Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling

JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, pulled a fast one on the book-buying public. She secretly published a book under the name Robert Galbraith called The Cuckoo’s Calling:

JK Rowling has secretly written a crime novel under the guise of male debut writer Robert Galbraith.

The Harry Potter author was acclaimed for The Cuckoo’s Calling, about a war veteran turned private investigator called Cormoran Strike.

The book had sold 1,500 copies before the secret emerged in the Sunday Times. Within hours, it rose more than 5,000 places to top Amazon’s sales list.

Rowling said she had “hoped to keep this secret a little longer”.

The author described “being Robert Galbraith” as a “such a liberating experience”.

Some military folks online have been claiming Stolen Valor, in that Robert Galbraith was not a veteran as claimed. And JK banked on the military’s good name to generate sales. Of course, when it came out who really wrote the book, sales skyrocketed. I especially like how certain publishers (Kate Mills, editor at Orion Books) turned the manuscript down.

An Active-Duty Eagle Protects Her Military

Lil Chantilly, of Heels and Handguns, is often on the prowl with her eagle-eyed vision, looking for folks with no common-sense when it comes to treating the military properly. And she found an article on a major no-no, in (of all places) Old Navy:

Aaron Bennett’s beef with Old Navy

Army veteran Aaron Bennett says he was banned from an Old Navy store in Jacksonville, Florida, after he pointed out a teen employee improperly wearing a Marine Corps uniform dress jacket complete with rank insignia, ribbons and a weapons badge, reported Wednesday.

Bennett, who comes from a military family, knows that United States Code makes it illegal “to falsely represent oneself as having received any U.S. military decoration or medal.” The law making that illegal is known as the Stolen Valor Act.

One customer, Tacinta Connor, was quoted as saying she was no longer going to shop at Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, or Piperlime. That won’t be a problem for me. I never ventured into those places anyway.

Phony Hero or Absentminded Chief Master Sergeant?

Stolen Valor cases make me both angry and queasy. And then there is the story of Retired Chief Master Sgt. Richard Ortega. Is it Stolen Valor? Quite possibly. Or stupidity? Is there a difference? Either way, it’ll be tough on his daughter, Rachael Ortega Bateman, who wrote the book My Hero … My Dad: Echoes from the Battlefield. Phony heroes do not inspire book sales.