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“A wild ride across Mexico, reminiscent of Thelma & Louise ala MexicanaCorazon E-Books  http://t.co/SamcFCL

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Thriller, October 23, 2012
This review is from: The Mexican Rose (House of Cartels Trilogy Book I) (Kindle Edition)

This is a awesome thriller and you feel like you are living in Mexico and experiencing the story!!!!

Can’t wait for his next book!!!!!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mexican Rose!, October 4, 2012
This review is from: The Mexican Rose (House of Cartels Trilogy Book I) (Kindle Edition)

Excellent reading. Once you start… You will not put it down !

It paints a history which we are living now.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertaining & Educating Book!, September 10, 2012
This review is from: The Mexican Rose (House of Cartels Trilogy Book I) (Kindle Edition)

This Book depics events that are the reality of many people in Mexico & across the Border, it is a book that you will find Interesting, and suddenly found yourself immersed in it, It is a journey that not only entertains but educates whoever reads it, tells a story with honesty & truthfulness about what really happens around us but few dare to express; A challenging book that invites us to peer into reality through the world of words of the author. It is a must read!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! Non stop suspense., September 3, 2012
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This review is from: The Mexican Rose (House of Cartels Trilogy Book I) (Kindle Edition)

The Mexican Rose is modern day thriller. The story is so realistic, I felt like Alex St. Clair has actually peered into the Mexican cartels. Every twist and turn left me fascinated from the intense details. You will hear every sound and smell every smell described by St. Clair.
I highly recommend this thriller and I hope Mr St. Clair writes more books.

The Raging Debate of Print Vs. Digital: Can They Co-Exist, Yes and Maybe.

Do you lay awake at night pondering whether the Age of Digital Enlightenment will swallow up the precious printed book, magazine and newspaper? Well while that question was answered somewhat years ago by sagging revenues and print readership, but the monolithic big print publishers in their over-reaching and over-arching zealousness were left in denial like a bride in waiting, thinking their groom could never, would never abandon them. Then a bridesmaid who didn´t show in order to save money made an appearance on an iPad and there you have it.

That imperfect picture moment spoke volumes and not just a thousand words as in the times of yore. I for one was a steadfast defender of vinyl records as they made the leap to CDs and then to laptops.  Such is not the story of The Digital Revolution but rather the New Industrial Evolution.

Yes, there are two schools of thought but with the recent war of words and lawsuits between book publishers’ suits and the Justice Department, the debate has ratcheted up higher than the ongoing Presidential Election. The old versus the new. In that what many people fail to see or get is the billions of younger newbies that are part of the evolution coupled with the sense that we can´t keep cutting down trees faster than we can grow them and we can´t keep expanding the carbon footprint to do all that shipping of bulky books, thick monthly magazines and daily newspapers that go to the dump or kitty litter box. I for one LOVE the feel of a book in my hand but I also understand that we have evolved for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, until death do we part.

I spend so much time on my DELL laptop that has seen thousands of miles of travel and cyber light years at this stage of my writing career, I feel like a dinosaur. I finally analyzed that reading my first printed books to the first cross-country trips I took as a young photographer and aspiring writer. In my brand new Ford F 250 Camper Special I drove from Texas to California throughout the beautiful Southwest and Rockies. That same truck took me to Guatemala for one of the most memorable trips ever in my career. But alas even that has changed and age and the times make flying or train the best travel mode.

And so it goes…I now download my books to my Kindle app and read away. I have published The Mexican Rose on Amazon to boot to prove that yes, I can be a published author even if I get rejected by the Big Five publishing Houses.

My point is that printed books will never die but will be like an occasional road trip. The younger jet set generation will opt to fly, to quench that instant gratification and simply rent a car at their destination like an Amazon Prime Member checking out a Free download from their OMG Library.

The saying used to be ´Change or Die´and the publishing houses are now luring those big name authors with lucrative contracts but you know what? The New York Times now has the E Books Best Seller Lists. And btw, is trying to stay afloat by charging for digital subscriptions like most newspapers but with the likes of the Huffington Post working with and at the same time competing with their allies. Salon.com came out a decade or more ago, barely survived but like the eco´friendly energy sources of wind and solar is managing to stay alive while we all know eventually our planetary citizens will say enough is enough and we must ´Change or Die´.

I don´t know if maintaining server farms will be more efficient but that is the keyword here: EFFICIENT. Less paper, more trees, less shipping, more space, more automation and yes, fewer jobs or new jobs in new fields. We MUST adapt. So the transition for this generation will be the challenges of placing people into this new Digital Evolution.

My next writing project will be delving into the Luddites of 1812, who opposed the automated weaving machines that pushed England into the Industrial Revolution and left so many people behind for a brief period. Somehow the world survived. It evolved. My question is: Will this be the moment of truth for the publishing world to finally embrace the Digital Evolution?  I think we can all co-exist but the monolithic hold and greed that the publishing houses once had have finally met ‘The Writers’ Spring’.

When I started out to write my first novel I, like most ‘aspiring’ writers, became overwhelmed at the sheer enormity of the task of E-Book publishing. One reads and sees some many cliches along the way. Jaded, aspiring, amazing, awesome are just some of the well of adjectives one comes across on a daily if not on an hourly basis.

Feeling that abyssmal feeling that that it would never end, I found solace listening to writer’s interview on the BBC’s World Book Club. I searched the archives and found one of my favorite and ‘inspiring’ authors, Carlos Fuentes. He related a story from his younger years in writing. How he became reclusive and simply became sick from the process. I concluded that, to use a cliche, ‘no pain, no gain’. Your friends all look at you as if it’s been a lifetime since they’ve seen or spoken to you. Caffeine is your best friend and the corner bakery is the culprit in your weight gain. But at the end of the interview, he said he jumped into the ocean on the Dutch coast where he and his parents lived to celebrate his finishing his novel.

The name escapes me now but I find that same ritual has been the therapeutic relief I needed so into the Caribbean sea I go. After the salt-water baptism, I go back and realize I now have to finish editing and proofreading with my intern team. Next we load up and publish on Amazon and go through the process again to clean the glitches and overlooked typos, some I swear are digital gremlins that somehow manage to irritate everyone.

The next challenge is listening to the pros and cons of the KDP Select Program so you idle while deciding and then understand that the process gets bigger when you are building contacts on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads. But 29.95 you can get Kindle Nations to rescue the Free Giveaway promo. Better than paying 99.95 for online seminars that all seem to replicate the same advice you can find if you search it out. The difference is that you join and pay to in a community of writers or do the piecemeal method. So the higher price is appealing.

In all, I think the writing community is getting as organized as Labor Unions or Teacher Unions and the tsunami of the Kindle explosion is just the tip of digital iceberg.

Join me in that Union.

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