On Sale June 17-19 at Amazon (US & UK)
Novel (40 000 words)
Genre(s): Horror, torture, paranormal, serial killer
So, a little over five months ago, I contacted Amazon to ask them about the ban on Better the Devil You Know. Basically I asked if the faux pas I committed was categorizing it under “erotica” when it really should be under “horror”. I got a form letter reply back saying that they would look into it and not to ask again about it.
I didn’t think I would ever hear back, honestly.
Then, yesterday, I got an email from someone there saying that if I put only under “horror” they would accept it.
Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas – $
4.99 $2.50 w/ code NJ48X
Sacrificed: Heart Beyond the Spires – $
4.99 $2.50 w/ code TE66E
Fated: Love and Redemption – $
4.99 $2.50 w/ code XU87S
Careened: Winter Solstice in Madierus – $
.99 $FREE w/ code EP76C
Kestrel’s Talon – $
5.99 $2.50 w/ code BU28Z
Max – $2
.99 $1.50 w/ code EN53Z
I thought I’d give a list of what’s on sale and what’s in a giveaway in one place.
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
ON SALE STARTING AUGUST 1
Note: After August 21, Kestrel’s Talon will be available for purchase at All Romance eBooks, Smashwords, and other resellers.
Since I’ve received numerous emails over the weekend about Devil, I thought I’d lay out the answers here :)
Q: Why is there a paperback but no ebook on Amazon?
A: Two different review processes. Paperbacks go through Createspace and they don’t seem to scan for content, only technical specs. Once Devil was accepted in paperback, I figured I’d try for the ebook too – originally I wasn’t going to bother because I didn’t think it would pass review. I was right. The file was rejected because it violates their submission guidelines.
Q: I thought Smashwords accepted everything. Why is Devil banned there?
A: After some email exchanges with the Smashwords team, it was decided that it violates their guidelines. Their exact wording was:
“We have been reviewing your book in greater detail, and the decision was that it is not a good fit for us. It will remain unpublished on Smashwords.”
Why? Too murdery.
Q: So where can I get it?
A: See this post for all the links :)
A huge thanks to everyone who’ve been sharing links/recommended Devil! Much appreciated :) I’m very happy that it’s getting to readers!
Since I’ve had a few requests for the actual track listings since they don’t show for some people at the 8track list, here they are (tracks correspond to chapters):
You can listen to it here:
It’s October 1st in parts of the world… why don’t we pretend we’re all over there so I can launch this puppy, eh?
The TL;DR of this post is: read the warnings, m’kay? I don’t want people going into this unprepared. BUY links are at the bottom of the post.
Listen to the soundtrack
Novel (40 000 words)
Genre(s): Horror, torture, paranormal, serial killer
Tags: graphic torture, forced incest, rape
Byron is tall, handsome, well spoken, wealthy, and has outstanding taste in wine and food. You’ll be impressed by his impeccable attire and eloquence in conversation, ranging from Baroque art to the newest advances in pharmacology. With his charming smile and elegant manners, Byron truly is the perfect date… and who doesn’t love a man who appreciates opera?
What’s the catch, you ask?
Just this: if Byron finds you suitable, he will subject you to utterly depraved forms of torture.
No, I’m not talking about S&M.
Byron will mutilate, rape, and then kill you. Don’t think that you will survive the encounter, because you won’t. He has a perfect record.
Intrigued? Would you like me to arrange a rendezvous? It has to be in the next few days because he’s leaving on a trip south to much warmer climes, and his calendar will be completely full.
Yes? Very good. I will make a reservation for two under the name of Smith.
Who am I? I’m Gloria, his personal assistant.
Ok – I really hate trigger warnings. I do. However, I really need to stress that this book is not for everyone. Hell… I don’t even know who this book is for. Me… yes. But you? Will you like it? Maybe like is the wrong word. Or… is it? :)
I’ve been sort of vague about what the book is about. That’s because it’s hard to talk about it without spoilers. I’ve had a few questions:
Is it romance? No.
Is it m/m? It’s only male/male in the sense that it features organs traditionally thought of as male.
What is it? A psychosexual, paranormal thriller.
Still want it? You have two options at the moment.
You can buy it (Mobi, ePub, or PDF) via Payhip (promise that it’s secure) or you can buy it through All Romance eBooks. I’m still waiting on the verdict from Smashwords, but it doesn’t look good. Oct. 1 update: officially BANNED at Smashwords. We won’t even talk about Amazon. Oct 4. update: ebook BANNED at Amazon but NOT the paperback (So how do I get it for my kindle?)
Feb. 14, 2017 update: Amazon has relented and reversed the ban… as long as it’s listed solely under “horror” :)
Today I’d like to welcome F.E. Feeley Jr. to my blog, author of the highly rated Memoirs of the Human Wraiths series.
Hello and welcome to my blog, Frederick. Thank you for agreeing to answer some questions. :)
First off, let me say congratulations on the new book! I just finished Still Waters and rather enjoyed it. Can you tell us a little about it? And, where did you get the idea for the story?
Thank you so much for having me here, today. And thank you for buying and reading it. That means a great deal and I am glad you liked it.
Still Waters is about an average town in anywhere U.S.A really. I chose Michigan because that’s where I’m from, but the concept was little towns and desperation to keep secrets. It started off with the idea of a murdered kid. And it developed from there. Why was he killed? Who did it? What were the circumstances surrounding his death. Who loved him? To be honest, it was not just addressing the gay community, although the character is gay, but our nation as a whole. We’re seeing a lot of dead kids lately, Trayvon Martin, or kids who have taken their own lives and it sort of started compounding from there. I wanted to address issues such as image, and diversity, and the extremes people would go to keep the status quo.
You’re writing in a niche subgenre (horror) within an already niche genre (m/m romance). Have you found that it makes finding readers more difficult?
Yes. I do find it difficult to find readers. But I think people really need to understand something or maybe give my books a chance anyway, even if they aren’t particularly fond of horror or paranormal books. What I like to do, Is take everyday issues and throw them waaaaaay out into the world of ghosts and the paranormal. I do this to simply make them more digestible. It’s hard to write about the darker sides of human nature in a contemporary way. At least it is for me. So what I do, I thrill you a little and then hopefully get my point across somewhere in the book. And on top of that, who doesn’t love a good spooky story? I think if gay people are going to be represented in literature, they should be represented in all literature.
I see that you’ve gone the traditional publishing route. What made you decide on that?
I had no idea what I was doing. My husband would say I still don’t lol. But I was going through a hard time a couple of years ago and started journaling and once I’d written oodles of pages I sat back and asked myself, ‘What are you going to do with this?” So, I decided, why not take chunks out of it at a time and start wrapping them in fiction? And that is how The Haunting of Timber Manor was born. I’d sat down at my computer, asked myself how do spooky novels start and the answer came back, “On a dark and stormy night….” So I went from there. I never even knew this genre existed. I had no earthly idea. And then when I was done I went looking for a publisher. Submitted the story and forgot about it. I nearly had a stroke when I opened my email one day and there was a contract from Dreamspinner Press. After that, I figured, if they would take a chance on me, I’ll stick with them. I haven’t regretted a moment of it. Their staff is excellent. They treat you wonderfully. The process for publishing is always thorough from first drafts to art, they work right alongside you.
I love horror. The very first “grown-up” book I ever read was Stephen King’s It. What was the first horror story you read?
I was reading since I can remember. It started in middle school with R.L. Stein’s Fear Street books and went on to Christopher Pike. And then in high school I jumped forward into V.C.Andrews, Tami Hoag, and just about anything or anyone I could get my hands on. Then I was given Stephen King’s Wastelands, book 3 of The Dark Tower and I was instantly over the moon. I became a King fan real quick. The scariest book I ever read from him was The Shining.
I also became a Koontz fan as well. Lightning, The Mask, and Twilight Eyes are amazing.
Can you tell us some of your all-time favourite horror stories (books or movies)?
I am a thirty four year old man that sleeps with his closet door shut, thanks to 1982’s Poltergeist. I won’t get into the ocean past my waist thanks to Jaws. But my favorite books that I’ve read and reread is King’s The Stand and Koontz’s Twilight Eyes. Amazing books.
I remember after reading some stories, I had a few creepy nights. Has there been a horror story that make you keep the light on?
HAHAHAHAHA I forgot about this but yeah, King’s Cycle of the Werewolf. I was terrified for days and slept with the light on.
Why the romance aspect in your books?
I love serendipity. I love, love. I think love is the only that can save this world we live in. And I think that people need to see gay men in love to understand that it isn’t just sex that motivate us. I feel like, even though I write in this genre, I am part of a global discussion on this issue and as a gay man, I intend to not just join, but lead.
What’s next? Are you currently working on something?
I am kinda sorta working on something. I don’t know if it is going to come to fruition. I am hoping it does. But its sort of up in the air right now so we’ll see.
Any advice for aspiring writers? Anything you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?
Pay attention to the world around you. And take, I think it was Hemingway, take Hemingway’s advice and sit down at your device and bleed. Give it all you got.
And finally: what do you enjoy the most about writing?
The process of weaving a story together from an idea. And then going through the gamut of emotions along with everyone. And then dropping myself inside the story as a beacon so the reader doesn’t have to go through it alone. I have this personal rule. I will get you to your happy ending, but you have to go through the dark with me first. Your gonna earn it. I promise I’ll be with you through it, but yeah, you’re going through it.
Thanks again for letting me host you on my blog. Good luck and happy writing!