Literary Happenings? Readers Need To Know and Cat’s Reading Den Shares It!

Welcome Friends, Readers, and New Visitors!

 

There sure has been loads going on lately with all of ‘Cat’s Authors’ I enjoy sharing, work with, and some new authors too! Now above, my girl, Popular Author and Brazil’s Daughter Adriana Gravazzoni has been traveling everywhere with her award-winning release of “Behind The Door,” book one of her Sexy Romantic Psychological Thriller Series titled; Hidden Motives. But before we get to Adriana and some of her new book reviews?

Let me share first a new book release and blog tour coming in Oct 1st — 8th, 2018 and you can Pre-Order “Comes A Specter” (Ghostland Book 2)  The Kindle Addition Now!

 

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The blog tour is for the popular author and a fantastic fiction writer, Keta Diablo … Keta is a multi-published author in both erotic romance and gay fiction, historical fictions and paranormal westerns as well. She writes it all!

Here is more about the New Release:

Six months ago, Anya Fleming’s ten-year-old son, Willie-boy, found his father hanging in the barn. Traumatized over his father’s suicide, the boy hasn’t spoken a word since. Now, Willie-boy has come down with a grave, unknown illness and there’s only one man who can save him, Sutter Sky, a learned Blackfoot shaman known as Yellow Smoke—a shaman who was once deeply in love with Anya.

But Fate had other plans for Anya and Sutter—she was forced to marry Lewis Fleming, a cruel man who berated her night and day, and brokenhearted Sutter immersed himself in the mystical customs and beliefs of his People and became a shaman
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As if Anya didn’t have enough to deal with after her husband’s death and son’s illness, an evil, sinister ghost is terrorizing their ranch. Anya is convinced the spirit is Lewis, who apparently isn’t done making her life miserable.

When she turns to Yellow Smoke for help, will he put aside his bitterness and save Willie-boy? And can the renowned shaman dispel the powerful ghost from their lives and send him back to Hades?

If you are book blogger or reviewer and would like to be part of Kets’s Book Tour or host her for an interview, spotlight, etc., Please sign up with The Fabulous Babs Book Bistro here on her Google Form Schedule! To learn all about this event about the author.

 

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Next up is our Author, Kim Carter, and her next appearance ~ The Harlem Branch Library! Branch Manager: Amanda Dove 145 N Louisville St
Harlem, GA 30814 — (706) 650-5009  

Harlem Branch Library, Sept. 29, 2018, 10 a.m.-2p.m.

 

 

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Fresh off being chosen as a “Finalist” for a Killer Nashville Falchion Award, Kim has many exciting events and appearances coming up like this one on September 20th, 2018 just outside Augusta, GA at – The Columbia County Library – Call Above For The Details!

She will be featuring her title; “Deadly Odds” and others. There will be several authors featured for this showing and is an amazing reader event for this area of Georgia!

 

LOCAL AUTHOR SHOWCASE

Harlem Branch Library, Sept. 29, 2018, 10 a.m.-2p.m.

Come out and meet several authors from the local area. For more information please visit our local authors’ page at http://gchrl.org

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Next up is my girl Author, Adriana Gavazzoni! This summer she has been traveling around as her books have been releasing in other countries other than Brazil and being available online! This is a snapshot of her with Book One ~ “Behind The Door” releasing in Madrid, Spain, and several other places. And just announced? Her book two of “Lara’s Journal” was chosen as a “Top Shelf Finalist for The Indie Excellence Awards!” AND? On Television!!

 

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Translate Please!
“The channel everything Curitiba accompanied the launch Behind the Door”


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Fomos acompanhar o lançamento do livro Atrás da Porta, da escritora Adriana Gavazzoni. A obra foi publicada nos Estados Unidos, recebeu diversos…
Adriana’s “Behind The Door” is now available in SPAIN! As she traveled and did a little book tour and signings in several countries where her ‘Hidden Motives’ series will now be in Book Stores. How fabulous is that?

She has also been receiving more amazing book reviews as well and here is one I thought hot the mark spot on…

BOOK REVIEW BY 

Behind the Door | A. Gavazzoni

 

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The book “Behind the Door” tells the story of Lara dying at the hands of her boyfriend Mark, a famous New York lawyer. Carl, Mark’s lawyer, to help with the client’s defense case that Lara’s death was accidental resolves to hire the psychiatrist Simone. The psychiatrist is a famous speaker and author of books on sexual behavior who accepts her work and begins reading Mark’s detailed printed texts about her passionate relationship with Lara. She studies every detail to form her final analysis of whether the girl’s boyfriend is innocent or not.

Simone attends psychiatric patients, with sexual disturbances and unusual fantasies, while researching sadomasochistic sexual behaviors for her next book and parallel to the office traces the profile of the lawyer and Lara as she reads the stories. She has a partner who is her best friend and research-partner. Edward helps police investigate a possible serial killer who tortures and kills women.

“Assassins follow standards that ultimately lead to them. Those of these were signs of torture, the victims’ travels, the violent deaths, the absence of rape and the sperm on the bodies. This was his trademark, his morbid signature ”

Gavazzoni has a unique, fluid writing, the scenes are of a veracity that comes to give shivers, excitement, curiosity, and desire to devour each page as if there were no tomorrow. The scenarios run between New York and Paris watered by the play of words, seduction, mystery and a mix of feelings that can only feel who read the work. 

“Simone did not feel tired. The text he was reading was absorbing. If it was a novel, it would be a bestseller, one of those impossible to quit. While reading, he forgot about life, eating and resting “

 

The writer in writing the reports of Mark’s Diary, the psychiatric appointments with the strangest cases of sexual disturbance, the serial killer murders and all the complements of the work was of an excellent intelligence. Simply phenomenal!

 

It’s not just a psychological thriller, it’s a junction of categories. It is a complete work! What also surprises me is the fact that the writer is Brazilian, recognized and internationally awarded with her books in English and not so popular in our national scenario. The prejudice rooted by some who are only “good foreign authors” should fall to the ground before the writing of Adriana Gavazzoni.

 

Some awards received were: Behind The Door, won the 2017 Golden Book Award in the United States, Book Excellence Award 2017 in Canada, Honorable Mention at the Paris Book Festival 2017 and Reader’s Favorite Award 2017. I hope the author can soon be awarded nationally.

 

Finally, the work was the best book read by me in 2018 with a fantastic plot, unusual sex scenes, friendship, humor, romance, love, sadism, masochism, hilarious patients, mystery, secrets, pedophilia, suspense, psychopathy, family, life, and death. I await the translation into Portuguese of the book II- Lara’s diary. ~ 

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~ ~  All Books Above Are For Purchase on Amazon online! ~ ~ Happy Reading!!

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Book Reviews Pouring In For ‘The Hidden Motives Series’ By Author, A. Gavazzoni and Book Three Now Released …’The Brilliant Game.’

 

Welcome Readers! …If you love a good Psychological Thriller Romance Light Erotica Suspense? Then, Author, Adriana Gavazzoni’s New Novel Trilogy is what you should be reading! She is an amazing business lawyer by day and a sizzling writer by night … I just finished Book Three of her trilogy “The Hidden Motives” series and it is a fantastic read! I’m not saying this because I work for her in promoting her books, oh no! Lol.

It’s from loving all three books after reading them in this series. She is a talented writer and creative with all the twists and turns packed into all three of her titles. Now I am not the best writer of reviews as I never like to spoil a good read. But here is an amazing new review and by the beautiful Read-Headed Booklover shares that tell readers this is a Highly Recommended book and why she is winning so many Book Awards. ENJOY!

 

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The Brilliant Game, A. Gavazzoni ~ The Red-Headed Booklover …

 

Psychiatrist Simone Bennet feels like a pawn on a chessboard—as if some invisible, master chess player is toying with her life and the lives of the people she loves and cares for.
A series of horrific events—several murders and Simone being tortured at the hands of a serial killer—culminate in the kidnapping of her daughter and have turned Simone’s life upside down.

Struggling to stay afloat in the middle of a sea of chaos, Simone continues to receive her psychiatric patients and do more work for the New York attorney, Carl, while local police, the FBI, and Edward—Simone’s boyfriend, best friend, and business partner—are working hard to locate her child.

Simone is analyzing another set of Lara’s journals, and she becomes dragged into a vortex of sex addiction, suffering, and Lara’s struggle for some kind of balance in her life, while Simone battles an inner fight against her mixed feelings for the enigmatic lawyer.

 

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The Brilliant Game by A. Gavazzoni FACEBOOK and TWITTER TEASER

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The Brilliant Game… where do I start book lovers? How about I start by writing that I am obsessed with this series and think that The Brilliant Game is the perfect conclusion to a series I have grown to love over the past few months. The Brilliant Game is the third book in the Hidden Motives series with the first book called Behind the Door and the sequel called Lara’s Journal. The first two books in the series floored me, honestly when I read them it was as if the exceptional author A. Gavazzoni had written my dream novel and that was because everything I love about literature was laced throughout these two books, so it is safe for me to write that I am obsessed with them! Now, when I finished book two, I admit that although I was excited to start book three a part of me was hesitant and this was because I loved the series and worried the conclusion would be a disappointment.

After all, I have read many series and the third book usually always fail so I was worried. However! When I started to read The Brilliant Game and take the plunge, I noticed straight away that A. Gavazzoni has done it again and has reunited me with her spellbinding literature that manages to terrify as well as thrill me from the start! That is why I am already going to recommend that you lovely readers read this book but once again if you need more convincing then continue to read to learn more book lovers!

The Brilliant Game once again reunites the reader with the much-beloved protagonist Simone Bennet, a psychiatrist who specializes in unusual and peculiar sex addictions. Over the course of the two previous books, Simone has endured a great deal, so much so that you worry for her and her mental health because she really has had a terrible time and sadly, in book three it gets even worse.

In book three Simone’s beloved daughter is kidnapped thanks to some previous unfinished ‘business’ I can’t spoil and this, of course, worries Simone greatly. Simone, however, realizes that she must continue to work, to treat her patients and to work with Carl, a New York attorney on a particular case they have been working on. All of this is happening why everybody else around her including law enforcement tries to find her daughter before it is too late. Will they be able to find her? Read the exceptional The Brilliant Game to find out!

The Brilliant Game is a haunting, terrifying and thrilling novel that bewitched as well as horrified me all at once. The Brilliant Game is the type of novel I love because I love any book that involves crime because I studied forensic psychology, so I love when psychological crimes are featured in a story. The Brilliant Game once again shocked me from the start because although I thought I knew where the book was going to go, it didn’t go that way and instead took a U-turn and wow it was shocking! The themes combined and laced throughout The Brilliant Game perfectly compliment the atmosphere of the book and story, the reader will experience mystery, action, terrifying and thrilling moments and many more exceptional themes.

As I read The Brilliant Game, I found myself racing through it, turning the pages with haste thanks to the addictive nature. What I loved the most about The Brilliant Game is that it was not a silly serial killer novel in which the author has to rely on gimmicks. Instead, the story is unique and has the perfect combination of crime, suspense, and mystery which are all perfectly weaved together by the exceptional author A. Gavazzoni who I must add book lovers is insanely talented!

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A. Gavazzoni is an incredible author who has written a fantastic story and come up with a brilliant idea. Gavazzoni from the very start sets the tone of the novel, she lets her readers know that this is going to be a dark and atmospheric book thanks to her literature and wow was it!

Gavazzoni is an exceptional writer because she grabs her readers attention from the start very quickly and keeps them engrossed until the end. There are no long build-ups that drag in The Brilliant Game; instead, the reader will be thrown into the thick of the story quickly, and the result of this is exciting (and slightly terrifying!).

Overall The Brilliant Game is a superb novel that has everything a reader would want in a story, it has a thrilling narrative, magnificent plot development and excellent characterization that will thrill and excite its readers so of course, I have to award this impressive piece of literature five stars! Be sure to have a read of the preview below book lovers and also have a read of the preview two books, you do not want to miss out!

“I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on The Brilliant Game. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

 

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for Amazon UK too!

Below I have attached some links about the author and this wonderful book so if you would like to learn more about the author and the book then please have a browse. Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to read your thoughts on this book!

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Now Available on – Amazon Books & Kindle Store –  Amazon UK –
Connect with A. Gavazzoni: Website – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram

Cat’s Book Blog of The Week ~ Meet Rave Reviews By Nonnie Jules.

Authors truly know how difficult book reviews can be to receive and come by. That is why you should try a Book Club. The best one around that I know is this one,
Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules! 
So I have chosen her blog as “Cat’s Book Blog For This Week!” Go take a visit and explore what she offers to both Readers and Authors …

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ABOUT Rave Reviews By Nonnie Jules:


Hi, and welcome to “Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules” and “RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB!”

Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules is a site designed specifically for the purpose of introducing the world to some really good reads.  After having read so many books that had been given high marks, yet weren’t deserving of those marks, Nonnie wanted to offer a forum where readers could come and trust that the reviews of the books posted were truly HONEST.   If you would like to have your book(s) reviewed by her, please submit your request by clicking here.

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is a virtual book club made up of authors and readers. The reviews of the Book Club members are not necessarily the same as the reviews of the author, Nonnie Jules, and vice versa.  We encourage each of you to JOIN, especially if you are an author, as we expect  (although we cannot guarantee) that the books we select, will be profiled and hopefully propelled to new heights via the support of the club. The more members of the club, the more successful and stronger our collective voices will be.  For more info on the club, please visit our FAQ page.

There is more to learn and explore at Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules!   so take a visit and tell her CAT sent you!

 

 

 

New Book Review – Kim Carter Mysteries – Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle by Melissa J – Book Addicts Reviews!

Cat’s Book Review Blog Pick of The Week! And? She gave Author, Kim Carter a Rave Review of Book One of her New “Clara & Iris Mystery” titled “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle!” ~ Melissa J is my Blogger of The Week!

xoxo CAT

VIA: https://bookaddictsreviews1.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/%F0%9F%93%96-sweet-dreamsbaby-belle-review-%F0%9F%93%96/

VISIT Book Addicts Reviews! BOOK ADDICTS REVIEWS ~ MJ

“Find The Seeker!” Book Reviews and High Praise For This Meaningful Read.

About The Book  Find The Seeker!: The pathless path to fulfillment and happiness 

 

Find the Seeker! with the subtitle “The pathless path to fulfillment and happiness,” based on the tried and tested the wisdom of a living Master and enlightened ones throughout the ages, accompanies us on a life-changing inner pilgrimage.

Find the Seeker! is a powerful, straight-talking wake-up call to people of all faiths and confessions, holding up a mirror to our worldly existence, suffering and the intricate workings of the ego. Immensely uplifting and rewarding, the book serves as a traveling companion and guide, enticing readers with a vision of what we really are -which can only be directly experienced – by helping us unfold our true nature and reboot our spiritual search so that we can abide in the one Self. In this way, seekers become finders, and we can enjoy the bliss and lightness of Being that is inherently ours.

 

Find the Seeker! has garnered extensive praise from spiritual teachers: 

“A unique, extraordinary and extremely valuable work.” – Ihaleakala Lew Pen 
“Disarming and worth experiencing.” -John Tarrant
“Refreshing as a clear stream.” -Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum
“The book…touches your heart.” -Hue Feng

 

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CAT’S BOOK REVIEW:

“The best advice as a reader I have received was, “never judge a book by its cover.” Personally, I can say this is true about, “Find The Seeker!: The pathless path to fulfillment and happiness.”

Find The Seeker!, written by Author’s Clifford Stevens and Master Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi, who is, by the way, one of the few living Zen Masters of our generation, have poured their wisdom and souls into this book. Simply well written, you will take a path of freedom, deep inner peace, and a journey of inspiration and enlightenment while reading this book. It doesn’t read as a traditional new age, or Zen type read, it truly will uplift you no matter who or what you believe to be a “power greater than oneself.”
I will note, I maintain life in recovery from addiction. This book can also serve as a type of “life workbook” for those who want to live a full deep meaningful live while maintaining recovery.

It can be read as a guide with the advice and unique techniques shared inside as part of our recovery work and look “within oneself” in changing those thinking errors and character defects. That is why my favorite chapters I got the most from was “The Ego and Non- Thinking.” Both author’s knowledge of knowing there are plenty of books out there about meditation and “how to’s” is why this book was exceptionally written and much different than those books.

This read inspires and motivates one to go out in the world and enjoy living life now and be present, be it travel, exploring, or through life adventures. It will guide you to a fulfilling and happy destination and well-balanced living for a lifetime. It can be adapted to any faith or as we recovery people say, to whomever our “Higher Power” happens to be.

That is just some of what I have learned reading this fantastic book and much more!

I highly suggest it for everyone, and it deserves my 5-star rating.

 

 

New Review By ~ Red Headed Book Lover Blog


Find The Seeker!: The Pathless Path to Fulfilment and Happiness is one of the most moving, enchanting and informative self-help guides that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The description of this book intrigued me thanks to the sentence ‘a powerful, straight-talking wake-up call to people of all faiths and confessions.’ When I read this sentence, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more and so I knew that I had to read this book as well as review it for all of you lovely readers. Now that I have finished reading Find The Seeker, I can happily write that this self-help/spiritual guide is one of the most incredible books I have ever read from the genre so please book lovers, do read this book as you won’t regret it!

Find The Seeker is written by Genro Xuan Lou Laoshi, a Zen master and his pupil, Clifford Stevens. Throughout their enchanting book, they will enlighten their readers on many subjects; topics such as mind, body and spirit and personal growth as well as how to attain happiness. The authors of this stunning piece of nonfiction focus on the spiritual dimension… a dimension that everybody shares. They will blissfully take their readers on a journey on how they can live a fulfilling life, attain happiness and how to grow to who you want to be. The journey the reader is taken on is a beautiful one and will enlighten many readers.

The journey the reader is taken on throughout this book is incredible and they are taken on this journey in a flawless way, thanks to the two talented authors of this book. Both authors are well accomplished in the topics explored in this book and so they are more than qualified to share their thoughts, feelings, and opinions on how to live a more fulfilling life. The reader won’t be able to help but fully invest themselves in their teachings as they both have an excellent way of captivating the reader and compelling them to read from beginning to end.

Not only is Genro Xuan Lou Laoshi and Clifford Stevens men who have incredible teachings to share, they are also talented authors as their words are stunning and will grip the reader’s attention from very early on. As I read this book I was hooked and this is thanks to their easy to read, with unique intriguing literature that reads beautifully throughout.

As Find The Seeker is an incredible, motivational, and inspiring book that has the potential to help people and change their lives for the better, I have no choice but to award this book a dazzling five stars. If you are a reader who is looking to improve your life and fulfill it or are interested in Zen and Buddhism and helping your self then this beautiful, gripping book is most certainly for you…

 

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EDITORIAL REVIEW:

Praise for Find the Seeker!

Find the Seeker! is fresh as spring grass and refreshing as a clear stream. The teachings in this book refuse to be confined to a spiritual checklist or manual of meditative techniques. Instead, the authors, again and again, challenge readers to return to the vibrant truth of original nature. Going beyond optimistic self-help and nihilistic despair, Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi and Clifford Stevens remind us of how wonderful it is to let go of grasping and taste the vividness of direct experience.”

–Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum, neuropsychologist and psychotherapist, Zen and Qi Gong teacher, author of Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching, and Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy.

 

 

 

You can purchase this book on Amazon Books & Kindle online  and on Barnes and Noble too…

New 5-Stars Bestowed To Author, “Kim Carter’s New Mystery From “Romancing The Book”… Title; “And The Forecast Calls For Rain”

One of my favorite places to help my authors gain more professional book reviews free is by Jen and her review team and highly recommend Romancing The Book! 

I want to thank Jen and Reviewer Robin for a Fine Review for Author, Kim Carter. They have also done an Intimate Author Interview and hope you’ll visit them and give it read at Romancing The Book.


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Review: And the Forecast Called for Rain by Kim Carter By Robin – 

And the Forecast Called for Rain by Kim Carter
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Raven South Publishing
Pages: 260
Source: book provided by author for review

 

 

 

 

          

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Detective Jose Ramirez and the Sierra Hills Police Department are scrambling for leads on a killer who has already struck five times, each time leaving his signature trademark: large butcher knives piercing the abdomens of his young female victims.

Profiling the killer is proving to be difficult, and Detective Ramirez knows that it’s only a matter of time before their perpetrator strikes again.

As if Ramirez isn’t frustrated enough, to his dismay, he is assigned a partner. Officer Daniel Chatham, a handsome, young man, fresh out of grad school, has pulled some strings to join the division and becomes Ramirez’s, right-hand man. The lead detective’s anger slowly begins to dissipate as he discovers the book smart kid can be quite the asset.

With Ramirez’s experience, Chatham’s sharp mind and quick thinking, and the insight of Erin Sommers, a beautiful, young journalist, the three make a powerful team gaining on their criminal.

It’s raining… it’s pouring, and a killer is on the loose in the rainy Sierra Hills of Washington State. No one is who they seem, and the plot thickens with every turn. You’ll never guess the ending of this enigmatic tale.

 

Review: A new author for me and I can’t wait to read more from Ms. Carter.

Everything in this story kept happening in such a timely manner that I was drawn into the story from the beginning and couldn’t put it down. Ms. Carter kept me involved. I was entertained thoroughly.  I found the characters to be very realistic and likable. You could feel the emotions along with sensing what they were going through.  The imagery was piped throughout the story with so much realism that I could actually envision the murders. Someone was gaining access to young females apartments, killing them while leaving a signature knife.

I was unable to figure out who as things kept changing with the different plot twists. The story had me guessing until the end. It was very interesting. I watch a lot of detective type shows and so I thought that I had it figured out a few times but just when I thought I did Ms. Carter changed direction.

I really liked Det. Jose Ramirez, he was the well-seasoned person in the story, where his partner Daniel Chatham was almost like the comic sidekick. Well, actually he was the sidekick but was more straight-laced. Just to spice things up a bit and threw us off balance Ms. Carter gave us some romance. The young journalist who has worked with Jose before really likes him, as he realizes he likes her also but is much too old for her or is he?

Well, to say the least, I found this to be a very gripping story. I also found a new author to read.  I think that I will have to go find a few more of Ms. Carter’s books.

For anyone that likes a little mystery that is fast-paced and very entertaining try Ms. Carter’s books. Not only do you get the mystery and suspense there is also a little romance added for some spice.

Even though I read this book I would probably give Ms. Carter a five star for the title alone. I simply loved it.

 

Big Spotlight For “Authors & Writers Beware.” Shining a Light on “Not So Legit Publishing & Marketing” By Victoria Strauss…

Many of my author clients and writer visitors know I am a stickler when it comes to low cost book promotions and marketing with my business. And that includes finding decent publishing companies if my authors chose to not self-publish or want to use a self-publishing helper for all their written works. As I am stickler about my research on new places as well. I happened to get an email and solicitation from Legaia Books / Paperclips Magazine” and did my research, and thankfully Victoria’s article popped up about this publishing and marketing business looking for writers and authors to use them.

So, of course, you know me, I didn’t like what I read of her well written and researched article of this publishing company Victoria warns us about. Now, no, it is not about defamation or slamming them, it’s about “Buyer Beware” as many of the costs they are way too high. Like a Press Release for $399.00??? Or a marketing package like their “Facebook Turbo” that goes for $3,499.00 Only…ONLY? I’am charging way to low of prices for just my one Book Promotion Package at $150 which includes setting up 3 new Social Media accounts for my clients! WOW!

So here is what Victoria found about Legaia Books and before you do any buying for publishing and marketing of your books, do yourself a favor and visit Victoria Strauss first!!


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Solicitation (and Plagiarism) Alert: Legaia Books / Paperclips Magazine

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

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And The Forecast Called For Rain by Kim Carter INSTAGRAM TEASER

When the late, unlamented Tate Publishing & Enterprises went belly-up a few months ago, I started hearing from Tate authors who were being contacted by self-publishing companies and other for-profit enterprises looking to recruit new customers. Some of these were straightforward, reasonably reputable (if overpriced) businesses. Others…not so much. Very active trying to snag Tate authors was Legaia Books.

Here’s how Legaia describes itself (bolding and errors courtesy of the original):

Legaia is a book publishing company created to aid writers in seeing their works in prints. Whether you’re a beginner or a published author, and whatever is the genre of your work (memoirs, fiction, non-fiction, children’s book, or even poetry collection), it is always our pleasure to be working with you. Legaia has no reservations to anything in particular other than those that contradict what is in the terms and services. With the application of new technology and information, we are able to accommodate our clients and are maintaining this accessibility for a better relationship.


The whole website is written like this, which should be a gigantic clue that things aren’t kosher. If that’s not enough, consider the eye-poppingly expensive publishing packages (which don’t offer anything that’s not available elsewhere for much less money), the hugely overpriced “online media publicity campaign” (based largely on cheap-for-the-provider services that can be sold at an enormous markup), and the nebulously-described “Online Retail Visibility Booster“, which costs $6,499 and wants you to believe that’s a fair price for something called a Booster Tool that supposedly gets you more reviews on Amazon.

You can also buy advertising in Paperclips Magazine, which among other “opportunities” encourages authors to pay $1,999 for a book review or $4,999 for a “Paperclips Author Article.” According to the Legaia website, Paperclips is “a social online magazine that showcases books and author experiences in the publishing industry”; according to email solicitations like the one above, it has “over 2 million subscribers worldwide” (a bit hard to believe, given the mix of terrible writing, puff pieces, and ads that make up most of its content).

What both website and solicitations fail to mention: Legaia and Paperclips are one and the same, a fact Legaia admits on its LinkedIn page. This is the kind of profitable closed loop that allows an author-exploiting enterprise to hit up its victims multiple times.

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As for Paperclips Magazine, it’s…interesting. Not just for the amount of money that must have been generated by all the author articles and ads. Not just for the insanely awful writing by the “Editorial Team”…

No. For the plagiarism and the intellectual property theft.

The Paperclips website includes short articles with the byline Chloe Smith. Much of this content actually belongs to other authors. For instance, a piece called 7 Active Reading for Students: here it is at Paperclips, under Chloe’s name. Here’s the original, attributed to the real author: Grace Fleming. How about 10 Keys to Writing a Brilliant Speech? Here it is at Paperclips. Here’s the original, by Bill Cole. Ditto These Are the 8 Fundamental Principles of Great Writing. Here it is at Paperclips. Here’s the original (with a different title), by Glenn Leibowitz.
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I could go on. There are lots more examples. And that’s just the Paperclips website. The magazine also includes stolen content. At least Why Print Books are Better than eBooks, and Ways to Improve eReaders bears the name of its true author, Greg Krehbiel…but Greg has confirmed to me that Paperclips published it without his permission. (It originally appeared here.) (I also reached out to two other authors included in the same issue, but as of this writing I haven’t heard back.)

both website and solicitations fail to mention: Legaia and Paperclips are one and the same, a fact Legaia admits on its LinkedIn page. This is the kind of profitable closed loop that allows an author-exploiting enterprise to hit up its victims multiple times.
Any bets on whether Paperclips got permission to use images of Dr. Seuss characters on the cover of its latest issue? Or asked George R.R. Martin if it was okay to re-publish his August 2016 blog post–complete with original artwork from the illustrated anniversary edition of Game of Thrones?
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A bunch of other things don’t add up.  Legaia/Paperclips has a North Carolina address, but it’s a virtual office. Legaia’s LinkedIn page claims the company was founded in 2008, but its domain wasn’t registered until late 2015. Similarly, Paperclips’ LinkedIn page says it started up in 2012, but its domain wasn’t created until November 2016 (I also couldn’t find any issues of the magazine earlier than December 2016). I’ve been able to locate only two actual human staff members (neither website includes staff names, and the two names I’ve seen on Legaia’s author solicitations, Emily Bryans and Serena Miles, appear to be wholly imaginary); both are based in the Philippines, and one formerly worked for Author Solutions.

Between these things, the English-as-a-second-language writing, the overpriced and exploitive “services”, the plagiarism, and just the general sleazy feel of it all, I’m strongly reminded of LitFire Publishing, which has a very similar business model and M.O, and was established by Author Solutions call center alumni in the Philippines as a sort of low-rent Xlibris-AuthorHouse-iUniverse-Trafford clone. Are LitFire and Legaia the same operation? Probably not. But it wouldn’t surprise me if Legaia has the same provenance.

“Now Cat has to interject in this last part of Victoria’s article. I received this exact EMAIL Solicitation to my email today! And The same Scout, “Emily Bryans” is used in my Email Below…Keep in mind Victoria shared her post in August of 2017 and a consultant came from Legia Books and even left her a comment! So, it has not stopped them from STILL Soliciting Writers and Authors…And that is WHY I am sharing her article” of Writers Beware…

Needless to say my email reply was “I politely decline at this time”…

 Frank Parker frank@legaiabooks.com
To Catherine Townsend lyonmedia@aol.com
Hi Catherine,
My name is Frank Parker from Paperclips Magazine. I’m reaching out to you because you’re referred to me by our Book Scout Emily Bryans. We are actually looking for authors to feature in our magazine and I was hoping we can touch base sometime this week to talk about your work and see if we can be able to add value to your book’s marketing campaign.
To give you an idea of what our magazine is, we actually write about the book industry. Meaning most of our subscribers are book readers, librarians and even decision makers in the publishing industry looking for aspiring authors in the business. We’ve featured both bestselling and aspiring authors in the magazine and I would love to share with you this opportunity to showcase your book with us.
Please let me know when is the best time to reach you. You can also call me at 1 (919) 914-9856 (Frank Parker).
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thanks!
Best regards,
Frank Parker
Senior Publishing Consultant
Legaia Books Publishing and Marketing Services
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA 27601
Privacy Policy: This policy covers how we use your personal information. We take your privacy seriously and will take all measures to protect your personal information. Any personal information received will only be used to fulfill your order, and may be used for internal analytical purposes. We will not sell or redistribute your information to anyone.

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Lastly, Victoria tells us, “Emily Bryans” is currently soliciting authors for something called Paperclips Magazine’s Author Circle, which is supposedly arriving this October and will feature “celebrity authors and multi-awarded literary contributors” (wonder how many of them know they’re included?) No word on how much it will cost to join up, but I bet it’s a bundle.

Writer beware.

I thank Victoria for granting me permission to share her post/article here on “Cat’s Reading Den” so we can spread the word to as we all are “Authors Helping Authors Helping Writers too!

CAT

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