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I recently called Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) because I was having issues with my book cover on their cover creator. I had to google a phone number because I couldn’t find one listed on my KDP account.

When I called the first number that popped up a man answered with a foreign accent. I explained my situation and he told me that Amazon is now charging to publish books. He needed payment before he could help me.


I’ve published three books with Amazon. The third will be live June 25th. I knew this to be false. At least I was pretty sure it wasn’t true. He said they had just changed their policy yesterday.


I had gotten no email about this and had not heard any talk of it in the indie author forums I follow. These people would know!

He asked me to pay $49.99 with a google play card for a one year payment.

I told him to hold his breath – it would be arriving shortly.

Yeah, right!

I hung up and continued my search for the correct number for KDP.

Hope he has turned blue by now!

I did relate my experience to the guy who answered at Amazon. He didn’t seem too worried.

The girl from KDP who helped me with my cover-related problem was in awe at what had happened. BTW – she walked me quickly through my technical problem with no glitches – and didn’t charge me! Ha!

KDP has amazing customer service. They were not connected to this phone scam in any way.

I’ve been seeing a lot in the news about scams related to google play cards. They always involved calls to your phone from deadbeats wanting to scam you out of your hard earned cash. A lot of older people have fallen for these scams.

Once they have you convinced you owe them money or owe for a service they ask you to pay quickly with a google play card. You give them the numbers from the card and they use it to purchase other gift cards online that can not be traced. It all happens in a matter of minutes.

Wouldn’t it be funny if people gave them fake numbers? I have half a mind to have some numbers handy for the next time they think they are going to play me for a fool!

You can read more about these scams here.

Most people receive these calls. I had to be different and call them! I searched again this morning and the number I called has been removed.

Beware! It’s a mad, mad, world! This is a public service message…


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ESA’s and Service Animals

ESA’s and Service Animals

I’m going to throw this out there even though some of you may have a difference of opinion.

I was taught to be wary of strange dogs. I don’t like being sniffed by the cold nose of the emotional support animal (ESA) sitting on the lap of a stranger next to me on an airplane.

I have issues when I walk into a restaurant and there is a dog sitting on the lap of a woman at the table next to me.

I cringe when I see a baby stroller coming toward me in our local discount store carrying two small dogs dressed in identical dog-wear. They must be twins out shopping with Mom.

I fear for the pets being transported here and there in moving vehicles because their owners didn’t seem to think they may be safer at home. If driving with a child on your lap is illegal shouldn’t the same rule apply for your pets? Is there a seat belt law for ESA’s?

I’m sure I’m not alone in these thoughts on this matter.

When growing up, our pets usually stayed at home when we traveled. If they were granted permission, on rare occasions, to ride along to the river or camping trip, they usually rode in the bed of the truck. That’s not safe for man or beast anymore.

There is a difference between ESA’s and service dogs. Service dogs are trained to be attentive to only their handlers’ needs. Service dogs usually lie under the chair or under the seat of their handler. They are tethered to the one needing their service – not allowed to run free down the aisle of the grocery stores or movie theaters.

“Did you know that business owners and their like may not question a disabled person’s need for a service dog? They may ask if the dog is trained to assist with a disability and in which actions it’s trained to perform.” Most are now not asked anything. It’s easier to not make a fuss. They are allowed to go about their business as if it were only a child being brought along for the shopping trip.

I’m amazed at the different pets I see around town. There was a woman in line at the post office with a monkey last week! She didn’t seem too pleased when children crowded around her for a closer look!

I recently read this article on why one bad apple spoils the whole bunch and what major airlines intend to do about it. What did people expect when they started claiming peacocks, monkeys, and pigs as their ESA’s?

Major airlines are finally cracking down on fake service animals.

“A public comment period opened on May 17 and is open through July 9.” You can add your thoughts to the over 3000 comments already received.

I am not an animal hater. I grew up with dogs and cats, as most of you did. They were our pets and at that time most pets lived outside. They had dog houses and cat beds and were well-loved by our family and the entire neighborhood. We gave them warmer shelter on cold winter nights, but they didn’t have the run of the house.

I do understand having pets inside these days. Times have changed and it’s not safe to let them run loose as once was the custom.

Actually, I do mind putting my groceries in a cart that has just been used to push a favorite pet through the aisles. It’s called hygiene.


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