A Bargain Book

Recently, I was going through “My Author’s Page” on Amazon and discovered a couple of wrong entries.  One of them didn’t belong at all; and I was able to have it removed quickly.  The other was a copy of my book, “Mitch,” though the cover was all wrong.  After three frustrating days, more-or-less, I managed to find out what was going on.  It seems, if someone has a copy of my book, he can sell it on Amazon.com as a used book.  It is sort of a way you can buy my books at a bargain.  I don’t mind so much, but the book is automatically listed on my author’s page and I have nothing to say about it.

I guess it’s not really my page after all.  Not only is the used book listed on my page, but now, after all I went through, the new copies aren’t, leastwise not that I can find.  So if you want to buy a new copy, you can’t.

Well, I guess that’s okay.  At least you can get the book at bargain.  The book sells new for $6.39.  Think of the bundle you can save by buying the new one at over $30.00.  That’s right. They are selling the used one at 3 times the cost of the new one!  Go figure.  In the meantime, the thirty dollar figure is scaring readers away from the new books, maybe from my books altogether.

Another interesting fact, an aside.  The used book is “Currently unavailable.”

If you can figure that one out, let me know.

In the meantime, if you want the book, send me an E-mail.  (KAAY@att.net)  I’ll try to have one sent to you for $6.39 + shipping.  No promises.  The way things are going, even that might be a trick.

For those who have your books listed on Amazon, an additional note.  You might want to manage your own copyrights.  I found out that that the dates listed by Amazon are years later than mine.


I wonder…

If the book is worth $30.00, maybe I under priced it.

Not likely.  I think those who have read it will say it is worth $6.39 but not $30.

Another Free Series

March 7, 2020, you will be able to order free the 3 books from Amazon that make up the Mitch Series.  To order them, simply go to my author’s page at :

http://www.amazon.com/author/story_teller

and select those you want.  If, by the way, you should find any others you like, feel free to order them.  There are over 35 to choose from and not one of them a rehash of the other.  You will especially find this series diverse.

The first of the series, “Mitch” is about a private detective who has gone through a traumatic experience and, from time to time has difficulty coping with his past.  The story opens when he is about to violate his third rule, which he made in this effort to cope.

In the second of the series, a friend convinces Mitch to re-enter the world of law enforcement to head up a special task force.  In his efforts, he discovers a particularly sinister plot.  He made the discovery literally based on a thread.

The third one… well, let’s let you find out about that one on your own.  After the finish the first two books, you will certainly want to read the third.  It will likely surprise you.  Maybe not.  You just might figure it out on your own.  Then again, a few readers never figured it out.  For those who don’t figure it out, I enclosed a small explanation at the end of the book.

One more note:  I discovered that some browsers do not work with the above URL.  There are two that I have tried that failed.  I have no idea why.  If it doesn’t work for you, simply log onto Amazon.com and do a author search on Ben Rhodes.  I have done this a number of times and found it effective.  Also you can search on the titles, “Mitch”, “Frequent Flyers” and “Emergency Husband.”  These searches work, but you will likely find more clutter.  Also, if you perform the author search, you will be more likely to find another story or two of mine that will interest you.

Remember, if you are using a Kindle, you can sample all books before ordering them.  Also, you can order a sample of most books free.  In addition, for those that like to listen to books, all my books have text-to-audio enabled.  You might find this nice should you have a long commute to work.  Before I retired, I had an hour commute to work and the drive was made a little more pleasant by listening while I drove.  In a few cases, I sat in my car a few minutes after my arrival, just to keep from interrupting a certain passage.

For those interested, none of my books contain profanity or adult situations.  These books should be fine for anyone in 9th grade or above.  Though there is some violence spoken of, most is indirect and far less than most kids see on TV these days.  I would suspect most 7th or even 6th graders see far more violence on TV regularly.

 

Large Metal Boxes

About six months ago, I started searching for large metal boxes, steel or aluminum was fine, either would do.  I wanted something about a foot high and two feet long.  I Googled large metal boxes.  I looked on Amazon.com for large metal boxes.  I found nothing larger than two or three inches at the most.

It kind of surprised me.  Metal boxes used to be quite common.  Nowadays, I guess not so much.  Everything is plastic.

Now we get to the main reason I write this.  Ever since I started the search, I have been deluged with advertisements for metal boxes.  I wouldn’t mind.  Actually, I might even appreciate it.  But, as you can imagine, none of them was large, or even big.  That software that generates those advertisements don’t seem to be so perfect.  Moreover, all they have succeeded in doing is to just add to my frustration.

As a side note, I did find a solution, so all you advertisers need not bother me any more.  I was walking through Home Depot the other day and noticed that they sold one foot squares of metal, both steel and aluminum.  I bought six of them, some glue and got busy.  In just a little while, I had a 12 inch cube and it works great.  In fact it worked so good, I just might build a few more of them.

Isn’t it wonderful when difficult problems have simple solutions?

(This part has been added on.)

The thought just occurred to me.  It is a shame I know nothing about welding, other than a little about the theory.  If I knew how to weld, I just might be able to make the metal boxes and sell them to augment my retirement.  One thing is for sure.  I’d not have much competition.  Clearly, no one else wants to make the things.

Sequels

When I started my second book, “The Detailer,” I had my reservations.   Most of the sequels I’ve read or seen were rehashes of the original.  Moreover, in most cases, they were not as good.  I was determined to make sure all my sequels and all my books are never, in any way, rehashes of any  of my other books.

I also endeavor to improve the quality of each book.  Granted, I might still have problems with the grammar in my books.  Indeed, I do occasionally misuse a word.  However, no one will ever be able to accuse me of just simply rehashing any of my books.  (This is especially true with the “Mitch” series.)

However, those dummycrats don’t seem to have any problems using the same plot in all their sequels.  In no less than 5 attempts at driving President Trump out of office, they have not come up any new plots or any new story concepts yet.  Always they make the accusation.  Always, they are proved wrong.

I would say they end up with egg on their faces, but the media always come to their rescue.  In fact, they aid and abet even in the construction all of the accusations.

Their methods have gone from well planned to hastily constructed disasters.

A whistle-blower?  Please.  How much thought did they put into that one.  It is casual to the most obvious observer that he was in league with the dummycrats from the start, maybe sooner.

Only thing I can’t understand about it… how in the world do they manage to deceive so many.  Maybe it is because it is so obvious that some folks can’t believe that anyone would try such a thing.

On the other hand, maybe it is just that they want to believe it.  No one so easily deceived than those that have a desire to believe the lie.

 

Please check out my author’s page at

amazon.com/author/story_teller

Also, my email address is Kaay@att.com.  Your short respectful comments are more than welcome.  Any large messages, however, will not be read.  Also, if you insist on using profanity, I will delete the message unread.  Finally, I will not share your email address nor will I send any replies to you without your explicit permission.

For those who have not read it, you might want to read “The Prepper.”  I don’t know why, but it is my most successful book.  Most those who have read most of my books enjoy the most.  It is about a young man who thinks he has prepared for any eventuality.  How quickly he learns he left some of the most important things out.

One nice thing about Amazon is that all readers can read a sample without paying one dime.  Just simply click on the book you would like to sample and the first part of the book to you.  As far as I know, you can even read samples from other other authors.  Then again, why would you want to.  You have about 35 to select from that I wrote.

If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t worry.  You can still read the book on Windows, iPod or Android devices.  In fact, I have read a few books on my little phone that has less than a three inch screen.  For those who would prefer listening to their books, text-to-speech is enabled on all my books.  It sort of makes it easier and safer to read and drive at the same time.