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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Plagiarism is real

Over the last week, I've seen some pretty bad posts regarding a certain author taking from another authors books. I looked over the evidence myself and can concur that the plagiarism is, indeed, real. It's sad to think that another author would take from someone who put their hard work into their baby. I am lucky enough to have started all this in 2010, wrote quite a few books but didn't release them until 2012.

The pressure to put a book out is real, and I know I sometimes feel overwhelmed working my ass off to put out a new book. That's why Jenjo and I take 2 month breaks from it. I don't want to write some piece of shit book just to satisfy the masses, I want it to be good, I want it to pull you in and leaving you wanting more.

The pressure is real, but I can't see myself ever taking from someone else. I have my own mind, my own ideas and respect for my readers. You want a fresh story, a good and well written story and I strive to make that happen with every release.

I met the plagiarizing author at GRL. Will I unfriend her? Probably not but I will remove her works from my kindle since they aren't really hers and I will distance myself. I've never been one to judge, I just can't, so whatever the author is going through right now with masses removing her books and money refunded is probably punishment enough. (I'm sure the legal battle will be soon)

I can assure you all that I will keep churning out to the best of my ability the stories you have come to love. I have always stuck to the rule of "Judge not, lest ye be judged." I'm not perfect, none of us are, but i refuse to cheat my way into a best selling spot. I don't buy reviews (Yes you can), and I stay the straight and narrow. I want my book sales to reflect my writing. I want to know that five star review came from someone who's real and read the book.

This is my job. Al I do is write and I have no one taking care of me but me. I have four kids that even though grown, still need me. You never stop being a parent whether they are 21, 41 or 51. They are still your babies.

So don't worry, I'm not even CLOSE to being done writing. I have mouths to feed ya

Saturday, October 24, 2015


GRL and other random thoughts

So, I just came back from GRL where I attended as a reader along with Ann Lister. We had a blast and got to see Zack Hardt (My Harley from the Rock Series). As always, we had so much fun with all the other authors and I got to meet Alexa Land whom I've never met before besides on Facebook. Awesome lady!  As always, when I get to hang out with other authors that write M/M I'm ecstatic about talking with them.

I was fortunate to have a front row seat for some of the panels thanks to Jessica Canoto and Dennis Quinonez, two of my readers that spoil me rotten (Please don't kill me if I misspelled your last names). Anyway, one of those panels i sat in on had one of the authors talking about how she was done with a certain two characters (for now) and I was relieved to hear that, why? Because I was feeling weird that I needed to take a step back from the Assassin Shifters.

Just like anything else, if you write something for so long, you tend to get bored and I don't want that to happen. I don't want my guys to suffer because I'm not all in. I need to be ALL IN and until Mateo and the guys begin whispering again, I'm going to write the Rock Series.

I think it goes along the lines of an actor taking on a different role after being typecasted for so long. Some viewers just can't get behind the new role. Kinda the same for authors who try to branch out I think. I went through something similar with the Men of Manhattan series, but eventually, I grabbed some new readers.
Sometimes, change is good, and I'm hoping that reflects in the Rock Series. Will everyone like them? Probably not and I'm okay with that. I learned a long time ago that you can't please everyone. When the Assassins come back, you'll be treated to Loki and Cezar's book, the12 Olympians are Jordy and Wraith and the next MoM book is Michael and Ryan.

As for the Santoro's, we're working on that book now and the next book in the Angel series is Michael and Ty.
I've got a full plate and I'm trying to get to all of it so please bare with me while I try to navigate it all!
In the meantime, I have updated the eBay store with new merchandise so check it all out. I'll add more as more books come out.

As always, I thank you all for taking this trip with me and I appreciate all your emails and messages!