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Blood Lies

A son. A horse. Atonement.

Murder and Mayhem in the Bluegrass


Cover Blood Lies A son. A horse. Atonement.

At fifteen, Ted Whysse fled Holyhead, his family’s magnificent Kentucky Thoroughbred farm, and his sadistic father. Eight years later, he’s back. His best friend, premier jockey Alejo Asolo, has been murdered. Ted wants to find out who did it. Someone thinks Ted knows deadly secrets—and targets him.

What does he know that puts him in the crosshairs? Who wants him dead? The sister who stands to inherit from their dying father? The farm manager who covets the farm’s finest creation, the Triple Crown winner Kite?

Or his father’s beautiful young wife, soon to be a widow.

And soon to trap Ted in a web of blood lies.



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Copyright Infringement Issues: Internet Archive Still at It

500px-Copyright.svgVictoria Strauss at Writer Beware follows up with her account of how she got Internet Archive to take down her copyrighted books. In her case, as in mine, it took a stern comment on their web site to get action, since the standard notices received no response. Her post includes a discussion of how the Archive’s actions in scanning books without permission and in some cases reformatting them differs from the actions of a regular library, which buys its books. She raises the issue of why copyright is worth protecting—and is not just a matter of greed on the part of authors.

I received a series of comments on this issue that introduced me to the Marrakesh Treaty, which allows authorized sites to provide books for print-disabled readers without author permission. You may find this news enlightening, as I did.

Check out the latest in this ongoing situation. Victoria Strauss’s original post provides information on how to see if your books are affected and how to take action.


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Free Book Promotions? What Do You Think?

Book open to the starsHere are some evaluations of book promotion services from The Book Designer (a great site for all things indie). The question is whether sites like these are better than membership in KDP Select.

Share with us your own views! Have you tried any of these services? Do you have others to recommend?


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How To Set Up An Amazon Giveaway

Just what I needed! I was hovering over the Amazon Giveaway screens for King of the Roses and discovered I didn’t know how the odds-setting worked. This post, from February of this year, explains it! This is Nicholas Rossis’s “secondary blog” that shows a reblog button, but you can access the original, with many informative comments, here. Now watch for my Giveaway, coming up next week!

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Amazon has recently started offering everyone the opportunity to offer a giveaway. What’s interesting about this is that you can run one for pretty much any item in their inventory – except for ebooks. So, you can run a giveaway for your print edition, but not your Kindle one.

Alternatively, you could go all the way and offer people, say, a Kindle. Or, indeed, an item that is somehow related to your books. For example, if you’ve written a cookbook, you may give away kitchen gadgets or aprons. The key here is to be imaginative and original.

So, how would you go about it? Here’s the complete how-to.

Step 1: Find your book

Right after the reviews, you will see a “Set up an Amazon Giveaway” button. If you can’t find it, press Control-F (for Find) on your browser and enter the word “giveaway”…

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A Serious Question about Goodreads Giveaways

Writer with questionsWhile there seem to be many “advisors” out there telling me that Goodreads Giveaways is a path to selling books, I’ve been reading an awful lot of negatives from people who’ve actually run them. Has ANYBODY who has actually run one found it to be a route to selling books? If so, please share your real-life positive experiences and explain to us how you made the process work. Ideally, I’d like to know if this can be a good route to more sales from people who do NOT already have strong or established platforms. Thanks!


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How I Got More Reviews On My Self-Published Book | BookDaily #AuthorTips

I came across this just now and thought I would share it with anyone who is interested. As soon as my books are officially released, I’m going to follow this practical tip. BTW, I Blood Lies coverwelcome (and wish for) reviews of King of the Roses and Blood Lies! KOTR_F300They’ll be up at Amazon soon.

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