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It has been so hectic around here!

In January, we revealed the cover for Parasite, and I first drafted a book that will be the first in a new series to be released at the end of this year. I’m so excited about this new series that I’m co-authoring with Leigh Caroline! Can’t wait to tell people more.

I also, because writing isn’t all that I do, had to take full day road trip to and from Houston in order to renew my Australian passport because we’re flying to Australia in May. The little one is so excited to get to fly and see her Oma and Opa! It’ll be my first trip home in just over nine years.

Anyway!

In Two Weeks (TWO WEEKS) Parasite will go live. This means that the whole trilogy will be out there! Excuse me while I duck in the corner and try not to panic. If you would like to spread the word – you can sign up for YABound Book Tours Book Blitz! It runs from February 22 through 28. It doesn’t even have to be on a blog, just sign up and share the Facebook posts and help the word get out in that week! If you’re interested, sign up here:

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Pre-order Swag giveaway!

If you pre-order the ebook of Parasite before release and email me proof and your mailing address at kthannaauthor@gmail.com I will send you some swag! The swag will include a bookmark, postcard, sticker and magnet! Proof is as simple as a screen shot or forwarded confirmation of pre-order.
You can also pre-order the paperback from Watermark Books and I’ll send the same pack!
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Newsletter

I just ended my first exclusive giveaway for subscribers to my newsletter. It’s sent out on the 2nd of every month, and occasionally for things like release days. If you’d like to receive updates on my books, on my signings, on upcoming series and get exclusive excerpts and giveaway chances – then please sign up here:

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Reviews

If you have read Chameleon or Hybrid, and have not yet left a review, I would be forever grateful if you could. I also have it on good faith, that if you’ve read any book ever and loved it – that the author would be eternally grateful if you could leave them a review.

Goodreads Giveaway!

Last but not least! Goodreads currently has a giveaway for two (2) full SETS of the trilogy! It’s running through February 20th! Go ahead and enter!

 

That’s about it for now. Hope everyone is having a fantastic 2016 so far!

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Parasite – COVER REVEAL!

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OMG THIS IS IT!
Book 3 has a cover – and it’s freaking spectacular
S.P. McConnell has worked his magic YET AGAIN.
And as of February 22nd, 2016 — the full trilogy will be out there!
I’m so excited to share this with everyone!
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PARASITE COVER (Final Version)

ISN’T IT AMAZING?!?!?! 

Parasite (The Domino Project #3)
Release Date: February 22nd 2016
Amaranthine Press
With the Damascus closing in on the Exiled, Sai and Dom must put their grief and inner demons aside as they rush to free the people of the Protected Conglomerate from the influence of the psionic grid. 
Chipped and placed under house arrest with a guard, Bastian’s only hope lies in reaching his core to disrupt Deign’s ruthless plan. 
Intent on putting a stop to the Damascus and the GNW’s reign, Dom discovers the true extent of the parasite within. Just when Sai thinks the Exiled have a chance, their greatest weapon turns on them.

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About the Author
KT Hanna has a love for words so extreme, a single word can spark entire worlds.

Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically out to kill you.

When she’s not writing, she freelance edits for Chimera Editing, and chases her daughter, husband, corgi, and cat. No, she doesn’t sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, and beef jerky.

Note: Still searching for her Tardis
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Of Book Reviews and Covers

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If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, or even if you live close to me, you’ve probably heard my online and in real life squeeing earlier this week when I got my Kirkus review back for Chameleon.

I know it’s just a review, but it’s one of those things that makes you look at your work and realize that at least someone else loves it as much as you do.

“Debut author Hanna takes familiar sci-fi genre elements, such as an outsider network of rebels and emotionless, superhuman companions, and spins dystopian gold… From top to bottom, this is a fabulous series opener.
A bracing debut that might just knock the wind out of readers.”
Kirkus Reviews – Chameleon (The Domino Project Volume 1)

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I’ll admit to having done a double take when I read it. This wasn’t the review I was expecting, or even hoping for. So I’m just going to take it and not even mention the autocorrect typo lol.

Seriously though – acting as my own publisher, this is something I felt I needed. While hubs did get it for me as a birthday present, it’s something I should have done anyway to coincide with the launch. While it’s too late now, at least I can chalk it up to experience.

Speaking of The Domino Project

Parasite releases on 2/22/2016.

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It’ll be out there in five weeks.

The cover reveal is happening on 1/20/2016. You can sign up for that HERE. Please help me spread the word. I’d greatly appreciate it.

And if you’re not already signed up for my newsletter – there’s a competition running for an awesome The Domino Project mug! All you have to do to enter, is be signed up for the newsletter. Go forth and conquer!

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Machinations Final Cover

Perfect for fans of Robopocalypse, this action-packed science-fiction debut introduces a chilling future and an unforgettable heroine with a powerful role to play in the battle for humanity’s survival.

The machines have risen, but not out of malice. They were simply following a command: to stop the endless wars that have plagued the world throughout history. Their solution was perfectly logical. To end the fighting, they decided to end the human race.

A potent symbol of the resistance, Rhona Long has served on the front lines of the conflict since the first Machinations began—until she is killed during a rescue mission gone wrong. Now Rhona awakens to find herself transported to a new body, complete with her DNA, her personality, even her memories. She is a clone . . . of herself.

Trapped in the shadow of the life she once knew, the reincarnated Rhona must find her place among old friends and newfound enemies—and quickly. For the machines are inching closer to exterminating humans for good. And only Rhona, whoever she is now, can save them.

Pre-order Machinations today!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Hayley Stone has lived her entire life in sunny California, where the weather is usually perfect and nothing as exciting as a robot apocalypse ever happens. When not reading or writing, she freelances as a graphic designer, falls in love with videogame characters, and analyzes buildings for velociraptor entry points. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in German from California State University, Sacramento.

Machinations is her debut novel, releasing June 14th, 2016 from Hydra/Random House.

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Machinations Final Cover

Perfect for fans of Robopocalypse, this action-packed science-fiction debut introduces a chilling future and an unforgettable heroine with a powerful role to play in the battle for humanity’s survival.

The machines have risen, but not out of malice. They were simply following a command: to stop the endless wars that have plagued the world throughout history. Their solution was perfectly logical. To end the fighting, they decided to end the human race.

A potent symbol of the resistance, Rhona Long has served on the front lines of the conflict since the first Machinations began—until she is killed during a rescue mission gone wrong. Now Rhona awakens to find herself transported to a new body, complete with her DNA, her personality, even her memories. She is a clone . . . of herself.

Trapped in the shadow of the life she once knew, the reincarnated Rhona must find her place among old friends and newfound enemies—and quickly. For the machines are inching closer to exterminating humans for good. And only Rhona, whoever she is now, can save them.

Pre-order Machinations today!

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

And don’t forget to add it to your list on Goodreads!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

hayley stone author photo

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest

Hayley Stone has lived her entire life in sunny California, where the weather is usually perfect and nothing as exciting as a robot apocalypse ever happens. When not reading or writing, she freelances as a graphic designer, falls in love with videogame characters, and analyzes buildings for velociraptor entry points. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in German from California State University, Sacramento.

Machinations is her debut novel, releasing June 14th, 2016 from Hydra/Random House.

A new approach for 2016

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2016 is here. Another Olympic year. Which, for me, is awesome because I love the Olympics. This year will also mean an age milestone for myself, and as I look back, I’m not where I wanted to be. In fact, I’m nowhere near where I wanted to be.

But where I am is still a good place, just a different good than I’d anticipated/dreamed of/worked toward.

I’m very lucky to have transferred servers when I did back in 2005 and to have met my husband. To put it in perspective for people: For us to meet, he had to transfer from his original server to end up on the one we met on, to play in the same guild that I transferred to. He had done so a few weeks earlier. He is one of the most amazing constants in my life. Supportive, encouraging, and loving.

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Together, in 2012, we welcomed our little girl to the world. She is this spark of amazing energy and spirit that brightens every portion of my days.

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While my writing career may not be where I wish it was, it’s had a decent start, and I’m determined to work toward making that better. Plus, I love my covers.

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I’ve struggled with body image issues for MANY years. People who know me can attest to that. I’ve dieted and lost, stagnated, and given up.

So for 2016, I didn’t want to make resolutions that are really not something I can control.

This year – I will aim to be healthy and fit. I will control what I eat, make it taste terrific, and I will move more. If this results in weightloss then it’s all well and good, but if it doesn’t, then I will know I am fit and I am healthy. Now, I started a couple of weeks before 2016, so I can already say that I have more energy and feel quite good.

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On the first day of the year, my darling husband helped me build a treadmill desk (where, incidentally, I walk right now as I type this). Since I have plans to draft a few books this year, this is my way of moving more and reaching my writing goals.

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As for writing goals – I have a story to tell, and by gosh, I’m going to tell it. That’s it. Those are my writing goals. To tell the stories I have in my head… which is looking like it’ll be a lot of books, so let’s just start with the initial base for it, eh?

Other than that – I want to allocate my time better so I’m not constantly stressed about deadlines (while self-imposed, these are very important if I want to get my books out when I’ve said I will). This will enable me to spend more time with my husband and daughter. Because ultimately they make me happy, and I love being around them.

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And I think I will blog more about my life, and my struggles… because I’m not just Katie the author, I’m not just Katie the mom, I’m Katie – complex superhuman 😉 and I feel like, even if my cat is the only one who reads it (why yes, I do think he can read), it’s important to remind myself that I’m just me and I can’t do everything.

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Parasite – The Domino Project #3 releases on February 22nd and is up for preorder now. I have a giveaway running for subscribers to my Newsletter (you can sign up here and enter to win a gorgeous mug and a gift voucher!)

So basically, I’m determined to make 2016 a good year. Hope everyone else’s is amazing too!

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This release day has special meaning for me. Brenda is one of  my dearest friends. She is one of those people who has worked tirelessly to write her books, while trying at the same time to help every other writer she encounters. This books has had its up and downs on the journey to get here… and I am SO happy this day has arrived! Congrats, Brenda!

I’m thrilled to be taking part in Brenda Drake’s Release Day Launch (hosted by Jen Halligan PR) for THIEF OF LIES (Library Jumpers #1)! Check out the book and excerpt below, and be sure to enter the amazing giveaways!

 

Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1)Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
by Brenda Drake
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: January 5, 2016

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather-clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.

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Excerpt from THIEF OF LIES

We stepped into the Children’s Library and stopped in the center of the room. A massive light fixture designed to resemble the solar system dominated the ceiling. The hushed rumble of two male voices came from one of the reading nooks. I crossed the room, paused at the built-in aquarium, and inspected the fish. Afton halted beside me.

“This is great,” I whispered, not wanting to disturb whoever was in there with us. “Fish and books. What’s not to love?” Spotting a sign referencing classic books, I searched the shelves for my all-time favorite novel.

The male voices stopped and there was movement on the other side of the bookcase. I paused to listen, and when the voices started up again, I continued my hunt.

Warmth rushed over me when I found The Secret Garden. With its aged green cover, it was the same edition I remembered reading as a young girl. The illustrations inside were beautiful, and I just had to show them to Afton. Coming around the corner of the case, a little too fast for being in a library, I bumped into a guy dressed in leather biker gear. My book and notebook fell and slapped against the floor.

“Oh, I’m so sorry—” I lost all train of thought at the sight of him. He was gorgeous with tousled brown hair and dark eyes. Tall. He flashed me a crooked smile, a hint of dimples forming in his cheeks, before bending over and picking up my forgotten book.

He held the book out to me. “Mistress Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” He’d quoted a verse from The Secret Garden with a sexy accent that tickled my ears.

I stood there like an idiot, my heart pounding hard against my chest, unable to think of a response. The fact that he had read the book and could recite a line from it stunned me. And impressed me.

Say something. Anything.

“Good read there,” he said when it was obvious I wasn’t going to speak. He winked and nodded to a guy behind him before ambling off. When he reached the end of the row, he paused and glanced back at me, flashing me another killer smile, and then he disappeared around the bookcase.

Tingles rose in my stomach. He looked back at me. The guy following his Royal Hotness gave me a final appraisal before departing. His stringy blond hair hung over his large forehead. It looked like he hadn’t washed it in weeks, and there was probably an acne breeding ground under it. He grinned, and I broke eye contact with him, making for the nearest window.

Oh God, you’re so lame, Gia. You could have finished the quote or anything less tragic than not speaking at all. The response I would have said played in my head. With silver bells, and cockleshells, and marigolds all in a row. Why? Why hadn’t I said that?

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Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up are of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling.

So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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The twists and turns of 2015

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This year has been a series of ups and downs.

The thing about New Years Resolutions is – inevitably life just gets in the way.

We started out the year loosing our 5.5 year old male Corgi, Kuma, to a freak accident. Literally started. January 1st. It was traumatic. I miss him every day.

My friend Jami and I, opened the doors on Chimera Editorial Services, which has been going really well for us.

Then a couple of months later I amicably parted ways with my agent, and decided to self-publish my post-apocalyptic trilogy The Domino Project. So far Chameleon and Hybrid are both out in the world, with Parasite to follow in February.

We went to Disney, then my parents visited. In June we also went to Branson for a few days. Lots of fun for several months.

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In August I launched Chameleon, had an awesome book launch party with a lot of awesome friends, hit the #1 at the local bookstore for launch week, and had a pretty solid launch that I’m quite happy with.

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The kid also started school in August and she LOVES it!

And then the roller coaster that is having a book out there began. Good sale days, bad sale days, trying to figure out how the hell the Amazon algorithms calculate who can and can’t review your book. Family is a no, but apparently so is anyone you’ve ever spoken to, even briefly – that they can track.

That roller coaster, especially the reviews, is the cause of a lot of stress, and many days battling the sucking abyss that is depression. I’m not sure why authors do this to themselves, but hey, it’s not like we can turn off the writing gene…

Pitchwars came and went, and I had a lovely time with two amazing mentees. I ended up not being able to juggle everything on my plate (remember, I have a toddler) and I left my internship. Still adore the agent I interned for, because she is wonderful, but it’s freed up a bit of stress on my part.

Hybrid released in November, and is doing okay. Edits on Parasite are almost done and it’ll be out on February 22nd, so the trilogy will be complete.

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And Christmas is here. I’m hoping to take a few days off over Christmas.

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So… what does this mean?

It means that for 2016, I’m not going to make resolutions. I’m just going to plod along and let what gets done get done. Because every time I make resolutions, I get upset when I have to compile the year.

Here’s to a 2016 that brings more ups than downs.

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Reviews, Account Activity, and Amazon

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First – there are a few things I want to clarify.

I’m a new indie author. I have two books out, with a third (in the series) due out at the end of February 2016. My books sell and are read at a decent rate that I, for a beginning indie author, am quite satisfied with.

I’m not writing this to deride Amazon – I’ve only just begun my indie career and hope it lasts a long time.

What I am doing, is chronicling the sequence of events, and my ultimate findings in how I believe Amazon came to justify itself in removing several of my reviews. I do not work for Amazon and so do not have access to their exact algorithms. These conclusions have been reached using my own account history evidence. I’m doing this in the hope that this information can help others whose reviews might be removed in the future. Believe it or not, there seems to be a method to their madness, even if it is a little creepy and big brother-esque.

My story:

Reviews are something that are difficult to come by for any author — and getting your book noticed as an unknown indie can be extra difficult. So, in the lead up to my debut’s launch, I set about to drum up interest. I organized a sign up for a launch blog tour, included in which was a review option where I would send those interested an eARC. Then there was my release party that I organized locally and had a lot of friends (even from out of town) attend.

There were other people who knew me through various internet contacts who were excited to read my book and preordered. (Let’s face it, if you say Bladerunner meets X-Men, you spark some interest).

When Chameleon launched on August 4, 2015, several reviews hit it immediately. This was an awesome thing, and people saying they read an ARC is perfectly acceptable. My auntie was not allowed to review, so okay, I get that. She’s related to me and she actually stated that in her review. A friend of a friend wasn’t allowed to review either, and I’ve yet to figure out the reasoning behind that.

Scoot forward to three months in. Just before the release of book 2. I arranged several promotions that would coincide with Chameleon’s $0.99 kindle countdown promotion. A lot of these promo places require you to have a certain amount of reviews. But with 36, I was doing okay (the highest needed had been 30). The book climbed right up to the 2000’s in Amazon’s ranking. It was an awesome weekend for it. I sold a lot of copies.

Then I checked my Amazon page, only to see it suddenly had 33 reviews.

3. THREE reviews gone.

I panicked. I knew the reviews that were gone and couldn’t understand why. Two of them had been there for the three months the book had been out. All of them said they saw an early version. None of these people were related to me.

To be honest, I got angry, but I kept my cool when I contacted them. I asked them why my reviews were gone, to which they replied that they could not give me any information, but that if I was contacted by a reviewer about a missing review, they should contact them.

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I looked through all of their requirements. I had violated nothing on this list. They weren’t paid for, they weren’t promotional, the people giving them weren’t related to me.

Flabbergasted, I emailed back (angry this time), and asked them why they were sabotaging an indie author who wasn’t even prominent. I only had 36 reviews to begin with. I asked if it was that my promotion had spiked my sales (which I thought was the point).

In response to this angry email of mine, they said that they’d tell me why my reviews had been removed. That some of my account elements matched other account elements and therefore I probably knew some of my reviewers and therefore they needed to maintain integrity of their review system.

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Later that day I had a new review which made 34, and then about an hour later I was back to 33 with another removed.

I gave a lot of thought to my next response to them. Because I was confused and didn’t understand this weird level of scrutiny for my little book. I wrote a very long email about how I doubted that the same level of scrutiny was applied to established authors, or even to movies. That unless they apply this weird level of investigation to every single item, it is discriminating against authors as a whole.

And I got the same response. Basically they pretty much ignored what I said.

However, as I sat down and thought about it, wracking my brains to try and figure out why they would focus on my account, I had some thoughts. I was quite certain I hadn’t pissed anyone off enough that they reported my reviews.

And then it hit me

My author account is the one I created about 4.5 years ago so I could buy my own books and not have to use my husband’s account (which is the account we share and buy everything with, and have Prime on). My author account has the following activity: purchase of ebooks for myself, gifting of ebooks for giveaways, and e-gift cards that I’ve sent to people who have won competitions since launch.

That’s it. Nothing else. To my knowledge, none of those authors or giveaway winners have posted a review – definitely not the ones that were removed. So that couldn’t be it.

My husband’s account (who of course cannot review my book) is the account from which, some years ago, I sent two of the relevant reviewers a gift. A gift card to be precise (for a birthday, because books!) These people are, in no way, related to me or us. They are friends, one of whom I have never actually met in person.

This means, that in order to remove these reviews as : your account activity demonstrates that you may know these reviewers or your account activity matches other account activity — Amazon had to link me to my husband’s account (which, given we live at the same address isn’t hard), and then go through my husband’s purchase history (like back at least 18 months) in order to flag those reviews as ones that might know the author.

Conclusion:

After extrapolating from the weird and vague evidence I managed to gather, the following is what I believe to be true:

If you have ever been sent anything by someone using Amazon Prime, or sent someone something using Amazon Prime, or won or given away a gift card, or gifted or won an ebook — those people cannot leave reviews for your book (and you cannot leave a review for them). Or they can, and when your book gets some attention, or when the algorithms get around to it, those reviews will be removed.

Additionally — if you have linked your Facebook account to your Amazon account where they can view your friends and profile… then it is highly likely that anyone who is your Facebook friend will also not be permitted to leave a review, lest it be biased.

I’m not sure where this leaves us as authors since people, you know, recommend your books. Or else, people who have read your book and engage on social media will then “know” you enough to be barred from reviewing? As a small time author, the struggle to get reviews has always been difficult, and now with these algorithms scouring for people who might have met us and engaged with us long enough to friend us on facebook, or else for people who won giveaways, or perhaps that our in-laws once sent a gift to… it’s going to be nigh impossible.

Anyway — I hope this helps people understand what it is Amazon has done and how they’ve come to their conclusions. Not that I expect it to make anyone feel better, but perhaps this will help lessen the confusion.

 

Ironically

About a week after all of this went down, I received this email from Amazon.

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I then tweeted that: I’m sorry, my account activity indicates that I know you

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I said I’d help lessen confusion, not take away the bitter taste 😉

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My awesome friend Sharon is having a book blitz!

This book sounds amazing – check it out!

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DIVIDED: AN OPEN HEART NOVEL
Sharon M. Johnston
Publication Date: November 24 2015
New Adult Science Fiction Romance.

A new heart should mean new life, instead it’s a living nightmare.

Mishca Richardson’s life is at an all-time high after her heart transplant. With new boyfriend, Ryder, she has the perfect summer romance. Even the nightmares plaguing her sleep since her operation can’t dull her new dream world. Yet, life starts to unravel when Mishca develops superhuman abilities. She does her best to hide them so as not to end up a science experiment in a lab, but she can’t ignore the strange instant attraction she experiences when she meets her university professor, Colin Reed. Torn between love and the obsession, Mishca must decide between the two men. But as the organization responsible for her weird powers moves in, she’ll have a lot more to worry about than romance.

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SOMEONE MUST DIE so I can live. I’ve come to terms with that. Before it turned my stomach, thinking about my donor’s death, but now I’m used to it. Most likely, it’ll be a car accident or a drunken fall. It won’t come from illness or any other natural causes that corrupt human organs and make the deceased ineligible to be a donor. A violent, painful death will be my savior. It’s the only way I’ll ever get my new heart.

I open my eyes and stare upward, hoping the white fluffy clouds splotched against the blue sky will distract me from my imaginings of people dying. I guess I’m not as used to the idea of getting someone else’s heart as I thought. The harsh Australian sun makes me squint.

I swing my legs around and hoist myself upright on the stadium bleacher, looking over the sports field. Readjusting my tank top strap that had slipped off my shoulder, I try to conjure up happier thoughts. At least I won’t be responsible for the person who dies, even if I get a new heart out of the mess.

Yeah, happier thoughts.

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Author Bio:

SHARON JOHNSTON is a New Adult author from sunny Queensland, Australia. She specializes in intriguing stories and soulful contemporaries across category boundaries. Working as a PR specialist by day, in her spare time she writes, blogs for YAtopia and Aussie Owned & Read, spends time with her fur babies, and plays computer games with her family. She’s also been trailed by women wanting to know where she buys her shoes.

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