Indian Country takes Cassie Edwards to task for her Indian-themed books.
I’ve never been a big fan of this romance sub-genre. While some may argue that all romance novels are boring and predictable, I obviously disagree with that generalization; however, I do find the Indian novels to mostly fit these adjectives. There simply isn’t anywhere new to go with them. These days I mostly prefer contemporary romances, though I still can be seduced by a good Regency, such as When She Said I Do by Celeste Bradley.
Anyway, I get what the article is saying, although I’m not sure that anyone’s opinion of Indians is going to be influenced by Ms. Edwards’ novels. I don’t think I’ve ever read one, though I did read Silken Savage by Catherine Hart (yes, another “savage”) way back when and liked it, but I doubt I’d like it now (I don’t even like TFATF now, because I’m not 14). I didn’t absorb any negative views about Indians from reading Ms. Hart’s novel, but then again I never believed that romance novels were anything but fantasy, including the parts about sex and relationships.
What was most interesting about the Indian Country’s article was the plagiarism angle — the article links both to a Daily Beast piece by Paul Tolme on ferrets, which I loved (poor ferrets!), and also a fab piece on one of my fave sites Smart Bitches Trashy Books detailing text similarities in books by Ms. Edwards to other sources. It’s all in a gloriously detailed PDF even Teacake can respect.
I avoid all plagiarism in my books by focusing on relationships rather than pesky content. Does anyone pick up a book with sexy half-naked people on it hoping to find info about FERRETS?