Saturday, 31 December 2016

When publishers cheat...

Love reading but don’t like what’s been going on with small publishers cheating authors? You can help support your favourite authors and it's easy!

Romance ebooks are hot sellers, so there are lots of small publishing houses. However, we’ve seen an awful lot of very nasty dealings.

Good companies take a share of the profits (usually 30 - 50% for ebooks) and in return, they help by editing a book, providing publicity and sometimes making cover art. They sell the book, do the accounts and hand the royalty to the author.

But this is what happens when things aren't right:
  • Publishing houses can declare they’re closing at any time, and may not even give notice.
  • Troubled publishing houses often just stop paying royalties, and as only they know what they’ve sold, authors may not even know what they’re owed.
  • Publishing houses often demand books rights. When they go bust, they can sell these to a third party - which means authors aren't paid AND they lose the rights to their own books!
If you want to see examples, check out: Torquere Press, Ellora's Cave, All Romance eBooks, and Silver Publishing.

So what can you do? Me, I prefer to pay for editing, publicity and cover art myself. I keep all my book rights and sell through online shops. It means I pay a lot to produce my work and I'm essentially a one-woman band. It makes it harder but it's less risky.

I sell via Smashwords, Amazon US, Amazon UK, B&N, iTunes and other companies.

Of all the shops I work with, I love Smashwords most.  Mark Coker, the owner, is a decent bloke who likes books and authors. He’s honest, straightforward and easy to work with.

Unlike many other companies, Smashwords will work with authors from all over the world. And he pays authors by Paypal, which operates all over the world too. Smashwords empowers authors and gives everyone a chance.

As a readers, you can buy Smashwords books for your Kindle, for your iPad, for your Android - anything you want, you can have.

To help support your favourite author ask them who they love to work with. Follow their blog or Facebook page so that if they suddenly have publishing problems, you'll hear about it quickly.



Also, write a review!  Just a few words are enough! "I loved it!"


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Friday, 30 December 2016

Jillian's Touch by Jax Jillian


Jillian's Touch
By Jax Jillian
Release Date: December 27th 2016


 Jillian's Touch takes readers on a journey with Nathan Long as he struggles to find Jillian, the mysterious woman who wrote him a love letter. After a near-fatal motorcycle accident, Nathan Long has received a second chance at turning his life around.  Battling depression since his parents were killed several years ago, Nathan feels lucky to be alive.  With the support of his friends, shrink, and a new girlfriend Stephanie, Nathan feels ready to move on from the suicidal thoughts and reckless behavior that was consuming his life.    But when he receives a letter from a woman named Jillian claiming to be the love of his life, Nathan's focus turns to finding out who she is, and if she is in fact real.     When Nathan finally finds Jillian, he learns that the circumstances surrounding their time together are beyond anything he could ever imagine. 
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Jax Jillian

Jax Jillian was born in Albuquerque, NM but before she turned a year old, her parents moved east to Harrisburg, PA where she was raised. After graduating high school in 1995, Jax attended La Salle University (1999, B.A., Communication), Temple University (2001, M.Ed, Sport & Recreation Administration), and Central Pennsylvania College (2005, A.A.S, Physical Therapist Assistant). She settled in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and son before she became a writer. Jax found a passion for motion pictures at a young age when she remembers “getting lost” in films, and that passion ultimately led her down the path to writing. she loves “getting lost” in her writing and particularly loves writing heartfelt love stories with a touch of tragedy which she believes is the key to truly reaching readers. Jax is the author of Larkin’s Letters and Ryan’s Letters, two contemporary romance novels that have seen early success from reviewers, with both averaging 4.8/5 stars on Amazon and Goodreads. She is currently writing her third novel and aspires to write a screenplay one day. When not writing, she works full time as a physical therapist assistant and as a mom to her three-year-old son.

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Thursday, 29 December 2016

Blog Tour ♥ Helpless by AJ Adams (Jan 10 - 12)

Helpless
By AJ Adams

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I opened the boot, and at the sight of the girl, Crush began grinning. “Hey, is that for me, too?”
“You can go fuck yourself!” The little tart blew up instantly. “You evil bastard, let me go!”
“Whoo! I like her!”
Crush is a man who enjoys performing to the stereotypical outlaw biker image. This time I could see he meant it, and so did the girl. She opened her mouth, spotted Crush’s cut and went very quiet.
“You can’t have her. She’s my collateral.” I pulled her towards me, snapped through her ankle ties with the box cutter and threw her over my shoulder. She muttered furiously, but she’d stopped fighting. I could feel her raise her head and look over the crowd of gathering Disciples. She shivered and went limp. I guess she didn’t like the look of the party.
Crush was still curious. “Collateral for what?”
“Alistair’s man took my Busa.” 
“You’re shitting me!”


Fracas Macintyre has been in and out of trouble all her life but this time it’s worse than ever. In debt to a loan shark, she’s caught up in a war between the Alistairs, nicknamed The Irish Mob, and Belial’s Disciples, England’s nastiest MC. Kidnapped and at the mercy of Caden Winslow, Fracas is convinced that life is going to get very nasty indeed. 

Caden Winslow is an ex soldier used to taking care of business. When an Alistair henchman steals his beloved Busa, he simply takes one of theirs hostage and expects a simple trade will solve the problem. However, Caden is about to be pulled into a war.

Warning: This book contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence and sex.

 






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I live in Malaysia with Tom, my best friend for 25 years and married for almost as long. Aside from writing fiction, I write columns and features for newspapers and magazines.
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It Started with a Kiss By Melanie Moreland

  Title: It Started with a Kiss 
By: Melanie Moreland
Publication Date: January 23, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Designer: Monark Designs

 
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It started with a kiss. Then it became so much more. Love at first sight. Avery Connor doesn’t believe in it. But what about love at first kiss? A favor for a friend. Kiss a stranger and walk away. But what if that favor, and that stranger, prove to be the turning point of her life? What if that kiss leads to something more? Dr. Daniel Stewart is certain it will. He is determined to make her see him. To feel what he feels. To have the effects of that kiss last forever. A story about taking a chance, opening your heart to the moment, and falling in love.
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New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them. 
While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip. 
  Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines to her, often with a large glass of wine keeping her company.
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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

New Teasers For Helpless by AJ Adams

A few months ago I set a new cover for Helpless and of course that impacted on teasers. So I've been making some new ones - and editing some old ones!

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

My Secret Possession by JM Witt


My Secret Possession (Kinkyfodder Chronicles #2)
By J.M. Witt
Release Date: January 31, 2017

   
Heather McDonald.  He saved me, my son, when I was destitute and barely able to make ends meet.  I’m a dutiful wife, a working mom, but even my job was something he gave me.  I owe him the world, I owe him my devotion, I owe him the truth... I don’t love him anymore, not sure I ever did.
Jared wants me to choose, I need to choose, but he needs to choose, too.  If only it was that simple.
Meredith Nichols.  I’m happy, I’m independent, I’ve come so far.  But I feel like I’m losing the man who helped me discover myself, my soul, my happiness, my purpose outside of being a mom.  Can Gregor and I find our way back to each other or will Jared become more than a distraction?
I want Gregor to choose, he needs to choose, but I need to choose, too.  If only it was that simple.
I am his secret, his serenity.   I am his submissive. He was My Secret Possession.

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My Secret Submission (Kinkyfodder Chronicles #1)
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A new standalone novel about a taboo romance. Forbidden desires, stolen moments, and secret submissions just the beginning.
My submission, Your demand Your wish, My command
Meredith Nichols. I’m the epitome of a good wife and a good mom. I’m President of the PTA, I volunteer in my children’s classrooms, and I moonlight as a freelance editor for romance authors. No one suspects what secret desires lurk below the surface, except my husband. I’ve openly tried to persuade him to join me in my fantasies, but he’s refused over and over again.
Then, I met Gregor Thompson. Our worlds collided one fateful day and there was no turning back. He’s a mystery, intriguing, dominant, and has the same struggles at home that I do. He’s opened my mind to the possibility that my fantasies can indeed be met and that he’s the man to mentor me. He’s infiltrated my brain and seems to know my wants and needs before I express them.
It’s time to be who I was meant to be, get what I want, what I need, and forget what society thinks. I’m going to let Gregor take me on a journey of self-discovery to places most are unwilling to go. We all have a public life, a private life, and a secret life… He would be mine.
He was my safe place. He was my secret escape. He was my Sir. He was My Secret Submission.
J.M. Witt

Residing in Metro Detroit, International Bestselling Author J. M. started writing poetry and short stories as a young girl. Rediscovering her love of reading, after having her fourth child, she started writing again. She also works full time as an Office Manager for a large landscaping company. Letting Go, her first publication, was released in December 2013 and My Secret Submission, her 9th, was published in May 2016. She enjoys music, time with friends, sarcasm, concerts, spending time with her children and husband, traveling, and getting lost in a good book. And if you ask nicely, she might show you her flogger and let you sample it.
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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Hunt (Howl, #2) by D.S. Wrights & Lilith Dark

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HUNT (Howl #2)
By D.S. Wrights & Lilth Dark
Release Date: January 3rd 2017

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After her family trip ends up to be her biggest nightmare combined with deepest desire, Lia has to find her place in a world she never imagined to be possible. While she is trying to fit in and connect with the werewolves that have taken her, Lia realizes that tapping into the locked away part of her is more difficult than she thought. And then there is the fact that an unknown and new for her threat is putting her on a leash, when all she wants is to know if her brother and father have survived.
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 What was supposed to be an extended family camping trip turns horribly wrong.
All Liala wanted for her 21st birthday is to reconnect with her long dead mother at the place her parent's met and they used to visit until her death. Despite an old woman's warning the camp of her extended family and friends is eventually set up at a secluded little piece of paradise... and right in the middle of the local were-wolf pack's territory. Howl is a horror/paranormal/erotica story and contains topics that are not suitable for minors or the fainthearted, such as gore, non-con, and borderline interaction.
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D.S. Wrights was born and raised mostly in Germany. She speaks three languages fluently: English, German and Dutch. Her name is a pen name and she describes writing as her passion and calling.Two short stories were published during high school, one as a school project and one in a regional newsletter. Later she worked at a publishing house where she earned insight into the work, process and production of publishing books.In the last few years she has published several fan fictions to which the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. The Beast And Me is her first published novel. D.S. hasn't always written stories like The Beast And Me and she is still writing stories from all kinds of genres that do not have horror aspects or are targeting adults only. Those stories are published with under a different name. So if you like her writing style but not really the genre, you might want to check out her other books, which soon will be published.Her name actually is a play on words and language. D.S. is put together from the initials of her internet name and Wrights simply has the same sound as writes. Before writing she prefers to bring herself in the right mood for the story, listening to specific songs, reading through what she has written before and especially talk about the story with friends and fans. So feel free to write to her.
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