Monday News: Carina’s 5th Anniversary, Scammy book sites, RNA award for best new writer, and unrealistic Hollywood heroes
- Sold more than six million books
- At the end of June 2015, 848 titles will have been published
- Broad range of editorial including romance, science fiction, steampunk, fantasy, erotica, gay & lesbian romances, mystery, family sagas, horror, thriller and more!
- Authors Marie Force and Shannon Stacey have each sold over one million copies of their Carina Press titles –Carina Press
Tim Cushing of Techdirt and I have spent some time looking at this web of sites, and while we think it’s scammy we’re not exactly sure what is going on. We each went down the rabbit hole several times and kept randomly ending up at different sites.
It turns out that the one site mentioned above is actually the honey pot for a couple dozen different cloned websites. Each site looks slightly different but serves the same purpose: to separate you from your credit card details.
None of the sites let me download ebooks before they tried to get my credit card info, and I suspect that getting my CC number was their main purpose and not piracy. –Ink, Bits & Pixels (aka The Digital Reader)
- Karen Aldous The Vineyard Carina
- Caitlyn Callery The Bankrupt Viscount MuseItUp
- Ashlinn Craven Maybe Baby Crimson Romance
- Brigid Coady No one Wants to be Miss Havisham HarperImpulse
- Joan Fleming What the Future Holds Tirgearr
- Kathy Jay What If He’s the One HarperImpulse
- Natalie Kleinman Safe Harbour White Glove (originally published by Safkhet)
- Nikki Moore Crazy Undercover Love HarperImpulse
- Margaret Pardoe Meant for Each Other DC Thomson novella
- Janice Preston Mary & the Marquis HMB Historical
- Caroline Roberts The Torn Up Marriage HarperImpulse
- Heather Rosser In the Line of Duty New Generation Publishing (originally accepted by Attica Books)
- Georgina Troy A Jersey Kiss Accent Press
- Jules Wake Talk to Me Choc Lit
- Gwyneth Williams Echoes in the Sand Endeavour Press –RNA – UK
The reimagining of Jack Burton as The Rock is only the latest development in a much more insidious plot devised by Hollywood to brainwash us all. It is the problem of The Impossible Man. Average dudes looking for hope, you can shout “Dad Bod!” all you want, but once Chris Pratt whipped his Andy-the-everyman physique into certified hero-body shape, your argument blew away like a handful of creatine powder.
On one hand, I’m loving this trend with everything my reptile brain can muster. Knowing that I can go to the movies and select from a dessert table offering up the Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill, Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, and Chrises Pratt/Hemsworth/Evans is wonderful. Each of them in 2015 is a human specimen carved from stone and misted just enough to optimal sheen. They’re living monuments to anatomical design at its highest levels—but just as they lack diversity in skin tone, so too do they lack diversity in appeal. There’s only room for one type of hero at the Tinseltown Table, and making Jack Burton into a human mountain is perhaps the greatest act of hostility so far in this aesthetic Cold War. –Wired