June 22, 2012

Smooth Sailing!

I know I've gotten way out of touch in the blogging community, but I couldn't miss the chance to be a part of Kimberly Miller's cover reveal for TRIANGLES. 
I met Kimberly through Query Tracker and am so excited to have been able to watch this go from first draft to publication. Here's the super awesome blurb~

A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong? 

In the Bermuda Triangle--a lot.

Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who's practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser's suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and suddenly, she's full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warned that one of these "alternate realities" could become permanent.

She just has to ask herself one question--how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?

And now, the technical info:

Title: Triangles
Author: Kimberly Ann Miller
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (www.spencerhillpress.com)
ISBN: 978-1-937053-36-9
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Formats: Paper, e-book

June 4, 2012

Amazon Merchants Beware

I created an Amazon Merchant account so that I can sell all of my husband's college textbooks which he foolishly bought new and at full price from his school. (Because he didn't know to look up the textbooks required for the course in advance and purchase them online rather than letting the school provide them.)

I recouped anywhere from 25-50% of the original price, which is a lot better than letting them sit in a box in the attic until a newer edition is released and they're worth less than the price to ship them.

Yesterday,  I got an email from Amazon.com saying that I had a request for a return.

I thought: It's got to be that Astronomy for Idiots book I shipped out two weeks ago. They must not have been happy with the accuracy of my description of its condition. 

I was way wrong.

It's one of the students who bought one of the textbooks I shipped OVER FOUR MONTHS AGO. Reason provide for the return request: No longer wanted/needed.

Yeah buddy, you bought the books for the school term and now you're trying to get a refund by using the return policy? To add insult to injury, he paid $14.95with S/H  for a freaking "LIKE NEW" college book that I originally purchased for $60.

It took all of my self control to not  tell him how cheap he is.

I hope he leaves me a bad review, because then I get to go back to Amazon and have his account flagged for abuse because his requested return is even outside of Amazon's 90 day A to Z Guarantee.

It just makes me wonder how many of the super merchants automatically grant the refund because they're too busy to look up the dates or handle small claims like this.