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Authors Behaving Badly Episode #1: Dara Joy

I think we need a show of hands by all those authors who thought we might be blogging about them today. In truth, while there is certainly fodder out there, no one can really top what Dara Joy, aka Donna Lanier, is doing to her readers. It’s one thing for an author to curse readers or suggest that they are criminally insane but it is a whole other game to take readers’ money for a book that you promise to send and then never actually send the book. Because if that is what is really happening, then you are stealing from people. And not just stealing their money like Tara Janzen stole mine by eviscerating her characters and giving me two generic sex scenes late in the story. No. Really stealing their money.

Maybe I’ll just entitle this Authorial Business Tutorial #1. Do not steal from your readers. They will hate you forever. For those curious, Mrs Giggles reviewed the book. I am thinking its a "do not buy" and not just because if you tried to buy, you wouldn’t get the book.

If you can’t be arsed to read the story of Elizabeth, a devoted fan (and I mean really devoted), then click here for the method that Elizabeth used to get her book. This method has worked for many other fans and we hope it works for you. You could also email her attorney:

The lawsuit filed by Dorchester against Donna Lanier is in stasis right now. The last filing was as of 05/03/2005 and the court needs to rule on a request by Dorchester to decide the suit in Dorchester’s favor. One thing I noticed in reading Dara Joy’s version of the lawsuit versus Dorchester’s was that Dara Joy accused Dorchester of dragging this suit out for 3 years. In reading the docket sheet, it was actually Ms. Joy/Lanier who repeatedly missed deadlines, asked for more time to meet said missed deadlines, providing a myriad of excuses (one being her health) and ultimately causing enormous delay. Sound familiar?

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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


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