This little e-card was posted on Facebook by my cousin, and I thought you'd all get a kick out of it! I love the Musketeer Man showing off the text like some Vanna White...too funny. I have cards with words such as your and you're; there, their, they're; which, witch....etc for my boys. It's a pet peeve of mine to mix up words - although not too long ago I actually (blushes) used the word reign when I should have used rein! So even an old girl can still mess up!
Author Roz Lee, fellow member of BTS Bookclub, has a new release! Buy Link for
Under The Covers...
Special Agent, Bree Stanton has big plans. As soon as she solves her current case, she's moving on, even if it means leaving her heart behind. Falling in love with Drew Whitcomb was never supposed to happen, but she has no intention of giving up her dreams for a guy who's content to spend his days judging lewd contests, and pining for his best friend's wife.
Drew's job providing security for the Lothario's owners is the perfect cover. Keeping an eye on Bree isn't a hardship, but keeping his hands off her is more difficult. And convincing her to give him a chance is proving to be a mission impossible, given that she thinks he's still in love with his former partner, now his best friend’s wife. Drew is looking forward to the day he can show Bree the man under the cover, but until that day, he's going to do all he can to make sure she won't leave him when he does.
Congrats, Roz! Hope you encounter smooth sailing with your newest title...
Progress on the Writing Front ~
The Third Fate is finished! I'm reading through to scan for any missed typos, mistakes, guffaws in translation, but this is the final stages! Betas will receive my book in a few days. I can't wait! Exciting, exciting.
I'm weeks away from publishing, and it feels fantastic!
In The News...
Anyone not aware of the PayPal issue going on should read the following articles...
The EFF blogged about the issue a few days ago: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/02/legal-censorship-paypal-makes-habit-deciding-what-users-can-read
Today, ABFFE and NCAC issued a press release: http://www.scribd.com/doc/83549049/NCAC-ABFFE-Letter-To-PayPal-eBay-re-Ebook-Refusal-2012
THE PROBLEM: (in an email from Mark Coker)
PayPal is asking us to censor legal fiction. Regardless of how one views topics
of rape, bestiality and incest, these topics are pervasive in mainstream fiction.
We believe this crackdown is really targeting erotica writers. This is unfair,
and it marks a slippery slope. We don't want credit card companies or financial
institutions telling our authors what they can write and what readers can read.
Fiction is fantasy. It's not real. It's legal.
My Thoughts...The biggest problem is that PayPal isn't denying authors the right to sell their material, they are simply refusing to be party to it. This action mostly affects erotica authors. I am not an erotica author; therefore, this action does not affect my books. It would be easy to ignore the issue after logical thinking led to the above conclusion, but I don't believe it's that simple. Who decides what is appropriate for PayPal to 'allow' as a transaction? Right now it has to do with books that have content such as rape (wouldn't that exclude much of the romance genre from the 1970's - The Flame and the Flower, Kathleen Woodiwiss as one example, which is by the way a great romance even though it has a rape scene and many of Bertrice Small's books?) Right now, I don't think so, but that doesn't mean PayPal won't include them (or exclude them as perspective dictates) in the future. I'm not sure I think PayPal should have a hand in how their customers choose to spend their hard earned cash - obviously as long as it's a legal transaction.
The flip side of the argument is just as difficult to navigate. PayPal is a company, not a legislative body. PayPal is not trying to take these books off the market, nor to prevent sales through some other avenue. Does anyone (including the government) have a right to MAKE PayPal participate in something that violates their principles?
In the end, I believe that the only way PayPal should be 'influenced' is through consumers. If people are truly upset and unhappy over this decision, they won't use PayPal, thereby forcing the company to change its policy to remain profitable. But they would still have a choice in the matter.