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]






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




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


I didn’t say Becky’s and Naomi’s (Pigglywiggly on 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 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.


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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 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

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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







Suzanne Dome- Total Idiot Pt II

Because she just can’t stop digging a bigger hole.

 “Since this morning, I now have 6 retaliation ratings on one book, just for having an opinion. No readers. Just ratings that don’t actually matter, with no names attached. I know exactly whose doing it. Karma is a bigger bitch than me. If you can’t handle the truth that pre-rating is corrupt, then get over it.” May 7, Suzanne Dome

Oh, honey, almost everybody is a bigger bitch than you are and smarter, too.

I can’t imagine that little, old educated you has no clue what has happened. Could it be that you aren’t quite as smart as you want us to think you are? Suzie sounds a tad upset.

Suzie, if the ratings don’t actually matter why are you mentioning them? Pre-rating is corrupt? Why, because it’s allowed? Because those ratings are one star? Bet you wouldn’t be having this cow over five star pre-ratings. And speaking of cows, this is what a lot of people took away from your “slightly snarky” vid.


That’s right, Suzie, a big, steaming pile of BS.

Protest all you want but there was no “slightly snarky” vibe about your vid. I don’t think you meant to be snarky and if you did, by some slight chance, you failed miserably.

“Authors are not the intellectual property of the readers. We are independent of each other and choose to interact.” May 7, S. Dome. This is good because if you were my property I would have just donated you to the city for landfill. You got some interaction you don’t like, boo-freaking-hoo.  You talk one game, you play a different one entirely.

You took some of your stuff down, why? Because there were good reasons for doing it? Could you be specific, give it in one of those critiques you find necessary before you pay attention to what someone is telling you. You weren’t at all specific so I have no idea whether you were right or wrong and so I’ll ignore it except to say that if you feel you were right you need to own your words, your opinion. Isn’t that the battle cry right now?

Stand tall behind your words. Unless you’re a writer, then use a pseudonym or socks or better yet, both. Funny, I thought writers were the ones who stood behind their words. Not us, the unprofessional reviewers/bloggers. No, we are not worthy of attention, our opinions should be ignored. So why aren’t you ignoring?

What did you think was going to happen when you made that video? In the hostile climate between authors and readers/reviewers today, what did you think was going to happen? Be specific. Give me examples, don’t focus on just one thing.  If you keep harping on one thing then I know you didn’t understand the reaction, you weren’t smart enough.  And, honey, you weren’t smart enough.

You think it is funny that people took it seriously? You still giggling? You aren’t at all smart.

So you called out someone for a one star rating and because they didn’t use their real name. You aren’t anywhere near smart. Smart is one town over and you can’t find your way off your front lawn.

There are many, many reasons people do not use their real names, some of them have absolutely nothing to do with you hard as that is for you to believe. Some have professional reasons- now are you sure you just didn’t call Stephen King a coward? Some have security reasons, read this and this or any number of other online articles or maybe even a book or several. If you can’t think of any reason anyone would prefer not to put their real name on the net besides being a “cowardly troll”  after reading up a little then you are not worth our time.

“This morning, some kind person told me that they’ve been witnessing this black-labeling for some time, and built a “recovery” level to put books in that have been troll-marked, and give them high marks to even-out the average again. I’m not sure this will help, but it was interesting to see someone doing something about it.” May7, Suzanne Dome.

That’s called gaming the system. Good move. You don’t like those ratings because you shit on readers/reviewers and they expressed their displeasure by saying they aren’t going to ever read your  books.  Hey, that’s an informed opinion. I won’t read Vox Day or Orson Scott Card because I don’t like their opinions either. You are in such good company.

 “If you have an opinion, be attached to it.” May 7, Suzanne Dome. Yes, I (we) do, so why are you complaining? You are the one taking down your opinions just because your opinions made some of us decide not to read your books. How chicken-shit is that? Guess that book rating is far more important than your opinion?

And then you whiiiiine some more. Damn.







This guy is more attractive than you are.

You are amazed that people use the rating system to leave themselves notes on what they want or don’t want to read.  You are amazed that they  and their friends look at covers and read the excerpts and decide yes or no. You never read the blurb and the first couple of pages and put the book back on the shelf? Never? Ever? You never told your BFF that the new book you both were looking forward to started out sucking Nile water and you had better things to read? Now that’s amazing.

I don’t believe you.

Then you go and say a one star rating meant the reader read your book and it sucked. No, SuzieQ, it meant whatever they wanted it to. It’s a rating, not a review.  A rating.  There is a big difference. I know you find that hard to understand so maybe you can find a friend who can use pictures and small words to help you.

Then you say you checked out a bunch of the reviewers who were unhappy with you and they weren’t writers and didn’t read the right books. Isn’t this part of what got you into trouble in the first place? And if they/we don’t matter then why are you still whiiining? You just have . Absolutely. No. Fucking. Clue.

And I don’t think you ever will.

” One person was so personally offended by me calling out low-raters who hide, you could feel the drenching sarcasm on their vicious comments. Of course, no one could admit that they missed the point. It’s my right as an author to write. You don’t have to read it. You also have to consider that I knew what the potential consequences would be of posting something opinionated. People are so easily inflamed right now, and a problem in the book world is this “pre-rating” and “author black-listing” because one or two people are offended by that author’s opinion.” May 7, Suzanne Dome.

There was a point? Oh, wait, it was that if the review, excuse me, critique wasn’t in the accepted (by you) format, didn’t include notes to help the writer, didn’t come from someone in a writing or writing-related profession then just ignore them. No, we didn’t miss any of your points, SuzieQ.

Yes, you haz the right to write-anything. We haz the right to ignore it and give it a one star rating. Now you are saying that your vid wasn’t “slightly snarky”, it was an opinion piece. Make up your mind. Are people easily inflamed right now? Of course, I see it so clearly, what else could you do but make this particular video right now. Timing is everything. Good judgment, good timing, you don’t have either.

“Pre-rating is just a way of being a vindictive asshole. Pre-rating doesn’t help anyone.” May 7, Suzanne Dome. You know, I still think you wouldn’t say that if the rating was five stars.  Everywhere I post there is a list of what the stars mean and what the ratings can be used for, just because you don’t agree with them or have fallen afoul of reviewers who do know the rules and use them, is your little problem and no one else’s.

Whether you like my book or not, you are still people that I know.” May 7, Suzanne Dome. No, Suzie, you don’t know us at all and we don’t want to know you.  So to make sure we don’t accidentally end up with one of your books we’ll just add a one star and shelve on our “never-ever” shelves because that’s what the rules allow us to do.


One last thing, stop calling yourself a bitch, you are giving us a bad name.



Suzanne Dome, Total Idiot

Authors- some of them just don’t quite get it and maybe never will. Pity them.  Let’s talk about Suzanne Dumb, uh, Dome. Here she is giving us all the benefit of her expertise . Almost 17 minutes of it, my, my, she is an expert on something, isn’t she?

First of all, Suzanne, clean off your counters. All that stuff in the background is distracting.

Whoa! Whose thoughts actually matter? Oh, Suzanne, Suzanne, Suzanne, don’t do it.  Don’t say it. Yes, it is your opinion and you can have it and say it, you just have to be able to accept what happens next. Something you have demonstrated that you can’t do.

According to Suzanne a review is a casual statement of opinion, can sometimes be educated and make references to other things. Like what things? She doesn’t say. A review is usually a not well formatted, uneducated thing. Of course it is. Suuure. And poor, widdle Suzie has no idea why so many people are upset by her vid?

A good review can help your sales. Not necessarily, Suzie, but you just cling to that belief. And a bad review? Well, according to our widdle Suzie you gotta research that reviewer and if they are a professional, and I guess only then and what is a professional Suzie hasn’t told us her expert opinion on that, then you need to look at your writing.

A critique, wait, no more on reviewing? Is that it? Maybe. Anyway, a critique is an educated thing, too. Suzie learned to do these in college. Too bad common sense, good judgment, and the ability to win friends and influence people were not on the curriculum.

Lord help us, especially Suzie, who now manages to dig a deeper hole and we are at 3:30. She keeps using the word educated like it’s something that most of us lack. Everything is educated. Except those reviewers that didn’t like her book(s). Forget them.

Okay, now Suzie is saying that if the reviewer talks about one specific, or “random” accoeding to Suzie, piece of the book to focus on then they either didn’t read the book or didn’t understand it. Did I get that right, Suzie? Is it because they don’t have enough education?

And at 4:12 Suzie does just exactly what most of us uneducated people know not to do. She states that sometimes reviewers miss the point of the book because they are not smart enough. This is a problem with the “coddled” generations, the ones younger than her. Thank God, I am definitely older (and much wiser) than Suzie. I was beginning to take offense by what she was saying but now that I know it’s only the younger reviewers I can relax.

Coddled sissies who got too much attention when you did stuff that wasn’t even that great, listen up.

Now Suzie is telling us who is an “educated” reviewer. It is not the “stay at home mom” blogger, evidently those bloggers are not “educated” enough to be a help.

At this point I have to wonder, is “educated” a euphemism for all those who give her books a four or five star review? It sure sounds like that because 6:32 into this and Dumb Dome hasn’t even alluded to the unhelpful five star reviews.

Paid reviewers are bad, reviewers who concentrate on one thing are bad. Reviewers who point out all your mistakes so you can fix them are free editors good. Got that, stay at home moms? Disregard the uneducated rest.

Her definition of a good reviewer, and she knows this because she attended the workshops, includes the reviewer reading or even rereading the book, is not someone looking for something to fill their spare time in the summer months, not reviewing out of your genre preference because reading out of your preference biases you against the book, should have a professional writing background, and now I need a new sentence.  Or paragraph.

Because according to our widdle educated Suzie if you are getting four and five star reviews and suddenly a three pops up it’s because they don’t like your genre or you don’t write in a fashion they can understand. They don’t understand cause they are uneducated.

Now are widdle Suzie is not going to let reviews get in her way, no, not at all. That’s why this vid is 16:54 minutes long. She is a good writer, she knows this. She is a bitch. Bless your heart, SuzieQ, you is a Chihuahua.

I am a bitch.













This is my reaction to your  whiiiiining.


Ignore any review that isn’t well written, guess why. They be stupid. These reviews happen to her friends.


You get a poor review, research that reviewer, if they are “professional” and “educated” maybe you can use them in the future but most of your reviews will probably come from your average reader. You know, the ones who pay for your books but aren’t educated enough to be of use, just ignore them.

And they will ignore you.  “Take it seriously when it comes out of an educated mouth.” Crap on a cracker, SuzieQ, do you hear anything that is coming out of your dumbass mouth?

If you are going to read Suzie’s books, and how many are by now, then she proceeds to tell you she wants a certain type of critique. This is her educated definition of a good reviewer. No other reviewers need apply. Go away, Suzie doesn’t need you. Just buy her books and keep quiet. My God, what if her friends found out uneducated, average readers bought and read her books.  The humiliation!

Don’t be an asshole, make sure your review is specific so the writer knows what the problems are.  Help the poor writer for free. Buy the book, critique the book, edit the book. Don’t bash it. Fix it. It’s your responsibility as a reviewer. Critique don’t review.

Suzie is educated and she can tell which reviews/critiques are worthy. She hopes you will take heed of her educated advice.

Young readers beware of the “bad” review. If you can’t tell the difference or are unsure you can contact Suzie, she knows.

She has been thinking about how she wanted to rant about this since December. I find that part fascinating. She has been thinking since December how she could make herself sound like a total idiot, excuse me, a total educated idiot?


Suzie, your head is so far up your ass it’s amazing to me that the crap around your eyes is blue not brown.