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Monday, 18 November 2013

The Great Werewolf Sex Scandal

Nebraska author Erin R. Flynn, who writes “gay erotic paranormal romance” under the pen name Joyee Flynn, is suing her Texas-based publisher in a contract dispute.


She has asked a federal judge in Omaha to rule that Siren-BookStrand (“quality erotic romance for the sophisticated reader”) does not own the copyright to a pair of books that Flynn self-published this year: “Trapped and Boiled: UPAC Sagas, Freaks and Rejects No. 1” and “Gideon: Resistant Omegas No. 12.”
The stories feature amorous encounters involving shapeshifters and werewolves, among other plot turns.

The stories feature amorous encounters involving shapeshifters and werewolves, among other plot turns.
In an answering brief, Siren said Flynn's lawsuit is premature because her contracts require arbitration as the first step to settle a dispute. Siren has filed a separate lawsuit against Flynn in Texas.Flynn started writing fiction in 2002 and has written 89 books for Siren since 2010, according to the lawsuit. She said she typically writes 15,000 words a day and can finish a book in a week or two.
Flynn submitted a manuscript for “Gideon” on June 1, but an editor at Siren wanted to market the book under a different imprint, so she withdrew it from consideration.On June 30, Flynn shipped the manuscript for “Trapped and Boiled.” But she objected to changes proposed by her editor, so she withdrew that one, too.
Flynn said she never signed a contract for either book. Instead, she self-published the books on Amazon.com.
Siren's lawyers sent Flynn a notice that she had breached her contract.Then, after Flynn filed her lawsuit, Siren Publisher Diana DeBalko, who goes by Amanda Hilton, sent a takedown notice to Amazon.com asserting copyright over the books. The titles are no longer available online.

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