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Friday News: #dinoporn sweeps the internet; role reversals in ads; digital...

Right before I went to bed, I received a heads up email that a self published book by Belle Adams was copying from Sandra Brown’s In a Class by Itself.

I have a side by side comparison here but each book has the “Look Inside” feature so you can see the similarities for yourself.  As of this posting, Belle Adams book was still up for sale.


According to Sarah at SmartBitches, it was Geekologie who first highlighted a series of books by Christie Sims featuring dinosaurs and women having sex.  These 5,000 word masterpieces sell for around $2.99 and Sims is getting unheard of press from Buzzfeed to Perez Hilton.  If you are curious what it’s all about you can check out this tumblr post:

like, bella swan’s demonic child managed to completely wreck her, right. meanwhile, beliria fucks a triceratops and then waltzes away singing no scrubs like she’s in a fucking kotex commercial.

I feel like #dinoporn isn’t half as courageous as cuttlefish gangbangs and the reviews agree with me:

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars im sure nobody will read this but August 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
im sure nobody will read this but sometimes i like to cover myself in lube and pretend im a slug

It saved one guy’s marriage:

30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved Our Gay Marriage! June 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase

I married my husband, Akhmed Pelosi-Marx, during those magical few months the state of California allowed us to do so.

My husband spared no expense in throwing us the greatest wedding extravaganza Sonoma County had ever seen. He made a lot of money (like, a lot a lot) during the ’08 primaries spearheading the Obamaphone initiative and blackmailing John McCain with that audiotape of him calling his wife the c-word. He used the $eriou$ ca$h profit$ he made as one of Obama’s cronies to secure us two full days of revelry at the Clos du Bois winery, with celebrity caterer Ina Garten (love you, Barefoot Contessa!), entertainment by the Scissor Sisters and a special honeymoon three-way with porn star Jeff Stryker.

Sadly, a blowout wedding does not necessarily precede a blowout marriage. It was only a year or two later that we found ourselves completely bored with each other sexually and looking desperately for something that would bring the spark back.

We tried everything, from Yo Gabba Gabba roleplay to erotic waterboarding, and still found ourselves going to bed each night, our one-of-a-kind 1,800 thread count Comme des Garçons sheets as cold and as dry as the night before.

Two cruel, dusty years passed, and I had more or less given up hope on us ever having sex (with each other) again. Often I would sleep on the couch, passing out after late-night Candy Crush sessions and ultimately unsatisfying webcam encounters on Manroulette. But something happened one night as I was browsing on my Kindle. I discovered “Someone To Cuttle (Gay Cuttlefish Shapeshifter Erotica)”.

By the end of page one I was already enthralled. Who was this Paul? What was his relationship to this Sharon woman? What was he hoping to find there at the bottom of the ocean? Marine life, or himself?

I don’t really have better news than this. Okay, there is this story about a woman who fought back against the fat shamers who decided that because she had a bigger figure she didn’t get to dress up and have fun.

Hundreds of hateful messages, most of them saying that I was a worthless human being and shaming me for having the audacity to go in public dressed as a sexy video game character. How dare I dress up and have a good time!

She began sending out copyright infringement notices but it was like sticking her finger in a hole when the dam around her was collapsing.  She also started tracking down some of the most offensive commenters who just so happened to be women. Her experience has made her more conscious of the awkward photos that are often posted and reposted (such as People of Walmart). By not going away, Caitlin Seida is helping us all learn to be a little more empathetic.


“italian journal manufacturer moleskine and fiftythree, the company best known for their award winning ‘paper’ application, have collaborated to create ‘book’, a new service that brings your digital ideas to life as a custom-made hardcover notebook. the format has been designed uniquely for the paper iPad app, which allows users to print 15 foldout pages of their sketches onto FSC-certified matte paper. the print-on-demand publishing system has been developed to match the iPad’s 4:3 aspect ratio; there is no need to re-size pages, and the user chooses which of their personal drawings should become the journal’s cover artwork. in less than two weeks, for 40 USD, you can receive a handcrafted book made with high-quality HP Indigo 4-color digital prints.”Design Boom


“So, when we saw Portland-based Ducati dealer MotoCorsa do a photo shoot with a lovely lady named Kylie and a Ducati 1199 Panigale, we passed on running the photos. Then something interesting happened: MotoCorsa did a follow-up photo shoot, this time with men from around the shop, recreating the shots from the photo shoot with Kylie. Perhaps not the most flattering photos we’ve ever seen, it is however a delicious role-reversal, not to mention showing some good humor from the gentlemen involved.” Asphalt and Rubber

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. cleo
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 09:10:28

    The Amazon reviews of Someone to Cuttle are hilarious – by far my favorite part of knowing about that book (although I’ve happily read some crazy shifter books, so I’m not sure why I’m so judgmental here – maybe it’s the crappy cover or the $2.99 for 12 pages that makes me suspicious of the quality here)

    And thanks for the Caitlin Seida article.

  2. Julia Broadbooks
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 09:40:11

    There’s an interview with the authors of the dino porn books today over at The Cut. I sure can’t hate on a couple of young women writing erotica to support themselves through university.

  3. Amanda
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 09:48:54

    I love the Ducati ads, really emphasizes the ridiculousness of the posing and how women are portrayed in ads for motorcycles and cars

  4. Darlynne
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 10:25:24

    It’s the comments from some male readers that crack me up. They’re so offended about the guys draped over motorcycles, threatening to stop reading the blog if the pictures aren’t taken down. Asshats.

    And go, triceratops authors.

  5. Lada
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 11:37:00

    I’ll admit: I don’t get it. You can pretty much feed your kink any way you want for free on the internet so who is paying $2.99 for 18 pages of dino porn?? Don’t get me wrong, more power to the dino duo for finding a way to cash in but wtf. I don’t get people.

  6. CK
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 13:40:32

    I forgot about that “Someone to Cuttle” so I clicked. Then under ‘Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed’ I saw “Calamari Spa Fantasies” . To be perfectly honest, I’m more appalled by the $2.99 price tag for less than 5k word count. >.<

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