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I've been thinking lately how annoyed I am with "stuff." You need to store it and dust it and lug it around. And worse than that, so much of my "stuff" represents crafts I've never crafted, broken things I've never repaired, clothes that haven't fit me in years, or things other people gave me—people I like, although the gift itself is nothing but clutter.
"Stuff" also makes us act angry, greedy and crazy. In Madison, the world's classiest and retail-iest made-up holiday "Black Friday" was punctuated by a woman getting arrested for threatening go get a gun and start shooting into the line at Toys R Us. Ho, ho, ho, that's the spirit! I'm sure her family is very proud.
Despite the fact that I'm hell-bent on not accumulating any more "stuff," I'm going to blow your mind by telling you there's still something I'd really love for Christmas: a few clicks from you.
I really need readers to go to my books and ebooks on Amazon and click on the "tags." And if you want to totally rock my holiday, leave a review! I know it takes extra effort, and I hate having to beg my readers to do this for me, but I can't succeed as a self-published author without your support.
So please make my holiday with some tag-clicks and a review. Here's a link to my books on Amazon in the United States. Readers in other countries should go to the Amazon site where they have an account and navigate to my titles there, since you need to be logged in to leave a tag or review. And many third party vendors like All Romance Ebooks (Smashwords, iBookstore, B&N, etc) will let you leave a rating and review if that's where you bought the ebook.
Accumulating reviews rather than objects? Sounds awesome to me! And my existing "stuff?" I've discovered my friend's pre-teen daughter adores it when I give her craft supplies—and knowing that "stuff" is getting used is even better than hoarding it.
Remember, "stuff"ing is for eating!
Until next year,
Here's what the tag spot looks like. It helps me out when you check these boxes, located just above the customer reviews. You need to be logged in to your Amazon account to do it!
Cut the Clutter with Digital Gifts
Is this another one of those years where you meant to get your shopping done ahead of time, but found yourself giftless at the last minute? Are you going green and trying to cut down on the exchange of "stuff"? Or do you want to let some internet pals know you're thinking of them with a little holiday treat?
Then get some holiday shopping done at JCP Books!
•Fast and easy
•Perfect for your m/m-loving online pals
•Sent from me, so you can be an anonymous "secret Santa" if you prefer!
Check out the ecard designs!
Option 1: the coupon-pack
Remember those booklets of fast food gift certificates you could buy for teachers, classmates, anyone you wanted to say, "Hey, I'm thinking of you…here's a dollar!" and look festive and not cheap? Treat your friends with m/m rather than french fries, with a JCP Books 99¢-Pack.
For $4.95 - Five 99¢ coupons sent to five of your friends as the e-card of your choice, from me. Redeemable at JCP Books for a totally free 99¢ short, or 99¢ off a larger order.
How to Order
Purchase at JCPbooks.com, then follow up with an email to sales at jcpbooks dot com letting us know the email addresses of your friends, and which ecard (PsyCop or Santa) you'd like to send them. We will NOT use your friends' email addresses for any purpose other than the sending of your egift!
Option 2: JCP Books gift card
Choose a specific book and we'll send a download link to your friend, or give them an electronic gift card in the amount of your choice.
How to Order
Purchase at JCPbooks.com, filling in the amount of your gift, then follow up with an email to sales at jcpbooks dot com letting us know the email addresses of your friends, whether your gift is for a specific title or a dollars-off coupon, and which ecard (PsyCop or Santa) you'd like to send them. We will NOT use your friends' email addresses for any purpose other than the sending of your egift!
If you are sending multiple gifts, we encourage you to add it all up and do it in one big order! Just let us know in your followup email who gets what.
Go to the gift pack/gift card page
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JCP Bottleless Challenge
My thirty days of no water or soda bottles is over…I know, I just challenged you to do water bottles, but personally, I wanted to do all beverages as an exercise.
The biggest inconvenience for me was milk and creamer. A gallon of milk doesn't come in any other container, so I did buy a typical plastic gallon of milk. For the creamer, I splurged on organic, which came in a carton, but now that my challenge is done, it's back to regular plastic-bottle creamer for me. The organic even tasted noticeably better, it's just too darn expensive.
A few readers wrote to let me know how they were faring. Debby was disappointed that she needed to buy a plastic water bottle at the Statue of Liberty because that was the only sort of container that was allowed there. It reminded me of airports—you can't even bring your own water; you've got to buy it there after you pass security. My thought is, when it's out of our control, there's no sense in beating ourselves up over it!
Ramona mentioned that her well water made metal bottles taste funny, so she's taken to carrying around a recycled glass bottle. She's also on the lookout for things like condiments in glass jars rather than plastic. (That's dedication!)
Deborah said she bought metal water bottles for her entire family last year and they were a huge hit. She also sent me this cool video from YouTube that gives me some hope that we might someday crawl out from our huge pile of old plastic!
Read more about the challenge
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The Starving Years, Chapter 13
Start reading at Chapter 1
The smokestacks on the model ship were very clever. Shampoo bottles and takeout coffee cup lids had been snipped apart and used in such a way that some well-placed logos formed the black and gold layers of the stacks. But of course it was clever. Tim wouldn't have expected anything different.
Although the Vietnamese family really was a bit of a shock. Jealousy had rocked Tim—quietly, as the things that turned his life upside down typically did—until he realized there weren't any pictures of a Vietnamese woman in Nelson's room. A few casual shots of Nelson and Danny, yes. But that felt okay. Maybe a bit disappointing, in that he'd never imagined Nelson to be on the I-must-exercise-my-right-to-a-child bandwagon. At least the kid seemed nice enough.
click here to read The Starving Years 13-15 (worksafe), and to vote for next month
Voting for next month's installment will be open until 12/23, since I figure after that everyone will be busy with family stuff. At over 10,000 words, this installment is the biggest one yet—my gift to you!—so what're you waiting for? Sink your teeth in :D
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(Paperback, contains Body & Soul and Secrets)
PsyCop: Partners (Paperback, contains Among the Living and Criss Cross)
Camp Hell: A PsyCop Novel
With free worldwide shipping at The Book Depository
Among the Living - PsyCop Book 1
Criss Cross - PsyCop Book 2
Body & Soul - PsyCop Book 3 (2nd edition, 10/23/09)
Secrets - PsyCop Book 4
Camp Hell - PsyCop Book 5
Thaw PsyCop Short 1.1, FREE!
Striking Sparks PsyCop Novelette 2.1
Many Happy Returns PsyCop Short 2.2
Mind Reader PsyCop Short 2.3, FREE!
Stroke of Midnight PsyCop Short 3.1, FREE!
Petit Morts Ebooks:
Hue, Tint, and Shade
Slings and Arrows by Josh Lanyon
Moolah and Moonshine
Other People's Weddings by Josh Lanyon
Spanish Fly Guy
Sort of Stranger than Fiction by Josh Lanyon
One Less Stiff at the Funeral by Sean Kennedy
Critic's Choice by Josh Lanyon
Channeling Morpheus Ebooks:
Heaven Sent: a Channeling Morpheus Short
Sweet Oblivion Ebooks:
Channeling Morpheus Paperbacks:
Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary (Paperback, contains Payback, Vertigo, Manikin, Tainted and Rebirth) - Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.co.jp, Flipkart, Amazon.ca
With free worldwide shipping: The Book Depository
Sleepwalker creepy museum thriller - novella
Betweentimes funny standalone short
Sympathy standalone contemporary romance - novelette
Hemovore vampire thriller - novel
The Art of Dying paperback - novella anthology with Josh Lanyon
The Art of Dying ebook - novella anthology with Josh Lanyon
The Serpent in the Garden - m/f short
The PsyCop series, including the Crash shorts Striking Sparks and Many Happy Returns, can now be purchased in the Kindle Store.
Many Happy Returns (Kindle Edition)
Starlight (Kindle Edition)
Kindred Spirits (Kindle Edition)
Striking Sparks (Kindle Edition)
Any of the mobi ebooks on JCPBooks.com will also work on the Kindle!
Downloading direct to your iPhone or iPod?
Try the Smashwords tab in the Stanza app; many JCP Books, LLC titles are there--even some freebies! Buying the epub versions and importing them via iTunes works too.
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