An American Editor

April 5, 2011

Worth Noting: A Gift from Down Under

Last week I wrote a review of Vicki Tyley’s murder mysteries, On Books: Murder Down Under. If the review sparked an interest in her Down Under murder mysteries, you can, until May 15, buy her books for 99¢ each — a savings of $3 on each book — at Smashwords using the following coupon codes (courtesy of Vicki Tyley):

  1. Brittle Shadows = XU78P
  2. Sleight Malice = VX78D
  3. Thin Blood = QF35J

Smashwords lets you download the ebook in your choice of format, one of which will be suitable for reading on your preferred device — whether it is your computer, your cell phone, or your ereader.

It is hard to go wrong, even if you only occasionally read a murder mystery. Buying all 3 of the books using the coupon  codes saves you $9 — for $2.97, you can have 3 excellent murder mysteries.

If you do buy any or all of her books and enjoy it (them), pass the word. Remember that indie authors rely on readers telling other readers about good ebooks. And be sure to share the coupon codes.



  1. Thanks for the coupons — am definitely taking up the offer. Also, thanks for the recommendations in your last post. They introduced me to authors I hadn’t read before; I’ve already stayed up several hours reading one of them last night!


    Comment by Zarine Arya — April 5, 2011 @ 8:44 am | Reply

  2. Thanks, Zarine. I hope you enjoy them. 🙂

    Thanks, too, to the other readers who took up the offer. (In hindsight, I should’ve made this offer as soon as the review was posted. For those readers who purchased my books at full price based on Richard’s review, I’d like to offer a free advance copy of my as yet unreleased novel, Bitter Nothings. Just email me with your preferred format.)


    Comment by Vicki — April 6, 2011 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  3. OK, now what? I paid for these books and added them to my Smashwords library (after opening a Smashwords account). They do not appear in iTunes Books, and I can’t get them onto my iPhone in the way described on Smashwords’ site: “You’ll see a convenient link on the home page that allows you to import your Smashwords library directly into Stanza.” Clicking Stanza on the home page just brings up the three free books that were already there. I see no “File Sharing window at the bottom of the Apps tab.” Clicking Apps just shows me what apps are on my iPhone; there’s no File Sharing option. On my MacBook Pro, the titles do not show up in the Finder, either. Where are they? How do I get them on my iPhone?


    Comment by Kathleen Much — April 7, 2011 @ 4:17 pm | Reply

    • Kathleen, I hope someone will be able to help you. I do not use any Apple products, so I have no idea even how iTunes or an iPhone work. The best thing to do, if you don’t get an answer here, is to ask at the Smashwords site or go to MobileRead ( and ask in the Apple forum there. You will find the MobileRead people very helpful.

      Just so it is clear to everyone, I have absolutely no connection whatsoever to Smashwords other than buying ebooks there for my Sony Readers. I recommend Smashwords as a source for indie books primarily because it has a large selection and offers the ability to download in various formats for various devices. However, the only downloading I do is of ePub files to my computer and then I use a free ebook management program called Calibre ( to load the ebooks onto my Sony Readers.

      Which makes me think this: Perhaps what you need to do is download and install Calibre, plug your iPhone into a USB port on your computer, and use Calibre to load the ebooks onto your iPhone. This is just a guess. Never having used an Apple product, and knowing how limiting Apple can be, I do not know if this would work.


      Comment by americaneditor — April 8, 2011 @ 4:24 am | Reply

    • Hi Kathleen,

      Thank you for going to all the trouble of opening a Smashwords’ account just to purchase my books.

      I generally read ebooks in PDB format on an iPod Touch (essentially the iPhone without the phone) and use the software. But if you give me a few moments, I’ll go and find out how to transfer the files onto the Stanza reader.

      In the meantime, if you login to your Smashwords’ account and go to each book, you’ll see where you can re-download the files. Choose the EPUB format and download them to your computer.

      I’ll be back shortly…


      Comment by Vicki — April 8, 2011 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

    • Okay, first plug your iPhone into your computer via the USB port. iTunes should open automatically, but if it doesn’t, open it.

      Click on your iPhone under DEVICES.

      Along the top you will see Summary, Apps, Ringtones etc. Click on Apps. This will display all the apps you have on your phone. (I’m assuming here you’ve already installed the Stanza app on your iPhone.)

      Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Select Stanza from the list of file sharing apps, then the Add button. Find and select the downloaded EPUB files from your computer. Voila!

      I hope this helps, Kathleen. Happy reading.



      Comment by Vicki — April 8, 2011 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

      • P.S. Or you can use the Kindle reader for iPhone. There’s nothing to stop you downloading both the EPUB and MOBI versions of books from Smashwords — one of its advantages. You can then decide which reading experience you prefer.


        Comment by Vicki — April 8, 2011 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks, Vicki. That seems to have worked. Now we’ll see what happens if I order more books–I hope they will automatically transfer to the iPhone when I sync.


    Comment by Kathleen Much — April 8, 2011 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

  5. […] and you can buy them at a significant discount until May 15, 2011 using the codes found in Worth Noting: A Gift from Down Under or in Worth Noting: A Gift From Down Under […]


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