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November 15, 2001
Volume 1 No. 25
ISSN 1530-5287

eBook Ecstasy

eBook Ecstasy is a free monthly newsletter aimed at introducing readers to great ebooks. In upcoming issues, we plan to include information on e-authors, ebooks and the latest ebook news.

So, epublishers can feel free to send us their press releases about innovations, authors should send notification of book signings, awards or other achievements and readers should provide feedback as to the features you would like to see added to eBook Ecstasy. This is *your* newsletter.

For those of you who missed the October issue, feel free to read it online.
http://www.ebook-ecstasy.com/ebook-ecstasy/nl_24.html

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Content

Special Announcement
ePublishing News
Sponsors
E-Book Corner
New Releases
Classifieds

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Featured e-author: Kate Saundby
Featured e-author: Jan Strnad
Featured e-publisher: David Hallum
Behind the scenes: J. Knight
Featured reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Featured reviewer: Cindy Penn
Featured reviewer: S. Joan Popek
Featured reviewer: Amanda Schmidtt
Featured reviewer: Conan Tiger

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***Special Announcement***

E-authors and E-publishers - If you would like to contribute an article to eBook Ecstasy, please contact me so we can highlight you and your web sites. E-book reviewers, I am especially interested in four star reviews of upcoming releases.
Lida E. Quillen  

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ePublishing News

Dana Atchley Scholarship for Digital Storytelling, a new program that is part of the annual Independent e-Book Awards. Applications for the Dana Atchley Scholarship are being accepted through December 31, 2001.
http://www.e-book-awards.com/indie2002/scholarship/storytelling.html

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Double Dragon eBooks (a division of Double Dragon Publishing) is seeking reviewers for its growing inventory of ebooks.
http://double-dragon-ebooks.com

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Dream Realm Award finalists in the categories of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Action/Adventure, Anthology, Spec. Fiction-Romance, Young Adult and Cover Art in Electronically Published Books
http://www.samandi.com/Dream-Realm-Awards/

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Independent Publisher Book Awards, conducted each year to honor the year's best independently published titles, will accept entries until March 1, 2002 for titles with 2001 copyrights (or released in 2001). $5000 in prize money will be divided equally between the Ten Outstanding Books of the Year, and winners and finalists will be chosen in 49 categories. Guidelines and entry form: http://www.independentpublisher.com/baentry.html

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Interesting article, "Will We Ever Want E-Books" in E-Commerce Times. Express your opinion at the end of the article.
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/perl/story/14735.html

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Linda Suzane has officially launched a new web site: Midnight Blood, Vampire Fiction with a Difference. A free serial e-novel, Bloody Captivity is now available.
http://www.midnightblood.com

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NonfictionReviews.com is looking for reviewers. They publish reviews that cross the wide range of nonfiction, from health to history to entertainment. They accept reviews of both new and backlist books.
http://www.NonfictionReviews.com

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Pendulum Press has just launched their new web site. They are a new electronic publisher of mystery and suspense and we wish them great success in all their endeavors.
http://www.pendulumpress.com

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Random House folded its e-book imprint, AtRandom.com, and dispersed the titles among other imprints at the publishing house.
http://www.randomhouse.com/atrandom/

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Sapphire Award nominations are open for the best Science Fiction Romances published December 2000 - November 2001.
http://www.sfronline.com/sapphire.htm.

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The Chaos Scroll by Larraine Stacey recently ranked among the top ten bestsellers in Children's eBooks at Amazon.com.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005R1ZP/

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Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition is accepting entries of 1,500 words or less. All entries must be postmarked by December 3, 2001.
http://www.writersdigest.com/catalog/2001shortstory.asp

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Rumor Mill

NetLibrary assets may be purchased by Online Computer Library Center.
http://www.oclc.org/oclc/press/20011115.shtm

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SPONSORS:

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iBookTime.com -- where print books meet ebooks. iBookTime.com is seeking reviews and interviews. Hand-to-hand selling is essential. Part of our available inventory  are ebooks from various publishers. In the third year of business, Scribblers has acquired distribution rights for over 3,000 unique titles including all genres, fiction and nonfiction, children and adult.
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Recent releases from Twilight Times Books, a publisher of quality speculative fiction, mainstream and New Age works. Check out the current Catalogue.

The Casebook of Doakes and Haig, by Patrick Welch. Stories about the adventures of an unlikely pair of detectives who reside and practice in an alternate England which remains a colonial power.
Prophecy: The Awakening by Ardy Scott. A New Age realm where the characters travel the astral planes, converse with gods and use computers to gather info. Multi-media CD-ROM.
Death to the Centurion by Mark Misercola contains corporate intrigue, insider trading, underworld ties, and murder.
http://www.twilighttimesbooks.com/

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Word of Mouth BOOK BLURBS BI-WEEKLY  lists book blurbs, back cover descriptions, review snippets, sample chapter links, cover art, and purchasing links from new and already published e-books and print-on-demand titles.

With the explosion of new titles in digital format, WOM saw a need to provide a place for readers to browse for reading material.  Brick and mortar bookstores have not begun to carry e-books or print-on-demand titles in a meaningful way yet, so Word of Mouth BOOK BLURBS BI-WEEKLY has stepped into the gap.
http://www.xcpublishing.com/WOMbookblurbs.html

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(1) FEATURED E-AUTHOR

The Future of Ebooks

By Katharine C. Krueger (aka known as Kate Saundby)

In my opinion, short term ebook sales will remain low for the forseeable future and I see no changes coming within the next six months. However, when combined with Print on Demand and more widely available user-friendly wireless e-readers, that picture could change dramatically. In the long term, however, ebook and POD editions will probably far outstrip those of their print counterparts for the simple reason that their shelf life is indefinite. Ebooks are not subject to conventional print publishing's 'make or break' 90 day marketing window and there's no such thing as a return or a remainder bin.

On the other hand, while there's no shortage of content, commercial ebook distribution has been and continues to be a serious problem and at some point this "us and them" conflict between the major print publishers, their name authors, certain booksellers and the independent ebook publishers has got to come to an end.

Hopefully, the situation will resolve itself without the latter having to resort to litigation on the order of the Toby Press suit against Amazon. However, if they continue to find themselves frozen out, and probably within the next couple of years, the increasingly aggressive indies will eventually target a major bookseller and/or distributor and file formal complaints against them with the FTC for monopolistic practice and restraint of trade.

On another front, the long expected shakeout in independent ebook publishing is finally occurring. Several well-known imprints,  i.e. Wordbeams, Bookmice, Clocktower and CrossroadsPub, have either ceased operations or are in process of closing and the industry as a whole is becoming leaner meaner, and a whole lot less folksy than it has been up until now. Houses like Double Dragon Publishing, LTD, Awestruck and Hard Shell Word Factory are already severely limiting submissions and their screening and editorial processes are even tougher than those of the major commercial print publishers.

What the independent electronic publishers understand very well, and the major entertainment/print publishing conglomerates obviously do not, is that the business of literature is and always has been a niche market. While it should be self-evident that books are not brand-name cereals and their authors are neither farmers nor assembly line workers, that is exactly how they're being treated by today's major print publishers. Hence the Big Six and a virtual spate of multi-million  advances to whatever celebrities are presently enjoying their fifteen minutes of fame.

It's richly ironic, therefore, that the legal catfight between Random House and Rosetta Books has nothing to do with the electronic rights to new titles or the latest occupants of the New York Times' Bestseller list. In fact, I'm not sure it has to do with authors' rights at all. Because of who they are, Rosetta Books has about as much in common with the average independent
electronic publisher as Gloria Steinem does with the Taliban and personally, I don't even regard them as legit.

The whole squabble is based on the electronic rights to the Random House backlist. Thanks to ebooks giving it new life, this backlist has suddenly become valuable property. On the one hand, the authors see no reason to share their coming bonanza with a publishing conglomerate which hasn't paid them the slightest attention in who knows how many years. On the other, a
well-heeled literary agency is planning to cash in by digitally publishing a bunch of its clients' big name titles from the Random House backlist for peanuts which, except for the inevitable formatting, won't require a lick of work from them to produce. Does anyone besides me get a whiff of 'conflict of interest' here?

In summary, I agree with Piers Anthony's prediction that independent digital publishing could return the literary community to the golden days of American publishing in the early 20th century. But that will only happen if the major print publishers don't get their way, and heaven knows, they're trying hard enough.

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Author Info:

Kate lives in rural northwest Tennessee with her husband Herman and a laid-back orange cat named Clifty. Her black and tan Coon lab dog, Jessie Mae, joined her ancestors two years ago and she's still greatly missed.

Her first and second trilogies in the Nublis Chronicles saga, The Wages of Justice, The Wages of Sin, The Wages of Greed, and Golden Silence, Dark Angel and The Artemesian Mandate will be coming soon from Double Dragon. They will be followed by The Orion Property and Fortune's Hostage . The final titles in the Nublis saga, The Spirit Dogs of Sirius and its sequels, Aase's Daughter and The Wages of Deception, were originally released in June 2000 by Starlight Writer Publications and will be re-released soon by Double Dragon.

The forthcoming editions of the Nublis Chronicles have been extensively revised and contain additional material suggested by Piers Anthony and Steve Lazarowitz and new cover art by Nicholas Krueger and Tony de Luz.
http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/Authors/KateS.html
http://www.realmofnublis.com

Copyright © 2001 Katharine C. Krueger

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(2) FEATURED E-AUTHOR

First Look: TreeBookMan Reading Device

By Citizen 555-N975B (aka J. Knight)

When I first received word of the new TreeBookMan on my trusty old WristReader2050, it sounded too good to be true. Here was a reading device that cost a mere $29.95, required no batteries and sported the biggest display screen to date, a whopping 400x600 standard pixels! Naturally, I ordered one.

Delivery was slow, taking nearly an hour to reach me from across country, during which time my anticipation grew almost uncontrollably.

I opened the box eagerly, withdrew the TreeBookMan and searched among the packing peanuts for the accessories. At first I thought there had been a packing error since I could find nothing more in the box except a thin piece of plastic approximately 75x225 standard pixels in size. I later learned that this was the only accessory that ships with the basic model TreeBookMan. I
will describe its function shortly.

The TreeBookMan weighs about a pound. I say "about" because the weight varies from model to model. (More on this later, also.) The resolution of the display screens is razor sharp. In fact, so are the edges. If you slide one of these things under a fingernail, expect excruciating pain and copious bleeding.

BTW, that's right, I said "display screens," plural. The TreeBookMan sports not just one but literally hundreds of displays! Again, the exact number varies from model to model. Mine came with 368 individual displays.

Why so many? Here's the kicker and the reason for the TreeBookMan's low cost: The displays are non-changeable! Yes, incredible as it sounds, the displays on the TreeBookMan never, ever change. The words on each display are there for good. To read the book, you progress in a linear fashion from the first display through to the last.

What happens if you have to interrupt your reading session? That's where the 75x225 pixel piece of plastic comes in. You slip it between the last display you read and the next one to mark your place in the TreeBookMan! Here's a tip: I lost my plastic strip and ended up folding down the corner of the display I wanted to mark.

The non-changing display has other drawbacks. Older readers will be disappointed to learn that the font size of any particular TreeBookMan is fixed. It is what it is. If you want a larger virtual size, you need to use a magnifying device, adjusting your sight to the text rather than adjusting the text to your sight as with a normal reading device.

There is no "search" function in a TreeBookMan. To search the TreeBookMan you have to manually flip through the displays, scanning the text visually looking for the text string you want. An "index" in the back display screens helps by listing words and their display screen numbers, but it's still a tedious, manual operation.

To annotate a passage in a TreeBookMan, you need a special stylus capable of depositing graphite on the display screen. If you want to highlight a passage, you can underline it with this stylus or purchase another stylus with a broad felt tip that delivers a layer of transparent colored ink. Warning: Once you mark a display screen with either of these devices, the marking is there forever! It cannot be cleanly deleted! (I found the "erasing" device on the end of the graphite stylus to be woefully inadequate.)

What if you encounter an unknown word? TreeBookMan offers no "look-up" function. You must purchase another TreeBookMan which lists a large number of words and their definitions and locate the word manually. If you want a synonym, a third TreeBookMan is required.

So now you're carrying six items: the initial TreeBookMan, two styli, a magnifier, a dictionary TreeBookMan and a thesaurus TreeBookMan. But it gets worse, and here's the most important drawback to the non-changing screens: For every book you want to read, you need a totally separate TreeBookMan!

You can well imagine the weight of carrying around, say, a normal semester's worth of college textbooks! If you want to collect a large number of books, you will need hundreds of feet of shelf space, a separate room or plenty of boxes and a storage locker. (Good luck finding the TreeBookMan you want once you start packing them up!)

Oh, and you'll want to carry a table lamp, too. The TreeBookMan has no built-in lighting, a feature that would have required batteries or an external power source. Thus, you can only read the TreeBookMan outdoors during the day, indoors near a window or under a separate lighting source. Do not plan to read in bed without disturbing your spouse!

An attachable TreeBookLight is available for the TreeBookMan, but I found it awkward to use and, of course, it required batteries or another power source, obviating the TreeBookMan's non-powered "advantage."

By the time I had thoroughly evaluated the TreeBookMan, I understood why it cost so little, given its lack of functionality. And your savings disappear with every book you purchase. A small library of only a hundred titles would cost $2995 as separate TreeBookMen!

I also have to question the TreeBookMan environmentally. The display screens are made of a material derived from trees (hence, the name). As there are only forty or fifty trees left in the world, this use of them strikes me as a little insane. I know that they serve no purpose but they are kind of nice to look at. Besides, they can't last forever, and then what will the company do?

They claim to have anticipated this latter problem with their next-generation device, the SoylentBookMan, which I will review when it is released.

Product Rating: * for novelty (out of *****)

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Author Info:

Citizen 555-N975B is a direct descendent of J. Knight, an obscure fiction writer of the early 21st century. Remnants of his only surviving work, a thriller titled Risen, can still be found on the website http://www.atombrain.com.

Copyright © 2001 Jan Strnad

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(2) BEHIND THE SCENES

Publishing for Palm brings new life to aspiring horror writer

By J. Knight

Aspiring horror writer J. Knight credits the internet and the growing field of electronic publishing with saving his life, literally.
"I was deeply depressed," says Knight. "I'd written a good, mainstream horror novel, and no publisher in America would touch it."

He found salvation with the publication of his first novel, Risen, as an electronic book, or "ebook," on the internet. Risen tells the story of a small town that begins to experience miraculous resurrections. Of course, there is a dark side to the miracles.

"I was incredibly naive," Knight says. "I thought that if you wrote a good book, it would get published. I was wrong."

It took Knight nine months to write Risen. It took him fifteen months to find a New York agent, Stuart Bernstein, to represent the novel. Bernstein shopped Risen to publishers for over a year before breaking the news to Knight that his manuscript was "dead in the water."

At a time when publishing houses were consolidating and concentrating more and more on celebrity authors, even established horror authors were finding themselves dropped in what Knight describes as "a midlist massacre."

"Stuart was told repeatedly, 'The public only buys the big names' and 'We can't sell horror from an unknown writer.' I dropped into a deep, deep depression. I consulted with my doctor about it and she asked if I ever considered suicide. 'Every day,' I said."

Knight tried self-publishing Risen and met with limited success.

"Everyone assumes that, if a book is self-published, it must not be any good," he says, "despite the success of previously self-published books such as The Celestine Prophecy and The Christmas Box."

In March of 2001, editor Paul Witcover of Warner Books' newly-created iPublish division, a division of AOL/Time-Warner devoted to ebooks and print-on-demand paperbacks, purchased Risen. Says Witcover, "Risen was a thoroughly professional and gripping story, a real page-turner. I was delighted to add it to the iPublish lineup."

Still, sales remained sluggish.

In September, iPublish released Risen in Palm Reader format.

"I went to the Palm Digital Media site to ferret out the listing for Risen," Knight says. "I figured I'd find it somewhere deep in the listings. I clicked on their 'horror' category and immediately the cover of Risen popped up. It was in the number six position among their bestselling horror titles."

Risen rose to number four on that list behind books by Stephen King and Peter Straub, and ahead of ebooks by notable horror writers Anne Rice, John Saul, Brian Lumley and others. It remained in Palm Digital's Top Ten Horror for two weeks.

"You can't imagine what a kick this has been," Knight says, "to see my book right up there with the king!"

Ebook sales are still dwarfed by sales of traditional print books, but the success of Risen as a Palm edition has given Knight hope that one day he will see his work as a mass market paperback.

"There's a wealth of excellent material out there that will find publication as ebooks," says Knight. "I'm working on a second novel now and feeling incredibly lucky and optimistic.

"Like the characters in Risen, I'm alive again."

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Author info:

Mr. Knight is a writer living in Los Angeles, California. He is originally from Kansas, where his ancestors settled when they came over from Czechoslovakia. He writes comic books, cartoons, live action TV and movies and novels.
Risen can be sampled at
http://www.atombrain.com

Copyright © 2001 J. Knight

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(1) FEATURED E-PUBLISHER

If You Are Thinking of Publishing An eBook...
May I Ask You A Few Questions First?

David Hallum, publisher of the "eBook Catalog"
 

When Was The Last Time You Read A Scroll?

I asked the question to make a point, because I'm feed up with people comparing ebooks to printed books. Folks, they are
basically the same when you think about what they DO. Both printed books and ebooks hold text and pictures and are used in the distribution process, it's as simple as that. Here's something else to think about, before paper people stored their text and pictures on stones.

With the advancements in technologies people have come from lugging around heavy stones (that were known as tablets), to carrying rolls of cloth (known as scrolls), they then advanced to the lightweight wood product paper (known as books) which can be quite heavy actually in certain circumstances. The first books were done by hand, then came the printing press. And now we come to the next generation of storing and distributing text and pictures (ebooks). I'm a true believer in the "KISS" (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle, as an entrepreneur that happen to be in the publishing business, I have too.

Why Do You Want To Complicate Things For Yourself?

I ask you this to answer your question about which format you should publish your ebook in. As I said above I'm an entrepreneur that happen to be in the publishing business. So let's look at it this way, what if I was in the automotive industry, what type of cars would I produce? I wouldn't, I'd make the parts for all the manufactures. Why? Because, I'd have a ready made market. So ask yourself, what market do I want to reach and what type of vehicle do the vast majority of them drive (computer, or handheld device). Then make your part (ebook) to fit their vehicle.

Here's a tip, work on one vehicle (format) at a time or you could make a product like tires (PDF) that would fit on most makes and models. Then expand your product line in the future, after your first product has been branded and sent out to pasture to get fat for market.

What Do Cattle And eBooks Have In Common?

They both need to carry your name or mark on them. As a Texan, I know the importance of "Branding" or "Tagging" you do it not only to mark your property, but also so that others will know your name or mark. Sure there are rustlers (hackers) out there that will attempt to alter or remove your name/mark, but if you brand your name/mark in enough people minds it will be hard for these thieves to sell your stuff.  And if they can sell your stuff you can bet they will not be getting top dollar for it. Plus they will not be doing it for a long period of time because sooner or later they will get busted.

Why Do You Keep The Lights Turned Off?

Please turn them on, I want to see your pretty face. This reminds me of the statement most every business owner has heard at least once in his or her lifetime. The statement is "Not advertising is like winking at a pretty girl across the room with the lights off. You know what you are doing, but she doesn't" Folks there have never been a truer statement made about advertising.

There are basically two types of advertising, passive and aggressive.

When you are first starting out you will want to use "Aggressive Adverting" and here's why. Remember I told you about those rustlers? Well, you need to brand your name in as many people minds as possible to head off those rustlers. To do this you will have to aggressively advertise. If you hate to "advertise," hire someone to do it. This is a thief prevention task that will have to be done. That's why in the old west the ranch owner would hire cowboys, they had to be an aggressive type, they had to wrestle up to a 1000 pounds of animal to put the owners mark on them. Boy has "BRANDING" changed.

After you have branded your name in a good many of the public minds, it's time to start your passive adverting campaign, now that you don't have to worry about loosing your entire stock to those no good rustlers. "Passive Advertising" is done to inform the people about your brand that you may have missed during your branding, and to remind or keep up to date those that do know your brand.

Summary - I think I've explained in this article what an ebook is, what format is best, and as an extra I've touched on marketing, branding, and advertising. I wrote this article to answer some of the most FAQ's I get and to point out how important it is to advertise a new ebook.

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About the author

David Hallum is the publisher of the "eBook Catalog." Get a free copy of the email version of this catalog by sending a blank email to eBookCatalog@referralware.net. List your ebook/s FREE. Details are in the catalog. Visit his ePublishers & ePublications Resource Directory
http://ebooknews.netfirms.com/cgi-bin/search/ilink.cgi?MSIG

eBook News - Covering the Electronic Publishing Industry. In a totally interactive manner! http://ebooknews.netfirms.com/?MSIG

Copyright © 2001 David Hallum

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E-BOOK CORNER

At Your Command
Christine Murphy
Hard Shell Word Factory
http://www.hardshell.com
ISBN: 0-7599-0420-0
Romance
Reviewed by Cindy Penn for Wordweaving.com

Maggie Yates possess a Masters of Science degree and a graduate assistantship in psychology. Two days before her wedding to the professor she assists, Maggie leaves him a message on his answering machine saying she'd changed her mind and he should stay in L.A. In an equally impersonal response, Chet sends her a telegram saying he needs an assistant with whom he can work closely and he will find someone else.

With no money, no job and no plans, Maggie's at a loss. Four weeks later a package arrives from her great aunt. Within is a jinn. They are now unexplainably linked as surely as he has a silver collar around his neck. Until Maggie banishes him to the obis or she dies, he belongs to her. Maggie thinks she's loosing her mind, although she can't help but admire the rather hunky, naked man that has mysteriously appeared in her bedroom. Now she has three wishes before he disappears forever.

But soon Tom, as the jinn calls himself, has his own wish. He wants to remain close to Maggie and keep her happy. From warming her toes to providing the most erotic nights of passion, he's happy to please, unlike with his previous masters whom only doled out cruelty. Now Tom hopes to trick Maggie out of her third wish until she's an old woman, so that he might enjoy living. He even finds himself wishing she might love him enough set him free.

Christine Murphy creates an entrancing romance in AT YOUR COMMAND. Certainly any woman would delight in the physical pleasures and potential for wishes that this sexy jinn presents. Yet there's a deeper motivation, as Maggie's growth and maturity bring a sparkle to the tale, balanced by Tom's sizzling journey to learning to love and trust humans. Sensual, evocative and amusing, AT YOUR COMMAND comes very highly recommended.

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Reviewer info:

Cindy Penn has been writing for over twenty years, including essays, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and reviews. She pays the bills working as a technical writer. Cindy is the Web Wizard behind Wordweaving, having designed and built the site.
http://www.wordweaving.com/

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Death to the Centurion
Mark Misercola
http://www.markmisercola.com
Twilight Times Books
http://www.twilighttimesbooks.com
ISBN: 1-931201-24-2
Thriller
Reviewed by Conan Tiger for BookBrowser.com

In the early 1980's, on the first day at Excelsior Comics, Richard MacAllister finds himself at a retirement party for Matt Payne, the legendary artist that created the Mighty Centurion over 50 years ago. Sterling Sanborn III, the owner of Excelsior Comics, wants to drop this American icon from the lineup because the  sales just aren't there anymore. Northrop Matthews suggests to Sterling that they not drop this title, but they do something that has never been done before...they kill an American icon.

Northrop heads up the crew of four which includes Richard and three other well-known artists and creators. After creating some horrific images of the Centurion getting killed, some of the pictures end up in the hands of Matt Payne, and cause him to go into a serious asthma attack, which almost ends up killing him. Other images are leaked to the press which causes the stock of the company to soar. Mitch Gerber, Matt's understudy for 30 years, expected to take over the duties of continuing the tradition of the Centurion, is very disappointed when he finds out that he won't be involved with the title at all. But when he finds out that the Centurion is going to be killed, he goes ballistic.

As the news gets out, one of the team is found dead. Then another dies. Richard figures out that the killer is imitating what happened in a four-part series in the Centurion comic book back in 1939. The only questions are; who is the killer and who is next to die.

This book is a Thriller that revolves around the comic book industry. The idea for this story was based upon The Death and Life of Superman where the writers killed off the most famous superhero in American comics and then brought him back to life a few months later. The book goes a step further and lends credence that some maniac just couldn't handle the thought of the Centurion being killed and takes matters into their own hands. Could a fan ever feel such a tie to a superhero to take their fanaticism to the ultimate extreme? This book answers that question.

Having been an avid reader of comics in my past, especially the Superman titles, and still dabbling with a few titles, I was anxious to read this story. Right away, I found that I didn't want to put the book down as I immersed myself into the storyline. Since I had gone through the angst of losing my favorite superhero when Superman died in the mid 1990's, I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next.

As the body count increased, I tried to figure out who the killer was. I knew it wasn't the obvious choice...couldn't be. And when the mask was finally removed...color me surprised. I had no idea. This story slowly build to a wonderful conclusion that kept me up late into the night, as it only took me a little over a day to read it because I just couldn't put it down. Mr. Misercola has created a wonderful thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat as you try to figure out who the killer is. This is a great first effort and I really enjoyed this e-book. I can't wait to see what he will write next.

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Reviewer info:

Ever since seventh grade, when he read The Lion's Paw, Conan has been hooked on reading. He soon discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs and read everything he ever wrote...which was an awful lot. Now, Conan mostly reads Science Fiction and Fantasy, but also dabbles with Westerns, Mysteries, Fiction, and Horror. Every once in a while some Non-Fiction works its way into his hands. Starting late in 1998, Conan started writing book reviews for BookBrowser.
http://www.mtbca.com/books.html

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Desert Dreams
Gracie C. McKeever
http://www.authorsden.com/graciecmckeever
NovelBooks, Inc.
http://www.novelbooksinc.com
ISBN: 1-93169-61-01
Paranormal romance
Reviewed by Cindy Penn for Wordweaving.com

Destiny brings the genie Kane and the human Therese Hunter together. She holds Kane and a second being responsible for her husband's death. Yet as she and Kane draw closer together, odd memory occurs for Therese as she recalls essential customs and traditions that feel both familiar and natural. Kane won't leave, and she can't help questioning whether her response to him is trust or dementia.

Kane knows that they must stay together -- that their lives depend upon it. Desire is unwise, but he can't resist this strong woman filled with surprises. But he's not going to entrust sacred secrets to a mundane; especially not a woman who's linked to his destiny and one that he needs. Indeed, Kane is a study of contrasts. Sometimes his sincerity disarms Therese, other times she knows there's much he doesn't tell. He boldly confronts punks and protective brothers, yet gently offers comfort at the death of a pet.

Therese grows tired of being pursued by a being he only shows himself in the "dark and secrets parts of her life." Indeed, Ifreet Dijinn feeds on these places. He delights in toying with Kane and Therese, exhibiting his superior strength, intellect and skill. He will not accept his enemy's surrender and will not quit the game until it runs its logical conclusion. He intends to kill his prey after he's orchestrates the end.

Author Gracie McKeever creates a fantastic romance in DESERT DREAMS. While external conflict helps keep the tension tight, it's the struggle between the woman and the genie-man that keeps the reading hot. A tight plot, perfectly revealed motivation, and a crafty blend of gritty realism with the impossible make this awesome escapist fiction. Indeed, sparkling dialogue as well as a multicultural blend of family and friends reveal McKeever's trademark gift. This author once again creates a memorable combination of multicultural and paranormal elements that make the journey toward love a fascinating tale. DESERT DREAMS is very highly recommended.

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Cindy Penn has been writing for over twenty years, including essays, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and reviews. She pays the bills working as a technical writer. Cindy is the Web Wizard behind Wordweaving, having designed and built the site.
http://www.wordweaving.com/

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Prophecy Be Damned: Book One of the Tales of the Penitent
Patricia Lucas White
Atlantic Bridge Publishing
http://www.atlanticbridge.net/
ISBN: 1-931761-16-7
Fantasy
Reviewed by S. Joan Popek

Are you a Fantasy fan? I'm not. I shy away from such under normal circumstances because I find many books labeled "Fantasy" to be pretty much the same. However, Prophecy Be Damned blew my preconceived notions about Fantasy right out of the water! This is not your usual fare of fairies, goblins and elves. The characters are unique and vary from ordinary peasants to magicians reminiscent of Merlin and a brave knight willing to die to keep his word. After reading this tale, I must have the sequel.

This masterful storyteller gives us non-stop action, unequaled suspense and characters you can't help loving--or hating. All of this and more make this one of the most heartwarming and exciting books I've ever read. Ms. White creates imagery that takes you into the heart of an enchanted forest where you can smell the leaves and taste the cool, sweet water, then into the unforgiving desert where you can feel the burning heat of the unrelenting sun.

She introduces you to magical, mystical creatures, both good and bad. The gods have turned their backs on Mankind and only the fulfillment of Prophecy will bring them back. In this classic tale of good and evil, you will fall in love with Sam, the orphaned young man mistreated by his caretakers since childhood, who seems to be the catalyst to bring the gods back to mankind. But he doesn't want to be a hero. He doesn't know how to fulfill prophecy--or does he? The surprise ending will leave you panting for more.

This is a book that you must not miss if you enjoy masterful story telling and continuing sagas that take you into the world of what might be. You will meet enchanted creatures and a beautiful little girl that defies logic. You will meet evil and twisted creatures from your darkest nightmare. You will meet one of this generations' greatest story tellers, Patricia L. White.

Prophecy Be Damned is destined to be a classic in the same class as Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.

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Joan is the author of Jump Start Your Writing Career with Electronic Publishing. She has been an editor of The Roswell Literary Review, Millennium Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine, and FYI Magazine. Joan is an accomplished fictionist, essayist, instructor, and lecturer who is regularly invited to speak to various writers' groups and writers' conferences.
http://www.sjoanpopek.com/

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Eyes of the Jackal
Joni Latham
http://www.byjoni.com/
SynergEbooks
http://www.synergebooks.com
ISBN: 0-7443-0303-4
Fantasy romance
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner for Sime~Gen

Humans are not alone on earth. Majerians share the planet. The species lives for thousands of years and act as protectors of the humans. Centuries ago Trayjon lent his guardian talisman to his best friend Dante, who abused the powerful device. This misuse led to the death of the parents of Trayjon's betrothed. Unable to face what his neglect caused, Trayjon fled without speaking with his future wife, the preadolescent and future guardian Arianna. Over the years he watched her grow up from a distance and yearned to hear her say she forgives and loves him.

Arianna lives among the humans working as a guardian while running a medical clinic. Don, a Majerian, begins to court Arianna. She remains hesitant because she feels his darker nature beneath his handsome smiling visage. At the same time she senses Trey and actually confronts him in a friendly manner. As Trey and Arianna begin to fulfill their destiny as soul mates, Don, who is actually Dante, escaped from the void through the aid of a demon Gulil, plans to steal both their guardian talismans.

EYES OF THE JACKAL is an excellent romantic fantasy that makes the possibility of another humanoid race living amidst Homo sapiens seem plausible. The story line provides insight into a different culture within our own and the tale also contains plenty of action and two strong lead characters. Fans of speculative romance and fantasy will delight in Joni Latham's powerful tale and want more novels starring the Majerians.

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Harriet Klausner was born in the Bronx where she obtained a Masters in Library Science. Her thesis topic was the Impact of Science Fiction Reading by High School Seniors on Standardized Reading Scores. Harriet met her spouse Stan when he read her palm in a Bronx outdoor cafe. She takes immense pleasure informing other readers about newcomers or unknown authors who have written superb novels.
http://harrietklausner.wwwi.com/index.html

Copyright © Harriet Klausner

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Shadows of the Eclipse
Bonnie Napoli
http://www.bonnienapoli.com
Wings ePress Inc.
http://www.wings-press.com
ISBN: 1-59088-039-0
Genre: Historical romance/paranormal
Reviewed by Amanda Schmidtt for Simply eBooks reviews

Elisabeth Ryan is a white woman who survived seeing her family massacred by Indians while en route to Oregon Arakashe is an Indian warrior of the Crow Tribe. They meet when Arakashe kidnaps her right after the slaughter of her family. Though neither he nor his tribe are in any way responsible for what has occurred, it is not easy for Elisabeth to trust him. After all she has seen and endured, she cannot accept that he means her no harm. However, she cannot ignore the strong pull of attraction to Crow Warrior.

Even though Arakashe and Elisabeth come to accept their feelings for each other and the tribe welcomes Elisabeth, there are many obstacles that each must overcome. They are not alone in their quest for a lifetime love. Arakashe and Elisabeth are guided along on their love quest by a special spirit who shows them they way. Can they cross the two cultures of white and Indian for a lifetime of love together? Can Elisabeth learn a new way of life with the proud warrior by her side?

Shadows of the Eclipse is not all sweetness and light, but is a captivating read. Intense issues are tackled with grace and realism, making for there are some heavy issues brought up, it is a memorable story. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this genre.

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Amanda discovered that she loves the historical romance genre preferably stories set amongst the upperclass of England in the 18th and 19th centuries. But she also like ones which are set in Scotland and also ones set in Russia.

Occasionally she will branch out into the dark romances. She says she is a sucker for any romance that has a vampire in it. Amanda will also read most any type of historical biography and/or book dealing with the Romanovs and Russia itself.

Amanda Schmidtt, Simply eBooks reviews
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