Monday Musings: “Your Books Are So Good, I Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Them.”

I saw the original post and replies before they were taken down, and this is truly sickening. I’ve long said since sites offer the first 15% or more to sample and reviews, returns shouldn’t be allowed unless the file is corrupted (And only in exchange for the same book) or purchased by mistake (And returned within a couple of hours at most).

M.A. Kropp

This happened to an author of my acquaintance. She got an email from a “fan” and the gist of it was this:

Dear Ms. Author.

I really like your books. I think they are well-written and I enjoyed reading them. (So far, so good, right? Hang on.) However, I have returned them all because you priced them at $0.99 to $2.99, and that is too much to pay for them. I can’t afford to pay that much for a book, even though I liked it. In the future, can you make sure you make all your books free so I don’t have to return them?

And, when the author in question blocked this “fan” (and it seems, reported her as an abuser of the return system on ebooks), she sent another email chastising the author for blocking her and forcing her to open a second account (presumably to harass the…

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The Poetry Corner featuring Donny Barilla

Good morning! Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Donny Barilla for this week’s Poetry Corner.

Reflections by Water by Donny Barilla.

I am the preamble to the constituted heart,

Thwack, a thud away from the healthiest of foams

Rising in my mouth,

Congealing at my nose,

I am the channel of the river bed.

The river consumes the tiny minnow,

As I swim, wade.


Love this poem, Donny! Thank you for sharing!:)

You can find more of Donny’s work here.

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Second Class Life on the Titanic

Awesome post. This is something a little different for my blog, but since I’m a history buff and currently writing a historical mystery thriller on the Titanic, this falls into my research.😀


The second class passengers on the Titanic were what we would consider today to be the middle class. The travelers in second class consisted of professors, authors, clergymen, and tourist. Many of these passengers would have traveled as first class on other vessels. A second class ticket at that time cost approximately 13 to 79 pounds, which would be the equivalent of $1800 today.

The entrance to the Second Class dining room was nowhere as beautiful and magnificent as the well know First Class Grand Staircase. The second class passengers did have a library and smoke room in addition to their dining hall.

In contrast to the Ten Courses First Class Passengers had for dinner, Second Class Passengers only enjoyed three courses. The first course would consist of soup, the second course was the main meal, and the third course were the desserts which were followed by coffee.

The following…

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In the Books featuring Steps to Heaven: A Sgt Major Crane Novel by Wendy Cartmell

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Steps to Heaven: A Sgt Major Crane Novel by Wendy Cartmell.

steps to heaven

About the Book: An evil cult figure is bending the minds of British Army soldiers,making them do his bidding and forcing them to take the first, untimely, Steps to Heaven,
On Aldershot Garrison, Solomon, recently returned from the theatre of war, is found to have murdered his wife and son before committing suicide. With pressure building at home and other cases needing his attention, Sgt Major Crane tries to put the tragedy out of his mind. It was just a one-time-thing. That is, until it happens again…
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, discover Wendy Cartmell’s new series today!

My Review: After reading the prequel, I was looking forward to reading this and I wasn’t disappointed. As with the best mysteries, the detail of the characters and surroundings is fantastic and flows well within the story. The military aspect is no less detailed as we’re given a brief glimpse into military life as they and the civilian police work together to solve the murders. As a result, the action is smooth and seamless as the story progresses from one case and event to another.

If there is a drawback, it’s that Sgt Billy Williams plays an important, but smaller role than expected from the prequel short story. It’s not bad as we get to see his reactions through the eyes of the main character, Sgt Major Crane. To be honest, I didn’t even notice until partway through as the characters and story were that compelling.

As with the story, the characters were well done and believable, especially Sgt Major Crane. I could feel his frustration and understand his fear as he balanced finding the cult leader and his personal life. I really enjoyed seeing him work and push those around him to get the job done, but my favorite parts were with his superior. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but their relationship was rewarding for me in the end.

This is a fantastic start to a mystery series and something you don’t want to miss.

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Finding the Courage to Live Your Passion

An awesome and inspiring post.

Flynn Gray

I recently wrote a post about having a complete crisis of confidence, and how to overcome self-doubt.

It seemed to be a natural progression to consider the idea of finding the courage to live your passion.*

On the surface, it seems simple enough. Who doesn’t want to spend their lives doing what they love? Even better if you can get paid for it.

The problem arose for me when I realised that my passion is also closely tied into my sense of self-worth, as it is for many creative people. Living your passion opens you up to criticism, rejection and failure, and this is where that paralysing self-doubt raises its ugly head.

This is also where courage comes into the equation.

Maya Angelou Quote
Living your passion sounds great. Awesome. There are quotes and slogans everywhere telling us why we should be doing just that. “Do what you love and you’ll never…

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The Poetry Corner featuring Vic Tomlinson

Good morning everyone! Please join me in welcoming back Vic Tomlinson and his poem, The Mountains.

The Mountains by Vic Tomlinson


The mountains are

so tall and steep.


I stare in awe as they

stair-step into the sky.


I want to reach out

and touch them and stick my fingers

in their sculptured trees.


If only I could stand on top of them,

and look down on the world.


If only I could dwarf them,

the way they dwarf me.


Awesome poem, Vic! Love the imagery. Thanks for sharing it! :)

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Albert learns that a little revisionism can really help to maintain your self-esteem in the face of failure

Love the story and concept.:)


When he was younger Albert loved to read biographies, spotting all the similarities between himself and the great and good.  It was only a matter of time, he told himself, until he joined their ranks. Now, he wasn’t so sure.  All their shoddy affairs and racism. Little to admire there.

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