By Haris Dedovic: How an online satire magazine in Bosnia and Herzegovina ends up reporting the news and fact-checking its peers
“The other day there was big news in Bosnia. They said a Hooters had opened up in Sarajevo…But we didn’t even get the chance to mock the sadistic business model of the place — first we had to correct the facts. Which is, that it wasn’t a real Hooters at all.”
By Al Cross: Landmark is now solely a chain of community newspapers
By Joshua Benton: The scariest chart in Mary Meeker’s slide deck for newspapers has gotten even a teeny bit scarier
By Gary Price: New York Public Library and HBO Partner on National #ReadingIsLit Campaign
Mike Caulfield: Announcing the Local Historical Newspapers On Wikipedia Project (#LHNOW)
I am announcing a project to get students and faculty to produce 1,000 new Wikipedia articles on significant English-language local newspapers by October 12, 2018. This will represent a substantial increase in Wikipedia coverage of these papers (An increase of 1,000 U.S. papers would be almost a 40% increase in U.S. coverage, for example). Join by doing it and telling me.
By Scott Myers: Free Online Writer Resources
By Haris Dedovic: How an online satire magazine in Bosnia and Herzegovina ends up reporting the news and fact-checking its peers
Christina Dodd Talks About Her Funniest Mistakes
By Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: Faith
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour
by James D. Hornfischer (Author)
BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James D. Hornfischer’s Neptune’s Inferno.
“This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can.”
With these words, Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland addressed the crew of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B. Roberts on the morning of October 25, 1944, off the Philippine Island of Samar. On the horizon loomed the mightiest ships of the Japanese navy, a massive fleet that represented the last hope of a staggering empire. All that stood between it and Douglas MacArthur’ s vulnerable invasion force were the Roberts and the other small ships of a tiny American flotilla poised to charge into history.
In the tradition of the #1 New York Times bestseller Flags of Our Fathers, James D. Hornfischer paints an unprecedented portrait of the Battle of Samar, a naval engagement unlike any other in U.S. history—and captures with unforgettable intensity the men, the strategies, and the sacrifices that turned certain defeat into a legendary victory.
A Little Thing Called Life: On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between
by Linda Thompson (Author)
Award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson breaks her silence, sharing the extraordinary story of her life, career, and epic romances with two of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic, modern American superstars—Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner
For the last forty years, award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson has quietly led one of the most remarkable lives in show business. The longtime live-in love of Elvis Presley, Linda first emerged into the limelight during the 1970s when the former beauty pageant queen caught the eye of the King. Their chance late-night encounter at a movie theater was the stuff of legend, and it marked the beginning of a whirlwind that would stretch across decades, leading to a marriage with Bruce Jenner, motherhood, and more drama than she ever could have imagined.
Colleen Collins Books: Writing Lessons from the 1949 Film Adam’s Rib, Starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy
How To Self-Publish A Children’s Book: Everything You Need To Know to Write, Illustrate, Publish, And Market Your Paperback And Ebook (How To Write For Children Series)
by Yvonne Jones (Author)
Have you always wanted to write a children’s book, but thought you couldn’t? Or maybe it’s already written, but you don’t know where to go from here?
Are you looking for a blueprint that can guide you from story idea all the way to published book, without feeling lost and overwhelmed – even if you don’t have much time?
In How To Self-Publish A Children’s Book, Y. Eevi Jones outlines the precise path to fulfilling your dream of becoming a published children’s book author. You will find everything you need to know to write, illustrate, publish, and market your paperback and ebook.
Shogun (Asian Saga Book 1)
by James Clavell (Author)
A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.
Here is the world-famous novel of Japan that is the earliest book in James Clavell’s masterly Asian saga. Set in the year 1600, it tells the story of a bold English pilot whose ship was blown ashore in Japan, where he encountered two people who were to change his life: a warlord with his own quest for power, and a beautiful interpreter torn between two ways of life and two ways of love.
Any Dream Will Do: A Novel
by Debbie Macomber (Author)
Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.
Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew.
Fix-It and Forget-It Cooking for Two: 150 Small-Batch Slow Cooker Recipes
by Hope Comerford (Author), Bonnie Matthews (Photographer)
You want wholesome and delicious meals but you just don’t have the time to prepare them after a long day at work. Most slow cooker cookbooks offer recipes for a crowd and there are only two of you, or maybe the two of you plus a baby or toddler, and you don’t want a whole week’s worth of leftovers taking up space in the fridge. This slow cooker cookbook is different. The perfect gift for newlyweds, elderly couples, or anyone who is too busy to spend hours futzing in the kitchen, these recipes will put just the right amount of home-cooked food on your table with shockingly little time and effort on your part.
Laughing Dog: A Leo and Serendipity Mystery
by Dick Lochte (Author)
This time, Leo and Serendipity are on the trail of a teenage runaway and missing pair of sapphire earring, two seemingly separate, increasingly dangerous cases rife with gang members, designer drugs, killer birds, DIY plastic surgery…and a terrorist plot that could plunge sunny Southern California into a permanent nuclear winter.
After 37 years of serving the book community with news and reviews, Romantic Times, aka RT Book Reviews, the RT VIP Salon and the RT Booklovers Convention will be retiring effective immediately.
We’ll keep the website live for about a year so that you can still access previous blogs, reviews, award nominees and winners, but there won’t be any new content on the website moving forward. After a year we will take down the website.
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Stan C. Smith Author of Science Fiction/Adventure Novels
Dead Irish (Book 1)
By John Lescroart
In his new life as a bartender at the Little Shamrock, Dismas Hardy is just hoping for a little peace. He’s left both the police force and his law career behind. Unfortunately it’s not as easy to leave behind the memory of a shattering personal loss—but for the time being, he can always take the edge off with a stiff drink and round of darts.
But when the news of Eddie Cochran’s death reaches him, Hardy is propelled back into all the things he was trying to escape. And forced to untangle a web of old secrets and raw passions, for the sake of Eddie’s pregnant widow, Frannie—and for the others whose lives may still be at risk…
by Ron Vincent (Author)
Phil Oglesby hasn’t spoken to his mother in years. And she doesn’t seem to care until he surprises her with a Mother’s Day visit that becomes the biggest mistake he’s ever made.
Williemaye, Phil’s mom, is not a Norman Rockwell mom. For many people the Sunday set aside to celebrate motherhood is often regarded as a celebration of the deepest ties, the warmest memories, and the best emotions.
Phil’s Mother’s Day is like being invited to a birthday party where the guests decide to hang you. Sometimes in life, it is often a much better idea to stay at home.
Espresso and Evil (Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Book 6)
by Agatha Frost (Author)
When a coffee shop opens in the village, Julia is surprised when her customers flock to the new business, leaving her café almost empty. A failed protest against the corporate chain store leaves Julia wondering if her cafe can survive, but she suddenly has bigger fish to fry when the owner of the coffee shop is poisoned, and she is framed for his murder.
As Julia attempts to clear her name, she is stopped in her tracks when an unwanted familiar face arrives in Peridale. Her past and present crash together, threatening to jeopardise her blossoming relationship with Barker. Julia’s history is back to haunt her, and she is forced to deal with the consequences of her actions before its too late. Somebody is trying to frame Julia for her rival’s murder, but can she juggle her most challenging case yet with her complicated love life before she loses more than just her café?
Book 6 in the Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series! Can be read as a standalone but will be enjoyed more as part of the series. A light, cozy mystery read with a cat loving and cafe-owning amateur female sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. Written in British English and 48,000 words long. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes!
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Witness to Love
by Michael J. Ruszala (Author), Wyatt North (Author)
While the twentieth century was a a time of turbulence, selfishness, godlessness, and violence, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was a witness to love. She was a clear reminder of the goodness within human nature and the beauty of being truly open to God.
‘Mother’ was her religious title, but as she ascended to the world stage, it became her role for the world—to be like a mother to all, no matter their origins. She was accepting and welcoming towards all people, not only towards the good or the like-minded. She continues to serve as an inspiration to people of all walks of life and all creeds. Where the world was blind to poverty and misery, Mother Teresa led the path to love.
Berkley Street (Berkley Street Series Book 1)
by Ron Ripley (Author), Scare Street (Introduction)
Shane Ryan returns to Nashua and the childhood memories that drove him to join the Marines. After a prolonged legal battle with his aunt and uncle, Shane has possession of the family home where his parents disappeared over 20 years ago. The house, a monstrous castle filled with ghosts and secrets, is more alive than its inhabitants.
SINGULARITY (Sarah Armstrong Mysteries Book 1)
by Kathryn Casey (Author)
Profiler Sarah Armstrong knows what it’s like to be in a sticky situation. As a single mother and one of the few female Rangers in Texas history, she has had to work twice as hard to rank among the best cops in the Lone Star State. But when megawealthy businessman Edward Lucas III is found murdered along with his mistress, their bodies posed in grotesque ways, Sara quickly senses that this will be the deadliest case of her career. While others focus the investigation on Lucas’s estranged wife, Sarah
Fallout: A V.I. Warshawski Novel (V.I. Warshawski Novels)
by Sara Paretsky (Author)
Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V.I. WARSHAWSKI. To her parents, she’s Victoria Iphigenia. To her friends, she’s Vic. But to clients seeking her talents as a detective, she’s V.I. And her new case will lead her from her native Chicago… and into Kansas, on the trail of a vanished film student and a faded Hollywood star.
Accompanied by her dog, V.I. tracks her quarry through a university town, across fields where missile silos once flourished — and into a past riven by long-simmering racial tensions, a past that holds the key to the crimes of the present. But as the mysteries stack up, so does the body count. And in this, her toughest case, not even V.I. is safe.
No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners: Clear Answers to Burning Questions About Core Buddhist Teachings
by Noah Rasheta (Author)
Presented in a practical Q&A format, No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners is the most clear-cut introductory guide to understanding the essential concepts of Buddhism and how they relate to your daily life.
How is an awakening different from enlightenment? Can agnostics and atheists be Buddhist? Am I supposed to stop thinking when I meditate? In No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners, renowned Buddhism teacher and host of the popular Secular Buddhism podcast, Noah Rasheta, delivers an easily accessible introduction to the teachings of Buddhism that answers these common questions and many more.
Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks: Yet Another Revolution in Knitting Two at Once on One Circular Needle! Includes 15 New Sock Patterns
by Melissa Morgan-Oakes (Author)
Knit two socks at a time, while working from the toe up!
In this delightful guide, Melissa Morgan-Oakes shares her revolutionary knitting technique that allows you to try on the socks as you work, avoid running out of yarn, and steer clear of the dreaded Kitchener stitch to finish off the toes. You can apply this exciting new technique to absolutely any sock pattern to help you to knit fabulous, perfectly formed pairs of socks for the whole family.
Tex-Mex Recipes – 100 Recipes to Spice Up Your Appetite
by Tera Davis (Author)
There is simply nothing more delicious than homemade enchiladas in hardy gravy with cheese bubbling on top. Or how about a warm breakfast burrito to get your day started? Within this cookbook of 100 Tex-Mex recipes you will find meals that will satisfy the whole family. Recipes like Easy Meat & Potato Tacos, Green Chili Quesadillas, Tamale Pie and something sweet such as Cinnamon Apple Enchiladas.
If you love Tex-Mex food or even if you have never tasted Tex-Mex you are guaranteed to fall for the savory deliciousness that makes it one of the most popular foods around. There is truly nothing like it and that’s a good thing!
Thorns Of Rosewood
by G. M. Barlean
Gloria Larsen knows only three things about her birth mother: she was over forty, she lived in Rosewood, Nebraska, and she was accused of murder in 1974.
When Gloria is offered a job as newspaper editor in the small town, she jumps at the opportunity to discover the identity of her birth mother. Digging into the past, she finds a story of the disappearance of a judge’s wife and four friends accused of murder. Gloria tracks the now-elderly women to an assisted-living facility. This is Gloria’s chance to write the story of a lifetime and finally know her heritage. Even if she can’t learn the truth of her origins, she must find out what really happened to Naomi Waterman Talbot.
Legal Inspiration: Romance Author Gets Unduly Cocky Over Registered Trademark (Updated)
UPDATE 05/07/18: Reports that Amazon is advising publishers of takedown notices are circulating online. Please note that there are TWO KINDS of takedown notice Amazon can get, and then advise sellers of. The first is a copyright takedown, often referred to as a DMCA Notice (though there are other kinds.) The second is a trademark takedown, often referred to as a Brand Registry takedown (though there are other kinds.) THEY ARE NOT THE SAME. Sending a DMCA counter-notice in response to a trademark takedown will be ineffective. Brand Registry notices can be very difficult to deal with. I recommend anyone who wants to fight one retain an experienced trademark attorney.
FLASH UPDATE: Retired IP litigator and author Kevin Kneupper has filed a Petition for Cancellation of the “COCKY” standard character mark. Link to his filing here: https://twitter.com/kneupperwriter/status/993359859071381505. The petition will now be considered in due course by the Trademark Office. We should not expect to hear anything for a few weeks, and the matter could take months to resolve. But in the meantime the registration stands and the risks remain.
Please Note: As I type, this appears to be a developing situation. The trademark in question was registered literally only three days ago. I have not seen any of the C&D letters people are alleging are going out. Nothing in this post should be taken as legal advice or even as verified fact. This is for general education only.
Also please note that the Romance Writers of America, an industry group, is allegedly also looking into this matter. They will probably provide a centralized response. Author Liliana Hart reports that the RWA requests that people who are contacted by Ms. Hopkins or her attorneys contact Carol Ritter of the RWA at this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you get a cease and desist letter or any other form of legal communication, you may find my “HELP, I JUST GOT A LEGAL THING!” post useful. Click here to read it.
UPDATE: I did not see that the publisher had two trademark registrations, one for the standard character mark, and one for the stylized mark. Post edited accordingly.
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Book Binge: Updated: #Cocky Romance Author Trademarks word, Starts #cockygate: A Summary
Update May 8, 2018: Yesterday, author Tara Crescent’s books, The Cocky Doctors (The Cocky Series, Book 1) and The Cocky Firefighter (The Cocky series, Book 2) were taken down by Amazon. Although Kevin Kneupper filed a challenge yesterday, it could be weeks until the USPTO responds, and up to 18 months before the matter is resolved. If Amazon doesn’t release Crescent’s books, I don’t know what that will mean for her writing career. At this point she can’t even re-title them, since Amazon has them locked. From what I’ve seen Crescent say, she wasn’t even given the option to re-title. Faleena Hopkins reported her directly to Amazon rather than send her a C&D direct.
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The Facts of Life: and Other Dirty Jokes (Reprint 2009)
by Willie Nelson (Author), Larry McMurtry (Foreword)
If you had to give America a voice, it’s been said more than once, that voice would be Willie Nelson’s.
For more than fifty years, he’s taken the stuff of his life-the good and the bad-and made from it a body of work that has become a permanent part of our musical heritage and kept us company through the good and the bad of our own lives. Long before he became famous as a performer, Willie Nelson was known as a songwriter, keeping his young family afloat by writing songs-like “Crazy”-that other people turned into hits.
Gerben Law Firm PLLC: Filing a Notice of Opposition: How to Oppose a Trademark Application
The Passive Voice: Home About Comments Contact Home Social Networks Romance author trademarks the word ‘cocky,’ sending other romance writers into an uproar and more ->
Naomi Jane Gray Shades of Gray Law Group, P. C.: A Bigger Exception to the Rule? Attorneys’ Fee Awards in Trademark Cases
By Faleena Hopkins: This Has Never Been Done? Best reason to do something, ever.
By Phillip Margolin
A riveting legal thriller from a “master of plot and pacing — and one of those rare authors who can create a genuinely surprising ending” (Lisa Scottoline): Attorney Amanda Jaffe is hired to represent an environmental activist suspected of killing his own father, a lawyer for the fossil fuel industry.
by Ginger Zee (Author)
ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee pulls back the curtain on her life in Natural Disaster. Ginger grew up in small-town Michigan where she developed an obsession with weather as a young girl. Ginger opens up about her lifelong battle with crippling depression, her romances that range from misguided to dangerous, and her tumultuous professional path. This cyclone of stories may sound familiar to some—it’s just that Ginger’s personal tempests happened while she was covering some of the most devastating storms in recent history, including a ferocious tornado that killed a legend in the meteorology field. This book is for all the mistake makers who have learned to forgive others and themselves—even in the aftermath of man-made, or in this case Zee-made, disasters. It’s a story that every young woman should read, a story about finding love and finding it in yourself. Beloved by Good Morning America’s audience, Ginger is a daily presence for millions. Zee’s gained fame for her social media presence which is as unfiltered as Natural Disaster—from baby barf to doggy doo-doo. She’s shattered the glass ceiling for women in meteorology, but admits here first, she’s the one natural disaster she couldn’t have forecast.
Out of the Shoebox: An Autobiographic Mystery (Historical Nonfiction story)
by Yaron Reshef (Author)
Did you ever get a phone call that changed your life?
That is what happened to author of this book.
A mysterious unexpected phone call hurls Yaron Reshef into an intensive two-year journey, during which he has to solve a mystery that took shape in the 1930s and gradually unfolded in the present. A mysterious lot, a forgotten bank account, a people long gone ”” along with their memory which were obliterated during the Holocaust. All of these rise to the surface, bearing with them memories and emotions previously hidden away in the shoebox.
Out of the Shoebox is a fascinating journal that reads like a detective story, comes across as an imaginative quest into the past, yet is the true personal story of the writer, Yaron Reshef.
“I had no intention of writing a book. I had no need to write a story in general nor a story about my family and the Holocaust in particular. But life being what it is, sometimes things happen in mysterious, even surprising ways. Stuff that used to take center stage moves to the background, and background stuff moves downstage and center. That’s what happened in my case.”
PI On A Hot Tin Roof
By Julie Smith
Your lawyer needs you to bail her out? Isn’t that kind of backwards?
So thinks PI Talba Wallis, on her way to Parish Prison—and indeed something’s badly amiss.
New Orleans’ most dynamic detective duo, poet/computer genius Talba and street-savvy Luddite Eddie Valentino, …
Better Off Dead
By Katy Munger
She’s trapped in her own house with a posse of bodyguards…and she’s still not safe…
Katy Munger’s clever female PI is big, bad, sarcastic, and nobody to mess with. So how does she manage to be so loveable?
For one thing, her witty quips are good for at least a laugh a page; for another, she’s as transparent as a jelly glass—underneath the mouth and muscl …