Hallee Bridgeman is one of those sweet, kind souls the world needs more of. She and I have been friends for a few years now and I absolutely adore her! She writes Inspirational Romance that will just blow your socks off. Seriously, she is a beautiful and talented writer. (You can find her books here.)
Not only can the woman write, she can also cook. And I mean cook from scratch. As in: she even grinds her own wheat to make flour!
In April, Hallee and her family will be coming to visit me and mine. We’re going to do a cooking video together, for her cooking blog. We’ll even do some live video feeds that day on FB (and Twitter if I can figure out how, lol)
Yesterday, Hallee posted about our project on Facebook, (you will find the original post here) and asked for Scottish recipe ideas. Someone suggested haggis. Actually, several someone’s suggested it. I made the following comment regarding just that:
The only way I’ll eat haggis is if it is served on Chris Hemsworth’s naked abs!
Well, one thing led to another, as often happens when authors are involved.
I dared Hallee to ask Chris Hemsworth to join us. She took me up on my dare!
Now, I know there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell that Chris Hemsworth would actually show up to our cooking day. (Now how on earth would I explain that to my husband???) This is JUST for fun! You can follow Hallee and me on twitter and look for our hashtags: #Chrishemsworthsabs #chrishemsworthshouldcookwithHalleeandSuzan #halleeandsuzancooking #oneoldbroadandonegreatcook #scotchwhiskygoeswitheverything
We’ll add more hashtags later, I’m sure! And if you can think of one we should use, please leave it in the comment sections below. Or if you have a recipe you’d like to suggest, let us know and leave those in the comments sections below.
#Scotchgoeswitheverything including Chris Hemsworth’s Abs!
COOKING WITH HALLEE BRIDGEMAN IN APRIL! MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW
Only two months left in 2016? My, oh, my it has been a busy year! A few terrifying moments, such as when our Warrior Princess arrived 15 weeks early. But the beautiful moments far outweighed the rough and scary.
And can you believe it is November and the CUBS are still playing?
I’m so happy, it ain’t even funny! I know my mom is in heaven right now, hanging out with Harry Carry and all the other fans who didn’t get to live to see this.
I had a special announcement in yesterday’s newsletter regarding an upcoming release. No, it has nothing at all to do with any of my current Scottish Historical books. But it is still special all the same! At least to me its special and I hope you’ll think the same!
In December, I will be releasing a book titled, The Edge of Forever (previously titled, The King’s Courtesan.)
Until now, this book was only available digitally and only in the US. But come next month, it will be available around the world, digitally as well as in paperback and hardcover formats! And at some point next year (still trying to find the right narrator as it is written in first person, from the heroine’s point of view) it will be available in audio book format. Yes, it is a full length novel.
Along with a new title comes a new cover and bonus content. Wait until you see this cover! When my cover artist sent the first draft, it was so absolutely perfect that I screamed! 😀 I immediately called her (still screaming with delight) and told her not to change a thing! She really knocked this one out of the park.
I’ll do a cover reveal in a few weeks. Newsletter subscribers will get to see it first, then I’ll share it here and on social media.
I’ll keep you all posted, I promise. As soon as I have a release date set, I will let you know.
And yes, I’m still working on The Bowie Bride! Due to all the traveling I had in October, as well as that awful case of bronchitis, I had to push the release date to January. I’m still on target for that. But we all know what a crazy life I live so I’m not going to give a definitive date until the book is done and with the editor. I thank you for your patience.
As many of you already know, I made Laiden’s Daughter free at the end of September…
I was going to put it back at regular price at the end of last month. But there was such an overwhelming positive response from readers (nearly 100,000 downloads so far!) that I have decided to keep it free until further notice. Additionally, the entire Clan MacDougall Series is now available at Nook and Kobo, and soon they’ll be live at iBooks (just waiting for them to shake through the approval process.) Yes, they’re all still available at Kindle.
Sending big hugs and lots of love to all of you! Have a great week. And GO CUBS!!!!
I RARELY discuss piracy. But I ran across something today that infuriated me. It’s not just the fact that someone has STOLEN my book and now offers it for free — I’m used to that. I’ve been fighting pirates since 2012. What bothered me most was the discussion taking place at the pirate site. Between those people taking advantage of this pirated book site.
People openly discussing how easy it was to get a copy of my book for free. Openly discussing the simplicity, the ease of getting a ‘free’ copy. Bragging about it. Happy about it.
I figure if they can discuss openly about how easy and happy they were to get my books, they won’t mind if I post the screenshots of the discussion. I took these this afternoon, directly from the pirate site: (NOTE: this is NOT a FB page. It is pulled directly from the pirate site.)
If you are getting MY books from this website, please note the following: The books are stolen. Yes, STOLEN as in PIRATED. The ONLY place where you will find my books for sale legitimately are iBooks, B&N, Kobo, and Amazon, Tolino, and audio books at Audible.com. If you ‘buy’ or get a ‘free’ copy anywhere else, know in advance that it is a stolen, pirated and illegitimate copy.
The problem is rampant. Pirate sites run without fear.
When I told my fellow author and friend Kathryn Le Veque about today’s events, she was not surprised. Just last week, her personal assistant had to send out 641 take down letters. No, that isn’t a typo. SIX HUNDRED FORTY-ONE DCMA take down letters in one week. For those of you who don’t know, that is the letter we have to send out to pirate sites letting them know they are in violation of US Copyright law, please cease and desist, stop immediately. This is almost a full time job for her assistant.
When Kathryn released her latest book, Queen of Lost Stars, it was on 7 pirate sites within an hour of the book going live. ONE HOUR. SEVEN PIRTAE SITES.
I firmly believe that if it weren’t for people like those listed in the screen shots above, this problem would not be as big as it is. It’s kind of like the old Napster argument, but with writers: Authors make enough money as it is. What does it hurt them if I get a free, pirated book? Or, the other argument: I can’t afford to read all the books I want to read. Might I suggest a freaking library card? My books are in libraries around the world. And if your local library isn’t carrying them, ask your librarian. They’ll be more than happy to get them in for you.
If their arguments held true, I’d be able to go into a Cadillac dealership and take a free Caddy. Because we all know that the car manufacturers make gobs of money. What will it hurt them if I take one? What will it hurt if I buy a stolen Cadillac? Or what about TVs? Food? Clothes?
Most readers understand that authors work hard. It can take months, if not years, to write one book. But in addition to writing the book, we have to pay for editors, final proofers, cover artists, ARC copies, narrators, formatters… it can be expensive. My last book cost around $3,000 — cover, editor, final proofer, etc. That does not include the countless hours of actually writing the book.
Add to that the cost of either hiring someone to issue DCMA take down letters to these asshats/pirate sites — or the time and energy an author must spend doing it herself — and costs really start to add up. Some authors barely make enough to pay the bills.
So to those of you who do take advantage of all these pirate sites, I say this to you: You ARE hurting the author. You’re taking money out of their pocket. Money they could use to pay bills or help pay for their kids’ braces. Or like me, helping out my daughter financially while her daughter, a micro preemie, is spending the next three months in the NICU. We’re not all sitting back and raking in the money. We’re not lighting $300 cigars with hundred dollar bills. Most of us are simply trying to make a living doing something we love.
Yes, I make a damned fine living. But I work hard at it. I work 18 hours a day, 7 days a week. I’ve earned what I have. No one gave it to me and I sure as hell didn’t steal it from anyone. Just because I make a damned fine living does not give someone the right to steal from me.
When you steal a book from me, it’s the same as stealing money out of my wallet. It’s the same for every author out there. You’re STEALING. Plain and simple.
DRM Encryption is meant to help keep our books from being pirated. But we’re told to offer DRM encryption free books to make it easier for readers to buy a book at Amazon then load it to their Nook or Kobo Glo or other reader or what have you. When we do that, it makes it even easier for asshat pirates to make their own copies of our books and either offer them for free or sell them. So we’re stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place.
Honestly, I don’t have an answer to pirates other than to call keep sending out these stupid DCMA Takedown letters. Which is a huge time waster because once you get a book taken down, it’s up on another site within an hour. It’s a never-ending, frustrating, mind-boggling pain in the ass.
The DCMA take down letters do next to nothing to stop piracy. A lot of the pirate sites are in Russia. Good luck getting OUR government to take this problem seriously.
I have no idea how much money I or any other author loses on a daily basis to pirates. If Kathryn Le Veque’s problem is any indication, we are talking some serious money. I am less than hopeful that this problem will ever be solved.
So for now, we continue to send out these letters. We will continue to shake our heads in frustration. What else can we do? The government refuses to do anything. The pirate sites know that and that is another reason they keep doing what they’re doing.
Until people stop taking books from these pirate sites the problem won’t go away. Until then, the pirates and the users of these sites, know that we are watching you. And shame on you.