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And baby girl makes three!

And baby girl makes three!

Saturday, January 23, 2016
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I don’t know any details, but here’s what popped up in Karen’s twitter account a bit ago:

Huge congratulations and best wishes to the family!

Finally! (aka, Bill Cosby charged with rape)

It’s taken decades, and the outcome is still uncertain–despite Cosby own words in a deposition, juries and the public tend to blame rape survivors for their attackers actions–but finally! Bill Cosby has been charged with rape.

Cosby has sued several of the dozens–dozens!–of women who have come forward to accuse him of sexual assault, and his lawyers are fighting a subpoena for his wife, who has publicly supported him.

I wonder how many more women have yet to speak up…

Nursery Room Reveal...

This room used to be my library room and TTG’s trophy room, it looks sooo different now. As you guys can see, I had to make a lot of concessions regarding the amount of pink in the room. There just aren’t that many pretty things in other colours that I like. I still managed to have three walls painted with my buttercream. TTG got the one pink wall.

 

TTG originally wanted her to have the big room that we normally reserve for guests, but I wanted something much cosier. I just didn’t like the thought of her in a huge room. When she’s older, we ca move her. Also, you can’t see during the day, but there are stars and all the planets in the solar system on her ceiling. They light up at night and I love them! All that’s left to do is to put up my collage of strong women, including Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, Amelia Earhart, etc… Waddaya think?

 

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Furry friends...

Furry friends…

 

Yet another update - EC v DA

Brief comments, some numbers, and a couple of links in the comments, here.

Also,  I recommend checking out this post at Zenobia Renquist’s blog. I hope she continues to update with more links–I’ve seen at least two more requests in that vein by EC authors.

EC v DA: it's over--for Dear Author and Jane Litte/Jen Frederick

Ellora’s Cave settled with Dear Author and Jane Litte, on the defamation suit the former brought against the latter.

The suit, you may remember, came about because Ellora’s Cave’s principals didn’t much like the fact that The Curious Case of Ellora’s Cave put together, cohesively and succinctly, the many bits of evidence, statements, and rumors, that have been hinting at deeply troubling going-ons at the company for the last decade or so.

I have thoughts on this, and go on and on about them here.

Good luck to all the many authors who are still owed royalties, and to those who only want to finally be free of their contracts with Ellora’s Cave.

And The Sex Of The Baby Is...

And The Sex Of The Baby Is…

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Posted in: Personal
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My little miracle is a bouncing baby girl…

EC v DA: I now direct your attention to...

Things have been quiet on this issue for months. Basically, litigation in the US moves at the speed of frozen molasses, and a lot of the minor stuff that does happen does not get filed, so this was not unexpected.

What was rather a surprise is to have Ann Jacobs, one of EC authors who’s stated that there are hinky goings on with the publisher, to file a motion to intervene in the EC v DA lawsuit, and a counterclaim to EC’s defamation suit. Please note that EC’s contract is part of this longer document. All sorts of interesting shit in there.

Courtney Milan is hosting both filings, and has posted a brief, yet pointed, update on the case, here.

Deirdre Saoirse Moen’s take is here.

Now I have a helluva lot of rather interesting stuff to read before I post anything more.

Because they are white.

I keep seeing this ridiculous headline:

Why are “Oath Keepers” allowed to be armed in the middle of Ferguson protests?

The article goes on and on about how they are “exercising their rights” and about gun laws, and other related bullshit, but the reality is that these assholes can roam the streets of Ferguson, armed with fucking assault rifles, because they are white.

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An Unwelcome Sisterhood

An Unwelcome Sisterhood

Monday, July 27, 2015
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I didn’t know that so far there are thirty five forty six women speaking up about surviving sexual abuse at the hands of Bill Cosby–abuse that spans decades, and has been covered up by using money, influence, and implied threats.

Via CNN, this cover from New York Magazine is breathtaking in its graphic representation of the routine violence against women, that takes place in plain sight, yet hidden from mainstream consciousness, every. single. day.

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It's Coming Along Nicely...

It’s Coming Along Nicely…

Friday, July 24, 2015
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Baby KKB

Whoopi Goldberg finally gets it...Kinda. Sort of. Not quite.

I used to admire Whoopi Goldberg. She is a really good actor, and she participated in Comic Relief with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams for years. She couldn’t be all bad, right?

Then I learned that she actually thought that Roman Polanski, convicted rapist, was innocent–she doesn’t believe it was “rape-rape.”

Because…what? What is needed to make a 43 year old man having sex with a 13 year old girl “rape-rape”? I mean, besides the simple age of the victim. The use of drugs? Apparently not, because Polanski used drugs, and there was enough evidence against him that he took a guilty plea to one of the charges, and yet, Whoopi Goldberg is not convinced.

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It's finally happened!

It’s finally happened!

Friday, June 26, 2015
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks, Gay Marriage
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First Ireland, through kick-ass popular vote.

Now the US, through a Supreme Court decision.

May the rest of humanity soon follow suit.

So Far So Good...

So Far So Good…

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Posted in: Personal

Baby1

I love how much it looks like a teddy bear…  Early days, so far so good. Fingers crossed…

Pot, meet the ugly kettle

For a number of years now, I have loosely followed the “poor me, I’m a victim of discrimination” act that is Jaid Black.

By this I mean, I notice when things reach my ears/eyes during my usual online rounds; I don’t spend a lot of time hunting comments down, I don’t follow her in any social media platform, and I don’t go looking for things said about her.

Frankly, I do have better things to do with my time.

Every so often, however, I’ll see commentary about how whenever there’s a dust up at or around Ellora’s Cave, Jaid Black has a health crisis.

Which is reminiscent of what has happened with any number of epublishers behaving badly, right around the time the implosions begin. (You are free to extrapolate at will, by the way.)

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Carina Press turns FIVE!

I’m seeing this everywhere, and I thought some of you lurkers may be interested:

Carina Press is celebrating its fifth anniversary (cue confetti and cheers), and it’s offering a flash sale (read: valid until 11:59 pm Eastern Time today, June 8th). Use the code HAPPY5 to get a 55% discount on your order.

Yes, that’s 55% off your order.

Go read something good today!

Yes, It's Been A While...

Yes, It’s Been A While…

Sunday, May 31, 2015
Posted in: Personal, Uncategorized

But I’ve been really busy.

I literally haven’t told anybody else because I live in fear of yet another miscarriage, but I’m pregnant, and I just wanted to share it with somebody. Also, I guess I just assume that not many of you read this blog any more so I guess it feels like a safe space…

I can’t get too excited because I’ve been here before, but I’m really hoping that this is it this time.

Wish me luck…

Psy/Changeling Giveaway!

I have been posting reviews of the Psy/Changeling books in a hurry in the past few weeks, playing ‘catch up’ to be ready for the release of the fourteenth novel in the series, Shards of Hope, on June 2nd. This is the one series I still pre-order the moment the links go up–even though it’s released in hardcover. In my opinion, it’s just that good.

Some readers may feel a little intimidated by the length of the series–particularly because there is an overarching plot that means that reading from the beginning is definitely recommended.

Well, here’s a chance to make your risk smaller: a giveaway of the first five books, along with a book tote by Penguin, the publisher of the series. It’s open internationally, until May 31.

The giveaway is being held to celebrate the re-release, with a new cover, of the book that started it all back in 2006. Behold, Slave to Sensation:

Slave to Sensation re-release
The new blurb:
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Finally, an update in the EC v DA vexatious defamation suit.

(Even though I’m not on twitter, I monitor #notchilled pretty regularly, because it’s the only way I have to get updates on the case, not having a PACER account or the like.)

Today, Courtney Milan posted a quick update/analysis of the latest happenings in the case.

Using a few more characters: judge John R Adams denied TiNut’s motion to quash the subpoena, in a rather snarky manner too.

I can’t copy and paste directly from the document, but the judge basically¹ says, “you claim that your identity should not be made available to the defendants, because you know nothing about the case; however, both in your letters and in your tweets, you have proved without a doubt that you know all parties involved, and all sorts of facts of the matter at hand, intimately. Your not-quite-a-motion to quash is hereby denied.”

The moral of the story: don’t brag about all you know and can prove, and above all, don’t offer to testify in favor of one of the parties, lest you discover the legal system is not that easy to manipulate.

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¹ I think, for an extrapolation, it’s pretty close.

Out today: Clearer in the Night, by Rebecca Croteau

Coming out today from Penner Publishing, this is the first installment in a New Adult romantic fiction series, Meredith Falls.

 

Clearer in the NIght 
 

Clearer in the Night, by Rebecca Croteau
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Any Ellora's Cave authors who are publishing elsewhere...

If you would like some free promotion, here at the blog, at my blog and at MyMedia forum, leave a comment and I’ll contact you for details and scheduling.

This offer is only for non-Ellora’s Cave books, self-published or published elsewhere, and it’s not a quid-pro-quo type thing in any way, shape or form.

As I said on my blog, this is about helping out those authors who have been left out high and dry to whatever degree, due to ongoing shenanigans within Ellora’s Cave, as well as due to any involvement with and/or support of Jane Litte and Dear Author during the vexatious defamation lawsuit Ellora’s Cave filed against them.