I just found a site where e-books can be downloaded for free. Expecting to find some classics for my Sony Reader I looked at the site and was surprised to see that some new books are offered, including the Harry Potter Series. I didn't search for any books written by people I know, but perhaps it might be a good idea if our members search for their own books to see if they're being given away without permission. The site is

Poetry and iPad? You Betcha!

Celebration Series of Poems iPad Bound

Technology is ever changing. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the latest news, gadgets, and trends, especially when it comes to e-books and reading habits.

Yet the least likely of tech-geeks, authors Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball, are always keen and to meet their readers’ needs, and when announced its new deal with Apple to produce formats suitable for the iPad and Apple’s new iBookstore, the authors immediately agreed, and jumped into action, pulling together the appropriate formatting for all of their Celebration Series books and putting them forward for conversion.

The celebration series has been designed specifically to replace the trite, cliché sentiments of greeting cards, at prices that are little more than the cost of a high end card. Many of the books are beautifully illustrated with paintings or photographs, with poetry designed along themes that focus on mothers (She Wore Emerald Thenwww.budurlcom/MotherChapbook for the paperback and for the e-book versions ), fathers and other men (Imagining the Future , for the paperback and for the e-book versions), and love (Cherished Pulse, for the paperback and for the e-book versions).

More books are in the works, including a Christmas chapbook. Hard copies of all the books are available at Amazon as giftable, low-priced paperbacks, or you can pick them up in whatever format suits, including the iPad, Kindle, Epub (Stanza reader),.pdf, LTF (for Sony reader), and more at, Note: As this date Smashwords doesn’t accept coauthor listings. That these formats are evolving is evident!

So, though two authors are involved, this page lists only Ball who set the page up.

As far as Howard-Johnson and Ball are concerned, whatever format suits their reader suits them. It’s all good.

Magdalena Ball runs the highly respected review site. She is the author of the poetry book Repulsion Thrust, which was published in December 2009 to unanimous 5-star reviews. Her novel Sleep Before Evening, published in 2007, was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poetry appears frequently in review journals. She is listed in Poets & Writers and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings ( ), was given the Award of Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer and instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

For more information on any of the chapbooks in this poetry series, contact either of the authors or visit media rooms at or .


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Interview with Seth Godin: Are You Indispensible?

Earlier this year, I received the opportunity to interview Seth Godin. Seth is an incredible person--he's an Internet marketer, he's the creator of Squidoo, he's an inspiration. When I found out I had this opportunity, I was so excited that I squealed to everyone I knew--I was going to get to ask Seth a few questions, wasn't that cool?

And, as things usually go in my life, no one I knew really had any idea as to who he was. Figures, huh?

Here is a link to my interview with Seth. This is probably my favorite interview I have done--simply because reading it always gives me more inspiration than I have when I start it.

Interview with Seth Godin

Oh, and how did I get this massively cool chance to interview Seth? I emailed him and asked for it. And he said sure.

I have interviewed a few other people who I never would have expected to interview: Neil Gaiman's assistant Lorraine Garland, Peter Straub, Conrad Williams, S. G. Browne and Christopher Moore. And I know there will be more.

So, don't forget: if you want to talk to someone--or interview them for your blog, etc.--ASK them :) They may just surprise you and say yes :)