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Private policy regarding newsletter

May 21st 2018


For anyone who subscribes to my newsletter, here are my private policy info and terms:

It is Kimberly Giarratano’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information she may collect from you or which you may provide to her, in the circumstances set out below. Accordingly, she has developed this privacy policy in order for you to understand how she collects, uses, communicates, discloses, safeguards and otherwise makes use of your personally identifiable information (“Personal Data”).
We will only collect and use your Personal Data where:
• we have lawful grounds to do so, including to comply with our legal obligations;
• we are performing a contract with you for our services; and
• we have legitimate interests in using your Personal Data and your interests and fundamental
rights do not override those interests.
For the purposes of the EU General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (“GDPR”), Kimberly Giarratano is the “data controller”. If you have any questions about this policy or about how we use your Personal Data, please contact us via our contact details at the end of this policy.
This policy is effective as of 21 May 2018. Please check this page frequently to ensure you are familiar with its current content.

1. Personal Data that you provide to us:
We only collect Personal Data where you choose to interact with us on the Website in the following ways:
When you sign-up to:
• receive free content, including
eBooks, videos and offers;
• Email address
• First name
• Last name
When you purchase a book directly from us
• Name
• Email address
• Phone number
• Any Personal Data which you
provide to us in the free text box
of the form
Data that she collects automatically:
She automatically collects certain information when you visit her Website – such as the type of browser and operating system you are using, and the domain name of your Internet service provider. She does not link this information with any Personal Data.
She may also collect data automatically through use of cookies on the Website.

2. Use of your Personal Data
She will only use your Personal Data when the law allows her to. Most commonly, she uses your Personal Data to:
• process and manage your use of our website;
• respond to your questions, comments and requests;
• where you have opted-in to receive marketing from us, deliver communications that are
relevant to your preferences / may be of interest to you;
• improve our services and Website through analysis of information

3. Sharing of your Personal Data
She takes your privacy seriously and will not share your Personal Data with others, except as permitted by applicable law or as set out below:
She shares Personal Data as necessary with third parties who provide services or functions on her behalf and who require the information to provide those specific services to her. These third parties may include social media advertising platforms such as Facebook and Google Adwords for the purpose of custom audience generation and the development of targeting criteria for other audiences. Please note that we have appropriate data privacy safeguards in place with third parties with whom we share Personal Data as described above and who are providing services or functions on our behalf.

4. Keeping your Personal Data secure
She has implemented security policies and technical measures to safeguard the Personal Data she collects. She maintains physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with applicable law, including the GDPR, to safeguard Personal Data from accidental loss, destruction or damage and unauthorised access, use and disclosure.

5. Retention periods for use of your Personal Data
She will use and store your Personal Data only for as long as necessary, bearing in mind the uses of your Personal Data as described in this privacy policy and otherwise as communicated to you. She reviews the Personal Data we hold at regular intervals and delete permanently or anonymise any Personal Data which is no longer necessary.

6. Children
This Website and our services are aimed at adults, and she does not knowingly collect any Personal Data relating to children aged under 15 years old. If you are under the age of 15, please do not provide any of your Personal Data, including your email address.

7. Access to and control over your Personal Data
You have legal rights under applicable law in relation to your Personal Data. You can ask the following questions, or take the following actions, at any time by contacting us via email or via our postal address:
• see what Personal Data she holds about you (if any), including why we are holding it and who it could be disclosed to;
• ask her to change/correct your Personal Data;
• ask her to delete your Personal Data;
• object to the processing of your Personal Data;
• ask her to restrict the processing of your Personal Data • withdraw any consents you have given us to the processing of your Personal Data; and
• express any concerns you have about third parties’ use of your Personal Data.

8. Change of purpose
She will only use your Personal Data for the purposes for which she collected it, unless she reasonably considers that she needs to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to have an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact her.
If she needs to use your Personal Data for an unrelated purpose, she will notify you and she will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

9. Contact her
Kimberly Giarratano kggiarratano at gmail dot com


What I’m watching: Eyewitness on USA

October 23rd 2016

Let’s be honest, I have been a real shitty blogger lately. I blame part of that on the fact that I blog for two great group sites (Across the Board & Mysteristas) and all my good blogging topics go to them. The other part, well, I get lazy. I’d rather be watching TV than writing a blog post. I’d rather be watching TV than doing almost anything. Because I freaking love TV. Is it not the golden age of television right now? I credit Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu for forcing the cable networks to step up their game.

Because even TBS, TNT, and now USA are putting out really great shows. I remember, once upon a time, there was no cursing or sex on basic cable. Now, Samantha Bee is dropping asshole and bullshit on Full Frontal, although still no fucks. Maybe in a few years.

PSA: Watch Animal Kingdom on TNT. It’s a John Wells show (same guy responsible for Shameless, ER, Southland). It’s fucking amazing. It’s about a crime family in Southern California led by a manipulative, incestuous matriarch. I can’t wait for Season 2.

Which brings me to today’s topic: Eyewitness on USA Networks. It’s a 10-episode series, based off a Norwegian show, about two teen boys who witness a crime in a sleepy, Upstate New York town. You can stream the first episode on USA’s website and watch the rest on the cable channel on Sunday nights. (I’m DVRing the show.) Catherine Hardwicke, who you might know from directing Twilight, directed a few of the episodes. And you can tell because the show has those muted, dark colors like the movie. Even the woodsy Hudson River valley has a similar vibe to the Pacific Northwest. It’s all very atmospheric for a crime drama.

For me, the best part of the series is the romantic relationship between the two boys because I am currently writing a YA mystery featuring two gay leads. In the show, Philip is openly gay and Lukas is not. This poses a problem when the boys, who were making out in a secluded cabin, witness a murder. Lukas is fearful he’ll be found out while Philip is struggling to hide what he knows from his foster mom, who is also the town sheriff.

Anyway, watch it, love it. Thank me later.

What are you watching?


YA Scavenger Hunt 2016

March 29th 2016

What up, y’all. Or yous guys. I’m Kimberly G. Giarratano (my author friends call me KGG) and I’m a YA mystery writer. I’m participating in the Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt. I’m on Team GREEN — the perfect color for spring. YA_ScavengerHunt_ColourLogo_CMYK-01

This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! 

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This year there are 9 teams of 20 authors! Lots of goodies going around.

I’ve hidden my favorite number in this post in GREEN and I’m doing my own special, separate giveaway. Check out the Gleam widget in the post.


I’m delighted to host Tanya Lisle!

Tanya’s bonus content is a deleted scene! Always fun. Some of my best writing are scenes that didn’t make it into the book. I bet I have over 14 (wink wink) deleted scenes in various folders.

Tanya Lisle
Tanya Lisle is a novelist from Vancouver, British Columbia. Publishing several novels annually, she writes in a variety of genres from young adult urban fantasy to post-apocalyptic science fiction. When she isn’t writing, she is either working as a web developer or working on a variety of game projects.

Find out more information by checking out her website or find more about the author’s book in the following places:

Goodreads | Amazon

White Noise
After an unusual day at school of mute goth kids, disappearing acid burns and the feeling of someone hunting for him, Max just wants to unwind at home. When a stranger appears in his room and abducts him, he witnesses the murder of his parents and becomes the prime suspect.

Max soon finds himself on the run with several other abducted teens, all being hunted down because they’ve developed unnatural powers. Even with his new allies and new found ability to heal, Max can’t get too comfortable. He knows that the people looking for him are still out there – and they’re closing in.

Exclusive Content

Running. She had to keep running.

Jaime’s feet pounded against the cobblestone streets and she wove through the sparse Thursday evening crowd, many of them looking angrily around unable to figure out what had just brushed past them. Jaime knew none of them could see her, at least, and none of them did more than look around for a moment before going about their own business.

It would have been infuriating if she wasn’t terrified. None of them knew she was there, so how did he? Who was he? This strange boy that could see her and was now chasing her down, he shouldn’t be able to see her either. But he moved too fast, vanishing from one spot and appearing in front of her a moment later.

The first time Jaime saw him, he was with others. There were five of them in total, all looking at one another angrily and saying nothing. They would gesture now and then, but it wasn’t until one of them caught on fire that she realized just how wrong they were. That, and when this one looked directly at her.

That boy was ahead of her again, turning a corner ahead, ready to try to grab her again. Jaime took a hard left into the nearest door she could find. She’d been running for what felt like days now and it had done nothing to throw him off, so it was time to try another tactic. Hiding in sight. People saw him and not her, after all.

She walked into a restaurant, the door closing behind her. The smell of beef broth permeated the air of the small pho restaurant, little more than a hole in the wall with very limited places for anyone to sit. The dinner rush had not begun yet, though it was already beginning to fill.

Jaime took a seat at one of the tables, trying her best to blend in while trying to catch her breath. She put her head down on the table, gulping down air and the smell of food around her as people chittered on in a mix of languages she couldn’t quite make out. Her stomach grumbled, starving from the run and the fear, but she didn’t dare take anything and draw attention to herself. Not yet.

She finally looked up and jumped, seeing the boy now sitting across from her. She looked around wildly, but it seemed that no one else even batted an eye that this boy was there. The woman behind the counter looked at him and frowned, her fingers lingering over the menu and debating whether she wanted to bring it to the table. He didn’t notice, his eyes on Jaime alone and a careful smile across his chapped lips.

Jaime tried to get up, already on her toes under the table and ready to run, but it felt like something was holding her down in place. She felt like she was running again, her heart pounding in her chest and her breathing becoming difficult.

Was he doing this? It had to be him. There was no one else who could possibly be doing this. But he wasn’t even looking at her when he did it, his eyes looking around everywhere in front of him and trying to figure out where she was.

But if he couldn’t see her, then how?

It was impulse that made her decide to become visible again. She thought about screaming and causing a scene, to bring the other people in the place to her aid. Really, though, she was tired from running and she wanted to know who this boy who’d been chasing her down even was.

His eyes lit up at the sight of her. Good to see you, his fingers said as they moved. The movements were clumsy and confused, but Jaime understood what he meant by them. Sign language. It was… sign language?

The fear was rapidly being replaced with curiosity as she looked at him. He was hopeful as he tried to move his hands, though it was clear that his hands were not quite moving as he wanted them to.

“Who are you?” she asked out loud, her hands moving to match her words.

Luke, he said. Nice to meet you.

YASH Giveaway

Thanks for stopping by! Your next stop on this hunt is Michelle Madow. You’re in for a treat — her covers are beautiful!


What am I doing?

March 11th 2016

What am I doing lately?

Answer: writing. And planning.

Or trying to. Since I won Kindle Scout, I’ve hustled to finish a really crappy first draft of a new cozy mystery series with a curmudgeony protagonist based on my dad. I started working on a New Adult mystery serial set in the 90s. Sort of a Veronica Mars meets My So-Called Life. I’m 10K words into that project and loving it. It’s very freeing to write short episodes. If I’m smart, I’ll write the whole serial in one go and then release it every two weeks. Smart, being the key word.

Since I went on a writing retreat — an overnight at The Inn at Pocono Manor — and wrote 11K words in 30 hours, I have been making a habit to draft every day. I’m averaging 1500 words a day, but I’ll have to increase that output if I’m to compete in Camp NaNoWriMo in April. I’m writing Book 2 in the Cayo Hueso Mystery series. If Amazon puts Dead and Breakfast on a promo in the summer, I’d like to have it drive sales to the self-published sequel.

I am quite ambitious this year. I’d like to show my husband that I can turn a profit on my books. At least a small one. He’s very supportive, but money talks. Let’s hope it’s an exceptionally chatty year.

Total aside: If you’re a mystery lover, you must watch Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix. It’s crazy good. I wrote a blog post about my devotion to the show on the Mysteristas blog. You can read it here. I’m reading the books (by Kerry Greenwood) now and they’re sooooo good. The books are different from the show, so by all means, watch and read both. It won’t feel redundant.


Dead and Breakfast and Kindle Scout

January 23rd 2016

Good news — Dead and Breakfast was selected by Kindle Scout and will be published by Kindle Press! In early December, I decided to hold off publishing the book, and instead submitted it to Kindle Scout. Kindle Scout is Amazon’s crowd-sourcing publishing arm. Authors submit publish-ready  manuscripts with cover art to the site. The book is listed for 30 days, and during that time authors are to campaign for nominations, thus earning them spots on the Hot and Trending list.

I blogged about the experience here and here. But long story short, I get a $1500 advance and Amazon springs for another round of editing. I make no money on my books, so $1500 is a big deal. It will pay for the cover art and editing for the entire trilogy.

After waiting 12 days, I was notified last Wednesday. And by notified, I saw my book cover on the website. I got the email a little while after. I’m very excited and I hope D&B is published late March or early April. That’s much later than I ever intended, but better to have a great book than a quick one. Stay tuned.

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