Archive for December, 2011

Free, Thursday only

Not Exactly Dead (MI5 1/2, Book One) will be free for Kindle download this Thursday, one day only.

Amazon Prime members may borrow the book for free, with no due date, any time from now until early next year. But Thursday, anyone who reads via Kindle can download a copy to keep.


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A biographer of our 30th President gives us a glimpse of Christmas at the Coolidges.

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Eric Metaxas (like a lot of us) has noticed that ignorance about the Bible keeps showing up in places like the New York Times. He provides some almost-comical examples.

I’d probably laugh harder if I hadn’t been a Biblically illiterate newspaper reporter for about ten years – and the editor of the religion page for many of those years, to boot.

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My thanks to those of you who participated in yesterday’s Kindle ebook giveaway of Why We Raise Belgian Horses. Freebies don’t count in the sales rankings of paid books, so the book is back down in the lower midlists after a fun flight amongst the bestsellers – but now it’s in a better position to generate ‘likes’ at Amazon, and reviews, and recommendations, and thus generate sales that will show up (and that put money in my pocket). That’s all I can hope for, from a giveaway.

Well, that, and hope that people who like this one might buy another one of my books, or give this one as a gift, in ebook, trade paperback, or large print.

Or that they’ll link to the book from their website or at Twitter or Facebook, or feature it in their affiliate links, all of which (as I understand it) combine with sales data to drive up the “Relevance” ranking at Amazon.

Welcome to the wacky world of publishing, where everything is a calculated risk, at best.

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As of 6:11 p.m. Mountain, the Amazon rankings for Why We Raise Belgian Horses:

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Paul Kengor shares some behind the scenes looks at events surrounding the communist imposition of martial law in Poland. More specifically, he focuses on the response to it by Ronald Reagan. Read Christmas 1981: A Flame for Freedom in Poland. Please, do.

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As of 8:30 a.m. this morning, Why We Raise Belgian Horses: A Novel was

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