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So You Want To Write A Novel


So You Want To Write A Novel
by J.P. Kurzitza

So You Want to Write a Novel… was written for the many who’ve wanted to pursue the lofty endeavor of penning (typing) their very own opus, but for one reason or another got lost in the whole process, or perhaps were even a little intimidated. This writer’s booklet was designed to get the ball rolling, so to speak. It even offers proven story templates that have worked to help plot the many, or few, twists and turns, climaxes and conclusions within an aspiring writer’s authoring journey.

If you’ve got great story ideas that need something to harness and channel them into a cohesive format that flows, then give So You Want to Write a Novel… a read and let the process begin.

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Best of Blog in France



Best of Blog in France
by Stephanie Dagg

Five years ago we left our large, brand new house in Co. Cork, which we’d built ourselves, for a two-hundred-year-old hovel in Creuse, France (actually, two, plus a crumbling barn, and not forgetting 75 acres of land and lakes).

Why, oh why? Why did we aspire to go down in the world, to leave the country where we could communicate successfully and actually use our painstakingly acquired professional qualifications to make a living? Why did we abandon all that and go abroad where, at least at first, we would be scratching a living so far below the poverty line as to be complete out of sight of it? Insanity? Bloody-mindedness? Misguided romanticism? The spirit of adventure?

None of the above. Quite simply – necessity. It was the only thing to do.


We couldn’t carry on in Ireland the way we were. After fifteen years there, it was time to go before Chris’s work-related stress made me a widow and the cost of living got any worse. And so we changed our lives by moving to rural France to run a gîte and carp fishing business and do a little llama farming on the side.

We are: myself, Stephanie, author and freelance editor and now also llama farmer and gîte cleaner; Chris, ex-quality assurance in the chemical industry, now carp lake manager, DIY expert and mole hater; three totally Frenchified children, namely Benj, currently nearly 20 and at University; Caiti 17 who regularly wins national school awards, and 10 year-old free spirit Ruadhri; Nessie our dog who came with us too, but all the other animals – alpacas, carp, cats, goats, guinea pigs, hens, llamas, rabbits, turkeys – have been accumulated here.

Moving abroad is tricky at the best of times. With kids of 14, 11 and 4 at the time it became even more of a challenge. But with persistence, a positive attitude and, let’s face it, no alternative, we’ve made a success of it. It’s been far from easy though. Many people harbour notions of an idyllic rural French ex-pat lifestyle, sipping wine and watching sunsets. That rarely exists. Reality is French bureaucracy, exploding composting loos, leaking roofs, viciously cold winters without central heating, living off savings, self-doubt, frustration and depression.

I began my blog in July 2009. With its honest view of what it takes to get established abroad, my blog, Blog in France, has encouraged and educated current and would-be ex-pat families, as well as entertained everybody, or at least I hope it has. The overall tone is optimistic and light-hearted and variety is the key. I’ve picked what I think to be a nice selection from the first couple of years’ worth of entries, which I’ve arranged by months. So from January to December, you can see what living in rural Creuse is like for an Anglo-Irish family who took the plunge and have never looked back. (OK, maybe just the odd glance!)

Enjoy!

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Best of Blog in France – 59,000 words, 3.58 MB (MOBI, PDF, TXT, PDB, LRF, EPUB, TXT)

Should You Buy a Refurbished eReader?



These eReaders tend to come with significant cost savings as compared with new models.

This is a guest post by Daniela Baker of CreditDonkey.com

In light of the depressed economy, more and more people are trying to find less expensive ways to purchase the items they either need or want. To take just one example, eReaders are becoming a very popular alternative to books but more and more consumers are turning to the used and refurbished market for these items.


Refurbished eReaders, like other refurbished products, have been through a series of testing and repairs. Once the eReader has passed these tests, it is placed for sale under a “refurbished” label. These eReaders may sell for much less than their new counterparts but the savings may not add up to much if the product fails to work properly over time.

What are Refurbished eReaders?

Rejuvenated…

Refurbished eReaders are models that have been returned by buyers so any one of various reasons, including defects. This provides the manufacturer with a reason to refurbish them to remove any malfunctioning parts or repair cosmetic damage making them like new.

In most cases, a firmware update can repair most problems. However, some models are returned for such other reasons as the buyer wishing to trade in their model for a new version of the same product. Given the speed with which new models are introduced these days, most returned models are almost new when brought in for exchange.

Advantages of buying a refurbished eReader

Cost effective…

The primary advantage of purchasing a refurbished eReader is price savings. These eReaders tend to come with significant cost savings as compared with new models. This is not a bad deal, especially considering that most refurbished eReaders work the same as brand new models.

Another advantage is that most refurbished eReaders do come with some type of warranty. Just make sure you buy direct from the manufacturer so you get officially refurbished models. Buyers are also able to obtain technical support from the manufacturer, something not available should you buy second-hand.

While the primary reason people buy refurbished items is their lower price, another benefit is brand recognition. A consumer considering a refurbished Kindle or Nook has the brand reputation behind the purchase. For many, the brand speaks for itself and is worth the risk. As an analogy, a 2000 Honda may need some body repair, but the mechanicals are fine.

Disadvantages of Refurbished eReaders

Always make sure and ask exactly what will be covered under the warranty…

The eReaders outward appearance can be a turn-off and keep consumers away from refurbished models. While the repairs include trying to make the product look as presentable as possible, there may still be some noticeable dents or scratches.

In many cases, the warranty on refurbished eReaders is also much less than when purchasing a new model. Also, depending on the warranty, only repairs to new parts may be covered. This means that if you purchase a refurbished eReader and only the ROM was replaced, then this is the only part that may be covered under the warranty. If any other part of the eReader malfunctions, it will be up to you to cover the cost of repair. If you are thinking to buy a refurbished product always make sure and ask exactly what will be covered under the warranty.

The choice of whether to purchase a refurbished product or a brand new model is ultimately up to individual consumers and their comfort level. The best choice for each person is dependent on their needs and budget. As such, there is no right or wrong answer. Many Web sites such as Ebay, Amazon and Buy.com offer refurbished eReaders. Take some time to shop and compare models and prices, paying particular attention to special deals. It’s also a good idea to read consumer reports for those models that are of particular interest to see what others have said about the product.

Daniela Baker is a social media advocate with the credit card deals website, CreditDonkey.
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80AD – The Hammer of Thor (Book 2)



80AD – The Hammer of Thor (Book 2)
by Aiki Flinthart

Book One saw Jade and Phoenix cast into their avatar’s bodies and into Level One of the fantasy game world of 80AD. Now, instead of going home, they find themselves in Level Two – a hostile, frozen wilderness. They have no idea where they are or how fulfil their next quest – to steal the legendary Hammer of Thor…and everyone knows stealing things from Gods is hazardous to your health…

Book 2 of the 80AD series sees Jade, Phoenix and their companions flung into the frozen wastes of northern Europe. Here they must somehow reach Asgard, home of the Norse Gods, in order to steal the Hammer of Thor.


They are far from civilisation, snowbound, hunted, lost and on a deadline. If they don’t reach Asgard in time, bad things will happen: Ragnarok – the end of the world. Unending winter, followed by hellfire and an almighty battle between the gods and giants. If this world is destroyed, Phoenix and Jade die with it and their bodies, back in their own world, die as well.

Standing in their way are trolls, wolves, their old enemy Feng Zhudai and a new one – Loki, god of mischief and chaos.

To save this world and themselves, they must get to Asgard in time. Of course, it would help if they knew where it was. Then, somehow, when they do find it, they have to steal Thor’s Hammer – and everyone knows that stealing things from Gods is a bad idea.

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80AD – The Hammer of Thor (Book 2) – 123 pages (HTML, PDF, TXT, EPUB, Kindle, RTF)


Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should



Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should
by David Gaughran

‘You won’t make any money from self-publishing.’

MYTH!

The internet has revolutionized every business it has come into contact with, and publishing is no different.

For the first time, these changes are handing power back to the writer. It’s up to YOU if you want to profit from them.

Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should.

This guide contains over 60,000 words of essays, articles, and how-to guides, as well as contributions from 33 bestselling indie authors including J Carson Black, Bob Mayer, Victorine Lieske, Mark Edwards, and many more.


It covers everything from how the disruptive power of the internet has changed the publishing business forever to the opportunities this has created for writers. It gives you practical advice on editing, cover design, formatting, and pricing. And it reveals marketing tips from blogging and social networking right through to competitions, discounts, reviews, and giveaways.

If you are considering self-publishing, if you need to breathe life into your flagging sales, or if you want to understand why it’s a great time to be a writer, Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should will explain it all.

Praise for Let’s Get Digital:

‘Credible and comprehensive. I’d recommend it to any writer who is considering self-publishing or anyone interested in the current state of publishing.’ — Big Al’s Books and Pals – 5 stars.

‘Even with my background as an indie writer, I picked up several valuable tips…this is simply the best book about the ebook revolution that I have read.’ — Michael Wallace, bestselling author of the Righteous series.

‘It should be THE starting point for anyone considering self-publishing today. This book is a Pixel Pick, and should be considered required reading for any Indie author.’ — Pixel of Ink.

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Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should – 175 pages, 1.1 MB (PDF)

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