Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Moved To A New Site & Biggest Update of my Life (So Far)


First and foremost, I have pretty much fully moved to my website. Either click the picture above or right HERE to go there. That's where I'll be providing updates from now on. I will continue to maintain this blog in terms of new releases in the other pages for awhile yet. I'm not 100% sure when yet, but I do plan on taking this blog down.

Now, as for this HUGE update.

If you want to read the whole sad, miserable story, just click HERE.

Here's the short version.

In March, all of my page reads I'd earned through the Kindle Unlimited for February mysteriously vanished. I received a threatening message from Amazon, claiming that 'illegitimate activity' had been detected in relation to my account. I honestly had no idea what they were talking about, so I began trying to figure out when I was going to get my page reads back, since they had taken them away in error.

I actually got someone from Amazon to admit that it WAS an error, but it never went anywhere, as they began ignoring me.

I was prepared to leave it behind, especially when I began earning more money that I had ever seen in my entire life. I hit several Best Seller lists and capped off as the third most popular erotica author in America. This was all due to me releasing Hellcats 1 & 2, Demoness II, and Women of the Wild, with the new cover art, and a LOT of luck.

And then, on May 10th, I was locked out of my account, and threatened with termination, because 'further illegitimate activity' had been detected. They gave me a chance to defend myself, which I did to the best of my abilities. The next day, I woke up to discover that ALL of the eBook versions of EVERY SINGLE ONE of my titles had been ripped out of the store. I was then granted access to my account again, but when I asked them about why all my titles were missing, it took them an entire other day just to let me know that 'They'll look into this error and get back to me within 5 business days'.

Well, although no one has contacted me, my titles have been restored.

So I'm pissed as hell, naturally. Despite the fact that not only did I do nothing wrong, but I have literally no way of controlling who reads my books, including, apparently, bots that are for some reason auto-reading some of my titles, I was deemed guilty. Which means I have to pull everything out of the Kindle Unlimited, and on top of that, I'm going to have to pull all of my episodic shorts, in order to further mitigate the threat.

The reason for this is that I can't just pull out of the Kindle Unlimited. I will be forced to wait out however much time is left in the 90-day cycle. Basically, all I can do is tell the title not to auto-renew at the end of the cycle, when it will then fall out of the KU. There is no other way to speed up the process.

I don't want to do this. I don't like doing this. Besides the fact that it will eat big-time into my earnings, more importantly, it's going to piss off the fans. There are going to be people who have been reading me through the KU, and I can only hope that they keep on following me, or at least they understand that it's not my fault.

It's Amazon's.

So that's about the size of it. Wish me luck. And catch me over on me website.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Release Schedule

So, I've revised my release schedule again. Hopefully for the LAST time, at least when it comes to very large revisions.

The past few days have told me something and provided ample proof to a theory I had been tentatively fostering for a long time: If I write and release longer titles, they will sell better.

And that has happened.

Now, this isn't necessarily life-changing money. I haven't won the lottery or anything. But, well, if things keep going the way they are now, I can at least stop bitching about bills.

So what's different?

Well, basically, for the rest of the year, I plan on having three tiers of releases.

TIER ONE: Old school re-releases. This began with Hellcats, which is now a #1 Bestseller, so apparently there is still a market out there for my older content. I will be re-releasing an older collection twice a month. On the 1st, and on the 15th. And whenever one gets wrapped up, I'll be releasing a Complete Trilogy or a Complete Collection, with some extra content in there, for 9.99$ in eBook format, and 14.99$ in paperback. The Complete Trilogy/Collection will come out two days following the release of the final title in that particular trilogy/series. Example: Hellcats 3 will launch on May 15, so Hellcats - The Complete Trilogy will launch on May 17.

TIER TWO: Parasexual & Haven. These two get their own particular tier because I don't want to cop out on content I've already promised. I was going to release these as episodic short stories, but with how well Demoness and Hellcats are suddenly doing, it's made me reconsider. So I'm just going to release them as novels! Right now, I plan on Parasexual being a four-novel series, and Haven being a trilogy. But if they prove popular enough and if there's enough demand for it, that could extend. I plan on releasing one of these per month, starting with Parasexual on June 10, then Haven on July 10, and so on and so forth.

TIER THREE: My longer novels. Primarily the DEMONESS series right now, since people seemed to react well to it. Due to the nature of writing the longer form stuff, by which I mean Demoness II got away from me and took longer than I thought it would, I can't nail down a completely accurate timetable, but I am going to shoot for a new novel every two months. As it stands right now, I've got pretty solid ideas for DEMONESS III, IV, & V, with a whole world of possibilities after Part V, so I think I'll end it there temporarily and move on to something else. I honestly want to get to Wild Discovery, cause I also really like writing Sci-Fi Erotica, but if Women of the Wild proves to be really popular, I might take some time and pen a few more of those.

I'm going to be fucking busy.

Eventually Tier One will run out, since it has a hard limit: Sex & Survival. That's the last of the titles to be re-released. At my current rate of two titles per month, Sex & Survival 3 should go up sometime in Mid-2019. So...quite a ways off!

Now, Tier Two should theoretically run out by the end of 2018, but there's a few possibilities of extending it. As I mentioned before, Parasexual or Haven might get a few extra sequels if the people really want it, since the way I tell stories is kind of flexible. There's also the possibility of continuing some of my series that I've already considered wrapped up, as not all of them necessarily came to an end. I pretty much leave all my stories open-ended, because of the way I write, but with several of them, I feel like I've said enough. Wanderlust, for example. I can't imagine continuing that with where it ended. Same with Hellcats. It has a pretty solid ending, I think. But some of the others, maybe not so much. I mean, if I got a good enough idea, I could do another Desire. And there's definitely more that could be done with Sex & Survival. I mainly brought that to an end because no one seemed interested in it anymore, but who knows?

Eventually, Tiers One and Two will run out, and will leave me open for nothing but Tier Three. When this happens, I hope to be able to basically just funnel all my time and efforts into writing longer erotica titles, one at a time, and faster. It's my eventual goal to be able to get about one novel out per month. 

So...yeah. Get ready for more longer erotica!

Women of the Wild Released!


The first novel in the Women of the Wild series is here!

You can buy it as an eBook for 3.99$, or read it through the Kindle Unlimited, HERE!

Or, you can purchase it as a paperback for 9.99$ HERE!

OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION: A novel of fantasy adventure and human-on-dryad lust.

Seth Baker has fantasized for years about leaving his little village, getting out from beneath his parent's overbearing influence, and living his life for himself. And the day has finally come when fantasy can become reality. He's trained, he's prepared, he's scrounged together enough gold to buy the bare basics necessary to survive the dangerous world of monsters and magic that lies beyond the walls of his simple village. (At least he hopes so.)

But Seth isn't delusion about his chances of survival, or how hard it's going to be to live out there in the wilderness, traveling between towns and trying to make it with his chosen profession of a traveling herbalist, providing rare and unique potions. So he's decided to test himself: he will travel to the Redwood Forest, one of the largest woodlands in the land, and gather five unique plants in order to make a rare potion.

While he expected to run into dangerous situations, into difficulties and hardships, into monsters and giant spiders, Seth did not at all expect to run into a beautiful dryad woman named Rain, who takes an immediate and intimate interest in him...

CONTENT WARNING: This title contains adult situations, sex scenes, violence, and a lot of hot human on inhuman action. You have been warned.


Enjoy!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Popular Erotica?

I don't really know how to approach this, because I'm not a particularly subtle or nuanced person. I certainly can't approach it from the point of view of anything resembling social justice, because this thing I'm going to talk about is at least somewhat motivated by my own personal frustrations at getting left behind and overlooked in the erotica market.

Right now, I'm in the middle of updating my entire backlist with new cover art and formatting, in the hopes of appearing a bit more put-together and possibly drawing in additional readers. For the most part, I try not to just fire and forget my stories. Unfortunately, I have over 200 titles, (almost all of them short or collections), so it's taking, like, fucking forever.

But sometimes I peruse the best sellers, or even just check out titles I see in the also bought section of my own works.

I shouldn't. It's a bad idea because it's just depressing. It seems like pretty much everyone else is doing better than me.

What's starting to really get to me though is that it seems like erotica that goes out of its way to intentionally objectify women is selling off the shelves. It's always hitting the top charts. Now...I don't really want to swerve into 'moral high ground' territory, partially because I do write erotica where one guy fucks a lot of women and it pretty much always turns into a harem situation, and partially because I understand the difference between fantasy and reality, and I think pretty much everyone has fucked up fantasies, and that's fine.

So I'm not here to shame people or advocate tearing these stories down or anything. I actually just want to co-exist.

It's just that...when I check out the 1 and 2 star reviews, they almost always say the same things: The women are flat, one-dimensional, useless characters who exist only to be fucked and satisfy the male lead. I mean, that's a pretty common complaint.

To be clear, I don't think I'm an amazing writer, or that I have great characters, but I do at least intentionally try to inject certain things into my writing. Namely, I try to give the female characters some depth, with their own motivations and problems that don't revolve around getting fucked by the main character. Nor do the women rely entirely on him. I try to mix it up, but I frequently feature strong female protagonists and side characters. I try not to make it overt, because I know how easily that gets subverted into other things. I also try to work in themes like consent and respect and trust and communication. Again, I try not to make it overbearing, more just work it into the narrative.

As the author, I don't know how well I do, but no one's really complained so far, so that's something at least.

But I guess what got me really thinking on this was this title called Alpha Online. I don't want to link to it because clearly it has enough exposure and maybe that's just being petty but I'm honestly in a shit mood right now because it's been a really fucking stressful year so far.

Anyway, it's got all the sort of cliched, annoying things I've spent a long time trying to avoid in the description, with the bold-faced words about SEXY, SUBMISSIVE WOMEN just waiting to be DOMINATED BY A TRUE ALPHA. Like, come on, am I the only one who finds that just laughably lame? And I'm not even ripping on the author. I mean, I find this shit in like lots of top-selling erotica. Who are all these people that don't find this blatant, in-your-fucking-face marketing a total turn off?

I guess what I'm really digging at here is...where are all these people who lament how blatantly stupid and pandering erotica writing and marketing has gotten? I mean, I get it, I know that erotica is mainly here as fantasy fulfillment and to get you off. And that's fine. But this is just getting ridiculous.

Where are these people who apparently hate shallow, one-dimension characters and pandering wish-fulfillment fantasies? They apparently have bought a lot of this stuff that they hate, because they're frequently leaving reviews complaining about how much they hate them. So what's preventing them from following that thought train through to the end and seeking out erotica that has more positive views on strong female characters and consent and happy, trusting relationships? Those don't seem to be hitting any of the bestseller rankings.

Like I said, I'm not completely sure how to go about this, and I'm not really trying to tear down anyone else. I just wish me and authors like me would stop getting passed over when we are apparently trying to service an aspect of the market that is being sorely asked for, and yet the askers are just ignoring us.

It's almost like there's an abusive relationship theme in there.

Should I just give up? I don't just 'write whatever sells'. I try to find a happy balance between writing what I want to (and can) write and what people want to read. There's some stuff I won't write because I suck at it and some stuff I'm not so sure about writing because I feel like it would clash with the themes I've been cultivating for over three years now with my works.

But should I just compromise on that? I need to pay my bills, I'm not even asking to be rich or mega successful. I guess I'm just wondering if I should start writing about A HAREM OF HOT SLUTS just begging for TOTAL DOMINATION by a REAL MAN.

Shit, I don't know.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Hellcats Re-Released!


HELLCATS is officially out in novel format!

You can purchase it right HERE for 2.99$ or on Kindle Unlimited.

Paperback is out now, and you can get it HERE for 9.99$.

Now, the big question, which part of Hellcats does this cover and what's new besides the cover and formatting? Well...not much, admittedly, with this first novel.

This covers episodes 1 - 6, and the bonus shorts from Collections 1 & 2, and a little bit of Episode 7. Basically, it ends with the ladies deciding it's time to take a vacation.

As for what's new? There's about 5,000 new words worth of content. Basically, a few extra scenes with Emily, and a new section with Ryan, Emily, and Love doing a job together, and then all three of them having sex.

If you're interested in picking up a copy, that'd be much appreciated! And for once, I'm actually going to mention reviews. For the most part, I've avoided talking about them, because getting reviews on the shorter works, while appreciated, I don't think have helped too much. Since they just aren't taken seriously by the community at large, especially short erotica. But something like a novel has a bit more weight to it, so reviews would both still be very appreciated, and really helpful.

Thanks!

I'm working on Hellcats 2 right now, which will actually have a lot of new content. (Mainly sex!)

Hope you enjoy!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Quick Question For Readers

Hey, just a quick post here.

I've started looking into asking Amazon to send out e-mails informing customers of updated versions of some of my titles. Apparently, they've changed their policy so I can't ask them to do this anymore unless it's for some kind of massive change, like if I accidentally shipped the book with a huge piece of it missing or something like that.

So apparently the solution is for you, as the one who purchased the book, to contact them and ask for an updated version. They offer this link.

Would anyone who purchased Exploration or Demoness be willing to try that out and see if they do indeed give you an update?

New stuff should include new cover art, a table of contents, some edits and corrections, and updated back matter relating to my other series.

I'd appreciate it!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Demoness II Release & Other Updates

First and foremost, Demoness II is finally freaking out!



You can purchase it as an eBook for 4.99$ or borrow it through the Kindle Unlimited right HERE.

You can also purchase it as a paperback for 9.99$ through Amazon right HERE.

It feels good to finally get this book out! It's just over TWICE the length of the original Demoness. As for what it's about, well, here's the synopsis: 

John Greenfield's life has changed forever.

After finding a wounded, unconscious demoness while out hunting one morning, he saved her life and learned much about her. Her name is Yelena and she is from another realm of existence. As they got to know each other, something that first grew out of intense passion and lust has transformed into something more: a powerful and deepening love.

Now, both have decided to cast off their former lives in search of a life together. But this will be difficult. As a demoness, Yelena is hated and reviled without thought by most of the people who occupy the land, and John along with her as a demon-lover. If they're going to do this, they will need something special, unique, and very rare: an amulet that will hide Yelena's true nature from the local populace.

But in order to get this, they will have to travel into the Emerald Wild, the most dangerous forest in the land, in order to earn enough coin to purchase such an artifact. The time has come to explore the untamed wilderness and each other...

CONTENT WARNING: This title contains adult situations, sex scenes, an interracial and open relationship, and a lot of hot human on inhuman action. You have been warned.


So have at it!

Also, the paperback version of Demoness is out now! It's 7.99$. You can get it HERE.

Now, the time has come to get to updates. There are a LOT of them. I've covered some of this in previous updates, but not everything. Basically, a LOT is going on right now in terms of what I'm planning on doing with my writing and ideas keep coming to me and getting reorganized and that's why there's so many update blog posts. I'm trying to kind of keep it all organized in my head and for the fans.

So with that, here we go!

Now, because I kind of ramble a bit, I'm going to post a straightforward, bullet-point list here now. If you like having more information, keep reading below that.
  • I am updating almost ALL of my titles with new cover art that I designed and better formatting.
  • This is resulting and will result in free titles not being free for a little while.
  • I will be re-releasing Hellcats, Wanderlust, Alien Harem, and The Royal Trilogy (retitled Royal Lust) as novels. This will take some time, as I need to do some rewriting and brand new writing in some cases. These will be getting brand new covers featuring some hand-drawn art!
  • I also intend to, eventually, replace almost all of my cover art with covers featuring hand-drawn characters.
  • I'm going to try and get Amazon to push out an e-mail to allow people to get updated versions of some of my titles. (Demoness, My Undead Lover, Exploration, Misty Vixen Starter Pack.)
  • I'm going to update my website and my blogger, especially my blogger, as I figure I should probably keep it around for awhile longer.
  • Hellcats will be out April 11th!
  • I've decided to finally release Women of the Wild #1, since it's done and I'm just sitting on it. First chapter will be up on Patreon very soon and it is slated for release April 18th in eBook, Kindle Unlimited, and paperback!
  • Nude versions of Demoness II, Exploration, and Hellcats will be coming to Patreon soon, with more to follow in the future.
  • I will be turning Exploration and My Undead Lover into trilogies. These will be non-exclusive and will be available through Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc.
  • Starting sometime this month, I will begin posting PARASEXUAL, and once that first season is wrapped up, I'll begin writing HAVEN. And then bounce back and forth, releasing an episode roughly every four days.
  • A few round-up random things: I'm going to be taking down the Quickies in June, making Large & Lovely free, I'm going to be posting most of the stories in Quickies to the site as free shorts for the fans, and try to write a few new ones. I'm debating about whether or not to publish these for the fans shorts or just leave them on the site as basic freebies. I'm also going to try and find some time to start doing some fan fiction. It's either going to be Mass Effect or Dragon Age, based on the poll. Not sure yet.
Now for some expanded intel.

Right now, I'm in the process of updating almost all of my older titles with new cover art, all of which is designed by me, (for better or for worse...), new formatting, and updated back matter. (Basically just the links to my other books and social media in the back.) This is taking like...a long time. I'm trying to power through it. So that's what's happening right now.

Small Side Note: As a result of updating older titles, stories that are supposed to be free are kicked back to costing money. It should be a simple process of getting them back to being free.

Once that's wrapped up, my next big kind of background project will be converting Hellcats, Wanderlust, Alien Harem, and The Royal Trilogy (retitled to Royal Lust), into novels. Hellcats and Alien Harem will be trilogies, although they will end at the same place as they have before, there will be a fair amount of new content in both of these. The same can be said for Wanderlust, which will have four novels. Royal Lust will basically be the same, so if you don't feel like buying it, you won't be missing out on anything. As soon as all those are up, I'm going to take a break before moving on to future titles.

I'm in the process of getting some characters from the older works drawn (clothed for the covers and nude for fun extras!) to serve as cover art for the re-releases.

Some of my titles that I'm updating will, hopefully, be given the option to re-download updated versions of them. I have to ask Amazon to do this. Basically, if they say yes, they'll send out an e-mail to everyone who owns the book and you'll get the new version. New versions will include any edits I've made since initial publication, a brand new cover, updated formatting, and a table of contents! These titles will include: Exploration, My Undead Lover, The Misty Vixen Starter Pack, & Demoness.

I've decided to keep my blogspot around and I'm going to TRY to give it a makeover. I want drop-down menus! Unfortunately, they don't have a built-in way to do this, so I'll need to fuck around with HTML to try and make it work. We'll see how this comes out. But I'm also going to do a bit of reorganizing on this site here because I had a few new ideas.

Hellcats is ready to go. I'm going to release it April 11th as an eBook, in the Kindle Unlimited, and as paperback! The eBook will be 2.99$, the paperback 9.99$.

Some of you may know that I finished writing a novel last year. It is the first in a long-running series that's almost like a novel series re-imagining of Wanderlust. It's called Women of the Wild. It features a dryad as the main female lead. Since it's written, edited, and basically ready to go, I suddenly kind of realized that I need to stop worrying so much about releasing stuff in order. So I'm just going to release it! It's coming out on April 18th as an eBook for 3.99$, also available on the Kindle Unlimited, and as a paperback for 9.99$.

I'm finally going to be updating my Patreon with actual content! The first chapter of Women of the Wild will be coming very soon and nude versions of the covers of Demoness II, Hellcats, and Exploration will be coming soon! I'm hoping to make this more regular. The nude pics will then come out one month after they are released on Patreon.

I'm going to be writing sequels to Exploration and My Undead Lover, turning them into trilogies. They'll all be available on Smashwords, Barnes & Nobles, Kobo, etc. There will also be a Complete Trilogy collection with a bonus short.

While all this is going on, my primary focus will be producing two brand new episodic series. The first, PARASEXUAL, is set in the Paranormal Erotica universe. I'm aiming for it to be four seasons. The second, HAVEN, is set in the Post Apocalyptic Erotica universe, and will be three seasons.

Quickies are coming down in June. I'm going to be posting most of the stories in it here to the website as basic freebies. I'm still debating as to whether or not I will be publishing any what I call 'for the fans' to the Kindle or Smashwords or anywhere beyond the website for a few reasons: they have some required reading to be fully enjoyed since they feature already established characters and rely on already established lore, and I'm also not too sure how interested people actually are in reading them, and writing/editing/formatting free shorts does take time away from writing other more official stuff. The final reason is that, for some reason, writing these shorts is actually hard for some reason, and not in any kind of good way. For whatever reason, the shorter the form, the harder it seems to get. Despite all this, I will be trying to get some more for the fans free shorts out featuring other characters.

I'm also kicking around a few ideas for other free shorts that can serve as entry points into my shared universes. I got a potentially good one just recently that takes place on Desire, so who knows? Maybe other cool ideas will show up.

Going to try and start getting to work on an erotic fan fiction soon. It's going to be either Mass Effect or Dragon Age, based off of the poll, which had them tied. Not sure which one it will be yet, but I've got at least a rough idea of what I want the stories to be for both of them.

And the last thing I can think of is that at some point, whenever I get a new cover drawn for Large & Lovely, I'm going to make it free.

So...yeah. A shitload of stuff going on behind the scenes right now!

I wanted to thank everyone who reads and reviews and shares and comments, basically everyone who is a fan and helps in any way. I really appreciate it! You all are a big help.

Be on the lookout for more updates and releases!