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New Release & a Personal Note from Jena Gregoire! Check out COCKTALES, a limited-release anthology to benefit authors impacted by #cockygate!

Good afternoon, readers!  I don’t normally include a personal note on new release announcements but this one actually hits home for every author out there, no matter the genre. As you may have heard, an author by the name of Faleena Hopkins made the very poor choice to trademark a common use word (cocky) and then set out on a warpath, her sights laser locked on any author with the word ‘cocky’ in their book or series title. #Cockygate was born and the author community at large—not just romance authors…..everybody—rained down FIRE. Go ahead, search that hashtag on any social media site or on Google and you will see a FLOOD of content. And none of it is in defense of the author’s trademark….

There is a great write up you can read here that lays out what initially happened, the AMAZING people who’ve gotten involved to have the trademark cancelled, and the many, many dominoes that have fallen since the news broke. Additionally, here is another write up from the same source who outlines how Hopkins has since doubled down on the stupidity factor by filing a few lawsuits, one of which is blaming the author/retired lawyer who filed the petition to cancel her trademark for loss of sales citing the questionable intelligence of readers and their ability to discern one cover from another. …. ….. ……  Yes, you read that right. (Faleena, honey, that loss was purely self-inflicted.  You’re the only one who doesn’t get it.)

I watched all of this unfold in abject horror. As a writer, the precedent her trademark sets is staggering and opens the door for lawsuits to start flying back and forth like CRAZY.  However, I feel confident thanks to Kevin Knuepper’s Petition to Cancel. If you read through that document, his argument is rock solid and I don’t see how anyone with common sense could possibly deny his request. But the unfortunate truth is that until that petition gets approved, she holds the legal trademark and using the word is risky. So, cross your crossables, kids. And when her trademark gets slapped down for the ridiculousness that it is, we’ll all celebrate with midnight margaritas.  😉

From a purely petty point of view, I genuinely don’t understand how this woman felt her brand was in any way, shape, or form “threatened” given that out of the countless authors and readers I’ve spoken with about this since it broke, NO ONE KNEW WHO THE HELL SHE WAS. No one. Not one single person I talked to said, “Oh yeah, I’ve heard of her.” Not one. Not until the day she tried to pull a fast one on a community that strongly believes in lifting one another up instead of cutting one another off at the knees. Good luck, Ms. Hopkins. You’re going to need it.

The reason I’m writing to you today is to tell you about this wonderful anthology. It’s only available for a limited time, features a TON of awesome names, and all of the proceeds are going to help those impacted by the #cockygate scandal.  I strongly encourage you all to go out to your favorite ebook retailer and just read the Forward (it’s the first thing available when you read the sample).  It takes all of two minutes to read through and really shows the kind of impact this had on just ONE of the many authors who’v been blindsided by this situation. Hers is a wonderful story of finding your tribe and what can happen when this community comes together to rally around those who are legitimately being wronged.

I’m beyond proud to be part of that community.

Jena Gregoire
Owner of Pure Textuality PR and Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Author


‘Cocktales’ is a limited-release anthology (available *only* from May 26 – August 26, 2018) of original, never before published material, some of which is raw and unedited. Each story was specifically written for this anthology.

The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).

*ALL* net profits will be donated to:
1) Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and
2) Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund.

Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of RWA, nor does RWA endorse this anthology or effort. They have, however, graciously agreed to accept the funds.

 

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FEATURED IN THIS ANTHOLOGY

Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword
Dylan Allen – ‘Cocked and Loaded’
Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Double Cocked’
Whitney Barbetti – ‘Cocksure Grin’
Author Sawyer Bennett, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘A Wicked, Cocky Plan’
K.f. Breene, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Magical Cock and Bull’
Ruth Clampett, Amazon top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Don’t Get Cocky’
L.H. Cosway, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Illusionist Seeks Neanderthal’
Mariah Dietz – ‘Landmines’
Amy Daws, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling author – ‘Cock and Balls’
BB Easton, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Cocky BB: Two Boys, One Prom.’
Jaymin Eve, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Cockier the Dragon, the Harder They Fall’
Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Tricky Bond’
Staci Hart, Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author – ‘Cockamamie’
Jessica Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Couture’
Julie Johnson Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Culinary Cock-Up’
Karpov Kinrade, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Crimson Cocktail’
Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Swag’
Lex Martin, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Love & Hate at the Stallion Station’
Aly Martinez, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Going Down’
Katyi McGee – USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocksure Co-Star’
Corinne Michaels, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cockblocked’
Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Getting It Up’
Red Phoenix, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Her Cocky Russian’
Daisy Prescott, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Confessions of a Cockblocked Wingman’
Jessica Prince – ‘A Cocky Corruption Engagement’
Meghan Quinn, Amazon Top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Fight or Flight’
CD Reiss, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Capo’
Penny Reid, WSJ and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Beard and Hen’
Julie Richman, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Color of Love’
Aleatha Romig, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Aligned’
Kennedy Ryan, Top 40 Amazon Bestselling author – ‘All’
Kylie Scott, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Short Story with Mal and Anne from The Stage Dive Series’
Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Until the Cock Crows’
Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Chocolate and Cockup’
Kate Stewart, Amazon Top 30 Bestselling author – ‘The Golden Sombrero’
Leia Stone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Alpha’
Karla Sorensen – ‘Tristan & Anna: A Bachelors of the Ridge short story’
Rachel Van Dyken, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Mafia’
April White, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Code of Conduct’

GET YOUR COPY BEFORE IT’S GONE!

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RANDOMS by Jena: James Patterson is a marketing mastermind – pre-releases self-destructing book!

Seriously, as if this man wasn’t awesome enough, he goes and pulls this little stunt. His upcoming release Private Vegas (hitting bookshelves and ereaders on January 26th) is being pre-released.

But there’s a catch.

The frikkin book self-destructs.

Yeah, you read that right.

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1000 lucky iPad-owning fans (the ONE TIME I wish I owned an iPad!) will receive a code to download a free copy of Private Vegas over the next five days. They have 24 hours to read it. After that, it disappears from their device. There is an interactive online map which also shows readers real-time progress on the book.

Now, if you don’t own an iPad, fret not. For a mere $294,038, you can get a PHYSICAL copy of the book……which ALSO self-destructs….

Keep reading. Trust me, you want to keep reading this. I am sitting here shaking my head in astonishment as I type…

Jena

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GUEST POST PART II by Author Jack Welles: Language and the Genre Novel

This is an excerpt from my booklet how I go about “Writing a Genre Novel” the full version of which is available for free on my website.
I would like to start by putting the excerpt into context by giving a summary of the overview of my approach. I think of genre writing as having four components: concepts (theme, idea, plot, story etc), process (six stages: discovery, planning and research, organising, revision, editing & polishing), language (grammar, prose-writing, figures of speech) and story-telling (the 6 elements of fiction, use of details, characters & symbolism). In addition I have a short “Random Thoughts” category for ideas that don’t easily fit into the four components just mentioned.
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GUEST POST PART I by Author Jack Welles: Research And Planning for a Genre Novel

This is an excerpt from my booklet how I go about “Writing a Genre Novel” the full version of which is available for free on my website.
I would like to start by putting the excerpt into context by giving a summary of the overview of my approach. I think of genre writing as having four components: concepts (theme, idea, plot, story etc), process (six stages: discovery, planning and research, organising, revision, editing & polishing), language (grammar, prose-writing, figures of speech) and story-telling (the 6 elements of fiction, use of details, characters & symbolism). In addition I have a short “Random Thoughts” category for ideas that don’t easily fit into the four components just mentioned.
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RANDOMS by Kendra: A Dress and a Muse (@kendrybird , @DmitrySholokhov)

It was a last minute trip, planned only a week in advance. I would journey from New Hampshire to New York City by some means of transportation and buy a dress from Dmitry Sholokhov’s collection while he made an in-store appearance. Two amazing girlfriends of mine made this whole thing happen, one, Steph, by offering to let me crash with her and the other, Kate, by checking out the situation with Lord & Taylor beforehand.

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RANDOMS: Show Your Support and Take a Stand Against eBook Piracy!

Hey readers!  Jena here.  As most of you are aware, Pure Textuality is a site that is a lover of all books – traditional and indie published alike.  A rising problem in the publishing industry as a whole is the piracy of eBooks.

As an indie author, I can tell you that there is a LOT of work that goes into publishing one single title.  Not only work but also money out of our own pocket.  The reality of being an indie publisher is that there is very little return on our investment unless we happen to be one of the lucky ones that hits it big.  Whether the author is extremely successful or just getting started, eBook piracy is the same thing as walking into their house and stealing their money.

More and more sites are being found out and shut down for taking copies of legally purchased books, stripping away the protections and duplicating the file.  They are then either putting them on the internet for free or (worse in my eyes) putting them up for sale at a discounted price, of which they collect 100% (self-published authors only take a small percentage of their book’s list price).

Another rising problem is bloggers.  Oh, I hate even bringing this up, and I assure you that Pure Textuality is not one of them.  There is a problem happening with bloggers who receive free books turning around and giving them away.  Essentially, this is the same thing as piracy.

As these sites are being found out, authors are fighting back.  Both traditionally published and self-published are taking a stand.  And I am reaching out to you now, not just as a reader and book blogger but also as an author to show your support.  Below are two images – one for readers and one for authors to support the fight against eBook piracy.  I encourage you to share it.  Post it on your blog.  Put it up on Twitter.  Put it up on Facebook.  Email it to your friends.  Spread the word.  eBook piracy is a crime.  Every bit as much as stealing a car is a crime.  The amount of money being stolen shouldn’t matter.  Stealing is stealing.

Thank you for your support on behalf of authors everywhere!

– Jena

 

P.S. – These images were not created by me.  I tried tracking down who the creator was to grant proper credit but I was unsuccessful.  I do know that it was posted on Facebook by and author I am unfamiliar with and now I can’t for the life of me find the post to grant HER credit for sharing it.  If anyone saw the post I am referring to, please by all means, leave the author’s name in the comments.

 

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RANDOMS by Jena: The Perils of Using Stock Images and Cover Clones

There have been a few times over the past year where I have thought about doing this post and I put it off thinking that you all would read it and think I was just picking on authors.  That is not the case and I want to get that out right away.  I think that this could be an important lesson to authors (and marketing teams) out there and someone will find it helpful.  So here I go.

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RANDOMS by Jena: Jena’s Adventure in Writing a Novel: Part IV

So, before I started writing this post I went back and read Part III of this little series.  MAN, has a lot happened since my last update.  Well, first I guess there’s that little detail of me being a PUBLISHED AUTHOR.

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RANDOMS: Happy 165th Birthday Bram Stoker!

Today marks what would have been Bram Stoker’s 165th birthday!  So Happy Birthday to you Mr. Stoker!  Without your most famous piece of work, Dracula, we wouldn’t have the likes of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries and even the sparkly non-badass vamps of Twilight that serve as so many readers’ very own guilty pleasure.  Thank you for all you contributed to our literary world! 

Look!  Even Google is celebrating!

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RANDOMS: My Chat With Kerrelyn Sparks (@avonbooks, @kerrelynsparks)

As I’ve mentioned before, I was lucky enough to get picked for this term of Avon Addicts with Avon Books.  Tonight, we had an Shindig video chat with Kerrelyn herself.  We talked about everything from publishing to her Love At Stake series and her newest release The Forbidden Lady.

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RANDOMSby Jena: Jena’s Adventure in Writing a Novel: Part III

I am happy to report that I am in the full swing of rewriting my novel.  All the ideas that have been bubbling up here and there since my musically induced breakthrough I had during my last check-in finally started to drop together in a coherent story line. 

 

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RANDOMS by Jena: Jena’s Adventure in Writing a Novel: Part II

Back on January 19th, I confessed to all of you that I am an aspiring writer.  At that point, I gave you a little bit of back story on how I got started.  If you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, click here to do so.  I will wait……

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You’re back!  Ok, on with Part II of Jena’s Adventures in Writing a Novel!

  

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GUEST POST: Top 10 Heroine Stereotypes by Amber Lynn Natusch (@AmberLNatusch)

So I saw an amazing post from another Indie author regarding what makes a male lead sexy.  It was tongue in cheek and fabulous…and it inspired me to want to do my own take on this idea with female lead cliches.  Thanks, Dannika Dark, for the inspiration!
 
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RANDOMS: Jena's Adventure In Writing a Novel: Part I

Back in 2005, I was struck with inspiration.  It started because I was a majorly, and I mean MAJORLY, huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan.  I used to read the Buffy novels for quick pastime reading (averaging 1 or 2 of them in a day).  They’re basically paperback fan fiction and they had a lot of great storylines I would have loved to have seen played out on the show.  One of these novels was called Chosen by Nancy Holder. 

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