Weekly Windup and Another New HONEOWP

Good Saturday, everybody! I’d love to draw your attention to yet another new HONEOWP, Amanda Von Hoffman, the wife of my other new HONEOWP Kirk Jones. Not only did Amanda blog about our HONEOWP effort here, Donating Royalties, she also plans to donate part of her royalties from the sale of her novel Behind Green Glass to The American Organ Transplant Association in April! Thank you, Amanda, and welcome to HONEOWPdom.

Second highlight of my week was finishing Ellen Meister’s superb book The Other Life. If you haven’t read this yet, do it! I laughed and cried and I thought the ending was superb. Without a doubt this was the best book I’ve read yet this year.

That said, I’m (finally) reading Kevin Wallis’s short story collection Beneath the Surface of Things, and I cannot put this book down. I’m only three stories in, but it’s awesomely chilling. My apologies to Kevin for taking so long to get to this one. I’ve had it on my Nook for months now but something always came up to keep me from getting into it. That won’t happen this time. I’m aching to pick it up right now! After I finish Beneath the Surface of Things, I have Lisa McMann’s Cryer’s Cross and G.C. Smith’s White Lightning to read, so I should have an active reading life over the next few weeks. Which is good since my writing is definitely at low tide at the moment.

I got some good news about an advertising opportunity for SECRETS OF THE LOTUS this week, too, and though I’m not going to go into any details at the moment, it shouldn’t be long before I can let you in on the, um, secret.

Finally, my friend A.J. Brown blogged about THEN moments this week. As a writer, I totally understand where he is coming from. I think a lot of my low and high tides as far as writing goes stem from THEN moments. It’s a thoughtful and thought-provoking post, and I encourage you to take a look: THEN Moments with A.J. Brown.

That’s about it for this week. Thanks for listening!

Four ways to read SECRETS OF THE LOTUS without a fancy ereader

I got my October royalty statement, and hey, the good news is, I haven’t had a single month yet that SECRETS OF THE LOTUS hasn’t sold a few copies. This is encouraging. And now that I have WINTER SOLSTICE coming out, maybe I’ll attract even more readers. Who knows when Oprah will decide to download it to her Kindle. I’m pretty sure she’d like it.

Well, maybe.

Anyway, I often get the question: How do I buy a copy of your book? It’s a fair question. You can’t just walk into a brick-and-mortar bookstore and ask for a copy of SECRETS OF THE LOTUS by Michelle Garren Flye. Well, my book is for sale from several fine ebook stores and is available for almost all ereaders, including Sony, Kindle and the iPad. However, the truth really is, if you’re reading my blog, you can read my book. You don’t have to buy a fancy ereader. You can read it directly from your computer. Here are four ways to do that:

1. Buy and download SECRETS from my publisher Lyrical Press. Here’s a link: SECRETS OF THE LOTUS. You will receive a file with SECRETS in seven different formats. One of these is .pdf, which can be read on your computer using Adobe Acrobat. It’s a very attractive reader and very easy to use.

2. If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat, you can read the raw .html version, also included in the file sold by Lyrical Press.

3. Download the free Mobipocket Reader from Mobipocket.com to your smartphone. You can purchase SECRETS directly from Mobipocket’s store.

4. Download the free Kindle for Mac or Kindle for PC program. It’s simple, attractive and easy to use. Plus, SECRETS OF THE LOTUS is only $4.40 on Amazon!

So you see, ereading isn’t really that hard. Anybody can do it.

Does anybody know if Oprah even has a Kindle? Maybe I could send her one…