Have you heard of Kindlescout? Some of you may be familiar with it already, but for those who aren’t let me tell you the basic idea behind it. Kindlescout is a program where READERS get to pick the BOOKS that get published by Amazon! Sound too good to be true? It’s not, and this is how it works. If you have an Amazon US account you click the link that says Kindlescout nomination and it takes you to the book’s nomination page. It will go on your nominations bar and as long as you leave it on there until the nomination period is over, if Liberty Belle wins, you get an early reader’s copy before Amazon publishes it! Simple AND cool, right?
Below I share with you a little bit from the author about Liberty Belle and if you click the nomination link you can read an excerpt and a Q&A with the author.
Photographer Bram Alexander has his viewfinder focused on the only sweet thing in Snowberry, Minnesota – the beautiful Liberty Belle. Handed the reins to her family’s bakery early in life, Liberty works nonstop to protect their legacy. When Bram finds her on the bakery floor injured and alone, Liberty must decide if her tattered heart can trust him with her secret. Armed with small town determination, and a heart of gold, Bram shows Liberty frame-by-frame how falling for him is as easy as pie.
There is one part about the Snowberry Series I really wanted to know more about, so I asked Katie to tell us a little bit more about the idea behind the voice controlled wheelchairs that Snow Alexander, and her brother-in-law Jay, use in the books.
“I’m so glad you asked this, Dana! As a wheelchair user myself I always thought it would be super cool to have a chair that could be pushed manually, or be run by voice recognition. In Snow Daze you meet, well, Snow Daze (laughing out loud). Snow is a doctor and researcher for Providence Hospital in Snowberry, Minnesota who also happens to be in a wheelchair after contracting polio as a baby. She has developed a prototype wheelchair that she controls with her voice, called M.A.C., which is short for Memory Assisted Chair. MAC is lightweight, and folds by itself at the touch of a button. In the second book, December Kiss, which is set about four years later, she gives a version of MAC to her brother-in-law Jay who has Spina Bifida. Jay’s char, Sport, is much like Snow’s chair, only the wheels can be changed out for different sports and the chair is waterproof for short times in the water such as duck hunting or getting in and out of a pool.
Some people read this and think, “Wow, that’s really cool!” and some people read it and think, “That’s so unrealistic it will never happen!” The truth is, it is happening! I did some research about wheelchair controlled by voice recognition before I started writing Snow Daze and came upon this video. http://www.engineersgarage.com/contribution/voice-controlled-wheel-chair-for-disabled-people
Pretty cool right? It’s in your basic stages of concept and design, but the chair is moving in all directions using commands from voice only. I don’t think it’s that big of a stretch to see that eventually, maybe in a decade or less, a chair like Snow and Jay’s will exist in the marketplace. Imagine the freedom it would give some people who have to use big bulky chairs that don’t fold or stow away easily. With a chair that runs on voice recognition, folds, and stows in the front of a car you are talking about limitless possibilities for people with limited mobility.
So where does this all come into play in Liberty Belle? I would love to tell you, but I would love it more if you read the book to find out. 🙂 If you visit the nomination page and read the excerpt of the first 5000 words of Liberty Belle you will begin to get an idea of the many different kinds of people who would benefit from a chair like MAC being on the market.
Katie Mettner is the author of three inspirational and contemporary romance series: The Snowberry Series, The Sugar Series and The Northern Lights series. When not writing she’s busy being a band mom for her three kids. Katie’s stories are about empowering people with special circumstances to find the one person who will love them no matter what. She has a slight addiction to Twitter and blogging, with a lessening aversion to Pinterest now that she quit trying to make the things she pinned.
The Snowberry Series on Amazon