Book Review: The Chronicles of Kale, A Dragon’s Awakening by Aya Knight

Book Details:

File Size: 2642 KB
Print Length: 396 pages
Publisher: Silver Knight Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: December 31, 2011
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Kale Firehart is a young dragon, and the sole survivor of his race.  As a tyrannical general and his massive bloodthirsty army close in on Kale, the most unexpected circumstance transpires.  With time against him, Kale’s trusted friend, a veteran arcane sorcerer, transforms him into the one thing he despises most—a human.

Kale must unwillingly live among human-kind as he embarks upon an extraordinary journey.  With a band of unlikely friends by his side, can Kale overcome the obstacles before him and return to the life he once knew?  The age of dragons is all but over…

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Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 12/23/2012

BARNES & NOBLE SELLS 5% OF NOOK TO PEARSON; NOOK XMAS SOFT
Barnes & Noble shares are trading higher Friday morning after the book retailer announced that it has agreed to sell a 5% stake in the company’s Nook Media e-book unit to Pearson PLC for $89.5 million, giving Nook a post-money valuation of… [read more]
Source: Forbes

LEGAL ISSUES IN SELF-PUBLISHING: WHAT AUTHORS NEED TO KNOW
Self-publishing continues its exponential growth. More and more authors are choosing this route for presenting their work to the public, encouraged by impressive success stories, including accounts by bestselling writers who have moved over from… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post (blog)

SMASHWORDS’ CEO MARK COKER ON THE TSUNAMI OF SELF-PUBLISHING
Mark Coker published his own predictions for publishing in 2013 on the Smashwords’ blog earlier last week, and it is quite a comprehensive list. With over twenty-one separate items that will have an effect on publishing and book selling in the next… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

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Podcast: Up to Speed in Digital Media News with Quinn & TJ for 12/21/2012; Digital Publishing Profits – Part 2

Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 12/16/2012

HOW A TECH ENTREPRENEUR BECAME A BEST-SELLING AMAZON KINDLE AUTHOR
Matthew Mather started his career at the McGill Centre for Intelligent Machines. He founded one of the first tactile feedback companies — Haptic Technologies Inc, which he eventually sold for $10 million – and won a $2 million “best new video game… [read more]
Source: VentureBeat

ANOTHER FIRST FOR SELF-PUBLISHING
We learned earlier in the year at Digital Book World that in 2012, self-publishing took a $100 million bite out of U.S. trade publishing revenues in 2011. Sounds like a lot but isn’t much compared to the nearly $14 billion in revenues the book business… [read more]
Source: Forbes

THE COMING AMAZON KINDLE PHONE IS NOT GOING TO BE A SURPRISE
Let’s be clear, there’s going to be an Android powered device that’s roughly the size and shape of a smartphone from Amazon at some point in the near future. It’s as much an odds-on event as rain in Scotland… [read more]
Source: Forbes

RETAILERS PUT AMAZON’S KINDLE IN THE CROSSHAIRS
Fresh from announcing it would stop carrying the Kindle tablets sold by Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN ) , Wal-Mart just rolled out another nationwide promotion of Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL ) competing device. According to Reuters, Wal-Mart stores will be… [read more]
Source: Motley Fool

SELF-PUBLISHERS CAN’T AFFORD HUMILITY
After I clicked “publish” on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program, I sat back and waited for my life to change. It was as if I thought self-publishing my teen vampire novel, What Kills Me, would be transformative: kind of like when… [read more]
Source: National Post

Book Review: Severed Threads by Kaylin McFarren

Book Details:

File Size: 500 KB
Print Length: 351 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: July 6, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Believing herself responsible for her father’s fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist her former love interest with the recovery of a priceless artifact from a sunken galleon, she has no intention of cooperating – until her brother is kidnapped by a drug-dealing gangster. In order to save him and gain control over her own life, Rachel must not only overcome her greatest fears, but also relive the circumstances that lead to her father’s death.

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Podcast: Up to Speed in Digital Media News with Quinn & TJ for 12/14/2012; Digital Publishing Profits – Part 1

Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 12/09/2012

AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED?: MY SELF-PUBLISHING DIARIES
It’s a moment in my life that’s hard to forget: I was at a shiva call eating a bagel with lox, schmoozing with friends and relatives of the deceased. I was positioned between the living and dining rooms of a split-level ranch, feet hurting from… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post

APPLE’S IPAD MINI TOPS AMAZON’S KINDLE FIRE IN DAILY AD IMPRESSIONS
Apple has yet to reveal exactly how many iPad Mini units have been sold since the device was released last month. If the ad impressions are any indication, however, Apple is the clear winner in its battle against… [read more]
Source: Benzinga

WHY EDITING IS THE SINGLE BEST MARKETING TOOL
When print-on-demand first came on the scene around 1999, we saw a glut of books being pushed through the system — unedited and unvetted. When someone said “garbage in, garbage out,” they were often referring to self-publishing — hence the stigma… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post (blog)

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