SQK “Unsolved in North America” 8 unsolved cases by Harold Schechter, Michael Newton, Lee Mellor & more! #serialkiller #truecrime #amreading

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Yet another triple feature! “Unsolved in North America” – the third issue of Serial Killer Quarterly – focuses on six American and two Canadian cases of multiple murderer in which the slayer has eluded justice.

Three years before Jack the Ripper stalked the streets of Whitechapel, a bold and barefoot killer was slipping into Austin’s outbuildings to murder and rape black servant girls, sometimes after death. In his Servant Girl Annihilator, acclaimed true crime writer Harold Schechter drags this gruesome piece of Texan history back into the light for modern eyes to behold. 2500 miles north as the crow flies, and 20 years later, a series of bizarre decapitation/arson murders commenced in the gold-gutted Yukon.

Canadian serial murder specialist Lee Mellor takes a look at these slayings, along with providing nail-biting articles on America’s most infamous unsolved serial murder case, the Zodiac Killer of San Franscisco, as well as the Montreal Child Murders: a spate of tragic pedophile killings which plagued the city throughout the Eighties.

Another Franco-American cultural centre was shaken to the core between 1918-1919, when the shadowy Axeman of New Orleans slashed and bludgeoned unsuspecting Italian couples in their beds. Grinning Man Press co-founder Aaron Elliott tells of this jazz-happy native of Tartarus, and his possible (but improbable) connection to organized crime.

The mob also appear as unlikely suspects in prolific author Michael Newton’s The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run. Set against the backdrop of prohibition-era Cleveland, a seemingly-bisexual butcher left at least 10 victims dismembered and disfigured in and around the city while legendary detective Eliot Ness faltered in his attempts to capture the perpetrator.

In more recent events, Robert Hoshowsky and Kim Cresswell reveal the details of intriguing serial murder mysteries on America’s two coasts: California’s menacing Golden State Killer (aka the Original Night Stalker) and New York’s Long Island Serial Killer. Considering how many of these offenders may still be at large and lurking in a community near you, Grinning Man Press warns that “Unsolved in North America” may destabilize your sense of personal security, result in intense fear and paranoia, and lead you to invest great quantities of money in alarm systems, intricate locks, and firearms. But, if you think you’re safer not knowing…

Available in stunning magazine-style at Serial Killer Quarterly or e-Book
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Praise

“…gracefully and tactfully, honoring victims of murder without sensationalizing the psychopaths who took their lives…Serial Killer Quarterly does it!” – Investigative journalist M. William Phelps, New York Times bestselling author of 26 books, six about serial killers, including THE KILLING KIND (June 2014)

“If you’re fascinated by history’s most notorious murders, then Serial Killer Quarterly is the best place to go. Here you will find some of the best true crime writers in the country… a must-read publication–as long as you keep the lights on.” – Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author of The Poisoner’s Handbook

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Join the SUBMERGED Army! Help Make SUBMERGED a NYT Bestseller! #bestseller #going4NYTgold

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00067]Author Cheryl Kaye Tardif has a dream—to make the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers lists this March, and you can help. Join her SUBMERGED Army and become part of something huge.

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From now ’til March 8th, Cheryl will be giving away random prizes to her Army recruits.

Join the SUBMERGED Army here: https://www.facebook.com/events/462777760511016

Anyone who completes a Mission posted on the Facebook event page and leaves a comment beneath it can win! Must be 18+, from anywhere. Prizes: ebooks, gift cards and Become a Character*.

*Become a Character – on certain Missions, I will draw a name from those who completed the mission, and they can name a character in DIVINE SANCTUARY, book 3 in my Divine trilogy, which should be out this summer. Winners can supply their own names or someone else’s. Characters may be “good” or “bad” and none of these characters will die in the book.

From now until March 8th, share the tweets and posts Cheryl leaves at the below link, tell all your friends, encourage them to buy the ebook and invite them to this event. You could win some awesome prizes just for participating.

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Where in the World is Kim?

It’s been another super busy week and things aren’t slowing down. You just never know where you will find me!

Friday, May 24 – Today I’m guest blog11954322131712176739question_mark_naught101_02.svg.medging on Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers! Hope you stop by!  

 Sunday, May 26 –  I will be visiting Lorries Flowers and Thorns Blog! 

Friday, May 31 -I’ll be guest blogging at MUSETRACKS! Hope to see you there!

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The True Crime Serial Killer Anthology – Indiegogo Campaign has launched! I’m so excited about this project. To learn more and to donate, click here!

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~ KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY (Contest ends May 31st!)

There is still time to enter! The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HD (US Only), Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International), Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International).

~ NO STINGS ATTACHED GIVEAWAY HOP

Only 3 days left to win lots of cool books, giftcards, and more! Click here!

REFLECTION ~ LATEST REVIEWS

NEW! 4 Stars! “I was looking forward to reading about Whitney and Blake. I anticipated a Booth and Bones relationship (from the Bones TV Series) and I wasn’t wrong…this book is definitely worth reading.” –Quality Reads UK Book Club

NEW! 4 Stars! “A brilliant mixture of action, romance and mystery. Well worth a read…a very tough book to put down.” Jeep Diva

NEW! 5 Stars! “A pulse-pounding opening…Completely captivated with this romantic suspense, I could barely take a breath before reaching the high-octane climax. Cresswell masterfully ties up the major plot points while leaving the door open to revisiting these characters again. I, for one, hope she does.”- Lori at Lusty Penguin Reviews

BOOK COVER CONTEST:  If you haven’t had a chance to rate my book cover for REFLECTION, I’d really appreciate if you would stop by. It would make me sparkle with joy. http://www.authorsdb.com/book-cover-awards/mystery-thriller-suspense?page=2#category

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Where to Buy
MuseItUp Publishing | Amazon | AmazonUK | Bookstrand | Smashwords | CoffeeTime Romance | Omnilit | ARe | ibookstore | Kobo | Barnes & Noble

Available in paperback at Amazon & Createaspace

My Top Ten Favourite Novels

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1. Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon

“She is the symbol of success, the beautiful woman who parlayed her inheritance into an international conglomerate. Winner of a unique position among the wealthy and world-renowned. And she’s a survivor, indomitable as her father, the man who returned from the edge of death to wrench a fortune in diamonds from the bleak South African earth.” Mr. Sheldon was one of the master “story-tellers” of all times.

2. The Immortals by Michael Korda

“Jack Kennedy – the American hero. Marilyn Monroe – the love goddess. Their affair has been whispered about for thirty years. Now, at last, the story we have only been able to imagine is brought to vibrant, stunning life – a passionate, tragic romance played out against a background of deadly intrigue, power politics, and Hollywood glamour on a grand scale.” A fantastic historical and fictional read!

3. Waiting Wives: The Story of Schilling Manor, Home Front to the Vietnam War by Donna Moreau

“In 1964, as the first B-52s took flight in what would become America’s longest combat mission, an old Air Force base on the plains of Kansas became Schilling Manor — the only base ever to be set aside for the wives and children of soldiers assigned to Vietnam.” An incredible read about strength and love!

4. Lucky by Jackie Collins

“With the sensual grace of a panther, Lucky Santangelo prowled her Las Vegas casino, restless, ready, eager for action. That night began a dazzling odyssey, filled with dangerous passion and sun-drenched sex, sadistic vengeance and breathless suspense.” Epic and sexy. A great beach read!

5. This Charming Man by Marian Keyes

“Paddy de Courcy is Ireland’s debonair politician, the “John F. Kennedy Jr. of Dublin.” His charm and charisma have taken hold of the country and the tabloids, not to mention our four heroines: Lola, Grace, Marnie, and Alicia. But though Paddy’s winning smile is fooling Irish minds, the broken hearts he’s left in his past offer a far more truthful look into his character.” One of the most charming and emotional books I have ever read!

6. Black Ice by Anne Stuart

“Living paycheck to paycheck in Paris, American book translator Chloe Underwood would give anything for some excitement and passion–even a little danger. So when she’s offered a lucrative weekend gig translating at a business conference in a remote chateau, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.” Bastien Toussaint from Black Ice is my #1 pick for best hero/anti-hero!

7. Die For Me by Karen Rose

“The first victim is found in a snow-covered Philadelphia field. Detective Vito Ciccotelli enlists the aid of archaeologist Sophie Johannsen to determine exactly what lies beneath the frozen ground.” Suspense at its finest!

8. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner

“It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy–a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect.” A scary thrill-ride!

9. Bonnie by Iris Johansen – Eve Ducan Series

“When Eve Duncan gave birth to her daughter, she experienced a love she never knew existed. Nothing would stand in the way of giving Bonnie a wonderful life – until the unthinkable happened and the seven-year-old vanished into thin air. Eve found herself in the throes of a nightmare from which there was no escape.” Must read suspense series!

10. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman

“Unraveling the madness behind L.A.’s most baffling and brutal homicides is what sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware does best.” Kellerman’s books are like a bad habit. I’m a addict and I’m not giving them up!  

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BOOK COVER CONTEST

The book cover for REFLECTION is one of this week’s semi-finalists in the Creme de la Cover Contest! If you have a minute, please vote. <shameless begging> 🙂
http://indtale.com/cover-contest

reflection333x500 “I was looking forward to reading about Whitney and Blake. I anticipated a Booth and Bones relationship (from the Bones TV Series) and I wasn’t wrong…this book is definitely worth reading.” –Quality Reads UK Book Club

Where to Buy
MuseItUp Publishing | Amazon | AmazonUK | Bookstrand | Smashwords | CoffeeTime Romance | Omnilit | ARe | ibookstore | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Sony

Available in paperback at Amazon & Createaspace

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APRIL 21-28: Where in the World is Kim?

11954322131712176739question_mark_naught101_02.svg.medIt’s going to be another busy week beginning with the Orangeberry Spring Fling!

Sunday, April 21 –  Orangeberry Book of the Day-REFLECTION

Monday, April 22 – I’m being interviewed at Peace from Pieces

Tuesday, April 23 – Guest Post at Bunny’s Review

Wednesday, April 24 – Check out my Top 10 list at Mommy Adventures

Thursday, April 25 – REFLECTION Book Feature at The Book Connoisseur

Friday, April 26 – REFLECTION Book Review at The Reading Cat

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INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY (Contest ends April 23rd!)

Meet Nathan Shaw from REFLECTION! I’m featured on Laurie’s Non-Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews. Check out my character interview with, “One scary bad ass villian-you’ll love to hate!”  Win an eBook of REFLECTION!
http://lauries-interviews.blogspot.ca/2013/03/reflection-by-kim-cresswell-character.html

LATEST REVIEWS

NEW! Great new 4 star review from #8 top reviewer on Goodreads! (spoiler alert)
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/584646353?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget

NEW! “This story called “Reflection” is like crack…A combo of Alex Cross, w/a sprinkle of Lisa Gardner…” Read the latest rockin review of RELECTION at LipSmackinGoodBooks! http://lipsmackingoodbooks.blogspot.ca/2013/04/reflection-by-kim-cresswell.html?spref=fb

BOOK COVER CONTEST:  If you haven’t had a chance to rate my book cover for REFLECTION, I’d really appreciate if you would stop by. It would make me sparkle with joy. http://www.authorsdb.com/book-cover-awards/mystery-thriller-suspense?page=2#category

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Praise

BRILLIANT!! “A truly edge-of-your-seat, never-a-dull-moment read.” Ellen Fritz at Books4Tomorrow

Suspense Abound! “Edge-of-your-seat suspense…gut-wrenching emotion…one of the best suspense stories I’ve read!” –Jerri Drennen, Author

Reflection is an action-packed book filled with intrigue, mystery, romance, suspense and tinged with humor…a can’t put down book that will keep you engaged from beginning to end! –Patricia Green 

Where to Buy
MuseItUp Publishing | Amazon | AmazonUK | Bookstrand | Smashwords | CoffeeTime Romance | Omnilit | ARe | ibookstore | Kobo | Barnes & Noble

Available in paperback at Amazon & Createaspace

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BOOK TALK TUESDAYS: THE MAKING OF A COVER

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Please welcome the talented Marion Sipe! I’m thrilled to have her visiting today!

Hey there everyone!

I’m Marion Sipe, and I’m a cover artist. I work with publishing companies and independent authors, creating covers that I hope authors are happy to have connected to their works. I’m a writer as well, so I’ve been on both sides of the cover and I know how tough a job it can be. Today, I’m guesting here with the lovely and talented Kim Cresswell—I got to make the cover for Reflection!—to talk about the process of making a cover, and working with an author to come up with something that’s fitting, and captures the feel of a story.

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The feel and mood of the story are actually the most important things. A cover doesn’t necessarily illustrate a given scene, in fact that’s not really the way you want to approach things. Instead of trying to illustrate a book, it’s best to use recurring and important elements to establish the mood you want the reader to be in, what you want them to feel when they pick up your book. Connecting with a reader on that level means they go for your book, instead of all the others lined up next to it, because readers read to experience something. They want to know that reading your story will put them in it, that they’ll connect to the characters, and that the plot will engage them, and that the setting will create a feeling in them. You can’t just write all of that on the cover, of course, and even if you could the reader probably wouldn’t believe you. This is one of the things that must be shown and not told. *G*

So, at the start of any project I want to know what the book is about, what its genre is, because that’s what will establish the mood. There’s more to it than that, of course, but genre is the first step. Should the reader be primed for romance? Should they be ready for action? Should they be drooling for a good sword fight? The genre tells me the first elements of the cover, and the first step in creating a mood for the reader.

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Next, I need to know the flavor of the story itself. Is it a bitter-sweet drama? Then I should use rich, deep tones, with notes of both solemnity and joy. Or is it a tart mystery with an acerbic main character? For which I should clearly use bold, contrasting colors to get the reader tense and ready to pounce on any clues. Or it could be a sweet romance, which calls for longing eyes, soft tones and an organic composition that lets the eye move easily between elements. Or maybe it’s an action-packed thriller, with explosions and guns and kick-ass women? Well, then it should obviously be bold, but not contrasting, complimentary colors with a straightforward feel. All of this I get from the synopsis, which tells me not only the twists and turns of the book, but far more importantly tells me its feel.

From the synopsis I also pick out recurring elements and themes which suit that feel. These should be visible in both the synopsis and the cover. Often authors incorporate these elements intentionally, for instance the recurring theme of snakes to represent the bad things. However, sometimes the elements are more subtle, or come from how an author describes their work. The particular words we use are important. There’s a big difference between ‘sexy and sophisticated’ and ‘romantic and sensual.’ Even though they’re both romances, the mood the author’s looking for is different in each case and requires different kinds of art. So, I like it when an author uses descriptive words to tell me what they’re looking for.

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I use all of this to come up with the basic cover proof. This is the first draft of the cover art, but it’s not finished. I send it to the author to get their feedback and make sure I’m on target. Often authors need adjustments or changes and we discuss what they’d like to see or how they’d like it tweaked and I give my input from an artistic point of view. Sometimes authors want things to match up exactly which can be an issue, but I do my best to accommodate any changes they request. I include two sets of revisions in the price of my covers because an author should have input and be able to ask for changes to the proof, but I put a limit on it because, as we all know, authors also love to tweak. *G* I know I do. It’s actually pretty hard to pry a manuscript out of my digital hands… Sentences or word positioning, it doesn’t matter, but there always has to be a point at which you have to let it go.

In the end, authors should be happy with their cover and excited about seeing it up, and that’s my goal. I hope this post has helped you see a bit behind the curtain, and given you some insight into what your cover artist is looking for!

You can find my portfolio here, my premade covers here, and my promotional artwork here. If you’re looking for a cover artist, feel free to contact me at marysipe@gmail.com!

I’m also having a sale on my premade covers throughout February, so make sure to drop by and check out the pretties!

Or check out my video portfolio!

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REFLECTION is available at Amazon | MuseItUp | ARe | BookStrand | Goodreads | AmazonUK
Coming soon to Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo and other fine retailers. Available in print (late February)

Don’t forget to enter The Spread the Suspense Contest! Click here to find out what you can win!

Reflection is here!

It’s here! I’m so excited to share! I’m thrilled to announce that my debut romantic suspense, Reflection, is available for purchase!

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Available at MuseItUp Publishing (.pdf, .prc for Kindle, .epub for Sony/Nook and HTML), Amazon and coming soon to other fine retailers!

**Available in paperback in February!** (Details to follow)

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Praise

Reflection is a fast-paced thriller with something for every reader: scientific experiments, murderous encounters, and a complicated love story. Kim Cresswell’s debut work will leave you hanging on every page in a world where every word counts, every man’s word is suspect, and those ‘three little words’ mean more than anything when all is revealed.”
~M.K. Chester, author (Carina Press)

Fast-paced and gripping. A riveting story action readers will enjoy.”
~Bestselling True Crime Author, RJ Parker
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