Link of the Week – #cockygate

May 8, 2018

Here in Romancelandia, we’ve had another kerfuffle that has left us a bit dumbfounded. It has been dubbed #cockygate, among other clever hastags. Seems an author is sending takedown notices to other authors who use the word “cocky” in their titles. This author is threatening legal action if they do not comply. You see, she has a registered trademark on the word. As you might imagine, this isn’t going to go well.

For those of you who haven’t watched this train wreck unfold, here are a few links for your amusement to get you up to date.

One by Legal Inspiration to help decipher what this means.

Here’s another post by The Digital Reader to show you first hand the goings-on.

One to a Twitter thread to a well-known, best-selling romance author, Courtney Milan, who also happens to have legal experience.

And now one of our own, who happens to know a thing or two about intellectual property being a lawyer, and all, is about to go after the author like a dog with a bone.




Hump Day Kick Start – Caliente in the Cantina

May 2, 2018

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.


Tell me about today’s prompt. Who are they and what’s going on? Did they just meet and are in a whirlwind adventure/romance à la Romancing the Stone? Does one of them mean to do the other harm? Are they the Romeo and Juliet of a Mexican town, destined for a tragic ending? Could they be practicing for a spot on Dancing with the Mariachis?

What’s your take? Tell me a tale or caption the pic. I’d love to hear from you.

Link of the Week – Piranha Attack!

May 1, 2018

Because you never know when you’ll find yourself in South America crossing a river full of piranha. Another great survival tip from The Art of Manliness.

Hump Day Kick Start – Writing Prompt #29

April 25, 2018

Writing prompts to kick-start your muse.

Boom. He must have some special skills for the devil to return his soul. What could those skills be and what has Lucifer gotten into? Did someone kidnap Luci’s daughter and he’s calling on badass Liam Neeson for help? Does Luci have a psycho girlfriend, truly more evil than himself, and he needs Jason Momoa’s sexy, hunkiness to distract her away from his lair in hell? Had Luci written a book and he needs a hand navigating Amazon’s infernal algorithms?

Share your ideas and/or post your creations, even if it’s just a line or two. I’d love to hear them.

Link of the Week – A Voice, Indie Author Support Network

April 24, 2018

Indie authors are long past being tired of the Zon’s antics. Such monkey business includes rank stripping, disappearing reviews or page reads, sketchy Terms of Service rules, the ease of which scammers are able to take advantage, the lack of transparency, unfair wielding of power, and so much more. Most of the woes come from the Kindle Unlimited (KU) program but can affect all authors, whether they exclusively sell with Amazon or distribute wide using different platforms. But no matter what we say or do, Amazon ignores our concerns as if we are pesky little peons.

Currently, a new organization is being formed with the idea that indie authors are a massive force that can not only provide support to one another but give indie authors a voice.

You can read more about this group “exclusively focused on high-level advocacy and interfacing with retailers on issues which concern indies” in a blog post written by David Gaughran.

While this group is still very much in its infancy, I suspect this will catch on like a raging wildfire. It’s already gaining momentum.

Hump Day Kick Start – The Drive Edition

April 18, 2018

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.

Lovin’ this pic.

What is going on in today’s prompt? Is he braving his first move on her, worried he’s being too forward? How does she feel about where his hand is? Does she like it or want him to rip his arm off? Could he be easing her anxiety as he encourages her to go faster in his car? Maybe he’s showing her support as they speed away from their latest heist. Or patting her with pride as she steals her first ride. Or hanging on for dear life as she casually drives as if she’s in a demolition derby.

What’s your take? Tell me a tale or caption the pic. I’d love to hear from you.

Link of the Week – Surviving a Human Stampede

April 17, 2018

A human stampede. It can happen. At a concert, a protest, a sporting event, for the last box of Twinkies, or any place where there is a large gathering of people. This blog post from the Art of Manliness on surviving a human stampede offers some useful information should you ever find yourself caught up in the scary situation.