A Little Life Well Lived. An inconceivable loss.


Bandoliers and Bunnies


I don’t know how a small space like my apartment can feel empty with 4 free range rabbits and a 20 lb cat. It shouldn’t be possible. The only difference is the absence of a 3 and a half pound redheaded bunny. On the other hand the impossible pretty much sums up Blueberry. She lived her life on her own terms, and it was up to all the rest of us to adapt to her world. For those who don’t know her origin story and about the first year she was with me, it is chronicled here: Somebun who beat the odds

After her rough start she really became the perfect companion. Every time I walked in the door she would run to greet me and if I lay on the floor she would immediately come up to touch her nose to mine.  I remember times I would have to…

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Amazon’s Hall of Spinning Knives

Amazon is, unfortunately, nothing more than a necessary evil for authors. We really need an alternative. I recommend Smashwords, always!

David Gaughran

Phoenix Sullivan is well-known in the indie community – I’ve known her myself since 2009 or 2010 and consider her a close friend.

Aside from being exceptionally generous with her time and knowledge, tirelessly sharing her insights on marketing and algorithms, Phoenix is also well known as a vocal campaigner against scammers and cheaters – particularly on the current big issues of book stuffing and clickfarming.

And now she is being targeted.

Phoenix made a box set free for a few days at the very start of October, advertising on Freebooksy, KND/BookGorilla, and Digital Book Today – all legitimate sites – and there was no other promotion involved with this title. No BookBub CPM ads, no Facebook campaign, no tweets, no newsletter swaps, no mailing lists.

On the third day of her free run, Phoenix’s box set was rank-stripped by Amazon, a punishment normally reserved for those who have used…

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Halloween Promotion – Riptide by Claudette Melanson


Ch'kara SilverWolf

My first Halloween promotion of the month is for Riptide by author Claudette Melanson.  Claudette has also given us an excerpt, enjoy.



In order to tear herself free from the deadly pull which is drawing her under, Maura must enlist the help of her preternatural family, exposing her newfound friends to a danger none of them have ever had the misfortune to face before. Can she be saved or will the riptide drag Maura under…along with those she loves the most…


“Maura! Drop him,” growled a voice saturated with darkness. I obeyed. Gavin crumpled to the ground, lacking the strength to remain upright.

“Millicent!” I was beyond relieved to find it wasn’t her fair-haired sister. Her brow drew in and downward with anger, but she still allowed me to rush into her arms. “I got my elixir!” I announced, like a child who’d earned an A on her test…

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