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Dear Ellora’s Cave, Go Fuck Yourself or Boycotting Ellora’s Cave

Dear Ellora’s Cave,

Go Fuck Yourself.

Sincerely,

A Reader who will never buy your company’s products ever again

Sunday night I was casually surfing the internet when I discovered my favorite book blogger, Dear Author, was being sued. By Ellora’s Cave owner and author Tina Engler (AKA Jaid Black).

Over this blog post: The Curious Case of Ellora’s Cave. I have copied portions of the post below, hoping to spread this info as much as possible. Please go to Dear Author for the full article.

Basically, Tina Engler is pissed off that Dear Author called her, her business practices, crazy actions and bullying behavior on the carpet. And Tina Engler responded with a lawsuit. A SLAPP (Strategic lawsuit against public participation) lawsuit. And Ohio (where Tina filed) does not have an anti-SLAPP law.

Everyone knows Tina Engler’s end game: she wants to shut people up. And the best way to do that is to scare people. Well, Tina, I just have to say FUCK YOU. Yes, I’m upset and a little scared that even posting this could get me sued. But you know what? I refuse to allow Tina Engler’s bullying tactics to work on me.

Author Courtney Milan has started publicly tweeting and commenting about Ellora’s Cave and Tina Engler’s actions – using the hashtag #notchilled – showing that although Tina Engler wants to chill our speech via her SLAPP lawsuit, it will not be chilled. I don’t tweet so my contribution is this blog post. And my boycott of all Ellora’s Cave published works. I will not post any reviews of any works published by Ellora’s Cave/Jasmine Jade Enterprises nor will I buy their books.

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2014 Book Purchases: August

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better throughout the coming month.

Update: And I did it!!! Another month without going over budget!!! 😀

 
 
The Dragon's PathBook: The Dragon’s Path (The Dagger and the Coin)
Author:
Cost: $1.15
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Purchased: 01-Aug-2014
Notes: FoF Group read
 
 
Nebula NightsBook: Nebula Nights: Love Among The Stars
Author: Various
Cost: $0.59
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 04-Aug-2014
Notes:

 
 
Tempting Her Best FriendBook: Tempting Her Best Friend (What Happens in Vegas)
Author: Gina L. Maxwell
Cost: $0.99
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 11-Aug-2014
Notes: Actually pre-ordered in July 2014 – book release day was 11-Aug (Review)

 
 
Liberating LaceyBook: Liberating Lacey
Author: Anne Calhoun
Cost: $2.63
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 06-Aug-2014
Notes: Damn Dear Author, busting my budget… (review here)

 
 
Extraordinary+LoveBook: Extraordinary Love: 10 Enthralling Paranormal Romances
Author: Various
Cost: $0.59
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 07-Aug-2014
Notes: 10 book anthology

 
 
Weird Things Customers Say in BookstoresBook: Weird Things People Say in Bookstores
Author:
Cost: $1.42
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased:
Notes: 1/2
 
 
More Weird Things Customers Say in BookshopsBook: More Weird Things People Say in Bookstores
Author:
Cost: $2.12
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased:
Notes: 2/2
 
 
Feeling HotBook: Feeling Hot (Out of Uniform #7)
Author: Elle Kennedy
Cost: $0.59
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 21-Aug-2014
Notes: 2/10
 
 
The Heat is OnBook: The Heat is On (Out of Uniform #6)
Author: Elle Kennedy
Cost: $2.10
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 21-Aug-2014
Notes: 3/10
 
 
Box of 1Night StandsBook: Box of 1Night Stands – 21 Sizzling Nights
Author: Various
Cost: $0.59
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 25-Aug-2014
Notes: I have no shelf control
 
 
The Best Kind of TroubleBook: The Best Kind of Trouble
Author: Lauren Dane
Cost: $1.65
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 26-Aug-2014
Notes:
 
 

 
 

 
 

August 2014 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 11
Total Amount Spent: $14.42
Malazan Books Purchased: 0
(M) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Amount Spent: $14.42
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0.00
August Budget Available (not including Malazan purchases): $5.58

2014 Book Purchases: May

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better throughout the coming month.

Update: I went over my book budget by $1.22. That’s not too bad. Not too bad at all… But I still need to work on my spending.

 
 
Cordelia's HonorBook: Cordelia’s Honor
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Cost: $0.58
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Purchased: 07-May-2014
Notes: Omnibus Edition, FoF read Shards of Honor as a group for April 2014
 
 
Howl's Moving Castle (trade)Book: Howl’s Moving Castle
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Cost: $4.75
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Purchased: 07-May-2014
Notes: Gift
 
 
FederationsBook: Federations
Author: John Joseph Adams (Editor)
Cost: $0.01
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Purchased: 08-May-2014
Notes: Picked up on a whim from the library, discovered a short (sequel to The Ship Who Sang) in the Brainship series by McCaffery. HAD to purchase ASAP. Review Here
 
 
BounceBook: Bounce
Author: K.M. Jackson
Cost: $0.99
Format: ePub Ebook
Date Purchased: 12-May-2014
Notes: Dear Author strikes again…
 
 
Bone RiderBook: Bone Rider
Author: J. Fally
Cost: $1.10
Format: ePub Ebook
Date Purchased: 13-May-2014
Notes: Damn Dear Author review! Had to buy after reading the review.
 
 
Beast Master's PlanetBook: Beast Master’s Planet: Omnibus of Beast Master and Lord of Thunder
Author: Andre Norton
Cost: $0.21
Format: Hardback, Omnibus
Date Purchased: 16-May-2014
Notes: Andre Norton Collection
 
 
Blood SongBook: Blood Song (A Raven’s Shadow Novel)
Author:
Cost: $6.94
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased: 16-May-2014
Notes: FoF May 2014 Group Read, borrowed from library but decided to purchase
 
 
It Happened One WeddingBook: It Happened One Wedding
Author: Julie James
Cost: $6.64
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased:
Notes: OMG! LOVED IT. Found a new author! Review Here

 
 

 
 

May 2014 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 8
Total Amount Spent: $21.22
Malazan Books Purchased: 0
(M) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Amount Spent: $21.22
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0.00
May Budget Available (not including Malazan purchases): -(1.22)

Random Recipe: Cauliflower Rice with Sweet Onions and Herbs

I’m trying to cut back on my carb intake. This is very, very difficult for me as I LOVE carbs. LOVE CARBS.

So I’ve been experimenting with cauliflower lately. Cauliflower is a LOT more versatile than I’d ever given it credit for. With that versatility in mind, I decided to try to make a cauliflower version of my favorite seasoned rice. It turned out delicious! This is a great substitute for rice if you are trying to cut your carb intake.

cauliflower rice with herbsIngredients
1 medium head cauliflower
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
2 cups chopped sweet onions (I use Vidalia)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon Continue reading

B&M Bookstores: The Annapolis Bookstore, Annapolis, MD

The Annapolis Bookstore
35 Maryland Ave
Annapolis, MD 214001
(410) 280-2339

My Impressions: This place is great! They sale used and rare books – a few new books but not really.

I loved the atmosphere. There’s a cafe right inside but unlike Hard Bean (I visited both on the same day) The Annapolis Bookstore is clearly primarily a bookstore. A wild and crazy bookstore that is the equivalent of having a book crazy old family member who stuffed their entire house to the gills with books. And then let you free to roam with the ability to take home any book you like.

It’s like WOW! My goodness. I need a couple of hours here!

I also located a used copy of Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey. Magic’s Pawn was the very first brand new book I purchased with my own money from my first real job. I’d read the entire Valdemar series published multiple times from the library…but this was the first time I could afford to buy my own.

My New(sed) copy of Magic's Pawn beside my trashed copy.

My New(sed) copy of Magic’s Pawn beside my trashed copy.

My uncle (father’s brother) had come to live with us – he was very young and full of himself. Well, we got into an argument before I had to leave for school one day. In retaliation for the argument he decided to take my book, place it in the bathroom sink and turn the water on…just a drip. O_O By the time I got home Magic’s Pawn was totally saturated and I was devastated. Being broke, I carefully dried out Magic’s Pawn page by page. When I was done the book was readable but it was still trashed.

Years have passed (more than 10) but I kept my trashed copy of Magic’s Pawn as a reminder of my uncle. When I saw the used copy at The Annapolis Bookstore I decided that now was the perfect time to replace my original copy of Magic’s Pawn.