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Review- Error Code

[reblogged from 38 Caliber Reviews]


You know what’s wrong with ebooks? You can’t throw them across the room or out the window, you can’t drop them into the litter box, you can’t drop kick them to the middle of the driveway and incinerate them with your handy-dandy flamethrower. No, you can’t and this can lead to a great deal of frustrated hostility.


Like now.


“From opening paragraph all the way to the very end, Error Code is a non-stop romp of page-turning fun.” No it isn’t. Our heroine, Autumn Winter, is a shallow, frivolous, petty character in love with herself and of the opinion that she is just ever so much smarter than most of the human race. Ostensibly she is an interior decorator and happily married housewife but Autumn has another career, one that she throws out cutesy little hints about until she and The Gladiator clash in the kitchen.


“As we go along, you’ll no doubt figure out that I am
what some may view as sassy, what others may interpret as a fun version of
arrogant, and what a chosen few will come to know as dangerous. At my core and
within this beautiful shell is a woman who’s still vulnerable like any other—only
I possess special skills that allow me to assert my intellect and thus even the
playing field. And the playing field—along with the players thereon—sometimes
need kinetic adjustments to make things right in this world. In fact, Jack and
I believe that there are many things in life that need these so-called adjustments,
and we see it as our purpose—our calling even—to do our part in helping said
adjustments along. I suppose that you could say we’re sorta chiropractors of
fate.” Error Code


Ye-ah. If you read this, and I strongly recommend you don’t, then you will realize that Autumn is a very unreliable narrator. On top of being shallow, frivolous, petty, not too bright, and morally challenged Autumn also says “anyfanny” instead of anyway. Isn’t that just so cute? NO. It gets old by chapter two. Her only redeeming quality is that she seems to love her dog, but I’m not sure that what she defines as love for her husband is anything more than Autumn finding someone she can dominate and feel superior to.


“Having heard myself just say that, it makes me realize that those kinds of contrasts are what make Jack and I such a great team- that and the fact that he bends to my will … as all men should.” Autumn, Error Code. Her husband calls her Aut-six as in thirty-aught-six. Her father called her Instant Pudding. I have a few choice names for her myself. “I’m not a dumb person. At least from what you know of me so far, I’d hope you’d agree that I possess– along with beauty and wit– at least an average level of intellect.” Uh, no.


So here’s the plot- sort of. Autumn and Jack, her husband, move into a lovely house and Autumn proceeds to decorate it. The only flaw is the dishwasher which seems to project weird error messages and beep or chirp or something. Now any sane person would look at this still under warranty appliance and call her landlady and apprise her of the problem. Not Autumn though, oh no, she waits and pouts and resists and finally lets her husband call the landlady because that means she didn’t lose the battle of wills with the dishwasher. She drops her phone into dishwater but doesn’t think about replacing it immediately, like when she takes her hubs to the airport.


There is always the internet but when trouble comes calling our Autumn acts like one of those 70s gothic heroines trapped in a moldering mansion on a lonely moor. Alone without any means to summon help. She doesn’t even check trouble for a cell phone when she gets the chance, just spends a paragraph or several bemoaning the fate that has left her alone.


And my biggest problem with Autumn- she has no idea where her gun is. It’s still somewhere in the boxes left to unpack. The Chiropractor of Fate has misplaced her gun. I’ve moved several times and I know exactly where my weapons are.


Yes, this is fiction but come on, try. This book is listed on Amazon in both humor & satire and mystery, suspense, thriller and it misses in both categories. The plot revolving around the dishwasher is weak, absurd, and secondary to a group of shallow, almost one dimensional characters that are neither humorous or lethal. The author also needs an editor and a dictionary.




Whiskey Bacon Baked Donuts

I just posted the recipe under Edibles in the cooking group. It came from the healthy Aperture, and was featured in a group of better-for-you bacon recipes. But I ask you, when is bacon NOT better for you?


Ellora’s Cave Now Threatening RWA With Bogus Defamation Lawsuit(?)

And now for the daily news about our not-so-favorite publisher, Ellora’s Cave brought to you by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader.


3278124117_f146ea9a65_bThe romance publisher Ellora’s Cave has moved on from trying to silence book bloggers with a SLAPP lawsuit; now it is reportedly making threats against the Romance Writers of America.


For more read here.

EC, RWA, and an Absence of Royalties

Kelly Jamieson has posted something interesting about EC on FB. Take a look. Mastrantonio's claims are even more interesting because in the last several weeks authors have been saying their last check from EC was in either Dec. '15 or Jan. '16 for royalties due March '15. Then there was this last month:



Makes me wonder how accurate the direct sales book count is. I would never purchase a book direct from EC ever again, not solely because of this nonpayment mess but also because they managed to lose reader's libraries TWICE.  I lost mine the first time it happened and that coupled with their inexplicable sudden disappearances from the net was enough to convince me they were never safe, professional, or honest.


Last month when Engler/Black launched that little plea in the ss EC lost their security certificate and it took them 3 or 4 days (I believe) to get it back. In the meantime if you tried to access EC's website you got that warning message page and who would proceed to any site and buy anything from them? And why did it take them so long to get it back?


Engler/Black keeps crying about the number of book sales they are losing because of Amazon, because of authors, bloggers, and competitors "lying" about her  and her company but it took days for EC to get its shit together and recertify their site. So who is really ruining EC?



Samantha Kane Gone From Ellora’s Cave

Author Samantha Kane has announced on Facebook that she is no longer with EC and will be re-releasing her books starting in June, this includes her Brothers In Arms series.For full post read here.

Madeleine LeBeau


A long and interesting life.

Vox Day Shows His Ass, Chuck Tingle Points and Laughs

Still can't post more than one screenshot or photo so read all about it here. This inability to post ss is getting old.

An Orca for Gregor Xane


Who could resist this face?



Looks like this orca is dining well.



Review- Fat, Fifty, and Menopausal

Fat, Fifty, and Menopausal - A.J. Goode

Humor is difficult. And varied. It requires a certain ability that escapes a great many people who attempt it. Goode has the ability in spades.


Sometimes it is not the situations she finds herself in but the way she describes them. Or in the way the story derails in a totally fascinating but bizarre fashion and eventually winds back around to where she started, sort of, usually. AJ telling a story is like AJ taking a road trip from Battle Creek to Kalamazoo by way of Baghdad, Reykjavik, and Canberra. She will get you to Kalamazoo and you will have some great photos and  a souvenir Tshirt of  Alice Springs when you arrive.


In my progress reports I said it was like your BFF sitting at your kitchen table and letting it all roll out, without filters. Everything that “maturity” brings. (My friends and I agree that we are not getting older, we are getting more mature) Weight gain, menopause, sensible shoes, reentering the dating game, mature sex, speeding tickets, trying to master modern technology, social media, and my personal favorite, spicy food. And Stephen King in a red gown and crown.


In 19 conversations Goode is a brilliant combination of the Golden Girls, Lucy Ricardo, and the late Erma Bombeck rolled up into an unleashed, unfiltered, no-subject-is-taboo explosion of domestic and social disaster and triumph.


The only problem was that the book ended far too soon. Required reading for all my friends. Highly recommended for everybody else. Remember it’s on sale for $0.99 before the May 1 release.


I was given a copy of this book for review.


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Another Goode book that I have just bought.


Undead and Unburied in Michigan

Fat, Fifty, and Menopausal - A.J. Goode

57% and Goode just skewered Modern Love on social media. A crowned and gowned Stephen King is still lurking in the dark corners of my mind.


I have neglected to tell you that Fat, Fifty, and Menopausal is available for preorder at Amazon for $0.99 and available for purchase at $3.99 after May 1, 2016.


There really is a North American Menopause Society.


72% and Goode just told a fine story of her then husband and 40 acres of prime body burying land. I like the way she has written about her ex, she gives him respect and admiration and it says a great deal about both of them.


On to the finish.




It started so simply.

It began with a casual comment that led to a good idea that involved a minimal amount of planning and should have been easy to accomplish.

Unfortunately, as usually happens with my plans, it all headed south pretty much right out of the gate and then just snowballed straight to hell from there. – Fat, Fifty, and Menopausal.



 There should be a gif of Jeannie eating popcorn here but I can't post but one image yet AGAIN. This shit is old, Booklikes.





At 31% I have realized hat where Goode starts off and where she ends up are two vastly different places. Ladies and Gentlemen, I have found myself- only younger and with kids. I’m still not sure if she got her picture taken however I would really like to lose the mental image of Stephen King in a red, one shoulder, floor-length gown with crown and sash.


I haven’t had coffee and the cats want their breakfast but I’m just sittin’ here glued to the Further Adventures of A Goode Girl.

The Reading Slump Is Broken!

Fat, Fifty, and Menopausal - A.J. Goode

At Christmas I had a few guest blogs by authors I had met online and liked for any number of reasons. One of them is AJ Goode. This morning she sent me a request to read and review her upcoming book. Only two kinds of writers ask me to review their books- those that have never read my reviews and those that are crazy.


AJ is crazy. Crazy is good. Crazy good. Crazy Goode. Hah!


26% into Fat, Fifty, and Menopausal and the almost overwhelming ennui brought on by a stream of not as interesting as they sounded books has dissipated in the warm pleasure of reading the frank and funny outpourings of Everywoman.  It's like having your BFF sit down at your kitchen table, open her mouth and let it all roll out.


Seldom has a book spoken so loudly to me, I'm not reading it so much as hearing it. I want coffee and cookies, these conversations need both.


There are 19 chapters or, as I prefer, conversations. The conversation about Assholes Among Us is priceless, and Praying For Rain, this woman's brain must have belonged to Lucy Ricardo.


The slump is over!



The Real Book Thief

 [reblogged from 38 Caliber Reviews]


On March 29 I posted about a case of plagiarism involving author Ingrid Black and plagiarist Joanne Clancy. Yesterday Black tweeted to my friend John who has the blog, Illuminite Caliginosus, that she has written a novella about it. Released on 4/12/16 and for free at both Amazon and
























While you are there you might want to pick up The Dead.


Plagiarism Alert!

Reblogged from TezMillerOz:

Many thanks to Has on Twitter for sharing the links.


In short: Two authors were former co-writers. They went their separate ways. One author published a book with only her name on the cover - but it was plagiarised from stuff her former co-writer had written.


From the publisher:


From the victim (via her friend's Facebook):


May just be the one book, but in case it's not, beware of solo books by this author.

Doris Roberts

Just found out.





The toaster episode was unforgettable.


J C Cliff Wrote WHAT?!?

Quinn I: Undaunted Men Series - J.C. Cliff, Sommer Stein, K.D. Robichaux, Soni Gillette

Been busy and will be neck deep again tomorrow but I have been entertaining myself with the J C Cliff meltdown. Grim gave me the link to the review she went batshit over and I'm thinking, "Really?"


That wasn't the terrible review she wants people to think it is. Nowhere near it. The reviewer even encouraged readers to read it and draw their own conclusions. This is The Greek Seaman all over again.


In the review Lana quotes several pieces of text and this line caught my eye, ""Do I make you feel things you've never felt before?" I am positive that there are a few talented writers out there that could make this line work but I am equally positive that Cliff isn't one of them. She can't even write a decent non-apology.


My rating:  Kill it, kill it with fire.

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