Plagiarism Alert- Joanne Clancy

Tez Miller posted this today:  “If you read crime fiction set in Ireland, avoid anything by Joanne Clancy. At least some of “her” books, she plagiarised off Ingrid Black.”  Read the interview with Eilis O’Hanlon, one half of author Ingrid Black, here.

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Twitter Bans Kevin Weinberg/parogar and then…

WARNING:   Some of you might be uncomfortable or triggered by the obscenity and violence, both outright and implied, in the enclosed screenshots. 

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Thank you, SisterShootToThrill, and thank you to John (Darkwriter) Green who taught me the joy of the screenshot.

Hello, Dear Readers,. this is a little something before the last (I think) post on scamming and coupon clubs  and Amazon. It’s about that basement dwelling mama’s boy, Kevin Weinberg/parogar.

And what has Basement Boy done now? I’m glad you asked. At the end of February, the 29th to be precise, Basement Boy or Moist Chihuahua as we now call him finally got himself banned permanently from Twitter. That makes it three bannings in just over a year- Wattpad, GoodReads, and now Twitter. You would  think that such an obvious attention whore would be a little more careful because if he keeps losing platforms to do the bidding of such sterling people as Annie Rice, Melissa (STGRB) Douthit, and Jaid (Ellora’s Cave) Black they might just stop returning his tweets. Oh wait, he can’t tweet now, can he?

The Moist Chihuahua has had a love/hate relationship with Twitter. Yes, it was a place where he loved to hate … anyone who dared to hold an opinion Moist didn’t like. But also he seems to have spent a lot of time deleting his account and then reinstating it.

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Yes, indeed, thank you, Twitter. It wasn’t all that long ago that Chihuahua tweeted this

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But why did Twitter ban the Chihuahua? It’s sort of a mystery to him, just like much of life.

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Hmmm. I don’t think so. Sure, it might have been the proverbial last straw but Moist Chihuahua has posted other, more controversial tweets. You know I’m going to show you.

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Notice he doesn’t wish death on anyone but …

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In case you couldn’t guess, one of those women is me. And reading through all his Twitter crap made me at least nauseous and bored. After a while I thought about sending him a nice thesaurus and dictionary.

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Dear Cthulhu, all I can picture is thisScreenshot (3417)

Someone fetch him his smelling salts.

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Pretty sure this is a different “her”.

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He haz delusions of adequacy.

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I guess I should have warned you all that this will be a loooooong post.

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tRump is his personal wet dream, only a man with too much money and a bad toupee can give little Chihuahua what he wants most- freedom to yap wherever, whenever, and whatever he feels like.

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He’s still breathing, he’s still writing, he’s still being

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Yeah, that. I guess it must have slipped his fevered little brain that he “destroyed” or DESTROYED his own life. Wattpad told him what he needed to do to stay and he chose not to do that. Too bad, not sad.

Back to the crap.

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Yeah, you forced him to do this. He’s powerless.

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But he doesn’t wish death on anyone.Screenshot (6001)Screenshot (6002)PunishedScreenshot (6003)Screenshot (6006)

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Kittens out-violent him.

Now you might be wondering if there is a point to all this, this, whatever and there is. Here I think is a good time for

INTERMISSION

Now on the same day Chihuahua went over to Reddit and posted about his banning.Screenshot (5925)

I’m thinking Twitter finally had enough of the reports of targeted harassment and inflammatory tweets and just seized the last reason he was reported and kicked him to the curb.Screenshot (6053)

I don’t think he’s gonna miss Twitter. They wouldn’t let him play by his rules.

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Not everyone supported the snowflake, uh, Chihuahua.Screenshot (5919)He doesn’t really mean what he tweets. It just feels good. Does he yell “Fire” in a crowded theatre? Free speech is All. This is a whole ‘nother blog.

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Can’t argue with this.Screenshot (5916)Can’t argue with this either. He had plenty of opportunity to save his Wattpad account but he chose not to.

Screenshot (6054)Now, here we are and the Moist Chihuahua has announced he is banned and won’t appeal and won’t be back. So I guess he wasn’t getting enough love because

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That’ll show them.

And now, the wrap up. So Chihuahua has announced no more twitter and good riddance.Screenshot (6074)

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He got out just in time!    Or, did he?  You know what comes next. On the 29th, the day he was banned.

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That’s right, Dear Readers.

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Yeah, he won’t be going back to Twitter. And he really isn’t a violent person. He doesn’t wish anybody dead. He doesn’t hate women. He doesn’t lie. Really.

Thank you, Dear readers, if you are still reading you are gluttons for punishment.

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Can You Trust Reviews on Amazon?

All those “honest and unbiased” reviews for products received for free or deep discounts. How do they compare against reviews of products bought at full price? Fifth in the series, this article takes a look at the two groups of reviews and, really, are you going to be surprised by their findings?

By Kriti Agarwal and Rafe Needleman, BestReviews

On Amazon, the world’s largest retailer, user-generated product ratings matter. A lot. Consumers make billions of dollars of purchasing decisions that are influenced by the ratings other consumers give to products.

But on Amazon, it can appear that everyone likes everything.

We looked at 360,000 user ratings across 488 products in various categories [1], and found what is clearly an unrealistic proportion of 5-star ratings. Not all consumer products can possibly be this good:

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SCAMAZON – Amazon “Kindle Unlimited” Scammers Netting Millions

Fourth article in the series, follow the link back to the original and be sure to read the comment by JA Huss.

reblogged from Selena Kittscamazon

How are scammers making millions off Amazon? (And off any author enrolled in Amazon’s KDP Select program?)

It’s easy. So say digital entrepreneurs scammers like Dave Koziel – who admits to outsourcing his material, he’s not an actual writer or anything. You see, all you have to do it just upload “books” stuffed to the gills with anything, even unrelated material (romance books, cookbooks, South Beach diet books, foreign language texts, any and everything you’ve got at your disposal) then use a click-bait link at the front of the book (something like “Click here to win a Kindle Fire!”) to take the reader directly to the very back. A German blog has detailed these tactics as well, although it seems the German Amazon store (much smaller than the U.S. one) is cracking down on this now.

Why does this method result in big bucks? Because of how Amazon has changed the way it pays authors enrolled in KDP Select. Authors know that when Kindle Unlimited was first launched (rather quickly and in direct response to other book subscription services that were just popping up like Scribd and Oyster) we were paid “by the borrow.” It was similar to a sale (on sales, we were paid 70% of list cost on books priced between $2.99 and $9.99) except now we were paid out of a general fund instead of a set percentage. (Like a “pot” or “kitty” – a communal pool of money – except in this case, Amazon was the only contributor and authors the recipients.)

But Amazon changed that payment method from “per borrow” to “pages read.” Not pages written, mind you – but how many pages a reader actually reads.

Except, the problem with this method that’s recently come, shockingly, to light, is that there’s a loophole in the system. Apparently, if you put a link at the beginning of your book to the very back and a reader clicks it – the author is paid for all those pages. A full read. Even though a reader just skipped over them.

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Amazon Takes Aim At Scammers But Hits Authors

Third in a series of articles on cheating the system and reviewing scams. If you don’t follow David Gaughran you should.

David Gaughran

kuAmazon is an extremely innovative company – and usually quite responsive to self-publisher’s concerns – but sometimes it gets things very wrong too.

Today is one of those times.

I’ve received several reports from writers threatened with having books removed from sale, and heard even more worrying stories from others who had their titles actually removed from the Kindle Store without notice.

What were these authors guilty of? What crime did they commit for Amazon to adopt such heavy handed treatment? Something completely innocuous: the Table of Contents was at the rear of their books instead of at the front.

Yep, that’s it.

We’ll get to what might be the root cause of this crackdown in a moment, but Amazon is claiming that having a TOC in the end-matter instead of the front-matter is a breach of the (ever-changing, 100+ pages) Kindle Publishing Guidelines (PDF). Amazon says that rear TOCs result in…

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