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Writers' Cafe / Re: My experience with KDP Select and 3 short stories
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:49:29 am »
I appreciate your posting.

This isn't the first time I've heard that KDP Select didn't pan out for short fiction. I personally don't know if I'll ever use the program, or not. I have concerns beyond whether or not it will help me sell additional books.

Thanks. Nice cover (that first one), by the way.

Not Quite Kindle / Whitewater Rafting on the Ocoee: +10 XP
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:41:57 am »
Your humble author went whitewater rafting over the weekend. I'd done lightweight stuff before, but nothing like this. Class 3's and 4's were present.

The place was the Ocoee river, and the outfit was Sunburst Adventures, whom I highly recommend.

Of our ten-man group, split into two rafts, two of us went swimming in an involuntary fashion. Neither of them was myself.

Incidentally, I can replicate class 4 rapids for those of you at home. To simulate, walk to the street corner with your favorite wrench. See that fire hydrant? Open the fire hydrant. Then, do me a favor, and approach the gout of water now rushing hence. For class 3 rapids, stick your leg in. For class 4 rapids, stick your face in.

Rafting is fun stuff. You have a guide at the back of the boat that informs you that they won't necessarily be the one saving your life if you fall out of the raft at cleverly-named junctions in the river like "Murder Gulch" and "Crotch-Hammer Alley". No, that's a team effort, kids -- we ain't got time to bleed -- so if your fear-paralyzed buddy is nearest you when you come up from the water, he's your best bet to get back on the boat.

At every spot I kept waiting to topple out. I'm a good swimmer, but agility doesn't mean a lot in the river. You can't do anything much but float and wait for a bail-out. So I developed a mental routine: we'd come up to the newest spot of fun. The guide would say something like "Guys, if you fall out here, try to protect your kidneys." I'd assume this would be the spot I'd wind up in the Appalachian equivalent of a NASA EVA op. I wouldn't. I'd have fun. Repeat.

It was a good time, honestly.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Revolution - new from JJ Abrams - what do you think?
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:30:24 am »
True story: I have a family member who is working with an associate that has a family member playing a role in the show. I'll have to dig up who.

As far as the show itself, it doesn't really look like my kind of thing. There's something about these big network shows that I just don't find appealing. I think it's just the over-polish that's done. Here you have a downfall-of-society scenario, and everyone has perfect teeth and makeup. I wouldn't write it that way.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Swearing and the mothers who read it
« on: September 17, 2012, 09:42:02 am »
I actively try to avoid it, if at all possible. I think some authors go over the top with it (no idea if you guys do or not), and it sometimes negatively impacts dialogue quality. The mission statement on my site sums up my thoughts.

I'm pleased to note that this collection has picked up its first five-star review.

Grab your own copy today, with my thanks.

The Book picked up its first review -- 4 stars -- yesterday!

Fire Talk / Re: Kindle Fire Users: How often do you browse links?
« on: September 05, 2012, 09:01:41 am »
I appreciate all your responses. Very interesting.

Fire Talk / Kindle Fire Users: How often do you browse links?
« on: September 04, 2012, 10:20:07 am »
I was wondering if you Fire users might help me with a little research. Currently I place links at the end of my books, in the biographical information. I was wondering how often you Kindle users (specifically Fire users) click links you might find within a book? Thanks very much.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Are Women Taking Over the World?
« on: August 30, 2012, 09:32:10 am »
Well, from what I've heard 3/4 of the regularly-reading population is female. I think it's mainly women that are propelling books into super-status these days, and the books they are lifting into the stratosphere tend to be books that cross genres. I've no problem with it.

As far as the other question -- I wouldn't change my name on a book jacket. I wouldn't want to fragment my branding effort.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Creating an Event on Goodreads
« on: August 30, 2012, 09:21:41 am »
Thank you both, for your feedback. I'll give it a shot.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Creating an Event on Goodreads
« on: August 30, 2012, 06:19:24 am »
A little off-topic, but in relation to what a few of you are saying...

I've been thinking about dallying with Goodreads, but not if it's saturated at this point. I do believe you can reach a signal-to-noise ratio where people just stop tuning in. Do you folks generally see an account\effort there as worthwhile or not?

I write fiction for every reader. You don't have to like genre fiction to enjoy my work, you just have to like good storytelling!

I'm an author with quite a few credits under my belt, and today I'm pleased to offer my new novel, The Tyrant Strategy: Revenant Man, at $2.99 for Kindle, or $12.99 for paperback:

The Tyrant Strategy: Revenant Man

Trained from childhood, and equipped with alien technology, Reed Barowe ranks among the deadliest in the Serpican Police—a shadow agency that strikes from orbit and snuffs out radicals and other troublemakers, regardless of their motives, all in the name of enforcing the fragile peace on a fractured Earth. But a chance encounter in an isolated village will introduce Reed to a man who should be long dead, a tactical genius that might be mankind's best hope for freedom—or its greatest threat. In a journey that will take them both into the heart of a fallen United States, and to the seat of a growing revolution, Reed must decide: will he turn from everything he knows to help a man he’s been trained to kill?

Click right here for a sample, if desired. Thanks for your time!

Not Quite Kindle / Re: 25 Random Things About You
« on: August 24, 2012, 09:34:37 am »
What a great idea for a thread. Here goes:

1) I have successfully walked sharks back into the water to revive them after catching them on hook & line.

2) My grandfather was a BAR gunner at Normandy and the Second Battle of the Ardennes. On the other side of the family, I had a grandfather who was a ball turret gunner in a B-17.

3) I minister to prison inmates.

4) I am an avid painter of miniatures.

5) I deepwoods hike and camp -- I enjoy getting out of cell range whenever possible.

6) I know precisely how to pick up the following: snakes, crabs, lizards, newts, rabbits, toddlers.

7) I have been in two at-fault car accidents. Youth and distraction.

8) I am proficient in the Remington 870 shotgun.

9) Learning how to ride a bike, at the age of 7, I shattered my right arm in 14 different places.

10) Bucket List: Skydiving, Scuba diving Bikini Atoll, seeing the wreck of the Bismarck in person, meeting Patrick Stewart, visiting Vietnam, Tokyo, China, St. Petersburg, London, Rome, Thailand, New Zealand, and if at all possible going into orbit at least once.

11) I've lived in or near Atlanta my entire life; something I very much wish to change.

12) I can DM with the best of them.

13) I can scratch-build a PC.

14) I find fatherhood the most challenging and rewarding thing I've ever done.

15) I have been an ardent atheist and have come full circle to belief.

16) Celebrities I have met on the street: Mel Gibson, various WCW/WWE wrestlers, Emmanuel Lewis.

17) I enjoy canyon-carving in a Mazda3 S.

18) When I was a kid, I hated sports. I used to stand in the outfield and hope the ball never got hit to me.

19) I was on the rifle team in my NJROTC unit in High School.

20) My most profound regret is never having served my country in the armed services.

21) Somewhere I have my great, great grandfather's papers and a photo taken of him the day he surrendered alongside General Robert E. Lee.

22) Anything history-related sticks to my mind like Greek fire.

23) I find the only difference between the interior of a prison and the interior of the average office building is in the uniforms.

24) I've been para-sailing, up in a plane and a chopper, and climbed some of the tallest mountains in the south east. I believe I no longer have a fear of heights and would like to own a dragon if possible, but I'd settle for a plane.

25) Deathly shy as a child, I began forcing myself to take any chance at public speaking. Now I have zero fear of it.

Thanks, mods, for making this resource available...

I write fiction for every reader. You don't have to like genre fiction to enjoy my work, you just have to like good storytelling!

I'm pleased to offer my short fiction collection, containing five of my most popular tales, for just $1.59, for a limited time:

Sojourns Through Troubled Worlds

Malevolent, metal-scavenging microdrones ("Paston, Kentucky"). A collector's car with a mind of its own, off for a drive through a nuclear holocaust (the two-time award-nominated "Best in Class"). An experienced climber tackling the most dangerous alien obstacle in the universe ("Spired"). These and other stories await the reader in Jonathan C. Gillespie's debut short fiction collection, which brings together five killer tales from the author's publishing history.

Some of the works are available in free audio elsewhere, at various well-regarded podcast sites (see the author's official site for more details), but this book features all-new versions, revised for content – and even better quality.


Click right here for a sample, if desired.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Win a Kindle Fire 2 from KindleBoards!
« on: August 23, 2012, 09:35:06 am »
Done! (under a different account).

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading?? (2012 edition)
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:52:41 am »
I am currently reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

The Book Corner / Re: Good westerns?
« on: August 10, 2012, 09:53:58 am »
I've had several family members recommend "Smonk", but I haven't gotten to it yet.

The Book Corner / Re: Hardest books to make into movies?
« on: August 10, 2012, 09:51:59 am »
I can't think of another author whose stuff has so consistently failed to translate to film and whose stuff they keep trying with.  Its like watching a kid repeatedly run into a wall.

Dig up "The Mist", I believe from 2009. And grab the mid-90's TV adaptation of "The Stand".

The Book Corner / Re: movies that were NOTHING like the book
« on: August 10, 2012, 09:50:11 am »
"The Relic", by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, was an absolutely astounding, creepy book that featured prominently a southern gentleman / cop named Pendergast -- who they promptly dropped from the film. A major protagonist, gone. just like that. I was disappointed, to say the least.

As part of their contract, the authors were not allowed to discuss their opinions on the film. Not sure if that still holds.

Introductions & Welcomes / Re: New author - Diana Nixon
« on: August 10, 2012, 09:47:33 am »
Welcome aboard! I'm new here, too. Nice cover.

Introductions & Welcomes / Hello everyone
« on: August 09, 2012, 01:48:54 pm »
It's a pleasure to meet you all. My name is Jonathan C. Gillespie, and I've recently taken the plunge into indie authorhood with my first book, Sojourns Through Troubled Worlds, which brings five action and adventure science fiction tales, some previously published, together in one title for just $1.59.

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My bio seems appropriate, for you curious types that love to read  ;D

Jonathan C. Gillespie has been writing genre fiction for over a decade. His stories have been published in a variety of outlets on three continents, including "The Drabblecast", "Spinetingler Magazine", and "Murky Depths", and have been nominated for a number of awards.

Jonathan started writing in his early twenties, initially as a hobbyist, but soon realized he couldn't stop. He enjoys a host of other activities outside of his fiction writing, including ministering to prison inmates, numismatics, gaming, reading, and studying history (especially military history).

He particularly enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, and lives with them in Atlanta, GA.

Jonathan advocates "fiction for every reader", a stated goal of inclusivity and quality, with an aim for bringing new readers into genre fiction that might typically ignore it. Those interested in further information on his releases, articles for other writers, reviews, and upcoming events should check out his official site at

Thank you to the admins for providing this free resource!

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