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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.

Isn’t Laurell K Hamilton just a little bit…strange? Yeah, yeah, it’s not like we don’t know how ‘quirky’ she can be, but still…

“In my books Anita wakes up nude beside a beautiful man, or men. She rolls over and sex ensues. Not just sex, but really good sex. When she can walk safely, she slips on something silky and begins to get ready for the day.

In real life today, I woke up nude beside a beautiful man. We cuddled, we talked, and then sex ensued, and yes, it was really good sex. When we could both walk safely, Jon threw on a robe and is now in the shower. I cleaned up and put on silk pajamas and a robe, and headed downstairs to start my day….

We haven’t seen Anita work out in a long time in the books. In reality I have to see a lot of gym time to look as good as I do, and it’s not as good as Anita looks. She’s still doing my pre-child, pre-marriage, pre-real job workout.
I’m trying and I’m about to get even more serious about getting fit and healthy, but where Anita just seems to exercise the way she eats, off stage, and magically, it’s a lot harder to fit into my life.

I did show Anita and some of the guys working out in the gym in the June book, Bullet. I wanted to show some of the real effort that goes into staying in that kind of shape. One other difference, I just looked at the clock.”

She seems to be comparing the differences in her fictional life, and real life, but I definitely get the feeling that she feels as if she’s a real-life Anita.

For more weirdness, pop over to her blog.

Thanks to you-know-who for the link.

Three in a bed

Apparently Laurell K Hamilton’s ex-assistant Darla is having a hard time, so she’s been considering burning her college degree and self-publishing her Anita encyclopedia. *g*

Somehow putting my degree on the gas grill isn’t satisfying, so I am going to wait on it. I will find somewhere to burn it, patience is needed is all.

And lets hear it for those that love us! Me particularly. LOL! I am not going to burn the Anitapedia now. Someone I know pointed out, that lots of hard work went in to that so why not self publish since I have been waiting almost nine years. So I will. It needs some tweaks but it is going to go to Lulu.com.

As soon as it is up, I will let everyone know.

Working on some free online classes. Trying to make me more marketable. The money situation sucks, which is why lulul.com. Just trying to hang in there a while longer and hope a job materializes.

Hmmm… Poor Darla…

Via Mrs Giggles’ blog.

A cyber pal pointed me in the direction of QB’s blog, where she’s got some interesting excerpts from Laurell k Hamilton’s blog.

There are a few tidbits to choose from, but I was most interested in the ones that talk about her and Jon’s hankering for a third person to join them.

LKH Blog- Sunday April 27, 2008

More irony; two of my male friends that are straight and one of female friends that is gay all have absolutely no gag reflex. Now how unfair is that? The rest of us that could use this talent must struggle on, and learn to work around our deficiencies.

Now, if I could just figure out a polite way to ask my three friends with no gag reflex what little misery they’ve got instead, I’d really know if the universe was fair. But some questions are not meant to be asked even between close friends. Not unless liquor is involved, and alas, I do not drink.

I’m trying to get rid of the image of LKH and Jon, humping some random unknown. Talk about life imitating art huh?

LKH Blog – Monday, May 5, 2008
Domestically Challenged

But it is one of those days when I think longingly of having one extra more practical person in the house, but let’s face it, even if Jon and I could find a third adult that we wanted to cohabitate with, we’d never be attracted to someone organized and practical. When we were both dating, our choices ran high to artist, techies, writers, and scientiests. None of these jobs, or degrees are likely to net you an organized mate.

Her and Jon also do interesting things with candlesticks, but you’ll have to pop over to QB’s blog to learn more.

I have to say, I was more amused than surprised at the personal nature of LKH’s blog posts. She obviously doesn’t care about people knowing what she does in private.

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

So I hear that MWA (Mystery Writers of America) delisted the much-maligned Harlequin over the whole self-publishing/vanity press hoopla.

Lee Goldberg writes:

Any author who signs with Harlequin or any of its imprints from this date onward may not use their Harlequin books as the basis for active status membership nor will such books be eligible for Edgar® Award consideration. However books published by Harlequin under contracts signed before December 2, 2009 may still be the basis for Active Status membership and will still be eligible for Edgar® Award consideration (you may find the full text of the decision at the end of this bulletin).

Although Harlequin no longer offers its eHarlequin Critique Service and has changed the name of its pay-to-publish service, Harlequin still remains in violation of MWA rules regarding the relationship between a traditional publisher and its various for-pay services.

Poor Harlequin, I wonder what action they’re gonna take after this? There’s a letter from Harlequin too if you can be arsed to pop over and read it.

Moving on, (more…)

So Darla Thinks She Can Write?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Posted in: Laurell K Hamilton

Three in bed

I guess you’ve all heard by now, that Darla, the ex assistant of author, Laurell K Hamilton, is attempting to pen her own book.

She has an excerpt up on her My Space page.

It’s…. interesting.

Let me give you a snapshot:

I was dreaming, and something was off. Something was poking me on the side in my dream and it didn’t really fit. Not that I ever remember what I dreamed right after I wake up. Just that I had been and it had been off. I am not my best right after I wake up. It takes me a while to get going. I do however have a good time sense even half asleep. I figured it was close to three AM by the feel. The poking continued. Wow, what a dream, the poking was following me in to wakefulness now too. That was definitely a first for me.

More pokes. Definitely not asleep now, so it had to be really happening. I could only hope it wasn’t a rat or some other vermin. Some of the nicest hotels will have issues if there has been a natural disaster nearby causing the wild life to seek refuge where they can. Such is life.

I cracked open my eyelids to look at the clock I knew would be there. Yup, I was right. It was 2:38 AM and black toes nails. Even to my befuddled mind that made no sense. I don’t keep black toe nails on my nightstand.

As I said, I am not my best right after I wake up and it took another minute for me to remember I was not home, snug in my own bed but at FictionConWest with Miriam. I was sleeping on the floor of the living room part of the suite. I needed to be handy in case Miriam needed me, which meant camping out on the floor. But that was okay with me. However, the time and the toenails were not.

I needed to roll a bit to see who it was. Both Miriam and Howard had their toe nails painted black. I should know I made them the appointment at the manicurist before we left Kansas. The edge of a black silk robe was no help either. They both had identical ones. No, nothing to do but keep letting my bleary gaze travel upward to see which of them was poking me.

It was Miriam, holding a pillow. Well, that was new. Was she planning on sleeping in here with me? Had she and Howard woke up and decided to fight? Though usually when they fought, it was Howard who wandered off to lick his wounds.

So, do we think that Miriam is LKH? *g*

For more, just click on this link.

I see Laurell K Hamilton has another Negative Reader Rant up on her blog… Bless….

For those who can’t be arsed to click on the link, here’s some of what she wrote:

I’d say she was a little annoyed wouldn’t you? (g)

Yep, she’s pissed, alright.

I guess that tells you Bam, heheh.

I must admit, this particular paragraph got me a little worried for her sanity:

I mean, come on, buying presents for her characters? Seriously? Isn’t that a little…. ya know… weird?

Just sayin’.

Dear John, Aren’t Readers Bastards?

Thursday, July 6, 2006
Posted in: Uncategorized

Somebody just sent me this link: http://blog.laurellkhamilton.org/2006_07_01_archive.html. I refuse to link, but you guys can just copy and paste into your web browsers.

It’s an entry by Laurell K Hamilton’s arse wiper assistant.

He/she heard about the latest trend of taking potshots at MJD and wanted to offer his/her support.

The letter to MJD starts:

He/she goes on to add:

This bit tickled me no end:

Pass me the fucking sick bucket. Some people will do anything just to get in on the action.

Fangirls Rule?

Saturday, May 20, 2006
Posted in: Uncategorized

Sarah McCarty, erotic romance author, has a guest blog over at Anne’s. She’s talking about the latest trend of fangirl bashing. It makes for interesting reading.

I’m a fangirl of Sarah’s actually, and I’ll recommend her books to anybody who asks.

I think the label, ‘rabid fangirls’ probably came from the more extreme type of fangirl. Laurell K Hamilton shut down the comments section of her blog because she was getting harrassed by her own fans. No doubt because of something she did with Anita Blake.

Also, ‘rabid’ fangirls tend to get ridiculously aggressive if they feel that their beloved authors are being dissed, and generally tend to foam at the mouth if anybody dares to suggest that said author’s books are a steaming pile of dog shit.

As romance lovers, we all have authors who we squeeeee (thanks Sybil) over, but I do think there is a certain breed who always have to go too far with their fangirlishness.

Sick, Sick, Sick!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Posted in: Uncategorized

Wow, I just found out that somebody tried to contact Laurell K Hamilton whilst she was at RT, to tell her that her sick grandma, had just had a second stroke, and was about to die. What the fuck?

Apparently it may be a disgruntled fan? Excuse me? Fan? I don’t think so, this was done by a bunny-boiling, card carrying fruitcake. How cruel can a person be?

A bit of glee...

A bit of glee…

Monday, May 14, 2012
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks

Remember last week how there was a reader who disagreed with me about censorship?

The quick recap: the Brevard County Library system purchased 19 copies of that book I won’t read (Karen’s review here) then pulled from circulation when someone heard that it was being labeled “mommy porn” in the media.

Well, Galley Cat got wind of it, as did SBSarah, who checked out the library system’s collection. Guess what she found in it?

A very healthy portion of the Longarm books–so-called ‘adult western’ (for Beverly‘s benefit: badly written sex, clearly intended to titillate) along with titles by several well known erotic romance authors (Lora Leigh, Laurell K. Hamilton and Emma Holly, just to name three).

As several readers asked here, what’s different about this book, other than public outcry–and the abominable “mommy porn” moniker?

Nothing, that’s what.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(The glee part: I posted about this before both the Bitches and GalleyCat–heh)

Deja vu

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks

How often have we seen this:

I love (insert author’s name here) you guys are nuts. Yeah, so what if her books have sex in them. Whats so wrong with being open about yourself? No one is making you pick up her book, and i certainly dont see you going out there to write anything better.

in response to criticism of an author?

Sometimes the phrasing is a bit more sophisticated, the writer more articulate, and the spelling and grammar overall better, but the core message remains: if you don’t like what I like and have the gall to say so publicly, it’s because you are a talentless, envious hack and a prude–so there!

Personally, I’m entertained by visualizing these passionate defenders of whatever it is I don’t like or dare criticize, telling me these things to my face… :evil 😀 :

adam and eve

Erm, this post really isn’t about inspirationals, so all the peeps looking for a cheap thrill may want to surf elsewhere. *g*

Anyway, one of my favourite biblical films of all times has always been Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments. Mostly because Charlton Heston as a young Moses was hot, but also because of the many themes that are oh-so-familiar in the romance genre.

Let’s see, you have the unquestionably heroic lead, his Mary Jane virgin, a secret baby, the spurned seductress, and the over-the-top bad guy. The HEA might have left a lot to be desired, but for the love of God, the guy was old, he was bound to die at some point.

If you had to choose any story from the bible to recreate in a romance, which story would it be?

Tuesday Special: Interview with Emma Holly!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Posted in: Uncategorized

Author Name: Emma Holly
Genre: very steamy romance and very romantic erotica
Latest book in shops now: I have a mass market reprint of Personal Assets coming out in early September.

Before we begin this interview, I need to check that you’re still grounded and that your head isn’t swollen from all of your success, so with that in mind, what was the last thing you bought on Ebay, and do you know how much a carton of milk costs?

Well, I don’t know that my answer will allow me to make any claims about having a normal-sized head, because the only thing I’ve ever bought on ebay was a book by Gennita Low as part of a fundraiser. (Good writer, BTW.) And I have no idea what a carton of milk costs because I never drink it.

Name your top five favourite books that you read as a child:

The colored fairy books edited by Andrew Lang, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, and The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I liked plenty more, but those are the ones I’d still re-read today.

{Karen interrupts: I loooooved The Little Princess!}

What does a typical day as a writer consist of?

My day’s pretty free-form, but in general: a very little yoga, breakfast, write till I’m tired of writing, then take a jog or a walk to clear my head. I’ll often edit in the afternoon.

I don’t purposefully write at night, but sometimes I’ll just sit down to get what I think is a good line or scene idea on paper, and I’ll lift my head a whole scene later. I guess you could say my writer’s day is part structured, part led by inspiration.

Name your top five favourite books of all time.

Hm. Pride and Prejudice, I guess, in part, because I relive the miniseries with Colin Firth while I’m reading it. The first Harry Potter. Interview with the Vampire. Dune was an imagination-changing book.. Another book that swept me to a truly cool historical otherworld was Katherine Neville’s The Eight. That book had such scope and excitement it really blew me away.

Which authors are you glomming at the moment? (reading a lot of?)

Right now I’m really enjoying Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Kim Harrison. All H’s. I wonder if that means something . . .

{ummmm… I’ve no idea}

Do you have other close romance writer friends, and if so who are they?

Writers do tend to gravitate to each other, if only to have someone to complain or crow to who really gets what they’re talking about. I have a great pair of writing/lunching/crowing buddies in Michele Hauf and Nita Abrams.

When did you realise that you wanted to write books, and who or what inspired you?

I don’t remember *not* wanting to write, but I’m sure my favorite books as a kid (see above) gave me the idea that being a writer was a Good Thing.

If you could have a one-to-one conversation with a famous historical figure, who would it be with and what would you talk about?

It might sound weird, but I’d want to talk to Jesus, hear things from the horse’s mouth, as it were–what he really said, what he really did, what he thought about Mary Magdalene.

I’m pretty nondenominational myself, and always have been, but that whole story has fascinated me since I was little.

What is your ultimate goal when it comes your writing?

To entertain people and to touch them, to make them feel more excited about being human beings.

What is your favourite food?

Really good chocolate cheesecake. With raspberries.

Which of your books is the dearest to your heart, and why?

Whatever books I’ve had to fight for tend to become dear to my heart. Courting Midnight, became a bit a wrangle, both between me and my editor, and between me and myself. I’m really proud of the way it turned out, plus it’s Lucius’s story and he’s one of my favorite characters.

Has anything a reviewer or reader said or written about you changed the way you write? Rosie’s Question

No. Or almost no. Once or twice a reader has complained about something I thought was really silly, and I made a point of doing the thing again in another book.

I do realize this might annoy readers to hear, but the only way I can continue being a writer, to continue taking pleasure in the process and staying fresh, is to trust my own vision first and last.

Whether you listen to other people or mainly yourself, it’s impossible to write a perfect book, so I follow the path that most sustains my creative energy.

Mind you, I’m okay with readers having opinions about my books–that’s part of what makes reading fun–I simply hold the firm belief that only I should determine what goes in them.

When was the last time you went overseas and where did you go?

I went to London and Bath two summers ago with my buddy, Nita Abrams. It was my first time there and lots of fun. (Pictures on my website for the curious.)

{Bath is booootiful!!}

Who’s your favourite romance hero of all time?

Darcy, or if you prefer, Colin Firth’s Darcy *g*

{Karen interrupts again: I take it you like Colin Firth then?}

Who’s your favourite romance heroine of all time?

Maybe the heroine in Katherine Neville’s The Eight. She was incredibly brainy and grew into being incredibly kick-butt, compassionate and brave. She had a wonderful character arc.

What kind of characters would you say you typically wrote? – Lisa’s question

Well, I’m not fond of characters who are victims, though many of my characters have had rough pasts. I tend toward characters with a dark side, flawed people with some deep inner strength that needs to be brought out.

I like to explore the journey of how they grow as people, how they become braver or more accepting (including of themselves), and how they learn to do the biggest, scariest thing, i.e., open their hearts to someone they love.

If only one person could read your book, who would that be? Rosie’s Question

I hope you don’t mean one person, period, cuz I don’t think that small! My ambition, aspiration, whatever, is that the people who have the capacity to love my books find them. When push comes to shove, I suspect that’s what most writers want.

What was the last movie you saw?

Layer Cake

Name your top five favourite romantic films.

Off the top of my head:
Heaven Can Wait, Casablanca,
Bridget Jones Diary,
Emma Thompson’s Sense and Sensibility,
Blade Runner

{Blade Runner? Was that romantic?}

If you could be any other author, who would you be and why?

I wouldn’t want to be any other author. I only want to be a better me.

{Good answer}

What was the last book you read?

A Book of Angels by Sophie Burnham

Have you ever written a book that you didn’t particularly care for, and do you cringe if you see people picking it up to read it?

Fortunately, the only books I cringe over are the ones that didn’t make it into print.

Finally, when’s your next book due out, and what’s it about?

Courting Midnight is out October 4th. It’s the third in my Midnight series and features Lucius from the first two books. It’s set in the Regency. I call it “Jane Austen with Teeth.” Here’s the blurb:

Lucius White is the oldest living vampire in the world, a powerful shape changing upyr. For the last several hundred years, his life has paled to mere existence. That is, until a mystical roadside encounter has him assuming the identity—and the emotions—of a village squire.

The local matchmaking mamas have no idea he isn’t what he appears, but their efforts to bag him are for naught. It’s poor but spirited Theo Becket who captures his immortal eye. Lucius uses his vampire thrall to seduce her, only to realize he wants to win her heart fair and square.

Sounds like you’ve got another winner on your hands, yay!

Thanks for your time Emma!

Thank you for your interest!

Well folks, I’ll be in Florida, for the next couple of weeks, so there wont be any interviews posted, but when I return, I shall be talking to author, Julie Garwood. BTW, I love the intro on her site, go check it out!