In the '60s and '70s, my father grew a Chevrolet dealership in a small town of about 10,000 people into a thriving and successful business. People travelled around the state to buy a car from Dad, primarily because his service was so good. And they told their friends. One of Dad's mottos summed it up clearly: "Recommended by your friends."
I learned a lot from Dad about service. I have taught customer service skills to employees of Fortune 500 companies, including Universal Studios Florida, Tupperware and Hughes Supply. I even wrote a book on service.
I also make an effort to reward service whenever possible. I tip fairly well. I tell an employee's supervisor if I receive good service. I provide feedback.
As a writer, I love to know my readers enjoy my books. I hunger for feedback. I like to hear that readers have received insight, enjoyment or just a few minutes away from life's stresses, by reading what I write.
When you read a good book, consider giving feedback to the writer. Tell him what you like about his work (and, yes it really is work). Tell others about what you've read. And write a review about the book.
Like a tip to a service professional, a good review helps a writer know you liked his story, tells his superiors (publishers/agents) you enjoyed the book, and gets the word out to his customers (the reading public) that his work is worth consideration. Reviews can be offered on writers' websites, on book selling sites like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks and Goodreads and on social media sites like Facebook.
Read a good book, lately? Then leave a tip and recommended it to your friends.
Write a review.
Like private eye noir? Then Ocean City Lowdown may be your next beaOcean City Lowdown introduces Eastern Shore Maryland reporter Jamie August, who has a talent for unearthing more than her editor wants and a weakness for Ravens jerseys and sparkly underwear. Jamie's tenacity, smarts, and sheer recklessness—plus some smokin’ striptease dance moves—can get her out of some tight spots, but are they enough to save her from a psychopathic arsonist and two generations of corrupt real estate tycoons?
At the end of this Discover Authors tour, one lucky guy or girl will walk away with a free copy of Ocean City Lowdown! For real. How? It's so easy. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know you're interested, and keep your fingers crossed!
“It's a great beach read. ”
-Sarah D. Baker
“The descriptions of Ocean City and Maryland's Eastern shore are lush and make me want to go visit and have a beer at one of the local bars. ”
"Tightly constructed plot and interesting characters.”
For fans of science fiction, today we offer The Trouble With Rane, an an adventure-packed, humorous, science fiction enovella (only 18,000 words and only available in digital format) from Robert Beacham.
Although there’s an earlier short story (available for free here) this is our first proper introduction to Ranger extraordinaire, Ceras Rane – a highly-trained individual whose skills and deductive abilities are only surpassed by his remarkable luck.
Going “Outside” on Earth provides more dangers than just the toxic atmosphere – but that’s just the start of Ceras’ problems. There’s intrigue, deceit, secretive departments within law enforcement, androids, corruption, gun battles, aliens, a huge space station, a moon colony, drug smuggling… even a cat or two.
Do you enjoy urban fantasy? If so, you might like Penumbra, a new urban fantasy by Kat Micari.
Fed up with the dirty city and a disenchanting life as a fashion model, Beauty’s world is at least safe. But the illusion of safety shatters the night that she frees herself from her self-imposed fears only to be thrust into the magical underbelly of the city, where forces that want to save humanity and evil beings that want to feed off humanity’s despair fight for balance and power.
Driven from both the comforts and the trappings of her old life, now hunted by a cadre of sinister, rat-faced business men, Beauty’s only hope is to join with a strange magical ally. Together, with the help of fae creatures in unlikely guises, they must seek out an enchanted, improbable artifact that can heal the city before evil tips the balance, once and for all.
This powerful coming-of-age fairy tale follows the path of a young heroine who chooses to take fate into her own hands for the first time in her life, and of the consequences that her choice has on the magical beings of the city.
Lovers of fantasy, romance and paranormal novels might enjoy Kate Policani's book, Don't Judge A Book By Its Magic.
Colleen is a normal girl. She loves shoes, chick flicks, and cute clothes. The only thing abnormal about her is that she's just become a magician; not the disappearing bunny kind, but the power-shooting-out-of-your-hands kind of magician.
Her problem now is that she doesn't believe in magic. Well, she believes in it. She's seen it shoot out of her own hands, but she opposes it in a moral sense; no hexes, no spells, no incantations, no potions, no amulets, no tomes, no casting circles, no eye of newt, none of that. She has to be very clear because people pressure her about it. Whatever they say about ?how it?s done?, this is a morality issue for her and she will not cave in to their pressure.
Join Colleen at Seattle Pacific Regional University, where she becomes a part of The Convergence. She'll learn the freaky side of Work Study, Financial Aid, and Vyxhepiocht. Seriously, she's never seen so many hot guys. It's going to be wild!
Today we turn to a non-fiction, inspirational piece by college student, Nihar Suthar.
Whether we like it or not, our daily life routine can quickly turn into a repetitive mechanical process of dullness. When we go to school, work, or practice, do we actually engage 100 percent in the activities that we decide to take on? Well, probably not. The reason for this is simple: our level of engagement in an activity is constantly influenced by mood, attitude, and the staggering number of people that we interact with throughout the day. In other words, the terrible trio—mood, attitude, and those around us—subjects us to the mechanical motions of life. Perhaps the most comforting thing, though, is that as independent human beings, we have the ability to determine which parts of the trio actually end up affecting our everyday lives.
This guide to hyping up your life provides several incredible tips on how to own the terrible trio. Once you implement these strategies in your life, nothing can bring you down. You can win—no matter what.
Looking for a little inspiration? Check it out.
This book just might appeal those who are musically inclined with a side-interest in magic.
Audacious modern-day Fairy Godmother Evie Songbottom prefers whiskey to glitter being a smartass to being proper and movies to anything else. But, she'll need more than a bottle of Jameson and a bad attitude to handle … Joanna Brennan, a violin prodigy with a magical edge. Joanna caught her boyfriend playing hide-the-salami with her Juilliard roommate. Will her heartbreak end—well—everything?
If virile vampires, gorgeous ladies and horse-drawn carriages late in the night are your favorite reading fare, consider Serena's Black Rose.
Eden's Black Rose takes Serina and Lucian on one scintillating ride. First comes love, then comes marriage then comes the honeymoon from Hell. Serina's darkest hour comes with the realization that when she said her vows, "In good times and bad, in sickness and health, and till death we do part," they'd have covered them all in less than twenty-four hours.
Guess it's to be expected when you marry into royalty. Musical chairs with thrones never goes as it should.
Here's a snippet to whet your palette:
Serina Spencer flung open the carriage door and peered inside. The smell coming from the carriage impaled her. It was the morgue all over again, only sickeningly sweet in a repulsive-gagging-dry-heave-her-breakfast-lunch-and-supper sense.
Serina ran for cover and expelled the contents of her stomach. She made her way back to the carriage, not sure whether she felt better or worse. She leaned toward worse.
In our efforts to introduce new books and new authors, we take a look at a fantasy novel today.
Prince of Alasia by Annie Douglass Lima
Prince Jaymin, heir to the throne of Alasia, barely escapes with his life when invaders from neighboring Malorn attack. Accompanied by his young bodyguard, Jaymin flees to a nearby town to live in hiding. There, surrounded by the enemy soldiers searching for him, his life depends on his ability to maintain his disguise.
As the danger intensifies and the Malornians’ suspicions grow, Jaymin seeks desperately for a way to save his kingdom and himself. Then he stumbles upon a startling discovery that will challenge his assumptions and forever change his view of Malorn and the events that altered his life.
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