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Not Quite Kindle / Name a country with each letter of your first name
« on: June 28, 2015, 05:03:07 am »
How far can you go? For each letter of your first name, name a country. GO.

Rwanda
Uganda
Senegal
Saint Martin
Eritrea
Lithuania
Latvia

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The Book Bazaar / The Demeter Code (Ridley Fox/Nita Parris Spy Series 3)
« on: November 29, 2014, 02:02:03 pm »
The Demeter Code (Ridley Fox/Nita Parris 3) is currently on sale for $2.99US/1.99UK (Reg. $5.99US/3.99UK) until 11/30/2014 on Kindle.


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The Book Corner / Have you ever read a novel twice?
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:01:17 am »
Is there a book or a series that you enjoyed so much that you read it twice?

Mine are: Inside Out by Barry Eisler and Rain Fall by Barry Eisler.

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The Book Corner / What's YOUR understanding of character development?
« on: August 06, 2014, 05:08:39 am »
Reading book reviews, you'll often notice that readers have different opinions on specific aspects of a story. One that has always interested me is when a reader complains about the lack of character development while another mentions the opposite. It's possible that we all have different ideas on what character development is.

Which brings me to my discussion question, what is your understanding of character development?

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With so many eBooks that are available for free, it's obvious that people would eventually overload their Kindles. So I'm curious. How many free eBooks have you actually read in comparison to the ones you paid for?

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When is a story too long? There are books that have 60K words, while others have over 250K (Tom Clancy). Do you have a cut-off point where you'll say "OK, this book is way too long?"

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The Book Corner / How many books do you read at a time?
« on: July 08, 2014, 07:34:32 pm »
How many books do you read at a time? What's the most number of books you've read at once?

I'm a 1 book at a time guy.

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The Book Corner / Are you bothered by happy endings in thrillers?
« on: May 25, 2014, 11:34:46 am »
In your opinion, should thrillers have happy endings?

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Writers' Cafe / Kindle Nation Daily. Is it still worth it?
« on: November 13, 2013, 05:47:21 am »
I used to sponsor on KND several months ago. I stopped because the fees increased dramatically to the point that it wasn't too profitable for me to use the service. Has anyone had a good experience with them lately?

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Any Anne Rice fans out there? If The Mummy were turned into a movie, who should play Ramses?

I'd go with Idris Elba.

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The Book Corner / How big is your TBR list.
« on: August 06, 2013, 10:27:34 am »
Some of us are serious book addicts. For those who have e-reading devices, it's made purchasing books a lot easier. Some people have lost even control over how many e-books they either purchase or download for free, causing a backlog.

How many books do you have on your "To Be Read" List?

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How do you decide on whether you should purchase a book (or eBook) or not?

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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pN5Cv4MiLw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pN5Cv4MiLw</a>

Hello, fellow Kindlers,

I need your help.

I'm trying to raise funds to help me produce and promote my upcoming thriller, The Demeter Code, so I've launched a 60-day campaign on a website called IndieGoGo.com. My goal is to raise a minimum of $3000 by May 2, 2013. Those who contribute will be compensated with a gift of either eBooks or paperbacks of my previous novels, which could include a copy of my upcoming thriller, The Demeter Code -- the sequel to Pandora's Succession. Certain contributions could even get you a cameo appearance in a future novel.

The minimum contribution is $5 (where you get my three current thrillers valued at $8.97) and the maximum is $500. Payments can either be done via Paypal or by credit card.

Here's the link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-demeter-code-a-thriller/x/2582459

The success of my campaign will depend primarily on word of mouth, so feel free to share this with as many people as possible via facebook, blog, email, offline, and ask them to do the same, even if just to watch the video.

Thanks,

Russell

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The Book Corner / Indie authors who are underrated.
« on: September 15, 2012, 06:16:14 am »
Have you discovered an Indie author, by chance or by recommendation, whom you felt was an excellent author, but, who is not getting the recognition you feel they deserve? If so, what have you done to help that author?

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Writers' Cafe / Anyone have experience with the Sacramento Book Review?
« on: February 07, 2012, 02:53:21 pm »
Would like to know of anyone who's been featured in the Sacramento (or San Francisco) Book Review and your experiences. Is it worth it?

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For me, it was Queen Of the Damned, by Anne Rice. Unless they were to reboot the movie series. Interview With The Vampire was well done.

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CHILL RUN is now on sale on Amazon in both eBOOK and paperback.

http://www.amazon.com/Chill-Run-ebook/dp/B006GIYK42/

You know a publicity stunt has backfired when someone dies.

Starving author Eddie Barrow, Jr., will do anything to get a book deal with a NYC publisher. Even if it means getting caught by the media while engaging in S&M with a female celebrity as a publicity stunt. What Eddie gets instead are details of a billion dollar fraud scheme from a suicidal client who's fatally shot minutes later. Now on the run from the law and the killers, Eddie seeks help from two unlikely friends—an alcoholic and a dominatrix. With few resources, Eddie races to clear his name, unveil the fraud scheme, and expose the killers before he becomes their next victim.

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When I watched this story this morning, it had me think back to my days in elementary school. We had school fire drills but never a school bus escape drills. Were school bus escape drills common in your area when you grew up. I started Kindergarten in 1980.

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2011/08/23/dnt.school.bus.explosion.KCCI?&hpt=hp_c2

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Some novels are written in a way where the reader only experiences one character POV. Usually it's that of the protagonist. Other books I've read present multiple character POV. I've written with both types of POV, however, less than a handful of readers complained that the multiple character POV hurt the story for them. Oddly, they never explained why. So out of curiosity, does multiple character POV bother you when reading? If so, why?

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What's the biggest mistake that you've made as an author?

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Writers' Cafe / Has anyone had success on iTunes?
« on: July 08, 2011, 11:10:50 pm »
Has anyone had success on iTunes?

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FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!

I'm giving away copies of my short-story anthology, UNSAVORY DELICACIES. If you'd like your free copy please write me at: russellbrookswriter (at) gmail (dot) com and put UNSAVORY DELICACIES in the subject line. In addition, write which format you'd like to receive it in (MOBI, PDF, ePUB). You can check out the book blurb at www.russellparkway.com/store.html

UNSAVORY DELICACIES will attract fans of Barry Eisler, Robert Ludlum, or Clive Cussler. You're free to invite others to take part in the event.

Please let me know what you think of it by simply posting a 2-5 sentence blurb on Goodreads, Amazon, BN, and/or Smashwords with a star ranking.

Happy Reading!

PS Please be advised NOT to read this during your lunch or dinner break.

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Writers' Cafe / Readers. Do you inform authors when you spot a typo?
« on: April 20, 2011, 06:19:25 am »
Last year, bestselling author, Jonathan Franzen, had the nightmare of his life when over 80,000 copies of his newly-released novel, Freedom, were recalled due to the fact that it was an unfinished version that accidentally went to print.

If you purchased an eBook or a paperback novel and you found a few typos (less than ten out of 70,000 words) would you still inform the author?

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The Book Corner / Have eBooks become your crack/cocaine addiction?
« on: April 18, 2011, 04:24:23 am »
I was chatting on another eBook forum and came across someone that has over 10,000 eBooks in his library. I was thinking that even if he purchased each one at 99 cents, that's still a whopping bill. I'm curious to know if anyone else out there knows of or will admit that they're addicted to eBooks or if they know of others who have such an addiction.

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