Book excerpt: Violet Haze (Space Opera Romance)

Violet Haze – Caleb’s side-story

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In Violet Haze, we follow Caleb’s path to emotional self-awareness during the time period surrounding the Mechatronic rights movement. The events begin thirty years prior to the start of the series, and will follow Caleb all the way to his reawakening by Jenadri and Trip in Book 3, Tracing The Stars. His struggles to understand Organic emotions and the fight for equal recognition among Organics collide as he falls in love with Violet and learns of her connection to an underground Mechatronic movement.

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The street outside Franklin’s shop was vacant, the marketplace a block over nearly just as empty. Eyes followed them as they boarded the bus in silence. One expression held judgmental anger, but most held unexpected compassion. It was clear, from the whispers Organics forgot Mecha were quite capable of hearing, that the citizens of Easton were both appalled and unhappy with the rioters’ actions.

In a daring move, Caleb met one woman’s eyes as he openly took Violet’s hand in his. The woman’s gaze darted to the hands then back up to Caleb’s face as he let the expected wall of indifference fade. His bold statement was awarded by the woman’s smile. The whispers he heard as he left the bus, hand-in-hand with Violet, uplifted his hope that things would improve, despite the horrible actions of a few.

“Caleb,” Violet looked down at their joined hands as they walked. “People are staring.”Continue reading

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Breaking down the new Kindle Unlimited payout terms

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So, as many of you have, I received a very interesting letter from Amazon’s KDP Select department today. If you haven’t received this letter, you can read it in full here: https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A156OS90J7RDN

The email has slightly different text, but the same basic points. I’m going to take a few moments to break this down a bit and talk about the good, the bad and the downright depressing aspects of these new payment terms.

“…beginning on July 1, the KDP Select Global Fund will be paid out based on the number of pages KU and KOLL customers read”

That’s right folks. KU is no longer paying per-borrow, nor are they continuing to require a book be read to at least 10% to earn a payment for the author. For the past six months, the payout to authors has been disappointing, to say the least, with the average being $1.40 earned per KU borrow (if the reader got beyond 10%). This has been due to the fact that the Payout Pool has been flooded by books, generally shorter reads, that ate up all the funds. Books that were 25 pages earned the same /borrow rate as 250 page books.

That’s all about to change. Now, being paid per page means that the 25 page novellas filling the pool are going to be earning significantly less than their 250 page swimming-buddies. But, exactly how significantly less isn’t being honestly represented.

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Book Review: In The Devils Nebula (Scifi Romance)

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In The Devil’s Nebula
Series: Phoenix Adventures (Book 2)
By: Anna Hackett
Sub-Genres: Adventure / Romance / Treasure Hunter

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Rating: OMG MORE PLEASE  (?)

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I’ve read one book previously by Anna Hackett – The Time Thief, and I remember enjoying it. I haven’t read the first book in The Phoenix Adventures series, but after reading In The Devil’s Nebula, I’ll be back-tracking and reading it (At Star’s End) while I impatiently wait for book 3 to be published. It was that good. I loved it.

Although I do recommend reading book series in order, I didn’t find myself lost or confused by starting with book 2. In The Devil’s Nebula is a wonderfully written space adventure full of treasure hunts, history, excellent world building, fun characters, assassin fighters and intriguing mystery. Oh, and there’s also a great romance! These are all the things I love to read in Science Fiction Romance, and that’s why it’s earned the OHMYGAWDMOAR rating.

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Book Review: Escape From Zulaire (Scifi Romance)

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Escape From Zulaire

By: Veronica Scott
Sub-Genres: Action / Romance

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I greatly enjoyed the setting for this story. The planet Zulaire and its people resembled modern India in several aspects, including dress, religion, mannerisms and caste system. The caste system, and the mythology/history surrounding it, was a neat part of the story, and also acted as the center of conflict which moved the story events forward. The world building was exceptional and was the main reason I enjoyed reading the book.

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Series review: Earth Ship Siren (SciFi Romance)

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The Earth Ship Siren (aka ES Siren) series by Momentum publishing includes three novella-length books written by three different authors. I will be reviewing each of the three books separately, in order. They all center around life aboard a space ship heading away from a dying Earth and towards a colonization planet. On board the ship are military personal, private citizens, and prisoners selected for their skills or for hard labor. Each book is a stand-alone, each has a different story to offer on board the Siren, and each did so with varying degrees of success.

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Book Review: Evolution (Hyperscape Project) (scifi adventure)

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Evolution
Series: Hyperscape Project
By: Donald Swan
Sub-Genres: Action Adventure

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Evolution is book 2 in the Hyperscape series, and it’s another great, fun science fiction adventure story. It begins a few months after where book 1 leaves off, with Nick Bannon now Admiral of the fleet as they battle the bio-mechanical Mok’tu. Arya is now the recognized Asirian queen. At first I was worried she would be relegated to the side because of this, but Arya isn’t one to allow herself to become a inactive character. My favorite character, Karg, has a strong storyline in this book, and Sirok is in it as well.

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