Robert’s Roundup #36 ( Dec, 2022)

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Abbreviations: KU means Kindle Unlimited,  and APUB means it was published under an Amazon imprint.NYP means “Name Your Price” (that’s an option on Smashwords and other booksellers). If you’d like to submit an ebook to me for review or mention in this column, see my instructions here.

MAILING LIST: I just started a mailing list for my publishing company. Will mail out every 2 months and will include excerpts from my Robert’s Roundup columns and other random stuff. MASTADON:

I’m curtailing my ebook purchases during December, but this month will instead include lots of library books and Project Gutenberg titles and what not.

Hey, some big changes are a-coming. I’m flirting with the idea of changing the design of this blog. Although I really like the sidebar with all the ebooks and links, I’ve fallen out of love with Smashwords. Besides, my Google Analytics tells me that a lot of visitors are on mobile phones instead of laptops.

Over Christmas I met two people from Tennessee — and realized that I didn’t know any authors associated with that state. How about: James Agee, Peter Taylor. Here are two listicles about the subject. The distinguished university University of the South (which hosts the famous Sewannee Review) is in Sewannee TN. Apparently Alice Walker‘s Color Purple and Barbara Kingsolver‘s Flight Behavior and John Grisham’s novels take place in Tennessee, so there you go. Flight Behavior has been recommended in several different places, so I’ll probably be reading that soon.

Indie Author Spotlight


Under the Radar

My Hilarious Sex Life by Andy Halmay. Mostly true tales of a songwriter about sex and other stuff.

Luminous Sandwich by Michael Vaughn (novella). Also, Climies. Vaughn is a very prolific author (25+ books) and tends to have several items for free on Amazon at any given time. I haven’t read anything by him yet, so maybe I should do so sooner rather than later. his Youtube channel is very active and on Jan 1 he released a 27 minute roundup of all his reads of 2022 (basically he read a lot of quick-read popular novels, sci fi, horror and gave two sentence reactions to them). His tastes differ from my own, but I enjoyed hearing his talk about authors I typically overlook.

Back of The Yard: A Great Depression Family Saga by Meg Lelvis (Author Website). Indie author TX winner and Houston-based author. Irish Catholic family living in 1930s Chicago, centering around two sisters. She also writes mysteries.

Ten Tangled Tales: For, Life’s not a Fairy Tale! by Suduhita Mitra

What Smiled at Him by Colin Dodds

The Imaginary Life of Abigail Jones by J. Schlenker

The Patriot’s Grill by Steven Day

The Perfect Gray by Chris Angelis

Careless: A Doctor Shares Firsthand How Our Healthcare System is Sick, and the Ways We Can Heal It
by Dr. Aviva Elad

25 Perfect Days: Plus 5 More by
Mark Tullius

A Dead Man’s Ice Cream by Alfredo Herrero de Haro

Birdie & Jude by Phyllis H. Moore

Echoes of Gravity (Tapache’s Promise Trilogy Book 1) by James Murdo

Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 by Stephen Kotkin. 1.99. 2nd in a series. This biographer is very interesting; check out his interviews or podcasts or lectures (such as here or here)

Library Purchases/Printed books


Creative Commons/Freebies


Literary Articles and Essays




Capsule Book Reviews


Book Roar Review


Multimedia/Podcasts, Etc

LIT YOUTUBE : Here’s a great & fun reading & performance piece by @brianbilston (whose Twitter poems I have been following for a long while). Language is always clever & beautiful; I’m so grateful when authors do readings on Youtube;; I don’t care so much about appearances than the sound of an author’s voice + rhythm + manner of speech..

Personville Press Deals

I run Personville Press, a small literary book press where all the ebooks cost less than $4. Prices normally appear highest on Amazon, Apple, Kobo and BN, somewhat lower on Google Play Books and lower on the two DRM-free stores which are Smashwords and Payhip. Personville Press is committed to selling DRM-free ebooks and audio files directly from the Personville Press payhip store or from SmashwordsThe prices listed here are the non-discounted price on Amazon. Check the links to see if they are discounted at the moment (it happens often).






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