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Monday Midday Links: Unscientic conclusions put forth as real science (what...

Yesterday it was announced that members of the U.S. special forces had successfully executed a mission to kill Osama Bin Laden.  People acknowledged this news in various ways but while we don’t know what will happen in the future, President Obama made a point of noting that

As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not — and never will be — at war with Islam. I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own.

This mission was years in the making and involved a number of individuals in our military from the intelligence committee to the Navy SEALs.  One way to acknowledge this mission would be by donating money to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund or to the military

txt HUG to 85944 to donate $10 to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund.


Log on to the following Web sites to show support, to include greeting cards, virtual Thank You cards and calling card donations to help troops stay in contact with loved ones:

Based on the Twitter feeds last night of my romance reading buddies, there appears to be a run on military romances.  I would recommend the Maya Banks’ KGI Series, Lisa Marie Rice’s books (more on her here), and Stephanie Tyler, Suzanne Brockmann’s Silhouette Intimate Moments series starting with Prince Joe (Tall, Dark & Dangerous, Book 1) and Books 1 through 4 of the Troubleshooter series. My favorite is Over the Edge but be warned that there is a painful rape that happens to one of the secondary characters in that story.  More good military reading includes the Samhain shorts by Elle Kennedy.


In a remarkable display of what social media can do, an information technology professional living in Abbattabod, Pakistan, tweeted about strange helicopters hovering over Abbattabod, crashing to the ground, and then a bomb going off.  He did not know, at the time, what he was tweeting about at 1 am Pakistani time was the special forces invasion of Bin Laden’s compound. Sohaib Athar’s tweetstream (img) is one of the more remarkable artifacts of social media I have seen.


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We are slowly adding the publisher lists for 2011 to Dear Author. You can see them in the sidebar or in the “Readers Resource” menu item right under the carousel of book images. The publishing lists are a quick way for you to see what publishers are putting out every month and it can help you organize your book buying budget.  I still have Berkley and Avon lists to put together. Kensington has sent me a list and we will be posting a contest with the list later today.


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The Cover Cafe contest is open for business!  Voting starts to day and runs until May 31, 2011.  Head over and vote for your favorite (and least favorite) covers of 2010. I know it is hard to believe, but The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton did not make the cut as a Contemporary finalist.  The cover was robbed!  Said book is a 2011 publication. Sigh.


Sunita has a takedown of an offensive article at the Wall Street Journal by Ogi Ogas, the author of the piece in Psychology Today which Robin took apart last Tuesday.

Ogas equates a woman’s search for a mate with the way Miss Marple goes about solving a murder, and calls “this unconscious evaluation [is] the source of ‘feminine intuition.’” I have no idea what this means, but falling in love with someone you want to spend your life with doesn’t seem to me to have much overlap with solving a crime. He then draws an analogy between romance novels and pornography. Women, who are complex, read romance novels while men, who are simple, look at pornographic visual material. Women don’t buy subscriptions to porn sites, but they read lots of romance novels. In fact, there are as many people reading romance novels in English worldwide as there are people visiting porn sites in the U.S. and Canada (which suggests that many more people visit porn sites, but whatever).


Finally, in the next-to-last paragraph of the article, Ogas completely undermines everything that has gone before. Granted, it wasn’t very good to begin with. Let’s recap: (1) Women go online to find romance novels, erotica, and fan fiction in order to figure out through fictional heroes the kind of man they want; (2) Men are visual and solitary, women are textual and communitarian; and (3) Reading romance and erotica, and writing fan fiction, is about “satisfying sexual curiosity” for women.

Whoever is giving Ogas a platform should stop.  Not because he is insulting to women but because his science is so bad he is insulting knowledge.


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. KMont
    May 02, 2011 @ 10:04:16

    I love the publisher lists! What a great resource to have them in one place like that. Great idea.

  2. Gwynnyd
    May 02, 2011 @ 11:20:27

    Just for the sake of completeness, here is a link to the “SurveyFail” site that discusses fan reaction to the Ogas survey.

  3. Gretchen Galway
    May 02, 2011 @ 11:25:05

    Gak. Just skimmed that dork Oga’s article on WSJ (now on the Google News homepage). I’m used to hearing how porn for men is visual, porn for women is social. Whatever. Porn is a cultural construct. If somebody calls romance “porn”, it’s fair to call football, Dancing With the Stars, and Fox News “porn”. You have your , I’ll have mine.

    But to call your labels “science” is a an insult to knowledge, as you said. Certainly to the field of psychology.

  4. SN
    May 02, 2011 @ 11:25:08

    If you’re looking for military romances, you can’t go past Suzanne Brockmann’s Navy SEALs (Over the Edge is a very 9/11ish story – written just before the actual 9/11 attack), Cindy Gerard’s men, or Kaylea Cross’ fantastic series. Pamela Clare has a SEAL hero in her newest book too – and everything she writes is great.

  5. Jaci Burton
    May 02, 2011 @ 11:29:28

    Jane, your championing of The Perfect Play cover rocks my socks off. Thank you! But I think the cover contest is for 2010 covers only, and TPP released in Feb, 2011. So there’s still hope for it for next year :-)

  6. Sunita
    May 02, 2011 @ 11:48:50

    Thanks for the linkage, Jane! And for readers who find the post TL;DR (an occupational hazard of my Vacuous Minx posts), Jane succinctly provides my take-away message:

    Whoever is giving Ogas a platform should stop. Not because he is insulting to women but because his science is so bad he is insulting knowledge.

  7. Karen
    May 02, 2011 @ 11:52:39

    The Perfect Play has already been nominated for next year’s cover contest! I have to fan myself after checking out that cover…

  8. Kim in Hawaii
    May 02, 2011 @ 12:25:16

    Mahalo for recognizing the US intelligence community and Navy Seals for their efforts. May I suggest any romance written by military veterans such as Merline Lovelace, Cindy Dees, Susan Grant, PC Cast, Diana Cosby, Sylvia Day, Allegra Gray, Delores Fossen, Elle James, Larissa Ione, Geri Krotow, Cathy Maxwell, and others listed at All have incorporated themes of duty, honor, and country into their books – themes that made yesterday’s mission successful.

    Let’s now pray for peace.

  9. Janine
    May 02, 2011 @ 12:51:26

    Sohaib Athar is @ReallyVirtual. His tweetstream can be found here:!/ReallyVirtual

  10. Debra
    May 02, 2011 @ 13:22:33

    Oh Gawd I do love me some Maya Banks KGI novels…

  11. Courtney Milan
    May 02, 2011 @ 14:50:18

    Oh, God. I read the Ogas article over the weekend and nearly hurt myself with the eye roll.

    But I had to hand it to him for egregious chutzpah masquerading as science. He equated romance novels with porn, not using Actual Pseudoscience, but because PROOF: about as many women read romance novels as men look at porn!

    Also, did you know that there are about as many people named “Nora Roberts” in the US as there are named “Jane Litte”?


  12. Jane
    May 02, 2011 @ 14:52:31

    @Courtney Milan: That I put my skirts on one leg at a time?

  13. FD
    May 02, 2011 @ 16:57:55

    Far and away the best thing about the entire career of Ogi Ogas is reading the tags for the book on Amazon. I like ‘PHDs written in crayon’ myself. ;)

  14. Wahoo Suze
    May 02, 2011 @ 18:20:06

    I really enjoyed Catherine Mann’s military romances, until I got to the one where they’re in South America doing a psy-ops training thing, and the whole premise offended me so much I haven’t really gone back to her since. (The training op was to convince the local populace to elect SpongeBob SquarePants to lead their government, which is SO not an appropriate thing for a foreign military body to be doing in ANY country.)

    Still, up to that one, her Wingman Warriors series was really enjoyable.

  15. Luce
    May 02, 2011 @ 18:38:09

    Because I *do* remember the survey FAIL Ogi Ogas and his colleague did, I have to say that my jaw dropped at seeing an article by Ogas in the WSJ.

    Gods, Ogas is the zombie version (because he keeps coming back) of the type of people who think that they always knows better than anyone around them. And that, therefore, everything they say should be “oohed and aahed” at. What an idiot!

    In all truth, I could barely finish Ogas’ article because my stabbity level was reaching an all-time high.

  16. Sunita
    May 02, 2011 @ 18:44:45

    @FD: @Luce: As I said in my post, I really don’t get why Ogas keeps getting these major platforms. He’s not in any way a practising academic, but with the platform at Psychology Today he must look like one.

    It is truly infuriating, and yet, when we protest, we rarely get taken seriously, which is even more infuriating. And while I never click on tags for books, I clicked on a lot of those!

  17. Amy
    May 03, 2011 @ 01:48:13

    I’ve never heard of Kaylea Cross. Because I enjoy the books by other authors you mentioned, I’m going to go check her out. Thanks for the suggestion!

  18. Lawless
    May 03, 2011 @ 10:19:06

    Can’t agree with you more, Jane, about Ogas insulting knowledge. How does he pass this stuff off as science? It’s full of logical fallacies.

  19. Cat S
    May 03, 2011 @ 19:09:38

    My poor husband can’t figure out how I know so much about O-courses, surf torture, and IBSes (inflatable boats, small). Everything I know I learned from Suzanne Brockmann, et al.

    May I please put in a recommendation for Mary Margret Daughtridge’s wonderful SEAL books: SEALed with a Kiss, SEALed with a Ring, SEALed with a Promise and SEALed Forever (just released today).

  20. Rosario
    May 06, 2011 @ 05:09:59

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