Are e-books stupid? Should e-books be classed as ‘real books’? Director of @BloodHoundBook @BetsyReavley is in the hot seat with #TWG

Are e-books stupid? Should e-books be classed as ‘real books’? Director of @BloodHoundBook @BetsyReavley is in the hot seat with #TWG

I do both eBook and print books (whether on the traditional or indie side of the house), and eBook sales have always outstripped hard copy sales. How about you, readers? What’s your preference (if any)? Fellow authors, please chime in about your experience as well.

The Writing Garnet

E-book or not to e-book?
Last month, the head of one of the world’s biggest publishers, spoke to the media about e-books. Whilst I would usually celebrate anything from the book world making the media, I remember being quite flabbergasted by what I had read in said article. I am sure a lot of people read the article in question – it had quite a lot of shares on social media at the time! The comment which left a lot of people, including myself, reeling, was the quote ‘e-books are stupid’. Pardon? I am fully aware that people prefer one format over another, after all, we cannot all like the same things. Some readers may prefer to read hardbacks or paperbacks instead of reading e-books, or visa versa. Personally, I don’t see the problem with that, I am just thankful that we actually have a choice. Think about it – many years ago, the only…

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Music Monday: Evangeline Special

Hi, everyone.  I spent yesterday afternoon listening to a fantastic band called Motordude Zydeco.  There is something about this genre of music that just makes me smile. I love it.

If you don’t know much about zydeco, here is an article I wrote previously so that you can familiarize yourself.

Anyway, today’s song is “Evangeline Special,” as performed by Motordude Zydeco.  This is a live recording, so the audio fidelity is not perfect … but you still get the feel.  Enjoy!

Should You Make That Comment or Not?

Food for thought here. My caveat on item #3 is that when confronting things like racist remarks, I don’t think there’s much (if any) need to question your perceptions first.

A Writer's Path

[Note from Ryan: While this post isn’t directly about writing much, I think much of what is discussed can be applied to writing. For example, book reviews for other authors and interacting with readers. I enjoyed Stephanie’s article and I think you all will to. Enjoy!]

by Stephanie O’Brien

I recently had an interesting experience on DeviantArt, and it reminded me of an important principle that applies to both your creative career and your life in general.

I was reading one of Zarla’s “Momplates” comics, and I thought about making a comment. I typed something I thought was fitting and funny… and then paused.

I found myself asking, Should I post this? Does it add enough to the conversation, or is it just more internet noise? She already gets a lot of comments on her art.

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Sample Saturday: In The Eye of The Storm

Eye Of The Storm Cover_revisedThe dormer room had been Veronique’s when the family first came to San Francisco, although it had been redecorated many times over the years. In a place of pride was a famous Rochambeau portrait of Clarice’s maternal grandmother, done in Fauvist style. Claire Rochambeau had been the artist’s model and muse, and Clarice had always been curious about this glamorous grandmother whom she had never met.

Mommy called the Rochambeau paintings the family legacy. Their occasional sale had helped keep the family afloat during the Great Depression and through the war years, although there was also money from a mysterious grandfather. Mommy’s father, who died when she was just a little girl, had made careful investments abroad that still brought an income all of these years later.

Clarice sometimes tried to imagine what life had been like for Claire, the grandmother for whom she was named. She often wished that Claire were here to talk with; somehow it would have been easier to talk with an artist’s model about the crush she had on Jimmy Aaron, her classmate — and how much she wished he would ask her to a dance or even give her his fraternity pin. He was the captain of the football team: the Big Man on Campus. Every girl wanted Jimmy Aaron’s pin. Or maybe even about Billy Wakefield, the boy at the stables where Clarice took riding lessons in Golden Gate Park. She couldn’t imagine talking about Jimmy or Billy with Mommy, but she could talk to Claire’s portrait and almost imagine the responses. Claire’s face was serene under the cloud of astonishingly blue hair; Gilbert Rochambeau was one of the earliest Fauvists, and this little canvas was said to be the first of many studies he completed with Grand-mère.

Want your own copy of In The Eye of The Storm?  Here are the book blurb and purchasing links.

San Francisco, 1948

When a mysterious stranger approaches Clarice Kaye in her favorite restaurant, his words trigger a voyage of discovery: “You look just like your grandmother, but you have your mother’s eyes.”

There was only one question in Clarice’s mind: how could he know?

Armed with family diaries that tell of the scandalous grandmother for whom she was named, Clarice embarks on a journey through Paris’ modern art movement, 1906 San Francisco, and the depths of the Opéra Garnier in this long-awaited sequel to In The Eye of The Beholder.

In The Eye of The Storm is the 2015 Silver Medal Winner for Best Fan Fiction in the Global eBook Awards.

Amazon (Click through on this link and it will automatically take you to the site for your country)

Barnes & Noble

Chapters Indigo (Canada)

FNAC (France)



Smashwords (Available for 50 percent off with coupon RAE50, through March 10)