Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A note about Facebook's Systemic Racism and Misogyny...

Perhaps you have heard that many companies will be boycotting Facebook this month in an effort to push the company to better manage its platform.

The latest revelation is that ads with white supremacist language and hashtags were allowed on the platform in droves.

In *droves*.

Not an accident. 

Approval. 

At scale.

Meanwhile, did you know that romance authors (mostly women) can lose their ad accounts if they use the word kiss or romance in an ad? Bare shoulders, a light embrace...all denied and flagged and occasionally used to justify shutting down author ad accounts. Sometimes Facebook flags our links to book retailers and shuts us down for that.

I and other authors have had ridiculous amounts of harassment from Facebook over ads for romance and fantasy books.

The harassment is constant.

(Clearly authors should've been creating products for white supremacists, that's the green light apparently.)

I've learned to work around it, (and I even teach authors how to do that too), but it's weird since Zuckerberg is a self identified free speech absolutist.

On Facebook, women can't write about love, but men can pimp white supremacy.

Let me say that again, but louder...

ON FACEBOOK, WOMEN CAN'T WRITE ABOUT LOVE, BUT MEN CAN PIMP WHITE SUPREMACY.

I actually didn't ever think all the ad harassment was sexist until I realized that white supremacists (largely men) were allowed to trade on hate undeterred. I can't unsee it now.

So I absolutely support the boycott, but as a small business I can't afford to join it. Not yet. (Okay, and no, Facebook would not even notice if I stopped giving them money. I'm so tiny compared to the big brands pushing the boycott.)

But I did want to say, Black Lives Matter and NAACP receive monthly donations from me and those are directly funded by the work I do on Facebook. Weaponize their mistakes, right?

However, I will be working to grow other marketing outlets so that I can participate in a boycott like this in the future. It'll take some time, but this is a major priority now. I can't be subject to another company's crappy problems without recourse. I need to build my own lifeboat.

It's really frustrating though to see this happening. Facebook built an amazing platform that has been a boon to small business unlike any other in the modern era, but then they filled their operating system with systemic racism and misogyny. 

If they don't change, I won't be there.

COMMENT POLICY: Keep it civil. This is my house. I don't come spew things on your feed, right? No memes. Comments will be moderated because there's always someone who doesn't get it and doesn't want to get it and wants to be sure we all know it, but I'm not hosting that.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Chosen by the Alien Commander by Nicole Zoltack


Picked for her brain. Chosen for her body. Is it possible for love to enter the picture?




Werewolves Only by Carrie Pulkinen


In the shadows of New Orleans, 
demons are on the hunt. Can Macey, with her special gift, solve the case? She’s tried to put the past out of her mind, but the scars remain. Macey may be emotionally damaged, but her brilliant mind, and gift of sense, make her a top detective. This case, though, has one problem… Someone is stealing the evidence.




Hunted by Erica Woods


For eighteen years I’ve suffered at the hands of the Hunters. For eighteen years they’ve done their best to break me, to tear me open and unleash the terrifying monster that lives within. 
Until the day they go too far.




Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Shifters of Ashwood Falls: Collector's Bundle by Lia Davis


There comes a time when setting your differences aside isn’t just necessary, it’s a means of survival. After losing over half of their dens to a group rogue shifters, the wolves and leopards merged as one Pack, but living together is much more of a challenge then they expected...





Grizzly Lover CD Gorri

Teresa Witherspoon has been on the run for the past two years. She’s traveled across the country and back again fearing the day her father and his henchmen find her and her son. Caring for Thomas has kept her going this far, but when an accident leaves her hospitalized she has no choice but to call the one person she swore to stay away from.

Will the Grizzly Bear Shifter she’d once loved help her in her time of need?


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