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I just can’t believe that a mother has been jailed for restraining her daughter who was on drugs. Check out the story here.

Here’s an excerpt:

A Kent MP is calling for sentencing guidelines to be reviewed after a mother was jailed for trying to stop her daughter going out to buy heroin.

Julia Saker, from Dover, is serving a 12 month sentence after pleading guilty to false imprisonment.

Her husband, Tim, said she tried to stop daughter, Tabitha, 19, leaving the house in October last year, by taping her legs together round her jeans.

“I am deeply concerned,” said Charlie Elphicke, Tory MP for Dover and Deal.

“I have written to the Attorney General and to Ken Clarke at the Ministry of Justice to ask for the sentencing guidelines to be reviewed urgently and to ask what exactly the judge was doing imposing a sentence like this.”

Tabitha said on Friday she would swap places with her mother if she could.

“She shouldn’t have to suffer as a result of me taking drugs,” she said.

“I think most parents would have felt it was the right thing to do, that she didn’t really have much other option.

“My mother is a very homely person – she doesn’t want a lot, she just wants to be at home.”

Mr Saker said he was devastated when his wife was jailed at Canterbury Crown Court last month.

Seriously, we have repeat offenders who are lucky to get a slap on the wrist for far more serious crimes, and yet, the British justice system sees fit to jail a mother trying to save her daughter’s life? What. The. Actual. Fuck?

The law is truly an ass. What do you guys think? Would you do the same thing under similar circumstances? I think I probably would in all honesty…

Breastmilk Ice-Cream Anybody?

Saturday, February 26, 2011
Posted in: Extraordinary breastfeeding

Seriously, why???

A restaurant in London’s Covent Garden is serving a new range of ice cream, made with breast milk.

The dessert, called Baby Gaga, is churned with donations from London mother Victoria Hiley, and served with a rusk and an optional shot of Calpol or Bonjela.

Mrs Hiley, 35, said if adults realised how tasty breast milk was more new mothers would be encouraged to breastfeed.

Each serving of Baby Gaga at Icecreamists costs £14.

Mrs Hiley’s donation was expressed on site and pasteurised before being churned with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest.

Icecreamists founder Matt O’Connor placed an advert appealing for breast milk donations and believes his new recipe will be a success.

What’s the harm in using my assets for a bit of extra cash?”

“If it’s good enough for our children, it’s good enough for the rest of us,” he said.

I don’t care how good it freaking tastes, I’m gonna pass on this one.

What say you?

The Music I’m Listening To At The Moment…

Saturday, February 19, 2011
Posted in: Music videos

Surprisingly enough, there are quite a few newish stuff that I’m loving.

This song by Adele actually moves me to tears, there’s such heartbreak in the words, I love it!

Jessie J’s Price tag is so catchy, it’s always on repeat in my car. I’ve posted two versions, the acoustic version and the commercial version:


Radio Version


Live acoustic version

I never used to be a fan of Rihanna’s music, but she’s definitely growing on me, I’m loving her live performances. My favourite record of hers is definitely Only Girl In The World.

And lastly, I know it’s slightly uncool, but I love this song by little man, Justin Bieber, and how cute is Jaden Smith?

What records are you guys enjoying at the moment?

The US Congress is discussing the possibility of overturning the FCC regulations that protect Net Neutrality.

This is bad news (learn more of why here) but there’s hope–click here to visit The Internet Strikes Back and find out how to contact your representative to let him/her/it know that you know that striking Net Neutrality is a bad, bad idea.

Don’t wait, don’t pause–the day is halfway over, people!

Go call, and may the force be with you.

Congratulations guys!

Email me your snail-mail address, and I’ll send you each a copy of JSF’s ARC of One Was A Soldier.  My email addy is: hairylemony @gmail . com (No spaces)

In defense of the clueless

Over at the Book Binge, the nice ladies there posted this about the whole Silvia Massara thing. My summary*:

If you don’t want an honest review, don’t send us your work. If you are going to send us your work, check out the ‘about’ page, wherein we state that we won’t write only gushing accolades to every book we get sent. If you are an idiot about a less than gushing review in this here site, you’ll get mocked. Get over it.

As one can easily imagine, there’re quite a few comments going on–mostly marveling at the stupidity of an author trashing readers. Yes, readers. Her target market. The consumers of her product. The people who make her what she is–in a world with no readers, would there even be authors?

But alas, no such thread would be complete without at least one person–aside from the predictable c*ckpuppet–claiming that of course, the poor author has every right to ‘review the reviewers’ blog.’

Bob Mayer writes:

So let’s see. An author got upset about a bad review and blogged about it. A reviewer got upset about the blog and blogged about it and called the author an ass and an idiot, while saying they don’t say things like that in reviews. But just did in a review of the blog.

I’m wondering what I’m missing here. I’ve read both blogs and the author didn’t call the reviewer names and seemed relatively level-headed about it. This blog post seems spiteful and superior. I know few authors would dare say that, because, after all, they want good reviews, but as an author who has been around a while, I’m a bit weary of self-appointed experts slamming authors in public and everyone kowtowing to them. Calling an author a “big fat ass” and having a picture saying “I tried to see things your way. You’re still an idiot” isn’t professional. So I think the author probably has a reasonable point to avoid reviewers that would say such things about authors. Because it appears when the shoe is on the other foot and the reviewer gets reviewed, they react even more heatedly than the author. Your blog post confirmed exactly what the author said about you if you look at it quite rationally.

Let’s take this in stages, shall we? (more…)

People helping people (and yes, authors there too)

After yesterday’s edition of yet another over sensitive author deciding who is qualified to review her masterpiece, I bring you something refreshingly different:

Helping out.

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In your lifetime, there are few moments when you’re given the opportunity to directly save another person’s life.-Bryan Mealer, HuffPo

If you had a chance to save somebody’s life, and it didn’t take all that much… would you do it?  Well, here’s that chance.

Check out Shiloh Walker’s blog for a chance to read how you can help save a man’s life…

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You can read all the details over at Ms Walker’s blog, but here’s the short version: she’ll match a dollar per comment, up to $400, to donate to the fund to finance the kidney transplant that Congo minister Marrion P’Udongo needs to survive.

Right now there are close to 200 comments in that thread–go, leave yours, and help save a good man’s life.

Does anybody know who Sylvia Massara is? Anybody?

All I know is, she sure is an awfully stupid brave author.

She’s set up a blog, called Authors Helping Authors. Yep, it does indeed sound like one of those support groups where people stand up and tell a roomful of strangers about their woes, doesn’t it?

Anyway, this is the aim of the blog, according to our lovely Sylvie Poohs:

As an author, I know how difficult it is to promote one’s work. These days, unless one is a “celeb author”, much of the promotional work is left up to the author themselves. With this in view, I created this blog “Authors helping authors”

Imagine the power of authors helping other authors promote their work, and in turn, these authors help you, and so on and so forth. By standing together we can make this happen. In this blog, I will be featuring articles, snippets about other authors and tips from authors and/or publicists who help promote authors.

Oh how admirable, I hear you say, what a lovely selfless gesture I hear you all cry, why didn’t I think of doing such a thing, the envious ones amongst you secretly think to yourselves. Well….. here’s the thing, there are plenty of blogs out there that help authors. Indeed, many of these blogs are written by authors for other authors. Weird huh? (more…)

So I write mysteries. A series, actually, that follows two main characters and a host of their family, friends and coworkers in a small town–you know how it works, right? The heroine is an Episcopal priest. The hero is the town’s chief of police. They become friends. Good friends. They solve murders and missing persons cases. The Unresolved Sexual Tension rises faster than the body count.

Now here’s the thing: Over the course of the first six books, a lot of people get killed off. They get shot. They get bludgeoned. They get defenestrated (how I love that word!) No one ever came up to me and said, “Julia! How on earth did you know how to garrotte someone with a spool of baling wire?” No one ever looked at me suspiciously and asked, “Put anyone down with a cattle gun this weekend?”

Then I wrote a sex scene. Several, in fact. I had tortured my poor hero and heroine with unrequited longing and forced separation for five books–really, it seemed only fair to finally let them, shall we say, embrace. That’s when the comments started. (more…)

Every so often, for one reason or another, the issue of piracy comes up.

This is particularly true of book piracy, both print (ARC versions of books are scanned and posted in ‘filesharing’ sites even before they are available in book stores) and, even more so, electronic.

There are many discussions and points of view on this–both Karen and I have talked about it, Shiloh Walker has spoken frequently and eloquently on the topic, and via RRRJessica’s Monday Stepback post I was able to read a differing point of view from Bibliophile Stalker, a Philipino author.

However, in the end, is this post by Robin D. Owens (author of the Heart series, a favorite of mine), which strikes closer to the heart of the matter, as far as I’m concerned (bolding  mine):

Folks, I need every cent I get from my writing. I am the sole provider of my household. Please don’t download my books for free. I truly don’t understand why people think I should not get paid for my work.

Aren’t you paid for yours?

This post is in response to the daily notices I get of torrents for my work. I honestly don’t have the time to try and take down torrents on European Servers. And, really, if the piracy gets too large, I’ll simply be dropped by my publishers. I’m not joking.

Thank you.

Enough said.

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Update: After writing and scheduling this post, I discovered that–in one of those strange fits of synchronicity with which the universe occasionally amuses itself–Dear Author is also talking about the piracy issue in its Tuesday Midday Links (last topic of the post)