Laurel goes off on a rant, some Movers and Shakers and more awesome Bookshelf porn (kind of)…
And so it begins…
I was just scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day when I came across an interesting image and article title that made me stop and take notice.
Intrigued by the title, I did as expected and clicked the link like the information junkie that I am. With every sentence that I read, I’m pretty sure I rediscovered religion, because for all that is holy, I was ready to commit some pretty heinous mayhem once I finished the article. even now, just getting ready to recap it makes my blood run at 1000 degrees hotter.
*Breathe Laurel, breathe*
SO! This article was published over on The Hustle, titled “Part 2: Confessions from the Scammy, Underground World of Kindle eBooks”. Are you with me here so far? Can you tell where this is going? I bet you can’t.
The content of the article is all about how this one person, decided to try their hand at becoming a “fake” bestselling author, by manipulating and gaming the system Amazon has put in place for book selling. Did his approach anger me? Yup. Did the fact that all the means he used actually exist piss me off? Yup. Is that what had me seeing red and ready to explode? Nope. That honour was given to this lovely line.
According to our insider, the most popular romance novels involve billionaires, military men, or jungle fever.
Oh yeahhhh. Let that sit for a minute. Nothing sells like JUNGLE FEVER. The comments for the article have since been closed, but that hasn’t stopped many people from continuing the conversation off of the site. But you know what everyone seems captivated by? What the guy did and how he went about doing it. But very few people have mentioned how down right racist the jungle fever line was or how the article’s writer used it as some throw away funny (hahahahaha!) comment.
To hit one more popular romance theme, I changed all the characters’ names and made the male protagonist black for a little jungle fever action.
Interracial romance is NOT a fetish. It is NOT a trope, and it is NOT some marketing ploy to gain readers. It IS a reflection of REAL people and REAL couples who are constantly reminded by society, that common sense and decency isn’t so freaking common.
The entire article was all sorts of wrong. Hanvel, the article’s author, claims it was meant to shed light on the horrible tactics some people use to manipulate and plagiarize their way to “easy” cash. His seemingly good intentions totally backfired. At least with me. He trash talked romance, slurred interracial romance and incidently ended up plagiarising a real published author in the process. Good job.
Over the last year the momentum for diverse books AND authors has seen a great surge, but I have to say, I was really disappointed by how easy it was for authors who decided to wade into the conversation and blast the article, but not put on blast the jungle fever comments. So I’m doing it here.
I can’t tell some person I really don’t know to go suck a bag of d!#ks, my mamma (and Delaney) just won’t approve. However, I CAN tell the writer that even if you decide to write an article in a teasing or sarcastic tone, that doesn’t give you license to be derogatory and flat out use racist terms. The term didn’t even add anything to the tone the writer seemed to be striving for. It seemed obvious that the author just threw it in because that was what he associated with interracial romance.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you see interracial romance being referred to as this often?
You can read the full article here. Just remember to have a bottle of whiskey and antacids on hand.
Movers and Shakers
Code Name: Papa by Aliyah Burke
Top-secret government operatives can’t afford emotional attachments. Years ago, Beckett Hanson broke the rule and fell in love. Hard. She was a spy – like Beckett – until she went dark eight years ago. She simply disappeared. And for Beckett, that meant hardening his broken heart and being the job. Until one phone call changes everything…
Indigo Grey left her life behind eight years ago when she became pregnant. Since then, she’s lived a “normal” life with her son, until a trip lands them both in some serious hot water. Now her son’s life is in danger and Indigo is desperate. The only man who can help her is the man she ran away from – the father of her son. But they’re running out of time…
The Viking Wants Forever by Koko Brown
A Love Frozen In Time…
Reese Johnson yearns for a life other than the world of drudgery she’s settled for as the manager of a comic book store. What’s that they say? Be careful what you wish for? Well that’s a motto Reese should have tattooed across her forehead. Because Loki, the Norse god of mischief, has just the remedy for the boring life of this woman who denounces his existence.
His recipe for disaster?
Take a 30 year-old woman and send her back in time as a pawn for revenge. Couple her with Eirik Sigurdsson, a Viking Warlord, too arrogant and baggage-laden to be of any use for anything, but battle and bed. Mix thoroughly, folding in a heavy dose of pride, a tyrannical king, and a sympathetic goddess. Bake at high until a white-hot love is unleashed and then forever frozen in time.
Off Duty by Sawyer Bennet
As a member of the New York Fire Department, single father Tim Davis is about as tough as they come. But underneath the muscles and tattoos, he still nurses a bruised heart handed to him courtesy of his first love. While on vacation with his son in New Orleans, Tim runs into the very woman that taught him about love before pulling it all away.
Holly Reynolds is rebuilding her life as an orthopedic doctor, far away from her home in New York City and her controlling father… the man responsible for tearing her and Tim apart. While she knows the hurt she caused Tim could never be forgiven, she can’t help the overwhelming feelings she still has for her first and deepest love.
Truths are revealed as lies are exposed.
Two people come back together again to explore the fragile emotional bonds that still keep them tethered, even as their passion ignites hotter than any fire Tim has ever had to put out before.
Some Bookshelf Porn
I know I’ve posted this once before, but I found myself gravitating toward some retail therapy this week and ended up purchasing one of the gorgeous bags as a gift. I LOVE these.
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.