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text 2015-09-28 10:54
"Where's Kitty?" - why have Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville books disappeared from audible.com?

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Sometimes the mysteries of audible.com are impenetrable to me.


For the most part, audible provides me with a very good service at a very reasonable price. I've bought hundreds of books from them.


On the technical side, nothing could be easier. I download the books directly to my android phone and can listen to them in excellent quality wherever I am. I download a backup copy in iTunes format so that I can listen on an iPod if I prefer and because I still can't bring myself to leave the only copy of something that I own in the Cloud.


On the commercial / publishing rights side, things are much more complicated. I live in Switzerland. There is no audible.ch so I joined audible.com. Then I realised I could only get some of the books I wanted there, so I joined audible.co.uk to get access to the rest. It makes me wonder why audiobook publishers (the fastest growing market in publishing) haven't arranged a world-wide publishing rights deal (at least in English). They're still working in nineteenth century legal frameworks that had no concept of instant global availability.


Anyway, the way audible works means that I had to buy Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville books from audible.com as they weren't available on the (cheaper) audible.co.uk.


I've just finished the fourth book and I'm now completely hooked on the series so I went to buy the next four, only to find that NONE of the books (including the four I already bought) are available on audible.com any more. I can still get access to my copies but no one can buy new ones at the moment.


I've asked audible.com to tell me what's going on and when Kitty will be on sale. I've confirmed that the books are still available from other sources, although OverDrive.com shows it as only available in the US and Canada. Apple say the same thing but simply redirect me to iTunes Canada and offers the book for $5.99.


This kind of experience makes me less trusting of audible/amazon as a reliable source for my books. I'd prefer them to Apple because audible is device independent but there are other services available.


I'll give audible a few days to sort it out and then I'll be looking for my fix elsewhere. I've been thinking about giving Scribd.com a try for a while now.

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Breathe In (Just Breathe, #1) - Martha Sweeney

I'm excited to share the news that Breathe In's first Autographed copy Book Giveaway through Goodreads.com was successful!  Over 1100 people entered the contest and June from Iowa was the lucky winner!  Congratulations June!  I hope you enjoy the first installment of Emma's story.


I was so excited about everything that I had a second contest, a Breathe In Music Playlist contest where the first person to guess the song that I deemed as Emma's theme song - they only got one chance to pick - would also WIN an autographed copy of my novel.  Cassandra from cassandrareadsalot.wordpress.com was the lucky winner!  Congratulations, Cassandra. 


More Giveaways are coming soon!  Be sure to check out Breathe In on Kindle, Nook, iBook, iTunes and Kobo - eBook only $3.99.  Paperback copies are also available.


Thanks again to everyone who has entered and who have added Breathe In to their TBR list.



Source: www.marthasweeney.com
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Breathe In (Just Breathe, #1) - Martha Sweeney

Breathe In is now available across the World on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, NookiTunes and iBook!  


Emma has 8 golden rules when it comes to men, but they get called into question when she meet's her best female friend's boyfriend's best friend, Joe Covelli.  Will Emma break any of her rules with Joe?  If so, which one or ones?


Thank you to everyone who has supported me and to those who pre-ordered!  


I hope you like the beginning of Emma Peterson's story as much as I do.  Book 2, Breathe Out is already half way written and I can't wait to finish it and continue the fun.


Have questions and comments as you read, connect with me on Goodreads.com or on Twitter: @MSweeney_Author

Source: www.marthasweeney.com
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review 2015-01-28 02:59
My new favorite podcast(s): Sword and Scale compared to Serial

If you are a true crime fanatic like myself, or have previously obsessed over my other favorite podcast from iTunes, Serial, then you need to start listening to Sword and Scale because you're about 36 episodes behind.


S&S has every type of case you can think of when it comes to Criminology and Criminal Justice. Some of the episodes are about cases you have seen in the media and discussed sparingly with your colleagues. However, a lot of the episodes are cases I would have never even heard of unless I was living in that time period (yes, it goes back to cases that involve our beloved baby boomers) or would need to visit that city in order to be aware of the crime.


Now, if you have listened to Serial, then you know that Sarah Koenig, the host looking into the 1999 case of Adnan Syed, a Baltimore (my home, Birdland!) teen who is charged and convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. The difference, if you are wondering regarding the two podcasts is that Serial focuses on Adnan's case and essentially Koenig becomes critical of everyone's actions and statements who are involved in the case. Sword and Scale is a podcast that in each episode a single case is discussed, and maybe later on given an update if it is a recent case in the media, etc.


Now, just because the episodes in S&S are different each week, that does not mean the level of detail is lacking. Mike Boudet, the host, brings about questions that others might not dare ask. His attention to the little things is what reminds me of Sarah Koenig's investigating style in Serial. The cases that Boudet chooses to cover are not for the faint of heart, and there are some episodes marked as explicit in case you want to skip those, especially if you are eating... you'll know what I mean when you make it to Episode 20.


Honestly, I have to give both podcasts five stars. I was so upset that Serial ended with unanswered questions and I have continued to follow the latest details to Adnan's case. After searching and seeing the True Murder Podcast, which is interviewing authors of True Crime novels, I found Sword and Scale and knew I was meant to listen to it. It must be the criminal investigator in me, I mean, I didn't get my CJ degree for nothing!


To check out the podcasts, search for Sword and Scale as well as Serial using your iPhone or iPod touch. If you have an Android, I recommend downloading the Podcast for Android app in Google Play and follow the steps.


Like/Follow S&S on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, and Instagram.

Subscribe to S&S on iTunes Podcasts and go give them a 5 star review.





















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