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Kickstarter Campaign Rewards Contributors

  Kickstarter Campaign Rewards Contributors

This month, Books by Bob Rogers (BBBR) and advisors launched a crowd funding campaign via the internet website Kickstarter to raise $4,776 in just twenty eight days.  The purpose of our campaign is to raise funding we need to launch a set of three scholarly historical novels that promote education, property ownership, and entrepreneurship.

 First Dark and Prequels
First Dark and Prequels

Together, these three novels entertain, educate, and highlight successful entrepreneurs.  For this reason, the novel, First Dark, is already used by the United States Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York to encourage entrepreneurship.  Examples, based on former nonfictional slaves (Hiram Young and Benjamin Montgomery) who created successful businesses, are highlighted in First Dark. In these novels, ordinary people’s stories of living and loving entertain and educate students, seniors, military, teachers, inmates, and other readers.

We now have a limited window of opportunity to raise the funds we need as we must decide whether to commit fees to a convention of 20,000 attendees, two bookstores, and a library in New Orleans by June 1.  As some of you know, our first novel was published five years ago as the great recession was getting underway. Our funds are obligated for editing and production.  Traditional financing opportunities are limited.  So, we decided to think outside the box for ways that we could raise the funds we need to complete this project and came up with crowd funding.

For those of you not familiar with crowd funding, it is a new method of funding that public_htmled during the recession.   As you know, it’s not unusual for a businesses (especially publishers) to seek investors to help fund their projects.  Crowd funding is a bit different from traditional investment funding.  Instead of looking for one big “investor” we are inviting the entire community to “back” our project.  While not seeking a large sum of money, we are hoping to get lots of small pledges that will add up to the dollars needed.  In place of an exchange of equity (which is not allowed by the SEC right) we are offering valuable rewards.  Instead of being called “investors” people and businesses that support our campaign are called “backers.”

I want to stress that we are NOT asking for DONATIONS.  We very much want to reward those who pledge. We have set up rewards that offer a fair exchange.  For example, if you pledge $5 you can get an ebook that has a retail value of $6.99.  It’s a pretty sweet deal since you will probably want to buy the book anyway.  Higher pledge levels maintain the same fair exchange principle.  What your pledge does is it gets us the money we need NOW to complete our launch in exchange for valuable rewards you can enjoy at your leisure.   Our campaign has been described as “BBBR’s prepayment plan!”

We invite you to make a pledge and back our project.  There are a number of reasons why we want to launch in New Orleans  and we hope that one of those reasons might motivate YOU to pledge.  First, here’s your opportunity to support American would-be-entrepreneurs by sharing our Kickstarter campaign with your family, friends, and colleagues.  Second, BBBR is also a well-established business with a good reputation.  Our success might encourage other authors to include an entrepreneurial theme/thread in their works.  Finally, BBBR is a strong community supporter.  We work hard to promote students in our local community. From time to time, we present classroom lectures in local high schools and universities.

Classroom Chat

Classroom Chat

If you would like to pledge to our project here is how you do it.  Go to www.kickstarter.com and type “The Laced Chameleon” (the title of our book set in New Orleans published in March 2014) in the search box. This will bring up our campaign and lists all of our great rewards.  When you pledge you will also be listed as a Backer on the Kickstarter website so people will know that you have supported this project.  The amount you pledge will be kept private.

We only have until May 30th to reach our goal!  If you are going to pledge we hope that you will do so this week to help us keep our momentum going.  We would also appreciate your sharing news of our project with others.  We need to get the correct information out there.  For our Kickstarter campaign to succeed it has to be correctly understood by our reader community and needs to go viral.  The clock is ticking!  

Finally, you may be wondering what happens to your pledge if we don’t reach our goal.  Absolutely nothing.  If we don’t reach our goal your credit card will not be charged.  All the pledges and rewards disappear and we won’t be able to launch at the big convention in New Orleans.  (How sad).  Our Kickstarter campaign is all or nothing.  After all, we can’t go half way to New Orleans if we only raise half our goal.

If you have any questions, please call Bob at 704-968-8047 or email him at [email protected]   Thanks for your consideration and for all the support you have given us over the past five years!  We would not be in business today without the support and friendship of our reader community.

Sincerely,

Bob and advisors of BBBR

Charlotte, North Carolina

Click here to go to BBBR’s Kickstarter Page 

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Here’s a video that shows how pledges are made on Kickstarter:

 http://vimeo.com/67736083

How To Pledge On Kickstarter

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Inspiring Entrepreneurship: The Laced Chameleon Project on Kickstarter

Link to my Kickstarter page.

Several weeks ago, I published a new novel, The Laced Chameleon.  My fourth book, Sacrifice at Shiloh Church, is scheduled for publication in June.  These two books are prequels to my highly acclaimed novel, First Dark. 

The Gripping saga of Isaac Rice is a hero’s journey. [Don’t] be surprised if First Dark ends up as a popular mov-ie. It’s also a darn good read.  — Baltimore Post-Examiner

My characters are ordinary 19th and 20th century people who live and love amid the turmoil of their time.  The lives of Isaac, the Buffalo Soldier; Francesca, of lace, gowns, and extravagant balls; and James, the Englishman, illustrate intertwined lives formerly separated by America’s inane insistence on race, class, and chaste.  Race matters in America.

We are at a time in history where we could use some reflection on our practices and actions from the previous centuries up until the present moment. […] artists and creators […] can expose those things to us, showing it from a whole new perspective. – March 2014, Marc Zorn, CEO, Vision Launch.

I’ve had a life-long fascination with the lives of ordinary people who performed extraordinary deeds during the public_htmlment of our adolescent nation between mid-19th century and the Great Depression.  Inspired by a painting created by the late artist-historian, Don Stivers, I set out to provide a name and a life behind the face depicted in Don’s “Proud to Serve.”  Twenty years later, I published my second novel, First Dark, giving voice to Don’s character and ordinary people of this great land – African, Apache, Cheyenne, European, and Mexican. Because of its balanced storytelling, First Dark is used by the United States Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York to encourage entrepreneurship based on former nonfictional slaves (Hiram Young and Benjamin Montgomery) highlighted in the book who created successful businesses. Right now, I’m working on securing funding via the Kickstarter platform to extend the reach of positive, but little known, role models in my books.

It’d be great if you would consider writing a social media post about my project, sharing it with your family and followers, or even donating.

Concurrent tasks are underway to secure several venues for the launch of a multi-book book tour in several Southern cities, but most especially in Francesca’s native New Orleans.  The tour should become self-sustaining after New Orleans.

The two novels and the novelette were meticulously researched. They identify nonfiction characters and have bibliographies on my web site.  At every opportunity, I use my books to entertain while educating.  More importantly, after the dust settles on the discoveries, action, humor, tears, and romance in my books, I want readers to again realize that we are all “the other” and we are really more alike than different.

In my tiny Kickstarter video, hear me discuss The Laced Chameleon project.  Please see my blog and excerpts from my books for examples of my work.

There are rewards for various donations to my project.  In short, rewards are books, limited edition signed Chameleon posters that include Francesca’s portrait, and me as a lecturer/performer.  Details are located here.

The editing and production costs for the novels are already paid.  What remains to be done are the professional editing and production of the novelette ebook on multiple platforms.  Those expenditures will be dwarfed by the expenses and fees for venues and travel in the launch of the book tour.  One potential venue is before a convention of 20,000 attendees.

This is an all or nothing campaign.  In other words, if I fail to meet my project fundraising goal I get nothing – zilch, zero.  No pledge is too small.  Those who pledged contributions will not proceed to make payment and there will be no rewards.  Of course, I look forward to a successful campaign.

Thank you very much in advance for any way you chose to join or participate with my launch team.

Link to my Kickstarter page.

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Novice Spy Arrives!

Francesca Dumas

Francesca Dumas

Novice spy Francesca Dumas arrived this month in The The Laced Chameleon Front CoverLaced Chameleon at Internet booksellers.  Follow Francesca from elegant quadroon balls to encounters with enemy agents of the United States.  Acting also as a homicide detective, Francesca stays doggedly on the trail of the mass murderer who assassinated her lover and kidnapped Emily, her best friend.  Young Francesca is mentored by overworked veteran detective Philipe Rousseau, spymaster John Mahan, actress Sarah Butler, and New Orleans humanitarian, Venerable Mother Henriette Delille.

Order print copies today at bobrogers.biz, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.  The ebook is available now at bobrogers.biz.  The ebook will be available at the above mentioned sellers’ web sites and Apple’s iBookstore (via iTunes) within ten days.

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Extraordinary Love and Courage in the Face of Adversity

Hitting Life’s Curveballs is the love story of a young couple who come of age as members of America’s greatest

Hitting Life's Curveballs

Hitting Life’s Curveballs

generation.  Will Wallace, Jr. learns baseball from a local star catcher in the 1930s–his father.  His father’s friend, a small town judge and former catcher for the Atlanta Crackers, helps guide Will’s on-field public_htmlment.  Will’s father is his baseball and life coach.

Will’s sweetheart is Dena, whose mother disapproves of their romance.  Dena’s mother sees Will as beneath their social circle and declares he will “never amount to much.”  Dena loves Will and rejects the suitor selected by her mother.

Their story is one of love and courage in 1940s North Carolina.  Can the couple survive the turmoil confronting them from a class and caste-conscientious mother, racist norms enforced with deadly violence by the Ku Klux Klan, and the struggle against the German and Japanese war machines?  During the war, the young man first guards pilots and planes of the Tuskegee Airmen (Red Tails) before he is thrust into intense combat that erodes his hope of living to see his sweetheart again.

(Previously published under the title: Will and Dena.)

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3 of 24 Heroes

Vietnam War veterans and Medal of Honor recipients, (left to right) Spc4 Santiago Erevia, Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris, and Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela.

Vietnam War veterans and Medal of Honor recipients, (left to right) Spc4 Santiago Erevia, Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris, and Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela.

 

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 19, 2014) — The newest Medal of Honor recipients — 24 veterans who received the honor decades after their extraordinary heroism in three wars — have been inducted into the Pentagon Hall of Heroes.

The veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War were honored at a ceremony at the Pentagon, today, one day after receiving the nation’s highest award for valor in a White House ceremony.

“We are here this morning to celebrate the heroism of 24 selfless individuals — 24 Soldiers whose acts of gallantry in battle merit our highest recognition,” said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the event in the Pentagon auditorium.

“We are also here to correct an injustice of history — to help right 24 wrongs that should have never occurred,” he said.

More than a decade ago, Congress mandated a review of Distinguished Service Cross awards to ensure that heroism wasn’t overlooked due to prejudice or discrimination.

During that review, the 24 Soldiers — who are Hispanic, Jewish, and African-American — were identified as deserving the medal.

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How do I add this pdf ebook to my…?

Kindle_5_WiFiWith more and more frequency, the question is being asked, “How do I add this pdfApple-iPhone ebook to my ereader?”  Now you can get answers clustered in one short list for iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Kobo, and Nook.

Click the name of your ereader for details with pictures.

 

iPad

iPhone

Kindle

Kobo

Nook

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Do We Still Need Libraries?

by Public Libraries on March 14, 2014

CharMeck Main Library

CharMeck Main Library

Once upon a time, a library was just about the only place that someone could go to get a book or go to read for free. Librarians knew their turf inside and out. Card catalogs were an essential part of stock organization. After this became outdated, the Dewey Decimal System reigned supreme. Libraries all over the country thrived as one of the main providers of free books and education.

Then came the advent of the internet, and that changed everything. Before long, books were available on different sites on the web, and many companies and organizations strove to catalog and digitize as many books as they legally could. It was only a matter of time until Kindle, Nook, and other ereaders swept the scene. Along with them came the ebook and the ability to download pirated copies of books for free. Many believed that this would be the end of libraries. But, libraries still exist today, and many of them even thrive. So, how is it possible that they survived against the onslaught of ebooks? How did libraries and librarians adapt?

For one thing, the truth is that libraries were never just about borrowing books for free. Librarians provide many services other than those of a desk clerk or customer service agent. They often hold seminars, presentations, contests, and other events to promote free education for the people in their communities and beyond. Over the summer, many libraries hold book-reading contests for young children, with prizes for anyone who participates. These events are considered indispensable by parents and kids alike.

For others, the library is a place of respite and quiet. A place where they can go to get away from the world and

Quiet of the Library

Quiet of the Library

its rush of action, to get away from social obligations or family troubles. Many go to the library to study for projects, papers, and exams. Others simply see it as a recreational hobby, to be able to sit in a comfortable chair and read a good book without interruption.

For another thing, most libraries and librarians do not reject outright the changing tides of technology. And neither does the world, for that matter. In the US, the graduate degree program to become a librarian is often called a Library Science program. This is a relatively recent change, and it reflects the fact that the country believes its librarians should keep up with the latest in information technology. Many librarians agree, and therefore have become experts in the field.

Library science includes learning the latest cataloging, archiving, record-keeping, and information management technologies. They not only curate physical books, they also curate digital media and other technological assets. They are extremely well-versed in anything that has to do with books, education, research and technology. They know the ins and outs of ereaders as well, and more and more libraries are even offering them as items to check out.

Librarians have by and large embraced the changing tides with open arms. After all, public libraries have always maintained a goal of free education and access to books for all people; not just those privileged enough to have the means to pay for it. It is with this attitude that libraries and librarians have willingly educated themselves in the technology needed to keep up with the fast-paced digital world of technology today.

So consider a visit to your local library to see all the recent changes. If you haven’t been to one in a while you might not recognize the place. But don’t worry. Your librarian will be happy to bring you up to speed.

http://www.publiclibraries.com/

Guest author PublicLibraries.com strives to promote the use and support of local public libraries in every city across the United States. We strongly feel that the most important tool in our children’s public_htmlment is the availability of quality education and access to educational materials regardless of class or location.

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Remembering the Sacrifices of the World War II Generation

Remembering the Sacrifices of the World War II Generation

Rosedale Plantation House

Rosedale Plantation House

Rosedale Hero

Rosedale Hero

Rosedale Hero

Rosedale Hero

by Beth Harris

World War II spanned the globe and created more American casualties than any war save the Civil War. The generation that fought the war has been called “The Greatest Generation.”  Join Rosedale Plantation as we honor this generation of heroes and their sacrifices on both the battlefield and the home front. You will step back in time to the 1940’s, when N. Tryon Street was newly paved, North Charlotte hummed with textile mills and Rosedale was a large working farm. Experience this unique exhibit covering all four floors of the 200 year old restored plantation house. Offered during regular tour times Thurs. –Sunday 1:30 and 3:00 PM through Saturday March 29, 2014.

Additional events:

Weekends only: Spectator interaction with Millie Hodge, who was a teenager in Washington, D. C. during the war. She will share what the city was like after the Pearl Harbor attack. Millie also appeared with Eleanor Roosevelt for an interview which was broadcast on the radio. Spectator interaction with June McKinney, who will share her experiences as a child when Wilmington became a boomtown and U-boats lurked off NC’s coast.

March 8 & 15: Book signing: Bob Rogers

March 22: Military re-enactors on site for demonstrations and Q&A.

 

Guest contributor Beth Harris is the Curator of Education at Charlotte’s Historic Rosedale Plantation.  Reach Beth at 704.335.0325 or [email protected].

 

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