I know, I know. You can smack my hand if you feel the need. I’ve been very remiss in blogging. All I can say is, I’ve been busier that a three pecker puppy. Sorry, is that wrong to say? More about my bizzy-ness later.
I received a note from an author friend who I greatly admire, and it hit me that one of the great things about publishing in these times is the amount of support we get from other authors. Indie authors, in particular, are some of the most open, welcoming people you’ll ever meet. I think it may have something to do with a shared solidarity. Not necessarily US(indies) against THEM (traditional) but more of an Us for THEM- THEM being the READERS.
There’s a lot of angst in the traditional publishing business these days. I think they’re floundering, trying to figure out who suddenly staged a coup when they weren’t looking. I think they view indies as invaders. I kinda don’t think the indies care, though. We’re more concerned about what our readers think than anybody else.
Small presses also encourage a congenial atmosphere. They’ve had to do things differently to step out of the Traditional shadow and make a name for themselves. That means depending upon all aspects of your business (authors, editors, readers, reviewers) to build each other up. I really believe I’ve landed in an ideal situation for my publishing career. My owner at Decadent goes out of her way to promo my indie books, and I promo Decadent any chance I get, because of the great guidance I’ve received from her and the editors there. I genuinely believe I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for my experience with Decadent.
SO, on to the bizzy-ness, then I’ll tell you about some fantastic FREE books.
In July I released A Needful Heart . August 28th I released Tempt Me, Book 2 of The Awakening Society, and the culmination of the question I asked readers in Book 1 (which is now FREE!!)**** side note- Amazon decided to raise the price on TAS. Grrr. So, here are some links to other outlets where it IS free. Smashwords– Barnes and Noble– and at the time of this posting Kobo was down. Sorry about the inconvenience folks.**** September 21 I release Love On The Line through Decadent, and I also may release the first in my as-yet-unnamed wounded veteran series. I’m working on the second book of Love on the Line, and may have a Christmas story percolating as well. So you can understand why I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to my blog recently, right?
So, to make it up to you, I’m going to tell you about some awesome free books from indie authors I admire. They were the first taste of indie publishing I got, and made an incredible impact on me. Feel free to pass this information on.
Donna McDonald sent me the note that inspired this blog, and lucky for you she has a couple of free books you need to check out. Very different series’, but each wonderful in their own right.
Dating A Cougar in the Never Too Late series.
The Demon of Synar in the Forced to Serve series.
Masters at Arms in the Rescue Me series.
All three books are super fantastic and deserve to be read.
So, you’ve got 4 free books now if you follow the links! Happy reading and stayed tuned for more to come!
My book The Awakening Society is FREE today and tomorrow only! And it’s the last time it will be free.
This is a unique book, because reader participation determines the direction of Book 2. At the end of the Amazon Select contract, I will tally up votes on the poll on the front page of my website, and Book 2 will be released. Thank you so much for taking part in this! I’m actually very excited, because the responses I’ve been receiving have not been what I expected.
Tonya Hughes is bittersweet about her last
appointment for the Awakening Society. For twenty years she’s done her part to
shape the young men of Savannah into lovers any Southern woman would want. But
her time has come to an end. Unable to continue the line, she plans to ‘retire’
from the society, after one last Awakening.
To Harrison Walker, the appointment with
the statuesque brunette is everything he could ever hope for. A hot woman is
going to instruct him in the art of making love, and she promises to teach him
anything he wants. But when his emotions get involved, will he be able to walk
away the next day? And will she be able to let him?
I made a decision the other day. I pulled my book off of Smashwords and placed it with the Amazon Select Program.
This weekend it is FREE!!! But today is the last day!
So far, I’ve had more downloads than any of my other books. I got up to #15 on the free erotica list. I’m so tickled that people actually have my work in their hands and are potentially reading. I know a lot of people just pull books because they are free, but even if only a few read it and leave some kind of feedback, I’ll be excited.
Once the free days are over it goes back to $1.99.
Thanks to everybody that has downloaded it and left feedback on the site. You all are wonderful!
Well, The Awakening Society has been out 20 days exactly, and it is currently on a free promo. I’ve hit several free lists including #53 on the free erotica list US. UK I hit #29 so far and Germany has been the surprise. #7 free on the erotica list. Thanks Germany!
I’m so very excited that the book is moving the way it is. I thank all the readers that like free books! ;-D
NOTE– I climbed all the way up to #249 overall, and #15 on the erotica list. I was so very proud!
NOT for readers under 18. Contains explicit language and sexual situations.
Tonya Hughes is bittersweet about her last appointment for the Awakening Society. For twenty years she’s done her part to shape the young men of Savannah into lovers any Southern woman would want. But her teaching has come to an end. Unable to continue the line, she plans to ‘retire’ from the Society, after one last Awakening.
To Harrison Walker, the appointment with the statuesque brunette is everything he could ever hope for. Tonya is going to instruct him in the art of making love, and she promises to teach him anything he wants. But when his emotions get involved, will he be able to walk away the next day?
And will she be able to let him?
I’m so excited! After much fretting and frustration, my first self-pubbed book is live! I can’t thank Donna McDonald
and Maddie James
enough for helping me out! I owe you girls lunch!
You can find the book here:
This book is a little different, in that I’m allowing the reader to guide Book 2. In the back of the first book are two excerpts for the beginning of Book 2. They get to decide which one they want to see by following the link to my site and voting on the poll I have posted. I’m super excited to see the results!