Monday, June 4, 2018


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Congrats to Sarah E.!
You are the winner of this giveaway. You have been emailed.

Thank you to everyone who participated.
I loved reading your answers and I'm thrilled
at the response to this giveaway and this cause.

Thank you, thank you!

Check back in a couple of weeks as I'll be giving
another copy and another mug away!

Many of you might have heard, and for those of you who haven't, we've had some upheaval in the Romance community. Where I understand wanting to protect ones work and their brand, I don't think trademarking a commonly used word in the industry, as well as emailing threatening letters to your peers is good business practices. It alienates and draws a line between what is right and what is responsible. There were better ways to go about trying to protect ones work then with those kinds of bullying tactics.

In light of the #FightLikeARomanceReader / #FightLikeARomanceAuthor / #Cockgate controversy, I'm doing a giveaway to support to cause.

What is this all about?
'Cocktales' is a limited-release anthology (available *only* from May 26 – August 26, 2018) of original, never before published material, some of which is raw and unedited. Each story was specifically written for this anthology.

The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).

*ALL* net profits will be donated to:

1) Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and
2) Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund.

I ordered a few copies from Amazon. These books are HUGE! There is over 800 pages, filled with amazing stories by various authors. I love the cause and I wanted to share, so I'm doing a giveaway!! 

In the giveaway, I'm offering up to ONE WINNER, a copy of COCKTALES: A Cocky Collective, PLUS a "Fight Like A Romance Reader" mug! Just enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.


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  1. I live this book if protest. If you want to TM a word, make sure it's unique to you. The best bet is to create a word.

  2. Absolute insanity of the part of #SheWhoShallNotBeNamed
    Xerox - YES
    Kotex - YES
    Polaroid - YES
    Cocky - Oh h*ll NO
    Then to go back and re"brand" the series more than one time on amazon and to not think it wouldn't be noticed?

    Back in the day, Mr T had a catch phrase - "I pity the fool."

  3. Personally I think it is BS and never should have happened. This sets an unfair and restrictive precedent in the literary world which could spill into any other part of life. I hate this and hope she loses the TM.

  4. I think it's wrong. In my opinion in order for someone to trademark a word (or anything for that matter), it should only be for a word that the person came up with themselves and not for a word that's been around for years.

  5. Its just weird , wrong and crazy

  6. Think Fh has a LOT to learn and now attone for. She's definitely made herself a name, and not one to be proud of

  7. It's is crazy that someone can trademark a commonly used word. I think the CockyGate author is delusional and whatever she says doesn't really make sense. I am following everything closely.

  8. wowzers... this is a crazy situation! Hope it works out w/out too much expense for those defending themselves. I've been reading some of the more legalise explanations and this author is digging herself further into a hole by justifying her actions with the explanation that her readers are "too dumb" to tell her work apart from others. Firmly on the "Never Read" shelf!

  9. Wow! I can't believe this happened or got this far. Too bad her lawyer couldn't stop her before it got so out of hand.

  10. Admittedly, I don't know the full scope of the situation-- I want/need to do some more reading on this.
    But as for your question re: trademarking a common dictionary word, I want to get this out there ASAP: I hereby declare and proclaim the word BULLSHUT to be mine, mine, and all mine. Dibs. First!
    (...Hey, I write. One never knows.)

    1. LOL!! I think your new word is brilliant! Love it. <3

  11. I support the authors in fighting this. It's unbelievably selfish. I don't understand how a common word was approved for copyright in the first place. It's ridiculous.

  12. This 8s so messed up. I will not read anyone who copyrights words. What bothers me most is the fact that others before had used word and they thought they should change all book titles. Entitled people just irritate me

  13. I have to say I agree with the authors on this! It's so crazy I don't see how they can copyright the word cock! It's stupid

  14. How can you copyright a word that gas been used time and time again. Yes one person came up with that word but it's been around way before our time. Entered.. Thank you!!

  15. I don't see how any commonly used word can be trademarked. What really irritates me the most is that previously published works all had to be changed. It's assinine. Thank you for this awesome giveaway.

  16. I think it's ridiculous and wrong. I happily support the authors fight this.

  17. Purchased ebook right after watching the video.

  18. It's ridiculous that it had to even get this far. You would think she would have better people in her corner advice her on how ridiculous this all is.

  19. It's just plain crazy that she was allowed to trademark a single word that has barely anything to do with her series. Her series is the Cocker Brothers. The fact she thinks romance readers are so stupid that they can't read an authors name on the buy page is beyond belief. I have no idea how she can continue to have a career after all of this.

  20. I am floored by "she who shall not be named" and her blatant abuse of other authors. She has some serious issues. I also think the employee that approved the trademark needs to be retrained! This should NEVER have been allowed!

  21. Would love to see her get what she deserves, a kick in the A$$ and a GIBBS to the head.

  22. Wrong on so many levels. Wth is wrong with her

  23. It is wrong. I also believe the entire situation has gotten out of control.

  24. I think this movement is great. It's wonderful to see people coming together for a good cause.

  25. In my opinion the trademark should not have been granted in the first place but "her" actions took this situation to a whole other level. I love how the book community has come together to fight against this - I've actually purchased both an ebook and a paperback but I really need the mug! #shegivesauthorsabadname #fightlikearomanceauthor

  26. This is so crazy!!! I can't believe all of this about trademark but love seeing everyone come together for a cause! It has gone out of porportion!

  27. so wrong, the words have clearly been around a lot longer

  28. I as a lifelong reader am disgusted by her greedy ways. Common words should be free to use by everyone.

  29. The whole situation is very confusing to me. I hope that it will be resolved.

  30. I've only known the book world to be supportive of one another, so when all this TMing thing came about, I was shocked and appalled that anyone would do that. I hope as you all came together with Cockygate, this TM will be resolved. So ridiculous!

  31. I think it's insanely ridiculous like pretty much everyone else in the book world. You can't claim a common word as yours alone.

  32. Words should not be trademarked and abused this way.

  33. I have the EBook and I'm loving the stories๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š❤ thanks so much for the opportunity!! It's sad that she is so insecure of her work๐Ÿ˜Ÿ✔

  34. I think its wrong and so horrible.

  35. Maria Theresa SantosJune 8, 2018 at 9:28 PM

    It's wrong

  36. This was a foolish undertaking. What could possibly have been going on to make her try to copyright something that would affect so many. I hope the whole situation gets straighten out.

  37. its just wrong . it is hurting everyone . I hope that everything coes out on the side of good

  38. It's wrong on so many levels. And behing all the ugliness, lays the beauty - all authors stepping together.

  39. It’s ridiculous that this has gone this far. I think it’s greedy and ugly. I’m so glad the book community has banded together to fight this!

  40. A lot of good has come out of the BS.... look how strong the Indie author community is. Look how we all stood up to fight back and protect our own. I'm proud to be a part of this community.

  41. I think it's a bunch of BS! Shouldn't be legal!

  42. I think TM'ing a common word and making other authors change the names of their books is absurd.

  43. It is wrong because it violates the 1st amendment but I love how the indie community has pulled together to fight it

  44. I think what she is doing is crazy and wrong! I'm glad these amazing authors are fighting her.

  45. The whole situation is insane.

  46. 1st amendment give us the right to free speech and also our right to read what we LOVE! As adults if we want to read erotica no one has the right to stop us or has the right to stop our voice of expression! #cockygate #freecocky #fightlikearomancereader

  47. TM'ing a common dictionary word especially one that has long been in use is beyond pure hubris.


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