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Disclaimer

Good morning uh evening and Happy Saturday! Er, Sunday!

Oh heck! Good evening and Happy Tuesday! 

Sorry, got sidetracked :-)

Today I want to talk about disclaimers. Mainly because I have questions and maybe you do too.

You know, that short statement at the front of the novel, the one that goes something like this;

“This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author‘s vivid imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead are coincidental.”

When I googled disclaimer definition, this is what came up; “a statement that denies something, especially responsibility.” 

I never looked at them as a denying something, but….

I shared a video on facebook the other day and one of my followers came back (All in caps, I might add) that, that wasn’t so and so! I replied that it didn’t matter who it was, it was still horrible and she came back that it shouldn’t be shared because the statement with it wasn’t true, etc. So I googled it and came up with a post on Snopes about it and then went back to my post and stated that as she had pointed out it wasn’t the person mentioned and I gave the link to the Snopes article for others to check it out themselves.  Anyway, I ended up deleting it because nowadays people sue you for just about anything and that’s why we have disclaimers, right?

But is your disclaimer strong enough and appropriate for your book?

For the most part, for fiction novels, the basic disclaimer works fine, but what if your book is a non-fiction or self-help book? Then the disclaimer needs to be more intricate.

I was reading a post by, Angela Hoy. She talks about the importance of a disclaimer and about the need to have the right one. You can read it here.

Oh, that’s right! I have questions. Almost forgot about those.

Do you have a lawyer? I don’t. I have one in the family, but that might be a conflict of interest, even though I’d pay the fees for his time.

Should we have a lawyer?

As I stated up there, people will sue you for just about anything and sometimes it is for the craziest of reasons, and they win!

Being self-published authors, we don’t have all the resources that big named authors have. We don’t have lawyers, publicists, editors, etc. Or big named publishers to stand behind us.

If our work is fiction, I think the basic disclaimer is okay, but…

I have been working on an autobiography of sorts. It’s not a tell all, but more of…My thoughts, opinions, beliefs. Etc. The thing is, it might be controversial. Not intentionally. It’s just not everyone will agree with my thoughts, opinions, beliefs, etc. :-) And even though I’m not giving any advice, should I have it looked over by someone and should I use a more detailed disclaimer?

Okay, last question; I want to use a quote from Mother Teresa in one of my books.  Other authors use different quotes from different people at the beginning of their books. So if I were to use a quote using quotation marks and then her name below it on a blank page at the beginning of my book, do I need anything else?

Okay, your turn! Thoughts? Questions? Ideas?

Hope your week is going great and I will see you soon. Till then: Hugs!

Reading and Reviewing!

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I finished reading, “Suppose” by Kathy Steinemann. A lot of great stories in there! Well written. Very unique. If you like short stories and aliens (There were quite a few alien stories) You’ll enjoy “Suppose” I enjoyed it and recommend it. You can find it on Amazon Here and find and follow Kathy on Twitter and her website.

There are also stories in “Suppose”, written by Amber Hayward, A. L. Kaplan, and Donna Milward.

Check it out and until then: Hugs!

Indie Writers, Readers, and Shopping

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WOW! This is my 300th Post!

Okay, I’ll start with shopping. I mentioned yesterday that I had to go grocery shopping today. I picked up, tomatoes, green grapes, bananas, strawberries, romaine lettuce, and pichuberries, among other things.  I spent almost $200. Yikes! But with all the fruits and veges being in season and my tortoise wanting to eat… :-)

Anyway, I’ve never had pichuberries before. They are different, but I have to ask, Are they supposed to feel so oily when you rinse them? And are they supposed to have a strong odor, kind of like pesticides? Let me know.

Okay, I have been wanting to share this with you for the past couple of weeks.

The Indie Author and Reader Convention 2015 will be held in Palm Springs, CA

Are you going? I was going to try and go this year, but…But even if you aren’t going, did you know that there are promo opportunities that you can participate in to get your books/name out there?

You can check out the different ones here.

Some items you have to hand deliver. :-(

I have been thinking of putting together a gift basket for one of their giveaways.

Here is another idea that doesn’t cost too much.

Anyway, I just thought this was something you might want to think about or plan ahead for next year.

Have a great weekend everyone. See you next week. And as always, Hugs till then!

Reading, Shopping, Ranting

Okay, I’m going to start with ranting. I HATE SHOPPING! Clothes shopping. Grocery shopping. Shopping for furniture. Gift shopping. You name it, I hate shopping. And I’m not too fond of salespeople either. Going shopping and having the salesperson right there behind me, makes my blood boil. Sorry, but let me explain. Eight years ago I went shopping for a new living room set. A big name furniture store opened in the city to the southwest of me (Nobody opens name brand stores in my city :-( ) Anyway, I decided to try them out. I get met at the entrance by, what we’ll call a ‘maitre d’, “How may I help you?”

“I’m looking for a new living room set.”

“Well, let me get a salesperson to accommodate you.”

“No, that’s okay. I just want to look around and see if there’s anything I like.”

“No, all of our customers must be accommodated by a salesperson.”

So I stand there for 10 minutes waiting for someone to escort me throughout the store. The thing is; Every time you turn around, you trip over the salesperson. They are right there, in your face! Hello! Do they actually think I’m going to stuff that rocker recliner in my back pocket and run out the door. I won’t go into all the details, but they screwed up my order and then they didn’t deliver it and then I had to rent a truck to go pick it up. Then they couldn’t find my couch. Long story short, I won’t shop there again.

On the other hand: When I went to get a new mattress last year, (I shopped at a different store) The salesgirl told me, “I’ll be right over there if you need me.”

“What, you’re not going to follow me around?”

“No, we don’t do that here. Look around and if you need anything, just let me know.”

She smiled and walked away. I got a great mattress at an affordable price. They delivered and set it up, and I didn’t have to shove it in my back pocket and sneak out the door. :-)

Then you have the salespeople that you can’t find to save your soul.

Let’s talk about my recent shopping trip to Barnes and Noble. First off, it’s located in the city to the northwest of me. Like I said there are no major or well known stores in my area and I live in a good size city. We aren’t a little backwoods town. Heck, even the sub-divisions don’t seem to want to be associated with us. They give themselves names like, Sierra Lakes, Heritage, and Southridge. Even the speedway changed its name to Auto Club Speedway.

Going to B&N has always been a special treat. Something that we only do a couple of times a year, if that. It’s in Rancho Cucamonga. A higher society type city, but with the economy, even it is getting run down. Best Buy closed down next to it. Starbucks (which was connected to it) closed down. B&N took out the comfy couches and chairs and put in a soda vending machine. It’s just not the same. But I only went for one reason; It was, James Patterson day and it was buy one of his books get one free.

There were no posters outside announcing this. There was no display at the front of the store. They only had 10-12 different novels of his to choose from. I did find  “Zoo” on a rack over by the magazines. And finally, I found a two by three foot table in the back corner of the store, by the bathrooms, with some swag and a list of his series books. If I was him, I would be furious.

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Anyway, this is what I got…

 

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My son (he’s 25) picked up “Maximum Ride” by James Patterson. Jarrod likes Manga, but I’m going to read it, too. :-) And I picked up “Zoo”.  Which was written by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.

I also picked up, “The Reversal” by Michael Connelly and “Mad River” by John Sandford.

Finally…

Reading! 

Went to B&N on Sunday and finished reading, “Zoo” on Tuesday. :-) Great story! I’ve been watching the television series “Zoo” and I am enjoying it, but let me tell you, the book and the series are like two different versions of the same story. There are sooo many differences!

Okay, I’m done ranting, I’m done shopping (until I have to go to the grocery store tomorrow) But, I’ll never be done reading!

Till next time: HUGS!

 

Reading, Reviews, Reviewers

I want to stick to the reading theme for a couple more blog posts. I am still reading, just not as much as I was, or at least I thought I haven’t been reading as much. :-)

Currently I am reading two books. The first is; “You, Inc.” by Burke Hedges, which is a self-help book about being successful. I haven’t a clue as to why I am reading it, considering that I am already successful. Ha! It’s an interesting read. I think my ex boss must have read it because I see a lot of her ways in it.

The second book is titled, “Suppose” by Kathy Steinemann. Kathy was having a giveaway and I won a signed copy! Thank you, Kathy. It is a compilation of drabbles, flash fiction, and short stories. It also has stories in it by Amber Hayward, A.L. Kaplan, and Donna Milward. So far I am enjoying it and am on page 81. I’ll review it when I finish.

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I’ve also read, in the past couple of weeks, “Silken Prey” by John Sandford. “Imperfect Strangers” by Stuart Woods. And “Deeply Odd” by Dean Koontz. Now I am not going to do detailed reviews of these novels (They were all entertaining) but I want to talk about Dean Koontz for a minute. I like his writing and I like his stories, but his endings always seem to fall flat to me. They just seem to fizzle out. Has anyone else noticed that? He starts out great in the beginning and stays strong through the middle, but it’s like he’s tired of the story and worn out, so he just throws together the ending to be done with it. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. I mean he ties everything up, gives you a happily ever after or not, but forgets the Bang!

One of the more interesting things that I have found while doing all of this reading is the reviews, but not really the reviews but the reviewers. If you pick up a Dean Koontz novel you will find 5 or 6 pages of reviews and who did the review! So I started researching the reviewers. In one book alone, I found 32 different reviewers. Now in researching them, I found some that haven’t posted a review (Or anything else) on their site since 2009, 2011, 2013, so I crossed them out. As also the ones who state that they no longer review self-published authors. Why, what’s wrong with us? And of course I crossed out the ones who charge for reviews. I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to pay $300 for a review. But I did find some real gems so I thought I’d share a few of the more promising ones.

http://booklife.com/

http://www.nightsandweekends.com/

http://bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com/

http://alwayswithabook.blogspot.com/

http://thereviewbroads.com/

http://bookloons.com/

Okay, so get busy writing, do some reading, and check out these sites! :-)

I am heading to Barnes and Nobles. It’s James Patterson day and it’s a buy one, get one, free day for his novels!

I’ll let you know what I get but I’m thinking one of them will be “ZOO”

So till then; HUGS!

Good Morning!

Good morning and Happy Saturday to you. We had an earthquake this morning. It would have been the best wake-up call, if I had been asleep. Better than a ringing phone or a buzzing alarm clock. Earthquakes don’t scare me but scared the crap out of my dogs though. Felt like something slammed into the underside of the house, followed by things rattling on shelves.

I thought someone had let the Kraken loose underneath my house. :-)

And every time there’s a disturbance in the force I think of this song,

No damage here, but it makes you think that you should really get prepared for the BIG one. I actually went to the store 2 days ago, so we’d survive at least a week. LOL!

Oh, and if you want to know how strong it was, it was a 4.3

Shake, rattle, and roll! Have a great weekend everyone!

Talk to you soon. Hugs till then!

 

 

 

Houses Without Doors A Review

I know Peter Straub has co-authored with Stephen King, so when I found “Houses Without Doors” by Peter Straub at the book exchange, I thought, “Why not?” And now I wished I hadn’t.

“Houses Without Doors” is a collection of thirteen short stories, two of which I found quite disturbing.

None of the stories had any rhyme or reason to them. There were no endings, happy or otherwise.

“Blue Rose” was one of the main stories. It was about a dysfunctional family, to say the least. A mother who was a nurse and a child abuser, very demanding and domineering. The father was a drunk and they had 5 sons, two of which had enlisted in the service and moved out. The three remaining sons were, Rocky age thirteen, Harry age nine, and Little Eddie age six. They lived in poverty but I’m not sure they really had to. The nine year old, Harry, found a book on hypnotism in the attic, which the boys weren’t supposed to be in the attic since that is where the mom stored everything she treasured, (Fancy furniture, clothing that she never wore, pictures, books, etc.) and decided that he would hypnotize his little brother. The first time wasn’t bad, but the second and third time he tortured him and when little Eddie lost control the third time (because Harry had taken him back in time) and ran amok in the attic damaging much of their mom’s stuff, Harry decided to hypnotize Little Eddie to have a seizure and die. And except for dad, nobody seemed to miss him. Sad, really sad. Anyway, the story ended with Harry all grown up and in the service. He was writing a letter to his girlfriend back home telling her that when he got back that they would be together, etc. And then it says he never sent the letter. The end. No ending per say. No reason why, just; the end.

“The Juniper Tree” Was about a seven year old boy who would go to the movies instead of the daycare at the school like he was supposed to. One day he met a pedophile there, and the details were a little too much for me. He grew up. Never told anyone about the movies and there was no logical reason for this story. And no ending.

“The Buffalo Hunter” was strange and a little wordy, but made a little more sense than the others and it actually had an ending! Woohoo!

“Mrs. God”  Weird. I thought it was going along okay and then we came to the ending and then I was in the dark as to what the story was really about.

The rest of the stories were either one or two pages long and really weren’t stories at all.

I cannot recommend this book to anyone. I don’t think I’ll read any more books by him. The man is…

That’s the end of my review. :-)

You can read other’s reviews for, “Houses Without Doors” Here

Have you read it? Have you read other books by Peter Straub? I’d like to know your thoughts.

Hope to see you soon. Till then: HUGS!

Please Leave a Message After The Beep…

BEEP!!!

I can bet that we all have at least one of those family members and friends that love to call just to chat. You know the ones… They tell you the past 6 months of their life story… Even though you just talked to them yesterday… Yeah, them! That’s the ones! See I knew you’d know who I was talking about. Not too many people call my house and most of the time it’s telemarketers trying to sell me something and I know how to handle them, “I’m on the freakin’ do not call list! Don’t call me again!” Click. No, I’m actually quite civil when they call. “I’m sorry I’m not interested.” Click. I do not give them a chance to respond. It’s for the best that I don’t. Excuse me for a minute, my phone’s ringing.

“Hello.”

Joyce: The Veterans left a message on my phone. They are trying to reach dad. It is a 951 #. Can you call them and see what they want?”

Me: “Okay, give me their number.”

Joyce: “I can’t see it. Can’t you just call.”

Me: Not without a number.”

Joyce: Well, I am only on a short break. I’ll text it to you.”

Me: “Okay.”

Now if you read my last post you know I have been in a funk lately. Not writing. Not blog posting. Etc. So when I do get motivated and my muse wakes up, phone calls can be a big distraction. Especially when it’s my dad calling.

I’m writing and the phone rings.

“Hello”

Dad: “Write this number down. ”

Me: Okay. Go ahead.”

Dad: 951-555-000

Me: “You’re missing a number.”

Dad: “What?”

Me: “You. Are. Missing. A. Number. It needs another number.” (Dad’s a little hard of hearing.)

Dad: Sh*t. I’ll call you back.” Click.

Now I know the minute I start writing again, the phone’s going to ring. So I wait. 5 minutes…10 minutes… Start pacing the room. Stare at the phone. “Ring already.” 20 minutes…My muse is threatening to go back to her room…Open up WIP and…Ringgggg. Repeatedly bangs head on table.

“Hello.”

Dad: “Hello”

Me: “What took you so long?”

Dad: “Well, I had to run to the market and get a quart of milk, so Jinny could have her cereal.”

Me: “So what’s the number and who is this that I’m calling?”

Dad: “I don’t know. They called and I couldn’t understand them.”

Me: “Okay.  Give me the number and I’ll call and find out.”

Dad: “951-555-0000”

Me: “Okay, I’ll call you right back.” So I dial the number.

“Please press one for English. If this is a medical emergency, hang up and dial 911. Please press 2 for…00000000, Me: “Just answer the dang phone already!”

Them: Dr. so and so’s office. How may I help you?”

Me: “My dad received a call from your office and I need to find out what you wanted.”

Them: “What’s his name? His social security number? His birth date?”

Me: Blah, blah, blah…”

Them: “We just wanted to confirm his appointment for tomorrow at 10:30.”

Me: “Fine, I’ll let him know.” Click

Dial Dad’s number.

Dad: “Who is it?”

Me: “Dad, it’s me.”

Dad: “I can’t hear you! Dammit, Virginia next time you answer the phone. I can’t hear them.” Click.

Bangs head on table. Scares Muse off to her room, where she promptly locks the door and yells, “I’m never coming out again!”

Dad is 91 and except for the fact that he can be very demanding, hard of hearing, and a grouchy old bear, he really is a big sweetheart and no matter what I’m doing, he expects me to drop it and take care of whatever he needs and I usually do. LOL!

I don’t have a set time to write like other writers do. (Maybe I should) I write when the mood strikes, when my motivation is present, and when I can coax my muse to unlock her door and come out from her room.

So what do you do when the phone rings? Do you let the machine get it? Do you have a special message for everyone?

“I can’t come to the phone right now. I am in my cave, writing. If this is an emergency, please hang up and call 911. If it’s not an emergency, leave me a message and I’ll call you as soon as my muse locks herself back in her room. Thank you and wait for the beep!”

I’ll call you back! Hugs till then.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update to Reading!

I have been in a funk lately. Can’t seem to write. Can’t seem to get any blog posts done. Haven’t been keeping up with Twitter. And I barely post on Facebook.  And I can hear people saying, “Oh, you sound like you’re depressed.” But I’m not. (I think it’s an aversion to the computer, or self-doubt, who knows, but the one thing I have been doing is; READING! In fact, I have been devouring books right and left since December 26th, 2014. :-)

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Here’s the list.

  • Eden Baylee “Stranger at Sunset”
  • James Smith “The Shoe Box “A collection of short stories
  • Stephen King “Joyland”
  • Dean Koontz (Dean R. Koontz) “Midnight”, “The Bad Place”, “Strangers”,”The Door to December”, “Cold Fire”
  • Clive Cussler “Night Probe”
  • John Saul “Shadows”, “The Unwanted”
  • Michael Connelly “The Fifth Witness”, “The Black Box”, “The Scarecrow”
  • James Patterson “First to Die”, “Cat and Mouse”
  • James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge “I, Michael Bennett”. “Step on a Crack”
  • James Patterson and Mark Sullivan “Private Games”, “Private Berlin”
  • James Patterson and Maxine Paetro “Private #1 Suspect”
  • James Patterson and David Ellis “Guilty Wives”
  • Plus 2 Readers Digest “Select Editions” Which contained 4 short stories each. And I’m almost finished with a 3rd one.

That is a grand total of 24 (almost25) books.

Now to tell the truth I’m getting burned out from reading. :-) At least reading too much and I am finally getting back to writing (YAY!) and blogging.

Will see you soon! Hugs till then!

I forgot to say that all, (except) for a given few) books will be donated to the Veterans Hospital in Loma Linda, CA.

If you have books sitting around that you’ve read and that are collecting dust, check with your local Veterans Hospital and see if they have book exchange shelves that you can donate to.

Reading!

I have read three novels, starting on Christmas day and finishing on new year’s day. A total of 1,111 pages! (I like that number) If I had made any resolutions, one would have been, pace yourself. :-) I’d like to attempt reading one novel a week to get caught up, but…We will see how that works out. Okay, well on to the three books and what I thought.

But wait! I have to introduce my reading companions.

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First off they were all crime thrillers/mystery novels. Whodunits, so to speak.

First one, “First to Die” By James Patterson.

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You know what?  This was the first book that I have read written by James Patterson? I enjoyed it! Now I’ll need to get another one. In fact, I was just reading the Happy New Year email from Mr. Patterson and it had a link titled the only calendar you’ll need this year, and he has 16 books being released in 2015! Geez! That’s a lot. How many are you planning on releasing? :-)

The second book was, “Joyland” by Mr. Stephen King. :-) I wasn’t too sure about this one before I read it, but it turned out to be a fantastic read. It wasn’t scary or gory at all and fell more into a murder mystery category.

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And last, but not least I read “Stranger at Sunset” By the lovely and talented Eden Baylee. This was Eden’s first attempt at writing a full length thriller novel.

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I will do the review of “Stranger at Sunset” separately.  You can find “Stranger at Sunset HERE!

And don’t forget to follow Eden here on twitter, and facebook, and her website.

See you soon! And till then, HUGS!

 

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