“X” is for X-Rated

Unless you live under a rock, you've undoubtedly heard of a book called Fifty Shades of Grey.  If you haven't, Google it.  But I'll provide an extremely abbreviated summary: an erotic novel has made mainstream best-seller lists.  Like, the New York Times best-seller list among others.  It's also gained popularity in many other countries...I've seen displays of it at the Tesco I often go to.  Oh, and people are surprised that women read sexy books.  That part makes me scratch my head...how is that a surprise?  Oh well.But this post isn't about Fifty Shades of Grey.  It's not a book review.  I'm not sharing my thoughts (good or bad) on Fifty.  Nope.  Sorry to disappoint.  So if you're looking for one of those blog posts with those things called opinions, or are looking to share your own on Fifty, too bad. Instead, this post is about a common theme in news and articles I've been seeing, often in conjunction with...
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Smashwords and PayPal…

While the following issue doesn't currently affect me, I thought it might be wise to bring this up in case any of my readers are curious.  There are some opinions ahead, so ye be warned. Over the past few days, I've seen a number of blog entries and articles regarding PayPal and their directive toward Smashwords, and I'll get to that in a moment.  For those who are unfamiliar with the parties involved, PayPal is a company that allows payments and money transfers to be made through the internet.  They act as a third party so that the online merchant never sees your credit card or other payment information.  Most people associate it with eBay; obviously if you're buying something from an online auction, you don't want to give strangers your credit card information.  Many (if not most) other online retailers now accept PayPal as a system of payment, or even use it as their sole method of accepting payments.  Smashwords...
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Thank God it’s not a meat locker in here… RWA Conference Pt. 2

We checked into the conference the night before when we arrived, picking up our welcome packets and tote bags and thankfully avoiding the lines to do so the next morning.  We'd also attended a book signing, where all the proceeds went toward a literacy foundation.  I believe over $40,000 was raised, which was amazing.  I also got to meet another author I'd met online, Laura Kaye.  I picked up one of her books for my mother, and had Laura sign it to her. The hotel was nicely laid out for conferences; several floors were dedicated to conference and meeting rooms, and they were connected by escalators, allowing us to avoid using the ridiculous elevators for the most part.  Also, I was thankful that, unlike most conferences/meetings I've been to in the past, the Marriott seemed to know their stuff when it came to climate control.  Layers were still necessary, but were limited to a light sweater, and I never regretted...
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Bonus post! This rant brought to you by the letter “E”

Okay, not to go all Ranty McRantypants on you, but one thing (okay, a few things, really) that sets me off is bullying.  This is for a variety of reasons that I'm not going into, but here's what's up. You all probably remember that my "E" entry was for "Erotica," right?  If you haven't read it, click here.  Okay, so you know writing smexy stories isn't anything to be ashamed of, but apparently, normal people aren't supposed to do that, or they get crucified in the media. Here's the article: http://snydercounty.wnep.com/news/news/parents-english-teacher-writes-racy-novels/58743In a nutshell, Judy Buranich has been a high school English teacher for 25 years in Pennsylvania.  She's also an author of erotic romance (again, read my "E" entry) with Ellora's Cave under the name Judy Mays.  One of her students' parents "somehow" came across her on the internet, and "outed" her to the community, calling what she does "disgusting."  This seasoned educator, who, by the way, is even called a...
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“E” is for Erotica

For the A-Z Blogging Challenge, I was going to do e-publishing, but I think I'll save that for a post on a regular day.  So, my brave choice for the letter "E" is erotica. Now, I know my parents read this, and I'm fairly certain my in-laws do, too.  Yep.This should be interesting. So, here goes.What do most people think when they hear "erotica"?  Written porn?  A Madonna album from the early 90s?  Something to be ashamed of; to hide under one's bed or in a drawer?  Ridiculous euphemisms and innuendo, with words like "moist" and "throbbing" (words that, coincidently, make me thing of a dish sponge and a migraine)?  Some book with an awkwardly hilarious cover with Fabio on it?Yeah, go ahead.  Have a giggle.  I'll wait...All set?Well, don't be surprised to hear that, yes, erotica can be a lot of those things.  Especially the embarrassing covers.  But, in reality, it's so much more and nothing to be embarrassed about...your book club...
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