Friday, September 25, 2015

It's Called Stealing And If You Steal You Suck!

I suppose I should be flattered...


So, it turns out that not everyone values artistic integrity.

This summer two very popular posts I wrote not only went viral but they also made it all the way to the Yahoo home page. YES! However, I also soon realized that both those posts had been stolen and reprinted without permission on to other websites.

Yes, stolen. And no I'm not being dramatic.

When someone takes a post and reprints it on their website, without permission and without attribution, it is intellectual theft.

Theft! Call the police.

Except there really is no Internet police.

I could send a Cease and Desist letter. I could even send a Take Down Notice to the website informing them that under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) they must take down the portion of their website that contains my writing.

But, really, I'm not sure it's would do much good.

Until tonight. Tonight I realized a couple websites are selling unauthorized and illegal downloadable copies of my book.

Oh hell nah!

I suppose I should be flattered.


One website is in German so I really have no idea if it's even translated correctly. The other American website is hosted on a popular and reputable blog publishing service and run by a woman with the word "mummy" in her blog title.

Hey mummy, do you teach your kids that stealing is wrong?

Again, I suppose I could waste my time sending Cease and Desist letters. But I probably won't. Except to "mummy". She's getting one for sure.

However, I do want to say to anyone out there that thinks it's OK to take someone elses work and copy it, give it away or call it your own ... YOU SUCK.

I also want to say to anyone who has legally purchased my book, who has read my writings, and even commented on or passed along something I've written... THANK YOU.  Sincerely and truly thank you to all who have read, commented, challenged and encouraged me.

For the rest of you, I'm adding a copyright notice to my blog here. The book was, of course, copyrighted and anything you see linked to a published website is copyrighted.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Stealing just makes you a thief.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

My Fellow Author Friend Just Had Her Book Released

I know how excited I was when my book was released, oh who am I kidding? I am still crazy excited! So I'm crazy happy to help spread the word about my blog friend Murees Duple's book release.

I just received my copy today so haven't started it yet, but from the reviews I've read it's fantastic!

Title: The Amaranthine (Thelum Series)
Author: Murees Dupé
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 8 September 2015

Claire is sassy, human, and an outcast of society―who only wants to know where she belongs.

Alex is arrogant, selfish, and an immortal warrior―who thinks he’s prepared for everything.

Claire knows the world of immortals is where she belongs. As her guide and guardian, Alex finds it hard to resist Claire’s subtle charm. Can the two overcome their differences and embrace their passion for each other, or will the possibility of true love be lost to both forever?

Find your copy here:
E-book: Kindle * Nook * Ibooks * Kobo
Paperback: Amazon

About the Author
Murees Dupé was born and still lives in South Africa. When she is not thinking up new stories, she is spending time with her family, playing with her three dogs and cat, watching TV, or overindulging on desserts. To learn more about Murees, visit her website