I Give Away Free Books – Hollywood Ass.

HOLLYWOOD ASSToday and tomorrow I’m giving away my 4-star novel Hollywood Ass. completely free of charge. All you need to do is to click this link and download the e-book. Even if you don’t have a Kindle you can still download the Kindle reading app for your Mac, PC, Android phone, iPhone or other device.

So make sure you don’t forget to download Hollywood Ass. a fast-paced romantic comedy about the world of celebrities and their assistants. I would of course be eternally grateful for any share! Hashtag #hollywoodass

More about the book below:

HOLLYWOOD ASS.
A romantic and humorous story about Hollywood, fame, friendship and love.

A Hollywood superstar suffers a mental collapse, her marriage is on the ropes, her career is at a standstill and the only one keeping it all together is her loyal assistant and friend, Darryl. Problem is, he’s kind of in love with her. Soon he finds himself drawn into a story that is much like the movies his employer stars in. But in real life the answers aren’t in the script…

Buy it today at Amazon or read a sample at Scribd. Print UK, Print US
Links for Hollywood Ass. kindle version: US, UK, DE, FRES, IT, JP, CA, BR

What people say about Hollywood Ass.

“Fascinating.”
“I enjoyed the book, it was funny, there was some drama and a little love story.”
“I found it nearly impossible to put down at night.”
“The pace was excellent and had a mixture of serious and funny moments.”
“Cute and funny story!”

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Rambling on patience, blogs, meaning of life

I can’t wait to finish this post so I can get on to the next item on my to-do list.

The thing which frustrates me most about the hyper-modern, super-groovy, social-media and Internet-crazed society we live in today is the lack of patience. Things are not allowed to take time. People don’t stop to think. Everything has to happen NOW.

You can’t even wait for food anymore, that’s why we have fast foods, microwave dinners and instant coffee. Why go through the trouble to make anything when you can get it now, no extra effort involved? And there’s no point in reading a book that takes two weeks when there’s a movie which tells the whole story in 95 minutes, right?

Is this attitude a result of the speed of life today? Not really? It’s not that we die faster, instead, through all kinds of pills, botox and life support tools, we live longer and look better while doing so (win-win!?). Some research points to that recent generations will be 150 years or older. All this time and we still need to stress through life like overcharged Duracell bunnies? Makes no sense to me.

The meaning of life these days usually mean two things, make shitloads of money and walk around and wave them in people’s faces, or get famous at whatever cost – two things that will take loads of effort, stress and possibly alienating some of the things you really like to do. It’s all a search for attention and “Look at me! I’m me! And there’s only one of ME!”

It’s not like I don’t do or think like that. I like to write books, which is both fun and relaxing (except for the editing part which is hell) and a clear shout for people to understand me or like my mind. Every book could say: here’s an invitation to like my mind on the cover. Sometimes people do, sometimes they don’t. In one way I believe the Internet makes us overly critical and analytical of each other. Just look at any popular online forum and you will find more hate than in a brigade of Nazis. But then there’s also the other side, the global, mind-blowing we-reach-out-to-each-other part which is pretty damn cool.

Blogs are cool. Or are they’re just there to relieve ourselves of the pressure of editing our thoughts? I call this post “Rambling…” because I think a lot of blogs, mine included, are just that, a rather raw form of self-expression. I will read this post through once, fix some minor stuff and then click publish. Because I’m stressed. Because I have other things to do than blog. Because I need to prioritise.  If this was a short story, it would take days or even weeks of work, but since it’s basically just rambling and I owe you, dear reader, pretty much nothing, it will be online pretty much as scribbled.

And when the post is out, when it’s online, it goes out on Twitter, Facebook and any other kind of social media and with a little luck, people enjoy the rambling and click “Like” or “Retweet” or even write a comment. Our egos then make a small somersault, happy to get the recognition and find people who are like-minded and like our minds.

We are attention whores. But is it so bad? Isn’t the online world pushing us closer to each other? Making it easier for us to write e-books (thanks Amazon, Smashwords, Apple iBookstore, Nook, Kobo, etc) or publish our music through Youtube, Soundcloud or Myspace (isn’t it dead yet?) or our photos through Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. We can be heard and seen without agents, without a stroke of luck, without having lots of zeroes on our bank statements.

This is the groovy part of the Internet.

Then there’s the part that stresses me out with its flow of Facebook updates, Twitter streams and instant news updates.

Oh shit, look at the clock.

I have to hit publish now.

/J.

 

 

So what’s that Kindle thing?

Okay, this is a disclaimer that this post is all about me selling the Kindle. If you’re not at all interested in e-books or e-readers, please read some other post 🙂

You’ve heard about it, you’ve read about it and you’ve probably wondered “is this thing for me?” – it’s the Amazon Kindle and it’s an absolutely revolutionary way of reading books. This is something you can get into even if you’re a print-book nostalgic like myself, much thanks to the E-ink screen that lets you read in broad daylight (much unlike the glare-prone iPad for example, although I still think the iPad is a pretty amazing product in its own right).

Another thing I really like about the Kindle is the built-in dictionary and the possibility to make notes in the books and also that you can bring as many books as you like with you. This is especially useful when traveling of course.

So you’re stoked and now you really want to look into this Kindle thing…well, there’s actually only one place where you can buy it and that is on Amazon.com

Amazon is the world’s largest online store and was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1995. Amazon.com started as an online bookstore, but soon diversified, selling DVDs, CDs, MP3 downloads, computer software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, and toys. The flagship product of Amazon.com is their own product, The Kindle e-book reader.

The Kindle is an amazing product for its price, at the time of writing listed at 139 dollars and 189 dollars with built-in 3G. You can carry countless books with you, use the pre-installed dictionary to look up words instantly and the e-ink screen will prevent any kind of glare or tired-eyes syndrome.

Here’s Amazon own list of specs for the Amazon Kindle:

All-New, High-Contrast E Ink Screen – 50% better contrast with latest E Ink Pearl technology
Read in Bright Sunlight – No glare
New and Improved Fonts – New crisper, darker fonts
New Sleek Design – 21% smaller body while keeping the same 6″ size reading area
17% Lighter – Only 8.7 ounces, weighs less than a paperback
Battery Life of Two Months – A single charge lasts up to two months with wireless off
Double the Storage – Up to 3,500 books
Books in 60 Seconds – Download books anytime, anywhere
Free 3G Wireless – No monthly payments, no annual contracts
Built-In Wi-Fi – In addition to the 3G wireless, you can connect to Wi-Fi hotspots
20% Faster Page Turns – Seamless reading
Enhanced PDF Reader – With dictionary lookup, notes, and highlights
WebKit-Based Browser – Free 3G web browsing (experimental)

Although I love my Kindle and think it’s essential for reading more and enjoying reading more (I bring it with me to the gym every morning), there might be a reason you don’t want one (you might already have an iPad for example) all you need to do is to install Free Kindle Reading Apps or use the Kindle Cloud Reader which enables you to get to your Kindle library from any digital device with an Internet connection. All the Kindle apps and the Kindle Cloud Reader are free of charge and easy to install and use. There’s simply no reason for you not to try them out and start reading digitally.