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Sum-it-up Sunday: Larceny and Lies

First, a personal note – someone has been stealing my eBooks on Amazon (as mentioned in a recent Writing Wednesday) by purchasing and returning the same day. This started with a single eBook on September 11, and then another 9 between October 24 and now. As nice as it is that someone thinks my stories are worth stealing, I can only take so much of this type of flattery.

I cannot seem to get a satisfactory answer from Amazon on resolving this. I can only think of one way to impact the situation myself, so I am unpublishing all my eBooks on Kindle Direct after I complete this post.

Kindle readers can still buy my stories on Smashwords, as always.


Many of us have already early-voted, but many more will still cast their ballots on Tuesday. Judging by the emphasis of the campaigns and the media, the choice is between:

A candidate who is rude (not illegal), takes advantage of tax law to reduce his costs (not illegal), and speaks his mind (not illegal – yet.)

A candidate who lied to the FBI (illegal), lied to Congress (illegal), lied to the parents of those who fell at Benghazi (immoral and self-serving), lied about her husband’s assault victims (enabling an abuser and self-serving), violated the Espionage Act (illegal), sold U.S. Foreign Policy and Interests for personal gain (illegal and self-serving) and is STILL under investigation.

Why is this choice so hard for some among us? Just saying…


My next release will be “L-O-V-E Among the Stars”, in which a space traveler wakes too soon and must leave the woman of his dreams to another. The release date is November 18th.


hardtimescoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing, including his most recent publication “Hard Times”, can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:
• Barnes & Noble:
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books):
• His site on WordPress:
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:
• His Goodreads author page:
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri



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