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WARNING: Websites Offering eBooks at “Bargain” Prices

Perhaps one of the toughest things to wake up to is being told by a friend and colleague in writing that you are being ripped off.

dangerous_siteThat was exactly what happened to me this morning when John R. White reached out to Philippa and myself on Facebook to let us know that a website was selling our books, both from our New York publishers as well as our own independent titles, for discount prices and allegedly these sales are neither paid to the publisher nor are they counted in statistics. (I say “allegedly” as I am still researching exactly who is backing this website, but I know that the site content appears to be scraped from Amazon and Imagine That! has not been contacted by this website’s administrators for price negotiations on our titles.) I checked, and sure enough our titles from the Tales from the Archives are on there, at a discount, with no consent from us.

Spending a bit longer and digging a little deeper into this site, I discovered something far more serious (if not sinister): You cannot “buy” books from this site. At least not straight away. You “Join Free” and then this vendor contact you with the lowest negotiated price for the book, almost as if it’s a Priceline for eBooks.

I say “almost” because this site strikes me as a potentially dangerous site. Not just for authors, but for readers. Read the rest of this entry

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From the Tales from the Archives and the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences

The Cross of Columba
by Doc Coleman
Amazon – NookSmashwordsKobo

April, 1883. Agent Bryan Teague travels from the London offices to a remote area of Scotland on the call of Lord Pennyfarthing, a self-proclaimed scientist and specialist in ancient and rare fauna. Agent Teague arrives to find his skepticism of Pennyfarthing’s previous follies on finding a traumatised valet and a dying English lord with an incredible fish story…


A Trick of Strong Imagination
by Alyson Grauer
Amazon – Nook — Smashwords — Kobo

Althea Galway, a gifted statistician for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, follows her tedious pursuits for Doctor Sound to a Winter carnival and a strange mystery at its heart. With a dashing illusionist and the memories of her own secretive past with the Traveling Galloway Circus clouding her judgment, she dares to reach beyond her station and discover what is behind the tricks of a trade she knew better than any active field agent.

The Wrong Camera
by Catherine Ford
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Blythe is very excited to receive a camera for her birthday, but finds that gifts can have their price. What she sees through the lens offers a chilling insight into the future that people will kill for and draws the attention of a New Zealand field agent from the Ministry.