Another video, Some Apple bucks, One pub door closes while another downsizes, Plagiarism is bad…I mean really bad. Some Movers and Shakers and of course some bookshelf porn 🙂
So my rambling didn’t scare any of you off. Whoo hoo! Thank you all for your feedback for the first video post for this segment last month. It was fun to make and we’ve decided to continue with it. You’ll still get your news synopsis here but now you have the option of listening to me rant and ramble in HD :). We’ve also decided to start a separate segment where I answer reader questions. So get your notepads ready. You can send any questions you’d like me to address to info(at)romancenovelsincolor(dot)com. Be sure to add “Reader Question” in the subject line.
Again, please email info(at)romancenovelsincolor(dot)com and be sure to add “Reader Question” in the subject line, if you want me to address any of your questions in upcoming videos.
Some Apple Loot
It seems that a settlement is looming in the Apple, Amazon price-fixing lawsuit. Amazon sent out emails to all of their customers today who are eligible to receive some funds from the lawsuit. A settlement is expected to be reached by fall. You can read more about the suit here
Red Rose Publishing, a small digital press closed its doors unexpectedly this summer. Both authors and readers were left out in the cold, when they attempted to logon to the publisher’s website only to find it inactive. To say many Red Rose authors are angry and unsettled is an understatement. Currently I’ve found no official documentation or announcement of the closing. However, the site has been down since July, the owner isn’t answering any phone calls and several authors who have published with them have confirmed with me that the pub is indeed closed.
Publisher in Trouble
There have been rumors circulating regarding trouble at Ellora’s Cave for over a year now. However, like everything else, nothing is real until you can Google it. Ellora’s Cave announced in August that they were experiencing some “revenue” issues and that they would be reducing staff in order to combat any further losses. They alluded to problems with Amazon sales and later confirmed it here. For the publisher’s authors and readers sake’s I hope Ellora’s Caves makes it out of the “hiccup” intact.
Plagiarism is Bad
There’s not much more I can say to this. Plagiarism is bad, it sucks, so just don’t do it. Seriously, there is a special place in hell where you’re forced to sit on a pineapple if you do. I super promise you. Over the course of the last few months several cases of plagiarism have been reported in the romance genre. You can read more about them here, here and here. It’s occurring in all sub genres of romance. The good news is that romance has some of the best readers and fans out there and plagiarists are being caught relatively quick. I can only give thanks to all of the readers out there who have taken the time to let an author know when they’ve read something that may be stolen work.
Movers and Shakers
The Clocks of London by Lyn Brittan
Moira Gear is tired of being ignored. After years of begging to join her brother’s investigative firm, she’s off to seek her fortunes in the great tunnels of Water London. She’s needed there, even if no one else thinks so. Street children are disappearing, but only she appears to notice. That leaves just one option – save them and finally establish herself as a private investigator.
Patrick Clock is THE investigator of the well heeled. Taking only the best cases, he’s earned quite the laudable reputation among both the municipal force and common citizens. He wants nothing other than to focus on his work, but while out on a call, he spies a woman with a remarkable eye and a talent for trouble. What choice does he have but to follow her?
Their plans don’t involve each other, but Patrick and Moira find themselves tangled in a web of danger and lies. As their temporary partnership tumbles dangerously close to love, they must each find the courage to save the waters of London and each other.
A multicultural Steampunk whodunit, leagues under a blood red sea.
Run by Eve Vaughn
Dare O’Shaughnessy had the world in the palm of his hand. A man known and feared for his ruthlessness, his word was law. The last word he ever expected to hear was no. Until he met her.
Aya Smith despised the ruling class who looked down on hardworking people like her. Sick of being treated unfairly by laws that protect the wealthy and punish the poor, she takes a stand but soon realizes, she might have crossed the wrong man.
Created as a government program to assist in the repopulation of the country when an untested drug wipes out millions of women, The Run eventually evolves into something much more sinister. Now played for the amusement of the super rich, women down on their luck find themselves the prizes of sadistic masters.
Aya is forced to volunteer for The Run, and Dare, the most sadistic of all, places her in his crosshairs. She will belong to him, body and soul. But when he catches her will she succumb to his mastery, or will he find more trouble than he bargained for?
The Game of Love by K. Alex Walker
How was it possible that everything about this woman, every single damn thing he encountered, was so wonderful?
Professional Quarterback Austin Riley has always been smitten with the lovely Sommer Hayes. Having known each other their entire lives, the majority of their relationship exchanges were sneers, insults, smirks, and jeers. Now, ten years have past since he last stepped foot in his hometown. He and Sommer run into each other again, only to find out that they both share the same secret: their hatred towards each other had merely been a cover-up for the true feelings that they’d kept hidden.
However, another hidden secret is also lying in wait, waiting to tear them apart.
Some Bookshelf Porn
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. Come back on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month to get her romance industry news…with a colorful twist.