7 minutes ago ( 5:04 PM)
I saw that comment made about the phone threat. I'm glad you acknowledge that it's unsubstantiated. I'm skeptical myself. A rational person would've called the police, and the police would've told them not to engage with or bait the perp. Instead, she went on the internet to tell her friends and whip up hundreds of comments over it. In their own parlance, evidence, or it didn't happen.
I think the stop the gr bullies site was born of exasperation and frustration over a singularly nasty group of women who've appointed themselves the authorities on all things romance and romance-related publishing. They're quick to accuse, and just as quick to pretend their behavior is above reproach. Everyone else is guilty, they are always innocent. If someone outs them, it's a crime. If they out someone else, it's different. If an author they don't like questions a review, the entire mob turns out to virtually stone her. When one of them complains to a reviewer, it's justifiable.
I don't agree with everything the GR bullies site does, but I took a look at the Dear Author piece & commentary and I felt sick.
Behavior and words matter. How you conduct yourself matters. For every person you chase away with your dirty language and abusive rhetoric and meangirl mob tactics, there are a dozen more who watch silently and remove themselves from the conversation altogether. The real victim, ultimately, is the wider romance community, and that's a shame.