Monday, May 21, 2018

Pr*ck Charming - Madison Faye




Title: Pr*ck Charming
Series: Royally Screwed #4
Author: Madison Faye
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 21, 2018



Blurb

He’s the most notorious bad boy in royalty.
The kind of man your mother warns you about.
He’s not the man you get drunk with, or get tattoos with.
He’s not the man you wake up naked in a hotel bed next to.
Oh, and he’s definitely not the one you accidentally marry.
Oops...


Rough, wild, uncivilized and filthy. The tabloids like to write all sorts of shit about me, but some of it’s pretty spot on. Like the tattoo I’ve got you-know-where?

Yeah, that one’s true.

I wasn’t looking for trouble that night, but I sure found it in her – Princess Faith LaFleur. If I’m the notorious bad boy, she’s just as infamous for being good, sweet, innocent, and untouched.

I saved her from a tight spot, but it all gets fuzzy from there. Fuzzy, close, kissing, tattooed, a couple of “I-do’s”, and a whole bunch of naked from there. And the next thing I know, I’m waking up next to the last girl on earth I should have anything to do with.

Because that sweetness comes with a whole big helping of sass, and there’s more fire in her than I ever saw coming. Oh, and throw in the fact that her father’s behind a plot to take my crown and steal my kingdom, and we’ve got ourselves what you might call a situation.

The world will tell me that this is wrong, and that I should walk away.

…Not a chance.

First, I made her my wife. But now, I’m going to make her mine.







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Author Bio

#1 bestselling contemporary romance author Madison Faye is the dirty alter ego of the very wholesome, very normal suburban housewife behind the stories. While she might be a wife, mom, and PTA organizer on the outside, there’s nothing but hot, steamy, and raunchy fantasies brewing right beneath the surface!

Tired of keeping them hidden inside or only having them come out in the bedroom, they’re all here in the form of some wickedly hot stories. Single-minded alpha hero, sinfully taboo relationships, and wildly over-the-top scenarios. If you love it extra dirty, extra hot, and extra naughty, this is the place for you! (Just don’t tell the other PTA members you saw her here…)

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Still Us - Lindsay Detwiler




Title: Still Us
Author: Lindsay Detwiler
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 19, 2018



Blurb

From the first time they locked eyes, Lila Morrow and Luke Bowman had a special spark. Their first kiss sealed their fairy-tale romance… until everything fell apart.

Luke’s life began when he met Lila—and in many ways, it ended when she left him. Drowning in regrets, Luke is determined to give Lila the space to be happy. The sexy, singing roofer quickly realizes, however, he really shouldn’t have let her go.

After their breakup, Lila moves back in with her family. The twenty-nine-year-old veterinarian’s transition to a life without Luke isn’t as easy as she expected. With the help of her wild Grandma Claire and her high-heel-loving sister, Maren, she starts to play the field… but she isn’t sure she’ll ever stop loving the curly-haired man from her early twenties.

Luke and Lila’s love story ended, and their individual boxes have been packed. But as they explore the single life and the dating world, both discover sometimes the love you leave behind is exactly what you need to be happy.






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An English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay's the English teacher cliché; she loves cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.

She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, Marjorie, and Bob; and their mastiff, Henry.

Lindsay's goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she's done her job.

Lindsay's hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.


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Saturday, May 19, 2018

#CockyGate and #NotMyClickFarm (From My Newsletter)



Normally I don't add information from my newsletter to the blog, but I felt this was an important message that all my readers needed to be aware of.  If you haven't already signed up, please do so.  This is copied verbatim from my letter. 

#CockyGate and #NotMyClickFarm (From My Newsletter
It's with my deepest regret that I tell you today I'm pulling my books from Kindle Unlimited.  This decision was well thought out, but I wanted to explain my reasoning and hopefully your understanding if you were using Kindle Unlimited to read my work.  If you read my blog, you'll remember the article I wrote concerning #Cockygate. To put it all in a nutshell, an author attempted to trademark the word cocky and was demanding authors removed any titles containing that word.  Recently, the author pulled her trademark (or it's marked for cancellation).

After that happened, obviously I was upset for all the authors who had their books altered, but something else came on it's heels.  Kindle Unlimited started deleting accounts without a valid claim to innocent authors, hinting that they were part of a click farm.  I've talked with several of these authors, and they were given no opportunity to plead their case.  Their books were removed and eventually their ability to publish on the Amazon platform.  You can read about one of those authors on my blog in my interview with Sophie Stern.  Hence the hashtag #NotMyClickFarm

After reading the email Amazon sent, and seeing that this wasn't an issue under her control, I made the decision to write Amazon and ask that my books be removed from the Kindle Unlimited program.  Sophie is no longer allowed to publish her books on Amazon, so she wasn't just booted from the Kindle Unlimited Program.  To me, that is a risk I wasn't willing to take.  I'll admit, I didn't even know "Click Farms" existed until a few weeks ago.  The last thing I want to do is have my books pulled from Amazon, so I took the safer route (I hope) and removed my books from that program.

What really bothers me is that it looks like Sophie's books "might" have been removed because a marketing company she used was either hacked or part of the problem.  I say might because I can only base that information on the email Amazon sent her warning that Kindle Unlimited authors were responsible for who they marketed with and if this type of problem arose from that. To be honest, I'm afraid to market my books at all now.  So, until I feel safe again, the only marketing I do will be in the form of this newsletter or via my social media links. 

I'm sorry for the long-winded letter, but I felt it was important that you understand why I felt the need to pull my books from the Kindle Unlimited program.  I understand that it's easier for some people (and more cost efficient) to get their reading material through the program, so I do apologize to anyone that is disappointed in my decision.  I try to keep my books reasonably priced because I understand that times are tough.  As always, I look forward to hearing your comments, and if you can't afford my work, let me know.  Most people that know me will tell you I do this for the love of sharing my books, not for the paycheck.  

Friday, May 18, 2018

Christine Moyer - Our Song Rocks Series



Five friends, one up and coming country music band.  This series is full of laughter, tears, friendships, and enough seduction fill and arenal.  You're sure to have a fangasm or two.

 Addy wasn't looking for love, and she definitely wasn't looking for love with Liam Walker.

Liam is the lead singer in an up and coming country band. He's also Addy's evil step sisters ex.

Liam knows that Addy's PERFECT for him, and when he finds out Addy's pregnant, He's determined to prove he can make her and her crazy friends happy, juggle his career, and be a daddy.

Five friends, one up and coming country band, and seven love stories. This series is full of laughter, tears, friendships and enough seduction to fill an arena. Your sure to have a fangasm or two!



Now that Liam Walker is off the market, one of his best friends and lead guitarist for their up and coming country music band, Luke Daniels is stepping into the spotlight. 

Luke knew right away, that Josie Wheeler, was special. She's sweet, protective, and loyal to a fault. All the things his Ma, told him to look for in a woman.

So when he finds all those qualities in Josie, and more, he's determined to make her his.

The more Josie tries to push Luke into the friend zone, the more determined Luke is to show her how AMAZING, they can be together,

Five friends, one up and coming country band, and seven love stories. This series is full of laughter, tears, friendships and enough seduction to fill an arena. Your sure to have a fangasm or two!



With band members Liam and Luke finding love, it's time for their Hot Irish keyboardist, Gavin Phillips to step into the spotlight.

Gavin fell for Kara the moment he saw her. He knew immediately he wanted her. Now that he's had a taste of her, he knows no other woman will satisfy him like the loving, caring and spirited woman. 

Gavin is all the things Kara loves. Hot, Tattooed, Irish and a Musician. Kara has spent her whole life caring for her parents, siblings and friends. 

Can Gavin convince Kara that its okay for her to let someone take care of her for a change?

Five friends, one up and coming country music band, and seven love stories. This series is full of laughter, tears, friendships, and enough seduction to fill an arena. Your sure to have a fangasm or two!


With band members Liam, Luke and Gavin finding love, the bands sexy as sin drummer Travis, is stepping into the spotlight.

Travis felt a connection to Kerrigan from the moment he met her. The problem was, they were both in relationships. 

And she was one of his closest friends little sister.

She was also still a virgin.

There’s no way Travis is going to risk ruining a friendship and cause possible problems within the band; or will he?

Five friends, one up and coming country music band, and seven love stories. This series is full of laughter, tears, friendships, and enough seduction to fill an arena. 

Your sure to have a fangasm or two!


Christine, is the mother of three young adult sons, three dogs, and a macaw. She's an author of imperfect love stories.

She loves a good romance story. If she's not reading or writing one, she's probably curled up watching Grey's Anatomy, the Walking Dead or The Voice, with her husband.





Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sophie Stern Exclusive Interview (#NotMyClickFarm)




Today we’re talking with Sophie Stern about a subject that is causing a firestorm in the self-publishing industry. Sophie had all her book royalties from the Kindle Unlimited program revoked and her account on Amazon as an author was deleted. Tears of Crimson supports authors and we wanted to delve deeper into this travesty as well as share her work that was put on new publishing platforms after this debacle.

TOC:  Thank you for joining us today, Sophie. Can you tell us how long you’ve had your account with Amazon, and what made you decide to publish there?

SS:  Thank you so much for having me, Michelle. I really appreciate the chance to talk with you about this important issue. I have been publishing books with Amazon since 2011. During that time, I have sold books ranging from non-fiction educational guides to paranormal romance books. I began publishing with Amazon because I found the platform easy and simple to use. It seemed like a great place to reach a wide audience. Pretty much everyone I knew had an Amazon account and it was easy to do "free" days when I wanted to give away books.

TOC:  What response did Amazon give when they told you they were suspending your account?

SS:  They sent me a form letter letting me know my account had been flagged as being associated with people trying to manipulate the system. I received a warning in April and then a second email that notified me of a suspension in May. They suspended my account for two days before reinstating it. Then, a few days later, they deleted it completely. When my account suspension ended, I had completely unpublished all of my books from Amazon, so I have no idea what the violation was, nor did Amazon provide this information. I had also requested they remove my books from Kindle Unlimited. They did not reply to that email.

They simply sent me a letter letting me know that they were withholding all of my royalties and deleting my account entirely. Although I had explained several times that I was not marketing my books, nor was I paying anyone to read them, my account was still terminated. Throughout this ordeal, I only received form responses. Amazon did not reply to direct questions or concerns, nor would they speak with me via telephone about this issue. I was told the department that handles these issues does not have a phone line.

TOC:  I’ve never heard of “click farm” until last week, can you let our readers know what that is and why they believed you were involved with one?

SS:  A click farm, to my understanding, is when an author pays a company to read their Kindle Unlimited books. Because KU royalties are paid per-page read, this results in higher earnings for the author and artificially raises their page rank, resulting in more visibility on Amazon and other sites.

Unfortunately, Amazon did not tell me why they believed my books were associated with click farms. I have many books on the site ranging in topic and until this time, had not had trouble with Amazon.

TOC:  If Amazon had given you a chance to plead your case, what would you say to them?

SS:  When I emailed Amazon, I explained that over the last seven years of publishing with them, I have been careful to follow all regulations in regards to marketing and publishing. I've never tried to scam the system, so it's unfortunate that they find it necessary to punish an author who has played by the rules. If they gave me another chance to speak with them, I would ask to see the documentation that "proves" my account has been associated with click farms or illegal activities that violate the standards of the KDP contract. As it is, they have not provided any of this information.

TOC:  Do you feel that this was a personal attack by another author, or just a random act of book pirates?

SS:  I think that Amazon's hasty decision to delete my account entirely means there is more happening behind the scenes than I know about. To my knowledge, most other authors had their second warning and then their accounts were reinstated. Mine was not. It's hard to feel like this isn't personal, but I have no information on why my books were targeted. There is a lot of speculation in the author world right now as to whether these attacks were personal or random.

TOC:  Are you planning to take this matter to court?

SS:  Unfortunately, I cannot afford an attorney at this time. Amazon is withholding enough money from me that hiring a lawyer is not possible for me.

TOC:  Could you tell us, in your own words, what your thoughts are about what happened to you?

SS:  It's unfortunate and saddening and it breaks my heart a little bit. It's hard to feel like the world is crushing down on you. I've fought for success and I've written my heart out over these last seven years. Losing everything overnight has been incredibly painful emotionally and financially.

That said, it has been incredible to receive the emails and Facebook messages from readers who have offered their support and sympathy during this time. That truly means a lot to me. I appreciate each and every message.

TOC:  What are your plans now for your books?

SS:  My books will be available on other retailers. I still have a lot of stories to tell and I love my readers so much. The Fablestone Clan stories will continue, as will the Office Gentlemen series. These stories, along with my other books, will be available at iTunes, B&N, and KOBO.

TOC:  Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books?


SS:  The best place to stay updated on my stories is on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sexysophiestern. Readers can also reach me through my website at www.sexysophiestern.com.

TOC:  Thank you for taking the time to talk with us today, Sophie. We wish you success and you have our support.

SS:  Thank you so much, Michelle. It's been a pleasure. I wish you and your readers all the best.




Description


A woman in danger…

A lost baby…

A long journey home…


Peggy is nothing special. As the night janitor at Westbridge High, she just wants to finish cleaning so she can hurry home and work on her art. For Peggy, nothing makes her feel more alive than when she's standing in front of a canvas. Then one night, everything changes…

A woman in trouble runs up to Peggy and gives her a child. She begs Peggy to take the child to Fablestone where the baby will be safe. From what? Peggy doesn't know. All she knows is that the two agents who show up on her doorstep the next day aren't with the FBI, and she'd bet anything they're scientists who want to get their hands on dragon's blood.

That's not going to happen.

Not on Peggy's watch.

Peggy doesn't have a choice. She has to get the baby to the Fablestone clan before the full moon ends. She has to reach Fablestone before it's too late.

The fate of the clan is resting on Peggy, and she swore a dragon's oath to return the child to its rightful home.

She'll do whatever it takes, even if it costs her everything.

Dragon's Oath (The Fablestone Clan Book 1):


Description

My coronation day was supposed to be the most magical day of my life. After all, I've been waiting my entire life to become queen. There's no one better suited to rule over Draco Patriam - Dragon Country - than me.

If you talk to my twin sister, you'll hear a different story.

This time, Ruby has taken things too far. She's used magic to keep me out of the magical borders that surround our home.

And she's separated me from my mates: all four of them.

Hot, sexy, and completely enamored with me: my dragon-shifter mates are everything a girl could ever want, and I can't get to them because of my evil twin.

Now the clock is ticking.

I've got one year to find a way inside the magical borders that surround the castle and save my mates. Otherwise, we'll be separated for all eternity, Ruby will rule the dragon world, and me?

I'll be stuck in the human realm.

I can't let that happen.
The Royal Her (A Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance):


Description

For Lindsey, things can't get much worse. She's unemployed, living in a crappy apartment, and in debt up to her ears. She can't see a way out of the mess she's living in until her former roommate, Victoria, offers up a strange idea.

A dragon man on the island is looking for a slave and he'll pay anything to get what he wants. The commitment is for one year. The payment: half a million dollars.

The only question is whether she's willing to give up a little bit of herself to get what she wants.

My Lord and Dragon (Dragon Isle Book 1):






Description

Hope moves to Honeypot to escape a bad breakup. She gets a job as a ranch hand doing menial labor. It's hard work, but she doesn't mind. It gives her something to focus on besides her pain.

It takes her mind off her loser ex and focuses it on something useful, like gardening and feeding chickens.

But there's something strange about the Blair brothers. They're always whispering among themselves, sneaking off at night, and talking about things that don't make sense to her.

Before Hope can figure out what they're hiding, she finds herself falling for the oldest brother, Wyatt. He's tall, dark, handsome, and incredibly charming, but there's something more to the quirky cowboy.

Can Hope handle his secret?

Can he handle hers?

The Bear's Virgin Darling (Honeypot Darlings Book 1):



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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Welcome to the Cameo Hotel - K.I. Lynn








Blurb

My life was on track.
The plan?
- Finish my MBA
- Get out of the hotel
- Finally date James, my manager
With only three months left, everything was set.
Then he walked in.
What I thought was just a difficult guest toppled my life in ways I didn’t plan for. He was an asshole, demanding, and more alluring than should be legal.
I had a path.
He destroyed it.
What now?







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Author Bio

K.I. Lynn is the USA Today Bestselling Author from The Bend Anthology and the Amazon Bestselling Series, Breach. She spent her life in the arts, everything from music to painting and ceramics, then to writing. Characters have always run around in her head, acting out their stories, but it wasn't until later in life she would put them to pen. It would turn out to be the one thing she was really passionate about.

Since she began posting stories online, she's garnered acclaim for her diverse stories and hard hitting writing style. Two stories and characters are never the same, her brain moving through different ideas faster than she can write them down as it also plots its quest for world domination...or cheese. Whichever is easier to obtain... Usually it's cheese.



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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Blog Your Book With Tears of Crimson



For many years, Tears of Crimson has shared incredible books and that isn't changing.  What is changing is the way we share them.  This is an open invitation to romance authors to share your books personally with Tears.  Many new authors can't afford to buy a book blog tour, and we don't want to leave these authors out.  So while we will continue to accept premade posts from blog tour companies, our main focus will be giving authors a way to promote their books without paying to blog about it.  Simply fill out this form  http://bit.ly/BookWithTears and we'll take care of the rest.

We'll share your book with our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest readers.  We believe that every book deserves the chance to seen and that's our goal.  Tears of Crimson will create a blog post and share it so your book gets the recognition it deserves.




Did you know that Derek Murphy made a great 3D mockup page for books that you can use free of charge to post your books?  Check it out here:  http://www.diybookcovers.com/3Dmockups/  He also has a great Ad creator free of charge for books that can be found here:  DIY Package Templates

Formatting your book driving you crazy?  Did you know you can purchase a book template that formats your book as you write it?  Check it out here:  https://www.bookdesigntemplates.com/

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Need ARC readers and want an easy way to find them?  Try Instafreebie   you can even upload the first chapter of your book and give it away for free this way.  Remember to include a link at the end of your first chapter to the complete book so they can buy it.  You can choose who gets to read your book by making it only available by link if you're looking for Advanced Copy Readers.

Don't forget to put your book on Goodreads.  If you haven't created a profile there yet, read this article for more help:  How To Set Up Your Goodreads Profile


If you have questions, feel free to write us at Tears and we'll do our best to help.  We're looking forward to helping your book get it's spotlight!


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Authors and Romance Readers Take a Stand Against #Cockygate



I've debated about continuing with this protest, because the last thing I want to do is give this author publicity for her act.  In the end, I decided this has to be spoken about, because we need to make sure nothing like this happens again.  Hopkins decision to try to trademark a commonly used word in the Romance/Erotic book world could set a very dangerous precedent.  What happens next?  Someone tries to trademark the words romance, new adult, billionaire, alpha male, virgin?  Do you see where I'm going with this?  If you haven't read my original post about this subject (or heard anything about it) read this first:  My Thoughts on #Cockygate

To be "Fair" to the author, I'm including her video thoughts



Most romance authors have used the word cocky in their books, and even in titles.  I can only assume this was a publicity stunt gone wrong, because there was no way this was going to stand up in a court of law.  When the RWA got involved, I think all romance authors stood up and cheered.  You can read more about their involvement here: RWA Trademark Update They got involved because this author contacted Amazon attempting to have books removed with the word Cocky in their title.  Amazon followed through and removed titles, then after contact with RWA reversed their decision.



Snide reports from a newspaper journalist who obviously has no respect for romance authors, fueled the fire (you can read that here NY Daily News ). What Leonard Greene (the reporter) considered "wrathful writers" was authors protecting their rights, but the left leaning publication has rarely gotten things right in my opinion (yes, I'm a conservative that doesn't approve). What he fails to understand is that this is a business, and we're not just sitting around eating bon bons pumping out smut for fun.  Authors spend thousands of dollars to get a book to market.  Editing, cover art, model,  rights, advertising and the like to reach readers is not uncommon.  So no, we aren't "wrathful writers" we are savvy business people that understand where a situation like this could lead.

We'll watch this play out in a court of law, and I'm confident (hopeful too) that this ends in the favor of the majority of romance authors and this scenario won't happen again.  You can join in the protest by visiting the Twibbon Campaign here:  https://twibbon.com/manage/Manage/Index/free-the-cocky and join the Facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/authorsgonebad/  Follow along with the debate by using the hashtags #CockyGate #FreeTheCocky and #ByeFaleena on social media.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Surrender to Your Hearts Desire with Valentine - A Dark Billionaire Romance


They call me Valentine but if you're looking for hearts, flowers, and happily ever after, you've met the wrong man. 

I want my women on their knees, surrendering to their darkest desires. I'm a sadist, and I don't make excuses for what I need. I don't care what the romance books say, a virgin has no place in my world. When I meet Grace, I know I should walk away but because of me her life is in danger and she needs my protection. I'm her boss and the only man that can keep her safe. The only question is, who is going to save her from me?

The first time I'm attracted to a man and he's not only my boss but some kinky pervert. The idea of me being his sex slave is insane, so why can't I stop thinking about submitting to this fantasy?

I'm not looking for love. I just graduated college and the last thing I need distracting me from my life goal is some sadistic billionaire with control issues. Valentine is a former black op soldier who left a military career and turned his security company into the largest in the United States. Working as his intern is a dream job I can't turn down. The trouble is, I see how he looks at me, and I'm worried if he asks, I won't be able to turn him down either.

Valentine is a 70k word standalone with no cheating and is a BDSM Virgin/Alpha male romance. This book contains no bonus material and is for mature readers who like their reading steamy. 



There are times when you finish a book and you sit back and wonder where the idea came from.  When I started writing Valentine, I had every intention of writing a sweet happily-ever-after romance.  I think I shocked myself with the turns this book took.  Like most of my men, Mr. Valentine is a cocky, egotistical, son of a... well you get the point, but there's so much more to him.  Grace is beautiful, intelligent, without a submissive bone in her body, but there's something about this man she can't resist.  This book is a power play from the beginning and while it is technically a romance, there are so many twists and turns that by the time you get to the end it feels like you've been taken on a roller coaster ride.  My heart physically hurt after writing this book, and instead of giving away the plot, I encourage you to pick it up and find out why for yourself.  

Like most human beings, my characters have emotional scars from the life they've lead, and working through those problems is almost therapeutic for me as a writer.  I think sometimes I write books like this to deal with my own inner demons.  Let's face it, none of us are perfect.  When we come into a relationship we carry emotional baggage from our past.  Granted, most of us don't deal with situations like the ones in books, because they are fantasy, but I feel we can relate to what it would feel like to live through the memories these characters deal with.

There's nothing I love talking about more than books (well besides my kids).  Go pick up Valentine and let's have a conversation.  This is an Amazon exclusive book and it's free on Kindle Unlimited.  I'd like to hear from readers about the idea to publish exclusively there, even if it's negative.  I'm a big girl, trust me I can take it.  

Monday, May 7, 2018

#CockyGate and My Thoughts on the Topic


If you follow the book world, then #CockyGate is probably familiar to you by now.  If not, let me explain what's going on.  An author, Faleena Hopkins, decided to trademark the word Cocky.  Obviously that's a problem because bestselling authors like Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Sean Ashcroft and hundreds of other authors already have (and had) books with that word published in the title already.  I even have a book titled 1/2 Cocked which isn't Cocky, but it helps you understand the issue.  In the romance world, Cocky is a common word, and obviously this author had no chance in taking every single person to court who use it in titles, inside the books, and for promotional reasons.  The entire author community came together to protest as you can see by this petition.


Personally, I found it rather cocky for an author to think she owned the right to a word, and I'm sure it won't hold water.  I'm not a legal expert, so if you want to read about the legal ramifications of this follow this link:  http://legalinspiration.com/?p=503  In my opinion, this was done in bad taste, and though I'd never heard of this author before, I certainly would NEVER buy any work from a person that felt the need to use controversy like this to get book sales.  If this was done as a marketing ploy, I find it in bad taste, and as you'll see from some of the comments I've captured below, so do the majority of romance authors.  Below you'll find a letter sent to one author with the word, Cocky in her book.



Now, let me just say, had I been this author, I would have taken her to court and laughed the entire way there.  I don't know the financial burden this author who was sent this cease and desist letter to is under, but I hope she's in the same position and can afford to go head to head with Hopkins to fight this.  I'd even take it one step further and encourage every romance author I know to come out with a book titled with the word Cocky in and get a band of people on her side.  Then again, I'm a little petty, and I don't like the idea of some author thinking she can bully people instead of selling books because of her skill.  That's how I personally see this.  You don't try to destroy another author because of your lack of confidence.  I find it not only COCKY but it bad taste.

Apparently she's also trademarked a font that wasn't hers to trademark as shown here:
You can follow that topic from Set Sail Studios here:  https://twitter.com/SetSailStudios  and the hashtags to follow on twitter (and Facebook) are:  #CockyGate #ByeFaleena and #FreetheCocky which are pretty hilarious and good for entertainment if you need something to brighten up your Monday!  Feel free to write the US Trademark office and share your opinions to, because they have some 'splaining to do as well for allowing this https://www.uspto.gov/

This type of idiocy can't be allowed to continue.  What's next?  Someone decided to Trademark these phrases too:  New Adult, Reverse Harem Romance, Contemporary Romance.  That puts things into perspective.  While I think this is a marketing ploy gone sour, I think it brings a topic to light that needs to be discussed.  Let me know your opinion by leaving a message below of hitting me up on twitter @MichelleHughes_ or Facebook www.facebook.com/authormichellehughes

Since I'm feeling a little COCKY about all this, I decided to release my book 1/2 Cocked for free and hoping someone is idiotic enough to challenge me about using my title or the word cocky in it.  Go ahead and take my free gift and feel cocky when you do it!


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