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What the heck is ThunderClap?

Written By: Jackie Weger - Sep• 15•14

New promotional sites and new ways to promote our indie books are popping up all the time. Some are money sucks and some are sensational.

Indie Mystery Writer Rivals Agatha Christie

Written By: Jackie Weger - Sep• 05•14

A Gourmet Demise

 A Gourmet Demise ~ Murder in South Tampa

Enthralling  is the single word  that best expresses this new mystery author’s talent. IMO  A Gourmet Demise is equal to or better than Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Christie’s most popular book is a classic. I love the Orient Express. It is my all time favorite mystery. Now, to my delight I have discovered a contemporary  mystery writer who has produced a book with all of the class and cachet of  Murder on the Orient Express.  L. A. Lewandowski is an indie author.  She  owns a dinner club in Tampa, Florida and she has her finger on the pulse that fabulous city. Moreover, the woman can write. Oh, my goodness.

Are You Superstitious?

Written By: Jackie Weger - Aug• 25•14
Jackie Weger

Superstitious Author,
Jackie Weger

I am superstitious. I can’t help it. I don’t know where it comes from. I don’t  sit on a bed after it is made to perfection and I have heart failure if any visitor to my home does. Pull the covers down first if you need to nap. That’s fine.  Okay.  So now I’m a writer. I need good luck along with craft and a few good author pals. I have a keeper who likes to nap. And I have cats for the first time in my life. Cats are no respecters of superstition. I don’t make the bed up any more. There is good luck, bad luck and no luck. Not making up my bed guarantees NO LUCK.  I’m good with it.  The cats are good with it and my keeper is good with it–or maybe not, but I didn’t ask his opinion.

Cover Reveal-The Merry-Go-Round

Written By: Jackie Weger - Aug• 19•14

 

 

The Merry-Go-Round
by Donna Fasano
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 2, 2009

 

When Lauren divorces her husband, she has one thought on her mind…stepping off the merry-go-round. However, her life quickly turns into a three-ring circus: her hypochondriac father moves in, her ex is using her shower when she’s not home, and her perky assistant is pushing her out into the fearsome dating world. She also has to decide if the dilapidated barn and vintage merry-go-round she was awarded in the divorce settlement is a blessing or a bane. As if Lauren’s personal life isn’t chaotic enough, this slightly jaded attorney is overrun with a cast of quirky characters who can’t stay on the right side of the law. What’s a woman to do? She can allow life to spin her in circles forever. Or she can reach out and grab the brass ring.

Happily Ever After–Just for Today

Written By: Jackie Weger - Aug• 16•14
Jackie Weger

Jackie Weger

For the first time in my life this week I shopped online for something other than a book.  I saw a pair of fab shoes on a Bingo pal last week and she told me she  got  them on Amazon.  I’m a writer.  I live on Amazon, but it never occurred to me to shop for clothes, or jewelry or shoes.  Now it does.   I’ve had a good week.  Actually, I’ve had a good month thus far. I got a nice royalty check, I won two back-to-back jackpots at Bingo, everybody I know is alive and well and my latest book is on my editor’s desk getting its last soft edit and final proof. Here’s the snag. My writing cave needs a good cleaning. My desk is a wreck. But I’m superstitious. I don’t clean it or move a single piece of paper or note or list of words or character outlines or bits of  dialogue or my dictionaries until the finished book is published.  So! I need something else to clean.

Amazon unleashes new subscription program: Kindle Unlimited

Written By: Jackie Weger - Jul• 20•14
Jackie Weger

Jackie Weger

Unleashed July 18, 2014 on all indie authors published in KDP Select on Amazon and Amazon readers, too,  Kindle Unlimited is a new subscription service. $9.99 a month. Readers can download unlimited titles for $9.99 as opposed to Amazon Prime that allows only a single title borrow per month. Critical to authors–in order to get paid a portion of the global fund $ set aside in KOLL, a reader must read at least 10% of the book.  Subscribers to  Amazon Prime need only to ‘borrow’ the title for the author to get a royalty. No reading required. Indie authors across the internet and in blogs and forums are looking askance at Kindle Unlimited and wondering what the heck it means. Asking how they’ll get paid for the download–if ever.

RoadBlocks to Indie Author Success

Written By: Jackie Weger - Jul• 04•14
Jackie Weger

Jackie Weger

 

Here I am again on my back porch in my cyber rocking chair–and no company. Last time I was out here, it was storming. Today everyone I invited is up to Fourth of July festivities. It is a little over a year now that I have been an indie author. I’ve learned about the ropes, the hopes and the dopes.

THE RELUCTANT HERO 99¢ June 28 – July 1

Written By: Jackie Weger - Jun• 27•14
The Reluctant Hero

Parnell Stillman ~ Pilot

Let me introduce you to Parnell Stillman, ace pilot and man to the bone in a lackadaisical kind of way. He has a quirky sense of independence, a poor man’s sense of budget and a manner of dress that would drive a mother crazy. You know that kind of man I mean. Every motorized machine he owns is pristine, but his socks don’t match. 

Five Stars! If you…are a Humphrey Bogart/African Queen fan or an Indiana Jones/Raiders of the Lost Ark fan, you will love this book.  ~  A. Burroughs on Amazon.

My Goose is Ticked—But You ain’t Cookin’ it!

Written By: Jackie Weger - Jun• 04•14

gooseWe’re coming off rains and floods in Texas so I don’t have company for a Back Porch CyberChatter. I’m just going to talk to myself out loud—you can listen in.

A blog on Indies Unlimited titled After the Gold Rush ticked my goose. It blogs the same old lament  we’ve been hearing for the past year and a half, The Golden Age of best selling ebooks is over. Left unsaid, but inferred: Jeff Bezos changed the algorithms on Amazon, so a book cannot not hit the bestseller list after a FREE promotion and the title returns to Paid.

One Awful Four-Letter Word

Written By: Jackie Weger - Apr• 19•14

Write what You Know

One of my most embarrassing moments as a writer happened when I was standing before two hundred or so writers, editors and publishers and critiquing manuscripts as a subtext in a talk on Write What You Know. There I was standing on the podium, ego rattling away on the topic when a little old lady in the second row hollered out:

You didn’t!