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Regarding Dreamspinner Press

As a few other blogs, albeit it far bigger and with way more influence than my wee one, have spoken out, I felt I should also do the same.



I stopped requesting books to review directly from Dreamspinner Press a few months ago. I have, since then, published a few reviews/blog tours of authors still publishing there.

My decision for doing so were twofold:

One because it was a new author, and the request came via a PR company who I have a great friendship with and I didn’t want to let them down when this was a tour they’d accepted prior to a lot of the shit kicking off.

The second was directly via the author themselves, again prior to more of the disclosure about just how deep the mire was that DSP was leaving authors in.

I will continue to support all authors who have taken back their rights from DSP, especially with promotional work to get the word spread that their books are back on sale and available again. I will continue to support hybrid authors who are publishing work away from DSP.

This situation has not come out of nowhere. I’ve heard rumblings and rumours for at least 18 months, if not longer, in some quarters but 2019 has seen it reach a level which I can no longer ignore.

Authors aren’t being paid their royalties. That’s no-one’s fault but Dreamspinner Press. I don’t know what happened to those royalties.

I’ve put my two penno’th in across the internet, on both Facebook and my Twitter accounts, but I’d not made an offical Mirrigold: Mutterings & Musings blog statement.

So there it is.

I’m only a tiny blog but here’s what I’ve done regarding “Santino Hassell”

For those who may not be aware, the shit really hit the fan in the MM Romance Community this week over the author known as “Santino Hassell”.

For more infos read this lot:

Publishers Statements:

Riptide | Dreamspinner


SaltMiners Tumblr Post 2
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Susan’s Goodreads Status

Kat’s Goodreads Review

Nikki’s Twitter Moments

Sakura’s Twitter 

Xen’s Twitter

Xen’s Blog about Riptide

Courtney Milan’s Twitter Comment

What I’ve Done

Now, anyone who has ever followed my blog knows that I have reviewed and rated pretty much all the books written by this person, and those they co-wrote with Megan Erickson, and they were among my most favourite reads within the genre.

Up until the beginning of this week I was still believing the “author” when they claimed they were being “doxed” by a disgruntled and bitter ex-fan and had PMed their agent to let them know about comments which were being left on reviews on Goodreads regarding the author.

However, when I saw that among the claims was that the author had claimed they were suffering from liver cancer and had received donations to help “pay for treatment”, my suspicions began to raise.

See my beloved mum died just three short weeks after she got her liver cancer diagnosis in 2014 at the stupidly early age of just 66. I KNEW that the liver cancer fatality rate is generally within five years of diagnosis – outside of receiving a transplant.

I went off to  investigate and found all of the above – and then some. Go look people, it’s all out there.

Therefore, my little act of support, is to have removed all reviews and ratings for books “written” by this author and those co-written with Megan Erickson. That includes on Amazon and on Goodreads also.

I don’t care what equipment you’ve got between your legs, but if you catfish, gaslight, manipulate, lie and cheat, then you’re damn right I’m going to take action, no matter how small.

Awesome letter to David Prescott, the Labour candidate in Gainsborough

Posted with the permission of the letter’s author Keziah via David Prescott’s blog here:

This morning, I received this email from a woman called Keziah which went some way to answering my question.

I print it in full here in the hope that you see what she has to say and hopefully provide an answer.

Dear David,

A month ago you stood as a candidate in my constituency of Gainsborough.

I didn’t vote for you.

Why would you be interested in this? Because I should have voted Labour. I am from a background that would traditionally vote Labour.

Working-class, left-wing, of a generation that grew up under the Tories and understood how destructive that was.

Like much of the country, I woke up on the 8th of May disbelieving, angry and scared. But I didn’t vote for my Labour candidate. Why not?

My concerns about the current government (and the previous one, in coalition with the Lib-Dems) were about their callous treatment of the ordinary people of Britain, and their blatant disregard for human life.

Coupled with this has been a rhetorical and media campaign designed to dehumanise and demonise vast swathes of society – amongst whom benefit claimants and migrants. And a bunch of lies about the economic situation.

I read the Labour party manifesto. Did it challenge the lies? The myth of the deficit and that the only way to clear it would be to make cuts – to the NHS, to the welfare state, to the ordinary services of the people of Britain? No it did not.

I see that Labour is still failing to challenge these lies, lies which are disproved repeatedly by top economists. Instead it is jumping on the Tory bandwagon and talking about benefit ‘scroungers’ and the like. Why?

I’m concerned, in the aftermath of the election, as Labour licks its wounds and candidates consider why they didn’t get votes, that you may have been listening too much to the right-wing media campaigns, the ones that say you lost because you were too left-wing. That’s not true. You lost because you were too far to the right.

With your meek and watery acceptance of Tory lies and rhetoric you lost your left-wing voters. But you didn’t gain the right-wingers, who will always prefer Tory. In one group of which I am a member, a poll showed that 96% of people thought that Labour are too right-wing.

Voters don’t trust you because you don’t challenge the Tory propaganda. Why is this? Do you think that we have spaghetti for brains and believe all that stuff? Or are you actually morally on a par with the Tories? Neither of those stances will get you votes.

I would urge you and your fellow Labour party members to take this into account, as you regroup and choose your leader.

This is what lost you votes which, when I was growing up, would have safely belonged to Labour.

You’re not an effective opposition because you’re not opposing. Please do see this email as constructive feedback – yes, there is some criticism, but only because I’m seriously concerned that the Labour party has been out of touch with the electorate.

With very best wishes,


An open letter to everyone who voted Conservative yesterday and why you should hesitate before you pat yourself on the back.

some interesting views, please take the time to read it.

Wilsher 's Blog

To everyone who voted conservative yesterday,

I hope you’re happy. Actually that’s a lie, I really don’t. But before you sit smugly down and give yourself a big pat on the back I’d like to ask you a few questions.

Do you think you haven’t benefitted from the system you are currently trying to break down? As a child, did you ever go to hospital? Have you had an education? Did you ever use a library? Have you ever been on a bus? If so, you have benefited from a system which subsidises facilities with taxes. And now you have, you are willing to take it away from everyone after you. Correct me if I’m wrong but that doesn’t seem very fair. You cannot have socialism and a support system when you need it but then be unwilling to support it for other people.

Now if you are someone who…

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Disappointed, dismayed and disgusted

The UK voting as explained Game of Thrones style

The UK voting as explained Game of Thrones style

So, people of the UK (Scotland excepted cos you returned 56 SNP MPs), this is what I think after Thursday’s General Election.

well thanks, a majority of the people of the UK, for demonstrating that you’re sadly a bunch of selfish twats mostly concerned with keeping as much money in your own pockets as you can and bugger anyone who isn’t lucky enough or healthy enough or educated enough to be in a position to do the same.

As someone whose currently registered disabled, thanks for nothing, you just made my life a whole lot harder.

Thanks for giving in to the fear mongering of the right wing dominated mainstream media and believing all the shit you were peddled on the economy and immigration.

But well done to Scotland, irrespective of the colour of the MPs you voted in, you demonstrated an impassioned and energised electorate willing to get out there and vote for something you believe in. I salute you and I’m looking at house prices up in Mallaig as we speak 😉

And PS: A real thanks this time to those on my friends list who thankfully, with only a couple of minor exceptions (mostly the Scottish contingent and a few true Blue Tories who are still decent human beings 😉 ) have had the same reaction as I have this morning: dismay, disappointment and disgust.

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