From #CockyGate to #CopyPasteCris

Hello, wonderlandians. I wish I was coming to you with some better new today. I was just scrolling through Facebook as one does in the morning before work and I came across a post in one of the groups that I’m in for book lovers. It would seem that Romancelandia is in an uproar again.

If you remember from last year. A romance author by the name of Faleena Hopkins tired to get the word Cocky copyrighted so no other author was able to use that work in the title of their book. She went as far as to send out cease and desist letter to authors. Needless to say this back fired on her big time. A lawyer who is now an author came out of retirement to help to authors who were hurt by this and to offer legal advise. Thankfully Faleena came to her senses and dropped the whole thing.

Now we are seeing something worse come about. There is a “Romance Author” by the name of Cristiane Serruya. She is now known in Romancelandia ad #CopyPasteCris. Cristiane has copied full passages from popular romance authors.

Image from KJ_Charles on Twitter.

They highlighted part is just a few authors that she has copied from. You want to know the funny part of all of this. She is a lawyer in her day job.

Author Courtney Milan wrote a blog post which you can read by click blog post. I found all of this out at 7:30 am EST. For a lawyer it’s a pretty ballsy move to copy other people work. Really it’s pretty ballsy for anyone to do. Courtney Milan called her out in a blog post as well and on twitter.

Image from Courtney Milan twitter.

This was posted last night at 11:27 pm.

Then this morning Cristiane responded to Courtney Milan and Tessa Dare.

Images from @CrisSerruya

People of Romancelandia where not having it. It seems not only was she copying from authors but from websites like The Knot for cake recipes.

Cristiane has responded and is in the process of taking the plagiarized work down.

If you want to follow what is going go on twitter and follow #CopyPasteCris.

There is much more going on here. Follow the thread. There is so much evidence. I’m not making this post to shame anyone. I just want to bring attention to this.

Will you be following this? Let me know your thoughts.

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Audiobook Review – Sail

Author: Lindsey R. Loucks

Narrator: Kamala Alcantara

Length: 9 hours 58 minutes

Series: Haunted Stars, Book 1

Publisher: Evershade Publishing

Released: Nov. 20, 2018

Genre: Paranormal Romance; Science Fiction

Nineteen-year-old Absidy Jones is a ghost magnet, a sensitive person spirits flock to when they can’t cross over. After her brutal past escaping the hordes of ghosts vying for her attention, she spends her reclusive existence melting down iron into bite-sized pieces. Whether alloy or wrought, ancient paper clips or nails, consuming iron is the only thing that keeps the ghosts away.

But when Absidy’s sister goes missing in deep space, a dangerous place brimming with rogue planets, ship-eating nebulas, and vicious aliens, Absidy vows to find her. She leaves her safe haven and boards the first ship she can that’s on a direct route to deep space – a ship that turns out to be haunted.

To keep the malicious ghosts from killing her, the alluring bad boy pilot gifts her a small bundle of all the iron on the ship. But their growing relationship is tested with the crew’s prying eyes and hidden secrets. While the ship sails into deep space, it’s not just her sister’s life that Absidy fears for. It’s her own as well. Especially since her stash of iron has shrunk to zero.

Lindsey R. Loucks is a USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romance, science fiction, and contemporary romance. When she’s not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she’s dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she’ll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate-induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize.

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Kamala Alcantara is a Voice Actress & Audiobook Narrator capable of performing a wide range of voices & accents.

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Lindsay is a new author to me. I have never listened or read whatever books before. If you love a good book about a medium Or someone who is sensitive to ghosts this book has a whole new take on that. So the setting is in a Futuristic land where we are able to travel between different planets. The main character is an interesting character to say the least to. She is our medium. She is able to attract ghosts to her unfortunately For her this is a bad thing because he ghosts are able to kill her. Our main character sister and the sending a signal thing sail The whole town thinks that she has gone rogue and she doesn’t want to be found. So this is where the whole adventure begins and I don’t want to give too much away because it is a very interesting read and I feel that it should be gone and to without knowing much about the story.

Now for our narrator this is the 1st story I have heard her read. She is absolutely fantastic. The range that she has is a very nice. There was a different voice for each of the different characters. This is really important to me when a voice actress is narrate a book because I like to be able to distinguish the characters. Her tone throughout the entire book is even and her voice has a nice calming effect to it. So even when she was reading high action and intense seems I just felt calm. It’s the weirdest thing I tend to gravitate towards readers who are very calm and have a soothing voice.

Now for the production of this audio book I found it was very professional. There were no awkward pauses or anything to distract from the audio book it felt. Over all this was a very enjoyable experience to listen to. As you guys know I like to speed my books up as I’m reading them. I ended up getting this almost to triple times the speed it because I did feel that the reader loves to make sure that she’s very understood. Sometimes I can find this to be a little too slow for my liking so I will speed the book up. And I didn’t find any distortion when I did feed the book up to triple times the speed. I was able to understand the narrator a very clearly. So this is also a Testament to the production over all of this book.

I definitely recommend the audio book over the physical or even E book. I always recommend an audio book over it E book or a physical copy I don’t know wh
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lindsey R. Loucks. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Dream Cast

By Author Lindsey R. Loucks
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Absidy Jones
    • Whether you love Jen or hate her, she’s proven she can be the tough girl with a don’t-give-a-f*ck attitude and a large dose of vulnerability. That’s my main character, Absidy, in a nutshell. Let’s just add some chains to Jen’s hair and dress her up in a spiked corset, and she’ll be repelling ghosts in no time.
  • Charlie Hunnam – Mason (Mase) Ryan
    • *swoon* Absidy’s love interest is a bad-boy pilot who is thoroughly lickable. Enter Charlie. Enough said. ☺
  • Idris Elba – Captain Glenn
    • Whenever Idris opens his mouth, I listen. He has that quiet command suitable to head a haunted spaceship and could silence an unruly crew member with one (sexy) look.
  • Ian McShane – Randolph
    • Randolph, head chef, is a little bit hairy and a little bit drunk, both things Ian McShane can portray very, very well!
  • Theo James – Doctor Daryl
    • Theo is good-looking, intense, and seems like he’s a bit of a loner, all qualities he shares with Doctor Daryl.
  • Mackenzie Crook – Nesbit
    • He’s a genius engineer who just might be insane, and Mackenzie’s exceptional, unique acting ability would be perfect for Nesbit!
  • Kelly Marie Tran – Moon Dragon
    • Sexy, confident, and funny, Moon has drawn Absidy out of her shell in their shared dorm at college. Moon is Absidy’s only friend, a responsibility Moon takes very seriously. Kelly Marie Tran has that same lovable, sultry allure as Moon.

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Fire with Fire (New York Syndicate Book 1) by [St. James, Michelle]

Love is a battlefield — and only the strong survive.

Shunning his Ivy League education and the empire that was his birthright, Damian Cavallo found his place in New York City’s criminal underworld after the fall of the Syndicate. Reclusive and angry, he works alone — until crime lord Nico Vitale makes a compelling argument for the new organization’s far-reaching power. After hearing Nico out, Damian is willing to consider the possibility of leading the New York territory.

There’s just one problem: he isn’t the only one who wants it.

Aria Fiore didn’t choose a life of crime — it chose her.

Raised by her dangerously unbalanced brother, Primo, after the death of their parents, Aria had no choice but to follow him into a life of crime. She finds happiness working in the city’s community garden but can’t help wondering if she’ll ever get the chance to choose something for herself. Then Damian Cavallo appears — hot, brooding, and demanding Primo forfeit the New York territory. Aria has no love for the business, but even the gorgeous criminal can’t shake her loyalty to her brother.

As the rivalry becomes more and more deadly, Primo’s first in command is only too happy to goad him into reckless action. Desperate to save her brother, Aria forges an alliance with Damian that quickly turns into an undeniable passion. Now she’s forced to admit the truth:

She is in love with Damian Cavallo — and her real enemy is much closer to home.

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Audiobook Review – Between the Sea and Stars

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With newfound legs, Lena is whisked away on a new adventure with new friends and new trouble. Everyone seems to want something from her as intrigue lurks around every corner.

Trying her best to hide who she is and remain safe from the dangers of the human world, will Lena finally find where she belongs, or will she be swept into a strong and stormy current by lust, greed, and jealousy?


Amazon Bestselling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published The Songs in Our Hearts, and The Songs We Remember, with 48Fourteen Publishing. Allerleirauh, Between the Sea and Stars, Blinding Night and WinterDream with the Parliament House Press. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. For Chantal, writing novels has become a lifelong dream come true! When she’s not typing away at her next project, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of Iced Coffee, and watching Disney Classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, sister and furry-‘brother’ Taran.

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“Daydreams and whimsy with with a touch of pixie charm.”

A long-time daydreamer, Dollcie Webb has always carried a special fondness for Young Adult Fantasy literature. The poetic imagery and enticing otherworldliness call to her sense of curiosity, satisfying a deep desire to explore the world around her. A graduate of Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor’s in Theatre and Electronic Media Performance, she’s taken her experience in audio and theatrical performance and has melded the two into a career as an audiobook producer and narrator.

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If you guys know me then you know one of my favorite genre’s of books is all about mermaids. So this book was really refreshing in the way that the author is portraying mermaids. If you love a book that is all about mystery and love this book is definitely for you. I would highly recommend this audio book over the print because there are a lot of words and names that are really hard to Pronounce. Shantel is an amazing author the way she writes is so beautiful.

This is the 1st book I’ve heard don’t Dollcie read. She is very pleasant to listen to. Her range of voices is incredible and she keeps the audience engaging because she herself could be like a siren. You want to keep listening to her her inflections in her words and her tone is very easy to understand.

The over all production of this are you book was fantastic. There were a few areas where the transition between chapters was a little breathy. Other than that the audio was fantastic.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Chantal Gadoury. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Dream Cast

By Author chantal Gadoury

  • Lena – Gemma Arterton
    • When I first saw Gemma in Tess of D’Urbervilles, she was everything I imagined my character, Lena, a merrow turned human, to be.
  • Soren Emil – Matt Smith
    • Soren holds a special place in my heart from a time before I started officially writing “Between the Sea and Stars.” I’ve always associated his character looking like Matt Smith, which is why I’d cast him as such.
  • Jace Wyatt – Aaron Taylor-Johnson
    • I’ve been inspired by Aaron Taylor-Johnson since the first time I saw him in “Anna Karenina.” When I started to look for someone who reminded me of Jim Hawkins (the real inspiration behind Jace Wyatt) I saw Aaron played a role in a movie called Albert Nobbs. At that moment, I knew I had found the right choice of a “face character” and movie cast for Jace.
  • Edwin Wyatt – Max Von Sydow
    • Edwin was a character I had planned to have in the story of “Between the Sea and Stars,” but suddenly he appeared, and became a character that I fell in love instantly. He is the sweetest of men, and so wise. When I started to look for a face that could envelope everything about Edwin, it was hard. I had been torn between Richard Harris, and Sir Ian McKellen, but when I saw Max Von Sydow, in this photo – I really felt like I had found the face of Edwin perfectly.
  • Asger – Rohit Khandelwal
    • I knew as I was writing Asger, I was trying to bring in more diverse of characters – different skin colors, tail colors, – just different from Lena and the characters that I was already planning on land. And I really loved just how different Asger became. I found the photo of Rohit as I was trying to figure out Asger, and what he’d look like – he was an inspiration right from the beginning.
  • Lord Jarl – Jeremy Irons
    • I went through a huge phase of watching “The Borgias” right before I had written “Between the Sea and Stars,” and kinda just loved Jeremy Irons as an actor. I know he could play evil – and well. And I know he’d adapt the character Lord Jarl perfectly.

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Danger. Passion. Obsession.

Heir to a worthless title, Christophe Marchand knows the only way to build an empire in the twenty-first century is with single-minded focus and cold, hard pragmatism.

Which means no distractions.

But that’s before he lays eyes on Charlotte Duval.

Charlotte Duval is no man’s arm candy.

An expert in antique furniture, Charlotte is in Paris to close up her recently deceased father’s antique store. Her plan? Finish the job as quickly as possible, preferably without touching the still-tender wound of their estranged relationship, and return to L.A..

And even the enigmatic Christophe Marchand can’t tempt her to stay.

Then the discovery of an elaborate ring hidden inside a 16th century writing desk sets off a chain of events that sends her to Christophe for protection. Soon the pair are traveling to Vienna in search of answers to an unsolved theft that once rocked the art world. But when their hunt intersects with an ominous takeover of Christophe’s business, it becomes clear that their common cause will either destroy them — or force them to come to terms with the true price of love.

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Audiobook Review – Imperfect Love

Genre: Erotic Romance

At 24 years old, Holly Scallanger has the perfect life. She has everything a girl could want; a beautiful man, a stunning home, as well as being in the midst of preparing for the wedding of her dreams. This all vanishes the night she catches her fiancé, Brandon Morgan, in bed with her worst nightmare, Donna Sinclair, just a week before Holly is set to walk down the aisle.

Attempting to recover from his betrayal, Holly swears off the affections of men in order to pick up the pieces of her crumbling life. Unfortunately, meeting Jake ‘Hooligan’ Peters is not part of her plan. The tall, dark-haired, and handsome-as-hell med student sweeps Holly away from the pain of her past and reveals to her the bright future that lies ahead. That is, until she falls pregnant just as Jake begins his internship at P&E; his family’s hospital.

Will this love at first sight lead her to the fairytale she has always craved? Or, will she fall victim to a betrayal of the heart yet again?

Isabella White is a USA Today Bestselling author. She always knew she was going to be a writer, but it only started to really happen in 2015 when she published Imperfect Love. It was followed two years later by the second part, Secret Love, and in 2018 she published the final part, Endless Love.
When she is not writing she loves to spend her time with her Husband, two daughters and their pets doing whatever journey like takes them on. To find out more about Isabella visit her website at http://www.isabellawhitebooks.com

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Stefanie Kay lives on the East Coast of the US with her husband and two young boys. She’s always been a book lover and has a background in performing arts. Narration has become a passion and she loves having the honor of bringing these stories to life. She has narrated Paranormal Romance for DB Sieders, Chick-Lit for Charlotte Roth, and Romance for Isabella White, loving how each author has created such depth and layered stories that are easy to get lost in and you can’t help but fall in love with the characters.

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This was an interesting audiobook. I love how I could just zone out and be in another world while listening this book. Isabella White wrote this book back in 2015 and it seems from the research I did that this was her first novel. I feel in some way you could tell that this was her first novel because there were some parts where she was tell us instead of showing us. I can over look this because I love her characters. Now I feel like this book really does move fast with the whole istalove thing but I was never bothered by this fact. The characters clicked right off bat. Then all things go crazy. I will leave it here with that because spoilers I will not give.

This is the first time I have ever heard Stefanie Kay. She was pleasant listen to. Her tone was even and didn’t take away from the over all story line. Stefanie had a decent range of voice for the characters. Again I could just get lost and be transported some place else which is where I need to be lately.

The production was out of this world.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Isabella White. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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2019 Book Challenges

Hello, wonderlandians. Today we are talking all about those book challenges for this year. I have found a master list on GirlXOXO so if you want to see what the challenges are so we can be reading challenge buddies.

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Okay I’m sorry I had to.

Here we go.

Number One

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Challenge Details and Levels

  1. Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join at any time.
  2. The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2019 than you did in 2018.
  3. Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  4. ANY genres count.
  5. Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  6. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
  7. If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.
  8. Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. The first update will be June 30, 2019, and the last update will take place on December 15, 2019.
  1. Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  2. Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  3. Stenographer (can listen while multitasking) 10-15
  4. Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  5. Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  6. My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  7. Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+

I’m really excited for this challenge if you know me then you know I love me some audiobooks. I will be going for Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands). I want to get more reading done next year.

Number Two

Hosted by The Bookwyrm’s Hoard.

Rules

The rules are simple. Only (1) and (2) are mandatory.

(1) To count for the challenge, books have to be published before 2018 AND already be on your TBR list or pile. In other words, you don’t have to own the book. If it was on your want-to-read list when you signed up for the challenge, and it came out in 2017 or earlier, it counts… regardless of format (ebook, print book, audiobook) and how you acquired it.

Last year, I was asked about rereads. You can only count a rereads if (a) you haven’t read the book in the last 10 years, and (b) you can’t remember any more of it than you would learn by reading the publisher’s blurb. In other words, it should feel new to you. I know this is subjective, but bear in mind, this isn’t a rereading challenge. (There are other challenges for that.)

(2) Create a goals or sign-up post on your blog or wherever you usually post your reviews (e.g., Goodreads, LibraryThing, Instagram.) Please link back to this post! Then link your sign-up post below, where you see the “Add your link” button. (Please link the actual goals/sign-up post, not your home page.) You can set your own goal, and you can list the books you want to read this year, or leave it up to your mood at the time—as long as they are already on your TBR list when you sign up! You can sign up through December 1, 2019; after that, the sign-up link will be closed.

(3) Review the books you read, and post the links on the review linky (reachable through the top menu bar.) You can certainly do the challenge without writing reviews, but the review links are your entries for the year-end giveaway. Reviews don’t have to be long; a few sentences is fine. You can post them on Goodreads or LibraryThing if you don’t have a blog. Please link to your review itself (not to your blog;s main page, your profile, or the book’s Goodreads or LibraryThing page.)

(4) On or just after the end of the year, post a wrap-up post to let us know how you did! I’ll create a link-up post for the wrap-up posts, too. Again, this one isn’t absolutely necessary, but I hope you’ll do it anyway, just for the fun of looking back and seeing your accomplishment!

I’m excited for this one. It will allow me to get through the back list of books that I have been meaning to get to.

So these are the two reading challenges that I will be partaking in this year. Last year I think I went into deep with so many reading challenges.

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