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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.

This is an ONLINE event that will take place mainly on Facebook and Twitter.

All you need to do is rise up and make a big splash!

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.

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

Like Cheryl’s FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cheryl-Kaye-Tardif-novels/29769736630

Follow her on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cherylktardif

**Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway!**
You can win your choice of a Kindle Fire HD or Kobo Arc 7!
**Contest runs February 15 – March 15, 2014

Let the Zynging begin! Zyng Books app on Google Play – Get it! Use it! It’s Free!

If you’re an avid reader, love books and have an Android device running (4.1 and up) you can download a great new app, Zyng Books!

“Our purpose at Zyng Books is to give you back the gift of reading. We believe in connecting differently and our aim is to find the time that’s hidden in your busy day. The way we do this is to ZYNG books to your personal library via our mobile app and through our website. We connect you with our authors and their amazing stories that you’ll want to share and discuss with your friends. So whether you’re traveling by air, commuting to work, heading to the gym, lounging at the pool or hanging at the coffee shop, we have the books that allow you to once again enjoy and explore your passion for reading.”

cool“Let the Zynging begin. An Android phone and a bit of imagination are all that’s needed to experience the joy of reading all over again….”

Attention Authors! Zyng Books is accepting book submissions mainly in the following genres: Historical fiction, Non-fiction, and Humor.

Zyng Books “app and its clever technology may change the way we buy and read books”. It’s very cool! Check it out and spread the word!
Zyng on Facebook
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Zyng Web site

Pre-Made Book Covers – Think Outside the Box

If you’re an author you know how difficult it is to have the perfect book cover designed–a cover that conveys the heart and soul of your book. A book cover is a window into the soul of a book. An author’s first impression to impress potential readers by taking them on a visual journey.

I thought I would share some of my favorite pre-made covers from Rocking Book Covers.

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If you’re looking for a pre-made or a custom designed book cover, I highly recommend, Rocking Book Covers.  Adrijus is a pleasure to work with and I’m thrilled with my cover for Lethal Journey, my short novel thriller and my upcoming True Crime novelette, Real Life Evil – A True Crime Quickie – Book One.

preorder2iTunes – http://goo.gl/eIsBBw
Chapters/Indigo – http://ow.ly/pwbti
Kobo – http://goo.gl/o6Kd3P
Barnes & Noble – http://goo.gl/enh1HJ

Add to Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/361358
Add to Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18491811-lethal-journey

Caught in the Crosswinds – The Amazon, WS Smith and Kobo Hurricane

If you’re not familar with this story…it began with Amazon removing books which go against their policies and procedures. I am in complete agreement with their actions because of the content of the books in question (rape, incest, beastiality etc.) Putting hardcore erotica titles alongside childrens books is unacceptable and of course action should be taken to remove them.

Then WH Smith followed by shutting down their website.

“A statement from WHSmith:

Last week we were made aware that a number of unacceptable titles were appearing on our website through the Kobo website that has an automated feed to ours. This is an industry wide issue impacting retailers that sell self published eBooks due to the explosion of self publishing, which in the main is good as it gives new authors the opportunity to get their content published. However we are disgusted by these particular titles, find this unacceptable and we in no way whatsoever condone them.

It is our policy not to feature titles like those highlighted and we have processes in place to screen them out. We offer over one million titles through our eBooks partner Kobo, many of which are self-published titles. Due to the massive amount of self publishing a number of these titles have got through the screening process.

We are taking immediate steps to have them all removed. While we are doing this we have decided to take our website off-line to best protect our customers and the public. Our website will become live again once all self published eBooks have been removed and we are totally sure that there are no offending titles available. When our website goes back online it will not display any self published material until we are completely confident that inappropriate books can never be shown again.

We sincerely apologise for any offence caused.

In the mean time if you have any questions for our customer support team you can contact then here (customer.relations@whsmith.co.uk).”

Link: http://www.whsmith.co.uk/

The books in “question” were distributed by Draft2Digital (almost 8,000 books) and my debut romantic thriller, REFLECTION, was one of the books distributed via D2D along with many other of my publisher’s (MuseItUp Publishing) titles.

reflection333x500REFLECTION has won numerous awards. UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013), Silicon Valley’s Romance Writers of America (RWA) “Gotcha!” Romantic Suspense Winner (2004) and an Honourable Mention in Calgary’s (RWA) The Writer’s Voice Contest (2006).

Then Kobo pulled all titles distributed via D2D.

“To our Kobo Writing Life and self-publishing partners:

As you may be aware, there has been a significant amount of negative media attention in the UK regarding offensive material that became available across a number of eBook platforms. Kobo was included in the reports from media and we are taking immediate action to resolve an issue that is the direct result of a select few authors and publishers violating Kobo’s content policies.

In order to address the situation Kobo is taking the following steps:
1. We are removing titles in question from the Kobo platform.
2. We are quarantining and reviewing titles to ensure that compliance to our policies is met by all authors and publishers. We will ensure that content meeting the policy is made available online as soon as possible.
3. We are reviewing our policies and procedures to implement safeguards that will ensure this situation does not happen in the future.

We are working hard to get back to business as usual, as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.

Our goal at Kobo is not to censor material; we support freedom of expression. Further, we want to protect the reputation of self-publishing as a whole. You have our promise that we will do all we can to ensure the exceptions that have caused this current situation will not have a lasting effect on what is an exciting new channel that connects Readers to a wealth of books.

Sincerely,

Mark Lefebvre
Director, Kobo Writing Life”

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After reading the the message from Kobo…REFLECTION does not contain anything that would warrant removal instead it was pulled because my publisher chose to use D2D.

In the end, isn’t this censoring to begin with? Selecting a “group” is not cool and what about all the other books on Kobo’s site? Shouldn’t they be removed and quarantined to ensure they are in compliance with the same policies? Do they really believe there aren’t books on their site now that go against their content policies?

Of course it’s not the end of the world but it sure as heck has caused a lot of problems especially with Christmas just around the corner. I put a lot of effort and time into promoting my books. I believe WS Smith and Kobo went into panic mode and unfortunately my book along with so many others were convicted and removed without a trial.

I look forward to a phone call from Kobo today and hopefully a quick resolution to the problem.

UPDATE: After numerous posts to Kobo, I’m happy to see they responded and put REFLECTION back up on their site for sale! Thank you, Kobo.

Read more…
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Book Covers – Think Outside the Box

If you’re an author you know how difficult it is to have the perfect book cover designed, one which conveys the heart and soul of your book.

A book cover is a window into the soul of a book–an author’s first impression to impress potential readers by taking them on a visual journey.

I thought I would share some of my favorite pre-made covers from Rocking Book Covers.

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River-Tales-200x300

If you’re looking for a pre-made or a custom designed book cover, I highly recommend, Rocking Book Covers.  Adrijus is a pleasure to work with and I’m thrilled with my covers for Lethal Journey, my short novel thriller and my upcoming true crime novelette, Real Life Evil – A True Crime Quickie – Book One.

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Real Life EvilComing Soon!

PRESS RELEASE

‘Reflection’ by Kim Cresswell – eBook $1.99 until March 3rd!

Edge-of-your-seat suspense…gut-wrenching emotion…and a villain you’ll love to hate. One of the best suspense stories I’ve read!“ 5 STAR Amazon Reader Review

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

REFLECTION Print Cover

REFLECTION Print Cover

PRLog (Press Release)Mar. 1, 2013London, Ontario award-winning author Kim Cresswell announces her recently released debut novel, REFLECTION–a suspenseful tale of a reporter’s determination to expose an illegal human cloning project–is on sale for $1.99 at Amazon! (eBook-reg. $5.95)

Back Cover Blurb

Florida investigative reporter, Whitney Steel, has lived in the shadow of her legendary father long enough. To prove herself she needs to find the “Big” story.

She found it.

Now it may kill her.

After receiving a lead pointing to the world’s first cloned human, now a small child, Whitney vows to unravel the truth. However, sifting through the facts proves to have dangerous results, including death threats and murder.

When she’s nearly killed, but is saved by undercover FBI Special Agent, Blake Neely, he refuses to let her get in the way of his own objective—at least not right away.

Caught in a lethal game between a billionaire obsessed with genetic perfection, his hit man’s thirst for retribution, and a Colombian drug lord fresh out of prison determined to make Blake pay for his twin brother’s death over a decade ago…

Can they save an innocent child before it’s too late?

Faced with tough choices, with deadly consequences for many—Whitney soon realizes that sometimes a story becomes more than just a story.

Published by MuseItUp Publishing, REFLECTION is available in eBook through major online retailers worldwide, including, Amazon’s Kindle and is now available in paperback through Createaspace and Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Reflection-ebook/dp/B00B5HRBZE

About Kim Cresswell

Kim Cresswell was raised in southwestern Ontario. Trained as a legal assistant, Kim Cresswell has been a story-teller all her life but took many detours including; working for a private investigator, running a graphic design business, and teaching computer classes at a local business school. After becoming disabled with Fibromyalgia and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, Kim returned to her first love, writing.

For her, writing suspense fiction is an incredible adventure and she’s surprised where the journey takes her. She’s also an avid reader who enjoys playing computer games, ghost hunting and loves anything paranormal.

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Praise

Fast-paced…gripping…riveting!” -Bestselling True Crime Author, RJ Parker

Reflection…“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)

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