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Saturday, August 9, 2014

I THINK THE MECHANICAL REBELLION IS OVER!




Okay, so after two weeks of appliances and mechanical things failing one after another I think it is finally reversing.

It started with the water heater. A telltale leak in the garage that fortunately missed all or most of the things in its path. But, necessitated replacing the water heater and a water feed line. Even with our insurance with American Home Shield covering the replacement of the heater, we still had almost a $1,000 bill for the non- covered items.

The next day I was vacuuming the upstairs when without any warning the vacuum cleaner went stone cold dead. It simply wouldn't come back on. I thought I'd need a new one.

Then the internet (my lifeline as an author) went down and after an hour and a half on the phone with Cox they finally got it back on. The problem turned out to be the ethernet cable, but they said since my router was 7 years old it had been on borrowed time for at least 3 years and would have to be replaced. 

I went downstairs where hubby told me the big screen TV had gone completely black. It is an older LCD that requites a bulb that backlights it. Years ago I was told that was about a $600 repair.

Oh yes, also learned the battery in my car has a crack and will have to be replaced.

Then things began to reverse. I plugged the vacuum cleaner into a different outlet and viola! It leaped to life.
Found out the bulb replacement will be slightly over $200 for the TV. Always get a second estimate.
Will probably replace the router before it dies because I also have internet telephone. If death of the router is eminent, I will head it off at the pass. 
Discovered I hadn't bought the battery for the car that long ago. Maybe there will be some warranty credit left.

Yes, things are definitely looking up.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

RIPOFF promotion over after three days of intense marketing-Time to return to current projects

Yes, the promotion for RIPOFF is over and I am so grateful to all of the 5,600+ people who downloaded copies. I'm sure you will enjoy this funny crime caper and hope you will be motivated to post reviews. Most people don't know what big business manufacturing in Federal prisons is, but it truly is close to a BILLION DOLLAR A YEAR business.

With stories in the media every day about those who figure out how to ripoff  the government, what could have made more sense than for Caroline, a woman with a very active imagination and me, the author of ten books at the time, to use our knowledge of the manufacturing division to cook up a clever plot. It does need to be said that the real Federal
prison manufacturing corporation was set up in Roosevelt's time as a rehabilitation program for inmates, and it has worked so well with reducing recidivism (return to prison) that state programs and programs in other countries have been modeled after it.

We spent a long time developing the storyline, embracing some ideas and rejecting others. One of the things we considered was that the private sector marketing company we worked for during the time we were marketing furniture made in prisons to Federal government clients  did pull some shenanigans with seven figures of Federal "seed money" given to them to start the company. They got away with it and went bankrupt just as their five year contract was up. That was the basis for the ideas to begin to fall into place.

Sometimes we agreed wholeheartedly and other times disagreed vehemently, but in the end a retired FBI agent said our scam could have worked under the proper conditions and it was a good thing we weren't crooks.

Now it is time to finish up my current book. IZZY AND ME, with co-author Dennis N. Griffin as told by Gina Marion about the true story of the relationship between her father, Izzy Marion, and her. It is not what the public saw. Izzy was a fairly high-profile, often beloved, person in Las Vegas--hairstylist to the stars, entertainer, restaurateur, Mob affiliate and a myriad of other things. He also had a secret life behind closed doors that wasn't pretty. Target release is late 2014.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kindle edition of RIPOFF free for only 3 days

***DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY. IF YOU MISS THE PROMOTION THE REGULAR PRICE FOR THE KINDLE EDITION IS $2.99***

ALL REVIEWS ARE APPRECIATED!
 



Amazon ranking at 12:30 July 30, 2014


Thursday, April 17, 2014

4 DAYS LEFT TO ENTER GOODREADS GIVEAWAY CONTEST FOR "RIPOFF"


Book Giveaway For Ripoff

  • Ripoff by Morgan St. James
    Ripoff
    by
    Release date: Mar 23, 2014
    SOMEONE WAS RIPPING OFF THE FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM AND IT WAS GOING FINE UNTIL 3 SAVVY WOMEN WERE HIRED. THEN THE RED FLAGS WENT UP!

    Did you know prison…more
     
    Giveaway dates: Apr 02 - Apr 22, 2014
    5 copies available, 257 people requesting
    Countries available: US

  • Closed to entries in: 4 days and 0:24:54

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    GIVEAWAY CONTEST FOR "RIPOFF" ON GOODREADS

    5 AUTOGRAPHED COPIES OF THE FUNNY NEW CRIME CAPER "RIPOFF" WILL BE GIVEN AWAY IN A RANDOM DRAWING ON GOODREADS 

    Manufacturing in Federal prisons is about an $8,000,000 a year business and someone has figured out how to grab some of those millions for themselves.In fact, iIt was all going fine until 3 savvy women were hired and smelled a rat. They staged a somewhat bumbling but successful undercover investigation and were amazed at the clever scheme they uncovered.


    Goodreads Book Giveaway

    Ripoff by Morgan St. James

    Ripoff

    by Morgan St. James

    Giveaway ends April 22, 2014.

    See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
    Enter to win

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    AMAZING HOW LIFE GETS IN THE WAY

    I didn't realize how long it had been since I'd posted on this blog. So many things have happened. I just finished redesigning my entire website - www.morganstjames-author.com - and am delighted with the new look. 

    When I began to click the links to the various blogs, as I visited them, I realized that if I'm going to have links to all of the blogs I've started during the past few years, they mean nothing if I don't keep them up. Check out the "latest, greatest" version of my website.

    RESOLUTION: I will set aside one day as "Blog Day" every week. On that day I'll do as much updating as I possibly can. Since I'm a procrastinator at times, I'm going to have to make an appointment with myself and put it on my Outlook Calendar. Otherwise, other things will grab my attention.

    It has been a busy month. But then, what else is new?

    I've helped to put together events that will involve several days of fundraising for the S.A.F.E. House shelter in Las Vegas NV. Many things are still in the works for these events, but it will extend from April 23-27. Here are the basics and now it's time for me to begin getting media releases and making contacts about it. I'm helping to make the dream Bella Capo had when she came out of hiding to write LA BELLA MAFIA come true - reaching as many abuse victims as possible with advice and messages of hope.

    APRIL 23 - Bella Capo will visit S.A.F.E. House to give a motivational chat to the residents. She has been in their shoes both as an abused child and abused spouse. Copies of LA BELLA MAFIA will be donated to the shelter.

    APRIL 26 - Barnes & Noble Bookfair to benefit S.A.F.E. House featuring Bella and LA BELLA MAFIA, the book I co-authored with Dennis N. Griffin. There will be a B&N code to identify purchases eligible for donations their donations to the shelter which I will be posting when I have it. Every book purchase that has the code entered at the Barnes & Noble in Henderson NV will qualify for a donation. I'm waiting to see if it will also apply to online purchases. Meet and Greet with Bella, unvarnished chat about her life and book signing. 12:-00-3:00

    APRIL 27 - Private event for the "Ladies Making a Difference" group in Las Vegas. Meet Bella Capo and book signing. Donation to S.A.F.E. House for all purchases that day. The "Ladies" are also doing a toy and clothing drive for the women and kids at the shelter.

    It makes me feel so good to be able to help. Stay tuned for more details.

    NEW BOOKS

    The Kindle edition of my new book RIPOFF was released and the paperback should be available at many online bookstores, nationally and internationally, by the end of the month.

    This funny crime caper, co-authored with Caroline Rowe, involves an over-the-top scheme to embezzle from the federal prison system and the 3 "Charlie's Angels Wannabes" who bumble into the scam.

    Twists, turns and a surprise finale!




    The SILVER SISTERS MYSTERIES are back, and better than ever. Beginning with the upcoming re-release of the award-winning culinary caper, A CORPSE IN THE SOUP in April, the existing books will be re-released in edited new editions, all with cool new covers.

    Seven Deadly Samovars, the second book in the series, has had quite a bit of editing and become TERROR IN A TEAPOT. It is targeted for release in late August or early September. It will be followed by VANISHING ACT IN VEGAS in late December or early 2015. For Silver Sisters fans, once all three books are out, we will be offering a special package deal for purchase of all three.

    Not only that, but DIAMONDS IN THE DUMPSTER, a new adventure featuring the zany twins and their feisty 80 year-old mother and uncle--the former vaudeville magicians who love to dress in disguise and go undercover--is in the works!

    And, my friends, as the saying goes what you see above is just the tip of the iceberg of everything that has been going on in my life. Of course, living in the desert, we don't have icebergs, but you get my drift.

    MORE NEXT WEEK!

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    EXCERPT FROM “BETRAYED”

    Sherry and Tommy both stood there staring at me as though I was a piece of meat in the butcher’s case. My eyes darted around the room frantically looking for
    anything faintly familiar. The pounding of my heart echoed in my ears. I told myself it was okay and tried not to be so afraid. After all, the walking dead aren’t supposed to care about anything, are they? It didn’t work. I was petrified.
    Tiny blood red specks blinked furiously, growing larger and larger on the dark blanket inside my head. Then everything turned pitch black.

    CLICK HERE NOW AVAILABLE IN THE KINDLE EDITION. PAPERBACK COMING SOON.
    Paperback cover