The latest in the current plagiarism drama.

Edited to add a link to a lengthy article covering this in detail, if you have the time to read it.

Here’s an updated look at what Cristiane Serruya has plagiarised. The list of books/articles/etc. she has stolen from keeps on growing,

For heaven’s sake, she even plagiarised Outlander!

What is so incredible is that she got away with it for so long. It is also incredible that so many book bloggers – people who should have recognised these original books – were giving her four and five-star reviews and not even noticing!

Also incredible: Serruya was not only entered in the RITA Awards, but was a judge!

Cristiane Serruya has plagiarism scandal 1

Cristiane Serruya has plagiarism scandal 2

Plagiarism Update

Yesterday, I mentioned that Courtney Milan was plagiarised. Well, that was just the tip of the iceberg.

Here is the current list of (known) people “author” Cristiane Serruya has stolen from. Only the biggest authors in the business!

I’d say I’m shocked by her boldness, but she has got away with this for ages, AND even entered her books in the RITA Awards – the biggest romance writing awards around.

Here's an updated list of the authors who've reported being plagiarised by Cristiane Serruya or had recipes stolen from their books.

The Week: 23rd – 29th July

Friday afternoon drinks on the patio near the lake at the National Library. Canberra put on a sunny and surprisingly warm day. It was a gorgeous end to the week.

Australian Parliament from the car on Friday afternoon.

There was a terrible fatal accident involving a truck, three cars, and many people right near where I live yesterday morning. It’s on a patch of the Monaro Highway where, recently, I’ve seen a car run off into a paddock, a huge truck overturned, and, a few weeks ago, it was the exact spot we nearly got cleaned up by an aggressive male driver who ran a red light several seconds after ours turned green. And that’s before mentioning the endless kangaroos/foxes/wombats/possums that have been hit by vehicles and now line either side of the road.

We had to drive past the scene yesterday (and will have to travel past there twice today), and it wasn’t a pretty sight.

The Monaro Highway is the thoroughfare for interstaters going to and from the Snowy Mountains, the country, and Sydney, and is also where all the reckless ute-driving workmen (who’ve never met a road rule they won’t break) travel from early morning through to late afternoon.

I had a lot of posts this week, with all the news floating around!

#Cockygate Resolved

Tara Crescent Cockygate Resolved Thank You

The Bridgertons are coming to television!

bridgerton

RITA Awards 2018

Forbidden River (The Legionnaires #2.5) by Brynn Kelly

A Buffy Remake?

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Dear Canberra Writers’ Festival: Barnaby Joyce is NOT a writer, and you know it

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The Trump Effect on Books

Tessa Dare Donald Trump Paper Costs Canada Trade War 1

Roswell Trailer

Roswell New Mexico 2018

On this day: Prisoners of War in Ukraine

20th Anniversary of Ever After

RITA Awards 2018

So, the RITA Awards were on again a few days ago, and as usual I haven’t read most of the nominees or winners.

However, Brynn Kelly’s excellent Forbidden River won in the novella category, and I thought I’d draw your attention to it again (my review is in the link above).

Other winners HERE.

Forbidden River (The Legionnaires #2.5) by Brynn Kelly

At the end of the earth, they’ll play a dangerous game…

French Foreign Legionnaire Cody Castillo—“Texas” to his fellow commandos—is an adrenalin-junkie. Chasing deadly thrills is his only reprieve from a bloodstained past he can’t forget. But when he finds himself caught in a mass murderer’s crosshairs in the lonely wilds of New Zealand, he finds an unexpected and intriguing ally.

Ex-air force pilot Tia Kupa has always found safety in nature, until a killer turns the wilderness into a playground. In this life-or-death game, the guarded woman who lives by the rules must rely on a risk taker with a death wish. The sexy devil-may-care legionnaire may be the wrong guy for her, but desire is just as primal as terror. Even if they outrun a predator, they can’t escape the sizzling bond neither of them saw coming.

The Week: 31st July – 6th August

Winter morning…

Wednesday Sunset

Well, another crazy week in this crazy world. I can’t even be bothered getting into it! We’ve all gone insane.

However, everyone should watch Opera Versus Trump.

I am off to Spain in exactly one week, and will be gone a month. Am I packed? No. Have I wrapped everything up? No. I planned to be ready ages ago, and of course that never happened! 🙂 It didn’t help I’ve had a bad cold all week (or maybe that’s just a very convenient excuse!).

Because we’ve had some major terrorism threats in Australia in the past couple of weeks they’ve upped all our airport security to a point it’s going to be a nightmare next weekend. Our trip will involve flying Canberra to Sydney, to Thailand, to Dubai, to Spain. The stop in Thailand is just half an hour or so, but they make you get off the plane and go through two security checks – just to get back on the same plane again!

My brother is in Croatia, heading to Italy soon. He has to fly home through Doha, which has just been made a lot more interesting with the Gulf blockade on Qatar!

As I said: the world has gone insane. 🙂

RITA Winners

My review of Wedded for the Baby (Stand-In Brides #2) by Dorothy Clark

On My Radar

Resistance is Futile

 The Twentieth Anniversary of Stuart Diver’s Rescue

Thredbo Landslide. 2nd August 1997. This photograph was taken moments after Stuart Diver was freed from the rubble after spending 65 hours buried in the rubble. Mr Diver lost his first w

RITA Winners

Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the winners of the 2016 RITA® and Golden Heart® Awards on July 16 in San Diego, California.

I’m a little late with this, but the winners of the Golden Heart and RITA Awards were announced over the weekend.

As always, I seem not to have read any of these books…

You can read more HERE.

Best First Book Winner

Once and For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison Cheryl Etchison Once and For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison
Avon, ImpulsePriyanka Krishnan and Rebecca Lucash, editors

Contemporary Romance: Long Winner

Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan Sarah Morgan Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

Harlequin, HQN

Flo Nicoll, editor

Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length Winner

Carolina Dreaming by Virginia Kantra Virginia Kantra Carolina Dreaming by Virginia Kantra

Berkley Publishing Group

Cindy Hwang, editor

Contemporary Romance: Short Winner

Christmas on Crimson Mountain by Michelle Major Michelle Major Christmas on Crimson Mountain by Michelle Major

Harlequin, Special Edition

Gail Chasan, editor

Erotic Romance Winner

Off the Clock by Roni Loren Roni Loren Off the Clock by Roni Loren

Penguin Random House, Berkley

Kate Seaver, editor

 

Historical Romance: Long Winner

No Mistress of Mine by Laura Lee Guhrke Laura Lee Guhrke No Mistress of Mine by Laura Lee Guhrke

Avon Books

Erika Tsang, editor

 

Historical Romance: Short Winner

A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen Kelly Bowen A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen

Grand Central Publishing, Forever

Alex Logan, editor

 

Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance

The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel Weina Dai Randel The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel

Sourcebooks, Landmark

Shana Drehs and Anna Michels, editors

 

Paranormal Romance Winner

The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy Jeffe Kennedy The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy

Kensington Publishing Corp.

Peter Senftleben, editor

Romance Novella Winner

Her Every Wish by Courtney Milan Courtney Milan Her Every Wish by Courtney Milan

Self-published

Lindsey Faber, editor

Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements

My Hope Next Door by Tammy L. Gray Tammy L Gray My Hope Next Door by Tammy L. Gray

Amazon, Waterfall Press

Amy Hosford, editor

Romantic Suspense Winner

Repressed by Elisabeth Naughton Elisabeth Naughton Repressed by Elisabeth Naughton

Montlake Publishing

Charlotte Herscher and Christopher Werner, editors

Young Adult Romance Winner

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout Jennifer L Armentrout The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Harlequin, HQN Teen

Margo Lipschultz, editor

 

 

2017 Golden Heart Winners

Contemporary Romance Winner

Penelope Leas “No Man Left Behind” by Penelope Leas

Contemporary Romance: Short Winner

Susannah Erwin “Job Opening: Billionaire’s Wife” by Susannah Erwin

Historical Romance Winner

Christina Britton “With Love in Sight” by Christina Britton

Paranormal Romance Winner

Kari W Cole “Constant Craving” by Kari W. Cole

Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements Winner

Pamela Ferguson “Wings of Love” by Pamela Ferguson

Romantic Suspense Winner

Meta Carroll “Semper Fi” by Meta Carroll

Young Adult Romance Winner

Jennifer Camiccia “Listen” by Jennifer Camiccia

The Week: 20th – 26th March

Canberra’s sky this week.

We started the week so well! Temperatures in the 30s, sunny days. And then the rain hit. It’s so odd to have rain in Canberra at all, let alone a number of days in a row.

Friday evening.

The first Formula One race of the year is on in Melbourne this weekend, and it is the first time in about a decade I haven’t gone. We gave up our (crazy-expensive) premium seats after the race last year. The corruption in the sport was a real turn-off. Little did anyone know that new managers would sweep in and fire sleazy, misogynistic, Putin-loving boss Bernie Ecclestone soon afterwards!

However, all those thousands once spent on the F1 can now go to more trips to Europe!

There is something stirring in Belarus. If there’s one country in Europe people care even less about than Ukraine, it’s their neighbour. On Saturday there were protests; there’ve been mass arrests in Minsk – demonstrators and journalists alike (it is estimated about one thousand people were arrested); the riot police were out in force. The country’s opposition leader was arrested shortly before the protests began, and one woman was even put in a mental hospital for daring to protest.

This is Soviet-level stuff.

It looks like the stirrings of the 2013-14 revolution in Ukraine. Frightening, but important.

in other news, this story (below) yesterday was… even after reading it, I still don’t understand:

Naked demonstrators kill sheep under Auschwitz gates

Estonian children in a forced settlement in Siberia in 1952.

Yesterday was the anniversary of the beginning of the Kremlin’s mass deportation of 90 000 Baltic people (mostly women and children). They were sent to forced settlements in inhospitable parts of Russia, and most were never able to return.

I was on Westminster Bridge only three or so weeks ago (the photo above is from this month). The terror attack this week was… not unexpected. Sadly, I’m surprised it has been so long since something like this happened in London.

Some people have been saying: ‘Why should we care so much about London? How about (insert world conflict here)?’

Um… as if anybody cares about Yemen etc. any other day of the week! I wish they did!

People are allowed to care about London AND other things!

However, while everyone was distracted by London, Russia did some absolutely awful things in Ukraine this week. They assassinated a Russian Putin critic in the middle of Kyiv in broad daylight. They blew up the Ukrainian army’s biggest and most important munitions factory (the image above), heavily hampering their ability to fight the invasion. They killed more people in their war.

^^^^

This is an amazing – and funny – account mocking Putin, and if you have Twitter, you should follow it. Last year, the Kremlin actually bribed Twitter to ban it for a while – so much for freedom of speech! So they deserve support.

It seems bizarre that this week the US and the UK decided to put bans on electronics on aeroplanes, citing the need to stop terror attacks. The following day, a home-grown terrorist committed the London attack – without a Kindle, a laptop, a camera, OR a plane. Me not being able to take my Kindle when I fly through the Middle East twice more this year sure didn’t stop what happened in Westminster.

Travel is becoming exhausting. The ridiculous liquids ban on international flights was meant to have been lifted years ago. Instead, here we all are, still carrying lip gloss in little ziplock bags for no particular reason, and now we can’t even read a book during our flight!

I had to go through airport security FIVE times just to get home a few weeks ago. I wish there was a way I could do aeroplane-free travel, but it’s a bit of a problem, living on an island!

O-kay… I think the ranting is done for the moment.

Jugiong Writers’ Festival last weekend.

My review of The Prodigal Son (A Rowland Sinclair Novella) by Sulari Gentill

RITA Nominees Announced

A Visit to Charles Dickens’ House

Romance without feminism is no longer an option.

Monday Randomness

RITA Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 2017 “Oscars” of romance fiction have been announced. The list is below. I recognise one of the books listed there as something I picked up in the past year – ONE. As prestigious as the awards are, I really do question some of the RWA’s decisions.

I’m sure that there are many brilliant books there, however!

2017 RITA Finalists


Best First Book

Alterations by Stephanie Scott
Bloomsbury, Spark
Meredith Rich, editor

Before Goodbye by Mimi Cross
Amazon, Skyscape
Miriam Juskowicz, editor

Close to You by Kara Isaac
Howard Books
Beth Adams, editor

The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
HarperTeen
Annie Berger, editor

Once and For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison
Avon, Impulse
Priyanka Krishnan and Rebecca Lucash, editors

Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods
Penguin Random House, Crown BFYR
Emily Easton, editor

 


Contemporary Romance: Long

Always a Bridesmaid by Lizzie Shane
Self-published
Kristan Andrews, editor

Hot in Hellcat Canyon by Julie Anne Long
Avon Books
May Chen, editor

Make Me Sin by J. T. Geissinger
Montlake Publishing
Maria Gomez, editor

Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan
Harlequin, HQN
Flo Nicoll, editor

Pansies by Alexis Hall
Riptide Publishing
Sarah Lyons, editor

Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne
Harlequin, HQN
Gail Chasan, editor

Tender Is the Night by Barbara Freethy
Hyde Street Press

 


Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length

Back in the Saddle by Karen Templeton
Harlequin, Special Edition
Gail Chasan, editor

Barefoot at Midnight by Roxanne St. Claire
Self-published
Kristi Yanta, editor

Carolina Dreaming by Virginia Kantra
Berkley Publishing Group
Cindy Hwang, editor

Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
Self-published

Lone Heart Pass by Jodi Thomas
Harlequin, HQN
Brittany Lawery and Susan Swinwood, editors

Off the Hook by Laura Drewry
Penguin Random House, Loveswept
Junessa Viloria, editor

Once and For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison
Avon, Impulse
Priyanka Krishnan and Rebecca Lucash, editors

Tell Me How This Ends by Victoria De La O
St. Martin’s Press, Swerve
Eileen Rothschild, editor

The Turning Point by Marie Meyer
Grand Central Publishing, Forever Yours
Megha Parekh, editor

Wanderlust by Roni Loren
Penguin Random House, Berkley
Kate Seaver, editor

 


Contemporary Romance: Short

APB: Baby by Julie Miller
Harlequin, Intrigue
Allison Lyons, editor

Breaking Good by Madeline Ash
Tule Publishing, Holiday
Sinclair Sawhney, editor

Christmas on Crimson Mountain by Michelle Major
Harlequin, Special Edition
Gail Chasan, editor

Falling for the Rancher by Tanya Michaels
Harlequin, American Romance
Johanna Raisanen, editor

Far from Home by Lorelie Brown
Riptide Publishing
Gwen Hayes and Sarah Lyons, editors

His Stolen Bride by Barbara Dunlop
Harlequin, Desire
Kathryn Lye, editor

A Malibu Kind of Romance by Synithia Williams
Harlequin, Kimani
Shannon Criss, editor

Overwhelming Force by Janie Crouch
Harlequin, Intrigue
Allison Lyons, editor

Searching for Disaster by Jennifer Probst
Pocket Books, Pocket Star
Lauren McKenna, editor

Two Doctors & a Baby by Brenda Harlen
Harlequin, Special Edition
Susan Litman

 


Erotic Romance

The Dirty Secret by Kira A. Gold
Carina Press
Libby Murphy, editor

The Master by Tara Sue Me
New American Library
Claire Zion, editor

Off the Clock by Roni Loren
Penguin Random House, Berkley
Kate Seaver, editor

Ravenous by M. S. Force
HTJB, Inc.
Linda Ingmanson, editor

Three Sweet Nothings by Nikki Sloane
Self-published
Lori Whitwam, editor

 


Historical Romance: Long

Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase
Avon Books
May Chen, editor

How I Married a Marquess by Anna Harrington
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Michele Bidelspach, editor

No Mistress of Mine by Laura Lee Guhrke
Avon Books
Erika Tsang, editor

Susana and the Scot by Sabrina York
St. Martin’s Press
Monique Patterson, editor

 


Historical Romance: Short

Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare
Avon Books
Tessa Woodward, editor

Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt
Grand Central Publishing
Amy Pierpont, editor

A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Alex Logan, editor

Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
Mary Altman, editor

The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries
Pocket Books
Micki Nuding, editor

Taming the Highlander by May McGoldrick
St. Martin’s Press, Swerve
Elizabeth Poteet, editor

 


Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance

The Color of a Promise by Julianne MacLean
Self-published
Pat Thomas, editor

The Depth of Beauty by A. B. Michaels
Red Trumpet Press
Rachel Daven Skinner, editor

The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel
Sourcebooks, Landmark
Shana Drehs and Anna Michels, editors

Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske
Montlake Publishing
Krista Stroever and Christopher Werner, editors

 


Paranormal Romance

Bayou Shadow Hunter by Debbie Herbert
Harlequin, Nocturne
Ann Leslie Tuttle, editor

The Beast by J R Ward
New American Library
Kara Welsh, editor

The Champion of Barésh by Susan Grant
Self-published
Mary Moran, editor

Enchanted Warrior by Sharon Ashwood
Harlequin, Nocturne
Ann Leslie Tuttle, editor

Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella
Montlake Publishing
Alison Dasho, editor

The Leopard King by Ann Aguirre
Self-published
Sasha Knight, editor

The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy
Kensington Publishing Corp.
Peter Senftleben, editor

Where the Wild Things Bite by Molly Harper
Pocket Books
Abby Zidle, editor

 


Romance Novella

Her Every Wish by Courtney Milan
Self-published
Lindsey Faber, editor

“The Husband Maneuver” by Karen Witemeyer
in With This Ring
Baker Publishing, Bethany House
Charlene Patterson, editor

Let It Snow by Jeanette Grey
Grand Central Publishing, Forever Yours
Megha Parekh and Lexi Smail, editors

“Let Us Dream” by Alyssa Cole
in Daughters of a Nation
Self-published
Nina S. Gooden, editor

Searching for Mine by Jennifer Probst
Evil Eye Concepts
Liz Berry and M J Rose, editors

Tycoon by Joanna Shupe
Kensington Publishing Corp.
Peter Senftleben, editor

Wild in Rio by Lyssa Kay Adams
Self-published
Elaine Kulhanek, editor

 


Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements

Close to You by Kara Isaac
Howard Books
Beth Adams, editor

Keeper of the Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher
Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Ami McConnell and Leslie Peterson, editors

My Hope Next Door by Tammy L. Gray
Amazon, Waterfall Press
Amy Hosford, editor

Trust My Heart by Carol J. Post
Amazon, Waterfall Press
Erin Calligan Mooney, editor

 


Romantic Suspense

All the Dead Girls by Rita Herron
Montlake Publishing
Alison Dasho, editor

Atone by Beth Yarnall
Penguin Random House, Loveswept
Sue Grimshaw, editor

Field of Graves by J. T. Ellison
Harlequin, MIRA Books
Nicole Brebner, editor

Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin
Harlequin, Romantic Suspense
Carly Silver, editor

Mr. and Mr. Smith by HelenKay Dimon
Penguin Random House, Loveswept
Shauna Summers, editor

One Minute to Midnight by Nico Rosso
Carina Press
Rhonda Stapleton, editor

Repressed by Elisabeth Naughton
Montlake Publishing
Charlotte Herscher and Christopher Werner, editors

Tall, Dark and Damaged by Sarah Andre
Self-published
Anya Kagan, Touchstone Publishing, editor

 


Young Adult Romance

Affective Needs by Rebecca Taylor
Ophelia House
Maya Packard, editor

The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
HarperTeen
Annie Berger, editor

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Harlequin, HQN Teen
Margo Lipschultz, editor

Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods
Penguin Random House, Crown BFYR
Emily Easton, editor

 

 


 

2017 Golden Heart Finalists


Contemporary Romance

Always Sunny by Kimberly MacCarron

Far-Fetched Love by Priscilla Cook

Framed by Susan J. Bickford

Mounting the Marquis by Kelli Newby

No Man Left Behind by Penelope Leas

Sometimes You Need a Sexy Scot by Melonie Johnson

Take the Lead by Alexis Daria

Tempting Fate by Jeri Black

Things I’ll Never Say by Christina Hovland

This Child Is Mine by Jo Anne Banker

 


Contemporary Romance: Short

Job Opening: Billionaire’s Wife by Susannah Erwin

A Love Wide Open by JoAnn Sky

Princess of Meridian by Catherine Stuart

What Would Ginger Do? by Kimberly MacCarron

 


Historical Romance

Confess, Your Grace by Scarlett Peckham

The Governess’s Glance by Jennifer Henderson

How to Train Your Baron by Diana Lloyd

Lord Lion and the Lady Publisher by Laurel Kerr

The Lost Chord by Suzanne M. Turner

The Price of Desire by Emily Sullivan

Unmasked by Elizabeth Rue

With Love in Sight by Christina Britton

 


Paranormal Romance

Beryl Blue, Time Cop by Janet Halpin

Bless Your Heart and Other Southern Curses by Heather Leonard

Constant Craving by Kari W. Cole

Fire’s Rising by Grace Adams

The Mer Chronicles: Love’s Diplomatic Act by Kate Ramirez

Soul Affinity by A. Y. Chao

 


Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements

Dangerous Exposure by Dianna Shuford

Fair Haven by Laura Conner Kestner

Wings of Love by Pamela Ferguson

 


Romantic Suspense

The Fire Beckons by Lynnette Labelle

The Guide by Sarah Morgenthaler

Seductive Strokes by Patty Hoffman

Semper Fi by Meta Carroll

Shot Down by Tracy Brody

Vengeance by Diana Belchase

 


Young Adult Romance

All the Feels by Kimberly MacCarron

Listen by Jennifer Camiccia

Mouthful by C R Grissom

Swimming through Fog by Nicole Hohmann

The Week: 18th – 24th July

Kingston Foreshore Lake Burley Griffin Canberra Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 17th July 2016 21

On the lake in Canberra late Sunday afternoon.

Canberra Lake Burley Griffin 23rd July 2016 Australia Winter Nature Sun Sonya Heaney.

And driving over Lake Burley Griffin yesterday afternoon.

I have been reading for fun in the past week or so, and loving it. There are times when the review books I get are amazingly good, and other times I find myself thinking reading is homework! So I’ve bought some books and am rereading some favourites, including books by Toni Blake and Lisa Kleypas. I also picked up books by new-to-me authors Janice Preston and Angel Smits.

The aeroplane that landed with no fuel, no engines and no power.

On the 23rd of July, 1983 Air Canada flight 143 landed on a racing track in Gimli, Manitoba after experiencing both a fuel shortage and the failure of both engines.

‘London’s most expensive apartment’ on sale for a cool £150 million in Admiralty Arch

'London's most expensive apartment' on sale for for a cool £150 million in Admiralty Arch

Another week of terrible news in the world. I’m sure everyone’s talking about Munich (HOW many attacks will they get in the space of a few days?) – my aunt was just there.

My The World Is Terrifying rant of the week:  How about Trump all but announcing he won’t fulfil America’s NATO obligations, and will essentially let Putin invade NATO countries?! (He already supports the invasion of Ukraine, but this is the first time most people paid attention to that fact.)

Something that won’t make the news is the car bomb assassination of a Belarusian journalist who lived in Ukraine and wrote against Putin, and other violent Russian/pro-Russian attacks on Ukrainian journalists in Kyiv.

Trump supports Putin

This needed to be reinforced:

Photo souvenir gladiators who work at Rome’s top tourist attractions have been banned by the city’s new mayor

Photo souvenir gladiators who work at Rome's top tourist attractions have been banned by the city's new mayor.

The Unofficial Top of Summer

So glad people are FINALLY acknowledging that those “peasant tops” everyone has been wearing for a few years are actually Ukrainian designs! Some brands (cough-Valentino-cough) were actually using traditional Ukrainian and Belarusian patterns, and not acknowledging it!

Ukrainian tops in fashion.

The RITA Awards

Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the winners of the 2016 RITA® and Golden Heart® Awards on July 16 in San Diego, California.

Book Cover Trends: The Man Holding Stuff

Rock Solid by Samantha Hunter

My review of Sawyer’s Rose (The McCades Of Cheyenne #1) by Kim Turner

Sawyer's Rose (The McCades Of Cheyenne #1) by Kim Turner

 My review of Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane #1) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane #1) by Elizabeth Hoyt

The RITA Awards

Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the winners of the 2016 RITA® and Golden Heart® Awards on July 16 in San Diego, California.

Major American romance genre awards, the RITAs were announced a few days ago, and I really don’t have much to say about them. I do know some really great authors won. However…

I’ve read exactly one of the winners (and then, it was one of the lesser-known Christian books). I’m sure there are some great reads there, but obviously I either gravitate to other books, or they never came up for me to review. I feel left out!

A few years ago they went and completely changed the format for being nominated, and since then I’ve been so confused about the whole thing I haven’t really being paying attention.

You can read the list of winners HERE. I’m sure other readers have more books on that list to get worked up about than I do!