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Trophies of War
by Christopher Remy

Kindle Edition published 2014-08-21
Bestseller ranking: 55645

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Fighting in over 100 countries.

Economies shattered, empires dissolved.

More than 60 million dead.

The Second World War was the most destructive conflict in human history, but it was more than just a battle of ideologies and nations—it was a war on culture. As they marched across the continent, Hitler and the Nazis looted the art of occupied Europe for the glory of the Thousand Year Reich as well as their own personal collections. Many artworks are still missing today, while others are the subjects of modern treasure hunts as survivors seek to bring their property home.

In Trophies of War, David Lyon discovers a family mystery in his mother’s basement that takes him across a former war zone where the secrets of the 1940s—and those who would do anything to keep them hidden—are still alive today....

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"the number one book in humor for the last few months has been one of the Game of Thrones books!"

Oh, yeah...they had me rolling on the floor... ::)
Writers' Cafe / How many cities have you wrote about?
« Last post by Ahmad_Ardalan on Today at 07:14:11 AM »
Let us loosen up a bit, and get out of the marketing, sales and numbers world.
From all the novesl each one of you have written, how many cities have you mentioned? Have you visited them all?

I will start:

1) Nine cities (Baghdad, Sulamaniya, Diyala, Tokyo, Kyoto, London, Surrey, Dorking, Mexico city)
2) Visited five of them (Baghdad, Sulamaniya, Diyala, London, Surrey)
Oh dear, that's a bummer.
I've just published the print version of one of my books and decided to have a tinker with the keywords at the same time  :'( . Hope I haven't fallen into the same lost sales trap. Just wish I knew if readers actually searched for humorous fiction or funny books, comedy, light-hearted, humour, humor  ::)

Unfortunately, with humor I don't think it makes much of a difference because those categories are so screwy to begin with. They melded Humor and Entertainment, and it has become a catch all that makes no sense so people don't even use it to look for humor because they have to wade through how-to books, essays, memoirs, hell, the number one book in humor for the last few months has been one of the Game of Thrones books!
Writers' Cafe / Re: Tax tips for self published authors
« Last post by Ann in Arlington on Today at 07:11:28 AM »
Generally wouldn't a cover designer be considered a business and not an individual that I'm paying for services? I mean I'll end up paying over $600 for covers to Cormar Covers, but that's a business not an individual in the IRS's eyes right?

There's no way of knowing -- it all depends on how they have set up their business.  They could be a sole proprietor -- which, for purposes of the 1099MISC is an individual. A single member LLC would be taxed as a sole proprietor. Or, they can incorporate, even if they are the only shareholder and/or employee. Essentially, they have to be filing some return for their business apart from their regular personal 1040. That could be a partnership return, or a corporation return in addition to their personal 1040.

They can't legally call themselves a corporation unless they are, but if they're an LLC, the C stands for "company" not "corporation" so the fact of them calling themselves LLC doesn't mean they're a corporation. In fact, if all they've done is append LLC to their name, that doesn't even make them an LLC; there are state registrations required. And to be a corporation, there are even bigger hoops -- registrations and filings at the Federal level and official transferring of assets to the corporation. AND, they can incorporate without registering as an LLC.  It's two separate things, really.
Curious, by any chance did this happen two days ago? My sales were pretty steady (for me, that is, we're not talking huge numbers) but then suddenly plunged. Maybe it's not your keywords?
Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« Last post by crebel on Today at 07:09:59 AM »
Good morning.  The weather forecast is about the same here as the last few days, potential storms all day, but the sun is currently shining and the humidity is once again high.

Everyone have a safe and happy day.
Writers' Cafe / How do you convert a .doc or PDF to a PRC?
« Last post by Jan Hurst-Nicholson on Today at 07:08:39 AM »
When submitting books one is sometimes asked to submit it as a PRC. I've only got PDF or .doc .docx files. How does one convert them?
(I'm not very clued-up on these things, so would need the plain vanilla version of instructions - better still a YouTube video  ;D)

Thanks in advance.  :-*
Writers' Cafe / Re: Actionable ways to improve prose?
« Last post by Lyndawrites on Today at 07:07:31 AM »
There is an absolutely FABULOUS ebook out there called The Complete Indie Editor.

What Kev Heritage has done is give you "search and replace" values for frequent errors (homonyms, etc.) and copy edits (search for "shook her head" or "looked" and then he gives you ideas for stronger prose choices).  It has become a part of my editing process.  Man... I'm not doing justice to this resource.  Just check it out.  Worth every penny!  It really hones in on common weaknesses and gives great suggestions for how to fix them.

A bit on the expensive side, but I've picked this up.  Thanks for the recommendation, Kate. If my prose doesn't sparkle after this... I'll know who to blame.  :D  :D  ;)
I didn't make it obvious but as has been mentioned if you're from the particular city (in this case Perth) then you'd probably have an idea that it was set there. I know that Craig Silvey explicitly set his first novel Rhubarb in Fremantle (which is where I'm from) but again if you're not from there then it's just some foreign place. I think that setting stuff in Australia actually works rather well in this day and age, it gives it a foreign air (which I've found some readers like to help them be 'whisked away' when they read) but at the same time is similar enough to where the reader is from that nothing is too awkward or strange that they get thrown out of the book.

None of my readers have really mentioned anything about it, though because I didn't make it obvious (and didn't actually name the city) I wonder if they just assumed that it was a generic town in the US (though once you get to the sequel and I start naming non Australian cities as locations I wonder if readers start to wonder where the first book was actually set).

My next book is going full on with Australia... so we'll see if that makes a difference. I think the one thing to look out for is being considered 'Australian fiction' which like 'Australian film' would likely constrict your potential market (though oddly, I've always found that bias against such material comes from Australians themselves).
The Book Corner / Re: Kindle Daily Deal (US Store)
« Last post by Betsy the Quilter on Today at 07:04:51 AM »
Kindle Daily Deal
Murder at the Breakers (A Gilded Newport Mystery) by Alyssa Maxwell - $2.99

As the nineteenth century comes to a close, the illustrious Vanderbilt family dominates Newport, Rhode Island, high society. But when murder darkens a glittering affair at the Vanderbilt summer home, reporter Emma Cross learns that sometimes the actions of the cream of society can curdle one's blood.  .  . Newport, Rhode Island, August 1895: She may be a less well-heeled relation, but as second cousin to millionaire patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt, twenty-one-year-old Emma Cross is on the guest list for a grand ball at the Breakers, the Vanderbilts' summer home. She also has a job to do--report on the event for the society page of the Newport Observer.  But Emma observes much more than glitz and gaiety when she witnesses a murder. The victim is Cornelius Vanderbilt's financial secretary, who plunges off a balcony faster than falling stock prices. Emma's black sheep brother Brady is found in Cornelius's bedroom passed out next to a bottle of bourbon and stolen plans for a new railroad line. Brady has barely come to before the police have arrested him for the murder. But Emma is sure someone is trying to railroad her brother and resolves to find the real killer at any cost.  .  .

305 pages. 4.2 stars after 46 reviews

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The Dream Hunter by Laura Kinsale - $1.99

To love him is to face her deepest fear . . . In search of a legendary mare, Lord Winter enters the crucible of the red sands, forging unbreakable bonds of loyalty and trust with his young companion in the desert. But hidden beneath the ragged costume of a Bedouin boy is a remarkable young woman: Zenia Stanhope, daughter of the extraordinary Queen of the Desert.

Zenia wants nothing of the danger that Lord Winter lives for. She wants only to reach England, far from the blood and sand of the desert. But in one night of terror, condemned to death, their lives are irrevocably bound. Zenia escapes to an English world of elegance and comfort, leaving behind the lonely, fearless man who has changed her life and conquered her heart . . . until he returns to invade her sanctuary.

Now she must choose between safety and love, but can she find the courage to be the person she was truly born to be?

328 pages. 4.2 stars after 24 reviews

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Can't Forgive: My 20-Year Battle with O.J. Simpson by Kim Goldman - $1.99

<div>Don't tell her she needs to find closure. Don't ask her to forgive and forget.<BR> When Kim was just 22, her older brother, Ron Goldman, was brutally killed by O.J. Simpson. Ron and Kim were very close, and her devastation was compounded by the shocking not guilty verdict that allowed a smirking Simpson to leave as a free man.<BR> It wasn't Kim's first trauma. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she and Ron were raised by their father.  Her mother kidnapped her, telling her that her father didn't love her any more. When she was 14, she was almost blinded from severe battery acid burns on her face during an automobile accident, requiring three reconstructive surgeries.  But none of these early traumas compared to the loss of her brother, the painful knowledge that his killer was free, and fact that she could not even grieve privately--her grief was made painfully public. Counseled by friends, strangers, and even Oprah to "find closure," Kim chose a different route. She chose to fight.<BR> Repeatedly, Kim and her family pursued Simpson by every legal means. Foiled over and over again, they ultimately achieved a small measure of justice.  Kim's story is one of tragedy, but also of humanity and, often, comedy. Living life as one of America's most famous "victims" isn't always easy, especially as a single mother in the dating market. She often had bizarre first date experiences, with one man even breaking down into tears and inconsolable with grief after realizing who she was.<BR> Ultimately Kim's story is that of an ordinary person thrown into extraordinary circumstances at a very young age, and who had the courage--despite the discouragement of so many--to ignore the conventional wisdom and never give up her fight for justice.

260 pages. 3.9 stars after 66 reviews

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The Shore of Women: The Classic Work of Feminist Science Fiction by Pamela Sargent - $1.99

This classic work of feminist science fiction finds the world reordered. Following a nuclear holocaust, women have used advanced technology to expel men from their cities, bringing them back only for purposes of loveless reproduction under the guise of powerful goddesses. When one young woman, Birana, questions her society's deception, she finds herself exiled amongst the very men she has been taught to scorn. As Birana and her reluctant male protector Arvil grow closer, their feelings for each other just might mend their fractured world--if they somehow manage to survive.

464 pages. 4.6 stars after 21 reviews

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Permanent Record by Leslie Stella - $1.99

Being yourself can be such a bad idea. For sixteen-year-old Badi Hessamizadeh, life is a series of humiliations. After withdrawing from public school under mysterious circumstances, Badi enters Magnificat Academy. To make things "easier," his dad has even given him a new name: Bud Hess. Grappling with his Iranian-American identity, clinical depression, bullying, and a barely bottled rage, Bud is an outcast who copes by resorting to small revenges and covert acts of defiance, but the pressures of his home life, plummeting grades, and the unrequited affection of his new friend, Nikki, prime him for a more dangerous revolution. Strange letters to the editor begin to appear in Magnificat's newspaper, hinting that some tragedy will befall the school. Suspicion falls on Bud, and he and Nikki struggle to uncover the real culprit and clear Bud's name. Permanent Record explodes with dark humor, emotional depth, and a powerful look at the ways the bullied fight back.

Q&A with Leslie Stella

How did you get inside the mind of a teenage boy?

Badi grew into a fully realized human being with each draft of the novel. I confess I never thought, "How do I get into the mind of a boy?" as much as I thought, "Who is this particular person?" The boys in my books are not typical pop-culture renditions of boys; neither are the girls. Badi is a little bit of the teenager I was and a lot of the person I wish I had been.   

Is it difficult balancing the humor in the story with the more serious subject matter?

Sometimes, yes. I used to have a horror of inserting a message in my novels: "All right, boys and girls, get ready for the lesson!" Chalk it up to a certain immaturity on my part--this fear I had of being serious, perhaps of being taken seriously--because I don't take myself seriously at all. But I learned that there's a difference between taking yourself seriously and taking your work seriously. I find that now I do want to say something with my writing, and when you have complicated subjects such as the ones explored in Permanent Record, or a complicated main character, there is going to be a strange balance of humor and drama. Which is just like real life, you know? There is humor in pathos. There is comedy in sorrow. Badi's simultaneous good humor and crippling depression mirrors our messy lives.   

What was the biggest challenge for you in writing this story?

The biggest challenge was reining in Badi when he became angry. Part of me wanted to let him inflict damage. But I realized that was my own problem, not his, that I struggled with disproportionate rage and elaborate revenge fantasies. He wouldn't pull pranks on people for no reason. He would not be cruel. So in a sense I had to rein myself in, too. I don't go in for the cheap thrills.   

Did you let go of these characters or do you find yourself continuing their stories in your head?

I did let go of these characters. Maybe it's because I felt I told their entire stories, explored their arcs from beginning to end. For a book that can be at times a difficult read, it ends with renewed hope and strength for each character. I feel confident that they would go on to greater things, whole and positive lives, despite life's thorny twists.   
Do world events such as the recent Boston bombings make you think any differently about your characters and what happened in this story?</strong>  I don't feel differently about my characters, but perhaps I feel differently about the world. Is Badi really so special and unusual with his complex views of good and evil, his ability to sort out his humanity--and others' humanity--from the baser human instincts? Maybe. It's depressing, actually, to realize how often we fail to measure up to these fictional characters who are supposed to reflect us. But then again, maybe there is a Badi out there, a quiet, unassuming, put-upon boy, who, despite all the disadvantages that the world throws at him, decides not to inflict damage on the rest of us. He changes his mind and goes on about his life, and none of us know how close we came to destruction. I have to believe he is out there.

286 pages. 4.6 stars after 44 reviews

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