I’m X-Ray’ing My Books – But What Does That Mean?

What is X-Ray for Kindle eBooks?

To quote Amazon:

X-Ray is a unique Kindle eBook feature that allows readers to learn more about a character, topic, event, place, or any other term, simply by pressing and holding on the word or phrase that interests them.

In short, it’s a feature that allows authors to add extra information to their work, that might not relate directly to the story, but give readers an expanded experience.

What Does This Mean For You?

When an eBook has the X-Ray feature enabled, you will see some words or terms highlighted. If you click and hold down on that word, a pop-up will appear with some extra information.

You might have already seen this happening with some books, where articles from Wikipedia pop-up. This is the X-Ray feature working to provide some additional information on the term or word in question.

So Why Am I Talking About This Now?

Well, I just discovered that the feature is available more widely than I thought. While checking my existing releases, in preparation for some possible updates (and maybe new covers), I discovered an ‘Activate X-Ray’ option and went looking for more information.

When I read the description (above), I realized there was a lot of information stored in my head that I could share with my readers.

This is Where You Come In

If you have a copy of “Under A Hunter’s Moon” you’re going to find some new information buried inside.

I’ve added:

  • character background information
  • links to some relevant Wikipedia pages
  • background information on the story’s origins and locations

If you don’t have a copy of “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, it’s not too late to grab a copy…

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After Reading The Story, Let Me Know If There Is Anything Else You Want To Know More About! (Comment Below)

 

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A 2017 Round-up 3 of 3 – A Year In The Spotlights

 

In This Post:

  • Books featured in “Book Spotlights” during 2017
  • Authors featured in “Author Spotlights” during 2017
  • Update on the reader survey

I know that this series started as a round-up of 2017 in two parts, but I realized there was so much that happened in 2017, that I really needed more posts…

(And yes, it might even go to 4 posts if individual posts get too long).

So without further ado, let’s take a look at the books and authors that have featured on “Ramblings of an Author” over the last twelve months.

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J.N. Sheats

Heidi Angell 

Andy Peloquin

Connie Cockrell

Claire Plaisted

Rosemary Cawkwell

Stephanie Ayers

Renee Scattergood

Toi Thomas

A.L. Mabry

Patricia Josephine

Cassidy Taylor

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A 2017 Round-up 2 of 3 – The Year In Books

 

In This Post:

  • Statistics About My Reading Habits in 2017
  • Fiction Books I Read (and links to my reviews)
  • Non-Fiction Books I Read (and links to my reviews)
  • My Personal Book Releases, and feedback from readers

I know that this series started as a round-up of 2017 in two parts, but I realized there was so much that happened in 2017, that I really needed more posts…

(And yes, it might even go to 4 posts if individual posts get too long).

Target Number Of Books To Read: 25

Number Of Books Actually Read: 37 (28 Fiction, 9 Non-Fiction)

Number Of Pages Read: 7,982

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Evaline Transcendent

Format: Kindle E-Book

Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073G9FPZ8

Released: July 26, 2017

Blurb: Evaline is the shipboard computer on the Miranda Two, a colony ship destined for the planet Karman-III-Delta. She is possibly Earth’s last hope of establishing a working off-world colony. However, her predecessor stopped reporting home, so now she and the colonists must establish what happened to the previous colony.
The Miranda Two has been traveling for twenty years, and now it’s time for Evaline to wake the crew and colonists in preparation or arrival at their destination. Can Evaline and the crew figure out what happened to the Miranda One expedition, and what price will they have to pay for the answers?

Note From the Author: This is the second release of “Evaline Transcendent”, which originally appeared in the “Across the Karman Line” anthology. Since that release, I have revisited the story and expanded on some aspects, and rewritten others. At its core, this is exactly the same story but reimagined for a wide audience.

Originally standing at around 8,500 words, this new release boasts a word count of closer to 14,000. I hope that those of you who have read the original story will discover new aspects to it when reading this version. For those coming to it for the first time, enjoy!

Reviews: 

Love reading! Love reading many things but not science fiction… So it’s strange that I LOVED reading this!!! A short and wonderfully captivating story which REALLY should be made into a movie!!! You’ll see why yourselves – no spoilers here 😉 I’ve just downloaded his other book too YAY 😀

Book Dreams Volume #1 (Brain to Books Anthology)

Format: Kindle E-Book

Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075VDXD64

Released: April, 2017

Blurb: Here, we present the talents of assorted artists. In this collection, you will find short stories, continuations, and poems that encompass the hidden treasures of today’s uprising authors. May their words influence you as much as they have influenced mine.

Authors Include: Ani H. Manjikian, Adam Dreece, W.J. Howard, Toi Thomas, Timothy Bateson, Laura McHale Holland, Ash Krafton, Sanzaki Kojika, Tyrean Martinson, C.T. Callahan, Natash Jackson, Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra, Jeanne Richards, Charlene Jones, Angela B. Chrysler

Book Spotlight – “Ghostly Writes Anthology” by Ghostly Writers

Book Blurb

ENTER IF YOU DARE. A new Ghostly Writes Anthology for 2017, gives you sixteen authors from around the world with ghostly stories and poems for you to read. Each short story will take you to a new place, be it the future, present or past.

Plaisted Publishing House is happy to present this book to you – our readers. Please note that all stories are written in the English of the country the Author resides in.

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From the Author

Ghostly Writers are a group of Indie Authors from all over the world who come together to write short stories to thrill and scare you during Halloween. Each year we put together a FREE eBook Anthology with scary tales.

This is our 2nd Anthology and our thrid book (we put together a ghostly anthology for Valentines as well.

Where To Find Ghostly Writers

Facebook, E-mail, Website, Newsletter (Indie Publishing News)

Author Spotlight – Patricia Josephine

Introducing Patricia Josephine

Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head and began learning all she could about writing. That was the start of it, and she hasn’t regretted a moment. She writes Young Adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

I am a born and raised Michigander, meaning I can easily use my hands to indicate where in the state of Michigan I live. Creativity has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. It started with my grandpa’s oil paintings. I loved watching him and that eventually led to me wanting to be an artist as well. The first story I ever wrote was because I was bored. It was also awful and will not see the light of day, but it opened me up to a new way of creativity and I haven’t looked back.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

My latest release is called Mistakes of the Past. It’s about two people dealing with their pasts and having to face them in order to move forward. The main character is also someone who is usually the bad guy in novels. I’ve always wanted to write a story where someone who is usually the villain gets to be the good guy and hero.

Who is your intended readership?

This is a question I always freeze on. LOL In all honestly, since I like to read to escape, my writing is the same, so if you’re a reader who likes to escape the real world for a while, I have some book recommendations. 😉 Also vampire lover or werewolf lover. Basically monster lovers. I do dabble in sci-fi too, so anyone who enjoys sci-fi stories. If you have picked up one of my books, expect something supernatural or sci-fi to happen.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I thought I sucked at writing for the longest time and it wasn’t even on my radar until I got bored one day. Then when the idea for my YA novel, Being Human, was almost written, it struck me as something other people might enjoy too. I started researching and learning more about writing, hired an editor because I am hopeless when it comes to commas, and trying to improve. Now, it’s hard to imagine not writing. I get tons of ideas and always have something in the works. Whether or not it is developed enough to finish is another story.

Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?

My two favorite authors are Kerrelyne Sparks and Zac Brewer. Both have written amazing vampire stories and I love all things vampires.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

Learn your own routine. There’s a ton of advice out there, and a lot of guilt tripping over not writing every day. Not every writer can write every day and that is okay. You’re better off finding what works best for YOU other than struggling with something that works best for someone else.

Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?

When I was in college, I had to take an English class and on a writing paper, I got a D. The profession didn’t really give much advice, but now I know what she wanted was more show not tell, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why she didn’t just say that.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

When I’m not writing, I like to knit, paint, and make jewelry. I also have a serious obsession with Doctor Who and serial killers (not connected in anyway.)

What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?

I’m bouncing around a few different projects and different stages, and getting distracted easily. I’m like Dug the dog. SQUIRREL. Makes it hard to answer this because I don’t know which one to talk about.

Mistakes of the Past


Luc seeks atonement for the actions that banished him from his home. Living as a priest in a small town, he strives to show how much he’s changed with the hope that one day he can return to his family.

Haunted by the guilt that destroyed her family, Rose has shut her heart off. She vows to never let anyone near again lest she hurt them. When she meets Luc, she can’t deny the draw she feels to him.

But the past is not easily forgotten. When Luc’s past finds him, Rose is caught in the middle. Forced to face who he used to be, Luc must decide if he’s willing to give up his chance at redemption to save Rose. But doing so means he won’t be able to hide who he is. Will Rose be able to reconcile the man she knows with the devil he used to be? Or are the mistakes of the past too damning?

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Author Pages:

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords

Where to find Patricia Josephine:

Website (Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine), Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Book Spotlight – “Under A Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #1)” by Timothy Bateson

Book Blurb

Richard Parsons is a lupine, one of the many breeds of shape-shifters living in Seattle. Mortal legends of his kind call them werewolves.
When a traveling exhibition returns to Seattle, Richard takes a night time visit, with plans that go beyond seeing a particular display. However he is unprepared for the memories and emotions that come flooding back.

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“Under A Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #1)”

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From the Author

Timothy Bateson is a writer who broke into the market in 2014, with three short stories being featured in Halloween and science-fiction anthologies. In 2016, Bateson self-published a re-release of “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, the first of a several stories set in the “Shadows Over Seattle” world, which he co-writes with his wife, Sandi.
Bateson is also a blogger who often spotlights books and fellow indie authors, alongside his other interests, such as the Brain to Books Cyber Convention events, falconry, journaling, quotes, and reading.

Where To Find Timothy Bateson

Twitter, Facebook, E-mail, Pinterest, Blog (Ramblings of an Author), Website, Newsletter

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Trick-Or-Treat Book Blog Hop

Hop on over to the Trick-Or-Treat Book Blog Hop, and discover how to collect some other great reads that authors will be giving away free.

Here’s the link to my guest slot on Patricia’s site.

Then take some time, and check out the rest of Patricia Lynne’s blog posts.

Halloween Week on “Are You Afraid Of The Dark”

I’d also like to thank Anita Stewart (A.F. Stewart) for hosting me over on “Are You Afraid Of The Dark”.

Drop in on my guest slot, then take some time to check out the rest of Anita’s tour.

Interview with a Werewolf – with A.L. Mabry

In preparation for putting together this Halloween event, I reached out to a number of independent authors, trying to get ideas for posts. The wonderful A.L. Mabry (who was the subject of yesterday’s Author Spotlight) agreed to sit down and do a live interview with one of her latest creations, Miranda Spencer.

I’ve always enjoyed interviewing my own characters as part of the writing process, and this interview proved to be just as much fun. In the process of doing this interview we went from a brief character idea to an entire plot outline for “Blood Moon: The Hunt”, so keep your eyes open, because this shaped up to be a very interesting story. Of course, we hashed out some details after the interview was over, but I’m not going to put those discussions here, because they’re very definitely potential spoilers.

I’d like to thank both A.L. and Miranda for their time, and without further delay, here’s that interview…

Introducing Miranda Spencer

Miranda Spencer, 25. Born in Huntsville, Alabama. Raised by her adopted father after the mysterious death of her mother when she was four. Miranda currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her daughter, Remy and her live in girlfriend,Morygaine. She is a stewardess which gives her access to many cities across the world and aids her side gig, Werewolf hunter.

“Hello, Timothy. My name is Miranda and I am a werewolf. I don’t know much about being a werewolf because I was raised by a Vampire. I know, you’re scratching your head. You see, my mother was human and my father was a monster apparently. When my mother was killed, Rupert, a vampire who was desperately in love with Mother, took me in as his own. He did it out of love for her but his despisal of my father overshadowed my childhood. Profile me?”

“I have to admit to being curious now, especially since I’ve met my share of shapeshifters since I started writing about the Seattle supernatural community. When did you discover you were a werewolf?”

“I was six. I fell asleep in my bed, as per usual and I woke up chained in the basement. My dad showed me the video but I still didn’t understand. Apparently he was waiting for it and had been tracking my growth every full moon. I didn’t really “get” it until I was about 12 and he started showing me all the research and information he had collected over the years.”

“So when you say your dad was expecting this to happen, you mean Rupert, the vampire who adopted you? Or your birth father? And would I be right in assuming your birth father was a werewolf too, or were you bitten by a werewolf?”

“When I say my dad, I do mean Rupert. He’s a bastard but he’s the only dad I ever knew. My bio dad was a monster and he’s the reason my mom is dead.”

“Do you talking about how your mom died, or is it too painful? And what happened to your birth dad?”

“I don’t mind talking about her but it’s all what I have been told by others. I can’t even remember her anymore. What happened to my birth dad? Nothing…yet.”

“I asked because you said he WAS a monster, as if someone had decided to do something about him. What happened between him and your mom that ended in her death? And where is he now?”

“He mated outside of the pack and broke the rules. When his alpha found out he had my mom killed.My bio didn’t even TRY to protect her. Or me. Rupert barely got there in time to save me and my bio disappeared. He thinks he’s in hiding but I know where he is now.”

“Having got to know Richard as well as I have, I know a little about the dymanics of wolf shifter society. Did you ever consider the dynamics of a wolf pack? I’m not trying to defend him, but finding love outside the pack doesn’t necessarily make him a monster. Defending his mate or child, however, would mean challenging the Alpha for control of the pack, and it’s rare for a challenger to succeed.”

“Okay, I’m going to be frank. I’m not the angry discarded daughter I play myself to be. Looking like a victim keeps other people’s guard’s down. The fact is I have kid now. She’s five and I’m running out of time. I found a way to reverse the lycanthropy gene but, I need his blood. All of it.”

“Ever thought about trying to talk to him about it? After all, you’ve only got Rupert’s perspective on what happened. As much as Rupert loved you and your mother, it’s possible his view are more than a little skewed. There’s a chance your birth dad might not be the monster you’ve been lead to believe.”

“Oh, my info on this matter didn’t come from Rupert. I’ll be needing his blood as well. You see, I met a witch. She’s this beautiful, dazzling woman and she is completely in love with my little Remy. She wants to save her from this awful lifestyle, it’s already too late for me. It took her almost a year to find the right spell and it calls for the blood of the line and the blood of the undead. Which, seems odd to me…but she knows her stuff.”

“The blood of a shifter, and the blood of the undead? Sounds like we’re getting into serious Underworld territory here.”

*shrugs* “I’m just a hunter, trying to save her kid. And I will do anything to do so.”

“Sounds like Remy’s lucky to have you in her life. Does she know what’s in store for her?”

“No. I have gone to great lengths to protect Remy from the things that go bump in the night. Morygaine is the only supernatural person besides myself she has ever met but she doesn’t know that. I don’t want this life, this world, for her. Hiding her from Rupert has been the hardest. He’s such a damn busybody.”

“Hiding a child for five years can’t have been easy. I mean, I know a lot of people in the supernatural community spend so much effort to remain hidden already, without hiding from each other. How’ve you been explaining your absences around the full moon to Remy?”

“Morygaine locks me up and then she has special slumber parties with Remy. They have so much fun!”

“I hate to sound sceptical, but this is the same witch who thinks blood magic can cure Remy of lycanthropy? Is lycanthropy always passed on to the children? Richard always give me the impression that only happened when both parents were shifters, and not in every instance. He said the chances were a lot lower when only one of the parents was a shifter.”

“Is this in an interview or an interrogation? *nervous laughter* Remy’s dad…he was shifter too…”

“Sorry. I’m just curious about these things. Every time I think I have a handle on how things work in the supernatural world, something jumps out and surprises me.”

“Or kills you.”
 

“True enough. Though I consider myself lucky so far in that respect.”
 

“So it would seem.”
 

“So, what are your plans going forward?”
 

“I plan to kill my father and kill every werewolf that gets in my way. I’ll cure Remy and keep her with me as long as I can.”

“Well, from what you’ve told me, it doesn’t sound like too many will be standing up for him.”

“That’s what I thought but dogs are surprising loyal to each other.”
 

“And if any of them get wind that you’re trying to cure Remy’s lycanthropy, they might be afraid you’ll try the same thing with them.”

“From what I understand, the spell only works if it is performed before the first shift. Once the gene has been activated, so to speak…there’s no turning back. I was six. Rupert’s research shows that to be pretty consistent. I need to get this done before Remy’s next birthday.”

“What if she discovers what she is, or the price of her cure?”
 
 

“She’ll understand I did it for her…won’t she? Maybe I’ll just have to make sure she never knows…”

“I can’t talk for everyone, but Richard grew up knowing about the shifter world, even before he showed any signs of being one. If his mother hadn’t hidden her abilities from her husband, he might never have left them, driving Richard’s mother to drink, and her eventual death. Sometimes keeping these secrets can do more harm than good.”

“I suppose so. I just want to protect her. How do we know when we’re doing it right or not? I don’t want to wait until she’s already hurt…”

“I suppose so. I just want to protect her. How do we know when we’re doing it right or not? I don’t want to wait until she’s already hurt…”

“Thank you. I trust you will not allow this information to fall into the wrong hands? I’d hate to have to add you to my list…”

“Trust me, I’m used to keeping secrets. I’m probably one of the few mortals who can navigate the ins and out of Seattle’s supernatural world. Sure I’ve made a few enemies in the process, but I know too much for certain people to risk removing me from the picture.”

“Good to know. I’ll keep your number, in case.”
 

“If you decide to learn more about the shifter communities, I’ll setup a meeting with the Seattle pack for you. Until then, happy hunting”

Introducing A.L. Mabry

A.L. Mabry is a publisher and multi-genre author. She is currently working on several projects, including a short story collection, Darker Daze: The Storms Within (dark fiction) and the first book in her Chthonian Guardian trilogy, Soul Purge (fantasy). Darker Daze is being released exclusively on Patreon while Soul Purge will be published in 2018 by OWS Ink, llc. She has a sci-fi project in the works, Vivamus (science fiction), which will be released in early 2019.

Where to find A.L. Mabry:

Website (A.L. Mabry), Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog (Our Write Side), Facebook