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Sigh. Here we go again…

“You obviously didn’t read the second clean copy I requested you download that was also reformatted, so this is a very unfair review. My Amazon readers/reviewers give it 5 stars and 4 stars and they say they really enjoyed The Greek Seaman and thought it was well written. Maybe its just my style and being English is what you don’t get. Sorry it wasn’t your cup of tea, but I think I will stick to my five star and four star reviews thanks.”

And this:

“My writing is just fine!

You did not download the fresh copy…. you did not. No way!

As to annoymous

Al was given the option of a free copy from smashwords the following day to download in any format he preffered.

Look AL, I’m not in the mood for playing snake with you, what I read above has no flaws. My writing is fine. You were told to download a new copy for format problems the very next day while they were free at Smashwords, so you could choose any format you wanted to read it in and if their were any spelling mistakes they were corrected. Simply remove this review as it is in error with you not downloading the fresh copy i insisted. Why review my book after being told to do this, and more annoying why have you never ever responded to any of my e-mails?

And please follow up now from e-mail.
This is not only discusting and unprofessional on your part, but you really don’t fool me AL.

Who are you any way? Really who are you?
What do we know about you?

You never downloaded another copy you liar!
You never ever returned to me an e-mail

Besides if you want to throw crap at authors you should first ask their permission if they want it stuck up on the internet via e-mail. That debate is high among authors.

Your the target not me!
Now get this review off here!”

And this:

“The book is out there doing well without your comments. My first book is great! and I intend to promote now without your ball. Face it AL, you did a booboo, and you can’t correct it!

I know its you AL talking, stop hiding and stand up and be a man!

I want this review removed or its just considered abuse.

Hmm never did get involved in your forum for reasons, now I know why.”

For the rest of the story, mosey on over to this review blog.

I could only read Ms Howett’s inane rants for so long, the spelling mistakes and typos were killing me…

Enjoy.

Operation Auction

From the blog:

Operation Auction will be going live on Sunday, March 27th at 12:01 am PDT. We will have all items in the Operation Auction ebay store.

http://stores.ebay.com/operationauction2011

None of the items will show up until the auction is live and not all items are going up at the same time. We have divided the items as equally as possible into three batches.

  • Batch One will be up March 27th at 12:01 am PDT, ending March 30th at 12:01am
  • Batch Two will be up March 28th at 12:01 am PDT, ending March 31st at 12:01am
  • Batch Three will be up March 29th at 12:01 am PDT, ending April 1st at 12:01am

All listings will run for three days. The only exception is the breakfast at RT with Angela James, Jane Litte, and Sarah Wendell. Because that event is approaching very soon, it will be in batch one and be a one-day auction only.

We are going to try our best to get lists up of what items are in which batch, but with new donations still coming in I’m not sure everything will be included. There will be categories in the store to help you find the items you want.

Shipping details will be in the description of each item. Please read those carefully before you bid to see if it is US only or international.

Don’t wait, go bid!

This is what happens when you…

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks
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procrastinate about taking pictures of your pregnant kitty:

Hold on… what’s that? (more…)

These have made me cry, in the best possible way.

 

 

And this is the video she talks about: (more…)

On generosity.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks, Helping out
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I’ve said it before, and I know I’ll have cause to say it again in the future: readers and writers and bloggers in the romance community are some amazingly generous folk.

  • There is Shiloh Walker’s campaign to help save the life of a good man in Congo by matching dollars to comments up to USD$400.
  • There is Operation Auction (set to start next Sunday–mark your calendars and start budgeting for some really cool items) to benefit Fatin and her family after their terrible loss.
  • There is the auction held by The League of Reluctant Adults to benefit Japan’s recovery efforts.
  • There is Ann Bruce’s generous offer to match Canadian dollars to every comment here, up to a thousand dollars.

Plus the many other individual and group efforts I know nothing about. So share the love and the generosity and let me know of them! And, while you are at it, go visit these four and help someone out.

I have avoided posting about the horrific rape, by 18 or more boys and men, of an 11 year old girl in the small community of Cleveland, Texas.

As if the prolonged attack by–literally–a mob of males weren’t enough, the community’s response has been…Words fail me. Disgusting, repulsive, unbelievable? That and more. It’s a second and even more damaging violation of this child.

So when I read these beautiful, heartfelt words to her, in an open letter by journalist, black man and father, Nick Chiles, I cried. And I rejoiced.

Baby girl, let me describe to you what a real black man should look like, how he will feel.

He will not ever raise his hand to you—for he has been taught that an assault upon you is an assault upon his mother, his grandmother, his sisters, his aunts and all the nurturing souls who have unconditionally showered him with care.

He will not raise his voice to you—for he respects your mind as well as your body and he knows that bluster and intimidation are really just a camouflage for weakness. (more…)

Operation Auction!

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks, Helping out
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Operation Auction

The generosity of the romance community is a moving and powerful force.

As I mentioned before, Fatin and her daughters lost their husband and father to a terrible and senseless act of violence last week. Authors, editors and readers have rallied around one of our own, organizing in record time a series of eBay auctions to benefit the family. Click on the image to read more about it.

People interested in helping can donate all sorts of things (contact Lillie or Sharon directly for more details) or bid on them once the auctions go live–or they can simply use the handy PayPal button on the blog.

Thank you–and please, keep Fating and her family in your thoughts.

Originally Razorland, this YA dystopian postapocalyptic novel by the always awesome Ann Aguirre will be released by Feiwel and Friends on April 12th.

I had the privilege of being one of the book’s first readers and was absolutely blown away by it.Keep in mind, as you read that, that I don’t read YA as a rule. Enclave was, in fact, the first new-to-me, not-adult book I’d read in at least three decades (not counting Harry Potter–I do have kids, after all).

But if you don’t think you can trust my word on the awesomesauce that is this book, check out the trailer:

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Nota bene: Some of you may remember that, for a while, I did some promotional work for Ms Aguirre. I have not done so for close to a year now, so I believe there is no conflict of interest in my recommending this book–or indeed, any of her work–to other readers.

Very sad news.

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks, Helping out
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Many of our readers have probably heard by now, via twitter or blogs, of this terrible, senseless tragedy.

Fatin, known widely throughout romance blogland as Mad of the Novel Thoughts blog, has lost her husband to a workplace shooting. You can offer your condolences to her and their four daughters there.

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Lillie, who for the past several months has helped Mad run Novel Thoughts, will keep the community updated as to what we can do to help Fatin and her family during the aftermath of their loss.

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ETA: Information on an education fund set up for Fatin’s daughters has been added. Let’s do what we romance lovers do best and give them our support.

Some more interesting stuff from my Google Reader:

Apparently McDonald’s is no longer the largest restaurant chain in the world. Subway is. That’s right, Subway.

McDonald’s is no longer the world’s largest restaurant chain. That honor now goes to Subway.

The sandwich giant just passed the golden arches in terms of number of locations, according to the Wall Street Journal. Subway had 33,749 restaurants open worldwide at the end of 2010.

McDonald’s had just 32,737 locations open by the same point, the corporation disclosed in SEC filings.

Does this mean, we’re all getting healthier? *Shudder*

Much, much deserved: our very own SuperLibrarian has been named RWA’s 2011 Librarian of the Year

Go on over to the BatCave and congratulate our fantastic friend on this honor.

I managed to catch up on some of the stuff from my Google Reader, here’s a post that caught my eye.

Amanda Hocking (she sold a million books after self-pubbing) on the realities of self-publishing (Via Lee Goldberg.) (more…)

What Does This Picture Say?…

Sunday, March 6, 2011
Posted in: Barack Obama

Here’s the blurb for The Woman He Loved Before:

She’s out of his life, but is she out of his heart?

Libby has a nice life with a great job, a gorgeous husband and a big home by the sea. But she’s becoming more unsure of Jack’s feelings for her – and if he is over the mysterious death of Eve, his first wife.

When fate intervenes in their relationship, Libby decides to find out all she can about the man she hastily married and the seemingly perfect Eve.

Eventually Libby stumbles across some startling truths about Eve. As she begins to unearth more and more devastating secrets, Libby becomes frightened that she too will end up like the first woman Jack loved. . .

I’ve already ordered this, and I’m looking forward to curling up and reading another Dorothy Koomson book.

You can learn more about Dorothy Koomson here, read the first chapter here, order The Woman He Loved Before here, and Sarah Tanner has a great review of the book here.

This, that and the other (irrelevant personal bits)

So, for all my good intentions, I’ve yet to review even one book this year (or, indeed, for the past however many months).

Which definitely doesn’t mean that I’m not reading. I am, quite a bit–even if a rather large percentage of my reading is rereading, it still counts, right? And there is always the hope that I’ll get around to write reviews for some of these books.

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the reasons for the lack of reviews is that I’m working at a food franchise. In a reversal of what I understand is most common, I had never worked retail. Most of my coworkers are teens or young twenty-somethings working their way through college. Almost unanimously, they intend eventually to pursue a career in their field of choice, far away from the food industry or any retail/service job, it at all possible.

My case is…slightly different.

For causes beyond my control (though a direct result of my choices) (more…)

There was mention recently in a board formed around (time- and member-wise) the implosion of the old Suzanne Brockmann message board, of the upcoming release of the next Troubleshooters novel (Breaking the Rules, Izzy Zanella’s story—March 22nd 2001, Ballantine).

As many of her readers know, Ms Brockmann’s son came out relatively young, and his mother has devoted considerable effort, time and money to promote tolerance, acceptance and education. Ms Brockmann is not only a card-carrying PFLAG mom, but also has donated all her earnings (from advances on) from one of her novels to MassEquality.

As it turns out, there is a relatively major secondary character in Breaking the Rules who is gay—the brother of one of the four protagonists. One of the posters, Leigh, asked, Is there any book that she has written since Jules that doesn’t have a gay character? She has a passion, and I can admire that. I just don’t want to read about it all the time. I wonder why she hasn’t written about lesbians? or has she?

Which got me thinking (much to the dismay of many a reader, I’m sure :razz: ) (more…)