The End Is Different From The Beginning

This blog started out in my usual snarky style and then went to a very different place.  I thought about changing the beginning but, no, it stands.

 

It’s been one of those days where the insanity just makes you wonder about the thought processes of some people.  Our good friends over at that site implemented a new policy a few days ago, they have been trying ever so hard to be just like the regular folks since Annie Rice-cakes has given them her blessing.

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Annie loves her BFFs at that site. And her BFFs are trying so very hard to appear reasonable.

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Look at this, no name calling, peoples, it won’t be tolerated.

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I always thought “soulless sociopath” wasn’t very complimentary but I guess I was wrong. And I don’t mean to be nitpicky but if you are going to insult someone then you really should spell their name correctly. I think you need-wait, what am I saying, I know you need an editor. (I’ve read one of your books, Mel) You keep posting these mistakes and people are gonna wonder if you can spell. Answer:  NO.

Where was I? Oh, yes, here.

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Bullies, One-Star, Horned Monster, Hairy.  Pathetic failed lives, lowest …intellect, pathetic, small-minded, puny minds.  They love us over there.

Then the creepy factor goes sky-high when Observer claims to have researched us or some of us. Wait, wait, no. Did you just equate a group of reviewers with a mass murderer? You did.

You just said  1) You were “researching” our lives and how creepy is that? and 2) You assert that we are “on the same spectrum” as a serial killer.

I won’t point out that this last part is distasteful and disrespectful of the victims and their families and minimizes their suffering and the actions of one man bent on making everyone pay for what he believed the world denied him.

You can sit over there and point your grubby little fingers and call us names, like you just did, and insult our lives and appearance-we don’t give a flying fuck.

But to sit there and use a very recent tragedy as a comparison to reviewers, mostly women, that you want to bully, harass, and silence? How bankrupt of normal human compassion are you?

George Chen

Katie Cooper

Veronika Weiss

Cheng Yuan Hong

Christopher Michael-Martinez

Weihan Wang

These are the names of the dead. These are the names of the dead.

Tomorrow morning you will wake up and go to work, talk to your friends, have dinner with your families. You can write another less than stellar book and despite my 1 star review you will sell your book. You will go forward.

George, Katie, Veronika, Cheng, Christopher, and Weihan won’t.

There is a vast difference between receiving a snarky review and being murdered.

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I guess the dead are fair game.

May 17- Armed Forces Day

[reblogged from Spare Ammo]

 

 

 

Poppies.

 

In Flanders Fields

 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

 

We are the dead: Short days ago,

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

 

Take up our quarrel with the foe

To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

 

Lt. Col. John McCrae

 

Response:

 

The blood of heroes never dies

But lends a luster to the red

Of the flower that blooms above the dead

In Flanders’ Fields.

Moina Michael

Dear STGRB,

I didn’t say Becky’s and Naomi’s (Pigglywiggly on Amazon.uk) reviews weren’t “on the up and up”, I said the reviewers were Baldwin’s daughters. Did you miss that? Sorry, let me make it perfectly clear- reviews and ratings by Naomi and Becky on GR, and reviews by R. Vowles and Pigglywiggly on Amazon.uk are by the author’s daughters who never mention their relationship to the author.

Considering that Amazon frowns on and usually deletes reviews by close relatives and others they consider to have an interest in the book(s) succeeding, I can see why Mandy would want to keep this quiet.

 

Screenshot (1501)Here is her dedication to her three children.

 

 

Screenshot (1407)Look who is living at the same address.

 

Screenshot (1451)Her bio from poetry site.

 

If Mandy had just gracefully accepted that 2 star review and kept quiet she would still be cheerfully gaming the system. But she overreached her talent as a scammer and got caught. You want to support her and condone her actions, well, that’s no surprise at all. But in case you missed this part too, she lied.

She lied on KDP:

 

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She lied on GR:

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She denied any relationship, however casual, with Naomi and Becky. She lied and accused other posters of having sock accounts and creating “fake” reviews. I didn’t review her books, I didn’t even give them a 1 star rating, I left this:

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Linda left a review  stating exactly how much she had read and what problems she found. Were either of these fake? No. Are  the ratings left by readers fake? No. You can rate books based on whatever you feel like. Some people don’t like being lied to.  Some people didn’t like her revenge review of Linda Hilton’s book, it appeared right after she accused Linda of accusing her of having sock reviews, something that Linda did not do. And some people left a rating after Mandy posted this blog.

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Isn’t Mandy a real sweetie? I can’t understand why everyone just isn’t bowled over by her charm.

Back to those reviews, I have no idea who Susan Smith is, but she has been around Amazon.uk for a few years before she was roused to leave a review.  I had wondered if she was a friend of Baldwin’s “helping” her by posing as a “bully” reviewer so Baldwin could cry abuse and be one of  your gang, uh, group.

I do know that looking at some of her other 4 and 5 star reviews that I am not easy about some of them and as soon as I finished this little costuming project I’ve got I’ll give them a closer look.

So, let me reiterate, I never said I found the reviews by Becky and Naomi suspect, I said they were by her daughters and those daughters never disclosed their relationship in said reviews. Baldwin lied repeatedly to readers, reviewers, and other authors when she claimed she did not know who wrote those reviews.

She is definitely your kinda author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of Pits…

From the biggest pit of all:

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I don’t recall accusing Mandy Baldwin of having sock puppets, but let’s go here and look. Nope, no mention of socks. And what about that comment by Gavin?

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I don’t see any socks, do you? No? Well then, I guess J. is just lying to his/her “friends” about what I really said. Just like Mandy Baldwin lied to pretty much everybody when she claimed she didn’t know that  positive reviewer and hated fakes, and just like that reviewer and one other lied to everybody when they did not disclose their relationship to Baldwin.

Speaking of fakes or, in this case, made up names (Mandy really, really hates those):

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Hello, Mandy/Rose. I see you are proud to join the rank. (No, that isn’t a typo or an incomplete sentence.)

 

Mandy Baldwin Plays The Game

I love the internet, don’t you? You can find out the most interesting stuff.  For instance, today I found out that Mandy is claiming to have left GR but I’m not so sure about that. Mandy doesn’t believe in telling you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.  Wanna see what I found?

Our Mandy is a poet!

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Notice anything else? Stay with me…

Mandy got herself all worked up over “fake” reviews and imaginary reviewers in this blog. (If it goes away I have screenshots)   “Given that the writers who have experienced this phenomenon produce notably original, vibrant work, I find myself extraordinarily proud to have joined their ranks.” M. Baldwin.  Yeah, honey, you’ve joined their ranks alright. I wouldn’t be so proud or so outspoken about it.  Such vehemence arouses suspicion.

Here is Mandy in KDP support bewailing the removal of a positive review and expressing disgust for the “fake” review:

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She certainly is upset, isn’t she? I feel her pain, really I do. Stop laughing, poor Mandy is being targeted by evil reviewers bent on destroying her. I wouldn’t want that to happen, she isn’t the worst author I’ve ever read.

So here is the discussion on Amazon.uk:

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Pigglywiggly has a legitimate complaint but it seems that it might have been one of Amazon’s bots being picky. It seems her review is gone again. Here is one of the two five star reviews for A Festival of Cherries.

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Ms. Vowles really appreciates Mandy’s book. Ms. Vowles appreciates  all three of Mandy’s books, here are the reviews for Going Down to Burgois:

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And for Quarter Past Summer:

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Wow. Mandy has some dedicated fans, so dedicated that Pigglywiggly rushes to defend Mandy’s book on reviews she doesn’t think appreciate Mandy’s true genius. First up, that nasty review that Susan Smith posted:

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Then the three star review:

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Pigglywiggly sure does like Mandy, too bad we don’t know her real name. Mandy really hates it when you don’t use your real name, you might be imaginary. But wait, I have this little screenshot:

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There she is, Miss NS Vowles, not imaginary after all. Hold on, Vowles, Vowles, where have I seen that name before? Why, I do believe right here:

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Hmmm… Now let’s wander on over to GR, Mandy isn’t there anymore but that shouldn’t be a problem. Besides that blog I linked to near the beginning of this blog, Mandy also started this discussion:

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Mandy is angry, isn’t she? What about her ratings and reviews on GR? Is this poor author getting any good reviews? A few and look who I found:

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Becky’s profile page:

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And she’s a librarian! But wait, here’s someone else familiar:

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No reviews but two five star ratings:

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And Naomi is a fan of Mandy’s. Aww, that’s cute. And Naomi and Becky are cute, too, and look so much alike. Like the sisters that they are:

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Remember this part of Mandy’s bio?

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I found this:

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So let’s revisit some of Mandy’s best fiction:

“…but there had also been a flame-war between “Susan Smith” and a couple of people who loved this book, and had seen their reviews removed…”

“I don’t know the reviewers…”

“The positive reviewer evidently does still exist…”

“And are you really saying that I had some relationship with the positive reviewer?”

Oh yes, Mandy, we are saying just that.  Happy Mother’s Day.

 

 

 

Thanks to Tina Nicole and Linda Hilton for screenshots