transformation category February 14.

Fifty helped place me among the top 50,000 Amazon best seller author rankings in its Kindle Store on February 14.

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.