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March 31, 2020

I'll Corona Your Virus! UPDATED 03/31/20

UPDATED 3/31/20

So today this doctor just tweeted this image of a coronavirus test via nose swab (which is what I had).

Enjoy: https://twitter.com/DrPeckPNP/status/...

Was it the best time ever?

No.

However, some of the commenters are being SO MELODRAMATIC.

Folks, it was nowhere near the most painful medical thing out there.

Try being urethra catheterized, the nurse being incompetent and having to pull it all the way out and try again... back to back. (Yes, that happened to me during one of my pre-term labor episodes.) Now THAT was pretty damned painful.

What is a urinary catherization exactly?

Well, it involves having a tube about the girth of a pencil slowly shoved up your tiny pee hole and all the way into your bladder - sans any kind of sedation or anesthesia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urinary...

Or perhaps try a nervous system stimulation test where they stick a needle into various points of your body, one by one, right into the nerve and then proceed to administer electroshock to said nerve - 1 to 5 times per nerve point with each time getting more intense.

(Yes, I've had that one as well. I was stuck and shocked more than 200 times total.

And guess what? They couldn't find the damned problem.

Know who figured it out?

ME!

And it was something simple and easily fixed in my environment.)

Oh and did I happen to mention that I'm a needle phobe at that?

I dare say others have had even more painful experiences like say, I don't know, pushing a watermelon sized being out of a non-watermelon sized hole?

#GoodTimes

UPDATE 3/30/20

So I got my coronavirus test back even FASTER than 48 hours and it was negative.

Yay me!

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PREVIOUS POST: 3/29

'Allo my fellow detainees!

Like many of you, I live in a city on lockdown. However, unlike others, I am in double super max lock down as I await the results of my coronavirus test.

Now let me preface this by saying that I'm feeling much better at this point. I'm not having nor have I had any major respiratory distress symptoms such as shortness of breath or anything. I also haven't had to be hospitalized or anything of that nature.

In fact, except for a few days that I was super tired and my symptoms were at their most irritating, my symptoms have been very mild (though I am told that that could turn on a dime and to continue rest, etc).

Though I was fine with just staying home in self quarantine, out of an abundance of caution and concern for anyone who might have been near me the last 14 days, I decided to get tested.

So, how did I get the test?

Well, in Houston, you are required to have certain symptoms via a pre-screening before you are administered the test. Unfortunately, I checked too many symptom boxes during the screening and have been determined as possibly infected.

While there are a number of different tests, mine consisted of a thin swab being stuck up my nose all the way into regions that nothing has ever been stuck before. Yes, all the way up into your sinuses.

While not painful, needless to say it is not the most comfortable and made me start coughing. Of course, this does not seem to be ideal for anyone (though my nurse basically had on a hazmat mask, gloves and a disposable gown over her clothing).

The rooms are also thoroughly disinfected between each test. I can attest to this fact as the smell in the room was disgusting and overwhelming as the fragrances of the various cleaning and disinfecting products came together in a horrible cacophony of loud stench. Still, I'd rather smell the chemical cleaning funk than not.

Post swab I was face masked and instructed not to take it off until I'm home, to continue self-isolation (going absolutely no where) and to record my temperature each day.

While my discharge papers say I'll have the results in 48 hours, in the room I was told 3-5 business days (so who knows when I'll actually get the results).

Either way, the worst of the infection seems to be over for me. Hopefully, if whatever this is is indeed coronavirus, I haven't infected anyone else. I've been super careful (even before symptoms started) with social distancing, etc. However, other people around me have not been or have encroached on my 6-foot bubble.

Even in situations where everyone is social distanced (such as at the grocery store), as soon as the door opens, they all crowd together at the entry/basket corral.

I've been taking walks at sunrise when most people are still asleep and diverting my path like Pacman being chased by ghosts if I see anyone even within 10 feet of me. Even then, I see people just randomly walking up to neighbors or the maintenance man or mail person, stand right next to them and having conversations like nothing is going on.

Considering that an estimated 17% to as high as 50 something percent of infected show no symptoms (at least at the time they are spreading infection), I've been treating everyone like they're zombies for weeks and have been staying as far away as possible.

That being said, one can only Netflix and Chill for so long. During my downtime, I've put together this interesting multi-genre group of ebooks that are priced at $5 or less with some titles as low as 99 cents.

More details can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog...

Cheers!

Grea.
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March 30, 2020

April-Shower Proof: Over 50 Ebooks Priced at $4.99 or less

'Allo my fellow detainees!

Like many of you, I live in a city on lockdown.

That being said, one can only Netflix and Chill for so long. During my downtime, I've put together this interesting multi-genre group of ebooks that are priced at $4.99 or less (with some titles as low as 99 cents).

Genres include: Action & Adventure, Children's, Contemporary Fiction, Drama, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Nonfiction, Romance, Sci-Fi, etc..

Please note: Myself as well as some of the participating authors are/may be Amazon affiliates though other retailers are included besides Amazon (depending upon author).

Retailer options vary by author but include Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo & Google Play.



April-Shower Proof: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/GmQY5BK

Please Note: Although the official start date of the April group is April 1, you can pop on over and get these deals at any time (at least through the promotion end dates).

At anytime, you can go here to see what is coming up next: http://seamonkeyink.com/seamonkey_ink...

Enjoy!

Grea.
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January 16, 2020

Jan-u-air-ie

January brings with it Kindle Unlimited Showcases & Ebooks under $5

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Don’t have a kindle or other mobi capable device?

Amazon has a free app that lets you read Kindle ebooks on your laptop, tablet, computer, mobile phone or toilet.

In short, if you can read this post, you can read any kindle ebook...that's in a language you actually know how to read.

How do you get it? From here: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/kcp

Want a free epub ebook reader that does the same thing except for .epub files (such as Nook)? https://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook...

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ALL OR MULTI-GENRE



01/12 - 01/18: Re-Kindle: Kindle Unlimited Authors Books you can currently read for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/Hc1QLUd



01/20 - 02/03: New Year Same Old Me! E-Books Under $5

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/HpM4b8k
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December 3, 2019

A December to Dismember: Free Ebooks, Sales & Prizes

As usual, unless otherwise specified, these are free ebook giveaways.

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Don’t have a kindle or other mobi capable device?

Amazon has a free app that lets you read Kindle ebooks on your laptop, tablet, computer, mobile phone or toilet.

In short, if you can read this post, you can read any kindle ebook...that's in a language you actually know how to read.

How do you get it? From here: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/kcp

Want a free epub ebook reader that does the same thing except for .epub files (such as Nook)? https://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook...

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ALL OR MULTI-GENRE



12/03 - 01/04: The Devil Inside - Evil Humans

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/Q7mTeP4

Prolific Works: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/O...



12/03 - 01/04: No Myth - Creature Features

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/dQZK8FW

Prolific Works: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/3...



12/17 - 01/15: Indie-structible: Indie Authors

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/8j3yhqU

Prolific Works: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/e...



12/17 - 01/15: Sibling Rivalry - Books featuring Siblings That Hate and/or Constantly Compete with One Another

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/eKPDBjY

Prolific Works: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/0...



12/21 - 01/04: My PRESENCE Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving: E-Books Under $5

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/eKPDBjY



12/15 - 12/21: Re-Kindle - Books you can read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited Subscription

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/igWwxdD

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ONGOING



11/19 - 12/04: The Turkey Made Me Do It Sale - E-Books Under $5

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/QkY46Rj



11/03 - 1/15: ALL GENRES: Diversify - Female Authors & Authors of Color

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/vaRyTvN

Prolific Works: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/B...



11/17 - 12/15: A Dish Served Cold - Books Featuring Vengeance

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/ICQRZwN

Prolific Works: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/7...

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Cheers!

Grea.
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November 11, 2019

November Reign: Free Ebooks , Sales & Prizes!

As usual: Unless otherwise designated, the below are free ebook giveaways.

Please note: Some are running on both Story Origin and Prolific Works at the same time. However, there are/may be different authors involved so check both of them out.

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Don’t have a kindle or other mobi capable device?

Amazon has a free app that lets you read Kindle ebooks on your laptop, tablet, computer, mobile phone or toilet. In short, if you can read this post, you can read any kindle ebook...that's in a language you actually know how to read.

How do you get it? From here: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/kcp

Want a free epub ebook reader that does the same thing except for .epub files (such as Nook)? https://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook...

P.S. Don't worry if a title isn't the first in its series. I write my books so that you can pick up any book in a series and understand what's going on (though of course you miss out on a lot of things you might otherwise understand the significance of if don't you read them all in order).

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Of course, you could always WIN a FREE NOOK OR KINDLE from My Book Cave: https://mybookcave.com/giveaways/than...



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ALL OR MULTI-GENRE



11/03 - 11/30: The Darkest Places - Scary Characters

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/CgA47iX

Prolific Works: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/b...



Diversify - Female Authors & Authors of Color

11/03 - 1/15: Prolific Works: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/B...

11/17 - 1/15: Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/vaRyTvN

Free copy of The Pack Addison: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/gif...



11/11 - 11/19: Go Wide or Go Home Sale - E-Books That Are NOT Amazon Exclusive/That Are Sold at Multiple Retailers

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/yhzxJCC



11/17 - 12/15: A Dish Served Cold - Books Featuring Vengeance

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/ICQRZwN

Prolific Works: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/7...

Free copy of Miael: Family https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/gif...



11/19 - 12/04: The Turkey Made Me Do It Sale - E-Books Under $5

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/QkY46Rj

Free copy of Rebellion: Quay https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/gif...

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ONGOING

ALL OR MULTI-GENRE



10/17 - 11/15: We Don't Need Another Hero - Books with Anti-Heroes AKA Flawed or Atypical Protagonists

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/arAGZtq

Prolific Works: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/n...

HORROR, CRIME, THRILLER & SUSPENSE



10/17 - 11/15: Whatever You Do...: Books with Supernatural or Paranormal Creatures or Elements (mostly Sci-fi/Fantasy though there are other genres mixed in)

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/WBVxGVv

Prolific Works: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/a...
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Am I the only one who misses the days when you would at least get to fully embrace and enjoy one holiday before the next was unceremoniously shoved down your throat by retailers?

First, it was one holiday then the next day following its passing, the holiday section would transform into the next. Now, while the Halloween costumes are still cluttering the floors of the suffocatingly crowded aisles, the Thanksgiving-themed florals and Turkey-flavored table cloths sit side by side with unpersuasively festive, plastic and foil sprouting, dead-eyed trees, awkwardly dancing elves and glittery, winking balls of glass.

In honor of this utter nonsense, I penned this little poem.

Seasons Greed-ings by Grea Alexander

Seasons Greed-ings,
Open seasons,
Holidays slither closer, closer together.

What do I do?
Retail hullabaloo,
Holidays mushed indelibly, forever.

Happy New Tines!
Happy St. Easter!
My hangover has a basket of hearts.

Barbecue and beer,
And fireworks appear,
When Memorial of July Day festivity starts.

And there's no forgetting,
HallowThankMas Giving,
Masks, tinsel, turkeys strewn across the floor.

With the wink of an eye,
They all pass us by,
Pockets emptier - faster, faster, more.

Each holiday's kitsch,
Now lives in a ditch,
Like the victims of some horrid crash.

My senses overwhelmed,
This retail hell helmed,
To steer me away from my cash.

A hoarder's dream!
Peeps, chocolate, ice cream,
Neither my brain nor wallet comprehend.

How this came to be,
This holi-mockery,
By GOD oh when will it end!

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And THAT ladies and gentlemen, is why I save my poetry for my prose.

Cheers!

Grea.
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October 11, 2019

Amarna Books: Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers UPDATE

I finally caught them!

Right now, all three Amarna books (Amarna Book I: Book of Ida , Amarna Book II: Book of Hawara & Amarna Book III: Book of Raia) are on the Top 100 Kindle Paid for both Ancient Historical Fiction & Middle Eastern Historical Fiction on Amazon US!

Amarna I has also hit a foreign Top 100 list! Which one? Keep reading to find out.



Amazon US Top 100 Paid Ancient Historical Fiction

https://drive.google.com/open?id=135L...

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1bPz...

Amazon US Top 100 Paid Ancient Historical Fiction

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Vha...

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Npk...

In addition, Amarna I has snuck its way onto the Top 100 UK for Middle Eastern Historical Fiction...at 29! My highest Top 100 ranking EVER.

Amazon UK Top 100 Paid Ancient Historical Fiction

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KQf...

That puts me on three different Amazon Top 100 Paid Bestseller lists in 2 different countries.
Not bad for a little ole indie of color. (wink)

How am I doing this?

No idea!

But if you're curious as to what all the fuss is about, you could always go over to Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, etc., buy your own copy and see for yourself. (wink)

Now if only I could figure out how to get my Fantasy/Horror Titles onto some of these lists. (laugh)

While it's pretty entertaining when I beat the likes of James Clavell, Libbie Hawker, James A. Michener, Noah Gordon and Steven Pressfield (and that a day or so ago, I was even ahead of Anne Rice), I still won't consider myself a "bestselling author" until I earn enough to live off of my book earnings alone.

Still, it's a great laugh and quite exciting.

Thank you to GOD for always supporting your wayward charge...even when I don't deserve it; and thank you everyone out there with just enough questionable taste to invest in my work (AKA those who love my books enough to buy them)!

Grea.

The Accidental Amazon "Bestseller"
(laugh)
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October 3, 2019

October Free Ebooks & Prizes

Way too much going on with trying to finish Cabello: Acadea so I'll keep this quick.
Cabello Acadea (Cabello #3) by Grea Alexander





As usual: Unless otherwise designated, the below are free ebook giveaways.

Please note: Some are running on both Story Origin and Prolific Works at the same time. However, there are/may be different authors involved so check both of them out.

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Don’t have a kindle or other mobi capable device?

Amazon has a free app that lets you read Kindle ebooks on your laptop, tablet, computer, mobile phone or toilet. In short, if you can read this post, you can read any kindle ebook...that's in a language you actually know how to read.

How do you get it? From here: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/kcp

Want a free epub ebook reader that does the same thing except for .epub files (such as Nook)? https://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook...

P.S. Don't worry if a title isn't the first in its series. I write my books so that you can pick up any book in a series and understand what's going on (though of course you miss out on a lot of things you might otherwise understand the significance of if don't you read them all in order).


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ALL OR MULTI-GENRE



10/03 - 10/31: Pandora's Box - Books with a Character Whose Failure to Follow Directions/Warnings Leads to Disaster

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/zux4Ys3

Prolific Works: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/R...



10/03 - 10/31: To Be Continued - Books That Are Part of a Series

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/Xi1OAGQ

Prolific Works: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/i...



10/17 - 11/15: We Don't Need Another Hero - Books with Anti-Heroes AKA Flawed or Atypical Protagonists
Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/arAGZtq

Prolific Works: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/n...


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HORROR, CRIME, THRILLER & SUSPENSE



10/17 - 11/15: Whatever You Do...: Books with Supernatural or Paranormal Creatures or Elements (mostly Sci-fi/Fantasy though there are other genres mixed in)

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/WBVxGVv

Prolific Works: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/a...

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SCI-FI/FANTASY



10/14 - 10/20: SFF Sci-Fi & Fantasy - All Science Fiction & Fantasy subgenres including: Action & Adventure, Space Opera, Hard Sci-Fi, Military Sci-Fi, Dystopian & Post-Apocalyptic, Cyberpunk & Steampunk, Sci-Fi Romance, Epic Fantasy & Sword & Sorcery, Urban Fantasy, Horror, Fables & Mythology, Fantasy & Paranormal Romance, Science Fantasy, Humor Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Young Adult, Kids

This is also your best chance ever at winning a mega prize in value from $100 plus such as $100 Kindle Giftcards or Mega Kindle baskets that include e-readers (sometimes BOTH).

The entry banners are hidden between the books on offer.

http://sffbookbonanza.com/freebooks/

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ONGOING



9/17 - 10/15: Super-Freak: Books with Supernatural or Paranormal Creatures or Elements (mostly Sci-fi/Fantasy though there are other genres mixed in)

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/D3DvVJN

Prolific Works: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/v...




9/17 - 10/15: Kill 'Em with Kindness....Just as Long as They Die - Books with body counts

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/NHFshhp

Prolific Works: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/X...



09/27 - 10/1: Autumn Vibes - All Genres https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/y...



09/23 - 10/7: Hidden Worlds - Fantasy only https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/5...



09/27 - 10/1: Autumn Vibes - All Genres https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/y...

Cheers!

Grea.
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September 27, 2019

Amazon Kills Amazon Giveways

I just saw an interesting notice posted today in the Amazon Giveaways dashboard though I can't seem to find the notice anywhere else:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1DMz...

That's right!

You heard it here first. Amazon is killing Amazon Giveaways!

Authors (and whoever else uses this service) have until October 10th to submit their final giveaways.

In light of this news, LibraryThing, ProlificWorks, StoryOrigin and My Book Cave, which offer FREE (both to the author & end user) ebook giveways, are looking better and better these days.

That being said, perhaps I should update my Two-Sentence Horror Story? https://www.goodreads.com/questions/1...

Irreverent until end,

Grea.
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September 26, 2019

DAY 6: AMAZON TOP 100

Ok, did I make it for Day 6?

Apparently I did...sometime last night but missed it. (laugh)

This morning, as I logged in to re-release some of my boxsets, I noticed sales for Amarna for both yesterday evening (Amarna I) and this morning (Amarna III). This means that sometime last night, Amarna I edged back onto the Top 100 charts. Though I missed it yesterday, it was still there this morning.

Also, based on Amarna III sales so far this morning, it's likely I will make Day 7 as well.

However, folks I find this constant check in on my numbers stressful and exhaustin. Therefore, I QUIT! (laugh)

Thank you to all of my supporters, fans and customers! Without you, an indie upstart like me couldn't have possibly given the Top 100 Paid Stalwarts a run for their money.

Anyone that's interested to see if any of the Amarna ebooks have snuck back into the Amazon Top 100 for their categories can easily do so. Just click into the title and scroll down towards the bottom of the page.

Sales ranking is listed at the bottom of "Product Details": https://www.amazon.com/Grea-Alexander...

Cheers!

Grea.
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Published on September 26, 2019 06:19 Tags: amarna, amazon-bestsllers, amazon-top-100, blessed, grea-alexander, hawara, ida, raia, seamonkey-ink

September 24, 2019

DAY 5: Amazon Top 100 Paid

As of earlier this morning, Amarna Book III: Book of Raia was keeping the Amarna series on the Amazon Top 100 Paid charts.




Historical Middle Eastern Fiction:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1rAv...

Ancient Historical Fiction

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Ghp...

Rignt now it's just outside of the top 100 with its friends Amarna Book I: Book of Ida & Amarna Book II: Book of Hawara.







Can the Amarna books keep dipping their toes into the Amazon Top 100 for 2 more days?

Stay tuned to find out!

Grea.
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