More #cockygate

To follow up on yesterday’s post about author Faleena Hopkins trademarking the word “cocky” in order to bring down her competition and force them to remove their books from sale, I’d just like to point out that one thing you can do to help is buy the books of those other authors.

This is not a little Romancelandia drama; it’s something anyone in a creative field should be worried about. If one overreaching author nobody had even heard of until the weekend can inflict this much damage on other people’s careers, imagine how much more harm someone powerful and well-known could do if they decided to go around trademarking common words.

Already, Amazon is taking down authors’ books after threats and complaints from Hopkins, and some can’t even access them to retitle and republish:

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However, in the past couple of days, people in the romance community (and others) have managed to propel one of the victims of Hopkins’ staggering selfishness to the bestseller list.

Hilariously, look how she’s retitled her book!

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Jamila Jasper had previously received threats from Hopkins (notice she didn’t even bother to spell the author’s name correctly):

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How can someone be this perfectly awful? It’s not the sort of thing you usually see in this community, and it goes without saying Hopkins has permanently ruined her brand.

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Fifty Shades is still going…

I honestly forgot about Fifty Shades of Grey, so was surprised to see another film trailer on the television in the last few days. This is the final movie… correct?

I’ve since read a few articles discussing the Fifty fad, and one point comes up time and again: the story – about a kinky billionaire stalking a young woman – seems extra creepy now. This is because the United States now has a lecherous billionaire as President, and the #metoo and other movements have exposed how many men of Christian Grey’s ilk wield their power to become sex abusers.

In the space of only a few years, this series’ always uncomfortable power dynamic is coming off as ten times creepier than before.

So far, early reviews aren’t promising:

The Week: 3rd – 9th October

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Partially storm-damaged – but still pretty – flowers mid-week.

Wow. Something weird happened this week, and my half-done draft of this post went up days ago!

More or less back to proper spring weather here, apart from a freak storm that came rolling in over the mountains with over 100km an hour winds, lasted about ten minutes, and brought down trees everywhere. This year… record low temperatures for the months we were in Europe, and now record storms in Australia when it should be hot…

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Wednesday evening in Canberra

Many have people have died for many terrible reasons this week. Here are a couple of things that haven’t been making many headlines:

Marriage of former nuns saddens Pope, says Vatican Deputy Secretary of State.

The best part was this quote:

‘Federica, 44, comes from Italy and Isabel, 40, comes from South America. They said they could have done what other nuns did and live together in a convent while hiding their relationship, but said this would have been “false”.’

In other words: there’re gay nuns everywhere!

And this little new piece of Putin propaganda:

Giant Putin banner appears on New York’s Manhattan Bridge

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Authors MUST Use Social Media?

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Ellora’s Cave Closing…?

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Coming Up for Joanna Shupe

Baron (The Knickerbocker Club #2) by Joanna Shupe

My review of A Countess for Christmas (Maids Under the Mistletoe #1) by Christy McKellen

A Countess for Christmas (Maids Under the Mistletoe #1) by Christy McKellen

Sarah MacLean: Bashing Romance Novels Is Just Another Form Of Slut-Shaming

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Ellora’s Cave Closing…?

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I’m not going to outline it here, because this is a big, ongoing drama that has been unfolding for years.

However, it seems that revolutionary erotic romance publisher Ellora’s Cave (who invented the – now largely redundant – term “romantica”) is closing. Mind you, if you Google them, the top result is still a call for submissions:

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And apparently authors are being given the option of getting their rights to their books back as long as they give up the money they haven’t been paid.

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Ellora’s Cave has been in all sorts of trouble for a while now, and when Dear Author reported on it a few years ago, they ended up being taken to court over THAT (read it, if you already haven’t).

It’s all a big mess, but head to the big book blogs – and the Twitter hashtag #notchilled – to find out what’s going on.

The Week: 26th September – 2nd October

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Stormy sky on the way home from Queanbeyan, NSW on Friday afternoon.

We had a public holiday on Monday, and I went out to the pub on Friday, so this seemed like a very short week! We have ANOTHER holiday this coming Monday, too!

I spent the public holiday visiting the Australian War Memorial, and then the Kingston Foreshore. It was a nice (if windy) day, but then the craziness started. South Australia had this freak storm, and the entire state lost power – South Australia is 1.5 times the size of Texas. The tail end of the storm reached us a couple of days later, which meant our Floriade spring festival and night festival had to be closed for a couple of days.

This time last year I was in full summer dress!

Congratulations to my cousin, who danced her final National Irish Dance Championships yesterday, held in Hobart this year.

This article disgusts me. Having been to school through the early John Howard years, where public education was stripped and stripped and stripped of money, to the point they couldn’t even afford to maintain the toilets, and all our textbooks were fifteen years out of date hand-me-downs from the private schools… I’m so angry about this:

Some private schools receive nearly three times the funding they are entitled to

In other countries it’s illegal to use government funding for private education!

That’s my rant for the week!

Australian War Memorial Canberra

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Lisa Kleypas’ Upcoming Book

Devil in Spring (2017) (The third book in the Ravenels series) A novel by Lisa Kleypas

The thirty-second anniversary of…

Ghost of a Chance by Jayne Ann Krentz

My review of Dark Fancy (Noble Passions #1) by Sabrina York

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My review of A Fabrication of the Truth by Katie Kaleski

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Elizabeth Gaskell’s Birthday

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So – how did they go?

 I have finished all of the books I listed or discussed as my most anticipated reads of 2016. It was never a comprehensive list, as I tend to read what comes up for review rather than keep track of favourite authors’ newer releases.

Now I have read all of those I mentioned either here or separately – was I disappointed? Not really. Even though I was excited about all of the books below, some I was aware were going to be a little bit of a let-down; it was the series rather than the individual book I was excited about.

There were some great reads, however.

Now, what books are being released in the second half of the year that I have forgotten all about?!

Review: Marrying Winterborne (Ravenels #2) by Lisa Kleypas

Marrying Winterborne (2016) by Lisa Kleypas

Review: Taking Fire (One-Eyed Jacks #4) by Cindy Gerard

Taking Fire (One-Eyed Jacks #4) by Cindy Gerard

Review: One with You (Crossfire #5) by Sylvia Day

One With You by Sylvia Day

Review: The Wicked Duke (Wicked Trilogy #3) by Madeline Hunter

The Wicked Duke (Wicked Trilogy #3) by Madeline Hunter

Review: The Summer Bride (Chance Sisters #4) by Anne Gracie

The Summer Bride (Chance Sisters book 4) by Anne Gracie

Review: Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs

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Review: The Many Sins of Cris de Feaux (Lords of Disgrace #3) by Louise Allen

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Review: The Unexpected Marriage of Gabriel Stone (Lords of Disgrace #4) by Louise Allen

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