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Can blogging about happily ever afters actually bring love, romance and excitement?
Books, Blogs, & Reality by Ryan Ringbloom
**Exclusive free sample for KND readers**

Books, Blogs, & Reality

by Ryan Ringbloom

Books, Blogs, & Reality
4.6 stars – 49 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

Here’s the set-up:

Life can suck…

When reality becomes overwhelming, seeking comfort in fictional fantasies keeps hope alive. And while this escape may be a little delusional, it’s also therapeutic.

Sharing secrets is daunting, but virtual friends don’t often judge and they are always ready to share a glass of wine…or three…while typing out life’s latest endeavors.

Brooke believes obstacles only add to romance, not detract. Rachael longs for a more intense relationship, or so she thinks. Lizzie misses the excitement in her life, but sometimes new situations find you when you’re not even looking. And Jess believes a tiger can change his stripes. It can’t.

Bound by a shared passion for blogging about happily ever afters, these four young women use keyboard therapy to work through their expectations, anxieties, and inadequacies, all with the hopes of achieving the perfection found in romance novels.
Completely blinded by what they think life should be, they navigate their unique paths in search of what they envision is right. But when reality taunts them with persistent curve balls, will they be strong enough to choose wisely? Or will their happy endings escape them?

New Adult Contemporary Romance
Mature content. This story is intended for mature readers. 18+

5-star Amazon reviews:

Excellent read. 5 full stars

“… my choice for the Best Books of 2014

“… All I can say is that you will be pleasantly surprised by this amazing read.

Click here to visit Ryan Ringbloom’s Amazon author page

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A Heads Up on Some Great Kindle Blogs

It will probably come as no surprise to many Kindle Nation Daily readers that I pay close attention to some of the good work that my  colleagues in the Kindlesphere do in writing and researching about  what’s going on in the world of ebooks. Some of them have been working  hard at this for years, and while of course I want to keep each and  every one of my readers and subscribers, I hope you will also check out any of these that interest you:

  • Andrys Basten’s A Kindle World Blog had a thoughtful piece this week on media coverage of the “negotiations” around ebook prices
  • Paul Biba’s TeleRead blog has been covering ebook matters intelligently for nearly two decades
  • Bufo Calvin’s I Love My Kindle posts mix wit and wisdom with the occasional flash
  • Abhi at Kindle Review spends more time immersed in deep and interesting thoughts about ebook readers than anyone else I’ve observed
  • Seth’s Blog by Seth Godin is a great inspiration to free and creative thinking
  • Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits is a wonderful calming influence
  • Len Edgerly‘s eponymous blog opens the curtain wide to reveal a Kindle wizard’s inner thoughts

Cheers to my colleagues and comrades!

Lest you think I’m trying to get you to spend your money unwisely, let me remind you that with all of these blogs, as well as Kindle Nation Daily, there’s  always the option of a 14-day free trial if you’d like to try out the  convenience of having a blog pushed directly to your Kindle with each  new post.

From the Kindle Nation Mailbag: Saving & Highlighting Blog Posts on Your Kindle for Future Reference

As mentioned in a previous post, Kindle Nation citizen Paul D wrote in to ask why he couldn’t bookmark, highlight, or search within a post or passage from a Kindle blog the way one can with a passage or phrase from a Kindle book.

Alas, these features are unfortunately blocked with Kindle blogs, but here are several alternatives worth noting.

Clip, Keep and Work With a Blog 

While reading a blog on your Kindle, just press the “Menu” button and select “Clip this article.” The entire post that you are reading at the time will be saved to your Kindle’s “My Clippings” file, a text file that you can find and open from your Home screen. You can also access the same “My Clippings” file from your computer by connecting your Kindle via USB and saving the file to your computer as a TXT file. Then, once you open it, you have the option of cutting and pasting the article or post or any passage from it and sending the saved file to your you@kindle.com or you@free.kindle.com so that Amazon will convert it for reading on your Kindle.

Transfer Blog Posts to Your Kindle for PC App

Although the Kindle edition of a blog works as a kind of revolving fund of recent posts and disposes of older posts on a regular basis, Kindle owners who subscribe to a Kindle blog also have the option of sending a blog to your PC through your Kindle for PC App and saving it their on your Kindle for PC Home screen so that it won’t be wiped out by new posts. Here’s a post that explains the process. I haven’t tried to reverse-engineer the process by transferring such a historic blog-slice back to my Kindle, and my concern about that process is that it might affect the Kindle platform’s capacity to send me daily updates of the blog in question. I’m hoping this same functionality will soon extend to the Mac via the Kindle for Mac app that is coming “soon.”

Save the Online Version of a Post to Your Kindle with Instapaper

Finally, whenever you find any blog post or periodical article online and you feel it’s a keeper, you can use Instapaper to send it directly to your Kindle for future reference.  Just go to Instapaper.com, sign up for a free account, and link your account to your Kindle via your you@kindle.com email address. Grab the “Read Here” button, stick it on your browser’s toolbar and you are ready to go. Wherever you surf on the web all day long, you can click that “Read Here” link and content that you select will be sent to your Kindle, in a reader-friendly digest file that will be easy to identify on your Home screen, whenever you want: on demand, once a day, or once a week.

Did You Know You Can Read Kindle Nation Daily and Other Kindle Blogs with Your Kindle for PC App?

By Stephen Windwalker
Originally posted November 17, 2009 – © Kindle Nation Daily 2009, 2010
Did you know that you can read Kindle Nation Daily or other Kindle edition blogs on your PC with the Kindle for PC App? The Kindle for PC App renders Kindle blogs in crisp, uncluttered fashion and makes it easy to move seamlessly back and forth between a blog and websites to which it links. It’s especially convenient, for instance, in reading posts such as Kindle Nation Daily Free Book Alerts and Around the Kindlesphere pieces that are full of links to other reading choices. (I expect this feature will also soon be available with Kindle Apps for the Mac and iPad.)
It is limited for now (1) to blogs only; and (2) to accounts where there is already an actual Kindle as well as a Kindle for PC computer registered to the account. But that’s going to change; more about that further down. Here’s the process, in 7 quick and easy steps: 

  1. Using an Amazon account that is associated with a registered Kindle, subscribe to any Kindle Store blog such as Teleread, Kindle Nation Daily, or Furthering the Worldwide Cultural Conversations. (Or, if you already subscribe to a Kindle Store blog, you can use that blog).
  2. Make sure that you have downloaded the Kindle for PC App to your computer and that it is registered to the same Amazon account.
  3. Go to your Manage Your Kindle page, scroll down to the “Your active Kindle subscriptions,” and click on the “+” sign on the left next to the blog you want to read with Kindle for PC, to expand the information on the blog.
  4. Click on the “Download to computer” button.
  5. Your browser should prompt you to select “Open with Kindle for PC Application (default),” and that’s what you should select.
  6. The blog should appear in the Kindle for PC App which should appear on your screen within seconds, and will also have a cover icon on your App’s home screen.
  7. You will have to repeat this process to see new posts since, at least at present, the blog content is not pushed to your PC as it would be to your Kindle.

That’s all pretty good news, but there is even better news, coming. The first clue for me came when I noticed, right below the Buy Now with 1-Click button on the Kindle blog and periodical pages of my son’s Kindle for PC App, the words “Deliver to your Kindle or other device,” as you can see in the screenshot below: Naturally, we tried this out, only to find glitches along the way in the process. But we then placed a call to Kindle Support and spoke to a very clear and helpful technical specialist named Heidi, who affirmed the following:

Amazon is working to make both blogs and other periodicals from the Kindle Store available across the Kindle for PC, the Kindle for Mac, the Kindle for iPhone and iPod Touch, the Kindle for Blackberry and all devices, and that these features are “definitely in the pipeline.”

This is great news whether you are a Kindle owner, a Kindle blogger, or the publisher of a Kindle newspaper or magazine, and it makes our recent primer on how to publish a Kindle blog all the more useful.

Update: If you ever experience difficulty receiving blog updates for Kindle Nation Daily or other Kindle blogs, using the above process to send the blog to your PC is a good way to double check on whether the difficulty is specifically related to your actual Kindle device.