So something awful happened, over the last few weeks and months. Bloggers and readers were scammed into supporting a “new author”. Yesterday, the deception was revealed by DearAuthor.com, and the reading/writing community banded together to figure out just how deep this went. Today, a tweet by Angela James led me to Teresa Mummert’s site where the deception was mapped out in a crazy infographic. And then I realized that, in a little tiny way, I was connected to this drama. Because I joined the Sexy Romance to connect with readers willing to do early reviews of new books.
And the reviews I got were thoughtful and considered, and honest. Above all else, I truly feel like the readers and other writers in this group were innocent in all of this. I know this in my gut because yesterday there was a thread about Amazingly Broken, full of comments about how to request a refund. That thread is now gone. It didn’t occur to me at the time to take a screen capture of it.
Update July 7, 2013:
Sure enough, that thread was deleted (or frozen? I’m not clear on the details behind the scenes), and then “Beth” disappeared, only be replaced by Laura Donovan, who wasn’t an active member previously, and had a limited and very private account. Then she disappeared, and looooong story short, the group has been disbanded and a new, more open group without a crazy secret marketing agenda has been formed: Some Like It Hot!
Here’s a thread on that groups discussion page that explains a lot: