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Enter Cheryl's deadly 'Create a Corpse Contest'

Ever want to kill someone off--fictitiously, of course? Maybe your school bully, ex-boyfriend, co-worker, boss, teacher etc? Now you can! :-)

From now until July 30th, 2009, you can submit a name (first & last) of someone you know (boss, husband, school bully, ex-friend or yourself), or a fictitious name.

I am looking for a male name, suitable for a 50-ish cigar-smoking man.

On August 1st, 2009, I will select one winner from all the entries… Continue

Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on June 20, 2009 at 12:49pm — No Comments

AMAZON REVIEWS UPDATE: Authors CAN have their book titles in signatures on reviews

So much has happened in the past 24 hours. I have been contacted by authors, author organization reps, reporters, book marketers, bloggers and finally, someone from Amazon. Amazon has been bombarded by emails from authors, orgs, marketers etc, and last night I noticed that Amazon in Seattle had checked out my blog posts. ;-)

Today I received an email from a senior member of the Amazon Communities team. He apologized and stated that my reviews had been reinstated.

I began… Continue

Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on April 7, 2009 at 11:01am — 2 Comments

Amazon is deleting reviews written by authors who include their book title

Since breaking the news yesterday about my battle with Amazon over reviews (ones I wrote on books I'd read) that they deleted (85 reviews) because I included author of Whale Song in my signature line, I've received emails and phone calls from concerned authors, many who tracked me down via the Internet after reading about me on Twitter, The Write Type or John Kremer's Marketing Tips email. Some authors have already discovered missing reviews; some have gone through the same hassle I… Continue

Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on April 6, 2009 at 11:12am — No Comments

SPECIAL OFFER for authors: video press releases

Hello fellow authors and friends:

If you expect to be sending out press releases online between now and December 30th, then please read on for a SPECIAL OFFER from a friend of mine.

I am good friends with one of the partners of Michael and I have worked together in the past and he has been very good to me over the years. In return, I like to send him new clients, particularly because I love their always expanding… Continue

Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on October 4, 2008 at 6:21am — No Comments

Oops, I did it...I mass invited every friend on off with my head!

Yes, I do know about Crimespace's policy on promoting events through mass emails. And I do apologize to everyone here for my recent message blast. Oops.

It seems that as the creator of Canadian Authors Network, I innocently (and yes, it wasn't intentional) sent an invite to a Canadian event to every friend I have on the Ning network, instead of to the Canadian group only.

So go ahead, handcuff me and lock me up. I have the right to remain… Continue

Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on May 23, 2008 at 10:45am — 2 Comments

Memoir Fraud Revealed Yet Again!

When you buy a book, you generally know if it is fact or fiction. In fact, lying about factual book content is a crime. So why do some authors insist on trying to skirt the law with fictitious claims? Over the past 60 years, thousands of authors have claimed to have led fascinating lives and have bared all in gritty, nonfiction memoirs. Yet, some have outright lied.

Who can forget the James Frey scandal that resulted in a public admonishment from Oprah Winfrey?

Or more… Continue

Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on March 11, 2008 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Winners Announced for 'Create a Corpse' Contest

UPDATE: I received so many wonderful entries for my 'Create a Corpse' contest that it was very difficult to pick one name for one corpse. So I decided to pick 3 winners--3 corpses!

(I guess that kind of makes me a serial killer...)

"Deirdre Dailey" is the corpse named by...who else but Deirdre Dailey! Yes, I did have a few brave people who…


Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on January 31, 2008 at 8:26am — No Comments

Whale Song is mandatory reading for residents of a shelter for victims of violence

Because of everything that happened with Alliance for Children's Enrichment (ACE), I was contacted by a few of ACE's board members. One of them is Linda, the Executive Director of Community Welcome House, a shelter in Newnan, Georgia, for women and children who are victims of violence. I received this email from her.


I love the book. I have been reading it in between the business of the Christmas Season which is always tragic for women and children who are…


Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on January 6, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Short story: Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

©2005 Cheryl Kaye Tardif

I always hated camping—the strange lurking noises in the woods, the bloodsucking mosquitoes that voraciously drilled for blood…the thin canvas of a tent that could be so easily slashed by a bear. Then there were the shadows, pervasive and malignant, hovering in every corner.… Continue

Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on November 26, 2007 at 2:18am — 1 Comment

'Create a Corpse' Contest

"I kill people off for a living." That’s what I like to say when someone asks me what I do for a living. You don't want to miss reading the rest of this tongue-in-cheek post about mystery, murder, messages...and corpses. Author Karen Harrington invited me to share a bit about my mystery/suspense novels and while visiting Karen's blog A Writer's Diary, I…

Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on October 11, 2007 at 2:52pm — No Comments

True crime and Whale Song, a novel that is making a difference

The following article recently appeared on Grow Mercy, a wonderful blog by a wonderful and caring person--Stephen Thomas Berg. Stephen invited me to share how Whale Song, my recent novel about love, lies, sacrifice and…


Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on October 10, 2007 at 2:30pm — No Comments

If I did It...Wouldn't I be Crazy to Tell You?

The title of this post refers to the controversial non-fiction title If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer that was written in part by O.J. Simpson and credited to the Goldman Family.

Eric Kampmann, publisher of what many seem to be calling "the O.J. book", spoke recently at the…


Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on September 30, 2007 at 11:15pm — No Comments

Article: Authors Tour the World with Virtual Book Tours by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Over the years, authors who wanted to promote their books directly to the public had one main option; you had to physically travel across the country conducting book signings and readings in various bookstores and praying that people would show up. This meant spending money on flights, hotels, transportation and meals. This traditional type of book tour is expensive and very few publishing companies are willing to pay for them. But now, authors have a new method of ‘touring…


Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on September 13, 2007 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Eavesdropping at Denny's

Today I was writing at my new haunt--the Denny's on 50th St and 25th Ave. My usual writing place--the Cappuccino Affair--may be sold soon and the owner has kind of lost interest, which means that the menu has dwindled to next to nothing and sometimes he isn't even open. Since I like to write for 6+ hours, I need a place where I have a few things to choose from for lunch or supper.

A few weeks ago, I went into Denny's Restaurant and spoke with the…


Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on September 9, 2007 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Last day of Cheryl Kaye Tardif's virtual book tour: read chapter 2 of Children of the Fog

Today marks the end of Cheryl Kaye Tardif's month long virtual book tour.

From Cheryl: I will confess, I am exhausted! It's been a long time since I've written these many articles and answered these many interviews. :) But I had so much fun visiting all of my hosts' wonderful sites, getting to know them and answering questions from visitors via email or comments.

Thank you! You have all made my 'Touring the World' virtual book tour a success! And I look forward…


Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on September 1, 2007 at 10:30am — No Comments

Day 30 of Cheryl's VBT: contest reminder and racial acceptance interview

Two days to go on my 'Touring the World' virtual book tour. Today, I have to remind those of you who ordered Whale Song on August 12th as part of my 44 Prizes contest to remember to email me with your Amazon shipping confirmation. The first 44 emails I receive will WIN FREE BOOKS! For more info, please check my contests page.…


Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on August 31, 2007 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Day 29 of virtual book tour: a peek at Children of the Fog by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Bestselling author Cheryl Kaye Tardif is nearing the end of her 'Touring the World' virtual book tour, so she decided to do something she doesn't usually do. She is giving you a sneak peek at an UNpublished novel, one that she is very excited about and one that Kunati Books is currently considering. If you enjoy it, please sign Cheryl's guestbook and tell her (and her publisher).…


Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on August 30, 2007 at 5:11am — No Comments

Day 28 of VBT: read chapter 3 of Whale Song by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

For the first time, my publisher has allowed me to give you a sneak peek of chapter 3 of my bestselling novel Whale Song, a novel that author New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice called "a compelling story of love and family and the mysteries of the human heart".

Chapter three

I WHIRLED AROUND and saw a girl about my age treading water near the raft. She had black hair braided into two long plaits and dark eyes that stared at me…


Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on August 29, 2007 at 5:00am — No Comments

Day 27: author Cheryl Kaye Tardif visits John Kremer's site with an article on book signings

On day 27 of Cheryl Kaye Tardif's 'Touring the World' virtual book tour, she stops off at John Kremer's site. John is a respected book marketing expert and the author of numerous books including 1001 Ways to Market Your Books. At writers' conferences, he often presents on book marketing, publishing, writing, branding, and more. When John asked Cheryl if she could supply an article on marketing tips, she knew she had the perfect article, especially…


Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on August 28, 2007 at 3:55am — No Comments

Day 25 of virtual book tour: Picture Perfect by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

With one week left of my 'Touring the World' virtual book tour, I want to give you more samples of my work. Today's shocking short is one of my personal favorites, and the first short story of mine that Amazon picked up for their Amazon Shorts program.

So here's a sneak peek...

Picture Perfect…


Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on August 26, 2007 at 2:13am — No Comments

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