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Jeff Rivera

‘Forever My Lady’ is Free eBook Today

Forever My Lady by Jeff Rivera is today’s Free eBook of the Day.

The romance novel is a story of redemption. Check it out: “Dio Rodriguez grew up on the streets and knew all too well the hard, cool feeling of the barrel of a gun tucked down the back of his jeans. But his hard exterior softened when he met Jennifer. Jennifer understands Dio like no one else and makes him want to be a better man. Suddenly a drive-by shooting lands Dio in a prison boot camp and sends Jennifer to the hospital. When Dio learns that Jennifer is pregnant, he realizes that he must find a way to turn his life around and return to his lady. But can trainee Rodriguez get his act together among the hardcases in prison? And will Jennifer be waiting for him if and when he does?”

Amazon has the eBook available as a free download April 2-4th.

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Huffington Post Meets Publishers Weekly with The Gatekeepers Post

The publishing industry is a startups market, and its transformation is worth watching with a bucket of popcorn. Jeff Rivera, the book publishing executive and author (Forever My Lady,Warner Books, 2007, etc.) who also writes for our sister blog, GalleyCat, has announced the launch of a new online community for the book publishing industry. The Gatekeepers Post features book-centric reviews, headlining news, articles and op-ed pieces, as well as virtual panel discussions and online conferences.

“I’m a news junkie,” Rivera told mbStartups, but he found that publishing didn’t make the headlines as often as other industries, despite the rise of eBooks and other game-changing events. When he found himself arguing with his editors about semi-colons more often than major industry trends, Rivera decided to take action.

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Jeff Rivera Discusses His New eBook Community Site

Author Jeff Rivera has launched a new community website devoted to all things digital publishing. The site aims to be a cross between the Huffington Post and Publishers Weekly for the book world. We caught up with Rivera to discuss the new site. Editor’s update: Rivera is a GalleyCat contributor.

EBN: Why did you decide to launch the Gatekeepers site?
JR: This is the most important time in book history. What happens in the next few years will either make or break what the industry has been creating for the last 100 years. It is time for our community to work together, to communicate, to exchange our ideas and truly connect. My hope is that The Gatekeepers Post is a significant part of that.

EBN: How does it work?
JR: I personally hand-selected each of the Gatekeepers so when readers go to it in February, they know that the voices that are blogging on the site are respected, trusted and knowledgeable.  To have the caliber of people we have involved is mind-blowing to me and I’m so proud.  If you can imagine The Huffington Post meets Publishers Weekly then you’ll have a good idea what our community is about.  Vetted agents, editors, publicists, librarians, booksellers, book club leaders, A-list authors like Zane, Alisa Valdes Rodriguez, (both of whom are on our editorial advisory board) Jeff Kinney and others all blogging about what’s happening today in publishing. But there’s so much more and we encourage book lovers and the industry to participate in the conversations.
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CSI’s Anthony Zuiker Explores Digital Interactive Storytelling

CSI creator Anthony Zuiker sees a future in interactive digital publishing. The writer/producer recently released his latest digital book Dark Prophecy: Level 26, which is Zuiker’s second foray into what he is calling the “digi-novel — a fusion of interactive and traditional reading.” Readers can follow the story through film, social media, mobile apps, and the traditional printed page.

He explains his approach in his latest interview with GalleyCat’s Jeff Rivera titled “Hey, How’d You Spin an Interactive Novel from the CSI Brand?”

Zuiker says: “During the writer’s strike, we had some downtime. I always loved the publishing business and so I decided to create Dark Prophecy as a digi-novel. I’ve been so infatuated with technology and I want to incorporate publishing, motion pictures and the social communities wrapped into one experience in terms of the ultra level of convergence in entertainment. So, with the digi-novel there are a couple of things I wanted to accomplish: 1) to be able to read a book cover-to-cover to maintain the traditional experience; 2) With every 25 pages that you read, you would have an option to log into a website, enter a code, and watch a piece of the motion picture footage to sort of bridge you from one chapter to another. There’s about 20 of those in book one; and 3) When it was over with, you’d be able to join the Level26.com social community to have direct access to Anthony Zuiker and have extra content in blogs, profile pages and etc. for levels of engagement.”

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