Jane Litte

Dear Author Ellora’s Cave Settlement; Guys Who Struggle With Coming Out; Vincent Price Bi-Sexual

Dear Author Ellora’s Cave Settlement

About a year ago I posted about a lawsuit between romance publisher, Ellora’s Cave, and small time mid-western romance book blogger, Jane Litte. I know most of you probably won’t care, but I like to follow up for my own sense of blog continuity.

Ellora’s Cave (the publisher) sued Jane Litte (the small blogger) for defamation . Last week there was an announcement they’d settled.

This e-mail from Ellora’s Cave has been making the rounds:

From: patty@ellorascave.com [ec_biz]
Date: Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 9:50 AM
Subject: [ec_biz] Settlement with Dear Author

We are pleased to announce that we have reached a settlement with Dear Author. The terms are confidential, so we will not be discussing that. We are very happy though to now put all of our time and efforts into Ellora’s Cave, the authors and staff without further distraction.
Thank you for your patience and support.
Patty Marks

With cases like this, very few ever know the terms of the settlement reached. I didn’t see a statement anywhere from the Dear Author camp…yet.

There’s really nothing to link to that doesn’t have strong bias (I don’t like to waste my time or yours on opinions and speculation by amateurs), so as they say, that’s a wrap for this one.

However, for those of you who aren’t sure what settlement means in defamation cases like this, here’s a link to a broad explanation I found with a simple search.

And, unrelated to the DA/EC case, this particular article about defamation law and free speech is helpful with respect to understanding how the process works. I would advise all bloggers to check this, and others like it, out.

Guys Who Struggle With Coming Out

This is really something that’s always been a serious issue. Some gay men are so “out” it’s not even possible for them to try to hide it. You can tell by the way they walk, or move their hands, or speak. If that’s a stereotype on my part, consider me guilty and call the PC police. It’s also a fact.

However, with most gay men that’s not the case and they struggle with coming out. In some cases, for many years. I think that’s what bothers me the most when I see glib so-called liberal straight people in book communities (not all) discussing gay men (they say we have so many options)…because in reality they don’t really know a thing about gay men, other than the twisted content they’ve read in novels written by non-gay people. And someone should tell them.

So here’s another set of memes where gay men make some very sad comments about being gay. 

“I probably hate being gay more than the people who hate me for being gay.” 

I think most gay men go through this, and most come out of it. But not all, and that’s where we need to work a little harder to show them there is hope.


You can check all the memes out here. 

Don’t be too surprised by them.

Vincent Price Bi-Sexual

It’s funny because I get this magazine in the mail called Reminisce. It was a gift from someone and the content is filled with retro articles that can range from old cars from the 1920’s to Halloween costumes of the 1970’s. In the most recent issue about Halloween, I spotted a photo of Vincent Price with two people from the 1970’s taking a photo in an airport, and in the caption I spotted a familiar name in the m/m romance community. As it turns out, the woman in the photo wasn’t the same one in the m/m romance community (I asked her), however, I’d always wondered if Vincent Price was gay…or bi-sexual…and if he was another Hollywood causality of his time.


Vincent Price’s daughter recently wrote a book and she gets into this topic very candidly. A quote from his daughter…

“But I would like to say something here because I might as well,” she continued. “I am as close to certain as I can be that my dad had physically intimate relationships with men. I know for 100 percent fact that my dad was completely loving and supportive of LGBT people.”

You can read the rest here. The book looks very good and she writes very well.

There are comments, too. The ONLY comments that bother me with pieces like this are the ones that say things like “it doesn’t matter,” or “who cares,” or even “sexuality is a non-issue.” That’s a difficult one for me because in my personal life I really don’t care if someone is gay or straight, however, people who make statements like that don’t “get” the broad scope…even if they have the best of intentions.

They don’t seem to understand that being gay isn’t just about sexuality. But most of all, there should be no shame associated with being gay (or LGBT+) and no reason to hide it, ever, from anyone. Not even if you were Vincent Price. So please don’t tell me it’s a non-issue and it doesn’t matter. In some cases it does matter. If Edie Windsor had thought being gay was a non-issue we might not have legalized gay marriage. Saying it doesn’t matter is an insult to all gay people everywhere.

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Did DearAuthor.com Lose Credibility? School Coach Fired For Hate Tweet About Pizza Jerks; Doris Day’s Last Visit With Rock Hudson

Did DearAuthor.com Lose Credibility?

One of the reasons why I rarely do book reviews here is because I’m a published author and a blogger.  As an author and blogger I don’t want my readers to think I’m in collusion with other authors or publishers to promote or solicit books. I also don’t want to cross the lines. I have always believed that reviews are for readers, not for authors. I think the last book I reviewed here was James Franco’s Actors Anonymous. I don’t know Franco, nor do I ever want to know him.

I also blog for free, without ads, because I believe the spirit in personal blogging is not for profit in a broad sense. The only books I promote here are my own. And most of the time I fall short in that department, too.

Rhetorically speaking, I couldn’t help wonder if the romance review site, DearAuthor.com, has lost credibility since the disclosure that the owner of the blog, a woman (I don’t believe in doxxing either) who goes by the pen name of “Jane Litte,” has been writing and getting New Adult genre books published under another pen name, “Jen Frederick.” What happened with “Jane Litte” and her disclosure about “Jen Frederick” goes quite a bit deeper than a pen name.

I’m not going to get into all that here, mainly because I’d like to remain objective. Most people already know the story and for those who don’t there are plenty of links out there with a simple search. This particular link to a blog titled The Passive Voice gets more involved, and there are comments you might find interesting…or not. 

I’m just wondering, once again rhetorically speaking, if any book review blog can continue to maintain the same credibility it once had after something like this. And, can the contributors associated with that blog continue to remain credible? There are no easy answers at this point. In many cases DearAuthor.com does more than just review books. I can’t add any personal comments here because I truly believe that only time will tell in this case.

We do tend to be a culture that forgives. It’s what we do.

 School Coach Fired For Hate Tweet About Pizza Jerks

This is an ironic twist, for certain. When the owners of Memories Pizza in Indiana made the announcement they would not cater a gay wedding because of their religious convictions, a high school coach tweeted something that got her fired.

She said: ‘Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me? Agree with #FreedomofReligion bill? “That’s a lifestyle they CHOOSE” Ignorant.’

The next day, Dooley told school officials about the tweet and how it was receiving negative attention online.

‘The promotion of harmful, illegal activity to Concord Schools’ students by a lay coach is unacceptable,’ Concord Community Schools’ Superintendant Wayne Stubbs said in a statement yesterday (21 April).

‘Concord Schools thanks Ms. Dooley for the services that she provided as a lay high school coach during the past few years.

‘She has learned a difficult lesson concerning the incorrect use of electronic communications. Unfortunately, too often electronic communications are sent without the sender fully appreciating the potentially harmful effect of that message.

I hate to speculate on things like this, but if you know Twitter and you know how people Tweet I would say the odds are that Dooley had no intentions of ever going anywhere with a torch in her hand. I would highly doubt she ever intended to harm anyone or anything, let alone burn down some trashy pizza joint no one cares about.

However, last night someone I follow posted a short video of himself practicing old west gun techniques. You know, how they spin the guns and throw them up in the air. That was all in fun, without political or social motivation. But the PC police sent him PMs attacking him for promoting guns and violence…which he was NOT doing at all.

The point is that you can’t trust anything anymore. Watch what you tweet, post, or put in writing anywhere online. Watch what you text or e-mail. It could wind up changing your life more than you thought it would.

You can read more about Dooley here. 

Doris Day’s Last Visit With Rock Hudson

Doris Day and Rock Hudson made many films together in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Hudson died of AIDS during the height of the AIDS epidemic and shocked the world when we discovered America’s leading man was actually gay. Doris Day has been out of the spotlight for probably more years than she was in it. Evidently, she’s 91 years old now and talking about her last visit with Rock Hudson.

‘He was very sick. But I just brushed that off and I came out and put my arms around him and said “Am I glad to see you,”‘ she tells People Magazine.

Even though he was dying of complications from AIDS during that final visit in 1985, Hudson kept his promise to appear in the premiere episode of Day’s new talk show.

‘He’d get very tired,’ she recalls of his visit to Carmel in California where she lives and where the show was taped.

‘I’d bring him his lunch and fix him a big platter but he couldn’t eat. I’d say “What if I get a fork and feed you” but he said “Doris I can’t eat.”‘

There’s more here, with a video of them both.