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Tuesday Midday Links (and a few deals): Story Siren Plagiarism Story...

  • A Lady Never Tells by Candace Camp * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • A Gentleman Always Remembers by Candace Camp * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • An Affair Without End by Candace Camp * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick * $4.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • 666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S  (reviewed by Jia)
  • Withering Tights with Bonus Material by Louise Rennison * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Susan
    May 22, 2012 @ 13:04:49

    I don’t know if it’s a mixup, but Amazon currently has the PB version of A Lady Never Tells for the $2.99 price, with the ebook listed at $7.99. (Good deal for the folks who want the DTB.) It’s the reverse for A Gentleman Always Remembers.

  2. KzoeT
    May 22, 2012 @ 13:26:00

    I’m happy for Sylvia Day! I enjoyed Bared To You infinitely more than The Book That Shall Not Be Named and eagerly await the next installment.

    Kristi Diehm hasn’t really apologized or suffered any consequences of her plagiarism, has she? What a shame.

  3. William Lat
    May 22, 2012 @ 13:28:10

    Its always sad when people are caught plagiarizing.

  4. Kati
    May 22, 2012 @ 14:17:43

    I am endlessly delighted by Bared to You’s success. Not just because I really like Ms. Day, but as the PR statement says, it really is so much better than 50 Shades. I’ve recommended it over and over again to people looking for that “50 Feeling”.

    The Story Siren story continues to outrage me. She should write a post on how not to handle being outed as a plagiarist. She’s got that down pat. If she bothered, even once, to offer a genuine or heartfelt apology, I’d be a lot more forgiving. Or to tell her rabid followers to put their pitchforks down. As it stands now, I feel the same way I did when the whole kerfuffle unfolded. I’m so sick of The Story Siren, I could vomit.

  5. Lou
    May 22, 2012 @ 16:11:24

    I think the actions of The Story Siren and her victim hating readers is such a poor reflection on the YA book community. To have authors such as Sarah Cross agreeing to a blogpost is just bizarre beyond belief. It’ll be interesting to see who the other authors will be.

    The other day I saw how heavy the promo/giveaways were at TSS, and it disappointed me greatly. Harlequin Teen were professional and decent enough respond to my tweet, and they have spoken out and said they have no further plans to work with TSS.

    I asked the same of HarperTeen and I was ignored. So if you want to know HarperTeen’s response on plagiarizing, think what you will of their non-response.

  6. Janet P.
    May 22, 2012 @ 16:45:51

    I think I’d better buy Bared to You today before those Agency Publishers hike the price out of my range in a couple of days. Kobo 50% off coupon works and makes the final Kobo US price $2.49.

  7. azteclady
    May 22, 2012 @ 16:59:13

    @Kati: This! I am asking myself why on earth do I bother to keep checking the comment threads, and it’s because of this. I’m outraged and disgusted–and amazed. The willful blindness of some of the people commenting there is beyond imagining. Just now someone said something along the lines of, “I don’t read fashion blogs, so I don’t care.” Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.

    @Lou: Today’s ‘guest’ is a 24 yr old middle school teacher. The last line of the post? “Conclusion: People learn from their mistakes and move on.” I repeat: niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.

  8. Jenny Lyn
    May 22, 2012 @ 18:04:42


    Well, I went over and left my two cents also. Basically what I said was that I don’t understand why she doesn’t just come out with a simple, straight forward apology. She’s admitted what she did was wrong but you have to go the extra (necessary) step in making amends with the people you’ve wronged. And yes, it has to be done publicly now because of the way she handled it initially. Say you’re sorry, you were wrong, and tell the people who are “defending” you to stop. No excuses as to why you did it or trying to make it sound like you didn’t know what you were doing. How hard is that? Then this whole mess will die down. Since she hasn’t done that, these posts on her site about plagiarism have stirred up the shit-storm again and lessened the actual message behind the posts themselves. It could’ve been a very good thing had she gone about it correctly, but clearly she has no concept of how to do that. She just continues to send the wrong message to her many followers and it’s so very irresponsible and sad.

  9. Mireya
    May 22, 2012 @ 18:30:00

    Yay for Sylvia Day! I only hope more authors of erotic romance get recognition as well. I still am having a hard time digesting that something as poorly put together as “that” book became such a hit. And mind you, I am on the forgiving side of readership, I don’t ask for much, never did.

    As to the plagiarizing blogger, I was not getting myself involve, but a certain post using the word “respect” at the end finally gave me the push I needed. However, the comments are moderated, so I don’t expect my reply to that post to show up. On a side note, I do think things will die down. I have yet to see a single plagiarist not get away with it. Call me jaded.

  10. azteclady
    May 22, 2012 @ 18:54:43

    @Jenny Lyn: I saw both your comments, Jenny–around the time TSS replied to a couple of sycophantic comments in today’s “guest” post. Funnily enough, still silent on the actual shit that matters.

    @Mireya: I agree, it will die down–hell, most people ignore whatever she was doing for the past month (which was indeed business as usual) Haven’t seen your comments yet…

  11. Mireya
    May 22, 2012 @ 21:02:05

    @azteclady: I got an e-mail thanking me for the post, so I went to check and I saw that she approved it…not sure if I should be surprised or not.

  12. Kaetrin
    May 22, 2012 @ 22:30:50

    Wow, that new Bared To You cover IS a lot like the book-that-shall-not-be-named isn’t it? I’m a BtY fan and I suppose its smart business to try and piggy back on the book-that-shall-not-be-named’s success but it makes me a little.. I don’t know… uncomfortable isn’t quite the right word, but it’s the closest I have right now.

  13. Marc
    May 22, 2012 @ 23:11:20

    I guess my concern is that if Bared to You has gone to mainstream publishing will the next two planned installments also go that way and will that result in higher selling price, DRM and perhaps not as much writing freedom for Ms Day?

  14. Kaetrin
    May 22, 2012 @ 23:25:29

    @Marc: I asked the author on Twitter and she said books 2 and 3 had been picked up by Penguin too but the release dates are unchanged. I guess that means, in answer to your questions: yes, yes and apparently not.

  15. coribo25
    May 23, 2012 @ 06:15:24

    Haven’t read Bared To You or Fifty Shades, but I’m highly amused by some of the indignant reviews appearing on Amazon accusing Day of ripping off another author’s characters. Rolls eyes.

  16. Angela
    May 23, 2012 @ 06:37:57

    @coribo25: Now, that’s funny.

  17. Lou
    May 23, 2012 @ 07:21:10

    @azteclady: You should check out today’s guest post. There’s a shaming post on the haters and gossipers, and the viciousness of it all. Oh cry me a fucking river I thought. It’s clear to see now that this whole week is about Kristi trying to look good in the eyes of the blogging community, and to make herself feel better. Funny enough, so far I’ve seen one author. And Sarah Cross seems to have gone very quiet. I wonder why…

    Looking at the readers of TSS and their appalling defense of Kristi, it’s clear to see that they’re not the real voice of the YA book community.

  18. Patrice
    May 23, 2012 @ 08:05:58

    I am also so happy for Sylvia Day! Way to go! And if having the name of “50…” in a comparison to a well written story will help get that new story out there to a wider readership, and help the author get a big deal, well then I’m all for naming that wierdly popular POS. Yep, ride those marketing trends. lol I also hope authors of those well written, epublished, BDSM stories dust off their “old” novellas (if they got the rights back) and get em out there!

  19. Jane
    May 23, 2012 @ 08:08:46

    @coribo25 – That is hilarious.

  20. Jill Sorenson
    May 23, 2012 @ 08:14:25

    Sylvia Day is in my RWA chapter and I’m THRILLED for her. It’s so exciting to see somehow I know make it big. I could kiss 50 Shades for opening the door.

  21. Brian
    May 23, 2012 @ 08:59:32

    Anyone wanting an ebook copy od Ms. Day’s book should grab it today as it’s the last day for it to be sold as a self pub title. When it goes on sale from Penguin it’s likely to be in the $10 range based on the $15 list for the paper version and how Penguin usually prices things (not to mention Agency pricing and DRM).

  22. Brian
    May 23, 2012 @ 09:05:07

    I take that back, it looks like the ebook from Penguin will be $5.99 so not a big jump from Ms. Day’s $4.99 self pubbed price. I wonder if that will hold for the future books (doubt it).

  23. Kaetrin
    May 23, 2012 @ 17:51:10

    @Brian: My fingers are crossed because I definitely want to read the next book/s.

    I do wish Ms. Day every success. Hope she makes loads of money with it. I certainly think it’s better quality than the other book which is currently making squillions (although I haven’t read it – I’m just going on what others have widely reported regarding editing and fanfic conventions etc).

  24. Ann Somerville
    May 24, 2012 @ 03:46:49

    “Looking at the readers of TSS and their appalling defense of Kristi, it’s clear to see that they’re not the real voice of the YA book community. ”

    I can’t comment on who is or is not part of the community, but it’s clear that the outsiders who are posting condemnations of Kristi are now possibly doing more harm than good. The true believers will never be convinced that Kristi has done a serious wrong and has not in fact apologised properly. but they *are* being convinced by every outside post that Kristi is a victim and that in fact their tribe is under unfair attack. They know the visitors aren’t regulars, and will dismiss them on that basis.

    This is how this type of situation always plays out, in fact. So having stated one’s objection to the bad behaviour, I don’t see the point in posting the same thing over and over and over, replying to every clueless commenter, and using increasingly hostile words to people who are never going to listen. All that’s happening is that casual visitors scanning these posts will get the impression of attack and hostility, and the complaints of victimisation will thus seem to have merit.

    Kristi and her apologists are beyond help and reason. It’s better to spread the message to saner audiences at other blogs, in my opinion.

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