Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Ravenous Romance: The Vegas Shark; Phila DA Goes After Zuckerberg; Sen. Menendez Gets Online Wank

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Ravenous Romance Link here.

Amazon Link here. 

I've been told my new book in the Bad Boy Billionaire series, The Vegas Shark, will be out sometime today or tomorrow. I don't have links right now, but I will come back and update as soon as I get them.

I posted something about The Vegas Shark a few weeks ago, and did an interview blog hop with a group of authors and talked about a few things I don't normally get into. If you are so inclined, you can read that here.

I did a few different things in this book I don't normally do, and for some reason I find hard to explain, I felt much closer to this book than I have to any books since I wrote "Chase of a Lifetime." It's not a parody or based on any films or straight romances, but I do hope it's funny in certain sections...or at least someone will think it's funny. I also hope they think it's sexy, because Treston is a hot little guy. He is a gentle, loving male stripper who makes a name for himself in Vegas by shooting ping pong balls out of a very interesting part of his body. And I used music this time, which I don't always do.

Here's the plot description that will be up on all web sites:

Even though life is far from perfect, handsome young Treston Fair Leigh believes in heroes and fairytales. His favorite song is You Are My Sunshine and he’s certain love can conquer all.

But when the man he’s supposed to marry does something so unthinkable to him he’s not sure he’ll ever recover, he stops looking for love altogether…until he meets the one man in the world he believes is intrinsically decent enough to save him from all the bad boys he’s ever known.

While he’s planning to marry his hero, he quits his job as stripper and part time escort and rearranges his life. The only problem is the most notorious billionaire bad boy in Vegas has fallen in love with him, through no fault of his own. And no matter how hard Treston tries to fend off his advances and insult him the bad boy won’t give up.

Only this time Treston is serious and he’s going for the good guy instead of the bad. He doesn’t care about money or looks or fame. But will the billionaire bad boy leave him alone? And is the man Treston’s going to marry truly ready to forget about Treston’s past, the unusual way he shoots ping pong balls out of his body, and all the men he’s been with?
When I heard about the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office going after Facebook, I had to read more about it. I live in a Philly suburb and I find these online legal issues fascinating for many reasons. One, I've been working online for a long time, in the wild west days of the Internet, and I have been amazed at the things I've seen people get away with online they normally wouldn't be able to get away with in real life. Two, because I think as more people become familiar with the Internet we'll be seeing more legal issues arise. A lot of the Internet is lawless...as it stands now...and many of these Internet businesspeople have been playing by their own set of rules as if they don't have to be held accountable to anyone. This recent turn of events with the Philadelphia DA's Office I think is just the beginning of more to come.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams is publicly calling on Facebook to remove photos he says threaten the safety of a cooperating witness.

A Philadelphia woman agreed to testify against drug dealers for whom she purchased guns.
Williams says Freddie Henriquez posted her statement to police on his Facebook page along with other postings about killing "rats."
The DA's office has asked Facebook to take down the posts, but the company said the images do not violate its policies. Williams held a news conference Monday to display the offending images and throw some weight behind his request.

You can read more here. What I find interesting is how many times have we heard that last line before. This shows you the arrogance the DA is working with, and how the people at Facebook set their own rules and standards and are not held accountable to anyone...or at least not until now.

This is also interesting:

Williams called on Zuckerberg to be a "good corporate citizen" by ordering Facebook to remove the page of a Philadelphia man Williams alleges used it to solicit the killing of a witness in a case involving illegal firearm purchases.

So far, Facebook - if not Zuckerberg personally - has said no, because Freddie Henriquez's page urging people to "kill rats" does not violate any of Facebook's terms of use.

"I asked to be district attorney. . . . Victims didn't ask to have their car stolen, didn't ask to be raped or shot," Williams told reporters.

Williams said he had sent a letter to Zuckerberg asking him to order Henriquez's page removed and his Facebook account deactivated.

In an e-mail, Facebook did not directly address Williams' remarks.

Of course they didn't address the remarks. That's because they don't have to follow any rules like other businesses and they can make all their own rules up as they go along. As I said above, it will be interesting to see how more of these issues are handled in years to come. I don't see this going away.

In an even more amusing post about all things Internet, it seems Sen. Menendez from New Jersey has received some classic online treatment and he's stunned, simply stunned. I'm really only smiling out of the side of my face with this, and I know how serious it is and how these allegations can hurt people. Once something is online it's up there forever. And there are clever, devious people who have figured this out while the rest of society has not been taking the Internet very seriously.

This is a statement from Menendez, and you can read more at the link above. I don't know if these allegations are credible or not and that's not my point with this post. I've reached a point where nothing a politician would do would surprise me anymore. I'm talking more about the nature of the Internet, how vicious it can be, and how permanent these things are. They don't go away.  

“It’s amazing to me that anonymous, nameless, faceless individuals on a website can drive that type of story into the mainstream,” Menendez said. “Now nobody can find them, no one ever met them, no one ever talked to them … The bottom line is that all of those smears are absolutely false.”

Well, where the hell have you been, Sen. Menendez, because this is exactly what they do, and they have been doing this for a long time. In fact, some have made it their lives. Others, like a few publishing web sites, are only popular because they smear and lie this way. All I can say is welcome to the real world, Sen. Menendez, as it stands today. If you could see some of the corruption I've seen you'd be amazed. And guess what, they're only going to call you a politician "behaving badly" now because you actually had the audacity to complain about it. You see, Sen. Menendez, there's nothing wrong with being anonymous on the Internet. In fact, it's encouraged by some of the loudest voices on the Internet. But I guess you're learning the hard way like the rest of us.

As a side note, just because it's interesting, I recently read a blog post where an author actually tells readers to go to Goodreads, create a fake identity, and leave anonymous comments to complain about something. I swear I'm not joking about this. I'm not linking because the blogger is an idiot and I don't feel like promoting an idiot. My point here has nothing to do with the topic the blogger/author is talking about in the post. I couldn't care less about her feelings or concerns. I'm only talking about how she actually encourages people to go to Goodreads and create fake names and identities.

I'm actually starting to think I've been doing things all wrong by not having fake identities.  

But then again, you can't make this stuff up. And I have a lot more fun knowing I can use my name and real identity in the long run.




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