Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Boojum Fae

Either it is a website glitch, or the fantasy epublisher Fae Publishing (opened early this year), has  vanished.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Slippery When Wet

Malcolm J Breener has been getting a lot of press for a book about an ostensibly true romance. What makes "Wet Goddess" a little different is that his romantic partner (romantic from his point of view, at least) is a captive dolphin.

I suspect the Amazon reviews make better reading than the book.

Aspen Mountain Press: And so it Goes

September 15
  • Samantha Combs Writes!: A Short and Scary Story--"My first horror novel WAS going to be published on Oct 3, but is now being held hostage at the rapidly disintegrating publishing company Aspen Mountain Press."

September 24

September 25
  • Well Hello There: A Few Thoughts--"It's been a mess, really, and I feel for AMP authors who are still being held hostage over there."

September 26
  • Writer Beware Blogs!: Trouble at Aspen Mountain Press--"For a number of weeks now, I've been hearing from authors and staff about major troubles with AMP."

Friday, September 23, 2011

Another classy move from the Retailer Formerly Known as Borders

Despite having a policy to the contrary, Borders is selling their customers emails, addresses and purchasing history data to the highest bidder.  (Another good reason for my loyalty-program-free lifestyle and give companies only the data they really need to complete a purchase). I am not that thrilled with Barnes and Noble as the potential purchaser of the data either. They seem to be edging towards a quasi-monopoly position.

Edited to add: Apparently the judge takes the privacy issue seriously. Score one for the judge.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Five star sell-outs

Mrs G points out just how overt some people are about 'working' the review system at Amazon. There is a forum full of people just begging to shill for you at $5 a pop.

I particularly like this one.  The poster offers to whore out his 5-star praise and ends "no erotica please".  Because, y'know, he has standards.

On person offers to review as three different people. Another says, with no apparent irony: "Positive reviews will help your product credibility."   

I know how "credible" I would judge any book carrying reviews by these rent-a-fans.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

There are a lot of good names for a cowboy romance hero....

...but IMHO "Cougar" is not one of them. Because, I dunno, Cougar + Double D just doesn't sound all that macho to me....

Monday, September 19, 2011


So I have a review copy of the femdom anthology "Please, Ma'am", which is fun (more about that later).  But all the stories are male point-of-view. Does anyone out there know of some female POV femdom, preferably romance?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


So the .xxx registry is open, an online  suffix specifically for adult entertainment. I do wonder if, somewhere down the line, there will be an effort to sweep everything erotic into the zone? Journalists seem to think of dotXXX purely in terms of "porn" as it is traditionally conceptualized (videos of pneumatic blondes etc). But these lines tend to get very rapidly blurred when black and white categories come into play. (Right now I bet the biggest money maker is from brands buying their domain to prevent someone else from using it.)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Is this a sign of the impending apocalypse?

Harper Collin's in their infinite wisdom, have decided that what the world needs right now is a "contemporary reworking" of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility to be written by Joanna Trollope.  This the the first of six novels based on Austen by big name authors that willl "reimagine the books in a contemporary setting".

Which sounds, to me, about as brilliant as Disney's idea to retell the stories of Agatha Christie's Mrs Marple in a modern American setting and cast 38-year-old Jennifer Garner as the lead. Yes, a young gorgeous American Mrs Marple (totally missing the entire fucking reason the originals are great, isn't it?).

Which is to say, it may make money, but also seems to slot somewhere between plague and pestilence when it comes to the well being of or literary heritage (or, indeed, fostering our contemporary talent--you know, the ones with their own damn stories to tell rather than just re-masticating the classics).

Monday, September 12, 2011

Ebook Eros

It looks like there is a new ebook store in town, specializing in erotic fiction.

Ebook Eros bills themselves as the "World's Largest Erotic Ebook Store"--whatever that means.

(How would you measure that?)

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Tuesday, September 06, 2011


Borders continues to be a class act (not). The executives who drove it into the ground still want their bonuses.

Sunday, September 04, 2011


Hopefully not the heroes nickname

Who are they kidding?

A survey of 58% romance novelists rank hygiene over good looks, confidence and being good in bed. So, if 40% of authors think being good in bed is not important; let's say they can take it or leave it. That would suggest about 20% of romance novels should be about heroes that don't tick that box. Uh-huh.