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text 2014-10-18 17:34
Olga Filina of The Rights Factory Threatens Legal Action to Silence Me

Yesterday, I made a post about my rather unfortunate experiences as the client of one Olga Filina of the Rights Factory. Today, I received a rather unsettling email. Behold:



That's right, "legal options." I'm not entirely sure what she could justifiably sue me for, but that's not the point.


The point is that my immediate reaction was fear, and that's what this email is about. Look how she brings up my career and how I could "sabotage" it. (Note: Shotgun submissions can sabotage a person's career. Having your damn manuscript in the hands of fifty people at once can sabotage a person's career. You'll excuse me if I don't really think her concern is for me here.) 


What she wants is for me to be silent. To retract my post. To hide the truth. I'm not going to lie; this scares the bejeezus out of me. We don't have the money to deal with a lawsuit. I suppose I could just fold, just let her censor me. But no one ever speaks out against TRF's behavior. We're all afraid of exactly this, and not only do I not want people to have that kind of power over me, but I don't think I could live with myself if I went silent and allowed other people to put themselves in the line of fire. Because my silence means other people will be treated this way by TRF. 


I won't let other writers be hurt, no matter what the consequences for me. Hell, I'm not sure I want much to do with the industry after this, anyway. 


I have to wonder, what is she so afraid of? What did I say that could possibly bring TRF's law department down on me? After all, I'm just some nobody on the internet. 


This is a warning for all writers. Avoid The Rights Factory. One thing is for damn sure: They don't give a flying fuck about your rights.


(If you have the time and inclination, please signal boost. Writers deserve to know what sort of shenanigans are going on here.)

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text 2014-06-28 21:14

Sometimes you get these notes/letters from friends and you can just sit there for an hour or two reading them over and over again, laughing at their silliness and feeling all warm and fuzzy.


And then a month goes by and you realize you haven't answered them yet, and they've been too nice to send you another message and give you a kick to get you moving.


And then when you finally write your belated answer you spend the whole time apologizing and groveling and they're STILL too nice to do anything but tell you to shut up with the apologies.


And then you realize that this friend is waaaaay awesomer than you and you just kind of roll your sleeves up and prepare to make yourself awesomer because THERE WILL BE NO MORE LATE REPLIES TO THIS AWESOME FRIEND'S MESSAGES.

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text 2014-06-21 23:17
Look what arrived in the mail today

I'm totally not going to read it immediately.  I'm going to dutifully follow my carefully ordered book list.  In no way, shape, or form am I going to blow any responsibilities or activities off to read this.  I have ARCs that come out way before this that need to be read, and I'm going to respect that. 


I'm definitely going to respect every reason I just listed and not read this immediately.



P.S. I just cracked the cover open as I typed this.....

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text 2014-06-19 20:15
Sorry not Sorry
The Arrow - Monica McCarty

This book doesn't come out until August.


This is book 9 in the series.  I haven't even read book 1.


This is not on my currently reading shelf.


I have many more books I could/should be reading.





Just double clicked it on my ereader.

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review 2014-01-15 12:09
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You - Ally Carter

The Great Gallagher Girls Reread

A few years ago I found myself in the predicament of having nothing to read. This can either be the best or the worst situation to find yourself in, depending on the circumstances. Mine was about the middle of the road. I was 14, had some pocket money and was wandering through the book department at Target (they have a somewhat limited selection). I chanced upon I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You, the first of the Gallagher Girls series. Fastforward to today, the sixth and final book has been released and I have bought the five books in the series I didn't already own and am revisiting Cammie and her friends to see how it all ends.

There is one main word that comes to mind when I am describing this book: fun . I have always found The Gallagher Girls such an enjoyable read and I have narrowed it down to two predominant aspects. The first is that it takes place at boarding school (the Gallagher Academy). I have always wanted to go to boarding school, since I started reading stories where the main character goes away to school and has a roommate and goes to class where she lives and gets into mischief and has adventures. From Malory Towers to Hogwarts, I have always had an obsession with the idea of boarding school and always wanted to go to 'see what it was like', as I told my parents who never caught on to the idea. The second aspect is SPIES. Badass, kick your ass, teenage girl spies (in training). At the boarding school. Where they take classes such as Covert Operations and Protections & Enforcement. You can say it sounds far fetched all you like, but I think it sounds awesome and that's why it appealed to my 14 year old self and why it still appeals to my 20 year old self today.

In this first installment, we are introduced to Cammie 'The Chameleon' Morgan whose mother is the headmistress of the Gallagher Academy and whose father was killed on assignment. It is not a normal life and Cammie is not a normal teenage girl, and neither are her friends. The school is an all girls school, with little opportunity for interaction with *gasp* those other kinds of humans....boys! So when Cammie meets one who thinks she's just your average teenager and who is showing some interest in her, she's way out of her depth. He can never know what she is. And yet, the promise of being normal draws her in and she is left with some tough choices to make.

I feel like my own summary of the book doesn't do it enough justice. The dialogue between characters and also inside Cammie's head was witty and funny, and I especially enjoyed her 'real history lessons' where a Gallagher Girl was involved in almost everything you know about and stuff you don't. I loved her relationship with her friends and how important she realised it was. The gadgets were cool, the classes sound heaps better than mine and I found I enjoyed this just as much at 20 as I did at 14. Bear in mind when you do read this that it is the point of view of a fifteen year old, written for fifteen year olds, and be careful not to expect a literary masterpiece - and you might just enjoy it. The four star rating I first gave it still stands. Bring on book 2!

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