Amazon… A virtual marketplace, or Big Brother?

Allison Cosgrove:

This is just wrong… #AmazonExplainYourself

Originally posted on imy santiago:

A couple of weeks ago I read the third installment of a series I really loved. I will refrain from sharing the name of the novel and its author.

Like any reader, as soon as I finished reading, I wrote my review. When I tried posting it on Amazon (I did buy the eBook, just like any normal and decent human being would), I received a rather concerning email.

I will not share the screenshot of the email as it does contain the title of the book and name of the author. In its place I have copied the body of the email below.

Dear Amazon Customer,

Thanks for submitting a customer review on Amazon. Your review could not be posted to the website in its current form. While we appreciate your time and comments, reviews must adhere to the following guidelines:
http://www.amazon.com/review-guidelines

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Q & A ~ S.M. Bysh

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First up this year is the lovely S.M. Bysh! Please make her feel right at home folks!

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smbyshWhich writers inspire you?

Steven King and Agatha Christie.

What are you working on at the minute?

One’s a paranormal mystery and anothers a steampunk at this moment

Whats it about? 

One is about this woman that gets stuck at a train station for the night and has a ride of a life time.  The other I’m still working that out.

What genre are your books?

Various, Poetry, Horrorish, Paranormal, and Mystery

What draws you to this genre?

Mysteries and paranormal because those are my favs and others because I just wanted to try.

How much research do you do?

Some But I like keeping the story a story you know make believe.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I just got this idea in my head to try something new. And here I am.

Why do you write?

Relaxation and help me sort out emotional turmoil at times. It’s my therapy

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

Curiosity, and self improvements and craziness. lol

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Part time

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

I like writing in the middle of the night. I am not sure why.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

I write sometimes every night and sometimes sporadic due to life things.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

I try to write at least 3 pages per day

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

ALL the above

Where do the your ideas come from?

Everywhere.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

Getting the setting just right.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

Letting it rip so to speak. Meaning just writing without limits

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

I can write a book with in 30 days if doing nano. The editing is a lot longer though.

Do you ever get writers Block?

When I’m at my most stressed.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writers block?

Wait it out. That is the only thing that has ever work for me.

Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

I read when I can. I love Lillian Jackson Braun, Agatha Christie, JK Rowling And  some Stephen King

For your own reading, do you prefer e books or traditional paper/hard back books?

I will read both ebook and traditional but prefer paper and hardbacks

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

I’m trying to do it myself but will ask for help

Do you let the book stew leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?

Yeah sometimes year.lol

Who designed your book cover/s?

Yes I do and  I love doing it

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Actually no I don’t. I think it is the story that plays that part and should be the main criteria for buying a book.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Reviews are reviews.  We have no way of knowing the kinds of responses we’ll get when we ask for reviews. And have to take what we can get good or bad.  I don’t let it get to me one way or another.

That’s the new way  I look at it.

The old me before the most scariest real life thing happened to me, would have bawled my eyes out over a bad review. And jumped for joy over a positive one.

How do you relax?

Writing is my only way to really release the stress.

Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?

Hopefully still the same ol me and writing more crap people may or may not like.

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Follow S.M. Bysh in any one of these fine places!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ohthehorrors
Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00JBST242
Smashwords:
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/smbysh
Book Links:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/haiku-poetry-sm-bysh/1116068310?ean=2940044630512

NEW RELEASE: Dragon Her Feet, By Celia Kyle & Mina Carter

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Sometimes a girl’s gotta flex her quills and lay down the law…

Katie Carmichael may not be a scary badass dragon capable of toasting her enemies to a crisp, but that doesn’t mean she’s a pushover. And sure, the roaring, fire-breathing hottie is, uh, hot, but she’s a chick with a plan. A plan that includes a secluded old farmhouse and doesn’t include a tall, heavily muscled, and totally delicious weredragon.

Joey Kenton, new owner of said old farmhouse, has plans of his own. They revolve around one, curvy, spitfire werehedgehog and whether their children will be hoglets or dragonlets—Joey would be happy with either. Until Katie’s life is threatened and he realizes that her life is more important than his love for her.

Of course, Katie realizes Joey is an idiot and when she revises her plans…

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W0EETII?ie=UTF8&keywords=dragon%20her%20feet&qid=1428948917&ref_=sr_1_1&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-dragonherfeet-1781091-140.html

RELEASE DAY: An Insomniacs Dream

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Blurb:

As a kidnapper with a lifelong grudge holds an innocent woman captive, Detective Stan Brookshire has little evidence to go on. When he accepts help from an unlikely source, he comes to rely on her psychic vision. Will she lead him to Missy before it’s too late? Or will he humiliate himself and the entire Lake City Police Department chasing bogus leads while Missy Sheen’s time runs out?

Excerpt:

Where was she?

The street she was walking along did not seem all that familiar to her; there were colonial style houses with their little white picket fences on either side in neat little rows. Like something you would see in a movie. There was nothing to really distinguish where it was that she had found herself.

She continued down the street. She somehow knew where she was headed, but still nothing seemed to fit to her. This certainly wasn’t her street. She lived in the city in a three-story walk-up apartment building on a busy street. There were no walk-ups in sight and this certainly did not classify as a busy street. She had not even seen one car pass her. Mind you, judging by how dark it was and how many lights were on in the houses she was passing she would put the time well past midnight.

What the hell was she doing out here?

There, in front of her was a house that seemed to strike a chord of familiarity with her somehow, even though she was more than certain that she had never seen it in her life. It looked pretty much like all the others on the street: the garage in front of the house providing a nice sheltered front porch. The more she studied the house, the more certain she was that she had not been here before. However she soon found her feet pulling her up the walkway that ran parallel to the driveway and up onto the front porch.

She heard a sound and looked back. Her eyes scanning the street for any sign of what could have been responsible for the rustling noise she heard.

Nothing was moving on the street; the streetlights showed nobody.

She turned back to the door and found herself once again not in control of her body and watched as she pulled a set of keys out of a coat pocket and started reaching for the door.

Once again, she heard the rustling sound just off to the left and turned just in time to see a man climbing his way over the railing that closed in the porch.

Almost frozen with fear she felt the keys slip through her fingers and heard them hit the ground at her feet. The man heard the keys and looked up at her.

She couldn’t see his face for the light from the street did not reach that far onto the porch, however there was a glint in his eyes and she saw the knife in his hand reaching for her.

The shock was gone and as she was suddenly able to regain control over her body, she turned and ran off the porch and back into the street with the man running after her. She had never been athletic in her life but she certainly wasn’t out of shape either. In that very moment she felt as though she had never spent a day working out. There was a heavy feeling in her chest making it feel like it was on fire. Her breath was coming out in harsh gasps as she tried to put some distance between herself and her assailant.

As she ran she tried to call out for help but for some reason the most sound that she could make was that of a mouse’s squeak.

She took a chance and looked back over her shoulder; he had almost caught up with her and this was the chance the man needed to bridge the gap between them.

He lunged at her and took her down in a football style tackle, both of them landing in a pile on the ground. She managed to turn herself as she struggled to escape his grasp but found herself losing strength.

She saw the hand with the knife coming at her…

Beth suddenly woke up and was back in her room in her walk-up apartment; it had all been a dream. A nightmare.

Or had it? Had it really been a nightmare this time? Or was it something more?

 

About the Author:

Allison Cosgrove was born and raised in a suburb of Toronto, Ontario. A married mother of three daughters, she runs her own business by day and creates her own worlds by night. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters hiking in the woods or sitting by the fire reading a good book. She has had the love of reading and writing detective mysteries from the age of twelve but it has only been since the birth of her youngest that she has gotten serious about crafting some of her own works for others to enjoy. She credits her family and friends with being the driving force that has given her the strength to breathe life into her books.

 

Praise for Sacrifice of Innocence:

 

Allison has created a memorable detective with Stan Brookshire. The premise of the story is, a cult has been killing children and Stan has to stop them before it’s too late. The police believe they have the right man in custody but another kidnapping casts that into doubt. The trial is not going well, and despite the hope that the child was abducted by a copycat, Stan begins to believe that something more is happening. The mother of the child gets involved, and slowly the protagonists realize that this is not a standard kidnapping.

 

It was a well-crafted mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat. But the real reason I kept reading was I felt like I really got to know Detective Stan Brookshire through the story. I loved his interactions with the different characters and how he becomes emotionally involved.

 

I can’t wait for the follow-up and to read more about Stan Brookshire. I would strongly recommend it to anybody who has grown tired of the other detective series out there.

 

~Joel Mark Harris, author of 1000 Bayonets

Praise for Dragon Twins:

 

In Book 2 of the Stan Brookshire series, Cosgrove doesn’t miss a beat. Continuity is perfect as the recurring characters and places are just as they were in Book 1. Stan & Jane once again take a case to heart as it becomes personal and throughout the action and psychological thrills we are also treated to the strength of family – both that with blood ties and that without. Stan still hasn’t really learned how to follow the rules; will this be the case he loses his job over? I highly recommend this read, as well as its predecessor ‘Sacrifice of Innocence’.

 

Lacie Redding, Kissimmee, FL

 

COVER REVEAL: An Insomniacs Dream

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Join the Party on February 1st, 2015 for the Release of the third installment in the Stan Brookshire series!

Blurb:

As a kidnapper with a lifelong grudge holds an innocent woman captive, Detective Stan Brookshire has little evidence to go on. When he accepts help from an unlikely source, he comes to rely on her psychic vision. Will she lead him to Missy before it’s too late? Or will he humiliate himself and the entire Lake City Police Department chasing bogus leads while Missy Sheen’s time runs out?


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About the Author:

Allison Cosgrove was born and raised in a suburb of Toronto, Ontario. A married mother of three daughters, she runs her own business by day and creates her own worlds by night. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters hiking in the woods or sitting by the fire reading a good book. She has had the love of reading and writing detective mysteries from the age of twelve but it has only been since the birth of her youngest that she has gotten serious about crafting some of her own works for others to enjoy. She credits her family and friends with being the driving force that has given her the strength to breathe life into her books.

 

Praise for Sacrifice of Innocence:

Allison has created a memorable detective with Stan Brookshire. The premise of the story is, a cult has been killing children and Stan has to stop them before it’s too late. The police believe they have the right man in custody but another kidnapping casts that into doubt. The trial is not going well, and despite the hope that the child was abducted by a copycat, Stan begins to believe that something more is happening. The mother of the child gets involved, and slowly the protagonists realize that this is not a standard kidnapping.

It was a well-crafted mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat. But the real reason I kept reading was I felt like I really got to know Detective Stan Brookshire through the story. I loved his interactions with the different characters and how he becomes emotionally involved.

I can’t wait for the follow-up and to read more about Stan Brookshire. I would strongly recommend it to anybody who has grown tired of the other detective series out there.

~Joel Mark Harris, author of 1000 Bayonets

Praise for Dragon Twins:

In Book 2 of the Stan Brookshire series, Cosgrove doesn’t miss a beat. Continuity is perfect as the recurring characters and places are just as they were in Book 1. Stan & Jane once again take a case to heart as it becomes personal and throughout the action and psychological thrills we are also treated to the strength of family – both that with blood ties and that without. Stan still hasn’t really learned how to follow the rules; will this be the case he loses his job over? I highly recommend this read, as well as its predecessor ‘Sacrifice of Innocence’.

Lacie Redding, Kissimmee, FL

 

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: One Week Sale on Dragon Twins

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Blurb:

Separated at birth…reunited by murder.

Behind the gates of an exclusive Lake City neighborhood, prominent businessman Don Chu’s

housekeeper has been brutally murdered and his teenage daughter taken. The high-profile case has the Mayor himself sending the case across Detective Stan Brookshire’s desk. He barely has time to digest the details of the two sinister crimes before he’s called to yet another disturbing scene.

This time, at the other end of the city, another murder and attempted kidnapping ring out with a similarity too convenient for coincidence. As the clues fall into place and the evidence mounts, Stan starts to see a pattern emerge. A DNA match, and the two cases now become one. With the help of an unexpected young ally, Stan begins his search for a victim that may still be alive. It’s a race against the clock and across the globe that will test his skills to the absolute limit. Two murders. Two kidnappings.

Twice the danger.

 

Praise for Dragon Twins:

 

In Book 2 of the Stan Brookshire series, Cosgrove doesn’t miss a beat. Continuity is perfect as the recurring characters and places are just as they were in Book 1. Stan & Jane once again take a case to heart as it becomes personal and throughout the action and psychological thrills we are also treated to the strength of family – both that with blood ties and that without. Stan still hasn’t really learned how to follow the rules; will this be the case he loses his job over? I highly recommend this read, as well as its predecessor ‘Sacrifice of Innocence’.

 

Lacie Redding, Kissimmee, FL

 

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: One Week Sale for Sacrifice of Innocence!

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Blurb:

A cult has been killing children for its rituals and only one cop knows who they are. Detective Stan Brookshire knows but his past keeps people from believing in him. Can he rise above the stigma that shrouds his past and stop a cult from taking yet another innocent child from her mother’s arms before its too late?

 

Praise for Sacrifice of Innocence:

Allison has created a memorable detective with Stan Brookshire. The premise of the story is, a cult has been killing children and Stan has to stop them before it’s too late. The police believe they have the right man in custody but another kidnapping casts that into doubt. The trial is not going well, and despite the hope that the child was abducted by a copycat, Stan begins to believe that something more is happening. The mother of the child gets involved, and slowly the protagonists realize that this is not a standard kidnapping.

 

It was a well-crafted mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat. But the real reason I kept reading was I felt like I really got to know Detective Stan Brookshire through the story. I loved his interactions with the different characters and how he becomes emotionally involved.

 

I can’t wait for the follow-up and to read more about Stan Brookshire. I would strongly recommend it to anybody who has grown tired of the other detective series out there.

 

~Joel Mark Harris, author of 1000 Bayonets


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