Google tries out their new slap technique, Teens are reading less but there’s hope, Amazon knows what you’re reading, and some of this month’s Movers and Shakers
Excuse me Google?
There is a certain amount of mega-corporate heavy handedness that I’m willing to accept, but recent news from Google has me feeling dizzy from the double cheek slap they’ve dolled out to users of Blogger.
In March, Google plans on deleting any blogs on their Blogger platform marked as “adult” or containing sexually explicit content. This announcement impacts many romance authors who use Blogger as a platform for their blogs or websites.
Every Blogger user behind an “adult content warning” page was told Monday by Google to delete sexually explicit content, or find their blog removed from every form of access except registered users.
Until today, Google’s Blogger platform previously allowed “images or videos that contain nudity or sexual activity,” and stated that “Censoring this content is contrary to a service that bases itself on freedom of expression.”
That changed on a whim Monday when Google ripped the rug out from under its previously-compliant Blogger users, who were told they’d be disappeared if Google decided their blogs contain “sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video.”
Rather than leave its already-restricted adult content alone, Google has told Blogger users it will be eliminating all adult blogs from public access on March 23, 2015, (and taking them out of all forms of search).
You can find more about this particular crazy sauce here.
Teens Reading Less?
Galley Cat published an interesting infographic this week depicting the decline of reading amongst teenagers. The graphic highlights exactly why literacy programs are so important, but also made me a little sad.
According to the graphic:
Almost half of seventeen year-olds who read for fun at the age of nine have stopped reading, according to The National Book Foundation’s BookUp organization.
You can view the full infographic here.
Amazon knows what you like…
Amazon has several publishing lines, one of them being Montlake, their romance line. Recently, Amazon released a listing of the most highlighted passages in their Montlake books according to kindle highlights. The list was unsurprisingly romantic and surprisingly non-erotic. I wonder if Amazon cleaned up the list before they released it. Hmmmm…
Here are a few of the most highlighted lines from their books:
“If I’d known our last kiss was going to be our last kiss,” he murmured thoughtfully, “I’d have made it better.” – Point of No Return by Tiffany Snow
“Life is messy, it’s complicated, and sometimes we let down the people we love the most. And sometimes they let us down, but you can’t give up. Every day is a chance to get it right. So, yes, absolutely. I believe in love. You know what Elvis said. Sometimes you can’t help falling.” – Love Me Sweet by Tracy Brogan
“Know your own happiness. Want for nothing but patience— or give it a more fascinating name: Call it hope.” – Bliss and the Art of Forever by Alison Kent
The full list can be found here.
Movers and Shakers
Again for the First Time by Raven St. Pierre
“Marry me” were the last words Luke thought he’d say to a perfect stranger. Then again, Lissette never dreamed she’d actually say “yes”.
But she did…
The odds are against them from the start of their less than conventional marriage, but the couple quickly realizes that their newfound love is absolutely worth the risk.
The Sweetest Thing by Nikki Winter
Konstantine Vetrov is pretty sure he’s made it abundantly clear that he only has one woman in mind to carry his progeny and take his name. Or so he thought until he landed back in White Plains, New York, six years after traveling abroad for his father’s company and finally realized that said woman is completely oblivious to his feelings. Harper Sweet is the end all, be all for him; the beginning and the end. The one. He’s not satisfied with their twenty-odd years of friendship staying firmly in the zone where he doesn’t get to touch and kiss and hold her inappropriately. Which means what exactly? That it’s time for him to show Harper the sweetest thing between them is not simply her culinary creations but all the possibilities left unexplored…
Scratch by Olivia Linen and LeTeisha Newton
In part two of the Corporate Hitman Trilogy, the story centers around SCRATCH.
SCRATCH knew exactly what he was in for when he sold his soul.
Pierce Eaglemohr’s offer of freedom was nothing more than a pair of invisible handcuffs. Now SCRATCH is at the center of an FBI investigation and time is running out. The wall of lies is beginning to crumble.
It’s the worst possible time for him to meet a woman and it’s too bad that Monica Tidwell is the one woman with the power to destroy him.
History may try to repeat itself, but this time he’s not alone. The Hitmen have his back.
Jane by Michelle N. Onuorah
Hurt and abused.
Jane Daugherty has survived what can only be described as the childhood from hell. After years of mental, physical, and sexual abuse, she has become a fiercely independent young woman – closed off from human connection. Unable to trust people or in their ability to be kind, she has vowed to build a new life for herself so that she never has to rely on others again. At 24-years-old, she is fulfilling this vow, successfully working as the youngest tenure-track professor at the University of New York.
Brilliant and remarkably accomplished, Jane’s life takes an unexpected turn when she is reunited with the childhood friend she protected in foster care. Alexa Masterson introduces Jane to the family that adopted her, a family that includes her older brother, Aiden Masterson. Instantly drawn to each other, Aiden and Jane embark on a relationship that will either destroy them both or shape them into the man and woman they were always meant to be. Can what started as lust transform into love? And what will bring about the transformation that they ultimately need?
Some Bookshelf Porn
This room has me all wrapped up in stuttering FEELINGS! Every single element makes me want to squeal. In truth, when I first saw the image, I worried that my vocal chords would never recover from the high pitched noises that emanated from my throat. Even now, days later, drool is dribbling down my chin…
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.