What do they call a person who downloads pirated eBooks?

Fotolia 52247680 XS What do they call a person who downloads pirated eBooks?Authors often give away free eBooks when promoting their work. You’ll find free eBooks at all the legitimate eBook websites: Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, All Romance and more. If you want a free eBook, I recommend you go there.

However, some readers believe they should never have to pay for an eBook. Not long ago one of my writer friends had a free promotion on the first book in his series. A reviewer left a rave five star review saying he loved the book and wished the author’s other books were free so he could read them too. Huhh?? Seriously??

For authors battling pirate sites, there is one consolation, many of those pirate websites that claim to offer “free” eBooks are often offering more than a book – such as a nifty virus or Trojan. I’ve also heard that at some sites you don’t even get the promised book file – just a nasty computer infestation.

Of course, there are pirate sites out there where you can pick up free eBooks. Back to question I asked in the headline: What do they call a person who downloads pirated eBooks?

Answer: A Thief.

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Another Haunting Danielle

perfect haunting Another Haunting DanielleAfter Haunting Danielle was released, I Googled “Haunting Danielle” to see what would come up. I put the title in quotation marks, because I wanted only webpages with the two words, together and in that precise order.

I was surprised when another Haunting Danielle popped up – this one typically with a comma or period separating the two words, instead of together like my book title.

Those other pages were for the movie, Montgomery House: The Perfect Haunting, written and directed by psychic Danielle Egnew.

I’ll confess, I had never heard of the movie before. Like my story it takes place in a bed and breakfast in the northwest—Washington instead of Oregon. Egnew’s movie takes place in Montgomery House, while mine takes place in Marlow House. Unlike my story, the movie appears to be based on a real life spooky haunting.

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I just don’t get zombies…

Haunting Danielle 3 I just don’t get zombies…I understand vampires, but I just can’t figure out the zombie craze. Not that I am a huge vampire fan, although I did enjoy Brandon Hale’s Day Soldier Series—which is not really a genre I typically read.

We spent last week with our daughter and her family in the Sacramento California area. Our daughter was thrilled when the season premier of Walking Dead came on. I started watching it. After all, the grandkids were tucked in for the night and it was the only show playing on the living room TV.

When the cannibals started slitting throats I left the room and retreated upstairs with my laptop. My husband was braver than me and watched the entire episode with our daughter and son-in-law, although it left him shaking his head, wondering why there is such fevered fascination with dystopian horror films, specifically: zombies.

I may write a vampire book someday, but for now I’ll stick to ghost stories. Book 2 of Haunting Danielle will be out in a few weeks, and I am working on Book 3—which is slated for a January 1 release. But there are no zombie stories in my future.

As for those ghost stories—here’s a sneak preview of the first three covers of the series—designed by that Walking Dead loving, cover artist—our daughter Elizabeth Mackey.

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Haunting Danielle, Book 2 – Off to the beta readers!

window <i>Haunting Danielle, Book 2</i> – Off to the beta readers!The second book in the Haunting Danielle series has been sent to the beta readers. After the betas finish and I make any necessary changes, it is off to the editor for a Nov 1 release.

I’ve been having a great deal of fun writing this series. So far the Amazon reviews have been favorable for the first book. While it only has three reviews—they are each five stars.

What have the reviewers said about the first book?

“I love good mysteries and this is one of the best I have read.”

“Her characters were quirky, funny, and sassy.”

“Light, fun, clean, well crafted paranormal mystery in the vein of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.”

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When you discover your character’s name has been used before — and is kinda sorta famous.

Both books 300x208 When you discover your characters name has been used before    and is kinda sorta famous.One of the supporting characters in Haunting Danielle is a police officer named Joe Morelli. This morning one of my friends finished Haunting Danielle and asked me, “Did you know that Joe Morelli is Janet Evanovich’s male MC in the Stephani Plum series?”

Hmmm no…I haven’t read that series. I really had no idea. I borrowed the surname from a friend of ours, and Joe from our son-in-law.

My Joe Morelli is no relation to the character created by the talented Ms. Evanovich. I wonder how often this happens—I imagine frequently.  I recall not long ago one of my friends released her first book, a YA that was well received. Yet one reviewer blasted her for naming her character similar to a YA character in another series, accusing my friend of stealing the name. Fact was, my friend had a sentimental reason for selecting her character’s name, and it had nothing to do with the other YA book.

I toyed with the idea of changing the name—yet those who have already read the book, and have it on their eBook reader and intend to read Book 2 when it comes out November 1, 2014, might get confused. My Morelli character plays a central role in the next book, so I’m torn. Chances are, this sort of thing will probably happen again.

What would you do?

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Series Facebook Pages

Haunting Facebook 300x148 Series Facebook Pages I currently have three series — The Coulson Series, Unlocked Hearts and now Haunting Danielle, which will have two books in the series come November 1, and a third in January.

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I understand that not all my readers will necessarily be interested in each series, because they are each a little different from each other.

The Coulson Series is a family drama with romance, mystery and adult subject matter. Unlocked Hearts is light romance, where the story is about the falling in love. Haunting Danielle is a cozy paranormal mystery.

I decided to create Facebook pages for each series–and each Facebook page will focus on just that series. I hope you stop by and check them out– and I would really appreciate any likes.

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Hope to see you over on Facebook!

Click here to visit The Coulson Series Facebook page.

Click here to visit the Unlocked Hearts Facebook page.

Click here to visit the Haunting Danielle Facebook page.

Hope to see you over on Facebook!

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Unlocked Hearts

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I’m in the process of rebranding what was known as my Sensual Romance Series. Its new name—Unlocked Hearts. The new covers should show up at Amazon in a few days, and hopefully within a couple weeks the change will be reflected at all venues—Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, All Romance and more.

Some readers found the series’ name “Sensual Romance” misleading, expecting more heat. However, these books could not be described as “Clean Romance” because the stories do contain some intimate scenes and adult language.

I selected Unlocked Hearts because the stories in this series are really about the falling in love—the journey of two hearts finding each other.

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