Facebook and its Dirty, Dirty Practice of Allowing Right Wing Lies and Hate Speech

I have been off Facebook for a week. In mid-July, my page will disappear. While I miss the daily contact with friends and authors, I do not miss Facebook. I made the decision to leave Facebook after Facebook censored me for a second time for using the term, “white people.” Facebook determined it was hate speech. At the same time, Facebook allows right wing pages and groups to spread hate and misinformation. I cannot in good conscience support Facebook. Below is an article on one right wing outlet that is spreading hate and misinformation. Far from being censored, Ben Shapiro is a relationship with Mark Zuckerberg. Here is an article on the right wing hate allowed to flourish on Facebook. https://popular.info/p/the-dirty-secret-behind-ben-shapiros?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cta

Treat Yourself and Introduce Yourself to Bardcore.

If you aren’t on the subscription of open culture, go to the site and sign up. It might be the best thing to arrive in your email. This week, it shares bardcore and medieval renditions of current songs. http://www.openculture.com/2020/06/listen-to-medieval-covers-of-creep-pumped-up-kicks-bad-romance-more-by-hildegard-von-blingin.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OpenCulture+%28Open+Culture%29

In the meanwhile, enjoy the medieval version of Bad Romance.

Dancing Makes You Happy

This article https://www.inverse.com/article/7861-science-explains-why-dancing-is-the-fast-way-to-make-yourself-happier explains some of the reasons why humans love dancing. As a child, my earliest memories of dancing were with my mother who was dancing in our living room. Decades later, while I was visiting my youngest sister, Alicia, Vida da loca https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p47fEXGabaY came on the TV and suddenly it was a dance party. My mom, sister and I were dancing to the music. Our children joined the fun. It really isn’t a party unless everyone is dancing.

During the disco era, I was at the club dancing several times a week. Later, I was dancing to New Wave music at a gay bar in Champaign and at the New Wave Lounge in Fort Lauderdale. Even later, being heavy with child did not stop my dancing in clubs in Chicago. I miss those days. These days most of my dancing is done at home, by myself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG1NrQYXjLU

My youngest did competitive dance as a kid. I loved the practices and competitions. Judith also misses dancing. She is thinking of lessons so she learn new routines. When I post old videos and pictures of the competitions, her old teammates state they miss dance practices and competitions. We should find more opportunities to dance and we should never get too old to dance.

Thanksgiving 2019-It isn’t a party unless everyone dances

Twitter Fight

The fight between actor, Ron Perlman, and Rep. Gaetz and Sen. Ted Cruz is highly amusing. The 70–year- old Perlman is verbally pounding the two. Sen. Ted Cruz is demonstrating his toxic masculinity by challenging Perlman to wrestle 56-year-old Jordan, because might makes right in his circles. I would put my money on Perlman. But here are some screenshots of the flame war.

The Billionaire’s Fake Fiance by Annika Martin

 

 

TBFF_ebook_amazon_kobo_ibooksBack in high school, I would go to the local Woolworth’s and buy up all the Harlequin Presents. I was a sucker for their romance novels featuring millionaires and beautiful heroines— despite the fact many of the love stories were dysfunctional and toxic. Time marches on. I got older, a lot older, and romances now feature billionaires.  I no longer have an appetite for romance novels featuring billionaires. I never was a big fan of Cinderella, and most of these stories are newer, sexier versions of Cinderella.

But I am going to read everything Annika Martin writes.  She never fails to entertain. She has written three standalones, yet connected romantic comedies featuring billionaires. The first two, Most Eligible Billionaire and The Billionaire’s Wake-Up-Call Girl, were laugh-out funny. I recall scenes and chuckle. With the Billionaire’s Fake Fiancée, Annika Martin entertains us with a mystery as well as romance and humor.

Rex O’Rourke is a self-made billionaire (all the best billionaires are). To keep an important client, he must join the client and her wealthy family on their mega yacht. Socializing with old money wealthy on their mega yacht is Rex’s version of hell. He would instead be working. Even more unfortunate, to quail the entirely true rumors about Rex’s never date the same model/actress twice lifestyle, Rex’s assistant made up a story about a fiancée. Now Rex had to spend two weeks on a yacht with a fake fiancée. Of course, Rex’s greatest fear is the gorgeous fake fiancée will throw herself at him. (Gorgeous women throwing themselves at you is one of the downsides of being a hot billionaire. And you think you have problems.)

So, Rex describes the one woman that he would never be tempted by…bubbly, loves soap operas, impoverished, colorful hairstreaks, loves Hello Kitty, and turns pop songs into ditties about her pet. Rex might be oblivious that he is describing Tabitha, his hairdresser, but his assistant recognized her immediately.

Tabitha is in high demand as a mobile stylist in New York City. She has a waiting list of clients. But she must rest her wrist for six weeks or risk more severe consequences. The resulting loss of income had her worried. So, the offer to be a fake fiancée is tempting. So, despite her dislike of dishonesty, she agrees to the job.

The job requires a makeover. She has a dull, expensive wardrobe suitable for a yacht vacation. Her colorful hairstreaks are covered up. But no makeover can change the irrepressible force that is Tabitha. Due to her expansive knowledge of soap operas, Tabitha knows that the newly discovered, long lost nephew of the wealthy client is an imposter! She sets out to uncover the fraud. This behavior does not please Rex, who does not want to upset his client.

Rex just wants to work in his cabin. But he cannot ignore Tabitha and her wild soap opera conspiracies.  And maybe, just maybe, Tabitha is not everything Rex hates and despises.

The Billionaire’s Fake Fiancée is a delightful read. It has lots of humor and sexy romance. If I had to describe Martin’s writing in one word, it would be joy-filled. So, take time for yourself and indulge in some joy.

Creative: Michele Catalano

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Model: Thiago

Meet the Author:

Annika Martin loves fun, dirty stories, hot heroes, and wild, dramatic everything. She enjoys hanging out in Minneapolis coffee shops with her writer husband, and also likes birdwatching at her bird feeder alongside her two stunningly photogenic cats, especially when she should be writing. She’s heavy into running, music, saving the planet, taking long baths, and consuming chocolate suckers. She’s worked a surprisingly large number of waitressing jobs, and has also worked in a plastics factory and the advertising trenches; her garden is total bee-friendly madness and her most unfavorite word is nosh or possibly fob. A NYT bestselling author, she has also written as RITA award-winning author Carolyn Crane.

Connect with Annika:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnikaMartinBooks
Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AnnikaMartinFabulousGang/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Annika_Martin
Stay up to date with Annika by joining her mailing list: http://www.annikamartinbooks.com/newletter/

The Billionaire’s Fake Fiance

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The Billionaire’s Fake Fiancée, a sexy romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author, Annika Martin, is coming April 28, 2020!

My instructions were simple: scour the city for a fake fiancée who’s not my type at all. Have her on my jet Monday morning, dressed appropriately for a yacht vacation.

I need a woman believable enough to convince a certain client that I’ve changed my playboy ways…yet nothing like the supermodels and socialites I usually have on my arm.

Somebody too annoying to tempt me—no emotional entanglements, thank you very much. This is business only.

If she’s unfazed by my looks and wealth, all the better.

Should be easy. Right?

Apparently not, because my people go and hire Tabitha. My hairdresser.

What were they thinking? Yes, I said annoying, but I didn’t mean her, the most frustrating woman in the world.

Tabitha is sunshiny. She has a pet hamster. She loves Hello Kitty, and she gets under my skin like nobody else.

As if that’s not bad enough, the minute we step on deck, she thinks that certain people on the yacht are up to something shady—based completely on her soap opera knowledge.

She won’t listen when I tell her she’s being ridiculous.

But as the days go by, I find that we’re actually having fun. And our fake kisses are heating up. And suddenly her wild theories aren’t sounding so strange after all…

Pre-order your copy today!

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086SMBMR2

Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/BillionaireFakeFiancee

Apple Books: https://geni.us/nCpIs

Nook: http://bit.ly/2FQgkAM

Kobo: https://geni.us/9OkrMoW

 

Add to Goodreads: https://bit.ly/39XpK80

Creative: Michele Catalano

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Model: Thiago

Meet the Author:

Annika Martin loves fun, dirty stories, hot heroes, and wild, dramatic everything. She enjoys hanging out in Minneapolis coffee shops with her writer husband, and also likes birdwatching at her bird feeder alongside her two stunningly photogenic cats, especially when she should be writing. She’s heavy into running, music, saving the planet, taking long baths, and consuming chocolate suckers. She’s worked a surprisingly large number of waitressing jobs, and has also worked in a plastics factory and the advertising trenches; her garden is total bee-friendly madness and her most unfavorite word is nosh or possibly fob. A NYT bestselling author, she has also written as RITA award-winning author Carolyn Crane.

Connect with Annika:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnikaMartinBooks
Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AnnikaMartinFabulousGang/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Annika_Martin
Stay up to date with Annika by joining her mailing list: http://www.annikamartinbooks.com/newletter/

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Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs

SmokeBittenShockingly, I was disappointed when I first learned that Patricia Briggs was going to write urban fantasy instead of fantasy. I was already a fan and read her fantasy novels. The urban fantasy market was bloated and repetitious in my mind. But Patricia Briggs is a superior writer, and she has a fresh, exciting urban fantasy series. Smoke Bitten is the twelfth book in the Mercy Thompson series, and I eagerly anticipate more books. The series that has not grown stale with age. The characters grow and develop. The plot is full of action and twists. There is both European and Native American mythology invoked.  Then there is Mercy Thompson,  who has a unique style.

Mercy Thompson is an auto mechanic with an unusual genealogy. Her father is Coyote, the eternal trickster. As a result, Mercy can change into a coyote at will. This development came as a major shock to her mother, who found a coyote puppy in the crib. Feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of raising a baby who can turn into a coyote, her mother took Mercy to be raised by a group of werewolves.

Being raised by werewolves didn’t make it any easier for Merry when she married Adam, the alpha of the tri-city pack. Many of the pack still resented Merry.  Merry could handle the cranky werewolves, but something is bothering her husband. He had shut down their mating bond. Mercy must manage the more resentful members of the pack and figure out what is bothering her husband.

But in the meanwhile, she must deal with a supernatural invader from Underhill. This creature can take the form of smoke. Its bite enables the monster to control the body and mind of the victim. The supernatural escapee then murders in the body of its victims. The casualty rate is rising. Worse, it can control more than one victim at the same time.  Even worse, it can attack the supernatural as well as humans. Mercy must handle it. For some reason, Mercy is immune to the bite of the smoke monster. Yet  Mercy has no superpowers, other than she can only turn into a coyote and engage in some mischievous payback.

Throughout this series, there have been challenges and resulting character development for the main characters. Mercy is hard-working and compassionate. She is respectful, but she takes no guff. In this book, Mercy has marital issues, but she doesn’t share this information. It is refreshing to read about a romance involving mature adults. But this book isn’t about Mercy so much as the other around her. Adam, the alpha wolf, has an issue. Mercy can help him only so far with this issue. In the end, he must resolve it.

The action is non-stop and fascinating.  There are hints concerning the future of other characters in the book. In particular, I am expecting some exciting developments for both Tad and Jessie. By the end of the story, the reader has enjoyed a satisfying mix of adventure, action, mystery, and romance. Patricia Briggs could write twelve more books in this series, and I will gladly read them all.

 

My collection of Patricia Brigg novels are below. I can’t locate my copy of Smoke Bitten. I had to hide from my cat which was chewing on it. PatriciaBriggs