Shannon Stacey
Ghede, we hardly knew you

Sylvia linked to Ghede Books’ notice this morning.

It is with deep regret that we have to suspend the launch of our Ghede Books imprint.

Due to the current conservative climate, the launching of an erotica site now or in the near future places in jeopardy our ability to retain commercial banking due to strict adult business policies placed by commercial financial institutions.

We’ve invested time and money into this project. Book editing, cover art, marketing and web development. This is as big a disappointment for us as it is for you.

I never had a strong desire to write for them, because Ellora’s Cave fulfills my HEA requirements, but I feel terrible for anybody who made their first sale to Ghede. Heck, any sale, really.

And who knows if it’s PayPal or some other commercial stuffed-shirts, but it’s bad enough Walmart can dictate content. We don’t need everybody with impact on the wallet censoring writers.

So,…do the other erotica publishers keep their money under their mattresses? :razz:

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Grab a fan…

Mel has a new release today! Hot Rod Heaven has one of the hottest covers ever! Check it out!

Ellora’s Cave has been doing some gorgeous covers lately! Check out this one they did for Jaci!

I hope I get a good one. :grin:

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Cleanup in Aisles 1-14

I have never been so sick as I’ve been the last couple of days. I fought it for a while. You know, ‘I’m the Mom. I can’t get sick.’ Well, even after they over-Demeroled me too close to my first child’s birth, I didn’t feel as bad as I did yesterday. I barely made it through the tax appt, and I crashed hard leaving there. Thank goodness the husband was with me.

So, if you’re one of the 500-someodd-plus non-spam emails in my inbox or one of the balls I’ve dropped, I feel well-enough today to move from a Sudafed/Nyquil cocktail to a Sudafed/Dayquil cocktail, so hopefully I’ll be juggling again in no time.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed it’s only a bronchial “thing” and not pneumonia. That would be bad.

Almost as bad as the font in this blog.

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De bugs, de bugs

A couple of people have told me they can’t comment. If the entry/list of comments is too long, the box isn’t there.

Tomorrow I’ll probably ditch the fixed width and go back to the fluid. or something.

Right now I’m in tax mode.

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Happy Valentine's Day

I’m seeing a lot of romantic movies lists today, and I’m absolutely loving them. But they bring to my mind the romantic movies I loved…until the ends. So, without further ado:

Shannon’s Top 5 List of Worst Romantic Movie Endings:

5. Last of the Mohicans

Two minutes, Uncas. Just two freakin minutes.

4. Forces of Nature

I don’t care if it was the right ending. I fell in love with this couple for that?

3. Sweet Home Alabama

He should have killed her and fed her to the dog. Pairing the most unlikeable heroine since Scarlett with that sweet guy was just wrong wrong wrong.

2. You’ve Got Mail

Gee, we’ve written our couple into a no-win situation. Let’s throw in a last-minute desire she (and we) never knew she had so nobody notices the hero squashed her like a bug.

And the number one worst romantic movie ending:

1. City of Angels

What the hell was that about? Next time you write a beautiful, touching movie, you bastards, don’t flush your freakin Prozac before The End.

But, lest you think me cynical, my favorite all-time romantic movie is Hope Floats. It makes me laugh. It makes me cry. And at the end I sigh and think “and they lived Happily Ever After.”

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