Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Insufficient Mating Material wins a FANTASM

Insufficient Mating Material won the Fantasm Award for Best Futuristic published in 2007, as nominated and selected by those who voted.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Way to go, J K Rowling! I am serious.

Copyright is being infringed every day, and there is not a lot we (midlist and lower) authors can do about it.

As fast as we discover another site where our books have been illegally scanned, turned into e-books, and are being "shared", then spent half a day writing to the site's moderators, and perhaps getting the links removed... the thieves go elsewhere.

I saw a journalist blog the other day that because J K Rowling won't miss the royalties, it is acceptable for readers to steal from every other author, too.

It's not OK. Not all copies that are read illegally would have been paperbacks sold, but some will, and for some authors, those lost sales will make the difference between whether or not they are ever offered another contract.

When I see that JK Rowling's books are also on the pirate site, I'm glad, because I know that eventually, that site will be shut down, because she is good at defending herself, and the big guns sink pirates faster than lots of little pop guns can.

Today I'm cheering, because I keep the rights to my characters. Wouldn't you? I don't know how someone can publish an Encyclopaedia of Harry Potter without mentioning any of the characters!

I hope the New York judge sides with Ms Rowling!

Anyway....If you think it is only fair that the government defends the book industry's copyrights with the same vigor that they protect the music and movie industries, please consider signing this petition.

Or, pass on the url. Let's make a stir!

Rowena Cherry

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Rough, ready, and in the raw (sort of)


If you wanted a chance to win an autographed ARC of Rowena Cherry's CAPA Award winning, sexy, futuristic, stranded-on-tropical-island romance, Insufficient Mating Material, today (Sunday) could be the day... if you visit http://www.authorisland.com

Also, since this is one of my two permitted, PROMO-titled postings a month, I'd like to mention a couple of reviews, and a new reviewer in town.

"Political intrigue, culture clashes, gender issues, and romance collide to create a fun and breezy story that made one think just a little." ~ Allie Jones, inbedwithbooks.blogspot.com

"...someone wants to kill the Princess. Of course, Djetth’s grandmother and Marsh’s mother have something to say about that. They set out to prove just how dangerous little old ladies can be."~ Allie Jones, inbedwithbooks.blogspot.com



Best wishes,

Rowena Cherry
Preditors and Editors "Author's Site of Excellence Award" winner for 3/2008