So, I Read This Book Today

Editing, Proofreading, Reviewing and Other Stuff


Yippee! Beta Reading Book Three – The Pierced Series by J. C. Mells

Perfect Cover 2
The cover for “Perfect” – Book three of the J. C. Mells “Pierced” series!

Just finished the Beta and, OMFG!!! J. C. does it again – another brilliant story full of pain and hate, love and understanding and a tremendous cast of characters. Watch here – I will let you know as soon as I know when it is coming out – and you have to read this book! Of course, if you haven’t read the first ones, you have to read those too- – – these are too good to miss!

Thanks, J. C. Mells!!!


“Can’t live with him, can’t live without him.”

Never have these words seemed more true to Pierce as she deals with the aftermath of Salt Lake City. She and Lucas can’t seem to stay apart from each other for very long without the night panics happening again – but being together is almost as torturous. Will her past ever allow her to be intimate with him? Can she afford to let her guard down and allow herself to be happy? She’s still suffering from the post-traumatic stress of what happened to her the last time she did that.

But on the plus side, their little town of Nowhere is coming along in leaps and bounds. So much so, that it has appeared on the radar of the wolf community. Or at least Pierce’s presence has.

Suddenly it seems like Nowhere is THE place to be these days..

Who is Pierce?


Keep your eyes open – I will post when the book is published!

Busy Busy with nothing to show for it…..

if-you-think-reading-is-boringYes, I know… I haven’t posted in too long! Still dealing with CreateSpace issues for M. K. Clinton’s “The Returns” series, but actually?

I cleaned up my studio, rearranged all my fabrics, and am now obsessing over my quilting. Got the Hoffman Challenge on my mind. . .


Back soon! I have LOTS of books that I have promised reviews for, and I really, REALLY need to catch up!


Banging my head on the wall ….

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Createspace – learn the rules here.

Or, how CreateSpace is going to push me to an early grave.

You see, I already have an author that publishes on CreateSpace. Erich had already set up his first book, and as his second was basically the same number of pages, the price was the same when I uploaded it.

Now, another author I am working with wants to print on CreateSpace too. OK, fine. The only thing is, she asked me what she should charge for her book. So me, being the helpful sort, decided to research the question and get back to her. And publish what I found here, since it is the nice thing to do for others, right?

Drawing property of Queen Procrastinator.
Click the drawing to go directly to her site.
All rights reserved for Queen Procrastinator.
Besides. She is really, really funny.

(Rubbing bruise on forehead from banging head on wall)

OK, so first I went to the Createspace site for information, right? Well, after 45 minutes of searching, going through “community” interactions and following links (which were, of course, mostly broken and took me exactly Nowhere, I think – (you notice I said THINK) I found the answers I need at:

Now. Once you watch this video, you will note that it tells you ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Sigh. OK, next step:

Calculating Your Royalty
       List Price (set by you)
–     Our Share
=    Your Royalty

Wow. OK. Helpful? Nope.

So, next step. What is “Our Share”? And how is it calculated? Hummmm. Well, let’s see. The Royalty Calculator is copied from the link listed above, so it looks a little weird, but I think you will get the idea:

Royalty Calculator*

Use the royalty calculator to figure out how much you’ll make every time your book is manufactured.

Print Options
Interior Type   Black and White
Trim Size   6″ x 9″
Number of Pages
List Price Channel Royalty
USD  $ 7.99 $0.75
eStore $2.35
Expanded Distribution -$0.85
Yes, suggest GBP price based on the U.S. price

GBP  £

Amazon Europe For books printed in Great Britain -£0.36
Yes, suggest EUR price based on the U.S. price

EUR  €

Amazon Europe For books printed in continental Europe -€0.25

So, looking at this, IT APPEARS that if my client charges $7.99 for her book, a pretty reasonable paperback price for someone who isn’t on the New York Times Bestseller List, she would make .75 cents in the US, but in Europe she is actually LOSING money every time someone purchases her book. . . Huh??? Wow. PAYING people to buy her book!

Monkeying around with the calculator, it looks like the least she could charge for her book and actually make money no matter where it sells is $11.99. That would net $3.15 in the US (unless she goes with “Expanded Distribution” which is something my brain can’t take right now, but she would only make .75 on the sale then) 1 pound 14 in England and 1 euro 52 elsewhere. I am not going to go into the conversions!

So, to break it down further:

The royalty payment you receive for each unit printed to fulfill orders through,,,, and is the sale price less the per book charge, the per-page charge and our 40% revenue share. For information on book charges and our revenue share, please see our book Distribution and Royalties tab.

And note, of course, that in very light type at the very bottom of the page:

* Figures generated by this tool are for estimation purposes only. Your actual royalty will be calculated when you set up your book.

Sigh. I need a Single Malt and an Advil. And I have a Master’s degree . . .

So, are we clear here? I should have been able to find the info easily. Once I finally, finally found the right page, it wasn’t that hard, just play with the calculator. But apparently I am not the only one who was having trouble, as every website that I found out there gave conflicting information!

As for how they calculate their share, I found this page:

Understanding Royalties

That is a whole OTHER ball of wax that simply breaks down to where they get the figure they are calculating for “Their Share” and really isn’t all that useful in the long range, except that you do need to know what you are paying for.

I would love comments, thoughts, or whatever. . .

Oh, and just to CMA (Cover MY Ass) :  DISCLAIMER

All information on this page, whether copied or paraphrased or whatever, is the property of and and probably also. All information is provided as a service to my readers, and in no way is meant to reflect on or it’s affiliates. All links are directly to and/or and/or All commentary is based upon my own experience and is not meant to reflect upon or any of it’s sub-companies or affiliates.

Whew. Think that covers it?


TWO Happy Dances!!

Click the cover to purchase!

The amazing Jillian Klein Der Lowe just shot me an e-mail letting me know that her book, Wicked, just hit the #3 spot in her genre on Amazon!!

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Thank you!

Click the cover to grab the book from Amazon FOR FREE!!!! Then, of course, after you have read it, I am sure Jillian would love a review. (Wink Wink, Nudge Nudge!)  My review is here in case you want to refresh or haven’t had the opportunity to read it yet.

Congratulations, Jillian!!

Now, for even MORE good news, we turn to another wonderful author, J. C. Mells, author of the Pierced series.

J. C. is happy to announce that her next book in the series, Pinked is nearing the end of editing, and will be out soon! Pinked continues the adventures of Pierce and Mia, a fascinating pair, with a story that is one of the most interesting I have read in recent memory.  Watch for the review here, and for publication at Amazon soon. Until then, you really MUST pick up your own copy of Pierced! Click on the book cover to order. My review is hereIt is only 99c right now, and J. C. is sure to be a wonderful addition to your ‘must-buy-as-soon-as-published’  author list!

Also, be sure to pick up a copy of Escaped, volume 1.5 of the Pierced series! It is also only 99c for a short time at Amazon.

Congratulations, J. C.!

Shrieking and Jumping up and down! J. C. just sent along the cover for PINKED!!!

Drool worthy, huh?  Click on the cover to see the video trailer!PINKED BC3

J. C. just sent me the cover!
Click on it for the YouTube Video
for the upcoming book!
For now, Pierced is only 99c at Amazon.
Click cover to order!
Click to purchase from Amazon!
Only 99c for a short time.
You KNOW you won’t be able to live without it
after reading Pierced!

Review: Wicked by Jillian Kleine Der Löwe (A Seven Deadly Sins Novel, Book 1)

Click the cover to purchase the book.
Come on, Live a little! Do it!
You KNOW you want to!!!

When was there placed before your eyes the idea of most fervent love, the male and female embracing each other so closely that they could no more be torn asunder, but through unsearchable love became one?  – Arthur Edward Waite The Golden Tract

After a few weeks of tweaking and tightening with Jillian, as her proofreader and editor, Jillian proudly placed Wicked on for sale. She should be proud! This is a wonderful, wildly creative novel. Jillian has a very distinctive voice in this novel. Her turn of phrase is enhanced by a ‘wicked’ sense of humour as she carries you back through billions of years of creation – then turns creation on it’s head.

In Wicked angels and demons and creation (oh, my!) have been around since the Big Bang (yes, there really was one of those, you mean you really doubted it?). How boring is that, the same old same old, eon after eon? One must what one must, and if you are a Half-Angel, Half-Demon, Half-Elf and Half-Goddess (hum? Yes, yes, that is quarters, but then, you weren’t there when it happened, were you?) and have lived as long as Sev has (well, that isn’t really her name, but hey, if you, well, wouldn’t you get bored and want to change your name too?) and you are stuck on Earth for no reason you can remember, it sucks to be tasked by grandpa Yahweh to kill off your husband, Lucifer. Yes, that Lucifer. Hum? Didn’t know Lucifer was married? Oh, yea, baby! The love of the millenniums, don’t ya’ know.

What follows is by turns funny, sad, exciting and ultimately awe-inspiring. Angels and demons are, after all, just human in their own way, right? That whole ‘created by the same creator’ clause in the contract. With all the shortcomings, pain, longing and heartache any self-respecting celestial being should suffer. The metaphysical equivalent of Romeo and Juliet, Sev suffers as she pines for her great love, Luc, while Luc himself suffers the slings and arrows of self-flagellation, longing for things that were and were not, and should never have come to pass, if it ever really did and it wasn’t just a figment of his imagination. Or Sev’s. Or maybe Yahweh’s.

Overall, this is a metaphysical romp of the ‘well, yes, that’s what was said, but realllllly’ sort that was both exciting and frustrating to edit. Well, what can I say? No contractions?! I guess being a celestial being trying to speak English without an accent is sort of irritating, huh?

If you have a wicked sense of humour, this is definitely the book for you. If you don’t have a wicked sense of humour? Grow one. You really don’t want to miss this tour-d-force of laughs, snide commentary, misunderstandings on a universal scale and moments of great and abiding love. Throw all your expectations out the window of the Enterprise NCC-1701A (Hey, I like originals) at warp eleven, settle in, and enjoy. You won’t regret it!

Highly recommended.

Manure still doesn’t smell like roses . . .

gravestoneWhat it DOES smell like it Charlaine Harris giving her readers of the last 10-years, those who have made her rich, a great big steaming pile of dog crap and calling it the wrap-up of a series I have been calling a friend for all these years.

Rather than a review, I will point you to the exceptional one-star (can we PLEASE have negative stars????) reviews at and other places, and instead, copy you on the e-mail I sent to

“I put Charlaine Harris’ “Dead Ever After” on my preorder list, and was happy to receive it on the publication date. I have no problem with Audible. I have been a loyal customer for years. I have never asked for a credit back. Until now.

Harris purposely wrote a horrible ending to our 10-year journey with her character. She apparently did it to insult her loyal readers who have made her a very rich woman. I may have to suffer the indignity of an author insulting me, but I DON’T intend to give her yet more of my hard-earned money so that she can make money from doing it.

Please see the Amazon reviews for proof of Harris’ betrayal and the reasons behind it.

Again, I may have paid for some bad books during my years with Audible. That is on me, and I won’t quibble over the credit. But I am hereby officially asking for my credit back for Dead Ever After and for the book to be removed from my library on your site. I have removed it from my Audible Manager. Since my cancer, books are my only real treat for myself. The insult I feel by Harris’ actions is deeply painful. “

Enough said. I think I just threw up in my mouth a little – better get the Listerine. And the aspirin. Then I am going to go find a much loved book, draw a hot bath and settle in with a bottle of Pinot Noir and about five pounds of chocolate and try to get past the trauma.

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