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Enquiring minds want to know, as apparently there hasn’t been a new book since December 2009…Or has there?

Laurell K. Hamilton’s moderators are getting as paranoid as the bint herself. Check out this comment on my March 2010 blog entitled Is Laurell K Hamilton Really Anita Blake?

I have been a fan of Hamilton for over a decade. I met her for the first time almost ten years ago, as a junior in high school. She inspired me to become writer, follow my dreams, and not be afraid of rejection. Therefore I think you can understand some of the sadness which comes with saying that Hamilton’s behavior towards her fans has cost her my readership.

I have been continually frustrated with Hamilton’s behiavior for several years. However, at the end of one of Hamilton’s recent blogs, I made the mistake of asking the question as to whether or not the release date of the next Merry book was know. In response to my short question, I recieved the following response from her forum moderators:

“I am hoping that you did not write the post with the intent of coming into Laurell’s house and being rude with your questions. I am hoping that you genuinely were confused and not just being snarky to Laurell because you did not like what you read in her blog. However, even if you were not intending to be rude, this post does come across as snarky and very “in your face” because you were not happy with what you read in her blog.”

I was appalled by the argession, disrespect, and the accuusatory manner in which this was written, in response to what I beleived, an just an innosent question. If this is how Hamilton is now treating her fans, then I can no long count myself among them.

The first thing I thought was wow, this chick wants to be a writer?? Then the second thought was, whatever happened to Darla?…

Fruitloops, the lot of ’em.

Interesting comment posted on my Thirty Year Old Virgin thread: (The typos are painful, but it’s fairly interesting – if any of it is true that is)

Im a 30 year old male, semi pro skater. Ive got a very good job which pays very well but again i work from home. I play computer games ALL the time, its like an addiction. I only leave the house to go skating which i use as a form of fitness. $40,000 in debt, no friends, no family and ive also never had a girlfriend.

The last and only girl ive kissed (not passionatly, never in my life have i kissed passionatly)was my mom. Im not good at socialising because i cant keep conversation going, i really have nothing intresting to talk about and loose intrest if im not being spoken to, about things i like e.g. skating & computer games. Im in great shape as ive always been very self-consicous, look after my body like a listed building, always smell great (adidas sponsorship – thanks guys for the tops trousers and shower gel etc…)

For some reason all my life ive chased girls and not one of them has been interested in me. My confidence is now non-existing due to all the negitive put downs ive delt with. So im now very, very, very, very loneley, depressed and i only thing i have to live for is my job, which i need to pay of debts. Why are girls / women SO VERY VERY crule?? They can ruin a mans LIFE. Now ive lost my mom i get no attention/love at all and i think in time i may just turn to sucide, unite with my mom and i think i’ll be happy again.

So, how true do we think the above is? Seems like he’s taking the piss to me…

The comment below was posted by a lady called Angela, claiming to be one of the victims of Jaid Black’s (Elloras Cave founder) husband (you guys remember him right? He’s serving time for murder etc, etc.) The comment was in response to this post, from way back. Some of you may remember the shitstorm it caused.

Anyway, here’s what Angela wrote:

“KAREN
This blog hits home to me because I am also a vitcum of her husband in the case he is serving a life sentence for.
The young womans name that was murdered is Karen also! I am Angela, Karen Stewart’s daughter. One of his charges are for attempted murder against me because after shooting my mother he shot at me and thankfully the bullet wizzed by my head.
I was 14 then and am almost 32 now. That was how old she was when he took her from us (for the rest of our lives).
She was an amazing woman and mother. My daughter is 8 and my step daughter is 14 and they have more heart and brains than this (Jaid) Black woman. Thank you so much for taking up for the victum (my mother)and our family.
Neither of those idiots have any remorse.

A few years ago she contacted me trying any way she could to find a reason to get here low life, “Poor” and “Uneducated” husband, David Keen, out of prison. I was shocked and disgusted.
To respond to Mrs. Tina Marie Keens, AKA Jade Black’s statment, YES he deserves to be alone and have lousy medical, rotten fruits and vegetables and no family.

My brother and I were left without a mother and our children have no grandmother. His victim is DEAD and we have a hole in our lives and are consequently victims and his incarceration is of great value to us and we ALL think he is where he belongs, FOREVER, just as my mother is unfortunatly where she is FOREVER. In that lousy prison system that I am so thankful for.”

I can’t lie, that comment made me feel downright weird, and not in a good way. It also made me feel very sad.

You really never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Surely I’m not the only one who’s gagging at the sugary goodness that is American Idol this season?

Don’t get me wrong, I like Lopez and Tyler, but come on, not all of the performances have been brilliant. In fact, I dare say, some of them are terrible, yet for whatever reason, none of the judges want to clue these kids in. Even Randy Jackson who was always the second most critical judge has turned into an Andrex toilet paper commercial, for fuck’s sake.

And more than ever, the female contestants are getting weeded out. I was flabbergasted to find that Pia had been voted out, but I suspect that she’ll emerge the most successful contestant this season. Well her and Scott McCreery. He sings country after all, and we know how those country music folk like to stick with their own, come hell or high water.

The judges really aren’t doing themselves any favour by never having met a performance that they didn’t love. They don’t need to get all Cowellesque, but some constructive criticism wouldn’t go amiss. In fact, I wouldn’t even mind if they decided to criticize Ryan’s new hair do. ANYTHING would be better than the constant, deifying of these mostly average singers.

At this rate, I hope that Stefano defies all the odds and wins the whole show. PLEASE GOD DON’T LET THAT TOOL JAMES DURBAN WIN THIS! It would be a fitting end to a crap season.

God I even miss Paula Abdul’s drunken ramblings…

Got this email last night:

I hope I have the right email for Karen Knows Best. I have a complaint and wish to let others know not to submit to Mundania Press. I was an author with Hard Shell Word Factory who Mundaia Press bought out in the fall of 2009. To date, I have seen only the 4th quarter 2009, 3rd and 4th quarter 2010 royalty reports. Nothing for the 1st and 2nd quarter 2010 or 1st quarter 2011. Mundania has an authors loop but regardless of how many authors post emails regarding royalties and payments, all we ever get in return from publisher Daniel Weitz is “we’re working on it.” They also have an online ticket submission via private email with the same results. Zip, zilch, nada in the way of answers.

This has gotten to the point of ridiculous and I would like to alert authors not to submit to them for fear of the same results. I hope you can help me get the word out. I have also alerted Allison Kelly at RWA National to the situtation.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration of my letter. Please feel free to contact me should you need further information.

Patti Shenberger
www.pattishenberger.com

Mundania Press….Who are they again? Are they related to that other scummy e-pub – Phaze Books?

Anybody got any more info?

Apparently Wendi Felter of Red Rose Publishing, owes people money left, right and centre, and she aint paying up. These people aren’t very happy.

Here are some of the comments:

I’m another person she’s cheated, both as an independent contractor and as an author. She offers diamond bracelets in response to our demand to be paid what she owes us, and does not respond to our inquiries or requests for payment.

Notherone

Why are people still submitting to this publisher? (more…)

Got this earlier via another blog post on here:

Hi Ms. Karen,

I couldn’t find another place to contact you, so forgive me if this isn’t the correct way.

The owner of Red Rose Publishing, Wendi Felter has breached my contract and continues to have my books up on the Red Rose website. Per the contract, the required 90 days were over as of March 27, 2011 and all my contract has been through email and certified mail.

I wanted the readers out there to know that if you buy any of my titles at Red Rose Publishing, that the publisher is in breach of my author rights. She has no right to sell my books.

Thank you, Ms. Karen for letting me get my message out. I’ve posted a notice on my Facebook page and am about to post on my blog.

You are more than welcome to contact me should you have any questions.

All the best,
Tambra Kendall

Any comments Wendi?

Which Reader Software Do You Prefer?

Monday, April 4, 2011
Posted in: random musings

Random question for those people who don’t yet have an e-book reader, which e-book reader software do you prefer out of the following?

Microsoft (LIT) Reader
Adobe Reader
Mobipocket Reader
iBooks

I’m quite partial to the MS Reader due to the Read Aloud function. I wish my Sony PRS could read to me…