“The Bookworm Returns : Life in Obama’s America” — Book Sale *UPDATED*

Kindle.web_Andrea.coverMASTERUPDATE: The virtue of making lots of mistakes in life is that you get good at making heartfelt apologies. Here’s mine:

I really, really hate learning life lessons the hard way, especially when doing so inconveniences and even misleads others. Today’s life lesson was that, even if you think you’ve properly set-up a Kindle Countdown Deal for your e-book, you should check to make sure that the sale is actually in place before sending out the announcements.

Two days ago, I thought that I had set up a Countdown Deal that would begin today. At the same time, I scheduled a post announcing the deal, as well as this email notification. I was proud of myself for this unusual efficiency.

Pride goeth before a fall, of course.

It turns out that, even as my blog post automatically appeared and my email automatically got delivered, both announcing that my e-book is on sale, the $2.99 price on my e-book remained unchanged. I’d like to blame the Kindle Publishing process, but I can’t. The fault was entirely mine for not confirming that all systems were go before I launched my little publicity campaign.

I am so sorry I wasted your time. Having said that, it’s still a nice book to read and I still intend to put in on sale. When that happens, I’ll double check to make sure that Kindle and I are on the same page, and I’ll send out an announcement that’s the real deal.

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By any chance, have you heard of Bookworm’s The Bookworm Returns : Life in Obama’s America? It is, if I do say so myself, an utterly delightful book. Some (namely me) call it a clever and elegant compendium of essays offering insights into American politics and society. But why take my word for it — even though, since I wrote the book, some might say I have the inside track on just how wonderful it is? Others seem to like it too.

Before I tell you how much these others have liked it, let me entice you with a bargain:  Today through March 20, you can buy the book for $0.99, which is 67% off the regular price.  On March 21, the price creeps up to $1.99 (a 34% discount), where it will stay until 9 p.m. PST on March 23.  After that, if you still want to buy the book, you’re on the hook for the full $2.99.

Robert Avrech, who blogs at Seraphic Secret and who wrote How I Married Karen, a charming, book-length love letter to his wife:

[T]hen I sat down and read The Bookworm Returns: Life in Obama’s America, an eBook which should be mandatory reading for every American. Bookworm Room is a wife, a mother, a lawyer, and a blogger who is something of a hero to me. Whenever I need some common sense talk about difficult political or social issues, I make my way to Bookworm and see what she has to say. Her opening essay on guns, written as a letter to a teacher (but wisely never sent) is a classic discourse on the Second Amendment, and how best to protect our children. Because Bookworm is a brainy lawyer who has not sacrificed her common sense, she writes astonishingly clear sentences that manage to cut to the heart of, well, everything. Her chapters on what the Democrats have done to our health care system is, quite simply, revelatory.

Caryl B. Miller:

Deep in the wilds of Marin County on the other side of the Golden Gate bridge lives Bookworm, a pseudonym for a wonderful writer and culture warrior tilting against the predominant Left flowing current. I’ve always loved her blogging and here is a collection of some of her best work.

Her take on living in Obama’s America, delivered from what some people might call the heart of it alternately made me laugh and reflect seriously at what we’re becoming as a society, and I think it will have the same effect on you. It is, more or less, a diary on what we’re going through right now. And being a collection of short essays, it’s a great mental snack when you feel like giving your brain a treat.

Highly recommended.

Teri O’Brien, who blogs at Teri O’Brien and whose The ABC’s of Barack Obama: Understanding God’s Greatest Gift to America (Lies Obama Told Me) is an enjoyable, easy-to-read indictment of the Obama administration:

One reason that conservatives have a much easier time making logical arguments is that we constantly see our positions under siege by the popular culture, by academia, and by the legacy media. We have to defend our positions, which are laughingly characterized as “out of the mainstream” by people who think Bill Ayers is just a college professor from Barack Obama’s old ‘hood. We see our values and traditions mocked and denigrated on a daily basis. Not so for liberals. They spout crazy talk that goes unchallenged. They repeat threadbare clichés to each other as everyone nods in agreement.

One very notable example of the value of engaging in actual debate is the author of this book, Bookworm, a common sense conservative living in one of the most liberal bastions of the bluest of blue states, and the publisher of a popular blog. Her many fans know that she uses her well-honed intelligence to slice and dice liberal foolishness, and to expose its inherent inconsistencies with clever wit, humor and well-researched, hard evidence, delivered in extremely readable prose that is a delight to experience. For example, in a little over 600 words, she demolishes the anti-freedom, anti-choice Obamacare scheme by comparing it to grocery bag bans. Then I was the one nodding in agreement.

This book is not all wonky public policy–and even the entries written about serious public policy aren’t written in a way that is the slightest bit wonky. I cheered when she busted a liberal professor’s attempt to conflate the nihilistic world of Lena Dunham with the respect for traditional values permeating Jane Austen’s wonderful novels. I marveled at her profound insights about the cycle of life and death inspired by, of all the things, the death of a mouse.

The book is organized into short essays, which makes it perfect for a quick break during the day. Grab a cup of coffee, and be inspired and intellectually refreshed.

You will thoroughly enjoy this book, but beyond that, it will provide you with the evidence and solid arguments that you need to withstand the relentless liberal assault against what you hold dear.

Highly Recommended.

Terry Oberdank:

I have read most of what is in here from the Bookworm Room Blog but it was all worth reading again. She has a wonderful command of language and her values are very commendable.

Beth Vandiver:

“Bookworm” has her eagle-eye on the country and she’s a wonderful writer. If you like common sense, this is the book for you!

Needless to say, I am deeply grateful to those friends of mine who took the time and made the effort to say such kind things about my writing.  Perhaps those reviews will entice you to give the book a try….

Seraphic Secret wrote a lovely review for “The Bookworm Returns”

Kindle.web_Andrea.coverMASTERRobert Avrech, who blogs at Seraphic Secret, read The Bookworm Returns : Life in Obama’s America, and then wrote the kind of review that every author dreams of getting.  What makes it better than the mere words is the source.  Robert is an Emmy Award winning screenwriter, which means that he really knows his writing.  Add to that the fact that, as his blog routinely shows, he’s brilliant, erudite, compassionate, amusing, and just an all-around wonderful thinker . . . and, well, you understand how flattering it is to get a review like this:

A few days ago, a friend from shul told me that he feels like giving up.

“Reading your blog post about the countless gender choices on Facebook,” said my friend, “made me realize that my grandchildren won’t be shocked at this craziness. To them, it will be normal. And that is sick. It feels like the radical left have won the culture wars and now we’re just fighting over meaningless scraps.”

“We can’t just give up,” I said.

But his despair left a profound impression on me.

Is it true that the radical left have already won? Does the rise of a Marxist community agitator to POTUS mean the end of the American Republic?

And then I sat down and read The Bookworm Returns: Life in Obama’s America, an eBook which should be mandatory reading for every American.

Bookworm Room is a wife, a mother, a lawyer, and a blogger who is something of a hero to me. Whenever I need some common sense talk about difficult political or social issues, I make my way to Bookworm and see what she has to say.

Her opening essay on guns, written as a letter to a teacher (but wisely never sent) is a classic discourse on the Second Amendment, and how best to protect our children.

Because Bookworm is a brainy lawyer who has not sacrificed her common sense, she writes astonishingly clear sentences that manage to cut to the heart of, well, everything.

Her chapters on what the Democrats have done to our health care system is, quite simply, revelatory.

Read the rest here.  Even if you don’t want to read the rest of the review, you might want to check it out because Robert’s pretty sure he’s found a picture of me.  ;)

A polite request re my book

Kindle.web_Andrea.coverMASTERIf you’ve read and liked my newest collection of essays, The Bookworm Returns : Life in Obama’s America, I would very much appreciate it if you could give it a review on the Amazon page.

Unless, of course, you hated it, in which case you can consider yourself off the hook for any reviewing obligations.

If you’d like inspiration, I can’t point you to a better example than the review from Caryl B. Miller:

Deep in the wilds of Marin County on the other side of the Golden Gate bridge lives Bookworm, a pseudonym for a wonderful writer and culture warrior tilting against the predominant Left flowing current. I’ve always loved her blogging and here is a collection of some of her best work.

Her take on living in Obama’s America, delivered from what some people might call the heart of it alternately made me laugh and reflect seriously at what we’re becoming as a society, and I think it will have the same effect on you. It is, more or less, a diary on what we’re going through right now. And being a collection of short essays, it’s a great mental snack when you feel like giving your brain a treat.

Highly recommended.

What people are saying about “The Bookworm Returns : Life in Obama’s America”

Kindle.web_Andrea.coverMASTERI’m kvelling.  When I toddled over to the Amazon page for my new book, The Bookworm Returns : Life in Obama’s America, I discovered that Caryl B. Miller left the nicest review:

Deep in the wilds of Marin County on the other side of the Golden Gate bridge lives Bookworm, a pseudonym for a wonderful writer and culture warrior tilting against the predominant Left flowing current. I’ve always loved her blogging and here is a collection of some of her best work.

Her take on living in Obama’s America, delivered from what some people might call the heart of it alternately made me laugh and reflect seriously at what we’re becoming as a society, and I think it will have the same effect on you. It is, more or less, a diary on what we’re going through right now. And being a collection of short essays, it’s a great mental snack when you feel like giving your brain a treat.

Highly recommended.

If you liked the book, and if you feel so inclined, I would appreciate it if you could pop over to Amazon and say a few nice words too. The Amazon metrics are such that those stars and reviews are very useful for sales.

Gack! I’ve done it again — I’ve self-published a book on Amazon

Kindle.web_Andrea.coverMASTERI’ve been silent today for a reason:  I was putting the finishing touches on my Kindle e-book, The Bookworm Returns : Life in Obama’s America, which has just gone live at Amazon. It’s a collection of my favorite posts from the last three years.  I describe it on Amazon as follows:

In 2008, President Barack Obama promised that he would fundamentally transform America — and that’s one of the few promises he’s kept. In a series of clear, elegant, witty essays, Bookworm looks at the changes in American society since Obama became president. These changes have seen America become a poorer, less safe, less free, more racially-charged nation, adrift in a world that, without America as both protector and anchor, is also become increasingly poor and dangerous.

I had a lot of fun assembling the book.  I was rather delighted to see how prescient I was when discussing Obamacare, the Obama economy, foreign policy, educational trends, etc.  I was also pleased to see that my original posts, which I tend to slam out in bouts of frenzied writing between parenting, household maintenance, caring for my mother, and the occasional legal job, were fairly coherent.  They all had typos (sigh!) and awkward phrases, but once I ironed those things out, they seem to me to read pretty darn well.

Also, please note the bee-yoo-ti-ful cover, which a friend of mine, who is a professional graphic designer, created for me.  If you’re interested in working with him on your own e-book, or have other graphic design needs, you can see his contact information on the inside title page.  (You can see that title page simply by downloading a Sample of the book.)

If you enjoy my writing, please consider buying the book (a bargain at $2.99).  I will receive $2.05 for every book sold.  You’ll get reading pleasure (I hope), and I’ll get a return on the effort I put into blogging.  As you know, I blog compulsively, rather than to earn money, but it’s really nice to see a little money coming in for the effort.