Monday, 27 February 2012

How to Donate Your E-Book to Your Local Library--Kurt Chambers


Since I started looking into donating my debut children’s fantasy novel, Truth Teller, to my local library, I’ve had a lot of requests from fellow authors to write a blog post to explain my findings. So, here it is.

At the moment, the first book in my series, Truth Teller, is only in e-book format. I plan to bring it out in paperback later on in the year before I release the second book. A dear friend of mine mentioned that her library did e-books, so I visited my own library to find out if they did the same. While I was there, I asked if it was possible to donate my story, as I was a local author. They took my details and said they would look into it. Shortly after, the called me to explain that a company in America called OverDrive deals with all their e-books. This surprised me as I live in England. They suggested I contact the company and ask them about it.

After a little investigation, I sent an email to their director of marketing asking if they could help me. I received a very helpful reply.

Hello Kurt – Thank you for your interest in OverDrive and your local library. You can donate your book to your library, and they can upload it to their catalog as part of their “Community Reserve” feature. Please have your library contact their OverDrive Account Specialist, and we’ll be able to help them with the process.

The library can only upload items to which they have digital rights, so you’ll need to work that out with them. There is no charge for any item, so the donation should work fine.

If your library doesn’t know who their Account Specialist is, they can contact me and I’ll connect them.


Thanks again for your interest, and good luck.
Regards,
Director of Marketing

From what I can gather from people I’ve spoken with, OverDrive deals with most libraries throughout the world, but you can get this information from your local library. I haven’t been back to my library yet. I need to discuss with them about digital rights and such things, so I can’t really tell you any more on this subject. I assume that I can just give them the digital rights as I own them myself being self published.

The main thing is, it is possible for a self-published author to donate an e-book to their local library. I’m sure there will be plenty of self-published authors out there that are just as pleased as me to discover this information. Good luck, people!


Truth Teller is now available from here:


You can connect with the author at:

Author’s Web page http://kurtchambers.net/

Truth Teller Reviews:

Dawne Dominique - Multi-published author and professional cover artist.
The Truth Teller is one of the best children's fantasy book I've read in a long while. Charlotte is so easy to picture in my mind, and the fantasy aspects are brilliant! There are underlying currents of "real life lessons" that are subtly included...ideal for parents looking for that perfect bedtime story to read to their children. I loved the entire premise of the novel and will definitely be purchasing the next ones in this series.
Kurt Chambers has captured the genre with a wonderful story that will delight many a child's (and adult's) imagination.

Annie McMahon - Editor, published author and Novel Workshop moderator.
This book has everything a bestseller should have: compelling story, endearing characters, vivid descriptions, genuine emotions, and a lot of surprising twists and turns. This is a story about a friendship that transcends race, gender, age, and even realms, between Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. Beautiful and heartwarming. I strongly recommend it and have reviewed Kurt’s story on my blog, Dutch Hill News.

Ralene Burke – Writer, Editor for Wives in Bloom:
Honestly, I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to read these books. Kurt has written an amazing series that emphasizes such wonderful themes as friendship, family, hope, and faith. I’ve read Truth Teller and Wrath of Siren and, even though they are MG, enjoyed them immensely. If you’re looking for wholesome reads for your children, check out the next big thing for MG.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Truth Teller Mystery Tour Winners This Week


After another week on the Truth Teller Mystery Tour, I found myself on two great author sites, TheWriteGame, with the amazing, C. Lee McKenzie, and Chasing Dreams with the equally amazing, Tamara Hart Heiner. I’m pleased to announce the winners of a free copy of, Truth Teller, are as follows:




The winner on TheWriteGame via Virtual Dice is: Kelly Hashway. Congratulations!

The winner on Chasing Dreams due to no comments made is: Tamara Heiner. Well done Tamara. I hope you don’t already have a copy. LOL

Next week, my tour will be heading to New Zealand and volcano country! How exciting!

Monday, 20 February 2012

My Blackberry's not Working! - Kurt Chambers


I wondered what all the fuss was all about as I pottered around in the kitchen preparing to go to bed. My daughter appeared in the door, streaks of black make-up obscuring her puffy red eyes. It looked like she had been attacked. I stopped what I was doing and stared, but before I had time to ask her what was the matter, she blubbered, “Mum just dropped my Blackberry in the bath!”


She laid out the pieces of her phone on the worktop. The look of horror on her distraught face told me it wasn’t working without me having to ask. Her whole world had actually just come to an end. No calls, no text and no BBM.


I tried to suggest that she put it in the airing cupboard overnight to dry out and that it would probably be okay, but she exploded in tears and explained she had already tried to dry it out with the hair dryer and it was BROKEN. She ran to her bedroom in utter dismay.


I had to do something. How could I leave my little girl in a world without text and BBM? It was unthinkable. And besides, that phone cost me a fortune and I couldn’t afford to buy her another one. I made my way upstairs to my treasure drawer. This is where I keep all the things I value in life. Old coins, medals that belonged to my uncle Eric’s father, Zippo lighters, important bits of paper and my pencil that’s made out of a real branch. I ignored the fossils and pieces of real meteorites as I rummaged through to find what my kids had fondly named, my gay old phone.


This small flip phone had been my constant companion for many years. I had used it to form friendships, to get me work and it had saved me on lots occasions in an emergency. It even became a legend on site when I used it for the ‘100 text messages in a day’ contest with a friend of mine. It had endured building site conditions, been dropped in the toilet among other nasty things, fallen from a scaffold, but had never let me down. It deserved a place in my treasure draw. I presented it to my daughter and asked if she wanted to use my gay old phone until she sorted her one out.


She wiped away her tears and gave me a cynical look. “Will it even work with my sim card?”


I assured her it would despite of its appearance, and showed her it even had a slot for her memory card so she would still have all her contact numbers. She removed the card and inspected it. Two hundred and fifty mega bites? How much is that? She asked. I explained that we used to have mega bites before giga bites were invented. After some reluctance, she put in her sim and memory card. I plugged it in and fired it up.


Despite sitting in my treasure drawer for nearly a year, my gay old phone sparked into life revealing the familiar start up screen, Kurt you rock, keep being awesome. That always made me smile every time I booted up my phone, and still did. It accepted the sim and memory card with open arms and once again became a fully functional phone.


“What do you think of my gay old phone now?” I asked, beaming with smugness.


“I actually think it’s pretty awesome at the moment.”


Man! I wish I had caught that on film!


So now my gay old phone not only was a legend, but was a hero too, saving my little girl from the horror of what so many other unsuspecting people have had to endure in this high tech world…My Blackberry’s not working!

Monday, 13 February 2012

Truth Teller Mystery Blog Tour Winners Announced

So far my mystery blog tour has taken me all over the world. Today, I’m a guest author on TheWriteGame, a fantastic site from author C. Lee McKenzie. It is a real honour for me to appear on such a popular site by a great author. Please come and visit for a chance to win a copy of Truth Teller, simply by leaving a comment and sharing the post.

And The Winners Are?

I am delighted to announce the winners of the first three mystery tour posts.

MG Book Review: From Dutch Hill Girl - Annie is a legend with her book reviews, and she was kind enough to review my book for this tour.

The winner of this contest via Virtual Dice is: Brenda Sills - Congratulations!

Guest Author K. Chambers: From T.F. Walsh – Tania has taken my tour all the way down under to Australia. Watch out for her, she is a soon to be author herself.

The winner of this contest via Virtual Dice is: Emily R. King – Congratulations!

The Next Big Thing for MG Readers: From Ralene Burke, Author – Ralene has just landed a job as editor for Wives in Bloom, but has taken time out today to join the tour. How great are my friends?

The winner of this contest via Virtual Dice is: Deborah Halverson – Congratulations!

I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Annie, Tania and Ralene for allowing me onto their websites, and a big thanks to everyone that took the time to leave a comment.

Truth Teller:

Amazon UK: Click here to sample or buy

Amazon US: Click here to sample or buy

Smashwords: Click here to sample or buy

Goodreads: Click here to sample or buy

Shelfari: Click here to sample or buy

Barnes & Noble: Click here to sample or buy

You can connect with the author at:

Author’s Web page http://kurtchambers.net/

Author’s Blog http://geniusborderinginsanity.blogspot.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/emailmanROCKS

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kurt-Chambers/296957780317055

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Official Truth Teller Mystery Blog Tour from MG Author Kurt Chambers


This has got to be one of the most exciting times for any writer when they go on tour with their debut novel. And it’s no exception for me as my tour is now underway for my debut MG novel, Truth Teller. In each of the blog tour posts, I offer every reader a chance of winning a free copy of my book. All you have to do is read the article, make a comment, and share the post on Facebook or Twitter. How easy is that? I would love you to win a free copy of my story, so please, come and leave your comments. There's still plenty of time. The more blogs you comment on, the more chance you have of winning.

Here is where my tour has taken me so far…

MG Book Review: From Dutch Hill Girl - Annie is a legend with her book reviews, and she was kind enough to review my book for this tour.

Guest Author K. Chambers: From T.F. Walsh – Tania has taken my tour all the way down under to Australia. Watch out for her, she is a soon to be author herself.

The Next Big Thing for MG Readers: From Ralene Burke, Author – Ralene has just landed a job as editor for Wives in Bloom, but has taken time out today to join the tour. How great are my friends?

I have other plans for my tour, but I don’t want to be boring and just post a list like everyone else seems to be doing. I thought it would be more fun to make it a mystery tour. Who knows where I will pop up next! Haha!!

Truth Teller:

Amazon UK: Click here to sample or buy

Amazon US: Click here to sample or buy

Smashwords: Click here to sample or buy

Goodreads: Click here to sample or buy

Shelfari: Click here to sample or buy

Barnes & Noble: Click here to sample or buy

You can connect with the author at:

Author’s Web page http://kurtchambers.net/

Author’s Blog http://geniusborderinginsanity.blogspot.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/emailmanROCKS

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kurt-Chambers/296957780317055

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

My First Ever Book Review (Win a free copy)—Kurt Chambers


My blog tour has begun for the release of my debut MG fantasy novel, Truth Teller. And what an exciting start to my tour! I have just had my first ever book review by one of the best reviewers on the blog scene today, Annie McMahon, on her awesome blog site, Dutch Hill News. Please come and see if you think my story is worth reading.

Your chance to win a free copy of Truth Teller:

As part of my blog tour, I would like offer all you blog readers a chance to win a free copy of my story. Simply read Annie’s post here, leave a comment below and share this post on Facebook or Twitter, or both if you’re feeling generous. One lucky commenter will win a free copy of Truth Teller in e-book format via virtual dice. Please include an email address where I can send it if you win. Thank you!


Truth Teller is now available in all e-book formats from here:

Amazon UK: Click here to sample or buy

Amazon US: Click here to sample or buy

Smashwords: Click here to sample or buy

Goodreads: Click here to sample or buy

Shelfari: Click here to sample or buy

You can connect with the author at:

Author's Web page http://kurtchambers.net/

Author's Blog http://geniusborderinginsanity.blogspot.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/emailmanROCKS

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kurt-Chambers/296957780317055