Bloggers Beware: My Second DMCA Notice

My 2nd DMCA notice, and it doesn’t get any easier receiving one. This time it’s from WordPress, and again, I was shocked and angry and upset. To my knowledge, I hadn’t done anything wrong. And I maintain it.

What is it with authors and publishers that they’re so trigger happy to send DMCA notices to bloggers? Doesn’t anyone know you can email bloggers (if an email address is available) or comment on any post on their blog and they’ll receive the comment and respond accordingly?

Here’s the post in question:

The post was written in 2-thousand-freakin’-5!

I guess they can’t take criticism, which was the reason for the DMCA notice. I bet if I’d written a glowing review, I wouldn’t have received one.

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Bloggers Beware: VSP Publishing

My fellow bloggers,

I would like to say a word on VSP PUBLISHING.

A little more than a year ago, I joined the book tour on The Seduction Expert, whose publisher is VSP Publishing, organized by Book Unleashed. In good faith, I helped promote the book.

Recently, I received an email from Book Unleashed, nicely asking me to take down the previous post that I did on the book, because the publisher wanted to release a new edition of the book. Which I did. I appreciate the email and would gladly remove any post I had done, whether on my blog or those cross-posted to Twitter.

At that time, though, I didn’t remember to delete the cross-tweet that I did.

So today, I received a DMCA notice from Twitter issued by the publisher, that they had removed the concerned tweets. Okay, fine. However, get this–the publisher reported, and I quote, “Description of infringement: This user do not have the right to use our picture without our permission.

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Endless pages…

Of adventure, romance, whatever you want!

I read a lot of books in a year… maybe 100 or so. Not as many as some (I know someone who reads 200 to 300 books!), but it’s all the time (and $$$) I could afford. Libraries are a big help, of course, as well as free books won in contests, and being a reviewer for awesome sites (The Romance Reviews, Reading Alley and YA Insider). I would include Net Galley in the list, but it’s no secret that I was only able to be approved for the books I got in Net Galley because I was affiliated with TRR and YA Insider. So…credit where credit is due.

But I digress.

I wanted to say that I love novellas–you get to read more while experiencing the similar arcs in romance–but at times, I yearn for longer works, especially when the world is fascinating and the building of it is superb, and you get invested in the characters and you just want to stay there longer, immerse yourself until you forget reality.

Normally, novels I read reach to around the 3000 location count in Kindle. Usually, it’s like 3500 or 3800, so when I see something that’s like double or more (6000 and above), that’s…wow… reader heaven!!!*

*Only if the book is compelling.

Here are some books that fit the bill:

Note: I only included the first book in the series.

I’m currently reading this and wowza! It’s fantastic. I’ve always wanted to read a book about assassins. It’s more adventure than romance, although there is some of the latter. Also, the second book is even longer. Yay!

Nevernight is the first in an epic new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic ― the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.

Revenge.

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Check out this Fantastic Book: Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Einstein’s Daughter by Tim Symonds

Another adventure brings Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson face to face with Albert Einstein
Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Einstein's Daughter
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE
MYSTERY OF EINSTEIN’S DAUGHTER
Tim Symonds
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: MX Publishing
Publication Date: January 13, 2014
The Dean of a Swiss university persuades Sherlock Holmes to investigate the background of a would-be lecturer. To Dr. Watson it seems a very humdrum commission – but who is the mysterious ‘Lieserl’? How does her existence threaten the ambitions of the technical assistant level III in Room 86 at the Federal Patents Office in Berne by the name of Albert Einstein? The assignment plunges Holmes and Watson into unfathomable Serbia to solve one of the intractable mysteries of the 20th Century.
In Tim Symonds’ previous detective novels, Sherlock Holmes and the Dead Boer At Scotney Castle and Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of The Bulgarian Codex the author based pivotal historic facts and a principal character on real life. So too in this new mystery.
“Einstein’s Daughter by Tim Symonds takes the reader back to the early years of the 20th Century. It is an enjoyable romp for both Sherlock Holmes fans and for history buffs. The story is based on a true fact of Albert Einstein’s life and it is interwoven with Sherlockian grace. There are many Holmes pastiches, but Symonds manages to find the true voice of Conan Doyle.”
– Yvonne Beltzer

About Tim Symonds

Tim Symonds was born in London, England, and grew up in Somerset, Dorset and the Channel Island of Guernsey, off the coast of Normandy. After spending his late teens farming in the Kenya Highlands and driving bulldozers along the Zambezi River, he moved to California and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with an honours degree in Politics.
He lives in the ancient woodland known as the High Weald of Sussex, where the events recounted in Sherlock Holmes and The Dead Boer at Scotney Castle took place. His second novel, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Bulgarian Codex (MX Publishing 2012), took Holmes and Watson into the very depths of the Balkans in 1900. Holmes and Watson were back in the region – Serbia – in Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery of Einstein’s Daughter (MX Publishing 2014), and not long afterwards in ‘Stamboul’ investigating a plot against the despotic Sultan, in Sherlock Holmes And The Sword of Osman (MX Publishing 2015).
Visit Tim Symonds’s official website:
http://tim-symonds.co.uk/

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More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

I loved Brigid Kemmerer’s LETTERS TO THE LOST (click on link to read the review), and when I saw that she has a new book coming on March 2018, I can’t help but squee! The hero, Rev Fletcher, is Declan’s (hero of Letters to the Lost) friend.

Here’s the cover, featured in HEA USA Today:

And there’s also an excerpt that made me wish March 2018 is here now!! Read it here.

Can’t wait!!