Shameless Book Club & The Attendees Of #SBC16 Have Proudly & Generously Donated $1,500 To OneOrlando Fund

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Shameless Book Club & The Attendees Of #SBC16 Have Proudly & Generously Donated $1,500 To OneOrlando Fund

Shameless Book Club & The Attendees Of #SBC16 Have Proudly And Generously Donated To OneOrlando FundThanks to the generosity of the attendees and authors of Shameless Book Con 2016, we’ve been able to donate $1,500 directly to OneOrlando Fund!

Shameless Book Con 2016 Donates $1,500 To OneOrlando

During our inaugural author signing event held on October 22, 2016 in Orlando, SBC, LLC collected donations given by attendees and authors on behalf of OneOrlando. We were BLOWN AWAY at the generosity of those who gave. When all of the donations were calculated, the total collected came to be $1,029!

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We rounded that amount up to an even $1,500, and today, on #GivingTuesday, made the donation to OneOrlando Fund.

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1-Click Books You Can’t Miss: A Tremendously Huge List of Romance Books on Sale

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A Tremendously Huge List of Romance Books on SaleI hope you’ve been exercising your fingertips, because they’re going to get a workout today!

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Each of the books I’ve curated and listed here are FREE, 99¢, $1.99, or $2.99 and have an average reader rating over 4 stars on Amazon. Make sure you’re signed up for our world-renowned* Shameless Book Sales Newsletter to get these book sales in your box daily.

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Shameless Book Club Shamelessly Supports Orlando

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Shameless Book Club Shamelessly Supports OrlandoSBC Donates to Equality Florida FB17

My heart still and will always ache for those affected in the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando last weekend.

I’ve lived in Florida since I was 2 years old.
I’ve lived in Orlando for 20 years.
I’ve been an LGBT ally for all of my life.
I’ve publicly identified as a lesbian for nearly a year.
To say I’m affected is an understatement.
I may not ever have the words to describe my feelings for what happened to my people in my city. Until I do, I’ll keep sharing information on my own and on SBC’s social media pages.

As soon as we all can, we go on with our lives because living normally is our biggest and best act of defiance against terror.

What We’re Doing: On Friday, June 17th, 2016, SBC, LLC will be donating a significant portion of #SBC16 ticket sale proceeds and affiliate sales earnings from purchases made through its links to Equality Florida.

How You Can Help: We’ve set up two ways for you to help us donate.

  1. Add a donation as small as $5 to your #SBC16 ticket order, and we’ll pass along both your donation and a significant portion of the proceeds received from your total ticket purchase to Equality Florida.
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  2. Click on any of the links we provide on this website or our social media sites and make a purchase. We will donate a significant portion of our earned affiliate sales made from those stores on June 17th to Equality Florida.

HUGE thanks to the #SBC16 signing authors who have shared this post with their readers!

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Other Ways You Can Help: All around Orlando, the state of Florida, and even around the world, people are doing what they can to help the survivors and victims of the shooting on June 12th at Pulse in Orlando.

All artist earnings received from purchases of the Pride Rainbow Hearts design products will go directly to Equality Florida and OneOrlando to help the victims and families of the Pulse shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016.

Here are a few Orlando-area fundraisers:

4 Rivers Smokehouse – Opening on Sunday, June 19th at their Winter Park location from 11am-3pm; proceeds will go to One Orlando

Sweet by Holly – $12 from every custom order of a dozen Pride cupcakes will go to Equality Florida

OneOrlando Lake Eola T-Shirt – Proceeds will go to OneOrlando
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#OrlandoUnited – T-shirts like the one Mayor Buddy Dyer gave to President Obama with proceeds going to OneOrlando

OneOrlando – A non-profit organization set up by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

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Why The Hell Am I Seeing Blizzards All Over My Timeline?

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Why The Hell Am I Seeing Blizzards All Over My Timeline?

Why The Hell Am I Seeing Blizzards All Over My Timeline?Why The Hell Am I Seeing Blizzards All Over My Timeline[5/10/16: Updated below]

Wondering why the hell you’re seeing Dairy Queen Blizzards all over your social media timelines?

I’ll do my best to break it down for you.

Authors and cover models have a history of working together to self-promote (seems like an oxymoron, but it’s not) their work. Authors use cover models to promote their books; cover models use authors to promote their modeling careers.

It’s a symbiotic relationship that works for both sides.

Until it doesn’t.

No one expects – or should expect – authors to be held responsible for all of the actions taken by a cover model, and the same goes for the models being held responsible for the actions of an author. But they should each expect a certain level of professionalism and couth, as would any person who is hired by or hires another professional person.

That all fell to shit this weekend when a male cover model took to his Facebook page and self-destructed.

Paul Blake is a cover model and self-proclaimed “Public Figure” who wrote this now-deleted post:

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I’ve read that several times and still can’t put 1 + 1 together to make the shit he said make sense.

I guess that’s what happens when a dumbass blowhard tries to be prophetic and spout his learned knowledge upon the world.

But that alone wasn’t enough to rile up the Book World.

It was THIS gem of a reply (and subsequent comments backing himself up) that dug his grave for him:

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(I wasn’t quick enough to get my own screenshots of the implosion, so I grabbed these from friends around Facebook.)

Yep, that’s a “professional” cover model telling a woman to “go eat your last Dairy Queen Blizzard and then hang yourself in the closet.”

And then he follows it up by telling another woman to “join your friend” in her trip to DQ and suicide.

Since the virtual Pukestormageddon, the romance book community has rallied its support behind outing this person for his behavior by making their avatars to pictures of Blizzards, models and designers are offering their photos for free, and authors are changing their book covers.

The best thing we can do to eradicate the hate from our lives is to understand what happened and what friends are talking about and then to ERASE THIS PERSON FROM OUR LIVES.

We ignore him and his need for negative attention, but we must also remember why he’s black balled from the community.

Boycotting the authors who have used him on their covers will do nothing to help the cause of spreading information; we’d only be hurting the authors, most of whom are changing the covers.

Here are a few books that have used Paul Blake on their covers:

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Cursed Ecstasy by T. H. Snyder

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Destined (previous cover) by Delisa Lynn (see the current cover here)

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Go ahead and share the information and proof of this guys’s bad behavior. We encourage you to never speak his name again. Don’t buy anything he promotes from here on out. (Remember: Don’t boycott these books. It does nothing but hurt the authors.)

That’s how we can show him and people like him that beliefs and behavior like this is unacceptable and just plain stupid.


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I should have been clearer in this post and on any of my social media posts that he does not deserve to be attacked or bullied. It wasn’t my intention to draw attention away from what he said and his own feelings and into a full-on attack on this guy and his friends and family.

Know that if you attack someone and their family because of their bullying behavior, you are perpetuating the problem by being a bully.

Right before I came here to update this post, I happened to see a post on Paul Blake’s page by someone who says he’s a friend posting on Paul’s behalf:

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I can’t vouch for the validity of this post, but if it’s true, of course he deserves our forgiveness. The guy isn’t evil incarnate. He made some poor decisions and spouted off when he clearly shouldn’t have.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean we should forget his remarks and threats, nor does it mean we should encourage anyone to work with him. It means we recognize that he’s a human being who is (allegedly) admitting he made mistakes.

Bring about a positive change in your life: physical, emotional, psychological, whatever. It’s the best way to fight back against a negative force.

Indeed I said above that his beliefs and behavior are stupid. I still believe they are.

I also called him a “dumbass blowhard,” and after his 2+ days of stupid behavior and then his apology, I’m sure even he would agree that my description is accurate.

Those are my words directly referring to his exact actions. I am not focusing my disappointment in his behavior on attacking his looks, his wife, his personal life, nor am I doing anything to harm his daily life. Those things would be bullying.

And yes, he’s right: two wrongs don’t make a right.

I say we move along and forgive.

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This Is What Happened When A Mom Sat In On Her Son's High School Sex-Ed Class

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Spoiler Alert: Sex is bad when you’re scared of it.

I Sat In on My Son’s Sex-Ed Class, and I Was Shocked by What I Heard
My Son Responded by Standing Up to the Teacher’s Arguments with Science

“…his sex ed is being taught in a health class by a gym teacher in conjunction with some “special helpers.” Two evenings ago, as we were driving back from the vet with a pet rat suffering from a bad foot, my son broke it to me: They are teaching sexual abstinence in the class. It’s not abstinence only, but it may as well be.”
read the entire article on The Stranger

Alice Dreger — a published sex researcher — live-tweets as she sat in on her son’s high school sex-ed class:

ANNOUNCING: UnHoly Day With Tiffany Reisz At Wicked Book Weekend 2016! #UHD2016

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ANNOUNCING: UnHoly Day With Tiffany Reisz At Wicked Book Weekend 2016! #UHD2016

UPDATE: Un-Holy Day has been moved to #SBC16. See details here.

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After weeks of teasing my poor Smut Muffins, it was finally revealed that we’ve pulled off a miracle.

TIFFANY REISZ WILL BE MEETING AND GREETING AND READING AND SIGNING AT WICKED BOOK WEEKEND!

That’s right. Shameless Book Club and Ana’s Attic Book Blog are bringing you the fabulous, the fantastic, the freaky – the elusive – Tiffany Reisz, author of my favorite series, Original Sinners!

Tickets for WBW go on sale this week, and though she will not be attending at the Saturday signing day, you will need a WBW ticket to meet and greet Tiffany on Sunday. We’ll keep you updated on when tickets are available, and you can follow Wicked Book Weekend on Facebook.

See how nice and un-scary she is? 

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Oh yeah. She kissed my cheek. Yes, I’m bragging.

What will UnHoly Day entail? Think of it as like praising the word of Tiffany Reisz at the Church of Erotica: a whole afternoon dedicated to worshiping Søren, Nora, and Kingsley; Q&A with Tiffany; special readings of our favorite Sinners scenes; previews of her new books; and UnHoly Day-only surprises!

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If you missed last night’s surprise reveal and surprise visit by Tiffany, watch the Hangout! There were tears and clapping and smiles and naughtiness.

If you’ve read the Original Sinners series, you KNOW how awesome this little event will be.

If you haven’t read the series, you have until April to catch up!

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Are we going to see you at WBW in April?!?

And don’t forget: Shameless Book Con 2016 – October 22, 2016 – Orlando

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