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Be Prepared: The Emergency Bag

There’s one type of prepping that I’ve got a lot of experience with—what I call my emergency bag, aka the bug out bag, the get home bag, etc. You can call it anything you like, but emergency bag is what

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Bellerophon: Son of Poseidon

I finally got this one published–my first novel. I drafted it four years ago, and it’s been a long revision process, with a steep learning curve. But I think it’s pretty good now, and even though it’s me saying it,

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Don’t Make My Mistake

I’ve been posting about free newsletter marketing lately, but I did try my first paid marketing campaign, for The Golden Key, this past summer. It had a couple of high moments, but overall I made a blunder that I’d like

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Free Promos Part 3–The Quest for Rank

Ah…the dream. The captivating thought that you’ll click onto your book listing and discover that you’ve penned a book that shot up to number one. But as time goes on, you discover increments. Maybe not number one in the whole

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Free Promos Part 2–Promoting a Book the Second Time

Following the success of my free Golden Key promotion (A Totally Free Promo) I decided to repeat the same promo for Dragon Hoard, now that I was armed with better information about what the individual promoters could reasonably achieve. This

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Free Books: Why You Might Want to Give Your Work Away

There’s a certain underlying philosophy concerning free books that I want to touch on briefly here. Some people (including me) believe that a good way to find new readers is to remove the bar to entry by making your book

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The Golden Key is Free for a short time, plus First Chapter Excerpt

The Golden Key is free for a short time! I’m really proud of this book–I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written. And for a couple of weeks, you can get it without plunking down the price of a

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Kelly’s Christmas–Short Story

Kelly rested her head on her paws and groaned. Her hips hurt, and she missed her pack mate. She hadn’t seen Toby for over a week. Her people wept and spoke of Toby in hushed tones. Why was he gone?

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Holiday Movie–A Christmas Short Story

Max picked up one of his two Christmas cards and shook his head. One was from his dentist, and the other was from his tax guy. The mantel used to be covered with these things. Why had everybody stopped sending

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Twelve Tales of Christmas

Christmas isn’t always “Jingle Bells” and “Ho, ho, ho.” In these Twelve Tales of Christmas, even Santa has to deal with unexpected German Shepherds and reindeer who suddenly want to learn the tango. A dryad works feverishly with a teenage

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