Elise Stokes Announces Indiegogo Fundraiser for New Release

Elise Stokes, author of the superhero series Cassidy Jones Adventures, is pleased to announce the third book in her series, Cassidy Jones and the Seventh Attendant, is complete and has received excellent beta reader feedback.

In Book 3, when the mysterious Gavin Phillips returns to Seattle after a prolonged and unexplained absence, he threatens to expose fifteen-year-old Cassidy Jones’s incredible secret: she is a superhero. But his presence is far more sinister than she realizes, for it soon becomes apparent that his hidden agenda holds a dark and dangerous intent that will unleash an unparalleled evil upon an unsuspecting world. Can Cassidy stop him before all is lost?

Elise invites you to be a part of bringing Cassidy Jones and the Seventh Attendant to print.

“Preorder” a signed paperback copy on Indiegogo, or choose another great reward.

Any contribution will be greatly appreciated.

Elise’s understanding of the challenges facing girls in that age range inspired her to create a series that will motivate young teens to value individualism, courage, integrity, and intelligence. The stories in the Cassidy Jones Adventures series are fun and relatable, and a bit edgy without taking the reader uncomfortably out of bounds. Learn more about author Elise Stokes from her Amazon author page.

Uploading Images and Text to Kindle

So you’ve finished your magnum opus and want to try your hand at uploading to KDP (the Kindle Direct Publishing platform). Congratulations! Except, the upload instructions you’ve managed to find are for text only and your manuscript has both text and images. Or, you’ve found the ‘Zon’s instructions, but try as you might, the images aren’t showing up in the preview.

I’m here to help

First of all, you need to make sure your images have been inserted into your .doc rather than cut and pasted. First, open your manuscript in Word. Place your cursor where you want the image to go in the document. Next, click Insert (at the top of the page), then click on Picture and choose the image you want to insert. Click Insert. Continue reading “Uploading Images and Text to Kindle”

Flash Fiction Vote

The time has come once again for IU readers to choose the winner of the week in our  Flash Fiction Challenge.

When last we left our flash fiction challenge, only part of the story was told. A handful of brave indies have stepped forward to finish the job.

You can check out this week’s entries here. Vote for your fave* and then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word that the vote is on.


Who is the Flash Fiction Star of the Week?

  • M.P. Witwer (34%, 29 Votes)
  • Gary Munson (25%, 21 Votes)
  • Pam Logan (12%, 10 Votes)
  • Benjamin Steele (7%, 6 Votes)
  • Lynda Dickson (7%, 6 Votes)
  • Ed Drury (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Aron Joice (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Al Kaplan (4%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 85

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* Two entries were disqualified for exceeding the 250-word restriction.

Bookstore Admission, Really?

A recent story on The Bookseller, which appears to be a UK oriented website for those who sell books (who’d have guessed?), had a brief article quoting Victoria Barnsley, the CEO of HarperCollins UK and International, who suggested that brick and mortar bookstores might start charging customers to browse. The justification is that for many people the physical bookstore is acting as a storefront for online retailers. She went on to claim that some shoe stores in the US are charging customers to try on shoes for this same reason. Continue reading “Bookstore Admission, Really?”