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The All Romance Fiasco

If you’ve been following the All Romance ebook retailer scandal, here’s a thorough blog post that gives good information on what’s happening.

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All Romance eBook Closure

I’ve copied and pasted the following from Debbie McGowan’s blog. If you’ve purchased any of my books from ARe and can no longer access them on ARe, please contact Beaten Track Publishing for your book.


Today, All Romance eBooks, LLC announced the closure of their site and services on 31st December, 2016.

If you have purchased any Beaten Track titles via All Romance eBooks and have been unable to download them, please forward your receipt to us (email store at beatentrackpublishing.com), along with the format of ebook you require (epub, mobi, PDF), and we will send your ebook.

Beaten Track Publishing titles are no longer available from All Romance eBooks.

Many thanks for your support.

EDIT: This is an edit from information I’m getting from other authors. If you’ve preordered books from All Romance and the book was published by a different publishing house, you can present your receipt to those publishers, like Dreamspinner, Less Than Three Press, NineStar Press, and they will honor the books for you. Many authors will also do the same thing. But please check this information out for yourself to be sure it’s correct.

 

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Free 12 Days of Christmas ebooks

Each year there are a few online ebook sellers that gift free ebooks for the twelve days leading up to Christmas. The two I’m watching this year are, All Romance, and Forbidden Fiction.

For All Romance, each book they offer is available for two days, then a new one replaces a previous offer. Just go to ARE’s homepage and click on the moving banner when it shows a free book. You should see two free books. Today’s offer is only one because it’s the first day. Here’s the link to All Romance Ebooks

Forbidden Fiction lists all their 12 books on one page. Each book has a code under the book. When the day arrives for your freebie, click on the book’s image and it’ll take you to the page for that book. Add it to your cart and use the code they provided. Their link is here: Forbidden Fiction 12 Days 2016

If you know of any other generous ebooks sellers gifting books this holiday season, feel free to share their links in the comment section.

Happy 12 Days of Reading!

 

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Holiday Spotlight 2016 – K.C. Faelan

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A Chronicle of the Amazon Page Flip Controversy: Or, how to piss off a ton of your vendors all at once

I don’t use KU, but for those authors who do, you might find this blogpost interesting.

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For the past several weeks (and in some case months), authors publishing through KDP Select have been noticing a massive decrease in pages read (KENP = Kindle Edition Normalized Pages). I blogged about his before here and here, mostly about how it has hit me personally. In this post I would like to attempt a summary of what’s been going on and what the authors affected think might be causing it.

Most of what I know comes from a discussion thread on Kboards, a forum for indie authors. The thread was started on Oct. 2, and authors quickly began chiming in with information on decreasing numbers of pages read on Amazon. A few authors said they had seen no decrease, but the vast majority have observed decreases of between 30% – 90%.

Naturally, once we noticed that we weren’t the only ones taking a huge hit to the…

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Beaten Track Publishing

As some of you know, my publisher is Beaten Track Publishing. I was lucky to sign up with BTP soon after I wrote my first story, If At First You Don’t Succeed, for the Goodreads M/M Romance Group. Debbie McGowan runs BTP. She’s an editor and a fabulous writer in her own right. Debbie is so good in fact, she won the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance for her Historical novel, When Skies Have Fallen.

But this isn’t really about my thoughts on BTP, I wanted to post a link to Book Bike Reviews where Bec has written a great blogpost about BTP and the authors connected with it. So hop on over to visit Bec and her cute little owl mascots to read the Beaten Track Publisher Spotlight blogpost.

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It’s Off to Camp Nano!

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Camp Nano is here and once again I’ve joined a Camp, I’ve also changed the header for the blog to get in the mood! Last year was the first time I participated in Nano. I also participated in camp nano earlier this year and worked on catching up on the reviews I was behind on. My plans for this month are to write reviews, make some blog posts and maybe, just maybe, start work on a short story. I’ve already made good progress on my word count and hope to stay on track, even if it’s only a few words a day.

I have some awesome cabin mates and Noah Homes is our Cabin Leader. He’s the graphic artist that created the cover for my co-authored book Metamorphic Heart and the second edition of BTP’s Boughs of Evergreen Anthology. The cabin is filled with other lovely authors from Beaten Track Publishing and our friends. We have BTP’s editor/publisher and very talented author, Debbie McGowan. She wrote When Skies Have Fallen which recently won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance. Also shacking up with us is the writer and poet, Al Stewart and his cohort, Claire Davis. Their books make a reader laugh, think or tug at the heart strings. There’s also Ofelia Grand, the lady with the lovely name, but she scares me with her horror stories! Ofelia has lured Amy Spector into her lair and those two have written a spooky anthology together. I can see them huddling in the tent discussing schemes and nefarious deeds. We also have VW Singer, a talented author who makes great computer graphic covers for his BDSM books, they have intriguing plots.

In next week’s blog post I’m going to share how I came to write Aligning North, which is the story of Blake and Zac, and hiking the Grand Traverse Trail through Yosemite National Park. I’m always interested in how an author comes up with their ideas for a story and the reason for their choices so I thought you might be interested what my thought processes were in writing this fun summer story.

I’d like to wish my fellow Americans a great Fourth of July! Whether you go watch a parade, fireworks or decide to stay home and barbeque, I hope you stay safe and enjoy a wonderful holiday weekend.

Happy Fourth of July!

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End of Year Post

file1861278465605It’s time for the last blog post of 2015 since New Year’s is almost upon us. It’s the time to reflect on the year past and plan for 2016.

If you’ve been following my blog here on WordPress, or on Goodreads, you know that I wrote two novel length stories for the Goodreads M/M Group’s DRitC Love Is An Open Road event. The first was Top Floor a Historical novel set in Manhattan in the 1920’s. The other Metamorphic Heart is a paranormal contemporary novel, set also in New York City and co-written with author Alexis Woods.

Both Top Floor and Metamorphic Heart have been nominated in the Goodreads Member’s Choice Awards for 2015. Top Floor is nominated in Best Historical and Best Love is an Open Road story, while Metamorphic Heart was nominated in the Best Love is An Open Road story, and Best Long Story.

Aligning North was my one short story this year and was written for the Summer Bigger Than Others summer anthology, published by Beaten Track Publishing.

I also spent some time beta reading, one for Alexis’ entry into the LOR event, Moondrake, a sci-fi paranormal with dragon shifters.  The other I recently finished betaing, was the latest book in the Checking Him Out series, Checking In, by Debbie McGowan. I was lucky to beta the other books in the series, the ones where Sol and Adam are the MC’s.  I can’t wait to read the next one Debbie has planned.

After I completed the mammoth project of two novels, I was able to get back to reading and have spent most of the time since November feasting on holiday stories. Some good, and some not so good.

As to what my writing schedule is for next year, I don’t really have one, except maybe not writing novels and trying to write novellas and short stories instead. I’ll see how that works out since my stories have grown longer, not shorter.

Before I close out this post, I’d like to thank Debbie McGowan, my editor and publisher, Alexis Woods for collaborating on Metamorphic Heart with me, and Noah Homes for making the handsome cover. Misty for her prompt for Top Floor and Dayton for the prompt for Heart. But especially to you, the readers, for diving into my stories and submerging yourself in the world, and characters, I create.

I hope you all had a Happy Holiday and that your New Year is bright. I wish you new adventures and joys, along with good friends, good food and lots of good books to read. Now go forth and embrace the New Year!

 

Happy New Year

 

 

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“The brunet”, “the blond”, and “the younger man” are ruining your books! And here’s why! #epithets #makeitstop

I’ve almost DNF’d books with too many epithets. A few I can look past, but too many and my eyes start to roll. Read this excellent blog post by author Leta Blake and you’ll find out why, ‘the younger man’ or ‘the tattooed blond,’ is not the way to go.

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I DNFed two books this week because I couldn’t deal with the authors’ wild overuse of epithets. One was self-published and the other was published by a press, so this isn’t just a self-pub thing. Authors, beta readers, editors, please, for the love of all that is holy, understand that epithets are unnecessary about 99% of the time. Every single time you use one, ask yourself, “Is this necessary?” I promise that the answer is nearly always no.

I googled looking for an explanation so that I wouldn’t have to actually write up everything myself. I found one on Tumblr that I’ll share here. Yes, it’s about fan fiction, but, dudes, this applies to all writing. Published work is actually expected to be held to a higher standard than fanfic most of the time, am I right?

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Member’s Choice Awards

The 5th Annual M/M Romance Group Member’s Choice Awards has begun. Once again readers can nominate their favorite books which have been published between November 1st 2014 and October 31st 2015 for inclusion in numerous categories.

I’m very happy to announce that Top Floor, the free 1920’s Historical I wrote for the Love is an Open Road event, was nominated for the Best Love is an Open Road category and Best Historical. I’m thankful to the people who loved the story so much they nominated it. I’m proud of it too and I’ll have badges to show off the nominations once they’re made.

In the meantime if you’d like to participate you can go here and find the information you’ll need to submit a nomination.

If you haven’t read Top Floor yet, it’s FREE to read and can be downloaded here in various formats. If you’d like to look at the Pinterest board I created for it, you can find that at Pinterest.

I’ll leave you with the blurb and cover, which I created, and which I love. I think the cover conveys the feel of the 1920’s and the wealth of Harrison Devaux.

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At the age of sixteen, Sean O’Reilly started over in America after the influenza epidemic of 1919 killed his entire family back in Ireland. It has taken three years, but he’s built a new life for himself in Manhattan, rising from Bell Hop to Room Service Boy at the Astraea, a hotel for the wealthy. He loves his job, and life is good, until the fateful day his manager discovers a secret— a secret that could ruin Sean and everything he’s worked for.

Among the richest men in New York City, one Harrison Devaux, a cranky recluse, keeps secrets of his own in the penthouse of the Astraea. No one knows why he never leaves his suite, but rumors circulate about his constant state of drunkenness and his willy-nilly firing of employees.

Sean is assigned to attend Mr. Devaux, and events don’t go well when the two men first meet. But Sean soon finds out that Mr. Devaux isn’t exactly as the rumors portrayed. Maybe a Room Service Boy and a billionaire businessman have more in common than one might expect.

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