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The Review;Caitlin’s Song by John A Heldt by mumjd

Caitlin’s Song by John A Heldt
by mumjd
I was delighted to receive an email from author John Heldt asking me if I would like to review his latest book Caitlin’s Song. This is the fourth title in The Carson Chronicles series, which is a series  that I just can’t get enough of. I’ve really enjoyed the previous three titles and you may see my reviews of those here.
River Rising
The Memory Tree
Indian Paintbrush

To find out more about the author you may visit his website.

Here is the book blurb.

Love, courage, and commitment take center stage as the Carsons, a family of time travelers, continue their saga in the great American West.

For the Carson children, ages 19 to 29, an unplanned stop in 1962 is a chance to grow. Adam, Greg, and Natalie begin lives with new spouses in Boulder, Colorado, while twins Cody and Caitlin get their first taste of college. All plan to resume the search for their missing parents as soon as they can.

For Tim and Caroline Carson, a planned stop in the rendezvous year of 1972 is a nightmare. While reading about their children’s lives in 1962, they learn that one has crossed paths with a killer. Faced with limited options, they race back to the past to reroute history and prevent a series of murders.

In CAITLIN’S SONG, the fourth novel in the Carson Chronicles series, members of a modern family find romance, adventure, and terror as they seek answers and each other in four memorable eras of American history.

To put you in the picture, the time-travelling Carson family have been unsuccessfully trying to reunite with their parents Tim and Caroline in the previous books in 1889, 1918 and 1943. But they have picked up a few significant others en-route from different eras, who are adjusting remarkably well.

But due to a car chase under gunfire at the end of Indian Paintbrush, they entered the portal six hours early and have now ended up in 1962 instead of their planned destination of 1972. They know that they have no chance of finding their parents in 1962, so instead of doing a scattered search like in earlier books, they travel to Boulder, Colorado to settle for a 6 month stay until the winter solstice with Nick’s relatives.

Twins Caitlin and Cody enrol at the college in Boulder, where they both have a ball of a time with new friends and dating, helping Caitlin to come to terms with her bereavement back in 1943. Although why does the Cuban missile crisis not pan out like they all know from history. Has the timeline wobbled? And if so, why?

Meanwhile Tim and Caroline are searching the records and have spotted a news snippet on the car chase and worked out that their children have ended up in 1962 although they have no idea whereabouts. They hire a researcher to do a nationwide search and as they browse the results, first delighting in the news of Natalie’s marriage and Greg’s baby, but then shock, horror at the dreadful news article from December 1962 of a murder in Boulder.

Tim and Caroline’s new plans to hop to 1962 themselves are thwarted by loss of documents. Instead they travel back at the September solstice to 1941, where they hope to prevent a murderer being conceived. Will they be successful? How will things pan out?

Another fantastic story in this great series, which had me on the edge of my seat at times. I just couldn’t put it down. I’m always amazed by the level of detail that John manages to weave into these stories. He is painstaking in his research.

Caitlin’s Song is available on Amazon, currently priced at £3.01 in Kindle format. I was also pleased to see that all four titles are now available in paperback too, as that makes them accessible to a wider audience. Although I love it as part of a series, it also works well as a stand-alone read. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next instalment to be published.

And you may be interested to see my reviews of some of John Heldt’s other titles.
The Mine
Indiana Belle
Hannah’s Moon

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HOW TO COMBAT BOOK PIRACY

How to Combat Book Piracy
Every year, U.S. publishers lose an estimated $80 to $100 million in lost sales due to book piracy. If you’ve self-published a book, you may be worried about what would happen if somebody pirated your work. Take steps in advance to protect your ebook and make it unattractive to pirates. Monitor the internet for your work and immediately report pirated copies you see. Internet book piracy is more of an issue with ebooks, but pirates also will scan print books to make digital copies. So even if your book is only in print, you should still be wary.[1]

Method One of Three:
Protecting eBook Files

1
Encrypt your ebooks. There are encryption programs available for ebooks that will only allow the file to be read by authorized users. This can help prevent transfer of the original file, because the file wouldn’t be readable to anyone but the original purchaser.[2]
This method wouldn’t protect your book if someone wanted to simply make a screen capture of each page and sell that as a pirated copy.
There may be some ebook retailers that don’t support encryption, which could limit the availability of your book.

2
Use secure digital files. Whether you’re publishing a print book or a digital book, make sure all digital files are encrypted and stored securely so they won’t be vulnerable to hackers. You also can lock the files and require a password to access them.[3]
Give your files a code name that only you would understand. Even if your files are hacked, the would-be pirate will have a hard time figuring out which files are your books. For example, if you’ve written an ebook titled “Berry Blue,” you might name the files on your computer “2B41895e.”

3
Add watermarks to track purchased copies. Major publishers are protecting their ebooks with watermarks, and you may have similar security available as a self-publisher, if you can afford the fees for it.[4]
While the watermark technology doesn’t prevent anyone from pirating your book, it does allow you to track the copy and potentially identify the pirate. The watermark isn’t visible, and is more like a tracking code embedded in the book code. Anti-piracy services scan the internet for the code and report when a pirated copy of your book is found.
4
Prohibit file sharing. If you sell an ebook through ebook retailers, such as Amazon, you have the option of allowing people who purchase your book to share it with a friend. If you turn this option off, people won’t be able to share your book.[5]
Prohibiting file sharing is a double-edged sword because you are losing the opportunity to gain a new reader. Someone who borrows a book from a friend may end up buying one of your other books later on, so if you have numerous titles planned, allow file sharing on your early books.
5
Monitor the internet. Even if you have a registered copyright in your work, you’re still responsible for uncovering pirates and enforcing your copyright by filing a lawsuit. Set search alerts for your name and your book’s title to keep informed.[6]
Even if you have alerts set, it’s still a good idea to do some searching yourself once every few weeks. Search not only for your title but also short titles or common misspellings.
If you find any possible pirated copies of your book, do not click any links or try to download the file – the file may be corrupt or have a virus. Rather, take down as much information as you can about the website, make screen caps, and bookmark the page.
6
Market and promote your books. You can combat book piracy simply by putting a lot of effort into marketing and promoting your book. Hold readings and book signings, and participate in reading groups and clubs.[7]
Making yourself available and working to develop a more personal relationship with your readers can help build a loyal following. Blogs and social media accounts are good for this.
Loyal readers who feel they have a personal connection with you will be more likely to buy your books and encourage others to do the same. They also may alert you when they see pirated copies of your book.
7
Offer incentives to readers. As a self-publisher, you have the power to offer special discounts to readers who legitimately purchase your book. You also can provide incentives through an email newsletter.[8]
Advertising these incentives in each copy of your book can turn people who consume a pirate copies into legitimate readers of your work.
For example, you might offer a free bonus story if readers sign up for your email list. Even if someone read a pirated copy of your book, they might have liked it enough to sign up for your email list.
Method Two of Three:
Reporting Pirated Copies
1
Collect evidence of the piracy. If you find a pirated copy of your work, you’ll want to get as much information as possible. Because these pages can be moved or deleted easily, use multiple methods to collect evidence of them.[9]
Take screen caps, write down direct web addresses, and get web archive copies if possible.
Avoid clicking on links as you may infect your computer with a virus. The fact that there’s a link to what they claim to be your book is sufficient evidence.
2
Research the site’s visibility. Dig into the website where you found possible pirated copies of your book and see what you can find out about how much traffic it gets. If it’s a small personal website or blog, you may want to approach it differently than you would if the website was run by a larger corporation.[10]
If the site has an “about” page, you may be able to find information there about how many visitors the website gets each day or each month.
Run a search for the website’s main URL at https://www.prchecker.info/check_page_rank.php for Google PageRank, and at http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo for Alexa Rank. These will give you information on the site’s traffic and how high up the page would appear on search results. This can give you a good idea of how many people potentially have access to the pirated copy of your work.
3
Find the owner of the domain. Look up the website on the WHOIS domain registry at https://whois.icann.org/en. It will tell you who has registered that domain. Provided the owner hasn’t enabled identity-blocking, it will give you their address, phone number, email address, and IP address.[11]
If the domain owner has a security or identity-blocking service enabled, the information you get will be the address and contact information of the domain registrar, not the individual owner. However, you can still use this information to contact the registrar regarding the pirated copies.
4
Send a cease-and-desist letter. If you were able to find the owner of the domain, write a polite letter informing them of the pirated copies of your book available on their website. Take the attitude of assuming that they were unaware of the piracy, and will be willing to work with you.[12]
In your first communication with the website owner, avoid accusing them of stealing your work, and don’t threaten a lawsuit. Simply provide information about the piracy you’ve found and ask them to work with you to rectify the situation.
Give the owner a deadline to respond, but remain informal. For example, you might say “I look forward to putting this matter to rest. Please get back to me within the next two weeks and let me know your plans.”
You may get a response back that is less than helpful. They may blatantly refuse or they may ignore your letter. In that case, you may want to talk to an attorney and send a more formal letter.
5
Notify the site’s DMCA agent. U.S. law requires web hosts, such as WordPress and Tumblr, to have a DMCA agent who can be notified regarding pirated content. If the website is hosted by one of these services, search for a link to a copyright page.[13]
Typically you’ll find a form you can fill out to notify the site’s DMCA agent. You must provide your name, address, and phone number, along with information about the pirated content.
The DMCA agent will review your notice and if they agree with you, they’ll remove the content themselves. You’ll typically hear back from them within a day or two.
6
Contact the domain registrar and hosting company. If you can find the name of the company that registered the domain or provides hosting services for the website, they also may be obligated to take down pirated content.[14]
Companies located in the United States are required to remove pirated content if they are notified of it. Regardless of whether you were able to send a DMCA notice to the site’s DMCA agent, you can send a notice with the same information to the domain registrar and hosting company.
Some of these companies may have a form on their website that you can fill out and submit. Check their website for the name of their DMCA agent or the method for reporting piracy to them.
7
File a report with the payment processing company. Some payment processing companies, such as PayPal, will ban or suspend users who receive money for pirated content. If the website you found is taking money for pirated copies of your work, you can potentially take away their ability to make any money off of it while you evaluate your other options.[15]
Look on the website for logos of payment processing companies they use. Go to that company’s website and look for a legal or copyright link that will give you the information you need to file your report.
8
Follow up on your reports. At this point, you may have notified several different individuals or companies about the piracy of your book. This should be enough to get the pirated content removed, but you have to stay vigilant.[16]
Just because a website or host removes a particular link or page, there’s no guarantee that the pirates won’t simply repost your content. It also won’t stop them from going to another website and uploading the same content there.
Keep up with your monitoring of the internet generally, and revisit sites you’ve reported to make sure the pirated content doesn’t return.
Method Three of Three:
Registering Your Copyright
1
Complete a registration application. If you still aren’t able to get rid of pirated copies of your book on the internet, you can sue the pirates for copyright infringement. Before you can file a lawsuit, though, you have to register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office.[17]
You have a copyright in your work from the moment you write it down – no registration required. But if you want to enforce that copyright to combat book piracy, you do need to go through the formal registration process.
You can find registration applications and instructions on the Copyright Office website at copyright.gov. You don’t need an attorney to register a copyright. The application is simple and you can complete it online in a few minutes.
2
Pay the applicable filing fees. If you’re the only author of your book, you can pay a filing fee of $35 provided you complete your application online. The fee is $55 if you wrote the book with someone else.[18]
When filing online, you can pay using an electronic check or a credit or debit card.
You also have the option of mailing in a paper application. Processing time will be longer, and you’ll have to pay a higher filing fee of $85.
3
Attach deposit copies. Your application must be accompanied by electronic copies of your work, which will be filed with the Library of Congress. The website has a list of acceptable file types that you can submit.[19]
If you send in a paper application, you also must send in hard copies of your work.
4
Request expedited processing. If you already have knowledge that someone has pirated your book and you haven’t yet registered your copyright, you might want to have your application expedited. Otherwise it can take as long as eight months to process.[20]
Expedited processing is only available in limited circumstances, and you’ll have to explain the reasons you believe your situation requires expedited processing. If the Copyright Office agrees to expedite your registration, you must pay an additional $800 fee.
5
Speak to a copyright law attorney. If you’ve exhausted all other options, you may want to consider suing the pirates in court. Find an attorney who specializes in filing copyright infringement lawsuits, and get their opinion on your case.[21]
Some attorneys offer free initial consultations, but a good copyright law attorney may charge a small flat rate even for the initial consultation. In addition, attorneys seldom take copyright infringement cases under a contingency fee arrangement, which means you could spend thousands of dollars on legal fees before you even go to trial.
Federal court proceedings are time-consuming, expensive, and stressful. You should only consider suing pirates for copyright infringement as a last resort, or if they’ve been selling pirated copies of your work and made a lot of money.
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