Eric B. Thomasma



I must warn you that I will not be keeping any schedule with this blog.  There may be more than one entry a day, or there may not be one for weeks.  There is also no theme.  I'll write about what I want, when I want, and how I want.  You, on the other hand, bear no responsibility.  You are free to read any and all entries, or not, but if you want to comment on them you have to become a member.  Now that seems fair, doesn't it?  Membership is no longer required to comment.

I have decided to create categories for my blog posts.  "My Writing" is for entries directly related to, well, my writing.  "Reviews" is for my comments on movies I see or books that I read.  "Ramblings" is for rants commentary, just to "get it off my chest" so to speak.  Each entry will be assigned to as many categories as I think it fits in to.

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New Book Title

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (1)

I have finished writing my latest novel in the SEAMS16 series and it is now in the editing stages. I’ve been using DAYS OF SORROW as the title, but as the story unfolded, and now that it’s complete, I feel that title no longer fits. I chose the title originally because of a reference to it during the Eclosion ceremony in book 4, SEAMS16: FRIENDS AND FOES.

The "Days of Sorrow" refers to a time in the history of Prime that occurs after the fall of their civilization. I had every intention of telling a story about those times, but while attempting to research it, I discovered there are no records from that time. A character from the book best summed it up like this: “Much of what happened during those years is lost to eternity as record keeping fell away to the more important tasks of just finding ways to stay alive, but there are stories of sorrow as well as great bravery told around campfires and dinner tables. Of course, these stories are impossible to prove or disprove. The heroes and villains often go unnamed, or if named, are already dead. And long gone is any evidence that might have supported the claims made by the storytellers. Because of this, most are relegated to the fantasy genre of children’s stories, not as a means to preserve a history, but simply to convey a moral or universal truth."

While I do write children's stories, that was not the intention for this book, so I concentrated on a time immediately following the Days of Sorrow, when civilization was starting to re-emerge. The story of first contact with their nearest planetary neighbor. The story of THE KLINDORAN WAR.

Coming soon…



Posted on January 14, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (2)

In October 2014, after several years of hiatus, one of my favorite comic strips returned to the internet with an all new storyline. Melonpool, by Steve Troop

I was first introduced to the adventures of Melonpool many years ago by my niece and instantly fell in love with the characters and storylines. The story of an alien whose obsession with Earth pop-culture, especially Star Trek, Star Wars, The Andy Griffith Show, and Gilligan’s Island, leads him and his crew into unique situations that offered satire, parody, and homage all at the same time. Troop’s humor and artwork struck a chord with me and I was saddened a few years ago when he announced that he was retiring the strip. But now it’s returned and taking a hint from the Star Trek franchise, has rebooted the story in an alternate universe where things happen in different, but still fun and exciting ways.


Today, 1/14/15, marks the 100th strip since the reboot and I’m in love with it all over again. There are some unfamiliar characters, and characters missing from the original storyline, (although this new universe has jumped back in time, so we may yet see them), but the storytelling is as strong or stronger than before, and the artwork is better than ever. Following the newspaper format of black and white panel strip dailies, and a full color expanded Sundays, it’s worth checking out. Who knows, perhaps you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.


New Book Release

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

At long last, I have finally released the fourth book in the SEAMS16 series, SEAMS16: Friends and Foes.

Strange things are happening on Space Equipment Authority's Maintenance Station 16 (SEAMS16). The new bay supervisor comes with an exemplary record, but he can’t get along with anyone. An abduction where the victims are left unbound and unguarded, no perpetrators claim responsibility, and no demands are made. The discovery of a bomb with the only evidence incriminating the most unlikely of perpetrators. These confusing events and more blur the line between good and bad...right and wrong...friend and foe...

Join Charlie and Susan in their search for answers in SEAMS16: Friends and Foes

Now available at the following on-line retailers:

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Print

Smashwords - multiple ebook formats

Barnes & Noble Nook

CreateSpace Print

Apple iTunes iPad/iPhone

New Website

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm pleased to announce a new website dedicated to my children's books. When I created my original website, I had not yet written any children's stories, so naturally I designed it around my Sci-Fi novels. It still serves that purpose well and for now I intend to keep it as it is, however it is not exactly kid friendly. Not that there is inappropriate content, it's just not attractive to kids or parents looking for children’s books. The new site is designed with kids in mind. The colors are bright and cheery, the layout is simple to navigate and the focus is primarily on my guiding aphorism: Read To Your Children Awaken Their Imagination. You'll find fun activities for the kids to download and enjoy, on-line samples of the books, links to retailers where the books can be purchased, and more. Visit the new site at Take a look around, peruse a book sample, download a coloring page, check out the Books in the Wild photos, and most importantly, have fun.

2013 KART Kids Book List Award

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The KART Foundation has released its Kids Books List for 2013. I'm told they had over 2000 entries that they whittled down to just 27 titles. I'm pleased and honored to say that The Wizards of the Body Shop was one of those selected. This is the second time that one of my books has been honored with this award, (the first being Sam and the Dragon in the 2011/2012 list). The Kids Are Readers Too (KART) Foundation is the philanthropy division of PediNatural®, dedicated to promoting children's literacy. They also host an internet radio station broadcasting family friendly programming 24 hours a day. You can learn more about them at

Here is the full 2013 KART Kids Book List:

The Adventures of Mopey The Mini Horse

Andy-Roo The Birthday Surprise!

Animal Sound Mix-up

Are There French Fries In Heaven?

Buddy Finds A Home

The Complete Hawaiian Reef Fish Coloring Book

Echoes Of Kansas Past (A Travel Through Time)

Gabriella And Her Bouquet of Friends

Hannah The Hedgehog Goes To Heaven

Horace Helfin's Horrifying Halloween

I Love The Changing Seasons

I'm 5

Instant Preplay

KUSHKA Visits The Zoo

Leon Chameleon PI And The Case Of The Kidnapped Mouse

The Little Rose

Luminous Mountain

Maybe You Can Sleep Like...

The Moose At the Manger

Ode To Icky

Outside With Lil Boo

Santa's Sugar

Sleep My Child

Stella and Tulip: A Home For Us

Tired Of Being Different

Were You Born In That Chair?

The Wizards of the Body Shop

Read To Your Children. Awaken Their Imagination.

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (14)

A little girl tries to climb into her father’s lap as he sits reading in his favorite chair. It’s a big, overstuffed chair with a wide seat, high back, and cushy arms. He pretends to ignore her as she makes the attempt first on one side, then on the other. On many past occasions she has made the climb without hesitation or difficulty, but this day her attempts are thwarted by the book she holds in her hands. Unwilling to let go, and after several attempts, she looks up with pleading eyes.


No longer able to keep up his pretense, he sets his book aside, reaches down and lifts her easily, placing her comfortably on his lap. He takes the book from her hands and examines the cover. Is it an old favorite, read a hundred times? Or something new, as yet unexplored? It matters little, for the importance is in the experience. A bond forms between them, a bond of shared learning, shared exploration, and shared adventure. The kind of bond that lasts a lifetime. He opens the book and begins the adventure. The two of them gaze intently at the open book, the room around them soon lost to the world contained within the pages.


And yet, not contained. For while each page may contain a static picture and a few sentences, the picture is but a skin, and the words, bone. It is the sights unseen and the words unsaid that are the real meat of the story. The mind fills in the details, enriching the experience, bringing the story to life in ways sometimes unforeseen by an author and illustrator. This is the real magic of reading to a child. You’re not just spending time, you’re sharing an experience and awakening their imagination.


So, read to your children, and awaken their imagination.

A good start is with my newly released children's book, Yeti In The Freezer. Available in both print and ebook formats.


Backup, Backup, Backup!

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

My brother and I have been working hard putting the finishing touches on our latest children’s book, Yeti In The Freezer, and I had hoped to release it on Black Friday. That’s not going to happen now. On Friday, just after uploading the source documents for the print edition, I attempted to delete one of the many sub folders of illustrations from my hard drive, but ended up accidentally deleting the main project folder. Everything I’d prepared for both print and ebook versions...gone! Everything for adverts, my website, the Facebook page...wiped out!


No, it was not in the recycle bin. I did a hard delete. Now, this is not the first time I’ve done something like this and I typically keep backups on a thumb drive that I carry with me. However, in this case I didn’t. You see, there wasn’t enough space left on the thumb drive to hold this project, so I put it off, figuring I’d get a new, larger thumb drive. But, of course, when I’m at the store I’m thinking of other things and keep forgetting to get one. So I had no backups.


Like I said, I’ve done this kind of thing before, so I also have recovery software and as soon as I realized what I’d done, I pulled the battery and power cord from my laptop to keep anything else from being written to the drive. I pulled the hard drive from the laptop and hooked it up as an external drive on one of my other computers and started a recovery scan. I don't know if you've ever run a recovery scan, but it takes a long time, so I let it run overnight. I checked the next morning and it looked like most of my files could be recovered, so I went through the process to do just that. I was able to recover a few things, but much of what the software said was recovered, wasn’t. At least not completely. Most of the documents were corrupted enough to be unusable. Some wouldn’t open at all, some would open, but much of the data was missing. It was really depressing how little data was actually recovered.


So I was left with the process of rebuilding. Fortunately, I was able to re-download the last set of illustrations, and some of the conversion software I’d used left copies of the working documents in other folders on the drive, so I was able to piece together all of the items necessary to recreate what I’d done before, and I’ll be working feverishly to get that done.


But more importantly, I have now installed software that automatically backs up my data to a network drive on a daily basis. No longer will I rely on remembering to manually backup to a thumb drive. (Much less remembering to buy a new thumb drive for it to fit on.) The software I’m using is called SyncBack. It’s a freeware package from 2BrightSparks. I’ve only been using it a couple of days, but I’m quite happy with the results. It was straightforward to set up, and the execution has been flawless. It’s nice, each morning, to be greeted with a status report that assures me that my data has been safely stored away, in case I pull another boneheaded stunt like I did Friday.


And with that process in place, I’d best get back to work getting Yeti In The Freezer out. Watch for it soon.

I Miss Them

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

They don’t come around here anymore.

There was a time when we had to prepare. To stock up on provisions and clear the area of potential obstacles and dangers. A time to make repairs, replace burned out light bulbs, and lay out welcoming decorations. A time to let the world know that this is the place to come to find what you’re looking for. And we welcomed them all. All sizes, all shapes, male, female, even different species. All were welcome at our door. But alas, that time has passed.

It’s been many years since we’ve seen so much as a single traveler, when we used to get so many. They used to come alone, in pairs, but most often in small groups. We, donned appropriate accouterments, exchanged the traditional greetings, heeded the dire warnings, and ultimately made friends of the potential adversaries.

But time has moved on and the neighborhood has changed. What was once a young and vibrant place, has aged. With grace, of course, as the landscape has evolved into a comfortable, living, and lived-in state, with a beauty worthy of quiet contemplation. But in this world of sound bites, videogames, increased internet use, and diminished attention spans, what once was thought a comfortable distance, is now considered too far to travel, at too great a risk, for limited reward.

Where the travelers of old had a wanderlust, and the greatest of prizes went to those with the highest endurance and drive, today they gather together in appointed places at appointed times, and willingly accept the portions of generosity in equal measure. It’s a safer option, different, but still fun.

I’m told there are places where the old ways are still practiced. Where the quest is still paramount and the rewards are gained all along the journey.

But not here.

No, they don’t come around here anymore.

Birthday Book Giveaway Winners

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

First let me say thank you to all 264 people that entered to receive one of only two copies of my children's book, The Wizards of the Body Shop. Through Goodreads magical selection process the winners are:

Shana from Bronsen, MO and Sunny from Chesapeake, VA

Congratulations to you both! I mailed out your books a little under an hour ago, so you should receive them sometime next week. I hope you enjoy the story.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

My birthday is coming up and I've decided that the best way to celebrate is a book giveaway! So, from July 1st until my birthday (July 6) you can enter to win one of two print copies of my latest children's book, The Wizards of the Body Shop. Full details are available at Goodreads (Click Here).

Additional Rules for Self-Published Authors Who Wish To Post On Amazon Reader Forums

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The terms of service for the Amazon reader forums forbid authors from promoting their books anywhere but their "Meet The Author" corral forum. Unfortunately, many new authors either don't read the terms of service or ignore them. In almost every category, there is one or more discussion threads devoted to reminding authors not to promote their books, yet everyday, self-promotion occurs. This has led to an extreme prejudice against self-published authors, and a hyper-vigilance among the forum members. Even if you’ve never engaged in self-promotion activities, you are still tainted by the actions of others, so following are the Additional Rules for Self-Published Authors who wish to post on Amazon reader forums.

1. You are not a reader, regardless of how many books you've read and plan to read, once you publish a book, you are no longer a reader. Your opinion of someone else's writing is not enhanced by understanding the process. On the contrary, your opinion is now biased by jealousy, hero-worship, or association with other authors and cannot be trusted.

2. Never ever recommend a book by a contemporary author. (See rule 1.) If you want to recommend a book in a reader forum, make sure the book is at least as old as you are, or that the author is dead, thereby reducing the impression that you have a personal relationship with said author.

3. Your book never, I repeat never, meets the criteria for anyone requesting a suggestion on a book to read. It doesn't matter if your book fits a point-by-point description of what they're looking for, it still doesn't meet the criteria. Don’t mention it.

4. "Recently Published" does not include your book, regardless of when it was released. As an author, you cannot make recommendations in a "recently released" discussion. (See rule 2.)

5. Never mention that you are an author in any discussion. You may only have that information in your profile for anyone interested enough to check.


You may think these additional rules will make it next to impossible to get your book discovered, and you’d be right. Even though Amazon’s KDP Tips For Merchandising include “post on message boards, join user communities,and promote your book on sites across the Web”, that doesn’t include their own forums.



Released - The Wizards of the Body Shop

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

All files have been uploaded, converted, and released for publication. My latest children's book, The Wizards of the Body Shop, is immediately available at Smashwords for ebook formats and CreateSpace for print. It should become available at Amazon by the end of the week for both Kindle and Print, and available in other online ebook bookstores in the coming weeks.

The Wizards of the Body Shop

Repairing a crumpled fender is pure magic. So when Cindy's Daddy's car gets damaged, she goes along as Daddy takes it to...

The Wizards of the Body Shop.

CreateSpace - Print

Smashwords - Multiple Ebook Formats

Amazon - Print

Amazon - Kindle

Smashwords Read an Ebook Week Sale

Posted on March 5, 2012 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Smashwords Read an Ebook Week Sale
March 4-10, 2012

Wow! I'm already almost 2 days behind getting this out there. It's time for the annual Smashwords promotion "Read an Ebook Week" sale. It started yesterday and I've decided to include all of my books but one. 

SEAMS16: Arrival, And So It Begins..., the award winning Sam and the Dragon, and Billy's Family  are all being discounted by 50% with the Smashwords special discount code REW50. That means, instead of the normal $2.99, you can have these for only $1.50 each. With Smashwords, it doesn't matter what type of e-reader you have. There's a format available for any of them. Even if you don't have a dedicated e-reader, you can read them on your desktop, notebook, or tablet computer using application software. Get in on this special while it lasts and Read an Ebook this week!

SEAMS16:A New Home isn't included, but it's still only 99₵.

Illustrations are here

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I have the illustrations from my brother and I've been working on formatting my new children's book, The Wizards of the Body Shop. I shared one of the illustrations on Facebook today, and thought I should share a few of them here.

I have to say, I'm really pleased with these and all of the illustrations that Lanin has come up with for this story and the others before it. They really help bring my stories to life.

Happy New Year!

Posted on December 31, 2011 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (1)

It's December 31. Tomorrow will be the beginning of a new year and tradition has it that it is a day to make resolutions. Some see it as a time to resolve to stop smoking, drinking, overeating, or a myriad of other negative vices. Some see it as a time to set a goal to work towards, a better job, a new business, a bigger house. Still others compile a wish list, more money, a new car, fancy clothes. And some see it as just another day, a day like most days, nothing special, ordinary.


At one point or another in my life, I have fallen into each of those categories. Sometimes looking forward with anticipation, sometimes with dread, and sometimes with complete apathy. Looking back, none of my New Year's resolutions came to pass. Even the times when I set a goal and developed a plan of action, failed for one reason or another. Sometimes due to circumstances beyond my control, sometimes not.


I have made changes throughout my life, and some of the things that I named as New Year's resolutions have happened, but not as a result of my declaration on a December 31st. I resolved on several New Year Eve's to quit smoking, but that's not why or when I quit. I quit smoking the summer day I looked out the window and saw my preschool aged sons imitating me with straws in their mouths, pretending to smoke. I quit drinking as a financial decision. When the choice was buying that beer, or feeding my young family. I changed jobs when my employers could no longer support me, or I could no longer support them. Indeed, change has happened many times, but not because of the changing of the year.


So tonight, I won't be making any resolutions. No grand schemes, or promises. I'll spend a quiet evening at home with my favorite person in the whole world, my wife, Therese. We'll stay up until midnight, share a New Year kiss, then turn in for the night. A perfect celebration.


I hope you find your New Year celebration as enjoyable.

Happy New Year!


An Honor and a Privilege

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (6)

Yesterday, I received word that my first children's book, Sam And The Dragon, has been selected for the 2011 KART Kids Book List. The Kids Are Readers Too (KART) Foundation is the charitable giving branch of PediNatural® Books. From their website: "The KART Foundation believes that introducing books at an early age will allow children to naturally master the developmental milestones that are essential to solid learning foundations." I couldn't agree more.

I'm told there were over 1000 submissions and only 32 were chosen to be included. I feel honored and privileged to be included with the likes of:

Swimming Along
by Lisa Herbertson

This Fish, That Fish, Even a Hat Fish
by David A Forgensi

In Moderation
by Antonio Braccioforte

Daddy Did I Ever Say?
I Love You, Love You, Every Day

by Daryl K. Cobb

Harry the Hairless Wonder Dog
by Melanie Hughes

Grady the Gray Cat Gets Adopted
by Lori Moore

Mrs. McGee's Garden
by Lan Nguyen

Brush Barry Brush
by Linda Valderrama

The Leopard and The Mouse
by Marilyn Briant

Check them all out, (each cover image is a link to the Amazon book page), and don't forget
Sam And The Dragon

I Do Not Write Young Adult!

Posted on August 12, 2011 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (2)

I Do Not Write Young Adult! 


At least, I haven’t so far.  I've written for adults and I've written for children.  Nothing in between.  My children's books are just that.  Books that children will enjoy reading, or enjoy having read to them.  And I like to think that the adults reading them to their children get a kick out of them too.  But there seems to be some confusion about my novels, the SEAMS16 series.

I like to say that these stories are about adults, for adults, but without “adult” content.  The central characters are around thirty years old, with friends and acquaintances of varying ages.  One of my favorite characters is a young teen girl, and another is a man in his sixties.  There is some nudity in my books, but the sex is behind closed doors.  Swearing is kept to a minimum, and you won’t find my characters engaged in heavy violence.


What you will find are stories about people.  Good and bad, right and wrong, honest and deceitful.  You’ll find mystery, romance, crime, action, technology, suspense, aliens, intrigue, sports, and business.  People living their lives the best they can, in the constructed environment of a station in space.

When I started my first novel, SEAMS16:A New Home, I did not have a target audience in mind, I just wrote the story as it came to me.  I wrote what I wanted to see in a Sci-Fi novel.  Stories about adults, with adult problems and adult solutions.  I think it's unfortunate that the term "adult" has become synonymous with "sexual content", because it confused the people I submitted it to for publication.  They didn't know how to categorize it.  Based on content, they wanted it to be Young Adult, but that meant it would have to be rewritten with younger characters.  Alternatively, I could have put in more explicit sex and harsher language.

To me, these changes would have been a distraction from the story I enjoyed writing, not an improvement.  So I chose to keep it as it is and continue writing stories that I enjoy telling, in the way I enjoy telling them. 

But they're not Young Adult.


Twitter - my morning shoutouts.

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 8:01 AM Comments comments (2)

Twitter - my morning shoutouts.


Yesterday, after I completed offering my daily alliteration to the tweople on the Morning Shoutout lists and responding to a couple of tweople, I received a message from Twitter that I had reached my limit for tweets and that I wouldn't be able tweet again for several hours.  This is disappointing and unexpected.  Some time ago someone mentioned being put in "jail" for so many tweets so quickly, assuming the process was automated, but since I paste and click "Send" for every tweet, I never received any warning about that.  


But this is different.  This is a warning about reaching the maximum number of Tweets allowed per day.  This means, for all intents and purposes, that I have reached the limit of people that I can send a daily alliteration to.  No longer will I be able to continue adding writers to the list to offer an alliteration to make you think, or smile, or occasionally look up a word you aren't familiar with.  No longer will new additions be able to look at the people they are grouped with, and find wonderful people, (mostly writers) to follow.  No longer can I continue to help build a group of friendly and supportive writers for you to follow and tweet.


This saddens me, not only for myself, but for the untold number of writers that I haven't yet found, or that haven't yet found me.  I think it's completely unfair and wrong that they have to be excluded.  When I made the decision to use my daily greetings in support of my fellow writers, I decided that it was not up to me to decide who should or should not be included, and that anyone who claimed the title "writer" was worthy of being added to the list.  I still feel that way.  Last Friday, I tweeted "Final Friday" to signify that I had accomplished my goal of providing a daily alliteration for a full year without any repeats, but I think it is now the last Friday alliterative shoutout, and that this is the end of the daily shoutouts.


For now...


I have an idea.

But it's just an idea.

I will need some time to turn it into a plan.

But I'll be back.

Operation eBook Drop

Posted on June 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm pleased to report that I am now a participant in Operation eBook Drop, a program that provides free eBooks to our troops abroad.  This is a worthwhile cause and the brainchild of fellow author Edward C. Patterson.  In a nutshell, Ed collects email addresses from service men and women who sign up for the program, distributes that list to participating authors, and the authors send the troops emails with links to where their ebooks can be obtained for free.  In most cases, (and in my case), this means providing coupon codes for 100% off at Smashwords.

I was never in the military and can't pretend to understand the stress and anxiety our troops experience, but I hope my stories can provide the entertainment and escape our brave men and women seek while deployed to defend our country.  Thank you to our troops, and thank you to Ed for providing this means of giving back.

From the Imagination and Graphic Artistry of K.A. M'Lady & P.M. Dittman.

Formatting Apologies

Posted on June 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

It was brought to my attention yesterday that the formatting on my novels at the Amazon Kindle Store left much to be desired.  I mentioned my books in a discussion forum and this person went and downloaded the sample to check it out.  He said not having first line indents made it hard to read because the paragraphs all run together.  This surprised me somewhat because I remembered putting first line indents in.  I went back and checked my source document and sure enough, there were the indents.  So I downloaded the sample and like he said, the indents were gone, so Amazon stripped them out.

Now, don't misunderstand, this is my fault, not Amazon's.  I should have done a better job of following through to make sure that what I sent is what the customer receives.  At the time, I did not own a Kindle and did not know about Kindle4PC.  (I don't even know if it was available then.)  The advice I was given, and the method I used, was to prepare my document in MSWord for Smashwords and once it came through the "meatgrinder" OK, I used the same document, changed references to Smashwords to refer to Amazon/Kindle, then uploaded to Amazon.kdp, having been told that it will be fine.

Turns out, that is not really very good advice.  Without going into too much technical detail, as I understand it, the Smashwords Style Guide prefers that as much as possible, you use the "Normal" style for the bulk of your text.  This works great for Smashwords and the conversion does an amazing job of maintaining the formatting sent into it.  Amazon, on the other hand, seems to ignore the "Normal" style and only pays attention to other defined styles.  Any text that isn't assigned to these other styles, by default is assigned the "Normal" style and falls back on Amazon's default formatting, which seems to assume the "Block" paragraph format.  (No indents, extra space between paragraphs.)  But while it removes the indents, it does not increase the space between paragraphs. 

Now, I also should mention that uploading your MSWord document to Amazon.kdp is considered experimental by the KDP team and even if you prepare your document correctly, it may still not come out as you intended.  I have discovered that if you have successive short paragraphs (as often happens in dialog) the formatting will be changed to a format similar to bullet points, without the bullet point symbol.  I tried working with the Kindle support team to address this issue, but the bottom line is that it may never get fixed. 

KDP's preferred method is that you upload a .prc document produced by Mobipocket Creator.  On the surface, this is a straight-forward process, but apparently only if you use the latest version of MSWord.  The process advises saving the document as "clean" HTML in MSWord, then importing the HTML in Mobipocket.  My version of MSWord does not have an option for "clean" HTML, (does that mean the HTML my version outputs is "dirty"?), and Mobipocket has some difficulties working with what mine puts out.  I spent a lot of time dealing with this for my children's book, Billy's Family, and figured out what I have to do to "clean" up the html for use with Mobipocket.  The upside, though, is that you can test the output from Mobipocket in the Kindle and see exactly how it will appear.  As I understand it, the only change KDP makes is to add their proprietary crap to tie the purchased ebook to the person who bought it and the formatting goes untouched.

Anyway, I said all that to explain that I have gone through the process to reformat my novels and have uploaded them to KDP.  They should filter through to Amazon in the next few days, so if you bought my books before and had trouble with the formatting, I believe you should be able to download the new version.  I apologize for my lack of attention to detail and please, if you ever come across a problem in my books, be it formatting, spelling, grammar, plot errors, or anything else, don't hesitate to let me know.  I want to put out the best work I can for you, my readers.