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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Latest eReader/Palm Digital Media Newsletter Discount Code

Punch in this week's Promo Code MASTERS to receive a 10% discount off each book that you purchase. Offer good through Septmeber 14, 2004 on all books priced more than $3.00. Cannot be used in conjunction with other special offers.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Fictionwise eBooks: 20% Discount on Multi Format Books

Fictionwise's End of Summer Sale on all MultiFormat eBooks:

Fictionwise has discounted all MultiFormat eBooks 20% until the end of August. When you buy a MultiFormat eBook, you receive up to 8 unencrypted formats of the title, as many as you need for personal use. No encryption hassles, and your investment is protected if you switch hardware in the future!

If you want to take advantage of this sale, consider these ebooks:

Deadly Anniversary
Young females with multiple stab wounds, wearing pink and black negligees, clutching rose petals, displayed like pieces of depraved art ... these are the only clues. Who is slaughtering women in the Fort Worth area? The police have dubbed him "Deadly Don Juan" and have turned over the case to the Special Task Force that deals with serial killers. As part of this team, Dr. Cheri Brannon, criminal psychologist, is suddenly in charge of profiling this elusive killer. Through evidence, through intuition, she endeavors to invade his psyche in search of the viable means to his end. Walk with her as she attempts to stop him--before the next Deadly Anniversary becomes her own.

Chance Encounters
Whether it's the old gazes across the crowded room moment, or the instant two old lovers see each other on the subway, the allure of the chance encounter is its heart-pounding intensity, its furtive public nature, its daring one-time bravery. The Chance Encounters anthology encompasses all of this and more, from strangers taking a leap of faith after meeting in a bar, to long lost loves trying to recapture for even a moment what they once had together. Sexy, dangerous and poignant, this anthology examines the psychology of the fleeting, and revels in how sexy taking chances can be. Featured authors include: Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, Tulsa Brown and many more. Graphic Homosexual Sex

For I Have Sinned
Lesbian PI investigates Boston dyke slaying. In a novel as timely as today's headlines, bestselling author J. T. Langdon explores new literary territory as Manhattan based private detective Siobhan Donahue returns to Boston to attend the funeral of an old friend and ends up hip deep in both trouble and women in this new erotic thriller power politics, the church, and city's queer community. Helen Kramer was the sister Siobhan never had. Felix Kramer was the woman Siobhan always wanted. When Felix asks Siobhan to investigate Helen's death, Siobhan finds herself trying to unravel a mystery that gets seems to get more complicated at every turn. It seems the more she learns, the less she knows, and the more her life is threatened. The key to understanding Helen's death is in understand her life, and in the process Siobhan discovers more about Helen than she ever wanted to. Helen wasn't the sweet girl she remembered from her childhood growing up in Boston and Siobhan is quickly plunged into a world of drugs and prostitution, where sex sells and everyone seems to be buying. Complicating matters is her attraction to Felix, something she thought had been put to rest years ago. But being close to Felix again breathes new life into old desires, making a tough case even tougher. Can Siobhan do her job with Felix around? Can she learn the truth about Helen's death and without it costing her life? Can she keep her hands off all the women she meets during her investigation? Find out in this scorching novel from best selling author J.T. Langdon.

The Origin of Deanna Dorak
Is she merely a freak of nature ... or is she from another world? Deanna Dorak suddenly finds herself alone in the world, and begins to realize that it may not even be her world. With confusing images forcing their way into her consciousness, she struggles to understand who she is and why she's here. She elicits the help of her best friend and former lover, Kate, who believes that all of Deanna's problems stem from her inability to accept her mother's death. That is until she sees the gills that have begun to form on Deanna's sides. Kate brings Deanna to Dr. Jason Alexander who vows to help her and protect her from government scientists. Soon after, Kate's body is pulled from the river--someone broke her neck. A frantic search for answers takes Deanna on the quest of her life. Is she the reason her friend was killed? Is Jason friend or foe ... is he holding her captive for his own scientific research? Is she really from another planet, an underwater world inhabited only by women? Can she trust the detective assigned to solve Kate's murder? Can she trust her own self?

Reality Check
There are bad days, and then there are really bad days. Therapist Dace McKendrick is having one of the really bad ones. It was tough enough helping her client Joanne deal with the news of her husband's suicide. Then Dace's friend Ginger calls, distraught because her lover jumped off the Lions Gate Bridge to his death. Dace had no idea Ginger was having an affair with a married man, much less Joanne's husband, lawyer Judd Nelson. As she helps the two women cope with their feelings of guilt over Judd's death, Dace begins to suspect that Judd was murdered. She believes that his death had something to do with a controversial sexual abuse case he was handling--and the clandestine relationship between the victim's father and a partner in Judd's firm. Dace meets with the victim's new lawyer, Jen Solero, and sparks fly. There's an immediate attraction between the two women, but their opinions are poles apart. Dace is a soft-hearted idealist; Jen a clear-thinking cynic. When Dace and Jen join forces to investigate Judd's death, each provides a reality check for the other. Their investigation becomes a journey of discovery as they explore their differing values as well as their feelings for each other. It also becomes a journey toward danger, when they attract the attention of a killer.

Strong to Save [The Amazons #1]
The Queer "Left Behind"--Here's what Sensual Romance says about the lnovels of Susanna Valent: "Though there is action and lots of violence--the characters are all three dimensional and sympathetic. There are no heterosexual sexual encounters in [her] books." And now Susanna Valent's talent and daring take her to a whole new level in The Amazons Quartet, a four-volume saga of Sapphic passion and resistance in the face a new male-dominated future tyranny. In Book 1, Strong to Save, it's 2006 and the U.S. is being turned upside down by a government taken over by the extreme right wing elements of the Republican Party, an Islamic coalition, and a fundamentalist church. The most conservative, misogynist elements of society join to crush women and liberals, especially feminists, lesbians, transgenders, and gay men. The right-wing Congress passes all kinds of repressive, xenophobic, sexist and homophobic laws. The four freedoms of the Bill of Rights cease to exist for the disadvantaged portions of the population. These new laws are depriving women of their social, political, financial, personal rights--even the right to control their own bodies and fates as they are increasingly confined to the domestic realm and heterosexual husbands gain complete legal power over their wives. Women who dare to appear alone in public are being increasingly physically threatened by women-loathing men of every description. Along with every other woman in the country, charismatic, dynamic Coast Guard Captain Kris Nordstrom is under siege to adopt the values and behavior of fundamentalist religious fanatics, and as a lesbian, she is more threatened than most. Although she was already in the closet as a military officer, she is given the heart-breaking choice of being fired or resigning from active duty simply because she is a woman. After leaving the Coast Guard, Kris vacations with her teenaged nieces, Danielle and Carole, and finds her heart breaking even further at the thought of what their futures will be like if they have to grow up in the new America

Bound the Restless Wave [The Amazons #2]
The Queer "Left Behind Continues"--The suspense mounts in the second volume of this acclaimed new series by the bestselling author of The Queen's Slave Woman series. In Book 1, Strong to Save, we met the dynamic Naval officer Kris Nordstrom, forced to resign when Christian and Muslim fundamentalists join forces to capture the White House and make their anti-woman anti-queer agenda law. While Kris vacations with her sister's family and learned her teenaged niece is also a lesbian, Kris' friend, Andrea Santiago, secretly in love with her, plots a way to escape to the still liberal West Coast and take Kris along, hoping propinquity will lead to passion. In Bound the Restless Wave, the two women finally set sail together to California and become lovers. They meet Nicole Gervais and become a triad. Soon the three are making plans and joining forces with other women, determined to make a new life outside the U.S. None of then know that it is a decision that will land Kris and Andrea in deadly danger and lead to hairs-breath escapes, car chased, helicopter rescues, and intense shootouts. Meanwhile, Kris' nieces, Danielle and Carole, are forced to pretend to believe in the new fundamentalism, while trying desperately to find a way out of the clutches of their cult-like church and easily-led parents. A Queer counterpart to the Left Behind series, this is a series no liberal should miss.

(All descriptions taken from publishers' blurbs... I'm not vouching for these books)

Thursday, August 26, 2004

1 G SD Card for $100

NewEgg is selling a PQI 1GB Secure Digital Card for $103.00 ($1 s/h) I've never heard of PQI - but storage sure is cheap these days!

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Iraq Coalition Casualties

Don't lose track of the real story

And remember, even those numbers don't include stories like this or this or this.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

New eReader/Palm Reader Newsletter Discount Code

Punch in this week's Promo Code EMBRACE to receive a 10% discount off each book that you purchase. Offer good through August 24, 2004 on all books priced more than $3.00. Cannot be used in conjunction with other special offers.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Fictionwise eBooks: Lesbian Thriller

Let's balance out that Virginia Woolf recommendation with a pointer to Fictionwise's growing collection of naughty stuff:

"Mistress Margot: A Tale of Sapphic Enslavement [MultiFormat]
eBook by Susanna Valent

James Bond Takes On Ecopolluters. There's sapphic you-know-what galore in this wild new novel of sapphic B&D from the bestselling author of Pirate Queen. Margot is a top agent for a secret organization sworn to prevent ecological disasters. From her ultramodern spy ship, disguised as a yacht, she works with an elite team to block the clandestine plots of business and governments to exploit and destroy the environment for profit. Jasmin is an oil cartel assassin, assigned to remove statesmen and private citizens who seek to block the cartel's plans. When Margot kidnaps Jasmin to uncover the secret of the cartel's newest operation, Jasmin discovers that Margot's not only a secret agent, she is also a dom. Soon Jasmin finds herself a willing slave, being trained to betray the cartel. Enter Sonya, Margot's former lover, a secret agent working for an unnamed Scandinavian country, who keeps a harem of lesbian slaves at her Swiss chalet. Then Margot sends Jasmin to spy on Sonya. Which dom will Jasmin obey? And what will happen if all three women meet at the same time?"


New Book - 15% off ($3.40 or $2.89 for buywise Members)

Fictionwise eBooks: Free F Scott Fitzgerald

For Fitzgerald fans, who haven't grabbed a copy from Project Gutenberg, Black Mask or elsewhere around the web, Fictionwise is also offering The Beautiful and the Damned for free in Multi Format through Aug 22

Fictionwise eBooks: Jacob's Room

Fictionwise is offering Jacob's Room for free, through Aug 22, in Multi-format

Palm Reader users can also get Jacob's Room and other Virginia Woolf novels - always for free - from PDAFiction

Saturday, August 14, 2004


Arianna Huffington has an interesting column on Jim (I Am A Gay American) McGreevey here

Friday, August 13, 2004

Candidate puts all his concerns about lesbians on (pool) table

And it's not a joke

California Supreme Court Rules Marriages Invalid

"LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Today the California Supreme Court ruled that the City of San Francisco did not have the authority to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples earlier this year and invalidated the marriage licenses issued to more than 4,000 same-sex couples."

I wish I were suprised.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Book Designer 4.0

Does anyone read Russian? Know what this page says?

BookDesigner is a very nice piece of free software ( download it here ) Unfortunately, its designer's web site is in Russian.

I've experimented with the software, and it is relatively easy to use. It can create books for MobiPocket Reader, Palm Reader, Microsoft Reader, RocketBook, Hie Book, Psion, and Franklin Ebookman. These aren't just plain old PDB files - they are fully formatted ebooks that can be used on a closed, proprietary reader.

And BookDesigner is FREE.

I found it while looking for an alternative to MobiPocket Publisher Standard, which costs $150.00 (!!!)

Unlike the web site, BookDesigner and it's documentation are in English. If you enjoy making ebooks, this software is certainly worth a look. The download is about 10 MB (don't translate the download page - you'll corrupt the file. Just click on the floppy disk icon

Thursday, August 05, 2004

President Signs Defense Bill

From the official White House web site, an object lesson on why idiots shouldn't engage in public speaking:

Bush today said:

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we"

The AP finds this amusing as well as newsworthy:

Bush Insists His Administration Seeking 'new Ways to Harm Our Country'

The Associated Press
Published: Aug 5, 2004

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush offered up a new entry for his catalog of "Bushisms" on Thursday, declaring that his administration will "never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people."

Ain't it nice to know Junior took the lesson of Daddy's Vice President to heart: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind. or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. how true that is."

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Fictionwise eBooks: FREE 9-11 Commission Report

Fictionwise is offering the 9-11 Commission Report as a free, multiformat book.

They've put a lot of effort into cleaning up the HTML - it's a great service (as were the BlackMask versions - but those were instant, quick and dirty conversions with some formatting glitches)

If you want to read this report on your PDA, grab it here

Available eBook Formats : Adobe Acrobat (4.4 MB), Palm Doc (1.0 MB), Rocket/REB1100 (894 KB), Microsoft Reader (651 KB) - PocketPC 1.0+ Compatible, Franklin eBookMan (802 KB), hiebook (2.1 MB), iSilo (854 KB), Mobipocket (1.1 MB)

Note: Only the Adobe version contains the photos and illustrations

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Latest Newsletter Promo Code at eReader.com

Punch in this week's Promo Code SCOTLAND to receive a 10% discount off each book that you purchase. Offer good through August 10, 2004 on all books priced more than $3.00. Cannot be used in conjunction with other special offers.