A debate has been raging in Cyberspace ever since Amazon announced the Kindle Online Lending Library (KOLL). What's the issue? According to some, Amazon is throwing its weight around, trying to crush the competition with this new offering. If an author allows their eBook to be "borrowed" by signing up for KOLL (for a minimum 90 day stint), the author must grant Amazon exclusive rights to distribute their eBook. In exchange, Amazon will pay the author a certain sum of money for each time someone (Amazon Prime Members only) "borrows" his or her eBook.
I am proud to announce that my audiobook version of “Cherries – A Vietnam War Novel” is now available on Audible.com, Amazon.Com and I-Tunes as an MP3 download. Even if you’ve already read “Cherries”, the audiobook version brings the story to life. The narrator has a dynamic and exciting voice – each character having his own distinctive voice and accent. I was truly captivated and mesmerized by the narration – the style and emotion make it seem like a new story all together.
Title: Don Jose, An American Soldier's Courage and Faith in Japanese Captivity
Author: Ezequiel L. Ortiz and James A. McClure
Genre: Non-Fiction Biography
Reviewer: Barbara Peacock
ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 086534857X
In 1941 the Japanese invaded the Philippines with overwhelming force and forced the surrender of American troops at Bataan and Corregidor. Prisoners of war were subjected to brutal captivity and thousands did not survive. This is the story of an American soldier who survived and became a hero. When American troops liberated the Niigata POW camp after the Japanese surrender, Corporal Joseph O. Quintero greeted them with a homemade American flag that had been sewn together in secrecy. The son of Mexican immigrants, Joseph Quintero grew up in a converted railroad caboose in Fort Worth, Texas, and joined the Army to get $21 a month and three meals a day. He manned a machine gun in the defense of Corregidor before his unit was captured by the Japanese. When prisoners of war were transported to Japan, Joseph survived a razor-blade appendectomy on the ''hell ship'' voyage. In the prison camp he cared for his fellow prisoners as a medic and came to be known as Don Jose. Joseph's narrative is an enlisted man's view of the war with first-hand descriptions of conditions in the POW camps and personal glimpses of what he and his buddies did, endured and talked about. The authors have drawn on other histories and official documents to put his story into perspective and focus on a little-known chapter of World War II.
This year I was egotistic enough to enter two books in the Independent Publisher’s review process. I submitted both nationally and regionally. At the time I stated that I had no expectations, but along the way I have dreamed about what it could mean. It is time for the results of the competitive process to be posted. Today I looked. I got nothing. I didn’t even get an honorable mention. Despite my cavalier attitude, I was and am disappointed.
Title: Borderland War
Author: Daniel Thompson
Reviewer: Joyce Faulkner
ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): B0062GM28Y
What would really happen if the President of the United States decided to use the Army's Delta, Special Operations Command of Fort Bragg to attack drug cartel operations along our southern border? If Mexico's economy, once supported by American tourist dollars fell flat after drug violence brought death to American tourists who would he call upon?