Saturday, January 29, 2011

How to get Kindle eBooks on to your computer or laptop or notepad - by Jacqueline Howett.

Jacqueline Howett is the author of The Greek Seaman. A seafaring novel, on Kindle.

While many of us are racing off learning the new ropes of technology on the latest gadgets, and Kindle who is also having some record sales, doing so, the majority of people are still only using computers or laptops, and I’m surprised to find how many still don’t know how to download Kindle books to their computer or laptops or notebooks.

Really, its so great to know you can download all those lovely books to your own library file that Amazon Kindle give’s you for free, and you have lots of books to read for free too to get you started via some links. Let’s not forget, the majority still only own just computers in foreign countries, and probably older models at that. Just bear this in mind, if you have Windows XP then you can have installed on your computer or laptop the Service Pack 2, unless you already have it, but it’s important you have this. And if you have Windows Vista or Windows 7 you will not need it, but you will need 100MB of available space.    
If you have a PC with 500 MHZ intel, or AMD processor or faster and at least 120 MG of RAM, you are all set to go.
As for the screen glare you really have no excuses anymore as the pale pink background is soothing on the eyes, and there is a brightness control. If you have a laptop, its even better, as you just adjust the angle of the screen slightly up or down to your liking.

Getting the Kindle books up and running on your PC or laptop or notebook- which is all still called a PC to the kindle world.
From the Amazon Kindle page you can download the software, then just install with a click of a button. you will need to register first in the blue screen that pops up, so just fill in email and a Amazon password and have a credit card handy. Go to a free book you like, then you just hit the buy button. Don’t be afraid to hit the buy button, okay? It will ask you what gadget you want to download your book with. You hit the PC button, and now you test it out first to see if it is a free eBook. They do give you this option to look first to see if you were charged for downloading. If it said $0 payment, you are okay and you can carry on. And then backspace back to your original page and hit the PC button to download the book to your computer or laptop or notebook. You now have another button option of safety to allow them to download the book to your  Kindle library on your PC. Hit allow. Done, that’s it, now it will show up in your new Kindle library. Your face will smile the moment you see it sitting in your very own book library. You will also receive an e-mail of your $0.00 purchase from Amazon. 
Here is the link to get started and download in one click of a button. 
Here is a link to some free Amazon Kindle eBooks.
Let’s face it; the reading experience beats the iphone with its tiny display and writing. And it really is like having a Kindle. You read as if you were on a Kindle.  Anyway, I hope this helps many of you who are still doing without. Happy reading.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Nikos Xilouris dedicated this song and video at sea to all Seamans wives.

Jacqueline Howett is the author of The Greek Seaman. A seafaring novel, on Kindle.

 Does this bring back memories. I found this on YouTube, next to my own video excerpt with my reading from my book The Greek Seman novel. This is a bit like what I experienced at sea, in my novel The Greek Seaman. However, the hurricane I describe was worse than this! I would call this mild, choppy weather. But really, lets not forget the seaman who must do this for a living, and the seamans wives who go to sea or stay home alone for so many months at a time. Thank you Nikos Xilouris for this video and song dedicated to seaman wives.

You can view more of Nikos Xilouris at YouTube from here:

Click on image to buy from Amazon or get free samples sent direct to your Kindle.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A walk to the beach. Reflection's, and a lentil soup recipe today

Jacqueline Howett is the author of The Greek Seaman. A seafaring novel, on KIndle.

Hi from Clearwater Beach, Florida.

I have just got back from walking the beach. Today I walked it a bit, while its warm and the sun is shining in a blue sky. Usually I just like to go and sit a while in the sand on my sandals and listen to the wave’s splashing up, or shuffle my bare feet in the water and playfully search a dolphin spotting.

Clearwater beach, Florida where I now live is still a paradise and I thank God every time I’m down at the waters edge among the tropical birds. The pelicans are so funny the way they land in the water, with a nose dive, beaks first.

 I still miss the small fishing villages of Maine, the classy northern energy of fashionable shops, bookstore cafes and fine restaurants from around the world. I use to say Portland was like a mini London in just a handful of streets, and the nostalgia in parts of country life there on my drives pass wooden homes hanging washing on the line and the autumn leaves in color connected the soul to something deeper, something forgotten, but those winters, forget it. I left when I found I was shoveling snow for the first time just to get out of the house. This was my backyard in Maine.
Maine will always hold something special and dear to my heart as it was the first place I lived after coming from Europe. The snow at first looks beautiful until you drive in it and it truly is a picture, but most of the time during the summer you think about the long winters cold that's coming again.
Water has to be in my life somewhere wherever I live. You can give me a tiny duck pond, I’ll stop and gaze for hours if you let me. A bag of old bread would be my excuse, ‘Gone to feed the ducks.’ Hey, that sounds like a title for a novel.  Water is my great escape and has a magical healing to clear the mind or evoke visions. I now live just two streets away from the beach. One street in the other direction is the intercostals. Sometimes when many coconuts hit you on the head, after so many years here, it can feel like Chinese torture in ninety degree heat. You just can't walk about  during the later part of the day, that can be very unpleasant. Then there is the hurricane season, and so far, we have been lucky. I love it when it rains, but last nights thunderclaps kept me up. Overall, I can’t complain when the rest of the country is in snow or slush. Sometimes the weather  is in the 30's or 50's then shoots back up to mid 60's or 70's.
Here's a hearty lentil soup recipe for lunch today. To warm the cockles of your heart.

Ingredients Lentil Soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onions, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1  cups lentils - soaked, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 1 bay leaves
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 sprig fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Directions

    1. In a medium stockpot, saute the onions in oil until they are glossy. Stir in garlic, paprika, celery, carrots, and saute for 10 minutes.
    2. Once the vegetables have sauteed for 10 minutes stir in tomatoes, chicken stock, lentils, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Stir well, then add the wine and bring the mixture to a boil. Slowly reduce the heat and cook for 1 hour on low to medium heat; or until the lentils are tender. Toward the end, add a handful of spinach if desired. 
    3. Sprinkle the soup with parsley and Parmesan (optional) before serving.
    4. Enjoy with crackers or bread and butter

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Art appreciation day. It's Cezanne's 172nd Birthday

 Jacqueline Howett is the author of The Greek Seaman. A seafaring novel, on Kindle.
           I hope to have a coffee book of my own art, someday.  

Metamorphosis in red. 16 feet X 12 feet. Oil on canvass. By Jacqueline Howett. Also black/white, or blue/orange.
I have created some mock-up book covers for my art coffee book, but I haven't as yet chosen which art piece will best represent my fine art. It will be a time consuming thing to do, to compile in its entirety. What with editing my novel, Cass and so many other immediate projects at hand. So, for now its on hold, but still, I keep the dream. It is something I have always wanted. Who knows, I might just surprise you all and have it out sooner. For those of you who enjoy looking at art, scroll to the bottom of my blog to view a few more art pieces or click on the links. I am known for my large panels in the 90's, and for my detailed work, and surface art, or throwing paint on to canvass that speaks volumes in another language of color, or with abstract brush strokes where the spirit moves freely until it stops. Here's a direct link to art review where you can view some of my art. Art is usually a place where I go, where no words are needed. Its very liberating.
Swimming out the creases in the canvass, then a real jump in the pool.

My art has appeared in the Art Cellar Exchange, Manhattan Arts International Magazine, Art Now, and the International and New York Gallery Guide. I have appeared in group and solo exhibits such as the Danforth Gallery in Portland, Maine and The Oreno Print Museum, New York.  The Herald Tribune in Biddeford, Maine did a feature article when my work was exhibited at The Saco Museum of Art.  Starbucks gave me a solo exhibit and my artwork is in some major private collections and featured on various art websites, and I have also been known to do installation, performance art.

      Thank you for viewing my art.  Jacqueline Howett.

   Now I think you have seen three of my hats. The author, poet and artist.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Coming Soon to Kindle! SANDS OF TIME, Poems by Jacqueline Howett

Jacqueline Howett is the author of The Greek Seaman. A seafaring novel, on KIndle.

Just thought I would give you all a sneak preview of the cover I created today to my next poetry book coming soon, titled. Sands Of Time. Jacqueline

Friday, January 7, 2011

My Poetry Book is now on Kindle Amazon, and for 99 cents

Jacqueline Howett is the author of The Greek Seaman. A seafaring novel.

Poetry eBook.  Amorphous Angelic (Selected Poems) By Jacqueline Howett is now available on Kindle Amazon.

Product Description. Amorphous Angelic, selected poems by Jacqueline Howett are Metaphysical poems of wisdom, death, rebirth, and the inner workings of the souls journey. They are also 35 selected poems of love, inspiration, wonder, visons, hope, faith and connecting to the higher self as well as with the sad & strange, to elevating out of darkness to reveal the mystery of life that cover an important time factor in the poets life between 1980-1985, while still living in London, England and have remained her most memorable since she moved to live in America.

Click on book to buy your Kindle copy of my poetry for 99 cents.

Amorphous Angelic Selected poems by Jacqueline Howett has  been published at Borders, amazon and local stores and is now available in some libraires. It is now finally here as a Kindle eBook at Amazon and will be at Smashwords in various formats soon and other venues in varied formats. You can now download right to your computer or gadget without a Kindle.

For a signed copy, please query me by E-mail at Signed copies are twelve dollars. Place in E-mail description: Signed copy of Poetry book AA,

More Free samples of my poetry from my poetry book Amorphous Angelic, Selected Poems are posted at my website with my 'other poems'. Click on this link.

Jacqueline Howett

Your my invisible friend who understands

Come, take my hand,
I'm your invisible friend who understands.
When you fly so high,
How did you expect them to understand?
You see, they never ever left the land,
Come, fly with me,
I'm your invisible friend who understands

©Jacqueline Howett 1984-2002-2011

Everybody is but the station along the way.
Some bring your fate and map your day,
Not one person can bring you everything,
With many on the way,
few will stay,
Maybe some you thought a life together would be,
Lead you on to tomorrow, to make you see,
How this life of uncertainty,
Needs 'faith' continually.

©Jacqueline Howett 1984-2002-2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Said The Kitty To The Cat. Review by Jacqueline Howett

Jacqueline Howett is the author of The Greek Seaman. A seafaring novel.


Hi everyone,

When I was offered this wonderful childrens book to review among other books from Vincent Spada, I realized I had not posted this one on my blog, so here it is. I have also placed this review on Vincent Spada's Amazon's buy page, Facebook, and as a follow up to be announced at Goodreads.

Said The Kitty To The Cat
By Vincent Spada and illustrated by Steve Whitlow.

Reviewed By Jacqueline Howett

The soft fluffy white Cat with kitten are so adorable looking you want to cuddle them, snuggling cozy and warm as your imaginary favorite pets. Also plenty there to catch a young childs attention in the magnified images of fish bowls, bird cage in the living room and sofa and the tempting gift box of chocolates where the story evolves around, and mummy's comforting presence returning from shopping makes the child feel safe if mommy isn't always there, and just as it is on the front cover the pictures inside the book are also just as big, if not bigger. The soft shady color in the illustrations is different, yet its what makes this book unique. I know the child in me would make this my favorite book. The catchy rythme throughout the book will make it a wonderful memory to keep forever. A rhyme a child might start singing to when outdoors or feel comforted enough by and fall gently into sleep. This is a five star read and makes a wonderful first book any child would want you to read over and over again or a favorite book a child picks to look at by themselves. It would be nice to see more books compiled like this with this concept of ryhme by Vincent Spada and same kind of gigantic illustration layout by Steve Whitlow.

Its that time of year where I get to try on all my creative hats. I have a few childrens books myself I have been working on in those special moments when I can catch up and get arty. Hope to show them at some point, I'm preparing mine for eBook format, which is an interesting process.

Anyway, kids will love this book. A great book to add to babys wish list. Five stars for this one.

Here's the Amazon Link

Other books by Vincent Spada are Tombstones, Fiction, and a Poetry book titled, One under the sun.