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Jan.23.2010
On a particular episode of "Two and a Half Men," Jake found the word squab fun to say.  For some strange reason, I started walking around saying "squab, squab, squab."  Next, I found the name of a city in the area where we are currently residing particularly fun to say as well...
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Jan.21.2010
Ebooks, ereaders, epublishers, eformats...egads!  It's fascinating and exciting to read all the articles and comments regarding the changes and evolutionary trends in the publishing world.  A similar transformation, I believe,  took place in the music publishing arena during the 70's and 80's.  At...
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Jan.19.2010
I am happy to announce the winners of my first contest.  Phil Aaholm wins a book of his choice from SynergEbooks.  Ilena Holder receives book one in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. I used randomizer.org to generate two winners from all the emails I received.  Thank you to all that entered...
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Jan.18.2010
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The deadline is approaching fast...hours to go before my first contest comes to a close.  The first place winner will receive a free ebook of their choice from SynergEbooks.  The second place winner wins the first book in the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost.  All you have to do is email me...
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Jan.18.2010
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Less than twelve hours left to enter my very first contest.  If you've been procrastinating, I'm going to help you.  All you have to do to enter is email at:  jshoch@jameshoch.com  or go to my web site to enter:  www.jameshoch.com  First place winner receives a free ebook of their choice from...
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Jan.15.2010
Reveka's Return
Every day I work at marketing myself as a writer.  It's a bit of an uphill climb one day and down the next routine. Today, I checked stats to my web site and they are definitely up.  It's especially interesting to see the referrals and how people got to the site.  I am now convinced that the blog,...
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Jan.14.2010
Reveka's Return
Okay, maybe I am beginning to sound a bit like a broken record or perhaps a sinister pitchman near a dark alley opening their long black coat trying to get you to buy a watch.  My contest deadline is quickly approaching...midnight, Monday, January 18th.  You have a very good chance to win either a...
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Jan.11.2010
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Hello everyone.  Today is a special blog.  I am excited to interview one of the characters in "Reveka's Revenge," book two of the Crimson Pursuit series.  My guest is Quenilda.  She has been an astral spirit since her death in 1347.  JSH:  Hello, Quenilda, it is a pleasure to be able to...
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Jan.07.2010
Reveka's Return
This morning I read an excellent posting at 1st Turning Point (www.1stturningpoint.com) about working harder.  It was just the boost I needed.  It's very exciting to have your publisher release a new book you wrote, but then after you've popped the champagne and  reality sets in, there's the...
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Jan.04.2010
Reveka's Return
SynergEbooks released my new book, "Reveka's Return." (bk. 1 of The Crimson Pursuit series)  It's a paranormal thriller/horror story .  For all you vampire fans, I hope it's something you can  sink your teeth into.  To help celebrate the release, I set up my very first contest.  Go to my...
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Dec.23.2009
Victory is mine!  The world has one less rat.  Hopefully, tonight I'll sleep better not worrying about "Ben" crawling in our ceiling.  It's a nice early present getting rid of the refuge from a Stephen King movie.   I was awake most of the night.  It's amazing how one's hearing is...
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Dec.22.2009
It's 5 am and once again I am up...and here it is vacation!  I should be enjoying the time to sleep in, but noooo......we have a critter waking us up.  We are pretty sure it's a squirrel because it sounds "big".  It starts chewing on something and that's disturbing.  We live in a motor...
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Dec.16.2009
I recently researched various author's websites to generate ideas for me to revamp my site.  Along the way, I discovered some new authors and now have their books listed on my wishlist at Fictionwise.  It was entertaining and productive.  Here's the url to my website:  www.jameshoch.com   I created...
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Dec.14.2009
Vote for me!!!!
Voting begins today at Epic Authors.com for the cover art contest.  The cover of my first book, "Milford Spitz and the Very Fast Machine" is up for voting.  Any authors out there who are Epic members, go check it out and cast a vote for your favorite...of course, I will be deeply...
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Dec.09.2009
Winter is hitting the upper midwest hard today and I'm really glad I'm not there.  I lived in Minnesota for the last 16 years and with each passing winter I slowly grew into a crabby old man who hated the cold, ice and snow.  So after retiring, we packed up the motor home and headed west.  I...
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