Brina’s Brants

Brina’s Rants

Brina’s Brant: Facebook Blocked my Rent Me link again.

This is really getting old. I don’t bother or hurt anyone, but I have enemies who hate me and my Rent Me series. This has been an on going issue with Facebook. Someone reported Amazon’s Rent Me link and it’s deemed as a security risk. SECURITY RISK???? An Amazon link is not a security risk.

I found a great review on Rent Me today, so I posted the review and I wanted to add the link. That’s how I found out. Who are these enemies? Why me?

Anyway, here is the awesome review for Rent Me.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to this series!
By Lisa Con December 12, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved Rent Me! This story revolves around the lives of Brennen, an escort, and Dimitri and Mischa, two brothers from Russia who juggle around their love, power and muscle to keep Brennen safe (mostly from himself!). Dimitri, who is fourteen years older than Bren, is everything to him. Father figure, daddy, lover, Dom, and closest confidant. Mischa, also loves and cares for Brennen, and will discipline Bren when he steps out of line. He disapproves of his brother and Bren’s relationship, but will reluctantly tolerate it because he loves them both. Brennen has had a horrible childhood and these two brothers want to do right by him. The funny thing is, Bren really deserves the discipline. His heart is in the right place all the time but he never thinks about the consequences of his poorly made decisions until it’s too late. And … every time, Dmitri and/or Mischa are there to bail him out.

I couldn’t help but feel bad for Bren because his self esteem and confidence was almost non existent ~ he was abused and neglected from such a young age and his story broke my heart ~

“… hiding under his covers at home to avoid everyone seemed like a worthy idea. People only hurt him. Why couldn’t this man love me? What was so wrong with me that no one wanted me? Not even my own mother.”

This story has everything; mild BDSM, passion, humor, angst and love, all in equal parts. The attention to detail throughout the whole book gave my minds eye the perfect visual to navigate the pages of this enchanting story. I highly recommend this book and I’m looking forward to starting the second one in the series just to see what mischief and trouble Bren gets himself into and what Dmitri and Mischa need to do to bail him out … again!

Rent Me is the first book in the Rent Me Series.
Own Me is book 2.
Make Me is book 3.

For Me is the Christmas story for the Rent Me series.

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Facebook Rant!

For no reason at all, Facebook had suspended me from posting in all groups until Nov. 21st. This means I can’t promote my new release in the Book Promotion groups.  This affects the success of my new book.

I followed all the group rules and I joined groups that FB suggested to me.

There are no RULES for posting and joining groups. Apparently FB is going over the heads of the promotion group owners and casting some members aside with no excuse or reason.

 

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What constitutes joining too many groups?  Facebook has no written information on this nor do they tell anyone in writing how fast or slow you must post during the intervals.  Is locking a person up in FB going to get the message to us?

What is the message?

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I’m being treated like a spammer. I am not a spammer. I joined groups that allow me to post my book promo. I follow the group rules.

What the hell is going on here?

I found this petition on Change.org.

For the past few weeks, we have found our book community being banned from posting in book groups. Groups that have been created for the purpose of book promotions. Groups that are asking for book links, author promotions, author services, book related events and giveaways.

Authors are being banned because they write romance? A New York Times Best Selling Author was told that she writes porn and therefore was banned. Where are rules and restrictions of this policy?

Since when are authors not allowed to promote themselves on Facebook? Since when did Facebook start censoring romance books? Is Facebook taking a stand against authors, street teams, book promotions, personal assistants and the entire book community?

People are being blocked with no explanation or warning. People’s livelihoods are being affected because Facebook has decided to ban without a reason or explanation. What are the violations? What are the rules? Help us understand.

There has been plenty of porn videos popping up all over the place. In fact two were reported from two different people only for it to come back from the review team that it didn’t go against your restrictions. Since when is deep throating acceptable on Facebook but romance novels are being ostracized?

You give your members an option to create groups. There are groups for everything including BDSM communities for example. Since when did Facebook make the decision to start banning book related activity? This has never been a problem before. In fact the description in most of the book groups, will state what is acceptable to post.

Unless we’ve missed something, there is no announcement from Facebook that has stated that book advertising is not allowed or anything remotely along those lines . So as a book community we would really like some answers as to what the violations are, how to avoid them and the new changes that Facebook has implemented without informing its members. To just ban members without warning for two weeks is absolutely unfair, especially when there is so much unethical goings on throughout the entire website.
Thank you

The Entire Book Community

Please sign this.

https://www.change.org/p/mark-zuckerberg-is-facebook-against-authors-who-write-romance

 

Brina’s BRants #1

Good Afternoon,
Today, I got an email from a blogger who said she could not find a reviewer for me. She tried two reviewers and both had DNF. I thought that it was very nice of her NOT to post a horrible review. This person did not want to destroy my career as a new budding author. I thanked her for that. However, there are some reviewers who aim to destroy. Not everyone will like everything and I get that. But to seek to destroy is not professional.

But once again, my point about never asking for a review from a Blogger has been reinforced. My books are not for the mainstream and even within my own genre; there are readers that want perfect characters. I don’t write about perfect characters. I like to show their character flaws and their growth through the book.

As far as the BDSM purist go, I find their books boring. All perfect Doms and subs. Really? How many perfect people do you know? These people believe you have to write a Dom with no flaws. Really? How boring is that? I write about real people with flaws but who grow. Sometimes a character falls in love and is willing to do whatever it takes to have their love returned regardless if they have the PROPER character traits that these BDSM purists believe must exist.

Just don’t read my books if you want the same theme, Dom, and sub in your stories.