Sunday, March 7, 2010

...'free' not yet, but almost. much? books, that is. Here's a deal that might interest you. A promotion (yes someone is trying to sell something to you again), whereby they offer books to read, electronic books--what they call ebooks. There are thousands and thousands to choose from, many are free. Many are $.99, which is almost free. What is an ebook you say? It's a book you can get by using your computer, your BlackBerry, your iPhone, your ereader; Kindle, Nook, Sony Readers, etc., downloading them to your respective and enjoy. Simple huh? Actually, it's the future.

This ebook publisher, there called epublisher's naturally, Smashwords is asking book readers to stop by and download the book(s) of their choosing. It's like an open house but your still in your chair staring into your monitor, phone or ereader. Wow!

Recently I uploaded my book to this epublisher Smashwords. I've been selling my ebook since Feb. 16th, for $9.99. At this 'ebook event,' lasting the week of March 7-13th,  my book Character Happens! will be offered for $5.00. This is a book I presold on my site for $25 with a personalization and author signature.

Ebooks cost less. They cost less because there's no paper, people doing the printing, book warehousing or expensive freight to get the book to the retailer. Those costs disappear. Consequently, people 'expect' to pay less for ebooks. Aside from what you and I think sometimes...people are not dumb. Thoughtless is another thing.

Anyway...just wanted to bring this ebook thingy to your attention. Sorry, my book has not got to 'free' yet. are one of the 'good people' who bought a book from me last year when I offered them on a 'preorder basis.' These good people will be sent a coupon for a free Character Happens! ebook. They can download to their device or give it away to friends or family. (These chosen people can do with the free ebook as they desire. I will not dictate how they can use the free ebook--it's part of my new years' resolution, not to dictate to much). Anyway, there you go. Enjoy the ebook event and BTW here's a link to my ebook.


  1. Good info...I like the Darwin pic too. Very cool.

  2. Sounds great, I'll get an ereader one of these days.


What are "The 5 Most Important--But Fleeting Virtures?"

Honesty, Integrity, Courage, Compassion and Humility.

.....this is a portion of the "introduction" or prologue to the book (not yet completed) with your comments.

The books title; Character Happens! The 5 Most Important—But Fleeting Virtues, describes my belief these five important virtues (Honesty, Integrity, Courage, Compassion, Humility), are sporadic in use and diminishing in personal character. The books message is in recognizing this “fleeting” nature and from that reinstitute a more virtuous choice in your decision making.

The paradox of the two words; Character Happens, with another two words: “S### Happens”* (decorum prevents use of actual word) is not without merit. My belief is that observed human character is much like, well...s###! This kind of observation can be disconcerting at times. So confusing that society can hardly make the distinction between the two words and there obvious different meaning. Individuals make virtuous and un-virtuous choices/decisions for innumerable reasons, both consciously and without deep thought. If we postulate; can an individual make a 'more' virtuous choice in life’s decisions should they want to do so? Answer—perhaps. How does one 'reinstitute a more virtuous choice' into their personal makeup...making the response more automatic? Answer—practice. With a concerted effort at 'practice' I individual might just develop a more 'repetitive' decent response...much like grooving a golf swing.

I love golf. I think the game is like no other. The five stories that make up Character Happens! have a golf storyline. Some readers may not be able to relate to the game of golf or its vernacular or for that matter, why people...a large number of golf. Too bad! You should try it sometime...because it’s more than a can be a life experience. The golf course environment alone is enough to put most people at ease.

Golf is a game played by the individual as opposed to being a member of a team, like baseball. Baseball has umpires who enforce the rules of the game. In golf you are the umpire. Because of this unique method of enforcing the games rules—golf is a “hotbed” for testing the players character...their honesty, their integrity, their courage and sometimes their compassion. And, because all golfers started from knowing nothing about the game; like how to swing, how to putt or chip... they also learn of humility. Now doesn’t it make perfect sense that a book about character would juxtaposition a storyline with the game of golf? Anyway, I thought so.

There are five stories, one for each virtue. The book has six main characters that make up a group of what I call 'golf buddies.' The storyteller, Spencer Madison, in reality is me. Well, somewhat like I have a better golf game than Spencer. The five others vary in age, gender, education, religious beliefs and definitely personality. The 'binder' of the group or what brings them together; golf.

The reader will hopefully discover in their own lives a similar incident with one of the story’s in Character Happens! If not, that’s okay the stories are earnest while humorous, carefree yet compelling. And, I believe each chapter or story makes a 'point' in this wonderful, wacky, dynamic world in the 21st century.

The stories are fictional as are the characters. Names, personalities or incidents are fictional and in no way resemble or refer to a living person. I’ve used paraphrasing of many authors’ ideas and concepts and have referenced them in a special section. Because of these references and the specific genre where the book is to be found, it’s categorized as a non-fictional, personal development book.

for the language but this word best describes the thought I want to convey. In Forrest Gump the term was used to describe situations that happen to all people for no particular reason.