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Piracy and Being Broke

It’s a fact of life that eventually the book you worked super hard on to write is going to end up on some jackhole’s site just giving away the pdf for free.

To call it frustrating would be a gross understatement.

By now, every reader knows the deal: Pirating books take away royalties from authors, it sucks, etc. and so on.  But hey, I’m broke, unemployed, and trying to get disability.  I haven’t purchased a book since, wow it’s been a while.  And I LOVE M/M stories and am a fool for audiobooks.

For me, that means reading free stories, and in some cases, not reading at all.  Given that I can’t read while I have a work in progress, this has been quite doable.

For others who are low in the cash department, I understand the temptation.  Just, for crying out loud, if you must, don’t get the books from these shitty sites.  Some of them are spoofs, some just want your info, some pdf files may just be viruses in disguise, and they just suck.  Ask a fellow reader who purchased the book, if you absolutely must. Sure I’ll be missing a royalty, but again, I’m broke and I understand and I’d rather miss one royalty and maybe gain a reader that might buy one of my books when they have the cash than…a lot of them thanks to these shitty sites.

If you can actually afford to buy a book, and pirate it anyway…then I’m kinda hoping that pdf is a virus.

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Casa de Forcine grows by one!

Meet Chotu, my very first pet!  He’s adorable and stumpy as fuck and hiding under the bed right now, but lookit!!!

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Happily Ever After – Tonight!

So, the other reason why I have a You Tube channel is because I get together with some romance loving friends twice a month and we talk about some of the hottest books.  We’re doing an episode tonight, featuring a fan fave, Damon Suede’s Hot Head!  We do this live over Google Hangouts, so please feel free to join us on YouTube and leave comments (we’ll respond on air) and if you can’t join us live, the vid will be uploaded to YouTube the moment we’re done!

 

Tonight, 8:30CST/9:30EST!  See you then!

Happily Ever After, Episode Six: Giving an Inch and A Perfect Solution

Now for something completely different:

Tonight, we’re getting naughty times two tonight with two BDSM books tonight on Happily Ever After. In ten minutes (that 8:30 CST/9:30 EST), we’ll be covering Giving an Inch and A Perfect Solution. Come join us!

CONverging on controversy

I am currently sitting in a hotel room outside of the Twin Cities, getting rested up and ready for the last night of convention parties and madness before returning to the normal life of a writer/professional mail opener. First, I got the blurb finalized for This Little Whatever and I’m bouncing in my seat in readiness.  Does this butterflies in the stomach feeling ever go away with the next books?  I hope to hell not.

Also, I got up yesterday morning and typed out a little short that I hope will find a nice place in a winter holiday anthology this year.  I have a few weeks to get it edited, but fingers crossed.

So, lastly, I’m going to wander into a controversy that started right as I was driving to this convention and it blew my tiny little mind.  See, I’m naive about our genre and our fans and our authors and reviewers and etc, and I really shouldn’t be.  I should be old hat at this.  I started enjoying men kissing each other back in ’96, when I was sixteen and into anime and discovered this thing called yaoi and oh how fun it is.  I was a fan until college stepped in and kicked my ass and stole my love of reading and writing for the low, low cost of no degree and some debt.  When I started writing again, I didn’t know there was a market (other than Nifty.com) for the m/m stories I kept cranking out for NaNoWriMo. 

Then I learned.  And now I’m here.

And now I gotta problem.

Okay, no beating around the bush anymore.  Seriously, Wave, what the hell?

For those coming late to the party, well, other and better authors have addressed a recent post (now deleted and I’m on a tablet and have no clue how to link a screen shot) panning all the sudden surprise “het sex” that the reviewers on the site have come upon recently.  Now, just like all of the others who have had issues with the post, I am not saying anyone has to change what gets their motors running.  You want dicks and dicks only?  Okay.  Enjoy.  I think you’re missing out on a lot of awesome books, but hey, I’m not queen of your book budget.

It’s still a little bigoted, though.  I mean, are there people in 2013 who are NOT aware that some guys have vaginas?  Are we seriously going to misgender in order to keep some narrow idea of what man on man sex is supposed to be?  I’m a little disappointed.  I believed our genre was a lot more open than this. We were supposed to be the ones stirring the dull old Big Six romance publishers to try different things because we’re so progressive and awesome and…seriously what the hell?

I thought I’d left behind the vagina-derangement syndrome back when I left yaoi, a place were any ladybits that any male character may have had contact with were roasted over the literary spit.  Nice well rounded girls were morphed into evil harpies trying to keep our One True Pairing apart by being present, or loving, or heaven forbid, the canon love interest.  But it looks like we’re facing the same crap. It was baffling among
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Not bad for the first attempt at a serious blog.  I promise to work on things a bit more.