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“If the goal is to get these women to stop, there’s evidence that it works. Some female bloggers admit to self-censoring or closing up shop altogether. In 2007, two leading feminist bloggers, Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan, resigned from their jobs running John Edwards’ campaign blog under the crush of harassment. Between 2000 and 2005, the proportion of Internet users who participated in online chats and discussion groups fell from 28 percent to 17 percent, entirely due to women’s exodus, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, which ‘coincided with increased awareness of and sensitivity to worrisome behavior in chat rooms.’” Al Jazeera America

“According to court documents, he is said to have made “around $900 per month from advertising on the site and records obtained from his changemyreputation.com PayPal account indicate that he received payments totalling tens of thousands of dollars”.” BBC News

“This is the time when publishers release their splashiest books and count on Christmas shoppers being much more willing to part with $25 for a weighty hardcover. The leveling off of e-book sales should help. The Association of American Publishers, which collects monthly data from about 1,200 publishers, said last month that e-book sales had been flat or in decline for most of 2013. In August, e-book sales were approximately $128 million, a 3 percent decline from August 2012.” New York Times

“Mr. Leonard was not the only researcher to receive such a notice this week, as Michael P. Taylor, a paleontologist and open-access advocate, reported in a post on his group blog. Many researchers post copies of their articles online, Mr. Taylor said, even if they’re not legally supposed to. ‘It’s always been so, because even though technically it’s in breach of the copyright transfer agreements that we blithely sign, everyone knows it’s right and proper,’ he wrote. ‘Preventing people from making their own work available would be insane, and the publisher that did it would be committing a PR gaffe of huge proportions.’” Th Chronicle of Higher Education

“According to Wikipedia, there are currently more than 325 million copies of Dailey’s books in print, with translations in 19 languages for 98 different countries.” Hometown Daily News

isn't sure if she's an average Romance reader, or even an average reader, but a reader she is, enjoying everything from literary fiction to philosophy to history to poetry. Historical Romance was her first love within the genre, but she's fickle and easily seduced by the promise of a good read. She approaches every book with the same hope: that she will be filled from the inside out with something awesome that she didnʼt know, didnʼt think about, or didnʼt feel until that moment. And she's always looking for the next mind-blowing read, so feel free to share any suggestions!

6 Comments

  1. Carolyne
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 07:54:23

    I’m sorry to hear about Janet Dailey.

    When I was an early teen–and well before the Nora Roberts situation–I was obsessed for a while with reading Janey Dailey, and only Janet Dailey, romances. Somehow, of all the books my cousin had, and of all those romances on those racks at the local bookstore (when we still had one), hers were the only ones that clicked for me.

    I’ll consider myself fortunate if I write even one book that someone reads with as much pleasure as I consumed those.

    I think that sounds very stiff–I’ve been trying to write mollifying correspondence in French all morning (don’t ask) and it’s muddled my speech patterns. Let me put it this way: I loved her stuff when I was a kid, and in spite of any scandals she walked through along the way, I want to write stuff people love, too.

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  2. Eileen
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 10:54:51

    I feel sad about Janet Dailey. I read lots and lots of her 70s and 80s Harlequins back when I first started to read romance. She was one of my favorite authors at the time. I’m sure I must still have many of her books packed away in boxes of old favorites.

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  3. Talia
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 12:34:51

    Leftover Love was Baby’s First Romance when I was 12. (I stole it from the classroom reading shelf. Who decided to put it there? Who knows? It was miiiiiine.) I read that book so many times the cover fell off and I had to tape everything back together.

    RIP amd thanks, Ms Dailey.

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  4. Jenny
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 12:35:46

    Very sad news about Janet Dailey. I was another reader of her books way back in my late teens and early twenties. The Rogue and Ride the Thunder were two of my all-time favorites.

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  5. Cheryl
    Dec 18, 2013 @ 19:58:02

    Southern Nights is my favorite Janet Dailey novel. Just re-read it two months ago.

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