Amazing Diaper Deals!

If you are buying diapers anywhere besides Amazon, you need to STOP RIGHT NOW!!When I was newly pregnant, I really stressed out about the maintenance costs of a baby. I had heard so many horror stories about how expensive diapers are, and a newborn goes through at least twelve of them a day. I started doing calculations in my head and wondered how the heck anyone without a cush job can afford to diaper a baby and still buy groceries....more

Would You Like Some Ads With Your Kindle E-Books?

Amazon recently announced it is launching a new special ads-supported Kindle. Ads and special offers will appear as full-page screensavers and as small banner ads at the bottom of the home screen. The ads will not appear in the e-books themselves. For this new version of the Kindle, Amazon has reduced the price of the device to $114 -- $25 less than the price of a regular Kindle. ...more

I think the ads are fine - like you say we have ads everywhere else. But why not REALLY lower ...more

Dear Amazon: You can't fire me, I quit.

Dear, I’m sure I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know when I say that few online retailers have benefited from outdated sales-tax laws more than you have. For decades, most states haven’t forced mail-order businesses to charge and collect taxes on sales they make outside the states where they are physically located, and a 1992 Supreme Court ruling reinforced that.  This has definitely given you a competitive pricing advantage over bricks-and-mortar vendors. And even though you’ve expanded your distribution operations into more states during the last few years, you’ve been able to negotiate deals to escape charging taxes on sales you make within most of them, according to The Seattle Times.Customers in only three of the ten states where your distrinution centers are located are being charged sales tax on their purchases. Yes, it saves your customers money when they don’t have add anywhere from 6% to 10% to the cost of their order to help fund state government, but you’re gaining additional sales and saving yourself administrative costs and headaches, so you’ve really been winning this game....more

Nice rant, but contains a few flaws.

"If CA beats you, you will pay tax?" So you are not ...more

Enter The Born Under A Lucky Moon Contest:

Luanne StevensonThe Born Under A Lucky Moon Contest: Have you been to the mall lately? Have you noticed that many of the store isles are colored in red? That’s probably because another big Hallmark Card giving-day is quickly approaching; Valentine’s Day. Why not be original this year and skip the red roses or Dutch chocolate? Surprise your mom or “cupid-cutie” with a gift that’s made with love, family love that is....more

Book Review: "Born Under A Lucky Moon", by Dana Precious

Luanne StevensonArticle first published as Book Review: Born Under A Lucky Moon by Dana Precious on Blogcritics. Susan Elizabeth Phillips, the respected New York Times bestselling author, was recently quoted; “Lucky the reader who picks up this funny, charming, and touching debut novel. I loved it.”...more

I’m really excited to be working on this book, and just finished reading it myself. I loved it! ...more

Amazon Top 100 Memoir Enemy Within By Karen Ager

What Brings About Change in People?Excerpt from Enemy Within by Karen Ager "Despite all my efforts, deep down I felt I was changing. My disease was not only influencing my body but also my spirit. The pain was starting to impact every dimension of my life. Until now it had been easy to ignore; it had been easy to deny. I had kicked it under the bed with all my half-read books. I thought I’d get back to it and deal with it later. But it got back to me first. Rheumatoid arthritis was truly forcing itself into my life. No longer could I convince myself that the disease didn’t exist. How much longer could I pretend that I was healthy like my friends? I started to feel the burden of my secret....more

Shopping From My Couch- Black Friday Social Media Style

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My second multicultural literary novel, Rescuing Ranu, has been climbing up the Amazon Kindle Bestseller List in the category of mathematics research. It reached #7, and as of yesterday was hanging on at #10, so I guess it’s climbing back down again. It’s interesting to watch its brave little journey, and easier now that Amazon Author Central is making ourBookScan info available to authors who sign up for the program.....more

Is the Amazon Gift Converter a Threat to Civilized Living?

'Tis the season... to receive something you absolutely hate from someone who probably means well but has terrible taste. We've all had that experience; whether it be clothing the wrong size or in a regrettable style, or simply a knick-knack you would never in a million years display in your home, it happens. And now Amazon is in the news for saying it doesn't have to be that way. ...more

A good gift-giver first and foremost want the receiver to enjoy the gift. As such, a good ...more