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E-Piracy

My wife, who you all know as bestselling, award-winning paranormal author Desirée Lee, recently found several pieces of her work on yet another pirate site. This is very upsetting to us both. While it’s flattering, as an artist of any type, to have people want your work so badly, piracy is a crime. When someone downloads a book via a pirate site, the author receives to royalties from that. It’s not a book sale. It’s a book theft. There’s no other way of describing it.

When you download a book from a pirate site, everyone loses. The author loses the royalty money for what would’ve been sale. The publisher loses the money they’d have made from their cut of that book sale. Any sites or stores that would otherwise have sold that book loses the money they’d have made on that sale. And the person who made the illegal download has lost because they’re now a common criminal.

Please do not use pirate sites. Not now. Not ever. No one wins when you do. Everyone loses. Authors, like any artist, can’t do what we do without support. When you use pirate sites you’re yanking that financial support right out from under us. You’re telling us that you don’t care about us, our families, or our work. You don’t have the respect for us, or the decency, to actually buy our work. Instead, you’re simply stealing it.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Before Desirée Lee first mentioned  International Talk Like A Pirate Day to me a few years ago, I had never heard of it. Honestly, when she first brought it up, I thought she was joking. Even when I realized that she wasn’t, part of me still had trouble taking the concept seriously. Once the concept finally became fully accepted by my brain, I still found it hard to believe.

Now, though, with a few years to get used to the idea, I’ve gotten more into it. While I don’t dress up as a pirate for the day, I will toss out the occasional “Arrr!” or make the odd comment about booty – typically of a flirtatious innuendo-style toward Desirée. Ahem… I want us to get the entire “Pirates of the Caribbean” series on Blu-Ray, and marathon them for Talk Like A Pirate Day. My plan had been to do so for this year – get them, at least; there won’t be time in the schedule here on September 19th to watch that many films in one day. However, upon learning that a new installment in that film series is underway, I’ve held off on buying the series. I’m thinking a nice Blu-Ray box set containing all of the films would be good.

Anyway, I wanted to wish all of my fans and readers a happy and safe Talk Like A Pirate Day.

And, this is also a great time to get another plug in for the incredible work of Mr. Tom Smith. As I’ve mentioned in a recent blog post, Desirée and I may well be working with Tom Smith on a project in the fairly near future. Both of us love his work. One song of his is very pertinent to today. That song is, of course, “Talk Like A Pirate Day“. Click the link. Listen to the song. Enjoy. Laugh. Repeat.

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day, everyone!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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