Coming Soon! Benefit Bundles to Aid the Trevor Project

“KEBB will be offering BUNDLES to their readers – at a discounted price – with all the proceeds going directly to The Trevor Project. Bundles of like reads (such as Contemporary, BDSM, New Adult, Taboo, etc.) will be offered at well below market price. For example: If 4 books would regularly sell for $20 we might offer the package at $10.”

Want a sneak peak? Check it out…

Bey’s Summer Sales and Giveaways – Hurry! Ending soon.

summer-sales

I thought I’d give a list of what’s on sale and what’s in a giveaway in one place.


Giveaways

Giveaway of Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas at Goodreads -> Enter now! Ends August 18, 2016 11:59PM

Giveaway of Kestrel’s Talon at Goodreads -> Enter now! Ends August 01, 2016 11:59PM


Summer Sale at Smashwords -> Buy now! Last day of sale: July 31st, 2016

Caged, Sacrificed, Fated, F.I.S.T.S. Handbook, The Last Nights of the Frangipani Hotel -> use code SSW50 at checkout for 50% off

Sarge, Murphy, The Complications of T -> use code SSW25 at checkout for 25% off


Baal’s Heart Summer Sale at All Romance eBooks – Last day of sale: July 31st, 2016

Caged, Sacrificed, and Fated -> 50% off


Hotter than Hell Sale  –  Last day of Sale: July 31st, 2016

Better the Devil You Know is $2 at All Romance eBooks and Payhip


ON SALE STARTING AUGUST 1

Kestrel’s Talon

Amazon Kindle Countdown Sale (US/UK) – August 1-7 starting at 99¢/£0.99

Note: After August 21, Kestrel’s Talon will be available for purchase at All Romance eBooks, Smashwords, and other resellers.

Which one first?

After the very successful release of Kestrel’s Talon, I’ve found myself sort of drifting between three shorter stories, trying to figure out which one I will finish first.

There’s The Window in Between, #3 of The Actor’s Circle, which is about the third couple that will round out the series finale called simply The Actor’s Circle and featuring Tim & Stuart, James & Rudi. 

Then there’s Midnight in Montréal, a sort of nod to Montreal by Night from back in my LARPing days ;) It’s a vampire book set in modern-day Montréal. I’m having a lot of fun with the setting… The Complications of T is set in Montréal too, but I didn’t go outside Tim’s apartment. This one covers more ground ;)

Then finally the story I was going to submit for Over the Rainbow is going to get expanded into a longer story. It’s about a ballet teacher, and, funny enough, is also set in Montréal at a fictional dance academy.

At least one of the three will be out this summer… Maybe all three?

 

Goodbye, Kindle Unlimited, Goodbye! (for now?)

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I’ve made the decision to pull my books from Kindle Unlimited for the time being. Why am I saying things like “for now” and “for the time being”? Well… it is a hard decision to make.

Here, I’ll show you why:

Pros of being in KU

Cons of being in KU

  • Increased visibility with Amazon customers
  • Use of Amazon stuff like Kindle Countdown Deals
  • Only have to upload my files to one place
  • Less people return my books
  • I make more money overall
  • I might make more money but at less than half a cent per page read, it really devalues books overall, and not just mine.
  • It’s less than half a cent per page because the money comes from a pot that is split up every month amongst everyone enrolled in KU, and there are a lot of scammers publishing fake books or books that are rigged to make the reader reach the end (in which case Amazon pays the scammer for every page in the book), so us non-scammers have to share the pot with these assholes. (tl;dr: Authors have to share profits with scammers)
  • When you are enrolled in KU, you can only sell your books through Amazon. So I might get great visibility with Amazon customers, but folks who prefer to buy elsewhere are shit out of luck.
  • I am at the mercy of Amazon’s sudden policy changes – which have largely failed to curtail the scammer problem. *two-finger salute*
  • Amazon continues to censor, ban, and stonewall its authors and paying customers.
  • I have to deal with the uploading files all over the place when I make a change… but… enh. *shrug*

So there you have it folks: my decision making process.

As of today, Caged, Sacrificed, Fated, The Complications of T, The Last Nights of The Frangipani Hotel are out and will be followed by the F.I.S.T.S. books on June 1st and Careened on June 20.

Kestrel’s Talon will be out around August 13.

By pulling out my books, it means that I stand to make less money, which is what makes it such a shitty decision: Ho hum… do I stay in a fucked up system, chained to their exclusivity clause to make more cheddar, or do I go wide and make my books available to a wider audience… at a possible loss? (Oh yeah… Something else about the exclusivity thing? You have to stay in the program for 90 days. Then you can either opt out—so no KU and you can sell your books in other places—or renew like a chump.)

Ultimately, I don’t write for the money… Even with my books in KU I don’t make anywhere near a living wage. It’s hard work but I write because I love doing it, and I get to share my stories with like-minded folk.

But. Well. Money is nice. *shakes head*

Anyway… I think from now on (unless I cave and go back to wearing the golden handcuffs) I’ll put new releases into KU for the 90 days but not renew. Who knows.

(and feel free to chime in… what’s your opinion on this?)

April Showers Bring May Flowers… Yeah… SNOW showers.

Bugger the weather.

Anyhoo… I just realized I haven’t said a word here in almost a month so I figured I’d catch you up on what’s the what here at Castle Deckard.

  1. I’ve passed off some of Kestrel’s Talon to be edited. It’s nearly done and I’ll post a release date when I have one.
  2. I’m still not sure what I’m going to finish next, but I’d like to get #3 from The Actor’s Circle out by summer. Called The Window in Between, it’s a third pair to join the cast, and like the other two books, deals with themes of self-discovery and acceptance. Book #4, as yet unnamed, will reunite the six men in one location. I’ve already written so much dialogue for #4… I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into it.
  3. There’s also Learning to Speak starring Saban from Baal’s Heart… I just need to get it started. I know the story.
  4. Speaking of Baal’s Heart…. April 11th is the one year anniversary of Fated: Blood and Redemption and will go on sale at 8am (EST) in the US and 8am (GMT) in the UK. It’s a Kindle countdown sale, so the earlier you grab it, the better. I’ll post again on Monday about it.
  5. Finally…

Luce whistled to himself as the elevator made its way down, wondering what it was that absolutely required his physical presence.  The memo had been dramatically short and to the point:

Come to your old office. Tell no one.

Despite being happy with his work Above, Luce’d gotten a fun little thrill out of ducking out for the afternoon to attend this intriguingly clandestine meeting. Luce grinned and straightened his paisley tie, smoothing it down over his periwinkle blue shirt as the lift came to a stop with a soft ding. Walking with long, straight backed strides, Luce nodded in greeting to the workers in the hallway, a few of them staring in wide-eyed amazement as he passed them by. Hearing whispers, he grinned to himself.
After rounding another bend, down to the main floor of the common area, he took the stairs up to the office two at a time. Pausing at the doorway, his hand lifted to knock, he smirked. What was that… excitement he felt? It had been a while…
Luce rapped the door just once for decorum and entered, walking into the well-appointed office with a bright smile.

“Now what did you have me come all the way down here for? You know I’m a busy man…” he said to the figure in the chair. However, when the chair swivelled around and he saw that it was just the foreman, Luce frowned.

“Saul? Where’s Byron?” Luce asked the big Abaddonian, a touch apprehensive.

The demon, hulking and tusked with eyes like bullet holes, ducked his head like a shamed dog.

“He’s not here, sir,” Saul mumbled.

Luce clenched his jaw, his whole body tense.

“Well… where is he?”

“That’s the thing, sir,” replied Saul in a meek voice. “We can’t find him anywhere…”

 

That’s right… There’s a sequel to Devil brewing in my skull and that’s how I think I’ll start it. It probably won’t be a long book, but I’m going to try to get it out in time for Halloween of next year. :)

And that’s it! I have to get back to writing.

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Awesome Indies – Site relaunch, BIG sale… plus! Win a Kindle

November 1 & 2, visit the new Awesome Indies site and take advantage of over 70 books at sale prices.

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These books I read

I used to read a lot, back before the writing bug bit me last summer. I would devour books, one after the other in quick succession. Sometimes up to 200 or so books a year.

This year, I think I’ve read three books so far.  I’m currently reading Existence by David Brin, which I am greatly enjoying, but it’s been weeks and I’m only at 10%. I think the only time I read is when I’m in the loo.

What did I use to read, you ask? Well… let me tell you! Wait. It might be easier to tell you what I don’t normally read.

First off, I don’t read romance. I’ve been told on many occasions that I don’t have a romantic bone in my body. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I just don’t get 99% of romance in non-romance books, so an entire book of romance would be lost on me, I think.

I also don’t read erotica. I have a book somewhere in my collection that is pure smut. I think it’s called Pick Up/Picked up, written in the 70’s or 80’s, and it’s about a guy with a 12 inch cock. I found it in my grandmother’s library when I was ten – I figure it belonged to my uncle when he was living there. Anyway… that was good for a few years, and so were the stories in my dad’s Penthouses. But then I started having sex… and then the internet happened, and, well, words just didn’t do it for me anymore.

(Porn. Porn does it for me. I’m very visual.)

I don’t read YA. Twilight is YA right? I know that Hunger Games is (…right?). I didn’t really like either. Though, I also have a hard time identifying with books written from a female perspective, and I think both of these were (…right? Sorry –  I really don’t know/remember much about either).

(And… what the hell is NA?)

I read everything else. On the very top of that huge list of genres are: Sci-fi, fantasy, distopian, and KGB/CIA/military/conspiracy books.

Some of my favourite books?

  • Eisenhorn by Dan Abnett (and pretty much everything else I’ve read from him has been pretty fucking awesome)
  • The Charm School by Nelson DeMille (almost anything he writes floats my boat, but this one’s my favourite. Up Country is my second)
  • The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Cry to Heaven by Anne Rice (I have a thing for opera and the history of the castrati… and the relationship between Tonio and Guido hit something in me. I also rather enjoyed some of her vampire books.)
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by HST

 

Apart from books, I read medical journals. It’s a weird hobby that started years ago when I started researching torture techniques used during the Inquisition.  I’m absolutely fascinated by medical procedures, both ancient and new. I’ve also got a thing for genetic disorders and extreme body modification.

Maybe once I finish Spires, and Sword… and the third book in Baal’s Heart I’ll get back to reading? Maybe?

Caged: NOW IN PRINT!

Can you tell I’m excited?

It’s available right now from the CreateSpace eStore. It will be available at Amazon (all stores) in 5-7 business days and in the expanded distribution channels in 6-8 Weeks.

There’s just something really neat about holding your very first book. Having it on your Kindle is one thing… but holding the physical version in your hand? That’s special.

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So… in another vein:

There are definite downsides to not reading your own genre. For one, I don’t know what are considered clichés or just overdone in romance/erotica. For another, I can’t recommend work like my own because I don’t know who else writes historical fantasy romance erotica (if that’s what mine is). That’s what happened this week – a fan contacted me asking if I had suggestions to tide them over until I finish the sequel to Caged. I had no idea what to say.

Sorry N – maybe someone will respond to this post with suggestions. I will let you know.