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Sunday, December 23, 2012

New five star review!

Courtesy of one of my favorite fans from New Zealand!
A new five star review!
Thank you so much Liane CraigZ
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Aradia - The Last Witch Volume 1, December 23, 2012
By lianecraig - See all my reviews
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When I read this book I loved it - despite the obvious editing errors. I downloaded all the books in the series and have read them several times. I am a "visual" reader in that if I can get "into" a story line then I tend to forget everything else around me and entrench myself in the scenes I am reading. This series is written just the way I like. I also love the way Aradia "grew" into her powers and the lasting friendships she forged. All the characters are written well and the series flows successfully.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Five stars!
Thank you so much Michelle Jordan.

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This review is from: Tales of Aradia The Last Witch Volume 1 (Kindle Edition)
I received Tales of Aradia(The Last Witch) as a complimentary copy from author for a read2 review. This does not affect my honest review....

Tales of Aradia the Last Witch, tells the story of Rai. Rai is a teen with a good life. It is just her , her mom and dad. They have recently moved to Salem. Rai's biggest concern is that she is different and will be judged different from others, in her very normal seeming life. Why Rai feels different is because she has powers to do unimaginable things;aid in healing, find things with her mind. So this causes her to feel like a freak, so she has attempted to downplay or hide it, just to fit in. Rai's parents cannot enlighten her on why she has these abilities. They found Rai, basically in a cave, while on a trip, after desiring a miracle to have a child. The first experience that Rai's parents had with Rai's abilities was during the first meeting, when Rai aided in healing her dad's slight injuries. This surprised and frighten them a little but they knew that the child needed their help. So they took her in and she became their daughter.

The story, shows the family moving to Salem, where after settling in, Rai for once does not feel completely out of place...although she finds it strange that the schoo'sl population has a clear reflection of two groups; the normal kids and then there was a group that seemed extraordinarily beautiful. This second group, wherever Rai went seemed to take notice of her, be enthralled with her, meaning staring outright at her, but not in the "she was a freak way"...but that Rai fascinated them.

Behind the scene of the story unknown to Rai, there is a force, led by a ruler who knows exactly why the otherworldly population is drawn to Rai. He is also out to have Rai for himself. The reason is that Rai is the last of her kind. A witch, which all those who were witches were supposed to be destroyed many years before. But Rai, had been sent into time as a means of saving her...but those that searched have found her, and so Rai's time is limited. Rai also has another element to her heritage that also increases those Dark Ones desire for her, which leads back to the greatest witch of all...

But Rai and her friend Rory and her new love Dax,(who she discovers are supernatural such as she) have to solve a mystery over who was killing supernaturals, while staying one step ahead of the danger that stalks Rai.

This was a fast paced read, that gripped me from the start. I loved the strong, spirited main character, that who did feel out-of-place, but still showed a self-confidence deep within her. I loved seeing her blossom into fully accepting who she was, her heritage and what she could do. I enjoyed seeing the relationship between herself and the handsome vampire Dax.

This story has everything from adventure, to suspense and I believe if you are into fantasy, and paranormal..or just enjoy a fun read...then this is the one for you!
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Friday, December 7, 2012

Urgent!!!!!!

First things first, I know that I have given many of you the impression that edited version of book two was to come out in November but unfortunately we have run into some difficulties.

You see my editor/partner Harrison R. Bradlow who is the genius that helped improve the first book in my series has been dealing with a lot of stress in his life. He just recently got promoted at his regular job and he and his wife are taking care of their first child. As many of you probably know taking care of a baby is a full time job.
Nevertheless, Harrison is very dedicated to the series. So dedicated that there is no way he can release the book unless he is sure the book is perfect. The first book is a very hard thing to live up to hence why he is taking his time. Unfortunately, such genius cannot be rushed. Hence why he has missed the deadlines. But never fear Harry says he is almost half way done with editing. However, we must all give him plenty of time to perfect it. I don't know how long it will take but believe me it will be worth it.

Harrison R Bradlow had this to add: "To all the fans of the Tales of Aradia universe, I extend my sincere apologies for this delay. This is a series which has incredible potential, which is why I am proud to be a part of it. It would be a disservice to Aradia and to you, the reader, to rush volume 2 to print before it is ready. Right now, the diamond is shining. When I'm done, it will be positively blinding. I thank you all, both for your patience, and for accompanying LA and myself on this journey."


I make this announcement out of concern for my fans and readers. Don't worry I will update you with as much info as I can.
Let's wish Harry lots of luck and speed!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

New five star review!

Review by Kitty Muse Book Reviews, November 30, 2012
By Kathleen A. Ree "K.A. Morrison" (Oregon) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tales of Aradia The Last Witch Volume 1 (Kindle Edition)
Aradia always knew she was different. Throughout grade school and middle school, enough events occurred to convince her of it. Unfortunately, those events also convinced everyone else, so much so that they stayed away from her, and she had a very lonely childhood.
A move to a new town, and enrollment in a new school, was something she feels sure will make or break her life. She hopes for acceptance at the least, and real friends at the most. What she gets is nothing like she has been expecting.
The students at her new school seem odd, most of them. Their attention intrigues, then irritates her. She finally makes friends, but then is plunged into a whole new world when she finds out what lies beneath the surface of her town's society.
Helping her dad find a killer, Aradia uses her special powers to help uncover clues, sort of like Nancy Drew with psychic benefits. She finds out her true nature just when she needs it--when the killer comes after her.
LA Jones has written a very captivating book. I was hooked from the very first sentence. Her seemingly natural way of crafting a sentence makes the storyline move along seamlessly. I really liked how she was able to mingle the very real world of teen-age angst and otherworldly strangeness into something very believable. The book is not one that would horrify a reader with its gruesome details; rather it does a good job of holding back that information, allowing the reader to fill in the facts as he or she sees fit. The characters are very real, well-though-out, and can truly be seen in the mind's eye. I am glad the author has another volume out, because I can hardly wait to get my hands on it! I have to see what happens to this young brave girl.
Because, I forgot to mention, there is something darker wanting to get its claws on Aradia...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New review!

4.0 out of 5 stars Really, Really Good :), 20 Nov 2012
By Tara Luvs Books - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tales of Aradia The Last Witch Volume 1 (Kindle Edition)
I got contacted by the author of this book, L.A.Jones herself for me to read and review this book. I never agree to read and review a book that doesn't sound good, so any I do accept to read needs to sound like a book I would love. The cover is very interesting and that helped with me agreeing to read and review this book. The title which included the work "Witch" always helps me out as I love stories which includes magic etc. The description was the last thing which won me over to reading it, I mean who doesn't want to read a book were the description makes you want to read the book right at that instance.

I really liked this book, for so many reasons which I will explain now. First reason why I liked this book was it has a great unique storyline, though uses Witches, Vampires and Werewolves, but the fact is she doesn't over use them and its not the same old story where a vampire falls head over heels for the main character which I really loved about this. Second reason why i liked this book was the way it flowed and how I could read it so easily without thinking, "what does that mean", "I'm confused" or "When did that happen". I knew everything that happened and how things were happening so I was never lost of and I didn't have to go back to read anything I may of forgot about. The last reason why I loved this book so much was the way she portrayed the characters in this book and how they are all never perfect and that they all have flaws and issues.
I have to honest in this review and say the beginning it felt like it wasn't as good as when it got the middle onwards but it still was good so that to me was 1 of the only errors I found in this book other than... "WHY DID IT END SO SOON!!!??".

The characters as I said above was portrayed in such a great way, and I loved each character in different ways, even the bad guys. I mean everyone loves a bad guy in a story.
Aradia the main character knows she's different and maybe special in a way, but its only caused her bother in the past so she will start a new life in a new place and hopefully she can be just like any other normal teen. Well that doesn't go to plan... not really.
I love Aradia so much, its un real. She is a strong character and she doesn't deserve what happens to her and the pain she has gone through in her past. I really admire her as she tries her best to fit in and make friends.

Overall in my opinion I really liked this book and I can't wait for the 2nd book to be released which I know is very soon.
Thank you L.A. Jones for asking me to read and review because it was a really good book to read.
I would recommend this book if you want to try something different to the normal Witchy, Vampire books you have read in the past.
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Monday, November 19, 2012

New review!

Review by: Mitzi Schwien on Nov. 19, 2012 :
Absolutely loved this series I highly recommend others to read this story :-)
(review of free book)

Thank you so much Mitzi Schwien!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What Makes a Woman, Any Woman, Kickass? By T.M. Roy

What Makes a Woman, Any Woman, Kickass? By T.M. Roy

"I think it’s her capacity for compassion and caring. Her biological instinct to nurture and protect. And her tenacity and fury when something she cares about is threatened. It’s something I see in many women. I see it in my own sisters. I see it in some friends who are mothers or otherwise have those strong mothering instincts. For sure it’s one of the main reasons the small population of the people in my book-worlds have held out so long against a larger, stronger, better-equipped enemy. People who fight for what and who they love have a lot more going for them. You want to unleash the hounds from Hell? Try getting between mothers and their children." Quoted from the blog post.

one of the things I like about Aradia is she not only uses strength, She uses brains as well.  Her ultimate goal is have hiddens and humans co-mingle in harmony. She's not foolish to believe that such things won't require some physical force. after all, once you show bullies you are not afraid of them they back down (sometimes) Either way, Aradia knows that in order for the hiddens to exist peacefully with the humans she has to organize and crack down on the tyrannical governments living in the hidden world. She's just one girl to face such odds but...what i like about kick ass heorines they take on missions not for money or glory or because they think it will be easy. they take the missions because it is right!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Courtesy of a former bully victim!


"This is a message to anyone who is being bullied right now. It doesn't matter if it's online or IRL. This is for you. YOU matter. Your opinions matter. Your feelings matter. Your thoughts matter. Your dreams matter. Your LIFE matters. You are special. You are beautiful. You are talented. You are valuable. You are wonderful. You are respected. You are cared about. You are STRONG. You are a good person. You are loved. You can succeed. You can reach out. You can hold on. You can overcome. You mean something. You have worth. You deserve to LIVE. I LOVE YOU. Please copy and paste this as a journal entry. Paste it on other websites if possible. Title it "AFFIRMATIONS FOR BULLYING VICTIMS" and spread it around. Let this message circle the internet. There has to be at least one place where someone who needs to see this will see it."

Sunday, November 4, 2012

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I wasn't sure that I was going to like this book. But once I read it, I thought it was mind-blowing. I totally love this book. Everyone should buy this book or any book by L.A Jones!!!!!!!!!!

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Smashwords Author Brian S. Pratt to Earn over $100,000

"His writing style is completely his own, and any New York editor would surely bristle at the rules Brian breaks. His most popular series, The Morcyth Saga, is written in the present tense (though he changed to past tense for subsequent series). It's no wonder that after years trying to land an agent and a publisher, he faced unanimous rejection from publishing experts."

This article gives me such hope.
By the way MC stands for Mark Coker the CEO of Smashwords. The biggest of all indie support system.

"[BSP] Training??? Not a bit. All I started with was the drive to write a story and everything else followed. I ended up writing a seven book series in Present Tense, rife with errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Most of the errors have been fixed in subsequent editions. My word usage was not what one would find in the traditionally produced books, some said it was too simple. I don't know about that, but at least you don't need a dictionary at hand when you read my books. Some have liked it, others less so. My books feel different than others for that reason.

[MC] Tell us about some of the first customer reviews you received, and how you reacted?

[BSP] Reviews, yes there have been some dillies. Here's the first one-star I ever received. It was at Amazon.com less than a month after I first published The Unsuspecting Mage.

1.0 out of 5 stars - January 15, 2006
Present tense is an amateurish way to write.....,
.....and this book reads like it was written for a high school English class. Worst book I've read in a long time. I like lots of books, especially ones written by Robin Hobb, George Martin, and Stephen Donaldson to name but three. These books were well written. This one was not. Just wondering - how many of you are still in high school yourselves?
The last line was directed at the other reviewers who said they liked my book.

Needless to say, this devastated me and I stopped writing for a few weeks. Of course, I've had much worse ones since. But then, my books kept selling. And I always told myself that as long as my books keep selling, even if it is marginally, then it would be worth it to continue. I've come to realize that there will always be those that do not like my books, and so what? They simply are not in my target audience. And my target audience is me. I write what I would like to read. And it looks like there are many "me's" out there for I've sold lots of books. If you want to see what may be in your future, check out The Unsuspecting Mage at Amazon."


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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

My Editor Harry, the real Iron Man

Harry's words "It was pretty amazing. About 11 miles, 25 obstacles. It's designed by British special forces. I totally recommend it. As for training, I'd say cardio & basic weight training. It's impossible to target every muscle used, so focus on major muscle groups: back, chest, legs, arms. Compound movements will work the smaller muscles too. Honestly, it's psychologically much more challenging than it is physically." 

Ever heard of the Tough Mudder?
Well my editor just participated in it. Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, half a million inspiring participants, and more than $3 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.

In other words, my brave and fearless editor braved a 10+ mile obstacle course designed by British special forces.

He went in with a smile and came out with one. Is it any wonder why I salute him? Then again I shouldn't be surprised the man after all does participate in the Roller Derby.

But man am I proud of him! I never could have done this.
Way to go Harry!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

New four star review

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Role Model For Girls!, September 15, 2012
By Nicki (Chicago, IL) -

This review is from: Tales of Aradia The Last Witch Volume 1 (Kindle Edition)It is very clear that the TWILIGHT series influenced the author when she wrote this story. However, there are some important differences. One of the main differences is the character, Aradia, who I felt was much stronger than Twilight's main character, Bella. Aradia fights off werewolves, helps solve mysteries, and creates homeopathic cures for friends and strangers, even those who are mean to her. The result of Aradia's strong and loving personality is that she earns herself a group of friends who would be willing to die for her. I love this character, and I am looking forward to reading more about her!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

New five star review!

5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!!!, September 9, 2012
By Na'Sheela Conn - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tales of Aradia The Last Witch Volume 1 (Kindle Edition)
Wonderful book and series!!!
Great characters and story line and I can relate with many of the characters in the story... I love the series and I can't wait for volume 6!!!
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Thanks Na'Sheela! You rock!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Kobo Offers Higher Royalties on Self-Published Titles Released This Fall - GalleyCat

Kobo Offers Higher Royalties on Self-Published Titles Released This Fall - GalleyCat: Kobo is offering a bonus for self-published authors that use its Kobo Writing Life platform, giving them an additional 10 percent in royalties on applicable titles published during a designated period this fall.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Revolution Turned Down Publisher to Crowd Fund New Broken Sword Game | GamePolitics

Revolution Turned Down Publisher to Crowd Fund New Broken Sword Game | GamePolitics:
 According to Edge, Revolution Software turned down a publishing deal with the industry's "biggest third-party publisher" for its latest game, Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse, in favor of trying to crowd fund it via Kickstarter.

Can self-publishing buy respect? - Salon.com

Can self-publishing buy respect? - Salon.com: There was much pearl clutching after the Internet aired abecedarian mystery novelist Sue (“A Is for Alibi”) Grafton’s thoughts on self-publishing. Short version: She thinks it’s for lazies. Who you calling lazy? The digital swarm opined and I agreed, to some extent, with the outraged chorus. Who wouldn’t want to be on the side of the self-publishers, those scrappy DIY-ers who, like their punk forefathers and -mothers, step outside of a system that can’t or won’t serve them? Get in the van!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

PC News: Broken Sword - The Serpent's Curse hits Kickstarter - ComputerAndVideoGames.com

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THQ and Virgin have handled publishing for previous installments, but its Kickstarter push to raise $400,000 will allow Revolution to publish independently - and with $130,100 after just a day, it appears well on its way.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Self-Publishing Success Story - Author Sells 25,000 Books in 6 Months

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Smashwords: How Rachel Higginson Overcame Rejection From Traditional Publishing to Achieve Indie Ebook Success

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Monday, August 27, 2012

New review of Tales of Aradia!

Thanks Sarah u rock!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars refreshingly different, August 27, 2012
By Sarah Baethge "22niel" (Texas) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Tales of Aradia The Last Witch Volume 1 (Kindle Edition)
Tales of Aradia, The Last Witch(Volume 1) by L.A. Jones is a fun book about supernatural folk who live among us. Not just werewolves and vampires here, but everything from leprechauns and fairies to witches. Actually, let's make that just one witch. You see, back around the time of the Salem witch trials there was also a bit of anti-witch fever among the world of the hidden races and it was believed that every witch was killed from existence; in fact, for a fair amount of time in this story no one can even guess what Aradia is.

And Aradia herself? All she knows about herself and her own past is that she was found alone in the wilderness as a baby by the couple who eventually adopt her. Her human `parents' of course notice and realize the amazing magical feats she is capable of. They help her to keep her powers hidden so that she can have a chance at a normal life. It is through this need to appear normal that they unintentionally throw their daughter into a veritable hurricane of supernatural forces.

To escape the questions that are asked when a silly schoolkid argument unintentionally brings forth a display of her powers, the family decides to move away from their home in Arizona to go to Salem, Massachusetts. This is a city that finds itself to serve as something of a mixing pool of the supernatural. A happily paranormal version of New York.


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Want to publish a book? Follow these tips from New York Times best-selling authors - San Jose Mercury News

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We are in the midst of a self-publishing revolution where independent authors are removing the publishing middleman by formatting their digital manuscripts, posting them on various websites, and making surprisingly good money while interacting with their readers online.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

How to Be Number One on Amazon by Self-Publishing an eBook from DigitalMarketer.com Article | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Twitter founders launch two new websites, Medium and Branch | Technology | guardian.co.uk

Twitter founders launch two new websites, Medium and Branch | Technology | guardian.co.uk: They inspired a boom in self-publishing with Blogger, then turned the world to 140 characters with Twitter. Now Ev Williams and Biz Stone have launched two new websites – Medium and Branch – in what they hope will prompt an "evolutionary leap" in online sharing.

Williams and Stone are still directors of Twitter, but are involved in the new ventures through their San Francisco-based incubator fund, The Obvious Corporation.

Hollywood Gets Hot for Fanfic: Who Will Write the Next 'Fifty Shades'? - The Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Gets Hot for Fanfic: Who Will Write the Next 'Fifty Shades'? - The Hollywood Reporter: Call it the Fifty Shades effect. The hottest genre in the book world is self-published fan fiction -- original stories based on existing characters, typically traded online for free. Thanks to the steamy E.L. James trilogy, which began as Twilight fanfic before becoming a successful e-book and now a 20 million-selling worldwide sensation, publishers are racing to secure the next hot titles.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Another 'Fifty Shades'-like Self-Published Ebook Scores Major Publishing Deal - The Hollywood Reporter

Another 'Fifty Shades'-like Self-Published Ebook Scores Major Publishing Deal - The Hollywood Reporter: In the wake of Fifty Shades of Grey's phenomenal journey from self-published fan fiction to a twenty-million copy selling hit, major publishers --and film studios--have eagerly snapped up self-published erotica and romance hits.

"Annie" Remake, Starring Willow Smith, Will Begin Production in 2013; Rapper Jay-Z Is Writing New Music - Mobile Playbill.com

"Annie" Remake, Starring Willow Smith, Will Begin Production in 2013; Rapper Jay-Z Is Writing New Music - Mobile Playbill.com: "Annie" Remake, Starring Willow Smith, Will Begin Production in 2013; Rapper Jay-Z Is Writing New Music
By Michael Gioia
21 Aug 2012

"Annie," the upcoming film remake of the 1982 movie musical that will star Willow Smith in the title role, will begin production in spring 2013 in New York, according to BBC News. Rap artist Jay-Z is currently working on additions to the score.

LendInk, Author Activism, and the Need for Critical Thinking

LendInk, Author Activism, and the Need for Critical Thinking: If you've been living under a social media rock and haven't heard of the LendInk incident, here's a brief rundown.

LendInk was a website that facilitated Kindle ebook lending, matching would-be ebook borrowers with ebook owners. All of this was perfectly legal, involving legitimately purchased ebooks, lending options provided by Amazon, and lending terms set by publishers (whether the book was self- or traditionally published). Unfortunately, some authors, finding their books listed on LendInk, jumped to the conclusion that it was a pirate site. They mounted an anti-LendInk social media campaign and deluged LendInk's hosting service with DMCA notices. The result: a legitimate website was shut down.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Why eBook Publishing Is Good For Authors | | Digital Marketer

Why eBook Publishing Is Good For Authors | | Digital Marketer: Much like what happened to the recording industry in the early aughties, the publishing industry is finally having to confront the full force of the internet…

And also like the digital music revolution, there are wildly different theories about how all those 1s and 0s will change things. Will ebooks destroy the publishing industry? Will already starving writers have to tighten their belts? Will ebooks destroy the written word itself?







Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tales of Aradia: The Last Witch, Volume 1 – L.A. Jones « Dellani's Choice – Book Reviews

Tales of Aradia: The Last Witch, Volume 1 – L.A. Jones « Dellani's Choice – Book Reviews: Tales of Aradia: The Last Witch, volume 1, is extremely well paced, building steadily to the climax. The characters are believable, even though they are, for the most part, not human. Having it set in Salem is fun. According to the story, it’s a hot spot for paranormal creatures (or hiddens) to dwell. This is a wonderful book young adults and older adults as well. The language isn’t objectionable and there are no sexual scenes. It would make a great read for anyone 12 and up.



I highly recommend Tales of Aradia: The Last Witch, volume 1 and look forward to reading more about this plucky teenaged heroine.

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Atria Books Inks Deal With New York Times Bestselling Self-Published Author Colleen Hoover - PR Newswire - The Sacramento Bee

Atria Books Inks Deal With New York Times Bestselling Self-Published Author Colleen Hoover - PR Newswire - The Sacramento Bee: "SLAMMED, Hoover's first novel, was originally self-published as an ebook and trade paperback in January 2012. Throughout the spring and summer, it has been steadily rising on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, recently appearing at  No. 8 on the Times list. The ebook has sold over 179,000 copies in the U.S.  Collectively, the book has received over 2,000 overwhelmingly positive reader reviews on BN.com, Amazon.com and Goodreads.  Her website and blog receives over 100,000 visitors.  SLAMMED is the heart-wrenching story of a young woman who falls in love with a new neighbor with a passion for slam poetry and the obstacles they encounter."

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David Prever: Self e-Publishing Comes of Age

David Prever: Self e-Publishing Comes of Age: "According to latest figures from Amazon, eBook sales have now overtaken print sales. Circumstantial evidence also shows that with these new devices we're actually reading more. With several thousand books in your back pocket that's only to be expected.

For some people, eBooks are the devil incarnate and nothing but printed-paper will do. We probably had the same debate about the demise of quill pens and typewriters (I still miss the tangled ribbons and wonky carriage levers)."

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Monday, August 20, 2012

StoryBundle Launches with “Big Bang”

StoryBundle Launches with “Big Bang” SF Bundle « Genreville: "StoryBundle is a new e-book self-publishing outfit that’s taking an intriguing approach. Each bundle of five books is pay-what-you-like, from $1 on up. If you pay over a certain amount–either a fixed number or the average of how much people have paid so far–you get two additional books (in the case of the first bundle, they’re sequels to two of the other books). You also get to decide how much of your purchase price goes to the authors and how much to StoryBundle. This is a pretty neat end run around both pricing structures and royalty/markup arrangements. The sliders default to a $10 payment split 70–30 between author and seller, which works out to $1 per book if the boost threshold is $10 or less. You can also choose to donate 10% of your purchase to a charity of their choice."

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Shiregreen student overcomes adversity to secure university spot - Sheffield - Local News - Postcode Gazette

Shiregreen student overcomes adversity to secure university spot - Sheffield - Local News - Postcode Gazette: The 18-year-old, who was diagnosed with the condition in 2002, will now study Animal Biology at Nottingham Trent University after achieving three A-levels.

Samantha was supported throughout her studies by the college’s disability department at the Hillsborough College, where she was based.

Samantha said: “I’m so pleased. I got Cs in Biology and Chemistry and a D in English. Everyone in my family is really excited for me.

An Agent for a Changing Book Business

An Agent for a Changing Book Business: "Much like the book industry itself, the role and expectations for literary agents are changing dramatically, and Regina Brooks, founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency, offers an up-to-the-minute example. Besides managing the careers—conventional and self-published—of more than 100 authors, launching a gourmet tea line, and cofounding a book imprint at Akashic Books, she’s an author as well. This month, St. Martin’s Press is publishing her second nonfiction book, You Should Really Write a Book: How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Memoir."

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Friday, August 17, 2012

BookLovers: 'On the Island' is a juicy read | SouthCoastToday.com

BookLovers: 'On the Island' is a juicy read | SouthCoastToday.com: "If you haven't heard of this book yet, you soon will — The New York Times and USA Today bestseller is currently sweeping the nation and the Web, especially the book blogosphere, and has recently been optioned for film by MGM."

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Unknown Authors Combat Self-Publishing Stigma and Boost eBook Sales

Unknown Authors Combat Self-Publishing Stigma and Boost eBook Sales: "Self-publishers and authors notice huge increase in online book sales after attaining services from a quirky-named online company. PurpleBananaBrain.com discreetly helps unknown authors gain a competitive edge over celebrated authors. According to the Kimble Group, the online company is notoriously known among self-publishers for creating stunning eBook covers and getting books noticed."

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Smashwords Adds Price Manager & Library Direct - GalleyCat

Smashwords Adds Price Manager & Library Direct - GalleyCat: "Self-publishing site Smashwords has updated its platform adding a new pricing tool and a new library feature.

AppNewser has more: “The “Pricing Manager” feature lets authors and publishers set the retail price of their books within the dashboard of Smashwords. The second new feature is called Library Direct, which enables libraries and consortiums to place large orders with Smashwords and license eBooks in bulk. Smashwords expects these orders to amount to about $30,000 for the set. Authors and publishers will earn 70 percent of the library price, which is higher than the 45 percent earned aggregator partners.”"

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Unknown Authors Combat Self-Publishing Stigma and Boost eBook Sales | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Unknown Authors Combat Self-Publishing Stigma and Boost eBook Sales | Virtual-Strategy Magazine: "elf-publishers and authors notice huge increase in online book sales after attaining services from a quirky-named online company. PurpleBananaBrain.com discreetly helps unknown authors gain a competitive edge over celebrated authors. According to the Kimble Group, the online company is notoriously known among self-publishers for creating stunning eBook covers and getting books noticed."



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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Smashwords gets more self-published ebooks into libraries | paidContent

http://paidcontent.org/2012/08/10/smashwords-gets-more-self-published-ebooks-into-libraries/

Digital self-publishing site Smashwords has launched a new service, Library Direct, that lets some libraries acquire large collections of Smashwords ebooks.
To start, the three library systems using the program are Colorado’s Douglas County libraries, California-based library network Califa and Internet Archive’s free online library Open Library. In order to work with Library Direct, the libraries have to operate their own ebook lending systems. (Smashwords works separately with digital library distributors Baker & Taylor and 3M Cloud.)
On its blog, Smashwords explains how Library Direct works:
Previously, most libraries relied upon published reviews to guide their acquisition decisions. Under the Smashwords model, the curation is crowdsourced based on aggregated retail sales data drawn from across the Smashwords distribution network which includes the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, the Diesel eBookstore and others.
Qualifying libraries can select from the top 10,000, 20,000 or any other large number of titles, and can custom-filter the titles by category and price range.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Volume Five is now available for purchase!



Continuing the adventures of Aradia Preston Volume Five is now available. Yes it is the unedited version so you can expect to find poor grammar and punctuation which is why I am only selling it for 99 cents. Samples of the book are also available so you can see if it is something you would like to risk reading.

here are the links:
 https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/214049

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tales-of-aradia-the-last-witch-volume-5-la-jones/1112474332?ean=2940014866521

http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Aradia-Witch-Volume-ebook/dp/B008WUUSRK/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1344889497&sr=8-7&keywords=tales+of+aradia+the+last+witch

Gaming With Asperger’s Syndrome

Gaming With Asperger’s Syndrome: Asperger’s Syndrome is often thought of as a mild form of Autism by many, the distinction actually comes more down to language and intellectual development. Often a child with Autism will likely struggle with verbal communication for a long time compared to a child with Aspergers who will often start speaking very early, and often seem to be developing very quickly in those early years. With that out the way, here is some excerpts from an explanation of Aspergers Syndrome from Web MD:

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