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My new novel--Angel In the End of Time
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I have decided to publish my new novel as an E-book through Amazon. You can obtain it and have it downloaded to an area reserved for you in the Internet "Cloud," then read it via Kindle or on your PC (using a free downloadable app from Amazon).

Here is th link for the book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q7COXT4


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Angel In the End of Time: A Parable of the End Times [Kindle Edition]
Ronald R. Lambert (Author)

Kindle Price: $4.99

Introduction to Angel in the End of Time: A Parable of the End Times:

Many people seem to have gotten the idea that the interpretation of Bible prophecy is something like a competitive sport, and vie with each other to see who can come up with the most fabulously fanciful version. But 2 Peter 1:20, 21 strictly forbids fanciful interpretations: “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

This leads us to recognize what must be the one and only reasonable way to avoid a private interpretation of Bible prophecy. That is to follow these three basic rules of interpretation: (1) Allow only the Bible itself to define all its prophetic symbols. (2) Allow context to indicate when in history to apply the prophecies. (3) Use common sense literary analysis—especially noting how the phrases involved are used elsewhere in Scripture—to determine whether a given passage should be taken literally or symbolically.

The fact that these simple rules do work, and provide consistent results with symbolic prophecies written many centuries apart in three different languages, is one of the strongest evidences for the divine inspiration of Scripture.

Jesus Christ did much of His preaching employing stories that helped his listeners understand what He was trying to get across.

This story is told from the viewpoint of a former guardian angel, Laron. We meet him as he chooses to address the family and friends of the young lady who had been his charge, who was killed. Then he proceeds to Atlanta, Georgia, where terrorists detonate a small nuclear bomb. Next he must hasten to the White House, and try to resist the efforts of the enemy (fallen angels) to persuade the president to authorize use of a much more powerful nuclear bomb to prevent any contagious diseases that may have escaped from Level Four containment in the Centers for Disease Control from spreading throughout the countryside.

After that, we follow Laron through the key events outlined in Bible prophecy for the time of the end, including the final organized conspiracy to place the whole world under the control of one religious authority, that unfortunately is not on God’s side. There is no “Secret Rapture.” All living on earth face a final judgment based on the choice they must make, whether to put their faith in the righteousness of God the Creator and Redeemer, or in the supposed righteousness of the creature--humans and human institutions. The Mark of the Beast is the Mark of creature worship.

Bible references are from the King James Version, to avoid any possible copyright issues now or in the future.

Previous book by Ronald R. Lambert:
Genuine New Light from Revelation and Daniel
Printed edition published by:
Teach Services, Inc.
Available from: http://www.TeachServices.com
And from: http://www.Amazon.com
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A note about E-publishing: authors typically get 70% royalties, so can afford to charge much less for books, allowing more people to be able to afford to read them. While the E-publisher does not get as large a percentage as a print publisher, the E-publisher has negligible actual publication costs. Amazon currently has about 60% of the E-book market. Next to Amazon is Barnes & Noble, with 30%. More and more public libraries are offering rental of E-books. Also, I discovered that going to the Amazon Kindle library, I find a lot of short stories available by themselves, some of them by well-known writers. For example, there are a couple of short works by Lee Child, that feature his popular character, Jack Reacher, that are available no where else, at prices of $1.99 or lower. In the past, to get a short story published, I had to get some magazine editor to like it enough to publish it in his magazine (such as Analog Science Fiction, where I have been published several times). Or someone compiling an anthology of short fiction might solicit short stories already published, and occasionally some that are new, to include in his anthology. The market for short fiction thus has always been very tight--until now. Now it is easy to get a short story or novelette published. I would hate to see the demise of printed books, but clearly E-books are the way of the future. You don't have to acquire a Kindle device. You can download a free app from Amazon that will enable you to access "the Cloud" and read kindle files on your computer. That is the way I do it; I do not have a Kindle device, but I do have a high resolution monitor with my PowerSpec computer.
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Notice that Amazon's page offers a large "sample" from the book.
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Yes--three chapters out of 34. Fine with me.
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I did not mean to say it is pirated...sure it should be fine with you... the segment is 'nuf for anyone to get a sense of the book and decide if they want to read the rest.
(I have not read it YET, will do).
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#6
Ron,

That's impressive work and best of luck to you on the success for the book. I think that epublishing idea will make it easier for regular folks with good skills and ideas to be influential.

Weird thing with all this new technology, it can be accessed for a lot of bad and a lot of good stuff fast. I love it myself.
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One option that Amazon offers is a way to encode your manuscript so it cannot be copied--sort of like with Adobe Acrobat files, that prevent the normal copy and paste operations. Any halfway competent computer user can get around this, such as by using screen capture (which produces pictures of the screen) or by reading the source code of a file, which you can copy (along with all the various formatting codes, which then need to be deleted). But it makes it harder for the average person to pirate anything copyrighted. I selected that option to guard against anyone copying my manuscript and then changing it. Some people are perverse enough to do that.

It has been a challenge to get the document to format correctly. Since my original file had manual tabs at the start of each paragraph, I had to use Word's format-paragraph-special line function to set the first line indent to zero to get rid of all the manual tabs, then go back through and use the same function to set the first line indent back to 0.5. Oddly enough, the automatic first line indent is different from manual tabs to the software that converts the file to Amazon Kindle--even though they look the same in the original Word document. But I found this was working for the first half of the doc, and not for the last half--so the last half of the book had double tabs, 1.0 instead of 0.5. So I had to go back through my doc file again, and make sure the tab changes were working all the way through. Then I had to upload the doc file again to Amazon Kindle. The drawback here is that I need to wait 6-12 hours each time for the conversion/review to be completed, so I can review it. I also had trouble with a chart of the time prophecies in Daniel 12 and Revelation 11, near the end of chapter 19 in my book. At first I tried to do it with regular typing--but depending on the font, the alignment may not be right. So I wound up making a jpeg picture of the chart, and inserting that into the doc file in the normal way for MS Word. I had to try it a couple of times to get the width right, so it could be seen on a Kindle device without part of the chart being cut off. Finally I got that right.
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One other thing I should mention--you can use your own artwork or photo for your cover, provided you have the right to use it, or you can select from many alternative cover designs offered by Amazon Kindle. When you view their suggested cover designs, each one has your title, subtitle if any, and name already incorporated into the design. Not being a good enough artist to create the picture I might really like to use, I found this very helpful.
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One of the first writers to take the plunge in electronically publishing his own works through the internet was the hard SciFi writer, Michael McCollum, an aerospace engineer, who sells his works on Amazon, B&N, and his own home site, Sci Fi Arizona.

I found out about this internet ebook thing, after I kept waiting, over a decade, for the third book in one of his Antares Dawn Series to be published. I had given up on it when I found out that he had published the last in the series through Amazon and his own site. So I checked it out and sure enough, I was able to go on line and purchase the final book.

I really do love this setup, because it offers the writer a bigger share of his/her work, is a lot quicker than waiting for the publishing process to take its time printing the books, and allows a great deal more people to enter the business.

But there is a lot more chaff out there, so the reader has to take a bit more bad along with the overwhelming added good stuff. Overall, its a win-win situation for readers.
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"INSIDE EVERY PROGRESSIVE IS A TOTALITARIAN SCREAMING TO GET OUT" - David Horowitz

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#10
As MV pointed out, Amazon allows prospective buyers to read part of the book--in most cases, the first three chapters. And the writer provides his own description of the book, which you see when you check the data on the book. Yes, there are undoubtedly more items that do not interest you to wade through, but there is much greater freedom in E-publishing, and you are more likely to find items by original thinkers who are off the mainstream. Amazon does allow you to check for categories or topics, and also for key descriptive words, as well as for authors and titles--both alphabetically, and similar sounding. I was told to select eight key words or phrases that would be useful to others.
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