Sunday, December 30, 2012
It seems like Forever Amber's new iteration might be RDD books? It is a name being used in AllRomanceEbooks for titles being sold on Amazon by 309 East 83rd Publishing. Except for the multiple foreign language versions (e.g. spanish) which are listed under "rdd books" on Amazon also. (Confused yet? I know I am.)
This same title is, in turn, breaking Amazon policy in that something extremely similar is available for free as written by the real author some time ago (1891, see: "The Power of Mesmerism, A Highly Erotic Narrative of Voluptuous Facts and Fancies" at Project Gutenberg)
Then there is the name of the "author" Stephen A. Heche -- which seems designed to cause confusion with our own Stephani Hecht.
Excerpts show characters referred to by their initials for some reason? And some of the details are rather imperfectly gender-swapped.
Oh, and at least some of the editorial reviews posted seem to be fake, or at least referece review sites that are unknown to Google.
I am sure that in terms of WTF, Forever Amber is a gift that keeps on giving. But I suppose I should start another list of their plagiarizing rampage.
- Compeled by Blood./ Stephen A Heche = The Power of Mesmerism / Anonymous (1891)
- Trapt desire in a Shore House / Bethany Ratner = The Empty House And Other Ghost Storiesby Algernon Blackwood
Friday, December 28, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
...but they don't.
Scarletta Press has a new vanity imprint called, I kid you not, Red Portal Press.
And they specialize in children's fiction.
Friday, December 21, 2012
I find it interesting that, in his attempt to shift attention away from gun control, NRA spokeperson Wayne LaPierre didn't just try to pass blame to movies and violent video games (mainly ones a decade or more old, for some reason). He felt that the best way to show clearly how bad violent fiction was, was to compare it to porn.
"Isn't fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?"
If we are to assume this means they feel guns should be legal, and violent media illegal--what does it say about their attitude to sex fiction? Because it seems to me that he just said that the only tin worse that fantasizing about killing someone, is fantasizing about having sex with them.
Holy red herring, Batman.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Sugar and Spice have posted a front page announcement of a plagiarism issue with one of their titles. The author in question seems to have plagiarized A Harlequin title from the 1990s. Perhaps not anticipating that it would be reissued.
Based on the excerpt provided, the book in question is Too Close for Comfort by Stephanie Morris. To my memory, this is not the first time that romance has been plagiarized and the heroine race-swapped.
Morris is also published by Amira, Phaze, Bookstrand, Red Rose, eXtasy and Class Act Books and self-published. Given some of the Amazon reviews I would suggest those titles might also have some suspicious qualities (e.g. IR where characters are not described, choppy plot).
December 21 update: Phaze has also withdrawn Morris's titles.
- Don't Hide Your Harlequins: In Defense Of Romance-- "I've decided to stop apologizing, though, and I'm no longer ashamed."
- 17-Year-Old Beth Reeks Lands Book Deal After Posting Romance Novel Online -- "The teenager, who lives with her parents in Newport, South Wales has been given a three-book deal even though she hasn't finished her A-Levels".
- E.L. James is USA TODAY's author of the year -- "The series turned the entire erotic-romance category from tepid to torrid"
- Not exactly Enid Blyton! The teenage erotic novels that are flying off the shelves following Fifty Shades phenomenon --"According to the New York Post, teenagers are reading the book unbeknown to their parents and despite 'mature audience' warning stickers placed on many of the hard copies."
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Insatiable Press seems to have a lot of top name authors (Lauren Dane, Sylvia Day, Lorelei James etc). Is this an imprint of an existing press?
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Paramance is the paranormal adventure/romance imprint of Malachite Quills (found 2011). I would suggest taking a wait-and-see approach. It doesn't reek of potential, IMHO.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Harlequin is starting a new digital-first imprint, separate from Carina--and it will release erotic romance.
On the page where they sell a bunch of services, products and probably a slightly used kitchen sink, we find the following:
"Heavy Editing(Includes capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure, story flow, detailed comments with corrections and includes three rounds of all editing services. 50 cents to 1.00 per page depending on the length of the manuscript."
From their Facebook page:
"We are accepting submissions!! Phoenix Fire Publishing is a small press publishing company created by an author for authors. We accept all genre's and provide the best pr for our clients and authors. Please inbox me for any questions you may have."
Needless to say, this is probably one to avoid.
In response to the comments below.
- My quotes were cut-and-paste from the website before it was changed. Any suggestion to the contrary is disingenuous.
- Ms. Jones states that she took an ownership interest ("co-ownership") in Mystic Press within a month of it opening. As such, she took on the responsibilities of the company including payment of royalties. If she did so without having any idea what state the company was in; that is her problem. Mystic should have been formally wound up, right reverted and payments made before she started a new press. Because if you will cut and run once, who says you won't do it again?
- The truth is a rock solid defense against any claims of libel.
[Dec 5, 2012] Author Warns Mystic Press Reopening Under New Name
[Dec 9, 2012] Phoenix Fire Publishing Owner Publishes Fake Customer Testimonials
[Dec 10, 2012] Mystic Press put to rest after True Story now made public.
[Dec 11. 2012] The Real Phoenix , Phoenix Fire Publishing--Avoid It.
[Dec 23, 2012] Phoenix Fire: How to make enemies and create adversaries
Sunday, December 09, 2012
Front porch Romance seems to be a non-erotic romance e-publisher. There is not a lot here to recommend them so far.
The capital letters in the guidelines are suggestive but at least they kept it off the sin list:"All contemporary and mainstream submissions MUST be male/female as hero/heroine."
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
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