Archive for August, 2017

Reviews are coming in for Janabai Shepherd

said on August 30th, 2017 filed under: Azriel's Angels, Janabai Shepherd

The reviews are arriving on Amazon.com for Janabai Shepherd.  Here’s a sample.

Book 2 of Daughters of the Kali Yuga sails into high adventure as the story continues with Azriel Dancer’s daughters, Janabai and Mirabai. All the wonderful characters from the first book are here, as we follow the blue-throated daughters and the development of their amazing talents. Against great odds, the community of Shiva Puri is learning to survive and thrive post-apocalypse, as they gear up for an inevitable battle with the demon Kali, whose sights are fixed on one of the daughters. Bob Jenkins’ novel ranges from the idyllic to the horrifying to the hilarious, from spirituality to depravity to ineffable tenderness, and is riveting from cover to cover. I devoured the book and was so disappointed that it had to end. Can’t wait for the third installment!!

E. Piper

 

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Amazon.com Review Guidelines for “Janabai Shepherd”

said on August 21st, 2017 filed under: Azriel's Angels, Janabai Shepherd, Nuts and Bolts

Let me take a moment to tell you about Amazon.com reviews. Here is Amazon’s core statement:

“We don’t allow anyone to write customer reviews as a form of promotion and if we find evidence that a customer was paid for a review, we’ll remove it. If you have a direct or indirect financial interest in a product, or perceived to have a close personal relationship with its author or artist, we’ll likely remove your review. We don’t allow authors to submit customer reviews on their own books even when they disclose their identity.”

Amazon.com is committed to publishing honest reviews.  Aren’t we all?  Here are some of the rules that seem to be operating at present.  Note that the enforcement mechanisms of these rules evolve and change.

You do not have to purchase the book to leave a customer review, but Amazon has a category called “Verified Purchaser Reviews” that is probably more potent and credible.

You must have an Amazon.com account to leave customer reviews.  I have heard that you have to purchase at least $50 worth of merchandise to leave a review.  I’m not sure about this policy, the time frame (Past twelve months? During the calendar year?) or even the amount.

Do not state or infer a personal relationship between you and the author, especially if he or she is a friend or family member.  Of course, the author’s friends are apt to leave reviews; so there is a fine line here.

Do not indicate that you received anything of value in exchange for your review. The exception to this rule is that you may receive a free ARC (advance reader copy) of the book.  This is a perfectly acceptable practice.

Do not attempt to publish multiple reviews of the same book from the same computer. A husband-and-wife duo used the same computer to write independent and honest reviews of one of my books.  Both reviews were deleted by Amazon.

That was interesting, wasn’t it?

 

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“Janabai Shepherd,” Commence Pre-Launch . . .

said on August 14th, 2017 filed under: Janabai Shepherd, Uncategorized

Roll back the gantry.

Initiate pre-launch boosters.

Begin final countdown . . .

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Continuing the Countdown to “Janabai” Launch 6 . . . 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . .

said on August 3rd, 2017 filed under: Uncategorized

Here’s the intermediate art for the bottom part of the cover . . .

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10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3 . . . Launch JANABAI SHEPHERD

said on August 1st, 2017 filed under: Janabai Shepherd

The Launch of Janabai Shepherd, Book Two of Daughters of the Kali Yuga, fast approaches.  Here’s the update:

Back from the proofreader, corrections made, off to Streetlight Graphics for formatting and a cover re-design. We pushed, shoved, tweaked, wheedled, bullied the old cover (even with the help of our friends making scrunchie faces). It just wouldn’t come together. Starting from scratch. Glendon Haddix sent me a rough, which I approved. Here it is:

We are on schedule for a September 3, 2017 launch!

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