J.M. Hardin is a trans woman who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. In the past she's been a singer/songwriter and a live sound tech, but since she could never get demos of his songs that she's happy with there are no recordings of his original music. She hasn't written anything in a long while, but she has several stories she wants to share one of these days.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Sometimes I look for books by authors I already know and enjoy, but sometimes I just look at the shelves and see if anything catches my attention. For ebooks I will go through the new releases on Smashwords' main page and look to see if something looks interesting. I've found a number of authors that way and I really hate that my laptop died because it's made reading ebooks almost impossible.
What do you read for pleasure?
Generally I'll read mysteries but it mostly depends on what I want to read. I have a few authors that I'll go through and read everything they write but beyond that it depends on what I'm in the mood for.
Once again the US Government was shutdown because our elected officials didn't do their job, and we could go through it all over again a few months from now. If we pulled a stunt like that on our jobs we'd get our paychecks cut, if we didn't just get fired. Perhaps we need to cut our elected officials' checks when they don't do their job.
This is a completely nonpartisan proposal.
As J.M. Hardin wrote "He's With the Band" over a decade ago he put some of the lyrics for three of his songs into the story, and in the month and a half since publishing "He's With the Band" he has been thinking about sharing at least the complete words to those songs, as well as some of the others he's written. This is the result of those thoughts.
Al Simmons is known as the soundman for the Christian band Omega Glory, but what a lot of people don't know is that he's written one of the band's more popular songs, as well as a number of other songs. And what Al doesn't know is that his music is about to get a well deserved spotlight all its own.
**Updated 24 December***
Updated with some long overdue edits, with hopefully more to come in 2014
I love this book! I recently decided to self-publish a short story I wrote years ago and this book made it super easy to get it ready for submission to Smashwords. I wrote it in LibreOffice (an open source answer to MS Office) and with the tips in this book I uploaded my story and not only did it pass the AutoVetter, but I uploaded the EPUB that Meatgrinder created to EPUBCHECK and it passed on the first try!
Even if you don't want to submit your work to Smashwords (and why wouldn't you?) you should read this book to help you get your writing ready to sumbit for publishing elsewhere.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but it ended up vbeing a very enjoyable read. I'm definitely going to visit his site and read more very short stories, and I may even contribute one or two myself sometime.
It was the perfect find as I got ready to publish my first short story and it makes me that much more glad new authors have Smashwords to get our stories out.
It's a short read, but even if you have no plans of writing anything yoruself, let alone publishing anything, you have to read Free Writer. Even if you just want to see how it was in the bad old days.
I recently decided to publish my first short story, and I was thinking about what to write next. Getting the mini edition of the WSK is just what I needed, and I've put the full kit on my shopping list so I can remember to get it just as soon as I can.
I got the book because of the name, but as I read the story I was glad I had gotten it. It's not my normal cup of tea, being an old white guy, but I love the way Monique wrote Karma's story. I look forward to reading more of her work.
I love this book. I read Tess' other work so when I saw she wrote this one I was cuious. I'm blown away by this book, and I really hope Tess writes more about Soph and Jo. I really want to see how they do after this book.
This book of poetry was one of the first ebooks I got from SW and I can't believe it took me so long to read it. It's my top recommendation on the weekly ebook recommendations for this week, especially for the poem "Cancer."
A look at a world that has privatized welfare and allows people to augment their income with a Funscreen. Think of it as a cross between cable television, the ability to recognize the viewer’s actions like anXbox Kinect, and the extremely targeted ads that are all over the web. But there’s more to it, and it’s not all a happy home. If you end up liking Funscreen you may want to check out the author’s “Sycamore,” and an excerpt is included at te end of this ebook.
It took me longer than I had hoped to be able to read this, but as a fan of Doctor #4 and Linux I completely enjoyed it. Any fan of Doctor Who should enjoy this, and any fan of Tux should love it as well. If not I hope, as the author writes, that we can still be friends. Even if it is only a GNOME versus KDE thing.
I came across this ebook while looking at the new releases on Smashwords and the title got my attention right away, as it will for anyone who is familiar with the screensaver of the same name. As soon as I sat down and started reading this collection of short stories I was glad I did.
As good as all the stories are, a few became instant favorites. Robert Brumm's MY DEAD FRIEND NANCY made me chuckle, and the lead character reminded me a little of the hero from Kurt Andersen's "Human Intelligence: A Holiday Tale."
Thomas Cardin's THE LIGHTGIVER was so hard to put down I hated to stop to do little things like eating. I dare anyone to read it and not fall in love with the story.
PRISM, John Gregory Hancock's tale of a reluctant hero, brings an unexpected upside to being color blind.
The book closes with Steven Wetherell's THE BALLAD OF AZRON BEZRON, the tale of a thief who not only gets labeled a hero but who is set out on a hero's quest, with a thief's penalty for failing his task
Some of the stories contain adult language, so if you're uncomfortable reading profanities you may not want to read this ebook.
Otherwise, "Flying Toasters - The DeadPixel Tales" is a free ebook, so run, don't walk, to your favorite ebook store and get it. No matter what kind of fiction you like you'll find something to love in this collection.
A very short poem that definitely brought a smile to my face. I'm calling it a must read, even if it's just read on the website. It's definitely worth the time it takes to load it. I'll be looking for more from Jaber.