Award Winning Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

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I Just Have One Word – Seriously?!

Yesterday I read an article written by someone from Fortune- The Article was Titled

Amazon’s Knock-Off Problem (35 Shades of Grey, Anyone?)

Be careful when you select a bestseller to purchase on Amazon, where knock-offs are prevalent — copycats that come with Amazon’s stamp of approval

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-s-knock-off-problem–35-shades-of-grey–anyone–.html

The basis of the article was this- A couple of indie authors had written books with similar titles to books which had been written and published by “traditional houses.” One of the authors had used their initials and they were similar to another author who had been published by a traditional house.

The whining was caused because these two indie authors who had been published through Amazon’s create a space  were making money off their books  and the “traditional houses” were complaining that the titles and authors names were to close to their people and it was hurting their sales.

Seriously?! You people are becoming so paranoid that we as indie’s are breaking your precious glass ceiling that you have to stoop to something this silly. You are so pissed off at Amazon because of their kindle prices and the fact that you feel that your bottom line is being hurt that you are now resorting to attacking indie authors just because their titles and names are similar.

Right now there is another author out there who has the same name as I do. She writes poetry. People get us confused. How I have no idea, I write true crime, and crime fiction, but that being said, I am a big enough person not to attack her. Please people grow up!

For years indie’s have had to sit back and accept your rejection letters because your people didn’t like what we wrote, It was just not your thing- you dictated the trends and what people read. There were no choices. Well, guess what, those days are gone. We have come together and we are taking this ride. We determine what we want to publish how we want to publish it and what we want to charge. We are not dependent on you to do this for us. We don’t have to worry about making .08 a book after you have taken the rest.

Yes, we understand about overhead, that being – editors, designers, layout people, distributors, shipping cost, fat bonuses, huge buildings in New York with big rents, we get it. We also get the fact that, agents only pick those books they like to read, houses only print those books they like to read. Plus to add insult to injury they take that author’s book and rip it apart, their editors rewrite it to suit their taste (because they are to lazy to write a book themselves) and you design the cover. They author is out of the loop and then they get pennies on the dollar  in royalties. Not to mention they are charged back when books are returned from box stores.

Yes, Amazon has given indie’s an avenue of creating their work, the reason is simple you people wouldn’t. Welcome to the digital age.  What your article didn’t say is that  one can return  that book if  it was not the right one. Second one might become a reader of that author and it would really piss you off.

To add insult to injury this article called the books knock offs Really? that is the best you can come up with? Are you that small minded that you would make that kind of judgement without reading the book. One of them is a children’s book hardly the adult book that you said was copied.

No Simon and Schuster, Random House or any of the other “Traditional Houses out there we are not going away, we are only going to get bigger. We have a very large following and we are here to stay. You can either deal with it or not. We don’t care. Once that genie is out of the box it will not go back in. Treat your folks better and you won’t have a problem.

All I can say is get over yourself. Your reign of holding the door shut against us is over.

 

April 18, 2012 Posted by | Indie Authors | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How Not to Write a Review Second Lesson

Not long ago I wrote a blog about the correct way to write a review. I explained that the “reviewer” should do several things when writing a review and one of those things was to keep an open mind. Apparently this alleged reviewer missed that blog. She gave this particular book a rating of one star simply because of the length. Seriously! That was all you could find to write about? You wasted your time, other readers time and the author’s time by the childish review. It reminds of a kid a Christmas who after he has opened up all the gifts looks under the tree and says “Is that all I got?” Really?
This alleged reviewer is not a reviewer they are just someone who wants their five minutes of fame. They show exactly how small their vocabulary really is.
One of the things I state in my first blog was to be objective- read with an open mind. Many times an author has the ability to get their story across with less. As in the case of this neat little book. The alleged  reviewer apparently had a preconceived idea about what she wanted the book to be about, not what the author wrote about.
Now let’s look at the obvious- that once again the “reviewer” failed to see or chose to ignore- On Amazon it plainly states the number of pages in the book. The reader if they are paying attention know how many pages to expect. What happened with this “reviewer” did she not read the page before she jumped on buying  it? Did she not go her due diligence before she hit the purchase button? Did she think that the pages would magically multiply when she hit that purchase button?
These are all  questions that any prospective reader should take the time to ask themselves when they read this review. This is actually not a review, it is just a rant. There is no meat to the statement except the book was too short. That tells a reader absolutely nothing, they can get that from the book page.
Lesson that should be learned here is this, if this type of stuff is all you have, don’t write it down, it makes you look foolish. If you write a review don’t be personal, be objective and above all keep an open mind. If all else fails find my first blog about how to write a review and read, learn it and use it.
Not worth the trouble,April 10, 2012
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This review is from: A Walk In The Moonlight – True Tales of Hauntings and Strange Coincidences… (Kindle Edition)

This book was read in one short reading. With the title I was intrigued but dissappointed at the book. Would not recomment this

April 17, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , | 2 Comments

Another testimony on My Work Blood Alley

 

Blood Alley A Short Story of Horror

 

 

This comment was added to my blog about the five star review I received – on Blood Alley my short story that is only currently available on Nook and Kindle. Ms Luna puts me in the case catagory as Clive Barker which I take as an honor. If you haven’t yet read this nice little horror piece you should, if you don’t have a kindle or nook no problem you can download it as a pdf to your computer. It is only 2.99 and quite a good read.

Felicita Luna commented on Two Words “Errie Scary” – Yep Another five Star Review for Blood Alley Only On Kindle

Yvonne Mason’s horror books will be placed right next to my other favorite horror story writer Clive Barker.

April 16, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Two Words “Errie Scary” – Yep Another five Star Review for Blood Alley Only On Kindle

Blood Alley

 

Blood Alley my short story that can only be found on Kindle and Nook has received yet another five star review. IF you are a horror buff and love being scared then this little jewel is right up your alley. Stargazer thank you so much for the review.

By *Stargazer*
Amazon Verified Purchase
I have just two words to describe this short Kindle story..
EERIE SCARY..
oh, two more..
HOLY MOLY!!!
I do not like night driving to begin but no one will ever again catch me venturing behind the wheel after sundown.

I love this!!!
Horror buff that I am, I really shivered and said brrrrrrrrrrrr as I imagined the scenario.
Coupled with this is the fact that my husband was a long haul trucker for many years and made
his living for us as a career driver, there was no way I could pass up the read no matter how
chilling it was~

April 15, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Stovepipe A Review

Corruption in Child Protective Services is as much a part of the system as the money they earn off the backs of the children they steal for profit. This is one woman’s story of how she and her siblings, at least the ones she knew traveled the Abyss of CPS through the darkness of abuse, starvation and other atrocities which no child should endure at the hands of foster care providers and their children. They were taken and placed in homes which were worse than the one they were taken from. At least in their own home they had love and protection, there was no one to protect them in the homes of strangers who had no love for them.

The Stovepipe


2012

By Yvonne Mason “Author” (Port St Lucie, Fl.)

This review is from: The Stovepipe (Paperback)
The Stovepipe by Bonnie E Virag is one of the most powerful books I have ever read by a child abused by the system. Child Protective Services is one of the most corrupt government agencies that exist. They have no concern for the child, it is all about the money to them. Children who are torn from their homes always wonder as Ms. Virag did, “What did I do wrong?” They are separated from their siblings who are their anchor and placed in homes that treat them worse than where they were taken from. They are moved from strangers house to strangers house and never feel as if they have a home- a real home. They are not loved just used and abused.
I applaud Ms. Virag for having the courage to put to paper the cruelity, corruption and loss she and her siblings suffered at the hands of a government agency. As a grandmother whose daughter lost her children simply becasue she was poor I could feel the terror, the pain and the suffering not to mention the abuse these children suffered at the hands of strangers who only cared because of the money and the extra “hands” to work the farm.

Children who are taken by the system have no safety net, it has been taken from them. Those in charge don’t care.

An excellent book, for anyone who has the misguided notion that they want to be a social worker, in order to “help children”. Trust me it is not about the children it is about the money.

April 14, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Another Five Star Review for Silent Scream by Author Ashley Fontainne

Silent Scream A True Crime

Once again the voice of the victims of Florida’s First Serial Killer Gerard Schaefer have a voice. Author Ashley Fontainne has added her voice to those of the girls and allowed them to speak through her. I have always said the victims are driving the train of this book. They are the ones who give Silent Scream the voice. They are the ones who have been screaming silently for over thirty years because no one but their families remembered them. They are not out of the darkness and into the light. They are no longer surrounded by the evil that permeated from their killer, Gerard Schaefer. He is no longer the voice of the girls. They have their own voice and with that voice they finally find peace.

Thank you Ashley for being a part of that voice, for listening to their screams for hearing their cries and for remembering them!

5.0 out of 5 stars Truth: Always stranger than fiction, March 22, 2012
By Ashley Fontainne “Ashley” (Malvern, Arkansas) – See all my reviewsThis review is from: Silent Scream A True Crime (Kindle Edition)

So many people enjoy a book full of mystery, suspense, thrills and chills, cringing when the antagonist wreaks havoc on the pages, cheering when the protagonist gains the upper hand and wins.

But that is fiction, and this story by Yvonne Mason was based on real life events. That alone made me give pause while I read her well-researched work, wondering, as she did, what truly made this monster tick and feeling nothing but empty sadness for the poor trail of victims and their families left behind in his evil wake.

Yvonne Mason obviously spent untold hours of research delving into the mind of a serial killer long since dead (thank goodness) and it shows in her work. Her care and compassion for the hapless women that suffered unspeakable horror during their last moments on earth will truly send shivers up your spine. Questions posed about the mindset of this truly evil man are left unanswered because no one, not even Gerard John Schaefer himself, could really understand the depths of his insanity.

This is a gripping story that will leave the reader perhaps a bit more cautious in daily life, wondering what evil truly does lurk around the next corner.

Yvonne Mason summed up this book at the end:

“I must give them a voice. Now, no longer will the victims scream in silence, they now have a voice, and with this voice, comes peace. For the girls – sleep well.”

Amen, Yvonne. May all of them rest in peace.

April 10, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Even Best Selling Authors Have Down Days

Last Saturday I attended an event, one that I attend every year. Usually I do every well at this event but this year not so much. The biggest thing was we had no traffic. I don’t know why. It was a shame because, there were many wonderful authors there who had great books. The event was well advertised the weather was perfect but the people just stayed away. I handed out cards to those few who did show up and talked to several who had a desire to write. But the sales were – well – let’s just say less than steller.

However, on the flip side of that coin, when I got home Saturday night and checked my sales on Amazon Kindle, they were booming – the reason I can only surmise that because I made it a point to let people know that all my books were there, they decided to go home and order them. Yesterday I even received a book sale through my online bookstore at http://thebookattic.ecrater.com.
Remember as indie authors we all will have down days. But that only serves to make the good days even better. We hold our head up, pack our toys up and head out for the next event. We never fail, failure is not trying at all.

My books are still best sellers, and I still enjoy the voices in my head telling me what to do. I don’t look back I only look forward to the next event and the lovely folks I will meet there.

April 3, 2012 Posted by | Events | , , , | Leave a comment

Tangled Minds A Screen Play

Tangled Minds

Tangled Minds has been compared to John Steinbeck’s classic, “Of Mice and Men”. It is real life in fiction form and proves that history does repeat  itself when the lessons are not learned. Tangled Minds should be seen and read by every teen on this planet. And knowing that most kids do not read, which in itself is criminal, Tangled Minds has been written into a screen play.

In this day and age when movies are regurgitated and remade over and over it is time for something fresh and new. Something that has not been movied to death. With that thought in mind Tangled Minds has been written into a screen play by myself and Ann B Keller. It has been filed with all the proper places and is just looking for a home. Now is the perfect time to make the story happen on film. Actions, Reactions and Consequences.

March 17, 2012 Posted by | screenplays | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option- Audio Book to be Released in 2012

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option

 

For those of you who have read my books and follow my blog know that I currently have one of my books in audio, A Voice From the Grave was released last year in audio. This year I have chosen Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never an Option to be released in audio. This is a true story about one man’s journey into the abyss of mental retardation during the years of darkness for those who are different.

Stan was born in 1952 at a time when the handicapped were put away or ignored and left to basically fiend for themselves. Many of them were abused either in the back room of their homes or in asylums. This didn’t happen to Stan. He was loved, accepted and became a productive person in our twisted and cruel society.

He became a pioneer in the Fulton County Ga school system during the middle 1950’s and graduated from high school in 1973. He has worked in the public sector all his life and continues to do so at 60 years old. His story is one of love, acceptance, success and pain.

His story will be released on audio by Brook Forest Voices which is located in Colorado. It is currently being touted to Publisher’s Weekly by Brook Forest Voices. This book is not one that you will want to miss. It is not one that you will want someone you know who is challenged to miss. The beauty of this audio book is it will be created in mp3 format. That means the entire book is on one disc. The listener will be able to download it to their computer, mp3 player or most any other electronic device to listen to at their leisure. Even the elderly, blind or those who have limited hand mobility will be able to listen to this book without any trouble. You will also be able to listen to it on your Amazon Kindle through their audible program and you will be able to download it through itunes.  You will be able to play it in the new model cars which have the mp3 player.

If you love audio books but hate having to change the disks you are going to love my books. A Voice from the Grave is available now at Amazon, itunes, Brook Forest Voices and my online store at http://thebookattic.ecrater.com

Watch for the release of Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option later this year.

March 14, 2012 Posted by | Audio Books | , , , , | Leave a comment

If You Missed the Show Last Night…….

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Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

Well kiddies, if you missed the show last night you missed an hour of side splitting, belly laughing, tear running fun. I was a guest on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ashleyfontainne/2012/03/11/yvonne-mason. We talked and laughed about many things including the fact that her co-host Bennet Pomerantz was stuck between to true southern girls who gave him no slack. In between laughing and talking with him, I did manage to discuss my books and why I write.

Yes, we also talked about my hats and the flying monkeys that are always appearing on my facebook page and why they are so important to me.

Go listen to the show, learn a bit about me and why I do what I do. I am not your average author. I don’t stick to just one genre. The voices in my head won’t let me. I learned a long time ago to just let them do their thing. Sometimes it gets extremely crowded in there. But such as it is with authors. I love what I do and no I don’t expect to get rich- but in the big picture I am already richer beyond my wildest dreams.

When Fates Collide

We talked about the conception of this little jewel and her sister.

When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound

Both of these books should be illegal because they are so funny. This book comes with a disclaimer that we are not responsible for soiled clothing as you are reading it.

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option

This is the reason I am successful. This book is the heart and soul of our family. He has never quit even though he could. So we never quit.

Blood Alley

This little short story is only available right now on kindle and nook. It is well worth the read. It will make you think twice about traveling late at night alone on a two lane black top.

A Voice From the Grave

My historical fiction is available in book form, kindle, kindle audible, nook and in an mp3 CD format. If you enjoy reading about history of the civil war you will love this book.

Tangled Minds

Every teen should read this book. There are life’s lessons as well as entertainment between the pages. Actions always create and equal or opposite reaction which will without fail create a consequence!

The Last Rites

My second true crime. She was raped and executed and left in a remote area. To add insult to injury no one cared enough to claim her body. She was buried by the county in a pauper’s grave. Read her story and remember her death and honor her life.

Silent Scream A True Crime

Florida’s first serial killer Gerard Schaefer tortured and executed between 9-34 young and young women. This is their story.

Brilliant Insanity

Brilliant Insanity the title says it all. A serial killer has five days to live and he is allowed to tell his story. The story is told in first person and will keep you up nights. No it is not a true crime. But it could have happened.

Check out the show and my books. They are all on Amazon, Lulu, Kindle, Nook, itunes, ebooks, and my online bookstore if you would like a signed copy at http://thebookattic.ecrater.com

Go listen to the show laugh till you cry – then go order my books – it will make your day.

March 11, 2012 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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