I have always been open with my readers, with most things, and I don’t plan to change that. I appreciate each and every one of you on an indescribable level. I wouldn’t have achieved the level of success I did without you.
But things have changed drastically in my life.
Some of you may be aware, others not so much, but back in July, Amazon changed the way it paid its exclusive authors. Instead of paying a flat rate per borrow, they went to paying by the page. I would have been alright with that, but they took it a step further and only paid authors for the verified number of pages read by each reader. So, if a reader borrowed a title but didn’t read it that month, I got paid nothing. If they only read twenty of one-hundred pages, I only got paid for the twenty pages they read. And, if you kept your kindle on airplane mode all month yet read my titles, I wouldn’t get paid for those pages either.
The results were disastrous for me financially. My income was slashed by over seventy-percent, and, suddenly, writing could no longer be my full-time job.
Fast forward to today and I work 2 1/2 jobs, am taking classes, and do odd jobs here and there on top of writing still. I won’t lie and say it’s been easy. To be honest, I have some regrets in being exclusive with Amazon, but I can’t change what happened. All I can do is pick up the pieces and take it day by day, sometimes hour by hour.
In the wake of all that transpired with Amazon, I ended my contract with them and have since re-established relationships with other distributors, with plans to utilize more in the future. Frankly, though, my number one enemy these days is time. I never seem to have enough of it. I work twelve-hour overnight shifts and immediately go to a day job for five hours. I go home, shower, change, spend a few minutes with the kids, sleep, and then start all over again. I do online courses on the weekends and write when I have a free moment amidst all of that.
That is why my releases have slowed down. That is why I haven’t responded to comments and messages. That is why I’m hardly ever active on social media.
It’s all a double-edged sword, though. I have to do this to financially take care of my family and others, yet the longer I do it, the longer it will take for writing to become my full-time career again. Because that is my goal.
As for new releases, I can’t give you anything affirmative, even with my publishers, who have been incredibly understanding through all of this. (I can’t praise them enough!) I can only tell you what is done, published or about to be published.
Book 3 of Black Fall Bears is in here. Unfortunately, I have not had time to finish writing book 2 of this series, hence why it’s not available, and I can’t tell you when it will be. But I do hope you enjoy Lora and Stone’s story, and all of the others in this collection. You’re getting 12 BRAND NEW, novella-length titles for ONLY $0.99. You seriously cannot beat that price! But snag it now because this puppy won’t be available past December 31st.
ONE SOLDIER: From Letters to Love
While some of you may be familiar with the first three titles in this book, you haven’t read this version of them. There are a few expansions and it’s been turned into a sweeter romance, taking on a fresh feel. The One Soldier Series is rounded out with book four: One Note. It stands out from the rest in many ways, but offers the wonderful ending you all have come to expect from me.
Side Note: I believe I saw a comment or message somewhere asking whether One Note will be available individually. As of right now, I don’t believe the publisher plans to release them individually, but I will be e-mailing them today to double-check. In the meantime, if you would like to wait until February 2016, the One Soldier collection will be available in print in bookstores nationwide and via Amazon.com.
MAKE ME YOURS
This title is well outside of my erotic norm, but I hope the message comes through loud and clear at the end. This title is not for those who are closed minded, as it contains content many would be uncomfortable with. But, I would encourage you to give it a try, the same way I encouraged my review team to. You can read their reviews for an honest opinion to help you gage whether it is worth the risk to you. Worst case scenario, the book is cheaper than a cup of coffee these days at only $0.99.
Releasing December 15th, 2015
Grab all of my past holiday titles in one set for one super low price. Curvosity, Her Xmas Present, Merry Christmas to Me, and A Were, Bear & Mistletoe are being bundled for the mega fantastic price of $0.99! If you haven’t picked up one of these titles even, then nabbing this bundle is still a steal for you.
*I will be posting buy links on my author Facebook page on Tuesday.*
Over the next month, in an effort to make things easier for me, you will see a lot of individual titles disappear, because some are due to my publisher and because others are being boxed for streamlining purposes. My website address has changed and the website itself has slowly been undergoing an overhaul as well, which includes the removal of past content and the updating of current content. Nearly every page is being modified in some capacity.
At this time, I am uncertain how often I will be posting on here. If you all want to keep up with me more regularly, I am most active on Instagram, although I suck at checking DMs, and I started a YouTube channel a couple months ago; both of these accounts are geared towards body positivity.
Once again, I want to say a BIG thank you to every one of you, for your patience, for your understanding, and for your ongoing support. THANK YOU!
I hope y’all have a wonderful holiday season full of many reasons to be merry and bright!
P.S. Review Team, be prepared for your inbox to be inundated with sets and series.