Author Archives: S.M. Helbig

How To Gift A Kindle eBook In 5 Easy Steps

Today, a friend asked me how to gift my Kindle eBook, Barty's Secret, to her great grandsons. It's a great question and this isn't the first time I've been asked this as an author. Hopefully these instructions will help others wanting to know how to give digital books too.

Amazon makes gifting eBooks simple to do by providing a “Give As A Gift” button right under the buy button. Once you hit that you simply enter the recipients email and they're sent a link to the book and can download it to their Kindle library.

That simple!

Here are the steps in a little more detail for those who don't yet have Amazon or Kindle accounts and want to gift books or get kids started reading eBooks who haven't yet got accounts.

Barty's Secret by S.M. Helbig on Amazon "Give As A Gift" eBook

 

How to gift a Kindle eBook in 5 easy steps

1. Log into your Amazon account

Register one if you don't have so you can purchase and download eBooks on Amazon Kindle
2. Go to the Kindle eBook URL address link on Amazon

It will look something like this one for Barty's Secret: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CCIHR7G )

3. Click the “Give As A Gift” button under the buy button

Give As A Gift button
4. Enter the person's email you are gifting the book to and complete the transaction.

This is your work done!

5. The recipient gets the gift link by email and redeems it to read in the Kindle app

Once they redeem the book via the email it downloads directly on their device to read.

 

What if they don't have the Kindle App or an Amazon Account?

To begin reading Kindle eBooks they will need to:

1. Set up an account on Amazon

Save the password and email for logging in on Kindle

2. Download the Kindle App to the device of their choice

This could be an iPad, computer (PC/laptop), smart phone, tablet, iPad, Kindle eReader. The Kindle app is downloadable from all app stores on these devices.

3. Open the Kindle App and Log into their Amazon account through it

Kindle eBooks are read in a downloaded Kindle app on any electronic device which the reader links to their Amazon account

4. Open the gift eBook email and redeem the book using their Amazon account

The gifted eBook will automatically download to the Kindle app for reading when they open it next!

 

You could also get them started with my FREE Billy Boss Whodunit or Street Cricket Wars starter sets by sending them to this link.

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Free Download Street Cricket Wars Story Starter Set

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Barty’s Secret: Australian Outback Animal Adventure Novel #1 by S.M. Helbig

A very real and special childhood memory inspired the writing of Barty's Secret: Australian Outback Animal Adventure Novel #1.

*Spoiler Alert* Don't read on if you haven't read Barty's Secret yet! You can check it out here first:

Barty's Secret

Barty's Secret on Amazon

 

Now back to the real-life-story behind Barty's Secret (along with the inevitable spoilers).

The shingleback called Barty in the story is named after my very own Barty whom I met in real life.

While, the story Barty is not the same as my real life Barty, there are a lot of similarities. Many of the ideas in the story come directly from my childhood memory. There is nothing like meeting a wild shingleback and making friends with one. It's the most amazing feeling.

In real life, Barty (Batholemew) was my greatest wild animal love ever. Real-life-Barty was a shingleback just like the Barty in this story. In Australia, shinglebacks are also known as bobtails or sleepy lizards.

My real-life Barty lived in my dad's veggie patch (vegetable garden) when we lived in Broken Hill. Broken Hill is a mining town in the arid interior of outback Australia. It's a rocky, dry land where not much but salt bushes and desert plants grow and where the wildlife is used to the harsh weather. It was common to see snakes and lizards there as well as many kinds of kangaroos, particularly big reds roos.

As a kid, I loved eating dinner on the back lawn and one day when I was doing this, the very real and very wild Barty crawled out and tapped my leg and wanted food. Real-life-Barty had come over for some sweet treats! I hand fed Barty tomatoes and strawberries. We were good mates from that day on and it was lovely because Barty the wild lizard chose to connect with me and allow me to hold him/her.

Here is a photo of the real-life Barty.

The real Barty who inspired the story Barty's Secret: An Australian Outback Animal Adventure. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CCIHR7G
The real Barty who inspired the story Barty's Secret: An Australian Outback Animal Adventure by S.M. Helbig.

I never found out if the real-life-Barty was a he or she. That didn't matter to me. One day the real-life-Barty disappeared but never returned. I always wondered what happened to him/her!

So, while you can see my childhood memory inspired the story, most of the story is entirely fictional. I've camped in national parks in the outback but never lived in one as a Wildlife Officer's kid. I also don't have a brother called Max and nor am I called Tali. 😉

I don't have video of the real Barty but here  is an amazing video that shows exactly how I used to feed him/her and how Tali does in the story too. In this video you'll see a shingleback from Perth, Western Australia, where they're called bobtails.

 

Barty's Secret was first published by Ginninderra Press in their Secrets anthology in 2006.

You can get the story Barty's Secret: An Australian Outback Animal Adventure Novel at most online book retailers. Here's the Amazon link again.

Barty's Secret: An Australian Outback Animal Adventure Novel

Barty's Secret

Otherwise, take a look at my FREE starter sets for Street Cricket Wars and my Billy Boss Whodunit series if you haven't checked them out already by clicking the link below or at the top left.

S.M. Helbig Free eBook Starter Sets

 

 

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The Complete Billy Boss Whodunit Series Is Now Live

The complete Billy Boss Whodunit detective series by S.M. Helbig is now live and available on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and most other major eBooks sellers!

Check out the details of the new releases here:

            Bordered Billy Boss 5 The Phantom Spitter S.M.Helbig 250 x375  Billy Boss 6 The Phantom Jammer S.M.Helbig 250x375 Billy Boss 7 The Phantom Puker S.M.Helbig 1200 x 1800  Billy Boss 8 The Phantom Waxer S.M.Helbig 250x375 Billy Boss 9 The Phantom Spitter S.M.Helbig 250x375

Billy Boss Whodunit #5 – Phantom Spitter

Billy Boss Whodunit #6 – Phantom Jammer

Billy Boss Whodunit #7 – Phantom Puker

Billy Boss Whodunit #8 – Phantom Waxer

Billy Boss Whodunit #9 – Phantom Scabber

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S.M. Helbig December 2015 News

Billy Boss Whodunits #1-4 Topped the Amazon Bestseller Hot New Children's Release List!

The Billy Boss Whodunits series launch was a great success with all four books making the top spots in the Hot New children’s release lists for both Detective and Humorous categories on Amazon! 

Check out the 2015 Christmas Amazon Hot New Releases Children's List for Detectives!

#1 Hot New Release: Phantom Farter

#2 Hot New Release: Phantom Snotter

#3 Hot New Release: Phantom Piddler

Billy Boss Hot New Release Best Seller Status

 

The biggest kick for me was seeing Billy Boss Whodunit #1 in the series electronically shelved #2 in Best Sellers in Children's Mystery & Spy Stories between John Grisham's Theodore Boone and James Patterson's Confessions: The Murder of An Angel! Fun!

Best Sellers in Children's Mystery & Spy Stories

 

 

Billy Boss Whodunits To Launch in Paperback in 2016

I’ve had some great feedback on the books so far with numerous people requesting paperback copies after their children loving the eBooks so much. So watch this space! 🙂 

The free 2-book Billy Boss Whodunit Starter Set is available here:

 Get Billy Boss Whodunits 1&2 Free

Billy Boss Whodunit Starter Set

 

S.M. Helbig Ashes To Ashes Prequel Launch

I launched Ashes to Ashes – The Street Cricket Wars Prequel quietly along with the Billy Boss Whodunit series over Christmas 2015. It made it to #3 on the Aussie Amazon children’s sport category which was also great and got interest in the UK as well. All of this helped renew interest in Demanding The Ashes – Street Cricket Wars #1 and the Street Cricket Wars Compilation #1-5. 

Street Cricket Wars Prequel S.M.Helbig 250x375

The free 3-book starter set for Street Cricket Wars is available here:

Free Download Street Cricket Wars Story Starter Set

Street Cricket Wars Starter Set

Have a great week!

~ S.M. Helbig

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How To Open An eBook ePub With Google Play Books eReader in 5 Steps

How To Open An eBook ePub With Google Play Books eReader in 5 Steps

This article will show you how how to open an eBook ePub with Google Play Books that didn't come from the Google Play store. This is sometimes also called side loading.

So, if you've received your free S.M. Helbig eBooks and need help opening them then scroll down just follow the steps. If you haven't signed up for the free Street Cricket Wars children's eBooks click the link on the left to get your three free books now! Available for most devices. 🙂

N.B.

Google Play Books will not open .Mobi eBook files (these are Amazon Kindle files) only ePub files.

You have to have a Google account to use Google Play Books.

 

5 STEPS TO OPEN IN GOOGLE PLAY BOOKS ON SMARTPHONE OR TABLET:

 

1. Open the device you plan to read the eBook on (SmartPhone or Tablet – Android or Mac)

 

2. Open the website the free eBook is on and Right click/Hold click the ePub file (or Google Play Books link)

 

3. Click the option: Open in Google Play Books OR (if not available) Save To Desktop

If you had the option to open in Google Play then you can open the books and enjoy!

If not go to the next step.

 

4. Click the saved ePub and select to open with Google Play Books (sometimes just called Play Books)

Your book will now open so you can read and enjoy!

Yes, that's only 4 steps! Number five is a special request from me to you. 🙂

 

5. Please post an honest review in Google Play of my books once you've read them!

Every single reader review makes a difference as it helps connect new readers with new books! I'm really grateful for every honest review I get.

When you post a review please email me and let me know you posted it. You can email me on the email that I sent the links to your free books from.

Also, do let me know if you'd like to be part of my First-Reader team. You'll get special access to my books before they're released and get to give me your feedback on them and contribute to them being better books!

Thanks in advance 🙂

 

7 STEPS TO OPEN AN EPUB IN GOOGLE PLAY BOOKS ON YOUR COMPUTER

 

1. Open the Website where the free eBook is available and Right Click on the ePub

 

2. Save the ePub to your desktop to find easily

 

3. Open Google Play Books

 

4. At the top right click “Upload files”

 

5. Find the ePub file on the desktop and click on select

 

6. Open The Uploads Library in Google Play Books

The eBook will be there. Click on it to read and enjoy! 🙂

 

7. Leave a Reader Review On Google Play

Like I wrote above: Every single reader review makes a difference as it helps connect new readers with new books! I'm really grateful for every honest review I get.

When you post a review please email me and let me know you posted it. You can email me on the email that I sent the links to your free books from.

Also, do let me know if you'd like to be part of my First-Reader team. You'll get special access to my books before they're released and get to give me your feedback on them and contribute to them being better books!

Thanks in advance 🙂

 

*IMPORTANT: IF THE ABOVE STEPS DON'T WORK

 

Open Your Computer:

1. Right click on the ePub on the website and save to desktop

2. Right click on the ePub and select to open with Google Play Books. Read it and enjoy. 🙂

3. Please leave an honest reader review once you're finished reading on iTunes to help me and others connect with these books! 🙂

 

To Read on your SmartPhone or Tablet:

1. Right click on the ePub and save to desktop on either Mac or PC computer

2. Open a new email and attach the ePub by clicking the attach document icon on the new email and locating the eBook .ePub file and click on it to attach

3. Check it's now attached to the email

4. Send this email to yourself (yes yourself)

5. Open the email on the device (SmartPhone or Tablet, iPhone or iPad) that you wish to read on

6. Click on the attached ePub in the email. Once it opens inside mail, click on the Upload icon at the top of the document and you will be offered the option to open it with Google Play Books (or just Play Books)

Open the books and enjoy!

7. Please leave an honest reader review once you're finished reading on iTunes to help me and others connect with these books! 🙂

Hope you enjoy reading your free books!

– S.M. Helbig

p.s. Here are some extra helpful videos if the above steps didn't work easily for you!

 

HOW TO UPLOAD EPUB EBOOKS ON GOOGLE PLAY BOOKS

 

 

UPLOAD EPUB EBOOKS TO YOU ANDROID DEVICE USING GOOGLE PLAY BOOKS

 

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How To Side Load ePub eBooks Onto Kobo in 8 Steps

How To Side Load ePub eBooks Onto Kobo in 8 Steps

This article will show you how open an ePub eBook on Kobo that didn't come from the Kobo store. This is sometimes also called side loading.

So, if you've received your free S.M. Helbig eBooks and need help opening them in Kobo then scroll down just follow the steps. If you haven't signed up for the free Street Cricket Wars children's eBooks click the link on the left to get your three free books now! Available for most devices. 🙂

N.B. Kobo will not open .Mobi eBook files (these are Amazon Kindle files) only ePub files

You can also use these steps for opening ePubs in Kobo for PDFs too and read your own work on it.

 

ON YOUR COMPUTER

 

1. Right Click On The Free eBook And Save It To Your Desktop

 

2. Connect Your Kobo eReader To Your Computer By USB

 

3. Click: Connect On Your Kobo eReader To Connect To Your Computer

 

4. When Asked: Click: Open Folder (To View Files)

This will open your library and show you the contents of your Kobo eReader.

 

5. Drag And Drop the eBooks From The Desktop Into The eReader Library

 

6. Disconnect Your Kobo Device From Your Computer

 

7. Open The Kobo eReader

Voila! Your books will be in the Kobo library.

Open the books and enjoy!

Actually, it was really 7 steps. The 8th is something I really hope you'll do for me once you've read the books! 🙂

 

8. Please post an honest review on Kobo of my books once you've read them!

Reader reviews are so important for me as it helps new readers decide whether or not to read my books! I'm really grateful for every honest review I get.

When you post a review please email me and let me know you posted it. You can email me on the email that I sent the links to your free books from.

Also, do let me know if you'd like to be part of my First-Reader team. You'll get special access to my books before they're released and get to give me your feedback on them and contribute to them being better books!

Thanks in advance 🙂

Hope you enjoy reading your free books!

 

– S.M. Helbig

 

p.s. Here are some extra helpful videos if you need more help specific to your particular Kobo eReader!

 

 

HOW TO LOAD EBOOKS ON THE KOBO GLO HD

 

HOW TO LOAD EBOOKS ON THE KOBO TOUCH EREADER

 

HOW TO LOAD EBOOKS ON THE KOBO AURA 2013

 

HOW TO LOAD EBOOKS ON THE KOBO AURA H20

 

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How Open An ePub eBook With iBooks On Your iPad, iPhone or Mac Computer

How Open An ePub eBook With iBooks On Your iPad, iPhone or Mac Computer

This article will show you how how to open an ePub eBook with iBooks on your iPad or iPhone that didn't come from the iTunes store. This is sometimes also called side loading.

So, if you've received your free S.M. Helbig eBooks and need help opening them on your iPad, iPhone or Mac then scroll down just follow the steps. If you haven't signed up for the free Street Cricket Wars children's eBooks click the link on the left to get your three free books now! Available for most devices. 🙂

N.B. iBooks will not open .Mobi eBook files (these are Amazon Kindle files) only ePub files.

 

1. Open the device you plan to read the eBook on

 

2. Open the website the free eBook is on and make sure it's an ePub for iBooks/iTunes

 

3. Right click (Hold on iPad/iPhone) to save the eBook to your device

 

4. Click the option: Open in iBooks.

Voila!

Open the books and enjoy!

 

5. Please post an honest review on iTunes of my books once you've read them!

Reader reviews are so important for me as it helps new readers decide whether or not to read my books! I'm really grateful for every honest review I get.

When you post a review please email me and let me know you posted it. You can email me on the email that I sent the links to your free books from.

Also, do let me know if you'd like to be part of my First-Reader team. You'll get special access to my books before they're released and get to give me your feedback on them and contribute to them being better books!

Thanks in advance 🙂

– S.M. Helbig

 

*IMPORTANT: IF YOU HAVE AN OLDER MAC, iPHONE OR iPAD AND THE ABOVE STEPS DON'T WORK

 

To Read On Your Mac:

1. Right click on the ePub and save to desktop

2. Open the ePub with iBooks and read it on your Mac in iBooks. Enjoy. 🙂

3. Please leave an honest reader review once you're finished reading on iTunes to help me and others connect with these books! 🙂

 

To Read on your iPhone or iPad:

1. Right click on the ePub and save to desktop on either Mac or PC

2. Open a new email and attach the ePub by clicking the attach document icon on the new email and locating the eBook .ePub file and click on it to attach

3. Check it's now attached to the email

4. Send this email to yourself

5. Open the email on the device (iPhone or iPad) you wish to read on

6. Click on the attached ePub. Once it opens inside mail, click on the Upload icon and it should open in iBooks

Open the books and enjoy! If it doesn't open inside mail then click on ‘Open in Safari' and it will give you the option to open in iBooks.

7. Please leave an honest reader review once you're finished reading on iTunes to help me and others connect with these books! 🙂

Hope you enjoy reading your free books!

– S.M. Helbig

 

p.s. Here are some extra helpful videos if the above steps didn't work easily for you!

 

HOW TO IMPORT BOOKS AND PDFs TO iBOOKS ON IPAD

 

SYNCING iBOOKS FROM MAC TO iPAD

 

Street Cricket Wars Starter Set

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How To Load An eBook Onto A Kindle eReader In 7 Steps

HOW TO LOAD AN EBOOK ONTO A KINDLE EREADER IN 7 STEPS

This article will show you how to load an eBook (and PDFs and JPGs) from your computer or email onto your Kindle eReader in 7 easy steps. Loading books onto a Kindle that didn't come from the Kindle store is sometimes also called side loading.

If you've received your free S.M. Helbig eBooks and you need help sending them to your eReader then scroll down just follow the steps. If you haven't signed up for the free Street Cricket Wars children's eBooks click the link on the left to get your three free books now! Available for most devices.

  • Use the following method to put any of these files onto your Kindle: .MOBI (eBook file), PDF, JPG
  • The free books you downloaded from me for Kindle will all be .mobi files

N.B. It will not work for .EPUB files (see video at end called “How To Load eBooks on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” for how to convert an .ePub to a .mobi to load onto a kindle)

 

1. Save eBook to your PC/Computer/Laptop

Right click on the eBook link on the website and “Save link as” and save it to your desktop so it's easy to locate later.

(If the PC says it can't open it that's fine as you probably don't have Kindle on your computer)

 

2. Open A New Email To Send

 

3. Write Your Kindle email in the address field of a new email

You need your Kindle email to send eBooks to your Kindle device.

Your Kindle email is [Your Amazon user name]@kindle.com

Usually it will look like this: name@free.kindle.com and name@kindle.com

Adding free to the email forces it to use wifi only to load it.

What if you don't know your Kindle email?

There are 2 ways to find your kindle email which you'll use to send eBooks to your Kindle.

 

3a. Open your Kindle and Click on:

Menu > Settings > email

 

3b. Login to Amazon and find your kindle email under:

Manage Your Content And Devices > Settings > Personal Document Settings > Send to email settings

Manage Your Device on Amazon

 

4. Attach the .mobi book file you want to load onto your Kindle to the email

2.a. Click the attach document icon on the new email and locate the eBook .mobi file you want to send to your Kindle and click on it to attach

2.b. Check it's now attached to the email

2.c. Alternatively, many computers will allow you to drag the eBook file onto the email to attach it

Note: If you were emailed the .mobi you can simply forward it to your Kindle email

 

5. Press send

 

6. Open Your Kindle, Open the Menu and Click: Sync, Refresh or Check For Updates

Let the books download and enjoy!

Actually, it was really 6 steps. The 7th is something I really hope you'll do for me once you've read the books! 🙂

 

7. Please post an honest review on Amazon of my books once you've read them!

Reader reviews are so important for me as it helps new readers decide whether or not to read my books! I'm really grateful for every honest review I get.

When you post a review please email me and let me know you posted it. You can email me on the email that I sent the links to your free books from.

Also, do let me know if you'd like to be part of my First-Reader team. You'll get special access to my books before they're released and get to give me your feedback on them and contribute to them being better books!

Thanks in advance 🙂

– S.M. Helbig

 

p.s. Here are some helpful videos for the visual learners showing you how to send eBooks to Kindle in visual steps!

 

HOW TO SEND EBOOKS TO KINDLE BY EMAIL

 

HOW TO LOAD EBOOKS ONTO THE KINDLE FIRE SERIES

 

 

HOW TO LOAD EBOOKS ONTO A KINDLE PAPERWHITE

 

Street Cricket Wars Starter Set

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Free Download Street Cricket Wars Story Starter Set

 

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The Cricket Tier – A Different View On The World Of Cricket

It is always great to connect with a cricket fan (every single one of you!) but today I want to spotlight massive cricket fan and blogger Ian Thornton who covers all things cricket over at The Cricket Tier.

Check his blog out for a lovely perspective on cricket matches across the world.

Check out his tribute to Richie Benaud: The Voice That Changed Cricket.

The Cricket Tier Website

The Cricket Tier on Twitter

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The Cricket Tier

 

 

 

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