FYI – Housekeeping

I’m doing some cleanup on my catalog. Lots of updated covers for older series to make it more clear that they are part of a series. I’ve also moved several titles that are fantasy/paranormal into a separate pen name – Ember Frost – to make things easier on all of us since they don’t really fit well with my main catalog. This includes:

Cinderella: The Wicked Truth
Claiming Princess Kailen
Sidonie’s Tale
Richelle’s Tale
Captive of the Beast Men
Prey of the Beast Men

I’m considering moving the Professor Feversham series under that pen name as well, but haven’t made up my mind yet. I’ve changed the pricing on the Babysitter Diaries stories to 99 cents and the bundle to $2.99. Depending on how it works at that price, it may be a permanent thing.

Speaking of price, I know a lot of people complain about spending $2.99 on short erotica. There’s a reason it commands a premium. The distributors – Amazon, B&N, Google, iTunes, Kobo – do not like erotica. It makes a lot of money for them, but they don’t like it and they hammer the people who publish it every chance they get. Having erotica titles in your catalog means that you are at risk every single day of having titles blocked or your account shut down.

At least once a month someone decides to arbitrarily change their nonexistent content guidelines and block stories. In August B&N shut down my publishing account which I’d had with them since 2011. Why? Because they didn’t like the titles on some of my books. Anything with babysitter or virgin in them was declared to be in violation without any warning. So my account got shut down because of the titles of some books which I’d had published with them since 2011 and 2012. Mind you, it wasn’t the *content* of the stories which was a problem – it was just the *titles*. I’ve since republished 95% of my books on B&N through an aggregator service by changing those offending titles, but it has cost me I don’t even want to think about how many thousands of dollars in lost sales over the last six months. Plus now I have to keep up with separate copies of covers/books for B&N because the titles are now different than for everyone else.

And this sort of thing happens constantly.  I’ve got something like 20-30 blocked books on Amazon because someone arbitrarily decided that something in the title or text violated their “about what you’d expect” imaginary content guidelines. There are 37 blocked on Kobo. I gave up keeping track on iTunes. And every time this happens it has an impact on my sales and income. When iTunes blocked Taking Kelsey, the first (free) story in the Preacher’s Virgin Daughters series, it cut my income on their site by about a third. They left all the other books in the series, but without the first book sales on the rest tanked and dropped to almost nothing.

That risk is why erotica stories cost more. People publishing Regency romance or post-apoc zombie stories don’t have to deal with these issues, and don’t risk their livelihoods every time they hit “Publish” on a new title.

Advertisements

Relentless now available

200x300

Seth Garrett didn’t look like a teacher. His short, medium-brown hair was mussed as though he ran his fingers through it—probably from frustration with me. Deep set, green-gray eyes regarded the world with weary cynicism from a face that was too hard, too angled, to be classically handsome. Ever since I’d moved into his class in January I’d spent hours memorizing the stark lines and planes of that face, until I could see it perfectly in my mind. There wasn’t a girl at school who hadn’t sighed over him, and fantasized about him at least a little.

But I was the one who was going to get him.

I wasn’t supposed to want her. I didn’t want to want her. I was her teacher, she was my student, and the whole situation was a disaster in the making. I should have gone to someone for help. I should have had her transferred to another class. I should have kept my temper and libido firmly in check when she was in the room. But I didn’t do any of those things. Maybe it was because forbidden fruit really is the sweetest, or maybe it was just because I wasn’t done self-destructing yet. Either way, I did nothing to stop it.

And then it was too late.

This is part one of a four part serial. If you don’t like serials, I will release all four installments as a single book once they are completed.

Currently available from

It should be available from B&N and iTunes shortly

Relentless – A Student Teacher Romance Cover Reveal

200x300 200x300 200x300 200x300

and the one for the novelized version

200x300

Seth Garrett didn’t look like a teacher. His short, medium-brown hair was mussed as though he ran his fingers through it—probably from frustration with me. Deep set, green-gray eyes regarded the world with weary cynicism from a face that was too hard, too angled, to be classically handsome. Ever since I’d moved into his class in January I’d spent hours memorizing the stark lines and planes of that face, until I could see it perfectly in my mind. There wasn’t a girl at school who hadn’t sighed over him, and fantasized about him at least a little.

But I was the one who was going to get him.

I wasn’t supposed to want her. I didn’t want to want her. I was her teacher, she was my student, and the whole situation was a disaster in the making. I should have gone to someone for help. I should have had her transferred to another class. I should have kept my temper and libido firmly in check when she was in the room. But I didn’t do any of those things. Maybe it was because forbidden fruit really is the sweetest, or maybe it was just because I wasn’t done self-destructing yet. Either way, I did nothing to stop it.

And then it was too late.

Obsessed: A New Adult Romance Released on Amazon

200x300

This is the novelized version of the four installments of the Obsessed serial. While we were working on the paperback version we went ahead and updated this cover with the same sexier new look and reformatted the manuscript with chapters instead of just using the four installment layout. It’s 326 pages long (approximately 80,000 words), so it’s a full-length novel and then some.

It’s currently only available on Amazon because installment #3 is still stuck in Kindle Unlimited, but it will be going up on the other stores in about a week.

Obsessed 4

200x300

Edit: It is now live on Amazon.

It’s publishing on Amazon now. I was hoping to release it under better circumstances, but that just isn’t happening. I’m sorry it has been delayed for so long, but there were reasons for it.

Amazon has essentially broken Kindle Unlimited. The way that the system works, Amazon pays us for each page of our books that you actually read – about 1/2 cent per page. So if you read the first chapter and hate it and return it, we only get paid for that one chapter. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work. Unfortunately Amazon cannot actually tell which pages you’ve read, even though that’s what determines how much we get paid for the books you borrow. What they go by is the last page you navigated to – the same data they use so that if you read a book on your Kindle and then pull it up on your phone in the Kindle app it opens to the same place on both devices. Anyway, the problem with that is that if you read to the end and then go back to the cover, I get credited with ZERO pages read. Or say you turn back to an earlier scene to re-read it or highlight it because you liked it, the system will show that you only read the book to that point.

Then Amazon introduced the page flip feature, which by design does not record any pages read because Amazon says that no one reads in page flip mode. Except there are about a zillion blog posts and Youtube videos showing people doing exactly that.

These things have combined to cut a lot of peoples’ page reads down to nothing, even though their books are being read. I know authors who were making five figures a month from their books in Kindle Unlimited who are now making literally pennies a day. These are people who normally get millions of page reads in a month, who are now getting a few thousand. Amazon of course swears that there is no problem and everything is working exactly the way it’s supposed to.

This is what I was looking at when I finished Obsessed 4. Lots of writers I know were reporting that they weren’t being credited for 90% of the borrows they were getting through Kindle Unlimited. Basically I’d be giving the book away if I put it into Kindle Unlimited. But with the other books in Kindle Unlimited it didn’t make any sense to publish it outside of KU. I contacted Amazon and attempted to get my books released from the program, but they wouldn’t do it, which left me stuck.

So I waited until the first two installments were out of Kindle Unlimited, and now I’m publishing part 4. I would have liked to wait for all 3 to come out, but it’s stuck in the program until the end of November. As a result of all of this nonsense I am not putting part 4 into Kindle Unlimited. I am done with that program until Amazon fixes it. There are quite a few other serious problems with it, like all of the scam books, that Amazon is going to have to address if they don’t want more authors dropping out of the program. Right now a lot of us are pulling everything we have out of KU and have no intention of going back into it.

Anyway, TL;DR version is that Obsessed 4 is publishing now on Amazon and should be available sometime tonight or early tomorrow. I’ll post the link here and send out a newsletter when it goes live. I will publish it to the other sales channels as soon as #3 comes out of Kindle Unlimited on November 25th.

Happy Halloween!

Kelli

 

Obsessed 3 Now Available

200x300

It didn’t hurt anymore.

By the time Thanksgiving rolled around, I had moved past my obsession with Colin. That’s all it had ever been, of course. It wasn’t like we’d known each other long enough or well enough to really fall in love or anything. There was no denying that we had some chemistry and the sex was out of this world, but in the end Colin was really nothing but the rebound guy. I’d done the right thing by leaving—I knew I had. Right up until the moment I saw him when I went out to dinner with my family.

Our eyes met, and every lie I’d told myself over the last four months stood revealed as the self-deceiving nonsense that it was.

Was she right to leave? Did it even matter? She believed it enough to walk away, and her mind was made up—that much was obvious from her letter. While I’d talked her down once, I didn’t think it was going to happen this time. Hell, I knew she was right. I could see it from the other side, too. I’d just been so selfish from wanting her so badly that I’d ignored it.

None of that was going to stop me from getting her back, though, and if she had found someone else I was going to take her away from him.

This is part three of a four part serial with cliffhanger endings. If you don’t like serials or cliffhanger endings, you probably ought to avoid the “Buy now…” button. If you would prefer to get the whole thing at once, all four parts will be released in a combined edition when the series is complete.

Get it now on Amazon/Kindle Unlimited

The final installment will be released in September…